Small, intimate and heartfelt backyard weddings hold a special place in my heart. You may remember this adorable couple and their awesome bulldog, Sampson, from their engagement photos. Sampson was Sidney’s Dog of Honor which I thought was just about the cutest thing I have ever seen. More weddings with dogs please! I was in awe over how well behaved Sampson was throughout the whole day, even with all of the hustle and bustle. Sidney & Jason got married in Sidney’s parents East Mesa home near the Usury Mountains & Superstition Mountains- a stunning backdrop if you ask me! The day was a windy one and the forecast for the day was 30 mph winds and rain, but the sun came out and the winds died down just for Sidney & Jason on their beautiful wedding day. It was truly an honor and blessing to be a part of their beautiful day & be treated like a trusted friend. Thank you, Sidney & Jason & Sampson, for having me be a part of your day!

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Arizona backyard wedding guys getting ready

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Mesa backyard wedding diy altar on top of backyard pool looking towards Superstition Mountains

This funny photo of Sampson, Sidney & Jason’s dog, peeking out from under her dress is my new favorite!

funny bulldog peaking out from under bride's dress

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Jason’s grandparents couldn’t make it, so he called them as the ceremony started so they could hear the ceremony and their vows.

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Arizona backyard wedding groom emotional vows

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bride & maid of honor dancing with bulldog at Mesa AZ wedding inside home

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A big thanks to Galaxie for being my second shooter & helping me despite having a nasty cold!

Venue: Bride’s parents home in East Mesa  |  Dress: Brilliant Bridal in Mesa  |  Bridesmaid dress: Nordstroms  |  Rentals: Y Knot Rentals in Mesa  |  Make up artist: Corinna Cooke  |  Cake Artist: Piece of Cake in Mesa  |  Catering: Fat Freddy’s Catering in Phoenix  |  Flowers: Lighthouse Floral in Mesa  |  String quartet: Allegro String Quartet






Alyssa Campbell Arizona wedding photographer

Welcome! I’m an Arizona-based wedding & portrait photographer specializing in natural and documentary photos. My blog is where you can see my latest work as well as check out tips & the latest news. Following me on social media is another way to check out my recent work!