Royal Palms Hotel Engagement | Rachel & Sam

On a friday in January we met Rachel & Sam at the Royal Palms Hotel in Scottsdale, AZ. These two out of town lovebirds wanted a special destination for their engagement session, and I think the Royal Palms suited them perfectly, with its lush greenery and old world feel. Rachel and Sam first met through a mutual friend on a New Years Eve Trip to Disneyland (uhm, yes please)! Once back in AZ, Sam of course asked Rachel out on a date, even though he would be returning back to Colorado for school that same day. Despite a memorable handshake instead of a kiss goodbye, their date went really well, and before long Sam had convinced Rachel to date long distance. They were long distance for two and a half years before Sam made the move to Rachel in California!

When it came time to pop the question, Sam had been meticulously planning for over six months. With the help of close friends, he planned the proposal for Rachel’s “birthday getaway” in San Francisco. After a day in the city and dinner with friends, Sam’s plan unfolded. That night, he snuck a custom game card into the board game “Monikers” for Rachel to find. Once she found the card and “played it,” Sam got on one knee and asked her to be his wife!

Fast forward to the present, and Rachel & Sam were so stinking cute during their session. Within minutes of shooting, Rachel was laughing ear to ear with Sam leading the way. It was really sweet to see how easily he makes her laugh. To my excitement – they actually brought along the custom Monikers card from their sweet proposal, so of course I grabbed some shots of it with Rachel’s engagement ring. Check out my favorites from their session below and check back in for their wedding at SoHo63 this fall! 🙂

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