Justin and Kyndra came to Tucson from Kansas City for an elegant destination wedding at the Arizona Inn
this weekend. The weather was beautiful and the grounds on the Inn were in perfect riotous bloom. I knew it was going to be awesome from the start. They had a short, sweet ceremony by the fountain, followed by a cocktail hour and then a perfect evening of live music, great dancing and eloquent toasts.
Everyone had a wonderful time, myself included. With the help of ace co-photographer Jill Torrance, we made gorgeous photos in a relaxed fashion. Everyone was delightful to photograph, punctual, good-natured, well-dressed and well-mannered. Our slideshow at the reception was a hit, and we felt like friends of the family by the end of the night. Thank you both!
There’s something magic about the Arizona Inn – it’s a hidden Tucson gem. The turn-of-the-century grounds are beautiful without being flashy, and a the staff is top-notch. There’s a pervasive sense of gravitas, calm and grace, without a whiff of the stuffy, fake or impersonal. I suspect that’s why Justin and Kyndra found it such a good fit – and it’s precisely why Sarah and I picked it for our own wedding this fall. Many thanks to catering manager Diane Fausett there for making sure everything went off without a hitch. Ever-lovely Sauliz Flowers
brought the gorgeous bouquets and centerpieces, and the Phoenix-based band The Connection
kept the dance floor packed!
Guests, friends and family can register to be notified when the photos are ready (and score a sweet print gift certificate) at http://pictage.com/1243551
Kendall and Jim came all the way from Cleveland for a fantastic Tucson destination wedding at the Westward Look Resort
With their family, closest friends and adorable canine ring-bearer Bowser (who’s clearly family too), they had a simple, heartfelt ceremony with a stunning mountain view. An large and probably well-meaning bee landed on the knot of Jim’s tie during the ceremony, but was quickly sent on it’s way by his dad. Good friend and co-photographer JP Connelly came along to help, and we all had lots of time for laughter, high-fives and great photos. It was a perfect spring day and the grounds of the resort were at their peak. An incredible mix of blooming plants and blooming cactus were doing just that with all their hearts – my hats off to the groundskeepers there. I love, love, love the golden paloverdes for great backdrops. All in all, a great day and a great couple to make some gorgeous photos – everyone loved the slideshow and portrait station!
Many thanks to Julie Day, with Westward Look, who never misses a beat, and cares about her couples with all her heart. My dear friend of many years, Georgeanne Fimbres with Villa Feliz
Flowers came through with knock-your-socks-off floral artistry as always, and Village Bakehouse
rocked some seriously tasty cupcakes. How sad that you couldn’t take the extras on the plane guys – Sarah was out of town and I had to eat them all (all) by myself!
Guests, friends and family can register to be notified when the photos are ready (and score a sweet print gift certificate) at http://pictage.com/1081463
Adam and Mariah had a joyous, beautiful spring wedding at the Lodge at Ventana Canyon this weekend, with a huge outpouring of love from both families. There were tons of wonderful moments set against a stunning Catalina mountain backdrop – who could ask for more? The last wedding I shot here at the Lodge happened to be during a fierce monsoon, so I was deeply grateful for the perfect weather and gorgeous light.
I hit it off so well with these two every time we get together that I knew we’d have a great time and make some really sweet photos. They’re as kind and thoughtful of a couple as I’ve met, with a playful streak and a warm sense of humor. They laugh and smile easily and often. And in a small-town-Tucson moment, we figured out Mariah and my fiance Sarah had been pals in elementary school, with some really funny stories from their friendship.
We arranged for a first meeting between Adam and Mariah early in the afternoon, to give us some relaxed time to make lots of great photos around the Lodge before guests arrived. They’d both worked there as employees years ago, and wanted some shots that really captured the feel of the place, with its gorgeous flower beds in front and mesquite grove/mountain views in back. I think we got it! The B/W infrared shot (from my trusty LifePixel 20D conversion) was a big crowd pleaser during the reception slide show – the stark dark sky against the pop of the “white” grass and trees is pretty spectacular.
The evening included a relaxed sunset outdoor cocktail hour, followed by heartfelt toasts, great wisecracks from the bridesmaids and dancing, dancing dancing!
It was amazing to see my good friend and florist extraordinaire Ferial Malaika of Nature’s Art Florists, who really loves each and every flower like they were her own children. She came back to the reception just to make sure the flowers were all still happy! Grant Hunker was there all day making video, doing a great job with the DSLR style footage like a video ninja. And of course, a tip of the cap to Tucson’s one and only DJ Tony G, who lit up the place like a laser light show, kept the hits coming all night, and ended the evening with the Looney Tunes theme music “That’s All Folks!”
Family and guests can register to see the wedding photos when they’re up (and score a nifty print gift certificate) by going here -http://www.pictage.com/1244986