Lauren and Mitchell’s La Mariposa wedding {Tucson Wedding Photography}

We had so much fun at our initial engagement session with Lauren and Mitchell that I had to blog about it. They’re so relaxed and easy in each other’s company that the genuine joy just sort of radiates off of them, into my cameras.

It came as no surprise then that their wedding was a huge hit and a great time this past Saturday. It was all genuine smiles and laughter, from start to finish.

La Mariposa is one of those sweet little spots in Tucson that you might never see if you didn’t go to weddings every weekend. It’s a big swath of land tucked up against the Tanque Verde wash, a quiet oasis of  huge trees and green grass with a private vibe. It feels cool, moist and shady, even on a hot day. The gorgeous pond teeming with ducks and frogs and plant life is just something you don’t come across very often in Tucson, and the whole place feels very natural.

We’ve been running from church weddings to distant receptions a lot lately, so the fact that the ceremony and reception are within hailing distance of each other is a big plus in my book, and all that space makes for great room to work. Then there’s the way the sun washes over the grass at sunset there. It’s always a pleasure to make photos there, and the bridal party was up for anything.

Lauren and Mitchell were both totally relaxed before the wedding, and then promptly, instantly overwhelmed to see each other as she came down the aisle. Their ceremony was short and sweet, to leave more time for a bumpin’ reception. Second photographer Chris Roth caught some particularly nice unscripted moments as we made portraits out on the lawn and the reception portrait station was a hit in his hands.

The general theme was Southern Gothic, with mason jars, campfire, s’mores, corn hole, and a few cowboy hats here and there. A nod to John Lochert, of Millennium Music for the great work keeping the music flowing and the dance floor packed all night, and Cakes by Judy for the masterpiece of a wedding cake that was just devoured.

Here’s some favorites from the slideshow we put up at the reception – check ’em out!

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