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Tucson Arizona Garden Wedding

Oh Elyse Hall, I could kiss you. Because these images? They are like gorgeous works of art. It doesn’t hurt, of course, that the Bride is simply stunning, her hubby is as dapper as they come and every detail planned by M.C. Weddings & Events is as pin-worthy to say the very least. There is just so much to ooh and aww over, and you can join me in doing so here.


From Elyse Hall PhotographyA celebration of love, friendship and fun in the heart of downtown Tucson, Arizona where Jasmine and Jake met. A natural, slightly rustic, elegant wedding with pops of local flavor. The colors were white, green, gold and neutrals.

• Ceremony – The ceremony focal point was draped with white organza and eucalyptus garland. Lanterns flowed into the aisle with delicate aisle markers of white floral.
• Reception – Centerpieces included rustic lanterns and candles with white floral and greenery spilling out onto the tables.
Special Touches – this wedding had so many personal touches!
• During cocktail hour guests were entertained with a custom made corn hole game in honor of both the bride and groom’s alma maters (Bride – the University of Arizona and Groom – University of Kansas
• Custom made wood signage designed by a friend included table numbers, bar menu, gelato menu, homage to the bride and groom’s new last name, Instagram reminder, cards and gifts, escort card directions and other miscellaneous pieces.
• Guests were treated to a special favor of Mexican maracas to shake as the bride and groom entered the reception.
• Guest book – A gold, heart piñata was hung for guest to write wishes to the bride and groom. They will break it on their first anniversary.
• Frost Gelato, a local favorite, surprised guests with an extra sweet treat
• A fun cake display was set up with cakes of various sizes, styles and flavors

From Meagan Crain M.C. Weddings & EventsJasmine and Jake are hands down one of the sweetest, funniest, down-to-earth and beautiful couples I have had the pleasure of planning with. Their day was a perfect reflection of who they are as people inside and out.

Photography : Elyse Hall Photography | Videography: UYP Productions | Event Planning: Meagan Crain, M.C. Weddings & Events | Floral Design: Atelier De LaFleur | Gown: JLM Couture, Inc | Cake: Sweet Creations | Stationery: Minted | Shoes: Jimmy Choo | DJ: Fantastic Five Entertainment | Suit: John Varvatos | Earrings and Bangles: Ryan Seacrest Distinction | Gelato: Frost Gelato | Hair & Make up: Heather Van Houten | House & Garden : The Stillwell House & Garden | Officiant: Pastor : David Hallstrom | Veil: Nina | Weddings Signs: Carly Bennett

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Fall Wedding at the Arizona Inn

We swooned over this stunning couple’s engagement shoot last year, so when I saw that Andrea Eppolito Events had planned their fall wedding and sent it our way, I was practically begging for Raylene Streuber Photography’s photos of the day. As you’re about to see, they most definitely did not disappoint.


From the stunning bride… I love fall, and my dream was always to have a fall inspired wedding with lots of color, pumpkins, and personality. Brian and I wanted the wedding to feel like us, and so bent tradition a bit and instead of a cake, we offered a pie bar. We had an awesome jazz band play the cocktail hour as a nod to my (first) degree in music, and we had our centerpieces set up on piles of books that we love – a little nod to the fact that I was reading when we met, and that we took our engagement pictures in a library. Thanks to my wedding planner for making that suggestion! We even had guests sign their favorite recipe in the William Sonoma cook books we received as a part of our registry!

The standout detail, for me, was the pumpkins. Having had a love affair with pumpkins for most of my life, I had to find a way to bring them into the wedding. After trying over and over again to bring them into the design without making the wedding look too much like Halloween I finally decided to purchase pumpkins from Hobby Lobby and create custom designs myself! With the help of some paint, a stencil, and a dremel tool – not to mention many late nights and many hours – I finally had the white pumpkins of my dreams. They were set at the entry way of the ceremony and I got to walk through them on my way to the alter. Afterwards, our wedding planner moved them to our reception, and seeing them made me so happy.

The other thing that was really important to us was that we celebrated Tucson. It’s where Brian is originally from, and it’s been my adopted home for over 5 years. With Brian being stationed out of state, we moved immediately after the wedding, and wanted one last desert party. We selected the Arizona Inn because it is historic and a staple of the community. The pink was so pretty, and the staff was incredible. Our favors were biscuits made my a local at the organic farmer’s market, and we encouraged our out of state guests to see old Tucson by setting up our rehearsal dinner downtown.

Brian and I left for our honeymoon immediately after the wedding, and moved from Tucson to Port Angeles, WA on our return. Our wedding was the perfect way to say goodbye to the city where we met and fell in love.

Photography: Raylene Streuber Photography | Floral Design: In Full Bloom Floral Studio | Wedding Dress: Justin Alexander | Venue: The Arizona Inn | Accessories: Twigs & Honey | Bridal Shop: Adora | Planning: Andrea Eppolito Events

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At Home Engagement + WIUP

To me, a day spent in your PJ’s with the one you love is the best kind of day. And that’s exactly the heart behind this sweet-as-pie e-sesh from miss Elizabeth McDonnell. She captured these Tucson love bugs cuddled up in their comfies, and it might just inspire you to spend your Saturday morning the very same way. (Pssst: this week’s winners are waiting down below!)

From Elizabeth McDonnell Photography… Jeremiah and Alexis have been together for ten years…starting a romance at the ripe old age of 18. Most people say that you know nothing at 18, which is so very, very true- but these two actually knew what they had and never let it go. When they asked me to take their engagement photos I was ecstatic- and knew that Jeremiah and Alexis (the very talented owners of Avenue Boutique, here in Tucson) would have all sorts of cute things planned. Boy was I right!

Starting with the pajama set in bed- these two know style. From their adorable Arizona bungalow residence, to the couples unique style- and gorgeous looks, this engagement session was a dream to shoot! For this session the couple first was photographed in bed, doing what they always do- knitting and playing music. Next the couple played cowboys and indians and the Parker Brothers- Clue on the floor of their ‘Arizona Room’.

For the last set of photos in pajamas the couple is featured on their front porch. Next- the couple put on their casual wear and we took some photos around their yard and on their backyard bed. The bed sits under a very old eucalyptus tree. Finally, the couple put on their third and final outfit of the shoot and we went in front of some old paddle cactus to take the last set of photos.

Photography: Elizabeth McDonnell Photography | Invitations: Abbey Malcolm Press | Styling and Clothing: Avenue Boutique

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