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Fall Desert Elopement Inspiration | Tucson Elopement Photographers

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Fall Desert Elopement Inspiration | Tucson Elopement Photographers

We love styled shoots and this one is pretty special to us. These shoots create unique experiences to connect with wedding vendor friends and allows each person involved to put their creativity and talents to use. If you've been following us for the last year, you might have noticed that we've been shooting with film a lot lately. It's completely stolen our hearts and sparked a new passion for photography. This shoot is almost all film and it's safe to say that we're thrilled with the results! An added blessing is that this shoot was featured on Ruffled blog yesterday! Check it out, here.  

We love the desert and it's no secret that it's so on trend right now. For this shoot, we wanted to inspire couple's eloping to consider the desert as their fall "I do" destination. What the desert lacks in red and orange falling leaves, it makes up for in stunning views, unique landscapes and fantastic fall weather. Basically, the perfect place to elope and spend a few days soaking up the sun with your new hubby or wife by your side. 

While we love gorgeous white dresses and lavish wedding details, we wanted to inspire couples who want to plan a meaningful, low-key, but hip wedding day. We thought of the girl who had always dreamed of wearing something unique on her wedding day, so this bride donned a stunning lace burgundy dress while her laid back groom sports his favorite jeans and hat. Rachel of The Powder Room Bridal created a stunning look for our bride with a natural look paired with a pop of fall color on her lips. Incredible designs by Alexis Grace Florals brought a little romance to the desert scene and tied in those gorgeous fall colors with a southwest twist. Your wedding day is all about marrying the one you love, so forget about the social norms and plan a wedding that is uniquely you.

Our good friend Kelly of Le Champagne Projects, designed a romantic private dinner party for two, complete with candlelight, a twinkling fireplace and wild florals. Burgundy, plum and lavender tones are woven throughout the scene and pair with the desert colors beautifully. What boho desert bride wouldn't want that beautiful cake on their wedding day? Alia of Crumbs Cake Boutique made this gorgeous white cake that we paired with an ever so fitting real cactus & succulent topper.

To present a unique, authentic feel we used real couple, Meredith & Caleb who are madly in love desert dwellers, with a fun, hip style all their own. We love to see creative couples express themselves on their wedding day and hope this shoot will inspire more couples to think outside the box! 

Thanks for sharing in our joy, friends! If you follow us on instagram, prepare to be inundated with these photos for a long time! :) 

 

Photographers: Betsy & John Photography

Planning & Design: Le Champagne Projects

Florals: Alexis Grace Florals

Hair & Makeup: The Powder Room Bridal

Cake: Crumbs Cake Boutique

Bride's Dress & Accessories: Forever 21
 

 

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Navy & Salmon Stardance Barn Wedding in Tucson

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Navy & Salmon Stardance Barn Wedding in Tucson

Hannah & Mike had a stunning Tucson summer wedding with vibrant hues and incredible desert and mountain views. 

It was a warm summer day in Tucson and the sun was shining bright on Hannah & Mike's wedding day! Spirits were high and everyone was totally joyful. We could not have asked for better clients, seriously. If you haven't been to Stardance in Tucson, this place is lovely. It's one of Tucson's only barn venues and it's surrounded by some pretty incredible desert veiws. (If you've been following us for any time at all, you know we have an obsession with the desert!) The day was lovely and not even the scorching Tucson heat could kill the good vibes that day! 

Congratulations Hannah & Mike! Thanks for letting us be a part of your special day. 

Hugs, Betsy &John 

Classic and elegant navy blue wedding shoes with bows on top
Orange and salmon rose boutonnieres with striped navy and white ribbon. So dreamy! 
Beautiful bridal bouquet with pink peonies, protea pincushion, salmon and orange roses tied with a striped navy and white ribbon
Hannah's sweetheart neckline, strapless dress hanging on display at Stardance.
Handsome groom getting ready, looking out the window.
Gorgeous cushion cut halo engagement ring shot! 
Beautiful bride and bridesmaids in navy with salmon bouquets, smiling at the camera.
Stunning bouquets with pink peonies, orange and salmon roses with silver dollar eucalyptus. 
Bride and her bridesmaids in navy dresses with salmon and pink bouquets. Tucson mountains in background
Bridesmaids and bride walking. Gorgeous Tucson Wedding at Stardance. 
Bride in strapless sweetheart neckline wedding dress holding bouquet. Beautiful bouquet with pink peonies, salmon roses, orange protea pincushion and eucalyptus. 
Handsome Groomsmen in navy gingham shirts with orange ties and navy suits. Beautiful mountain views in the background! 
Handsome Groom and groomsmen in navy at Stardance Tucson, walking towards the camera.
Gorgeous Wedding party in navy standing in front of the gorgeous mountain backdrops at Tucson wedding venue, Stardance.
Bride and groom walking with bridal party. 
Beautiful salmon and pink bridesmaid bouquet with ribbon blowing in the wind. 
Bride and groom standing in a gorgeous desert setting. Love those stunning mountain views an the cactus in the background! Perfect desert wedding venue.
 Stardance is the perfect spot for a desert wedding! Gorgeous Tucson mountain views, saguaro and prickly pear in the background. 
Bride and groom smiling at each other under bride's veil.
Bride and groom walking towards the camera. Groom holding bouquet and bride holding her dress. Love the light and airy feel of this beautiful Tucson summer wedding. 
Bride hugging her groom, who is smiling at the camera. Love that beautiful desert light shining from behind them! 
Mountain views from Tucson wedding venue, Stardance with prickly pear cactus in the foreground. 
Groom carrying his brides dress as she treks through the rocky Tucson desert in heels.
Beautiful arbor draped with florals as you walk into the ceremony site.
Reserved seats, roped off with paper flags.
Groomsmen holding the wedding info that guests also used as fans. What a great idea for a hot wedding day! 
Best man and maid of honor walking down the aisle. 
Love the groom's reaction as he sees his bride walking down the aisle! 
Bride and her dad walking down the aisle.
Groom and father of the bride shaking hands at the alter.
Bride and groom saying their vows to each other at their Tucson, Stardance wedding.
Sealed with a kiss. First kiss as husband and wife! 
Bridesmaids holding bouquets during the ceremony.
Beautiful arbor at ceremony site with guests in the background.
Celebrating as husband and wife.
Bride and groom walking down the aisle as they say I do at Tucson wedding venue, Stardance.
Tucson barn wedding venue, Stardance, all set up for the cocktail hour, complete with custom cornhole game! 
Cute mailbox card holder that matches the wedding decor with their new last name on it! Love this idea.
Handwritten signs on weathered wood all over this wedding! Love it! 
Lucky in love sign hanging from the top of the barn, where the cocktail hour will take place.
Cute custom chalkboard signs at the bar.
Every summer wedding needs water for their guests! Temperatures soared up to 105 degrees on this wedding day! 
Bride and groom holding hands, standing side by side.
Bride and groom photos in front of the gorgeous mountain backdrops at Stardance wedding venue in Tucson. What a perfect spot for a Tucson wedding! 
Bride and groom looking at each other lovingly. Bride holding her beautiful pink and salmon bouquet! 
Beautiful bride with her hair blowing in the wind, looking at the camera.
Gorgeous bride holding her bouquet in a gorgeous desert setting with huge mountains in the background. Love this wedding venue! 
Handsome groom staring at his beautiful bride while she gets her photos taken. Love the way he looks at her!! 
Bride and groom standing in front of the barn doors at Stardance in Tucson. 
Groom leading his bride to their reception! 
Beautiful navy and orange reception set up at Tucson barn wedding venue, Stardance.
Love the orange and navy color scheme of this wedding reception! Candles everywhere and a super cute thank you on each plate.
Romantic barn wedding venue in Tucson, Stardance.
Bride and groom's grand entrance into the reception. 
Grand entrance into reception
Bride and groom's first dance.
Groom dancing at reception
 dancing at reception
dancing at wedding reception
kissing at reception

 

 

Photography: Betsy & John

Venue: Stardance 

Florals: a family friend

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Salt River Phoenix Desert Elopement

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Salt River Phoenix Desert Elopement

When Jane and Blair told us they were eloping and wanted to book us for a photo session to celebrate, we were so excited! Not only are these two model material, but they have a sweet, gentle love for each other that really shines through their images. We strolled along dirt paths, surrounded by grassy fields of mesquite trees. He held her hand and looked at her adoringly as they carefully walked through the thick grass. A long week of rainy days preceded their session, so the once deserty landscape was lush and beautiful. Jane & Blair were quiet and pensive, but so connected even in silence. It was a cool day and the clouds hung low, but peeked out just in time to give us those gorgeous golden hour portraits that we can't live without. It was such a stunning day to celebrate marriage! We feel so honored when couples choose us to document their wedding days and this instance is no different. Big or small, every wedding day is just as special as the next. Congratulations Jane & Blair!!

XO, Betsy & John 

Stunning purple and white bouquet with tons of greenery by Butterfly Petals! 
Bride and groom, walking through the mesquite trees along the Salt river in Phoenix after their elopement.
Gorgeous, romantic purple and burgundy bouquet filled with greenery by the talented Butterfly Petals! 
Couple smiling at each other just after their elopement!
Groom smiling, holding bride's bouquet
Groom hugging his new bride at their Phoenix bride and groom session, the day after they eloped! 
Such a sweet photo of groom kissing his new bride on the forehead at their Phoenix elopement.
Stunning bouquet shot on film
Gorgeous bride embracing her groom who is holding her bouquet. Gorgeous salt river views in the background.
Black and white photo of groom holding bouquet and bride smiling and hugging her groom.
Straightening his tie, wearing a classy burgundy jacket.
Bride holding her bouquet having a quiet moment on her wedding day.
Romantic Phoenix Elopement along the salt river by Phoenix wedding Photographers, Betsy & John
Stunning burgundy, purple bouquet by Phoenix florist, Butterfly Petals laying on a rock along the banks of the Salt River.
Beautiful bride and groom embracing at their Phoenix elopement with the Salt River in the background.
Groom buttoning his burgundy jacket on his wedding day.
Dreamy bridal portrait of a gorgeous bride on her wedding day.
Black and white film photo of groom along the Salt River in Phoenix, AZ.
Couple embracing on their wedding day with amazing desert views in the background.
Stunning desert views with an incredible sunset in Phoenix, Arizona.
It's the little details like this about a wedding day that we cherish so much.
A romantic moment on their wedding day in Phoenix, Arizona.
Phoenix elopement, bride and groom session near the Salt River in Phoenix, Arizona.
Cactus and saguaros with desert and mountain views in the background. Phoenix, Arizona wedding. 
Stunning desert elopement by Phoenix wedding photographers, Betsy & John.
Beautiful couple smiling at each other on the day of their elopement in Phoenix, AZ.
Kissing his bride's forehead. Romantic wedding day portrait in black and white.
Groom twirling his bride in the desert on their wedding day.
Hip groom in the desert on his wedding day in Phoenix, AZ. 
Phoenix, Arizona desert at sunset. Love the cactus in the foreground.
Bride and groom smiling at the camera with a gorgeous Phoenix sunset on their wedding day! 
Peacefully looking our over the desert on their wedding day with a gorgeous Phoenix sunset in the background.

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Marissa & Tim Phoenix Desert Botanical Gardens Wedding

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Marissa & Tim Phoenix Desert Botanical Gardens Wedding

Marissa & Tim had an absolutely stunning and elegant wedding at the Phoenix Desert Botanical Gardens. The day was filled with hues of blues and greens with loads of gorgeous cactus! 

It was so fun to shoot Marissa & Tim's gorgeous Desert Botanical Garden wedding alongside the very talented Monica Mae Photography. The gardens are a gorgeous venue for a wedding and a great reminder of how stunning the desert can be. Marissa & Tim created a wedding day that was whimsical, wholesome and fun. They were surrounded by a lively bunch of wonderful people who cherished and uplifted them throughout the whole day. What a gorgeous place to for Marissa & Tim to begin their journey as husband and wife! Check out Monica's photos of this gorgeous wedding, featured on Junebug Weddings.

Tall, hairy cactus at the Phoenix desert botanical gardens 
Groom buttoning his light blue suit with seersucker lining from Express
Bride walking through the Desert Botanical Gardens on her way to the first look
First Look  
holding hands in the cactus garden
Gorgeous mountain views from the Phoenix Desert Botanical Gardens
Phoenix Desert Botanical Gardens Wedding. Bride and groom looking at each other smiling
Embracing in the cactus garden
Beautiful bride with ornate floral hair clip
Bride and groom hugging and laughing 
Groom in light blue suit with cactus in the background
Bride dropping her dress
Groomsmen pinning on groom's boutonniere 
Groomsmen shoes
Bride and groom laughing with the bridal party in the background
Groomsmen laughing
holding hands
looking at his bride
Phoenix Desert Botanical Gardens Wedding. Bride twirling in her dress
Bride under gorgeous lace edged veil
Chalkboard sign
wedding at the Desert Botanical Gardens
Reading vows during the ceremony
Walking down the aisle as husband and wife
Gorgeous prickly pear cactus at the Phoenix Desert Botanical Gardens
Unique cactus and beautiful desert landscaping at the Phoenix Desert Botanical Gardens

 Lead Shooter: Monica Mae Photography | Second Shooter: Betsy and John | Venue: Desert Botanical Garden | Hair & Makeup Artist: Lidia Win | Wedding Dress: David’s Bridal | Bridal Accessories: Twigs and Honey | Groom’s Apparel: Express

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