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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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Alyssa & Dave's Tucson Desert Engagement Session

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Alyssa & Dave's Tucson Desert Engagement Session

We had so much fun with Alyssa & Dave at their gorgeous Tucson desert engagement session! Can you believe these glowy desert veiws?

This couple is so sweet and a match made in heaven. They are both mellow and kind with a crazy love for each other. Dave was so sweet and gentle with his bride to be, we just know that he is going to make an incredible husband! Alyssa & Dave both live in San Fransisco, so we met up with them while we were there shooting a wedding a few months back. They looked so cute and we were SO excited to be shooting an engagement session in the bay area! Unfortunately, the weather had other plans for the day, because it was super gloomy and crazy windy (like so many days in the bay area!) We got a handful of super cute shots, but it was not what any of us had in mind! When A & D were back in Tucson a few months later, we convinced them to meet up for a mini desert engagement session to show off their Tucson roots. We are SO glad they agreed, because look at this gorgeous, sunny desert! Tucson was showing off for this one and we couldn't be happier with how they turned out. 

We have been anxiously awaiting Alyssa & Dave's big day at the gorgeous Tubac Golf resort (which is our all time favorite venue to shoot at) and it's finally here! We are working with an incredible team of vendors and we are ready to capture this wonderful day for this amazing couple. Congratulations Alyssa & Dave! Thank you for inviting to be a part of your big day. We adore you two!! Thanks for tuning in friends. Hope everyone has an incredible weekend!

Hugs,

Betsy & John

 

Gorgeous couple hugging at their Tucson desert engagement session
Gorgeous Tucson desert engagement session. Groom adoringly looking at his beautiful bride. 
Beautiful bride to be smiling at her Tucson engagement photos with Betsy & John.
Bride & groom to be smiling at each other at their desert engagement session.
Handsome guy in suit with cactus in the background
Cute couple dancing in the desert at their Tucson engagement session. Gorgeous desert light and cactus glowing in the background.
Groom hugging his gorgeous bride to be
Beautiful girl in gorgeous green dress with the desert in the background.
How gorgeous is this halo diamond engagement ring on this cactus? We love ring shots like this!! 
We love their outfits Alyssa & Dave chose for their engagement session. Her green dress compliments the gorgeous desert gorgeous desert tones perfectly.
Gorgeous couple hugging at their engagement session in Tucson, AZ with the golden hour desert in the background. 
Cute couple walking in the desert. Love all that glowing cactus and gorgeous Tucson mountains in the background! 
Black and white landscape shot of the gorgeous Tucson desert with huge saguaros and prickly pear.
Couple holding hands in the desert at their Tucson engagement session. Gorgeous greens and beautiful engagement ring.
This girl looks so happy to be marrying the man of her dreams. Love the way he's hugging her.
How sweet is this couple kissing in the desert?! This beautiful desert view is to die for and that leg pop is adorable. We love black and white photos, they are so romantic! 
Twirling her beautiful green dress in the desert. Perfect example of what to wear to your engagement session, so elegant.
Gorgeous black and white portrait of this smiling bride to be
Couple kissing at their engagement session with the golden hour desert in the background. So cute! 
Couple walking in the desert holding hands! 
Black and white photo of a couple holding hands, looking at each other at their desert engagement session. 
Couple walking in the desert holding hands with huge mountains in the background. 
Gorgeous black and white ring shot of a round halo diamond engagement ring.
Engagement photo of an adorable couple hugging each other with the Tucson sunset and gorgeous desert in the background at golden hour. 

Thanks for veiwing this beautiful couple's session! Check back later to see photos of their gorgeous Tubac golf resort wedding! XOXO

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Mike & Brittany Desert Anniversary Session

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Mike & Brittany Desert Anniversary Session

Mike & Brittany had the most stunning bohemian desert anniversary session ever! It was inspired by Tucson and it didn't disappoint! Smoke bombs, gorgeous florals and smoke bombs. Interested yet?

When Mike and Brittany asked us about doing an anniversary session, we just knew it was going to be incredible. These two are sweet, mellow and fashionable musicians with a crazy mad love for each other. Mike and Brittany met at a music conference as teenagers, had a whirlwind romance and tied the knot a short time later. Since getting married, they moved to Tucson, an Arizona desert town, deeply rooted in a culture of music and art. Mike and Brittany fell in love with the culture and community they found in Tucson. They just celebrated 8 years of being married and wanted to create a shoot that represented not only their love for each other, but the rich connection they have established with their little desert town. We created a shoot for them that was inspired by the southwest desert, filled with eclectic, geometric details and just gushing with romance.

We feel so blessed that this gorgeous session was featured on Green Wedding Shoes

White and Gold Wedding Cake by Crumbs Cake Boutique in Tucson 
Candles in glass hurricane vases with succulents, air plants and cholla bones 
Romantic desert anniversary session with cactus and blue smoke bombs
Boho bride with a braid and a gorgeous white floral clip in her hair
Beautiful desert set up with lanterns, candles and prickly pear cactus
Trendy boho bride holding organic bouquet, kissing her husband with a man bun. 
Candles and air plants on a gorgeous Turkish kilim rug
Bride and groom at desert alter with candles
Beautiful lantern in the desert with candles, air plants and eucalyptus 
Bride and groom hugging in the desert with cactus in the background and pink smoke surrounding them
Groom cuddling with bride sitting down in the desert
Beautiful white and gold two tiered cake with cactus in the background
Romantic desert anniversary session. Wood stumps with candles, lanterns and air plants. Beautiful prickly pear cactus in the background.
Bride and groom holding hands with huge saguaro in the background
Gorgeous blond bride with braid and boho hair
Lanterns, candles and cow hide rugs in the desert
Pink smoke bombs in the desert
Candles and air plant on a red Turkish kilim rug
hipster groom hugging his bride who is holding a gorgeous green and white bouquet
Husband and wife celebrating with champagne in the desert
Romantic desert set up with candles, air plants and cholla wood

Click the image below to see the full feature on Green Wedding Shoes! 

photography, planning + design: Betsy and John // location: Tucson, Arizona // florals: Alexis Grace Florals // hair + makeup: Powder Room Bridal // bakery: Crumbs Cake Boutique // couple: Mike & Brittany // dress: Forever 21

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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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