Melissa Holland Photography, Tucson Wedding Photographer: Blog https://www.mhollandphotography.com/blog en-us (C) Melissa Holland Photography, Tucson Wedding Photographer mhollandphotography@gmail.com (Melissa Holland Photography, Tucson Wedding Photographer) Mon, 11 Apr 2022 16:45:00 GMT Mon, 11 Apr 2022 16:45:00 GMT https://www.mhollandphotography.com/img/s/v-12/u531366886-o574692098-50.jpg Melissa Holland Photography, Tucson Wedding Photographer: Blog https://www.mhollandphotography.com/blog 120 80 Tyler + Caitlin // Mount Lemmon Elopement https://www.mhollandphotography.com/blog/2022/4/mount-lemmon-elopement

What do you do when your wedding gets postponed because of a pandemic?!

 THIS! 

Tyler and Caitlin found a beautiful spot (shhhh....it's a secret and I'll never tell) up on Mount Lemmon to get married surrounded by their closest friends and family. They exchanged letters in private (cue the tears), said their vows in the woods (it was magical) and danced as husband in wife in the middle of the highway (so cute)!

These two had me smiling all day and I can't wait for their BIG celebration this month!
 

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Joseph + Senovia // Tucson Museum of Art Wedding https://www.mhollandphotography.com/blog/2022/3/tucson-museum-of-art-wedding

After so many cancellations and reschedules in 2020, weddings were back in 2021 - oh happy day! Senovia and Joseph had a beautiful COVID friendly celebration last spring (masks, social distancing and live streaming are the new norm) and everything about their day had me smiling. Their vision of a rustic/vintage/simple party with pops of color and Mexican cultural influences complemented the historic Tucson Presidio neighborhood perfectly.

Wishing you two a lifetime of love, laughter and dancing! 

Venue: Tucson Museum of Art

Bridal Gown: J Bridal Boutique

Hair and Makeup: Haus of Dreams 

Florist: Eastland Alley Co

Planning: Amore Events 

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Aaron + Ashley // Engagement Session https://www.mhollandphotography.com/blog/2022/2/senoitaarizonaengagementsession

Aaron and Ashley met through a mutual friend twelve years ago. Their first date was at Winter Haven and the rest is history! They are best friends who love to be silly and make each other laugh. Aaron proposed in August of 2020 while staying in a cabin in the White Mountains. They were both full of smiles and giggles at our engagement session down in Senoita last year. I am so excited for their spring wedding!

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Kathryn + Michael // Engagement Session https://www.mhollandphotography.com/blog/2022/1/tucsondesertengagementsession

I can't wait for this sweet couple's spring wedding at Hacienda Del Sol! We had a great time getting to know each other during their engagement shoot in the Mercado District and out in the desert. 

Michael and Kathryn met playing on a social kickball team in Fall 2017. Their first date was at a local place called Miss Saigon where they both got Ramen (maybe not the most attractive thing to eat on a first date haha). Afterwards they watched a movie at Mike's apartment called Rubber about a killer tire (yes, you read that right, a killer tire) - the movie was so bad they didn't even finish it. Luckily, the chemistry was there between them so they agreed to have another date despite the awful movie choice. They became official boyfriend/girlfriend on March 4, 2018. Their hobbies include cooking, hiking, mountain biking, skiing, playing volleyball, traveling and hanging out binging TV series.

They got engaged on February 14, 2021 while hiking Maiden Pools. On Valentines Day 2020 they did the same hike and took a picnic. At Maiden Pools they were able to find a secluded spot with their own private waterfall. Because of this, Mike suggested doing the same hike the following year. Mike practically ran up the mountain to get to Maiden Pools, with Kathryn questioning what the rush was. When they finally reached the same spot and sat down Mike got down on one knee and proposed and it was perfect! 

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Preston + Kelsie // Engagement Session https://www.mhollandphotography.com/blog/2021/11/tucsondesertengagementsession I had a blast with Preston and Kelsie over in the Mercardo District and out in the desert for their spring engagement session. They had me laughing the whole time and I am so excited for their December wedding! I love hearing how my couples met and got engaged. This one is totally them! 

We met back in the fall of 2017 and not even a week into our relationship I randomly invited Preston to a hockey game with my friends for my birthday not knowing he coaches/plays/loves hockey. He joins us, I socialize the entire time. Basically a good descriptor of our relationship, Kelsie chatting and entertaining the crowd while Preston does all of the activities and loves Kelsie unconditionally.

We got engaged in Sedona in January 2021. We were out for breakfast at the airport restaurant watching airplanes land. What a surprise!! Preston was searching hikes to do and found one with an amazing view. We went back to change and got ready to hike and while driving to the hike Kelsie was reading directions. Preston said, "No no that's not what I thought you'd do, just put it in your phone." The phone didn't give the location so we guessed. Well at the end of directions on all trail it says "Parking on the right, trailhead on the left." We missed that! We parked on right, saw people hiking up the right trailhead, so of course we followed! We got to the top and it was a mesa. We realized we were totally off. Kelsie wanted to punt and go for a beer and a burger. Turns out three hours of hiking is long enough for her. Preston convinced her to keep going. Two hours into the next hike, Kelsie was ready to put her feet up. We ran into another couple, who informed us we weren't even halfway and there was two feet of snow at the top. Preston agreed to pull off the trail for the beers we brought. In the most beautiful desolate area, Preston popped the question! Very memorable trip, for sure!

 

 

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Alex + Corine // Hacienda Del Sol Wedding https://www.mhollandphotography.com/blog/2021/10/haciendadelsolwedding

This day was extra special. It was my first time back behind the camera in months and this couple pulled off the perfect, COVID friendly, intimate wedding at Hacienda Del Sol. The weather was gorgeous, everyone was in such great spirits and the love shared between these two was evident in so many ways! 

Wishing you happiness, love and laughter on your journey together!

Venue: Hacienda Del Sol

Bridal Gown: Maggie Sottero gown from Maya Palace

DJ: Raza Entertainment

Florist: Desert Blooms Flowers

Second Photographer: Audria Abney

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Daniela + Sigberto // Downtown Tucson Engagement Session https://www.mhollandphotography.com/blog/2021/10/downtowntucsonengagementsession  These two are seriously the sweetest! They were full of smiles and giggles as we walked around downtown Tucson and I can't get over the way Sig looked at her! So much love right there.

Daniela's outfit perfectly complemented the spring flowers down in the barrio and we found a gorgeous spot for champagne and dancing.

Have a blast at your October wedding in Mexico. Wishing you both a lifetime of love and happiness! 

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Andrew + Stephenie // Couples Session https://www.mhollandphotography.com/blog/2021/9/tucsonengagementphotography

These two were so much fun! Their wedding plans had to be changed because of COVID, but we made the best of it and had an amazing shoot on the most perfect fall day in the cutest, hidden neighborhood in Tucson and out in the desert. I love the chemistry and energy they share! They were full of laughs and so much love.

Wishing you all the best on your journey together!

 

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Tucson Micro Wedding https://www.mhollandphotography.com/blog/2021/9/tucson-micro-wedding

Renee and Derek had to cancel their plans for a big fall wedding due to the pandemic, but what happened instead was magical!

With the help of family and friends, they had the perfect intimate and romantic backyard wedding. It was wonderful to be back at it and witness love and laughter after so many difficult months.

Congratulations to the happy couple and thanks for having me capture your day! 

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Casey + Zoe // Catalina State Park Wedding https://www.mhollandphotography.com/blog/2021/1/catalinastateparktucsonwedding

Looking back on this beautiful wedding brings me such happiness! It feels good to be reminded of life before the pandemic - when embraces, laughter without masks, and large group celebrations were the norm. 

I first met Casey and Zoe at Pueblo Vida Brewing in downtown Tucson in early 2019. They met on Tinder (a modern romance) just under five years ago. Their first date was at a very hip bar in Spokane, WA and ended at the pizza place across the street. Zoe's heart was soon stolen with his homemade pizza and their fates were sealed. However, they had to endure long distance for a few years before Zoe finally moved down to Tucson. 

These two are a perfect match in every way and their engagement story is perfectly them! From Zoe: 

"Last September, we had gotten home after getting ice cream from Dairy Queen and we were sitting in the backyard. Casey had been talking about a surprise he was working on, with a jeweler. I had my suspicions, but had sufficiently squashed them to prevent any potential disappointment if it wasn't an engagement ring. It totally was, but when Casey presented the ring to me and said "Do you wanna...?" My reaction was to say, "Oh, wow!" And accept the ring while my little hamster wheel very slowly processed what was happening. I figured it out....eventually, and everyone made fun of me forever."

Since they are anything but traditional, they wanted something different for their engagement session. In case you missed it, check it out here

They had a beautiful January day for their celebration at Catalina State Park. The party continued with delicious food, dancing and so much laughter at Casey's parents' house. This was the last wedding I documented before COVID hit. It took me this long to post it because so much of my motivation left when the pandemic changed everything. But it feels good to be back! 

Love is out there. Every day. Everywhere. Even in a pandemic.

Stay safe and healthy friends!

 

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Brock + Adilene // Tanque Verde Ranch, Tucson Wedding https://www.mhollandphotography.com/blog/2020/9/tanque-verde-ranch-tucson-wedding

Knight + Enriquez Wedding

What an absolutely gorgeous and perfect day for Brock and Adi's wedding! These two are so in love and it was such an honor to witness their marriage along with their sweet friends and family. The stunning desert landscape provided the perfect backdrop as they took their first steps as husband and wife!

Warmest congratulations and love to you both and thanks for making my last wedding of 2019 definitely the best!

Vendor/Friendor Team:

Venue: Tanque Verde Ranch

Bridal Gown: Maya Palace

Hair and Makeup: Heather Van Houten Makeup & Hair

DJ: Raza Entertainment 

Event Decor: Frostings Event Design & Rentals

Bakery: Suspiros Bakery

Videographer: Pablo Mercado

Second Photographer: Stephanie Bloom // Photographer's Assistant: Maddie Begley

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Colby + Megan // Stillwell House, Tucson Wedding https://www.mhollandphotography.com/blog/2020/7/stillwell-house-tucson-wedding

This wedding holds a special place in my heart! 

When I first met with Megan and Colby for coffee to learn about their wedding plans, I immediately saw what an awesome couple they were and loved the story of how they met. Megan’s childhood best friend was dating Colby’s childhood best friend and they brought the two of them along on a blind double date and that was it! In the last four years they have bought a house together, had a daughter together, and have loved traveling and experiencing life together. 

Everything they envisioned for their fall wedding fit with my style and I was so excited at the possibility to get to work with them! And then I found out Colby was the son of Jon and Georgina of Something Blue Photography. Oh wow! So not only was I super excited to get to photograph their son’s wedding, I was extremely nervous - the pressure was on!

But once the planning got underway and we did the engagement shoot (check it out here), all my nervousness went away! 

These two have such a deep connection and the family bonds they share with their children and extended relatives made for a day I will remember always! 

XO

(p.s. make sure to check out the vendor dream team at the end)

Venue: The Stillwell House & Gardens

Bridal Gown: Uptown Bridal & Boutique

Bridesmaid Dresses: Lulus

Groomsmen Attire: Nick’s Menswear

DJ: Fantastic Five Entertainment

Florist: Posh Petals

Bakery: Ambrosia Cakes

Second Photographer: Stephanie Bloom

Photographer’s Assistant: Maddie Begley

 

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Tyler + Mariko // Highlands at Dove Mountain Wedding https://www.mhollandphotography.com/blog/2020/4/highlands-at-dove-mountain-wedding

These two sweethearts had me smiling all day!

Tyler and Mariko had a beautiful wedding filled with sunshine, smiles, and so much love. Their story is the sweetest. 

From the bride:

Tyler and I have known each other for the past nine years. We met each other through my sister in Middle School. Marisa, my sister, was already friends with Tyler and I convinced her to, essentially, "spy" on him and tell me if he liked anyone. In 8th grade, both of us went on a trip to New York with our school. It was there that we told each other that we "liked liked" each other. Starting Freshman year of High school (2011), we went on our first date to the zoo. It was a really big deal because Tyler just learned to drive. He was so sweet, he drove me, my sister, and our two friends to the zoo on our date. The rest is history :)

Tyler proposed to me on his birthday in 2017. I took him out to dinner and, I remember, he was extremely nervous. He was fidgeting and constantly messing with something throughout the entire dinner. As we were walking out, he suggested that we take a walk through Reid park. It was late and that made me nervous. So I insisted that, instead, we walk through Target because I needed to buy a toothbrush. Tyler gave this huge sighed, reached in the car and got down on one knee. He proposed. I started crying. I was so surprised and happy. Obviously, I said yes.

Fast forward to November 12, 2019! My favorite part of their wedding was watching both families beam with happiness - especially the kids on the dance floor! I also loved the little details - sunflowers, skeleton keys, and lace all made for such a beautiful day!

Venue: The Highlands at Dove Mountain

Bridal Gown: Melissa Sweet from David's Bridal

Bridesmaid Dresses: JJ's House

Hair and Makeup: The Powder Room

Musician/DJ: Hans Hutchison

Florist: Good Sunflower

Bakery: Jamie Cakes Bakery Boutique

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Rey + Janelle // Park Avenue, Tucson Wedding https://www.mhollandphotography.com/blog/2020/3/park-avenue-tucson-wedding-photography

This wedding was everything I dreamed it would be and more! Janelle and Rey are the sweetest couple and I have had so much fun getting to know them over the last year. We first met to discuss wedding plans over beers in downtown Tucson and I knew from that moment, their wedding was going to be a blast! Their engagement session up on Mount Lemmon was one of my absolute favorites. In case you missed it, check it out here!

Located in the Lost Barrio, Park Avenue Weddings was the perfect spot for these two to celebrate. The historic train backdrop complemented the bridesmaids' maroon dresses and the industrial warehouse space was ideal for the epic late night dance party.

So much love and laughter all day long and I couldn't stop smiling!

 Congratulations to the newlyweds!

Venue: Park Ave Weddings

Bridal Gown/Bridesmaid Dresses: Halyey Paige from J Bridal Boutique 

Hair and Makeup: I Do Hair and Makeup Artistry

Florist: Evergreen Flowers

Bakery: Zule's Sweets and Things

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Ross + Gabby // Hacienda Del Sol Wedding https://www.mhollandphotography.com/blog/2020/2/hacienda-del-sol-wedding-tucson-photographer

What a gorgeous day in the desert for these two to say "I do!"

The natural beauty of Hacienda Del Sol was the perfect backdrop for Ross and Gabby to tie the knot and celebrate with friends and family all weekend long. From the sweet letters they shared with each other beforehand and the first look that was filled with smiles and tears, to the quiet moment during the ceremony when the couple got to take a moment to breathe it all in, it was a day to remember! Congratulations to this awesome couple! 

In case you missed their engagement session with their adorable dog Maple, check it out here!

Rockstar Vendor Team:

Venue: Hacienda Del Sol

Wedding Planner: Crain + Co Events

Hair & Makeup: Heather Van Houten Makeup & Hair

Bridal Gown: J Bridal Boutique

Florist: Posh Petals

Band: The Walkens

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Backyard Wedding // Tucson, AZ https://www.mhollandphotography.com/blog/2020/1/backyard-wedding-photography-tucson  

The elegant simplicity of this small, backyard, family wedding made for the most beautiful celebration! These two had me smiling all day and documenting their sweet ceremony was an honor.

Congratulations to the happy couple! Wishing you lots of love, laughter and dancing! Seriously. Check out their epic dance moves below!

Best. Day. Ever. 

XO

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Dennis + Samantha // Highlands at Dove Mountain Wedding https://www.mhollandphotography.com/blog/2019/12/highlands-at-dove-mountain-tucson-wedding

Dennis and Samantha had the most beautiful celebration last spring! The mountain views, the warm desert sun, and the soft spring breeze made for a perfect day. The couple met while in college back in 2015 and got engaged on a snowy mountain in Colorado along with their dog! As soon as I met these two, I knew their wedding would be filled with so much laughter and love. They made a huge move across the pond to Germany the summer before the wedding and did most of the planning abroad. Everything turned out gorgeous! Samantha's family did a beautiful job with the decorations and their dessert table is one of my favorites to date!

Congratulations and cheers to the couple!

Venue: The Highlands at Dove Mountain

Bridal Gown: Sima Couture

Bridesmaid Dresses: Azazie

Groomsmen Attire: Men's Wearhouse/Kenneth Cole

Hair and Makeup: Salon Blonde

DJ: Fantastic Five Entertainment 

 

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Casey + Zoe // Pinball & Desert Portrait Session https://www.mhollandphotography.com/blog/2019/11/pinball-desert-engagement-session

Getting to know Casey and Zoe over pinball and cold beers was the best! While planning their portrait session, Zoe read my mind when she suggested D&D Pinball downtown. I always want my couples to have fun and feel comfortable during their shoot, so I encourage locations that will put them at ease. These two were all laughs and snuggles while they battled it out on Star Wars, Twilight Zone, and more! Next stop was the peace and quiet of the Sonoran Desert. It was a beautiful evening with soft cloud cover and a slight breeze. I learned about Casey's love of restoring old watches, the story behind Zoe's beautiful ring, and their plans for a fun celebration with friends and family in the mountains to celebrate their marriage! These two are the most down to earth, easy-going, and sweet couple and their wedding next year at Catalina State Park is going to be amazing!

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Brock + Adilene // Desert Engagement Session https://www.mhollandphotography.com/blog/2019/10/tucson-desert-engagement-photography It was a beautiful, warm, sunny, spring day out in the desert for Brock and Adilene's engagement shoot! The dreamy desert light wrapped these two up as they laughed, cuddled, enjoyed champagne and talked about their wedding plans. But before we were treated to a stunning mountain sunset, we started the shoot in the Mercado district just west of downtown Tucson. Adi was drawn to the quaint streets with row houses, romantic archways and plazas that added a European feel to our session. I love all the genuine smiles and intimacy in these images and it was so much fun getting to know Adi and Brock. Their November wedding at Tanque Verde Guest Ranch is going to be amazing!

 

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Chris + Megan // Ventana Canyon Wedding https://www.mhollandphotography.com/blog/2019/10/ventana-canyon-tucson-wedding-photography

When I think back on Chris and Megan's wedding, what I remember most is the amount of happy tears shared by these two. When Chris saw Megan for the first time that day, his emotions over took and it was THE sweetest thing to photograph. The love and commitment they share was evident to all who witnessed their beautiful ceremony. Megan was absolutely beaming as she walked down the aisle to meet Chris and their vows were filled with tears, followed by laughter, which always gets to me when I'm behind the lens! They had an awesome bridal party and I love the image we got in the lobby of Ventana Canyon. The day started off with clouds but the sun came out for the ceremony and the rest of the day was perfect. The sunset photos of the newly married couple are my favorite from the day, followed by the epic father/daughter dance (they got the crowd involved with The Sugarhill Gang and it was so fun) and then the cutest cake cutting ever (the broken serving knife had them both laughing hysterically)!

Thank you for having me photograph your day. Wishing you many happy years of love and laughter!

Venue: Loews Ventana Canyon

Bridal Gown/Bridesmaid Dresses: David's Bridal 

Band: Lucky Devil's Band


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Colby + Megan Engagement Session https://www.mhollandphotography.com/blog/2019/10/tucsonengagementphotography

I'm so excited for Colby and Megan's wedding next month! It was a blast getting to know these two last spring up at Mount Lemmon during their engagement shoot. They are the sweetest, kindest and most fun couple to be around! We enjoyed a champagne toast together and Megan's gorgeous red dress was perfect against the dreamy sunset backdrop of Windy Point!  

Can't wait for 11/16/19!

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Walter + Heather // Z Mansion, Tucson Wedding https://www.mhollandphotography.com/blog/2019/10/zmansiontucsonwedding

Documenting Walter and Heather's wedding last spring at Z Mansion in Tucson filled my heart with so much joy! These two had me smiling all day and I love being able to celebrate two families joining together. To honor Heather's Chinese background, she adorned a stunning red dress (symbolizing success, loyalty, honor, and fertility) and Walter had to "win over" her friends/family by haggling with them until they were satisfied with the offer. Next came the traditional Chinese Tea Ceremony to show respect to their elders along with the distribution of lucky red envelopes. I was honored to receive one!  

Heather changed into a white western-style dress while the Mariachi band arrived to entertain guests as they waited for the traditional American wedding to begin. It was a beautiful ceremony followed by a wonderful celebration with delicious food, music and of course - dancing!

Thank you for asking me to photograph your day!

Venue: Z Mansion

Bridal Gown/Bridesmaid Dresses: David's Bridal

Groomsmen Attire: Men's Wearhouse

DJ: Bednarek's Music Works

Florist: Evergreen Flowers

Bakery: Ambrosia Cakes

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Aaron + Danyelle // Hacienda Del Sol Wedding, Tucson https://www.mhollandphotography.com/blog/2019/9/hacienda-del-sol-wedding

These two had the most beautiful wedding last spring at the amazing Hacienda Del Sol! Everything was perfect - from the gorgeous blush bridesmaid dresses and stunning floral arrangements, to the romantic sunset photos and epic dance party, it was a day Aaron and Danyelle will remember forever. 

I love hearing how my couples met, how they got, engaged, etc. These sweethearts have the cutest love story. Their first date was in Hawaii. Seriously!

From the bride: "Aaron and I have been together for a year and a half. We met almost three years ago at my white coat ceremony for PA school. My best girl friend from PA school is Aaron's sister. We re-met again at her wedding last May and hit it off. Our first date was in Maui, Hawaii when he asked me to spontaneously go on a work trip over the Fourth of July weekend. We have been inseparable since. Our relationship has been long distance so far as Aaron lives in Washington and I live in the Phoenix area. We love to travel together and recently added a little Malti-poo named Jack.

Aaron proposed on a day trip to Oak Creek Canyon at the end of July. We packed up the car with our dog and his camera supplies and headed up to Sedona under the pretense of taking "family pictures." We skipped breakfast, got stuck on the I-17 N in bumper to bumper traffic, and didn't plan for the Subie's oil light to turn on. Hungry and cranky, we finally made it to Sedona. I made Aaron pull over next to a roadside cafe/market. He convinced me to walk a little ways along the river before going to eat so he could take a few pictures. Little did I know, he was actually filming us and on a trail next Oak Creek River he proposed. Our day was nowhere near perfect but I wouldn't change a single detail of it. BEST DAY EVER!"

Congratulations on your forever! 

XO

Venue: Hacienda Del Sol

Bridal Gown: Bella Lily Bridal, Stella York

Groom's Attire: Hart Schaffner Marx

Florist: Alexis Grace Florals

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mhollandphotography@gmail.com (Melissa Holland Photography, Tucson Wedding Photographer) Hacienda Del Sol Wedding Tucson Photographer Tucson Wedding Photographer Tucson Wedding Photography https://www.mhollandphotography.com/blog/2019/9/hacienda-del-sol-wedding Sat, 28 Sep 2019 18:29:08 GMT
Rey + Janelle // Mt. Lemmon Engagement https://www.mhollandphotography.com/blog/2019/9/tucson-mt-lemmon-engagement-photography It was a gorgeous fall day up at Mount Lemmon for Rey and Janelle's engagement session! We had so much fun getting to know each other and talking about their wedding plans. I love that these two have known each other since middle school - how cute! They didn't really start talking until they had a class together in high school and the rest is history! They got engaged just before the New Year in downtown Tucson outside of the train station while looking at the holiday decorations and have been planning for their big day ever since.

I'm so excited for their fall wedding!

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mhollandphotography@gmail.com (Melissa Holland Photography, Tucson Wedding Photographer) Engagement Tucson Photographer Tucson Wedding Photographer https://www.mhollandphotography.com/blog/2019/9/tucson-mt-lemmon-engagement-photography Tue, 17 Sep 2019 19:44:05 GMT
Ryan + Alexandria // The Buttes at Reflections, Tucson Wedding https://www.mhollandphotography.com/blog/2019/9/buttes-at-reflections-tucson-wedding

Springtime in Arizona is magical and it was a beautiful day for Alex and Ryan to say their "I Do's." It has been a joy getting to know this couple and following their journey.

They met the "old fashioned way"-- online! Haha! They were both living in south Florida and ended up catching each other's eye based on their mutual love for Jurassic Park/Jurassic World (it had just been released). From the moment they met, they were practically inseparable. 

Three and a half years later, Ryan surprised Alex with a one-night trip to Portsmouth, NH to celebrate their last night of freedom (before picking up their new puppy the next morning). When they arrived at the hotel, they were "upgraded" to a nicer room (it was all pre-arranged with the hotel management). As they explored the room, Alex found the bedroom and noticed the rose pedals and flowers covering the bed. When she turned around, Ryan was down on one knee with the ring. After Alex got through her tears of joy, she said yes! They spent the evening celebrating with a romantic dinner and a perfect last night of freedom/first night together planning the rest of their lives.

Their wedding was filled with so much happiness, laughter and love!  Thank you for having me capture your special day! XO
 

Vendor Team:
Venue: The Buttes at Reflections
Bridal Gown: Essence of Australia from Uptown Bridal & Boutique
Bridesmaid Dresses: Birdy Grey
Groomsmen Attire: Men's Wearhouse
Hair and Makeup: Heather Van Houten Makeup & Hair
Florist: Alexis Grace Florals
Bakery: Village Bakehouse
Videographer: The Story is Told
Second Photographer: Stephanie Bloom
 

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mhollandphotography@gmail.com (Melissa Holland Photography, Tucson Wedding Photographer) Reflections at the Buttes Wedding Tucson Photographer Tucson Wedding Photographer Tucson Wedding Photography https://www.mhollandphotography.com/blog/2019/9/buttes-at-reflections-tucson-wedding Fri, 13 Sep 2019 21:20:02 GMT
Ross + Gabby // Desert Engagement Session https://www.mhollandphotography.com/blog/2019/9/tucsondesertengagementsession

Meet Gabby, Ross and Maple!

I had so much fun getting to know them at their desert engagement session last spring. The couple met in 2016 and bonded over their love of sports, the outdoors, and a good game of scrabble! Ross found Maple abandoned out at a rock quarry on Halloween in 2017.  She was in rough shape but after a little love and TLC, she quickly became a part of their family!

They got engaged at City Hall in San Francisco on February 8th, 2019. It was Gabby's dream to get married at the San Francisco City Hall because it is small, easy, and BEAUTIFUL there. But with both of them having such close relationships with their parents and friends, it was pretty obvious that when they got married, they would have a wedding. On Thursday evening (February 7th), Ross told Gabby to pack a bag because they were going on a last minute trip. It wasn't until they arrived at the gate at the Tucson airport that she knew they were going to San Francisco. Upon arrival, Ross had a cab take them to City Hall where a photographer had been waiting and he proposed on the front steps!

How awesome is that?! 

Maple was a trooper for their engagement session and the love and laughter shared by Gabby and Ross made for so many gorgeous photographs.

I'm so excited for their celebration this fall at Hacienda Del Sol!  
 

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mhollandphotography@gmail.com (Melissa Holland Photography, Tucson Wedding Photographer) Tucson Engagement Photography Tucson Photographer Tucson Wedding Photographer Tucson Wedding Photography https://www.mhollandphotography.com/blog/2019/9/tucsondesertengagementsession Sun, 01 Sep 2019 20:31:12 GMT
Micah + Yellie // The Stillwell House, Tucson Wedding https://www.mhollandphotography.com/blog/2019/8/stillwell-house-tucson-wedding-photography  

The sun came out, the snow melted and everything was right in the world for Yellie and Micah's epic Tucson celebration last February! It was an absolute honor to document their wedding. So many sweet people from all over the country joined together for these two. It was perfect from beginning to end and I'm grateful to be part of their journey!

If you missed their engagement session blog post, check it out here

Much love to the newlyweds!

Dream Vendor Team: 
Venue: The Stillwell House
Hair and Makeup: I Do Hair and Makeup Artistry
Florist: Alexis Grace Florals
Bakery: Ambrosia Cakes
DJ: Fantastic Five Entertainment
Officiant: Dove Crawford
Bridal Gown: Pronovias
Videography: Omega Wedding Films
Second Photographer: Stephanie Bloom 
Photographer's Assistant:  Maddie Begley 


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mhollandphotography@gmail.com (Melissa Holland Photography, Tucson Wedding Photographer) Stillwell House Wedding Stillwell House Wedding Photography Tucson Photographer Tucson Wedding Photographer Tucson Wedding Photography https://www.mhollandphotography.com/blog/2019/8/stillwell-house-tucson-wedding-photography Thu, 29 Aug 2019 21:13:41 GMT
Aarron + Jessica // The Buttes at Reflections, Tucson Wedding https://www.mhollandphotography.com/blog/2019/8/the-buttes-at-reflections-tucson-wedding-photography

Congratulations Jessica and Aarron! Your wedding was filled with so much love, laughter and gorgeousness! Thank you for asking me to be a part of your journey. It's been a pleasure getting to know you both and I wish you a lifetime of happiness!

Check out their dreamy desert engagement session here
 

Venue: The Buttes at Reflections
Hair and Makeup: I Do Hair and Makeup Artistry
Bridal Gown: Luv Bridal
Bridesmaid Dresses: AZAZIE
Groomsmen Attire: Nick's Menswear
Florist: Alexis Grace Florals
Bakery: Ambrosia Cakes
Second Photographer: Stephanie Bloom
Invitations: Shutterfly
Wood signs handcrafted by the bride!
 


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mhollandphotography@gmail.com (Melissa Holland Photography, Tucson Wedding Photographer) Reflections at the Buttes Wedding Tucson Photographer Tucson Wedding Photographer Tucson Wedding Photography https://www.mhollandphotography.com/blog/2019/8/the-buttes-at-reflections-tucson-wedding-photography Mon, 19 Aug 2019 19:55:06 GMT
Vanessa + Stephanie // Westward Look Wedding https://www.mhollandphotography.com/blog/2019/8/westwardlookwyndhamtucsonwedding

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A day these two will never forget. A day filled with so much love, joy, and happiness for everyone who experienced this celebration!

It's been so much fun getting to know Vanessa and Stephanie over the last year and a half. When they brought their own music (along with some whiskey) to our engagement session, I knew we were in for a treat! They are both so easy to talk to, have such great energy, make everyone around them feel welcome and their laughter is contagious. In case you missed it, check out their engagement session here

 Their wedding day was absolutely stunning and a blast to document! Vanessa and Stephanie - congratulations on the first day of your forever! Your kindness, genuineness, and warm hearts made for a beautiful day and one I will remember always.

Much love!

Rockstar Vendor Team:
Venue: Westward Look Wyndham Grand Resort & Spa
Hair and Makeup: English Salon Spa and Whitney Hernandez
Vanessa's Dress: GiGi Bridal Boutique, Stephanie's Dress: David's Bridal
Bridesmaid Dresses: Laura's Bridal Boutique
Groomsmen Attire: San Francisco Rag Co.
Videographer: Omega Wedding Films
DJ: Ron Orona
Bakery: Snack Monster
Second Photographer: Stephanie Bloom 
Photographer's Assistant: Fiona Elizabeth
 

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mhollandphotography@gmail.com (Melissa Holland Photography, Tucson Wedding Photographer) Tucson Photographer tucson photography Tucson Wedding Photographer Tucson Wedding Photography Westward Look Wyndham Wedding https://www.mhollandphotography.com/blog/2019/8/westwardlookwyndhamtucsonwedding Tue, 13 Aug 2019 19:59:44 GMT
Michael + Cheyanne // Skyline Country Club https://www.mhollandphotography.com/blog/2019/7/tucsonskylinecountryclubwedding

When I first met with Cheyanne and Michael to hear about their wedding plans, I was immediately drawn to their outgoing personalities, genuine kindness and intense love for each other! I’ve truly enjoyed getting to know these two sweet souls over the last year and working with them to plan their big day. I knew their celebration would be full of so much love, laughter and fun, but I was blown away by the amount of kindness, warmth and joy everyone experienced on that beautiful fall day in Tucson. 

The bride chose her gown from Free Ever Bridal Boutique - a resale bridal shop whose proceeds go to combat sexual abuse and exploitation (sex trafficking) in Tucson. Cheyanne absolutely glowed in this gown and her choice to support this organization is an honest reflection of her character. Wait until you see the statement paper flower bouquets for the bridal party - they were gorgeous! The couple decided to do a first touch and the excitement was electric as these two held hands across the doorways. I had to hold in the tears while documenting this! The warm sun enveloped these two during the pinky promise and hand-fasting moments of the ceremony. And once the sun dropped behind the mountains for their portraits, it was a little chilly, but I was touched by how Mike wrapped Cheyanne up with hugs and snuggles. The reception was filled with SO MUCH dancing! I even caught myself in the middle of the dance party because it was just THAT kind of celebration!

Thank you for the honor of capturing your day. I wish you all the best as you embark on this journey of building your new lives together!

XO

Venue: Skyline Country Club

Wedding Coordinator: Perfectly Planned Celebrations & Design

Hair and Makeup: Kristopher Osuna/Perfection Artistry

Bridal Gown: Free Ever After Bridal Boutique

Bridesmaid Dresses: David’s Bridal

DJ: Haymore Productions DJ Service

Second Shooter: Stephanie Bloom