Melissa Holland Photography: Blog https://www.mhollandphotography.com/blog en-us (C) Melissa Holland Photography mhollandphotography@gmail.com (Melissa Holland Photography) Wed, 15 Aug 2018 04:38:00 GMT Wed, 15 Aug 2018 04:38:00 GMT https://www.mhollandphotography.com/img/s/v-5/u531366886-o574692098-50.jpg Melissa Holland Photography: Blog https://www.mhollandphotography.com/blog 120 80 Kenny + Sarah // Highlands at Dove Mountain Wedding https://www.mhollandphotography.com/blog/2018/8/highlandsdovemountainwedding

Kenny and Sarah met during their freshman year at the University of Arizona. When they found out they shared the same birthday, Sarah knew they were soulmates! They started dating second semester and the rest is history.   

Photographing this sweet couple's wedding ceremony was one of the highlights of my career. I had never witnessed a traditional Chinese tea ceremony before! Watching both families welcome Sarah and Kenny into their lives with so much joyful emotion filled me with such happiness! Their reception was a blast. I mean, there was a full on handstand by a guest. Seriously, check it out below!
 

Sarah and Kenny - thank you for having me document your day! It was truly special to capture your union. Wishing you so much love and happiness!  XO

Venue: Highlands at Dove Mountain

Bridal Gown: Truly Zac Posen 

Hair and Makeup: The Studio Hair Artistry

Florist: Susan Fisher

Bakery: Sweet Creations

Second Photographer: Stephanie Bloom of In Bloom Images

 

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Megan's Downtown Tucson Senior Shoot https://www.mhollandphotography.com/blog/2018/7/tucsonseniorphotography

This gorgeous gal is heading to college soon!  Our downtown senior photoshoot was a blast and I am in love with these photos.  Megan - you are beautiful inside and out and I wish you all the best!

XO

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mhollandphotography@gmail.com (Melissa Holland Photography) Tucson Photographer Tucson Senior Photographer Tucson Wedding Photographer https://www.mhollandphotography.com/blog/2018/7/tucsonseniorphotography Tue, 31 Jul 2018 22:39:33 GMT
BriAnna + Sean // Downtown Tucson Wedding https://www.mhollandphotography.com/blog/2018/7/borderlandsmaynardsweddingtucsonphotography

When I first FaceTimed with BriAnna and Sean, I knew they were exactly the type of couple that would be a blast to work with! Their easy-going, fun-loving personalities had me laughing away as we chatted about their wedding vision. I'll never forget Sean's response when I asked him what photos were most important to him, "We have enough pictures of us, we want photos that show our guests having fun and enjoying the day!" And fun they had! Sean and Bri also warned me that there would be an "epic dance party." Now I have been a part of close to 100 weddings and let me tell you, he wasn't kidding (check out Sean's awesome dance moves below). This was a dance party to END all dance parties! I was shooting away but secretly jealous that I wasn't on the floor with everyone!

The team at Borderlands Brewery and Maynards Market & Kitchen did a great job working with our California couple to make sure everything was perfect for their unique celebration. From Bri's red dress, to the premature pronouncement of the couple (that's an inside joke that only wedding guests will understand...haha), their wedding was one I will never forget! 

Congratulations Bri & Sean!  

Shout out to my awesome vendor team:

Ceremony Site: Borderlands Brewing

Reception Site: Maynards Market & Kitchen

Heather and Makeup: Heather Van Houten Makeup & Hair

Bridal Gown: Tadashi Shoji

Florist: Alexis Grace Florals

Invitations/Programs: Minted

 

Engagement story! (paraphrased from the couple):

For the first three years they dated, Bri lived in Los Angeles and Sean lived in Bakersfield, seeing each other only on weekends. When Bri landed a dream job with the National Park Service in San Francisco, Sean concentrated his job search in the Bay Area. After six months, Sean got a job but didn't tell Bri right away! Instead, Sean discretely warned her family and his, and proceeded to propose to Bri with a ring he had ready. After Easter Vigil Mass, while staying with his grandparents in San Luis Obispo, Sean took Bri on a stroll down to the beach. While sitting on a park bench, Sean pulled out a little blue box and asked her to open it. Once he finally convinced her to open it, the first words out of her mouth were, "Does this mean you got the job?!"   :) :) 

 

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Devin + Stacey / Downtown Tucson Wedding https://www.mhollandphotography.com/blog/2018/6/duvalweddingstillwellhousetucson Stacey and Devin's beautiful fall wedding was filled with so many sweet touches. They currently reside in Colorado but met and fell in love while living in Tucson and wanted to incorporate the beauty of the desert into their celebration. The hand-illustrated (by the groom) invitations, the chuppah built by the couple out of century plant stalks and saguaro ribs, the seven blessings read by family members, and the signing of the ketubah were a few of my favorite details of the day. So much love and laughter were shared among family and friends. Wishing you two so much joy!

XO

In case you missed it, check out their epic mountain climbing engagement shoot here. 

Vendor Team:

Venue: The Stillwell House

Hotel: AC Marriott 

Bridal Gown: Willowby by Watters from Gigi Bridal

Florist: Country Couture Flowers

Bakery: Village Bakehouse

Invitations: Artwork by Devin Duval, graphic design by Stacey Minster, printed by Vistaprint

 

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mhollandphotography@gmail.com (Melissa Holland Photography) stillwell house wedding tucson photographer tucson wedding photographer tucson wedding photography https://www.mhollandphotography.com/blog/2018/6/duvalweddingstillwellhousetucson Wed, 13 Jun 2018 19:13:35 GMT
Wesley + Kathleen, Tucson Wedding, Tanque Verde Guest Ranch https://www.mhollandphotography.com/blog/2018/4/tanqueverdeguestranchweddingphotography

I'm always interested in how people meet and fall in love. What brings two people together? How much does one small decision we make impact another? Life can be a confusing journey but Kathleen and Wesley's story is proof that true love will always find a way! To hear this sweet couple's story, scroll to the bottom!  

When I first talked with Kathleen and Wesley about their vision for their wedding, I knew it would be a dream to photograph. They wanted a relaxed, fun-loving vibe, highlighting the beauty of the desert landscape at Tanque Verde Guest Ranch and they nailed it! 

Congratulations you two and thanks for having me document your day! 

Venue:  Tanque Verde Guest Ranch

Bridal Gown:  Mikaella Bridal from Archive Bridal 

Groomsmen Attire:  Friar Tux

Florist:  Bouqs

DJ/Live Music:  Hans Hutchinson

Bakery:  Village Bakehouse

Invitations:  Katie Barnes Studio

Second Photographer:  Stephanie Bloom from In Bloom Images

They were both born and raised in Tucson, Arizona, just 34 days apart. However, they literally grew up on the opposite ends of town, so never met each other until well after Kathleen left Arizona for college in San Diego. They were introduced their junior year of college through both their little sisters who had become friends while attending the University of Arizona. Kathleen was spoken for at the time but Wesley knew there was something there and understood that patience is a virtue. Eventually Wesley graduated U of A and moved away to Chicago, but every year for Christmas Kathleen and Wesley would both visit home and inevitably meet up in group settings. Finally, while in Tucson for the holiday break in 2013, they were both were unattached. They met up with a group of friends and Wes and Kathleen talked nearly the entire night only with each other and ended up watching Elf until the early hours of the morning. It was after that evening that everything changed, the connection was exciting and clear to both of them - and obvious to everyone around. Even though they now lived on opposite sides of the country (California and Illinois) they texted and called frequently flirting and conspiring when they would be able to see each other again. Wes had been growing tired of the freezing cold city life in Chicago and was looking for an opportunity to relocate, while Kathleen happened to be living in America's finest city which is also closer to his family and many longtime friends, the opportunity was too obvious to deny. As soon as he started looking for a job everything just sort of fell into place and he quickly was offered an incredible job in San Diego in his dream industry and by the first week of March was living in San Diego and they were officially an item. The rest is history, or at least the beginning of it! 

I love their engagement story!  From Kathleen: 

One Friday night over Labor Day weekend in September of 2016, Wesley being true romantic, made a reservation at an amazing restaurant in downtown Carlsbad. On the way down to the restaurant Wesley got a phone call and claimed it was the restaurant calling to ask if they could push our reservation back a half hour because they were running behind. Right then, we just happened to be driving by our neighborhood park that sits overlooking the lagoon, and Wesley quickly pulled off the road and parked. He said "Why don't just hang out here for a few minutes before heading over then", and I was like "What kind of nice restaurant calls ten minutes before a reservation time and asks to push it back?! Screw them!" I was close to saying we should just go somewhere else, but we were already stopped at the beautiful park right on the water and it was just about sunset so it wasn't a crazy idea to just get out and chill for little bit. Wes quickly hopped out the car and started walking over the edge of the park where there is a big set of binoculars visitors can use to look around the lagoon. He literally bee-lined it to the binoculars and started quickly telling a story about how his parents and he had been at the park a few days earlier when they visited and had seen the same kitty we had been spotting around the neighborhood. He peered into the binoculars and excitedly said "Oh my gosh, I see that cat again, I'm not even kidding, look!" And he had me look through the binoculars, and as I looked through, a big tree across the lagoon came into focus that had a huge sign on it that said "Will you Marry Me?" with an image of the monkey iPhone emoji (our ridiculously silly pet names, he's the tree and I'm the monkey.). I turned around from the binoculars as the sun is setting beautifully and Wes is knelt down, pulls the ring box out of his sock and begins talking (words I cannot hear because of the intense state of shock). Then I notice a man approaching us with a large camera lens clicking at us and I say to Wes "There's a man taking pictures of us!" and he replies "I know, it's ok. I hired him". The ring was insanely gorgeous and I didn't' even help him with clues of what I'd like. He did an amazing job creating this special surprise moment as a the beginning of an amazing journey together.

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Eve + Jake // Kingan Garden, Tucson Wedding https://www.mhollandphotography.com/blog/2018/4/kingangardentucsonwedding

The sun shone brightly for Evelyn and Jake's out of this world celestial themed fall wedding at Kingan Gardens in beautiful, historic downtown Tucson! 

I met Eve and Jake in September of 2016 and knew right away they were my ideal couple. Easy going, creative, and fun-loving, they had visions of a romantic and whimsical, yet casual wedding. Getting to know them was a pleasure and their dreamy engagement session at Mount Lemmon was one of my favorites to date.  In case you missed it, check it out here

Their love of all things space influenced their deep blue, purple and gold color palette, which was so much fun to photograph. With the century old carriage house in the background, the vibrant sun enveloped them as they took their vows in front of friends and family from near and far. 

My favorite memories of their day - awesome bridal party, lawn games, and little ones shaking it on the dance floor!

Thanks for having me be a part of your celebration!

XO

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Emmanuel + Melissa // Tucson Wedding https://www.mhollandphotography.com/blog/2018/3/batesmansiontucsonwedding

Spending the day with Melissa and Emmanuel to celebrate their love was an absolute joy! The festivities started early in the morning at the beautiful and historic Bates Mansion in Tucson with champagne for the ladies and whiskey for the gents while everyone got ready for the celebration! My favorite part was when Emmanuel turned and saw his bride for the first time during their first look. Their passionate embrace brought tears to all of our eyes! Next we headed down to San Martin De Porres Catholic Parish for mass led by Father Juan Carlos. We had gorgeous light for their bridal party photos and walking around downtown Tucson with the happy couple allowed for such romantic images! Then the party continued back at Bates Mansion with friends and family dancing into the night (with glows sticks none the less!) 

Melissa and Emmanuel - you are an inspiration. Your strength, compassion, and kindheartedness will lead the way to a lifetime of happiness.

Check out their adorable engagement session (fur babies included) here!

XO
 

Vendor Team:

Bridal Gown: Stella York from Bianco Pura Bridal Boutique

Bridesmaid gowns: David's Bridal

Groomsmen attire: Calvin Klein

Hair and Makeup: Helena Uribe

Caterer: El Taco Loco de Nogales

Bakery: Zule's Sweets & Things

Florist: Celebrations by Sylvia

Videographer: TJ Roxas 

Entertainment: Mariachi Alma Mexicana & Che' Wilson DJ & Entertainment

Photo Booth: Connie Callahan

 

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Clayton + Loren // Mount Lemmon Engagement Session https://www.mhollandphotography.com/blog/2018/3/mountlemmonengagementphotography

I had so much fun with these two during our Mount Lemmon engagement shoot! Clayton and Loren had an impromptu picnic in the woods followed by the most beautiful sunset at Windy Point.  

The love and connection I witnessed between these two sweethearts had my heart melting! And their engagement story is the best! Boston is Loren's favorite city and when she was visiting family last summer, Clayton flew out and surprised her by proposing while in the gazebo at Boston Commons surrounded by her family.

Their spring wedding at La Mariposa is going to be a blast and I can't wait to document it! 

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Glenn & Kristen // The Oasis at Wildhorse Ranch, Tucson Wedding https://www.mhollandphotography.com/blog/2018/3/oasiswildhorseranchwedding

It was a breezy, warm, sun-filled day for Glenn and Kristen's wedding at The Oasis at Wildhorse Ranch.  With touches of Italian romance sprinkled throughout the day, their heartfelt ceremony culminated with a cheerful high-five by the couple and guests celebrated with Limoncello and laughter all night long!  Cheers to the happy couple!

Vendor team:

Venue:  The Oasis at Wildhorse Ranch

Bridal Gown:  Melissa Sweet gown from David's Bridal 

Bridesmaid Dresses:  David's Bridal 

Groomsmen Attire:  Vera Wang from Men's Warehouse

Bakery:  Village Bakehouse 

Second Photographer:  Rocio Casanova

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Smith Wedding // The Buttes at Reflections, Tucson https://www.mhollandphotography.com/blog/2018/2/reflections-at-the-buttes-tucson-wedding

Steven and Madii's wedding was filled with too many sweet moments to count. From their intimate, emotion filled, first-touch, to when Steven watched their son walk down the aisle, to Madii's dad giving her away, they had a dream wedding from beginning to end and the love they share was evident everywhere! When I look back on their wedding, what stands out to me is how much these two genuinely just GET each other. There is a connection between them that comes through in everything they do. When we were taking their portraits after the ceremony, they just could not keep their hands off each other and their giggly smiles, gentle gestures, and loving embraces continued throughout the evening. My heart melted all day at these two!

Wishing you all the happiness in the world!
XO

It was such a beautiful day to document and what a dream vendor team to work with!

Venue: The Buttes at Reflections

Bridal Gown: Uptown Bridal & Boutique

Hair and Makeup: Heather Van Houten Makeup & Hair

Florist: Country Couture Flowers

Bakery: Jamie-Cakes Bakery Boutique

Videography: D. James Videography

DJ: Obi-Wan Kenobi

Second Photographer: Rocio Casanova 

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Jenna + Tommy // Skyline Country Club, Tucson Wedding https://www.mhollandphotography.com/blog/2018/1/skylinecountryclubweddingphotographytucson

Jenna and Tommy have such a cute proposal story. It happened the Sunday after Thanksgiving during a sunset hike at South Mountain. Jenna bent down to give their dog Brody some water and when she turned around, Tommy was on one knee with a ring. It was a complete surprise! 

They are both prosecuting attorneys, love hiking, traveling, and spending time with their families. Even though they reside in Phoenix, they decided to have their dream wedding in Tucson at Skyline Country Club. It was a gorgeous, sunny, spring day with striking views of the mountains during the ceremony.  My favorite part was the sweet speech Jenna's dad gave at the reception! And what a fun dance party!

 See it all below and don't forget to scroll to the end to see the amazing vendors I had the pleasure of working with. 

Wishing you two all the best and thanks for having me document your day!

Bridal Gown: Madeline Gardner from Lillian Lottie Couture

Videographer: TJ Roxas

DJ: Satyr Entertainment

Florist: Celebrations by Sylvia

Bakery: Sweet Creations Cupcakes and Cakes

Invitations/Programs: Brie Dumais Designs

Second Photographer: Stephanie Bloom of In Bloom Images

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mhollandphotography@gmail.com (Melissa Holland Photography) tucson photographer tucson wedding photographer wedding https://www.mhollandphotography.com/blog/2018/1/skylinecountryclubweddingphotographytucson Tue, 30 Jan 2018 17:14:45 GMT
Soriano Wedding // Tucson Country Club https://www.mhollandphotography.com/blog/2018/1/tucsoncountryclubweddingphotography  

Brenna and Esteban's wedding couldn't have been more perfect!  These sweet souls celebrated their love at the Tucson Country Club on a beautiful sunny day surrounded by friends and family.  When Brenna's bridesmaids saw her for the first time in her gown, their reaction was priceless!  Also, her dad had to fight back tears when he saw his gorgeous daughter all dressed up before walking down the aisle.  And don't even get me started on the groom's reaction - heart melting!  Such a delightful ceremony, epic dance party, and the best sparkler exit ever! 

It was an honor to document your day!  Wishing you a lifetime of love and laughter! XO

Venue:  Tucson Country Club

Bridal Gown:  Gigi Bridal, Pronovias

Bridesmaid Dresses:  Lulus

Videographer:  Ryan Vanderpool

DJ:  Jake Reyes

Florist:  Alexis Grace Florals

Second Photographer:  Stephanie Bloom of In Bloom Images

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Stephanie & Marvin // La Mariposa Wedding https://www.mhollandphotography.com/blog/2017/12/lamariposawedding

These two sweethearts had the most gorgeous wedding with so many beautiful details last spring at La Mariposa Resort.  Their love story is truly a fairy tale (Marvin even proposed to Stephanie under the Sleeping Beauty Castle in Disneyland) and the soft pink Cinderella inspired theme was present in so many elements of their day. 

Wishing you both a very happily ever after!

   

 

 

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Christina & Matthew Wedding // Sanctuary Cove and Omni Resort https://www.mhollandphotography.com/blog/2017/11/sanctuarycovetucsonwedding  

Matthew and Christina's desert spring wedding in the Tucson Mountains was filled with so much love, romance and natural beauty. They chose Sanctuary Cove for their ceremony and the breezy, sun-filled day we had against the peaceful backdrop of the mountains couldn't have been more perfect. Their celebration included a creosote blessing along with singing bowls and the groom even surprised the bride's daughter with a ring of her own (she wore it proudly all day and night)! The party continued into the night at the Omni Tucson National Resort and so many laughs were shared by all!

Wishing you a lifetime of happiness! Xo

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Stacey + Devin // Mt. Lemmon Engagement Session https://www.mhollandphotography.com/blog/2017/10/mtlemmonengagement

When I first talked with Stacey and Devin about how they met, where they got engaged, their wedding, etc., I was reminded of how grateful I am for the trust people have in me to give them the photographs they will love. They met five years ago at Hotel Congress during a Meet Me At Maynards event - this weekly opportunity encourages people to rediscover downtown while socializing, exercising, and exploring the history, beauty, and architecture of our city. Stacey didn't know the exact route and ended up asking Devin if she could join his group. They ended up running together that night and a few weeks later they finally exchanging numbers and went on their first date. Over the next year they road tripped through Utah, had a mountain lion encounter along Blackett's Ridge, and went backpacking in Zion. Since they moved to Boulder in 2013, they've shared so many adventures together - sea kayaking on Lake Powell, backpacking, rock climbing, fly fishing and skiing. Through it all, they have always encouraged and supported each other in their individual passions and pursuits. 

​​​​They got engaged in October 8, 2016 after a sunrise climb of the Third Flatiron in Boulder. Devin had been carrying the ring around for weeks waiting for the right moment. On their hike back after finishing the five pitch climb and rappel back down, Devin pulled Stacey off the trail and proposed (of course, the ring was buried in his climbing bag under all his gear, so she had to sit on a rock with her eyes closed until he dug it out, knowing what was coming). They celebrated with mimosas and brunch at the Chautauqua Dining Hall after.

Even though they now reside in Boulder, they decided to have their wedding in Tucson since that is where they met and went to school. We brainstormed ideas for their engagement session and they suggested climbing Hitchcock Pinnacle at Mt. Lemmon. Of course I was ALL IN! Our session started higher up the mountain in the woodlands and ended at sunset at Windy Point. It was March in Arizona but surprisingly chilly and you can't tell it from these photos but we were all freezing towards the end! 

The trust, commitment, love and support these two have for each other shine through in these images and I can't wait to document their upcoming fall wedding!

Special thanks to my awesome mama who assisted me (while braving the wind and cold) during this shoot - I couldn't have done it without you!

 

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Mosbach Wedding // Park Ave, Tucson, AZ https://www.mhollandphotography.com/blog/2017/10/parkavetucsonwedding

Meeting Godfrey and John and getting to know them while they planned their wedding was an absolute joy!  When we first got together to discuss their wedding day vision, I was struck by their kindness, warmth, and outgoing personalities. I knew their day was going to be a blast to photograph! They also wanted to do something different for their engagement session so we decided on HUB Ice Cream for some tasty treats and then headed out to the desert for a champagne toast at sunset.  In case you missed it, you can see it here

Fast forward to April 21, 2017. After months of planning, their vision came to life and they had the most amazing wedding day!

Here are a few of my favorite details from their wedding:

1.  Mimosas + hair and makeup = a great start to the day

2.  The bride's "Drunk in Love" tank (you've got to see it....it's a must have)

3.  That VEIL. YES. Yes to the veil.

4.  Floor length blush bridesmaid dresses with mismatched tops - stunning!

5.  We can't forget about the guys! John's blue/grey suit was tailor made for him and the groomsmen's suspenders were a win.

6. The tears, smiles, and sweet gestures between the two of them during the ceremony (heart melting)

7.  Now this was a first for me - the bride's family made life-like face masks of Godfrey and John for the bridal party/guests and everyone had too much fun with it!  Trust me and scroll down to see!

8.  The party bus to Union Public House 

9.  The beautiful table set up and seating arrangement 

10.  Finally - the EPIC dance party had by all!

This was a day I will never forget!  Godrey and John - congratulations on your marriage and thank you for having me document it for you.  Much love! XO

p.s. be sure to scroll to the end to see what an amazing vendor team we had!

Thank you to the awesome vendor team!

1. Ceremony Site:  St. Thomas the Apostle Roman Catholic Church

2. Reception:  242 Park Avenue Weddings & Events

Hair:  Ame Salon

Makeup:  Octavio/Studio X

Bridal Gown:  Jasmine Couture from Kay's Bridal in Simi Valley, CA

DJ:  Che' Wilson DJ and Entertainment

Florist:  Eastland Alley Co.

Caterer:  Rincon Market

Bakery:  Cakes by Genevieve

Favors:  Hello Lovely Design Co on Etsy

Second Shooter:  Stephanie Bloom of In Bloom Images 

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Michelle + Blake // Mt. Lemmon Engagement https://www.mhollandphotography.com/blog/2017/9/mtlemmonengagement

Michelle and Blake are the sweetest couple and we had a lovely day up on Mount Lemmon for their engagement session.  They got engaged at Dos Cabezos Wineworks in Senoita so we decided to celebrate with a bottle of their favorite vino.  We had a cozy picnic before the sun went down and then braved the breezy spring evening at Windy Point.  It was a beautiful day and I am so excited for their October wedding!


Michelle and Blake are both teachers.  Blake teaches Chemistry and Michelle teaches English so obviously they have chemistry ;)  

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Tori + Joey // Stillwell House Brunch Wedding / Tucson Wedding Photography https://www.mhollandphotography.com/blog/2017/9/stillwellhousetucsonweddingphotography

They had me at donuts and Bloody Mary's! When I first talked with Joey and Tori about their brunch themed garden spring wedding, I was all in. These two thought of so many fun details to make their wedding unique and one that their guests thoroughly enjoyed from beginning to end. 

The couple met at a college summer program where Tori was a student and Joey was an English instructor. Joey was technically Tori's very first college instructor! After the program ended, Tori enrolled in a lecture Joey was a TA for in the fall semester. They became close friends, realized they had feelings for each other and the rest is history! The wedding took place the day before their sixth anniversary. They love to enjoy brunch together on Saturdays (or any day) so decided to make that the theme for their special day.

We celebrated on a beautiful sunny Saturday in March and my favorite part was all the DIY touches.  Jars of homemade jam were given out as favors and Tori built the boxes they used as centerpieces. The reception tables were named after some of their favorite fictional couples. Think Office Space's "Jim and Pam." How fun is that?! Check it all out below!

Congratulations on your marriage! Thank you for having me be your photographer! XO  

Venue:  The Stillwell House & Gardens

Bridal Gown:  Wtoo by Waters from Wedding Belles Bridal Boutique 

 Bridesmaid Dresses: Union Station 

Groomsmen Attire:  Menquin

Florist: Soiree Girls

Bakery: Crumbs Cake Boutique

DJ:  Classy DeeJay

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Evelyn + Jake = Mt. Lemmon/Tucson Engagement Session https://www.mhollandphotography.com/blog/2017/9/mtlemmontucsonengagementsession

This is Evelyn and Jake. They've been together eight years, are getting married in the fall, and decided to have their engagement session up on Mt. Lemmon in the Catalina Mountains. It ended up being one of my favorite shoots of all time, mostly because of the chemistry these two had. The way they looked at each other, held each other, and laughed together made for such a natural and fun photo shoot. 

The greatest thing about shooting at Mt. Lemmon is how much the landscape changes from the base to the top. We started down low with the Sonoran desert (I'm in love with the navy tones Evelyn and Jake choose for their outfits), went up top to the woodlands (for a champagne picnic) and ended up at Windy Point at sunset (the views here are spectacular).  

You HAVE to scroll all the way to the bottom to see how we ended this epic shoot. Hint: silhouettes at sunset on a mountaintop are my new favorite thing! 

 

 

 

 

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mhollandphotography@gmail.com (Melissa Holland Photography) engagement tucson photographer tucson wedding photographer https://www.mhollandphotography.com/blog/2017/9/mtlemmontucsonengagementsession Fri, 22 Sep 2017 18:39:00 GMT
Marissa & Fred // Hacienda Del Sol Spring Wedding https://www.mhollandphotography.com/blog/2017/9/haciendadelsolwedding

Sometimes you witness a love between two people that is just meant to be. These two get each other. They get IT. They understand what love is, what marriage means, and their intimate, Sunday spring wedding had me in tears. What got to me was this - life is hard and sometimes the pain is too difficult to bear. But if you find someone to be by your side through it all, to lift you up, support you, and love you no matter what, you will get through it. Love really does heal. I saw that with these two. Through their laughter and tears, they will always be there for each other. 

 Marissa and Fred met through mutual friends while in high school but didn't start dating until a few years later. They got engaged on August 20 of last year while vacationing on Coronado Island as the sun was setting over the ocean. They planned their wedding for April at the beautiful historic hotel, Hacienda Del Sol, and it couldn't have been more perfect. Best wishes to both of you and thank you for having me be a part of your day!

So much gratitude to these amazing vendors:

Venue:  Hacienda Del Sol 

Wedding Planner:  Meagan Crain of Crain + Co Events

Florals:  Alexis Grace Florals

Hair:  Arielle from Gadabout Salon

Bridal Gown:  Gigi Bridal

DJ:  Hans Hutchinson

Invitations/Programs:  Wedding Paper Divas

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mhollandphotography@gmail.com (Melissa Holland Photography) tucson photographer tucson wedding photographer wedding https://www.mhollandphotography.com/blog/2017/9/haciendadelsolwedding Mon, 18 Sep 2017 15:31:00 GMT