El Chorro Wedding

As I reflect on this wedding, I begin to feel an overwhelming sense of peace and encouragement. 

I'm sure I have these feelings due to my very first encounter with the mother of the bride. She secretly reached out to me to create some calligraphy and paper goods as a surprise for her daughter. We met at a nearby, local coffee shop for introductions, ideas, and planning. I was immediately greeted with a warm hug. She then sat across from me with the most peaceful, endearing aura, admiring every detail and idea that I suggested with the sweetest of encouragements. Within the first few moments of meeting of her, she was a mother,                she was a friend, and I could have hugged her again. 

A few days before the wedding, I met her daughter, Marissa- the radiant bride you see below; she beamed with every single bit of her mother's genuine, soulful spirit. They are the duo that bring an everlasting light to your life. It's moments and people like this that make me fall in love with what I do.

To be such a small part of such a big day, is enormous to me. 


The wedding and reception were held at El Chorro, in Paradise Valley, Arizona. With a natural, picturesque mountain backdrop, not much was needed to grace the beauty of this ceremony. A wooden arbor drenched in white roses and vines of soft greenery perfectly framed the bride and groom. Simple and inviting wooden benches and a soft guitar were the only details to add to this warm, outdoor ceremony.

The bride looked stunning in a romantic and effortlessly elegant Watters gown. Her bouquet set the color scheme filled of white roses, fresh succulents, and popping anemones. The lovely bridesmaids were all so eye-catching in refreshing blue, knee length gowns. 

Guests were greeted with Jenga blocks to sign to help the newly wed couple build their memories. Alongside was a tray of vintage hankies collected by the mother of the bride as sweet tokens. The reception decor was clean and airy. A variety of white table linens allowed for a bold pop against the blue place settings. Calligraphy place cards sat on top which had been made of dipped, handmade paper. To finish each setting, was a single fresh succulent. Mercury glass centerpieces were filled with roses and white lilacs which were so soft against the striking contrast of blue thistles. An array of mini pies, tarts, homemade cookies, and a simple, fresh white cake made guests feel right at home when dessert hour came.  Mia, the sweet donkey awaited the bride and groom to kick off reception festivities. As seen in the photos, Mia may have stolen some thunder; but, nothing can end an evening like this better than the incredible saturated hues from a mountainside sunset such as this night.

Wedding colors: white, sage, blue, green. 

FULL VENDOR TEAM | Venue, El Chorro | Photography, Pinkerton Photography | Wedding Planner, A Day to Cherish | Floral Design, Studio Fiore | Cake Design, Ruze Cake House | Calligraphy, Paper & Posies | Wedding Gown, Watters | Bridesmaids Gowns, Donna Morgan | Bridal Hair, Mariam Jagodzinski | Bridal Make Up, Angela Deutsch | Vintage Hankies, Etsy | Linens, La Tavola Fine Linen | Mia the Beer Burro, Haul N Ass Productions