Last fall when Shawn and Jaclyn choose Arcadia professional wedding photography from Phoenix to cover their upcoming wedding in Tucson we did some engagement portraits where they live now in Phoenix. this way I was able to give them some portrait tips and spend some time with them getting to know them. So, in addition to having announcement images they had a nice selection of great portraits to put in frames and spread around the reception site.

I always love the wedding destinations where the wedding party pretty much gets to take over the entire property and this was case for Shawn and Jaclyn’s wedding this past weekend at Tohono Chul Park in Tucson, Arizona. It is one of the most naturally preserved parks in Arizona that I have ever seen. It is not over groomed at all and looks much more natural and real. And, the abundance of all sorts of wildlife on the property confirms it.

It is a predominantly self serving  wedding destination which personally I think is great. It means you can bring as much in and do it the way you want there. The ceremony was just before sunset so the high desert quickly cooled down for the portraits we did right up to sunset.

We did all of the wedding party and family with the bride and groom portraits first so they could then head in to the cocktail reception. Shawn, Jaclyn, myself, and our little helper walked through the cactus gardens where there were really cool looking lizards from baby size to big boy size, doing pictures in spots that I had already scouted out as we walked out way towards the reception area. We also had the help of one of the litte ones that made sure the bride and groom smiled and laughed for their pictures and she was also the drink and flower holder as well.

Upon arrival we entered the beautiful outdoor reception with all the guests waiting as Shawn and Jaclyn got announced and went right in to their first dance. Then, some great Mexican food from Arcadia Catering, followed by toasts, leading in to the cake cutting. And, after that the evening was cleared of official events and the fun time was on for all.

Tohono Chul Park

Busy B Bakery 

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