April 11, 2018
Many of Ryan and Cassidy’s guests traveled in from all over the country, so they showed off our beautiful Tucson desert in the springtime at their laid-back Oasis at Wild Horse Ranch wedding celebration. Which was exactly why we went to the Saguaro National Park for the sweetheart session so they had lots of desert photos to share with their families who in other parts of the country. These sweethearts have had quite the love story: they’ve known each other since they were newborns, their parents have been friends for over 30 years, and then they started dating as teenagers. As her dad said in his speech at the reception, in school Cassidy was voted “most likely to marry Ryan Cunningham“! Is that not the cutest thing you’ve ever heard??
When I first arrived to the bridal suite, I remember Cassidy was worried about the windy, overcast weather with dark clouds in the distance and I told her 1) it rained on my wedding day, so don’t forget, that’s good luck, plus we’ve been together for almost 10 years now so it must mean something! and 2) there’s no need to worry about the weather, I will make sure we get great photos and the clouds are actually a good thing because that meant we could literally shoot anywhere around the venue without worrying about it being too bright. During their husband and wife sunset portraits, she thanked me for keeping her calm and was surprised at how well everything actually turned out once she trusted me despite the stress earlier in the day… this is one of my favorite parts of being a wedding photographer 🙂
With a harmonious color palette of blush, navy, and lavender, everything came together well! The ladies rocked floor-length lavender dresses with a lace top while the men wore navy tuxes and lavender bow ties. They kept their reception decorations simple and romantic with centerpieces consisting of a sparkly mat with mercury glass jars holding tea lights and lavender napkins propped up in wine glasses. The Oasis at Wild Horse Ranch is naturally breathtaking with its desert views and lush landscape, so this just added to the effortless beauty of the venue.
Now let’s talk about Cassidy’s bouquet. Not only is it soft and romantic with hues of pink, lavender, sage, and cream, but it had a few very special additions to make it unique. Her mother-in-law gifted her the lace trim from her own wedding gown to wrap around the floral stems. And her “big sis” from her sorority gave her a safety pin with a ring and custom charms on it to pin to the stems of the bouquet.
Their advice to future wedding couples planning their own weddings is “Soak it all in! It may seem overwhelming and you just want everything to be over – but looking back, the process is very fun!” There was a plethora of joy and sweetness coming from every person I had the honor of meeting at their wedding and I immediately realized how much of an impact that this couple has made on other’s lives… they are truly loved! Oh! And they totally had a Sonoran hot dog buffet at the end of the night, what’s more Tucson than that! 🙂 Congratulations Ryan and Cassidy, it has been such a pleasure getting to know the two of you over the last year and I just know the future holds wonderful things for you!
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Pure in Art Photography is a Wedding Photographer, Engagement Photographer, Boudoir Photographer, Portrait Photographer, and Destination Wedding Photographer based in Tucson, Arizona. Serving Arizona, including Tucson, Oro Valley, Marana, Vail, Green Valley, Phoenix, Scottsdale, Mesa, Chandler, Gilbert, Flagstaff, Sedona. Available for destination travels worldwide. Featured on The Knot, Wedding Wire, Best Tucson Weddings, and Tucson Bride & Groom. Graduate from The International Academy of Wedding Photographers.