October 23, 2018
You know what they say, that “rain on your wedding day is good luck.” Speaking from experience, as it really did downpour on my own wedding day, we are going on 11 years of marriage so I’d personally have to agree! And Kathya and Henry couldn’t have been more relaxed and go-with-the-flow under these circumstances. After I earned their trust during the windiest engagement session I’ve ever photographed, I shouldn’t have expected anything less! About half an hour after their ceremony at St. Pius X Catholic Church, the rain stopped, dark clouds started to dissipate, and the blue skies began to emerge… just in time for us to go outside for their husband and wife photos, but not before we were able to get some gorgeous rain pictures (it’s a good thing I keep a clear umbrella in my emergency kit)!
This was my first time photographing a Site 17 Event Center wedding, and I have to say, I hope it’s not the last! It is a “blank slate” of sorts, so you can add easily your own personal touches by changing up the decor and lighting. In my experience, uplighting makes a huge difference when it comes to reception decor. Begone are the black holes of darkness where light goes to die (okay… that was a little dramatic, ha!) But now, you have another layer in the background that transforms your space with its lovely glowing hues. You want the color to accentuate, not distract, from your existing table decorations, and having a fantastic DJ, like Raza Entertainment, you will be sure to have a reception that suits your style.
As Kathya and Henry talked about their wedding vision before they even started planning, they knew they wanted it to be about two things: love and fun. She is a small town, country girl. His style is definitely more modern and industrial. So they compromised and settled for rustic with industrial touches and Site 17 certainly fits both of their styles. The warehouse and sheet metal gave it the industrial look that Henry loves, while the wooden farm tables, soft florals, and burlap/lace gave it that rustic feel. Henry is a peanut fanatic, so they had “thank you gifts” of jars on the tables filled with different types of nuts for snacking. Their wedding colors were dusty rose and navy, with touches of maroon and cactus green. To honor passed loved ones, Kathya had a photo of her grandmother and Henry’s mom on her bouquet while Henry had a photo of his mom pinned to the inside of his jacket.
Kathya’s advice to future brides planning their own weddings is, “Soak it all in! You’re married for the rest of your lives but only engaged for this short, whirlwind of a time. Enjoy the planning, but more importantly, enjoy this special time while it lasts.” It has been such a pleasure getting to know the two of you and witness the love you share. Congrats again and have a blast on your honeymoon in Cabo!
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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.