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Briana & Ricardo | Hacienda Del Sol Tucson Arizona Wedding

Awesomefragilistic. OK maybe that’s not a word, but I was trying to think of something hip and cool to describe how cool this wedding was! Brianna & Ricardo are the worlds coolest newlyweds right now. So if you see them, make sure you get their autograph. I’ve had such an awesome time working with both of them and feel honored to have been able to photograph their wedding! They traveled from Texas (Tucson is home) for their wedding and picked one of the coolest places in Tucson: Hacienda Del Sol Resort. I shot Melissa & Brad’s wedding here 3 months ago as well for all of you blog stalkers that can remember :)

I knew this would be a fun wedding when we met for the first time back in December for their totally awesome engagement photos. Brianna and the girls started at Gadabout Salon for hair and makeup, then we all boogied over to the resort to get ready, awesome portraits and a party like none other. The week preceding the wedding was very beautiful weather, and we were hit with a scorching day during the wedding. Nonetheless, we had a rockin time and cannot wait to start working on their totally awesome album. Thanks again to the both of you!

For future and potential brides, here’s some info on the wedding:
Dress and Bridesmaids Dresses — Alfred Angelo
Flowers and Linen Rentals — Creative Arrangements by Sylvia
Cake — Busy B Bakery
Guitarist — Dr. Thomas Patterson
DJ — Double Play DJ’s
Mii Sculpture — Paul Pape Designs

WARNING: 50 AWESOME PICS BELOW. If you are at work and don’t have 20 minutes to spare, bookmark now :)

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brianna ricardo hacienda del sol wedding tucson arizona photography

brianna ricardo hacienda del sol wedding tucson arizona photography

brianna ricardo hacienda del sol wedding tucson arizona photography

brianna ricardo hacienda del sol wedding tucson arizona photography

brianna ricardo hacienda del sol wedding tucson arizona photography

brianna ricardo hacienda del sol wedding tucson arizona photography

brianna ricardo hacienda del sol wedding tucson arizona photography

brianna ricardo hacienda del sol wedding tucson arizona photography

brianna ricardo hacienda del sol wedding tucson arizona photography

brianna ricardo hacienda del sol wedding tucson arizona photography

brianna ricardo hacienda del sol wedding tucson arizona photography

brianna ricardo hacienda del sol wedding tucson arizona photography

brianna ricardo hacienda del sol wedding tucson arizona photography

brianna ricardo hacienda del sol wedding tucson arizona photography

brianna ricardo hacienda del sol wedding tucson arizona photography

brianna ricardo hacienda del sol wedding tucson arizona photography

brianna ricardo hacienda del sol wedding tucson arizona photography

brianna ricardo hacienda del sol wedding tucson arizona photography

brianna ricardo hacienda del sol wedding tucson arizona photography

brianna ricardo hacienda del sol wedding tucson arizona photography

brianna ricardo hacienda del sol wedding tucson arizona photography

brianna ricardo hacienda del sol wedding tucson arizona photography

brianna ricardo hacienda del sol wedding tucson arizona photography

brianna ricardo hacienda del sol wedding tucson arizona photography

brianna ricardo hacienda del sol wedding tucson arizona photography

brianna ricardo hacienda del sol wedding tucson arizona photography

Awesome shot grabbed by my assistant Kyle!

brianna ricardo hacienda del sol wedding tucson arizona photography

brianna ricardo hacienda del sol wedding tucson arizona photography

brianna ricardo hacienda del sol wedding tucson arizona photography

As they were walking away from the ceremony location, I’m here walking backwards grabbing this shot.  10 seconds later, I trip over a small sidewalk lamp and fall flat backwards.  Luckily I was in the shade, and the crowd in the sun, so I don’t know if many people saw it.  I’m still hoping it turns up on YouTube :)

brianna ricardo hacienda del sol wedding tucson arizona photography

brianna ricardo hacienda del sol wedding tucson arizona photography

brianna ricardo hacienda del sol wedding tucson arizona photography

Another awesome candid by Kyle

brianna ricardo hacienda del sol wedding tucson arizona photography

brianna ricardo hacienda del sol wedding tucson arizona photography

brianna ricardo hacienda del sol wedding tucson arizona photography

brianna ricardo hacienda del sol wedding tucson arizona photography

brianna ricardo hacienda del sol wedding tucson arizona photography

Yes, that moon is real :) brianna ricardo hacienda del sol wedding tucson arizona photography

brianna ricardo hacienda del sol wedding tucson arizona photography

brianna ricardo hacienda del sol wedding tucson arizona photography

brianna ricardo hacienda del sol wedding tucson arizona photography

brianna ricardo hacienda del sol wedding tucson arizona photography

brianna ricardo hacienda del sol wedding tucson arizona photography

brianna ricardo hacienda del sol wedding tucson arizona photography

brianna ricardo hacienda del sol wedding tucson arizona photography

brianna ricardo hacienda del sol wedding tucson arizona photography

Kyle grabbed this one as well, as you can see me in the far right of the frame.  Grandma was triumphal in her dance with Ricardo and is now accepting her applause by the guests :) brianna ricardo hacienda del sol wedding tucson arizona photography

All natural light.  Do you think a non-professional can grab these?  NOPEbrianna ricardo hacienda del sol wedding tucson arizona photography

Brooke & Rick | Tucson Engagement Contest Winners!

For the many of you that followed the “Platinum Engagement Contest” sponsored by Sheffields Diamonds, myself and the other sponsors, the contest ended last week and the winners were selected. Brooke & Rick are a very deserving couple and their love is so tangible its awesome! As part of the contest, I provided the future bride & groom with a complimentary engagement session, and also to document the amazing day they were about to have. The winners received the following: 1ct Platinum Diamond ring by Tacori, engagement session and photojournalist documentation of their engagement, Allison limousine provided the transportation to the Imagen Creative Hair Salon, return to the Westin La Paloma who also provided a complimentary 1 night stay in one of their awesome suites, including dinner and so much more. The day was set for a truly magical afternoon and I was so excited to be a part of it. I must say, I’ve photographed some pretty special events and traveled to some really exotic places, but this engagement is not only the second real engagement that I have photographed (see Amanda & Jason’s for the first!), but, this one ranks up there with the most memorable moments I have photographed.

The day started at the Imagen Spa for their pampering. Rick obviously didn’t need a hair trim, but the staff was very accommodating for their special event. We then traveled back to the Westin La Paloma for some quick portraits before dinner. Brooke knew that she was going to end the night as a newly engaged women, but she didn’t know how nor when. Rick and I have previously planned the perfect spot: atop the 2nd floor balcony near the ballrooms. It offered a tremendous view and perfect location for such an amazing event. As we meandered around getting some awesome portraits en-route to the final engagement ring rendezvous point, the hotel had prepared a nice table with some champagne and the ring for Rick’s proposal. As we walked up the stairs, I don’t know if Brooke was expecting it, but she must have known as she saw the table, champagne and ring box. It was a whirlwind of excitement, and as much as I wanted to sit back and watch the moment unfold, I was busy trying to stay out of their hair and photograph the event at the same time. I didn’t hear a word that Rick said, but he had obviously prepared something. Of course she said yes and a celebration ensued. I took a few more awesome portraits of their excitement and the awesome view from the balcony and then left to let them enjoy their moment alone.

We met up again as they were ready for dinner and spent a little while more with them. Brooke even trusted me with the brand new ring (which is obviously the most expensive ring I have probably photographed), which turned out to be an AWESOME ringshot . . . won’t lie :) I had to finish it off with something different, so I had a great idea of photographing them going back to their hotel room . . . I think it worked :)

Big thanks to everyone who was involved with the preparation and publication of the event, it was awesome to be a part of it all!

To all you photographers, consider this a sneak peak for the latest presets from Presetopia, Presets v2 baby!


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tucson wedding engagement la paloma westin imagen arizona couple
I’ve never had a manicure myself, but it looked pretty comfortable all the stuff they did :)
tucson wedding engagement la paloma westin imagen arizona couple
tucson wedding engagement la paloma westin imagen arizona couple
tucson wedding engagement la paloma westin imagen arizona couple
tucson wedding engagement la paloma westin imagen arizona couple
tucson wedding engagement la paloma westin imagen arizona couple
AWESOME makeup lounge, pretty shnazzy I’d say
tucson wedding engagement la paloma westin imagen arizona couple
Interior of the stretch Limo provided by Allison Limousines
tucson wedding engagement la paloma westin imagen arizona couple
I LOVED LOVED LOVED the sky in this one as she went outside to check the makeup application
tucson wedding engagement la paloma westin imagen arizona couple
Rick showing off his new manicure
tucson wedding engagement la paloma westin imagen arizona couple
tucson wedding engagement la paloma westin imagen arizona couple
Arrival at La Paloma, they were SUPER excited about everything, made my job super easy!
tucson wedding engagement la paloma westin imagen arizona couple
tucson wedding engagement la paloma westin imagen arizona couple
tucson wedding engagement la paloma westin imagen arizona couple
tucson wedding engagement la paloma westin imagen arizona couple
tucson wedding engagement la paloma westin imagen arizona couple
tucson wedding engagement la paloma westin imagen arizona couple
tucson wedding engagement la paloma westin imagen arizona couple
tucson wedding engagement la paloma westin imagen arizona couple
tucson wedding engagement la paloma westin imagen arizona couple
SO MANY AWESOME THINGS about this shot, hard to even begin! The view was breathtaking!
tucson wedding engagement la paloma westin imagen arizona couple
tucson wedding engagement la paloma westin imagen arizona couple
tucson wedding engagement la paloma westin imagen arizona couple
tucson wedding engagement la paloma westin imagen arizona couple
tucson wedding engagement la paloma westin imagen arizona couple
tucson wedding engagement la paloma westin imagen arizona couple
tucson wedding engagement la paloma westin imagen arizona couple
This is also the view from my apartment :) La Paloma has some serious views unlike all other resorts in Tucson
tucson wedding engagement la paloma westin imagen arizona couple
Not many people were at this dinner location so that were able to enjoy some R&R alone
tucson wedding engagement la paloma westin imagen arizona couple
tucson wedding engagement la paloma westin imagen arizona couple
tucson wedding engagement la paloma westin imagen arizona couple
tucson wedding engagement la paloma westin imagen arizona couple
Of course, hard not to love a beautiful ring! Shot this one handheld too FTW!
tucson wedding engagement la paloma westin imagen arizona couple
Escape back to their room, LOVED this concept
tucson wedding engagement la paloma westin imagen arizona couple