Desert Botanical Gardens Wedding | Phoenix, Arizona | Erin and Brad

 Phoenix wedding at the Desert Botanical Gardens

I met Erin and Brad about a year before their wedding, they were gearing up to move back to Arizona from California.  They were not only planning a wedding and moving but renovating the cutest Tempe house; it was quite the undertaking!  So, Erin did what any wise bride does and hired a fantastic planner to help, Tessa with Wise Girls Weddings.

We headed over to the Desert Botanical Gardens to finish getting ready.  If you've never been to the gardens or at least haven't considered it for a wedding, you really should!  They do a fantastic job of keeping the gardens beautiful, clean and arranged in such a way that there is so much color and texture around every corner.  This was my first time shooting here, hoping it wont be the last. 

Erin's attention to color and detail for this wedding was simply stunning.  I LOVE this bouquet with all the texture and color.  The girls over at Butterfly Petals did an amazing job!

 Phoenix wedding at the Desert Botanical Gardens
 Phoenix wedding at the Desert Botanical Gardens

Erin and Brad decided to have an unplugged wedding ceremony, they really wanted their guests to be in the moment, not distracted by taking photos and video.  Erin also loves photography and really values professional photography. This has definitely become a trend and hot topic.  Personally and professionally, I LOVE this idea!  I can't tell you how many times I have had to work around guests during the processional or first kiss, honestly it can be so stressful. I could go on and on...but this is not the post for that.  However, if you'd like to read more about unplugged weddings, the Huffington Post put out a good article on it.

 Phoenix wedding at the Desert Botanical Gardens

I was not kidding when I mentioned that every detail was covered!  Erin made all these adorable favors.  I love the use of wine corks and succulents <3.

 Phoenix wedding at the Desert Botanical Gardens
 Phoenix wedding at the Desert Botanical Gardens

We finished the night at Erin's parents home in Ahwatukee.  It was ah-mazing! The dance floor in the photo above was custom made by her dad for the wedding (pictured below)!  It covered part of the pool and made for great conversation ;)  To say their home was a fantastic place for the reception would be an understatement.

 Phoenix wedding at the Desert Botanical Gardens
 Phoenix wedding at the Desert Botanical Gardens

When it's time to leave for the hotel and your tipsy aunt thinks it's okay to tag along ;)

Thank you Brad and Erin for trusting me, it was a true privilege to be with you on your wedding day!

Bartender: Hey Bartender

Caterer: Atlasta Catering

Cake: Piece of Cake

Florist: Butterfly Petals

Makeup: Mercantile, Shauna Thibault

Second Photographer: Emily Johnston