How to Plan Tucson Wedding
As you already know, your corner of the planet is glorious. The sunset on Mount Lemmon, the abundant variety of desert flowers in springtime, the twilight calm, the majesty of a saguaro cactus. Why would you get married anywhere else?
In Tucson, your wedding options are limited only by time, budget, and weather. For the rest, let your imagination flow! Are you dreaming of a ceremony nestled in your backyard? Sounds good! Or how about hosting a mountain-view lodge celebration? Sure, we’ve got that too. Embracing the community you love is a recipe for wedding delight.
Tucson weddings are a combination of hometown charm and unbeatable Arizona beauty. If your friends and family aren’t local, this is a great chance to show off your community. Show off your town with pride—they’ll enjoy experiencing the natural beauty of the desert.
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I love Tucson weddings for many reasons (desert sunsets! desert sunsets! desert sunsets!) but I’m especially excited for any opportunity to photograph in Tucson because I have three of the cutest nieces in Tucson excited for me to visit them when photographing a wedding in Arizona.
How To Choose Your Tucson Wedding Venue
As you have thought through your wedding day and prioritized elements according to your budget, you’re now ready to think about a venue. Before you let the Google overwhelm set in, ask yourself which do you prefer: Indoor or outdoor? Garden or ballroom? All-inclusive or DIY?
More importantly, perhaps: What do you want your guests to experience? How will you create that?
Tucson offers options in almost every category, including the uniqueness of a Botanical Gardens Butterfly Exhibit portrait session before your reception or the majesty of a Hacienda del Sol party overlooking Mount Lemmon.
As you clarify your style and the experience you want for you and your guests, your decision will become clear and your venue options will narrow.
How to Choose Your Tucson Wedding Photographer
I won’t sugar-coat it. You have a lot of decisions to make. But in all the choices you’ll make for your wedding day, the most lasting one will be in the photographs. Here is where the food, the flowers, the dress, and the venue will come to life. This is how you’ll remember your big day for years to come. Here are my top-three tips for nailing the photographer choice.
Find a photographer you like to photograph your Tucson wedding
More than liking the photos, you should also like the person! You’re welcoming this person into your most important and exciting moments and asking them to stick closer to you than any other vendor you work with. You have to like your wedding photographer. Loving your photos is valuable but loving your photographer is priceless.
Find a photographer who is well-respected and well-established to help you document your desert fun.
As easy as it is in our iPhone-driven world to take and share pretty good photos, a photographer is not just taking a snapshot of a moment. A good wedding photographer is drawing upon years of experience to give you living proof of your wedding day.
But how do you tell whether or not a photographer is a pro?
- Has the photographer shot in a range of settings, in a variety of conditions? Look for variety in your photographer’s portfolio images
- Does the photographer have happy previous clients? Asking for references is completely acceptable
- Does the photographer have wedding experience? Not just wedding portraits, but wedding day celebration.
Find a photographer who likes you.
You want your wedding photographer to like you because you’ll get better photographs. Plain and simple. You don’t want someone who’s just showing up for the paycheque.
In case we haven’t officially met yet… hi! I’m Jennifer AKA Jenni Marie of Jenni Marie Photography.
I’ve photographed weddings for the last eight years and built my business while working a desk job and living in North Carolina. For years, Arizona has been my happy place: cactus and friends and glorious sunsets! Half my heart is in Tucson now that both my siblings and all their children are there, so I love every excuse to visit Tucson (my home is in the Pacific Northwest) and have loved working with so many talented Tucson wedding vendors to create the Tucson Wedding Planning Guide for you.
I believe you are beautiful and deserve to look and feel your best on your wedding day.
But I also know you don’t always feel that way. So maybe you’re not a Hollywood icon. And maybe you don’t fit the idealized version of beauty the media portrays. Maybe you hate your nose and your weight isn’t where you’d like it. But here’s the thing.
You. Are. Beautiful.
You are, I’m convinced of it. And I’m committed to tell your unique love story in a way that’s true to you and showcase how stunning you are.
Jenni Marie Photography is for you if you…
- Are in love with a great man
- Want great photos filled with real life and emotions
- Know you are created in God’s image
- Love juxtaposing rugged adventure and femininity
- Celebrate marriage, not just the wedding day
- Don’t accept norms “just because”
- Think outside the box
- Find art in everyday life
For more about my bridal packages and availability please email me. I look forward to hearing about your vision and bringing your dreams to life for generations to enjoy.