Mandana + Krystian’s saguaro filled desert wedding at the stunning Tanque Verde Ranch set the stage for the sweetest romantic Tucson wedding. Mandana grew up in the desert here and even though she’s moved from the southwest, her love for Tucson has never left. The prickly pear bloom tattooed on her arm sums up everything. Every little detail captured a part of the bride and groom. I loved seeing their color palette paint the desert across the venue and accent their stunning bouquet and boutonniere.

At Krystian + Mandana’s first look at the Tanque Verde Ranch on their wedding day, it was a quiet moment filled with such genuine emotion. Their ability to allow a moment absorb into them – experiencing everything more richly – isn’t unlike how the flora of the region take in the precious water drops and hold on to them. It’s amazing to watch a couple love in such a way that slows everything down. Smiles and laugher last longer, heart squeezing moments feel stronger. Seeing their day unfold with their subtle and soft interactions gave me so much appreciation for the uniqueness of their day.

Another wonderful part of the day was how many of their friends and family fly into Tucson to experience the southwest beauty for the first time. I was seated at table with perhaps 10 of their friends and enjoyed the most amazing conversations with them as though I were an old friend catching up on their lives in far off cities. This wedding united everyone and created a community of love that transcended the need for casual small talk and drew out the real personalities of even the most distance strangers. Only a couple like Mandana and Krystian could cultivate such an environment of love, passion, family, and friendship.


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People + Places that made this happen:

Location: Tanque Verde Ranch in Tucson, Arizona

Flowers + Decor: Atelier de La Fleur

Dress: Willowby Watters

Hair + Makeup: The Powder Room