Mary & Tommy: Tubac Golf Resort & Spa

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Mary & Tommy are one of those couples you dream about working with. Creative, laid back, stylish, and FUN. Every vendor I worked with remarked on how amazing they were to work with and how incredibly creative the bride was. The bride, a designer by trade (and by nature), was a true DIY bride. Everything from the hand stamped table runners, the hand painted table numbers on wood blocks (that she built), and the custom invitations- not only coordinated perfectly, but were one of a kind designs by the bride herself. Not wanting to be a ‘typical bride’ the classically beautiful bride choose to wear a bright blue Mara Hoffman gown with hand beading in every color imaginable. The dress was perfect against the all white spanish stuccoed venue, the Tubac Golf Resort. The flowers, created by the talent at Butterfly Petals, were a mix of bright color and texture- ranging from hot pink peonies to the textural proedia. The couple swapped out the typical dessert table, for a dressed up cookie spread with hand baked cookies made both by Sugar Sweet Bakery, and the Mother of the Groom. A Philadelphia tradition that came from the grooms side. It was clear that each and ever detail of the wedding was not only incredibly all thought through, but perfectly executed…right down to the donkey that attended the cocktail hour.
For photos, we used the natural spanish architecture of the venue along with all the creative details made by the bride to create a colorful story board that reflected the bride and grooms style. The bright colors, the spanish ranch style venue, and the hand crafted details made this wedding truly one of a kind. The wedding was shot with a mix of digital photography and film that was mixed together to create a unique look for the couple. This wedding was a true dream to work on and I am so excited to share them!
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Vendors:

Venue: Tubac Golf Resort & Spa
Photographer: Elizabeth McDonnell Photography
Second Shooter: Kelsey Shirley Photography
Florals: Butterfly Petals
Brides Dress: Mara Hoffman
​Bridal ​Shoes: Halogen
Bridesmaids Dresses: BCBG
Suit: H & M
DJ/ Band: Hans Hutchison
Bridesmaids Gifts: Avenue boutique
Dessert/ Cookies: Sugar Sweet Bakery
Invitations: Handmade by Bride
Equipment used:
Canon 5D Mark iii
Canon 6D
Contax 645
Lenses Used:
50mm 1.2 Canon
24-70 2.8 L Canon
50mm 1.4 Canon
80mm Zeiss
From the bride: We have friends from all of the country and the world, so we knew we wanted to get married where we could spend the whole weekend together. With a family home in the small artist community of Tubac, Arizona, we quickly zeroed in on getting married at the Tubac Resort.
Everything we did was dedicated to trying to create as many opportunities to catch up with all of our loved ones. The entire guest list was traveling in for the wedding, so guests arrived to welcome packets full of area recommendations and an itinerary of activities over the entire weekend. For four days straight, we had parties and celebrations- from a pool party to Whiskey Western Night, and finally the ceremony and reception! And, as a designer and maker, I had handmade details at all of them.
It was beautifully exhausting to plan, but worth every moment. By the morning of the wedding, I was already so tired that I worried I wouldn’t be able to make it through the day….Like, I literally broke down. I had been planning and making and imagining this day for a whole year and I was so tired from the three parties we had already had I couldn’t imagine having another HUGE party! But, it ended up being the most perfect end to a magical weekend. And, my very favorite day of the whole weekend.
For the ceremony, the chapel is so beautiful that we tried to keep the ceremony decor very simple. Our florists made some amazing succulent walls and our dear friend Johanna was the officiate. Johanna wove the most amazing story of our life together- filled with deep love, dedication, yet very goofy and full of laughter. I don’t think I have seen so many people laughing and crying at the same time!
For the reception, we were focused on having a great party! We had a surprise guest to kick-off the reception- a little Burro named Bunny. Through wedding planning, my mom had become obsessed with us having a burro, so we finally gave in! Thank goodness we did, because he was a huge hit!
For the look and feel of the reception, I wanted to the rustic beauty of the resort to be the star. I chose natural and muted tones and handmade the southwest inspired table runners, table markers, and signage. And, my florist created those amazingly colorful southwest arrangements. For dessert, we went the cookie table route! Tommy is from Pittsburgh, so we wanted to include the Pittsburgh tradition of a cookie table. With so many people traveling we relied on a bakery to make the cookies, but we did have a couple of family and friends who baked cookies per the Pittsburgh tradition! We collected all the platters from family and friends.
We didn’t do many of the wedding traditions, but my sisters surprised me with a full performance of the Sisters song for their speech. It was absolutely incredible!
Overall, it was such an amazing experience. Looking back on the wedding, Tommy and I are so grateful that we were able to spend so much time with all the people that we love throughout the weekend. Bringing all the connections in your life together is incredibly special.

Baby Time: Our maternity session with Cait Schlablach

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Taking a few weeks off to welcome our newest little member to the family. Hope to talk to you all soon. Before I sign off for a bit though, I wanted to share a few of OUR maternity photos from our session with the amazingly talented Cait Schlablach ! Follow her and all her amazing photos and adventures on Instagram and Facebook!

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We love you and your work Cait! Thanks again! <3

 

Hawaii

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Aloha from Hawaii! The last few months have truly flown by! It has been a whirlwind to move to a completely different world, and leave almost everything behind, to start new. As we get settled here, and I wrap up my late spring/ summer weddings, I thought I would share a few photos from my very first session here in Hawaii. I am loving the light, and of course being able to shoot on the beach! Cheers. E

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More to come, but as I continue to edit my little tush off from my spring weddings, I had to share just a few gems! Love this sweet couple and their beautiful wedding. Cheers to the week friends! XO

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EMcDonnell Photography (3 of 101)Tommy and Mary are one of those couples you can just hang out with. After their session I found myself driving home feeling bummed the session was over. This weekend will be this couples wedding in Tabac, AZ and I can not wait! Not just because the bride is a designer, and has amazing style, and because they have hired a real live donkey to pose for photos after the ceremony- but because they are both so fun and sweet and easy going. I can not way to work with them again!

For this session, we started in the Barrio- taking photos at old historic buildings. Next we traveled up into the mountains and took photos in a field I had found a few weeks prior. Just as the sun was setting the clouds parted and we got some great sun-filled shots. The field has also just sprouted some tall grasses and white flowers which really added to the session. Tommy and Mary- thank you both for being so wonderful, and sweet (and willing to drive all over) see you soon!  Cheers.

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