I awoke in the Korys’ beautiful home in Nogales, Arizona, to the backyard views that stretched across the hilly desert horizon. In the other wing of the house, Mrs. Kory was bustling around with preparations, getting ready for her daughter to come back from the salon. It was June 4th, a day that was already rife with significance. It was Mrs. Kory’s own wedding anniversary. 28 years of marriage to her husband, and they were still very much in love. So in the midst of her bustling around, Mrs. Kory said to me, you have to marry someone who is perfect for you. There is no other way. And she knew, Evy and Joe were the perfect ones for each other.
I had seen it for myself when spent time in Atlanta with Evy and Joe for their engagement session. I saw their sweet mannerisms and their big, quirky sense of humor. I saw the way they treated each other with absolute love and adoration. They are the perfect ones for each other.
Evy and Joe’s wedding was more of a wedding weekend extravaganza. Their wedding day spanned three different venues in two cities and included (amongst many other things) a meshing of Mexican and Indian traditions, a birthday celebration, Lebanese food, a golf resort in the middle of the desert, a million different party favors for their guests, and a Sonoran hot dog truck to top it all off. In fact, this wedding was such an amazing 14 or 16 hour day (I lost track) that I am breaking precedence to split the blog posts into two parts.
Part one: the preparations, the ceremony, and the lunch reception in Nogales. Part two: amazing portraits, emotional moments, and the party celebrations at the Tubac Golf Resort. Without further ado, Evy and Joe:
On the left, Evy’s gorgeous Pronovias gown– just the first of two for the day. On the right, the three garters she wore. The top pays tribute to our Alma Mater and is the one they used for the garter toss. The bottom two were her grandmother’s, and one even has a penny tucked in for good luck.
On the left, Evy’s mother’s pearls. On the right, Mrs. Kory prepares the dress.
Love. Evy’s parents helped her to get ready and gave her a blessing before they headed to the church.
Meanwhile, Joe and his groomsmen got ready at a Hacienda in Tubac. These were captured by Evy’s best friend Gabriel Gastelum who happens to be an amazing photographer too. He served triple roles as groomsman, honorary bridesmaid, and my assistant photographer on this day.
The ceremony was a beautiful Catholic Mass at Sacred Heart Church in Nogales. Joseph’s family is also Catholic (and Indian!) so the ceremony was very meaningful and scattered with both Mexican and Indian traditions. Below is a Mexican/Spanish tradition where the Lazo is looped around the couple to symbolize their intention to bind themselves together.
On the left, the bouquet and candle offering to Virgin Mary and on the right, Joe’s parents in prayer
Evy wrote in her notes to me asking for an image of her parents’ hands clasped together. “I love their hands and my parents are my all.”
The first kiss, which was actually captured by Gabe’s aunt!
After the ceremony, it was off to Tia Cecilia’s house for the luncheon reception. A mariachi band serenaded guests in the back yard.
Delicious refreshments and Lebanese food were served.
June 4th was not only Evy’s parents’ wedding anniversary, but it was also Joe’s grandmother’s birthday, so they surprised her with a cake.
The band led a singing of Las Mañanitas, a Mexican birthday song.
After a beautiful and relaxing lunch, it was time to head over to the Tubac Golf Resort, where the reception and celebrations would continue. I loved the escort cards pinned to these beautiful ribbons.
The groomsmen, as captured by Gabe.
And Evy with the bridesmaids.
Finally, we leave you with a teaser of the many more portraits to come in part two.
Yes, this is just the first half of an amazing wedding day. Part two with many more portraits and the reception celebration is yet to come!
Ceremony Venue: Sacred Heart Church, Nogales, Arizona
Reception Venue and Catering: Tubac Golf Resort, Tubac, Arizona
Hair & Makeup: Attitudes Hair and Nails, Nogales, Arizona
Florist: Milagros Decor and Rental, Nogales, Arizona
Wedding Dress: Pronovias (both dresses!)
Bridesmaids’ Dresses: The Dessy Group
Piano Trio: Musicians from Manhattan School of Music, New York City
Mariachi Band: Kalay
Cake: Busy B’s Bakery, Tuscon, Arizona
Day of Coordinator: Patricia de la Torre
Hot Dog Truck: Sonoran Hot Dogs
Videographer: Shade Tree Films
Photographer: Anna Wu Photography, assisted by Gabriel Gastelum Photography