If you’ve already seen part one of this amazing wedding, you’re probably ready to jump into part two, so here goes! We kick it off with some portraits of the gorgeous couple at the Tubac Golf Resort in Arizona.
After these quick portraits, Evy changed into her second wedding dress. A bit of backstory– her family owns a bridal salon in Nogales, and just like a little girl’s dream come true, she was able to attend a bridal fashion show and pick out the dress of her dreams straight off the Pronovias runway. When it arrived, the structure of the dress left a bit to be desired, and so her mother masterminded a way for the outside of the dress to be combined with the inside of a different dress, she added some detailing to the bodice, and this gown was made absolutely perfect.
We even staged a quasi first look, which was really a second look, but it was the first time Joe saw Evy in this dress! The photo below is Gabe‘s.
I have to interrupt the photos to share Evy and Joe’s proposal story, because there is nothing more telling than this story, told in their own words. I edited it down a bit from the original, but it’s still a perfect portrait of them.
Joseph flew to Tucson with a ring in his pocket. It wasn’t a traditional ring or a family heirloom. It didn’t even have stones in it, per se. It was a buffed, dusky gold, and an owl’s curious face was carved onto the surface. Big white eyes stared back up at him, asking him, You’re sure you want to propose with this?
It was a fair question. When little girls fantasize about being proposed to, it involves a lot of fanfare and usually a diamond or two. It almost never involves fat nighttime birds that feed on field mice. But of course, Evy wasn’t like most girls.
Joseph was going over the plan in his head yet again as the wheels touched down. Evy loved Tumamoc hill, a landmark in Tucson covered in families, people running with dogs, sunshine, and topped with a beautiful view. She had mentioned it roughly 4,000 times, and it sounded like the sort of place where curly haired boys and girls might propose to each other. So he would casually mention that they ought to go there, ought to walk up, and then maybe sit for a few minutes. This was when the owl would make his appearance and perch on her finger. This plan was simple and elegant.
So of course things went wrong. You know what they say about the best laid plans.
It turned out to be impossible to get Evy to the hill. Napoleon had had easier times in Russia. The weekend passed too quickly, the way all the best weekends do. Finally, time and space found Joseph and Evy driving back up to Tucson from Nogales on the night of July 4th. He was driving fairly slowly, looking desperately for some sort of scenic desert spot. He was driving because Evy had been feeling sleepy, but the coffee she’d had before kicked in, and it was at this point that Evy came alive. Why was he driving so slow? she asked. No, she was much more awake now, pull over and let her drive the rest of the way up.
Joseph turned right, pulling into a Pilot gas station. It was about 9:00 at night. Aside from the gas stations itself, the only sources of light were the stars, the occasional firework, and the roof lights of the two police cars at the other end of the lot. Joseph half-smiled to himself as he opened his door. The best laid plans.
He stayed on his side of the car, and when Evy came around, he took her by the elbows, and before she could do much of anything else, he dropped to one knee. This gas station wasn’t exactly the hill he had planned on. But it could have been here, or there, or anywhere else. He loved her, and they had both waited so long for this.
Joseph was pretty sure he was supposed to be nervous. But Evy had always had a great smile, and it was just starting to bloom now. Her eyes had gone wide; there are few things more satisfying in this world than a happily surprised Evy. So Joseph found that no, he wasn’t nervous at all. He said all of the things he had wanted to say, and finally got to ask her the question that absurdly lucky men get to ask the women in their lives. The owl perched, home at last.
And then they got out quick, because those cops were arresting some guy, and that gas station was sketchy beyond belief.
Another view from Gabe:
Love the dip and absolutely love the sun flare in Gabe’s photo on the right.
Love magic hour lighting. And Evy is just drop dead gorgeous. I think the photo on the right is my absolute favorite.
After our portrait session, we hopped in a golf cart and headed to the reception.
Evy and Joe watching their same day slideshow! Look for the slideshow on our facebook page at http://facebook.com/annawuphoto.
Evy’s father and daughter dance was beautiful, emotional, perfect.
And later, an incredible bouquet toss preceded by dancing with the bride in a giant circle:
This seemingly scandalous moment was actually about the fact that Evy is wearing socks wit her heels!
Before the garter toss, Joe had his turn with the crazy dancing, which involved this moment:
There was plenty of happy dancing supplemented by a myriad of props handed out by the band– rainbow feather boas, hats, disco microphones, inflatable guitars, just to name a few.
And even the Indian side of the wedding joined in on the very Mexican dancing!
I think Evy’s hand gestures change when she’s asked to speak in Spanish.
And finally, at the very end of the night as everyone was heading out, Evy and Joe had this amazing hot dog truck waiting outside! If you’ve never had a Sonoran hot dog, it’s a local favorite in Tuscon/southern Arizona. Think pinto beans, bacon, onions, salsa/tomatoes, cheese, and other wonderful things.
Evy & Joe, thank you so much for having me at your beautiful wedding! I had such a lovely time in Arizona. So much love for you both!
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
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