Romantic Wedding Admist a Wind Storm at the Verrado Golf Club
Here in AZ we prep ourselves for hot weather. It’s almost a guarantee that going into the months of May-August you can have a 100+ degree day. So for the 1.5 years Abbey and Russ we’re planning their wedding that is what they HOPED wouldn’t be the case. A week in a half prior to their big day I met up with Abbey and Russ for their final venue walk through. Here we talked about all the locations we would be doing the photography. We had it set that we would do the locations where we did their engagement session with the bridal party, followed by family shots near the bridge and additional bride and groom portraits out in the golf course with the White Tank Mountains as our backdrop. The day prior to the wedding I got a text from Abbey reading “went for a walk this morning down towards the rocky area of verrado and saw this cute sigh. May be cute bride/groom photo op!” where I replied “whatever you want lady! We can definitely snap a pic or two”. The day arrives and as usual I always check my weather app….93 degrees and wind. My initial thought was thank goodness it isn’t 100 like it was yesterday and didn’t even put much more thought about the wind.
As the getting ready pictures, first look and beautiful ceremony commences we were told of the winds picking up. Russ got a voicemail saying he has to make a decision to either keep the reception outdoors or move it inside. I told him lets wait until we get there and see how bad it is. The 45 minute drive there you KNOW I was checking every single weather app I could find to see when the wind would subside. And EVERY single one was telling me close to 8pm. This was after ALL the pics. My mind was racing with ideas. We get to our first location and looking outside of the van it didn’t look too terribly bad. It wasn’t until we stepped out and were slapped in the face with powerful gusts of wind going in the direction we did NOT want it to go and Abbeys hair starting to unravel we knew it was bad. Per the weather app it said wind was a 30mph, but being in the base of a mountain range it could’ve been greater, I made the executive decision to head to the wedding venue where I figured they’re would be more protection from the elements.
Once there I found the ONE 10×6 spot that was protected against the winds. It was not the location we had talked about, didn’t have the views that were desired but it was something to help document their day. My sweet bride still being upset (and rightfully so) was comforted by her now husband. Russ made a great comment on how this was truly the first storm they would weather through as a couple and it couldn’t have been a better statement. He was her rock in this moment and I think she’ll always look back on this memory and remember that.
Here are a few images from their big day <3
Huge shoutout to all of the AMAZING vendors involved in making this day a success that it wass:
Hair and Makeup: Blue Daisy Salon // Ceremony: St Thomas More Catholic Church // Dress Shop: Uptown Bridal and Boutique // Dress Designer: Essence of Australia // Wedding Coordinator: Kathy of Thee Wedding Warehouse // Florist: Jacque Dearing from Thee Wedding Warehouse // Cocktail hour band: Notes from Neptune // DJ: Kevin from Fanning Flames Entertainment // Venue and Catering: Verrado Golf Club
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