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AZ Couple’s Mexican Beach Destination Wedding | Tia and Matt

This past weekend found me in Puerto Penasco, Mexico at the gorgeous property of Bella Sirena on the Sea of Cortez.   Tia and Matt were wed on the beach in front of one of the casitas at Bella Sirena.  It was a weekend filled with joy and fun.  It began on Friday with a street-taco rehearsal dinner with a bonfire smore’s bar for a rehearsal on Friday (pictures to come in a second blog post!).

On Saturday afternoon, Matt gave Tia’s daughter, Ava, a bracelet to match the one the two had chosen together for Tia’s Mother’s day gift a few years ago. He even got them matching charms to remember when they became a family.  At the ceremony, Ava walked Matt down the aisle to await the bride.  After the couple exchanged their vows, they ended the ceremony with a family vow to love, respect, and celebrate each other.

The ceremony was followed by deliciously cold signature cocktails on the lawn.  Toward sunset guests were ushered up to the rooftop for an orange and pink sunset-inspired reception.  Tia and Matt had an especially lively first dance surrounded on the rooftop by bright sparklers.  Then the guests descended to the patio and lawn for dancing and celebrating.  The night ended with a paper sky lantern release on the beach.  It was just beautiful watching lanterns float over the casita and into the night.

 

Congratulations Tia, Matt, and Ava!

 

Thank you to all the vendors that helped make the weekend incredible!

Event Coordinator: Cathy Poturalski

DJ: Chandler-based Tom Carr.

 

 

 

 

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Fotograf Ślubny - great photos, love your point of view and processing

Seba - I love the colors and details of this wedding, great work.

Matt Stanton - Amazing location! Love the lantern release too!

Janet Palmer - Tells a wonderful story of their day, what a beautiful location.

Shella - What a lovely, lovely setting for a wedding – so relaxed and fun! Beautiful x

Nick - I love that first shot of the rings!

rahul - beautiful set. love the colours.

David Childers - What a killer wedding! The details at the ceremony really make it special, and turn it into more than a typical beach wedding. Great work, you really captured the fun of their day!

Lem - Beautiful photos! Excellent work.

Phoenix Girls’ Night Out Photography | Tia and the bachelorettes.

 

This post is a bit exciting for me. It is the first Girls’ Night Out beauty photography session I had the privilege of capturing.  Tia, her fiance and her daughter were on the blog a few months ago with their engagement session.  And in two weeks I’ll have the honor of capturing their destination wedding on the beach in Mexico.  But this evening, this session was all about the ladies.

The girls all came out to Epiphany Studio in Tempe and enjoyed some wine, yummy snacks, and a bit of pampering with gorgeous make-up and hair by Sammy Elle.  Then each lovely lady had a turn in front of the camera.  Here is my favorite image of each one.  If you want to have your own ladies’ night start with a session, you’ll be perfectly glamorous for a night on the town afterward.

First, Tia, the lovely bride-to-be:

 

Bride-to-be, Tia, at her Beauty Night Out party.

 

Beauty portraits in Greater Phoenix.

 

Emily:

Emily, of Phoenix, AZ, captured in a beauty session by Dacia Rolando Photography

Amy, of Page & Mason Invitations:

Amy of Page & Mason Invitations

Megan:

 

And the last girl to join us for the fun that day, Jacki:

Dacia Rolando Photography beauty portrait of Jacki

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Amy Wallace - Wow Dacia! You rock, can’t wait to see the rest of them!!!

administration - Thanks, Amy! You all were so much fun. I’ll message you when you can access your gallery. :-)

Tempe Engagement Photography | Tia, Matt, and Ava too!

Tia and Matt attended McClintock High School in Tempe together without falling in love.  They didn’t find their path to each other until years later at a party hosted by their good friends, Carie and Chad, now a married couple with 3 children. Now it leads them to a destination wedding in Mexico this April.  I can’t wait to head to the beach with them and capture their entire weekend of festivities at the gorgeous Bella Sirena resort in Puerto Penasco.  But before that, we had an engagement session to capture some photographs of their family just before Christmas.   They got some holiday cards out with their new family portraits but the busy season kept me from blogging.  Today, we finalized a beautiful wall display with 6 large canvases to hang in their new home in Chandler, AZ.  I can’t wait for these gorgeous canvases to arrive!  Until then, my three favorite images from their sunset photo session at Tempe Town Lake.

Chandler couple celebrates engagment with photo session at Tempe Town Lakeby Dacia Rolando.

Architectural elements in engagement photography in Tempe, AZ by Phoenix photographer, Dacia Rolando

 

And when I asked Ava how she felt about Mommy and Matt getting married, she didn’t need any words to share her excitement:

Chandler, AZ girl celebrates her mother

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Phoenix Girls’ Night Out Photography | Tia and the bachelorettes. » DaciaRolandoPhotography - [...] privilege of capturing.  Tia, her fiance and her daughter were on the blog a few months ago with their engagement session.  And in two weeks I’ll have the honor of capturing their destination wedding on the beach [...]

AZ Golf Course Wedding and back yard reception | Phoenix couple marries in Tubac

 

Aleasha and Zach were married in October in a destination wedding.  The couple are from the Phoenix area, but their entire wedding party traveled to the beautiful Tubac Golf Resort.  I had the opportunity to second shoot their day for Katie Rounds of Round Lens Photography.  The ceremony was to take place on the golf course under a fantastic archway curved in the tree trunks.  Afterward, the party headed to a the nearby home of Zach’s parents.  Prior to the ceremony, I got to go to the reception home to capture all of the beautiful details and thoughts that the couple put into the day.  It was amazing!

Then I returned to the golf resort just before the ceremony.  Aleasha’s mom was just bursting with joy.  Aleasha kept her dad, who is no longer with us, close to her heart in a charm on her bouquet.  Zach’s mom and dad were thrilled to finally add a daughter to their family.  Both families were so quick to laugh.  Their ceremony was lovely and we had a great time taking portraits around the property.  Then we headed back to the reception for a great night.

Thank you, Katie, for inviting me to be a part of Zach and Aleasha’s day.  Aleasha and Zach, you are both beautiful souls and it was a great joy to be a part of your day.

Then we returned to the golf course just before the ceremony:


Wedding portrait photography on a golf course by Dacia Rolando

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Johanna - Aww, they look so happy and so in love <3

Alisa - What a beautiful wedding! I love love love the detail shots. So many personal hand created details done in a very elegant way captured so wonderfully!

Mark Quade - Sweet wedding! Your reception shots are off the hook!

mariahedengren - So much love! I love the way they look at each other! Beautiful details as well.

Tracy Morter - I love how you’ve captured the way they look at each other. Loving.

Heather - Oh what an adorable wedding!

Kyle - Awesome details in this wedding, you did a great job capturing everything!

James - The receptions photos are superb! The shot of the groom in the air is so good !

Nick - That last shot – just WOW. Great work.

Ric Latham - Superb, great work.

Derek - Love it! Amazing work Dacia

Phoenix Wedding Photography | Boojum Tree Hidden Gardens

Back in October I had the chance to second shoot Keith and Lynzee’s wedding for Katie Rounds, of Round Lens Photography.  I had fun with the groom and his guys before the ceremony, which was celebrated at Boojum Tree Hidden Garden in Phoenix.  Keith and Lynzee even brought their dogs for a smooch!

 

Congratulations, Keith and Lynzee!

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Bec - great job! I love the dog photos, being a dog owner (mama) myself, they are adorable! and I particularly like the shots taken through that oval window. Fantastic!

Mercedes - Love the shots of them framed by the oval window. So gorgeous! That location is amazing. This is Phoenix, AZ? It’s so pretty!

Sally Watts - A fire truck cake! How cool! I love the shots you took through the fountain. Very atmospheric and romantic.

Leah Kua - Beautiful. I adore the shots of the ceremony through the fountain.

Kristy Bradford - Loving the window shots too, great composition!

Kellee Walsh - Really lovely work. The dog licking the brides face is a great moment :)

Nora - Some really great shots captured! Nice work.

/mariahedengren - Wow, the colors in this location! Beautiful. Awesome the two images shot through the hole.

Martin Pemberton - So many beautiful images, fab work

ALMA - Lovely set.

Derek Christie - Very stylish shots. I bet they were really delighted with their photos. That last shot is stunning.

Tracy Morter - Oh what a pretty venue and lovely pictures. I especially like the ones through the hole.

Ric Latham - Beautiful couple and amazing photography! Absolutely wonderful!

Derek - Incredible wedding! Love the oval window shots also.

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