Take a peek at Dunia and Ryan’s black tie desert wedding photographed by Rachel Solomon! This couple wanted to capture the mesmerizing majesty of an Arizona sunset as the backdrop for their special day to share with guests. Dunia and Ryan met at work and quickly became an office romance. They began to celebrate holidays with each other’s families, which is when Ryan decided to pop the question. On Christmas Eve, Ryan decorated a neighbor’s dock in beautiful candles, and then asked Dunia if she wanted to take a stroll down it. When Dunia saw the dock, she noticed a note under the first candle. It read: “This is the love story of Dunia and Ryan…” Under every candle was an envelope with a picture and handwritten note. After opening the very last note which read “Will You Marry Me?”, Dunia turned to see Ryan get down on one knee and propose!
For their wedding, Dunia and Ryan wanted to compliment the beauty of the desert landscape and sunset, as many of their guests had never seen before either. Their palette consisted of soothing tones such as oxblood, blush, and fresh green to bring out the elegance of the desert xeriscape. For an added flair of romance, Dunia and Ryan incorporated ivory touches, velvet fabrics and brass metals. They also took care to feature plenty of candles to evoke a black-tie optional theme. Tears were shed as the couple read their vows during the ceremony. At the reception, guests enjoyed the delicious plated meals, then rocked the dance floor and photobooth. At the end of the night, Dunia, Ryan, and their closest friends and family went over to the bar for a while before the couple retired to their honeymoon suite.
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Photography: Rachel Solomon Photography
Planning: Ashley Gain Weddings and Events
Venue: Sanctuary on Camelback Mountain Resort and Spa
Floral Design: Carte Blanche Design
Makeup: Michael Franco
Hair: Sachi Salon & Spa
Gown: Vera Wang
Bridesmaids: Jenny Yoo Collection
Groomsmen Calvin Klein
Cake: Classic Cakes and Confections
Videographer: Amore Films
Music/Entertainment: Sweetwater Strings and DJ Desert House Productions Inc.
Photo Booth: The Live Photobooth
Linens La Tavola Fine Linen
Invitations Goodheart Design
Day of Paper: Song & Pen
Calligraphy Autumn Farrell Matney
Rentals: Us To U Party Rentals