We can’t get enough of Christina and John’s fantastic spin on a traditional Paradise Valley wedding featuring a fun palette and some hints of the unconventional. The couple originally met at a college party in Christina’s senior year. John had come with a friend, and the couple ended up talking the whole night away. They remained on and off friends for two years, at which point they reconnected and began to date. In May 2016, John was convinced that Christina was the one. John, who is an avid photographer, asked Christina to go with him to Saguaro Lake to take some sunset photos. Christina didn’t think much of the gesture and happily agreed. After John set up his tripod (with it secretly recording), he got down on one knee and proposed to Christina against the backdrop of the beautiful Arizona sunset.
Their elegant ceremony at a Catholic church held some of the couple’s favorite moments that were all captured by Denise Karis Photography. John’s favorite moment was seeing his bride walk down the aisle in her breath-taking backless gown from Luv Bridal, while saying their vows in front of family and friends held a memorable place in Christina’s heart. A theme of royal blue interspersed with pale pink set the tone for the Paradise Valley wedding, and centerpieces were made out of succulents in wooden planters and baby’s breath in mason jars. The Legacy Ballroom provided an excellent venue for the reception, and guests were able to dance the night away in style. At the end of the night, the couple quietly snuck out and left for their week-long Hawaii honeymoon the next day.
Other Vendors: CEREMONY SITE: Saint Bernadette’s Catholic Church | PHOTOGRAPHY: Denise Karis Photography | BRIDESMAID’S DRESSES: David’s Bridal | FORMAL WEAR: Express Men | INVITATIONS: Be A Heart Design | FLOWERS: Phoenix Flower Shops | MENU/CATERING: Babbo Italian Eatery | MUSIC/ENTERTAINMENT: Verum Lux Entertainment | WEDDING CAKE: Monica Salasek of Monica’s Custom Cakes | ENGAGEMENT RING: Jared | HAIR: Veronica Robin with La Lou Salon | HONEYMOON: Hyatt Regency Maui