Gather Estate Wedding, Mesa Arizona | Arizona Wedding Photographer
A Winter Wedding at the Lush grounds of Gather Estate, in Mesa, Arizona. The day could not have been more beautiful, a sunny winter day, filled with Warmth. Not only by the sun, but with the love that poured into Ashley and Tyler’s Wedding day. Every detail was thought of, and displayed so beautifully. With tones of Rose Gold, Navy and a deep, rich maroon, almost reminiscent of a fine Sangria, gave the feelings of Winter Romance.
Tyler and Ashley decided on a first touch before their first look. The experience is one I will never forget. Ashley was so excited, and Tyler was sweetly nervous. When they reached around the corner, and intertwined fingers, their joy and love was bursting for all to feel and see. Ashley had the sweetest smile on her face. They both laughed, big, beautiful, smiling laughs. Then Tyler shed a few beautifully happy tears. Ashley’s Father came and gave them a blessing. All connected, but unable to see one another, it was so powerful and emotional. The perfect moment to lead them into their first look.
They took a few moments to recompose themselves, and prepare for their first look. Tyler was ready. He waited anxiously until Ashley said his name, in her soft sweet voice, and tapped him on the shoulder. When he turned around and saw his beautiful bride, more tears fell. They smiled, they embraced, they whispered together. Of what? We will never know… that’s the beauty of a first look. It’s a moment in time with just the two of you on your wedding day. To take as long as you want to soak each other in. Whisper sweet words, snuggle, and enjoy the beauty of the other. Once they broke their embrace, Tyler asked Ashley to spin around for him, as he admired the beauty of his soon to be wife. She beamed and showed him her gorgeous gown, it fit like a glove, and showed off all of her beautiful curves. They Exchanged gifts with one another. Sentimental gifts that you could just see on their faces, meant so much to one another. After they exchanged gifts, they embraced some more, and really took in their time alone together.
Ashley’s Bridesmaids, Mom, and Mother of the Groom all waited in the Bridal Suite, where they had helped Ashley get ready before the First Touch. The sweet moments of both her Mother’s helping her into her dress were so touching, and filled with love. Ashley’s bridesmaids were the true definition of Best Friends! They cheers’d with her in their robes, helped to get her wedding day ready, and were just filled with joy and laughter! One of her bridesmaids worked double time, as she was also the Florist of her bestie’s big day! The same could be said of Tyler’s Groomsmen. The boys had a fun time relaxing and getting ready before the big day officially began. Tyler and Ashley gifted their bridal party beautiful custom designed cups engraved with their names, they went perfect with their wedding day colors!
The Warmth and Love of the day continued on during their Ceremony. Each of the groomsmen and the ring bearers had a special greeting planned out with Tyler up at the Altar! Their loved ones faces were filled with smiles and laughter as the bridal party entered and got ready for Ashley and her dad to walk down the Aisle.
As soon as Tyler caught sight of Ashley, his smile was contagious! It’s like he saw her for the first time all over again. She beamed back at him as her Dad walked beside her.
Their Ceremony was filled with heart touching moments. Their pastor talked of their love, and even shed a few tears himself. They took their first communion together. During their prayer, Ashley’s father had his hand held high, praising the sight before him. It was a touching scene, and the faith of those around them, supporting their marriage was a beautiful reminder that the loved ones chosen to attend their day will be the ones encouraging and supporting their marriage for years to come.
During their vows, there were sweet tears shed, lots of laugher, and pure joy. When they said I do, and Tyler Kissed his Bride, they immediately looked out to their loved ones, radiating with so much love and happiness! Their loved ones felt the joy too, and the mood of the day continued on as the reception began!
Tyler and Ashley snuck out front for some sunset Husband and Wife Portraits, and the sunset did not disappoint. Bathing them in warm, glowy, light, Ashley and Tyler snuggled, kissed, and celebrated their love! The newlyweds were a sight to see, drinking each other in and adoring one another. Their love shines through in the images, and that is my favorite part. When I look back at their day, I can feel their love shining out!
Tiffany, their wedding coordinator at Southern Bliss Wedding Coordination had everything moved over and set up beautifully for the reception and grand entrance while we were out taking Husband and Wife portraits. Their day just went on so seamlessly. Never skipping a beat. Ashley and Tyler were able to just enjoy each other, and the day to the fullest.
The grand entrances began, and Ashley and Tyler had their beautiful first dance. Their faith was woven throughout the evening, starting the reception with a blessing before dinner. Their family and friends gave toasts that not only made us all laugh, but also made us cry. They danced the night away, played games, and danced some more. One of the most touching moments during the reception was when Ashley and Tyler invited Ashley’s Grandparents to the dance floor with them. It was their 41st Wedding Anniversary as well. Seeing newlyweds dancing next to their loved ones that have so much wisdom and life within marriage to share, was so touching. A true family heirloom moment.
Ashley and Tyler decided to have a Sparkler Exit with all their friends and family to end the night! Their friends gathered around and the sparklers were lit! The newlyweds ran through the tunnel of cheers smiling and kissing! The perfect send off to end the perfect night!
Mr. & Mrs. Trathen,
Thank you so much for blessing me and allowing me to be part of your most amazing day ever. I laughed and cried and laughed some more. And then did it all over again as I edited your gallery! I pray your marriage is filled with just as much love, warmth, faith, and family as your Wedding day. I know you two have the best supporters to remind you on the hard days of this very day, and to celebrate your good days beside you!
Coordination | Southern Bliss Wedding Coordination
Venue | Gather Estate
Florals | The Bouquet Belle
Hair | Label Salon
Makeup | Makeup by Velvet
Video | Cam and Beck Video
Dress | Yes I do Bridal
Suit| Mens Wearhouse
DJ | DJ G Weddings
Catering | Just Perfect Catering
Bartending | Hey Bartender
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