Urban Fairy Tale in Tucson, AZ | Park Avenue Weddings

I'd love to present to you one of those unforgettable weddings!  

 

Tyler and Alexandra first met while attending the UA. And although after they both graduated life took them out of Tucson, they decided to seal the deal in the place where it all began... 

 

Searching for venues they found one of the most unique and beautiful venues in the heart of Tucson. The Park Avenue wedding venue is located in the industrial side of Tucson adding to the eclectic urban feel of the venue. Seriously one of my favorite ones out here. 

I love the Love sign and I thought it'd be neat to capture the sign and the tables' decor.

Check out Alexandra's beautiful dress captured here against the amazing brick wall in the bride's room at the venue. 

Akexandra's choice of sexy stilettos were in a pastel pink color. 

I have to say I also really loved Tyler's shoes and choice of socks (Alexandra's choice actually :)!).

Now I have the pleasure to show you the photos of their first look and bridal session. 

I'm so happy I got to take these shots of Tyler and Alex. Don't they both look amazing?!

After I heard the story of how they met I couldn't help to imagine how amazing it'd be to do their first look at the UA. It was going to be a challenge first, because it was graduation weekend and second, because Alex is allergic to Olive trees!! She was such a trooper and willing to give my imagination a try. I thought the olive trees would be a unique and stunning touch to their photos making it look like an enchanted spot in the middle of the woods. Once I took the photos oh my gosh! I had another friend of mine tell me it looked like a fairy tale! Everything was perfect the trees, the color palette Alex chose and the bride and groom! 
Now I have the pleasure to show you some of the photos of Alex and Tyler's first look/bridal photos!

 

Let's move on to the ceremony! :)

Ready for more?! Now check out the delicate decor they chose to make the night truly magical!

Now this is the most beautiful naked cake I've seen and ... tried! (Ok I'm a little embarrassed to admit I had some because it is part of my policy not to get cake, you know? But Tyler and Alex insisted and yes I had some...Yum!!)

Here is a pic of these amazing Polish pastries Alex's dad brought. They were incredible and every bite would transport you all the way to Europe! ( I know :( I tried some too :)!).

Bridal party waiting to receive the brand new husband and wife.  

Tyler and Alex's first dance as husband and wife.

Most of the guests came out of state to attend the wedding. Tyler's brother not only did he come from far, but the wedding happened to land right on his birthday! So Tyler and Alexandra really wanted to do something special for him, they surprised him with a little birthday cake and Alexandra's side of the family and friends sang him a birthday song in polish! How neat! It was a super awesome experience for me to be a part of.

Time for the speeches and toast!

And time for some dancing!

Now it's time to cut the cake!

And after a wonderful night full of love and fun, guests and family bid farewell to the couple with some cool sparklers!

It was such a pleasure to be part of this moment and to get to document their love story! 

Orthodox Jewish Wedding in the Heart of the Tucson Jewish Community!

One of the most exciting days of my life was to receive a call from a potential bride in Israel! It was humbling and reassuring to know that there can be clients who are willing to make "out of the country" calls to a photographer who they believe in and appreciate the work of!

Sara and I made an instant connection and it was so much fun to hear about their wedding details and relationship. Yosef, the groom, is a Tucson native which is one of the reasons they decided to hold the wedding here. Needless to say, I was very excited to meet them and work with them during such a wonderful day.

This is how their wedding day went! Enjoy :)

Sara reading her Siddur (prayer book) as spiritual preparation for the wedding.

Sara reading her Siddur (prayer book) as spiritual preparation for the wedding.

One thing that Jewish brides and grooms do before their wedding is spending time reading their prayer books and fasting. I wanted to capture this moment because I knew how special it was for her. I went inside the room with her while she was reading. She looked so beautiful with the natural light coming from the window and I took some shots of her which turned out great!

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Sara looked stunning in her dress! I loved the long veil she chose. The veil is a very important part of Jewish weddings.

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In Jewish tradition, the bride and groom are both treated as king and queen on their wedding day. Sara sure looked like one stunning queen!

A tiara fit for a queen ♥

A tiara fit for a queen ♥

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There is a cute story behind this bouquet. Yosef had the task of finding the perfect bouquet for Sara. He had no idea what the flowers she had chosen for the boutonnieres were, but by pure coincidence or perhaps inspiration, he ended up choosing the exact same flowers for her bouquet as she chose for the boutonnieres! 

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I have other photos of Sara and her grandfather, but I love this one. Perhaps is the way her loving grandfather is looking at her with such sweet affection ♥

I have other photos of Sara and her grandfather, but I love this one. Perhaps is the way her loving grandfather is looking at her with such sweet affection ♥

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Yosef and his little niece ♥

Yosef and his little niece ♥

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Like I mentioned in my Facebook page, Jewish weddings are quite different than most weddings people are used to. Before the ceremony is held under the Chuppah (Wedding canopy), both bride and groom go through a couple of rituals.

Bride and groom are in separate areas where their family and guests are celebrating, blessing and entertaining them during the Kabbalat Panim. It is important to note that at this point bride and groom have not yet seen each other for a whole week! It is extremely exciting to be either one of them and imagine the excitement they must feel to see each other again! ♥

For the groom, he, his family and friends (all men) are sitting together at the Tish (groom's table). Here the men sing, feast and pray celebrating the groom's wedding day.

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The bride goes through her own celebration where she gets to sit on her a special chair. Remember I mentioned the chatan and kallah (groom and bride) are both basically king and queen for the day, so the kallah's chair is regarded as her throne where she receives blessings from her guests (how cool is that?!)

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This was such a special moment ♥

This was such a special moment ♥

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During this part of the wedding, the Tenaim is read out loud. This document outlines the conditions of the marriage. After this, both mothers (bride & groom's) come into the circle and together they smash a plate. This plate symbolizes the seriousness of the marriage. Marriage is, or should be, irreversible... I like that! :D

During this part of the wedding, the Tenaim is read out loud. This document outlines the conditions of the marriage. After this, both mothers (bride & groom's) come into the circle and together they smash a plate. This plate symbolizes the seriousness of the marriage. Marriage is, or should be, irreversible... I like that! :D

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It took a bit, but the moms accomplished the task by smashing the plate on the floor :)

It took a bit, but the moms accomplished the task by smashing the plate on the floor :)

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Breaking of the plate

And now, the groom signs the Ketubah (marriage contract) ♥

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Similarly to traditional weddings' "bouquet toss", Jewish tradition has the couple's mothers pass on pieces of the broken plate to all the single ladies.

Similarly to traditional weddings' "bouquet toss", Jewish tradition has the couple's mothers pass on pieces of the broken plate to all the single ladies.

And after the Ketubah is signed the men really celebrate!

And after the Ketubah is signed the men really celebrate!

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After the contract is signed, the groom is escorted by both his father and father of the bride for the Badeken. The entire group of men follows the groom singing and celebrating. The Badeken (veiling of the bride) is definitely my favorite part ♥ This is the moment where bride and groom see each other for the first time in a week!

After the contract is signed, the groom is escorted by both his father and father of the bride for the Badeken. The entire group of men follows the groom singing and celebrating.
The Badeken (veiling of the bride) is definitely my favorite part ♥ This is the moment where bride and groom see each other for the first time in a week!

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 Sara sees Yosef for the first time in a week ♥

 Sara sees Yosef for the first time in a week ♥

Yosef was SO happy ♥

Yosef was SO happy ♥

The bride is showered with more blessings, songs and happiness while her soon to be husband proceeds to "veil" her. At the same time, the groom recites to his bride a blessing. It is the blessing given to Rebbeca before she was married to Isaac ( I think this whole thing is quite romantic ♥)

The bride is showered with more blessings, songs and happiness while her soon to be husband proceeds to "veil" her. At the same time, the groom recites to his bride a blessing. It is the blessing given to Rebbeca before she was married to Isaac ( I think this whole thing is quite romantic ♥)

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After the bride is veiled, the groom is escorted to the Chuppah.

The Chuppah is the canopy where the actual ceremony takes place.

The Mesader Kiddushin who later sings blessings to the couple :)

The Mesader Kiddushin who later sings blessings to the couple :)

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I love how Yosef's father is looking at him ♥

I love how Yosef's father is looking at him ♥

The groom is circled 7 times by his bride, family and witnesses ♥

The groom is circled 7 times by his bride, family and witnesses ♥

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After the blessings bride and groom drink from a glass of wine.

After the blessings bride and groom drink from a glass of wine.

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Where is the ring?! :D

Where is the ring?! :D

This is the moment where the couple is officially married! Notice that the ring is placed on the bride's index finger instead of the traditional ring finger ♥

This is the moment where the couple is officially married! Notice that the ring is placed on the bride's index finger instead of the traditional ring finger ♥

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The ketubah is read and then given to the groom who then gives it to the bride ♥

The ketubah is read and then given to the groom who then gives it to the bride ♥

After this, 7 blessings are given by honorees over a glass of wine. Following the last blessing, Sara & Yosef drink of the second glass of wine :)

After this, 7 blessings are given by honorees over a glass of wine. Following the last blessing, Sara & Yosef drink of the second glass of wine :)

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Sheva Brachot is recited
And of course the groom breaks the glass! :)

And of course the groom breaks the glass! :)

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Men and women participate in the Hora. Tradition puts a cloth partition/division between them eventually coming together and enjoying the dance.

Men and women participate in the Hora. Tradition puts a cloth partition/division between them eventually coming together and enjoying the dance.

The traditional handkerchief dance.

The traditional handkerchief dance.

Guests and family dance and entertain the bride & groom who now sit together as husband and wife ♥

Guests and family dance and entertain the bride & groom who now sit together as husband and wife ♥

Dancing for bride and groom

This wedding was incredibly fun. I wanted to share the details in an effort to show the intimacy and joy of a Jewish wedding. I am so glad they decided to have their wedding here in Tucson and that among so many photographers they chose us to document their love story...  

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I hope you all enjoyed the photos and their story as I do. 

Mazel tov Sara & Yosef!

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