There is something magical about the desert landscape that we adore so we completely understand why Laura & Joel opted to escape their mid-west homebase and head to Arizona for their beautifully intimate desert celebration which ELYSE HALL has captured so beautifully. Beautiful bride Laura explains it far better than I can so I'll hand you over to her:
"Our destination wedding to Arizona was all about the "knowing"--honing in on that feeling--making sure that each fleeting moment and carefully curated detail offered our family and friends an organic glimpse into knowing us as a couple. Being raised in the same mid-west city, also coming from two large extended families, we knew that we wanted a destination in order to keep our symbolic weekend intimate. Without a doubt, we both felt Fountain Hills where my parent's had a second residence, was the most authentic extension of home. The desert provided such an abundantly wild and notably different backdrop that we desired to share with our loved ones. Since we had everyone to my parent's house on Friday night for the welcome dinner, I wanted to keep central in location. The golf club in their gated community offered the most breathtaking views of the entire valley! The view was everything!"
And my favourite part about this wedding? For favours the couple chose to have their guests donate to their selected charities - they had a bride's choice, groom's choice and couple's choice to select from. Guests placed their name cards in the jar of their choice, and a donation was then made to that selected charity. Laura tells us, "I have always been heavily involved in service work my entire life, and I work in philanthropy - so this idea felt right to us."