El Chorro Wedding – Tess + Brad

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Destionation Wedding Pictures at Sunset with Camelback Mountain in the Background at El Chorro Wedding

Soon after they booked me, Tess began sharing her ideas for their beautiful destination wedding at the breathtaking El Chorro wedding venue.

Those idea’s came complete with a beer burro to mull around cocktail hour with a cooler on his back to deliver drinks to guests, and a champagne wall as a seating assignment. 

To be honest, the fun little details were only a fraction of why this day at El Chorro was so special. Tess and Brad are excited about love and each other. They make you feel welcomed, included, and you’ll feel old friends right away. This welcomeness was 100% reflected with their bridal party, that was so sweet and accommodating.

Tess + Brad have known each other since college.

After college, Brad moved to Nebraska and Tess began her job that she adores as a pediatric cardiac ICU nurse at Cincinnati Children’s. In the summer of 2016, Brad moved back, and they both laugh that they haven’t stopped hanging out since. 

The new Mr. & Mrs. Vanover were really looking to achieve a boho, romantic style for their wedding – which was executed perfectly by Kayla from Some Like It Classic Wedding Planning! They chose to host their wedding at El Chorro because of its scenic backdrop, and gorgeous character.

They combined some of the best vendors from Cincinnati to Phoenix for this destination wedding, and the results did not disappoint! 

Wedding in Phoenix AZ with wedding invitations from Minted
Bridesmaids from Wedding in Phoenix hug in floral robes
Blue wedding shoes for Cincinnati Bride getting married in a destination wedding in Phoenix, AZWedding bands on a succulent wedding centerpiece
Mother of Bride helping Bride into Dress at El Chorro Wedding
Brides wedding bouquet from Rita's Floral Designs for El Chorro Wedding
Bridesmaids in emerald green dresses at El Chorro Wedding in Phoenix, Arizona
Bridal portrait of Tess Akgunduz in wedding dress from Hyde Park Bridal
Bridesmaids holding flowers from Rita's Floral Design in Phoenix Destination Wedding
Mother of Bride giving letter to the bride on her wedding day in Phoenix AZ
Two flower girls with flower crowns for El Chorro Wedding in Phoenix, Arizona Destionation Wedding
Groom getting emotional reading thoughtful letter from bride in Arizona Wedding
Wedding ceremony set up at El Chorro with florals by Rita's Floral Design
Groom looking at bride in ceremony at El Chorro
Outdoor Ceremony location with Mountains in the Background in Phoenix AZ
Bridal Party in Emerald and Navy at El Chorro Wedding
Bride and Groom at El Chorro Wedding with Beer Burro from Haul N Ass Productions
El Chorro Wedding Couple walking into sunset with Cincinnati Wedding Photographer
Unique guestbook with couples names in fine script for El Chorro Wedding

Outdoor Reception set up for El Chorro Wedding in October
How great was the idea to make their signature cocktails after their pups? And their bridesmaid painted this sign! 
Couple uses dogs as inspiration for signature cocktails for El Chorro Wedding
Champagne Wall holds guest cards designed by Some Like It Classic Wedding Planner
Destination Wedding in Phoenix for Cincinnati Couple at El Chorro
Brad Vanover and Tess Akgunduz announced at their wedding reception at El Chorro
First dance at El Chorro Wedding

Dip during the first kiss in outdoor reception at El Chorro Wedding

Thank you so much to the incredible vendors that made this gorgeous El Chorro Wedding happen! From Cincinnati to Phoenix, we had some of the best on this wedding!

Planner: Some Like It Classic
Venue: El Chorro
Hair and Makeup: Denise Vidolgi
Florist: Rita’s Floral Design
Baker: Nothing Bundt Cakes
Beer Burro: Haul N Ass Productions
DJ: Day One DJ
Dress Shop: Hyde Park Bridal
Video: Something New Media

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