steeped in tradition

There’s a lot to love about Tucson—the natural scenery, the luxury spas, golf, hiking, baseball . . . and finding that one special person.

Spring Training in Tucson in 2004 found former Chicago White Sox pitcher Rob Purvis falling in love with Tucson and his future bride Heather Rowe, KOLD TV’s evening anchor.

Says Rob, “I remember one day looking up at the mountains and thinking, ‘someday, I’m going to live here in Tucson’. Then, when I met heather, I got the same kind of feeling. I thought ‘I’ve just met the woman I’m going to marry’.” According to heather, the feeling was quite mutual: “Rob was the most amazing person I’d ever met – I never thought I would fall in love like this.”

Years later, their romance in full swing and his White Sox days behind him, Rob started a new career in his new hometown. The pair agreed that their wedding should reflect their love of Tucson, and their favorite sports: golf, horseback riding, and of course, baseball.

On the day before the wedding, the wedding party of 20 bridesmaids and groomsmen kicked off the celebration with an introduction to the city they love: golf, fun in the sun and a rehearsal dinner at El Charro.

The ceremony took place at sunset on the lawn at the Tucson Country Club, overlooking the mountains and decorated with flowers including bright pink and orange desert roses and tulips gathered with rustic honeysuckle vine. rob’s brother, a navy chaplain, officiated.

The celebration began with mariachis serenading the guests as they arrived. heather and rob exchanged vows in front of a custom-made arch adorned with bright blooms, which contrasted beautifully against the lush green landscape.

Led by the mariachi band, the entourage then moved to the reception on the terrace, the sunset gave way to twinkling lights and the magic of the evening began. Along with celebratory cocktails, the guests were served hors d’oeuvres as they enjoyed the night sky.

The décor of the ballroom included lucky horseshoes and baseball cookies for a personal touch. In lieu of favors, the couple made a contribution to the humane Society where heather is an active volunteer.

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