A Rustic Romance

"We really worked hard to make the wedding 'us'," recalls bride Julia Kusian, who wed Joe Armbruster on a warm autumn evening at Tanque Verde Ranch.

Julia and Joe enjoyed the combination of rustic and elegant features at the Ranch, which offers hiking, horseback riding, and tennis in a traditional Southwest setting. "Joe and I are very outdoorsy, " says Julia, "and I grew up riding horses throughout the Saguaro National Monument. Thus, the Tanque Verde Ranch was the perfect venue."
Julia, dressed in an elegant strapless gown with tulle skirt, even had a photo op with some horses on her wedding day. The seven attendants wore deep green strapless gowns and silver sandals, while carrying bouquets of orange lilies. Two flower girls were charming in white.

Following the ceremony, guests were welcomed to the reception with passed appetizers and sangria in front of a spectacular Tucson sunset.

In a lovely contrast to the wild desert scenery and the Ranch's natural stone structures, the couple chose to decorate the ballroom with elegant table settings and pops of color. Exotic floral arrangements featuring asiatic lilies, green orchids, and calla lilies paired with steel grey chair ties and white table linens for an sophisticated tone.

After a delicious meal was served and friends and family took turns toasting the newlyweds with heartfelt wishes, guests enjoyed a stunning four-tier white cake adorned with orange calla lilies, swirls and a tone-on-tone monogram design.

The band then opened up the dance floor and truly got the party started in honor of Julia and Joe. "While getting married was the primary highlight of the wedding, how much people enjoyed celebrating with us was a huge part of what made our day special," reflects the bride. "The band was nothing short of amazing. We still have people commenting on how no one left the dance floor from the moment the music started."

"Over and over, throughout the night we were constantly touched by the amazing support and presence of our family and friends."

Reception Location:
Tanque Verde Guest Ranch

Studio Z

Brides by Demetrios

Inglis Florist

The Walkens

Paper Patch

Busy B's Bakery

Arizona Party Rental

the wedding insiders
Newlyweds share their experiences...

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Laura Purtzer & Kelton Smith
Kelly Sotomayor & Chris Wainhouse
Cynthia Sandoval & Merwyn Pereira
Julia Kusian & Joe Armbruster
Jessica Straub & John Tsai
Kathryn Cross & Makko DeFilippo
Christina Furrier & Scott Geare
Loni Carrillo & Ben Girdler
Andrea Espinoza & Joey Aguirre