Desert Cool
High style amid fabulous scenery


Edgy and smart, with a Western twist—that was the inspiration for this staged shoot at Tanque Verde Ranch, where rolling mountains and cactus-dotted meadows backdrop the property. Rose petals and soft florals combined with leather, cowhide and lace to create a textured tableau. An outdoor bar, complete with salon-style seating, and an elegantly dressed dinner table bring sophistication to the scene. Exquisite floral arrangements, rivulets of beads, and candles dripping into ever-changing shapes lend romance and fragrance to a beautiful event set beside the stately cactus, beneath Tucson’s desert sky.


A dusting of rose petals carpets the aisle, leading to candlelit lanterns on the ceremony deck, backed by Tucson’s cactus-peppered hillsides.


Leather and cowhide seating invites guests to gather on the lush lawn for drinks and conversation.


A tangle of blooms, drippy candles and beaded chargers lend elegance to a hide-draped table.


Wood and wax and a mixed bouquet


The glow of candlelight and strings of beads

Tanque Verde Ranch

Rackel Gehlsen Weddings & Events

Something Blue Photography

Hairstylist and Makeup Artist:
Margarita Go Diva’s I Do Hair & Makeup Artistry

Posh Petals

Black Sheep Filmworks

GIGI Bridal Boutique

Miranda and Lorenzo of The Agency Arizona

Grooms Fashion: Tuxedos on Broadway

Bow Ties: Two Guys BowTies

Jewelry: Kendra Scott