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Aliya & Qasim ~ Omni Renaissance Hotel ~ Phoenix, Arizona


When we first met our beautiful and classy bride Aliya, we thought wow, her guy is one lucky man.  Then, when we finally met Qasim or “Q” as he is affectionately known, we knew these two nice people belonged together.  Aliya, a native of Arizona and “Q” flew back from Washington, DC to celebrate their wedding in traditional Pakistani style.  That means, lots of family, lots of good food and lots of love in the air.  Aliya, with the close guidance of her also classy and gorgeous mother, went for a blush pink ethereal look for her wedding reception set in trendy midtown Phoenix.  So when a 1961 Rolls Royce rolled in to take the couple home after the celebration, it was no surprise!  Images by Ruby Rideout

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Ritz Carlton Dove Mountain


Beautifully situated in the Tucson Arizona mountains, the Ritz Carlton Dove Mountain provides the ideal backdrop for the epic wedding in the Sonoran Desert.  This cultural wedding featured below took place in early spring, when the desert comes alive with color.  This wedding truly depicted the essence of the venue and the beauty of the Arizona destination wedding.  Images by Ruby Rideout

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Thu & Vinay ~ Arizona Biltmore Resort & Spa ~ Phoenix, Arizona

Four outfits, three ceremonies and two parties all in less than 48 hours would seem insane to most wedding couples.  However, we are talking about the Vietnamese-Indian wedding of Thu & Vinay, where the fusion celebrations happily   delighted family and friends.  Bride Thu and Groom Vinay, movers and shakers on the New York City scene, chose to have their nuptials in their home state of Arizona at the historic Arizona Biltmore Resort & Spa, a Waldorf Astoria hotel, during the 2015 Thanksgiving weekend.  The events began on Thanksgiving morning with a traditional Vietnamese ceremony held at the home of the bride’s parents.  The bride was vintage and striking in her authentic cultural bridal apparel.  That evening, the groom’s parents hosted the traditional dance party, a Sangeet, where many family and friends entertained the couple.  The next morning, the groom arrived to the ceremony in his very cool laid back way, having a great time on his horse. The couple exchanged both traditional South Indian Hindu vows followed by a personal commitment ceremony at the reception, where the bride wore one of the most exquisite wedding gowns we have ever seen.  The colors for the wedding were reflective of those important to both cultures, red, gold and purple and blended perfectly just like our bride and groom.  Images by Sameer Soorma

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Bazgha & Samir ~ Musical Instrument Museum & Bentley Projects ~ Phoenix, Arizona

What better place than a global Musical Instrument Museum to begin a cultural wedding celebration that focuses on music, family and lots of good food?  Bazgha and Samir commenced their traditional Pakistani wedding events in the gorgeous outdoor courtyard of the Musical Instrument Museum in Scottsdale, Arizona on a perfect evening in November 2015.  The much anticipated henna party featured colorful decor, henna painting and live action Pakistani barbecue stations with melt in your mouth cooking.  The guests gathered from all over the world to honor the happy couple in the bride’s home state of Arizona.  Bazgha, wanting a contemporary twist for her wedding reception, chose the very hip Bentley Projects in downtown Phoenix as her venue. The very chic atmosphere bestowed chandeliers gleaming down upon her guest dining experience, which was fueled by cultural meals that are only reserved for the finest of celebrations.  The expression on the bride’s face during the traditional bridal farewell, where we normally see a lot of tears, was truly one of gratefulness to her mom, who was instrumental in ensuring that all of the guests were happy and well fed and that her daughter’s dream wedding had come true.  Images by Sameer Soorma

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Kinjal & Rohit ~ Montelucia Resort & Spa ~ Paradise Valley, Arizona

Generally when families gather for the Thanksgiving holiday we picture one large table of good food, fun and drink.  In the case of Kinjal & Rohit, it was 300 of their family members and closest friends who joined them in  this holiday wedding celebration on Thanksgiving weekend 2015 at the Montelucia Resort & Spa in Paradise Valley, Arizona.  The couple and their guests took advantage of picture perfect weather and a beautiful location to celebrate this important event.  The bride’s parents, who were the most gracious hosts, engaged their guests to three days of cultural parties filled with traditional Indian food and music.  The bride and groom looked fantastic posing in their traditional outfits within the cozy spaces of this intimate Moroccan designed venue situated in an Arizona landmark location.  Not only did Kinjal have her dream wedding in her hometown, she and Rohit were able to celebrate in a place very special to them both.  Images by Yogi Patel Global Photography


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