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A Romantic Bohemian Wedding at Whispering Tree Ranch in Laveen, Arizona

Vanessa Mendoza (23 and an insurance agent) and Jairo Alvarez (24 and an insurance underwriter) met through their church assembly, but didn’t hang out

Vanessa Mendoza (23 and an insurance agent) and Jairo Alvarez (24 and an insurance underwriter) met through their church assembly, but didn’t hang out until they saw each other at a friend’s party. Jairo asked Vanessa for her phone number so he could get an insurance quote on his motorcycle, and the two hit it off from there. One day, Jairo told Vanessa he had a surprise photo shoot planned for them in the Civic Center in Glendale, Arizona. During the shoot, Jairo took a break for water while the photographer continued to take pictures of Vanessa. When Vanessa turned around, Jairo was on one knee with her dream ring asking her to marry him! As Vanessa said “Yes,” Jairo whistled and both of their families ran out to celebrate with them. Vanessa and Jairo got married at the Whispering Tree Ranch in Laveen, Arizona. “I wanted an outdoor wedding with trees and green grass for a bohemian look,” says Vanessa. The vintage, rustic venue was accented by a color palette of peach, blush, gold and ivory with lots of forest green for an outdoorsy, natural atmosphere. Whimsical details covered the grounds, from old books topped with succulents wrapped lightly in burlap to vintage furniture, a globe and a gold feather motif.

Rings Displayed on Vintage Gold Feather Plate
The vintage, rustic venue was accented by a color palette of peach, blush, gold and ivory with lots of forest green for an outdoorsy, natural atmosphere.
Vanessa’s bouquet included a king protea with a cascading display of blush garden roses, soft coral roses, blush peonies, white ranunculus, ivy and bright green succulents.
Blush and Succulent Boutonnieres at Whimsical Bohemian Arizona Wedding
Custom Gold Shimmering Bridesmaids Dresses in Arizona
Whimsical details covered the grounds, from old books sprinkled with gold and topped with succulents wrapped lightly in burlap and lace.
Vintage Globe and Gold Feather Pen for Guest Book
“I wanted my bridesmaids to feel beautiful and shimmery,” says Vanessa. She found a shimmery metallic gold fabric for her bridesmaids’ dresses and had them fashioned by a seamstress to bring her vision together.
Vanessa always dreamt of wearing a mermaid style wedding dress. Her dress featured a lace overlay with sheer lace sleeves, a low back and a train.
Khaki Groom's Suit at Whispering Tree Ranch
Pre-Ceremony Blindfolded Bride and Groom Meeting in Arizona
Wooden Arrow Wedding Sign in Laveen, Arizona
Grassy Green Ceremony Backdrop with Pink Floral Arch
At the ceremony, the couple had a lavender toss with music notes when being announced husband and wife. “It was a perfectly biodegradable, smelly-good favor!” says the bride. “Jairo is a musician and wanted some type of music to be shown to reflect who he is.”
Peach Flower Girl Tulle Dress with Mossy Basket
Bohemian Wedding Ceremony at Whispering Tree Ranch
Vanessa and Jairo released a pair of white doves at their ceremony as they were pronounced husband and wife.
First Kiss at Whispering Tree Ranch
Whimsical Bohemian Black and Gold Dining Tables
An ivory thank you card with metallic gold lettering awaited each guest at their place setting with a photo of the couple tucked inside.
Gold Metallic Table Linens and Thank You Place Cards
Neutral Wedding Party at Whispering Tree Ranch
Fairy Light Reception at Whispering Tree Ranch
The stunning wedding cake was painted in striking metallic gold with a feather motif and covered with a twisting cascade of fresh flowers.