Erin Smith & Wesley Matej

Married March 30, 2019

When Erin and Wesley discovered the breathtaking sights of Tucson, Arizona, with its sprawling desert, mountainside skyline, and countless cactus plants and desert wildflowers, they knew instantly that it would be the perfect place to be married. The couple’s love for all things outdoors drew their families and friends out to the Southwestern wilderness for their matrimonial celebrations on March 30th, 2019.

The Arizona sun grew high into the sky over Tucson as Erin and Wesley read handwritten love letters from each other as they prepared for their wedding day, beautifully overwhelmed by the love poured into each word. The groom was joined his groomsmen as he dressed in a dapper tuxedo with a unique feather bowtie. Meanwhile, the bride transformed into a desert bloom in a bohemian gown with a delicately patterned hand-beaded overlay and a sweetheart neckline. Her exquisite long locks flowed with cascading curls, combining with her natural makeup and her mother’s jewelry to create a flawless and chic look. Time passed quickly and soon the guests were seated at the outdoor ceremony, simply decorated with crisp white florals in a Circle of Love serving as the altar. The bridesmaids in spruce green gowns made their way down the aisle, and Wesley’s eyes lit up at the sight of his beautiful bride as she made her entrance with her father, carrying a sprawling lush bouquet. This was the moment the couple had waited for, reaching the end of the journey they had taken together, with their families truly together for the first time. With the colors of Arizona serving as the backdrop for their ceremony, which included readings from the bride’s brother and cousins of both the bride and groom, a Spanish guitarist set the romantic mood as Erin and Wesley happily became Mr. & Mrs. Matej.

As the newlyweds posed for portraits amongst the towering cacti, an adorably sweet black and white burro named Phoenix became the center of attention as he served margaritas throughout the sunset cocktail hour on the patio. After guests sipped on His, Hers & Theirs signature cocktails, they entered the ballroom reminiscent of Tucson at dusk, with walls dressed in warm sand drapery, chandeliers resembling shooting star showers, and elegant table settings of crystals and tea lights. The roaring fireplace and the telescope on the terrace topped off the setting for the nature-inspired celebration. After enjoying a decadent four-course dinner, with a braised short rib entrée, Erin and Wesley made their grand entrance on the dance floor with dazzling sparklers. The couple danced in each other’s arms to George Strait’s “Carrying Your Love With Me”, a sentimental touch from their special memories. The love continued as Erin danced with her father to Stevie Wonder’s “I Just Called to Say I Love You” and Wesley and his mother graced the dance floor with an acoustic version of “Sweet Child O’ Mine” by Guns N’ Roses. Guests danced to the sounds of The Lucky Devils live eight-piece band, slipping on flip flops to enjoy the music and dance up an appetite for the scrumptious confections. The elegant and modern four-tiered wedding cake was a delightful carrot creation, while the groom’s cake was a simple and clean design but filled with surprisingly delicious peanut butter and chocolate flavors.

Mr. & Mrs. Matej enjoyed the rest of their celebration with dancing, fun late night Chik-Fil-A bites, and an amazing sparkler sendoff that dazzled all loving and doting eyes. Erin and Wesley escaped into the night and headed off for their Santa Teresa and Mal Pais, Costa Rica honeymoon, still on cloud nine from the celebration of their love. They were happy to share the night with their loved ones and give them the experience of discovering new sights and a land that proves beauty and love can blossom anywhere.

Photography  KATINA PATRIQUIN PHOTOGRAPHY

Event Planner & Design  RACKEL GEHLSEN WEDDING & EVENTS

Bartending Services, Cake Designer, Catering, Hotel Accommodations, Spa, Venue, & Groom’s Golf Day  THE RITZ CARLTON DOVE MOUNTAIN

Bridal Gown SPOSA MIA COUTURE

Bridal Party Gowns  BELLA BRIDESMAIDS

Mother of the Bride Attire  JOE BRAND LAREDO

Flowers  ALEXIS GRACE FLORALS

Hair Stylist & Makeup Artist  HEATHER VAN HOUTEN

Honeymoon  COSTA RICA

Invitations & Stationery  BRIE DUMAIS DESIGNS

Jewelry – Wedding Rings  BAILEY BANKS & BIDDLE, ROBBINS BROTHERS

Lighting  PRIME TIME EVENTS

Margarita Donkey  DINKY DONKEY ADVENTURES

Music at Ceremony & Cocktail Hour  DR. EDUARDO COSTA

Music at Dinner & Reception  THE LUCKY DEVIL’S BAND

Officiant  PASTOR DAVE HALLSTROM

Photo Booth  BASHBOX PHOTO BOOTH

Rehearsal Dinner Location  REFORMA

Rental of Tables, Chairs, Ceiling Fringe, Lounge Furniture, & Draping  FROSTING EVENT DESIGN

Rental of Black and Gold Bars, Escort Card Display & Sweetheart Chairs  DANG FINE RENTALS

Rental of Dance Floor  BRIGHT RENTALS DANCE

Rental of Linens  BBJ LINENS

Transportation  MOUNTAIN VIEW TOURS

Tuxedos  TUXEDOS ON BROADWAY

Videographer  BLACKSHEEP FILMS

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