Linden and Eric have a contagious energy about them. Over the past 9 years of their relationship, they spent a lot time together in downtown Tucson; so finding a venue in that area just seemed fitting. Their spring wedding at Stillwell was the perfect mix of city spirit and romantic garden vibes.
Both Eric and Linden found places less than 5 minutes from their wedding venue to get ready at in the morning. Linden and her girls were at a cute AirBnB tucked away in a small neighborhood. Eric and his guys chose a more traditional route: a modern and quiet hotel.
Someone very important made the trip all the way from San Diego, CA for the wedding day: Eric and Linden’s sweet baby boy, Kitty! While his appearance at the wedding may have only been in the form of a decorative coaster, he got to spend the morning with his mom while she got ready. Before Linden got into her wedding dress, we grabbed a quick photo of her with this handsome Russian Blue!
The watch that Eric wore was a gift from Linden on their 3rd anniversary together.
When having a wedding downtown, I always encourage staying as close as possible to the venue in the morning (if you even need a separate space). Traffic can be unpredictable and add unnecessary stress. Unfortunately, we ran into this exact situation on route to this spring wedding at Stillwell. It turned out, a few roads surrounding the venue were blocked off for a special event! After making a few detours, we all eventually snagged some parking and unloaded. After a little time to settle in and relax, it was time for Eric and Linden to see each other for the first time.
Along with all the excitement couples have leading up to their wedding day, they also experience a fair share of anxiety. They’ve made endless decisions throughout the planning process, all with the intention of having the perfect day. Eric and Linden openly admit that they’re a pretty emotional couple. So they knew right away that they wanted to have a First Look together to ease their nerves and have those few minutes alone to appreciate each other on their wedding day. “We’re so excited to see each other all done up for the wedding,” Linden said, “and get to share that moment privately before everyone else arrives.”
Eric had a little surprise tucked away in his suit: their wedding date!
Green is Linden’s favorite color. Naturally, all the greenery in the courtyard was a huge draw for her. Before the space filled up with ceremony guests, we made sure to feature the garden-like setting she and Eric instantly fell in love with.
The wrap around Linden’s bouquet was made from pieces of her mom’s old wedding dress. Earlier in the day, Linden’s mom also surprised her with handkerchiefs that she had made for them both, also from her own dress.
Would you believe that this isn’t the dress Linden initially picked out? Due to some unfixable issues, she had to find and order a new one less than two months prior to the wedding! It arrived with about one week to spare. After seeing how incredibly beautiful she looked, I’m sure Eric couldn’t imagine seeing her in any other dress.
If you look closely, you can see Linden’s hidden Harry Potter tattoo peeking out from behind her ear. Love it!
I already knew from Linden and Eric’s engagement session on Mt. Lemmon that they’re huge fans of craft beer and wine. Prior to the wedding day, I asked them if they were doing anything special during the ceremony. Knowing beforehand allows me to be prepared, listen for cues from the officiant, and ensure I’m in the right position to best capture what’s happening! Midway through the service, Eric and Linden did a wine box ceremony.
Eric warned their guests that both he and Linden would probably get emotional as they read their vows to each other. While I know he was trying to hold back the tears, I love the sincerity in his expression as he listened to Linden.
In addition to a bottle of wine, Linden and Eric wrote a letter to one another that were locked away in a custom wooden box. On their one year wedding anniversary, they’ll unlock the box, pop open the bottle of wine, and read their letters.
The wedding party and parents followed closely behind the newlyweds, exiting through the wooden gate. One of Linden’s bridesmaids approached with two bouquets in hand… Linden was so excited to walk down the aisle with Eric that she accidentally left her flowers behind. Oops! But, hey, look at that smile: pure happiness!
There are two types of locations surrounding the Stillwell House. One side is simple and features more greenery. The other side is a lot more urban with city traffic and big buildings. Since we had already grabbed portraits in the garden courtyard, Eric and Linden opted for the downtown backdrop. We grabbed a quick photo on the porch and then started off down the street.
There was still quite a bit of light out on this side of the city and I LOVE the orange glow bouncing off all of the buildings!
One thing that none of us anticipated was the extreme wind gusts coming at us from all sides. The tall buildings and narrow streets exaggerate a slight breeze and turn the area into a wind tunnel. The wind can add some playfulness and energy to photos though!
The soft, bright colors that pop up in the desert were Linden and Eric’s main source of inspiration. Peaches, pinks, and oranges are their favorite. To really lean into that garden feel Stillwell has, they added vines and greenery to the tables, too.
What a unique guest book idea for this fun and adventurous couple!
Just a few weeks prior to their wedding, Eric got into a snowboarding accident in California and broke his collarbone. Linden was hundreds of miles away in Tucson finishing up some last-minute wedding arrangements. Eric’s mom Laurie shared a quick story that brought tears to my eyes.
Despite how well he was trying to hide it, she could see how much pain her son was in. She said that when Linden arrived home and walked through the door, she saw a look of relief and happiness wash over Eric. These two have been through a lot together in 9 years. Laurie said she feels so grateful knowing that Eric has found someone who brings him comfort and joy even in the most difficult times.
After Linden’s sweet and low-key dance with her dad, their guests were taken by surprise when Eric and his mom hit the dance floor!
During the reception, Eric and Linden requested a nighttime photo on the staircase inside the Twiggs House. I love how it turned out!
Linden and Eric plan to take their honeymoon later this summer. Wherever they decide to go, I know that they’ll have a blast together! Their relationship has undoubtedly been an inspiration to everyone around them. I’m so excited for them and to see where life takes them next!
Wedding Venue | Stillwell House and Gardens
Planner | Jane Castle with Jane Castle Events
Photographer | Christy Hunter Photography
Dress Shop | Posh Brides & Grooms in Carlsbad, CA
Dress Designer | Jesus Peiro
Invitation Designer | Leah Bisch, Independent Artist for Minted
Florist | Victoria Martino & Carly Wilson with Thistle Tucson
Hair Artist | Raquel Swiderak, Uplifted Hair
Makeup Artist | Georgina with Georgie Brand Beauty
DJ | Phil Montes with Fantastic Five Entertainment
Cake Artist | Annie Matlick with Ambrosia Cakes Tucson
Groom’s Suit | Vlad Jebran, Suitsupply San Diego
Groomsmen’s Ties | Birdy Grey
Groomsmen’s Attire | Nordstrom (Savile Row)
Bridesmaids’ Dresses | Birdy Grey
Caterer | The Stillwell House
Christy Hunter is a wedding and portrait photographer based in Seattle, Washington.
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