Wedding Photography at Tres Alamos Ranch in Tubac, AZ

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One of the nice things about being a Tucson wedding photographer is that I get to see and experience some incredible venues. In Tucson, many of these places exist in virtual anonymity. Only if you seek, will you find them. 

In Tubac, the Tres Alamos Ranch enjoys a similar disposition. Even if you are the adventurous type that likes to meander down dusty dirt roads and happen to stumble upon its’ gate, you would never imagine the magnificent world that lies within.

You must have a prior invitation or appointment to enter. After you have passed through the gate, you still have a few miles of mesquite trees and dirt road, before making it to your destination. 

Comprised of about two-thousand acres, the ranch is complete with horses and cattle. The main building is fairly new and exquisitely designed with much of the old southwest character, we all love. The Tres Alamos Ranch is now open, to those who would like to plan an event there. The wedding I photographed last month, was only the second ever held on its’ premises. As beautiful as this place is, there will undoubtedly be many more to come.

The Pond at Tres Alamos Ranch

The Pond at Tres Alamos Ranch

I took the photo above, during my wedding preview of Tres Alamos Ranch. I always preview locations, to survey the grounds, check on the lighting and get a general sense of what I am getting myself into, before each wedding. Wedding previews are especially important to this wedding photographer from Tucson, if I have never photographed there before.

Timing of the preview is important. There is no sense in checking a place out early in the morning if the wedding is taking place late in the afternoon, into evening.

The Wedding Ceremony Site at Tres Alamos Ranch

The Wedding Ceremony Site at Tres Alamos Ranch

 

Bride and Groom at Tres Alamos Ranch

Bride and Groom at Tres Alamos Ranch

Reflections of Gary and Krys' Wedding Ceremony

Reflections of Gary and Krys' Wedding Ceremony

 

View from Gary and Krys' Wedding Ceremony

View from Gary and Krys' Wedding Ceremony

Second 'First Kiss' at Tres Alamos Ranch

Second 'First Kiss' at Tres Alamos Ranch

 

Gary and Krys at Tres Alamos Ranch

Gary and Krys at Tres Alamos Ranch

 

Wedding Accents at Tres Alamos Ranch

Wedding Accents at Tres Alamos Ranch

 

Nightfall at Tres Alamos Ranch

As night falls at Tres Alamos Ranch, it is dinner time for the Bride and Groom and their guests.

I would like to thank the lovely wedding couple, Gary and Krys, for hiring me to be their wedding photographer.  It was a very special day, at a special place, and an absolute blessing to be a part of it all! May God bless you both, all of the days of your lives!

 

 

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About Paul Van Helden

Paul Van Helden is a professional, wedding, head shot, family, portrait, event, engagement, still life and landscape photographer, based in Tucson Arizona. He has worked professionally for close to twenty years. Nature photographer Fred Dodd Jr. introduced him to photography in 1982. Later, Paul studied photography at Dean College and learned to photograph weddings under the tutelage of Craig Roberts Studio, in Franklin, Massachusetts. After working as a freelance wedding specialist for five years, he started his own wedding photography business in Bellingham, Massachusetts in 1995. He went on to shoot hundreds of weddings, throughout New England. In December of 2004, he moved to the southwest, a part of the country that has fascinated him, since his first visit to the region in 1984.
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