The newest Ritz-Carlton property, Dove Mountain, is located about 45 min. from the Tuscon airport in AZ, and is truly a special place! I was recently invited to photograph a wedding there by my friend and business partner in The Wedding Summit, Kristy Chenell, whose father, Rick, was set to marry the beautiful Holly on May 30, 2010. The hotel and the surrounding grounds are just amazing and not like a regular hotel at all. It’s like a luxury resort that one might find in Mexico or Europe somewhere. Only imagine being tucked back into a valley of dessert mountains where 5,000 years ago humans drew hieroglyphs on the rocks that you can now climb around on and touch. There is also a huge pool and a water slide and hiking trails all around. Not to mention the first class service from the entire Ritz staff no matter what you are doing. I was there for the entire weekend and captured some really amazing moments, intimate images and experienced (and of course photographed) some gorgeous raw desert light and scenery. I truly hope that the entire family will treasure these photos forever. One of my personal favorites is the shot through the telescope of Saturn taken at the rehearsal dinner. It was SO amazing to see it and some of the other planets and stars so clearly. That’s what you get when you’re in the middle of the dessert with no light pollution. Here are a few of my favorite images and also a link to their slideshow. I hope that I will have many more opportunities to photograph weddings at Dove Mountain!