Adel and William Ritz-Carlton Wedding

It was a long awaited meeting when I first saw Adel in her hotel room at The Ritz-Carlton, Dove Mountain on her wedding day.  The couple, Adel and William live in San Francisco and so we corresponded over the months over email so I was excited to finally meet this couple.

Incredibly sweet, Adel was radiating as she shared glances and many moments with her older sister.  She looked as if she tiptoed throughout the room as she was getting ready, she was on cloud nine.  The bright and airy casita was full of bridesmaids, mothers and quiet buzzes of Russian mixed with sweet compliments as the girls passed one another through the room.

The handsome groom couldn’t stop kissing his bride, or stop smiling.  As a wedding photographer I have to say that I love noticing how the groom is absolutely enamored with his bride, especially during the first look portraits.  He couldn’t keep his lips off her!  The intimate wedding consisting of 41 guests total that flew in from all around the world to shower the couple with their love while being surrounded by the beautiful Arizona desert and sky.  Enjoy, what a perfect wedding to end this wedding season.  I want to kick off this blog with this awesome ring shot by my second shooter, Amy.

Venue, cake, caterering: The Ritz-Carlton, Dove Mountain / Bride’s dress: White by Vera Wang / Gold wedding bands: Carla Caruso / Engagement ring: Blue diamonds by Bell Jewel / Earrings: Bride’s grandmother / Bridesmaid dresses: Alfred Sung / Groom’s suit and shoes: Hugo Boss / Florals: Celebrations by Silvia / Videographer: Vongspoth Studios / Invitations: Bride DIY / Second Shooter: Amy Gallagher

Equipment used: Canon 5D Mark II / 50mm f/1.2L / 35mm f/1.4L / 85 f/1.8EF / 100mm f/2.8EF / 70-200mm f/2.8EF / Speedlight 580 EXII + 480 EXII / Radio Popper JrX System + RP Cube / Gary Fong Lightsphere Universal Cloud / UNDFIND One Bag + Bloom Theory Strap / Hufa Lens Cap Clip + Think Tank Pixel Pocket Rocket / Lowe Pro Roller x100

Diana Elizabeth will be taking this summer to reorganize business, shoot editorials, travel, and perhaps start on the raised garden beds to be built in the backyard. 

Diana Elizabeth is an author, photographer, and obsessive antique shopper. You can typically find her in the garden wrist deep in dirt, at a local estate sale or planning her next epic party. She continues to blog weekly.


  • Brenna

    Stunning. Gorgeous. Amazing. Immaculate! LOVE the pics of them under the veil….so romantic!

  • Adel

    Diana! I love love your pics and also this blog! Thank you for your extraordinary work and attention to details! I couldn’t have been happier! Hugs and kisses:)

  • krystal

    Can I have another wedding so you can take the pictures and not just be a guest?!?!! :D

    Beautiful! And I love your second shooters ring shots…of course, I take a million macro’s of my ring in various places. Most recently, baby J’s toes!

    The bride looked perfect and I love her cascading bouquet! Loved that style since my flowers! I didn’t know what mine would look like until the day of my wedding and I couldn’t have been happier!


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