A Letter from our Editor, Chelsea Gibson

"To all who come to this happy place, welcome."
Written by
Chelsea Gibson


Arizona Bride 2023 Spring/Summer

After eight years, on behalf of the team at Arizona Bride and Iron Diamond Media, let me say: it is so good to see you again. We’ve been dreaming of getting back on newsstands and in homes in the Grand Canyon state, and now it’s official—WE’RE BACK, and better than ever!  

It has been a joy creating our Spring/Summer issue, picking up like no time had passed, yet so much has changed. The natural beauty of Arizona has remained a constant, but in recent years, Arizona has exploded as a hot (and I’m not talking about temperature!) spot for destination and local weddings alike. With its unparalleled beauty and diversity in topography—from snow-capped peaks to terra cotta deserts—plus a booming culture and culinary scene, the secret’s out on Arizona. And we can’t wait to highlight this amazing wedding community.

We gathered as a team to shoot a gorgeous fashion editorial, “Meet Me in the Desert” (pg. 30) at the charming Tanque Verde Ranch in Tucson, where we stood in awe of serene sunrises, fiery sunsets, cacti as far as the eye could see and warm hospitality that can’t be captured in text. We are so grateful to Arizonans for welcoming us back with such generosity and excitement.   If you’re flipping through this issue, you’re likely basking in that newly engaged glow. Congratulations! 

Soak in this special time. As you turn through these love-filled pages, I hope you’ll brim with inspiration when imagining your big day. You’ll explore real Arizona weddings, exquisite invites, a romantic elopement (pg. 40), and even a black bouncy house that’s making its way into receptions statewide.   Until the next issue, you can find me chasing the next Arizona sunset. 

And I hope you are, too. Cheers to you and cheers to love!  

Chelsea Gibson 
Editor in Chief
[email protected]

Spartan gets ready for his close-up with his handler.
Chris J. Evans captures the perfect sunset shot.
Shannel Reed and Nadia Pagano of West Coast Makeup and Hair touch up model Isabella Zeier.
Tanque Verde Ranch’s stunning pink exterior stole every shot.
Royal Films’ Richard Sáenz directs with his keen eye.
Meet our fabulous new Art Director Jessi Pallan who is making every page pretty with her artistic touch.