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24
Feb
Wedding Invitation Trends for 2017
categories: the paper chase, Trends, Wedding Inspiration

Since wedding stationery has progressed from a simple invitation into full-circle stationery “suites”, it’s important to know what the trends are and what new designs and options are available to you. Our Elite Circle stationers have been in the business for years and know what’s in and what’s out. They’ve graciously shared their trend insights to give you an idea of what to expect when you go about choosing your wedding stationery for your 2017/2018 wedding:  

Celebrations in Paper: I am seeing a lot more great quality stock and tons of foil.  So where in the past a bride would order an invitation with either thermography or letterpress for the text and print their names only in foil, now they want all printing done in foil.  It’s a gorgeous look.

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(Stationer: Celebrations in Paper, Photo: Adelaide Photography)

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(Stationer: Celebrations in Paper, Photographer: Amy & Jordan)

Be in Love Designs: I’m seeing couples using an insert called a web card that refers guests to a website for wedding information and online RSVPing. Another trend I am seeing is either poster sized menus or programs instead of one per person.

Wedding Invitation Trends _ Phoenix Bride and Groom_Be in love designs_Meant2Be Events_Elyse Hall_Omni Scottsdale

(Stationer: Be in Love Designs, Photographer: Elyse Hall Photography, Location: Omni Scottsdale Resort & Spa at Montelucia, Planner: Meant2Be Events)

Designing/choosing wedding stationery is one aspect of wedding planning that many couples look forward to- you get to choose paper colors, styles, shapes, wording, etc. alongside your stationer and maybe it’s just us, but we think that sounds like fun! Since the tone and formality of your wedding is determined by the invitation you send, working with a stationer who “gets” you is paramount.

Our best advice is to choose to hire someone who not only offers a wide variety of stationery but who also really listens to you and offers custom design options (if that’s the route you and your budget want to take). Check out our Elite Circle stationery experts and enjoy using these wedding invitation trends in your stationery suite!

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16
Feb
Meet Our Tempe Mission Palms Giveaway Winners!
categories: fabulous reception sites, Giveaways and Contests, Meet Our Friends

When you enter one of our giveaways, you just might get more than you bargained for…case in point, not only did Mitch and Meghan win our Tempe Mission Palms giveaway (valued at $1,250), they also got a mini-photo shoot with Fully Alive Photography’s Tracy Battaglia!

Here’s our winning couple:

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Meghan and Mitch, who met while being inducted as members of the University of Arizona’s Mortar Board Honor Society, have been planning their wedding for almost two years and are thrilled that the actual wedding day is less than 2 months away. The fact that they had time to schedule this shoot with us and look so cute proves that they’re ready!

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Kellie Mendoza from Tempe Mission Palms and our very own Dawn Peterson presented the gift certificate to the couple; Tracy Battaglia of Fully Alive Photography was on site to snap the photos.

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The Proposal: In 2015, I wanted to impress Meghan with a surprise proposal. As a result, I conspired with two of Meghan’s best friends, who were living in Raleigh, NC at the time. I made it appear as though these friends had bought Meghan a surprise trip to Raleigh as a birthday present. A day after Meghan arrived, Meghan and her friend toured around Durham while her other friend picked me up from the airport. Meghan watched an Arizona Wildcat basketball game at a local restaurant and then was taken to a bright red bridge in the Sarah P. Duke Gardens on the Duke University Campus. While her friend pretended to take Meghan’s picture on the bridge, I came out from the bushes and surprised Meghan by getting down on one knee.

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We are most looking forward to enjoying the day with our close friends and family. Having a two-year engagement has allowed us (mostly Meghan) to be more detailed in wedding planning. Because of this, there is less to worry or fret about during the actual wedding day.

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We love how Phoenix Bride & Groom magazine incorporates real bride and wedding stories. These stories have helped us be more proactive in planning. We also love the recommendations and focus on local vendors. These recommendations have given us a starting place in piecing together our wedding. Finally, we really enjoy the photography!

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From the lush courtyard, to the fountain circle at the hotel’s majestic front entrance, Tempe Mission Palms is the premier venue for hosting romantic wedding ceremonies in the Phoenix/Scottsdale area. The central location of the hotel means guests have close access to all that Phoenix and Scottsdale have to offer!

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Congratulations Meghan and Mitch and thank you for being fans of Phoenix Bride & Groom!

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Location: Tempe Mission Palms

Photographer: Fully Alive Photography

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10
Feb
Lavender Wedding Inspiration | Arizona Wedding Inspiration
categories: bridal fashions, cakes and sweets, fabulous reception sites, favor and gift ideas, floral inspiration, for your ceremony, photography, real weddings, reception ideas, Trends, Wedding Inspiration, what's hot in rentals

Lavender wasn’t supposed to be a big color for weddings this year but this pretty purple hue is making a statement regardless! We think we know why lavender is a popular choice for couples planning their weddings: it’s purple (which is always in style for weddings) without being “too purple” and it conveys a delicate prettiness that’s appropriate for any wedding. From backyard get-togethers to grand ballrooms, lavender is lovely!

Lavender Wedding Inspiration: A color palette that includes lavender and other bright shades makes for some pretty gorgeous wedding attire. This bridal party’s attire is anything but boring thanks to the varied shades of purple!

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(Bridesmaid Dresses: Bella Bridesmaids Scottsdale, Photographer: Ryann Lindsey Photography)

This lavender clad groom looks perfectly comfortable next to his sweet bride in the Coconino National Forest near Flagstaff

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(Photographer: Fully Alive Photography)

Lavender Wedding Inspiration: Escort/place cards get a touch of lavender- they hint at what’s to come. And pretty much any stationery piece can include the light purple hue- table numbers, menus, signature cocktail signs,etc.

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(Floral Design And Styling: Events by Show Stoppers, Photographer: Lauren/Abby Ross)

Lavender wedding inspiration _Phoenix Bride and Groom_Jerrold_Hagerty Photography

(Floral Design: Table Tops Etc., Invitations: Be In Love Designs, Rentals: Classic Party Rentals, Cake: Piece of Cake Desserts, Photographer: Hagerty Photography, Coordinator: Meant2Be Events)

This styled shoot for our magazine featured fresh springtime blooms paired with glam black, white and gold details.

Lavender wedding inspiration _Phoenix Bride and Groom_Hagerty Photography

(Stylist & Floral Design: Your Event Florist, Linen: Wildflower Linen, Rentals: Classic Party Rentals, Location: Sanctuary Camelback Mountain Resort & Spa, Photography: Hagerty Photography, Stationer: The Event Essentials)

Lavender Wedding Inspiration: Ceremonies are made super gorgeous and sweet when lavender is in play; how lovely is this petal carpet y Events by Show Stoppers?!

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(Floral Design And Styling: Events by Show Stoppers, Photographer: Lauren/Abby Ross)

Lavender wedding inspiration _Phoenix Bride and Groom_Your Event Florist_Ben and Kelly Photography_Hyatt Regency Scottsdale

(Florist: Your Event Florist, Photographer: Ben &  Kelly Photography, Location: Hyatt Regency Scottsdale Resort and Spa at Gainey Ranch)

Lavender wedding inspiration _Phoenix Bride and Groom_Table Tops_Jason and Anna_Montelucia

(Location: Montelucia Resort and Spa, Florist: Table Tops, Etc., Photographer: Jason + Anna Photography)

Lavender Wedding Inspiration: Receptions can incorporate lavender in a number of ways- centerpieces, linens, and lighting can make a lavender lover’s dreams come true!

Lavender wedding inspiration _Phoenix Bride and Groom_Royal Palms_table tops etc_Melissa jill

(Location: Royal Palms Resort and Spa, Florist: Table Tops, Etc., Photographer: Melissa Jill Photography)

Lavender can be light and airy when paired with lighter colors but it can also be quite sophisticated when placed with darker hues such as deep red.

Lavender wedding inspiration _Phoenix Bride and Groom_Katrina Wallace Photography

(Stylist and Rentals: Glamour and Woods, Location: Villa Siena, Florist: Your Event Florist, Cake: Piece of Cake Desserts, Photographer: Katrina Wallace Photographers, Invitations: Vee Creative, Tabletops: Fancy Lou Designs)

Lavender wedding inspiration _Phoenix Bride and Groom_Jerrold_Hagerty Photography

(Floral Design: Table Tops Etc., Invitations: Be In Love Designs, Rentals: Classic Party Rentals, Cake: Piece of Cake Desserts, Photographer: Hagerty Photography, Coordinator: Meant2Be Events)

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(Planner: A Day to Cherish, Photographer: Andrew Jade Photography, Rentals: Classic Party Rentals, Location: JW Marriott Desert Ridge, Floral: Avant Garde, Linens: La Tavola Fine Linens, Drape: Quest Drape, Lighting: Karma Event Lighting)

Lavender wedding inspiration _Phoenix Bride and Groom_Hagerty Photogrtaphy_Four Seasons Resort Scottsdale

(Location: Talavera Restaurant, Four Seasons Resort Scottsdale, Floral Design: Table Tops Etc., Rentals: Classic Party Rentals, Photographer: Hagerty Photography, Set Stylist and Coordinator: Sterling Weddings & Events, Stationery: The Event Essentials, )

Lavender Wedding Inspiration: You don’t see many lavender wedding cakes but when Piece of Cakes makes an ombre lavender cake, it’s pretty darn spectacular!

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(Cake: Piece of Cake Desserts, Location: Villa Siena, Photographer: Genevieve Hansen Photography)

As you can see, lavender isn’t shying away from the wedding spotlight any time soon! We look forward to seeing how couples use this lavender wedding inspiration in their wedding color palettes.

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3
Feb
RISTYLE Down the Aisle: When a Stylist Gets Engaged
categories: Engagement, Meet Our Friends, Wedding Inspiration

Have you ever wondered what it’s like for a person who works in the wedding industry to plan their own wedding? Well, our special series, “RISTYLE Down the Aisle” is your chance to find out! Join us for a very special peek into how newly engaged stylist, Risa Kostis of RISTYLE Consulting, approaches her wedding planning. You’ll find her to be stylish (of course), insightful and completely endearing. We begin the series with When a Stylist Gets Engaged…enjoy!

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(Photographer: Round Lens Photography)

It’s surreal to imagine myself FINALLY in a white dress tearfully saying I do. For years I’ve had the pleasure of doing for others on their wedding days and I certainly never dreamed my passion for all things bridal would bring me to where I am today…nor did I think an editorial campaign I was hired to work on would play such a huge role in my long-awaited engagement story.

My fiancé Jason and I couldn’t be more opposite. He prefers Patagonia and saves his Seven jeans strictly for ‘fancy’ nights out with me, so when I come home from styling on set to show him my behind the scenes images, it’s very rare to capture his attention for longer than a quick minute. This wasn’t the case after a perfect day of shooting the cover and fashion pages for the Winter/Spring issue of Phoenix Bride and Groom last September. It was one of the most important shoots of my now 3-year career as it was my first bridal cover and a chance for full creative control from top to bottom. Knowing that, he patiently sat through my photos and stopped me abruptly when I got to one in particular. The ring.

Here’s the ring front and center from our cover shoot- it’s pretty gorgeous!

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(Location: The Arizona Biltmore, A Waldorf Astoria Resort, Photographer: Christine Johnson Photography, Fashion stylist: Ristyle Consulting. For a complete list of credits, click here)

When I described how much I fell in love with this ring from The Estate Watch & Jewelry Company, and how I’d seen it before for another project I worked on, he had to see it. It wasn’t at all what I ever thought I wanted in an engagement ring, but there was something so unique about it. When I showed it to him he gave me a look that told me it was probably never going to happen.

When a Stylist Gets Engaged _Phoenix Bride and Groom_RISTYLE_Round Lens Photography

(Photographer: Round Lens Photography)

As we talked more about our future and getting engaged, twice over the next couple of months I visited the jewelry store to chat with the owner and see ‘the ring’. The second time I went in…it was gone. I called Jason to tell him the devastating news and he told me, ever-so-politely, to let it go.

Shortly after the release of the Winter/Spring issue of Phoenix Bride & Groom, I was thrilled to see that special piece of jewelry made it onto the cover! But it was bittersweet…that ring still held a special place in my heart.

When a Stylist Gets Engaged _Phoenix Bride and Groom_RISTYLE_Christine Johnson Photography_WS17 cover

(Location: The Arizona Biltmore, A Waldorf Astoria Resort, Photographer: Christine Johnson Photography, Fashion stylist: Ristyle Consulting. For a complete list of credits, click here)

With our winter getaway to Mexico coming up, Jason broached the subject of engagement rings. He said,“I’m confused about what kind of ring to get you. Can you introduce me to your friend the jeweler?” And he’s right…I’m impossible to shop for, but I was so confused…hadn’t he already been thinking about this? I made the introduction to the jeweler via text and felt immediate relief.

In Mexico, we settled into Estrella Del Mar overlooking miles of private beach and the most perfect view in the world. During a walk on the beach, we talked about our goals for the year and walked hand in hand. The next thing I knew, he was telling me how much he loved me, and with barely any time to respond, he was down on one knee. It was all a blur until he asked me, “Are you going to say yes?” Of course I blurted out a teary, “YES!”

When a Stylist Gets Engaged _Phoenix Bride and Groom_RISTYLE_Round Lens Photography

(Photographer: Round Lens Photography)

When a Stylist Gets Engaged _Phoenix Bride and Groom_RISTYLE_Round Lens Photography

(Photographer: Round Lens Photography)

Then he told me to look down at my finger. I looked down to find THE ring on my hand. Apparently he and Jill from The Estate Watch & Jewelry Company were in cahoots ever since my magazine shoot. The alleged text introduction, the fake sale of the ring to some other lucky woman…it was all part of his secret plan to give me the ring of my dreams and give me one more reason to cherish the memory of working with the team at Phoenix Bride and Groom.

 

When a Stylist Gets Engaged _Phoenix Bride and Groom_RISTYLE_Round Lens Photography

(Photographer: Round Lens Photography)

Congratulations Risa and Jason- we are so happy for you and can’t wait to hear more about your wedding planning!
Photography: Round Lens Photography 
*Follow Risa’s journey right here and on Instagram and Facebook (or search using: #weddingplanningwithPBG & #RISTYLEdowntheaisle) as this lovely gal plans her wedding
*See our Behind the Scenes feature of our Winter Spring cover shoot that Risa styled on our website!
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31
Jan
A Valentine’s Day Getaway at A Romantic Arizona Resort
categories: destination weddings and honeymoons, fabulous reception sites, rehearsal dinner spots, upcoming events, Wedding Resources
If you have plans to make this Valentine’s Day especially romantic, we have a fabulous idea for you: book a Valentines Day Getaway at Royal Palms Resort and Spa!

Valentine’s Day Getaway _Royal Palms Resort and Spa_Phoenix BRide and Groom magazine_Acqua Dolce Suite_Alvadora

While the resort offers Romantication© packages year-round, which are customized, romantic experiences, this Valentine’s Day, Royal Palms is taking romance to a whole new level for the entire month of February with the “Ultimate Romance Package”:
Ultimate Romance Package – $2,800 per night (stay from Feb. 1 – Feb. 28)

-One night of luxurious accommodations in an Alvadora Spa Villa.

-Ultimate Garden of Love Via Cappello Dinner package that includes private use of the Garden of Love that will be decorated with rose petals and votive candles; a five-course dinner for two by Executive Chef Todd Allison with wine pairings; a personal server throughout the evening; a fresh floral arrangement table setting and romantic music.

-Rose petal turndown service.

-Sparkling wine and a dozen chocolate-covered strawberries delivered upon check-in.

-Breakfast for two via room service or at T. Cook’s.

-$150 credit to Alvadora Spa to be used towards a treatment or merchandise.

Also, T. Cook’s will have an ultra-luxe, prix-fixe menu. Have you eaten there? It’s delicious but it’s more than that- it’s a highly acclaimed restaurant that’s pretty much legendary in the Valley!
Valentine’s Day Getaway _Royal Palms Resort and Spa_Phoenix BRide and Groom magazine_ Alvadora Villa Living Room
Since it began as a couple’s Desert Getaway in 1929, this Phoenix, Arizona hotel has offered generations of guests the intimate atmosphere of a luxurious, private residence—along with the amenities of an award-winning resort.
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The beloved resort is known for it’s romantic enclaves, intimate atmosphere and first-class customer service.
Winding stone paths transport guests past a grove of orange trees, trickling fountains in courtyards, roaring outdoor fireplaces, 100-year-old rustic doorways and hand-painted tiles, and lush gardens filled with magenta bougainvillea, exotic plants and desert flowers. A true destination for lovers, the resort was originally built as a private mansion in 1929 as a grand gesture of love by financier Delos Willard Cooke for his wife Florence. 
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For the most romantic Valentines Day getaway, book the Ultimate Romance Package at Royal Palms Resort and Spa: 800-672-6011 | Website
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27
Jan
Home Decor Wedding Gift Idea : Vant Wall Panels
categories: favor and gift ideas

Meaningful wedding gifts go far beyond serving spoons and new towels…items that are unique to the couple, take into consideration what they really need and want and are useful beyond a dinner party are the best kinds of wedding gifts, in our opinion. In the spirit of meaningful and useful wedding gifts, today we’re sharing a really cool home decor wedding gift idea with you: Vänt Wall Panels.

Admittedly, wall panels do not sound like a sexy wedding gift but just wait…

home decor wedding gift idea _Phoenix Bride and Groom_Vant Wall Panels

So what are Vänt Wall Panels? They’re these cool rectangular panels that are covered in fabric that are simply installed on your wall as an accent to your decor. You decide the size, shape and color depending on your room design and with 5 finishes to choose from and dozens of colors, you WILL find a combo that works in your home!

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What makes Vänt Wall Panels an especially desirable home decor wedding gift idea is that there’s no professional installation necessary and they’re so versatile that as newlyweds decorating a new place together, you’ll have many options regarding where to place them for maximum impact; the sleek panels are perfect for a living room, office, game room or bedroom.

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The panels provide a chic decor alternative and we think you’ll really enjoy deciding which color and finish to shop for. They’re very “grown up” without being too serious!

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About Vänt Wall Panels: Inspired spaces make for inspired living, and that’s why you will adore Vänt. Cost-effective and hassle-free to install (the panels click together in just a few minutes), Vänt Wall Panels are available in different configurations to suit any need with endless possibilities. You can go with one solid color or mix and max for an eye-catching customized look! There’s no experience necessary to hang and the patent-pending SimpleMount™ System makes it virtually impossible to get it wrong. The panels are also simple to remove for cleaning!

home decor wedding gift idea _Phoenix Bride and Groom_Vant Wall Panels

We also love Vänt’s Instagram feed- they post design inspiration photos but also include quotes about the home that entertain and make sense.

home decor wedding gift idea _Phoenix Bride and Groom_Vant Wall Panels

Visit Vänt Wall Panels online | Follow Vänt on Instagram

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