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Archive for February, 2010

Orange you glad?
categories: bridal fashions, floral inspiration, photography

All this talk about Sunflowers has the team at Phoenix Bride & Groom daydreaming about summer. Or at least spring!

The orange motif in this wedding is just the sunny, happy pick-me-up we’ve been looking for. From tangerine to deep pumpkin, orange gowns look great on ‘maids with a variety of skin tones. And see how the linens just POP at the reception at the Boojum Tree.  We are loving this look for any season. And wouldn’t you agree, it’s just a touch “Southwesty” without being overdone.

Thanks to Hagerty Photography for sharing these pics.

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Here comes the Sun(flower)
categories: floral inspiration, for your ceremony


Guaranteed to make you smile, the sunflower is popping up all over bridal celebrations. We just love the way these happy blooms look in bridal bouquets and as part of the wedding decor.

Take a look at this stunner of a bouquet carried by bride Kristin Young when she married Marvin Brown last April.

Her bridesmaids’ bouquets were fabulous as well, thanks to the fresh work of Brady’s Floral Gallery. Notice their brown nail polish. So cute!

When a bride comes in and says her husband-to-be’s last name of “brown” is going to be part of the wedding theme, some people may get stalled.

Not this wedding party! The arch marking the place where Kristin and Marvin became husband and wife is a spectacular celebration of color: not just brown, but golds and oranges and deep greens.

Happy sunflower, and uptown brown: we now pronounce you a smashing combination!

Floral Design: Brady’s Floral Gallery

Photography: Images by Kay & Co, Cheswick Photography, Linda Story Photography.

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Sage Advice
categories: favor and gift ideas, photography, reception ideas

From the “something old, something new” department, we bring you a fab idea that replaces the tired guest book concept.

Set out lovely cards, perhaps use a motif found on your invitations or in your reception decor, and ask your family and friends to share some sage advice.

Depending on the style of your celebration, you could collect the completed cards in fancy vases, galvanized buckets, even cute handbags.

You will have so much fun reading the comments from your guests after the wedding, and you’ll also have a lifetime of great advice and loving tips from people who know you best.

Paper products: Page & Mason

Creative Director: Victoria Canada Weddings and Events

Photography: Sergio Photographer

Floral Design: Petal Pusher

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Vintage Glam
categories: favor and gift ideas, floral inspiration, reception ideas

Since when does “Reduce, Reuse, Recycle” mean only brown paper bags and cocktail glasses made of compostable corn plastic?

Using vintage pieces that mean something to you and your family are a beautiful twist on “recycled.”

We love the idea of using vintage pieces in a wedding. From antique platters, to intricately detailed vases, and even vintage accessories such as handbags and lunchboxes, there are gorgeous ways to “recycle” in your wedding!

What a great way to stay connected with the past….as you look to the future.

Even if you don’t have any of grandma’s (or mom’s) teacups to borrow, you can replicate this charming idea by visiting a second hand store. Different sizes and styles on the table are fresh and interesting.

Adornments on bouquets have been all the rage for the last several years. From crystal monograms, tiny pearls set inside Stephanotis, and flowing ribbons, decorating the bouquet is another way to add the bling factor. The antique brooch above adds charm and interest to this gorgeous arrangement by Petal Pusher.

All photography by Sergio Photographer. Creative Director: Victoria Canada. Floral Design: Petal Pusher. Paper Products: Page and Mason.

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Bridal Bootcamp: a love story
categories: bridal fashions, fabulous reception sites, floral inspiration, for your ceremony, reception ideas, what's hot in rentals


It was a love fest at Bridal Bootcamp 2010, held at the Arizona Biltmore on January 31.

There was so much to love– getting up close and personal with the wedding professionals, a delicious meal, a little cake tasting,  fabulous decor and bridal fashions.

“Bridal Bootcamp” was the brainchild of Victoria Canada of Victoria Canada Weddings and Events, who felt that today’s bride needs more than a handful of brochures in order to plan the wedding she’s always dreamed of.

We wholeheartedly agree! And what a great day they had!

And check out those cute swag bags Victoria put together for the Bootcamp Brides!

As great believers in WED-ucation,  Phoenix Bride & Groom was delighted to be a sponsor of this event.

Check out these dreamy tables by Petal Pusher!

Staged in an intimate learning setting (at the swanky Arizona Biltmore), vendors worked directly with brides, grooms, even bridesmaids and mothers, to share wedding planning advice.

Makeup Artists Corinna Cooke gave a talk and demonstration on skin care and wedding day makeup.

This video  by Serendipity Videography says it all. It recaps the day’s events and gives a great feel of what today’s brides need to know about planning a wedding that is undeniably theirs.

Special thanks to the vendors who gave their time and energy (heart and soul!) to this event. We can’t wait to hear how all those weddings turn out!

 And credits to MelissaJill Photography for the lovely images shown  here.


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Welcome LightRain!
categories: photography

LightRain is always welcome in the Southwest.

Even more so, when  the “LightRain” is a fab photography studio that has just joined Phoenix Bride & Groom’s team of preferred vendors!

“Creating breathtaking images is my passion,” says principal photographer Lilet whose dedication to capturing the amazing moments in each couple’s wedding day is evident in her beautiful images. 

Husband Glenn is her partner in and out of the studio and together they show great creativity with this all-important milestone in a couple’s life.

We’re sure to hear much more about Lilet, Glenn and LightRain. They are certain to take Arizona by storm.

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