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Archive for June, 2011

Great Find: Case Mate
categories: favor and gift ideas

Our editor, Stephanie Gandy-Riley, just had to share this beautiful find with you!

You know how it’s practically required that you change your purse when you are going out with your girlfriends or to a formal event? (ahem, like a wedding)

It’s time to extend your impeccable sense of style to your phone case. We are positively smitten with Madison, the beautiful luxe cases from Case Mate.

When I received my gorgeous leather case with Swarovski crystals, I immediately realized what I had been missing. This phone cover is a beauty, and perfect for your girls. I can’t think of a better bridesmaid gift. Imagine how you all will look when you pull out your matching phones.

So much better than whipping out that hot pink and turquoise number which doesn’t go with that pewter dress at all!

Here are some other options from Case Mate that might suit your wedding fancy:

I know my mom would have LOVED one of these. And my girls? They would have swooned over the Madison cases. Wedding stuff is so fun…

Chatting Soon~Kelly

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Real Wedding: Jenna and Ryan’s Dream Wedding at Seville Golf and Country Club
categories: cakes and sweets, fabulous reception sites, floral inspiration, Giveaways and Contests, real weddings, Wedding Inspiration

Every once in a while a fairy tale comes true and in Jenna and Ryan’s case, they can call Seville Golf and Country Club their Fairy Godmother. They were the lucky couple who was chosen for Seville’s Dream Wedding Giveaway– that’s right, they “won” a wedding.  How amazing is that? The entire day was perfection in no small part thanks to the vendors who donated their services to Jenna and Ryan’s magical day.  

Here’s what Jenna had to say about planning her Dream Wedding: Planning an Arizona wedding from Tennessee would have been impossible without my treasured momma and sister, who ran errands, made phone calls, and worked on projects for 9 months leading up to the wedding. We are equally as grateful for the rest of our family and friends, who folded programs, cut out seating assignments, boxed up centerpieces, and most importantly prayed for us every step of the way. Ryan and I truly could not have made any of this happen without help from our family, our friends, and our fabulous wedding vendors. It is amazing to see how willing and eager people are to support, encourage, and contribute time and effort to your big day.

Love the fresh color combo!

Ryan and I started dating in high school and he patiently waited for me for 6 1/2 years, through long distance, moving across the country from AZ to VA, and another move to TN. He has consistently stayed by my side and chosen to love me. We did not live together until we were married because of our Christian faith, so even after 6 1/2 years of dating, marriage is truly an exciting adventure and a gift!

Look at how photographer Austin Gross uses the desert landscape in these next 2 pictures- so dramatic!

Jenna tells us about the vintage vibe she created for her day: A major stylistic theme of the wedding was colored glass, since I had fallen in love with it after inheriting several unique pieces of antique colored glass from my grandmother. We also embraced the handmade look of the do-it-yourself approach. We both love to create and enjoy raw art in all forms – which was reflected in our choice of wedding music, photography, videography, and decorations. We really wanted our wedding to be an accurate reflection of us as a couple and more than anything, we wanted our wedding to be glorifying to the Lord.

The ballroom at Seville Golf and Country Club is so open and airy-completely gorgeous!

The spectacular cake from Designer Cakes by April:

 One of the many highlights of the wedding day was our “first look”. Spending this time together before the big celebration allowed us both to replace our nerves with sheer excitement. It was still every bit as magical when we saw eachother for the first time surrounded by all of our loved ones as I walked down the aisle.

Our rehearsal dinner on Friday evening was another extremely special and intimate moment. Our best man initiated a time of sharing, where our closest family and friends shared funny stories and loving accolades. We have never felt so tangibly loved and supported as we did on our wedding weekend.

After the wedding, we were fortunate enough to spend another afternoon with our family and friends at an outdoor service at Redemption Church, followed by a luncheon at a local restaurant called Joe’s Real BBQ. We are so thankful to have had a little more time with everyone who came into town to celebrate with us before we left for our unbelievably amazing honeymoon in Maui.

It was on our honeymoon that we quickly realized the best thing about being married is being together. Having your best friend by your side makes even the mundane things in life truly extraordinary.

My last piece of advice comes from my mother, who reminded me daily to “enjoy the journey”, because the wedding day really does fly by.

Jenna + Ryan – The Trailer from Brinton Films on Vimeo.

Jenna and Ryan, CONGRATULATIONS and thank you for sharing your day with us!

Jenna and Ryan’s Real Wedding Team:

Wedding Coordinator: Inspired Events

Ceremony and Reception Site: Seville Golf and Country Club

Bridal Gown Store: Lillian Lottie Couture

Bridesmaids Dresses: Anthropologie

Groom’s Suit: J Crew

Florist: Jan Dekker Designs

Photographer: Austin Gros Photography

Videographer: Brinton Films

Invitations: Be In Love Designs

Cake: Designer Cakes by April

Entertainment: AZCelebrity DJ

Hair Stylist: Erika Duncan, Vintage Studios

Linens: Southwick Linens

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Invitation Trends Series Part 1: Celebrations in Paper
categories: Meet Our Friends, the paper chase, Trends

Let’s face it, it’s nearly impossible for weddings to be boring these days. There are multitudes of fabulous dresses, a huge arrray of linens to chose from, rental options to blow your mind, bands that get any crowd going and cakes that inspire greatness. But let’s not forget paper products which have been elevated to “Stationery Suites” that set the tone for your wedding via save-the-date cards and invitations and create a sense of fashionable design throughout your wedding day with ceremony beverage signs, reception escort cards, reserved seating signage, photobooth banners, menu cards, specialty drink signs, candy bar cards….the list goes on!

Your stationer is someone you can grow very close to during your wedding planning as you dream up paper designs and he/she makes the magic happen. It’s definitely a team effort so you want someone by your side that “gets you”. We asked invitation experts Rene Showalter, Kimberly McDowell and Erin Burkhard for their trend forecasts and we got so much information from them that we are posting their tips in a 3 part series. Today we hear from Rene Showalter of Celebrations In Paper– she works tirelessly to make your invitations personal and beautiful.

 Here’s what Rene has to say about Invitation Trends for the  2011/ 2012 Wedding Seasons:

  • Brown is rarely used anymore unless it’s used in a more organic look 
  • Bright colors or softer tones are more popular
  • We are seeing a lot of Chartreuse/Purple/Papaya and lots of Navy such as  Midnight/Chartreuse or Navy/Cream
  • And since Vintage Weddings are still very popular, romantic softer tones like Mocassin & Gray Taupe or Soft Pink, Champagne & Creams are holding steady.
  • Pocket Card Invitations are super popular (the invite is on one side and the details are in a pocket attached to the back). Here’s a sample of one:

(Image Courtesy of Emily Carroll Photography)

Rene wanted to show us these color blocks that she saw on Invitation Crush– they are super helpful for those of us that are visual!

 Here are some samples of Rene’s work for you to oooh and aaah over:

(Images Courtesy of Emily Carroll Photography)

(Image Courtesy of Keith Pitts Photography

And for those of you that know me, you already know I love me some Pantone. Here’s a link to their Top 10 Fashion Colors for Spring 2011 (which always influences wedding color trends for the upcoming seasons).

Thank you Rene for sharing the 2011/2012 Invitation Trends with us!

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Dad’s Day
categories: photography

I love my dad. He’s one of those guys who goes with the flow, doesn’t ask a ton of questions and gets mad at you when it’s appropriate. He also loves his family fiercly.  One of my favorite memories of him is from when I was probably around 12. He picked me up at a friend’s house (I had been there an entire weekend and most likely had not called home much) and when I got in the car, I could tell he was miffed. He was holding something back and I couldn’t help but ask questions to figure out what I had done.

Finally he blurted out “I just miss you. You haven’t been home all weekend and we like having you around.”

That’s my dad. He loves his family, he isn’t afraid to say so, and he is special to me for an endless list of reasons. He’s also the one who bought me a Social Media book when he found out I had started working for the magazine last June. What a sweet guy!

So today’s post is simply about the dads- their strength, their soft hearts and their love of family. Happy Father’s Day to all the dads of the world!

(Images Courtesy of Hagerty Photography)

(Images Courtesy of Artisan Photography)


(Images Courtesy of Emily Carroll Photography)

(Image Courtesy of Reeves Photography)

(Image Courtesy of Marriott Photography)

 Chatting Soon~ Kelly

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Real Wedding: Dana and Mike
categories: fabulous reception sites, floral inspiration, real weddings, Wedding Inspiration

One thing that really makes me happy is a relaxed bride and groom who have a good connection. Dana and Mike definitely have that connection and they just seem so comfortable with the camera focused on them. Look at these two!

I’m jumping ahead in our wedding day story though…first, look at how pretty Dana is!

She’s a natural beauty, and her girls are too!

And look at how handsome Mike and his crew are:

Dana explains her choice of delightful colors,“we wanted our wedding to be unique and to represent Arizona’s beautiful scenery and brilliant sunsets. Thus, we chose colors that we had not seen in any other weddings- bright teal blue and vibrant orange. Guests later said that they matched the Arizona sunset that night perfectly…the bridesmaids wore bright teal dresses from Bella Bridesmaids, and their dresses were complimented by bouquets with bright calla lillies and orange fire roses that truly popped against the teal. Given the laid back environment, the men wore Michael Kors suits with an orange tie for the groom and teal ties for the groomsmen.”

Here’s what Dana had to say about choosing Blackstone Country Club for their wedding day, “…Blackstone Country Club is a beautiful venue situated between majestic mountains and rolling desert landscape. As soon as we saw the venue, we knew it was the perfect place for us to host our wedding (the day after seeing the venue, the groom hit his first hole in one ever on the 17th hole of the Blackstone course- so it was meant to be that our wedding was there!).”

One thing that really caught my eye from this wedding was how beautiful the reception was. I love the colors Dana and Mike chose and the vendors they chose to work with brought their vision together with such style. It’s possible that teal and orange is now one of my favorite color combos!

Dana did lots of work for me today- I’ll let her tell you about the reception! “After the ceremony and toasts…guests dug in [to dinner] and soon the party was underway. There was a lot of dancing, picture taking and laughing. The DJ mixed it up perfectly and guests danced their hearts out to Bruce Springsteen, Michael Jackson, Lady Gaga and Jay z among many others. It was a perfect night.”

Here are a few other special details from Dana and Mike’s wedding, as told by Dana:

My mom surprised me with a special garter made from the wedding dress she married my dad in 35 years ago, my childhood “blankie” and a heart taken from my favorite stuffed animal growing up. I will give that garter to my daughter one day…”

We each wrote personal vows- I mentioned my husband’s favorite baseball player… and he mentioned my favorite tv show. We got lots of laughs which calmed our nerves. Our reverend was funny, calm and charming. Our flower girl, wearing a ring of flowers in her hair, came down the aisle throwing orange rose petals. But she accidentally threw the doily that was in the bottom of her flower girl basket and was so upset she ran to her daddy. It was adorable and priceless.”

Guests enjoyed amazing food: Chicken breast stuffed with roasted peppers, artichokes and jack cheese or Cavatelli pasta with grilled vegetables, kalamata olives, oven cured tomato, white wine sauce and cilantro cream sauce.” Yummm!

Dana and Mike, thank you so much for sharing your wedding day with us and Congratulations!


Dana and Mike’s Real Wedding Team:

Ceremony and Reception Site: Blackstone Country Club

Wedding Coordinator: Some Like it Classic

Bridal Gown Store: Mary Linn’s Bridal

Bridesmaids Dresses: Bella Bridesmaid

Suits: Michael Kors

Florist: Your Event Florist

Photographer: Serafine Photography

Invitations: Paper Olive

Cake and Catering: Blackstone Country Club

Entertainment: Mancini Entertainment

Ceremony Musicians: String Serenade

Linens: Southwick Linens

Make-up Artist: Sarah Sanmarco

Hair Stylist: Jessica Lawson

Officiant: Rev. Rick Bell

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Summer/Fall 2011 Issue!
categories: bridal fashions, cakes and sweets, floral inspiration, from the consultants, Meet Our Friends, photography, Tips and Advice, Trends, Wedding Inspiration

Hopefully my Lessons in French post got you all ready for today’s announcement: the Summer/Fall 2011 Issue is here! Look at our most amazing and seriously beautiful cover:

We had an amazing day of creativity, comeraderie and oohing and ahhing. Victoria Canada, wedding and event design guru, styled the photoshoot so we had a little Q/A:

KG: What was your inspiration for this shoot?

VC: My inspiration was Fran (Phoenix Bride&Groom Publisher)- She had a vision and we just tried to bring it to reality with  our own take on it.

KG: What do you enjoy most about photoshoots in general?

VC: The chance to be creative and the ability to throw some twists at readers  : )

KG: If a bride wanted a French-themed Wedding, what elements do you think are essential to pull it off?

VC: OK- first, let me explain, that creating France in Arizona is SUPER hard.  Knowing that when we went into the photoshoot was key. For any successful wedding, you do need to be honest with yourself on your surroundings. We were at the Wrigley Mansion and that means we had to incorporate some of the beautiful blues at The Wrigley Mansion. They are very bold and may not be the first color thought for a French themed wedding but since I do not like to “match” colors,  I am more about the layering, it worked and was fabulous!

KG: What screams “French” to you?

VC: Poodles, a whiff of Chanel perfume, red lipstick, amazing bread and elaborate fabric in moderation

KG: What trends are you seeing for Fall 2011/Spring 2012 Weddings?

VC: Purple is back. So is citrus. Also, throw the old traditions out the window! Bring in the dogs for the weddings, mix square and round tables, allow guests to mix and mingle at stations and host more of a party vs. your mom’s idea of a wedding.

KG: What element from this photoshoot do you think you will incorporate into future event designs?

VC: I am in LOVE LOVE LOVE with the cake stands- drooling really. They are little bits of jewelry for the cake. I also really love the idea of the floral handle from the bouquet which incorporated costume jewelry. The dresses were ah- mazing too! Drama to the max but still feminine and elegant.

Pretty great insights, right? She’s full of them!

And of course we have the video from the talented Serendipity Videography documenting our day of fun:

Phoenix Bride & Groom Magazine from Serendipity Videography on Vimeo.

I took a few photos with my phone that I can’t help but share- we all coverged on the Wrigley Mansion to transform it into a little bit of Paris! Here’s part of the crew…

And here is photographer Hollye Schumacher working hard (she’s always on the backside of the lens)!


Keep visitng us on the blog- we have so  many more beautiful images from the photoshoot to share with you! Kelly

The Phoenix Bride and Groom Covershoot Team:

LOCATION: The Wrigley Mansion

PHOTOGRAPHY: Hollye Schumacher Photography

SET DESIGN: Victoria Canada Weddings & Events

ASSISTED BY: Lindley Carlin and Kelly Gill

FLORAL: Petal Pusher

GOWN: Destiny’s Bride/Lazaro

MAKEUP ARTIST: Corinna Cooke


JEWELRY: Fashion by Robert Black

CAKE: Honey Moon Sweets

SWEETS: Bedazzle My Bonbons, Honey Moon Sweets

CAKE STANDS: Fabulous Wedding Cake Stands

LINENS: Wildflower Linen

VIDEOGRAPHY: Serendipity Videography

MODEL: Danaylyn at The Agency Arizona


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