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Archive for January, 2012

Your Tears Need Attention
categories: Giveaways and Contests, health and beauty

Have you ever heard the phrase “you don’t know what you don’t know”? Well, I felt this way when chatting with the divine Corinna Cooke of Corinna B’s World, the fashion, makeup and everything sexy blog. What I didn’t know was Tear Trough Fillers. See, I have yet to dive into the world of “facial enhancement” but Corinna’s information has me looking in the mirror closely. Very closely. And I’m not sure I love my tear troughs…

Why am I bringing this up on a wedding blog? Well, because as the wedding nears, we know that brides, groom, and all their people want to look their best and the Juvederm Tear Trough Fill is one treatment that makes a dramatic difference rather quickly. This is not just for people beyond 40. No no, as you can see, this is something even the young can benefit from:

Corinna explains as only she can (she’s from New Zealand so imagine her saying this with her rockin’ accent): When it comes to the under eye area, women typically pile on lighter shades of concealer, trying to lift out the shadows and make the area look brighter and more alive. When the volume disappears under the eyes, the skin starts to sag a little, so now you have a whole lot of makeup on saggy skin, which not only is never a winning combination, but also makes you look even older.

Vicious circle, non?

A Juvederm Tear Trough Fill is a very quick and comparatively inexpensive procedure which lasts anywhere from a year to 2 years. The procedures that I have watched have used less than one syringe of Juvederm for both eyes combined. Dr Blume is nationally reknowned for his subtle lip enhancements, so with my clients he puts the remaining Juvederm into the lips, imperceptibly enhancing and redefining the lip border, ever so slightly fleshing out the pout.

Before (possibly a MOB?):


Here’s the kicker: the Blume Skin Centre is giving Phoenix Bride & Groom blog readers a free month of Latisse ($120 value) when they have an injectible service and say they read about it in the Phoenix Bride and Groom blog.

This is a seriously amazing deal that you don’t want to pass up do you? Well, OK, pass it up if you want sunken tear troughs and stubby lashes…but we aware, now that you know, you cannot claim ignorance. Ha ha!

Happy Planning (and beautifying) from your Arizona Wedding Blog!


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Alcantara Vineyard and Winery
categories: destination weddings and honeymoons, fabulous reception sites, Sedona, Sedona Weddings

Did you happen to see the over-the-top wedding shoot at Alcantara Vineyards & Winery in the Winter/Spring issue of Phoenix Bride & Groom?

We simply cannot get enough of the sumptuous wine country setting at Alcantara. The newly constructed Vineyard Chapel, with a gorgeous bell tower and blooming roses, sets the stage for an Arizona wine country wedding like no other.

Vineyard Chapel, complete with sanded plank seating and charming archways, is an ideal place to exchange vows.

A rustic farmhouse, which doubles as a tasting room for the vineyard’s outstanding wines, sits just beyond the vines. Day or night, this setting is absolutely breathtaking.

Set at the confluence of Oak Creek and the Verde River, Alcantara is quickly becoming established as the destination winery in the state. We can’t think of a more romantic way to celebrate your new life together than in a natural setting, complete with picturesque rows of vines, Tuscan-style architecture and local wine in your glass.

Visit Alcantara for a personal tour, and make plans to stop by to sample the wines and the ambiance at the Pecan, Wine and Antique Festival on February 17-19.

 Special thank yous to the following vendors for their amazing work on this shoot:

Creative Director and Event Design: Sedona Luxury Weddings & Events

Photographer: Sedona Bride

Location: Alcantara Vineyards & Winery

Floral and Decor: Events by Show Stoppers

Stationery Design: Alisha Muhl

Catering: Perfection Catering

Helicopter Transportation: Red Rock Helicopters

Officiant & Shoot Setup: Reverend Shanandoah Sterling, Sterling Weddings

Cake: Sedona Cake Couture

Rentals: Classic Party Rentals

Invitation & Menu: Studio Grace

Makeup Artist: Liz Margin

Hair Stylist: Lindsey Hausch

Bridal Gown: Destiny’s Bride

Groom’s Attire: Saverio Clothiers

Favors: Verde Valley Olive Oil Traders

Models: Stephanie Larson and Karl Samter

Happy Planning from your Arizona Wedding Blog!


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Real Wedding: Tiffany and Miles
categories: real weddings, Scottsdale Weddings

Tiffany and Miles’ southwest wedding celebration was at The Phoenician Resort, a very special place to Tiffany and her family. When she was 4, her family moved to Phoenician East, a neighborhood within the Phoenician Resort area, and she watched while the hotel was built. Her childhood was spent running around the grounds of the hotel and eating at the ice cream shop. She tells us, “It has always been part of my Arizona home and for my parents and I there was no other place that we wanted to host our guests.

Tiffany’s enthusiasm is unmistakable- I love how photographer Stuart Thurlkill of Eyes2See Photography captured the emotions of the day.  And Tiffany and Miles’ maltipoo, Fiona, is too cute!

The Phoenician Resort recently renovated their Grand Ballroom and it’s spectacular

The sunny tangerine and turquoise color scheme was carried throughout the wedding from the bridal party attire to the reception decor

The reception certainly was a PARTY!

KG: Now that you have had a chance to settle in, what is your favorite thing about being married?

T&M: Building a life together and sharing in all of the little things.

KG: I see you went to Thailand for your honeymoon- can you tell me a little bit about it?

T&M: We made a list of our top 5 places that we wanted to go. Thailand was at the top of our lists and we really wanted to have a bit of an adventure. We spend two weeks there in Bangkok, Chaing Mai, and Ko Samui. Highlights of the trip were enjoying the Songkran Festival in Bangkok, riding elephants in Chaing Mai and relaxing on the beach in Ko Samui.

KG: What advice would you give brides-to- be?

T&M: Get a planner! We hired the amazing Patty Packard from I Do I Do who took care of a lot of the logistics epically day of. Make sure that you start early as well, try to not leave things to the last second. Channel your stress into a hobby. I trained for a Half-Marathon in New York that I ran a few weeks before my wedding, helped keep me calm! Day of your wedding take a moment for yourself during the reception, sit down with a piece of cake, watch your guests dancing and realize how amazing your day was!

KG: Did anything about your wedding day surprise you?

T&M: Our wedding was supposed to be outside. The weather report was looking a bit rough and on Thursday we decided to move it indoors. Day of the wedding it was cold and grey, in April, but moving the ceremony inside ended up being more beautiful than I could have imagined!

Thank you Tiffany and Miles for sharing you day with us and CONGRATULATIONS on your new life together!

Tiffany and Miles’ Real Arizona Wedding Team:

Wedding Coordinator: I Do I Do Wedding Specialists

Ceremony and Reception Site: The Phoenician Resort

Photographer: Eyes2See Photography

Bridal Gown Store: Gabriella New York

Bridesmaids Dresses: Jenny Yoo

Tuxedos: Mr Formal

Florist: Angelic Grove

Invitations: Celebrations In Paper

Cake: The Phoenician Resort

Band: Groove Merchants

Make-up Artist: Agnessa Spa, Jennifer Bugel

Hair Stylist: Colleen McDowell

Officiant: Heath Packard

Rehearsal Dinner Site: El Chorro

Happy Planning from your Arizona Wedding Blog!













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How Do You Tango?
categories: floral inspiration, from the consultants, reception ideas, Tips and Advice, Trends, Wedding Inspiration

Tangerine Tango…Pantone’s Color of the Year. Big deal, right? Oh, but it is! If you haven’t already, you will be seeing Tangerine Tango all over the place and that includes weddings.

So what are you going to do with this information? You are going to listen to the wedding coordinators who know best. I asked Arizona’s top wedding coordinators what they would pair this lively color with and here’s what they said:

Jennifer Thye of Imoni Events: I would probably pair it with a peach or something soft yet orangey like that. Since Tangerine is such a bold color, you don’t want too many bold colors competing for attention. Or I would get all Cuban on ya and do a bunch of bold colors paired with rusts and browns.

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Victoria Canada of Victoria Canada Weddings and Events: Pinks would look great….. Greens- go vibrant. For the daring- I would go with a bold black and white pattern with it- NO, not for the faint of heart but it’s like wearing an all black suit and then popping with some red shoes. Could be fab!


(Photo by: Austin Gros Photography)

(Photo from: Ashley’s Wedding

Amy Mancuso of Amy Mancuso Events: So many choices. Probably a Tiffany Blue with Gold accents, or a really Hot Pink!


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Margaret Van Damme of VanDamme Weddings: Love this color and love it with slate and turquoise!

(Photo by: (l) Elizabeth Messina, (r) f8 Photo Studios)

Monica McQueen of Tres Chic Events: My immediate thoughts are pale yellow and blush. Feels summery. OR turquoise for a fall feel.Would love it!

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(Photo by: Emily Snitzer Photography)

 Heather Crabtree of Outstanding Occasions would pair it with Pewter, like this:

(From Snippet and Ink via Modern Romance)

Of course I have my own favorite color combos for Tangerine- I love it with purple…yes, purple! Here’s how to do it without making it look Halloween-y.

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And for a less bold more elegant look, olive green is a great choice

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OK, now that you know what we like with Tangerine Tango, what would you pair it with?

Happy Planning from your Arizona Wedding Blog!


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Sedona Bridal Fair
categories: open houses, Sedona, Sedona Weddings, upcoming events

It seems like in addition to Engagement Season, it’s also Bridal Fair Season and if you haven’t already planned to attend a few, you need to get with the program!

I’m going to break this down in the simplest way- bridal fairs come in various forms from small and intimate to large and comprehensive. You can actually meet, chat with and hire vendors for your wedding all in one location. Will you find everyone you need for your wedding? Probably not but you will get to introduce yourself to several vendors you may not have intended to meet with and you will find that you like them. In other words, keep an open mind and talk to many vendors.

One bridal fair to check out is the upcoming Sedona Bridal Fair hosted by the Sedona Wedding Professionals Association

The fair offers professional wedding vendors all in one location including wedding planners, officiates, photographers, cake designers, caterers, wedding venues, musicians and disc jockeys, hair and make up artists, transportation companies, and much more. You can register here!

Bridal Fair Need to Know’s:

– Wear something comfortable (walking shoes, comfy pants) and be well- rested. This is fun but it’s also tiring.

– Bring a friend, mom, aunt, fiance, etc. for support but don’t be disappointed if you carry on long after they tire out. P.S. Chocolate on the spot or the promise of dinner out is a great motivator!

– Bring a tote bag to carry your goodies with straps long enough to put on your shoulder. Even better, bring a backpack. You will probably get a bag at the show but it will be cumbersome and possibly not sturdy enough.

– Keep an open mind and talk to as many vendors as you can; don’t hire at the show if you’re not ready, but feel free to hire a vendor at the show if you are (after carefully reading the contract of course)!

– Bring pre-printed address labels that include your name, email, phone #, email address and wedding date. You’ll look like a rookie if you show up without them!

Happy Planning from your Arizona Wedding Blog,


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Great Find: Black River Imaging
categories: photography

Sure I have wedding photos…they are crammed in a photo box that someone gave us as a wedding gift. It’s so sad. Today’s Great Find will help you avoid making the same mistake I made which was getting overwhelmed and doing nothing with my wedding photos. As soon as I got them, I proudly showed them to my family and friends then banished them to a life of darkness because I wasn’t sure what to do next.

You’re familiar with the typical options: storyboards, canvases, albums, and framed prints but when I came across the specialty metal prints from Black River Imaging, I was intrigued and knew I had to add metal prints to your list of options.

See, Black River Imaging actually fuses your image into the metal . The results are a single print large enough for wall mounting or even small enough to use as an ornament. They also come in many shapes so you are not limited to just square or round. Check these out:

As an engaged couple or newlywed, you will likely have many photos to work with so have a plan and follow through. You will be so happy that you actually did something with your photos!

Happy Planning from your Arizona Wedding Blog,


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