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What to Expect: Fall/Winter Weddings
categories: bridal fashions, cakes and sweets, floral inspiration, from the consultants, Meet Our Friends, reception ideas, Tips and Advice, Trends, trends in catering, Wedding Inspiration

We often hear about upcoming trends in weddings- colors, styles, attire, ceremony traditions, floral, etc.- and we know that it can get overwhelming. You turn to us for sound and concise advice and today is no different. We asked experts, hunted down our favorite ideas, and came up with some of our own ideas. It’s the best of the best, just for you!

Trend #1: Traditional Colors

From royal blue, to red, to dark green, deep jewel tones are making a huge comeback. Pair dark green with cream and gold for a sophisticated mood, blue with white for a crisp timeless look, and red with black for a dramatic look.

(Location: Royal Palms, Photo by: Sedona Bride Photographers, Floral by: The Garage by Ivy)

Tammy Carmona, an event, floral and food designer based in New York, shared her Fall Wedding thoughts with us:

I realize that after a spring and summer season of bright, happy colors with sharp, new-age, bold hues, the fall and winter will go back to the older, more traditional styles – of course with a new and improved version. I see my brides have been asking for softer, more feminine compliments to the traditional fall colors. The lush, soft flower arrangements will be back and the textures on the table cloth are changing, as well. Fall and winter will be filled with more three-dimensional fabrics, with added ribbons and popping flowers. Basically, picture “Princess in fairy dust” for this season.

(Aristocratic by Tammy)

(Invitation by: Page and Mason Invitations)

Trend #2: Sweet Styling and Lace

From gowns to table decor, lace is quickly gaining ground as a go to textural element (no, it’s no longer stuffy or old-fashioned!).

Kim McDowell of The Event Essentials says, “Stationery is leaning towards letterpress even more so along with laser cut to match all the beautiful lace that is in style.”

Surely you’ve noticed that sweet history-inspired dresses have bombarded dress shops…

Guillian Bon of Gigi Bridal Boutique recently went to Barcelona for the Pronovias 2013 collection and tells us, “Most of this year’s inspiration came from the 20s and 30s, where women were undeniably feminine and sexy. Lots of movement in the beautiful fabrics will make your wedding day feel light and happy. “

Rene Showalter of Celebrations in Paper agrees: While pocket invitations are still very popular we are seeing them used with letterpress printed pieces for a unique custom design. As far as colors,  we are seeing a lot of are blush, soft gold/champagne and ivory with elegantly displayed rhinestones or ribbon.

(Photo by: Melissa Jill Photography, Stationery by: Celebrations in Paper)

Trend #3: Inspired by The Past

From hair to accessories, the bride who wants to go stylishly retro will love a prohibition style look; brides who want a charming menu will gravitate towards comfort foods like individual pot pies and mini root beer floats.

(Root Beer Floats by: Fabulous Foods)

Krista Orozco of You’re the Guest Events echoes the trend: I had one bride recently that had a darling two inch high bride and groom on the corner of her beautiful wedding cake. This was very meaningful to her because it was her grandparents from their cake. Touches like this are becoming more common because not only are they personal they bring a connection to our past which is attractive to many brides as they get married and start the next chapter of their lives.

Trend #4: Baby’s Breath

That’s right, Baby’s Breath. But one bit of critical advice: go BIG with this flower and incorporate modern elements (like a clear glass vase with a sleek shape) otherwise it looks dated.

(Photo by Kelly Rashka for Justine Miller Photography, Floral by: YKnot Party Rentals)

Trend #5: Bold Colors and Patterns

Amy Wallace of Page and Mason Invitations says: Couples are leaning towards bold patterns and color in their invitations for the fall.  The invitation is the first hint your guest will receive of your wedding and really sets the tone for your upcoming nuptials.  Most of my couples want to add their own personal style throughout their whole wedding and starting off with a bold invitation states, “let’s have fun and come celebrate this day with us” 

(Photo by: Cristi Owen Photography, Stationery by: Page and Mason Invitations)

Erin Burkhard of Be In Love Designs agrees: The trend I see is that weddings are following fashion. (as usual) I am seeing more neon colors, and not just one, but a rainbow. It’s fun when a bride comes in and names off bright orange, lime green, sunny yellow and fuchsia with “just a touch of black”. Funky, fun, bright. Love it.

A few more trends to look for, as described by Arizona’s wedding experts:

Jennifer Thye of Imoni Events: I would say that a lot of brides are going back to the monochromatic white wedding with a pop of one color. So many Arizona venues look good with this style. And a really fun trend I am seeing lately is the push for ice cream to go with the bride’s cake. Whether is is a fun gelato cart, cold stone creamery or sub zero ice cream, it is always a fun treat. Especially since Fall can still tend to be a little on the warm side.

(Photo by: Andrew Jade Photo)

JB of Sedona Luxury Weddings & Events: The rage of Pinterest is taking over with my brides. They are having so much fun creating and I’m right there with them. Romance and ruffles along with earthy and natural elements seem to be the craze right now

Our Fall wedding trend chat with Tammy Carmona continues…

Are there any colors/trends that you’ve seen enough of ?

Orange – that tangerine color!!!!!!!!!!!!! Please!!! Just because it’s in style doesn’t mean it suits you! Orange is a very specific color that can compliment very few shades of skin! A lot of people are wearing it because it’s “in style”, but on some, it makes them look like they are suffering from hepatitis B! Again, just because it’s “in”, doesn’t mean you should run and buy it!  Another thing I’d like people to be “done” with are the light-boxes for décor.  It has all ready been done and that trend faded out a couple of years again yet, people still ask for it!

What are some of your best tips for making a wedding uniquely Fall?

When we think of fall, we think bold colors like orange, red and amber. Bringing in some other interesting fall shades, like dark greens, to all your bold shades will soften the camel color and create a very interesting, strong combination, only if done right. For example, you can take the leaf-style idea to the next level. Instead of just adding them to your center pieces, you can take a glass table top, place your leafs or a dark rose petal combination under the glass, with a simple dark table cloth as the back drop, and add fat candles in all sizes – and voila! Using a glass table top can be cheaper and will create a very dramatic, autumn affect!

Are you going to use all of these Fall trends in your wedding? Probably not, but we are happy to see that there are so many possibilities. We’re curious to know: which trend(s) do you plan to incorporate into your Arizona wedding?

Happy Planning from your Arizona Wedding Blog!












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Arizona Engagement: Sarah and Shawn
categories: Engagement, Uncategorized

I love fate. I see her (yes, her) sitting atop the world, spinning some sort of Wheel of Fortune type of wheel and heartily laughing at all of us as our journeys are revealed.  That’s why I especially love Sarah and Shawn’s story. You just never know who you are going to meet and when…they met at work, Sarah had suffered a difficult loss, Shawn asked her out and Sarah proceeded to ignore Shawn on their first date. Fate took over and about a year after the date that left much to be desired, Sarah called Shawn to go out. Luckily, he accepted! Sarah wisely asserts that  “timing is everything” and I couldn’t agree more.

Sarah and Shawn love shoes so this sassy and sexy pair of Iron Fist shoes was essential for their Engagement Session

The Proposal: Shawn proposed to me on July 6, 2011 at the chapel at Alcantara Winery in Verde Valley. We always stop there when we head up to Sedona for our summer getaway. I knew it was going to happen, I just didn’t know when. We used the center diamond from my mom’s wedding ring and had it re-set into a new band we picked out from ShaneCo. When he opened the box, I was more overwhelmed by how beautiful the ring turned out, then him actually popping the question! It was the first time I saw the ring, since we picked out the setting. We both were overcome with emotion and Shawn almost forgot to ask me to marry him!! Through the tears and shaking I said “Yes”. This wasn’t a “bended knee” proposal and I knew we needed a non-traditional wedding!

Since this cool couple is not your conventional pairing, it’s fitting that their wedding would reflect their unique personalities. Here’s how Sarah describes it:

The Wedding Details: We’re having our big day at The Annex at Bentley Projects in downtown Phoenix in October. We really liked the urban and art gallery feel of the venue. Riette has been wonderful to work with.

With our reception, we’re wanting more of a cocktail party feel with food stations from Atlasta catering, a dessert table, specialty cocktails and great music! We’re renting lounge couches and chairs to really get that feel.

I’m still very girly and I definitely wanted pink as my color, but I also wear black, so we decided on the pale pink, black and pewter. I even found a wedding dress with tiny pink flowers and black embroidery! My brother and sister are part of my wedding party, with Shawn’s twin sister and 2 boys, will be his wedding party. My father and step father will be walking me down the aisle. I told everyone to wear something black or grey, and the dresses or suits don’t need to match! I want everyone to be comfortable and have fun!

The Photographer(s): The R2 Studio. Sarah shares: I actually found R2 Studio on The Wedding Wire one night after work. I fell in love with them the minute I saw their work!! From their personalities to the photojournalistic way they shoot. We actually changed our date because they weren’t available!!! Besides their awesome work, we’ve made some great friends.

Sarah and Shawn, congratulations and thank you for sharing your engagement with us!

Happy Planning from your Arizona Wedding Blog!






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A Unique Arizona Wedding Venue
categories: fabulous reception sites, floral inspiration, Meet Our Friends, reception ideas, Wedding Inspiration

Who knew that a few weeks ago, when my brother asked me about event spaces in downtown Phoenix, I would end up with this blog post? He asked for something different and cool. Somewhere for a hip foodie party. I suggested The Icehouse, although I had never been there, because I heard it was a space that was unique to Phoenix. I had seen a picture or two but never an entire wedding there. So what did I do? I tweeted something about wanting to see an Icehouse wedding and event design firm Angelic Grove heeded the call!

So today you will learn about The Icehouse through the insanely talented eyes of Angelic Grove, an event design company based in Arizona. Lucky lucky us, it’s a 2-for-1 today!

(All images courtesy of Hollye Schumacher Photography unless otherwise noted)

Here is the Cathedral Room which is an open-air space with 45′ tall walls (yes, The Icehouse really used to be an ice manufacturing warehouse). I’m just a bit obsessed with the juxtaposition of the industrial surroundings and the very refined and sparkly chandelier:

The bride’s bouquet was a loosely gathered organic bouquet of Sage, lavender sprigs, Scabiosa lilies, ranunculas and roses wrapped with a burlap ribbon. Attached to the ribbon was the brides locket. Perfect for a modern vintage wedding.

(Image courtesy of: Mike Olbinksi Photography)

Aren’t these bouquets simply gorgeous? I have never seen anything from Angelic Grove that I didn’t like…honestly!

This image is sort of eerie and I like it

 (Image courtesy of: Mike Olbinski Photography)

 (Image courtesy of: Mike Olbinski Photography)

This is the aptly named White Column Room- you can have an event for up to 100 people in this room. I think it makes a cool cocktail hour space.

Angelic Grove used “redneck wine glasses” for these sweet and flowy arrangements. Love that! Just so you can get a sense of the depth of their commitment to making every event they design unique and amazing, I should tell you that most of the details you see here are custom made, like the lace runners and soda crate lighting features that were hung from the ceiling. Those lighting fixtures are pure genius!

This is the Silver Room which holds up to 300 people. The high ceiling, concrete floors and brick walls make it a modern and inviting blank slate for receptions

(Image courtesy of: Mike Olbinski Photography)

 (Image courtesy of: Mike Olbinski Photography)

 (Image courtesy of: Mike Olbinski Photography)

I asked Angela of Angelic Grove a few questions…

Can you tell me about your approach to the design? The couple saw an image on our Pinterest page (a barn wedding) that gave them inspiration. They told me they would like vintage and I added a twist to it with the crystal chandelier.

Did you hand-pick the furniture and rentals or was there someone else involved? I designed the reception decor, selected tables and chairs and made the lighting out of old coca cola crates and vintage looking bulbs. We have evolved through the years to be an event company, not just a floral company. We own a large amount of decor items (e.g.soft seating area around the dance floor).

Regarding the table with the family pictures, did you set that all up or were the materials from the bride? The bride made the picture frame to hang the pictures on the table I set everything up for her.

Lastly, did you hang the chandelier? No, I had Cre8tive Event Rentals hang the chandelier in the ceremony space but I designed it.  Candlelight and mood lighting was a very important part of this wedding.

Thank you to Angelic Grove for sharing this spectacular look into a modern vintage wedding at The Icehouse and to Hollye Schumacher Photography and Mike Olbinksi Photography for the images.

(For more info on events at The Icehouse, click here)

Happy Planning from your Arizona Wedding Blog!












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Arizona Engagement: Brooke and Jeremy
categories: Engagement

Photographer Terry McKaig found the bus, Brooke & Jeremy found Terry, and we found ourselves with a sweet and sexy engagement session! Why are you going to love it? For the sunny yellow pops of color, for the crazy way Brooke & Jeremy’s personal style worked perfectly with the locale (Brooke is a self-proclaimed “hippie at heart”) and for the inspiration you are sure to glean for your own engagement session.

Our advice: Look at these photos, practice in the mirror, love your engagement photos as much as we love these!

Jeremy owns a hair salon and they met after Brooke sought him out to “save” her hair after a bleaching disaster!


Sweet Words…

Brooke: I love Jeremy’s sense of adventure and kind heart
Jeremy: My favorite thing about Brooke is her quirky personality






The Proposal: A little back story, one of the first conversations Jeremy and I had was regarding the hot air balloon festival he had recently gone to with his family in New Mexico. That was the main topic of conversation when we went on our first date and was something we both decided that day needed to be done. So 6 months later in April Jeremy told me one of his pilot friends from San Diego was going to have a layover in PHX and that we were going to have breakfast with him and his wife. Jeremy woke me up at dawn to let me know “pete” was in town and we needed to go, me being a girl and meeting a friend’s wife, got all dolled up (thankfully) and we were on our way to the airport, myself still half asleep. At our arrival Jeremy presented me with two tickets to get on a hot air balloon ride, at that moment I knew in just a few hours I would be engaged. Once we were up in the air my very antsy, terrified of heights boyfriend was starting to feel the pressure that it was now or never. He took a deep breath, handed his camera to another cameraman to film this magical moment, and got down on one knee as he told me how he loved me and couldn’t live without me. Of course I said yes, and our lives will never be the same.

The Photographer: (Terry McKaig) My first encounter with Terry McKaig was through my little sister who got her senior pictures done with Terry. Her style and creativity struck me and I was entranced by her work. Her work is brilliant and with just a few pictures she will take you into a whole different world. She not only takes pictures of people but items that will give you a very vivid picture of the surroundings and we loved that about her. She’s always thinking outside the box.

Brooke and Jeremy, thank you for sharing your engagement session with us and congratulations!

All photos courtesy of Terry McKaig Photography

Happy Planning from your Arizona Wedding Blog!



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Real Arizona Wedding: Laura and Derek
categories: fabulous reception sites, floral inspiration, real weddings

Laura and Derek’s Arizona Biltmore wedding was a  beautiful celebration that included pink and metallic touches, sweet smiles, and lots of fun!



These shoes are just too cute!





Love these colors!

I like what Laura has to say about her favorite memory from the day: …it was the few moments right before I walked down the aisle because emotions were running high! My dad was crying when he saw me for the first time and I was crying as the minister prayed for our marriage before the ceremony began. Derek and I waited to see each other until the ceremony. As the whole bridal party lined up outside the hotel room (besides my dad and I), I got to sneak a peek at Derek through the window as he was waiting to start the processional. I’ll never forget how cute he looked and how excited I was to marry him! Derek says his favorite memory is watching me walk down the aisle








Laura and Derek met while working on a golf course so they incorporated a little bit of their history by making golf tee escort card holders and carrying that idea through to the cake table!



 The dance floor was HOT!

I had a few questions for Laura and she was happy to give me some scoop and good advice:

What is the smartest planning decision you made?

The smartest planning decision we made is a tie between picking the Biltmore as our wedding venue and hiring an affordable day of wedding planner! The Biltmore is such a beautiful, elegant, classic place that there is no way our wedding could not turn out beautifully! The staff there provided great service and the food was amazing! And our wedding planner was so valuable because she was amazing at keeping our day on schedule and keeping me relaxed!  She organized all the vendors, made a wedding day timeline, assisted with setup and she arranged all the DIY stuff I had made (petal cones, old pictures of family weddings, table numbers, place cards) so that I could enjoy my day.  I didn’t have to worry at all about how things were going to be arranged because I knew she had it all handled! Hiring a day of planner is well worth the money!

Can you tell me about the honeymoon?

We went to Montego Bay, Jamaica for our honeymoon and stayed at Sandals Montego Bay.  We picked this resort because we LOVE the beach.  We also loved the fact that it was all-inclusive resort and that we would be able to show up and start enjoying and not have to do anymore planning after all the wedding planning!

What’s your advice to couples planning their weddings?

Some advice I have for future brides is to pick a planning timeline from a magazine and follow it! It helped my mom and I so much to keep on track with wedding planning.  I would also suggest reading many, many wedding blogs for inspiration! As I was planning I would copy pictures of other weddings that inspired me and kept them all in a document.  Then when I went to meetings with florists and other vendors I had a large amount of examples of things I liked and wanted for my own wedding.  Also by keeping a document of pictures helped me to naturally fall into my wedding color scheme, I was just attracted to beautiful pink flowers! My advice for handling wedding day stress is to let everyone else handle all the tasks that day and do something fun that morning! I laid by the pool with my bridesmaids that morning and had a nice relaxing breakfast. I was able to soak up the excitement of the day as I got ready in the afternoon with my mom and bridesmaids because I knew that I had delegated everything to the staff of the Biltmore and the wedding planner.

What’s the best thing about being married?

The best thing about being married is honestly having the wedding planning be over and being able to get back to normal life!  We are able to save for things besides the wedding and we have had so much fun traveling, getting together with friends and having more regular date nights! Also calling each other husband and wife is super fun. And being able to plan for a family in the future is beyond exciting!

Congratulations Laura and Derek and thank you for sharing your day with us!

Laura and Derek’s Real Arizona Wedding Team:

Day Of Wedding Coordinator: Pretty Paisley Events

Ceremony and Reception Site: Arizona Biltmore

Photographer: Amanda Marie Photography

Bridal Gown Store: Lillian Lottie, Casablanca

Bridesmaids Dresses: Lillian Lottie, Dessy

Suits: Nick’s Menswear

Florist: Flora Bella

Invitations: Blush Paperie

Cake: Classic Cakes and Confections

DJ: Got You Covered

Make-up Artist: Pooja Mehta

Hair Stylist: Stella Campoy-Schutt

Officiant: Dr. Jerry Law

Rehearsal Dinner Site: Aunt Chilada’s

Happy Planning from your Arizona Wedding Blog!


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Stuck on the Proposal?
categories: Engagement, fabulous reception sites, Wedding Resources

Ladies, if you are in “wedding research mode” but do not have the ring on your finger yet, you need to grab your guy and show him this! Four Seasons Scottsdale at Troon North just launched their Love Struck Proposal Program and it sounds amazing!

Here are the details:

Take the pressure out of the proposal and plan a head-over-heels engagement with Four Seasons Resort Scottsdale at Troon North and the new “LoveStruck” proposal planning service. “With more proposals being video taped and posted online, the pressure is on to do something different and unique,” says Engagement Agent Alexandra Van Leer. “However, with the hectic pace of day-to-day life, there often is little time left for planning an elaborate surprise.” Adds Van Leer, “Who wouldn’t want to consult an expert to ensure this most important moment is flawless, creative and fun?”

Every proposal Van Leer crafts will be a study in personalization, from the initial inquiry to the big day itself. After learning more about the couple and the idea for the engagement, Van Leer will work within an established framework of themes – including “Adventure,” “Pamper,” “Romantic,” “Culinary” and “Night In” – to build the perfect proposal.

Van Leer, a conference services manager at the AAA Five Diamond Four Seasons Resort Scottsdale, is a planner extraordinaire in her everyday life. Her office boasts a bulletin board, pasted with designs, colors and other bits of daily inspiration. Her delight is in making the ordinary amazing, and she looks forward to doing just that with those lucky in love and looking to formalize the commitment.

For the ultimate proposal, couples can spend the night in the Resort’s new Hideaway romance building. All guests staying in the Hideaway receive a specialty welcome “Love Potion” cocktail to share upon arrival, upgraded amenities to better enjoy the deep-soaking bathtub, and a variety of romantic in-room appointments. Guests also can linger longer with a guaranteed late 1 p.m. check out.

Here are a few of the romantic touches used at The Hideaway:

For information on the LoveStruck proposal planning service, please email Alexandra Van Leer at or call (480) 513-5229. Proposal planning services begin at $500 per package.

Happy Planning (and Proposing) from Your Arizona Wedding Blog!



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