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Engagement: Ashley and Stephen at Disneyland
categories: Engagement

I can tell you from experience, Disneyland really IS the “happiest place on earth”- it’s fun for all ages and the iconic scenery is heartwarming. Ashley and Stephen, a couple that is altar bound in March 2013, agree and thought it would be the perfect place for their engagement pictures- they got engaged at the theme park last December so it was a natural choice!

They started with some playful shots…

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Favorite Things:

Ashley: Steve’s sweet and generous nature

Steve: Ashley’s bubbly personality


 Then they went for some style (I never knew Disneyland could look so grown up!)


3 words to describe Ashley and Steve’s relationship: love, laughter and happily ever after!

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R2 Studio rocked it and made Disneyland look elegant! (I have taken pictures of my children on these stairs and they are definitely not this chic!)


What a sweet way to end the day- the illuminated castle is so romantic!


(All images courtesy of: The R2 Studio)

Ashley and Steve, congratulations and thank you for sharing your engagement with us!

Happy Planning from your Arizona Wedding Blog!






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The Phoenix Bride&Groom Winter Spring 2013 issue has arrived!
categories: health and beauty, photography, Wedding Resources

During this time of the year, when gifts are being given, parties are being thrown and rings are being placed on fingers, we think about love. The love we hear about from newlyweds, the love we experience with our friends and  families and the love that is poured into each issue we produce. It really is all about the love…

Here is our latest labor of love just in time for engagement season!

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Pick up your copy at any of these locations or visit our website and get the digital version!

Location: Arizona Biltmore

Photographer: Hagerty Photography

Set Design and Coordination: Ashley Gain Weddings & Events

Floral Design: Your Event Florist

Jewelry and Accessories: Tiffany & Co.

Gown: Destiny’s Bride

Hairstyling: Will Zecco

Makeup Artist: Corinna Cooke

Model: Jessica of The Agency Arizona

Happy Planning from your Arizona Wedding Blog!


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Winter Spring 2013 Teaser: Dreamy White
categories: cakes and sweets, fabulous reception sites, floral inspiration, from the consultants, reception ideas, Wedding Inspiration

Choosing your color palette for your wedding is a big deal. It’s the starting point for all other decisions so if you love white, go with it! We have a beautiful feature coming up in our Winter Spring 2013 issue but for now, here’s a peek at the pretties to come!

Jennifer Thye, owner of Imoni Events and the stylist for this shoot, designed the table with a specific vision: white weddings are timeless, and there is so much you can do to enhance the look of a fancy affair when you use whites. White is universal and gorgeous. Megan and I found all the white metal and glass pieces at a local antique shop- they were the first items that inspired the overall look of the shoot. I am obsessed with white and antiques so they were a perfect fit.

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Table Tops, Etc. says: We wanted to play with subtle tones in creams, beiges, grays, and soft mixed metals to give an antique charm to the table and create a romantic, feminine atmosphere…We selected balsa wood flowers to bring an unexpected textural element to the floral arrangements.

Behind the scenes dish from Jennifer Thye: We used Melissa’s (from Table Tops, Etc.) family china. As we were setting the table we realized that the bowls didn’t look pretty without something inside of them- the gold details were so much prettier when they had some sort of white dessert- so at the last minute we had the pastry chef fill them with whipped cream topped with caramel, to match the table colors and give the whipped cream some texture. It really did make the bowls stand out.

Set Stylist and Coordinator: Imoni Events :: Photography: Cameron + Kelly Studio :: Floral: Table Tops, Etc. :: Paper Products: Page & Mason Invitations :: Linens: Wildflower Linens :: Rentals: Classic Party Rentals :: Location: Arizona Grand Resort

For the complete story and lots of pictures, pick up your copy of the new Winter Spring 2013 issue, coming out mid-December, at any of these locations.

Happy Planning from your Arizona Wedding Blog!


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Winter Spring 2013 Teaser: The Groom
categories: Grooms, health and beauty, photography, Wedding Inspiration

As far as I’m concerned, this is the ultimate teaser photo. You can only see there’s a really good looking guy dressed to the nines. You have no idea he flew in from Italy for the shoot. You have no idea makeup artist Corinna Cooke dubbed him “Humphrey” for the day. You have no idea that the tunes were so hot that the shoot happily lasted 2 hours longer than it was scheduled for. And you definitely have no idea that there’s an ultra-chic and sexy groom’s feature coming your way in our Winter Spring 2013 issue. Oops…

Photographer: Eyes2See Photography::Set Stylist: Shannon Campbell::Tuxedos: Schaffer’s::Makeup Artist: Corinna Cooke::Hair Stylist: Katie Hardison

All teasing aside, pick up a copy here  mid-December.

Happy Planning from your Arizona Wedding Blog!


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Favorite Things Giveaway!
categories: favor and gift ideas, Giveaways and Contests

We’re playing Santa this month and are having a ball! Our elves have gathered several of our favorite things that have come across our desks this year and are passing on the best of the best to you, our lovely readers!

#1 SoleMates– Do you know about these genius little heel helpers? You should since so many of Arizona’s weddings happen on golf courses and on various other tricky terrain.  Discreet and easy to use, the SoleMates High Heeler® attaches easily to most stiletto and kitten heels. By increasing the surface area on the base of the heel, it reduces the pressure on this area and prevents the heel from sinking into grass or falling into cracks!

SoleMates is giving away all three of these sets to 1 lucky winner: Holiday S.O.S., Shoemergency S.O.S., and Emergency S.O.S.

#2- Calendar Key Pendant: From Not Just Any Old Day, an online keepsake shop, comes the “Key to my Heart” calendar key pendant. It’s a sweet way to commemorate your wedding date and it makes a pretty bouquet charm as well!

Not Just Any Old Day is giving away 1 Calendar Key Pendant  and is offering all Phoenix Bride & Groom Magazine readers 20% off through January 31, 2013. Use coupon code bride20 upon checkout.

#3 JJ’s Brownies: The talented bakers at JJ’s Brownies are sweetening things up with a Brownie Wedding Tower for 75 people. These hand-cut heart- shaped brownies are not only delicious, they come prettily displayed; we think the Brownie Wedding Tower is perfect for your reception dessert table, wedding shower sweets, or even late night reception snacks!

The winner gets to choose from several flavors (Tutto Bene, My Cherry Amour, La Grande Dame, Raspberry Kiss, or Sweet Dreams) or work with JJ’s Brownies to create a custom flavor (free delivery within a 15 mile radius of Cactus/101 is included).

#4 Power Station Traveller: We know you love useful gifts as much as the next person so it’s a given that you will appreciate how organized this Power Station Traveller from will keep your gadgets!  The Power Station Traveller™ can charge up to 3 portable small electronic devices all at once while at home or on the road. Plug in your cell phone or other device, then attach the DC adapter to your car’s plug and your devices are being charged. The carry case allows you to conveniently tote your devices and accessories with ease. It can also be used with the AC/DC power adapter for use indoors.

One lucky winner will receive the Power Station Traveller and is also offering a site-wide 5% discount exclusive to our readers! Use code PHX-BRIDE at checkout (expires January 31, 2013).

#5 Drybar– Having someone else do your hair for your wedding day is ESSENTIAL. Heck, it’s great any ‘ol day! Drybar will ease your big day stress by offering 6, yes 6, blowouts! That means you and 5 of your besties (moms included) will get the most fabulous blowouts. Hello gorgeous…

The winner of this giveaway wins 6 “coaster” gift certificates and gets to choose her primping location, Scottsdale or Phoenix. LOVE it!

#6 V’s Barbershop– For your man who could also use a little primping, guy style of course, V’s Barbershop is THE place to go. It’s a traditional shop for the modern man, perfect for your big day.

The winner of this giveaway gets a gift certificate for “The  Works” package which includes a shampoo, hair cut, shave & shoeshine.

#7 Skin Care Round Up- You want to look your very best for your wedding photos so we are setting you up to have beautiful skin. Both brides and grooms get in on this giveaway that features 3 skin perfecting products from high-end skincare companies Indie Lee, Miracle Skin Transformer, and emerginC.


1 lucky couple will win Miracle Skin Transformer MEN SPF20, Miracle Skin Transformer Heal Everything Balm, and emerginC post-shave reinforce (for him) AND Miracle Skin Transformer SPF20 Face,  Miracle Skin Transformer Treat & Conceal, and Indie Lee Cleanser (for her). You’re going to get gorgeous!

Giving feels so good! Click here to enter by January 19, 2013!

Happy Planning from your Arizona Wedding Blog!








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Winter Spring 2013 Teaser: Sedona Feature
categories: bridal fashions, destination weddings and honeymoons, floral inspiration, Sedona, Wedding Inspiration

Today’s teaser is from our Sedona feature- there is so much more to this story than I can show you here but for now, revel in the breezes that provided some unexpected ambiance to this whimsical shoot!

 (Photography by: Katrina Wallace Photographers, Set Planning and Rentals: Dalish Events and Design, Floral and Birdcages: Events by Show Stoppers, Hair and Makeup artist: Patricia Vega, Stationery and Paper Products: Miss Pickles Press, Gown: Anthropologie)

Pick up your copy of the new Winter Spring 2013 issue, due out mid-December, at any of these locations.

Happy Planning from your Arizona Wedding Blog!


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