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31
Oct
Real Arizona Wedding: Megan and Ryan’s Desert Inspired Wedding
categories: cakes and sweets, destination weddings and honeymoons, fabulous reception sites, floral inspiration, real weddings, Wedding Inspiration

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Reception Site: Pointe Hilton Squaw Peak Resort

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Photographer: Pinkerton Photography :: Ceremony Site: Church of the Valley :: Cake: Honey Moon Sweets :: DJ: AZ Celebrity DJ :: Invitations: Wedding Paper Divas :: Rentals and Linens: Terrace Event Rentals :: Makeup Artist: Kensington Makeup :: Suits: Men’s Wearhouse:: Lighting: Karma Event Lighting :: Rehearsal Dinner: Aunt ChiladasBlogthinline

We always say we love a real wedding that has a good story and this one may trump all the others for one simple reason: Ryan submitted his (and Megan’s) wedding to us as a surprise to Megan. So…SURPRISE Megan! Lovebirds, enjoy your Real Wedding feature…

Ryan and Megan’s wedding is full of Arizona inspired details and lots of true love; their inspiration came from Arizona’s spectacular sunsets so the vibrant color palette of purple, orange and copper feels very natural (and Ryan admits he’s a lifelong Suns fan so the colors were easily approved by him!).

Ryan explains: We took great pride in centering our wedding’s aesthetic around iconic Arizonan themes and items. We thought it would be a perfect idea to both remind my native family of what they love about Arizona and to showcase the area to Megan’s family and guests, who were mostly from out of town. Our reception location at the Pointe Hilton Squaw Peak Resort was nestled among the Phoenix Mountains and featured hacienda-style architecture. We really strove to create an event that was inviting, bright and indicative of what this city and state has meant to us and what makes it great.

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3 Words to Describe Your Wedding Day: Personal, Joyful, Timeless

Favorite Moment (if you don’t already, you’re going to adore Ryan after reading this!): My favorite memory from the day was taking photos on the balcony at the Pointe, overlooking the city. It was the first time that Megan and I were stationary for a moment to catch our breath and take it in. But with her standing in front of me and the scenery around, I lost my breath again anyways.

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The couple’s reception decor was well-thought out and purposeful; their signature drink, the “Centennial” not only matched the decor (which is one of our favorite ways to add pops of color to a reception) but it was also a nod to the state’s 100th birthday; the bar signage was posted on an Arizona-shaped cheese board; {they} found authentic Mexican tiles to use as table numbers; succulents and grafted cacti were used frequently adding familiarity and color to the tablescapes.

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Megan’s mom found the spiders and surprised Megan with them on the tables- they happen to be the right colors for the wedding but also, Megan graduated from the University of Richmond, whose mascot is the spiders!

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Custom cake stands are a cool (and often overlooked) way to showcase your wedding style and Ryan and Megan used their stand as another opportunity to tie in the color scheme as well as their love of Arizona: We filled our acrylic cake box with oranges (an homage to one of the state’s 5 C’s), large succulents and dahlias.

Honestly, this is one of my favorite cake stands, cakes, and cake toppers ever!

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See even more pictures from Ryan and Megan’s Arizona wedding here!

Congratulations Ryan and Megan and thank you for sharing your day with us!

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31
Oct
Real Arizona Wedding: Megan and Ryan’s Desert Inspired Wedding Photo Gallery
categories: fabulous reception sites, floral inspiration, real weddings, Wedding Inspiration

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Reception Site: Pointe Hilton Squaw Peak Resort :: Cake: Honey Moon Sweets

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Photographer: Pinkerton Photography :: Ceremony Site: Church of the Valley :: DJ: AZ Celebrity DJ :: Invitations: Wedding Paper Divas :: Rentals and Linens: Terrace Event Rentals :: Makeup Artist: Kensington Makeup Artists :: Suits: Men’s Wearhouse:: Lighting: Karma Event Lighting :: Rehearsal Dinner: Aunt ChiladasBlogthinline

 

 

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28
Oct
Trends in Wedding Cinematography
categories: Meet Our Friends, reception ideas, Trends, videography

Capturing your wedding or love story not only with pictures but with movement and sound is something you don’t want to miss out on and Elite Circle cinematographer Serendipity Cinematography is among the best you will ever find. They continue to innovate in the competitive field of cinematography and really go above and beyond for their clients.

Two trends that are really catching on with Arizona weddings are the Love Story and the Same Day Edit. The Love Story is where Serendipity interviews the couple before their wedding and edits together the stories of how they met, fell in love, and got engaged. This is a great film for couples to show at their wedding reception to give their guests the back story as to how they met and what led them down the aisle.

Here’s a sample of a Love Story from Serendipity Cinematography- Kaylee and David have some GREAT stories to tell!

Kaylee + David from Serendipity Cinematography on Vimeo.

The second trend is the Same Day Edit- a truly amazing option for couples. Taryn of Serendipity Cinematography explains: The Same Day Edit is where we shoot and edit a highlight film to be aired AT the event!! This is for the couple who wants the total WOW factor at their reception. It replaces the lame Photo Montage and is a source of entertainment at your event. A lot of people haven’t seen this done before so guests really enjoy it.

Alicia + Jeremy from Serendipity Cinematography on Vimeo.

If you weren’t sure about making room in your wedding budget for videography/cinematography, surely you know now that you MUST make it a priority!

Find Serendipity Cinematography on the web and follow them on Facebook!

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24
Oct
Real Arizona Wedding: Gina and Greg’s Romantic Garden Wedding
categories: cakes and sweets, floral inspiration, real weddings, Wedding Inspiration

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Wedding Planner: Sterling Weddings and Events :: DJ: Ray the DJ

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Photographer: Epoxy Studios :: Ceremony & Reception Site: The Farm at South Mountain :: Floral: Boka Event Florals :: Catering: Santa Barbara Catering :: Cake: Nothing Bundt Cakes :: Rentals: Modern RevivalBlogthinline

You wouldn’t know it from these pictures but Gina and Greg don’t love formal pictures: Formal pictures aren’t our ball of whacks. We’re complete goofballs when the cameras aren’t on us but we love that we took the time to have these pictures taken with each other and we’ll cherish them forever. Being able to show our love through photos captured our romance in a different light.

They are such a sweet and down to earth couple and we’re quite taken with their romantic garden wedding:

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An extra-special detail was in the bridesmaid dresses that were ordered from Etsy and custom made from recycled fabrics. The palette of pinks, peach, burgundy, ivory, mauve, and purples complemented the grey groomsmen’s suits.

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Sentimental Touches: We chose to specifically honor our mothers with a rose ceremony, an embrace with Greg’s mother, and the iconic placement of a rose on a chair for my [Gina’s] deceased mother. We also wanted to remember our family members that were no longer with us with a remembrance table and a Hawaiian prayer for Greg’s aunt that passed earlier in the year. The love and excitement from our family on that day was indescribable.

Also, Gina’s childhood “Big Sister” from the Big Brother/Big Sister Program as well as her “little sister” whom she is currently mentoring, attended the wedding.

Favorite Memory: Our most favorite part was seeing our families and friends coming together- to an outside person, you wouldn’t have known it but most of them had just met. To us, this really shows all the genuine people we have in our lives…and the food was great too!

Gina and Greg credit their talented vendors and the scenery for making the ceremony gorgeous beyond their dreams; lush floral arrangements made the space feel like guests were encircled by a private garden adding to the intimacy of the ceremony while still allowing guests to take in the breathtaking landscape.

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The couple, who took the idea of wedding DIY by storm, made their own save the dates, invitations, programs and favors (small coffee bags wrapped with brown paper and twine with a stamp that said “the perfect blend”); even though they underestimated the time it would take to make everything, Gina says we were so glad that we took the time to put our hearts into creating [them] together.

The cocktail hour and reception were decorated with the most romantic details- lace, velvet, and burlap paired beautifully with various glass jars and milk glass, creating a vintage vibe. The entire scene was pulled together by the sweet floral arrangements that included a variety of roses and peach and orange ranunculus.

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As the sun set, twinkle lights surrounding the reception site enhanced the ambiance of the evening; the country- Italian style dinner was topped off with a sweets table complete with adorable bundt cakes; more twinkle lights strung from a tree served as a photo backdrop where guests enjoyed plenty of custom props, signs and laughs.

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We don’t sweat the small stuff in our relationship and we communicate in an open, honest, and direct way.

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Gina and Greg, thank you for sharing your day with us and congratulations!

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21
Oct
Engagement: Jenny and Chris
categories: Engagement

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Photographer: Eyes 2 See Photography

Location: Desert Botanical GardensBlogthinline

Jenny and Chris headed to the iconic Desert Botanical Gardens for their engagement session with Eyes 2 See Photography but first, they met up for some grub at a hip pizzeria (because who wants to frolic in front of the camera on an empty stomach?).

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Favorite things:

Jenny: He makes me smile & laugh.

Chris: Everything, I can’t name just one thing.

You’ll notice that Chris really does make Jenny smile and laugh a lot; this engagement session is fun and casual, giving the couple plenty of opportunities to enjoy each other!

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The Proposal: We got engaged in Paris this past February. I was in Paris for work and he flew in to join me, so we could take a little European Vacation after I was done with work out there. The first night he was in Paris he got down on one knee with the ring box open and asked and I said YES!!!!! To celebrate we went to the top of the Eiffel Tower and drank champagne.

3 words to describe your relationship: Caring, Fun & Awesome

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Only in Arizona do you get dramatic skies paired with equally dramatic desert landscape…

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Jenny and Chris, thank you for sharing your engagement session with us and congratulations!

Tips for planning your engagement session:

– Think about locations that mean something to you or that you feel comfortable in. If you cook together, take a cooking class and bring your photographer (get permission from the instructor first!). If you met while working together, consider doing a quirky session at your place of employment.

– Bring a few outfits. One casual outfit and one dressy outfit is a solid plan but if you want to go all out, go for it! This could be pj’s, a ball gown, or a costume. Your engagement session is your opportunity to play! Oh, and a pair of hot shoes always spices things up- check out Jenny’s shoes near the top of the blog!

– Plan the timing with your photographer. If you REALLY want sunset pictures, start later in the day but schedule enough time for daylight images too.

– Schedule your session during the week. Many photographers are booked during the weekend and if you do the session during the day in a public place, you’ll have more privacy (if that’s what you want).

– Trust the person with the camera. If you chose your photographer based on work they’ve done (and who doesn’t?), then trust that they are doing their very best for you too. Suggesting a few ideas during the session is definitely OK but let your photographer’s creativity flow. You’ll be happy, trust us!

– Relax. If you’re nervous in front of the camera, it will show. Not only is this is your opportunity to get to know your photographer, it’s also your chance to get comfortable with your honey in front of the camera. If you’re worried that your nerves might get the best of you, be open to meeting your photographer for a cocktail or glass of wine first. Or go out for ice cream- that always helps!

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18
Oct
Arizona Wedding Vendor Spotlight: Got You Covered! DJ & Entertainment
categories: entertainment, Meet Our Friends

There are many reasons you may choose to hire a DJ rather than a live band for your reception: maybe you want a “production” type of experience (lighting, props, etc.) or a large variety of music choices. Perhaps you have limited space at your venue or maybe your budget is dictating the decision (the cost for a DJ is typically less than a live band). Whatever the reason, you want to find a good one. Not a cheesy DJ that is going to miss the mark, leaving you with an empty dance floor, but a DJ who listens to you about the vision you have for your reception and plays music YOU like.

Elite Circle vendor Got You Covered! is a premiere music, entertainment and event production company that has been serving Arizona since 2003 so you can be confident in the experience they provide. Plus, they know how to get your guests groovin’!

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Here’s our Q&A with Got You Covered! owner and DJ Eric Cheroske:

What do you enjoy most about working with couples who are planning their weddings?

It is so much fun helping couples create a fun experience for their guests and themselves. Most of the time they have no idea how many fun twists and personalized touches we can create when we brainstorm together.

What do you want every couple to know BEFORE they meet with you?

They should open up their dream space because there are no limits as to what we can help them create.

What is your advice to couples and their guests to ensure a good time at a wedding reception?

Remember we are “Got You Covered!” Relax and enjoy the good times. We know just what to do at just the right time. It’s an honor to be at your wedding and we want it to be the best experience possible!

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It looks like you provide much more than just DJ’s- tell me about the “extras”.

We are excited to offer much more than our award winning DJ’s. We also have variety bands, string trios and quartets, mariachis, other musicians, custom uplighting and monograms, and our brand new photo booths.

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If you were given free reign, what music would you choose for a wedding?

We are often given “free reign” on music choices. The most important thing is choosing songs that are the right fit for the couple and their guests. I have had packed dance floors to a wide variety of music: classic rock, folk, Irish music, punk rock and more. Of course it’s great to mix in what we call the “All Time Favorites”. The biggest hits from the 50’s, 60’s, 70’s 80’s, 90’s and today’s hits.

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Meet with Eric at the My Goodness Wedding Cafe (21043 N Cave Creek Rd) and follow Got You Covered! on Facebook

Eric’s First Dance Recommendations:

I Won’t Give Up-Jason Mraz

God Gave Me You-Blake Shelton

Wanted-Hunter Hayes

Cowboys & Angles-Dustin Lynch

A Thousand Years-Christina Perri

You And Me-Dave Matthews Band

First Day Of My Life-Bright Eyes

Love Is A Verb-John Mayer

 

Eric’s Last Dance Recommendations:

Glad You Came-Wanted

We Are Young-Fun

I Won’t Give Up-Jason Mraz

I Don’t Want This Night To End-Luke Bryan

Never Forget-Take That

Bye, Bye, Bye-‘N Sync

Don’t Stop Believin’-Journey (although not a new one, it’s still a great sing- along song to end a great party with!)

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