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29
Jul
Real Arizona Wedding: Julie and Nicholas
categories: floral inspiration, real weddings, Wedding Inspiration

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Floral: Butterfly Petals :: Hotel Accommodations: Arizona Biltmore

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Photography: Lasting Images Photography :: Ceremony & Reception Site, Cake: Royal Palms Resort and Spa :: Wedding Coordinator: Imoni Events :: Linens: Southwick Linens :: Gown: Lillian Lottie Couture
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Julie and Nicholas’ wedding day was “definitely the best day of our lives! We were surrounded by our closest friends and family. We couldn’t have asked for a more beautiful, fun, and memorable day!” 

Inspired by the color of the bridesmaid dresses, this elegant wedding  incorporated Fall desert tones; we really love the guys bow ties and the stylish floral arrangements throughout, not to mention a bride that radiates happiness!

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Amanda Johnson, owner of Butterfly Petals, tells us about the bouquets and boutonnieres: Julie envisioned classic white bouquets with just a pop of orange to compliment her colors and bridesmaid dresses. Her very full bridal bouquet included hydrangea, dahlias, calla lilies and ranunculus. The bridesmaids carried slightly simplified versions with pops of orange ranunculus. The guys wore clean flame calla lily boutonnieres.

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Butterfly Petals:{The bride} wanted a fall winery theme to compliment the season and the rich colors at Royal Palms. Julie pulled in some of the wine details through her place cards and table numbers and we brought those details in with rich colors and textural floral like deep purple artichokes. Julie’s tastes were very classic but she wasn’t opposed to bringing in cool textural elements, especially in the centerpieces. We included succulents as well as calla lilies, and rich dahlias.

Classic with a twist- love it! The short but fun program says it all…

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Warm golds, reds and ivories made the reception an inviting place to spend an evening of fun and celebration

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About the flowers and decor: The flowers were absolutely gorgeous and everything I had ever imagined. From the bridal bouquets to the aisle design to the center pieces, Butterfly Petals took our vision and made it a gorgeous reality… Imoni Events organized everything perfectly!

I love the menu napkin wraps- they’re in an easy to read font and ensure that every guest will see what they are about to dine on!

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Favorite Moment: When dinner was over and the band started playing, everyone got up and danced. Every body was smiling and having a great time!

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Sweetness: The best part of the wedding was that all of our guests seemed to have a great time. Our guests were able to float between the dance floor to the patios to enjoy cigars, the open-air photo booth, and of course, the bar!

We will never forget that day and how amazing it was. It was so special because we enjoyed every single moment of being with each other and our favorite people!

Congratulations Julie and Nicholas and thank you for sharing your Real Arizona Wedding with us!

Phoenix Bride & Groom, your Phoenix wedding magazine

 

 

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24
Jul
Wedding Trend: The Reception Suit
categories: fabulous reception sites, Grooms, Trends, Wedding Inspiration

After seeing Shannen and Zachary’s gorgeous wedding at The Phoenician in our Summer Fall 2014 issue, I decided that Zachary is either a James Bond actor or has more style than most grooms do in their pinkie finger! What I uncovered is a new wedding trend that I’m sure is going to be huge for 2014/2015 weddings: the reception suit.

It all started with this image of Zachary- the socks, the tux, the bow tie, everything about this groom is debonair.

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And how gorgeous is this nighttime wedding ceremony? The candlelight is spectacular and uber- romantic.

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But then wait! Zachary changed into a white tuxedo coat for the reception- brilliant! Just like brides like to change things up and wear a 2nd dress, otherwise known as the reception dress, so do grooms apparently. I love this idea and I fully expect our Phoenix grooms to run with this.

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We’re positive that we’ll be seeing more grooms changing their reception attire- whether it be a coat change up like Zachary’s or a complete overhaul. It allows the groom to express his personal style which we’re in favor of.

Cheers to this wedding trend!

Phoenix Bride & Groom, your Phoenix wedding magazine

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20
Jul
8 Things We Love About Our Summer Fall 2014 Issue!
categories: bridal fashions, destination weddings and honeymoons, fabulous reception sites, favor and gift ideas, floral inspiration, for your ceremony, Giveaways and Contests, Grooms, photography, real weddings, reception ideas, Wedding Inspiration

As you browse, ok fine, let’s be honest: as you obsess over our Summer Fall 2014 issue, you’ll notice a few things that we’ve recently adopted that are sticking around (see our thoughts on the Phoenix Bride & Groom Winter Spring 2014 issue and you’ll know what we’re talking about) and a few new features that we’re completely loving. Here’s the breakdown of our standouts this time around:

1. New “Wedding Photography” features: Simply put, there’s a category, a great quote and some fantastic images. It’s perfectly simple and we’re sure you’re going to love it! The “Capturing that First Look” pages stole my heart!

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2. Our new website, explained: The back inside cover of our Summer Fall 2014 issue is dedicated to our new website. It takes a lot to revamp a site such as ours- there’s an incredible amount of “moving parts” that have to be considered (and sometimes worked around) but the result is something we’re proud of and we want you to enjoy it. You’ll find our monthly giveaways front and center, a bright and fresh color scheme, easier than ever site navigation, and a few new features like the “We’re Blushing” section with testimonials from real people who love what we do, our efficient planning resource guide, and new wedding planning “departments” that make finding the info you need to plan your wedding even easier. We remained true to our desire to have a website that wasn’t too cluttered and we hope you dive right in and stay awhile!

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3. 13 Just Married! Real Weddings: We always feature real weddings of couples who wed in Arizona and the format isn’t new, but you know what we’re especially proud of this time? The variety of weddings we chose to share with you. We handpicked weddings that will inspire you to personalize your own wedding, explore ideas and themes you may never have considered, and recognize love in it’s most beautiful and unique form. You’ll find weddings that are modern, classic, quirky, and everything in-between. What can we say, we love the love!

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4. The Giveaway: The title of our giveaway is enough to pull you in and once you see what you could win, there’s just simply no reason NOT to enter. Hyatt Regency Scottsdale Resort & Spa at Gainey Ranch has big plans to bring on the romance. Enter here for your chance to win!  

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5. An invitation suite gets the royal treatment (and 2 full pages in our magazine!): Inspired by her love of gold crowns and jewels, the bride (who is a former Miss Arizona USA), meticulously planned her stationery suite with stationer Kim McDowell, owner of The Event Essentials. These 2 pages will make you re-think what wedding invitation suites can be!

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7. The honeymoon feature: Perhaps it’s because it’s summer and we’ve got travel on the brain but our honeymoon feature highlighting trips to both Puerto Rico and Napa Valley rocks. It’s part history, part temptation and entirely romantic!

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8. Reception decor ideas: This article, which spans over 6 pages, gives solid advice to make your wedding even better than you envisioned it. No, you won’t find fantastical ideas that sound good in theory but are flops in reality. What you will find is an experienced guide that helps you consider your guests, their comfort, and you as a couple throughout your entire wedding day. It’s just one of those articles that sets us apart from other magazines and it makes us proud.

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So there you have it! 8 reasons we’re crushing on Phoenix Bride & Groom Summer Fall 2014. Oops! One more- did you see  this cover? Are you serious with this? So gorgeous…

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15
Jul
Wedding Trends: Fall & Winter 2014 Makeup Trends
categories: health and beauty, Meet Our Friends, Tips and Advice, Trends

It’s never too early to think about your wedding day beauty plan. In fact, if you’re getting married this Fall or Winter, hopefully you’ve started a good skin care regimen so you’re not using unfamiliar and potentially irritating products or treatments right before your wedding day.  The fun part comes in when you think about the specifics of bringing on the pretty- eye shadow, lip color, etc.

Makeup trends for real people (i.e., not supermodels or rockstars) ebb and flow rather than make huge dramatic shifts but it is possible to date yourself and sadly, be disappointed with your photos, if you’re wearing the wrong makeup. Today we’re chatting with the gals who know how to make their clients feel beautiful- Elite Circle makeup and beauty experts Corinna Cooke and Babydoll Weddings owner Sabrina Miller- for the lowdown on Fall and Winter makeup trends.

What are the makeup trends for Fall and Winter 2014 weddings?

Corinna Cooke:

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-Metallic eye shadows are huge for Fall 2014. Stay away from silvers and greys – they can make the skin look cold and can enhance any under eye discoloration you may be wanting to disguise! Opt instead for universally flattering shades of bronze and soft champagne golds.

-Eyes are well defined for fall, and this season they are featuring lots of lashes.

-Skin is glowing for fall winter 2014, so get facials and keep your complexion both exfoliated and hydrated, and use a silicone based foundation such as Makeup Forever HD Foundation or Face Atelier Ultra Foundation to keep the skin looking alive and vibrant.

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-Lip colors for fall 2014 to compliment your smokey bronze eye shadow include soft roses and bold corals, through bolder reds. Look at MAC shades Ruby Woo and Lady Danger for your bold tones or shades such as Hue or Myth for paler tones.

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-Adventurous, more dramatic eyeliner with super soft checks and lips. The trend of having one dramatic makeup aspect was seen all over the recent London Autumn/Winter fashion shows. We love to use Makeup For Ever’s water proof liquid eyeliner for our brides. We apply it with a thin angled brush for precision.

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-Pops of color. Keeping with the more dramatic, we expect to see many brides venture out of their comfort zone with pops of color. A pop of color does not always have to mean bright, a dark deep plum lip is just as eye catching, like OCC’s(Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics) Black Dahlia lip tar. We at Babydoll Weddings love to see winter brides with deep pink lips – it just makes the bride stand out so well and compliments her amazing white dress; try NYX Hot Pink Rose.

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What about wedding day do’s and don’ts? 

Corinna Cooke:

Make up do’s for your wedding day: make sure your skin is super hydrated before you put makeup on. Drink tons of water in the days leading up to your wedding, and that morning apply moisturizer liberally, giving it at least 30 minutes to soak in before you put on primer and foundation.

Makeup dont’s: Don’t use a lipstick shade that is paler than your own lip color – it will look chalky and unflattering to both your lips and your skin tone. 

Also don’t use Bronzer as a contour product. Bronzer is designed to make your face look like it has been in the sun, and as such is reflective. It will also make your skin look muddy. Contour products are made up of black and grey and are designed to absorb light. Try Makeup Forever Sculpting Kit for a perfect contour.

Brides, you’re gonna be gorgeous on your wedding day and even more so thanks to Corinna and Sabrina- thank you ladies!

Follow Corinna on Twitter, Facebook and her blog; check out her blog post and video about bronzing- it’s a must see! http://corinnabsworld.blogspot.com/2011/05/bronzer-101.html

Follow Babydoll Weddings on Twitter, Facebook, and their blog and check out their website; read more about them in our vendor spotlight here: http://blog.phoenixbrideandgroom.com/arizona-wedding-vendor_babydoll-weddings-hair-and-makeup

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11
Jul
Planning Your Arizona Wedding: Why Local Publications are Your Best Source
categories: Tips and Advice, Wedding Resources

Every so often, we come across information from local wedding vendors that is so important to your wedding planning that we share their perspective with you here on our blog, even if that info has the potential to be controversial. Today, we are sharing our own information with the intent of educating our fans (and maybe even those who aren’t our fans…yet).

We start with the question: Why are local wedding magazines better than national magazines for engaged couples planning their weddings?

We see the national magazines- and yes, they contain beautiful weddings- but we strongly believe in what we are doing for couples right here in Arizona. We know you see the big name magazines and consider them a source for planning your wedding but we know better. We have the “home field advantage” and here’s why this matters to you:

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(L-R: Location: Sanctuary on Camelback Mountain Resort and Spa, Photo: Erica Velasco Photographers; Location: Arizona Biltmore, Photo: Emily Snitzer Photography)

1. Local magazines highlight the subtle differences of a locale that national magazines simply cannot focus on. For example, we explore and share the differences between the wide open desert landscape of the Troon North/ Four Seasons desert and the urban downtown vibe of central Phoenix. When you look at our pages, you can tell that we actually know there’s a significant difference between a more modern and scenic venue such as The Sanctuary on Camelback Mountain Resort & Spa and the historic beauty of  Arizona Biltmore. This means that when you’re planning your wedding, our pages inspire you to explore the different location possibilities the Valley has to offer with confidence.

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2. Most of our advertisers are local businesses so when you use our Elite Circle vendor list to select your wedding professionals, you’re hiring people that we would use for our own weddings. Why is this important? When you hire local professionals, you are choosing to work with people who have critical knowledge of weddings in Arizona. Our florists know which flowers actually stand up to our  harsh weather as opposed to a florist from another state that references a generic “what’s in season” list. Bakers know what temp is just out of reach for a buttercream cake at an outdoor wedding and where the sun will be 2, 3 and 4 hours after they deliver your cake. Photographers know how to capture images that utilize (or when necessary, avoid) the Arizona sun, which is extremely unique and challenging for photographers. Coordinators who know the area are critical to your wedding day success and enjoyment- they plan for Arizona’s extreme weather (has a New York based planner heard of a haboob? Probably not.), guest comfort and safety, transportation challenges, food and beverage limitations, and your comfort as well.

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3. We create styled shoots that are realistic for the Arizona wedding market. National magazines may use rental products that are only available on theEast Coast and flowers that would wilt in 3 seconds in AZ. We inspire you by showing what is actually able to be created IN Arizona and by showing you more than you thought was possible. We use local vendors to create these shoots so you can hire the people whose creativity and talent is featured. We don’t work with vendors who are not professional and genuine so any styled shoot we publish is a team of vendors that you would potentially want to hire. By knowing our surroundings and what is available to brides and grooms planning their weddings, we are able to innovate in ways that national magazines don’t think is possible and absolutely do not make a priority.

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4. The smartest thing to do when planning your wedding is hire the right team of vendors. How do you know who the right vendors are though? Would you trust a national magazine to refer your local wedding vendors? Has the magazine staff ever worked on a shoot with them? Would they know them on the street? Do they have a relationship with them at all? We KNOW who we are recommending and that’s priceless for you. Another bonus is that vendor teams that work together on a regular basis are immensely beneficial to brides and grooms- they run events more smoothly, know each other’s styles, and communicate better. They’ve already worked out the kinks. When you hire vendors from out of state, you are asking them to work in a completely unfamiliar setting yet expect them to produce the same results. SOME out-of-town vendors can pull it off, some only say they can to get your business.

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5. We intentionally feature Real Weddings of couples that say “I Do” in Arizona. Why is this important to your wedding planning?  There’s a good chance that everything you see at their wedding is available to you- the venue, cake artist, photographer, rentals, invitations,, floral, etc. Of course you won’t have the same wedding because wedding vendors are artists and don’t like to copy what they did for their past clients, but the quality, talent, and creativity is all available to you for your wedding. Pining over a venue or cake that you can’t get in Arizona can really spoil your wedding planning bliss!

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6. Finally, our magazine shares much more relevant and specific information about wedding planning in Arizona than national magazines ever will. On our website, in our pages, and on our blog, you’re able to get insight and details that assist you in planning your wedding. You can download our wedding planning guide for even more extras- all relevant to Arizona wedding planning. You can contact any vendor directly from our website for quick and easy planning. You also have instant access to bridal show dates, open house listings, and new venue information throughout the valley via our social media channels and our website, including giveaways and discount alerts that national magazines are oblivious to. We’re passionate about weddings in Arizona and it shows in everything we do.

Think of it this way: when you’re traveling to a new place, you can get information about where to go and what to see from many online and “national” sources but when you want to know where the best margarita is, or the most pristine and private beach, or the best club for local music, you ask a local. We are your local and we are happy to share our insider information with you!

Phoenix Bride & Groom, your Arizona wedding magazine

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8
Jul
Destination Honeymoon Goodies- Our July Giveaway!
categories: destination weddings and honeymoons, Giveaways and Contests

Traveling anywhere for your honeymoon, whether it’s to a local favorite like California’s wine country, a not-so-far island like Puerto Rico, or a distant locale like South Africa, you’ll need some travel supplies and  goodies that will help put you in that unmistakable “Honeymoon Mode”. We’ve gathered a few items for this month’s giveaway that are sure to make your destination honeymoon travel experience even more pleasurable. The details on the items we’ve chosen for you:

Secret Sweater:

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Even if you’re headed somewhere warm for your honeymoon, traveling to your destination can be chilly but when you have a Secret Sweater  tucked in your purse or carry on, you’ll feel cozy without the bulk of a large sweater or blanket (they’re called Secret Sweaters because they are able to be placed into a very small pouch). We actually received our own Secret Sweaters and became fans instantly. They’re lightweight and minimal but keep us warm in a pinch.

Nearly Naked Jewelry

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Jewelry Designer Crista Grasso launched Nearly Naked Jewelry with destination travel in mind. The collection includes naked sandal foot jewelry (aka barefoot  sandals), bracelet-ring hand-pieces, hairpieces, body chains and belly chains. Every piece is meant to be versatile and will add that extra bit of sexy to your honeymoon.

UrgentRx

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It happens to everyone- on the plane, after a night of dancing, on a hike, during a kayaking tour…it’s called pain. Discomfort of any sort has the potential to derail your honeymooning but with UrgentRx’s  fast-acting powders, you can continue enjoying your destination adventures. The Big Day Emergency kit includes one of each of the UrgentRx powders plus some other travel goodies to complete the kit.

Our July Giveaway Includes:

4 Secret Sweaters

$150 towards Nearly Naked Jewelry

UrgentRx Big Day Emergency Kit

One lucky engaged gal will win these travel goodies valued at over $320.00! Enter here by July 31, 2014.

Phoenix Bride & Groom, your Phoenix wedding magazine

 

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