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28
Nov
Real Arizona Wedding: Lindsay and Matt’s Urban Wedding
categories: for your ceremony, Meet Our Friends, real weddings, reception ideas, Wedding Inspiration

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Ceremony Location: Westin Phoenix Downtown :: Florist: Butterfly Petals :: Rentals: Classic Party Rentals :: Bartending: PourMasters :: Rehearsal Dinner: Province Restaurant at Westin Phoenix Downtown

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Photography: Pinkerton Photography :: Reception Location: The Icehouse :: Event Planner: Stylish Events by Lisa :: Bridal Gown: Destiny’s Bride :: Suits: Brother’s Tailors and Clothing CompanyBlogthinline (1)

Lindsay and Matt searched all over Arizona for their wedding venue and settled on Westin Phoenix Downtown because of it’s cool urban vibe- they wanted to show their wedding guests where they work and play and the recently revived downtown area was a perfect fit. They kept the focus on family and loved ones, including those that had passed, so they aimed for clean decor that included a ton of candles for warmth. The couple chose details throughout the day that were subtle but really beautiful (except for Lindsay’s over the top gorgeous bouquet which was not subtle!) and they seemed to enjoy every moment of their wedding day.

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Butterfly Petals created the most gorgeous cascading bouquet for Lindsay- they used garden roses, ranunculus, stock and lisianthus with a variety of greenery to make it one of our favorites ever!

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The cufflinks are made out of Buffalo nickels from the 1930s; there is a nickel encased in each one. Matt got them as a present from a friend on the day of the wedding.

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When I initially went dress shopping, my dream dress was a boatneck A-line with a low-cut back, and I was pretty anti-princess.  But when I tried on that cut, I didn’t feel particularly connected to it.  I proceeded to try on every dress with straps in the store, and then Rose at Destiny’s Bride put me in a ballgown “just for fun.”  I fell in love immediately.  

These two seem to have a secret conversation going on at all times…ahhh, love!

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The couple headed out to local cocktail parlour “Bitter and Twisted” where they got to enjoy the urban charm of the city and have some time alone to celebrate their official newlywed status; Matt’s custom suit included a blue lined vest- Lindsay’s “Something Blue”!

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I love Lindsay’s description of The Icehouse: The Icehouse is a throwback to a more gritty urban past with a younger hipster flair.

The Descano benches from Classic Party Rentals (with white cushions)  have been showing up at cocktail parties all over Phoenix- they provide the perfect chic and casual seating guests want while adding a rustic touch to event decor.

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This is quite possibly the best cake cutting picture ever- Matt was dancing while “Pour Some Sugar on Me”played in the background!

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Lindsay and Matt, congratulations and thank you for sharing your wedding day with us!

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25
Nov
Great Find: Beau Ties Ltd. of Vermont
categories: bridal fashions, Grooms, Tips and Advice, Trends, Wedding Inspiration

 

Guess what?! We found bow ties. Not just any bow ties but the bow ties we want grooms and groomsmen in Arizona to start wearing. And we want them to start wearing them now. Do we sound a bit bossy? Most definitely. But trust us, these ties are a game changer for guys and their wedding style.

We proudly introduce Beau Ties Ltd. of Vermont to you, the men and women in Arizona who want grooms and their guys to look really good on their wedding day and in the pictures that last a lifetime.

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If Pantone’s Spring Color Forecast is on your wedding color palette radar, there are plenty of options that will match or compliment any color scheme

 

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We chatted with co-owner David Mutter to get his insights regarding men’s attire and a little more about the company:

Not only do you have a large selection of fabrics for ties but you also make each tie by hand. How did you decide that this was a principle that the company must uphold and how/why is it important to grooms?

Quality neckwear must be handmade. Period. Unlike other garments, ties are literally pulled and twisted into knots. Machine cut and processed accessories quickly look tired and worn. A handmade tie – such as those manufactured by Beau Ties Ltd. of Vermont – is designed and crafted to retain a crisp elegant look. As a result, many of our clients wear us for the first time on their wedding day. They decide – or it is pointed out – that they should invest in a premier bow or long-tie to celebrate the occasion. When they discover our ties are typically only $40, they frequently become customers for life.

What trends do you see emerging for modern grooms regarding style of tie, colors, and fabrics?

Flight to quality. As men become more engaged in fashion, they demand higher quality. Repeatedly, our customers tell us they’re “sick of disposable” ties. Customers are sticking to the mantra ‘buy it right and keep it for life. Collaborative service. We cater to a select clientele and they expect quick, knowledgeable support. That’s why our customer service team is staffed by trained professionals at our facility in Middlebury, Vermont. Today’s customer has a range of options. Unfortunately, most companies fail to provide adequate service. For us, picking out the right tie is enjoyable. For example, weddings are a big part of our business. Why? We provide free swatches so the bride and groom can see and feel the fabric. The service is time consuming, but the result is so satisfying. It’s the only way we operate.”

Splash of color. Each year we issue over 300 different tie patterns – nearly one per day. We see – first hand – how customers are willing to embrace color and take risks. Even among our more traditional choices, men prefer a fresh contemporary interpretation.

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If a groom wants a tie that is completely exclusive to his wedding (so no other wedding could ever have the same tie), are you able to accommodate him?

Absolutely. Each day, we are proud to compile unique wedding packages. Whether it’s a limited edition tie or monogramming the date into the garment, we are experts at personalizing ties so they are as special and unique as the occasion. This is why grooms turn to us to create truly memorable groomsmen gifts.

How much does the style and formality of a suit or tuxedo influence the type of tie a groom should choose?

A great deal. When a bride or a groom calls us, we ask a series of questions. When time of year is the event? What time of day will it take place? Is the ceremony inside or outside? What is the tone (i.e. formal or casual)? What is the color palette? The answer to these questions help shape the recommendations we make. With hundreds of fabrics to choose from, we have a range of options other manufacturers simply can’t match. 

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Beau Ties Ltd. of Vermont also has quite a selection of fun and funky ties- perfect for the scientist, teacher, etc.

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In addition to having a HUGE selection of patterns and styles, Beau Ties Ltd. of Vermont has a VIP Swatch Service for grooms. Here’s how it works:  A groom calls Beau Ties to inquire about purchasing ties for his big day.  Rather than just selling him a tie on the spot, Beau Ties will create a free set of six different swatches – showcasing a wide variety that would be suitable to his needs.  Additionally, ties can be exclusively personalized to his liking – a monogram, the date of the wedding, or even a special message.

They will even make a custom fabric for you (at a crazy reasonable rate) so no other wedding party will have the same ties as you. Ever. Here’s a sample of a swatch card the groom receives with the service:

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The ties from Beau Ties Ltd. of Vermont are handwoven (in Vermont of course) and began out of a business man’s desire to have high-quality and attractive ties to wear to work. What started as a home based business has grown into a huge production that continues to expand by making men look fabulous all year round. Are Beau Ties Ltd. of Vermont ties the only bow ties around? No. Are they the best bow ties around with impeccable customer service, top notch quality, and exclusive fabrics ? Without a doubt, yes! Find them online right here.

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21
Nov
Arizona Wedding Ceremony and Reception Venue: Arizona Biltmore’s Renovation
categories: destination weddings and honeymoons, fabulous reception sites, Meet Our Friends, reception ideas, Wedding Resources

Elite Circle Wedding Ceremony and Reception Site Arizona Biltmore, A Waldorf Astoria Resort, with it’s spectacular views and luxury accommodations, is an iconic Phoenix vacation and destination wedding venue, but with the news that the resort’s major renovation is complete, we’re sure even more brides and grooms will be seeking this venue for their weddings and guest accommodations. The renovation aimed to significantly enhance the guest experience and includes guest rooms and suites, the spa and salon, and meeting spaces – including ballrooms, pre-function rooms and the Mystery Room, the Prohibition-era “speakeasy” that’s used for themed events – have been re-envisioned with a sophisticated new look. The redesign is chic and contemporary, while maintaining the original Frank Lloyd Wright aesthetic.

Here’s just a bit of what’s in store for guests:

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In the guest rooms, a soft color palette of mist, linen and latte create a light and comfortable ambiance; details echo the use of metals in the original hotel design and of course the famous Biltmore Blocks were incorporated in a particularly beautiful way- the mist-colored wall coverings are embossed with the Frank Lloyd Wright design in a metallic finish.

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Great news for engaged couples: the Frank Lloyd Wright and McArthur ballrooms were refreshed with new carpet, wall coverings, artwork and furniture; the ballrooms and their pre-function areas were enhanced with technologically advanced production, signage and lighting capabilities.

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Hosting your  wedding guests at Arizona Biltmore just got even more appealing- the revamp of the property included rebuilding and redesigning the 15 cabanas at the Paradise Pool that now feature luxurious new interior décor and an array of amenities, from flatscreen HDTVs to full baths.

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Want to see more? Schedule a tour to see everything the resort has to offer couples planning their weddings. Find Arizona Biltmore online or call (602) 955 6600

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18
Nov
Real Arizona Wedding: Amanda and Chris
categories: floral inspiration, from the consultants, real weddings, reception ideas, Wedding Inspiration, Wedding Resources

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Event Planning: Victoria Canada Weddings and Events :: Wedding Gown:  Schaffer’s Bridal

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There is probably no better example of how to infuse meaning into your wedding day than Amanda and Chris’s Real Arizona Wedding. Almost every detail from their wedding day had a deeper significance:

-The Bells of Ireland in the bride’s bouquet and centerpieces are a nod to the couple’s Irish heritage

-The Pastor is a longtime family friend of the groom’s family and former worship leader at the bride’s family church

-Guests signed magnum wine bottles during cocktail hour from DeLorimier Winery which was founded by the surgeon who saved Chris’ life as an infant

-The escort card table was placed atop wine crates purchased by the couple during a Sonoma Valley vacation

-Pictures of the bride and groom at various vacation spots around the country served as table names

-The wedding photographer, Mike Olbinski, took the couple’s very first picture together at the wedding of Amanda’s matron of honor, where Amanda and Chris first met (that picture was the escort picture for the couple’s sweetheart table)

-Guests enjoyed a late night snack of the groom’s favorite breakfast burritos with hot sauce and a guacamole bar (a surprise to the groom ).

And the icing on the cake? Placed alongside the wedding cake were black and white photos from the weddings of prior generations- a beautiful way to honor both Amanda and Chris’ families.

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I don’t know if there’s ever been a bride as in love with her wedding dress as Amanda:  I have been a long time viewer of TLC’s Say Yes to the Dress and even took a picture outside of Kleinfeld’s. I knew I wanted something classy, stunning, and elegant- like Grace Kelly meets Kate Middleton. With magazine clippings in hand, my mom and I set foot in the first and only bridal salon, Schaffer’s. I tried on about nine or ten before trying on THE DRESS.  As soon as I put “her” on, I knew I was ready to say YES! Both my mom and I were in tears.  The bridal consultant added a veil to the dress to help me make my decision.  Before I knew it, I was on the phone to my dad telling him I had found my dress.  He was shocked! Chris along with my parents know that I take time to make decisions.  Not this decision.  I was sold on day one!

[The] gown was an ivory Pronovias dress with lace detailing and a sheer neckline that buttoned down the back…I loved spinning in the dress.  One of my favorite photos is at the Phoenix Country Club spinning in circles watching my dress and veil pick up in the breeze.  After the wedding, I remember starring at myself in the mirror of our Honeymoon Suite not wanting to take the dress off!  I loved my dress and look forward to using parts of “her” to create Christening dresses for our future babies!

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The reception was yet another opportunity for Amanda and Chris to customize their wedding day: We met at a wedding and had been to about six weddings before our wedding, and dancing the night away was always a high priority.  We envisioned our guests dancing all night and rarely spending any time at the table…instead of our bridal party being introduced and us following, we had our bridal party get everyone out on the dance floor and dancing…as soon as everyone was dancing, we were introduced and joined our guests dancing to “Happy” by Pharrell Williams.  It was a great way capture the mood and vision of our wedding reception! 

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A classic color palette of blue, ivory and silver made was modern with striped table runners and tall centerpieces featuring white and green hydrangeas, and Bells of Ireland with white rose accents; the cake was infused with almond and lemon curd, and had raspberries and a butter cream icing.

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What is your favorite memory from the day?

Amanda: If I have to think of just a few, I would start with my future brother in law Michael delivering a special verse to me from Chris (Philippians 4:7-8) on anxiety.  Reading this verse along with one of my bridesmaids Tara praying over me in the ready room at Brophy before walking down the aisle, really brought me peace.  I had both of my parents walk me down the aisle, which was just perfect.  I’ll always remember waiting in the hallways of the chapel with my dad thanking him for blessing us with a perfect wedding while we waited for my mom to return from lighting the unity candle.  When we started walking the aisle, my mom whispered to me to just focus on Chris at the end of the aisle.  Seeing his smiling face gazing in my direction was pure bliss!

Chris:  I choked up once that day.  As I stood between my parents, locked arm and arm with them, just as we were to enter through the doors leading down the aisle to the alter, I again remembered how fortunate I was to be marrying this woman before God and our gathered guests.

Congratulations Amanda and Chris and THANK YOU for sharing your wedding day with us!

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14
Nov
Unplugged Weddings- How to Get Your Guests to Put Down their Phones and Enjoy Your Wedding
categories: fabulous reception sites, for your ceremony, reception ideas, Tips and Advice, Wedding Inspiration

As a person who believes in moderation (except when it comes to popcorn, good wine, and spicy food), I’m keenly aware of people who live their lives through the lenses of their electronic devices. It kind of makes me sad to see someone using a large portion of their time at a wedding pursuing the “perfect image” rather than being in the moment as it unfolds around them. This was never more apparent than during a family wedding a few years ago when an aunt with a brand new smartphone took pictures during the ENTIRE ceremony. And yes, her shutter sound was on. And yes, the volume was set too high. It was so distracting and I felt really bad for the bride. I also felt bad for her professional photographer who had to, without a doubt, shift around to get shots that didn’t include this woman’s phone.

So you know where I’m going with this, right? Unplugged weddings, where guests are asked to refrain from using their devices during the wedding, are the “new” thing but we know this is just a movement back to good manners and common sense. Not only that, but having guests put down their phones actually helps your professional photographer get the shots you’ll cherish…and happily, they won’t be of you exchanging rings with seventeen smartphones in the background. We’re told that the flash from even one smart phone can alter the lighting for the professionals, giving you less-than-perfect images.

To inspire you to consider going unplugged at your wedding, we’re sharing some beautiful moments that would have been quite different had there been many smartphones or other devices cluttering the image:

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(Photo: Jennifer Bowen Photography)

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(Photo: Sedona Bride Photographers)

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(Photo: Hagerty Photography)

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(Photo: Gina Meola Photography, Location: Omni Scottsdale Resort & Spa Montelucia)

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(Photo: Elyse Hall Photography, Location: Omni Scottsdale Resort & Spa Montelucia)

So how can you help your guests enjoy the day with you in person rather than from behind a camera lens?

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1. Plan ahead. Being proactive by mentioning your decision to have an unplugged wedding in your wedding invitations or on your welcome bag itinerary will give your guests advance notice of your wishes; they’ll be more likely to comply if the request isn’t sprung on them last minute.

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2. Create signage. A well-placed sign at the ceremony entrance and/or on the ceremony programs that asks guests to refrain from using their cameras during the ceremony, and possibly even later at the reception, will do wonders for your wedding day atmosphere. We’ve seen clever, funny, and even sweet signs that are all effective. Most guests will happily refrain from jumping in the aisle to get that iconic picture of a bride and her father (and inadvertently getting in your photographer’s way) if they are simply asked not to.

3. Explain your plan to share your photos. Perhaps the best way to get your guests to feel at ease about leaving their phones and cameras tucked away is to make your plan to share the images very clear. If you plan to share them on Facebook, Dropbox, etc., communicate this to your guests so they know they won’t miss any of the images taken by your photographer.

4. Enlist your DJ and wedding planner’s help. If you want guests to have free reign with their devices during the reception but want the special moments to be unplugged (for the professional photog to capture), ask your DJ and planner to help you. They’re used to directing guests throughout the wedding day and would be happy to guide your guests in this area- just make sure you or your planner provides the DJ with a detailed list of the events (like the first dance, cake cutting, etc.) that you wish to be device-free.

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If you don’t want to go 100% unplugged at your wedding but want a device-free ceremony, don’t forget to provide a hashtag so all guests can easily find the photos from your wedding as they are posted on social media. Remember, don’t provide the hashtag until you’re ready for guests to use their devices.

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11
Nov
Arizona Wedding Venue Spotlight: The Clayton on the Park
categories: fabulous reception sites, floral inspiration, for your ceremony, Meet Our Friends, reception ideas, Wedding Inspiration, Wedding Resources

Every bride, whether she knows what it is or not, has a wedding style. Some brides want a traditional look to their day, some are looking for a historic atmosphere, and others want a wedding that’s modern and chic. Because Arizona offers something for every bride and accommodates a wide range of wedding styles, couples from all over the world choose to make Arizona their wedding destination. For the bride who dreams of a hip and modern wedding, Elite Circle venue The Clayton on the Park is a fantastic option.

There are so many reasons to consider The Clayton on the Park for your wedding: the location (in the heart of Old Town Scottsdale) is as convenient as you can get, the Scottsdale Civic Center Park is literally in front of the venue and makes for a pretty outdoor ceremony site, the building itself offers many layout options, and the minimalist design of the venue’s interior makes it the ultimate “blank slate” (a creative bride’s dream).

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What makes The Clayton on the Park perfect for weddings? 

The Clayton on the Park appeals to brides seeking a non-traditional event space and design for their wedding. Our modern wedding venue with its cool urban vibe is located in the heart of Downtown Scottsdale. Imaginative use of space with three amazing areas to use as you wish: The Terrace, the Clayton Room and second floor Gallery level. Creatively designed with a neutral palette and a striking fiber optic light wall, The Clayton on the Park can be enjoyed as is, or be a blank slate with which to express your own design ideas.

The second floor gallery makes for a beautiful ceremony location with lots of natural light and endless design possibilities

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What do you see couples doing with the venue as far as decor and design that you are really loving right now?

Modern minimalism is the top trend in weddings and venue choices for brides planning their weddings! From dresses to venues and even decor, the trend  for clean, modern lines and color palettes are all the rage and brides are just loving the outcome.

We are also seeing brides following the fashion trend that shows mixed metals together. We are seeing lots of gold and silver linens in a range of textures and levels of bling!

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(Photos bottom right: Pinkerton Photography)

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(Photo: Melanie Duerkopp Photography)

Can couples bring in their own vendors or do you have a specific list you work with? 

We understand that choosing the right vendors for your big day can be a huge task. Where do you start?  We help our brides by providing a suggested  list of vendors that have worked with us and have delivered top notch services. But we don’t limit our brides to just our list. You are welcome to use any vendor you wish for entertainment and décor. We do not allow outside catering or bar services.

The catering staff at the venue brings their best to the table for every event- we’ve seen delicious small bites, tempting buffet style meals, fun signature cocktails, and of course irresistible plated dinners as well.

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(Photo right: Pinkerton Photography)

This is the LOVE sculpture located in the Civic Center Park- it makes for some fun and colorful wedding pictures!

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What else should couples know about The Clayton on the Park? 

The Clayton on the Park is known for its chic design and contemporary architecture. Brides love the fact that we have a modern, neutral color palette in so they can use it as is, or as a blank canvas to create the wedding of their dreams. Our hip, cool vibe is one that is not found in any other venue in the state! On their wedding day, brides just love our property as it is located right on a 21 acre urban park that is home to Robert Indiana’s iconic LOVE sculpture, water features and secluded flower gardens. It is truly the perfect wedding photography backdrop for bridals, couple portraits and wedding party shots. Behind the scenes is a catering staff that delivers outstanding menus and impeccable service. Our menus are catered to each bride’s needs and the quality and freshness of the food will excite your guests and leave them talking about your food for days to come!

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What we’ve noticed time and again with events at The Clayton on the Park is that they work very hard to make every event unique to their couples. Whether it’s color palettes, decor and floral, food and signature cocktails, or lighting and rental items, The Clayton on the Park rises to the occasion, making every wedding unique and a reflection of their couples’ personalities. We love them for this open-minded attitude!

Want to learn more about The Clayton on the Park? Visit their website and find them on Facebook!

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