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28
Jul
Real Arizona Wedding: Allison and Jeff
categories: cakes and sweets, fabulous reception sites, real weddings, reception ideas, Wedding Inspiration

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Ceremony & Reception Venue: Villa Siena

 Cake: Piece of Cake Desserts

DJ: Ray the DJ

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Allison and Jeff met at Starbucks and their story is too cute: They met at Starbucks where Jeff was the barista. Allison asked, “You love Jesus?” When he responded, “Heck ya I do!”, the rest was history.

Jeff’s mother and Allison’s grandmother had both passed away prior to the wedding, however, they were still a part of the couple’s special day. Allison’s “something old” was the Belgium lace veil that her grandmother wore on her wedding day and the”something blue” was Jeff’s mother’s blue necklace which the bride wrapped around her bouquet.

This beautiful Villa Siena wedding is classic in design and color (a gold and white color palette is right at home at the Tuscan inspired venue) and soft pink accents make it just a touch modern.

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During the ceremony, the guests prayed before the communion was given while a band played a worship song written by the groom titled, “Beloved.”

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Gold and white were the main colors at the reception while soft pink and blush accented the grand room at Villa Siena

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The bride and groom chose to be seated at a sweetheart table that was decorated with gold fleur de lis candle holders, matte gold initials, ultra- luxe chairs and a monogram which was hung on the front of the table; their gorgeous cake from Piece of Cake Desserts was a five-tier white fondant cake with gold accents and roses.

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As a nod to how they met, the couple gave coffee as wedding favors; the table was adorned with a fun sign telling their story

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A sparkler send-off was the perfect way to end their night!

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Congratulations Allison and Jeff and thank you for sharing your story with us!

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24
Jul
Great Find: Tribal Hollywood & Scott Kay Wedding Bands
categories: Engagement, favor and gift ideas, Wedding Resources

It seems like men have drastically fewer options than women when it comes to wedding bands so when we were introduced to the new Scott Kay wedding bands designed exclusively for Tribal Hollywood, we were thrilled!

Scott Kay is a leader in advancing the boundaries of design and materials in bridal jewelry. The brand has amazingly unique wedding band designs for men including fashion forward, contemporary, unusual and statement styles. Scott Kay is a brand for a man who wants to express himself.

Tribal Hollywood is a leading online retailer specializing exclusively in men’s jewelry and focuses on unique, bold, contemporary and non-traditional designs for the man who wants to express himself.

 

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At first glance, you probably notice that the rings are downright manly. Like Thor or Jon Snow from Game of Thrones manly. You’ll notice the inside of the bands are engraved with “BioBlue 27” and “SK Cobalt”- this is the material used to make these rings and it’s 4 times stronger than platinum. That’s not to say the bands lack style though. How could they with Scott Kay designing them? The fine details and beautiful textures make the bands just as refined as they are masculine.

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One thing that grabbed our attention immediately were the interesting textures- some of the bands have a stone-hammered texture, some have wedge cut recesses and sleek beveled edges, others have barbed vine patterns and laser etching. The level of creativity is pretty awesome.

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The fit between the two companies’ male audiences was immediately apparent at the first meeting, and Scott Kay and Tribal Hollywood shared the same vision for designing and marketing men’s jewelry. Tribal Hollywood is the natural retail extension of the Scott Kay design vision for men.

Personally, the people in the companies hit it off together instantly and have enjoyed building their partnership ever since. They share the same obsessive attention to detail, outstanding and unique customer experiences and service, and follow Scott Kay’s motto of “Never Compromise”.

 

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If you’re leery of ordering your wedding band online, don’t worry. Tribal Hollywood has a great customer satisfaction policy: You can order Scott Kay wedding bands online and have them shipped quickly direct to your door. Tribal Hollywood has an easy and generous return policy to be sure you are completely happy with your new ring. Return or exchange your ring up to your wedding night!

Shop Scott Kay wedding bands at Tribal Hollywood (and look for a giveaway coming up soon!)

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21
Jul
Real Arizona Wedding: Tina and Bryan
categories: bridal fashions, cakes and sweets, Grooms, real weddings, reception ideas, Wedding Inspiration

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Wedding Professionals Who Help You Wed in Style

Wedding Coordinator: Victoria Canada Weddings & Events

Makeup Artist: Corinna Cooke

Hair Stylist: Grateful Head

Rentals: Classic Party Rentals

Paper Products: Celebrations in Paper

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Photographer: Jennifer Bowen Photography :: Florist: Petal Pushers :: Reception Site: The Westin Kierland Resort & Spa :: Cinemtographer: NoBox films :: Linen: Southwick Linen :: Gown: Destiny’s Bride :: Transportation: Ollie the Trolley

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Tina (who’s adventurous and edgy) and Bryan (who’s refined and traditional) balance each other perfectly and their wedding is a true reflection of that relationship. First and foremost, the couple wanted their guests, some of whom traveled all the way from China, to be comfortable and relaxed so they chose a venue where they could all be together for the weekend and enjoy the surrounding area’s amenities.

Tina and Bryan’s intention was to have a wedding day atmosphere full of ease and love and we think they achieved just that!

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We’re kind of in love with Tina’s light blue shoes but if you can believe it, they weren’t her first choice! We’ll let Tina tell you about it:

I always envisioned myself in a soft lacy, form-fitting, strapless wedding dress WITH my other blue Manolo Blahniks. I actually had the shoes before the dress! When I was shopping for my dream wedding dress, I didn’t look good in the style I had envisioned all this time. And when I fell in love with a dress that was the complete opposite, I realized that I needed to find another pair of shoes to make me taller – haha- I’m only 5’2 and my wedding dress was very big. I was afraid that I will look like a cream puff if I didn’t add some more height. After looking for a long time, I found these lighter blue shoes, which were perfect because I wanted a different shade of blue, they were very comfortable (for 6 inches heel) and simple/clean (since my dress was on the more complicated side), and had a touch of gold (added a bit more style to the shoes). They are Charlotte Olympia.

Some of Tina’s family was not able to travel for the wedding so they sent her a video message- it was a beautiful moment for the bride.

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Tina’s gown, which is modern with the full and soft layers of the skirt gets a traditional touch with a lace bodice and sweetheart neckline. It also happens to frame her edgy tattoos perfectly!

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Favorite moment:
Tina: Walking down the aisle making the first eye contact with Bryan and watching him shed exactly one tear for me. Hahaha!  
Bryan: Tina walking down the aisle.

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Event designer & planner Victoria Canada sought to balance the couple’s personalities with reception details that were both elegant and soft with the lace overlays and soft color palette, and modern with touches like mirrored runners and square centerpieces.

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The swanky and comfy lounge area had many plush couches and chairs, beautiful accent pillows, a bar, and a same day slideshow that was a hit with the guests.

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Favors were the bride’s favorite cookies from local restaurant La Grande Orange and “Mint to Be” mints.

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Tina got her chance to wear her beloved Manolo’s when she changed her dress for the reception so she could be comfortable while dancing; she added an off-shoulder lace Bolero and the look was complete!

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Tina opened her own cake shop in China when she was 23 so she designed the wedding cakes- talk about an ambitious DIY project!

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Congratulations Tina and Bryan and thank you for sharing your wedding day with us!

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17
Jul
Great Find: Ruffino Prosecco Al Fresco Flutes by govino
categories: Engagement, entertainment, favor and gift ideas

This summer, as you make summer entertaining plans, I want you to ask yourself, “Why be boring?”. That’s right. Why be boring? There’s absolutely no excuse for plain white paper plates and cocktails in a can. You’re engaged (or close to it) which means you are now grown- up and it’s time to make some grown- up decisions!

One thing grown- ups know is that glass at the pool/lake/boat/pier/picnic doesn’t work. Have you ever had to avoid using your pool because someone broke a wine glass near it and it had to be drained, thoroughly vacuumed, and refilled? It stinks, especially in Arizona where a dip in the pool literally makes existence possible. So your best outdoor entertaining options are cans (boring) or something much more beautiful. We’re going with the “much more beautiful” option today and introducing you to Ruffino Prosecco Al Fresco Flutes by govino.

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Ruffino and govino collaborated to make these really fun and bright Prosecco glasses; Ruffino, the Italian winery long known for producing top-quality wines, and govino, the innovative “Go Anywhere” wine glass maker, introduce the Ruffino Prosecco al Fresco Flutes. By customizing govino’s already chic, shatterproof glasses, Ruffino has created a new outdoor accessory perfect for delighting in your favorite beverage. Whether you’re poolside, port-side or picnicking with friends, the flutes allow you to take the Italian lifestyle with you all summer long.

The flutes’ patterns are inspired by the bright fruit flavors of Ruffino Prosecco, and the Italian al Fresco lifestyle, with vibrant colors and sunny accents of honeysuckle flowers and citrus slices, stylishly arranged in a kaleidoscope pattern.

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govino “Go Anywhere” flutes are made of flexible, BPA free polymer, making them shatterproof, reusable and recyclable. You’re not limited to serving Prosecco in the Ruffino Prosecco al Fresco Flutes but have you tried Prosecco? It’s an Italian white sparkling wine, is soooooo good and yes, it’s deserving of “fancy”.

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The Sparkling Portofino (Serves 4, recipe compliments of Ruffino):

Ingredients:

16 oz chilled Ruffino Prosecco

4 oz pear nectar (or pear juice)

4 strips of orange zest (no bitter white pith)

4 strips of lemon zest (no bitter white pith)

Make It:

Place two strips of zest into the bottom of each flute

Pour pear nectar into flute, filling 1/3 full

Top off with Ruffino Prosecco and serve in Ruffino Prosecco al Fresco flutes by govino

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This is a really simple recipe that a friend of mine has made many times- it would look AMAZING in these glasses due to the hibiscus syrup which is a deep raspberry red hue:

Hibiscus Prosecco: Put a hibiscus flower (from Amazon) with one teaspoon of its syrup in the bottom of a glass, and pour over Prosecco. Don’t discard the flower – it’s edible and crazy yummy!

Blogthinline-1The Ruffino Prosecco al Fresco Flutes can be purchased on Amazon (P.S. We have a giveaway coming up soon too!)

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14
Jul
5 Things We LOVE about Phoenix Bride & Groom Summer Fall 2015!
categories: floral inspiration, from the consultants, Grooms, Meet Our Friends, photography, real weddings, reception ideas, Tips and Advice, trends in catering, Wedding Inspiration, Wedding Resources

Our 15th Anniversary issue is a one-of-a-kind issue, even for us. It features 3 different covers, is packed with even more wedding advice from Elite Circle wedding professionals, and is bursting with 17 beautiful Real Weddings! Although you know we love every single page of the magazine (yes, every page), we’ve chosen 5 things that make it exceptional. Enjoy!

#1: Publisher Fran Samuel’s top pick:

My favorite part of the 15th Anniversary issue are the 3 covers. It was a first for us and I can honestly say now that it’s over what a huge project it was. Planning for one cover takes a tremendous amount of time, thought and talent and adding 2 more to the equation was certainly a challenge and one I’m so very proud of. A project of this magnitude of course needed an Elite team of pros who came together with their A- game in play.

The first photo shoot was a celebration At the Four Seasons Resort Scottsdale captured by Katrina Wallace Photographers. Followed by the Romance of the Boojum Tree Hidden Gardens and Hagerty Photography. The third shoot was a day full of fun at Sassi with Ben & Kelly Photography.  The combination and style of each cover represented the out of the box talents of each photo shoot team. The many weeks of planning were in the hands of the pros and coming to life. It was a an absolute pleasure working with the amazing and talented Elite Circle Members and worth every detail of the planning process.

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#2 Editor Stephanie Riley’s Pick:

One of my favorite things about the 15th anniversary issue is the “Food for Thought” feature. It began as a roundup, asking caterers and resorts about their favorite dishes, but it became so much more! I think this feature is a delicious adventure that helps our readers really think about how creative food choices can set a celebratory tone at their reception. Plus, the pictures are so yummy!

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#3 Social Media Writer Kelly Gill’s pick:

I really love 2 things about the “Something for Everyone” article. 

First, we’ve made a change in our word choices to reflect an attitude we’ve always had. We have always been a publication that supports brides & brides, brides & grooms, and grooms & grooms and hopefully that’s more obvious than ever. This article aims to include any couple planning their wedding; wedding expos are beneficial to men and women and the time has come for us to use verbiage that makes it clear that everyone is invited to the party. Also, we don’t feel that a separate publication or website is necessary to reflect our support of couples getting married who happen to be same sex couples- that actually seems counter-intuitive to us- so hopefully articles like this one let the Arizona wedding community know where we stand. It’s where we’ve always stood. 

Second, our continued efforts to include the groom’s perspective in features such as the “Something for Everyone” article shows that we are walking the walk. We continue to put more emphasis on the groom’s role in wedding planning and it’s a natural fit for us. Men’s fashion, decision making, and design input are in the forefront more than ever and I love that we have embraced that concept!

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#4 Editor Stephanie Riley’s Pick (and Kelly Gill’s too):

Another favorite part about the 15th anniversary issue is the “Sweet 15” feature. In each issue of Phoenix Bride & Groom, we offer advice from top wedding professionals. This time, we were able to gather up some of the best advice ever and put it all in one issue. There are many tips I hadn’t even considered before!

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#5 We’re featuring the weddings of our friends! Each couple that we feature is special to us and we want to do right by them and you, our readers, by featuring the best professionals and most inspiring wedding stories and details so when those in the industry get married, and we are chosen to feature their weddings, we get an extra little thrill. We featured Lauren and Veronica’s weddings in our Summer Fall 2015 issue and we’re bursting with joy for our friends and colleagues!

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We hope you find that our Summer Fall 2015 issue is filled with tips and tricks paired with good solid advice. Not only do we show pretty pictures but we definitely go the extra mile to share the HOW and WHY of planning a wedding. Enjoy!

Pick up a copy of Phoenix Bride & Groom Summer Fall 2015 here and visit our website where you can download a free digital copy and browse tons of Arizona wedding inspiration.

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10
Jul
Wedding Advice: Meeting with your Wedding Coordinator
categories: from the consultants, Tips and Advice, Wedding Resources

Meeting your potential wedding coordinator for the first time is both exciting and nerve wracking. On the one hand, you can’t wait to chat it up with someone who is just as passionate about weddings as you are but on the other hand, it can be a bit intimidating. You don’t have all the answers yet, you know baring some of your soul will be necessary, you might have some family or friend “dynamics” to disclose, and of course budget is going to come up, making many couples squirm at least a little bit.

But have no fear! Wedding coordinators don’t expect you to know what you’re doing or have all the answers—that’s what you need them for! We chatted with Arizona’s Elite Circle wedding coordinators for some tips on how to prepare for your first meeting with your coordinator and we think their tips will put you at ease.

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(Photographer: Hagerty Photography, Coordinator: J. Starr Stylized Weddings, Location: Boojum Tree Hidden Gardens, Stylist: Jennifer O’Bannon, Floral Design: Your Event Florist, Hair Styling and Makeup Artist: Babydoll Weddings, Gown: Schaffer’s, Rentals: Classic Party Rentals, Models: The Agency Arizona, Menswear: Ted Baker, Jewelry: Tiffany & Co., Props: Petite Party Studio)

Jennifer Starr of J. Starr Stylized Weddings recommends knowing the following before you meet up for the first time:

1.) What time of the year do you have in mind? I encourage you not to get “set” on a specific date if possible.

2.) What style are you looking for in your venue? Luxury Resort? Museum? Country Club, Modern? Private Home?

3.) Do you have a budget in mind? Is anyone contributing to your budget, or are you paying for it yourselves? If you have no idea to start, not to worry.

4.) What is the approximate size of your guest list?

5.) What aspects of the Wedding are most important to you? Culinary? Design/Décor? Entertainment?

Get more of Jennifer’s insights on her blog: “5 Questions to Consider Before Your Initial Wedding Planning Consultation

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(Photo: Ben & Kelly Photography, Wedding Coordinator: BTS Event Management, Location: The Phoenician, Floral Design: Brady’s Floral Gallery)

BTS Event Management has 4 things you must know before meeting your potential wedding coordinator which should ease your nerves:

  • Budget – understand exactly how much money is available to be spent for the day of the wedding and any events leading up to or after the event
  • Design – it is important, even if you are not interested in the majority of the planning process, to know things that you like or even things that you don’t like.  It is our job to make sure that your wedding reflects you, your style and your personality.
  • Venue – whether you know your venue or not, ideas about what you are looking for will help us to know where to suggest
  • Involvement – know exactly how much or how little involvement you would like to be involved in the wedding planning process.  This will dictate how much or little you will need your wedding planner around for certain tasks.

Read BTS Event Management’s blog post “Meeting Your Wedding Planner” for more tips and advice

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(Coordinator: Victoria Canada Weddings & Events, Photography: Gavin Wade Photography, Location: Pelican Hill)
Victoria Canada Weddings & Events is on a mission to help couples planning their weddings be more savvy in their hiring process…owner Victoria shares several cautionary-based tips to help couples smartly navigate choosing their wedding planner:

-If you’re meeting with a coordinator for the first time, you were most likely referred to him/her or have seen their work online so we always say, “Know who you are working with”. Meet them in person or at the very least talk to them on the phone before signing a contract. And most of all, be mindful of how online personas can influence you. For example, if you base your decisions based on awards “earned”, you should do some research on the awards and how votes can be cast. Many awards can be won through purchased or solicited votes which doesn’t really tell you anything about the competency of the person you might hire for your wedding.

-When meeting in person or looking at social media profiles, be smart about what you are actually seeing. If you meet with a coordinator who is showing you a “pin board”, ask them if it’s their work. If they’re showing you pictures that seem to match your style but is not their actual work and they don’t tell you that, you should have a major red flag waving in your face.  You need to see weddings they have planned and styled themselves.

-Personality matters. Ask yourself (and really listen to your gut): Do you like the potential coordinator? You are going to be with this person on the wedding day and leading up to it for quite a bit of time.  As planners, it’s our job to be honest so are you still going to like (and respect) your coordinator when they are the bearer of bad news?

-Do you feel heard? At your meeting, did it seem like they really care about your vision and your story or do they seem to have a plan regardless of who is in front of them? Is this person capable and willing to understand and implement your vision, even if it’s not the “norm”?

-Is the coordinator both creative and organized? This is an important one. “Wow” ideas are only wow when your coordinator accomplishes what has been agreed upon.

-Can she/he be the bad cop for you? When you meet your coordinator for the first time, of course they will be pleasant but can they be tough too? You need a coordinator that is diplomatic but, without a doubt, in your corner. Hire someone who is desperate to make a name for themselves and you’ll get stuck with a coordinator that isn’t your advocate. If they’re more concerned about getting in good with a catering manager than being detail driven at your wedding, you’ll regret hiring them.

To help you find the right coordinator, ask these essential questions when you meet them:
-How long have you been in business?
-Do you have another job besides wedding planning or is this your full-time career?
-Do you carry current liability insurance?  (This is required at most properties and shows a commitment to their best businesses practices.  It also means that you will not get sued if someone slips and gets injured at your wedding.)
-What properties do you work at regularly?
-Do you have a tax exempt id?  This means that they can get items wholesale (you will most likely not get the wholesale price but it is way better than paying retail).  It also shows they pay their taxes.
-How long have your assistants worked with you?  Are they interns or have they gone through training?
-Has a client ever fired you?  If so, can you tell me the situation and how you handled it?
-Have you fired or wanted to fire a client and why?
Get more of Victoria’s no-nonsense advice and see her real weddings on the Victoria Canada Weddings & Events website

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(Location: Talavera Restaurant, Four Seasons Resort Scottsdale, Photographer: Hagerty Photography, Set Stylist and Coordinator: Sterling Weddings & Events, Stationery Specialist: The Event Essentials, Floral Design: Table Tops Etc., Rentals: Classic Party Rentals)

Care Schmidt of Sterling Weddings and Events adds: I think there is one really important item to consider: Personality. You want to have a really good sit down with your potential Planner, make sure they are someone you can trust and feel comfortable with. You will log a lot of planning time and you want to know you can talk to him/her about anything and trust they can make decisions for you if necessary.

Brides and grooms, you can see there are MANY factors to consider when choosing your wedding planner but rest assured, you’ll be in good hands when you choose to hire an Elite Circle wedding coordinator.

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