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31
Aug
Styled Shoot: A Bridal Shower Par-Tea!
categories: cakes and sweets, favor and gift ideas, floral inspiration, photography, trends in catering, Wedding Inspiration

The prettiness we’re sharing with you today is just about the sweetest and loveliest bridal shower around! Shades of pink paired with vintage mis-matched chairs, floral patterned teacups and teapots, and dainty details all come together to make one very special bride’s dream come true.

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Bridal Shower Par-Tea Vendors

Photography: Nicole King- Eyes 2 See Photography and Films :: Location: Royal Palms Resort and Spa :: Stylists: Your Jubilee Weddings and Events :: Rentals & Floral: Prim Unique Rentals :: Vintage China & Décor: Tea Crockery :: Tea: Teaspressa :: Desserts: Růže Cake House :: Attire: Juju’s Tutus :: Makeup: Nicole Fisk :: Hair: Josie Saenz

Your Jubilee Weddings and Events share some insights about the shoot: The concept behind this shoot was to turn every little girl’s dream tea party into the ultimate bridesmaids luncheon “Par-Tea”, complete with lots of floral, hanging tea cups, finger sandwiches, and of course tutus!  We wanted it to be just the right combination of sophistication and fun, with a dash of whimsy.

When it came to the colors of the shoot, we wanted to play with the Pantone color of the year, Marsala, and match it with vibrant pinks and soft creams.   

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Gold cake stands and glittery gold stationery products add just the right amount of shine while bright pink and ivory flowers soften the look

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We love how there are tea cups hanging alongside the flowers to frame the space for guests; the cutest little flower girls indulged in their own par-tea too!

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Your Jubilee: Floral flowed out of beautiful antique tea pots into mismatched cups and saucers.  Some of our favorite touches included beautiful vintage furniture, tea foam art and the charm pull cake, a bridesmaid tradition in the South. 

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Cake and sweets are a must at any bridal shower and Ruze Cake House made sure guests got their fill with a 2 tier cake (it was a pink velvet cake with cream cheese Swiss meringue buttercream), cupcakes, and hand-painted salted caramel macarons; the over-sized gold heart pillow adds a touch of whimsy that we adore!

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Croquet- this par-tea’s take on bridal shower games!

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This Bridal Shower Par-tea has all the elements of the best showers: pretty decor, luscious food and sweets, a game or two, and a few unique details. Well, and there’s the prettiest tutus on the planet!

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28
Aug
Real Arizona Wedding: Justine and Jason’s Sedona Wedding
categories: bridal fashions, cakes and sweets, destination weddings and honeymoons, floral inspiration, real weddings, Sedona Weddings, Wedding Inspiration

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Justine and Jason wanted more than a wedding. They wanted a whole wedding weekend with their friends and family (who traveled from around the country to join them on their special day) where they could explore together, relax together, and spend quality time together. Sedona provided the perfect atmosphere for a fun extended wedding weekend and the couple got exactly what they wanted.

The Colors: The wedding color palette, which got it’s inspiration from the fresh colors of spring, were ivory, blush, and gold. The bride has a canary yellow engagement ring so the bridesmaids’ accessories were in shades of golden yellow.

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The Flowers: The flowers we used were peonies, ranunculus, roses, tulips, hydrangea and assorted bulb flowers.  The color palette was peach, blush, champagne, ivory, and some grey with a touch of metallic gold. The bride wanted slightly deeper colors to pop against the dresses but still wanted to keep a romantic spring feel. (Events by Showstoppers)

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The Ceremony: The most intimate and important part of the wedding to us was the ceremony; with this in mind I (the bride) asked my older brother if he would do us the honor of marrying us. With his knowledge of Jason and I, the sharing of sentimental memories, sage advice, and sarcastic humor, an endless amount of memorable laughs were created.

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The Reception: Shimmering golden tablecloths were accented with beautiful low floral centerpieces that featured artfully designed vases. A wash of blush lighting made the room glow warmly.

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Bring on the Sugar:  Varied layers of gold and blush on the wedding cake continued the romantic wedding theme. The bride has a sweet tooth so it was important that not only was the cake pretty but it tasted good as well. Each of the four layers had a different flavored cake and filling- Justine’s favorite was the champagne layer that had white chocolate raspberry filling.

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A pink themed candy bar topped off the night with the bride’s favorite: sugar!

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Congratulations Justine and Jason and thank you for sharing your gorgeous wedding day with us!

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25
Aug
Wedding Film: Krystal and Alan’s I Do’s in Scottsdale
categories: real weddings, Scottsdale Weddings, videography, Wedding Inspiration

In the new issue of our magazine, we feature the “light and bright” wedding celebration of Krystal and Allan. Watch this Just Married couple’s film by Serendipity Cinematography:

Pick up a copy of Phoenix Bride & Groom or check out the online feature to read all about the couple’s May nuptials!

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21
Aug
From Corinna B’s World Beauty Blog: 8 Bridal Beauty Blunders
categories: health and beauty, Tips and Advice, Wedding Inspiration, Wedding Resources

Elite Circle Makeup Artist and all around fab gal Corinna B. of Corinna Cooke Makeup shared 8 common mistakes brides make regarding their wedding day makeup on her blog recently and we think every single one is essential for brides so today we’re sharing Corinna’s blog post with you!

Corinna has participated in many of our styled shoots and cover shoots for the magazine so we’re featuring her work in this post (we would rather show the good makeup rather than the bad!)

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Your wedding day is one of the most important days of your life.
It is also one of the most photographed days of your life. Make sure that you can enjoy those pictures forever by avoiding the following 8 Bridal Beauty Blunders.

1. Getting Caught Up In Trends.
Trends and fads come and go. The biggest look of the moment will be out of fashion in 3 months. Your wedding look should be timeless and beautiful, and not look dated next year, or in 10 years time.

2. Contouring And Highlighting Like A You Tuber.

Following on from avoiding trends, understand that the excessive highlight and contour you see on you tube is perfect for drag queens, but can be an absolute nightmare for brides.
Most wedding photography happens outdoors in natural light, which is the absolute worst light possible for an over-contoured face. Rather than making you look beautiful, heavy contour and highlight can make you look like a caricature of yourself.

Save your big contour for nightclubs, where it’s perpetually dark, and everyone is drunk anyway!

3. Trying Something New.
Your wedding day isn’t the day to try something new. Don’t break out a big red lip for the first time ever, or suddenly convert to an intense smokey eye or giant strip lash. Your groom needs to recognize you as you walk down the aisle. You need to look like your very best version of you, not like a stranger to him. 

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4. Skipping The Makeup Trial.
The trial is not only important for setting up the look for the day, but it gives you a chance to observe the makeup artist, their skills, products, hygiene. It also gives you a chance to see if their energy matches yours. Some artists are technically brilliant but their energy is just toxic. You need to make sure the vendors who will be around you on your big day bring good energy and a pleasant vibe.

Bring pictures to your trial, both of makeup you love and makeup you hate. It’s the best way to make sure you are both on the same page.

5. Shimmer And Shine In The Wrong Places.
I always advise scaling way back on the shimmer, or even skipping it altogether. Shimmer can translate to sparkle in sunlight, and look terribly wrong, especially high on the cheeks and under the brows.
Glowing, dewy skin is lovely, but can make you look oily/sweaty in the wrong light, so don’t go overboard on the shine. Adding shine to the center forehead and along the bridge of the nose can be fabulous on a fashion shoot, where everything is controlled, but on a bride can often look like greasy skin.

Avoid glitter completely.

6. Too Much Dark Drama On The Eyes.
Black liner and black shadow are a no-no for brides. Black liner grabs the light and makes you look like you are squinting in all your pictures. If it doesn’t shut your eye down in the outdoor light it becomes the main focus on your face, and you see the liner before you see the girl. Opt for dark espresso browns and deep moody purples instead. They will give you the accent you are looking for without closing your eye down.

Even if you can make black shadow look fabulous in the makeup chair, wedding makeup has to last 10 to 12 hours at least, and black shadow as it wears in can make you look heavy and tired under the eye, and can make your eyes look like they have sucked in to the back of your skull.

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7. Lashes That Are Too Big.
Back to the outdoor light – lashes can act like awnings hanging over your under eye, creating big shadows that make you look tired and haunted. They can also be too dense at the lash line, making you look squinty in your pictures. Be careful with strip lashes if you are not used to wearing them. Tears can weaken the glue in the inner corners of the lash, making them lift away and look crazy.

8. Foundation Mis-match.
Your foundation needs to match your skin, not only in depth of color, but also in undertone. Your makeup artist needs to know if you are a cool tone or a warm tone, and needs to have a solid grasp on color theory, so that they can build you a perfect color. Once your perfect shade is created it needs to be applied in a sheer and even veil. Thick, chunky foundation looks awful, especially in the daylight. It should look like perfect flawless skin, not thick, opaque makeup.

I just read on a Facebook pro makeup artist community page a post from someone bragging that they do 10 faces in 4 hours for weddings. That is only 24 minutes per person, which tells me some major steps are being missed, and my guess is the first missed step is going to be the creation of the perfect complexion.

See? We told you every single one of these tips is essential! Thank you Corinna for making sure brides don’t make these mistakes. Read Corinna’s 8 Bridal Beauty Blunders blog post right here.

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18
Aug
Real Arizona Wedding: Elizabeth and Matthew’s El Chorro Wedding
categories: destination weddings and honeymoons, fabulous reception sites, real weddings, reception ideas, Scottsdale Weddings, Wedding Inspiration, Wedding Resources

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Wedding Ceremony and Reception Venue: El Chorro

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Let’s just start this Real Arizona Wedding feature with what the groom says was his favorite moment of the day: My favorite moment was walking back down the aisle together as husband and wife. All the effort and preparation everyone put into the wedding culminated in that moment, and everything came together perfectly. The first seconds of our marriage, in a gorgeous setting, surrounded by our family and very best friends was a moment I will never forget.

So romantic, right? Pretty much all of Elizabeth and Matthew’s El Chorro wedding is romantic- the soft blush and ivory palette, pops of metallic shimmer in the bridesmaid dresses and reception decor, and the scenery of the venue all come together to make one beautiful day.

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The Guys: Matthew is in the Air Force and wanted to wear his “Mess Dress” uniform for the wedding, and it’s a fun tradition for each member to have a party shirt with fabric that tells a little bit about him and his personality. With the jacket on, it looks like a standard issue white button down. But as soon as the jacket comes off, you know it’s time to party from the fun, crazy, and vibrant shirt sleeves and back.

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The Girls: Bridesmaids were allowed to choose their own dress from Rent the Runway and we love how the textures and fabrics all work together but allow each girl to be individual (and comfortable!)

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The Colors: We decided to allow the desert to provide much of the color, and stuck with a very neutral color palette of blush, nude, metallics, and a pop of navy so that Matthew could wear his traditional Air Force Mess Dress.

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The Venue: I spent much of my childhood visiting family members in Arizona, and always held fond memories of the beauty the desert spring holds. When it came time to plan our wedding, Paradise Valley came up as the perfect location, allowing us to make a weekend of our wedding to spend more time with our closest friends and family. When Matthew and I first set foot in Casa Paloma at El Chorro, we new our search was done. The venue is so classic Arizona, and the view of Camelback Mountain in the background of the lawn was picturesque.

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Favorite moment (because the bride’s is as lovely as the groom’s!):
E: My favorite moment was our vows. We each wrote our own, and I remember filling up with emotion as Matthew read his and getting lost in the moment, not wanting it to end.

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The Guest “Book”: We both loved the idea of a non-traditional guest book – we already have tons of books collecting dust on the shelves and wanted something we would see more often to remind us of the love we felt on our wedding day. The board is a custom piece from Petal Lane, with our wedding date underneath the mr. & mrs. We had wooden heart magnets that our guests signed their names on, some wrote notes. The board is now proudly displayed in the entry to our home.

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The Reception: El Chorro has such beautiful grounds, there wasn’t much we had to do to make it beautiful. With the exception of our sweetheart table (because a girl needs just a little bit of sparkle), we kept the decorations very muted and organic.

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What was most important to you as you planned your wedding? We wanted to keep it simple. We had a small wedding with only 80 guests, nearly all having traveled a great distance to celebrate with us. We wanted to be able to genuinely spend time with each and every person. We both have memories from the wedding with each guest.

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Any surprises or things you would change? Could we change and have had the reception could go on forever?! We had absolutely no complaints, no surprises, and would gladly repeat the entire weekend from start to finish time and time again.

Vendor love: Our wonderful vendors are really the ones who deserve the praise for pulling off my vision, as I was forced to plan from 850 miles away in Oklahoma. Late night phone calls, early morning e-mails- they definitely took my scattered ideas and formed a beautiful evening that Matthew and I will cherish for the rest of our lives.

Congratulations Elizabeth and Matthew and thank you for sharing your gorgeous wedding day with us!

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14
Aug
Great Find: Love Affair Diamonds
categories: favor and gift ideas, Wedding Inspiration

When I was a little girl, my very worldly and quite stoic grandmother told me she had a secret she wanted to share with me. Being that she wasn’t much for silliness, I wasn’t sure what I was about to hear (this is the grandmother, after all, who took me to McDonald’s for lunch, clearly a place she had never stepped foot in prior to that day, and suggested I order a hot dog. No, McDonald’s didn’t serve hot dogs back then…I think this was her attempt at relating to my generation. Ha ha!). But my grandmother became quite cool in my eyes after she shared her secret. She said, rather sternly, “Kelly, NEVER forget this: diamonds are a girl’s best friend.” This sentiment resonated with me because she was a survivor. She was the single parent of 6 boisterous boys and a teacher who supported herself and traveled the world obsessively. She was far more interesting than she was sweet and I loved her.

Why am I telling you this story? Because when I saw the rings from Love Affair Diamonds, they reminded me of the style and quality of jewelry my grandmother would wear. She didn’t skimp on her accessories and she appreciated diamonds like no other woman I’ve met in my life.

Love Affair Diamonds does a few unique things that will catch your attention: they restore one-of-a-kind heirlooms, they design pieces that are a modern take on classic vintage elements, and they’ve just launched their “Try Before You Buy” program. We’re in love and you’re sure to be too!

This is the Chloe solitaire setting in 18k yellow gold– we’re swooning over the intricate design

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One of the most unique things about Love Affair Diamonds is their revolutionary “Try Before You Buy” policy which launched June 1, 2015. Founder Erica created this one of a kind program in collaboration with jewelry designer and artist Caysie van Bebber, allowing brides and grooms peace of mind when choosing a wedding ring that will last a lifetime. Never before has an opportunity like this existed. LAD’s “TBYB” program is simple, convenient and straightforward. Interested parties pay a refundable deposit and like that, they are shipped a sample ring(s) for consideration. A pre-authorization of the replacement cost of the setting and a basic shipping charge is put on the individual’s credit card. They return the ring(s) within three days from the receipt date and the replacement cost is refunded, less the shipping charge. The shipping charge is waived with a setting order.

Love Affair Diamonds’ most popular halo style-the Bella halo setting in platinum and rose gold– is pretty gorgeous!

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This is a vintage reproduction antique cushion cut diamond and calibre cut sapphire ring and it’s pure luxury

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Sophie and Julia are the two most popular solitaire settings

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(Julia)

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(Lisette halo setting in 18k yellow gold and platinum, paired with the Alexandria french cut diamond eternity band in 18k gold)

The bands from Love Affair Diamonds are spectacular; yellow gold diamond eternity bands and platinum diamond eternity bands can accompany a more traditional engagement ring or stand on their own just fine

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Of course Love Affair Diamonds has all kinds of jewelry that would be perfect for your wedding. These are some of our faves:

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Love Affair Diamonds also works with loose diamonds like this beauty, a 1.74ct Old European Cut Diamond

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Many of the pieces are one-of-a-kind so once they’re sold, they’re gone for good, but luckily Love Affair Diamonds owner and founder Erica Derout is obsessed with her work and she is constantly acquiring new pieces. Some are disassembled and made into new designs and some maintain their original design. Check out the collection online at LoveAffairDiamonds.com

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