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26
Feb
Wedding Trend: Tea Cocktails
categories: reception ideas, Trends, trends in catering, Wedding Inspiration

While wedding planning, some couples can feel a little boxed in by the design and decor ideas they find while researching wedding inspiration. We completely understand- it seems like once an idea hits, all the national blogs talk about are the same thing over and over. Well, here at Phoenix Bride & Groom, we acknowledge hot wedding trends, especially the trends that make sense and help couples personalize their weddings, but we also aim to be just a bit ahead of the trends as well. So in that spirit, we’re telling you today about a unique take on the signature cocktail: tea cocktails.

Tea cocktails are exactly what they sound like- a cocktail made with hot tea and some other fun stuff. Some tea cocktails, after steeping, are then served over ice but some tea cocktails remain hot. Think of this trend as the newest take on more familiar hot cocktails like Spanish coffee and Hot Buttered Rum but with a modern twist.

This video from Four Seasons Resort Scottsdale at Troon North confirmed our hunch that hot tea cocktails were gaining in popularity:

Inspired by the environmental extremes of the Sonoran Desert, Two Birds With One Stone is a drink that can warm you up on a cold desert night or leave you refreshed after a round of golf under the sun. 

Mixologists at Four Seasons hotels and resorts around the world will be shaking, stirring, steeping and serving drinks inspired by these classic brews. 

Four Seasons Florence makes the Grog tea cocktail: a bright, citrusy drink is poured from a classic teapot and sipped from teacups. Ginger-infused rum, 23-year Zacapa rum and Amaro Nonino form the boozy base, while cranberry and lime juice along with house-made lapsang souchong syrup lighten up the drink with fresh top notes. 

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At Four Seasons Azerbaijan, the Aroma is served: Earl Grey tea, condensed milk, dark wine and rum, and cinnamon powder

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And at Four Seasons Thailand, the Green Tea Gimlet hits the spot:

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Read more about the Four Seasons and their adventures with coffee and tea cocktails here.

Another tea cocktail we think would make a really fun signature cocktail at your wedding reception is the Early Grey from World of Tea:

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A few more resources for you so you can discover your perfect signature tea cocktail:

Food and Wine: How to make Tea Infused Cocktails for Fall

The Good Stuff: 13 Deliciously Delightful Chilled & Hot Tea Cocktails

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(Sweet Tea Bourbon Cocktail via The Good Stuff/Joy the Baker)

Hot tea is hitting it’s stride and with good reason- wedding guests may want a hot cocktail but don’t want the caffeine that comes with a coffee drink and if you’re taking advantage of Arizona’s amazing weather, outdoor events may need a little bump of warmth as evening temps set in. If it’s warm outside, think boozy iced tea and you’re good to go!

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23
Feb
Real Arizona Wedding: Rachel and Ross’s Modern Classic Wedding
categories: fabulous reception sites, floral inspiration, real weddings, reception ideas, Wedding Inspiration

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Rachel and Ross’s modern classic wedding was featured in our Winter Spring issue but we had to share even more pics form their wedding day- this couple is just so sweet together and the moments captured by Elite Circle photographer Katrina Wallace Photographers are just so beautiful. Their sweet pup Chloe got so much love and attention during the wedding that we sort of fell in love with her!

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Rachel tried on more than 100 wedding gowns before she found this beauty! It’s a convertible lace and tulle dress that fit this modern classic bride perfectly; the moment she showed it to Ross for the first time has become her favorite moment of the day!

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A Modern Classic Wedding Ceremony: The couple chose Sanctuary on Camelback Mountain Resort & Spa to get married because it’s a location that holds sentimental value for them- many dates and Ross’s proposal occurred here; we love the bond between Rachel and her father

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A Modern Classic Wedding Reception: All white floral centerpieces and candles suspended in clear glass vases were set against purple linens for an elegant effect; the ballroom at Sanctuary provided a stunning view; uplighting completed the look.

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Congratulations Rachel and Ross and thank you for sharing your modern classic wedding with us!

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Wedding Professionals Who Help You Wed in Style

Location: Sanctuary Camelback Mountain Resort and Spa

Photography: Katrina Wallace Photographers

Floral Design: Table Tops Etc.

Makeup Artist: Corinna Cooke

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Wedding Planner: Meant2Be Events :: Bridal Gown: J Bridal Boutique :: Entertainment: Desert House Productions :: Cake: Classic Cakes & Confections

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19
Feb
Wedding Favors: Custom Cookies From Pixy Cakes
categories: cakes and sweets, favor and gift ideas, Wedding Inspiration

Wedding favors can stump some couples to the point of making a desperate (think: ridiculous) decision. We’ve seen mini-photo frames, shell shaped soaps, and even wooden spoons used as wedding favors that clearly aren’t chosen with clear minds. And we get it- with all the to do lists, decision making and budgeting, picking the perfect wedding favor can be a challenge. Our solution to this dilemma is to keep it simple: either make a meaningful donation to a charity go with an edible favor. Pretty much anything edible is better than shell shaped soaps, wouldn’t you agree?

Today’s edible wedding favor idea comes from Elite Circle wedding baker Pixy Cakes. They just recently announced that they’re now designing custom cookies and we couldn’t be more thrilled to share this news with you. This means that you have a local baker right here in Arizona who can not only make your wedding cake but also your custom cookie wedding favors too. Today is such a great day!

Here are a few samples of the cookies they’ve made- the pics are from their kitchen and as soon as Pixy Cakes starts making more for their wedding clients we know we’re going to see all kinds of beauties!

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These custom cookies are just the beginning and we can’t wait for Arizona’s couples to order some for their own weddings! Pixy Cakes is adept at all kinds of design styles and techniques- you’ve seen their cakes, right?

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(Cake: Pixy Cakes, Photo: Savidge Photography)

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(Photography: Ben & Kelly Photography, Cake: Pixy Cakes, Floral: Flower Bar, Linens: Wildflower Linen, Coordinator: BTS Event Management)

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(Cake: Pixy Cakes)

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(Cake: Pixy Cakes)

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(Cake: Pixy Cakes)

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(Cake: Pixy Cakes)

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(Cake: Pixy Cakes)

You can see that Pixy Cakes has the talent to make all kinds of desserts extra special and beautiful so hiring them for your wedding cake and custom cookies favor is a no-brainer!

Connect with Pixy Cakes online: www.pixycakes.com or call (623) 907 9778 to make your appointment | Cookies start at $3.50 and there’s a 1 dozen order minimum

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16
Feb
A Post Wedding Brunch at Arizona Biltmore
categories: fabulous reception sites, floral inspiration, from the consultants, reception ideas, Wedding Inspiration

When you get married and have a wedding planner like Victoria Canada of Victoria Canada Weddings & Events who thinks of EVERYTHING, you’re probably going to have some sort of post wedding brunch- an event the morning after your wedding is just the loveliest way to wrap up a wedding weekend, say goodbye to your guests, and decompress (as long as you have someone helping you organize it, otherwise it’s kind of stressful!).

Victoria shared a recent post wedding brunch she organized at Arizona Biltmore for her clients Michelle and Brandon who, luckily, happen to be early risers and it’s got everything you want and need for the perfect send off!

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Victoria tells us: the bride wanted a French themed event so we really concentrated on having it in the garden area of the Aztec Lawn- the linen was perfect with a bistro feel; we re-purposed the lounge furniture from the wedding the night before to get the most out of the rental fee- it was a little extra for labor but worth it!  

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Post Wedding Brunch Tip: We created a buffet with after party essential items like sunscreen, Advil, extra sunglasses etc. and to go boxes and water for guests who needed to eat and hydrate on the run.

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Newspapers for guests to read while relaxing had a fun wrap while custom napkins continued the after party theme; the custom Coffee Bar was a hit too. Victoria’s team used herbs in the floral pieces for a French Provincial twist.

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Post Wedding Brunch Tip: Inside, we used the Chameleon chairs from the wedding and just took off the chair covers from the night before to make them perfect for a brunch; we had Arizona Biltmore set up a Mimosa and Bloody Mary bar for guests (hair of the dog!)- the Bloody Mary bar was a request of the bride’s and she was so happy with it. 

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One of the couple’s favorite elements of the event was lawn games- corn hole and ladder toss made sure guests socialized and got moving a little before travelling back home. Phoenix bride and Groom_post wedding brunch_Victoria Canada Weddings and Events_Arizona Biltmore (8)

Bride Michelle’s best advice for couples planning their weddings: I think the best piece of advice is to not get overwhelmed by all of the things that need to be done. First pick your venue and then decide on what kind of look and or theme you want to go with. Don’t stress over the small things because it won’t go exactly as you plan and that’s ok!

The couple went on their honeymoon a few months after their wedding which they say was nice to wait a couple of months after the wedding hype died down….we went in mid May to the south of Italy (Puglia, Positano, and Tuscany)- it was unreal. 

Congratulations Michelle and Brandon and thank you for choosing us to share your post wedding brunch…and thank you Victoria for submitting it to us!

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Wedding Professionals Who Help You Wed in Style

Location: Arizona Biltmore
Coordinator: Victoria Canada Weddings & Events
Rentals:  Classic Party Rentals
Stationery: Celebrations in Paper

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Photography: Brushfire Photography :: Linen: La Tavola :: Floral: Petal Pusher
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12
Feb
Wedding Trend: Large Wedding Bouquets
categories: floral inspiration, photography, real weddings, Sedona Weddings, Trends, Wedding Inspiration

One wedding trend that we’ve seen gain tremendous popularity in the last year or so is large wedding bouquets. These bountiful bundles aren’t for every bride- some can be quite heavy and they definitely stand out in pictures- but for a flower loving statement making bride, large wedding bouquets are the way to go.

We’ve gathered a collection of some of the prettiest and most attention grabbing large wedding bouquets from Arizona’s Elite Circle florists for today’s wedding inspiration. Enjoy!

Large Wedding Bouquets by Table Tops, Etc | A full-service floral design studio providing beautiful, natural arrangements for any wedding or special event:

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(Photo: Erica Velasco Photography)

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(Photo: Hagerty Photography)

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(Photo: Kym Ventola Photography)

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(Photo: Cami Takes Photos)

Large Wedding Bouquets by Your Event FloristA premier floral wedding and event design company that sets the standard for creating remarkable events:

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(Photo: Hagerty Photography, Location: Arizona Biltmore)

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(Photo: Image Industry)

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(Photo: Nicole Walker Photography, Location: Omni Scottsdale Resort & Spa at Montelucia)

Large Wedding Bouquets by Butterly Petals | An award-winning floral studio specializing in weddings, corporate parties and special events:

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(Photo: April Maura Photography)

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(Photo: Elizabeth McDonnell Photography)

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(Photo: Melissa Jill Photography)

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(Photo: Elyse Hall Photography)

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(Photo: Elizabeth McDonnell Photography)

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(Photo: Vienna Glenn Photography)

Large Wedding Bouquets by Events By Show Stoppers | A full service event decorating company that provides upscale floral design, props, backdrops, fabrics, professional lighting and planning services:

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(Photo: Cameron & Kelly Studio)

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(Photo: Vienna Glenn Photography)

Large Wedding Bouquets by Flower BarAs one of Scottsdale’s premier floral design studios, Flower Bar prides itself in creating bold, out-of-the-box floral designs for the contemporary client:

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(Photo: Andrew Jade Photography)

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(Photo: Mike Olbinski Photography)

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(Photo: Sarah Waggoner Photography)

Large Wedding Bouquets by Brady’s Floral Gallery | One of the finest providers of both high quality flowers and unique designs:

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(Photo: Ben + Kelly Photography)

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(Photo: Katrina Wallace Photographers)

See why we like the large wedding bouquets? They’re a wedding trend that brings more pretty into the world and we love it!

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9
Feb
Wedding Inspiration: Snorkel Blue- Pantone Wedding Colors for 2016
categories: bridal fashions, cakes and sweets, fabulous reception sites, favor and gift ideas, floral inspiration, Grooms, real weddings, reception ideas, Sedona Weddings, Trends, Wedding Inspiration

Snorkel Blue, one of Pantone’s colors for 2016, is probably going to live a long and happy life. It’s just the kind of easy to wear, goes with everything, not too seasonally specific blue and we’re betting both brides and grooms are happy that it’s one of the top 10 colors for 2016.

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Pantone describes the color best: A maritime-inspired blue, Snorkel Blue plays in the navy family, but with a happier, more energetic context. The name alone implies a relaxing vacation and encourages escape. It is striking yet still, with lots of activity bursting from its undertones.

Since we love this color,  naturally we have some snorkel blue wedding inspo for you!

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( Location: Sassi, Photo: Terry McKaig, Flowers: Petal Pusher)

We love this groom’s Snorkel Blue wedding style

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(Planner: Victoria Canada Weddings and Events, Wedding Gown: Schaffer’s Bridal, Photography: Mike Olbinski Photography)

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(Location: Arizona Biltmore, Stationery: Celebrations in Paper, Rentals: Classic Party Rentals, Photography: Elyse Hall Photography, Stylist: Some Like It Classic Weddings and Events)

Snorkel Blue and pink are a beautiful pairing, especially when you include many different textures and signage!

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(Floral: Table Tops Etc., Linen: Wildflower Linen, Rentals: Classic Party Rentals, Photographer: Stephanie Fay Photography, Location: The Country Club at DC Ranch, Event Coordinator:Some Like it Classic Wedding and Events)

Snorkel Blue couldn’t get any more versatile- it’s stunning with silver and gold!

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(Location: L’Auberge de Sedona,Photographer: Sedona Bride Photographers, Floral Design: Events by Show Stoppers, Event Coordinator: Heart of Sedona Weddings)

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(Cake: Piece of Cake Desserts, Photo: Leslie Ann Photography, Location: Villa Siena)

The snorkel blue ribbons hung from tree branches are a visually interesting way to display escort cards

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(Photo: Terry Mckaig, Flowers: Petal Pusher, Location: Sassi, Planner: Some Like it Classic)

Creative ways to use many shades of blue all together (including Snorkel Blue of course): in your wedding stationery, on custom wine labels, in the escort card display, and with colorful pashminas for guests!

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(Location: L’Auberge de Sedona,Photographer: Sedona Bride Photographers, Floral Design: Events by Show Stoppers, Event Coordinator: Heart of Sedona Weddings)

We’re certain Snorkel Blue will be quite popular for weddings in 2016 and we’re definitely looking forward to the many ways couples in Arizona are going to incorporate it into their color palettes.

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