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25
Sep
Kaytie and Alex’s Best Day Ever Wedding
categories: destination weddings and honeymoons, fabulous reception sites, floral inspiration, for your ceremony, real weddings, reception ideas, Wedding Inspiration

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Bride Kaytie, who previously worked for event planner Victoria Canada of Victoria Canada Weddings + Events, described her wedding as, “the dreamiest day” and once you get a look at it, you’ll understand why! The couple had their out of town guests in mind while planning their wedding so they chose Arizona Biltmore for their wedding venue which, they say, personifies “Arizona and winter comfy”. The details are gorgeous, the couple is so in love, there’s a few fun surprises, and overall, the planning that went into the day ended up making it Kaytie and Alex’s best day ever wedding!

When your wedding planner used to be your boss, you know there are some fun things in store…

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One thing you’ll notice right away about Kaytie and Alex is how truly HAPPY they are together. They radiate love!

Best Day Ever Wedding | Favorite Moment: One of my favorite moments from the day, hands down, was the first look because Alex turned around and his eyes filled with huge tears (and let’s just say, Alex is NOT a crier). I also loved our vows because I thought they perfectly described the way we feel about one another and I was so glad we didn’t share them with each other ahead of time.

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Best Day Ever Wedding | Color Palette:​ Kaytie and Alex chose cream and blush as the main colors for their decor but included navy with touches of metallic gold throughout to steer clear of their wedding being too muted.

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Best Day Ever Wedding | The Ceremony:​ Kaytie and Alex exchanged vows in Arizona Biltmore’s Paradise Garden on a picture perfect Arizona day. The aisle was lined with rose petals and large floral arrangements framed the space beautifully; Victoria surprised the couple with a custom monogram that was applied to the mirrored pedestals.

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Congratulations to the bride and groom!

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Best Day Ever Wedding | Cocktail Hour: Cocktail hour on the lawn included a Nebraska football themed bar as a nod to Alex’s loyalty to his team. Kaytie recalls: I was chomping at the bit for months because I surprised Alex with a signature cocktail called, “Go Big Red” because he bleeds all things Nebraska.

Another fun fact, as told to us by Kaytie: Having football in common, Victoria and Alex were both very in tune with where one another stood when it came to their schools (Texas Tech and Nebraska); therefore, when a huge group of wedding crashers attempted to crash our wedding, not only did Vic spot them right away but she ended up busting them by putting them through a test of questions, including, “oh so you went to school with Alex at Iowa State?” Unfortunately for the crashers, they said, “yes!” Vic said, “mmm too bad because he went to Nebraska. Time to go”…we all got the biggest kick out of it because she’s such a badass.

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The “fun facts” cards displayed throughout cocktail hour shared anecdotes about Kaytie and Alex’s love story; the escort card display was very special to Kaytie— the navy blue frame and fabric covered display board was built by Alex and Kaytie’s father.

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This sign was another surprise from Victoria—just one more of the perks of having worked for a wedding planner!

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Best Day Ever Wedding | The Reception: Kaytie and Alex’s dinner reception was in Arizona Biltmore’s Grand Ballroom where a mix of large feasting tables and round tables were set with cream linens, gold chiavari chairs, tall clear vases topped with grand cream and blush floral arrangements, and gold details throughout.

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Best Day Ever Wedding | More Surprises: My 3 best friends are 100% Greek. That being said, there has always been a long-standing joke that I think I’m Greek (and now Alex, too). The 3 of them surprised us with a “Big Fat Greek Wedding” style dance! It was seriously the biggest crack up and such a blast.

Also, Victoria knew that since Alex and I have been dating we have always collected and dated the corks from the bottles of wine we drink…well, she told the catering manager at The Biltmore this little secret and when we got back to our room that night, there was a huge bag of corks waiting for us from all of the bottles that were opened at the wedding, it was the cherry on top to the perfect day.

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Best Day Ever Wedding | Wedding Planner Love: When I was a sophomore in college, I had my sites set on wedding planning. To make a long story short, I ended up interviewing with Victoria and the rest was history! ​I worked for her for about 5 years and still do events with her from time to time when she needs an extra set of hands! She is honestly next level when it comes to anything event related. I remember watching her at weddings in awe and thinking to myself, “I can’t even imagine what it would be like if she could do my wedding one day.” Well, fast forward through years of friendship, tons of incredibly stunning events, and lots of wine and laughs later, she did end up planning our wedding! …and of course, just as I imagined way back when, it was a dream having her there through the whole process!!! 

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Best Day Ever Wedding | Wedding Day Love: This probably sounds cliche but there isn’t a single thing either of us would change. At the end of the night, as we were walking back to our room, all we could say was how completely flawless, ​stunning, and dreamy the whole day was. It was such a blast on so many levels! If possible, we would relive the day over and over and over again!

Congratulations Kaytie and Alex and thank you for sharing your BEST DAY EVER wedding with us!

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Wedding Venue: Arizona Biltmore Resort & Spa

Wedding Planner: Victoria Canada Weddings + Events

Invitations: Celebrations in Paper

Makeup Artist: Corinna Cooke

Rentals: Classic Party Rentals

Bridesmaid Dresses: Schaffer’s

Photographer: Keith and Melissa Photographers | Wedding Gown: Bella Lily | Florist: Petal Pusher | Cake: Classic Cakes and Confections | Hair Stylist: Lanie Cunningham

Xoxo, Phoenix Bride & Groom…your complete Arizona wedding magazine and wedding planning resource

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13
Sep
The Duchess: A Cocktail Truck for Special Events in Arizona
categories: trends in catering, Wedding Inspiration, what's hot in rentals

We delightfully stumbled upon a fun idea for weddings that we know you’ll love as much as we do: mobile cocktail trucks. We’re not talking food carts that serve beer. Nor are we talking about an ice cream truck that someone thought to mount a margarita machine on. No. Those are not for you, beautiful engaged couples. What we’re talking about is a fancy-schmancy (ish) mobile cocktail truck whose sole purpose is to serve in style and the only one you really need to know about, in Arizona at least, is “The Duchess”. She’s a sexy little champagne colored cocktail truck for special events in Arizona and she’s many things: pretty, fun, a bit sassy, and yes, functional. Want to know more? Read on to hear what co-owner Nicole Brown has to say about this lovely lady!

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The Duke Truck is the original mobile cocktail truck and he used to travel between Napa Valley and Arizona as the coolest cocktail truck for special events in Arizona. As you can imagine, that’s quite a trek so The Duke Truck’s owners went to France, found a twin, spiffed her up, and brought her back to Scottsdale. Aren’t we lucky?

Here’s The Duke Truck—The Duke and The Duchess are the same except for their color.

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(Photographer: Cheryl Nestico Photography)

How did you come up with the idea of having a cocktail truck for special events in Arizona and what is your background in bartending/event planning?

My husband and I love entertaining, and we really love wine and cocktails. We were having a party and were looking for a something to make it stand out. We looked at food trucks but didn’t feel like the trucks fit into the decor of the party, and wanted to serve cocktails not tacos. We were looking for something hip and vintage where you could really interact with the truck and people inside… But it didn’t exist. After an incredible journey through the countryside of Burgundy, France, we found an old butcher truck. We named him The Duke. The rest is history!

Are you able to set up at venues (like resorts) that have their own bartending services on site?

Yes. We work with all types of venues. Some require they own the entire staffing for events onsite. In that case we simply rent The Duke as a bar rental, set it up and their staff serves. We are very selective an only do this at high end venues to ensure a seamless experience for the client. Basically if you are in the love with the idea of having our trucks at your wedding we can work with the venue to make that happen!

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(Photographer: April Maura Photography)

Can you tell us about your packages for couples who are interested in having a cocktail truck for special events in Arizona?

We offer 3 different packages: Truck rental only, Cocktail Hour (1 staff for 2 hours) & Premium Royal service (Truck + Royal Staff for entire event). Most of the décor seen in our pictures are all part of the truck rental. All of our packages include bistro café lights, barstools, chalkboard, interior plants/décor, champagne bucket, vintage Marshall speaker for music, and our crown marquee sign. We work hand and hand with other vendors to add any décor that fits the design of the wedding, from fresh flowers to handmade cocktail menu signs, our trucks can fit any theme.

When did The Duchess join the Arizona market?

The newest member of our fleet, The Duchess, made her debut this spring 2017, after Shawn and I went on an adventure through Europe to find her. She is the color of champagne, and is the embodiment of Fabulous Sophistication. Our business has grown to the point where we need 1 truck dedicated to each of our 2 markets. The Duke will stay full time in Napa Valley, CA and The Duchess will live in Scottsdale, AZ. Our third truck, The Baron, will be retrofitted this fall 2017 and will travel! All of our trucks are Citroen HY Vans with the same dimensions, custom cabinets, chalkboard, marquee sign, and bistro café lights. The Duke and Duchess both have distinct personalities, however, they all share the vintage look, feel and experience clients are looking for and are guaranteed to make any event unforgettable.

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(Photographer: April Maura Photography)

(Photographer: April Maura Photography)

How far in advance should couples plan to book you?

I tell clients to book the minute they are sure they want the truck! We are now booking into the fall of 2018, and on popular dates I sometimes get 10 inquiries. The first to book locks it in…We only have one truck per market so if you want it then book it!

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(Photographer: C.M. Elle Studios, Planner: ROQUE Events)

Aren’t The Duke Truck and The Duchess just the best? We think they’re a great idea for a cocktail truck for special events in Arizona and we also think you should visit The Duke Truck to get more info! Call: (480) 748-1684 | Email: INFO@THEDUKETRUCK.COM

Xoxo, Phoenix Bride & Groom…your complete Arizona wedding magazine and wedding planning resource

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1
Sep
Elite Circle Bridal Shop in Arizona | Laurie’s Bridal and Formal
categories: bridal fashions, Meet Our Friends, Tips and Advice, Wedding Inspiration

You know those people who are considered “whisperers”? They’re the experts who seem to be born to know exactly how to do their job and they do it well every time. Well, Laurie Dickman, owner of Elite Circle bridal shop Laurie’s Bridal and Formal, is a wedding gown whisperer. From the moment you meet Laurie, you feel how passionate she is about wedding gowns and you also sense that you can completely trust her expertise. You’ll trust her to find the gown that will make you feel and look beautiful on your wedding day and you’ll trust her when she pulls a gown to try on that you never would have considered. Laurie will make your wedding gown dreams come true and we want you to know a bit more about her and her beautiful bridal shop in Arizona!

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(Photographer: Saaty Photography, Planner & Florist: Simply Beautiful Wedding Event Planning)

What will brides looking for their wedding gowns find at Laurie’s that they won’t find at any other bridal shop in Arizona? They will find a selection of gowns not offered elsewhere or offered with limited distribution.  Brides always tell me that they don’t necessarily want to see the same gowns all over town.

What are your top 3 tips for brides trying on gowns for the first time?

1. Do not come all decked out. Come dressed comfortably and you do not need to come all made up with make up. Be comfortable. You’re going to be getting in and out of dresses.

2. Bring 1-2 (or sometimes 3) trusted people whose opinions you trust and respect.  Sometimes the entourage is a bit overwhelming and can backfire.

3. Bring pictures.  But also, please be realistic—the pictures you see are professional models. Don’t compare yourself or be too hard on yourself if a dress you love doesn’t look the same on you as it does on a professional model. 
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Can brides customize their gowns at Laurie’s? We do carry one manufacturer, exclusively available in Scottsdale, who offers full customizable gowns.  We also refer out to local and reliable seamstresses who can do amazing modifications to your gown.
What are you seeing brides gravitating towards as far as bridal fashions that you’re loving right now?  Brides are more conscious about what they want to look like and how comfortable they want to be, rather than going for a particular style of gown. We do sell a little bit of everything so I’m confident that a bride coming into the shop will find her perfect wedding gown.
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What is your advice to brides who are concerned about being “too trendy” when choosing their gown? My advice is pure and simple and I’ve said it to almost every bride who’s been in my store: You don’t want to look back at your wedding day pictures 20 years from now and think what was I thinking?  Stay true to who you are.  I even heeded my own advice. I just celebrated my 22nd anniversary and posted my wedding picture.  I STILL love my handmade gown and I would wear it all over again!

What do you want brides to know before coming in to try on gowns at your bridal shop in Arizona? Please keep an open mind, be patient and trust that I know what I’m doing. For me, it’s not always about closing the sale, but making that perfect match between bride and gown.

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What else should we know about this very special bridal shop in Arizona? I treat every bride as if she were my friend, daughter or family member.  I really enjoy what I do and want every bride to just have a fun time shopping for her gown.  It shouldn’t be overwhelming or stressful, but the most enjoyable part of this special day.
 
One more thing…When brides book appointments, we staff accordingly and set time aside especially for them so it’s unfortunate when they can’t make their appointment and don’t notify us. We see a “no-show” as a missed opportunity for another bride who could have found her dress and while we certainly understand that sometimes brides can’t make their appointment, we just ask that they contact the store and let us know so we can re-schedule their appointment and open up that time slot for another bride!
 
About Laurie: Originally from New York, Laurie’s flair for fashion began in her teenage years, when she started working part time at a high end clothing and dress boutique in her local mall. In the very early 1990’s, she started working for a leading bridal dress and headpiece manufacturer. Laurie worked her way up and was soon traveling all over the United States as a Trunk Show Coordinator, training store owners and their employees how to properly sell wedding gowns, to educate their customers and to help listen to what the consumer wanted and bring that back to the company. She also helped design bridal headpieces.
Connect with Laurie’s Bridal: (480) 699 3973 | www.lauriesbridal.com
Xoxo, Phoenix Bride & Groom…your complete Arizona wedding magazine and wedding planning resource
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