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20
Oct
Kimberly & Brendan’s Art Deco Phoenix Wedding
categories: fabulous reception sites, floral inspiration, real weddings, Wedding Inspiration

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There are two distinct phrases that come to mind when we see Kimberly and Brendan’s Art Deco Phoenix Wedding. The first is, “They did it their way” and the second is, “They had SO MUCH FUN!”. See, this lovely pair planned a wedding where they clearly made their own decisions— they incorporated sentimental items to honor those they love, both their ceremony and reception venues have personal meaning to them, and the details were thoughtfully curated to create an evening like no other. Oh, and their after-party is one that I genuinely mourn the absence of in my life. You’ve just got to see this wedding beginning with the finery of their attire and ending with hula hoops!

Art Deco Phoenix Wedding | Colors: We wanted our wedding to be reflective of both AZ (our beautiful sunsets) and the winter months, so we selected navy and copper with lavender as our accent color. Given the Phoenix Art Museum’s more modern feel, the theme of our wedding was a modern take on art deco and Gatsby, with Arizona twists.

Art Deco Phoenix Wedding | The Flowers: Our florist grew her own rosemary and lavender, our two favorite herbs/scents, and this was incorporated into the bouquets, centerpieces, and a bundle was tucked into each place setting at the guest tables. There were also sprigs of fresh lavender added to the water. Brendan’s boutonniere consisted of a succulent and white ranunculus while my bouquet consisted of white anemone, white ranunculus, blue thistle, purple tipped succulents, lavender roses, copper painted eucalyptus, Italian ruscus, and a very special flower: Picasso calla lilies with the purple center. My grandma, who played a huge role in raising me, passed away several years ago, and she carried a bouquet of calla lilies at her wedding so this was a way to pay tribute to her. 

In addition to my gold Saint Mary’s College ring, I also wore a small gold ring on my right hand that is a family heirloom which all the women in my family have worn on their wedding day.

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Art Deco Phoenix Wedding | Favorite Moment: Looking back there were so many incredibly special moments on our wedding day, but both of us think the first look was one of the top highlights of the day. There was so much anticipation to see one another, and because we had our photographers and videographers there it built up the anticipation even more. Seeing one another in that moment was pure joy and all of the nerves of the day melted away in an instant.

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Art Deco Phoenix Wedding | The Ceremony: We were married at St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church in Central Phoenix, which is a church where we have been members and attend regularly. Our family priest, Fr. Ben, officiated the Mass.

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Art Deco Phoenix Wedding | The Coolest Getaway: In honor of Brendan’s Grandma, who also passed away several years ago, Brendan’s parents had his Grandma’s 1946 Chevy Coupe fully restored in time for the wedding and drove it to Phoenix. The beautiful navy blue car with chrome trim was an unforgettable tribute to Brendan’s Grandma and made for a dramatic getaway car!

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It was only fitting that Kimberly and Brendan had their reception at Phoenix Art Museum—it’s one of the first places Kimberly took Brendan to when he moved to Phoenix from Tucson! And again, see how much fun they have together?

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Art Deco Phoenix Wedding | The Reception: The reception took place in Phoenix Art Museum’s Cummings Hall, a dramatic and spacious space perfect for entertaining.

Food was another really important aspect of our wedding since we are HUGE foodies. We decided to have a Southwest Italian feast that  highlighted the flavors and produce of Arizona as well as our love for Italian food. Our caterers incorporated traditional Italian pastas with Southwestern chilis, meats, and produce. The caterers’ signature braised short ribs were served with an ancho chili sauce and the favorite pasta of the pasta bar was the penne pasta with tequila lime chicken and peppers.

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Art Deco Phoenix Wedding | The Cake: The beautiful and fresh cake featured my (Kimberly’s) layer—chocolate cake and cannoli filling—and Brendan’s layer—vanilla cake with cream and fresh raspberries.

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Art Deco Phoenix Wedding | The Photobooth: To match the classy, modern theme, our photobooth company handmade a wall of white, paper flowers as the backdrop for the photobooth fun! Many guests thought it was part of the museum.

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If you’ve looked at a lot of wedding photos, you know how awkward some cake cutting/eating photos can be…but not Kimberly and Brendan’s cake photo! Oh no, these two are simply the cutest!

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Art Deco Phoenix Wedding | The After Party: At the exit, guests were able to take a few glow sticks for the grand exit and after party, which was held at The Duce…guests also took some awesome handmade leather Arizona keychains that my beloved Grandpa made by hand. The keychains either said AZ or 1.7.17 (our wedding date). 

The after party is where we giddily rejoiced for Kimberly and Brendan and the beautiful wedding day they planned—to have their photographers follow them to the after party where the couple and their guests played games, danced, and just let loose is just pure genius. It’s the best way we can think of to end a wedding!

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What’s your advice for other couples to achieve such an easy-going & fun attitude? The stress leading up to the wedding day is like none other because each couple invests so much time, energy, and money into making it the perfect day. We had a blast on our wedding day and felt many things contributed to our relaxed and fun going attitude. First off, hiring the best team of vendors really paid off for us because we were confident in them and each one of them exceeded our expectations so we didn’t feel like we were worrying about anything on the day of the wedding. Surrounding ourselves with loved ones was also key to easing nerves. The greatest piece of advice for other couples that we can give is to remember this day is all about the union of you and your partner. Have faith in all of the planning and preparation you have both done and focus on one another because your guests will have a blast and the vendors will ensure everything else is perfect.

Our wedding day was the best day yet, and we feel so totally grateful and in love with how it all turned out. We are excited to share our story and hopefully inspire other engaged couples! We learned so much and grew even closer together as a couple during the planning process, and we feel it all paid off beautifully.

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Where there any surprises or things you would change? We feel really blessed because we didn’t have any major surprises or issues on our wedding day; even during a rainy January we lucked out and got a sunny, cool weather day. Everyone told us prepare for something to go wrong, but we believe that due to all of our planning and amazing vendors (ok and a bit of good luck too), every single detail went off without a hitch. The week of the wedding we decided to add an informal “after party” at The Duce and we are so glad we did that. Even though it was a super long day already, our adrenaline kicked in and we (plus many of our guests) were wide awake and ready to continue the party! We would recommend to either book your reception venue an hour longer, or select an after party spot like we did. We closed down The Duce and partied until nearly 2am!

Congratulations Kimberly and Brendan and thank you for sharing your wedding with us!

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Photographer: Sunshine & Reign Photography | Florist: Table Tops, Etc. | Caterer: Santa Barbara Catering | Cake: Honeymoon Sweets | Photobooth: Pic Me! Photobooth | After Party: The Duce

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

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16
Oct
Wedding Fashion Event in Scottsdale | Omni Montelucia’s Dream Event
categories: bridal fashions, fabulous reception sites, Trends, Wedding Inspiration

Omni Montelucia’s Dream Event was everything it promised to be—the exclusive wedding fashion event in Scottsdale was plentiful in style, champagne, time with Randy Fenoli, and exquisite wedding gowns. The evening began with a VIP event with Randy where attendees previewed his brand new line of wedding gowns and toasted to the evening with Veuve Clicquot champagne (yum!)

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Engaged couples mingled with all types of wedding professionals—there were wedding planners, florists, photographers, stylists, etc. and the excitement of the evening was contagious!

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Randy Fenoli—Master of Ceremonies (and master of happiness, enthusiasm, and all things bridal fashion)—kicked off the fashion show in style as only he can. He shared his excitement for the dresses we were about to see and reminded us all that “it’s not just about the dress, it’s about how you WEAR the dress.” We adore him…

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As promised, Omni Montelucia’s wedding fashion event in Scottsdale was an impressive show where stunning wedding gowns introduced the latest trends in wedding fashion; we also got to view several bridesmaid dresses and were treated to the cutest flower girl too!

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The dress on the left received the most oohs and aahs of the evening—the sheer elements and floral detailing made an impression on every single person in the room!

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After the show, Omni Montelucia treated us to delicious sweets and more photo ops

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The Dream Event hosted by Omni Montelucia came together so beautifully due, in large part, to these event sponsors:

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A very special thank you to Eyes 2 See for the event photos!

We have a feeling this wedding fashion event in Scottsdale, at the gorgeous Omni Scottsdale Resort & Spa at Montelucia, will be one of the year’s most talked about events and we can’t wait to attend next year’s!

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

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3
Oct
Wedding Gowns for Fall 2017 from Schaffer’s Bridal | Scottsdale, Arizona
categories: bridal fashions, Trends, Wedding Inspiration

Wedding gowns for Fall 2017 have arrived in most bridal shops by now and we are absolutely thrilled with what we’ve seen so far- there are backs to die for, versatile styles, floral embroidery that will blow you away, and some classic styles that are enjoying their moment in the spotlight. We asked Elite Circle bridal shop Schaffer’s Bridal in Scottsdale for their top picks for this fall’s wedding gown line up and here’s what they shared with us:

Wedding gowns for Fall 2017 | Sottero and Midgley: We love this style because it features a low back, as well as the perfect sweetheart neckline to flatter any bride. It is a fitted silhouette with bold intricate lace that we cant get enough of!

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Wedding gowns for Fall 2017 | Maggie Sottero: This gown is for the vintage bride with a twist! It is an all over lace gown with a beaded key-hole back and crystal detail buttons to finish it off.

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Wedding gowns for Fall 2017 | Maggie Sottero: The perfect gown for a glamorous bride that is looking for a fitted dress with a fun skirt and a low back. The bodice is fully beaded and fits like a glove.

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Wedding gowns for Fall 2017 | Pronovias: A classic wedding gown featuring a sleek fit with detachable off the shoulder straps for a versatile look. It is perfect for a bride who is all about comfort!

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Wedding gowns for Fall 2017 | Pronovias: For the bride that is looking for a dress with the perfect sleeve, this dress has it all! This gown features lace, beading, and a full skirt for the bride that wants it all.

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Wedding gowns for Fall 2017 | Hayley Paige: The perfect dress for a bride looking for a fully beaded wedding gown with gorgeous back detail. It is fully fitted with a slight flare in the skirt.

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Wedding gowns for Fall 2017 | Blush by Hayley Paige: The “Dayton” gown is a modern and exciting twist on a lace and tulle ball gown. The skirt is finished with layers of horse hair for a fun and flirty look. It is perfect for the bride who wants the look of a lace bodice and the skirt of a ball gown.

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Wedding gowns for Fall 2017 | Blush by Hayley Paige: This flowy ivory A-line gown is perfect for style and comfort! The bodice is finished with beaded cap sleeves and a key hole back.

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Wedding gowns for Fall 2017 | Paloma Blanca: This all over lace A-line wedding gown is a classic look with a plunging neckline and a low back. The double beaded bands across the waistline adds the perfect flare to this soft lace dress. Not to mention, it has POCKETS!

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Wedding gowns for Fall 2017 | Lazaro:  This floral embroidered wedding gown has it all! With the gorgeous V neckline in the front and the back, all the attention will be on the bride. The gorgeous belt detail is a finishing touch to complete the perfect bridal look.

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OK brides, we know where you’re headed to get your fill of wedding gowns for Fall 2017—we can’t wait to see the beautiful gowns you choose!

About Schaffer’s Bridal: For nearly 60 years, Schaffer’s has been making shopping for your special event as memorable as the event…Whether searching for an elegant ballgown or seeking the latest fit-and-flare, our gowns feature superior quality and luxurious fabrics. Stop in and see for yourself. You’re certain to find a gown that’s perfect for you!

Schaffer’s Bridal is located at 7293 N Scottsdale Road, Ste. B103 | 480.998.2298 | Website

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

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