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17
May
Real Arizona Wedding: Caroline and William
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I think it’s every bride’s dream to glow on her wedding day and while a beauty team may be able to achieve “glow” status through their expert touches, when a bride glows all on her own, you can see it. That’s Caroline. Yes her skin is perfect, her smile sparkles and her dress is stunning, but…oh,  just take a look!!

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Did you see that? The unmistakable glow of a girl about to marry the love of her life. I love it!

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Favorite Memory: Our gorgeous ceremony overlooking Paradise Valley. It was so special with our Danish pastor and Bill’s sisters participating….holding Bill’s hands in mine, looking into his eyes and saying “I do” in front of all our close friends and family.

3 Words: Modern, Romantic, Elegant

The Ceremony: I {Caroline} am originally from Copenhagen, Denmark and we were lucky enough to have our Danish pastor come out from California to marry us at the Sanctuary. She incorporated some Danish readings into the ceremony, making it very special for me and our Danish guests who had traveled so far to celebrate with us. Bill’s twin sisters also made the ceremony very special  – one read a special poem and the other played guitar and sang and amazing song.

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The Recession: After Bill and I held hands, looked into each others eyes, and said “I Do”, we walked back up the aisle to the Instant Classic’s acoustic guitar rendition of one of our favorite songs – U2’s “Beautiful Day.”

The southern California couple explains why they headed east for their nuptials: We love the quiet of the Arizona desert and the gorgeous views. The Sanctuary Camelback Mountain was the perfect setting for our wedding. The moment we walked onto the property for the first time, it just felt like “us” with its modern mid-century architecture and amazing views of Camelback Mountain from both the ceremony and reception sites.

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The white on white reception decor featured bits of purple all warmed up by candlelight- so lovely! The couple wanted a day that was modern and romantic; they chose gorgeous huge bouquets of white orchids, calla lillies, and hydrangea at both the ceremony and reception and added amazing bouquets of white ostrich feathers to the ceremony chairs which we later placed around the gorgeous all-white cake covered with cascading sugar flowers down the side.

Dinner, on the other hand, was extravagant to say the least. While seated at large feasting tables, family and friends could easily talk to each other while savoring delicious hors d’oevures at cocktail hour including roasted scallops with pancetta, whipped brie on brioche toast with lemon and pear, and curry and mango chicken satay.  For dinner, they were served a butter leaf salad with smoked bacon, spiced pecans and blue cheese, a sorbet intermezzo, and a choice of achiote marinated halibut with grilled corn and chorizo risotto and lobster butter or gorgonzola encrusted beef tenderloin with pancetta, exotic mushroom, and truffled potato cake with cabernet sauce.

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Sweetness: …for the last dance, we danced to “Sweet Caroline” surrounded by all our friends and family cheering us on.  It was so much fun and such a special moment.

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The Honeymoon: St. Lucia at the Jalousie Plantation (now renamed Sugar Beach). It was absolutely gorgeous!! We had our own private little cottage built into the side of a mountain with a gorgeous view of the famous towering Piton mountains and the ocean. We had our own private little plunge pool too. It was heaven on earth!! The resort is really special – the only resort in the world built on a UNESCO World Heritage site.

If you could change 1 thing: I have thought about this many times and always come to the same answer. There is absolutely nothing I would change about our wedding. We put a lot of thought and time into planning all the details and everything turned out perfectly and exactly the way we wanted it. We are really lucky.

Congratulations Caroline and William and thank you for sharing your special day with us!

Caroline and William’s Real Arizona Wedding Team:

Ceremony and Reception Site: Sanctuary Camelback Mountain

Photographer: Sedona Bride/Katrina Wallace Photographers

Bridal Consultant: Ashley Gain Weddings and Events

Florist: Petal Pusher

Videographer: Lomaland Productions

Cake: Julia Baker Confections

Entertainment: The Instant Classics

Rentals: Classic Party Rentals

Linen: Southwick Linens

Invitations: Celebrations in Paper

Bridal Gown (store): The White Dress, Kenneth Pool

Tuxedos: Nordstrom

Makeup Artist: Artistry by Azure

Hair Stylist: Katherine Hayes

Rehearsal Dinner: Lon’s at the Hermosa Inn

Officiant: Pastor Anne-Grethe Krogh Nielsen, Danish Lutheran Church

 

 

 

 

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