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20
Aug
A Classically Elegant Arizona Wedding | Aimee and Erik
categories: destination weddings and honeymoons, fabulous reception sites, real weddings, Scottsdale Weddings, Wedding Inspiration

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Aimee and Erik’s classically elegant Arizona wedding is the stuff dreams are made of—there’s a beautifully in love couple, a stunning setting, a plethora of emotion, and of course the romantic “I do” moment. You’ll love the pretty Southwest-meets-Georgia details (the bride is from the south) and the surprise reception performance!

Classically Elegant Arizona Wedding | Color Palette: The inspiration for our colors came from the natural landscape of the venue. El Chorro is beautiful, so I wanted something that complemented it rather than trying to do something that looked out of place. My colors were peach and patina. Patina is the color of eucalyptus which is my favorite shade of green and I choose peach, because I’m a Georgia peach! The colors played well together. 

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Aimee’s “father’s first look” is one of the sweetest we’ve seen—just look at her dad’s priceless reaction!

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And of course the couple’s own first look was pretty special too
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Classically Elegant Arizona Wedding | The Ceremony: Aimee and Erik chose to exchange vows at El Chorro’s manicured event lawn that’s nestled at the base of the mountains between Camelback & Mummy Mountains; chairs were draped with eucalyptus garland and satin ribbon. The couple’s dog Archer was given the honor of ring bearer and he played the role expertly!
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Classically Elegant Arizona Wedding | Favorite Moment: It’s hard to pick one moment that stands out as our favorite when the day itself was filled with so many wonderful moments. However, there is one moment that will forever be burned into my heart.  It was the ceremony. Standing up, in front of our friends and family, professing our love and commitment to each other was something that I never imagined. It’s easy to get wrapped up in the fun wedding planning details like linens, signature cocktails and bridesmaid dresses. However, it all comes down to the one you are marrying… I remember standing under the arbor across from Erik, holding hands–looking deep into each others eyes. I remember how green his eyes were in that moment and how tightly we held onto each others hands. His eyes were filled with so much love, trust and commitment. Everyone else faded away and we were in our own little world.
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Classically Elegant Arizona Wedding | Cocktail Hour: While Aimee and Erik strolled through El Chorro’s immaculate grounds, guests enjoyed the outdoor patio at the venue and sipped on margaritas; Aimee’s mother lovingly created the gold frame escort card display.
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Classically Elegant Arizona Wedding | The Reception: Guests proceeded into Casa Paloma for the reception. The room was decorated with both classic and distinct touches; gold and cream linens bore an aztec pattern, floral arrangements of greenery, peach and fresh white flowers topped each table, and peaches served as place card holders. Aimee and Erik chose to dine at a sequined sweetheart table where they had the best view of their loved ones.
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We really love how these two look at each other…
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Classically Elegant Arizona Wedding | Dessert: A sweets table included several cakes that were decorated with both southwest accents and peaches; french macrons were detailed with the couple’s favorite sports teams.
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Classically Elegant Arizona Wedding | The Big Surprise: During my maid of honor’s speech, she welcomed up the best man (groom’s brother) to “help give the speech”. Much to our surprise, they busted out in song and dance with their own rendition of the “Erik and Aimee love story”. They rapped, verbatim, our love story. It was hilarious. At the very end of their song all the wedding guests got up from their chairs and headed onto the dance floor for a flashmob. It was the most amazing thing I’ve ever witnessed in my life. All our friends and family did a choreographed routine to “Uptown Funk”

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Here’s the video- it’s really fun to watch!

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Classically Elegant Arizona Wedding | Late Night Snacks: Aimee and Eric’s favorite snacks, cheeseburger sliders and fries, served as fuel for the evening’s continued revelry.

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Classically Elegant Arizona Wedding | Elite Circle Wedding Vendors: We choose El Chorro because its breathtaking of course! We had dinner there when we were visiting my father who lives Scottsdale a few years back. After we got engaged, Erik and I started discussing venue locations right away. He brought up El Chorro and it was no-brainer for me. Scottsdale is not only where my father lives, but it’s a fun location for a destination wedding…Believe it or not, I interviewed 7 wedding coordinators over the phone. I used to be in corporate events so finding the right person to spearhead our wedding was very important to me. I needed someone that would understand my type-A personality and be “on-it”.  As we say in the south “The devil’s in the details”. Stephanie from A Day to Cherish knocked it out of the park on our initial phone call. She really sold me on the fact that she knew our venue like the back of her hand. Plus, she has a similar working style that I have. She was very responsive over email, which was critical for planning a wedding remotely.  To top it off, she has a great rapport with the El Chorro staff.   

Aimee and Erik, congratulations and thank you so much for sharing your classically elegant Arizona wedding with us!

Wedding Professionals Who Help You Wed in Style

Wedding Venue: El Chorro

Wedding Planner: A Day to Cherish

Hotel Accommodations: Omni Scottsdale Resort & Spa at Montelucia

Explore our complete list of Elite Circle members

Photographer: Ryan Nicole Photography | Florist: Carte Blanche | Cakes: Ruze Cake House | Linens: La Tavola Linens

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9
Aug
Meet our Omni Montelucia Staycation Giveaway Winners!
categories: fabulous reception sites, Giveaways and Contests

Just imagine how excited you would be if you won a two-night stay at the luxurious Omni Montelucia in Scottsdale. We think there would be some serious squeals! The resort is an oasis in the desert that boasts stunning Spanish architecture, flowing fountains, refreshing pools, and a world-class spa. We partnered with Elite Circle wedding venue Omni Montelucia in our last issue to give away a two-night stay package valued at $1,500 and Tara & Brian, an adorable Arizona couple getting married in November, are our staycation giveaway winners!

Here’s the couple receiving their certificate that treats them to a two night stay in a resort-view room, 50 minute spa services for two at Joya Spa, champagne or gelato at Joya Terrace, and two fitness classes at Joya Fitness:

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How did you and Brian meet? Brian and I met in 2013 at a company we both worked for at the time. A few weeks later we went on our first date and have been inseparable ever since! 
 
In 2015 we went on a trip to Costa Rica with a group of our closest friends and he surprised me and proposed to me in front of a waterfall! 
What are you most excited about as far as your wedding day? I think what I’m most excited about is celebrating our love with our family and friends. They are the ones who have witnessed our amazing journey from day one.
 
We have a feeling Tara and Brian are really going to enjoy the pool!

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What do you most enjoy about Phoenix Bride & GroomPhoenix Bride & Groom has inspired me with ideas for my big day whether it’s for the rehearsal dinner, ceremony or reception.

Congratulations Tara and Brian- we hope you enjoy your staycation and we can’t wait to see your wedding photos! 
Readers, do you want a chance to be one of our giveaway winners? It’s super easy to enter: twice a year, in each of our gorgeous issues, we feature a fabulous giveaway. To be eligible to enter, you just need to be engaged and getting married in Arizona (and of course fill out our short entry form online)! Click here for our current giveaway
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1
Aug
Remy + Andy’s Progressive Wedding at The Phoenician
categories: fabulous reception sites, for your ceremony, real weddings, reception ideas, Scottsdale Weddings, Wedding Inspiration

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Progressive Wedding at The Phoenician: Remy and Andrew planned the loveliest wedding at the iconic The Phoenician Scottsdale where many couples choose to exchange vows due to the property’s lush surroundings, grand ballrooms, and legendary service.

Bride Remy tells us about her unique “progressive” style wedding: We had an outdoor evening ceremony, cocktail hour and dinner outdoors then an indoor ‘after party’ in one of the ballrooms. Each area was decorated slightly differently so that the evening slowly progressed from a soft romantic ceremony to a fun party atmosphere, using gradual changes in lighting, flowers, and decor to provide overall continuity.

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Progressive Wedding at The Phoenician | The Ceremony: The couple exchanged vows in a magical setting—The Phoenician Scottsdale’s Orchid Lawn— where they were surrounded by twinkle lights, candles, and a chandelier overhead; guests sipped prosecco and craft beers during the ceremony—an idea we adore!

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Progressive Wedding at The Phoenician | Cocktail Hour: The evening began with an outdoor cocktail hour underneath a draped canopy—the white draping was embedded with twinkle lights to make it glow. Dandelion chandeliers were hung over three mirrored tables that featured small red, white, and green floral arrangements placed in mirrored vases.

One of our favorite touches was monogrammed, silver-framed photos of our grandparents and parents on their respective wedding days, placed on the cocktail tables along with different F. Scott Fitzgerald love quotes printed in script and bordered in assorted frames.

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Progressive Wedding at The Phoenician | The ReceptionMy favorite touch was the printed menu imposed with monogrammed matches and sparklers for guests to light upon our entrance…for dinner on the lawn, the central focal point was a large chandelier that hung above a black and white checkered dance floor. Overhead glimmering lights anchored the space. 

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Progressive Wedding at The Phoenician | The After Party: Guests progressed into the ballroom that had white draping and pink up-lighting; the couple participated in a raucous hora (a dance where guests hoist the bride and groom high above the crowd on chairs to the “Hava Nagila”) and several guests joined in.

White lounge furniture and switching to a DJ for the music created a club-like atmosphere. To match the mood, I changed into a tea length princess gown with a sparkling bodice. Here we served our cake, along with small dessert bites and late night pizza to make sure no one went hungry!

We love that Remy chose to attend her after party in a tea-length gown that had a crystal bodice!

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Remy and Andrew’s Progressive Wedding at The Phoenician was featured in print and you can see it online here!

Wedding Professionals Who Help You Wed in Style

Location: The Phoenician Scottsdale

Rentals: Classic Party Rentals

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Photographer: Mike Olbinski Photography | Cake & pastries: Paula Jacqueline Cakes and Pastries | Invitations: Paperjoy | Event Coordinator: BTS Event Management | Floral Design: Flower Bar | Entertainment: The Hip Booth, Desert House Productions, Party Crashers |

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14
Jul
Rachel & David’s Spring Wedding in the Desert
categories: bridal fashions, fabulous reception sites, floral inspiration, real weddings, reception ideas, Scottsdale Weddings, Wedding Inspiration

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Rachel and David’s spring wedding in the desert was one gorgeous affair! The couple, whose guests were mostly from out of town, planned a wedding with the desert in mind including a pretty color palette of copper and rose gold; succulents, paired with large pink peonies and peach roses, were everywhere—as it should be when planning a wedding in Arizona! Enjoy their perfect day at El Chorro, in the heart of Paradise Valley:

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Spring Wedding in the Desert | Thoughtful Details: Rachel and David’s wedding had so many sweet and thoughtful touches. From David surprising Rachel with a London blue Topaz ring (the couple intends for it to become a family heirloom), to the locket that first belonged to David’s great-great grandfather that was presented to David by his brother/best man during a toast, to Rachel using her great-grandmother’s handbag, the couple focused on family and tradition in the most beautiful ways.

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Spring Wedding in the Desert | Favorite Moment: Seeing each other for the first time was our favorite memory as a couple (we did our first look prior to the ceremony). Walking down the aisle with my father was also a very special moment and the most emotional for me.

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Spring Wedding in the Desert | The Ceremony: The ceremony took place in El Chorro’s Herb Garden—a sweet and intimate place to exchange vows. Rachel and David planned a “desert chic garden party” wedding so the atmosphere was a perfect fit; rose petals lined the aisle, greenery was draped across the last row of chairs, saguaro cactus skeletons framed the altar, and an artful design of roses, succulents, and cacti finished off the look.

Rachel recalls: I love cacti and succulents and wanted both incorporated into soft, romantic floral arrangements along with my favorite flowers: peonies, ranunculus, and David Austin roses. The desert sunset was the inspiration for our wedding colors, and blush became the focal color along with rose gold and copper accents.

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Spring Wedding in the Desert | Cocktail Hour: Guests enjoyed prickly pear margaritas and contemporary music during cocktail hour then headed to the South Lawn for a family style Southern-inspired dinner.

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Spring Wedding in the Desert |  The Reception: The reception was at El Chorro’s South Lawn—the venue provides a beautiful space for intimate weddings with the most spectacular views of Mummy Mountain. We love Rachel’s description of the table: shimmery blush linens, antique pink glassware, copper and rose gold accents (provided by the chairs), chargers, and flatware, and the beautiful greenery with soft flowers and candles down the center all took my breath away. The antique furniture located at the outdoor fireplaces was so elegant and inviting to our guests to sit together and socialize throughout the evening.

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Spring Wedding in the Desert | The Sugar: Rachel and David’s adoration for the desert extended to their choice of cake and sweets as well! Cactus themed sugar cookies and mini-cupcakes flanked the almond strawberry and pink velvet half-dressed wedding cake that also bore a prickly pear cactus pad.

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Spring Wedding in the Desert | Vendor Love: A big reason I chose El Chorro was because of Lindsey Rendon, their event sales manager. She is just lovely and so accommodating. I had a great experience touring the venue with her and loved all the outdoor space. El Chorro has beautiful landscaping and desert terrain, which is exactly what we wanted. A Day to Cherish is one of El Chorro’s preferred vendors, and I read great reviews online. After speaking with Stephanie over the telephone, I knew she was the right person for the job. She is just so sweet, easy going, and fun to work with. She and Lindsey were both a godsend.

Guests enjoyed dancing until the wee hours in the Classroom Bar that is an extension of the South Lawn area at the venue; florist Butterfly Petals softened the western decor and adorned the taxidermy with flower crowns (so clever!).

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Rachel and David, congratulations and thank you so much for sharing your spring wedding in the desert wedding with us!

Wedding Professionals Who Help You Wed in Style

Wedding Venue: El Chorro

Wedding Planner: A Day to Cherish

Florist: Butterfly Petals

Bridal Shop: Schaffer’s

Hotel Accommodations: Omni Scottsdale Resort & Spa at Montelucia

Rentals: Classic Party Rentals

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Photographer: Pinkerton Photography | Cake: Ruze Cake House | Linens: La Tavola | Makeup/Hair: Kensington Makeup | Rentals: Prim Rentals, Fancy Lou, Petal Pusher, Event Rents

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13
Jun
Phoenix Bride & Groom’s Summer Fall 2017 Issue!
categories: bridal fashions, fabulous reception sites, floral inspiration, Meet Our Friends, photography, Wedding Inspiration, Wedding Resources

The Summer Fall 2017 issue of Phoenix Bride & Groom has just landed in the Valley and it’s creating a buzz, to say the least. Take one look at our cover and you’ll see why!

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The inspiration for this cover shoot was none other than artist and feminist icon Frida Kahlo. The vibrant colors, Latin influenced jewelry, lush flower crown and bold makeup are reminiscent of this much loved icon.

Phoenix Bride & Groom Winter/Spring Cover Shoot Team:

Location: Royal Palms Resort and Spa
Photographer: Eyes 2 See
Fashion stylist: Risa Kostis of Ristyle Consulting
Assistant: Kelly Stoneman
Gown: Mariée Bridal
Makeup artist & Hair stylist: Babydoll Weddings
Floral: Your Event Florist
Video: Something New Media Weddings
Jewelry: Fashions by Robert Black
Models:  Katherine of The Agency Arizona

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22
May
Romantic Blue Desert Wedding | Phoenix, Arizona
categories: fabulous reception sites, floral inspiration, for your ceremony, real weddings, reception ideas, Wedding Inspiration

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Today’s beautiful and romantic blue desert wedding shares the wedding day of Alicia and Jeff at Desert Botanical Garden. It’s clear why we wanted to share their wedding- the soft blue colors are a bit unique for desert weddings and we’re kind of dying over their alternative color choice! Plus, the couple kept their love for each other at the heart of everything they planned for their day and we pretty much adore that!

Alicia tells us how she chose her color palette: I went through several ideas for the colors, especially thinking about what would look best in a setting as unique as the DBG.  My maid of honor showed me the gorgeous blue color I eventually picked for the bridesmaid dresses, and the rest fell into place.

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Romantic Blue Desert Wedding Flowers: Bouquets containing blue thistle, white ranunculus and greenery popped perfectly against the blue bridesmaid dresses

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The bride described her wedding day as romantic, joyful, magical…we couldn’t agree more. Alicia’s nieces were the flower girls and they were absolutely adorable!

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Groom Jeff is known for his crazy sock collection so of course he had his guys wear their own crazy socks on the wedding day!

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Romantic Blue Desert Wedding Favorite Moment: Jeff and I both agree our favorite moment was the first look, which is probably what every couple says. But it’s true! There are so many nerves throughout the day but once you finally get to see each other, all the anxiety melts away to excitement to finally say your vows and spend your first evening together as husband and wife with your friends and family! 

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Isn’t this a gorgeous and private spot for a first look? Desert Botanical Garden is filled with perfect locations for photos.

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Romantic Blue Desert Wedding Ceremony: Alicia and Jeff’s wedding ceremony took place at the amphitheater which is a beautiful location in the Garden; the bride and groom are framed by mesquite trees and due to the tiered theater style seating, all guests have a great view of the couple as they exchange vows.

It was also important to include our family in our wedding. My brother, Nate, officiated the ceremony, with all our siblings and their spouses in our wedding party. The flower girls were my nieces, and they stole the show in their fairy tale dresses.

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Husband and wife- yay!

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Romantic Blue Desert Wedding Reception: The reception began with cocktail hour at Eliot Patio and proceeded into dinner and dancing at Ullman Terrace; tables were dressed with grey linens and included soft blue napkins and sweet centerpieces that featured romantic flowers, candles, greenery, and succulents.

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Jeff and I spent Valentine’s Day 2015 in Paris not long after we started dating. One of the many things sweethearts do in that very romantic city is to add a lock to the Ponts des Arts Bridge with your initials on it and throw the key in the Seine River. We have a photo of our lock in our home, and we knew we wanted to incorporate the lock and key theme into our big day. Our invitations, polaroid guest photo book, flower girls’ necklaces and favors all featured the theme from that special time in Paris.

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Ullman Terrace is a popular spot for wedding receptions at DBG due to it’s scenic view (the Garden’s butte makes a stunning backdrop); the spacious outdoor tiered patio is surrounded by soft petal reflective lights and up-lit saguaros. For a couple who wants to celebrate their marriage and show off the best of our desert, this is certainly the place to do it!

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We asked the couple if there were any surprises or things they would change about their day. Here’s what they said:  If only time could slow down!  The day went so fast! {We were} honestly surprised by how much we relied on our amazing wedding planners…if someone says you don’t need a wedding planner, they are wrong!

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 Alicia and Jeff, congratulations and thank you for sharing your beautiful romantic blue desert wedding with us!

Wedding Professionals Who Help You Wed in Style

Ceremony & Reception Location: Desert Botanical Garden

Florist: Butterfly Petals

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Photographer: Trisha Shelley Photography | Wedding Planner: Laki Events and Design | Stationery: Definitely Debra | Wedding Gown: Lillian Lottie Couture

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