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23
Jun
Advice from Wedding Photographers | Phoenix, Arizona
categories: Meet Our Friends, photography, Tips and Advice, Wedding Inspiration

Everyone who gets married wants to love their wedding photos—even the couples who aren’t all that comfortable in the spotlight of the lens—so we asked the best photographers we know for their advice. It just makes sense to ask for advice from wedding photographers, doesn’t it? Here’s what Arizona’s Elite Circle photographers have to say about how to have a fabulous wedding day (which, if you hire a great photographer, will result in fabulous photos!):

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(Photographer: Depoy Studios)

Christina DePoy of DePoy Studios:

Hire your wedding photographer ASAP and get to work on your timeline before your wedding invitations go out.

No matter what happens on your wedding day—the cake does not show up, your dress does not fit, you have to kick a groomsman out at the last minute for being too drunk, or the DJ is super late—just remember that you are there to celebrate your love for one another, with the people who love you the most.

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(Photographer: Ben & Kelly Photography)

Ben and Kelly Koller of Ben & Kelly Photography

The best wedding photos are the most authentic ones—the ones that capture real moments throughout the day. The ones that bring them back to the wedding day and evoke that emotion all over again; Be yourself and let the day unfold as organically as possible.

Don’t make your wedding day all about the photos. Let your photos be all about the moments of the wedding day.

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(Photographer: Eyes 2 See)

Stuart Thurlkill of Eyes 2 See:

If you want to have amazing photographs make sure to book an engagement session. By having a trial run you are more relaxed and confident on your wedding day.

Warm smiles come from a full heart and intimate words; Share with all your guests how your heart is feeling.

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(Photographer: Fully Alive Photography, Location: Boojum Tree Hidden Gardens)

Tracy Battaglia of  Fully Alive Photography:

Be in love! Gaze into each other’s eyes, even when everyone is looking. Trust you did everything to your best ability, and on your wedding day, just be free. Truly be present.

Incorporate colors, details and landscapes that make you come alive.

To get even more advice from wedding photographers, click here!

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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

Pick-up copies of Phoenix Bride & Groom at any of these locations | Website | Download our Digital Magazine!

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28
Apr
Scottsdale Wedding Venue with Mountain Views: Wekopa Resort (includes booking specials!)
categories: fabulous reception sites, Meet Our Friends, Wedding Inspiration

If you’re at the “find my perfect wedding venue” stage of wedding planning, we’re here to help! 4-Diamond Wekopa Resort and Conference Center is a stunning Scottsdale wedding venue with mountain views, two of the top-rated golf courses in Arizona, several outdoor and indoor venue options, and signature service.

At the resort, you’ll discover several places to exchange vows. The Courtyard Plaza is one such venue and you’ll love it for it’s simplicity (think: blank slate that’s perfect for your wedding decor to shine) and spectacular mountain views. With seating for up to 250 guests, you can invite a large group to celebrate with!

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If golf is your thing, say “I do” on the golf course! The green grass and mountain backdrop are a draw for couples who are planning their weddings in Arizona.

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With 18,000 square feet to let your creativity run wild, the Wassaja Ballroom accommodates weddings as large as 1,000 guests. Clearly, with a space like this, you have the opportunity to transform this grand ballroom into the wedding reception you’ve always dreamed of. The venue has a large foyer with floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking the courtyard and Red Mountains; 18-foot ceilings add to the impressive and sophisticated atmosphere.

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La Puesta del Sol, “The Setting Sun”, is one of the most unique Southwestern style venues in Arizona. Placed atop a mesa (an elevated flat-topped bit of land) in the desert, it features incredible views of the Sonoran Desert, 4 Peaks Mountain, and Red Mountain. See what we mean about Wekopa being a Scottsdale wedding venue with mountain views?! The unique La Puesta del Sol has a rustic charm that creates the ideal atmosphere for an unforgettable wedding.

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Near La Puesta del Sol is Rosa’s Ranch- an intimate venue that features 4 Peaks Mountain views at every turn. Rosa’s offers a rustic ceremony space that appeals to brides and grooms who adore the desert and want plenty of open-air seating for the party after the “I do’s”. It’s also an ideal Southwestern rehearsal dinner spot or even BBQ- themed wedding venue!

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Now for the best news of the day: Wekopa Resort has a special booking promotion for couples who book by June 30, 2017! Among other things, if you choose to get married at this incredible Scottsdale wedding venue with mountain views and beautiful indoor/outdoor spaces, you’ll enjoy 10% off your ceremony site fee, food for the bridal party while getting ready, complimentary champagne or sparkling cider toast, and free house linens and non-floral centerpieces.

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Want more info about this promotion? Visit the Wekopa Resort website or contact Annie Artenian, Catering Sales Manager: aartenian@wekoparesort.com | (480) 789 5536

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14
Apr
Luxury Destination Wedding Venue in Arizona | Royal Palms Resort & Spa
categories: destination weddings and honeymoons, fabulous reception sites, Meet Our Friends, real weddings, reception ideas, rehearsal dinner spots, Wedding Inspiration

You know that feeling when you turn the corner into a resort’s entrance and you’re instantly transported? You immediately shed the “real world” and just feel…calm. That’s exactly what happens when we visit Royal Palms Resort & Spa and if you’re looking for an intimate wedding experience, this is the place for you. Royal Palms Resort & Spa has carefully cultivated warmth and serenity and somehow exudes it every single moment, at every turn, in every interaction while you’re in their care. Without a doubt, this is a luxury destination venue that deserves your attention.

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(Mark Boisclair Photography, Inc.)

This is the iconic entrance to the resort- it has been the location of many beautiful wedding photos!

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(Photographer: Fully Alive Photography, Planner: Victoria Canada Weddings & Events)

Royal Palms Resort & Spa is known for its Spanish Colonial architecture, natural stone, aged timbers, hidden nooks, 100-year-old rustic doors and private gardens. Original tile and artwork can be seen throughout the 119-room property. 

While you’re basking in the resort’s beauty, you’ll discover plenty of places that feel like you’re the only people on the property- it’s that undeniably serene atmosphere that Royal Palms has perfected!

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(Photographer: Ben & Kelly Photography)

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(Photographer: Fully Alive Photography, Planner: Victoria Canada Weddings & Events)

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(Photographer: Ben & Kelly Photography)

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(Photographer: Ben & Kelly Photography)

The Orange Grove is one of the ceremony (or dining) locations at this luxury destination wedding venue and we can’t get over how lush and private it feels. Just imagine how delicious it smells when the orange blossoms are in bloom!

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(Photography: Andrew Jade Photography, Wedding Planner/Designer: Events by Stephanie Antointette, Furniture Rentals: Glamour & Woods, Floral: Flower Bar, Wedding Gown: Uptown Bridal, Groom’s Suit: Celebrity Tux & Tails)

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(Floral: Table Tops Etc., Photographer: Sunshine & Reign Photography)

Another perfect spot to say “I do” is Vernadero Lawn; this location offers unmatched views of Camelback Mountain and is located in the heart of the resort.

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(Photographer: Jennifer Bowen Photography, Planner: Victoria Canada Weddings and Events)

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(Photographer: Katrina Wallace Photographers, Location: Royal Palms Resort & Spa, Event Coordinator: Ashley Gain Weddings & Events, Floral Design: Petal Pusher)

The Palmera Lounge is an intimate covered outdoor ceremony space that can also be set up to host cocktail hour; the large fountain has a special glow at night that we love.

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(Photographer: Ben & Kelly Photography)

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(Photographer: Fully Alive Photography, Planner: Victoria Canada Weddings & Events)

Another reason we’re smitten with this luxury destination wedding venue is the many unique photo ops- trickling fountains in tucked-away courtyards, roaring outdoor fireplaces, and original tile and artwork along with nearly 300 towering Royal Palm trees make the property a delightful surprise at every turn.

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(Photographer: Ben & Kelly Photography)

Alegria Garden is perhaps the resort’s most well-known outdoor venue for events; the beautiful and private courtyard is filled with flowers and features a raised stone platform where couples exchange vows

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(Photographer: Kimberly Jarman Photography, Planner: Victoria Canada Weddings & Events)

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(Photographer: Ben & Kelly Photography)

Smaller events can be held in Alegria Garden as well

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(Photography: Andrew Jade Photography, Wedding Planner/Designer: Events by Stephanie Antoinette, Furniture Rentals: Glamour & Woods, Floral: Flower Bar, Stationery: Vee Creative, China: Tea Crockery )

Palmera Salon, with its ornate fireplace, wrought- iron chandelier and exposed wood beams, has that distinctive feel of old world luxury that many couples seek for their receptions.

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(Photographer: Fully Alive Photography, Planner: Victoria Canada Weddings & Events)

Royal Palms, as a luxury destination wedding venue, excels in many ways and one that should matter to you, as a couple planning your wedding, is every single employee’s dedication to delighting you. They aim for that true destination experience where you can steal away and have the time of your life.

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More about Royal Palms Resort & SpaCombining the graciousness and sophistication of a Mediterranean villa with the intimacy and privacy of a secluded retreat, Royal Palms offers 119 custom-appointed guestrooms, intimate clusters of casitas and villas, regal Spanish Colonial architecture, more than 20,000 square feet of estate-like meeting space, Tuscan-style gardens, exquisite tapestries, various antique décor, and stone fireplaces throughout. Designed around the original 1930s historic private mansion, Royal Palms is home to the award-winning T. Cook’s restaurant, Mix Up Bar, Forbes Four Star Alvadora Spa, a Mother-of-Pearl-tiled swimming pool with private cabanas and croquet lawn. Just minutes from Scottsdale’s shopping, galleries, golf, Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport and the Camelback financial corridor, Royal Palms is an ideal retreat for business, pleasure and special occasions, offering luxury, privacy and convenience.

And as if we needed any more reasons to love Royal Palms Resort & Spa, they just announced a multi-million dollar renovation, beginning in June 2017, to all 119 rooms as well as select meeting and event spaces. We can’t wait for you to tour the property and discover the luxury destination wedding venue of your dreams!

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16
Feb
Meet Our Tempe Mission Palms Giveaway Winners!
categories: fabulous reception sites, Giveaways and Contests, Meet Our Friends

When you enter one of our giveaways, you just might get more than you bargained for…case in point, not only did Mitch and Meghan win our Tempe Mission Palms giveaway (valued at $1,250), they also got a mini-photo shoot with Fully Alive Photography’s Tracy Battaglia!

Here’s our winning couple:

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Meghan and Mitch, who met while being inducted as members of the University of Arizona’s Mortar Board Honor Society, have been planning their wedding for almost two years and are thrilled that the actual wedding day is less than 2 months away. The fact that they had time to schedule this shoot with us and look so cute proves that they’re ready!

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Kellie Mendoza from Tempe Mission Palms and our very own Dawn Peterson presented the gift certificate to the couple; Tracy Battaglia of Fully Alive Photography was on site to snap the photos.

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The Proposal: In 2015, I wanted to impress Meghan with a surprise proposal. As a result, I conspired with two of Meghan’s best friends, who were living in Raleigh, NC at the time. I made it appear as though these friends had bought Meghan a surprise trip to Raleigh as a birthday present. A day after Meghan arrived, Meghan and her friend toured around Durham while her other friend picked me up from the airport. Meghan watched an Arizona Wildcat basketball game at a local restaurant and then was taken to a bright red bridge in the Sarah P. Duke Gardens on the Duke University Campus. While her friend pretended to take Meghan’s picture on the bridge, I came out from the bushes and surprised Meghan by getting down on one knee.

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We are most looking forward to enjoying the day with our close friends and family. Having a two-year engagement has allowed us (mostly Meghan) to be more detailed in wedding planning. Because of this, there is less to worry or fret about during the actual wedding day.

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We love how Phoenix Bride & Groom magazine incorporates real bride and wedding stories. These stories have helped us be more proactive in planning. We also love the recommendations and focus on local vendors. These recommendations have given us a starting place in piecing together our wedding. Finally, we really enjoy the photography!

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From the lush courtyard, to the fountain circle at the hotel’s majestic front entrance, Tempe Mission Palms is the premier venue for hosting romantic wedding ceremonies in the Phoenix/Scottsdale area. The central location of the hotel means guests have close access to all that Phoenix and Scottsdale have to offer!

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Congratulations Meghan and Mitch and thank you for being fans of Phoenix Bride & Groom!

Wedding Professionals Who Help You Wed in Style

Location: Tempe Mission Palms

Photographer: Fully Alive Photography

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20
Dec
Charity Event in Arizona | Project NACE: Design Through the Decades
categories: bridal fashions, entertainment, Meet Our Friends, Wedding Inspiration, Wedding Resources

The Phoenix chapter of NACE (a professional catering and event industry group) hosts a yearly Arizona fundraising event called Project NACE and this year the theme was Design Through the Decades. We look forward to  participating in this creative fundraiser every year (we had a ton of fun creating our dress!) and doing our part to raise money for Singleton Moms which supports single parents with cancer.

Our dress, a 1960’s mod frock, was made with copies of our magazine and is paired with a fun clutch that is also made from our magazines!

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One of our Elite Circle wedding venues, Tempe Mission Palms, also participated in the fashion show. With the hotel being built in 1985, it was only fitting to design a dress from the 1980’s that included actual palm leaves along with pops of neon orange to tie in the orange trees that are all within the beautiful lighted courtyard of the hotel.

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Elite Circle bridesmaid shop Bella Bridesmaids added some “real” fashion to the show with some of their gorgeous bridesmaid dresses. The brand new Theia rose gold sequin gown and separates from designer Jenny Yoo were a hit with the crowd.

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The chic Twobirds jumpsuit has the same styling options as the convertible dresses (cool, right?) and the soft floral print dress by Donna Morgan has a super feminine silhouette

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There were also decade-themed tables designed by the members of NACE- all centerpieces were created by Creative Occasions and the chairs and chargers were provided by Classic Party Rentals. You can see that the Project NACE event is a charity event in Arizona that’s not to be missed!

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Awards went to: Classic Party Rentals (Vendor Sponsor of the Year) and Kellie Mendoza with Tempe Mission Palms (President’s Rising Star:). Yes, our Elite Circle wedding professionals truly are the BEST!

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Kudos to all the behind the scenes member sponsors of this charity event in Arizona:

Elite Circle Sponsors:
Babydoll Weddings
Classic Party Rentals
Creative Occasions
Something New Media

Hilton Scottsdale Resort and Villas – Host venue
Creative Coverings – Linens
AFR – Fashion show couches and cocktail high boys
Posh Invitations – Menu cards
SKM Entertainment – DJ Justin, music
Groove Heads Entertainment – Music videos
Fable Photo and Video and Elizabeth Douglas Photography – Photographers
Paula Jacqueline Cakes and Pastries – Dessert
Kool Party Rentals – Bling Podium
Custom Craft Ice – Ice sculpture
Luv Bridal – Wedding Dresses for fashion show
Make Up Artistry by Tamara Bickley  – Makeup
Red Door Spa – Hair
PSAV – Audio visual

For more information about NACE, visit their Website or Facebook page

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