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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!

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Location: Tempe Mission Palms

Photographer: Fully Alive Photography

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3
Feb
RISTYLE Down the Aisle: When a Stylist Gets Engaged
categories: Engagement, Meet Our Friends, Wedding Inspiration

Have you ever wondered what it’s like for a person who works in the wedding industry to plan their own wedding? Well, our special series, “RISTYLE Down the Aisle” is your chance to find out! Join us for a very special peek into how newly engaged stylist, Risa Kostis of RISTYLE Consulting, approaches her wedding planning. You’ll find her to be stylish (of course), insightful and completely endearing. We begin the series with When a Stylist Gets Engaged…enjoy!

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(Photographer: Round Lens Photography)

It’s surreal to imagine myself FINALLY in a white dress tearfully saying I do. For years I’ve had the pleasure of doing for others on their wedding days and I certainly never dreamed my passion for all things bridal would bring me to where I am today…nor did I think an editorial campaign I was hired to work on would play such a huge role in my long-awaited engagement story.

My fiancé Jason and I couldn’t be more opposite. He prefers Patagonia and saves his Seven jeans strictly for ‘fancy’ nights out with me, so when I come home from styling on set to show him my behind the scenes images, it’s very rare to capture his attention for longer than a quick minute. This wasn’t the case after a perfect day of shooting the cover and fashion pages for the Winter/Spring issue of Phoenix Bride and Groom last September. It was one of the most important shoots of my now 3-year career as it was my first bridal cover and a chance for full creative control from top to bottom. Knowing that, he patiently sat through my photos and stopped me abruptly when I got to one in particular. The ring.

Here’s the ring front and center from our cover shoot- it’s pretty gorgeous!

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(Location: The Arizona Biltmore, A Waldorf Astoria Resort, Photographer: Christine Johnson Photography, Fashion stylist: Ristyle Consulting. For a complete list of credits, click here)

When I described how much I fell in love with this ring from The Estate Watch & Jewelry Company, and how I’d seen it before for another project I worked on, he had to see it. It wasn’t at all what I ever thought I wanted in an engagement ring, but there was something so unique about it. When I showed it to him he gave me a look that told me it was probably never going to happen.

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(Photographer: Round Lens Photography)

As we talked more about our future and getting engaged, twice over the next couple of months I visited the jewelry store to chat with the owner and see ‘the ring’. The second time I went in…it was gone. I called Jason to tell him the devastating news and he told me, ever-so-politely, to let it go.

Shortly after the release of the Winter/Spring issue of Phoenix Bride & Groom, I was thrilled to see that special piece of jewelry made it onto the cover! But it was bittersweet…that ring still held a special place in my heart.

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(Location: The Arizona Biltmore, A Waldorf Astoria Resort, Photographer: Christine Johnson Photography, Fashion stylist: Ristyle Consulting. For a complete list of credits, click here)

With our winter getaway to Mexico coming up, Jason broached the subject of engagement rings. He said,“I’m confused about what kind of ring to get you. Can you introduce me to your friend the jeweler?” And he’s right…I’m impossible to shop for, but I was so confused…hadn’t he already been thinking about this? I made the introduction to the jeweler via text and felt immediate relief.

In Mexico, we settled into Estrella Del Mar overlooking miles of private beach and the most perfect view in the world. During a walk on the beach, we talked about our goals for the year and walked hand in hand. The next thing I knew, he was telling me how much he loved me, and with barely any time to respond, he was down on one knee. It was all a blur until he asked me, “Are you going to say yes?” Of course I blurted out a teary, “YES!”

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(Photographer: Round Lens Photography)

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(Photographer: Round Lens Photography)

Then he told me to look down at my finger. I looked down to find THE ring on my hand. Apparently he and Jill from The Estate Watch & Jewelry Company were in cahoots ever since my magazine shoot. The alleged text introduction, the fake sale of the ring to some other lucky woman…it was all part of his secret plan to give me the ring of my dreams and give me one more reason to cherish the memory of working with the team at Phoenix Bride and Groom.

 

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(Photographer: Round Lens Photography)

Congratulations Risa and Jason- we are so happy for you and can’t wait to hear more about your wedding planning!
Photography: Round Lens Photography 
*Follow Risa’s journey right here and on Instagram and Facebook (or search using: #weddingplanningwithPBG & #RISTYLEdowntheaisle) as this lovely gal plans her wedding
*See our Behind the Scenes feature of our Winter Spring cover shoot that Risa styled on our website!
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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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16
Sep
Arizona Cake Shop | Piece of Cake Desserts
categories: cakes and sweets, Meet Our Friends, Trends, Wedding Inspiration

This may sound a bit blunt but we don’t want to attend a wedding that doesn’t have dessert. Can you blame us? Weddings make for long days and we just want a sweet reward, is that too much to ask?!  So now that we’ve established our priorities, you’ll understand why wedding cakes are so important to us. We want the sugar but we also need the wow factor and wedding cakes do the job nicely. Elite Circle Arizona cake shop Piece of Cake Desserts has been on our list of favorite cakes for many years and if you don’t know why, you’ll find out today!

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(I Do Photography, Ocotillo Golf Club)

Piece of Cake Desserts is an Arizona cake shop owned and operated by Kevin and Amy Kossman. They’re nothing short of genius! Their cakes are everything- elegant, breathtaking, delicious, creative, original, edgy, classic…we could go on and on. But what’s really important to you, a couple who is searching for their dream cake artist, is what they have to say about their work.

What is it about your cakes that make them special or stand out? Our overall style is very clean.  Sharp buttercream corners are harder to achieve and they take more time but we believe our couples are worth it!  Our couples are constantly challenging us to learn new techniques and that has helped us keep growing in size and in skill. Because we have 5 talented decorators there are plenty of eyes than can see flaws and help correct them to make certain that the cake that makes it onto the cake table is one the couple will be proud of.  So I guess what makes our cakes special isn’t really the cakes at all, it’s the wonderful team we have and the pride they show in every cake they create!

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(Leslie Ann Photography, Villa Siena)

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(Ashley Rae Photography, Warehouse 215)

What should couples know about their own wedding before meeting with you? To get the very most out of their wedding consultation, we definitely recommend that couples have their venue and date locked down as well as their wedding colors before meeting with us.  The venue and the date are important so we can make certain that we are able to offer delivery to that location on their big day and the colors are important because because almost half of the time they are incorporated into the wedding cake.

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(Elegant Barn)

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(Micah Carling Photography, Elegant Barn)

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(Lasting Images Photography, Villa Siena)

What helps you understand your client’s wedding cake vision best? To really understand a couple’s vision, it helps for us to see pictures of things they love and they feel fits the aesthetic of their big day.  That can be cake pictures they found on Pinterest, bouquet pictures, the wedding dress, linens, etc. Sometimes it’s a picture of a dragon, a kilt, or a scene out of a Disney movie.  Every wedding is so unique, that’s why we love what we do!   

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(Hotel Valley Ho)

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(Meant2Be Events, Copperwynd Resort)

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(Leslie Ann Photography, Villa Siena)

What cake or dessert trends are you seeing for 2016/2017 weddings that you’re loving? Any trends you’re glad to see going out of style? I am really happy that the half dressed cakes are becoming more popular and the true naked cakes are becoming less popular.  The half dressed cake has just enough frosting on it to keep the cake from drying out, and it looks awesome!  A completely naked cake, on the other hand, is just cake exposed to air, usually sitting on the cake table for 5-6 hours.  And we all know what happens to a piece of bread that sits on a plate for 5 hours… giant crouton!  With a naked cake, the outside will get very crusty unless it is heavily soaked with simple syrup, and guests that get the outer pieces will receive a much drier cake than guests that get a piece from the inner portion of the cake. 

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(Jasmine Amber Photography, Stonebridge Manor)

Can you accommodate clients who have special dietary needs or restrictions? We definitely can and we do quite often!  We offer dairy free, soy free, corn free, vegan, and gluten free friendly cakes.  Since we are a bakery that uses a lot of flour, which has  a tendency to get into the air, we can’t offer a completely gluten free cake because, even with extremely careful handling, due to the presence of hundreds of pounds of flour in the shop, there is the potential for minor airborne cross contamination.

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(Ryan And Nicole Photography)

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(The Paseo)

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If you could design your “dream” wedding cake, what would it be? Despite our shop’s ability to create just about anything, my wedding cake would be pretty simple (at least the front side). I would go for simple textures, alternating buttercream rosettes with an imperfect horizontal line texture.  On the back I would go with the increasingly popular “peek a boo” style which allows you to have an elegant cake from the front view with some fun elements that are only visible from the back.  There is where I would incorporate some fun Star Wars, Batman and Disney elements!
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(Leslie Ann Photography, Villa Siena)
Kevin & Amy, thank you for sharing your insights with us about your simply amazing cakes! Arizona couples planning your weddings, we expect that you’ll be running, not walking to this Arizona cake shop for your wedding cake- just make sure to make an appointment!
Website | Facebook | Call: 602.628.4194 | Email: Amy@PieceOfCakeAZ.com
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