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15
Nov
Woodland Inspired Sedona Wedding in Fall
categories: destination weddings and honeymoons, floral inspiration, real weddings, reception ideas, Sedona, Sedona Weddings, Wedding Inspiration

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Kristen and Jeffrey’s woodland inspired Sedona wedding in Fall is packed with beautiful moments and copper hued wedding decor- it’s the season’s hottest color and you’ll understand why we love it so much once you see the pics!

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The ring bearers carried treasure chests covered in moss, grasses, pods and succulents; flower girls donned the sweetest boho inspired floral crowns

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The ceremony was outside and had the most spectacular view of Sedona’s Red Rocks; the copper colored leaves in the garland and floral arrangements are magnolia leaves- we really love them for fall weddings!

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Congrats to the bride and groom!

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The reception was in the ballroom and Events by Showstoppers filled it beautifully with floral garland, hanging chandeliers, dramatic drape, intentional lighting, and lush centerpieces; even though the reception was indoors, it still had a magical woodland vibe.

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Events by Showstoppers tells us about the seating card display: Three old wrought iron gates served as the seat assignment cards.  They formed a free standing  “screen,” and were draped with more handmade floral garlands…The cards were tied on alphabetically.

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The rehearsal dinner was just as gorgeous so we wanted to include a few photos from that event as well:

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For a detailed description of the wedding decor as told by the insanely talented designers at Events by Showstoppers, click here!

Kristen and Jeffrey’s wedding was featured in print and it can now be seen online

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Floral Design And Styling: Events by Show Stoppers

Linens: Classic Party Rentals

Rentals: Events by Show Stoppers

Rentals: Classic Party Rentals

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location: L’Auberge de Sedona | photographer: Lauren/Abby Ross | event coordinator: Margaret Van Damme | cake: Sedona Cake Couture

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

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25
Sep
Kaytie and Alex’s Best Day Ever Wedding
categories: destination weddings and honeymoons, fabulous reception sites, floral inspiration, for your ceremony, real weddings, reception ideas, Wedding Inspiration

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Bride Kaytie, who previously worked for event planner Victoria Canada of Victoria Canada Weddings + Events, described her wedding as, “the dreamiest day” and once you get a look at it, you’ll understand why! The couple had their out of town guests in mind while planning their wedding so they chose Arizona Biltmore for their wedding venue which, they say, personifies “Arizona and winter comfy”. The details are gorgeous, the couple is so in love, there’s a few fun surprises, and overall, the planning that went into the day ended up making it Kaytie and Alex’s best day ever wedding!

When your wedding planner used to be your boss, you know there are some fun things in store…

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One thing you’ll notice right away about Kaytie and Alex is how truly HAPPY they are together. They radiate love!

Best Day Ever Wedding | Favorite Moment: One of my favorite moments from the day, hands down, was the first look because Alex turned around and his eyes filled with huge tears (and let’s just say, Alex is NOT a crier). I also loved our vows because I thought they perfectly described the way we feel about one another and I was so glad we didn’t share them with each other ahead of time.

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Best Day Ever Wedding | Color Palette:​ Kaytie and Alex chose cream and blush as the main colors for their decor but included navy with touches of metallic gold throughout to steer clear of their wedding being too muted.

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Best Day Ever Wedding | The Ceremony:​ Kaytie and Alex exchanged vows in Arizona Biltmore’s Paradise Garden on a picture perfect Arizona day. The aisle was lined with rose petals and large floral arrangements framed the space beautifully; Victoria surprised the couple with a custom monogram that was applied to the mirrored pedestals.

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Congratulations to the bride and groom!

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Best Day Ever Wedding | Cocktail Hour: Cocktail hour on the lawn included a Nebraska football themed bar as a nod to Alex’s loyalty to his team. Kaytie recalls: I was chomping at the bit for months because I surprised Alex with a signature cocktail called, “Go Big Red” because he bleeds all things Nebraska.

Another fun fact, as told to us by Kaytie: Having football in common, Victoria and Alex were both very in tune with where one another stood when it came to their schools (Texas Tech and Nebraska); therefore, when a huge group of wedding crashers attempted to crash our wedding, not only did Vic spot them right away but she ended up busting them by putting them through a test of questions, including, “oh so you went to school with Alex at Iowa State?” Unfortunately for the crashers, they said, “yes!” Vic said, “mmm too bad because he went to Nebraska. Time to go”…we all got the biggest kick out of it because she’s such a badass.

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The “fun facts” cards displayed throughout cocktail hour shared anecdotes about Kaytie and Alex’s love story; the escort card display was very special to Kaytie— the navy blue frame and fabric covered display board was built by Alex and Kaytie’s father.

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This sign was another surprise from Victoria—just one more of the perks of having worked for a wedding planner!

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Best Day Ever Wedding | The Reception: Kaytie and Alex’s dinner reception was in Arizona Biltmore’s Grand Ballroom where a mix of large feasting tables and round tables were set with cream linens, gold chiavari chairs, tall clear vases topped with grand cream and blush floral arrangements, and gold details throughout.

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Best Day Ever Wedding | More Surprises: My 3 best friends are 100% Greek. That being said, there has always been a long-standing joke that I think I’m Greek (and now Alex, too). The 3 of them surprised us with a “Big Fat Greek Wedding” style dance! It was seriously the biggest crack up and such a blast.

Also, Victoria knew that since Alex and I have been dating we have always collected and dated the corks from the bottles of wine we drink…well, she told the catering manager at The Biltmore this little secret and when we got back to our room that night, there was a huge bag of corks waiting for us from all of the bottles that were opened at the wedding, it was the cherry on top to the perfect day.

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Best Day Ever Wedding | Wedding Planner Love: When I was a sophomore in college, I had my sites set on wedding planning. To make a long story short, I ended up interviewing with Victoria and the rest was history! ​I worked for her for about 5 years and still do events with her from time to time when she needs an extra set of hands! She is honestly next level when it comes to anything event related. I remember watching her at weddings in awe and thinking to myself, “I can’t even imagine what it would be like if she could do my wedding one day.” Well, fast forward through years of friendship, tons of incredibly stunning events, and lots of wine and laughs later, she did end up planning our wedding! …and of course, just as I imagined way back when, it was a dream having her there through the whole process!!! 

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Best Day Ever Wedding | Wedding Day Love: This probably sounds cliche but there isn’t a single thing either of us would change. At the end of the night, as we were walking back to our room, all we could say was how completely flawless, ​stunning, and dreamy the whole day was. It was such a blast on so many levels! If possible, we would relive the day over and over and over again!

Congratulations Kaytie and Alex and thank you for sharing your BEST DAY EVER wedding with us!

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Wedding Venue: Arizona Biltmore Resort & Spa

Wedding Planner: Victoria Canada Weddings + Events

Invitations: Celebrations in Paper

Makeup Artist: Corinna Cooke

Rentals: Classic Party Rentals

Bridesmaid Dresses: Schaffer’s

Photographer: Keith and Melissa Photographers | Wedding Gown: Bella Lily | Florist: Petal Pusher | Cake: Classic Cakes and Confections | Hair Stylist: Lanie Cunningham

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

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29
Aug
Bright Garden Wedding Inspiration | Tempe Mission Palms
categories: fabulous reception sites, floral inspiration, for your ceremony, photography, reception ideas, Wedding Inspiration, what's hot in rentals

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Wedding planning doesn’t always begin with a theme but often one emerges as you choose your colors, stationery, textures and venue (that’s the fun part after all!) and if you like the idea of your wedding being a bright and happy affair in a location that offers both warm intimacy and an energetic central location, this bright garden wedding inspiration shoot at Tempe Mission Palms is exactly what you’re looking for.

Bright Garden Wedding Inspiration: At the heart of this photo shoot is this idea: you don’t necessarily need all the fluff. By upgrading a few of the key elements such as furniture, linen, chairs and flowers, the space can easily be transformed and couples can have the one of a kind and inspirational wedding. We completely agree because many times, couples think that without a huge budget, they can’t have a stand-out wedding but that just isn’t true. A few well-chosen pieces will elevate your wedding design to something memorable and super pretty!

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Bright Garden Wedding Inspiration _Phoenix Bride and Groom_Tempe Mission Palms_Fully Alive Photography

Bright Garden Wedding Inspiration: The Flowers: The bride’s bouquet is a garden inspired masterpiece that includes Pink Floyd roses, coral charm peonies, orange ranunculus, red-orange pincushion protea, yellow tulips, bright orange spray roses, and green trick dianthus plus about 10 other flowers!

One other detail that caught our eye right away was the bride’s nails—they’re bridal-ish and so fun (P.S. they’re from Jamberry)!

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Bright Garden Wedding Inspiration | The Ceremony: The Pool Terrace at Tempe Mission Palms has an urban backdrop that includes downtown Tempe, the historic Hayden Flower Mill, and the iconic “A” Mountain. Nowhere else in Arizona do you get such a unique view!

The ceremony was set with a beautifully dressed table, loads of bright flowers, and a moss covered ampersand (the “&” symbol) on the mantle above. A green moss sheet was wrapped around the base of the fireplace (love this so much!) while succulent terrariums and gold-rimmed candle holders finished the look.

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Bright Garden Wedding Inspiration | The Look: Groom Johnny wore a custom bow tie and slim fit tan tuxedo while Savannah, the bride, wore a gorgeous bridal gown provided by Laurie’s Bridal (it’s a Private Label Designer dress). She completed her look with a delicate accent flower piece in her hair which went perfectly with the bright garden wedding theme.

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Bright Garden Wedding Inspiration | The Lounge: The hotel’s mission style architecture, hanging ivy, and statuesque fireplace in the Courtyard Patio create a comfy and chic sitting area. A lounge guests will flock to was created by using a combination of vintage, retro, and modernly elegant furniture pieces—we especially love the blue fabrics mixed with the gold metal accents.

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Because Tempe Mission Palms is a pet friendly hotel, the Arizona Animal Welfare League partnered with us to incorporate a rescue animal. Chandler, a playful cocker spaniel puppy, quickly became the eye of attention. He’s since been adopted but he certainly created some fun and sweet moments during the shoot. 

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Bright Garden Wedding Inspiration | The Reception: The table set for twelve was nestled between two large trees in the courtyard; the modern garden design began with sophisticated French Blue Shantung linens, Blush Lamour napkins, and Bella Fleur gold chameleon chairs with ivory cushion caps. Suspended above the table was a twelve foot long birch branch strung with eucalyptus and hanging clear glass terrariums. These details have the effect of making the whole space feel very intimate—perfect for a wedding!

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Bright Garden Wedding Inspiration | The Stationery: Stationer Rene Showalter of Celebrations in Paper created a slightly whimsical and very colorful wedding stationery suite for the shoot; the invitations, table numbers, and menu all incorporated a bright watercolor flower motif that paired beautifully with the bold floral arrangements and stylish place settings.

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Bright Garden Wedding Inspiration | The Tablescape: One take-away from this shoot is that blending textures is a great way to make an impact! You see this especially with the centerpiece design which uses a green moss runner, over-sized clear glass vases, moss orbs, and succulent terrariums with black river stones. Guests sitting at this table will adore the energetic vibe!

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Bright Garden Wedding Inspiration | A Delightful Bonus: Couples planning their wedding in Arizona may be surprised to learn that the gold chargers, china, glassware and flatware featured in this shoot are part of Tempe Mission Palms’ wedding packages!

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Bright Garden Wedding Inspiration | The Cake: A generous dusting of gold flakes and a sleek white ribbon band make this cake quite lovely but the addition of the flowers and greenery take it to the next level!

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Bright Garden Wedding Inspiration | The Venue: Tempe Mission Palms is considered the hidden gem of Tempe, AZ. The hotel is located right off of Mill Avenue and has six different options for ceremony and cocktail receptions along with three options for both indoor and outdoor reception spaces. The flexible options are endless and the planning is up to your imagination!

The hotel includes as complimentary in all of their packages: a garden backdrop, lounge furniture, cocktail tables, cake table, dance floor, dining tables, choice of dining chair, gold chargers, china, glassware and flatware.

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We hope the pretty details, creative design ideas, and brilliant pops of color from this bright garden wedding inspiration shoot inspire you to choose some details to focus on to make your wedding memorable!

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Venue: Tempe Mission Palms

Photographer: Fully Alive Photography

Stationery: Celebrations in Paper

Linens: Classic Party Rentals (Phoenix)

Bridal Gown: Laurie’s Bridal

Explore our complete list of Elite Circle membersDesigner: Stylish Events By Lisa |  Flowers: PJ’s Flowers | Furniture: Vintage Chic | Cake: Sugarlips Cakery | Dog: Arizona Animal Welfare League | Jewelry: Claudia’s Custom Jewelry | Tuxedo: Celebrity Tux and Tails | Hair and Make Up: Courtney Ness Footitt | Nails: Jamberry | Lighting: Audio Visual Management Solutions

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

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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!

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Location: The Phoenician Scottsdale

Rentals: Classic Party Rentals

Explore our complete list of Elite Circle members

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 |

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

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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!

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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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Romantic Blue, Gold and Ivory Wedding
categories: bridal fashions, floral inspiration, real weddings, reception ideas, Wedding Inspiration

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It was all about the love at Elizabeth and Chris’ romantic blue, gold and ivory wedding! The beautiful couple kept their appreciation for each other and their families at the center of their planning and their wedding day ended up being a gorgeous event that was full of love and happiness—just how we like it!

Elizabeth recalls: I wanted to pick a color pallet that complimented the venue and added some glamour to the day! Navy is a timeless wedding color and gold was the perfect pop of glam to accompany it. The idea of the burgundy accents in the floral arrangements came from Kevin Reed at Your Event Florist, it was the perfect additional for a fall wedding. I was very much about putting our stamp on the day, so I was so happy Your Event Florist found another way to do that. It really made the arrangements one-of-a-kind and the burgundy dahlias were simply stunning.

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Romantic Blue, Gold and Ivory Wedding | Favorite Moment: We both agree that our favorite moment of the day was our first look. I was reluctant to do one at first, wanting to uphold tradition but our photographer, Jenn convinced me otherwise and she was SO right! When Chris finally turned around and we locked eyes, it was like the rest of the world faded away. Any nerves we had disappeared and everything just felt perfect. 

Romantic Blue, Gold and Ivory Wedding | The Dress: My dress was an A-line gown made by Pronovias, purchased from Schaffer’s. I brought my mom, sister and best friend along to go dress shopping with me. My mom was actually the one who picked out the gown I ended up wearing, I wasn’t sure about it at first because it wasn’t white. As soon as I put it on, I fell in love. I was in awe of all the detail of the Swarovski crystals and the pinkish color of the tulle overlay. It wowed everyone in the room. But I’m a cautious person, so I decided to keep looking. We went to another bridal store, where I tried on more dresses, including a mermaid gown that my mom and sister fell in love with. There was a lot of pressure from them to pick it but the other was still in the back of my mind. I realized that the Pronovias dress was the one and went back to purchase it that night just as they were closing!  

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Romantic Blue, Gold and Ivory Wedding | The Flowers: Floral was one of the most important aspects of our big day. Kevin Reed, Your Event Florist owner, was remarkable in taking our vision and turning it into a reality. They custom designed my bouquet with Polo Roses, Lisianthus, Ranunculus, and Dahlias then finished it with Bay Leaves, it was perfection.

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romantic blue, gold and ivory wedding _ Phoenix Bride and Groom wedding magazine_Jenn Wagner Studio_Arizona Wedding

Romantic Blue, Gold and Ivory Wedding | The Ceremony: Elizabeth and Chris wed in an unplugged ceremony under a lushly decorated wrought iron arch; eucalyptus garland lined the aisle and wine barrels placed at the beginning of the aisle were topped with overflowing floral arrangements. Elizabeth said the ceremony decor took her breath away!

The biggest surprise of the day came from our 2 year old flower girl, Peyton! After she walked down the aisle with our ring bearer, she went to sit with her parents and decided that it was time to take off her dress. I saw, out of the corner of my eye, a naked Peyton, happy as can be, at the beginning of our ceremony. It was so hard not to laugh! 

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romantic blue, gold and ivory wedding _ Phoenix Bride and Groom wedding magazine_Jenn Wagner Studio_Arizona Wedding

Romantic Blue, Gold and Ivory Wedding | The Reception: Chris and Elizabeth stole away for photos while guests proceeded into the reception; the evening was filled with thoughtful touches from a “Generations of Love” display to a heartfelt donation in lieu of favors.

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Chris is a HUGE car buff and works for Barrett Jackson but since he was little, his passion has always been classic cars. For the escort card table, we had a valet board where each of our guests received a vintage car key with their car for the night. The tables were named after his favorite classic cars with a license plate.

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Family is very important to us and we wanted to honor them with a Generations of Love tribute. We compiled wedding day photographs from our parents and grandparents to display. It warmed many hearts and brought happy tears to both of our families.

We love it when couples incorporate the things that are important to them and Elizabeth and Chris did just that—one example is this table that celebrates their relationship along with their passion for two dog rescues in Arizona: Paw it Forward Husky Rescue and AZ Happy Tails.

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Romantic Blue, Gold and Ivory Wedding | The Sugar: Elizabeth and Chris opted for a decadent dessert table that included cake, chocolates, mini pastries and watermelon.

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Romantic Blue, Gold and Ivory Wedding : Before our sparkler exit, Chris & I wanted a final dance, a moment to take it all in before the night ended. While everyone lined up outside and prepared for the big moment, we stayed back. “The Only One” by Charles Kelly began to play, and we danced alone in a giant empty room, utterly elated and in love. It was one of my favorite moments from the night.

One thing I would change would be to have hired a videographer for the day! I will cherish our photographers forever, but the chance to hear Chris’ vows again or getting to see my mom walk down the aisle, would have been well worth the investment. 

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Everyone told us it would be the best day of our lives and it was. To have so many people there, surrounding us with love was simply wonderful.

Elizabeth and Chris, congratulations and thank you for sharing your romantic blue, gold and ivory wedding with us!

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Photographer: Jenn Wagner Studio | Location: Desert Mountain Cochise Geronimo Clubhouse | Planner: Skyla Brooke Weddings & Events

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