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11
Sep
Real Arizona Wedding: Alyssa and Nick
categories: cakes and sweets, floral inspiration, real weddings, rehearsal dinner spots, Scottsdale Weddings, Wedding Inspiration

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Rehearsal Dinner: Sassi

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Ceremony & Reception Venue: The Westin Kierland Resort & Spa :: Photographer: Amy & Jordan :: Wedding Coordinator: Whitney from Some Like it Classic :: Ceremony Musician: String Serenade :: Entertainment: Mancini Entertainment :: Linens: La Tavola Fine Linen

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Family First: For their wedding, Alyssa and Nick wanted a day that was about them as a couple as much as it was about the people who knew them throughout the 6 1/2 years they dated and supported them in their relationship. Family and friends came from near and far to celebrate their I Do’s and were treated to a classically beautiful wedding day that put family and tradition in the forefront.

Thoughtful Details: Alyssa used her mother’s pearls and vintage purse for her “something old”, the “something new” was a special perfume purchased by her mother, her grandmother’s wedding handkerchief and mom’s veil (wrapped around her bouquet) were the “something borrowed” items, and Nick’s grandmother’s rosary was the “something blue” piece.

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The Colors: Our color scheme was Navy, ivory/cream, and gold with accents of other neutrals and pinks. We wanted to keep our décor classic and clean without going the traditional black and white.

How They Met: Nick and I met at Arizona State freshman year through our mutual friends that lived across the hall from me. I remember telling my roommate about him and after I found out he played basketball, I challenged him to a game asap. We loved doing a lot of the same things and are both active and love sports. We spent (and spend) a lot of time together hiking, long boarding, playing basketball, etc. He says he knew he wanted to marry me when I yelled at him for changing the channel when a football game was on. I knew I wanted to marry him when I saw him with our families and how much of a family man he is.

Nick’s parents gave the couple several family heirlooms along with informational cards that explained the significance of each heirloom and to whom it belonged in the family- what an incredible way to honor the past and all that the idea of “family” encompasses.

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The First Look: We knew we wanted a first look from the get go. We both wrote letters to each other, so it was the perfect time to read our letters and have a moment alone together. I also liked having family pictures prior to the ceremony. Not only because my hair and make-up were fresh, but because we were able to spend time with the people closest to us before we got swept away by our other 140+ guests during the reception. 

We love the idea of having some time together before the ceremony and the addition of the letters makes it even better!

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The Flowers: Our flowers included peonies, renunculus, white anemone (with navy centers), and blush astilbe

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Favorite Moment: My favorite moment was walking down the isle and seeing Nick’s face. I nearly forgot there were other people surrounding us. It was such a surreal moment and one I will never forget.

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The couple’s pastor is a close family friend AND the photographer’s brother!

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The Reception: Our first dance was to Frank Sinatra’s “The Way You Look Tonight” and our cake cutting song was “Sugar” by Maroon 5, one of Nick and my favorite songs (Maroon 5 should have crashed our wedding!)

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Advice:  If you can avoid it, don’t plan an out-of-town wedding during your first year of medical school Haha but really, I would tell couples planning their wedding to enjoy every single moment, even the things that seem annoying or monotonous. Try not to look at it as a long list of tasks or never ending appointments, but a time you get to plan the best party ever. It was such a great time to spend together as a couple and with everyone that had a hand in helping us plan the big day. I feel even closer to my Mom, sister, sister-in-law and close friends going through the fun process and events of planning a wedding (cake tasting, wine tasting, dress shopping, even picking out linens)… I would encourage all brides to set their expectations with their contacts early to make the planning stress free and full of fun.  

Any Surprises? A very pleasant surprise while planning was finding some beyond amazing vendors. I was completely new to the wedding industry and had no idea how awesome and fun photographers, videographers, make-up and hair artists could be! They seriously made our wedding day SO much fun and I wanted them to stay for the party after.

Congratulations Alyssa and Nick and thank you for sharing your gorgeous wedding day with us!

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13
Mar
Wedding News: Hermosa Inn Announces Butler Service
categories: destination weddings and honeymoons, fabulous reception sites, rehearsal dinner spots, Wedding Resources

Today starts with a cautionary tale: on my wedding night, my brand-new husband and I left our reception to stay the night at a resort. Even though we had received confirmation that our room was a king, we got a double queen. We spent over an hour in the lobby, still wearing our tuxedo and wedding gown, getting the king room we reserved. It was not a pretty sight! Looking back, our mistake was not being discerning enough with our choice of hotel. We didn’t book at an Econo-Lodge but we certainly didn’t choose a place that matched the occasion. So when you think about the grandest day and night of your life, and where you are going to kiss your new spouse goodnight, go for the best. Spend a bit more to stay in a place that has impeccable service, a place that you’ve always heard amazing things about, a place that fulfills your wishes and dotes on you like royalty.

One such place is The Hermosa Inn. The resort is known for it’s intimate atmosphere and legendary service so their announcement about adding Butler Service got us all in a tizzy. Hermosa Inn is already so special and now they’ve raised the bar even higher.

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Both discreet and anticipatory, the Inn’s butler service creates a one-of-a-kind experience for the discriminating guest looking for the perfect getaway. Be it requests for comfort, dining, experiences or ambiance, the personalized level of customer service that the butler program provides ensures a carefree visit.

The butler’s romance series also offers a chance to wine, dine and impress; setting up everything needed to create the ultimate romantic escape. Chocolate covered strawberries and champagne in-room, deliveries of favorite flowers, a private dinner under the stars or a hot drawn bath.

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As a couple staying at the resort, Butler Service takes things to a whole new level. For brides, grooms and their guests, The Hermosa Inn’s butler program can go above and beyond to create a special experience surrounding the happy couple’s big day. Be it requests leading up to the wedding (couples massages, an in-room mimosa bar for the bridal party or emergency tailoring services day-of) or ensuring rest and relaxation post-nuptials (champagne and her favorite flowers in-room or setting up a private al fresco brunch for the new Mr. and Mrs. the following day), no request is too small.

Guests of the bride and groom could also receive the standard butler service regarding requests for comfort, dining, experiences or ambiance. While the bride and groom are getting ready they could be playing a round of golf at one of the many nearby top-rated courses in the nation or being served their favorite cocktails and artful American fare in a poolside cabana.

Sounds dreamy, right? If you’re interested in booking your wedding or guest accommodations at Hermosa Inn (and especially if you’re dying to find out more about Butler Service), visit Hermosa Inn online

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27
Jan
Valentine’s Day at the Arizona Biltmore
categories: fabulous reception sites, rehearsal dinner spots

Arizona Biltmore, the beautiful and recently renovated resort, is planning for romance this Valentine’s Day and you don’t want to miss out on their special offers!

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Valentine’s Day dining options include:

Wright’s at The Biltmore Valentine Dinner:  At the Arizona Biltmore’s signature award winning restaurant, savor a gourmet Four-Course Valentine’s Day Dinner:  first course of Lobster Bisque or Roasted Cauliflower Soup; second course of Foie Torchon or a Roasted Beet Salad; third course of Beef Tenderloin or Red Snapper Filet; and Dessert choice of Dark Chocolate Soufflé or Vanilla Bavarian. The dinner is $95 per person, with an optional wine pairing for $45 that includes champagne with dessert. Served 5:00 to 10:00 p.m., the dinner is offered Feb. 13 and 14. Tax and gratuity not included.

Sweet Heart Brunch at Wright’s at The Biltmore:  Known for its award-winning Sunday Brunch, Wright’s is preparing a Valentine’s Day-themed Sweet Heart Brunch on Sunday, Feb. 15. Among the stations will be a Rawbar; Butcher Block of cheeses, charcuterie, grilled vegetables and breads; Fruits & Salads Bar; Omelet & Frittata Station, Action Station with everything from Pork Belly Confit to Tomato Jam and Potato Puree; Hot items such as Eggs Benedict, Schreiners Breakfast Sausage and Chicken Breast with Sunchoke, Sundried Tomato, Soubise; and Dessert display of assorted cakes, tarts, pastries and chocolates.  Served 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., it’s $65 for adults and $29.95 for kids 5-12. Tax and gratuity not included.

Frank & Albert’s Valentine’s Day Dinner: A special three-course dinner will feature a first course choice of Strawberry Gazpacho or Maytag Cheese Tart; main course of Filet Oscar or Butter Poached Lobster Risotto; and a chocolate dessert buffet. The dinner will be served 5:00 to 10:00 p.m. on Valentine’s Day for $65.00 per person, with an optional wine pairing for $25.00 per person that includes sparkling wine with dessert. Tax and gratuity not included.

Valentine’s Day In-Room Candlelight Romance for Two: Guests who prefer the romantic privacy of their room or suite can opt for a three-course candlelight dinner for two that includes soup or salad, entrée, dessert and a bottle of house wine for $150, not including tax and gratuity.

Valentine’s Day Afternoon Tea: The Valentine’s Day Afternoon Tea combines special romance-themed chocolate desserts with trendy tea sandwiches and popular teas. Served Feb. 13, 14 and 15 in the Lobby Tea Lounge from 12:00 to 4:00 p.m., the Valentine’s Day Afternoon Tea is $38, or $46 with Kir Royal or Mimosa. Tax and gratuity not included.

For dining reservations,call 602-381-7632

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Spa Biltmore Valentine’s Day Specials include:

Couples Massage Workshop:   Discover the gift of unspoken communication through restorative touch.  Your couple’s massage workshop is designed to increase individual and integrated awareness. Gain knowledge through body mechanics and demonstrated massage techniques, along with useful tools for preparation.  This time will be dedicated to exploring relaxation and enhancing connection as a couple. Practice and become comfortable with the many life applications and benefits of touch. Three hours, $495.

HydraFacial® to Cupid’s Delight:  Finally, you have found the perfect match.  HydraFacial® resurfacing technology thoroughly enhances the skin using patented Vortex Technology™ to cleanse, exfoliate, extract and hydrate while simultaneously providing the skin with cellular supportive serums and hydration.  But then, Cupid strikes and you enter Cloud Nine with a Farmhouse Fresh Whipped Whoopie! hand and foot treatment. Shea butter laden with soft notes of white velvet buttercream will surely be to your heart’s delight. 45 minutes, $225.

Polished Under a Pink Moon:  Soak into love.  Refresh with Bamboo Aloe Scrub, touched by Honey Glaze.  Smooth and soften with hydrating Pink Moon Shea Butter. Meticulous nail care and your perfect color match of nail lacquer.  Now, just glow from the light of the Pink Moon.  Manicure 50 minutes, $70.  Pedicure 50 minutes, $85

Infinitely Loving Restorative Massage:  Inspire muscle ease encouraged by Infinitely Loving aroma of Chinese Jasmine.  This relaxing full body massage restores with anti-inflammatory properties of organic sesame, sunflower and Jojoba oils. 50 minutes, $155.

For Spa Biltmore reservations, call 602-381-7632

Here’s a peek at one of the renovated rooms- they’re refined and luxurious (perfect for a Valentine’s weekend getaway!).

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10
Jun
Reception Ideas: An Intimate Dinner
categories: fabulous reception sites, floral inspiration, reception ideas, rehearsal dinner spots, Wedding Inspiration

When we set out to design an intimate wedding reception table, we enlisted the creative talents of our Elite Circle professionals. The crew, led by Care Schmidt of Sterling Weddings & Events, created a dinner table fit for royalty- the plentiful floral arrangements, glittering candles and glassware, and fine detailing were all highlighted by glorious tones of purple. We definitely wanted to be guests at this reception!

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There are definite advantages to planning a wedding for 25 people or less; since your budget will go farther, of course you have the opportunity to plan an extravagant reception (if that’s what you want) but the real payoff of having a smaller guest count is in the details. From beginning to end, every detail can be considered on a very manageable scale- choosing favors for 25 guests is very different from purchasing favors for 250 guests. Also, you can work with your stationer to create an over the top customized stationery suite, your reception dinner can be on the higher end and can include a meticulously chosen wine pairing element, and most importantly, you will have the time to sit at a table, share a meal, and have a conversation with your guests. That’s a priceless opportunity.

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Talavera Restaurant at The Four Seasons is the perfect setting for an intimate reception dinner because it’s relatively small capacity means you won’t feel overwhelmed by your surroundings and the views of the high Sonoran Desert are spectacular.

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While planning, don’t forget to ask your stationer to create signature cocktail drink cards- guests will love the options and explanations!

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When guests sit down to their meal, they’re greeted by a well-thought out place setting; the gold charger, double layer napkins, menu, and personal escort card all indicate that guests are invited to stay a while and enjoy their dinner among friends.

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Location: Talavera Restaurant, Four Seasons Resort Scottsdale :: Photographer: Hagerty Photography :: Set stylist and coordinator: Sterling Weddings & Events :: Stationery: The Event Essentials :: Floral: Table Tops Etc. :: Rentals: Classic Party RentalsBlogthinline

Many thanks to our inspiring Elite Circle team for making this styled shoot so beautiful!

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29
Apr
Wedding Inspiration: Southwest Color
categories: bridal fashions, cakes and sweets, destination weddings and honeymoons, fabulous reception sites, favor and gift ideas, floral inspiration, for your ceremony, from the consultants, real weddings, reception ideas, rehearsal dinner spots, Tips and Advice, Trends, Wedding Inspiration

There’s no law saying that when you have your wedding in Phoenix, or really anywhere in Arizona, you have to make the Southwest a dominant theme. We know this of course, and really love when we see Southerners bring in their signature charm or when New Yorkers use their modern big-city sensibilities, but with the desert offering so much in the way of beauty and style, why not embrace the natural surround just a little bit on your wedding day?

We’re not talking Kokopelli and terra cotta (but if you want to use those, go for it!) today, we’re exploring a more sophisticated and colorful take on the Southwest. If you think Arizona is just brown, brown, and more brown, you’ll be delighted by the wide range of colors that evoke a Southwest vibe!

Many couples draw their inspiration from the amazing sunsets that Arizona is known for- pink streaks across the sky are not uncommon at sunrise or sunset and are always breathtaking. This design uses prickly pear, roses, and succulents highlighted by the glimmer of gold- we ADORE it! Erica Velasco_Butterfly Petals_Phoenix Nace

(Photo: Erica Velasco Photographers, Floral: Butterfly Petals for Phoenix NACE)

Take your cue from nature and serve light pink margaritas or use bold pinks, gold, and coral in your floral designs.

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(Photo: Hollye Schumacher Photography, Location: Desert Botanical Garden)

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(Photo: I Do Photography, Floral: Butterfly Petals, Location: SoHo63)

The state gemstone of Arizona is turquoise so using the actual stone or even just the color at your wedding is a great way to bring in the Southwest

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(Photo: Cameron + Kelly Studio, Floral: Petal Pusher, Location: El Chorro Lodge, Gown: Schaffer’s Bridal, Suit: Mr Formal, Hair Stylist: Amber Tillinghast, Make Up: Corinna Cooke Makeup Artist)

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(Photo: CWLIFE Photography, Invitation: Page and Mason Invitations)

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(Location: Four Seasons Resort Scottsdale at Troon North, Photographer: Elyse Hall Photography, Concept Designer and Stylist: Imoni Events, Linens: La Tavola Fine Linen Rental, Stationery: Idieh Design, Rentals: Classic Party Rentals)

Purple and orange are classic Southwest

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Using desert landscape or native plants as your invitation inspiration sets a decidedly Southwestern tone

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Of course orange, which is a pretty trendy color this year for weddings, is a quintessential Southwest color choice- it goes beautifully with green, red, blue, or really, any color in between!

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(Photo: Lindsey Thorne Photography)

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(Photo: Brushfire Photography, Cake: Frosted Art Inc.)

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(Photo: Cameron + Kelly Studio, Design and Concept: Victoria Canada Weddings & Events, Floral: Petal Pusher, Location: El Chorro Lodge, Invitations: Page and Mason Invitations, Rentals: Classic Party Rentals, Tableware: PrimaDonna Boutique)

Without a doubt, the Southwest is vibrant and visually interesting- if you want to mix textures, colors, and patterns when planning your wedding,  you can do it and remain true to the Southwest you love. Have fun with all your options!

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7
Feb
Rehearsal Dinners at Sanctuary on Camelback Mountain
categories: fabulous reception sites, reception ideas, rehearsal dinner spots, Scottsdale Weddings

You know Elite Circle wedding venue Sanctuary on Camelback Mountain is a truly beautiful place; the views at this modern Paradise Valley resort are stunning and with the newly remodeled Jade Bar, award-winning Elements Restaurant, and luxurious resort amenities, you will have found your own little piece of heaven right on the mountain.

What you may not know is that Sanctuary on Camelback  Mountain also accommodates rehearsal dinners and currently, they have a special: when you book a rehearsal dinner during the months of February and March, you will save 36% with their exclusive Wedding Rehearsal Package.

Your rehearsal dinner can be at several locations throughout the resort property. This is in the ballroom, where you will have beautiful views and a private dining space:

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Sanctuary’s Private Estates offer intimate and elegant dining in an estate setting- this is Casa Montana’s scenic patio

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You can also dine poolside as you toast your upcoming nuptials

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Or enjoy the outdoor reception areas

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For information about booking a rehearsal dinner or wedding at Sanctuary on Camelback Mountain, call Lauren Wickham at 480.607.2306

The booking deal is good through March 31, 2014 so don’t delay!

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