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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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31
Jan
A Valentine’s Day Getaway at A Romantic Arizona Resort
categories: destination weddings and honeymoons, fabulous reception sites, rehearsal dinner spots, upcoming events, Wedding Resources
If you have plans to make this Valentine’s Day especially romantic, we have a fabulous idea for you: book a Valentines Day Getaway at Royal Palms Resort and Spa!

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While the resort offers Romantication© packages year-round, which are customized, romantic experiences, this Valentine’s Day, Royal Palms is taking romance to a whole new level for the entire month of February with the “Ultimate Romance Package”:
Ultimate Romance Package – $2,800 per night (stay from Feb. 1 – Feb. 28)

-One night of luxurious accommodations in an Alvadora Spa Villa.

-Ultimate Garden of Love Via Cappello Dinner package that includes private use of the Garden of Love that will be decorated with rose petals and votive candles; a five-course dinner for two by Executive Chef Todd Allison with wine pairings; a personal server throughout the evening; a fresh floral arrangement table setting and romantic music.

-Rose petal turndown service.

-Sparkling wine and a dozen chocolate-covered strawberries delivered upon check-in.

-Breakfast for two via room service or at T. Cook’s.

-$150 credit to Alvadora Spa to be used towards a treatment or merchandise.

Also, T. Cook’s will have an ultra-luxe, prix-fixe menu. Have you eaten there? It’s delicious but it’s more than that- it’s a highly acclaimed restaurant that’s pretty much legendary in the Valley!
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Since it began as a couple’s Desert Getaway in 1929, this Phoenix, Arizona hotel has offered generations of guests the intimate atmosphere of a luxurious, private residence—along with the amenities of an award-winning resort.
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The beloved resort is known for it’s romantic enclaves, intimate atmosphere and first-class customer service.
Winding stone paths transport guests past a grove of orange trees, trickling fountains in courtyards, roaring outdoor fireplaces, 100-year-old rustic doorways and hand-painted tiles, and lush gardens filled with magenta bougainvillea, exotic plants and desert flowers. A true destination for lovers, the resort was originally built as a private mansion in 1929 as a grand gesture of love by financier Delos Willard Cooke for his wife Florence. 
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For the most romantic Valentines Day getaway, book the Ultimate Romance Package at Royal Palms Resort and Spa: 800-672-6011 | Website
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23
Aug
Historic Destination Wedding Venue | Tubac Golf Resort & Spa
categories: destination weddings and honeymoons, fabulous reception sites, reception ideas, rehearsal dinner spots, Wedding Inspiration

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Tubac Golf Resort & Spa is an historic destination wedding venue that is best described as an ethereal oasis in the desert- if you’ve never taken the short drive from Phoenix to Tubac, we highly recommend it. For less than a 2.5 hour drive, the reward is huge (trust us, we’ve personally visited Tubac Golf Resort & Spa and we enjoyed every single second of our time at the resort)!

This beloved Arizona destination has a unique blend of history and culture that couples looking for a wedding venue, honeymooners and vacationers will appreciate-there’s the 1700’s replica mission style Chapel, a grand ballroom, a rustic Western-themed restaurant, a 27-hole championship golf course, a world-class spa and of course, historic buildings scattered throughout the property. Basically, you and your wedding guests could land at Tubac for your wedding weekend and never need to leave the property!

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What makes this historic destination wedding venue perfect for weddings? We know that your wedding is the most important event of your life and we are honored to help make your dream wedding come true. Tubac Golf Resort & Spa is the ultimate destination for a truly memorable wedding celebration.

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(Photo: Steven Palm Photography)

What do you see couples doing with the venue as far as decor and design that you are really loving right now? Couples are collaborating with their florist and décor vendors adding in some DIY touches with variable height with cylinder and hurricane candles to accessorize décor theme.

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(Photo: Leland Gebhardt Photography)

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(Photo: Steven Palm Photography)

What makes Tubac Golf Resort & Spa a fabulous place to get married? A Day and Weekend to Remember! A unique blend of history and culture coupled with Arizona’s most picturesque landscapes provide for a perfect backdrop. Imagine a sunset, candle light ceremony in our 1700’s replica mission style Chapel. The delicate whisper of a fountain, the carved chairs and lavish changing room for the bride speaks to the level of attention and detail that is customary for our Resort. To enhance your celebration, hear the ringing of the Chapel bell, as we announce your union to the world.

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If you prefer a romantic outdoor setting under a canopy of foliage, the choices abound. As you wind your way to the reception you will be greeted with majestic sights and beautiful gardens as you arrive to our covered patio overlooking lush green fairways in the distance, breathtaking mountain and water views. Finally you step into the Ballroom adorned with a grand fireplace to add just the right ambiance to your Wedding Celebration. Tubac Golf Resort & Spa offers a delicious selection of meal options for your event or our Chef is happy to design a menu to accommodate your specific tastes. We invite your family and friends to discover the charm of our Resort as we provide elegant accommodations at a preferred wedding rate. The possibilities are endless at Tubac Golf Resort & Spa!

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(Photo: Something Blue Photography)

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(Photo: Betsy and John Photography)

Can couples bring in their own vendors or do you have a specific list you work with? We have a recommended Vendor List, however Brides and Grooms may bring in their own.

Tubac Golf Resort & Spa is the complete package-the historic destination wedding venue provides a full-circle experience that boasts an impeccable reputation for hospitality, views and ambiance.

Contact Tubac Golf Resort & Spa: Website | Call Debi Crossland: (520)398-3534

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9
Aug
A Sophisticated Arizona Wedding | Phoenix Bride & Groom
categories: bridal fashions, fabulous reception sites, floral inspiration, for your ceremony, real weddings, reception ideas, rehearsal dinner spots, Wedding Inspiration

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Rachel and Adam’s sophisticated Arizona wedding is one for the books- their fun attitudes are infectious, the outdoor sunset ceremony was so beautiful, and their indoor reception was a total blast!

Bride Rachel tells us, “…everyone was chanting ‘one more song’ at the very end!”. You’ve got to love a wedding where the guests want to boogy all night!

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Sophisticated Arizona Wedding Ceremony: The romantic ceremony highlighted the breathtaking views from the Valencia Lawn at the Omni Scottsdale Resort at Montelucia and featured a stunning chuppah.

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Isn’t this ceremony the dreamiest?

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Sophisticated Arizona Wedding  Reception: With a beautiful color palette of ivory, blush and muted colors, the reception was a thoroughly elegant affair that quickly turned into an all-out dance party.

Guests enjoyed decadent meal of fish and short ribs, garlic-chive risotto, and a confit of spinach, sweet peppers and heirloom tomatoes. The meal was followed by dancing fueled by a sugar high thanks to gelato, caramel apples, fudge and a 6-tier wedding cake!

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Rachel and Adam, thank you for sharing your sophisticated Arizona wedding with us and CONGRATULATIONS (this wedding was featured in Phoenix Bride & Groom magazine and can be seen online here)!

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Rehearsal Dinner:
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29
Apr
Wedding Venues in Downtown Phoenix: Renaissance Phoenix Downtown Hotel
categories: destination weddings and honeymoons, fabulous reception sites, Meet Our Friends, reception ideas, rehearsal dinner spots

When it comes to wedding venues, Arizona has it all: wedding venue styles range from desert landscape to golf courses to sprawling resorts to urban downtown venues and Renaissance Phoenix Downtown Hotel should top your “favorite wedding venues in downtown Phoenix” list.

Located in the heart of downtown Phoenix, Renaissance Phoenix Downtown Hotel offers breathtaking rooftop views, a chic urban setting, a truly unique atmosphere and a staff who desires to make your wedding day all you hoped it would be.

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We chatted with Senior Catering Sales Executive Amie Dignan about why couples will want to consider Renaissance Phoenix Downtown Hotel for their big day:

What makes Renaissance Phoenix Downtown perfect for weddings? Skyline, at The Renaissance Phoenix Downtown Hotel offers a very unique urban wedding venue that is unmatched by any other space in the valley. Skyline is a 10,000 square foot roof top terrace with soaring views of the downtown Phoenix landscape.  Surrounded by historic and contemporary buildings it is perfect for a one of a kind wedding experience.

Can couples bring in their own vendors or do you have a specific list you work with? We offer a list of preferred vendors which are all great partners to the Renaissance; however, couples are welcome to use any vendor of choice. The Renaissance will supply all food and beverage.

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Sunset ceremonies on Skyline are breathtaking as the sunlight reflects off the surrounding buildings.

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(Photo: Andrew Jade Photography for WIPA)

We also have several Urban Gardens on Skyline creating a unique space in downtown. Our downtown location is ideal for weddings with out-of-town guests; we are walking distance or a light rail stop away from great restaurants and entertainment options for guests wanting to make the wedding into a weekend get-away.

What are the things about the property that make it a fabulous place to get married? Our staff and service is like no other, we receive constant accolades from our guests as we make them feel at home. The Renaissance is in the top 10% of Phoenix Hotels on Trip Advisor and is listed as number 7 for service within the Renaissance Brand. In fact, the hotel was just named the Renaissance Hotel of the Year for 2015!

What do you see couples doing with the venue as far as decor and design that you are really loving right now? Bistro lights and a color wash of up lighting has really enhanced the space.  Skyline boasts several lounge sets and couples are incorporating the furniture into the reception and enhancing them with fun pillows and table-scaping.

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(Photo: Andrew Jade Photography for WIPA)

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(Photo: SJA Studios)

Are there any current specials or packages that we should let couples who are looking for wedding venues in downtown Phoenix know about?

We are currently offering the following package:

Make Memories with Us Special

-Receive 25,000 Marriott Rewards Points to Use Towards Your Dream Honeymoon as a Signing Bonus
-Enjoy a Complimentary Sleeping Room the Night Before Your Wedding
-Delight Your Guests with a Complimentary Hand Passed Signature Cocktail*
-Share a Complimentary Farewell Continental Breakfast in Our Private Dining Room before taking off on Your New Lives Together*

*Special Offered for Wedding Receptions June, 1 2016 – June, 30 2017; Must Be Contracted By December 31, 2017
* Complimentary Farewell Breakfast Offered to Contracts with a $10,000++ Beverage and Food Minimum, for up to 30 Guests
*One Complimentary Cocktail per Guest

We think you’ll agree, Renaissance Phoenix Downtown Hotel is one of the most intriguing wedding venues in downtown Phoenix and it deserves your consideration!

To make an appointment for a tour or to get more information about the current special, contact Amie Dignan:

602.333.5116 | Amie.Dignan@renaissancehotels.com | Renaissance Phoenix Downtown Hotel

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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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Hair: Hautie Rouge Salon– Ruca Bowman

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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