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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

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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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26
Jan
Wedding Inspiration: Buttercup- Pantone Wedding Colors for 2016
categories: photography, real weddings, reception ideas, Sedona, Sedona Weddings, the paper chase, Trends, Wedding Inspiration

No doubt, Pantone’s Buttercup is the brightest color of the bunch (have you seen the color palette that’s inspiring the Pantone Wedding Colors for 2016?) and with it comes quite a few options for couples planning their weddings in Arizona.

Pantone describes Buttercup: While he majority of the Spring/Summer palette trends toward calmness, a few diversions from the theme emerge that offer a contrast. With Buttercup, designers reveal a shining beacon transporting its wearer to a happier, sunnier place.

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And happiness is exactly what we get with this lovely hue…

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(Photo: Keith  and Melissa Photography, Floral: Your Event Florist, Location: El Chorro)

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(Photo: Sierra Blanco Photography, Floral: Events by Show Stoppers)

This bouquet of hydrangea, dusty miller, craspedia, succulents, scabiosa pods, and daffodils shows how Buttercup is perfect with grey, ivory and white

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Well hello cute little flower girl! How sweet is she?

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(Photo: Sierra Blanco Photography, Crown: Events by Show Stoppers)

A delicate buttercup sugar bow is the perfect contrast to a blue and white cake

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(Photo: Hagerty Photography, Cake: Piece of Cake Desserts, Location: Villa Siena)

The pops of buttercup in this otherwise neutral reception are just the perfect touch of color making it one of the Pantone Wedding Colors for 2016 that couples are loving

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(Location: The Paseo, Stationery: Celebrations in Paper, Rentals: Classic Party Rentals, Glamour and Woods, Florist: Table Tops Etc., Photographer: Holley Photography, Stylist: Vermilion Events, T Weddings & Events)

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(Floral: Your Event Florist, Location: Sassi Weddings)

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(Floral: Your Event Florist)

Buttercup is strong enough that it can be paired with brighter colors and not be overshadowed

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(Photo: Hagerty Photography, Location: Hyatt Regency Scottsdale Resort & Spa)

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(Location: The Paseo, Stationery: Celebrations in Paper, Rentals: Classic Party Rentals, Glamour and Woods, Florist: Table Tops Etc., Photographer: Holley Photography, Stylist: Vermilion Events, T Weddings & Events)

Yellow is really fun for food and cakes too- they definitely make a statement and buttercup is a tone that encourages appetites!

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(Photo: Hagerty Photography, Location: Hyatt Regency Scottsdale Resort & Spa)

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(Photo: Sierra Blanco Photography, Floral: Events by Show Stoppers, Cake: Sedona Cake Couture)

We’ve already seen Buttercup as one of the standout Pantone Wedding Colors for 2016 and if you want your wedding to have an energetic upbeat vibe, you should consider using it as the main inspiration for your wedding color palette or as a complimentary color to some other pretty hues.

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8
Jan
Wedding Show in Northern Arizona: 2016 Sedona Bridal Show and Bootcamp
categories: destination weddings and honeymoons, open houses, reception ideas, Sedona, Sedona Weddings, upcoming events, Wedding Inspiration

The premier wedding show in Northern Arizona is happening soon and you don’t want to miss it! The 2016 Sedona Bridal Show and Bootcamp is THE event couples flock to for wedding inspiration and wedding planning and with good reason- the show has earned a reputation for being friendly, stylish, and really fun!

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The wedding show in Northern Arizona will feature over 70 top vendors from Sedona, Flagstaff, Phoenix and Prescott including 16 of the most popular venues and properties in Sedona and Flagstaff.

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Sedona, Prescott and Flagstaff offer couples some of the most spectacular views, scenery, and talent when it comes to weddings. Don’t let a short drive (and it really is a short drive) stop you from exploring the vibrant wedding community of Northern Arizona!

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Wedding Show in Northern Arizona: 2016 Sedona Bridal

Show and Bootcamp Details

Date: January 16, 2016

Location: Hilton Sedona Resort & Spa

Time: 10:00am-3:00pm

Register (tickets are free for brides and grooms): http://sedonabridalshowandbootcamp.com/register/

The Sedona Bridal Show and Bootcamp has become Northern Arizona’s largest bridal show and wedding planning event. We look forward to attending the 2016 Sedona Bridal Show and Bootcamp and hope to see you there!

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

Photos courtesy of Sierra Blanco Photography

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6
Oct
Engaged in Arizona: Kayla and Christopher’s Destination Engagement Session
categories: Engagement, photography, Sedona

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Sedona’s Red Rock Canyon National Park provides the most striking backdrop for weddings and engagements and Kayla and Christopher’s destination session, photographed by Elite Circle photographer Fully Alive Photography, is no exception. You’re going to love the simplicity of the shoot and deep connection the couple has.

How They Met: Kayla and Christopher attended the same high school but somehow didn’t cross paths until after college. Kayla tells us: The night we met we were both out at the same local bar (both sober we might add) and after making eyes at one another (or at least Chris thought so) Chris approached me to reintroduce himself as if we were old friends. We hit it off by talking about kitchen design as Chris was remodeling his kitchen and I just happened to be a kitchen designer. When Chris asked me for my business card and I didn’t have any he “smoothly” had me make him a personal one on a sugar packet which we still have framed in our bedroom today.

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Favorite Things:

Kayla: My favorite thing about Christopher is how strong of a faith he has. Ever since we started dating, we have read daily devotional together. I love that he can laugh at himself and be silly. But what I love most is his passion. His passion for the people he loves is inspiring.

Chris: To pick just one thing I love about Kay is a difficult task, but if I had to choose just one it would be the way that she loves. Kayla is just a people person in so many ways. People are drawn to her and she has true love for them. Whether it’s the awkward person in the room or her family who for her is second to none she just loves them. Kayla has no idea how beautiful she is but when you add that with her fervent love for others she is the entire package.

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The white dress Kayla is wearing was sewn by her grandmother! Kayla explains: The weeks leading up to the engagement shoot, I was looking for an outfit and fell in love with a white dress WITH a train. So I made up my mind then that I had to find one. However, not being able to find anything, I asked my grandma if she could pull something together in less than a week!! After not sewing anything for 30 years, she made the most beautiful dress. The best part was it enabled us to spend time together in the craziness of my wedding planning life. I am so appreciative and thankful for my Grandma’s talent, but more than anything I’m thankful for her love and support.

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How did you choose Fully Alive Photography? Tracy is one of Kayla’s cousin’s best friends and while attending college at Illinois State University she spent a little over a year nannying for Tracy’s son. We were already familiar with the quality of Tracy’s work and so the only question was how we could coordinate the location of the shoot with us being in Illinois and Tracy in Arizona. When the idea was brought up about us meeting Tracy out west we jumped at it and couldn’t be happier with our decision. The best thing about Tracy and Fully-Alive is she truly makes you feel like the most beautiful people in the world while she works with you and her talent with her photography makes you almost start to believe her!

Why Sedona? Umm… mountains?! What’s not to like? Where we are from in southern Illinois there is nothing but vast planes running in every direction you look. We wanted something different that stood out for our photos but would also create an awesome memory at the same time. Our shoot was so amazing and more fun than we could have ever imagined taking photos could be.

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Ideal Date Night: We are both from design backgrounds, Chris studied architecture and Kayla interior design, and we truly love designing together. We recently purchased our first home together and although it didn’t need much work we have had an amazing time bringing our style into each room. It takes a lot of patience and a ton of trial and error but we wouldn’t have it any other way. So our ideal date would be having an amazing dinner out at any number of Italian Restaurants in St. Louis and then shopping for furnishing for our house (ideally on an unlimited budget;)) and bringing them back home and seeing what works best and then carrying our conversation on for hours about the new ideas we have come up with based on new pieces we have found. If we could mix in some mini-golf we always love that too to keep up our competitive edge!

This engagement session proves you don’t have to do anything over the top in your photos to capture the true spirit of who you are as a couple. Congratulations Kayla and Christopher and thank you for sharing your engagement with us!

Photos courtesy of Fully Alive Photography– to see the full blog post and more pictures from this engagement session, click here!

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7
Aug
Girlfriend’s Getaway in Sedona at Amara Resort & Spa
categories: destination weddings and honeymoons, favor and gift ideas, Sedona

As a gal planning a wedding, you’ve probably asked your bridesmaids and girlfriends to be generous with their time and creativity (not to mention all the hard labor involved)- they ARE your besties after all! While assisting you, they’ve definitely earned some time off so show them the perks of being your friend by inviting them to a girlfriend’s getaway!

Kimpton’s Amara Resort & Spa, located in Sedona, offers an ideal girlfriends getaway that boasts picturesque red rock scenery, luxurious spa treatments, specialty craft cocktails and signature dishes, plenty of on-site amenities and countless outdoor activities that are perfect for bonding with your closest girlfriends.

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Here are a few of the things you can look forward to during your escape (many of the perks are complimentary!): 
  • Start the day with complimentary morning yoga.
  • Enjoy complimentary morning coffee and tea service in the living room.
  • Soak in the sunshine at the resort’s negative-edge infinity pool that’s in the shadow of Cleopatra Red Rock Formation and the much-loved Snoopy Rock (both are in perfect view from the private cabanas).
  • Amara‘s concierge can book custom day-trips for girlfriend groups including hiking, mountain bike riding, wine tasting and off-road excursions, to name a few.
  • Take a bike ride around Uptown Sedona for shopping on Amara‘s complimentary bikes (or use the complimentary shuttle that drops off up to 1-mile from the resort). 
  • Unwind during complimentary Wine Hour in the living room from 5pm – 6pm.

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  • Enjoy dinner and craft margaritas under the stars at the resort’s SaltRock Kitchen, which has earned rave reviews.
  • Plan to join Stargazing & S’mores on Friday and Saturday nights where a local astronomy expert is on-hand to guide guests through the solar system with iPads. Complimentary s’mores kits and blankets are provided. 
  • Book a spa day and experience treatments that embrace the natural and spiritual elements of Sedona like sage smudging, chakra balancing, Native American rattles, local mud and crystal healing.

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Amara’s intimate, boutique resort combines modern design with Arizona’s comfortable, laid-back lifestyle, provides endless views of the majestic red rocks, and sits nestled along Oak Creek amongst lush foliage, all within walking distance of Sedona’s uptown district…The scenic property, paired with the calming energy of Sedona, offers girlfriends of all ages an opportunity to reconnect, bond and enjoy one another’s company while creating lasting memories.

For more information about Amara Resort & Spa and to book your getaway, visit www.amararesort.com or call 928-282-4828

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9
Jun
Engaged: Kelli and Mike’s Tlaquepaque Engagement Session
categories: Engagement, Sedona

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It’s funny isn’t it, the power of a photograph? We saw this single image from Kelli and Mike’s Tlaquepaque engagement session and were drawn in. The vibrancy of the sky, bright balloons, twinkling lights strung overhead, and most of all, the couple’s sweetness make for engagement session bliss…you’re going to love the entire session, promise!

How did you meet? We met at St. Mary’s High School in 2001, our Freshman year in our Spanish class. I had just moved to Arizona from North Dakota, and Mike was my first friend. We were best friends all through out high school and college, but didn’t start dating till after we graduated. 

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The colorful session is balanced with lots of dark and intimate images too; balloons are fun for engagement sessions but Kelli and Mike maintained a grown-up vibe by not over-using them.

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The Proposal: Mike proposed to me in the same Spanish classroom at St. Mary’s where we first met 13 years to the day of our first class together. It was so sweet!

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What’s your favorite thing about each other?

Kelli- My favorite thing about Mike is that he is truly my best friend. We have the best adventures and are so similar we can talk for hours and still have more to say.

Mike- Where to begin!? Kelli is the most loving, compassionate, beautiful, funny person I know. I honestly don’t know how I got so lucky.

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How did you choose Ben + Kelly Photography for your e-session? We met Ben and Kelly through our amazing wedding planner Trista Guzman and clicked with them right away. It was honestly like talking to friends, and we felt like they really understood what we were trying to go for. We picked Tlaquepaque Village because there is so much natural beauty in Sedona, mixed with the Spanish vibes of Tlaquepaque which we love we thought it would be the perfect location. 

What is your ideal “date night”? Our ideal date night would be to go to a fun local restaurant like Angels Trumpet or Clever Koi and a concert at Crescent Ballroom. Or if we are feeling lazy picking up a pizza and growler from Federal Pizza and binge watching a show on Netflix with our puppy Delilah is always a good time.

Congratulations Kelli and Mike (they got married just a few weeks ago!) and thanks for sharing your engagement with us!

All images courtesy of Elite Circle Photographer Ben & Kelly Photography

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