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24
Mar
Kristina and Chad’s Elegant Outdoor Wedding with a View
categories: fabulous reception sites, floral inspiration, for your ceremony, real weddings, reception ideas, Wedding Inspiration

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With their work schedules being busy at almost exactly opposite times of the year (Kristina is a teacher and Chad is a MLB pitcher), this lovely couple hired wedding planner Cara Morrison of A Day to Cherish Weddings to plan their elegant outdoor wedding with a view. The view was courtesy of the extraordinary Sanctuary on Camelback Mountain Resort & Spa- Kristina and Chad knew as soon as they saw the gorgeous ceremony space, hip cocktail hour patio, and intimate ballroom that this was the place to exchange vows.

The couple used their vision of a wedding with rustic elegance to guide their wedding design choices; blush and ivory floral pieces added an element of romance while wooden accent pieces provided an outdoorsy feel.

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Elegant Outdoor Wedding with a View: For the outdoor ceremony, Kristina and Chad had their florist contruct a simple wooden arch and decorate it with flowing swags of white and blush flowers paired with greenery. Wooden stumps flanked either side of the arch and also served as bases for rustic candle lanterns that lined the rose petals dusted aisle.

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Elegant Outdoor Wedding with a View: Chad and I spent considerable time writing our vows to each other. It was worth every second and something I will always remember!

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Elegant Outdoor Wedding with a View: Kristina and Chad took full advantage of Sanctuary’s breathtaking desert landscape!

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Elegant Outdoor Wedding with a View: The reception was in the ballroom which boasts floor to ceiling windows- the effect is a stunning view of the mountains, Paradise Valley, and the city lights as the sun sets.

Our florist matched the blush rose tones of the linens and bridesmaid’s dresses with vases of staggered sizes, each with their own flower variety including ivory hydrangea, blush quicksand roses, Sahara roses and ivory majolica sweetheart roses. Gold pillar candleholders and votives accented the floral arrangements. The candles tied in perfectly with the gold-rimmed chargers and printed accents of the menus and favors on each plate.

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Guests enjoyed a meal of Achiote Marinated Sea Bass , Grilled Corn and Chorizo Risotto, with Smoked Paprika and Lobster Butter Or Bacon-Wrapped Beef Tenderloin, Pancetta and Exotic Mushroom, Truffled Potato Cake with Cabernet Reduction Sauce- yum!

The sweetheart table was a pretty little setting for the couple to dine together for the first time as husband and wife and have the best view of their friends and family throughout the evening; the wooden decor elements were expertly incorporated into the otherwise elegantly decorated dining room.

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Kristina recalls: Chad grew up in Texas and I am from Michigan. I had never heard of the southern tradition of a “groom’s cake” until Chad’s mother clued me into it. In the south, the groom gets his own wedding cake! For Chad I chose a chocolate Texas Tech cake decorated with strawberries.

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Kristina and Chad, thank you for sharing your day with us- it truly was a stunning elegant  outdoor wedding with a view! This wedding was featured in Phoenix Bride & Groom magazine and can be seen online here!

Wedding Professionals Who Help You Wed in Style

Location: Sanctuary Camelback Mountain Resort and Spa

Event Coordinator: A Day to Cherish Weddings

Floral Design: Butterfly Petals

Entertainment: Ray the D.J.

Rentals: Classic Party Rentals

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Photographer: Jeff + Amber | Groom’s Cake: Paula Jacqueline Cakes and Pastries | Wedding Cake: Classic Cakes & Confections

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17
Mar
Wedding Trend | Metallic Bridesmaid Dresses
categories: bridal fashions, Wedding Inspiration

No doubt, you’ve seen some sparkle coming from bridal parties lately. Are you loving it? We are! Bridesmaid dresses are experiencing some really fun trends like mismatched styles, different shades of the same color and metallic fabrics and today we’re crushing on some of the prettiest metallic bridesmaid dresses to be found in Arizona’s Elite Circle bridal shops.

Metallic Bridesmaid Dresses: Bella Bridesmaids has the largest collection of bridesmaid dresses from the world’s leading designers so of course they’re going to have some showstopping metallic bridesmaid dresses!

(Dresses: Bella Bridesmaids ~Scottsdale, WattersToo)

We really love the rose gold bridesmaid dress trend- it’s warm and pretty with a bit of softness that compliments most skin tones

(Dress: Bella Bridesmaids ~Scottsdale, Jenny Yoo | Photographer: Ryann Lindsey Photography | Location: Chateau Devie)

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(Dress: Bella Bridesmaids ~Scottsdale, Nouvelle Amsale Bridesmaid Collection)

This platinum metallic bridesmaid dress is just so gorgeous! We love the sparkly bodice with the flowing skirt.

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(Dress: Bella Bridesmaids ~Scottsdale, Watters)

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(Dresses: Bella Bridesmaids ~ Scottsdale, Donna Morgan)

Metallic Bridesmaid Dresses: The Wedding Apparel Superstore carries a large variety of wedding gowns, mother of the bride/groom dresses and bridesmaid dresses.

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(Dress: The Wedding Apparel Superstore, Allure)

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(Dress: The Wedding Apparel Superstore, Bill Levkoff)

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(Dress: The Wedding Apparel Superstore, Christina Wu)

Metallic Bridesmaid Dresses: Schaffer’s Bridal is known for their extensive wedding gown selection but they also have a very large selection of bridesmaid dresses, tuxedos and Mother of the Bride & Groom dresses. There’s no shortage of shimmer and shine…

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(Dress: Schaffer’s Bridal, Theia Bridesmaids)

Off the shoulder gold metallic bridesmaid dresses like this one are super gorgeous!

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(Dress: Schaffer’s Bridal, Amsale Bridesmaids)

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(Dress: Schaffer’s Bridal, Theia Bridesmaids)

Metallic Bridesmaid Dresses: Just in case you needed convincing that metallic bridesmaid dresses are a beautiful choice for your bridal party, here are a few photos to sway you!

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(Photographer: Fully Alive Photography)

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(Photographer: Something New Media Weddings)

Surely your bridesmaids want dresses that make each of them look their best and a bit of sparkle might be just what they crave!

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3
Mar
A White and Gold Wedding in Arizona
categories: fabulous reception sites, real weddings, reception ideas, Wedding Inspiration

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Natasha and Jeffery’s wedding weekend was all about fun from start to finish; the gals enjoying a bridal luncheon and salon time while the guys golfed, of course Saturday was the wedding day and a Sunday brunch wrapped up the weekend nicely. The couple definitely kept their guests busy while everyone gathered at the historic resort, The Wigwam, and they had the time of their lives. Fall in love with the resort and this sweet couple as we share their white and gold wedding in Arizona!

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White and Gold Wedding in Arizona: The bridal party donned classic black bridesmaids dresses and tuxedos while the groom differentiated himself with a dapper white tuxedo.

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White and Gold Wedding in Arizona: The couple’s ceremony took place in an enchanted setting- The Wigwam’s outdoor courtyard. Bride Natasha tells us: If I had to choose one moment that will forever stick out in my mind, it would be seeing my future husband standing at the altar for the first time. We hadn’t done a “first look” or taken photos beforehand so the anticipation had been building as what seemed like forever for all the guests to be seated. Finally walking down the aisle and seeing Jeff standing there, with a huge grin on his face, was an unforgettable moment.

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White and Gold Wedding in Arizona: Guests proceeded to an outdoor cocktail hour while the bride, groom and bridal party (including the couple’s dog!) took photos.

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White and Gold Wedding in Arizona: The reception in the ballroom shimmered with metallic linens, grand floral centerpieces and extensive drape which created an intimate and romantic effect.

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Natasha recalls: The entire wedding weekend was beyond anything we could have ever imagined! Seeing old friends, new friends, family members, and celebrating with them all was incredible special for us.

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Natasha and Jeffery, thank you for sharing your beautiful white and gold wedding in Arizona with us and congratulations (this wedding was featured in our magazine- click here to see it online)!

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Location: The Wigwam

Photographer: Eyes 2 See

Linens: Classic Party Rentals

Invitations: Celebrations in Paper

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Event Coordinator and Florist: Thee Wedding and Event Warehouse | Cake: Frosted Art Inc

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24
Feb
Wedding Invitation Trends for 2017
categories: the paper chase, Trends, Wedding Inspiration

Since wedding stationery has progressed from a simple invitation into full-circle stationery “suites”, it’s important to know what the trends are and what new designs and options are available to you. Our Elite Circle stationers have been in the business for years and know what’s in and what’s out. They’ve graciously shared their trend insights to give you an idea of what to expect when you go about choosing your wedding stationery for your 2017/2018 wedding:  

Celebrations in Paper: I am seeing a lot more great quality stock and tons of foil.  So where in the past a bride would order an invitation with either thermography or letterpress for the text and print their names only in foil, now they want all printing done in foil.  It’s a gorgeous look.

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(Stationer: Celebrations in Paper, Photo: Adelaide Photography)

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(Stationer: Celebrations in Paper, Photographer: Amy & Jordan)

Be in Love Designs: I’m seeing couples using an insert called a web card that refers guests to a website for wedding information and online RSVPing. Another trend I am seeing is either poster sized menus or programs instead of one per person.

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(Stationer: Be in Love Designs, Photographer: Elyse Hall Photography, Location: Omni Scottsdale Resort & Spa at Montelucia, Planner: Meant2Be Events)

Designing/choosing wedding stationery is one aspect of wedding planning that many couples look forward to- you get to choose paper colors, styles, shapes, wording, etc. alongside your stationer and maybe it’s just us, but we think that sounds like fun! Since the tone and formality of your wedding is determined by the invitation you send, working with a stationer who “gets” you is paramount.

Our best advice is to choose to hire someone who not only offers a wide variety of stationery but who also really listens to you and offers custom design options (if that’s the route you and your budget want to take). Check out our Elite Circle stationery experts and enjoy using these wedding invitation trends in your stationery suite!

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10
Feb
Lavender Wedding Inspiration | Arizona Wedding Inspiration
categories: bridal fashions, cakes and sweets, fabulous reception sites, favor and gift ideas, floral inspiration, for your ceremony, photography, real weddings, reception ideas, Trends, Wedding Inspiration, what's hot in rentals

Lavender wasn’t supposed to be a big color for weddings this year but this pretty purple hue is making a statement regardless! We think we know why lavender is a popular choice for couples planning their weddings: it’s purple (which is always in style for weddings) without being “too purple” and it conveys a delicate prettiness that’s appropriate for any wedding. From backyard get-togethers to grand ballrooms, lavender is lovely!

Lavender Wedding Inspiration: A color palette that includes lavender and other bright shades makes for some pretty gorgeous wedding attire. This bridal party’s attire is anything but boring thanks to the varied shades of purple!

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(Bridesmaid Dresses: Bella Bridesmaids Scottsdale, Photographer: Ryann Lindsey Photography)

This lavender clad groom looks perfectly comfortable next to his sweet bride in the Coconino National Forest near Flagstaff

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(Photographer: Fully Alive Photography)

Lavender Wedding Inspiration: Escort/place cards get a touch of lavender- they hint at what’s to come. And pretty much any stationery piece can include the light purple hue- table numbers, menus, signature cocktail signs,etc.

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(Floral Design And Styling: Events by Show Stoppers, Photographer: Lauren/Abby Ross)

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(Floral Design: Table Tops Etc., Invitations: Be In Love Designs, Rentals: Classic Party Rentals, Cake: Piece of Cake Desserts, Photographer: Hagerty Photography, Coordinator: Meant2Be Events)

This styled shoot for our magazine featured fresh springtime blooms paired with glam black, white and gold details.

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(Stylist & Floral Design: Your Event Florist, Linen: Wildflower Linen, Rentals: Classic Party Rentals, Location: Sanctuary Camelback Mountain Resort & Spa, Photography: Hagerty Photography, Stationer: The Event Essentials)

Lavender Wedding Inspiration: Ceremonies are made super gorgeous and sweet when lavender is in play; how lovely is this petal carpet y Events by Show Stoppers?!

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(Floral Design And Styling: Events by Show Stoppers, Photographer: Lauren/Abby Ross)

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(Florist: Your Event Florist, Photographer: Ben &  Kelly Photography, Location: Hyatt Regency Scottsdale Resort and Spa at Gainey Ranch)

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(Location: Montelucia Resort and Spa, Florist: Table Tops, Etc., Photographer: Jason + Anna Photography)

Lavender Wedding Inspiration: Receptions can incorporate lavender in a number of ways- centerpieces, linens, and lighting can make a lavender lover’s dreams come true!

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(Location: Royal Palms Resort and Spa, Florist: Table Tops, Etc., Photographer: Melissa Jill Photography)

Lavender can be light and airy when paired with lighter colors but it can also be quite sophisticated when placed with darker hues such as deep red.

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(Stylist and Rentals: Glamour and Woods, Location: Villa Siena, Florist: Your Event Florist, Cake: Piece of Cake Desserts, Photographer: Katrina Wallace Photographers, Invitations: Vee Creative, Tabletops: Fancy Lou Designs)

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(Floral Design: Table Tops Etc., Invitations: Be In Love Designs, Rentals: Classic Party Rentals, Cake: Piece of Cake Desserts, Photographer: Hagerty Photography, Coordinator: Meant2Be Events)

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(Planner: A Day to Cherish, Photographer: Andrew Jade Photography, Rentals: Classic Party Rentals, Location: JW Marriott Desert Ridge, Floral: Avant Garde, Linens: La Tavola Fine Linens, Drape: Quest Drape, Lighting: Karma Event Lighting)

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(Location: Talavera Restaurant, Four Seasons Resort Scottsdale, Floral Design: Table Tops Etc., Rentals: Classic Party Rentals, Photographer: Hagerty Photography, Set Stylist and Coordinator: Sterling Weddings & Events, Stationery: The Event Essentials, )

Lavender Wedding Inspiration: You don’t see many lavender wedding cakes but when Piece of Cakes makes an ombre lavender cake, it’s pretty darn spectacular!

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(Cake: Piece of Cake Desserts, Location: Villa Siena, Photographer: Genevieve Hansen Photography)

As you can see, lavender isn’t shying away from the wedding spotlight any time soon! We look forward to seeing how couples use this lavender wedding inspiration in their wedding color palettes.

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

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

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(Photographer: Round Lens Photography)

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

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

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

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

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

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(Photographer: Round Lens Photography)

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

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

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

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

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

When a Stylist Gets Engaged _Phoenix Bride and Groom_RISTYLE_Round Lens Photography

(Photographer: Round Lens Photography)

When a Stylist Gets Engaged _Phoenix Bride and Groom_RISTYLE_Round Lens Photography

(Photographer: Round Lens Photography)

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

 

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(Photographer: Round Lens Photography)

Congratulations Risa and Jason- we are so happy for you and can’t wait to hear more about your wedding planning!
Photography: Round Lens Photography 
*Follow Risa’s journey right here and on Instagram and Facebook (or search using: #weddingplanningwithPBG & #RISTYLEdowntheaisle) as this lovely gal plans her wedding
*See our Behind the Scenes feature of our Winter Spring cover shoot that Risa styled on our website!
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