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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!

Wedding Professionals Who Help You Wed in Style

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

Explore our complete list of Elite Circle members

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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13
Jun
Phoenix Bride & Groom’s Summer Fall 2017 Issue!
categories: bridal fashions, fabulous reception sites, floral inspiration, Meet Our Friends, photography, Wedding Inspiration, Wedding Resources

The Summer Fall 2017 issue of Phoenix Bride & Groom has just landed in the Valley and it’s creating a buzz, to say the least. Take one look at our cover and you’ll see why!

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The inspiration for this cover shoot was none other than artist and feminist icon Frida Kahlo. The vibrant colors, Latin influenced jewelry, lush flower crown and bold makeup are reminiscent of this much loved icon.

Phoenix Bride & Groom Winter/Spring Cover Shoot Team:

Location: Royal Palms Resort and Spa
Photographer: Eyes 2 See
Fashion stylist: Risa Kostis of Ristyle Consulting
Assistant: Kelly Stoneman
Gown: Mariée Bridal
Makeup artist & Hair stylist: Babydoll Weddings
Floral: Your Event Florist
Video: Something New Media Weddings
Jewelry: Fashions by Robert Black
Models:  Katherine of The Agency Arizona

Pick-up copies of Phoenix Bride & Groom at any of these locations | Website | Download our Digital Magazine!

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12
May
Should You Hire a Videographer for Your Wedding?
categories: videography, Wedding Inspiration, Wedding Resources

You probably saw this coming but for the record, we have a firm answer to the question: should you hire a videographer for your wedding? Clearly the answer is YES!!! We went straight to the experts at Something New Media Weddings to get you the insight you need into this wedding planning decision.

In a recent blog post, Something New Media lists 5 reasons why you should hire a videographer. Here’s 3 of them:

Relive the Moments You Missed: As a bride or groom, it is impossible to be everywhere on your wedding day. There are moments that you’ll miss such as your fiancé getting ready before the ceremony, your guests arriving and sharing their excitement with each other or your grandfather wiping a tear from his face during the ceremony…

Hearing Your Vows: …While photos do a fantastic job of capturing the emotion of the day, your wedding film will allow you to hear the personal vows that you exchange with your fiancé, the tone in your voice and the laughter of the audience.

Slow Down Time: …your wedding film will be able to take you back in time and re-experience the butterflies, excitement, love and all around happiness of your wedding day.

We’re not exactly sure why hiring a videographer/cinematographer continues to be an optional wedding vendor in couples’ minds as they plan their weddings but we hope you hear our pleas and take them to heart…you MUST consider a videographer/cinematographer an essential wedding vendor!

To read all 5 complete explanations for Something New Media Weddings’ answer to “Should you hire a videographer for your wedding?”, read their blog!

Connect with Something New Media Weddings Website | Facebook | Call: (602) 730 0478

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31
Mar
Great Find: Men’s Gift Sets at Celebrations in Paper
categories: favor and gift ideas, Grooms, health and beauty, Wedding Resources

Sometimes the best things are discovered out of pure frustration and today’s great find is an example of just that. Celebrations in Paper is not only the loveliest invitation shop, it’s also a place you’ll want to spend some time browsing their collection of cards, gifts and baubles; however, much to owner Rene Showalter’s frustration, they haven’t had much to offer the guys. She’s often asked by customers about men’s gift sets and short of the typical suggestions (a flask, a Swiss Army knife, cuff links, etc.), she didn’t feel like she had a solid “go to” gift suggestion until now!

At Celebrations in Paper you’ll now be able to purchase these 3 men’s gift sets from British company Men’s Society. The Groomsmen Survival Kit is ideal for the wedding weekend; this is the perfect survival kit for your wedding day, from wedding rings, dry eyes to clean shoes we have you covered…it contains all your essentials you need for the big day to ensure your looking ship-shape and sharp.

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Damn Handsome Beard Kit: This wonderful beard kit contains all the essential products needed to help soften, moisturise and style your moustache and beard.

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The Overindulgence Survival Kit is perfect for a guys’ weekend; the kit contains a selection of items to help make the day after the night before seem a little more bearable.

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About Men’s Society: Our kits are designed to be amusing and appealing, but, importantly all perform too. Our all-natural beard oil which we have been making since 2011 is tried and tested and loved, our sneaker cleaning fluid has been developed alongside some of the best chemists in the country…Witty, sophisticated design with a twist of British quirk are the hallmarks of our gifting range – from grooming to barware, you’ll find something sure to raise a smile.

These men’s gift sets can be purchased at Celebrations in Paper: 7117 East 3rd Avenue #120 Scottsdale, AZ 85251 | (480) 946 5680

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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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27
Dec
Tips for Getting People to RSVP to your Wedding {w/Infographic!}
categories: from the consultants, the paper chase, Tips and Advice, Wedding Inspiration, Wedding Resources

When it comes to your wedding RSVP’s, the goal is very simple- you need guests to tell you how many people are attending your wedding by a certain date- but the way to achieve that goal can be tricky. You want to be clear with guests that you need a reply by a certain date without being too demanding. You might even need said guests to give you extra information such as meal preferences, intent to attend additional wedding related events, a +1 name, or even song suggestions. This all seems pretty straightforward but the trickiest part is actually getting your guests to RSVP on time! In an effort to help you get off to a good start, we’re sharing our best tips for getting people to RSVP to your wedding.

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Event Planner Victoria Canada of Victoria Canada Weddings + Events top 2 tips for getting people to RSVP to your wedding: 

-If guests do not RSVP at the requested time, call them! You can say, “We noticed we are missing your RSVP and we wanted to make sure that you received your invitation to the wedding!”. By mentioning that it may have gotten lost in the mail, you’re disarming your guest and opening up the conversation. And mail actually does get lost sometimes!

 –If you’re offering meal choices, have guests place their initials next to their meal choice on the RSVP card.  This will make it easier for when you’re organizing seating or place cards.
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Tips for Getting People to RSVP to your Wedding: Guests should RSVP at least 8 weeks before the big day and no less than 3 weeks before. Your caterer will need a head count and you need to build in a bit of a cushion to follow up with guests who haven’t RSVP’d yet.
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Tips for Getting People to RSVP to your Wedding: Be very clear about HOW and WHEN to RSVP. You’ll get much better results if you offer a few ways to RSVP such as a card via snail mail, text, email, or an online RSVP site (like Eventbrite). If you do offer a snail mail option, always include a pre-addressed, pre-stamped envelope. Consider the age of people who have been invited- some may not be comfortable with online or mobile device RSVP’s so a good ol’ fashioned card is still a really solid option.

Tips for Getting People to RSVP to your Wedding: Be (and stay) organized! If you don’t have a plan to track your RSVP’s, you’ll have a nightmare on your hands. Whether you use a spreadsheet, a notebook, or an online tracking system, make sure you use it every single time you get an RSVP because even though you think you’ll remember, you won’t!

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Tips for Getting People to RSVP to your Wedding: Send a reminder to RSVP a week prior to any guests that haven’t replied then follow up if you still don’t get a response. You can send an email or text, or better yet, make a phone call to check with guests who haven’t RSVP’d yet. Most of them will be so grateful that you are following up!

Tips for Getting People to RSVP to your Wedding: Give yourself a cushion. Remember that it will take time to follow up with non-responders and you don’t want panic to set in because you started following up the day before your count is due to the caterer. Also, expect that some guests who don’t ever reply will still attend and some guests that reply yes will be a no-show. It happens all the time and there’s no need to stress about it!

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Tips for Getting People to RSVP to your Wedding: Include some fun! If one of your priorities for your wedding is a packed dance floor, ask guests for song suggestions on the RSVP card. You’ll be able to give your DJ or band a well-rounded song list without doing all the work!

Tips for Getting People to RSVP to your Wedding: If you want to track your RSVP’s online, consider using Eventbrite. You’ve probably already used this online RSVP/ticketing service to attend an event, join a party or even RSVP to someone else’s wedding and while we highly recommend sending an actual invitation in the mail, we like Eventbrite’s ability to track your RSVP’s. Their event management software can be used for any size event and is very user friendly; with Eventbrite your event can be made private, several events can be listed (like a welcome dinner, wedding ceremony, reception, and brunch) and there’s a password option so only your guests can see and respond to the event. Check out Eventbrite’s infographic about RSVPing:

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