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16
Jun
Katie & Marc’s Modern Fun Wedding
categories: floral inspiration, photography, real weddings, Wedding Inspiration

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Katie and Marc exude an easy-going, super in love, thrilled to be married kind of vibe and we love how they planned their wedding with a low key and reverent attitude. Their wedding day was a modern fun wedding that you’re sure to enjoy!

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Katie gave Marc Green Lantern cuff links on a trip to Carlsbad Caverns (Marc almost proposed there but Katie’s glad he choose to pop the questions above ground!) since they are his favorite superhero and he wore them proudly on his wedding day!

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Katie recalls: We relied heavily on the help of our family, friends, and church to pull off our “a la carte” wedding. The end result was a day that was not only stress free, but also incredibly fun and joyful. The design we were going for was simple, clean, and modern, and one of our priorities was making sure our guests truly enjoyed themselves.

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Katie & Marc’s Modern Fun Wedding Ceremony: The couple wed outdoors on a gorgeous February afternoon in Tempe— the sun was shining, and love was in the air. The geometric shapes the couple chose for their decor add a chic modern touch!

Katie’s favorite moment of the day was walking down the aisle and seeing Marc beaming with joy.

A Modern Fun Wedding Color Palette: we chose bold colors (navy, tangerine, and gray) and geometric shapes. [Katie’s dad] built a custom geometric backdrop, which he partially assembled in the Northwest. He brought it down to Arizona in pieces and then had to finish assembling it on the day of the wedding.

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Husband and wife!

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Katie & Marc’s Modern Fun Wedding Reception: Guests dined outside where the stage was set for an evening of celebration.

The menu was simple. We, as well as so many others in our lives, have severe food sensitivities, and Chipotle’s menu is very accommodating to those with allergies. Chipotle also happens to be where we ate just before Marc proposed to [me].

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The bold blue linens and orange blooms were a lovely complement to the rose gold geometric decor items and greenery used throughout; Katie’s dad’s wooden geometric design made for a fabulous head-table backdrop.

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Photographer Tracy Battaglia of Fully Alive Photography stole the couple away for some desert photos and the scenery didn’t disappoint!

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For dessert, we chose cupcakes because we’ve seen how much of a hit they are at weddings. Guests seem to love selecting their flavor, and that fit into our desire to help our guests enjoy themselves.

Aren’t these cupcakes yummy looking? The Starbucks is a nod to where the couple met—see their engagement session and love story here!

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Katie & Marc’s Modern Fun Wedding Reception: One particularly romantic moment occurred during the first dance. Katie tells us: In the weeks leading up to the wedding, I had been feeling anxious and insecure about our first dance. I had even taken some ballroom dance lessons just to feel more comfortable on the dance floor. Little did I know the surprise Marc had for me. When it was time for our first dance, he sat me down on a chair, took several steps back, and danced for me. It was tender, sweet, and romantic, and stole everyone’s hearts. (It turns out he was also taking lessons from the same studio as I was and all the studio staff were in on it, too!)

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Then, with Katie’s nerves calmed, the party started…and boy did this group have fun (glow sticks and necklaces made the party extra festive!)

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We felt so blessed by our family and friends, and we continue to feel blessed in our new marriage. We’re certainly not the youngest newlyweds on the block but this is the first time for both of us and we’re so grateful that God kept our hearts for each other.

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Katie and Marc, congratulations and thank you for sharing your modern fun wedding with us!

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Photographer: Fully Alive Photography

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Ceremony & Reception Site: Arizona Heritage Center | Florist: Margaret Ellen Designs | Cupcakes: Floured Cupcakes

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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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6
Jun
Blaise & Gina’s Country Club Wedding in Phoenix
categories: floral inspiration, real weddings, reception ideas, Wedding Inspiration

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There is something so very captivating about Gina and Blaise and their country club wedding in Phoenix—perhaps it’s their laid back style, perhaps it’s the expertly designed decor? Either way, we absolutely love this wedding and we know you will too!

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The Proposal: Blaise proposed to me in front of my entire family on top of Table Mountain in Cape Town, South Africa (where my family is from). I soon found out that I was the only one who wasn’t in on the proposal, and I was swept off my feet! That day my mom gave me a stack of bridal and wedding magazines so we could begin the planning. My mom and I had been dreaming of my wedding day since I was a little girl–and now we could finally plan the real thing!

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What was most important to you as you planned your wedding? When Blaise and I were asked by our wedding planner what we wanted on our wedding day, we both agreed that the most important thing is that everyone have the most fun time at our wedding. We are both pretty simple people; we didn’t want extra “stuff.” We didn’t want a photo booth or games and activities. We just wanted everyone to be present with us in a beautiful setting and to share in our happiness.

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Country Club Wedding in Phoenix Ceremony: The wedding was originally planned to be outdoors but the weather had other plans. Luckily, the couple was working with Victoria Canada of Victoria Canada Weddings + Events who swept in with “plan B”, located a clear top tent at the last minute, and made the ceremony even more amazing than the couple dreamed it could be!

Gina recalls: Our amazing wedding planner, Victoria Canada, told us not to worry and found the most beautiful tent for our outdoor ceremony just days before the wedding. It ended up being even more beautiful and magical than we could have ever imagined–the lights strung across the tent made it feel like we were getting married under the stars.

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From the planner: Gina wanted her floral to be bold but romantic; the result was floral that felt lush and overflowing, a bit wild but still elegant. 

The clear top tent was strung with lights which made the atmosphere for the ceremony quite magical!

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Looking back, what is your favorite moment of the day? Our favorite moment of the wedding day was being surrounded by all of our amazing family and friends and dancing and celebrating with everyone. We felt so much love and support the entire day.

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Country Club Wedding in Phoenix Reception: Guests proceeded into the ballroom for dinner and revelry amidst a sophisticated and lush garden setting; tables were dressed with deep jade linens, light and airy drape to soften the overall effect of the room, glowing candlelight, rustic centerpieces, botanic inspired chandeliers and shimmering gold detailing.

One thing that caught our attention about this reception is how there are so many layers of beautiful decor—it all comes together to create a masterfully designed reception that fits the personality of the couple to a “t”.

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This country club wedding in Phoenix is just the dreamiest—just imagine walking into this room?!

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Sweetness: Blaise and I literally smiled so much our cheeks hurt. We are so grateful to everyone who made the day come together so flawlessly. Our amazing parents provided so much love and support, and our incredible team of vendors and Victoria Canada Weddings and Events made our dream a reality.

The four-tier “half dressed” wedding cake was also topped with the perfectly sophisticated and slightly wild flowers!

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Gina and Blaise, congratulations and thank you for sharing your country club wedding in Phoenix with us!

Wedding Professionals Who Help You Wed in Style

Wedding Planner: Victoria Canada Weddings + Events

Invitations & Stationery: Celebrations in Paper

Makeup Artist: Corinna B

Rentals: Classic Party Rentals

Explore our complete list of Elite Circle members

Photographer: Rachel Solomon | Location: Phoenix Country Club | Florist: Petal Pusher | Linens: La Tavola | Drape: Quest Drape

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31
May
Succulent Rentals for Weddings in Phoenix | Creative Succulents
categories: favor and gift ideas, floral inspiration, for your ceremony, reception ideas, Trends, Wedding Inspiration, what's hot in rentals

We know you’ve seen succulents in wedding decor here in Arizona—whether these interesting desert plants show up in the bride’s bouquet, at the ceremony, or in table top designs, succulents are exactly what weddings in Arizona need! Considering this fact (ok, it’s an opinion but we want it to be a fact soooo bad!), we want you to know about the place to get the very best succulent rentals for weddings in Phoenix. That’s right, we said succulent RENTALS!

Meet Creative Succulents, the sister company to Elite Circle design and decor company Creative Occasions, otherwise known as your new best wedding friend!

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Just so we’re clear, Creative Succulents creates custom succulent arrangements for events or home decor that can be rented or purchased. It’s a fairly new concept that goes in our “genius” category! We asked Corinne Carr of Creative Occasions about her newest venture:

What inspired you to include succulent designs in your collection of rental decor pieces? I have been creating faux succulent arrangements for years to personalize the decor in my home. I have always loved the elegant and clean look of a succulent arrangement; however, when shopping for them I discovered the quality and price were not cohesive. The pieces were either created with cheap looking products or the arrangements were very sparse so I started creating my own. Family and friends would come over to my house and would always ask where I purchased my arrangements. When they found out I was creating them, many requested custom pieces of their own! 

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We like to think of Creative Succulents as the best succulent rentals for weddings in Phoenix for a few reasons—quality and service of course— but also creativity. They will create a design in or on just about anything!

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How do you see couples using your succulent arrangements at their weddings? There are so many ways to incorporate faux succulents into a wedding or special event! We use high end succulents, so they look authentic up close. They work perfectly in a bouquet or centerpiece. They can be added to a ceremony arch, arbor or chuppah. Another great place is the beginning or the end of an aisle. Incorporating live flowers is always an option too. This allows you to bring in your color pops, textures and that fresh flower smell!

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Another thing we really appreciate about Creative Succulents is that they’re constantly designing new decor pieces and make a variety of types of arrangements; they create large free-standing pieces, small table top pieces, wall decor designs, etc. making them the most flexible succulent rentals for weddings in Phoenix.

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Can clients customize the designs? Of course! Customization is what we are all about! We love creating unique, one of a kind arrangements. In fact we even have clients who drop off the vases or unique containers they have found and voilà! We work our magic and turn it into an unforgettable masterpiece.

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You’ll appreciate that Creative Succulents offers a wide range of containers as well so depending on your wedding style (or rehearsal dinner, bridal shower, etc.), Creative Succulents can be your one and only place for succulent rentals for weddings in Phoenix.

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Which design is your favorite? I love all of them! I won’t send anything out that I am not proud to say I designed. I don’t have one specific favorite because they are all so different and unique. Every time I am asked to create a new piece it seems to become my favorite. I was recently asked by a local planner to create an arrangement in a copper vase. I located the perfect size container that will be on a 72-inch table and created the “Scarlet”. It turned out amazing. To pull together the look for their event they are even getting the linens from our sister company, Creative Occasions. I am very proud of the way it turned out and excited to make 30 for their 300 person event!

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What are some decor trends you’re seeing for 2017 that you’re particularly excited about? As for trends, the concrete pots and also the copper or metallic pots are a huge hit. Although we love designing arrangements in unique vases, we love that industrial and modern look. Another “succute” trend are small succulents for wedding favors! Your guests can use them as decor for their own office or home. Succulents and green plants are making a huge come back and we are loving it!

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Anything else we should know about your succulent rentals for weddings in Phoenix? We are so excited to be offering DIY workshops and very soon we will be launching our new website which will include our items available for purchase and rent plus updates on our schedule for our monthly classes!

Creative Succulents is the sister company to Elite Circle Creative Occasions and as you can see, they offer a pretty extensive line of wedding decor and design pieces. Creative Occasions is known for creating custom designs so no matter what your wedding style is, they have you covered!

Follow Creative Occasions on Facebook & Instagram | Call: (480) 287 6311 | Visit: Website

Follow Creative Succulents on Facebook & Instagram | Call: (480) 620-1404 | Email: corinne@creativeoccasions.com

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22
May
Romantic Blue Desert Wedding | Phoenix, Arizona
categories: fabulous reception sites, floral inspiration, for your ceremony, real weddings, reception ideas, Wedding Inspiration

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Today’s beautiful and romantic blue desert wedding shares the wedding day of Alicia and Jeff at Desert Botanical Garden. It’s clear why we wanted to share their wedding- the soft blue colors are a bit unique for desert weddings and we’re kind of dying over their alternative color choice! Plus, the couple kept their love for each other at the heart of everything they planned for their day and we pretty much adore that!

Alicia tells us how she chose her color palette: I went through several ideas for the colors, especially thinking about what would look best in a setting as unique as the DBG.  My maid of honor showed me the gorgeous blue color I eventually picked for the bridesmaid dresses, and the rest fell into place.

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Romantic Blue Desert Wedding Flowers: Bouquets containing blue thistle, white ranunculus and greenery popped perfectly against the blue bridesmaid dresses

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The bride described her wedding day as romantic, joyful, magical…we couldn’t agree more. Alicia’s nieces were the flower girls and they were absolutely adorable!

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Groom Jeff is known for his crazy sock collection so of course he had his guys wear their own crazy socks on the wedding day!

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Romantic Blue Desert Wedding Favorite Moment: Jeff and I both agree our favorite moment was the first look, which is probably what every couple says. But it’s true! There are so many nerves throughout the day but once you finally get to see each other, all the anxiety melts away to excitement to finally say your vows and spend your first evening together as husband and wife with your friends and family! 

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Isn’t this a gorgeous and private spot for a first look? Desert Botanical Garden is filled with perfect locations for photos.

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Romantic Blue Desert Wedding Ceremony: Alicia and Jeff’s wedding ceremony took place at the amphitheater which is a beautiful location in the Garden; the bride and groom are framed by mesquite trees and due to the tiered theater style seating, all guests have a great view of the couple as they exchange vows.

It was also important to include our family in our wedding. My brother, Nate, officiated the ceremony, with all our siblings and their spouses in our wedding party. The flower girls were my nieces, and they stole the show in their fairy tale dresses.

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Husband and wife- yay!

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Romantic Blue Desert Wedding Reception: The reception began with cocktail hour at Eliot Patio and proceeded into dinner and dancing at Ullman Terrace; tables were dressed with grey linens and included soft blue napkins and sweet centerpieces that featured romantic flowers, candles, greenery, and succulents.

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Jeff and I spent Valentine’s Day 2015 in Paris not long after we started dating. One of the many things sweethearts do in that very romantic city is to add a lock to the Ponts des Arts Bridge with your initials on it and throw the key in the Seine River. We have a photo of our lock in our home, and we knew we wanted to incorporate the lock and key theme into our big day. Our invitations, polaroid guest photo book, flower girls’ necklaces and favors all featured the theme from that special time in Paris.

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Ullman Terrace is a popular spot for wedding receptions at DBG due to it’s scenic view (the Garden’s butte makes a stunning backdrop); the spacious outdoor tiered patio is surrounded by soft petal reflective lights and up-lit saguaros. For a couple who wants to celebrate their marriage and show off the best of our desert, this is certainly the place to do it!

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We asked the couple if there were any surprises or things they would change about their day. Here’s what they said:  If only time could slow down!  The day went so fast! {We were} honestly surprised by how much we relied on our amazing wedding planners…if someone says you don’t need a wedding planner, they are wrong!

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 Alicia and Jeff, congratulations and thank you for sharing your beautiful romantic blue desert wedding with us!

Wedding Professionals Who Help You Wed in Style

Ceremony & Reception Location: Desert Botanical Garden

Florist: Butterfly Petals

Explore our complete list of Elite Circle members

Photographer: Trisha Shelley Photography | Wedding Planner: Laki Events and Design | Stationery: Definitely Debra | Wedding Gown: Lillian Lottie Couture

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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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