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11
Nov
Arizona Wedding Venue Spotlight: The Clayton on the Park
categories: fabulous reception sites, floral inspiration, for your ceremony, Meet Our Friends, reception ideas, Wedding Inspiration, Wedding Resources

Every bride, whether she knows what it is or not, has a wedding style. Some brides want a traditional look to their day, some are looking for a historic atmosphere, and others want a wedding that’s modern and chic. Because Arizona offers something for every bride and accommodates a wide range of wedding styles, couples from all over the world choose to make Arizona their wedding destination. For the bride who dreams of a hip and modern wedding, Elite Circle venue The Clayton on the Park is a fantastic option.

There are so many reasons to consider The Clayton on the Park for your wedding: the location (in the heart of Old Town Scottsdale) is as convenient as you can get, the Scottsdale Civic Center Park is literally in front of the venue and makes for a pretty outdoor ceremony site, the building itself offers many layout options, and the minimalist design of the venue’s interior makes it the ultimate “blank slate” (a creative bride’s dream).

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(Photo bottom right: Melanie Duerkopp Photography)

What makes The Clayton on the Park perfect for weddings? 

The Clayton on the Park appeals to brides seeking a non-traditional event space and design for their wedding. Our modern wedding venue with its cool urban vibe is located in the heart of Downtown Scottsdale. Imaginative use of space with three amazing areas to use as you wish: The Terrace, the Clayton Room and second floor Gallery level. Creatively designed with a neutral palette and a striking fiber optic light wall, The Clayton on the Park can be enjoyed as is, or be a blank slate with which to express your own design ideas.

The second floor gallery makes for a beautiful ceremony location with lots of natural light and endless design possibilities

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What do you see couples doing with the venue as far as decor and design that you are really loving right now?

Modern minimalism is the top trend in weddings and venue choices for brides planning their weddings! From dresses to venues and even decor, the trend  for clean, modern lines and color palettes are all the rage and brides are just loving the outcome.

We are also seeing brides following the fashion trend that shows mixed metals together. We are seeing lots of gold and silver linens in a range of textures and levels of bling!

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(Photos bottom right: Pinkerton Photography)

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(Photo: Melanie Duerkopp Photography)

Can couples bring in their own vendors or do you have a specific list you work with? 

We understand that choosing the right vendors for your big day can be a huge task. Where do you start?  We help our brides by providing a suggested  list of vendors that have worked with us and have delivered top notch services. But we don’t limit our brides to just our list. You are welcome to use any vendor you wish for entertainment and décor. We do not allow outside catering or bar services.

The catering staff at the venue brings their best to the table for every event- we’ve seen delicious small bites, tempting buffet style meals, fun signature cocktails, and of course irresistible plated dinners as well.

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(Photo right: Pinkerton Photography)

This is the LOVE sculpture located in the Civic Center Park- it makes for some fun and colorful wedding pictures!

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(Photo: Love My Life Photography)

What else should couples know about The Clayton on the Park? 

The Clayton on the Park is known for its chic design and contemporary architecture. Brides love the fact that we have a modern, neutral color palette in so they can use it as is, or as a blank canvas to create the wedding of their dreams. Our hip, cool vibe is one that is not found in any other venue in the state! On their wedding day, brides just love our property as it is located right on a 21 acre urban park that is home to Robert Indiana’s iconic LOVE sculpture, water features and secluded flower gardens. It is truly the perfect wedding photography backdrop for bridals, couple portraits and wedding party shots. Behind the scenes is a catering staff that delivers outstanding menus and impeccable service. Our menus are catered to each bride’s needs and the quality and freshness of the food will excite your guests and leave them talking about your food for days to come!

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What we’ve noticed time and again with events at The Clayton on the Park is that they work very hard to make every event unique to their couples. Whether it’s color palettes, decor and floral, food and signature cocktails, or lighting and rental items, The Clayton on the Park rises to the occasion, making every wedding unique and a reflection of their couples’ personalities. We love them for this open-minded attitude!

Want to learn more about The Clayton on the Park? Visit their website and find them on Facebook!

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20
Aug
Real Arizona Wedding: Rob and Kristin at Arizona Biltmore
categories: fabulous reception sites, real weddings, reception ideas, Wedding Inspiration

Kristin and Rob wed at the historic Arizona Biltmore in Phoenix where the building itself was an inspiration for the wedding decor. Kristin is a professional designer and knew the Pantone “color of the year” was Tangerine Tango and part of what they love about the Biltmore is the unique grey block, so the color scheme of grey, tangerine, and ivory emerged.

The Arizona Biltmore was also a perfect fit for the large number of out of town guests- the couple wanted them to experience some Arizona history, their love for the desert, and their passion for architecture. So exactly 4 years after their first kiss, Kristin and Rob said “I Do”!

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I really love the bright orange that was included throughout the wedding details- it makes it all so happy!

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Sweetness: Officiant Mike Kennedy helped Kristin and Rob create a special moment for each of their mothers by taking time during the ceremony to honor them with a rose; he also suggested they write love letters to each other that were placed in a box that will be opened on their anniversary.

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Kristin had a special bouquet wrap that was made by her grandmother; it featured special family heirlooms representing women from both the bride and groom’s families- grandmothers, great grandmothers, great aunts, and many others who had passed away or were unable to attend the wedding. It was her way of including them and honoring them.

Many of the tangerine, grey and ivory details were lovingly made by the couple and their friends: Rob and his brother made the centerpiece boxes, Kristin and her sisters designed, purchased, and assembled the candy buffet table, and the custom handmade bridesmaids clutches were made by a previous coworker and fellow interior designer friend of Kristin’s. Regarding taking on DIY projects for your wedding, Kristin says: If you need help with a craft, ask for it- you’ll be surprised how many of your friends will pitch in their time to make it happen!

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It makes sense that Kristin and Rob’s Favorite Moment was a result of the reception layout. Kristin explains: Lindsay Russell, the catering sales manager with the Arizona Biltmore, was extremely patient with my desire to lay out the tables in the Aztec Ballroom unlike any wedding or event they had in the space. Having a bride who practices architecture and interior design added an extra challenge to Lindsay’s plate, but she accepted the sketches of the seating layout for both the ceremony and the reception- all based off of a sunburst pattern- and made them happen. One of our favorite moments of the day was sitting at the sweetheart table as dinner was served- at the head of the ballroom but looking out onto a field of the sunburst tables, and we could see everyone. As people talked and ate, we would have moments of eye contact and a smile, and there we were hand in hand, sharing this amazing moments with all our guests. No words needed to be spoken, and many raised a glass, but those moments of brief shared eye contact with our guests was a touching treat that I know we had not expected. It is a time that I remember as being one of my favorite moments of the day.

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The Honeymoon: Our first vacation together as friends was a trip to San Diego. Years later, when we were dating and wanted to get away, we’d head there! So when Rob wanted to propose, he booked a surprise trip to San Diego and got my girlfriends to take me for manis/pedis before the trip and shopping for a fun outfit. It was only fitting that we also spent our honeymoon there. The wedding itself was so big it literally took us 4 or 5 days to actually relax! I think we are really happy that we just did a low key  and relaxing honeymoon instead of planning anything elaborate. The wedding is the elaborate part- the honeymoon should just be for fun and to wind down together and let it all sink in!

Wise Advice: The actual day will go fast, and things do go wrong- but in the end, it is amazing. I know lots of people say this, but it really is true! Most of the things that went wrong are things that none of the guests will ever know about, and in the end, the important thing is that the bride and groom to-be worked together to create a celebration of family, friends, and their love.

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Ceremony and Reception Site: Arizona Biltmore

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Photographer: Ryan and Denise Photography :: Florist: Butterfly Petals :: Cake: Classic Cakes and Confections :: DJ: Sedona Sounds :: Invitations: Wedding Paper Divas (designed by Kristin) :: Gown: Lillian Lottie Couture :: Bridesmaids: Bella Bridesmaids :: Suits and Tuxedo: Men’s Warehouse :: Makeup: MAC :: Officiant: Mike Kennedy

 

Kristin and Rob, thanks for sharing your day with us and congratulations!

Phoenix Bride and Groom Magazine, your Phoenix Wedding Magazine

 

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10
Jan
Real Wedding: Samantha and Christopher
categories: fabulous reception sites, floral inspiration, real weddings, Wedding Inspiration

I have never been much of a “flower” person. I don’t really want my husband to bring them home to me and I don’t really feel the need to grow many around my house. However, weddings like Samantha and Christopher’s are changing my mind. I really love how varying textures and colors can take floral arrangements to another level so when wedding coordinator Rhonda Rush (whom I have dubbed the Queen of Get It Done) of Impact Events shared this wedding with me, I was thrilled.

You are just going to love the quiet elegance and modern styling of this Arizona Biltmore Wedding

I love Samantha’s bouquet for it’s simplicity but also for it’s femininity

And the bridesmaids bouquets are so gorgeous too- the shades of pink and coral with greenish-gray flora balance nicely with the gray dresses

You would never know it, but the weather put a damper on Samantha’s outdoor wedding plans and what you see here is “plan B”!

Originally, I had envisioned a romantic outdoor “garden party” theme for the reception, complete with a tent structure and al fresco lighting to set the mood. To our great fortune, the Arizona Biltmore had perfect outdoor spaces and was able to accommodate both our outdoor ceremony and reception requests. Usually, April weather in Arizona is pretty reliable, with warm temperatures and sunny skies. The weather gods had a different plan for us, however, as it decided to pour the day of our wedding and was freezing cold (ok, it was in the 40s, but that’s freezing for us Arizonans!)

We made the decision to move everything indoors the morning of the wedding and I was a little concerned that our Plan B back-up space would end up looking like a generic ballroom. However, through sheer determination and incredibly hard work, our design team, Avant-Garde Studio, and our event planner, Rhonda Rush, were able to “recreate” my garden party theme indoors. Avant-Garde even built the entire tent structure inside the ballroom and draped all of the walls. They made the ballroom incredibly unique looking and beautiful.

We moved the ceremony into the architecturally stunning Aztec Ballroom and it turned out better than we could have ever imagined.

 

Samantha and Christopher, thank you so much for sharing your day with us and CONGRATULATIONS!!

Samantha and Christopher’s Real Arizona Wedding Team:

Wedding Coordinator: Impact Events

Ceremony and Reception Site: Arizona Biltmore

Photographer: Elyse Hall

Bridal Gown Store: Monique Lhullier, Mon Amie

Florist: Avant Garde Studio

Invitations: Bella Figura

Cake: Arizona Biltmore

DJ: Power Now Entertainment

Band: The Hamptons Band

Ceremony Musicians: String Serenade

Make-up Artist: Barney’s, Maureen Cosovich

Hair Stylist: Spark Studio Salon, Mandy Samford

Officiant: Rev. Jody Krantz

Happy Planning from your Arizona Wedding Blog!

Kelly

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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