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1
Aug
Remy + Andy’s Progressive Wedding at The Phoenician
categories: fabulous reception sites, for your ceremony, real weddings, reception ideas, Scottsdale Weddings, Wedding Inspiration

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Progressive Wedding at The Phoenician: Remy and Andrew planned the loveliest wedding at the iconic The Phoenician Scottsdale where many couples choose to exchange vows due to the property’s lush surroundings, grand ballrooms, and legendary service.

Bride Remy tells us about her unique “progressive” style wedding: We had an outdoor evening ceremony, cocktail hour and dinner outdoors then an indoor ‘after party’ in one of the ballrooms. Each area was decorated slightly differently so that the evening slowly progressed from a soft romantic ceremony to a fun party atmosphere, using gradual changes in lighting, flowers, and decor to provide overall continuity.

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Progressive Wedding at The Phoenician | The Ceremony: The couple exchanged vows in a magical setting—The Phoenician Scottsdale’s Orchid Lawn— where they were surrounded by twinkle lights, candles, and a chandelier overhead; guests sipped prosecco and craft beers during the ceremony—an idea we adore!

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Progressive Wedding at The Phoenician | Cocktail Hour: The evening began with an outdoor cocktail hour underneath a draped canopy—the white draping was embedded with twinkle lights to make it glow. Dandelion chandeliers were hung over three mirrored tables that featured small red, white, and green floral arrangements placed in mirrored vases.

One of our favorite touches was monogrammed, silver-framed photos of our grandparents and parents on their respective wedding days, placed on the cocktail tables along with different F. Scott Fitzgerald love quotes printed in script and bordered in assorted frames.

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Progressive Wedding at The Phoenician | The ReceptionMy favorite touch was the printed menu imposed with monogrammed matches and sparklers for guests to light upon our entrance…for dinner on the lawn, the central focal point was a large chandelier that hung above a black and white checkered dance floor. Overhead glimmering lights anchored the space. 

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Progressive Wedding at The Phoenician | The After Party: Guests progressed into the ballroom that had white draping and pink up-lighting; the couple participated in a raucous hora (a dance where guests hoist the bride and groom high above the crowd on chairs to the “Hava Nagila”) and several guests joined in.

White lounge furniture and switching to a DJ for the music created a club-like atmosphere. To match the mood, I changed into a tea length princess gown with a sparkling bodice. Here we served our cake, along with small dessert bites and late night pizza to make sure no one went hungry!

We love that Remy chose to attend her after party in a tea-length gown that had a crystal bodice!

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Remy and Andrew’s Progressive Wedding at The Phoenician was featured in print and you can see it online here!

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Photographer: Mike Olbinski Photography | Cake & pastries: Paula Jacqueline Cakes and Pastries | Invitations: Paperjoy | Event Coordinator: BTS Event Management | Floral Design: Flower Bar | Entertainment: The Hip Booth, Desert House Productions, Party Crashers |

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20
Sep
Real Arizona Wedding: Ali and Nate’s Downtown Phoenix Bash
categories: real weddings, Wedding Inspiration

Ali and Nate chose downtown Phoenix’s historic Icehouse for it’s urban vibe and blank slate but knew that the venue (which literally provides ONLY the space) presented them with a challenge. They smartly hired Elite Circle event design and coordinating firm Encore Creative to handle the details including lighting, floral, rentals and entertainment. Day- of Coordinator Samantha made sure the day went smoothly for this couple who wanted their guests to relax and enjoy the party!

Their wedding day vision was classic with a modern edge so they chose black, white and gold details with a few surprises. I love how calm they are and there are quite a few sweet moments to share…

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How gorgeous are these black bridesmaid dresses and fresh bouquets?!

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Ali and Nate are a fun, easy-going couple so of course there had to be some silly moments captured as well as serious moments!

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3 Words: urban, classic, rustic

Ali is “obsessed with succulents” so Encore Creative incorporated them in the bouquets and floral arrangements at the ceremony and reception; they also warmed up the space with candlelight, amber upwash and al fresco lighting. Ali says, “The ambiance and decor was exactly as I imagined it – a perfect backdrop for the exposed brick and rustic nature of the building.”

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Favorite Moment: At the beginning of the ceremony when Nate started repeating some phrases from our officiant- I just couldn’t hold back the tears. Nate offered up a tissue to wipe the tears then shortly after, he said he needed it back to also wipe away his tears! Everyone started laughing and it lightened up the moment.

Also, Ali’s sister, who gave birth 2 days before the wedding, surprised her by attending the ceremony with Ali’s newborn nephew!

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We opted for food stations to give people some variety. We went with the gourmet slider bar, mac & cheese bar (which was the biggest hit with both kids and adults!), a taco station and salad bar of course. Instead of getting a large 3 tier wedding cake, we went with a small round chocolate cake with white ruffles…and we got a dessert bar with cheesecake pops, macaroons and other yummy items! We definitely got a lot of compliments on the dessert bar and having options besides just cake.

I also surprised Nate with a groom’s cake. I contacted Bamboo Bakery to see if they could make a life size cake shaped like our dog Glen made out of champagne cake… I was pretty nervous thinking that this would either be the most amazing surprise or a total disaster! Luckily the cake turned out great and he was happy with the surprise! It also provided us with one of those funny moments for the night. After we did our cake cutting with the round cake, the caterers told us we had to cut into it ourselves because no one else had the heart to do it! I started to cut and the kids were yelling, “Don’t do it!” So I made Nate do it (of course) and immediately one of the young boys started crying and everyone else started laughing. It was one of those light- hearted moments that I will always remember. 

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A Beautiful Idea: One thing I have done since the wedding is “repurposed” some of the decor and items from the wedding night. For example, we used picture frames for the table numbers and I printed out and framed wedding photos using those frames and gave them to family members. I also planted some of the succulents from my bouquet in a pot and they are still thriving! I think of the wedding every time I walk by them out my front door. It is a way to keep the memories around us all the time!

Ali and Nate, thank you for sharing your day with us and CONGRATULATIONS!

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Photographer: Kimberly Jarman Photography :: Ceremony and Reception Site: The Icehouse :: Catering: Copper Square Kitchen :: Cake: Bamboo Bakery :: Ceremony Musicians: Apperson Strings :: DJ: DJ Mars :: Invitations: Wedding Paper Divas :: Gown: Uptown Bridal & Boutique :: Suits: Men’s Wearhouse :: Hair and Makeup: Dollyrockers Salon & Boutique :: Officiant: Rich Stoffan :: Photobooth: Time of Your Life Photo Booths

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