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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!

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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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15
Jun
Real Arizona Wedding: Danielle and Craig
categories: cakes and sweets, fabulous reception sites, floral inspiration, real weddings, Wedding Inspiration

Danielle and Craig, who met in California but headed to Arizona for their wedding weekend, planned a classically romantic desert wedding at Superstition Mountain Golf Resort. Soft champagne and warm neutrals were paired with subtle pink and navy to make the day a beautiful celebration of love.

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I couldn’t help but be intrigued by these images of Craig; Danielle tells us: Craig had wanted the new iPad, but he wanted to wait on purchasing one with all of the wedding expenses. I knew that this would be a great gift but needed to find a way to romanticize it. I waited until the day of the wedding to write a special note to him using one of the apps. My words were along the lines of letting him know he’s my best friend and how much I adore our love story and couldn’t wait to begin a new chapter as husband and wife.

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Favorite Moment: The first look allowed Craig and I an opportunity to be alone and to share our thoughts and words of excitement. It was such a special moment that just seemed to stop time as everything around us afterward happened so quickly, and before we knew it- it was all over.

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Danielle’s dad made this arch for the ceremony- so sweet!

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The property is so versatile- I  love how this image shows barely a trace of the desert but the next one shows the grandeur of the surrounding landscape; Danielle’s family stayed on-site at the Ranch House where they were able to spend time together the whole weekend; the couple even had their rehearsal dinner at the Ranch House the night before.

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The decor was a blend of romantic country and desert chic; the lush boxed flower arrangements softened the room and added subtle hits of color; the BBQ dinner menu included tri-tip, ribs, chicken, corn, beans, coleslaw, & green chile cornbread (yum).

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Favorite Thing: How well we work together. Our communication has always been right on par which makes for a very easy relationship.

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Slightly obsessed with this all white cake- the texture and design are just so gorgeous!

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Congratulations Danielle and Craig and thank you for sharing your day with us!

Danielle and Craig’s Real Arizona Wedding Team:

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Ceremony and Reception Site: Superstition Mountain Golf Resort

Invitations: Celebrations In Paper

Rentals: Classic Party Rentals

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Photographer: John Schnack Photography ::Wedding Planner: Nonny’s Creations :: Caterer: Up n Smoke BBQ :: Cake: Barb’s Bakery :: DJ: MT Sounds :: Bridal Gown: Blush Bridal :: Bridesmaids Gowns: The Dresser :: Suits: Macy’s :: Makeup Artist and Hair Stylist: Glam Lounge Artists :: Officiant: Scott Swanson ::  Transportation: AZ Limo :: Hotel Accommodations: Gold Canyon Resort

Happy Planning from your Arizona Wedding Blog! Kelly

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19
Feb
Beautiful White Weddings
categories: fabulous reception sites, floral inspiration, from the consultants, photography, reception ideas, Trends, Wedding Inspiration, what's hot in rentals

Does your heart tell you white is the way to go for your wedding decor but your brain is worried that a white wedding will be boring? Just take a look at these gorgeous photos from our styled shoot in our Winter Spring 2013 issue and you will never worry about white again.

The most elegant of all wedding colors, white is anything but plain when paired with sumptuous linens, opulent place settings and a beautiful outdoor setting. Warm neutrals, representative of the desert setting, provide depth in the florals as well as in the vintage-inspired accessories.
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Table Tops, Etc. details their vision for the shoot:  We wanted to play with subtle tones in creams, beiges, grays, and soft mixed metals to give an antique charm to the table and create a romantic, feminine atmosphere. Gold trimmed family heirloom dishes lent elegance while antique shop cake stands and bird-adorned accessories added a touch of whimsy. We selected balsa wood flowers to bring an unexpected textural element to the floral arrangements.

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Stationery designer Amy Wallace of Page & Mason Invitations added interest through texture by hand stitching the paper designs

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Set stylist and event coordinator Jennifer Thye of Imoni Events tells us about the glassware and what inspired her for the shoot: The gold details were so much prettier when they had some sort of white dessert. So at the last minute we had the pastry chef fill them with whipped cream topped with caramel, to match the table colors…we found all the white metal and glass pieces at a local antique shop. They were the first items that inspired the overall look of the shoot. I am obsessed with white, and antiques so they were a perfect fit for the shoot.

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We love how the shoot turned out and hope you don’t shy away from white; white weddings go from plain to  gorgeous by adding texture and subtle neutral hues.

Set Stylist and Coordinator: Imoni Events :: Photography: Cameron + Kelly Studio :: Floral: Table Tops, Etc. :: Paper Products: Page & Mason Invitations :: Linens: Wildflower Linens :: Rentals: Classic Party Rentals :: Location: Arizona Grand Resort

Happy Planning from your Arizona Wedding Blog!

Kelly

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