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15
Nov
Woodland Inspired Sedona Wedding in Fall
categories: destination weddings and honeymoons, floral inspiration, real weddings, reception ideas, Sedona, Sedona Weddings, Wedding Inspiration

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Kristen and Jeffrey’s woodland inspired Sedona wedding in Fall is packed with beautiful moments and copper hued wedding decor- it’s the season’s hottest color and you’ll understand why we love it so much once you see the pics!

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The ring bearers carried treasure chests covered in moss, grasses, pods and succulents; flower girls donned the sweetest boho inspired floral crowns

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The ceremony was outside and had the most spectacular view of Sedona’s Red Rocks; the copper colored leaves in the garland and floral arrangements are magnolia leaves- we really love them for fall weddings!

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Congrats to the bride and groom!

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The reception was in the ballroom and Events by Showstoppers filled it beautifully with floral garland, hanging chandeliers, dramatic drape, intentional lighting, and lush centerpieces; even though the reception was indoors, it still had a magical woodland vibe.

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Events by Showstoppers tells us about the seating card display: Three old wrought iron gates served as the seat assignment cards.  They formed a free standing  “screen,” and were draped with more handmade floral garlands…The cards were tied on alphabetically.

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The rehearsal dinner was just as gorgeous so we wanted to include a few photos from that event as well:

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For a detailed description of the wedding decor as told by the insanely talented designers at Events by Showstoppers, click here!

Kristen and Jeffrey’s wedding was featured in print and it can now be seen online

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Floral Design And Styling: Events by Show Stoppers

Linens: Classic Party Rentals

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location: L’Auberge de Sedona | photographer: Lauren/Abby Ross | event coordinator: Margaret Van Damme | cake: Sedona Cake Couture

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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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7
Jun
Phoenix Bride & Groom’s Summer Fall 2016 Issue
categories: bridal fashions, fabulous reception sites, for your ceremony, health and beauty, photography, reception ideas, Wedding Inspiration, Wedding Resources

It’s that time again- a new Phoenix Bride & Groom is arriving in Phoenix! Just a few of the words that come to mind when we think of what you’ll find in our Summer Fall 2016 issue: fun, individuality, and fashion. You’re going to love it!

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A couple of highlights that we can’t wait for you to experience: our show stopping Fashion Book which features both dramatic and flirty fashion and beauty inspiration, 10 gorgeous real Arizona weddings, and our Tuscan Charm feature (plus a ton of wedding inspiration)!

Pick up copies of the newest Phoenix Bride & Groom at any of these locations and visit us online where you can download a digital version of the issue for on the go wedding planning!

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13
Oct
Real Arizona Wedding: Jessica and Jason’s Colorful Fall Wedding
categories: fabulous reception sites, floral inspiration, real weddings, reception ideas, Wedding Inspiration

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Location:
Sheraton Wild Horse Pass Resort & Spa

Floral Design:
Brady’s Floral Gallery

Invitations:
The Event Essentials

Entertainment:
Ray the DJ

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Photographer: Jenn Wagner Studio :: Event Coordinator: 2 Hearts and a Planner :: Cake: Let Them Eat Cake :: Linens: Southwick Linens :: Paper Products: Envelope Envy

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When you have two simple but important goals for your wedding day like Jessica and Jason did, you know it’s going to be a good day. The couple wanted to A. get married and B. make sure everyone had fun. Done and done!

Proving that Fall weddings don’t have to include traditional fall colors, the couple’s blue and metallic color palette was paired with bright pops of color- we really like how the colors add a fun cheery vibe to the day.

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We’re pretty much in love with Jessica’s bouquet- Brady’s Floral Gallery used succulents, eryngium and pin cushion protea along with peonies and roses to make it a stand out

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Favorite moment: …our ceremony was my favorite moment of the day. Even though it was half an hour long, it felt like it only lasted five minutes, and it feels like a singular moment. It was so personalized and reflected our values so well; I couldn’t imagine a better way to start our marriage. It is so special to be able to think back on that time and know we started our marriage surrounded by people we love, while hearing and saying words that meant so much. I think the best way I can describe this, is by giving you the vows we repeated to one another. They exemplify the respect, love, friendship, and everything else we put foremost in our relationship.

“You are my lover and my teacher,
You are my model and my accomplice,
You are my best friend.
I will love you, hold you and honor you,
I will respect you, encourage you and cherish you,
In health and sickness,
Through sorrow and success,
For all the days of my life.”

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Making it theirs: We had so many fun touches throughout the day too. We wanted to make sure the day reflected our personalities, and that everyone had a great time. Beer burros, corn hole, and giant connect four helped us get the message across that we were there to have fun! Having some games available made sure that even if people didn’t want to dance they still had something to do and had fun. We still have people tell us how much fun they had at our wedding, so I think we were successful!

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These two have so much fun together- they are so many pictures of them cracking each other up!

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Sparkly linens, copper chargers, bright blue details like the table numbers and menus, and vibrant floral pieces made the Sheraton Wild Horse Pass’s large ballroom inviting and celebratory

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Any surprises or things you would change? There is honestly not a single thing I would change. The day couldn’t have gone any better, and unless there is something I’m not aware of, everything went exactly as it should have gone. It probably would have been just as perfect, but by the time the rehearsal started the day before I decided that it was time to relax and let everything unfold. I had spent months preparing and organizing, so I figured at that point there was nothing else I could do and things would go according to plan or not. Thankfully, everything went as planned and any small kinks that happened just weren’t a big deal. We kept our focus on the reasons we were getting married, and making sure everyone celebrating with us could take part in our joy, which led to the perfect day from start to finish.

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Props for dancing along with giant Connect 4 and ASU v UofA cornhole made the reception super fun- exactly what Jessica and Jason wanted

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Jessica and Jason, thank you for sharing your wedding with us (to see more of their wedding on our website, click here)!

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29
Sep
Real Arizona Wedding: Melinda and Adam’s European Inspired Wedding
categories: cakes and sweets, fabulous reception sites, floral inspiration, real weddings, Wedding Inspiration

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Location: Villa Siena

Cake: Piece of Cake Desserts

Entertainment: Ray the DJ

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Photographer: Lasting Images Photography :: Floral design: Blume Events, LLC ::  Floral design: Sarah’s Garden :: Invitations: Definitely Debra

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Melinda and Adam planned a European inspired wedding that went beautifully with the Tuscan architecture of Villa Siena, their wedding venue. An ivory, blush and black color palette with pops of burgundy added to the sophistication of the day.

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The burgundy bridesmaid dresses and gorgeous bouquet are perfect for a fall wedding; Melinda looks like a princess!

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The ceremony took place in the courtyard and featured garland on the mantle that was designed by the groom’s cousin- it made for a beautiful backdrop to the couple’s I Do’s

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The ballroom at Villa Siena is quite famous for it’s grand scale- it is truly a unique venue for Arizona. The couple used black linens and silver napkins for a polished look while a custom menu and French macarons added a European touch. Melinda and Adam’s first dance was to Elton John’s “Your Song” and in the spirit of family tradition, they invited the entire room to join them for the last half of the dance.

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It’s pretty safe to say we adore every cake from Piece of Cake Desserts and this 4 tier beauty is no exception. The alternating texture layers and burgundy flowers make it irresistible!

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Melinda changed into a gold dress and the couple received a festive sparkler send-off

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Congratulations Melinda and Adam and thank you for sharing your wedding with us (to see more of their wedding on our website, click here)!

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14
Jul
5 Things We LOVE about Phoenix Bride & Groom Summer Fall 2015!
categories: floral inspiration, from the consultants, Grooms, Meet Our Friends, photography, real weddings, reception ideas, Tips and Advice, trends in catering, Wedding Inspiration, Wedding Resources

Our 15th Anniversary issue is a one-of-a-kind issue, even for us. It features 3 different covers, is packed with even more wedding advice from Elite Circle wedding professionals, and is bursting with 17 beautiful Real Weddings! Although you know we love every single page of the magazine (yes, every page), we’ve chosen 5 things that make it exceptional. Enjoy!

#1: Publisher Fran Samuel’s top pick:

My favorite part of the 15th Anniversary issue are the 3 covers. It was a first for us and I can honestly say now that it’s over what a huge project it was. Planning for one cover takes a tremendous amount of time, thought and talent and adding 2 more to the equation was certainly a challenge and one I’m so very proud of. A project of this magnitude of course needed an Elite team of pros who came together with their A- game in play.

The first photo shoot was a celebration At the Four Seasons Resort Scottsdale captured by Katrina Wallace Photographers. Followed by the Romance of the Boojum Tree Hidden Gardens and Hagerty Photography. The third shoot was a day full of fun at Sassi with Ben & Kelly Photography.  The combination and style of each cover represented the out of the box talents of each photo shoot team. The many weeks of planning were in the hands of the pros and coming to life. It was a an absolute pleasure working with the amazing and talented Elite Circle Members and worth every detail of the planning process.

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#2 Editor Stephanie Riley’s Pick:

One of my favorite things about the 15th anniversary issue is the “Food for Thought” feature. It began as a roundup, asking caterers and resorts about their favorite dishes, but it became so much more! I think this feature is a delicious adventure that helps our readers really think about how creative food choices can set a celebratory tone at their reception. Plus, the pictures are so yummy!

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#3 Social Media Writer Kelly Gill’s pick:

I really love 2 things about the “Something for Everyone” article. 

First, we’ve made a change in our word choices to reflect an attitude we’ve always had. We have always been a publication that supports brides & brides, brides & grooms, and grooms & grooms and hopefully that’s more obvious than ever. This article aims to include any couple planning their wedding; wedding expos are beneficial to men and women and the time has come for us to use verbiage that makes it clear that everyone is invited to the party. Also, we don’t feel that a separate publication or website is necessary to reflect our support of couples getting married who happen to be same sex couples- that actually seems counter-intuitive to us- so hopefully articles like this one let the Arizona wedding community know where we stand. It’s where we’ve always stood. 

Second, our continued efforts to include the groom’s perspective in features such as the “Something for Everyone” article shows that we are walking the walk. We continue to put more emphasis on the groom’s role in wedding planning and it’s a natural fit for us. Men’s fashion, decision making, and design input are in the forefront more than ever and I love that we have embraced that concept!

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#4 Editor Stephanie Riley’s Pick (and Kelly Gill’s too):

Another favorite part about the 15th anniversary issue is the “Sweet 15” feature. In each issue of Phoenix Bride & Groom, we offer advice from top wedding professionals. This time, we were able to gather up some of the best advice ever and put it all in one issue. There are many tips I hadn’t even considered before!

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#5 We’re featuring the weddings of our friends! Each couple that we feature is special to us and we want to do right by them and you, our readers, by featuring the best professionals and most inspiring wedding stories and details so when those in the industry get married, and we are chosen to feature their weddings, we get an extra little thrill. We featured Lauren and Veronica’s weddings in our Summer Fall 2015 issue and we’re bursting with joy for our friends and colleagues!

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We hope you find that our Summer Fall 2015 issue is filled with tips and tricks paired with good solid advice. Not only do we show pretty pictures but we definitely go the extra mile to share the HOW and WHY of planning a wedding. Enjoy!

Pick up a copy of Phoenix Bride & Groom Summer Fall 2015 here and visit our website where you can download a free digital copy and browse tons of Arizona wedding inspiration.

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