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9
Aug
Meet our Omni Montelucia Staycation Giveaway Winners!
categories: fabulous reception sites, Giveaways and Contests

Just imagine how excited you would be if you won a two-night stay at the luxurious Omni Montelucia in Scottsdale. We think there would be some serious squeals! The resort is an oasis in the desert that boasts stunning Spanish architecture, flowing fountains, refreshing pools, and a world-class spa. We partnered with Elite Circle wedding venue Omni Montelucia in our last issue to give away a two-night stay package valued at $1,500 and Tara & Brian, an adorable Arizona couple getting married in November, are our staycation giveaway winners!

Here’s the couple receiving their certificate that treats them to a two night stay in a resort-view room, 50 minute spa services for two at Joya Spa, champagne or gelato at Joya Terrace, and two fitness classes at Joya Fitness:

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How did you and Brian meet? Brian and I met in 2013 at a company we both worked for at the time. A few weeks later we went on our first date and have been inseparable ever since! 
 
In 2015 we went on a trip to Costa Rica with a group of our closest friends and he surprised me and proposed to me in front of a waterfall! 
What are you most excited about as far as your wedding day? I think what I’m most excited about is celebrating our love with our family and friends. They are the ones who have witnessed our amazing journey from day one.
 
We have a feeling Tara and Brian are really going to enjoy the pool!

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What do you most enjoy about Phoenix Bride & GroomPhoenix Bride & Groom has inspired me with ideas for my big day whether it’s for the rehearsal dinner, ceremony or reception.

Congratulations Tara and Brian- we hope you enjoy your staycation and we can’t wait to see your wedding photos! 
Readers, do you want a chance to be one of our giveaway winners? It’s super easy to enter: twice a year, in each of our gorgeous issues, we feature a fabulous giveaway. To be eligible to enter, you just need to be engaged and getting married in Arizona (and of course fill out our short entry form online)! Click here for our current giveaway
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16
Feb
Meet Our Tempe Mission Palms Giveaway Winners!
categories: fabulous reception sites, Giveaways and Contests, Meet Our Friends

When you enter one of our giveaways, you just might get more than you bargained for…case in point, not only did Mitch and Meghan win our Tempe Mission Palms giveaway (valued at $1,250), they also got a mini-photo shoot with Fully Alive Photography’s Tracy Battaglia!

Here’s our winning couple:

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Meghan and Mitch, who met while being inducted as members of the University of Arizona’s Mortar Board Honor Society, have been planning their wedding for almost two years and are thrilled that the actual wedding day is less than 2 months away. The fact that they had time to schedule this shoot with us and look so cute proves that they’re ready!

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Kellie Mendoza from Tempe Mission Palms and our very own Dawn Peterson presented the gift certificate to the couple; Tracy Battaglia of Fully Alive Photography was on site to snap the photos.

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The Proposal: In 2015, I wanted to impress Meghan with a surprise proposal. As a result, I conspired with two of Meghan’s best friends, who were living in Raleigh, NC at the time. I made it appear as though these friends had bought Meghan a surprise trip to Raleigh as a birthday present. A day after Meghan arrived, Meghan and her friend toured around Durham while her other friend picked me up from the airport. Meghan watched an Arizona Wildcat basketball game at a local restaurant and then was taken to a bright red bridge in the Sarah P. Duke Gardens on the Duke University Campus. While her friend pretended to take Meghan’s picture on the bridge, I came out from the bushes and surprised Meghan by getting down on one knee.

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We are most looking forward to enjoying the day with our close friends and family. Having a two-year engagement has allowed us (mostly Meghan) to be more detailed in wedding planning. Because of this, there is less to worry or fret about during the actual wedding day.

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We love how Phoenix Bride & Groom magazine incorporates real bride and wedding stories. These stories have helped us be more proactive in planning. We also love the recommendations and focus on local vendors. These recommendations have given us a starting place in piecing together our wedding. Finally, we really enjoy the photography!

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From the lush courtyard, to the fountain circle at the hotel’s majestic front entrance, Tempe Mission Palms is the premier venue for hosting romantic wedding ceremonies in the Phoenix/Scottsdale area. The central location of the hotel means guests have close access to all that Phoenix and Scottsdale have to offer!

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Congratulations Meghan and Mitch and thank you for being fans of Phoenix Bride & Groom!

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Location: Tempe Mission Palms

Photographer: Fully Alive Photography

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15
Mar
Meet our Hotel Valley Ho Giveaway Winners!
categories: fabulous reception sites, Giveaways and Contests, photography

Ryan and Allie, our Summer Fall issue giveaway winners, were super duper lucky- they won a 2 night Tower Suite stay for two at Hotel Valley Ho plus they got their photos taken by Elite Circle photographer Eyes 2 See Photography!

This is Hotel Valley Ho’s main entrance- we absolutely love this iconic hotel for it’s retro style and fun atmosphere

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How they met: Allie and I met at Central High School about 11-12 years ago. I was a junior playing football and Allie was a sophmore cheerleader. I had a mutual friend who was also a cheerleader introduce us and hit it off from there. We went our separate ways after H.S when Allie went to college in California and I stay local, but we stayed in contact over the years and when she moved back we reconnected and now we’re here.

Yes, they’re adorable and so happy to have won!

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The Proposal: We took an anniversary trip up to Sedona for the weekend to celebrate. Little did Allie know I had different plans. Early Sat morning we went on out for a hike on our favorite path the Baldwin Trail, I waited till we got to the top of a mountain peak that overlooked the valley and dropped to one knee and proposed. With tears in her eyes, Allie said yes 🙂

Favorite Things: My favorite things about Allie are the way we compliment each other to make a great team, her gorgeous smile, and how affectionate and loving she is.  Allie’s favorite thing about me is my sense of humor and how I can always make her laugh, how much I love her, and my excitement for all the little things.
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You’ve got to love the Hotel Valley Ho for it’s unique architecture and design- there’s always a fun photo op just around the corner!
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The rooftop offers stunning views of the city and mountains- many couples choose to have their receptions in the spot simply because of the views!
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How do you plan to use the giveaway? I think we are planning on using the getaway this summer for a nice escape from the office for both of us. Were both very excited about the couples massage package and Allie is looking forward to lounging and laying out by the pool.
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The Wedding: We are celebrating our wedding day at the Desert Botanical Garden on March 26th. We are both looking forward to celebrating our love with our closest family and friends. Also, we’ll be that much closer to our honeymoon in Hawaii!
Congratulations Allie and Ryan and thank you for being Phoenix Bride & Groom fans!
Many thanks to Eyes 2 See Photography for meeting up with Allie and Ryan, our adorable giveaway winners, and photographing them!
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