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28
Apr
Scottsdale Wedding Venue with Mountain Views: Wekopa Resort (includes booking specials!)
categories: fabulous reception sites, Meet Our Friends, Wedding Inspiration

If you’re at the “find my perfect wedding venue” stage of wedding planning, we’re here to help! 4-Diamond Wekopa Resort and Conference Center is a stunning Scottsdale wedding venue with mountain views, two of the top-rated golf courses in Arizona, several outdoor and indoor venue options, and signature service.

At the resort, you’ll discover several places to exchange vows. The Courtyard Plaza is one such venue and you’ll love it for it’s simplicity (think: blank slate that’s perfect for your wedding decor to shine) and spectacular mountain views. With seating for up to 250 guests, you can invite a large group to celebrate with!

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If golf is your thing, say “I do” on the golf course! The green grass and mountain backdrop are a draw for couples who are planning their weddings in Arizona.

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With 18,000 square feet to let your creativity run wild, the Wassaja Ballroom accommodates weddings as large as 1,000 guests. Clearly, with a space like this, you have the opportunity to transform this grand ballroom into the wedding reception you’ve always dreamed of. The venue has a large foyer with floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking the courtyard and Red Mountains; 18-foot ceilings add to the impressive and sophisticated atmosphere.

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La Puesta del Sol, “The Setting Sun”, is one of the most unique Southwestern style venues in Arizona. Placed atop a mesa (an elevated flat-topped bit of land) in the desert, it features incredible views of the Sonoran Desert, 4 Peaks Mountain, and Red Mountain. See what we mean about Wekopa being a Scottsdale wedding venue with mountain views?! The unique La Puesta del Sol has a rustic charm that creates the ideal atmosphere for an unforgettable wedding.

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Near La Puesta del Sol is Rosa’s Ranch- an intimate venue that features 4 Peaks Mountain views at every turn. Rosa’s offers a rustic ceremony space that appeals to brides and grooms who adore the desert and want plenty of open-air seating for the party after the “I do’s”. It’s also an ideal Southwestern rehearsal dinner spot or even BBQ- themed wedding venue!

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Now for the best news of the day: Wekopa Resort has a special booking promotion for couples who book by June 30, 2017! Among other things, if you choose to get married at this incredible Scottsdale wedding venue with mountain views and beautiful indoor/outdoor spaces, you’ll enjoy 10% off your ceremony site fee, food for the bridal party while getting ready, complimentary champagne or sparkling cider toast, and free house linens and non-floral centerpieces.

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Want more info about this promotion? Visit the Wekopa Resort website or contact Annie Artenian, Catering Sales Manager: aartenian@wekoparesort.com | (480) 789 5536

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14
Apr
Luxury Destination Wedding Venue in Arizona | Royal Palms Resort & Spa
categories: destination weddings and honeymoons, fabulous reception sites, Meet Our Friends, real weddings, reception ideas, rehearsal dinner spots, Wedding Inspiration

You know that feeling when you turn the corner into a resort’s entrance and you’re instantly transported? You immediately shed the “real world” and just feel…calm. That’s exactly what happens when we visit Royal Palms Resort & Spa and if you’re looking for an intimate wedding experience, this is the place for you. Royal Palms Resort & Spa has carefully cultivated warmth and serenity and somehow exudes it every single moment, at every turn, in every interaction while you’re in their care. Without a doubt, this is a luxury destination venue that deserves your attention.

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(Mark Boisclair Photography, Inc.)

This is the iconic entrance to the resort- it has been the location of many beautiful wedding photos!

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(Photographer: Fully Alive Photography, Planner: Victoria Canada Weddings & Events)

Royal Palms Resort & Spa is known for its Spanish Colonial architecture, natural stone, aged timbers, hidden nooks, 100-year-old rustic doors and private gardens. Original tile and artwork can be seen throughout the 119-room property. 

While you’re basking in the resort’s beauty, you’ll discover plenty of places that feel like you’re the only people on the property- it’s that undeniably serene atmosphere that Royal Palms has perfected!

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(Photographer: Ben & Kelly Photography)

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(Photographer: Fully Alive Photography, Planner: Victoria Canada Weddings & Events)

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(Photographer: Ben & Kelly Photography)

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(Photographer: Ben & Kelly Photography)

The Orange Grove is one of the ceremony (or dining) locations at this luxury destination wedding venue and we can’t get over how lush and private it feels. Just imagine how delicious it smells when the orange blossoms are in bloom!

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(Photography: Andrew Jade Photography, Wedding Planner/Designer: Events by Stephanie Antointette, Furniture Rentals: Glamour & Woods, Floral: Flower Bar, Wedding Gown: Uptown Bridal, Groom’s Suit: Celebrity Tux & Tails)

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(Floral: Table Tops Etc., Photographer: Sunshine & Reign Photography)

Another perfect spot to say “I do” is Vernadero Lawn; this location offers unmatched views of Camelback Mountain and is located in the heart of the resort.

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(Photographer: Jennifer Bowen Photography, Planner: Victoria Canada Weddings and Events)

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(Photographer: Katrina Wallace Photographers, Location: Royal Palms Resort & Spa, Event Coordinator: Ashley Gain Weddings & Events, Floral Design: Petal Pusher)

The Palmera Lounge is an intimate covered outdoor ceremony space that can also be set up to host cocktail hour; the large fountain has a special glow at night that we love.

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(Photographer: Ben & Kelly Photography)

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(Photographer: Fully Alive Photography, Planner: Victoria Canada Weddings & Events)

Another reason we’re smitten with this luxury destination wedding venue is the many unique photo ops- trickling fountains in tucked-away courtyards, roaring outdoor fireplaces, and original tile and artwork along with nearly 300 towering Royal Palm trees make the property a delightful surprise at every turn.

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(Photographer: Ben & Kelly Photography)

Alegria Garden is perhaps the resort’s most well-known outdoor venue for events; the beautiful and private courtyard is filled with flowers and features a raised stone platform where couples exchange vows

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(Photographer: Kimberly Jarman Photography, Planner: Victoria Canada Weddings & Events)

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(Photographer: Ben & Kelly Photography)

Smaller events can be held in Alegria Garden as well

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(Photography: Andrew Jade Photography, Wedding Planner/Designer: Events by Stephanie Antoinette, Furniture Rentals: Glamour & Woods, Floral: Flower Bar, Stationery: Vee Creative, China: Tea Crockery )

Palmera Salon, with its ornate fireplace, wrought- iron chandelier and exposed wood beams, has that distinctive feel of old world luxury that many couples seek for their receptions.

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(Photographer: Fully Alive Photography, Planner: Victoria Canada Weddings & Events)

Royal Palms, as a luxury destination wedding venue, excels in many ways and one that should matter to you, as a couple planning your wedding, is every single employee’s dedication to delighting you. They aim for that true destination experience where you can steal away and have the time of your life.

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More about Royal Palms Resort & SpaCombining the graciousness and sophistication of a Mediterranean villa with the intimacy and privacy of a secluded retreat, Royal Palms offers 119 custom-appointed guestrooms, intimate clusters of casitas and villas, regal Spanish Colonial architecture, more than 20,000 square feet of estate-like meeting space, Tuscan-style gardens, exquisite tapestries, various antique décor, and stone fireplaces throughout. Designed around the original 1930s historic private mansion, Royal Palms is home to the award-winning T. Cook’s restaurant, Mix Up Bar, Forbes Four Star Alvadora Spa, a Mother-of-Pearl-tiled swimming pool with private cabanas and croquet lawn. Just minutes from Scottsdale’s shopping, galleries, golf, Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport and the Camelback financial corridor, Royal Palms is an ideal retreat for business, pleasure and special occasions, offering luxury, privacy and convenience.

And as if we needed any more reasons to love Royal Palms Resort & Spa, they just announced a multi-million dollar renovation, beginning in June 2017, to all 119 rooms as well as select meeting and event spaces. We can’t wait for you to tour the property and discover the luxury destination wedding venue of your dreams!

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7
Apr
Melodi and Kamran’s Persian Wedding in Scottsdale
categories: fabulous reception sites, floral inspiration, real weddings, Wedding Inspiration

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Melodi and Kamran’s Persian wedding was at the beautiful Four Seasons Resort Scottsdale at Troon North; the couple included their ADORABLE 4-year-old shih tzu puppy, Buttons, who was decked out in a tuxedo and served Persian specialties such as saffron rice and maast o khiar.

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Melodi’s beautiful bouquet of calla lilies, hydrangea and roses was wrapped in a pearl “ribbon” for a classic wedding touch

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Persian Wedding Ceremony: The Fountain Terrace at Four Seasons provides a picturesque place to exchange vows; Melodi and Kamran’s wedding included a Sofreh Aghd—a spread of symbolic items. Their Sofreh Aghd included a beautiful acrylic tray filled with water, floating votives and rose petals.

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Persian Wedding Reception: To make the most of the outdoors, Melodi and Kamran hosted cocktail hour inside while the lawn was being prepped for dinner; round reception tables were set with creamy linens, gold chairs and high-low floral centerpieces. Both Persian and American dishes were served and candlelight added a touch of romance!

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Melodi and Kamran, thank you for sharing your beautiful Persian wedding with us! (This wedding was featured in Phoenix Bride & Groom magazine and can be seen online here!)

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Location: Four Seasons Resort Scottsdale at Troon North

Floral Design: Table Tops Etc.

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Photographer: Navid Studio | Cake: Délice Bistro | Day-of coordinator: Celebrations by Amy Bacon

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29
Apr
Wedding Venues in Downtown Phoenix: Renaissance Phoenix Downtown Hotel
categories: destination weddings and honeymoons, fabulous reception sites, Meet Our Friends, reception ideas, rehearsal dinner spots

When it comes to wedding venues, Arizona has it all: wedding venue styles range from desert landscape to golf courses to sprawling resorts to urban downtown venues and Renaissance Phoenix Downtown Hotel should top your “favorite wedding venues in downtown Phoenix” list.

Located in the heart of downtown Phoenix, Renaissance Phoenix Downtown Hotel offers breathtaking rooftop views, a chic urban setting, a truly unique atmosphere and a staff who desires to make your wedding day all you hoped it would be.

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We chatted with Senior Catering Sales Executive Amie Dignan about why couples will want to consider Renaissance Phoenix Downtown Hotel for their big day:

What makes Renaissance Phoenix Downtown perfect for weddings? Skyline, at The Renaissance Phoenix Downtown Hotel offers a very unique urban wedding venue that is unmatched by any other space in the valley. Skyline is a 10,000 square foot roof top terrace with soaring views of the downtown Phoenix landscape.  Surrounded by historic and contemporary buildings it is perfect for a one of a kind wedding experience.

Can couples bring in their own vendors or do you have a specific list you work with? We offer a list of preferred vendors which are all great partners to the Renaissance; however, couples are welcome to use any vendor of choice. The Renaissance will supply all food and beverage.

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(Photo: SJA Studios)

Sunset ceremonies on Skyline are breathtaking as the sunlight reflects off the surrounding buildings.

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(Photo: Andrew Jade Photography for WIPA)

We also have several Urban Gardens on Skyline creating a unique space in downtown. Our downtown location is ideal for weddings with out-of-town guests; we are walking distance or a light rail stop away from great restaurants and entertainment options for guests wanting to make the wedding into a weekend get-away.

What are the things about the property that make it a fabulous place to get married? Our staff and service is like no other, we receive constant accolades from our guests as we make them feel at home. The Renaissance is in the top 10% of Phoenix Hotels on Trip Advisor and is listed as number 7 for service within the Renaissance Brand. In fact, the hotel was just named the Renaissance Hotel of the Year for 2015!

What do you see couples doing with the venue as far as decor and design that you are really loving right now? Bistro lights and a color wash of up lighting has really enhanced the space.  Skyline boasts several lounge sets and couples are incorporating the furniture into the reception and enhancing them with fun pillows and table-scaping.

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(Photo: Andrew Jade Photography for WIPA)

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(Photo: SJA Studios)

Are there any current specials or packages that we should let couples who are looking for wedding venues in downtown Phoenix know about?

We are currently offering the following package:

Make Memories with Us Special

-Receive 25,000 Marriott Rewards Points to Use Towards Your Dream Honeymoon as a Signing Bonus
-Enjoy a Complimentary Sleeping Room the Night Before Your Wedding
-Delight Your Guests with a Complimentary Hand Passed Signature Cocktail*
-Share a Complimentary Farewell Continental Breakfast in Our Private Dining Room before taking off on Your New Lives Together*

*Special Offered for Wedding Receptions June, 1 2016 – June, 30 2017; Must Be Contracted By December 31, 2017
* Complimentary Farewell Breakfast Offered to Contracts with a $10,000++ Beverage and Food Minimum, for up to 30 Guests
*One Complimentary Cocktail per Guest

We think you’ll agree, Renaissance Phoenix Downtown Hotel is one of the most intriguing wedding venues in downtown Phoenix and it deserves your consideration!

To make an appointment for a tour or to get more information about the current special, contact Amie Dignan:

602.333.5116 | Amie.Dignan@renaissancehotels.com | Renaissance Phoenix Downtown Hotel

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25
Mar
Luxurious Wedding Venues in Arizona: Chateau Luxe
categories: destination weddings and honeymoons, fabulous reception sites, Meet Our Friends, real weddings, reception ideas, Wedding Inspiration

Finding the perfect wedding venue is perhaps the most important task on your wedding planning to-do list. You need to choose where you’re going to get married far enough in advance to get the date you want but even more important is the look and feel of the venue. You want a place that offers the amount of space you need as well as a memorable and beautiful atmosphere. One such wedding venue that checks off all the must haves, along with being one of the most luxurious wedding venues in Arizona, is Chateau Luxe.

The private circular drive makes a gorgeous first impression!

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(Photo: April Maura Photography)

You may recall our styled shoot at Chateau Luxe that was featured in our magazine recently- it highlighted the glam and luxury of the property (you can see it here) and today we have even more pretty pictures and venue details for you.

What makes Chateau Luxe one of the most luxurious wedding venues in Arizona?

At Chateau Luxe we put a great emphasis on the attention to detail. We feel so honored to be a part of such a big day, from our initial meeting with the bride and groom we want to make their vision and dream come true. Our venue offers a completely unique experience and decor that you cannot find anywhere else in the valley. Our chef is able to provide any cuisine that the couple is looking to serve along with creating a signature drink that complements the wedding. Our amenities allow the entire bridal party to begin the day with complete ease with use of two bridal suites complete with fully lighted mirrors, shower, dual refrigerators (one for refreshments and one for flowers), hooks for wedding gown photos and much more. Our groom’s room feature a large screen TV, billiards table, refreshments, leather seating and more. We’re here to make any wedding exactly what the couple has always dreamed of!

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(Photo: April Maura Photography)

A few reasons why we think Chateau Luxe is one of the most luxurious wedding venues in Arizona:

  • The chandeliers and light fixtures throughout the venue are nothing short of unbelievable decadence- read about the unity chandelier, which composed of 605 individual strands of Swarovski crystals here
  • Your chef is a highly respected James Beard award winning chef
  • There are two, yes TWO, ballrooms to choose from
  • The lush fabrics and finishings are one-of-a-kind
  • The sheer size of the venue is grand and that alone makes the venue extremely special (the indoor capacity is 900 people!). See the floor plan here
  • The 4 private green (dressing) rooms are outfitted not only with luxury finishes and furniture but they also have showers, restrooms, and more
  • The are two outdoor patios that are strung with twinkling bistro lights to create the loveliest nighttime atmosphere

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(Photos: (L) Ruby Rideout, (R) Love Life Photography)

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(Photo: Love Life Photography)

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

We do have a vendor list available once you book with us. However, couples are able to work with any vendors of their choosing with the exception of catering. Our executive chef, Kaushik Chowdhury, is a James Beard Award winning chef that has worked all around the world. In addition to being able to create any type of cuisine, he is also a world renowned pastry chef and makes stunning wedding cakes and mouthwatering desserts.

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(Photo: April Maura Photography)

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What are the things about the property that make it a fabulous place to get married?

Chateau Luxe offers 60,000 square feet of exclusive event space. We embody a modern ode to decadence and luxury from the moment guests pull up to our private circular drive located between mountain and city views. With lush fabrics, terrazzo tile and spectacular custom designed chandeliers and furniture, there is luxury at every turn. We have fabulous outdoor spaces including a garden for a gorgeous ceremony, patios with stunning mountain views for cocktail hour, and dreamy portofino string lights draped for breathtaking reception space. Inside the venue we host two large ballrooms with two different styles, a chapel, and a spacious foyer.

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(Photo: Love Life Photography)

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(Photo: Ben + Kelly Photography)

What do you see couples doing with the venue as far as decor and design that you are really loving right now?
We’re seeing a lot of gold accents for weddings. This trend complements our venue completely with a large unity chandelier being the first thing you see the moment you step inside the venue. We also offer gold chiavari chairs that come standard. We love seeing couples take current trends and add their own personalized touches to their wedding.

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(Photo: Sameer Soorma Studios)

Is there anything else that we should let couples planning their weddings in Phoenix know about?
Chateau Luxe offers a variety of packages available for wedding ceremonies and receptions. We pride ourselves on really listening to the couple and providing several different options to fit within their budget.

Choosing your wedding venue is going to be much easier now that you know about Chateau Luxe, one of the most luxurious wedding venues in Arizona!

Discover Chateau Luxe online or call 623-266-8747

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23
Jun
Real Arizona Wedding: A Sophisticated Soiree at Sanctuary on Camelback
categories: fabulous reception sites, floral inspiration, real weddings, Scottsdale Weddings, Wedding Inspiration

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Location: Sanctuary Camelback Mountain Resort & Spa

Florist: Butterfly Petals

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Photographer: Katina Patriquin Photography :: Coordinator: Events By Stephanie Antoinette :: Cake: Classic Cakes and Confections :: DJ: Got You Covered :: Invitations: Vee Creative :: Hair & Makeup: Hair and Makeup by Sabrina

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Today’s lovely couple made a conscious effort to avoid stress on their wedding day (their professions provide plenty of that!) so they did things their own way- they opted out of having a bridal party, chose the bride’s birthday as their wedding day (the bride says, “Why not celebrate two things at once?”), they hired a coordinator to handle all the details, and to keep the guest list meaningful, they only invited people whom had been to their house for dinner. What you’ll discover is that these non-traditional choices merry beautifully with the traditions they did choose to adhere to and the result is an intimate celebration that focuses on the love between the bride and groom and the joining of their families.

The bride recalls, “Our day was everything we had hoped for. It seemed truly about us and our love for each other.”

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Amanda Johnson of Butterfly Petals tells us “[The bride’s] vision was a romantic blush and gold wedding. A bit of a departure from our textural desert weddings but I knew it would be a gorgeous one from the inspiration photos her planner provided! We used peonies, hydrangea and blush/taupe quicksand roses and ivory garden roses in her bouquet…”

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The groom’s singular request for the wedding was that the wedding venue must have a view so the bride knew Sanctuary Camelback Mountain Resort & Spa was the one as soon as she toured the property!

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Favorite moment: My favorite moment was right after walking down the aisle as husband and wife. It was so nice to have that officially done. We got to sit together briefly alone and eat some appetizers and drink champagne. It was nice to have that little relaxation before the reception.

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The color palette of gold, blush and pink continued the romance of the ceremony into the reception where guests dined among beautifully set tables; large centerpieces were varied in height and were composed of blush garden roses, quicksand roses and spray roses. Gold framed table names represented locales that the couple holds dear to their heart and the bride and groom were seated at a sweetheart table fitted with soft pink linen and gold backed chairs.

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Any surprises or things you would change? I was surprised with a birthday cake! Also my husband’s brothers surprised me with a diamond necklace at the reception. It is customary in my husband’c culture (he is from Afghanistan) for the groom’s family to give a nice peice of jewelry to the bride. I wouldn’t change anything about our wedding day, it turned out perfect.

Thank you for sharing your wedding day with us and congratulations!

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