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20
Oct
Kimberly & Brendan’s Art Deco Phoenix Wedding
categories: fabulous reception sites, floral inspiration, real weddings, Wedding Inspiration

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There are two distinct phrases that come to mind when we see Kimberly and Brendan’s Art Deco Phoenix Wedding. The first is, “They did it their way” and the second is, “They had SO MUCH FUN!”. See, this lovely pair planned a wedding where they clearly made their own decisions— they incorporated sentimental items to honor those they love, both their ceremony and reception venues have personal meaning to them, and the details were thoughtfully curated to create an evening like no other. Oh, and their after-party is one that I genuinely mourn the absence of in my life. You’ve just got to see this wedding beginning with the finery of their attire and ending with hula hoops!

Art Deco Phoenix Wedding | Colors: We wanted our wedding to be reflective of both AZ (our beautiful sunsets) and the winter months, so we selected navy and copper with lavender as our accent color. Given the Phoenix Art Museum’s more modern feel, the theme of our wedding was a modern take on art deco and Gatsby, with Arizona twists.

Art Deco Phoenix Wedding | The Flowers: Our florist grew her own rosemary and lavender, our two favorite herbs/scents, and this was incorporated into the bouquets, centerpieces, and a bundle was tucked into each place setting at the guest tables. There were also sprigs of fresh lavender added to the water. Brendan’s boutonniere consisted of a succulent and white ranunculus while my bouquet consisted of white anemone, white ranunculus, blue thistle, purple tipped succulents, lavender roses, copper painted eucalyptus, Italian ruscus, and a very special flower: Picasso calla lilies with the purple center. My grandma, who played a huge role in raising me, passed away several years ago, and she carried a bouquet of calla lilies at her wedding so this was a way to pay tribute to her. 

In addition to my gold Saint Mary’s College ring, I also wore a small gold ring on my right hand that is a family heirloom which all the women in my family have worn on their wedding day.

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Art Deco Phoenix Wedding | Favorite Moment: Looking back there were so many incredibly special moments on our wedding day, but both of us think the first look was one of the top highlights of the day. There was so much anticipation to see one another, and because we had our photographers and videographers there it built up the anticipation even more. Seeing one another in that moment was pure joy and all of the nerves of the day melted away in an instant.

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Art Deco Phoenix Wedding | The Ceremony: We were married at St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church in Central Phoenix, which is a church where we have been members and attend regularly. Our family priest, Fr. Ben, officiated the Mass.

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Art Deco Phoenix Wedding | The Coolest Getaway: In honor of Brendan’s Grandma, who also passed away several years ago, Brendan’s parents had his Grandma’s 1946 Chevy Coupe fully restored in time for the wedding and drove it to Phoenix. The beautiful navy blue car with chrome trim was an unforgettable tribute to Brendan’s Grandma and made for a dramatic getaway car!

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It was only fitting that Kimberly and Brendan had their reception at Phoenix Art Museum—it’s one of the first places Kimberly took Brendan to when he moved to Phoenix from Tucson! And again, see how much fun they have together?

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Art Deco Phoenix Wedding | The Reception: The reception took place in Phoenix Art Museum’s Cummings Hall, a dramatic and spacious space perfect for entertaining.

Food was another really important aspect of our wedding since we are HUGE foodies. We decided to have a Southwest Italian feast that  highlighted the flavors and produce of Arizona as well as our love for Italian food. Our caterers incorporated traditional Italian pastas with Southwestern chilis, meats, and produce. The caterers’ signature braised short ribs were served with an ancho chili sauce and the favorite pasta of the pasta bar was the penne pasta with tequila lime chicken and peppers.

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Art Deco Phoenix Wedding | The Cake: The beautiful and fresh cake featured my (Kimberly’s) layer—chocolate cake and cannoli filling—and Brendan’s layer—vanilla cake with cream and fresh raspberries.

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Art Deco Phoenix Wedding | The Photobooth: To match the classy, modern theme, our photobooth company handmade a wall of white, paper flowers as the backdrop for the photobooth fun! Many guests thought it was part of the museum.

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If you’ve looked at a lot of wedding photos, you know how awkward some cake cutting/eating photos can be…but not Kimberly and Brendan’s cake photo! Oh no, these two are simply the cutest!

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Art Deco Phoenix Wedding | The After Party: At the exit, guests were able to take a few glow sticks for the grand exit and after party, which was held at The Duce…guests also took some awesome handmade leather Arizona keychains that my beloved Grandpa made by hand. The keychains either said AZ or 1.7.17 (our wedding date). 

The after party is where we giddily rejoiced for Kimberly and Brendan and the beautiful wedding day they planned—to have their photographers follow them to the after party where the couple and their guests played games, danced, and just let loose is just pure genius. It’s the best way we can think of to end a wedding!

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What’s your advice for other couples to achieve such an easy-going & fun attitude? The stress leading up to the wedding day is like none other because each couple invests so much time, energy, and money into making it the perfect day. We had a blast on our wedding day and felt many things contributed to our relaxed and fun going attitude. First off, hiring the best team of vendors really paid off for us because we were confident in them and each one of them exceeded our expectations so we didn’t feel like we were worrying about anything on the day of the wedding. Surrounding ourselves with loved ones was also key to easing nerves. The greatest piece of advice for other couples that we can give is to remember this day is all about the union of you and your partner. Have faith in all of the planning and preparation you have both done and focus on one another because your guests will have a blast and the vendors will ensure everything else is perfect.

Our wedding day was the best day yet, and we feel so totally grateful and in love with how it all turned out. We are excited to share our story and hopefully inspire other engaged couples! We learned so much and grew even closer together as a couple during the planning process, and we feel it all paid off beautifully.

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Where there any surprises or things you would change? We feel really blessed because we didn’t have any major surprises or issues on our wedding day; even during a rainy January we lucked out and got a sunny, cool weather day. Everyone told us prepare for something to go wrong, but we believe that due to all of our planning and amazing vendors (ok and a bit of good luck too), every single detail went off without a hitch. The week of the wedding we decided to add an informal “after party” at The Duce and we are so glad we did that. Even though it was a super long day already, our adrenaline kicked in and we (plus many of our guests) were wide awake and ready to continue the party! We would recommend to either book your reception venue an hour longer, or select an after party spot like we did. We closed down The Duce and partied until nearly 2am!

Congratulations Kimberly and Brendan and thank you for sharing your wedding with us!

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Photographer: Sunshine & Reign Photography | Florist: Table Tops, Etc. | Caterer: Santa Barbara Catering | Cake: Honeymoon Sweets | Photobooth: Pic Me! Photobooth | After Party: The Duce

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5
Jul
Phoenix Art Museum Wedding | Real Arizona Wedding
categories: cakes and sweets, fabulous reception sites, floral inspiration, photography, real weddings, reception ideas, Wedding Inspiration

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Alexa and Ian’s spring Phoenix Art Museum Wedding has all kinds of wedding goodness- the couple has a deep love for family and tradition, they included beautiful desert inspired details and the pair didn’t let a little rain dampen their spirits (they were actually happy that it was a rainy day even though it meant moving their ceremony from it’s original outdoor location!).

What was most important to you as you two planned your wedding? When you first get started, it’s so easy to get overwhelmed by all the details. It was important to us to stay focused on what our wedding day was truly about, not the dress, the flowers or the food, it was about our dreams coming true and finally getting married! When you go in with that attitude, nothing can get in your way of having the perfect day.

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We were drawn to Alexa and Ian’s wedding for many reasons but one aspect we particularly admire are the choices they made throughout their wedding day- many details had meaning and were chosen carefully. For example, we’ll let Alexa explain the meaning behind the nuggets of the Sikhote- Alin meteor they gifted each  groomsmen:  Ian and I love astronomy and he wanted to get his three brothers a groomsmen gift that was timeless, unique and irreplaceable – so pieces of meteorite came to mind.  He bought 4 pieces (1 for himself too) of the same asteroid that collided with Russia in 1947. These pieces of meteorite will be around virtually forever, and we liked the idea of the four brothers being able to pass them down to our next generation and keeping these timepieces in the family. 

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A second first look…the tish and bedeken took place where Rabbi Yossi Levertov led a traditional orthodox service. It was as if we saw each other for the first time all over again when Ian came to veil Alexa. The cheering, singing and overall energy was so exciting and the anticipation for the wedding ceremony to come could be felt throughout the room. 

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A Phoenix Art Museum Wedding Ceremony: The couple had planned to get married outside but since there was rain, their vendor team relocated it indoors. This change didn’t seem to phase the couples at all and the result was a gorgeous ceremony, regardless of the indoor location. Since Alexa really wanted details that celebrated the desert, her florist, Buttefly Petals, designed flower arrangements for the chuppah that blended greenery and desert inspired flowers perfectly.

Looking back, what was your favorite moment of the day? There were so many special moments, especially during our ceremony. We had our parents with us under the Chuppah and our siblings surrounding us as our bridal party. If we had to pick one, it would be when Ian kissed his bride! The music started up, the audience cheered, we were surrounded by so much love from our family and friends, and in that moment we were officially husband and wife. All the planning and anticipation came down to that moment, it was surreal.

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A Phoenix Art Museum Wedding Reception: Following the intimate ceremony, our guests were offered a variety of hors d’oeuvres and an open bar at cocktail hour. The cocktail hour concluded with guests being invited into the reception room. The elegant yet funky decor was enhanced throughout the reception space utilizing a mix of metallic vases with gold charger plates and gray linens against the pop of rich floral arrangements incorporating succulents and cacti.

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A Phoenix Art Museum Wedding Sweets Table: A mini cactus-topped cake was the centerpiece of a lavish dessert table that included cupcakes, jelly beans, and chocolates. There was something for everyone at this sweets table!

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The evening continued with dancing and a photobooth which guests thoroughly enjoyed

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Any surprises or things you would change? Aside from the rainy weather in sunny Arizona, there were truly no surprises. And if there were, we didn’t know about them! A Day to Cherish provided an amazing team that kept the entire day running smoothly from start to finish. We just showed up and had the best day ever, they took care of the rest.

Congratulations Alexa and Ian and thank you for sharing your Phoenix Art Museum wedding with us!

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Photographer: Eyes 2 See

Location: Phoenix Art Museum

Wedding Planner: A Day to Cherish

Florist:  Butterfly Petals

Invitations: Celebrations In Paper

Rentals: Classic Party Rentals

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2
Jan
Real Arizona Wedding: Molly and Javier
categories: fabulous reception sites, floral inspiration, real weddings, Wedding Inspiration

Molly and Javier’s Phoenix Art Museum is a study in beautifully blending cultures- the couple used Mexican and Jewish elements to incorporate their heritages into their day. Succulents and desert plants highlighted the desert surround.

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The Phoenix Art Museum provided an open air feeling to the day; milk glass and custom stationery made for interesting and original decor

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A dinner of Mexican street food was followed by the hora

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Congratulations Molly and Javier!

Molly and Javier’s Real Arizona Wedding Team:

Ceremony and Reception Site: The Phoenix Art Museum

Coordinator: Signature Events

Photographer: Erica Velasco Photographers

Bridal Gown Store: Mariee

Tuxedos: Hugo Boss

Florist: The Flower Studio

Invitations: Letterpress Finesse

Entertainment: Mariachi Luz Del Sur

Make-up Artist: Barney’s New York

Hair Stylist: Salon Tru

Happy Planning from your Arizona Wedding Blog!

Kelly

 

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7
Dec
Engagement: Katie and Brian
categories: Engagement

Initially just friends, Katie and Brian have worked together at the same law firm for over 8 years and as Katie says, “business and pleasure do mix!”.  Enjoy their Phoenix Art Museum engagement session…

The Proposal: Brian and I had our first date at Trader Vic’s at the Hotel Valley Ho. He also proposed to me at the Hotel Valley Ho in the Spring of 2011. The night he proposed, he made surprise dinner reservations at Trader Vic’s. While walking through grounds on our way to the restaurant, he opened a random hotel room door which revealed “will you marry me?” spelled with rose petals on the entryway floor.

The Relationship: Brian and I are a team in every aspect of our lives.  We work together, play together, and neither of us would want it any other way.  You may see this from the photographs – we bring out the best in each other.

Favorite Things:

My favorite thing about Brian is that he is an eternal optimist. He has been there for me through the most difficult times in my life, and I know that I can count on him for encouragement and positivity.

Katie is the most caring, gracious, and giving person I know. She is always looking for ways to do things for others, whether it is making dinner or babysitting their kids, often with little to nothing received in return. She is always gracious with her time, and truly places our new family front and center, and makes every day wonderful.

I really love these pictures with the black and white backgrounds- they seem so wintery and dramatic

(All images courtesy of: Hagerty Photography)

Why Hagerty Photography?

We knew the moment we met Sarah that Hagerty Photography was the one!  She has a very unique, modern yet classic, point of view.  And, of course, a sparkling personality!  We were both immediately comfortable with Sarah and found it very easy to work with her.  She listened to what we wanted, and drew on her own experience in order to give us the best photography results possible.

Congratulations Katie and Brian!

Happy Planning from your Arizona Wedding Blog!

Kelly

 

 

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27
Jun
Arizona Engagement: Amy and Chris
categories: Engagement, photography

The images from Amy and Chris’ Phoenix Art Museum engagement session with R2 Studio are visually stunning and I am elated to share them with you today. The couple loves modern art so their decision to go to the museum was a given. What I bet was unexpected was how truly artistic the images from the session turned out. I know, I’m gushing. I’ll stop so you can enjoy!

How could such a simple picture say so much? I don’t have an answer but major kudos to R2 Studio for capturing this moment

 

Amy and Chris lightened up the mood a bit and showed off their mad robot skills

(All Images Courtesy of: The R2 Studio)

For a healthy dose of adorable, read on:

The Proposal:

It was kind of spontaneous… We had just finished an awesome dinner and were having a great time in Phoenix, as we both lived out of town; Chris in Pinetop and I in Flagstaff. At the end of the night Chris told me that he felt like he knew exactly what he loved about me, our silliness together and the feeling like we were perfect matches… He couldn’t imagine a better time, so he got down on one knee and proposed.

What is your favorite thing about each other?

Amy: My favorite thing about Chris is that he has made me a better person, he has taught me to be more patient and more forgiving. Very important things in a relationship. I also just love the way he is when it’s just me and him at home. That is when he is the most silly and most sweet.

Chris:My favorite thing about Amy is her kind, caring, and considerate personality. Whether it be a close friend or recent acquaintance Amy is always thinking about other people and willing to go out of her way to help… I think about our future with kids and know she’ll be an amazing mother and lifelong partner. Her personality allows me to be exactly who I am and I love the ridiculous laughs we have when it’s just us!

What are your wedding plans?

We are getting married in AZ at The Clayton on the Park in downtown Scottsdale on October 19th. I have a dislike for the super southwestern desert look, so I searched million hours online trying to find the perfect venue. Finally I stumbled upon the clayton, and we could not be more excited about our venue!!!!!! It is so amazing and Carrie is so awesome. She is helping us plan our day and we think she is doing a great job!

What drew you to R2 Studio?

The personalities of both Robin and Renee in their video online. They are soooo goofy, and we love that! And we obviously love their work! Every time we see an engagement session or wedding album on Facebook or their website, we are amazed at how great the photos turn out! They really do have “mad skills”!

What are you most excited about regarding your wedding day?

THE RECEPTION!!! Gonna be a blast!

Can you tell us any details about your wedding?

I am absolutely obsessed with stripes (black an white are my favorite color combo). For such a long time I’ve had a love for them so we decided why not have black and white stripes for the colors! We have also added touches of teal throughout to give a pop. Striped linens, striped invites, stripes place cards… You name it, it’s probably got stripes!

We are so excited about our officiant, Matt Nathanson, he is awesome. He is modern and trendy and not stuck in the ultra traditional rut. He has ways to bring humor and fun into the ceremonies. Chris and I are quite silly and we’re so excited to have found an officiant that can conduct a ceremony that matches our personalities.

Another fun detail is that I have lots of nieces and nephews! 14 to be exact! Chris has one very adorable nephew who will be the ring bearer. But we’ve decided that any one of my nieces and nephews that want to walk down he aisle can! We don’t know who is going to yet, but it will be definitely be chaotic and adorable with that many little ones!

I have a feeling Chris and Amy’s wedding is going to be a ton of fun. Congratulations to you and thank you for sharing your engagement session with us!

Happy Planning from your Arizona Wedding Blog!

Kelly

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