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1
Aug
Remy + Andy’s Progressive Wedding at The Phoenician
categories: fabulous reception sites, for your ceremony, real weddings, reception ideas, Scottsdale Weddings, Wedding Inspiration

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Progressive Wedding at The Phoenician: Remy and Andrew planned the loveliest wedding at the iconic The Phoenician Scottsdale where many couples choose to exchange vows due to the property’s lush surroundings, grand ballrooms, and legendary service.

Bride Remy tells us about her unique “progressive” style wedding: We had an outdoor evening ceremony, cocktail hour and dinner outdoors then an indoor ‘after party’ in one of the ballrooms. Each area was decorated slightly differently so that the evening slowly progressed from a soft romantic ceremony to a fun party atmosphere, using gradual changes in lighting, flowers, and decor to provide overall continuity.

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Progressive Wedding at The Phoenician | The Ceremony: The couple exchanged vows in a magical setting—The Phoenician Scottsdale’s Orchid Lawn— where they were surrounded by twinkle lights, candles, and a chandelier overhead; guests sipped prosecco and craft beers during the ceremony—an idea we adore!

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Progressive Wedding at The Phoenician | Cocktail Hour: The evening began with an outdoor cocktail hour underneath a draped canopy—the white draping was embedded with twinkle lights to make it glow. Dandelion chandeliers were hung over three mirrored tables that featured small red, white, and green floral arrangements placed in mirrored vases.

One of our favorite touches was monogrammed, silver-framed photos of our grandparents and parents on their respective wedding days, placed on the cocktail tables along with different F. Scott Fitzgerald love quotes printed in script and bordered in assorted frames.

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Progressive Wedding at The Phoenician | The ReceptionMy favorite touch was the printed menu imposed with monogrammed matches and sparklers for guests to light upon our entrance…for dinner on the lawn, the central focal point was a large chandelier that hung above a black and white checkered dance floor. Overhead glimmering lights anchored the space. 

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Progressive Wedding at The Phoenician | The After Party: Guests progressed into the ballroom that had white draping and pink up-lighting; the couple participated in a raucous hora (a dance where guests hoist the bride and groom high above the crowd on chairs to the “Hava Nagila”) and several guests joined in.

White lounge furniture and switching to a DJ for the music created a club-like atmosphere. To match the mood, I changed into a tea length princess gown with a sparkling bodice. Here we served our cake, along with small dessert bites and late night pizza to make sure no one went hungry!

We love that Remy chose to attend her after party in a tea-length gown that had a crystal bodice!

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Remy and Andrew’s Progressive Wedding at The Phoenician was featured in print and you can see it online here!

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Location: The Phoenician Scottsdale

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Photographer: Mike Olbinski Photography | Cake & pastries: Paula Jacqueline Cakes and Pastries | Invitations: Paperjoy | Event Coordinator: BTS Event Management | Floral Design: Flower Bar | Entertainment: The Hip Booth, Desert House Productions, Party Crashers |

Phoenix Bride & Groom, your complete Arizona wedding magazine and wedding planning resource

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20
Jun
Your Reception Playlist: The First Dance
categories: entertainment, reception ideas

One of the wedding planning tasks you can’t really outsource to your planner or best friend is choosing your reception playlist, specifically the First Dance song. Some of you already know exactly what you’re going to dance to but for many of you, you’re still searching. My husband and I literally sat down in front of our stereos (it’s OK to laugh, cell phones were just catching on at the time) a few nights before our wedding and played songs for each other over the phone – it was less than ideal but we found our song! We settled on Shania Twain’s “From this Moment”- the words were perfect and we loved it.

But before you create the perfect playlist, you need the perfect DJ. You’ve probably already heard of Ray the DJ (an Elite Circle DJ company) but what you may not know is that every kind word, bit of praise, and happy review about this DJ company is absolutely true and all those good things you hear are doubly true about the actual people behind the name. Ray and Barbara Grace, two of the  loveliest people on the planet, are the owners of Ray the DJ and we want you to know a little more about them and their DJ services. Here’s Ray in action:

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(Photo: Babies to Brides Photography)

What do you want clients to know before they meet with you for the first time?

That we listen carefully to them describe their vision of what they want their wedding to be.  We work together with them and, based on our over 30 years of experience, we offer suggestions to make it even greater than they imagined

What are your best tips for couples choosing their playlists? 

Make a list of songs and artists that you both enjoy.  Also, include songs that you know your family enjoys.  If there are songs or type of music that you absolutely do not want played, let us know them as well. Basically make a “Do Play” and a “Don’t Play” list.

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Have you ever had a couple ask you to choose their first dance song?  I have had a couple ask me to choose their first dance song.  I am always happy to make recommendations and we have a list of first dance songs available.

What was your first dance song? Our first dance song was “Longer” by Dan Fogelberg.  Always melt when I hear it played

Here’s Ray and Barbara on their 33rd Anniversary- congrats you two! 
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Regardless of how many years it’s been since it was a “new” song,  their first dance song is still beautiful, kind of like your marriage will be!

Now that you know WHO to hire for your reception music, we thought we would share some of the best First Dance songs with you- some are classics, some are country, some are boy band, you get the idea, but all are great for that special moment:

First Dance List

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27
Jan
Farm to Table Menus Now Offered At Westin Phoenix Downtown
categories: fabulous reception sites, reception ideas, rehearsal dinner spots, trends in catering

“Farm to Table” menus have grown in popularity over the years but it’s still rare to find a venue (and a chef) who is willing to create a menu of this type for wedding receptions. If the idea of locally sourced ingredients that are in-season and the freshest you’ll ever find (i.e., the prettiest and tastiest)  appeals to you, then the Farm to Table concept is right up your alley. The Westin Phoenix Downtown now offers an extensive and customizable Farm to Table wedding and event menu, thanks to Chef Chad McDonald, who was recently appointed Executive Chef for the hotel.

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Chef Chad’s history and appreciation for local ingredients began at his family’s farm and at his first job at a hometown mom and pop meat market. Due to his passion for detail and understanding “the simplicity of a great dish”,  his career blossomed. He’s a man who has a love of food and community, making him a true farm to table ambassador.

In regards to the farm-to-table concepts going forward, Executive Chef Chad McDonald will tailor menus seasonally for the restaurant and for weddings by working one-on-one with local farmers. This will allow chef to know what’s freshest at all times. Chef will be rearranging banquet and catered menus according to what the local farmers can offer seasonally. This would be a new step in working directly with the local farmers. 

Chef will also work more hands-on – actually sitting down with our local famers to begin cultivating the relationship and also visiting the farms. This means, for example, chef could meet with couples-to-be at the very beginning of the wedding planning process so they could be involved in the decision-making process for which seasonal items they would want to incorporate from the local farms on their menus.

Just a few examples of the food you could have at your wedding under Chef Chad’s supervision:

Skirt Steak – Steaks are from a farm near Yuma, AZ

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Tacos, meatballs, flatbreads, salmon benedict, and  shrimp tacos are all potential menu items for your wedding- most ingredients in these dishes are sourced from local farmers and markets

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A sample of a complete wedding reception menu developed by Chef Chad is “The Natural” which includes roasted organic beet salad, Crow’s Dairy® chevre, frisee, balsamic drizzle, locally farmed organic green salad, the freshest available vegetables, sherry-Dijon vinaigrette, Cedar River Farms® braised beef short rib, wild mushroom ragout, pan crisped organic salmon, tarragon mustard sauce, Gerber Farms® Amish chicken breast, natural chicken verjus sauce, chervil glazed organic root vegetables, herb roasted local new potatoes, seasonal fruit crisps, and vanilla bean ice cream.

The entire hotel has a very cool urban vibe and I really want to hang out at Province Lounge and Restaurant, where the farm to table concept is also featured; Fuchsia pops against dark wood in our lounge, a vibrant setting where you can refresh with beverages and light bites from an exclusive menu of sustainably-farmed, seasonal selections.

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Choosing the menu for a large group of people, like you’ll be doing at your reception, may not be your first wedding planning priority but for those of you who are “foodies”, finding the right chef is important. Chef Chad may just be your guy.

Explore The Westin Phoenix Downtown online or contact Jocelin, The Westin Phoenix Downtown’s wedding specialist, directly: (602) 429-3528 :: Jocelin.Meesenburg@westin.com

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29
May
Arizona Wedding Vendor Spotlight: Talking Stick Resort
categories: fabulous reception sites, Meet Our Friends, Scottsdale Weddings

When considering where to have your wedding in Arizona, you’re in luck! Our state is a mecca for resorts so you have a wide range of venue options to consider; Arizona’s venues range from inviting and intimate to large and luxurious.

On the large and luxurious end of the spectrum is one resort that offers EVERYTHING you could want for a supremely fun, adventurous, relaxing, southwest influenced wedding: Talking Stick Resort.

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After you say yes to the one you love, say yes to one of the most beautiful and well-appointed wedding destinations in Arizona—Talking Stick Resort in Scottsdale. Talking Stick Resort offers the perfect backdrop for a wedding of any size. Enjoy an intimate affair on a spacious balcony with breathtaking views of the McDowell Mountains. For larger ceremonies, an expansive courtyard with desert landscapes provides ideal surroundings.

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Choose from lovely, intimate, indoor/outdoor reception areas for up to 120, or select our Salt River Grand Ballroom with space to accommodate 150–1,000. Expert culinary creations—from unique hors d’oeuvres and cocktails to magnificent multi-course dinners—are sure to add style to your reception. Of course, with elegant venues like Orange Sky, Shadows Lounge and poolside event space, Talking Stick Resort also offers outstanding options for rehearsal dinners and day-after brunches. So indulge your guests—and yourself—on your special day.

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Talking Stick Resort has it all: a casino that promises endless entertainment, scenic views beyond compare, large ballroom space, golf, pools, a luxurious spa, and a hot location (it’s Scottsdale location means you are within minutes of  Tempe, Mesa, and Phoenix).

For more information about having your wedding at Talking Stick Resort, download the wedding brochure or contact their catering specialists at (480) 270-5533.

Happy Planning from your Arizona Wedding Blog~Kelly

 

 

 

 

 

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5
Mar
Wedding Trend: Small Bites
categories: cakes and sweets, reception ideas, Trends, trends in catering, Wedding Inspiration

It’s been said that one of the biggest trends for 2013 weddings is a reception dinner of small bites rather than a large multi-course dinner. I only have one thing to say about this: FINALLY!

I am a small bite girl. I love to try everything, even if the look of the one small bite scares me, even if it’s potentially bigger than one bite and I have no knife to help me, even if I only get one and risk longing for more. To me, this is variety, the “spice of life”, and I’m all in. Check out these delicious bites:

Serve up brunch for dinner with these grown-up breakfast items: Cucumber and Apple Smoothie, Petite Eggs Benedict, and Boston Creme Pop Tarts

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(Fabulous Foods, Keith Pitts Photography)

Bacon Wrapped Cheddar Breakfast Strata, Fruit and Beet Smoothie, and French Toast Stacks

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(Fabulous Food, Keith Pitts Photography)

Don’t worry that small bite reception dinners might leave your guests seeking food after the evening is over- feed them delicious and  filling yummies like these Baby Pretzels paired with Ayinger Oktober Fest-Martzen or family recipe pork buns

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(Jennifer’s Catering/Keith Pitts Photography, Arizona Biltmore/Justine Miller Photography)

Mini-portions of showstopping meat entrees will satisfy guests’ heartier cravings; (clockwise from top left) Braised Short Ribs on polenta rounds, Pistachio Encrusted Pork Tenderloin with winter squash, Roasted Lamb Chop with micro greens, Sausage and polenta boat

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(Clockwise from top left: Heidi’s Events and Catering, Heidi’s Events and Catering, En Blum Catering, Jennifer’s Catering; Keith Pitts Photography)

Beef Tenderloin Petit Four atop crisp potato cubes with gorgonzola crumbles

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(Jennifer’s Catering, Keith Pitts Photography)

No matter what portion size, seafood is a decadent way to feed your guests ; (clockwise from top left) Mini Crabcakes with aioli, Lobster Macaroni and Cheese, Ahi Tuna Cones, and Diver Scallops with chipotle cream

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(Clockwise from top left: Arizona Biltmore/Kimberly Jarman Photography, Jennifer’s Catering/Keith Pitts PhotographySomething Blue Photography, En Blum Catering/Keith Pitts Photography)

Your options are endless with small bites (since they are small, you can have more variety) and that holds true for sweets as well. We’ve paired 3 scrumptious morsels with a beverage that will leave your guests toasting you well into the night.

These “Some Like it Hot” brownies add a kick with cinnamon, chipotle and New Mexico Red Pepper; a chili martini infused with carrot and vanilla can hold it’s own

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(JJ’s Brownies and En Blum Catering; Keith Pitts Photography)

Old- fashioned apple pie gets the small bite treatment too with an Apple Sangriatini and Caramelized Pear and Blue Cheese tart

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(Heidi’s Events and Catering, Keith Pitts Photography)

If you want WOW!, go for a Black and Tan Ice Cream Float made with Bison Brewing’s Organic Chocolate Stout

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(Jennifer’s Catering, Keith Pitts Photography)

For an elegant affair, champagne topped with blackberries and Fleur-two-lis toffee would make an amazing one last dance treat

Goody Twos Toffee

 (Goody Twos Toffee Company, Keith Pitts Photography)

Images by Keith Pitts are from a styled shoot in our Winter Spring 2013 issue, conceptualized by Amina Michelle of Some Like it Classic Wedding and Event Design.

For more information on the caterers featured here, visit our website.

Happy Planning from your Arizona Wedding Blog!

Kelly

 

 

 

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