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14
Jul
Rachel & David’s Spring Wedding in the Desert
categories: bridal fashions, fabulous reception sites, floral inspiration, real weddings, reception ideas, Scottsdale Weddings, Wedding Inspiration

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Rachel and David’s spring wedding in the desert was one gorgeous affair! The couple, whose guests were mostly from out of town, planned a wedding with the desert in mind including a pretty color palette of copper and rose gold; succulents, paired with large pink peonies and peach roses, were everywhere—as it should be when planning a wedding in Arizona! Enjoy their perfect day at El Chorro, in the heart of Paradise Valley:

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Spring Wedding in the Desert | Thoughtful Details: Rachel and David’s wedding had so many sweet and thoughtful touches. From David surprising Rachel with a London blue Topaz ring (the couple intends for it to become a family heirloom), to the locket that first belonged to David’s great-great grandfather that was presented to David by his brother/best man during a toast, to Rachel using her great-grandmother’s handbag, the couple focused on family and tradition in the most beautiful ways.

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Spring Wedding in the Desert | Favorite Moment: Seeing each other for the first time was our favorite memory as a couple (we did our first look prior to the ceremony). Walking down the aisle with my father was also a very special moment and the most emotional for me.

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Spring Wedding in the Desert | The Ceremony: The ceremony took place in El Chorro’s Herb Garden—a sweet and intimate place to exchange vows. Rachel and David planned a “desert chic garden party” wedding so the atmosphere was a perfect fit; rose petals lined the aisle, greenery was draped across the last row of chairs, saguaro cactus skeletons framed the altar, and an artful design of roses, succulents, and cacti finished off the look.

Rachel recalls: I love cacti and succulents and wanted both incorporated into soft, romantic floral arrangements along with my favorite flowers: peonies, ranunculus, and David Austin roses. The desert sunset was the inspiration for our wedding colors, and blush became the focal color along with rose gold and copper accents.

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Spring Wedding in the Desert | Cocktail Hour: Guests enjoyed prickly pear margaritas and contemporary music during cocktail hour then headed to the South Lawn for a family style Southern-inspired dinner.

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Spring Wedding in the Desert |  The Reception: The reception was at El Chorro’s South Lawn—the venue provides a beautiful space for intimate weddings with the most spectacular views of Mummy Mountain. We love Rachel’s description of the table: shimmery blush linens, antique pink glassware, copper and rose gold accents (provided by the chairs), chargers, and flatware, and the beautiful greenery with soft flowers and candles down the center all took my breath away. The antique furniture located at the outdoor fireplaces was so elegant and inviting to our guests to sit together and socialize throughout the evening.

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Spring Wedding in the Desert | The Sugar: Rachel and David’s adoration for the desert extended to their choice of cake and sweets as well! Cactus themed sugar cookies and mini-cupcakes flanked the almond strawberry and pink velvet half-dressed wedding cake that also bore a prickly pear cactus pad.

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Spring Wedding in the Desert | Vendor Love: A big reason I chose El Chorro was because of Lindsey Rendon, their event sales manager. She is just lovely and so accommodating. I had a great experience touring the venue with her and loved all the outdoor space. El Chorro has beautiful landscaping and desert terrain, which is exactly what we wanted. A Day to Cherish is one of El Chorro’s preferred vendors, and I read great reviews online. After speaking with Stephanie over the telephone, I knew she was the right person for the job. She is just so sweet, easy going, and fun to work with. She and Lindsey were both a godsend.

Guests enjoyed dancing until the wee hours in the Classroom Bar that is an extension of the South Lawn area at the venue; florist Butterfly Petals softened the western decor and adorned the taxidermy with flower crowns (so clever!).

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Rachel and David, congratulations and thank you so much for sharing your spring wedding in the desert wedding with us!

Wedding Professionals Who Help You Wed in Style

Wedding Venue: El Chorro

Wedding Planner: A Day to Cherish

Florist: Butterfly Petals

Bridal Shop: Schaffer’s

Hotel Accommodations: Omni Scottsdale Resort & Spa at Montelucia

Rentals: Classic Party Rentals

Explore our complete list of Elite Circle members

Photographer: Pinkerton Photography | Cake: Ruze Cake House | Linens: La Tavola | Makeup/Hair: Kensington Makeup | Rentals: Prim Rentals, Fancy Lou, Petal Pusher, Event Rents

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14
Aug
Great Find: Love Affair Diamonds
categories: favor and gift ideas, Wedding Inspiration

When I was a little girl, my very worldly and quite stoic grandmother told me she had a secret she wanted to share with me. Being that she wasn’t much for silliness, I wasn’t sure what I was about to hear (this is the grandmother, after all, who took me to McDonald’s for lunch, clearly a place she had never stepped foot in prior to that day, and suggested I order a hot dog. No, McDonald’s didn’t serve hot dogs back then…I think this was her attempt at relating to my generation. Ha ha!). But my grandmother became quite cool in my eyes after she shared her secret. She said, rather sternly, “Kelly, NEVER forget this: diamonds are a girl’s best friend.” This sentiment resonated with me because she was a survivor. She was the single parent of 6 boisterous boys and a teacher who supported herself and traveled the world obsessively. She was far more interesting than she was sweet and I loved her.

Why am I telling you this story? Because when I saw the rings from Love Affair Diamonds, they reminded me of the style and quality of jewelry my grandmother would wear. She didn’t skimp on her accessories and she appreciated diamonds like no other woman I’ve met in my life.

Love Affair Diamonds does a few unique things that will catch your attention: they restore one-of-a-kind heirlooms, they design pieces that are a modern take on classic vintage elements, and they’ve just launched their “Try Before You Buy” program. We’re in love and you’re sure to be too!

This is the Chloe solitaire setting in 18k yellow gold– we’re swooning over the intricate design

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One of the most unique things about Love Affair Diamonds is their revolutionary “Try Before You Buy” policy which launched June 1, 2015. Founder Erica created this one of a kind program in collaboration with jewelry designer and artist Caysie van Bebber, allowing brides and grooms peace of mind when choosing a wedding ring that will last a lifetime. Never before has an opportunity like this existed. LAD’s “TBYB” program is simple, convenient and straightforward. Interested parties pay a refundable deposit and like that, they are shipped a sample ring(s) for consideration. A pre-authorization of the replacement cost of the setting and a basic shipping charge is put on the individual’s credit card. They return the ring(s) within three days from the receipt date and the replacement cost is refunded, less the shipping charge. The shipping charge is waived with a setting order.

Love Affair Diamonds’ most popular halo style-the Bella halo setting in platinum and rose gold– is pretty gorgeous!

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This is a vintage reproduction antique cushion cut diamond and calibre cut sapphire ring and it’s pure luxury

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Sophie and Julia are the two most popular solitaire settings

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(Sophie)

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(Julia)

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(Lisette halo setting in 18k yellow gold and platinum, paired with the Alexandria french cut diamond eternity band in 18k gold)

The bands from Love Affair Diamonds are spectacular; yellow gold diamond eternity bands and platinum diamond eternity bands can accompany a more traditional engagement ring or stand on their own just fine

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Of course Love Affair Diamonds has all kinds of jewelry that would be perfect for your wedding. These are some of our faves:

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Love Affair Diamonds also works with loose diamonds like this beauty, a 1.74ct Old European Cut Diamond

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Many of the pieces are one-of-a-kind so once they’re sold, they’re gone for good, but luckily Love Affair Diamonds owner and founder Erica Derout is obsessed with her work and she is constantly acquiring new pieces. Some are disassembled and made into new designs and some maintain their original design. Check out the collection online at LoveAffairDiamonds.com

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6
Jan
Wedding Trend: Copper and Rose Gold
categories: cakes and sweets, favor and gift ideas, floral inspiration, real weddings, reception ideas, Sedona, Trends, Wedding Inspiration

Metallics have been the shining star of wedding decor for a few years now and while we’re definitely seeing silver making a comeback, we don’t want to skip over the “other” metals that are catching our eye- copper and rose gold. Copper, with it’s warm and neutral hue, is huge for wedding decor and rose gold is that perfect sparkly touch of fancy pants pink. Here are some inspiration pics that just might make you a fan of these lovely metallic tones- enjoy!

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(Photo: Elyse Hall Photography)

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(Photo: Jasmine Starr, Set Stylist: In the Now Weddings, Floral: Butterfly Petals)

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(Photo: Hagerty Photography)

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(Photo: Elyse Hall Photography)

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(Menu: Celebrations in Paper, Location: The Phoenician, Floral: Brady’s Floral Gallery, Photo: Amy and Jordan Photography,  Stylist: Imoni Events)

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(Photo: Elyse Hall Photography)

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(Photo: Sedona Bride Photographers, Rentals: Classic Party Rentals, Linens: Wildflower Linens, Floral and Decor: Events by Show Stoppers)

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Rose gold is a natural for wedding rings and bridal accessories but it adds a warm and elegant touch to wedding decor at receptions too

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(Photo: Elyse Hall Photography)

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(Photo: Melissa Jill Photography)

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(Photo: Hollye Schumacher Photography)

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(Photo: Elyse Hall Photography)

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(Photo: Elyse Hall Photography, Floral: Butterfly Petals)

We’re looking forward to seeing even more copper and rose gold in Arizona’s 2015 weddings, aren’t you?

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