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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
Dec
The Phoenix Bride & Groom Winter Spring 2017 Issue!
categories: Wedding Inspiration, Wedding Resources

It’s our favorite time of the year for so many reasons but the release of our Winter Spring 2017 issue of Phoenix Bride & Groom tops our list this year. We’re incredibly proud to share our magazine with you- it’s filled with wedding planning advice, real Arizona weddings, and the insane talents of our Elite Circle wedding professionals. Enjoy!

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Phoenix Bride & Groom Winter/Spring Cover Shoot Team:

Location: Arizona Biltmore, A Waldorf Astoria Resort
Photographer: Christine Johnson Photography
Fashion stylist: Risa Kostis of Ristyle Consulting
Assistant: Kelly Stoneman
Gown(cover): Schaffer’s
Makeup artist: Corinna Bertram
Floral: Brady’s Floral Gallery
Video: Something New Media Weddings
Assistant: Whitney Rammer
Hair stylist: Amber Tillinghast
Groom attire and shoes: Magro
Jewelry: The Estate Watch & Jewelry Company
Models: Lia and Matthew of The Agency Arizona

Pick up copies of Phoenix Bride & Groom at any of these locations | Website | Download our Digital Magazine!

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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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22
Dec
Real Arizona Wedding: A New Years Eve Wedding in Scottsdale
categories: destination weddings and honeymoons, fabulous reception sites, floral inspiration, for your ceremony, Grooms, health and beauty, real weddings, reception ideas, Scottsdale Weddings, Wedding Inspiration

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Location:
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Classic Party Rentals

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Erin and Jason’s New Years Eve Wedding wasn’t just about the date- their personal style and their intention behind their wedding location and details make it the best kind of New Year’s Eve wedding you could ask for. Well, and the fact that there was a “club” reception!

Erin explains: Our goal was always to create a enchanted, unforgettable and fun party for our guests. New Year’s brings its own magic including Celebration, Reflection, Renewal and New Beginnings. And we chose this day because we knew without a doubt that our guests would be down to party- we like to party! 

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We get the feeling that Jason and the dog are best buds, like, for real.

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Erin’s Southwest inspired bouquet was comprised of Veronica, air plants, silver dollar eucalyptus, lotus pods, ostrich feathers, fern curls, statice, and mint; she didn’t want a bouquet that was uniform in structure- instead she wanted it to match her vision of a New Years Eve wedding that was ethereal with a feeling of cohesive chaos.

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New Years Eve Wedding Ceremony: The Magic started early when we found out it would be the coldest day of the year in Scottsdale (and maybe even in a decade). We saw rain, fog and eventually snow but that didn’t stop us. We tented the ceremony lawn last minute and included warm hot toddies, heaters and shawls to keep our guests comfortable.

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New Years Eve Wedding Cocktails and Dinner: Cocktail hour included Simply Three Trio rocking the Beatles, Coldplay and Soundgarden while dinner had a lot of lush greenery, candlelight and well thought out food stations, each an ode to a city we hold dear: Venice Beach Taqueria, Windy City Sliders, Big Easy Chocolate Bar (no cake, we LOVE CHOCOLATE)!

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New Years Eve Wedding Reception & PARTY: What would a New Year’s Eve wedding be without a legit party? After dinner, guests were on the move when we opened the doors to the “Club Millz After Party” which ushered guests down a red carpet towards a bouncer checking ID’s. Think: “Grandma, you don’t look 21”! As a surprise to our guests, we DJ’ed from 11 to midnight, announcing the New Year with those we love surrounding us in celebration! 

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This crowd knows how to work a photobooth!

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As you can tell, Erin and Jason’s New Years Eve wedding was a crazy good time. The party kept jamming until 2AM… guests could sit on plush lounge chairs or get up and dance on the light up (think Saturday night fever) dance floor! We passed out masquerade masks just before mid-night, an ode to the city where we met, New Orleans. 

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Erin and Jason, thank you for sharing your “cohesive chaos” New Years Eve wedding with us and CONGRATULATIONS!

To see this wedding feature on our website, click here

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21
Apr
Real Arizona Wedding: Elisia and Keath’s Sunny Scottsdale Destination Wedding
categories: bridal fashions, cakes and sweets, destination weddings and honeymoons, fabulous reception sites, floral inspiration, for your ceremony, photography, real weddings, reception ideas, Wedding Inspiration

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Photographer: Katrina Wallace Photographers

Location: Four Seasons Resort Scottsdale at Troon North

Rentals: Classic Party Rentals

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Most of Elisia and Keath’s guests flew in from the East Coast and they thoroughly enjoyed the sun-filled wedding weekend at Four Seasons Scottsdale at Troon North; the couple incorporated Jewish traditions along with some sentimental touches that made the entire celebration very special.

The fresh color palette of peach, pink and coral was set beautifully against cooler tones of green from succulents and the guys’ blue and gray attire.

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As you can see, Elisia has a mega-watt smile and we love it!

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Elisia’s gown is so gorgeous! Here’s what she says about the designer: My gown was custom made by Mira Zwillinger, an Israeli designer…the dress was a dream and it was as meaningful to me that it was crafted by someone from the country that is so important to my and my husband’s lives.

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Jewish tradition says that the chuppah must have a cover so Elisia used her mother’s lace mantilla veil from her own wedding; We also used my father’s tallis (prayer shawl) in the ceremony. Because my father had passed away just a few years before our wedding, this was an intensely personal, sentimental detail to everyone in our family, and it reminded us all that his presence was truly missed, but he was not forgotten.

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Guests dined under the stars by candlelight and indulged in Bluefin Tuna Cannelloni Tar tare with Cucumber Seaweed Salad, Honey-Soy Glazed Chilean Sea Bass and Three Melon Salsa, Wild Mushroom Quinoa Risotto with Truffle Oil, and Buttered Heirloom Carrots. Elisia tells us that she and Keath found the risotto recipe and asked the chef at Four Seasons to make it- he obliged and it was so good it’s now offered on their catering menu!

After our beautifully designed and delicious wedding cake was cut (it was white chocolate raspberry with Chambord and fresh raspberries), it was time to party! We led our guests to Proof bar at the resort, where some serious dancing ensued, beginning with a hilariously choreographed surprise flash mob, led by my sister and the rest of bridal party and joined in by over 40 guests as they serenaded Keath and me to “Say A Little Prayer for Me,” from My Best Friend’s Wedding.

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Congratulations Elisia and Keath and thank you for sharing your wedding day with us!

(To see even more of this wedding, visit our online feature or pick up a copy of our Winter Spring issue)

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16
Jan
Real Arizona Wedding: Krystal and Alan’s Scottsdale Soiree
categories: cakes and sweets, fabulous reception sites, real weddings, reception ideas, Wedding Inspiration

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Ceremony and Reception Venue: The Clayton on the Park :: Cinematography: Serendipity Cinematography :: Gown: Gigi Bridal

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Photographer: Eyeshot Photography :: Wedding planner: Julie Hurt :: Cake: Lovely Little Cake Shop :: Ceremony Musicians: Allegro Quartet :: DJ: SKM EntertainmentBlogthinline-1

Krystal and Alan’s wedding day was one of pure fun and happiness- you’ll see them cracking each other up throughout the day and we kind of adore that!

Choosing THE gown: As a child I was very high maintenance and would always dress up. I always wanted to wear a pretty dress, have my hair done, wear gloves, etc. no matter where I went. As I grew older I became more simple. When looking for a dress I didn’t really know what I was looking for besides wanting a dress that would be simple and elegant and definitely not a ball gown! When I saw my wedding dress, I joked with my cousin Gabi and my mom and said, “This is the dress 5-year-old Krystal would wear to the wedding.” For fun, mom and I decided to try the dress on to definitely rule out the ball gown look. However, I was pleasantly surprised and loved the dress. All the dresses I tried on from there on out I kept comparing to my dress.

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Favorite memory: This is a tough question. I had a lot of favorite moments with family, friends, and Alan. I would say one of my favorite moments with Alan was during the getting ready process. I had just finished getting my hair and make-up done when I heard a knock at the door. I thought it may be the hair and make-up artist, my bridesmaids, or my mom. Lo and behold when I opened the door it was Alan. We were both shocked/excited/overwhelmed/happy to share a moment of privacy together. It was definitely a pre-look before the first look on accident.

We love the idea of the bridesmaids holding these cute signs for the first look

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Krystal’s mom had a custom poster made for the ceremony by a New York artist and an iron cross made by a Tucson craftsman; Krystal wore a U of A garter as a nod to the place where she and Alan met.

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The reception decor, which was modern like the venue, was given a romantic touch with roses in shades of pink; silver and crystal accents made the room shine; the spectacular 3 tier cake was adorned with silver pearls for texture (so pretty, right?).

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Uplighting and a custom gobo made the room feel like a party…the couple’s fun attitude helped too!

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We’re proponents for wedding video/cinematography and this video is a stellar example from Serendipity Cinematography for why you’ll want photo AND video at your wedding!

Congratulations Krystal and Alan and thank you for sharing your wedding day with us!

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