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29
Aug
Bright Garden Wedding Inspiration | Tempe Mission Palms
categories: fabulous reception sites, floral inspiration, for your ceremony, photography, reception ideas, Wedding Inspiration, what's hot in rentals

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Wedding planning doesn’t always begin with a theme but often one emerges as you choose your colors, stationery, textures and venue (that’s the fun part after all!) and if you like the idea of your wedding being a bright and happy affair in a location that offers both warm intimacy and an energetic central location, this bright garden wedding inspiration shoot at Tempe Mission Palms is exactly what you’re looking for.

Bright Garden Wedding Inspiration: At the heart of this photo shoot is this idea: you don’t necessarily need all the fluff. By upgrading a few of the key elements such as furniture, linen, chairs and flowers, the space can easily be transformed and couples can have the one of a kind and inspirational wedding. We completely agree because many times, couples think that without a huge budget, they can’t have a stand-out wedding but that just isn’t true. A few well-chosen pieces will elevate your wedding design to something memorable and super pretty!

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Bright Garden Wedding Inspiration: The Flowers: The bride’s bouquet is a garden inspired masterpiece that includes Pink Floyd roses, coral charm peonies, orange ranunculus, red-orange pincushion protea, yellow tulips, bright orange spray roses, and green trick dianthus plus about 10 other flowers!

One other detail that caught our eye right away was the bride’s nails—they’re bridal-ish and so fun (P.S. they’re from Jamberry)!

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Bright Garden Wedding Inspiration | The Ceremony: The Pool Terrace at Tempe Mission Palms has an urban backdrop that includes downtown Tempe, the historic Hayden Flower Mill, and the iconic “A” Mountain. Nowhere else in Arizona do you get such a unique view!

The ceremony was set with a beautifully dressed table, loads of bright flowers, and a moss covered ampersand (the “&” symbol) on the mantle above. A green moss sheet was wrapped around the base of the fireplace (love this so much!) while succulent terrariums and gold-rimmed candle holders finished the look.

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Bright Garden Wedding Inspiration | The Look: Groom Johnny wore a custom bow tie and slim fit tan tuxedo while Savannah, the bride, wore a gorgeous bridal gown provided by Laurie’s Bridal (it’s a Private Label Designer dress). She completed her look with a delicate accent flower piece in her hair which went perfectly with the bright garden wedding theme.

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Bright Garden Wedding Inspiration | The Lounge: The hotel’s mission style architecture, hanging ivy, and statuesque fireplace in the Courtyard Patio create a comfy and chic sitting area. A lounge guests will flock to was created by using a combination of vintage, retro, and modernly elegant furniture pieces—we especially love the blue fabrics mixed with the gold metal accents.

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Because Tempe Mission Palms is a pet friendly hotel, the Arizona Animal Welfare League partnered with us to incorporate a rescue animal. Chandler, a playful cocker spaniel puppy, quickly became the eye of attention. He’s since been adopted but he certainly created some fun and sweet moments during the shoot. 

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Bright Garden Wedding Inspiration | The Reception: The table set for twelve was nestled between two large trees in the courtyard; the modern garden design began with sophisticated French Blue Shantung linens, Blush Lamour napkins, and Bella Fleur gold chameleon chairs with ivory cushion caps. Suspended above the table was a twelve foot long birch branch strung with eucalyptus and hanging clear glass terrariums. These details have the effect of making the whole space feel very intimate—perfect for a wedding!

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Bright Garden Wedding Inspiration | The Stationery: Stationer Rene Showalter of Celebrations in Paper created a slightly whimsical and very colorful wedding stationery suite for the shoot; the invitations, table numbers, and menu all incorporated a bright watercolor flower motif that paired beautifully with the bold floral arrangements and stylish place settings.

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Bright Garden Wedding Inspiration | The Tablescape: One take-away from this shoot is that blending textures is a great way to make an impact! You see this especially with the centerpiece design which uses a green moss runner, over-sized clear glass vases, moss orbs, and succulent terrariums with black river stones. Guests sitting at this table will adore the energetic vibe!

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Bright Garden Wedding Inspiration | A Delightful Bonus: Couples planning their wedding in Arizona may be surprised to learn that the gold chargers, china, glassware and flatware featured in this shoot are part of Tempe Mission Palms’ wedding packages!

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Bright Garden Wedding Inspiration | The Cake: A generous dusting of gold flakes and a sleek white ribbon band make this cake quite lovely but the addition of the flowers and greenery take it to the next level!

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Bright Garden Wedding Inspiration | The Venue: Tempe Mission Palms is considered the hidden gem of Tempe, AZ. The hotel is located right off of Mill Avenue and has six different options for ceremony and cocktail receptions along with three options for both indoor and outdoor reception spaces. The flexible options are endless and the planning is up to your imagination!

The hotel includes as complimentary in all of their packages: a garden backdrop, lounge furniture, cocktail tables, cake table, dance floor, dining tables, choice of dining chair, gold chargers, china, glassware and flatware.

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We hope the pretty details, creative design ideas, and brilliant pops of color from this bright garden wedding inspiration shoot inspire you to choose some details to focus on to make your wedding memorable!

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Venue: Tempe Mission Palms

Photographer: Fully Alive Photography

Stationery: Celebrations in Paper

Linens: Classic Party Rentals (Phoenix)

Bridal Gown: Laurie’s Bridal

Explore our complete list of Elite Circle membersDesigner: Stylish Events By Lisa |  Flowers: PJ’s Flowers | Furniture: Vintage Chic | Cake: Sugarlips Cakery | Dog: Arizona Animal Welfare League | Jewelry: Claudia’s Custom Jewelry | Tuxedo: Celebrity Tux and Tails | Hair and Make Up: Courtney Ness Footitt | Nails: Jamberry | Lighting: Audio Visual Management Solutions

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

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2
Dec
Katie & Marc’s Outdoor Engagement Session in Arizona
categories: Engagement

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Sometimes you hear a couple’s story and you just know they’re extra special. Katie and Marc’s story is one of those stories. Fully Alive Photography, an Elite Circle photographer who seems to have a knack for bringing out the most natural and pure beauty in people, photographed the couple for their outdoor engagement session in Arizona and we love it!

For today’s post, we’re mostly going to let the couple tell their story because we wouldn’t do it justice.

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How did you meet? We met working at Starbucks at Rural and Baseline in Tempe in 2002…there weren’t any sparks at that point. I wasn’t interested in a relationship (much less Marc) because I had my heart set on going overseas to serve people living in poverty and do humanitarian work. As for Marc, he was really content as a single. And while he may have had some interest in me, he knew I wanted to go overseas and he certainly didn’t want to get in the way of that. Before I left the US, Marc gave me his email address so I could send him my newsletters. So for years, our only communication was me sending out mass email newsletters from the Middle East and West Africa. 

I returned to the US in 2013. I knew it would be a difficult transition coming back to the US, but I thought I’d be fine. I had already spent years traveling the world and living in other countries as a single woman. How hard would America be? But I had no idea what I was in for. Marc, on the other hand, knew. He had seen how other people struggled when they came back from serving overseas. So he committed to pray for me—even though we hadn’t seen each other in nearly a decade.

So as I navigated the traumatic terrain of reverse culture shock, heartbreak, and loss over the next year, Marc faithfully prayed for me and emailed me encouragement in the form of written prayers, stories from his life, Bible verses, and links to songs. I can’t tell you how many times I would read one of Marc‘s emails in which he shared just the thing I needed to hear or confirmed just what I was sensing from God. I could tell Marc was special, and that he had a really close relationship with God. And that was attractive. I eventually got up the nerve to email and tell him I was interested in him—romantically—and that if it was mutually, he should do something about it!

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What is your favorite thing about each other? Katie: For me, it’s what I first found attractive in him: his obedience and faithfulness to God. Marc: I most like her capacity to feel deeply.

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Katie and Marc’s Outdoor Engagement Session in Arizona took place at Tempe Center for the Arts and Tempe Town Lake- the couple says the locations represent many things about us: our love for Tempe, music, and modern architecture.

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The Proposal: The couple went out for a fancy meal to celebrate their 2 year anniversary but ended up being stuck for hours on the freeway due to an accident and eating at Chipotle instead (they are having Chipotle cater their wedding as a nod to this special anniversary!) . So, the next day, we met up to walk through a large city park. Marc was determined to find the perfect spot. So for the next two hours, we wandered the park as he insisted we needed to find the right spot to sit down so he could stretch. It was a legitimate excuse. He was recovering from a mild running injury, and I knew he’d been instructed to stretch multiple times a day.

Did I know that a proposal was coming? Well, I did think, Maybe he’ll propose. I knew it was bound to come at some point over the next few months. But honestly, I didn’t think this was the day. So I took his insistence on finding THE right spot as a challenge. After all, my guy is really particular when he knows what he’s looking for. We would most certainly find it. And we did find it. Well, nearly. We sat down in front of a parking lot underneath a dying arbor and he started telling me how thankful he is for me and about how much we had grown over the past two years, and I thought, “Oh, he’s being so sweet for our 2 year anniversary!”

Then, after a pause, he said, “Nope, this isn’t the right spot.” It was true. I was kind of afraid that spiders might start falling from the dead vine above us. So we backtracked about 50 yards to a nearby fountain in the sunshine and THAT was the perfect spot where he simply said, “You want to marry me, right?” “Are you asking me to marry you?” I asked. And he had the biggest smile on his face as he said, “Yes!” and got down on one kneed and formally asked.

Later, he said, “It may not have been very romantic, but I hope it was memorable.” Memorable, yes. And it WAS romantic!

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How did you choose Fully Alive Photography for your outdoor engagement session in Arizona? Choosing Fully Alive Photography was one of our very first decisions in the whole wedding planning process (technically, our first decision was cupcakes; second was deciding on Fully Alive Photography). We had seen a lot of Tracy’s work and we loved her style and artistry. As we’ve gotten to know her, we’ve also seen how naturally she creates beauty and fun all around her. We knew we were hiring the best photographer who would help us relax and have fun during our photo sessions, as well as really capture our personalities as individuals and as a couple.

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Ideal Date Night: Sunset on the patio of Postino’s Annex—me drinking a white wine and Marc eating a bowl of fresh potato chips while listening to a retro playlist.

We love the quiet strength Katie and Marc exude. There’s no frills, no fuss. Just a closeness and love that is sort of…ethereal (the gorgeous glowing sun that Tracy expertly captured doesn’t hurt either!).

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Katie and Marc, our hearts are full- we thank you for sharing your story and photos with us and we wish you much love and happiness on your wedding day (and every day thereafter)!

Outdoor engagement session in Arizona photos taken by: Fully Alive Photography

Phoenix Bride & Groom, your complete Arizona wedding planning resource

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6
Apr
Real Arizona Wedding: Ali and John
categories: cakes and sweets, fabulous reception sites, real weddings, Wedding Inspiration

Today’s Real Wedding is one gorgeous fete- Ali and John chose pink and grey accented with pearls and lace for their decor and you will see, it’s very classy (not overly girly), and their bridal party was just too fun!

Check out this stylish and modern wedding

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The First Look: Once I was ready and in my dress my sister walked me out to a bridge to meet John for pictures. He was turned around while I walked out to see him. It was great to see each other and have a quiet moment with just us 2. Little did we know that his 2 older sisters and his niece were watching the whole thing from a bench hiding in the mountains!

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This smart couple rode to the church separately. Ali tells us her strategy: I wanted to drive separate from John so we could have some time alone before the ceremony…on the way to the church my sister and I snacked on a Paradise sandwich and cookie. I always heard brides don’t eat and by the end of the night are starving and exhausted and I wanted to go all night.

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Ali says (regarding the ceremony), The whole time I felt like it was just me and John and Ryan (the pastor).

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I really love Ali’s cute expression in this picture

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Fun bridal party pics

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Special moments: During our first dance I was so into spending it with John that I didn’t even realize our bridal party was signing along to “I Won’t Give Up on Us”.  After dinner our DJ played a game with us that got people to the dance floor. What I didn’t know was that the groomsmen were starting it off with a “Gangnam Style” dance they practiced the night before. It got everyone to the dance floor, young and old.

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The couple treated guests to a late-night gelato bar- yum! Phoenix Bride and Groom_Real Arizona Wedding_Spring_The Buttes_Pinkerton Photography_ Allison and John (21) Phoenix Bride and Groom_Real Arizona Wedding_Spring_The Buttes_Pinkerton Photography_ Allison and John (22)

The Honeymoon: Maui, Hawaii

Advice: Don’t overplan. You are marrying the person you love, so the details really don’t matter….and if you can, hire someone to do the heavy lifting of the planning.

Congratulations Ali and John and thank you for sharing your day with us!

Ali and John’s Real Arizona Wedding Team:

Ceremony Site: Day Spring United Methodist Church

Reception Site: Phoenix Marriott Tempe at The Buttes

Photographer: Pinkerton Photography

Florist: Table Tops, Etc

Cake: Sugarlips

Gelato Bar: Gelato 64

Entertainment: Got You Covered

Invitations: Tiny Prints

Bridal Gown: Watters at Mariee Gallery

Bridesmaid Dresses: Bill Levkoff at Lillian and Lottie Couture

Makeup Artist: Nars, Lillian Fogel

Rehearsal Dinner: Cafe Boa

Officiant: Ryan Gear

 

 

 

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