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3
Jun
Kaila and Kyle’s Glam DIY Wedding at Sassi
categories: entertainment, fabulous reception sites, floral inspiration, real weddings, reception ideas, Scottsdale Weddings, Wedding Inspiration

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Kaila and Kyle (seriously, such a gorgeous couple) said “I DO” at the stunning Sassi in North Scottsdale among dear friends and family. We’re calling their wedding a Glam DIY Wedding because while they decided not to hire a wedding planner, they still had gorgeous professional looking details; highlights include luscious coral peonies, beautifully hand-painted wooden signs and pops of shimmering gold. 

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Those bouquets!

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A Glam DIY Wedding Ceremony: The desert venue doesn’t disappoint when it comes to intimate moments, picturesque views, delicious food and beautiful photo ops…the centerpiece of Kaila and Kyle’s ceremony was an arch complete with lush floral and hanging crystals that framed the couples nuptials perfectly.

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Kaila recalls: The day of our wedding was supposed to have consistent rain from morning until evening. While we were getting ready there was thunder and severe rain. When we finally arrived at the venue, my bridal party and I realized we forgot my wedding dress at the hotel. Omg! However, we all just kept rolling with the punches. By the time the wedding started the sun actually came out…we had the most beautiful outdoor ceremony and I even remember hummingbirds flying around.

Our favorite part of the wedding was seeing each other for the first time. We had debated if we wanted to do a first look and I’m so glad we didn’t. There was something about being traditional that made it very special when I walked down the isle. We were both so happy to see one another.

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A Glam DIY Wedding Reception: We had a clear vision of how we wanted everything to look and feel. This made it easier for us to focus our time on the details. By spending time on details and special touches our personalities were able to shine through.

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Photos from Kaila and Kyle’s parents’ houses were placed on the mantle in the private Sassi room which added a very comforting vibe; regarding dinner, Kaila tells us, “Our menu was three courses and consisted of an antipasto salad, hand rolled cavatelli pasta with short rib, and seasonal white fish and filet mignon. It was important for us to have amazing food and Sassi definitely delivered. We had many of our guest comment on how delicious the food was!”

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A sparkler send-off was fitting for this glam DIY wedding!

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Congratulations Kaila and Kyle and thank you for sharing your Glam DIY Wedding with us!

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Photographer: Rachel Solomon :: Floral: Flowers by Jodi :: Gown: Kaira’s Bridal and Tuxedo :: Bridemaids Dresses: Brides by Demetrios :: Menswear: Men’s Warehouse :: Cake: Let Them Eat Cake :: Rentals: You Can’t Beat This

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9
Dec
Southwest Sophistication Part 2: The Ceremony
categories: bridal fashions, floral inspiration, for your ceremony, from the consultants, Scottsdale Weddings, the paper chase

Our Southwest Sophistication wedding inspiration continues (did you miss Part 1: The Rehearsal Dinner?) with the styled shoot of the wedding ceremony; this event has that unmistakable elegant desert color palette of turquoise, grey, and dusty green paired with sparkling metallic elements.

This wooden wedding invitation designed by Page & Mason Invitations has started a mini invitation revolution- owner Amy Wallace has had many inquiries about it since this shoot was seen in the Summer Fall 2013 issue of Phoenix Bride & Groom!

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Shoot Concept, Stylist: Victoria Canada Weddings & Events :: Photographer: Cameron & Kelly Studio :: Location: El Chorro Lodge :: Floral Design: Petal Pusher :: Gown: Schaffer’s Bridal :: Suit: Mr. Formal :: Linens: La Tavola Fine Linen Rental :: Rentals: Classic Party Rentals :: Cake: Inspired Sugar :: Cinematographer: Serendipity Cinematography :: Paper Products: Page & Mason Invitations :: Tableware: PrimaDonna Boutique :: Hair Stylist: Amber Tillinghast :: Makeup Artist: Corinna Cooke Makeup Artist :: Models: Elizabeth and Douglas of The Agency Arizona

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The view of Camelback Mountain from the event lawn is pretty spectacular; wood and iron design pieces are modernized with a chevron petal aisle treatment. The submerged cacti are a cool way to decorate the space with a nod to the natural surround. A bit of peach warms it all up!

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4
Nov
Meet Our Friends: Sterling Weddings
categories: for your ceremony, Meet Our Friends, Scottsdale Weddings, Sedona Weddings

When we think about planning a wedding, we start at the beginning- the dress, the photographer and the venue, right? Wrong! The whole reason you are planning the biggest and possibly most expensive event of your life is for the ceremony! Often, and I can’t blame you, engaged couples get wrapped up in the “fun” decisions that need to be made like the colors, the food, the flowers and the cake but the most important part of the day is when you actually make the commitment to spend your life together as one. Your ceremony is, as Reverend Shanandoah Sterling says, the “heartbeat” of the entire day.

Shanandoah Sterling (owner of Sterling Weddings) and I chatted recently about her work and I don’t think I can quite express to you you how much I would want her to be my officiant at my wedding if I could do it all over again. She knows what’s important and she makes sure you remember it amongst the hubbub of wedding planning. She centers people, works magic in the quiet moments and makes sure you feel completely connected to your ceremony. That’s saying a lot, isn’t it?

(Photo courtesy of: Sedona Bride Photographers)

(Photo courtesy of: Cameron Kelly Studios)

What makes Shanandoah special is the lengths she goes to make each ceremony a customized and thoughtful reflection of the couple. She encourages her couples to write personal vows, allows for couples to incorporate their unique traditions and cultures, asks the parents for words of wisdom to be used in the ceremony, and helps couples savor the engagement period. I especially liked her “keepsake vow booklet” idea. She takes all the literature (vows, readings, words of wisdom, blessings, etc.) that will be used in the ceremony and keeps them in one beautiful booklet; this is then given to the couple to keep after the wedding.

Shanandoah, who performs Native American ceremonies and is part Native American herself, allows couples to incorporate any traditions they see fit for their ceremony. If a non-Native American couple wants a Sage or Ring Blessing, they can have it because it is THEIR ceremony. Unfortunately, this concept seems so foreign to many other officiants. Perhaps one of the most touching ceremonies she performs is the Wedding Blanket ceremony. As the couple searches for a blanket for the ceremony, they must be represented individually and together in some aspect in the actual blanket. What a beautiful way to symbolize that the two people getting married are important on their own and as a couple.

(Photos courtesy of: Andrew Holman Photography)

(Photo courtesy of: Sedona Bride Photographers)

Your take-away from today’s blog is that you do not have to do anything in your ceremony other than give a verbal consent to marry but with a committed and flexible officiant like Shanandoah, you can make it yours in so many unique ways. The invitations, the linens, and the DJ all come second to the reason you are marrying each other. Make sure you align yourself with someone who truly understands that on a deep level.

To find out more about Shanandoah (who is based in Sedona but travels regularly to perform ceremonies in the Scottsdale area) and her unique ceremonies, please visit her website and blog. She is also a member of the Sedona Wedding Studio– a stellar group of wedding professionals you will want to check out for all things wedding.

I can’t wait to hear how you are going to make your ceremony special to you!

Chatting Soon~Kelly

 

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