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13
Sep
The Duchess: A Cocktail Truck for Special Events in Arizona
categories: trends in catering, Wedding Inspiration, what's hot in rentals

We delightfully stumbled upon a fun idea for weddings that we know you’ll love as much as we do: mobile cocktail trucks. We’re not talking food carts that serve beer. Nor are we talking about an ice cream truck that someone thought to mount a margarita machine on. No. Those are not for you, beautiful engaged couples. What we’re talking about is a fancy-schmancy (ish) mobile cocktail truck whose sole purpose is to serve in style and the only one you really need to know about, in Arizona at least, is “The Duchess”. She’s a sexy little champagne colored cocktail truck for special events in Arizona and she’s many things: pretty, fun, a bit sassy, and yes, functional. Want to know more? Read on to hear what co-owner Nicole Brown has to say about this lovely lady!

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The Duke Truck is the original mobile cocktail truck and he used to travel between Napa Valley and Arizona as the coolest cocktail truck for special events in Arizona. As you can imagine, that’s quite a trek so The Duke Truck’s owners went to France, found a twin, spiffed her up, and brought her back to Scottsdale. Aren’t we lucky?

Here’s The Duke Truck—The Duke and The Duchess are the same except for their color.

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(Photographer: Cheryl Nestico Photography)

How did you come up with the idea of having a cocktail truck for special events in Arizona and what is your background in bartending/event planning?

My husband and I love entertaining, and we really love wine and cocktails. We were having a party and were looking for a something to make it stand out. We looked at food trucks but didn’t feel like the trucks fit into the decor of the party, and wanted to serve cocktails not tacos. We were looking for something hip and vintage where you could really interact with the truck and people inside… But it didn’t exist. After an incredible journey through the countryside of Burgundy, France, we found an old butcher truck. We named him The Duke. The rest is history!

Are you able to set up at venues (like resorts) that have their own bartending services on site?

Yes. We work with all types of venues. Some require they own the entire staffing for events onsite. In that case we simply rent The Duke as a bar rental, set it up and their staff serves. We are very selective an only do this at high end venues to ensure a seamless experience for the client. Basically if you are in the love with the idea of having our trucks at your wedding we can work with the venue to make that happen!

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(Photographer: April Maura Photography)

Can you tell us about your packages for couples who are interested in having a cocktail truck for special events in Arizona?

We offer 3 different packages: Truck rental only, Cocktail Hour (1 staff for 2 hours) & Premium Royal service (Truck + Royal Staff for entire event). Most of the décor seen in our pictures are all part of the truck rental. All of our packages include bistro café lights, barstools, chalkboard, interior plants/décor, champagne bucket, vintage Marshall speaker for music, and our crown marquee sign. We work hand and hand with other vendors to add any décor that fits the design of the wedding, from fresh flowers to handmade cocktail menu signs, our trucks can fit any theme.

When did The Duchess join the Arizona market?

The newest member of our fleet, The Duchess, made her debut this spring 2017, after Shawn and I went on an adventure through Europe to find her. She is the color of champagne, and is the embodiment of Fabulous Sophistication. Our business has grown to the point where we need 1 truck dedicated to each of our 2 markets. The Duke will stay full time in Napa Valley, CA and The Duchess will live in Scottsdale, AZ. Our third truck, The Baron, will be retrofitted this fall 2017 and will travel! All of our trucks are Citroen HY Vans with the same dimensions, custom cabinets, chalkboard, marquee sign, and bistro café lights. The Duke and Duchess both have distinct personalities, however, they all share the vintage look, feel and experience clients are looking for and are guaranteed to make any event unforgettable.

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(Photographer: April Maura Photography)

(Photographer: April Maura Photography)

How far in advance should couples plan to book you?

I tell clients to book the minute they are sure they want the truck! We are now booking into the fall of 2018, and on popular dates I sometimes get 10 inquiries. The first to book locks it in…We only have one truck per market so if you want it then book it!

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(Photographer: C.M. Elle Studios, Planner: ROQUE Events)

Aren’t The Duke Truck and The Duchess just the best? We think they’re a great idea for a cocktail truck for special events in Arizona and we also think you should visit The Duke Truck to get more info! Call: (480) 748-1684 | Email: INFO@THEDUKETRUCK.COM

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

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23
Jun
Advice from Wedding Photographers | Phoenix, Arizona
categories: Meet Our Friends, photography, Tips and Advice, Wedding Inspiration

Everyone who gets married wants to love their wedding photos—even the couples who aren’t all that comfortable in the spotlight of the lens—so we asked the best photographers we know for their advice. It just makes sense to ask for advice from wedding photographers, doesn’t it? Here’s what Arizona’s Elite Circle photographers have to say about how to have a fabulous wedding day (which, if you hire a great photographer, will result in fabulous photos!):

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(Photographer: Depoy Studios)

Christina DePoy of DePoy Studios:

Hire your wedding photographer ASAP and get to work on your timeline before your wedding invitations go out.

No matter what happens on your wedding day—the cake does not show up, your dress does not fit, you have to kick a groomsman out at the last minute for being too drunk, or the DJ is super late—just remember that you are there to celebrate your love for one another, with the people who love you the most.

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(Photographer: Ben & Kelly Photography)

Ben and Kelly Koller of Ben & Kelly Photography

The best wedding photos are the most authentic ones—the ones that capture real moments throughout the day. The ones that bring them back to the wedding day and evoke that emotion all over again; Be yourself and let the day unfold as organically as possible.

Don’t make your wedding day all about the photos. Let your photos be all about the moments of the wedding day.

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(Photographer: Eyes 2 See)

Stuart Thurlkill of Eyes 2 See:

If you want to have amazing photographs make sure to book an engagement session. By having a trial run you are more relaxed and confident on your wedding day.

Warm smiles come from a full heart and intimate words; Share with all your guests how your heart is feeling.

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(Photographer: Fully Alive Photography, Location: Boojum Tree Hidden Gardens)

Tracy Battaglia of  Fully Alive Photography:

Be in love! Gaze into each other’s eyes, even when everyone is looking. Trust you did everything to your best ability, and on your wedding day, just be free. Truly be present.

Incorporate colors, details and landscapes that make you come alive.

To get even more advice from wedding photographers, click here!

Phoenix Bride & Groom, your complete Arizona wedding planning resource

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19
Apr
Personalize Your Wedding with Flowers
categories: floral inspiration, for your ceremony, reception ideas, Tips and Advice, Trends, Wedding Inspiration

We’re always looking for ways to help couples infuse their personalities into their weddings and May 1st- also known as May Day- is the perfect time to explore how you can personalize your wedding with flowers. We’re not talking about simply choosing your flowers for your wedding, we’re talking about connecting the memories that are evoked when you see and smell certain flowers to your wedding day decor. It’s been fun for us to explore this idea with our Elite Circle florists and we can’t wait to inspire you with their expertise!

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(Photo: Hagerty Photography, Floral: Your Event Florist)

Ways to Personalize Your Wedding with Flowers: Table Tops Etc.

Are there any flowers that, upon seeing and/or smelling them, trigger memories for you? 

When I was a little girl of 8 years old, I would collect lavender lilac from the big bushes outside my bedroom window and fill the vases for my mom in the kitchen. They were haphazardly displayed and browning on one side but I didn’t know they weren’t so perfect. I just loved the smell and the look! Massachusetts lilac bloom in the month of May so it was always a sign for me that the snow and our harsh winter was over. The sun was coming out and Spring was here! So in planning my wedding day, the first thing I did was order lilac for my bouquet. The fond memories of my childhood and the significance of that one flower were so powerful for me. Luckily, I was married in a month when I could get it! I remember the calm that I felt just before walking down the aisle when I stuck my nose in my bouquet and smelled the lilac. Immediate relaxation and happiness! So as a florist for the past 24 years, I think of that day and try to guide my couples to choose flowers that trigger fond memories. Weddings are stressful and hectic. I can help couples feel a calming and a sense of happiness by choosing a flower that will do this for them. 

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(Floral: Table Tops, Etc.)

What are some ways you’ve used flowers to personalize a wedding?

The bride’s dad, an Arizona cotton farmer, brought me a bundle of freshly picked cotton on the pod for her bouquet. She grew up on the farm so this was a sweet way to pay homage to her childhood (bouquet image not available but here are two examples of cotton in bouquets): 

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We are designing an all orange snapdragon vase for an Oregon bride whose grandmother had a large snapdragon bush in her yard- it will be placed at her ceremony table to bring back fond memories of her grandmother who has passed.

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(Photo via Design Sponge)

Texas girls love yellow roses (it’s the state flower)!  One of my brides had a beautiful all white bouquet and then we tucked a single “yellow rose of Texas” in the underside of the back of the bouquet.  She loved the smell and memories of her home state!

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One bride’s grandmother collected African Violets (they’re VERY hard to maintain) but we searched all over for small 3” pots to place at the cocktail hour in memory of her grandmother! 

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(Photo via World of Flowering Plants)

Ways to Personalize Your Wedding with Flowers: Your Event Florist

Are there any flowers that, upon seeing and/or smelling them, trigger memories for you? 

Lilacs hold a special place in owner Kevin Reed’s heart as they remind him of his late grandmother. His grandparents owned a farm in Indiana and his grandfather planted lilac bushes all over the farm because his grandma loved them so much. Now, every time Kevin smells lilacs he remembers all of the time he spent with his grandmother on their farm.

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(Photo via: Beautiful Flowers)

What are some ways you’ve used flowers to personalize a wedding?

Incorporating personal and meaningful florals, decorations and/or traditions into your wedding is always a wonderful idea. We love it when a bride wants her bouquet created with a loved one in mind because she will remember it forever and it also is so much more meaningful to her. Our advice for brides and grooms planning their wedding is to try to incorporate as many personal touches as possible so that your wedding reflects you as a couple and will be even more special for years to come.

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(Floral: Your Event Florist, Photo: Eyes 2 See Photography)

Once we embarked on this story, the Phoenix Bride & Groom staff’s floral memories came flooding back as well and we realized how powerful scent is when it comes to memory. We hope you’re inspired to personalize your wedding with flowers that trigger good memories so your wedding can feel extra special. Clearly, our Elite Circle florists know how to help you with that!

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

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22
Sep
Wedding Inspiration: Black and White Wedding Stationery Suite
categories: reception ideas, Scottsdale Weddings, the paper chase, Tips and Advice, Trends, Wedding Inspiration

Black and white weddings have an irresistible and classic appeal- the color combo is a neutral base from which a couple can add whatever pops of color they want while making all the details at a wedding coordinate. Various patterns and textures of black and white can be introduced and when it comes to the stationery suite, couples who start with black and white have endless opportunities to design their wedding day.

We saw this amazingly creative and thorough stationery suite designed by Elite Circle stationer The Event Essentials and knew we had to share it with you. You’re going to love all the ways this couple used black and white stationery and paper products at their wedding.

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The Omni Scottsdale Resort & Spa at Montelucia provided a beautiful backdrop to the couple’s custom designs

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Any opportunity to personalize the wedding was used to the fullest extent and the lounge was no exception

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3 details that caught our eye:

-The signs for the appetizers that hung from the trays- we appreciate knowing exactly what is being served and the signs save the waiters from having to repeat the names of each appetizer

-The Electric Shirley cocktails that did double duty as place cards- they added a touch of fun while being useful

-The custom printed napkins held by servers while standing at each coordinating table- the napkins indicated the table number for guests. It was first class all the way!

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See what we mean by thorough? Every moment of the wedding was beautifully designed including the door hanger for the honeymoon suite!

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Wedding Professionals Who Help You Wed in Style

Invitations: The Event Essentials

Florist: Table Tops Etc

Reception Location: Omni Scottsdale Resort & Spa at  Montelucia

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Photographer: Kimberly Jarman Photography :: Wedding Coordinator: Some Like it Classic

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This black and white wedding provides tons of inspiration for you to coordinate each detail of your wedding day- remember that your stationer can help you with all these ideas and more!

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

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1
Aug
Wedding Planning with Phoenix Bride & Groom Magazine
categories: for your ceremony, real weddings, Tips and Advice, Wedding Inspiration, Wedding Resources

Our hope, as you browse through the pages of any issue of Phoenix Bride & Groom, is that you discover a well-rounded wedding magazine that inspires you to plan the wedding you’ve always dreamed of and one that gives you the tools you need to plan such an event. That’s why, in addition to gorgeous styled shoots, in-depth articles, insightful snippets, and inspiring Just Married features, we include our planning tools in every issue (you can always find them online). Such planning tools include the Wedding Expense worksheet, Marriage License list, and the Planning Timeline, otherwise known as the Blueprint.

We think these tools are just as valuable to the planning process as the beautiful pictures found in our pages so we were completely thrilled when Chelsey, a sweet bride planning her wedding (who happens to be our graphic designer’s niece), sent us a picture of the her Blueprint in action.

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Rebecca George, graphic designer, tells us: I can honestly say that Chelsey’s wedding could not have gone any smoother or more perfectly. All of her careful planning and crafting came together down to the very last detail. She and Joshua looked so happy and relaxed and really enjoyed the day. 

This is just one of those things that brightens our day! To know that a bride was really digging in and using the tools that we so carefully created and is using them to successfully plan her wedding…it doesn’t get any better than this. Here’s a few pictures from Chelsey and Joshua’s wedding, courtesy of L&B Photo Wedding Specialist:

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This is the cute sunflower invite that Rebecca created based on a design Chelsey saw online (the invitation “jacket” was created by Rebecca’s sister- it helps to have a creative family!):

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A custom map made sure everyone arrived on time!

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And the couple had an “Unplugged Wedding” sign that kindly instructed guests to put their cameras down and enjoy the ceremony

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Congratulations Chelsey and Joshua and thank you for sharing your wedding and wedding planning with us!

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

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14
Jul
5 Things We LOVE about Phoenix Bride & Groom Summer Fall 2015!
categories: floral inspiration, from the consultants, Grooms, Meet Our Friends, photography, real weddings, reception ideas, Tips and Advice, trends in catering, Wedding Inspiration, Wedding Resources

Our 15th Anniversary issue is a one-of-a-kind issue, even for us. It features 3 different covers, is packed with even more wedding advice from Elite Circle wedding professionals, and is bursting with 17 beautiful Real Weddings! Although you know we love every single page of the magazine (yes, every page), we’ve chosen 5 things that make it exceptional. Enjoy!

#1: Publisher Fran Samuel’s top pick:

My favorite part of the 15th Anniversary issue are the 3 covers. It was a first for us and I can honestly say now that it’s over what a huge project it was. Planning for one cover takes a tremendous amount of time, thought and talent and adding 2 more to the equation was certainly a challenge and one I’m so very proud of. A project of this magnitude of course needed an Elite team of pros who came together with their A- game in play.

The first photo shoot was a celebration At the Four Seasons Resort Scottsdale captured by Katrina Wallace Photographers. Followed by the Romance of the Boojum Tree Hidden Gardens and Hagerty Photography. The third shoot was a day full of fun at Sassi with Ben & Kelly Photography.  The combination and style of each cover represented the out of the box talents of each photo shoot team. The many weeks of planning were in the hands of the pros and coming to life. It was a an absolute pleasure working with the amazing and talented Elite Circle Members and worth every detail of the planning process.

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#2 Editor Stephanie Riley’s Pick:

One of my favorite things about the 15th anniversary issue is the “Food for Thought” feature. It began as a roundup, asking caterers and resorts about their favorite dishes, but it became so much more! I think this feature is a delicious adventure that helps our readers really think about how creative food choices can set a celebratory tone at their reception. Plus, the pictures are so yummy!

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#3 Social Media Writer Kelly Gill’s pick:

I really love 2 things about the “Something for Everyone” article. 

First, we’ve made a change in our word choices to reflect an attitude we’ve always had. We have always been a publication that supports brides & brides, brides & grooms, and grooms & grooms and hopefully that’s more obvious than ever. This article aims to include any couple planning their wedding; wedding expos are beneficial to men and women and the time has come for us to use verbiage that makes it clear that everyone is invited to the party. Also, we don’t feel that a separate publication or website is necessary to reflect our support of couples getting married who happen to be same sex couples- that actually seems counter-intuitive to us- so hopefully articles like this one let the Arizona wedding community know where we stand. It’s where we’ve always stood. 

Second, our continued efforts to include the groom’s perspective in features such as the “Something for Everyone” article shows that we are walking the walk. We continue to put more emphasis on the groom’s role in wedding planning and it’s a natural fit for us. Men’s fashion, decision making, and design input are in the forefront more than ever and I love that we have embraced that concept!

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#4 Editor Stephanie Riley’s Pick (and Kelly Gill’s too):

Another favorite part about the 15th anniversary issue is the “Sweet 15” feature. In each issue of Phoenix Bride & Groom, we offer advice from top wedding professionals. This time, we were able to gather up some of the best advice ever and put it all in one issue. There are many tips I hadn’t even considered before!

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#5 We’re featuring the weddings of our friends! Each couple that we feature is special to us and we want to do right by them and you, our readers, by featuring the best professionals and most inspiring wedding stories and details so when those in the industry get married, and we are chosen to feature their weddings, we get an extra little thrill. We featured Lauren and Veronica’s weddings in our Summer Fall 2015 issue and we’re bursting with joy for our friends and colleagues!

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We hope you find that our Summer Fall 2015 issue is filled with tips and tricks paired with good solid advice. Not only do we show pretty pictures but we definitely go the extra mile to share the HOW and WHY of planning a wedding. Enjoy!

Pick up a copy of Phoenix Bride & Groom Summer Fall 2015 here and visit our website where you can download a free digital copy and browse tons of Arizona wedding inspiration.

Phoenix Bride & Groom, your complete Arizona wedding planning resource

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