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17
Mar
Wedding Trend | Metallic Bridesmaid Dresses
categories: bridal fashions, Wedding Inspiration

No doubt, you’ve seen some sparkle coming from bridal parties lately. Are you loving it? We are! Bridesmaid dresses are experiencing some really fun trends like mismatched styles, different shades of the same color and metallic fabrics and today we’re crushing on some of the prettiest metallic bridesmaid dresses to be found in Arizona’s Elite Circle bridal shops.

Metallic Bridesmaid Dresses: Bella Bridesmaids has the largest collection of bridesmaid dresses from the world’s leading designers so of course they’re going to have some showstopping metallic bridesmaid dresses!

(Dresses: Bella Bridesmaids ~Scottsdale, WattersToo)

We really love the rose gold bridesmaid dress trend- it’s warm and pretty with a bit of softness that compliments most skin tones

(Dress: Bella Bridesmaids ~Scottsdale, Jenny Yoo | Photographer: Ryann Lindsey Photography | Location: Chateau Devie)

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(Dress: Bella Bridesmaids ~Scottsdale, Nouvelle Amsale Bridesmaid Collection)

This platinum metallic bridesmaid dress is just so gorgeous! We love the sparkly bodice with the flowing skirt.

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(Dress: Bella Bridesmaids ~Scottsdale, Watters)

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(Dresses: Bella Bridesmaids ~ Scottsdale, Donna Morgan)

Metallic Bridesmaid Dresses: The Wedding Apparel Superstore carries a large variety of wedding gowns, mother of the bride/groom dresses and bridesmaid dresses.

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(Dress: The Wedding Apparel Superstore, Allure)

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(Dress: The Wedding Apparel Superstore, Bill Levkoff)

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(Dress: The Wedding Apparel Superstore, Christina Wu)

Metallic Bridesmaid Dresses: Schaffer’s Bridal is known for their extensive wedding gown selection but they also have a very large selection of bridesmaid dresses, tuxedos and Mother of the Bride & Groom dresses. There’s no shortage of shimmer and shine…

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(Dress: Schaffer’s Bridal, Theia Bridesmaids)

Off the shoulder gold metallic bridesmaid dresses like this one are super gorgeous!

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(Dress: Schaffer’s Bridal, Amsale Bridesmaids)

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(Dress: Schaffer’s Bridal, Theia Bridesmaids)

Metallic Bridesmaid Dresses: Just in case you needed convincing that metallic bridesmaid dresses are a beautiful choice for your bridal party, here are a few photos to sway you!

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(Photographer: Fully Alive Photography)

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(Photographer: Something New Media Weddings)

Surely your bridesmaids want dresses that make each of them look their best and a bit of sparkle might be just what they crave!

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12
Jul
Mini Wedding Cakes with Cupcakes | Wedding Trends
categories: cakes and sweets, Trends, trends in catering, Wedding Inspiration

Have you seen the phrase that declares, “A party without cake is just a meeting”? Well, since our lives revolve around all things wedding 99% of the time, we think cake is important. Like, really important. So it’s no surprise that our trend-spotting radar has been pinged by the recent trend of couples pairing mini wedding cakes with cupcakes – we like to call it the “Cake and Wannabe Cake” trend. It’s tasty. It’s adorable. And we love it!

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(Cake: Piece of Cake Desserts, Wedding Planner: Meant2Be Events, Location: Hotel Valley Ho)

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(Photo: Holley Photography)

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(Cake and Cupcakes: Piece of Cake Desserts, Location: SoHo63, Photographer: Monique Hessler Photography)

A good cake display always grabs our attention and when you choose to have a small cake accompanied by even smaller cupcakes, you can get pretty creative!

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(Photo: Melissa Jill Photography,  Venue: Wild Horse Pass Resort, Cake: Let Them Eat Cake)

One major benefit of the Mini Wedding Cakes with Cupcakes trend is that you can offer several flavors of cupcakes and if any of your guests have diet restrictions that you would like to be mindful of, it’s much easier for your baker to accommodate those needs.

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(Cake: Pixy Cakes)

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(Cake: Bamboo Bakery)

Also, some couples just aren’t “cake” people so having a sweet little cake surrounded by all kinds of sugary treats is a fantastic option (and guests can get their sugar fix almost immediately by helping themselves instead of waiting for the cake to be cut)!

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(Photo: Eyes 2 See, Location: Phoenix Art Museum, Planner: A Day To Cherish, Floral: Butterfly Petals)

So are you convinced to try the Mini Wedding Cakes with Cupcakes trend at your wedding? Our Elite Circle bakers can help you decide if you want to go the traditional route of having one large wedding cake or try something new and offer cake and wannabe cake!

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26
Feb
Wedding Trend: Tea Cocktails
categories: reception ideas, Trends, trends in catering, Wedding Inspiration

While wedding planning, some couples can feel a little boxed in by the design and decor ideas they find while researching wedding inspiration. We completely understand- it seems like once an idea hits, all the national blogs talk about are the same thing over and over. Well, here at Phoenix Bride & Groom, we acknowledge hot wedding trends, especially the trends that make sense and help couples personalize their weddings, but we also aim to be just a bit ahead of the trends as well. So in that spirit, we’re telling you today about a unique take on the signature cocktail: tea cocktails.

Tea cocktails are exactly what they sound like- a cocktail made with hot tea and some other fun stuff. Some tea cocktails, after steeping, are then served over ice but some tea cocktails remain hot. Think of this trend as the newest take on more familiar hot cocktails like Spanish coffee and Hot Buttered Rum but with a modern twist.

This video from Four Seasons Resort Scottsdale at Troon North confirmed our hunch that hot tea cocktails were gaining in popularity:

Inspired by the environmental extremes of the Sonoran Desert, Two Birds With One Stone is a drink that can warm you up on a cold desert night or leave you refreshed after a round of golf under the sun. 

Mixologists at Four Seasons hotels and resorts around the world will be shaking, stirring, steeping and serving drinks inspired by these classic brews. 

Four Seasons Florence makes the Grog tea cocktail: a bright, citrusy drink is poured from a classic teapot and sipped from teacups. Ginger-infused rum, 23-year Zacapa rum and Amaro Nonino form the boozy base, while cranberry and lime juice along with house-made lapsang souchong syrup lighten up the drink with fresh top notes. 

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At Four Seasons Azerbaijan, the Aroma is served: Earl Grey tea, condensed milk, dark wine and rum, and cinnamon powder

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And at Four Seasons Thailand, the Green Tea Gimlet hits the spot:

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Read more about the Four Seasons and their adventures with coffee and tea cocktails here.

Another tea cocktail we think would make a really fun signature cocktail at your wedding reception is the Early Grey from World of Tea:

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A few more resources for you so you can discover your perfect signature tea cocktail:

Food and Wine: How to make Tea Infused Cocktails for Fall

The Good Stuff: 13 Deliciously Delightful Chilled & Hot Tea Cocktails

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(Sweet Tea Bourbon Cocktail via The Good Stuff/Joy the Baker)

Hot tea is hitting it’s stride and with good reason- wedding guests may want a hot cocktail but don’t want the caffeine that comes with a coffee drink and if you’re taking advantage of Arizona’s amazing weather, outdoor events may need a little bump of warmth as evening temps set in. If it’s warm outside, think boozy iced tea and you’re good to go!

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12
Feb
Wedding Trend: Large Wedding Bouquets
categories: floral inspiration, photography, real weddings, Sedona Weddings, Trends, Wedding Inspiration

One wedding trend that we’ve seen gain tremendous popularity in the last year or so is large wedding bouquets. These bountiful bundles aren’t for every bride- some can be quite heavy and they definitely stand out in pictures- but for a flower loving statement making bride, large wedding bouquets are the way to go.

We’ve gathered a collection of some of the prettiest and most attention grabbing large wedding bouquets from Arizona’s Elite Circle florists for today’s wedding inspiration. Enjoy!

Large Wedding Bouquets by Table Tops, Etc | A full-service floral design studio providing beautiful, natural arrangements for any wedding or special event:

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(Photo: Erica Velasco Photography)

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(Photo: Hagerty Photography)

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(Photo: Kym Ventola Photography)

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(Photo: Cami Takes Photos)

Large Wedding Bouquets by Your Event FloristA premier floral wedding and event design company that sets the standard for creating remarkable events:

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(Photo: Hagerty Photography, Location: Arizona Biltmore)

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(Photo: Image Industry)

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(Photo: Nicole Walker Photography, Location: Omni Scottsdale Resort & Spa at Montelucia)

Large Wedding Bouquets by Butterly Petals | An award-winning floral studio specializing in weddings, corporate parties and special events:

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(Photo: April Maura Photography)

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(Photo: Elizabeth McDonnell Photography)

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(Photo: Melissa Jill Photography)

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(Photo: Elyse Hall Photography)

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(Photo: Elizabeth McDonnell Photography)

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(Photo: Vienna Glenn Photography)

Large Wedding Bouquets by Events By Show Stoppers | A full service event decorating company that provides upscale floral design, props, backdrops, fabrics, professional lighting and planning services:

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(Photo: Cameron & Kelly Studio)

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(Photo: Vienna Glenn Photography)

Large Wedding Bouquets by Flower BarAs one of Scottsdale’s premier floral design studios, Flower Bar prides itself in creating bold, out-of-the-box floral designs for the contemporary client:

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(Photo: Andrew Jade Photography)

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(Photo: Mike Olbinski Photography)

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(Photo: Sarah Waggoner Photography)

Large Wedding Bouquets by Brady’s Floral Gallery | One of the finest providers of both high quality flowers and unique designs:

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(Photo: Ben + Kelly Photography)

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(Photo: Katrina Wallace Photographers)

See why we like the large wedding bouquets? They’re a wedding trend that brings more pretty into the world and we love it!

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12
May
Wedding Trend: Naked Wedding Cakes
categories: cakes and sweets, Trends

In general, I like cake (and can really appreciate the beautifully artistic cakes that our Elite Circle bakers create) but if it looks dry, boring, or over-frosted, I can easily resist it. I choose to save my calories for much more “exciting” desserts like a fresh berry pie, a rustic peach tart, or even a really unique cupcake so for me, if a cake doesn’t LOOK good, I can walk away. A lot of that has to do with the frosting (as in, if there’s just too much of it) but I may be in trouble this year- with the exploding trend of Naked wedding cakes, I may not have such iron clad resistance!

Here are some “naked” wedding cakes that would definitely tempt me to dig in:

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(Cake: Piece of Cake Desserts)

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(Cake: Pixy Cakes)

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(Photo: Hagerty Photography, Cake: Cakes With Attitude)

This German Chocolate naked cake focuses on the good stuff- the sweet coconut pecan filling and the chocolate cake!

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(Cake: Kick Ass Kakes)

The dusted effect on this cake makes is perfect for a winter wedding

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(Photo: Aaron Hoskins Photography, Location: Villa Siena)

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(Cake: Pixy Cakes)

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(Photo: Amanda Rockafellow Photography, Location & Cake: Loews Ventana Canyon)

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(Via: The Green Kangaroo blog)

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(Cake: Anna Tyler Cakes)

So maybe you love frosting and wouldn’t consider a naked wedding cake but for those of you in my non-frosting lovin’ camp, can we all give a cheer for naked cakes? I think so!

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19
Dec
Wedding Trend: Antlers
categories: floral inspiration, Trends, Wedding Inspiration

We’re not really sure how the antler trend got started but it has definitely caught on in the most interesting and beautiful ways. We have a spectacular feature in our Winter Spring 2015 issue that includes antlers, among other things (how DOES one incorporate taxidermy into a wedding???), plus we’re sharing some of our favorite ways to use these rustic but surprisingly chic accessories at your wedding.

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(Photo: Jasmine Star, Floral: Butterfly Petals, Location: The Saguaro, Chair rental: Classic Party Rentals)

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(Invitations: The Event Essentials)

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(Via: Steel Petal Press, Via Green Wedding Shoes)

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(Florist: Butterfly Petals, Coordinator: Andrea Leslie Events)

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(Via: Etsy shop Housemanpaperco)

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(Via: Steel Petal Press, Via 100 Layer Cake)

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(Florist: Butterfly Petals, Location: El Chorro, Coordinator: Outstanding Occasions)

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(Via: Style Me Pretty)

Painting the antlers with metallic paint steps up their fancy factor

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(Via: Emmaline Bride)

Wouldn’t this pillow be fun in a cocktail or lounge seating area?

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(Via: Etsy shop Yunandyoonie)

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(Via: Emmaline Bride)

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