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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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28
Apr
Scottsdale Wedding Venue with Mountain Views: Wekopa Resort (includes booking specials!)
categories: fabulous reception sites, Meet Our Friends, Wedding Inspiration

If you’re at the “find my perfect wedding venue” stage of wedding planning, we’re here to help! 4-Diamond Wekopa Resort and Conference Center is a stunning Scottsdale wedding venue with mountain views, two of the top-rated golf courses in Arizona, several outdoor and indoor venue options, and signature service.

At the resort, you’ll discover several places to exchange vows. The Courtyard Plaza is one such venue and you’ll love it for it’s simplicity (think: blank slate that’s perfect for your wedding decor to shine) and spectacular mountain views. With seating for up to 250 guests, you can invite a large group to celebrate with!

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If golf is your thing, say “I do” on the golf course! The green grass and mountain backdrop are a draw for couples who are planning their weddings in Arizona.

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With 18,000 square feet to let your creativity run wild, the Wassaja Ballroom accommodates weddings as large as 1,000 guests. Clearly, with a space like this, you have the opportunity to transform this grand ballroom into the wedding reception you’ve always dreamed of. The venue has a large foyer with floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking the courtyard and Red Mountains; 18-foot ceilings add to the impressive and sophisticated atmosphere.

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La Puesta del Sol, “The Setting Sun”, is one of the most unique Southwestern style venues in Arizona. Placed atop a mesa (an elevated flat-topped bit of land) in the desert, it features incredible views of the Sonoran Desert, 4 Peaks Mountain, and Red Mountain. See what we mean about Wekopa being a Scottsdale wedding venue with mountain views?! The unique La Puesta del Sol has a rustic charm that creates the ideal atmosphere for an unforgettable wedding.

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Near La Puesta del Sol is Rosa’s Ranch- an intimate venue that features 4 Peaks Mountain views at every turn. Rosa’s offers a rustic ceremony space that appeals to brides and grooms who adore the desert and want plenty of open-air seating for the party after the “I do’s”. It’s also an ideal Southwestern rehearsal dinner spot or even BBQ- themed wedding venue!

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Now for the best news of the day: Wekopa Resort has a special booking promotion for couples who book by June 30, 2017! Among other things, if you choose to get married at this incredible Scottsdale wedding venue with mountain views and beautiful indoor/outdoor spaces, you’ll enjoy 10% off your ceremony site fee, food for the bridal party while getting ready, complimentary champagne or sparkling cider toast, and free house linens and non-floral centerpieces.

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Want more info about this promotion? Visit the Wekopa Resort website or contact Annie Artenian, Catering Sales Manager: aartenian@wekoparesort.com | (480) 789 5536

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14
Apr
Luxury Destination Wedding Venue in Arizona | Royal Palms Resort & Spa
categories: destination weddings and honeymoons, fabulous reception sites, Meet Our Friends, real weddings, reception ideas, rehearsal dinner spots, Wedding Inspiration

You know that feeling when you turn the corner into a resort’s entrance and you’re instantly transported? You immediately shed the “real world” and just feel…calm. That’s exactly what happens when we visit Royal Palms Resort & Spa and if you’re looking for an intimate wedding experience, this is the place for you. Royal Palms Resort & Spa has carefully cultivated warmth and serenity and somehow exudes it every single moment, at every turn, in every interaction while you’re in their care. Without a doubt, this is a luxury destination venue that deserves your attention.

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(Mark Boisclair Photography, Inc.)

This is the iconic entrance to the resort- it has been the location of many beautiful wedding photos!

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(Photographer: Fully Alive Photography, Planner: Victoria Canada Weddings & Events)

Royal Palms Resort & Spa is known for its Spanish Colonial architecture, natural stone, aged timbers, hidden nooks, 100-year-old rustic doors and private gardens. Original tile and artwork can be seen throughout the 119-room property. 

While you’re basking in the resort’s beauty, you’ll discover plenty of places that feel like you’re the only people on the property- it’s that undeniably serene atmosphere that Royal Palms has perfected!

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(Photographer: Ben & Kelly Photography)

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(Photographer: Fully Alive Photography, Planner: Victoria Canada Weddings & Events)

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(Photographer: Ben & Kelly Photography)

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(Photographer: Ben & Kelly Photography)

The Orange Grove is one of the ceremony (or dining) locations at this luxury destination wedding venue and we can’t get over how lush and private it feels. Just imagine how delicious it smells when the orange blossoms are in bloom!

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(Photography: Andrew Jade Photography, Wedding Planner/Designer: Events by Stephanie Antointette, Furniture Rentals: Glamour & Woods, Floral: Flower Bar, Wedding Gown: Uptown Bridal, Groom’s Suit: Celebrity Tux & Tails)

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(Floral: Table Tops Etc., Photographer: Sunshine & Reign Photography)

Another perfect spot to say “I do” is Vernadero Lawn; this location offers unmatched views of Camelback Mountain and is located in the heart of the resort.

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(Photographer: Jennifer Bowen Photography, Planner: Victoria Canada Weddings and Events)

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(Photographer: Katrina Wallace Photographers, Location: Royal Palms Resort & Spa, Event Coordinator: Ashley Gain Weddings & Events, Floral Design: Petal Pusher)

The Palmera Lounge is an intimate covered outdoor ceremony space that can also be set up to host cocktail hour; the large fountain has a special glow at night that we love.

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(Photographer: Ben & Kelly Photography)

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(Photographer: Fully Alive Photography, Planner: Victoria Canada Weddings & Events)

Another reason we’re smitten with this luxury destination wedding venue is the many unique photo ops- trickling fountains in tucked-away courtyards, roaring outdoor fireplaces, and original tile and artwork along with nearly 300 towering Royal Palm trees make the property a delightful surprise at every turn.

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(Photographer: Ben & Kelly Photography)

Alegria Garden is perhaps the resort’s most well-known outdoor venue for events; the beautiful and private courtyard is filled with flowers and features a raised stone platform where couples exchange vows

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(Photographer: Kimberly Jarman Photography, Planner: Victoria Canada Weddings & Events)

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(Photographer: Ben & Kelly Photography)

Smaller events can be held in Alegria Garden as well

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(Photography: Andrew Jade Photography, Wedding Planner/Designer: Events by Stephanie Antoinette, Furniture Rentals: Glamour & Woods, Floral: Flower Bar, Stationery: Vee Creative, China: Tea Crockery )

Palmera Salon, with its ornate fireplace, wrought- iron chandelier and exposed wood beams, has that distinctive feel of old world luxury that many couples seek for their receptions.

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(Photographer: Fully Alive Photography, Planner: Victoria Canada Weddings & Events)

Royal Palms, as a luxury destination wedding venue, excels in many ways and one that should matter to you, as a couple planning your wedding, is every single employee’s dedication to delighting you. They aim for that true destination experience where you can steal away and have the time of your life.

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More about Royal Palms Resort & SpaCombining the graciousness and sophistication of a Mediterranean villa with the intimacy and privacy of a secluded retreat, Royal Palms offers 119 custom-appointed guestrooms, intimate clusters of casitas and villas, regal Spanish Colonial architecture, more than 20,000 square feet of estate-like meeting space, Tuscan-style gardens, exquisite tapestries, various antique décor, and stone fireplaces throughout. Designed around the original 1930s historic private mansion, Royal Palms is home to the award-winning T. Cook’s restaurant, Mix Up Bar, Forbes Four Star Alvadora Spa, a Mother-of-Pearl-tiled swimming pool with private cabanas and croquet lawn. Just minutes from Scottsdale’s shopping, galleries, golf, Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport and the Camelback financial corridor, Royal Palms is an ideal retreat for business, pleasure and special occasions, offering luxury, privacy and convenience.

And as if we needed any more reasons to love Royal Palms Resort & Spa, they just announced a multi-million dollar renovation, beginning in June 2017, to all 119 rooms as well as select meeting and event spaces. We can’t wait for you to tour the property and discover the luxury destination wedding venue of your dreams!

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7
Apr
Melodi and Kamran’s Persian Wedding in Scottsdale
categories: fabulous reception sites, floral inspiration, real weddings, Wedding Inspiration

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Melodi and Kamran’s Persian wedding was at the beautiful Four Seasons Resort Scottsdale at Troon North; the couple included their ADORABLE 4-year-old shih tzu puppy, Buttons, who was decked out in a tuxedo and served Persian specialties such as saffron rice and maast o khiar.

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Melodi’s beautiful bouquet of calla lilies, hydrangea and roses was wrapped in a pearl “ribbon” for a classic wedding touch

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Persian Wedding Ceremony: The Fountain Terrace at Four Seasons provides a picturesque place to exchange vows; Melodi and Kamran’s wedding included a Sofreh Aghd—a spread of symbolic items. Their Sofreh Aghd included a beautiful acrylic tray filled with water, floating votives and rose petals.

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Persian Wedding Reception: To make the most of the outdoors, Melodi and Kamran hosted cocktail hour inside while the lawn was being prepped for dinner; round reception tables were set with creamy linens, gold chairs and high-low floral centerpieces. Both Persian and American dishes were served and candlelight added a touch of romance!

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Melodi and Kamran, thank you for sharing your beautiful Persian wedding with us! (This wedding was featured in Phoenix Bride & Groom magazine and can be seen online here!)

Wedding Professionals Who Help You Wed in Style

Location: Four Seasons Resort Scottsdale at Troon North

Floral Design: Table Tops Etc.

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Photographer: Navid Studio | Cake: Délice Bistro | Day-of coordinator: Celebrations by Amy Bacon

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16
Feb
Meet Our Tempe Mission Palms Giveaway Winners!
categories: fabulous reception sites, Giveaways and Contests, Meet Our Friends

When you enter one of our giveaways, you just might get more than you bargained for…case in point, not only did Mitch and Meghan win our Tempe Mission Palms giveaway (valued at $1,250), they also got a mini-photo shoot with Fully Alive Photography’s Tracy Battaglia!

Here’s our winning couple:

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Meghan and Mitch, who met while being inducted as members of the University of Arizona’s Mortar Board Honor Society, have been planning their wedding for almost two years and are thrilled that the actual wedding day is less than 2 months away. The fact that they had time to schedule this shoot with us and look so cute proves that they’re ready!

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Kellie Mendoza from Tempe Mission Palms and our very own Dawn Peterson presented the gift certificate to the couple; Tracy Battaglia of Fully Alive Photography was on site to snap the photos.

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The Proposal: In 2015, I wanted to impress Meghan with a surprise proposal. As a result, I conspired with two of Meghan’s best friends, who were living in Raleigh, NC at the time. I made it appear as though these friends had bought Meghan a surprise trip to Raleigh as a birthday present. A day after Meghan arrived, Meghan and her friend toured around Durham while her other friend picked me up from the airport. Meghan watched an Arizona Wildcat basketball game at a local restaurant and then was taken to a bright red bridge in the Sarah P. Duke Gardens on the Duke University Campus. While her friend pretended to take Meghan’s picture on the bridge, I came out from the bushes and surprised Meghan by getting down on one knee.

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We are most looking forward to enjoying the day with our close friends and family. Having a two-year engagement has allowed us (mostly Meghan) to be more detailed in wedding planning. Because of this, there is less to worry or fret about during the actual wedding day.

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We love how Phoenix Bride & Groom magazine incorporates real bride and wedding stories. These stories have helped us be more proactive in planning. We also love the recommendations and focus on local vendors. These recommendations have given us a starting place in piecing together our wedding. Finally, we really enjoy the photography!

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From the lush courtyard, to the fountain circle at the hotel’s majestic front entrance, Tempe Mission Palms is the premier venue for hosting romantic wedding ceremonies in the Phoenix/Scottsdale area. The central location of the hotel means guests have close access to all that Phoenix and Scottsdale have to offer!

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Congratulations Meghan and Mitch and thank you for being fans of Phoenix Bride & Groom!

Wedding Professionals Who Help You Wed in Style

Location: Tempe Mission Palms

Photographer: Fully Alive Photography

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 Click here for our current giveaway

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31
Jan
A Valentine’s Day Getaway at A Romantic Arizona Resort
categories: destination weddings and honeymoons, fabulous reception sites, rehearsal dinner spots, upcoming events, Wedding Resources
If you have plans to make this Valentine’s Day especially romantic, we have a fabulous idea for you: book a Valentines Day Getaway at Royal Palms Resort and Spa!

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While the resort offers Romantication© packages year-round, which are customized, romantic experiences, this Valentine’s Day, Royal Palms is taking romance to a whole new level for the entire month of February with the “Ultimate Romance Package”:
Ultimate Romance Package – $2,800 per night (stay from Feb. 1 – Feb. 28)

-One night of luxurious accommodations in an Alvadora Spa Villa.

-Ultimate Garden of Love Via Cappello Dinner package that includes private use of the Garden of Love that will be decorated with rose petals and votive candles; a five-course dinner for two by Executive Chef Todd Allison with wine pairings; a personal server throughout the evening; a fresh floral arrangement table setting and romantic music.

-Rose petal turndown service.

-Sparkling wine and a dozen chocolate-covered strawberries delivered upon check-in.

-Breakfast for two via room service or at T. Cook’s.

-$150 credit to Alvadora Spa to be used towards a treatment or merchandise.

Also, T. Cook’s will have an ultra-luxe, prix-fixe menu. Have you eaten there? It’s delicious but it’s more than that- it’s a highly acclaimed restaurant that’s pretty much legendary in the Valley!
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Since it began as a couple’s Desert Getaway in 1929, this Phoenix, Arizona hotel has offered generations of guests the intimate atmosphere of a luxurious, private residence—along with the amenities of an award-winning resort.
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The beloved resort is known for it’s romantic enclaves, intimate atmosphere and first-class customer service.
Winding stone paths transport guests past a grove of orange trees, trickling fountains in courtyards, roaring outdoor fireplaces, 100-year-old rustic doorways and hand-painted tiles, and lush gardens filled with magenta bougainvillea, exotic plants and desert flowers. A true destination for lovers, the resort was originally built as a private mansion in 1929 as a grand gesture of love by financier Delos Willard Cooke for his wife Florence. 
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For the most romantic Valentines Day getaway, book the Ultimate Romance Package at Royal Palms Resort and Spa: 800-672-6011 | Website
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