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22
Aug
Omni Montelucia Dream Event | A Couture Bridal Fashion Event in Arizona
categories: bridal fashions, fabulous reception sites, Giveaways and Contests, Scottsdale Weddings, Trends, Wedding Inspiration

We’re beyond thrilled to share Omni Montelucia’s Dream Event with you today! The Dream Event is a couture bridal fashion event in Arizona where you’ll get an exclusive first look at 30 dresses that are hot off the runway from the April New York City market (these gowns are so new they won’t hit stores until October). Designers include Galia Lahav, Anne Barge, Flora, Calla Blanche, Liancarlo and more. Attendees of the event will also have an opportunity to schedule private appointments with Destiny’s Bride to try on each gown.

*GIVEAWAY* The Dream Event is on September 14th and we have TWO tickets to give to one lucky engaged gal and a guest (valued at $350). To enter, go to our Instagram post announcing the giveaway and make sure to follow the entry rules. The deadline to enter is September 7th. And we can’t even believe we’re telling you this but the celebrity emcee for the event is none other than Randy Fenoli, of TLC’s Say Yes to the Dress! Are you getting the idea that this is a pretty special event? And are you feeling like you MUST be there? We know the feeling… purchase your tickets to the Dream Event now!

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DREAM 9/14/17 from Omni Montelucia on Vimeo.

About Omni Montelucia’s Dream Event: DREAM was an event inspired by the Omni Montelucia Catering team but has been brought to life through partnerships with amazing, talented vendors in our community. Our goal was to create an elevated event that will surprise, delight and dazzle every bride with inspiration for her own wedding whether at the Omni Montelucia or elsewhere. This event will serve as the pinnacle of wedding planning with ideas and inspiration to take any wedding event to the next level of luxury.

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(Photographer: Bridgette Marie Photography, Designer: Calla Blanche)

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(Photographer: Bridgette Marie Photography, Designer: Liancarlo)

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(Photographer: Bridgette Marie Photography, Designer: Galia Lahav)

Couture Bridal Fashion Event in Arizona sponsors:

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Get your tickets to this exclusive couture bridal fashion event in Arizona  (and don’t forget, you can enter the giveaway here)!

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20
Aug
A Classically Elegant Arizona Wedding | Aimee and Erik
categories: destination weddings and honeymoons, fabulous reception sites, real weddings, Scottsdale Weddings, Wedding Inspiration

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Aimee and Erik’s classically elegant Arizona wedding is the stuff dreams are made of—there’s a beautifully in love couple, a stunning setting, a plethora of emotion, and of course the romantic “I do” moment. You’ll love the pretty Southwest-meets-Georgia details (the bride is from the south) and the surprise reception performance!

Classically Elegant Arizona Wedding | Color Palette: The inspiration for our colors came from the natural landscape of the venue. El Chorro is beautiful, so I wanted something that complemented it rather than trying to do something that looked out of place. My colors were peach and patina. Patina is the color of eucalyptus which is my favorite shade of green and I choose peach, because I’m a Georgia peach! The colors played well together. 

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Aimee’s “father’s first look” is one of the sweetest we’ve seen—just look at her dad’s priceless reaction!

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And of course the couple’s own first look was pretty special too
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Classically Elegant Arizona Wedding | The Ceremony: Aimee and Erik chose to exchange vows at El Chorro’s manicured event lawn that’s nestled at the base of the mountains between Camelback & Mummy Mountains; chairs were draped with eucalyptus garland and satin ribbon. The couple’s dog Archer was given the honor of ring bearer and he played the role expertly!
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Classically Elegant Arizona Wedding | Favorite Moment: It’s hard to pick one moment that stands out as our favorite when the day itself was filled with so many wonderful moments. However, there is one moment that will forever be burned into my heart.  It was the ceremony. Standing up, in front of our friends and family, professing our love and commitment to each other was something that I never imagined. It’s easy to get wrapped up in the fun wedding planning details like linens, signature cocktails and bridesmaid dresses. However, it all comes down to the one you are marrying… I remember standing under the arbor across from Erik, holding hands–looking deep into each others eyes. I remember how green his eyes were in that moment and how tightly we held onto each others hands. His eyes were filled with so much love, trust and commitment. Everyone else faded away and we were in our own little world.
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Classically Elegant Arizona Wedding | Cocktail Hour: While Aimee and Erik strolled through El Chorro’s immaculate grounds, guests enjoyed the outdoor patio at the venue and sipped on margaritas; Aimee’s mother lovingly created the gold frame escort card display.
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Classically Elegant Arizona Wedding | The Reception: Guests proceeded into Casa Paloma for the reception. The room was decorated with both classic and distinct touches; gold and cream linens bore an aztec pattern, floral arrangements of greenery, peach and fresh white flowers topped each table, and peaches served as place card holders. Aimee and Erik chose to dine at a sequined sweetheart table where they had the best view of their loved ones.
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We really love how these two look at each other…
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Classically Elegant Arizona Wedding | Dessert: A sweets table included several cakes that were decorated with both southwest accents and peaches; french macrons were detailed with the couple’s favorite sports teams.
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Classically Elegant Arizona Wedding | The Big Surprise: During my maid of honor’s speech, she welcomed up the best man (groom’s brother) to “help give the speech”. Much to our surprise, they busted out in song and dance with their own rendition of the “Erik and Aimee love story”. They rapped, verbatim, our love story. It was hilarious. At the very end of their song all the wedding guests got up from their chairs and headed onto the dance floor for a flashmob. It was the most amazing thing I’ve ever witnessed in my life. All our friends and family did a choreographed routine to “Uptown Funk”

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Here’s the video- it’s really fun to watch!

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Classically Elegant Arizona Wedding | Late Night Snacks: Aimee and Eric’s favorite snacks, cheeseburger sliders and fries, served as fuel for the evening’s continued revelry.

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Classically Elegant Arizona Wedding | Elite Circle Wedding Vendors: We choose El Chorro because its breathtaking of course! We had dinner there when we were visiting my father who lives Scottsdale a few years back. After we got engaged, Erik and I started discussing venue locations right away. He brought up El Chorro and it was no-brainer for me. Scottsdale is not only where my father lives, but it’s a fun location for a destination wedding…Believe it or not, I interviewed 7 wedding coordinators over the phone. I used to be in corporate events so finding the right person to spearhead our wedding was very important to me. I needed someone that would understand my type-A personality and be “on-it”.  As we say in the south “The devil’s in the details”. Stephanie from A Day to Cherish knocked it out of the park on our initial phone call. She really sold me on the fact that she knew our venue like the back of her hand. Plus, she has a similar working style that I have. She was very responsive over email, which was critical for planning a wedding remotely.  To top it off, she has a great rapport with the El Chorro staff.   

Aimee and Erik, congratulations and thank you so much for sharing your classically elegant Arizona wedding with us!

Wedding Professionals Who Help You Wed in Style

Wedding Venue: El Chorro

Wedding Planner: A Day to Cherish

Hotel Accommodations: Omni Scottsdale Resort & Spa at Montelucia

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Photographer: Ryan Nicole Photography | Florist: Carte Blanche | Cakes: Ruze Cake House | Linens: La Tavola Linens

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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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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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