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Arizona Weddings Magazine is now in our 29th year serving the needs of thousands of brides-to-be and hundreds of our loyal wedding professionals/advertisers. During these 29 years we have been the pioneer and leader in the Arizona Bridal marketplace. We were the first to have a website, and first in many other digital and social media marketing tools, as well. Recently we rolled out our completely redesigned website, featuring mobile and tablet responsive capabilities. It is even more beautiful, powerful and easier to use for our brides and advertisers alike. The fact is that we have innovated in SO many ways for so long that it is sometimes a challenge to come up with something Totally New;……CHALLENGE OVERCOME! With this issue we are announcing our grandest Totally New expansion in our 29 year history! On October 17th, 2014, Arizona became the 31st state to legalize same-sex marriage. Then on June 26th, 2015, the Supreme Court of the United States declared same-sex marriage legal in all 50 states, and essentially, “the law of the land”. We have thoroughly researched numerous ways to address this significant change in the marriage and wedding landscape, and believe we have crafted the perfect approach. Our mission is to honor ALL marriages and wedding ceremonies with equal respect, and to continue to serve our loyal base of wedding professionals and venues, who are now enthusiastically providing their services to gay and lesbian weddings, as well as traditional ones. Arizona Weddings Magazine will continue to focus SOLELY on traditional weddings, but in order to provide the same high quality sophisticated wedding resource to the LGBT community, we have formed a strategic alliance with a national publication focused on exactly that; Coupled Magazine. Arizona Weddings has procured exclusive distribution rights to Coupled Magazine for the state of Arizona, and our “flavor” will be known as CoupledAZ. While this grand endeavor has only officially launched in June, 2016, our sales & marketing effort has only just begun. You can view a “sneak peek” of the prototype on page 360. We believe we are the very first publication to offer such a comprehensive response to this sea change in the entire United States Weddings marketplace…but then again, it shouldn’t surprise anyone that we continue with our pioneering spirit and the same dedication to excellence and innovation that has made us the gold standard of Arizona bridal publications for 29 years. We are excited to see all of the additional happy couples and prosperity for the Arizona Wedding community, and of course, for our loyal wedding professionals and venues advertisers! On Behalf of ALL of Our Dedicated Staff,

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Special Features & Inspiration 79 SET FOR PERFECTION

7 Beautiful Tabletops

110 GLAMOUR & WOODS STYLED SHOOT 125 CHRONICLES OF NARNIA STYLED SHOOT 138 GATSBY STYLED SHOOT 147 WEDDING DESIGNER SPOTLIGHT 12 Beautiful Styled Shoots by Local Designers 184 BEAUTIFUL BOUQUETS 202 SMALL BITES & SIGNATURE SIPS 216 ONE FINE DAY Bridal Fashion at the Royal Palms Resort & Spa 228 MODERN MIX Glamour at Warehouse 215 @ Bentley Projects 242 IN THE GARDEN Texutural Gowns at The Wright House Garden Reception Centre 254 VINTAGE MEETS MODERN Leather, Lace, Tatoos and a Harley at Hotel Valley Ho 262 ON TREND GOWNS This Seasons Trending Bridal Fashion 268 TABLE FOR TWO Moroccon Themed Styled Shoot at Butcher Jones Recreation Site 290 FIT TO BE TIED Arizona Weddings’ Fitness Expert, Samantha Kozuch Shows How To Get In Shape For Your Big Day!

In Every Issue 12 LETTER FROM THE PRESIDENT 26 COVER CREDITS 30-38 WED ESSENTIALS

Planning Help & Style Files 42 12-MONTH PLANNING COUNTDOWN 137 OBTAINING AN ARIZONA MARRIAGE LICENSE 276 FINISHING TOUCHES

Resource Guides Photography: Daniel Kim Photography Bridal Salon: Grace Style & Bridal Hair & Makeup: Ideal Bridal Models: Natalie Beam & Zachary Meyer

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CEREMONY & RECEPTION VENUES REHEARSAL DINNER & PRIVATE DINING GUEST ACCOMMODATIONS CATERING WEDDING PARTY PROCURING SPA & BEAUTY


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Celebration Locations RECEPTIONS 48 43 Fabulous Wedding Venues

From Luxury Resorts to Lush Gardens, Here are Some of Our Favorite Arizona Wedding Locations

72 Perfectly Polite Modern Wedding Etiquette

106 Signing on the Dotted Line Don’t Forget About The Contracts

SOUTHERN ARIZONA 114 Destination Southern Arizona History, Scenery and Culture - A Recipe for the Perfect Wedding in Southern Arizona

NORTHERN ARIZONA 120 Northern Arizona Wonderful Weather & Stunning Scenery PRE-WEDDING PARTIES 130 The Events, Before the Big Event

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62 Reception Success 10 Steps to Finding the Perfect Venue for Your Wedding Day

Parties to Honor the Bride & Groom

Planning & Prep

BRIDAL CONSULTANTS 174 8 Ways To Find Your Wedding Inspiration

Tips to Help You Choose Your Wedding Style

Flowers & Decor

FLORISTS 178 Petals to the Metal

Local Florists Tell Arizona Weddings About the Season’s Hottest Trends, and What Arizona’s Unique Climate has to Offer

RENTALS 186 Ready, Set, Wow! Rentals Can Transform Your Wedding and Reception

Invitations, Gifts & Guests The Wedding Guest List

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CATERING & BAR SERVICES 202 Small Bites Small in size, Big in flavor 210 Signature Sips Recipes for Personalized Cocktails

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Bridal Fashion & Beauty BRIDAL BEAUTY 283 Bridal Beauty

Maximizing Your Inner and Outer Beauty

290 Fit To Be Tied Arizona Weddings’ Fitness Expert, Samantha Kozuch Shows How To Get In Shape For Your Big Day!

Photo & Video

PHOTOGRAPHY 298 Choosing a Wedding Photographer Tips to Help You Choose Your Wedding Photographer

304 The Great Debate Three Local Photographers Tell Us Why They Love Film Photography

Honeymoon & Destinations HONEYMOON 354 5 Great Getaways

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12 Month Wedding Planning Timeline

twelve months

❏ Choose the date and time for wedding and rehearsal.

❏ Review your budget. Ask both sets of parents for advice if they’re paying for any or all of the occasion. ❏ Purchase Arizona Weddings Magazine and register on arizonaweddings.com.

❏ Create a wedding email account. ❏ Create a wedding website. ❏ Decide on style – whether a formal event with a sit-down dinner or an afternoon one in the garden, for example.

❏ Select wedding and reception sites. ❏ Choose color schemes. ❏ Make appointment with the officiant to learn about pre-marital requirements.

❏ Plan the guest list to get a rough count. ❏ Choose bridesmaids/groomsmen and ushers.

six months

nine months

❏ Order dress and accessories - including

❏ Announce engagement in newspaper.

veil, gloves and shoes; schedule delivery date.

❏ Select dress for bridal attendants. ❏ Start shopping for men’s wedding attire. ❏ Decide on the caterer, photographer ❏ Book a florist and choose arrangements. ❏ Register for gifts at bridal registries of

❏ Choose baker - order wedding cake and

choice.

groom’s cake.

❏ Select transportation for ceremony

❏ Shop for your trousseau.

and reception.

❏ Select your wedding invitations, envelopes and thank-you cards.

❏ Book the musicians for ceremony and reception.

❏ Interview photographers, videographers, caterers and florists.

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❏ Interview wedding planners ❏ Shop for gown and headpiece.

their dresses. ❏ Reserve any rental equipment such as tables, chairs and tent (if you’re marrying at home or in an unfurnished space).

and videographer.

❏ Research honeymoon spots. (if you are using one).

❏ Help mothers select and coordinate

❏ Scout around for accommodations for out-of-town guests.

❏ Plan the rehearsal dinner. ❏ Research marriage license requirements. (arizonaweddings.com)

❏ Choose favors. ❏ Confirm honeymoon plans. (Compile necessary documents: passports, visas, etc.)

❏ Finalize guest list.


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❏ Choose the ceremony music. ❏ Talk over reception music with band or DJ.

❏ Discuss menu details with caterer. ❏ Confirm out-of-town guest accommodations. engraving.

❏ Meet with a premarital counselor. ❏ Visit officiant and review vows, readings, and music.

❏ Select and reserve men’s attire. ❏ Address invitations and announcements. ❏ Begin dance lessonsfor your first dance.

two months ❏ Mail invitations.

❏ Plan a trial run with headpiece and makeup.

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❏ Make wedding day hair appointment. Confirm ceremony details.

❏ Arrange rehearsal and dinner plans. ❏ Draw up map to ceremony and reception site.

❏ Complete proper documents for changing your name.

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two weeks

❏ Confirm rehearsal dinner plans. ❏ Find out about gown, bouquet, and/or cake preservation.

❏ Contact guests who did not RSVP to invitations.

❏ Arrange seating plan and write place cards.

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the bottom, walk around in them.

❏ Meet with photographer and videographer - submit list of must-take shots.

one week



❏ Pick up dress or have it delivered. ❏ Host bridesmaids’ party. ❏ Pack for honeymoon. ❏ Confirm travel arrangements - if traveling abroad, purchase small amount of local currency.

❏ Write toast for rehearsal dinner and wedding reception.

❏ Arrange for facial and other beauty treatments.

❏ Give assignments to wedding party members, remind them of rehearsal details.

❏ Confirm transportation details.

day before

❏ Give wedding announcements to an attendant to mail after the wedding.

❏ Verify transportation to and from the wedding ceremony.

❏ Deliver gift baskets if you have them. ❏ Have manicure and pedicure. ❏ Attend ceremony rehearsal.

❏ Notify caterer of the final guest count.

❏ Hold rehearsal dinner and hand out special gifts to wedding party.

❏ Review timetables and details with

❏ Prepare tip envelopes and arrange for

vendors.

someone to distribute them the day of.

wedding day ❏ Eat breakfast.

❏ Arrange to get checked in and have luggage delivered to your hotel.

❏ Get hair and makeup done. ❏ Get dressed. ❏ Switch your engagement ring to your right hand. ❏ Relax and enjoy the day.


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From Luxury Resorts to Lush Gardens, Here are Some of Our Favorite Arizona Wedding Locations TEXT BY: Manali Chavan & Anna Furrey

PHOENIX, ARIZONA IS ONE OF THE PREMIERE LOCATIONS FOR ANY WEDDING. With great weather, desert landscapes and a variety of venues, there is something for any and every couple. From country clubs, rustic chic venues to something a little more modern - we’ve got you covered. Read on for our editor’s picks of Arizona’s best wedding venues for the trendiest styles for your ceremony and reception.

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Favorite Country Clubs ANTHEM GOLF & COUNTRY CLUB:

Country Club. The Tuscan style

The picture book setting will

sweeping views of the San Tan

architecture is surrounded by

have you and your guests

Mountains, sparkling lake and

You and your guests will find

views of the Bradshaw & White

astounded. The wedding spaces

lush orange groves that have

everything you need at Anthem

Tanks Mountains. The Blackstone

are designed to accommodate

grown nearby for decades.

Golf and Country Club for a

wedding package consists of

all types of parties with The

perfect, private North Phoenix

a private venue with 6 hours

Clubhouse, perfect for parties of

VERRADO GOLF CLUB:

wedding. The Sonoran Desert

of exceptional guest services,

50 to 100 people, and the year

Finding a one-stop location for

compliments the extraordinary

access to four stone fireplaces

around West Lawn Pavilion, ideal

all your wedding celebrations

Persimmon and Ironwood

and water features with intimate

for larger parties of 100 to 400

can be difficult, but Verrado Golf

clubhouses. Both clubhouses

seating, tenting services, rental

people.

Club offers the ideal picturesque

come with multiple amenities

services and so much more.

including lush lawns, waterfalls,

location for weddings, rehearsal

SEVILLE COUNTRY CLUB:

dinners and wedding brunches.

Seville Country Club’s Cascada

White Tank Mountains the

pavilions, gorgeous ramadas, a

MCCORMICK RANCH GOLF CLUB:

state-of-the-art ballroom with

Whether you’re looking for an

Ballroom is one of a kind venue

wedding space stretches to

floor-to-ceiling windows and a

intimate or grand wedding day,

space that is sure to make your

more than 7,000 yards and

panoramic view of the city lights.

McCormick Ranch Golf Club has

wedding day magical. You’ll

offers a jaw dropping view of

expansive patios, covered

Tucked in the foothills of the

a wedding space perfect for

create wedding memories amid

the rugged natural beauty. You

BLACKSTONE COUNTRY CLUB:

you and your loved ones. The

the travertine tile, 50-foot bell

can also choose from affordable,

ceremony site is located on the

towers, large arching entryways

yet lavish wedding packages to

If you’re looking for an elegant

grassy shores of Scottsdale’s

and expansive terraces. The

simplify your wedding.

yet rustic theme, then look

largest lake with immaculate

ballroom also overlooks the

no further than Blackstone

views of Camelback Mountain.

event lawn and 18th hole with its

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Beautiful Gardens BOOJUM TREE HIDDEN GARDENS:

pavilions, scenic courtyards and

The exotic Boojum Tree has

and evening ceremonies,

found a new home here in

receptions and rehearsal dinners.

Phoenix at the Boojum Tree

The unique landscape and

Hidden Gardens. Dubbed as

breathtaking Arizona sunsets

the,“five acre oasis in the heart

make for a naturally beautiful

of Phoenix” this wedding location

setting for your big day.

originated as a passion project, garden paradise. Today it’s one

JAPANESE FRIENDSHIP GARDEN:

of the most unique wedding,

The tranquil and beautiful setting

reception and party venues. You

of the Japanese Friendship

have your choice of wedding

Garden will transport you

spaces from the Hacienda-styled

across seas for your wedding

Plaza, Old World Cantina, Indoor

ceremony. The wedding space is

Tropical Garden and the magical

an authentic 3.5 acre Japanese

Palm Garden.

Stroll Garden with tea garden

but word spread quickly of the

PHOTO: Different Pointe of View

historic banquet halls for daylight

Stunning Views

features more than 1,500 tons

DIFFERENT POINTE OF VIEW:

SASSI:

DESERT BOTANICAL GARDENS:

of hand-picked rock, stone

Your dream Phoenix wedding

Scottsdale wedding locations and

In the Desert Botanical

footbridges, lanterns and more

will become a reality at Different

perfect for your special day. As

Gardens, nothing blooms as

than 50 varieties of plants. As

Pointe of View at the Pointe

you walk through the wedding

beautifully as love. With the

you stroll the path, you will

Hilton Tapatio Cliffs Resort.

space you’ll be taken away by

garden’s Southwest appeal

enjoy flowing streams, a 12-foot

The floor-to-ceiling windows

the sunset and mountain views,

and enchanting location, this

waterfall, and a Koi pond with

showcase the dramatic

lush landscaping, uplit trees,

wedding venue is the right fit

over 300 colorful Koi fish.

panoramic views of the Valley’s

fountains and views the desert

and teahouse. The garden

for any couple. You will get the

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chance to choose from open-air

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Sassi is one of the most romantic

desert landscape, the city’s

and Pinnacle Peak. The wedding

THE WRIGHT HOUSE GARDEN RECEPTION CENTRE:

twinkling lights and Arizona’s

spaces also offer the grace and

infamous sunsets. Sacred

charm of an old world, romantic

vows will become even more

Italian villa.

Whether you’re looking for a

meaningful amid the glowing

garden wedding or reception

Sonoran Desert and overlooking

EL CHORRO:

under the stars, this setting is

the distinctive beauty of the

Honoring the heritage of an

the perfect backdrop for your

North Mountain Preserve.

Arizona landmark, El Chorro provides a renowned desert

future wedding album and all the memories tied to it. Your

THE PASEO:

setting at the base of Camelback

guests will be able to share in the

Only one event at a time is

Mountain and Mummy

enchantment as you walk down

held at The Paseo so you can

Mountains, a perfect locale for a

an aisle flanked by pristine lawns,

privately and comfortably enjoy

distinct wedding, special event or

immaculate fragrant flowerbeds

the atmosphere and views at

dining experience. Long regarded

and mature shade trees. The

the foot of the Superstition

as a jewel of the Valley, the iconic

garden ballroom also has a

Mountains. The breathtaking

setting, historic building and

picturesque gazebo for you to

mountain backdrops, natural

classic, Southwestern-inspired

take your vows in and is adjacent

Sonoran desert views and

cuisine are legacy El Chorro

to an elegant ballroom with a

amazing sunsets will astonish

trademarks.

covered veranda.

you and your guests.

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Rustic Charm

JW MARRIOTT CAMELBACK INN:

TALKING STICK RESORT:

With its historic charm and

In addition to the lavish

southwest elegance, Scottsdale’s

ceremony spaces, Talking Stick

JW Marriott Camelback Inn

Resort offers multiple amenities

Resort & Spa offers couples an

to create pre-and post-wedding

exquisite blend of something

activities that you’ll remember

old and something new for the

for a lifetime. You can choose

perfect wedding. The 45,000

from a variety of amenities from

square feet of venue space

the thrilling casino with 24/7

in Scottsdale offers unlimited

gaming to a sparkling pool with

possibilities. Choose from the

cabanas offering a full menu

North Garden with blooming

and cocktail services, a personal

flowers and views of Camelback

concierge and flat screen TVs

Mountain or the Lakeview Inn

to day-of salon services for

with flowing waterfalls and lush

manicures, pedicures and hair

fairway views. With the Arizona

styling.

SHENANDOAH MILL:

elevation Northern Arizona

sky as a canopy and desert

Known for its rustic country

valley, Granite Creek Vineyards

mountains as a backdrop, every

atmosphere, complete with a

is surrounded by rugged granite

view is breathtaking.

waterwheel and a romantic

peaks and rolling prairie. The

SHERATON WILD HORSE PASS RESORT & SPA:

garden, The Shenandoah

wedding space includes amenities

THE PHOENICIAN:

The Sheraton Wild Horse Pass

Mill is the perfect place for

such as an old fashion barn, lush

From sun-soaked, outdoor

Resort & Spa is a truly unique

your wedding or reception.

greenery, and uplit trees. This

activities, to exclusive

destination offering spectacular

Maintaining much of its original

charming venue is ideal for any

accommodations and candlelit

desert views, extensive outdoor

rustic-like architecture, the

sized wedding looking to hide

ceremonies in a stylish salon,

Chandler wedding venues,

wedding space is surrounded by

away in the greenery.

The Phoenician, an AAA Five-

palatial ballrooms and award-

Diamond resort, reaches beyond

winning cuisine. In addition, the

TUBAC GOLF RESORT AND SPA:

expectation to deliver the

amenities are sure to please any

exceptional. The wedding space

bride with a 17,500 sq. ft. full

lush greenery and complimented with wood amenities throughout the venue.

The beautiful and tranquil Tubac

features cherished nuptials

service spa and salon, 36 holes

PORTICO WEDDINGS & EVENTS:

Golf Resort and Spa features

set amid lush floral gardens

of championship Troon Golf, fine

Spanish hacienda architecture,

and majestic mountain views.

dining at one of Arizona’s only

Portico Wedding & Events offers

lush grounds, beautiful gardens,

This venue is a spectacular

AAA Five-Diamond restaurant,

a beautiful garden setting for

Arizona’s incredibly clear blue

destination for celebrating love

Kai, and an onsite equestrian

weddings with romance and

skies and a wide array of elegant

and wedding bliss in Scottsdale’s

center for horseback adventures

style. Ceremonies are set among

amenities that will make your

gorgeous Sonoran Desert

along ancient tribal land.

fully mature citrus trees, a

wedding celebration everything

landscape.

sparkling pool and lush greenery.

you have ever longed for.

Receptions are held in the

Exchange vows in a stunningly

spacious, covered pavilion with

beautiful 1700’s replica mission-

an amazing inlaid dance floor.

style chapel and enjoy a lovely reception on the Otero Lawn

GRANITE CREEK VINEYARDS:

with views of the dramatic peaks of Santa Rita Mountains.

Nestled in a unique, high-

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Themed Ambiance PHOENIX ZOO: The Phoenix Zoo is the ideal venue for your themed ambiance wedding. With a lush, tropical setting mixed in with the beauty of the Sonoran Desert, the Phoenix Zoo creates a unique and romantic atmosphere. Share your vows in the shadows of the Savana, dance under the twinkling lights at Ruby’s House and take gorgeous lakeside wedding photos.

MUSICAL INSTRUMENT MUSEUM: The Musical Instrument Museum (MIM) offers a more formal and classic ambiance for your

Urban Vibe

big day. Displaying more than 6,000 musical instruments

WAREHOUSE215 @ BENTLEY PROJECTS:

setting for your special day.

A 1918-converted linen laundry

cityscape backdrop for your reception under the city lights

THE CLAYTON ON THE PARK:

musical and cultural exhibits.

building with industrial details and modern amenities,

and Arizona stars, while the

You will love this chic Scottsdale

Indian sandstone to the interior

Warehouse215 @ Bentley

Grand Ballroom provides the

wedding venue. The Clayton

Venetian plaster walls and Italian

Projects finds its home in one

ideal locale to celebrate your

on the Park can accommodate

porcelain floors. MIM will create

of the hottest up-and-coming

new lives together by dancing

50-250 guests depending on

the grand and luxurious setting

neighborhoods. Located in the

the night away.

the style of your event and

you always imagined.

excite both you and your guests.

and artifacts from around the world, MIM offers incomparable

The Skyline provides a stunning

From the museum façade of

is designed with a modern,

heart of Phoenix’s urban-chic

neutral palette to complement

includes 10,000 square feet

PHOENIX ART MUSEUM:

of flexible interior space and a

A variety of spaces can be

contemporary architecture and

ARIZONA RENAISSANCE FESTIVAL:

1,500 square foot, beautifully

tailored for your wedding day

imaginative use of space with

Make your wedding a royale

landscaped patio.

from a state-of-the-art 300-seat

three areas are available to use

affair at the Arizona Renaissance

Warehouse District, the space

any wedding decor. The

theater and various sizes of

as you wish: the outside Terrace,

Festival by hosting your

RENAISSANCE PHOENIX DOWNTOWN HOTEL:

galleries, as well as The Museum

the first floor Clayton Room and

wedding amongst medieval

Café. The classically progressive

second floor Gallery. In addition,

inspired cottages and castles.

design of the Phoenix Art

the location is right on the park

By bringing your guests back to

The Renaissance Phoenix

Museum’s 203,000 square feet

and couples love the lush green

the Dark Ages, they will be able

Downtown Hotel is located in

architecture, the Museum’s

space for photographs before

to experience exotic costumes,

the heart of Downtown Phoenix

18,000-work collection of art

and after their ceremony.

unique and delicious cuisine

where the exciting urban

from around the world, and the

and activities that everyone will

location provides a unique city

many traveling exhibitions will

enjoy.

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Recently Refreshed THE SCOTTSDALE RESORT AT MCCORMICK RANCH: Newly refurbished and renewed, PHOTO: Four Seasons Scottsdale at Troon North

The Scottsdale Resort at McCormick Ranch will be the perfect venue for the beginning of your forever. The renewed resort includes beautifully manicured grounds, elegant cuisine, and a variety of on-ground sites. It is classified as one of the most romantic destinations for both grand and intimate weddings in Arizona.

COPPERWYND RESORT & CLUB: The recently refreshed

All Out Luxury

CopperWynd Resort & Club is a boutique resort nestled high on

ARIZONA BILTMORE:

intimate design, Royal Palms is

shimmering lagoons, romantic

a mountain ridge in Scottsdale,

The Arizona Biltmore, A Waldorf

able to cater to and create an

rose gardens and the spectacular

claiming some of the most

Astoria Resort in Phoenix will allow

upscale and lavish experience.

Princess Falls, the Fairmont

unique and breathtaking views

you to create an unforgettably

that Arizona has to offer. To

luxurious experience for you

compliment their renewed look,

and your guests to enjoy. A place

CopperWynd Resort & Club offers

Scottsdale Princess will bring you and your guests to a state

of stately beauty, the Biltmore

FOUR SEASONS RESORT SCOTTSDALE AT TROON NORTH:

amenities that are perfect for

is known for a long history of

Celebrate your nuptials at the

your wedding day knowing that

hosting pre-and post-wedding

refinement, impeccable taste and

Four Seasons Resort Scottsdale

everything is taken care of to the

actives, including: a full service

a high standard for entertaining.

at Troon North. With their all out

highest standard.

spa, fitness center, private dining

The flawless service will

luxury experience, Troon North

and much more.

compliment your wedding with

provides intuitive Four Seasons

grace and style.

service to perfect every moment

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staff, you can relax and enjoy

ROYAL PALMS RESORT & SPA:

like spa and beauty, you can

HYATT REGENCY SCOTTSDALE RESORT & SPA AT GAINEY RANCH:

sneak in some alone time with

Create the memories of a lifetime

The Royal Palms Resort & Spa

your soon-to-be wedded spouse

at the unrivaled Hyatt Regency

is known for being a couple’s

and enjoy nearly two hours of

Scottsdale Resort & Spa at Gainey

cherished desert getaway

Couples’ Suite Indulgence.

Ranch. Bask in the extraordinary

of your wedding. With services

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of pure luxury. With a dedicated

and for inspiring generations

services and atmosphere with your family and friends and make

ensemble, Royal Palms provides

FAIRMONT SCOTTSDALE PRINCESS:

effortlessly beautiful towering

The AAA Five Diamond

enjoy soothing spa treatments,

palms, lush gardens, hidden

Fairmont Scottsdale Princess is

championship golf, tennis, and

nooks and regal, Spanish

a world-class Scottsdale desert

laying poolside by the refreshing,

Colonial architecture. With their

retreat destination. Including

crystal, clear water.

of storybook weddings. With devotion to a romantic

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At Talking Stick Resort, our outstanding service and wedding expertise can handle it all. Enjoy flexible accommodations for an intimate gathering or a large-scale affair. Explore dining and entertainment for every taste, including a thrilling casino, world-class spa and two championship golf courses. Then experience an unforgettable first day as a married couple.

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COUP DES TARTES:

Desert Oasis

Coup des Tartes has brought

OLD TOWN TORTILLA FACTORY:

french cuisine to Arizona! French

When you have the Old Town

inspired cheese and wine, artisan

Tortilla Factory in Scottsdale

entrĂŠes, tartes, pastries, anything

cater your reception, you can

you can think of to create a

feel comfortable knowing that

divine and gourmet menu, the

all of your guests will enjoy

easiest and most tasteful way to

dancing the night away with full

create that Parisian aesthetic for

stomaches and warm hearts.

your wedding.

They provide an option to customize your menu to make

FOX RESTURANTS:

sure that the food coordinates

Fox Restaurants, the owners of

perfectly with the tone and

Culinary Dropout, The Yard, The

aesthetic of your day.

Showroom, True Food etc are wedding. They provide a variety

J&G STEAKHOUSE AT THE PHOENICIAN:

of different menus, ranging

J&G Steakhouse at The

sending their chefs to cater your

from casual to formal, and a

Phoenician provides the level

AMARA RESORT & SPA:

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mixture of both. For example,

of sophistication and taste in

The Amara Resort & Spa is the

Discover Marana is surrounded

enjoy your favorite pretzel and

their food that the Phoenician

crown jewel of Sedona wedding

with breathtaking mountaintop

cheese appetizer, with your

provides in their venue. The

venues. A diamond in the red

views in all directions. They

bacon wrapped scallops and a

gourmet food and drinks are

rock ruff, they are known to

provide exquisite indoor and

fun cocktail.

complied with fresh, local

create the ultimate fairytale

outdoor venues, each boasting

ingredients and worldly spices,

experience. With their stunning

versatility for your ceremony,

masterfully executed by Chef de

outdoor courtyard and acclaimed

reception and special event. You

Cuisine Jacques Qualin.

chef and catering staff, Amara

will have the quality service you

provides an experience that

need while having the scenery to

matches the scenery.

capture the perfect moment for

CAREFREE RESORT & CONFERENCE CENTER: Carefree Resort & Conference

WE KO PA RESORT & CONFERNCE CENTER:

Center offers brides and grooms

Located in the heart of the

a way to obtain a carefree and

beautiful Sonoran Desert, We-Ko-

lovely experience. With lush

Pa Resort & Conference Center

grounds surrounded by the

offers one of the most appealing

desert terrain, you will truly

weddings and receptions sites.

feel like you have found your

Brides and grooms are drawn to

wedding oasis. The only thing

the pristine desert surroundings.

more breathtaking than the

With nothing but: clear skies,

scenery will be you.

mountain views and green grass, you’re practically hosting a wedding in the middle of the desert, with an award-winning golf club at your fingertips.

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your perfect day.


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Reception SUCCESS 10 Steps to Finding the Perfect Venue for Your Wedding Day TEXT BY: Kelsey Casselbury PHOTOGRAPHY BY: Rachel Solomon Photography

HE GOT DOWN ON ONE KNEE, YOU SAID “YES!” and your families popped a bottle of champagne. But once the light of day appears, you might realize that you have no clue where or how to start planning your wedding. Take a deep breath and don’t panic—embarking on the path to your nuptials can be incredibly overwhelming, particularly in a state as beautiful as Arizona. Here, hundreds of magnificent venues, all complete with expert wedding planners, picturesque views and mouthwatering catering, strive for a piece of the wedding industry—and although it seems staggering, this is actually beneficial to you. Unlike in drearier states, you’re not pigeon-holed into an indoor reception venue due to the threat of rain (although you certainly want to take it into consideration). In Arizona, you can choose between stunning desert views or a pine tree background, just by driving a couple hours. You can even find venues on the water. In short, all these choices make for a wedding day that is exactly what you dreamed of—as long as you can narrow down the options. To do so, follow these 10 steps, beginning right after the proposal and ending when you sign a contract for the perfect reception space.

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Step One: Determine Your Search Strategy Due to the sheer number of wedding venues in Arizona, it’s impossible to consider them all. Therefore, priority No. 1 is determining what’s important to you and your betrothed and starting the venue search with those parameters in mind. Each of you should make a list of your top three to five sticking points and then discuss.

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Some priorities to consider: geographic location, space for the right number of guests, catering reputation, outdoors versus indoors and overall ambiance, just to name a few. “Your wedding should be a reflection of you,” says Riette Bartlett of Downtown Phoenix Venues. “ So if you are a couple who loves the outdoors, look for an outdoor venue. If you are foodies, look for a place with caterers that will give you a unique menu instead of the normal buffets.”

Step Two: Narrow It Down Even with these parameters in mind, you might be left with dozens of potential venues. It’s just not realistic to visit each of them. You can do some preliminary research with the help of a few friends. Ask around for recommendations from friends, family and coworkers. Do Internet searches for the venues, looking for accolades or criticisms from other brides on forums and review sites. Remember, however, that people are more likely to complain about a bad experience than praise a good one. Of course, this is the time you also want to call or email the venue to ask for a pricing list. There’s no quicker way to eliminate potential venues than to find that they’re way out of your budget!

Step Three: Pay a Visit Once you have a list of venues in the right location and offering the right price, set up an appointment to take a tour. Keep in mind that prime Saturday slots can book up a year in advance, so, if possible, you should start your venue visits about 14 months before the big day. While scheduling your site visits, pay

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particular attention to how quickly the venue coordinator

responds

to

your

requests,

whether via phone or email. If they’re not responsive now when they’re still trying to win your business, it may be a sign of how they will respond after you’ve already signed a contract. Once you’ve arrived at the venue, there are plenty of things to note. Pay attention to how you felt when you first walked into the venue—your guests will have that same feeling. If it made you feel excited and inspired, that’s a good sign. If you felt confused, lost or bored, maybe you should move on to the next locale.

Step Four: Ask the Right Questions According to Abigail Olaya of Venue at the Grove in Phoenix, there are two important, but often overlooked questions you need to ask. First, will there be any other events or bookings taking place at the same time as your wedding? “It’s better to know in advance than to be surprised on your big day,” she says. Second, are there any vendor requirements? “Knowing vendor requirements upfront is always helpful in planning,” she says. “This will keep you from booking a vendor, such as a caterer, first, and then later finding the wedding reception of your dreams has a restriction on caterers.” Other important questions to ask, what’s the maximum number of people that the venue can comfortably hold? Who will I be working with while planning and will that person be at the wedding (from beginning to end)? Is the date I want available? “The couple should make sure that they get accurate information regarding the capacity of the venue. If they love a venue that cannot comfortably accommodate their expected number of guests, move on! It is not in anybody’s best interest to squeeze guests in,” says Jane Frankel of The Clayton on the Park in Scottsdale. “If the venue is love at first sight, the couple may opt to trim down the guest list, or at least create an ‘A’ and ‘B’ list—there are bound to be some declines.”

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Weddings

Step Five:

I M AG I N E D

Share Your Vision You’ll make your life and the lives of your bridal party, groom and family a lot easier if you’re a relaxed bride who’s willing to be flexible on certain aspects of wedding planning. That being said, you likely have a vision as to what you want your wedding to look like, so don’t keep it to yourself. You want to be on the same page as the venue coordinator as quickly as possible, and they’ll be able to tell you if anything you desire isn’t realistic for that particular venue. For example, if you have a dream of an ambient, candlelit dinner reception and that venue doesn’t allow open flames indoors, then it’s better to know that before you sign the contract. You can either look for another venue or modify your vision based on logistics. “If a venue has a very distinctive style that SJA Studios

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competes with the couple’s vision, then it’s wise to keep in mind the cost of transforming the space,” warns Frankel. “It may be better to find a venue with a more neutral décor.”

Step Six: Check Back a Couple Days Later This is a follow-up to see how well the staff communicates with you, as well as another opportunity to ask any questions you might have come up with since your first visit. If you’re serious about the venue, ask them to put a hold on your date (if you didn’t do so at your site visit). While you shouldn’t be holding dates at every venue in town, the coordinator should be willing to give you a three- to sevenday window to hold your date.

Step Seven: Take Your Time Unless you’re on a deadline or the venue has just one Saturday in the year left, don’t feel pressured to make decisions immediately. Your wedding is a once-in-a-lifetime event, and you need to create a wedding that really represents you as a couple. Put some thought into this, and envision your perfect wedding DISCOVER MORE AT www.renphxweddings.com | 602.333.0000 | 50 EAST ADMAS STREET,PHOENIX, AZ 85004

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you to make a decision immediately; they

costs that you may have overlooked. You also

yourself to keep for further review. It will come

understand that the right reception space is

need to know exactly what is allowed at the

in very handy if you end up having any sort

paramount for a couple’s wedding, but don’t

venue, as well as any verifying pricing and a

of disputes down the road, but it’s likely that

string them along; they’re in the business of

cost breakdown. The contract should also

you won’t!

booking events, so you should take a couple

include the timeline of setup, event hours and

days to think about it carefully, and then make

teardown times. It is also important to find out

Step Ten:

a decision.

about their alcohol policy. Booze can be pricey

Move Onto Other Plans!

at a venue. Find out if they supply it or if you

You’ve tackled the biggest obstacle of planning

can bring in your own bottles, as well as what

your wedding. Now that you’ve secured the

limitations they have on serving.

perfect reception venue, you can move onto

Step Eight: Look Over the Contract Carefully Once you’ve selected the venue, it’s time to

other important aspects of the wedding day,

review the contract. The contract is important

Step Nine:

because it protects you and the vendor. Read

Sign on the Dotted Line

choosing the perfect shade of pink for your

it carefully to make sure there are no hidden

Make sure you get a copy of the contract for

wedding flowers.

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WEDDING PLANNING IS NEVER EASY, BUT IT CAN GET REALLY STICKY WHEN you’re tiptoeing around etiquette issues. These days nearly every wedding situation has some level of worry. You don’t want to hurt others’ feelings but it’s your special day, right? What’s right? What’s wrong? Are you being rude? From debating about who to include on the guest list to stressing about social media etiquette and worrying about asking for gifts, it’s definitely not easy to be polite.

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FEELING SOCIAL? Social media may be a huge part of your life but that doesn’t mean you need to Snapchat, Facebook and Instagram every wedding detail. Still, you don’t have to keep your wedding plans silent on social media, even if many of your “friends” and “followers” aren’t invited to your I Do’s. Guests and non-guests will likely “like” your photos and wedding plans but be aware that not everyone will be as excited as you are. You can set up a private page on various social media platforms to share details with people you know are interested. Otherwise, you can simply post a short message to your fans and followers explaining while you can’t accommodate everyone at your wedding, you’d love to share the event with them via photos and posts on social media.

“Don’t feel

obligated to invite family or friends you aren’t close with or haven’t seen in a long time.

WHO’S INVITED? The guest list is typically a touchy subject. Budget and space constraints make it tough to invite everyone you want to share in your celebration. But what happens when you have to leave good friends off the list? If you can’t afford to invite everyone you’d like to include, call each uninvited person and politely explain you’d love to have them at the wedding but that you’re on a budget. Don’t feel obligated to invite family or friends you aren’t close with or haven’t seen in a long time. #AZWEDDINGS ARIZONAWEDDINGS.COM

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CASH & GIFTS

choose items from your wish list or to give you

Most couples register for gifts but often what

a store gift card.

Who knows? Your guests may keep that card for years to come. At a time when most mail is

they really want is cash. But is asking for money

junk mail, it’s refreshing to get a personal note.

rude? Yes, but there are ways to encourage

SAY THANK YOU

guests to write you a check.

Sure, writing and mailing thank you notes is

BEING GRATEFUL

tiresome and seems old fashioned but it’s still

While it’s not always easy, being polite is possible.

the thing to do.

You can still have your wedding, your way but it

Asking for money can seem greedy so if you really want bucks, tell your guests what you’re saving for, such as, “While no gifts are required,

Forget verbal thanks, text messages and

we’d be honored to receive a cash gift to help us

social media posts. The formal way is here to

furnish our new home.”

stay.

requires some patience and lots of thought. When in doubt about whether a wedding decision could hurt someone’s feelings, try to

be

use good judgment, read an etiquette book if

wise to steer clear of a traditional gift registry,

handwritten and personalized. Anything else is

needed and ask trusted advisors like a wedding

since those registries encourage guests to

too informal for such a significant occasion.

planner for advice on what’s best.

Wedding

To further encourage a money gift, it may be

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you

notes

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AT AMARA RESORT & SPA, SEDONA

PHOTOGRAPHY Daniel Kim Photography

Beautiful natural desert elements were chosen to highlight the

and copper-colored orchids. Modern geometric shapes were

natural beauty of Amara Resort & Spa in Sedona. Copper and

nodding to current themes and design trends. Other trendy

metallic details offset the natural greens found in the cacti and

natural elements like crystals, rocks and geodes were used

succulents. A large Cholla cactus skeleton took center stage in

in the design. Personalized thin agate slices with copper foil

place of a vase or container it was covered in cacti, succulents

lettering were used for place cards.


about the venue AMARA RESORT & SPA, SEDONA

Modern Luxury Meets Peaceful Seclusion, worlds away from the typical southwest scene. Comfort fills every corner of Amara’s elegant accommodations, so stress slips away as easily as the sunsets. Whatever brings you to Sedona, Amara gives you the best of all worlds: a desert retreat with an urban vibe overlooking Sedona’s beautiful Red Rocks, and a team ready to cater to your every whim. We want to make every event inspiring and memorable. From intimate vows under the stars or creekside to an 80 person cocktail reception and dinner, Amara staff makes the transition from conception to execution happen flawlessly. Weddings are made more memorable with majestic Red Rock backdrops and an event services team that ensures the once-in-a-lifetime occasion unfolds as such.

the team

VENUE Amara Resort & Spa, Sedona PHOTOGRAPHER Daniel Kim Photography EVENT DESIGNER Butterfly Petals FLORIST Butterfly Petals RENTALS Verve Events & Tents

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Special Occasions Are Better When Shared Sheraton is where dreams come true. Celebrate your wedding day at Sheraton Grand Phoenix as loved ones gather to share in your shining moment. Enjoy our modern, sophisticated destination that features flexible indoor and outdoor spaces, and turn your vision into reality at Sheraton Grand Phoenix. Experience exceptional service and savor culinary delights while every detail is meticulously coordinated for your wedding celebrations. Each facet is perfectly planned and artfully prepared with you in mind.

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AT EL CHORRO

PHOTOGRAPHY Rachel Solomon Photography

Romance, passion and a nod to Spanish heritage were infused

Spanish culture and design into a modern wedding theme.

into the design elements of this modern twist on a sophisticated

El Chorro proved to be the perfect setting with its diverse

Spanish design. The event designer, Shawna Reed of Your Event

backdrops. Pops of blues and yellows along with the elegant

Florist wanted to show brides how to incorporate elements of

magenta floral created a tranquil Spanish resort setting.


about the venue EL CHORRO

El Chorro offers an authentic Arizona desert setting at the base of Camelback and Mummy Mountains. A series of exterior patios, fireplaces and beautifully manicured lawns and gardens are ideal for any style of wedding. With outdoor spaces for 30-300 guests and interior spaces for 20-220 guests, there are various locations for the perfect ceremony and reception. Long regarded as a jewel of the Valley, the iconic setting, historic building and classic, Southwestern-inspired cuisine are legacy El Chorro trademarks. Let the wedding specialists at El Chorro create a timeless menu offering to delight your guests and enhance your memorable day.

the team

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AT OCOTILLO GOLF RESORT

PHOTOGRAPHY Casey Graham, I Do Photography

The Ocotillo Golf Resort with its amazing Sonoran sunsets

in a vintage blue glass vase and included: Protea, Poppies and

and rolling golf course vistas made the perfect setting for a

Succulents. An arch created another visual feature and was

small, romantic sweetheart table. All the elements chosen for

designed using Eucalyptus, Tillandsia and Aranthus. The bold

this design reflected an array of beautiful traditional Sonoran

invitation suite, place cards and menu pulled all the bright

colors. The bright florals for the centerpiece were arranged

colors together.


about the venue OCOTILLO GOLF RESORT

Ocotillo Golf Resort is the perfect choice for any season. Here you will find the hidden treasures of swaying palm trees, glistening lakes, calming waterfalls and perfectly manicured lawns to surround your ceremony and reception. Pamper and prepare yourself in our private Bridal Suite for your walk down the aisle to prince charming. Once you have said “I do” the sunset will provide the background for those memorable photos that will last a lifetime.

the team

VENUE Ocotillo Golf Resort PHOTOGRAPHER Casey Graham , I Do Photography EVENT DESIGNER dei - zinz fresh studio FLORIST dei - zinz fresh studio RENTALS Y-Knot Party & Rentals and Event Rents LINENS Southwick Linens CAKE Piece of Cake Desserts STATIONERY Shelby Bursley

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NEW BEGINNINGS START AT POINTE HILTON SQUAW PEAK RESORT. Your special day means as much to us as it does to you. Gorgeous indoor and outdoor spaces provide the perfect back-drop to your rehearsal dinner, ceremony or reception. Pointe Hilton Squaw Peak Resort provides the perfect location for an elegant, versatile wedding venue; as well as on-site Wedding Planners who will assist you with every detail so that you can fully enjoy this momentous occasion with those you love. Schedule an appointment today, call our Wedding Professionals at: +602 906 3874 or visit squawpeakhilton.com to view our property.

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earthy glam

AT RENAISSANCE PHOENIX DOWNTOWN HOTEL PHOTOGRAPHY Ryan Nicole Photography

Using the urban setting of the Renaissance Phoenix Downtown

The lavender napkins held the lovely menu cards, and the

Hotel’s beautiful terrace as inspiration, the team created a

beautiful ghost chairs were perfectly modern and feminine, the

modern scene, with lots of feminine touches. Metal, crystal and

perfect juxtaposition to the rustic wooden table. The ceremony

wood were used to create a contemporary urban chic feeling.

area was kept simple with large metal candle lanterns lining the

Stunning tall centerpieces of white, lavender and pink along

aisle, while the chairs were arranged to allow guests to take in

with beautiful crystal candlesticks added the perfect softness.

the beautiful cityscape.


about the venue

RENAISSANCE PHOENIX DOWNTOWN HOTEL The Renaissance Phoenix Downtown Hotel’s exciting, urban location provides a unique city-setting for your special day. With indoor and outdoor event space for your wedding celebration, we offer the perfect location for your ceremony or reception. Our Skyline provides a stunning cityscape backdrop for your reception under the city lights and Arizona stars, while our Grand Ballroom, inspired by the colors of the Sonoran desert, provides the ideal locale to celebrate your new lives together by dancing the night away.

the team

VENUE: Renaissance Phoenix Downtown Hotel PHOTOGRAPHER Ryan Nicole Photography EVENT DESIGNER Table Tops, Etc. FLORIST Table Tops, Etc. PAPER Celebrations In Paper RENTALS Event Rents

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YOUR BIG DAY, OUR BIG HONOR. Love, laughter, happy ever after. There is no better way to start your new life together than at Pointe Hilton Tapatio Cliffs Resort. Scenic courtyards, terraced patios and spacious ballrooms provide the surroundings for “Pointe Perfect” memories. Outdoor or indoors, see why our elegant spaces are considered the finest venues for your wedding. Schedule an appointment today, call +1 602 866 7500 Ext. 7191 or visit tapatiocliffshilton.com to view property. 11111 North 7th Street Phoenix AZ 85020 USA © 2016 Hilton Worldwide

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From this Day Forward FROM THIS DAY

Whether it’s a lavish reception for 500 or an intimate rehearsal dinner for 50, Carefree Resort is the ideal destination for your wedding celebration. Your happily ever after starts here. Unique Indoor and Outdoor Venues - Spectacular Lawns & Botanical Gardens - Exquisite Ballrooms Customized Catering & Tablescapes - Dedicated Social Experts & Professionally Trained Event Staff

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AT THE SHOWCASE ROOM

PHOTOGRAPHY Minson Weddings

Playing upon the rustic modern aspect of The Showcase

To enhance the warm feeling of the room the flowers were

Room, natural elements of rock and wood were incorporated

chosen in rich amber tones of yellow and orange. Because

into the design. Black river stone was laid down the middle of

food is such an important part of a great event and the Fox

the long table to create a natural table runner. The stones were

Restaurant concept, the team made sure to include a glimpse

softened with pops of color from flowers and candlelight.

of some tasty menu items.


about the venue THE SHOWCASE ROOM

Inside the project at Farmer Arts District, The Showcase Room accommodates parties up to 350 guests and can be portioned into two separate private rooms. It provides everything from AV equipment to a private bar ... you just bring the guests. The Showcase Room features an inviting industrial atmosphere and is the new destination for visitors to discover what Tempe is all about. Some of the City’s best culinary talent contributes to The Showcase Room menus, customizable to fit any occasion and price range. Host meetings or weddings you won’t forget, any impressive big bash that deserves a Showcase of a celebration.

the team

VENUE The Showcase Room PHOTOGRAPHER Minson Weddings EVENT DESIGNER BTS Event Management FLORIST The Studio at Cactus Flower CATERING The Showcase Room RENTALS Classic Party Rentals LINENS Wildflower Linens INVITATIONS Posh Invitations

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The AAA Four-Diamond award-winning Camelback Inn has been creating moments to remember since 1936. With historic charm, southwest elegance and modern luxury, our legendary landmark resort effortlessly orchestrates seamless events. From engagement and bachelor and bachelorette parties, to rehearsal dinners, wedding ceremonies and receptions, whether classic, casual, intimate or grand, our stunning unforgetlocation and emphasis on the finer details ensure an unforget table event in time-honored fashion. With 45,000 square-feet of venue space including grand ballrooms, beautiful gardens, lush lawns, expansive patios, private dining rooms and exclusive event space at Camelback Golf Club, we boast the most sought-after locations in Scottsdale with breathtaking views of Camelback and Mummy mountains.

A TRULY EXCEPTIONAL EVENT DESERVES A LEGENDARY LOCATION.

Our expert event-planners, exceptional catering teams and on-site audio/visual professionals, will handle every detail, no matter how small. And with 453 luxurious private casitas, an award winning spa, 36-holes of championship golf, contemporary fine dining at six unique restaurants, endless recreation and unparalleled hospitality, your guests will have every imaginable amenity at their fingertips. Discover an elevated event experience at JW Marriott Camelback Inn. For more information, please call 480.367.6190 or visit camelbackinn.com.

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AT THE SCOTTSDALE RESORT AT MCCORMICK RANCH PHOTOGRAPHY Love My Life Photography

Blush, gold and pops of deep red created a beautiful

settings. The invitation suite included a gold monogram

tablescape, perfect for the bride looking for a timeless

to add to the classic, sophistication of the dĂŠcor. This color

design. The classic, sophisticated design incorporated blush,

scheme and set up is perfect for a garden wedding as well as

white and deep red florals with golden accessories and place

a beautiful ballroom.


about the venue THE SCOTTSDALE RESORT AT MCCORMICK RANCH

At the crossroads of everything Scottsdale, we can create the wedding of your dreams. Imagine saying “I do” beneath a flawless canopy of stars, the perennially verdant expanse of our Paradise Park Lawn is the ideal background to your happily ever after. From Intimate outdoor celebrations to grand affairs in our elegant ballroom, we’ve invested $11 million in renovations to assure your new beginning is everything you hoped for and more.

the team

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AT GOLD CANYON GOLF RESORT

PHOTOGRAPHY StepOnMe Photography

The rustic table was designed using natural textural elements.

vases. To add elegance, the table was set with copper chargers

Rustic grapewood adorned with lush Sunset garden roses,

and a beautiful rose gold candelabra. The color schemed looked

purple Allium and artichokes, red Freesia, craspedia, orange

beautiful against the backdrop of the beautiful greens of the

and pink Protea, daffodils, chocolate sunflowers and Solidago

country club and Superstition Mountains.

were accented with whimsical cloches and sweet little bud


about the venue GOLD CANYON GOLF RESORT

Gold Canyon Golf Resort, Arizona’s ultimate destination property, offers a modern twist with the beautiful backdrop of the Superstition Mountain wilderness. Gold Canyon features over 600 acres of land offering the ideal golf and spa retreat, as well as the ability to host events for up to 250 guests. Our catering team works diligently to perfect even the minor details in order to offer you an experience that lasts a lifetime. Whether you choose us to host a lively wedding reception, an elegant rehearsal dinner, or a beautiful bridal shower, our experienced staff will take your expectations above

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SIGNING on the Dotted Line Don’t Forget About The Contracts TEXT BY: Kristin Castillo PHOTOGRAPHY BY: Love My Life Photography

WEDDING PLANNING IS FUN AND EXCITING, BUT IT’S ALSO A BUSINESS. As a bride, you need to be business savvy as you finalize all the details of your day. One of the most crucial things to consider is having a clear and solid contract for every wedding vendor and service. Sure contracts sound boring, but they’re really important since they protect your personal interests and your financial investments. After all, you want to make sure you’re getting everything you expect to get on your special day. You want the custom cake you ordered, not a substitute; your guy wants to ride to the ceremony in a Hummer, not a black sedan; and you both want the venue to valet park your guests’ cars, just like you’re paying them to do. You need to get all these details in writing to ensure they’ll happen and if something goes wrong, you have proof of what was supposed to happen.

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won’t consider other clients for the same day and time. Often if a couple books and cancels within six months of the big day, a vendor can give your deposit back because that’s usually enough time

PHOTO: Love My Life Photography

for the vendor to re-book clients for that day. A contract should also cover payment timelines. An industry standard in catering is for the couple to pay their estimated food and beverage costs 30 days prior to the event. Those fees are non refundable. Check with your vendors about their substitution policies too. A caterer for example, may want to substitute Chilean salmon with Alaskan salmon because of what’s in season or pricing differences. It may not be a big deal for you and your groom, but it’s fair that you should know about the possible changes and get veto power to say yes or no to the decision to substitute menu items.

CONTRACTS 101

CONTRACT TIMELINES

Get everything in writing and make sure you’re clear on all the terms.

To make sure you’re getting good service, a good product and a good

A verbal agreement may seem like a good deal at the time, but without

contract, get quotes from two to three other vendors in each category.

a written agreement, your spoken understanding doesn’t have much

Once you’ve found a vendor you like, make sure you seal the deal in a

merit. It may seem uncomfortable to ask for every detail in writing, but

reasonable amount of time. The timeline for signing a contract can vary,

it’s worth it in the long run, especially if you need to reference the written

but typically contract timelines can be as short as 24 hours or as long

agreement in the future.

as two weeks.

Ask your vendors to be as specific as possible in the contract about what’s included and what’s not. For example, your wedding gown purchase may or may not include alterations, so ask about the policy and get it in writing. Find out if your venue includes linens and chair covers;

Most of the time, a contract is considered final once it’s signed by both parties. Still you may have some flexibility if you need it. Ask your vendors if they allow changes or modifications to a contract. They may allow it, but they may charge extra for the courtesy.

either way, you should get the details in the written contract. You want all your wedding plans to work out exactly as you envision

THINK ABOUT INSURANCE

and your contract can help you pull all the details together. Still make

This is an important day for you and your groom. No doubt about it, you

sure your contract outlines what will happen if all the plans don’t go

want the event to be perfect. You may want to consider buying wedding

smoothly as you hope they will. Ask your vendors to explain in writing

insurance to protect your investment.

what recourse you’ll have if something goes awry.

You can get insurance to cover you for reasons such as canceling due

For example, if your designer orders the wrong cardstock and

to bad weather, no-show vendors and unexpected military deployment.

envelopes, how will she make up for the error? Here are some things you

Some policies will even cover you for lost or damaged wedding attire

can barter for in case a mix-up happens: a discount, an order upgrade or

or jewelry. According to the Insurance Information Institute, prices for

even a complimentary set of thank you notes.

wedding insurance can range from $125 to $400. Contact your state’s insurance department to make sure your

POLICIES Every contract should clearly explain what’s expected of you and what you’ll be getting in return. A good contract will cover all the vital information and lots more like payment deadlines, cancellation and refund policies, as well as whether or not substitutions are allowed.

insurance company is licensed. Another insurance consideration is whether or not your vendors are insured. Ask them all if they have insurance. If they do, it’s a good sign you’re working with a true professional. Often, venues will require outside vendors to carry insurance. Transportation companies, photographers and entertainers are just

Cancellation policies vary from vendor to vendor, but typically if

some of the wedding vendors who are getting insurance to protect their

you cancel, you’ll lose your deposit because the vendor is losing your

business interests. For liability reasons, these vendors and others want to

business and needs to recoup some of the price of his service.

make sure they’re covered in case of an accident or wedding day mishap.

It’s not uncommon for vendors like photographers for example to

With all vendors, make sure you have a backup plan in case of an

require a one-third to half of the total fee upfront as a non-refundable

emergency and always try to be calm and fair. Remember having a

deposit. That fee secures the date for a couple which means the vendor

contract is a good thing. It protects you and your vendors on your special day.

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Destination Southern Arizona History, Scenery and Culture - A Recipe for the Perfect Wedding in Southern Arizona TEXT BY: Anna Furrey PHOTOGRAPHY BY: Love My Life Photography

With all of the different climates Arizona has to offer, make your way down south for a sunkissed paradise. Experience show stopping views, invigorating history, culture and nightlife that will collaborate together to create the perfect recipe for your Arizona wedding.

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When many Arizonan’s think of Tucson, they most often think of their Wildcat days at the University of Arizona. What many don’t know is that Tucson is full of hidden treasures in its flawless scenic surroundings. It’s no secret that backdrops like the Santa Catalina Mountains create the perfect ambiance for a wedding. The colorful desert of Tucson is less than 200 miles out of the Valley. Allow yourself to be consumed with the sense of freedom the city allows. Step outdoors and explore the widely renowned Sabino Canyon. Lush with desert landscape brush and token Saguaro cacti, take a deep breath of the refreshing Tucson air before wading into Seven Falls. After your time exploring the Sonoran Desert, take a stroll through Tucson’s historic downtown streets. Rich with culture and lined with selections of every kind of food you can imagine, this Southern Arizona location is

welcoming and rewarding.

“Outdoors looking toward the

With so many fun and exciting things to do, take some time to relive your college days on the university campus. Take a walk downtown to survey the authentic Arizonan arts scene. Then celebrate well into the night at one of the

mountains or

many bars and gastropubs in town. Outdoors looking toward the mountains or

indoors with

indoors with romantic décor, Southern Arizona

romantic décor,

time of year. Being less than two hours south

Southern Arizona

from home” getaway for couples seeking a

offers pristine conditions for a wedding at any of Central Phoenix, it acts as a “home away destination wedding with a short travel time.

offers pristine

conditions for

Pima Air & Space Museum: For an incredibly

a wedding at

wedding at the Pima Air & Space Museum.

VENUES unique and exciting experience, host your

any time of year.

Take your own “Sentimental Journey” under an aptly named B-29 combat glider. Then, bust some moves on the dance floor under the glow of a custom lit hangar.

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TUCSON, ARIZONA Hidden Treasures, Historic Downtown Culture, Exploration.


“Considered to have more

sunshine than any other city on earth, Yuma is bursting at the

seems with outdoor activities.

Tubac Golf Resort and Spa: Nestled in the Santa Cruz River Valley on the historic 500-acre Otero Ranch is the Tubac Golf Resort and Spa. Surrounded by the Coronado National Forest, highlighted by the dramatic peaks of the Santa Rita Mountains, their tranquil resort resembles Spanish hacienda architecture. . Arizona Inn: With the reputation of being one of the most beautiful and internationally acclaimed historic resorts, the Arizona Inn is the perfect destination for any wedding. Green, lush, manicured lawns with mature trees, combined with intimate courtyards and flowering gardens that spill over onto winding brick walkways provide an extraordinary setting for special occasions and treasured memories. Celebrations Party Spot: This wedding venue is everything a couple could ask for. Celebrations Party Spot is a venue purely created to host your dream wedding. With a team of planners and vendors on site, ballrooms and a beautifully decorated location, they have everything you could think of.

YUMA, ARIZONA Sunny Skies, Water Fun, Romantic Scenery Considered to have “more sunshine than any other city on earth”, Yuma is bursting at the seems with outdoor activities. With everything from water play, to golfing, to off roading, it’s the kind of wedding destination that will make memories of a lifetime. Take some time to spend the day on the cool waters of one of the world’s great rivers. Cool off with your family and friends on a river tour, tubing, Canoeing, kayaking, and boating. At Arizona Weddings Magazine,

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we definitely recommend making wine-sickles for these particular excursions. If you’re looking for some especially exciting to do with your future hubby before tying the knot, go on a hot air balloon tour over the Gila Mountains. This is an intimate, exciting experience that would allow you two to get away for a few hours and take a moment to reconnect in the midst of all that crazy wedding planning. Yuma is Arizona’s hidden gem. With resorts, exciting night life, river play, hiking, and breathtaking views, it makes for a practical, and memorable wedding location.


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Northern Arizona Wonderful Weather & Stunning Scenery TEXT BY: Anna Furrey PHOTOGRAPHY BY: Minson Weddings

Just when the wedding venues of Phoenix and Scottsdale begin to slow down, Northern Arizona’s most popular wedding venues are just getting started. With outdoor weddings a possibility nearly all year round, ditch the heat and hit the road to Northern Arizona.

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THE VERDE VALLEY Wine Country, Charm, and Art.

recommend bringing your girlfriends, but it can

With so many exciting activities to experience,

you and your fiancé.

also make for a quick, little romantic getaway for

70 degrees, and over 300 days of sunshine. From fine dining, to boutique shopping, hiking trails to history, Prescott has something

you can turn your wedding day into a mini

For a bit of adventure, just minutes away,

for every one of your wedding guests to enjoy.

vacation for your guests and a pre-honeymoon

take a drive up to the historic town of Jerome,

If you want your guests to feel right at home,

for yourself. Less than two hours north of

nestled in Mingus Mountain. With stunning views

book reservations at the historic Hassayampa

Phoenix is the charming town of Cottonwood,

of the entire Verde Valley, you will be guaranteed

Inn. Built in 1927 and owned by Arizona resident,

Arizona. Here, you can take your friends and

wedding photos to remember. In Jerome, you

Michael V. Kouvelas, the property is one of

family to Old Town to experience a variety of

can experience a high school full of showcasing

Arizona’s oldest, offering modern amenities

different cafes, restaurants, antique shops, and

art studios, streets lined with restaurants,

combined with a long tradition of exemplary

art galleries. In the winter, it’s known for the

exciting night life, and charming boutiques.

service. With its open-air gazebo, rooftop

“Chocolate Walk”, where all of the shop owners

reception area and elegant ballrooms: it’s the

filling up your bag with delicious home-made

PRESCOTT AND PRESCOTT VALLEY Fine Dining, Shopping, and Culture.

candies. If you do find yourself in this area, we

If you travel up and over Mingus Mountain,

highly suggest picking up an almond croissant

you will find yourself in Prescott. Prescott is

SEDONA Red Rocks, Luxury, and Breathtaking Views.

at the Old Town Cafe.

a destination that transcends the Arizona

Once you finally reach Sedona, there is no

make different chocolates and you and your friends trick-or-treat, up and down the street,

perfect venue for your Prescott wedding.

If you’re looking for some pre-wedding

archetype. No sweltering summers or miles

need for introduction. Sedona is another

fun things to do, stop in at the Granite Creek

of cactus covered moonscape. The town’s

Northern Arizona favorite known around the

Vineyards in Chino Valley . Surrounded by the

mile-high location in the Grand Canyon state’s

world. Often called “red rock country,” Sedona

lush, green atmosphere and the verde river,

central highlands brings four mild seasons, an

and its surrounding area provide a slight

it makes for a fun, relaxing experience. We

average annual daytime temperature of about

break in weather (about 10-15 degrees cooler

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cooler climate, we suggest taking the canyon

guests, the city offers endless hiking options,

drive up to Flagstaff. About an hour away,

spiritual and personal enrichment activities,

watch through your window as the red rocks

and top-rated spas; and based on the time of

fade into a forest of pine trees. At 7,000 feet

the year, concerts, festivals and more. As far as

elevation, Flagstaff is located in the largest

spas go, we recommend Amara Resort and Spa

ponderosa pine forest in the world. And that

in Sedona for some pre-wedding pampering.

simply means one thing for Arizona couples:

As far as what hikes to do, take your guests

picture perfect backdrop for their wedding

to Devil’s Bridge and Bell Rock. Both make for

portraits. For couples looking specifically to

outstanding experiences, and incredibly unique

wed from May to October, check out Arizona

wedding photos.

Snowbowl. Located on the majestic San Francisco Peaks, the Arizona Snowbowl lies 14 miles outside of Flagstaff, 2 hours from

surrounding wine country creates a dream

Phoenix, and 70 miles from the Grand Canyon.

setting for weddings, events and special

The resort offers guests a marvelous mountain

occasions. Check out Red Agave Resort for

backdrop and breathtaking views.

pristine views of world famous Bell Rock and

Now just add in the historic downtown charm,

Courthouse Buttes.

FLAGSTAFF Cool Climate, Hiking, San Francisco Peaks. When you’re ready to make your way up to a

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With the glorious red rocks, natural ambiance and serenity, Sedona and its

endless outdoor adventures, and Flagstaff is easily the top Northern Arizona destination to keep your guests busy all weekend long! Make sure you stop at the Flagstaff Convention & Visitors Bureau to get all the information you need to make memories of a lifetime. We

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in summer months) and stunning views. For


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definitely suggest exploring the shops in Downtown, getting a coffee at Macy’s European Coffeehouse and Bakery, and grabbing dinner at The Beaver Street Brew.

WHITE MOUNTAINS Snowy Mountain Tops, Lakes, and Fresh Air. Lastly, but surely not any less beautiful, are the snow-dusted White Mountains. This area includes: Show Low, Pinetop-Lakeside, Greer, Springerville, Snowflake-Taylor and Payson. With temperatures averaging 25 to 35 degrees cooler than the desert regions to the south, the White Mountains offer a collection of mountain lakes in every direction. This is the place to be if you’re looking for a cabin-in-the-woods, or lakeside wedding. From tree-lined lakesides and cool forest meadows to stunning mountain vistas and intimate private retreats, the White Mountains are a place that you and your guests can relax, and take a mini hiatus from the city. With hiking, fishing, skiing and plenty of fresh air, it can be the ultimate cure for pre-wedding stress. When planning your Northern Arizona wedding, remember planning should be fun, so take the time and enjoy the ride! It’s just a short drive away, and the easiest way to beat the heat. Who says your Arizona wedding has to be hot? Take a look at this beautiful, charming, and amazing locations to find the best fit for you.

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ceremony & reception venues

resource guide Ceremony Outdoor Site or Available Garden Area

Outside Caterer OK

OffPremises Catering

Guest Rooms Available

Telephone/Website

Reception/ Dinner Size Range

Aldea at Tlaquepaque Phoenix 4150 W. Peoria Ave. • Phoenix

602.866.2222 www.aldeaweddings.com

Up to 300

Nearby

Anthem Golf & Country Club 2708 W. Anthem Club Dr. • Anthem

623.465.3021 www.anthemclubaz.com

Up to 450

Nearby

602.381.7603 www.arizonabiltmore.com

5 to 1500

520.463.2600 www.renfestinfo.com

20 to 125

Nearby

623.707.8702

Nearby

Name & Location

Arizona Biltmore 2400 E. Missouri Ave. • Phoenix Arizona Renaissance Festival 12601 E. U.S. Hwy. 60 • Gold Canyon Blackstone Country Club 12101 W. Blackstone Dr. • Peoria

www.weddingsatblackstone.com

Up to 200

Boojum Tree Hidden Gardens 16026 N. 36th St. • Phoenix

602.867.8975 www.boojumtree.com

Up to 200

480.595.3443 www.theboulders.com/weddings

Up to 150

Carefree Resort & Conference Center 37220 Mule Train Rd. • Carefree

480.595.3707 www.carefree-resort.com

25 to 700

Chateau Luxe 1175 E. Lone Cactus Dr. • Phoenix

602.843-1118 www.chateauluxeaz.com

50 to 700+

Nearby

The Clubhouse at Tonto Verde 18401 El Circulo Dr. • Rio Verde

480.471.2582 x303 www.tontoverdeweddings.com

16 to 150

Nearby

The Clayton On The Park 7343 East Scottsdale Mall • Scottsdale

480.990.7300 www.theclaytononthepark.com

50 to 450

CopperWynd Resort 13225 N. Eagle Ridge Dr. • Fountain Hills

480.333.1830 www.copperwynd.com

20 to 200

602.717.7129 www.nicetartes.com

Up to 100

480.481.8159 www.dbg.org

15 to 300

602.866.6397 www.differentpointeofview.com

10 to 500

480.967.1441 www.phoenixtempe.doubletree.com

50 to 400

480.948.5170 www.elchorro.com

20 to 300

Nearby

520.233.2439 www.ultrastarakchin.com/elements

20 to 300

Nearby

Fairmont Scottsdale Princess 7575 E. Princess Dr. • Scottsdale

480.585.4848 www.scottsdaleprincess.com

10 to 500

Foothills Golf Club 2201 E. Clubhouse Dr. • Phoenix

480.4605350 www.thefoothillsgc.com

Up to 225

602.943.2341 www.fourpointsphoenixnorth.com

25 to 400

Boulders Resort & Spa 34631 N. Tom Darlington Dr. • Carefree

Coup Des Tartes 1725 E. Osborn • Phoenix Desert Botanical Garden 1201 N. Galvin Pkwy. • Phoenix Different Pointe of View 11111 N. 7th St. • Phoenix DoubleTree by Hilton Phoenix-Tempe 2100 S. Priest Dr. • Tempe El Chorro 5550 E. Lincoln Dr. • Paradise Valley Elements Event Center at Ak-Chin Circle 18000 Maricopa Rd. • Maricopa

Four Points by Sheraton Phoenix North 2532 W. Peoria Ave. • Phoenix

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Outside Caterer OK

OffPremises Catering

Guest Rooms Available

Telephone/Website

Reception/ Dinner Size Range

480.515.5700 www.fourseasons.com/scottsdale

Up to 360

Gold Canyon Golf Resort 6100 S. Kings Ranch Rd. • Gold Canyon

480.982.9090 www.gcgr.com

Up to 300

Hermosa Inn 5532 N. Palo Cristi Rd. • Paradise Valley

602.792.1851 www.hermosainn.com

Up to 160

Hotel Valley Ho 8100 E. Indian School Rd. #201 • Scottsdale

480.248.2000 or 866.882.4484 www.HotelValleyHo.com

10 to 300

Hyatt Regency Scottsdale Resort & Spa 7500 E. Doubletree Ranch Rd. • Scottsdale

480.444.1234 www.scottsdale.hyatt.com

Up to 800

Irish Cultural Center 1106 N. Central Ave. • Phoenix

602.258.0109 www.azirish.org

10 to 300

Nearby

Japanese Friendship Garden 1125 N. 3rd Ave. • Phoenix

602.256.3204 www.japanesefriendshipgarden.org

10 to 150

Nearby

480.596.7074 www.camelbackinn.com

Up to 1200

480.382.3829 www.thelegacyballroom.com

50 to 300

480.948.7011 www.mccormickranchgolf.com

Up to 350

Nearby

480.948.5050 www.millenniumhotels.com/usa/millenniumscottsdale

10 to 200

Musical Instrument Museum 4725 E. Mayo Blvd. • Phoenix

480.245.6913 www.mim.org

25 to 1000

Nearby

Ocotillo Golf Resort 3751 S. Clubhouse Dr.• Chandler

480.917.6660 www.ocotillogolf.com

Up to 220

Nearby

The Paseo 3753 E. Apache Tr. • Apache Junction

480.845.9114 www.thepaseovenue.com

Up to 250

Nearby

The Phoenician 6000 E. Camelback Rd. • Scottsdale

480.941.8200 www.thephoenician.com

2 to 1700

Phoenix Art Museum 1625 N. Central Ave. • Phoenix

602.307.2019 www.phxart.org

Up to 300

Phoenix Zoo 455 N. Galvin Pkwy. • Phoenix

602.914.4301 www.phoenixzoo.org

Up to 500

Nearby

Pointe Hilton Squaw Peak Resort 7677 N. 16th St. • Phoenix

602.678.5902 www.squawpeakhilton.com

10 to 600

Pointe Hilton Tapatio Cliffs Resort 11111 N. 7th St. • Phoenix

602.866.6364 www.tapatiocliffshilton.com

10 to 900

Portico Weddings & Events 13640 E. Williams Field Rd. • Gilbert

480.251.1868 www.porticoweddings.com

Up to 150

Nearby

Renaissance Phoenix Downtown 50 E. Adams St. • Phoenix

602.333.0000 www.renhotelphx.com

20 to 500

480.832.1539 www.rockinr.net

Up to 300

Nearby

602.808.3206 www.royalpalmshotel.com

2 to 200

480.502.9095 or 480.502.3335 Private Events www.sassi.biz

14 to 150

Nearby

480.502.3836 www.marriottscottsdale.com

Up to 530

Name & Location

Four Seasons Resort Scottsdale at Troon North 10600 E. Crescent Moon Dr. • Scottsdale

JW Marriott Camelback Inn Scottsdale 5402 E. Lincoln Dr. • Scottsdale The Legacy Ballroom Paradise Valley 4530 E. Gold Dust Ave. • Phoenix McCormick Ranch Golf Club 7505 E. McCormick Pkwy. • Scottsdale The McCormick Scottsdale 7401 N. Scottsdale Rd. • Scottsdale

Rockin’ R Ranch 6136 E. Baseline Rd. • Mesa Royal Palms Resort & Spa 5200 E. Camelback Rd. • Phoenix SASSI 10455 E. Pinnacle Peak Pkwy • Scottsdale Scottsdale Marriott at McDowell Mountains 16770 N. Perimeter Dr. • Scottsdale

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Outside Caterer OK

OffPremises Catering

Guest Rooms Available

Telephone/Website

Reception/ Dinner Size Range

480.596.7588 www.thescottsdaleresort.com

10 to 800

480.279.3012 www.sevillegcc.com

Up to 300

Nearby

480.855.0099 www.shenandoahmill.com

Up to 225

602.943.8200 www.sheratoncrescent.com

10 to 650

602.817.5300 www.sheratonphoenixdowntown.com/weddings

20 to 2000

602.225.0100 www.wildhorsepassresort.com

Up to 1,000

480.878.5663 www.soho63.com

Up to 200

Nearby

Stonebridge Manor 4000 E. Palm St. • Mesa

480.641.3131 www.stonebridgemanor.com

Up to 350

Nearby

Talking Stick Resort 9800 E. Indian Bend Rd. • Scottsdale

480.270.5533 www.talkingstickresort.com

2 to 700

Tempe Mission Palms Hotel 60 E. 5th St. • Tempe

480.317.1526 www.missionpalms.com

Up to 500

Val Vista Lakes Events 1600 E. Lakeside Dr. • Gilbert

480.926.9694 www.VVLEvents.com

Up to 200

Venue at the Grove 7010 S. 27th Ave. • Phoenix

602.456.0803 www.venueatthegrove.com

10 to 200

Nearby

Verrado Golf Club 4242 N. Golf Dr. • Buckeye

623.388.3000 www.verradogolfclub.com/weddings

Up to 300

Nearby

Villa Siena 890 W. Elliot Rd. • Gilbert

480.782.7218 www.villasiena.cc

50 to 300

480.970.2100 www.wscottsdalehotel.com

20 to 300

Warehouse215 @ Bentley Projects 215 E. Grant St. • Phoenix

602.340.9200 www.warehouse215.com

50 to 500

Nearby

We Ko Pa Resort 10438 N. Fort McDowell Rd. • Scottsdale

480.789.5536 www.wekoparesort.com

Up to 600+

Windemere Hotel & Conference Center 5750 E. Main St. • Mesa

480.985.3600 www.windemerehotelmesa.com

50 to 300

480.833.0902 www.thewrighthouse.com

75 to 275

Nearby

Name & Location

The Scottsdale Resort at McCormick Ranch 7700 E. McCormick Pkwy. • Scottsdale Seville Golf & Country Club 6683 S. Clubhouse Dr. • Gilbert Shenandoah Mill 1359 S. Gilbert Rd. • Gilbert Sheraton Crescent Hotel 2620 W. Dunlap Ave. • Phoenix Sheraton Phoenix Downtown Hotel 340 N. 3rd St. • Phoenix Sheraton Wild Horse Pass Resort & Spa 5594 W. Wild Horse Pass Blvd. • Chandler SoHo63 63 E. Boston St. • Chandler

W Scottsdale Hotel 7277 E. Camelback Rd. •Scottsdale

The Wright House Garden Reception Centre 636 W. University Dr. • Mesa

Nearby

Nearby

Nearby

northern arizona / southern arizona / destination weddings Ceremony Outdoor Site or Available Garden Area

Outside Caterer OK

OffPremises Catering

Guest Rooms Available

Telephone/Website

Reception/ Dinner Size Range

928.282.4828 www.amararesort.com/sedona/wedding-venues

Up to 125

Arizona Inn 2200 E. Elm St. • Tucson

520.325.1541 www.arizonainn.com/weddings/

20 to 150

Celebrations Party Spot 2823 N. Stone Ave.• Tucson

520.903.2233 www.celebrationspartyspot.com

25 to 200

Name & Location

Amara Resort and Spa, a Kimpton Hotel 100 Amara Ln. •Sedona

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Chilleen’s on 17 33150 S. Cold Water Rd. • Black Canyon City Discover Marana Arizona Marana Granite Creek Vineyards 2515 N. Road 1 E. • Chino Valley Hassayampa Inn 122 E. Gurley St. • Prescott Pima Air & Space Museum 6000 E. Valencia Rd. • Tucson Red Agave Resort 120 Canyon Circle Dr. • Sedona The Ritz-Carlton Dove Mountain 15000 N. Secret Springs Dr. • Marana Tubac Golf Resort & Spa 1 Ave. de Otero Rd. • Tubac

Ceremony Outdoor Site or Available Garden Area

Outside Caterer OK

OffPremises Catering

Guest Rooms Available

Telephone/Website

Reception/ Dinner Size Range

623.374.5552 www.chilleenson17.com

10 to 200

Nearby

520.382.1988 www.discovermarana.org

Up to 500

Nearby

928.636.2003 www.granitecreekvineyards.com

10 to 250

Nearby

928.777.9550 www.hassayampainn.com/weddings

10 to 200

520.574.0462 www.pimaair.org

Up to 400

928.284.9327 www.redagaveresort.net

2 to 80

520.572.3152 www.ritzcarlton.com/en/properties/dovemountain

25 to 500

800.848.7893 or 520.398.3534 www.tubacgolfresort.com

10 to 250

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The Events, Before the BIG Event Parties to Honor the Bride & Groom YOUR WEDDING MAY BE THE SIGNATURE PARTY OF THE YEAR BUT DON’T JUST FOCUS ON ONE BIG EVENT. You and your groom will be the center of attention at many other parties, including engagement soirees, bridal showers, Jack & Jills and the rehearsal dinner. You want to be prepared for all the pre-wedding celebrations so read on as Arizona Weddings preps you on all the important details you need to know like the mood of the party, who’s hosting, who’s on the guest list and what to expect.

ENGAGEMENT PARTIES

thrown by a close friend of the

engagement parties are held

reasons you register for gifts since

The Event: You may have one

couple; and many are sponsored

on a Friday or Saturday, which

guests want to shower you with

or more of these fun parties,

by the bride or groom’s families.

are great happy hour evenings.

love and lots of household goodies

which are a great way to share

While an engagement party is

The menu typically features

like dishes, towels, silverware

your wedding excitement

generally easy-going, the host

appetizers (hot and cold)

and drink ware. Often bridal

with family and friends. These

will still spend at least $25 per

and cocktails including beer,

showers are held at a restaurant

relaxed parties can be held at

person for dinner. Menus and

wine, soft drinks and maybe a

on a weekend (think Saturday

a restaurant or a private home.

venues can result in an even

signature cocktail too. Often the

lunchtime) or at the home of the

Plan to toast your upcoming

pricier gathering.

bar is hosted for the entire event.

maid or matron of honor.

nuptials with lots of cocktails!

Guest List: Whether you invite

Host: There’s no definite host

10 friends or 100, make sure

BRIDAL SHOWERS

matron of honor hosts the bridal

for engagement parties since

everyone’s ready for a good time.

The Event: Traditionally these

shower.

each one can be pretty different.

Plan to include your close friends,

parties are girls-only and help the

Some parties are hosted by the

family and co-workers too.

bride-to-be get set up with gifts for

Guest List: Since this party is

bride and groom; others are

What’s Included: Often

the home. This party is one of the

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CELEBRATION LOCATIONS | pre-wedding parties

with the women in your life

parties tend to be informal and

a chance for guests to give you

grooms chip in to cover costs for

and your guy’s too, including

often are hosted as a BBQ at the

gifts including household items

the rehearsal dinner or pay for

mothers, sisters, daughters,

home of the best man or the

(from your registry) as well as

the whole thing.

cousins and other family

maid or matron of honor.

money and gift cards.

Prices for the rehearsal dinner

members and friends.

These parties help celebrate both

What’s Included: Bridal showers

the bride and groom. This allows

REHEARSAL DINNER

person, which typically includes

are pretty relaxed and a lot of

both sides of the family to come

The Event: Most of the time

dinner, drinks and dessert.

fun. Often you’ll play games for

together in a coed celebration,

the rehearsal dinner is held

Guest List: Rehearsal dinners

prizes, such as seeing which

and get to know each other

the night before the wedding

have a limited guest list of close

guest can answer the most trivia

before the wedding too.

since it immediately follows the

family, members of the wedding

questions about you and your

Host: Typically the best man or

ceremony’s rehearsal. But the

party and out-of-town guests.

groom. Lunch and light drinks

the maid/matron of honor host

dinner can also happen on one

What’s Included: Take some

like wine and teas are usually

the party.

of the nights leading up to the

time to relax at this family and

served. You’ll open gifts about

Guest List: This coed party is

big day. While rehearsal dinners

friends party. Remember that a

halfway through the party and

for all men and women who are

are often held at a restaurant,

rehearsal dinner might be the

finish the get-together with a

friends and family of the bride

they’re not necessarily formal

first time you or your groom

slice of cake or pastries.

and groom. A good guideline?

affairs.

will meet out-of-town guests

Invite the same people you’re

Host: Most often, the groom’s

and extended family. Spend

JACK & JILL PARTIES

inviting to the wedding.

family pays for the rehearsal

some time socializing with

The Event: Think of this party

What’s Included: While this

dinner since the bride’s family

guests, share a great meal and

as a bridal shower for both the

party is a fun gathering to mingle

traditionally hosts the wedding.

savor the feelings of love and

bride and groom. Jack & Jill

with family and friends, it’s also

Nowadays, many brides and

support.

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ELEVATED ELEGANCE Romance is in the air when you host your private event at J&G Steakhouse. Nestled into the base of majestic Camelback Mountain, we offer a variety of stylish private and semi-private dining spaces all featuring sweeping floor-to-ceiling views, as well as award-winning contemporary steakhouse cuisine from worldrenowned chef, Jean-Georges.

Located at The Phoenician 6000 E. Camelback Road Scottsdale, AZ 85251 www.jgsteakhousescottsdale.com (480) 214-8000

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rehearsal dinners & private dining

resource guide

Price range is shown as “per person” and may exclude tax, gratuities and a possible room charge. off-Premise Catering indicates whether the business will cater your event away from their own premises.

Size Range

Price Range

20 to 15

Name & Location

Arizona Inn 2200 E. Elm St. Tucson, AZ 520.325.1541

Cuisine

Private Rooms

Outdoor Site

Daytime Events

$52 to $100

Varies

Arizona Inn offers several private dining rooms which offer a perfect setting for rehearsal dinners, bridal showers and post-wedding brunches.

2 to 66

$25 to $80

American

The Arrogant Butcher offers you the best of everything - seafood, steaks, draft beer, wine and cocktails, comfort food and good company. Three private dining rooms are available in this downtown hot spot.

10 to 60

$25 to $55

Modern Italian

Bar North serves modern Italian - fresh, seasonal ingredients, artisanal preparation, inventive flavor combinations, sexy cocktails and dishes made for sharing. With a gorgeous view of the main courtyard, guests can choose inside, outside or both seating combinations.

10 to 75

$20 to $40

Modern Mexican

We offer modern mexican fare in a casual, chic setting. Guests of all ages enjoy Blanco’s upbeat and casual come-as-you-are atmosphere. Dining options include a secret sotano with private bar and colorful patios.

20 to 700

Varies

Varies

Your dream wedding begins at The Carefree Resort. Casual elegance, warm breezes, attentive staff and expertly prepared cuisine. Indoor and outdoor venues to most budgets. We are truly Carefree.

50 to 200

$48 to $60

Varies

A modern event venue located in the heart of downtown Scottsdale. Contemporary building with two floors and a private patio/ Full Service bar and a variety of enticing menu options.

Comments

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The Arrogant Butcher Cityscape Downtown Phoenix 2 E. Jefferson, #150 Phoenix, AZ 480.993.2501

Bar North Kierland Commons 15024 N. Scottsdale Rd., Ste. 160 Scottsdale, AZ 480.751.2202 www.foxrc.com/north

Blanco Biltmore Biltmore Fashion Park 2502 E. Camelback Rd. Phoenix, AZ 480.905.3278 www.foxrc.com

Carefree Resort & Conference Center 37220 Mule Train Rd. Carefree, AZ 480.595.3707 www.carefree-resort.com

The Clayton On The Park 7343 E. Scottsdale Mall Scottsdale, AZ 480.990.7300 www.theclaytononthepark.com

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Name & Location

Different Pointe of View 11111 N. 7th St. Phoenix, AZ 602.866.6397

Size Range

Price Range

Private Rooms

Outdoor Site

Daytime Events

10 to 300

$29 to $300

Tantalizing American Cuisine w/ Mediterranean Influence

Poised 1,800 feet above the valley floor, Different Pointe of View offers breathtaking views second only to the outstanding cuisine of Executive Chef Anthony DeMuro and the superb service of our staff.

20 to 300

$40 to $125

American

El Chorro offers an authentic Arizona desert setting at the base of Camelback Mountain, a perfect locale for a unique and distinct wedding event, entertainment or dining experience.

Up to 360

$85 & Up

Varies (Custom Menus)

Nestled in the cooling foothills of Pinnacle Peak, the AAA Five-Diamond Four Seasons Resort Scottsdale at Troon North combines scenic beauty with superb service to create an intimate desert experience unmatched in the Southwest.

Up to 60

Up to $150

New American

LON’s at The Hermosa Inn, desert gardens provide a mood setting entrance and are scattered strategically throughout the grounds. LON’s may be booked exclusively for wedding parties and can easily accommodate up to 60 guests.

10 to 314

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Traditional Steakhouse

J&G Steakhouse offers a sophisticated collection of steakhouse classics as interpreted by Michelin starred chef, Jean-Georges Vongerichten. Diners will enjoy dramatic sunsets and views of the Valley while dining in either of their two private rooms.

10 to 70

$25 to $55

Modern Italian

North serves modern Italian - fresh seasonal ingredients, artisanal preparation, inventive flavor combinations, sexy cocktails and dishes made for sharing. Located in the quaint Arcadia neighborhood, North has private dining available on the all weather, inviting patio.

10 to 300

$25 to $50

Southwestern

Come enjoy Old Town Tortilla Factory, located in the heart of Old Town Scottsdale where we offer the best of the Southwest on our Award-Winning Firewater Patio & Arizona’s Best Margaritas!

Cuisine

www.differentpointeofview.com

El Chorro 5550 E. Lincoln Dr. Paradise Valley, AZ 480.948.5170

Comments

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Four Seasons Resort Scottsdale at Troon North 10600 E. Crescent Moon Dr. Scottsdale, AZ 480.515.5700 www.fourseasons.com/scottsdale

Hermosa Inn 5532 N. Cristi Rd. Paradise Valley, AZ 602.792.1851 www.hermosainn.com

J&G Steakhouse at The Phoenician 6000 E. Camelback Rd. Scottsdale, AZ 480.214.8000 www.jgsteakhousescottsdale.com

North Italia 4925 N. 40th St. Phoenix AZ 480.751.2202 www.foxrc.com

Old Town Tortilla Factory 6910 E. Main St. Scottsdale, AZ 480.945.4567 www.oldtowntortillafactory.com

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Name & Location

Olive & Ivy’s Gold and Stamp Room 7135 E. Camelback Rd. Ste. 195 Scottsdale, AZ 480.905.3273

Size Range

Price Range

Cuisine

Private Rooms

Outdoor Site

Daytime Events

2 to 30

$45 to $70

CaliforniaMediterranean

Enjoy mediterranean cuisine in the heart of Old Town Scottsdale. The Gold Room has a glowing elegance perfect for smaller, intimate events up to 12 while The Stamp Room is ideal for larger groups along with access to the amazing patio.

14 to 150

$45 to $85

Italian

Dining destination with old world architecture and cuisine inspired by Southern Italian traditions. Private villa dining rooms for 8-50 guests, garden lawn, private room for 150+ guests for rehearsal dinners and events.

10 to 800

$48 & Up

Varies

Celebrate your rehearsal in the heart of Scottsdale. Our award-winning cuisine and enchanting atmosphere will ensure the night before your special day is as unique and memorable as your love.

Up to 100

$25 & Up

Custom

We invite your guests to enjoy a magical evening amidst the picturesque San Tan mountains and indulge their pallets at your rehearsal dinner in one of our elegant dining locations.

Up to 450

Varies

Varies

Showcase it all in Tempe’s newest space, The Showcase Room, a blank canvas where hosts can create any type of vibe for your event, from a black tie fête to a relaxing dinner party.

www.foxrc.com

SaSSI 10455 E. Pinnacle Peak Pkwy. Scottsdale, AZ 480.502.3335 (For Private Events) www.sassi.biz

The Scottsdale Resort at McCormick Ranch 7700 E. McCormick Pkwy. Scottsdale, AZ 480.596.7588

Comments

www.thescottsdaleresort.com

Seville Golf & Country Club 6683 S. Clubhouse Dr. Gilbert, AZ 480.279.3012 www.sevillegcc.com

The Showcase Room 149 S. Farmer Tempe, AZ 480.265.3485 www.theshowcaseroomaz.com

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Photography: StepOnMe Photography Event Planner: Stylish Events by Lisa Venue: The Casablanca Lounge Flowers: Butterfly Petals Desserts: Frosted Frenzy Cupcakes Paper Products: Posh Invitations Makeup: Bombshell Beauty by Yolanda Hair: Kristopher Johnson Jewelry: TouchStone Crystal by Swarovski Bridal Salon: Lillian Lottie Bridal Couture Men’s Formalwear: Celebrity Tux & Tails

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SPOTLIGHT Twelve beautiful styled photo shoots from eight of Arizona’s best event designers, showcasing original décor concepts at some of the area’s most beautiful wedding venues.

THIS PAGE: PHOTOGRAPHER StepOnMe Photography VENUE Copperwynd Resort & Club

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natural beauty of love AT COPPERWYND RESORT & CLUB

EVENT DESIGNER Meant2Be Events

PHOTOGRAPHER StepOnMe Photography

the team

EVENT DESIGNER Meant2Be Events PHOTOGRAPHER StepOnMe Photography VENUE CopperWynd Resort & Club FLORIST Chasing Bliss Design RENTALS Classic Party Rentals PAPER PRODUCTS Be In Love Designs CAKE Piece of Cake Desserts GOWN SALON LUV Bridal MENSWEAR Parker & Schmidt Clothiers HAIR & MAKEUP Babydoll Weddings MODELS Saydi Driggers and Ben McKee


inspiration The exquisite and romantic remodel of CopperWynd Resort & Club was the setting for this stunning shoot. Natural earth tones and the touch of modern elegance brought these magnificent photos to life. The Iced-Coffee and Lilac Gray along with CopperWynd’s Marble wall inspired Meant2Be Events with a wild and free natural earth feeling that enhanced the venue’s style and ambiance. Glamorizing this shoot was an A-line gown with Venetian lace over soft tulle in the fabulous vintage rose color that paired well with the groom’s dashing taupe suit. The scene and mood was set for a blissful evening of romance.

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fresh watercolor

AT WAREHOUSE 215 @ BENTLEY PROJECTS EVENT DESIGNER Events By Stephanie Antoinette

PHOTOGRAPHER Malone Sinclaire

the team

EVENT DESIGNER Events By Stephanie Antoinette PHOTOGRAPHER Malone Sinclaire VENUE Warehouse215 @ Bentley Projects FLORIST Flower Bar RENTALS Glamour & Woods and Prim Unique Rentals PAPER Vee Creative GOWN Schaffer’s MODELS Ashley and (dog) Ruby


inspiration Designer Stephanie Antoinette chose a watercolor theme for this styled shoot at Warehouse215 @ Bentley Projects. Each element of the design pulled the theme together. From the ombre ribbons, menu cards shaped like rain drops with a watercolor print, to the bright colored florals, which all balanced out beautifully. The ghost chairs and lovely settee finished off the look. The lovely model Ashley (a former client of Events By Stephanie Antoinette) looked stunning in her crisp white gown. One of the team’s favorite additions to the shoot was their adorable dog, Ruby. She was the perfect match to the setting and was so cute in her floral collar.

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romantic rendezvous AT COUP DES TARTES

EVENT DESIGNER Tie the Knot by Tessa

PHOTOGRAPHER Rachel Solomon Photography

the team

EVENT DESIGNER Tie the Knot by Tessa PHOTOGRAPHER Rachel Solomon Photography VENUE Coup Des Tartes FLORIST Butterfly Petals RENTALS Fancy Lou Designs PAPER PRODUCTS Foil & Ink CAKE Ruze Cake House GOWN Cleo and Clementine MENSWEAR Brothers Tailors Custom Clothier HAIR & MAKEUP Hair and Makeup by Kiana MODELS Darby Deak and Kyle O’Malley


inspiration This styled shoot was inspired by the idea of a spur of the moment elopement. Coup Des Tartes offered the perfect setting for this idea; quaint and intimate. Tie the Knot by Tessa incorporated a moody color palette of deep eggplant, soft purples, maroon, ivory and gold. The color palette coordinated with every detail of the shoot; from the invitation suite, the cake, the dress and the suit. To enhance the gorgeous outdoor setting, three different locations were designed: the ceremony area with a backdrop created from spare logs, candles and greenery; the reception lounge complete with antique coffee table, Parisian rugs, throw pillows and fruit and cheese and finally the reception table with watercolor splattered names cards and gold flatware atop of each black place setting. The romantic florals tied into every element of the design.

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vibrantly bright delight AT THE ARIZONA BILTMORE

EVENT DESIGNER Meant2Be Events

PHOTOGRAPHER Casey Graham, I Do Photography

the team

EVENT DESIGNER Meant2Be Events PHOTOGRAPHER Casey Graham, I Do Photography VENUE Arizona Biltmore FLORIST Avant-Garde, William & Company Floral Design Studio RENTALS Classic Party Rentals and Fancy Lou Designs LINENS Southwick Linens CAKE Classic Cakes and Confections PAPER Be In Love Designs LIGHTING Valley Mix Entertainment GOWN SALON LUV Bridal MENSWEAR Parker & Schmidt Clothiers HAIR Julia Ruesga MAKEUP Sarah Sanmarco MODELS Bianca Mead and Owen Parker


inspiration Planner Tasha Miller of Meant2Be Events wanted to create a fresh and vibrant feel at the Arizona Biltmore. To complete her vision, she chose bright orange, blue, yellow and pink for all the design elements. The chandeliers added the perfect sparkle, while uplighting set the mood for the rest of the room. Gold flatware complimented the chargers, chairs and of course the chandeliers. Clear plates maintained the look of the gold chargers and to add vibrancy, a stunning napkin holding the menu card finished off the place setting. The centerpiece featured a bold floral with a gold candelabra holding bright orange votives, that finished the overall design.

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love is a game two can win AT TALKING STICK RESORT

EVENT DESIGNER Meant2Be Events

PHOTOGRAPHER Ben & Kelly Photography

the team

EVENT DESIGNER Meant2Be Events PHOTOGRAPHER Ben & Kelly Photography VENUE Talking Stick Resort FLORIST Kate Ryan Design PAPER Be in Love Designs CAKE Piece of Cake Desserts MENSWEAR Celebrity Tux & Tails and Parker & Schmidt Clothiers MAKEUP Make up by Heather Wilson RENTALS Creative Occasions and Classic Party Rentails


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inspiration The ballroom at the beautiful Talking Stick Resort was the perfect space for this elegant sweetheart and cake table design. To capture the fun and flashy setting of the venue, Meant2Be Events incorporated deep blues and silver along with clean, crisp white florals. The sequined draped backdrop set the tone, which was carried through with the cake design and the beautiful sequined and feather trend setting dresses, providing the perfect ambience. The team also visited a variety of the other beautiful locations within the venue for some picture perfect moments.

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exotic arrangements AT THE MUSICAL INSTRUMENT MUSEUM

EVENT DESIGNER Amy Mancuso Events

PHOTOGRAPHER Ryan Nicole Photography

the team

EVENT DESIGNER Amy Mancuso Events PHOTOGRAPHER Ryan Nicole Photography VENUE Musical Instrument Museum FLORIST Avant-Garde, William & Company Floral Design Studio RENTALS Event Rents


inspiration Designer Amy Mancuso created an intimate, exotic table in a little nook inside the MIM. Using the vibrancy of Middle Eastern style weddings as inspiration, she created low table, which featured bold, vibrant colors, including: fuchsia, purple, blue, yellow and orange. Beautiful fabrics added texture while abundant candle sticks with brightly colored glass covered the center of the table. Gold chargers topped with beautiful linen napkins added even more opulence to the table. The stunning floral arrangements were placed on and around the table, putting the finishing touches of color to the design.

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circle of life, love and happiness AT SHENANDOAH MILL

EVENT DESIGNER Simply Refined Events

PHOTOGRAPHER StepOnMe Photography

the team

EVENT DESIGNER Simply Refined Events PHOTOGRAPHER StepOnMe Photography VENUE Shenandoah Mill FLORIST Table Tops Etc. RENTALS Glamour & Woods and Event Rents LINENS LaTavola Fine Linen GOWN SALON Lillian Lottie Bridal Couture MENSWEAR Celebrity Tux & Tails HAIR & MAKEUP Laura Burton MODELS Maja & Elton Lamce


inspiration Simply Refined Events’ Michelle Scarzone’s styled shoot was designed around a real couple, Maja and Elton, who have been married for 10 years. Bright orange was chosen for the main color and worked beautifully with the grounds at Shenandoah Mill. The ombre pattern, present in all the florals and the chair backs, represents the different phases of marriage and life. The light color represents the beginning of a couple’s life together and each subsequent darker color symbolizes the new experiences they will take as a couple. The lovely white stemmed glasses and plates popped against the bright orange tablecloth. Orange soda doubled as a place card and a fun favor, as well as adding an additional pop of orange to the table.

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sophisticated elegance AT CHATEAU LUXE

EVENT DESIGNER Amy Mancuso Events

PHOTOGRAPHER Ben & Kelly Photography

the team

EVENT DESIGNER Amy Mancuso Events PHOTOGRAPHER Ben & Kelly Photography VENUE Chateau Luxe FLORIST Brady’s Floral Gallery RENTALS Classic Party Rentals CHARGERS BBJ LINEN LINENS LaTavola Fine Linen DRAPING Quest Drape CAKE Chateau Luxe PAPER Celebrations In Paper GOWN SALON Grace Style & Bridal MENSWEAR Hugo Boss MAKEUP Makeup by Heather Wilson HAIR Hair by Andy Biggs


inspiration Planner Amy Mancuso chose the inside foyer at Chateau Luxe because of its incredible chandelier. The area around the foyer was draped to make it feel more like a banquet room. Rose gold was mixed with pastels, blush, copper and mink set the elegant color scheme. Numerous candles were placed all over to create the perfect ambiance illuminating the entire ceremony area. For the reception area, a compilation of 3 round tables was set up to create a “Pod�, giving an intimate feeling yet accommodating a larger group. The pod was anchored with an amazing tall centerpiece, while each table included its own smaller floral arrangement.

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Elements

AT THE CLUBHOUSE AT TONTO VERDE EVENT DESIGNER Simply Refined Events

PHOTOGRAPHER Minson Weddings

The team

EVENT EVENT DESIGNER DESIGNER Simply Simply Refined Refined Events Events PHOTOGRAPHER PHOTOGRAPHER Minson Minson Weddings Weddings VENUE VENUE The The Clubhouse Clubhouse at at Tonto Tonto Verde Verde FLORIST FLORIST Jan Jan Dekker Dekker Designs Designs RENTALS Matiana RENTALS Mitchel Matiana & DangMitchel Fine Rentals & Dangand Fine Simply Rentals Refined LINENS Events LaTavola LINENS FineLatavola Linenl CAKE Fine Linens Abakeshop CAKE A Bake Shop GOWN GOWNSALON SALONBrilliant BrilliantBridal Bridal MENSWEAR MENSWEARParker Parkerand & Schmidt SchmidtClothiers ClothiersHAIR HAIR&&MAKEUP MAKEUPr rSalon salon MODELS MODELSWhitney WhitneyAhrens Ahrensand andMichael MichaelKunes Kunes


Inspiration Elements of nature, along with the majestic views at Tonto Verde were the inspiration for this rustic yet modern styled shoot. Michelle Scarzone of Simply Refined Events chose to use tinted glass vessels in shades of blue to reflect the water as the focal point on the table. Copper accents in the stunning table runner, linens and cake, added the perfect contrast and mirrored the beautiful hues of the dessert. As the sun set, the color of the mountains perfectly matched the glistening table design. The beautiful bridal bouquet mirrored the elements of nature and was finished with a simple copper ribbon that matched the groom’s necktie perfectly.

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a piece of art

AT THE PHOENIX ART MUSEUM EVENT DESIGNER Stylish Events by Lisa

PHOTOGRAPHER DePoy Studios

The team

EVENT DESIGNER Stylish Events by Lisa PHOTOGRAPHER DePoy Studios VENUE The Phoenix Art Museum FLORIST Juliet Le Fleur RENTALS Classic Party Rentals PAPER Posh Invitations DESSERTS Santa Barbara Catering DRESS Cleo and Clementine MAKEUP Makeup by Heather Wilson


Inspiration In order to complement the clean lines of the unique space at the Phoenix Art Museum, event designer Lisa Foster of Stylish Events by Lisa, chose geometric shapes as the main design element. Varying shades of blue were used to bring an element of the outdoors to the vast, open gallery space. Pops of bright yellow and green were the perfect contrast to the blue hues. Accents of gold lent a touch of elegance and softened the interior space. The geometric place cards, table number and menus also featured blue hues, adding a finishing touch to the entire design.

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Harlem Nights AT SOHO63

EVENT DESIGNER Amorous Weddings and Events by Stephanie, LLC

The team

PHOTOGRAPHER DePoy Studios

EVENT DESIGNER Amorous Weddings and Events by Stephanie, LLC PHOTOGRAPHER DePoy Studios VENUE SoHo63 FLORIST Everybody Loves Flowers RENTALS Retro Rentals LIGHTING Karma Event Lighting & Audio/Visual Services PLACESETTINGS Odyssey Etching & Engraving CANDLES Candle Concierge INSTRUMENTS Buchanan Music CAKE Fleur De Lis Unforgettable Cakes GOWN Uptown Bridal JEWELRY Touchstone Crystal by Swarovski with Jennifer Woods MENSWEAR Mr. Formal MAKEUP Yolanda Cruz HAIR Amber Slege PAPER Sundance Invitations MODELS Michelle and Nick Ongaga, Tuesday Morris, Earl Tubbs


Inspiration Stephanie Wilson of Amorous Weddings and Events by Stephanie was inspired by “Harlem Nights” and the style of the 1920’s. The color scheme of buttercup, black, gold and ivory worked perfectly in the space at SoHo 63. Every element was chosen carefully to reflect the era, the men were dressed in zoot suits and the ladies wore gowns in the style of the 20’s. Feathers were used throughout the design in the centerpieces, the bouquet and the cake. Musical instruments, incorporated into the design, were placed on the tables and adorned with flowers. The sweetheart table also decorated with musical instruments, included oversized, gold trimmed armchairs. Elegant gold trimmed chargers and flatware finished the look of the 1920’s inspired shoot.

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Industrial Chic ON A DOWNTOWN ROOFTOP

EVENT DESIGNER dei - zinz fresh studio

PHOTOGRAPHER Ryan Nicole Photography

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Inspiration The inspiration for the shoot came from the amazing views of the skyline and the captivating vibe of the hip, fun, bustling feel of downtown. To showcase the essence of downtown, Deidre Laskoskie of dei-zinz fresh studio, used metal and glass elements set against a backdrop of exposed staircases and towering city buildings, creating a perfect urban feel. The floral arrangements were created with the fun, hip, modern bride in mind. The vintage Schwinn bicycle created the perfect finishing touch.

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PLANNING & PREP

8 Ways To Find Your Wedding Inspiration YOU’RE ENGAGED AND GETTING READY TO PLAN ONE OF THE BIGGEST EVENTS YOU MAY EVER HOST, YOUR WEDDING! We know just thinking about all the details can be overwhelming. It’s tempting to just start going crazy on pinterest and gather up ideas from other weddings, but before you start pinning like crazy, you need to stop and figure out what’s important to you. You need to decide what style of wedding you really want and then stay true to yourself and make sure all the decisions you make are right for you. To help get you started and give you a little guidance, we’ve put together some ideas that can help you narrow down your style and find what you want to be the inspiration for your big day and make your personalities really shine through.

LOCATION

TIME OF THE DAY

the event will feel with the

or up when identifying the style

Your venue may have the most

The time of day you ultimately

amount of friends and family in

wedding you want.

impact on the style of your

choose to host your wedding

attendance and work off of that.

wedding. If you opt for a barn,

ceremony and reception will

you’ll likely want to go for a more

affect the feel of the event. If you

JOINT INTERESTS

Does your family have customs

rustic feel. Or, if you book the

prefer mornings a casual brunch

As a couple do you have a

related to your culture, or do you

most prestigious hotel or resort

wedding could be perfect. If you

common interest that brought

have significant family tradition?

in town, a glamorous wedding

choose afternoon, you may only

you together? Maybe you’re

if so, you may want to let those

is a must! Don’t overlook your

host a cocktail reception, while

sports fans, you love traveling or

guide the style of your wedding.

biggest expense in the wedding

a late afternoon wedding would

food is your thing. Whatever it is

It will bring all your family

as your biggest possible source

include a meal and dancing into

you spend your free time doing,

members together in a very

for your overall theme.

the night.

consider letting it be the source

meaningful way.

PASSION

SIZE

Everyone has a hobby, activity,

When you put together your

FORMALITY

CONSIDER THE SEASON

cause or pledge they fully

guest list you’ll either be looking

If you’re dreaming of a beautiful

The time of the year could

support and this may be just the

at a large event or intimate

ball gown and black tuxedos,

greatly affect the overall style

place to draw inspiration from.

gathering. The amount of

then a formal setting just might

of your wedding. Temperatures

Show off your priorities in life to

people you choose to invite will

be the style for you. But, if a laid

in Arizona can be unbearable in

your guests by finding inspiration

affect the environment so when

back casual setting is for you,

the summer and will determine

on what your true passions are.

looking for sources of inspiration,

so be it. Consider your personal

if you are hosting and indoor or

remember how big or intimate

preferences on dressing down

outdoor affair.

HERITAGE & HISTORY

of your wedding style.

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Do’s and Don’ts DO: Be considerate of family traditions and wants but don’t feel chained to them DO: Be authentic to YOUR true style Create a budget, fine tune it and stick to it DO: Edit. Edit. Edit. Start with a big picture and bring it into focus from there DO: Manage the guest list ... Don’t feel obligated to invite everyone. This will help your budget too DON’T: Spend too much energy focusing on what others are doing DON’T: Let the party details outshine the magic of your marriage DON’T: Skimp on wedding vendors. Trust us ... you get what you pay for DON’T: Sweat the small stuff

Brand Your Wedding WHAT’S IN A PERSONAL BRAND? Monograms, color preferences, favorite fonts and even paper weight are the essential tools-of-the-trade wedding stationers and designers use to make your personal style shine through to family and friends.

HOW & WHERE TO BRAND If you want to create a custom wedding brand, your stationer or wedding consultant is the go-to creative to turn to. They can help create great typography and scroll work like you see in wedding magazines and blogs. Here are several places we recommend you use your personal wedding brand. • Save the dates • Invitations • Napkins • Coasters • Directional Signage • Menu Cards • Escort Cards or Place Cards • Bar Signs • Drink Stirrers • Thank you Cards • Dance Floor Vinyl Covers • Monogram Gobo Lighting • Welcome Kits • Party Favors • Bridal Party Gifts #AZWEDDINGS ARIZONAWEDDINGS.COM

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PETALS to the Metal Local Florists Tell Arizona Weddings About the Season’s Hottest Trends, and What Arizona’s Unique Climate has to Offer TEXT BY: Amy Moeller PHOTOGRAPHY BY: StepOnMe Photography

Such a substantial part of your wedding’s decor, florals can elevate your style and capture the theme you intended. But how do you choose? We caught up with some local pros to find out what’s hot, what works, and what you should consider trying this year.

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TOP TRENDS

foliage into their design this year, which I love!”

Perhaps the hottest trend in the wedding

says Lorraine Cooper of Brady’s Floral Gallery.

floral market right now is the unstructured,

“Using mixed foliage everywhere gives both

naturally

arranged

garden-style

bouquet

and arrangement—and it’s a favorite among industry pros. “The garden looks have a regal but relaxed and romantic feel to them,” says Shawna Reed of Your Event Florist. “Not too overdone, just perfect.” So how do you best get the look? “For a bride and groom wanting to create this concept in their wedding flowers, I’d suggest including a variety of flowers within the color scheme desired,” says Corrina Chavez, events manager of The Studio at Cactus Flower. Garden roses and peonies can add to the fullness, and Reed recommends incorporating a little more greenery for a “very natural feel and look.” In fact, foliage, garland and greenery additions are also on trend in today’s most chic weddings, and the pros we know are totally on board. “Brides are really incorporating a lot of

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“Foliage, garland and greenery

outdoor and indoor weddings a romantic and natural look, especially here in Arizona where we don’t have a lot of natural lush, foliage.” It’s a great budget saver, too.

additions are also

To

celebrate

incorporating

the

more

region, and

brides

more

are

Arizona-

on trend in

inspired options like succulents and cactus.

today’s most chic

to our Arizona market,” Chavez says. While

weddings, and

cacti are unique to the Southwest. “We try to

the pros we

of Butterfly Petals. “We also use a lot of

know are

blooms.” Take the local love even further, Reed

totally on board.

“The Southwestern appeal is very unique succulents are catching on nationwide, the use it whenever we can,” says Mandi Johnson local plant life like bougainvillea and yucca

suggests, incorporating the succulents and cacti into desert-themed weddings with chic components and sunset colors—“very current right now for the bride who likes color.” Or for a unique look—mix it up. “at Butterfly Petals,


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we combine those big, over-the-top bouquets

and bouquets stand out.”

Then, water, water, water. Most reputable

with desert elements like cacti and succulents

For an extra special touch, Cooper loves

florists will deliver your flowers in a vase

and more textural floral like protea to give you

when her clients share the floral love with a

so they remain in water for the maximum

a “spikier” desert feel,” says Johnson.

tip from our European friends. “I love when a

amount of time. Don’t toss that vase,

bride provides a small floral accent for guests

Johnson says. “After getting ready photos,

DON’T BE A WALLFLOWER

to wear,” she says. “It’s very popular in Europe,

pop them back in the vase and it will refresh

For the braver bride seeking to stand out

and it really makes guests feel that they are a

in time for the ceremony,” she explains. “Use

of the crowd, there are a couple of options

part of the celebration.”

that same vase at the reception to keep your

the local pros love to see. First, thinking

bouquet as a display piece and fresh all night

GETTING THE MOST OUT OF YOUR BLOOMS

long. The hot weather also makes some of

branches, seed pods, and air plants, can offer a simple change from the basic concept,”

In a climate as warm and dry as Arizona’s,

florist will advise you as to which flowers will

says Chavez. More fashion forward brides

couples should heed their florist’s advice for

last the longest.”

should consider giving their bouquets a racier

ensuring fresh flowers on the big day.

outside of the vase. “Including items such as

finish. “Textural, exotic flowers like protea are

In this day and age, it’s tempting to choose

starting to show up on a lot of blogs,” says

flowers that are available out of season, but

Johnson, “and cacti and agave with spiky

resist, one pro says. Instead, consider the

textures give a soft, feminine bouquet a slight

seasonality. “Most flowers are available now

edge.” Johnson also suggests forgoing the

year round but what brides don’t know is that

fully neutral route by adding a little more to

out of the flower’s natural season, they’re

the palette, like “contrasting soft blushes and

outside of their optimal growth,” says Reed.

peaches with deep plums or burgundies…

“They are more expensive, and can be smaller

Popping a contrast makes the colors richer,

or not as voluminous.”

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Ask the Pros

When meeting with a potential florist, it’s important to find the right match to ensure your vision becomes a reality--or to get help when your vision feels unclear. To find out what to look for, we asked some of the pros we trust. The First Meeting: “Meeting with your wedding floral coordinator should be a fun experience,” says Corrina Chavez, events manager of The Studio at Cactus Flower. “The coordinator will ask all the questions required to obtain a comprehensive idea of what the bride and/or groom want to convey in their wedding at the specific venue, time, and date. Photos will be exchanged to discuss options. Flowers will be brought out of the cooler to view the color and texture. The budget will be addressed. All questions the bride and/or groom may have will be answered.” The Trust Factor: “It’s all about trust, and whether you connect with that florist and their style--If you do, don’t hesitate to hire them,” says Shawna Reed of Your Event Florist. “There are always florists that will do something for less, but it will not be the same experience if you are only looking at price versus the connection.” With so many seasoned florists in town, Reed says, selecting a qualified one isn’t hard to do, “but finding the one you connect with and that is going to bring your wedding vision to life will always be the one who will make your day more than you can imagine.” The Company They Keep: Be sure to check their reputation, recommendations, and the local businesses that they provide service to, says Lorraine Cooper of Brady’s Floral Gallery. “Usually the cream of the crop use the cream of the crop,” and it’s important, she says, to meet with florist and truly feel that they are understanding of your vision. “Your florals are one of the only things you don’t receive in advance, and you must feel completely confident in the florist you choose.” Do Your Research: “I think it’s important that you not only find a florist who suits your budget, but one who understand the look and feel you’re trying to achieve,” says Mandi Johnson of Butterfly Petals. “Look at their website, their Instagram accounts, etcetera, and really get a feel for their work and ask if it suits you and your style.” #AZWEDDINGS ARIZONAWEDDINGS.COM

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Ready, Set, Wow! Rentals Can Transform Your Wedding and Reception TEXT BY: Kristen Castillo PHOTOGRAPHY BY: Ben & Kelly Photography

Details – big and small – can make a significant impact on your wedding. Rentals are one of these major detail areas. That’s because they can change the style, the mood and the overall feel of the party.

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FLORAL & DÉCOR | rentals

“Rentals can fill the space with texture, color

make the room larger or small than it is. “We

“Something like

and style,” says Michael Dobbs, Director of Sales and Marketing for Glamour & Woods. “They can enhance the existing characteristics

a Gobo, which

of the space, or creating a new vision on a blank canvas.”

at Party People Ltd., “you can easily transform

logo or monogram,

the look of a venue and personalize your wedding”. As examples of a transformation, Sopha credits specialty lighting to create your wedding vision and she explains, “the guest tables are the focal point in a room so we used colored or upgraded linens and a different style chair.” The right rentals can greatly influence the guests and set the tone for the party. “Lighting and visual effects are very popular now because of the mood and environment it creates for the guests,” says Ameer Sweiss, CEO of ASPRO Lighting, noting lights can even

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theme is a desire to have an amazing celebration space. “My favorite venues are the ones that I like manager at Y-Knot Party & Rentals. “Simple straight lines, white walls and simple marble

or dance floor,

or wood floors that can become whatever you

and lighting can have a huge wedding design.

While every wedding is different, the common

to call ‘blank canvases,’” says Ginia Lucas, MWV,

on the wall

impact in

feeling. We don’t just rent lights.”

RENTAL TRENDS

is an illuminated

Often venues “only offer basic equipment,” says Elizabeth Sopha, Event Rental Coordinator

build and design scene to create a certain

want.” Different venues and different event styles mean there’s no typical rental profile, aside from the basics like tables, chairs and linens. Still some trends have emerged. Lounge seating and seating group rentals

are trendy. “Creating comfortable spaces for guests to sit and enjoy the wedding without having to hit the dance floor is quite popular,” says Dobbs, who finds couples also want


such as mirrors and chalkboards. “The most popular rental item currently is definitely our wood harvest tables paired with the cross back or fruit wood chairs,” says Sopha. “Brides are renting table runners instead of overlays and decorative glassware like our Can Can or Silver or gold trim.” Lighting is in demand too. “Overhead string lighting is requested for just about all events,” says Sopha. Lucas calls lighting “the best way to transform a room,” saying it can “soften corners and illuminate the important aspects of the rest of the rental design. “Something like a Gobo, which is an illuminated logo or monogram, on the wall or dance floor, and lighting can have a huge impact in wedding design.” Lights don’t have to be fancy to make a statement. “The most effective rentals for weddings are often more simple, such as bistro

fog machine, bubble machine, and our stage

“Other rental

lighting package,” says Sweiss, noting this lighting creates a great look and “surprises the

touches to consider

chairs to chiviari or chameleon chairs and adding crystal chandeliers over the head table.

ceilings and walls,

You can also rent charger plates for a pop of

upgrading standard

lights, string chandelier, up lights, low laying

rent chair covers to add color and luxury to “Renting the extra things you need will save

or chameleon chairs

the head table.

color and sophistication; upgrade linens and your seating.

chairs to chiviari

chandeliers over

Other rental touches to consider include draping ceilings and walls, upgrading standard

include draping

and adding crystal

guests every time.”

you the cost of purchasing and give you the look that you want,” says Lucas

RENTAL KNOW HOW “You often pay for what you get,” says Dobbs, explaining an item’s quality is often reflected in the price. “You can also enhance a standard folding table/chairs rental by creating a spectacular head or cake table, keeping the budget low but including something special.”

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Know what you’re getting and make sure you check the rentals out before booking. “You will want to physically see what you are going to rent in person,” says Sopha. “When it comes to your wedding, it is worth paying a little more for a better quality item”. Sweiss agrees, encouraging couples to “do their research first.”

BEST PRACTICES Rentals are not all the same and they’re often misunderstood. “The biggest misconception is that that they don’t matter,” says Dobbs, describing how chairs and tables are more than just a place to sit or eat. “The environment is driven by what your guests touch and see. Rentals are a huge part of your wedding day.” Another common misconception for clients is that rentals are brand new. “While our rentals are kept in great shape, they do get rented out every weekend, and between being transported back and forth and general wear and tear, they are not entirely ‘new,’” says Lucas, reminding renters items “need to be returned in the condition that they were rented in” or you’ll be changed for cleaning or replacement.

BUDGET BASICS Get rental quotes early and realize you’ll probably need more items than you think. Don’t forget about the extra tables and chairs needed such as a buffet, cake table or a bar. “With rentals, just like the dollar store, small things add up,” says Lucas. “A fork may only rent for 45 cents, and a place setting may only be $2.50 or $3.00, but with 200 guests, suddenly you’re at a minimum of $600 in rentals before any decorations.” That’s why she advises couples to make two lists: one is a “must have” and the other is a “want to have.” For example, she explains while you need tables, chairs and linens for a backyard wedding, you might have to scale back your desired upgraded centerpieces to stay within budget. And don’t forget: “Rentals can definitely help make your budget go farther than purchasing,” says Lucas.

NEED RENTAL IDEAS AND INSPIRATION? Ginia Lucas, MWV, manager at Y-Knot Party & Rentals recommends the following: • Create a ‘wedding’ board on Pinterest. • Gather magazines such as Arizona Weddings and clip pictures and ideas, which you can keep in a notebook. • Go to wedding venues and checkout real live wedding setups. “Get permission to view area first,” she says. • Go to wedding trade shows and open houses and talk to the rental companies about what they offer/design. • Be open-minded! “Much of what we see on the internet are the best of the best, so understand what the budget is when looking at all of the ‘inspiration,’” she says.

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I INTRODUCE to You… The Wedding Guest List TEXT BY: Rachel R. Romanu PHOTOGRAPHY BY: Daniel Kim Photography

THERE IS MUCH TO LEARN ABOUT PLANNING A WEDDING. As a bride-to-be you will be immersed in the wedding world and will be introduced to new, unforgettable experiences of which the most taxing will be creating the guest list.

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Allow me to be the friend who whispers helpful tips in your ear moments before introducing you to “The Wedding Guest List.”

THE WEDDING GUEST LIST IS EMOTIONAL, TREAT WITH CARE. As you will soon discover, if you haven’t already begun the process, compiling a guest list is a team effort. Yes, a wedding should be about the bride and groom, but it also represents the union of two families. Therefore, important players on each side of the family should be consulted during the creation of the guest list. With clashing opinions, stubborn personalities and emotions at stake, consider implementing a systematized method to create your guest list—such as, • The A, B, C, D List: Categorize the potential invitees respectively (A list being those you couldn’t imagine missing your wedding and D list being those you’d like to invite but are not sure you have room) and eliminate from bottom, up. • A Piece of the Pie: Determine the desired number of guests and figure an evenly split percentage among all parties involved for equally mixed representation. Note: When delegating an allotted number of invitees for each party involved, splitting the shares equally may be problematic for two reasons: 1. One side of the family may be significantly larger than the other. In this case, think proportional. You’re better off allowing more seats to be reserved for the side with the larger family instead of having the smaller family struggle to fill the quota with distant family or friends. 2. Financial responsibility. Traditionally, the bride’s parents are financially responsible for the wedding. However, there are cases in which the groom’s parents agree to pitch in financially or will even agree to split the bill 50/50. Whoever is contributing the larger amount (or is entirely funding the celebration), carries more weight in the decision making, has the right to delegate allotted number of seats to parties involved as they see fit, and owns final say on the guest list. If the financial contributions are shared equally, A Piece of the Pie is a good objective method to enforce.

A PLUS ONE MAY OR MAY NOT APPLY Being accompanied by a date to a wedding is commonly expected among single men and women. However, a bride is not bound by this general expectation and has the right to draw her own line. So where exactly is the line and how does it get enforced? Consult the guidelines below. Where to Draw The Line • Definite Plus Ones: Includes couples who are married or engaged. • Potential Plus Ones: Includes invitees who are in serious, committed relationships with a significant other. Deciding which potential plus ones to include or exclude falls into a grey area. Aside from considering the ramifications of your budget and venue capacity, get personal. Reflect on how well acquainted

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you are with the potential plus one and ask yourself whether you’re willing to spend X amount of money to have them attend. Asking that question has proven successful with brides in the past and will lend aid in drawing the line. • No Plus Ones: Includes invitees who are single. Attending a wedding single is not the end of the world. Conversely, it could be an opportunity to meet someone new!

HOW TO ENFORCE THE LINE 1. Your wedding invitation. How you address the invitee on the envelope should send the message loud and clear. Be sure the recipient is able to distinguish who is being invited. Is the invitation addressed to a Mr. & Mrs. Smith, a Mr. or Ms. Smith with an allotted option for plus one on the RSVP card, or simply a Mr. or Ms. Smith? Be intentional. 2. Your wedding planner. Involved in many aspects of planning a wedding, a wedding coordinator has various responsibilities— one of which is handling the RSVP list and any problems that may arise with it. For example, if an RSVP is returned with a plus one you didn’t plan or allot for, your wedding planner needs to call the individual and resolve the issue. If you are a bride who opted out of hiring a wedding planner, then appoint an enforcer to handle complications that may arise with the guest list. Last word of advice on drawing the line—stick to it! Once you’ve decided where to draw the line, make NO exceptions.

THE WEDDING GUEST LIST HAS CHILDREN- IT’S COMPLICATED To host kids or not to host kids, that is the question. No, seriously—it’s an important question! Some couples want to include children at the wedding because having the entire family present is meaningful, while other couples conclude involving children at the wedding could be a distraction. Regardless of your reasons, for or against, it’s advised either scenario is handled as follows: •W  ith

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meal option. In addition, inquire about arranging crayons and coloring sheets to be placed where the children will be seated, to keep them occupied. • Without Children: For guests traveling with children from out of town, it’s common courtesy to provide child care resources. Whether it’s a referral or a web link to a list of certified caretakers in the area, make it easy for your invited guests to enjoy the wedding without a worry.

THE WEDDING GUEST LIST DEMANDS TO BE CENTER OF ATTENTION And rightfully so! Establishing a guest list early on should not only be a priority for all brides, but it’s also a tremendous aid in the planning process. Crucial details revolve around the guest list—such as invitation orders, catering estimates, chair rentals, engagement parties, bridal showers and much more! In addition, the guest list serves as a reference for which individuals can participate in prenuptial events. It’s proper etiquette that invitations to engagement parties and bridal showers be only extended to individuals who will receive a wedding invitation; otherwise it’ll seem like you’re just fishing for gifts and that is not polite.

FACEBOOK IS A WEDDING GUEST LIST “FRENEMY” You’re getting married, it’s exciting and you want to share! That’s OK. Most brides like to post updates about the wedding process on Facebook and other social media channels. It’s a phenomenon I like to call PDP (Public Display of Planning) and it generates a sense of support and love from the community. But what happens when you get a message from a Facebook friend asking if they’ll be on your guest list and you hadn’t planned on inviting them? Although an awkward situation, politely address the inquiry and be honest. Stand firm to the lines you drew when establishing the wedding guest list and respond with a logical explanation if need be. For example, see scenario below: Anne (Facebook Friend) Message: Hi Mary-congratulations on your engagement! I can’t wait to attend the wedding; you’re going to be such a beautiful bride. I’m on the guest list, right? Mary (Bride-to-Be) Response: Hi Anne- thank you for the message! It’s so surreal; I’m still trying to wrap my mind around it. I would love to invite every one of my friends to the wedding, but unfortunately it’s not in my budget to do so. I want to maintain an intimate atmosphere, so for that reason a lot of my friends, including you, will not receive an invitation. However, I would be delighted to meet you for coffee soon to catch up! I appreciate your enthusiasm and support. Thanks for understanding. Now the time has come to make the introduction—Bride-to-Be, meet The Wedding Guest List. I hope you two will have a prosperous relationship.

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Nearby The Hermosa Inn, a boutique hideaway, features 34 romantic, hacienda-style accommodations and casitas on more than six acres of lush desert landscaping in Paradise Valley. Each deluxe room and suite has been individually decorated in a warm Southwestern style.

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The Scottsdale Resort at McCormick Ranch 7700 E. McCormick Pkwy. Scottsdale, AZ 480.596.7588 www.thescottsdaleresort.com

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SIGNATURE SIPS The pros at PourMasters show us seven signature cocktail ideas to add a special and personal touch to your cocktail hour and reception. True Love Champagne & Fresh Fruit

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Signature Sips cocktail recipes Something Blue BLUEBERRY MOJITO 1 Part White Rum 2 Parts Club Soda A Splash of Lime Juice Blueberries Mint 1 sugar cube Lime wedges In a mason jar, muddle together the sugar cube, a few sprigs of mint and some blueberries. Pour in white rum, club soda and a splash of lime. Garnish with blueberries and a lime wedge.

Loves True Kiss PINK SALTY DOG 1 Part Vodka 2 Parts Pink Grapefruit Juice Salt for Rim Pour vodka and pink grapefruit juice into a shaker with ice and shake. Salt the rim of a martini glass and strain into the glass. Garnish with a pink grapefruit wedge.

True Love CHAMPAGNE & FRESH FRUIT Champagne Raspberries Pour champagne into a fluted glass, drop in 3 to 4 raspberries.

Berry Happy Together WHITE SANGRIA White Wine Splash of Pineapple Juice Strawberries, Blueberries and Oranges In a stemmed wine glass, mix white wine with a splash of pineapple juice. Cut up oranges and strawberries put the cut strawberries and oranges along with the blueberries into the glass and garnish with a strawberry. #AZWEDDINGS ARIZONAWEDDINGS.COM

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Too Hot to Handle FIREBALL & BAILEY’S SHOOTER 1 part Fireball 1 part Bailey’s Irish Cream Splash of Everclear In a shot glass, pour equal parts Fireball and Bailey’s, allow the Bailey’s to settle to the bottom. Add a splash of Everclear and ignite with a lighter. Let the flame burn off and it’s ready to drink.

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In a rocks glass, add sugar cube and saturate with two dashes of bitters and bit of water. Place a large ice cube or sphere into the glass, pour in Bourbon and garnish with an orange slice and cherry.

Fresh Kiss CUCUMBER LIME FIZZ 1 Part Cucumber Vodka 2 Parts Cucumber Infused Soda Water A Splash of Lime Juice Sliced Cucumber and Limes for Garnish Frozen Mint Ice Cubes Frozen Mint Ice Cubes: (make ahead of time) Add mint one sprig of mint to each section of an ice cube tray, add water and freeze. The Cocktail: Place mint ice cubes in a stemless wine glass, pour in cucumber vodka, cucumber infused soda water and a splash or lime. Stir and add a few slices of cucumber and lime for garnish. online

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Drawing Inspiration from the Spanish Colonial styling of the iconic Royal Palms Resort & Spa, these stunning gowns are the perfect combination of traditional lace and beading with today’s modern silhouettes.

Photography: Malone Sinclaire Venue: Royal Palms Resort & Spa Bridal Salon: Suzanne’s Bridal Boutique and A Closet Full of Dresses Men’s Formalwear: Tux-Xpress Jewelry & Watch: E.D. Marshall Jewelers Floral Design: Brady’s Floral Gallery Hair & Makeup: Babydoll Weddings Models: Emily Ferrall and Alfred Galletta, The Agency Arizona


GOWN: Dreamy lace crop top trumpet gown features all over lace fabric and beautiful detailed 3/4 sleeves. The skirt highlights the natural waist and flows into a beautiful sweep train, Moonlight Bridal from Suzanne’s Bridal Boutique. JEWELRY: Three show stopping turquoise pieces designed by Lika Behar include a 15 ct turquoise ring, a 15.86 ct turquoise bracelet and 34.3 ct turquoise with .02 ct diamond earrings, all paired with a gorgeous turquoise necklace designed by Edmund Marshall. All from E.D. Marshall Jewelers. FORMALWEAR: Black traditional tuxedo finished with a black bow tie from Tux-Xpress. FLORAL: A bright and sunny bouquet and boutonnière from Brady’s Floral Gallery pair perfectly with the turquoise jewelry and looks lovely against the backdrop of the orange grove at the Royal Palms Resort.

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GOWN: Amazing ballgown with a V-neckline, lace bodice with cap petal sleeves, the lace covered tulle skirt sits at the natural waist and features a beautiful scalloped lace hem, Venus Bridal from A Closet Full of Dresses. JEWELRY: A stunning tanzanite necklace has a 24 ct tanzanite stone surrounded by 11.82 ct of diamonds is paired with equally stunning earrings that are vintage Tiffany, with 7.75 ct tanzanite and 2.84 ct diamonds. Both are from E.D. Marshall Jewelers. FORMALWEAR: Black traditional tuxedo finished with a black bow tie from Tux-Xpress. FLORAL: The boutonnière created by Brady’s Floral Gallery is a perfect match to the landscaping at the courtyard entrance.

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GOWN: Breathtaking modest gown has a figure flattering fit-to-flare silhouette with all over lace appliqués, beautiful detailed cap sleeves and sweetheart neckline, Allure Bridals from A Closet Full of Dresses. JEWELRY: Simply gorgeous 15 ct peridot with 1.84 ct diamond necklace with an amazing29.72 ct peridot and 2.44 ct diamond ring are both designed by Edmund Marshall, from E.D. Marshall Jewelers add the perfect amount of color to this look. FORMALWEAR: Black traditional tuxedo finished with a black bow tie from Tux-Xpress. FLORAL: The large natural bouquet from Brady’s Floral Gallery, in shades of green complement the jewelry and the large flower hairpiece and boutonnière add an additional pop of color. WATCH: Nothing completes a look like a show-stopping watch; our dapper groom won’t be late to the ceremony with this Watch: Louis Moinet Meconograph stainless and 18kt gold watch from E.D. Marshall Jewelers. #AZWEDDINGS ARIZONAWEDDINGS.COM

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GOWN: Timeless and romantic; this long sleeved lace mermaid gown features a beautiful bateau neckline and chapel train adorned with Swarovski crystals, Moonlight Couture from Suzanne’s Bridal Boutique. JEWELRY: Lovely vintage estate ring and earrings. The ring is 2.39 ctw of diamonds set in platinum. The earrings are 2.80 ctw of diamonds in a platinum setting. Both are from E.D. Marshall Jewelers pair beautifully with the traditional look. FORMALWEAR: Our groom is ready for the Arizona heat in this casual tan suit from Tux-Xpress. FLORAL: The bright pops of red roses in the beautiful bouquet from Brady’s Floral Gallery add just the right amount of color, and are a perfect against the beautiful bougainvillea that adorn the entrance to the Royal Palms.

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GOWN: This absolutely stunning gown has a deep V-neckline that accents the elegant deep scoop back of this sheath adorned with silver embroidery and Swarovski crystals, Val Stefani from Suzanne’s Bridal Boutique. JEWELRY: Beautiful post earrings are 7.51 ctw of diamonds on 18kt white gold, designed by Edmund Marshall, from E.D. Marshall Jewelers. The ring shown in the lovely ring box from The Mrs. Box, is a 8.17 ct fancy yellow diamond in a platinum setting by Harry Kotler & Co., from E.D. Marshall Jewelers. FLORAL: The bright pink bouquet created by Brady’s Floral Gallery finishes this elegant look.

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MIX Warehouse215 @ Bentley Projects, in the heart of

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GOWN: Timeless elegance and sophistication with a modern twist, this full-length mermaid gown features an exquisitely dramatic, long tulle cape with a beautiful beaded guipure bateau neckline and delicate Chantilly lace hem. Beautiful By Enzoani Style BT16-29 EARRINGS: MEG Jewelry Serena statement bridal earrings; sterling silver filigree with Swarovski rhinestones & pearls. ENGAGEMENT RING: Amazing 10.02 ct center cushion diamond with 2.56 ct of diamonds on the platinum setting by Harry Kotler & Co. from E.D. Marshall Jewelers.


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GOWN: Beautiful blush tinted eye-catching gown made of Regency organza, it boasts figure-flattering ruched pleating on a fitted bodice, a sweetheart neckline, a slimming dropped waist and layers of flowing organza on its skirt and chapel-length train. Essense of Australia Style D2088 EARRINGS: Beautiful MEG Jewelry Soho post earrings with filigree gold tone backings embellished with clear and blush/champagne Swarovski crystals and freshwater pearls. ENGAGEMENT RING: Stunning 6..60 ct center round diamond with 1.46 ctw of diamonds on the platinum setting. Designed by Edmund Marshall, from E.D. Marshall Jewelers.


GOWN: Modern and elegant full-length trumpet gown with gorgeous tiered horsehair layers over a tulle mermaid skirt and soft tulle fiqure-flattering ruched bodice with a romantic sweetheart neckline. Enzoani, IVAN EARRINGS: MEG Jewelry Atlan are multi-tiered earrings with high quality sterling silver filigree backing with a scattering of Swarovski clear and champagne toned crystals as well as freshwater pearls. NECKLACE: MEG Jewelry Penny necklace makes a big statement. Beneath dozens of Swarovski crystals and freshwater pearls is a beautiful vintage, silver filigree. ENGAGEMENT RING: Simply stunning Harry Kotler & Co. ring with a 5.03 ct oval GSI center stone with platinum setting, from E.D. Marshall Jewelers.


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GOWN: A statement-making wedding gown made from beautiful corded lace on Regency organza over rich champagne satin. The strapless sweetheart neckline perfectly elongates the neckline, while the fit-and-flare silhouette effortlessly slims the body. The hem and chapel train feature elegant scalloped lace details. Essense of Australia Style D198 EARRINGS: MEG Jewelry Laura multi-strand drop earrings are unusual and delicate, in a mix of warm Swarovski Crystal tones in Sterling Silver with sterling silver backing. . ENGAGEMENT RING: 4. This show stopping ring by Edmund Marshall has a beautiful 10.05 ct radiant cut center diamond with 1.10 ctw of accent diamonds set in 18kt gold, from E.D. Marshall Jewelers.


GOWN: Traditional elegance meets contemporary sophistication in this full-length mermaid gown featuring a romantic sweetheart neckline on a luxuriously smooth satin bodice. Beaded corded lace and Chantilly lace combined with soft tulle layers in a breathtaking tiered skirt and train. Enzoani – Kassandra EARRINGS: MEG Jewelry Laura multi-strand drop earrings are unusual and delicate, in a mix of warm Swarovski Crystal tones in Sterling Silver with sterling silver backing. . ENGAGEMENT RING: Gorgeous 4.04 ct Emerald cut center diamond surrounded by 2.24 ctw diamonds on a 18kt white gold setting, designed by Edmund Marshall, from E.D. Marshall Jewelers.


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GOWN: This modern ball gown is a two for one! Under its floor-length tulle and Royal organza princess skirt is a luxurious aboveknee lace dress. Wear it with the beautiful skirt for the ceremony, then remove the skirt and enjoy y our reception with the ease of a shorter dress. The back of the dress features beautiful beaded illusion lace. Stella York – Style 6223 ENGAGEMENT RING: E.D. Marshall Jewelers

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This page & page252: Kendall starts out strong in this amazing A-line gown with a stunning strapless crystal beaded lace bodice and a natural waist skirt with layers of soft flowing chiffon. A beautiful crystal embellished vine hairpiece and crystal cluster earring finish off her glamorous look. On her finger she wears the Artemis Bezel set engagement ring and Alexandria band from Love Affair Diamonds.

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Megan looks stunning in this goddess-like deep V-neck chiffon A-line gown from Alvina Valenta with a draped skirt, beaded belt at natural waist and beautiful embellished straps. Simple rhinestone and crystal post earrings complete her dreamy look. She’s wearing the Acacia vintage ring and Alexandra eternity band from Love Affair Diamonds.


For Kendall’s second look, she dons a lace wedding dress by Mikaella with a sweetheart lace corset bodice, exposed boning at the midriff, spaghetti straps and a removable beaded sash with a fit and flare lace skirt with sweep train. Her look is finished with a stunning pair of crystal chandelier earrings. On her finger she’s wearing a 1.47 ct Emerald cut diamond ring with the Alexandria eternity band from Love Affair Diamonds.


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Moving on to another location in the beautiful gardens at The Wright House, Megan wears showstopping Eddy K sweetheart strapless corset ball gown with layers of tulle. For some extra sparkle she wearing large teardrop chandelier earrings by Haute Bride. Her beautiful engagement ring is the beautiful Julia solitaire setting paired with the Alexandria eternity band from Love Affair Diamonds.


For her last look, Kendall wears a stunning Alvina Valenta tulle natural waist bridal ball gown with lace bodice and a sweetheart neckline. Crystal chandelier earrings and headpiece finish her princess-like look. She wearing the lovely Bella halo set engagement ring matched with Ava eternity band from Love Affair Diamonds.


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Known for its vintage personality and its contemporary styling, Hotel Valley Ho is where historical meets modern, and it set the scene for this collaborative shoot by Sunshine & Reign Photography. The hotel suite was made all the more luxurious when Stephanie (not just a model and artist but also a rad motocross athlete) put on her jewelry by ED Marshall and robe by Natori. Hair by Andy Biggs handled her locks, and Makeup by Heather Wilson finished off her classic rocker look. After putting on her Paloma Blanca gown from Schaffer’s, she headed out to the courtyard with her gorgeous bouquet by Cactus Flower Florists to check on her 2016 Harley-Davidson Softail Deluxe from Harley Davidson of Scottsdale before hitting up Hotel Valley Ho’s Sands for an evening cocktail. Stephanie ended the evening on the Sky Line Rooftop, where all good things at Hotel Valley Ho ought to end, just as the sun set.

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Makeup: Makeup by Heather Wilson Hair: Hair by Andy Biggs Bridal Gown: Paloma Blanca Bridal Salon: Schaffer’s Robe & Nightgown: Natori Jewelry: E.D. Marshall Jewelers Motorcycle: Harley Davidson of Scottsdale Flowers: The Studio at Cactus Flower Model: Stephanie Pietz

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Inspired by Pompeii’s “Where We’re Going We Don’t Need Roads,” Tremaine Ranch styled this shoot focusing on quiet intimate moments between the bride and groom. Vintage lanterns, decorative rugs and the large palm leaves hinted a Moroccan underlay to the design.

Photography: Daniel Kim Photography Styling & Rentals: Tremaine Ranch Bridal Salon: Grace Style & Bridal Floral Design: Bloom & Blueprint Event Company Cake: Abakeshop Hair & Makeup: Ideal Bridal Paper: Foil & Ink Models: Natalie Beam & Zachary Meyer (real life, engaged couple)

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Finishing Touches 1. Seamless bralette push-up bra and panty, lingerie set from Anabel Arto, anabelarto.com. 2. Mathis crystal beaded clutch from Nina Shoes, ninashoes.com. 3. Teardrop diamond earrings by Harry Kotlar, harrykotlar.com. Harry Kotlar is carried locally at E.D. Marshall Jewelers. 4. Three stone emerald cut diamond ring from De Beers Jewelry, debeers.com. 5. Silver and gold comb with pink and Ivory Enamel Flowers by Amanda Wyatt, amandawyatt.com. 6. Princess diamond ring by Harry Kotlar, harrykotlar.com. Harry Kotlar is carried locally at E.D. Marshall Jewelers. 7. Frya Rose Manhatten Duchess silk satin pump with hand embroidered crystal and bead detail on the back, freyarose.com.

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TIE One On! Because We Want You Fellas to Make the Most Out of Your Wedding Day! TEXT BY: Andy & Amii Kauth of Sunshine & Reign Photography PHOTOGRAPHY BY: Sunshine & Reign Photography

AS “GRANDPA KAUTH,” USED TO SAY, “ANDY, DON’T YOU EVER PASS UP AN OPPORTUNITY to ‘tie one on.’” (He wasn’t much of a drinker—he meant wear a tie.) And why not make it a bow tie; what can we say? He was a heck of a classy guy with a bow tie collection that would rival the Brooks Brothers. But we digress…

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thousands on your wedding (event planner, venue, photographer, caterer, cake artist, and hopefully even a florist)? Now, it’s time to classy PHOTO: Sunshine & Reign Photography

it up, ‘gents. Here’s 5 ways you can ensure that you look your best on your wedding day. First, get a three-piece suit that actually fits. Buy a new one or dust off your best suit and get it altered. Either way, the alteration isn’t going to set you back too much, and you’ll feel better, look better, and make your photographer feel like they were hired to shoot for Pilati (as long as you leave the bottom button of your vest open)! And a happy photographer = epic images! Jim Waxenberg of Tux-Xpress, who has been in the men’s fashion game for 36 years,

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definitely recommends finding someone who

anyone to do it in just over 5 minutes (though

bow ties,” he says. He sees grooms choosing

knows what they’re doing so that they can get

you might have to practice 2 or 3 times). A

to go with a black or grey suit or tux, with the

you fitted appropriately and looking your best.

decent bow tie will set you back around $50-

color on the bow tie. And Waxenberg definitely

He always tells his customers, “If you can’t try

65 minimum, and you’ll probably score a

does not recommend the matching tie and

it on, you gotta move on!”

decent pocket square to match at that price

vest option (i.e., avoid the shiny pink tie, guys)

Next up, learn how to tie a bow tie. It’s

point. Waxenberg has noted this trend in the

because “you don’t want to look like you’re

not that hard, and there’s a kid on Youtube,

works for a while now. “Long ties are dying

going to the prom on your wedding day.”

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That brings us to number three, the dreaded pocket square . . . there’s a myriad of folds, and a simple Google or Youtube search will set your head spinning. We’ll save you a ton of time here. Simple is better. Fold it straight, and to keep it straight all day fold it around a piece of cardboard (we learned that one from a Youtube video featuring a rather dapper English bloke). Fourth, details matter. Bring your A Game. You need your best watch (borrow one if you have to), new socks, polished shoes, and clean nails. And never let your photographer get away with skimping on shots of your favorites: from your cufflinks to your watch to your shades, shoes, and pocketknife. Cool details make for even cooler images. And finally, do yourself the biggest favor you’ve ever done yourself, and find a rad barbershop (tattooed, suited, and booted is best in our book). “You should probably tighten up the edges, and get a neck shave within a day or two of the ceremony. This helps to clean up the ‘fuzz’ on the back of the neck for those shorter haircuts,” recommends Jim Valenzuela, Founder and CEO of V’s Barbershop. Valenzuela also advises that when it comes to prepping for your big day: “Don’t take any chances with your skin. Don’t try anything new or decide that your wedding day is the day you will try a straight-edge shave. If you want a unique grooming experience, tie that into your bachelor party before the big day. This way, if anyone has an adverse reaction to the shave, or a new product, the repercussions won’t show up in your photographs. Keep it simple, and above all, in Arizona, wear a moisturizer with sunscreen!

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Name & Location

A Closet Full Of Dresses 1249 N. Greenfield Rd., Ste 103 Mesa, AZ

Information is subject to change without notice. Please check with individual store for details and availability.

Bella Bridesmaids 4225 N. Marshall Way, Ste. 3 Scottsdale, AZ

Telephone /Website

480.329.3299

480.399.8550

602.795.5122

Grace Style & Bridal 3425 E. Baseline Rd. Ste. 104 Gilbert, AZ

www.gracestyleandbridal.com

480.306.6634

623.271.0992 www.heybeautifulintimates.com

480.319.4868 www.justrightienightie.com

Lingerie Superstore 400 W. Indian School Rd. Phoenix, AZ

www.bellabridesmaids.com/locations/ scottsdale

www.bridalboutiqueofaz.com

Just Rightie Nightie

Tuxedos In-Store Available Alterations Headpieces Accessories Bridesmaids

www.aclosetfullofdresses.com

Bridal Boutique of Arizona 2501 7th St. Phoenix, AZ

Hey Beautiful Intimates Valleywide

Custom Design Available

602.532.2925 www.lingeriesuperstores.com

Price Range

Day & Hours of Operation

$130 to $2,000

Tues.-Fri. 11:30-5:30 Sat. 10-5 Sun. + Mon. Closed

$180 to $400

Tues.-Sat. Appointment Only

$700 to $7,000

Mon., Wed., Fri. 11-6 Tues. + Thurs. 11-8 Sat. 10-6 Sun.12-4 (Seasonal Only)

$600 to $2,795

Mon.-Wed. 12-7 Thurs.-Fri. 11-7 10-7 Sat. 9-6 Sun. 10-5

$10 and Up

Online and Appointment Only

$49.95 and Up

Online Only (Design your own lingerie)

$5 to $200

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Robert & Jayson Miller Fine Jewelry 20022 67th Ave., Ste. 118 Glendale, AZ

Schaffer’s 7293N. Scottsdale Rd., #B103 Scottsdale, AZ

Suzanne’s Bridal Boutique & Tuxedo 645 N. Gilbert Rd., Ste. 174-176 GIlbert, AZ

Tux-Xpress 10610 N. 71st Pl., Ste. B Scottsdale, AZ

Uptown Bridal & Boutique 11 W. Boston St., Ste. 3 Chandler, AZ

Telephone /Website

Custom Design Available

623.376.6344

www.robertandjaysonmillerfinejewelry.com

480.998.2298 www.schaffers.com

480.926.9106 www.suzannesbridalboutique.com

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$100 and Up

Mon. + Sun. Closed Tues.-Fri. 10-5:30 Sat. 10-4:30

$800 to $13,000

Mon.-Thurs. 10-7 Fri.-Sat. 10-5 Sun. 11-4

$500 to $4,000

Mon., Wed., Fri. & Sat. 10-5 Tues. & Thurs. 11-8 Sun. Closed

$37.99 to $119.99

Mon-Fri 10-6 Sat. 10-4 Sun. 12-3

$800 to $8,000

Tues.-Sat. 10-6

480.991.6655

480.242.9408

Price Range

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www.uptownbrides.com

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Bridal BEAUTY Maximizing Your Inner and Outer Beauty TEXT BY: Kristen Castillo PHOTOGRAPHY BY: StepOnMe Photography

Every bride knows her wedding day is a one-of-a-kind event. From hair to makeup to accessories, the beauty regimen starts early and is on-going. “It’s like getting ready for the Academy Awards,” says Rolf of ROLFS Salon, a beauty industry leader. “It’s a special day. She’s dreaming about it.” Ready to have red carpet worthy hair and makeup? Read on for bridal beauty tips that will have you styled for every best-dressed list!

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“Plan the trial for about four

to eight weeks before your nuptials.

GETTING STARTED Research looks you love and even things you don’t like. You want to have a full perspective on what you want and don’t want in your bridal style. At your first meeting with your beauty team, “please bring your Pinterest board and your phone with photos,” says Rolf, who advises telling your stylists if you have a theme or inspiration. Explain the ambiance of your wedding, like rustic, garden-inspired or romantic. Provide them with photos of your gown, your jewelry and accessories, as well as an idea of what you want to achieve. For example, what’s the neckline on your dress? Do you want hair extensions? Would you like flowers in your hair?

PRACTICE MAKES PERFECT Schedule a trial run on your hair, makeup and overall look. You won’t regret it. Plan the trial for about four to eight weeks before your nuptials. This is your time to customize your total bridal look. Don’t be afraid to ask questions. “Make sure you have an idea of what you want for hair and makeup,” says Rolf. “You want to make sure you look and feel great.”

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Take lots of photos from many angles before, during and after your trial, especially if the stylist doing the trial isn’t the person who’ll be working on your look on the wedding day. Even for a destination wedding, with throughout instructions and documentation, your wedding hair and makeup professionals should be able to replicate the look created at your trial.

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A custom hair and makeup style should reflect who you are and make you feel confident. “It brings out your inner beauty and shows your energy,” says Rolf.

FACE FORWARD Everyone will be looking at your gown but they’ll also be focusing on your makeup. Eyes and lips are great areas to accentuate but don’t be intimidated by wedding day makeup even if it’s bolder than you expect. “Most likely you need stronger makeup than you’re used to,” says Rolf. Strong colors and application may seem like too much but realize that’s what’s needed for long lasting makeup that will pop in person and on camera. “We want you to look like the most beautiful ‘you’ that you can be,” says Rolf.

CUT, COLOR, SHINE Don’t stress about your hair. Figure out your bridal look and then cut and color accordingly. Know that doing a cut or color too close to the wedding is a no-no. Rolf advises coloring your hair one to two weeks before the wedding and cutting it three weeks before the big day. “It’ll look perfect,” he says, noting the added days and weeks give the hair a fresh look and provides extra time in case a color correction is needed. He also recommends getting a deep conditioning treatment a week before the wedding “for amazing shine.”

SKIN Start prepping your skin months before the wedding with facials and proper cleansing. But don’t do skin regimens too close to the ceremony. Instead schedule a facial for the Monday or Tuesday before your Saturday I Do’s. Your skin will look radiant and if you get a breakout, you’ll still have a few days for it to clear.

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TIMELINE The Day Before Today’s the day to wash your hair. “It will have more body the next day,” says Rolf, noting shampooing the day before the wedding allows your natural oils to smooth over flyaway hairs. “Hair always looks better the next day,” he says. “It’s not so soft.”

TIMELINE The Day Of The big day is here and while there’s a lot to do, you’ve already done all the necessary preparations. “Relax a little more because you did all your homework,” says Rolf. “Leave it up to the experts.” Don’t forget to pack all your wedding day accessories like jewelry and flowers with you when you meet with your beauty team. Make sure you

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At Rolfs, once a month, the salon closes so

Rolf calls, “a take along wedding kit,” including

everyone can attend a day of beauty classes

small makeup items like powder and lipstick, as

to learn about the latest products and trends.

well as a little hairspray and bobby pins. “All the eyes will be on you. It’s your special day,” he says. “Hair and makeup reflects your outer and inner beauty.”

THE BEAUTY EXPERIENCE Make sure you like and trust the beauty professionals handling your look. “The philosophy of our company is all about the client experience,” says Rolf. “It must be pleasant and uplifting, where you look and feel good.” His team members each have a different focus including cut, color and event styling. “We have people who specialize in brides,” he says. “They love to help brides. We have the passion to deliver something extraordinary.” Hair and makeup experts need to stay inthe-know about the latest fashion and looks.

“Rolf advises

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coloring your

Don’t Get Drastic. This is not the time for a

hair one to

look, do that at least six months (or longer)

two weeks

you’ll still have a little time to fix the situation.

before the

Consistency Counts. Once you get engaged,

wedding and

skin. Wear sunscreen on a regular basis, get

cutting it three

new cut or color. If you want a change to your before the big day. That way if you don’t like it,

make sure you’re taking good care of your facials and use gentle cleansers in between. Nail It. Keep nails clean and fresh and choose

weeks before

a manicure style you love for the big day.

the big day.

remember your hands and nails will be seen

Whether you want a simple or bold mani, and photographed a lot on the wedding day. After all, you’ll be clutching your bouquet and holding hands with your spouse too!

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resource guide

Name & Location

Aji Spa at Sheraton Wild Horse Pass Resort & Spa 5594 W. Wild Horse Pass Blvd. Chandler, AZ 602.385.5759

Make-up/ Airbrushing

Hair

Will Travel

Skin Care/ Tanning

Massage/Body Treatments

Nails

Packages or Group Discounts

Co-Ed Packages

Gift Certificates Available

www.wildhorsepassresort.com

Artistry on Location On Location 602.750.2379

www.ArtistryonLocation.com

www.babydollweddings.com

Bridal 4 The Win Valleywide 623.521.5553 www.bridal4thewin.com

Four Seasons Resort Scottsdale at Troon North 10600 E. Crescent Moon Dr. Scottsdale, AZ 480.515.5700

www.fourseasons.com/scottsdale

Rolfs Salon at Arrowhead 20022 N. 67th Ave., Ste. 120 Glendale, AZ 623.537.2223 www.rolfssalon.com

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Information is subject to change without notice. Please check with individua business for details and availability.

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Rolfs Salon at the Gainey Village 8787 N. Scottsdale Rd., Ste. 202 Scottsdale, AZ 480.607.1414

Gift Certificates Available

Hair

Skin Care/ Tanning

Massage/Body Treatments

Nails

www.rolfssalon.com

Rolfs Salon at the Foothills 7131 W. Ray Rd., Ste. 21 Chandler, AZ 480.940.0800 www.rolfssalon.com

Rolfs Euro at Dana Park 1822 S. Val Vista Dr., Ste. 104 Mesa, AZ 480.491.7900 www.rolfssalon.com

Vidogi Salon & Boutique 4222 N. Marshall Way Scottsdale, AZ 85251 480.719.7807 www.vidogisalon.com

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FIT To Be Tied Arizona Weddings’ Fitness Expert, Samantha Kozuch Shows How To Get In Shape For Your Big Day! TEXT BY: Samantha Kozuch PHOTOGRAPHY BY: Mark C. Hanson - markhanson.com

AS TIME APPROACHES FOR YOUR BIG DAY, BRIDES FEEL HEAVY PRESSURE TO LOOK THEIR BEST. I’ve been through the experience with my now-wedded best friends, that finding the perfect wedding dress can be a long, stressful and emotional search, but once you’ve found The One, it’s all about showcasing your bridal glow. Whether you’re wearing a strapless ballgown or a cocktail-length number, you want to burn the most calories and get in the best shape before your wedding. In order to accomplish this mission, you need to train your whole body regardless of the type of dress you’ve chosen. Let’s face it, you’re honeymoon is soon to come after your wedding day (if not right away), and if you’re heading to a romantic beach location it means that you’ll be rocking a bikini and wanting to feel and look your best in that as well, so don’t neglect other parts of your body even if they’re hidden by your gorgeous gown. This full body workout I’m going to show you is going to help tone you up from your arms all the way down through your booty and legs. Before you start each workout, I recommend 15-30 minutes of cardio, which can be walking or jogging around the block, on a treadmill or even grab a jump rope to get warmed up and burn extra calories. By implementing this workout along with making healthy eating choices you will feel more than confident on your wedding day when all eyes are on you!

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Choosing a Wedding PHOTOGRAPHER TEXT BY: Andy & Amii Kauth, Sunshine & Reign Photography PHOTOGRAPHY BY: Ben & Kelly Photography

As wedding photographers, we spend a lot of our time meeting with couples. From bridal shows to social media to a variety of online directories, we love to help the brides and grooms that inquire about our photography find the photographer that is right for them. And while we like to think it’s us, that isn’t always the case. Yep. Our style and prices don’t always match with our potential clients. That really does tend to bum us out; however, we always pass on those inquiries to our colleagues whose style and pricing might be a better fit. After all, the images from your wedding are one of the only physical keepsakes that you will have from your wedding day! And we want to make certain our clients get photographs in hand in a way that makes them happy and meets all their needs. That said, here are 3 recommendations for things to keep in mind when choosing your wedding photographers.

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STYLE

from family and/or friends. And it’s great

When you choose your photographer, you

if the photographers you are interested in

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need to keep in mind that there are different

are in an online directory that allows direct

This is a basic timeline we recommend for

styles of photography: artistic, high fashion,

submission of reviews without editing. And

all your “don’t miss” shots:

modern, or traditional, for example. Other

following your favorite photographers on

8:30-9:00 A.M. Photographers show up

elements that differentiate photographers are

social media to see what they’ve been up to

at “Getting Ready” location to photograph

digital or film and natural light or professional

lately and how they interact with their clients

couple’s details (rings, shoes, etc.).

lighting.

(past and present) and “fans” is another good

9:00 A.M.-1:00 P.M. Photographers

idea.

photograph couple and wedding party as

COST

they get ready. (Some of these shots may

Keep in mind that your budget may need to be

FINAL THOUGHTS

take place “off site,” if the groom[s] and his

flexible. Photographers have different pricing

When you meet with your photographer, ask

groomsmen head to their fave barbershop for

structures so you have to decide what you

to see a full gallery of a real wedding they

a shave, for example.)

want included in your photography package:

recently shot. This is the best way to see

1:00-1:30 P.M. Couple’s “First Look.”

engagement photos, all day coverage that

what your images will look like. You should

1:30-3:30 P.M. Portraits (couple, with the

captures behind the scenes getting ready

also be able to touch some of the products

wedding party joining in for the last 45

moments, albums, etc. You’ll want to factor

the photographers offer (albums, prints, and

minutes).

all those things into your overall budget for

even a canvas). This is a good opportunity, as

3:30-4:15 P.M. Travel to ceremony venue/

photography.

well, for you and your photographer to chat

Couple and wedding party freshen up.

about things like shots your photographers

4:15-5:00 P.M. Ceremony (any full group

REVIEWS

prefers or what a wedding day timeline may

shots will immediately follow/have the

The reality is that anyone can write a review,

look like.

officiate call everyone together when the

or edit it. It’s optimal if you have referrals

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5:00-6:00 P.M. Cocktail Hour (couple takes

shoes, flowers, etc.)

photos with family and close friends). We

4:00-4:45 P.M. Couple’s “First Look” and

have the couple provide a “shot list” leading

Portraits (w/ the wedding party joining in for

up the wedding to help make this portion of

the last 45 minutes).

the day go awesomely (and to make certain

4:45-5:00 P.M. Last minute touch ups prior

no one is missed).

to the ceremony/freshen up.

6:00-11:00 P.M. Reception (we recommend

5:00-5:30 P.M. Ceremony (any full group

the couple takes 10-20 minutes during the

shots will immediately follow/have the

reception to take photos during sunset, if the

officiate call everyone together when the

sun sets after the reception begins).

ceremony concludes).

11:00 PM Wedding party and other guests

5:30-6:30 P.M. Cocktail Hour (couple takes

send off couple.

photos with family and close friends). We

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have the couple provide a “shot list” leading If you hire a photographer who offers

up the wedding to help make this portion of

packages that are partial day, here’s

the day go awesomely (and to make certain

a modified timeline you could use as a

no one is missed).

starting point for your planning:

6:30-10:00 P.M. Reception (we recommend

2:00 P.M.-4:00 P.M. Photographers

the couple takes 10-20 minutes during the

photograph couple and wedding party as

reception to take photos during sunset, if the

they get ready. (Due to limited time, we

sun sets after the reception begins).

recommend getting ready at the same

10:00 PM Wedding party and other guests

location as the ceremony. And don’t forget

send off couple.

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The Great DEBATE Three Local Photographers Tell Us Why They Love Film Photography TEXT BY: Amy Moeller

These days, digital photography is probably more common among wedding photographers—and more familiar to couples preparing to wed–than film, but the art of film photography is far from dead. In fact, three local professionals are passionate about shooting on film. So we caught up with them to find out why they’ve ditched film photography’s popular modern counterpart to continue the craft—and to learn the pros and cons of both.

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A VISUAL DIFFERENCE With both film and digital holding their own in the wedding industry— in fact, most of the pros we talked to do sometimes shoot both—the selection of film versus digital initially comes down to desired aesthetic. “My couples choose [film] primarily because they like that it gives my photos that timeless, light and airy look they love,” says Rachel Solomon of Rachel Solomon Photography. “For many couples it’s something they can’t quite pinpoint—many don’t have a preference what medium I use—they just know they want my look and style. Ultimately though it’s shooting film that gives them what they want...there’s always that extra little something that film has.” The difference is subtle, but easy to spot, they say. “The look of film is hard to replicate with digital,” says Daniel Kim Photography. For couples looking for a soft and romantic style, he recommends seeking

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out an experienced film photographer. “When shot right and worked on by the right lab, film photography produces amazing colors,” he says. “It’s crisp, but soft, vibrant, but not screaming with over-edited colors. There isn’t a word for it, you just have to see the images yourself. There is a richness in color and three dimensionality.” When working with a couple to determine which medium they’d prefer, Brian Minson of Minson Weddings says he’ll lay two 8 by 10 images side by side, one film and one digital. “Couples will pick the film one most of the time,” citing the “photoshopped” look of the smooth skin. “That’s when I [explain that…] because film isn’t a digital file made up of ones and zeros—little dots—the skin looks soft” the way film naturally captures it.

TECHNICALLY SPEAKING Speaking of ones and zeros, film photography does have a few strengths from a technical perspective. “I think the [biggest] is highlight retention,” says Solomon. “In locations like Arizona where we have so much bright sunlight, shooting in midday or early afternoon sun, as we do for many wedding day portraits, shooting film has great benefits over digital in retaining the bright highlights in the photos.” She explains: “A white dress in direct sun will still show texture on a film photograph whereas on a digital photo, depending on how it’s shot, will have what’s called blown highlights. That means you’ve

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a fast moving situation, I will use the digital. For everything else, I prefer the film.” Indeed, they both have their place in the wedding industry, Solomon agrees. “I use whichever medium will perform best in any given situation. This usually means that anything in great, natural light—outdoors or window light—will be shot on film, while other parts of a wedding day will be shot primarily on digital,” she says. “In some settings, such as a dark getting ready room or dark church, digital will outperform film. I will shoot some film with flash during the main events of the reception, such as toasts and special dances, because I think film gives those moments an amazing timeless quality, especially in black and white.”

PRACTICE MAKES PERFECT/ THE EXPERIENCE FACTOR While it’s important to do your research, review a photographer’s portfolio, and verify their experience before hiring them, our pros tell us that opting for a film photographer typically translates to hiring someone with extensive experience. Note: Those we spoke to were adamant that film photography doesn’t require an added level of talent or artistry, but rather, that it’s easier for an amateur digital photography to present themselves as a successful wedding photographer than it would be for a film photographer. “With film, there is no LCD or screen, so the photographer needs to know their exposures, their technical information, their composition, all before taking a shot,” says Kim. “Film photographers have to absolutely be sure of what they are doing because of the fact that they can’t see the images

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right away. [Shooting film] ensures that the photographer is intentional about what they are doing.” “You really do have to know your stuff in order to shoot film,” agrees Solomon, “because you have to know you did everything right and that you did in fact get the shot. Shooting film requires an additional skill level that you have to develop, and it also requires

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my couples to trust me and feel confident in my work.”

SLOW AND STEADY Without the freedom that digital photographer offers to take countless shots, frame after frame, film photographers are forced to be deliberate. “Film is extremely expensive”, Solomon says. “Every time I click the shutter button, it costs me two dollars. Two dollars per click! [When I first started shooting film,] this started heavily eating into my overhead and I learned that I needed to be much more thoughtful about every single photo I made. Now instead of having thousands of mediocre photos, I have a stronger, focused, carefully curated collection of amazing photos to deliver to my couples.” “You only have 36 frames on a roll of 35mm film or 16 on a roll of 120/645 film”, explains Minson. “Thus, you take your time making sure the image you are capturing is going to be damn near perfect.” Film is the ultimate teacher, says Kim. “It keeps me accountable for what I am doing. If I have a shot lined up, and there is something I don’t like about it, I will either fix the photo before I take it, or I will move to a different position,” he says. “It forces me to make sure that each photo is 100 percent something usable, rather than an assembly of mediocre photos.”

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While this seems like a major pro for film, some couples worry that all that precision means they won’t receive as many photos as digital. But the concern is misconceived, our photographers say. There are fewer photos taken, but often the same number delivered. “Whether I shoot all digital, all film, or a mix of both, I would be delivering the same amount of photos to my couples.

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the total photos I took on a wedding day,

have to see what they’re doing to know what

because the majority of the photos were just

they’re doing, Kim says. “Film photographers

me snapping away like a crazy person hoping

realize they have to absolutely be sure of what

I got the shot. Since shooting film, because

they are doing because of the fact they can’t

I’m slowing down and being more thoughtful

see the images right away,” he says. “It would

about each photo, my percentage of keepers

be similar to a driver who knows stick shift vs

is closer to 80-90%, and I’m delivering a

automatic. Yes, one who can drive an automatic

stronger body of work.”

car can technically drive a car. But the one who

Whether

you

choose

film

or

digital

photography, do ask your photographer how

knows stick shift has a greater understanding of the car.”

many images you can expect to receive—the answer will range widely from photographers

Perceived Con: You can’t edit film photos.

across both mediums. Don’t be afraid to

“This simply isn’t true,” says Solomon. “All

explore film, but as both film and digital

my film negatives are scanned into digital

have their strengths—so many of which vary

jpgs and are fully editable if necessary. Once

more so from photographer to photographer

they become .jpgs they can be downloaded,

rather than medium—what’s most important

printed and shared on social media just like

is choosing the photographer whose style

with any other digital photo.” Worth noting,

and portfolio you most admire, regardless of

however, most film photographers love that

what’s behind the lens.

film generally requires less editing. “Film has

Misconceived Notions

the lovely effect of gently softening skin tones which minimizes flaws and is very flattering.

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cropping and composition, but I do my best to

There are several cons related to film

get the photo as perfect as possible in camera

photography, but many are merely perceived

which reduces my time behind the computer on

cons. Here, we did a little extra digging.

the back end.”

Perceived Con: There’s a greater chance of lost

Perceived Con: It takes longer to get the

images or photos.

photos to the couple.

Couples worry about photos being lost in transit.

“I know both film photographers and digital

To minimize concern, ask your photographer

photographers who can turn their photos

how they handle shipping--to the lab, to you,

around in a week, and I also know both film and

etc.–and what backup systems they have in

digital photographers who turn their photos

place. “I ship all my film overnight via FedEx to

around in 12 weeks. This is really a non-issue

minimize any potential downtime where film

from a film versus digital perspective. Most

could get lost,” says Solomon. Solomon also

film photographers, including myself, use the

scans all her film into digital jpgs, offering yet

top professional labs with a turnaround of 10

another backup system for her work, and notes

business days or less. My personal turnaround

that the same precautions need to be secured

time for wedding photos is 4 weeks.” On that

with digital. “Cards get corrupted, backup cards

note, Solomon recommends couples not

could go bad, your gear could be stolen, a hard

be deterred by having to wait a reasonable

drive could crash, etc. There is always some risk,

turnaround time (we suggest that’s 4-8 weeks.)

whether it’s with film or digital--not really one

“I am strong believer that good things are worth

any more than the other.”

the wait. Shooting film adds an artisan quality to my work, and things that are done by hand

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The Proposal: Four years after meeting in college, Cory planned a surprise weekend getaway to San Diego, where he popped the question after strolling through a marina, sipping coffee. “We took a seat on a bench in the park, and he started with his speech,” says Kendra. “It was a complete surprise and absolutely perfect!” The Planning: A highlight of the planning was saying yes to the dress. “I was fortunate enough to have my parents fly in from Wisconsin and my sister from Hawaii so I could be surrounded with family and friends,” Kendra says. She found her dress online and then made an appointment to try it on. “It was the first dress I tried on, and I knew immediately it was my dress.” The Reception: With an intimate guest list of 96, Kendra and Cory were able to spend a lot of time with friends and family. In addition to a photobooth and cigar bar, guests stayed entertained by the DJ, who kept everyone on the dance floor. Combined with an open bar -- “true to our Wisconsin roots,” Kendra says -- “It turned out to be exactly what we wanted: a party to celebrate the next chapter of our lives.”

RESOURCES Ceremony & Reception Site: Aldea At Tlaquepaque, Phoenix Photography: StepOnMe Photography Officiant: Jessica O’Shea Wedding Consultant: Aldea At Tlaquepaque, Phoenix Gown – Allure from Lillian Lottie Bridal Couture Jewelry: Helzberg Diamonds Shoes: Nina Hair/Makeup: Amanda Victoria Beauty Bridesmaid’s Dresses: Alfred Angelo Formal Wear: Men’s Warehouse Invitations: Vista Print Flowers: Petals & Lucy Catering: Babbo Italian Eatery Entertainment: Push Play Entertainment Wedding Cake: My Goodness Cakes Transportation: Transtyle Guest Accomodations: Radisson Phoenix North and Arizona Grand Resort Wedding Night Accommodations: Radisson Phoenix North Lighting: Aldea At Tlaquepaque, Phoenix Photo Booth: Capture Your Life In Pictures

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Andrew and Morgan Stanley Photography: Daniel Kim Photography

The Proposal: Six years after meeting Morgan at the University of Arizona, Andrew popped the question on a weekend getaway in Williams, Arizona. “We hiked Bill Williams Mountain--one of my favorite places to go with my family as a kid--and he got down on one knee when we reached the top,” says Morgan. “He even packed a mini bottle of champagne and plastic glasses in his backpack so we could have a celebratory toast!” The Ceremony: The couple immediately set their sights on an outdoor wedding, and they found a picture perfect venue for their classic vineyard theme at Granite Creek Vineyards. The two married in front of 200 guests. A highlight of the ceremony, they say, was when their three-year-old nephew had”, an epic ring bearer meltdown. “We couldn’t stop laughing. It helped calm our nerves and made the ceremony much more relaxed,” they say. “We can’t wait to use the video as blackmail for years to come!” The Moment: Their favorite part of the day was right after they were pronounced husband and wife. “Andrew and I slipped away from the crowd to spend a few moments together,” Morgan says. “It was nice to take in all the excitement of the day, take a deep breath, and enjoy being officially married before joining the party.”

RESOURCES Ceremony & Reception Site: Granite Creek Vineyards Photography: Daniel Kim Photography Videography: SK Wedding Videography Wedding Consultant: Granite Creek Vineyards Gown: Allure from Lillian Lottie Bridal Couture Veil: Lillian Lottie Bridal Couture Jewelry: Nordstrom Shoes: Steve Madden Hair: Danielle Miller, Inked Hair, LLC Makeup: Sky Ligouri @thelookbysky Invitations: Wedding Paper Divas Flowers: Carte Blanche Design Catering: Block Six Catering Entertainment: Dj Craig Conrad via Downtown Browne Productions Wedding Cake & Dessert Bar: Erin Holzmeister (bride’s friend) Favors: Etsy Transportation: Arizona Corporate Coach Guest Accommodations: Hotel St Michael- Downtown Prescott and Marriott Springhill Suites Downtown Prescott Wedding Night Accommodations: Hotel St Michael- Downtown Prescott Lighting: Downtown Browne Productions

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Stephen and Sara Ortega Photography: Casey Graham, I Do Photography

The Proposal: Two years after they began dating, Stephen and Sara set out to buy a house together. “The negotiating process wasn’t looking great and Sara thought we would have to keep looking,” Stephen says. But secretly, Stephen had received good news from the realtor. One day, he suggested they go to the house to check things out, just in case it did all work out. There, he got down on one knee and popped the question-and told Sara the good news, that the house was theirs! Shortly after, friends and family joined them to celebrate and pop champagne. The Reception: The couple reports that highlights included the speeches and the music--The Nate Williams Band played the ceremony and dinner, the mariachis (a tradition in the groom’s family!) played the cocktail reception, and the JJ’s Band played after dinner. Sara’s bridesmaids surprised the couple with a flash mob during the night. “They had choreographed the dance, recorded a tutorial and sent it out to all of the guests,” Sara says. “It was so fun to see everyone participating!” The Getaway: After using confetti in their engagement photos, Sara and Stephen decided to incorporate it into their wedding day as well. They had a confetti send-off, before jumping into a cherry red vintage Chevy convertible. They jetted off to Bora Bora the next day.

RESOURCES Ceremony & Reception: Paradise Valley Country Club Photography: Casey Graham, I Do Photography Videography: Serendipity Cinema Gown: Martina Liana Veil: Brides by Demetrios Jewelry - Sara’s Grandmothers Diamond Bracelet Earings: Nadri Shoes: Badgley Mischka Hair: Toni Lacombe, TL Studio Makeup: Lillian Fogel Bridesmaids Dresses: Bill Levkoff Bowties: The Tie Bar Invitations: Write-Ons, Etc. Flowers: Avant-Garde, William & Company Floral Design Studio Catering: Paradise Valley Country Club Entertainment: The Nate Williams Band, Mariachi Aguila And The Jj’s Band Wedding Cake: Paradise Valley Country Club Transportation: Pinnacle Executive Transportation Guest Accommodations: The Saguaro Scottsdale Wedding Night Accommodations: The Sanctuary Scottsdale Lighting: Latest Craze Productions Rentals: Event Rents Linens: La Tavola Fine Linen

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Ryan and Chanel Zukowski Photography: Daniel Kim Photography

The Proposal: Just before heading on a Costa Rican vacation, Ryan told Chanel that he’d gotten her something for the trip. “It was a medium sized box,” Chanel recalls, “so while I was opening it, I had no clue that it could even be an engagement ring.” But upon opening it, she found a smaller box with a note that read: “Chanel Alaire Zukowski has a nice ‘ring’ to it.” Ryan said, “How would you like to start off our trip as my fiancé?” says Chanel. “And I said yes!” The Ceremony: The groom’s father, Mark, married the couple in front of 150 guests. “It was so nice to have him play such a big part in our wedding,” Chanel says. “He has a really great sense of humor and started the ceremony off with a few jokes, so it definitely helped to calm our nerves!” The Reception: The couple wanted to stick with El Chorro’s “quaint and garden-like feel,” Chanel says. So they chose a neutral color palette and florals of cream, light pink, and greenery, wit vintage decor. The highlight of the day, though, was having their family and friends celebrating together. “When is there ever a time where every person you [love] is in one room at the same time? It was a pretty amazing feeling,” says Chanel.

RESOURCES Ceremony & Reception Site: El Chorro Photography: Daniel Kim Photography Officiant: Mark Zukowski, groom’s father Wedding Consultant: Tie the Knot by Tessa Gown: Casablanca: Lillian Lottie Bridal Couture Veil: Hand sewn by the bride’s mother, Rachelle Joseph Jewelry: 1920’s vintage sapphire bracelet (something blue) – Gifted by the mother of the bride before the ceremony Shoes: Badgley Mischka Hair: Stefanie May – Leidan Mitchell Salon Makeup: Alexa Juarez – Lash Out Couture Bridesmaid’s Dresses: Jim Hjelm Formal Wear: Maxman – Brother’s Tailors Invitations: Minted Flowers: Brady’s Floral Gallery Entertainment: Sean Tugston Wedding Cake: Barb’s Bakery Wedding Night Accommodations: Hermosa Inn

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John Mooty and Natalie Pastor Photography: Rachel Solomon Photography

The Planning: High school sweethearts Natalie and John planned a May 2016 wedding, but instead got a little surprise: They were expecting! Now due May 2016, the couple bumped up the wedding. “We had eight weeks to plan our dream destination wedding, and I don’t know how we pulled it off, but it was the most amazing day of my life,” says Natalie. The couple worked daily with their planner, and with no time to second guess decisions, they say the wedding, “felt so much like us.” The Ceremony: “When we showed up on our big day, we were amazed with the transformation,” says Natalie. “It went from a simple, rustic ranch to a beautiful, unique venue.” The highlight of the ceremony was hearing their love story told by their officiant. “Before the wedding, John and I both filled out a questionnaire separately about how we met, where we had our first kiss, etc.,” says Natalie. “Our officiant did a wonderful job [turning] our answers into the story of us and sharing it with of our guests.” The Reception: “The DJ was amazing!” Natalie says. The couple opted for a simple, elegant look with rustic touches, and chose a soft color palette of ivory, blush, and pale grey with gold and dark green accents.

RESOURCES Ceremony & Reception Site: Rio Verde Ranch Photography: Rachel Solomon Photography Officiant: KC Glaser Wedding Planning & Design: Outstanding Occasions Gown: Nicole Miller Veil: a&bé bridal shop Jewelry: Nordstrom Hair: Glam Lounge Artists, Jessica Fierro Makeup: Glam Lounge Artists, Jessica Fierro Bridesmaid’s Dresses: BHLDN, Nordstrom Formal Wear: Snap Suits Invitations: Vee Creative Flowers: LUX Wedding Florist Catering: M Culinary Concepts Entertainment: Live Music: AZ Folk Ensemble and The DJ Firm Wedding Cake: Ruze Cake House Transportation: Copper Star Transportation Rentals: Cre8ive Event Rentals Hand lettering & Signage: Freed Hands Photo Booth: The Hip Booth

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The Planning: Ryan and Christine knew from the moment she said “yes” that they’d want to get married at The Saguaro Hotel. “We visited other locations, but there was no question, the vibe and colors of The Saguaro were perfect for our laid back, fun wedding,” says Christine. “Once we picked the location the rest was pretty easy because Sip & Twirl did all of the hard work”. The Ceremony: The couple agree, their favorite part of the ceremony was when their officiant had the guests simultaneously pronounce them husband and wife. “It was so amazing to have all of our loved ones involved,” says Christine. The Reception: To take advantage of the beautiful venue, the couple played up the colors of The Saguaro with a “bright, cheery”, overgrown garden theme for the reception. Each guest received a gift bag that included sunglasses that read “Don’t be blinded by our love;” a box of Girl Scout cookies, custom water bottles, and custom drink koozies. To boot, they started a new tradition. “The father/ daughter dance was to “New York, New York” by Frank Sinatra, and my older sister will be dancing to a Frank Sinatra song when she gets married this year,” says Christine. “When the time comes for my little sister to get married, I’m sure she will pick a Frank song as well.”

RESOURCES Reception Site: The Saguaro Photography: Ben & Kelly Photography Officiant: Matt Nathanson, First Officiant Wedding Consultant: Sip & Twirl; Laurie Cohen And Her Team Gown: Stella York Jewelry: Nordstrom Shoes: Betsy Johnson for the women; Cole Haan For the men Hair & Makeup: Glam Lounge Bridesmaid’s Dresses: Dessy Formal Wear: Bar 3 – Macy’s Invitations: Minted Flowers: Fiori Floral Design Catering: Distrito, The Saguaro Entertainment: Cordero Williams, Got You Covered Wedding Cake: Distrito, The Saguaro Favors: Bottle Your Brand Guest Accomodations: The Saguaro Wedding Night Accommodations: The Saguaro Lighting: Karma Event Lighting

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Andrew Peloquin and Taylor Hoffman Photography: Casey Graham, I Do Photography

The Ceremony: Taylor and Andrew married in front of 150 guests with a very personalized ceremony. “Our officiant had us write down a handful of I love you because…, without sharing them to one another before the wedding,” Taylor says. “He then read each of ours aloud...it had [guests] laughing and crying with us. People really got to know us, as a couple”. The Reception: Taylor and Andrew kicked off their Hollywoodinspired class glam reception with a fun entrance. “It was the 20th Century Fox intro, followed by the Irish Jig from Titanic… everyone was up and clapping around us. We knew then, it was going to be a good night,” says Taylor. After that, the father of the bride’s speech-and the poem he’d written for Taylor--left not a dry eye in the house. “My dad is emotional, yet eloquent,” she says. Finally, Andy’s brother produced a video of old home movies and family photos, including loved ones no longer here. “It was so special to think that they were still somewhat a part of the celebration,” says Taylor. The Honeymoon: Two days after the wedding, the newlyweds headed off to Maui, Hawaii, where they at the Hyatt Regency and spent the week relaxing, sipping Mai Tais, whale watching, and enjoying the newlywed life.

RESOURCES Reception Site: SoHo63 Photography: Casey Graham, I Do Photography Officiant: Mark Culbertson, Your Dream Ceremony Wedding Consultant: SoHo63 Gown: Pronovias From Brilliant Bridal Jewelry: Givency Earrings and Kate Spade Bracelet Shoes: Badgley Mischka Hair & Makeup: Kensington Makeup & Hair Artists Bridesmaid’s Dresses: Ralph Lauren Formal Wear: Men’s Warehouse Invitations: Taylor Noelle Designs Catering: Babbo Italian Eatery Entertainment: Citron Sound Services Wedding Cake: Gigi’s Cupcakes Favors: Photobooth Photos Guest Accommodations: Crowne Plaza San Marcos Golf Resort Wedding Night Accommodations: Crowne Plaza San Marcos Golf Resort Photobooth: thelivephotobooth.com

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The Couple: Eric and Elizabeth met through mutual friends and were instantly attracted to one another--her to his shy smirk and mysteriouness, and him to her beauty and outgoing personality. The pair dated for nearly seven years before tying the knot--with son Ethan in tow--one year after the most romantic surprise proposal at L’’Auberge de Sedona. The Moment: “My favorite moment will forever be walking in with my dad and watching Eric’s face and expressions intently,” says Elizabeth. “It was if there was no one else there with us.” The Ceremony: Elizabeth and Eric married in front of 130 guests on the El Chorro Event Lawn, where Elizabeth recalls being blown away by her dear friends’ reading of Blessing of the Hands. “She spoke so beautifully, and as we stood there listening to her, I couldn’t help but think about how truly blessed we were to have such supportive friends and family.” The Reception: While their first introduction as husband and wife is something they’ll always remember, the memories made on the dance floor are sure to last, too. “From my father-in-law dancing in the middle of the crowd and our son leading us in the ‘Whip/Nae Nae’ to the anniversary dance where couples danced surrounding the longest relationship of 60 years, it was a magical reception.”

RESOURCES Ceremony Site: El Chorro Event Lawn Reception Site: El Chorro Casa Palamo Photography: StepOnMe Photography Videography: StepOnMe Photography, Todd Carlstrom Officiant: Jerry And Julie Law Gown: Maggie Sottero From Schaffer’s Veil: Bel Aire Shoes: Adrianna Papell Hair & Makeup: Linda Valenzuela, Mia Cosmetics Bridesmaid’s Dresses: Jim Hjelm Formal Wear: Mens Warehouse Invitations: Chrissy Coffinger Flowers: Petals & Lucy Catering: El Chorro Ceremony Music: Acoustic Vocals - Sarah Vanell Reception Entertainment: DJ Mancini Entertainment Wedding Cake: Tulips & Teacups Dessert Bar Transportation: Desert Rose Worldwide Transportation Guest Accomodations: Hilton Scottsdale Resort & Villas Beer Burro: Haul N Ass Productions

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Ryan and Anna Fisher Photography: Ben & Kelly Photography

The Couple: Anna and Ryan met at a Colorado Rockies game in 2010, when Ryan’s friend spilled a beer on Anna’s friend. “Talk about an ice breaker,” Anna says. Almost five years later, Ryan proposed while the two were snowshoeing in Crested Butte, Colorado. The Ceremony: The two were raised in different religions, so they invited each set of parents to read a prayer of their choosing during the ceremony, officiated by a close family friend who’d also married Anna’s parents, in front of 130 guests. With perfect weather, the couple and their guests watched the mot unbelievable sunset. The Reception: The couple report that the highlight of the reception was the dancing. They kicked the evening off with a first dance to Ray LaMontagne’s “You Are The Best Thing,” and continued the dancing with the Hora. “The drinks and food were amazing and the music was so great that the dance floor was packed the whole night.” The Favors: For their guests, Anna and Ryan planted succulents in candle votives, so that each guest could take home a little piece of the desert.

RESOURCES Ceremony Site: Desert Botanical Garden Reception Site: The Showcase Room Photography: Ben & Kelly Photography Wedding Consultant: Meant2Be Events Bride’s Gown: Theia Jewelry/Shoes: BHLDN Veil: Alfred Angelo Jewelry: Swarovski Hair: Jessica Wilkins Makeup: Jules Artiste Bridesmaid Dresses: Nordstrom Invitations: L. R. Designs Flowers: Kate Ryan Designs Catering: Culinary Dropout Entertainment: Ray the DJ Wedding Cake: Nothing Bundt Cakes Transportation: American Transport Guest Accommodations: Tempe Mission Palms Wedding Night Accommodations: Tempe Mission Palms

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Corey Gannon and Sara Batz Photography: Rachel Solomon Photography

The Ceremony: Sara and Corey knew they wanted a very simple and untraditional wedding, and they put their trust in wedding planner Sandy Walker to deliver. Sara wanted a venue that was pretty enough to stand on its own with little decor and large enough to host everything from the rehearsal dinner to the ceremony and reception. With a private estate in Scottsdale, Sandy found “the perfect venue to make our vision a reality,” says Sara. The couple married in front of a gorgeous fountain with Pinnacle Peak in the background and 100 guests in attendance. The Reception: The couple opted for a simple and rustic yet elegant atmosphere, from the cocktail hour by the pool to dinner with desert sunset views. “The intimacy of a private home gave the relaxed feel we wanted,” says Sara. The reception was simple and perfect, the couple agree, with beautiful wooden vineyard chairs and simple floral arrangements. “Corey and I were seated at our own table and it was so great to be able to take a moment to reflect on the amazing day we had.” The Moment: “Our favorite part of the day was arriving to cocktail hour as husband and wife,” says Sara. There, the couple joined friends and family that had traveled from all over the country to be part of their day.

RESOURCES Ceremony & Reception Site: Private Estate Photographer: Rachel Solomon Photography Wedding Planning: Sandy Walker, In Awe Weddings & Events Gown: Paloma Blanca from Destiny’s Bride Hair: Jessica Kemp & Sarah Courchaine Makeup: Cortney Weedman Bridesmaid’s Dresses: ASOS.com Flowers: The Flower Studio Catering: Roasted Shallot Food Truck Entertainment: Mancini Entertainment Wedding Cake: Nothing Bundt Cakes

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Jared Fanning and Kristin Dougherty Photography: Love My Life Photography

The Proposal: After just five months of dating, Jared got Kristin a massage and while she was in it, he put flowers in her car with a note that he’d pick her up for dinner. After dinner, Jared drove them out to the site of one of their first dates where they’d shared ice cream overlooking the night lights of Prescott--there, a table with candles, a heart-shaped cheesecake, a letter, and the ring, were waiting. The Ceremony: Kristin wrote an egalitarian ceremony to avoid antiquated ideas and gender roles, and Kristin and Jared each had male and female attendants on their respective sides (Kristin’s brother was her “attendant of honor.”) For another special touch, Kristin’s uncle served as the officiant, adding to the ceremony personal anecdotes and family jokes. “Having his familial presence up there with us, gave the ceremony fun and personal vibe, and helped us to relax,” says Jared. The Favors: The couple opted against traditional favors, but expressed their appreciation for their attendants by supplying the suits and ties, dresses and jewelry. For their parents and grandparents they bought jewelry, personalized pocketknives, and an engraved letter opener.

RESOURCES Ceremony & Reception Site: The Club At Prescott Lakes Photography: Love My Life Photography Gown: Allure Bridal from Lillian Lottie Bridal Couture Veil: Lillian Lottie Bridal Couture Hair & Makeup: Jenne Anne of Prescott Bridesmaid’s Dresses: David’s Bridal Formal Wear: Elegant Brides Flowers: Allan’s Flowers Catering: The Club At Prescott Lakes Entertainment: Paul Hurt Prescott Dj Services Wedding Cake: Sugared n’ Iced Transportation: Classic Taxi Guest Accommodations : Prescott Resort, Vendome Hotel, Days Inn Wedding Night Accommodations: The Hassayampa Inn

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Kevin and Christina Hillis Photography: DePoy Studios

The Ceremony: Kevin and Christina married in front of 125 guests at the Trilogy Golf Course. The highlight, Kevin says, was seeing Christina arrive across the bridge to the music of JP Cooper’s “The Only Reason.” “The rest of the party entered a different way,” Christina says, “so I think the guests were expecting me to come that way as well.” During the service, they included the sand ceremony “to symbolize that what God puts together, no man can separate,” says Christina. The Reception: To kick off the celebration, the bride and groom had the wedding party dance into the reception to the song of their choice. “Everyone came into different songs like hip hop and salsa,” says Christina. “It was hilarious.” Her favorite moment? When Kevin sang Jaheim’s Anything. “He had his groomsmen dancing and singing back up behind him,” she says. The Favors: As a nod to the bride’s home state of Louisiana, the couple handed out Louisiana-inspired goody bags that read “Love Never Fails.” Inside, they were stuffed with pralines, Louisiana hot sauce, Zapps chips, fruit, water, and peanut patties.

RESOURCES Reception & Ceremony Site: Trilogy Golf Course Photography: DePoy Studios Videography: Amoroma Productions Officiant: Pastor Johnny Hudson Gown: David’s Bridal Jewelry: Dillards Shoes: Dillards Hair: Rare Essence Studio By Adelaide Makeup: Laverne Castillo- Brushed By Laverne Bridesmaid’s Dresses: David’s Bridal Formal Wear: JPJ Fashion Invitations: Wedding Paper Divas Flowers: Lighthouse Flower Shop Entertainment: DJ D Swift Wedding Cake: Robert’s Catering Favors: Zapps, Bernard’s Pralines, Louisiana Hot Sauce Wedding Night Accommodations: Omni Scottsdale Resort & Spa at Montelucia

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Brandon and Jennifer Bankert Photography: Love My Life Photography

The Couple: Brandon and Jen met through Brandon’s brother at a rock concert in Tuscon, and again later at Brandon’s brother’s 21st birthday. “She told me she was into cars and music, and owned a 1968 Cougar and I knew I needed to know more,” Brandons says. They dated for 4.5 years before Brandon proposed in front of a big crowd – and the dance team--at a big dance showcase. The Ceremony: The couple kept the ceremony short and simple. “We wrote our own vows,” they say, and our nephews were our ‘ring security,’ which came with the own outfits.” Brandon’s godfather married them in front of 62 guests. “My favorite moment,” Brandon recalls, “was reading my vows off a giant piggybank.” Jen collects pennies and the two paint a piggy bank every year for their anniversary, so on their wedding day, Brandon painted his vows onto a big one to surprise her. The Reception: The DIY couple made everything themselves to keep their dream wedding within budget, including handmade table settings and the decor. The highlight of their reception, they say, was the amazing DJ. “We had short speeches, dinner, and cake cutting,” they said. “The rest was dancing and mingling.” For party favors, they handed out handmade wine cork key chains and little hemp bags with personalized M&Ms.

RESOURCES Ceremony Site & Reception Site: Sky Ranch Lodge Photography: Love My Life Photography Gown/Veil: David’s Bridal Shoes: Custom Converse Bridesmaid’s Dresses: David’s Bridal Formal Wear: Men’s Warehouse Invitations: Vista Print Flowers: Home made music sheet flowers Catering: Onti Sol Catering, LLC. Entertainment: Downtown Browne Productions Guest Accommodations: Sky Ranch Lodge Wedding Night Accommodations: Sky Ranch Lodge Lighting: Sky Ranch Lodge and Downtown Browne Productions

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David and Janis Nicolosi Photography: Malone Sinclaire

The Couple: David and Janis met online and dated for two years before getting engaged at home on Christmas night. From the begining, the couple knew they didn’t want a “themed” wedding, but rather, a romantic, relaxed vibe and all the frills. “More than anything, we wanted it to be a big celebration of love and joy and all the things that matter most like family and friendship,” they said. The Ceremony: The couple chose to get married with the beautiful Camelback Mountain as a backdrop. They opted for a space that required little decoration, but chose a classic palette of blush and champagne paired with black and gold, and were wed in front of 100 guests. The couple’s dog, Bama, served as their Dog of Honor. The Reception: In keeping with their decor - simple, yet picturesque theme, David and Janis chose the Omni Scottsdale Resort & Spa at Montelucia’s Castillo Lucena for the reception where, Janis says, “the charming chandeliers and the dreamy eclectic vibe were all the decoration needed.” A sitdown dinner allowed guests to mingle, and their DJ kept the energy high. The Moment: Both David and Janis cite their first dance--Natalie Cole’s “This Will Be” as one of the day’s highlights. “This was the moment when I finally breathed and took it all in,” Janis says.

RESOURCES Reception Site: Omni Scottsdale Resort & Spa at Montelucia Photography: Malone Sinclaire Officiant: Pastor Dennis Bennett Wedding Consultant: Events by Stephanie Antoinette Gown: Oleg Cassini Jewelry: Something Borrowed Shoes: Valentino Rock Stud Makeup: Lauren Ballard Invitations: KXO Design Flowers: Two Lemons In Love Catering: Omni Scottsdale Resort & Spa at Montelucia Ceremony Music: Michael Lund Reception Music: DJ by Eternal Events Entertainment Wedding Cake: La Dolce Pesca Guest Accommodations: Omni Scottsdale Resort & Spa at Montelucia Wedding Night Accommodations: Omni Scottsdale Resort & Spa at Montelucia Lighting: Eternal Events Entertainment Photo Booth: Spotlight Photo Booth

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Robert and Merry Janssen Photography: Minson Weddings

The Ceremony: During the ceremony overlooking the creek, it started to sprinkle, but it didn’t ruin a thing--instead, the rain cooled down the day, and, Merry says, “made the garden more aesthetically pleasing.” A highlight, Merry says, was when a dear friend played her favorite instrumental song, “A River Flows in You,” on the piano as the couple walked down the aisle. The Reception: While the ceremony was “magical,” the reception was laid back and fun. A live band, open bar, amazing food, and 50 loved ones combined for the perfect night. The DIY bride crafted the three-tiered fondant cake and cupcakes, the invitations, berry jam “Spread Love” wedding favors, the florals, and several other aspects of the decor. The Moment: Merry recalls that her favorite moment of the day was when her cousin sang Journey’s “Don’t Stop Believing,” and everyone danced. “Journey is special to my family,” she says, “because we grew up listening to them and traveling to their concerts.” The Getaway: Following the wedding, the newlyweds spent a week at Iberostar, a five-star all-inclusive resort in the Domincan Republic’s Punta Cana.

RESOURCES Ceremony & Reception Site: Indian Gardens Park Oak Creek Canyon Photography: Minson Weddings Gown: David’s Bridal Shoes: Nina Glennis Flowers: Mountain High Floral Catering: BBQ’d on site by bride’s family Entertainment: Thomas Oliver and Hot Foot Guest Accommodations: Oak Creek Terrace Resort Wedding Night Accommodations: Oak Creek Terrace Resort

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William Jaeger and Elizabeth Marks Photography: DePoy Studios

The Couple: Bill and Betsy were introduced by a mutual friend, and dated for three years before Bill popped the question at home on Betsy’s 50th birthday. The Ceremony: The two spent 10 months planning their wedding, and then said “I do” in front of 60 guests at the Desert Botanical Gardens Steel Herb Garden. The highlight of their ceremony? “The team effort it took to get the unity candle lit,” they say. The Reception: From the beginning to end, the day was magical, Bill and Betsy say. Bill’s favorite moment, he says, was the first dance--Johnny Cash’s “Rose of My Heart.” Betsy’s favorite moment was the last dance and they both agree that Betsy’s dance with her kids was a highlight of the reception. The Getaway: Following the ceremony, the newlyweds were swept away in a limousine to the honeymoon suite – and the afterparty--at the Clarendon Hotel. As for the honeymoon? It’s “everyday,” they agree. The Gifts: The couple skipped the traditional favors, but Betsy paid for her bridesmaids’ hair and makeup as a thank you for being part of the day.

RESOURCES Ceremony Site: Desert Botanical Garden, Steel Herb Garden Reception Site: Desert Botanical Garden, Webster Auditorium Photography: DePoy Studios Officiant: Marci Cagan Gown: David’s Bridal Shoes: David’s Bridal Hair: Amber Tillinghast Makeup: Corinna Cooke Bridesmaid’s Dresses: David’s Bridal Formal Wear: Men’s Warehouse Invitations: David’s Bridal Flowers: LUX Wedding Florist Catering: M Catering Entertainment: Ray the DJ Wedding Cake: M Catering Transportation: The Driver Provider and Alltrans Guest Accommodations: The Clarendon Hotel Wedding Night Accommodations: The Clarendon Hotel Lighting: Classic Party Rentals

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Tyler and Lauren Tessier Photography: Minson Weddings

The Couple: Lauren and Tyler met at LA Fitness in Queen Creek, where Lauren worked the smoothie counter, and Tyler finished every workout with a smoothie--from no one but Lauren. Eighteen months later, Tyler popped the question at dinner with their families after returning from a seven-month deployment. The two wed at the courthouse two weeks later and planned a big wedding bash for the following July. The Ceremony: Though the couple was living in San Diego, they decided to head home for their wedding. The pair said “I do” at Lakeside’s Crystal Creek Ranch in front of 165 guests. Lauren’s seventh grade math teacher married them. “[He] incorporated a few lessons we learned in school,” Lauren says. “It was brilliant.” The Reception: Lauren and Tyler opted for a laid back, barn wedding barbecue with a fire pit and lots of food, good conversation, and dancing. “Having everyone united as one family and all coming together to celebrate... was the best part,” Lauren says. The Getaway: Guests, who parted with adorable mini s’mores packets and a note, sent the couple off with a sparkler exit. Early the next morning, the newlyweds jetted off for Hawaii – they went for a week, but could have stayed a lifetime, Lauren says.

RESOURCES Ceremony & Reception Site: Crystal Creek Ranch Photography: Minson Weddings Officiant: Mike Schimel Bride’s Gown: Double Tree Wedding and Pendelton Boutique Veil: David’s Bridal Jewelry: Borrowed Bonny Gotzinger Shoes: Justin Cowgirl Boots Hair: Joyce Bozella Makeup: Makeup by Chelsey Girmonde Bridesmaid’s Dresses: Azteca Bridal Formal Wear: Double Tree Wedding and Pendelton Boutique Invitations: Wedding Paper Divas Flowers: All Occasions Floral Catering: Stolen Recipe BBQ Cupcakes: Carol’s Creations AZ Favors: Lauren Tessier Guest Accommodations: Nine Pines Motel Wedding Night Accommodations: Nine Pines Motel Photobooth: Snapbooth Photo Booth

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Gabriel Garcia and Lauren Novak Photography: Ryan Nicole Photography

The Couple: Gabriel and Lauren were introduced by Lauren’s sister, but it was the the San Diego Chargers that brought them together. Living in different states, the pair made a friendly wager when the Chargers and the Cardinals played each other ��� the losing fan had to visit the winner. The Cardinals lost, and Lauren set off for Cali. “That weekend we had a blast getting to know each other more,” Lauren says. The two married at a whimsical, romantic, Mexican fiesta-inspired wedding. The Ceremony: The couple wed in front of 150 guests in a religious ceremony with a series of nods to the groom’s Mexican culture. At the end of the ceremony, guests celebrated by shaking personalized lilac maracas. “I waited my entire life to find someone as special as Lauren and I will never forget when I first saw her coming down the aisle,” Gabriel says. The Reception: Outside, guests mingled (and the bride, surprised!) with a beer burro named Mija. Inside, the reception hall was filled with lilac, lavender and gold, and every place card was attached to a gold glittery unicorn--sparkles and unicorns are the bride’s favorites. Thank-you notes awaited family and guests at the head tables, the bar offered a list of “I Do Brews” and “Be Mine Wines,” and instead of a traditional guestbook, guests signed a black globe in gold. The DJ got the party started by inviting guests to the floor for a “good luck dance” the more guests, the more luck for the couple. “In this moment...I was overwhelmed by the feeling of love,” says Lauren.

RESOURCES Ceremony & Reception Site: Troon North Golf Club Photography: Ryan Nicole Photography Videography: Carly G Media Officiant: Edward Delgado Wedding Consultant: Your Jubilee Wedding and Events Gown: WToo Marnie Gown from Bella Lily Bridal HAIR: Magda Vangeertry, Shear Obsession MAKEUP: Nicole Fisk Invitations: Gold Blush Studio, Etsy Flowers: Prim Unique Rentals and Floral Design Catering: Troon North Golf Club Wedding Cake: AJ’s Fine Foods Transportation: Trans City Limousine Wedding Night Accommodations: Four Seasons Resort Scottsdale at Troon North Lighting: Tugston Entertainment and Karma Event Lighting Beer Burro: Haul N Ass Productions Rentals: Prim Unique Rentals

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Joseph and Nicole Reyes Photography: Sunshine & Reign Photography

The Day: Nicole and Joseph Reyes married on April 24th, 2015 at the beautiful Royal Palms Resort in Phoenix. “Our wedding was the most beautiful day of our lives thus far,” Nicole says. “Getting married at Royal Palms was like a fairy tale. Our day was perfect, and we will remember it forever!” The Ceremony: The couple chose to marry in The Alegria Garden at Royal Palms. Joseph and Nicole say highlights of the ceremony included the live music played by Gaetano Productions while their guests entered the garden; and of course, their first kiss as husband and wife. The Reception: For the reception, the newlyweds and their guests gathered in the Orange Grove – “it was magical!” Nicole says--where they enjoyed a romantic candlelit dinner with their closest family and friends under a grove of blooming orange trees at the sun set. “Joseph’s grandmother blessed the meal,” Nicole recalls,“ and we had the best time eating good food and laughing with people we love so much as Gaetano Productions played live music in the background.” After dinner, the bar opened and the band played live Flamenco music while the couple danced with their guests into the night, under a blanket of stars.

RESOURCES Ceremony Site: Alegria Garden At Royal Palms Resort & Spa Reception Site: Orange Groves At Royal Palms Resort & Spa Photography: Sunshine & Reign Photography Officiant: Mike Kennedy Wedding Consultant: Carla Prince Gown: Brides by Demetrios Hair: Kelly Chavez Makeup: Nikki Lawson Formal Wear: Suits From Brothers Tailors Flowers: Table Tops, Etc. Catering: Royal Palms Resort & Spa Entertainment: Gaetano Productions Wedding Cake: Royal Palms Resort & Spa

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GREAT GETAWAYS

Arizona Weddings recaps five of our all time favorite honeymoon and destination wedding spots. Whether you’re looking for pure romance or an activity packed escape, we’ll help you find the perfect getaway.

Gateway Canyons Resort & Spa


Gateway Canyons Resort & Spa

Beaches Turks & Caicos

Gateway Canyons

star gazing and listening to the

Resort & Spa

songs of the bullfrogs.

Gateway, CO

The resort offers unlimited

Beaches Turks & Caicos

experiences. For those getting married,

Grand Turk, Turks & Caicos

envision yourself in a truly

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adventure opportunities: ATV

unforgettable setting, the sun

Beaches Turks & Caicos is for

Gateway Canyons Resort offers

tours, horseback riding at

shining and your friends and

those who have dreamed of

luxury and adventure amidst one

Palisade Ranch, helicopter tours

family surrounding you. You can

getting away from it all by finding

of the most beautiful settings in

of the area, hiking, mountain

choose either a casual Colorado

a tropical hideaway. The water is

the entire US, it’s perfect for the

biking and more. For the car

wedding celebration or an

so blue and the sand is so white,

adventurous couple who want a

lover, there’s the Auto Museum

extravagant destination wedding.

you will feel like you are in a

once in a lifetime experience in

which houses the privately owned

Their staff of experienced

postcard. Jaw dropping beautiful!

western Colorado. Named “Best

Hendricks Collection, like no other

planners are dedicated to

Adventure Resort in Colorado”

automobile collection you’ve ever

creating the wedding of your

villages that cater to the high

by “Best Of” TV in 2009,

seen. The Driven Experiences

dreams at one of the finest

standards that you would expect

Gateway Canyons is the only

offers you the opportunity

wedding locations in Colorado.

in this tropical paradise. The

resort in Colorado that offers

to drive a luxury automobile

such an outstanding level of

through the twists and turns of

Spa is truly a once in a lifetime

oasis with a seaside view. The

luxury and attention to detail.

the beautiful highway or for the

experience that you will never

Italian Village has an old world

The accommodations are

Gateway Canyons Resort and

This resort has 4 distinct

Caribbean Village is a garden

thrill seeker, there are customized

forget. Close to home with easy

charm with a twist of tropics.

amazing. You can choose from

Pro-Baja trucks that offer the

flights into Grand Junction, the

The Key West Village offers a

beautifully appointed rooms or

ultimate driving experience.

adventure starts the minute one

casual and laid back elegance.

of their courteous staff members

The French Village, located at the

choose one of their luxurious

The resort also offers four

casitas with private patio,

amazing restaurants as well as

pick you up at the airport. After

back of the resort, offers a quiet

outdoor showers and a firepit -

Duesy’s Diner, a vintage food

a few days, you’ll wish you could

experience with a french flair.

perfect for romantic evenings of

trailer as well as private dining

stay there forever.

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The Westin Resort & Spa

Hilton Waikoloa Village

Sandals La Toc

and get ready to discover the

The Westin Resort & Spa,

Sandals La Toc

Hilton Waikoloa Village

true meaning of paradise. Feast

Los Cabos

St. Lucia, West Indies

Waikoloa, Hawaii

in one of several romantic,

Los Cabos, Mexico

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fine-dining restaurants. Pamper

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Beautifully situated along a

Hilton Waikoloa Village is a

yourself with a soul-and

When impeccable modern

half-mile crescent shaped

1,350-acre resort located under

body-renewing treatment at

architecture is paired with the

beach, Sandals La Toc on the

the perpetually sunny skies of

the heavenly Red Lane® Spa.

warm culture of Mexico, The

island of St. Lucia is one of the

the Kohala Coast on Hawaii’s

Surrender to the sunshine in

Westin Resort & Spa, Los Cabos

Caribbean’s most enchanting

Big Island. Offering couples

your chaise lounge drawn right

is born. Infinity pools overlooking

resorts. An island retreat amidst

a customizable honeymoon

up to the Caribbean Sea, or

staggering cliffs and beautiful

a true rainforest, this 210-acre

to meet their needs, whether

snuggle up in a private cabana

beaches are designed to relax

beauty has everything you’ll

a couple wants a relaxing

for some romantic alone time.

and rejuvenate every guest. The

need to restore and rejuvenate

and romantic honeymoon,

There is so much to do, you will

resort is designed so that each

in Sandals’ typical all-inclusive

adventurous and active

have the time of your life.

room has its own private, ocean-

fashion. The romantic ambiance

honeymoon or one that

Beaches Turks & Caicos is

view balcony, oversized shower,

and spectacular atmosphere of

immerses the couple in the local

perfect for destination weddings,

and a replenishing indoor sitting

island life is matched with exotic

culture, Hilton Waikoloa Village

offering complete onsite

area. Enrich yourself in the

gardens, tranquil pools, and on

offers the very best Hawaiian

wedding planning and dozens

resort’s luxurious spa amenities,

exceptional golf course.

honeymoon experiences.

of décor, menu and location

the endless adventures of Cabo

options. It’s family-friendly, with

San Lucas, and the tranquil

diving, snorkeling and water

culture and tradition at Hilton

all day daycare and activities

sophistication of San Jose del

sports, Sandals’ all-inclusive

Waikoloa Village - a truly

for children of all ages, making

Cabo that await you by day,

dive and water sports program

inspired destination, offering an

sure all your guests including the

and fall asleep to the sound of

is one of the best there is. With

authentic Hawaiian experience

young ones are cared for.

the ocean waves by night. Los

unlimited adventures, romance,

in an unforgettable oceanfront

Cobos is one of our favorite

and dining, you’ll have the

setting.

honeymoon destinations.

perfect honeymoon

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ADVERTISER INDEX BAR SERVICES

ANTHEM GOLF & COUNTRY CLUB......................................................................................................71

RED AGAVE RESORT...................................................................................................................................124

BEVMO!..............................................................................................................OUTSIDE BACK COVER

ARIZONA BILTMORE..............................................................................................................................16-17

RENAISSANCE PHOENIX DOWNTOWN HOTEL..........................................................................68

POUR MASTERS, INC...................................................................................................................................212

ARIZONA INN.......................................................................................................................................116-117

THE RITZ-CARLTON DOVE MOUNTAIN...........................................................................................6-7

ARIZONA RENAISSANCE FESTIVAL....................................................................................................98

ROCKIN’ R RANCH.........................................................................................................................................109

BEAUTY & FITNESS

BLACKSTONE COUNTRY CLUB...............................................................................................................64

ROYAL PALMS RESORT & SPA................................................................................................................33

SEE SPA & BEAUTY GUIDE ......................................................................................................288-289

BOULDERS RESORT & SPA.....................................................................................................................103

SASSI........................................................................................................................................................................8-9

ARTISTRY ON LOCATION.........................................................................................................................285

BOOJUM TREE HIDDEN GARDENS.....................................................................................................51

SCOTTSDALE MARRIOTT AT MCDOWELL MOUNTAINS...................................................107

BABYDOLL WEDDINGS..............................................................................................................................286

CAREFREE RESORT & CONFERENCE CENTER............................................................................95

THE SCOTTSDALE RESORT AT MCCORMICK RANCH...........................................................35

BRIDAL4THEWIN............................................................................................................................................287

CELEBRATIONS PARTY SPOT...............................................................................................................119

SEVILLE GOLF & COUNTRY CLUB........................................................................................................57

NATURAL BEAUTY BY JONI..................................................................................................................284

CHATEAU LUXE..................................................................................................................................................61

SHENANDOAH MILL .....................................................................................................................................94

ROLFS SALONS..................................................................................................................................................21

CHILLEEN’S ON 17..........................................................................................................................................109

SHERATON CRESCENT HOTEL............................................................................................................107

V'S BARBERSHOP.........................................................................................................................................280

CHOCOLA TREE ORGANIC......................................................................................................................124

SHERATON GRAND PHOENIX ...............................................................................................................83

VIDOGI SALON & BOUTIQUE.................................................................................................................286

THE CLAYTON ON THE PARK..................................................................................................................63

SHERATON WILD HORSE PASS RESORT & SPA........................................................................69

THE CLUBHOUSE AT TONTO VERDE.................................................................................................99

SOHO63...................................................................................................................................................................39

COPPERWYND RESORT AND CLUB....................................................................................................74

STONEBRIDGE MANOR................................................................................................................................91

COUP DES TARTES.....................................................................................INSIDE FRONT COVER

SUPERSTITION FARM.................................................................................................................................102

DESERT BOTANICAL GARDEN.................................................................................................................13

TALKING STICK RESORT..............................................................................................................................59

DIFFERENT POINTE OF VIEW...................................................................................................................41

TEMPE MISSION PALMS..............................................................................................................................86

DISCOVER MARANA.....................................................................................................................................4-5

TUBAC GOLF RESORT & SPA................................................................................................................115

DOUBLETREE BY HILTON PHOENIX-TEMPE ................................................................................76

VAL VISTA LAKES EVENTS........................................................................................................................82

EL CHORRO...........................................................................................................................................................70

VENUE AT THE GROVE.................................................................................................................................55

ELEMENTS EVENT CENTER AT AK-CHIN CIRCLE.....................................................................82

VERRADO GOLF CLUB..................................................................................................................................78

FAIRMONT SCOTTSDALE PRINCESS..................................................................................................43

VILLA SIENA................................................................................................................................................10-11

FLAGSTAFF CONVENTION AND VISITORS BUREAU...........................................................121

W SCOTTSDALE..................................................................................................................................................25

FOOTHILLS GOLF CLUB.............................................................................................................................106

WE KO PA RESORT...........................................................................................................................................77

FOUR POINTS BY SHERATON PHOENIX NORTH...................................................................109

WINDEMERE HOTEL & CONFERENCE CENTER..........................................................................65

FOUR SEASONS RESORT SCOTTSDALE AT TROON NORTH...........................................45

THE WRIGHT HOUSE GARDEN RECEPTION CENTRE..........................................................2-3

BRIDAL FASHION SEE BRIDAL & TUXEDO SALONS GUIDE..........................................................................281-282 A CLOSET FULL OF DRESSES...............................................................................................................265 AMI DIAMONDS...............................................................................................................................................277 BELLA BRIDESMAIDS..................................................................................................................................265 BRIDAL BOUTIQUE OF ARIZONA.................................................................................................18-19 DIAMOND JIM’S.............................................................................................................................................277. E. D. MARSHALL JEWELERS.....................................................................................................................37 GRACE STYLE & BRIDAL...........................................................................................................................263 HEY BEAUTIFUL INTIMATES..................................................................................................................265 JUST RIGHTIE NIGHTIE.............................................................................................................................265 LINGERIE SUPERSTORE............................................................................................................................267 ROBERT & JAYSONS FINE JEWELRY..............................................................................................277 SCHAFFER’S......................................................................................................................................................253 SUZANNE'S BRIDAL BOUTIQUE & TUXEDO..............................................................................227 TUX-XPRESS.......................................................................................................................................................279 UPTOWN BRIDAL & BOUTIQUE...........................................................................................................241

BRIDAL SHOWS BRIDAL FASHION DEBUT .......................................................................................................................145 PHOENIX BRIDAL SHOW..........................................................................................................................144

GOLD CANYON GOLF RESORT & SPA...............................................................................................75 GRANITE CREEK VINEYARDS................................................................................................................124

EVENT RENTALS

HASSAYAMPA INN........................................................................................................................................122

ASPRO LIGHTING...........................................................................................................................................190

HOTEL VALLEY HO...........................................................................................................................................31

GLAMOUR & WOODS..................................................................................................................................190

HYATT REGENCY SCOTTSDALE RESORT & SPA AT GAINEY RANCH........................73

JMS TENTS & PARTY RENTALS..........................................................................................................189

THE IRISH CULTURAL CENTER .............................................................................................................67

PARTY PEOPLE................................................................................................................................................188

THE JAPANESE FRIENDSHIP GARDEN.............................................................................................67

Y-KNOT PARTY RENTALS.........................................................................................................................187

JW MARRIOTT SCOTTSDALE CAMELBACK INN RESORT & SPA..................................99

FLORAL & DÉCOR

CATERING

THE LEGACY BALLROOM PARADISE VALLEY..........................................................................103

SEE CATERING GUIDE.................................................................................................................................213

MCCORMICK RANCH GOLF CLUB........................................................................................................86

AZ FEASTIVALS...............................................................................................................................................212

THE MCCORMICK SCOTTSDALE............................................................................................................66

COUP DES TARTES-RENDEZVOUS CATERING.......................INSIDE FRONT COVER

MUSICAL INSTRUMENT MUSEUM.......................................................................................................90

FRESH FROM THE KITCHEN LLC. .....................................................................................................211

OCOTILLO GOLF RESORT.........................................................................................................................102

HEIDI'S EVENTS & CATERING...............................................................................................................213

THE PASEO..........................................................................................................................................................107

POUR MASTERS..............................................................................................................................................212

THE PHOENICIAN..................................................................................................................................................1

CEREMONY & RECEPTION SITES

PHOENIX ART MUSEUM..............................................................................................................................53 PHOENIX ZOO......................................................................................................................................................98

BRADY'S FLORAL GALLERY...................................................................................................................183 BUTTERFLY PETALS.....................................................................................................................................182 DEI -ZINZ FRESH STUDIO.........................................................................................................................181 FLOWERS BY JODI........................................................................................................................................179 GLAMOUR & WOODS..................................................................................................................................190 THE STUDIO AT CACTUS FLOWER...................................................................................................185 Y-KNOT PARTY RENTALS.........................................................................................................................187 YOUR EVENT FLORIST...............................................................................................................................180

SEE CEREMONY & RECEPTION VENUES GUIDE........................................................126-129

PIMA AIR & SPACE MUSEUM................................................................................................................119

ALDEA AT THE LANDMARK, MESA.....................................................................................................15

GUEST ACCOMMODATIONS

POINTE HILTON SQUAW PEAK RESORT........................................................................................90

ALDEA AT TLAQUEPAQUE, PHOENIX................................................................................................14

GUEST ACCOMMODATIONS GUIDE.................................................................................................199

POINTE HILTON TAPATIO CLIFFS RESORT...................................................................................94

AMARA RESORT & SPA, SEDONA.....................................................................................................123

ARIZONA INN.......................................................................................................................................116-117

PORTICO WEDDING & EVENTS............................................................................................................109

THE SCOTTSDALE RESORT AT MCCORMICK RANCH...........................................................35


ADVERTISER INDEX LOVE MY LIFE PHOTOGRAPHY...........................................................................................................311

TRANSPORTATION

MINSON WEDDINGS....................................................................................................................................307

AMERICAN VALET................................................................................................................................................198

RED AGAVE RESORT...................................................................................................................................124

JETSET LIMO............................................................................................................................................................198

DINNER 4 TWO................................................................................................................................................196

PHOTOGRAPHY

TUCSON & SOUTHERN ARIZONA

IKEA............................................................................................................................INSIDE BACK COVER

BEN & KELLY PHOTOGRAPHY..............................................................................................................301

ARIZONA INN..............................................................................................................................................116-117

MACY’S.....................................................................................................................................................................23

CASEY GRAHAM I DO PHOTOGRAPHY.........................................................................................299

CELEBRATIONS PARTY SPOT.....................................................................................................................119

PERSONALIZED WINE BOXES..............................................................................................................196

CILENTO PHOTOGRAPHY........................................................................................................................300

DISCOVER MARANA...........................................................................................................................................4-5

DANIEL KIM PHOTOGRAPHY................................................................................................................309

PIMA AIR & SPACE MUSEUM......................................................................................................................119

DEPOY STUDIOS................................................................................................................................296-297

THE RITZ-CARLTON DOVE MOUNTAIN................................................................................................6-7

LE BOUDOIR STUDIO..................................................................................................................................306

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