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When Jetset Magazine creative director Toby Thompson and his fiancé Heather Washington got engaged, there was no question that the couple would rebuff the traditional approach to the ordinary wedding. He, travel junkie by trade, and she, by passion, set out to create a magical event that could only be achieved with a myriad of first class partners—Arizona Weddings at the helm, ready and waiting to recommend the region’s best of the best. The setting? A private hanger in Scottsdale, Arizona, featuring a $26 million dollar private jet and over-the-top decor. The menu? Gourmet favorites and top-shelf libations. The result? An unparalleled affair.


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Cindy and Robert Leger of Ocotillo Music on the cello and mandolin—set the tone, and signaled the start of the sunset ceremony. Just outside of the hanger, a custom 144-square-foot green living wall with a “T” monogram of orchids served as the backdrop for the ceremony space, compliments of creator Kevin Reed of Your Event Florist. Beyond the backdrop, another backdrop: two private jets and the Arizona sunset. In front of it, white florals, chairs, and décor complemented the industrial and modern space, and an aisle was created and lined with candles and rich white arrangements. Immediately following the ceremony, a cocktail hour kicked off the party with a top-shelf open bar by the mixologists at Pour Masters and a wave of decadent hors d’oeuvres from Ciao Baby Catering. In a moment of grand reveal, the two larger-thanlife hangar doors slid open to expose the most impressive space yet—a completely decked out interior space. Amidst it, Classic Party Rentals set the scene. White lounge furniture was positioned all around, drapery provided intimacy and warmth, and mirrored tables set with elegant yet modern china, flatware, and glassware from Classic Party Rentals hosted the guests for the weekend’s main meal: Ciao Baby Catering’s roasted pear salad with baby greens and balsamic roasted pears, followed by a Marsala wine reduction chicken breast served over seven herb and parmesan risotto. Reed’s fittingly over-the-top arrangements— compositions of 100 purple Bombay orchid strands, each with 100 hand-strung orchid blooms, alternated with tall vases of purple, fuchsia and red, roses, hydrangeas, and orchids—embellished the purple scene. The icing on the proverbial cake—a Dassault Falcon 20 private jet courtesy of Aero Jet, served as the ultimate piece of décor, and purple uplighting completed the trendy space, which was nearly unrecognizable, yet with all the uniqueness of being a hangar. The icing on the actual cake, on the other hand, was even more decadent. For dessert, Pixy Cakes’ owner and head decorator Tina Cubbon and Tricia Callahan worked together

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to create five layers of red velvet cake with cream cheese filling and chocolate cake and salted caramel filling. Spectacular to the finest detail, the cake featured hand-folded, handpainted ruffles with edible silver and floral accents—more than 350 handcrafted sugar flowers—and lavender draping. After dancing the night away, the newlyweds said farewell to their loved ones, and hello to one final element of glam: a Citation 500, stocked with two bottles of bubbly and packed bags awaited them for immediate transportation to a Vegas honeymoon vacation. A jet-setting conclusion to the perfect jet-setting themed wedding weekend.

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Jamie & David Fashion & Beauty Expert Jamie Krell’s Fabulous Backyard Wedding Jamie and David’s love story has all the elements of an adorable movie: a childhood friendship; a move apart; and a college reconnection. While their story took another turn when their careers took them to different coasts, fate brought them back together a few years later—this time, for keeps. Shortly after bumping into each other for the last time in Phoenix, Jamie moved into David’s house that played host to David’s proposal, and then their “cozy” yet stylish backyard wedding. Embracing the tagline, “It’s been a long ride. Join us as we make the final stop,” Jamie and David began the stationery—a DIY labor of love—with a save-thedate photo shoot on a school bus. Their invitations guided guests through the weekend's events with illustrated maps and details. The couple tracked attendance through a custom RSVP website where guests could also submit song requests. For out-of-towners, they assembled “Lucky Life”-themed gable boxes featuring the itinerary, an Arizona lottery ticket, the couple’s favorite chocolates, a homemade nut mixture, poolside essentials, and more. For favors, the couple gifted guests homemade cookies packaged in brown paper bags and custom stamps. On the big day, friends and family were transported from the hotel to the home by trolley, and were greeted with a St. Germain signature cocktail and passed hors d’oeuvres. Everyone enjoyed dinner under Portofino lights, at wooden tables topped with gold candlesticks and silverware, garden-fresh florals and French tea towels. They danced under trees adorned with oversized lanterns—Jamie in a custom gown with long sleeves and an open back, and her bridesmaids in their pick of a blush and cream palette with gold accessories. Patio furniture, decorative pillows, fur throws, and potted plants filled the space, and atop the cake perched a custom clay figurine of the couple in David’s vintage car—an image that also appeared sketched on the invitations. Topping off a fabulous evening: a late night delivery of pizza and In-N-Out burgers—and a noise violation—yes, a noise violation!—which the creative couple turned into DIY thank you cards, reprinted with the phrase “Thanks for helping us shut it down!”

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“We both agree that the best moment from the day was standing under our Chuppah, beneath a full moon and illuminated sky, reading our vows. With friends and family gathered tightly around us in our backyard (some standing and some sitting) we felt completely calm, relaxed and happy.”

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15 for 2015 Our Favorite Trends This Year In 2015, we’re sensing a major shift in wedding trends. And while we thought we couldn’t love anything more than the Champagne color rustic weddings of late, we’re feeling downright invigorated by the new energy being breathed into our favorite affairs. This year, bridal bliss comes in the most unexpected styles: from rule breaking and reception only, to rose colored and royal worthy. Here are 15 trends worth watching.

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1. Romantic Gowns Sweeping trains, off the shoulder necklines, delicate veils and soft chiffon--these are just a few of the things making up this year’s bridal fashion. More than the modern silhouettes and ultra fashion-forward looks, designers this year seemed to embrace a nostalgic romance--and brides seem gleefully on board.

2. Breakfast for Dinner Steak, fish, or pancakes? Yes, indeed! So long, traditional dinner options, morning munchies are taking over, with more options than ever. “For some, breakfast is their favorite meal,” says Fresh From The Kitchen chef and owner Noelle Salinas. “Anything from chef-attended omelet

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stations, to waffles made to order, to liquor-laced French Toast.”

3. A Splash of Metallic Even if you start with ruffles and lace, adding a gold or silver accent--from the floral arrangements, to the cake, to the stationery--can bring an entire aesthetic up to date. “It's more of an old world elegance meets industrial revolution,” says Pixy Cakes owner, Tina Cubbon. “It's stunning together.”

4. Ditching the Rules Minson Weddings

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exchange for a more personal, intimate event. Translation? They’re doing things their way, tradition be darned. First went the receiving lines, the party favors, and sometimes the plated dinners. Today, couples are even foregoing traditional honeymoons, bridal parties, and sometimes even the ceremonies--opting instead for reception-only invitations.


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5. Marsala Pantone’s 2015 color of the year, experts suggest that brides nationwide will implement the color throughout their wedding décor--a smooth transition for a vastly different look from the hoards of light pink and soft pastels. “With the introduction of Marsala as 2015’s Pantone color of the year,” says Shawna Reed, owner and founder of Your Event Florist, “We will start to see a shift into richer and bolder color palettes as the blushes give way.”

6. All Tied Up This season, we’ll welcome back a long-loved décor element: ribbon. Along with less structured bouquets and floral arrangements will come “the return of opulent ribbon treatments,” says Reed. “We will see the use of more intricate and luxurious ribbon applications, including trailing ribbons, being incorporated.” We love the fun, nostalgic look such a

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sweet, simple material can achieve.

7. Au Naturel Speaking of greenery and vines, many couples this year will opt for a minimalistic design complete with generous touches of nature. Different from the rustic barn weddings because of its heavily pared down décor, the natural-minimalist wedding is understated, and features unfussy, yet tasteful décor. Simple, still striking dresses abound this season, and are the perfect choice to compliment the scenery.

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8. Multicultural Décor

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“Ethnic designs, especially Indian and Moroccan, are finding their way into more traditional America weddings,” says Ginia Lucas, manager of Y-Knot Party & Rentals. “I specialize in the Indian Weddings, but a lot of my “American” brides are adding the colorful and fun Indian designs to their receptions, or doing the henna parties.”


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9. Unexpected Florals Beyond the traditional bouquets and centerpieces, couples--and their florists and planners--have been getting creative with the use of flowers for décor, and they’re not limiting the selection to what’s in bloom. Reed expects that trend to continue. “We will continue to see flower walls, hanging flower ceilings,” she says. “As well as more natural greenery, vines, interesting filler flowers and floral garlands used not just for the ceremony, but gracing the tables at receptions.”

10. The Royal Treatment From the vintage and rustic to the boho chic, casual tones have won the hearts of many a wedding couple over the last few years. This year, however, expect a formal renaissance. From black tie tuxedos and white gloves to cathedral trains and opulent ornamentation, many couples will

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be upping the ante and choosing an affair fit for a queen.

11. Gowns In Surprising Hues For years, if a bride wanted to don an alternative color, the most popular options were champagne and, even further from white, blush. This year, bridal gowns are standing out in more colors than ever. So far, we’ve seen greys, sky blues, and even light greens grace the runway. White not your color? It’s your day. Take your pick.

12. Stepped Up Food Trucks This popular trend of late isn’t going anywhere, anytime soon, but they may be getting an upgrade. “Although food trucks at weddings have been done, the new generation of gourmet food trucks and the wildly talented chefs driving them are the trend for 2015 and beyond,” says Lori Baker of Food Truck Caravan. “We are serving gourmet food...we tablescape our action stations, our staff is uniformed, we create custom menus and pronovias

we use elevated disposables and serving vessels. There’s always an “Ooh,

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Ahh” moment when guests see the truck and get to order at least one component from the window. The truck adds an additional wow factor and creates conversations.”


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13. Bohemian Naked Cakes “These cakes were very slow starting out but in the last six months they've really taken on a life of their own,” says Cubbon. “A cake that has filling and minimal buttercream, and flowers, lots of flowers. They are rustic but elegant. You can do them in all one flavor and color, but it's becoming more popular to have different flavors to create more of an Ombre look.”

14. Flower Power The 70s-inspired statement is all the rage this year. “More brides are incorporating floral crowns, wearable floral headpieces,” says Reed. “In general we will continue to see a resurgence of flowers adorning a brides hair for a more natural essence on her wedding day.”

15. Abandoning the DIY Over the past few years, brides have grabbed hold of the lessons on Pinterest, and delved deep to discover their inner creative. Carefully crafting their own bouquets, putting together their own burlap and lace table décor and signage, sewing their own ring pillows. This year: a step back. In 2015 we predict that more couples will return the reigns Rachel Solomon

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beauticians. And while we love a personal touch, we can certainly get on board with this movement--it’s no question that fewer do-it-yourself tasks lead to a less stressful planning experience. Why not turn your vision over to the experts to implement?


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12 - Month Planning Timeline

twelve months:

n Congratulations! Officially announce your engagement to family and friends. n Purchase Arizona Weddings Magazine on newsstands. n Visit arizonaweddings.com and enjoy our daily blogs, online content and be sure to register on arizonaweddings.com to receive our monthly e-newsletter. n Follow Arizona Weddings social media and get inspired. n Create a wedding email account. n Choose the date and time for wedding and rehearsal. n Decide on style – whether a formal event with a sit-down dinner or an afternoon one in the garden, for example. n Choose color schemes. n Review your budget. Ask both sets of parents for advice if they’re paying for any or all of the occasion. n Select wedding and reception sites. n Make appointment with the officiant to learn about pre-marital requirements. n Plan the guest list to get a rough count. n Choose bridesmaids/groomsmen and ushers. n Research honeymoon spots. n Interview wedding planners (if you are using one). n Shop for gown and headpiece. n Book the musicians for ceremony and reception. n Interview photographers, videographers, caterers and florists.

nine months:

n Take engagement photos. n Announce engagement in newspaper. n Select dress for bridal attendants. n Start shopping for men’s wedding attire. n Decide on the caterer, photographer and videographer. n Book a florist and choose arrangements. n Register for gifts at bridal registries of choice. n Select transportation for ceremony and reception.

When selecting your wedding flowers, keep the time of year in mind. Some flowers can be more expensive when not in season, and some varieties do not hold up to heat as well as others.

six months:

n Order dress and accessories - including veil, gloves and shoes; schedule delivery date. n Help mothers select and coordinate their dresses. n Reserve any rental equipment such as tables, chairs and tent (if you’re marrying at home or in an unfurnished space). n Choose baker - order wedding cake(s). n Shop for your trousseau. n Select your wedding invitations, envelopes and thank-you cards. n Scout around for accommodations for out-of-town guests. n Plan the rehearsal dinner. n Research marriage license requirements. (arizonaweddings.com) n Choose favors. n Confirm honeymoon plans. (Compile necessary documents: passports, visas, etc.) n Finalize guest list. n Send out save-the-dates.

Of course you will want a beautiful cake, but don't forget about the flavor. Talk to your baker about different fillings, flavors and frostings. Most bakers will let you have a tasting to help you decide.

Order your gown at least six months in advance, especially if alterations will be needed. It is always better to have a little extra time. Gown: Tara Keely

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Three-Four Months:

n Choose the ceremony music. n Talk over reception music with band or DJ. n Begin dance lessons for your first dance and impress your guests. n Discuss menu details with caterer. n Confirm out-of-town guest accommodations. n Order wedding rings and arrange for engraving. n Meet with a premarital counselor. n V isit officiant and review vows, readings, and music. n Select and reserve men’s attire. n Address invitations and announcements.


two months:

Two Weeks:

n Mail invitations. n Plan a trial run with headpiece and makeup. n Make wedding day hair appointment. n Confirm ceremony details. n Arrange rehearsal and dinner plans. n Draw up map to ceremony and reception site. n Complete proper documents for changing your name.

n Confirm rehearsal dinner plans. n Find out about gown, bouquet, and/or cake preservation. n Contact guests who did not RSVP to invitations. n Arrange seating plan and write place cards. n Break in wedding shoes at home - scuff the bottom, walk around in them. n Meet with photographer and videographer - submit list of must-take shots.

one month: n Obtain marriage license. n Pick up rings and check engraving. n Confirm details with the florist, caterer, entertainers, and officiant. n Notify the newspaper with wedding announcement and photograph. n Schedule final dress fitting for you and for your attendants. n Buy gifts for attendants, flower girl, ring bearer, fiancÊe, parents (and anyone else who helped make the wedding extra special). n Finish trousseau shopping. n Plan pre-wedding attendants’ party. n Scedule hair and makeup trial run.

Day Before: n Give wedding announcements to an attendant to mail after the wedding. n Verify transportation to and from the wedding ceremony. n Deliver gift baskets if you have them. n H ave manicure and pedicure. n A ttend ceremony rehearsal. n H old rehearsal dinner and hand out special gifts to wedding party. n Prepare tip envelopes and arrange for someone to distribute them the day of.

Wedding day: n Eat breakfast. n A rrange to get checked in and have luggage delivered to your hotel. n G et hair and makeup done. n G et dressed. n Switch your engagement ring to your right hand. n R elax and enjoy the day.

one Week: n Pick up dress or have it delivered. n Host bridesmaids’ party. n Pack for honeymoon. n Confirm travel arrangements - if traveling abroad, purchase small amount of local currency. n Write toast for rehearsal dinner and wedding reception. n Arrange for facial and other beauty treatments. n Give assignments to wedding party members, remind them of rehearsal details. n Confirm transportation details. n Notify caterer of the final guest count. n Review timetables and details with vendors.

Choosing to serve a signature cocktail can help keep costs down as well as help personalize your celebration.

Wait until the day before to have your manicure and pedicure. Your nails will need to look perfect for all those photos.

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10 Ways to Celebrate The Perfect Location for Your Personal Style Choosing a venue for your wedding celebration can be one of the most difficult choices you’ll make during your planning. Arizona has so many settings for the perfect ceremony, and finding the one that’s right for you is essential to the success of your event. From gardens to galleries, we’ve laid out our top 10 venue options with pros, cons, and tips from the experts themselves to help you make the best choice for your big day.

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Pros:

Cons:

Everything’s prepared!

Very structured. House

The seating, altar, piano,

of worship offer little-to-no

and PA system are all set

options for personalization.

and ready to go.

The church will look like

Accessibility. Churches or

a church in spite of your

temples offer rooms to get

vision. Many buildings

ready in and plenty of park-

only allow for candles and

ing for wedding guests.

flowers to be brought in for

Having your wedding in a church or a syna-

Low Cost. Houses of wor-

decoration.

gogue is the perfect choice if you’re seeking

ship usually offer facilities

Small Spaces. Sometimes

a traditional wedding approach. It’s beautiful,

for a lower price than other

the reception areas can be

classic, and ideal for couples eager to wed in a

ceremony venues. Costs

undersized. It's a good idea

house of worship.

include compensating the

to have an off-site reception

1. House of Worship

pastor, wedding coordinator,

location or choose a house

looking for a time-honored tradition, saying “I

and organist/pianist, and

of worship that also has a

do” at the altar will offer you just what you’re

perhaps a donation to the

larger reception hall.

looking for.

church or temple.

Restrictions. Depending

Whether your family is religious or just

on the religion, there may be rules against interfaith

Advice for Brides: “Wedding ceremonies are both personal and traditional. Many couples today look for a way

marriages. If you have

to align the time-honored traditions of their family, their faith, and modern ideas. To balance these needs, wedding venues and places of worship should strive to provide couples with the perfect blend of tradition and innovation.”

your heart set on a church wedding, it is possible. You

—Bob Sayegh, The Legacy Ballroom

may just need to do a little more research.

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2. Country Club

the luxury of being a member for a day giving personalized service to both the couple and their guests. Clubs tend to have the impeccable views of both the mountains and the desert landscape, not to mention the lush green course and romantic water features.” –Seville Golf & Country Club

Cons:

Interior and exterior

Not so private. During

magnificence. Country

daytime weddings, there

clubs are sure to delight

might be a member teeing

Country clubs offer great options

your wedding with

off in the background. Even

for brides and grooms to wed. Their

amazing outdoor photo

during evening weddings,

striking clubhouses and picturesque

opportunities!

other members still might

outdoor grounds are sure to grant you

Impeccable staff.

be trickling out of the club.

picture-perfect memories.

Experienced culinary and

Too exclusive. You might

events teams are usually

need to be backed by a club

always attentive, which makes your

on-site at most country

member to book the venue.

wedding guests happy and allows you

clubs, which can make your

to be stress-free on your big day.

job a lot easier.

Especially in private country clubs,

Endless activities. Golf

you and your guests will not have to

and other club activities

deal with the outside public. If quiet

may be available before or

and privacy is important to you, your

after the wedding.

The staff is professional, fun, and

Advice for Brides: “Golf and Country Clubs offer

Pros:

groom, and your family, a country club may be a perfect and exquisite venue for your wedding day.

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Katrina Wallace Photographers

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Pros:

Cons:

Choose your own décor.

High cost. You’ll save money

Let your inspiration soar

on the venue, but all of the

If you’re looking for a gorgeous,

with DIY options or your

rentals can add up (tables,

3. Tent unique wedding and a cookie-cutter

dream décor.

chairs, linens, forks, cups,

event isn’t your style, a tent wedding

Perfect photographs.

plates, & décor).

could make for an excellent choice.

The outdoor setting and

Weather. If it’s blistering hot,

The best part is that it’s entirely

twinkling lights allow for

rainy, or freezing cold, this

customizable. The blank slate of the

lovely photos.

outdoor option could put a

tent allows you to choose the décor,

Unique. Provide your

damper on your wedding day.

tables, chairs, caterer, dance floor, and

guests with a wedding

Do it yourself. It’s both a

location!

that will be unlike any they

pro and a con, but organizing

have attended.

the vendors without the help

Many brides are using house lawns, parks, or venue lawns without

of an on-site team will mean

the price of renting out ballrooms or

multiple vendor contracts

banquet halls.

and an abundant amount of phone calls leading up to

Advice for Brides: “Tent weddings offer couples the creative freedom to design their own venue from the ground up and implement their ideas and color schemes from floor to ceiling. Backyard tent weddings allow extra time to design and decorate in the intimacy of a home setting. Whether in a backyard or ranch resort, we are always inspired by our clients’ imaginative props and themes as they create their own unique tent wedding venue.” –Joe Felts, Owner of JMS Tents & Party Rentals

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4. Resort

Pros:

Cons:

Arizona is the perfect place to have

Experienced staff. Many

Lack of privacy. Other

a resort wedding! As a destination

hotels offer on-site wedding

events besides your own

for thousands of people each year,

coordinators, while others

could be booked on the

Arizona’s resort venues are absolutely

are just skilled in producing

same day in a different

astonishing during any season. Why not fantastic events through their qualified catering and

guests will also be roaming

wedding to your hometown?

banquet teams.

the premises and sharing

Accommodations.

facilities.

have an extensive array of ballroom or

Discounted room rates

Limited View. If you’re

lawn options and excellent experience

are often available for

having an indoor ceremony

in catering to various events and

out-of-town guests when a

or reception, many function

functions.

wedding is booked on site

rooms offer little to no view

Perfect for large weddings, resorts

If you’re inviting an ample amount

and have limited windows.

of out-of-town guests, a resort

Ask about outdoor lawns

may also be the right choice since

or gazebos if you’d like to

accommodations are on-site and

bring the sun or sunset to

are usually located around tourist

your event experience.

attractions.

Advice for Brides: “A resort is the perfect way to gather all of your family and friends in one location, allowing you to focus on your friends, loved ones, and each other. You and your guests can take advantage of resort amenities and activities such as use of the spa, to melt away any unnecessary wedding day stress.” –Erica Kline, Marketing Manager at Royal Palms Resort & Spa

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area of the resort. Resort

bring the excitement of a destination


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Pros:

Cons:

Two-in-One venue. An

Bugs. Having an outdoor

intimate ceremony can

wedding is beautiful, but all

easily transform into a

of those little bugs crawling

beautiful reception. This

and flying around—not

will also save money

so much. Make sure to

and is much easier than

spray for bugs a week or

An outdoor garden wedding is

transporting guests from

so before the event. Keep

gorgeous, romantic, and easy to pull

one location to another.

in mind that most public

of in the nation’s sunniest state. With

Perfect pictures. With you

venues are already sprayed

Arizona having more sunny days per

and your future husband

on a regular basis.

year than any other U.S. state, you can

surrounded by the natural

Weather. For the most part,

rest assured knowing that clouds or

beauty of the garden,

you’ll be dealing with great

rain will rarely put a damper on your

your photos will turn out

weather in Arizona, but we

wedding day.

impeccably well. You’ll

do get those occasional

5. garden

also save money on floral

rains. Just make sure to

and scents of spring is sure to be a

arrangements since Mother

have a back-up plan so you

spectacle for your guests and your

Nature has already taken

can rest easy knowing that

lasting memories.

care of that for you!

day you get hitched will go

Marrying among the flowers, trees,

Advice for Brides: “Selecting a garden venue gives you a natural beauty with minimal amount of decorations and floral needed to be brought in.” –Jennifer Brooks, General Manager at Boojum Tree Hidden Gardens

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6. Museum or Art Gallery

Pros:

Cons:

Décor. You will already

Restrictions. Many

have style and originality

museums may not

A unique choice for the art loving

points by surrounding

allow bouquet tosses or

couple is to wed surrounded by the

yourself with art, even

additional wall décor. Be

classic paintings and sculptures

without your own

sure to discuss this with

inspired by love. With magnificent

decorations.

each venue before booking

architecture, minimalist design, and

Atmosphere. The spacious,

to make sure you get the

awe-inspiring art, a museum or art

grand atmosphere and

wedding you wished for.

gallery can be the perfect venue to

minimalist design will

Additional costs. While the

host either a large or small wedding,

leave your guests with

cost to rent out the space

depending on the site you choose.

long-lasting memories.

may be less expensive

It is also important to communicate

club, many venues will not

locations will allow more decoration

provide a caterer, tables/

than others while some may limit what

chairs, or linens.

you can do in each room.

Advice for Brides: “One of the biggest benefits to having your wedding at an art museum is the hundreds of photo opportunities! I always recommend to come by a couple weeks prior to your wedding day with your photographer. Walk the property to scope out some of your favorite backdrops and have your photographer take a couple of test shots. You both will get inspired by the beautiful and endless options the museum can hold. This will also help to create a photography timeline so your time is best utilized on the day of your wedding.” —Cori Souza, Event Sales Coordinator at Phoenix Art Museum

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than a resort or country

your vision with the venue. Some


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Pros:

Cons:

Staff. If you’re looking for

Décor. Reception and

a venue that can fix a prob-

banquet halls have a

lem when something goes

reputation of debatable

wrong, look no further than

décor, so make sure to look

a banquet hall. The staff’s

at different hall options

experience gives this venue

before committing. Many

a great deal of credibility.

halls can be altered with

Perhaps the most traditional place

Everything at your

the right essentials. Get

for a wedding reception is a banquet

fingertips. Often times,

creative!

hall. This doesn’t mean that it’s boring,

this venue will already have

Lighting. The lighting

though! The best part about this sort

a caterer, linens, tables/

in many banquet halls

of venue is the staff’s experience. Be-

chairs, a sound system, and

can produce poor quality

cause many weddings take place here,

a dance floor on site, which

or even blurry photos.

banquet halls are usually well equipped

makes your planning much

The best way to solve

with a caterer, supplies, and they can

easier.

this problem is to hire a

Cyndi Hardy Photography

7. banquet hall

typically handle a large amount of

fabulous photographer

people with ease.

who specializes in indoor weddings!

Advice for Brides: “Banquet and Reception Halls are a great choice for the budget-conscious bride who wants the resort-style experience for a fraction of the cost. Look for a space with all-inclusive options to not only save money, but time as well! You will not be disappointed, as customer-service is key for these types of facilities. ” —Chelsea Hibbert, Catering Sales Director at Wedgewood Wedding & Banquet Center

Celebrate with family and friends at the Sheraton Hotel Tempe and create special memories with our Fire + Spice inspired event menus. Call or email our wedding specialist for more information at 480-293-9077, ashley.newcomer@sheratontempe.com

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Pros:

Cons:

8. Farm, Barn or rustic venue

Scenery. The vast

Weather. An unexpected

meadows, trees, and

rainy weekend can occur,

greenery surrounding

even in Arizona. If you had

Whether you and your husband-to-

farms and barns will not

your heart set on having an

be are country music lovers or not,

only make for great photos,

outdoor ceremony on the

everyone can appreciate the rustic

it will be the perfect place

farm, you may need to use

elegance of a farm or barn wedding

to say “I do” during the

a barn as a backup plan or

complete with long, exposed-wooden

afternoon and dance

quickly pitch a tent.

tables, chandeliers, and opulent

beneath the twinkling lights

Cost. Many farm, barn,

lighting.

as the day shifts to night.

and rustic venues offer

Customization. Since

wedding packages and are

outdoor farm wedding surrounded

you’ll have to rent most

experienced in producing

by orchards and animals can add a

of your supplies such as

these types of events.

beautiful backdrop to your wedding. If

tables, chairs, linens, and

In many cases, though,

a classic barn is available, it can serve

décor, you will also have

hidden costs in rental fees,

as a unique country dance hall or a

a chance to add personal

the hiring of a wedding

charming full-course dinner setting.

touches to the ceremony

coordinator, and catering

and reception. Make your

can sneak up on you.

The natural aesthetic of an

Advice for Brides: “Having a celebration at a rustic venue can bring so many different styles and themes. Choosing a rustic feel allows your guests to relax and feel more at home, and in turn stay longer at your reception, which ends up being the best time of your lives.” —Patrick Riedlinger, Event Manager at Shenandoah Mill

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wedding as casual or formal as you wish!


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Pros:

Cons:

Many options. Depending

Weather. In summer

on your vision, your

months, the desert heat

The desert is a location that is both

wedding can either be at

can be almost unbearable.

mysterious and elegant. For those who

a luxurious resort with a

During the winter months,

have traveled outside of Arizona, the

desert landscape or right

comfortable days can

arid beauty of the Sonoran Desert is

in the middle of the barren

shift to extremely cold

second to none.

wasteland. Both options

nights. Anytime between

can create dramatic and

February and June

can add a picturesque and visual ap-

unique ceremonies.

should make for pleasant

peal to your wedding that is unique

Unparalleled beauty.

wedding opportunities with

to the Southwest. Plenty of Arizona

Modeling your ceremony

reasonable weather and

venues, including resorts, country

in the likes of Georgia

blooming flowers.

clubs and gardens offer incredible

O’Keeffe’s love for the

Dust and dander. If you

desert landscapes to set the scene for

Southwest surrounded by

or your guests tend to

your big day. Marrying beneath the

mountains and succulents

get allergies from dust

mountain peaks, saguaros, and blue

can add glamour to the dry

or desert flowers, this

9. Desert

Nicolle Moshiri Photography

Using the desert oasis of our state

skies can present the perfect Wild West environment.

could affect the ceremony.

ceremony.

Sneezing could interrupt your vows or make the

Advice for Brides: "Arizona is a beautiful state with very diverse geographic areas. It has the low desert

ceremony uncomfortable.

with beautiful cacti and higher elevations with pine trees. It presents the perfect place for a wedding because of its beautiful mountain backdrops, majestic Arizona sunsets and the sight of bright stars at night. The weather is beautiful nine months out of the year, and the desert in bloom is a sight that can't be beat. The sun almost always shines, and the sky is almost always blue. For guests that are new to the area, you can guarantee they will be awed by the breathtaking mountain views and indigenous plants you can only get from the desert terrain."

Taking allergy medicine before the wedding might be a good idea!

—Nicole McCall, Social Event Sales Coordinator at Desert Botanical Garden

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. Outdoors 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.

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10. Private stand-alone or Home Venue

Pros:

Cons:

Personal. Whether it’s a

Veiled costs. Though you

home or a private stand

save money on renting out

alone venue, the setting

a venue, the costs to rent

for your wedding will

everything from a valet

Couples often chose stand-alone

automatically have a

service to salt shakers can

venues as a way to ensure a secluded

personal and unique touch

really add up.

event. Either can serve well for

to it.

Neighbors. If your

intimate or large weddings depending

No restrictions. Having

neighbors weren’t invited to

on the size of the venue. Indoor

your wedding in the

the wedding, they may not

ceremonies and receptions can add

comfort of a private home

be so happy with the loud

just as much flare to a celebration as

allows you to make your

music coming from the

a backyard event. Depending on space

own rules. You will not

backyard or the cars parked

and the weather, the choice is yours!

be backed out of certain

all over the neighborhood.

Although private home weddings can

dates or limited to a list of

Check with your city for

sometimes require a great deal of

approved vendors.

permit regulations, noise

work and planning, getting in touch

All choices will be yours

ordinances, and other

with the right vendors can really make

to make!

legal matters.

your event run with ease.

Advice for Brides: "There is something very, very special about holding your wedding in a home. The location means more, the hosts care more, and the rooms are real rooms with their own powerful and loving message." —Thomas & Emmeline Hill, Owners of The Z Mansion

YOUR BIG DAY REQUIRES BIG PLANNERS. 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. To schedule an appointment, call: 602 997 2626, Ext. 3874 or visit: squawpeakhilton.com to view our property.

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Tabletop Inspiration

set for PERFECTION

10 beautiful TABLETOPS

photo (this page) Rachel Solomon

Ten stunning local venues showcasing beautiful tabletops and wedding design inspiration. Get ready to fall in love with all of them!

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VENUE AT THE GROVE Photography by Rachel Solomon | Floral Design by Butterfly Petals

Rustic Romance Nestled in the Grove

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The inspiration for this magical table décor came from both the beautiful pecan grove itself and Pantone’s color of the year, Marsala. To showcase the unique location with the pecan trees, the table needed to nestle in the grove. In keeping on–trend, a beautiful long kings’ table was adorned with long, full floral garland with greenery and marsala-hued flowers rather than a centerpiece. Elegant brass candlesticks, and vintage-style glassware created a romantic feel, while rustic-style marsala chargers added color. The antlers adorning backs of the his & hers’ chairs, along with the beautiful antler chandelier created the perfect rustic finishing touch.


The Team Venue Venue at the Grove Photographer Rachel Solomon Event Designer Mindy Alyse Florist Butterfly Petals Rentals Classic Party Rentals Stationery Jenny Sanders, Graceline Art

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BLACKSTONE COUNTRY CLUB Photography by Love My Life Photography | Floral Design by Wolz's Florist

A Whimsical Rustic Affair

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This tabletop inspiration came from the outdoor venue’s Spanish tiles and brick flooring. A large rectangular Descanso table is decorated using shades of gold and pinks, starting with a copper-colored runner overlaid with a gold textured fabric that is both rustic and whimsical. Atop the runner are petite arrangements of handpainted gold roses, pink roses and succulents. The oversized centerpiece is composed of the same floral combination. Golden chargers and white plates hold a beautiful gold napkin adorned with lace, pearls and small flowers. The design also includes a lovely three-tiered golden-hued cake, surrounded by the same flowers adorning the table.


The Team Venue Blackstone Country Club Photographer Love My Life Photography Event Designer Wolz’s Florist Florist Wolz’s Florist Rentals Cre8ive Event Rentals Baker Blackstone Country Club

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DIFFERENT POINTE OF VIEW Photography by Ben & Kelly Photography | Floral Design by Flowers by Jodi

Sunset Romance

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Using Arizona’s famous sunsets and the venue's striking views as inspiration, the designs showcase a magical wedding setting in the desert. The artisan carved wood table was positioned to take advantage of the dramatic panoramic views of the Valley. Gorgeous florals featuring shades of orange and burgundy take cues from the setting sun. Silver mercury glass, beaded glass charger plates and a crystal chandelier that glitters - complimenting the twinkling city lights far below. Exquisite details including custom stationery, mini place card vases, luxurious linens, delectable confections and a signature cocktail finish the vision.


The Team Venue Different Pointe of View Photographer Ben & Kelly Photography Event Designer Simply Modern Events by Alexa Price Florist Flowers by Jodi Custom Table La Casona Linens Southwick Linens Chandelier Event Rents Cake/Signature Cocktails Different Pointe of View –Traci Fox Sr. Custom Stationery PaperCrazy

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Fairmont Scottsdale Princess Photography by StepOnMe Photography | Floral Design by Your Event Florist

Elegance in the Garden

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The inspiration for the dĂŠcor came from the idea of an elegant Southern outdoor wedding, but with a modern chic, glitzy twist. The round table was covered with shimmering gold linen and a beautiful centerpiece consisting of beautiful garden-inspired florals. Other accents included gold votives, gold trimmed glassware and menus. To add a personal touch, there are custom chalk place cards and signage. The entire design is youthful and fresh, while still being sophisticated and glamorous.


The Team Venue Fairmont Scottsdale Princess Photographer StepOnMe Photography Event Designer Your Event Florist Florist Your Event Florist Rentals Southwick Linens Chalkboard & Place Cards Chalk It Up Signs & Designs Misc. Glassware & Plates Z Gallerie

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L'Auberge de Sedona Photography by Katrina Wallace Photographers | Floral Design by Brady's Floral Gallery

Streamside Romance

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Inspired by the lush beautiful setting and the running water of Oak Creek, this tablescape is all about nature. From the rustic table and farm-style chairs to the antler chandelier, nature is front and center. Deep colored red peonies were used to contrast the lush greenery of the natural surroundings. The beautiful custom stationery includes all the deep color, greenery and, of course, the antlers. Finally, the gorgeous three-tiered cake sits on a wood stump and is stenciled with ferns in gold.


The Team Venue L’ Auberge de Sedona Photographer Katrina Wallace Photographers Event Designer Margaret Van Damme Florist Brady's Floral Gallery Rentals Classic Party Rentals Cake Sedona Cake Couture Stationery The Event Essentials

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W SCOTTSDALE HOTEL Photography by Nicolle Moshiri Photography | Floral Design by Cactus Flower

Modern Glamour

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The W Scottsdale was the perfect setting for a modern glam theme. The beautiful long, mirrored centerpieces add just the right amount of sparkle. They are filled with a bold range of pink flowers meant to pop against the black and silver dĂŠcor. The place settings are simple yet elegant with modern silver accents. The cake adds the perfect finishing touch with a bold black design and silver accents.


The Team Venue W Scottsdale Hotel Photographer Nicolle Moshiri Photography Event Designer Cactus Flower Florist Cactus Flower Cake 21 Cakes

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JW MARRIOTT CAMELBACK INN RESORT Photography by Minson Weddings | Floral Design by Your Event Florist

Classic Meets Modern

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The inspiration for the dĂŠcor came originally from the beautiful aqua linen pattern. Created for the modern Cinderella who loves patterns, eternally romantic dĂŠcor and wants to make a bold statement. In contrast to the linen, the silver centerpiece was filled with lush red and pink flowers to create a bold contrast. It was set high on a mirrored cube and surrounded by smaller mirrored arrangements to lend the modern tone. Warm red was also used for the place settings, adding even more pop to the look. The romantic cake was created in the same beautiful aqua color as the table linens and decorated with lovely white flowers. The menu and place cards were created with the same pattern as the linens, tying it all together.


The Team Venue JW Marriott Camelback Inn Resort Photographer Minson Weddings Event Designer Your Event Florist Florist Your Event Florist Linens La Tavola Linens Chairs kool. Party Rentals Cake JW Marriott Camelback Inn Resort Stationery The Event Essentials

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SUPERSTITION MOUNTAIN GOLF & COUNTRY CLUB Photography by DePoy Studios | Floral Design by Simply Elegant Fine Event & Wedding Design

Vintage Romance

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Using the gorgeous mountain as the backdrop, a vintage table and chairs were covered with a French lace tablecloth to lay the base for the romantic tablescape. Beautiful soft-hued florals were placed down the center of the table to keep the soft, romantic feel. A lovely crystal candelabra holding more muted florals was added to create a bit of elegance to the look. A pastoral dessert table displayed three beautiful Victorian-inspired cakes. A rustic, naked three-tiered cake was finished with lovely roses and in contrast there are two smaller cakes decorated with gold glitter and finished with roses.


The Team Venue Superstition Mountain Golf & Country Club Photographer DePoy Studios Event Designer Simply Elegant Fine Event & Wedding Design Florist Simply Elegant Fine Event & Wedding Design Rentals Classic Party Rentals Linens Simply Elegant Fine Event & Wedding Design Cake Naked cake (middle left) Tracy Dempsey Originals Mini cakes (bottom right) Sugarlips Cakery Stationery Envy Paper Boutique

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TUBAC GOLF RESORT & SPA Photography by Love My Life Photography | Floral Design by Celebrations by Silvia

Rustic & Elegant

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Tubac Golf Resort & Spa offers beautiful wedding venues throughout the resort and on its lush grounds. Using that as inspiration, the team wanted to show both rustic and elegant options. A rustic table is set up outside the resplendent 18th century mission-style wedding chapel. Natural accents and bold colors create the perfect Southwest charm. A crystal chandelier and other elegant touches were set up with a sweetheart table on one of the beautiful Otero Lawn outdoor spaces. The elegant, three-tiered cake looked divine in both settings.


The Team Venue Tubac Golf Resort & Spa Photographer Love My Life Photography Event Designer Celebrations by Silvia, assisted by Jeri Fitzgerald of Celebrations by Design Florist Celebrations by Silvia LINENS & CHINA Celebrations by Silvia CAKE Sweet Creations

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THE IRISH CULTURAL CENTER Photography by Cyndi Hardy Photography | Floral Design by Y-Knot Party Rentals

Irish Sweetheart

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The inspiration for this lovely sweetheart table came from the venue’s name. The name Irish Cultural Center conjured up visions of quaint Irish cottages with window boxes full of sweet happy flowers. To get that look, the table was covered with a lovely green print linen and set with white and gold china. To bring in the feeling of the window boxes, low lying floral arrangements consisting of hydrangeas, gerbera daisies, roses and Viking mums in white and yellow were placed along the front of the table. To add a welcoming touch, each napkin was adorned with a bright little flower.


The Team Venue The Irish Cultural Center Photographer Cyndi Hardy Photography Event Designer Y-Knot Party Rentals Florist Y-Knot Party Rentals Rentals Y-Knot Party Rentals

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Wedding Lingo Words & Terms Every Couple Needs to Know As a B2B (Bride to Be) or G2B (Groom to Be), you need to know certain wedding lingo when you’re planning your nuptials. You may hear a lot of new terms and buzzwords. Don’t know what they mean? It's time to find out! We've put together a list of a few you'll want to get familiar with before you start talking to all those vendors so you'll know exactly what it means when you hear terms like bouts, gobo, B.E.O and Plus Plus.

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Lingo basics:

Your Dream Wedding Is Here

DH Dear Husband MOH Maid/Matron of Honor BM Best Man MOB Mother of Bride FOB Father of Bride MOG Mother of Groom FOG Father of Groom BZ Bridezilla OOTG Out-of-Town Guests

Other Weddings Terms to Know: Asymmetrical A gown cut that is long in the back and short in the front. The term can also refer to any dress that has an uneven neck or hemline.

AV Short for audiovisual. This is what may be needed at your venue to project music and video for your ceremony and reception. This may include lighting as well.

Blusher This short veil covers the bride’s face.

Cathedral Train Popular for formal weddings, this train style trails six to eight feet behind the gown.

Chapel Train This train style runs three to four feet behind the bride’s dress.

Chiavari Chairs

These

elegant

specialty chairs are available in a variety of colors like white, black and silver and can be accessorized with colored cushions and chair covers.

B.E.O.

This term refers to the Banquet

Event Order, the written tally of your food and beverage order, number of guests, rooms and the total price. You’ll have to sign this document before the wedding since it’s the contract of your event’s food and drink expectations.

Bouts

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for

the

floral

term


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Exquisite

boutonnieres and pronounced “boots,” these

Event Facility...

lapel flowers are worn by the men in the wedding party.

Chuppa Also known as a chuppah, this is a wedding canopy under which Jewish couples are married.

Digital Negatives

These are the

untouched images of your wedding day, given to you by a photographer usually on a disc or flash drive.

Engagement Session Also known as e-sessions, this is when the bride and groom shoot photos with a professional photographer. These pre-wedding pictures are a great way to get to know your photographer and have professional images for your website, save the dates, and other wedding stationery.

F&B

The Food & Beverage Minimum refers

to the specific dollar amount the bride and Photo: mikemaez.com

groom must spend for food and beverage to use the venue for their wedding. This minimum may or may not include tax and tips. If you don’t meet the food and beverage minimum,

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you’ll have to pay that amount anyway.

First Look A wedding day photo session for the bride and groom before the ceremony. This is the first time they’ll see each other on the big day.

Fondant A smooth edible decorative cake icing that’s used to make elegant cake designs.

Flush Mount

A modern album style

featuring borderless prints on thick, lay-flat pages.

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Ganache A chocolate glaze or icing often used in wedding cakes and desserts.

Gobo Lighting to project your monogram or another pattern or logo onto a wall or the dance floor using this type of lighting, which is created by a metal or glass template placed in a lighting fixture. You can commission a custom pattern or rent standard wedding patterns like

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“Just Married” or a hearts design.

Hashtag

is signed by the bride and groom before the

is typically hosted by your photographer and is

ceremony.

password-protected.

The word or phrase used to

brand your wedding on social media, noted

Lazo

A traditional wedding cord or lasso

PP The per person catering charge, such as

by the #, such as #JasonAndSophia or

formed into a figure eight. It is often used by

$95 per person. This is the base price for one

#PalmerWedding

Latinos during Catholic wedding ceremonies

guest and does not include extras like drinks,

to symbolize unity.

taxes and tips.

Highboys

Tall, pub-style tables used

during the cocktail hour and the reception.

Host Bar The bride and groom pay for all

Officiant The person who presides over

Place Cards

the wedding, such as a pastor, priest, rabbi

guest’s name and the table number where

or judge.

she’ll be sitting.

These cards show a

the drinks served to guests from the bar.

Online Proofing Ketubah A Jewish marriage contract that

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Reviewing your

wedding images on an Internet gallery, which

Plus Plus

Also seen as ++, this refers

to the taxes and service charges that will be


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added to the bride and groom’s venue bill.

Sneaks Often the photographer will post a

they walk down the aisle.

Keep in mind the plus plus can increase the bill 25 to 30 percent.

few edited images to social media within hours

Sand Ceremony Unifying gesture when

of the wedding, tagging the bride and groom.

the bride and groom each pour a different colored

Processional This refers to the bride

STD You may think it means something else,

sand into one vase.

and the wedding party walking up the aisle at

but STD stands for “Save the Date” These

Second

Shooter

The

backup

informal announcements, mailed months before

photographer

who

the

primary

the big day, let your guests know to mark your

Recessional The bride and groom and

photographer in shooting details of the day, as

wedding on their calendar. You’ll mail them a

wedding party’s exit from the ceremony as

well as images of the guests.

formal invitation closer to the big day.

the start of the ceremony.

assists

Sweetheart Table

A private table

for the bride and groom to sit at during dinner and the reception.

Trash the Dress

Sounds crazy, but

many brides actually take photos in the days and weeks after the wedding. The brides will put their wedding dress back on and do things that will likely ruin or “trash the dress,” some common shoots feature them splashing in the ocean, eating messy food or painting in the gown, without a smock.

Trunk Show

An event held at a bridal

shop by a designer showcasing his or her bridal collection. These shows can be a great time to try on lots of gowns and get personal consultations with the designer and the design team.

Unity Candle

Early in the ceremony,

the bride’s mother and the groom’s mother each light a taper candle. At the end of the ceremony, the bride and groom use those tapers to light one large pillar candle, signifying the two becoming one.

Wine Ceremony During the ceremony, the bride and groom each pour their respective wines into a carafe, in essence making two into one. They then drink the mixed wine and toast their shared life. In another version of a wine ceremony, the bride and groom present a box containing a bottle of wine, two glasses and love letters they’ve written for each other. The box is sealed during the ceremony with instructions for the couple to open the box, drink the wine and read the letters on an upcoming anniversary.

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Reception Cocktail Hour Guide 10 Steps to Create a Memorable Cocktail Hour The bride and groom are now husband and wife, and their guests are ready to celebrate — it’s time for the cocktail hour! Traditionally, sipping wine, nibbling appetizers, and enjoying jazzy tunes set the mood at the start of a wedding reception, but modern brides are finding ways to kick up the “wow” factor during the cocktail hour. No longer is it simply a way to keep guests busy during picture time – in just 10 steps, you can create a cocktail hour that will wow your guests right from the start.

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Step One:

as well as makes the entrance into the dinner

Some couples feel the need to extend this

reception more special.

timeline to 90 minutes (or more!) but all that

Find the right location.

means for you is a higher bar tab and hungry

Step Two:

(and perhaps slightly tipsy) guests when it

main reception area a secret until it’s time for the grand entrance. If you can swing it,

Keep a schedule.

you won’t be sorry.

find a venue that has a separate area for the

There’s a reason it’s called a cocktail hour. Any

cocktail hour, whether it’s an outdoor patio

less, and guests will feel rushed (and so will you,

with a beautiful view or an elegant lobby. This

if you’re taking photos during this time). Any

Step Three:

cements the cocktail hour as its own event,

longer, and guests will start to feel impatient.

Look at the layout.

There’s something magical about keeping the

comes time for dinner. Stick to one hour, and

A cocktail area with a clumsy layout can have guests bottlenecking at the bar and jostling each other (and therefore spilling drinks). Create a space layout that makes sense by keeping the bar away from the entrance to avoid a line out the door, as well as setting up two bar areas, if possible. Hire two servers to pass flutes of Champagne and a signature cocktail so guests can quickly grab a drink and ,

get on with their celebrating.

Step Four: Provide seating. It’s a time for guests to mix and mingle, but a few people will want to get off their feet, particularly your elderly guests. At an outdoor location, cluster rocking chairs in groups for people to relax. Inside, arrange a lounge-like area with swanky chairs and even a loveseat. Don’t forget to add a few tables, as some guests might want to set their drinks down.

Step Five: Get a groove going. The music really sets the atmosphere, so choose how you want it to sound. While the reception typically offers tunes the guests can dance to, you’ll want something lighter and softer for the cocktail hour. (Plus, there’s nothing worse than being a guest and hearing that song you love to dance to during the cocktail hour and knowing it won’t be played again all night.) You can use your DJ to play traditional jazz or seat a classic guitarist on a stool with a microphone. No matter what you choose, keep the music low so people can chat.

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Step Six: Try something fun. Guests just love when you give them something to do during cocktail hour. The photo booth has hit its peak in popularity, but that doesn’t mean it’s any less fun (plus, it can double as either a photo guest book or as a favor for the guests). The big trend this year is outdoor cocktail hours with lawn games – a huge hit, particularly if you have kids at the wedding

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who won’t be entertained by mingling, nibbles, and cocktails. But for something new, one of our favorite things we’ve seen is a larger-thanlife word search printed on a chalkboard. As your guests sip their cosmos and chardonnays, they can also search for marriage- and loverelated words.

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Offer a nosh (or three). Here’s where we get serious because cocktail hour appetizers are no laughing matter! It’s vital to offer a sufficient amount of food, particularly for evening weddings when guests probably haven’t eaten since lunch. An open bar plus lack of food equals tipsy guests in no time flat. Plan for three to four varieties of hors d’oeuvres, serving approximately three to five pieces per person. Try to make it all fork-free – there’s nothing worse than trying to juggle a wine glass, plastic plate, and serving utensil with only two hands and no table nearby.

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their empty wineglass. Aim for one server per 25 guests.

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guest to down about two cocktails during this

for your tipple of choice (such as Cognac, tequila, or microbrews) and station him behind a signature bar offering both drinks and information about the beverage. But don’t forget about the sober guests, as not everyone will be indulging. Instead of making them stick to standards such as soda and iced tea, create a specialty “mocktail” so they can have a little fun, too. Additionally, Forman suggests setting up a station of non

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We really love the burgeoning trend of brides and grooms bypassing tradition and attending at least a portion of the cocktail hour. Step 10: Attend it!

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stand in line at the bar to get a refreshment.

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We really love the burgeoning trend of brides and grooms bypassing tradition and attending at least a portion of the cocktail hour. This works best if you do a “first look” before the ceremony and knock out the majority of photo ops before you say “I do.” You can dedicate the first 30 minutes of the cocktail hour to finishing up the pictures, but then take the opportunity to spend more time with your guests – you’re newly married, and it’s time to celebrate!

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Raising the Bar Helpful Tips for Stocking the Bar and Keeping Your Guests Happy

Packages Bar Package. A venue with a kitchen (i.e., a

try a signature cocktail

restaurant, hotel, or resort), will typically offer

We love this fabulous Southwestern cocktail called Floral Bloom. It’s made of: 1.5 oz. Montelobos, 0.75 oz. Lillet Rose, 0.75 oz. Strawberry Simple Syrup, 1.5 oz. Fresh Pink GrapefruitJuice, 1.5 oz. Soda Water. Combine ingredients (except soda water) and shake well. Strain over coupe glass. Garnish with flower. Photo courtesy of Montelobos

its own bar package. They might charge per bottle, per head, or per hour. No Bar Packages or Serve-Only Packages If your reception is taking place at a museum or a stand-alone event space, you can usually bring in your own caterer, but often you’ll have to use their preferred beverage company. You can buy your own alcohol, but

Bar Options

you have to use their bartending service.

The following suggestions are some of the more popular ways couples “stock their bars.” Select a beverage plan that fits your budget

First Decisions

and review and discuss it with your caterer

When the time comes to select the type of

and/or location manager to formulate a plan

beverage service you would like, it is helpful

that works for everyone involved.

to know the options that are available.

Serve a sparkling wine instead of cham-

Consider your guest list, style of reception,

pagne. Rather than serving champagne or

and your budget to determine the style of

sparkling wine for the toasts, let guests toast

beverage and/or bar service you will offer the guests.

A Well Stocked Bar (based on a guest list of 100)

Open bar versus cash bar. There is no argument here. Your guests are your guests and should not be asked to pay for anything. A full bar provides a complete selection of alcoholic and non alcoholic beverages. For example, guests will be able to select mixed drinks, wine or sodas at their pleasure.

include beer and wine, lighter alcoholic fare.

RUM: 3 liters TEQUILA: 2 liters DRY VERMOUTH: 2 bottles SWEET VERMOUTH: 2 bottles CHAMPAGNE: 1 case RED WINE: 1 case WHITE WINE: 2 cases

What’s In A Bottle?

A house bar consists of lower-priced brands the venue or caterer typically serves.

A deluxe or top-shelf bar serves top-of-theline liquor.

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less, have a consumption bar (where you pay per drink) rather than purchasing the site’s bar package. If you are offering hard liquor, offer house Serve a champagne punch, as it is fairly light

not serve alcohol.

brand-name selections.

ding when alcohol consumption is usually

brands rather than premium brands.

A dry house is a beverage service that does

A premium bar is stocked with higher-end

If you know your guests are not drinkers or you are having a weekday or morning wed-

BEER: 4-5 cases SODAS: 4-5 cases BOTTLED WATER: 1-2 cases VODKA: 6 liters GIN: 2 liters WHISKEY: 2 liters SCOTCH: 3 liters BOURBON: 1-2 liters

A soft or limited bar provides non alcoholic beverages. However, many soft bars now

with what they are already drinking.

4

Glasses per bottle of wine

5

Glasses per bottle of champagne

in terms of alcohol, and people are not as

HOW MUCH WILL THEY DRINK? 100 Guests x 5-Hour Reception = 500 drinks based on one drink per person per hour.

likely to pound down glass after glass. Try a fully-stocked open bar for the first hour of the reception. Then switch to a soft bar with wine, beer and non alcoholic drinks. Try an open bar for the first hour of the reception. This will get things off on the right foot and many brides feel this fulfills their responsibility. This is a popular “trend,” but strictly speaking breaks the laws of etiquette.


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Tech Wediquette Say ‘I Do’ with New Rules and Tools It’s no question that technology has changed the way we do everything. Social media is a major part of our lives--from the Twitter status detailing our deepest (and shallowest) thoughts, to the Swarm app documenting our daily moves, to the Instagram photo we snap before our first bites at lunch. Even if you don’t have your own Vine account or Tumblr page, you more than likely have a Facebook profile--it’s true, more than half of us do. And between social media and the rest of what today’s technology has to offer, the rules are changing, and weddings are no exception. Here, we’re breaking down the guidelines to follow and the tools you should consider.

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“Mom, Dad, Guy from the Car Wash: We’re Getting Married!” While thoughtfully crafted and assembled engagement announcements are adorable, and traditional newspaper announcements carry that special wave of nostalgia, neither are actually necessary. What is necessary is a personal announcement to your family and closest friends, announcing your pending nuptials. Don’t let your dearest loved ones find out you’re engaged the same way, at the same time, the people in your old study group do. For this oh-so-important announcement, it’s got to be done in person, or over the phone. Pop open a bottle of bubbly, cozy up on the couch with your brand new fiancé, and dial away. The social media post can go up later.

Save the Details for the Wedding Website Wedding websites have proven a fabulous tool gracing the modern-day couple. Not only do they allow couples to communicate that information once considered tacky to share by other means (hint: registries); they also allow couples to disseminate important wedding day and wedding dayrelated details more efficiently. Dates, times, directions, special considerations, etc., are all perfectly appropriate for these specially designated sites--but not at all for social media. A little tip: unless you want to risk the potential for wedding crashers--intentional, or those confused by the readily available information--save the details for the website, and resist the urge to unintentionally invite all of your Facebook friends. Enjoy your engagement and shout your love from the

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proverbial mountain top (today, a widelyfollowed Twitter handle), just do so with the mindfulness of a tech-savvy planner.

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Spare Your Social Network the Daily Countdown

all your gushiest proclamations and wedding-

your joy--those who may not have made the

related decisions. By establishing a secondary

guest list cut, might find themselves slighted

spot for that kind of sharing--or better yet,

when the wedding invitation doesn’t follow

abstaining altogether--you spare your social

a barrage of social media announcements.

network not only an invasion of romantic

And feelings will be compounded when,

updates, but also confusion, and their feelings.

after realizing they’re not involved, they’re

While your friends and family do love to share

While the occasional-to-moderate update

continually reminded. Yours wouldn’t be the

in every detail, wedding websites, blogs, even

and wedding-planning tidbit are perfectly

first time acquaintances, distant relatives, and

an old-school journal, would make for a much

acceptable for Facebook and much of your

co-workers mistook your online enthusiasm

better vehicle than traditional social media, for

network will love reading along and sharing in

and oversharing of event specifics for an invitation.

Be Careful with the B List There are rules and warnings galore, and often flatout apprehension, surrounding the concept of B and C guest lists (and we’re not here to hash that out in this issue), but if you do indulge: be especially wary of what you post. Your late-invite guests may not be so entertained when their invitation arrives three weeks after your Post Office invite dropoff picture post.

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Speaking of Stationery A Facebook event invite, an evite, an email: none of these are appropriate wedding invitations. The costs associated with custom stationery can certainly soar, but before you send out a digital invite, consider all the options: simple--a single printed card would do; amateur--enlist the help of a design student; and pre-printed; included. Weddings are getting more casual, for sure, but when it comes to one of the biggest days in a person’s life, electronic-only just won’t do.

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From the clever rhymes, to the mashup of names, the witty puns, and the obviously simple, hashtags are a major component of weddings du jour. If you want to be able to


professional photography, or a combination of

special day just between us.” It’s difficult to

click, create a hashtag for the occasion, and

both. If this is your wish, simple, strategically

expect guests not to take photos at all, but you

start spreading the word. Enlist the help of

placed signs: “Be present: Join us here, by

can certainly request that they not be made

your bridal party to encourage guests posting

leaving your cell phones elsewhere,” will do the

public.

selfies to hashtag them accordingly so you

trick. But if you want to keep the photos and

Yes, while the internet has made the

can easily find them later. While the internet

details private, we suggest making a note on

world smaller, it’s expanded the realm of

ID isn’t fit for proper stationery, consider

your wedding website beforehand, spreading

wedding etiquette. It’s complicated, but by

spelling it out on your menu chalkboard, your

the request through word of mouth, and

following these few simple rules, you’ll have

wedding website--where all the untraditional

making more specific signs, such as: “Join us

the wedding you imagined, without any of the

information goes to be read--or tagged on

in an unplugged affair, and help us keep our

digital drama.

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find all of your guest photos with one easy

the photos/announcements that you sparingly post on your own social media accounts leading up to the big day. Just be prepared to embrace the idea of your guests uploading away from the outskirts of the dance floor-when it comes to social media participation among this generation, the generation rule of

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thumb is this: ask and you shall receive.

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Reception Success Tips and Advice for Planning Your Perfect Celebration Planning a wedding can be a stressful task, but it’s the dream of that perfect end result that keeps you going. The best part of that dream ending? Marrying the love of your life. The next best part? The amazing reception afterward that you get to enjoy with your family and friends! Here is our how-to for a successful wedding reception that will be the talk of the town for years to come.

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It All Starts With the Planning Keep the planning process entertaining and enjoyable! You’ll only have to do it once, and all of your hard work will pay off at the end. All of the decisions you’ll make including everything from napkin choices to cake tastings can be difficult, but this wedding is all about you, so everything should be perfect. With the help and advice of your close friends, you can be sure to have a wedding ceremony and reception worth raving about. If your friends are busy, pour yourself a glass of wine and grab your favorite copy of Arizona Weddings! We’re always here to help.

Choose The Perfect Venue The venue you choose will set the scene for your wedding ceremony and most importantly, your reception.

Choose a location that

represents your personality as a couple and your ideal wedding celebration. If you prefer a relaxed wedding that strays from tradition, you may find yourself in an elaborate garden or an art gallery. If your fancies lie with a more formal setting, an elegant ballroom or luxurious private estate may be your match.

Do It For Your Guests It’s often said that the wedding is for the bride and groom, but the reception is for the guests. They’re buying you a wedding gift and traveling to attend, so dazzle them with

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Guests have spent sometimes thousands of dollars to fly, rent a car, pay for a hotel, and purchase your gifts. While we know everyone has a budget, the reception should be well done. Do your research and try to provide your guests with the best food and entertainment that you can afford, while still staying in budget.

Create an open and welcoming event for your friends to feel like they’re at home – they may even make some life-long friends in the process! Most importantly, have fun! If you’re not having fun, your guests won’t have fun.

Serve Delicious Food Creating a unique menu for your wedding reception is easier than ever this year! There are so many creative choices out there, and more and more resorts and caterers are featuring unique options that are customizable for each couple. The choice is yours - serve a full gourmet meal, offer a build-your-own taco bar, or satisfy your guests’ cravings with a delicious array of passed hors d’oeuvres. With all of the different diets out there, it’s also a good idea to keep every guest pleased and offer vegetarian, gluten free, and vegan options.

Create an Event Timeline With so many different options for receptions, there are definitely more ways than one to keep guests entertained throughout the event. Morning events are typically cheaper options and often feature a bloody mary, mimosa, and/or bellini bar served with brunch. These receptions are usually a more casual affair than their evening dinner counterparts. Dinner and dancing receptions are usually more formal, but they can also be fit to your liking as a couple. Either way, the traditional timeline usually remains pretty much the same: a cocktail reception is usually followed by the bridal party introduction and the

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expert Planning

Tip

Have fun with the food! There are so many great options – select a menu that completes your wedding day vision. Don’t be afraid to step outside the norm. Food stations are a fabulous option! It gets your guests out of their seats and mingling with one another for the duration of your reception.

couple’s first dance.

A sit-down dinner or

buffet-style dinner is served next, followed by the toasts and cake-cutting ceremony. After that, the fun begins! Dancing, entertainment, and mingling between guests continues into the night to celebrate the love of the new Mr. & Mrs.

Hire a Professional With everything that could go wrong during a wedding ceremony or reception, it’s always best to hire a professional. Even if you’re not interested in hiring a full-time event planner, we suggest hiring a day-of coordinator to keep your mind at ease. After all, you should enjoy the biggest day of your life without having to worry about trivial issues that may arise throughout the day/night.

Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff Most importantly, always remember to not sweat the small stuff. Something may seem like the biggest deal in the world to you at the time, but chances are, no one else has even noticed something’s gone awry. Have a back-up plan for anything that could go wrong. If Uncle John has too many drinks, make someone responsible for taking away his keys so you don’t have to. If the best man makes an offensive toast, make sure one of the groomsmen is prepared to add a funny remark to lighten the mood. Everything has a solution – so use your resources. It’s your day. Don’t let something small ruin it for you. arizonaweddings.com |

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Tipping Cheat Sheet Your vendors do a lot for you, now it’s your turn to show some love. We’ve put together some guidelines for tipping your wedding vendors. Keep in mind, these are ONLY guidelines, not rules. Exactly how much or whom you tip is completely at your discretion. Many of the guidelines offer percentages, but flat fees are okay, no matter what the amount. Always check your contracts and paperwork, because some wedding professionals include gratuity in their contract.

Who Wedding coordinator

No more than $500. They’ve priced their fee according to the scope of work. But, a lovely thank-you note or small gift would be a very nice gesture.

Officiant

Most often, a priest or rabbi cannot accept money. But you can donate to the church. A non-denominational officiant might be able to accept $50. If you have a ceremony at the courthouse, employees of the city cannot accept tips.

Hair & Makeup stylists

Tip as though you were getting your services done at the salon.

Catering staff (chefs, servers, bussers, bartenders)

Tip like you would at a restaurant, but only if the gratuity is not already included in the contract—and always ask, because it may be disguised as a “service charge.”

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How Much

If the professional owns his or her business, you don’t have to tip … but it’s not bad to, especially if you really liked their work. You can also take the time to give them a good review, and of course, recommend them to friends.

Limo driver

$20

Valet

$1 per car

Coat check

$1 per guest

DJ

$100-150

Band

$15-20 per musician. Either give one lump sum to the band manager or hand a tip to each person.

service delivery people

$15-20 per person is a nice thank you for getting your things there safely.


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Under the Tucson Sun History, Scenery and Culture — A Recipe for the Perfect Wedding in Southern Arizona Tucson, AZ, may be best known for the University of Arizona, but its hidden treasure lies in its flawless scenic surroundings. It’s no secret that backdrops like the Santa Catalina Mountains create the perfect ambiance for a wedding, but the city continues to provide for every aspect of your Southern Arizona getaway.

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The colorful desert of Tucson is less than 200 miles out of the Valley. With a historic downtown, a culture rich in arts and selections of every kind of food you can imagine, this Southern Arizona location is welcoming and rewarding. Priding itself on the sense of freedom that the city allows for, experience the beauty and adventure of exploration. Step outdoors and hike through the popular 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. Spend a day exploring campus or reliving your college days on the university campus. Make sure to swing by the historic Old Main before taking a trip downtown to survey the authentic Arizonan arts scene. Party into the night at one of the many bars and gastropubs in town or take a moment to appreciate the low lights of the city in a town that

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values a clear night sky.

Wherever you decide to visit in Tucson, you’ve got excitement and entertainment at your fingertips, not to mention breathtaking scenery and a culture rich enough to fulfill the most outgoing of visitors. In a courtyard with perfectly trimmed shrubbery, under the shade of a crisp citrus tree or in an elegant ballroom, Arizona Inn brings maximum customizability to every aspect of your wedding. With rows upon rows of winding brick walkways under the smooth desert skies of central Tucson, you and your guests can experience elegance and ease for your most memorable day. Looking over the lush greenery at the base of the Santa Catalinas, The Westin La Paloma Resort & Spa creates an intimate space to celebrate your commitment. Begin your day at the Red Door spa, or take a round of golf in the morning before enjoying a romantic, sunset-lit ceremony. Party into the evening with any size crowd thanks to a variety of room options and configurations. In the soft light of a cloudless afternoon, Tucson offers locations and views of the entire city. Delve into the desert glow at Omni Tucson National Resort and experience the luxury of love. Sip cocktails in a private cabana poolside before stepping down the aisle lined with palm

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trees and signature desert florals. After indulging in your once-in-alifetime wedding ceremony, enjoy complimentary wedded bliss at any one of Omni hotels’ 14 resort locations. From the quickest decisions to the stress of a budget, the magic of your wedding comes in the uniquely yours details. Spend some time with Silvia Diaz of Celebrations by Silvia and feel the ease of planning your wedding with a professional. Specializing in florals, décor and fine linen rentals, Diaz and her crew are passionate about working with you to create your perfect day. Huddled up to the Santa Catalina Mountains, the Embassy Suites Tucson - Paloma Village offers luxury views at an affordable cost. Just outside of downtown Tucson and Saguaro National Park, this venue exists at the juncture of function and beauty. Venture outside and explore nearby hiking trails or relax by the pool and watch the sun set beneath the towering mountains. Celebrate your wedding in style and share your love under the romance of the pink desert skies.

Whether you dreamed of your wedding on a columned staircase or a romantically lit courtyard, your “I Do” should fulfill every wish you’ve had. At Hilton Tucson El Conquistador Golf & Tennis Resort, take your vows with a backdrop of picturesque mountains. Spend your celebration swaying under the gentle breezes of the desert wind, or enjoy an elegant or rustic ballroom reception. With room for up to 550 guests, make your extravagant wedding an unforgettable affair. What sweeter way to finish your loving day than with a treat for all? Village Bakehouse specializes in customized wedding desserts to close out your celebration. From cakes to cookies to breads, Village Bakehouse has been a staple in Tucson’s Oro Valley for 17 years. With more than 10 cake flavors available and the delicate touches of romance, your dessert will be just as memorable as your first dance. Tucson’s rich cultural history is best exemplified by its notable architecture. Z Mansion brings a Victorian flavor to your modern wedding. Built in 1898, Zellweger Mansion stands as a private residence in Historic Downtown Tucson. Owners Thomas and Emmeline Hill keep their residence in pristine condition with trimmed outdoor gardens and classic indoor décor. This romantic spot lends itself to smaller weddings seeking an intimate, charming space for your enchanting day. On the fringes of Southern Tucson sits a two-story brick building with tiffany blue trim and a white balcony. This historic location is

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The Stillwell House and Garden, a century-old territorial-style home. Nestled in the midst of the Downtown Arts District, the house presents old-world clean styling with an edge thanks to a renovation in 1990. Have visions of romance on the brick-lain courtyard, with the desert landscape in the backdrop, or move inside to the traditional interior that has stood the test of time. The magic of history never fails to bring a memorable touch to your wedding. At the Pima Air & Space Museum, take your own “Sentimental Journey” under an aptly named B-29 combat glider. Add a personal touch of your own history to your ceremony before hitting the dance floor and basking in the glow of a custom lit hangar. Traditional Southwest flavor meets elegance at Tubac Golf Resort & Spa. Settled on the fringes of the 500-acre Otero Ranch and surrounded by the Coronado National Forest, the getaway offers an 18th century Mission Style wedding chapel with classic Spanish architecture and lush

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décor. Follow up a dream ceremony with an outdoor reception peeking into the Santa Rita Mountains. Romance comes alive at the convergence of convention and beauty. Outdoors looking toward the mountains or indoors with romantic décor, Southern Arizona offers pristine conditions for a wedding at any time of year. Being less than two hours south of Central Phoenix, it acts as a “home away from home” getaway for couples seeking a destination wedding with a short travel time.

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Northern Arizona From Sun to Snow, A wedding Up North Can Truly Have it All In the warmer months, it can seem impossible to have the chic, outdoor wedding that you’ve always dreamed of. Skip concerns about the heat and journey a few hours north for some of Arizona’s greatest views and a cool breeze to boot.

Hop, Skip and a Drive Ease into the cooler weather and experience the lush greenery of Prescott. As one part of Arizona’s “Quad-City” area, Prescott skims the edges of traditional desert and dense forest. The original capital of the territory of Arizona, the inner city gives a modern day twist to its old world feel. From partying on historic Whiskey Row to hiking on the Prescott Mile-High Trail System, this revamped area lends itself to every guest’s interests.

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Nestled around the Schnebly Hill Formation,

or an overnight extravaganza.

Look over the cool blue waters of Lake Powell

Sedona may be one of Arizona’s most

Towering over the valleys and streams of

in Page. A perfect blend of traditional water

recognizable, picturesque landscapes. Famous

Phoenix, Flagstaff looks down proudly on miles of

features with the alluring canyons and mountains,

red rocks surround the valley of the city, lending

wooded landscape in the summer and snowy hills

this far northern city represents the truly unique

themselves to unforgettable memories. Driving

in the winter. Explore the welcoming downtown

views that Arizona has to present.

into Sedona, swing by the notable art marketplace

area, full of boutique shopping and one-of-a-kind

Last, but certainly not least, don’t forget to

Tlaquepaque, charge your crystals atop Bell Rock

dining, or head into the shaded grounds of the

check out the White Mountain area of Northeast

or take a dip in Oak Creek via the token Slide Rock.

ponderosa pines for a taste of the natural north.

Arizona: this area includes: Show Low, Pinetop-

Sedona’s family-friendly air transitions smoothly

With hundreds of attractions year-round, Flagstaff

Lakeside, Greer, Springerville, Snowflake-Taylor

to a romantic getaway, ideal for a daytime jaunt

combines imperial scenery with practical traveling.

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. Wherever you take your celebration up North, expect spectacular views and unbeatable natural attractions.

Prescott Lined with the swaying branches of Ponderosa pine trees, Prescott is an escape close enough to the Valley for a short day trip, or far enough to enjoy a weekend escape. Hiking, shopping and relaxation are at the tips of your fingers with locations like Hassayampa Inn. This historic location offers five venues from ballrooms to patios, and lends a touch of the old world to your ceremony and reception.

Sedona Your wedding day should be the start to the romance of your lifetime. Surrounded by towering mesas and a flowing creek, L’Auberge de Sedona provides the fairytale backdrop to your perfect moment. From intimate parties to fullfamily affairs, L’Auberge welcomes couples and company to their picturesque location for dreamy ceremonies in the shadows of the magnificent red rocks. Modern native was the idea behind Amara Resort and Spa’s new eclectic décor and its stunning outdoor courtyard is framed by soaring views of the Red Rocks. Wow guests with exceptional worldly cuisine that emphasizes fresh, organic ingredients. Planning a wedding is more than a fair share of work for a couple. Destination weddings, even just a few hours away, involve meticulous details and strong communication between guests,

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couples and vendors. Take some of the pressure off with Events by Show Stoppers, a one-stop shop for your dream wedding in Sedona. Providing the features that make your wedding uniquely yours, owners Jim and Ken take charge of floral and lighting design, props, backdrops and planning services for all sizes of weddings. Your wedding day may be captured in moments, but it’s the start of your ever-growing life story as a couple. With the help of Katrina Wallace Photographers, help the memories unfold for years to come. The husband and wife team’s unique style perfectly captures the natural elements of your Northern Arizona wedding with a romantic flair. Sitting at the base of the Sedona’s notorious red rocks, Red Agave Resort presents the essence of the area’s natural beauty. Offering four seasons of extravagant views, the resort is perfect for casual or upscale weddings. The patio sits on the fringes of the paved Sedona roads, facing the marvelous plateaus of the desert landscape. Come rain, shine, snow or fog, the resort provides spaces for all of your happiest wedding moments.

Flagstaff Three hours outside of the heart of the Valley, Flagstaff stands proudly amidst mountains and forests. The city offers a perfect mix of outdoor adventure and indoor comfort for all four seasons. The Flagstaff Convention and Visitors Bureau compliments the picturesque town with hundreds of resources for wedding planning, lodging and activities. The ease of planning from afar makes this urban setting a perfect destination for Arizona residents and visitors alike. For a classic Flagstaff affair, try The Historic Weatherford Hotel. For all of your Northern Arizona photography needs, look no further than Minson Wedding Fine Art Photography. Minson and his team travel around the woodlands from May to October providing an eye for nature and pictureperfect moments.

Page On the edge of Page, AZ, sits Antelope Point Marina, an oasis of mountainous beauty on the shores of Lake Powell. Bordering Utah, this venue offers a variety of location-based options for your wedding day. Say your vows lakeside, dockside or rent a boat for the day. Customize your day by moving between indoors and outdoors and watching the sun set along the water.

White Mountains 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 will always hold dear to your heart. Greer’s Molly Butler Lodge is the perfect setting for your intimate pre-wedding getaway or mountainside wedding. Either way, the resort’s 50 unique cabins will accommodate your guests with unforgettable hospitality and top notch service. Get a different taste of the Southwest by getting out of the Valley for a bit. Soothe your worries with the calming passing of the northern trees and bask in the warm sunset glow of the majestic mountains. Leave your guests with unforgettable moments that showcase the true beauty of an Arizona

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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.wix.com/weddingsatblackstone

Up to 200

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

602.867.8975 www.boojumtree.com

Up to 200

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

Children’s Museum of Phoenix 215 N. 7th Street • Phoenix

602.648.2747 www.childrensmuseumofphoenix.org

Up to 500

480.990.7300 www.theclaytononthepark.com

50 to 450

Nearby

480.333.1830 www.copperwynd.com

20 to 200

602.717.7129 www.nicetartes.com

Up to 100

Nearby

Crowne Plaza Phoenix 2532 W. Peoria Ave. • Phoenix

602.943.2341 www.cpphoenix.com/phoenix-wedding-venues

25 to 350

Desert Botanical Garden 1201 N. Galvin Pkwy. • Phoenix

480.481.8159 www.dbg.org

15 to 300

Nearby

602.866.6397 www.differentpointeofview.com

10 to 500

DoubleTree by Hilton Phoenix-Tempe 2100 S. Priest Dr. • Tempe

480.967.1441 www.phoenixtempe.doubletree.com

50 to 400

Downtown Phoenix Venues Phoenix

602.416.1261 www.downtownphoenixvenues.com

50 to 500

480.948.5170 www.elchorro.com

20 to 300

480.585.4848 www.scottsdaleprincess.com

10 to 500

480.424.7070 www.fiestafountaisaz.com

20 to 355

480.850.1604 www.fourpoints.com/phoenixsouth

Up to 300

The Clayton On The Park 7343 East Scottsdale Mall • Scottsdale CopperWynd Resort and Club/Alchemy 13225 N. Eagle Ridge Dr. • Fountain Hills Coup Des Tartes 1725 E. Osborn • Phoenix

Different Pointe of View 11111 N. 7th St. • Phoenix

El Chorro 5550 E. Lincoln Dr. • Paradise Valley Fairmont Scottsdale Princess 7575 E. Princess Dr. • Scottsdale Fiesta Fountains 1316 S. Longmore • Mesa Four Points by Sheraton Phoenix South Mountain 10831 S. 51st St. • Phoenix

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Ceremony Outdoor or Site Available Garden Area

Outside Caterer OK

OffPremises Catering

Guest Rooms Available

Nearby

Telephone/Website

Reception/ Dinner Size Range

480.515.5700 www.fourseasons.com/scottsdale

Up to 360

602.694.2878 www.freshfromthekitchen.com

Up to 80

480.951.0022 www.gaineyranchcc.com

25 to 200

Nearby

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

480.982.9090 www.gcgr.com

Up to 300

Heard Museum 2301 N. Central Ave. • Phoenix

602.251.0230 www.heard.org

Up to 350

Nearby

602.261.8063 www.heritagesquarephx.org

30 to 1000

480.543.1700 www.holidayinnphoenixairport.com

Up to 140

Hotel Valley Ho 6850 E. Main St. • Scottsdale

480.248.2000 or 866.882.4484 www.HotelValleyHo.com

10 to 300

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

The Legacy Ballroom Paradise Valley 4530 E. Gold Dust Ave. • Phoenix

480.382.3829 www.thelegacyballroom.com

50 to 300

Marriot Phoenix Tempe at The Buttes 2000 Westcort Way • Tempe

602225.9000 www.marriott.com/phxtm

Up to 600

480.948.7011 www.mccormickranchgolf.com

Up to 350

Nearby

480.948.5050 www.millenniumhotels.com/usa/millenniumscottsdale

10 to 200

480.845.9114 www.thepaseovenue.com

Upto 250

Peoria Pines Golf & Restaurant 8411 N. 107th Ave. • Peoria

623.972.1364 www.peoriapines.com/weddings/

10 to 160

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

602.333.0000 www.renhotelphx.com

20 to 500

The Ritz-Carlton, Phoenix 2401 E. Camelback Rd. • Phoenix

602.468.0700 www.ritzcarlton.com

Up to 400

Royal Palms Resort & Spa 5200 E. Camelback Rd. • Phoenix

602.808.3206 www.royalpalmshotel.com

2 to 200

Name & Location

Four Seasons Resort Scottsdale at Troon North 10600 E. Crescent Moon Dr. • Scottsdale Fresh Event Venue 4117 N. 16th St. • Phoenix Gainey Ranch Golf Club 7600 Gainey Club Dr. • Scottsdale

Heritage Square 113 N. 6th St. • Phoenix Holiday Inn & Suites Phoenix Airport 3220 S. 48th St. • Phoenix

JW Marriott Camelback Inn Scottsdale 5402 E. Lincoln Drive • Scottsdale

McCormick Ranch Golf Club 7505 E. McCormick Pkwy. • Scottsdale The McCormick Scottsdale 7401 N. Scottsdale Rd. • Scottsdale The Paseo 3753 E. Apache Trail • Apache Junction

Renaissance Phoenix Downtown 50 E. Adams St. • Phoenix

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OffPremises Catering

Guest Rooms Available

Telephone/Website 480.308.1100 www.thesaguaroscottsdale.com

Up to 200

480.502.9095 or 480.502.3335 Private Events www.sassi.biz

14 to 150

480.596.7588 www.thescottsdaleresort.com

10 to 800

480.279.3012 www.sevillegcc.com

Up to 300

480.855.0099 www.shenandoahmill.com

Up to 225

Nearby

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

480.641.3131 www.stonebridgemanor.com

Up to 350

Nearby

480.677.6639 www.superstitionmountain.com

Up to 300

Nearby

480.270.5533 www.talkingstickresort.com

2 to 700

480.317.1526 www.missionpalms.com

Up to 500

Tre Bella 119 W. Main St. • Mesa

480.677.1387 www.trebellaaz.com

Up to 245

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

Verrado Golf Club 4242 N. Golf Dr. • Buckeye

623.388.3000 www.verradogolfclub.com/weddings

Villa Siena 890 W. Elliot Rd. • Gilbert

Name & Location

The Saguaro/Distrito 4000 N. Drinkwater Blvd. • Scottsdale

SASSI 10455 E. Pinnacle Peak Pkwy • Scottsdale 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 Stonebridge Manor 4000 E. Palm St. • Mesa Superstition Mountain Golf and Country Club 8000 E. Club Village Dr. • Superstition Mountain Talking Stick Resort 9800 E. Indian Bend Rd. • Scottsdale Tempe Mission Palms Hotel 60 E. 5th St. • Tempe

Wedgewood Wedding & Banquet Center 2211 N. Litchfield Rd. • Goodyear We Ko Pa Resort 10438 N. Fort McDowell Rd. • Scottsdale The Westin Downtown Phoenix 333 North Central Ave • Phoenix W Scottsdale Hotel 7277 East Camelback Rd. •Scottsdale Windemere Hotel & Conference Center 5750 E. Main St. • Mesa The Wright House Garden Reception Centre 636 W. University Dr. • Mesa

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Up to 300

480.782.7218 www.villasiena.cc

50 to 300

623.935.2500 www.wedgewoodbanquet.com/palm-valley

50 to 300

480.789.5536 www.wekoparesort.com

Up to 600+

602.429.3528 www.westinphoenixdowntown.com

10 to 150

480.970.2100 www.wscottsdalehotel.com

20 to 300

480.985.3600 www.windemerehotelmesa.com

50 to 300

480.833.0902 www.thewrighthouse.com

75 to 275

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Outside Caterer OK

OffPremises Catering

Guest Rooms Available

Telephone/Website

Reception/ Dinner Size Range

928.282.4828 www.amararesort.com

Up to 125

928.660.9464 www.antelopepointlakepowell.com

50 to 200

520.325.1541 www.arizonainn.com/weddings/

20 to 150

928.779.1951 x145 www.arizonasnowbowl.com

25 to 250

520.903.2233 www.celebraionspartyspot.com

25 to 200

520.352.4000 www.tucsonpalomavillage.embassysuites.com

Up to 130

928.636.2003 www.granitecreekvineyards.com

10 to 250

928.777.9550 www.hassayampainn.com/weddings

10 to 200

520.544.5000 www.hiltonelconquistador.com/weddings

12 to 600

928.779.1919 X430 www.weatherfordhotel.com

Up to 210

855.923.7259 www.lauberge.com

2 to 150

928.735.7617 www.mollybutterlodge.com

Up to 300

520.297.2271 www.omnitucsonnational.com

50 to 180

520.574.0462 www.pimaair.org

Up to 400

928.284.9327 www.redagaveresort.net

2 to 80

928.735.7617 www.greerredsetter.com/red-setter-lodge/

Up to 300

520.623.9123 www.stillwellhouse.com

50 to 350

800.848.7893 or 520.398.3534 www.tubacgolfresort.com

10 to 250

Tucson Botanical Gardens 2150 N. Alvernon Way• Tucson

520.326.9686 X29 www.tucsonbotanical.org

20 to 500

The Westin La Paloma Resort & Spa 3800 E. Sunrise Dr. • Tucson

520.742.6000 www.westinlapaloma.com

10 to 1,200

520.623.4889 www.zmansion.com

Up to 250

Name & Location

Amara Resort and Spa 100 Amara Lane •Sedona Antelope Point Marina Lake Powell Navajo Route 22B • Page Arizona Inn 2200 East Elm St. • Tucson Arizona Snowbowl 9300 N. Snowbowl Rd. • Flagstaff Celebrations Party Spot 2823 N. Stone Ave.• Tucson Embassy Suites Tucson -- Paloma Village 3110 E. Skyline Dr. • Tucson Granite Creek Vineyards 2515 N. Road 1 East • Chino Valley Hassayampa Inn 122 E. Gurley St. • Prescott Hilton Tucson El Conquistador Golf & Tennis Resort 10000 N. Oracle Rd. • Tucson The Historic Weatherford Hotel 23 N. Leroux Street • Flagstaff L’Auberge de Sedona 301 L’Auberge Lane • Sedona Molly Butler Lodge and Cabins 109 Main St. • Greer Omni Tucson National Resort 2727 W. Club Dr. • Tucson Pima Air & Space Museum 6000 E. Valencia Rd. • Tucson Red Agave Resort 120 Canyon Circle Dr. • Sedona Red Setter Lodge 103 Main St. • Greer The Stillwell House & Garden 134 S. 5th Ave. • Tucson Tubac Golf Resort & Spa 1 Ave. de Otero Rd. • Tubac

The Z Mansion 288 N. Church Ave. • Tucson

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Age If you are under the age of 18, you must either have a notarized parental

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You may obtain a marriage license in any county in Arizona, as long as your wedding will take place in Arizona

Clerk’s Office consent form or have your parent(s) accompany you, present the proper identification, and sign the parental consent form in front of the clerk issuing your license. If you are age 16 - 17, a certified copy of your birth certificate and one of the following government issued picture I.D.’s is required: a) current driver’s

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Jack & Jill Showers Local Venues Host Celebrations For The Bride And Groom As much as we don’t want to admit it sometimes, a wedding is just as much a celebration of the groom as it is of the bride. So why does tradition dictate that only the bride gets showered with love before the wedding? Some couples are ready to create a new tradition by participating in couple showers, also known as Jack & Jill showers, hosted at local restaurants and bars.

Why Do It? Some brides just don’t get caught up in the pomp and circumstance of

anywhere from one to four months before the wedding, though a variety

traditional bridal showers -- perhaps she doesn’t have close family in the

of factors can change that schedule.

area, or she’s not comfortable being the center of attention. While a Jack

While traditional bridal showers are often hosted at a friend or

and Jill shower still celebrates the pending nuptials, it does so in a more

family member’s home, move the Jack & Jill shower to a restaurant

relaxed way.

or bar setting. Depending on the time of day, you might be able to

However, before you plan one of these shindigs, think about how many

rent out the entire property — “The great thing about our property is

pre-wedding parties you have planned throughout the engagement

we have an amazing outdoor patio that can hold up to 220, but if you

period. You don’t want to ask too much of your friends and family – or

wanted to do it during the day, you can have sole use of our property,

look like you’re continually asking for gifts – so plan a Jack & Jill shower

which brides and grooms love,” says Suzannah Modzelewski, event

in lieu of an engagement party or expensive bachelor and bachelorette

coordinator at Old Town Tortilla Factory — or just select a private

parties. An overabundance of celebrations will leave your loved ones

room with enough space. From there, the staff can create a menu

weary, and you want them to be excited the day of the actual wedding.

that will please nearly everyone and make the whole event flow

The Logistics

shower, as each one can offer a different ambiance. For example,

Just like with a standard bridal shower, the happy couple shouldn’t

impress at power lunches by day, and hipsters, downtown resident

be planning their Jack & Jill event themselves – it’s considered poor

and event goers mingle at night,” says Jami Reagan, speaking for

etiquette. However, when the maid of honor or close friend approaches

Fox Restaurant Concepts. “The restaurant offers three private

you for thoughts on a shower, explain the situation and ask if your fiancé

dining areas and patio and lounge space buyouts making it an ideal

can be included. Provided she’s on board, you can take a step back and

location to host a Jack & Jill shower.” For a more intimate locale, try

let her plan to her heart’s content. Generally speaking, showers are held

Bar North in Scottsdale. “In this setting, guests will find the same

smoothly. Think outside the box when choosing a venue to host the

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warm hospitality,” Reagan says, “but with a

the time of day. Think of the couple’s

a full hosted bar, which is pricey, showcase

more intimate approach, offering an ideal

personalities and use that to create a special

your favorite drinks – one for the groom,

locale for a Jack & Jill shower.”

drink and menu. Make sure it appeals to all

one for the bride. In some cases, the bar

— plated or buffet will work, but sometimes

might extend all the way to dessert! “At the

Food & Drink

a heavy appetizer or buffet stations are the

last shower I hosted, I brought in a beautiful

best choices. Include salad, meats and yummy

groom’s cake and his favorite type of tequila,

While your Jack & Jill shower might take

desserts.

which was Patrón. He and all of his guy

place in the afternoon, it can also be an

Take

a

cue

from

the

ever-popular

evening cocktail party. The host should

signature cocktail and make the trend work

arrange for food and cocktails to suit

at your shower, too. Instead of offering up

friends then ended up toasting with a shot of Patrón,” Modzelewski says.

Gifts and Themes The whole point of a bridal shower is giving gifts – after all the name comes from “showering” the bride with gifts to start her new home. A groom might not be as excited to open those dishes or bath towels, so consider making the shower themed. If the couple likes to drink, host a “stock the bar” shower where guests bring alcohol-related gifts, such as fancy bottles of Scotch whiskey or nice wine glasses. To avoid duplicates, assign each guest a type of alcohol, such as gin or Champagne, and ask them to bring a bottle of their favorite brand and one accessory to go along with it. The guest assigned red wine might bring a nice bottle of Pinot Noir along with an aerator, while someone assigned vodka might wrap up a set of martini glasses with a bottle of Grey Goose. Other relevant themes might include a “Bon Voyage” shower, where guests gift items for the honeymoon or a “new home” shower that could include tools, décor items or other new homeowner essentials.

Working with the Restaurant No matter which theme you choose, talk to the event coordinator or private dining director at the venue of your choice. Even if they haven’t specifically hosted a Jack & Jill shower in the past, she will be able to help the shower’s host put together an event worthy of a celebration. As Reagan at Fox Restaurant Concept says, “Whether it’s an intimate dinner for 10 or a Jack & Jill celebration for 75, the private dining coordinators are skilled in helping to create the perfect event.”

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PRE-WEDDING PARTIES

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.

Name & Location

Arizona Biltmore 2400 E. Missouri Ave. Phoenix, AZ 602.381.7603

Size Range

Price Range

10-1,500 Please Call

Cuisine

Private Rooms

Outdoor Site

Varies

Nestled at the foot of Phoenix Mountain Preserve, legendary Arizona Biltmore Resort and Spa offers world class accommodations, eight swimming pools, award-winning spa and two 18-hole PGA golf courses.

for Pricing

Daytime Off-Premise Events Catering

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Arizona Inn 2200 East Elm St. Tucson, AZ 520.325.1541

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20 to 15

$52 to $100

Varies

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

2-66

$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

North serves modern Italian - fresh, seasonal ingredients, artisanal preparation, inventive flavor combinations, sexy cocktails and dishes made for sharing. With 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.

20-700

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.

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

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

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 East Camelback Road 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

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

Size Range

Price Range

Cuisine

Private Rooms

Outdoor Site

50 to 200

Daytime Off-Premise Events Catering

$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.

10-300

$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.

20-300

$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.

10-150

$25 to $100

Brazilian Steakhouse

With a prix-fixe menu featuring 15 delectable cuts of meat and several distinctive group and private dining options, Fogo is perfect for events from intimate dinners to large receptions.

Up to 360

$85 & Up

Varies (Custom Menus)

10-314

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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.

10-72

$60 & Up

Global Cuisine with Native American Accent

Touted among “The Valley’s Best and Most Romantic Views” by Phoenix Magazine and the Arizona Republic, Kai’s stunning setting offers a truly one-of-a-kind experience with award-winning cuisine and unparalleled service. Arizona’s only Forbes Five Star Award and AAA Five Diamond Signature Restaurant.

www.theclaytononthepark.com

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

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

Fogo de Chão Churrascaria 6300 N. Scottsdale Rd. Scottsdale, AZ 480.609.8866 www.fogo.com

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

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

Kai Restaurant 5594 W. Wild Horse Pass Blvd. Chandler, AZ 602.225.0100 www.wildhorsepassresort.com

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Name & Location

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.

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Maggiano’s 16405 N. Scottsdale Rd. Scottsdale, AZ 480.333.4100

Size Range

Price Range

Cuisine

Private Rooms

Outdoor Site

8-150

Daytime Off-Premise Events Catering

$24.95 to $78.95

Italian

10-70

$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.

10-300

$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!

2-30

$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.

14-150

$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.

10-800

$48 & Up

Varies

Up to 100

$25 & Up

Custom

www.maggianos.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

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

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At Maggiano’s we bring together all the right elements: a great atmosphere, a touch of something special and spectacular food. We look forward to making your event an unforgettable one.

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.

www.thescottsdaleresort.com

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

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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.

CELEBRATION LOCATIONS | pre-wedding restaurant guide

celebration locations | pre-wedding parties

Name & Location


The Showcase Room 149 S. Farmer Tempe, AZ 480.265.3485

Size Range

Price Range

Cuisine

Private Rooms

Outdoor Site

Daytime Off-Premise Events Catering

Up to450 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.

15 to 60 $15-$50

French-American

Bistro ala mode’s charming French Bistro ambiance, excellent service and exceptionally prepared cuisine will delight your closest friends and family for a pre-ceremony celebration.

www.theshowcaseroomaz.com

The Stonebridge Manor 4000 E. Palm St. Mesa, AZ 480.641.3131 www.stonebridgemanor.com

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Coordinating Considerations Top 10 Reasons to Hire a Coordinator Even if you’ve been planning your wedding since you were a kid, chances are you’re overwhelmed with all the stuff that needs to get done. From finding vendors, to choosing a rehearsal dinner locale, to figuring out your guest list, there are a ton of activities on your to-do list. Wouldn’t it be nice -- and a relief -- to have a little (or make that a lot of) help?

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Hiring a planner has its advantages. Wedding coordinators are the perfect solution to your problem of too much to do in too little time. Whether you think of them as planners, coordinators or consultants, these wedding professionals know a thing or two about organizing amazing events. Consultants aren’t just for the rich and famous. Their services run the gamut from day of planning help to full on coordination packages. There’s a plan of action for every bride and every wedding. If you think you don’t need a consultant’s help, think again.

1. Referrals. Working with a consultant means you get hooked up with the best people and the best plans. Face it, coordinators are connected. They know what to do and who to call. They can negotiate great deals because the vendors want to work with them again and again on

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other weddings. They’ll be sure to find vendors

who match your style, your personality, and

A planner’s experience coordinating previous events will benefit you in a big way. You’ll score great advice, and you’ll work with the best vendors.

yes, your budget, too.

2. Experience. Most likely you’ve never planned a wedding before. Maybe you’ve organized a party or two, but are you really ready to plan a fullscale wedding on your own? Enlist the help of a professional who plans weddings and other large events all the time. Your planner’s experience coordinating previous events will benefit you in a big way. You’ll score great advice and you’ll work with the best vendors. The result? A wedding where everything goes as planned.

3. Efficiency. Most weddings take at least 200 hours to plan. Don’t you want to make the most of those


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hours? Why waste time trying to figure out

4. Ready for Anything.

what to do when a planner can help you get

Tissues? Check. Backup plan? Check. Your

your game plan on track?

coordinator thinks of everything and that’s

Your coordinator will do so much for you

a major plus when you’re stressed out,

like reviewing your contracts, calming your

confused or just plain scared of what to

nerves and helping you make decisions about

do next in the planning process. Rely on

food, flowers and more. Another bonus? You

a professional who has the patience and

won’t be as stressed out as you would be if you

the experience to guide you through your

had to plan your event on your own.

wedding journey.

Work with a consultant and you’ll be sure to spend your cash in the best ways.

5. Stay on Budget. Whether you’re spending $20,000 or $50,000 on your wedding, you don’t want to waste money. A seasoned planner will connect you with vendor discounts, and tell you what items are wastes of money and which ones are solid investments. Work with a consultant and you’ll be sure to spend your cash in the best ways. She’ll ask you to prioritize your wedding day wish list to maximize your money in all the ways that matter to you. If flowers are your focus, your wedding blooms will be the best your budget can buy. If your guy has a sweet tooth, you’ll plan a dessert station to savor.

6. Impartial Opinions. Weddings are emotional times and that means you’re bound to argue with your maid of honor, feel the pressure from your mom, and worry about which cake your groom really wants. But when you work with a planner, you get objective opinions. Consultants are not clouded by precon-

.

.

Stylish Unique Unforgetable

ceived notions and judgments. They cut through the tension, and help you figure out what needs to be done, and they can help smooth the path with your family and friends. Don’t worry about your consultant stealing your glory. They know this is your day, not theirs so they’re conscious to work with you as you plan your wedding.

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7. It’s All in the Details. Your wedding planning requires you to be


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organized and focused. A consultant can help you pay attention to all the big day details, big and small. They know your budget, your tastes and they know what it takes to pull off the event of your life. They’ll help you meet vendors, develop a wedding itinerary and make sure you’re making the most of your busy wedding planning schedule.

8. Creativity Counts. You may have a color, a theme or a place in mind for your wedding, but you may be struggling to pull these elements together. That’s where a consultant comes in. They’re creative people who can transform your idea into a beautiful reality. Consultants are on the cutting edge of wedding trends, and they can steer you in the right direction to make your day magical.

9. Prioritize. You may be focused on your menu, while your groom is thinking about the honeymoon. With so many aspects to plan, it’s not always easy to stay on track. A consultant can help you prioritize what matters most to you and your guy on your special day.

10. Smooth Sailing. Wedding stress is pretty much inevitable. When you care so much about making your event a success, you’re bound to get caught up in the action. One way to reduce stress is to work with a consultant, even if it’s just for a month-of-the-wedding package. You need to minimize your stress so you can be fresh and focused for your wedding. You may think you can’t afford to hire a coordinator, but that’s not necessarily the case. Planning packages range from the small and simple day-of package; to the moderate month-of package; to the all-inclusive package. Whether you spend a few hundred dollars or a few thousand dollars, a coordinator’s services and experience are so valuable; you can’t af-

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planning help

Levels of Planning Wedding planners typically offer a wide variety of custom packages for couples looking for assistance, ranging from phone consultations to full-out event planning. Below are the basic packages that are generally offered and what they consist of. Consultations The lowest level of planning assistance has you speaking to a planner for just one or two sessions to flesh out the details of the wedding and get you started on the right path.

Day-of Coordination Perfect for the bride who doesn’t want to think about any potential problems on her wedding day, as the wedding planner takes over the whole schedule for the day. Many companies also offer week-of coordination to finalize details leading up to the big day.

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Partial Planning An excellent choice for the bride who needs a little guidance, but wants to remain very hands-on through the entire process.

Full Planning Services If you don’t have time to plan the wedding or just don’t have an interest in the specific details, turn your plans over to a professional. You will still be involved in the big decisions, but don’t have to worry about the little details.


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Design Challenge

Day & Night

Four venues and eight talented wedding and event planners took our challenge to create a beautiful day or evening event theme. Each venue was matched with two designers, one to create the impressive daytime look, and one to create a totally different look at night. The following sixteen pages show the magnificent results.

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Bohemian Rhapsody Using mixed and matched playful elements that create a perfectly imperfect bohemian sunny day design. The palette consists of earth tones; blues, greens and deep reds that came through in both the florals and place settings. The arrangements were created to be messy and exotic, yet still add a whimsical, feminine touch. Everything was intentionally mix and matched, even down to the seating. Touches of gold were also incorporated, from the framed menu, laser-cut place setting, silverware (or goldware as the designer likes to call it). To add a personal touch, each place setting was finished with an adornment of rosemary, representing love and remembrance.

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DESIGN CHALLENGE

SEVILLE GOLF & COUNTRY CLUB ~ DAY Designed by Tie the Knot by Tessa | Photography by Cyndi Hardy Photography

Get The Look Venue Seville Golf & Country Club Photographer Cyndi Hardy Photography Event Designer Tie the Knot by Tessa Floral Design Butterfly Petals Table Native Events Chairs/Daybed Prim Unique Rentals Glassware, Silverware and China Dish Wish Events Signage (name cards and table numbers): P.S. Weddings and Events Macaroons Party Favors Ruze Cake House Stationery Wedding Paper Divas

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A Timeless Classic This design was inspired by the classic look of Ralph Lauren and the designer’s love of blue sapphires. She combined bold reds and greenery for the florals and very dark Navy blue lines the classic feel. Gold candlesticks and a tall lampshade centerpiece add just a hint of masculinity.

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DESIGN CHALLENGE

SEVILLE GOLF & COUNTRY CLUB ~ NIGHT Designed by Simply Refined Events | Photography by Cyndi Hardy Photography

Get The Look Venue Seville Golf & Country Club Photographer Cyndi Hardy Photography Event Designer Simply Refined Events Florist Jan Dekker Designs Rentals Event Rents Stationery Simply Refined Events

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French Accent Beginning with elegant blue toile linen, the tables were adorned with country French inspired china, gold-rimmed crystal and gold flatware. The paper products were branded with a custom French monogram featuring a vintage rooster encircled with laurel leaves. The navy ticking stripe napkins added a modern touch and the antique key place cards created the perfect touch of whimsy. A white-wash carved urn overflowed with rich white and ivory florals, lemons and herbs. Brass candlesticks with white tapers added an ornate elegance. Keeping with the theme of traditional elegance with a modern flair, the toile print cake was embellished with fresh hydrangea and matching macaroons.

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DESIGN CHALLENGE

The Ritz Carlton, Phoenix ~ DAY Designed by Oh, Sugar! Event Design + Paperie | Photography by I Do Photography

Get The Look Venue The Ritz Carlton, Phoenix Photographer I Do Photography Event Designer Oh, Sugar! Event Design + Paperie Florist Avant-Garde Floral Design Studio Rentals Classic Party Rentals CAKE Ruze Cake House Stationery Oh, Sugar! Event Design + Paperie Linens Resource One Inc.

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City Chic In fitting with the poolside location with a beautiful view of the city, Amy Mancuso decided a city chic theme would work perfectly. To achieve an upscale, elegant look she designed a bow tie napkin and embellished it with a gold rhinestone napkin ring, adding the some “Ritz-Carlton Class.� The gold charger, flatware, gold rimmed ivory china and beautiful crystal glassware adds to the elegance. Instead of using flowers, she used beautiful greenery to compliment the clean regal look. For the final bit of drama, hanging lampshade chandeliers that were covered in greenery were hung above the table.

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DESIGN CHALLENGE

The Ritz Carlton, Phoenix ~ NIGHT Designed by Amy Mancuso Events | Photography by I Do Photography

Get The Look Venue The Ritz Carlton, Phoenix Photographer I Do Photography Event Designer Amy Mancuso of Amy Mancuso Events Linens/Chaircovers/Napkin Rings The Flower Studio CAKE The Ritz-Carlton, Phoenix Stationery Celebrations in Paper

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Desert Chic Lisa Foster wanted to show that a dark color palette doesn’t need to be gloomy. The beautiful deep-colored blooms were arranged in a collection of mixed, low vases so guest can easily talk across the table. There was a focus on the natural shapes and colors to bring out the beauty in each bloom within the arrangements. For a slightly modern touch, acrylic chairs and chargers were added. This design shows you really can pull off a modern chic design in the desert.

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DESIGN CHALLENGE

Desert Botanical Garden ~ DAY Designed by Stylish Events by Lisa | Photography by I Do Photography

Get The Look Venue Desert Botanical Garden PhotographeR I Do Photography Event Designer Stylish Events by Lisa Florist Hoot & Holler Rentals Event Rents Cookies The Real Swiss Miss Stationery Posh Invitations

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Modern Sweetheart When Janet Finden from Pop the Cork Productions chose the Steele Herb Garden location for this shoot, she knew immediately she wanted to place a sweetheart table between the two rustic iron arches. The sweetheart table evolved from a modern summer floral print with bright pops of color, to an illuminated elegant dining table after the sun went down. Lighting was a priority to ensure there was enough reflection and sparkle for an evening affair, Italian bistro lights, mercury votives, hammered flatware and opalescent chargers were incorporated. LED lighting under the etched acrylic dining table and high-top table made the tabletop and crystal acrylic chairs glow. Calla lilies, tulips, pin cushions, orchids and gerbera daisies were chosen in bright oranges, corals and white to contrast the teal blue vases, creating a modern summer feel. The finishing touches were a beautiful modern cake and champagne.

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DESIGN CHALLENGE

Desert Botanical Garden ~ NIGHT Designed by Pop the Cork Productions | Photography by I Do Photography

Get The Look Venue Desert Botanical Garden - Steele Herb Garden Photographer I Do Photography Event Designer Pop the Cork Productions Florist Boka Event Florals Rentals Event Rents, kool. Party Rentals Linens La Tavola Fine Linens, Event Rents Lighting kool. Party Rentals CAKE Classic Cakes and Confections

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Bold Romance The inspiration for this shoot was the colorful walls at The Saguaro Scottsdale. Julie Hurt of Simply Elegant Event & Wedding Design wanted it to be fun and playful, yet elegant. To play off the white florals in the bright linen overlay, fresh white florals in white crystal candleholders and white stemware were incorporated into the design. Lovely sweet treats and pretty table cards also donned the table. The sweet pale blue two-tiered cake was adorned with white orchids with pink centers.

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DESIGN CHALLENGE

The Saguaro Scottsdale ~ DAY Designed by Simply Elegant Fine Event & Wedding Design | Photography by StepOnMe Photography

Get The Look Venue The Saguaro Scottsdale Photographer StepOnMePhotography Event Designer Simply Elegant Fine Event & Wedding Design Florist Lux Wedding Florist Ghost Chairs and Lucite pedestals Us to U Party Rentals Specialty linens and accessories Simply Elegant Fine Event & Wedding Design CAKE, cookies and cake pops Paula Jacqueline Cakes

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Spanish Flair Wanting to have a design indicative of Arizona and The Saguaro Scottsdale, Stephanie Antoinette chose a Spanish Colonial theme. Using the solid ivory linen with a little texture was the perfect base for the table. The menu cards were inspired by tiles within The Saguaro Scottsdale. Flowers played a key part in pulling all the colors and elements of the design together. Color, when done properly, really brightens the space. The long bright pink fireplace couldn't have been a better backdrop. The table adorned with lots of warm candlelight topped off this Spanish beauty.

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DESIGN CHALLENGE

The Saguaro Scottsdale ~ NIGHT Designed by Events by Stephanie Antoinette | Photography by StepOnMe Photography

Get The Look Venue The Saguaro Scottsdale Photographer StepOnMe Photography Event Designer Events By Stephanie Antoinette Florist Brady's Floral Gallery Rentals Classic Party Rentals Linens La Tavola CAKE Paula Jacqueline Cakes Stationery Vee Creative

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Bouquet Basics Your Guide to Bouquet Styles and Shapes For almost as long as there have been weddings, flowers have played an important role in the celebration. In selecting the flowers for your bridal bouquet, you’ll want to consider blooms that best express your personality, complement your wedding gown and tie in with the general look and theme you’ve selected for the day. Here is a guide to the different styles of bouquets available, and how to get the perfect bridal flowers for your perfect day.

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Shapes and Styles

Cascade A cascade bouquet, also called a

other smaller flowers are commonly used in

When you see a bouquet that appeals to you,

“shower” bouquet, is very formal and the most

this shape of bouquet, along with accents of

ask yourself what you like about it; is it the

traditional bridal bouquet. Like a waterfall, this

trailing ivy, vinca or other delicate greenery.

shape, size, color, style or the way the stems

bouquet flows and is designed to gently cascade

If you are wearing a full-skirted or ball gown-

are gathered with a beautiful satin ribbon?

downward. This bouquet is often designed with

style wedding dress, this shape of bouquet

To help you select the bouquet that will blend

larger flowers at the top, using smaller blooms

may work for you. However, if you are a very

seamlessly with the other elements of your

as it begins to taper down and land gracefully

petite woman, another shape of bouquet may

wedding, here is a breakdown of traditional

over the bride’s hands. Lisianthus, lily of the

be a better choice.

bouquet shapes and styles.

valley, stephanotis, dendrobium orchids and

Composite

If you’re looking for a truly

unique look in your wedding flowers and you can’t find a particular variety of flower that appeals to you, a composite bouquet might be the perfect choice. This intricate creation is composed by taking individual petals from flowers (such as amaryllis, roses or lilies), wiring them together on a single stem and creating the look of one giant bloom. This style of bouquet would be the ideal complement to a simple gown with little ornamentation, or one with a very sleek silhouette.

Hand-Tied For this more relaxed style of bouquet, a variety of blooms that tie in with the wedding theme are wired or loosely gathered together and tied with a satin ribbon or a combination of ribbon and lace. Some popular flower varieties for this style of bouquet are French tulips, daylilies, coneflowers, purple statice, lisianthus, stem roses and other hardy garden flowers. With its natural, just-picked from the garden look, this bouquet is a nice choice for an informal wedding.

Nosegay

A combination of simple style

and elegance, the nosegay is a densely packed mound of flowers and greenery. When choosing flowers for a nosegay, compact blooms such as roses, tulips, peonies, hydrangeas, calla lilies

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and ranunculus work best. These blooms may be mixed or for a simple look, you can stick to just one variety. An ideal choice for any style of wedding, a nosegay bouquet can be dressed up or down depending on the flowers you choose and how it’s tied together, with a wire, ribbon or other stem treatment.

Pageant

The pageant bouquet, also

known as a “presentation” bouquet (think of

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the flowers presented to Miss America when

then secured together with a beautiful satin

eter and then suspended from a ribbon that

she is crowned) is a bunch of long-stemmed

or fabric ribbon. However, when selecting the

is worn around the wrist. This is a good choice

flowers that the bride carries cradled in her

flowers for your pageant bouquet, make sure

for the bride who wants her hands to be free.

arms. A pageant bouquet can be as simple

the blooms are not longer than what can fit

A classic floral choice for a pomander is roses,

or elaborate as you’d like, depending on the

comfortably along the length of your lower

but it may also be made with hydrangeas, del-

style and formality of your wedding. Some of

arm.

phinium, dendrobium orchids, or any other flowers suggested by your floral designer.

the best floral choices for this type of bouquet are those with long stems or branches such

Pomander A less-traditional bouquet, the po-

While a pomander may not be the look for you,

as calla lilies, roses, delphinium, tuberose,

mander is a small, compact bloom-covered

it’s an adorable alternative for junior brides-

lisianthus or French tulips. The blooms are

ball that is usually four to six inches in diam-

maids or flower girls. Just remember to have it sized accordingly so its shape is appropriate for their age and size. Posy Similar to the nosegay but smaller in size, the posy bouquet is perfect for a petite bride with delicate hands, or for a bridesmaid’s bouquet. When selecting flowers for a posy, those with smaller blooms are ideal, such as spray roses, grape hyacinths, ranunculus and pansies. However, some large-headed flowers such as gardenias or peonies can also make quite an impact. Round The classic round bridal bouquet is usually compiled of large flowers that are loosely arranged. This shape and style of bouquet is a good choice for a formal wedding, or for the bride who wants a look less conspicuous than a cascade bouquet, yet bolder than a simple nosegay. Many varieties of flowers will work in the round bouquet, but some popular choices are roses, tulips, lilacs, stephanotis, hydrangeas, daylilies, peonies and seeded eucalyptus. In the end, as you strive for your pictureperfect look and consider your options, keep in mind that while your wedding flowers are an important part of your bridal look, your guests will want to actually see you walking down the aisle, not just your bouquet. So choose carefully and find the bouquet that works perfectly on your big day.

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Cactus Flower This lovely countryside-inspired bouquet with soft shades of peach, rose and lavender feels as if it were just handpicked out of the garden. It features Ranunculus, Scabiosa, Queen Anne's lace, thistle, and eucalyptus, all tied loosely with a white ribbon. Cactus Flower cactusflowerevents.com 480-358-5473 Photo: Rachel Solomon

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God's Garden Treasures This oversized bouquet features a mixture of classic, gardenstyle and tropical elements for an eclectic, fresh and sophisticated look. Featuring: green cymbidium orchids, pink cymbidium orchids, 'Rose Flash Baccara' roses, fuchsia Spray Roses, 'painted bi-color' Spray Roses, fan tail pussy willow branches, spiral and seeded eucalyptus, variegated pittosporum, Nagi foliage, and locally-sourced seasonal seed pods, with the stems wrapped in bark-covered wire. God's Garden Treasures godsgardentreasures.com 480-603-7673 Photo: Ben & Kelly Photography

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Getting Started

Shop Around

That depends on the quantity, quality, and

Before you try and select a party rental firm,

After determining what type of items you’re

before you hand over a check to the rental

you’ll want to sit down with your wedding

looking for, along with an estimate of how

firm, make sure you have a signed contract

coordinator, or the event planners for your

many guests you’re inviting, it’s time to shop. To

outlining every item you’re renting. You will

ceremony and reception sites, to determine

find a reputable party rental company, consult

also want to make sure the contract contains

exactly what you’ll need. Venues often offer

with your wedding coordinator, the event

a section detailing how, when, and where the

linens and tableware, so you’ll want to first be

planners for your ceremony and reception

items will be delivered, along with who will be

certain of what you’ll be receiving from your

sites, Arizona Weddings, and recently married

setting up, tearing down, and returning the

wedding venues.

friends for recommendations. Once you’ve

rental items following the event. Remember

Once you determine what you already have,

narrowed your selections to a few rental firms,

that delivery and set up can often add to the

you’ll then know what you’ll still need to make

make appointments so you can check out each

cost, so if you’re only renting a few small items

your celebration complete. No matter how big

company’s inventory. If you can’t find what

such as silk plants, bows, or an aisle runner,

or small, it’s likely a party rental firm can help

you want in their portfolios or showrooms,

you might be able to save money by picking

you find it. Depending on the company, you will

feel free to ask if they might be able to obtain

up these items yourself. But when it comes

find anything from beautiful furniture, crystal

the items you’re looking for. There are many

to tents, glassware, china, and other specialty

chandeliers, roulette tables, GOBO lighting,

companies that specialize in finding those

rentals, you’d be better off to let the rental

portable restrooms, and photo booths – all

hard-to-find items, and they will go out of their

company deliver these items themselves.

you have to do is ask. And if the firm you’ve

way to locate everything your heart desires.

exactly what items you are renting. However,

more than tents, linens, tables, chairs, and

selected can’t find something, they may be able to refer you to someone who does.

Since party rental firms now provide much

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Menu Trends From First Sip to Last Bite If you’re looking for a “wow” moment to dazzle your guests, but your budget doesn’t exactly cover fireworks or another equally pricy display, turn to your food and bar menus. For guests so used to standard catering menus of chicken and potatoes, or steak and green beans, offering something a little out of the ordinary can keep them talking for months—maybe even years—to come. For a little help on the latest and greatest in catering and bar trends for brides in the Grand Canyon state, we turned to local pros who gave us the inside scoop on how to make your menu pop in a sea of standard wedding cuisines .

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“Make sure you can afford your caterer before going too far into the process. Don’t waste your time with proposals if you can’t; you’ll get frustrated.” ~Noelle Salinas, Fresh From the Kitchen

The Cocktail Hour Once you’ve said your “I dos” and headed off to finalize your photos, the guests head to the cocktail hour—and this is your first chance to wow them. “A lot of brides are foodies,” says Noelle Salinas of Fresh From the Kitchen in Phoenix. She and her staff are setting up a lot of stations for both cocktail hour and dinnertime; one popular option is the artisan cheese station, which might feature nibbles such as triple crème brie or smoked gouda—cheeses that are “Unique and different,” she says. Other stations that make an impact include a salsa bar, featuring a variety of fruit and tomato salsas—imagine a mango salsa or even a prickly pear salsa to highlight Arizona’s gorgeous flora—paired with gourmet tortilla chips, or a tapas station, complete with antipasto, gourmet stuffed olives and crostini. Lori Baker of Scottsdale’s Food Truck Caravan finds that everyone wants a bruschetta station, and deviled eggs have made a huge comeback. Salinas also notes that people are still really into “mini foods,” a trend that continues to go strong. During the cocktail hour, delight your guests by hiring butlers to pass pint-sized bites such as miniature tacos, quesadillas and soup shooters. Of course, it wouldn’t be cocktail hour without the cocktails! In this arena, though, there might be fewer “Wow!” moments and more guests grateful that their favorite beverage is available. For 2015, couples are returning to the classics rather than offering innovative tipples. Dave Foreman of Pour Masters in Phoenix has noticed that vodka and club soda has become one of the mostrequested cocktails because it’s so low in calories. Additionally, it will come as no surprise to you that wines such as chardonnay,

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sauvignon blanc and pinot noir, along with sparkling wine—typically cava and prosecco because of its budget-friendly price point— are the biggest sellers for weddings, shares Kris Mulkey of BevMo. She cautions brides to consider what her guests will like, rather than sticking to her personal favorites. “Young brides like sweeter reds,” Mulkey has noticed. “Maybe, though, the wine they like isn’t what guests like.” Instead, stick with tried-and-true dry wines and order a couple of bottles of your favorite varietal for the head table. It doesn’t just have to be your favorite wine that you special-order for the reception. Foreman of Pour Masters has a lot more couples asking for local beers on the bar menu, such as SanTan Brewing or Four Peaks. It does add cost to the final bill, he admits, but “The economy is humming, and they want to enjoy it,” he says. As in years past, couples are still offering signature cocktails, but not much has changed in that arena. “It’s typically a traditional cocktail such as a Moscow mule or a vodka cranberry with the name changed,” he says. Foreman predicts that next year, couples will offer up margaritas as their signature cocktail. “There aren’t a lot of new drinks,” he adds, but there’s a lot more interest in local and organic options.

The Main Dish Generally speaking, you have three options when it comes to your main meal: Plated, buffet or stations, although food trucks are an emerging trend that truly creates an “Oh, my goodness” moment for your guests—but more on that in a moment. Plated meals are strong right now, Salinas says; however, “It’s not your typical meal—it’s filet with Poblano cream sauce; it’s pineappleglazed carrots; it’s surf-and-turf innovation.” In keeping with that sentiment, she also notes that she’s getting fewer requests for prime rib carving stations, a wedding reception staple. So, what stations are popular right now? Breakfast for dinner! More and more couples are requesting from Salinas an omelet bar, a waffle bar and other breakfast classics. If you think this all seems very down-home, don’t arizonaweddings.com |

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“Stick to traditional drinks. Trends can cost a fortune. You can’t please everyone. It’s not about the bar.” ~Dave Foreman, Pour Masters

worry—it is comfort food at its finest, but with the right caterer, they can make it as elegant and upscale as you see fit. Consider this: an elegantly plated fruit salad in lieu of the typical greenery, followed by a trip to an interactive breakfast station, whether for eggs, waffles and pancakes. “Something with a little flair,” Salinas says, “Such as Bananas Foster French Toast.” Perhaps guests choose from crispy miniature sweet potato pancakes or a brilliant ruby tomato stuffed with egg and prosciutto on the side—or maybe even a helping of the ever-crave-worthy biscuits and gravy? It’s certainly not traditional, but it will have your guests talking. If you truly want to depart from the ordinary, consider a food truck as your main catering option. Once relegated to midday work lunches or perhaps a late-night snack as tipsy wedding guests wind down from dancing, food trucks can now be a showpiece for your reception— and do the entire event as a one-stop shop. “It’s trendy, it’s fun, it’s an “Ooohh, ahhh” moment,” exclaims Baker of Food Truck Caravan. Brides these days want receptions that are fun, relaxing and get away from formality, she adds. However, this isn’t the trashy food truck that you might see parked on the streets of New York City—this is gourmet food, made with elevated ingredients, created by trained chefs. “We’re trying to break the mold that we’re only for the end of the night,” Baker says, “It’s a farm-fork vibe as much as possible.” Just like a standard wedding caterer, couples meet with Baker to do a consultation and a tasting. At the reception, guests order one main dish from a front-of-the-house representative, and it’s served out of the truck’s window. For example, if the couple chooses to

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do a gourmet taco bar, they’ll choose fish, carne asada or chicken—to name a couple options— and a flour or corn tortilla and five to six minutes later, their name will be called. Then, they head over to the fixings bar to choose their favorite accoutrements, such as salsa, guacamole, corn, beans and the like. But that’s just one option— Baker says that Southern comfort food has also skyrocketed in popularity. She recently did a wedding that served stuffed quail with a side of gourmet grits. This method also makes sense from a food allergy standpoint, because guests can build their own meal. “It gives everybody a chance to order what they want without having a conversation,” Baker says.

The Finishing Touch Of course, you can still hire a food truck for a late-night snack, Baker says; popular options range toward bar food such as sliders and

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tacos with a $10-a-person budget, typically. On her end, Salinas sees a lot of requests for popcorn bars, complete with seasonings, cheeses and other toppings. But, of course, the late-night treat everyone expects is the wedding cake. And, yet, fewer brides are choosing classic tiered wedding cakes. When they do pick a wedding cake, though, it’s a classic white cake with classic fruit filling, Salinas says, as compared to last year’s trendy margarita flavor or cinnamon cakes. More frequently, however, they’re selecting a small cake for cutting purposes, and then setting up dessert tables complete with miniature pies, éclairs and truffles, Salinas shares. Baker has the same experience, and notes the latest trend for dessert is a waffle bar, in which guests top the breakfast favorite with fresh fruit, Belgian chocolate, caramel, Nutella and homemade whipped cream. From that first sip of wine at the cocktail hour to the last bite of food, whether it’s wedding cake or a handful of gourmet popcorn, brides want to wow their guests with culinary treats. With a little vision and a respect for the classics, an Arizona caterer can serve up a “ahhh-worthy” meal for your wedding.

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Cake Walk Tips for Selecting the Perfect Wedding Cake

On your wedding day, of course you will be the center of attention for the day’s festivities. However, there’s something else that will share the spotlight with you at your reception and provide a perfect ending to your perfect day; the wedding cake. This decadent dessert is more than just sugar, flour, and eggs. It’s one delicious treat your guests will talk about long after they leave the event as they recall its appearance, size and taste. Finding that perfect combination of flavors, fillings, and frostings is possible; you just need to know where to look.

Frosted Favorites The secret to a great looking cake depends on one thing; the icing. The

Flavorful Fillings

icing that covers your cake provides the base for the other decorations,

While it’s the icing that creates a beautiful cake on the outside, it’s what’s

and helps seal in the moisture and flavor of the cake itself. By far, the most

inside that really counts. A cake isn’t worth the flour it’s made of if it

popular icing for wedding cakes is buttercream – a creamy, spreadable

doesn’t taste as good as it looks, and the best way to give a cake flavor

icing that is made from butter and sugar.

is with the batter and the filling. Usually, wedding cake batter is a very

Rolled fondant is another oft-chosen icing for wedding cakes. Fondant

simple flavor so that it doesn’t compete with the sweetness of the icing

is literally rolled out flat and then draped over the cake to provide a

or the filling. The most popular batter for wedding cakes is plain white,

completely smooth, firm surface for decorating. Made from sugar and

but yellow and pound cake have been increasing in popularity. Chocolate

gelatin, fondant has a distinct flavor that may not appeal to everyone;

is always a popular cake flavor, but it is seen more often in the groom’s

but cake designers can add flavoring to rolled fondant to make its taste

cake as opposed to the wedding cake. When you meet with your cake

more appealing for your guests.

designer, ask them for a sample of their most popular batter flavors. This

If you love chocolate, you could choose ganache, an icing that is

will give you a better idea of the differences between each, and you’ll

made of heavy cream and chocolate. Ganache has the consistency of a

be able to select a filling that complements the flavor you ultimately

thick mousse, making it ideal for use as a filling as well as an icing.

choose.

A lesser-known choice for icing is marzipan; a rolled paste of ground

Cake batter can be any flavor you want, but the filling is what

almonds, egg whites, and sugar that can be draped over a cake in the

gives a wedding cake its real personality. Filling separates the layers

same technique as fondant. Most people are more familiar with marzipan

of a cake, and adds additional richness and flavor. It is usually cream

in holiday cookies and candies, but it’s also used for icing and decorating

or fruit based and depending on the number of tiers, many brides

wedding cakes. This is a good option for couples who don’t like the flavor

like to select two or three different fillings for their cake. Two of the

of fondant, but love the smooth surface it creates for decorating.

hottest trends in fillings today are tropical fruit or liqueur-infused

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Frosted Favorites

a rolled paste of ground almonds, egg whites,

more often in the groom’s cake as opposed

The secret to a great looking cake depends

and sugar that can be draped over a cake in

to the wedding cake. When you meet with

on one thing; the icing. The icing that covers

the same technique as fondant. Most people

your cake designer, ask them for a sample of

your cake provides the base for the other

are more familiar with marzipan in holiday

their most popular batter flavors. This will give

decorations, and helps seal in the moisture

cookies and candies, but it’s also used for icing

you a better idea of the differences between

and flavor of the cake itself. By far, the most

and decorating wedding cakes. This is a good

each, and you’ll be able to select a filling that

popular icing for wedding cakes is buttercream

option for couples who don’t like the flavor of

complements the flavor you ultimately choose.

– a creamy, spreadable icing that is made from

fondant, but love the smooth surface it creates

Cake batter can be any flavor you want,

butter and sugar.

for decorating.

but the filling is what gives a wedding cake its real personality. Filling separates

Rolled fondant is another oft-chosen icing

Flavorful Fillings

the layers of a cake, and adds additional

out flat and then draped over the cake to provide a completely smooth, firm surface

While it’s the icing that creates a beautiful cake

fruit based and depending on the number

for decorating. Made from sugar and gelatin,

on the outside, it’s what’s inside that really

of tiers, many brides like to select two or

fondant has a distinct flavor that may not

counts. A cake isn’t worth the flour it’s made

three different fillings for their cake.

appeal to everyone; but cake designers can

of if it doesn’t taste as good as it looks, and

add flavoring to rolled fondant to make its

the best way to give a cake flavor is with the

taste more appealing for your guests.

for wedding cakes. Fondant is literally rolled

richness and flavor. It is usually cream or

batter and the filling. Usually, wedding cake

Tasteful Toppers

If you love chocolate, you could choose

batter is a very simple flavor so that it doesn’t

Cake toppers today have a style and look that

ganache, an icing that is made of heavy cream

compete with the sweetness of the icing or the

reflects the personality of the bride and groom.

and chocolate. Ganache has the consistency

filling. The most popular batter for wedding

Even though fresh flowers that coordinate with

of a thick mousse, making it ideal for use as a

cakes is plain white, but yellow and pound cake

the bridal bouquet are traditional favorites,

filling as well as an icing.

have been increasing in popularity. Chocolate

there are many other options to make your

is always a popular cake flavor, but it is seen

cake as original as you are. Handcrafted

A lesser-known choice for icing is marzipan;

gum paste or sugar flowers, a flowing ribbon created from marzipan, or a shiny spunsugar ribbon create drama when placed atop a tiered confection. Want something unique? Consider having a topper created just for the two of you. There are many businesses and online sites that will custom design a topper to look like the two of you. Incorporate your interests and hobbies into the design idea, and they’ll sculpt a unique topper in your likenesses. Then following the wedding, you’ll have a great keepsake and conversation piece. Once you know the terminology, it’s time to meet with your cake designer. Collect recommendations, or take a closer look at the culinary services section of Arizona Weddings magazine. Armed with this information, the right professional will help you choose the best combination so you’ll have the wedding cake of your dreams.

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Gigi's Cupcakes This beautiful four-tiered cake is a real show-stopper! Covered in fondant, the top and bottom tier are decorated to look like strands of pink beads. The second tier is covered with a mixture of light pink fondant rose petals and pearlized so they shimmer. The third tier is covered with edible eye catching metallic gold leaf. The cupcakes have a generous amount of buttercream frosting sprinkled with gold. Gigi’s Cupcakes gigiscupcakesusa.com/arizona

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Village Bakehouse To add both sparkle and texture, this lovely hexagon cake alternates between buttercream and fondant frosting on its four tiers. The fondant layers are embellished with gold and silver dragĂŠes, while the center of the buttercream rosettes are decorated with edible gold buttons. Village Bakehouse villagebakehouse.com 520.531.0977

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Pixy Cakes This cake was inspired by old world France and elegant white glove affairs. The long tall sphere design is reminiscent of the Eiffel Tower. Each layer is covered in fondant and the bottom layer is embellished with handmade flowers with edible beads. The second layer is covered with French words from onlay found by the bakers. The top layer is decorated with edible beads strung to look like a strand of pearls. Between each layer are handmade fondant roses and peonies. Pixy Cakes pixycakes.com 623-907-9778

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Rachel’s Bake Shop This modern three-tier cake is covered in blue fondant, with handpainted silver brush strokes giving it a metallic shimmer. To finish it, stunning handmade, abstract flowers were created and placed on each layer running diagonally across the front of the cake. Rachel’s Bake Shop rachelsbakeshop.com 480-703-9641

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Aloha Cakes This three-tiered cake truly sparkles. It starts with silver wire with shimmering silver beads that are wrapped around the top tier, while metallic silver leafing was applied to the middle tier. The bottom tier is covered with hibiscus cut out and silver dragĂŠes. Tropical orchids finish off the look. Aloha Cakes alohacakesaz.com 480-695-3693

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Let Them Eat Cake Metallics are in bloom in this contemporary square wedding cake covered in an off-white fondant. A copper and gold colored quatrafoil design decorates two of the tiers, and edible gold, silver and pearl dragĂŠes embellish the base of each tier. Beautiful sugar flowers in silver and copper are the perfect finishing touches. Let Them Eat Cake letthemeatcakeaz.com 602-952-5272

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21 Cakes These whimsical cakes were intended to blend the beauty of nature and industrial. Touches of metallic were added in the decorations, giving them a little shimmer and sparkle. The industrial feel of the metal details make them a little more masculine, to appeal to both the bride and groom. 21 Cakes 21cakes.com 480-699-6220

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“Love is always bestowed as a gift-freely, willingly, and without expectation.� ~ Leo Buscaglia

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Paper Trail Make a Statement with Wedding Stationery Everything about your wedding showcases who you are as a couple. Wedding stationary is no different. So make a statement with your color choices, your fonts and your wording.

Save-the-Dates Save-the-dates are a guest’s first impression of your wedding, so you

like a wedding website and hotel details on your save-the-dates so your

definitely want to make a powerful statement. These pre-invitation note

guests can make plans to attend your big day.

cards may seem simple and straightforward, but remember how they set the tone for your big event. Choose save-the-dates that send the style message you want to share with your would-be guests. Ask yourself, “Are

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they the right color? Font? Theme?”

When you think of wedding stationery, invitations are the main event.

The save-the-dates you choose should give specific information that helps guests plan ahead such as a wedding date, time and place. Don’t

They convey your style and important information. Invitations can be formal and elegant; fun and unfussy; simple and timeless.

forget to mention your full names and that a formal invitation will follow.

Plan to spend a few hours (or maybe even a whole day!) at the papery

Be careful not to send a save-the-date to everyone you know. After all,

checking out invitation styles, themes and colors. Pick an invitation

you may not be able to invite all these “guests” to the wedding. Instead

approach that works for you and be sure to include all the pertinent

send save-the-dates only to guests you are certain you want to invite to

details such as your full names, the wedding date, time and location, as

the wedding. You can always send an invitation to someone who didn’t

well as when to RSVP, who to call and in some cases menu options for

receive a save-the-date, but it’s tough to uninvite someone who expects

guests such as chicken or fish.

an invitation because she received a save-the-date.

Invitations come in all shapes and sizes. For example, you can get

There are many save-the-date options these days. You can select pens,

square cards or rectangular cards. The invitations are layered too with

magnets, or cards to announce your wedding. No matter what style you

lots of inserts and envelopes. Enclosures can include a response card,

choose, be sure to send out your save-the-dates about six months before

information cards telling guests about travel and hotel arrangements, a

the wedding. If you’re planning a destination wedding, give your guests

map and directions.

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a touch of elegance. Embellishments like

so special by sending handwritten thank you

up the pile of notes to be written, hand your

rhinestones or feathers can be added to

notes to each guest. Thank them for wedding

hubby a pen and tell him to write something

invitations too. Any non-traditional sizes or

gifts, wedding advice, support, love and even

heartfelt in each note. You can handle note

extras will likely cost more to mail. Consider

laughter. A few handwritten lines will go along

writing together, which means the job will get

having your invitations’ stamps hand cancelled

way to show your gratitude.

done quickly.

at the post office to preserve the look and quality of the invitations.

Wedding thank you notes don’t necessarily have to match your other wedding stationery

Order your invitations well ahead of time.

such as save-the-dates and invitations, but it

Announcements

Shipping delays can happen which can hurt

can add a nice touch of continuity if you can

You’re married and it’s time to share the big

your mailing schedule. Plan to have your

send thank you notes that coordinate with

news with friends and colleagues who didn’t

invitations ready about three months before

your invitations. Thank you notes tend to be

get invited to the ceremony or reception.

the wedding.

simple cards because the real heart of the

Spread the word with announcements that are

note is the handwritten message.

informative and elegant. Feel free to include a

Mail your wedding invitations at least two months before the big day. This timeframe

Use these notes to thank guests in a very

works because two months is close enough for

specific way, such as “Thank you for driving

guests to know whether or not they can attend,

three hours to our wedding. We enjoyed seeing

Keep the font and the wording simple as

plus it gives you enough time to prepare for a

you at the ceremony and reception.” or “Thank

you announce the basics about your day such

final guest tally.

you for the ‘his and her’ luggage set. We love to

as your full names, your wedding date and the

travel and will use the luggage often.”

wedding location. Aim to send out these notes

wedding photo as part of the announcement too.

Thank You Notes

Send thank you notes as soon as you can

within a month after the big day, so the people

in the days or weeks after the wedding. They

receiving them feel in-the-loop in a timely

Your wedding day will go by in a blur, but

can be a lot to handle, so tackle the project a

manner.

the memories will linger forever. Show your

few notes at a time. And don’t forget to include

Announcements really work following an

appreciation to the people who made the day

your guy when writing thank you notes. Divide

elopement. Sure family and friends may feel excluded from the fun, but a nicely worded announcement will make them feel better. Consider a message such as: “We’re married! Katie and William got hitched January 20, 2016 in Phoenix.”

Wording Trends Once you’ve picked out the invitation style, font and colors, you have to select the right wording. Perfecting your invitation wording can be stressful especially when you want to convey just the right message without offending anyone. It can be tougher than it seems, since there are so many factors to consider such as who is paying for the wedding, whether or not parents are divorced and whether or not you want children to attend the wedding. These days many couples are paying for the wedding themselves which means the invitation wording should reflect that. Think of it this way: the paying party is the inviting party. Try this: “Katie Smith and William

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Meyers invite you to celebrate with them as they get married.” If the bride’s parents are


as their daughter Katie marries William

case you can write, “Childcare provided at the

and Mrs. Richard Smith invite you to attend

Meyers, son of Mr. and Mrs. Richard Smith.”

reception for children under age 12.”

the wedding of their daughter Katie to William

The issue of whether or not to invite kids

No matter which stationery you choose, be

Meyers.” If both parents are helping pay for the

to the wedding is always messy. Some couples

sure to order early and always proof-read your

wedding, choose something neutral such as,

don’t mind if guests’ kids attend the ceremony

purchases. One typo and you could be out a

“Mr. and Mrs. Richard Smith along with Mr. and

and reception. Others don’t like the idea and

lot of money to re-do your order. Another tip?

Mrs. Timothy Meyers invite you to join them as

want to exclude children from their event. It’s

Order a few extra pieces of everything from

their families unite with the marriage of their

not considered socially acceptable to omit kids

save-the-dates to invitations. You may want to

children Katie and William.”

from an invitation, but you can drop hints by

keep a few for sentimental reasons, but more

If you’re tip-toeing around the issue of

saying “Adults only reception” or addressing

likely you’ll need them if you decide to invite a

divorced parents, be as respectful as possible

the invitation: “Mr. and Mrs. Kevin Davis”

few extra guests.

by including the names of your parents and

instead of inviting, “The Davis Family.” Another

Stocking up on wedding stationery can be

their spouses. For example: “Mr. Richard Smith

option is to include kids at the wedding and

a lot of work, but it can also be a lot of fun. Let

and Ms. Daphne Smith request your presence

hire sitters to provide care for them. In that

your inner designer get to work!

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Arizona Inn 2200 East Elm St. Tucson, AZ 520.325.1541

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On-Site Restaurants

Comp. Breakfast

Workout Facility

Group Rates

Price Range

Local Shuttle

Name & Location

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Hampton Inn & Suites Phoenix/ Gilbert 3265 S. Market St. Gilbert, AZ 480.543.1500

$79 to $179

Nearby The Gilbert Hampton Inn & Suites can provide you with the ideal setting for your guests to stay during your celebration with free shuttle service to local wedding venues.

$79 to $179

Nearby The Holiday Inn offers a convenient location easily accessible from most parts of the Valley. Your guests will be our guests and will enjoy amenities such as 24-hour free airport shuttle, a full restaurant and lounge bar, a business center, fitness center, outdoor pool and spa. Attractions nearby include Tempe’s Mill Avenue, Desert Botanical Garden, Arizona Mills Mall, and Phoenix Zoo, all ideal for those interested in experiencing what our city has to offer.

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Our resort features 326 spacious guest rooms, casitas and suites, each with the elegant décor and residential ambiance of private haciendas. Many rooms offer spectacular views of fairways, gardens and pools.

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Spring is the season of love and new awakenings. Fall in love with these beautiful, romantic gowns, shot in the equally stunning setting of the Boyce Thompson Arboretum.

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Gown Sottero & Midgley “Danae” Veil JL Johnson Hair Wreath Cactus Flower

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Gown Sottero & Midgley “Emsley” Hairpiece Twigs & Honey ”Enamel blossom and leaves comb” Veil Claire Pettibone “Casablanca Veil” Earrings Kash Crystals “Anna”

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10 Things to know before buying a wedding dress by TLC’s Say Yes to the Dress - Randy Knows Best 1. Know Your Budget You should know your financial limits before you go to a salon. Inflating your budget and putting everyone on the spot will just leave you emptyhanded.

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2. It’s OK to love the first dress This happens a lot! Trust yourself, if the first gown you try is truly the ONE, then everyone else will fall in love with it too. 3. Know Your Silhouette Trying on the wrong silhouette can cause any bride to be discouraged. A dress in a magazine looks different on a model, so go with what is figure-flattering on you. 4. Be Open to Alterations It’s important to remember that dresses can be altered. Try to envision the dress on your wedding day when it’s fitted to your body and style. 5. Be Open to Different Styles Keep your options and your mind open and you may just surprise yourself. 6. Keep Location in Mind A ball gown is way too heavy for the beach and a lightweight sheath is light for an elegant affair. Your gown should match your location and wedding style.

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7. Say YES and Stop Shopping Everyone wants confirmation that they’ve made the right choice, but continuing to shop and ask others’ opinions will only lead to second-guessing your choice. 8. Trust Your Instincts It can be hard when your friends don’t love the same gown you do, but you must trust that you know what you want and what you love. 9. Leave Room in The Budget For Extras Bling isn’t cheap! Anytime you accessorize, customize your look or need alterations, the cost goes way up. So, leave some room in the budget for finishing touches 10. Share Your Vision It’s important to speak with your friends before you come to the salon so they understand what you’re looking for. If they aren’t on the same page, they can send you down the wrong path.

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Be the center of attention when you arrive in the curve-hugging beaded and tulle trumpet gown. GOWN Jim Hjelm from Schaffer's NECKLACE Schaffer's RING E.D. Marshall Jewelers BRACELET Uptown Bridal & Boutique

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MODERN GLAMOUR Synonymous with prestige, The Phoenician Resort sets the opulent scene for the renaissance of glamour. Contemporary or traditional, lavish silhouettes and fine finishes are on-trend now.

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Make an entrance like a Hollywood starlet in this classic strapless ivory trumpet gown. Gown Essence of Australia from Uptown Bridal & Boutique Necklace and bracelet Uptown Bridal & Boutique Location The Canyon Suites at The Phoenician Resort

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This classic sheath is simple yet elegant, stunning from both the front and the back. Gown Austin Scarlett from Schaffer's Earrings Uptown Bridal & Boutique RING E.D. Marshall Jewelers Location The Canyon Suites at The Phoenician Resort

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This gown is pure drama with its crystal detailing, ruched bodice and trailing tulle skirt. Gown Lovelle By Lazaro from Schaffer's Earrings and Bracelet Schaffer's

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This beautiful A-line, with modest sweetheart neckline, dazzling beaded waist with a lace appliquĂŠd skirt is the perfect glamorous modest gown. Gown Venus from A Closet Full of Dresses Bracelet Schaffer's Location The Canyon Suites at The Phoenician Resort ArizonaWeddings.com

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Fit for a princess, this tulle ball gown wedding dress with single shoulder neckline and jeweled embellishments is perfect for an elegant affair. GOWN Mia Solano from Luv Bridal & Formal EARRINGS Schaffer's RING E.D. Marshall Jewelers

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This modern and red carpet-ready gown will surely turn heads. Fit and flare satin with sexy lace illusion cutouts create just the perfect sex appeal. Gown Love Marley from Wedding Belles Bridal Boutique Earrings Schaffer's Ring E.D. Marshall Jewelers Location The Canyon Suites at The Phoenician Resort 276 ArizonaWeddings.com


A perfect vision of timeless sophistication, this romantic gown has a beaded bodice with off-the-shoulder neckline, tulle and lace, beaded sleeves and sheath skirt. Gown Enzoani from Upton Bridal & Boutique Earrings Schaffer's Ring E.D. Marshall Jewelers Location The Canyon Suites at The Phoenician Resort

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This ultra-chic, form-fitting strapless sweetheart neckline gown features intricate beaded embroidery that adds the perfect final glamorous touch. Gown Enzoani from Uptown Bridal & Boutique Earrings Schaffer's Ring E.D. Marshall Jewelers

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Perfect for the modern romantic, this classic elegant gown showcases dramatic beaded cap sleeves, a beaded bodice, with a lace-over-tulle beaded skirt. Gown Enzoani from Uptown Bridal & Boutique Earrings and Bracelet Schaffer's

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This lovely V-neck, A-line gown stuns with its fully beaded bodice and tulle overlay skirt. Gown Mia Solano from Luv Bridal & Formal Headpiece and Earrings Schaffer's Ring E.D. Marshall Jewelers

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Be the belle of the ball in this dazzling modest ball gown, sparkling with its fully beaded bodice with a tulle overlay. Gown Allure from A Closet Full of Dresses Hairpiece and Bracelet Schaffer's Ring E.D. Marshall Jewelers

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It's beauty in motion in this strapless ball gown, with a fully beaded bodice and layers of soft flowing organza. Gown Allure from Wedding Belles Bridal Boutique Headpiece and Bracelet Schaffer's

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True vintage glamour comes through in this fit and flare gown with sweetheart neck. The feather skirt adds the perfect whimsical finish. Gown Brides by Demetrios Earrings and headpiece Schaffer's Ring E.D. Marshalls Jewelers

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The crystal-embellished sweetheart illusion neckline adds an ultra-modern touch to the empire waist sheath. Gown Mia Solano from Luv Bridal & Boutique Headpiece and Earrings Schaffer's Ring E.D. Marshall Jewelers

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This gown is a perfect example of grace and sophistication. Beautiful illusion sleeves and neckline are elegant and on-trend. The satin skirt is timeless and the lovely satin bow adds the perfect finishing touch. Gown Brides by Demetrios Earrings Schaffer's Ring E.D. Marshall Jewelers

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You will shine in this sexy A-line gown with shimmery beaded embroidery, tulle overlay and chapel train. GOWN Brides by Demetrios EARRINGS Schaffer's RING E.D. Marshall Jewelers

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Telephone /Website

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Raising the Beauty Bar Tips and Advice for Planning Your Perfect Celebration There’s no end to the counting of beauty tips and tricks. And in the months leading up to your wedding day, everyone from your mother to your mailman has an opinion to offer. To break through some of the myths and the mayhem, we caught up with five of the industry’s local leading pros to get the best in beauty advice: Robbin Julien, owner/operator Creative Beauté Agency; Katie Whetstone, Promotions/Events Coordinator of Cosmetic Surgery Institute; Dr. Susan Van Dyke, owner of Van Dyke Laser & Skin; Tina Ellis, professional makeup artist with LilySax Beauty; and Michelle Francis, Registered Nurse, certified beauty specialist, and owner of Renewed Beauty Specialists. Here’s what they had to say.

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Where should a bride-to-be begin? Robbin Julien, Creative Beauté Agency:

One year from your

wedding day, you should have an idea of the overall theme of the

Q Speaking of skin care, what options are there for women with

you want to wear your hair up or down, and also how soft to dramatic

problem skin and a tight timeline? Katie Whetstone: Get in touch with your licensed esthetician to consider

you want your makeup look. You’ll also want to start a digital inspiration

treatment options. If you have the problem of mature or tired skin, try

board on Pinterest. This will help create a visual to share with everyone

deeper peels or other forms of exfoliation such as Microdermabrasion.

involved in the planning process. Have one main board for solid ideas,

Fillers can enhance your lips and cheeks, replace lost volume, and

and several smaller boards for your brainstorming ideas.

smooth smile and/or frown lines. We recommend your first treatment at

wedding. As you start shopping for your dress, think about whether

Katie Whetstone, Cosmetic Surgery Institute:

Start a smart

least six to nine months prior to the wedding for optimal results.

skincare routine with monthly facials about a year in advance. It’s okay if

Susan Van Dyke, MD: Laser resurfacing procedures can refresh, restore

you don’t have that long before the wedding day, just adopt these good

or repair depending on the need. To refresh: Clear and Brilliant is a series

skin care habits as soon as possible.

of six treatments monthly for brightening and refining with reduction in

Susan Van Dyke, MD, Van Dyke Laser & Skin:

Starting excellent

blotchiness and improvement in tone. To restore: One Fraxel treatment

skincare a year in advance is a great idea. Professional advice will save

is perfect for freckling. Several treatments improve sun damage and fine

you money and get you the best options for your goals and budget. You

lines or scars. To repair: Active FX is for more severe acne scars or for the

will get more bang for your buck if your skin care is physician quality and

more mature bride. This CO2 laser gives impressive improvements with

targeted at your specific needs.

a single treatment, although there is more significant down time.

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Many brides worry about perspiration on the big day. What can they do? Katie Whetstone: [While] Botox touch up

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with a single treatment [recommended three

Back to hair and makeup: when should these be decided? Tina Ellis, Lilysax Beauty: Starting too

can help you achieve smooth, wrinkle-free skin

months in advance] for most. There will

early with hair or makeup can be a bad thing.

between the eyebrows and on your forehead,

be some soreness and swelling for a week

Styles and trends change fast and you, as the

and minimize crow’s feet and lines around the

or two, and sweating reduces dramatically

bride, want to have your finger on the pulse.

mouth and on the neck, it can also be used to

immediately. It’s so great to not worry about

Six months out is a good time to compile your

treat excessive sweating of the underarms and

sweat marks on your beautiful dress at the

styles and colors. At one month, you should

hands.

wedding--and the bonus is that you never need

have done a trial run, or two, with hair and

Susan Van Dyke, MD:

Brides glow, they don’t

sweat. MiraDry is a remarkable permanent solution to ordinary sweating in your armpits

worry again.

makeup artists.

Robbin Julien:

By [six months] you should

have secured all of your vendors, including your hairstylist and makeup artist. You should have your dress, as well as your veil and any accessories you plan on wearing.

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We’ve talked a lot of skin health. What else should brides be mindful of? Robbin Julien: You’ll also want to take care of

your hair, careful not to damage or overwork it with chemicals and heat. Both a hydrating face mask and hair mask will be beneficial to the glow of your skin and the luster of your hair. (I recommend Aveda Intensive Hydrating Mask and Davines NouNou Hair Mask).

Q How soon before her wedding should a

bride cease any beauty experimentation or treatments? Tina Ellis: At [one month], I recommend

brides not change any skin or hair care regimen, as this could cause reactions that will complicate things and add more stress. No facial treatments the week prior to the big day, and don’t wax the day of.

Katie Whetstone: One month out, have your final Botox touch up. Have your last facial at least one week before your wedding day. Don’t mix things up! To avoid any reactions, make sure it’s the same facial that you’ve had before. Use the same self-tanners or spray tans the week before your wedding. Make sure you get your final Lash Extensions fill a few days to one week before your wedding day--and make sure you use the same technician that applied it right for you initially.

Robbin Julien:

Reduce the amount of

chemical peels one month before your

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wedding day. The skin needs to heal for the

development of really transformative skin

futile to do otherwise. Pale is beautiful, rich

makeup to absorb properly and efficiently.

care and non-invasive treatments offers so

dark skin is beautiful, and every shade in-

Don’t try any new hair or skin care products

many options. If you are a skeptic put it to the

between.

28 days before your wedding day.

test. I think you will be surprised.

Michelle Francis, Renewed Beauty Specialists: My best advice I give to my

Q When should you meet with a beauty

Q What is your Top Tip to Ready...Go?

clients is that you still want to have smiling eyes and expression.

That’s why I am a

professional? Tina Ellis: The most ideal time frame I like

Tina Ellis: Have a professional take care of

minimalist when it comes to procedures to

your hair and makeup. Get pampered and

the face. But when it comes to fat and skin

to meet my bride is three months out, so

relax before things get crazy and you stress

tightening, I attack that with a vengeance.

we have a good connection and try a few

out. We are here to make you look your best

There are so many body slimming treatments

different looks--closer to the day, she will be

and therefore feel your best.

out there.

pulled in so many directions that my team

Robbin Julien:

and I will be the least of her worries.

day, distracted with trying to control it. The

perfect way to make you look like a princess!

Robbin Julien:

It’s best to secure your

greatest memories come from the moments

Not only do they look great in pictures, but

event and save the date six to nine months

you never expected and could not have

you can keep fluttering them during your

in advance. Though we have many artists, the

planned. So let it go... and let them happen.

honeymoon and wake up with beautiful eyes,

popular dates can book up very early.

Susan Van Dyke, MD:

even after swimming.

Susan Van Dyke, MD:

The minute you get

visible organ of course. Dehydration from

engaged you need to make a plan. Some

heat, alcohol, caffeinated drinks and simply

Don’t miss out on this

Skin is the most

Katie Whetstone:

Lash extensions are the

Q

amazing transformations can happen to

inadequate

bring out your true beauty. Some take time. It

remember to keep hydrated to look (and feel)

is better to have more time than not enough.

your best. Embrace the skin that you were

When choosing a vendor in your field, what should a bride look for? Tina Ellis: Ask plenty of questions. “How

This is a wonderful time in medicine. The

born with. It is frustrating, harmful and often

long have they been working as a beauty

water

intake

shows.

Brides,

professional?” Look at their website and portfolio. “How long will it take to finish your services for everyone in your party?” Be sure you have enough time that makes you feel comfortable.

Robbin Julien: Begin researching hairstylists and makeup artists by viewing their websites. You’ll want to research vendor’s portfolios to ensure they are a match for your style and personality. Make sure you know all of your costs upfront. Is there a travel charge? Does the trial run cost the same as the wedding day service? Are airbrush, false lashes, and/or hair extension placement an extra charge? Is the gratuity added into the final charge? Do your research. The internet is a great resource for learning about the service quality and beauty experience for your big day.

Susan Van Dyke, MD:

Remember that

cosmetic dermatology (lasers and injectables like Botox and Juvederm) is medicine. Make sure you know the credentials of those treating you. Avoid the Groupon deals; this is your face, your skin, your body after all. Complications and risks increase dramatically when unqualified or inexperienced people are

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professional teeth whitening or consult with

not. Better to love the skin you are in, and it

Michelle Francis: When choosing beauty

a dentist to get recommendations on the best

will love you for the long run.

professionals, it’s important to recognize

over the counter products.

Katie Whetstone:

their

Susan Van Dyke, MD:

Sun! Tanning beds!

you a natural, healthy glow. Start testing self

such as a nursing license and certificates of

Your skin is your best asset, embrace your

tanners in advance to get the right one for

advance training classes in aesthetics.

natural color and really glow. Ultraviolet

you. Tantasia by Jane Iredale is a popular

radiation dries out your skin in the short term

choice amongst brides. You should begin

and can lead to wrinkles and skin cancer later.

this routine at least 3-6 months before the

Do not fall for the argument that a tan will

wedding to ensure you’re happy with the

protect you from sunburn--artificial tans do

color. And when you are out in the sun, use a

medical

educational

background,

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There are so many beauty myths out there. What are the ones you hear most, and how do you debunk them? Robbin Julien: “Chocolate causes acne”.

Sun-kissed skin will give

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doing medical procedures.

Nope. Genetics, hormones, and bacteria are the leading causes of acne. Medications, stress, diet, lifestyle, and negligent cleansing can also cause breakouts. Chocolate is safe. In fact, chocolate that has 70 percent of cacao or greater is good for your skin-flavonoids in dark chocolate absorb UV light, help protect and increase blood flow to the skin, and improve skin’s hydration and complexion. “Preparation H can reduce under eye puffiness”. Nope. The ingredient once known to reduce puffiness is no longer in the product. “Drinking water keeps your skin from drying out”. Nope. Drinking water aids in digestion, circulation, and absorption-it helps our organs function properly, making our skin work properly as well. To keep the skin hydrated, a consistent skin care regimen, including proper exfoliation, and moisturizers with hyaluronic acid and a refined oil like argan, help attract and seal moisture into the skin.

Susan Van Dyke, MD: Brides might feel that they cannot fundamentally improve their skin. They can feel that makeup to disguise their imperfections is the only option. The real goal is to have beautiful skin that does not need a lot of foundation or cover up... and it is obtainable with some time and a bit of effort.

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enough time to get the amazing results that

What would you tell them not to forget? Tina Ellis: Most brides have the bridal

a broad spectrum UVA/UVB protection

multiple treatments are needed and that takes

sunblock at all times.

time. Don’t be disappointed by not leaving

Q Any other advice?

you desire.

party covered as far as hair and makeup

Robbin Julien: The only products you should

goes, but don’t forget about the mothers

Susan Van Dyke, MD: Think ahead. Although

need to touch up with are your lip product

of the bride and groom, grandmothers,

cosmetic dermatology procedures are non-

and blotting papers. Have a small purse on

flower girls and even aunts. Also, make

invasive, there can be minor vexing risks like

hand that you can easily grab to touch up

sure to keep in contact with your beauty

bruising or redness. Some treatments take

throughout the night. Sephora has a great

professional

a few months for best results. Sometimes

emergency kit that can handle any mishap.

headcounts, or personal issues such as

with

any

time

changes,

haircuts, unforeseen skin issues or anything else image related.

Susan Van Dyke, MD: important

but

so

is

Your skin is

your

silhouette.

Liposonix and CoolSculpting are great options for eliminating bulges you can’t diet away. Two treatments, a month apart, gives great, permanent results in about three or four months. Make sure you get this done months before your final fitting.

Robbin Julien:

Don’t forget to create a

music playlist. If you’re getting ready with your bridal party, it’s fun to have music that everyone will enjoy. And when creating your schedule, be sure to cushion in time to get into your dress. Some dresses take longer to get into than others--corset back, intricate buttons, unique bustle. Also allot time for yourself to breathe, take a brief walk, or just to sit in silence.

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Last thoughts? Robbin Julien :

Breathe.

Planning

a

wedding can be stressful. Stress can wreak havoc on your emotional and physical health. By taking time out of your day to breathe and calm your mind, you’re allowing your body to come back into balance.

Tina Ellis:

It’s your day, it’s your decision

and you’re in charge.

Susan Van Dyke, MD:

As you start your

new life, develop and engrain a new way of taking care of yourself. All of the suggestions for your pre-wedding transformation set the stage for a lifetime of natural beauty. Don’t forget what you learned after the wedding.

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Capturing Your Hidden Wedding Moments Local Photographers Take Pride in Protecting Your Precious Memories As a bride, you’ve waited months and months for that one moment, as you turn the corner to see your husbandto-be waiting for you at the end of the aisle. As a groom, you’ve endured the engagement months, in addition to the months of secrecy and planning before getting down on one knee, all building up to the moment your bride turns the corner, and your life together truly begins.

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We sat down with a few local photographers,

That momentous instant? Gone in a flash. The

of the most important and significant tasks

ring exchange, the first kiss, the grand entrance,

during wedding planning. Sitting down to meet

the secret whispers shared during the reception,

with the potential photographer face to face is

the held eye contact and subtle smile shared

often advised. This will allow you to gauge your

across the dance floor – all milliseconds that

personality fit, ensuring your comfort level with

the best photographers will pride themselves on

this person is high, as you will spend countless

Love My Life Photography taryn@lovemylifephotography.com www.lovemylifephotography.com

capturing at your wedding, ensuring that those

hours together on your wedding day. Do you feel

Photographing a wedding is not merely a job

special flashes in time are saved for the rest of

at ease? Can you let your guard down and share

for Taryn Ball, it is the chance to participate in

your life.

a few laughs? Could you see this person as more

the happiest day of two people’s lives. It is the

than another wedding vendor, but as a friend?

opportunity to spend a day with a room full of

Booking a trustworthy photographer is one

to begin those essential first conversations.

positive energy, and a reminder of the love she holds for her own family. Capturing the positive energy in the intimate moments of a wedding day is a skill that Ball, and her team at Love My Life Photography, feels differentiates them in the industry. They are non-traditional “goofballs” whose most important goal is to make their subjects feel comfortable. It is in these moments, when they’re able to loosen up the bride and groom, where the best photos are taken. Ball draws from the natural chemistry of her couples. She insists they pretend she isn’t nearby, especially during a first look. This advice is often taken by her clients, as many have a similar “when did that happen?!” reaction when flipping through their photos weeks after the event has ended. When asked to share one piece of advice to brides currently planning their wedding, Ball recommends finalizing all of the wedding details in the weeks prior to the big day. This includes creating a timeline, finalizing a shot list, and delegating all day-of tasks to a planner or a responsible, willing family member. There should be nothing left for the bride to do, but to enjoy the day once it arrives.

Cyndi Hardy Photography cyndi@cyndihardy.com www.cyndihardy.com An interest in capturing the beauty of nature and wildlife first peaked Cyndi Hardy’s interest in the world of photography. She began refining her skill while working under another photographer, who specialized in weddings, and realized she had found the niche she wanted to concentrate on as a career. Hardy treats each wedding differently,

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getting to know her clients on a personal

hard working vendors who pour their love

level, so she can better tell their love story

into making the day special for the bride and

through the visual medium. The moment the

groom, it is truly a wonderful atmosphere to

Nicolle Moshiri Photography nicolle@nicollemoshiri.com www.nicollemoshiri.com

bride and groom see each other for the first

build a career.

At the start of the digital era, during the

time, whether it’s during a first look or at the

A tip she shares with all of her brides?

transition from department store “studio

ceremony, is her favorite image to capture

Hire a planner, even if it’s only for the day-of.

photography” to custom lifestyle photography,

during the wedding.

Planners will spend their time putting out fires,

Nicolle Moshiri discovered an interest in

She finds great joy working in the wedding

and making sure the event runs smoothly, so

the creative hobby. The interest turned into

industry, a true business of love. From the

the only thing the bride will need to focus on is

passion as she immersed herself with learning

supportive families uniting as one, to the

getting married.

how to use her equipment, how to capture light, how to pose her subjects – all with the goal of creating beautiful, even breathtaking images. Moshiri feels her specialty lies with making couples feel at ease in front of the camera. Her classic style is easily relatable to clients, who often reference her past work when trying to verbalize their ideal wedding photos. She often advises clients to do a first look, to help reduce the wedding day jitters, and to practice the way they show nonverbal communication prior to the wedding. The groom brushing back his bride’s hair, the bride running her fingertips on the back of her groom’s neck while he gives her a passionate kiss, these small actions of romance help to show the emotion of love through a tangible photo. When choosing a wedding photographer, Moshiri recommends that clients go with the person or team whose work speaks to their heart. They’ll know which one it is, because it is the website they’ll travel back to multiple times during the day or week. It’s in this repetitive action, that couples will discover who they’ll be most proud to work with, whose work they’ll want to show off for decades to come. Photography is a timeless investment that is absolutely worth the cost of the service.

I Do Photography Casey@IDoPhotography.com www.idophotography.com Casey Graham’s passion for photography stretches back throughout her entire life. What first started as a childhood hobby turned into a formal education, where Graham was trained in the traditional practice of film photography, dark room film development, a black and white emphasis followed by color, and of course, today’s industry standard of

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digital photography. She focused her career

resorts and natural shooting locations all over

practices. She feels grateful that she’s in a

to the wedding industry during the time her

the state, make her an excellent resource for

place where she’s being paid to participate in

own wedding plans began, more than seven

engaged couples who may need additional

one of the happiest days of people’s lives –

years ago. After an apprenticeship with an

recommendations.

what other industry can say that?

established photographer came to a close,

With a quick turnaround time of two weeks

If she wasn’t living her dream as a full time

Graham took the leap and began shooting solo

for couples to receive their photos, Graham

photographer, Graham is sure that she’d enroll

under her now established brand.

prides herself on often sending over the

in culinary school, and look for a career that

A third generation native to Arizona,

edited final collection before the newlyweds

would combine cooking and eating with world

Graham’s passion for the state runs deep. Her

return from their honeymoon. Her love for the

travels with her husband, where she’d likely

knowledge of the expansive number of venues,

industry is apparent in her work and business

get caught snapping a photo or two.

Ben & Kelly Photography ben@benandkellyphotography.com www.benandkellyphotography.com For Ben Koller, one half of the Ben & Kelly Photography team, the most magical moment of a wedding is the split second that the bride and groom realize they are joined together as a family, a unit. It may take place during the ceremony, when they exchange rings, or as early as the first time the groom sees his bride turn the corner to walk down the aisle. As the pair lock eyes, emotion floods out of their every pore, a rare, passionate moment that occurs once in a lifetime. Ben and Kelly have been friends since elementary school, together for 21 years, married for 17, and parents to two growing children and a photography business, for the last seven. The partnership shared between the two is a unique, family-style operation. While some teams consider a Saturday wedding “work”, the Kollers’ consider it date night. This comfort with one another, skill level and passionate attitude toward photography easily rubs off on clients, who often comment they feel like the pair became part of the wedding party by the end of their time together. The Kollers’ photography style can be described as dramatic, romantic and high contrast. They are self-described “chasers of light”, who draw inspiration from the environment they are shooting in and their client’s personalities. One tip for the bride? Don’t worry about being late. Consistently, brides will start to stress about the time as the ceremony approaches. If the event has been planned

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heads the entire day, so there’s no need for

As a photographer with more than 10 years

a “supermodel for a day” experience. Maxwell

the bride to worry!

of experience, Jodi Lynn Maxwell’s goal

invites clients to utilize the onsite hair and

was to find a niche that she could be truly

makeup room, dressing room, and even gives

passionate about. Her sweet and sexy style

them several sets to choose from. Her main

of shooting, paired with an ability to calm

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Her favorite part of the industry? Making

Rachel Solomon approaches each wedding with a creative, fine art style of shooting, as if she is the art director for a magazine editorial. She engages her couples throughout their entire day, styling details and posing them in natural ways that create a variety of beautiful moments. She is proud to deliver a cohesive set of photographs after the event, that tell the story of their big day in a way that is completely unique. Solomon often tells her couples that their job for the day is to relax and have fun, while it is her job to make them look good. Once they have a mutual trust for each other, it’s in those comfortable moments that the best photographs are taken. With a history of creative studies and 10 years of corporate business experience, it took one trip to Uganda with a relief group, and Solomon’s passion for photography flourished. Upon her return, armed with her photos from the trip for inspiration, she dove head first into educating herself on both digital and film photography, as well as the art of running her creative business full time. Three years later the business has flourished, with her refined craft sought after from engaged couples both in and out of Arizona. Her favorite moment at a wedding? After the couple is pronounced husband and wife, and they share their first kiss. The moment they turn to face their family and friends who are so happy for them, the looks on their faces show such a raw, blissful moment. When she’s not focusing on wedding related work, Solomon loves to read, plays the trumpet at her church, and stays active playing third base on a co-ed softball city league team.

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women feel beautiful on a daily basis,

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as they hear them pledge their vows, these

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Each member of the studio is classically trained in all aspects of photography, from lighting to posing their subjects. They all

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wedding wear one final time after the

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tears of joy for more than 10 years.

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benefit greatly by her sense of urgency,

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His unique wedding approach? Getting comfortable with the guests, family and bridal party, as if he was a guest of the wedding himself. His

Higgins has been in the photography industry for more than 10 years,

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into their best natural look. He advises brides to focus on having fun!

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Denisse & Cody Denisse Aviles & Cody Engelbrecht | Photography by The R2 Studio It was a drizzly New Year’s Eve on the day Denisse Aviles and Cody Engelbrecht had planned their wedding, but it simply didn’t matter to the bride in the end. “I picked the Clayton [on the Park] as our venue, and I always envisioned taking wedding photos at the park,” she says. “I was really worried we wouldn’t be able to, so I purchased bubble umbrellas … sure enough, we were able to take pictures at the park with the umbrellas, and I love how the pictures turned out. I think the rainy day set a very romantic wintery vibe.” And, certainly, romance was the theme of the day. During the ceremony, the bride and groom read personally written vows and shared each of their interpretations of their love story, which the officiant had put together in a funny and romantic tale to share with their guests. As the night wore on, the theme turned from romance to party! “We set up a table with New Year’s Eve hats, crowns and noise-makers,” Denisse notes. “Overall, it was a big party, and we loved having our closest family and friends to celebrate the year 2014 and a new beginning as a married couple.”

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CEREMONY & Reception The Clayton on the Park PHOTOGRAPHY The R2 Studio VIDEOGRAPHY The Story is Told OFFICIANT Mark Culbertson - Your Dream Ceremony WEDDING CONSULTANT Patrice - Celebrations by Amy Bacon BRIDE’S GOWN Uptown Bridal & Boutique VEIL Uptown Bridal & Boutique JEWELRY Shopbop SHOES Steve Madden HAIR Sarah Kennedy MAKEUP Courtney Montes BRIDESMAIDs’ DRESSES Adrianna Papell FORMAL WEAR Men’s Wearhouse INVITATIONS Envelope Envy FLOWERS The Flower Studio CATERING The Clayton on the Park MUSIC/ENTERTAINMENT DJ Puma photobooth The Social Chimp WEDDING CAKE Family Friend GUEST ACCOMmODATIONS The Saguaro Scottsdale WEDDING NIGHT ACCOMmODATIONS The Saguaro Scottsdale HONEYMOON Turks and Caicos


“My favorite moment of the day was doing a first look with Cody and doing a first look with my dad.�


Lauren & Blake Lauren Lacey & Blake Austin | Photography by Ben & Kelly Photography It didn’t take long for Lauren Lacey and Blake Austin to know their love was true. Just seven months into their relationship, Blake proposed to his bride-to-be in front of both their families at a Memorial Day barbecue; exactly one year later, the couple tied the knot over the same holiday weekend. “Everything about our day was perfect,” Lauren gushes. “But I will say that our favorite moment was when we did our ‘No First Look’ prayer.” She explains that the couple didn’t want to see each other before the wedding, but they did want to share a special moment to pray. “Our photographers positioned us on opposite sides of a wall, and we were able to hold hands and pray.” It was just the calming moment needed before Lauren walked down the aisle in front of 150 guests in a Marchesa gown. After the ceremony, the newlyweds twirled to John Legend’s “All of Me,” for their first dance and, after the big day, headed to Playa Del Carmen, Mexico, for a luxurious honeymoon.

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CEREMONY & RECEPTION SITE The Phoenician PHOTOGRAPHY Ben and Kelly Photography VIDEOGRAPHY Amore Films OFFICIANT Rev. Rick Bell WEDDING CONSULTANT Trista Guzman of BTS Management BRIDE’S GOWN Marchesa from Schaffer’s VEIL Marchesa JEWELRY Saks 5th Avenue SHOES Betsey Johnson MAKEUP Kensington Makeup Artists BRIDESMAID’S DRESSES J. Crew FORMAL WEAR Celebrity Tux and Tails FLOWERS Flower Bar CATERING The Phoenician ENTERTAINMENT & LIGHTING Complete DJ WEDDING CAKE A Piece of Cake FAVORS Sprinkles Cupcakes GUEST ACCOMMODATIONS The Phoenician WEDDING NIGHT ACCOMMODATIONS The Phoenician HONEYMOON Playa Del Carmen, Mexico


“Our favorite moment of the day was our ‘First Look - Prayer’ and our photographers were able to capture the perfect photo.”

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Alicia & Andrew Alicia Patlen & Andrew Collins | Photography by Rachel Solomon On the day Alicia Patlen and Andrew Collins were married, one defining moment stood out to both: when Alicia walked down the aisle. “The excitement and anticipation I had when she was walking down the aisle toward me … she had a huge smile and looked beautiful,” Andrew recalls. Alicia remembers the same moment, which both the bride and groom noted as their favorite of the day. “I was walking down the aisle full of joy and happiness, knowing I am spending the rest of my life with this man,” Alicia says. The entire ceremony was rooted in special meaning for the couple; it was conducted by a close friend, who gave a meaningful message about the covenant the two were making between each other and God. “Our family and friends had a chance to pray over us,” Alicia notes. The celebration continued at the reception at Windmill Winery in Florence, Ariz., where “The toasts went on for a long time and include touching moments, tears and some laughs,” says Alicia. Once the party got started, no one left the dance floor until the newlyweds made their exit—through a human tunnel of their guests to a black Mercedes to whisk them to the Phoenician Resort, where Andrew had set up candles, flower petals and a bottle of Champagne.

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CEREMONY & Reception SITE Windmill Winery PHOTOGRAPHY Rachel Solomon VIDEOGRAPHY Sadie Such Photography & Films OFFICIANT Brandon LaBorde BRIDE’S GOWN Martina Liana, Mariée Bridal VEIL Chantilly Lace, Mariée Bridal JEWELRY Swarovski Crystal, Mariée Bridal SHOES Pelle Moda Metallic Gold, Dillards HAIR Devina Little MAKEUP Colleen Roseen BRIDESMAID’S DRESSES David’s Bridal FORMAL WEAR Suit Supply INVITATIONS Minted FLOWERS Simply Beautiful Wedding & Event Planning MENU/CATERING Kiss the Chef MUSIC/ENTERTAINMENT Ellagant Entertainment, Joel Gibbs WEDDING CAKE Melinda’s Desserts FAVORS Vintage Photo Booth TRANSPORTATION Arizona All Transportation, Inc. GUEST ACCOMODATIONS Gold Canyon Golf Resort WEDDING NIGHT ACCOMODATIONS The Phoenician HONEYMOON Kaanapali, Hawaii


“My favorite moment was when I was walking down the aisle full of joy and happiness knowing that I am spending the rest of my life with this man.�


Ashley & Michael Ashley Crips & Michael Brown | Photography by StepOnMe Photography Working in the female-dominated world of education, it was tough for Ashley Crips to meet the right man. A friend steered her toward a dating website, where she met Michael Brown—and three years later, he proposed, though it wasn’t exactly according to plan. Mike anticipated popping the question while it was raining during monsoon season, which both truly love. However, the timing just never worked out, so “Mike, being excited to propose, gave that plan up and proposed in our living room with our puppies,” Ashley says. “It was perfect.” The couple held their wedding a year later at Windmill Winery in Florence, Ariz., where Ashley made her grand entrance by riding in a carriage with her mother around the lake to the ceremony. “I then stepped out of the carriage and … as I met up with Mike, all four of my parents [and stepparents] gave me away. It was amazingly special to me.” The newlyweds and their 110 guests celebrated the marriage with a rustic wine themed wedding, where they danced to “She’s Got a Way,” by Billy Joel. The duo didn’t go on a honeymoon, but they’re excited to announce that they’re expecting their first child, due November 2015.

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CEREMONY & Reception Site Windmill Winery PHOTOGRAPHY StepOnMe Photography OFFICIANT Doug Black WEDDING CONSULTANT Shauna Fadden - Windmill Winery BRIDE’S GOWN Suzanne’s Bridal Boutique VEIL Suzanne’s Bridal Boutique JEWELRY Suzanne’s Bridal Boutique HAIR Priscilla Cardenas BRIDESMAIDs’ DRESSES Henkaa FORMAL WEAR Jos. A. Banks INVITATIONS Beautiful Wedding Announcements FLOWERS Something Old Something Older CATERING Kiss the Chef with Windmill Winery MUSIC/ENTERTAINMENT Windmill Winery Rentals Something Old Something Older WEDDING CAKE Windmill Winery FAVORS Etsy GUEST ACCOMmODATIONS The Holiday Inn - Florence, Arizona WEDDING NIGHT ACCOMmODATIONS The Holiday Inn, Florence, Arizona


“My favorite part of the day was my entrance and walk down the aisle to Mike. I rode in a carriage with my mom around the lake to the ceremony. Everyone could see us riding in the distance towards them while the wedding party walked down the aisle. I then stepped out of the carriage, my mom and stepmom walked down together and then my dad and stepdad walked me down the aisle to Mike, All four of my parents gave me away, and it was amazingly special to me.�

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Michele & Jason Michele Pedulla & Jason Rasch | Photography by Ben & Kelly Photography Only in the Valley of the Sun can a January wedding be so stunning—and Michele Pedulla and Jason Rasch’s big day truly was remarkable. The ceremony backdrop was spectacular. The sunset was picturesque. As the couple said “I do” in front of 108 loved ones and the groom kissed the bride, there was magic in the air. “My favorite moment was walking down the aisle, holding hands as husband and wife,” Michele recalls. From there, “We wanted everyone to have a great time!” she exclaims. The bride donned a Schaffer’s ball gown and jewelry from Claudia’s, while her bridesmaids looked lovely in plum-colored frocks from David’s Bridal. In keeping with Jewish tradition, the couple danced the Hora during their reception at Four Seasons Resort Scottsdale at Troon North. On the night of their wedding, the newlyweds enjoyed the Honeymoon Suite at Four Seasons, and then they jetted off to Sandals Ochos Rios in Jamaica for a romantic honeymoon.

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CEREMONY & RECEPTION SITE Four Seasons Resort Scottsdale at Troon North PHOTOGRAPHY Ben and Kelly Photography VIDEOGRAPHY Arizona Video Pros OFFICIANT Rabbi Robert Kravitz WEDDING CONSULTANT Stylish Events by Lisa BRIDE’S GOWN Schaffer’s JEWELRY Claudia’s HAIR & MAKEUP Artistry On Location BRIDESMAIdS’ DRESSES David’s Bridal INVITATIONS The Event Essentials FLOWERS Butterfly Petals CATERING Four Seasons Resort Scottsdale at Troon North ENTERTAINMEN Ray the DJ WEDDING CAKE Four Seasons Resort Scottsdale at Troon North Dessert Frost Gelato FAVORS Caketini TRANSPORTATION American Valet GUEST ACCOMMODATIONS Talking Stick Resort WEDDING NIGHT ACCOMMODATIONS Four Seasons Resort Scottsdale at Troon North HONEYMOON Sandals Ocho Rios - Jamaica


“My favorite moment was walking down the aisle, holding hands as husband and wife.�


Peggy & Tom Peggy Forbes & Tom Koelbl | Photography by I Do Photography “We wanted our wedding to be an intimate and fun celebration of our happiness with our friends and family,” says Peggy Forbes, who married Tom Koelbl in front of the picturesque backdrop of Desert Botanical Garden in Phoenix after a yearand-a-half courtship that culminated with a proposal in Berkley, Calif. The evening reception prominently highlighted the couple’s mutual love of books and reading—significant because the couple connected via e-Harmony due to a book (“Unbroken”) that they had both read. The escort cards and individualized menus took the form of bookmarks, and stacks of classic books sat next to the cake. As beautiful as the day was, it wasn’t without its memorable mishaps—“We went to light the unity candle and the lighter was missing,” Peggy recalls. “We had a moment of levity that was real and imperfect—just like us!”

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CEREMONY & Reception Site Desert Botanical Garden PHOTOGRAPHY I Do Photography OFFICIANT Jackie Forbes (sister of the bride) WEDDING CONSULTANT Life Design Event Planning HAIR & makeup Cherry The Salon FORMAL WEAR Parker and Schmidt Clothiers INVITATIONS Ali Ink Designs FLOWERS Table Tops Etc. CATERING Santa Barbara Catering MUSIC/ENTERTAINMENT Ramsey the Great DJ & Carole Pellatt rentals Cre8ive Event Rentals WEDDING CAKE Let Them Eat Cake TRANSPORTATION The Driver Provider


“My favorite part of the day was when we went to light the unity candle and the lighter was missing. We had a moment of levity that was real and imperfect - just like us! �

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M0lly & Mickey Molly Meng & Mickey Haak | Photography by Rachel Solomon It took three years for Molly Meng and Mickey Haak to find the right time to become a couple. After meeting at a mutual friend’s birthday party, they saw each other once a month at gatherings, but never quite found the perfect moment. When the relationship finally progressed, though, and when Mickey asked his girlfriend to spend the rest of her life with him at the Italian restaurant Cibo, Molly’s reaction was immediate: “Absolutely,” she said. For the wedding at Whispering Tree Ranch in Laveen, Ariz., the goal was to have “good drinks, music and all our favorite people,” Molly notes—and they did! They incorporated some of those favorite people in the ceremony and reception by asking a good friend to conduct the ceremony (“It was personal and perfect,” Molly recalls) and a groomsman sang “Sweet Pea,” by Amos Lee, for the duo’s first dance. The guests—around 100—took home an Arizona staple, succulents, as a favor and sent the couple off to their honeymoon in La Jolla, Calif., with a line of sparklers. “[The wedding planning] was sometimes stressful, but overall, it was nice to have our own ideas come to life,” Molly concludes.

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“Our favorite moment was finding each others’ smiles through the crowd.”


Angela & Sam Angela Volpp & Sam Durrani | Photography by Nicolle Moshiri Photography Angela Volpp and Sam Durrani’s wedding day was so perfect that Angela simply can’t pick a favorite moment. “It was an amazing day,” she reminisces. If she was pressed, though, to select the highlight of the day at The Silverleaf Club, it would be “When the monsoon cleared and a huge rainbow appeared over our wedding venue,” she says. After all, she had spent a week checking the weather forecast for her September wedding and invested in a large tent at the last minute to protect guests from the weather. However, right when the ceremony was about to begin, the rain stopped. The day was, in a technical sense, their second wedding. “We had a Pakistani wedding the night before, where we were married by an Emam …. We served traditional Pakistani food and wore traditional Pakistani attire,” Angela says. That wasn’t the only element of the wedding that may have come as a surprise to the guests; a string quartet played “Poker Face,” by Lady Gaga during the processional, Angela walked down the aisle to “Yellow,” by Coldplay, and a 15-minute fireworks display commenced the ceremony. “[Everything] I spent endless nights planning finally came together better than I could have imagined,” Angela recollects.

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“My favorite moment was was when the monsoon cleared and a huge rainbow appeared over our wedding venue, and then everything went perfect after that.�


Claire & Danny Claire Bowers & Danny Nephew | Photography by Minson Fine Art Photography In September 2014, Claire Bowers and Danny Nephew planned to dance the night away under the stars of Greer, Ariz.— but, as so often happens, Mother Nature had other plans. During the outdoor reception, a storm (later affectionately nicknamed Hurricane Nephew) hit, but guests sprang into action. “So many of my guests ran out into the rain to save the cake, centerpieces and DJ stand,” Claire remembers. “I was bummed that the storm hit, but it was amazing to see so many people run to our rescue.” They swiftly moved to plan B, an indoor location, and “Everything ended up being perfect,” she notes. It was a fabulous payoff for a difficult one-plus year of wedding planning. Although things went fairly smoothly, living four hours away from the venue proved a little tricky for planning purposes. When the day arrived, however, Claire fondly recalls the special moment of walking over the ceremony site’s bridge—before the “hurricane” struck—and seeing both her guests and her groom. And, despite the downpour outside, the atmosphere inside the backup reception venue was upbeat and fun, particularly when all 150 guests serenaded along with the couple’s first dance song, “All of Me,” by John Legend.

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CEREMONY SITE Molly Butler Lodge, Johnson’s River Retreat RECEPTION SITE Molly Butler Lodge, Johnson’s River Retreat and Red Setter Retreat PHOTOGRAPHY Minson Fine Art Photography OFFICIANT Anna Nash WEDDING CONSULTANT Shaneen Elephante - A Bugling Affair BRIDE’S GOWN Uptown Bridal & Boutique VEIL Uptown Bridal & Boutique JEWELRY Nordstrom SHOES DSW HAIR Maureen Atwood MAKEUP Courtney Montes FORMAL WEAR Men’s Warehouse INVITATIONS Etsy FLOWERS The Morning Rose, Dawn CATERING Molly Butler Lodge MUSIC/ENTERTAINMENT Ray the DJ WEDDING CAKE Carol’s Creations GUEST ACCOMMODATIONS Molly Butler Lodge WEDDING NIGHT ACCOMMODATIONS Molly Butler Lodge HONEYMOON Dominican Republic - Punta Cana


“Our favorite moment was hearing all of our guests sing together to our first dance song.�


Casey & Scott Casey Goble & Scott Graden | Photography by Katrina Wallace Photographers Casey Goble might have been living in Boise, Idaho, when she met Scott Graden on Match.com, but she quickly realized he was worth a move to Scottsdale to see what life had in store for them. A year later, Scott proposed in a Pink Jeep in Sedona on their anniversary and, as Casey says, “The rest is history.” The duo married in May 2014 at Tlaquepaque-Sedona in front of 85 guests, but the highlight of the day for Casey, she says, occurred immediately after the ceremony. “Our photographer took Scott and me up to the Red Rocks to take a few minutes. It was just a moment for the two of us to take it all in,” she recalls. The day couldn’t have been any more perfect, she adds. The rustic-chic reception was highlighted by a Fun in a Flash photo booth, which the couple and their guests enjoyed immensely. After a sparkler send-off, the newlyweds had a honeymoon of a lifetime—a month-long trip to Europe, where they traveled to 15 cities throughout England, France, Italy, Greece and Germany. “We feel very fortunate and blessed to have had that experience together,” she says.

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Ceremony site Tlaquepaque – Patio de las Campanas Reception Site Tlaquepaque - Calle Indcependencia Photography Katrina Wallace Photographers Officiant Reverand Andrew Murphy Wedding Consultant Van Damme Weddings Bride’s Gown Martina Liana, Mariée Bridal Veil Custom made, Mariée Bridal Shoes Jimmy Choo Hair Sheynna Frazier, Nearly Famous Salon Bridesmaids’ Dresses Bill Levkoff, Demetrios Formal Wear Vera Wang Invitations Paper Source, Scottsdale Flowers Bliss Extraordinary Floral Catering Heartline Café, Sedona Music/Entertainment Phoenix Symphony String Quartet and DJ Noah Wylie Rentals/Lighting Classic Party Rentals Wedding Cake Sedona Sweet Arts FAVORS Bliss Extraordinary Floral WEDDING NIGHT ACCOMMODATIONS El Portal Sedona HONEYMOON European Honeymoon


“Our favorite moment of the day was right after the ceremony, going up to the Red Rocks to take photos.... it was a moment just for just the two of us to take it all in.�


Nicole & Trevor Nicole Santana & Trevor Girdner | Photography by Love My Life Photography When Trevor Girdner proposed to Nicole Santana, he didn’t just get down on one knee with a ring in hand. The future groom took his bride-to-be to Wildlife World Zoo, where divers in the shark tank held up a poster reading, “Nicole Santana, will you marry me?” Her friends and family were gathered in the restaurant behind the tank, ready to celebrate the engagement. “It was a complete surprise,” she recalls. Fifteen months later, the couple was reciting their vows in front of 90 loved ones at the Poco Diablo Resort in Sedona. The bride donned a Lillian Lottie lace wedding gown, while her bridesmaids each wore a dress they picked on their own accord. During the ceremony, “we placed letters in a wine box, and we wrote our goals for the first year of marriage, as well as detailing our love for each other,” Nicole says. “The letters will be read on our first anniversary, where we’ll then write another set of letters for the next year.” She names the couple’s first dance, to “When You’ve Got a Good Thing,” by Lady Antebellum, as the highlight of their wedding reception; however, watching 21 people try to fit into a photo both ranked up there, as well! The guests took home unlimited photo booth prints as a favor. “The attendant did a wonderful job making sure people took home one picture,” Nicole gushes.

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CEREMONY & Reception SITE Poco Diablo Resort Sedona PHOTOGRAPHY Love My Life Photography OFFICIANT Your Dream Ceremony- Mark Culbertson BRIDE’S GOWN Lillian Lottie. Alterations Valentina at Valentina’s Bridal & Tailors JEWELRY Lottie Da Designs- Etsy SHOES BeholdenBridal- Etsy HAIR & Makeup KLM Artistry FORMAL WEAR Men’s Wearhouse INVITATIONS Invitations By Dawn FLOWERS Sedona Fine Art of Flowers MENU/CATERING Poco Diablo Resort Sedona MUSIC/ENTERTAINMENT Sedona Sounds WEDDING CAKE Sedona Sweet Arts FAVORS Shutterbooth GUEST ACCOMmODATIONS Poco Diablo Resort Sedona WEDDING NIGHT ACCOMmODATIONS Poco Diablo Resort Sedona HONEYMOON Disney Destinations


“Our favorite moment was our first dance.�


Kirsten & Andrew Kirsten Butler & Andrew Hiemstra | Photography by Minson Fine Art Photography The romance was sky-high when Andrew Hiemstra proposed to Kirsten Butler—literally! The couple, who met at the University of Arizona and dated for three-and-a-half years, got engaged in a hot air balloon soaring over Gilbert, which had long been a dream of Kirsten’s. Seven months later, the pair was ready to say “I do” in front of 175 guests at Church of the Redeemer in Mesa, followed by a reception at Val Vista Lakes Clubhouse in Gilbert. “We loved planning the wedding and got a lot of help from family and friends,” Kirsten says. “The worst part was trying to narrow down the guest list!” Just as their engagement got off to a romantic start, their wedding day exit followed the same path. After dancing to “I Could Not Ask for More,” by Sara Evans, the newlyweds said goodbye to their guests and left via a boat on their lake. For their honeymoon, Andrew and Kirsten enjoyed a six-day cruise to Cabo San Lucas and Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, where they went whale-watching, zip-lining and horseback riding.

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CEREMONY SITE Church of the Redeemer, Mesa, AZ RECEPTION SITE Val Vista Lakes Clubhouse, Gilbert, AZ PHOTOGRAPHY Minson Fine Art Photography OFFICIANT Pastor Gary Johnson BRIDE’S GOWN David’s Bridal VEIL David’s Bridal JEWELRY Macys - bracelet, David’s Bridal - necklace, Nordstrom - earrings SHOES David’s Bridal HAIR & MAKEUP Kori Thompson - Beauty by Kori, Habit Salon BRIDESMAIDs’ DRESSES David’s Bridal FORMAL WEAR Men’s Wearhouse, Vera Wang INVITATIONS Wedding Paper Divas FLOWERS Flowers by Amy CATERING Robert’s Catering MUSIC/ENTERTAINMENT Rock Around the Clock WEDDING CAKE Robert’s Catering FAVORS Wedding Paper Divas honeymoon Mexico


“Our favorite moment was on our boat ride grand exit being able to be alone for the first time as husband and wife.�


Nicole & Jaime Nicole Cora & Jaime Garcia | Photography by DePoy Studios They say that friendship is the basis of a strong relationship. For Nicole Cora and Jaime Garcia, the adage is certainly true! For two years before they started dating, the pair cemented their eventual relationship in a committed friendship… but Jaime knew there was more. “I can’t really remember when I knew I wanted to marry Nicole,” he muses. “I guess the thing is, I always knew. It was about making it a reality.” That reality came in December 2012, when Nicole came home from taking finals. “Every room I walked into had been lit with the Christmas spirit,” Nicole remembers. “…I turned around, and Jaime was down on one knee.” In their patient fashion, the duo waited one-and-a-half years to walk down the aisle, but they did in June 2014 at Bentley Projects. It was a “Mexirican” wedding, as Nicole coins it, with a combination of Mexican and Puerto Rican flair. “Being surrounded by all our family and friends, it was truly one of the happiest moments of our lives,” she recalls.

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CEREMONY & RECEPTION Bentley Projects PHOTOGRAPHY Depoy Studios OFFICIANT Reverend Giovanni BRIDE’S GOWN Exquisite Bride, Princeton, NJ VEIL Exquisite Bride, Princeton, NJ JEWELRY Swarovski SHOES Exquisite Bride, Princeton, NJ HAIR & MAKEUP Wayne Peterson, Los Angeles CA BRIDESMAIDs’ DRESSES Nordstrom FORMAL WEAR Men’s Warehouse INVITATIONS Paper Cut Invites, San Diego CA FLOWERS Ruben Consa AIFD Miami CATERING Arizona Taste Catering MUSIC/ENTERTAINMENT Mariachi Pasion and DJ Ray Mar LIGHTING Karma Lighting WEDDING CAKE Mind Over Batter FAVORS Music by Bryan DJ and Photo Booth TRANSPORTATION Desert Coach GUEST ACCOMMODATIONS Hotel Palomar Phoenix WEDDING NIGHT ACCOMMODATIONS Hotel Palomar Phoenix HONEYMOON The Westin Golf Resort & Spa, Playa Conchal


“Our favorite moment of the day was simply being surrounded by all of our family and friends…it truly was one of the happiest moments of our lives – colliding both of our worlds to make one.”


Casey & Nick Casey Dalzell & Nick Hensley | Photography by Katrina Wallace Photographers From the moment Nick Hensley proposed to Casey Dalzell at her parents’ house in Flagstaff, the couple knew where they wanted to get married. In fact, they headed right to Forest Highland Meadows Clubhouse, their eventual wedding venue, for happy hour and began planning that very afternoon! In front of 195 guests—all of whom traveled from out of town to witness the event—the pair proclaimed their vows to the judge who had also married both her sisters in years previous, as well as her parents 36 years prior. “I just loved having everyone we love with us to celebrate…we felt extremely honored to have everyone there,” Casey says. The guests went home with customized cigars and pictures from a photo both. “We just wanted everyone to have a good time—everyone knows we like to party!” Although a hurricane canceled the newlyweds’ trip to Cabo San Lucas, an impromptu detour to California was just the ticket for a relaxing honeymoon.

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CEREMONY SITE Forest Highlands Golf Club – Clubhouse RECEPTION SITE Forest Highlands Golf Club – Lawn PHOTOGRAPHY Katrina Wallace Photographers VIDEOGRAPHY Serendipity Cinematography OFFICIANT Honorable Judge Stephen Scott WEDDING CONSULTANT Angelic Grove BRIDE’S GOWN Jim Hjelm from Destiny Bride VEIL Destiny Bride HAIR Julia Hernandez MAKEUP Jovita Campbell BRIDESMAIDs’ DRESSES Jim Hjelm FORMAL WEAR Calvin Klein Tuxedos INVITATIONS The Paper Place in Old Town Scottsdale FLOWERS Angelic Grove CATERING Forest Highlands Golf Club CEREMONY MUSIC Tod Miller from the Walkens COCKTAIL HOUR MUSIC Tod Miller – Duo from the Walkens RECEPTION MUSIC The Walkens Band RECEPTION ENTERTAINMENT DJ JonnY Rogers LIGHTING Angelic Grove WEDDING CAKE Sedona Cake Couture FAVORS Fumar Cigars and Phoenix Photo Booths WEDDING NIGHT ACCOMODATIONS Forest Highlands Home HONEYMOON Temecula, CA – La Jolla, CA – Palm Desert, CA


“Our favorite moment of the day was when we did our first look. It was slightly raining, which I had worried about for days knowing the possibility it would, but it didn’t even matter.”

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Rebecca & Josh Rebecca Smith & Joshua Mobley | Photography by DePoy Studios High school sweethearts Rebecca Smith and Joshua Mobley knew they were on the path to marriage, but Rebecca didn’t know just how imminent it would be. He surprised her with a proposal next to the lake in Encanto Park in downtown Phoenix. Seven months later, it was time to tie the knot! The couple, both in college at Arizona State University, had fun with their wedding; a highlight of the ceremony, Rebecca says, were “The silly notes we both wrote for each other.” The entire day was focused on being relaxed and having a good time with the people they love, she adds. At the end of the reception, the duo kicked off the honeymoon by dancing their way through a tunnel of guests to a limo heading straight for the airport for a flight to the Dominican Republic.

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CEREMONY & Resception SITE The Wright House in Mesa PHOTOGRAPHY DePoy Studios OFFICIANT Pastor Dale McClellan - Radiant Church BRIDE’S GOWN David’s Bridal VEIL Wedding Accessory Superstore SHOES Alex Marie - Style: Leyla HAIR & Makeup Designs of Colour and Northern Arizona Glam Squad FORMAL WEAR Nick’s Menswear INVITATIONS Michael’s Save the Dates Shutterfly FLOWERS Arrowhead Flowers CATERING Gourmet Girls MUSIC/ENTERTAINMENT B & B Music - Bill Hranek WEDDING CAKE European Bakery and Café, Glendale FAVORS Michael’s TRANSPORTATION The Wright House HONEYMOON Club Villas Jazmin, Dominican Republic


“It’s hard to choose one favorite moment, we loved the entire day! Our first dance as husband & wife would have to be my favorite.”


Joanna & Marc Joanna Arreguin & Marc Ferrara | StepOnMe Photography Joanna Arreguin and Marc Ferrara had occasionally passed each other on the campus of Arizona State, where Marc was getting his master’s degree and Joanna was working on her undergrad. However, it wasn’t until Joanna signed up for a mountain biking trip to Sedona that, coincidentally, Marc was coordinating that they got to know each other better. Joanna was ready to back out of the trip, citing a bad cold, but Marc instead offered to take her up to Sedona, just the two of them. “We didn’t know each other very well at this point, but I said yes, and the rest is history,” she recalls. In summer 2014, after two years of a long-distance relationship while Marc trained to become a U.S. Air Force Pilot, he proposed to Joanna in Atlanta, Ga. Because Joanna was spending a semester studying abroad in Spain, her top priority was to find a venue before she left. She was swayed by Seville Golf and Country Club’s all-inclusive package, which made it easy to plan from a distance— particularly because she moved to Dallas, Texas, as soon as she returned from abroad! Despite the miles, “Everything went as perfectly as we could have imagined,” for their gold, coral and navy-hued wedding, she says.

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CEREMONY SITE Seville Golf and Country Club - Cascada Lawn ReceptioN SITE Seville - Cascada Ballroom PHOTOGRAPHY StepOnMe Photography OFFICIANT Dan Shields WEDDING CONSULTANT DJ Holcombe - Seville Golf and Country Club BRIDE’S GOWN Wedding Belles Bridal Boutique VEIL Borrowed from Mother SHOES Nina Hair &MAKEUP The Edge Salon BRIDESMAIDs’ DRESSES Etsy! FORMAL WEAR Men’s Wearhouse INVITATIONS Wedding Paper Divas FLOWERS Blume Events-Kristen CATERING Seville Golf and Country Club MUSIC/ENTERTAINMENT AZ Celebrity DJ- Joe WEDDING CAKE Richard’s Catering GUEST ACCOMmODATIONS DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Phoenix - Gilbert WEDDING NIGHT ACCOMmODATIONS DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Phoenix - Gilbert


“My favorite moment was exchanging our vows in front of our family and closets friends, and finally becoming husband and wife!�


Louise & Dean Louise Hervias & Dean Thap | Cyndi Hardy Photography After first meeting at Arizona State University as students in Greek Life, Dean proposed to Louise three months later, after Dean caught a garter at Louise’s brother’s wedding. Catching the garter brought up the conversation of marriage, and to Louise’s surprise, Dean had already chosen and purchased a ring. He hugged her and got down on one knee and showed her the ring. He knew despite the short amount of time they had been together, he loved her more than he had ever loved anyone in his life. Because their family believed in tradition rituals, they planned a traditional Filipino ceremony that included a cord & veil and, a coin ceremony. The symbolism, represents binding the couple together. They also wrote their own vows, which include little personal jokes that only they would laugh at. They couldn’t imagine a more perfect way to express their love for one another. After walking into the reception as husband and wife, they were overcome with joy and happiness when they saw how perfectly everything had come together. Although emotions ran high during the mother son and father daughter dance, the evening was filled with joyous celebration with friends and family.

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CEREMONY & Reception Site Villa Siena PHOTOGRAPHY Cyndi Hardi Photography OFFICIANT Pastor Allan Gayongal WEDDING CONSULTANT Melinda Oechsner - Villa Siena BRIDE’S GOWN White by Vera Wang, David’s Bridal VEIL White by Vera Wang, David’s Bridal ring Vera Wang Love Collection - Zales Shoes Steve Madden HAIR Dolce Hair Salon makeup Ahseia Adina Makeup Artist BRIDESMAIDs’ DRESSES David’s Bridal FORMAL WEAR Neiman Marcus INVITATIONS Minted.com FLOWERS Marinor Condes Flowers Favors Etsy.com CATERING Park Avenue Catering MUSIC/ENTERTAINMENT DJ Galileo Lighting Karma Event Lightings WEDDING CAKE A Piece of Cake Bakery FAVORS Etsy GUEST ACCOMmODATIONS The Renaissance Hotel & Spa WEDDING NIGHT ACCOMmODATIONS The Renaissance Hotel & Spa


“Our favorite moment was our first glance. As Cyndi captured this moment, we knew that we would be full of happiness and laughter. It would be a preview of how we knew our marriage would be.�

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“Paradise is always where love dwells.” ~ Jean Paul Richter

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HONEYMOON & TRAVEL | EXOTIC DESTINATIONS

Exotic Escapes text: Dena Roché

Combine beautiful beaches, outdoor adventures, exotic cultures and amazing cuisine with a dash of luxury and pampering in a far-flung tropical setting and you have the recipe for an amazing honeymoon. For some couples simply sitting on a beach is their ideal getaway, but for others activities, adventures and culture are just as important as sunny skies and pristine water. After the stress of planning the wedding, once the “I dos” have been said, it’s time to relax with each other and create experiences that start married life off on a high note. These four destinations offer a memorable honeymoon in paradise for all kinds of couples.


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Bora Bora The quintessential South Pacific destination, Bora Bora will bring out your inner Robinson Crusoe, albeit if the explorer had been stranded at a five-star resort! The Four Seasons is the top property on the island, and the lush setting coupled with the over-the-top service is exactly what you need when your idea of a tropical getaway is pure relaxation. The overwater bungalow is a must, and with over 1,000 square feet including a living room, bedroom and decadent bathtub, you’ll have plenty of room to lounge. But it’s the deck and diving platform that will win your heart as you ponder plunging into the impossibly green/blue water and swimming to the slip of an island in the distance. Water is the theme, from the ocean to the lagoon that is perfect for a snorkel adventure, to the infinity edge pool with first-come-first-serve complimentary cabanas. Any guest can use the spa facilities, and the jacuzzis overlooking the ocean or lagoon aren’t to be missed. There are four restaurants on property including the signature Arii Moana. There is a weekly Polynesian dinner show, romantic dining on the beach and the opportunity to have breakfast delivered to your bungalow in a ceremonial canoe! Ahhh, this is the life!

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Moorea photos COURTESY OF Moorea Pearl Resort.

While Bora Bora can’t be beat for its Zen vibe, if you’re craving Tahitian adventure, Moorea is your island. Here you can snorkel with sharks and stingrays, or take a 4x4 tour that takes you high up in Magic Mountain, to the famous Belvedere panoramic viewpoint where you can see the bay that Captain Cook once sailed into, and to The Marae, an ancient temple where human sacrifices were common. Don’t worry ladies, they only slayed the men. The Intercontinental Hotel houses the Moorea Dolphin Center where you can swim with the gentle creatures. The overwater bungalows at the Moorea Pearl Resort & Spa are an affordable way to get this iconic lodging experience. Spend your days on property paddle boarding, kayaking, snorkeling and swimming. Soothe sore muscles at the spa with a couples massage using local Monoi oil. There are plenty of local dining spots within walking distance, the famous Bloody Mary’s that attracts celebrities like Jimmy Buffet, or try Arii Vahine, the French restaurant at the Hilton Resort where you must order the Black Pearl dessert.

Thailand If warm weather and culture are musts for your honeymoon, Thailand delivers in spades. Start in the bustling capital of Bangkok and find your oasis in the city of 10 million at the Mandarin Oriental alongside the Chai Phraya River. Book a private guide to delve into the exotic culture as you travel together in a longboat through the canals to arrive at Wat Phra Kaew, the Grand Palace, and home to the revered Emerald Buddha. This most famous of Thailand’s 40,000 temples covers 234 acres and encompasses over 100 buildings. Nearby is Wat Pho, with a 50-yard reclining Buddha covered in gold leaf and mother of pearl inlay. It also houses one of the country’s top massage schools. Since massage is a cultural experience not to be missed, try a “fancy” Thai massage near the Mandarin Oriental at the Peninsula Spa or the Chi Spa at the Shangri-La hotel, and a similar massage at an inexpensive neighborhood place like the Mulberry Spa. To see another side of the country, head north to Chiang Mai. Here, a more relaxed, nature-focused vibe permeates. From your base at the boutique 137 Pillars House, your private guide can take you to elephant sanctuaries, artisan factories and temples where you can actually chat with a monk.

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Costa Rica If you want an exotic honeymoon closer to home, Costa Rica fits the bill. Base yourself in the north on Peninsula Papaygo at the Four Seasons, or if money is no object, rent the opulent Villa Manzu. The country is known for ecotourism and some of the world’s most diverse dry tropical forests are found in this area, like the Palo Verde National Park teeming with wildlife, rivers, marshlands and mangroves. Zip lining is almost a national pastime and the Witch’s Rock Canopy Tour provides 47 feet to soar over the landscape. An Ocean Discovery Tour is a perfect way to get out on the water to see the beautiful coastline, secluded beaches and caves and get up close and personal with whales, dolphins, Photo COURTESY OF Four Seasons.

rays, turtles and other marine life. The tour can be customized to include snorkeling, fishing, diving, paddle boarding, and surfing. Hire a guide to explore Rincon de la Vieja National Park, which is teeming with thermal activity including geysers, vents, fumaroles and the Santa Maria volcano. Try the Taste of the Stars dining experience at the Four Seasons, a multi-course, space-influenced meal showcasing molecular gastronomy or head to Ginger Restaurant, a local favorite set high in the trees and serving small plates of Costa Rican food.

No matter what tropical honeymoon you choose, the important thing is to pack the feelings of your honeymoon: love, joy, and laughter, into your suitcase and use these souvenirs as the building blocks for a marriage that lasts a lifetime.

Resources Four Seasons Bora Bora fourseasons.com/borabora Moorea Pearl Resort & Spa spmhotels.com/resort/moorea Hilton Moorea hilton.com/en/hotels/frenchpolynesia/hilton-moorea-lagoon-resort-and-spa-PPTMLHI/index.html Moorea Dolphin Center mooreadolphincenter.com Bloody Mary’s bloodymarys.com Albert Transport albert-transport.net Mandarin Oriental mandarinoriental.com/bangkok Peninsula Spa bangkok.peninsula.com/en/spa-wellness Chi Spa shangri-la.com/bangkok Thai Tour Guide thaitourguide.com Mulberry Spa mulberryspa.com/home.php 137 Pillars snhcollection.com/137pillarshouse Chiang Mai Local Tours chiangmailocaltours.com Villa Manzu villamanzu.com Four Seasons Costa Rica fourseasons.com/costarica Almaco Tours almacodiving.com/ ocean-discovery-tours Witch’s Rock Canopy Tour witchsrockcanopytour.com Ginger Restaurant gingercostarica.com

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California Dreamin’

Kona Kai Resort & Marina A San Diego Bay Treasure With nearly perfect weather all year round, and a short 1-hour flight or 5-hour drive, San Diego is the perfect getaway spot for Arizona couples. Whether you’re thinking of a mini-moon, a pre-wedding weekend getaway or a summer destination wedding location, San Diego is the perfect close-to-home location. Recently, Arizona Weddings had a chance to visit the newly refreshed Kona Kai Resort & Marina to enjoy all that this fabulous property had to offer. Kona Kai is a timeless San Diego Bay treasure. Sitting on the very tip of Shelter Island on California’s only privately owned beach. Every room offers beautiful water views and with the resorts recent $22 million renovation, it boasts a whimsical bright and relaxed vibe with a nod to San Diego’s Spanish Colonial style. For couples looking for a mini-moon or a pre-wedding getaway, the Kona Kai has numerous onsite offerings, from the Vessel Restaurant with regional coastal fare created by Chef Roy Hendrickson to the all new SpaTerre. You can also just kick your feet up and enjoy watching the yachts come in. For a truly unique experience, you can also charter the America’s Cup Racing vessel “Stars and Stripes” which sits in the resort’s marina. As a destination wedding spot, the property’s storybook setting overlooking the San Diego Bay, offers one-of-a-kind Bay-view locations, which provide breathtaking backdrops, refreshing seabreezes and vibrant sunsets, perfect for outdoor ceremonies. The indoor majestic ballroom (perfect for an elegant reception) boasts floor-to-ceiling windows offering guests beautiful water views. There are on-staff event planners and fabulous event packages available. With its fun laid-back vibe to its beautiful event spaces, Kona Kai Resort has quickly moved to the top of list of favorite close-to-home destinations.

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Kona Kai Resort & Marina at a glance: Location: Situated at the very tip of Shelter Island about a 10-minute drive from the airport. Accommodations: 129 guest rooms and well-appointed, So Cal suites. Outdoor Ceremony Venues: East Beach: Private beach overlooking Point Loma offers a unique setting in the sand. Seats up to 400 guests. Marina View Terrace: The terrace offers a beautiful view of Shelter Island Marina and seats up to 300 guests. Point Loma Circular Patio: A spectacular view of the Marina, with an elevated patio for an intimate ceremony. Seats up to 80 guests. Cabo Courtyard: A private fountain courtyard, perfect for an outdoor ceremony. Seats up to 125 guests. Cabo Garden: Beautiful garden setting that can seat up to 300 guests. There are also numerous indoor event and meeting spaces available for receptions. Dining: Vessel Restaurant at Kona Kai Contact/Reservations: 1551 Shelter Island Drive San Diego, CA 92106 619.221.8000 www.ResortKonaKai.com


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Tux-Xpress.................................................................................................................................................289

Shenandoah Mill ...............................................................................................................................133

Doubletree by Hilton Phoenix-Tempe .........................................................................130

Uptown Bridal & Boutique......................................................................................................263

Sheraton Crescent Hotel.........................................................................................................137

Downtown Phoenix Venues.....................................................................................................122

Wedding Belles Bridal Boutique ........................................................................256, 257

Sheraton Phoenix Airport Hotel Tempe.....................................................................82

El Chorro......................................................................................................................................................76

Sheraton Phoenix Downtown Hotel .............................................................................115

Embassy Suites Tucson-paloma Village....................................................................142

Sheraton Wild Horse Pass Resort & Spa......................................................................61

Fairmont Scottsdale Princess.............................................................................................65

SoHo63..............................................................................................................................................................47

BRIDAL SHOWS Bridal Fashion Debut ....................................................................................................................173

Fiesta Fountains....................................................................................................................................70

the stillwell house & garden..............................................................................................142

Four Points by Sheraton Phoenix South mountain........................................72

Stonebridge Manor............................................................................................................................77

CAKES & DESSERTS

Four Seasons Resort Scottsdale at Troon North..........................................21

Superstition Mountain Golf & Country Club.......................................................117

21 cakes........................................................................................................................................................228

Fresh Event Venue.............................................................................................................................137

Talking Stick Resort........................................................................................................................28

aloha cakes............................................................................................................................................228

Gainey Ranch Golf Club...............................................................................................................116

Tempe Mission Palms...........................................................................................................................71

FROST A Gelato Shoppe.................................................................................................................227

Gold Canyon Golf Resort...........................................................................................................75

Tre Bella.......................................................................................................................................................85

gigi’s cupcakes.....................................................................................................................................228

granite creek vineyards...........................................................................................................156

Tubac Golf Resort & Spa.............................................................................................................147

Let Them Eat Cake, Inc..................................................................................................................226

Hassayampa Inn.....................................................................................................................................155

Tucson botanical gardens......................................................................................................144

Pixy Cakes..................................................................................................................................................228

Heard Museum........................................................................................................................................124

Val Vista Lakes Events..................................................................................................................129

rachel’s bake shop...........................................................................................................................227

Heritage Square...................................................................................................................................127

Venue At The Grove............................................................................................................................114

village bakehouse...........................................................................................................................146

hilton tucson el conquistador golf & tennis club....................................143

Verrado Golf Club.............................................................................................................................87

Phoenix Bridal Show.......................................................................................................................172

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advertiser index Villa Siena..............................................................................................................................................16, 17

oh, sugar! event design & paperie...................................................................................176

TUCSON & SOUTHERN ARIZONA

W Scottsdale.............................................................................................................................................33

Signatures Invitations & Gifts...........................................................................................239

arizona inn.......................................................................................................................................140, 141

Wedgewood Wedding & Banquet Center...................................................................137

celebrations by silvia...................................................................................................................144

We Ko Pa Resort.....................................................................................................................................79

JEWELRY

The Westin La Paloma Resort & Spa................................................................................139

Cornelis Hollander Designs.................................................................................................2, 3

the Westin phoenix downtown...........................................................................................136

E.D. Marshall Jewelers.........................................................................................................23, 43

Windemere Hotel & Conference Center......................................................................83

NORTHERN ARIZONA

Omni Tucson National Resort..............................................................................................147

Amara resort and spa..................................................................................................................155

pima air & space museum............................................................................................................146

Antelope Point Marina Lake Powell.............................................................................152

the stillwell house & garden..............................................................................................142

The Wright House Garden Reception Centre......................................................8, 9 the z mansion.........................................................................................................................................145

ENTERTAINMENT Take The Floor Dance Studio..................................................................................................49

celebrations party spot...........................................................................................................146 embassy suites tucson-paloma village....................................................................142 hilton tucson el conquistador golf & tennis club....................................143

Arizona Snowbowl ..........................................................................................................................151

Tubac Golf Resort & Spa.............................................................................................................147

flagstaff convention and visitors bureau.........................................................149

Tucson botanical gardens......................................................................................................144

granite creek vineyards...........................................................................................................156

village bakehouse...........................................................................................................................146

Hassayampa Inn.....................................................................................................................................155

The Westin La Paloma Resort & Spa................................................................................139

celebrations by silvia...................................................................................................................144

the historic weatherford hotel.......................................................................................152

the z mansion.........................................................................................................................................145

Classic Party Rentals...................................................................................................................215

l’ auberge de sedona......................................................................................................................150

jms tents & party rentals.......................................................................................................214

Minson weddings.................................................................................................................................153

TUXEDOS & SUITS

party people..........................................................................................................................................202

Molly Butler Lodge & Cabins ...............................................................................................154

Y-Knot Party Rentals.....................................................................................................................213

Red Agave Resort...............................................................................................................................156

EVENT RENTALS

FLORAL & DÉCOR

red setter lodge.................................................................................................................................154

Brady's Floral Gallery..............................................................................................................205

PHOTOGRAPHY

Butterfly Petals...............................................................................................................................206

Ben & Kelly Photography...........................................................................................................313

Schaffer’s...................................................................................................................................................261 Suzanne's Bridal Boutique & Tuxedo..........................................................................259 Tux-Xpress.................................................................................................................................................289

VIDEOGRAPHY something new media ...................................................................................................................318

WEDDING & EVENT PLANNERS

Cactus Flower.....................................................................................................................................204

Cilento Photography.....................................................................................................................314

celebrations by silvia...................................................................................................................144

Cyndi Hardy Photography........................................................................................................315

Amy Mancuso Events.........................................................................................................................13

chalk it up!..............................................................................................................................................206

DePoy Studios...........................................................................................................................308, 309

celebrations by silvia...................................................................................................................144

Flowers by Jodi...................................................................................................................................201

i do photography...............................................................................................................................316

events by stephanie antoinette........................................................................................175

god’s garden treasures...........................................................................................................206

Katrina Wallace Photographers....................................................................................310

flagstaff convention and visitors bureau.........................................................149

party people..........................................................................................................................................202

Le Boudoir Studio...............................................................................................................................319

oh, sugar! event design & paperie...................................................................................176

Wolz's Florist......................................................................................................................................207

Love My Life Photography........................................................................................................317

pop the cork productions......................................................................................................180

Y-Knot Party Rentals.....................................................................................................................213

Minson weddings.................................................................................................................................153

Reverend Amy Miller......................................................................................................................127

Your Event Florist..........................................................................................................................203

Nicolle Moshiri Photography..............................................................................................312

simply elegant fine event and wedding design ..............................................177

GUEST ACCOMMODATIONS

rachel solomon................................................................................................................................307

simply refined events....................................................................................................................179

StepOnMe Photography...............................................................................................................311

Stylish Events by Lisa....................................................................................................................178

Guest Accommodations Guide..............................................................................................242 Molly Butler Lodge & Cabins ...............................................................................................154

Pre-Wedding Celebrations

Red setter lodge.................................................................................................................................154

See Rehearsal DInner & private dining Guide.............................................166-169

HOME & LIFE

coup des tartes-rendezvous catering..........................inside front cover Fogo De Chao..........................................................................................................................................164

arizona foothills...............................................................................................................................121

Fox Restaurant Concepts........................................................................................................166

dinner 4 two..........................................................................................................................................365

J&G Steakhouse at The Phoenician.................................................................................165

L.A. Fisher Real Estate Investment Company.......................................................365

lucky strike..............................................................................................................................................165

HONEYMOON & TRAVEL

the manor shave bar & vitality lounge..................................................................289

brides Travel.........................................................................................................................................363

INVITATIONS, FAVORS & GIFTS crazy shotz photo booth rental....................................................................................241 Flipbook Memories...........................................................................................................................240

tie the knot by tessa......................................................................................................................177

Old Town Tortilla Factory ....................................................................................................163 Take The Floor Dance Studio..................................................................................................49

TRANSPORTATION American Valet....................................................................................................................................243

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