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Congratulations! You are at one of the most exhilarating times in your life. Whether you are recently engaged, midway through your planning, or are an aspiring bride to be…, you will find this issue alive with inspiration. From stylish table décor featured at Arizona’s best venues, created by talented local designers (pg. 73 & 163) to a 12 month planning countdown, you’re sure to find everything you need to make your planning a success.

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As you flip through our pages, you will discover fresh styles and fabulous ideas. Checklists and topic-guides will give you detailed information about the best planning options. Advice from Arizona brides and grooms as well as expert planning tips are sprinkled throughout. Best of all, over 34 pages are devoted to beautiful real weddings that reflect wonderful trends, and spotlight gorgeous new décor ideas… all while highlighting the work of talented photographers. Also, our runway coverage for the new bridal collections features hundreds of gorgeous wedding gowns from designers renowned around the world. Looking for that perfect romantic getaway?....check out our unique ideas for honeymoons that will fulfill the adventurer in you. (pg. 386). And for the traditional honeymoon couple, the amazing spots we highlight in Hawaii (pg. 392) will fill your every dream of romance and beauty. Your family and friends are sure to offer advice along the way… Our advice to you is simply this; enjoy every moment from the beginning of the planning all the way through to the honeymoon. Remember to experience the process. You are creating a foundation for your lives together as husband and wife. Make your special day a reminder of where you’ve been and where you are going. Select a perfect venue (pg. 62) to reflect who you are as a couple. Insert your style and personality into your invitations, your music, and your overall theme… Learn about the latest wedding trends we love (pg. 50) for more inspiration. Most of all, take your time. Have fun. Be true to yourself, and enjoy! We hope this issue inspires you with ideas you can use as you embark on the wonderful journey to your new beginning. We look forward to seeing you on ArizonaWeddings.com.

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PUBLISHERS Betsy Goreham Taudra Davis

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CREATIVE DIRECTOR Vikki Reed SOCIAL MEDIA & MARKETING SPECIALIST Beverly Solis PRODUCTION COORDINATOR Meghan Quinn Photography: Ben & Kelly Koller of Ben & Kelly Photography, benandkellyphotography.com Gown: Stella York Bridal See page 245 for additional resources.

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38 l  ove story An Interview with FOX 10’s Andrea Robinson & Husband Chris

Planning help & Style files

152 12-Month Planning Countdown

160 Obtaining An Arizona Marriage License 208 Mr. & Mrs Signature Cocktails 298 Guy Style

311 BEAUTY Essentials

336 Glamour Themed engagement session 396 Kitchen essentials

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

94 Your First Resort Celebrate Your Wedding In Style At One Of Arizona’s Luxurious Resort Getaways

110 A Warm Welcome Show Your Guests Your Appreciation

118 The Rules of Engagement From “Yes!” to “I Do” in 10 Easy Steps

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NORTHERN ARIZONA 132 Northern Arizona: PRE-WEDDING PARTIES 140 Big Day Primers Parties to Honor the Bride & Groom

PLANNING & PREP BRIDAL CONSULTANTS 154 The Pros Know 10 Steps to Finding the Perfect Venue for Your Wedding Day

FLOWERS & DECOR FLOrists 182 Bouquet 101

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Tips for Selecting the Perfect Bridal Bouquet

FLOrists & Rentals 190 Modern Décor Expert Ideas For Creating The Perfect Setting For Your Celebration

CULINARY SERVICES CATERING & Bar services 202 Let's Eat! WEDDING CAKES 214 Wedding Cake 101 All The Steps You’ll Need To Have Your Cake And Eat It Too

INVITATIONS, GIFTS & GUESTS INVITATIONS & FAVORS 232 Envelope Etiquette Address Your Guests the Right Way

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Designer scent

Ready-to-wear and bridal designer Reem Acra celebrates her entrée into the beauty category with the launch of her first-ever fragrance - Reem Acra Eau de Parfum. Marrying her fond childhood memories of collecting amber in the forests of Lebanon with the elegant fabrics and rich golden amber tones that line her runways, the fragrance exudes notes of amber, cedar, jasmine and orange blossom. Similar to her statements made in the fashion world, the fragrance evokes elegance, grace and mystery, and redefines couture perfumery.

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Savvy Girl produces beautiful 100-page guidebooks that readers can finish in 5 hours or less. In today’s world where we are drowning in information, yet starved for knowledge, Savvy Girl believes in cutting through the clutter by delivering guidebooks that help women get savvy and get back to their fabulous life. The Savvy Girl team is working toward creating over 100 Savvy Girl guides to help women get the knowledge they need to get savvy, solve their problems and get more fun out of life.  The first guidebook in the series, Savvy Girl: A Guide to Wine was published in November 2013. Keep your eyes peeled, three additional guides are set to hit newsstands this year!

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Headbands and bridal belts have been a top trend for the past few seasons and are the perfect accessory for the bride to be and her bridesmaids! From stylish rhinestone adorned headbands and satin embellished belts to complement your bridal look, Jolie USA offers a variety of chic styles that are also eco friendly, using recycled tags on all of their products. The Jolie USA line brings your wedding day look together with ease.

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Lip Service

Exclusive to Sephora, Toronto-based BITE Beauty, is a natural lip care company creating lipstick for women everywhere that is high performance and healthy enough to eat. Worn by everyone from pop singers Lorde to Beyonce and Scarlet Johansen, BITE Beauty makes a long lasting lip crayon, perfect for those kissable moments. Created with natural and food-grade ingredients for beauty that’s better for you, BITE Beauty lip products are even certified gluten-free. Arizona Weddings loves BITE Beauty’s new Matte Crème Lip Crayon. It’s the perfect marriage of a long-wearing matte finish that’s velvety, vibrant and never dry!

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Luxury diamond jewelry house, Jean Dousset Diamonds, premieres the exclusive Signature Stone. Following in the footsteps of his greatgreat grandfather, iconic jeweler Louis Cartier, Jean Dousset is revolutionizing diamond jewelry design…one detail at a time.  Exclusive to Jean Dousset Diamonds, the Signature Stone is located just below an engagement ring's center stone. Both the color of the gemstone and the cut of the Signature Stone can be tailored to something of personal significance, i.e. one's birthstone or favorite color. The concept of the Signature Stone is to give customers another opportunity to personalize their engagement ring further with this meaningful sentiment

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Paper Romance

Acclaimed bridal designer and celebrity favorite, Claire Pettibone, has released a highlyanticipated collection of wedding invitations, offered exclusively by Wedding Paper Divas. Designs are available in a variety of premium paper options, including a luminescent Pearl White Shimmer Paper, Premium DoubleThick™ Matte Paper and various trim options. First announced in October 2013 at New York International Bridal Week, the line incorporates elements from a variety of Pettibone’s favorite inspiration pieces, including a treasured family heirloom and a gorgeous eighteenth century painting. The wedding stationery from Claire Pettibone showcases a mixture of moods and designs to cater to a wide variety of design sensibilities. Not limited strictly to invitations, the collection features save the date cards, escort cards, table cards, programs, menus and more.

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Gifts for good

Buy your bridesmaid gifts and change the world? It’s a simple concept coming to life at The Shine Project.  Started by Ashley LeMieux, The Shine Project is an amazing Phoenix-based business that employs at-risk American youth to make bracelets and other jewelry so they can pay their way through college. What’s even better, the jewelry is super cute, fashionable and something your bridesmaids WILL wear again. Great jewelry and a belief that true success comes from helping others; that’s why The Shine Project will be Arizona Weddings' favorite for years to come!

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style file | wed essentials Cascading bouquets are definitely making a comeback! We love the smaller size and casual feel of this bright yellow bouquet with loosely cascading flowers.

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Golden

sunshine

DRESS Tdashi Shoji paillette embroidered lace boatneck dress, tdashishoji.com. NECKLACE Elva Fields “Bright Start” necklace, shop.elvafields.com. FRAGRANCE Marc Jacobs “Daisy” Eau de Toilette spray, sephora.com. CLUTCH Ted Baker London “Bestluck” yellow metallic bow matinee clutch, tedbaker-london.com. INVITATION “Detailed Day” wedding invitation from Pear Tree Greetings, peartreegreetings. com. RING E.D. Marshall Platinum radiant, yellow diamond solitaire, edmarshalljewelers.com. NAIL POLISH Deborah Lippmann “Spring Reveries” nail color in build me up buttercup, nordstrom.com.

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style file | wed essentials Gold is the the perfect accent color with green. It adds the perfect amount of elegance and lightness. Try incorporating gold in your invitations, place settings, accessories, table linens and maybe even your wedding gown.

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Green

with envy

INVITATION “Croquet” foil duplex wedding invitation by Smitten on Paper, smittenonpaper.com. BRIDESMAID DRESS Wtoo emerald one-shoulder with crystal satin bodice, watters.com. WEDDING GOWN Theia “Ava” from the fall/winter 2014 white collection, theiacouture.com. EARRINGS Green mother of pearl, purple zircons and green agate from the Rina Limor Sunset Collection available at Moore & More, mooreandmore.com. CLUTCH Clara Kasavina “Sofia” minaudiere, clarakasavina.com. SHOE Jimmy Choo “Whistler” snake embossed leather pump in gold, nordstrom.com RING Parade Jewels In Design, “Parade In Color” square radiant cut tourmaline ring set in 18K gold, paradedesign.com.

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style file | wed essentials

Create depth and texture in your bouquet by using different flowers in varying shades of the same color.

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ravishing RED

SHOE Badgley Mischka “Petal” gathered peep-toe pump accented with a stunning brooch, nordstrom.com. NECKLACE CH by Carolina Herrera necklace #14 from the spring 2014 collection, carolinaherrera.com. INVITATION “Royale” classic and elegant wedding invitation is perfectly suitable for the black tie affair, smittenonpaper.com. LIPSTICK Dolce & Gabbana “Monica” Voluptuous Lipstick in warm red, sephora.com. LINGERIE “Prima Donna Twist” bra and panty from Intimacy, Fashion Square, Scottsdale. GOWN “Ilyssa” by Enzoani, tulle trumpet gown in red and ivory. From the 2014 collection, enzoani.com.

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Blush and light peach are both fabulous accent colors with coral. Try using light tones of both with bright coral for a stand-out bouquet.

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Coral

crush

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BRIDESMAID GOWN Jim Hjelm Occasions coral luminescent pleated chiffon gown with side cut-outs, jlmcouture.com/Jim-Hjelm-Occasions. SHOE Ted Baker “ADILINA” peach gladiator heel sandal, tedbaker-london.com. BANGLE Tiffany bangle with spessartites, tsavorites, yellow sapphires, fancy sapphires and diamonds in 18 karat white gold, from the 2013 Blue Book Collection, tiffany.com PERFUME Kate Spade New York “Live Colorfully” with bold top notes of sparkling mandarin, pink waterlily and star anise, while playing harmoniously amidst the heart of the fragrance – tiare flower, golden gardenia and coconut water, Nordstrom.com. CLUTCH Salvatore Ferragamo “Camy “ wristlet, zappos.com. WEDDING GOWN Vera Wang curve hugging strapless trumpet gown with flower detail, from the Fall 2014 collection, verawang.com

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style file | wed essentials

We love this new line of stationery and invitations designed by Claire Pettibone for Wedding Paper Divas. Perfect for the romantic bride.

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fabulous fuschia

INVITATION "Midnight Bouquet"signature wedding invitations, designed by Claire Pettibone for Wedding Paper Divas, weddingpaperdivas.com. RING Tiffany flower ring with a cushion-shaped pink sapphire and pavĂŠ diamonds and pink sapphires in platinum, tiffany.com. LINGERIE Intimacy Marie Jo "Daphnie bra and thong, Intimacy Fashion Square, Scottsdale. SHOE Carolina Herrera suede fuchsia slingback from the spring 2014 collection, carolinaherrera.com. BRIDESMAID GOWN Jasmine B2 style B163003 in scarlet, jasminebridal.com. WEDDING GOWN Vera Wang sweetheart neckline, A-line gown from the 2014 Pink collection, verawang.com CLUTCH/WALLET Jimmy Choo "Milla" patent leather wallet on a chain, nordstrom.com.

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style file | wed essentials

When working with a color like purple, there are many different hues and tones. When choosing flowers and invitations, try to use a few different shades. It will make everything easier as you start choosing other items that may have limited color options.

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purple

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NECKLACE large purple crystal necklace from the B Mania Collection by Baccarat, us.baccarat.com. BOUQUET A mixture of pink and purple peonies with purple dahlia and accented with purple scabiosa. INVITATION Soft Bougainvillea, textured wedding invitation from Wedding Paper Divas, weddingpaperdivas.com. SHOE SJP by Sarah Jessica Parker "Carrie" T-strap pump , nordstrom.com. RING Jupiter Jewelry yellow gold,diamond and cabochon Amethyst deco style ring, jupiterjewelry.com. bridesmaid gown Badgley Mischka sleeveless sheath dress with a high neck in chiffon with georgette fabric running down the middle of dress and black belt at waist, badgleymischka.com. Perfume BVLGARI “Omnia Amethyste” Eau de Toilette Spray is a young, creative and superbly sophisticated fragrance, reminiscent of a contemporary Bulgaru jewel. Inspired by the captivating aura of the amethyst gemstone, nordstrom.com. NAIL POLISH M·A·C, Fashion Sets Nail Lacquer, maccosmetics.com. EYE SHADOW Yves Saint Laurent, Pure Chromatics wet & dry eyeshadow palette, use wet to allow more intense pigments, but can also be used dry, nordstrom.com.

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Fun, Love & Gratitude FOX 10’s Andrea Robinson & Husband Chris Written by Kristina Celik PHOTOGRAPHY BY StepOnMe Photography

Every morning, you see her infectious smile and laugh on “FOX 10 Arizona Morning.” That warmth you see on your TV set is exactly how Andrea Robinson is in person. She greets me with a warm hug and after quick introductions to her husband, Chris, and kids: Carter age 3, Caylee, 17 months, we sit to begin our interview. Today, it is my pleasure to chat with the favorite valley news anchor and her firefighter husband about their love story, famous on air engagement and how some 13 years later they still make it all look effortless.

When & Where Did You Meet?

I didn’t know if those were her boyfriends or what.

Andrea: We met in May of 2001 at a party with

I didn’t know. I didn’t care. She kind of blew me off

friends.

at first. Then later that night she said, when are you going to take me out? After about two months

Tell Me About Your First Date?

of dating, I was done. I knew I didn’t want to date

Andrea Laughs

anyone else; only Andrea.

Chris: Oh Boy! It started off at Friday’s

Andrea: We never stopped dating. We never broke

Andrea: Right, it started off at Friday’s, Oreo

up. From 2001 to now; we’ve never been apart.

Sundae. It was fun. That was the place to go, TGI Friday’s. Chris: And then I took you swimming in a canal up

How Long Did You Date Before The Famous On Air Proposal?

by Lake Pleasant.

Andrea: {Laughs} We know how long.

Andrea: It was called The Flumes. I don’t think it still

Chris: Seven Years

exists and we probably shouldn’t have been there.

{Room erupts into laughter}

I look at it now, and think, what in the world? I was

Andrea: And why did it take seven years? Because

totally trying to impress him. I’m so adventurous,

{pause} he was making sure I wasn’t crazy.

I’m spontaneous, and I am neither of the two. We went with a group of people. {Laughs} Who would ever go on a date and swim through a canal at 10 o’clock at night? Apparently we did.

Tell Me About The Famous On Air Proposal. As A Phoenix Native And Avid Fox 10 Viewer, I Remember Seeing This First Hand. Chris: It was actually my Dad’s idea. My Dad

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How Did You Know Andrea Was The One?

is the one that said “Why don’t you go on

Chris: When I walked in and I saw four or five guys

air and propose?”

talking to her; I didn’t know who she was. But I

her friends at the station. They had her do a

thought that’s the girl I need to be with. So I got

wedding segment and as it ended, I walked on

some confidence, walked up to her and I think my

set with a ring box in my hand and proposed.

first words were: when are we going out on a date?

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Andrea: I was so confused and so shocked. I

Whether its finances or how the kids are

was like What are you doing here?

raised, or some other life decision—we have to

Chris: I was pretty sure she’d say yes. There

have a consensus.

was always that concern what if she said “No.”

Chris: Another big one is to never go to bed

But I figured that she’d probably say “Yes” on

angry. Saying you’re sorry isn’t always the

air and then later say “No”.

easiest thing to do but the next day you’re

{Laughter Erupts in the Room Once Again}

sure glad you did.

With Your On Air Engagement, You Had to Start Planning Your Wedding in The Spotlight. Tell Me About Your Planning Process And Doing So in the Spotlight.

What Advice Can You Offer To Our Readers About Maintaining a Strong Marriage?

Andrea: Weddings, we know are expensive

married. Spend time having fun and traveling.

and I learned very quickly that what you see

Just being together; create a foundation of

in a magazine isn’t always affordable. We got

just you two. Ultimately, if the relationship with

married at Moon Valley Country Club with

you two is bad, it will transcend to the kids, and

Andrea: Spend time together before you get

the family. Your foundation has to be as solid

close friends and family. It was a fairly big wedding and there were absolutely things we

Chris: The one thing I would change would be

as it can be before you bring in all those other

didn’t skimp on. It was definitely stressful at

to do more of what we wanted and less of what

elements.

the time. I look back and think why did I make

everyone else wanted. We were in the mode of

Chris: Date. Date all the time. Always date,

that so stressful?

what if these people don’t like this and these

just like when you first met. Put that number

people don’t like that. It’s your wedding do

one. Things come up and life gets busy, stick

he just doesn’t care about those things.

what you want.

to those date nights. That’s number one. Date

Chris: No. No. No. Girls, they grow up dreaming

Andrea: Definitely. I’d keep the same people.

each other and take that time to reconnect.

about weddings and guys don’t. I figured

We were surrounded by all of our friends and

Andrea: I think just knowing each other well.

you’ve been dreaming of this day your whole

family I don’t think there would have been

And agreeing on what you want your life to

life, so whatever you want, let’s just do that.

a way to scale that down. I would have just

look like. What do you want it to look like in

Andrea: Except when it came to picking the

looked for other ways to cut corners and save.

10 years? Kids, religion, everything should be

He didn’t have a hand in anything because

agreed upon before you get married.

food and we had to pick the appetizers. I am

things. And what does he pick? Cheese

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Describe Your Life & Values in Three Words

quesadillas! I learned right then and there,

Chris: At the beginning of every month, we

Andrea: My life and values in three words is

there are battles worth fighting and there

schedule at least two date nights. We stick to

hard. I can’t do anything in three words, I am

are battles not worth fighting. And that was

those, no kids. We’re foodies, and our rule is

very verbose.

one not worth fighting. I will say the cheese

to hit up a different restaurant every time we

Chris: Fun for sure. We have a lot of fun. Love,

quesadillas were a hit. Everybody liked them.

go out.

and not just with our kids but in all of life. Last

It wasn’t the fanciest food but it was normal

Andrea: And we do one vacation each year—

one, grateful or gratitude.

and it was us.

just us, no kids. We committed to that a long

Andrea: Grateful is a good one. We’re so grateful

time ago before we ever had kids. We like

for all we have, that’s a good choice.

thinking we’re going to have these beautiful canapés and salmon on crostini; just pretty

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to travel. His family traveled when he was younger. And I don’t think it hurts that the kids

Fun, love, and gratitude seem like perfect

get extra time with Grandma and Grandpa

words to describe the family. In our short

while we’re spending a little time away.

time together, there was no shortage of

Andrea: We would have spent a heck of lot

laughter, hugs, or kisses.

At the end of the

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day, for Andrea Robinson & family, life is busy,

from the show you probably hear me talk about budgeting quite often. I just think we

Andrea: We don’t make decisions alone.

date night and stolen moments together; and

would have done things a little less expensive.

Every decision that’s made is a joint decision.

what’s better than that.

less money. We’re big on budgets; if you watch

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Big Blooms and Unstructured Bouquets Bouquets are getting bigger and moving away from rigid structure.

Wedding Trends Arizona Wedding Professionals Tell Us What Wedding Trends They Love Written by Amy Moeller

Every wedding season we look forward to seeing the latest trends in all their glory. Some continue from the prior years, some resurge after decades of downtime and others are genuinely new to the scene. No matter how they get here, it's always inspiring to see how they're reinvented and incorporated into the modern wedding. This year, we're particularly excited about the creativity—not to mention, the prettiness—that abounds. Here are 18 trends worth watching.

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Furniture With the multi-room receptions and vintage glamour themes at play, we're expecting to see more creative use of furniture this year. A fun element of the vintage glamour theme, oldfashioned furniture is making a statement this year. Consider using a white-washed side table for gifts or cards, a unique chair to offer guests a place to rest at a cocktail hour, or even a chest of drawers to showcase flowers as a focal point at the alter. “I've also seen a greater variety in seating styles,” says Amanda Johnson of Butterfly Petals. “Not just chivari chairs or folding white chairs, but now metal bucket chairs, fruit wood chairs, benches, banquettes, king and queen chairs for sweetheart tables.” Renting such furniture is a cost efficient option for this blossoming trend.

Patterns and Textures Galore With the bold color palettes we're looking forward to seeing patterns—from stripes to chevron, floral to paisley and more—pop up everywhere. Consider pops of patterns in linens, bridal fashion (including Photo: ©Jill Lauren Photography

bridesmaids dresses and men's ties and bow ties) and stationery, including invitations, programs and menus. Continue the patterns sparingly, but prominently, throughout the event décor to offer a visually interesting and still cohesive, look. “I love brides who aren't afraid to incorporate textures, unique paper products and fonts, and still loving metallics,” says Amina Michele Garrison of Some Like it Classic. “Don't be afraid of texture and paper products—they can really finish a room.”

Patterns & Texture

Textured linens add a special touch to any event.

Eclectic Décor “Brides are combining a variety of textures to achieve the desired vision,” says Susie Timm, owner of Girl Meets Fork Marketing & Media. “We recently utilized elegant elements such as glass orbs, clear glass bowls and crystal candle holders with birch bark, manzanita and antlers set inside a clean, modern venue. The contrast was extraordinary and

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truly worked.

Sexy Fashion Lace may have seen its heyday (for now...), as this year's bridal fashion trends lean more towards the slinkier styles. Plunging necklines and backless dresses are all the rage, as are fitted trumpet, flare, mermaid, and something we haven't seen in some time—ultra slim silhouettes.

Tea Length, Full Skirts If sexy and slinky isn't your style, have no fear. Take a peek at any bridal runway and you'll see not only the body-hugging styles, but equally as popular and yet polar opposite, ultra-full skirts that hit just above the ankle. We've not seen the style ever take full charge like it is on this year's catwalks, but we're excited nonetheless.

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other vivid color, brides-to-be are bypassing the (still beautiful) champagne hues and opting instead for something that pops.

Creative Guest Books For years we've seen brides deviate from the traditional guest book. Among the most popular alternatives have been photo books and canvas photos with white space for guests to sign. In 2014, we expect to see

Bold Colors

Bright hues like Radiant Orchid, Pantone's 2014s color of the year, are becoming more and more popular with Arizona brides.

brides getting even more in this department. “Brides are getting creative with guest books and doing some really unique things,” says Kimberly Jarman of Kimberly Jarman Photography Studio. “We [recently] had a bride put a Bible out, and the guests highlighted their favorite verse and then signed.”

Multi-Room Affairs While the traditional lineup: ceremony, cocktail

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hour and reception, stays strong, the addition of after parties is nothing compared to the literal compartmentalizing going on at weddings this year. In 2014 we expect to see an increase in the division of wedding spaces, with each part getting it's own, individually-designed space. In addition to the must-have parts, we'll see lounge areas near the reception rooms, where guests can sit on couches and catch up in a quieter space, as well as game areas featuring corn hole and other entertainment and specially themed after parties. “Vignettes are popular this year,” says Timm. “Whether a VIP lounge area with sleek furniture, a hookah lounge, or a lawn game area, couples are offering their guests other options to the traditional evening of dancing."

Metallics How can you put together a glamorous affair without a little sparkle? From sequin linens to gold and silver accents, metallics—even crystal accents— continue to shine in this year.

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Romance Almost all of the experts we spoke to reported a serious affinity for romance this year. “It’s less about the theme and more about the feel I think,” says Ginia Lucas, of Y-Knot Party & Rentals. “Romance is in! Soft palettes of color, romantic uplighting and lots of elegant curtains and crystals seem to be dominating the décor we are doing. Coincidentally, those romantic elements represent trends of their own this season...

English Garden Themes & Romance Soft colors, romantic linens, touches of gold and a bit of nature make the perfect English garden style setting with an Arizona twist.

English Garden Themes “The vintage theme is still very popular, though we are seeing fewer burlap runners and mason jars and more of an English garden look. Think white-gloved waiters and big band dancing alongside crystal candlesticks and gold-rimmed china. Many couples are bringing the outside in with bushes, trees and abundant flowers everywhere, combined with glamorous accents of shimmering gilt and crystal.

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Garden roses, peonies and peeks of unusual greens are top choices in the floral department.”--Cheryl Denham, LUX Wedding Florist owner and CEO.

Touches of Nature Incorporating

natural

elements

into

décor—

driftwood, branches, moss, leaves, even burlap and twine—will continue to trend this year. Look for more inclusions of birds, trees, feathers, greenery and even nature-inspired color schemes like peacock greens and blues.

Big Blooms and Unstructured Bouquets Large and lavish flowers such as peonies, garden roses and hydrangeas are becoming more and more popular,” says Denham. “Bouquets are getting bigger and are moving away from the rigidly structured rose domes of the past, to more of a mix of large and small mismatched blooms with Photo: ©Kimberly Jarman Photography Studio

a gathered feel. Garden-style bouquets aren’t just for spring and summer brides. Moss and branches can also be added to winter bouquets to create gorgeous,

natural-feeling

floral

arrangements.

Outside of the popular hand-gathered bouquet trend,

bridal

bouquets

are

heading

toward

more trailing designs rather than massive balls. Succulents are still popular as well.”

Drapery “Specialty linens can transform a room faster than any décor. A great damask or crushed satin linen

Touches of Nature

Natural elements like branches and succulents, mixed with modern patterns create a fresh look for weddings this year.

gives enough texture that you can spend less money on the centerpiece,” says Lucas.

Lighting Now more than ever, there's an interesting emphasis on lighting. Whether it's used to set a mood, complement a color scheme, establish a theme or highlight specific areas—such as the dance floor—or elements –like floral arrangements—lighting rentals

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are becoming a common investment.

Pastels Yes, we get it. “How can bold colors and pastel palettes both be on the trend list?” It seems like brides are divided this year. While many are embracing bold colors, many others are opting for creamy pastels. “We are seeing blush pink, pale peach and neutral hues being very popular this season,” says Corrina Chavez, of The Studio at Cactus Flower. “The effect of demure lighting, multi-petal flowers in faint hues and footed glassware are used to create a beautiful setting.”

Family Style and Stationed Feasts At some point, weddings moved away from the plated dinners to buffets, and then over the past few years we saw buffets and build-your-own bars (pasta and ice cream, for example) trend. This year, the service style shift is moving to family style—which encourages chatter and togetherness among table-mates and stations. But not your traditional carving stations. Instead, we're Photo: ©Photography by Verdi

seeing bruchetta stations, raw bars, and other foodie favorites.

Plugged and Unplugged We continue to see brides and grooms establish hashtags for their weddings—a fun way to collect guest-snapped photos

Pastels

In contrast to the trend for bold colors, creamy pastels are also incredibly trendy. Creamy peach, blush and pink are the most popular.

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via Twitter and social media. And with almost

equal

frequency,

we're

seeing

“unplugged” weddings, where couples ask guests to refrain from snapping photos during the ceremony and rather be wholly in the moment. Ironically, both avenues are trending. No longer are brides and grooms apathetic to the situation—it's the act of declaration that's on the rise.


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Reception Perfection 10 Steps to Finding the Perfect Venue for Your Wedding Day Written by Kelsey Casselbury

He got down on one knee, you said “yes!” and your families popped a bottle of champagne. But once the light of day appears, you might realize that you have no clue where or how to start planning your wedding. Take a deep breath and don’t panic—embarking on the path to your nuptials can be incredibly overwhelming, particularly in a state as beautiful as Arizona. Here, hundreds of magnificent venues, all complete with expert wedding planners, picturesque views and mouthwatering catering, strive for a piece of the wedding industry—and although it seems staggering, this is actually beneficial to you.

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Unlike in drearier states, you’re not pigeonholed into an indoor reception venue due to the threat of rain (although you certainly want to take it into consideration). In Arizona, you can choose between stunning desert views or a pine tree background, just by driving a couple hours. You can even find venues on the water…though they’re likely to be manmade lakes—not that it cuts down on their beauty! In short, all these choices make for a wedding day that is exactly what you dreamed of—as long as you can narrow down the options. To do so, follow these 10 steps, beginning right after the proposal and ending when you sign a contract on the perfect reception space.

Step One: Determine Your Search Strategy Due to the sheer number of wedding venues in Arizona, it’s impossible to consider them all. Therefore, priority No. 1 is determining what’s important to you and your betrothed and starting the venue search with those parameters in mind. Each of you should make a list of your top three to five sticking points and then discuss. Some priorities to consider: geographic location, space for the right number of guests, catering reputation, outdoors versus indoors and overall ambiance, just to name a few. “Your wedding should be a reflection of you,” says Riette Bartlett of Downtown Phoenix Venues. “So if you are a couple who loves the outdoors, look for an outdoor venue. If you are foodies, look for a place with caterers that will give you a unique menu instead of the normal buffets.”

Step Two: Narrow It Down Even with these parameters in mind, you might be left with dozens of potential venues. It’s just not realistic to visit each of them. You can do some preliminary research with the help of a few friends. Ask around for recommendations from friends, family and coworkers; however, be careful—folks are quick to add to your list by recommending the location where they got married, rather than give you advice on the specific venues you ask about. Do Internet

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or criticisms from other brides on forums and review sites. Remember, however, that people are more likely to complain about a bad experience than praise a good one. Of course, this is the time you also want to call or email the venue to ask for a pricing list. There’s no quicker way to eliminate potential venues than to find that they’re way out of your budget!

Step Three: Pay a Visit Once you have a list of venues in the right location and offering the right price, set up an appointment to take a tour. Hotel Valley Ho Catering Manager Dawn Peterson says that prime Saturday slots can book up a year in advance, so you should attempt to start your venue visit about 14 months before the big day. During this time period, pay particular attention to how quickly the venue coordinator responds to your requests, whether via phone Photo: mikemaez.com

or email—if they’re not responsive now when they’re still trying to win your business, how will they respond after you’ve already signed a contract? Once you’ve arrived at the venue, there

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are plenty of things to note. Pay particular attention to how you felt when you first walked into the venue—your guests will have that same feeling. If it made you feel excited and inspired, that’s a good sign. If you felt confused, lost or bored, maybe you should move on to the next locale.

Step Four: Ask the Right Questions According to Abigail Olaya of Venue at the Grove in Phoenix, don’t forget to ask

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in advance than to be surprised on your big day,” she says.” Second, are there any vendor

requirements?

“Knowing

vendor

requirements upfront is always helpful in planning,” she says. “This will keep you from booking a vendor, such as a caterer, first, and

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“Things to keep in mind when signing a contract are payment structure—e.g. deposit, when payments are due, refund policy, rules regarding alcohol and contracted hours of use. A lot of time and money can be saved by understanding the venue’s policies and avoiding any disappointments later on.” — Abigail Olaya, Venue at the Grove

then later finding the wedding reception of your dreams has a restriction on caterers.” Other important questions to ask: What’s the maximum number of people that the venue can comfortably hold? Who will I be working with while planning and will that person be at the wedding (from beginning to end)? Is the date I want available? “The couple should make sure that they get accurate information regarding the capacity of the venue. If they love a venue that cannot comfortably accommodate their expected number of guests, move on! It is not in anybody’s best interest to squeeze guests in,” says Jane Frankel of The Clayton on the Park in Scottsdale. “If the venue is love at first sight, the couple may opt to trim down the guest list, or at least create an ‘A’ and ‘B’ list—there are bound to be some declines.”

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Step Five: Share Your Vision You’ll make your life—and the lives of your

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bridal party, groom and family—a lot easier

combine to create a setting of unparalleled beauty and character.

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World-class artwork, graceful architecture, shaded courtyards and

flexible on certain aspects of wedding planning.

tranquil fountains provide a backdrop of elegance and charm; the perfect place to celebrate your special day.

That being said, you likely have a vision as to what you want your wedding to look like, so don’t keep it to yourself. You want to be on the same page as the venue coordinator as quickly as possible, and she’ll be able to tell you if anything you desire isn’t realistic for that particular venue. For example, if you have a dream of an ambient, candlelit dinner reception and that venue doesn’t allow open flames indoors, then it’s better to know that before you sign

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“The biggest benefit to having your ceremony and reception in one location is the convenience of no travel time. Guests are already on site so you don’t have to arrange a shuttle for them to get back and forth to the different locations.” — Dawn Peterson, Hotel Valley Ho

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

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

Step Seven: Take Your Time Unless you’re on a deadline or the venue has just one Saturday in the year left, don’t feel pressured to make decisions immediately. “This is your once-in-a-lifetime event,” Peterson says. “Take advantage of your time in the spotlight to create a wedding that really represents you as a couple. Put some thought into this, and envision your perfect wedding reception.” A good venue coordinator won’t pressure you to make a decision immediately; they understand that the right reception space is paramount for a couple’s wedding. But don’t string them along—they’re in the business of booking events, so you should take a couple days to think about it carefully, and then make a decision.

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“We have two high seasons: the spring and early summer months of March through June, and then late summer through the fall, September through November. The weddings at The Clayton later in the year can take advantage of our fabulous outdoor patio space overlooking the park and adjoining the main reception room. The absolute best wedding date of the year? New Year’s Eve!”—” — Jane Frankel, The Clayton on the Park

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Step Eight: Look Over the Contract Carefully Congratulations, you picked a venue! Now it’s time to review the contract. “The contract is important because it protects the client and the vendor,” says Bartlett. “Make sure that there is no hidden cost in the contract that you overlook.” She recommends reading the contract carefully so you know exactly what is allowed at the venue, as well as verifying pricing with a cost breakdown and the timeline of setup, event hours and teardown times. Here’s a big one you might not think about: What’s their

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alcohol policy? Booze can be pricey at a venue, so find out if they supply it or if you can bring in your own bottles, as well as what limitations

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they have on serving—for example, a number of venues will not serve shots of liquor at a wedding to avoid drunken guests.

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Sign on the Dotted Line Make sure you get a copy of the contract for yourself to keep for further review. It will come in very handy if you end up having any sort of disputes down the road—but it’s likely that you won’t!

Step Ten: Move Onto Other Plans!

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You’ve tackled the biggest obstacle of planning your wedding. Now that you’ve secured the perfect reception venue, you can move onto other important aspects of the wedding day— such as finding the perfect wedding dress and choosing the perfect shade of pink for your wedding flowers.

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10 inspiring

tabletops Stunning local locations and fabulous design combine to create gorgeous tabletops.

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VENUE: Stonebridge Manor Photography: Brinkerhoff Photography Floral, Crystal, & Brandy Glassware: Zuzu's Petals Linens: GBS Linens China, Design, Chairs & Tables: Stonebridge Manor Stationery & Graphic Design: Megan Molloy at The Little Things

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VENUE: Carefree Resort & Conference Center Photography: StepOnMe Photography Floral, DĂŠcor & Rentals: Encore Weddings and Social Events

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Celebrate Your Wedding In Style At One Of Arizona’s Luxurious Resort Getaways Written by Kelsey Casselbury

If you’ve dreamed of a destination wedding, but the logistics just aren’t working in your favor, don’t despair – Arizona is rife with an astounding array of firstclass resorts that will make your hometown wedding feel like a luxurious getaway for you and your guests.

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The perks of a resort wedding can’t be ignored.

already at the hotel and can simply walk down

particularly when it comes to catering, when

One of the top reasons to host a wedding at a

to the ceremony from their room,” making

it's nearly always done in-house – and couples

resort is that all your guests can go on a mini-

it even budget-friendly for the bride and

can’t bring in outside professionals. This varies

vacation themselves, no matter where they

groom. It can become a weekend celebration

by resort, however, the key is to find the resort

live. “With guests staying at the resort, there

that everyone will remember as a great mini-

that has the right amount of flexibility for you.

are many more opportunities for everyone

getaway.

For some couples, though, this lack of options can be a perk for the bride who doesn’t want

to get together to share a meal, grab a drink,

Of course, some couples might not like

or enjoy the pool together,” says Hotel Valley

that there can be less flexibility with a resort

Ho Catering Manager Dawn Peterson. “Also,

wedding, such as in choosing vendors.

If you think a resort wedding might be in

transportation isn’t a concern since guests are

Sometimes, resorts have their own vendors –

the cards for you and your beloved, take a

to be overwhelmed by choices.

look at some of the top options that the Grand Canyon State offers.

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Arizona Biltmore If you’re looking for the glamour of the 1920s combined with the latest amenities of the 21st century, pay a visit to the Arizona Biltmore, located near 24th Street and Camelback. With breathtaking views of the Phoenix Mountain Preserve, this full-service resort offers perks such as a complimentary honeymoon suite, discounted spa and salon services and unique Frank Lloyd Wright architecture — which, when combined with the desert landscape, offers the perfect backdrop for stunning wedding photos. Don’t forget to let your guests know about the resort's 90-minute history tours, offered three times a week and free to hotel guests. arizonabiltmore.com 1-800-950-0086 2400 E. Missouri Ave., Phoenix

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Carefree Resort & Conference Center Your nuptials at Carefree Resort & Conference Center might just feel like a destination wedding, in part because of the resort’s desert location north of Phoenix and Scottsdale, and in part because of the sheer number of activities and amenities available. The guests will appreciate the complimentary shuttles

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Crowne Plaza San Marcos Golf Resort It’s history in the heart of Chandler. The

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Crowne Plaza San Marcos Golf Resort, built in

“The intimacy of a wedding at a resort location lends a sense of exclusivity. From the time your guests check into your resort venue the night before your big day, to the farewell brunch the morning after, a resort location truly makes your wedding weekend a memory for your friends and family.”

1912, boasts the first golf course in the state of Arizona, a selling point for the groom who dreams of teeing off with his pals on the morning of his wedding. The resort has been

— Amore Cianciola, Hassayampa Inn

planning weddings for more than 100 years and it offers a number of indoor and outdoor ceremony and reception sites, along with a number of packages that offer what you want for your picture-perfect wedding day.

and a number of onsite activities. The bride

Hotel Valley Ho

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and groom will feel the magic too, with expert

Hotel Valley Ho, located in the heart of

1 San Marcos Place, Chandler

wedding planners who can help you select a

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Wood and Robert Wagner. The most popular

and you’ll start newlywed life in a romantic

wedding-day site at Valley Ho is the Sky Line

private room with a moonlight massage or

Rooftop, which boasts amazing panoramic

Your wedding guests will be in awe of this

romantic sunset dinner for two.

views of the Valley of the Sun. If your guests

luxury resort at the foot of Pinnacle Peak,

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with its freeform bilevel pool, complete with

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Old Town Scottsdale. Freshly renovated guest

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Pointe Hilton Squaw Peak Resort If you’re looking for a family-friendly resort to host your wedding, Pointe Hilton Squaw Peak might be just the place for you. Kids will absolutely adore the 4-acre water park and recreation area, River Ranch, which includes an 18-hole mini-golf course, lazy river, 130-foot waterslide and more. But it’s all adults at the 10,000-square-foot Tocasierra Spa, Salon and Fitness Center, where the bride and groom can relax before their big day. Whether you want that day to occur in the gardens, with view of the North Mountains, in an elegant ballroom or in Arizona style at the old-west town, Tombstone, the wedding planners at Squaw Peak can put together the perfect wedding day for you. squawpeakhilton.com 7677 N. 16th St., Phoenix 602-997-2626

Pointe Hilton Tapatio Cliffs Resort Modern. Upscale. Comfortable. All of these words describe Pointe Hilton Tapatio Cliffs Resort, centrally located in Arizona’s capital city. From the luxurious spa to first-class golf to the sun-drenched pool complex, including a 40-foot waterfall, Tapatio Cliffs makes for the perfect wedding getaway. For the day of the wedding, choose from a setting of intimate courtyards, the waterfall and pools, a traditional ballroom or stunning views at the lofty event space, a Different Pointe of View. tapatiocliffshilton.com 11111 N. 7th St., Phoenix 602-866-7500

Royal Palms Resort & Spa Royal Palms has been catering to romance since 1929. It offers luxury in a way unique to the valley – rather than a sprawling resort, its

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advice “Resorts are full service; a place for your guests to play and stay! For instance, Talking Stick Resort offers golf, water features and fourstar restaurants which are a treat for your guests!” ” — Stephanie Vieira, Talking Stick Resort

main draw is a romantic, luxurious mansion, appointed with 119 casitas, estate rooms and villas, surrounded by lush, manicured grounds. It also features more than 20,000 square feet of event space, such as the Alegria Garden, a private indoor courtyard, as well as the Vernadero Lawn, offering a view of the sunset over Camelback Mountain. All weddings are catered by the renowned culinary program behind award-winning restaurant T. Cook’s. royalpalmshotel.com 5200 E. Camelback Road, Phoenix 602-840-3610

Scottsdale Resort & Conference Center It might be in the heart of Scottsdale, but this resort and conference center will feel like a getaway for you and your guests, given the secluded, tranquil grounds and the number of amenities it offers. They include the Amansala Spa, Salon and Fitness Center, the surrounding McCormick Ranch Golf Club and multiple dining options. The AAA Four-Diamond resort can accommodate wedding guests from 10 to 800 in four ceremony locations. The number of add-ons really makes this resort stand out, whether it’s a farewell brunch the day after the wedding, a bridal spa package or a delicious late-night mac and cheese bar at the end of the reception. thescottsdaleresort.com 7700 E. McCormick Parkway, Scottsdale 480-991-9000

Sheraton Wild Horse Pass Resort & Spa-Resort Surround yourself with Arizona culture at Sheraton Wild Horse Pass, Designed to

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celebrate the Gila River Indian Community’s

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star restaurants, while adults can escape to the

heritage through its architecture, design and

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attached casino for a little nightlife fun. One

art – particularly stunning for out-of-state

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of the most popular features at Talking Stick

guests. They’ll also be impressed – as will you – with the service that comes with a AAA

Talking Stick Resort

is the 15th floor rooftop ceremony location, which boasts views of the McDowell Mountains

Four Diamond property, as well as the beauty

One of the biggest perks of Talking Stick,

and North Scottsdale.

of the ceremony locations offered, such as a

according to Catering Sales Manager Stephanie

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private wedding lawn or the Koli Equestrian

Vieira, is that it offers something for everyone.

9800 E. Indian Bend Road, Scottsdale

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The families will love the sparkling pools – with

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adding a fireworks show!

gorgeous new water features – golf and four-

Tempe Mission Palms This centrally located resort is marked by its natural beauty and convenience – not only does its location make it easy for guests to arrive from Sky Harbor, but also its number of amenities creates an effortless getaway for everyone. The onsite wedding venues are surrounded by the dazzling landscape of the Sonoran Desert, and numerous options – all coordinated with the help of an expert planning staff – let you create the wedding day fit for royalty. missionpalms.com 60 E. Fifth St., Tempe 480-894-1400

The Boulders, A Waldorf Astoria Resort This resort is named for its surrounding 12 million-year-old boulder piles, a stunning landscape that makes for unique, perfect pictures. North of Phoenix, Carefree can be 10 degrees cooler than downtown, which makes quite a difference when your wedding takes place during the many hot months of the year. And, of course, it’s backed by the luxurious Waldorf Astoria name and all the brand entails, meaning that the service and planning behind your wedding day will be everything you would expect and dream. www.theboulders.com 34631 N. Tom Darlington Drive, Carefree 480-488-9009

The Phoenician "The AAA Five Diamond service sets the Phoenician apart," says Catering Manager Greg Wirth, along with the luxury, quality and style of the resort as a whole. Whether it’s an intimate wedding for two or a grandiose

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advice “Meet with your vendors. Skype, in person or chat over the phone. You can learn much from people in a personal exchange then just through email. It will raise your confidence level. Trust your instincts. Consider the people who respond logically instead of emotionally. You need vendors who have their emotions in check.” — Gregory Wirth, The Phoenician

event for 1,000, a number of venues within the Phoenician can accommodate the wedding of your dreams. The most popular option is the Orchid Lawn, which has a view of Camelback Mountain. Additionally, a number of wedding experts who have more than 25 years of industry experience can make sure that you experience the day you want. thephoenician.com 6000 E. Camelback Road, Scottsdale 480-941-8200

Tubac Golf Resort & Spa "The importance of having an on-site wedding planner can’t be overstated" says, Tubac Director of Sales and Marketing Patti Todd, this is just one amenity that Tubac, located near Tucson, offers to brides and grooms. The couple might also enjoy the complimentary suite to stay in on their wedding night, or the picturesque setting of the Santa Cruz River Valley, complete with view of the Tumacacori and Santa Rita mountains." Complete the picture with the ceremony in Tubac’s 18thcentury Mission-style wedding chapel, which can accommodate up to 225 guests. tubacgolfresort.com 1 Ave de Otero Road, Tubac 520-398-2211

Hassayampa Inn Hassayampa might have the word “Inn” in its name, but it has all the amenities and luxury of a resort. It opened in 1927 and has hosted fashionable guests such as Georgia O’Keefe and Clark Gable. According to Director of Catering and Events Amoré Cianciola, the Inn’s reception packages take all the stress out of planning your day while still allowing

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Weddings at The Saguaro Scottsdale

www.thesagauro.com

480-308-1100

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you to plan the details that make the event

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so personalized. The biggest perk? “Location, location, location,” she says. “When planning a destination wedding to Prescott our proximity

“Write down some pointers as to what style of wedding they would like to have and to make sure that the vendors they speak with especially at the hotel/resort/catering site ask them that question. That ensures that the hotel person is tuned in to make it a very personal experience.”

to Prescott’s nightlife, boutique shopping and dining options are second to none.” hassayampainn.com 122 E. Gurley St., Prescott 928-778-9434

The Westin La Paloma Resort & Spa

— Donal Drayne, The Westin La Paloma Resort & Spa, Tucson Tucson Spa. The two will meet in one of five

from too-hot temperatures of the Valley.

wedding sites, whether in front of 60 guests

On top of that, Little America boasts more

Head south for a luxurious wedding day at

or 1,160.

than 10,000 square feet of event space, an

The Westin La Paloma Resort and Spa in

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onsite wedding coordinator and a number

Tucson, about two hours south of Phoenix.

3800 E. Sunrise Drive, Tucson

of packages for all budgets and preferences.

Tucked into the foothills of the Santa Catalina

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Combined with a number of sightseeing

Mountains, the Westin combines the laidback

activities for guests wanting to explore a

atmosphere of a desert wedding with the

Little America Hotel

extravagance of resort nuptials. While the

Weddings in Arizona often feature cacti

the mountains might be the wedding venue

groom-to-be de-stresses with a round of

and desert sunsets, but an escape to Little

of your dreams.

golf on the 27-hole Jack Nicklaus signature

America in Flagstaff means an unexpected,

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design golf course, the bride and her gal pals

stunning background of pine trees and snow-

2515 E. Butler Ave., Flagstaff

can unwind at the Elizabeth Arden Red Door

capped mountains—not to mention a respite

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A warm welcome Show Your Guests Your Appreciation Written by Katherine Thornhill

Whether your guests are long lost cousins traveling half way across the country, college friends and classmates taking the trip from your hometown or neighbors and colleagues traveling a few miles to share your wedding day, each guest should be treated like you’re welcoming them in to your home for a weekend stay. It doesn’t take much, but including a few guest-focused touches to the big day will be remembered and appreciated long after the wedding fades away.

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Give Notice As soon as you know the details of your

The Ponderosa Garden and Reception Centre, located at Rockin’ R Ranch, proudly hosts one of the most distinctive locations for your special occasion.

wedding date and location, pick up the phone and give your most important guests first notice, so they’re able to pencil it in to the calendar. This is especially helpful for all those who plan to travel from out of town. Realize that most out of town guests will need to book flights, hotel stays, consider a car rental, and make arrangements for their lives back home, whether it’s children, pets, even house sitters. The expense for each can be greatly reduced by proper planning, and your guests will appreciate your understanding. A formal save the date, then invitation will follow but many of the trip details will already be set in stone.

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Show Them The Way Before they go to the airport, give your out of town guests a sneak preview of what to expect during their visit. Draft an email that includes the weather forecast while they’re in town and include a few ideas of what to wear. Fall days in Arizona can reach near perfect, T-shirt wearing temperatures but plummet to frosty chills in the evening. Spring days can feel like the dead of summer, unlike the slow-to-warm, often rainy days experienced by the rest of the country. Arizona weather is an experience allits own. Once you’ve covered the highs and lows of the forecast, take some time to imagine their arrival to this desert state. Take the confusion out of the walk through the airport, including directions to the taxi stand and a few names of rental car companies for any guests interested

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in pre-booking. Include the physical location, cross streets, even neighborhood of their hotel, in the off chance the cab driver isn’t familiar. Arrival in a new city can be stressful, easily eased by a few pointers from a local.

The Welcome Basket A welcome basket is a thoughtful way to kickoff the wedding weekend, and is easily personalized to reflect the personality of the couple. Welcome baskets can be as simple as including a list of the activities planned for the


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weekend and a tin of homemade cookies. If

sun. Consider creating a basket filled with

The Celebration

your style is more traditional, build a basket

goods from local vendors, highlighting all

Wow your guests at the wedding. An

that includes a few items to pamper your

the state has to offer. Start with basic items,

emotionally charged ceremony, great food,

guests, such as a special face mask, a soothing

sunscreen and a personalized reusable

beautiful décor and spirited music to get them

candle to fill the room with a subtle scent,

water bottle, a jar of mesquite honey and a

up off their seats and dancing are the obvious

a few granola bars and trail mix to subdue

few locally grown oranges from the farmer’s

basics to guarantee a wedding to remember.

hunger between meals, some cozy socks and

market. Include information on the best

A few additional elements to plan for to add

a few new magazines.

sites to see, including a few art museums,

a touch of thoughtfulness, include providing

A “favorite things” basket is a popular

botanical gardens, even shopping malls.

easy transportation to and from the venue,

choice among couples, who want to give

Write a list of top 10 breakfast, lunch and

passing out a wedding day agenda, writing a

their guests a glimpse of their day to day

dinner locations, the best bakery, and frozen

brief personal message on the underside of an

must-have items. Include a few bottles of the

yogurt shop with the largest variety. Be sure

escort card, in addition to informing guests of

groom’s favorite beer, the bride’s favorite dark

to include each location’s distance from the

the direct number to your wedding planner for

chocolate indulgence, a perfume and cologne

hotel, so guests are able to gauge the cost

any questions they may have.

sample, and a bag of the couple’s favorite

of a taxi, and the time needed to visit each

coffee beans. Make a nod to favorite past

spot. Is there a popular coffee shop within

times and hobbies, including a few colored

a walkable distance? Include a gift card for

pencils and small sketch pad, a quiz or puzzle

guests to enjoy a fresh cup of joe on your

Send them off SMILING with a favor gift they’ll

book, a disposable camera, even a paperback

wedding day.

truly enjoy. Gone are the days when couples

The Send Off

Don’t forget local friends and family!

can get away with a magnet to remember

Arizona is a destination on its own, and

Consider dropping off baskets at their houses

the wedding, or a photo of the newly wedded

many guests may extend their trip out to

too, including all loved ones in the start to the

pair. Why not send your guests home with

the desert to leave time for relaxing in the

celebratory weekend.

something they will use, as early as the next

book to enjoy.

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Simplicity meetS elegance at South mountain Nestled in the Ahwatukee foothills, Four Points by Sheraton Phoenix South’s recently completed $5 million renovation features multi-versatile indoor and outdoor venue space complete with stunning views of South Mountain and the Sonoran Desert, full service catering, customized menus and more to make your special day perfect from start to finish. Contact one of our wedding coordinators at 480 850 1604 to begin planning your unforgettable day.

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day? Consider a small package of fresh made biscuits, local honey and jam. Anticipating a long evening with guests partying through the night? Consider a small “wake up and refresh” box with a few aspirin packets, bottle of water customized with a wedding logo, an airplane sized bottle of vodka and a premixed bloody mary concoction. Always remember to include a message of thanks with the favor, whether small or large, which acts as a final nod to the love and support those who gathered have shared with the couple.

"Arizona is a destination on its own, and many guests may extend their trip out to the desert to leave time for relaxing in the sun." Going The Extra Mile Who is to say that the fun must stop when the DJ pulls the plug? Many couples opt to host a dayafter brunch, pool party or BBQ at a local park, to see their friends and family one final time before the weekend comes to a close. Typically a casual no fuss event, you’ll be glad for the chance to bring everyone together to relive the night as a group. Plan to stock the party with all the necessities of a relaxing environment. If you opt for an afternoon bash in the park, play light music, lay blankets over a large area, and

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as the last thing anyone needs on the weekend of a wedding is to stress over food preparation, hot dog grilling or spending even a moment running errands. With a little forethought and a touch of creativity, creating a personal wedding experience for your guests will make an already wonderful weekend into a memorable vacation they’ll cherish for years to come.


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The Rules of Engagement From “Yes!” to “I Do” in 10 Easy Steps

So, you’ve said “Yes!” to the man of your dreams. Now it’s time to spend all of your waking hours eating, sleeping, and dreaming of your upcoming wedding. Get ready to bury yourself in bridal magazines and blogs constantly on the search for new ideas and inspiration! An engagement is a once in a lifetime experience that can be both the happiest and most stressful time of your life. Planning a wedding isn’t easy, but we’re here to help guide you along your journey. Follow these ten easy steps to ensure that your big day comes just as easily as your love for your fiancé.

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1. Announce Your Engagement

think. In addition to planning around family

least you’ll have plenty of options!

schedules, holidays, and other important

Venues fill up fast, so it’s important to

Once you’ve reveled in your excitement

festivities, it is essential to consider in which

start looking early. Visit as many potential

and slowly subsided from your initial en-

season you envision yourself walking down

locations as possible, re-visiting your favorites

gagement bliss, it’s time to share the good

the aisle.

on event days to get a glimpse of what your

news with friends and family! Every couple

In Arizona, our steady seasons can make

wedding could resemble. Take your time and

is different, as is every engagement. Your

your decision much easier.

Spring and fall

utilize the full facility tours to ensure that your

announcement should reflect your person-

make for beautiful weddings with gorgeous

appointment is worthwhile and informative.

alities—whether humble or bold, it will set the

sunny and breezy days shifting into warm,

After all, this is the place where you’ll transform

scene for your lives together as husband and

pleasant nights. Winter weddings are popular

from a Miss to a Mrs.

wife.

and also a great escape for guests that may be

Whether you send out a web blast, make

visiting from back East or the Midwest, while

an engagement video, or plan an engage-

summer weddings can offer some incredible

4. Determine Your Budget

ment party where you surprise your guests

markdowns for those brides on a budget

Big, beautiful weddings can be pricey, but

with the good news paired with a champagne

willing to beat the heat.

determining a budget before you blow out

toast, it’s sure to be a spectacle. Personalizing your engagement is easier than ever with today’s technology, so go out there and spread the word!

2. Choose a Date Choosing a date can be more difficult than you

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your bank account can help you plan and

3. Find a Ceremony & Reception Location

prepare. Oftentimes, parents of the bride and groom are more than happy to dish out some dollars towards the celebration. If this doesn’t

Once you’ve chosen a season and a date, the

sound like your circumstance, though, not

search for the setting of your “I do” is in full

to worry!

throttle. Arizona is known for it’s beautiful

Budgeting is now easier than ever with

resorts, country clubs, and churches, so at

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Our charming, unique wedding area can accommodate from 50-300 guests, specializing in formal, western, or themed weddings. Your guest will rave about the hand-cut steaks, BBQ ribs and chicken served from an open-pit BBQ. ~ THE BEST IN THE WEST! Our professional bridal consultant will assist you with you planning to make sure every detail is attended to thoughtfully and meticulously.

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options. Local vendors should also be aware of your needs and finding quality flowers or wedding packages at a lower cost is possible— all you have to do is communicate!

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6. Send Out Those Savethe-Dates & Invitations Save-the-Dates are an easy and fun way to give your invited guests a heads up on the big day. They should be sent out several months before your wedding date in order to allow out-of-town guests to plan their travel arrangements and in-town guests to plan their schedules around the festivities. Your official invitation should be mailed about eight weeks before your wedding date. As the RSVPs come pouring in, the excitement for your perfect day will only grow with

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7. Get That Gorgeous Gown You’ve been waiting for this day since you were a little girl and it’s finally time to find that perfect dress. With hundreds of different silhouettes, materials, necklines, and price ranges at your disposal, your options are endless! With the help of your favorite bridal salon, best girlfriends, and family, your fairy tale wedding gown will be discovered in no time. Try on as many dresses as possible—after all, this is the moment you’ve been waiting for.

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If walking down the aisle doesn’t take your breath away, we promise the views will.

Everything for your wedding in one location. Patios, fountains, and lots of charm.

If you want a truly memorable Arizona location for your wedding, whether an intimate affair or a grand celebration, look no further than Rustler’s Rooste.  Nestled between the rolling greens of the Arizona Grand Resort and the stars above, only we can offer the ambiance of a spectacular mountaintop setting and a dedicated staff that has created these all-inclusive packages with an uncompromising eye for detail and service.

Break with tradition and experience all the excitement of historic Arizona at Aunt Chilada’s Squaw Peak. Whether you’re imagining an intimate private setting, a picturesque garden patio or an over-the-top gala we have just the right venue.

8383 South 48th Street Phoenix, Arizona 85044 T: (602) 431-6407 or (602) 431-6473 F: (602) 431-6173

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7330 North Dreamy Draw Drive catering@auntchiladas.com (602) 944-1286 • auntchiladas.com

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For a lifetime of beautiful memories, Embassy Suites Tempe offers the perfect backdrop for making your dreams come true. Our charming outdoor ceremony setting and choice of two unique ballrooms lets our team assist you in planning the casual or elegant wedding you have imagined. Our wedding packages include a variety of menu options, champagne toast, bridal suite, ballroom set and more... Contact our wedding specialist at:

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Your Special Day Deserves a Memorable Setting Featuring a unique mix of rustic and modern, Heritage Square is truly an unforgettable location. It’s the ideal spot for the perfect wedding.

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Downtown Phoenix Venues Unique & Extraordinary Venues:

From art galleries to raw warehouses we have the perfect blank canvas for you to create an event as individual as you are.

can be an intricate task. Finding an officiant, photographer, videographer, entertainment, transportation service, caterer to work your wedding as well as placing orders for your cake, flowers, décor, linens and party favors takes a great deal of time and effort. Finding quality vendors through referrals and recommendations is a fantastic way to gain valuable products and services. Establishing meaningful relationships with vendors can also increase the splendor of your wedding—even on a budget.

9. Finalize the Guest List More guests mean more money, but that doesn’t mean that you have to exclude some of your favorite people. Are your parents

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inviting some of their friends that you’ve never even met? Have a sit down with your families to discuss the cap of your guest list and how it coincides with your venue’s accommodations and catering costs.

10. Relax & Escape Wedding planning can bring up some sticky situations during the stressful times, but it’s important to remember why you’re getting married in the first place—to spend the rest of your lives with each other. Getting carried away with the details of your wedding shouldn’t discourage you from spending quality time with the one you love. At least once a month, plan a non-wedding based date night. Or to take it one step further, plan a trip before the wedding to rest and rediscover that pre-planning enchantment that began when he first got down on one knee. The wedding of your dreams is only a snapshot of your lives together. The marriage of a lifetime, though—well, that’s a true treasure.

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Affordable Anniversaries, Weddings, Baby Showers, Corporate Events, Birthdays, Meeting Space. Catering and rentals available upon request.

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The Ashley Castle 1300 S. Price Road, Chandler, AZ 85286

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RESOURCE GUIDE

Ceremony Outdoor Site or Available Garden Area

Telephone/Web Address

Reception/ Dinner Size Range

602.866.2222 www.aldeaweddings.com

Up to 300

American Royal Palace Banquet Hall 1915 W. Thunderbird Rd. • Phoenix

602.938.1400 www.americanroyalpalace.com

40 to 250

An Old Town Wedding & Event Center 8276 W. Monroe St. • Peoria

623.412.7797 www.oldtownweddingcenter.com

10 to 275

623.465.3021 www.anthemclubaz.com

Up to 450

602.381.7603 www.arizonabiltmore.com

Location

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

Outside Caterer OK

OffPremises Catering

Guest Rooms Available

Nearby

Nearby

Nearby

5 to 1500

520.463.2600 www.renfestinfo.com

20 to 125

Nearby

480.857.8030 www.theashleycastle.com

Up to 300

602.944.1286 www.auntchiladas.com

Up to 600

Nearby

Blackstone Country Club 12101 W. Blackstone Dr. • Peoria

623.707.8702 www.weddingsatblackstone.com

Up to 300

Nearby

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

602.867.8975 www.boojumtree.com

Up to 200

The Boulders 34631 N. Tom Darlington Drive • Carefree

480.488.7376 www.theboulders.com

10 to 350

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

480.595.3707 www.carefree-resort.com

25 to 700

Cave Creek Smokehouse 6245 E. Cave Creek Rd. • Cave Creek

602.359.3300 www.wonderfulazweddings.com

45 to 250

Nearby

The Clayton On The Park 7343 E. Scottsdale Mall • Scottsdale

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 200

Nearby

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

25 to 350

480.857.4439 www.SanMarcosResort.com

up to 500

480.481.8159 www.dbg.org

15 to 300

Nearby

602.866.6397 www.differentpointeofview.com

10 to 500

480.967.1441 www.phoenixtempe.doubletree.com

50 to 350

Anthem Golf & Country Club 2708 W. Anthem Club Dr. • Anthem Arizona Biltmore 2400 E. Missouri Ave. • Phoenix Arizona Renaissance Festival 12601 E. U.S. Hwy. 60 • Gold Canyon The Ashley Castle 1300 S. Price Rd. • Chandler Aunt Chilada’s 7330 N. DreamyDraw Dr. • Phoenix

CopperWynd Resort and Club/Alchemy 13225 N. Eagle Ridge Dr. • Fountain Hills Coup Des Tartes 1725 E. Osborn • Phoenix Crowne Plaza Phoenix 2532 W. Peoria Ave. • Phoenix Crowne Plaza San Marcos Golf Resort One San Marcos Pl • Chandler Desert Botanical Garden 1201 N. Galvin Pkwy. • Phoenix Different Pointe of View 11111 N. 7th St. • Phoenix DoubleTree by Hilton Phoenix-Tempe 2100 S. Priest Dr. • Tempe

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Outside Caterer OK

OffPremises Catering

Guest Rooms Available

Nearby

Telephone/Web Address 602.416.1261 www.downtownphoenixvenues.com

50 to 500

El Chorro 5550 E. Lincoln Dr. • Paradise Valley

480.948.5170 www.elchorro.com

20 to 300

El Encanto 6248 E. Cave Creek Rd. • Cave Creek

480.488.1752 www.elencantorestaurants.com

40 to 150

602.765.5807 www.embassyphoenixscottsdale.com

50 to 400

Embassy Suites Phoenix-Tempe 4400 S. Rural Rd. • Tempe

480.897.7444 www.embassysuitestempe.com

50 to 300

Fairmont Scottsdale Princess 7575 E. Princess Dr. • Scottsdale

480.585.4848 www.scottsdaleprincess.com

10 to 500

Four Points by Sheraton Phoenix South 10831 S. 51st St. • Phoenix

480.850.1604 www.fourpoints.com/phoenix

Up to 300

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

Lavender & Old Lace 1742 N. Lindsay Rd. • Mesa

480.890.2506 www.weddingsitesarizona.com

Up to 250

Nearby

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

480.382.3829 www.thelegacyballroom.com

50 to 300

Nearby

Lexington Hotel & Suites 12800 N. Saguaro Blvd. • Fountain Hills

602.810.7447 www.lexingtonhotels.com/property.cfm?idp=22072

10 to 150

McCormick Ranch Golf Club 7505 E. McCormick Pkwy. • Scottsdale

480.948.7011 www.mccormickranchgolf.com

Up to 350

Nearby

Millennium Resort & Villas Scottsdale 7401 N. Scottsdale Rd. • Scottsdale

480.948.5050 www.millenniumscottsdaleweddings.com

10 to 220

Mountain Preserve Reception Center 1431 E. Dunlap Ave. • Phoenix

602.943.2656 www.mprc.net

75 to 600

Nearby

480.855.2971 www.mynoahs.com

Up to 250

Nearby

480.845.9114 www.thepaseovenue.com

Upto 250

Nearby

Location

Downtown Phoenix Venues Phoenix

Embassy Suites Phoenix Scottsdale 4415 E. Paradise Village Pkwy. S. • Phoenix

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

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Ceremony Outdoor Site or Available Garden Area

Outside Caterer OK

OffPremises Catering

Guest Rooms Available

Telephone/Web Address

Reception/ Dinner Size Range

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

623.972.1364 ext. 109 www.peoriapines.com/weddings/

10 to 160

Nearby

The Phoenician 6000 E. Camelback Rd. • Scottsdale Phoenix Art Museum 1625 N. Central Ave. • Phoenix

480.941.8200 www.thephoenician.com 602.257.1880 www.phxart.org

2 to 1700

Up to 300

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

Raven Golf Club at Verrado 4242 N. Golf Dr. • Buckeye

623.388.3002 www.verradoweddings.com

Up to 300

Rockin’ R Ranch 6136 E. Baseline Road • Mesa

480.832.1539 www.rockinr.net

Up to 1,500

602.808.3206 www.royalpalmshotel.com

2 to 200

602.431.6407 www.rustlersrooste.com

15 to 600

480.308.1100 www.thesaguaroscottsdale.com

Up to 200

SASSI 10455 E. Pinnacle Peak Pkwy • Scottsdale

480.502.9095 or 480.502.3335 Private Events www.sassi.biz

14 to 150

Scottsdale Resort & Conference Center 7700 E. McCormick Pkwy. • Scottsdale

480.596.7588 www.foreveratscottsdaleresort.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 500

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 225

480.948.6000 www.starfiregolfclub.com

50 to 150

Stonebridge Manor 4000 E. Palm St. • Mesa

480.641.3131 www.stonebridgemanor.com

Up to 350

Nearby

Sunset Terrace at Hillcrest Golf Club 20002 North Star Ridge Dr. • Sun City West

623.584.1500 www.weddingsathillcrest.com

Up to 175

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

Location

Phoenix Zoo 455 N. Galvin Pkwy. • Phoenix

Royal Palms Resort & Spa 5200 E. Camelback Rd. • Phoenix Rustler’s Rooste 8383 S. 48th Street • Phoenix The Saguaro/Distrito 4000 N. Drinkwater Blvd. • 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 Starfire Golf Club 11500 N. Hayden Rd. • Scottsdale

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

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

480.926.9694 www.VVLEvents.com

Up to 200

602.456.0803 www.venueatthegrove.com

10 to 200

480.782.7218 www.villasiena.cc

OffPremises Catering

Guest Rooms Available

Nearby

Nearby

50 to 300

480.636.9387 www.villatuscanaevents.com

Up to 300

Wedgewood Wedding & Banquet Center 2211 N. Litchfield Rd. • Goodyear

623.935.2500 www.wedgewoodbanquet.com/palm-valley

50 to 300

Nearby

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

480.985.3600 www.windemerehotelmesa.com

50 to 300

480.833.0902 www.thewrighthouse.com

75 to 275

Villa Siena 890 W. Elliot Rd. • Gilbert Villa Tuscana Reception Hall 1915 W. Guadalupe Rd. • Mesa

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

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Outside Caterer OK

OffPremises Catering

Guest Rooms Available

Telephone/Web Address

Reception/ Dinner Size Range

928.779.1951 x145 www.arizonasnowbowl.com

25 to 250

Antelope Point Marina Lake Powell Navajo Route 22B • Page

928.645.5900 x5064 www.antelopepointlakepowell.com

50 to 200

Nearby

Hassayampa Inn 122 E. Gurley St. • Prescott

928.777.9550 www.hassayampainn.com/weddings

10 to 200

Little America Hotel 2515 E. Butler Ave. • Flagstaff

928.779.7935 www.flagstaff.littleamerica.com

25 to 350

Los Abrigados Resort & Spa 160 Portal Lane • Sedona

928.203.5321 www.wildthymegroup.com

30 to 150

Molly Butler Lodge and Cabins 109 Main St. • Greer

928.735.7617 www.mollybutterlodge.com

Up to 300

Omni Tucson National Resort 2727 W. Club Dr. • Tucson

520.297.2271 www.omnitucsonnational.com

50 to 180

Red Agave Resort 120 Canyon Circle Dr.. • Sedona

928.284.9327 www.redagaveresort.com

2 to 80

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

Up to 300

Thornager’s 2640 W. Kiltie Ln. • Flagstaff

928.774.8583 www.thornagers.com

20 to 400

Tubac Golf Resort & Spa 1 Ave. De Otero Rd. • Tubac

800.848.7893 or 520.398.3534 www.tubacgolfresort.com

10 to 250

520.742.6000 www.westinlapalomaresort.com

10 to 1,200

Location

Arizona Snowbowl 9300 N. Snowbowl Rd. • Flagstaff

Red Setter Lodge 103 Main St. • Greer

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Northern Arizona Wonderful Weather & Stunning Scenery Written by Kristina Celik

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

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Dreaming Of Red Rocks, Mountains & Pinetrees

Sedona is another Northern Arizona

allows for easy day trips; giving all involved

favorite known around the world. Often called

the opportunity to fully experience the

With wonderful weather and stunning scenery

“red rock country,” Sedona and its surrounding

area. Say hello to Northern Arizona’s most

on your side, it might also be a good idea to

area provide a slight break in weather (about

popular wedding locations and say “I Do” to

extend your special day into a vacation for

10-15 degrees cooler in summer months) and

a destination wedding in Flagstaff, Prescott,

your friends and family to enjoy. At 7,000 feet

stunning views.

Sedona or the White Mountains.

elevation, Flagstaff is located in the largest

endless hiking options, spiritual and personal

ponderosa pine forest in the world. And that

enrichment activities, and top-rated spas;

simply means one thing for Arizona couples:

and based on the time of the year, concerts,

Flagstaff

picture perfect pine trees for their wedding

festivals and more.

Perfect for the Arizona residents looking to

For guests, the city offers

Add in the historic downtown

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

beat the heat in the summer months or looking

charm, endless outdoor adventures, and

check out the White Mountain area of North-

to enjoy the snow in the winter, Flagstaff is the

Flagstaff is easily the top Northern Arizona

East Arizona: this area includes: Show Low,

ideal year-round wedding location.

destination to keep your guests busy all

Pinetop-Lakeside, Greer, Springerville, Snow-

Thornager’s, located on Flagstaff’s west-

weekend long!

flake-Taylor and Payson. With temperatures

side, encourages couples to embrace the

portraits.

averaging 25 to 35 degrees cooler than the

seasons and host celebrations on their side

sweltering

desert regions to the south, the White Moun-

patio during the spring and summer. In cold-

covered

tains offer a collection of mountain lakes in

er months, guests can warm up in front of

every direction.

their wood-burning fireplaces. To make things

Prescott is a destination that transcends the

Arizona

summers

or

archetype. miles

of

No cactus

moonscape. The town’s mile-high location in the Grand Canyon state’s central highlands

Wherever you decide to marry in Northern

easier on out-of-town couples, the secluded

brings four mild seasons, an average annual

Arizona, the chance to experience the

equestrian estate also provides full service ca-

daytime temperature of about 70 degrees,

four seasons is just a short car ride away.

tering.

and over 300 days of sunshine.

Additionally the close proximity of the region

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expert Planning

advice “Finding the perfect wedding venue is important but even more important is finding a good Wedding Coordinator. Planning a wedding can be a daunting task without proper guidance and help. I have planned weddings for brides that are out of town, out of state and even out of the country! I hold the hands of my brides from the start of the planning process to moment they say “I DO”! ” — Brenda Naughton, Little America Hotel

eastside of town, is an Arizona Weddings favorite,

offering

couples

a

gorgeous

landscape, friendly service and luxurious accommodations. With over 10,000 square feet of indoor space overlooking a private 500-acre Ponderosa Pine Forest, your guests are sure to love the indigenous backdrop of this dreamy setting. For couples looking specifically to wed from May to October, check out Arizona Snowbowl. Located on the majestic San Francisco Peaks, the Arizona Snowbowl lies 14 miles outside of Flagstaff, 2 hours from Phoenix, and 70 miles from the Grand Canyon. The resort offers guests a marvelous mountain backdrop and breathtaking views.

Prescott Nearby is the lovely city of Prescott. From fine dining to boutique shopping and hiking trails, to history, Prescott has something for every one of your wedding guests to enjoy. Discriminating guests of today continue to feel right at home at the historic Hassayampa Inn. Built in 1927 and owned by Arizona resident, Michael V. Kouvelas, the property is one of Arizona’s oldest, offering modern amenities combined with a long tradition of exemplary service.

With its open-air

gazebo, rooftop reception area and elegant ballrooms: it’s the perfect choice for your Prescott wedding.

Sedona With the incredible red rocks, natural ambiance and serenity, Sedona and its surrounding wine country creates a dream setting for weddings,

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events and special occasions. Check out Los Abrigados Resort & Spa,. nestled against the banks of the famous Oak Creek. Or Red Agave Resort for pristine views of world famous Bell Rock and Courthouse Buttes.

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. Arizona Weddings recommends selecting The Johnson River Retreat, nestled next to The Little Colorado River, as a picturesque setting for unforgettable photos. When planning your Northern Arizona wedding, remember planning should be fun, so take the time and enjoy the ride! Make Northern Arizona part of your love story: visit often, remember fondly and spread the word: a Northern Arizona wedding is a destination wedding without the airfare and the hassle!

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big day primers Parties to Honor the Bride & Groom Written by Kristen Castillo

Your wedding may be the signature party of the year but don’t just focus on one big event. You and your groom will be the center of attention at lots of other parties, including engagement soirées, bridal showers, Jack & Jills, luncheons, bachelor and bachelorette parties and the rehearsal dinner. You'll want to be prepared for all the pre-wedding celebrations, so read on as Arizona Weddings preps you on all the important details you need to know, like the mood of the party, who’s hosting, who’s on the guest list and what to expect. Plus, we’ve got tips from wedding professionals to help you maximize these party experiences.

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Engagement Parties

lunchtime) or at the home of the maid or

bride and groom. A good guideline? Invite the

The Event:

matron of honor.

same people you’re inviting to the wedding.

share your wedding excitement with family

Host: Typically the maid or matron of honor

What’s Included:

and friends. These relaxed parties can be

hosts the bridal shower.

is a fun gathering to mingle with family and

You may have one or more

of these fun parties, which are a great way to

held at a restaurant or a private home. Plan

While this party

friends, it’s also a chance for guests to give

to toast your upcoming nuptials with lots of

Guest List: Since this party is ladies-only,

you gifts including household items (from your

cocktails!

you’ll be celebrating with the women in your

registry) as well as money and gift cards.

life and your guy’s too, including mothers,

Host:

There’s

no

definite

host

for

engagement parties since each one can be

sisters, daughters, cousins and other family

Tip: Wow your family and friends with your

members and friends.

impressive dance moves. Strut your stuff

pretty different. Some parties are hosted by

with your fiancé by taking dance classes as a

the bride and groom; others are thrown by

What’s Included: Bridal showers are

a close friend of the couple; and many are

pretty relaxed and a lot of fun. Often you’ll play

“Learning to dance as a group provides lots

sponsored by the bride or groom’s families.

games for prizes, such as seeing which guest

of wonderful memories, quality time together

While an engagement party is generally easy-

can answer the most trivia questions about

and a skill that you can use for future events–

going, the host will still spend at least $25 per

you and your groom. Lunch and light drinks

from nights out on the town to other people's

person for dinner. Menus and venues can result

like wine and teas are usually served. You’ll

weddings,” says Nicole Dekavallas, owner/

in an even pricier gathering.

open gifts about halfway through the party

manager of Dance FX Studios whose studio

and finish the get-together with a slice of cake

offers a “Create-a-Class.”

Guest List: Whether you invite 10 friends

couple or as a group with your wedding party.

or pastries.

or 100, make sure everyone’s ready for a good time. Plan to include your close friends, family

Tip: Hire a professional photographer to pho-

Bridal Luncheons

and co-workers too.

tograph your pre-wedding events, including

The Event: This luncheon, which is often

your shower.

held in the days or weeks before the wedding,

What’s Included:

Often engagement

“These events are the start of your wedding

is a ladies-only gathering to say thanks for love

parties are held on a Friday or Saturday, which

day story,” says Cyndi Hardy of Cyndi Hardy

are great happy hour evenings. The menu

Photography. “They include very special people in

typically features appetizers (hot and cold) and

your life and you will cherish having professional

Host: As the bride, this is your party to host

cocktails including beer, wine, soft drinks and

photos with these friends and family.”

so you can show your gratitude to the close

and friendship.

maybe a signature cocktail too. Often the bar

women in your life, including all members of

is hosted for the entire event.

your bridal party. You can hold this event at a

Jack & Jill Parties

restaurant or at a private home such as your

Instead of an open bar, serve two

The Event: Think of this party as a bridal

family home.

signature cocktails. “We recommend having

shower for both the bride and groom. Jack &

two cocktails, each with a different spirit – one

Jill parties tend to be informal and often are

Guest

with whiskey and one with vodka, or a wine-

hosted as a BBQ at the home of the best man

socializing with the ladies in your life such as

based cocktail,” says Kris Mulkey, Director of PR

or the maid or matron of honor.

your mother, sister, mother-in-law and all the

Tip:

of Social Events at BevMo. “This gives people a nice option.”

These parties help celebrate both the bride

List:

Spend

the

afternoon

women and girls in your wedding party.

and groom. “This allows both sides of the family to come together in a coed celebration,

What’s Included:

and get to know each other before the

luncheons typically include a light meal like

The Event: Traditionally these parties are

wedding too,” says Katie Van Horn of Some

salads, sandwiches, fruits and dessert. Toast

girls-only and help the bride-to-be get set up

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your friendships with a champagne cocktail,

Bridal Showers

These informal

sangria or mimosa.

with gifts for the home. This party is one of the reasons you register for gifts since guests want

Host:

to shower you with love and lots of household

matron of honor host the party.

Typically the best man or the maid/

goodies like dishes, towels, silverware and

Tip:

Despite the name, this event doesn’t

have to be a lunch. “Bridal parties are enjoying

drink ware. Often bridal showers are held at

Guest List: This coed party is for all men

spa days of manicures and pedicures, a picnic,

a restaurant on a weekend (think Saturday

and women who are friends and family of the

wine tastings, you name it.,” says Van Horn.

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“Whatever is girlie and fun!”

Bachelor & Bachelorette Parties The Event:

drinks, to a sporting event, play cards or shoot

Host:

pool. Brides and their friends typically go out

party pay for the respective parties.

Usually members of the wedding

for cocktails or get pampered with spa parties, manicures and pedicures.

Guest List:

Plan to party with a close

These parties focus on fun

Both bachelor and bachelorette parties

and celebration. Guys love hitting the town

can get wild so it’s a good idea to discuss

with their buddies for bachelor parties and

expectations with your respective parties.

What’s Included: This is your time to

girls glam it up with their pals for bachelorette

After all, you should have a good time, not

let loose with friends so customize the event

parties.

upset each other.

to your taste. Head out to a club for a night on

Often the grooms and his guys go out for

group of friends and siblings

the town or keep the party inside by renting out a hotel suite. Plan ahead and always have a designated driver for a safe ride home!

Tip:

Plan a cooking demonstration for you

and your girls or you and your groom. You’ll learn to cook and leave with a few recipes and cooking techniques too. “We’ll show you how to make great meals using less time, less energy and less fat, while retaining more vitamins, more minerals and more flavors,” says Chad Wegner of www. dinner4two.com, the largest factory-direct cookware company in the world.

Rehearsal Dinner The Event: Most of the time the rehearsal dinner is held the night before the wedding since it immediately follows the ceremony’s rehearsal. But the dinner can also happen one of the nights leading up to the big day. While rehearsal dinners are often held at a restaurant, they’re not necessarily formal affairs.

Host:

Most often, the groom’s family pays

for the rehearsal dinner since the bride’s family traditionally hosts the wedding. Nowadays, many brides and grooms chip in to cover costs for the rehearsal dinner or pay for the whole thing. Prices for the rehearsal dinner range from $35 to $100 per person, which typically includes dinner, drinks and dessert.

Guest List:

Rehearsal dinners have a

limited guest list of close family, members of the wedding party and out-of-town guests.

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What’s Included:

Take some time to relax at this family and

friends party. Remember that a rehearsal dinner might be the first time you or your groom will meet out-of-town guests and extended family. Spend some time socializing with guests, share a great meal and savor the feelings of love and support.

Tip: “The atmosphere and food at your rehearsal dinner should reflect your personality and style as a couple,” says Keri Mahoney, director of group sales at Fox Restaurant Concepts, which runs restaurants like The Arrogant Butcher, which has customizable menus including starters like soft pretzels with provolone fondue, crispy shrimp, and chef’s boards with meats, cheeses and seafood; as well as entrées including crab stuffed chicken, beef short rib stew and sweet potato tortelli; and desserts such as blueberry cheesecake or salted caramel pudding.

Tip: “You never want to serve similar items at a rehearsal dinner as are served at the wedding,” says Ron Pacioni, owner of Coup des Tartes and Rendezvous Catering & Events. That means don’t serve beef at the rehearsal dinner if that’s the entrée at your reception. Serve an alternate dish such as pasta, fish or chicken.

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C E L E B RAT I O N L O C AT I O N S PRE-WEDDING PARTIES

rehearsal dinner venues

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More information may be available in the ad. 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.

Facility Name & Location

5th and Wine 7051 E. 5th Ave. Scottsdale, AZ 480.699.8001

Size Range

Price Range

Cuisine

Private Rooms

Outdoor Site

20-100

$20 to $60

Daytime Off-Premise Events Catering

American Comfort Cuisine

Scottsdale’s 5th and Wine offers the fountain room with private bar, full-service dining room and expansive courtyard. Special occasions are tailored to exceed expectations -- wines, menus, desserts -unforgettable moments created.

Varies

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

Armitage Wine Bistro the perfect place for all wedding festivities. Engagement parties, bridal showers, bachelorette parties, rehearsal dinners, boutique receptions up to 200 people. Beautiful wine bar atmosphere, great packages available.

www.5thandwine.com

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

10-1,500 Please Call for Pricing

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

www.arizonabiltmore.com

Armitage Bistro 20751 N. Pima Rd. #120 Scottsdale, AZ 480.502.1641

25-225

$20 to $70

American Wine Bar

15 to 600

$15 to $40

Mexican

Nestled in the shadow of Squaw Peak Mountain, Aunt Chilada’s is an Arizona landmark with a personality all its own. Call Michele to schedule an unforgettable celebration.

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.

www.armitagewine.com

Aunt Chilada’s 7330 N. Dreamy Draw Dr. Phoenix, AZ 602.944.1286 www.auntchiladas.com

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

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

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Facility Name & Location

Blanco Biltmore Biltmore Fashion Park 2502 East Camelback Road Phoenix, AZ 480.905.3278

Size Range

Price Range

Cuisine

Private Rooms

Outdoor Site

10 to 75

Daytime Off-Premise Events Catering

$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.

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.

40 to 150 $2,300 $8,000

Mexican

Flemings Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar pairs passion for service, seasonal ingredients and the finest USDA Prime beef. Flemings is the ideal location to host your rehearsal dinner, reception or shower.

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.

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

El Encanto Mexican Restaurants 6248 E. Cave Creek Rd. • 480.488.1752 1112 E. Carefree Highway • 623.780.5948 11044 N. Saguaro Blvd. • 480.837.1070 www.elencantorestaurants.com

Flemings Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar 905 N. 54th St. • 480.940.1900 20753 N. Pima Rd. • 480.538.8000 6333 N. Scottsdale Rd. • 480.596.8265 www.flemingssteakhouse.com

10-150

$77-$99

Steakhouse

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

10-150

$25 to $100

Brazilian Steakhouse

www.fogo.com

El Encanto’s old world Mission charm, lush gardens, pond and waterfalls enchant at every turn and set the stage for a gorgeous wedding or rehearsal dinner. Superb food, spirits and service guarantee a memorable experience.

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Facility Name & Location

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

Size Range Up to 360

Price Range $85 & Up

Cuisine Varies (Custom Menus)

Private Rooms

Outdoor Site

Daytime Off-Premise Events Catering

www.fourseasons.com/scottsdale

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

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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.

8-150

$23.95 to $77.95

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.

www.wildhorsepassresort.com

Maggiano’s 16405 N. Scottsdale Rd. Scottsdale AZ 480.333.4100 www.maggianos.com

North Italia 4925 N 40th St. Phoenix Arizona 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

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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.

10-314

www.jgsteakhousescottsdale.com

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

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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.


Rawhide 5700 W. North Loop Rd. Chandler, AZ 480.502.5600

Size Range

Price Range

Cuisine

Private Rooms

Outdoor Site

Daytime Off-Premise Events Catering

10-350

Varies

Steakhouse

Host a rehearsal dinner that will be as memorable as your special day. Bring the whole crowd out to Rawhide Western Town & Steakhouse for a true western experience.

Up to 600

$22 to $45

Cowboy Cuisine

Rustler’s Rooste steakhouse is located high atop South Mountain. We offer a variety of rehearsal dinner venues. Everything from our Crystal Pavilion with stage and dance floor to picturesque patios.

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

8-100

Varies

American

This award winning casual sophisticated fresh grill invites you to savor a seasonally inspired menu and internatiaonal wine list in a welcoming adult atmosphere. Piano bar nightly.

Up to 100

$25 & Up

Custom

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

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Rustler’s Rooste 8383 S. 48th St. Phoenix, AZ 602.431.6407 www.rustlersrooste.com

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

Scottsdale Resort & Conference Center 7700 E. McCormick Pkwy. Scottsdale, AZ 480.596.7588

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.foreveratscottsdaleresort.com

Seasons 52 2502 E. Camelback Rd. Phoenix, AZ 602.840.5252 www.seasons52.com

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

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“When I saw you I fell in love, and you smiled because you knew.” ~ William Shakespeare

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6-9 months

twelve months:

nine months:

Three-Four Months:

n Choose the date and time for wedding and rehearsal. n Purchase Arizona Weddings Magazine and register on arizonaweddings.com. n Create a wedding email account. n Create a wedding website on arizonaweddings.com. 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.

n Announce engagement in newspaper. n Select dress for bridal attendants. n Start shopping for men’s wedding attire. n D ecide on the caterer, photographer and videographer. n B ook a florist and choose arrangements. n R egister for gifts at bridal registries of choice. n S elect transportation for ceremony and reception.

n Choose the ceremony music. n Talk over reception music with band or DJ. 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 Visit officiant and review vows, readings, and music. n Select and reserve men’s attire. n Address invitations and announcements.

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six months: n Order dress and accessories - including veil, gloves and shoes; schedule delivery date. n H elp mothers select and coordinate their dresses. n R eserve any rental equipment such as tables, chairs and tent (if you’re marrying at home or in an unfurnished space). n C hoose baker - order wedding cake and groom’s cake. n S hop for your trousseau. n S elect your wedding invitations, envelopes and thank-you cards. n S cout around for accommodations for out-of-town guests. n P lan the rehearsal dinner. n Research  marriage license requirements. (arizonaweddings.com) n C hoose favors. n C onfirm honeymoon plans. (Compile necessary documents: passports, visas, etc.) n F inalize guest list.


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3-4 months

1-2 months

1-2 weeks

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two months:

Two Weeks:

Day Before

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 B reak in wedding shoes at home - scuff the bottom, walk around in them. n Meet  with photographer and videographer submit list of must-take shots.

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 P repare tip envelopes and arrange for someone to distribute them the day of.

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, fiancée, parents (and anyone else who helped make the wedding extra special). n Finish trousseau shopping. n Plan pre-wedding attendants’ party.

one Week: n Pick up dress or have it delivered. n Host  bridesmaids’ party. n P ack 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 A rrange for facial and other beauty treatments. n G ive 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.

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.

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We can give you a list of reasons to hire a wedding planner for your big day—as a matter of fact, we do that here, too. But instead of rattl on about all the ways a professional wedding planner can help you execute the wedding of your dreams, we decided to show you. We reached out to some of our favorites in the biz, to get ideas they've just been dying to explore. What we found—in addition to awesome wedding ideas—is that the level of creativity industry professionals bring with them never ceases to amaze us.

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couches and chairs for the ceremony seating.

planners we spoke to came up with..

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Many different colors can be added to make

notch with a Victorian theme, down to the very

the scenery bloom.” She also suggests using

last detail.

vintage china with flower designs, bridesmaid

Victorian Jessica Silvers, Eventique AZ

“It gives an "old soul" feel to a wedding,

dresses made of dupioni silk and satin

and is beautiful in its own way with many

decorated with lace trim and well-chosen

possibilities of personal touches,” she says.

flowers to fit the charm.

Vintage weddings were all the rage the last

“I'd love to see a vintage wedding played out

few years—they absolutely dominate Pinterest,

to its fullest—crystal cut wine glasses, beaded

and seem to grab the attention of DIY brides

curtains, vases of mercury glass, Victorian

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“Setup a wedding planning schedule or calendar from the get-go to help you stay on track! This will keep you from becoming overwhelmed throughout the process because you have given yourself a guideline.” — Amina Michele, Wedding Designer, Some Like It Classic Wedding Design

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Which plan is best for you? Whether you're a do-it-yourself type who requires the slightest bit of help, or a hands-off just-send-me-the-invitation kind of bride, there's a wedding planning package for you. Almost every planning professional—certainly each of the ones we talked to—offer a variety of planning packages, with different levels to suit your individual needs.

A La Cart If you've perfected your theme, selected your colors and designed your invitations yourself, but you need help with a detail or two along the way, talk to local planners about packages that offer purely assistance. Whether you need help finding the right sized tent, the best prices on flatware, or suggestions on how to word your invitations, an a la cart, and sometimes in-studio series of consultations, may be perfect for you.

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bouquet 101 Tips for Selecting the Perfect Bridal Bouquet

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

this shape of bouquet, along with accents of

When you see a bouquet that appeals to you,

“shower” bouquet, is very formal and the most

trailing ivy, vinca or other delicate greenery.

ask yourself what you like about it; is it the

traditional bridal bouquet. Like a waterfall, this

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

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

bouquet flows and is designed to gently cascade

style wedding dress, this shape of bouquet

are gathered with a beautiful satin ribbon?

downward. This bouquet is often designed with

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

To help you select the bouquet that will blend

larger flowers at the top, using smaller blooms

petite woman, another shape of bouquet may

seamlessly with the other elements of your

as it begins to taper down and land gracefully

be a better choice.

wedding, here is a breakdown of traditional

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

bouquet shapes and styles.

valley, stephanotis, dendrobium orchids and

Composite If you’re looking for a truly unique

other smaller flowers are commonly used in

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, day lilies, 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 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,

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flowers that the bride carries cradled in her

flowers for your pageant bouquet, make sure

bride who wants her hands to be free. A clas-

arms. A pageant bouquet can be as simple

the blooms are not longer than what can fit

sic floral choice for a pomander is roses, but it

or elaborate as you’d like, depending on the

comfortably along the length of your lower

may also be made with hydrangeas, delphin-

style and formality of your wedding. Some of

arm.

ium, dendrobium orchids, or any other flowers suggested by your floral designer. While a

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

Pomander A less-traditional bouquet, the po-

pomander may not be the look for you, it’s an

as calla lilies, roses, delphinium, tuberose,

mander is a small, compact bloom-covered

adorable alternative for junior bridesmaids or

lisianthus or French tulips. The blooms are

ball that is usually four to six inches in diameter

flower girls. Just remember to have it sized ac-

then secured together with a beautiful satin

and then suspended from a ribbon that is worn

cordingly so its shape is appropriate for their

or fabric ribbon. However, when selecting the

around the wrist. This is a good choice for the

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, day lilies, peonies and seeded eucalyptus.

Other Considerations You want your bouquet to complement your personality, proportions, and attire while remaining in the general aesthetic theme of the day. So, after you consider the different shapes of bouquets, here are some other basic considerations to factor in before making your final choice. Color In choosing the right color combination for your bouquet, consider your own personal taste, but also the season, the time of day of the ceremony and the atmosphere of your ceremony location. While all-white bouquets are the most traditional choice for brides, accents of color or an all-color bouquet are

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You’ll also want to consider any embellishment

also think of using accent flowers in the hue of

or decoration on your gown. You won’t want

your bridesmaids’ dresses or in your wedding

to obscure the beautiful beading or lace with

color if you have one.

a large cascading bouquet, so in this instance, you might want to select a presentation or

Body Type In general, a voluptuous or

nosegay bouquet. When you meet with your

taller bride should select a bigger style of

floral designer, show them a photo of your

bouquet, because a small nosegay might

dress and they will be able to offer some

seem out of proportion. Petite brides

suggestions for the style and shape of bouquet

should pass on the grandiose bouquets and

that’s right for you.

opt for something smaller so they are not lost behind a sea of flowers. The averagesized bride should select a medium-sized bouquet that presents a nice proportion when held in front of her body. Gown When determining the style and shape of your bouquet, you also want to consider the scale of your gown. A common rule to follow is: the bigger the gown, the bigger the bouquet. A ball gown should be able to hold its own against an overflowing cascade bouquet, however, a simple sheath gown would not.

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also accepted and beautiful options. You might

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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Modern Décor Expert Ideas For Creating The Perfect Setting For Your Celebration Written by Amy Moeller

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These days, the major components that contribute to the overall Atmosphere of a modern wedding can be plopped into any of three categories: florals, general décor, and other, miscellanious components. And this year, each of those three is getting more interesting than ever before.

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“The inclusion of twigs and leaves is one

Rentals to Remember

In addition to bold colors and patterns, pale

great way to create simple, yet bold designs,”

Rentals are more popular than ever, having

pastels—though on the opposite end of the

says Denham. “For the centerpieces, different

exceeded the days of simple tables and chairs

spectrum—are continuing to see a lot of love

sized vases, coupled with freshly grown

and grown to include entire catalogs of pieces

this season. And most of that love seems to

garden-style flowers make an interesting

and options.

be romantic.

alternative to the one-vase centerpiece....Soft

“Rental vases and linens are topping the

vines, geranium leaves and maidenhair fern all

charts right now,” says Lucas. “The bride’s dollar

top the must-have lists.”

sure goes farther when they can rent many of

“Blush pink, pale peach, and natural hues are very popular,” says Corrina Chavez of The Studio at Cactus Flower. Whether these

the multiple items that they need. What are you

lighter shades stem from the romantic

going to do with 20 vases later anyway?”

themes, or the romantic themes inspire the love of light colors, we're not sure. But one this is for sure: they're both very much en vogue, and they complement each other well. “The effect of demure lighting, multi-petal flowers in faint hues and footed glassware are used to create a beautiful setting,” says Chavez. Cheryl Denham, owner of LUX Wedding Florist attributes the longevity of vintage pastels to a popular TV show. “Brides

planning

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vintage-themed

wedding will be pleased to hear that beautiful pastel bouquets with a countryside feel are still very popular,” she says. “Thanks in part due to the third season of Downton Abbey.” But even more so than a theme, says Ginia Lucas of Y-Knot Party & Rentals, is the feeling associated with these florals, and other trending elements. “Romance is in,” says Lucas. “Soft palettes of color, romantic uplighting and lots of elegant curtains and crystals seem to be dominating the décor we are doing.”

Blooming for Days In order to better achieve this romantic look, bigger blooms are in high demand. “Multi-level tablescapes consist of hydrangeas, peonies, anemones, garden roses,” says Susie Timm of Encore Creative Weddings, “in a variety of bud vases and mint julep-style vessels nestled amongst votives and oil lamps adorn tables.” “We're seeing a move from the more rustic DIY/vintage/shabby chic decor to a more elegant classic wedding style,” says Amanda Johnson of Butterfly Petals. “Larger, fuller centerpieces with fuller, larger flowers like peonies and garden roses.” Other natural elements are also featured. ArizonaWeddings.com

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Rentals also offer brides the chance to push the limits on traditional décor and be more creative than ever. “Our clients are getting braver,” says Johnson. “No more matchy matchy linen, runner's, chair covers and sashes. Instead it's textural linen offset by natural fruitwood chairs, full sequin linen, bold prints.” That outside-ofthe-box thinking extends to furniture. “I've seen a greater variety in seating styles,” says Johnson, who cites having even seen king and queen chairs for sweetheart tables—we're in love! As brides get more creative with their venue selection---often starting with a blank canvas and still demanding glamor—rentals are a must. “Brides are going for the drama in their décor in all things from creative lighting effects like pin spotting and up-lighting, to magnificent draping designs covering the ceiling, grand entranceway and even whole ballrooms,” says Denham. “With more couples seeking out unusual venues, we are beginning to see more of a need for rentals to make the guests comfortable and the location impressive. Renting portable commodes fancy enough for royalty is not out of the question.” “Tall curtained backdrops are a must behind a head table,” says Lucas. “And chargers of all kinds transform a table even when the centerpiece isn’t as expensive.”

Lounging Around In addition to helping establish a theme or showcasing as décor, more often than before, rentals are being used to create interesting spaces. “Lighting, plants and rental furniture usually help to define the spaces and guide guests from one part of the wedding to another,” says Denham, who reports seeing an increase in popularity of lounging sofas in all shapes and colors. “It is completely plausible to have the ceremony, reception and after party all in one large ballroom draped separately to create distinct areas. Rentals have an amazing ability to make any event feel more cozy, comfortable and inviting.”

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What tips would you give a bride-to-be for

refrigeration and provide the accessibility to

florists are climbing aboard to help accent

selecting vendors?

the best flowers from multiple suppliers to

the space, with different techniques serving

Corrina Chavez, The Studio at Cactus

ensure premium product and design.

different settings. “Floral arrangements for

Flower: Selecting any florist, caterer or linen

For rental vendors, select one that

evening lounge areas,” for example, says

vendor takes research and recommendations.

understands your vision and is committed to

Chavez, may “include a spark of candlelight or

A florist—or any other vendor—with mutiple

ensuring that your vision is executed. Some

led lights shimmering within the centerpiece

locations and longevity in the Valley would be

rental companies strictly drop off tables

themselves.”

a very positive consideration.

and chairs where others offer customized

Timm agrees. “The right structure, ceiling

Cheryl Denham, LUX Wedding Florist: Trust

elements

treatment, lighting and furniture,” she says,

and confidence is important. Make sure to

and producers to help design and execute

“will convey your vignette theme before your

stop by your florist’s studio and see their

your vision during both the planning and

guests enter.”

workspace and the flowers they have at their

installation stages.

location, rather than just viewing the work

Ginia Lucas, Y-Knot Party & Rentals: Be

they have posted online. Anyone can show

realistic about your floral budget, and be

amazing photos but it’s vital to hire a florist

open to suggestions. You might be surprised

From florals, to décor, to rentals—even food

that you can trust to accurately communicate

that making a few concessions on design

and photography—wedding planning requires a

your vision.

can save you money and still give you the

great deal of decision making, and paperwork.

Susie Timm, Encore Creative Weddings:

look you want. Selecting a rental company

Before you sign your day away, there is a lot

Always work with a professional florist.

quite often comes down to personalized

to consider. We sat down with local industry

Arizona's summer temperatures can quickly

service. Often prices in the rental industry are

experts to find out what every bride needs to

take a toll on your bridal bouquet. Your

similar—it's the only way to be competitive.

know.

professional florist will suggest the most hardy

So when looking for your company look for

flowers, ensure proper care and handling,

quality of rentals, personality and integrity

As the popularity of such spaces increases,

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of the company and your sales person, and

and who you think can best help you pull this

that could save me money and still achieve

experience and knowledge about the rentals.

together.

the same effect?

Amanda Johnson, Butterfly Petals: Each of

What questions should every bride ask

Susie Timm, Encore Creative Weddings:

us has our own design style. Choose someone

potential vendors?

How long have they been in business and how

who reflects you. With your rentals there

Cheryl Denham, LUX Wedding Florist: Do

many events can they produce in one day? If

are companies with funky unique pieces and

you have a backup plan should you fall ill? If

your vendor needs to stay and move chairs

companies with more basic rental options.

the flowers you order don’t arrive? How many

from the ceremony to the reception, can they,

Obviously budget comes into play but you

weddings do you handle at one time? Are

and is there a charge for that? Is there a fee

should focus on the overall feel of your event

there any substitutions to my floral design

to come back at the end of your event to pick up the equipment? What happens if an item you rented stops working (i.e. photo booth or lighting) or is missing? Ginia Lucas, Y-Knot Party & Rentals:: When should I book with you? What are your payment and cancellation policies? What should brides look for in their contracts? Susie Timm, Encore Creative Weddings: Read the delivery and start times and locations carefully to make sure they match the window provided by your venue. You're paying for a set amount of time at your venue and that time often includes the window for deliveries and installations. If those times haven’t been clearly communicated to your rental provider and they attempt to deliver outside of your contracted times, you may be responsible for additional delivery and labor charges. Don’t be afraid to over communicate. Any other advice for our readers? Corrina Chavez, The Studio at Cactus Flower: Choose a theme based on what you love: the effect of romance, Southwestern influence, country, urban, contemporary, whatever your style is. Envision the effect you want translated by the flowers, décor, lighting, etc. Cheryl Denham, LUX Wedding Florist: Don’t book your florist last! Booking your florist last could leave you short on budget for something that often has the greatest impact on the look of the wedding. Meet with at least one company per category before booking any wedding vendors—this will help create a budget.

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A lackluster meal for the guests and the

about your wedding menu for years to come.

reception truly stand out among the half-

might be reminiscent of family dinners, too, as more couples are opting for family-style

bride and groom alike. One way to make your

dinners rather than the typical plated or buffet.

dozen that your friends are likely attending

Return to Childhood

The buzzword seems to be “approachable

this calendar year is to serve some truly

Macaroni and cheese, recently popular on

elegance” — so you might just consider

spectacular food. Take a peek at some of

wedding menus, has taken a backseat to

tuxedoed servers presenting that food family-

the latest and greatest ideas and innovations

other childhood favorites such as gourmet ice

style.

in wedding catering, according to some of

cream sandwiches on the dessert menu, as

To really personalize your wedding-day

the state’s top professionals. They’re sure to

well as milkshakes — but spiked with alcohol

menu, think about what foods you loved as

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a child (or ask your fiancé what his family favorites were). While some options, such as fish sticks or chicken nuggets, might not be exactly what you picture for this particular event, others could be the perfect touch. For example, if your mother made you a certain type of birthday cake every year, consider making that flavor at least one layer in the wedding cake.

Asian Fusion Ethnic cuisine has been peppering the wedding landscape over the past few years, and it’s returned for 2014 in the form of Asian Fusion menus, according to Darcy Carter of Copper Square Kitchen by Hyatt. Particularly popular are stuffed steamed buns, more traditionally known as bao or boazi, which are often stuffed with pork in a savory application or custard or sweet bean paste for a sweeter treat. For an unanticipated menu option in place of the standard chicken or beef, offer an Asianinspired duck dish as an entrée.

Early Birds Who says a wedding reception must be held at dinner time? More and more couples are opting for brunch receptions after a midmorning wedding. Rather than a full bar, offer up bloody Marys with a full array of add-ons, such as olives or celery, clamato juice or even bacon-flavored salt for the rims, as well as mimosas and screwdrivers. This happens to also be a budget-friendly option, as your bar bill will likely be lower for a mid-morning affair when compared to an evening event. For food, enjoy omelet and pancake stations, as well as some lighter seafood options such as chilled shrimp cocktail.

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More and more brides — and the caterers,

boast during the spring and summer months.

Restricted diets are more prominent than

too! — are putting a priority on locally

There’s also a plethora of local honey, which

ever, says Salinas, so it’s more likely than

sourced ingredients for the menus. Food

might be a nice favor for guests, as well as part

ever that you’re going to run into a guest

professionals have long known that fresh, in-

of a menu.

or two who requires gluten-free food,

season ingredients that haven’t been trucked

If you or your betrothed hail from out of

vegan food, lactose-free food or otherwise.

in from the other side of the world makes for

state but you’re getting married in Arizona,

Caterers are pros for a reason—don’t stress

a tastier, higher-quality meal. However, the

take a cue from your hometown and feature

too much about accommodating your great

reality is that the ability to do this is slightly

a dish that’s local for your family. Grew up in

aunt Millie, who needs soft foods, or your

more limited in Arizona, where much of

Boston? Serve clam chowder as a starter.

college BFF, who swears by gluten-free

the state’s desert makes growing seasons

Maryland born and bred? Crab cakes are a

cuisine. Just ensure that you include a spot

different from that rest of the country.

must at mid-Atlantic weddings.

on the RSVP for dietary restrictions, and let

However, the Grand Canyon State is known for

the pros handle the rest.

its citrus crops, which is a fantastic flavor to

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Keeping It Classic

the cheese grits on the side!)

plate — whether it consists of shrimp and

Salinas of Fresh From the Kitchen in Phoenix recommends offering solutions that allow

According to Carter, the surf and turf duet

guests to help themselves. “Sometimes, the

steak or crabcakes and chicken — is a classic

Brides on a Budget

expense comes in the service personnel,

option that will never go out of style. Put a

As much as we would all love to have a

not just the food itself,” she says. That’s

unique spin on surf and turf by offering

fabulous, upscale, unique menu, sometimes

why, for example, passed hors d’oeuvres

less-common paired dishes, such as delicate

the budget simply doesn’t allow for it. In

typically cost more than stationary displays,

sea scallops with comforting short ribs or a

that case, talk to your caterer about ways

and a chef-attended carving station is more

Southern-inspired menu such as crawfish and

to make your menu stand out without

expensive than prime rib on a buffet line.

crispy pork belly or Tasso ham. (Don’t forget

boosting costs too significantly. Noelle

Carter suggests serving a less-formal meal, such as barbecue with some of your favorite side dishes that can be served family style. Don’t worry about the slightly casual concept. “Making the wedding your own will make a lasting impression on the guests,” she says. “They will remember a unique meal that is special to you, versus a fancy chicken plate that they’ve seen at other weddings, too.”

The Finishing Touch Dessert bars might be in style, but after years of cupcakes, pies, candy bars and other nontraditional wedding desserts, the classic wedding cake — complete with round tiers, not square or otherwise — is making a comeback. Little things that make the cakes of 2014 stand out include a coating of ombre frosting — that is, a gradation of hue from top to bottom — special textures, such as ruffles, made with frosting and seasonal flavors, such as lemon in the spring and summer and mocha in the fall and winter. Whether you decide to serve the classic surf and turf dinner or something completely of your own invention, be sure to talk to your caterer about making the menu your own. In the end, if your dinner — or breakfast, brunch or lunch — is something that the newlyweds are happy with, your guests will enjoy the meal, too.

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Drink Up! In many cases, wedding and cocktails go hand in hand, which means they’re just as subject to trends as the food menus are. Here are some of the top wedding cocktail trends:

Trend One For 2014, seasonal cocktails are what’s in—for example, during the spring months, choose cocktails that burst forth with light flavors of fresh fruit, such as the Salty Dog, a combination of gin and grapefruit juice. In the summer, make a play on the traditional lemonade beverage, while paying homage to Arizona’s southern neighbor, Mexico, with a spiked rosemary lemonade cocktail. Combine 1.5 ounces of Reposado tequila with 4 ounces of lemonade and a crushed rosemary spring in a highball glass. The fall and winter months call for warmer, inviting cocktails using bourbon or another form of whiskey.

Trend Two During cocktail hour, offer your guests flights of beer or wine. This works best for small, intimate weddings. Pick some of your favorite options from a local winery or your favorite brewery, and allow guests small samples of multiple options.

Trend Three Don’t forget about the non-drinkers, too. Small-batch sodas, which are unique flavors of homemade sodas, are growing in popularity at weddings. Of course, you could always add booze to these personalized beverages!

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Perfect for whiskey lovers

Soft Kiss

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A take on the tried and true whiskey sour, we've added some orange juice to liven it up a little. The strawberry garnish adds a little punch of color. Serve it in a pretty cocktail glass, to give it that feminine touch.

Peaches and mint makes this cocktail easy to drink. The men and women will both want a few of these delicious libations.

This perfect tequila cocktail was created by Camarena tequila and is simply fabulous. There are lot of ingredients, but it is so worth it.

This is a twist on the standard margarita recipe. The blood orange adds just enough bitter-sweet to make these go down easy. You can have fun with the garnish. The orange is a must, but you could add berries or limes too.

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ureCocktails Refreshing The perfect hot weather cocktail

Perfect for a sophisticated soire

See recipes on page 210

Dapper Gent

Lady in red

Kind sir

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This is basically a Negroni cocktail, which is a traditional Italian aperitif ( a before dinner drink.) Campari is the key to this drink. It can be an acquired taste, but I think you will find most your guests will enjoy it.

Raspberries and soda water make this vodka drink amazingly refreshing. It does have a bit of prep time if you want make your own raspberry juice. It's a little time consuming to make, but your mixologist may be able to find a few short cuts.

This is just a plain ole vodka sour, so how can you go wrong. Sweet and sour and super refreshing. Your guest will be lining up for just one more.

Ginger ale adds the perfect fizz to this fantastic vodka cocktail. It too, is really refreshing and perfect for the Arizona heat.

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MR. & MRS. Cocktail Recipies Soft Kiss Ingredients: 1 sliced strawberry 2 oz. bourbon 2 oz. freshly squeezed orange juice 3 tbls freshly squeezed lemon juice 1 tsp granulated sugar 1 cup ice cubes Preparation: In a large cocktail shaker, combine bourbon, orange juice, lemon juice, granulated sugar, and ice. Cover, and shake vigorously until all ingredients are well combined and cold. Pour into prepared glass, and garnish with sliced strawberry.

Gentle HUg Ingredients: 1/2 peach, cut into thick slices 3 or 4 fresh mint leaves 1 lemon wedge 1 ounce water 1/2 oz. simple syrup 2 oz. whiskey 1 thin peach slice for garnish

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Preparation: Muddle all ingredients except whiskey in a cocktail shaker. Add ice and whiskey. Shake and strain into an ice-filled old fashioned glass and garnish with a peach slice.

Sweet Se単ora Ingredients: 1-1/2 oz. Silver Tequila 3/4 oz. Cointreau Orange Liqueur 1 oz. blood orange juice 1/2 oz. fresh sour mix Handful of ice 1 slice of orange for garnish


1-1/2 oz. sweet vermouth 1-1/2 oz. Campari 1-1/2 oz. gin Handful of ice -Maraschino cherry

Handsome hombre

Preparation: In shaker combine all ingredients, shake and pour into a chilled cocktail glass. Garnish with the maraschino cherry.

Ingredients: 1-1 /2 oz. tequila 1 oz. white Port 1/2 oz. Velvet Falernum 1/2 oz. simple syrup 1 oz. fresh-squeezed lemon juice 1/2 oz. ginger beer Preparation: In a shaker, combine all ingredients except ginger beer. Shake and strain into a high ball glass over ice, adding ginger beer as you pour.

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Lady in red Ingredients 12 ounces frozen raspberries 1/4 cup water 4 ounces vodka 8 ounces soda water Stevia drops or your favorite sweetener splash of rhubarb bitters fresh raspberries (for garnish) ice

Preparation: Heat raspberries with water in a sauce pan over medium high heat until boiling. Reduce heat to a simmer. Cook about 5 minutes until berries have burst and become pulpy. Strain berries over a bowl with a fine mesh sieve. Mash the berries against the sieve with the back of a spoon to release the juices. Chill the juice in the refrigerator until cool. This makes 2 cocktails. Using 2 highball glasses, add some ice, 4 ounces raspberry juice, 2 ounces vodka, 4 ounces soda water and a splash of rhubarb bitters. Add sweetener to taste.

Kind sir Ingredients 2 oz. vodka 2 oz. lemon Juice 2 oz. simple syrup 1 wedge lemon

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Preparation: In a shaker combine all ingredients except orange slice and shake vigorously. Pour into a chilled cocktail glass.


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Wedding Cake 101 All The Steps You’ll Need To Have Your Cake And Eat It Too

You’ll be the center of attention on your wedding day, that’s a given. But there’s something else that will take center stage at your reception, something that will provide the perfect ending to your celebration. Your wedding cake is more than flour, sugar, and eggs. It’s the one dessert that your guests will talk about for months to come, raving over its size, its appearance, and most of all, its taste. The right combination of flavors, fillings, and frostings is out there; you just need to find it.

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1. Getting Started Today’s cake designers are coming up with incredibly unique designs that are beautiful to look at as well as yummy to eat. The fancier your cake, the more it will cost. You can expect to pay $5 to $25 per slice, depending on the style, designer and ingredients you chose. You’ll need to start shopping for your cake early and reserve your order about two months in advance of your wedding. Most designers include setup and delivery at your reception site in the cost, but check your contract to be sure. You should be allowed to taste as many flavors and combinations as you would like. Your designer may also provide you with flavor recommendations based on the food you are planning to serve at the reception. Spending some extra time with your cake designer will pay off in the long run and ensure you get the perfect cake for your taste.

2. Take Shape Cake Styles Pillar Each tier of cake is separated by pillars (clear, white, colored, etc.) The space between the pillars may remain empty or may be accented with flowers. Stacked This cake is stacked one tier on top of the other, with no space showing between layers. Cascade or Satellite Each layer is decorated separately and placed upon its own pedestal, which stands independently of the others. The pedestals are of varying heights so that it appears the individual cakes are cascading.

3. Yummy Fillings The icing may create a beautiful cake, but it’s what’s inside that counts. A cake falls flat if it doesn’t taste as great as it looks, and the best

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most popular batter is plain white, though yellow and pound cake are increasingly popular. The cake batter can be any flavor you want, but the filling is what actually gives a wedding cake its personality. Filling separates the layers of a cake, adding additional flavor and richness. Filling is usually fruit or cream based and depending on the number of tiers, many brides choose two or three different fillings. Tropical fruit or liqueur-infused fillings are two of the Photo: ©Nicolle Moshiri Photography

hottest trends, with everything from Grand Marnier and kumquat to Kahlua and devil’s food.

4. Frosting, Icings & Decorations A great looking cake is all about one thing: the frosting. Frosting covers the entire cake and holds the layers together. (Icing, on the other hand, is the term used to describe the decorative portion of the cake that sits atop the frosting.) Frosting Butter Cream A creamy, spreadable icing that’s made from butter and sugar. Fondant A thick concoction made from sugar and gelatin that is rolled out flat and then draped over the cake to provide a completely smooth, firm surface for decorating. Royal A frosting made by beating together sugar and egg whites. It hardens when dried, so it is great for dots, lace or lattice work. Ganache Chocolate and heavy cream combination that can be poured over cakes for a glasslike chocolate finish or used as filling. Icing and Decoration Marzipan A rolled paste of ground almonds, egg whites and sugar that can be draped and shaped. Sugar Paste Also called gum paste, it is used like marzipan to make beautiful flowers and decorations. Dragees Hard little sugar balls are painted with edible gold or silver paint. Pulled Sugar Boiled sugar, water, and corn 4747 East Thomas Road “Sweet” E Phoenix, AZ 85018 602.952.5272 LetThemEatCakeAZ.com

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AW style inspiration

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by art Using art on display at the Phoenix Art Museum, nine local bakeries put their skills and creativity to the test by creating sweet masterpieces inspired by works of art.

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TOP: Ralph Rucci, Light taupe embroidered silk jersey mock-neck shell, spring 2003 BOTTOM: The Horse. Deborah Butterfield Ponder, 1981 wood, wire and steel

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Envelope Etiquette Address Your Guests the Right Way

If you thought choosing your invitations was difficult, you’ve only just begun. Properly addressing those invites, making sure to follow etiquette guidelines, can be a confusing process without a bit of help. Here’s a rundown of the proper ways to address your guests on the wedding invitations.

Once you’re ready to begin, there are a few

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specific details that you should keep in mind.

The inner envelope should read Ms. Anderson

When sending formal invitations, you should

and Mr. Kelly, all on the same line.

never abbreviate streets, cities, or states. The only proper abbreviations to use are Mr., Mrs.,

A divorced or separated woman should be ad-

Ms., Dr., and Esq. Keep in mind that military

dressed traditionally, such as Mrs. Leah Adams.

personnel should always be addressed by their

A widowed woman can be addressed in one

full military title, such as Lieutenant or Colonel.

of two ways: either as her deceased husband’s wife Mrs. Troy Adams, or in the traditional way

Married couples with the same last name

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A single woman is always addressed formally

Mrs. Kelly on the unsealed, inner envelope.

as well, usually as Miss Susan Osborne or Ms.

For a married couple with different last

Susan Osborne.

names or a couple living together, they’re

Sending a family invitation requires a bit of

addressed alphabetically on separate lines:

etiquette knowledge as well. Only the parents’

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children under the age of 18 should be listed below their parents’ names on the inner envelope. You should send a separate invitation to anyone over the age of 18, even if that person still lives at home with his or her parents. If there are two siblings over the age of 18 and they live at the same address, it is appropriate to send one invitation to both, with their names listed on the envelope in alphabetical order. Professional titles are another detail to be aware of when addressing your invites. A married man who uses a professional title (in this instance, a doctor) and his wife should be addressed as: Dr. and Mrs. Ken Ramsey The inner envelope should read Dr. Ramsey and Mrs. Ramsey. A married woman who uses a professional title and her husband should be addressed on separate lines on the outer envelope as: Dr. Tiffany Larson Mr. Steve Larson The inner envelope should read Dr. Larson and Mr. Larson. What if both the husband and wife are doctors? The outer envelope should read The Doctors Larson; the inner envelope should read the same. Military titles are handled much the same as a professional title, however it’s worth mentioning again that military titles are never

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abbreviated. A married man with a military title and his wife should be addressed on separate lines on the outer envelope as: Colonel Jeffrey Cornell Mrs. Jeffrey Cornell The inner envelope should read Colonel Cornell and Mrs. Cornell. Who knew so much effort could go into addressing a few envelopes? And when you’re faced with hundreds of ecru invites, it’s nice to know you have friends and family to help ease the handwriting load. Share your newfound etiquette knowledge with your assistants, and then start addressing your guests properly. They’ll appreciate the attention to detail, and you’ll have the satisfaction of knowing though it might seem old-fashioned, you’ve addressed your guests the right way.

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“The true beauty of a woman is her inherent ability to make a man better in every way.” ~Don Williams, Jr.

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Today’s wedding gowns are all about the beautiful backs. Whether it's lace, criss-crossed, low, appliquÊd or embellished the back seems to be getting all the attention. Here are 15 gowns with gorgeous backs, shot against the beautiful landscapes at The Boulders resort.

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This page Gown: Watters Brides’ Jacinda available at Mariée Bridal Earrings: Uptown Bridal & Boutique opposite Gown: Style 7615 by Brides by Demetrios available at Brides by Demetrios Scottsdale Earrings: Mariée Bridal


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Gown: Style 5923 by Stella York Bridal available at Uptown Bridal & Boutique Earrings: MariĂŠe Bridal Bouquet: Butterfly Petals


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Gown: Claire Pettibone’s Devotion available at Mariée Bridal Earrings: Mariée Bridal Headpiece: Uptown Bridal & Boutique

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this page Left to Right: Model One: Gown: Maggie Sottero’s Madrid available at Suzanne’s Bridal Boutique Earrings: Mariée Bridal Model Two: Gown: Cher by Watters’ D.I.D. Bridal Collection available at Mariée Bridal Headpiece: Uptown Bridal & Boutique Model Three: Gown: Fay by Badgley Mischka Bridal available at Uptown Bridal & Boutique Earrings: Uptown Bridal & Boutique Model Four: GOWN: Blue by Enzoani’s Garaina available at Uptown Bridal & Boutique Headpiece: Cactus Flower Florists opposite Top Left: Model One: Gown: Maggie Sottero’s Madrid available at Suzanne’s Bridal Boutique Earrings: Mariée Bridal Model Two: Gown: Cher by Watters’ D.I.D. Bridal Collection available at Mariée Bridal Top Right: GOWN: Maggie Sottero’s Madrid available at Suzanne’s Bridal Boutique Earrings: Mariée Bridal Bouquet: Cactus Flower Florists Bottom: Cher by Watters’ D.I.D. Bridal Collection available at Mariée Bridal


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OPPOSITE Gown: Kitty Chen Couture’s Sicily available at Suzanne’s Bridal & Boutique THIS PAGE Gown: Style H1250 by Moonlight Bridal available at Suzanne’s Bridal & Boutique


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Winnie Couture

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HILONA: Beautiful gown with a Chantilly lace bodice finishing at the hips. The bodice fastens at the back with small cover buttons. The dress crosses at the front into a "V" shape, the neckline is wide from shoulder to shoulder. The skirt is a generous cut with volumes of the soft tulle embroidered and trimmed with a braid made from Chantilly lace.

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With a mix of old school Hollywood glamour and chic Parisian style, the "Je Vous Aime" (I Love You) collection from French wedding gown designer, Cymbeline. With a nod to old cinema, this romantic collection features the finest Chantilly and Calais lace and features timeless silhouettes.

Photographed by: Michael Perez for Cymbeline All gowns by: Cymbeline, Paris

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HEDWIGE: Exquisite A-line lace dress with asymmetrical draped bodice & neckline with a chic, unconventional skirt.

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HINDI: Fluid sheath dress, strapless in Calais lace, slight flared skirt "mermaid" shape, rĂŠincrustĂŠ neckline fastened with small covered buttons. It can be worn with a superb tulle overskirt for a spectacular, romantic look. The overskirt can be removed for a more glamourous look.

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BOTH PAGES: HEMA: Lovely trumpet Calais lace dress, capped sleeves that sit on the tips of the shoulders. A deep round neck makes it ultra feminine. The skirt has tulle ruffles delicately inlaid with a cascade of patterns that emphasize the curve of the hips.

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HOSSANA: Beautiful tulle and lace dress. with off-the-shoulder capped sleeves. The neckline is embroidered with Calais lace. The skirt consists of tiers of tulle ruffles plunging in the back and finished in a long train. The waist has a grosgrain belt.

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HADDA: A gorgeous strapless lace bodice, full skirt with a draped wrapover top layer, which opens to reveal an abundance of tulle petticoats.


HONDA: Exuding old Hollywood glamour, this alluring trumpet, off-theshoulder long sleeved gown is made of embroidered lace. The full skirt is in encrusted lace & tulle.

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HOPE: Calais lace gown with a dropped waist skirt, tulle belt. The skirt is made of layers of trimmed tulle .

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La Bella Bridal Boutique 1941 W. Guadalupe Rd., Ste. 122 Mesa, AZ

www.labellabridalaz.com

Mariée Bridal 8787 N. Scottsdale Rd., Ste. 206 Scottsdale, AZ

www.marieegallery.com

Roberta Frey Designs Valleywide by Appointment

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

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Location

Custom Design Available


bridal fashion & beauty | beauty

Countdown to beauty A One Year Calendar To Getting Wedding Ready

You want to look your best on your big day—we hear you. But maintaining that beautiful skin and hair, all the while keeping your fitness in check, can be a daunting task when faced with the stress and hectic schedule of planning a wedding. Fortunately, if you start early with our one year countdown, you'll find that getting wedding-ready is as simple as 1, 2, 3.

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12 Months

Plus, in addition to helping your waistline, a

phins, and as we all know (Thanks, Legally

Congratulations! You're engaged! With a full

healthy diet will help you feel better, which

Blonde), “endorphins make people happy,

year to go, you have plenty of time to obtain

will come in handy as your to-do list starts

and happy people just don't shoot their hus-

that glowing bridal look.

to grow.

bands.” Or their husbands-to-be. A 30-min-

1. Become mindful of your nutrition. It's

2. Develop an exercise routine. If you aren't

ute workout might be just what you need to

time to start upping your servings of fruits

already hitting the gym, the pavement, or

happily take on the conversations—guest list,

and veggies and scaling back on the fried

wherever it is you get your workout on, now

budget, bachelor parties, etc.—that some-

favorites. Getting an early start on healthy

is the time to create a maintainable regime.

times put us at odds with our loved ones. Ac-

eating will help you avoid the temptation

Exercise won't just help you rock that dress.

cording to the American Heart Association,

of crash diets when the big day draws near.

Added bonus: Exercise increases your endor-

regular physical activity relieves mental and physical tension. Check out that gym membership and talk to a personal trainer. 3. Get hydrated. Though, according to Mayo Clinic, it's not clear that drinking extra water affects your skin, it is true that maintaining adequate hydration is good for your overall health. And if you aren't already in the habit of drinking up—or if water simply isn't your go-to beverage—you may need a little time to get used to it. Same goes for regularly moisturizing. Make it part of your routine.

Expert Tip “Drink lots of water and splurge on a great lip balm and skin moisturizer” says Robbin Julien, Owner, Creative Beauté Agency. “Also, a cuticle and hair oil will help ensure you have that 'glow' for all your wedding events.”

8-10 Months 1. Talk to your dentist about Invisalign. If you're smile isn't quite what you wish it would be for all the photography that'll come along with your wedding day, now is the time to talk to your dentist about getting it straightened out.

Expert Tip “If your teeth are crowded, too far apart or have shifted since wearing braces, Invisalign could work for you. Start your Invisalign ASAP after you know your date! The average case is done in 10 months. Even if yours is more complex, there are things we can do so photos are pretty, even if you’re not quite done!”--Ken Saunderson of Ginger Price DDS Family Cosmetic Dentistry. 2. Laser hair removal. Because most laser

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hair removal requires a series of at least

4-6 Months

Expert Tip

three sessions, spaced anywhere from four

1. Book hair and makeup. If you live in a

Take your time, and research your vendors.

to eight weeks apart, it's best to start early.

smaller town or are incredibly flexible, you may

Get referrals, talk to friends, and book

And—according to the American Academy of

have a little more time, but if you live in a high-

early!! The good ones go fast!" -- Heather

Dermatology, patients are advised to avoid

demand area and have your heart set on a

Wilson, Owner, Professional Makeup Artist,

tanning or sunless tanners for up to six weeks

particular hair stylist or makeup artist, it's best

Artistry On Location

prior to treatment. If you're looking for a tan,

to get those vendors booked. You can start

you'll probably be hitting that sunless tanner

your trials a bit later, but having a professional

2. Meet with a skincare professional. Particu-

bottle hard a few months from now, so you'd

on the books is a good idea at this point in the

larly if you have sensitive or problematic skin,

better get your laser removal on now.

game.

start talking to a professional about a skincare planning and goals now. While most treatments—facials,

microdermabrasion,

botox,

etc.--leave you looking glamorous in no time, if you're trying any of them out for the first time, it's important to do so early so you don't get caught red-faced—or worse—on your big day. Be sure to ask about post-procedure at-home care. Not only will that help the benefits of your procedure to last longer, but it'll ensure that you don't have any adverse reactions. For example, according to The Associated Skin Care Professionals, a national industry association, newly exposed skin—such as from microdermabrasion—is sensitive and should be protected by sunscreen, and kept out of direct sunlight, lest you sunburn your newly fresh face. 3. Meet with your favorite hair stylist. If you're interested in a whole new do, consider having your hair colored or cut now. Yes, you'll have to maintain the color and/or cut for at least the next few months, but maintaining is a lot less stressful than fixing a dye or cut job gone awry with just weeks to go. And, you might need a whole new do and not even realize it.

Expert Tip “Start collecting photos of bridal hair styles you love. You may need a new cut, color or extensions in order to achieve the look you want and your stylist can help you plan the best course of action so you're not limited when it comes to your wedding day.” --Becky, Stylist, Rumors Salon

2-3 Months 1. Experiment with sunless tanners. If you're looking for a little glow-from-a-bottle (and we know you wouldn't dare think about ruining a

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healthy skin by tanning any of the old fashioned ways), you'll want to pick up a couple now to try them out. According to Dr. Melanie D. Palm via the Skin Care Foundation www.skincancer. org/skin-cancer-information/ask-the-experts/ self-tanners) sunless tanners take an average seven to 10 days to fade, so give yourself plenty of time to try out different ones. See which last, which offer the color tone you're looking for, and which won't rub off—a runny tanner and a white dress do not mix. 2. Quit biting your nails. If you do it, we're sure you've been trying to stop. But now is the crunchtime. According to the American Academy of Dermatology, women's fingernails grow on average 3.5 millimeters per month. So if you quit now and start practicing proper nail grooming, you can lengthen your nails for the perfect manicure. 3. Attend your trials. If you're having your hair or makeup professionally done, schedule your trial for at least one month out, so you have time to make any changes to the look. If

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you're doing your own hair and makeup, start practicing.

Expert Tip “A trial updo appointment is so worth the investment of your time and money. It'll help you communicate with your stylist so you can nail the right look and have a chance to live with a style before you're committed to it. Bring plenty of photos for reference. On your wedding day, there will be no bridal hair regrets. --Becky, Stylist, Rumors Salon

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3-4 Weeks Before 1. Get your last... Schedule your last haircut, hair color, skincare procedure—with the exception of a mini-facial, which can be done a few days before the big day. To clarify, we mean your last of a series of treatments. Now is not the time to try anything new on your precious skin or locks.

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2. Get your teeth whitened. Consult your dentist about which at-home treatment he or she recommends or set up an in-office professional whitening.

Expert Tip “Teeth whitening is a very popular and easy way to brighten your smile. There are a variety of options available, ranging from those done in the dental office to dentist supervised at-home systems,” says Ken Saunderson of Ginger Price DDS Family Cosmetic Dentistry. “The whitening can be done in one session, but it's always good for the dentist to have a full understanding of your needs, so if you are going to a new dentist they might ask you do an initial patient consultation, including exam and x-rays. Best advice—contact your dentist with questions.”

3-5 Days Before 1. Get your mani/pedi. 2. Waxing. Facial hair or otherwise, take care of this with plenty of time to allow any swelling or redness to subside—at least a few days. If it's your first time, try making these appointments even earlier to ensure there won't be additional issues, such as adverse reactions to the wax, ingrown hairs, and more.

Expert Tip “Right after waxing, avoid direct sunlight and tanning booths, especially while the skin is still red from treatment. For 24 hours after waxing, avoid exercise, hot tubs, and products with harsh chemicals, perfumes, or dyes. Apply a gentle moisturizer 24 hours after treatment.”--Associated Skin Care Professionals 3. Relax, and get some rest. There's a reason they call it “beauty sleep.”

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Face

Eyes Brows

Self Tanning

Skin Care

beauty

essentials

Face: FOUNDATION Dior Diorskin Airflash' Spray Foundation, sephora.com POWDER Bobbi Brown Brightening Finishing Powder, nordstrom.com BLUSH Laura Mercier Sheer Cr猫me Glow, nordstrom.com TINTED MOISTURIZER NARS Pure Radiant Tinted Moisturizer with SPF 30, sephora.com Eyes: EYESHADOW Dolce & Gabbana Smooth Eye Color Quad, nordstrom.com MASCARA Lanc么me Hypn么se Drama Instant Full Body Volume Mascara, sephora.com LASH SEALER Lash Genius instantly waterproofs mascara, sephora.com Brows: BRUSH Anastasia Beverly Hills Mini Duo Brush LOOSE POWDER SEALER Anastasia Beverly Hills Beauty Genius is a waterproofing gel for loose powders, use on brow, or as primer for eyeshadow, sephora.com BROW POMADE Anastasia Beverly Hills Dipbow Pomade for sculpting precise brows, sephora.com Tanning: SELF TANNING Elemental Herbology Sun Kiss a daily body lotion with self-tanner that delivers a lasting sun-kissed glow without harsh chemicals, elementalherbologyus.com Skin Care: FILLER Exuviance Targeted Filler T5 fills fine lines, ulta.com MOISTURIZER Glycolic Exuviance Expert Moisturizer, ulta. com DePUFFER Exuviance DePuffing Eye Serum, ulta.com

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HEALTH, BEAUTY & FITNESS

spa & beauty

RESOURCE GUIDE

Facility Name & Location

Make-up/ Airbrushing

20 Volume Salon & Spa 1464 E. Williams Field Rd., Suite 101 Gilbert, AZ 480.786.9778 www.20volumesalon.com

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

Hair

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Massage/ Teeth Skin Care/ Body Whitening/ Tanning Treatments Dentistry

Nails

Med Spa

Cosmetic Surgery

Packages Gift Weight or Group Co-Ed Certificates Botox Loss Discounts Packages Available Fillers

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Artistry on Location On Location 602.750.2379

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Creative Beauté Agency Valleywide/Scottsdale 612.599.5583

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CAPTURING YOUR BIG DAY The Supreme Importance Of Booking A Photographer You Love Written by Katherine Thornhill

It is important to be present on your wedding day, as the hours will fly by, quickly passing one milestone after the next. You’ll be in your white dress, then walking down the aisle, being announced as Mr. and Mrs., and before you know it, you’ll be eating that first slice of cake.

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When the day is over, you may find a few leftover

All that will be left are the wedding photos.

Sit down to meet with your potential

favors to keep and a floral arrangement to

An album full of memories, from the miniscule

photographer face to face. Gauge your

display at home for the week. You’ll freeze the

details to the grandest of moments at your

personality fit, ensuring your comfort level with

top tier of that delicious cake, eagerly eaten

ceremony and reception, will last a lifetime.

this person is high, as you will spend countless

on your one-year anniversary. The rest? The

The importance of finding a photographer

hours together on your wedding day. Do you

colored linens and centerpieces, the ceremony

with wedding-specific experience is only the

feel at ease? Can you let your guard down and

backdrop made of satin ribbons, the DJs music

beginning when narrowing the choices of who

share a few laughs? Could you see this person

selections, even the small details you swear

you’d like to capture the memories of your big

as more than another wedding vendor, but as

you’ll remember – will all fade away.

day.

a friend? If the answer to these questions is a yes, you’re almost ready to book. Before you say “I do”, ask the potential photographer to share a few full wedding albums with you, from start to finish. Website highlights may show some of their best images, but you’ll want to better understand their style of photography, their strengths, weaknesses and the overall quality of their packages. Go with your gut – only you and your fiancé will know who is the best decision. We sat down with a few local photographers, to begin those essential first conversations.

Ben & Kelly Photography 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 20 years, married for 16, and parents to two growing children, and photography business, for the last six. The partnership shared between the two is a unique, family style operation. While some teams consider a Saturday wedding “work”, the Koller’s 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 Koller’s photography style can be

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described as dramatic, romantic and high

photographers, and planners alike, will have

both local and national publications, Brian

contrast. They are self-described “chasers

the timeline etched in their heads the entire

Minson’s style of photography echoes his

of light”, who draw inspiration from the

day, so there’s no need for the bride to worry!

editorial and photojournalistic background.

Brian Minson wedding Photography

comfortable with the guests, family and bridal

being late. Consistently, brides will begin

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himself. His guided advice on how to pose,

to stress as the ceremony approaches. If

A photographer with nearly 20 years of

move and smile for the camera is shared

the event has been planned well, Koller

experience shooting various genres, from

between cracking jokes and laughing with

believes it will fall together as it should. Great

weddings to auto racing, travel to fine art, for

the group, easing his subjects into their best

His unique wedding approach? Getting

environment they are shooting in, and their clients' personalities. One tip for the bride? Don’t worry about

party, as if he were a guest of the wedding

natural look. Minson’s love of the wedding industry, in part, comes from the rush he feels when he shoots a couple’s big day. Without the potential of a do over or “take two”, the pressure placed on a photographer’s shoulders to capture each and every one of the special moments throughout the day is enormous. His advice to brides? Have fun! Relax, and truly focus on enjoying the day, as the images will reflect any stress felt throughout the event. When

he’s

not

capturing

couples

ceremoniously promising their love for one another? Minson enjoys restoring classic Porsche cars, and traveling with his family.

Brinkerhoff Photography www.brinkerhoffphotography.com Troy Brinkerhoff has been capturing images as a professional photographer for more than 10 years. He still feels amazement at the power a photograph can hold, the memory it displays, and the story it tells. Without images, it is easy to allow the beauty of everyday life to slip by. His goal is to capture real relationships, and those perfectly imperfect moments.

Carrie Evans Photography www.carrieevansphoto.com Carrie Evans is a southwestern photographer, Arizona native, and University of Arizona graduate. With a history of advertising work and art direction, Evans noticed her strength was in photography. She decided to pursue this passion, starting a business with a wide variety of specializations – from weddings to newborns, boudoir to personal portraits. Evans strives to capture real emotion that truly represents the person she is photographing. She treats clients like they

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are friends and hopes they feel she is their

reminds him that an image has been captured.

Expensive

equipment

and

constant

personal photographer, whose aim is to grow

Faulds is a graduate with a B.S. in visual

upgrades can’t phase Faulds, who believes it

with them through the milestones of their life.

communication, specifically photography and

is not about the camera, but who is behind it

graphic design, with a Master’s degree and

that will determine the quality of photos. He

Cilento Photography

certification through the group “Photographers

advises couples not to focus only on booking

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of America” (PPA). This long history of

a wedding photographer for their big day,

Each portrait needs to tell a story, and it is up

photography studies has given him the skills

instead, book a photographer that will likely

to photographer Andrew Faulds, of Cilento

needed to shoot weddings with an artistic style,

turn into a friend.

Photography, to discover what that story is

and he takes pride knowing no two weddings

mere moments before the click of the camera

have ever been shot in the same way.

It is this sentiment, paired with Faulds’ love of working with a diverse group of people, that makes up the ideal reasoning for his career as a wedding photographer. He fuels his passion by capturing the different personalities and the love people have for each other. His all-time favorite wedding image? A high-contrast silhouette style portrait of the bride and groom, which creates an entire story in the shadows of its subjects.

Cyndi Hardy Photography 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, getting to know her clients on a personal level, so she can better tell their love story through the visual medium. The moment the bride and groom see each other for the first time, whether it’s during a first look, or at the ceremony, is her favorite image to capture during the wedding. She finds great joy working in the wedding industry, a true business of love. From the supportive families uniting as one, to the hard working vendors who pour their love into making the day special for the bride and groom, it is truly a wonderful atmosphere to build a career. A tip she shares with all of her brides? Hire a planner, even if it’s only for the day of. Planners will spend their time putting out fires and making sure the event runs smoothly, so the only thing the bride will need to focus on is

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DePoy Studios www.depoystudios.com

haven’t turned back.

a groom’s face as he sees his bride for the

DePoy’s favorite photos to capture are the

first time. The almost tangible feeling of love

Bold, edgy and timeless. Three words that

intimate moments when the bride and groom

that fills a room as a bride walks down the

capture the style of photographer Cristina

don’t realize they’re being photographed. It is

aisle, the chaos of coordinating the event,

DePoy, and the team at DePoy Studios.

all in the details, the smile on a brides face as

the family and friends cheering the couple

Each team member is classically trained

she looks at her new husband or the way her

on as they hear them pledge their vows, all

in all aspects of photography, from lighting

groom looks at her while she looks out across

moments captured through her lens, that will

to posing their subjects. They all started as

the crowd of their loved ones.

live on and serve as a constant reminder of a

photography students, shooting film first,

A true “lover of love”, DePoy believes there

who discovered a love for weddings and

is nothing better than to see the look on

momentous day. One standout benefit of working with DePoy Studios? Booking a fashion bridal session. The bride and groom get to put on their wedding wear one final time, scout out a new location, and dedicate a full photo shoot to their portraits, without the pressure of a wedding timeline to stick to.

Dreamcicle Studios Photography www.dreamciclestudios.com Kristi Church was 10 years old when she got her hands on her first camera. It was a Polaroid, which was quickly upgraded to a Kodak 110 Instamatic, then a 35mm Minolta, all worthy investments as Church’s skill and interest grew. A career in another field drew her away from her favorite hobby, until the passing of her father inspired her to pick up the camera once again. All it took was one friend to request Church as their wedding photographer and it’s been her focus ever since. Her favorite wedding moment? At the end of the ceremony, when the couple leaps down the aisle as man and wife, grinning from ear to ear. She feels privileged to be included as the bride and groom spend their first few minutes together as husband and wife. Church aims to educate each bride and groom she comes in contact with, relaying the need to ask many questions of their potential wedding photographer before booking. The greater a personal connection established between the couple and their photographer, the more genuine the photos will turn out. Once the wedding is over, Church and her team often stay in touch with their bride and groom. The relationships built with the couples, clients and vendors, involved in their weddings are as important as any other

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10 questions to ask your photographer 1. How would you describe your photography style: Traditional, journalistic, artistic or other? 2. Do you have an assistant or second-shooter that will be on location with you? 3. How many hours of coverage do your photo packages include? 4. Are you willing to follow a shot list? 6. What attire will you wear while photographing the wedding? 7. Can I see an entire photo gallery from one wedding? 8. How much do you charge for prints, albums and other products? 9. How many weddings do you photograph per year? 10. How much post-wedding photo editing do you usually do?

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This begins at their very first

want – and have fun while they’re at it.

area in Dreamcicle Studio’s business. It is the

you want”.

backbone of the company’s interest in working

consultation, where the duo works closely

With a focus on a simple, traditional style

in the wedding industry, to create long-lasting,

with the bride and groom to tailor a custom

of photography, the team is confident the

meaningful relationships.

package, understanding that each couple has

stories told through the photos they capture

a different idea of the needs and wants that

on their client’s wedding day will stay as classic

Jill Lauren Photography

will suit them best. The philosophy continues

and powerful from the first time an album is

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through the wedding day, as the “hands on,

opened, to the last.

The husband and wife team at Jill Lauren

go-getters” will work to tackle any situation,

Their advice on choosing a photographer?

photography has one main philosophy when

weather or otherwise, to ensure their couples

Go with your gut and choose the person

working with their bridal clients – “anything

receive the timeless, romantic photos they

whose personality matches with yours. When choosing a photographer that is so well matched they become a friend, there will be no regrets at the end. They urge clients to avoid the statement of “we should have hired”, by realizing the photographer is typically the one person involved with your wedding who will allow you to look back and relive the day through a tangible item. This should not be overlooked when weighing out price options. Devotees of the “first look”, the pair strongly recommends each couple work this into their wedding day schedule. It alleviates the build up of stress and ultimately allows the soon-to-be husband and wife more time together.

Katrina Wallace Photographers www.katrinawallace.com There are a special few seconds just before a bride begins her walk down the aisle to meet her future husband, where the air around her becomes still, peaceful and quiet. It is this moment that photographer Katrina Wallace treasures above all. She has captured these deep breaths, the emotional looks between father and daughter, even tears of joy for nearly 10 years, as the other half of her team, Andrew, awaits the grand entrance inside of the ceremony site. To consistently witness and document such extraordinary events and experiences that don’t happen on a daily basis, is the reason Wallace continues to shoot weddings. It is the complex relationships, the real moments and the emotions felt by all involved in a wedding, that she aims to capture in her photojournalistic style of story telling. Her advice to brides? When booking a wedding photographer, ask to see several full wedding albums, with more than 100 photos

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she holds for her own family.

bride and groom, that the best photos are taken.

of photos taken outdoors, at the reception,

Capturing the positive energy in the

in daylight and at night, and their ability to

intimate moments of a wedding day is a

Ball draws from the natural chemistry

tell a story will come through in the full set of

skill that Ball, and her team at Love My Life

of her couples. She insists they pretend she

photos.

photography, feels differentiates them in the

isn’t nearby, especially during a first look.

can

industry. They are non-traditional “goofballs”,

This advice is often taken by her clients, as

remember to focus on the fun of a wedding,

whose most important goal is to make their

many have a similar “when did that happen?!”

the sentimental reasons why the couple is

subjects feel comfortable. It is in these

reaction when flipping through their photos

pledging their love to one another and the

moments, when they’re able to loosen up the

weeks after the event has ended.

Finally?

She

hopes

that

brides

support received from family and friends who attend. It is the most important aspect of the entire day.

Kimberly Jarman Photography Studio www.kimberlyjarman.com The original plan for photographer Kimberly Jarman was to enter the world of film, with the goal of creating movies in Hollywood for the rest of her life. It only took one request to shoot a wedding for a friend, and Jarman was hooked on the industry. She quit her job, started her company, and never looked back. A successful 11 years have passed, and Jarman has built a team of passionate photographers under the umbrella of her company. A style that is a beautiful mix of fashion and photojournalistic, she describes her work as romantic and edgy, yet traditional. She advises potential clients and newly engaged couples to find a photographer whose work you can’t live without. Settling should never be an option, as wedding photos are too important to skimp on, even if the price of a package seems high at first. Jarman’s advice to brides? Hire a wedding coordinator. Not a friend or family member who says they will help out on the wedding day but a professional coordinator whose job is to take away the stress and handle the minutiae. She feels a good wedding coordinator is worth their weight in gold.

Love My Life Photography www.lovemylifephotography.com Photographing a wedding is not merely a job for Taryn Ball, it is the chance to participate in the happiest day of two people’s lives. It is the opportunity to spend a day with a room full of positive energy and a reminder of the love ArizonaWeddings.com

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Nicolle Moshiri Photography

goal of creating beautiful, even breathtaking

to brides currently planning their wedding,

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images.

Ball recommends finalizing all of the wedding

At the start of the digital era, during the

Moshiri feels her specialty lies in making

details in the weeks prior to the big day. This

transition from department store “studio

couples feel at ease in front of the camera. Her

includes creating a timeline, finalizing a shot

photography” to custom lifestyle photography,

classic style is easily relatable to clients, who

list and delegating all day-of tasks to a planner

Nicolle Moshiri discovered an interest in

often reference her past work when trying

or a responsible, willing family member. There

the creative hobby. The interest turned into

to verbalize their ideal wedding photos. She

should be nothing left for the bride to do, but

passion as she immersed herself with learning

often advises clients to do a first look, to help

to enjoy the day once it arrives.

how to use her equipment, how to capture

reduce the wedding day jitters and to practice

light, how to pose her subjects – all with the

the way they show nonverbal communication

When asked to share one piece of advice

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 return to multiple times. It’s in this repetitive action, that couples will discover who they’ll be most proud to work with and whose work they’ll want show off for decades to come. Photography is a timeless investment that is absolutely worth the cost of the service.

Photography by Verdi www.photographybyverdi.com Mindi and Rich Verdi’s photography business has led them to shoot weddings all across the U.S. and beyond. The team urges couples to find a photographer who’s images move them on an emotional level. Many couples often get hung up on additional package offerings, like an album or takeaway gift, yet should focus their attention on the quality of the prints themselves. Working in the realm of portrait and fashion photographers, taught the team to slip quietly through the event, capturing each important moment with the guests rarely noticing they are there. Shown through the photos, this real, unobtrusive style allows for a photojournalistic look to the final product. The team’s favorite shot to capture during the wedding day is the emotionally charged time as a woman dresses in her gown. It is in that moment that a woman truly becomes a bride.

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in nature and with a photojournalistic feel. She aims to capture the beaming smiles, the

was put into the event. Trust in the professional

laughs shared between family and the wave of

vendors selected to be there on the wedding

emotions felt by a bride and groom as their

day and feel confident they will get their jobs

love comes together in such a meaningful way.

done – leaving space for the bride and groom to focus on enjoying their day.

benefit greatly by her sense of urgency,

StepOnMe Photography

receiving their engagement photos within a 24

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hour window of their photo shoot. Better still,

There are many meetings and conversations

each couple receives 20-30 photos the day

that take place between the time a bride and

after the wedding, a premium rarely offered in

groom book a package with Stephanie Wahlig,

the industry.

of StepOnMe Photography and the day of their wedding.

She advises brides to focus on relaxing on their wedding day, placing their full trust in the

Creating a comfortable, personal working

event partners and vendors hired to manage

relationship with each of her couples is of

the event. Picking the right team, from the

extreme importantance to Wahlig. The more

beginning, is essential.

time she’s able to spend with the couple, to learn the details of their love story and dayto-day life, the more emotion she’s able to

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Written by Kristen Castillo Photography BY Le Boudoir Studio Hair & Makeup by Beauty by Erica

Open a men’s magazine or a lingerie catalogue and you’ll see gorgeous women in beautiful poses. Think that’s something just for fashion models? Think again. These days more and more women, especially brides are savoring the opportunity to wear alluring clothes and pose for sensual pictures.

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include professional hair and makeup. Whether

private, sexy images. Brides often shoot

Boudoir is a French word meaning a woman’s

it’s included or not, this is definitely the time to

boudoir photos as an intimate wedding gift for

dressing room. Shooting boudoir photos is like

get your hair and makeup professionally styled.

the guys.

giving your groom a sexy glance inside your

You want to look your camera-ready best.

“Boudoir photography is unlike any other

personal space.

Some brides go to the shoot alone while

gift you can give your groom,” says Jennifer

“This isn’t just for the man,” says Jodi Lynn

others have a friend there for support. There

Bush of Chateau Boudoir Studios, who

Maxwell of Le Boudoir Studio. “It’s for both of

are even packages so friends can do a boudoir

explains the experience is “exciting” for the

them. It helps her feel sexy and they get to see

shoot during the same session. This can be an

bride and a great reminder of her beauty

the photos for years to come.”

exciting bachelorette party idea for you and your best girlfriends.

for the groom. “A boudoir photo shoot is

Boudoir shoots typically last anywhere

an experience than can enhance a brides

from an hour to a full day and can include up

wedding memories and is a gift that keeps on

to six clothing changes and “looks.” Still most

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giving to the groom.”

sessions are two hours and involve two outfit

Many women choose boudoir because it can be

changes. Some, but not all boudoir shoots,

empowering for them, helping them celebrate

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body to pose either. Women of all shapes and

Most boudoir studios don’t provide clothes

sizes can amaze at the photo shoot.

but they may have accessories like shoes or

Doing a boudoir photo shoot can be a lot of

jewelry, which you can use. They also typically

fun and a little nerve-racking but working with

have a few props like hats or scarves.

a professional photographer can help ease

“We all have our insecurities, but my goal is to highlight the features that inspire confidence in every woman,” says Bush. “We are all made

Bush suggests bringing a few different

wonderfully and uniquely and our photo shoots

outfits so you can create “the right look” for

are designed to make every woman feel sexy

your shoot.

regardless of her shape or size.”

your stress. “It’s very private,” says Maxwell. “It’s oneon-one and like hanging out with a friend.”

“I use some of my collection to add the

Shooting such sexy, private images is

Worried about how your arms, breasts, legs

finishing touches to the bride's outfit,” she

a very personal thing, so choosing the

or booty will look on camera? Just tell your

says, noting she loves styling the shoot. “It’s

right photographer is essential. You want a

photographer your concerns and she’ll do her

important for me to help each bride find

photographer who is an experienced boudoir

best to pose you in the most flattering and

the best look for her body type and unique

shooter and someone you’re comfortable

comfortable ways possible.

style.”

with too. Typically boudoir photographers

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have an all-female staff. “The vulnerability of a boudoir shoot can create apprehension,” says Bush. “In my studio we provide direction, and demonstrate each pose to ease women through their shoot. In the end my clients walk away feeling pampered, beautiful, confident and excited about their experience.” Many boudoir photographers have videos online to explain how the shoots work and what to expect. Watching these videos and asking questions can help you worry less about the shoot. When interviewing boudoir photographers, ask to review their portfolios and read client testimonials. Both will give you an idea of what your shoot and your photos will be like. Plan to shoot the photos two to three months before the big day, which will give your photographer enough time to shoot and process the images. Focus on the finished product too – a keepsake of you at your most alluring moments. “It’s just an amazing gift,” says Maxwell, noting many brides give the photos to the groom right before the ceremony. “It’ll be the last thing he sees before you walk down the aisle.” So go ahead, wear your sexiest lingerie, your prettiest shoes and your best jewelry. Then bat your eyelashes and blow a kiss to the camera. This is your time to show off your sensual side.

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Kelly & Peter Kelly McBride & Peter Surman

March 15, 2014 | Photography by Kharisma Studios

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resources Ceremony & Reception Site: Private Residence Photography: Kharisma Studios Bride’s Gown: Almond Tree Wedding Boutique Hair: Laura McShane, Salon Surreal Makeup: Lisa Stevens, Salon Surreal Catering: Cater Phoenix Modern Catering Dessert: Torched Goodness Flowers: Flowers By Jodi Music & Entertainment: Bill Limbach, The DJ For You

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carly & robert Carly Gin & Robert Wallace

December 28, 2013 | Photography by Kimberly Jarman Photography Studio

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resources Ceremony & Reception Site: Omni Scottsdale Resort & Spa at Montelucia Photography: Kimberly Jarman Photography Studio Officiant: Gerardo Castellanos, Bride’s Uncle Wedding Planner: Jean Cadwell of Elite Ideas Bride’s Gown: Heidi Elnora Hair: Ciera Slade Makeup: Sarah Sanmarco Bridesmaid Dresses: J. Crew Invitations: Checkerboard Flowers: Wendell Design Group Music & Entertainment: Sweet Water Strings and DJ Mars Wedding Cake: Paula Jacqueline Cakes & Pastries Honeymoon: Maui

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Kim & Chad Kim Carkhuff & Chad Willems

February 15, 2014 | Photography by Ben & Kelly Photography

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resources Ceremony Site: St. Barnabas on the Desert, Scottsdale, AZ Reception Site: Hyatt Regency Scottsdale Resort and Spa Photography: Ben & Kelly Photography Videography: COMPLETE Officiant: The Reverend Erika Von Haaren Bride’s Gown: Lazaro from Destiny’s Bride Hair: Jessica Gallegos of Leiden Mitchell Salon and Spa Makeup: Lindsay Ludeman of Neiman Marcus Bridesmaid Dresses: Dessy Collection from Schaffer's Invitations: Pretty Paper Designs Floral, Décor & Lighting: White House Design Studio Music & Entertainment: COMPLETE Honeymoon: Thailand ArizonaWeddings.com

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Kelly & Michael Kelly McWhorter & Michael O'Malley

May 11, 2013 | Photography by Kimberly Jarman Photography Studio

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resources Ceremony & Reception Site: The Country Club at DC Ranch Photography: Kimberly Jarman Photography Studio Officiant: Brian Gapinksi, Bride’s Uncle & Godfather Wedding Planner: Jenni Thye of Imoni Events Hair: Allison Pynn Makeup: Allison Pynn & Heather Wilson of Artistry on Location Bridesmaid Dresses: J. Crew Invitations: Celebrations in Paper Flowers: Petal Pusher Linens: Southwick Linens Music & Entertainment: String Serenade & SKM Entertainment Honeymoon: Four Seasons Resort in Maui and Four Seasons Resort in Lanaii ArizonaWeddings.com

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jenikah & Alexander Jenikah Brown & Alexander Hansen

April 6, 2013 | Photography by Brinkerhoff Photography

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resources Ceremony & Reception Site: Stonebridge Manor photography: Brinkerhoff Photography Videography: Wedding Bug Studios Officiant: Phillip Waring, Arizona Ministers Bride’s Gown: Paloma Blanca Bridesmaid’s Dresses: David’s Bridal Flowers: Zuzu's Petals Catering: Creative Hands Cuisine Wedding Cake: A Piece of Cake Music & Entertainment: Peter Welter Entertainment

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molly & Brian Molly Newburn & Brian Booker

April 13, 2013 | Photography by Katrina Wallace Photographers

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resources Ceremony & Reception Location: Ritz-Carlton, Dove Mountain Photographer: Katrina Wallace Photographers Videographer: I Do Wedding Films Wedding Planner: Ashley Gain Weddings and Events Bride’s Gown: Schaffer’s Hair & Makeup: Elaine Dunnam & Jennifer Medina Floral & Décor: Avant-Garde William & Company Floral Design Studio Linens: La Tavola Linens Rentals: Classic Party Rentals Invitations: Celebrations in Paper

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Leah & Tyler Leah Stephens & Tyler Clark

June 29, 2013 | Photography by Katrina Wallace Photographers

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resources Ceremony & Reception Site: Foxboro Ranch Estates Photographer: Katrina Wallace Photographers Videographer: Travis Johnson Officiant: Chase Sully Wedding Planner: KD Event Designs Day of Coordinator: Grand Plan Events Bride’s Gown: Mariée Bridal Hair: Nicole Chelini Makeup: Heather Wilson of Artistry on Location Invitations: KD Event Designs Flowers: Foster-Wright Floral Design Lighting & Rentals: Classic Party Rentals Catering: Big Foot BBQ Wedding Cake: Lisa’s Rum Cake Guest & Wedding Night Accommodations: Little America Hotel Honeymoon: Nashville, Paris & Milan

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angela & Cody Angela Bramble & Cody Petersen

November 2, 2013 | Photography by Jill Lauren Photography

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resources Ceremony & Reception Site: Regale! At DC Ranch Photography: Jill Lauren Photography Officiant: Reverend Givoanni Weddings Bridal Gown’s: Allure Bridal Hair & Makeup: Dana Railey Bridesmaid Dresses: The Wedding Accessory Superstore Invitations: Kleinfeld Paper Flowers: Cactus FlowerFlorists Catering & Wedding Cake: Put a Fork in It Music & Entertainment: Professional Mobile Entertainment – Mark Sanchez Honeymoon: St. Lucia – Ultimate All Inclusive Travel

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Leah & Brent Leah Collier & Brent Cameron

October 27, 2013 | Photography by Photography by Verdi

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resources Ceremony & Reception Site: The Farm at South Mountain Photography: Photography By Verdi Officiant: Crystal Lloyd Bride’s Gown: David’s Bridal Hair & Makeup: Allison Pynn Bridesmaid Dresses: David’s Bridal Flowers: Lighthouse Flower Shop Catering: Santa Barbara Catering Music & Entertainment: DJ Scott Faver Honeymoon: Thailand

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cecilia & Chris Cecilia Ormsby & Chris Frank

September 27, 2012 | Photography by Nicolle Moshiri Photography

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resources Ceremony & Reception Site: SASSI Photography: Nicolle Moshiri Photography Videography: My Wedding Film Officiant: Phillip Warning Bride’s Gown: Anjolique from Suzanne’s Bridal Boutique Hair: Becky Porter of Simply Sassy Hair Makeup: Amazing Face Invitations: Invitations by Dawn Flowers: Blume Events Linens: Munkeboe Party Linens Rentals Music & Entertainment: Ray The DJ & SweetWater Strings Wedding Cake: Let Them Eat Cake Honeymoon: Sandals Grande Antigua, St. Johns Antigua

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caroline & AJ Caroline Cogman & AJ Montgomery

November 02, 2013 | Photography by StepOnMe Photography

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resources Ceremony & Reception Site: Silverleaf Country Club Photography: StepOnMe Photography Officiant: Greg Daum Bride’s Gown: Alvina Valenta Hair: Prova Salon and Day Spa Makeup: Ashley Cogman & Pooja Mehta Invitations: Envelopper Inc. Flowers: Teonna’s Floral Design Studio & Productions Music & Entertainment: String Serenade & Mancini Entertainment Wedding Night Accommodations: Hotel Valley Ho Honeymoon: The Grand Hyatt Kauai, HI

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Kristen & Jonathan Kristen Miquel & Jonathan Hennke

November 22, 2013 | Photography by DePoy Studios

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resources Ceremony & Reception Site: Villa Siena Photography: DePoy Studios Videography: Flagstaff Wedding Video Officiant: Henry Rojas Bride’s Gown: Falsette by David Tutera Hair & Makeup: Saira Olivares Bridesmaid Dresses: Group USA Flowers: Garden of Roses Catering & Wedding Cake: Twisted Rose Winery and Eatery Music & Entertainment: DJ Neil Concepcione with I.C.E. Entertainment

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Lisa & Rod Lisa Reilly & Rod Payton

November 16, 2013 | Photography by Dreamcicle Studios Photography

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resources Ceremony Site: St. Patrick Catholic Community, Scottsdale, AZ Reception Site: Fairmont Scottsdale Princess Photography: Dreamcicle Studios Photography Videography: Tom Schnorr Officiant: Father Eric Tellez Bride’s Gown: Demetrios Bridal Hair: Erin Daughtry Makeup: Erin Jessie Invitations: Paper Crazy Flowers: Flowers by Jodi Music & Entertainment: Sarah Birkett of Birkett Entertainment Honeymoon: Aruba

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Jessica & Eric Jessica Moses & Eric Gomez

October 5, 2012 | Photography by Carrie Evans Photography - carrieevansphoto.com

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resources Ceremony & Reception Site: The Ashley Castle Photography: Carrie Evans Photography - Carrieevansphoto.com Officiant: Joel Gomez Bride’s Gown: David’s Bridal Hair & Makeup: Lizett Morales Bridesmaid Dresses: David’s Bridal Invitations: Definitely Debra Flowers: Crismon’s Flowers Catering: Lux Catering Wedding Cake: Piece of Cake Music & Entertainment: DJ Jeff Nelson

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Jamie & Matthew Jamie Ellrod & Matthew Terry

June 08, 2013 | Photography by Love My Life Photography

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resources Ceremony Site: Sky Ranch Lodge, Sedona, AZ Reception Site: Poco Diablo Resort, Sedona Photography: Love My Life Photography Officiant: Bryan Benson Wedding Planner: StarStruck Events Bride’s Gown: Priscilla by Maggie Sottero Hair & Makeup: Rayanna of Park Avenue Blow Dry Bar Bridesmaid Dresses: Lightinthebox. com Flowers: Bliss Flowers Music & Entertainment: Desert House Productions Wedding Pies: Rock Springs Café Honeymoon: Sandals, St Lucia

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stephanie & sean Stephanie Bryant & Sean Piper

September 2, 2012 | Photography by Brian Minson Wedding Photography

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resources Ceremony & Reception Location: Molly Butler Lodge & Cabins Photography: Brian Minson Wedding Photography Officiant: Robert Worth Flowers: Costco Music & Entertainment: Molly Butler Lodge & Cabins

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Whitney & chad Whitney Benjamin & Chad Wilkinson

June 9, 2012 | Photography by Brian Minson Wedding Photography

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resources Ceremony & Reception: Molly Butler Lodge & Cabins Photography: Brian Minson Wedding Photography Wedding Planner: Shaneen Elefante Bride’s Gown: Uptown Bridal & Boutique Invitations: Tiny Prints Flowers: All Occasion Flowers Music & Entertainment: 2 Much Fun Entertainment Wedding Cake: PersNIKKIty's Cafe & Bakery

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“The most important part of the pursuit of happiness is choosing the right traveling partner.� ~Aphorism


honeymoon & travel | girls getaway

Relax & rejuvinate Three Fabulous Spa Getaways For You And Your Gals Written by Dena Roché

Photo: ©cal-a-vie health spa

If your idea of one last hurrah before your marriage doesn’t include wearing a “suck for a buck” shirt and donning a cheesy veil around town, grab your besties and head for the spa instead. These spas serve up fun, camaraderie and a chance to relax before the big day..

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all Photos: ©cal-a-vie health spa

California Dreamin’ Cal-a-Vie Health Spa San Diego, California Nestled in the rolling hills outside of San Diego is an oasis of tranquility

clean eating and sticking to a menu plan of either 1200 or 1500 calories,

that will have you and your friends believing you’re spending your

and the days are filled with fitness classes ranging from high intensity

bachelorette party in the French countryside. The ultra-luxurious Cal-a-

things like TRX and Insanity, to booty shaking belly dancing or flirty girl

Vie destination spa sits on over 200 acres and is designed to transport

dance. Yoga, tai chi and many water classes round out a comprehensive

your mind to Bordeaux and your body into shape for the big day. But

exercise menu.

best of all is the overall bonding experience with your BFFs.

Of course, no spa trip is complete without the spa, and in the three

Cal-a-vie’s décor is all European from the architecture, which includes

night la petite package that is ideal for a bachelorette trip, guests will

a chapel and an Organgerie that were brought over brick by brick from

enjoy six included treatments including massage, facials, hydrotherapy,

Dijon, to the extensive collection of antiques the owners have amassed

reflexology and a hair and scalp massage. While the treatment names

that dot the property. Bachelorette groups can elect to stay together

are pretty basic, the therapists are top notch and customize each service

in one of the suites, or each woman can have her own space in the

to your needs.

spa village. With a maximum of 32 villas there are plenty of places to

That kind of personalized attention is a hallmark of Cal-a-Vie. Your

call your own. And while Cal-a-Vie doesn’t serve alcohol (despite the

schedule is tailored specifically to you, any and seemingly all, dietary

vineyards surrounding the property) special parties can be arranged for

issues can be accommodated and the staff is armed with a smile and an

your group that will.

attitude to make your bachelorette party one of the most memorable

Cal-a-vie is the ideal location to pamper yourself, while also shedding

times of your life….second only to the big day.

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all Photos: ©The SAHRA spa & Hammam at the cosmopolitan hotel

Sin City The Sahra spa & hammam at the cosmopolitan hotel las vegas, nevada Tell the world you’re going to have your bachelorette party in Las Vegas

slab, two whirlpools, steam rooms and stone loungers. The Red Flower

and visions of The Hangover might come to mind, but you know that the

begins with buckets of water poured over your body to cleanse the skin

best part of sin city isn’t the sin, it’s the spas! And because this isn’t any

followed by a coffee lemon scrub and a detoxifying clay wrap.

ordinary spa day, the way to make it special is to get a spa suite at one of the hot hotels on the Strip.

Aria’s spa suite is a smaller space, but the spa itself has many unusual areas to enjoy including the Ganbanyoku Beds room. These heated

The Sahra Spa & Hammam at the Cosmopolitan Hotel celebrates

stone, specially blessed Japanese beds, are the only of their kind in the

Turkish and Moroccan traditions and the desert that surrounds Las

U.S. They promote detoxification, increased metabolism and circulation.

Vegas. Décor features red rock walls and hallways that feel like you’re

In the Shio Salt Room walls of illuminated Shio salt bricks, salt lamps and

walking through the slot canyons of the Southwest.

vibration therapy through radiant music let you soak in respiratory and

One of my favorite aspects of a spa day is simply relaxing in the

relaxation benefits.

lounges, and taking advantage of all the additional amenities. Booking

The spa menu is deep at Aria offering plenty of varied options for

the spa suite kicks that up a notch. Perfect for groups of 8-12 ladies, the

everyone in the party. The Thai Poultice Massage uses herbal filled

1,400 square foot suite features a living area with a large tufted sofa,

poultices to encourage muscles to relax allowing the therapist to go

bar, big screen TV and views of the Strip. In the suite are private spa

deep to untangle knotted muscles, or try the eco-friendly Superfacial

amenities including two large jetted tubs, steam room, shower and vanity

that incorporates cutting-edge green ingredients to deliver wedding

areas. There is a couple’s treatment room in the suite and easy access to

worthy skin.

other parts of the spa via a private elevator. A unique service to try is The Red Flower Hammam. Up to four ladies can do the treatment at the same time in the spa’s signature Hammam featuring a heated motherstone

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No matter which spa you choose, you’ll hit the jackpot celebrating in high style


all Photos: Šmarval arizona

Good Vibrations Miraval Tucson, Arizona

Miraval is that unique place that exudes positive high energy while also

the Chef experience is a perfect way for girlfriends to end the day. Learn

being extremely mellow and restorative; a perfect place to reflect (and

how to cook five courses of healthy food and enjoy wine pairings with

have fun) before changing from a Miss to a Mrs. Located just north of

each course.

Tucson, Miraval, is the ideal place for a quick getaway with the girls to celebrate your impending nuptials. Miraval is known for its Challenge Courses; physical activities like Swing and a Prayer and Giant’s Ladder, designed for you to feel fear,

No matter what location you choose, celebrating your upcoming marriage with your best friends at a top spa where you have the opportunity to relax, laugh, bond and create lasting memories beats the typical drunken bachelorette night on the town any day of the week!

overcome an obstacle and often work as a team to do so. In other words, great skills to have leading into marriage, and a fun way for you and your girlfriends to bond. The resort also features a wide array of unique yoga classes, daily meditation classes and kick-your-butt fitness offerings. In 2012 Miraval partnered with Clarins to create a large, tranquil new spa offering an incredibly diverse menu of facials, massage, body treatments and spiritual services. For bachelorette groups, activities like a private psychic reading, a healing Himalayan sound bath or any yoga class can be customized for your group. The spa also has a suite for your group to use for the day. The spa cuisine at Miraval is tops in the destination spa industry and the Evening with ArizonaWeddings.com

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Unique Honeymoons

Left: Domed Shaped Suite In Naries Namakwa Retreat Right: French Riviera Beach in Nice

Written by Adrienne Jordan

Instead of settling for a cookie-cutter honeymoon, engage in some soul-stirring activities that reflects you and your partner’s adventurous personalities. In addition to the beach and spa, how about cruising the fjords of Norway, viewing wildlife during a game drive in South Africa, or driving a classic car through the South of France? Adventurous pursuits can also be tapped in destinations close to home like racing Ferraris in Las Vegas or climbing Mayan pyramids in Cancun. No matter what your budget, these five destinations are packed with bold excursions fit for the intrepid couple. .

South Africa For the ultimate exotic honeymoon, journey to South Africa and

the evening off with a romantic sundowner of wine, cheese, and crackers

witness otherworldly landscapes of mountains, verdant forests, and

at a shallow waterhole favored by rhinos and their calves. Don’t forget

warm beaches that will leave you in complete bliss. In the winter, the

dinner for two comprised of South African cuisine, like kingclip fish or

Namaqualand route in Northern Cape boasts fields of rare and exotic

springbok enjoyed on your private deck.

wildflowers like yellow sparaxis and purple geraniums, set against a

Stay: In Namaqualand, cozy up in one of the secluded, dome-shaped

modicum of quaint towns. Drive to Goegap Park and walk hand-in-hand

suites at the Naries Namakwa Retreat. Commune with nature by hiking

during a brisk hike or feel the wind in your hair as you mountain bike

the picturesque property followed by a scenic jeep ride through the

the 35 kilometer route together. Stop at a roadside padstal and share

mountains at dusk.

a local treat, like a pannekoek (sweet crepe-like rolls) or roosterkoek (warm bread with fig jelly). For a side by side adventure, sign up for tandem river rafting in the Orange River or explore the Diamond Coast,

French Riviera

where pristine beaches, archaeological sites from the Late Stone Age,

Honeymoon through the French Riviera in a classic car fit for a

and shipwrecks are abundant. On the opposite end of the country, the

vacationing celebrity, like a 1965 Mustang or Mercedes Pagoda. The first

province of Eastern Cape offers an exhilarating experience coexisting

stop on the road trip will be Cannes. During the off-season of the Cannes

with Africa’s Big Five (lion, rhino, leopard, elephant, and buffalo). At the

Film Festival, the city is quiet and romantic. Take a trip to the serene and

secluded Kwandwe Reserve, enjoy luxe amenities like private plunge

lush island of l’le Saint Honorat, which contains an imposing 15th century

pools, outdoor rain showers, daily turn down service, and soaking

monastery and vineyards tended by monks. At the next stop, Antibes,

tubs large enough for two. If you can pull yourself away from your

stroll the Quai des Pêcheurs fish market and the colorful Cours Massena

breathtaking suite, take a game drive to witness interactions of lion cubs,

spice market. Visit a 9Th century absinthe bar next door to the Cours

grazing giraffe, and stealth cheetahs on the 50,000 acre property. Cap

Massena, or tour the historic Musée Picasso, where Pablo Picasso lived in

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psychological qualities of calm and serenity. To further encourage tranquility, aromatherapy scents like eucalyptus and lavender waft throughout the halls of the resort. The intimate property offers a honeymoon package that includes a bottle of sparkling wine upon arrival, flowers and petit fours, followed by breakfast in bed. Also take advantage of a relaxing 50 minute couple’s massage at Spa Aqua and a romantic dinner on the beach.

Las Vegas Being only a 5 hour drive from Phoenix, Las above: Swimming inEl Zucatan Cenote on the Yucatan Peninsula

Vegas may not be high on the honeymoon radar, but a series of thrilling, unconventional

1946. In St Paul de Vence, Marc Chagall’s work

Cancun, Mexico

is on display at the 15th century Chapelle Notre-

Cancun may be the most talked about

hassle-free getaway. Ditch the casinos for

Dame de la Gardette. Stroll through the Place

destination in Mexico, but there are a plethora

some adventurous activities that are sure to

du Jeu de Boules Farmer’s Market and sample

of uncommon activities to experience as a

hit a homerun, like a high-octane joyride in

rare wines from Provence at the Petite Cave de

newlywed. Take the plunge yet again by diving

a classic Ferrari F430 GT race car. At the Las

Saint-Paul. The next village on your list should

into the deepest thermal sinkhole in the world,

Vegas Motor Speedway, the Dream Racing

attractions will have you rethinking this

be Nice, where the main strip, Promenade des

El Zucatan. The crystal clear cenote was made

experience allows you and your mate to put

Anglais is a host to trendy bars, hotels, and

available to adventure seekers by the natural

the pedal to the medal and hit speeds in the

luxury shopping. Dip your feet in the beach

collapse of limestone bedrock that exposed

high triple digits, while dressed in NASCAR

adjacent to the boardwalk, followed by a walk

the groundwater beneath. Explore the 1000-

quality racing gear. You can also choose to

through the historic baroque Nice Opera House.

foot pool by diving or snorkeling. Another

race one of your dream cars, like an Audi

In Villefranche, the Citadel is an impressive

water adventure places you 40 feet below the

R8 or a McLaren. Continue your unique Las

stone fortress built in 1554 to defend the old

surface to swim with beautiful tropical fish in

Vegas honeymoon by getting dirty with each

town; and today, it houses the four museums

an underwater museum. Designed to create

other at the Dig This excavation site. Located

where you can discover films that were shot

artificial reefs to promote marine life, the 400

about a mile from the Strip, the new Dig This

in Villefranche. Have the lobster salad at the

sculptures at Cancun’s Underwater Museum

excursion allows you to ride bulldozers and

celebrity favored seafood restaurant, La Mere

range from 9 to 20 feet and highlight intricate

excavators through an innovative construction

Germaine. The last stop on the road trip, Eze, is

relationships between modern art and the

site turned playground. An instructor guides

perhaps the most extraordinary village in the

environment. After a fill of water activities,

you to move 2-ton tires, dig massive dirt holes,

French Riviera, with its perched mountaintop

take part in some of the unique excursions on

and to use the excavator arm to pick up small

location set at a staggering 1,400 feet above

land. For example, most of the Mayan pyramids

objects such as basketballs. The best part is

sea level. The town is a winding display of

in the Yucatan Peninsula are protected, but

you are able to operate the CAT bulldozers

pale, jagged stones, ancient corridors, and

you can actually climb the tallest one, Nohoch

side by side for some competitive fun. To seal

thick wooden doors. The medieval village is

Mul. Although the climb is not for the faint

the deal with a bang, visit the Guns and Ammo

popular for boutique shopping, galleries, and

of heart, the spectacular view of the Mayan

Garage and compete with each other for

perfumeries.

jungle seen from the highest point may be

best marksmanship with a Glock or Uzi. Your

Stay: In Cannes, book a room at the boutique,

worth swallowing your fear. Afterwards, enjoy

fantasy can take you as far as you’d like to go;

naval-themed Splendid Hotel which overlooks

racing one another in an authentic exotic

imitate Scarface with an M16 rifle or James

the yacht harbor on one side and a shopping

supercar, like a Ferrari F430 or a Lamborghini

Bond with a Walther PPK. Afterwards, enjoy

street on the other. While in Eze, stay at the

Murcielago at Exotic Rides. Alternatively, opt

a romantic dinner at the sultry Strip House

5-star Château de la Chèvre d’Or, whimsically

for a romantic ride along one of Cancun’s

(Planet Hollywood), where original 1900’s

tucked into the side of the mountain.

scenic highways.

black and white nude photos adorn the sexy

Stay: The Live Aqua property is adorned in

blood-red interior.

shades of blue and aqua, colors that have

Stay: The honeymoon suites at the Octavius

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the most awe-inspiring bodies of water in the

a building with creative ice sculptures and a

romantic digs in Vegas. The Octavius Tower

world formed by glacial erosion resulting in

bar made of ice, and top your adventure off

offers personal hotel registration, a private valet

a steep inlet of 3,000-foot mountains, still

sea kayaking or sea rafting in the verdant

entrance and direct access to the sprawling

water, and fairy tale landscape. The vibrant

peninsula of Brønnøysund.

Garden of the Gods pool oasis. To work out

Northern Lights are also one of the main

Stay: At the conclusion of the cruise, take a

the kinks after a day of Vegas adventure, sign

cruise attractions. The Northern Lights are

short flight from Bergen to Oslo and stay at

up for the 80 minute couple’s Signature Stone

currently displaying more strong than they

the brand new The Thief Hotel. The penthouse

Massage at the Grand Qua Spa.

have in the last century, so this is a great time

suite is adorned with artwork by Sir Peter

to grab your mate and go! The ship docks in

Blake and overlooks the peaceful fjord. The

34 ports during the course of the cruise, and

hot breakfast buffet is worth getting up for;

the most exciting port may be Kirkenes, where

try the vaffles (Norweigian waffles), made-to-

Few things say romance like a winter cruise

you can take part in unique winter excursions,

order omelets, organic juices and beet juice energy shots.

Norway against a backdrop of brilliant Northern Lights.

like spending a night keeping each other

The intimate, 300-passenger Hurtigruten

warm in a Snow Hotel, followed by morning

Start your marriage off the right way with

cruise line offers an unforgettable adventure

activities of dog-sledding, snowmobiling, king

a honeymoon that is both unconventional

journeying from Northern Norway, through

crab safaris, or snowshoeing. Be sure to visit

and memorable. To really get your hair wet,

the majestic Arctic Circle, and finishing at the

the on-site reindeer farm to pet or feed the

jet set to a far flung destination like South

historic city of Bergen. The Hurtigruten was

animals. Each port offers exclusive excursions

Africa, France or Norway and step out of the

named the “World’s Most Beautiful Voyage”

and tours, such as visiting a memorial in

box with thrilling exploits, while sampling

by National Geographic; perhaps because

Vardø, where witches were burned in the

authentic food and taking in romantic

of the ship’s close proximity to small, idyllic

16th Century, or listening to traditional

landscapes. Alternatively, a honeymoon in

islands, snow-capped mountains and colorful

North-Norwegian folk music at a Midnight

Cancun and Las Vegas are top choices for

seaside towns. For example, one jaw-dropping

Concert at the Arctic Cathedral in Tromso.

sticking close to Arizona while experiencing

sight you will marvel is the TrollFjord, one of

During your stop in Svolvaer, tour Magic Ice,

novel adventures.

GREENTIQUE HOTELS OF COSTA RICA The perfect blend of exceptional “boutique” beach & mountain destinations! The backdrops for ceremonies are truly amazing. Picture yourself walking down the center aisle beneath a ceiling of hand painted tiles in a replica of a 17th century Roman chapel. Imagine saying, “I do”… in the middle of a butterfly-filled botanical garden, or in a cloud forest under an ¨avatar¨ tree. You might want to exchange your vows cradled beneath an atrium jungle canopy, or on the golden sands of the Pacific Ocean. Perhaps you can see yourselves in a country village setting, or at the foot of waterfalls in a private, rural mountain retreat. The dedicated planners and gracious staff at any of the Greentique Hotels can personalize these stunning locales to your exacting standards.

Si Como No Resort Spa & Wildlife Refuge, perched on the lush jungle terraces overlooking Manuel Antonio National Park. Villa Blanca Cloud Forest Hotel & Nature Reserve is located in the Central Valley in the highlands.

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Hawaiian romance Written by Dena Roché

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Everywhere you go in Hawaii greetings of “Aloha” ring, but in Hawaiian culture Aloha isn’t simply a way of saying hello, it’s a lifestyle that offers wisdom for newly married couples. Cultural Director Lily Dudoit of the Sheraton Kona tells me that Aloha stands for being modest, united in harmony, being pleasant, humble, teachable and patient. Not bad pillars for newlyweds to embrace as they start married life together in paradise. Hawaii is diverse, and each island offers special experiences for all kinds of couples. If you want to visit all the major islands, allow plenty of time, lest your honeymoon goes from relaxing romance to travel hopping stress.

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A Classic The Royal Hawaiian Waikiki Beach With a direct flight from Phoenix to Oahu, starting married life with a stay on the famous Waikiki Beach is easy, and the place to do it is at the Grande Dame of hotels, The Royal Hawaiian. The iconic pink hotel has been the place for luxury since 1927 and makes a great base for lolling on the beach, snorkeling, sailing or climbing Diamondhead. But first things first; after a long day of flying, refresh at the spa at the Westin Maona Surfrider, the oldest hotel on the beach, and the property that ushered in Hawaii as a tourist mecca. Relax together in a spa suite enjoying the new lomi lomi facial designed to rehydrate and massage away jet lag. Cap the day with a romantic cabana dinner back at the Royal Hawaiian’s Azure restaurant, drinking in the sunset while enjoying farm-to-table cuisine, or head to the property’s luau show, the only one featuring this classic Hawaiian entertainment paired with a sit-down dinner.

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Relaxed Paradise

Garden Paradise

The westin Maui Resort & Spa Ka'anapali beach Maui

St. Regis Princeville Kauai

If you’re looking for romance, and you’d better be on your honeymoon,

Kauai isn’t called the Garden Isle for nothing.

Mother nature has

Maui is your destination. Quiet breezes, beautiful beaches and ocean

blessed the oldest Hawaiian island with greenery, tropical foliage, rivers,

sunsets define the island that Conde Nast Traveler has called the best

mountains, waterfalls and the Grand Canyon of the Pacific, Waimea

in the world over 15 times.

Canyon, a 3,000 foot deep canyon that is a must see. A popular activity is

Enjoy this tropical paradise with a suite at the Westin Maui Resort &

to begin a sunrise or sunset bike tour at the rim and glide down 12-miles

Spa at Ka’anapali Beach. This lush resort features a white sand beach,

of winding road. Since so much of the island’s interior can’t be seen by

five pools, golf and a Heavenly Spa. The property affords views of

car, try other methods like a kayak paddle up the Wailua River to see the

Lana’I and Moloka’I.

landscape featured in Raiders of the Lost Ark, or an ATV tour through

Maui is known for its Road to Hana, a twisty 68-mile stretch featuring

unspoiled thick vegetation, rugged terrain and breathtaking landscapes.

59 bridges, jaw-dropping waterfalls and bamboo forests before arriving

While the island exudes a decidedly laid-back, hippie vibe in its

at the Seven Sacred Pools in Kipahulu where you can take a relaxing

tiny towns, for your honeymoon it’s time for casual elegance and

dip. Another iconic must-do for many is a visit to Haleakala National

sophistication at the St. Regis Princeville. On the north side of the island,

Park, the world’s largest dormant volcano. Early risers will love the

it’s the ideal place to simply relax and enjoy time together at the 5,000

sunrise from the summit. Adventurous types can partake in zipline

square foot infinity pool, or the beach fronting Hanalei Bay. The waters

courses, horseback rides, or snorkeling or diving at spots throughout

are protected by the Anini reef so they’re calm and the snorkeling is

the island. Guests at the Westin can join a catamaran sail directly from

amazing. Stand-up paddle boarding, diving and sailing are also available.

the resort’s beach. The trip is a must do during the winter months

Enjoy a couples Ali-I Lavender Butter Pohaku massage in the Halele’a

when it is whale season. At the nearby Sheraton Maui the daily cliff

Spa couples suites. The treatment uses basalt river stone and a lavender

diving ceremony, which honors the legend of the last chief of Maui,

butter made on Maui to melt away knots. After the service relax in the

Kahekili, who proved his spiritual strength by leaping from Black Rock

co-ed couple’s lounge before heading to a romantic dinner at Kauai Grill,

into the ocean, is an ideal way to spend a sunset happy hour. Or for the

a Jean-Georges Vongerichten restaurant that Zagat calls the best dining

true romantics, the Westin can arrange a private dining experience in a

on the island.

cabana overlooking the beach. The four-course meal with champagne and wine paired with a stunning sunset can’t be beat for a honeymoon memory.

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Tying the Knot in Hawaii While Hawaii is a great spot to relax after the hustle of the wedding, it also makes an ideal locale for the wedding itself. A big plus for brides is that there are no legal or language barriers to work through to tie the knot. For many brides planning a destination wedding incorporating the local culture into the ceremony is a must. At the

Photo: ©sheraton kona

Sheraton Kona couples can add traditions

A Whole New World sheraton Kona The Big Island The Big Island is all about roots and new beginnings. The youngest of all the islands, it’s known for

like having the service conducted by a Hawaiian Kuha (minister), a Hawaiian chant to accompany the bride down the aisle, or a Hawaiian blessing during the service. Weddings are done in the onsite chapel or at many outdoor locations around the property. A popular service at the Westin Maui Resort & Spa is the Hawaiian Ceremony, which features a traditional lei exchange and blowing of conch shells during the ceremony. Newlyweds also like to do this as a renewal of the vows they just took and a remembrance of their honeymoon.

volcanoes, and the best way to see God shaping the world is from the air on a tour with Paradise Helicopters. The three-hour flight takes you over all five of the island’s volcanoes, affording sights

For couples looking for a more traditional

of simmering lava tubes pitching smoke in the sky, calderas, smooth and jagged lava rocks and red

ceremony, the Sheraton Maui Resort &

hot flowing lava. From the air you’ll get a true sense of the diversity of this island, which boasts 11

Spa’s Ali’I Package offers a private heart-

of the world’s 13 climate zones, and see black sand beaches, lush valleys with walls peaking over

shaped lawn at the pinnacle of the famous

2,000 feet, and waterfall after waterfall.

Pu‘u Keka‘a cliff (Black Rock) to say I do

To experience lava rock up close, stay at the Sheraton Kona which sits on 22-acres peppered

and serves up the wedding night in the

with black lava rock on historic Keauhou Bay, the birthplace of King Kamehameha III. The recently

presidential suite. The Maona Surfrider on

renovated resort sets itself apart by bringing the Hawaiian culture to its guests. Daily cultural tours

Oahu has the only private beachfront in

provide insight into Hawaiian history, and resort activities ranging from hula lessons to lei making

the state of Hawaii that can serve alcohol,

let travelers interact with the culture. Exclusive to the property is the opportunity to sail the bay on

making it an ideal locale for ceremony or

a guided tour in a Kini Kini Sailing Canoe. Book the Kiele Suite featuring an expansive lanai to soak

reception. At the Royal Hawaiian brides

in the swaying palm trees, crashing waves and other-worldly rocks. In the waters directly in front of

can tie the knot in the Coconut Grove,

the property there is a unique opportunity to snorkel at night with Manta Rays. These gentle giants,

which was featured in “Mad Men” and

whose wing span can reach 18-feet, are playful creatures that love to interact with snorkelers. With

then have their reception in the Monarch

no teeth, barbs or stingers there’s nothing to fear when one decides to shimmy up your belly as

Room which is known as The Carnegie

they make graceful flips in the water.

Hall of the Pacific, having played host to

Coffee lovers might turn their noses up at Starbucks after days waking up to the famous Kona

legendary Hawaii entertainers since the

coffee. Kona’s high elevation, volcanic soil and cloud cover create this unique coffee bean. Most

1920s. For the quintessential Hawaiian

coffee plantations, like Kona Coffee, Greenwell Farms and Living History Farm offer tours.

postcard wedding the St. Regis Princeville is the only hotel on Kauai that can perform

No matter what islands you choose to visit, the landscape, activities, sheer beauty and Aloha spirit

ceremonies at the most prime viewing

of its people will create honeymoon memories for a lifetime.

point overlooking Hanalei Bay.

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advertiser index BAR SERVICES

CATERING

Heard Museum...........................................................................................................................................68

BevMo!.....................................................................................................................Outside Back Cover

Catering Guide........................................................................................................................................213

Heritage Square........................................................................................................................................123

Pour Masters, Inc......................................................................................................................................212

Avanti's Restaurant & Catering......................................................................................................211

Holiday Inn & Suites Phoenix Airport......................................................................................102

Copper Square Kitchen.....................................................................................................................205

Hotel Valley Ho............................................................................................................................................69

BEAUTY & FITNESS

Creations in Cuisine Catering.......................................................................................................207

The Irish Cultural Center ...................................................................................................................101

Spa & BEAUTY Guide ..................................................................................................................312-313

Crust....................................................................................................................................................................25

The Japanese Friendship Garden................................................................................................101

20 Volume Salon and Spa...............................................................................................................310

Food Truck Caravan.............................................................................................................................203

Lavender & Old Lace.......................................................................................................................32, 33

Artistry on Location.............................................................................................................................303

Fresh From The Kitchen....................................................................................................................206

The Legacy Ballroom Paradise Valley.......................................................................................72

Creative Beaute Agency...................................................................................................................306

Heidi's Events & Catering..................................................................................................................210

Lexington Hotel & Suites.....................................................................................................................96

Estetica Cosmetic & Reconstructive Surgery ...............................................................307

Sharko's Catering.....................................................................................................................................212

Little America Hotel...............................................................................................................................133

Ginger Price, DDS...................................................................................................................................305

Rendezvous Catering & Events...............................................................Inside Front Cover

Los Abrigados Resort & Spa .........................................................................................................136

Natural Beauty by Joni......................................................................................................................308

Something Special Catering & Events...................................................................................204

McCormick Ranch Golf Club.............................................................................................................117

Rolfs Salon...................................................................................................................................................309

Millennium Resort & Villas Scottsdale......................................................................................98

Rumors Salon .........................................................................................................................................304

CEREMONY & RECEPTION SITES

Spa Fly.............................................................................................................................................................308

Ceremony & Reception Guide...........................................................................................128-131

Mountain Preserve Reception Center......................................................................................115

V's Barber Shop.......................................................................................................................................310

Aldea at Tlaquepaque Phoenix............................................................................................48, 49

Noah's...............................................................................................................................................................127

The Ashley Castle ..................................................................................................................................127

BRIDAL FASHION

Omni Tucson National Resort........................................................................................................125

Antelope Point Marina Lake Powell...........................................................................................139

Bridal Fashion Guide...........................................................................................................300-301

The Paseo.......................................................................................................................................................127

Anthem Golf & Country Club...........................................................................................................99

Brides by Demetrios..................................................................................................................................11

The Phoenician.............................................................................................................................................61

Arizona Biltmore..........................................................................................................................................31

Brilliant Bridal............................................................................................................................................265

Phoenix Art Museum...............................................................................................................................71

Arizona Renaissance Festival.........................................................................................................126

Danese Creations.....................................................................................................................................281

Phoenix Zoo.................................................................................................................................................100

Arizona Snowbowl ................................................................................................................................135

La Bella Bridal Boutique....................................................................................................................269

Pointe Hilton Resorts - Squaw Peak Resort.......................................................................108

Aunt Chilada's ...........................................................................................................................................123

MariĂŠe Bridal...................................................................................................................................262, 263

Pointe Hilton Resorts - Tapatio Cliffs Resorts.....................................................................114

Blackstone Country Club...................................................................................................................122

Roberta Frey Designs..........................................................................................................................283

Radisson Fort McDowell Resort & Casino..............................................................................121

Boojum Tree Hidden Gardens.........................................................................................................29

Strut...................................................................................................................................................................273

Raven Golf Club at Verrado..............................................................................................................103

The Boulders, A Waldorf Astoria Resort.................................................................................55

Suzanne's Bridal Boutique & Tuxedo.......................................................................................261

Red Agave Resort....................................................................................................................................138

Carefree Resort & Conference Center......................................................................................27

Tux-Xpress....................................................................................................................................................299

Red Setter Lodge......................................................................................................................................137

Cave Creek Smokehouse...................................................................................................................121

Uptown Bridal & Boutique................................................................................................................279

Rockin' R Ranch..........................................................................................................................................112

The Clayton on the Park......................................................................................................................43

The Wedding Accessory Superstore.......................................................................................275

Royal Palms Resort & Spa..................................................................................................................65

Copperwynd Resort and Club/Alchemy...............................................................................120

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

Rustler's Rooste ......................................................................................................................................123

Crowne Plaza Phoenix.........................................................................................................................124

The Saguaro/Distrito.............................................................................................................................107

Crowne Plaza San Marcos Golf Resort............................................................................44, 45

SASSI............................................................................................................................................................40, 41

Desert Botanical Garden........................................................................................................................9

Scottsdale Resort & Conference Center.....................................................................................7

Different Pointe of View.........................................................................................................................17

Seville Golf & Country Club.................................................................................................................67

Doubletree by Hilton Phoenix-Tempe.......................................................................................116

Shenandoah Mill......................................................................................................................................106

BRIDAL SHOWS Bridal Fashion Debut ...........................................................................................................................162 Phoenix Bridal Show..............................................................................................................................161

Molly Butler Lodge and Cabins ...................................................................................................137

CAKES & DESSERTS

Downtown Phoenix Venues............................................................................................................124

Sheraton Crescent Hotel.....................................................................................................................70

Caketini.............................................................................................................................................................215

El Chorro...........................................................................................................................................................119

Sheraton Phoenix Downtown Hotel ......................................................................................109

FROST A Gelato Shoppe......................................................................................................................218

El Encanto.........................................................................................................................................................111

Sheraton Wild Horse Pass Resort & Spa.................................................................................97

Jewel's Bakery & Cafe..........................................................................................................................217

Embassy Suites Phoenix-Scottsdale........................................................................................126

SoHo63..............................................................................................................................................................63

Let Them Eat Cake, Inc........................................................................................................................216

Embassy Suites Phoenix-Tempe..................................................................................................123

Starfire Golf Club......................................................................................................................................127

Lovely Little Cake Shop.......................................................................................................................218

Fairmont Scottsdale Princess.........................................................................................................59

Stonebridge Manor.................................................................................................................................64

Mind Over Batter......................................................................................................................................218

Four Points by Sheraton Phoenix South................................................................................115

Superstition Mountain Golf & Country Club......................................................................105

Paula Jacqueline Cakes & Pastries............................................................................................217

Four Seasons Resort Scottsdale at Troon North...............................................................13

Talking Stick Resort.................................................................................................................................95

Pixy Cakes......................................................................................................................................................218

Fresh Event Venue...................................................................................................................................125

Tempe Mission Palms..............................................................................................................................15

Sonya's Bunz in the Oven Bakery...............................................................................................217

Gainey Ranch Golf Club........................................................................................................................117

Thornager's..................................................................................................................................................134

Sweet Tooth Fairy ..................................................................................................................................217

Gold Canyon Golf Resort.......................................................................................................................51

Tre Bella............................................................................................................................................................53

Hassayampa Inn.......................................................................................................................................138

Tubac Golf Resort & Spa......................................................................................................................119

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INVITATIONS, FAVORS & GIFTS

Pre-Wedding Celebrations

Venue At The Grove................................................................................................................................66

Aesthetics....................................................................................................................................................234

Rehearsal DInner Guide............................................................................................................146-149

Villa Siena................................................................................................................................................36, 37

C. Lacey Design........................................................................................................................................234

Bartlett Lake Marina ............................................................................................................................144

Villa Tuscana Reception Hall...........................................................................................................125

The Event Essentials.............................................................................................................................235

Crust....................................................................................................................................................................25

Wedgewood Wedding & Banquet Center.............................................................................125

Flipbook Memories................................................................................................................................235

Dance FxStusios........................................................................................................................................317

The Westin La Paloma Resort & Spa.........................................................................................113

Signatures Invitations & Gifts........................................................................................................233

Fogo De Chao..............................................................................................................................................143

Windemere Hotel & Conference Center..................................................................................57

The Wedding Accessory Superstore.......................................................................................275

J&G Steakhouse at The Phoenician..........................................................................................145

The Wright House Garden Reception Centre...............................................................18, 19

Write-Ons ....................................................................................................................................................234

Me The Artist...............................................................................................................................................145

ENTERTAINMENT

JEWELRY

Dance FX Studios.....................................................................................................................................317

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

TRANSPORTATION

Me The Artist...............................................................................................................................................317

E.D. Marshall Jewelers.............................................................................................................................21

See Transportation Guide.................................................................................................................316

Moore & Moore Jewelry Design ..................................................................................................23

American Valet..........................................................................................................................................316

The Wedding Accessory Superstore.......................................................................................275

Just For You Transportation...........................................................................................................317

Native Spirit ................................................................................................................................................317

EVENT RENTALS Classic Party Rentals.............................................................................................................................197

NORTHERN ARIZONA

Old Town Tortilla Factory ..................................................................................................................141

Starry Nights Transportation..........................................................................................................316

Event Rents..................................................................................................................................................196

Antelope Point Marina Lake Powell...........................................................................................139

TUCSON & SOUTHERN ARIZONA

Party People................................................................................................................................................198

Arizona Snowbowl ................................................................................................................................135

Omni Tucson National Resort........................................................................................................125

Y-Knot Party & Rentals........................................................................................................................199

Brian Minson Photography.............................................................................................................327

Sonya's Bunz in The Oven................................................................................................................217

Hassayampa Inn.......................................................................................................................................138

Tubac Golf Resort & Spa......................................................................................................................119

Little America Hotel...............................................................................................................................133

The Westin La Paloma Resort & Spa.........................................................................................113

FLORAL & DÉCOR Arizona Flower Market .....................................................................................................................189 Beloved Lily Floral Boutique...........................................................................................................184 Brady's Floral Gallery............................................................................................................................185 Butterfly Petals...........................................................................................................................................191 Cactus Flower Florists..........................................................................................................................194 Community Florist.................................................................................................................................186

Los Abrigados Resort & Spa .........................................................................................................136 Molly Butler Lodge and Cabins ...................................................................................................137

TUXEDOS & SUITS

Red Agave Resort....................................................................................................................................138

Brilliant Bridal............................................................................................................................................265

Red Setter Lodge......................................................................................................................................137

La Bella Bridal Boutique....................................................................................................................269

Thornager's..................................................................................................................................................134

Suzanne's Bridal Boutique & Tuxedo.......................................................................................261 Tux-Xpress....................................................................................................................................................299

Encore Weddings and Social Events ......................................................................................194

PHOTOGRAPHY

Flowers by Jodi..........................................................................................................................................183

Ben & Kelly Photography..................................................................................................................325

LUX Wedding Florist...............................................................................................................................195

Brian Minson Wedding Photography......................................................................................327

VIDEOGRAPHY

PJs Weddings and Events..................................................................................................................187

Brinkerhoff Photography.................................................................................................................328

Branded Films .........................................................................................................................................342

Wolz's Florist................................................................................................................................................192

Carrie Evans Photography................................................................................................................331

Y-Knot Party & Rentals........................................................................................................................199

Chateau Studio Photography ....................................................................................................339

Your Event Florist.....................................................................................................................................193

Cilento Photography...........................................................................................................................334

Zuzu's Petals...............................................................................................................................................188

Cyndi Hardy Photography................................................................................................................333

GUEST ACCOMMODATIONS Guest Accommodations Guide...................................................................................236-237

DePoy Studios.................................................................................................................................320, 321 Dreamcicle Studios Photography..............................................................................................332 Jill Lauren Photography....................................................................................................................324

HOME & LIFE

Katrina Wallace Photographers.................................................................................................330

Dinner For Two..........................................................................................................................................397

Kimberly Jarman Photography Studio.................................................................................323

Duxiana Scottsdale.......................................................................................................................................1

Le Boudoir Studio....................................................................................................................................341

L.A. Fisher Real Estate Investment Company...................................................................397

Love My Life Photography...............................................................................................................335

Shea Homes Arizona .....................................................................................Inside Back Cover

Nicolle Moshiri Photography.........................................................................................................326

The Wedding Accessory Superstore.......................................................................................275

WEDDING & EVENT PLANNERS A Day to Cherish Weddings.............................................................................................................155 Amy Mancuso Events...............................................................................................................................5 Encore Weddings and Social Events.........................................................................................194 Events by Danielle...................................................................................................................................159 Native Spirit..................................................................................................................................................159 NOZZA..............................................................................................................................................................156 Some Like it Classic Wedding Design......................................................................................157 Stylish Events by Lisa............................................................................................................................158

Photography by Verdi.........................................................................................................................329

HONEYMOON & TRAVEL

StepOnMe Photography...................................................................................................................329

Arizona Weddings Travel..................................................................................................................387 Greentique Hotels of Costa Rica ..............................................................................................389

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