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IN THIS ISSUE

2017/2018 Edition

Special Features & Inspiration 52 JOURNEY THROUGH THE FOUR SEASONS

137 STYLE INSPIRATION Eleven beautiful and creative styled photo shoots showcasing the work of Arizona’s best wedding vendors and venues. 218 DESERT BEAUTIES Bridal fashion at the Boulders Resort & Spa 232 THE BRIDAL PARTY Fashion that will allow the entire bridal party to shine 244 SUBLIME SILHOUETTES Texture, lace and movement of the gowns pop against the clean walls at Aledea Weddings at The Landmark 262 JADE JUNGLE A modern spin on South Asian wedding style 274 SWEET SIMPLICITY Stunning gowns feature a variety of floral designs and textures in timeless silhouettes

In Every Issue 24 LETTER FROM THE TEAM 26 COVER CREDITS 42-50 WED ESSENTIALS

Planning Help & Style Files 68 119 202 206 208 343 347 360

12-MONTH PLANNING COUNTDOWN OBTAINING AN ARIZONA MARRIAGE LICENSE PHOTO INSPIRATION: ESCORT CARDS PHOTO INSPIRATION: SWEET TREATS PHOTO INSPIRATION: CULINARY PRESENTATIONS PHOTO INSPIRATION: RINGS PHOTO INSPIRATION: FIRST LOOK PHOTO INSPIRATION: CANDID MOMENTS

Resource Guide 124 CEREMONY & RECEPTION VENUES Photography: Malone Sinclaire Bridal Salon: Bridal Boutique of Arizona Menswear: Magro Clothing Flowers: Your Event Florist Venue: Four Seasons Scottsdale at Troon North


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IN THIS ISSUE

2017/2018 Edition

Celebration Locations RECEPTIONS 72 50 Wonderful Wedding Venuess

From Scottsdale Glamour to Rustic Charm and Chic Country Clubs to Hacienda Heritage, our favorite Arizona Wedding locations 90 Signing on the Dotted Line The Importance of Vendor Contracts 96 Perfectly Polite Modern Wedding Etiquette

ORTHERN ARIZONA N 107 Northern Arizona Wonderful Weather & Stunning Scenery

SOUTHERN ARIZONA 113 Destination Southern Arizona History, Scenery, and Culture - A Recipe for the Perfect Wedding in Southern AZ REHEARSAL DINNER PARTIES 120 Before the Big Day How to Host the Perfect Rehearsal Dinner Soiree

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Flowers & Decor

FLORISTS 186 Ask the Florist Pros RENTALS 190 Tips and Trends

Let Rentals Transform Your Wedding & Reception

Invitations, & Gifts 200

To Invite or Not to Invite The Wedding Guest List

Culinary Services

CATERING & BAR SERVICES 213 Cake Walk Tips for Selecting the Perfect Wedding Cake

Bridal Fashion & Beauty FASHION 242 Gown Shopping Tips 272 The Dapper Groom Suit & Tuxedo 101

ACCESSORIES 282 Choosing a Diamond

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10 Things to Know Before Buying a Wedding Dress


Arizona Weddings

IN THIS ISSUE

2017/2018 Edition

Bridal Fashion & Beauty BRIDAL BEAUTY 288 Bridal Beauty

PHOTO: Jane in the Woods

Maximizing Your Inner and Outer Beauty

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

Photo & Video PHOTOGRAPHY

303 Evoking Emotion The Art of Storytelling Through Photography

Honeymoon & Destinations HONEYMOON 351 Destination Los Cabos 354 Escape to Puerto Vallarta

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312 Janice & Tim 316 Lauren & Shawn 320 Ashton & Levi 324 Britt & Jason 328 Paige & Jonathan 332 Erin & Scott 336 Cecia & Gibran 340 Maria & Alex 344 KaeLyn & Chris

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Cheers to 30 Years! Stunning real Arizona weddings, over-the-top design inspiration and gown features for every style of bride fill the pages of our 30th Anniversary Edition. From our beginning as Phoenix Wedding Pages to now as Arizona Weddings Magazine, we have been the longest running wedding’s publication in the state. This impressive feat could not have been possible without the amazing wedding vendors in Arizona. The magazine continues to be a labor of love from hundreds of vendors that pour their creative talents, time and energy to make every page a go-to resource for brides. While times and trends have changed, one thing remains the same- love. Love is why we are here! A wedding is the celebration of a couple’s love for one another. Couples planning weddings in 2017 and beyond will find more than 350 pages of 100% local inspiration. From 50 Wonderful Wedding Venues to 11 Style Inspiration Shoots, 6 Stunning Gown Spreads to 21 Real Arizona Weddings, this issue is brimming with inspiration to help plan your dream wedding from Arizona’s top wedding vendors. As we look to the future and another amazing year, we leave you with one final piece of advice. Embrace the beauty of the planning process and make sure your wedding is a reflection of your spouse and yourself. You are building the foundation for your lives together as a couple, and your wedding should show the world your style and personality! Happy Planning,

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PHOTOGRAPHY: Ashley Rae Photography VENUE: Boulders Resort & Spa BRIDAL BOUTIQUE: Uptown Bridal & Boutique JEWELRY: E.D. Marshall Jewelers HAIR/MAKEUP: Makiaj Beauty MODEL: Natalie Beam

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PHOTOGRAPHY: Jenifer Johnson Photography BRIDAL BOUTIQUE: A Closet Full of Dresses MENSWEAR: True Gentlemen Supply Co. FLORAL: FiftyFlowers HAIR/MAKEUP: Lexi Merrill BRIDE & GROOM: Jessica and Isaac

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PHOTOGRAPHY: Steph Wahlig VENUE: Superstition Mountain Golf and Country Club BRIDAL BOUTIQUE: Suzanne’s Bridal Boutique BRIDESMAID BOUTIQUE: Bella Bridesmaids JEWELRY: E.D. Marshall Jewelers & Kendra Scott FLORALS: The Studio at Cactus Flower HAIR/MAKEUP: Vidogi Salon MODELS: Kylie Prusak, Kimmy Vu, Christa Sandstrom, Katie Flanigan


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REAL ARIZONA WEDDING

cover contest FIRST PLACE

WINNER

JESSICA & ISAAC DECEMBER 30TH, 2016

The Proposal

The Ceremony

The Reception

Isaac surprised Jessica with a photoshoot

Friends and family from all of the world

Guests danced the night away under the

in the mountains among a forest of pine

flew to Arizona to watch the couple say

stars at a family friend’s backyard. Jessica

and aspen trees. After the couple posed

“I Do.” Accompanied by 18 bridesmaids

remembers her favorite moment of the

for a few photos, the photographer

and 28 groomsmen, Isaac and Jessica

night when Isaac serenaded her with a

asked Jessica if she would like to see the

exchanged vows in a special ceremony

song while playing the guitar. “I got lost

pictures. As he began to scroll through

officiated by the bride’s grandfather. The

in his eyes and dimples,” she happily

the images, Jessica noticed the couple’s

bride looked stunning in a long-sleeve lace

recalled. The perfect night ended with

friends in the background holding signs

gown from A Closet Full of Dresses paired

the couple running through a shower

reading “Will you marry me?” She looked

with a gorgeous bouquet of pink peonies,

of sparklers to a horse-drawn carriage.

up to see Isaac down on one knee and

deep red blossoms, anemones and sprigs of

Isaac and Jessica caught a red-eye

couldn’t wait to say yes!

eucalyptus.

flight to Miami to kick off their weeklong honeymoon cruise of the Caribbean!


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Bridal Boutique Gown: Venus Bridal From A Closet Full Of Dresses / Veil: A Closet Full Of Dresses CEREMONY SITE: Gilbert Arizona LDS Temple / RECEPTION SITE: Family friend’s backyard / PHOTOGRAPHY: Jenifer Johnson Photography, second shooter: Jacob Yamada FORMALWEAR: True Gentlemen Supply Co. / WEDDING PLANNER: Karen Podrasky from KDP Events / INVITATIONS: Keely Colvin, Print Plus Graphics FLOWERS: FiftyFlowers, DIY by bride’s mother / MENU/CATERING: Don Nicos Mexican Food / MUSIC/ENTERTAINMENT: Mason Porter / WEDDING CAKE: Bake My Day VIDEOGRAPHY: Ronnie Harris Films from Canvas Film Co / OFFICIANT: Grandpa R. Wayne Johnson / JEWELRY: Gift From Grandmother / SHOES: Calvin Klein / HAIR: Lexi Merrill MAKEUP: Lexi Merrill / FAVORS: Sierra Kettle Korn / RENTALS: The Event Co. / TRANSPORTATION: Good Shepherd Ranch HONEYMOON: Eastern Caribbean Cruise with Norwegian / LIGHTING: The Event Co. / BACKDROP: Douglas Johnson

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cover contest SECOND PLACE

WINNER

KAYLA & NATHAN AUGUST 13, 2016

The Proposal

The Ceremony

The Reception

After almost a year of dating, Nathan

The couple married at the Agave Wedding

The newly Mr. and Mrs. entered the room

took Kayla on a special day date to

Center overlooking the Sedona Red Rocks.

to the song “Everything Is Awesome”

relive all their important firsts, including

Kayla’s favorite moment of the day was

from The Lego Movie. It kicked off the

their first date, first kiss and where the

the look on Nathan’s face as she walked

fun and casual reception where guests

relationship started. To end the day,

down the aisle. “He couldn’t stop smiling

enjoyed a variety of BBQ and boozy sips.

Nathan treated Kayla to a special dinner.

and I felt the same,” she said. Nathan and

The night ended with the couple making

“He took me back to the place where we

Kayla’s favorite movie, The Princess Bride,

their getaway in a fully decorated black

had first met almost 6 years prior,” Kayla

contributed to the overall light and fun feel

Mustang convertible.

remembered. As she walked through the

of the day. “With our favorite movie quotes

door, all their friends and family were

incorporated into the ceremony, it was

there holding signs reading “Will you

easily the happiest day of our lives,” Kayla

marry me?” Kayla turned to see Nathan

stated.

on one knee and immediately said yes!

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VENUE: Agave of Sedona Weddings and Event Center / PHOTOGRAPHY: Michelle Mills Photography / BRIDAL GOWN BOUTIQUE: Stella York from Gallaria Wedding BRIDESMAIDS DRESSES: Etsy.com / FORMALWEAR: J.C. Penny / INVITATIONS: Shutterfly.com / FLOWERS: Wyndie Whitney / MENU/CATERING: Bigfoot BBQ WEDDING CAKE: Made by a family friend / OFFICIANT: Daylan Whitney / JEWELRY: Etsy.com / HAIR: Brynn Ralston / MAKEUP: Brynn Ralston / FAVORS: DIY RENTALS: Verde Valley Rentals / TRANSPORTATION: Enterprise / GUEST ACCOMMODATIONS: Best Western WEDDING NIGHT ACCOMMODATIONS: Arabella Hotel Sedona AZ / HONEYMOON: Catalina Island

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REAL ARIZONA WEDDING

cover contest THIRD PLACE

WINNER

BAILEY & CODY JUNE 4, 2016

The Proposal

The Ceremony

The Reception

Cody and Bailey drove up to Flagstaff

The couple took a unique route and wrote

After the ceremony, the party headed to

for a fun, mini-day date. After eating at

their vows together. “It felt incredibly

a local Latin restaurant for a bite to eat.

Bailey’s favorite fish taco restaurant, the

special to really hone in on the things that

“It was wonderful time spent together

couple went for a short hike at Snowbowl.

we wanted our marriage to be centered

celebrating our marriage,” Bailey

Bailey noticed Cody was very flustered

around,” Bailey stated. Adding to their

remembered. On the advice of their

at the fact she had accidentally let his

special day, Bailey’s dad was ordained to

photographer, the couple snuck away

GoPro die but thought he just wanted

officiate the ceremony. “There was no ‘aisle’

for a few quick sunset shots. Later the

to document the hike. Little did Bailey

for him to walk me down, but having him

group headed to the guests’ lodging for a

know Cody planned the perfect intimate

officiate was equally meaningful to us.”

traditional cake cutting and toasts!

proposal along the trail! She happily

Surrounded by family and their adorable

accepted, and they finished their hike as

daughter, Bailey and Cody tied the knot

an engaged couple.

in an intimate, elopement-style wedding among the stunning Sedona Red Rocks.


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Flowers: Bloom & Blueprint / Rentals: Bloom & Blueprint CEREMONY SITE: Dry Creek Vista in Sedona, Arizona / RECEPTION SITE: Mariposa Latin Inspired Grill and rented house / PHOTOGRAPHY: Jaclyn Raymond Photography BRIDAL GOWN BOUTIQUE: Needle & Thread from BHLDN / BRIDESMAIDS DRESSES: Nouvelle by Amsale / FORMALWEAR: Nordstrom MENU/CATERING: Custom menu from Mariposa Latin Inspired Grill / WEDDING CAKE: Sedona Cake Couture / OFFICIANT: Brett Nirider, the bride’s father JEWELRY: Vintage turquoise and garnet necklace / SHOES: Nine West / GUEST ACCOMMODATIONS: Los Abrigados Resort & Spa, AirBnB WEDDING NIGHT ACCOMMODATIONS: Los Abrigados Resort & Spa

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pretty pearls 1. Talon, pearl embellished clutch from St. Xavier, revolve.com. 2. Locket gown from Willowby is adorned with beautiful pearl and milky white crystal beading. Willowby label is available at Bridal Boutique of Arizona, bridalboutiqueofaz.com. 3. Aurelia, three strand South Sea and Akoya pearl necklace with gold and diamond detail from Yoko London, yokolondon.com. 4. Simple and elegant pearl adorned wedding invitation from Signatures Invitations & Gifts, shopsignatures.com. 5. Blossom ring in 18kt white gold with 3.37cts diamonds and freshwater pearl from Yoko London, yokolondon.com. 6. Fefe Pearl heeled sandal with ankle strap and adorned with fresh water pearls and Swarovski crystals, from Freya Rose, freyarose.com.

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pink with gold 1. Stila Stay All Day MATTE’ificent lipstick in light pink from Sephora, Sephora.com. 2. Pyramid Mesh Clutch adds instant pizazz to any ensemble, from Whiting & Davis, available at nordstrom.com. 3. Cherie in sugar glaze crystal satin peep-toe bootie with pearl mesh detail from Nina, ninashoes.com. 4. Gigi strapless fit and flare mermaid sequin gown by Theia. Theia brand can be found locally at Bella Bridesmaids. 5. Off-shoulder gown in rose from Monique Lhuillier Bridesmaids available at Bella Bridesmaids. 6. Stunning 4 tier wedding cake with golden details and hand-created sugar flowers. Created by Sugar Petals Custom Cakes, sugarpetalscustomcakes.com. 7. Glittering natural pink sapphire in gold satin setting from the all new Rainbow Collection from Yvel, yvel.com.

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midnight blue 1. Indigo chiffon jumpsuit with V-neckline and side slits at the hem by Hayley Paige Occasions, available at Bella Bridesmaids. 2. Gemma, sleeveless bateau neckline sequin gown with cowl back from Theia, available at Bella Bridesmaids. 3. Barby ankle strap sandal by Badgley Mischka features faceted crystal embellishment and block heel, available at nordstrom.com. 4. Aiko satin and crystal clutch in navy by Enzoani, enzoani.com. 5. Dior Designer 5-Colour Palatte in blue available at Sephora.com. 6. Blue topaz and diamond ring from the Ghirlanda Haute Couture collection from Pasquale Bruni, pasqualebruni.com. 7. This bouquet is the perfect finishing touch to lighten up a midnight blue look. Created by The Studio at Cactus Flower, it features beautiful anenomes with dark blue centers, garden and spray roses, astibe, scabiosa, scabiosa pods, lilac, stock and hypercum berries: cactusflower.com.

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silver accents 1. Diamonds on white gold earrings style ABSQ from Le Vian, levian.com. 2. Ruby glitter clutch by Jimmy Choo available at nordstrom.com. 3. Butter London patent shine 10X nail Lacquer in soft grey, butterlondon.com. 4. Harry Kotler diamond and platinum engagement ring, Harry Kotler brand is carried locally at E.D. Marshall Jewelers. 5. Lynn, by Enzoani is a two in one bridal gown. A detachable tulle A-line skirt transforms the classic mermaid gown into fairytale dream. The beautiful beaded bodice adds the perfect amount of silver shimmer to the gown. Enzoani brand is available locally at Uptown Bridal & Boutique. 6. Maryly ankle strap sandal in silver from Nina, ninashoes.com. 7. Butani diamond bracelet, butani.com for locations and similar styles.

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As Arizona Weddings Magazines celebrates 30 years in the industry, we reflect upon the celebration and the years and seasons it took us to get to this point. Many think of Arizona purely as a desert, but only locals know of the gorgeous landscapes and changing seasons around the state.

From the snow in Flagstaff to the blooming blossoms of the Boyce Thompson Arboretum to the purple desert of the Superstition Mountains and finally to the fun of summer at the Four Seasons Scottsdale at Troon North. There is a bride and look for every season. Let us take you on a journey!

Photography: Malone Sinclaire Bridal Gown Boutique: Bridal Boutique of Arizona Menswear: Magro Clothing Floral Design: Your Event Florist Jewelry: E.D. Marshall Jewelers Venue: Four Seasons Resort Scottsdale at Troon North Makeup: Makeup by Heather Wilson Hair: Hair by Andy Biggs Paper: Victoria York Design Videography: Love Story Films Cake: Four Seasons Resort Scottsdale at Troon North Models: Maureen Montagne & Nicholas Czapinski, The Agency AZ


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GOWN: Luxurious and refined, jeweled cap sleeves lay atop an illusion, sweetheart neckline of the “Shelly” gown by Cristiano Lucci from Bridal Boutique of Arizona. A keyhole back scoops into the fit and flare silhouette of the clean, silk white gown. RING: 18k white gold pave diamond band with a stunning South Sea pearl from E.D. Marshall Jewelers. EARRINGS: 18k white gold diamond drop earrings with South Sea pearl. BRACELET: Finishing the look, slinky 18k white gold bracelet with 17.16 ctw diamonds. MENSWEAR: Custom, light grey suit paired with a crisp white shirt, grey and black plaid tie, and double-buckle leather shoes from Magro Clothing. MENS JEWELRY: Stainless steel Glashutte watch with a black leather band pairs with a 14k white gold men’s band featuring an inset Emerald-cut diamond. FLOWERS: Coral and light pink ranunculus mix with peach hypericum berries and hot pink spray roses for a classic bouquet tied with a pink satin ribbon from Your Event Florist.


GOWN: Fun and flirty, intricate beaded lace bodice features a deep V, sweetheart neckline by Allure Bridals from Bridal Boutique of Arizona. Beautiful organza ruffles add texture and movement to this classic ball gown. RING: 14k white gold Mabe pearl ring with sunburst diamond halo from E.D. Marshall Jewelers. RING (in box): Platinum 6.11 ct Emerald-cut diamond ring. EARRINGS: 18k white gold pearl studs with diamond halos. MENSWEAR: Vibrant blue, slim-cut custom suit from Magro Clothing. FLOWERS: Fire orange and yellow gloriosa lilies, ombre pink veronica stalks, light pink ranunculus and jasmine vines create a whimsical bouquet from Your Event Florist. Towers of pink hydrangeas, hot pink and blush roses and green trick create the ceremony altar, while various floral blooms hang from the tree. Shiny silver vases filled with peach stock, blush roses, light pink hydrangeas and hot pink roses accent the setup. CAKE: Beautiful four-tiered white cake with pearl accents by Four Seasons Scottsdale at Troon North.


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GOWN: Beaded lace bodice with illusion side cutouts features a deep V, sweetheart neckline by Allure Bridals. Soft ruffles add texture and movement to this classic ball gown paired with a crystal belt. RING: 14k white gold Mabe pearl ring with sunburst diamond halo from E.D. Marshall Jewelers. EARRINGS: 18k white gold pearl studs with diamond halos. NECKLACE: A strand of South Sea pearls mix with sparkling diamond accents for a classic touch. MENSWEAR: Vibrant blue custom suit paired with a light blue patterned shirt and accented with a colorful floral tie and clean white pocket square from Magro Clothing. MENS JEWELRY: Blancpain 18k red gold watch paired with a 14k three-tone handmade men’s band. FLOWERS: Sunset gloriosa lilies, soft pink ranunculus, blush veronica stalks, and jasmine vines create a stunning bouquet tied with peach and pink satin ribbons from Your Event Florist. PAPER: Soft watercolor, floral motif in shades of pink and plum accent the invitation suite created by Victoria York Design.


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GOWN: Bold and beautiful, this couture champagne-colored gown by Allure Bridals from Bridal Boutique of Arizona features a full beaded bodice with a layered organza ruffled skirt to create a dramatic mermaid silhouette. RING: Stunning 5 ct Oval-cut diamond in a double band encrusted with diamonds. HAIR & MAKEUP: An elegant, over-sized bun complements a sunset, smoky eye with winged black eyeliner for a dramatic look by Makeup by Heather Wilson. LOCATION: In the shadows of the Superstition Mountains, the desert of Lost Dutchman State Park shines with fall brush, cholla and saguaro cacti.


GOWN: Inspired by nature of the 1970s, delicate lace lays atop a satin sheath by OLVI’S from Bridal Boutique of Arizona. A plunging V neckline is accented with scalloped lace flowing into a long, bell sleeves and a modern mermaid silhouette. RING: Vintage 2 ct Emerald-cut deep red garnet in a 14k gold band. FLOWERS: Peach ranunculus, light pink sweet pea, crisp white lisianthus, coral charm peonies and acacia foliage make a lively, garden-style bouquet tied with an array of pink satin ribbons from Your Event Florist. HAIR & MAKEUP: Tousled wild curls add to the ethereal look paired with a dramatic, smoky eye and a bright pink lip by Makeup by Heather Wilson. LOCATION: The Eucalyptus Forest in Boyce Thompson Arboretum shines in the spring with blossoming flowers and and the scent of earthy eucalyptus.


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GOWN: Upscale bohemian, symmetrically embroidered, sleeveless A-line gown by Eddie K from Bridal Boutique of Arizona. For a hint of sexiness, an illusion back features floral embroidery details and satin buttons. FLOWERS: Large coral charm peonies, white lisianthus, pale pink sweet pea and acacia foliage make a stunning, garden-style bouquet tied with an array of pink satin ribbons from Your Event Florist. HAIR & MAKEUP: Loose curls pinned back into a sleek side ponytail pair with a subtle smoky eye and coral lip by Makeup by Heather Wilson. LOCATION: In the Tonto National Forest, the Walkabout Trail in Boyce Thompson Arboretum features blooming trees and shrubs native to Australia.


GOWN: Sparkly and extravagant, pearls and crystals adorn the sheer illusion, plunging neckline on this “Vilma� gown by Cristiano Lucci from Bridal Boutique of Arizona. Layers of chiffon and tulle create a gorgeous soft full skirt to the ball gown. FLOWERS: Hot pink peonies, burgundy garden roses, amethyst scabiosa, pink protea and sprigs of green Carolina sapphire combine for a stunning asymmetrical bouquet by Your Event Florist. HAIR & MAKEUP: Windblown, soft ringlets pair with bold raspberry lip by Makeup by Heather Wilson. LOCATION: Just north of Flagstaff, tall birch trees and evergreens stand out against blankets of fresh snow.


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12 Month Wedding Planning

COUNTDOWN

9 to 12 months

6 to 9 months

• Choose a date (or up to 3) so you can be flexible with your favorite venue and book it!

• Find the perfect dress and schedule your fittings.

• Talk budget and decide who’s contributing what.

• Book your photographer and set up an engagement photo session to get comfortable with them.

• Grab a copy of Arizona Weddings Magazine for local Arizona wedding inspiration.

• Start assembling your wedding pros on your Arizona Weddings Bridal Profile. • Begin compiling a guest list.

• Reserve a block of guest rooms at a nearby hotel for your out-of-town guests.

• Decide on a wedding planner or day-of coordinator.

• Get engagement ring appraised and insured.

• Hire your florist, musicians, caterers, cake bakers, and other pros.

• Be inspired! Follow us on Instagram for daily local inspiration.

• Register and put the links on your wedding website.

• Create a wedding website.

• Decide on the bridesmaids’ dresses and schedule alterations if needed.

• Propose to your bridesmaids and groomsmen to see if they are up for being in your wedding party. • Choose the officiant.

• Begin planning honeymoon and apply for any needed passports or visas. • Order the invitations and “Thank You” notes. • Shop for wedding bands.

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3 to 5 months

• Iron out the rehearsal dinner details, like the time and location, and invite your wedding party.

1 week before

• Buy new clothes for your honeymoon. • Missing RSVPs? Follow up now!

• Team up with a beauty stylist team and schedule a trial run.

• Send wedding timeline to the bridal party and include day-of contact information.

• Select the getaway car.

• Pack an overnight bag for the wedding night. Include outfits for any day-after events, like a goodbye brunch.

• Choose the groom’s and groomsmen’s attire - to rent or to buy. • Finalize guest list. • Write “Thank You” notes for registry gifts as they arrive.

1 to 2 months

• Mail out wedding invitations with a RSVP cut-off of three weeks before the wedding date.

• Leave your honeymoon itinerary with a family member. • Pamper yourself with a mani-pedi.

1 day before

• Put vendor tips in envelopes and ask maid-ofhonor to distribute them. • Rehearse the ceremony and go to dinner.

• Begin writing vows if you plan to personalize them.

• Give gifts to the bridal party and parents.

• Call vendors to confirm date, times and location.

• Give rings to the best man and maid-of-honor.

• Enjoy a bachelorette weekend with your ladies. • Obtain a marriage license. • Send playlists to your musicians. • Begin breaking in wedding shoes. • Check off your “something old, new, borrowed and blue.” • Put together a day-of emergency kit (bandages, deodorant, fashion tape, concealer, sewing kit). • Prepare final payments to vendors. • Plan ceremony and reception seating.

Day of

• Eat breakfast! • Beautify, relax and get married.

Post-wedding to-dos

• Freeze the top layer of your cake for your first anniversary. • Have your dress and formal wear cleaned and preserved. • Write “Thank You” notes for any day-of gifts. • Enjoy your honeymoon!

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CELEBRATION LOCATIONS

Love is the master key that opens the gates of happiness. ~OLIVER WENDELL HOMES, SR.

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From Scottsdale Glamour to Rustic Charm and Chic Country Clubs to Hacienda Heritage, our favorite Arizona Wedding locations. TEXT BY: Jenzi Langley & Anna Furrey

RIGHT HERE IN ARIZONA YOU’LL FIND SOME OF THE MOST no surprise, as Arizona is one of the most sought-after wedding locations in the world. With great weather, desert landscapes and a wide selection of unique venues, Arizona offers a variety of choices to fulfill every couple’s wedding vision. We’ve compiled a list of our editor’s top picks for Arizona wedding sites that include country clubs, vintage vineyards, modern-glam spaces, and so much more. Read on to find your perfect Arizona wedding venue.

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PHOTO: Katrina & Andrew Photography at El Chorro

exciting and stunning venues for your special day. This comes as


Desert Oasis

Superstition Mountain Golf - Photo by Steph Wahlig

Chic Country Clubs

AMARA RESORT AND SPA:

TERCERO BY ALDEA: This Glendale venue is a

The Amara Resort and Spa

bohemian-inspired desert oasis

is the crown jewel of Sedona

located off of Camelback and

wedding venues. A gem in the

Grand Ave. The grounds boast

red rock formations, the resort

stark white bricking with wooden

is known to create the ultimate

accents in the main architecture.

fairytale experience. With their

Succulent gardens are spaced

stunning outdoor courtyard and

throughout for a refreshing

acclaimed chef and catering

reprieve. Guests can dance

staff, Amara provides a personal

outside in the courtyards under

and detailed experience that

the stars, or mingle and dine

matches the beauty of the local

scrumptious food in the unique

scenery. With both indoor and

indoor space. This ethereal

outdoor locations, this resort has

dream of a venue opens for the

everything you need to plan your

first time in 2017!

special day.

ANTHEM GOLF & COUNTRY CLUB:

lawn overlooking the desert and

The towering saguaros and redtinted mountains of the Sonoran

VAL VISTA LAKES: Val Vista’s ceremony site is

grand courtyard lit by twinkling

BOULDERS RESORT & SPA:

lights is a great place for guests

Located in Carefree, this

that sets a tranquil tone for your

Desert stand as the backdrop to

to eat and mingle as the sun sets

stunning venue captures the

day. A backdrop of the stunning

your special day, complemented

on the horizon.

ancient mystique of the Sonoran

rock waterfall creates an exotic

Desert and flawlessly blends

atmosphere for your vows. The

in modern luxury. Your guests

day before, couples and their

will gather on the lawn for your

wedding squads can lounge

Club. Both clubhouses feature

SUPERSTITION MOUNTAIN GOLF AND COUNTRY CLUB:

ceremony just below Promise

along the realistic beach lagoon.

luxurious amenities including

Some of the most breathtaking

Rock - a towering boulder with a

Another plus - the venue also

lush lawns, waterfalls, expansive

views of the Superstition

tranquil waterfall cascading down

allows couples to choose their

patios, covered pavilions,

Mountain Range can be seen

the side. Host your reception at

own vendors in order to create

gorgeous ramadas, a state-of-

at this venue. Imagine you and

the visually captivating Organic

the wedding of their dreams.

the-art ballroom with floor-to-

the love of your life tying the

Garden. Straight out of a fairytale,

ceiling windows and a panoramic

knot on the 18th hole lawn at

this intimate site features lush,

view of the city lights.

sunset before the spectacular,

aromatic plants in raised planters

saguaro-riddled mountain range.

and a serene pond.

golf course. For the reception, a

by the extraordinary Persimmon and Ironwood clubhouses at Anthem Golf and Country

BLACKSTONE COUNTRY CLUB:

As the stars come out, guests

If you’re looking for an elegant

away in the private, Tuscan-

yet rustic theme, look no further

inspired courtyard complete with

than Blackstone Country Club.

twinkling bistro lights and vine-

The Tuscan-styled architecture

covered walls.

can dine and dance the night

is surrounded by stunning vistas of the Bradshaw & White Tanks Mountains. Have your ceremony in the open or under the terrace on the manicured

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situated beside a turquoise lake

Amara Resort - Photo by Daniel Kim Photography


Gorgeous Greens

Boojum Tree Hidden Gardens - Photo by Ashley Rae Photography

DISCOVER MARANA:

immaculate views of Camelback

Discover Marana is surrounded

Mountain in the background.

with breathtaking mountaintop

The storybook setting provides

views in all directions. It provides

plenty of inspiration to help

exquisite indoor and outdoor

you plan your dream wedding.

venues, each boasting versatility

Additionally, the sites are

for your ceremony, reception

designed to accommodate all

and other special events. You

size of events with spaces that

will have the quality service and

hold 50-400 people.

on-hand friendly staff you desire

Elegant Gardens

to run everything smoothly while

WE-KO-PA RESORT:

having the gorgeous Sonoran

Located in the heart of the

BOOJUM TREE HIDDEN GARDENS:

JAPANESE FRIENDSHIP GARDEN:

scenery surrounding to help

beautiful Sonoran Desert, We-

capture the perfect moment for

Ko-Pa Resort offers a variety of

Tropical paradise has found a

The serene and exotic setting of

your memorable day.

appealing wedding and reception

new home here in Phoenix at the

the Japanese Friendship Garden

Boojum Tree Hidden Gardens.

will transport you across the

Dubbed the “five acre oasis in the heart of Phoenix,” this

sites. Brides and grooms can choose to celebrate their big day

seas for your wedding ceremony.

MCCORMICK RANCH GOLF CLUB:

Complete with an authentic

For a refined yet easily

from a hilltop overlooking the

wedding location originated as

Japanese Stroll Garden, this

customizable venue, we

valley, to the serene green lawns

the lovechild of a passion project.

venue is home to a relaxing

recommend the McCormick

nestled within a mountainside.

Today it’s one of the most unique

tea garden with teahouse. The

Ranch Golf Club. The ceremony

Great food, all-inclusive

venues in Arizona. Choose from

garden features a variety of

site overlooks the grassy shores

packages, and fantastic service

the Hacienda-styled Plaza, Old

exotic and majestic flora. As you

of Scottsdale’s largest lake with

are all trademarks of a We-Ko-Pa

World Cantina, Indoor Tropical

say your I dos, you will relax to

Garden or the magical Palm

the sounds of trickling streams

Garden to host your in-state

and a peaceful waterfall.

Resort wedding.

destination wedding.

DESERT BOTANICAL GARDEN:

WRIGHT HOUSE GARDEN & RECEPTION CENTER:

In the Desert Botanical Garden,

Whether you’re looking for an

nothing blooms as beautifully as

elegant garden ceremony or a

love. With the Garden’s Sonoran

reception under the stars, this

appeal and enchanting views,

venue is the perfect backdrop for

this wedding venue is the right

your intimate Arizona wedding.

fit for any Arizona-loving couple.

Your guests will be able to share

The Garden offers open-air

in the enchantment as you

pavilions, scenic courtyards

walk down an aisle flanked by

and historic banquet halls for

immaculate, fragrant flowerbeds

daylight and evening ceremonies

and mature shade trees. The

and receptions. The unique

garden ballroom also has a

landscape and breathtaking

picturesque gazebo for you

Arizona sunsets make for a

to say your vows under and is

naturally beautiful setting on

adjacent to an elegant covered

your big day.

veranda.

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in one of the venue’s many spots,

We-Ko-Pa Resort


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CELEBRATION LOCATIONS

Hint of History ALDEA AT TLAQUEPAQUE:

that line the Museum’s many

The words “aldea” and

the wings of these stunning

“tlaquepaque” are derived from

aircraft. With plenty of room for

the ancient Aztec language

20-400 people, the Museum

Nahuatl and mean “village” and

sets an amazing precedent for

“the best of everything.” This

unique wedding ceremony and

venue lives up to that claim,

reception locations.

event spaces and mingling under

as it combines sophisticated, modern details that work to

PHOENIX ART MUSEUM:

create a wedding location that

A variety of spaces can be

is inherently unique. Run by a

tailored for your wedding day

family-owned business, Aldea

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

at Tlaquepaque works to give

theater, galleries of different

their couples the Southwestern

sizes, as well as The Museum

wedding of their dreams.

Café. The classically progressive

historic architecture with exciting

El Chorro - Photo by Rachel Solomon Photography

design of the Museum’s 203,000

Hacienda Heritage

PIMA AIR & SPACE MUSEUM:

square feet, the over 18,000 works and collections of art from

HERMOSA INN:

share it with your guests. El

Take your wedding to new

around the world, and the many

Camelback Mountain stands

Chorro provides a renowned

heights at the Pima Air & Space

traveling exhibitions will excite

as the backdrop for Hermosa

desert setting at the base

Museum. Guests will love walking

both you and your guests.

Inn, which is surrounded by

of Camelback Mountain and

around the historical airplanes

lush shrubbery and accented

Mummy Mountains, which is

by a warm, crackling fire

a perfect locale for a distinct

pit. Optionally, the tranquil

wedding experience. Long

atmosphere and gorgeous

regarded as a jewel of the

natural xeriscaping of The

Valley, the iconic setting,

Garden create a mesmerizing

historic building and classic,

place for your ceremony. For

Southwestern-inspired cuisine

your reception, bring your

are El Chorro trademarks.

party indoors to the private and intimate Stetson Room. A

VENUE AT THE GROVE:

grandiose location, the Stetson

Southwestern flavor meets

Room features Southwestern

country elegance to provide

chandeliers, wooden beam

a chic space that is very fresh

ceilings and indigenous artwork

and inviting. Guests will love the

throughout.

ceremony setting on the lawn under the old towering pecan

EL CHORRO:

trees. White picket fences and

Honoring the majestic heritage

a bricked patio exude a rustic

of Arizona is a great way to

ranch theme to the venue, while

celebrate you and your soon-

twinkling tree lights make the

to-be spouse’s big day, and El

reception space glow at night

Chorro is the perfect place to

with a magical whimsy.

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Modern Luxury MOUNTAIN SHADOWS:

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Jaw-dropping Vistas

Having recently reopened,

THE LEGACY BALLROOM:

the luxurious updates are

Located in Paradise Valley,

reminiscent of the modernist

The Legacy Ballroom offers

architecture from the late 50s,

a stunning location for your

when the resort was originally

big day. Lush, well-groomed

opened. Living up to its name,

landscape provides a natural

the resort is nestled in shadows

upscale element to outdoor

of Camelback and Mummy

weddings, while the posh

Mountains. A private, elegant

interior sets a distinguished

lawn that backs up to the

tone. Plunging, extravagant

mountains provides a gorgeous

drapes surround the ballroom

ceremony location. Above you, a

in elegance, while tall windows

rich, fiery sunset streaks vibrant

allow for tons of natural light

DIFFERENT POINTE OF VIEW:

your guests.

Your dream Phoenix wedding

gold and orange rays across the

to brighten up the ballroom.

sky as you say your “I do’s.”

Imagine The Legacy Ballroom

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POINTE HILTON TAPATIO CLIFFS RESORT:

Hilton Tapatio Cliffs Resort.

If cascading waterfalls and

The floor-to-ceiling windows

breath-taking mountain views

THE RITZ-CARLTON, DOVE MOUNTAIN:

showcase the dramatic

are on your dream wedding

Located in Tucson, this beautiful

panoramic views of the Valley’s

checklist, then you’ll want to

venue cleverly blends desert

W SCOTTSDALE HOTEL:

desert landscape, the city’s

move Pointe Hilton at Tapatio

scenery into the luxe space in

Situated in Scottsdale, this

twinkling lights and Arizona’s

Cliffs Resort to the top of your

an elegant fashion. Majestic

venue is the complete wedding

famous sunsets. Sacred vows will

venue list. Tucked within the

mountain vistas provide a simply

package. Say “I do” by the

become even more meaningful

North Mountain Park range, this

stunning backdrop to your event,

sparkling poolside with flickering

on the Sonoran Desert overlook

secluded venue boasts an air

while the desert flora create

firepit structures and twinkling

with sweeping views of the

of Sonoran elegance. Have an

the perfect rugged atmosphere

bistro lights providing warmth

distinctive, beautiful North

intimate ceremony on a dramatic

for outdoor photo-ops. The

and comfort to your ceremony.

Mountain Preserve.

cliff-top patio overlooking

Ritz-Carlton combines the

At your reception, dance and

stunning mountains and the

innate allure of the desert with

dine in the modernly upgraded

Phoenix valley.

modern luxuries and beautiful

room with a 3D-blocked ceiling,

architecture including vaulted

open neutral-toned space, and

will become a reality at Different

THE PASEO: For a truly intimate wedding that

as the perfect blank canvas to transform into your dream wedding venue.

showcases the desert landscape,

RED AGAVE RESORT:

ceilings, wood and brick flooring,

paneled walls with exposed

The Paseo is an ideal location.

Rust-red mesas plunge toward

and spacious patios with

natural wood. After a long night

Only one event at a time is

the cerulean sky and create

magnificent views of the nearby

of fun, you can retreat to your

held at The Paseo, so you can

an amazing backdrop for your

mountains.

complimentary suite.

privately and comfortably enjoy

special day. Tucked away in

the day with close family and

Sedona, which is known as one

friends. Superstition Mountain

of the most beautiful locations in

stands guard in the background

all of America, Red Agave Resort

to provide your wedding day

boasts a lovely space in the heart

with a stunning yet private

of this picturesque environment.

atmosphere. The breathtaking

The Resort prides itself in setting

mountain vistas, natural Sonoran

a casual yet elegant atmosphere

desert views and amazing

to cater to a wide variety of

sunsets will astonish you and

wedding visions.

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Photo Credit: Light Rain Images

Poised 1800 feet above the Valley of the Sun, Different Pointe of View offers guests breathtaking views, outstanding cuisine and superb service. The restaurant’s mountaintop location and floor-to-ceiling windows provide stunning views of the desert landscape, Arizona’s brilliant sunsets and the city’s twinkling lights. Call today for more information on our array of ceremony & reception packages that help make planning your wedding as easy as saying “I do.”

Traci Fox | Senior Catering Manager | 602 866 6397 | traci.fox@hilton.com 11111 North 7th Street | Phoenix, AZ 85020 | differentpointeofview.com | Facebook: dpovFB

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Resort Style

Planning a wedding with

THE SCOTTSDALE RESORT MCCORMICK RANCH:

your guests in mind? Keep

Recently renewed, The

your guests entertained with

Scottsdale Resort at McCormick

pampering at the day spa, hiking

Ranch will be the perfect venue

in the nearby Phoenix Mountains

for the beginning of your forever.

Preserve, or splashing at the on-

The exciting resort includes

site water park. When it comes

beautifully manicured grounds,

time to say “I do,” the stately

elegant cuisine, and a variety

Anasazi Courtyard or exquisite

of fun and engaging activities

North Gardens presents a posh

for all your guests. Additionally,

space for your ceremony. The

this resort is considered one of

poolside restaurant Hole-in-the-

the most romantic destinations

POINTE HILTON SQUAW PEAK RESORT:

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Old World Flavor VILLA SIENA:

TUBAC GOLF RESORT & SPA:

Wall also provides the perfect

for both grand and intimate

Class and elegance come

place to enjoy your reception

weddings in Arizona.

together to bring us a little

The beautiful and tranquil Tubac

and relax with family and friends.

taste of Italy in the form of this

Golf Resort and Spa features

outstanding venue. A perfectly

Spanish hacienda architecture,

THE PHOENICIAN:

WINDEMERE HOTEL & CONFERENCE CENTER:

tended landscape greets guests

lush grounds, beautiful gardens,

From sun-soaked, outdoor

This Mesa hotel focuses on

as they enter. Say your vows

Arizona’s incredibly clear blue

activities, to exclusive

providing their couples with

next to a trickling water fountain

skies and a wide array of elegant

accommodations and candlelit

a wedding experience that is

and in front of a cozy fireplace

amenities that will make your

ceremonies in a stylish salon,

affordable, picturesque and

on the intimate Piazzas Toscana

wedding celebration everything

The Phoenician, a AAA Five-

elegant. A private garden

courtyard. Guests will marvel

you have ever longed for.

Diamond resort, reaches beyond

courtyard makes for a storybook

at the Italian detailing of the

Exchange vows in a stunningly

expectation to deliver the

ceremony location, while the

floor-to-ceiling wood work of

beautiful 1700’s replica mission-

exceptional. The wedding space

renovated ballrooms offer

the Arizona Ballroom, complete

style chapel and enjoy a lovely

features a cherished nuptial

excellent space to rock the

with a wood beam pattern on the

reception on the Otero Lawn

location amid lush floral gardens

night away with your family and

ceiling.

with views of the dramatic peaks

and majestic mountain views.

friends. All-inclusive package and

of Santa Rita Mountains.

This venue is a spectacular

tons of amenities ensure you and

destination for celebrating love

your guests will enjoy your stay before and after the wedding.

SASSI: Sassi is one of the most romantic

STONEBRIDGE MANOR:

and wedding bliss in Scottsdale’s

Scottsdale wedding locations,

If a romantic affair that’s far

gorgeous Sonoran Desert

which makes it a perfect choice

from the desert scene describes

landscape.

for your special day. As you

your dream wedding, then

walk through the wedding

Stonebridge Manor is the perfect

space, you’ll be taken aback

venue for your special day.

by the lush landscaping, uplit

Located in Mesa, this palatial

trees, fountains and towering

red-brick mansion is surrounded

Pinnacle Peak. Famous wooden

by manicured lawns, towering

doors make for stunning photo

trees and paved pathways. A

opportunities. The venue models

stately gazebo provides a regal

its architecture and ambience

backdrop for your ceremony

after the grace and charm of an

pictures, while the glistening

old world, romantic Italian villa.

manor pool sparkles behind it.

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Scottsdale Glamour FOUR SEASONS RESORT SCOTTSDALE AT TROON NORTH:

HOTEL VALLEY HO:

Celebrate your nuptials at the

luxury that can only be found in

Four Seasons Resort Scottsdale

Scottsdale comprise the Hotel

at Troon North. With their all out

Valley Ho. This venue exudes

luxury experience, Troon North

a cool-cat atmosphere with its

provides intuitive Four Seasons

meshing of modern chic vibes

service to make every moment

and classic mid-century charm.

of your wedding magical. With

Say “I do” on the lush, manicured

services like supreme spa and

lawn of the Palm Courtyard as

beauty, you can sneak in some

the nearby water features trickle

much-needed alone time with

softly in the Arizona sun. Or tie

your fiance and enjoy nearly

the knot on the Sky Line Rooftop,

two hours of Couples’ Suite

with vast views of Old Town

Indulgence.

Scottsdale.

FAIRMONT SCOTTSDALE PRINCESS: The AAA Five

THE MCCORMICK SCOTTSDALE: Located in the heart of Scottsdale, this

Bold colors, intriguing architecture and five-star

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Rustic Charm HASSAYAMPA INN:

A ceremony at Shenandoah Mill

Diamond Fairmont Scottsdale

venue is the complete package.

For a couple wanting to evoke

will wow all your guests. Held in

Princess is a world-class

Calming waters from the lake

an enchanting scene in dazzling

the Enchanted Garden, a lush

Scottsdale desert destination

peacefully await you and your

style, the Hassayampa Inn in

lawn carpets your ceremony

retreat. Including shimmering

guests at the outdoor ceremony

Prescott is a perfect venue. Your

while you say your “I do’s” under

lagoons, romantic rose gardens

area. After the vows, stroll over

ceremony can be held outside

a vine-covered trellis with white

and the spectacular Princess

to the indoor location for a

on the stunning courtyard patio.

linens elegantly draped.

Falls, the Fairmont Scottsdale

spectacular reception. Nearly

Princess will bring you and your

floor-to-ceiling windows sweep

A romantic gazebo serves as

GRANITE CREEK VINEYARDS:

guests to a state of pure luxury.

across the space, providing

knot, and guests can enjoy the

With a dedicated staff, you can

plenty of natural light during the

delicate, sweet aroma from the

Nestled in a unique, high-

relax and enjoy your wedding

day and sprawling views of the

courtyard’s planted flowers.

elevation Northern Arizona

day knowing that every last

lake and grounds.

Hold an intimate reception in

valley, Granite Creek Vineyards

detail is taken care of to the

the roaring 1927 Room, which

is surrounded by rugged granite

highest standard.

features a jaw-dropping painted

peaks and rolling prairie. The

ceiling.

outdoor location is airy and

the picturesque spot to tie the

romantic with a picturesque view

SHENANDOAH MILL:

of the vineyards as the backdrop

Known for its rustic country

to your ceremony. The vineyards

atmosphere, complete with a

themselves offer gorgeous

waterwheel and a romantic

photo opportunities for timeless

garden, the Shenandoah Mill is

wedding keepsakes. For the

a beautiful venue. Maintaining

ultimate romantic feel, have your

much of its original rustic-like

reception outside on the lawn

architecture, the wedding space

with twinkling bistro lights hung

is surrounded by lush greenery.

from the towering trees.

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Irish Cultural Center

The Irish Cultural Center provides an iconic setting to host an intimate wedding ceremony or an elaborate reception. Located in downtown Phoenix, we offer three truly unique event spaces: the Great Hall “An Halla Mór” can seat 120, the Heritage “Clós” Courtyard can accommodate 300 outdoors, and a 12th century-style Norman Castle Keep and terrace for a more intimate setting of up to 40. Our experienced planner will guide you through a seamless event. Special discounts are available during the summer months and for New Year’s Eve. 1106 North Central Avenue Phoenix, Arizona, 85004 602-258-0109 azirish.org weddings@azirish.org

Japanese Friendship Garden

One of the Best-Kept Secrets in Phoenix; this beautiful garden, located in the heart of downtown Phoenix will surprise and delight your guests as they witness your very special day. Our private rental rates for your ceremony are reasonably priced and we have options for small elopements and photo shoots in the garden as well. The garden’s experienced and friendly site crew will handle the heavy lifting, and our event planner is available to help with the details.

1125 North Third Avenue Phoenix, Arizona, 85003 602-274-8700 japanesefriendshipgarden.org rental@jfgphx.org


Scottsdale Glamour

Phoenix Zoo

Themed Ambiance

WAREHOUSE215 @ BENTLEY PROJECTS:

THE CLAYTON ON THE PARK:

A 1918 linen laundry building-

Unique Arizona weddings are

turned-upscale-wedding

a breeze at The Clayton on

venue with industrial details

the Park. Sleek, clean lines

and modern amenities,

and a neutral, white-washed

Warehouse215 @ Bentley

surrounding ensures that any

Projects features a large exterior

palette will look simply amazing

space that is perfect for your

inside the walls of this venue.

special day. Inside, grandiose

An upscale tone surrounds the

ceilings are created with artistic

site and effectively transports

wooden beams and bowed

you and your guests out of the

rafters. Modern-styled clerestory

normalcy of the desert locale

windows add character and a

and into the vibrancy of the

touch of the unexpected. Warm,

modern scene. The Clayton

bricked walls add depth and

appears lucent and festive

rustic charm to the venue, while

with its tradition-breaking

glowing chandeliers and bistro

architecture.

lights complete the old city charm to the space.

THE SAGUARO SCOTTSDALE:

SOHO63:

Bright colors and a lively, modern

place for your themed wedding,

This stunning venue brings

vibe set the tone for your

as it has a unique setting that will

together modern luxury with

exciting big day. This Scottsdale

transport you and your guests

city simplicity all under one roof.

venue boasts a poolside location

across the Atlantic to the lush

A stunning gated entrance will

to say your “I do’s” in style.

affair at the Arizona Renaissance

countryside of Ireland. Complete

greet guests as they arrive for

Or choose one of the various

Festival by hosting your wedding

with authentic stone buildings

your wedding. Guests will love

upscale patios to tie the knot in

amongst Medieval-inspired

and a red brick courtyard, the

the elegant details built into the

front of your close family and

cottages and castles. By bringing

Irish Cultural Center is a wedding

venue, such as the white brick-

friends. Chic, urban decorations

your guests back to the Dark

location unlike any other in

and-tiled fireplace, exposed brick

and architecture mark the many

Ages, they will be able to

Arizona.

walls, contemporary hanging

reception locations that can

chandeliers, and industrial

accommodate up to 500 guests.

ARIZONA RENAISSANCE FESTIVAL: Make your wedding a royal

experience exotic costumes, unique and delicious cuisine

PHOENIX ZOO:

patterned walls. SoHo63 can

and activities that everyone will

The Phoenix Zoo is an exciting

accommodate up to 200 people

enjoy. Make lasting memories

venue for your unique wedding.

to share in your special day.

that will enthrall guests of all

With a lush, tropical setting

ages, for a distinct experience

mixed in with the beauty of the

that is unlike any other wedding.

Sonoran Desert, the Phoenix Zoo creates an intriguing and

IRISH CULTURAL CENTER:

romantic atmosphere. Share

Experience the charm and

the Savanna, dance under the

beauty of Ireland right here in

twinkling lights at Ruby’s House

the Valley of the Sun. The Irish

and take gorgeous lakeside

Cultural Center is the perfect

wedding photos.

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Signing on the DOTTED LINE The Importance of Vendor Contracts TEXT BY: Vanessa Davis PHOTOGRAPHY BY: Ben & Kelly Photography

WEDDING PLANNING IS FUN AND EXCITING, BUT IT’S ALSO A BUSINESS. As a bride, you need to be business savvy as you finalize all the details of your big day. One of the most crucial things to consider is having a clear and solid contract for every wedding vendor and service. Contracts may sound boring, but they’re very important since they protect your personal interests and your financial investments. After all, you want to make sure you’re getting everything you expect to get on your special day. From cakes to photography and florals to rentals, you need a contract with every vendor to ensure you are all on the exact same page. You need to get all details in writing and if something goes wrong, you have proof of what was agreed upon.

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CONTRACTS 101

vendors to explain in writing what recourse

refundable deposit. The deposit secures the

Get everything in writing and make sure you’re

you’ll have if something goes awry.

date for a couple, which means the vendor

clear on all the terms. A verbal agreement

For example, if your invitation designer

may seem like a good deal at the time, but

orders the wrong cardstock and envelopes,

without a written agreement, your spoken

how will she make up for the error? Here are

A contract should also cover payment

understanding doesn’t have much merit. It

some things you can barter for in case a mix-

timelines. An industry standard in catering

may seem uncomfortable to ask for every

up happens: a discount, an order upgrade or

is to pay the estimated food and beverage

detail in writing, but it’s worth it in the long run,

even a complimentary set of thank you notes.

costs 30 days prior to the event, which is non-

especially if you need to reference the written agreement in the future.

won’t consider other clients for the same day and time.

refundable.

POLICIES

Check with your vendors about their

Ask your vendors to be as specific as

Every contract should clearly explain what’s

substitution policies too. A caterer for example,

possible in the contract about what’s included

expected of you and what you’ll be getting in

may want to substitute Chilean salmon with

and what’s not. For example, your wedding

return.

Alaskan salmon because of what’s in season

gown purchase may or may not include

A good contract will cover all the vital

or pricing differences. It may not be a big deal

alterations, so ask about the policy and get it in

information and lots more like payment

for you and your groom, but it’s fair that you

writing. Find out if your venue includes linens

deadlines, cancellation and refund policies,

should know about the possible changes.

and chair covers; either way, you should get

as well as whether or not substitutions are

the details in the written contract.

allowed. Cancellation policies vary from

CONTRACT TIMELINES

vendor to vendor, but typically if you cancel,

To make sure you’re getting good service, a

you’ll lose your deposit.

good product and a good contract, get quotes

You want all your wedding plans to work out exactly as you envision and your contracts

It’s not uncommon for vendors like

can help you pull all the details together. Make

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from two to three other vendors in each category. Once you’ve found a vendor you like, make

YOU TAKE CARE OF THE VOWS. WE’LL HANDLE THE REST. Pointe Hilton Squaw Peak Resort provides the perfect location for an elegant, versatile wedding venue. Gorgeous indoor and outdoor spaces provide the perfect back-drop to your rehearsal dinner, ceremony or reception. Our on-site Wedding Planners will assist you with every detail so that you can fully enjoy this momentous occasion with those you love. For information, please contact: 602 906 3874 • squawpeakhilton.com 7677 North 16th Street • Phoenix, AZ 85020 Photo Credit: De Amor Photography

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“Every contract should clearly explain what’s expected of you and what you’ll be getting in return.” sure you seal the deal in a reasonable amount of time. The timeline for signing a contract can vary, but typically contract timelines can be as short as 24 hours or as long as two weeks. Most of the time, a contract is considered final once it’s signed by both parties. Still you may have some flexibility if you need it. Ask your vendors if they allow changes or modifications to a contract. They may allow it, but they may charge extra for the courtesy.

THINK ABOUT INSURANCE This is an important day for you and your groom. No doubt about it, you want the event to be perfect. You may want to consider buying wedding insurance to protect your investment. You can get insurance to cover you for reasons such as canceling due to bad weather, no-show vendors and unexpected military deployment. Some policies will even cover you for lost or damaged wedding attire or jewelry. Another

insurance

consideration

is

whether or not your vendors are insured. Ask them all if they have insurance. If they do, it’s a good sign you’re working with a true professional. Often, venues will require outside vendors to carry insurance. For liability reasons, most vendors want to make sure they’re covered in case of an accident or wedding day mishap. With all vendors, make sure you have a backup plan in case of an emergency and always try to be calm and fair. Remember having a contract is a good thing. It protects you and your vendors on your special day. EC_AZWeddingMag_4.75x9.75_Final.indd 1

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Perfectly Polite Modern Wedding Etiquette TEXT BY: Vanessa Davis PHOTOGRAPHY BY: Ashley Rae Photography

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

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Social media may be a huge part of your life

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FEELING SOCIAL?

LAKESIDE LOVE

but that doesn’t mean you need to Snapchat, Facebook and Instagram every wedding detail. Still, you don’t have to keep your wedding plans silent on social media, even if many of your “friends” and “followers” aren’t invited to your big day. Guests and non-guests will likely “like” your photos and wedding plans but be aware that not everyone will be as excited as you are, which is 100% okay. Remember at the end of the day, it is your wedding day. You are allowed to be excited and share what you feel is right!

“A handwritten and personalized wedding thank you note tells your guest how much you appreciated their thoughtful gift.” WHO’S INVITED? The guest list is typically a touchy subject. Budget and space constraints make it tough to invite everyone you want to share in your celebration. What happens when you have to leave good friends off the list? If you can’t afford to invite everyone you’d like to include, call the uninvited person and politely explain you’d love to have them at the wedding but you’re on a budget.

CASH & GIFTS Most couples register for gifts but often what they really want is cash. Is asking for money rude? It can come across that way, but there are other ways to encourage guests to

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Tell your guests what you’re saving for, such as, “While no gifts are required, we’d be honored to receive a cash gift to help us furnish our new home.” In recent years, many couples would rather guests contribute to an experience rather than a gift such as a honeymoon fund.

SAY THANK YOU

TIE THE KNOT WITH FOUR POINTS

Writing and mailing thank you notes might feel tiresome and old fashioned, but it’s still the right thing to do. Forget verbal thanks, text messages and social media posts. The formal way is here to stay.

The style & service you want for your special day.

A handwritten and personalized wedding thank you note tells your

Four Points Phoenix North features beautifully manicured grounds for outdoor weddings and a stylish indoor space that can be decorated just the way you want. With our wedding packages, you’ll enjoy:

guest how much you appreciated their thoughtful gift. At a time when

• Full service catering with custom menus

BEING GRATEFUL

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

• Tiered wedding cake with free cutting and serving service

While it’s not always easy, it is possible to be polite and gracious in

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VENDOR THE PHOENICIAN

CHRISTINA & CARLTON OCTOBER 1, 2016 The Ballerina & The Baritone

The Proposal

The Ceremony

The Reception

A mutual friend set Carlton and

The couple tied the knot at The Phoenician

From a photo booth to heartfelt speeches,

Christina up on a blind date, and the

in an elegant yet intimate ceremony.

the reception was the perfect end to the

pair immediately hit it off. Both are in

Highlights of the day included Carlton

perfect day. A highlight for Christina was

the performing arts professions, Carlton

walking his grandmother down the aisle,

when both sides of their family danced to

as an opera singer and Christina as a

the wedding party processional set to an

“We Are Family.” “It really was beautiful

ballerina in the Miami City Ballet. During

original arrangement of the pair’s favorite

seeing that we now have a new family,”

a performance from a one-man show

Christian songs composed by Carlton,

recalled Christina. The night ended with

Carlton produced, he brought Christina

the aspiring ballerina flower girls dancing

everyone still dancing as the couple made

on-stage for a dance and a serenade. As

down the aisle to choreography created by

their escape to the honeymoon suite.

the song ended, he dropped to one knee

Christina, and the couple reciting their vows

and professed his love for Christina! She

before family and friends.

was so surprised but immediately said yes!


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Ceremony Site: Orchid Lawn at The Phoenician / Reception Site: The Phoenician Grand Ballroom Menu/Catering: The Phoenician / Wedding Night Accommodations: The Phoenician, Honeymoon Suite PHOTOGRAPHY: Brooke Marcella Photography / BRIDAL GOWN BOUTIQUE: Eve of Milady from Alessa’s Bridal Boutique, Coral Gables Florida / BRIDESMAIDS DRESSES: David’s Bridal FORMALWEAR: David’s Formals / WEDDING PLANNER: A Joyous Event Planning & Management, LLC / INVITATIONS: Celebration in Paper / FLOWERS: Flowers by Jodi MUSIC/ENTERTAINMENT: Michael & Tabitha Reed & Company and DJ Dean Michaels / WEDDING CAKE: Piece of Cake Desserts / VIDEOGRAPHY: The Wedding Pros OFFICIANT: Pastor Warren H. Stewart, Jr. & The Honorable Valerye Boyer-Wells / VEIL: Richards Designs / JEWELRY: Nordstrom / SHOES: Nordstrom / HAIR: Kim Allison MAKEUP: Style Stalkers / RENTALS: Us 2 U Rentals / GUEST ACCOMMODATIONS: The Phoenician and Talking Stick Resort & Spa HONEYMOON: Paris, France / LIGHTING: DJ Dean Michaels

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Dreams are Made to Come True Sheraton Crescent Hotel offers the perfect Phoenix wedding venue for your ceremony and reception. The hotel features lush gardens, courtyard fountain, beautiful ballrooms and intimate dining options. Our catering team, led by Executive Chef Steve Zimmerman, has designed delectable wedding packages with you and your guests in mind. Sheraton Crescent Hotel provides a customized experience for an impressive Phoenix wedding, guaranteeing that your magical day is unforgettable. Learn more at sheratoncrescent.com/weddings or contact our team at catering@sheratonphoenixcrescent.com or 602 371 2735. Š2017 Marriott International, Inc. All Rights Reserved. Starpoints, SPG, Preferred Guest, Sheraton and their respective logos are the trademarks of Marriott International, Inc., or its affiliates.

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JESSICA & JONATHAN JULY 3, 2016 Photograpraphy By: Jane in the Woods

The Proposal

The Ceremony

The Reception

Jessica and Jon decided to celebrate

Silk ribbons, succulents and antler sheds

Floor-to-ceiling windows shed sunny rays

Christmas a few days late and met up on

were prominent features setting the mood

into the beautifully adorned reception

December 27. After a yummy dinner of

of this desert chic wedding. Towering

hall. Simple yet romantic linens and

pot roast, Jon suggested they open gifts.

Sedona mesas were accented by peach,

accents made way for the desert’s

Jessica knew she wanted a calligraphy

cream and sunset florals to give a lively

elegance to captivate guests. The bride’s

kit, but she was caught off guard by a

tone to the affair. During the ceremony,

two sisters gave a joint speech, with

large, heavy present. Opening it up, she

Jon and Jessica braided three cords into

the younger one being only 10. “Usually

discovered a smaller box and several

one rope symbolizing the couple being

Madeline is shy, but she really surprised

heavy rocks. Inside the smaller box was a

bonded together. “I wanted a symbolic

me,” remarked Jessica about her favorite

ring, and Jon immediately proposed!

representation of our matrimony,” stated

moment of the reception. Guests danced

Jessica.

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WHEN THE TEMPERATURES RISE IN SOUTHERN ARIZONA, WE PACK OUR BAGS and hit the road up north. With so many diverse climates, Arizona is one of the few places in the United States where you can have outdoor weddings all year round. With the breathtaking red rocks of Sedona, the forests of fresh pine trees in Flagstaff, and the snow dusted mountains in Pinetop, northern Arizona, provides a stunning backdrop for any style of wedding.

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PRESCOTT: FINE DINING, SHOPPING AND CULTURE. From fine dining to boutique shopping, hiking trails to history, Prescott has something for every one of your wedding guests to enjoy. If you want your guests to feel right at home, book reservations at the historic Hassayampa Inn. Built in 1927 and owned by Arizona resident, Michael V. Kouvelas, the property is one of Arizona’s oldest hotels, 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 venue for your Prescott wedding.

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SEDONA: RED ROCKS, LUXURY AND BREATHTAKING VIEWS. Sedona is another northern Arizona favorite known around the world. Often called “red rock country,” Sedona and its surrounding area provides exciting activities and stunning views. For some pre-wedding relaxation and excursions, we recommend booking a room at Amara Resort and Spa or Red Agave Resort for pristine views of the world famous Bell Rock and Courthouse Buttes.

FLAGSTAFF: COOL CLIMATE, HIKING AND SAN FRANCISCO PEAKS. For a cooler climate, we suggest taking the canyon drive up to Flagstaff. Watch the red rocks fade into a forest of pine trees as you climb up 7,000 feet to the charming college town. Flagstaff is located in the largest ponderosa pine forest in the world, which means one simple thing for Arizona couples: picture perfect backdrop for their wedding portraits.

WHITE MOUNTAINS: SNOWY MOUNTAIN TOPS, LAKES AND FRESH AIR. Lastly, but surely not any less beautiful, are the snow-dusted White Mountains. This area includes: Show Low, Pinetop-Lakeside, Greer, Springerville, Snowflake-Taylor and Payson. From tree-lined lakesides to intimate private retreats, the White Mountains are a place where you can take a mini hiatus from the city. With hiking, fishing, skiing and plenty of fresh air, it can make for the perfect wedding weekend for you and your guests.

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KRISTEN & CODY OCTOBER 8TH, 2016 Photograpraphy By: Minson Weddings

The Proposal

The Ceremony

The Reception

Kristen and Cody met at a local lodge in

Held outdoors beside a lake, this romantic

The reception took place inside a

Greer, where Kristen would often go on

countryside affair in Greer incorporated

spacious tent that made the party cozy

the weekends to watch live music. On one

many natural and musical elements. The

and elegant. Live music set the tone as

special night, Cody was the lead singer

bride walked down the aisle with a unique

twinkling, white bistro lights and paper

and drummer for one of the live bands.

instrument bouquet, and musical notes

globes hung from the ceiling. Copper

Their connection was instant and strong.

were placed along the aisleway. Tons of

vases and accent metallics brightened

The couple dated for a year before Cody

leafy green florals flowed down from and

up the space and gave it a rustic feel. At

decided to pop the question in the quiet

around the altar, celebrating the lush flora

the end of the night, the couple and their

intimacy of their house.

and fauna. Kristen recalls that her favorite

guests cuddled up in blankets around a

part was “seeing the look on Cody’s face

bonfire and made s’mores.

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Destination Southern Arizona History, Scenery, and Culture - A Recipe for the Perfect Wedding in Southern AZ TEXT BY: Anna Furrey

WITH ALL OF THE DIFFERENT CLIMATES ARIZONA HAS TO OFFER, MAKE YOUR WAY down south for a sun-kissed paradise. Experience show stopping views, invigorating history, culture and nightlife that will collaborate together to create the perfect recipe for your Arizona wedding.

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TUCSON: HIDDEN TREASURES, HISTORIC DOWNTOWN CULTURE AND EXPLORATION. When many Arizonan’s think of Tucson, they most often think of their Wildcat days at the University of Arizona. What many don’t know is that Tucson is full of hidden treasures in its flawless scenic surroundings. The colorful desert of Tucson is less than 200 miles south of the Valley. Step outdoors and explore the widely renowned Sabino Canyon, lush with desert landscape brush and token saguaro cacti. After your time exploring the Sonoran Desert, take a stroll through Tucson’s historic downtown streets. Rich with culture and lined with selections of every kind of food you can imagine, this southern Arizona location is welcoming and rewarding. For an incredibly unique and exciting experience, host your wedding

Love is in the Air!

at the Pima Air & Space Museum. You can take your own “Sentimental Journey” under an aptly named B-29 combat bomber. Then, bust some moves on the dance floor under the glow of a custom lit hangar. If lush, manicured lawns mixed with desert floral and Mountain vistas is more your style, check out The Ritz-Carlton, Dove Mountain. With the reputation of being one of the most beautiful and full service resorts, The Ritz provides an extraordinary setting for special occasions and treasured memories. Outdoors looking toward the mountains or indoors with romantic décor, Tucson, Ariz. offers pristine conditions for a wedding anytime of the year. Being less than two hours south of Central Phoenix, it acts as a “home away from home” getaway for couples seeking a destination wedding with a short travel time.

YUMA: SUNNY SKIES, WATER FUN AND ROMANTIC SCENERY. Considered to have “more sunshine than any other city on earth,” Yuma is Arizona’s hidden gem, bursting at the seams with outdoor activities. With everything from water play, to golfing, to off roading, it’s the kind of wedding destination that will make memories of a lifetime. If you’re looking for something especially exciting to do with your future hubby before tying the knot, go on a hot air balloon tour over the Gila Mountains. This is an intimate, breathtaking experience that will allow you two to get away for a few hours and take a moment to reconnect in the midst of all that crazy wedding planning.

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SANTA CRUZ COUNTY: SMALL TOWN CHARM, RICH HISTORY AND VIBRANT CULTURE. Located along Arizona’s southern border, Santa Cruz County is filled with bustling small towns full of unique shops and services. Explore Nogales, Ariz. then cross the border into Mexico for more sightseeing and shopping in Nogales, Sonora.


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the tranquil resort features Spanish hacienda architecture, beautiful gardens and elegant amenities. With new wineries popping up every year, the towns of Sonoita and Elgin are a muststop for wine lovers. At a higher elevation, the region experiences near-perfect weather all year round, ideal for sitting outside and enjoying a fine glass of wine!

MARANA: STUNNING SCENERY, DIVERSE SHOPPING AND ADVENTURE. As the gateway to southern Arizona, Marana is brimming with gorgeous vistas and outdoor adventures for everyone. From bike trails to hiking, let your soul soar and your heart race among the vast desert landscape. If you like Heading north toward Tucson, find the

to get your cardio in by power shopping, head

Tubac Golf Resort and Spa on the historic

to the Tucson Premier Outlets for the best

500-acre Otero Ranch. Surrounded by the

deals from your favorite stores. Also be sure

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MORGAN & COLIN FEBRUARY 25, 2017 Photograpraphy By: Steph Wahlig

The Proposal

The Ceremony

The Reception

Last fall, Morgan and Colin took a

The couple’s wedding came to life through

“We spent the night getting to chat,

vacation to Boston, Mass. with their best

the hard work, decor crafting and planning

dance and just spend time with all the

friends. While walking around the Boston

by Morgan and her mother. Personal

people that traveled near and far to

Public Garden, Colin asked if Morgan

touches such as having Colin’s brother

celebrate us,” said Morgan. Traditions

wanted to take a picture together. As

officiate the wedding and writing their own

like the father/daughter dance, mother/

Morgan did a little quick primping, Colin

vows added to the special day. A highlight

son dance and toasts all stood out as

got down on one knee. When Morgan

for Morgan was Colin surprising her with

highlights of the couple’s night. As the

looked up, she immediately said yes! The

their dog, Ramona, attending the ceremony.

party winded down, the duo made their

pair celebrated by walking around the city

“It took a little bit of planning on Colin’s end

escape through a cascade of sparklers.

and sipping cocktails surrounded by their

to get her there, but it was so worth it!”

closest friends.

remarked Morgan.


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Before the Big Day How to host the perfect rehearsal dinner soiree TEXT BY: Jenzi Langley PHOTOGRAPHY BY: KolorPHX Photographic Co.

WE KNOW PLANNING YOUR BIG DAY CAN CONSUME MOST OF YOUR FREE TIME, especially as the day draws nearer. Between bridal showers, fittings, and bachelorette parties, you’re probably on weddingprep overload. The rehearsal dinner might be the last thing on your mind. If this is you, no worries. We’ve reached out to the top professionals in the industry from Old Town Tortilla Factory and J&G Steakhouse to help you seamlessly plan your rehearsal dinner. Here you will find everything you need to know to plan a spectacular rehearsal dinner party without having to stress!

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What kind of toasts will there be, and who is expected to give them?​ “The evening begins with welcome remarks by the host,” says Elena. A few words from the wedding party or other family members are often done as well. Suzannah adds that the father of the groom will customarily do a toast as well, especially if he is one of the hosts. Just don’t place too much pressure on anyone who will also be giving a toast at your reception. A special thank you toast from the couple is also expected.

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​What is the dress code? Elena points out that while the bride and groom usually set the tone for the evening, there are other factors to consider. “It really does depend on the season and theme of the venue. Most venues like J&G Steakhouse are resort casual.” If you are still unsure, tradition dictates a casual cocktail approach.

Are gifts okay or a no-go?​ Eleana points out, “The rehearsal dinner is a perfect time for the couple to recognize parents and/or the wedding party with a token of appreciation.” This is a great opportunity to hand out bridesmaid or

What’s the purpose of a rehearsal dinner?

groomsmen gifts - especially if you plan on them wearing the gifts on

“The rehearsal dinner is an event designed to bring both the families

your wedding day.

together as one before the wedding,” says Suzannah Modzelewski from Old Town Tortilla Factory. It’s meant to unite the families and welcome

What kind of food would you recommend serving?

everyone who has travelled from out of town. Elena Torres from J&G

The meal for the rehearsal dinner should be something easy and

Steakhouse also adds that the rehearsal dinner works “to gather and

different from what’s on the wedding menu. Suzannah from Old Town

appreciate those who will be playing a big role in the ceremony.”

Tortilla Factory notes that the location or theme of the wedding can still have an impact on the meal. “Choose a local flare that rivals the

Who handles the guest list?

chained restaurants. Something Southwestern or Mexican in style is a

Typically, it’s the parents of the groom who host the rehearsal dinner.

nice option.”

However, Suzannah adds that with the changing standards of modern times, either set of parents or another relative can host the rehearsal

What should couples look for in a rehearsal dinner venue?

dinner.

Typically, couples should search for a venue that is well established with an experienced and friendly event coordinator and staff. “Beautiful

What’s the timeline for booking a rehearsal dinner venue?

ambiance within a welcoming setting featuring great cuisine and

“Elena from J&G Steakhouse says, “Around three months is the best

signature cocktails is a sure bet,” says Suzannah.

time to book.” Although more popular spots may need to be booked out six months in advance. This allows for planning and decoration arrangements to be made with ease.

​ hat are some additional things couples should consider W when planning their rehearsal dinner?​ With all the stress from the wedding day, our experts advise couples to

Who gets invited?

stick to the guidelines when choosing a rehearsal dinner venue. “Keep

As this dinner works to bring people from both sides of the family

the night casual, simple and early,” says Elena from J&G Steakhouse.

together, immediate members from both sides are often invited. “Don’t

“The big day will be here quickly!” Likewise, do go with a venue that

forget to invite the wedding party and out-of-town guests,” reminds

speaks to you and is different enough from the wedding itself. Suzannah

Suzannah. If the officiant is close to the couple, then he or she ought to

adds the best rehearsal dinner venues will be unique, while offering a

receive an invitation as well.

stress-free dinner party that will be remembered forever.

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WEDDING EVENTS AT J&G

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The Saguaro 4000 N. Drinkwater Blvd • Scottsdale, AZ 85251

480.308.1063 thesaguaro.com

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Up to 170

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Up to 170

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Sassi 10455 E. Pinnacle Peak Pkwy • Scottsdale, AZ 85255

480.502.3335 sassiweddings.com

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Up to 150

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Up to 150

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Shenandoah Mill 1359 S. Gilbert Rd. • Gilbert, AZ 85296

480.855.0099 shenandoahmill.com

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Sheraton Crescent Hotel 2620 W. Dunlap Ave. • Phoenix, AZ 8502

602.371.2718 sheratoncrescent.com

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Up to 500

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Sheraton Grand Phoenix 340 N. 3rd St. • Phoenix, AZ 85004

602.817.5322 sheratonphoenixdowntown.com

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SoHo63 63 E. Boston St. • Chandler, AZ 85226

480.878.5663 soho63.com

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Up to 225

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Stonebridge Manor 4000 E. Palm St. • Mesa, AZ 85215

480.641.3131 stonebridgemanor.com

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Superstition Mountain Golf & Country Club 8000 E. Club Village Dr. Superstition Mountain, AZ 85118

480.983.3200 superstitionmountain.com/

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480.991.9000 The Scottsdale Resort at McCormick Ranch 7700 E. McCormick Ranch Pkwy • Scottsdale, AZ 85258 destinationhotels.com/scottsdale-resort

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Tubac Golf Resort & Spa 1 Ave de Olero Rd. • Tubac, AZ 85646

520.398.2211 tubacgolfresort.com

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Val Vista Lakes Events 1600 E. Lakeside Dr. • Gilbert, AZ 85234

480.926.9694 vvlevents.com

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Venue at the Grove 7010 S. 27th Ave. • Phoenix, AZ 85041

602.456.0803 venueatthegrove.com

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Villa Siena 890 W. Elliott Rd. • Gilbert, AZ 85233

480.782.7218 villasiena.cc

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W Scottsdale 7277 E. Camelback Rd. • Scottsdale, AZ 85251

480.970.2136 whotelscottsdale.com

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Warehouse215 @ Bentley Projects 215 E. Grant St. • Phoenix, AZ 85004

602.340.9200 warehouse215.com

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Up to 500

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Wekopa Resort & Conference Center 10438 N. Fort McDowell Rd. • Scottsdale, AZ 85264

480.789.5536 wekoparesort.com

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Windemere Hotel & Conference Center 5750 E. Main St. • Mesa, AZ 85205

480.985.3600 windemerehotelmesa.com

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480.833.0902 thewrighthouse.com

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LESLIE & PETER OCTOBER 29TH, 2016 Photograpraphy By: Ben and Kelly Photography

The Proposal

The Ceremony

The Reception

Leslie and Peter met through mutual

With the help of their wedding planner, the

The reception was a complete blast for

friends while attending dental school in

couple’s vision for a fun and classic wedding

the couple and their guests. Leslie says

Boston, Mass. After nearly three years of

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dating, Peter planned a special lunch at

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father gave. “I always knew he was a great

The Phoenician Resort with Leslie and his

ceremony. “Spending those few moments

public speaker, but his speech was so

family flying in from around the country.

together, alone in the garden,” Leslie said

heartfelt and entertaining. Everyone was

Before the lunch, Leslie’s mom convinced

was the highlight of the day. The sun set as

cracking up.” After that, the guests hit the

the group to take photos outside by the

the couple exchanged vows in front of their

dance floor to get the party in full swing.

waterfall. In between pictures, Peter

friends and family..

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THIS PAGE: Photographer Ashley Rae Photography | Event Planner Glamour & Woods

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MODERN GARDEN LOVE Boojum Tree Hidden Gardens Photographer Ashley Rae Photography | Florals/Event Planner Noir Floral & Styling

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alori of Noir Floral & Styling drew inspiration from the lush greenery of the venue to create this modern, industrial tablescape. This simple yet elegant design combined soft neutral colors with pops of mint and sage green to tie in with the surroundings. Reclaimed wood mixed with minimalist arrangements of anemones and ranunculus in simple white

ceramic and glass vases atop the rustic harvest table. Sitting in wooden cross-back chairs, the bride and groom affectionately nuzzled close together. To finish the look, a stunning 5-tiered, crisp white cake accented with custom sugar flowers added to the elegant garden setting.

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the design team VENUE: Boojum Tree Hidden Gardens | PHOTOGRAPHY: Ashley Rae Photography FLORALS/EVENT PLANNER: Noir Floral & Styling | BRIDAL GOWN BOUTIQUE: Bridal Boutique of Arizona MENSWEAR: Celebrity Tux & Tails | PAPER: Signatures Invitations & Gifts | WEDDING CAKE: Sugar Petals Custom Cakes HAIR/MAKEUP: Rolfs Salon | RENTALS: Party People | TABLETOP RENTALS: The Confetti Studio | LINENS: La Tavola Linens MODELS: Lianna Dunlap & Juan Larios

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ABOUT THE VENUE Boojum Tree is a five-acre private oasis in the heart of Phoenix. The venue offers several different locations to enjoy throughout your wedding. Imagine getting married in the Hacienda Style Plaza, socializing in the Cantina, dining in the 10,000-sq-ft Indoor Tropical Garden and dancing the night away under the stars in the Palm Garden Gazebo. Boojum Tree is a garden paradise, perfect for the event of your dreams. The garden is Arizona’s most unique and exotic event destination for parties up to 200 people. Every wedding at Boojum Tree is truly one-of-a-kind that will have your guests talking for years to come.

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MID-CENTURY ELEGANCE Desert Botanical Garden Photographer Innovative Photos | Florals/Event Planner dei-zinz fresh studio

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id-century design inspired by Frank Lloyd Wright set the tone for this elegant shoot created by dei-zinz fresh studio. With soaring saguaros, oversized agave and the vast desert as a backdrop, the Ullman Terrace ceremony site played off the textures of the desert with wooden altar boxes topped with towering florals. A mix of metal with glass and natural

wood adorned the tables. Rich red and coral blooms created the perfect garland runner on the sweetheart table popping against the vibrant blue linen. The bride donned a beaded-bodice mermaid gown that flowed into soft chiffon layers adding a romantic feel to the day!

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the design team VENUE: Desert Botanical Garden | PHOTOGRAPHY: Innovative Photos | FLORALS/EVENT PLANNER: dei-zinz fresh studio BRIDAL GOWN BOUTIQUE: Luv Bridal | PAPER: Signatures Invitations & Gifts HAIR: Vidogi Salon | MAKEUP: Beauty by Alicia | RENTALS: Y-Knot Party & Rentals | MODEL: Jerica Nelson

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ABOUT THE VENUE Couples can immerse themselves in the tranquil vibrancy of the desert when booking Desert Botanical Garden for their wedding. Nestled amid the red rocks of the Papago Buttes, guests are surrounded by brilliant sunsets, alluring succulents and towering cacti in these enchanting venues. Choose from open-air pavilions, scenic courtyards, intimate gardens and historic locations for day or evening ceremonies and receptions that capture the romance of the occasion. Locations vary in size but can accommodate up to 300 guests. Not to mention when couples book the Garden for their special day, they contribute to its desert conservation initiatives.

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UPSCALE DESERT ELEGANCE The Ritz-Carlton, Dove Mountain Photographer Ashley Rae Photography | Event Planner Glamour & Woods

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nspired by the natural beauty of the Arizona desert, Jennifer from Glamour & Woods created this luxurious styled shoot. Natural woods, succulents and antlers represented the color and elements of the desert, while beautiful hues of pink acted as an ode to Arizona’s famous sunsets. With a natural backdrop of towering saguaros, the bride and groom were the essence of sophisticated

boho chic during the ceremony. The party transitioned to the reception with a stunning harvest table topped with delicate patterned plates, blush napkins, colorful goblets and vibrant floral centerpieces in antique silver vases. Guests were invited to grab a cocktail, a piece of cake and enjoy the various lounge nooks and yard games.

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the design team VENUE: The Ritz-Carlton, Dove Mountain | PHOTOGRAPHY: Ashley Rae Photography | VIDEOGRAPHY: Love Story Films EVENT PLANNER: Glamour & Woods | BRIDAL GOWN BOUTIQUE: Luv Bridal MENSWEAR: Magro Clothing | PAPER: Signatures Invitations & Gifts | FLORALS: The Wildflower AZ WEDDING CAKE: The Ritz-Carlton, Dove Mountain | JEWELRY: Kendra Scott | HAIR/MAKEUP: Makiaj Beauty RENTALS: Glamour & Woods | TABLETOP RENTALS: The Confetti Studio | MODELS: Maggie & Alex Gritton

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ABOUT THE VENUE No two love stories are the same, which is why weddings at The Ritz-Carlton, Dove Mountain celebrate your unique story. The resort offers dramatic indoor and outdoor venues with breaktaking views of the lush Sonoran Desert, extraordinary cuisine, stunning decor and experts who are committed to creative and flawless execution. Say your “I dos” on the immaculate golf course or lush lawn as the sun sets behind you and paints the sky. Your biggest day should be just as you dreamed it, which is why the Ritz’s wedding coordinators will be there every step of the way to provide highly personalized service to bring your vision to life.

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RUSTIC ARIZONA ROMANCE The Hermosa Inn Photographer KolorPHX Photographic Co | Florals/Event Planner The Studio at Cactus Flower

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laying off the quintessential Arizona atmosphere of The Hermosa Inn, The Studio at Cactus Flower created this rustic and romantic tablescape. An intimate sweetheart table in front of the fireplace, draped with a large garland of deep blush, copper and white blooms set the moody feel of the day. Head outside for the rest of the reception showcasing a long table set with

antique chargers, light olive linens and beautiful floral boxes filled with fire orange roses, dusty pink dahlias and green succulents. The table was finished with individual menus tucked inside a pink napkin topped with a cotton blossom and sprig of acacia.

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the design team VENUE: The Hermosa Inn | PHOTOGRAPHY: KolorPHX Photographic Co FLORALS/EVENT PLANNER: The Studio at Cactus Flower | PAPER: Signatures Invitations & Gifts RENTALS: Y-Knot Party & Rentals

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ABOUT THE VENUE A jewel of a hideaway in the heart of the Valley, surrounded by an exclusive neighborhood in Paradise Valley, The Hermosa Inn is continually ranked as a top-pick Arizona wedding venue. The Inn’s “authentic Arizona” character and charm, spectacular landscaping and beautiful desert vistas create an intimate atmosphere and breathtaking backdrop for those celebrating their special day. LON’s at The Hermosa, the Inn’s AAA Four Diamond culinary centerpiece, creates a personalized dining experience featuring globally inspired Arizona fare. With 43 luxury guest casitas nestled in the shadows of Camelback Mountain, The Hermosa Inn provides an idyllic getaway for the bridal party and guests alike.

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MODERN DESERT LUXURY Mountain Shadows Photographer KolorPHX Photographic Co | Florals/Event Planner Your Event Florist

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nspired by desert modernism and the breathtaking setting of Mountain Shadows resort, Kevin & Shawna Reed of Your Event Florist created the perfect combination of modern luxury to appeal to a bride looking for a truly distinctive design. The natural geometric backdrop infused with coral roses, copper succulents and greenery popped against the bride’s all white Phalaenopsis

orchid bouquet. The table, featuring copper flatware, chargers and geo terrariums, was set atop the rooftop terrace overlooking sweeping views of Camelback Mountain. Stunningly sleek copper invitations and geometric envelope liner perfectly complemented the design. The use of modern calla lilies and orchids with coral highlights completed the look of unmistakable elegance.

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the design team VENUE: Mountain Shadows | PHOTOGRAPHY: KolorPHX Photographic Co | FLORALS/EVENT PLANNER: Your Event Florist BRIDAL GOWN BOUTIQUE: Uptown Bridal & Boutique | MENSWEAR: Celebrity Tux & Tails PAPER: Victoria York Design | HAIR/MAKEUP: Vidogi Salon TABLETOP RENTALS: The Confetti Studio | GEOMETRIC BACKDROP: Tremaine Ranch TABLE: Party People Rentals | LINENS: LaTavola Linens | MODELS: Sabrina Sirianni & David Thompson

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ABOUT THE VENUE Turn your wedding into a one-of-a-kind event at Mountain Shadows in Paradise Valley. Surrounded by a brilliant Southwest landscape, the resort is perfectly located between Camelback Mountain and Mummy Mountain. The resort’s wedding coordinators can help you choose from indoor or outdoor venues including ballrooms with natural light and modern design, a lawn surrounded by breathtaking scenery, or the Camelback Overlook rooftop deck with panoramic views. The property’s incredible amenities and catering options tailored to you add the final touches. After your ceremony and reception, retire to luxuriously appointed rooms that make the perfect retreat for wedded bliss.

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RED ROCK ROMANCE Red Agave Resort Photographer Jane in the Woods | Event Planner Jane in the Woods

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elsey from Jane in the Woods was inspired by the enchanting red rocks of Sedona showcasing the natural cathedrals of nature for this bohemian shoot. The florals were built around organic greenery with bold reds and purples blended with pops of spring hues. The crystal goblets and flutes are effortlessly elegant next to the bright gold flatware, dark black dinner plates

and brass mid century candlesticks. Eclectic pieces in this tablescape come together to represent the earthy, chic, bohemian design. The bride sways in her flowing gown next to an adoring groom with the stunning Sedona red rocks in the background.

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the design team VENUE: Red Agave Resort | PHOTOGRAPHY: Jane in the Woods | EVENT PLANNER: Jane in the Woods BRIDAL GOWN BOUTIQUE: Luv Bridal | MENSWEAR: Celebrity Tux & Tails | PAPER: They Call Me Spindles FLORALS: Sedona Mountain High Flowers | HAIR /MAKEUP: Sedona Beauty Team | JEWELRY: Renee Taylor Gallery RENTALS: The Confetti Studio | MACARONS: Decadent Macarons | MODELS: Julia Dar Jackson & Tyler Matkovich

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ABOUT THE VENUE “Unique” is the best word to describe the experience you will have at the Red Agave Resort in Sedona, Arizona. The resort offers fully furnished loft chalets and studio suites—both with full kitchens—an outdoor swimming pool, two spas, a fire pit, grills and access to world-class hiking and biking out your front door. The Red Agave offers wedding packages tailored to fit both large and small weddings. The stage, desert garden, and courtyard are an ideal venue for your rehearsal dinner and wedding ceremony, while stunning, unobstructed views of Sedona’s world famous rock formations create a picturesque wedding backdrop.

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HERE COMES THE SUN The Paseo Photographer Steph Wahlig | Florals/Event Planner Bloom & Blueprint

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nspired by the beautiful Arizona desert and alternative vibes of the 60s and 70s, Kate from Bloom + Blueprint created this chic, casual and colorful wedding inspiration. The rustic arbor was adorned with oversized paper flowers in hues of orange, yellow, black and purple that popped against the bride’s eyelet dress. The harvest table featured potted garden plants filled with yellow

blossoms accented with a modern dinnerware setting of yellow trimmed plates and gold flatware. With the Superstition Mountains as a backdrop, raw textures, handmade decor and simplistic design married perfectly together for this DIY-esque inspiration with just a hint of luxury.

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the design team VENUE: The Paseo | PHOTOGRAPHY: Steph Wahlig | EVENT PLANNER/FLORALS: Bloom & Blueprint BRIDAL GOWN BOUTIQUE: Suzanne’s Bridal Boutique | JEWELRY: Kendra Scott | MENSWEAR: Men’s Warehouse PAPER: Signatures Invitations & Gifts | WEDDING CAKE: Sugar Petals Custom Cakes | HAIR /MAKEUP: Bridal4theWin RENTALS: Glamour & Woods | PAPER FLOWERS: Simply Sweet Petals | MODELS: Lauren & Tyler Angtosha

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ABOUT THE VENUE There is no better place for a true Arizona wedding than The Paseo. It is carefully placed at the foot of the majestic Superstition Mountains, surrounded by picturesque native Sonoran Desert. The outdoor ceremony area allows guests to lounge on the grassy patio while you tie the knot on the the raised platform. Behind you, the magnificent mountains make a perfect setting for breathtaking photos at the altar. The motivated staff will ensure your special day is all you’ve imagined. This unique level of attention could only come from a family owned and operated venue.

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A TASTE OF TUSCANY Villa Siena Photographer Love My Life Photography | Florals/Event Planner Butterfly Petals

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ransport yourself to Italy with this gorgeous Tuscany meets Arizona styled shoot designed by Mandi from Butterfly Petals. Playing off the architecture and charm of Villa Siena, the team utilized soft colors of blush and neutral shades to complement the space. The table featured a stunning vintage candelabra topped with deep plum and blush blooms. Tuscan elements of

olive greenery, ornate urns and tiny olive oil bottles mixed with Arizona elements like the abundance of green succulents. The last hints of Tuscany popped with the watercolor olive branch motif on the paper products and the ceremony mattel’s garland.

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the design team VENUE: Villa Siena | PHOTOGRAPHY: Love My Life Photography | FLORALS/EVENT PLANNER: Butterfly Petals BRIDAL GOWN BOUTIQUE: Grace Style & Bridal | PAPER: Signatures Invitations & Gifts | HAIR/MAKEUP: Vidogi Salon RENTALS: Y-Knot Party & Rentals | WEDDING CAKE: Sue Jacobs Cakes | MODEL: Mallory Esquibel

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ABOUT THE VENUE Villa Siena is a classic Tuscan-styled Villa, hosting private weddings and events. True to form and perfectly proportioned, the Villa follows the same strict architectural discipline employed by master builders of a previous era. Full of charm and grace, every corner reveals accurate detailing of traditional elements, offering an escape to another time and place. Hand-carved stone, double barrel-vaulted arches, and hand-scraped mahogany floors elegantly define each space. The venue offers an exclusively private experience to guests by permitting only one event at a time. Weddings take on a new feel—elegant and enchanted in this Old World Villa.

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PERFECTLY PURPLE PINUP Sheraton Crescent Hotel Photographer DePoy Studios | Florals/Event Planner Y-Knot Party & Rentals

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olors of crisp white and pops of vibrant purple inspired Ginia from Y-Knot Party to create this whimsical retro, pinup style shoot. Individual bouquets of elegant white calla lilies, fuchsia dendrobium orchids and plum colored stock set in towering vases made a stunning centerpiece display. Royal purple napkins topped with individual menu cards and a touch of lavender

stood out against the clean white table and plates accented with silver chargers. Shades of purple carried over into the ceremony arch with violet vanda orchids, dark calla lilies and lavender roses. Complementing fresh florals were utilized in the modern pinup bride’s bouquet.

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the design team VENUE: Sheraton Crescent Hotel | PHOTOGRAPHY: DePoy Studios EVENT PLANNER/FLORALS/RENTALS: Y-Knot Party & Rentals | BRIDAL GOWN BOUTIQUE: Grace Style & Bridal PAPER: Signatures Invitations & Gifts | HAIR/MAKEUP: Bridal4theWin | MODEL: Alicia Singleton

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ABOUT THE VENUE Sheraton Crescent Hotel boasts the perfect Phoenix wedding venue for your ceremony and reception. Whether you envision a graceful garden ceremony under a canopy of lush ficus trees or a charming courtyard ceremony near sparkling fountains, your unforgettable nuptials await. The recently renovated hotel features lush gardens, courtyard fountain, beautiful ballrooms and intimate to extravagant reception options accommodating guests from 30 to 450. For your special day, the hotel’s catering team offers delectable wedding packages with your guests in mind. Let the Sheraton Crescent create a beautiful, customized experience guaranteed to make your wedding day unforgettable.

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ENCHANTED TERRACE Pointe Hilton Squaw Peak Resort Photographer DePoy Studios | Florals/Event Planner dei-zinz fresh studio

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ucked inside the resort, you can find the Fountain Terrace, an oasis in Arizona with lush greenery and a trickling fountain. dei-zinz fresh studio drew inspiration from this hidden gem to create an over-the-top garden setting. Birch trees adorned with fresh florals of white garden roses and pops of coral, yellow and purple blooms created the ceremony altar for the bride

and groom. Transiting the space into a reception, the couple nestled into a tufted oversized chair at the sweetheart table topped with a stunning floral garland mixed with natural wood and copper. A gorgeous five-tiered cake with handmade sugar petals was the perfect sweet finish to the day.

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the design team VENUE: Pointe Hilton Squaw Peak Resort | PHOTOGRAPHY: DePoy Studios | FLORALS/EVENT PLANNER: dei-zinz fresh studio | BRIDAL GOWN BOUTIQUE: Suzanne’s Bridal Boutique | MENSWEAR: Celebrity Tux & Tails | PAPER: Signatures Invitations & Gifts | WEDDING CAKE: Sugar Petals Custom Cakes | HAIR: Heart & Sol | MAKEUP: Beauty by Alicia RENTALS: Glamour & Woods | TABLETOP RENTALS: The Confetti Studio | MODELS: Crystal and Jason Lee Thornhill

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ABOUT THE VENUE Host an impeccable wedding that guests will remember for a lifetime. Beneath the shadow of the majestic Phoenix North Mountain Preserves, Pointe Hilton Squaw Peak Resort is nestled among the colorful landscape of the Sonoran Desert. Gorgeous indoor and outdoor spaces provide the perfect backdrop for your rehearsal dinner, ceremony or reception. With dedicated on-site wedding planners to assist you with each and every detail, you can fully enjoy this momentous occasion with those that matter most. Pointe Hilton Squaw Peak offers ideal resort accommodations for guests including the full-service Tocasierra Spa & Salon and Rico’s American Grill for hosting your rehearsal dinner.

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omance is in the air for this spring inspired industrial tabletop created by Kim McDowell of Sassi. Jewel-toned florals of deep amethyst, mystic topaz and aquamarine pair with the cobalt goblets as a pop of color against the rustic, hand-carved farm table. Deep grey linens topped with white textured plates and chalkboard styled menus finish the table setting. Industrial

accents of metal cross-backed chairs are softened with vanilla cream cushions and perfectly tied bows. The finished touch to the day is a towering tray of sweet Italian desserts and sparkling sips accented with mirrored votives and sprigs of fresh florals.

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the design team VENUE/EVENT PLANNER: Sassi | PHOTOGRAPHY: Minson Weddings PAPER: Signatures Invitations & Gifts | FLORALS: Brady’s Floral Gallery | LINENS: Southwick Linens RENTALS: Glamour & Woods | TABLETOP RENTALS: The Confetti Studio | DESSERTS: Sassi

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ABOUT THE VENUE Located in North Scottsdale at the foot of Pinnacle Peak, Sassi is your awardwinning destination for weddings, rehearsal dinners, engagement parties and social celebrations. Let Sassi transport you and your guests to one of Arizona’s most romantic venues with the grace and charm of an Italian villa. Walk through the oversized hand-carved doors to the tree-lined Garden lawn with stunning sunset and mountain views. A cobblestone courtyard and lush landscaping make it the perfect location for celebrating your nuptials. Host your reception in an elegant room accented by wood-beamed ceilings and two fireplaces as guests enjoy a finedining experience.

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Ask the Florist Pros TEXT BY: Vanessa Davis

When meeting with a potential florist, it’s important to find the right match to ensure your vision becomes a reality--or to get help when your vision feels unclear. To find out what to look for, we asked some of the local Arizona pros we trust.

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FINDING YOUR STYLE: “When trying to pick your floral style I tell brides to look at themselves,” says Deidre Laskoskie of dei-zinz fresh studio. She recommends to ask yourself these questions: What is your fashion style? Your decorating style? Are you more serious and formal or more fun and flirty? Answers to these questions can start to depict an overall style to carry over to your big day.

“A typical floral budget can account for 15-20% of your total wedding budget.” THE FIRST MEETING: “The first consultation is an opportunity for the bride and florist to not only build a rapport, but go over important details of the wedding day!” says Alexandra Duemer of The Studio at Cactus Flower. “Also be sure to look at the quality of their flowers and make sure they respond to any concerns you have.”

SETTING A BUDGET: A typical floral budget can account for 1520% of your total wedding budget. “If you’re working with a strict budget, let your florist know from the start. We can often create a similar look at many different price points by changing out the types of flowers used,” says Malori Maeva of Noir Floral & Styling.

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additional steps to create something completely unique for our couples,” says Malori.

THE TRUST FACTOR: “It’s all about trust, and whether you connect with that florist and their style. If you do, don’t hesitate to hire them,” says Shawna Reed of Your Event Florist. “There are always florists that will do something for less, but it will not be the same experience if you are only looking at price versus the connection.”

ON THE SAME PAGE: “Your florals are one of the only things you don’t receive in advance, and you must feel completely confident in the florist you choose,” says Lorraine Cooper of Brady’s Floral Gallery. It’s important to meet with a florist and truly feel that they are understanding of your vision.

DO YOUR RESEARCH: “I think it’s important that you not only find a florist who suits your budget, but one who understands the look and feel you’re trying to achieve,” says Mandi Johnson of Butterfly Petals. “Look at their website, their Instagram accounts, etcetera, and really get a feel for their work and ask if it suits you and your style.”

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Tips and Trends Let Rentals Transform Your Wedding & Reception TEXT BY: Vanessa Davis PHOTOGRAPHY BY: Ashley Rae Photography

DETAILS – BIG AND SMALL – CAN MAKE A SIGNIFICANT IMPACT ON YOUR WEDDING. Rentals are one of these major detail areas because they can significantly change the style, mood and overall feel of the party. Our wedding rental experts are sharing their favorite rental trends and things to keep in mind when selecting rentals.

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WHY ARE RENTALS IMPORTANT?

inclusive of the entire wedding party.

are looking for unique ways to showcase their

Rentals can fill a space with texture, color and

Another trend that is here to stay is lounge

personality and style throughout their wedding.

style by enhancing existing characteristics of

seating. “Create beautiful areas for your

Other popular rental trends include mirror or

the venue or creating something completely

guests to relax, socialize and have fun in.

chalkboard escort card displays, wooden harvest

different. “Rentals transform a plain venue

Lounge areas and lawn games are always a

tables, table runners instead of overlays, and

into your dream wedding,” says Jeannette

hit!” says Dudones. Make the lounge your own

mixing textures to create your dream space.

Kahwaji of Party People Ltd.

by adding down pillows, rugs and throws in

While many venues carry a certain amount

your wedding palette.

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of rentals, most of the time it’s very basic. “We

“Our favorite trend at the moment is

Get rental quotes early and realize you’ll

have a lot of brides that come to us to pick out

vintage colored glassware,” says Mendoza. “We

probably need more items than you think.

unique items to make their day special,” says

fell in love with photos on Pinterest featuring

Don’t forget about the extra tables and chairs

Tara Mendoza of The Confetti Studio.

uniquely patterned and colored glassware for

needed such as a buffet, cake table or a bar.

weddings.” With this new trend, feel free to mix

“With rentals, just like the dollar store, small

and match colors and styles!

things add up,” says Lucas. “A place setting

RENTAL TRENDS While every wedding is different, the common

Ginia Lucas of Y-Knot Party & Rentals calls

may only be $3, but with 200 guests, suddenly

theme is a desire to have an amazing celebration

lighting “the best way to transform a room,”

you’re at a minimum of $600 in rentals before

space that truly encompasses the couple’s style.

saying it can “soften corners and illuminate

any decorations.” That’s why she advises

An emerging trend is a grand head table

the important aspects of the rest of the rental

couples to make two lists: one is a “must have”

at the reception. “A beautiful and unique

design.” Lighting doesn’t have to be fancy to

and the other is a “want to have.”

head table with special chairs becomes a

make a statement. “Overhead bistro lighting and

Whether you are more traditional or looking

fantastic focal point!” says Jennifer Dudones

lighted canopy frames set the ambiance of a

to make a statement, let rentals transform

of Glamour & Woods. This trend stems from

space making it warm and inviting,” says Kahwaji.

your big day into the perfect setting you’ve

the popular sweetheart table by being more

Now more than ever brides and grooms

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THE WEDDING GUEST LIST DEMANDS TO BE CENTER OF ATTENTION Establishing a guest list early on is not only a priority, but it’s also a tremendous aid in the planning process. Crucial details revolve around the guest list—such as invitation orders, catering estimates, chair rentals, engagement parties and much more! In addition, the guest list serves as a reference for which individuals can participate in prenuptial events. It’s proper etiquette that

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LAUREN & MARK NOVEMBER 12, 2016 Photograpraphy By: DePoy Studios

The Proposal

The Ceremony

The Reception

After two years of convincing Mark to

A month before the ceremony, the couple’s

Mark’s favorite part of the reception

finally hike Camelback Mountain, Lauren

pastor was called to move across the

was their guests reactions. “Everyone

was disappointed when Mark injured

country. The couple was at a loss until

had tears in their eyes and smiles on

his leg and had to head back down

Lauren’s little brother heard about it and

their faces. It seemed many had been

the mountain. Little did Lauren know

decided to help. Within a week he was

anticipating this day with just as much

Mark was gathering their families for

certified as an officiant and booked his

excitement as we had!”

the biggest surprise of her life. Mark

ticket to fly in from Alaska! The whole day

reemerged from the trail, dropped to one

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knee and asked to spend the rest of their

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lives together to a very surprised Lauren!

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Cake Walk Tips for Selecting the Perfect Wedding Cake

LAST BUT CERTAINLY NOT LEAST, THE WEDDING CAKE IS OFTEN CONSIDERED THE STAR OF THE RECEPTION. This decadent dessert is more than just sugar, flour and eggs. It’s a delicious treat that can be its own work of art for your guests to talk about long after your wedding. Finding that perfect combination of flavors, fillings and frostings is possible. Tasting different cake varieties and frosting combinations might seem like hard work, but someone has got to do it!

FROSTED FAVORITES

for icing is marzipan, a rolled

cake as opposed to the wedding

other options to make your

The secret to a great looking

paste of ground almonds, egg

cake. When you meet with

cake as original as you are.

cake depends on one thing; the

whites, and sugar that can be

your cake designer, ask them

Handcrafted gum paste or

icing. The icing provides the

draped over a cake in the same

for a sample of their most

sugar flowers, a flowing ribbon

base for the other decorations

technique as fondant. This is a

popular batter flavors. This will

created from marzipan, or

and helps seal in the moisture

good option for couples who

give you a better idea of the

a shiny spun sugar ribbon

and flavor of the cake itself. By

don’t like the flavor of fondant,

differences between each, and

create drama when placed

far, the most popular icing for

but love the smooth surface it

you’ll be able to select a filling

atop a tiered confection. Want

wedding cakes is buttercream, a

creates for decorating.

that complements the flavor

something unique? Consider

you ultimately choose. While

having a topper created just

creamy, spreadable icing made from butter and sugar. Another

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the cake batter flavor might

for the two of you. Incorporate

popular icing for wedding

While the icing creates a

be plain, the filling is what

your interests and hobbies

cakes is fondant, which is rolled

beautiful cake on the outside,

gives a wedding cake its real

into the design idea featuring

out flat then draped over the

it’s what’s inside that really

personality. Filling separates

figurines in your likeness. Then

cake to provide a completely

counts. A cake isn’t worth the

the layers of a cake, and adds

following the wedding, you’ll

smooth, firm surface for

flour it’s made of if it doesn’t

additional richness and flavor. It

have a great keepsake and

decorating. Made from sugar

taste as good as it looks, and

is usually cream or fruit based

conversation piece.

and gelatin, fondant has a

the best way to give a cake

and depending on the number

distinct flavor that may not

flavor is with the batter and the

of tiers, many brides like to

Once you know the

appeal to everyone, but cake

filling. Wedding cake batter is

select two or three different

terminology, it’s time to meet

designers can add flavoring to

typically a very simple flavor so

fillings for their cake.

with your cake designer.

make it taste more appealing

that it doesn’t compete with the

for your guests. If you love

sweetness of the icing or the

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or take a look at the culinary

chocolate, try a ganache,

filling. The most popular batter

Cake toppers today have a

services section of Arizona

which is an icing made of

for wedding cakes is plain

style and look that reflects

Weddings magazine. Armed

heavy cream and chocolate.

white, but yellow and red velvet

the personality of the bride

with this information, the

Ganache has the consistency

cake have been increasing in

and groom. Fresh flowers

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of a thick mousse, making it

popularity. Chocolate is always

coordinating with the bridal

choose the best combination so

ideal for a filling as well as an

a popular cake flavor, but it is

bouquet are a traditional

you’ll have the wedding cake of

icing. A lesser-known choice

seen more often in the groom’s

favorite, but there are many

your dreams.

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Since love grows within you, so beauty grows. For love is the beauty of the soul. ~ST. AURELIUS AUGUSTINE

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Playing off the desert landscape of the Boulders Resort & Spa, earth tones mixed with feminine elements to create this Southwest vibe. Champagne, off-white and cream gowns added to the natural and upscale bohemian feel of the day. Trying to not upstage the gowns, “Pinkie� the camel was the perfect addition to this desert shoot! From beaded bodices to vintage lace, mermaid silhouettes to ballgowns, these stunning dresses are for the bride looking to make a statement on her big day!

Photography & Styling: Ashley Rae Photography Bridal Gown Boutique: Uptown Bridal & Boutique Floral Design: Butterfly Petals Jewelry: E.D. Marshall Jewelers Venue: Boulders Resort & Spa Hair/Makeup & Styling: Makiaj Beauty Videography: Love Story Films Models: Erin Davin, Natalie Beam, Sidney Hambsch, Lauren Ashley


GOWN: A stunning beadedstrapped ball gown with a deep-V neckline from Essense of Australia. The shimmering top pairs perfectly with soft layers of organza and tulle to create a full textured skirt for a sophisticated, desert princess vibe. HAIR & MAKEUP: Braided half-up high ponytail mixes with beach waves and a sunkissed glow.

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GOWN: With a scalloped, sweetheart neckline, this art deco beaded gown from Essense of Australia sparkles with every step. The beaded lace flows seamlessly down the gown as it trumpets into a full tulle skirt. RING: A stunning Asscher cut diamond ring in a 14k white gold setting from E.D. Marshall Jewelers. EARRINGS: Round cut halo diamond stud earrings. NECKLACE: A round Brilliant cut diamond solitaire pendant on a delicate 18k white gold necklace is the perfect pair to the earrings. BRACELET: Finishing the look, a gorgeous Emerald cut diamond lined bracelet in platinum. FLOWERS: Blush garden roses, pops of small red blooms and lush, green leafs from Butterfly Petals add a foraged, boho-feel to the look.


GOWN: A full-length mermaid gown from Beautiful by Enzoani features a bold embroidery lace bodice flowing into a soft, tulle skirt from Uptown Bridal & Boutique. RING: A perfect pop of color, an oval fancy yellow diamond ring with a pave diamond halo in a 18k white gold band. EARRINGS: Elegant drop earrings feature small yellow diamonds and a large Round cut diamond from E.D. Marshall Jewelers. NECKLACE: The pair to the earrings, a stunning oval fancy yellow diamond necklace with tiny yellow diamonds and yellow gold accents. FLOWERS: Vibrant light pink stock mixes with earthy greens as the perfect bouquet to complete this freespirited look.


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GOWN: For the classic bride looking for a hint of sexiness, the “Lotus� is modern A-line gown from Enzoani embellished with beaded lace down to the stunning scalloped skirt. An illusion top creates a gorgeous floral sweetheart neckline leading to a seemingly backless gown. RING: Kunzite pink crystal ring with pave diamonds in 18k white gold from E.D. Marshall Jewelers. EARRINGS: Playing off the floral design of the gown, gorgeous 14k white gold diamond drop floral earrings. BRACELET: Sparkling pink sapphire and diamond bracelet in 14k white gold. FLOWERS: A bundle of Serruria florida, also known as the blushing bride, combines with pampas grass and eucalyptus for a beautiful, boho bouquet from Butterfly Petals.


GOWN: Add a touch of vintage glam with this Enzoani “Laurie� flowing mermaid gown from Uptown Bridal & Boutique. Thin beaded straps lead to a deep-V neckline and a beaded bodice, then turn around for a dramatic low cut back. RING: Gorgeous green emerald ring with Trillion cut diamond accents. NECKLACE: One-of-a-kind art deco estate emerald and diamond necklace in platinum from E.D. Marshall Jewelers. FLOWERS: A stunning pink king protea is paired with airplants, pampas grass and greenery to complete the look.


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GOWN: Romantic meets vintage with this beautiful ball gown from Essense of Australia. A cotton lace bodice is an ode to times gone by paired with a stunning organza skirt with floral lace applique. RING: Finishing the vintage look, a 10 ct Radiant cut diamond ring in a 18k yellow gold setting.


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Always a bridesmaid, never a bride doesn’t have to be a bad thing anymore. Today, brides along with grooms want their friends to shine and showcase their individual personalities. For the more glamour bride, shades of rich navy, shimmering silver and dark teal make a bold statement for a black-tie wedding. For the more casual and boho-chic bride, colors of soft blush, mint green and floral patterns combine for the perfect laid-back affair. Whether you are planning an upscale affair to sophisticated casual soiree, here are two perfect palettes for your big day!

Photography: Steph Wahlig Bridal Gown Boutique: Suzanne’s Bridal Boutique Bridesmaid Gown Boutique: Bella Bridesmaids Menswear: Celebrity Tux & Tails and Magro Clothing Floral Design: The Studio at Cactus Flower Jewelry: E.D. Marshall Jewelers and Kendra Scott Venue: Superstition Mountain Golf and Country Club Hair & Makeup: Vidogi Salon Models: Kylie Prusak, Kimmy Vu, Katie Flanigan, Christa Sandstrom, Caleb Taddeucci, Casper Aguilar, Christian Mouer, Nick Koester, The Agency AZ


GOWN: Ultra glam meets classic sophistication with this modern lace sheath “Wyatt� gown from Sottero & Midgley. A dash of sexiness is added with the plunging illusion neckline and beaded belt. RING: The ultimate wow-factor, 3.03 ct pear center diamond in a 18k white gold band from E.D. Marshall Jewelers. EARRINGS: Matching the ring, stunning 18k white gold, pear diamond drop earring 4.46 ctw diamonds. BRACELET: Simple yet elegant, 18k white gold diamond bangle with 6.18 ctw. MENSWEAR: Classic dark grey tuxedo paired with a crisp white bowtie from Celebrity Tux & Tails.

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From Left to Right: BRIDESMAID GOWN: Pewter English net, A-line gown with metallic woven accents and a flowing tulle skirt by Hayley Paige Occasions from Bella Bridesmaids. JEWELRY: Playing off the dress’s sparkle, Adella stud earrings in antique silver from Kendra Scott. BRIDESMAID GOWN: Dark navy tulle sweeps across this Amsale gown with a striking, one shoulder design. JEWELRY: Bold Kalina statement earrings in antique silver finishes the upscale look. GOWN: Ultra glam meets classic sophistication with this modern lace sheath by Sottero & Midgley from Suzanne’s Bridal Boutique. BRIDESMAID GOWN: Cream Jenny Woo top pairs with a teal tulle “Winslow” skirt from Bella Bridesmaids. FLOWERS: The overall glamours look is finished with bouquets of garden roses, anemones, scabiosa pods, stock and hypericum from The Studio at Cactus Flower. MENSWEAR: Classic dark grey tuxedos from Celebrity Tux & Tails are paired with black bowties, silk pocket squares and boutonnieres of scabiosa pods. MENS JEWELRY: Platinum satin band with polished lines paired with a Franck Muller Vanguard watch from E.D. Marshall Jewelers.


This page: GOWN: Beautiful scalloped illusion neckline adds a hint of sexiness to this classic A-line gown by Sottero & Midgley from Suzanne’s Bridal Boutique. RING: 3.03 ct pear center diamond in a 18k white gold band from E.D. Marshall Jewelers. EARRINGS: 18k white gold, pear diamond drop earring with 4.46 ctw diamonds. RING BOX: The Mrs. Box in Truman. FLOWERS: Large white garden roses, black-centered anemones, stock and hypericum create this classic bouquet from The Studio at Cactus Flower. MENSWEAR: Classic 3-piece dark grey tuxedo with silk white bowtie and pocket square from Celebrity Tux & Tails. Opposite page: If you are having a more casual yet still sophisticated wedding, this upscale bohemian palette is perfect for a daytime, destination or laid-back affair. Bridesmaids don gowns in pale pink, light floral prints and steel mint from Bella Bridesmaids. Groomsmens sport custom navy suits with a variety of intricate plaid details from Magro Clothing.


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BRIDESMAID GOWN: Blush sweetheart neckline, lace dress with flowing chiffon skirt by Dessy Collection from Bella Bridesmaids. JEWELRY: Elissa rose gold pendant necklace in iridescent drusy from Kendra Scott. GOWN: Glamorous A-line wedding dress with glimmering metallic lace applique by Maggie Sottero from Suzanne’s Bridal Boutique. BRIDESMAID GOWN: Draped bodice mint green gown in soft tulle by After Six Bridesmaids from Bella Bridesmaids. JEWELRY: Elissa rose gold pendant necklace and Elton rose gold bracelet in iridescent drusy from Kendra Scott. BRIDESMAID GOWN: Delicate “Pippa” cami with garden rose lace paired with floor-length floral skirt by Jenny Woo. JEWELRY: Elissa rose gold pendant necklace in iridescent drusy and Caden drop earrings in rose gold. MENS JEWELRY: 14k white gold band with a rock finish paired with Ulysse Nardin 18k rose gold watch from E.D Marshall Jewelers.

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MENSWEAR: Groomsmen look dapper in custom navy suits with subtle plaid and striped prints paired with mismatched ties and crisp, president folded pocket squares. The groom stands out in a more vibrant blue suit with light checked pattern, lilac silk tie and clean white pocket square from Magro Clothing. RING: Stunning 18k rose gold engagement ring with 3.07 ct Cushion center diamond. BRACELET: Intricate 18k rose gold diamond bangle with 6.18 ctw diamonds. RING BOX: The Mrs. Box in Westerly.

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GOWN: “Lisette” by Maggie Sottero features a stunning beaded lace motif bodice with delicate Swarovski crystal, jeweled spaghetti straps flowing into a voluminous tulle skirt from Suzanne’s Bridal Boutique. RING: (on bride) A stunning 6.09 ct Round center diamond from E.D. Marshall Jewelers. EARRINGS: (on bride) 18k white gold chandelier earrings with 10.56 ctw diamonds. BRACELET: (on bride) 18k custom-made white gold snake bracelet with 4.54 ctw diamonds. RING: (in box) 11.38 ct Cushion cut sapphire accented with Emerald cut diamonds in a platinum band. BRACELET: (in box) Intricate 18k white gold diamond bangle with 6.18 ctw. MENSWEAR: Dapper, deep navy custom suit in a slim cut paired with a playful polkadot tie and crisp white pocket square from Magro Clothing. MENS JEWELRY: Platinum satin men’s band with polished lines paired with a Franck Muller Vanguard watch from E.D. Marshall Jewelers. FLOWERS: Large garden roses pair with ranunculas and anenomes from The Studio at Cactus Flower.


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Trying on the wrong silhouette can cause any bride to be discouraged. A dress in a magazine looks different on a model, so go with what is figure-flattering on you.

4. BE OPEN TO ALTERATIONS It’s important to remember that dresses can be altered. Try to envision the dress on your wedding day when it’s fitted to your body and style.

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6. KEEP LOCATION IN MIND A ball gown is way too heavy for the beach and a lightweight sheath is light for elegant affair. Your gown should match your location and wedding style. 7.

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Everyone wants confirmation that they’ve made the right choice, but continuing to shop and ask others opinions will only lead to second-guessing your choice.

8. TRUST YOUR INSTINCTS It can be hard when your friends don’t love the same gown you do, but you must trust that you know what you want and what you love.

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SILHOUETTES Texture, lace and movement of the gowns pop against the clean walls of the historic venue. Effortlessly elegant, classic silhouettes are given modern updates with touches of color, sparkle and ruffles for the bride looking for an updated yet timeless look on her big day.

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GOWN: Inspired by a Greek goddess, this gorgeous crystal cap-sleeve “Daniela” gown by Mia Solano from Luv Bridal features a sweetheart neckline and full lace sheath. For a dramatic flair, flow down the aisle with the gown’s tulle train billowing in the air. EARRINGS: Crystal pear drop earrings play off the gown’s sparkles.


GOWN: Sexy yet refined, a combination of lace and sheer mesh extends from the illusion bateau neckline to a flattering scalloped lace, plunge deep V in this “Dior” gown by Mia Solano from Luv Bridal. A gorgeous grey waterfall skirt brings unrivalled movement and a touch of moody appeal. FLOWERS: Bright green succulents mix with with Niobe protea and white berry pods for a fresh, earthy bouquet from Brady’s Floral Gallery.

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GOWN: Romantic and feminine, the lace “Oringo� gown by Pronovias from Grace Style & Bridal features a simple sweetheart neckline transitioning into a fitted mermaid silhouette with lace applique and a dramatic train. VEIL: Classic fingertiplength veil gives a sophisticated and effervescent feel. RING: Classic Oval-cut diamond in a sparkling halo setting. EARRINGS: Crystal teardrop earrings in rose gold from Grace Style & Bridal.

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GOWN: Stunning sophistication, sequined and beaded champagne lace accents this mermaid “Danni” gown by Mia Solano from Luv Bridal. The corset back creates a slimming, hourglass silhouette flowing into a dramatic, tulle trumpet. EARRINGS: Crystal pear drop earrings play of the gown’s golden accents.


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GOWN: Sweet and romantic, a modern A-line ball gown by Lillian West from Grace Style & Bridal features a sweetheart neckline, sequined lace applique bodice and stunning full tulle skirt in a gorgeous light grey fabric. EARRINGS: Sparkling silver crystal stud, teardrop earrings from Grace Style & Bridal. NECKLACE: Matching teardrop, pendant necklace completes the classic look.

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GOWN: Simple and elegant, illusion long sleeves with lace applique accents this Allure Bridals lace sheath from A Closet Full of Dresses for an ethereal, floral look. RING: Classic Oval-cut diamond in a sparkling halo setting. EARRINGS: Gold floral details with a drop crystal from A Closet Full of Dresses. FLOWERS: Vibrant purple orchids mix with hot pink roses and green hypericum berries for a whimsical bouquet from Brady’s Floral Gallery.

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GOWN: Distinguished grace, a scoop illusion neckline accented with handbeaded embroidered lace flows into a fitted, dropped-waist bodice by Mon Cheri from A Closet Full of Dresses. Voluminous layers of ruffled organza in a stunning champagne create a fun, playful skirt with a chapel length train. EARRINGS: Gold floral details with a drop crystal from A Closet Full of Dresses. FLOWERS: Coral roses pair with peach garden roses, anemones and sprigs of greenery for a playful bouquet from Brady’s Floral Gallery.

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GOWN: A touch of vintage inspiration, a stunning champagne pink sequined bodice with a deep scoop neckline pairs with a straight satin skirt with an embroidered, antique lace overlay from the Mia Solano haute couture line from Luv Bridal. NECKLACE: A sparkling strand of crystals with a large pear pendant set in a halo from Luv Bridal. EARRINGS: Matching pear drop earrings add an extra hint of sparkle to the look.


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jungle Taking a modern spin on South Asian weddings, this outdoor setting in wooded territory evokes a new era of multi-cultural weddings. While most people know Arizona for its dusty deserts and blooming cacti, another beautiful facet of the state is its aromatic forests. Playing off boreal elements, the freely effortless bride incorporates jade green and natural tones for a royal and vibrant look.


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GOWN: Taupe long-sleeve “Risha” crop top from Mani Jassal. Delicate white ostrich feathers line the hem around the bottom edge of the top with heritage jute thread. Paired with high-waisted, full-length and box pleat “Risha” skirt from Mani Jassal. HAIRPIECE: Multi-strand jade and ivory beaded hairpiece with gold-plated accents by Manshaa Obsession. NECKLACE: Extra-long, gold-chain necklace with large jade green stone pendant and flowing gold chain tassel. FLOWERS: Golden turmeric roses and japanese ranunculus are balanced out by dusty pink anthuriums and hot coral roses with a setting of jade gilded ferns.

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GOWN: Floral pattern strapless bustier with metallic rose gold and and white large rose motifs. Brocade “Renz Flora” top from Mani Jassal. Matching high-waisted, full length “Kimona” skirt in metallic rose gold and white floral pattern. CAPE: Full-length taupe shimmer net cape “Risha” by Mani Jassal. Detailed with rose pearl accents throughout and clasped at front neckline. EARRINGS: Dazzling large sun-ray earrings with white rhinestones by Manshaa Obsession in gold plating. FLOWERS: Jade foliage sets the backdrop for golden turmeric roses and dusty pink anthuriums accented by japanese ranunculus and green hellebores with a sprinkling of viburnum.

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GOWN: Seafoam green chiffon “Zuhur” top with golden gota patti-style ribbon on back by Mani Jassal. Features fringe detailing along front waist and a sloping open-back design with rosette detailing. Shimmering golden “Maharani” floor-length skirt by Mani Jassal. EARRINGS: Oversized vibrant emerald green roundel earrings with simple detailing by Manshaa Obsession. NECKLACE: Large threaded necklace bib in jade green by Manshaa Obsession with weave design and gold-metal accents in front. MENSWEAR: Classic black tux with clean white shirt and black bowtie from Celebrity Tux & Tails. FLOWERS: Dreamy pink anthuriums and white ranunculus nestle atop green hellebores, ferns, and viburnum. Large gold and tiny hot pink roses are intermixed throughout for contrast.

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The Dapper Groom Suit & Tuxedo 101 TEXT BY: Jenzi Langley

DESPITE ALL THE LADIES HAVING A BIG TO-DO ABOUT THE WEDDING GOWN AND BRIDESMAID DRESSES, one aspect that should not be overlooked is the men’s attire. Grooms and their groomsmen have hundreds of options when it comes to deciding what to wear on the big day. Suit or tuxedo? Classic black or starling blue? These options can seem overwhelming at first, especially if you have no experience in the formal wear world. That’s why we turned to the top experts from Celebrity Tux & Tails and Magro Clothing to get their tips and recommendations on how to look dashing on your wedding day!!

A suit or a tuxedo - which would you recommend for a wedding & why?

What are some pitfalls to avoid when picking out a suit or tuxedo?

“Either one is a great option for your wedding,” says Felicia Kessler from

Be mindful of the materials! Tropical weight wools can be too warm to

Celebrity Tux & Tails. Which one you choose depends on the theme or

be worn comfortably in the Arizona desert, while poly-viscose blends are

feel of your wedding. Felicia also advises, “If you wear a suit everyday

incredibly weak and won’t hold up well long-term. “Pay attention to the

for work, a tuxedo is a great way to distinguish you on your special day.”

fabric of the suit or tuxedo, especially if you’re purchasing your attire instead of renting,” advises Felicia.

What are the different components of a suit? Typically, suits are comprised of a jacket and pants; however, vests can

What are your tips for finding the perfect fit?

be an optional third piece to add depth to the look. “These items can

Don’t be afraid of alterations. Skyler notes that rental suit sizes are based

be arranged and customized in any number of ways to make the outfit

on chest measurement. “If the chest measurement goes up, so does the

personal and unique to the person who wears it,” says Felicia.

the arm and jacket length, as well as shoulder and waist measurements,” adds Skyler. Felicia advises to get measured by a professional menswear

What are your tips for grooms when picking out their suit or tuxedo?

specialist. “If you, or the specialist, are concerned about how the attire

While there are many components to consider when choosing formal

tailor it,” notes Felicia.

may fit, it might be worth purchasing your outfit so you can individually

wear, Skyler Gardner from Magro Clothing says that his number one tip to picking out the perfect suit or tuxedo is to educate yourself. “Learn for

What are the benefits of renting a suit/tuxedo?

yourself what a properly fitted suit looks like,” he recommends. The more

Felicia points out that one of the best advantages to renting a suit is the

you know about what you’d like to wear on your wedding day, the better

all-inclusive pricing. “You can get a high-quality outfit like a Michael Kors

your stylists can help you.

wedding suit or Ike Behar tuxedo for less than the cost of buying just the jacket and pants of a custom 100% wool suit.” Felicia adds that will often

Which suit/tuxedo colors & styles would you recommend for a wedding?

allow couples the freedom to choose a style that more perfectly fits their wedding theme.

The color and style of your outfit depends on the mood of your wedding. The classic choices are black, grey and blue. If you go that

What are the benefits of buying a custom suit?

route, Skyler suggests, “Find a nice windowpane or plaid, or go with a

“A custom suit is made exactly to the measurements of your body,” notes

herringbone or birdseye fabric.” This will help liven up the look. Skyler

Skyler. “The degree to which your shoulder slopes, your posture, your beer

also suggests borrowing a trend from the bridesmaids and going with

belly or muscular chest are all taken into consideration for you.” Additionally,

similar yet different suits within the same color palette or design for your

the details can all be picked out specifically to the groom’s choosing. It all

groomsmen.

boils down to what you are most comfortable with, and which option helps you better attain that perfect debonair wedding day look.

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Sweet Simplicity Drawing inspiration from the classic, Hacienda-style architecture of Blackstone Country Club, these stunning gowns feature a variety of floral designs and textures in timeless silhouettes perfect for the more casual, yet elegant bride.

Photography: KolorPHX Photographic Co. Bridal Gown Boutique: Grace Style & Bridal Floral Design & Styling: Noir Floral & Styling Jewelry: Kendra Scott Venue: Blackstone Country Club Hair: Artistry On Location Makeup: Makeup by Heather Wilson Models: Ty Glasco, Savanna Hatch, Chante Fox


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GOWN: An ode to springtime with floral motifs and details in thread embroidery, this princess wedding dress from Pronovias is feminine yet evocative with an illusion top paired with a sweet tulle skirt. RING: Kendra Scott 14K gold Isa pave diamond ring is the perfect token of timeless beauty. EARRINGS: Simple but beautiful Lee gold earrings in iridescent drusy add a hint of sparkle to the look. NECKLACE: The vine design of the Cleo collar necklace from Kendra Scott pairs with the floral elements in the gown. FLOWERS: The classic bouquet from Noir Floral & Styling combines pops of blue thistle with white spray roses, leather leaf and green eucalyptus.

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GOWN: The high-neck halter of this gorgeous lace overlay gown of Fiore Couture from Grace Style & Bridal dips into a low back accented with classic satin covered buttons. RING: Kendra Scott Boyd cocktail ring in rose gold drusy adds just the right amount of edge to this simplistic, sweet look. EARRINGS: Lighthearted romance and a fun, flirty feather detail can be found in the stunning Elettra statement earrings. BRACELET: To finish the look, rose gold stacked Kinsley bangle bracelets feature geometric stones and iridescent sparkle. FLOWERS: Blooms of hot pink lady roses, blush juliet garden roses, hypericum berries and eucalyptus make up the beautiful bouquet tied with a custom dyed silk ribbon.

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GOWN: Whimsical and elegant, this sweetheart-neckline ball gown from Franssical features a subtle floral design on the bodice that flows into cascading layers of soft, white tulle. EARRINGS: Sparkle and shine, simple drop earrings from Kendra Scott in iridescent drusy. NECKLACE: Make a statement with this stunning Andrina choker necklace, which perfectly mirrors the gown’s floral accents. FLOWERS: Add a moody edge to this sweet look with this bold bouquet featuring eggplant-colored calla lilies, merlot and lavender ranunculus, jasmine and sprigs of blue thistle tied with custom dyed grey-blue silk ribbon from Noir Floral & Styling.

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Choosing a Diamond 10 Steps to Finding the Perfect Venue for Your Wedding Day TEXT BY: Jenzi Langley PHOTOGRAPHY BY: Steph Wahlig RINGS BY: E.D. Marshall Jewelers

If you want to drop some hints for your future groom, discussing your ring and diamond details will get his attention! We are sharing the must-knows when selecting an engagement ring with the experts at E.D. Marshall Jewelers. While most brides might be inclined to prioritize the carat size of the diamond above the other 4C factors, David Nelson from E.D. Marshall’s suggests selecting the cut first.

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CUT

FINAL THOUGHTS

The most important quality characteristic of a diamond is the cut, as it

Know your ring size, diamond shape, and metal preference - then don’t

impacts the brilliance, fire, and scintillation of the diamond. Even if the

be afraid to speak up! Traditionally, an engagement ring is a fun surprise.

color and clarity of the diamond are perfect, a poorly-cut stone will not

However, if your man knows your preferences, it will help tremendously

reflect back light and may cause the stone to appear dark and dull. On

in the decision-making process.

the other hand, having an excellent cut on a lower-quality stone can

Be bold and shop around! Engagement ring shopping should be fun.

visually bring out the sparkle and shine in an exciting and captivating

If you want a certified diamond, the best diamonds are certified by the

way. “Selecting a high-quality cut grade truly maximizes the beauty of

Gemological Institute of America (GIA). If you are not buying a certified

every diamond,” says David.

diamond, make sure you buy it from a reputable dealer. Compare local high-end jewelers to national chains. A good jeweler will be able to

CARAT Diamonds are measured in size by carats. David notes that “the average carat size for a center stone diamond on an engagement ring is about

accommodate any budget. Many times you will find that you get far more for your money from an independent jeweler than a chain store.

1.2 carats.” David Nelson is an appraiser at E. D. Marshall Jewelers in Scottsdale,

COLOR

Arizona. E. D. Marshall Jewelers is an independently owned, high-end

Another main quality to decide upon is the color of your diamond. The

jeweler specializing in diamonds, emeralds, sapphires, rubies, fine jewelry

ideal for a traditional diamond is colorless or white in appearance. With

manufacturing and design, as well as fine watches. More info about E. D.

engagement rings, the most common color selection for the center

Marshall Jewelers can be found at www.edmarshalljewelers.com.

diamond is F-H color. Pay close attention to how it looks in the setting. A diamond with a higher color grade necessitates a white gold or platinum mounting, so that the stone appears white.

CLARITY Oftentimes, diamonds have dirt or bubbles within them. These are called inclusions. Clarity gauges how free of inclusions a diamond is. “Keep in mind that the position of the inclusion and the cut of the diamond can greatly affect how visible an inclusion truly is,” adds David. Pick a diamond that is “eye clean” at a minimum.

Other: SHAPE Round diamonds are by far the most popular choice due to their incredible sparkle. The ever-popular princess cut is fit for royalty with its clean lines and enduring presence on engagement rings. Pick a style and shape that you are fond of and let your man know about it!

FIRE VS. BRILLIANCE These two terms are often mixed up. Fire refers to the colorful rainbow effect that some diamonds have in low-lighting. The more fire, the more sparkly and vibrant the diamond is. Brilliance refers to how well a diamond reflects light. A brilliant diamond will reflect light in the necessary places, but also block light in other areas. David notes, “Both of these elements work together to create scintillation, commonly known as a diamond’s sparkle.”

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REAL ARIZONA WEDDING

LORA & STEVEN DECEMBER 17, 2016 Photograpraphy By: Katrina and Andrew Photography

The Proposal

The Ceremony

The Reception

After meeting at work, Lora and Steve’s

With a short engagement, the couple felt a

The couple and guests danced the night

friendship quickly blossomed into a

little stressed to plan the perfect wedding.

away. Steve and Lora agreed dancing to

romance. During their relationship, the

“With help from my amazing mother, we

“Tennessee Whiskey” as their first dance

couple found a passion for hiking and

were able to get all the details lined up,”

as husband and wife was just perfect!

capturing the perfect sunset snap. On

Lora said. A highlight of the day was a

one of their evening hikes, Steve sneakily

special DVD Steve created for Lora to watch

shot a picture of the ring between the

prior to the ceremony. It was filled with “2

normal sunset images. He asked Lora to

second clips of wonderful moments shared

scroll through the images to see what she

between us over the last year, and I realized

thought. Without knowing, she flipped

that he cherished all those moments as

right past the ring picture, but when she

much as I did,” Lora remembered.

looked up Steve was down on one knee with the sun setting in the background!


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Bridal Beauty Maximizing Your Inner and Outer Beauty TEXT BY: Jenzi Langley PHOTOGRAPHY BY: Katrina & Andrew Photography

EVERY BRIDE KNOWS HER WEDDING DAY IS A ONCE-IN-A-LIFETIME EVENT. From hair, to makeup, to skincare, the bridal beauty regimen can be tricky and confusing. That’s why we asked the top beauty stylists and artists in Arizona to help simplify your bridal needs. They also pointed out other things to consider, such as whether or not the wedding will be indoors, what your natural hair type is like, and what to include in your day-of beauty emergency kit. Whether you’re going for an all-out glamorous look or want something that’s more natural, these experts are on standby to offer you their best tips, tricks, and beauty secrets to having a flawless look on your big day.

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to do is cut and color accordingly. Rolf from

tips of their hair only if they have dry, curly

The Arizona weather is something that

Rolfs Salon advises brides to color their hair

hair advises Denise Tanigawa from Vidogi

every bride needs to take into account on

one to two weeks before the wedding and

Salon & Boutique. Otherwise, Denise cautions

their wedding day. In order to beat the heat,

to cut it three weeks before the big day. “It’ll

to “not use any hair products, because that

Pooja Mehta from Makiaj Beauty suggests

look perfect,” he says, noting the added days

will prevent the hairstylist from smoothly

to use an excellent primer and setting spray.

and weeks give the hair a fresh look. Rolf also

styling your hair.” This will help to ensure

“Primer is worn under the makeup to help

recommends getting a deep conditioning

the brides can get maximum volume for her

your makeup become sweat resistant, and

treatment a week before the wedding to give

bridal look.

setting spray is applied after completing

your hair some extra shine.

THE BEAUTY EXPERIENCE

the makeup to lock in the application,” says Pooja. As far as the look itself, Pooja advises,

BEAUTY TIMELINE

Being fully prepared for the big day can go

“While we are seeing a lot of metallic

Having a beauty timeline will help keep every

a long way to ensuring brides have a great

shadows and ash tones coming back into

bride on track. Start prepping the skin 6-12

time. Lidia Win from Bridal4theWin offers her

style, we do want our brides to have that

months before the wedding with facials and

insight into having a positive bridal beauty

classic, timeless look.” Makeup done right

proper cleansing. Don’t do skin regimens too

experience. “I always tell my brides to prepare

will allow a bride’s natural beauty to shine

close to the ceremony, as this could lead to

a touch up kit for the big day,” says Lidia.

through on her wedding day and in pictures

breakouts or other reactions. Alicia Neal from

“Some items I suggest having on-hand are a lip

for years to come!

Beauty By Alicia advises to “consult with a

color, powder, and lash glue.” Lidia also added

professional to create a specialized timeline

that a good night’s beauty rest and using a

that will achieve your desired results.”

hydrating moisturizer the night before will go

CUT, COLOR, SHINE Brides need not to stress about their hair.

The day before the wedding, brides should

Once they settle on a bridal look, all that’s left

wash their hair and use conditioner on the

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BRIDAL A,B,C’S Allow for time. If you want a change to your look, do so at least six months (or more) before the big day. That way, if you don’t like it, you’ll still have time to find an agreeable solution. Balance your beauty routine. Once you get engaged, make sure you are spending the time and energy to replenish and rejuvenate your skin. Opting for water rather than soda and eating five different fruits & veggies everyday will help from the inside out. Wearing sunscreen on a regular basis and getting facials will work to protect your skin from damage or breakouts. Cuticles and nails count. Apply almond or avocado oil to your cuticles to strengthen and moisturize them. Keep your nails fresh by choosing a manicure style you love for the big day. No matter your mani preference, remember that your hands and nails will be photographed quite a bit on the wedding day.

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Arizona Weddings’ Fitness Expert, Samantha Kozuch, Shows How To Get In Shape for Your Big Day! TEXT BY: Samantha Kozuch - SamanthaKozuch.com PHOTOGRAPHY BY: Mark C Hanson – markchanson.com

Whether you just got engaged, are in the middle of picking out a venue and booking vendors, or are only weeks away from the big day, chances are you’re planning to amp up your fitness before you head down the aisle. I haven’t been a bride… yet… but I’ve helped many brides-to-be and bridesmaids shape up and get ready for their big day. Between venue walk-throughs, dress fittings, and florist appointments; you will be busy (after all, weddings don’t plan themselves), so I’m here to help you. This 20 minute at-home routine will help you slim down and tone up before the big day. So grab a pair of dumbbells (if you don’t have any they’re a great investment to help accelerate your results) and do the following workout 2-3 times a week. Before you start each workout, I recommend 15-30 minutes of cardio, which can be walking or jogging around the block or on a treadmill to get warmed up and burn extra calories. By implementing this workout along with making healthy eating choices, you will feel more than confident on your wedding day when all eyes are on you!

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Photography takes an instant out of time, altering life by holding it still. ~DOROTHEA LANGE

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LISA & CHASE JANUARY 21, 2017 Photograpraphy By: DePoy Studios

The Proposal

The Ceremony

The Reception

After dating for more than 4 years, Chase

Lisa described the couple’s wedding

As the day faded to night, Chase recalled

popped the question to Lisa on the top of

planning process. “We did it like we do

his favorite part of the reception as

Camelback Mountain in an ode to their

everything; together as a team. We both

“getting to introduce someone I’ve loved

first date hiking Sabino Canyon in Tucson.

were equally excited and invested in the

for over 5 years as my wife to all my

Instead of the typical ring box, Chase

planning experience.” The highlight of the

family and friends.” The pair enjoyed

presented Lisa with four boxes, each filled

day for both Chase and Lisa was seeing

chatting with relatives and friends before

with a special gift including tickets to their

each other for the first time. Teary-eyed

retreating to the resort’s bar for a few

favorite comedy show, a temporary tattoo

and filled with joy, the couple loved

late night drinks with friends. After the big

and a promise of a new kitten!

exchanging their vows sealing them as

day, the couple jetted off to a two week

husband and wife.

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Venue: The Scottsdale Resort at McCormick Ranch / Photography: DePoy Studios / Catering: The Scottsdale Resort at McCormick Ranch Wedding Cake: The Scottsdale Resort at McCormick Ranch / Guest Accommodations: The Scottsdale Resort at McCormick Ranch Wedding Night Accommodations: The Scottsdale Resort at McCormick Ranch BRIDAL GOWN BOUTIQUE: Maggie Sottero Aracella from Schaffer’s Bridal / BRIDESMAIDS DRESSES: Jenny Yoo Mira from Nordstrom FORMALWEAR: / Joseph A. Bank and TheBlackTux.com / INVITATIONS: DIY by the bride / FLOWERS: Tiffany Dinbokowitz / MUSIC/ENTERTAINMENT: Oscar Betancourth OFFICIANT: Rich Stoffan / HAIR: Beauty by Erica / MAKEUP: Beauty by Erica / HONEYMOON: Europe excursion

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Evoking Emotion The Art of Storytelling Through Photography

PHOTO THIS PAGE: Katrina & Andrew Photography

TEXT BY: Ben & Kelly Koller and Katrina Wallace & Andrew Mejia

MOST BRIDES WE KNOW HAVE BEEN THINKING ABOUT THEIR wedding their entire lives. What will it look like? Where will it be? What will the dress be like? We’d be willing to bet that shortly after you became engaged, you hit Pinterest and Instagram to started looking for wedding day inspiration. For example, this magazine is filled with hundreds of pages of beautiful details; from flowers, to stunning dresses, to styled themes. There is so much to take in, and it can be easy to get lost in the overwhelming “look” of it all.

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So much of the wedding process focuses on what the day looks like, but what about the experience of the wedding day? There is more to your wedding than photos of pretty details and beautiful portraits. What about how you felt when you put your dress on and the excitement your bridesmaids and family had in seeing you in your dress? What about how you felt when your dad saw you for the first time and he started to cry? How you felt when your groom kissed you and your family cheered? There are so many emotions felt and moments shared on a wedding day. These experiences are uniquely you and are not just a checklist of items to be photographed. As storytelling photographers, we’re more like visual-biographers or documentarians, than we are traditional wedding photographers. Of course, we know that the details you planned for your wedding are important, and we happily photograph those for you to remember what your day looked like. But, the reason you hire a documentary style photographer is so we can document your visual story to help you remember what your day felt like. When you look at your wedding album in 10 years, what story do you want your photos to tell? Long after the trends in decor, floral and dresses have changed, the timeless images of meaningful emotion filled moments will remain. Here are a few tips to make sure your photos not only show what your wedding looked like but how it felt to be there, too.

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1. VISION. Find vendors that fully understand and support you wanting your wedding day to be a celebration and not a choreographed photo shoot. A good photographer and planner will work together to create a schedule that is not back-to-back with posed portraits but allows time for the day to breathe. Scheduling time ALL PHOTOS ON SPREAD: Ben & Kelly Photography

enables moments to happen. When you are not rushed life happens. Love happens.

2. STORY. Be sure to see full weddings from the photographers you are interviewing.

While

websites are a great start, they tend to show the best-of-the-best images.

Seeing a

wedding from beginning to end will give you more insight into the photographer’s ability to tell the story of a wedding day.

3. FOCUS. If the majority of the images on a blog post or image gallery are of details, and expected pictures like the first kiss and portraits, it is an indication of what the photographer values most and spends the most time photographing. You want a photographer who can capture both the details and not miss the unscripted moments.

4. TRUST. Once you find a photographer, and vendors, that support your vision for a wedding day full of celebration, authenticity and life, trust them and feel free to be wonderfully lost in all the amazing moments of your wedding day surrounded by everyone you hold dearest to your heart. Laughter, joy, anticipation, excitement, and love, all those feelings are expressed on a wedding day and you’ll have the team that enables you to experience a wedding day in a way that’s uniquely you. #AZWEDDINGS ARIZONAWEDDINGS.COM

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how you want to remember your wedding day. Do you want to see your wedding photos and remember back to back posed photos doing what your photographers were asking you to do? Or, would you prefer to see the love, happiness, and moments you shared and remember how your wedding day truly felt. Plan for all the feels! We thought it would be valuable to reach out to some of our past couples and ask them about some of their favorite images, and what those images mean to them. This way you can see first hand the importance of real moments that are well documented.

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Is a documentary style of photography right for you? It depends on


LEIGH AND CHRIS “This image makes us think about the day we officially became a family. Sharing this moment with our family and close friends brought so much joy to our wedding.”

ALL PHOTOS THIS PAGE: Katrina & Andrew Photography

LAUREN AND GARY “I remember getting emotional around this time when I first peeked out and saw Gary because he looked so handsome and seeing how much fun he and his groomsmen were having just filled me with overwhelming happiness. The candid nature of the pictures makes it so easy for the both of us to actually picture the moment in our heads as it plays out.”

JENNIFER AND DEAN “I know that every girl wants to feel beautiful on her wedding day, and this moment is what made me feel that way. Seeing Dean’s reaction during our first look made me emotional because he NEVER cries. I had lots of thoughts running through my head leading up to that moment: would he like my dress? Would I look the way he imagined I would? Etc. But all of the tension and stress leading up to that moment disappeared once he turned around...”


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KATIE & COLTON NOVEMBER 19, 2016 Photograpraphy By: Ben and Kelly Photography

The Proposal

The Ceremony

The Reception

Katie and Colton’s family were good

The couple wanted their wedding to be a

One big party is the best way to describe

friends for many years, but the couple

fun celebration of their new life together.

Katie and Colton’s reception. Everyone

themselves never met. After finally

“My Dad had spent the last 3-4 months in

had a blast and the food was incredibly

connecting, the pair hit it off immediately!

and out of the hospital,” said Katie. “It was

prepared. “At the end of the night, the

Later that year, Colton and Katie took

a really tough time for him and our entire

wedding planner told us it was time

a leisurely walk on a golf course. When

family. Seeing him waiting for me was one

to leave, and we begged for 10 more

they got to the 15th hole, Colton shared

of those moments that will be engrained

minutes!” remarked Katie.

heart-shaped notes with all the reasons

in my heart forever.” Katie’s family friend

he loved Katie. The last note read, “When

Larry married the couple on the lawn under

you know. You know.” He immediately got

the blue Arizona sky.

down on one knee and proposed!


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Photography: Ben & Kelly Photography / Formalwear: Celebrity Tux & Tails VENUE: Paradise Valley Country Club / BRIDAL GOWN BOUTIQUE: Martina Liana from Mariée Bridal / BRIDESMAIDS DRESSES: Nordstrom WEDDING PLANNER: BTS Event Management / INVITATIONS: Posh Invitations / FLOWERS: AZ Flower Bar / MENU/CATERING: Paradise Valley Country Club MUSIC/ENTERTAINMENT: Justin from SKM Entertainment / WEDDING CAKE: Paradise Valley Country Club / VIDEOGRAPHY: Serendipity Cinema / OFFICIANT: Larry Anderson JEWELRY: Wesley’s Jewelry / SHOES: Stuart Weitzman / HAIR: Eric Jimenez / MAKEUP: Eric Jimenez / FAVORS: See’s Candy / RENTALS: Paradise Valley Country Club GUEST ACCOMMODATIONS: Sanctuary on Camelback Mountain and Gainey Suites Hotel / WEDDING NIGHT ACCOMMODATIONS: Sanctuary on Camelback Mountain HONEYMOON: St. Regis and Four Seasons in Punta Mita / LIGHTING: SKM Entertainment

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JANICE & TIM MARCH 12, 2016 Photograpraphy By: Minson Weddings

The Proposal

The Ceremony

The Reception

After dating just under a year, Tim knew

The couple was married in a lavish,

A live band set the stage for a romantic

he wanted to propose to Janice. During

backyard wedding surrounded by friends

and fun reception filled with dancing and

a summer trip to Europe, Tim decided

and family. A stunning pergola covered

delicious food. Tim stole the show by

to pop the question in the city of love,

in thousands of white blooms acted as

serenading Janice with his own rendition

Paris. Unbeknownst to Janice, Tim hired

the focal point and altar. One of Janice’s

of Marvin Gaye’s “Let’s Get It On.” After

a local photographer to capture the exact

favorite parts of the day was walking out

the big day, the pair retreated for a

moment with the iconic Eiffel Tower in

over the pool to meet Tim and finally

quick staycation in Scottsdale, until Tim

the background. As they walked by the

become husband and wife.

surprised Janice with a honeymoon to

Eiffel Tower, Tim got down on one knee, pronounced his love to Janice, who happily accepted!

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Photography: Minson Weddings / Bridal Gown Boutique: Uptown Bridal & Boutique Wedding Night Accommodations: Four Seasons Scottsdale at Troon North VENUE: Couple’s backyard / BRIDESMAIDS DRESSES: David’s Bridal / FORMALWEAR: Men’s Wearhouse / WEDDING PLANNER: Steve Norton / INVITATIONS: Posh Invitations FLOWERS: Juliet Le Fleur / MENU/CATERING: Main Course Catering / MUSIC/ENTERTAINMENT: Outside the Line / DESSERTS: Main Course Catering OFFICIANT: Personal friend, Doug Gray / JEWELRY: London Gold / HAIR: Rachelle Sheffield / MAKEUP: Lindsey Benay / HONEYMOON: Costa Rica

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LAUREN & SHAWN NOVEMBER 13, 2016 Photograpraphy By: Steph Wahlig

The Proposal

The Ceremony

The Reception

After meeting at a volleyball tournament

Lauren and Shawn decided to elope in

After the ceremony, the crew headed to a

in Rocky Point, Mexico, Lauren and Shawn

Sedona surrounded by their closest friends

local dive bar for celebratory drinks. They

became friends and eventually started

and two pups. They found the perfect spot

eventually made their way back to their

dating a year later. Lauren and Shawn

to exchange vows in Red Rock State Park

lodging for a family dinner, drinks and

returned to Rocky Point with a group of

overlooking Bell Rock. Two of their closest

toasts.

friends to play in the same tournament

friends officiated the wedding adding to the

the pair initially met at. They had a blast

intimate and personal feel of the whole day.

hanging out with the friends, playing

Lauren remarked that “we joke about how

volleyball and soaking up the sun. On

everything that weekend was just perfect,

the last day, Shawn kept insisting they

even the imperfections were perfect.”

stay for just a few more minutes. When he finally got up, he surprised Lauren by instead dropping to one knee to propose! “I think I blacked out a little! Everything he said was so sweet. It was a complete surprise!” Lauren remembered.


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Photography: Steph Wahlig / Videography: Jenny of Steph Wahlig CEREMONY SITE: Red Rock State Park / RECEPTION SITE: Rented House in Sedona / BRIDAL GOWN BOUTIQUE: Lulus.com BRIDESMAIDS DRESSES: Lulus.com / FORMALWEAR: Nordstrom / FLOWERS: Petals and Lucy / OFFICIANT: Russ Salzman, Christin Salzman SHOES: Jessica Simpson / MAKEUP: Babydoll Weddings / HONEYMOON: Spain

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ASHTON & LEVI AUGUST 6, 2016 Photograpraphy By: Love My Life Photography

The Proposal

The Ceremony

The Reception

While waiting tables in Spingerville,

With the help of her mother, Ashton

Wooden picnic tables were adorned with

Arizona Ashton noticed a handsome

planned the perfect intimate, country

burlap runners and mason jars filled with

guy coming in more regularly. Finally

wedding. While the last month was stressful,

baby’s breath under the blue Arizona sky.

Levi worked up the courage to approach

all the pieces fell together perfectly. The

Heading into the rustic red barn, guests

Ashton and ask her on a date. After three

pair tied the knot at a private residence

enjoyed sweet drinks and assorted mini

years of dating, Levi proposed to Ashton

in front of family and friends. Ashton

cupcakes. Later on the couple made their

on Valentine’s Day!

remembered her favorite moment was

escape in a decorated pickup truck.

“seeing his face when I was walking down the aisle.” She looked stunning in a beaded sweetheart gown, while Levi was the epitome of country chic in dark denim, boots and a vest.


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Photography: Love My Life Photography CEREMONY & RECEPTION SITE: Jean and Jerry Ray’s house WEDDING CAKE: Carol’s Creations / HAIR: All Dolled Up / MAKEUP: Chelsea Slade

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BRITT & JASON MAY 13, 2016 Photograpraphy By: Jane in the Woods

The Proposal

The Ceremony

The Reception

Britt and Jason decided to tour Arizona

Arizona’s Sonoran desert in the peak of

“Seeing our reception area for the first

together to see some of the famous

springtime was the inspiration played out

time was a literal dream come true,”

sights. While visiting Lake Powell, the

by the couple for their Sedona wedding.

remarked the bride. Layered florals, exotic

couple took a walk out on the dock before

Deep purples, sage greens and golden

fruits, and decadent candles brought the

dinner. Britt was in awe of the sunset and

yellows danced together to create a

couple’s vision to life. The rich colors and

started to take a panoramic photo on her

serene environment. Mutual friend Andrea

textures intertwined to make the whole

phone. As she did, Jason pulled out the

performed the beautiful ceremony for the

space come alive with celebration. When

ring and waited for her to see it. “It took

couple. “She has known us both since the

the DJ played the theme song from “New

me a few moments,” said Britt. “When it

beginning,” mentioned Brit. “So her words

York, New York,” someone start a kickline

didn’t register, he got down on one knee

came from a place of love and friendship.”

and everyone joined in!

and asked me to marry him.”


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Photography: Jane in the Woods / Mini-moon Accommodations: The Hermosa Inn VENUE: Tlaquepaque Arts & Crafts Village, Sedona / BRIDAL GOWN BOUTIQUE: Rosa Clara Soft from Lovely Bride, NYC / BRIDESMAIDS DRESSES: Vera Wang for David’s Bridal FORMALWEAR: Suit Supply / WEDDING PLANNER: Laura Marolakos from Heart of Sedona Weddings / INVITATIONS: Ellie Clayman / FLOWERS: Mountain High Flowers MENU/CATERING: Red’s Catering / MUSIC/ENTERTAINMENT: DJ Bobby Russell of Sedona Sounds / WEDDING CAKE: Sedona Cake Couture / OFFICIANT: Andrea Praet VEIL: Untamed Petals by Amanda Judge / JEWELRY: Doyle & Doyle / SHOES: Giorgio Armani / HAIR: Sedona Beauty Team / MAKEUP: Sedona Beauty Team / RENTALS: Verve Events & Tents GUEST ACCOMMODATIONS: Sedona Rouge Hotel / WEDDING NIGHT ACCOMMODATIONS: Sedona Rouge Hotel / HONEYMOON: The Belmond Maroma, Riviera Maya

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PAIGE & JONATHAN SEPTEMBER 24, 2016 Photograpraphy By: Ashley Rae Photography

The Proposal

The Ceremony

The Reception

After meeting in college, Jon and Paige

The pair together were deeply involved

“After the ceremony, we had a moment

reconnected when Paige moved to Los

in the entire planning process. Some of

between the two of us where we got

Angeles after graduation. Fast forward

Jon’s favorite moments included their

to practice our first dance alone on

three years, Jon surprised Paige in

engagement shoot on Mt. Lemmon,

the deck,” Paige remembered as one

Howard Hughes’ old airplane hangar with

designing their invitations, and taking dance

of her favorite moments of the day.

an aisle made of paper airplanes. At the

lessons for their first dance. Set against the

Guests enjoyed cocktails on a gorgeous

end of the aisle, Jon was waiting with

stunning red rocks of Sedona, the couple

lawn, before the couple made their big

a projector that played a video of their

exchanged vows in a lighthearted and

entrance and finally got to show off their

entire relationship. Paige momentarily

uplifting ceremony. The bride made many

dance moves! Everyone danced the

blacked out but quickly regained her

of the wedding details, which added to the

night away before the couple made their

composure and said yes!

personal feel of the day.

escape under a cascade of sparklers.


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Photography: Ashley Rae Photography / Flowers: Noir Floral & Styling Bridesmaids Dresses: Hayley Paige Occasions from Bella Bridesmaids VENUE: L’auberge de Sedona, Arizona / BRIDAL GOWN: Wtoo by Watters from Bella Lily Bridal / FORMALWEAR: Ralph Lauren / WEDDING PLANNER: Events by Danielle INVITATIONS: DIY by couple / MENU/CATERING: L’auberge de Sedona / MUSIC/ENTERTAINMENT: Immaculate Concepcion Entertainment / WEDDING CAKE: L’Auberge de Sedona VIDEOGRAPHY: Something New Media / OFFICIANT: Brian Nelson / VEIL: Bella Lily Bridal / JEWELRY: BHLDN / SHOES: BHLDN / HAIR: Anthony Kyhn, Salon Red MAKEUP: Heather Harrison / FAVORS: DIY by couple / GUEST ACCOMMODATIONS: L’Auberge de Sedona and Orchard Inn WEDDING NIGHT ACCOMMODATIONS: Orchard Inn / HONEYMOON: St. Lucia, Sandals Grande St. Lucia

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ERIN & SCOTT SEPTEMBER 24, 2016 Photograpraphy By: Katrina and Andrew Photography

The Proposal

The Ceremony

The Reception

Erin and Scott’s meeting can only be

The couple celebrated with a traditional

Guests and the couple hit the dance floor

described as serendipitous. On the urging

Jewish ceremony. “It was really important

and started the Hora with Erin and Scott

of family, the pair reluctantly set off to a

to me that we went through the same

being held up in chairs together. “I loved

football watch party at a mutual friend’s

rituals as my family members before

Scott playing the guitar and me signing

apartment. Little did they know, they

me,” Erin said. In Jewish tradition, the

with the band,” recalled Erin as her final

were about to meet their future spouses!

couple signed the Ketubah in an intimate,

two highlights from the night.

After almost a year of dating, the couple

meaningful ceremony prior to the wedding

went on their first big trip together to

ceremony. “I loved having my Grandfather’s

Europe. While in Paris, Scott planned the

tallit wrapped around us for the ceremony,

perfect surprise proposal at the Garden

and my Grandmother’s engagement ring

de Tuileries with a hidden photographer

on my finger, it made me feel like they were

to capture the special moment!

with us on our special day,” remembered Erin.


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CECIA & GIBRAN JANUARY 28, 2017 Photograpraphy By: Innovative Photos

The Proposal

The Ceremony

The Reception

A few years ago, Cecia and Gibran

The couple’s romantic, traditional ceremony

Pink, peach, and white florals decorated

enjoyed a romantic yet traditional

held at a beautiful cathedral truly evokes a

the space. The couple’s first dance was a

Valentine’s Day date at a local restaurant.

sense of class and nostalgia. “Walking down

favorite moment for many, and proved

After dinner, the couple strolled through

the aisle with both of my parents,” was

to be the start of a fun reception. “The

downtown Tempe, soaking in the cool

Cecia’s highlight of the ceremony. She loved

fantastic music kept everyone dancing

night air. They stopped at a bench to take

seeing her fiance stand at the altar with his

until after midnight,” remembers Cecia.

in the surroundings, when Gibran went

parents waiting for her as well. Bridesmaids

silent for a few minutes. When he spoke,

and flower girls floated down the aisle in a

he nervously asked Cecia to marry him as

traditional procession; each one donning a

he pulled out a ring box and offered it to

sweet blush pink gown.

her. “I immediately began to tear up and just began shaking my head yes,” says Cecia.


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MARIA & ALEX JANUARY 1, 2017 Photograpraphy By: KolorPHX Photographic Co.

The Proposal

The Ceremony

The Reception

Alex planned a special off-road drive with

The day started off cold and rainy with dark

Surrounded by friends and family, Alex

Maria up to the Four Peaks Mountain

storm clouds rolling in. The couple was

and Maria danced the night away as

in the East Valley of Phoenix. The pair

forced to make the tough decision to move

guests enjoyed tasty bites of food and a

climbed to the top of a pile of boulders

the ceremony inside or risk it in the rain.

delicious dessert bar. Maria described it

and took in the vast expanse of the city.

They had dreamed about saying their vows

as “an amazing party with the people that

As they talked and soaked in the stunning

on the dock with the lake as a backdrop and

we love most in the world!”

setting, Alex pulled out a ring and Maria

decided to chance it. “As soon as we made

happily said yes!

the decision the rain stopped and the sun came out!” recalls Maria. “It was a beautiful moment.” With the sun streaming through the clouds, the couple was able to capture the perfect photos to remember the day for a lifetime.


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KAELYN & CHRIS MARCH 11TH, 2017 Photograpraphy By: Innovative Photos

The Proposal

The Ceremony

The Reception

Chris and KaeLyn started dating their

The couple tied the knot in a close knit

Guests enjoyed homemade barbecue and

senior year of high school and have

ceremony surrounded by friends and

cake before hitting the dance floor! As

been inseparable ever since. For Chris’s

family. “One thing is for certain that without

the night winded down, the couple made

birthday, the pair took a trip to Prescott,

my amazing family and all of our friends

their escape to a romantic honeymoon

Ariz. They rowed a small tin boat to the

who helped with our special day, none of it

suite in Phoenix. “They spread rose petals

middle of a lake and enjoyed the warm

would have been possible,” recalled KaeLyn.

all over the floor and leading to the bed

day. There in the boat, Chris carefully

From her dress to the decoratives, KaeLyn’s

where a heart was made out of rose

got down on one knee and proposed

grandmother handmade the majority of

petals, too. It was like nothing we had

to KaeLyn with her parent’s wedding

the wedding day details from big to small.

ever stayed in before, and it was perfect,”

ring made up of diamonds from her grandparents.

remembered KaeLyn.


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The most important part of the pursuit of happiness is choosing the right traveling partner. ~APHORISM


Destination Los Cabos Elegant Mediterranean architecture, imperial stone fountains and endless views of the Sea of Cortez make the Sheraton Hacienda Del Mar Golf & Spa Resort Los Cabos the perfect getaway for destination weddings and honeymooners alike. PHOTOGRAPHY BY: Sheraton Hacienda Del Mar Golf & Spa Resort Los Cabos

JUST A SHORT FLIGHT FROM PHOENIX AND CONVENIENTLY LOCATED ON THE SOUTHERN tip of the Baja Peninsula, moments from the towns of San José del Cabo and Cabo San Lucas, is the Sheraton Hacienda del Mar Golf and Spa Resort. Situated on 28 seaside acres with a quaint seaside village atmosphere, elegant Mediterranean architecture and endless views of the Sea of Cortez, it’s perfect for a destination wedding or honeymoon getaway. The resort captures the feel of Old Mexico with colorful old world hacienda appeal with luxurious modern amenities.

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For couple’s looking to create the dream Mexico destination wedding,

that the area has to offer. Just 7 miles from the resort is Marina Cabo San

the resort’s wedding specialist José Pineda can help you plan the perfect

Lucas where you can take a sailboat cruise to Playa del Amor (Lover’s

event. Whether you want to wed in the resort’s romantic chapel, on the

Beach), the point at which the Pacific Ocean meets the Sea of Cortez.

private Toruga Beach or an ocean front terrace, José will help you with

This area features dramatic water-carved rock formations, hidden coves

all the details. For those wanting a romantic honeymoon location the

and beautiful beaches, not to mention amazing coastline. After your

property offers immaculate guest rooms with private balconies and

cruise, grab something to eat and check out all the shops on the marina.

beautiful grounds, lush gardens and cobblestone paths, perfect for

Another local destination that is well worth the journey is a trip to

intimate romantic walks.

Flora Farms, a ten-acre organic farm in the foothills of the Sierra de la

The property also offers many different recreational areas and

Laguna Mountains in San Jose del Cabo. The grounds are beautiful and

variety of restaurants and bars. There are five swimming pools each with

Flora’s Field Kitchen offers delicious, healthy homemade food using farm

a different vibe. The restaurants and bars offer unbelievably delicious

fresh ingredients.

and creative dishes and cocktails; including the Five Star Diamond award

Whether you’re looking for a romantic honeymoon or the perfect

winning De Cortez Grill and Restaurant and Tomatoes Restaurant with

Mexican destination wedding, Sheraton Hacienda del Mar Golf &

a fabulous breakfast buffet and stunning views of the ocean. For the

Spa Resort Los Cabos is one our top choices. With more amenities

tequila lover, there’s Bar La Suete which serves over 100 different brands

than we can mention, you can find out more about the property at:

of tequila. There’s truly something for everyone.

www.sheratonhaciendadelmar.com.

While staying at the resort, we recommend venturing out to enjoy all

Sheraton Hacienda Del Mar Golf & Spa Resort Los Cabos at a Glance LOCATION: Located at the southern tip of Baja Peninsula, six miles from downtown Cabo San Lucas ACCOMMODATIONS: Featuring traditional Mexican décor, the resort offers 270 spacious guest rooms including 31 suites with private terraces overlooking the Sea of Cortez, lush gardens and the Cabo del Sol golf course.

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WEDDINGS: Both indoor and outdoor spaces are available, including an on site chapel. Wedding specialist José Pineda will help couples plan their dream wedding. DINNING: A mouthwatering array of restaurants, lounges and 24-hour room service and the only resort in Los Cobas to feature two Five Star Diamond award winning restaurant.

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POOLS: Four pools, one offers oceanfront infinity pool. SPA: European-style Cactus Spa and Fitness Center offers a peaceful sanctuary for guests to indulge their bodies and soul. CONTACT/RESERVATIONS:

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Escape to Puerto Vallarta Rejuvenate Yourself at Hard Rock Hotel Vallarta TEXT BY: Vanessa Davis PHOTOGRAPHY PROVIDED BY: Hard Rock Hotel Vallarta

WITH NEAR PERFECT WEATHER ALL YEAR ROUND, AND A SHORT FLIGHT FROM PHOENIX, Puerto Vallarta, Mexico is the ideal getaway spot for Arizona couples. Whether you’re thinking of a pre-wedding weekend celebration, a destination wedding venue or a honeymoon spot, the Hard Rock Hotel Vallarta is the perfect close-to-home location. Recently, Arizona Weddings had a chance to visit the newly refreshed Hard Rock Hotel Vallarta to enjoy the opening of the property’s signature Rock Spa.

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With breathtaking, beachfront vistas of the Pacific Ocean, the resort

massage in its own private room is a must! Recharge and kiss the

combines adventure and relaxation all in one place. With all-inclusive

wedding planning stress goodbye as your body is taken to the next level

amenities, everything you need from delicious dining to outdoor activities

of bliss by the hands of professional therapists.

to relaxing spa retreats is at your fingertips. Tantalize your tastebuds at

If you are looking for a jaw dropping, destination wedding location

one of the resort’s six restaurants featuring cuisines from around the

then look no further than the Hard Rock Hotel Vallarta. The resort has

world, or order in with 24-hour room service. Catch some rays at one

teamed up with celebrity event designer Colin Cowie to provide you with

of the resort’s two expansive pools, or enjoy a refreshing cocktail at the

one-of-a-kind, top-notch service to make planning your dream wedding

swim up bar. Get your heart pumping with a bike ride around the resort

a breeze! The resort pairs each couple with a WOW Specialist to ensure

grounds, or make new friends with a pick-up game of volleyball.

no detail is overlooked. Say “I do” in the oceanfront gazebo or right on

Looking for a slower pace? Indulge yourself in a day of pampering

the beach with the Bay of Banderas as your ceremony backdrop. After

at the Rock Spa, one of the top spa resorts in Puerto Vallarta. If you

the vows, retreat to one of the resort’s many reception venues to indulge

are enjoying a pre-wedding girls getaway, be sure to book the Relaxing

on fine dining and dancing.

Massage paired with the Rejuvenating Antioxidant Facial to ensure your

Whether you are looking for a girls weekend getaway, dream

skin is glowing for your big day! From body treatments, wraps, facials,

destination wedding or relaxing honeymoon escape, the Hard Rock Hotel

manicures and pedicures, there is something for everyone at the Rock

Vallarta has something for every occasion!

Spa. If you and your groom are enjoying your honeymoon, the couple’s

Hard Rock Hotel Vallarta at a Glance LOCATION: Located on the serene Riviera Nayarit, an almost 200-mile stretch of pristine beaches, in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico. ACCOMMODATIONS: 348 iconic guest rooms and a variety of ocean-view suites. HONEYMOON: The resort offers three one-of-akind honeymoon experiences.

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FOUR POINTS BY SHERATON PHOENIX NORTH......................................................................98

KATRINA & ANDREW PHOTOGRAPHY..........................................................................................335

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FOUR SEASONS RESORT AT TROON NORTH.................................................................................1

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ASHLEY RAE PHOTOGRAPHY..............................................................................................................331

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SUZANNE’S BRIDAL BOUTIQUE.........................................................................................................216

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CILENTO PHOTOGRAPHY........................................................................................................................323

UPTOWN BRIDAL & BOUTIQUE...........................................................................................................243

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DEPOY STUDIOS...............................................................................................................................298, 299

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SHERATON CRESCENT HOTEL............................................................................................................103

INNOVATIVE PHOTOS.................................................................................................................................339

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SHERATON GRAND PHOENIX..................................................................................................................51

JANE IN THE WOODS.................................................................................................................................327

ARIZONA BRIDAL SHOW..........................................................................................................................131

THE MCCORMICK SCOTTSDALE............................................................................................................97

KATRINA & ANDREW PHOTOGRAPHY..........................................................................................335

PHOENIX BRIDAL SHOW..........................................................................................................................130

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KOLORPHX PHOTOGRAPHIC CO........................................................................................................331

THE MARRY MART........................................................................................................................................135

THE SAGUARO....................................................................................................................................................91

LE BOUDOIR STUDIO..................................................................................................................................339

THE SCOTTSDALE RESORT AT MCCORMICK RANCH........................................................4, 5

LOVE MY LIFE PHOTOGRAPHY...........................................................................................................323

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WINDEMERE HOTEL & CONFERENCE CENTER..........................................................................83

CATERING & BAR SERVICE

REHEARSAL DINNER HONEYMOON & DESTINATION

J&G STEAKHOUSE AT THE PHOENICIAN....................................................................................123

FAT FREDDY’S CATERING.........................................................................................................................209

BAHIA RESORTS.............................................................................................................................................357

OLD TOWN TORTILLA FACTORY.........................................................................................................121

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HATCHET CAYE RESORT..........................................................................................................................353

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PARTY PEOPLE................................................................................................................................................195

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2501 North 7th Street Phoenix, AZ 85006 602.795.5122 602.930.3915 text us! bridalboutiqueofaz.com Appointments preferred available online

Sizes from 2-24 Gowns from $800-$5,000 Financing Available Answers in minutes

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TO YOUR BevMo! takes the stress out of beverage planning. Your local personal event specialist will offer assistance, private consultation and expert advice. With our world-class selection of wine, beer & spirits, it’s easy to create a memorable reception on any budget.

RECEPTION PREP IN 3 EASY STEPS:

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Register Online

Your Local Beverage Planner Will Contact You

Place Your Order & Relax

COMPLIMENTARY SERVICES INCLUDE • Beverage Planning & Pairing

• Private

In-Store Tastings*

• Signature

Cocktail & Spirits Menu

• Free Delivery Over $500

• Drink Calculator

*Must be 21 and over to attend. 5¢ tasting fee applies in California.

TO REGISTER, PLEASE VISIT BEVMO.COM/WEDDINGS

& YOUR LOCAL BEVMO BEVERAGE PLANNER WILL CONTACT YOU.

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