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Do You Dream of a Perfect Sunset at Your Destination Wedding?

Not many people really wish for rain on their wedding day (although it can be equally as dreamy!). But a perfect sunset? Always a welcomed guest. With a dramatic desert landscape in Phoenix, rich florals from Carte Blanche Design and one seriously gorgeous duo, this destination fete features a golden hour like no other. Want more sun-soaked goodness? See it all captured by Rachel Solomon in The Vault!

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From the Bride… Ryan and I began as colleagues, quickly became friends and not long after that, became an office romance. Since the day we became more than just friends we have almost not spent one day apart. We work in the entertainment industry and get to support each other in our work and come home to each other at night. We quickly built our own traditions – including spending the holidays with one another’s families. On Christmas Eve of 2015, Ryan proposed and the next day we began dreaming up our ideal wedding. I was never the girl who grew up dreaming about my wedding, so once I got engaged I had no secret bridal manual to whip out and pull plans from. We started from scratch. What we did know was that we wanted the wedding to reflect us as a couple and exude FUN! I grew up in Arizona, Ryan is originally from Chicago, and we both have been living in Los Angeles for many years. We quickly realized that the majority of our guests weren’t familiar with the dramatic desert landscape that we love so much. Hosting our wedding in Arizona felt like an easily accessible location that would be a destination to most of our guests and we knew it was an incredible place to have a good time.

Once we decided on the location, our biggest priority was to feature the spectacular sunsets you can only find in Arizona. We almost immediately locked in the Sanctuary Camelback Resort as our venue. We loved that it is an iconic property in the Phoenix area that sits on the renowned Camelback Mountain and has views that can’t be beat. Further, it is nestled a few hundred feet away from where I attended elementary school, giving it a beautiful sense of nostalgia. We chose a luxurious and dramatic palette of oxblood, blush, green, and ivory to enhance the natural colors of the desert and honor the fall season. We then selected velvet fabrics, brass metals and tons of candlelight to infuse romance and warmth into the black tie optional affair.

Upon arrival, our guests were greeted by the sounds of a string quartet playing some of our favorite modern love songs. The aisle was lined with floral-adorned lanterns leading to a magnificent view of the valley. I chose an elegant, structured, crisp white Vera Wang gown and Ryan was suited up in a gorgeous midnight blue Burberry tuxedo. Through tears, we read the vows we wrote for one another and honored our parents by including them in part of the ceremony. Following the ceremony, guests were invited to enjoy cocktails, passed hors d’oeuvres and – in another attempt to honor the southwestern ambiance – the sounds of a Spanish guitarist. All under a stunning Arizona sunset, something most of our guests were seeing for the very first time.

The formal plated dinner consisted of an Heirloom Tomato and Burrata Salad, Hunan Braised Short Ribs and Chinese Crusted Mustard Salmon. We also offered wedding cake and a dessert bar full of our favorite sweets: chocolate truffles, chocolate dipped strawberries, éclairs, fresh fruit tarts, and mini mousse cakes. And, since I’m such a pizza lover, we provided each guest with a personal pizza at the end of the night. After dinner, the party got rowdy and guests were bouncing between the high energy dance floor and the hilariously entertaining photobooth – which resulted in all sorts of props and costumes on the dancefloor! Post reception, we moved the party to the hotel bar and shut it down with our closest friends and family before retiring to our honeymoon suite for the night – which had been decorated with candles, flower pedals, champagne and gifts by our best friends.

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Photography: Rachel Solomon Photography | Videography: Amore Films | Event Planning: Ashley Gain Weddings and Events | Floral Design: Carte Blanche Design | Gown: Vera Wang | Cake: Classic Cakes And Confections | Invitations: Goodheart Design | Reception Venue: Sanctuary on Camelback | Shoes: Badgley Mischka | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Jenny Yoo | Makeup: Michael Franco | Hair: Joey's Hair Couture | DJ: Desert House Productions | Groom's Attire: Burberry | Groomsmen Attire: Calvin Klein | Calligraphy & Signage: Autumn Matney | Day of Paper: Song & Pen | Linens: La Tavola Fine Linen Rental | Photo Booth: The Live Photobooth | Strings: Sweetwater Strings

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Looking for the perfect Houston venue? We found it.

Guys, we know finding the right venue for your Big Day isn’t always easy.  We’ve been there, done that. So when it comes to choosing the perfect locale that is drop-dead gorgeous AND filled with amenities that will make your life that much easier, trust usThe St. Regis Houston is IT. Think of it as a little slice of wedding heaven with everything you’ll EVER need for your dream day. We promise.

The perfect mix of traditional and modern, The St. Regis Houston is located smack-dab in the heart of the city’s vibrant epicenter, which means a wedding that is convenient AND fun with a never-ending list of awesome perks that will seriously wow you AND your guests. I’m talking over 13,900 square feet of event space, curated signature menus with fresh + local ingredients and a seriously skilled Event Specialist who will walk with you step by step throughout the entire process. Not to mention the crazy cool traditions that each St. Regis address is sooo well-known for, like fresh flowers, afternoon tea and midnight supper events. It’s like a vacation of a lifetime meets a wedding you never dreamed could happen. I mean, it doesn’t get much better than that.

Whether you are hosting an intimate soiree for 10 of your nearest and dearest or 400 of your closest friends and family, contact your very own Event Specialist at the St. Regis for a celebration that is luxurious, sophisticated AND fun.

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Don’t forget that when you select The St. Regis Houston as your wedding destination you’ll receive special rewards and bonus Starpoints® which you can apply towards honeymoon nights. Earn up to 100,000 bonus Starpoints® by contacting a Wedding Specialist at (713) 840-7600 or request more information here.

Saturday Morning Movie: Chic + Modern Ritz-Carlton Wedding

You know those couples that just always seem to be loving life? Can you imagine how much fun they had at their own wedding? Well, imagine no more. Black Sheep Filmworks captured all the excitement and joy live for Aja and Jason during their Ritz-Carlton wedding, where laughter, chic decor and even fireworks couldn’t steal the show from these two. Be inspired by their love with this clip below!

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From Black Sheep Filmworks“We are excited about our fireworks show! Room drapes, lounge, macaroons, designer tux, TWO dresses, Jimmy Choo shoes, cufflinks, watches, Man Crates, and Kate Spade gifts, the cigar bar, signature cocktail, afterglow menu, hip-hop violinist, and DJ Felli-Fel, but most of all… WE ARE GETTING MARRIED!!!”….These were a few of the many things that Aja and Jason were excited about as they filled in their wedding questionnaire prior to their ahhmazing Ritz-Carlton Dove Mountain Wedding fête! They wanted nothing more than to spoil their guests with delicious food, great music and cocktails as they celebrated their new life as husband and wife. Striking, modern design graced everything from the invitations, to the lounge decor, to the macaroon boxes, in hues of black, white and silver. Hip-hop violinist, Josh Vietti, played during the ceremony and cocktail hour, much to the guests’ delight. DJ Felli-Fel emceed the reception, and the dance floor was packed! Aja appeared in her second gorgeous gown during the grand entrance to rousing applause. Tucson experienced a tremendous thunderstorm during the reception, but the skies cleared for a bit, and not even Mother Nature was going to put a damper on the fireworks show. Aja and Jason stood in the rain, under a Ritz-Carlton umbrella, as the sky filled with color. Guests enjoyed an afterglow party, with late night bites, and celebrated into the wee hours. Modern, sophisticated and rather magical…Cheers to the Greers!

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Photography: Justine Miller Photography | Cinematography: Black Sheep Filmworks | Event Design: Atelier De LaFleur | Floral Design: Atelier De LaFleur | Wedding Dress: Gigi Bridal | Invitations: Brie Dumais Designs | Hair + Makeup: I Do Hair & Makeup Artistry | DJ: DJ Felli Fel | Ceremony Music: Josh Vietti | Venue: The Ritz-Carlton Dove Mountain

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