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Colorful Desert Inspiration Shoot

There are inspiration shoots, and then there is this bundle of desert romance captured by Daniel Kim Photography, a lush florals meets vibrant colors masterpiece.  It’s the kind of shoot reserved for only the prettiest of details with sophisticated stylings from Ayofemi Creative Studio, gorgeous blooms from Carte Blanche Design and a whole lot of sunshine.  See it all here


From Daniel Kim Photography… The inspiration for this shoot came from the venue which features beautiful mission style architecture and an amazing desert backdrop. When people think desert, they think of dirt, rocks, and sand with brown and tan colors. We wanted to draw our color palette from the flowers and fruits that grow from the native cactus and plants, such as saguaro and prickly pear pink fruits, mint greens from agave and barrel cacti. Our florist Randi of Carte Blanche Design created the prettiest centerpiece, bouquet and hairpiece using vibrant colors (blush, light pink, and magenta) that complemented the season & surroundings which was filled with bougainvillea, olive trees, and desert plants.

Photography: Daniel Kim Photography | Styling: Ayofemi Creative Studio | Jewelry: Ashley Webber Jewelry | Female Model: Kyra Wennersten | Florals: Carte Blanche Design | Kimono: Urban Outfitters | Male Model: Kyle Kriesel | Venue: El Chorro

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A Glitter and Gifting Holiday Afternoon + recipe

Wrapping is a daunting task for me. It always starts out fun but about 3 presents in I’m ready to throw everything in a gift bag, slap on a bow and call it a day. But if that wrapping were taking place with my girlfriends, cocktails and donuts at our fingertips, I think I would be singing a new tune. Have a look at this glittering wrapping party crafted by La RickiHoot And Holler and photographed by The Birdie Girl plus a yummy cocktail recipe below! And for even more, check out our 2014 Holiday Mag.

From La Ricki… Our inspiration was to bring girlfriends together, at any time of day, enjoy each other’s company and the spirit of the season. They sipped the crisp apple bourbon cocktail in vintage coupe glasses to add elegance. Rollover Doughnuts offered the most precious and delicious treats that melted in your mouth! The treats paired perfectly as the girls cozied up on the sofa with warm lattes.We kept the colors neutral with colors of creams, blush, and mixing metallic metals with a few pops of green. Hoot and Holler added amazing beauty with their gorgeous arrangements in metallic vases that added to the holiday feel. We accessorized with glass bead and tassel jewelry by the lovely Henny and Coco. Antique trays fitted with rustic wood held the cocktails and our pretty wrapping ephemera.

As friends enjoyed their sips and sweets they created simple, elegant gift wrapping in a few different ways. We wrapped with glitter washi tape making simple designs, chalk pen hand-lettering on kraft wrapping paper. And for the final finishing touches we mixed in hand-lettered gift tags in white and blush paper, mini ornament baubles to add a little glimmer and white felt bows. What was also truly important to us in bringing everyone together was uniting community by shopping local with small businesses. Every gift that was wrapped is a local and handcrafted good made in Phoenix, AZ.

Crisp Apple Bourbon
prep time
10 Minute/s
cook time
total time
10 Minute/s
Serves 8Ingredients
  • 1/2 cup maple syrup
  • 1/4 cup diced peeled fresh ginger
  • 1 cup bourbon
  • 1/2 cup pear vodka
  • 1/2 teaspoon Angostura bitters
  • 2 cups brut-style (aka dry) sparkling apple cider
  • 8 thin apple slices (optional, for decor)
  1. Place all 3 ingredients in blender, on HIGH for 30 seconds. Cool and strain through sieve into bowl. Discard solids. Package syrup in decorative glass bottle.
  2. Combine 3 tablespoons maple mixture, bourbon pear vodka, and bitters in small pitcher. Add ice and stir 15 seconds. Strain 1/4 cup into each of 8 cocktail coupes. Top each glass with 1/4 cup cider. Garnish with apple slice, if desired. Serve immediately.

Photography: The Birdie Girl | Floral Design: Hoot And Holler | Accessories: Henny And Coco | Baker: Rollover Doughnuts | Coup And Tray Rental: Vintage Rusticity | Event Design + Planning: La Ricki | Gifts: Flora Apothecary | Gifts: Taylor Town Design Shop | Gifts: MAME Soy Candles | Gifts: Stapley Dolls | Invitations And Handlettering: Page And Mason | Pillows, Throw + Stags: Target

Rustic El Chorro Lodge Wedding

When A Day To Cherish is being the planning helm, pretty things happen my dears. Case in point? This gorgeous marrying of seersucker and hot coral, sprinkled with rustic elegance all over for a desert soiree at El Chorro Lodge. It’s an unexpected combo of styles that makes for one gorgeous array of images à la Pinkerton Photography.


From A Day To CherishJeff and Kacey’s wedding at El Chorro Lodge was a perfect reflection of the two of them. It was understated and elegant at the same time, a bit rustic and very Arizona. They said their vows under a beautiful birch arbor accented with peach and coral flowers and a stunning mountain backdrop. The groom and his men in their seersucker suits (and mismatched ties) were the perfect compliment to the bright coral of the bridesmaid dresses and showed off Jeff’s individual style perfectly. As the night wore on, guests enjoyed a spectacular dinner and were invited outside to dance under the stars while enjoying an array of cookies and their choice of gelato fresh from the cart. Guest left the evening with their own jar of Jeff and Kacey’s favorite chopped cherry jam, something that they enjoyed together on their first date.

Photography: Pinkerton Photography | Event Planning: A Day To Cherish | Florist: Petal Pusher | DJ: Citron Sound Entertainment | Cookies: Paradise Bakery | Gelato: Frost Gelato | Hair/Makeup: Kensington | Rentals: Classic Party Rentals | Restaurant/Venue: El Chorro Lodge | Table Runners: LaTavola Fine Linen Rentals

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