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A Wildly Romantic Wedding in the Arizona Desert

What began as a last-minute “plus one” to a wedding became a forever kind of love for Marian and Mark. And when they began planning their own big day, they knew showcasing the Arizona scenery was a top priority. A soft color palette and natural greens complemented the setting, and Rachel Solomon told the story of the day in stunning fashion.

From the bride… Mark and I met through my older brothers about 5 years ago, when he moved from the Bay Area to Arizona. We started dating about a year later when he needed a last minute plus-one to a friend’s wedding. My brothers thought that I might be able to suggest one of my friends as a suitable date, but I offered to go instead. I always thought Mark was fun, kind, and handsome – and there could be worse ways to spend a Saturday, right? We had an amazing time together, and the fun hasn’t stopped since then.

Mark proposed almost 3 years later, while we were hiking in beautiful Sedona, AZ. The love of the outdoors, especially the breathtaking Arizona scenery, has been a constant throughout our relationship, and it was the perfect spot to decide to spend the rest of our lives together.

As we began wedding planning, we knew that we wanted to showcase Arizona scenery – especially through the choice of venue. I think we knew the moment we stepped on the Casa Paloma lawn at El Chorro that we wanted to get married there. The venue features a stunning backdrop of Camelback Mountain and the property itself is simple, classic, rustic, and beautiful with wrap-around patios, fireplaces, and an open and airy event space.

The venue is stunning enough on its own, so we wanted the décor to be soft and natural with some rustic details. The florals from Sarah’s Garden featured natural bouquets and centerpieces in neutral whites, creams and blushes with pops of deeper pinks and peaches, surrounded by eucalyptus greenery. We also added some pops of color with rose quartz menus from Minted, paired with rosemary sprigs clipped from a friend’s garden that morning. The head table featured a long garland that complemented the greenery hung in the rafters of the event space.

Letters by Jennifer created stunning calligraphy for our custom signage, seating charts, and escort cards. We also featured some desert-inspired details in our cactus invitation suite, programs, and itineraries from Paperless Post and our custom logos from Snaptag Designs.

For my “something old” my mother created a ring bearer pillow and flower girl basket using lace from the bridesmaid’s dresses at her wedding. And my “something borrowed” was a turquoise bracelet that my grandfather gave to my aunt to wear on her wedding day.

We chose long, flowing, chiffon gowns in a pale blush from Dessy as the bridesmaids’ dresses. Paired with the silk ribbons from Frou Frou Chic, slightly moving in that day’s soft breeze, the bouquets were captured beautifully by Rachel Solomon Photography. Rachel and her team did an amazing job capturing all the moments and details from throughout the day.

And of course, the glue that held everything together was planning and coordination from Andrea Leslie and her team. We are so grateful for the outpouring of love and support from our friends and family and the hard work from this amazing team of vendors that created the best day of our lives!

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Photography: Rachel Solomon Photography | Videography: An Pham | Event Planning: Andrea Leslie Weddings | Floral Design: Sarah's Garden | Gown: Watters | Cake: Ruze Cake House | Invitations: Paperless Post | Reception Venue: El Chorro | Shoes: Ralph Lauren | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Dessy Group | Hair: Molly Bardon | Calligraphy: Letters by Jennifer | DJ: MT Sounds | Groom's Attire: The Black Tux | Bridesmaids Boutique: Bella Bridesmaid | Gown Boutique: BHLDN | Rentals: Glamour And Woods | Ribbon: Frou Frou Chic | Ring Box: The Mrs Box

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We Found the Most Scenic Locale for Your Aspen Wedding

Having an outdoor wedding in Aspen automatically comes with a side of crazy amazing views, but if you’re looking for breathtaking scenery that also happens to include Pyramid Peak and the Maroon Creek Valley, we found your spot in the Cliffhouse. Laid back and set against one of Colorado’s most scenic backdrops, it’s the type of place where saying “I do” is simply magical… and don’t even get us started on the food. Want to learn more? We’re teaming up with ASC Catering for a little rundown below.

Situated at the very tippy top of Buttermilk Mountain at the Summit Express Lift, the Cliffhouse is everything you’ve ever dreamed for you Big Day locale… and so much more. Which is no surprise, really, since anytime you partner up with ASC Catering, you’re in for a day that is perfect from start to finish with a talented team of professionals at the helm making sure every moment is just so. Think farm to table buffets, five-course dinners and certified kosher catering all prepared with sustainable, organic and local produce. Now add to that lineup of tasty goodness a venue like the Cliffhouse + awe-inspiring scenery and you AND your guests are in for the celebration of the century.

Can’t wait to tie the knot at the Cliffhouse surrounded by breathtaking views at every angle? We don’t blame you. Contact ASC Catering today to talk all things wedding and start planning that Aspen day of your dreams, yummy menu options totally included.

Ceremony Venue: Aspen Snowmass | Catering: ASC Catering

How to Choose the Perfect Island for Your Hawaiian Nuptials

Deciding to say “I do” in Hawaii is one of those no-brainer decisions that makes celebrating your nuptials in paradise oh-so-easy. But narrowing down which island to host your party of the century? That’s a little more difficult. Which is why we’re teaming up with SPG Hotels of Hawaii to help you make that decision of a lifetime. (Hint: They’re all amazing.) Scroll for the beautiful, beautiful deets.

BIG ISLAND WEDDINGS

Want to tie the knot on the Big Island? We don’t blame you. Especially when you see the breathtaking beauty that is the Sheraton Kona Resort & Spa at Keauhou Bay. Think endless ocean views, vibrant sunsets and an amazing selection of indoor and outdoor wedding venues that will take your celebration to the next level. (Seriously.) Plus, their talented team of Wedding Specialists will be on hand to walk you through their oh-so-awesome package options, enhancements, yummy menus… and more. This one’s a win-win, loves.

MAUI WEDDINGS

If you’ve ever been to Maui, you know that it’s an island that was basically made for marrying. We’re talking awe-inspiring views, acres of sandy beaches and sunshine at every. single. turn. Which is why we’re downright obsessed with the Sheraton Maui Resort & Spa, the Westin Maui Resort & Spa, Ka’anapali and the Westin Ka’anapali Ocean Resort Villas, three breathtaking resorts that will ensure that Big Day you’ve always dreamt of will most definitely happen. We couldn’t be more in love.

KAUAI WEDDINGS

Kauai is known for its stunning rainforests and raw, untouched beauty, so hosting your Big Day amongst its gorgeousness? Definitely a good decision. We’re all about the breathtaking views at Kauai’s coveted oceanfront resort destinations, like the St. Regis Princeville Resort, the Westin Princeville Ocean Resort Villas and the Sheraton Kauai. Think infinity pools, luxurious spas and a team of wedding pros that have your every want + need handled. Plus, you can celebrate your reception outdoors or in a glamorous ballroom. It doesn’t get better.

OAHU WEDDINGS

The iconic shores of Waikiki Beach aren’t just for soaking in the sun… saying “I do” in this gorgeous locale is most definitely a must. From the fab restaurants to the endless list of outdoor activities, you AND your guests are in for a vacation/wedding you will never forget. Our fave resorts? The Moana Surfrider, A Westin Resort & Spa, The Royal Hawaiian, a Luxury Collection Resort, the Sheraton Waikiki and the Sheraton Princess Kaiulani. Four seriously amazing resorts that know a thing or two about hosting your magical day. From the romantic venue choices to the totally knowledgeable wedding experts to the accommodations that will blow you away, they’ve got you sooo covered.

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Ready to start planning that wedding of a lifetime on the Hawaiian island of your choice? Contact SPG Hotels of Hawaii today to begin your journey to happily ever after. From the luxe accommodations to the endless activities to the breathtaking venue options, you won’t regret it for a single minute. And don’t forget that you can earn bonus Starpoints® when you host your wedding at participating SPG Hotels of Hawaii and apply your Starpoints® toward free honeymoon nights at SPG hotels and resorts in Hawaii, Paris, Bora Bora and more. We can’t wait to see which amazing resort you choose.