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Romantic Hindu + Gujarati Arizona Wedding Film

Truth be told? This Big Day shared by Luminance Wedding Films had me tearing up as soon as I pressed play. Uniting two hearts as one, their wedding proved to be a significant celebration that paid tribute to tradition. It’s one of those love stories (and vows!) that’ll surely have you shedding a few happy tears. Share in the joy and press play for more!


From Luminance Wedding FilmsNirali and Robert are two souls that were meant to be together from day one. Not only were they born in the same hospital, but they were in the same music recitals as well. It was a relationship that would begin to blossom many, many years later. Robert’s proposal to Nirali took place at the Musical Instrument Museum in Scottsdale, where he played the grand piano and sang her favorite song, re-writing the last verse to ask for her hand in marriage. Some of those verses he incorporated into his vows, which you can hear in their wedding film. Robert and Nirali have so much respect, deep love and the most endearing fun. Each time they were together, they were dancing and having their own little party for two. This couple is truly all about having fun and living an adventures life. Having come from two completely different cultural backgrounds, Nirali and Rob never let these differences deter them. In fact, it was the most significant part of their wedding day. As the best man said it, quite well, “Mr. & Mrs. Markham, thank you for showing us all how two completely different worlds can come together and make one beautiful life.” And beautiful it is!

The Wedding was just as beautiful too. From the dark walnut Mandap to the gold painted bells which hung above the lovely couple this Hindu wedding was breath taking. The couple was married at the Sheraton Wild Horse Pass Resort under the stars of the warm, November Arizona sky. The ceremony began in the late afternoon with the traditional Bridegroom Processional of the Barat and concluded with a dark starry sky behind them and white billowing smoke from the sacred fire in front of them.

The Vidhi and Mendhi party were just as colorful as the ceremony. Nirali, giggled as she was covered in the cold Tumeric paste, a tradition Hindu brides undergo for that beautiful bridal glow. The Sangeet took place in the home of the brides family where guests mingled, ate and had a wonderful time watching and dancing with two belly dancers, who were a surprise to both the bride and groom. Needless to say, this wedding was one of beauty, grandeur, heart and lots of love! Congratulations to this lovely couple!

Photography: Imagine Photo | Floral Design: Garden Of Roses | Cake: Let Them Eat Cake | Hair And Makeup: Babydoll Salon | DJ: DJ Adhi | Venue: Sheraton Wild Horse Pass Resort And Spa | Editing: Sarah Kanafani Of Luminance Wedding Films | Horse Provided By: KCs Classic Carriage | Vidhi, Mendhi & Sangeet Photographer: Tara Nichole Photography

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Southwest Inspired Rehearsal Dinner at The Historic El Chorro Lodge

Margaritas and merriment are the ultimate pairing and this rehearsal dinner shot by Brushfire Photography has got me wishing for another round. With Victoria Canada Weddings And Events behind the scenes crafting every colorful moment, the evening was complete with cinnamon churros and a Southwestern sunset. It’s a gallery worth toasting and you can see it all here!

From Victoria Canada Weddings & EventsA vibrant and festive rehearsal dinner was the perfect setting for an LA couple getting married in Phoenix, Arizona. Michelle, a Native Arizonian along with her Groom, wanted to highlight the desert elements they both loved. Both Bride and Groom attended the University of Arizona but met and fell in love in Los Angeles. The Bride and Groom envisioned a fun but sophisticated party to kick off an epic wedding weekend. Victoria Canada of Victoria Canada Weddings and Events worked together with the Mother of the Bride- a talented interior designer to develop the perfect palette.

Guests enjoyed cocktails with the breathtaking view of Camelback Mountain at the Historic El Chorro Lodge- nestled in the exclusive Paradise Valley area. Sipping Prickly Pear margaritas or for the more daring guests-Jalepeno Infused Margaritas as a Spanish guitarist entertained them was quite the welcome. Guests picked up their escort cards that were based off the traditional Mexican Fiesta Banners and ate a family style dinner in the intimate courtyard. Bistro Lights strung overhead lent a romantic glow. Mixing the beautiful patterned linen from La Tavola with colorful custom Serape Runners Victoria Canada Commissioned were the perfect backdrop for the colorful potted flowers.

The dinner was held in the grass courtyard, part of the original 1930’s structure at El Chorro. Green chili Enchiladas, Short Ribs and Tamales were topped off with Traditional Mexican Wedding Cookies and Cinnamon Churros. Toasts abound. Margaritas and Mexican Beers raised to toast the bride and groom- the perfect kick off fiesta!

Photography: Brushfire Photography | Cinematography: Vortex | Event Design: Victoria Canada Weddings & Events | Event Planning: Victoria Canada Weddings & Events | Floral Design: Petal Pushers | Venue: El Chorro Lodge | Linen Rentals: La Tavola Linen | Paper Goods: Celebrations In Paper | Rentals: Victoria Canada Weddings & Events

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Glamorous Desert-Inspired Scottsdale Wedding

Take one seriously drop-dead gorgeous Bride, add a dash of glamour with shimmering champagne sequins and a touch of rustic with local desert cacti, infuse with the prettiest blush pink florals and ‘maids dresses, and you have the perfect recipe for these stunning rustic and glamorous desert “I Do’s,” captured by Charity Maurer Photography. Take a peek at all the pretty in the full gallery here!


From The Bride…Bradley and I wanted our day to be a reflection of us, our relationship and a celebration full of life, love, and laughter. The Arizona desert is where we fell in love, where we live and where we eventually want to start a family, so it felt like the right place to promise our forevers. The first venue we visited was Sassi in Scottsdale, and we immediately knew it was the spot for us. We chose a Saturday less than six months away so we had to prioritize our planning. I partnered with the incredibly talented Chelsi Lemons of Two Lemons in Love, who helped me craft my vision. We went with a light, romantic palate including blush, cream and champagne tones. By keeping our colors soft, we had room to incorporate some glistening golds and sparkles without losing the sweetness of it all. I love mixing styles and textures so it’s difficult to label our day with a particular theme. We had glitz and glam but also some rustic charm and vintage touches. I gave Chelsi a lot of creative control over the details, and when I walked through the venue the day of our wedding, I was amazed!

Everything was perfect- better than I could have imagined! We chose an eclectic mix of vases and candles to adorn the tables; the fountain courtyard was lined with lanterns and bright bulb lights were strung overhead which gave it a warm glow. Our hand-watercolored menus and handwritten escort cards were personal touches noticed by our guests. Our sweetheart table was Pinterest perfection, complete with a eucalyptus swag and loveseat-a special place for Bradley and me to connect between all the dancing and visiting. There were so many amazing moments of the day that I will remember forever. When Charity took us off for sunset romance pictures, we had a moment to ourselves and could hear all of our guests celebrating in the background; it was surreal seeing so many of our favorite people from all facets of our lives, celebrating together throughout the weekend. I will always cherish our personalized vows and I loved when Bradley surprised me with a serenade at the reception. The night ended with a sparkler send off and a kiss. Our motorized chariot whisked us off into wedded bliss… Our most special day was everything that we hoped it would be and more!

Photography: Charity Maurer Photgraphy | Videographer: Sadie Such Films | Wedding Dress: Lillian Lottie Couture | Cake: Let Them Eat Cake | Make Up: Beauty By Erica | Hair: All Done Up! | DJ: Ray the DJ | Venue: Sassi Weddings | Floral & Event Design: Two Lemons In Love

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Romantic & Intimate Foodie Wedding Inspiration

Foodie brides everywhere, get ready to feed your wedding appetite with this gorgeous inspiration shoot from Elyse Hall Photography. Inspired by Arizona’s newest wedding venue, The Chef’s Kitchen & Herb Garden at Omni Scottsdale Resort, the vendors behind this beauty worked together to showcase the intimate space with a lush tablescape, gorgeous linens from La Tavola and romantic, organic florals. Satisfy your daily wedding cravings here.


From Elyse Hall PhotographyThe Montelucia is one of the most enchanting and lovely destinations in Arizona to have a wedding! Recently they debuted a new wedding and event venue called Chef’s Kitchen. The concept behind this lovely new event space is to provide a location for intimate romantic weddings that reflect an organic and natural feel. This is appropriately named Chefs Kitchen, as all of the herbs and utensils used by the in-house Chef come straight from his personal kitchen and herb garden. During the design process, the resort also drew inspiration from the great Julia Child – whose kitchen aesthetic was demonstrative and accessible – with refined French undertones and accents. Guests truly receive a one-of-a-kind experience when in this space.

Showcasing this new venue was truly an honor for all of the collaborators involved. We wanted to accent the French/Provence theme in the design and decor. We started by placing a long rustic wood table in the kitchen, with European-inspired cross back chairs. Cart Blanche draped it with a beautiful lush garland that spanned then entire table with the most perfect white garden rose arrangements and different greenery flowing out of the garland. It was so dreamy, especially the candles interwoven with the garland. To bring in the natural French vibe, gorgeous blue china was used atop the table with mis-matching patterns. Each setting was accented with gorgeous chargers, glassware and flatware from EventRents. Creating a paper menu that reflected our French vision paired with the wood signage and foliage was a perfect combination. We also used blue glass stemware, which was a perfect touch. Across the room, the Chef’s butcher block counter top was covered in an array of delicious cheeses, meats and desserts- showcasing the amazing cuisine the resort has to offer.

Right away we knew we wanted an amazing cake that looked delicious and natural. We opted for a “naked” or lightly frosted cake, which lent itself to our organic overall feeling. As always, Ruze Cake House did a spectacular job in their execution. The Large white flowers, olive leaves and fresh berries as well as the large warmly lit candles helped to create a romantic vibe. The ‘Best Day Ever’ cake topper by Page & Mason Invitations was a perfect touch.

One of our favorite components is the Hydration Station. Being in the Valley of the Sun, this amenity is so necessary at every wedding. This is a design element that is fun to play around with – with endless options to bring in clever ideas. We wanted to stay within our organic vibe and go for variations of fresh lemonade and water with different natural additives like lemon and mint. The rich blue and green floral La Tavola linen was the perfect piece to pull this vignette together.

The ceremony site was enchanting and romantic. The perfectly paired garland and roses felt like an arch straight out of a French garden. Exactly what we wanted. The view of our famous Camelback Mountain was a perfect blend to top off the lovely shoot.

Our Models could not have been more perfect! The bride’s hombre hair was flawlessly done in loose curls and pulled half way up. I love the way the headpiece sat on the edge of her crown. The long billowy cathedral veil was such a gorgeous addition. The lace dress had a French organic feeling we were all in love with. Paired with a black tux and bow tie for the perfect look.

Photography : Elyse Hall Photography | Event Design: Imoni Events | Floral Design: Carte Blanche Design | Wedding Dress: Mariee Bridal | Cake: Ruze Cake House | Makeup: Sarah Sanmarco | Hair: Ruca Bowmen | Tux: Mr. Formal | Venue: Omni Scottsdale Resort & Spa At Montelucia | Cake Topper: Page And Mason Collections | Furniture Rental: Event Rents | Linens: La Tavola | Paper: Vee Creative | Ribbon: Silk and Willow | Wood signage: Page & Mason Collections

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SMP Blogger Bride Rose + Flower Crown DIY

Hi Brides! Its Ali from A Dash Of Details here again with a little Flower Crown DIY. In the midst of all the wedding planning craziness, it’s always nice to take some time out and spend it with your girlfriends.The week leading up to the wedding can be stressful, so we took a few hours, drank a little rosé, and learned how to make flower crowns from our resident expert, Mandi from Butterfly Petals .

An assortment of flowers and greenery
Flower Shears
Twigs or Floral Wire
Flower Glue

Step 1 | Bring out the wine, set the table and add some fun tunes. Mandi brought over a wide selection of beautiful blooms (my personal favorite, the Juliette rose, included). I set the table with a white table cloth from La Tavola Linens and some great modern glasses from Crate and Barrel. Thankfully the clear vases full of flowers were the perfect centerpiece for our little get together.

Step 2 | Mandi showed us how to make the base of the flower crown. Instead of using floral wire,we used twigs. Not only does it give a rustic feel but it is much easier, and takes half the time as using floral wire. Take each end of the twigs and start twisting. Once they are wrapped together, fit to your head and then twist the ends to make a circle. Cut the excess with flower shears and tuck in the ends together.

Step 3 | Pick your color scheme.

Step 4 | Take your first flower and apply a generous amount of glue to the twig base. Let it dry for a moment (perfect time to sip your drink) and then apply your first flower onto the twigs. Tip: Make sure to use your flower shears to cut the flower so there is a flush base. The glue will hold better on a flat surface.

Step 5 |  Add a cluster of flowers, or however you want your design to look. Too add greenery, my favorite is circle eucalyptus, take some flower glue and twist the greenery between the flowers and twigs.

Step 6 | Have fun and be sure to laugh! You can never mess up when it comes to flower crowns.

Photography: Elyse Hall Photography | Styling: A Dash Of Details | Event Planning: Imoni Events | Floral Design: Butterfly Petals | Venue: Private Residence | Ali's Dress: Revolve | Ali's Jewelry:: Gorjana | Linens: La Tavola

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