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Flagstaff Arizona Wedding ~ Vintage Trend Setters!

Happy Happy Happy ~ Anniversary to Cameron and Matt from all of us here at Style Me Pretty!

Cameron and Matt are celebrating their fourth wedding anniversary, today … and oh, my how their lives have changed! They now boast a family of two positively precious babies ~ Harper Jo just turned 6 months old and her big brother Owen is a little over 2 years old! Talk about precious!

You know how much we LOVE to feature our Little Black Book members’ own weddings and even though it’s been a few years, there’s no denying that Cameron and Matt were quite the trend-setters back in 2006! As a wedding photographer, herself, Cameron knew she wanted a themed wedding and wanted all of their guests to join in the fun.  So, from Cameron ~ of Cameron + Kelly Studios … a look back at her own fabulous wedding day!

images courtesy of lacour photography

We got married in Flagstaff, AZ June 17, 2006. We were delighted when our wedding was featured in Arizona Bride Magazine in early 2007. Since I’m a photographer… I knew I wanted a themed wedding. Matt and I had been to a great 70’s theme wedding in 2003 where all the guests were encouraged to dress up (and they did). We loved the idea of the guests fully participating in the theme, so we asked guests to dress up in 30-40’s Hollywood style.

Matt and I love the Arts and Crafts movement and at the time (2006) themed weddings seem to be found only in Martha Stewart’s magazines. People thought we were crazy and kept asking, “what are we supposed to wear?” — We reminded people to draw inspiration from movies of that era (Notorious, Suspicion, King Kong, Hell’s Angels, Casablanca, Citizen Kane,This Gun for Hire, Chinatown, Philadelphia Story and more… ) and asked them to pick a character and just do it!

Just seeing the look on Matt’s face as I came down ‘the aisle’ will live with me for a lifetime.  My florist, Events by Showstoppers, recommended that I carry my rose bouquet in my arms (like in a beauty pageant) because that’s how bride’s held their bouquets during that era! It was certainly fun to put our spin on the event and as a wedding photographer, I felt a lot of pressure to make it memorable. Seeing all my ideas come to life was made possible by hiring KD Event Designs who took care of all the little details that I dreamed up but didn’t know how to execute (one of which was having the ceremony in a circle vs. traditional).

Matt is a film buff and so this was his major contribution to the event. We found old movie posters, scanned them and had them mounted–they served as the table card names. I hand-cut with an exact-o knife all 100+ invitations and Matt created a wood cut (he’s an artist) that served as part of our save the date and invite. He also hand drew maps for our invite map. I really wanted to do letterpress invitations but at the time, I couldn’t find an affordable resource. I hand-lettered ALL the invitation addresses and papercrafts in a font I created that was similar to an arts and crafts font I found online.

We also knew we wanted a live band ~ they played 30-40’s themed music which everyone LOVED. We served a few signature cocktails that were popular during that era as well.

It was one of the best days of my life!

cameron and matt …. have a happy happy anniversary!

see their whole smp gallery here

photography: lacour, dress: monique lhuillier {destiny’s bride, scottsdale, cake: sedona cake couture, hair jewelry: paris tiaras & cake jewelry, event design/coordination: kd event designs, events by showstoppers, tents/rentals:tri rentals, catering: thornager’s catering, band/string quartet: local flagstaff musicians location: lower hart prairie off forest rd. 151 – permit through the us forest service, makeup: donna shoemaker, shoes: liz claiborne, veil: borrowed from a friend groom’s suit: j.crew invitations: diy – ideas, help and paper from about memories & more, calligraphy: diy -cameron made up the font herself, favors: 1/2 pound bags of coffee from local roaster-late for the train

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Arizona Wedding At Dancing Apache Ranch From cameron + kelly studios

Today’s featured Little Black Book members are cameron + kelly studios based in Flagstaff, Arizona. They sent us this absolutely lovely “backyard-styled” wedding that took place on 9.09.09 … along with some gorgeous “day after” shots …

Cameron Kelly Kristina Rob Arizona

We’re going to change things up a bit this week on the LBB Blog and let you see the rest of Kristina & Rob’s beautiful day at the Dancing Apache Ranch directly from the cameron + kelly studios websiteClick HERE for the SLIDE SHOW that is just overflowing with, as Abby would say … pure gorgeousness!

And for more details about the day, you can read a bit about it on their blog post ~ Click HERE for Kristina & Rob’s Wedding DayClick HERE for their Day After Shoot At Red Rocks.

Congratulations to Kristina & Rob and a HUGE  thank you to Cameron & Jamelle!

We’ll have lots of the images from this wedding loaded into our Photo Galleries for your Inspiration Boards a little later this week!

DIY Wedding in Arizona, III

Love, love, love everything about this wedding. It’s completely delicious with touches that are as effortless as they are completely lovely. The gorgeous bride also just happens to write the most adorable blog called August and After, where she’s documented much of her wedding and the planning that went into the day. Plus she includes a few great DIY projects like the centerpieces that she used for her own big day, so it’s definitely worth a trip!

DIY wedding in Arizona

photography by Sarah Neal Photography

More from the beautiful bride…

We did many things to create our wedding with a small budget of around $6,000, including creating our own centerpieces from scratch using mason jars with oil and pictures, old books, vintage maps, and bottles gathered from thrift stores. We also skipped dessert and instead got busy on the dance floor to our DJ, the iBook G4. My lovely ladies did my hair and makeup, and my maid of honor and I purchased our Nicole Miller dresses off of eBay. My hairpiece and bolero was from shops on Etsy and my shoes were actually ballroom dancing shoes, super comfortable for dancing all night! Our guest book was index cards strung up for people to write their wishes or words of wisdom and a “Wedding Tree” where they stamped their thumbprints as leaves.

DIY wedding in Arizona

photography by Sarah Neal Photography

Instead of using our caterer’s supplies we ordered eco friendly serving ware and were able to provide biodegradable cups, utensils, and plates! We skipped traditions we didn’t want to follow, and kept the ones that were important to us. My grandmother handmade a garter for me from my mother’s veil, and the women of my family created my bouquet complete with wheat stocks, feathers, and a bird! Our wedding was perfect for who we were, and how we wanted to start our long life of love and absolute dedication to each other. It was a day full of love, overwhelming love.

DIY wedding in Arizona

photography by Sarah Neal Photography

Thank you so very much to Cori and Evan for sharing their amazingly gorgeous day with us. We are a little bit more in love than we knew was possible, left dreaming of twinkle light dances and picture perfect details. We have more coming up for everyone in just a bit!

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