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Romantic Botanical Garden Wedding

Imagine two soooo in love sweeties, a fabulous backdrop like the Desert Botanical Garden and a whole host of amazing details and you’ll land squarely on this day captured by Keeping Focus Photography. Think true love meets a stunning locale meets one seriously pretty party. Head to The Vault for every moment, then check out the sweet film from Love Story Films below.


From the Bride… Kyle and I met nearly a decade ago on our very first day of server training at P.F. Changs. We instantly became best friends but there was an undeniable chemistry from the start. In fact, our manager used to separate us in sections across the restaurant because we couldn’t stop flirting! Our friendship grew even stronger (and so did our feelings for each other!) and we ultimately made the best decision of our lives to start dating. The rest is history – we’ve been madly in love ever since.

The love we have felt for each other was magnified on our wedding day. Words cannot express the love, happiness, joy, gratitude and excitement we felt that day – it was truly magical in every way. Of all the decisions I made throughout the wedding process (and there were many!), the easiest one of all was marrying him. In my heart, I know it is the best decision I will ever make in my life. 

From the beginning of the planning process, we knew more than anything we wanted our wedding to feel like “us”. The Desert Botanical Garden has always held a very special place in both our hearts, and we couldn’t imagine a more beautiful outdoor setting to welcome our guests to in Arizona. We loved the idea of carrying the Garden’s natural, organic beauty throughout the wedding. Guests walked through the entire Garden to reach our setting, with a beautiful mountain as our natural backdrop.

Prior to the ceremony, guests wrote their well wishes and words of advice on assorted floral postcards, to be read on our first anniversary. Programs had hand-drawn botanical florals to complement our invitation set, and included explanations of the symbolism and traditional elements featured throughout our ceremony. Special hand-drawn signage in turquoise frames let guests know to “Choose a Seat Not a Side, We Are All Family Once the Knot is Tied” and to help us capture our special day by hash tagging “Deb And Kyle Walk Down The Aisle.” Soft colored petals lined each side of the aisle. Kyle was escorted by his parents, followed by the groomsmen.  I walked down the aisle to Ellie Goulding’s “How Long Will I Love You”… with my eyes on my groom, whispering “I Love You” as I walked down, and the happiest tears in my eyes. The ceremony was one of the most emotional, beautiful, profound, authentic moments of our lives, followed by the breaking of the glass and guests shouting “Mazel Tov!” Pure joy came over us and then, the KISS! If I could bottle up the elation we felt in the moment as we walked down the aisle together as husband and wife, I would relive it every single day. 

Cocktail hour took place around the corner on Eliot Patio. We spent so much time throughout the planning process on every single detail. Fun cocktail hour details included the “Sippin’ and Noshin’” oversized chalkboard menu featuring the drinks and appetizer menu and prickly pear margaritas to tie-into Arizona. One of our favorite surprise wedding details was a “Deb and Kyle Walk Down The Aisle Sign” in gold letters stretched between two saguaro ribs, adorned with eucalyptus and garden roses. From the ribs, hung surprise polaroid place cards of all our guests featuring pictures of them throughout their lives – their favorite trip, engagement night, first home, high school glamour shot…so many special memories of our friends and family. We loved the idea that this would be a fun, interactive surprise for our guests that would get people talking and sharing pictures and memories. It was a huge hit!

Our reception took place on Ullman Terrace, with dinner and dancing underneath the stars. Guests were greeted by a second oversized chalkboard menu, which featured our family style menu. Tables were adorned with blue, green and turquoise stained vases and jars, all assorted shapes and sizes to bring out the Garden colors, and filled with soft colored flowers. Every napkin was a different, beautiful and fun pattern – from bright florals to whimsical paisley designs. Around the napkins were a personalized Thank You note for our guests on craft paper, and to the side our favor – a desert orange blossom lollipop with an edible flower and D+K tag. Gold mercury glass candles were placed on the tables and throughout the entire setting. Guests enjoyed the family-style menu, which was both fun and garden-inspired, incorporating fresh herbs and ingredients. We had our first dance as the sun set over the mountain to Ray Lamontagne’s “You Are The Best Thing”.

Following dinner was one of the most memorable moments – the traditional Hava Nagila dance, where guested lifted us in our chairs, while others danced around us in circles. Even our parents were lifted in the chairs! A beautiful, fun, celebratory moment for all and an incredible memory we will never forget! Throughout the evening, we had additional surprises in store for our guests. Our wedding cake featured a heart-shaped cactus topper – perfect for the Garden setting! We also had a vintage gelato cart come in for guests to enjoy! Guests could choose from six artisan gelato flavors for a fun and interactive treat. After hours of dancing, out came one of our favorite wedding surprises… a late night French Fry Bar! This was a huge hit, and again, something that felt very “us” as my friends know I love my french fries! 

We and our guests danced for hours among the twinkling tree lights and up-lit mountain, highlighting the cactus and desert flowers around us. Glowing luminarias lined the path for guests as they left.

Truly, we could not have imagined a more perfect, magical day full of so much love. The details were important to us, but equally important was the overall vision, knowing we wanted to have the greatest celebration that felt authentic to us and our relationship. One quote that stayed with us throughout the entire wedding planning process was “I want a marriage more beautiful than my wedding.” Our wedding day beautiful, and now we are excited to embark on a beautiful life together as husband and wife. 

Photography: Keeping Focus Photography | Cinematography: Love Story Films | Coordination: Phoenix Busy Brides | Floral Design: Butterfly Petals | Cake: Ruze Cake House | Invitations: Ali Makes Things | Catering: Santa Barbara Catering | Makeup: Aisha White | Hair: Maggie Hancock | DJ: Ramsey Bergeron | Officiant: Rabbi Bonnie Keller | Venue: Desert Botanical Garden | Bridal Boutique: Uptown Bridal | Chalkboard Sign Lettering: Joy Culture Events | Gelato: Frost Gelato

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What’s your idea of the perfect date? For this couple it was April 25 (and not only because of their Miss Congeniality reference), but because it was a date graced with one mouthwatering breakfast buffet, plenty of pastel accents, and wildly elegant blooms. Rachel Solomon was on hand to capture their darling “I do” and you can see the entire day unfold in the gallery!

From the beautiful Bride… David and I met in 2006 through mutual friends, out at a bar on Thanksgiving weekend, while we were students at Arizona State University. Before we dated, we were just friends, and we would all hang out with each other every weekend. We started dating in February 2007, and our relationship has only gotten more fun and full of love since. I moved to San Diego in 2009 to attend law school, and David lived in Scottsdale while I was there. We would see each other at least once a month, usually twice, when either he would come visit me and take me away from the stress of school, or I would come home and spend time with him and my family. I was so excited to finish school and move back in 2012. We adopted our dog, Pigeon, shortly thereafter; we then bought a home in Phoenix together in March 2013. In July of that year, I came home from work one day to find a trail of pink roses leading to our backyard, my favorite champagne chilling on the patio, “Somewhere Over the Rainbow” by Israel Kamakawiwo’Ole playing, Pigeon with a little white box tied to her collar, and David wearing the shirt he wore on our first date. He got down on one knee, untied the box from Pigeon’s collar, and asked me to marry him in the sweetest way. Of course I said yes!

I knew I wanted a spring wedding, and I also knew that I would make most of the details myself, so we decided to have a long engagement and get married in 2015. Before any other details were decided, I chose our photographer, Rachel Solomon, because I absolutely fell head over heels in love with her work. David and I are not very serious people, we laugh a lot, and try to be as lighthearted about life as possible. Rachel’s work captures natural, joyful moments so beautifully, and that was what was important to us.

We wanted a venue in Phoenix that was outdoors, very natural, but not too desert-y, which is not easy to find. The moment we got to The Farm at South Mountain, we fell in love. We booked a weekend in April when both The Farm and Rachel were available. We were lucky enough to set a date of April 25, which as the film Miss Congeniality tells us is “the perfect date,” because “it’s not too hot, not too cold, and all you need is a light jacket.”

The Farm is such a beautiful space that I knew a lot of decorations were not needed. The area we chose is called “The Canopy in the Grove” which is a perfect description of the space: there are tall, full, pecan trees in every direction of the grove, wrapped with small, white twinkle lights and strung together by big, round bistro lights. There is a natural flagstone patio that we used as a dance floor, which was directly in front of our lovely ivy-covered bar. I wanted a garden party feeling – nothing too formal, but a bit more formal than a backyard BBQ. I started collecting decorative birdcages while I was acquiring materials for decorations, including the mason jar flower vases used in our ceremony, as well as the moss-covered flower girl baskets.

I created all of the chalkboard signage, including our big chalkboard displaying our “Breakfast for Dinner” menu. David and I have always enjoyed breakfast more than any other meal; when we go out to celebrate a milestone, we usually go out for brunch. We wanted a memorable meal that reflected our personalities, and have yet to meet someone who didn’t love having breakfast for dinner. We worked with Santa Barbara Catering Co. to come up with a fantastic breakfast buffet for dinner, including breakfast-themed hors d’oeuvres.

I love the combination of gray and pink, so I played with various shades of gray in the bridesmaid and groomsmen attire, and added various pastel accents to the florals and decor, with an emphasis on pink and blush shades. My coworker Elisa Owen owns an Etsy shop, LetsWearDresses, which specializes in bachelorette party flair and customized paper party decor. We worked together to design and create all of the paper goods at the wedding, including the pennant flag table numbers & escort cards, the ceremony programs, and “Merci” banner for our gift table. She also helped me come up with our chicken wire escort card display frames, which David and I made together. It was such an awesome experience to design and create professional decor myself, and make a new best friend through the wedding planning process! Elisa helped me create the exact vision I had, which made my wedding so perfect.

I worked with my florist, Karen Bever of Boka Event Florals, to create very organic and natural flower arrangements that would play up the natural decor. She used a lot of greenery to help create wild, lush looks. I wanted a bouquet that looked like I had walked through an enchanted garden and picked myself. She created beautiful reception and ceremony florals, including a breathtaking display she had secured in the pecan tree under which we held our ceremony.

Angela Saban of Angel Cakes Bakery created the most beautiful dessert table I have ever seen. I cannot eat gluten, and the entire table of cake pops, cupcakes, macarons, and our beautiful bourbon butter pecan wedding cake, were gluten free. None of the guests knew until after we told them. Angela’s creations were as delicious as they were beautiful, and her dessert table was definitely a scene-stealer!

The day could not have been possible without Kelly Bernardi, my day-of coordinator whom I met years ago through a mutual friend. She met with me several times before the wedding to ensure that she understood my exact vision, and she totally did understand. I like to be in control a lot of the time, and I had no qualms about leaving everything in her hands so that I could completely enjoy my wedding day. She made my vision come to life, as did all of my amazing vendors. We were lucky enough to work with an amazing team that knew exactly what we had envisioned for our wedding day. We will always look back on that day as the most perfect way to start the rest of our lives together.

Photography: Rachel Solomon Photography | Floral Design: Boka Event Florals | Wedding Dress: Mikaella Bridal | Cake: Angel Cakes Bakery | Invitations: Minted | Shoes: Kate Spade | Rings: Schmitt Jewelers | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Dessy | Catering: Santa Barbara Catering | Makeup: Lauren Reid | Hair: Brian Baze, Gossamer Salon | DJ: Infinity Entertainment | Groom's Attire: Jos. A. Bank | Venue: The Farm At South Mountain | Bridal Boutique: Almond Tree | Bridesmaid Robes: Silk and More | Custom Stamps for Invitations: Mollie Meeks | Event Day-Of Coordination: Kelly Bernardi | Film Lab: The FIND Lab | Paper Goods: Let's Wear Dresses | Signage: Bride | Veil: Paloma Blanca

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“Fly Me to the Moon” Arizona Wedding Inspiration

Chock full of stellar details like “moon rocks” atop the escort cards and dessert table, a custom altar with a sweet crescent moon cutout, and adorable, intergalactic invitations printed with “I love you to the moon and back,” this inspiration shoot from Daniel Kim Photography is out of this world! Take a peek at the full gallery, and be inspired to feel your love sail among the stars — to infinity and beyond.


From Tremaine Ranch… We love the idea of inspiration shoots. It is amazing to see all different vendors work together on creating something magical! When trying to come up with a unique concept; something that hasn’t been done before, Leah Theodosis with Tremaine Ranch decided to try to take inspiration from music. It all started with the romantic song “Fly Me to the Moon”. This is such a popular song that many people are familiar with. We knew there would be some sort of current way we could bring this song to life, visually. This song was originally written in 1954 by Bart Howard. It has made its rounds through many famous singers, including, Peggy Lee, Dean Martin and Nat King Cole.

We also wanted to incorporate many popular items that are slowly but beautifully popping up into the wedding & event styling world. Imagine industrial furniture, natural elements, crystals (moon rocks… if you will), hand painted backdrops and whimsical wardrobe with a 1920s -1940s vintage glam feel. Our color palette included deep tones of violet & blue hues, that were inspired by the agate pieces used on our table setting. Agate is prized for its extraordinary stripes of vivid color, which were a perfect contrast to the airy esthetic of film. We also used many pieces of amethyst in our decor. Jenn with Mignonne Handmade is a local Phoenix designer, who creates beautiful one of a kind head pieces. The pieces used incorporated crystals & amethyst, which completely tied our theme together.

We used The Icehouse in downtown Phoenix as our venue of choice. The warehouse style with the open ceiling was the perfect location for our day. It has a rich meld of refined elegance with industrial edge. Daniel Kim used the natural lighting to take beautiful film photographs throughout our shoot. Erica Marr created such a soft, elegant & vintage film that tastefully captures the day of our shoot. Using a version of “Fly Me to the Moon” as the music for the video, we couldn’t have imagined a more perfect film to showcase all of the hard work behind this concept.

Photography: Daniel Kim Photography | Videography: Erica Marr Films | Floral Design: Garden Gate Flowers | Makeup: Sandy Goldstein | Hair: Amy Freudenberg | Wedding Venue: The Icehouse | Bench Rentals, Cake Table, Custom Moon Backdrop & Alter: Tremaine Ranch | Cake & Macarons: Ruze Cake House | Concept & Styling: Leah Theodosis with Tremaine Ranch | Day of Assistant: Bekah Odgear with Tremaine Ranch | Paper Goods: Tiffany Egbert | Table & Chair Rentals: Native Events | Wedding Dress & Hair Accessories: Mignonne Handmade

Rustic Elegant Wedding at The Secret Garden

The aptly named Secret Garden needs to duplicate itself all over the country because I have a feeling I’m not the only person to fall immediately in love with it. Add in this Bride’s beautiful vision of simple elegance and abundant flowers by Sarah’s Garden, and I’m head over heels. With shades of red and pink taking center stage, I’m pinning Brittany Mahood’s pics over and over again; see it all right here!


From Brittany Mahood Photography… Brad and Bekah planned their wedding long distance as they are both missionaries working both within the States and internationally.

Stunning in it’s simplicity, Bekah planned a beautifully curated wedding by keeping her wedding about the important things; her handsome groom, gorgeous maids in floor length dresses and lush florals by the amazing Sarah’s Garden.

A ceremony at sunset followed by a glowing reception, it was the perfect winter’s day in Phoenix.

This wedding was shot on a Contax 645 with Fuji film which I feel lended itself to the delicate and soft nature of this wedding.

Photography: Brittany Mahood Photography | Floral Design: Sarah's Garden | Wedding Venue: Secret Garden Event Center

Blogger Bride A Dash of Details’ Bridal Shower

Hi Brides-to-be! It’s Ali from A Dash of Details back to share some fun details from my bridal shower. With the countdown to the Big Day approaching ever so quickly (a little less than 2 weeks away!), it was so fun to take time and enjoy a day with everyone I love. My best friends, family and even a surprise guest showered me with so much love and kindness. Come inside my special day!

I was so overwhelmed with emotion when I arrived at my shower. For the first time it started to feel like I was actually getting married! I cried so many happy tears when each of my friends walked in the door. They are seriously the best!

My Aunts’ found the most darling spot to host my shower, The Henry. It is the cutest restaurant in Scottsdale, Arizona adorned with rustic details and great light! They filled the room with citrus and white rose vases, Rifle Paper Co. decorations, and Elizabeth and James Nirvana Perfume and Coin Purses for everyone. We sipped on mimosas, enjoyed delicious food, played fun games, and laughed until our belly’s hurt. I felt like a princess.

My favorite part (if I had to pick a favorite part) was the Polaroid book from my Aunt Jill. Each girl took a picture with me when they arrived and wrote a special note on each page. It was so sweet and will be something I will keep forever! I hope you enjoyed a little peek into my shower. Stay tuned for lots of pre-wedding details coming soon!
xox- Ali

I hope you enjoyed a little peek into my shower. Stay tuned for lots of pre-wedding details coming soon!
xox- Ali

Photography: Elyse Hall Photography | Bride's Skirt: BCBG | Bride's Top: : BCBG | Gifts: Elizabeth and James Nirvana Perfume and Coin Purses | Paper Goods: Rifle Paper Co. | Restaurant/ Event Space: The Henry

Ali Bronska

Blogger Bride