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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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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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SMP Blogger Bride: What to Wear for Your Rehearsal Dinner

From A Dash Of DetailsBrides! It’s Ali from A Dash of Details back to talk about my favorite topic: Fashion. Trust me, I am all about finding the perfect wedding dress, but that is a topic for another day. Today, I’m talking rehearsal dinner/welcome party attire. This was one of the most daunting tasks for me. Finding my wedding dress was such a fun and easy process, but finding the perfect white outfit for the “night before the big day” was a different story. Here are a few tips on how I found the perfect outfit for our rehearsal dinner!

1. Start early!

No one says you have to wear white on your rehearsal dinner, but for me, any excuse for a cute white dress is a win in my book. However, looking for a white dress in January or February was a daunting task. If possible, start looking for your outfits in the Spring and Summer months. And if you are lucky and can wait until August, you will find some great Summer sales and deals.

2. Think about the event and location.

If your rehearsal dinner is formal, find something that will stand out, but not outshine your wedding dress. If your soon-to-be inlaws are hosting a more casual rehearsal dinner, like mine are, make sure you find something special but still comfortable and not too over-the-top.

3. Accessorize.

This is your time to add a little personality to your all white look. If you are anything like me, I added my favorite dainty gold jewelry from Gorjana’s new wedding line. They worked with every outfit I ordered and the best part is I can wear them again after the wedding is over.

4. Stay true to yourself.

Just because this is your wedding weekend doesn’t mean you have to stray from your signature style. If you never wear a dress, don’t start now. There are so many cute options like jumpsuits or white jeans out there to compromise your comfort. Oh and a must: wear comfortable shoes. You will be greeting guests and standing most of the night, so comfort is key before your big day!

I hope these tips will help you find the outfit you have been looking for! Good luck and happy shopping. Stay tuned because I’ll be back with a my girlfriends and a fun DIY! xoxo – Ali

More from Blogger Bride Ali

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SMP Blogger Bride Contributor: Meet Ali! 

Photography: Elyse Hall Photography | Shoes: Joie | Jewelry: Gorjana | Venue: Private Residence | Dress 1:: BCBG | Dress 2:: Revolve Clothing | Fashion Blog: A Dash Of Details | Ring Box: The Mrs. Box | Silk Top: Tibi

Elegant Scottsdale Garden Wedding

This Bride and I are on the same wavelength. The goal: find a wedding venue that shines on it’s own, with subtle touches of decor and of course, pretty blooms. This soiree planned by In Awe Weddings And Events is proof that minimal detailing can have a BIG impact. Have a look for yourself in the full gallery from Rachel Solomon!


From In Awe Weddings and EventsThe first time I met with Sara and Corey, they had a specific vision for what they wanted for their wedding–non-traditional, a fun reception and all outdoors. I knew they wouldn’t be happy with a typical wedding venue so I took them to a private home in North Scottsdale that they immediately loved. They knew it was where they wanted to get married and celebrate with their family and friends. They selected a food truck keeping in mind the non-traditional feel they wanted and worked with a caterer to meet the other dinner reception needs for their guests. The couple wanted the dinner seating to have a natural and romantic casual feel. Sara loved Nothing Bundt Cakes so Bundtinis were served instead of a traditional wedding cake. Their vision came to life and they had an amazing and intimate weekend.

From the Bride… Corey and I were engaged in Costa Rica in February of 2014. With both of us being from Wisconsin we had a hard time deciding where to be married—Wisconsin, Arizona or a destination wedding. At first, we were unsure where to start because we wanted a very simple and untraditional wedding.

After months of back and forth we found our wedding planner, Sandy Walker, with In Awe Weddings & Events. We settled on Scottsdale, Arizona and after a couple of conversations she provided us with the perfect venue to make our vision a reality.

We went to visit an estate in the desert of North Scottsdale with beautiful features. I had wanted a venue that was gorgeous on its own that required little decor for the wedding. The grounds had enough room to hold everything there, from the rehearsal dinner to the ceremony and reception. We decided to get married in the front drive of the home in front of a gorgeous fountain with Pinnacle Peak in the background. The reception was simple and perfect with beautiful wooden vineyard chairs Sandy had suggested and simple floral arrangements. The wedding party looked great and the lighting was amazing.

For the reception we had a food truck (Roasted Shallot) that served various tacos, salad and small BLTs. We had dinner on the side of the house with views of the desert sunset. Corey and I were seated at our own table and it was so great to be able to take a moment to reflect on the amazing day we had. I couldn’t have asked for a better day!

Photography: Rachel Solomon | Event Planning: In Awe Weddings And Events | Floral Design: The Flower Studio | Wedding Dress: Paloma Blanca | Bridesmaids' Dresses: ASOS | Catering: The Roasted Shallot Food Truck | DJ: Mancini Entertainment | Venue: Private Residence | Bridal Boutique: Destiny's Bride | Film Lab: The FIND Lab | Linens: La Tavola

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Coming Home-An Elegant Backyard Wedding

I think that Father of the Bride changed weddings for all of us. It made a backyard wedding not only feel completely and utterly chic, it made us all want one. Like really, really bad. Because there is something so undeniably beautiful about taking your vows in the home where you played catch, toasting your love in the yard where you found family. Well, my friends, if Father of the Bride wasn’t enough, this backyard affair will most certainly have you ditching your plans. With photographs from Ace & Whim, this is the very definition of Homegrown Elegance. More here!


From Ace & WhimThere was one consistent feeling throughout the entire day of Mackenzie and Dylan’s wedding day. Peace. That feeling you only get when you go home. Back to the home you grew up in. Getting ready in the same room on your wedding day, that you got ready in for high school prom. Stopping in the hallway to look at the same mirror, you had looked at so many times through the years, but today was different. Today you’re a bride. Today, there is a man at the bottom of the staircase that is anxious to see you and hold you, because he knows, that today, you will become his wife.

As Mackenzie made her way down the spiral staircase to Dylan, her eyes lit up with joy. I am sure she had walked down those stairs of her childhood home, thousands of times, but today was so special. As she reached the bottom and they held onto one another, Mackenzie’s parents watched in the distance. Their little girl was getting married.

Dylan and Mackenzie were surrounded by friends and family as they said their vows under the gazebo in her parents backyard. The entire day had come together so beautifully. Florals and garland draped in all the right places. Bistro lights hung in anticipation for the party to come. Friends and family from across the country, gathered to witness this amazing day with the couple. The day could not have been more perfect for Mackenzie and Dylan.

(The green convertible used in the images was built by Dylan and his dad.)

Photography: Ace & Whim | Videography: Dave Contreras | Event Planning: Sassy Soirees | Floral Design: Sarah's Garden | Wedding Dress: Schaffers Bridal | Wedding Cake: Lily Whites Party Cakes | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Joanna August | Catering: Bon Cuisine | Band: Tre Ja Vu | Tuxes: Mr. Formal | Venue: Private Residence | Custom Beer Bar: Cartel Brewery | Paper Goods: Petite Party Studio | Rentals: Classic Party Rentals

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