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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!

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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!

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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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Blogger Bride A Dash of Details’ Arizona Engagement

Ali here from A Dash of Details continuing the fun with my blogger bride series. I’m so excited about today’s post because I not only get to introduce you to my soon-to-be hubby, but also our amazing wedding photographer, Elyse Hall. Photography is so important to us on our big day, so being able to find JUST the right someone to capture the beautiful moments was a win in our book.

When it comes to engagement pictures, it was so important to the two of us to try to capture our personalities in the photos. After dating for almost 7 years, Patrick and I surprisingly do not have very many pictures together. Before our session, Elyse and I chatted about some ways to get the most out of our e-sesh she’s breaking down the details below.

From Elyse Hall Photography

LOCATION

The first thing when planning your engagement session is to determine the location. When it comes to engagement pictures, location dictates almost everything about the shoot – from the feel and vibe, outfits and message to the sentiments the couple are trying to convey. My first questions to every couple are “What are you envisioning?” or “Do you have a look you are going for?” The location to be about the couple and not the photographer.  I always suggest two locations. I think it is fun to do something different and maybe even contrasting. For this engagement sessions,  I loved the idea of shooting somewhere soft like El Chorro and then heading to the Sanctuary Resort to get a pop of color.

I also recommend picking at least one location that is super special to the couple. I have photographed where couples ate during their first date, their favorite coffee shop, their first homes together, or even at the spot where they got engaged. In other words, any place that is special to the couple – that is my absolute favorite. 

OUTFITS

When it comes to choosing out outfits, my best tip is to dress for the location and wear something you feel AMAZING in. Pick colors, patterns and styles that fit the look you are going for. I also love working with juxtaposition; I love the idea of a really elegant dress against a desert backdrop or farm field. Another tip for all you brides out there is to have your hair and make up trials done on the day of your e-session. Its a great way to test out your pre-wedding look.

From Ali… Any brides out there that are struggling on picking locations, my tip is to make sure it feels like you (as a couple). Choose something that will be timeless, pick outfits that you think you will like in 10 years, and find something or somewhere that means something to the two of you as a couple. The photographer will do the rest to capture your love for each other. Until next time! xoxo

Photography: Elyse Hall Photography | Shoes: Cole Hann | Shoes: Vince | Shoes: Vans for J.Crew | Shoes : Paul Smith | Ali's Look 1: : Nordstrom Pink Dress | Ali's Look 2: : Joie Dress | Ali's Look 3: : Heidi Merrick Drake Tee | Ali's Look 4:: Heidi Merrick Dress | Ali's Look 5: : Heidi Merrick Spring 2015 Collection | Belt: KC Co. | Black Jeans: 'Verdugo' Ultra Skinny | Engagement Shoot Location: El Chorro | Hat: KC Hat | Heels: Steven by Steve Madden | Heels: Zara | Jeans: Baldwin Denim | Pants: Baldwin Camo Pants | Patrick's Look 1:: Nordstrom Shirt | Patrick's Look 2:: J.Crew Shirt | Patrick's Look 2: : Baldwin Polo | Patrick's Look 3:: Suit Supply Jacket | Patrick's Look 4:: Suit Supply Blazer | Resort: Sanctuary On Camelback | Shirt: J.Crew | Sunglasses: Celine | Wardrobe and Styling: A Dash of Details

Ali Bronska

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Arizona Desert Chic Spring Wedding

I can’t say I’ve ever dreamed of a desert-set wedding, but one look at this Scottsdale stunner from Jasmine Star and I instantly changed my tune. It’s a day where cactus mingles with delicate white florals and “rustic chic” is reinvented with an industrial-style spin. Pop to the gallery and don’t dare miss the film below from Serendipity Cinematography.

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From Jasmine StarColleen and Mark wanted an intimate destination wedding and chose the perfect location in the gorgeous Pinnacle Peak Mountains of Arizona. The reception was held at the Proof restaurant at the Four Seasons in Scottsdale, Colleen wanted something fun & modern but comfortable with the southwest twist. This antique industrial decorated restaurant already went perfectly witch what Colleen was looking for, all she had to do was add her own personal elegant style. Colleen and Mark recited their vows under a large tree with hanging antique light bulbs to add to the vintage atmosphere. At the end of the ceremony was a mix of antique and desert inspiration. Rustic & elegant wood boxes with the white floral were wrapped in burlap with touches of succulents for the desert look. The antique look was shown through vintage lanterns.

Colleen & Mark had hints of white floral that added a sophisticated charm to their Wedding. The ceremony had simple but clean floral at each end of the row with tulips hanging in mason jars. At the end of the aisle were large wood boxes filled with white flowers and touches of succulents inspired by the Arizona desert. Colleen’s gorgeous white bouquet was a mix of garden roses, tulips, ranunculus with a burlap ribbon and a touch of lace to add in a rustic appearance. The intimate reception had antique wood boxes with floral including hydrangea, ranunculus and touches of pussy willow. There were some single flower vintage vases with tulips dispersed across the reception. A country band that gave the reception the cherry on top of the sundae for her southwest vision wedding kicked off the party. My absolute favorite part of this whole night was that it was ended with Colleen & Mark dancing alone soaking in every moment of their special day.

Photography: Jasmine Star | Cinematographer: Serendipity Cinematography | Coordination: Victoria Canada Weddings & Events | Florist: Petal Pusher | Wedding Dress: Vera Wang | Shoes: Jimmy Choo | Jewelry: Chanel | Makeup: Stephanie Neiheisel | Band: Tennesee Whiskey | Ceremony Music: Sweetwater Strings | Wedding Venue: Four Seasons Scottsdale

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Cozy Fall Silverleaf Country Club Wedding

Can we talk about these Badgley Mischka‘s for a sec? With their gilded goodness and leaf-like toe patterning, they’re kind of perfect for fall. This entire affair from Victoria Canada Weddings & Events actually has autumn written all over it. With classic fall hues of red and golden yellow coating every inch, including those gorgeous tables clothed in La Tavola linens, this gallery from Melissa Jill is a seasonal delight. Bonus? The film from Serendipity Cinematography will warm you right up.

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From the beautiful Bride…Our wedding had all the elements that make a great wedding. The location was the exclusive County Club at Silverleaf, nestled in the Scottsdale McDowell Mountains. A Breathtaking venue, gorgeous and lush flower décor, and a rocking band to dance the night away were just a few of the cornerstones of this dream wedding. Looking back the most meaningful elements for our beautiful

Wedding were the small things that had meaningful and sentimental aspects that represented us. The personal touches will always remain the most unique and endearing for us were the vows we wrote to each other, the lace heart on my veil created from my grandmothers veil, a hanky I carried down the aisle that my great grandmother carried on her wedding day 110 years prior. We met in the Fall 16 years ago and it only seemed fitting to be married in the Fall. Our Invitation Suite told our journey from Middle School to the Altar as our closest friends and family surrounded us. The Stone reception area was colorful, rich and vibrant with the Fall Inspired floral arrangements. A touch of the Northwest where we reside was represented by the 200 colorfully lit Glassybaby votives from Seattle. They were the perfect touch to bring in the vibrant colors. As beautiful and sentimental as our wedding was the choreographed dance that I created with my father surely will keep me giggling for years to come. The night ended with Sliders and guests dancing under the stars to our fabulous band with the mountains in the background. It could not have been a more perfect day.

Photography: Melissa Jill Photography | Cinematography: Serendipity Cinematography | Floral Design: Petal Pusher | Cake: Classic Cake & Confections | Invitations: Page And Mason | Shoes: Badgley Mischka | DJ: Ray The DJ | Band: The Walkens | Ceremony Music: String Serenade | Wedding Venue: Silverleaf Country Club | Event Coordinating & Design: Victoria Canada Weddings & Events | Linen Supplier: La Tavola | Make Up Artist: Celestial Makeup Artistry | Paper Products: Page And Mason | Rehearsal Dinner Venue: Valley Ho

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