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Fall Wedding at the Arizona Inn

We swooned over this stunning couple’s engagement shoot last year, so when I saw that Andrea Eppolito Events had planned their fall wedding and sent it our way, I was practically begging for Raylene Streuber Photography’s photos of the day. As you’re about to see, they most definitely did not disappoint.


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Fall
Settings
Inn
Styles
Casual

From the stunning bride… I love fall, and my dream was always to have a fall inspired wedding with lots of color, pumpkins, and personality. Brian and I wanted the wedding to feel like us, and so bent tradition a bit and instead of a cake, we offered a pie bar. We had an awesome jazz band play the cocktail hour as a nod to my (first) degree in music, and we had our centerpieces set up on piles of books that we love – a little nod to the fact that I was reading when we met, and that we took our engagement pictures in a library. Thanks to my wedding planner for making that suggestion! We even had guests sign their favorite recipe in the William Sonoma cook books we received as a part of our registry!

The standout detail, for me, was the pumpkins. Having had a love affair with pumpkins for most of my life, I had to find a way to bring them into the wedding. After trying over and over again to bring them into the design without making the wedding look too much like Halloween I finally decided to purchase pumpkins from Hobby Lobby and create custom designs myself! With the help of some paint, a stencil, and a dremel tool – not to mention many late nights and many hours – I finally had the white pumpkins of my dreams. They were set at the entry way of the ceremony and I got to walk through them on my way to the alter. Afterwards, our wedding planner moved them to our reception, and seeing them made me so happy.

The other thing that was really important to us was that we celebrated Tucson. It’s where Brian is originally from, and it’s been my adopted home for over 5 years. With Brian being stationed out of state, we moved immediately after the wedding, and wanted one last desert party. We selected the Arizona Inn because it is historic and a staple of the community. The pink was so pretty, and the staff was incredible. Our favors were biscuits made my a local at the organic farmer’s market, and we encouraged our out of state guests to see old Tucson by setting up our rehearsal dinner downtown.

Brian and I left for our honeymoon immediately after the wedding, and moved from Tucson to Port Angeles, WA on our return. Our wedding was the perfect way to say goodbye to the city where we met and fell in love.

Photography: Raylene Streuber Photography | Wedding Dress: Justin Alexander | Floral Design: In Full Bloom | Ceremony Venue: The Arizona Inn | Reception Venue: Arizona Inn | Accessories: Twigs & Honey | Bridal Shop: Adora | Ceremony & Reception: The Arizona Inn | Planning: Andrea Eppolito Events

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Budget Friendly DIY Scottsdale Country Club Wedding

This wedding might just feature my all time favorite floral detail for any wedding, ever. That ceremony backdrop with the coral ombré flowers seeming to grow right out of the wood is amazing, but I shouldn’t be surprised with Butterfly Petals behind the design. And as fab as that sweet little detail is, it’s nothing in comparison to the wedding, as seen by Justin and Keary Weddings, that followed suite.


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Fall
Settings
Country Club

From the stunning bride… Inspiration for the day was the colorful AZ sunset and the natural colors of an AZ landscape. Being a CA girl (born and raised), I am so into the ombre corals and dusty green-blue succulents. My Hubby was an AZ native, so what a better nod to his upbringing than to host our wedding where everyone can experience a little bit of the desert life.

Ombre flowers in shades of coral, desert-inspired air plants and succulents, hand-tied ribbon accents, rustic saguaro ribs adorned in all the shades of a fall AZ sunset, a candle-lit dinner surrounded by trees wrapped in twinkling lights, and sweet DIY touches by me, the bride and the combined talents of family and friends all came together to make our wedding day more beautiful than we had ever dreamed.

The morning started out with air full of music and a stomach full of excitement as the girls got ready in the Scottsdale Plaza Resort, just a short drive from the wedding venue. The girls all wore matching robes from Etsy as they were pampered with hair and make-up. As I put on my Maggie Sottero dress (from Lillian Lottie), my Louboutins, and the final touches of pearls and a spritz of Jo Malone perfume, I was anxious to see my groom, (who was equally as anxious getting ready with the rest of the men across the courtyard at the same hotel). I was so glad we had arranged to do a “first look” private session before exchanging our vows. This was one of the most emotional and intimate moments, and it was all documented in photographs. After our intimate ‘first look’ moment, we were off to Starfire Golf, the wedding venue.

Starfire Golf is centrally located in Scottsdale, and with tree-lined, perfectly manicured rolling greens, it was the perfect setting for our sunset soriee. As guests arrived, flavored ice waters and a DIY sign greeted guests before they found their seats for the ceremony. As guests approached the ceremony seating with cool drinks in hand, they were greeted by fluttering ombre coral ribbons, hand-tied by the bride, groom, and mother of the bride in the days leading to the wedding. At the entrance of the ombre petal carpeted aisle, there were two over-sized lanterns glowing just as the warm AZ sun began to set. To all the guests surprise, the bride and groom had a sweet surprise up their sleeves–the father of the groom had been ordained in the months leading up to the wedding, and led the bride and groom through their personally written ceremony and vows. Being married is the most intimate moment, and to be able to share that with someone who loved us, and will continue to foster a relationship with, was priceless to us. (Not to mention, it saved hundreds of dollars!)

After the personal ceremony, the newlyweds sped off in a golf cart to a private champagne toast set up just for the two of them. The rest of the guests enjoyed a cocktail hour with signature drinks and appetizers.

After the cocktail hour, the bridal party was introduced, then the new Mr and Mrs. They had their first dance choreographed to “Wonderful Tonight” by Eric Clapton. With nerves about dancing in front of everyone, and the excitement from the day, the dance didn’t go quite as planned, but all that mattered was that we were dancing with each other (and none of the guests were the wiser!). The dinner courses were served and the live band played in the background. The candle light from the tables and the surrounding trees was magical–and the dinner was AMAZING!

Photography: Justin And Keary Weddings | Wedding Dress: Lillian Lottie Couture | Floral Design: Butterfly Petals | Cake: Artistic Cake DeZine | Shoes: Christian Louboutin | Rings: Neil Dahl Jewelers Of California | Catering: Starfire Golf At Scottsdale Country Club | Hair Stylist: Dena Trendell | Band: The JJs Band | Grooms Attire: Ted Baker | Grooms Attire: Ferragamo | Dessert Catering: SubZero Ice Cream & Yogurt | Guest Accomodations: The Scottsdale Plaza Resort | Make Up Artist: Jamie Kouri | Rentals: Classic Party Rentals | Transportation: Transtyle | Wedding Venue: Starfire Golf At Scottsdale Country Club

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Elegant Mint Farm Wedding

A wedding on the family dairy farm might just take the cake for romance, but we’ll get to that in a minute. This bride said she got a lot of the inspiration for her stunning day on SMP, and that’s totally obvious. Everything from the minty color palette to the gorg blooms from Butterfly Petals are totally our favorite. But the sweetest part of the day? The sentiment behind the venue. Kimberly Jarman has filled our galleries with beauty!


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Seasons
Spring
Settings
Dairy Farm
Styles
Romantic

From the beautiful bride… Planning a wedding in the middle of a field nearly an hour away from any “major city” is hard work! But looking back through our photographs reminds me that the endeavor was more than worth it. When the two of us got engaged our top priority was to find a location that held sentimental value to us. I had always wanted to be married outdoors and when we discussed the idea of hosting our big day on my husband’s family dairy farm we were more than ecstatic when his grandparents and family agreed to it. Little did we know what we had gotten ourselves into, but when it came to a meaningful ceremony and reception location we had everything we could have wanted. The dairy itself, Caballero Farms, has been in my husband’s family years. It is also where my husband and I first started dating after he took me out there in college to show me around.

When it came to planning the details of our wedding my vision was to bring together both a sense of elegance and the rustic charm that was inherent of our location. We chose our color pallet specifically so that it would play off of our natural surroundings, and we made sure not to have any element distract from the beauty and simplicity of our setting. Much of my inspiration came from following Style Me Pretty, I even found my Kirsty Kelly dress when it was featured on SMP. Another important part of the planning process was tying in small, nostalgic touches throughout the day. For instance, our sweetheart table was the same picnic table where my husband had proposed to me.

Before the wedding began my husband and I got ready on location with our bridal party. The girls were in the farm house that sits on the dairy’s property, while the guys were next door in the office. Getting ready with family and friends by my side was the perfect way to build the excitement for the day. Early in the planning process we had decided to do a first look. Although I was initially hesitant to go against tradition, having that time between the two of us was such a peaceful moment for us both. When it came to the ceremony we did want to exchange traditional vows, but to infuse our own personalities we had written love letters to one another to be read during that time. Openly sharing our hearts with one another in front of so many people was both terrifying and wonderful all at once!

When the ceremony was over and our guest were enjoying the cocktail hour I remember standing off to the side with my husband while the sun finished setting and taking in all we had accomplished together. It was such a beautiful sight and one that couldn’t have been accomplished without the help of our family and friends. Afterwards guests entered the second half of the field that had previously been blocked off for the reception. We ate a casual yet stick-to-your-ribs BBQ dinner followed by peach cobbler. Our DJ had everyone on their feet in no time at all and our guests literally danced the night away! Part of the beauty of hosting our wedding where we did was being able to dine, dance, and party under the stars with no one to tell us to stop. I will never forget the beautiful memories created during that day.

Photographer: Kimberly Jarman | Photography: Kimberly Jarman | Videographer: Simply Cinema | Florist: Butterfly Petals | Invitations: Little Owl Letterpress | Caterer: The Wild Bunch | DJ: Got You Covered | Bride's Gown: Kirstie Kelly | Coordination: Sheryl Law | Rentals: Classic Party Rentals | Tuxedo: Jos A. Bank

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