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Romantic Al Fresco Arizona Garden Wedding

That ring. Those shoes. The bouquet. That Lazaro for JLM Couture ballgown. And don’t even get me started on the gorgeous couple. In short, this wedding has me completely smitten. With touches of blush pink sprinkled throughout and romance all around, this garden fête is a modern-day fairytale and the vendors, the fairy godmothers. Experience all the magic, captured by Rachel Solomon, in the gallery.


From the Bride… Brian and I met my very first day of my freshman year at Grand Canyon University. I was walking through campus on the way back to the dorms from my morning classes when from about five feet away I heard someone say, “How you doin?” I looked up to see Brian dressed in soccer attire smiling confidently. I laughed because the phrase reminded me of Joey from “Friends.” I responded, “Good,” and continued on my way with not much thought. Throughout the course of my first semester Brian became my best friend and I knew quite quickly he was the one I would marry.

Brian proposed three short years later over my 21st birthday dinner with both of our families surrounding us. We had a year-long engagement to try to avoid some of the stresses of wedding planning.

We picked our venue after searching for an outdoor space in the desert of Arizona that resembled a garden. The Wright House had the perfect mixture of class, sophistication, and garden elegance that I was looking for. The wedding truly was the different aspects of my style and personality all in one.

I wanted flowy and whimsical while at the same time I wanted class and extravagance. My Lazaro bridal gown was the extravagant aspect with its princess, ballgown feel. Brian in his black tux with ivory shirt and black buttons paired with a bow tie was the class, while my bridesmaids’ floor length flowy gowns was the whimsical. My wedding colors of blush, gold, and ivory complemented well with the outdoors.

The Wright house truly made wedding planning easy with their amazing vendors. The flowers were gorgeous arrangements of white and blush roses and carnations from Flowers by Ellen that really brought the whole wedding to life. From Park Avenue Catering the food, which consisted of a spinach and strawberry salad to start, a baked chicken with a cream sauce, mashed potatoes, and green beans paired with a warm dinner roll as the main meal, was absolutely delicious. Each of my guests commented on how pleased they were with the quality of the food, as was I.

The cake from Sue Jacobs Cakes was one of my favorite parts of the wedding because not only was it beautiful, but also extremely gorgeous and even better than I had imagined. And the DJ from Joe Arnett Entertainment kept the party going with the perfect mixture of Brian and I’s style in music.

The only thing I had to personally plan with décor for the wedding was the details. This was my favorite part of wedding planning because I got to get creative and started to feel like everything was coming together. For example, I did not want a traditional guest book where people sign in. I wanted to see their faces along with their notes so every time I looked at it I could go back to that day and see the people I shared it with. While browsing through Pinterest (my wedding planner) I saw the idea of having a Polaroid camera and a blank guest book for the guest to take a picture and write their names underneath.

Another personal touch I added were the wedding favors. Since Brian’s last name is Green the hashtag for the wedding was #GoingGreen2k15 and the theme of the wedding followed the “Going Green” theme hence the garden setting. Because of this the wedding favors were tiny potted succulents in a variety of colors and styles. I attached a tag to each one with a saying that stated “Let Love Grow” followed by Brian and I’s initials.

Our wedding was more than I could have ever dreamed or imagined and I am so thankful foremost to my parents for making all of my childhood dreams come true. Also to the amazing team at the Wright House for their expertise, professionalism, and amazing vendors that helped bring the day together seamlessly. Also a special thanks to my amazing wedding photographer and team that is Rachel Solomon Photography who treated Brian and I as friends and captured the day so perfectly so I can relive it over and over again. April 9, 2015 will forever be a day that celebrated our love in the most amazing way possible.

Photography: Rachel Solomon Photography | Floral Design: Flowers By Ellen | Wedding Dress: JLM Couture, Inc | Cake: Sue Jacobs Cakes | Shoes: Badgley Mischka | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Lulu's | Catering: Park Avenue Catering | DJ: Arnett Entertainment | Venue: The Wright House | Bridal Boutique: The White Dress

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Romantic Stonebridge Manor Wedding

If there’s one thing that pulls on my heartstrings like no other, it’s a Bride and Groom‘s expressions of love during their ceremony. It’s the melt-me-to-a-puddle-moment and queue the waterworks—yep, I’m that guest. And this stunning duo? They’ve filled this gallery from Elyse Hall Photography with plenty of beautiful expressions that will make you blush. See them all here.

Not only is my heart aching over this beautiful couple, but did you see this lush bouquet from Butterfly Petals?! You can almost smell the sweet blush roses and dahlias.

Soft, romantic tables draped in La Tavola linens made for a dreamy reception.


From the beautiful Bride…Bernard and I met on the first day of high school through a mutual friend. Little did he know that I had called dibs on him days before at orientation when I saw him walk into the auditorium (I could not resist those eyes!). A few months later he asked me to the homecoming dance and the rest is history! We have now been together for eight years and survived four of long distance while he was at the Air Force Academy and I was at the University of Arizona. When it came to planning our wedding I had no idea what I was doing! Not to mention we both had just graduated right before he proposed and would be moving together to a small town in Mississippi to begin his pilot training, so all of my planning was done from across the country! Luckily, I had some amazing support and friends who had no qualms about FaceTiming me from random stores while shopping for wedding details.

As a couple we absolutely love being outdoors – so it was hard for us to imagine our wedding inside a traditional ballroom. We toured many different venues and became very discouraged that we were not going to find a place before our big move. On one of our last days in Arizona we went to Stonebridge Manor and once I saw the garden feel and bistro lighting I was sold. We always imagined an intimate, romantic wedding surrounded by greenery and soft lighting – once the sun went down it was truly breathtaking. The day was exhausting at the beginning because I was so worried that I had forgotten a huge detail and that all my planning and hard work would go to waste, but once my dad took my arm and I saw my husband smiling at me from the other end of the aisle, an emotional wave came swelling over me and I was the happiest I have ever been. We were surrounded by our closest friends and family, dancing and laughing, not wanting the night to end – our wedding was perfect in every way. Everyone kept saying, “Let’s do it again next weekend!”

Photography: Elyse Hall Photography | Videography: The Story Is Told | Bride's shoes: Badgley Mischka | Bridesmaids' shoes: Steve Madden | Bridesmaids' dresses: ModCloth | Hair and makeup: Allison Pynn | DJ: Mancini Entertainment | Favors: | Tuxedos: Men's Wearhouse | Reverend: Rich Stoffan | Wedding Venue: Stonebridge Manor | Bowties: Tux & Tulle | Bride's dress: Lillian Lottie Couture | Bride's ring: The Shane Co. | Bride's robe: Plum Pretty Sugar | Bridesmaids' jewelry: Francesca's Collections | Chair signs: ZCreateDesign | Floral: Butterfly Petals | Garter: GarterQueen | Groom's ring: Tiffany | Guestbook: Bleu De Toi | Linens: La Tavola Fine Linen Rental | Paper goods: Celebrations in Paper

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Mesa Arizona Wedding from Stephanie Fay Photography + Outstanding Occasions

Theme weddings can walk a thin line, but when they are on the right side of that line, the FAB side of that line, they pretty much blow my socks off any day of the week. Outstanding Occasions did it. They helped this couple create the most amazing, most beautiful aviation wedding I’ve. Ever. Seen. Ever. Stephanie Fay Photography shared her ticket to this ride with us, and I’m guessing a few of you just can’t wait to jet off into the gallery!

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From Outstanding Occasions … Annee + Scott were married under one of the few B17 bomber aircrafts left in the world. As their guests enjoyed themselves at the reception they were surrounded by beautiful vintage war planes. It was incredible! Annee wanted to incorporate her families love for airplanes so having a vintage theme and a ceremony under one of the rarest planes was so fitting.

There were so many sweet details at this wedding. From the little flight pins guests were given to the vendors wearing flight outfits, everything was extremely impeccable!

Photography: Stephanie Fay Photography / Event Design: Outstanding Occasions / Floral Design: Flora Bella / Venue: Mesa Falcon Field Air Park / Cinematography: Vongspoth Studios / Entertainment: The Big Band / Dress 1: Allure Bridal, purchased at Lilliam Lottie Couture / Dress 2: Sue Wong, Purchased at Nordstrom / Shoes: Glint Devyn, purchased at Nordstrom / Hair piece: Jessica McClintock  / Jewelry: Mariel earrings / Makeup and hair: Zethina Haehl / Brooch Bouquet: Fantasy Floral Design by Amanda Heer / Stationery: idieh design

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