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Golden Bohemian Affair in Arizona

I am a self-confessed gold junkie through and through so the second I spotted this boho bride and her glamorous “goldie” dress from Sarah Seven, I was hooked. And the day behind that sparkling gown is equally as fab. It’s a beautiful mix of modern art gallery meets floral halos by Butterfly Petals and glam details planned by Hello Gem. Head to the gallery captured by Elizabeth McDonnell for so much more.

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Spring
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Bohemian

From the Bride… When you marry into the surname Gold, you are basically hand-fed the perfect wedding theme. From there, it was simple: Sarah Seven “Goldie” wedding gown, chunky ByAMT classic gold wedding bands, a neon “Stay Golden” sign, and gold foil invitations. We wanted our wedding to be like our relationship: deeply intimate, frolicsome, and unorthodox. Originally when our creative backbone/day-of-coordinators Hello Gem asked what I envisioned, I told them I wanted our wedding to look like Juliet’s bedroom in Baz Luhrmann’s take on Romeo & Juliet.

A Golden Affair was structured around the idea of throwing a modern, industrial bohemian party in the desert. We chose the Icehouse as our venue for it’s exposed brick walls and ceiling ducts. Our florist Butterfly Petals, assembled a bougainvillea trellis to serve as an alter piece, and we lined the open-ceiling ceremony space with an ombré runner, candles, and wooden pews to create the illusion of an old, deconstructed cathedral. The white column room allowed us the creative space to hang a light installation that pooled onto the concrete flooring and suspend hand crafted, dimly lit clouds from the ceiling beams. White geodes and terrariums were collected to create the centerpieces. The head table was lined with forty Louis chairs to seat our bridal party and their respective dates and faced the dance floor, naturally delineated by family-style wooden picnic tables, adorned with wildflowers and candles.

Perhaps our favorite element of the wedding was the ceremony. I walked down the aisle under a cotton candy-colored Arizona sky to “You’ve Got the Love” by Florence + the Machine live at the Royal Albert Hall. The ceremony itself, inspired by a traditional Buddhist wedding, incorporated mindfulness and a collection of readings we felt captured the intellectual spirit of our meeting and union. We chose Chito’s cousin, Tara Martell, a yoga instructor and a close friend, to officiate our wedding, for her positive energy and free-spirit. We wrote our vows together, based on the virtues we believe make for a blessed and happy union. In the beginning we collectively settled on three components which we believe make a wedding enjoyable for others: good beats, toothsome food, and a limitless open-bar stocked with the holy trinity of booze-whiskey, tequila, and champagne. By far the most difficult task for us was finding a DJ; we wanted Erykah Badu meets Adventure Club. We ended up flying out DJ Smiles Davis from Los Angeles and were enamored with her beauty, energy, and ability. Our very talented and close friend, chef, and restaurateur Aaron May of BLTconcepts designed a menu of gourmet comfort food items served buffet style. In lieu of a wedding cake, we opted for a dessert table of our favorite confections including: lemon meringue tartlets, doughnuts, strawberry rhubarb pies, and très leches.

I wore “the Goldie” dress by Sarah Seven from Lovely Bride in New York City; a headpiece of purple peonies; Olcay Gulsen lavender suede scalloped pumps with gold piping; a favorite vintage gold cross my deceased mother purchased in Santorini, Greece one summer during my childhood, as well as her gold Rolex watch, paired with a Cartier love bracelet that was a wedding present from my father and his current wife. Chito, the groom, wore a midnight blue tuxedo made-to-order from Brooklyn Tailors in Williamsburg, and Dsquared2 patent shoes. Each of the ten bridesmaids wore a unique white dress, because, honestly, what is sexier than a woman in a sundress? The maid-of-honor, my sister, wore a vintage floral kimono from our parent’s wedding in the 1970’s. Half of the bridesmaids wore floral headpieces, and the other half metal headpieces made by Pamela Love and Jacquie Aiche. Our friend Alexis, owner of Avenue Boutique, in Tucson, gifted each bridesmaid a unique necklace, bracelet, or set of earrings. Each girl carried a simple bundle of lavender, cabbage, or wildflower. The flower girls wore apron dresses, caftans, and rompers by Tutu du Monde with floral headpieces. Former brides always give you terrific advice for the day-of: take time to eat something, don’t get too hammered, embrace the madness, etc. At the end of the day, we really felt like we put such a tremendous effort into creating this gathering of our most beloved and intimate kin, and we made a pact to be present in the moment and enjoy the fruits of our labor. We sat down and ate together, had conversations with the people we love, danced, and sipped champagne. Afterwards we sat and discussed our favorite moments: His was our un-choreographed, puerile first dance to the Montmartre remix of Bob Marley’s “Is This Love” because he said it was the only time he felt alone with me; mine was him sprinting outside insisting that I come dance because Smiles Davis was playing “Flawless” by Beyoncé (do you see why I married him?).

Photography: Elizabeth McDonnell Photography | Event Planning: Hello Gem | Floral Design: Butterfly Petals | Wedding Dress: Sarah Seven | Cake: Aaron May | Invitations: Jay Strehlow | Ceremony Venue: Ice House | Reception Venue: Ice House | Catering: LTB Concepts- Aaron May | Make Up: Glam Lounge | Hair: Lisa Fresa Palacios | DJ: Smiles Davis | Bridesmaid Gifts: Avenue Boutique | Photography - Assistance: Kelsey Shirley Photography

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Vintage Blush and Gold Arizona Wedding

Let’s face it – no matter how unbelievably beautiful a wedding, it’s the love stories that win us over time and time again. And this one? Well, it started way back at the bride and groom’s high school. Fast forward eleven years of relationship twist and turns, and you get a day bursting with summertime blooms from Sarah’s Garden, photography by Rachel Solomon, and a must-see film from Simply Cinema

 

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Summer
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Vintage

From The Bride….Our story started eleven years ago. Cory and I met in high school, when I was a freshman and he was a sophomore. Our first date was to play miniature golf with a couple of friends. We dated for four years before we separated. The next few years apart were filled with joyous success and heartbreaking loss, of graduating from high school and then from college. And then came the unexpected invitation to meet up for drinks. It didn’t take long before we knew that this time we weren’t going to let each other get away.

Cory and I got engaged in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico on October 10, 2013. We went for a weeklong vacation with Cory’s family. On the second night, Cory and I planned for a walk on the beach, at sunset, before dinner. In my regular fashion, I took longer than expected to get ready and Cory kept insisting we had to leave. As we started down the beach hand in hand Cory said “You know how much I love you, right?” And I did know. All of the sudden we stopped, Cory got down on his knee and asked me to marry him. Side note- the ring was stunning. We wrote our names in the sand before joining his family at dinner to celebrate.

We wanted a casual wedding with all the things we love most. The warm, sunny afternoon in Paradise Valley was just made for family, food, and dancing. We had a guest list of 125, with most traveling great distances to share in our special day. El Chorro offered a lush ceremony lawn with an intimate garden feel. I wanted to incorporate touches of vintage decor and was inspired by the charming chandeliers in the Casa Paloma pavilion. Blush pink, peach and coral came together in the bow ties, dresses, and flowers. I managed to surprise Cory by having our English bulldog, Banks, walk down the aisle with our ring-bearer. We asked our high school counselor, and long-time friend, to perform the ceremony. Guests spent cocktail hour enjoying drinks and passed hors d’oeuvres with good friends and family. We finished the night off with dinner, dancing, and cake- with peanut butter filling, of course!

It really was the best day ever.

I have this thing where I get an idea in my head only to find out that it doesn’t exist in a store, so I knew that DIY touches were going to be a must. El Chorro is beautiful on its own, a big reason we picked the venue, and so it didn’t need too much dressing up. Our guest book was a wishing tree made from branches that our guests adorned with their wishes on kraft paper tags. Minted offers guest name printing on place cards, so I bought them already printed and added a strip of gold glitter washi tape across the bottom of each one. The rustic hutch provided the perfect spot for a candy bar, decorated with tissue paper garland and a sweets banner both crafted by my talented mom. Other DIY projects included the cards banner, guest seating chart lists, and memorial candle for Cory’s mom. Thanks to the amazing support of our friends and family these small details made our wedding intimate and personal and something neither of us will ever forget.

Photography: Rachel Solomon Photography | Videographer: Simply Cinema | Floral Design: Sarah's Garden | Wedding Dress: Maggie Sottero | Cake: Piece Of Cake Desserts | Bridesmaids Dresses: David's Bridal | DJ: SKM Entertainment | Groom's Attire: Jos A Bank | Dress Boutique: Suzanne's Bridal Boutique | Rentals: Shabby Chic Weddings | Wedding Venue: El Chorro

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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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Fall
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Country Club
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Rustic

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 | 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 | Wedding Venue: Silverleaf Country Club

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