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A Wedding That Nailed the “Desert Chic” Look

You know what I love about this couple? They broke all the rules and had what I’m deeming the Coolest. Wedding. Ever. They let the Scottsdale desert play backdrop to an untraditional “I do” complete with color, whimsy, and of course, a killer taco truck. Let you hair down and head straight to the gallery from Paul Von Rieter.

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Fall
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Al Fresco

From The Bride…Since the moment we got engaged (full disclosure since before we got engaged), I knew I wanted a desert wedding. I was raised in Scottsdale and we take many trips to Palm Springs so it was the perfect theme. I planned the wedding myself with the help of my mom and 2 sisters. The most important thing to us was that we threw a fun party where everyone could let their hair down and have a good time! I used the same mentality with most of the planning. I told my bridesmaids to pick out whatever dress they wanted as long as it was navy and lace. Since everyone in my party is so different and two of them are new moms I wanted each of them to feel beautiful walking down the aisle and you can’t do that with a cookie-cutter bridesmaids dress. None of them chose a traditional dress and I loved it!

We did almost everything ourselves from making mason jar candles to my dad building a dance floor out of reclaimed wood. We planted cacti in tins 6 months before the wedding so the flowers would bloom in time for the reception. I created the sangria recipes from scratch, our friends were tasked with taste testing whenever they came over! We used traditional serape blankets for our guests to sit on at the ceremony site as well as made our programs into fans so they could stay cool in the Arizona sun! I walked down the aisle to an acoustic version of “Today” by The Smashing Pumpkins and my dad officiated. We dedicated the sweets table to my Grandmother who passed two weeks before the wedding, which was my favorite detail from the day. We decided on a taco truck and a great salsa bar so our guests could eat dinner whenever they wanted- it paired so perfectly with the kind of reception we wanted to have- a big party! Our cake was a wedding gift from my mom’s best friend!

We decided against most of the traditional reception activities. We didn’t do a bouquet or garter toss (in fact, I didn’t even wear one). Instead of doing the chicken dance and Y.M.C.A we chose a really fun mix of current and retro dance songs. My mom tells me that still 6 months later her friends are talking about what a fun party we threw! Mission accomplished.

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Photography: Paul Von Rieter | Floral Design: Hoot And Holler | Floral Design: Bethanne Outcalt | Wedding Dress: BHLDN | Cake: Bethanne Outcalt | Ceremony Venue: Desert Botanical Garden | Reception Venue: At Home | Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Nordstroms | Bridesmaids’ Dresses: J.Crew | Hair:Ashley Lynn Dienst | Groom’s Attire: Top Man | Groomsmen Attire: Top Man | Photography – Assistance:Carmen Santorelli Photography | Programs: Rebekah Disch Design | Signage + Favors: Revelry Social

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Mix-and-Match Style Inspiration For Your ‘Maids

Long gone are the days of matchy-matchy being the only way to dress your bridesmaids. It’s 2016, and when it comes to ‘maid style the options are absolutely endless. Need a little inpso to get you started? Melissa Jill and her vendor crew are here to help. Scroll on for mismatched gowns, insane florals, and of course, a handsome groom for good measure.

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Spring

From Melissa Jill PhotographyMore and more often recently, I see brides and their bridesmaids expressing their individuality with beautifully mismatched dresses, hair styles, and accessories. I find this trend so inspiring, and wanted to reflect and encourage it with a photo shoot that incorporated a fresh, youthful aesthetic.

The beautiful gowns, provided by Bella Bridesmaid in Phoenix, were my staring point. We chose an eclectic mix-and-match style to pull together gray and navy tones. The pink and coral shades in the gorgeous florals provided by Carte Blanche Design offset the neutral colors of the gowns perfectly. Together, the gowns and flowers work amazingly to create a fun and fresh color-palette for spring and summer! The hairstyles were crafted by Emily Hughes to be soft but elegant, and Michelle Wright styled the makeup for a natural look that is both flattering and current.

I’m delighted with the way this styled shoot came together into something beautiful and one-of-a-kind! I hope it inspires brides and bridesmaids to play with shades, textures, and styling to create a unique look that is all their own!

Photography: Melissa Jill Photography | Event Planning: Melissa Jill Photography | Floral Design: Carte Blanche Design | Makeup: Michelle Wright | Hair: Hair by Emily Hughes | Venue: El Chorro | Bridal Boutique: Bella Bridesmaids Scottsdale | Floral Print Dress: Donna Morgan | Navy Beaded Dress: Adrianna Papell | Wedding Dress + Gray Dress: Amsale

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This Baseball Player Groom and His Bride Hit a Home Run with Their Gilded Wedding

Though you might expect a professional baseball player and his Bride to have baseball touches sprinkled throughout their wedding, the only obviously baseball touch of this day is the baseball bat guest book. And even that got a glam makeover. With a classic black-and-white color scheme, accented with gold, this gorgeous Bride and Groom hit it out of the park with this Arizona wedding. See it all from Elyse Hall Photography in The Vault!

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Seasons
Fall
Settings
Resort
Styles
Glamorous

From The Bride…Joe and I met while we were out listening to one of my favorite musicians Kelley James. We both spotted each other instantly and a mutual friend sparked a conversation between us. He was the first man to ever open the car door for me on our first date and after that the rest was history.

Our wedding was a special day and time for us as we had been states away for the last 6 months during the baseball season, Joe is a professional pitcher for major league baseball. We wanted to put together a fun celebration for our family and friends to enjoy as well as ourselves! As much as baseball is a part of our lives, we kept the theme minimal as to not distract from the true meaning of our marriage and love for one another.

We chose the location of the reception due to the view of the beautiful green golf course and our favorite hobby to do together playing golf. We wanted the guests to enjoy the outdoor terrace during cocktail hour and be brought in for delicious food and dancing. We wanted to keep the decor simple, yet elegant and modern. We felt a black and white color scheme with a gold accent would be classic and timeless. Food, drinks and fun were most important for our reception. We brought in the next best thing to Kelley James, his brother, to DJ and keep people on the dance floor.

The actual day was full of love, laughter and tears. It’s hard to put into words how I felt walking down the isle and looking at all of the wonderful family and friends that were there to celebrate our love for each other and God. The day was about celebration, enjoying life and our future as Mr. and Mrs. Wieland.

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Photography: Elyse Hall Photography | Event Planning: Imoni Events | Floral Design: Petal Pusher | Wedding Dress: Mariée | Invitations: Idieh Design | Bride's Shoes: Kate Spade | Lighting: Karma Event Lighting | Transportation: Ollie The Trolley | Venue: Westin Kierland Resort | Linen Rentals: La Tavola Fine Linen Rental | Rentals: Event Rents | Rentals: Us To U