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Tucson Arizona Garden Wedding

Oh Elyse Hall, I could kiss you. Because these images? They are like gorgeous works of art. It doesn’t hurt, of course, that the Bride is simply stunning, her hubby is as dapper as they come and every detail planned by M.C. Weddings & Events is as pin-worthy to say the very least. There is just so much to ooh and aww over, and you can join me in doing so here.

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Fall
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Garden
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Rustic

From Elyse Hall PhotographyA celebration of love, friendship and fun in the heart of downtown Tucson, Arizona where Jasmine and Jake met. A natural, slightly rustic, elegant wedding with pops of local flavor. The colors were white, green, gold and neutrals.

• Ceremony – The ceremony focal point was draped with white organza and eucalyptus garland. Lanterns flowed into the aisle with delicate aisle markers of white floral.
• Reception – Centerpieces included rustic lanterns and candles with white floral and greenery spilling out onto the tables.
Special Touches – this wedding had so many personal touches!
• During cocktail hour guests were entertained with a custom made corn hole game in honor of both the bride and groom’s alma maters (Bride – the University of Arizona and Groom – University of Kansas
• Custom made wood signage designed by a friend included table numbers, bar menu, gelato menu, homage to the bride and groom’s new last name, Instagram reminder, cards and gifts, escort card directions and other miscellaneous pieces.
• Guests were treated to a special favor of Mexican maracas to shake as the bride and groom entered the reception.
• Guest book – A gold, heart piñata was hung for guest to write wishes to the bride and groom. They will break it on their first anniversary.
• Frost Gelato, a local favorite, surprised guests with an extra sweet treat
• A fun cake display was set up with cakes of various sizes, styles and flavors

From Meagan Crain M.C. Weddings & EventsJasmine and Jake are hands down one of the sweetest, funniest, down-to-earth and beautiful couples I have had the pleasure of planning with. Their day was a perfect reflection of who they are as people inside and out.

Photography : Elyse Hall Photography | Videography: UYP Productions | Event Planning: Meagan Crain, M.C. Weddings & Events | Floral Design: Atelier de LaFleur | Gown: Blush by Hayley Paige | Cake: Sweet Creations Cake Studio | Stationery: Minted | Shoes: Jimmy Choo | DJ: Fantastic Five Entertainment | Earrings and Bangles: Givenchy | Gelato: Frost, A Gelato Shoppe | Hair & Make up: Heather Van Houten | House & Garden : The Stillwell House & Garden | Officiant: Pastor : David Hallstrom | Suit: John Varvatos | Veil: Nina | Weddings Signs: Carly Bennett

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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.

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Summer
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Outdoor

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: Lazaro | 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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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 Photography | 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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Al Fresco Arizona Garden Wedding

What’s your idea of the perfect date? For this couple it was April 25 (and not only because of their Miss Congeniality reference), but because it was a date graced with one mouthwatering breakfast buffet, plenty of pastel accents, and wildly elegant blooms. Rachel Solomon was on hand to capture their darling “I do” and you can see the entire day unfold in the gallery!

From the beautiful Bride… David and I met in 2006 through mutual friends, out at a bar on Thanksgiving weekend, while we were students at Arizona State University. Before we dated, we were just friends, and we would all hang out with each other every weekend. We started dating in February 2007, and our relationship has only gotten more fun and full of love since. I moved to San Diego in 2009 to attend law school, and David lived in Scottsdale while I was there. We would see each other at least once a month, usually twice, when either he would come visit me and take me away from the stress of school, or I would come home and spend time with him and my family. I was so excited to finish school and move back in 2012. We adopted our dog, Pigeon, shortly thereafter; we then bought a home in Phoenix together in March 2013. In July of that year, I came home from work one day to find a trail of pink roses leading to our backyard, my favorite champagne chilling on the patio, “Somewhere Over the Rainbow” by Israel Kamakawiwo’Ole playing, Pigeon with a little white box tied to her collar, and David wearing the shirt he wore on our first date. He got down on one knee, untied the box from Pigeon’s collar, and asked me to marry him in the sweetest way. Of course I said yes!

I knew I wanted a spring wedding, and I also knew that I would make most of the details myself, so we decided to have a long engagement and get married in 2015. Before any other details were decided, I chose our photographer, Rachel Solomon, because I absolutely fell head over heels in love with her work. David and I are not very serious people, we laugh a lot, and try to be as lighthearted about life as possible. Rachel’s work captures natural, joyful moments so beautifully, and that was what was important to us.

We wanted a venue in Phoenix that was outdoors, very natural, but not too desert-y, which is not easy to find. The moment we got to The Farm at South Mountain, we fell in love. We booked a weekend in April when both The Farm and Rachel were available. We were lucky enough to set a date of April 25, which as the film Miss Congeniality tells us is “the perfect date,” because “it’s not too hot, not too cold, and all you need is a light jacket.”

The Farm is such a beautiful space that I knew a lot of decorations were not needed. The area we chose is called “The Canopy in the Grove” which is a perfect description of the space: there are tall, full, pecan trees in every direction of the grove, wrapped with small, white twinkle lights and strung together by big, round bistro lights. There is a natural flagstone patio that we used as a dance floor, which was directly in front of our lovely ivy-covered bar. I wanted a garden party feeling – nothing too formal, but a bit more formal than a backyard BBQ. I started collecting decorative birdcages while I was acquiring materials for decorations, including the mason jar flower vases used in our ceremony, as well as the moss-covered flower girl baskets.

I created all of the chalkboard signage, including our big chalkboard displaying our “Breakfast for Dinner” menu. David and I have always enjoyed breakfast more than any other meal; when we go out to celebrate a milestone, we usually go out for brunch. We wanted a memorable meal that reflected our personalities, and have yet to meet someone who didn’t love having breakfast for dinner. We worked with Santa Barbara Catering Co. to come up with a fantastic breakfast buffet for dinner, including breakfast-themed hors d’oeuvres.

I love the combination of gray and pink, so I played with various shades of gray in the bridesmaid and groomsmen attire, and added various pastel accents to the florals and decor, with an emphasis on pink and blush shades. My coworker Elisa Owen owns an Etsy shop, LetsWearDresses, which specializes in bachelorette party flair and customized paper party decor. We worked together to design and create all of the paper goods at the wedding, including the pennant flag table numbers & escort cards, the ceremony programs, and “Merci” banner for our gift table. She also helped me come up with our chicken wire escort card display frames, which David and I made together. It was such an awesome experience to design and create professional decor myself, and make a new best friend through the wedding planning process! Elisa helped me create the exact vision I had, which made my wedding so perfect.

I worked with my florist, Karen Bever of Boka Event Florals, to create very organic and natural flower arrangements that would play up the natural decor. She used a lot of greenery to help create wild, lush looks. I wanted a bouquet that looked like I had walked through an enchanted garden and picked myself. She created beautiful reception and ceremony florals, including a breathtaking display she had secured in the pecan tree under which we held our ceremony.

Angela Saban of Angel Cakes Bakery created the most beautiful dessert table I have ever seen. I cannot eat gluten, and the entire table of cake pops, cupcakes, macarons, and our beautiful bourbon butter pecan wedding cake, were gluten free. None of the guests knew until after we told them. Angela’s creations were as delicious as they were beautiful, and her dessert table was definitely a scene-stealer!

The day could not have been possible without Kelly Bernardi, my day-of coordinator whom I met years ago through a mutual friend. She met with me several times before the wedding to ensure that she understood my exact vision, and she totally did understand. I like to be in control a lot of the time, and I had no qualms about leaving everything in her hands so that I could completely enjoy my wedding day. She made my vision come to life, as did all of my amazing vendors. We were lucky enough to work with an amazing team that knew exactly what we had envisioned for our wedding day. We will always look back on that day as the most perfect way to start the rest of our lives together.

Photography: Rachel Solomon Photography | Floral Design: Boka Event Florals | Wedding Dress: Mikaella Bridal | Cake: Angel Cakes Bakery | Invitations: Minted | Shoes: Kate Spade | Rings: Schmitt Jewelers | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Dessy | Catering: Santa Barbara Catering | Makeup: Lauren Reid | Hair: Brian Baze, Gossamer Salon | DJ: Infinity Entertainment | Groom's Attire: Jos. A. Bank | Venue: The Farm At South Mountain | Bridal Boutique: Almond Tree | Bridesmaid Robes: Silk and More | Custom Stamps for Invitations: Mollie Meeks | Event Day-Of Coordination: Kelly Bernardi | Film Lab: The FIND Lab | Paper Goods: Let's Wear Dresses | Signage: Bride | Veil: Paloma Blanca

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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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“Fly Me to the Moon” Arizona Wedding Inspiration

Chock full of stellar details like “moon rocks” atop the escort cards and dessert table, a custom altar with a sweet crescent moon cutout, and adorable, intergalactic invitations printed with “I love you to the moon and back,” this inspiration shoot from Daniel Kim Photography is out of this world! Take a peek at the full gallery, and be inspired to feel your love sail among the stars — to infinity and beyond.

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From Tremaine Ranch… We love the idea of inspiration shoots. It is amazing to see all different vendors work together on creating something magical! When trying to come up with a unique concept; something that hasn’t been done before, Leah Theodosis with Tremaine Ranch decided to try to take inspiration from music. It all started with the romantic song “Fly Me to the Moon”. This is such a popular song that many people are familiar with. We knew there would be some sort of current way we could bring this song to life, visually. This song was originally written in 1954 by Bart Howard. It has made its rounds through many famous singers, including, Peggy Lee, Dean Martin and Nat King Cole.

We also wanted to incorporate many popular items that are slowly but beautifully popping up into the wedding & event styling world. Imagine industrial furniture, natural elements, crystals (moon rocks… if you will), hand painted backdrops and whimsical wardrobe with a 1920s -1940s vintage glam feel. Our color palette included deep tones of violet & blue hues, that were inspired by the agate pieces used on our table setting. Agate is prized for its extraordinary stripes of vivid color, which were a perfect contrast to the airy esthetic of film. We also used many pieces of amethyst in our decor. Jenn with Mignonne Handmade is a local Phoenix designer, who creates beautiful one of a kind head pieces. The pieces used incorporated crystals & amethyst, which completely tied our theme together.

We used The Icehouse in downtown Phoenix as our venue of choice. The warehouse style with the open ceiling was the perfect location for our day. It has a rich meld of refined elegance with industrial edge. Daniel Kim used the natural lighting to take beautiful film photographs throughout our shoot. Erica Marr created such a soft, elegant & vintage film that tastefully captures the day of our shoot. Using a version of “Fly Me to the Moon” as the music for the video, we couldn’t have imagined a more perfect film to showcase all of the hard work behind this concept.

Photography: Daniel Kim Photography | Videography: Erica Marr Films | Floral Design: Garden Gate Flowers | Makeup: Sandy Goldstein | Hair: Amy Freudenberg | Wedding Venue: The Icehouse | Bench Rentals, Cake Table, Custom Moon Backdrop & Alter: Tremaine Ranch | Cake & Macarons: Ruze Cake House | Concept & Styling: Leah Theodosis with Tremaine Ranch | Day of Assistant: Bekah Odgear with Tremaine Ranch | Paper Goods: Tiffany Egbert | Table & Chair Rentals: Native Events | Wedding Dress & Hair Accessories: Mignonne Handmade