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Simple, Elegant Wedding in Paradise Valley

The difference between rain ruining and not ruining a wedding is all in the attitude. You can cry and add to the amassing water on the ground, or you can grab your Hunter boots, head to the tent, and party anyway! Take a cue from this bride whose outlook is as charming as her tasteful bouquets and craft beer spread. We’ll also take it the water didn’t hurt Elyse Hall Photography‘s camera.  Get the full gallery here.



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From the bride… Kyle and I got married on November 23, 2013 in Paradise Valley, Arizona. It very rarely rains during the winter in the desert, but as luck would have it our wedding weekend now holds the record for second wettest November weekend in Arizona history. Because we had planned to have both our ceremony and reception outside, the week leading up to the wedding was extremely stressful. But despite the last minute changes that had to be made as a result of the weather, our vendors worked extremely hard to make sure our special day was what I had always dreamed it would be…

Kyle and I fatefully met through mutual friends while we were both living in California after college. It was love at first sight for him; I needed a little more convincing. On our first date he took me to Toy Story 3 and didn’t give me a hard time for crying at the cartoon movie; that is when I knew he was someone special. We dated for three years and enjoyed everything Los Angeles had to offer, but being an Arizona girl I was ready to move home. As our love was stronger than anything else, my wonderful future husband agreed to move with me. We got engaged on December 21, 2012. While others remember this day as the prediction for the end of the world (according to the Mayan calendar), for me it was the beginning of my new life.

My mom and I quickly became busy with wedding planning. I wanted to make every detail very personal: from getting ready at my parents’ house to incorporating things Kyle and I love into every aspect of the ceremony and reception. As a result “simple elegance” became the theme for our wedding. I envisioned having everything outside everything outside and dancing the night away with my prince charming under the beautiful Arizona stars. We also wanted people to leave the wedding feeling like they knew more about us than they did before. Instead of doing traditional table numbers, we used cities that had important meanings to Kyle and me (which my mom made!). Kyle loves beer so one of the bars was dedicated to craft brews. The other bars had signature drinks with our favorite cocktails. We had photos of us on the cocktail tables in place of traditional flower arrangements. The whole day was very much us.

Though the weather threatened to interfere with our big day, the rain actually made it all the more magical. As guests arrived, apple cider and hot chocolate was served to keep them warm until the commencement of the ceremony. And as I prepared to walk down the aisle the skies parted just long enough to allow us to keep the ceremony outside against the backdrop of the iconic Camelback Mountain. After cocktails, everyone moved into the reception tent. Thousands of lights were draped around the tent and crystal chandeliers hung from the ceiling. It was breathtaking. Dinner was served, toasts were given, some tears were shed, and then the party started. People got on the dance floor and didn’t leave until the music stopped. It was everything Kyle and I had wanted and so much more—not even the rain could keep us from dancing under the “stars.” So to all future bride out there who get rain on their wedding day: I promise what they say is true, it is lucky!

Photography: Elyse Hall Photography | Videography: Serendipity | Event Planning: Imoni Events | Floral Design: White House Design Studio | Wedding Dress: Martina Liana | Invitations: The Paper Place | Bridesmaids Dresses: Amsale | Hair: Will Zecco | DJ: Desert House Productions | Ceremony Music: Simply 3 | Bells For The Reception/ceremony: Kate Katenyc | Brides Rings: Legend Jewelry | Bride’s Rainboots: Hunter Boots | Bride’s Shoes: Badgley Mischka | Broach On Bouquet: Vintage | Ceremony & Reception Venue: Paradise Valley Country Club | Chalkboard Signs: Watermelon Stand | Groom And Groomsmen Attire: Egara | Groom’s Ring: Triton | Hanger (dress): Einspanner | Makeup: Corinna Cooke | Personalized Shirt: Pretty Personal Gifts | Photobooth: The Self Portrait Station | Rentals: Party People | Wood Signs: Go Jumpin The Lake

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Green Superstition Mountain Golf and Country Club Wedding

There are three things about this wedding that I will never, ever forget. First, the whimsical, almost fairy-like floral design from Butterfly Petals (I love). Second, the fact that the bride designed not only her gown, but four of the bridesmaids gowns as well. And finally, it’s the brides sweet as can be write up. Call me a sap, but she had me in tears. Elyse Hall didn’t help though, putting this beautiful gallery right under my nose.


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From Butterfly Petals… Sara is an artist who had a hand in not only the vision (Great Gatsby meets a wooded forest), but also created many details herself including her gown and her bridesmaids!

She asked me to create bouquets that didn’t look like bouquets! The bride’s bouquet featured an assortment of brooches the bride and her mother collected. Everything from heirlooms to quirky pieces like a golf bag and masquerade masks. The bridesmaids’ bouquets were created almost entirely out of trailing spanish moss and delicate wild flowers.

From the beautiful bride… Wyatt and I had been together for about 5 years when we finally got engaged. We have always been a couple of weirdos, trying not to take life too seriously. This is what makes us so great, and also probably our biggest flaw.

I wanted our wedding to reflect our personalities, strange, silly, and super nerdy. This meant, our wedding was to be a little whimsical, the garden in the desert, and a little silly, our reading including a children’s book about two dinosaurs in love. Our Judge even cracked a Jurassic Park joke (perfect). I also wanted, like most brides, our wedding to feel very personal. I studied Fine Arts and am a fashion designer, so I designed and made 4 of my 5 bridesmaid dresses. I also chose their shoes, jewelry, and made a few belts. More important than me feeling beautiful, was to make my bridesmaids (4 of them cousins) feel beautiful too. My cousins DJ-ed (they did an incredible job) and one of my best friends was the videographer. Of course, doing so much did make me lose some sleep and act a little weirder (than my usual weird at least), but you (hopefully) only marry once, so I believe you should make every part of it memorable.

Our wedding, while about Wyatt and my commitment and love, was also about our families, being joyous, and interconnected in our lives in this strange, strange world.

Photography: Elyse Hall | Floral Design: Butterfly Petals | Cake: Piece Of Cake | Shoes: Vince Camuto | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Anthropologie

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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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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 | Floral Design: In Full Bloom | Wedding Dress: Justin Alexander | 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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