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Al Fresco Scottsdale Wedding + Stunning Two-Piece Dress

Last fall, we gushed for our love of the rising two-piece dress trend. And since, we’ve added lots of lovelies to The Vault, which makes me all sort of happy (I would totally rock a two-piecer if I could do it all over). So, this beauty right here in her Rue De Seine dress and Sarah Seven combo gets all the fashion-wows from me. Captured by Paige Jones Photography, you can see the entire day right here!

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From Paige Jones PhotographyCaitlin and Paul had the sweetest winter wedding in Scottsdale Arizona. It was a family affair, her sister Paige photographed and filmed the day and her brother Tanner was the officiant. Caitlin was breathtaking in her Sarah Seven skirt and Rue De Seine top, and later changed into a sparkly Seven Cropped top! When her first wedding dress unexpectedly was nothing like the gown she tried on, Caitlin rushed to find a replacement weeks before her wedding. Luckily it all worked out and she looked breathtaking. The bridesmaids wore blush and nude tones while the groomsmen wore navy suits. Posies florals worked magic and found the most beautiful blooms, in December! There were many unique touches such as the decorative table runners and gold brushed accents and the loveliest floral wristlets for the bridesmaids. Also, the bride had the sweetest personalized drawings made of each bridesmaid to give as a gift. 

From the Bride… What did you envision your wedding being prior to planning? Honestly I didn’t really have a vision of what I wanted it to look like. I did know a few things. I wanted it to be my closest friends and family. We were able to keep it to around 80 people! I always knew I wanted my brother to officiate. He was hilarious, heartfelt, and knows us so well. I definitely lucked out having the most amazing photographer as a sister. It was a relaxed family affair and that’s exactly what I was hoping for.

What was your color palette and your style vision? I am gold obsessed! So there were small touches of gold everywhere. I had a glam theme for my bridesmaid so there were hints of gold, blush, and even some florals mixed in.

What unique elements or DIY details did you include? I wanted to get my girls something different. I must have scoured Etsy for months. I ended up coming across an artist (Reani) who does custom portraits. After going back and forth about the details she NAILED it. I framed each portrait and had it waiting for the girls when they arrived at the house. I thought they turned out so cute and captured everyone’s personality perfectly.

What was your favorite moment? Your favorite crafted detail? Well, we ended up having about a 30 minute rain delay before the outdoor ceremony. Yes outdoor. Everyone kept walking into my room with these worried faces. We decided to wait out the rain. It actually was a blessing in disguise because we all cheered when the rain stop and when we started our vows the sky parted and the sun came out. We ended up having even better photos because of the rain!

Tell us about your flowers, your gown, your favors, your cake etc.? We could not have picked a better florist. I know absolutely nothing about flowers so I put all of my faith in Jami at Posies Florals. She killed it! I couldn’t tell you the name of one flower, but from my bouquet to my dog’s collar it was gorgeous!

My gown was a bit of a debacle to say the least. The dress I ordered originally, showed up in a different material! I had around 3 weeks to find something new. I ended up ordering a gorgeous Sarah Seven skirt that I paired with a lace Rue De Seine top. The blush colored piece I wore underneath I purchased from Free People the day before the wedding! As crazy as that sounds I am so happy my original did not work out because I loved the look and I even ordered a glam Sarah Seven top to change into for the reception.

What is one piece of advice that you could give brides to be? You know we are WOMEN! We tend to worry about the tiniest of details. My friend gave me the best advice going into the planning process. She said worry every day if you have to about details, about weather, about anything. But when your rehearsal day starts, you are not allowed to worry about one single thing. If something goes wrong it doesn’t matter, just enjoy and live in the memories of that day. I took her advice and am so glad that I did.

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Photography: Paige Jones Photography | Cinematography: Keith Jones | Event Planning: Sitting In A Tree | Floral Design: Posies Florals | Wedding Dress: Rue De Seine | Wedding Dress: Sarah Seven | Invitations: Studio BDR | Catering: Mustache Pretzels | Calligraphy: Miss Multee | DJ: Austin Hendrix Productions | Venue: Palm Lake Oasis | Desserts: Ruze Cake House | Table Runner: Studio DBR

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Elegant + Organic Al Fresco Arizona Wedding

This first pic? It’s totally stealing the show. The light, the dress’s silhouette, and that veil. But keep on scrolling because our wedding crush continues to grow with each pic by Rachel Solomon. The icing on the cake? The whole shindig was planned in only eight weeks. So we bow down to this beautiful Bride and Outstanding Occasions, because you guys made magic happen – see it all in our Vault right here!


From the Bride… John and I are high school sweethearts from the suburbs of Minneapolis, going on 10 years together. He proposed in August of 2015 at my family’s cabin on Flathead Lake, Montana. It was an unforgettable day!

Once we started talking locations and dates for the wedding, we thought a shorter engagement would be just enough time to plan our dream wedding in Rio Verde, Arizona – a place that is very special to John’s family and a place we vacation frequently. We had decided May of 2016 would perfect.

A day before we put deposits down for the wedding, we found out some unexpected news… that we were expecting! May 2016 went from being our wedding month to the month our baby would be born. John and I talked through our options for the wedding and we decided we still wanted to plan our dream wedding, but move it up to November 14th, 2015. We had eight weeks to plan our dream destination wedding and I don’t know how we pulled it off, but it was the most memorable, amazing day of my entire life.

We had around 150 of our closest family and friends all from out of town make the last minute trip to Arizona to be with us on our special day. That was the most important thing to us. As long as the people we loved the most were there, everything else could’ve gone wrong, and it would’ve been okay!

(Funny side note…my dress didn’t zip three days before the wedding so we had to overnight the size up and it got there the day before and fit perfectly!)

The cool thing about our wedding was that it felt so much like us, and I think it’s because we had to make quick decisions without second guessing. We had the most amazing wedding planner who we were in contact with almost every single day for eight weeks before the wedding. Without her, nothing would’ve been possible. When we showed up to the ranch on our big day, we were beyond amazed with the transformation of the place. It went from being just a simple, old, rustic ranch to a beautiful, unique and stunning venue.

The other most important things to us were to get a great photographer and an awesome DJ. I don’t know how we were so lucky to get Rachel as our photographer with such a short window of time before the wedding, but we were so lucky to have such a talented and wonderful person with us on our big day. We are so happy we have these photos to show our children and grandchildren someday. Eric from the DJ Firm made the trip to AZ from Chicago for our wedding and we are so glad he did. In my opinion it is hard to find a DJ that keeps everyone on the dance floor all night… and that he did!

From Outstanding Occasions… After getting to know a bit about the couple and their vision for their wedding day, Outstanding Occasions designed the wedding to be simply elegant with rustic touches. The color palette was soft and neutral, incorporating cream, ivory, blush, and pale grey with accents of gold and dark green.

The wedding day began with a rustic statement, as guests were led to the Rio Verde Ranch by grey-stained, wood directional signs with hand lettering and calligraphy by Freed Hands. Once there, they were in for a treat. The ceremony played off the natural beauty of the Rio Verde Ranch. A birch arch was placed on the large grassy area at the Ranch and was accented in each of its corners with large floral sprays in ivory, champagne and blush, including white hydrangea, Majolica spray roses, Sahara Roses, blush stock blossom, Queen Anne’s Lace and Silver Dollar eucalyptus leaf, with succulents tucked into the floral. The aisle was dusted with ivory rose petals and wood vineyard chairs provided elegant guest seating. Natalie and her bridesmaids carried hand-tied, loose, ivory bouquets with touches of blush, greenery and succulents, wrapped in antique white ribbon.

After the ceremony, guests followed a dirt path lined with large rustic lanterns to cocktail hour. Guests left their “Advice and Well Wishes for the Bride and Groom” on ivory, silver and green cards which they placed in an antique wooden bucket hanging from the Ranch’s existing wishing well. The wishing well was accented with a green garland.

To bring in another rustic element, Outstanding Occasions arranged square ivory escort cards by Vee Creative on a tall wood palette wall with flowing green garland and hanging ivory ribbon. Hand passed hors d’oeuvres by M Catering, an abundance of heaters, fun lawn games including giant Jenga and corn hole, and bluegrass music by Arizona Folk Ensemble kept guests happy and entertained.

For dinner, guests returned to the large grassy area at the Ranch where a mixture of round tables draped with Tuscany Natural linen and dark wood Descanso tables were surrounded by brightly shining Portofino lights. An abundance of candlelight and lush floral by Lux Florist provided an aura of elegance to this dinner under the stars.

To end the spectacular night, guests headed back to the cookout area where The DJ Firm kicked up the party! John and Natalie sure do know how to party – they flew in The DJ Firm all the way from Chicago to entertain their guests. In addition to the lively music, guests posed for photos in the photo, enjoyed scrumptious desserts including mini cupcakes and macarons, and devoured late night pizza.

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Photography: Rachel Solomon | Event Planning: Outstanding Occasions | Floral Design: LUX Florist | Wedding Dress: Nicole Miller | Cake: Ruze Cake House | Stationery: Vee Creative | Bridesmaids' Dresses: BHLDN | Catering: M Culinary Concepts | Hair + Makeup: Glam Lounge | DJ: The DJ Firm | Band: Arizona Folk Ensemble | Transportation: Copper Star Transportation | Venue: Rio Verde Ranch | Lettering + Calligraphy: Freed Hands | Photo Booth: The HIP Booth | Rentals: Cre8ive Event Rentals | Ring Box: The Mrs Box

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Morada Bay Weddings

Seaside weddings make my heart happy.  And a seaside wedding at Morada Bay?  Well, that’s an entirely new level of joy.  Think a breathtaking bayside setting, a talented team of wedding experts and a never-ending lineup of fabulous resources that will turn that dream day into an absolute reality.  We are sooo on board.

From their stunning locale in the heart of Islamorada to their staff that knows everything there is to know about throwing a fabulous party, Morada Bay’s fabulous accommodations and sparkling beaches were simply made for marrying.  Which means that whether you’re planning a small, intimate affair with just your nearest and dearest or a grander event with 200 special someones, Morada Bay has JUST what you are looking for… and all overlooking those pristine beaches and glistening waters the Florida Keys are known for.

Contact Morada Bay TODAY to begin planning your unforgettable wedding.  We CAN’T WAIT to see the results.

Photography (Top to Botton): Maxime Photo & Video (Photos 1,3,6) + Pierre’s (Photo 2) + Jannette De Llanos Photography (Photo 4)