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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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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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Desert Engagement Inspiration in Hues of Blue

After poring over the images from Brett Heidebrecht, I’m thoroughly convinced that all engagement shoots should be captured in a desert. There’s something about that dreamy red rock landscape that photographs impeccably. And with the cool blue styling by Kylie Swanson paired with king protea florals by Poppy Lane Design and the prettiest hand lettered save the date courtesy of Lindsay Letters, you’ll probably agree that this inspiration is one for the books.

From Brett HeidebrechtThe desert can be a scary place. Ragged rocks for days with not much life other than cactus sprouting up and scorching sun. But there is a lot of beauty in the desert as well. I teamed up with Kylie to produce this beautiful engagement session inspiration and the team she put together as the creative director and stylist was over the top. What better way to cool down the desert landscape than with hues of blue… so Kylie reached out to the folks at Neiman Marcus about outfitting our couple and we were blown away that they obliged to provide the wardrobe from head to toe along with some beautiful jewelry. My favorite had to be the light blue and very form fitting Victoria Beckham dress. It was such a nice contrast against the desert colors. We knew we wanted to add some floral elements but we didn’t want to forget that we were in the desert so we kept it as simple as possible and Poppy Lane Design really came through in a big way. Lastly we had the amazingly talented Juliet Grace and Lindsay Letters produce a map of the desert as well as a save the date to tie everything together. With all the details taken care of by Kylie, all that was left to me to do was shoot this beautiful and in love couple as they enjoyed some time gallivanting around in the desert.

Photography: Brett Heidebrecht | Floral Design: Poppy Lane Design | Creative Director / Stylist: Kylie Swanson | Film Processing: Richard Photo Lab | Paper / Calligraphy: Lindsay Letters | Paper / Calligraphy: Juliet Grace Designs | Venue: Phoenix Desert Mountains | Wardrobe: Neiman Marcus

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