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Saturday Morning Movie: Chic + Modern Ritz-Carlton Wedding

You know those couples that just always seem to be loving life? Can you imagine how much fun they had at their own wedding? Well, imagine no more. Black Sheep Filmworks captured all the excitement and joy live for Aja and Jason during their Ritz-Carlton wedding, where laughter, chic decor and even fireworks couldn’t steal the show from these two. Be inspired by their love with this clip below!



From Black Sheep Filmworks“We are excited about our fireworks show! Room drapes, lounge, macaroons, designer tux, TWO dresses, Jimmy Choo shoes, cufflinks, watches, Man Crates, and Kate Spade gifts, the cigar bar, signature cocktail, afterglow menu, hip-hop violinist, and DJ Felli-Fel, but most of all… WE ARE GETTING MARRIED!!!”….These were a few of the many things that Aja and Jason were excited about as they filled in their wedding questionnaire prior to their ahhmazing Ritz-Carlton Dove Mountain Wedding fête! They wanted nothing more than to spoil their guests with delicious food, great music and cocktails as they celebrated their new life as husband and wife. Striking, modern design graced everything from the invitations, to the lounge decor, to the macaroon boxes, in hues of black, white and silver. Hip-hop violinist, Josh Vietti, played during the ceremony and cocktail hour, much to the guests’ delight. DJ Felli-Fel emceed the reception, and the dance floor was packed! Aja appeared in her second gorgeous gown during the grand entrance to rousing applause. Tucson experienced a tremendous thunderstorm during the reception, but the skies cleared for a bit, and not even Mother Nature was going to put a damper on the fireworks show. Aja and Jason stood in the rain, under a Ritz-Carlton umbrella, as the sky filled with color. Guests enjoyed an afterglow party, with late night bites, and celebrated into the wee hours. Modern, sophisticated and rather magical…Cheers to the Greers!

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Photography: Justine Miller Photography | Cinematography: Black Sheep Filmworks | Event Design: Atelier De LaFleur | Floral Design: Atelier De LaFleur | Wedding Dress: Gigi Bridal | Invitations: Brie Dumais Designs | Hair + Makeup: I Do Hair & Makeup Artistry | DJ: DJ Felli Fel | Ceremony Music: Josh Vietti | Venue: The Ritz-Carlton Dove Mountain

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Color + Style Combine For This Vibrant Desert Wedding

Is there such a thing as a wedding crush? Because if my feelings for this colorful celebration are any indication, then there absolutely is because I’m swooning. Captured by Elyse Hall at the strikingly beautiful Tanque Verde Guest Ranch, it’s an affair that I’m not soon to forget. See it all in our Vault right this way and get ready to “Favorite” this beauty to come back to over and over again.


From the couple… When we were discussing where we would want to have our wedding, both of us agreed that the desert in either spring or fall would be perfect for us, because Shannon was born and raised in Tucson, AZ. We did not have to look long before we found the Tanque Verde Guest Ranch (TVR) – which is a dude ranch and western horseback riding property. It was striking to us how perfectly at home we felt out in this desolate area of the Saguaro National Desert and we fell deeper in love with each other as we fell in love with the Tanque Verde Ranch and all its inhabitants, we knew it was the place for us. As for the actually wedding, the entire weekend was about saying yes: to our commitment to one another, to our devotion to all of our friends and family, to celebration and fun, to challenges and conflict, to abundance and growth, and most of all, to love.

For us, our wedding was about meaningful ceremony, ritual, community and most of all, celebration. Every single component of our weekend was purposeful and reflective of our vibrant life we share together in western Massachusetts.

We hired Sam from Imoni Events as our wedding planner extraordinaire and it was, hands down, the best decision we made – other than the one to marry each other. We did a lot of shopping around for planners and assumed, as queer people, that we would need a planner from New York or LA who could both get our vision and taste and also treat us right as queer people getting married in Arizona. We immediately felt comfortable with Sam and the amazing partners she recommended for us!

The entire 16-month experience of working with her and her team of vendors was an absolute delight. With her help, we connected with the amazing Elyse Hall Photography, phenomenal floral designers Atelier de LaFleur and our wonderful stationer, Celebrations In Paper. Together, along with the exceptional event coordinators and staff at TVR, they completely captured our vision and brought our wildest dreams to life! We felt their passion and their talent erupted on the wedding day and after, with our stunning wedding photographs! In the end, our instinct to get married in the desert was the most perfect cosmic decision. We had the best weekend of our lives!

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Photography: Elyse Hall Photography | Event Planning: Imoni Events | Floral Design: Atelier De LaFleur | Cupcakes: Nadine's Bakery | Stationery: Celebrations in Paper | Hair + Makeup: Heather Van Houten | DJ: DJ Hermilo Guzman | Ceremony Music: Naim Amor | Venue: Tanque Verde Guest Ranch | Crest Design: Bird Black | Napkins: Wildflower Linen

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Get Ready for Game Day with these Home-Gating Essentials

Whether you’re a diehard football fan or just love an excuse to throw a great party, the Football Bettys and Victoria Canada are serving up easy + yummy ideas to add to your game day festivities.  From treats, to sips and accessories too, check out how to add some oomph to your home-gating. Plus the cutest idea for a football centric hostess gift captured by Annie Randall can be found in the VAULT.

The Grub

We love to set up snack stations for our “home gating” parties. Pretzels or popcorn in cute little paper cups allow your guests to snack without leaving the couch! Some other ideas to try…

Salted Beer Football Pretzels
Spicy Caramel Bacon Popcorn
3 Bite Pulled Pork & Biscuits
3 Bite Tacos w/ Avocado Cream
Mini 3 Layer Cakes


The Cheering Essentials

This NFL book of referee calls is a fun little addition to the football festivities. And a few more decorative ideas to include in your game watching…

DIY Newspaper Party Poms
Tassel Drink Stirrers
Rating Cards


Thirst Quenchers

Wash down all those delicious snacks with your favorite signature cocktail like the Shakedown Shandy. Grab the simple recipe below plus a few other options to sip…

Champagne Beer Jello Shots
Apricot Whiskey Smash
Boozy Lemonade
Classic Moscow Mule

Sack'Um Shandy
prep time
4 Minute/s
cook time
total time
4 Minute/s
Serves 2Ingredients
  • 4oz of Ginga Syrup
  • 1oz of Lemon Juice
  • 1 bottle of Ale Smith IPA (or your favorite IPA)
  1. Fill two pint glasses with ice
  2. Divide Ginga Syrup and Lemon Juice between glasses
  3. Top it off with the Ale Smith IPA
  4. Clink glasses and cheer!
50 Recipes for Game Day
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50 Recipes for Game Day
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Photography: Annie Randall Photography | Event Design: Football Bettys | Event Planning: Victoria Canada Weddings and Events | Make-Up: Linda Wagner | Hair: Salon Red Scottsdale | Artisan Cocktail Mixs: Iconic Cocktail Co. | Beer: Alesmith IPA | Football Shaped Bread: Eat The Ball | Graphic T-shirts: Live Love Gameday | Hostess Gift: Presently Plum | Location: The Royal Palms | Model Talent: Kyle Kriesel | Paper Products: Page And Mason | Resort and Spa: The Royal Palms | Soda Water: Fever-Tree Soda Water | Sparkling Wine: One Hope Wine | Tequila : Casa Migos Tequila

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