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Romantic & Intimate Foodie Wedding Inspiration

Foodie brides everywhere, get ready to feed your wedding appetite with this gorgeous inspiration shoot from Elyse Hall Photography. Inspired by Arizona’s newest wedding venue, The Chef’s Kitchen, the vendors behind this beauty worked together to showcase the intimate space with a lush tablescape, gorgeous linens from La Tavola and romantic, organic florals. Satisfy your daily wedding cravings here.

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From Elyse Hall PhotographyThe Montelucia is one of the most enchanting and lovely destinations in Arizona to have a wedding! Recently they debuted a new wedding and event venue called Chef’s Kitchen. The concept behind this lovely new event space is to provide a location for intimate romantic weddings that reflect an organic and natural feel. This is appropriately named Chefs Kitchen, as all of the herbs and utensils used by the in-house Chef come straight from his personal kitchen and herb garden. During the design process, the resort also drew inspiration from the great Julia Child – whose kitchen aesthetic was demonstrative and accessible – with refined French undertones and accents. Guests truly receive a one-of-a-kind experience when in this space.

Showcasing this new venue was truly an honor for all of the collaborators involved. We wanted to accent the French/Provence theme in the design and decor. We started by placing a long rustic wood table in the kitchen, with European-inspired cross back chairs. Cart Blanche draped it with a beautiful lush garland that spanned then entire table with the most perfect white garden rose arrangements and different greenery flowing out of the garland. It was so dreamy, especially the candles interwoven with the garland. To bring in the natural French vibe, gorgeous blue china was used atop the table with mis-matching patterns. Each setting was accented with gorgeous chargers, glassware and flatware from EventRents. Creating a paper menu that reflected our French vision paired with the wood signage and foliage was a perfect combination. We also used blue glass stemware, which was a perfect touch. Across the room, the Chef’s butcher block counter top was covered in an array of delicious cheeses, meats and desserts- showcasing the amazing cuisine the resort has to offer.

Right away we knew we wanted an amazing cake that looked delicious and natural. We opted for a “naked” or lightly frosted cake, which lent itself to our organic overall feeling. As always, Ruze Cake House did a spectacular job in their execution. The Large white flowers, olive leaves and fresh berries as well as the large warmly lit candles helped to create a romantic vibe. The ‘Best Day Ever’ cake topper by Page & Mason Invitations was a perfect touch.

One of our favorite components is the Hydration Station. Being in the Valley of the Sun, this amenity is so necessary at every wedding. This is a design element that is fun to play around with – with endless options to bring in clever ideas. We wanted to stay within our organic vibe and go for variations of fresh lemonade and water with different natural additives like lemon and mint. The rich blue and green floral La Tavola linen was the perfect piece to pull this vignette together.

The ceremony site was enchanting and romantic. The perfectly paired garland and roses felt like an arch straight out of a French garden. Exactly what we wanted. The view of our famous Camelback Mountain was a perfect blend to top off the lovely shoot.

Our Models could not have been more perfect! The bride’s hombre hair was flawlessly done in loose curls and pulled half way up. I love the way the headpiece sat on the edge of her crown. The long billowy cathedral veil was such a gorgeous addition. The lace dress had a French organic feeling we were all in love with. Paired with a black tux and bow tie for the perfect look.

Photography : Elyse Hall Photography | Event Design: Imoni Events | Floral Design: Carte Blanche Design | Wedding Dress: Mariee Bridal | Cake: Ruze Cake House | Makeup: Sarah Sanmarco | Hair: Ruca Bowmen | Tux: Mr. Formal | Venue: Omni Scottsdale Resort & Spa At Montelucia | Cake Topper: Page And Mason Collections | Furniture Rental: Event Rents | Linens: La Tavola | Paper: Vee Creative | Ribbon: Silk and Willow | Wood signage: Page & Mason Collections

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Colorful Mexican Heritage Inspired Wedding

While I’m usually a fan of neutrals, I may be changing my tune as I fall more and more in love with the rainbow of colors incorporated into this festive fete. With the chic, crisp backdrop of El Chorro, the bright colors add the perfect amount of pop, from the flowers by Hoot and Holler to my new favorite ceremony arch. Rachel Solomon captured every stunning shade – see every beautiful bit right this way!

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From Rachel Solomon… This bright and colorful, Mexican heritage inspired Arizona wedding is a stunner! With amazing florals including tons of air plants, an incredible desert inspired cake, a picturesque ceremony backdrop, adorable hand-lettered coaster escort cards, and a fabulous Hayley Paige gown via Kleinfeld, this wedding is sure to be a unique favorite.

From the Bride… When we boarded the plane to NYC, a part of me prayed and hoped that this trip would be our engagement trip. On that trip I was on edge, and before I knew it Tommy was on one knee at Ladies Pavilion in Central Park. Before I could wipe my tears, 15 of our family and friends were there to celebrate and more importantly to begin the planning process! Could I really plan a day I had been waiting for my whole life? The answer was yes, and a venue and dress were selected in 48 hours.

I have watched Kleinfeld’s “Say Yes to the Dress,” every Friday since I was in high school, so when I had an appointment the next day, I wished for a long workout to fit in my dream dress! I had been following designer Hayley Paige for months, which was a secret to Tommy! Several dresses later my dream dress was before me and fit perfectly, it was everything I wanted and really drove our planning for our dream wedding, classy, romantic, intimate and a little bit sexy.

After we traveled back to Phoenix, Tommy and I stopped at El Chorro. We gleamed with excitement, from the gorgeous green Casa Paloma Lawn with views of Camelback Mountain, to the intimate all-white reception space. I knew decorating the space wouldn’t take much since this venue was classy and beautiful all on it’s own.

Because Tommy’s family was not going to be able to attend, I wanted to highlight the beautiful Southwest scenery and tie in his Mexican heritage. With a little consideration, I decided that we were going to throw a Classy Fiesta. I let Tommy have full control on the selection of a Mariachi Band. I think it’s safe to say he knocked it out of the park! After talking to Hoot and Holler, I knew I wanted bright colored flowers with white vases. I pinned and saved multiple pictures with crepe paper and arches covered in a variety of colorful flowers. I thought all of these arches reminded me of Tuxpan (where Tommy is from), where we visited two summers ago. The lush green landscape mixed with every color of the rainbow was exactly how I remembered that summer.

The Southwest/Mexican theme carried over to our cake topper, and into our picado flags that were in some of the cocktail hour centerpieces. I knew I wanted two cacti on the top of our cake, one to represent myself and another for my handsome groom. Jessi at Ruze Cake House came up with the idea to tie in Arizona State University for the adorable bow tie. The picado flags also reminded me of the art market while visiting the Ruins in Mexico. I searched on Etsy and found AyMujer who made our personalized flags!

After the venue and flowers were selected, all other details started to fall into place, and almost every detail pointed to making it personal. We wanted our guests to get to know us better, to feel the love, and be able to remember their own love stories. These details were found in our ceremony programs from B is Brown sharing information about how our relationship started, to Autumn Matney’s custom chalkboard coasters as escort cards for our guests. While our guest list topped over 200, we wanted each one of our guests to feel like they were the only ones in the room surrounded by love and a great time.

The only detail I struggled to capture were the accessories to accompany my dream dress, and I think this was so difficult because I couldn’t ask Tommy for his opinion. I looked and looked and looked, in fact it seemed like it was the only detail I wasn’t confident about until I found Lindsay Marie Bridal off of Kleinfeld’s Instagram. I stumbled upon a hair piece I loved and I instantly emailed the designer and owner, with an accompanying picture of my dress to help inspire. She made earrings and a hairpiece to match the Hayley Paige opal stones perfectly. After the accessories arrived, we were four weeks out and all our details were complete for our classy intimate wedding.

Our wedding would not have been what it was without the amazing support of our families and friends, and the creative coordination of Elizabeth Rush from Imoni Events.

All our details were captured perfectly from our videographer and photographer, Forever Films and Rachel Solomon Photography. Tommy and I felt at ease and wished to do it over and over! Because of their collaboration and flawless execution of our creative details, we were able to enjoy all the sweet and joyous moments of our beautiful day!

Photography: Rachel Solomon | Videography: Forever Films | Floral Design: Hoot and Holler | Wedding Gown: Hayley Paige | Cake: Rude Cake House | Invitations: Shannon Kirsten | Shoes: Kate Spade | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Nordstrom | Makeup: K Bella Salon | Hair: Salon Picasso | Band: The Walkens | Officiant: Barbara Sumner | Wedding Venue: El Chorro | Alterations: Sisters n' Stitches | Bridal Boutique: Kleinfeld Bridal | Bridesmaid Robes: Silk and More | Escort Cards & Signage: Autumn Matney | Event Coordination: Imoni Events | Film Lab: The FIND Lab | Jewelry & Hair Adornments: Lindsay Marie Bridal | Menswear: Celebrity Tux & Tails | Picado Signs: AyMujer | Programs: B is for Brown | Table Numbers: Page and Mason

Gilded in the Southwest Desert of Scottsdale, Arizona

Gilded to absolute perfection and sparkling in the gorgeous Arizona light, this stunner of a soiree captured by Pinkerton Photography and coordinated by A Day To Cherish  will leave you inspired to say the very least. From the stunning line up of bridesmaids gowns to the perfect mixture of blush, nude and metallics – this wedding has my heart, and you can see why here.

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From The Bride… I spent much of my childhood visiting family members in Arizona, and always held fond memories of the beauty the desert spring holds. When it came time to plan our wedding, Paradise Valley came up as the perfect location — allowing us to make a weekend of our wedding to spend more time with our closest friends and family. When Matthew and I first set foot in Casa Paloma at El Chorro, we new our search was done. The venue is so classic Arizona, and the view of Camelback Mountain in the background of the lawn was picturesque. We decided to allow the desert to provide much of the color, and stuck with a very neutral color palate – blush, nude, metallics, and a pop of navy so that Matthew could wear his traditional Air Force Mess Dress. Our wonderful vendors are really the ones who deserve the praise for pulling off my vision, as I was forced to plan from 850 miles away in Oklahoma. Late night phone calls, early morning e-mails — they definitely took my scattered ideas and formed a beautiful evening that Matthew and I will cherish for the rest of our lives.

Photography: Pinkerton Photography | Coordination: A Day To Cherish | Floral Design: Avant Garde | Cake: La Dolce Pesca | Ceremony Venue: El Chorro | Reception Venue: El Chorro | Bridesmaid Dresses: Rent The Runway | Makeup Artist: Glam Lounge | Hair Stylist: Glam Lounge | DJ: Desert House Productions | Ceremony Music: Sweetwater Strings | Jewelry And Accessories: Frou Frou | Linens: La Tavoloa

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Colorful Desert Inspiration Shoot

There are inspiration shoots, and then there is this bundle of desert romance captured by Daniel Kim Photography, a lush florals meets vibrant colors masterpiece.  It’s the kind of shoot reserved for only the prettiest of details with sophisticated stylings from Ayofemi Creative Studio, gorgeous blooms from Carte Blanche Design and a whole lot of sunshine.  See it all here

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From Daniel Kim Photography… The inspiration for this shoot came from the venue which features beautiful mission style architecture and an amazing desert backdrop. When people think desert, they think of dirt, rocks, and sand with brown and tan colors. We wanted to draw our color palette from the flowers and fruits that grow from the native cactus and plants, such as saguaro and prickly pear pink fruits, mint greens from agave and barrel cacti. Our florist Randi of Carte Blanche Design created the prettiest centerpiece, bouquet and hairpiece using vibrant colors (blush, light pink, and magenta) that complemented the season & surroundings which was filled with bougainvillea, olive trees, and desert plants.

Photography: Daniel Kim Photography | Styling: Ayofemi Creative Studio | Florals: Carte Blanche Design | Jewelry: Ashley Webber Jewelry | Venue: El Chorro | Female Model: Kyra Wennersten | Kimono: Urban Outfitters | Male Model: Kyle Kriesel

Rustic El Chorro Lodge Wedding

When A Day To Cherish is being the planning helm, pretty things happen my dears. Case in point? This gorgeous marrying of seersucker and hot coral, sprinkled with rustic elegance all over for a desert soiree at El Chorro Lodge. It’s an unexpected combo of styles that makes for one gorgeous array of images à la Pinkerton Photography.

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From A Day To CherishJeff and Kacey’s wedding at El Chorro Lodge was a perfect reflection of the two of them. It was understated and elegant at the same time, a bit rustic and very Arizona. They said their vows under a beautiful birch arbor accented with peach and coral flowers and a stunning mountain backdrop. The groom and his men in their seersucker suits (and mismatched ties) were the perfect compliment to the bright coral of the bridesmaid dresses and showed off Jeff’s individual style perfectly. As the night wore on, guests enjoyed a spectacular dinner and were invited outside to dance under the stars while enjoying an array of cookies and their choice of gelato fresh from the cart. Guest left the evening with their own jar of Jeff and Kacey’s favorite chopped cherry jam, something that they enjoyed together on their first date.

Photography: Pinkerton Photography | Event Planning: A Day To Cherish | Florist: Petal Pusher | DJ: Citron Sound Entertainment | Cookies: Paradise Bakery | Gelato: Frost Gelato | Hair/Makeup: Kensington | Rentals: Classic Party Rentals | Restaurant/Venue: El Chorro Lodge | Table Runners: LaTavola Fine Linen Rentals

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