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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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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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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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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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