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Rustic + Romantic Arizona Summer Wedding

It’s no surprise that this Bride mastered the design of her summer wedding, after all, she’s a pro herself at Imoni Events, planning other lucky ladies weddings. But she not only scored style points for her own celebration but did it all on one amazingly savvy budget – we’re talking a $20 dress! Amy & Jordan Photography captured it all, and these pics are the perfect example of the Bride’s talent and taste, from the fun and fabulous bridesmaid dresses to La Tavola’s lovely linens. Don’t miss a second right this way!

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From Amy & Jordan Photography… Our beautiful bride Rachael is an amazingly talented wedding planner with a renowned planning company here in Arizona, Imoni Events. We had a feeling that her wedding was going to be beautiful, but we were even more blown away than we could’ve ever imagined! One of the coolest parts of her wedding was that she planned the entire affair with budget-savvy ways to save big. She and her friends MADE the food served at the reception, which was hosted in a friend’s backyard, and she only paid $20 for her wedding dress! We really admired her ability to save money and still throw one of the most gorgeous weddings we’ve ever seen! 

From the Bride… What made the planning process easy was simply letting some of the creatives do what they do best and that is to create! I inspired them with the color palette and gave them direction and said run with it, I trust you! When we started this process I had no idea what the color palette was going to be. A couple of my bridesmaids and I walked into Last Chance with low expectations and ended up walking out with five different colored dresses along with what would be my wedding dress. I had no idea what to expect when I walked into this place but for sure did not think I would walk out with a wedding dress that only cost me $20 and bridesmaids’ dresses that ranged from $15-$30! I was in awe and so excited to have what seemed like the deal of a century. I am glad I went in with no expectations and walked out with something that was literally perfect. The only thing I had mentioned to anyone at this point was that I really wanted a dress with cap sleeves and sure enough we found my dress right then and there. I had to get over the fact that I wasn’t going to be going to an actual wedding boutique to try on dresses and if you could see the iPhone photo of the people looking at me in the background you would laugh…not the typical wedding dress experience. No champagne or holding up a sign saying “yes to the dress” but it was perfect! I had three of my closest friends with me, we found a dress that was perfect for the feel I was going for and was definitely in my budget! 

Perry and I knew that we were going to have to be savvy when it came to planning our own wedding especially on a budget! So from the beginning we talked through what was most important to us, which is what I tell all of my brides! We sat down and said, photography, music, flowers and drinks were the most important to us. So that being said we had to be creative with the rest…That meant I was going to be in the kitchen cooking! :) We of course wanted to feed our guest but knew we could not provide a sit down meal, we wanted to enjoy the night and have one big cocktail party. This helped so we went ahead and decided we would do stations of chicken tacos, pulled pork sliders, a cheese and meats station, and a dessert stations. This allowed for us to make some of the food beforehand! I recruited a couple of my friends along with a ton of crockpots to make 80 pounds of chicken and about 60 pounds of pork! What a couple of days that was!!! In the end we had an amazing team that helped us throughout the whole day! 

It was one of the most magical days I have ever experienced! I loved going to bed the night before excited to wake up and say “I do” to the man God had picked just for me! I was so excited that this day would be a day that would hopefully reflect our love for the Lord and for one another! We know that marriage is a choice and Perry and I wanted the world to know that we were choosing to walk in the Lord’s faithfulness! One of Perry’s favorite things of the day was seeing the backyard come to life. He knows that this is something I do for a living but to be living it out as our own very day was like a dream. We were so thankful to all the people who helped prepare this amazing day and getting to see them, running waters out, and simply being able to see it transform before our very eyes was the coolest things. I was looking forward to our ceremony the most. I loved that the good news of the gospel was presented and our friends and family got to see our hearts behind the people we are today! I felt like I was glowing the whole day with our joy and peace. Walking into our reception seeing all our friends and dancing the night away was so amazing! I could not have asked for a better party to celebrate!

Photography: Amy & Jordan Photography | Cinematography: Serendipity Cinematography | Event Design: Imoni Events | Floral Design: Flower Studio | Cake: Ruze Cake House | Invitations: Page And Mason | Shoes: Last Chance | Shoes: Badgley Mischka | Jewelry: Nordstrom | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Jenny Yoo | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Last Chance | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Monique Lhuillier | Makeup Artist: Brenna Heater | Hair: Emily Hughes | Groom's Attire: Black Tux | Venue: Private Residence | Bartenders: Pour Masters | Bridal Boutique: Last Chance | Coffee Station: Adopted Coffee | Linens: La Tavola Linen | Rentals: Event Rents | Servers: Party Staff | Stationery Design: Freed Hands

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Romantic + Traditional Paradise Valley Wedding

We’re all about a zest for life that’s contagious, and this next celebration is rampantly joyful. I’m talking confetti filled mornings, champagne fueled toasts, and elegant florals that’ll have you boldly bookmarking. It’s an ode to traditional complete with Greek touches that’ll leave you captivated. Amy & Jordan snapped every second in the gallery and it’s all right here!

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From Amy & JordanThe Omni Montelucia, in Paradise Valley, Arizona, was the perfect venue for this darling couple that have an amazing zest for life. Ashley Gain designed an absolutely gorgeous day for Jena and Chris, and with incredible florals by Carte Blanche, it was a dream!

“Are you having fun?!” she asked us. All. Day. Long. You see, that’s Jena. From the moment we sat down with her and Chris over coffee almost one year ago to talk about her Montelucia wedding, we could see that she lived fun inside and out. She’s got a zest for life that’s contagious. There was even a mini celebration with her girls, the morning of her wedding, complete with confetti and champagne! She just has a joyfulness that runs rampant everywhere she goes. She’s energetic and positive, outgoing and hilarious. She’s Greek, and it’s obvious.

And Chris? He’s the ballast. The flip side of the coin. Calm, cool, and collected. And kind. So kind. The kind of kind that bumps into another groom at the same venue just minutes before they’re supposed to see their brides for the first time and says, “Hey, man, have you seen your ceremony setup yet? It looks great! Come check it out!” It was a pretty cool sight to see, two grooms seeing each other before seeing their brides, congratulating each other on an awesome occasion, not knowing each other moments before and unlikely to ever meet or cross paths again. Chris is that kind of kind.And this wedding had so much laughter, so much joy!

This couple live life to the fullest and reminds those around them to live in the moment and make every minute count. That’s the Greek in them both. Because, after all, the word “opa!” means stop. Celebrate. You’re right where you’re supposed to be.

Photography: Amy & Jordan | Videography: Everly Films | Event Design: Ashley Gain | Floral Design: Carte Blanche Design | Wedding Dress: Destiny’s Bride | Wedding Dress: Lian Carlo | Invitations: Delightful Ink | Shoes: Stuart Weitzman | Bridesmaids' Dresses: J. Crew | Catering: Omni Montelucia | Makeup Artist: Angelica Warwick | Hair Stylist: Chelsea Sprinkle | DJ: Desert House Productions | Venue: Omni Montelucia | Dessert: Paula Jacqueline | Linens: La Tavola Fine Linens

Southwest Inspired Rehearsal Dinner at The Historic El Chorro Lodge

Margaritas and merriment are the ultimate pairing and this rehearsal dinner shot by Brushfire Photography has got me wishing for another round. With Victoria Canada Weddings And Events behind the scenes crafting every colorful moment, the evening was complete with cinnamon churros and a Southwestern sunset. It’s a gallery worth toasting and you can see it all here!

From Victoria Canada Weddings & EventsA vibrant and festive rehearsal dinner was the perfect setting for an LA couple getting married in Phoenix, Arizona. Michelle, a Native Arizonian along with her Groom, wanted to highlight the desert elements they both loved. Both Bride and Groom attended the University of Arizona but met and fell in love in Los Angeles. The Bride and Groom envisioned a fun but sophisticated party to kick off an epic wedding weekend. Victoria Canada of Victoria Canada Weddings and Events worked together with the Mother of the Bride- a talented interior designer to develop the perfect palette.

Guests enjoyed cocktails with the breathtaking view of Camelback Mountain at the Historic El Chorro Lodge- nestled in the exclusive Paradise Valley area. Sipping Prickly Pear margaritas or for the more daring guests-Jalepeno Infused Margaritas as a Spanish guitarist entertained them was quite the welcome. Guests picked up their escort cards that were based off the traditional Mexican Fiesta Banners and ate a family style dinner in the intimate courtyard. Bistro Lights strung overhead lent a romantic glow. Mixing the beautiful patterned linen from La Tavola with colorful custom Serape Runners Victoria Canada Commissioned were the perfect backdrop for the colorful potted flowers.

The dinner was held in the grass courtyard, part of the original 1930’s structure at El Chorro. Green chili Enchiladas, Short Ribs and Tamales were topped off with Traditional Mexican Wedding Cookies and Cinnamon Churros. Toasts abound. Margaritas and Mexican Beers raised to toast the bride and groom- the perfect kick off fiesta!

Photography: Brushfire Photography | Cinematography: Vortex | Event Design: Victoria Canada Weddings & Events | Event Planning: Victoria Canada Weddings & Events | Floral Design: Petal Pushers | Venue: El Chorro Lodge | Linen Rentals: La Tavola Linen | Paper Goods: Celebrations In Paper | Rentals: Victoria Canada Weddings & Events

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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 & Herb Garden at Omni Scottsdale Resort, 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 Photography | 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

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