View Posts By:




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


Event Venue

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

These Featured Designers are members of our Look Book.
For membership information, click here
Maggie Sottero


You'll love these vendors in Arizona

Rock Paper Scissors Events
View Portfolio
Harrison Hurwitz Photography
View Portfolio
Butterfly Petals
View Portfolio
Impact Events, LLC
View Portfolio
Calligraphy & Design, Sally Sa...
View Portfolio
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.

Country Club

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

These Vendors are members of our Little Black Book.
For membership information, click here
Serendipity Cinematography

Paradise Valley Wedding from Stephanie Fay Photography + Victoria Canada Weddings and Events

Any self-proclaimed SMP bride holds a special spot in our hearts. The reason we do what we do (aside from our extreme obsession with everything pretty, chic, and matrimonial) is for you. For the bride who spends her lunch hour scouring our galleries, reading our archives, and perusing our Pinterest. We’re happy to do it, and all we ask in return are a few pictures of your big day. Especially if it’s planned by one of our fab LBBers like Victoria Canada Weddings and Events. And extra especially if Stephanie Fay Photography captured about a million “to-die-for” moments.

If you’re not quite done, you’re in luck. I Do Films has a beautiful highlight film for us!


From the planner… Megan and Adam’s dream modern wedding was anything but ordinary. It was not a typical wedding- it was a beautiful ballroom wedding with a cohesive color story with the main color a rich blue. The same day edit film is just breathtaking!

Adam’s smile and sense of humor won Megan over that night they met. One year later they were happily engaged. Adam surprised Megan with a trip to Napa that she’s always dreamed of. He proposed with a custom ring that he designed for her on a walk at the Tournesal winery. Just like their engagement, they wanted their wedding be fun and flawless. They hired Victoria Canada Weddings and Events to help organize their perfect day. Victoria designed a stylish and elegant setting with a modern feel utilizing of a brighter navy blue and crisp whites and soft grays at the Montelucia Resort in Paradise Valley, Arizona.

The ceremony backdrop was the infamous and naturally beautiful Camelback Mountain. The reception took place in the in the Spanish inspired Valencia Ballroom at the Montelucia resort and spa. The gentlemen lounged by the pool outside the 3,000 + square foot Camelback Suite also used for the brunch on Sunday. The Ladies ate a light lunch and lounged in custom robes in the Andalusian Presidential Suite. The brightly lit space was filled with music and laughter and a perfect way to stat a wedding day.

Megan and Adam knew right away they wanted to get married at the Four Diamond Intercontinental Montelucia Resort and Spa. They have spent many brunches with their families here and fell in love with the venue. Megan wanted to bring in a unique design with a personalized quatrefoil pattern. The bride is an avid SMP reader and gained inspiration from numerous Style Me Pretty Weddings. It quickly turned into her “wedding planning go-to”. In Megan’s own words “I wanted my décor and design to lend itself to the resort, not compete with it. I absolutely loved the beautiful shade of blue tile in the resort’s gorgeous spanish fountains. So much so, that I decided to highlight this blue – not quite navy, not quite cobalt…a beautiful in-between – as the primary color throughout my wedding, with a simple background of white and pops of gray. Adam and I both love clean lines and a modern aesthetic. We used quatrefoil patterns as a nod to the Spanish Moroccan feel of the resort, and paired it with simple, modern fonts and text to keep the feeling contemporary.”

What made Megan’s wedding one of a kind was the branding of the wedding from start to finish. In Megan’s own words “My absolute favorite design element from our wedding had to be our quatrefoil monogram. I am a sucker for anything personalized, so being able to “brand” our wedding with customized items – the drink stirrers, laser engraved wine box, napkins, menus, cake stand, dance floor, etc. – made it feel that much more special and unique”

Before the wedding began, the guests were greeted at their hotel with a custom jute hotel bag that included all things Arizona such as Arizona Iced Tea, locally made Poore Brothers Potato chips, local Mexican chips and salsa, and Arizona sunscreen. It also included a hangover kit so they were prepared for the day after the wedding. The bags were large enough to be used at the pool and was a great ice breaker for guests lounging to know who was there for the wedding.

-Before the ceremony, the beautiful Gemma dress by Vera Wang hung on a Monogrammed “Mrs. Livingston” Hanger. She chose the Gemma dress because she loves how mermaid dresses accentuate a women and thought the dress was “artistic and dramatic, yet still soft and ethereal”.
-At the ceremony they had a Wine box with love letters to be placed inside- On their first anniversary they will enjoy the wine and read the letters. Wine is very symbolic to them because of their engagement in Napa.
-The seating cards were delicious chocolates completely customized from Rogue confections. With several different patterns the chocolate had patterns that had been used on the various paper products. Each Chocolate had a table number on them and were placed on a seating card with their name written by a local calligrapher. When you picked up your chocolate there is a hidden message for the guests! “Love is Sweet”
-Custom cocktail napkins with their initials monogrammed
-Monogrammed swizzle sticks and color coordinated straws
-They had their own signature drink which was a Prickly Pear Margarita representative of our Southwestern Flair
-Megan loved the idea of having a poster for the guests to sign because “I really wanted a momento of our guests that we could admire on a daily basis, rather than have tucked away on a shelf, so the custom made poster was a perfect choice” It was a gift from a guest that had their wedding date and was reminiscent of a vintage movie poster.
-Flip flops for the ladies with torturous high heels complete with a sign that said “Kick off your heels and Dance the Night Away!”
-Instagram sign #thelivingstons so friends and family could share their wedding!
-The Cake made by Piece of Cake desserts was solid white with a flower design, stood on a one of a kind monogrammed stand hand papered by the stationer.
-Custom etched champagne Flutes
-Monogram vinyl on white dance floor
-“Adams Cigars under the stars” which was a cigar roller with custom labels outside with lounge area for the men and some ladies. Enjoying a cigar at the end of the night with Camelback Mountain.
-Reverse happy hour that included hot dogs and sliders were a nice treat to the dancing guests!
-The lounge area had Decor monogrammed pillows that the couple later used in their new home.
-Letterpress invitations with a mix of patterns.
-Stunning mix of high and low sleek centerpieces.
-custom bars with high tables and tall Chameleon Chairs for guests to mix and mingle at an alternative setting vs. at guest tables.
-“Live” photo booth with props and a fun party favor for the guests! This crew was a big University of Arizona crowd and the props were all about the Wildcats!
-Same Day Edit from I Do Films. We had two TV’s with a resting screen with their monogram and some looping engagement photos. After the same day edit was completed we looped it at the bars for the remainder of the evening.

Cinematography: I Do Films | Cake: Piece of Cake | Invitations: Celebrations in Paper | Bridesmaid Dresses: Bella Bridesmaid | Hair: Amber Tillinghast | Band: The JJ's Band | Bridal Gown: Erin Cole | Ceremony Music : String Serenade | Cigar Roller: Fumar Cigar | Cocktail Music: Miguel De Maria Spanish Guitar | Event Design and Wedding Planner: Victoria Canada Wedding and Events | Linen: La Tavola | Linen: Southwick Linen | Make up : Jenna Irby | Photo Area: The Live Photobooth | Photography : Stephanie Fay Photography | Resort and Spa: The Montelucia Resort and Spa | floral design : Angelic Grove

These Vendors are members of our Little Black Book.
For membership information, click here
Victoria Canada Weddings and E...