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Intimate Arizona Desert Garden Wedding

Accentuating Arizona’s gorgeous landscape, this Desert Botanical Garden affair is stunning to say the least. Lovely details like cacti centerpieces, vibrant Tatum Flowers bouquets, touches of gold, and the gorgeous herb garden perfectly contrast the simplicity of natural terrain. Pinkerton Photography was behind the lens snapping up a gallery that radiates warmth and love, right here!

Colors
Seasons
Fall
Styles
Rustic

From Pinkerton PhotographyYesmina & Adam’s Desert Garden wedding was the perfect mix of gorgeous color & the simplicity of the desert – vibrant pinks & yellows set against the glowey green of the Botanical Garden & Herb Garden! Their aim was an intimate gathering for only their closest friends & family, most of whom would travel from afar, so accentuating Arizona’s gorgeous landscape seemed like the perfect idea. The cacti centerpieces, vibrant bouquets, touches of gold, and the gorgeous herb garden make up some of their lovely details. The day itself was as relaxed as can be, and I don’t think I’ve ever laughed so hard as I did with this crew. And I certainly have never before had a bride get down on her hands & knees (in her dress) to pick cacti spines out of my foot!! Excited to share this very unique day with you!

Photography: Pinkerton Photography | Wedding Gown: Annasul Y | Cupcakes: Urban Cookie Bake Shop | Bride's Shoes: Bette Mueller | Bridesmaids' Dresses: David's Bridal | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Banana Republic | Catering: Arizona Taste | DJ: Ray The DJ | Groom's Shoes: Prada | Cacti Centerpieces: Baker Nursery | Foral Design: Tatum Flowers | Men's Suits: Jos A Bank | Ties & Suspenders: The Tie Bar | Wedding Venue: Desert Botanical Garden Steele Herb Garden

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A Glitter and Gifting Holiday Afternoon + recipe

Wrapping is a daunting task for me. It always starts out fun but about 3 presents in I’m ready to throw everything in a gift bag, slap on a bow and call it a day. But if that wrapping were taking place with my girlfriends, cocktails and donuts at our fingertips, I think I would be singing a new tune. Have a look at this glittering wrapping party crafted by La RickiHoot And Holler and photographed by The Birdie Girl plus a yummy cocktail recipe below! And for even more, check out our 2014 Holiday Mag.

From La Ricki… Our inspiration was to bring girlfriends together, at any time of day, enjoy each other’s company and the spirit of the season. They sipped the crisp apple bourbon cocktail in vintage coupe glasses to add elegance. Rollover Doughnuts offered the most precious and delicious treats that melted in your mouth! The treats paired perfectly as the girls cozied up on the sofa with warm lattes.We kept the colors neutral with colors of creams, blush, and mixing metallic metals with a few pops of green. Hoot and Holler added amazing beauty with their gorgeous arrangements in metallic vases that added to the holiday feel. We accessorized with glass bead and tassel jewelry by the lovely Henny and Coco. Antique trays fitted with rustic wood held the cocktails and our pretty wrapping ephemera.

As friends enjoyed their sips and sweets they created simple, elegant gift wrapping in a few different ways. We wrapped with glitter washi tape making simple designs, chalk pen hand-lettering on kraft wrapping paper. And for the final finishing touches we mixed in hand-lettered gift tags in white and blush paper, mini ornament baubles to add a little glimmer and white felt bows. What was also truly important to us in bringing everyone together was uniting community by shopping local with small businesses. Every gift that was wrapped is a local and handcrafted good made in Phoenix, AZ.

Crisp Apple Bourbon
prep time
10 Minute/s
cook time
total time
10 Minute/s
Serves 8Ingredients
  • 1/2 cup maple syrup
  • 1/4 cup diced peeled fresh ginger
  • 1 cup bourbon
  • 1/2 cup pear vodka
  • 1/2 teaspoon Angostura bitters
  • 2 cups brut-style (aka dry) sparkling apple cider
  • 8 thin apple slices (optional, for decor)
Instructions
  1. Place all 3 ingredients in blender, on HIGH for 30 seconds. Cool and strain through sieve into bowl. Discard solids. Package syrup in decorative glass bottle.
  2. Combine 3 tablespoons maple mixture, bourbon pear vodka, and bitters in small pitcher. Add ice and stir 15 seconds. Strain 1/4 cup into each of 8 cocktail coupes. Top each glass with 1/4 cup cider. Garnish with apple slice, if desired. Serve immediately.

Photography: The Birdie Girl | Floral Design: Hoot And Holler | Accessories: Henny And Coco | Baker: Rollover Doughnuts | Coup And Tray Rental: Vintage Rusticity | Event Design + Planning: La Ricki | Gifts: Flora Apothecary | Gifts: Taylor Town Design Shop | Gifts: MAME Soy Candles | Gifts: Stapley Dolls | Invitations And Handlettering: Page And Mason | Pillows, Throw + Stags: Target

Cozy Kitchen Engagement Shoot

The idea behind this engagement shoot? Well, it’s really kind of perfect. Take two sweeties set in the kitchen with nothing but a recipe for galettes and a whole lot of love. The result is an authentic capture of togetherness…and to be honest, that’s what an engagement sesh is truly all about. The amazing Melissa JillAVE Styles and their team of collaborators brought the vision to life, and there’s lots more sitting right here.

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Seasons
Summer

From Melissa Jill PhotographyWe believe that engagement shoots don’t have to be incredibly elaborate. They should showcase the timelessness of a couple’s love for one another. For this inspiration shoot, we wanted to portray love in its simplest form: two people making food together, sitting down to share a meal and delighting in one another’s company – true quality time.

The team of creatives behind this project were ready to simplify things to show our clients that they can achieve a gorgeous, “pin-worthy” photo session in the comfort of their home. We wanted to showcase love the way many couples show love to one another – acts of service and quality time. Cooking for someone is an easy way to show them that you care. Even if your cooking skills aren’t the greatest, simply making a pot of coffee and sitting down together can be a cherished moment.

The home featured in this shoot is actually the home of our prop stylist – Coley from Junk in the Trunk Vintage Market. It’s real. It’s authentic. Love and life happens in this space every day.

Alex from AVE Styles chose simple clothing for Liz and Cesar, focusing on items that many couples might have in their closets: a denim jacket, khakis, a sweet dress, a t-shirt, an a-line skirt, etc. A mixture of pieces owned by the models and of vintage pieces from Grow Op, everything Alex chose felt “lived in” and comfortable. She even gave Liz a mismatched apron and a men’s shirt because that’s what real life often looks like – mismatched, comfy clothes pulled from our beau’s closet, and breakfast in bare feet. Stephanie Neiheisel kept Liz’s makeup very fresh. Many women don’t wear a full face of makeup every day at home, and Stephanie wanted to show brides that they can look naturally beautiful for their engagement photos, too.

Jessica with SEE Salt wanted the food to feel “lived in” as well. Galettes are great because their shape is never quite perfect. They look a bit messy, but they also take some time and care to make, which makes this breakfast more special. And it tasted delicious, too! However, she still wanted to stay simple and authentic, so she chose pressed coffee over a fancy latte.

The flowers were the icing on the cake! Hoot & Holler selected an easy color palette of green and white that added the perfect final touch. All of the flowers used are wild flowers that many can find in their own backyards.

Melissa Jill captured this inspiration engagement session on film to preserve the light, romantic atmosphere. Her photography caught and enhanced the glowing beauty of the everyday.

All of the collaborators in this styled shoot are excited to show our clients that casual and comfortable can be stunning!

Photography: Melissa Jill Photography | Concept And Wardrobe Styling: AVE Styles | Floral Design: Hoot & Holler | Makeup Artist: Stephanie Neiheisel | Food Styling: SEE Salt | Prop Styling: Junk In The Trunk Vintage Market | Wardrobe: Grow Op | Assistant: Alyssa Hodson – AVE Styles Intern | Models: Liz & Cesar Garcia With The Agency AZ | Venue: Private Residence