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Backyard Phoenix Wedding from Some Like It Classic

There is something so sweet about a vintage chic fête, and when that pretty party just happens to be hosted in the backyard of the Bride’s grandparents – it gets that much more adorable. This wedding, snapped up beautifully by Elyse Hall and edited perfectly by Some Like It Classic, is just the definition of sweet and darling and beautiful and a million other lovely adjectives I could spend the day listing. So I’ll leave you with this gallery of goodness, so you don’t miss a second of the sweetness. See it all here!

From the Bride… When people ask me to tell them my love story I can sum it up in two words…“We met.” Dallas and I (Elle) met on the first night of my freshman year in college. I called my mom that night after Dallas and I spent the evening getting to know each other. I told her that I man I was going to marry. Her response was “Didn’t I just drop you off at school a few hours ago?” After dating for about a year, we decided that we should pick a date to join our lives together forever.

Dallas and I got married on March 10th, 2012 in Phoenix, Arizona. We decided to get married in my grandparents’ backyard, which is located in the Biltmore Estates. Not only did we choose the venue for its beautiful view of the golf course and the lovely surroundings, but also for the sentimental purpose of getting married in the backyard of my grandparents. It’s also where my parents, as well as my aunt and uncle, were married years ago. One of my favorite parts in regards to planning my wedding was all of the projects that were done by hand. I owe A LOT of thanks to my mom and sister, who slaved away hours a day hand-painting and hot gluing. One of my favorite wedding details were the hand-stenciled burlap tablecloths; Talk about a love hate relationship. The tablecloths were the most difficult and time consuming task that my family and I took on before the wedding. Nevertheless, they turned out to be my very favorite detail of the day.

The wedding day was absolutely a dream come true. Everything turned out better than I could have ever imagined. I will never forget having all of my family and friends gathered together with my husband’s family and friends. I constantly reminded myself to take mental snapshots in my head. If I could give brides one thing to remember on their wedding day, it would be to make sure that you EAT AND DRINK WATER. Also, I would tell them to take in very minute because the day goes by so fast.

Wedding Photography: Elyse Hall Photography / Wedding Venue: The Bride’s Grandparents’ Home at Biltmore Estates in Phoenix, Arizona / Event Design + Planning: Some Like It Classic – Wedding and Event Design / Floral Design: Table Tops, Etc. / Wedding Cinematography: Serendipity Cinematography / Wedding Invitations: PaperCrazy / Rentals: Classic Party Rentals / Wedding Dress: Melissa Sweet / Bride’s Shoes: Steve Madden

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Phoenix Anniversary Photo Session from Buffy Dekmar Photography

Anniversaries are indeed a thing to celebrate and one way that has grown in popularity and one that we are so on board with is an anniversary photo session. What better way to capture your first, second or twentieth for that matter? This number by Buffy Dekmar Photography has so many great elements folded into the mix. A happy couple, a beautiful bouquet by Emily Burton Floral Design, styling by Imaginale and enough pretty pictures to fill up a photo album with you and your love. See so much more right here.

From Buffy Dekmar PhotographyThis beautiful series of photos comes from an anniversary photo session in Phoenix, Arizona, this summer, with a few sweet styling ideas mixed in that would be perfect for a wedding or an elopement! I especially love the movement of the dress, the gold wire crown and gold accents, and the way the secluded corners of the venue lend themselves to romantic photos of the couple. And that hair style! These elements, along with the lighting and the colors in this desert courtyard, give this set of photos a whimsical feel with a little bit of Mediterranean flair.

Photography: Buffy Dekmar Photography / Venue: Boojum Tree Hidden Garden in Phoenix, Arizona / Design: Imaginale / Floral Design: Emily Burton Floral Design / Bride’s Dress + Earrings: Nostra Style House / Bride’s Crown: WireDreams / Hair: Miriam Kenly of Leidan Mitchell Salon / Makeup: Sydney Goldstein of Leidan Mitchell Salon / Styling Assistance: Simply Audree Kate / Bride’s + Groom’s Shoes: Nordstrom Last Chance / Gold Rings: Street Bauble / Groom’s Attire: H&M / Groom’s Tie: Penguin

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Arizona Barn Wedding from About Love Inspired Photography

This wedding is just as sweet as they come. Plain and simple. Two high school sweethearts, darling DIY details and a beautiful barn setting – it’s all enough to make any SMPer smitten. Even better? We get to see it all come to life through the talented lens of About Love Inspired Photography, making it just that much sweeter. And of course it doesn’t end here, skip on over to the full gallery for even more!

From the Bride… Tony and I were high school sweethearts, together seven years prior to getting engaged. The instant we started planning, we knew what kind of wedding we wanted to have: a rustic vintage affair — not too big — in a barn. Our venue, The Windmill Winery, is in the middle of nowhere in Florence, Arizona, and it has a beautiful barn, which was tough to find in Arizona. The little touches of the owners made it so unique and special. So we booked it almost a year and a half in advance and had a date of 11/12/11. Once we got to planning, I was a full-blown DIY bride. My mom and I made burlap table clothes, the men’s boutonnieres, tracked down balsa wood flowers for the bouquets, handmade every favor of flower seeds in test tubes and even designed our own invitations. It was a year of endless projects to make things memorable for our guests. We even handmade the grapevine initials for the barn door. Tony was an Eagle Scout and somehow we stuck with a theme of tying the knot. We had more twine and rope around our house than I could keep track of, but it had meaning to us and that’s what our special day was all about. I loved working on everything myself because it had all come from my head and my heart. My mother was a saint for keeping me sane and for all of her help. The next thing we knew we wanted was our whole bridal party, including us, to all wear J.Crew. My family, my maid of honor and my best friend, who was a bridesmaid, even took a week’s vacation to New York so I could try on and pick my wedding dress in the J.Crew wedding boutique. My necklace, which we had previously purchased a different trip to New York, was my stand-out piece. I fell in love with it instantly. The girls all wore slate gray dresses with a similar neckline to mine and gray wedge TOMS. The men all wore J.Crew Shirts, ties, Levis jeans, Chuck Taylors and orange socks from J.Crew. My husband also wore a J.Crew jacket.

It was so wonderful keeping certain things for the day of the ceremony. We chose to do a first look, and it was wonderful to share that moment with each other,but we both still lost it as he saw me come towards him with my dad. I also saved a secret song to walk down the aisle to. The reception was so much fun — it was just one great big dance party! We served our guests burgers, onion rings and fries, and it was so delicious! We had smore’s and smore’s cupcakes for dessert for the guests. We had even made a trail mix bar for guests to pack up a little late night snack full of M&M’s, nuts, raisins, cereal and marshmallows. It will be a day we never forget, and I am so glad that all of the sweat, tears and time we put it made the day and night enjoyable for our family and friends.

Wedding Photography: About Love Inspired Photography / Wedding Venue: The Windmill Winery in Florence, Arizona / Catering: Creations in Cuisine / Wedding Cake: Designer Cakes by April / Cupcakes: Our Lady of Cupcakes / S’mores: Sweet Lydia’s Bakery / Wedding Invitations: Promise Tangeman Creative / All Wedding Attire: J.Crew / Bridesmaids’ Shoes: TOMS / Men’s Jean’s: Levi’s / Men’s Shoes: Converse / Makeup: Amanda Tzavaras of Makeup by Amanda

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