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Budget Friendly DIY Scottsdale Country Club Wedding

This wedding might just feature my all time favorite floral detail for any wedding, ever. That ceremony backdrop with the coral ombré flowers seeming to grow right out of the wood is amazing, but I shouldn’t be surprised with Butterfly Petals behind the design. And as fab as that sweet little detail is, it’s nothing in comparison to the wedding, as seen by Justin and Keary Weddings, that followed suite.

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From the stunning bride… Inspiration for the day was the colorful AZ sunset and the natural colors of an AZ landscape. Being a CA girl (born and raised), I am so into the ombre corals and dusty green-blue succulents. My Hubby was an AZ native, so what a better nod to his upbringing than to host our wedding where everyone can experience a little bit of the desert life.

Ombre flowers in shades of coral, desert-inspired air plants and succulents, hand-tied ribbon accents, rustic saguaro ribs adorned in all the shades of a fall AZ sunset, a candle-lit dinner surrounded by trees wrapped in twinkling lights, and sweet DIY touches by me, the bride and the combined talents of family and friends all came together to make our wedding day more beautiful than we had ever dreamed.

The morning started out with air full of music and a stomach full of excitement as the girls got ready in the Scottsdale Plaza Resort, just a short drive from the wedding venue. The girls all wore matching robes from Etsy as they were pampered with hair and make-up. As I put on my Maggie Sottero dress (from Lillian Lottie), my Louboutins, and the final touches of pearls and a spritz of Jo Malone perfume, I was anxious to see my groom, (who was equally as anxious getting ready with the rest of the men across the courtyard at the same hotel). I was so glad we had arranged to do a “first look” private session before exchanging our vows. This was one of the most emotional and intimate moments, and it was all documented in photographs. After our intimate ‘first look’ moment, we were off to Starfire Golf, the wedding venue.

Starfire Golf is centrally located in Scottsdale, and with tree-lined, perfectly manicured rolling greens, it was the perfect setting for our sunset soriee. As guests arrived, flavored ice waters and a DIY sign greeted guests before they found their seats for the ceremony. As guests approached the ceremony seating with cool drinks in hand, they were greeted by fluttering ombre coral ribbons, hand-tied by the bride, groom, and mother of the bride in the days leading to the wedding. At the entrance of the ombre petal carpeted aisle, there were two over-sized lanterns glowing just as the warm AZ sun began to set. To all the guests surprise, the bride and groom had a sweet surprise up their sleeves–the father of the groom had been ordained in the months leading up to the wedding, and led the bride and groom through their personally written ceremony and vows. Being married is the most intimate moment, and to be able to share that with someone who loved us, and will continue to foster a relationship with, was priceless to us. (Not to mention, it saved hundreds of dollars!)

After the personal ceremony, the newlyweds sped off in a golf cart to a private champagne toast set up just for the two of them. The rest of the guests enjoyed a cocktail hour with signature drinks and appetizers.

After the cocktail hour, the bridal party was introduced, then the new Mr and Mrs. They had their first dance choreographed to “Wonderful Tonight” by Eric Clapton. With nerves about dancing in front of everyone, and the excitement from the day, the dance didn’t go quite as planned, but all that mattered was that we were dancing with each other (and none of the guests were the wiser!). The dinner courses were served and the live band played in the background. The candle light from the tables and the surrounding trees was magical–and the dinner was AMAZING!

Photography: Justin And Keary Weddings | Wedding Dress: Lillian Lottie Couture | Floral Design: Butterfly Petals | Cake: Artistic Cake DeZine | Shoes: Christian Louboutin | Rings: Neil Dahl Jewelers Of California | Catering: Starfire Golf At Scottsdale Country Club | Hair Stylist: Dena Trendell | Band: The JJs Band | Grooms Attire: Ted Baker | Grooms Attire: Ferragamo | Dessert Catering: SubZero Ice Cream & Yogurt | Guest Accomodations: The Scottsdale Plaza Resort | Make Up Artist: Jamie Kouri | Rentals: Classic Party Rentals | Transportation: Transtyle | Wedding Venue: Starfire Golf At Scottsdale Country Club

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Arizona Desert Wedding at the Four Seasons at Troon North

I’ve decided to place this stunner of a wedding a category I am now calling “Desert Chic”, and it may just be my new favorite category. It’s a wedding were black tie and succulents stand side by side with a cactus or two thrown in for good measure. Captured beautifully by Pinkerton Photography, it goes without saying this gallery just raised the bar on desert weddings. See why here.


From Pinkerton PhotographyErin & Justin just ooze style, which made their classic black & blush wedding in the Arizona Desert such a treat! Tucked in the foothills of Pinnacle Peak, the Four Seasons was the perfect glowey, Arizona setting for their traditional black mixed with gold, blush, ivory, and succulents & lace. They dined in the desert at sunset before moving the party upstairs where they danced, literally non-stop, until the close of the evening. SUCH a beautiful day!

Photography: Pinkerton Photography | DJ: Desert House Productions | Bridal Gown: Haley Paige | Bridal shoes: Chanel | Ceremony & Reception: Four Seasons at Troon North - Scottsdale | Foral Artist: The Flower Studio | Groom Tux: Gucci | Venue, caterer, & cake design: Four Seasons at Troon North

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Scottsdale, Arizona Wedding

This is what happens when Pantone’s Color of the Year (emerald green), glittery gold hues and the styling prowess of Some Like It Classic join forces: pure, unadulterated awesome.  I’m talking the kind of awesome that takes your breath away and leaves you speechless all at the same moment… it’s just that good, people.  Add in a bride and groom who are seriously the cutest duo ever and an entire gallery of lovely captured by Gina Meola and it’s a wedding win-win.  See it all here.

And a little slice of heaven from Everly Films


From the groom… I met my wife when she was in 8th grade and I was in 10th. All I remember of that moment was a blur of blonde as I was briefly introduced to my friend’s little sister. Thankfully, that moment in her living room was the first of many. I got to know her the first year, became close friends with her the second year, and fell in love with her the third.

It wasn’t until the sixth year, though, that we finally allowed ourselves to express our interest in each other and actually act on it. I will never forget our first date, explaining how my passion for her had grown while I travelled, secretly thinking of her daily and hoping that she felt the same.

I owe her big time for finally giving in to my request to pursue romance. And what a romance it has been! Megabuses between New York and DC at first, then flights to Detroit. It didn’t take long to confirm the suspicion that I’d had since Christmas of my senior year of high school: Katie was not only the finest woman for me, she was the finest woman I had met.

So that is why I got on one knee on the tidal basin on DC’s National Mall to ask my secret high school sweetheart to marry me. To my delight (and accompanied by the applause of passing paddleboaters), Katie agreed to spend the rest of her life with me. In case I didn’t believe her, she even moved to downtown Detroit to be with me!

The wedding was beyond breathtaking. Katie (along with her mom and our wedding planner, Amina) made use of every week of our yearlong engagement to make sure it was the most enjoyable and memorable night imaginable. I can’t think of a better way to start out life married to a woman of such caliber.

From Some Like It Classic… Katie and Derek are fashion forward, timeless and such a classic couple. We wanted their wedding design to reflect that. Living back East for their schooling – Columbia & GW, Katie wanted to incorporate lush greens and the dramatic Pantone color of the year – Emerald Green! So we took her fashion-forward look and mixed that with lots of green and growing trees. We incorporated sequin and leather table linens, rich gold in her table scapes, and touches of sparkle and confetti dots in her paper products.

Being that Derek is a “bow-tie” kind of guy, we also incorporated that look in different details like their invitations, hanging programs and escort cards. One of the special requests the couple had was to create a speak easy type feel around the bar. So we designed a bar space covered in mirrors and candlelight that the guests could walk “into” and like a bar – could request custom cocktails, sit at any of the pub tables or lounge furniture and have “intellectual debate.” They even had fun custom coasters so guest’s wouldn’t take their drinks while rocking out to the bar.

Another request, being such scholars, we did custom bookshelves with their favorite books – and for favors – their families and closest friends created homemade cookies and sweet treats for the guests to take home. It was one of the Groom’s favorite features because it incorporated special quotes from one of their favorite books, “Pride & Prejudice.”

Photography: Gina Meola | Videography: Everly Films | Wedding Dress: Vera Wang | Floral Design: Events by Showstoppers | Cake: Let Them Eat Cake | Stationery: Celebrations in Paper | Ceremony Venue: The Montelucia Resort and Spa | Reception Venue: The Montelucia Resort and Spa | Band: The Instant Classics | Assistant Photographer: Josh Snyder | Bridal Party Styling: AVE Styles | Coordination: Some Like It Classic | Makeup: SN Makeup

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