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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.

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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

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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 | Floral Design: Events by Showstoppers | Wedding Dress: Vera Wang | 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

Scottsdale Wedding from Melissa Schollaert + Victoria Canada Weddings & Events

Before meeting this sweet Arizona “I do,” I didn’t know so much pretty could be packed into one single day. But sure enough, when you’ve got Victoria Canada Weddings & Events, all the odds are defied and wedding magic is put in motion. And from first look to the last dance, it’s one pin-perfect moment after another. Melissa Schollaert Photography snapped the whole day that you absolutely can’t afford to miss.

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From the Bride… As two Oklahoma City natives from rivaling high schools, ironically, Adam and I did not meet until my sophomore year of college. He was a Sooner at the University of Oklahoma, and I was a bulldog at the University of Georgia (GO DOGS!). While home over Thanksgiving break, we finally crossed paths at a party hosted by my older brother. After exchanging phone numbers and a few laughs, we sparked a great friendship that would eventually lead to love. Upon graduating college, we officially started our relationship as we both we packed our bags and moved north to Washington D.C. While in D.C., our relationship blossomed, and we both knew that we had something special.

After two years working on The Hill, Adam and I decided it was time to go home. When we moved back to Oklahoma City, we added two more to our little clan, our golden doodles, Rosie and Dood. Our family was complete, besides one little thing

On leap day, February 29, 2012, Adam decided it was finally time to make our family whole. I was picking up around the house, doing nothing out of the ordinary, when Adam told me to check our dog, Rosies, collar to see if it was too tight. I thought little of his request, as our dogs were always a topic of conversation. When I reached down to feel the clasp of her collar, I felt something else instead- a diamond ring. Adam got down on one knee, and I said yes.

Adam and I were married on February 9, 2013. To escape the cold Oklahoma winter and to have a more intimate guest list, we chose to hold our wedding in Phoenix, Arizona, a vacation spot we both frequented growing up. Set on the golf course of Paradise Valley Country Club, the Camelback Mountains mountains provided a scenic view for guests as Adam and I said I do. After going to school in Georgia, I fell in love with the south. Although we were married in Arizona, I knew that I wanted to incorporate touches of southern charm into our wedding. From tabletops accented with succulents, Spanish moss and lace detailing, to a clear tent featuring cascading chandeliers, our wedding was picturesque. As our family and friends danced the night away under the Arizona sky, Adam and I became Mr. and Mrs. Rainbolt.

For our honeymoon, we spent 10 days traveling around New Zealand. We both love adventure. From beaches to mountains, New Zealand has it all. During our stay we hiked in rain forests, fly fished in rivers, and explored different cities. We are both well traveled and were in awe of what New Zealand had to offer. We are already planning our return trip.

Photography: Melissa Schollaert Photography | Cinematography: Serendipity Cinematography | Floral Design: Petal Pushers | Wedding Dress: Oscar de la Renta (Spring 2013) | Stationery: No Regrets | Engagement Ring: Custom by Gemmark | Bridesmaid's Dresses: Watters | Hair: Palacios Sachi Salon | Calligraphy: Victoria Canada Weddings & Events | Band: JJ's Band | Groomsmen's Attire: Men's Warehouse | Officiant: Marty Grubbs | Ceremony Music: String Serenade | Bartender, Cake + Catering: Paradise Valley Country Club | Bride's Vintage Hair Clip: From Bride's Aunt | Cocktail Table Lighting: Latest Craze Productions | Groom's Tux: Custom by Teena Hicks | Guest Accommodations: The Arizona Biltmore | Linens: Wildflower Linens | Makeup: Christina Jaramillo | Necklace Clasp, earrings, bracelet, wedding bands: Naifeh Fine Jewelry | Planning: Victoria Canada Weddings & Events | Rentals: Classic Party Rentals | Venue: Paradise Valley Country Club | Vintage Sapphire Ring: From Bride's Aunt

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