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Glamorous Desert-Inspired Scottsdale Wedding

Take one seriously drop-dead gorgeous Bride, add a dash of glamour with shimmering champagne sequins and a touch of rustic with local desert cacti, infuse with the prettiest blush pink florals and ‘maids dresses, and you have the perfect recipe for these stunning rustic and glamorous desert “I Do’s,” captured by Charity Maurer Photography. Take a peek at all the pretty in the full gallery here!

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Spring
Settings
Villa

From The Bride…Bradley and I wanted our day to be a reflection of us, our relationship and a celebration full of life, love, and laughter. The Arizona desert is where we fell in love, where we live and where we eventually want to start a family, so it felt like the right place to promise our forevers. The first venue we visited was Sassi in Scottsdale, and we immediately knew it was the spot for us. We chose a Saturday less than six months away so we had to prioritize our planning. I partnered with the incredibly talented Chelsi Lemons of Two Lemons in Love, who helped me craft my vision. We went with a light, romantic palate including blush, cream and champagne tones. By keeping our colors soft, we had room to incorporate some glistening golds and sparkles without losing the sweetness of it all. I love mixing styles and textures so it’s difficult to label our day with a particular theme. We had glitz and glam but also some rustic charm and vintage touches. I gave Chelsi a lot of creative control over the details, and when I walked through the venue the day of our wedding, I was amazed!

Everything was perfect- better than I could have imagined! We chose an eclectic mix of vases and candles to adorn the tables; the fountain courtyard was lined with lanterns and bright bulb lights were strung overhead which gave it a warm glow. Our hand-watercolored menus and handwritten escort cards were personal touches noticed by our guests. Our sweetheart table was Pinterest perfection, complete with a eucalyptus swag and loveseat-a special place for Bradley and me to connect between all the dancing and visiting. There were so many amazing moments of the day that I will remember forever. When Charity took us off for sunset romance pictures, we had a moment to ourselves and could hear all of our guests celebrating in the background; it was surreal seeing so many of our favorite people from all facets of our lives, celebrating together throughout the weekend. I will always cherish our personalized vows and I loved when Bradley surprised me with a serenade at the reception. The night ended with a sparkler send off and a kiss. Our motorized chariot whisked us off into wedded bliss… Our most special day was everything that we hoped it would be and more!

Photography: Charity Maurer Photgraphy | Videographer: Sadie Such Films | Floral & Event Design: Two Lemons In Love | Wedding Dress: Lillian Lottie Couture | Cake: Let Them Eat Cake | Make Up: Beauty By Erica | Hair: All Done Up! | DJ: Ray the DJ | Venue: Sassi Weddings

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SMP Blogger Bride Rose + Flower Crown DIY

Hi Brides! Its Ali from A Dash Of Details here again with a little Flower Crown DIY. In the midst of all the wedding planning craziness, it’s always nice to take some time out and spend it with your girlfriends.The week leading up to the wedding can be stressful, so we took a few hours, drank a little rosé, and learned how to make flower crowns from our resident expert, Mandi from Butterfly Petals .

Materials
An assortment of flowers and greenery
Flower Shears
Twigs or Floral Wire
Flower Glue

Step 1 | Bring out the wine, set the table and add some fun tunes. Mandi brought over a wide selection of beautiful blooms (my personal favorite, the Juliette rose, included). I set the table with a white table cloth from La Tavola Linens and some great modern glasses from Crate and Barrel. Thankfully the clear vases full of flowers were the perfect centerpiece for our little get together.

Step 2 | Mandi showed us how to make the base of the flower crown. Instead of using floral wire,we used twigs. Not only does it give a rustic feel but it is much easier, and takes half the time as using floral wire. Take each end of the twigs and start twisting. Once they are wrapped together, fit to your head and then twist the ends to make a circle. Cut the excess with flower shears and tuck in the ends together.

Step 3 | Pick your color scheme.

Step 4 | Take your first flower and apply a generous amount of glue to the twig base. Let it dry for a moment (perfect time to sip your drink) and then apply your first flower onto the twigs. Tip: Make sure to use your flower shears to cut the flower so there is a flush base. The glue will hold better on a flat surface.

Step 5 |  Add a cluster of flowers, or however you want your design to look. Too add greenery, my favorite is circle eucalyptus, take some flower glue and twist the greenery between the flowers and twigs.

Step 6 | Have fun and be sure to laugh! You can never mess up when it comes to flower crowns.

Photography: Elyse Hall Photography | Event Planning: Imoni Events | Styling: A Dash Of Details | Floral Design: Butterfly Petals | Venue: Private Residence | Ali's Dress: Revolve | Ali's Jewelry:: Gorjana | Linens: La Tavola

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SMP Blogger Bride: What to Wear for Your Rehearsal Dinner

From A Dash Of DetailsBrides! It’s Ali from A Dash of Details back to talk about my favorite topic: Fashion. Trust me, I am all about finding the perfect wedding dress, but that is a topic for another day. Today, I’m talking rehearsal dinner/welcome party attire. This was one of the most daunting tasks for me. Finding my wedding dress was such a fun and easy process, but finding the perfect white outfit for the “night before the big day” was a different story. Here are a few tips on how I found the perfect outfit for our rehearsal dinner!

1. Start early!

No one says you have to wear white on your rehearsal dinner, but for me, any excuse for a cute white dress is a win in my book. However, looking for a white dress in January or February was a daunting task. If possible, start looking for your outfits in the Spring and Summer months. And if you are lucky and can wait until August, you will find some great Summer sales and deals.

2. Think about the event and location.

If your rehearsal dinner is formal, find something that will stand out, but not outshine your wedding dress. If your soon-to-be inlaws are hosting a more casual rehearsal dinner, like mine are, make sure you find something special but still comfortable and not too over-the-top.

3. Accessorize.

This is your time to add a little personality to your all white look. If you are anything like me, I added my favorite dainty gold jewelry from Gorjana’s new wedding line. They worked with every outfit I ordered and the best part is I can wear them again after the wedding is over.

4. Stay true to yourself.

Just because this is your wedding weekend doesn’t mean you have to stray from your signature style. If you never wear a dress, don’t start now. There are so many cute options like jumpsuits or white jeans out there to compromise your comfort. Oh and a must: wear comfortable shoes. You will be greeting guests and standing most of the night, so comfort is key before your big day!

I hope these tips will help you find the outfit you have been looking for! Good luck and happy shopping. Stay tuned because I’ll be back with a my girlfriends and a fun DIY! xoxo – Ali

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Photography: Elyse Hall Photography | Shoes: Joie | Jewelry: Gorjana | Venue: Private Residence | Dress 1:: BCBG | Dress 2:: Revolve Clothing | Fashion Blog: A Dash Of Details | Ring Box: The Mrs. Box | Silk Top: Tibi