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A Wildly Romantic Wedding in the Arizona Desert

What began as a last-minute “plus one” to a wedding became a forever kind of love for Marian and Mark. And when they began planning their own big day, they knew showcasing the Arizona scenery was a top priority. A soft color palette and natural greens complemented the setting, and Rachel Solomon told the story of the day in stunning fashion.

From the bride… Mark and I met through my older brothers about 5 years ago, when he moved from the Bay Area to Arizona. We started dating about a year later when he needed a last minute plus-one to a friend’s wedding. My brothers thought that I might be able to suggest one of my friends as a suitable date, but I offered to go instead. I always thought Mark was fun, kind, and handsome – and there could be worse ways to spend a Saturday, right? We had an amazing time together, and the fun hasn’t stopped since then.

Mark proposed almost 3 years later, while we were hiking in beautiful Sedona, AZ. The love of the outdoors, especially the breathtaking Arizona scenery, has been a constant throughout our relationship, and it was the perfect spot to decide to spend the rest of our lives together.

As we began wedding planning, we knew that we wanted to showcase Arizona scenery – especially through the choice of venue. I think we knew the moment we stepped on the Casa Paloma lawn at El Chorro that we wanted to get married there. The venue features a stunning backdrop of Camelback Mountain and the property itself is simple, classic, rustic, and beautiful with wrap-around patios, fireplaces, and an open and airy event space.

The venue is stunning enough on its own, so we wanted the décor to be soft and natural with some rustic details. The florals from Sarah’s Garden featured natural bouquets and centerpieces in neutral whites, creams and blushes with pops of deeper pinks and peaches, surrounded by eucalyptus greenery. We also added some pops of color with rose quartz menus from Minted, paired with rosemary sprigs clipped from a friend’s garden that morning. The head table featured a long garland that complemented the greenery hung in the rafters of the event space.

Letters by Jennifer created stunning calligraphy for our custom signage, seating charts, and escort cards. We also featured some desert-inspired details in our cactus invitation suite, programs, and itineraries from Paperless Post and our custom logos from Snaptag Designs.

For my “something old” my mother created a ring bearer pillow and flower girl basket using lace from the bridesmaid’s dresses at her wedding. And my “something borrowed” was a turquoise bracelet that my grandfather gave to my aunt to wear on her wedding day.

We chose long, flowing, chiffon gowns in a pale blush from Dessy as the bridesmaids’ dresses. Paired with the silk ribbons from Frou Frou Chic, slightly moving in that day’s soft breeze, the bouquets were captured beautifully by Rachel Solomon Photography. Rachel and her team did an amazing job capturing all the moments and details from throughout the day.

And of course, the glue that held everything together was planning and coordination from Andrea Leslie and her team. We are so grateful for the outpouring of love and support from our friends and family and the hard work from this amazing team of vendors that created the best day of our lives!

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Photography: Rachel Solomon Photography | Videography: An Pham | Event Planning: Andrea Leslie Weddings | Floral Design: Sarah's Garden | Gown: Watters | Cake: Ruze Cake House | Invitations: Paperless Post | Reception Venue: El Chorro | Shoes: Ralph Lauren | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Dessy Group | Hair: Molly Bardon | Calligraphy: Letters by Jennifer | DJ: MT Sounds | Groom's Attire: The Black Tux | Bridesmaids Boutique: Bella Bridesmaid | Gown Boutique: BHLDN | Rentals: Glamour And Woods | Ribbon: Frou Frou Chic | Ring Box: The Mrs Box

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All the Wedding Dress Trends You Need to Know from the Spring 2018 Runways

Just when we thought it couldn’t get any prettier in the world of wedding dresses, designers presented their Spring 2018 collections at New York Bridal Week, leaving us completely in awe. From dramatic bows and powerful pantsuits to fantastical feathers and a few surprise pops of color, these trends guarantee gorgeous gowns for future brides!

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Your Style Guide to a Chic Tropical Wedding

You know Oliver Fly as one of our favorite Paris-based photographers, but today he’s bringing us an inspiration shoot set in exotic Bali, Indonesia. Thoughtfully pieced together by Bali Event Styling, this is a tropical affair done right, and we’re so ready to grab ourselves a coconut drink and dive right in.

From Bali Event Styling… Khayangan Estate is Bali’s — if not Asia’s — quintessential destination wedding venue. Every inch of the property, from the moment one enters through its imposing teak wood gates, evokes an authentic aura of timeless elegance, an otherworldly environment that caters to modern day fantasies.

Our approach to the shoot was fine art with tropical accents melding soft pastels with a mixture of import and local florals and greeneries, stylish natural wood decor – Balinese arch and Louis chairs — with a spritz of gold cutlery, gilded tea lights, and crystal glassware for elegant effect.

Our wear florals featured Peonia, Astilbe, Astrantia, Eucalyptus populus. Eucalyptus nicolii, Bouvardia and Hellebores. The tablescape consisted of the same with additional Eustoma, Rose. and Frangipani, the latter lending a Balinese hint. The Table was layered with a light gray linen table cloth, two-toned silk runners, accented by silk ribbons and soft pink linen napkins.

We positioned Elephant ear leaves, coconuts, and vines at the entrance of the aisles. For the flower shower, we used Frangipani inside a woven basket made from coconut leaves. The natural wood wedding arch with Balinese carvings featured a floral mix of Anemones, Smilax, Astrantia, Ammimajus, Israeli cuscus and Salix.

Last but not least, we created welcome drinks using kelapa muda (young coconuts) with Frangipani flower, leafs, and sporting all natural bamboo straws.

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Photography: Oliver Fly Photography | Event Planning + Design: Bali Event Styling | Floral Design: Bali Event Styling | Wedding Dress: Musat Bridal | Cake: Butter Bali | Stationery: Papers Ribbons | Shoes: Bella Belle | Hair + Makeup: Yeanne Makeup Art | Calligraphy: Papers Ribbons | Groom's Attire: Rives | Venue: Khayangan Estate | Bridal Couture Accessories: Orchidee De Soie | Models: Nameera Azman & Tobias Klanner | Processing Lab: Richard Photo Lab | Rentals: Bali Event Hire | Ring Box: The Mrs Box | Silk ribbons & Table Runner: Orchidee De Soie | Tabletop: The Host Table

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A Garden Wedding Inspired by the Couple’s Love of Art

It’s not every day you come across a wedding quite as striking as this. And that’s saying a lot coming from an editor who sees pretty amazing nuptials on the reg. No surprise, vendor masterminds like A Modern Plan were behind the scenes on the making of this art-inspired celebration, and our beloved Jose Villa worked his usual magic behind the lens.

From the planner, A Modern PlanKatie + Clark are both from Alaska. They met in high school and are simply the most lovely couple. They share a strong love of art and traveling. Their wedding was filled with lots of personal touches. Katie’s love of the quaint flower shops in Paris was echoed in the beautiful abundant blooms displayed in vintage flower buckets by Brown Paper Design.

Clark and Katie’s affection of the arts was seen throughout their day. In the programs created by the bride and also their menus. Each menu had a print of one of their favorite paintings or drawings. The week leading up to the wedding date showed rain in the forecast. The rain added such an intimate touch to their day. A beautiful tent was set up at Beaulieu Garden for their reception and guests gathered around their ceremony with clear umbrellas. Such a beautiful day.

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Photography: Jose Villa Photography | Event Planning: A Modern Plan | Cake : The Whole Cake | Calligraphy: Bespoke Aesthetics | Lighting : Got Light | Dj : DJ CAMS | Venue: Beaulieu Garden | Classic Car: Wine Country Classic Limousine | Floral Design + Decor : Brown Paper Design | Linens: La Tavola Fine Linen Rental | Lounge Rentals : Found Vintage Rentals | Paper Goods : Made by the Bride | Rentals: Bright Event Rentals | Rentals : Classic Party Rentals | Rentals : Encore Events Rentals | Shuttles: Napa Valley Tours & Transportation | Tabletop Rentals: Frances Lane | Tenting: Classic Party Rentals | Venue, Food and Rentals : Paula LeDuc Fine Catering

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