Arizona Wedding from Diana Elizabeth Photography + Outstanding Occasions
June 25, 2013
Classic WeddingsLodgeSpring Weddings
Do you ever walk into someones house for the first time and think "Ahh. This makes total sense."? You look around and just see them. You're about to meet the wedding version of that scenario. Lucky for the couple, Outstanding Occasions is, well, outstanding at really getting to know a couple... and then turning their love and their beautiful personalities into a soiree which fits like a glove. So my lovelies, let's get to know this couple a la Diana Elizabeth Photography!
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The goosebumps continue in this film from Serendipity Cinematography!
From the stunning bride... After Ian proposed, the first thing we started to do was look at venues for the ceremony and reception. We new we wanted a venue that was classic and elegant but will still allow us to inject some casual touches. When we stumbled upon El Chorro Lodge in Paradise Valley, AZ we knew right away that it was perfect! Ian and I both gave each other a look and I could tell that this was the space! It completely fit our personalities and the vision that we had for our wedding. The grounds felt like you were in the backyard of someone's personal estate while still providing enough room for a larger wedding. We loved the intimacy that El Chorro provided!

Once our wedding planner, Rachel from Outstanding Occasions was on board the details began to fall into place. The ceremony was a part of the wedding that we really wanted to give some thought to. We knew we were going to have a interfaith wedding, but had to figure out what that meant to us. Incorporating scripture readings and the breaking of the glass gave us both of the traditions we were looking for in the ceremony and felt very customized and personal to us. Having a folk band play during the ceremony and cocktail hour gave our traditional and formal wedding a slightly more casual backyard feel.

The most fun part of the wedding process was flying to New York city with my mom and two sisters to go dress shopping! It was the girls weekend that every bride dreams of! We ended up at Carolina Herrera and saw a dress with short lace sleeves. Once I tried it on I knew it was the one! I remember the bridal consultant saying how this dress was not for everyone but was perfect for me! I could not have felt more beautiful on my wedding day in that dress! I was in love with the long, lace edged veil with the blusher. When I walked down the aisle to meet Ian I felt like the luckiest bride in the world!

Succulents, ranunculus, garden roses, lush and wild floral, burlap, lace, a wooden chuppah with floral accents, and a soft color palette of white, blush, tan, and gray all came together to create this desert elegant wedding that took place at El Chorro Lodge in Phoenix, Arizona. The desert landscape inspired their gray and ivory letterpress invitations, which included a colorful envelope liner highlighting their lush and organic floral arrangements. The details from the invitation carried over to the ceremony by way of the succulent and natural floral treatment used on their dark wood chuppah, as well as their casual and playful program design.

Guests were welcomed at cocktail hour with Prickly Pear Margaritas and a balloon flanked bar. The folkband musicians and custom made corn hole and bag toss gave the cocktail hour a "backyard party" feel, which was very important to the couple. Guests found their seating assignments by way of a traditional oversized mirror which included lace and ribbon detailing which each customized card was clipped to. The reception continued the design concept with each table adorned with a white linen fabric and champagne lace cap, and a ribbon embellished napkin with a custom menu slipped inside. The room was decorated with three different floral arrangements including loose floral which included touches of white, blush and dusty rose colored flowers as well as a few succulents sprinkled throughout. The fireplace mantle played as a focal point of the night as it was the backdrop for the bride and groom, and featured a lush and elegant garland. At the end of the night, guests were thanked with a Lemon Cake Cookie, the bride's favorite which was tucked inside a kraft colored bag and was closed with a custom sticker featuring the couples names and date.

Photographer: Diana Elizabeth Photography | Wedding Planner and Event Designer: Outstanding Occasions | Venue: El Chorro Lodge | Getting Ready Venue: Montelucia Resort & Spa | Videographer: Serendipity Cinematography | Florist: Petal Pusher | Linens: Wildflower Linen | Stationery: idieh design | Ceremony Musicians: Run Boy Run | DJ: MT Sounds | Officiant: Scott Morgan | Cake: Classic Cakes & Confections | Makeup: Lauren Snow | Hair: Lisa Palacios | Corn Hole & Bag Toss: Style My Corntoss | Bride's Gown, Veil and Earrings: Carolina Herrera | Bride's Shoes: Valentino | Bridesmaid Dresses: Jenny Yoo | Groom Tux: Paul Smith | Transportation: Dunn Transportation | Personalized Hanger: Bragging Bags | Mr. & Mrs. Wood Signs: Merry Me Signs | Ring Bearer Sign: Signs to Live By | Personalized Napkins: The Knot Wedding Shop