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Majestic Mountain Views And Darling Details Make This Arizona Wedding A Must-See

Majestic mountain views and darling details make this Arizona wedding a must-see.  Imoni Events planned a picture-perfect day in shades of white, cream, blush, and black, and Lux Florist brought our couple’s Big Day dreams to life with fabulous florals from the ceremony to overhead on the reception dance floor.  The love of the day is artfully captured in the elegant imagery by Rachel Solomon Photography, visit the full gallery for a closer look at all the lovely.




From the bride… Kevin and I dated for about 7 years before he proposed to me down in Cabo on a romantic sunset cruise! While Kevin and I are born and raised in Kansas City, we both enjoy the climate, beauty (and golf) in the Scottsdale, AZ area. We knew we wanted to keep our wedding intimate, and both always dreamed of a destination wedding, so Scottsdale it was! Scottsdale holds so many amazing venues, however, we absolutely fell in LOVE with El Chorro in Paradise Valley and their gorgeous event lawn. It was everything we were looking for: a breathtaking background and setting with Camelback Mountain, the ability to have the ceremony and dinner outdoors, and still plenty of gorgeous space indoors for dancing, drinks, and dessert! Being that this was a destination wedding for us, a wedding planner was a must, and I could not have done any of this without Jenni Thye and her team at Imoni Events. Jenni began by asking for words to describe the wedding we envisioned, and it was simple: dreamy, romantic, elegant, comfortable, and breathtaking. I’ve always thought Coco Chanel said it well, “Simplicity is the keynote of all true elegance.”



With the help of Imoni Events, our color scheme came to be whites, champagne, black, and a very light/soft blush that looked “dreamy” against the desert and mountain setting. We worked with the ever-talented Cynthia at Lux Florist who made my floral vision come to life. Tall and full arrangements of flowers in the setting for the ceremony carried over to the table centerpieces. They were stunning atop the romantic lace “White Anita” overlay with “Latte Satin” underlays from Nuage Designs. The evening then transitioned inside to a fun, hip, elegant, and comfortable feel for the dancing, drinks, and dessert! The black, blush and champagne colors came to life there, especially with the black and white checkered dance floor that highlighted our choreographed first dance together (I was a dancer and dance teacher), along with a greenery-filled ceiling and gorgeous floral chandelier! Our dog, Stella, even got some time in with “Stella’s Signature Cocktails” thanks to Heidi at Idieh Design who put together a perfect cocktail sign featuring Stella.



Everything came together so beautifully, and I am forever grateful for how Rachel Solomon Photography captured the day perfectly for us to remember every detail. The entire day and evening were absolutely breathtaking, everything I had ever dreamed of and more! We were beyond grateful for the amazing support of our families and friends, all traveling near and far to be there with us. The special evening was all made possible because of the direction and guidance of so many wonderful vendors, who all saw my vision and made it a reality! This wedding dream team carried out every one of our envisioned details impeccably, and truly made our evening a dream come true!



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Photography: Rachel Solomon Photography | Cinematography: Something New Media | Event Planning: Imoni Events | Floral Design: LUX Wedding Florsists | Gown: Madi lane | Cake: Ruze Cake House | Invitations: Idieh Design | Reception Venue: El Chorro | Shoes: Stuart Weitzman | Bridesmaids' Dresses: SHow Me Your Mumu | Makeup: Make up by Amanda | Hair: Pin and Primp | Band: Neon | Groom's Attire: Ted Baker | Groomsmen's Attire: The Black Tux | Ceremony Music: Sweetwater Strings | Beer Burro: Walking M Farms | Cigar Bar: Fumar Cigar | Cocktail & Dinner Music: Obadiah Parker | Gown Boutique: The One Bridal | Linens: Nuage Designs | Rentals: Event Rents- Phoenix | Rentals: Prim Rentals

Modern And Chic Scottsdale Wedding Full Of Fun

This formal affair is all about effortless, elegant style. Some Like It Classic planned the picture-perfect wedding day in Arizona, filled with exquisite details like a custom seating chart adorned with pampas grass and velvet dressed reception tables. Organic floral arrangements by Carte Blanche Design added a classy, bohemian touch that carried throughout the design. Every magical moment was artfully captured in the imagery by Elyse Hall Photography, visit the full gallery for a closer look.




From Elyse Hall PhotographyAs the pandemic hit many industries hard, receiving product orders had lasting effects on the wedding industry. For Brianna and Austin, it was their stationary. With invitations stuck in Australia and little hope of arriving on time to send to guests, the groom decided it was time to pivot. A graphic designer by trade, Austin took it upon himself to design new invitations for their big day. The result was anything but second best.



In the forefront of the iconic Camelback Mountain, Brianna and Austin said their vows in a heartwarming, religious ceremony surrounded by their wedding party dressed in timeless neutrals. A custom statement seating chart display created by The Details Duo adorned with pampas, welcomed guests from cocktail hour to dinner where velvet dressed tables awaited.



Lounge furniture gave a functional design element that filled the space with a minimalist look. With every detail thoughtfully chosen, this postponement was a day worth waiting for.



Photography: Elyse Hall Photography | Event Planning: Some Like It Classic - Wedding & Event Design | Floral Design: Carte Blanche | Cake: A Bake Shop | Reception Venue: El Chorro | Make up: Makiaj Beauty | DJ: Desert House Productions | Linen: Latavola Linen | Rentals: The Details Duo - Custom Escort Display/Photo Backdrop/Cards | Video: Everly Films | photobooth: Flashbulb Photobooth

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This Inspiration Shoot Is Proof That Love Can Conquer All

When life hands you lemons, make lemonade! This inspiration shoot is proof that your destination wedding plans can still be brought to life in your own backyard. Outstanding Occasions planned a day that demonstrated that no matter the circumstances you can create beauty anywhere. From the hand-tied bouquets that also served as guests’ escort cards to custom floral drinks, each detail feels intentional and special. LUX Wedding Florists filled the day with fabulous flowers, and Elyse Hall Photography artfully told a story of love overcoming all in her imagery. See it all in the full gallery.




From Elyse Hall PhotographyAt a time when most couples couldn’t wrap their head around revisioning, the plans of what once was to what now could be, we felt the need to show how truly beautiful and celebratory an intimate wedding can be. So from the desire of celebrating beauty, diversity, intimacy, and love came our styled shoot vision.



The design vision for this shoot was to feel like a soft and romantic outdoor celebration that had layers of classic, whimsy, and romance. Each detail was carefully selected to play a nod to European details and textiles while still feeling fresh and modern with monochromatic color schemes.



The tablescape was set in monochromatic linens and plate ware with vintage style flatware rounding out each place setting allowing the soft whimsical blush floral to stand out amongst the romantic candles. We hand-selected a beautiful real couple and group of diverse extras to showcase in the shoot to show that not all weddings fit into the same mold, and different is even more beautiful.



Photography: Elyse Hall Photography | Event Planning: Outstanding Occasions | Floral Design: LUX Wedding Florsists | Dress: Schaffers Bridal | Invitations: Victoria York Design | Reception Venue: Royal Palms Resort | make up: Hvh Artists | Linen: La Tavola | Rentals: Prim Rentals | Video: Love Story Films

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A Rustic El Chorro Wedding With Subtle Hints of Tuscan Flair

Consider today’s stunning desert wedding at El Chorro planned by Details Darling to be your perfect blueprint for a rustic celebration with subtle notes of Tuscan charm, thoughtfully tucked into every curated detail. Carte Blanche kept the floral arrangements timeless in style with a classic color palette of blush, taupe and sage. To see all the aww-worthy details, including an adorable cactus-inspired cake topper, don’t miss out on the full gallery – all captured by Rachel Solomon Photography!

From the Bride… Vin and I met in college in New York City. We were friends at first, and after one fateful Halloween night our Sophomore year we started dating and haven’t looked back – that was 10 years ago!. As a native Arizonian, I was excited to show our east coast friends and Vin’s family the beauty of the Southwest. When Vin and I got engaged, I knew for sure that I wanted to have the celebration in my hometown.

Following our engagement, Vin and I flew to Arizona for the Christmas holiday. While we were there, we decided to spend a day visiting venues with my parents. We went to several, beautiful options, but I already knew I wanted it to be at El Chorro – I mean how could you not… It’s beautiful! Vin, being the practical one, wanted to see every option that Phoenix had to offer before visiting El Chorro, but he also fell in love the moment he stepped on sight. We booked it that day! After we booked our venue, I immediately enlisted my friend and (conveniently) amazing wedding planner, Mackenzie Swift, to help plan and design our special day. Vin and I worked together to plan the wedding of our dreams, and Kenzie was there every step of the way to take our vision and put it into action. I can’t stress enough how much of a lifesaver Mackenzie was throughout the process! Like most couples getting married over the past year, we had a slight hiccup in our planning journey, and that hiccup is called ‘Covid-19’. We ultimately postponed our wedding, but being the optimists that we are, we were excited to have additional time to fine-tune our big day!

Along the way, one thing that we did have a big opinion on was the food – something that Vin and his big Italian family were very enthusiastic about. El Chorro was super accommodating with all of our food requests. Food was such a great opportunity to blend our two backgrounds together – Southwestern Tacos during cocktail hour and a pasta course added before entrees. Sure enough, El Chorro did not disappoint on the day of the wedding, and we ate what felt like 10 different meals that day, each better tasting than the previous. I can assure you no one left the wedding hungry!

The day of the wedding was truly magical! Our rustic, Tuscan theme provided our guests with a relaxed and beautiful atmosphere. After a tumultuous year, we wanted the big day to be a celebration of friends and family, and it was just that. The JJs band was absolutely incredible, and our guests let loose on the dance floor that night! We finished off the evening with our favorite dessert, ice cream sandwiches from Churn.

Our wedding would not have been what it was without the amazing support from our friends and family, and the creative direction from our vendors, especially our wedding planner Mackenzie Swift of Details Darling, photographer Rachel Solomon of Rachel Solomon Photography, and videographers, Coltin and Brianne of White Locket Films. We were so blessed by this amazing group of people who worked seamlessly together. Because of their collaboration and flawless execution of our creative details, we were able to enjoy all the sweet and joyous moments of our beautiful day!

Photography: Rachel Solomon Photography | Event Planning: Details Darling | Floral Design: Carte Blanche | Gown: Liz Martinez (by Kinsley James) | Cake: Ruze Cake House | Stationery: The Fancy Cat Studio | Reception Venue: El Chorro | Shoes: Alexandre Birman | Bridesmaids' Dresses: BHLDN | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Jenny Yoo | Makeup: created beauty co | Hair: Sydney Resch | DJ: Vox DJs | Band: The JJ's Band | Favors: For Your Party | Men's Attire: Men's Wearhouse | Desserts: Churn | Gown Boutique: Spina Bride | Linens: BBJ La Tavola | Photobooth: Cruising Photo Bus | Rentals: Prim Rentals | Rentals: The Event Co | Strings: Allegro Quartet | Video: White Locket Films

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Dreamy Desert Wedding Featuring Watercolor Touches Done By The Bride Herself

This dreamy desert wedding features artwork from the bride herself! She painted a watercolor series in pastel desert tones, which was incorporated in everything from the save the dates to a map detailing weekend activities inside the welcome bag. The desert proved hot in more than one way, with the expert help of planning team Revel Wedding Company, who was able to turn the couple’s vision board into a jaw-dropping reality. The expansive and rugged desert landscape was the perfect backdrop for a sensational burst of blooms by Carte Blanche. Elyse Hall Photography captured every magical minute in her artful imagery. You’ll feel as if you stumbled upon a mirage in the full gallery.




From the bride… Mike and I first met while living in Charlotte, North Carolina through some mutual friends. He was so confident and direct from the moment we met, but it was his consistency and persistence that won me over. From day one he has been the most consistent and supportive person in my life.



One weekend in July, we had a casual trip to Telluride planned and it was on that trip, right in the middle of Main Street with everyone cheering, that he proposed. It was so unexpected and so perfect. Not only did he pull off the perfect surprise, but he had flown to North Carolina a few weeks prior for only 12 hours to ask my parents for their blessing in person.



When it was time to start wedding planning we looked at our home states of NC, FL, and then CO before realizing that no matter where we chose would be a destination for a large portion of the guest list. When we thought about our big day, we knew we wanted it to be outside and a well-traveled destination for the guests. Mike suggested we consider Arizona and he was so right!




Photography: Elyse Hall Photography | Event Planning: Revel Wedding Company | Florist: Carte Blanche | Cake: A Bake Shop | Make Up & Hair: Makiaj Beauty | Rentals: Prim Rentals | Rentals: Event Rents- Phoenix | Resort: Sanctuary | Video: Something New Media

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The Sophisticated Splendor of This Arizona Affair Will Leave You Starry-Eyed!

Let’s be honest, it takes a lot for us to feel speechless around here… but this sophisticated Arizona affair planned by Outstanding Occasions has succeeded at just that. The couple wed overlooking a mesmerizing mountainous view and had the ultimate dance party on a stylish checkerboard floor at El Chorro! This day was made even more magical with LUX Wedding Florist’s blooming blush, mauve, and cream arrangements resulting in towering centerpieces and a stately cake display! Elyse Hall perfectly captured the sweet memories and love, get inspired by all the details at the full gallery.

From the Bride… Despite both graduating from the University of Arizona in 2012, it was not until we moved to Manhattan that Zack and I finally met through mutual friends. Zack knew from the get-go that I was the person for him. He tried to woo me with weekly rooftop BBQs (my favorite) and fun nights out – but it took me a bit longer to know we were meant to be. It was at a steeplechase horse race in Far Hills, NJ that I realized I could no longer deny his charm and wit and finally agreed to go on a date. 


We went on our first date the very next day, and the rest is history. Three years later, Zack popped the question at the Bel Air Bay Club, my favorite childhood spot with incredible LA beach views. Eager to start looking at venues, we planned a whirlwind weekend that took us from LA to Palm Springs to Arizona. The second we walked into El Chorro, we knew it was perfect. The stunning mountain backdrop and the desert vibes felt like a dream location to tie the knot. Living in New York, we knew we needed help on the ground to make sure everything went smoothly. 

The best wedding decision we ever made was to hire Rachel at Outstanding Occasions. We truly would not have been able to navigate our 2020 wedding without Rachel. A month out from our big day, COVID hit. Our planned 1. 5 year engagement turned into 2. 5 years and three wedding dates – but on May 2, 2021, we finally got married! 

We kicked the night off with our first dance under the stars to take advantage of the beautiful Arizona nights, and after dinner we moved to the dance party inside. The wait was well worth it, because it was the best day and night of our lives and one we will never forget.

Photography: Elyse Hall Photography | Event Planning: Outstanding Occasions | Floral Design: LUX Wedding Florsists | Cake: A Bake Shop | Invitations: Idieh Design | Ceremony Venue: El Chorro | Hair and Make up: Hvh Artists | Photobooth: Pixster Photo Both | Rentals: Prim Rentals

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This Citrus Colored Country Club Wedding Is Sure To Steal Your Heart

Hues of orange, coral, tangerine, and peach delight at this Scottsdale wedding full of citrus charm. College sweethearts Cooper and Nicolle turned to Soiree Events Chicago to make their wildest wedding dreams a reality. The goal was to host friends and family at a destination wedding filled with special touches along the way, and from the ceremony set against the mountains to the reception filled with bright and enchantingly beautiful blooms by Mint Green Designs the couple did just that. Every joyful moment was lovingly captured in the elegant imagery by Elyse Hall Photography. Visit the full gallery to take a sip of sunshine.



From the bride… We met during a school competition last semester of our senior year in college. It only seemed meant to be as we met and fell in love doing what we loved most, design and construction, and being surrounded by some of our best friends.



After moving to different cities we stayed together and traveled long distance for two years and it was all very worth it and made us grow even closer. This was where Scottsdale, AZ became very special to us because we’d spend many weekends and holidays here together in the interim.



The main priority for us was to have our closest friends and family present, especially with what was still going on in the world at this time. To make it easy for everyone to travel to the destination and feel at ease for the evening. Our wedding vendors did just that! It all came together seamlessly with the help of our vendors making our vision into a reality.




Photography: Elyse Hall Photography | Event Planning: Soiree Weddings & Events | Floral Design: Mint green Designs | Wedding Dress: Justin Alexander | Cake: Ruze Cake House | Shoes: Valentino | Make up: Make up & Glow by Whitney | Hair: Candice Davis | Band: WJC Music LLC | Country Club: The Country Club At Dc Ranch | Detachable skirt: Crystal Design | Linen: BBJ La Tavola | Video: Sarah Palik Photography and Videography

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Fashionistas Will Love The Chic Details and Bow-Accented Gown of These College Sweethearts’ Modern Affair!

These two college sweethearts tied the knot —  with a pretty bow! Nobody can object that the most Vogue-worthy part of this modern occasion was the bride’s blush Alexia Maria gown, accented with a dramatic bow (which Elle Woods would totally wear to her wedding)! George Abrams Events expertly styled Maggie & Trent’s affair at the Royal Palms Resort with a palette of pinks, blues, and white, juxtaposing sleek table settings with the blooming beauty of Floral Bella’s arrangements. Fashionistas — find all the style savvy wedding inspiration you need in the full gallery, chicly captured by Elyse Hall Photography.

From the Bride… Our love story began at the University of Arizona (Bear Down!), where we were college athletes on the men’s and women’s tennis teams. Trent is from Cape Town, South Africa, and I (Maggie) am from Phoenix, Arizona. We would’ve never crossed paths if it weren’t for the game of tennis that brought us both to Tucson. We met on the very first day of school and instantly knew that we both felt a feeling that neither had ever felt before. 

We would do anything to see each other, even if it meant occasionally skipping class so that we could spend even a few minutes together. Falling in love with each other was undeniably one of the best feelings in the world. After graduation, we were both fortunate enough to land jobs in Phoenix, where we took the next step and moved in together. 

A couple of months after our move, Trent planned an elaborate surprise proposal involving my family and coworkers, which involved him surprising me in my special education preschool classroom where I teach while my family and friends hid in the room. On the morning of our third anniversary, I was utterly shocked when I opened the door to find him down on one knee in my classroom and asking me to spend the rest of my life with him. 

And my shock only doubled when my whole entire family and my best friend, who flew in for the occasion from Chicago, hopped out from behind cubbies to celebrate us right away. It was truly the most memorable moment of our lives. After almost two years of waiting and three date changes, we were finally able to have the wedding of our dreams, and it was absolutely worth it!

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Photography: Elyse Hall Photography | Videography: Good Vibe Media | Wedding Planner: George Abrams Events. | Floral Design: Flora Bella AZ | Wedding Dress: Alexia Maria | Cake: A Bake Shop | Invitations: The Paper Place | Invitations: Oblations Paper | Jewelry: Cartier | Hotel: Royal Palms Resort | Reception Music: The JJ's Band | Rentals: Cre8ive Event Rentals

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This Stunning Desert Wedding Is Filled With Dreamy Details

Say hello to the dreamiest of desert weddings set in Arizona against Camelback Mountain. Revel Wedding Company coordinated a day that will be forever held in the hearts and minds of our couple Tara and Tanner. Beautiful scenery, seasonal cuisine, and an abundance of romantic blooms designed by The Flower Studio combine to create the most magical of wedding days. The love shines in the artful imagery by Kelly Hornberger Photography. Make sure to visit the full gallery for a closer look at all the fun.



From Kelly Hornberger PhotographyTara and Tanner are two Americans living and loving life in London who happened to meet on an app and then realized they went to the same church together. After dating for 2 years and surviving an intense COVID lockdown in London together, Tanner jumped at the chance to propose on a trip to the Scottish Highlands.



From the beginning, they knew they wanted a wedding in Arizona and that it would be a challenge to plan a destination wedding during a pandemic. They chose to have the wedding at El Chorro to give their traveling guests the ultimate Arizona experience with the stunning desert, delicious fun food, and perfect weather!



Tanner’s parents are flower farmers and blew everyone away with the gorgeous florals. A big highlight of the night was the beer burro who brought smiles to guests’ faces and kept it to the Arizona theme.



Photography: Kelly Hornberger Photography | Videography: Simply Cinema | Coordination: Revel Wedding Company | Floral Design: The Flower Studio | Wedding Dress: Caroline Castigliano | Cake: 21 Cakes | Stationery: Minted | Shoes: Bella Belle | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Azazie | Hair and Makeup: OneThreeArtistry | Suit: Suitsupply | Transportation: Ollie The Trolley | Wedding Venue: El Chorro | Bar: Beer Burro | Musician: Obadiah Parker

Magical Mountain Views Bring The Romance In This Paradise Valley Wedding

Framed by extraordinary mountain views, this Arizona wedding has officially stolen our hearts. After our couple had to change their original wedding plans due to the pandemic, they were afraid that a more intimate affair wouldn’t be as special. After what the bride and groom are now calling the “best day ever” they are convinced that they couldn’t have been more wrong. Outstanding Occasions created the dreamiest of days filled with elegance and romance set in the great outdoors. Flowers by LUX Florist make the setting even more sensational. Rachel Solomon Photography artfully captured the love of the day in her beautiful imagery. Make sure to visit the full gallery so you don’t miss a single moment.



From the bride… Steve and I had met back in 2014 through mutual friends, and our whole relationship has been very family and friend-focused. We knew when the time came to plan our wedding, we wanted our big day to have the same feeling of celebrating our love with our closest friends and family.



El Chorro was the perfect venue for our wedding – it is the most beautiful location that combines our love of the Arizona desert with a romantic feeling the moment you walk in. The beautiful views of Camelback Mountain combined with our garden theme were exactly what I wanted.



Dinner on the lawn under the bistro lights and stars was a dream. The smaller guest count, due to the pandemic, ended up being wonderful. We were truly surrounded by our closest friends and family, aside from a few who were unable to travel given the circumstances. We danced the night away with our best friends



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Photography: Rachel Solomon Photography | Cinematography: Sadie Such | Event Planning: Outstanding Occasions | Floral Design: LUX Wedding Florsists | Wedding Dress: Wedding Atelier | Cake: A Bake Shop | Reception Venue: El Chorro | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Hayley Paige | Makeup Artist: Courtney Montes | Hair Stylist: Harley Does Hair | DJ: Desert House Productions | Beer Burro: Haul N Ass Productions | Calligraphy & Signage: Meb Calligraphy and Design Studio | Gelato: Frost Gelato | Gown Boutique: Mariée | Livestream: South by West Films | Photo Booth: Pixster Photo Booth Rental Phoenix | Rentals: BBJ La Tavola | Rentals: Prim Rentals | Rentals: Event Rents- Phoenix | Strings: Sweetwater Strings

This Couple Pulled Together Their Dream Wedding In Two Months!

When the pandemic put this couple’s Hawaii wedding on pause, these lovebirds decided all that mattered was that they wanted to get married. With the help of Christina Williamson, they changed course on their original wedding plans and instead poured all their love into an intimate Arizona affair. A longtime admirer of Ashley Rae Photography and Love Story Films, the mother-of-the-bride reached out and was surprised when they not only agreed but suggested the ever-talented The Wildflower AZ for incredible floral moments! The results are so pretty you would never think there was a change of plans. See all the love unfold in the full gallery.



From the bride… I got engaged to my best friend and we were eager to start planning our wedding. We quickly decided on a date of 10/28/2020 my birthday Maui, Hawaii. Then due to the pandemic, both sides of the family mutually agreed this was probably not the best idea or time to be traveling.



We decided at least we will be married and together that’s all that matters, so in July we started to plan a wedding for 9/4/2020. My mother had told me about a venue called Royal Palms and I immediately fell in love. It was not my original venue in Hawaii but it still had a tropical feel that went along with my dress.



It may not have been our first plan but I wouldn’t change a thing about it . I simply loved every single detail of the day.



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Photography: Ashley Rae Photography | Cinematography: LOVE STORY FILMS | Event Design: Christina Williamson | Event Planning: Christina Williamson | Floral Design: The Wildflower AZ | Dress: Pronovias | Cake: A Bake Shop | Shoes: Bella Belle Shoes | Hair and Makeup: Makiaj Beauty | Groom: Peter Reid | Wedding Venue: Royal Palms Resort | Alterations: Tailored in White | Bride: Faith Reid | Perfume: Creed

Proof that You Don’t Have to Sacrifice Good Design When You Have Kids

Bridging the gap between gorgeous design and messy children can seem like a mountain not worth climbing. But this home, with its perfect blend of vintage and modern, color and white space, is all the proof you need that said bridge is not only doable, it can actually make your home even more addicting. Using texture, contrast and a perfect marriage of old and new, THELIFESTYLEDCO™ designed a space that will stand both the test of time and the footprint of even the spunkiest of children. Photos by Renna Hoefer.

We’ve worked with this particular client on projects before and when they came to us to design and manage the addition of their primary bedroom and bathroom wing, we couldn’t have been more thrilled!

This family asked for only a few things: high contrast between the space + simple effortless design. Which was made even more important as they would be welcoming their second child just after completion. 

The selection of the canopy bed was one of the first decisions made during the design process to give the space grandeur and a hint of formality. We kept both the wall color and the flooring lightly toned so the contrast could be felt in soft goods like window treatments and bedding.

Moving into the Primary Bathroom, the entry point off of the bedroom required a captivating moment signaling the eye to follow the shape of the space, as a long and lean, but bright space!

We beefed up the size of the quartz countertop with waterfall to the ground on one side for added weight and luxury to the bathroom vanity.

Following our desire to let contrast lead the design in the space, we anchored a black acrylic bathtub just under the corner windows to almost backlight the space!

The shower tile is both playful but symmetrical and brings some of the geometric shapes into this space as well as the Bedroom!

Small details have a huge design impact so everything from the towels hung to the bath side table lended themselves to a modern sensibility with vintage, handmade undertones. 

Our clients love vintage rugs and while they have several collectors pieces throughout their home, we took this opportunity to layer a jute and a geometric hide rug on top of one another to instantly give the space a more modern feel.

The hallway outside the master bedroom was kept fairly simple with oversized black and white family photos and modern gallery lights. 

In this same project, Parker, the soon-to-be big brother, got his own room in a hipster Star wars theme even Luke Skywalker would be proud of!

Our main goal in this space was to loosely follow the theme but also allow for Parker to grow into the space. And big brother not only got his bedroom wishes…he also got his very own baby doll! 

We were so thrilled to collaborate on such a beautiful and inspiring space that created the perfect canvas for this sweet family of four to grow and thrive!

Photography: Rennai Hoefer | Builder: Willsheim Design and Build | Interior Design: THE LifeStyled COMPANY

For These Two Desert Dwellers, the Third Time Was the Charm!

For Emily and Vik, it turns out that third times the charm. The couple had their wedding day rescheduled twice due to Covid-19, but with the help of a powerhouse team of vendors, their third attempt turned into the stuff wedding dreams are made of. Imoni Events saved the day with unparalleled service and the ability to pull things together at the drop of a hat. Beautiful blooms by The Flower Studio in shades of cream, white, and blush make the day feel as if you’re walking through a dream. Images by Rachel Solomon will have you thinking you’re at the wedding itself celebrating with the happy couple. Be sure to check out all the beauty inside the full gallery.



From the bride… Third times the charm, our wedding was planned and rescheduled twice before we were wed on September 26, 2020. That is why I say Jenni Thye of Imoni Events was our lifesaver and therapist, she kept us calm and used her resources to find us another venue that same day our second venue canceled on us.



Throughout our planning we wanted to work off of the desert theme and picked blush pink, white, and natural desert shades as our wedding colors. We wanted our ceremony and reception to be the stars of the show and our vendors did an amazing job to accomplish that.



The wedding planning process wasn’t anything that we had originally thought it was going to be but it was the most magical and amazing day for Vik and I. It could have never been accomplished without our amazing wedding planner, vendors, and venue. It truly took a village to make this wedding happen and we are so thankful for each and every person who had a helping hand along the way!



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Photography: Rachel Solomon Photography | Cinematography: Love Story Films | Event Planning: Imoni Events | Floral Design: The Flower Studio | Wedding Dress: Mariée | Wedding Dress: Martina Liana | Cake: A Bake Shop | Invitations: Victoria York Design | Reception Venue: Four Seasons Resort Scottsdale at Troon North | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Dessy Group | DJ: Dj Brian B | Men's Attire: Tommy Hilfiger | Beauty: Pin and Primp | Beauty: Azure Schaffer | Rentals: Casa de Perrin | Rentals: Prim Rentals | Rentals: Glamour And Woods | Rentals: Bright Event Rentals | Rentals: Event Rents- Phoenix | Rentals: BBJ La Tavola | Rentals: Quest Drape

A Family Affair Backyard Wedding Complete With Bistro Lights and a U Shaped Dining Table

It’s true — home is where the heart is. We thought we’d seen it all when it comes to backyard weddings, but the sheer beauty of this one proved us wrong! This family affair was a nod to togetherness and social bonding. With plenty of warm candlelight, lush florals, and classic china, Tailyr and Sam enjoyed an evening of love, all thanks to the incredible work of Rachael Ellen Events. To match her elevated backyard wedding, Tailyr wore an effortlessly elegant Sarah Seven gown. We’re certain this celebration was truly one for the family album. To see all the pretty details, take a look at the full gallery of gorgeous images, all captured by Mary Claire Photography.

From Rachael Ellen Events… When Tailyr and Sam became engaged, they weren’t sure what their plans would entail but they knew they wanted to create something intimate and social for those who truly mattered most. Their backyard wedding truly was a family affair, with only their nearest and dearest in attendance. The wedding took place at the groom’s family home where they decorated the yard with bistro lights and a U shaped dining table.

We opted for this design as it felt intimate and inclusive. The tables were adorned with ivory linens, classic china and glassware, modern gold flatware, french blue napkins, and dozens of petite garden inspired arrangements. The length of the tables were covered in taper candles and each place setting was adorned with a rough edge wax seal name card created by Ink & Press Co. Our goal with the design was to create something that felt romantic and incredibly special for the small number of guests who were in attendance.

After the sun set, the bride put on a denim jacket with pearl adornments to match the pearls on her Sarah Seven dress. These pearls were also what inspired the cake design! The guests were served Mexican food from the couples local favorite spot and enjoyed pies handmade by the grooms mother. The grooms sister was the photographer, her sister in law the videographer, and the brides cousin the DJ. The brides mother even did the groups hair!

Despite the twists and turns of this year, they truly made this a family affair to remember. The couple, avid Star Wars fans, made their exit through a tunnel of light sabers.

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Written by Lauren Megerdichian and Carly Zumar

Photography: Mary Claire Photography | Cinematography: Kenna Lynn Films | Event Design: Rachael Ellen Events | Event Planning: Rachael Ellen Events | Floral Design: Rachael Ellen Events | Wedding Dress: Sarah Seven | Cake: A Bake Shop | Invitations: Ink & Press Co. | Makeup: Katie Gurley Artistry | Hair: Kasie Noble | Rentals: Bright Event Rentals

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Enchanting Elopement Inspiration with a Timeless Modern Twist

Come for the timeless elegance stay for the shimmering gold chandeliers hanging above an alfresco reception table. Be it classic or modern, this elopement inspiration has everything you’re looking for and more. Beautifully dreamed up and produced by Rachel Ellen Events and Hosted by Mary Claire, you’re not going to want to miss a single detail. Tasha Brady Photography exquisitely tells the story of the day through her imagery. Visit the full gallery for a closer look.



From Tasha Brady PhotographyWith the beautiful creative direction by Rachel Ellen Events and Hosted by Mary Claire, this classic elopement inspiration was adorned with hints of modern elements to offer a twist on the traditional timeless look and feel of an al fresco destination wedding here in Arizona.



Stunning stationery crafted by Ink and Press Co. offered clean lines with subtle hints of European charm. Lush white florals crafted by Rachel Ellen elevated this sweet Elopement and was the perfect backdrop for some epic bridal portraits.



With intentionality, this inspiration was curated to capture the essence of an elopement like none other – classic, elegant, timeliness, and full of love.



Photography: Tasha Brady | Floral Design: Rachael Ellen Events | Dress: Sarah Seven | Cake: A Bake Shop | Stationary: Ink & Press Co. | Rings: June Rings | Bridesmaids' Dresses: BHLDN | Tux: The Black Tux | Host: Mary Claire Photography | Planning: Rachael Ellen Events | Rentals: Bright Event Rentals

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Picture Perfect Paradise Valley Micro Wedding

Are you considering a micro wedding? We’re here to tell you that when design, detail, and destination are done right- your wedding will feel anything but small. Rachel and Matt’s wedding had an intimate guest list but delivered big on jaw-dropping aesthetics. Revel Wedding Company created an experience that left guests in awe, from the gorgeous ceremony dripping in greens by Carte Blanche Design to the alfresco reception covered in hanging candlelight. All of the special moments were elegantly captured by Elyse Hall Photography. The full gallery is where you’ll find even more fun from this larger than life affair.



From Elyse Hall Photography Rachel and Matt decided to forgo their large wedding and instead throw a micro wedding. A micro wedding that was over the top, stunning, and designed to perfection.



They were married with Camelback as their backdrop and then had a lovely dinner party over on bocce lawn that was adorned with a gorgeous custom structure by Carte Blanche Design dripping in greenery and candles everywhere.



The bride’s family fell in love with the Arizona singer, Blaine Long, who was on The Voice. He came and it was a true treat to have him there! Rachel and Matt Danced the night away surrounded by the people they love and cherish the most in the world, their parents and siblings.



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Photography: Elyse Hall Photography | Videography: Vision & Love | Event Planning: Revel Wedding Company | Floral Design: Carte Blanche | Cake: A Bake Shop | Venue: El Chorro Lodge | Makeup-design: Hvh Artists | Rentals: Prim Rentals | Rentals: BBJ La Tavola

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Get Ready for Game Day with these Home-Gating Essentials

Whether you’re a diehard football fan or just love an excuse to throw a great at home tailgate, the Football Bettys and Victoria Canada are serving up easy + yummy ideas to add to your game day festivities.  From treats, to sips and accessories too, check out how to add some oomph to your home-gating. Plus the cutest idea for a football centric hostess gift captured by Annie Randall can be found in the VAULT. Don’t forget those masks!

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The Grub

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We love to set up snack stations for our “home gating” parties. Pretzels or popcorn in cute little paper cups allow your guests to snack without leaving the couch! Some other ideas to try…

Salted Beer Football Pretzels
Spicy Caramel Bacon Popcorn
3 Bite Pulled Pork & Biscuits
3 Bite Tacos w/ Avocado Cream
Mini 3 Layer Cakes

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The Cheering Essentials

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This NFL book of referee calls is a fun little addition to the football festivities. And a few more decorative ideas to include in your game watching…

DIY Newspaper Party Poms
Tassel Drink Stirrers
Rating Cards

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Thirst Quenchers

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Wash down all those delicious snacks with your favorite signature cocktail like the Shakedown Shandy. Grab the simple recipe below plus a few other options to sip…

Champagne Beer Jello Shots
Apricot Whiskey Smash
Boozy Lemonade
Classic Moscow Mule

Sack'Um Shandy
prep time
4 Minute/s
cook time
total time
4 Minute/s
Serves 2Ingredients
  • 4oz of Ginga Syrup
  • 1oz of Lemon Juice
  • 1 bottle of Ale Smith IPA (or your favorite IPA)
Instructions
  1. Fill two pint glasses with ice
  2. Divide Ginga Syrup and Lemon Juice between glasses
  3. Top it off with the Ale Smith IPA
  4. Clink glasses and cheer!

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Photography: Annie Randall Photography | Event Design: Football Bettys | Event Planning: Victoria Canada Weddings and Events | Make-Up: Linda Wagner | Hair: Salon Red Scottsdale | Artisan Cocktail Mixs: Iconic Cocktail Co. | Beer: Alesmith IPA | Football Shaped Bread: Eat The Ball | Graphic T-shirts: Live Love Gameday | Hostess Gift: Presently Plum | Location: The Royal Palms Resort and Spa Phoenix | Model Talent: Kyle Kriesel | Paper Products: Page And Mason | Resort and Spa: The Royal Palms Resort and Spa Phoenix | Soda Water: Fever-Tree Soda Water | Sparkling Wine: One Hope Wine | Tequila : Casa Migos Tequila

This Colorful Al Fresco Wedding at El Chorro Is Bringing Back Those Summer Vibes

Somehow we blinked and it’s the end of September – can someone please tell us how in the world that happened?! If you’re already missing those warm sunny days and bright floral hues of the summer season, don’t fret – today’s styled shoot from Desert Whim, Form Floral and Magdalena Studios will bring you right back to that can’t-beat summer feeling. Oh and fair warning, the full gallery will 100% make El Chorro, our favorite Arizona wedding venue, your latest and greatest obsession.

From Magdalena StudiosThis stunning summer wedding at El Chorro in Paradise Valley, Arizona was designed to perfection by Desert Whim and photographed on film by Magi Fisher of Magdalena Studios. 

The colorful florals by Form Floral reflected the vibrance of the desert and the lace bridal gown from BHLDN brought a bohemian feel to the day. 

The outdoor ceremony in the courtyard was perfection, with loose floral blooms circling the couple while they said “I do.” The reception space featured an al fresco family style dining table and a view of the surrounding mountains.

Photography: Magdalena Studios | Floral Design: Form Floral | Venue: El Chorro | Design + Planning: Desert Whim | Rentals: Glamour And Woods | Table Top Rentals: The Confetti Studio

When Garden Chic Meets the Desert at the Iconic El Chorro Lodge

Think you can’t pull off the garden wedding vibe at your desert venue? Think again, and allow today’s styled shoot from Imoni Events to inspire! Their soft, romantic color palette complete with a mix of pinks, white, greenery, and gold is a feminine bride’s dream. A lush arbor and enchanting floral chandeliers by Carte Blanche Design truly brought the garden meets desert vision to life. Head on over to the full gallery to see it all, captured by Jacqui Cole Photography!

From the planners at Imoni EventsThis styled shoot at the iconic El Chorro Lodge, nestled at the base of Camelback Mountain, will forever be a favorite. 

I really wanted to bring the garden to the Arizona desert. We used a mix of pinks, white, greenery, and gold. We wanted to keep everything soft, romantic, and girly. 

For the ceremony, we lined the aisle with lush arches full of greenery and florals. We wanted this to feel like a fairytale and give the bride a wow moment as she walked down the aisle. 

For the dinner, Carte Blanche Design created a custom wooden structure dripping with greens and floral chandeliers over all the dining tables to create an intimate elegant dinner setting.

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Photography: Jacqui Cole Photography | Event Planning: Imoni Events | Floral Design: Carte Blanche Design | Cake: A Bake Shop | Ceremony Venue: El Chorro | Make up : Makeup Therapy | Hair: Pin and Primp | Groom's Attire: American Commodore | Bride's Accessories: Lindsay Marie Bridal | Bride's Gown: Schaffers Bridal | Ceremony Chairs: Glamour And Woods | Chair and Lounge Furniture: Prim Rentals | Linens: BBJ La Tavola | Paper Goods: Victoria York Design | Rentals: Rental Company | Rentals: Bright Event Rentals | Video: Love Story Films

A Celestial Inspired Editorial With a Half Moon Arbor That’s Out of This World

Our love for today’s celestial styled shoot is truly infinite. From Wildflower AZ’s ridiculously creative half moon arbor to a reception space dripping in twinkle lights from Divinity Lighting + Events that took two whole days to put together – it’s all just too good. Every detail was planned to perfection thanks to Canvas Events along with design by Katina Patriquin Photography and cinematographer Love Story Films. To soak up all this celestial shoot has to offer – rocket to the full gallery for all the inspo.

From Katina Photography‘How do we rewrite the stars?’ This is the question posed by photographer Katina Patriquin Photography and cinematographer Love Story Films. The duo, with the help of Canvas Events, designed a style shoot elopement featuring celestial lighting at luxury venue El Chorro in Paradise Valley, Arizona, that will leave you with the magic of true love as infiniteness as the stars in the night sky.

The song ‘Rewrite The Stars’ was the premise of the shoot, and Canvas Weddings found the perfect models for Love Story Films to film and enact the story line of a love that would transcend all notions of tearing them apart. Love knows no reason, no boundaries, no distance. It has a sole intention of bringing people together to a time called forever. With a muted, textured floral palette, the Wildflower AZ artistically designed a half moon arbor that lit up the desert and paired perfectly with the star theme. Gold embellished his & her vow books added the touch of modern & personalization during the ceremony, while focusing on the intimateness of a micro-wedding with a staggered 6 person ceremony chairs.

Celestial lighting by Divinity Lighting + Events will leave you with stars in your eyes. It took the crew 2 days to set up, providing a 20x40ft area of reception space. The table was adorned with black menu cards with gold calligraphy, as black tapered candles provided ambient lighting to the surreal space. A vintage crown was adorned with gold floral elements that complimented the outdoor reception under the celestial lighting, as the bride danced with her groom under the starlit sky.

‘It’s up to you, and it’s up to me
No one can say what we get to be
So why don’t we rewrite the stars? Changing the world to be ours… tonight.’
song lyric ‘Rewrite the Stars’ – The Greatest Showman

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Photography: Katina Patriquin Photography | Videography: Love Story Films | Floral Design: The Wildflower AZ | Wedding Dress: Ines Di Santo | Wedding Dress: Galia Lahav | Wedding Dress: Destiny's Bridal | Cake: Dessert First | Stationary: Ashley Bunten Design | Shoes: Badgley Mischka | Hair & Makeup: Pooja Mehta | Lighting: Divinity Lighting | Venue: El Chorro | Wedding Venue: El Chorro | Planning: Canvas Weddings and Events | Rentals: The Confetti Studio | Rentals: Cre8ive Event Rentals | Rentals: Borrowed From A Bride