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Romantic Al Fresco Arizona Garden Wedding

That ring. Those shoes. The bouquet. That Lazaro for JLM Couture ballgown. And don’t even get me started on the gorgeous couple. In short, this wedding has me completely smitten. With touches of blush pink sprinkled throughout and romance all around, this garden fête is a modern-day fairytale and the vendors, the fairy godmothers. Experience all the magic, captured by Rachel Solomon, in the gallery.

From the Bride… Brian and I met my very first day of my freshman year at Grand Canyon University. I was walking through campus on the way back to the dorms from my morning classes when from about five feet away I heard someone say, “How you doin?” I looked up to see Brian dressed in soccer attire smiling confidently. I laughed because the phrase reminded me of Joey from “Friends.” I responded, “Good,” and continued on my way with not much thought. Throughout the course of my first semester Brian became my best friend and I knew quite quickly he was the one I would marry.

Brian proposed three short years later over my 21st birthday dinner with both of our families surrounding us. We had a year-long engagement to try to avoid some of the stresses of wedding planning.

We picked our venue after searching for an outdoor space in the desert of Arizona that resembled a garden. The Wright House had the perfect mixture of class, sophistication, and garden elegance that I was looking for. The wedding truly was the different aspects of my style and personality all in one.

I wanted flowy and whimsical while at the same time I wanted class and extravagance. My Lazaro bridal gown was the extravagant aspect with its princess, ballgown feel. Brian in his black tux with ivory shirt and black buttons paired with a bow tie was the class, while my bridesmaids’ floor length flowy gowns was the whimsical. My wedding colors of blush, gold, and ivory complemented well with the outdoors.

The Wright house truly made wedding planning easy with their amazing vendors. The flowers were gorgeous arrangements of white and blush roses and carnations from Flowers by Ellen that really brought the whole wedding to life. From Park Avenue Catering the food, which consisted of a spinach and strawberry salad to start, a baked chicken with a cream sauce, mashed potatoes, and green beans paired with a warm dinner roll as the main meal, was absolutely delicious. Each of my guests commented on how pleased they were with the quality of the food, as was I.

The cake from Sue Jacobs Cakes was one of my favorite parts of the wedding because not only was it beautiful, but also extremely gorgeous and even better than I had imagined. And the DJ from Joe Arnett Entertainment kept the party going with the perfect mixture of Brian and I’s style in music.

The only thing I had to personally plan with décor for the wedding was the details. This was my favorite part of wedding planning because I got to get creative and started to feel like everything was coming together. For example, I did not want a traditional guest book where people sign in. I wanted to see their faces along with their notes so every time I looked at it I could go back to that day and see the people I shared it with. While browsing through Pinterest (my wedding planner) I saw the idea of having a Polaroid camera and a blank guest book for the guest to take a picture and write their names underneath.

Another personal touch I added were the wedding favors. Since Brian’s last name is Green the hashtag for the wedding was #GoingGreen2k15 and the theme of the wedding followed the “Going Green” theme hence the garden setting. Because of this the wedding favors were tiny potted succulents in a variety of colors and styles. I attached a tag to each one with a saying that stated “Let Love Grow” followed by Brian and I’s initials.

Our wedding was more than I could have ever dreamed or imagined and I am so thankful foremost to my parents for making all of my childhood dreams come true. Also to the amazing team at the Wright House for their expertise, professionalism, and amazing vendors that helped bring the day together seamlessly. Also a special thanks to my amazing wedding photographer and team that is Rachel Solomon Photography who treated Brian and I as friends and captured the day so perfectly so I can relive it over and over again. April 9, 2015 will forever be a day that celebrated our love in the most amazing way possible.

Photography: Rachel Solomon Photography | Floral Design: Flowers By Ellen | Wedding Dress: JLM Couture, Inc | Cake: Sue Jacobs Cakes | Shoes: Badgley Mischka | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Lulu's | Catering: Park Avenue Catering | DJ: Arnett Entertainment | Venue: The Wright House | Bridal Boutique: The White Dress

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Romantic Stonebridge Manor Wedding

If there’s one thing that pulls on my heartstrings like no other, it’s a Bride and Groom‘s expressions of love during their ceremony. It’s the melt-me-to-a-puddle-moment and queue the waterworks—yep, I’m that guest. And this stunning duo? They’ve filled this gallery from Elyse Hall Photography with plenty of beautiful expressions that will make you blush. See them all here.

Not only is my heart aching over this beautiful couple, but did you see this lush bouquet from Butterfly Petals?! You can almost smell the sweet blush roses and dahlias.

Soft, romantic tables draped in La Tavola linens made for a dreamy reception.


From the beautiful Bride…Bernard and I met on the first day of high school through a mutual friend. Little did he know that I had called dibs on him days before at orientation when I saw him walk into the auditorium (I could not resist those eyes!). A few months later he asked me to the homecoming dance and the rest is history! We have now been together for eight years and survived four of long distance while he was at the Air Force Academy and I was at the University of Arizona. When it came to planning our wedding I had no idea what I was doing! Not to mention we both had just graduated right before he proposed and would be moving together to a small town in Mississippi to begin his pilot training, so all of my planning was done from across the country! Luckily, I had some amazing support and friends who had no qualms about FaceTiming me from random stores while shopping for wedding details.

As a couple we absolutely love being outdoors – so it was hard for us to imagine our wedding inside a traditional ballroom. We toured many different venues and became very discouraged that we were not going to find a place before our big move. On one of our last days in Arizona we went to Stonebridge Manor and once I saw the garden feel and bistro lighting I was sold. We always imagined an intimate, romantic wedding surrounded by greenery and soft lighting – once the sun went down it was truly breathtaking. The day was exhausting at the beginning because I was so worried that I had forgotten a huge detail and that all my planning and hard work would go to waste, but once my dad took my arm and I saw my husband smiling at me from the other end of the aisle, an emotional wave came swelling over me and I was the happiest I have ever been. We were surrounded by our closest friends and family, dancing and laughing, not wanting the night to end – our wedding was perfect in every way. Everyone kept saying, “Let’s do it again next weekend!”

Photography: Elyse Hall Photography | Videography: The Story Is Told | Bride's shoes: Badgley Mischka | Bridesmaids' shoes: Steve Madden | Bridesmaids' dresses: ModCloth | Hair and makeup: Allison Pynn | DJ: Mancini Entertainment | Favors: | Tuxedos: Men's Wearhouse | Reverend: Rich Stoffan | Wedding Venue: Stonebridge Manor | Bowties: Tux And Tulle | Bride's dress: Lillian Lottie Couture | Bride's ring: Shane Co. | Bride's robe: Plum Pretty Sugar | Bridesmaids' jewelry: Francesca's Collections | Chair signs: Z Create Design | Floral: Butterfly Petals | Garter: GarterQueen | Groom's ring: Tiffany & Co. | Guestbook: Bleu De Toi | Linens: BBJ La Tavola | Paper goods: Celebrations in Paper

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Mesa Arizona Wedding from Stephanie Fay Photography + Outstanding Occasions

Theme weddings can walk a thin line, but when they are on the right side of that line, the FAB side of that line, they pretty much blow my socks off any day of the week. Outstanding Occasions did it. They helped this couple create the most amazing, most beautiful aviation wedding I’ve. Ever. Seen. Ever. Stephanie Fay Photography shared her ticket to this ride with us, and I’m guessing a few of you just can’t wait to jet off into the gallery!

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From Outstanding Occasions … Annee + Scott were married under one of the few B17 bomber aircrafts left in the world. As their guests enjoyed themselves at the reception they were surrounded by beautiful vintage war planes. It was incredible! Annee wanted to incorporate her families love for airplanes so having a vintage theme and a ceremony under one of the rarest planes was so fitting.

There were so many sweet details at this wedding. From the little flight pins guests were given to the vendors wearing flight outfits, everything was extremely impeccable!

Photography: Stephanie Fay Photography / Event Design: Outstanding Occasions / Floral Design: Flora Bella / Venue: Mesa Falcon Field Air Park / Cinematography: Vongspoth Studios / Entertainment: The Big Band / Dress 1: Allure Bridal, purchased at Lilliam Lottie Couture / Dress 2: Sue Wong, Purchased at Nordstrom / Shoes: Glint Devyn, purchased at Nordstrom / Hair piece: Jessica McClintock  / Jewelry: Mariel earrings / Makeup and hair: Zethina Haehl / Brooch Bouquet: Fantasy Floral Design by Amanda Heer / Stationery: idieh design

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Backyard Mesa Wedding by Elyse Hall Photography + Eventology Events

If this wedding had a subtitle, it would surely be…A table full of pies and hearts full of love. Or possibly…How to make a backyard brimming with pumpkins look insanely adorable. Either of those would work swimmingly with this wedding designed by Eventology Events and with many a pretty picture by Elyse Hall Photography. It’s an affair that will make you wish that pumpkins were a year long wedding accessory. See it all right here my friends.

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From Meg of Eventology EventsWhen my best friend and business partner of Eventology Events announced that she was engaged, our wheels began spinning immediately. Having been event planners for some time now, we knew this had to be a unique and fabulous affair that would be remembered by all who attended. If I were to describe Erin, anything but traditional would come to mind. She is fun, quirky, bohemian and yet classically beautiful. And as we flipped through wedding magazines, she snubbed her nose at the stuffy, formal feel they all seemed to display. So we knew this girl would need to have a wedding that was warm, family-centered, festive and ferociously fun. Of course, there needed to be a bit of Richard in there as well. :)

Then she had an idea. When is the time one feels most relaxed, loved, full of festiveness and warmth? Thanksgiving, of course! The idea of a Thanksgiving dinner with around 100 close friends and family sparked an entire concept of how the day would play out. Family friends graciously offered their beautiful backyard as a venue. Set-up was a family affair, and everyone pitched in to make the space perfect. Pumpkins of every color, size and shape lined the aisle, as well as filled in corners of the large backyard. Instead of the expected autumn colors, she chose to use a palette consisting of charcoal gray, navy, ivory and gold. The front of the aisle was decorated with a collage of paper medallions, hung carefully by her brothers in all of the colors of the day, and it served as the perfect backdrop for the ceremony. Erin walked down the aisle to “Here Comes the Bride,” not by music or a band, but by kazoos of course, which were handed to each guest as they took their seats. The complete chaos of the first “practice” was brilliant. But by the time we were all in sync, the atmosphere felt so relaxed and comfortable that she was able to walk down the aisle, arm in arm with both of her brothers, beaming with pride that her genius plan had worked. Richard’s brother married the two in a top hat, and the whole thing felt more like we were getting to be witness to a private moment than just being guests at a typical wedding.

After a cocktail hour with hors d’houvres crafted brilliantly by a family friend, we all sat down family style to a festive Thanksgiving feast. “Place cards,” which were all old postcards, were gathered by Erin and me one afternoon at our local antique store. The tables were lined with miniature pumpkins, candles for ambiance and stunning floral arrangements by Aspen Renee Flower Boutique. Dancing and games — here is where Richard gets to shine — followed the turkey tasting. A friend spun records to keep the vibe fun and relaxed. Erin and Richard crafted their own corn-hole game and the men set up a ping-pong table to keep everyone busy. Erin’s brother fashioned a photo booth for guests to pose as cowboys and Indians. And once the coma from the stuffing and mashed potatoes had ended, the pie-judging contest commenced. Included in the invitation, Erin and Richard challenged their guests to bake a pie worthy of the bride and groom. These pies replaced the traditional wedding cake concept and it made for quite an amazing display, not to mention many more stuffed people:). The bride and groom then judged the pies to finish the evening. Erin’s attention to detail was impeccable, and I am so proud of what she created. Erin and Richard are an amazing couple who share each other’s love of food, music and family. They worked together seamlessly to honor what the other wanted. Needless to say this not-so-emotional girl got pretty choked up at the sight of her best friend beginning this new journey in her life. Erin and Richard, I love you, I admire you, and your wedding day is one I will never forget.

Wedding Photography: Elyse Hall Photography / Wedding Venue: The Home of Family Friends in Mesa, Arizona / Event Planning + Details: Eventology Events / Floral Design: Aspen Renee Flower Boutique / Catering: Heidi’s Events & Catering / Rentals: JMS Tents / Wedding Dress + Groom’s Attire: J.Crew / Shoes: TOMS / Rings: Barnes Fine Jewelers

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Mesa Wedding by Chantel Marie Photography

Some people were born to DIY. Kind of like Martha minus the empire and this Bride is one of them. Seriously, you know your wedding is good when an editor thinks it’s a shoot right up until reading the description. And these two love birds are just too lovely not to gush about. And their wedding set in an orchard, filled with fabulous DIY details and captured perfectly by Chantel Marie Photography is equally gush worthy. So we’re gushing, we’re swooning and we are totally DYING over every second of this wedding. Be sure to stop by the gallery for lots more!

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From Chantel Marie PhotographyHilary and Jon tied the knot on 7.9.11  They dated on and off for about 4 years…they started dating in college at ASU.  He then moved to Hawaii to play collegiate golf and she moved back home to Vegas.  They were in and out of the relationship.  Just when Hilary thought things were all over, Jon and her worked it out. He came home for holidays in hopes to win her back, knowing he could not live without her.  An amazing Thanksgiving and Christmas with their families in NV and AZ confirmed their forever love…he proposed his next trip home.

Hil and Jon are a very old-world loving, antique appreciating couple.  They adore cooking together and Hil loves needlework and DIY projects. Hil and her mom pretty much DIYed her entire wedding. Jon’s family has horses and a ranch and Hil is a very classy, thrifty gal. They compliment each other so well in that they are completely and entirely head over heels for each other.

Their wedding was gorgeous and they loved every moment of it.  It was so authentic to them. Hil had a say in everything that was purchased, made, and how and where it set at the venue.  The wedding was just ‘them’.

Reception: The Orange Orchard / Wedding Photography: Chantel Marie Photography / Wedding Cakes: Sandy Wright Cutting / Florals: Mother of the Bride + Friends / DJ: Hilary’s Playlist / Bride’s Dress: Saks Fifth Avenue / Hair Flower + Earrings: J.Crew / Groom’s Suit: Express / Groom’s Shoes: Cole Haan / Invitations: Lyndsay Osburn Design

Real Wedding: Jonathan Canlas, VII

Thank you so much to Jonathan Canlas for sharing this lovely wedding with us. The bride is just possibly the cutest bride I have ever seen. And the wedding style, well…it’s very SMP. Chic, approachable and filled to the brim with personality.


Real Wedding: Jonathan Canlas, VI

I generally don’t write 6 or 7 posts on one particular wedding…it’s hard to find THAT many gorgeous pictures. But today is different. Jonathan Canlas snapped some of the most lovely pictures that I simply couldn’t decide which one’s to share…

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We have even more pics on their way, some fun detail shots and a few more of this beautiful couple!

Real Wedding by Jonathan Canlas, V

Okay, I promised you a list of vendors from today’s FAB featured wedding and here it is! Of course, if it weren’t for the photography of Jonathan Canlas, we wouldn’t be devouring this amazing affair, but there were a handful of other vendors that worked behind the scenes to make it so ridiculously beautiful…

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The incredible florist was Amanda Johnson of Butterfly Petals, the cake was designed by Nancy Ray. The bride’s absolutely gorgeous dress was found at Jewel Couture, though sadly it seems that she isn’t taking on any additional clients. Let’s hope she changes her mind soon! The Veil and Jewelry were crafted by Meghan Lawloer. Oh and the couple also had a Photo booth which was provided by ScrapBooth.

Still more to come from the reception!

Real Wedding by Jonathan Canlas, IV

There are so many things that I love about today’s featured wedding shot by Jonathan Canlas. The bride is impossibly chic, the colors are bold and modern, the style is both approachable and undeniably sophisticated. The whole wedding feels relaxed and intimate and yet totally fresh, something that is hard to achieve.

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Stay tuned to see who the vendors were that helped craft this lovely affair!

Real Wedding by Jonathan Canlas, III

The wonderfully talented Jonathan Canlas sent us pictures from today’s featured wedding and the moment that I saw them, I jumped at the chance to feature them on SMP. I really don’t need to blab on and on, so I am just going to dive right into the gorgeous photographs!

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So much more to come (and I mean so much more)!

Real Wedding by Jonathan Canlas, II

Today we are featuring the fabulously chic wedding that Jonathan Canlas sent us…with its oh-so-sophisticated bride, its gorgeous black and green color palette and its perfect little details. Here are a few more pics for you to fall in love with…

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This gorgeous wedding took place this past November in Mesa, Arizona at the LDS Mormon temple with the reception following at the Wright House reception center.

Here are a few quick notes from Jonathan

The family and guests were trolleyed to and from the reception site to the temple.  The reception at the Wright House began with the family enjoying insane authentic Mexican food. There were several little kids who were flower girls or “mini” groomsmen.  At one point, one of the nephews got up on the stage during the toasts and sang the national anthem impromptu. So cute.

So much more to come!

Real Wedding by Jonathan Canlas

When I saw the bride in today’s featured wedding, sent to us by the ever talented Jonathan Canlas, I fell in love. She is so SO chic. So completely gorgeous. I have a ton of pictures to share with you, along with some pretty great details but first, I wanted to post a look at this fabulous couple…

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Don’t you love her? That dress. That veil! One part oh-so-fresh, one part vintage charm. I love every bit of this bride’s look. And, just wait until you see the rest of the gorgeous pictures! Back in a bit.