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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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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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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

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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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

A Romantic Spring Editorial at El Chorro for All the Desert-Loving Brides

Today’s stunning styled shoot from Leslie D Photography brought the colors of Spring to the desert at one of our fave Arizona venues – El Chorro! Sarah’s Wedding Garden absolutely blew us away with her cheerful blooms and wow-worthy floral arbor (and how about those ceremony views, huh!?) If you’re looking for the perfect recipe for bringing a major dose of romance to your Spring affair, check out the full gallery to see all the inspiring details, all planned by Mandy Marie Creative.

From Leslie D PhotographyIt’s felt like a really long winter and we’re ready for some warmth.

We wanted all the fresh feels spring brings and colors mixed in with this luxury green space. 

The florals had romance and femininity to pair with this classic gown and all with such a clean classic vibe.

Sarah’s Wedding Garden was thrilled to add all the colorful blooms to the arch and the table. The gown name is Dixie by Wtoo (Made by Watters). This is a real couple who had just come back from France on a fun trip. And we loved adding their wonderful dynamic to the Editorial.

PHOTOGRAPHER: Leslie D Photography | Event Planning: Mandy Marie Creative | FLORIST : Sarah's Garden | DRESS: Schaffers Bridal | CAKE: A Bake Shop | Shoes: Bella Belle | MAKEUP : Lillian Fogel | HAIR : CHANTELLE MERTES | CALLIGRAPHY: GOLDEN ELEMENT | Calligraphy: Golden Element Calligraphy | VENUE: El Chorro | ACCESSORIES: Lindsay Marie Design | INVITE: Maude Press | LINENS: BBJ La Tavola | Models: Fordrba | Napkins: Forever Gram | RENTALS : Event Rents- Phoenix

Arizona Brides Will Fall Head Over Heels for This Modern Romantic Wedding Inspiration at El Chorro

Chic black bridesmaid dresses, lush desert blooms and one of our all time favorite wedding venues – today’s stunning styled shoot from Amy Mulder Photography and Imoni Events at El Chorro is every desert bride’s dream wedding. Get those pinning fingers ready for the full gallery, complete with epic views and a ceremony arch design by The Wildflower AZ that’s truly never been done before. Keep on reading for more details behind the inspiration of the day!

From Amy Mulder PhotographyNo one can deny that El Chorro has an incredible beauty that couples dream of for their wedding. Capturing on film… Just adds to that beauty. A lot of weddings lock down on one look, we wanted to do something a little outside of the box. Black attire for the full wedding party, velvet green suit for the groom, with some uniquely chic elements while maintaining that luxurious feel. I knew El Chorro was a place I wanted to be. 

So after contacting El Chorro, I got to work assembling a dream team of vendors. After months of planning, I flew out to Arizona to meet the team, who already felt like amazing friends, and get to work. Jenny from Imoni Events and Nicole from The Wildflower AZ put together an amazing look for the color palette, floral design, rentals, table, ceremony set up, all of it! I went out on a limb and opted for putting all of the bridesmaids in black. And with Bella Bridesmaid providing the one and only Miss Hayley Paige as the designer, it was the perfect combination for the shoot. I also wanted to have one female be a groomswoman, so that model got to dress up in a Hayley Paige jumpsuit. 

Brooke Benjamin came on board to design all stationery and calligraphy elements…. And were they amazing. The colors, the textures, the fun ideas she created were perfect! Maeflower Cake and Nicole teamed up to make a truly amazing cake. The models arrived for hair and makeup at Makiaj Beauty, where the stylists created an amazing look for our bride. It was so fun to watch all of the models when they arrived and saw their dresses, they all wanted to take turns wearing them all I think! And their icing to their cake – jewelry by Lindsay Marie. Always so fun to watch model’s reactions!! 

It was a typical Arizona hot day… With a little added in humidity. But all ten of the models were so excited and had so much fun, which made my job so much fun!! No one knew each other, but within just a few minutes everyone was laughing and having a great time! It really was like photographing a real wedding with a real group of close friends! There is something so special about film photography, and the way it catches the rays of the Arizona sun. So the photographs not only show off all of the attire, the florals, the decor, etc they show off that Arizona sun. And it was magical.

Photography: Amy Mulder Photography | Event Planning: Imoni Events | Floral Design: The Wildflower AZ | Gown: Badgley Mischka | Cake: Maeflower Cakes | Jewelry: Lindsay Marie Design | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Bella Bridesmaid | Calligraphy: Brooke Benjamin | Groom's Attire: Heywood and Ringo | Groomsmen's Attire: Heywood and Ringo | Wedding Venue: El Chorro | Beauty: Pooja Mehta | Bridal Gown: Mariée | Bridesmaids' Dresses Designer: Hayley Paige | Rentals: Event Rents- Phoenix | Tableware: The Confetti Studio

This Fashion Blogger Found Out She Was Expecting a Year Into Planning Her Wedding!

If you follow along with fashion blogger, Mackenzie Bay, you know she has the best sense of style—so, it should come as no surprise that her own wedding was a gem. Outstanding Occasions guided her and her hubs in the planning process, and thankfully so, because they found out they were expecting a baby boy about a year into planning. Is there a better wedding present than this little guy? I think not! See it all unfold below with imagery from Rachel Solomon.

From the bride… Summer was coming to an end and school was about to begin back in August of 2014 when I first met Daniel. I instantly locked eyes with him at a party and ever since that day he hasn’t left my mind! Our first date we had an instant connection and bonded over mariachis and margaritas. That evening, (little did I know at the time) he had gone back to his fraternity and told his close friends he had found the one!

Three years later, Daniel proposed to me along the beach in Mexico while we were riding horses down the shore. It took us almost two years to plan the most magical day of our lives. About a year into planning we found out that we were pregnant and we had our sweet baby boy Braxton just a few months before our big day, so he was able to be there alongside us!

Arizona had always been a special place for my family to vacation to, and Daniel was actually born in Arizona, so we decided to venture outside of Texas and have an intimate and dreamy destination wedding in Scottsdale. We were so excited to escape to the natural beauty and weather Arizona had to offer! El Chorro stood out to us from all the other venues we looked at because of how unique and charming it was. Lindsey Rendon, the catering and event manager, was so welcoming and made us feel right at home. It just felt like the perfect fit.

We wanted the rustic feel, and romantic atmosphere to be captured on our big day, and Rachel Solomon did just that! We could not have asked for a better photographer. Our ceremony was held on the breathtaking event lawn overlooking Camelback Mountain which just as well could have been a movie backdrop! My bridesmaids and I had the best hair stylist, Christin Roberts, spend all morning individually perfecting our hair. My girls all found their dresses on Lulus and the beautiful pink tones complimented the bold and lush Arizona scenery so perfectly on the ceremony lawn.

Got You Covered Music helped Daniel and I dance our way into our reception filled with the most stunning florals and linens from The Flower Studio and La Tavola Linens. We chose to have our parents alongside us at the head table which was so beautifully executed with candles, florals, greenery, and crystals dangling from above. Our guests were blown away!

I would not have been able to put everything together without the help of my mom and the most incredibly organized and sweetest planners, Rachel Troyan of Outstanding Occasions. She was there every step of the way and helped everything come together so perfectly. I want to go back and relive this unbelievably magical day over and over again and can’t thank our wedding dream team enough for giving us something so incredible to look back on for years to come.

Photography: Rachel Solomon Photography | Event Planning: Outstanding Occasions | Floral Design: The Flower Studio | Cake: Ruze Cake House | Stationery: Celebrations in Paper | Reception Venue: El Chorro | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Lulu's | Hair: Mohawks & Messy Buns | DJ: Got You Covered | Gown Designer: David's Bridal | Linens: BBJ La Tavola | Menswear: Men's Wearhouse | Rentals: Rental Company | Strings: The Encore Quartet | Video: EMotion Cinamatography

Oakland Athletics Baseball Player Khris Davis Marries His Sweetheart at El Chorro

When Khris Davis and his beautiful Bride-to-be set out to find a wedding venue that boasted beauty in and of itself, El Chorro was the perfect choice. Their celebration was filled to the brim with colorful blooms from The Wildflower AZ, complimenting their (already stunning) location—as the Bride coins it, ‘a desert setting with a pop of color’. And I’m saying all the YES to that combo. Have a peek for yourself below and in the full gallery from Jessica Q Wong!

From the Bride… Khris and I got engaged in November 2017 when our son was almost 2 months old. I had just put our son to down for a nap and we were relaxing watching a tv show. Out of the blue, Khris disappeared for a few minutes and came back holding a box and asked me to marry him. I think our son wanted to celebrate, because in true newborn fashion, he woke up about 3 minutes after I said “yes.” We were able to celebrate with our families later that evening.

We are really low key and very untraditional and we wanted our wedding “celebration” to reflect that. We had actually gotten married a month earlier in our backyard, but we wanted a super nice dinner to celebrate with our close family and friends. Reflecting that, we wanted a venue that was beautiful itself without having to do too much work. I’m from the midwest so I wanted to embrace the desert setting with a pop of color. El Chorro was literally the perfect spot for us because its such a beautiful venue with its fireplaces and desert design and has a gorgeous mountain backdrop. Once we saw El Chorro’s setting, we knew we wouldn’t have to do too much, just a few highlights to make it unique to us. I love floral so we decided to make the floral arrangements highlight our style. The florist we worked with, The Wildflower AZ, couldn’t have done a better job. My request wasn’t the easiest of requests either. I didn’t provide a ton of direction, just that I wanted bright colors, like coral, but also wanted to colors accentuating the fall, like maroon. The pieces that they put together were so beautiful and exactly what we wanted. The arrangements worked seamlessly with the venue decor and created the perfect setting for us.

A few unique wedding details we had were… 

  • The fireplace mantel floral arrangement is honestly the most beautiful floral arrangement I’ve ever seen. I wanted everyone to take their pictures underneath it and I wish I could have it at home on our fireplace mantel permanently!
  • Khris loves shoes (sneakers specifically) so instead of wearing traditional dress shoes, he and our son wore sneakers with their suits.
  • I loved having one long table for dinner. It really felt like we were all sitting down together to celebrate and was a great way to bring everyone together instead being separated at different tables.

Traditional Elements: We are pretty untraditionally and wanted to make it as casual and “untraditional” of a wedding celebration as possible. I did wear a white dress though.

DIY Elements: Khris and I both have a giant sweet tooth and love doing puzzles. He likes chocolate chip cookies while I prefer sugar cookies. My mom made sugar and chocolate chip cookies in the shape of puzzle pieces as party favors for all the guests to take home.

Our favorite moments of the day… being able to celebrate with family and friends that traveled near and far was the most special part of the day. It felt so wonderful to celebrate our love, surrounded by people who love us. After the dinner everyone came back to our house and we played a giant game of sand volleyball in our backyard.

A bit of advice… when you’re planning your special day, plan it the way you want it. Everyone will have their opinions and advice, but its a day to celebrate your love and you want to be able to look back in 20 years and not regret any decisions. It’s also so easy to get caught up in what you think you need to have to make the perfect wedding, but I think the best weddings are the ones that you can see that the bride and groom focused on their love and didn’t get caught up in all the noise.

Florist: The Wildflower AZ | Dress: BHLDN | Catering: El Chorro | Venue: El Chorro | Beauty: Pearls Beauty And Makeup Design | Jessica Q Photography: Jessica Q Photography | Music: Sarah Vanilla

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Romantic Fall Desert Wedding at El Chorro in Paradise Valley

I melt for a good groom-swooning-at-the-bride shot, and this wedding right here? It’s got a few sweet ones sprinkled throughout. Gahhh, can you even? I think we can all agree this duo is simply the cutest and when you pair them with details planned by A Day to Cherish Weddings & Celebrations and adorable guests like this, the result is a darling day that pulls you in. See the whole thing right this way.

From Benjamin Clifford PhotographyBeing a wedding photographer, it’s hard not to appreciate all the effort and care that goes into a spectacular wedding. Recently, I had the pleasure of photographing a stunning wedding at the beautiful El Chorro wedding venue. It was an excellent setting for such an occasion, nestled between the desert mountains of Paradise Valley, Arizona. My clients, Rebecca and Nathan, couldn’t have been more delighted by the natural beauty and luxurious treatment they received. The event was gorgeous from start to finish, and the memories preserved there will undoubtedly be remembered fondly by all who attended.

We managed to take a few photos of her alongside the lively desert fauna, creating a simply enchanting scene. The bridesmaids dressed in pale pink looked lovely together next to the bride, and we were able to get a few photos of them as well. After a few more shots of the groom looking his best and the couple finally together, we were ready to move on to the wedding ceremony. The event lawn was a spectacular venue with perfectly trimmed grass, white-blossomed trees, and the looming desert mountains in the distance. When Nathan and Rebecca were finally together on the event stage, hand-in-hand with solemn expressions, every seamlessly entwined element was finally in place. The couple walked away with brimming smiles. The following walk around the grounds allowed us several more romantic shots of them together freshly married. It was lovely to see them both bubbling from the excitement of their union. From there it was on to the Casa Paloma for the reception, showcasing the dazzling luxury El Chorro is known for. White, gold, crystal and blush adornments filled every table, with bouquets and candles to top it off. We finished with a series of shots of the couple’s first dance, taking to the floor in a wonderfully intimate moment while their friends and family looked on.

When it was all said and done, we managed to capture a fantastic set of stunning photos from the event. It was a wonderful day to be involved in, and one I’m sure won’t be forgotten.

Photography: Benjamin Clifford Photography | Cinematography: Luxium Weddings | Event Planning: A Day to Cherish Weddings & Celebrations | Floral Design: LUX Wedding Florsists | Cake: A Bake Shop | Invitations: Minted | Hair & Makeup: Makiaj Beauty | Entertainment: Ryan Meeks of Non-Stop Entertainment | Wedding Venue: El Chorro | Beer Burro: Haul N Ass Productions | Bridal Boutique: Bella Lily Bridal | Hand Lettering: Wildly Written by AK | Linens: BBJ La Tavola | Rentals: Event Rents- Phoenix

Vibrant Desert Elopement Inspiration at El Chorro in Arizona

Elopements used to get a bad rap… but oh, have they come a long way in the past decade. Sneak-away I dos have become micro celebrations where the focus can be placed on quality over quantity; making room for attention to detail in every area of your Big Day, from style to ceremony to the ‘reception’ (if you so choose to invite a few guests!). Today’s vendor team, including Marisa Belle and A Day to Cherish Weddings and Events, crafted a desert-style elopement that will brighten your Pinterest boards and have you seriously considering a more intimate gathering.

From Marisa Belle PhotographyThis inspiration shoot was a true collaboration between all vendors. When we first met to talk about the direction we wanted the shoot to take, everyone agreed that it should be something that was “out of the box” while still staying true to an intimate wedding vibe. We opted to stay away from a more traditional color pallet and introduce vibrant golds, mustards, and plum shades throughout. Our goal with this shoot was to inspire brides and let them know that beautiful elopements are attainable without having to climb to the top of a mountain on fly to Iceland. A stunning and traditional venue like El Chorro can be equally as beautiful for an elopement or intimate wedding! 

As with any inspirational shoot so much of the feeling comes from the wardrobe. For this shoot our amazing wedding wardrobe stylist Risa of RiSTYLE Consulting designed and created the dress from scratch with her team. We went with a golden/mustard dress and although the color of the dress was unique we kept the lines and train of a traditional wedding dress. The silhouette of this custom gown is beautiful on our model and balances with her naturally curly hair. Just perfect! Our groom wore a plum blazer by Gant, tan pants, floral tie and pocket square all by Bonobos. The look is very fashion forward and goes perfectly with the brides dress!

Margo and Bees did a wonderful job with the invitation suite, incorporating the mustard color while playing off the desert sunset with their colorful overlay. Used both on the inside of the envelope and information card to tie it all together! 

Ruze Cake House did a masterful job of creating a cake design that fit with the inspiration! The cake is hand painted and plays off the color of the wedding dress seamlessly. The favors are painted the same way and shaped to highlight Arizona and the desert. So perfect!

Randi owner of Carte Blanche Designs nailed the intimate, vibrant vibe of the shoot with her gorgeous bouquet. The bouquet was both perfectly structured while still giving a free-flowing elopement feel.

For our ceremony set up we wanted to maintain the subtle bohemian feel of an elopement while still keeping with some classic elements and making sure to highlight the beautiful desert El Chorro backdrop and Camelback Mountain in the background. We kept the seating interesting by incorporating gold chairs, paired with white leather chairs and cow hide benches all provided by Dang. Fine Rentals. The potted succulents and small floral arrangements by Randi at Carte Blanche Designs, dotted the ceremony space elevating the simple but stunning design.

Cara with A Day to Cherish Weddings really did an amazing job designing this space using items from Dang Fine Rentals! All the elements play beautifully off the El Chorro backdrop, bring in the desert and bohemian elements of an elopement but with a refined and classic twist. The La Tavola linens on the cocktail high boys work perfectly with in the space!

The reception was set in The Hampton Room at El Chorro, a location where they hold many intimate dinner parties. The room is inviting and romantic perfect for an elopement reception. For the design we decided on one long table provided by Dang Fine Rentals, adorned with a colorful runner, candle light and desert plants and flowers all put together by Randi of Carte Blanche Design. She also incorporated some terra cotta elements that again play off of our desert surroundings. Behind the table we used a rattan room divider that allowed us to bring in more candle light, so pretty!

There is no shortage of portrait spaces at El Chorro, every corner of the property is beautiful and highlights the desert backdrop. For this shoot we explored some of the lesser used corners of the property with allowed us to flex our creative muscles but also allowed us to capture one of the most stunning portraits with Camelback Mountain I’ve ever seen from the property!

Photography: Marisa Belle | Floral Design: Carte Blanche Design | Wedding Dress: Ristyle Consulting | Cake: Ruze Cake House | Invitations: Margo And Bees | Wedding Venue: El Chorro | Linens: BBJ La Tavola | Make-up Artist: Makeup Artistry by Natalie | Models: Mykala Ballard | Models: Dameron Dashon | Planning: A Day to Cherish Weddings & Celebrations | Rentals: Dang fine Rentals

El Chorro in Arizona is the Perfect Backdrop for this Wedding Inspo

If ever there was an inspiration shoot that you could translate so completely and seamlessly into a wedding, it would be this gorgeous little number from Ashley Creative and photographed by Jacqui Cole. From the pretty bridesmaids dresses to the rentals by The Confetti Studio, La Tavola Fine Linens and Glamour and Woods, even pre-made welcome bags by A Signature Welcome and florals inspired by the Wildflower AZ – this really could be one of those shoots you show to your wedding planner and boom, design complete. Donkey not included.

From the Camelback Mountains to the gorgeous Arizona sunsets, our inspiration was brought to you by just that – the breathtaking array of oranges, blues and yellows that paint the skies of the Southwest at dusk. The historic El Chorro set a beautiful backdrop for our wedding inspiration shoot nestled in the exclusive Paradise Valley of Arizona.

The inspired design direction by Ashley Creative was to stay true to the gorgeous nature surrounding the venue. Together, with Wildflower AZ and Glamour and Woods, we created a tablescape that highlighted the color palette perfectly. Idieh Designs crafted a textured canvas table number to almost resemble tile along with leather place cards to give it that outdoor edge.

Wood candlesticks from The Confetti Studio & a soft, gauzy runner from La Tavola Linen created the perfect mixture of textures that was beautifully captured by Jacqui Cole in front of the cactus of the Sonoran Desert.

A Signature Welcome curated a welcome bag that guests would be thrilled to receive – filled with desert essentials like sunscreen, a water bottle, and yummy local snacks all placed in a rose gold wire basket with a hand calligraphy “Welcome to Arizona” tag. Ruze Cake House added two cactus cookies to the welcome bag to pay homage to the sea of cactus you see when driving through the desert.

Penny, the burro, made a friendly appearance during our wedding inspiration shoot. She was dressed in a flower crown in the same color scheme as the bride’s bouquet to perfectly accent the bridal party.

Photography: Jacqui Cole Photography | Florals: The Wildflower AZ | Cake : Ruze Cake House | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Show Me Your Mumu | Hair and Makeup: Pearls Beauty And Makeup Design | Groom's Attire: Stitched | Venue: El Chorro | Bridal Store: Bella Lily Bridal | Linen: BBJ La Tavola | Models: Kendahl | Paper Goods: Idieh Design | Planning: Ashley Creative | Rentals: Glamour And Woods | Tabletop Rentals: The Confetti Studio | Wedding Burro: Lucky Penny Productions | Welcome Bag : A Signature Welcome

The Most Elegant Desert Garden Wedding in Paradise Valley

Give us pretty details and we are happy wedding bloggers. Give us a story that goes along with said lovely deets? And you’ll probably find us (literally) jumping out of our seats with joy. Today’s desert fete is just that my friends—painstakingly pretty, thanks to Imoni Events and Carte Blanche Design (and allll of the vendors below). But it’ll also pull at your heart strings in other ways… such as the Groom’s careful and loving attention to detail (read the story below after you peruse Charity Maurer‘s stunning images!). Plus, all of it took place in the Groom’s father’s backyard… bet you didn’t see that one coming.

From Charity MaurerIt’s truly heartwarming when not the bride, but the groom first reaches out to you as a photographer. After proposing to the love of his life, Katie, groom Chasen knew that he wanted their day to capture the warmth and sincerity of his love for her. From the first moment of their elegant wedding day, every detail was set in place to celebrate their closeness and bond with one another.

Before Chasen first laid eyes on his glowing wife-to-be, he had her read a letter enclosed in card he had purchased for her. Little did she know that he had searched high and low for months to find a duplicate of the card he had sent her years ago, after their very first date. Talk about a man who loves details!

The two tied the knot in Chasen’s father’s backyard, surrounded by friends and family. They wanted to incorporate their love of lush plants and botanicals despite living in the arid southwest. With the help of the immensely talented floral designer, Randi Eshelman, they merged the natural beauty of the native landscape with the luxuriously abundant greenery they so desired, creating an incredible desert garden wedding.

This precious wedding was a work of art, from the close-knit relationship of the bride and groom, to the perfect execution of the garden-party décor; from the custom cocktails and signage to the fanciful Volkswagen bus photo booth. It was an honor to be present at the start of Katie and Chasen’s married life together.

Photography: Charity Maurer Photography | Event Planning: Imoni Events | Floral Design: Carte Blanche | Cake: A Bake Shop | Ceremony Venue: Private Residence | Reception : Private Residence | Catering: Creative Hands Cuisine | Makeup: Makiaj Beauty | Hair: Fairest of All | Lighting: Mystic Lites | DJ: Desert House Productions | Bartender: Couple of Bartenders | Beer Burro: Walking M Farms | Linens: BBJ La Tavola | Paper Goods: Celebrations In Paper | Photo Booth Bus: Cruising Photo Bus | Rentals: Event Rents

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California Cool + Southwestern Style = Colorful Al Fresco Success!

One read through this beautiful Bride’s story below and it’s crystal clear that she and her hubby-to-be loved their wedding vendors. They supplied the colorful ideas and their team transformed them into a wedding masterpiece, perfectly mixing California cool with their stylish Southwestern site. Rachel Solomon captured the creative combo and all its bright details, from the bridesmaids and the bouquets to the al fresco table settings, leaving us feeling inspired and excited. See it all right this way!

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From the Bride… When Neil and I talked about what we wanted for our wedding day, we both agreed that we wanted a traditional wedding where we could celebrate our marriage with friends and family. As simple as that sounds, it helped us prioritize where we wanted to focus – we wanted to make sure that we provided a fun and memorable experience for our guests.

Neil and I loved the mission-style of both Brophy Chapel and El Chorro. Because he grew up in Santa Barbara County and I grew up in Phoenix, we loved the way that El Chorro perfectly blended the coastal mission style white stucco with the beautiful desert mountains. Lindsey Rendon, the wedding coordinator at El Chorro, was a true delight to work with and earned our trust very early on. She made everything so wonderful for us and we are so grateful to her. We loved that we had the option of eating outside and dancing inside. The lawn at El Chorro was just the perfect setting for the al fresco, intimate dinner party that we had in our minds. Lindsey helped us pick out a delicious, family-style dinner including sea bass, pork tenderloin and Chateaubriand.

Teaming up with Rachel Troyan of Outstanding Occasions was absolutely one of the best decisions we made. I felt like I kept throwing random, disjointed ideas her way but she took them all in stride and when she presented us with our first design guide, I was in awe. She had taken all my disjointed ideas and made a cohesive and beautiful event design out of them. On top of that, Rachel was super organized, timely, knowledgeable, professional and honestly just fun. We spent so much time together, it was nice to genuinely enjoy her.

We were really inspired by El Chorro’s traditional yet fresh feel and how warm and inviting the whole place felt. I wanted to incorporated the bright pop of bougainvillea into our color scheme and flowers from the very beginning and have always loved the way navy and grey work together. We knew we wanted to put the groomsmen in classic navy suits, so we sought out long, flowing grey chiffon dresses for the ladies (and a grey suit for my man of honor!).

We hired Rachel Solomon as our photographer early on because we knew how quickly her schedule would fill up – she was recommended by both our venue and Rachel, our planner. We both loved how natural, relaxed and light-filled her photos were. She has a talent for always catching the most beautiful lighting and color in her photographs. Her timing is also truly amazing and she has a way of catching each person’s warmth. She was so organized and kept in touch with us the perfect amount throughout the whole planning process.

During our first meeting with Celebrations in Paper, our stationer, we discussed doing a floral envelope lining as a fun pop. Rachel, our planner, noticed a print, out of the corner of her eye that reminded her of bougainvillea and called our attention to it. We all loved it instantly and that design quickly became a theme throughout our wedding – from our invitations, to our table number, to one of our cakes and even some pillows on our furniture vignettes (which was an exciting surprise by Rachel for my mother and me!). The invitations themselves were simply stunning. Rene at Celebrations in Paper was so helpful in designing our grey and gold invitations and immediately picked up on the classic, romantic look we wanted.

Working with Růže Cake House was so much fun and we loved how much creativity and joy they brought to our desserts. Our macaron favors were a huge hit with all of our guests and the cakes were just so beautiful. Not to mention, they were simply delicious.

Our floral design with Carte Blanche Design was a lush, romantic dream come true for me. All the complementary colors combined with the candle light and greenery were exactly what I wanted. We love how it added to the relaxed, welcoming and celebratory feel of the whole day.

Mariée Bridal was so great to work with for my wedding dress. It was actually originally two pieces: a strapless dress and a separate lace top. Their innovative problem-solving helped me find my perfect dress! Not to mention the tireless alterations work by Sadie at Couturier! She removed the sleeves from the lace top and attached it to the silk dress so well. She truly made it my dream dress. One of my favorite details of the day was that I was able to wear my mother’s veil! Wearing her veil in the same chapel that my parents were married in almost 42 years prior was so special to me.

Lastly, our band, Instant Classics, was beyond amazing and we have plenty of friends and family who are still talking about how great they were. They played an acoustic set during dinner that had everyone quietly singing and swaying along among the chatter. They then moved inside where they just had so much fun with the crowd and played all the favorites so well.

One of my other favorite details was my “something blue.” My sister had a blue handkerchief embroidered “My American girl becomes my forever girl” and the date of our wedding in Neil’s handwriting. “American Girl” by Tom Petty is our favorite song so having that on a handkerchief (that was used plenty of times throughout the day!) was so special.

Neil and I are so grateful to all the amazing people, vendors and friends and family, that helped make our day so gorgeous and memorable. There was a point at dinner when we looked at each other with huge smiles on our faces and said, “This is exactly everything that we wanted.” We still feel that way every time we look back on our day.

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Photography: Rachel Solomon Photography | Event Planning: Outstanding Occasions | Floral Design: Carte Blanche Design | Wedding Dress: Essense of Australia | Cake: Ruze Cake House | Stationery: Celebrations in Paper | Ceremony Venue: Brophy College Preparatory | Reception Venue: El Chorro | Hair + Makeup: Glam Lounge | Band: The Instant Classics | Men's Attire: Nick's Menswear | Bridal Boutique: Mariée | Linens: BBJ La Tavola | Rentals: Inspired Environments

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A Color Happy Affair in the Arizona Desert

With friends and family traveling from Texas, Lindsay and Whit knew a “mini-destination” wedding in Arizona would be just the escape their guests needed. They set to work planning a lush, colorful, vibrant celebration while playing on Paradise Valley’s natural scenery of desert and mountain beauty. Rachel Solomon and Something New Media came on board to document the day and you can watch it all unfold from beginning to end.

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From the bride… Whit and I met at a SuperBowl party in February of 2012. Our conversation was fun and effortless and we learned that we had several mutual friends, but the spark was just not initially there for me. We lost touch for several months after that and went our separate ways – he moved to Nebraska while I stayed in Texas – but thankfully, we reconnected in September of 2012 when I learned that he was a groomsman in a wedding that I would be attending the following February. Since we lived in different states, we began texting all day long, talking on the phone every single night, and spent as many weekends as we could to visit each other. We survived a two-year long distance relationship and after we both finished graduate school, we decided to settle down in Texas in the summer of 2014.

Whit and I got engaged at the Camelback Inn in Paradise Valley, AZ on December 27th, 2015. I was hoping Whit would propose when we were visiting my family for Christmas that year. Many of my friends were beginning to get engaged and married, and I was just dreaming about when it would finally be our turn. Little did I know, Whit had taken a day off work and flew to Scottsdale a few weeks prior to the proposal. During his quick 12-hour visit to my hometown, he picked up my engagement ring at Oliver Smith Jeweler and started hunting for wedding venues with my parents and grandmother! Whit also scouted out the perfect spot to propose to me, in front of Camelback Mountain.

Whit and I stayed in Scottsdale through New Year’s Eve and began planning our springtime wedding in Arizona, the most beautiful time of year. Although we had a 15-month long engagement, we had most of our wedding vendors and details planned out by March of 2016. We felt lucky that we had tackled all of the “big stuff” pretty early on because that March also happened to be the same time we learned that we were expecting a baby flower girl in November of that year. We welcomed our beautiful daughter into the world a week before Thanksgiving, and she quickly stole our hearts and the hearts of all of our guests as my mom carried her down the aisle on March 18th, 2017, our wedding day!

When the wedding planning began in late December of 2015, Whit and I decided that we were going to have a “mini-destination wedding” in Arizona (considering most of our guests would be traveling from Texas). We chose to have our ceremony at Brophy Chapel since I graduated from Xavier College Preparatory in 2008, and we just knew our reception had to be at El Chorro! The desert landscape and breathtaking mountain views were the perfect scenery for our wedding.

My vision for our wedding theme was a romantic garden with some Arizona desert flair. My mom, Karen Hoffman, worked an endless amount of hours tying all of the details of our theme together, with the help of our planner, Christine Southerland. Randi Eshelman of Carte Blanche Design made my floral dreams come true, from the greenery that dressed the ceiling pipes in Casa Paloma to adding blue thistle and succulents into my hot pink bridal bouquet! The bright floral arrangements accompanied by the blue table linens from La Tavola Fine Linen added so much life and color to Casa Paloma at El Chorro.

Other details that made our wedding unique were our custom floral invitations and monogram designed by Jacki Miller of Foil & Ink; a special song (“Isn’t She Lovely”) dedicated to our daughter during the reception from Shining Star Band; Whit’s Death Star groom’s cake and the cactus cookie favors for our guests (with gold embossed monogram tags done by my mom) from Ruze Cake House; our wooden welcome sign, which was created by Autumn Matney; the groomsmen’s baby blue dotted bow ties from The Tie Bar; and my “something old”! Oliver Smith Jeweler designed all of the jewelry that I wore on our wedding day, except for my ruby cross, which was my something old passed all the way down from my great-great-grandmother.

I recently learned that my great-great-grandfather found this beautiful family heirloom on the ground in a park in Poland in the early 1900’s. The cross was given to my Babcia (my grandma), who wore it on her wedding day. She passed it down to my mother, who wore it on her wedding day, and now I got the privilege of wearing the cross on my wedding day. I am so looking forward to the day when I can place this cross around my own daughter’s neck just like my mom did for me!

Everything about our wedding day was absolutely perfect, and I am so thankful we chose the amazingly talented Rachel Solomon to photograph our wedding, as well as Something New Media who filmed our special day. Both Rachel and Something New Media have allowed us to relive our special day over and over again through the truly beautiful images they captured. We feel like we hit the jackpot with our wedding vendors and we wish we could play our wedding day on repeat, but for now, Whit and I will just enjoy watching our wedding film with our baby girl!


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Photography: Rachel Solomon Photography | Videography: Something New Media | Event Planning: Christine Southerland | Floral Design: Carte Blanche | Gown: Paloma Blanca | Cake: Ruze Cake House | Ceremony Venue: Brophy College Preparatory | Reception Venue: El Chorro | Shoes: Jimmy Choo | Rings: Oliver Smith | Bridesmaids: BHLDN | Makeup: Maureen Cosovich | Hair: Meaghan Gingrich | Band: Shining Star Band | Ties: The Tie Bar | Groom: Calvin Klein | Bridesmaid Robes: Plum Pretty Sugar | Gown Boutique: Schaffers Bridal | Groom's Ring: Qalo Rings | Invitation Calligraphy: Pretty Paperie | Invitations & Paper: Foil And Ink | Linens: BBJ La Tavola | Reception Calligraphy: The Letter House | Ribbon: Frou Frou Chic | Strings: Allegro Quartet

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