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Tayler and Alex were married at Desert Botanical Garden in Tempe, Az. on November 16. Surrounded by nature, the couple chose to do a first look before the ceremony. They both got teary-eyed as they opened their eyes to see each other — she wearing a lace wedding gown, accessorized with a DIY floral sash, and he wearing a gray tuxedo and patterned yellow tie. Surprisingly, they went went comfy shoes, TOMS and Converse! Guests were greeted with a sign that said, “Friends of the bride, friends of the groom, sit together, there is plenty of room,” and “No one is too old for fairytales, welcome to our happily ever after.” The reception pavilion was lit with hanging lantern stars overhead, tables were decorated with baby’s breath, hydrangea, and rose centerpieces in mason jars, and burlap runners, most which were handmade by the bride, mother, and sister.

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Photography: Anna Marisol Photography | Venue: Desert Botanical Garden | Event Planner: A Fair Affair | Floral Designer: Phoenix Flower Shops | Caterer: Atlasta Catering | Dress Designer: Demetrios | Hair Stylist: Cali & Co. Hair Design | Cake: All Caked Up | DJ: Push Play Entertainment 

Intimate Turquoise and Yellow Fall Wedding in Arizona

Posted by Caitlin on Oct 15, 2013

Holly & Dan 

October 20

Phoenix, Arizona 

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Q & A with the Bride:

1. What was the one thing about your venue that made you know it was the one?

It was available! My original venue had to cancel my wedding 12 weeks prior due to event restrictions. Talk about anxiety! We had people traveling from all over the country and thank goodness I did my own invitations because I hadn’t yet printed them.

2. Which three details from your wedding were your favorites?

1. Shoes

2. Brooch

3. Flowers

3. Give us the one moment in your wedding day you can’t stop thinking about.

Reading my vows. Dan and I decided to write our own vows, and although, I was very reluctant at first because I was nervous, I am so glad that we did. I’ll remember that moment forever. 

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Rustic Vintage-Inspired Fall Ranch Wedding in Arizona

Posted by Caitlin on Sep 19, 2013

Maren & Josh

September 22  

Skull Valley, Arizona 

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Q & A with the Bride:

1. What was the one thing about your venue that made you know it was the one?

It’s a ranch owned by a couple and when we went to look at it, the man took us around the property then offered us wine while we talked about life and not necessarily wedding details. It was so calm, quiet, and peaceful. We ended up talking into the evening.  They made us feel like the whole venue would be about us and our family. This was a far different experience and more personal experience than other venues.

2. Which three details from your wedding were your favorites?

1. Josh’s maternal grandmother was our minister.

2. The chandeliers were lit and hanging from a tree in the middle of the woods with no outlet or cords in view.

3. Vintage furniture and blue grass band.

3. Give us the one moment in your wedding day you can’t stop thinking about.

When Josh sang to me during our grand entrance at the reception.

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Jane & Dean

February 25

Phoenix, Arizona

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Q & A with the Bride:

What was the one thing about your venue that made you know it was the one?

We love the Duce, we would go there for weekend brunch often and our photographers suggested we look into it for our wedding. Since several of our guests would be traveling to our wedding we liked that we could share one of our little downtown Phoenix jewels! It was so us and my husband-to-be was so incredibly excited, I loved that he was invested in the decision. The appeal of it being different than your standard hotel ballroom was a big part of it too.

Which three details from your wedding were your favorites?

My dress that my talented friend, Tara Ballantyne, Interior and Food Stylist out of Toronto, Ontario created rosettes out of my great grandmother’s hairpin lace that was over 100 years old, it added such a personal touch to my new dress, and was such an heirloom, my mother had also used the lace at her wedding.

The spin we took on the Duce’s bus Old School with the wedding party after the ceremony and before the reception, it was so fun riding around downtown, just relaxing, and celebrating any stress just melted away! Studio Moirae go amazing location shots with the sun going down!

The ceremony decorations, we didn’t need much since the Duce is amazing all by itself, but my mom and maid of honor dried and arranged hydrangeas from my mom’s garden in Minnesota where I grew up, they looked amazing and it was a little bit of Minnesota in my Arizona wedding, also the flags added so much, they were favors, a send off, table numbers and several of my friends still have them.

If you could offer one piece of advice for other couples planning their wedding, what would it be?

Take the time to make it you! it doesn’t have to be fancy or expensive, if you love it everyone will. Let your wedding be a reflection of your life and love with your future husband/ wife and share that with your friends and family!

Give us the one moment in your wedding day you can’t stop thinking about.

When we came around the corner after the ceremony to be announced as husband and wife, to see all of our family and friends waving the flags I had made and realizing it had turned out just as I had hoped and how incredibly perfect the day was…and the party hadn’t even started yet!

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Nichole & JJ

February 13

Phoenix, Arizona

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Q & A with the Bride:

What was the one thing about your venue that made you know it was the one?

The stunning beauty of the botanical garden really speaks for itself. The Gardens truly bring a slice of the amazing Arizonan desert to the city.  We love the natural setting and knew the weather would be perfect at that time. And we felt better knowing our money would be used to support the Garden.

Which three details from your wedding were your favorites?

  1. Succulents that my family grew and we replanted after the wedding. My mom, two aunts and I created the entire reception décor.  My aunt even made a coordinated crackled wooden card box, Novia/Novio, Muchas Gracias and Amor signs.
  2. My sister in law put together two guest books, Polaroids and map with pins, which was cool since we had people visiting from all over the US and the world.  
  3. My husband wrote our ceremony music and with his brother-in-law recorded the music. For the recessional we had a surprise all women mariachi band.

Give us the one moment in your wedding day you can’t stop thinking about.

The awesome fun we had. Everyone was dancing until the music stopped. And the beautiful vows we wrote for each other- there were many tears.

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