27
Oct
Wedding Event In Tucson: Hacienda del Sol Boutique Wedding Fair
categories: fabulous reception sites, Open Houses, Wedding Inspiration

Every Fall, Hacienda del Sol hosts a Boutique Wedding Fair, and each year, they out-do themselves. This year, the big news is that in addition to having the very best Tucson wedding vendors on-site and giveaways to make any bride giddy, they’re adding a wedding fashion show to the agenda!

That’s right. If you attend the Boutique Wedding Fair on November 2nd, you will not only experience one of the most beautiful and authentic Tucson wedding venues, you will also get a sneak peek at the hottest wedding gowns, tuxedos, and suits for 2015! Wedding fashions from J Bridal Boutique, Maya Palace, Brooks Brothers, and George’s will be featured making it a fashion show you don’t want to miss.

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Not sure if you want a romantic, intimate, and beautiful venue for your wedding (Ha ha! Who doesn’t, right?)? These inspiration photos just might seal the deal:

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(Photo: Sunstreet Photo)

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(Photo: Something Blue Photography)

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(Photo: She.We Studio)

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(Photo: Amanda Rockafellow Photography)

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(Photo: Kelly Rashka Photography)

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(Photo: Chris Richards Photography)

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(Photo: Jacob Chinn Photography)

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(Photo: Chris Richards Photography)

 Bridal Show Details:

Hacienda Del Sol Boutique Wedding Fair :: Sunday November 2, 11am-2pm :: 5501 N Hacienda del Sol Road Tucson, AZ 85718 :: Contact: Rachel Allen at 520-901-1345

There will be giveaways from Elizabeth Arden Red Door Spa and Williams Sonoma, to name a few, as well as swag bags and exclusive discounts from participating vendors. Many of our Elite Circle wedding professionals will be there and they can’t wait to meet you!

Tucson Bride & Groom, your Tucson wedding magazine

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22
Oct
Wedding Trend: Navy Blue and Gold Stationery
categories: Stuff We Love!, Trends, Wedding Inspiration

It’s hard to call something as classic as Navy Blue and Gold a trend because this color combo has been beloved by so many for so long but if you’re looking to make your wedding a modern classic affair, start with a blue and gold stationery suite.

Elite Circle invitation specialists A Fine Line Stationery & Gift Boutique and Brie Dumais Designs share some of their recent stationery designs that utilize these two colors plus some bits of advice when it comes to 2015’s color trends.

These paper products from A Fine Line Stationery & Gift Boutique, a staple in the Tucson wedding industry, show the range of paper products the shop can create: invitations with beautiful blue and white envelope liners, completely customized table numbers, whimsical itineraries, and the hottest thing in wedding stationery- gold foil!

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(Photo: Amanda Rockafellow Photography)

Brie Dumais Designs offers full stationery suite options that specialize in details like color coordinating twine and watercolor prints as well as custom wedding weekend stationery, creative save-the-dates, and lots of unexpected textures and graphics

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(Photo: Chris Richards Photography)

Image by Tucson wedding photographers Chris Richards Photography

(Photo: Chris Richards Photography)

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(Photo: Amanda Rockafellow Photography)

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(Photo: Chris Richards Photography)

Since we’re talking color trends for weddings, we thought we would share the Spring 2015 Color Forecast from Pantone with you:

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See any colors you love? Our Elite Circle experts weigh in on the color forecast:

Jeanne Dwan of A Fine Line Stationery & Gift Boutique says: I’m excited about the Pantone color choices for Spring 2015. Serene colors inspired by nature have been, and will continue to be very popular, so the soft palette is spot on. I expect that the neutrals, Custard and Glacier Gray, will be the most popular with just a touch of one of the other soft-colored accents.

Growing up in Tucson I have a special appreciation for our desert colors. A combination of Toasted Almond, Lucite Green & Tangerine would beautifully mimic our southwestern landscape.

A sophisticated, classic invitation with minimal pattern or graphics that allows the beauty of the typography to provide the design element will always be in style, regardless of the current trends. Reflecting the wedding colors simply in the ink or a colorful envelope liner while keeping the invitation more traditional creates a timeless design.

Brie Dumais of Brie Dumais Designs says: I think the Strawberry Ice, Lucite Green, and Glacier Grey are going to be popular in the spring.  They’re a little deeper than this year’s mint and coral so I think they’ll make more of a pop.  They’ll both look awesome with a pop of gold foil!  

My personal favorites are the Classic Blue, Aquamarine, Lucite Green, and touches of Glacier Grey.  I think that palette is really versatile and can go from a romantic beach setting to an art deco theme with pops of blue.

Tucson Bride & Groom, your Tucson wedding magazine

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14
Oct
Real Tucson Wedding: Kate and Greg’s Old Hollywood Style Wedding
categories: Bridal Fashions, Cakes and Sweets, Floral Inspiration, Health and Beauty, Photography, Real Weddings, Reception ideas, Wedding Inspiration

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Professionals Who Help You Wed in Style

Photographer: She.We Studio Weddings :: Floral: Elaine Taylor Fine Flowers :: Hair  & Makeup: Margarita GoDiva of I Do Hair and Makeup Artistry :: Cookies: Village Bakehouse

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Ceremony Site: St. Thomas the Apostle :: Reception Location: Ritz Carlton, Dove Mountain :: Band: Tucson Swings :: Rentals: AZ Party Rentals

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In so many ways, Kate and Greg are a couple rooted in classic style- they have a mutual love of old Hollywood films such as Casablanca and North by Northwest as well as Big Band music and the era’s iconic fashion silhouettes. Kate’s dress was a heavy satin gown that was designed in the Old Hollywood style while maintaining a modern edge while Greg’s tuxedo with velvet bow tie is pure Cary Grant.

The cream, orange and green color palette evokes a classic Fall aura and the gold details add a bright celebratory vibe. Enjoy this classic and modern couple’s Old Hollywood wedding!

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Kate’s makeup really enhanced her Old Hollywood look. Margarita GoDiva of I Do Hair and Makeup Artistry tells us how she achieved it: The inspiration was a classic modern look incorporating softer peach toned lips and blush that emphasize the passion of bronze and the innocence of pink.  A clean, flawless complexion was achieved with a soft-focus airbrush foundation, the eye color enriched by the subtlety of shadow and enhanced with demi-wispy lashes that create the “doe-eyed” effect.

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Special Touches: Our guests traveled to Arizona from far off destinations, including Brooklyn, NY, Toronto, Canada, Miami, FL, Chicago, IL, Seattle, WA, and Paris, France, among others. We assembled personal gift boxes for our guests that celebrated elements of the city where we met (Chicago, IL), our childhood hometowns (Findlay, OH and Iowa City, IA), as well as our new home in Tucson, AZ. In order to highlight the iconic symbol of the Sonoran desert, the gift boxes included a saguaro-shaped sugar cookie, made by the Village Bakehouse in Tucson. Also featured were caramels from Dietsch Brothers Fine Chocolates of Findlay, OH (one of the Kate’s childhood favorites), and outstanding chips from Alejandro’s Tortilla Factory in Tucson.

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The orange and green bouquets added just the right pop of color to the neutral bridesmaid dresses

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The reception decor evoked a classic dinner club vibe- tabletop lamps with mid-Centruy modern lines made guests feel like they were in a swanky restaurant and table names such as Casablanca and Lawrence of Arabia reminded guests of some of the couple’s favorite films; the Big Band music played by Tucson Swings set the tone for the entire evening.

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Favorite Moment: It is very difficult to pick a favorite moment. The speeches were great and a very special part of the day. Seeing all of your friends and family in one room, who are there for you, is really quite an incredible feeling.

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Congratulations Kate and Greg and thank you for sharing your wedding day with us!

Tucson Bride & Groom, your Tucson wedding magazine

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7
Oct
The First Look: Tips and Inspiration
categories: Wedding Inspiration

Depending on how superstitious you are, you may or may not follow the slew of “rules” that surround wedding traditions: It’s bad luck for the groom to see the bride in her wedding gown before the ceremony, rain at your wedding is bad luck, wearing black to a wedding is bad luck, bells ringing is bad luck… the list goes on and on.

So when it comes to a first look, it’s understandable that a couple might not want to see each other before the ceremony and we respect that decision BUT if you’re considering breaking that ol’ rule, we’re in the background cheering you on (and so is your photographer). Should you decide to do a first look, here’s what you should know:

1. Make sure your photographer knows about it and is given time to prepare. If they have a second shooter, they will want him/her strategically positioned so both the bride and groom’s faces can be seen.

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(Photo courtesy of: Chris Richards Photography)

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(Photo courtesy of: Something Blue Photography)

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(Photo courtesy of: Chris Richards Photography)

2. Decide ahead of time if you are going to allow other people (your family, bridal party, etc.) to watch your first look. It can be a very special and intimate moment and you may choose to do it in private.

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(Photo courtesy of: Chris Richards Photography)

3. Do what feels right. If you don’t dance, don’t feel like you have to just for pictures. If you shed a tear, wear those tears proudly (but if you don’t, don’t fake it). If you are in awe of how gorgeous your bride looks, show it! Your initial reaction and the tender and fun moments that follow will be captured by your photographer and you’ll treasure those pictures.

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(Photo courtesy of: She.We Studio)

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(Photo courtesy of: Something Blue Photography)

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(Photo courtesy of: Chris Richards Photography)

4. Both of you do not have to participate! If one of you wants to see the other (this often helps alleviate ceremony nerves) but the other doesn’t, you have options! There are doors to divide you, blindfolds to wear, even a pink boa can do the trick!

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(Photo courtesy of: Something Blue Photography)

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(Photo courtesy of: Chris Richards Photography)

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 (Photo: Erica Velasco Photographers)

Many times, when we ask brides what their favorite memory is from their wedding day, they say it was their First Look so should you choose to do one on your wedding day, you certainly won’t regret it!

Tucson Bride & Groom, your Tucson wedding magazine

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