24
Mar
Real Tucson Wedding: Jill and Eric
categories: Floral Inspiration, Health and Beauty, Real Weddings, Reception ideas, Wedding Inspiration

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Photography and Cinematography: She.We Studio :: Decor Stylist & Floral Design: Atelier de LaFleur :: Hair and Makeup: I Do Hair & Makeup Artistry :: Linens: Wildflower Linens 

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Blogthinline1-506x15Location: JW Marriott Tucson Starr Pass Resort & Spa :: Linens: La Tavola

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Jill and Eric’s Tucson wedding was a destination wedding filled with Southwest details and elegant touches; the Chicago couple fell in love with Tucson’s beautiful blue sky and rugged mountains when visiting the groom’s parents and knew it would be the perfect place to say “I Do”.

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The ceremony aisle featured intricate petal designs expertly executed by Atelier de LaFleur

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The Prickly Pear Margaritas were the hit of the signature cocktail menu; the cocktail hour and reception were designed with hues of gold and cool greens. Linens in many patterns and textures made the decor interesting without being too busy.

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Varying centerpieces featuring manzanita trees, roses and lilies along with a multitude of candles set the mood

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Congratulations Jill and Eric and thank you for sharing your Tucson wedding with us!

(Jill and Eric were a Just Married couple in our Winter Spring 2015 issue- see more of their wedding here)

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17
Mar
Wedding Inspiration: Outdoor Wedding Ceremony
categories: Destination Weddings and Honeymoons, fabulous reception sites, Floral Inspiration, For Your Ceremony, Meet Our People, Wedding Inspiration

This lovely styled shoot designed by Rackel Gehlsen of Rackel Gehlsen Weddings & Events took place at Hacienda del Sol Guest Ranch Resort and there are just so many things to love about it. But first, there’s the entrance to Hacienda del Sol…it’s an iconic photo op!

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Event Stylist: Rackel Gehlsen Weddings & Events :: Photographer: Chris Richards Photography :: Location: Hacienda del Sol Guest Ranch Resort :: Floral Design: Posh Petals :: Stationer: Brie Dumais Designs ::
Gown: Gigi Bridal Boutique :: Hair styling and makeup artist: Margarita GoDiva & I Do Hair & Makeup Artistry

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Jewelry: Trinity Diamonds :: Tuxedo: Brooks Brothers :: Rentals: PRO EM :: Officiant: Sweetgrass Ceremonies :: Models: Morgan of The Agency Arizona and Brian Smith

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Tucson is known for it’s gorgeous weather so Rackel took advantage of the lawn at at Hacienda del Sol’s courtyard and set the scene; the highlight of the outdoor wedding ceremony was the arch made of branches and topped off with vibrant rose clusters in shades of pink.

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The resort offers many romantic spots for photos; the grounds are one of the things couples rave about when talking about Hacienda del Sol

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To see even more of this outdoor ceremony, visit our website or pick up a complimentary copy of our magazine at any of these locations.

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10
Mar
Real Tucson Wedding: Ashley and Andy’s Lush Garden Wedding
categories: Bridal Fashions, Cakes and Sweets, fabulous reception sites, Floral Inspiration, Real Weddings, Reception ideas, Wedding Inspiration

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Reception: Lodge at Ventana Canyon :: Event Coordinator: Small Town Event Design :: Floral Design: Posh Petals :: Cake: Village Bakehouse :: Linens & Rentals: A La Carte Rentals :: Ghost Chairs: Frostings Event Design & Rentals

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Ashley and Andy were recently featured in our Winter Spring issue as one of our “Just Married” couples and we just had to share more pics from their wedding day. They brought lush greenery and lots of flowers in for their reception to create an indoor garden reception that we just love.

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The views at Lodge at Ventana Canyon make it a spectacular wedding venue

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The leafy green backdrop was perfect for the head table where the couple dined with their parents. Ashley describes it for us: The head table, a custom farm table . . . was sited under a trellis dripping with hibiscus and two elegant crystal chandeliers, peach linens, mercury glass and crystal candles.

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The pink and ivory cake was so pretty- the 3D pink roses are so popular for wedding cakes because they add a nice texture to the cake without overwhelming the simple shape.

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A trellis was also mounted above the dance floor so guests felt like they were outdoors in a garden while dancing the night away; the reception included a lounge which featured a bar and chic lounge seating for guests to rejuvenate before heading back out to the dance floor.

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Congratulations Ashley and Andy and thank you for sharing your day with us!

For more Just Married real wedding inspiration, visit our website: Tucson Bride & Groom 

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3
Mar
Tucson Wedding Vendor Spotlight: Skylight Weddings and Events
categories: From the Consultants, Meet Our People, Wedding Resources

Wedding planners are a special breed of people- they help couples make their wedding days the very best they can be all while positioning themselves to take the fall if anything goes wrong. Sounds super dreamy, right? Well, if you’re engaged and planning your wedding, you know you can use all the help you can get and a wedding planner is the person you want by your side- they get in the trenches with you like no well-meaning maid of honor or best man can.

So without further delay, today we’re introducing you to one of Tucson’s most dynamic wedding planners- Skylar Norris of Skylight Events. She’s been in the wedding industry for over 7 years and is a certified Professional Wedding Consultant through the Nuptials Association of Wedding Professionals. She’s also actively involved in the Tucson Association of Wedding Planners, the first of it’s kind in Tucson.

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Get to know Skylar and find out why you absolutely need to meet her:

Where does your inspiration for planning events come from?

I have always been an organized individual – which is an absolute necessity in this industry – and often found myself taking the lead on small events here and there, but I did not develop a true passion for weddings, specifically, until college. I was so fortunate to train and learn about the wedding industry under the supervision of a nationally recognized planner and it was her guidance that really shaped my passion for creating beautiful events. I look at each wedding as an opportunity to create something utterly unique and very specific to the couple so that they can really feel like the event was theirs.

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What is your favorite aspect of event planning?
I absolutely love to see a group of individual vendors come together and create a team. Part of my job is putting my clients in touch with those vendors that not only fit their budget and vision, but their personality and style as well. When I hear a bride or groom say, “I am in love with my photographer!” that puts a smile on my face. Ultimately, every couple as a vision for their wedding day and if I can make that dream a reality then I have done my job.

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What are your strengths as an event planner?
Every event planner has a few key strengths: obsessive organization, a passion for the industry and an unusually high tolerance for stressful situations. I consider myself to have all of those qualities but with a few other key points. Because I did not begin my career in Tucson, I have had the fortunate opportunity to experience several other wedding industries. Wedding trends, styles, budgets and traditions can vary drastically from one city – or state – to the next and because Tucson is such a destination wedding hub, it really benefits both the couple and myself to have a national understanding of weddings, rather than just local.

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What do you think is the key to a fabulous wedding?
Three things: flawless execution on the day of the event, an experienced vendor team and a decorative flare that speaks to the personality of the couple. Fabulous events require more than just gorgeous décor and delicious food (although that helps!); they need consistent flow throughout the evening in order to keep guests entertained and they need a stress-free bride and groom who can enjoy their evening as the guests of honor.

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What top 3 trends are you most excited about for 2015 weddings?
1. Bold colors. Pantone’s Color of the Year really set the stage for bold shades in 2015 and I am really excited to see couples incorporating more and more of that in to their décor. Gone are the days of soft blush hues; vibrant reds and deep emeralds are replacing the formerly ‘shabby chic’ look with a much bolder statement.
2. Naked tables (i.e: farm tables). In the past, couples have chosen to adorn their tables with specialty linen, overlays and table runners. Now, they are choosing to use the natural beauty of wood to compliment their décor, rather than take away from it. I love this because it really brings the focus of the tables on to the other décor aspects such as the table arrangements and floral accents.
3. Floral accents. While I love a stunning centerpiece or noteworthy bouquet, the popularization of floral chandeliers and crawling vines has my heart beaming. This particular trend might be my favorite simply because of its versatility. Whether it is a formal ballroom reception or a lovely outdoor garden wedding, greenery still makes a statement.

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Anything else we should know about Skylight Events?

One thing that I think is important, specifically, about my company is that we have an entire team dedicated to every client that includes a Senior wedding planner, an Assistant wedding planner, and a Senior Design Consultant. 

Just like any wedding vendor, each planner has their own style so you may need to meet with a few planners to find “The One” but once you meet him/her, you know it.  Your ideas flow freely, you instantly feel trust and connection, and most importantly, you feel at ease. You get to enjoy wedding planning because you’ve decided to hire an experienced planning partner. It’s bliss!

For more information and to set up an initial consultation with Skylar, visit Skylight Events online or call 520.780.6780

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