26
May
Two Day Hindu Wedding in Arizona | Tucson
categories: fabulous reception sites, Floral Inspiration, Real Weddings, Reception ideas, Wedding Inspiration

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In the Hindu culture, marriage is one of the most important rites of passage and Anindita and Vijay’s two day Hindu wedding in Arizona is a beautiful example; you’re sure to enjoy the romance, vibrant colors, traditions and festive mood.

Anindita and her bridesmaids wore sarees, traditional Indian garment. Anindita recalls: We had no idea the traditional sarees required so many safety pins! Thankfully her wedding planner did and came prepared!

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Two Day Hindu Wedding in Arizona (Day 1): To make sure the ceremony was as authentic as possible, intricate, handmade garlands, banana leaves and many other items were overnight shipped from India; the Hindu marriage ceremony took place at the Maha Ganapati Temple of Arizona. Temple devotees prepared traditional South Indian food with homemade spices.

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The mandap is where the bride and groom marry; it consists of four pillars, symbolizing the four parents who worked hard to raise their children.

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Two Day Hindu Wedding in Arizona (Day 2): Anindita and Vijay chose Tanque Verde Ranch for their reception and relied heavily on wedding planner Rackel Gehlsen to coordinate all the details. The couple stressed to their venue and wedding vendors that all their guests be very well taken care of and the meal be exceptional. No detail was overlooked— their caterer even created a custom Indian menu with many live stations including items fresh out of the tandoor oven.

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The beautiful blue and gold wedding cake incorporated spices popular in many Indian sweets such as cardamom and cinnamon; feasting tables were colorful and included intricate metal lanterns, mercury glass votives, and lovely flower centerpieces.

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Guests came from all over the world to attend Anindita and Vijay’s wedding and the couple was over the moon about the result. The bride recalls: It can be difficult to please the Indian community but all had good things to say!

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Congratulations Anindita and Vijay and thank you for sharing your two day Hindu wedding in Arizona with us (this wedding was featured in our magazine- click here to see it online)!

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Location: Tanque Verde Guest Ranch

Photographer: Amanda Rockafellow Photography

Event Coordinator: Rackel Gehlsen Weddings & Events

Floral Design: Posh Petals

Cake: Ambrosia Cakes

Entertainment: Satyr Entertainment

Makeup: Margarita Go Diva’s I Do Hair & Makeup Artistry

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Decor and Event Design: Frostings Event Design and Rentals

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19
May
Colorful Handcrafted Desert Wedding | Tucson Wedding
categories: Real Weddings, Reception ideas, Wedding Inspiration

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Audrey and Dusten created the most beautiful & colorful handcrafted desert wedding and we knew you would get wedding decor inspiration from it! The decor was all DIY as well as the floral and the bride’s hair and makeup; the couple was extremely relaxed and you can see in their photos that their wedding day was exactly how they envisioned it (with a few bumps but that didn’t phase this easy-going couple at all)!

Bride Audrey tells us: My now-husband and I planned our wedding with a lot of flexibility; we didn’t expect perfection and that plan to go with the flow is what made everything so amazing. 

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It was a handcrafted wedding- from doing my own my hair and makeup to cutting dozens of huge paper flower decorations and the bridesmaids arranging flowers for the centerpieces the night before. In some stroke of artistic beginner’s luck, I arranged my own bouquet and was obsessed with it.  

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We’re just a teensy bit in love with this chapel…can you tell?

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Audrey and Dusten’s colorful handcrafted desert wedding ceremony took place in the sweetest little chapel. Opting for an understated and intimate setting, the couple stayed true to their desire to have an amazing and very personal experience with their guests.

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Choosing a wedding color palette is hard work!  For the decorations, I was inspired by the bright colors of papel picado.  At first I had wanted the bridesmaids to wear romantic and trendy blush tones, but thought those might fade into the landscape. Once I saw the vibrant gem colors available, I decided to take a risk and have everyone in a different color. I didn’t want them to look rainbow-y, just bold and unique.

We’re so happy that Audrey changed gears and went with bold hues- aren’t these gals gorgeous in their bright bridesmaid’s dresses?! And the handcrafted paper flower swag framing the chapel doors is so festive!

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The colorful handcrafted desert wedding reception was well-thought out by the couple. Audrey recalls: I wanted the day to be a delight for our cherished friends and family with some fun twists for them. We set up a hot sauce tasting bar with emergency chocolate milk for burning tongues and served special wine-a-ritas. Jumping on the food truck trend, Isabella’s Ice Cream Truck surprised our guests after dinner.  Sticking with the local love, our favors were green and red hot sauce from the famed local Poblano Hot Sauce Factory.  

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A long feasting table was set with flowers that were arranged the day before, lending a sweet family-centered vibe to the dinner. There was lots of fun too- one of the couple’s favorite moments of the day was a flash-mob dance performed by the entire wedding party.

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Other than the venue, the most important vendor for our day was the photographer.  He captured the beauty of the venue, the joy in the guests, and the magic of the day.  

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This spectacular cake was NOT made by Audrey or Dusten (at this point we would have believed them if they had said they did since their decor was so pretty)!

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Congratulations Audrey & Dusten and thank you for sharing your colorful handcrafted desert wedding with us!

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Photographer: Scott Rice Photography

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Wedding Venue: San Pedro Chapel | Ceremony Music: Carballeira Guitar | Cake: Marco’s Bakery | Wedding Gown and Bridesmaids Dresses: David’s Bridal | Groom & Groomsmen Suits: San Francisco Rag Co. | Officiant: Donald Graves

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12
May
A New Orleans Fusion Wedding in the Desert
categories: Floral Inspiration, Real Weddings, Wedding Inspiration

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You’ve likely heard the term “fusion” in reference to food but today we’re celebrating a fusion wedding! Kylli and Steven wanted two distinct things for their day- to embrace the aesthetics of the desert town Kylli grew up in (Tucson) and to honor the couple’s current residence in New Orleans. We think they did a beautiful job of making their wedding day vision come true and we’re certain you’ll love their New Orleans fusion wedding in the desert as much as we do!

We wanted to combine all of our favorite things in an unexpected, yet refreshing way. Growing up in Tucson, I have always marveled at the beauty of the desert…We also knew we wanted to incorporate some New Orleans flare – as the city is a part of Steven’s heritage and has been our home for the last 3 years.

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That bouquet, right?! Kylli shares some insight about how she and Steven chose their colors: Growing up in Tucson, I have always marveled at the beauty of the desert. I love the way the fuchsia of bougainvillea, the crisp white of saguaro blooms, and the soft green of prickly pear cacti come together to reveal a delicate beauty. So for our wedding day, we chose to use these colors to create a happy, festive atmosphere that complemented the natural beauty of our surroundings.

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Kylli and Steven exchanged vows in a beautiful outdoor ceremony with a natural desert backdrop and lushly decorated wooden arch

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From the moment we picked a venue and date, we knew we cared the most about the people that would surround and support us on our wedding day. Every major decision we made hinged around that – whether it was incorporating our family into the ceremony or building the perfect atmosphere to celebrate with our friends. We both believe that the people we love bring the richest texture and joy to our lives.

We’re smitten with the abundance of bougainvillea- the bright color and flowy feel makes the ceremony so pretty!

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Can we talk about the bridesmaids dresses? The cool blue paired with the fiery fuchsia is what caught our eye initially when we saw these photos and the girls pull off this look so well (yes guys, you’re super handsome too…but these girls are something else!).

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During cocktail hour, guests were served prickly pear margaritas and appetizers; cobalt blue votive holders contained the sweetest little succulents and watercolor embellished place cards.

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During the reception, Kylli and Steven’s New Orleans fusion wedding in the desert began with Tucson inspired decor, progressed into dinner and eventually arrived at the “all out late-night party” stage (sounds like Mardi Gras to us!). The wooden feasting tables were dressed with lace runners and layered with festive colored glassware, succulents, hurricane lanterns, baroque candlesticks, and of course, bright blooms!

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Kylli shares more details on her New Orleans fusion wedding in the desert: We chose to name our tables after some of our favorite streets in the French Quarter, and asked the JJ’s to lead us and our guests from dinner to the ballroom in a classic New Orleans second line. 

Without question, our favorite part of the wedding was dinner. Louise and William brought to life a moonlit banquet dinner straight out of a storybook, and it was the perfect backdrop to enjoy the company of our friends and family. We will forever cherish those warm, joyful moments where we were able to fully take in all the beauty of the evening, each other, and the people around us.

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As the night progressed we chose to exaggerate the exotic nature of the desert with dramatic gold linens, Moroccan lanterns, and a hookah lounge. Finally, staying true to our New Orleans vibe we served late night snacks to keep the party going until the early morning…We owe endless thanks to our friends and families, especially our parents. We feel so blessed to have experienced such a perfect day.

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Congratulations Kylli and Steven and thank you for sharing your New Orleans fusion wedding in the desert with us!

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Cinematographer: Black Sheep Filmworks

DJ: Satyr Entertainment

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Photographer: Rachel Solomon | Location: Ritz Carlton Dove Mountain | Planner: Events Made Special | Florist: Avant-Garde

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5
May
Beautiful Desert Wedding Venue Spotlight: Saguaro Buttes
categories: fabulous reception sites, For Your Ceremony, Meet Our People, Photography, Real Weddings, Reception ideas, Wedding Inspiration

Elite Circle wedding venue Saguaro Buttes is known for its proximity to the stunning Saguaro National Park (the venue is actually the park’s neighbor!) so it’s no wonder that it’s a Tucson favorite. If you haven’t visited this beautiful desert wedding venue yet, you’ll love learning more about it today!

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We chatted with the owners of Saguaro Buttes to get more info about weddings at this elegant and private venue:

What makes Saguaro Buttes perfect for weddings? Saguaro Buttes combines beauty, elegance and privacy with top notch service. Located adjacent to Saguaro National Park, with 360 degree views, we facilitate many of the Bride’s & Groom’s needs to take the stress our of their wedding.

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(Photographer: Something Blue Photography)

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(Photographer: Chris Richards Photography)

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(Photographer: Something Blue Photography)

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(Photographer: Steven Palm Photography)

Can couples use their own vendors or do you have a list they must choose from? Couples can use their own vendors for cake, flowers, photographers etc. but the DJ and caterer are included in our packages.

What have you seen couples doing with the venue recently as far as decor and design that you really like? We see so many innovative ideas and decors it is hard to narrow it down to a few ideas!

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(Photographer: Steven Palm Photography)

Couples enjoy the natural-light filled reception space thanks to the room’s many windows- you can imagine how breathtaking the sunset views are in the evening!

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How many locations within the venue are available for couples to have their ceremonies and/or receptions? We have 2 ceremony and/or reception locations, one outside and one inside. Our indoor reception area seats up to 275 people and we can seat 300 people at our outside site down by the beautiful pond.

We really love that this beautiful desert wedding venue offers an almost park-like atmosphere for couples who desire something a little different than the desert scenery. Tucson is ideal for outdoor weddings so why not take advantage of that and celebrate outside?!

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(Photographer: Something Blue Photography)

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(Photographer: Dominic Ortiz Photography)

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(Photographer: Something Blue Photography)

Are there any specials or packages we should let couples know about? Saguaro Buttes offers a number of specials for various times of the year and days of the week. We encourage couples to schedule a personal tour of the site and consultation to go over the various packages and options which include our caterer and DJ.

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(Photographer: Something Blue Photography)

Saguaro Buttes offers a variety of packages including affordable, all inclusive packages. To make your appointment to experience this beautiful desert wedding venue in person, call (520) 647 0994 or visit the Saguaro Buttes website.

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