15
Nov
Ideas for Holiday Proposals with Emma Gibson
categories: Engagements, Wedding Resources

When we received an email from Emma Gibson offering to share her infographic on ideas for holiday proposals, we jumped at the chance to share it with you. Since there’s so much pressure to create the most perfect proposal experience, especially during the holidays, you’re sure to enjoy the informative graphics and solid advice!

Meet Emma: I’m Emma Gibson, a current PhD candidate living in Florida. My best friend, whom I’ve known since we were kids, had fallen in love with a wonderful girl. After two years of being together, James (my friend) told me he was ready to pop the question. And to my surprise, his whole proposal idea seemed to me (and I’m sure every girl who would listen to it), the worst idea ever!! So after laughing and begging him to change his plan, I began to research the most important tips every guy should know when it comes to proposing. My latest infographic design, therefore, is a beautiful summary of everything I was trying to tell him!

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It’s a given that an “ideas for holiday proposals” blog will include advice about choosing a ring. You simply CANNOT propose without one!

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It’s not uncommon that people run out of ideas or draw a blank when considering how to propose—it’s such a monumental step and you want to get it right!

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The phrase, “Less is more” applies to many people so if you know your beloved doesn’t relish the spotlight or is more of a stay-at-home-and-watch-a-movie kind of gal, just keep it simple and ASK THE QUESTION!

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Emma, thank you so much for your brilliant advice. Readers, we hope these ideas for holiday proposals help ease your mind and inspire you to make your proposal perfect for you and your love!

Content Development: www.brilliance.com

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30
Oct
Leah and Tyler’s Nostalgic Wedding in Tucson
categories: Real Weddings

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Leah and Tyler’s wedding is the stuff of fairy tales…they’re beautifully in love (they dated for 13 years before getting engaged), the decor is a mix of nostalgic details and European influence, and the couple made thoughtful choices that created the dreamiest wedding day. We can’t wait for you to discover this very special nostalgic wedding in Tucson!

Nostalgic Wedding | Theme & Color: Black tuxedos and black lace detailed bridesmaid dresses alluded to the classic, almost vintage, theme while lush bouquets added an unmistakable air of romance.

Bride Leah recalls: Being an Event Coordinator myself at Playground, all the details were so important to plan as well as the overall ambiance… I would say our wedding is a cross between a Disney princess fairytale and that classic wedding scene from The Godfather with European influences.

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Nostalgic Wedding | The Ceremony: Leah and Tyler chose to wed outside in Tucson’s perfect Spring weather in the grove at their venue. Leah created a vignette on an antique dressing table that welcomed guests and displayed photos and momentos of deceased relatives but even more important than the decor or location was the couple’s intent behind the ceremony. Leah and Tyler wanted to make sure the vows and ceremony highlighted their 13 years together and stressed how important every person in attendance was to their journey as a couple.

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We absolutely love this moment—the deep emotion of such a monumental commitment comes to the surface at various times throughout a wedding day and for Leah, it happened at the end of the ceremony.

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Nostalgic Wedding | The Reception: The dinner reception, which was also outdoors, treated guests to an almost Old World garden atmosphere. They were seated at round tables set with gold chargers, lovely floral centerpieces, and framed table numbers made by the bride; twinkle lights and the golden setting sun provided an idyllic warmth.

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Nostalgic Wedding | The Details: Since Leah has a background in events, her attention to detail was unfailing. For example, for the bridal table, she chose antique bronze candle holders, black candles that matched the bridesmaids’ dresses, animal figurines, and vases filled with olive branches and cascading flowers. Her intention was to have one-of-a-kind decor details that had a distinct vintage or Art Nouveau feel—the custom bound guest book and black lace table runners illustrate that intention beautifully.

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Nostalgic Wedding | Favorite Moment: After cocktail hour our introductions started the reception. My bridal party was introduced and then we were as husband and wife. We went right into the first dance, which was choreographed by my childhood ballet teachers, to a lovely late 30’s romantic song, “Sleepy Lagoon” by Harry James. We had our guests light sparklers on all the tables—the sound was so loud and crackling and we were surrounded by sparklers that looked like dancing fireflies. I twirled around and saw all the faces of people that we love so much.

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Nostalgic Wedding _Tucson Bride and Groom_Sergio and Kelly Photographers

Another particularly sentimental moment was when Leah’s childhood friend, who Leah says has the most perfect opera voice, sang Doris Day’s “Dream a Little Dream of Me.”

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The wedding cake was a gorgeous 4 tier beauty that bore full blooms in pretty blush tones and sprigs of greenery

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Nostalgic Wedding _Tucson Bride and Groom_Sergio and Kelly Photographers

Congratulations Leah and Tyler and thank you for sharing your nostalgic wedding with us!

Wedding Vendors:

Location: La Mariposa | Photographer: Kelly + Sergio Studios | Florist: Evergreen Flowers | Planner: Peace of Mind Events | Cake: Jean’s Tasty Pastries

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24
Oct
Sarah and Matthew’s Magical Desert Wedding
categories: Destination Weddings and Honeymoons, fabulous reception sites, Real Weddings, Reception ideas, Wedding Inspiration

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Sarah and Matthew’s magical desert wedding highlighted Tucson’s beauty and had a distinct feeling of warmth to it. The couple adores Tubac Golf Resort & Spa so they easily chose it as their wedding venue and added desert touches to the decor such as saguaro ribs and cholla cacti.

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Our officiant put together the most heartfelt ceremony that perfectly represented Matt and I as a couple. It was funny and touching all at the same time.

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Sarah’s cousin is a florist in Oregon so she had her create all of the centerpieces while the bouquets were created by local florist Focus on Flowers; the flowers and decor reflected the couple’s love for turquoise, orange, and pink which are colors that are often associated with the southwest. Silver linens provided a neutral backdrop to the colorful and creative centerpieces.

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And here’s proof that this was in fact a magical desert wedding! The sun is so dreamy in Tucson…

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Instead of cake, the couple chose to have a dessert station that was loaded with the bride’s favorite desserts—s’mores, lemon bars, rice krispie treats, and cookies were the main attraction!

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The evening was the perfect magical desert wedding for this sweet couple who ended up dancing the night away thanks to DJ Andy DePew of Satyr Entertainment!

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Congratulations Sarah and Matthew and thank you for sharing magical desert wedding with us! This wedding was featured in print and is currently on our website. See the complete love story with more photos here.

Professionals Who Help You Wed in Style

Location: Tubac Golf Resort & Spa

Event Coordinator: Francesca Guralnick

Dessert Table: JW Marriott Starr Pass Resort & Spa

Entertainment: Satyr Entertaiment

Photographer: Ivory Orchid Photography

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5
Oct
English Garden Wedding | Tucson, Arizona
categories: Destination Weddings and Honeymoons, fabulous reception sites, Floral Inspiration, Real Weddings, Wedding Inspiration

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Welcome to Julianna and Mitchell’s English Garden Wedding in Tucson! The couple wed at Elite Circle wedding venue Omni Tucson National Resort where the views of the desert were spectacular and the touches of Mitchell’s English roots fit in beautifully.

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English Garden Wedding | Sweetness: The first words I heard my sweet Englishman say when he saw me on our wedding day were, “You look like a princess.” As I stood there in my ball gown looking into the eyes of the man I see as my very own prince, I was wearing my Grandmom’s engagement ring diamond, my mom’s cobalt blue cloisonne diamond engagement ring, and gold sparkly heels.

I had been absolutely stunned when Mitchell proposed at Mooney Falls in Supai and shared that the gold in my engagement ring is precious Arizona gold that he panned over several years from Tucson’s Santa Rita Mountains. Once he had enough gold for a ring, he used his chemistry background to refine the gold, engaged the expertise of Sheffield Diamonds, and had it made into a treasured ring to his design.

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English Garden Wedding | The Ceremony: For our wedding, we wanted a feel of classic elegance with colors of gold, blue and white, while adding in touches of our home here in the Southwest, as well as Mitchell’s British culture. We love Tucson’s gorgeous mountains and one of my biggest dreams for our ceremony was to find a panoramic mountain backdrop. At the ceremony, Atelier de LaFleur helped us create the touch of English garden with two large white urns on pedestals filled with blue and white florals. Loose white petals lined the aisle and floating candles
hung as aisle markers on the chairs.

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English Garden Wedding | Cocktail Hour: The beautiful sounds of a string quartet played during the resplendent late afternoon ceremony and cocktail hour. Mitchell and I rode from the ceremony to the reception in a friend’s 1921 white Model T with my veil floating in the wind. The touch of the Southwest was captured with a signature drink of prickly pear margaritas while small cacti and succulents served as centerpieces at cocktail hour.

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English Garden Wedding | The Cake: Our wedding cake made by Village Bakehouse warmly glowed from an under-table light. The gold cake topper featured our new name as husband and wife “Mr. and Mrs. Catling” As reception wedding favors, we gifted tastes of England including tea service accompanying the wedding cake and Cadbury chocolates we brought back from a trip last Fall to the UK.

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English Garden Wedding | The Perfect Toast: My dad beautifully described the love Mitch and I share during his toast, “Given the stories of the ring, and your proposal, and your story as a couple, it’s clear that your love is as deep as the Grand Canyon, as timeless as the Colorado River, and as precious as Arizona gold!”

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Congratulations to the happy couple! Julianna and Mitchell’s wedding was featured in print and is also on our website. See more photos and read more of their love story here.

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Professionals Who Help You Wed in Style

Location: Omni Tucson National Resort

Photographer: Amanda Rockafellow Photography

Cake: Village Bakehouse

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Event Coordinator: Creative Events, LLC | Floral Designer: Atelier de LaFleur

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26
Sep
A Romantic Vintage Style Wedding | Tucson, Arizona
categories: Bridal Fashions, Cakes and Sweets, fabulous reception sites, Real Weddings, Reception ideas, Wedding Inspiration

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Stephanie and Maxwell’s September wedding in Tucson is best described as a romantic vintage style wedding and we know you’ll love it! The couple, who met in high school but didn’t date until college, knew Tucson would be where they said “I do” and the thoughtfulness with which they planned their wedding is an inspiration. Bride Stephanie recalls: …as Arizona Natives, not only did it make sense to have the wedding in the town where we grew up together, but we wanted a sunset ceremony in front of the beautiful Pusch Ridge Mountains surrounded by our closest family and friends. 

Romantic Vintage Style Wedding | Color Palette: Blush, champagne, ivory and dusty blue were the colors for this fall Tucson wedding; bouquets were hand tied and included Juliet English garden roses, Quicksand roses, Queen Anne’s lace and seeded eucalyptus.

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Romantic Vintage Style Wedding | The Ceremony: During the ceremony, a guitarist played our favorite country love songs. The aisle was lined with rose petals, and we wed under a draped gazebo. Our ceremony included scripture readings and a sand ceremony.

Romantic Vintage Style Wedding | Cocktail Hour: A unique part of our wedding is that the Father of the Bride brewed home brewed beer for the cocktail hour. We had multiple different styles with creative names, such as “To Hop and To Hold IPA,” “For Richer and For Porter,” and “Nice Day for a Wit Wedding.”

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Romantic Vintage Style Wedding | The Reception: We had personalized mason jars with copper tops and fun straws on the table for the guests to use during the reception. The reception also included reggae music playing during dinner, choreographed dances including the two step, the waltz, and the fox trot, a cupcake display, a photo booth, and a sparkler exit.

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Romantic Vintage Style Wedding | Dessert Table: Stephanie and Maxwell offered guests more than just cake—there was also a romantic cupcake display that included several cupcake flavors such as German chocolate, carrot, and strawberry champagne.

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Congratulations to Stephanie and Maxwell- thank you for letting us share your romantic vintage style wedding with Tucson’s engaged couples!

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Location: Reflections at the Buttes

Photographer: Scott Rice Photography

Cake: Village Bakehouse

Gown: Maya Palace

Hotel Accommodations: Hilton Tucson El Conquistador Golf & Tennis Resort

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Florist: Focus on Flowers

This wedding was featured in print and is also on our website—see it here.

XOXO, Tucson Bride & Groom, your Tucson wedding magazine

     
6
Sep
Tucson Bride & Groom’s Summer/Fall Tanque Verde Ranch Giveaway Winners!
categories: Destination Weddings and Honeymoons, fabulous reception sites, Giveaways, Meet Our People

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(Photographer: Something Blue Photography )

Readers, introducing you to our giveaway winners is one of our favorite things to do and today you’re meeting Brittany and John—a lovely Tucson couple who is getting married in October. Not only are they super cute and dressed perfectly for their mini photo shoot, they’re also huge fans of Tanque Verde Ranch and are so excited to be our Winter Spring issue giveaway winners!

How did you and John meet? We met in 2007 while working at the Guess store and going to college together. We were first friends and then six months later we went on our first date to the Pima County Fair.

What are you most excited about regarding your wedding day? We are most excited about seeing each other as I walk down the aisle. He knows nothing about any detail about how I’ll look that day so it’s going to be so exciting and emotional as we see each other knowing that we are about to become husband and wife. 

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(Photographer: Something Blue Photography )

The giveaway package includes a two night stay for two, three hearty meals each day (including barbecue cookout dinners Wednesdays and Saturdays), activities, access to indoor and outdoor swimming pools and evening activities and entertainment—Brittany and John will certainly enjoy themselves!

What do you most enjoy about Tucson Bride & Groom and how has it helped you plan your wedding? For us Tucson Bride & Groom really made us at ease with wedding planning and means so much to us. Since we had no idea how to plan a wedding it’s pretty difficult to find information and vendors that our tailored to our city. It was very stressful just trying to find a venue that could accommodate our large wedding size until we got our hands on a copy of Tucson Bride & Groom magazine. We were so relieved because it had everything we needed to know all in one place. We no longer had to call every venue— we could see if the venues could accommodate us right in the magazine. Having the magazine really turned everything around for us.

If you are a Tucson bride I think it’s absolutely essential to get your hands on a copy of this magazine or to go on to the website. You’ll definitely be able to get through planning much more smoothly. I give a copy now to every bride I know who is planning a Tucson wedding.

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(Photographer: Something Blue Photography )

Congratulations Brittany and John and thank you for being Tucson Bride & Groom magazine fans!

A huge THANK YOU to Something Blue Photography for taking the photos of Brittany and John at Tanque Verde Ranch—you always deliver and we heart you very much!

The legendary Tanque Verde Ranch is an Elite Circle wedding venue that offers a rustic ranch atmosphere and breathtaking mountain views. Couples often tell us they choose to get married at Tanque Verde Ranch because it offers adventurous options for their guests along with several beautifully appointed indoor and outdoor wedding sites. If you want to learn more about planning your wedding at Tanque Verde Ranch, visit the venue’s website or contact Mary Ellen McBee: 520-731-5568 | mmcbee@tvgr.com

**If you’re engaged and planning a wedding in Tucson, you’re eligible to enter to win our current giveaway- get all the details and enter here!

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