29
Jul
5 Things We Love About our Summer Fall 2014 issue!
categories: Bridal Fashions, fabulous reception sites, Floral Inspiration, For Your Ceremony, Health and Beauty, Photography, Real Weddings, Reception ideas, Videography, Wedding Inspiration

Even though we dedicated a crazy amount of our lives to creating our Summer Fall 2014 issue, we still love to hold it in our hands, browse through the pages, chat with a friend about our favorite pages, and basically bask in the loveliness of it all. With that being said, there are a few things that stand out to us as really REALLY great and we want to highlight those for you here.

1. The Happy Clap captured: See the bride in the black and white picture below? She’s doing the happy clap and this is particularly special to us because our publisher does the happy clap and we LOVE when that happens. The other reason we adore this image is because it shows real and honest emotion- to capture a moment that makes the onlooker feel something is magic. Tucson Bride and Groom_Tucson wedding magazine_summer_fall_2014 (1)

2. Our giveaway rocks: Every issue we offer a giveaway that appeals to brides and grooms universally. This issue there’s a spa package for 2 at the luxurious Red Door Spa at the Westin La Paloma valued at $728! This is a seriously awesome giveaway and we want you to have it. So go on and enter

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3. Lighting makes a statement: One thing Tucson Bride & Groom editor Stephanie Riley noticed right from the start with our Just Married! real wedding submissions is that almost every single wedding reception had fantastic lighting- it’s probably the #1 thing you can do to make your reception atmosphere go from good to uh-maze-ing. Lighting washes the room in ambiance, steers eyes away from unsightly but necessary thermostats and the like, and it makes the room feel extra special. A few years ago, not many couples embraced the idea of lighting but now? Well, you’ll see…

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4. Rachel and Michael’s wedding: In this unique feature, we follow a couple through their entire wedding planning process to show you exactly how visions become reality, how working with our Elite Circle vendors takes your wedding beyond anything you thought possible, and how a discussion about what you want from a vendor actually translates to wedding day reality. The article about photography and cinematography is so enlightening- you’ll love it!

Tucson Bride and Groom_Tucson wedding magazine_summer_fall_2014 (4) 5. Our cover: Yes, it’s possible that we gush too much over our own covers, but creating a beautiful cover issue after issue is not easy! But it’s something we absolutely love and considering the talent we work with, we know each one will be memorable. So. This cover. It’s so completely dreamy and gorgeous. The carriage, the background, the model, the gown, the hair and makeup. There’s just something about it and we can’t stop gawking. That probably makes us wedding nerds but we kinda don’t care.

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Pick up a copy of Tucson Bride & Groom Summer Fall 2014 at any of these locations and download a free digital copy to your desktop or mobile device from our website

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22
Jul
The Tucson Bride & Groom Winter/Spring Giveaway- Meet the Winners!
categories: fabulous reception sites, Giveaways, Photography

You may remember that our Winter Spring 2014 issue offered a lovely and romantic giveaway from Hacienda del Sol Guest Ranch Resort. Here’s a reminder:

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It’s a pretty awesome package so you can imagine how excited our winners were when they found out the good news! Meet Krista and Ryan, a Tucson couple who is getting  married in April 2015 at the Stillwell House and Garden:

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Favorite thing about each other: My favorite thing about Ryan is how well we get along and how much he makes me laugh. Ryan’s favorite thing about me is that I get along easily with others and that I am driven when it comes to my personal and professional life.

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How did you meet? We met back in May 2006, where we both worked at our high school job, at Safeway…we were in the same school district and happened to take a summer school class together. Ryan and I kept in touch the following months and began dating on October 12th, 2006. We got engaged on July 29th, 2013 and are going on 8 years together this October!

What’s your ideal date night? Ryan and I are total foodies, so we love going to local restaurants. Afterward, we would probably go to a movie, rent a redbox, or catch up on our favorite TV shows on Netflix.

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What do you enjoy most about Tucson Bride & Groom magazine and/or blog? I love that Tucson Bride & Groom covers real, local weddings, which provide inspiration for my own wedding. It is nice to see the resources other brides are using in the area, instead of comparing to brides in other states that are not applicable for me.

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Krista and Ryan plan to enjoy their Hacienda del Sol Mini-Moon after their wedding or for their 8th “dating” anniversary…this is the couple with Rachel, the catering manager from Hacienda del Sol, who presented the gift certificate to them. What a great day!

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Thank you to Elite Circle photographer Something Blue Photography for the pictures!

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(To enter our Summer Fall 2014 giveaway, visit our website)

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15
Jul
Wedding Inspiration: Orange and…oranges!
categories: Floral Inspiration, Real Weddings, Reception ideas, Wedding Inspiration

Using fruit or vegetables in wedding decor isn’t exactly a revolutionary idea but it’s one that has experienced longevity and with good reason- we like the use of natural elements for their innate freshness, eco-friendly slant, and natural beauty. In fact, we like to say fruits and veggies are an appropriate metaphor for marriage: like fruits and veggies, marriage is beautiful, healthy and delicious, despite it’s imperfections.

Elite Circle photographer Chris Richards Photography shared some images with us from a wedding that used oranges as the driving decor element and the result is pretty gorgeous!

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This quote by Mother Teresa is really beautiful and perfect for a wedding

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Photos: Chris Richards Photography

Location: Ritz Carlton Dove Mountain

Floral Design: La Fleur Plantscapes

To see even more of this wedding, visit the Chris Richards Photography blog!

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8
Jul
Real Tucson Wedding: Kaylan and Dan
categories: Bridal Fashions, Cakes and Sweets, fabulous reception sites, Floral Inspiration, Real Weddings, Wedding Inspiration

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Kaylan and Dan celebrated their nuptials at The Lodge at Ventana Canyon- the couple chose the location for it’s beautiful and intimate atmosphere. The color palette of blue, ivory and blush was given a modern vibe with the exquisite floral arrangements and streamlined reception decor…and Kaylan’s megawatt smile depicts the couple’s feelings perfectly (and how much do you love her shoes?!)

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The bridesmaid’s dresses are so perfect with the over-the-top-gorgeous bouquets of roses, hydrangeas, blue eryngium, scabiosa pods, burgundy hypericum, sedum and dahlias (I love these bouquets so much I had to ask Elaine Taylor Fine Flowers exactly what was in them! ) 

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The couple decided to have both a Judge and a rabbi officiate because they liked the idea of having both religious and civil elements in the ceremony; the gorgeous chuppah (created by Kaylan’s mother!) included flowers similar to the bouquets. Sturdy wooden poles anchored in wooden boxes added a nice natural element to the design.

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A delicious cake reigned over a decadent dessert bar that included a variety of bite size treats

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Congratulations Kaylan and Dan and thank you for sharing your day with us!

Tucson Bride & Groom, your Tucson wedding magazine

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