19
Jul
Maili and Max’s Pretty Pink Wedding | Tucson, AZ
categories: Cakes and Sweets, fabulous reception sites, Floral Inspiration, From the Consultants, Photography, Real Weddings, Reception ideas, Wedding Inspiration

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Maili and Max’s pretty pink wedding in Tucson was featured in print and you can also see it online so today we wanted to do something a little different—we asked the couple’s Elite Circle vendors for a behind the scenes look at how this gorgeous wedding day came together. Event planner Rackel Gehlsen of Rackel Gehlsen Weddings and Events shared her expert insight with us:
 
Maili and Max’s Pretty Pink Wedding | The Vision: For their vision, Maili wanted an elegant black tie wedding rich with blush accents. I brought in lots of samples of their mock up, and they chose sterling silver with hues of blush lamour linens, custom draping & lighting, and a touch of blush shimmer. 

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Maili and Max’s Pretty Pink Wedding | The Cake: For the cake, Maili sent me a photo of the actual cake she wanted. I immediately went to see Jaynie to strategize and count how many dozen roses it would take to create such an opulent showpiece. It took over 5 dozen roses for the cascade down the cake, and another 6 dozen of assorted floral under the glass.

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Maili and Max’s Pretty Pink Wedding | The Reception Decor: In our meeting with Georgeanne, Maili wanted real crystal pedestals for the tall centerpieces, so I ordered them in just for her wedding. Georgeanne is a true master in her design!

Brie Dumais created a custom logo, which was featured on the dance floor and on the east wall. One of the most important decor elements for Maili was the floral. She wanted an abundance of of high arrangements mixed with low, cascading centerpieces of orchids, peonies, and roses. As you entered the ballroom, the fragrance was absolutely enchanting. The guests actually gasped in awe of the beauty of the room as they entered for dinner.

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Pretty Pink Wedding _Tucson Bride and Groom_Amanda Rockafellow Photography_Skyline Country Club

Pretty Pink Wedding _Tucson Bride and Groom_Amanda Rockafellow Photography_Skyline Country Club

To see more of Maili and Max’s pretty pink wedding in Tucson and explore Tucson’s Elite Circle wedding vendors, visit our website!

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Professionals Who Help You Wed in Style

Location: Skyline Country Club

Photographer: Amanda Rockafellow Photography

Event Coordinator: Rackel Gehlsen Weddings & Events

Floral Designer: Villa Feliz Flowers

Cinematographer: Black Sheep Filmworks

Cake: Jaynie Rossi Signature Cakes

Drape: Endless Decor

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

Invitations: Brie Dumais Designs

Entertaniment: Satyr Entertaiment

Rehearsal Dinner: Hacienda Del Sol Guest Ranch Resort

Fireworks: Fireworks Productions of Arizona

Hotel Accommodations: Loews Ventana Canyon Resort

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12
Jul
Jordan and Michael’s Tucson Style Outdoor Wedding
categories: Bridal Fashions, Cakes and Sweets, Real Weddings, Reception ideas, Wedding Inspiration

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Jordan and Michael planned a beautiful Southwest influenced Tucson style outdoor wedding that celebrated the couple’s love of their hometown and the fresh spring desert landscape.

Tucson Style Outdoor Wedding | Color Palette: Our color inspiration was definitely inspired by Tucson, the desert, and spring. Both of us are Tucson, AZ natives and we really wanted to showcase how beautiful the Southwest is through our color palette story.

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Tucson Style Outdoor Wedding | The Gown: Not long after I got engaged, I was dying to try on a wedding dress. I planned an impromptu trip to Phoenix to try on a dress I found in a bridal magazine but I did not plan on buying it. I dragged along my mother and MOH. They hated the dress I tried on at first because it wasn’t bridal enough. My MOH knew I had always dreamed of wearing a lace dress and asked the bridal consulted to grab a lace one. I really did want a lace dress but had scrapped the idea due to cost. Once I tried on the Reem Acra lace and beaded gown I was a goner. I cried, my mom cried, and my MOH cried. I felt amazing in it and I looked the way I always dreamed of. Thanks to my wonderful now-husband, I was able to make my dream dress a reality and we bought it right then!

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Tucson Style Outdoor Wedding | Favorite Moment: We both agree that while we loved exchanging vows, our tequila shot toast and dancing into the night, we both enjoyed and appreciated our first look. It was just us and our photographer so, it felt like a really imitate moment. Michael had waited a year plus to see my wedding dress and this was my first time seeing him in a suit. We marveled over each other and calmed each other’s jitters by just by having an alone moment. At first, we wanted to wait until I walked down the aisle to first see each other but Rachel convinced us to do a first look and it really was the right decision. We spent the rest of the evening entertaining our friends and family. This moment was just ours. It felt beautiful, private, peaceful and… right.

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Tucson Style Outdoor Wedding | The Ceremony: Jordan and Michael wed at a local church and incorporated a few meaningful elements into the ceremony. We did a foot washing ceremony at the end of ceremony to symbolize our unconditional love, dedication to one another, and humility. I also had a button from my decreased grandfather’s button up shirt sewn into the inside of my dress. I was extremely close to him and he passed away in 2005 from lung cancer.

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Tucson Style Outdoor Wedding | The Reception: The festivities were held in Michael’s parent’s backyard and it was a family affair from the start—the best man, who’s from Mexico, provided Talavera shot glasses for the tequila toast (guests took theirs home as favors), custom carved wooden names were placed on each guests place setting, and long feasting tables encouraged a family style dinner vibe. Reception tables were decorated with a plethora of clear vases filled with succulents, mini cacti and candles while the head table featured a beautiful and lush flower, succulent and leaf garland placed in the middle of the table that draped generously down the sides. Table numbers were clear acrylic panels with gold lettering that were placed in wooden stands.

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Tucson Style Outdoor Wedding | The Party! Jordan and Michael danced under twinkling bistro lights then skipped the traditional reception “events” such as the bouquet & garter toss and parent dances so they, and their guests, could get to the business of DANCING the night away!

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Tucson Style Outdoor Wedding | The Cake: The couple, who admittedly don’t love cake but got one so Jordan’s mother could enjoy the cake cutting, enlisted Ambrosia Cakes to make a beautifully simple wedding cake. The result was 3 tiers of vanilla almond cake with fresh strawberries covered in a subtlety textured white buttercream frosting. The two succulents on the top tier added the perfect touch of Tucson the couple was going for.

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Congratulations Jordan and Michael and thank you for sharing your Tucson style outdoor wedding with us!

Professionals Who Help You Wed in Style

Cake: Ambrosia Cakes

Entertainment: Satyr Entertainment

Invitations: Brie Dumais Designs

Bridal Shop: Schaffer’s Bridal

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

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Photographer: Rachel Solomon | Wedding Planner: Meagan Crain Events | Florist: Sarah’s Garden

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30
Jun
Blush and Pink Tucson Wedding Inspiration
categories: fabulous reception sites, Floral Inspiration, Photography, Reception ideas, Wedding Inspiration

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In Tucson, early evening is when everything is cast with a warm pink hue which made our blush and pink Tucson wedding inspiration set glow.

This styled shoot at Westward Look Wyndham Grand Resort & Spa is all the pretty desert goodness you want in a shoot—there’s succulents, lots of textured details, and one gorgeous cake. Pops of gold and delicate details make the table warm and inviting!

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Tucson’s spectacular sunsets and purpled mountains were the inspiration for our blush and pink Tucson wedding inspiration shoot; the wedding venue offers a scenic backdrop for weddings and events that you have to see for yourself.

The floral runner is the basis for pretty floral designs in pinks, greens, blushes and purples that are placed along the center of the table.

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Blush and pink Tucson wedding inspiration was threaded throughout including in the stationery suite—guests are invited to post and tag photos to Instagram for all to see; watercolor design adds a modern and soft touch to each piece. And how about those envelope liners? We love this special detail and stationer Brie Dumais does it so well!

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Model Stephanie posed with Tucson’s local celebrity great dane, Lincoln (you can follow him on Instagram!). You can also see Stephanie’s engagement session photos on our blog— she and her now husband Chris are picture perfect!

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Our blush and pink Tucson wedding inspiration is sure to encourage couples in Tucson to mix elements such as roses and succulents or rustic wood and delicate glass to create their own beautiful receptions! Thanks to the Elite Circle Team who participated in this styled shoot:

Location: Westward Look Wyndham Grand Resort & Spa

Photographer: Scott Rice Photography

Event Stylist: Rackel Gehlsen Weddings & Events

Floral Design: Posh Petals

Invitations and Signage: Brie Dumais Designs

Gown and Jewelry: GiGi Bridal Boutique

Cake: Ambrosia Cakes

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

Décor and Design Stylist: Frostings Event Design and Rentals

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21
Jun
A Gray and Coral Wedding in Tucson
categories: Bridal Fashions, Cakes and Sweets, fabulous reception sites, Floral Inspiration, Grooms, Real Weddings, Reception ideas, Wedding Inspiration

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You can’t tell from the couple’s huge grins but Rachel and Tyler are pretty much melting on the spot—their wedding day had temps of 112 degrees! They took the heat in stride though and offered sunglasses to their guests so the celebration could go on. Enjoy this lovely couple’s gray and coral wedding in Tucson:

Rachel’s bouquet included charms with photos of her grandparents and parents on their wedding days; coral  and gray were incorporated throughout the wedding day as you can see in the flowers, bridal party attire, and stationery.

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Gray and Coral Wedding Bridal Party: Aren’t these coral bridesmaid dresses pretty? They’re so summery and pair well with the sunglasses.

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Gray and Coral Wedding Ceremony: Rachel and Tyler wed on the rooftop ceremony space at Westward Look Wyndham Grand Resort & Spa; the Sonoran Rooftop offers 360 degree panoramic views of the majestic Catalina Mountains.

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Gray and Coral Wedding Reception: Guests were served Prickly Pear margaritas during cocktail hour and were wowed by the pretty gray and coral decor in the ballroom where the revelry continued. Rachel recalls:  The reception was filled with dancing radiated joy. We started out with a hora dance (to bring in the my Jewish traditions) and kept the dancing going all night. The tables had gray table clothes with coral napkins and a mix of high and low floral centerpieces. Behind our sweetheart table we created a backdrop with lace and ribbon in grays and corals—it looked great for photos! Our table numbers had a picture of us at the age corresponding with the table number and we had a late night ice cream sundae station that was a hit with our guests. 

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Gray and Coral Wedding Cake: The 4-tier coral ombre cake was a showstopper!

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Gray and Coral Wedding Reception: The ribbon and lace sweetheart table backdrop became the backdrop for a fun photobooth that had a variety of props.

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The couple stole away from their reception for some sunset photos with photographer Chris Richards- the sky was especially spectacular that night!

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Congratulations Rachel and Tyler and thank you for sharing your gray and coral wedding in Tucson with us (this wedding was featured in our magazine- click here to see it online)!

Professionals Who Help You Wed in Style

Location: Westward Look Wyndham Grand Resort & Spa

Photographer: Chris Richards Photography

Floral Designer: Posh Petals

Cake: Village Bakehouse

Cinematographer: Black Sheep Filmworks

Entertainment: Satyr Entertaiment

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

Invitations: Brie Dumais Designs

Gown: GIGI Bridal Boutique

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Event Coordinator: Meagan Crain Event Planning & Design

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14
Jun
Kitchen Items for a Wedding Registry
categories: Beyond the Wedding, favor and gift ideas, Stuff We Love!

Today we’re mixing practical with fun as we delve into some new kitchen items for a wedding registry that we’ve been introduced to recently. Your wedding registry is an opportunity to tell your guests exactly what you need but also what you want. If you want cool kitchen stuff, this is the time to ask for it!

The first of our kitchen items for a wedding registry is the new and very sleek Soda Stream Source (it received a 2016 BRIDES Registry Award as one of the top 50 products that every couple should include on their registry). We personally love sparkling water- it can be perked up with citrus and is a refreshing low calorie cocktail mixer- so this item should be on your list of wants. Not only will you love the actual product it makes but the design is pretty hip too!

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Another gadget on our list of kitchen items for a wedding registry is the Viking Pressure Cooker. You know pressure cookers are the hottest things these days, right (no pun intended!)? This one is a sleek, functional, and can cut cooking time by more than half. The Pressure cooker opens and closes with the turn of a knob, can be used on any cooking surface, and helps save time and energy by reducing cooking time by half or more. The Cooker is easy to use and is made of stainless steel. It also is complete with stay-cool handles so you don’t burn your hands while handling.

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(Viking Pressure Cooker on Amazon)

Are you or your fiance a fan of the Food Network show Chopped? If so, the Chopped 7” Champion is a must on any list of kitchen items for a wedding registry! It can chop up foods to help make food prep a snap. The cleaver features a durable high-carbon stainless steel blade, sturdy full-tang construction and a triple-rivet ABS handle. It’s perfect for chopping through meats, fish, soft bones and sinew, and even fruits and vegetables.

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And finally, every couple needs pots and pans so you might as well register for a set that brings some color into your kitchen! In the era of minimalism, people are always looking to de-clutter and save space and a kitchenware set from AllRecipes is perfect for couples looking to stock their kitchen with essentials without taking up a ton of space. The set is versatile; the saucepans can be used together as a double boiler for velvety chocolate or individually and each piece stacks for easy storage.

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(Items found on Amazon)

It won’t be a surprise to any of your guests that you include many kitchen items for a wedding registry- be sure to add these to your list!

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8
Jun
Tucson Wedding Magazine: Tucson Bride & Groom’s Summer Fall Issue!
categories: Bridal Fashions, Floral Inspiration, Meet Our People, Wedding Inspiration, Wedding Resources

Tucson Botanical Gardens provided the incredible background for our Summer Fall 2017 cover shoot; Guillian Bon of Gigi Bridal Boutique was inspired by the gardens’ Frida Kahlo: Art, Garden, Life exhibit and you can see the result is gloriously colorful and artistic!

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You can pick up your complimentary copy of the Tucson Bride & Groom Summer Fall 2017 issue—the only Tucson wedding magazine you need to plan your wedding— at these establishments (if you don’t live in the Tucson area and would like a copy, there are instructions for ordering your copy on that page as well).

Location: Tucson Botanical Gardens

Stylist: Guillian Bon and Fernanda Batiz of GiGi Bridal Boutique

Photography: Scott Rice Photography

Hair and Makeup: Margarita GoDiva’s I Do Hair & Makeup Artistry

Floral: Posh Petals

Cinematographer: Black Sheep Filmworks

Gown: GiGi Bridal Boutique

Jewelry: Courtesy of The Castañeda Museum of Ethnic Costume

Model: Talina of The Agency Arizona

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