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.

Tanque Verde Ranch Giveaway Winners _Tucson Bride and Groom magazine_Something Blue Photography

(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!

Tucson Bride & Groom, your Tucson wedding magazine

     
21
Aug
A Ranch Themed Destination Wedding in Arizona
categories: Destination Weddings and Honeymoons, Floral Inspiration, Real Weddings, Reception ideas, Wedding Inspiration

Ranch Themed Destination Wedding in Arizona _Tucson Bride and Groom_R2 Studio

Isaac and Philip’s ranch themed destination wedding in Arizona was a beautiful blend of the grooms’ love of the desert and their New York city style; bougainvillea and succulents drove the color palette and the handsome blue suits and bow ties worn by both grooms were super stylish.

The couple describes their wedding as relaxed and elegant—we couldn’t agree more and we know you’ll enjoy their beautiful destination wedding!

Ranch Themed Destination Wedding in Arizona _Tucson Bride and Groom_R2 Studio

Ranch Themed Destination Wedding in Arizona | The Ceremony: The couple wed at Rancho de los Caballeros—they chose a location they could completely take over for their wedding weekend in order to create an atmosphere of intimacy and exclusivity; their priority was to have as much of the weekend take place under the striking desert sky as possible. Guests enjoyed golf, skeet shooting, horseback riding among other activities during the weekend. Isaac recalls: I think we were all surprised at how elegant an event we could throw even with the less formal atmosphere of a dude ranch.

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Ranch Themed Destination Wedding in Arizona | Favorite Moment: Riding in on horseback was our favorite part.  After our whole wedding party entering from behind the seated guests, we entered on horseback from a completely different location, riding in from the direction of the sunset. It was a complete surprise to all our guests, and the fun of springing that on people momentarily cut some of the anxiety of the impending ceremony!

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The couple chose to step on a lightbulb as a nod to Isaac’s Jewish heritage and Philip’s career as a lighting designer and they also included a life-sized cutout of their dog, Fanny, allowing her to be present since she wasn’t able to make the journey from their home in New York. Personal details like these make us fall in love with weddings over and over again!

Ranch Themed Destination Wedding in Arizona _Tucson Bride and Groom_R2 Studio

Ranch Themed Destination Wedding in Arizona _Tucson Bride and Groom_R2 Studio

Ranch Themed Destination Wedding in Arizona | Cocktail Time: Guests proceeded to a poolside cocktail hour featuring passed hors d’oeuvres and signature jalapeño or prickly pear margaritas. Isaac and Philip enjoyed some time together as newlyweds and managed to utilize the “super moon” that happened to be on that night!

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Ranch Themed Destination Wedding in Arizona | The Reception: The evening’s events moved to the ranch’s main lawn for an outdoor dinner where guests feasted on elegant spins on traditional Southwestern flavors with guests able to choose from four menu options—smoked short ribs, Guajillo-glazed chicken, roasted halibut with sweet corn fondue, or grilled vegetable-stuffed chiles rellenos.  The lawn was lit by the incredibly bright moon and a plethora of candles, lanterns, and bistro lights.

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Ranch Themed Destination Wedding in Arizona | The Cake: Isaac and Philip’s custom wedding cake featured their wedding brand and four luscious layers of alternating strawberry and almond cake and cream cheese filling. Dancing continued into the night and included a late-night snack of miniature Sonoran dogs, cookies, and milk.

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“Two Dudes, One Ranch” was a theme that emerged from the weekend; Philip’s brother Noah performed a rap he’d written for the occasion where he coined the phrase. To get a sense of how special Isaac and Philip’s relationship is and how much they are loved and adored, watch their wedding video! It’s sweet, funny, and of course, filled with emotion.

Ranch Themed Destination Wedding in Arizona | Post-Wedding Brunch: The following morning, we said goodbye to our guests over a poolside brunch featuring a make-your-own breakfast burrito bar — a tribute to both our first date (over burritos) and the breakfast burrito Isaac presented to Philip when he proposed.

Congratulations Philip and Isaac and thank you for sharing your ranch themed wedding in Arizona with us!

Professionals Who Help You Wed in Style

Cinematographer: Black Sheep Filmworks

Invitations: Brie Dumais Designs

Rentals: Classic Party Rentals

Explore our complete list of Elite Circle membersLocation: Rancho de los Caballeros | Photographer: R2 Studio | Event coordinator: Meagan Crain Event Planning & Design | Floral designer: Table Tops Etc. | Cake: Classic Cakes and Confections

Tucson Bride & Groom, your Tucson wedding magazine

     
14
Aug
Frida Kahlo Inspired Wedding Shoot | Tucson, AZ
categories: Bridal Fashions, fabulous reception sites, Floral Inspiration, Health and Beauty, Wedding Inspiration

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Frida Kahlo Inspired Wedding Shoot _Tucson Bride and Groom_Scott Rice Photography_Tucson Botanical Gardens

Frida Kahlo Inspired Wedding Shoot: “The garden backdrop for our photos, brilliant with powerful colors and greenery, captured the spirit of the late Mexican artist and activist, and included a stunning rendition of the famous Casa Azul, where she lived” ~Krista Minard, Tucson Bride & Groom editor

Frida Kahlo Inspired Wedding Shoot _Tucson Bride and Groom_Scott Rice Photography_Tucson Botanical Gardens

Frida Kahlo Inspired Wedding Shoot _Tucson Bride and Groom_Scott Rice Photography_Tucson Botanical Gardens

Frida Kahlo Inspired Wedding Shoot _Tucson Bride and Groom_Scott Rice Photography_Tucson Botanical Gardens

Tucson Bride and Groom-Summer Fall 2017 Cover shoot from Stepheny Keith on Vimeo.

Here are a few pages from our magazine but don’t skip seeing it in print—you need to explore this Frida Kahlo inspired wedding shoot in its entirety!

Frida Kahlo Inspired Wedding Shoot _Tucson Bride and Groom_Scott Rice Photography_Tucson Botanical Gardens

To see more of our Frida Kahlo inspired wedding shoot: get a copy at these distributors | download our digital magazine | visit Tucson Bride & Groom’s website

Professionals Who Help You Wed in Style

Location: Tucson Botanical Gardens

Stylist: Guillian Bon and Fernanda Batiz of GiGi Bridal Boutique

Photography: Scott Rice Photography

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

Floral: Posh Petals

Cinematographer: Black Sheep Filmworks

Gowns: GiGi Bridal Boutique

Explore our complete list of Elite Circle members

Jewelry: Courtesy of The Castañeda Museum of Ethnic Costume | Model: Talina of The Agency Arizona

Tucson Bride & Groom, your Tucson wedding magazine

     
3
Aug
Black Tie Wedding in Tucson
categories: fabulous reception sites, Photography, Real Weddings, Reception ideas, Wedding Inspiration

Black Tie Wedding in Tucson _Tucson Bride and Groom_She.We Studio_Loews Ventana Canyon

Leslie and Macenzy love nature so they planned their black tie wedding in Tucson at the exquisite Loews Ventana Canyon Resort, a place that boasts Tucson’s only natural waterfall, breathtaking views of the desert, and lush gardens.

Black Tie Wedding in Tucson: Handsome groomsmen clad in tuxedos and lovely bridesmaids in shimmering gold dresses added to the formal atmosphere; bride Leslie says seeing the bridal party dressed to the nines was one of her favorite parts of the day.

Black Tie Wedding in Tucson _Tucson Bride and Groom_She.We Studio_Loews Ventana Canyon

Black Tie Wedding in Tucson: The ceremony took place at the resort’s Upper Terrace; Leslie’s father built the metal pergola under which the couple exchanged vows.

Black Tie Wedding in Tucson _Tucson Bride and Groom_She.We Studio_Loews Ventana Canyon

Black Tie Wedding in Tucson: The dinner reception took place outside at the Cascade Terrace—a lovely space with impressive views of the nearby Catalina Mountains. Tall metal candelabras were topped with beautiful white blooms and some greenery was added for color.

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Black Tie Wedding in Tucson: A single tier cake and a plethora of doughnuts were offered at the sweets table; the couple danced their first dance to Sade’s “By Your Side” which was choreographed for them by a friend as a wedding gift. Leslie and Macenzy ended the night with a sparkler exit attended by their adoring friends and family.

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

Professionals Who Help You Wed in Style

Explore our complete list of Elite Circle members

Floral Designer: Atelier de LaFleur

Tucson Bride & Groom, your Tucson wedding magazine

     
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

Pretty Pink Wedding _Tucson Bride and Groom_Amanda Rockafellow Photography_Skyline Country Club

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.

Pretty Pink Wedding _Tucson Bride and Groom_Amanda Rockafellow Photography_Skyline Country Club

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.

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

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

Explore our complete list of Elite Circle members

Tucson Bride & Groom, your Tucson wedding magazine

     
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

Explore our complete list of Elite Circle members

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

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