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!

Tucson Bride & Groom, your Tucson wedding magazine

(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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1
Jul
Your First Dance Song
categories: Meet Our People, Reception ideas, Trends

One of the wedding planning tasks you can’t really outsource to your planner or best friend is choosing your reception playlist, specifically the First Dance song. Some of you already know exactly what you’re going to dance to but for many of you, you’re still searching. My husband and I literally sat down in front of our stereos (it’s OK to laugh, cell phones were just catching on at the time) a few nights before our wedding and played songs for each other over the phone – it was less than ideal but we found our song! We settled on Shania Twain’s “From this Moment”- the words were perfect and we loved it.

You may be searching for the perfect First Dance song yourself, and your DJ can certainly help you with song selection, but here’s our updated list of the loveliest/sweetest/most popular first dance songs couples are dancing to:

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If you’re looking for a DJ, do not hire a friend. Do not hire the cheapest guy or gal in town. And do not ignore your “cheesy DJ radar”. The easiest thing to do is listen to us: this is Andy of Satyr Entertainment and we think he rocks- read our interview with him here. He can DJ your event as well as provide lighting, audio-visual services and decor too!

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Satyr Entertainment can be found at: www.satyrentertainment.com and on FacebookTwitter, and Instagram

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