2
Feb
Tucson Resort: JW Marriott Starr Pass Resort & Spa Giveaway Winners
categories: Destination Weddings and Honeymoons, Engagements, fabulous reception sites, Meet Our People

Our city has some of the most luxurious and beautifully appointed resorts in the world and while the Tucson resort scene is distinctly low key, we kind of like it that way! One such Tucson resort that’s notable for its pristine golf course, tranquil setting, and personal service is JW Marriott Starr Pass Resort & Spa so we partnered with them to give away a 3-night stay, breakfast, golf, and spa treatments to one lucky engaged couple planning their wedding in Tucson.

The winning couple is Jenny and Henry (they’re getting married this April)- they’re such an adorable pair and are so excited about winning!

How they met: Henry and I met at work. In 2009 we both worked in a small laboratory and actually dated in secret for 2 years without anyone else at work knowing! 6 years later…Henry proposed to me as the sun was setting on Mount Lemon. It was just perfect!

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Favorite things: 
Jenny: Henry’s sense of humor. He is so witty and makes people laugh all the time, without being rude or mean.
Henry: Her infectious smile and her caring nature. She has a way of brightening everyone’s day, and she’s always taking care of those around her.
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What are you most looking forward to on your wedding day?
Jenny: Finally saying I do to Henry, after 6 years, with everyone we love surrounding us. 
Henry: I’m also very excited to be surrounded by family and friends while celebrating the beginning of married life with my beautiful bride.
About winning the staycation at this gorgeous Tucson resort: We are so excited to use our getaway for a staycation later this year. Once all of the wedding commotion is over, it will be so nice to relax at the gorgeous JW Marriott!  Henry is most excited about the golf and I am most excited about our spa day.
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Congratulations Jenny and Henry and thanks for being fans of Tucson Bride & Groom!

JW Marriott Starr Pass Resort & Spa is a gorgeous Tucson resort that’s large enough to accommodate all your wedding guests while providing plenty of opportunities for fun and relaxation. Click here to discover your ideal wedding venue!

All photos courtesy of: Scott Rice Photography (thank you Scott- we LOVE working with you!)
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26
Jan
Real Tucson Wedding: Betsy and Myles’ Lord of the Rings Wedding
categories: Bridal Fashions, fabulous reception sites, Floral Inspiration, Photography, Real Weddings, Reception ideas, Wedding Inspiration

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It’s not often that a couple decides to plan a Lord of the Rings wedding but for those that do, they have a ton of fun with it! Betsy and Myles actually included elements of Lord of the Rings AND The Hobbit throughout their wedding day and the result was a day full of memorable fun and meaningful moments.

Colors: Navy Blue & Yellow

As a way to connect with my familial legacy, I carried a handkerchief that belonged to my great-grandmother Edna, and which was carried by my paternal grandmother, my mom, and my aunt on each of their respective wedding days. It was a small detail, but made me feel especially close to those wonderful women in my life.

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Lord of the Rings Wedding Stationery Detail: The couple’s Save the Dates, designed and hand-drawn by Brie Dumais Designs, featured the Doors of Durin and the invitations included hand-drawn lanterns and branches to continue the whimsical feel without being too “themey” (save the dates and invites not professionally photographed).

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3 Words: fun, intimate, and loving

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Favorite Moment: Both Myles and I had the same favorite moment, but from opposite points of view; for me, it was stepping into the courtyard and seeing his eyes light up as I walked down the aisle, while for Myles, it was seeing me step into view and immediately giving him a huge smile. (A very close second was being announced as “Myles and Betsy Berry” for the first time as we entered the reception, and knowing that the hard parts — all the planning and preparation — had paid off, and now we just got to celebrate with our friends and family.

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Lord of the Rings Wedding Ceremony Details: Our ceremony music came from Howard Shore’s score for The Lord of the Rings films. My father read Shakespeare’s Sonnet 116, an evocative poem on true love and a nod to the work I am doing as a PhD student in English literature.  Our recessional was particularly special, as our DJ mixed two of our favorite songs from the score in order to give us an exuberant, triumphal exit.

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Lord of the Rings Wedding Reception Detail: Tables at the reception were named after locations in Middle Earth

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Rather than a wedding cake, we had gelato, which was great for a warm June evening. The gelato was served out of an adorable rolling cart, which fit in well with the general ambiance. Our reception continued the upbeat experience of our ceremony.

There was a great variety of music, though it was at Myles’ and my request heavy on Motown and soul hits from the 1950s, ’60s, and ’70s. These timeless songs encouraged guests of all ages to keep dancing all night, and we all had a great time. I can’t imagine any other way to have celebrated the beginning of my marriage to my fellow nerd, adventurer, and partner in crime!

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Any surprises or things you would change? I think one of the biggest surprises to both of us was how anxious we both got on the day of. The pre-wedding jitters are so real! We both knew for sure that this was what we wanted, and couldn’t wait to be married, but we got very anxious about the event itself anyway. I think it sort of struck both of us how important this day was, and how much work we had put into making it just right for us, and so we both started wondering if something was going to wrong, if people were going to hate our ceremony or our music, and it really got to us. We both just loved every aspect of our wedding so much that we knew we’d take it very personally if guests didn’t love it. Luckily, everyone did enjoy it, and even cheered when they recognized the triumphant music from Lord of the Rings. So, if I could change one thing, I’d want my day-of jitters to be soothed — no wasting the lead-up to the ceremony with my stomach in knots!

 

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Professionals Who Help You Wed in Style
Ceremony and Reception Location: Hacienda del Sol Guest Ranch Resort
FloralPosh Petals
Entertainment: Satyr Entertainment
Invitations and Paper Products: Brie Dumais Designs

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Wedding Planner: M.C. Events :: Gelato: Frost Gelato :: Tuxedo: Jos. A. Bank :: Hair and Makeup: Gadabout Salon

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Congratulations Betsy and Myles and thank you for sharing your beautiful Lord of the Rings wedding with us!
 
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19
Jan
Popular Colors for Weddings in 2016: Pantone’s Peach Echo and Green Flash
categories: Cakes and Sweets, Floral Inspiration, Trends, Wedding Inspiration

If you recently got engaged and are planning your 2016 wedding, choosing your wedding colors is going to be so fun- the popular wedding colors in 2016 have been declared by Pantone and here’s what they say about the 10 top colors: “Colors this season transport us to a happier, sunnier place where we feel free to express a wittier version of our real selves,” said Leatrice Eiseman, executive director of the Pantone Color Institute. “With our culture still surrounded by so much uncertainty, we are continuing to yearn for those softer shades that offer a sense of calm and relaxation…Colors this season transcend cultural and gender norms. Vivid brights give way to excitement and optimism, though quiet stability prevails in this season’s palette.”

So think peaceful and happy thoughts and as we look at 2 popular colors for weddings in 2106- Peach Echo and Green Flash.

Popular Colors for Weddings in 2016: Peach Echo is a shade that emanates friendlier qualities, evoking warmth and accessibility. It is an all-encompassing, tempered companion in the playful orange family.

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If you’re inclined to use Peach Echo at your wedding, we support you completely! It can be a beautiful contrast to brighter colors and it goes amazingly well with greens of all shades.

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(Location: Omni Tucson National Resort, Stylist: Jane Castle, Posh Petals, Photographer: Scott Rice Photography, Floral design: Posh Petals)

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(Location: Westward Look Wyndham Grand Resort & Spa, Floral: Posh Petals, Photographer: Steven Palm Photography)

Dessert cart signage in peach echo is super sweet

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(Location: Maynards Market & Kitchen, Concept, set stylists: Soiree Girls Weddings & Events, Photographer: Amanda Rockafellow Photography, Cakes and sweets: Village Bakehouse, Floral: Soiree Girls Weddings & Events, Signage: True Bliss)

We love how Peach Echo compliments the glowing candles and silver cake topper

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(Location: Westward Look Wyndham Grand Resort & Spa, Cake: Ambrosia Cakery, Floral: Posh Petals, Photographer: Steven Palm Photography)

Popular Colors for Weddings in 2016: Green Flash…calls on {people to} explore, push the envelope and escape the mundane, radiating an openness that combines with the rest of the palette in unexpected but serendipitous ways.

Repeat after us: Green is a neutral! Green is a neutral!

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Even though purple isn’t anywhere near the list of popular wedding colors in 2016, when you add Green Flash to it, it becomes current.

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(Photo: Chris Richards Photography)

Obviously green will be used in many bouquets, regardless of it’s “popular color” status, but what we love about this is that the green really takes center stage- the ivory, light yellow and delicate peach roses just soften the overall look but green is the star

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(Photo: Scott Rice Photography, Location, Floral: Ashley Castle)

We’ve seen a few couples try to have green wedding cakes. Typically this is a risky decision but when Green Flash is added to an otherwise simple white cake, the cake’s style is elevated to another level, in a good way!

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(Photo: She.We Studio)

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(Cake: Village Bakehouse)

Now you know where to start when choosing your wedding color palette- the popular colors for weddings in 2016 are easy to work with and are sure to be classics.

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12
Jan
8 Tips for Including Kids at a Wedding
categories: For Your Ceremony, Reception ideas, Wedding Inspiration

Including kids at a wedding- it’s one of those wedding planning topics that elicits really strong opinions. Some people think no wedding would be complete without entire families present and some people think weddings should be exclusively adult affairs. Clearly, no matter what you do, you’re not going to make everyone happy (this should already be your mantra, especially if you’re planning a wedding!) so if you want to allow kids at your wedding, follow our 8 Tips For Including Kids at a Wedding and you’ll find your kid-friendly happy place!

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Tips for Including Kids at a Wedding #1: Keep your sense of humor. This applies to every part of your wedding day but especially when kids are included. They will be funny, they will be noisy, they will be adorable, and they will be unpredictable.

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(Photo: Something Blue Photography)

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(Photo: Scott Rice Photography)

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(Photo: Amanda Rockafellow Photography)

Tips for Including Kids at a Wedding #2: Share your itinerary ahead of time with all guests who plan to bring children. If parents know the timeline, they can prepare little ones as far as naps, meals, toys, etc.

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(Photo: Chris Richards Photography)

Tips for Including Kids at a Wedding #3: Enlist some help for picture time and during the ceremony- grandparents, older kids, and even a trusted babysitter should be given the heads up to jump in and help with younger kids during picture time or the ceremony especially if the child’s parent(s) are in the bridal party.

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(Photo: Chris Richards Photography)

Tips for Including Kids at a Wedding #4: Make quiet toys/activities readily available during the ceremony (hit up the dollar store for coloring books, small squishy balls, bubbles, etc.); lollipops or some other kid-friendly treat can serve as amazing distractions. And let’s face it, kids LOVE treats.

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(Photo: She.We Studio)

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(Photo: Something Blue Photography)

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(Photo: Chris Richards Photography)

Tips for Including Kids at a Wedding #5: Give the kids a responsibility. Most often this takes the form of a flower girl or ring bearer but if there are many kids attending, give them disposable cameras and ask them to be your photographers (after the ceremony of course) throughout the day. They’ll love this task and you will get a unique perspective on your wedding day!

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(Photo: She.We Studio)

Tips for Including Kids at a Wedding #6: Kid friendly food at the cocktail hour and reception are a thoughtful touch and will make everyone happy. Have you seen a kid being forced to eat a food they’ve never eaten? It’s not pretty or quiet!

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(Photo: Scott Rice Photography)

Tips for Including Kids at a Wedding #7: Provide kid-friendly favors at the reception tables and/or favor table. Again, head to the dollar store and get buckets that you can fill with all kinds of activities- cards, crafts, etc. are all relatively easy for kids to do on their own and will keep them busy all night. And if you really want to make them happy, Legos are always a hit (durable, no noises, no batteries). Just make sure that whatever you get is age appropriate.

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Tips for Including Kids at a Wedding #8: To win the “Best Couple” award among the parents attending your wedding,hire a company to set up a game room or bring in a game truck for older kids. Kids can play video games for HOURS. You could also have a room adjacent to the reception area designed as a kids dance party room or entertainment room that has a magician, balloon expert or face painter! For bonus points, hire a professional sitting service to watch kids and monitor them while they sleep.

Finally, just remember that even if you follow all of our tips for including kids at a wedding, kids will be kids and while that could mean a cranky toddler squirming during your vows, it could also mean a completely charming toddler stealing the spotlight on the dance floor. Either way, if you allow kids at your wedding, you’ll be entertained and most guests will love that multiple generations get to celebrate with you!

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