3
Mar
Tucson Wedding Vendor Spotlight: Skylight Weddings and Events
categories: From the Consultants, Meet Our People, Wedding Resources

Wedding planners are a special breed of people- they help couples make their wedding days the very best they can be all while positioning themselves to take the fall if anything goes wrong. Sounds super dreamy, right? Well, if you’re engaged and planning your wedding, you know you can use all the help you can get and a wedding planner is the person you want by your side- they get in the trenches with you like no well-meaning maid of honor or best man can.

So without further delay, today we’re introducing you to one of Tucson’s most dynamic wedding planners- Skylar Norris of Skylight Events. She’s been in the wedding industry for over 7 years and is a certified Professional Wedding Consultant through the Nuptials Association of Wedding Professionals. She’s also actively involved in the Tucson Association of Wedding Planners, the first of it’s kind in Tucson.

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(Pure in Art Photography)

Get to know Skylar and find out why you absolutely need to meet her:

Where does your inspiration for planning events come from?

I have always been an organized individual – which is an absolute necessity in this industry – and often found myself taking the lead on small events here and there, but I did not develop a true passion for weddings, specifically, until college. I was so fortunate to train and learn about the wedding industry under the supervision of a nationally recognized planner and it was her guidance that really shaped my passion for creating beautiful events. I look at each wedding as an opportunity to create something utterly unique and very specific to the couple so that they can really feel like the event was theirs.

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(SMS Photography)

What is your favorite aspect of event planning?
I absolutely love to see a group of individual vendors come together and create a team. Part of my job is putting my clients in touch with those vendors that not only fit their budget and vision, but their personality and style as well. When I hear a bride or groom say, “I am in love with my photographer!” that puts a smile on my face. Ultimately, every couple as a vision for their wedding day and if I can make that dream a reality then I have done my job.

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(SMS Photography)

What are your strengths as an event planner?
Every event planner has a few key strengths: obsessive organization, a passion for the industry and an unusually high tolerance for stressful situations. I consider myself to have all of those qualities but with a few other key points. Because I did not begin my career in Tucson, I have had the fortunate opportunity to experience several other wedding industries. Wedding trends, styles, budgets and traditions can vary drastically from one city – or state – to the next and because Tucson is such a destination wedding hub, it really benefits both the couple and myself to have a national understanding of weddings, rather than just local.

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(SMS Photography)

What do you think is the key to a fabulous wedding?
Three things: flawless execution on the day of the event, an experienced vendor team and a decorative flare that speaks to the personality of the couple. Fabulous events require more than just gorgeous décor and delicious food (although that helps!); they need consistent flow throughout the evening in order to keep guests entertained and they need a stress-free bride and groom who can enjoy their evening as the guests of honor.

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(Misty Sims Photography)

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(SMS Photography)

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(Alewine Photography)

What top 3 trends are you most excited about for 2015 weddings?
1. Bold colors. Pantone’s Color of the Year really set the stage for bold shades in 2015 and I am really excited to see couples incorporating more and more of that in to their décor. Gone are the days of soft blush hues; vibrant reds and deep emeralds are replacing the formerly ‘shabby chic’ look with a much bolder statement.
2. Naked tables (i.e: farm tables). In the past, couples have chosen to adorn their tables with specialty linen, overlays and table runners. Now, they are choosing to use the natural beauty of wood to compliment their décor, rather than take away from it. I love this because it really brings the focus of the tables on to the other décor aspects such as the table arrangements and floral accents.
3. Floral accents. While I love a stunning centerpiece or noteworthy bouquet, the popularization of floral chandeliers and crawling vines has my heart beaming. This particular trend might be my favorite simply because of its versatility. Whether it is a formal ballroom reception or a lovely outdoor garden wedding, greenery still makes a statement.

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(Alewine Photography)

Anything else we should know about Skylight Events?

One thing that I think is important, specifically, about my company is that we have an entire team dedicated to every client that includes a Senior wedding planner, an Assistant wedding planner, and a Senior Design Consultant. 

Just like any wedding vendor, each planner has their own style so you may need to meet with a few planners to find “The One” but once you meet him/her, you know it.  Your ideas flow freely, you instantly feel trust and connection, and most importantly, you feel at ease. You get to enjoy wedding planning because you’ve decided to hire an experienced planning partner. It’s bliss!

For more information and to set up an initial consultation with Skylar, visit Skylight Events online or call 520.780.6780

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24
Feb
Destination Wedding or Honeymoon: Rancho Santana, Nicaragua
categories: Destination Weddings and Honeymoons, Engagements

Is a destination wedding or unique honeymoon getaway in your near future? We just found out about The Inn at Rancho Santana, a luxurious ocean-side resort located on the Pacific Coast of Nicaragua, and we’re so excited to introduce it to you. The Inn, which is the newest addition to Rancho Santana, a beloved residential and resort destination, is opening March 2015 and we’ve been having honeymoon envy ever since…

Check out this view!

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The Inn will feature it’s own art gallery, courtyard, café, and lounge, is just steps from Playa Santana and is situated off a dirt road leading to a farm-to-table restaurant, stables, organic garden and hiking trails.

The Inn’s architectural design, interiors, and landscaping all drew inspiration from their surreal coastal locale. Those arriving to The Inn will pass through an elegant recessed brick archway into open-air courtyard which also serves as the lobby, featuring a single Albizia Saman or “Rain Tree” which was selected for its perfect structure and size and then relocated from a nearby pasture.

Each of the 17 handsomely appointed guestrooms and suites, ranging in size from 350-850 square feet, are spacious but inviting. Rooms feature wood work created on-site by the ranch’s very own Wood Shop, hand painted tile, locally sourced paintings and pottery.

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Tucked between the vast Pacific and immense Lake Nicaragua, Rancho Santana has the distinction of being one of the only isthmuses on the entire Pacific Ocean. An isthmus is defined as a strip of land that is bordered on both sides by water, yet connected on each end by land. This rare geographical phenomenon gives the Ranch nearly constant breezes.

These breezes are an enjoyment all their own, but also create some of the world’s most vertical waves, providing both visual drama as well as world-class surfing.

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Phoenix Bride and Groom_Arizona wedding magazine_destination wedding_honeymoon_Rancho Santana_Nicaragua (4)The Inn at Rancho Santana will witness it’s first couple say “I Do” in late March and we just had to catch up with this adventurous pair. Meet Jennie and Brandon (read the sweet proposal story here…let’s just say, thank goodness Jennie said yes to Brandon’s pleas to surf “just once more time”)!

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Jennie tells us about their decision to get married at The Inn at Rancho Santana: Brandon and I wanted a wedding location/venue that has meaning to us.  We didn’t want to just pick a random place.  We are both from the Chicagoland area, have lived in many different places and love to travel (especially to Spanish-speaking countries as I was a Spanish major).  After our special proposal and engagement in Nicaragua, we couldn’t wait to return . . . and wanted to bring our friends and family with the next time.  Rancho Santana caught our eye immediately as a possible wedding location for it’s natural beauty, uniqueness and rustic yet elegant vibe.  There were plenty of venue options to choose from within the Ranch so we could use our own creativity to really make our special day our own. 

The venue also stood out to us because of the variety of nice accommodation options for our guests – a brand new inn, casitas, villas and ocean-view homes.  Rancho Santana allows us to share a meaningful, beautiful place; travel and adventure; enjoy the Spanish language and culture; and celebrate our marriage with our loved ones in a unique and classy way.  We can’t wait!!

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(Jennie and Brandon’s Photos: Shane Welch Photography)

As if you needed another reason to be wowed, Rancho Santana has five distinct beaches. FIVE!

For more information on this wedding and honeymoon location, visit Rancho Santana online and have fun exploring!

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17
Feb
Real Tucson Wedding: Sarah and Jerred
categories: Bridal Fashions, Floral Inspiration, Health and Beauty, Real Weddings, Reception ideas, Videography, Wedding Inspiration

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Sarah and Jerred’s wedding was featured in our Winter Spring issue and while you definitely need to see it in print, we wanted to share even more photos from their gorgeous day with you here! The ivory, blush pink, and gold color palette was just perfect for this dreamy May wedding…

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Something Old, Something New…On my bouquet I had a blue dragonfly pendant that represented my brother and was my something blue. I wore a ring borrowed from my mom that belonged to my grandmother from the Roosevelt era as my something old and something borrowed. I also wore a pair of Manolo Blahnik heels as my something new.

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The couple exchanged vows at St. Philip’s in the Hill Episcopal Church. Sarah tells us how she chose this particular place to say “I Do”:  I went to a wedding there when I was 12 and was overwhelmed by the grand opening of the wooden doors and the beautiful organ. From that moment on I knew I was going to be married there.

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Sarah and Jerred brought their vision of a personalized and classic wedding to fruition by employing their vendors’ talents along with a few DIY elements of their own: Our wedding theme was classic with some vintage touches…with ivory, gold, and blush pink. The cocktail hour was held outside during the sunset. We had a jazz quartet, Jazzola, who also moved inside to play during the dinner which was absolutely delicious. Jerred and I came up with our wedding cake flavors which the Ritz put together amazingly and we had a personalized cake topper made out of lace, gold pearls, and a vintage broche. 

We also DIY-ed quite a few projects for our wedding. One such project was our escort cards which we had a lot of fun making. We bought large frames and painted them a distressed gold to give them a vintage look. We laid ivory cloth and lace over the board where we pinned coffee stained tags which had names and table numbers written on them with a skeleton key attached to them. These keys took our guests to their table where there found place cards with a lock attached to them for their seats.

3D gold rose linens and sleek white table details made for a stunning reception; pin spot lighting made the room glow.

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Satyr Entertainment worked the dance floor until guests had their fill- it was the wee hour of 2AM when they finally gave up! Sarah recalls: Our wedding was a dream come true and everything went flawlessly, which I found to be shocking as I’ve always read to be prepared because something always goes wrong even if it is unnoticeable and small. Still, 3 months later I can’t think of anything I would have changed or done differently and I must say it had to be due to all our amazing vendors going above and beyond in making our vision a reality.

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Congratulations Sarah and Jerred and thank you for sharing your Real Tucson Wedding with us!

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10
Feb
Tucson Bride & Groom’s Summer/Fall Red Door Spa Giveaway Winners!
categories: Giveaways, Health and Beauty

The “From Here to Eternity” spa package giveaway in our Summer Fall issue from Red Door Spa at the Westin La Paloma sounded luxurious from the get go but when you consider that it’s valued at $728, you know it’s going to be a REALLY good spa day! Here’s what was included in the prize:

 

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As you can imagine, we had so many entries for this spa escape but of course, only one couple could win; the lucky lovebirds are Samantha and Jose! We met up with them to do a little photo op when they received their prize at Red Door Spa. They’re such a cute couple and we’re so happy for them! This is their first trip to the spa- can you even imagine how spoiled they’re going to feel? The Red Door Spa offers a luxurious setting and the finest spa treatments in Tucson. The ultimate in relaxation is in Samantha and Jose’s very near future…

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How did you meet? Jose and I argue about how our story started. He says it was “love at first sight” at a Tucson Bar (Trident) during a karaoke night. We were never formally introduced but had mutual friends so we knew of one another. A few months later is really when I say we met! We met for the first time at a friend’s birthday party. I lost my camera that night and he had asked me what was wrong. The next day I got a Facebook message. It’s Mr. Jose Ramos. His way in to starting a conversation was asking me if I found my camera. I never did find my camera but I thank God that I lost it because it brought me to meeting Jose. From that day on we have not gone a day without talking!  

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Samantha and Jose are getting married in October at Desert Diamond Casino- congratulations! We can’t wait to see your wedding pics!

Thank you so much to Georgina Anderson with Something Blue Photography for taking the photos and to Nicholas Watkins, Assistant General Manager at Elizabeth Arden Red Door Spa. To enter our current giveaway from Red Door Spa, click here.

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