28
Apr
Great Find: Colin Cowie Wedding Collection from Blue Nile
categories: Bridal Fashions, Stuff We Love!, Wedding Inspiration

Great partnerships lead to great things and in the case of the partnership with international event planner Colin Cowie and online jewelry retailer Blue Nile, those things are sparkly and swoon-worthy!

Available in early May at www.bluenile.com, the jewelry characterizes Colin’s experiential approach to design – being inspired by everything around him – which results in signature touches, brilliant color, and the finest craftsmanship. Each piece is a reflection of Colin’s wedding creations and is intricately designed to ensure it is as meaningful as the occasion it represents.

Colin Cowie’s assortment includes a bridal line of solitaire, halo, and three-stone style engagement rings with matching bands, as well as a fine jewelry line of stud and drop earrings, pendants, necklaces, and bracelets. The collection uses enduring platinum, 18k yellow gold, and 14k white gold, as well as Blue Nile diamonds and gemstones which are among the finest in the world. The jewelry will be available in three unique women’s collections: Eternal, Promise, and Romance, as well as a men’s collection.

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What drew us to the collection were the men’s wedding bands- they feature a unique design while maintaining their masculinity

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The sparkle of diamonds gets us every time!

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The collection reflects what we’re seeing in weddings- silver (platinum or white gold in this case) and pink or blue

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Explore the new Colin Cowie collection on BlueNile.com

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21
Apr
Elite Circle Wedding Vendor Spotlight: Pear Tree House (Plus Wedding Registry Tips!)
categories: favor and gift ideas, Meet Our People, Stuff We Love!, Wedding Resources

Pear Tree House, an Elite Circle member, is a lovely shop located in St Philip’s Plaza that specializes in home accessories, tabletop, and gifts. They are very close to launching an online wedding registry but for now, as a couple planning your wedding in the Tucson area, you can go into the shop and create your wedding registry while browsing the beautiful pieces that are perfect for your newlywed nest!

Here are just some of the very special items that brides and grooms are registering for at the shop:

Mariposa Gift serving pieces- you’ll have plenty to celebrate even after your wedding day

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Jan Sevadjian wedding guest books and photo albums are wrapped in silk and adorned with beautiful brooches

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Pear Tree House also carries Maple Leaf at Home customizable cutting boards. They make a perfect wedding gift and you can have them branded with anything you want- like a monogram!

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You’ll also find William Yeoward Crystal which is really great for entertaining; Atalanta is the newest addition to the American Bar line and we just know newlyweds are excited to entertain with these chic pieces in their new homes.

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Pear Tree House also carries the adorable Pinch Provisions line- gifts like this flower girl kit and wedding day emergency kit for brides are not only useful but super cute!

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Here’s a shot of the “wedding table” at Pear Tree House but you know you’re going to want EVERYTHING in the store!

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Pear Tree House owner Chris Eklund tells us her top Do’s and Don’ts for Wedding Registries:

Do’s
-First and foremost register!! And register at a variety of stores (3-4) so your friends and family have a wide variety of choices, especially as many of your items are being bought up. There’s nothing more frustrating for your guests when they go to buy you a gift and everything has already been bought, then they’re left to take a chance on something you didn’t want or register for. Some stores will make it a fun experience like Pear Tree House where you will receive a gift bag and champagne or wine while you register.

-Include a store like Bed Bath and Beyond, Crate and Barrel, a Department store and a specialty store like Pear Tree House. Most of these will offer online searches of the couple and their registry.

-Register at least 4-6 months in advance of showers and the wedding

Don’ts
-Do not include your registry with your wedding invitation

-Don’t register for items over $1000, take into consideration the demographic of your guests and give them a wide variety of price ranges and products to select from your registry. If you are having a small wedding don’t have a 10 page registry.

-Don’t forget to write thank you notes!

Visit Pear Tree House online, in the shop at: 4320 N Campbell Ave in Tucson, and on Facebook

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14
Apr
Great Find: Mixteka Wedding Music Solution
categories: Entertainment, Stuff We Love!

There seems to be 3 types of couples when it comes to music at their wedding: band lovers, die-hard DJ fans, and the DIY’ers. Once you know which type you are, your chances of changing your mind are pretty slim so while we’re huge proponents of the band or DJ route (you just can’t beat the personal interaction you get with live entertainment), we know that one way for couples to save on their wedding expenses and have complete control over their music is to handle the music on their own.

If you identify with the DIY music crowd, then Mixteka is a wedding music solution that you’ll want to know about.

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So what is Mixteka? Simply put, it’s a wedding music solution that allows you to invite friends to recommend music, create your own completely custom wedding music list, and play your music selections (along with pre-recorded announcements if you choose to use them) at your wedding with just the click of a button on Mixteka’s device. This is such a great option because it frees up your phone and other mobile devices for selfies and videos!

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I received a demo of the product and it was really easy to use, had all kinds of custom options, and was a great way to streamline the music/entertainment process. At $149 for a complete wedding package, it’s really budget friendly too!

If you’re a DIY kind of couple and don’t want any glitches, dead iPods, or empty “airtime”, then Mixteka is a music solution that will keep your guests dancing all night!

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7
Apr
Wedding Trend: Floral Crowns
categories: Bridal Fashions, Floral Inspiration, Trends, Wedding Inspiration

Floral crowns are a HUGE deal this year and we know you’re seeing them everywhere online and in person at weddings. While they’re not for everyone, we definitely think these floral creations add a beautiful and almost ethereal vibe to a bride’s wedding day look.

Tucson Bride & Groom’s Elite Circle florists are expert designers who make the most gorgeous floral crowns- you’re sure to fall at least a little bit in love with them!

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(Floral: Atelier De LaFleur, Photo: Daniel Kim)

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(Photo: Amanda Rockafellow Photography)

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(Photo: Something Blue Photography, Floral: Villa Feliz, Gown: J Bridal, Location: Frostings Event & Design Rentals Showroom, Makeup/Hair: Artisan Salon)

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(Floral: Atelier De LaFleur, Photo: Oz Visuals)

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(Floral: Atelier De LaFleur, Photo: Amanda Rockafellow Photography)

As you can see, there’s a great range of floral crowns- some are more structured, others are more woodsy, some are full crowns, others are designed as an addition to a headband. But no matter the style, we think they’re all gorgeous!

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(Photo: Chris Richards Photography)

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(Floral: Atelier De LaFleur, Photo: She.we Studio)

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(Photo: Something Blue Photography, Floral: Villa Feliz, Gown: Maya Palace, Location: Frostings Event & Design Rentals Showroom, Makeup/Hair: Artisan Salon)

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(Floral: Atelier De LaFleur, Photo: Mel & Co.)

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(Floral: Atelier De LaFleur, Photo: She.we Studio)

If you’re a bride who’s not sure about donning a floral crown yourself but you think they’re super pretty, go ahead and have one made for your flower girl (or even your furry pet that will be making an appearance at your wedding)!

Click here for a complete list of Tucson’s Elite Circle florists

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