Archive for May, 2012

Summer/Fall 2012 Issue- Teaser!
categories: Uncategorized

We had so much fun getting our new issue together that we had to share a bit with you prior to the actual print issue coming out (Curious to know where to find us? Click here for the Summer Fall 2012 issue locations, hitting stands in early June ).

Our top-secret cover is something to behold so you will have to wait to see it but here are a few teasers for you in the meantime:

You may recognize these faces- 4 of them are Tucson television personalities and they all got married in October! From left to right: Suzanne Stevens and  Tucson Now meteorologist Aaron Pickering , KGUN anchors Tammy Vo and Jake Knapp, and Tucson Now anchor Gina Trunzo with Dr. Rich Ziehmer.

Location: Ritz- Carlton Dove Mountain/Photography by: Amanda Rockafellow Photography/Creative Director: Darren Samuel/Bridal Fashions: Maya Palace/ Tuxedos: A Tailor Tuxedo & Bridal Shop/Fashion Stylist: Liz Loustaunau of Maya Palace/Jewelry: Tiffany & Co./Hair Stylist: Martina Neal, Owner, Artisan Salon/ Makeup Artists: Tracy Monahan and Jessica Zimmerman, Artisan Salon

In every issue, we are proud to share the most beautiful and heartfelt real Tucson weddings with you and our Summer/Fall 2012 real weddings are no exception.  Emily Trimble and Dustin Lacey’s wedding shows how truly elegant succulents can be and we especially love how they pair with the navy blue bridesmaid dresses. The view from the Westward Look Resort is pretty spectacular too!

Venue: Westward Look Wyndham Grand Resort & Spa, Photographer: Pangburn Photography, Event Coordinator: Creative Events, Floral Design: Elaine Taylor Fine Flowers, Videographer: Serendipity Cinematography, Cake: Village Bakehouse, Disc Jockey: DJ Corbin Dooley

Our Fashion shoot at Tubac Golf Resort & Spa was a day of fashion drama- check out these beauties!

Location: Tubac Golf Resort & Spa, Photography by: Chris Richards Photography/Creative Director: Darren Samuel/Photo Shoot Coordinator: Melissa Knight, Tubac Golf Resort & Spa/Bridal Gowns, Long Bridesmaid Gowns: Gigi Bridal Boutique/ Tuxedos, Short Bridesmaid Gowns: A Tailor Tuxedo & Bridal/ Floral Design: Posh Petals/Linen:  Tucson Party Rentals/ Tabletop Accessories: Annette Hartman/ Hair Styling and Makeup: Tubac Golf Resort & Spa/ Jewelry, Handbags, Sunglasses: Tiffany & Co./Props: Panchos of Tubac Golf Resort & Spa/Models: The Agency Arizona)

We bet you can’t wait to get your hands on the Summer/Fall 2012 issue, right?

Happy Planning from your Tucson Wedding Blog!


Real Tucson Wedding: Jillian and David
categories: Real Weddings

The Arizona Inn is an historic, boutique, resort hotel spread over 14 acres of gardens, fountains, flowers and lawns in the heart of mid-town Tucson. It’s the perfect place for weddings and we think you will agree that Jillian and David’s wedding is no exception. Here is one of our favorite photos of the bride and groom:

The yellow and charcoal color scheme is a contemporary pairing that we really like- the girls’ bouquets featured succulents, yellow crespidia, ranunculas and garden roses, accented with silver brunia and a touch of green hanging amaranthus at the base of each bouquet. The groom and groomsmen wore boutonnieres with a succulent, ranuncula and brunia accented with a touch of hanging amaranthus to coordinate with the bridal bouquets.

A few details that made the ceremony especially personal: A “cast of characters” list was compiled by the bride’s mother and made available to guests, with the name and short biography of each guest, allowing each person at the party to know something about everyone else present. A close family friend was ordained to perform the wedding ceremony; she consulted with the couple to create a very personal ceremony. A string quartet, Aracelli Strings, played prelude music a special number, “over the Rainbow,” with a flute played by a friend of the bride. Processional was “The Finale,” from the movie Edward Scissorhands. Instead of a formal recessional, the bride and groom and wedding party danced back up the aisle to the sound of Chris Brown’s “Forever.” A bicycle theme, established by a save-the-date card decorated with an original watercolor by the bride’s father of the couple riding bikes at the Arizona Inn, was completed when the bride and groom rode from the garden wedding location to the reception hall on bicycles as guests waved gray and yellow streamers.

The escort cards were attached to traditional chili pepper ristras which added a touch of the southwest to the reception

I love the Arizona Inn ballroom-  the ceilings are so pretty and the colors are warm and soft allowing for a variety of decor options


Guests had fun with the photobooth

Here’s the Black Sheep Filmworks video:

Congratulations Jillian and David and thank you for sharing your special day with us!

Jillian and David’s Real Tucson Wedding Team:

Ceremony and Reception Site: Arizona Inn

Photographer: Patrick Grimes Photography

Videographer: Black Sheep Filmworks

Bridal Gown Store: Marylinn’s Bridal

Tuxedos: A Tailor Tuxedo and Bridal

Florist: Elaine Taylor Fine Flowers

Invitations: A Fine Line Stationery and Gift Boutique

Cake: Ambrosia of Tucson

Entertainment: Satyr Entertainment

Ceremony Musicians: Aracelli Strings

Photobooth: Snap Booth

Make-up Artist and Hair Stylist: Go Diva

Rehearsal Dinner: Caruso’s

Happy Planning from your Tucson Wedding Blog!


Engagement: Jacqueline and Brett
categories: Engagements, Photography

On a whim, Jacqueline and Brett decided to have photographer Ted Hewitt take their engagement pictures a few days before their wedding. I’ll let Jacqueline explain: We are from Calgary, Alberta and we decided to do a ‘secret family elopement’ and get married at Dove Mountain, Ritz Carlton on March 23rd. I already had a photographer for the wedding day but loved Ted’s work so much that the Tuesday before the wedding we booked our engagement session with Ted. What drew us to Ted initially was his work that I had viewed online. After speaking with him on the phone and getting a feel for how personable he was, I knew I wanted to meet with him. After our meeting together, I walked out knowing that we wanted him. He took everything about photography to the next level. He was sincere and genuine and catered to Brett and I’s personality. We had such an amazing day shooting with him.

Can you believe it? I love that story…

I asked the couple what their favorite thing is about each other:

Brett: There are too many things about her that I love to just choose one favorite. But if I had to, it would be her heart and selflessness.

Jacqueline: I find something new and amazing about him everyday. My favorite thing is that he is my best friend and can always put a smile on my face.

Congratulations Jacqueline and Brett and thanks for sharing your e-session with us!

All photos courtesy of: Ted Hewitt Photography

Happy Planning from your Tucson Wedding Blog!


Pronovias 2013 Pre-Collection
categories: Bridal Fashions

Gigi Bridal Boutique is THE place to go in Tucson to find that perfect wedding gown and when we saw that Pronovias, the Barcelona based fashion house that never disappoints with its high end style and dramatic details, came out with it’s 2013 pre-collection, we had to ask Gigi Bridal owner Guillian Bon what some her favs were.

By the looks of the pre-collection, there is no going back! There is something for every type of bride. The quintessential princess bride echoes in Dirlan, Dalia and Dolomita:


High fashion strokes ‘á la Great Gatsby’ are present in Diango, Dia, Deimos and Dehesa

With this preview, just imagine how gorgeous the entire collection will be!

Gigi Bridal is currently in Barcelona to preview the collection and I am sure they will come back with even more pretties for you. Call Gigi Bridal Boutique to make an appointment and for information on trunk shows: 520.777.7747

Happy Planning from your Tucson Wedding Blog!



Engagement: Lisa and Andrew
categories: Engagements

When a couple does their e-session in a location that means something to them, it shows. If you love to bake, invite your photographer into your kitchen as you and your sweetie whip up a delicious dessert (and flirt)! Like to watch sports? Take your photographer with you to a game (get permission to take pics of course)! The goal of the engagement session is to capture a sense of authenticity while highlighting what’s fun about your relationship.

Lisa and Andrew love architecture and the beach so their California Getty Museum and Santa Monica beach engagement session was a natural choice. Lisa tells us: Andrew and I live in Los Angeles, so Amanda took these when she and my brother came out for a visit. We took our photos at The Getty museum in Los Angeles, as well as the Santa Monica beach. We chose the Getty for it’s stunning architecture, beautiful grounds and panoramic views of LA–from the beach to downtown. Santa Monica has a fun vibe that’s full of energy, and the natural beauty of the beach creates a romantic backdrop. 

Lisa and Andrew met while paired together as bridesmaid and groomsman at a wedding! I asked them why they chose Amanda Rockafellow Photography for their pictures. Lisa says:  I guess what I love most is that you can see the passion behind each image. Amanda is truly an artist and she manages to tell a story with every photo. She always looks for the unexpected moments and captures them perfectly.

I asked the couple what they love most about each other. Here’s what they said:

Lisa: My favorite thing about Andrew is his big heart.
Andrew: My favorite thing about Lisa is her selflessness-she’s always thinking of others.

All images courtesy of: Amanda Rockafellow Photography

Lisa and Andrew, thank you for sharing your engagement pictures with us!

Happy Planning from your Tucson Wedding Blog!


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