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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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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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15
Dec
Tucson Wedding Magazine: Tucson Bride & Groom’s Winter Spring Issue!
categories: Bridal Fashions, For Your Ceremony, Grooms, Health and Beauty, Photography, Videography, Wedding Inspiration

For our Winter Spring Tucson wedding magazine cover, we went with a look that’s edgy, modern and sexy. There’s no doubt in our minds that it’s going to be a big hit! This is just the beginning of your wedding planning fun:

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Thank you to these talented Elite Circle vendors who helped create our Winter Spring cover:

Location:
Frostings Event Design & Rentals

Concept stylist, decor:
Frostings Event Design & Rentals

Photographer:
She.we Studio

Videography:
She.we Studio

Floral design:
Villa Feliz Flowers

Hair styling and Makeup artist:
Margarita Go Diva’s I Do Hair & Makeup Artistry

Gown:
GiGi Bridal Boutique

Groom attire:
Tuxedos on Broadway

Jewelry:
Ambassador Diamond Jewelers

Models:
Amy and Brian of The Agency Arizona

You can pick up your complimentary copy of the Tucson Bride & Groom Winter Spring issue- the only Tucson wedding magazine you need to plan your wedding- at these establishments (if you don’t live in the Tucson area and would like a copy, there are instructions for ordering your copy on that page as well).

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13
Oct
Wedding Inspiration: A Geek Chic Styled Shoot
categories: Bridal Fashions, Cakes and Sweets, favor and gift ideas, Floral Inspiration, For Your Ceremony, From the Consultants, Grooms, Health and Beauty, Meet Our People, Photography, Reception ideas, Videography, Wedding Inspiration

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Photographer: Chris Richards Photography

Photo shoot stylist and planner: Rackel Gehlsen Weddings & Events

Concept development, cinematography: Black Sheep Filmworks

Gown: Gigi Bridal Boutiqe

Menswear: Tuxedos on Broadway

Makeup artist and hair stylist: Margarita Go Diva’s I Do Hair & Makeup Artistry

Floral design: Posh Petals

Cake & pies: Ambrosia Cakery

Invitations, signage, custom labels: Brie Dumais Designs

Location:  The Westin LaPaloma Resort & Spa

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The concept for our Geek Chic styled shoot came from Stepheny Keith of Black Sheep Filmworks. She imagined a couple that planned their wedding to include the things they love: Dr. Who, reading, and craft beers. Now, all it took was a quick pitch and we knew the Elite Circle wedding vendors would be on board- they’re used to working together to make dreams come true!

This shoot was featured in our Summer Fall issue so you’ll see lots of deep burgundy floral and attire along with chalkboard inspired signage, quirky details, and personal touches that hint at the couple’s adorably nerdy side.

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Growlers do double duty as vases and as a reminder of the couple’s love of craft beer

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How cool is this gadget station? The sign lets guests know the pictures are handled and they can relax and enjoy the fun.

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We couldn’t resist a little Pi Day inclusion- the individual pies made by Ambrosia Cakery are darling and delicious!

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The TARDIS inspired cake, also made by Ambrosia Cakery, is a nod to Dr. Who’s space travel vehicle.

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For a dose of behind the scenes fun with the Elite Circle team check out the film by Black Sheep Filmworks:

See even more ideas and inspiration from our Geek Chic Styled Shoot in our Summer Fall 2015 print issue and in our feature online

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6
Oct
Real Tucson Wedding: Victoria and Derek
categories: Cakes and Sweets, fabulous reception sites, Grooms, Photography, Real Weddings, Reception ideas, Wedding Inspiration

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Ceremony and Reception Venue: The Gallery

Photography: Something Blue Photography

Cake: Village Bakehouse

Hair and Makeup: Margarita GoDiva’s IDo Hair and Makeup Artistry

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Victoria and Derek’s Tucson wedding was a combination of elegant and classic wedding details with subtle desert touches; the desert landscape provided some beautiful photo ops and the couple’s love of family really takes center stage.

The weather forecast for the wedding day turned unseasonably cold so Victoria ran out and purchased this gorgeous shrug a few days before the wedding. Isn’t it just perfect?

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The bride shares a very special relationship with her father so she did a first look with him prior to her first look with the groom- it was so sweet!

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Victoria’s gift to Derek was a business card holder engraved with a phrase taken from their vows. It reads, I vow to support you in your dreams and future endeavors.” This was especially poignant because Derek is planning to start his own business and her unconditional support of this desire provides a good foundation for their marriage.

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Victoria told us the sweetest story about her grandfather and the pictures included in her bouquet: Showing my grandfather the bouquet charms of my deceased grandparents, one being his wife, was a very overwhelming experience because of the look on his face when he saw her picture. Georgina did an excellent job capturing this moment. These pictures took deeper root when I found out that my grandfather had passed a week after the wedding. He played a major role in making sure our family from New Jersey were able to attend our wedding. Being that most of our family was there for our big day meant the world to us and it wouldn’t have happened if it weren’t for him.

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The Ceremony: The ceremony site at The Gallery was perfect – the grounds were beautiful and we fell in love with the fountain and fire pit. Derek proposed at La Encantada mall – he used one of their fountains to write “Will you Marry Me Victoria” with all the coins- so the fountain had some meaning behind it.

The couple included Victoria’s cutie pie 4 year old nephew, Colt, in the ceremony. Victoria says he didn’t make a peep the entire time! A wooden box was created to hold notes the couple wrote to each other the night before the wedding. They plan to open the box and read the notes on their anniversary (or when they need some inspiration).

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Favorite Moment: Walking down the aisle, knowing we tied the knot and seeing all of our friends and family’s smiling faces was the best

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Cocktail hour was very important to the couple and one of the reasons they chose The Gallery was that the venue was willing to accommodate them when it came to having tables of food available (not just passed appetizers) during the pre-dinner event. Derek’s sister created the guest book that included their engagement pictures along with a fun Jenga block memory making activity.

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The Reception: We fell absolutely in love with The Gallery restaurant which is filled with an array of colors- reds, blues, corals etc.- so we kept the colors low key using mostly ivory & bronze with light pinks and coral. The room was filled with hydrangea, floating candles, rose petals, and hints of succulents. 

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The lovely cake made by Village Bakehouse had red velvet and sour cream chocolate layers- yum!

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Any surprises? NOTHING. I honestly can’t believe that everything went as planned. The day was flawless the ONLY thing we would change, if we could, was the weather. It was cold during the ceremony.

Congratulations Victoria and Derek and thank you for sharing your wedding day with us!

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