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1
Sep
Tucson Engagement: Stephanie and Chris
categories: Engagements, Photography

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Yes, this engagement session is for real. It’s not a movie set and it’s not the latest fashion mag cover. It’s a real life couple and their real life engagement session!

It’s clear why we had to share Stephanie and Chris’s engagement photos with you (amazing style, ethereal setting, gorgeous photography, more style, lots of love, even more style…) but they’re not just pretty faces- they’re also a very sweet couple who love each other fiercely and we’re sure you’ll enjoy their photo session with Elite Circle photographer Scott Rice Photography.

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How did you meet? We met in Tucson, Arizona on October 22, 2010 during the University of Arizona’s Homecoming weekend. A mutual friend who insisted we meet connected us, and from there our relationship blossomed into a beautiful journey of love!

How did he propose? The proposal was so beautiful. We were having the most romantic vacation together in Paris and on our final night we took a boat up and down the canal followed by a picnic in front of the glistening Eiffel Tower. It was there when he pulled a ring out and said the words, “may the shine of this ring remind you of just how much you are loved. Its circular shape reminds us of an endless love, an eternal warmth, and the resonance of a beating heart” then asked me if I would be his wife. Through tears and a cracked voice I couldn’t say “YES!” quickly enough.

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Favorite things:

While it is nearly impossible to choose just a single thing, I’d have to say my favorite thing about Chris is his devotion. He shows this quality of his every single day; whether it is through his determination and hard work in school to the love and passion he has for the individuals closest to him. He is truly one of a kind and I will forever look up to him for that.

My favorite things about Stephanie are her ability to light up a room with her beautiful personality and stunning smile, and her support that drives me to pursue my dreams and take the chances I need to in order to succeed in anything I set my mind, and focus my energy on.

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We love the how the couple’s formal attire is juxtaposed against the rugged landscape; the effect is artistic and quite memorable

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The ideal “date night”:

While Chris’ ideal date night is one involving amazing food and live music, followed by a night out on the town or a great movie, mine would involve making dinner together at home followed by a movie in the comfort of each other’s arms. But at the end of the day, we are thankful to be spending any date night together no matter the setting.

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Why Scott Rice Photography? I love his artistic eye, and ability to find beauty in the simplest of things. His artistic approach to photography is unique, and produces some of the most phenomenal results. His attitude creates a relaxed, positive, and inspiring photography session that brings out the beauty in everyone involved. When he’s behind the lens, we can always count on unparalleled results.

Congratulations Stephanie and Chris- we are so happy for you and we thank you for sharing your engagement and love story with us!

Curious to know where these photos were taken? Go to the Scott Rice Photography blog and find out!

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18
Nov
Wedding Trend: Unplugged Weddings
categories: For Your Ceremony, Photography, Real Weddings, Trends, Wedding Inspiration

As a person who believes in moderation (except when it comes to popcorn, good wine, and spicy food), I’m keenly aware of people who live their lives through the lenses of their electronic devices. It kind of makes me sad to see someone using a large portion of their time at a wedding pursuing the “perfect image” rather than being in the moment as it unfolds around them. This was never more apparent than during a family wedding a few years ago when an aunt with a brand new smartphone took pictures during the ENTIRE ceremony. And yes, her shutter sound was on. And yes, the volume was set too high. It was so distracting and I felt really bad for the bride. I also felt bad for her professional photographer who had to, without a doubt, shift around to get shots that didn’t include this woman’s phone.

So you know where I’m going with this, right? Unplugged weddings, where guests are asked to refrain from using their devices during the wedding, are the “new” thing but we know this is just a movement back to good manners and common sense. Not only that, but having guests put down their phones actually  helps your professional photographer get the shots you’ll cherish…and happily, they won’t be of you exchanging rings with seventeen smartphones in the background. We’re told that the flash from even one smart phone can alter the lighting for the professionals, giving you less-than-perfect images.

To inspire you to consider going unplugged at your wedding, we’re sharing some beautiful moments that would have been quite different had there been many smartphones present:

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(Photo: Amanda Rockafellow Photography)

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(Photo: She.We Studio)

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(Photo: SunStreet Photo)

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(Photo: Something Blue Photography)

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(Photo: Amanda Rockafellow Photography)

So how can you help your guests enjoy the day with you in person rather than from behind a camera lens?

1. Plan ahead. Being proactive by mentioning your decision to have an unplugged wedding in your wedding invitations or on your welcome bag itinerary will give your guests advance notice of your wishes; they’ll be more likely to comply if the request isn’t sprung on them last minute.

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(Signs via Etsy; KarameleShop and ShortandSweetheart)

2. Create signage. A well-placed sign at the ceremony entrance and/or on the ceremony programs that asks guests to refrain from using their cameras during the ceremony, and possibly even later at the reception, will do wonders for your wedding day atmosphere. We’ve seen clever, funny, and even sweet signs that are all effective. Most guests will happily refrain from jumping in the aisle to get that iconic picture of a bride and her father (and inadvertently getting in your photographer’s way) if they are simply asked not to.

3. Explain your plan to share your photos. Perhaps the best way to get your guests to feel at ease about leaving their phones and cameras tucked away is to make your plan to share the images very clear. If you plan to share them on Facebook, Dropbox, etc., communicate this to your guests so they know they won’t miss any of the images taken by your photographer.

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(Photo: Chris Richards Photography)

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(Photo: She.We Studio)

4. Enlist your DJ and wedding planner’s help. If you want guests to have free reign with their devices during the reception but want the special moments to be unplugged (for the professional photographer to capture), ask your DJ and planner to help you. They’re used to directing guests throughout the wedding day and would be happy to guide your guests in this area- just make sure you or your planner provides the DJ with a detailed list of the events (like the first dance, cake cutting, etc.) that you wish to be device-free.

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(Above 2 photos: Amanda Rockafellow Photography)

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(Custom Sign: Brie Dumais Designs)

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(Photo: Jennifer Bowen Photography, Custom Sign: The Event Essentials)

If you don’t want to go 100% unplugged at your wedding but want a device-free ceremony, don’t forget to provide a hashtag so all guests can easily find the photos from your wedding as they are posted on social media. Remember, don’t provide the hashtag until you’re ready for guests to use their devices.

Tucson Bride & Groom, your Tucson wedding magazine

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14
Oct
Real Tucson Wedding: Kate and Greg’s Old Hollywood Style Wedding
categories: Bridal Fashions, Cakes and Sweets, Floral Inspiration, Health and Beauty, Photography, Real Weddings, Reception ideas, Wedding Inspiration

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Professionals Who Help You Wed in Style

Photographer: She.We Studio Weddings :: Floral: Elaine Taylor Fine Flowers :: Hair  & Makeup: Margarita GoDiva of I Do Hair and Makeup Artistry :: Cookies: Village Bakehouse

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Ceremony Site: St. Thomas the Apostle :: Reception Location: Ritz Carlton, Dove Mountain :: Band: Tucson Swings :: Rentals: AZ Party Rentals

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In so many ways, Kate and Greg are a couple rooted in classic style- they have a mutual love of old Hollywood films such as Casablanca and North by Northwest as well as Big Band music and the era’s iconic fashion silhouettes. Kate’s dress was a heavy satin gown that was designed in the Old Hollywood style while maintaining a modern edge while Greg’s tuxedo with velvet bow tie is pure Cary Grant.

The cream, orange and green color palette evokes a classic Fall aura and the gold details add a bright celebratory vibe. Enjoy this classic and modern couple’s Old Hollywood wedding!

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Kate’s makeup really enhanced her Old Hollywood look. Margarita GoDiva of I Do Hair and Makeup Artistry tells us how she achieved it: The inspiration was a classic modern look incorporating softer peach toned lips and blush that emphasize the passion of bronze and the innocence of pink.  A clean, flawless complexion was achieved with a soft-focus airbrush foundation, the eye color enriched by the subtlety of shadow and enhanced with demi-wispy lashes that create the “doe-eyed” effect.

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Special Touches: Our guests traveled to Arizona from far off destinations, including Brooklyn, NY, Toronto, Canada, Miami, FL, Chicago, IL, Seattle, WA, and Paris, France, among others. We assembled personal gift boxes for our guests that celebrated elements of the city where we met (Chicago, IL), our childhood hometowns (Findlay, OH and Iowa City, IA), as well as our new home in Tucson, AZ. In order to highlight the iconic symbol of the Sonoran desert, the gift boxes included a saguaro-shaped sugar cookie, made by the Village Bakehouse in Tucson. Also featured were caramels from Dietsch Brothers Fine Chocolates of Findlay, OH (one of the Kate’s childhood favorites), and outstanding chips from Alejandro’s Tortilla Factory in Tucson.

cactus cookie

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The orange and green bouquets added just the right pop of color to the neutral bridesmaid dresses

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The reception decor evoked a classic dinner club vibe- tabletop lamps with mid-Centruy modern lines made guests feel like they were in a swanky restaurant and table names such as Casablanca and Lawrence of Arabia reminded guests of some of the couple’s favorite films; the Big Band music played by Tucson Swings set the tone for the entire evening.

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Favorite Moment: It is very difficult to pick a favorite moment. The speeches were great and a very special part of the day. Seeing all of your friends and family in one room, who are there for you, is really quite an incredible feeling.

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Congratulations Kate and Greg and thank you for sharing your wedding day with us!

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29
Jul
5 Things We Love About our Summer Fall 2014 issue!
categories: Bridal Fashions, fabulous reception sites, Floral Inspiration, For Your Ceremony, Health and Beauty, Photography, Real Weddings, Reception ideas, Videography, Wedding Inspiration

Even though we dedicated a crazy amount of our lives to creating our Summer Fall 2014 issue, we still love to hold it in our hands, browse through the pages, chat with a friend about our favorite pages, and basically bask in the loveliness of it all. With that being said, there are a few things that stand out to us as really REALLY great and we want to highlight those for you here.

1. The Happy Clap captured: See the bride in the black and white picture below? She’s doing the happy clap and this is particularly special to us because our publisher does the happy clap and we LOVE when that happens. The other reason we adore this image is because it shows real and honest emotion- to capture a moment that makes the onlooker feel something is magic. Tucson Bride and Groom_Tucson wedding magazine_summer_fall_2014 (1)

2. Our giveaway rocks: Every issue we offer a giveaway that appeals to brides and grooms universally. This issue there’s a spa package for 2 at the luxurious Red Door Spa at the Westin La Paloma valued at $728! This is a seriously awesome giveaway and we want you to have it. So go on and enter

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3. Lighting makes a statement: One thing Tucson Bride & Groom editor Stephanie Riley noticed right from the start with our Just Married! real wedding submissions is that almost every single wedding reception had fantastic lighting- it’s probably the #1 thing you can do to make your reception atmosphere go from good to uh-maze-ing. Lighting washes the room in ambiance, steers eyes away from unsightly but necessary thermostats and the like, and it makes the room feel extra special. A few years ago, not many couples embraced the idea of lighting but now? Well, you’ll see…

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4. Rachel and Michael’s wedding: In this unique feature, we follow a couple through their entire wedding planning process to show you exactly how visions become reality, how working with our Elite Circle vendors takes your wedding beyond anything you thought possible, and how a discussion about what you want from a vendor actually translates to wedding day reality. The article about photography and cinematography is so enlightening- you’ll love it!

Tucson Bride and Groom_Tucson wedding magazine_summer_fall_2014 (4) 5. Our cover: Yes, it’s possible that we gush too much over our own covers, but creating a beautiful cover issue after issue is not easy! But it’s something we absolutely love and considering the talent we work with, we know each one will be memorable. So. This cover. It’s so completely dreamy and gorgeous. The carriage, the background, the model, the gown, the hair and makeup. There’s just something about it and we can’t stop gawking. That probably makes us wedding nerds but we kinda don’t care.

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Pick up a copy of Tucson Bride & Groom Summer Fall 2014 at any of these locations and download a free digital copy to your desktop or mobile device from our website

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