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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.

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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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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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22
Jul
The Tucson Bride & Groom Winter/Spring Giveaway- Meet the Winners!
categories: fabulous reception sites, Giveaways, Photography

You may remember that our Winter Spring 2014 issue offered a lovely and romantic giveaway from Hacienda del Sol Guest Ranch Resort. Here’s a reminder:

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It’s a pretty awesome package so you can imagine how excited our winners were when they found out the good news! Meet Krista and Ryan, a Tucson couple who is getting  married in April 2015 at the Stillwell House and Garden:

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Favorite thing about each other: My favorite thing about Ryan is how well we get along and how much he makes me laugh. Ryan’s favorite thing about me is that I get along easily with others and that I am driven when it comes to my personal and professional life.

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How did you meet? We met back in May 2006, where we both worked at our high school job, at Safeway…we were in the same school district and happened to take a summer school class together. Ryan and I kept in touch the following months and began dating on October 12th, 2006. We got engaged on July 29th, 2013 and are going on 8 years together this October!

What’s your ideal date night? Ryan and I are total foodies, so we love going to local restaurants. Afterward, we would probably go to a movie, rent a redbox, or catch up on our favorite TV shows on Netflix.

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What do you enjoy most about Tucson Bride & Groom magazine and/or blog? I love that Tucson Bride & Groom covers real, local weddings, which provide inspiration for my own wedding. It is nice to see the resources other brides are using in the area, instead of comparing to brides in other states that are not applicable for me.

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Krista and Ryan plan to enjoy their Hacienda del Sol Mini-Moon after their wedding or for their 8th “dating” anniversary…this is the couple with Rachel, the catering manager from Hacienda del Sol, who presented the gift certificate to them. What a great day!

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Thank you to Elite Circle photographer Something Blue Photography for the pictures!

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(To enter our Summer Fall 2014 giveaway, visit our website)

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