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14
Jan
Tucson Bride & Groom Winter Spring 2014: 5 Things We Love About The New Issue
categories: Bridal Fashions, Cakes and Sweets, Destination Weddings and Honeymoons, fabulous reception sites, Floral Inspiration, From the Consultants, Giveaways, Photography, Reception ideas, Trends, Wedding Inspiration

Our Winter Spring 2014 issue hit newsstands among much anticipation; a large number of couples got engaged in December AND the wedding vendors who helped make our issue so gorgeous couldn’t wait to see their work in print. There is truly so much to love about our magazine but here’s our Top 5 list of reasons why you’re going to obsess over this new issue:

1. Our cover is a feast for the eyes: We embraced pink, romance, both the bride and the groom, and one gorgeous cake! Rackel Gehlson of Rackel Gehlson Weddings & Events led the cover shoot team to create a cover that exudes joy. We heart it!

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2. We explore unprecedented creativity with our vendors: In our Destination Tucson feature we designed wedding stories at 3 Tucson wedding venues and explored what a wedding with a strong theme at each venue can evolve into. The opening picture of the article oozes luxury and romance with soft draping, textured linens, and floral arrangements that perfectly frame an over-the-top cake. Super dreamy…

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3. The Groom gets some love: We admit that many weddings and wedding planning can appear to be “all about the bride” so we took the time (and pages) to acknowledge that the groom needs a little lovin’ too. In this quick piece, we offer ways for the groom to get involved in the planning process as well as advise on wedding day prep, guy style.

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4. Our “Just Married” features have changed (just a teeny bit): We know one reason couples love our magazine so much is because our real weddings are Tucson’s most beautiful and inspiring celebrations of love. We choose to feature weddings that not only have gorgeous details but a great story too so we changed how we tell the story just a bit. In the new format, you’ll still get the pictures you crave and the vendor list you need, but we’re quoting our couples more and simplifying the text, highlighting the standout points of the couples’ story. It’s a modern touch that makes us proud!

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5. Entering our giveaway is easy peasy: We made it extra easy to enter our Mini-Moon Giveaway from Hacienda Del Sol Guest Ranch Resort by incorporating a QR code (that little square of black and white code). All you have to do to enter our giveaway is scan the code with your mobile device (make sure you have a code reader app installed on your device), enter your information, and submit. Ready for romance? Now you are!

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Download our digital magazine for on-the-go wedding inspiration, visit our website for extensive wedding planning resources including our Elite Circle vendors, and join us in the land of Social Media (Facebook, Twitter, & Pinterest) for even more pictures, trend-spotting, and inspiration.

Tucson Bride & Groom, your Tucson wedding magazine!

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13
Feb
Real Tucson Wedding: Chris and Sarah
categories: Photography, Real Weddings

Chris Richards, a friend of ours and a well-known Tucson photographer, recently got married at the gorgeous Arizona Inn and we wanted to share just a few of their pictures with you.

Chris and Sarah are a sweet, funny and talented couple and we wish them all the best- Congratulations!

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(Images courtesy of: David Sanders Photos)

Happy Planning from your Arizona Wedding Blog!

Kelly

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24
Jan
Tucson Bride & Groom 10th Anniversary Party!
categories: Entertainment, fabulous reception sites, Floral Inspiration, Meet Our People, Open Houses, Photography, Wedding Resources

It’s only fitting that we celebrate anniversaries (we are in the business of celebrating beautiful partnerships after all) and our 10th Anniversary Winter Wonderland party was so fabulous, it was the talk of the town! Of course, the excitement had been building ever since our guests received the over-the-top invitation from A Fine Line Stationery& Gift Boutique. It was custom designed on gorgeous textured vellum complete with a feather embellishment:

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(Images above courtesy of: JW Photography)

From our publisher: When I made the decision to publish Tucson Bride & Groom Magazine 10 years ago, I knew I was headed on a path that would forever change the Tucson wedding industry. I dreamed of what we could accomplish together and the 10th Anniversary party was our hopes and dreams coming to fruition. I want to extend my heartfelt thanks, appreciation, and admiration for all who participated in the event- whether it was as a sponsor, as a guest or both. I was overwhelmed by the creativity and generosity on display that evening and it has been an honor and a pleasure to work side by side with you these last 10 years. I know the next 10 years will exceed all of our expectations and I can’t wait for THAT party!”

The historic Stillwell House & Garden graciously hosted us and, thanks to Arizona Party Rental’s generous offer to use one of their tents last minute, we were cozy despite the record low temps. It really WAS a wintery night and our signature cocktail, which was a crowd favorite, kept us warm and toasty all night.

Winter Wonderland  (created by Jackson, the bartender)

Crème de cacao

Peppermint Schnapps

Whipped Vodka

Shaken w/milk and half and half

Sugar Rimmed glass

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 (Images above courtesy of: Lorraine DarConte Photography)

The beautiful decor, high-end paper products, delicious food, and decadent desserts that each of our sponsors provided blew us away! Frostings Event Design Rentals went above and beyond anything we could have imagined- every bit of furniture they provided was exquisite and we left the night feeling luckier and more grateful than we ever knew we could feel.

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(Images above courtesy of: JW Photography)

Tucson Bride & Groom Editor Stephanie Gandy-Riley’s shares her thoughts on the evening: Tucson is growing and I’m so impressed with the work, skill and creative genius of the vendors we work with. At every turn, I was wowed by beautiful displays. Especially fabulous were the desserts. There was a cake pop from Sweet Creations desserts that will go down in history as the best cake pop I’ve ever had! It had a hint of amaretto and a perfect solid frosting that was ideal for the multi-bite dessert that it is. So many cake pops are a gooey mess as soon as you take a bite but these were ideal. Just one more thing about these little bites of heaven: they were displayed with the sticks pointing UP which makes them easy to select. So many caterers like to display them like a bouquet and that’s can be messy.

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(Images above courtesy of: JW Photography)

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(Images above courtesy of: JW Photography)

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 (Images above courtesy of: Lorraine DarConte Photography)

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 (Images above courtesy of: Lorraine DarConte Photography)

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 (Images above courtesy of: Lorraine DarConte Photography)

Kristen Butler (one of our Regional Sales Representatives who is sitting next to Liz Puente, our Tucson Sales Rep below) shares with us: The Tucson Event was an icy wonderland. Everywhere you turned, there was literally a feast for the eye – either sparkle and glitter in the décor, yummy over the top desserts, fabulous passed appetizers and a delicious main meal. The crowd didn’t want to leave at the end of the night… all the signs of a huge success! Team Pics_Details

(Above images taken by Tucson Bride and Groom team members)

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 (Images above courtesy of: Lorraine DarConte Photography)

Many thanks to the following sponsors:

A Fine Line Stationery & Gift Boutique :: Ambrosia Cakery :: Annette Hartman Catering :: Bedazzle My Bonbons :: Black Sheep Filmworks :: Celebrations by Silvia :: Common Grounds :: DJ Corbin Dooley :: Elaine Taylor Fine Flowers :: El Charro :: Frostings Event Design & Rentals :: LaFleur Plantscapes :: Lorraine DarConte Photography :: Nature’s Art Florist :: Posh Petals :: Stillwell House & Garden :: Sweet Creations :: Tucson Party Rentals :: Villa Feliz Flowers :: Village Bakehouse

Here’s to many more years of spreading the love together in Tucson- Cheers!

Tucson Bride and Groom

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11
Dec
It’s Our 10 Year Anniversary!
categories: Bridal Fashions, Cakes and Sweets, Health and Beauty, Photography, Wedding Inspiration

This month is our 10 Year Anniversary and to say we are excited to celebrate is an understatement. We are giddy, emotional, and proud too! We have seen many changes in weddings over the years and are thankful to be a part of the Tucson wedding scene for over a decade. The couples, the stories, the professionals we work with…it’s all been quite a wonderful journey.

Let’s take a stroll down Memory Lane today with Editor Stephanie Gandy-Riley and Art and Design Director Rebecca George- the two people who bring our beautiful covers to fruition time and time again. It all starts with the cover after all, doesn’t it?

This is issue #1- it made quite an impression on Tucson!

(Location: Arizona Inn, Photographer: zweddingz by Philip Ramackers)

Stephanie: This is one of my favorite covers. I love the traditional look and we got so many calls from brides asking where they could get the veil the model is wearing. Here is the secret: this isn’t a veil at all. It’s actually the train of the dress pulled up…ah, the magic of a good photo shoot.

(Location: La Mariposa, Photographer: zweddingz by Philip Ramackers)

Rebecca: A very good friend of mine got married in a scarlet-colored wedding dress and she was gorgeous in that gown! I’ve always thought it was so bold and daring to break so far from tradition and do it without apology. The model’s stance and bright red gown convey that bold attitude. It’s not for the faint of heart, but works fabulously for those who can ‘own’ it.

(Photographer: Patrick Grimes)

This cover, shot at a real Tucson wedding, stands out for it’s inherent romance

Stephanie: I adore this cover for its simplicity and natural beauty. This is a couple on their wedding day, and not a photo shoot.  A skilled photographer will capture moments like this that you’ll turn to again and again.

Rebecca: I think this image perfectly captures what every bride wants for her wedding day. The way the couple is looking into each others eyes with absolute happiness and contentment. It represents the culmination of all the planning and arriving at that wonderful place of happily ever after. The image seen in black & white/sepia tone adds to the dream like feeling of the moment and I think any bride who saw this image on the newsstand could imagine herself (with her fiancé) in that dreamy embrace.

(Photographer: Patrick Grimes)

It won’t surprise you to hear that this cover is a favorite of both ladies…

Stephanie: The dress was a show stopper and the cakes looked so delectable. I really love the colors and the setting at Gigi, which was a new salon at the time, was perfect for this theme. I keep this issue on my desk because it reminds me that every bride should have a wedding where she feels relaxed and pampered–just like our cover model.

Rebecca: This image is all about the cake–including the wedding dress…what I appreciate most is the intricacy of the sugar flowers, displayed with such simplicity on the cakes–It’s one of those things that appears so easy, but is in fact, very difficult. The baker’s work reflects how passionate she is about her craft–a true artist. Then the perfect compliment to the cakes is the puffy tiers of the gown which you can imagine as layers of fluffy frosting–pulling together a beautiful composition…

(Location: Gigi Bridal Boutique, Photographer: Chris Richards Photography)

You didn’t think I would put our new cover on here did you? Well, I wouldn’t ruin the surprise but here is a teaser from Rebecca: Next to the black and white image of the couple, this is my favorite cover so far. It reminds me of the old-fashioned Hollywood glamour shots of the 30′s and 40′s. The bride looks so glowing and fresh & the jewelry is exquisite. Most of all the bride is smiling–I really like smiling brides.

To see even more 10th Anniversary features including more of our past covers, pick up a copy of our new issue that will hit newsstands mid-December at any of  these locations.

Happy Planning from your Tucson Wedding Blog!

Kelly

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