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Tucson Bride & Groom: Winter Spring 2015!
categories: Bridal Fashions, Floral Inspiration, Health and Beauty, Wedding Inspiration, Wedding Resources, What's Hot in Rentals

This beauty of a wedding magazine is arriving at stores throughout Tucson and at the offices of Tucson’s Elite Circle wedding vendors this week!

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The vibrant colors, dramatic low back of the gown, lovely hair, and stunning bride make it one of our very favorites to date! Find copies at any of these fine establishments and visit our website for even more wedding inspiration (you can download our digital magazine from our website too)!

The Cover Shoot Team:

Floral Design and Creative Stylist: Villa Feliz Flowers

Something Blue Photography

Set Design and Furnishings:
Frostings Event Design & Rentals

Maya Palace

Hair and Makeup Stylist:
Artisan Salon

Jordan of the Agency Arizona

Shot on location at Frostings Event Design & Rentals

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Summer Fall 2014 Sneak Peek!
categories: Wedding Resources

Our Summer Fall 2014 issue is about to hit the stands and we get all kinds of giddy…the hard work has been done and now we’re just waiting in anticipation for it to arrive! Tucson brides, this is YOUR magazine. It’s the one that inspires you to make your wedding beautiful, meaningful, and fun. It gives advice that no other Tucson magazine takes the time to give. The photography is top-notch so each glossy page is swoon-worthy. Our Elite Circle shines as real Tucson couples are featured throughout our Just Married! articles. From cover to cover, it’s all you could want in a wedding magazine.

We like to keep our beautiful pages under wraps until the right time but we are willing to show you a little sneak peek of what you can expect from our cover. Here’s a bit “About the Cover”:

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Location: The Highlands at Dove Mountain :: Photographer: She.we Studio :: Carriage: Sentinel Carriage Company :: Floral Design: Posh Petals :: Gown and Jewelry: J Bridal Boutique :: Hair Styling and Makeup Artist: Artisan Salon :: Cinematographer: Video She.we Studio :: Model: Taylor Marie, The Agency ArizonaBlogthinline

Look for our Summer Fall 2014 issue mid-June at one of these fine establishments and download your free digital copy on our website!

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Tucson Wedding Vendor Spotlight: 2 Hearts, 1 Kitchen
categories: Meet Our People, Trends, Wedding Resources

We pride ourselves on introducing you to Tucson wedding vendors that offer something both unique and necessary for your wedding (otherwise known as our Elite Circle!) so today, we happily introduce you to 2 Hearts, 1 Kitchen!

2 Hearts, 1 Kitchen is a Tucson catering company that’s innovative and contemporary while being grounded in the basic principles of good food and customer service. Owners Kristen and Matthew Thompson have made food their life- they’re both graduates of the Scottsdale Culinary Institute and are trained in classical French cuisine, although they’ve traveled all over the world studying different techniques and flavors and are not limited to one type of cuisine.

Read on for more about this one-of-a-kind catering company!

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(Photo courtesy of:  Natassia of Capella Creative)

What makes your service and food unique to the wedding industry? 

The first thing that sets us apart is our food. We pride ourselves on our flavor profiles and having the ability to create a perfectly balanced and wonderfully delicious meal. 2 Hearts, 1 Kitchen is a small catering company that focuses on 100% personalized service. We understand the stresses that can come from creating a delicious menu while trying to stay in budget and we are here to guide our clients and help ease their worries. We work with all budgets and sizes to create a fully customized menu to insure you are getting the perfect meal for your special day.

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(Photo courtesy of:  Natassia of Capella Creative)

What are you most passionate about in regards to catering?

When it comes to catering we are most passionate about the food and the experience…we are also very passionate in providing top level, worry-free service. We strive to make the bride and groom feel special and important!

What trend(s) in wedding menus do you see emerging this year?

The biggest food trend we are seeing in 2014 is with interactive food. People are interested in making the meal portion of their reception memorable and fun. Whether it be family style meals, all finger foods or food stations, bringing the food to life is a huge part of the wedding this year.

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(Photo courtesy of:  Natassia of Capella Creative)

2 Hearts, 1 Kitchen is a full-service caterer meaning they also make desserts and cakes. They have a vision for Tucson’s food scene that centers around impeccable service, a casual and friendly vibe, and fresh cultural fusion cuisine. Sounds perfect for a modern couple planning their wedding!

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What do you want couples to know before they meet with you? 

The most important thing people need to know before our initial consultation is the budget. We can do anything- if you dream of a meal or a specific cake,  we can make it, but without knowing your budget we can’t comfortably write your menu. When it comes to money, we don’t assume, ever. We never want anyone to spend over what they are comfortable with and the only way to stay away from that is by doing the math and knowing what you have set aside for the food and or cake.

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What do you think is the key to a fabulous wedding in regards to the food and menu?

What makes a wedding fabulous, when it comes to food, is making it your own. Think outside of the box and always stick with food that you like. Don’t worry about the rest of the guests- this day is about you! Do what you want and let us create a menu that you will love and it will always be special and memorable.

If you were catering your own wedding, what would be your “dream” menu?

Actually, we did cater our own wedding and it was a crazy day! Our menu consisted of Asian inspired fingers foods, like pot stickers and wontons, we also had Hawaiian local favorites including Kalua pig and chicken katsu, and we topped everything off with macaroni salad and a Chinese chicken salad. We compiled all of our favorite foods and put it in a buffet for our friends and family to enjoy. We finished our meal off with a chocolate on chocolate ocean themed wedding cake, which was made by us also. It a was wonderful evening and still one of my favorite gigs to date!

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A few delicious examples of menus they have created- they are definitely not your ordinary wedding menus!

Pacific Rim

Chili Water Island Poke

Shoyu Short-rib “Loco Moco Style”, Namasu Rice, Kim Chee

Asian Pear Upside-Down Cake

Su Comida

Rock Shrimp Ceviche, Pasilla, Piña, Mint, Papita

Chicken Mole, Pickled Cabbage, Plaintain, Avocado Cream

Sweet Pumpkin Churro, Tres Leche Anglaise


Antipasto, Balsamic Asparagus, Prosciutto Melon, Bruschetta

Fennel Pork Shoulder, Black Lentils, Artichoke Hearts, Mint Vin.

Almond Pistachio Biscotti, Zabaione

To find out more about 2 Hearts, 1 Kitchen for your wedding, post-wedding brunch or bridal shower, visit them online at their website and on Facebook!

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Bridal Show Survival Tips
categories: Open Houses, Wedding Resources

Bridal Shows, especially if you’re headed to your first, are full of anticipation and excitement. There are vendors anxiously awaiting your arrival, booths so full of inspiration your head might spin a little, giveaways galore, deals to be had, and of course fashion shows.

Be ready though- there’s also a LOT of people and the larger shows can be somewhat overwhelming. So why should you attend a bridal show or two during your engagement? Because you will get to actually meet the vendors that you are looking for all in one place (a huge time saver) and because there is nothing more fun than chatting with other brides. This is a forum created just for you where you can talk rings, dresses, flowers, photographers, and invitations without anyone telling you that you are obsessed and need to get a life. You are with your people.

To get the most out of the wonderful shows Arizona has to offer, check out our Bridal Show Survival Tips:

1. Think comfort. This is not the time to show off your latest shoe find- you will be on your feet a lot and you want to enjoy yourself. A cute pair of ballet flats or boots will do the trick. Jeans or yoga pants are perfectly acceptable too. Throw on a scarf and you’re ready!

2. Know your bridal show style. Some shows are large and energetic, some are smaller and more refined. Neither is better than the other but you should know what you’re looking for. The larger shows obviously offer more variety and most-likely more giveaways and discounts while the smaller shows will have hand-picked vendors and a more intimate vibe. Some bridal shows will focus on activities such as tours and fashion shows while others will spoil you with food and beverage tastings. One thing is true though, there is something for everyone!

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(The Fall Lux Wedding Showcase at Plaza Colonial)

3. Expect deals for on the spot booking. Many vendors offer show discounts. What you will also find is some vendors who want you to book on the spot for those discounts. You can certainly do this if you have done your research prior to the show and know who you are dealing with. However, if you don’t feel a connection with a particular vendor, take a pass. No good deal is worth potential drama or second-guessing down the road. You will find many talented and trustworthy vendors at these shows just make sure you do your research before signing any type of contract.

4. Bring a tote bag. Many bridal shows will give you a bag upon arrival to carry your bridal show loot in but we think a large bag that fits over the shoulder is the way to go. You’ll be collecting massive amounts of information and you will want to have a bag that fits nicely over your shoulder and won’t potentially break.

5. Be aware of the “Bridal Show Effect”. Even though you’re going to have a ton of fun, you need to realize that you might get overwhelmed and a little swept up in the excitement. You know how it’s easier to make a decision about bridesmaid dresses when you’re choosing from 4 rather that 14? And you know how you simply cannot make a decision if you have 20 linens to choose from but when presented with 3, you’re able to decide? Same thing with bridal shows. Visiting 18 photographers, no matter how fabulous each one might be, is unrealistic. Feeling overwhelmed due to the sheer volume of choices is the Bridal Show Effect and you can overcome it by accepting that you will not get to every single booth and you might miss a fashion show (which is actually the best time to visit booths!).

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(Frostings Event Design at the Fall Lux Wedding Showcase)

6. Set up a wedding email account prior to attending the show. You are going to be getting a lot of emails from all of the vendors at the show, even if you did not contact them personally. They all receive a list of attendees which has your information on it and they are legally allowed to contact you. Also, some vendors will need an email to contact you if you win a giveaway and some even offer discounts after the show to those who didn’t win. To avoid having your everyday email bombarded, use a free email service like Yahoo or Gmail to manage the influx. You’ll appreciate that  this account is just for wedding communication which also helps you take a break from wedding planning when you need it (and you WILL need a break, trust us!).

7. Bring pre-printed address labels. Many vendors will ask you to share your contact information with them. You don’t want to write your name, address, phone and email each time you meet a vendor you’re curious about so print up some address labels prior to the show and voila! You will be uber-efficient and will have more time to visit more vendors.

8. Make sure your phone is charged. You will often get to enter giveaways from vendors using your mobile device- take advantage of the technology available to you. Undoubtedly, you’ll want to take pictures of ideas you see at the booths and will want to connect with vendors via social media on the spot so make sure your phone is ready!

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9. Channel your inner Girl Scout. That’s right, I said Girl Scout. Even if you weren’t a Girl Scout, you know about being prepared and you know about the Golden Rule. First, pack water and your favorite energy bars (enough for everyone who is coming with you). If the event is outdoors, bring sunscreen or an umbrella. There are usually opportunities to buy snacks at the show but they come with lines that take away from enjoying the show itself (and have limited options). Some vendors will offer food but you don’t want to count on that for sustenance. Second, you will encounter many people doing the same thing as you- chatting with wedding vendors, looking for deals, entering giveaways- and let’s just agree that patience will be your friend. Sometimes a booth will only have 1 person manning  it so they can only talk to one person at a time. If the vendor is intriguing enough, waiting to chat with him/her will be worth it.

10. Chat it up. Vendors WANT to talk to you so don’t be shy! They want to hear about your plans, answer your questions, and give recommendations based on their experiences. They have been involved in weddings a lot longer than you and you’ll be surprised at how much info you can get from them.  The wedding industry pros in Tucson are not only talented, they are genuine. They want to work with you, yes, but they also want you to be happy. Spending time with the vendors is one of the best ways to get the most out of your bridal show experience.

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(Tucson Party Rentals at the Fall Lux Wedding Showcase)

We attend many of the shows in Arizona and enjoy every one of them for their wedding inspiration and fun atmosphere. We hope to see you at one (or more) soon!

For a complete list of Tucson’s Wedding Events and Bridal Shows, click here. Follow us on Twitter and Facebook for updates on shows and special offers.

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