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Fergus & Amanda’s Whimsical El Chorro Wedding| Outstanding Weddings

by Caelen Demos on

We were so excited to see this bright desert wedding featured on Elizabeth Anne Designs last month! With rich colors and bold patterns, Fergus and Amanda’s October Arizona wedding at El Chorro was designed to stand out.

Design is everything for us at Outstanding Occasions. Without a set design, a wedding can feel scattered and lost. But, with a strong design guide, a wedding feels like a cohesive experience. The distinct palette of rich desert colors and an aesthetic matching Cost Plus World Market brought warmth and excitement to this Fall wedding.

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VENUE: El Chorro

COLOR PALETTE: Golden Yellow, Vermillion, Pomegranate, Burgundy, Plum, Sapphire, Charcoal, and Bold Prints

INSPIRATION: European Patterns and Textiles, Rich Colors

Fergus and Amanda’s design was centered around the warmth of the desert sky and rich textiles found in European culture. From the bouquets to the altar, we surrounded the day with radiant florals from Petal PusherGuests were first welcomed by an aisle adorned with an eclectic mix of lanterns alternating with wooden boxes filled with lush florals. The highlight of the ceremony, however, was the altar. Surrounding the altar were four ornate wooden tree structures trimmed with green moss and organic floral pieces, designed to look as they were naturally growing. Not only was the tree design set with El Chorro’s gorgeous ceremony view impactful, but it also set the scene from where Amanda and Fergus first fell in love, Camp.

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When guests moved from the ceremony into cocktail hour, they entered into another time. From the vintage handkerchief bunting, the handiwork and detailing on the couches and chairs, to the Phonograph and antique cameras, Amanda and Fergus’ vignette by Dusty Lilacs was like no other. To add a personal layer, each floral piece designed by Petal Pusher was set in beautiful handcrafted tea kettles and cups, paying homage to Fergus’ homeland, England.

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The design followed through the night into Casa Paloma, where dinner and dancing ensued. The space was filled with alternating colorful and patterned linens from La Tavola Linen married with organic and lush centerpieces by Petal Pusher which featured rich floral, eclectic vintage glasses that acted as candle holders, and the use of Fall produce such as artichokes and pomegranates. Each place setting included a vintage-esque charger from Classic Party Rentals with a custom menu designed by Anne Reeser Design. The room was finished with a stunning paper crane display, created by the bride herself, strewn across the ceiling chandeliers that guests would later dance the night under.

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To end the night, guests enjoyed a variety of desserts from Barbs Bakery and 21 Cakes found on a vintage wooden display with eclectic milk glass stands. What a sweet way to finish a vibrant night!

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A big thank you to Melissa Jill Photography for capturing this special day and to Elizabeth Anne Designs for featuring our work!

Thank you to all of the wonderful wedding professionals involved in this special day!

Venue: El Chorro

Florals: Petal Pusher

Linens: La Tavola Linen

Rentals: Classic Party Rentals and Dusty Lilacs

Stationery: Anne Reeser Design

Ceremony and Cocktail Hour Entertainment: Desert Rose String Quartet

Dinner Entertainment: MT Sounds

Hair and Makeup: Salon Estique

Photography: Melissa Jill Photography

To see more photos of this gorgeous day, click here and here.

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Wishing You a Happy New Year! | Our Outstanding Team

by Rachel at Outstanding Occasions on

Wow! Can you believe we are already closing the books on another year? We feel like it was only yesterday that the Outstanding Occasions team was ringing in 2014, and in just a few hours we’ll be turning our calendars to 2015. It’s amazing how many memories, milestones and changes a year can hold and this year was no different. Among many things, the Outstanding Occasions team was honored to be a part of over 27 weddings and watch so many amazing bride’s and groom’s say “I Do”. It would be almost impossible to recount each laugh, smile and tear the Outstanding Occasions team was a part of, so we thought it would be best to share a small snippet of our year via our Iphone. We can’t thank our fellow wedding professionals, clients and fans enough for your constant support! Thank you for allowing us to be a part of your lives, for entrusting us with your special day, and for working along side us through-out the craziness that is wedding season. We are honored to have a small hand in this beautiful wedding world, and can’t wait to see what 2015 holds for us. So without further ado, here is our 2014 at a VERY quick glance! Enjoy and we can’t wait to see you in 2015.

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Cheers! xo.

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Outstanding Occasions Doubleheader Weekend | Outstanding Weddings

by Danielle at Outstanding Occasions on

This Saturday marks the first doubleheader wedding weekend this season for the Outstanding Occasions team! Congratulations to both of our wonderful couples saying  ”I Do.” We are so honored and excited to be a part of your special day.

First, we have Danielle heading up to the beautiful Four Seasons Scottsdale Troon North for Diana and Stephen’s intimate wedding inside Talavera. Danielle has been working with this adorable couple for months to make every detail perfect! With this great team of vendors behind her, it is sure to be a stunner! Joining her today will be Sierra Blanco Photography, The Party Crashers, The Flower Studio, Harp by Adrienne, Vee Creative, SN Makeup Artist and Us to U Party Rentals.

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Rachel has LOVED designing and planning with Taylor and Nathan to make their wedding day special!  They will be exchanging vows in the gorgeous Christ the Lord Lutheran Church then heading to Desert Mountain for dinner and dancing. This wedding will be one for the books but Rachel couldn’t have done it without the amazing team of vendors she has behind her! Making this day perfect for Taylor and Nathan will be Jennifer Bowen Photography, Sweetwater Strings, Serendipity Cinematography, Petal Pusher, Desert House Productions, The Soul Rebels, Cre8tive Event Rentals, Us to U Rentals, Wildflower Linens, Dunn Transportation and idieh design!

For sneak peeks of both weddings today head over to our Facebook page and follow our #outstandingoccasions hashtag on Instagram!


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Our Very Own Wedding Pinfluencer, Rachel Troyan

by Heather at Outstanding Occasions on

You love Pinterest, right? Well, we are excited to share that our very own Senior Lead Wedding Planner, Rachel, was chosen along with fifty some other wedding experts by Pinterest as a Wedding Pinfluencer.

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Rachel is honored to be among other fabulous wedding bloggers such as Lauren of Every Last Detail, Ami Price of Elizabeth Anne Designs, Summer Ball of Grey Likes Weddings, and Ami Squires of Wedding Chicks, to name a few.

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So if you haven’t yet, go and follow Rachel over on Pinterest today!

You can also follow the rest of the Outstanding Occasions team: Heather Crabtree, Jennifer Thinnes and Danielle Goettl.


Follow us on instagram: Rachel Troyan | Danielle Goettl | Heather Crabtree | Jennifer Thinnes

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Wedding Day Apps | Outstanding Advice

by Danielle at Outstanding Occasions on

Here at Outstanding Occasions, we are a little tech-nerdy especially when it comes to wedding day apps. We are always trying to find the newest and best wedding day apps to use on social media, from new photo editors to a useful seating chart planner. We thought it was time to share some of our favorites with couples to make to planning process just a little easier and a lot more fun!

1. Postable:

Postable is brilliant, just brilliant! One of the most tedious tasks is collecting addresses for Save the Dates and Invitations. With this app you are able to add all your guests email addresses to an online address book and it sends them mail requesting them to fill out a very simple form. Collect all the addresses needed and housing them in one easy place without tons of phone calls to family members and friends requesting their address for your big day.

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2. Appy Couple:

There are lots of logistics that are important for not only the couple but also for your guests. You are able to create an app that has accommodations, travel information, directions, maps, locations and times but the best part is that guests are able to share images of the big day that you can download later!

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3. Top Table Planner:

Many couples dread seating charts, but Top Table Planner makes the process a little more fun and a lot less stressful than swapping people around on a large whiteboard. You are able to import your guest list from word or excel, easily drag your guest from table to table, highlight their names with meal choices, numbering or naming each table and even design the layout of the room! As planners we think this app is amazing.

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4. WedPics:

WedPics is offered on both Android and Apple products. Creating this app gives guests a place to upload any photo or viedo to a prvate wedding album that you have created. They are real time images which guest are able to comment or “Like” and after the big day you can download any videos or images.

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5. Tripit:

With all the wedding planning you don’t want to forget about the honeymoon! This user friendly app keeps all of your travel information in one nice accessible place so that after the big day you can truly just sit back and relax.

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Ever couple should enjoy the wedding planning process and these wedding day apps are here to make it easier. Happy planning!

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