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Outstanding Occasions Wedding Weekend | Outstanding Weddings

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The Outstanding Occasions team is so excited to kick off the weekend of December with three incredible weddings. First, on Friday we have  Nikki and Keenan! We can’t wait to watch this stunning couple tie the knot in a lavish ceremony at Desert Mountain. After the ceremony, Nikki and Keenan’s family and friends will celebrate with a cocktail hour and a reception. Decor supplied by La Tavola and Event Rents will bring Nikki and Keenan’s vision into fruition. We couldn’t have done it without help from Petal Pusher, Rachel Soloman Photography, ZoMei Video Productions, The Instant Classics, Hip Booth and Foil & Ink, to name a few!

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On Saturday, we have the pleasure of working with Jaclyn and Grant. This adorable couple will seal their love in a classic and traditional ceremony at the Fountain Terrace at the Four Seasons Resort. The cocktail hour and reception in the Ironwood Patio & Foyer will be dripping with florals from the incredibly talented Carte Blanche team. We are so eager to watch this fun-filled night unfold, thanks to some helping hands from Kelly + Sergio Photography, Ryan Blake Films, Desert House Productions and Us to U Rentals to name a few.

Last, but not least, we have Jenn and Scott’s wedding on Saturday evening. The soon-to-be Mr. and Mrs. Harrington will get married at the iconic Wrigley Mansion. Dinner, dancing and desserts will follow the beautiful ceremony, courtesy of Ruze Cake House and Desert House Productions. Thankfully, Chase Sevey Photography will be there to capture all of the day’s intimate moments. This could not have happened without the help from the creative teams from Classic Party Rentals and Prim Rentals. Follow our Instagram stories to keep up with all of the activity @outstandingoccasions!

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Engagement Ring Guide 101 | Outstanding Advice

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So, you’re thinking of getting engaged… Congratulations! Now to the next step: picking the perfect engagement ring for your sweetheart. While this is a very special part of getting engaged, selecting the ring that will grace the hand of your beloved for eternity can feel extremely daunting, and even stressful. You want them to love it after all! Here are a few helpful tips, the 5 S’s, (our personal twist on the 4 C’s — carat, color, cut & clarity) to keep in the back of your mind when looking for that extra special ring.

Shape. Diamond rings are traditionally cut into ten different shapes– round, princess, emerald, marquise, oval, radiant, pear, heart, cushion and asscher. Because a solitaire circular cut diamond is the most popular, this is typically the priciest pick. Non-round shapes are gaining traction today because they offer an uncommon and exclusive substitute to traditions. It is actually reported that the square cut princess style reflects light the best, and will come across as more clear and brilliant. 

Style. Modern or traditional? Sleek or vintage? Understated or over-the-top? There are countless different engagement ring styles to base your final decision off of. This may seem like the hardest pick of all. Try to pick up hints according to her preference in decor, music and clothing. If she adores shopping at stores like Urban Outfitters and listening to hits from the 80′s, maybe a vintage style ring or an antique would best suit her. On the flip side, if she is a Neiman Marcus regular and listens to sultry tunes from Frank Sinatra, she may prefer something a little on the glamorous and over-the-top side. 

Stone. The classic engagement ring style features a brilliant center cut diamond. 90% of sold engagement rings feature this traditional style, so if you’re trying to brainstorm other options, perhaps something more unique or unconventional, look to sapphires, rubies, Tanzanite, pearls or Moissanite. These are all very high quality gemstones, similar in hardness to diamonds, which means they will last through the wear and tear of daily life. Tanzanite would be a gorgeous alternative because it is extremely rare. Similar in color to a deep blue sapphire, Tanzanite is superb in color and 1,000 times rarer than a diamond.  

Setting. The setting is an equally important part of the engagement ring as the stone. The four main choices for the setting are rose gold, yellow gold, white gold and platinum. Platinum and white gold are typically the most popular picks. Rose gold is a very delicate and unique choice because of the contemporary and feminine vibe it gives off.  The metal does not matter underneath, should you choose a brilliant diamond encrusted band. In order to pick the best setting for your soon-to-be fiancé, pay close attention to the type of metal jewelry she wears. If she wears typically gold necklaces and bracelets, a yellow gold setting would match perfectly. 

Size. Because carat size is a definitely personal choice and dependent on your own individual budget, another aspect of size is making sure you order your final ring in the correct size! This is a tricky part because you definitely can’t ask her, otherwise you would ruin the surprise. It would be ideal to get her mother, best friend or sister involved in this final step of selecting the ring. Purchasing the perfect ring in the wrong size would be irritating and bothersome, since she will be over the moon and not wanting to wait for it to be resized. It will also come across as impersonal! Luckily, if this does happen, most jewelers accept exchanges or will resize it properly. 

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Outstanding Occasions Wedding Weekend | Outstanding Weddings

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With fall wedding season in full swing, our team is highly anticipating Jessica and Matt’s picturesque desert wedding this weekend. The intimate and romantic ceremony will take place at El Chorro, and scenic views from Camelback Mountain, will serve as the most breathtaking background. Outstanding Occasions is so grateful to be partnering with an incredible list of vendors including but not limited to, Round Lens Photography, White Locket Films, Prim Unique Rentals & Floral Design, MT Sounds, and last, but not least, Tremaine Ranch. On Saturday, be sure to keep up with all of the behind-the-scene footage posted on our Instagram Story @outstandingoccasions!

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Shabby Chic El Chorro Wedding | Outstanding Weddings

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Kim and Matt’s delicate and dreamy El Chorro wedding was straight out of a romantic fairytale. Surrounded by their loved ones, this stunning couple celebrated their love with a charming spring wedding. Soft pink was the color of the day influencing everything from the breathtaking and feminine florals from Sarah’s Garden, bridesmaids dresses and decor. The Outstanding Occasions team absolutely adored helping Kim and Matt out every step of the way.

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Clear blue skies made the Casa Palmona Event Lawn the perfect location for their outdoor ceremony. Lush pink and white florals in ornate gold vases were at the head of the impeccably manicured lawn. Vienna Glenn Photography captured the big day’s best moments, such as the bride and groom standing beneath the floral-accessorized Chuppah, courtesy of Prim Rentals, and exchanging their sweet vows. Kim and Matt had a very traditional Jewish ceremony, but added a uniquely intimate twist when seven of their family members read the Seven Blessings from the Ketubah.

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Following the ceremony, guests made their way to the Casa Paloma Patio for cocktail hour. In place of the classic guestbook, a map of Arizona allowed passing guests to jot down a sweet note to the newlyweds. Music by Sweetwater Strings entertained guests as they indulged in specialty cocktails and light bites. When it was time to head inside for dinner and the reception, rose lined mirrors served as an especially chic escort card display. Miniature rustic candles and small succulents were the perfect addition and delicately complemented the pale pink tablecloth.

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A shabby chic vibe took over Casa Paloma, as guests sat down for dinner. The tables were adorned with bountiful blush roses and tall gold and silver candle holders that served as the ideal rustic, yet dainty centerpieces to accompany the simplistic and elegant white dinnerware sets. Additionally, Kim and Matt’s initials were outlined in pink roses and hung above the head table to add a personalized and thoughtful touch to the white clay fireplace.

As the night carried on, guests mingled back and forth from the outdoor patio and Casa Paloma, danced to tunes by Sapphire Sky and satisfied their sweet tooth with countless delicious desserts, including a gorgeous three tier cake from the amazing A Bakeshop! Kim, Matt and all of their friends and family can re-live all of the cherished moments from this incredibly special day, thanks to Ryan Blake Films.

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At the end of a long day, nothing beats watching Kim and Matt let loose and have the time of their lives with their friends and family. The Outstanding Outstanding team is so thankful to have been a part of their big celebration and could not have accomplished it without the helping hands of countless wedding professionals!

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Wedding Professionals: Venue: El Chorro Photographer: Vienna Glen Photography Cinematographer: Ryan Blake Films Florist: Sarah’s Garden Band: Sapphire Sky Ceremony & Cocktail Hour Musicians: Sweetwater Strings Stationary: Celebrations in Paper Rentals: Classic Party Rentals, Prim Rentals Linens: La Tavola Desserts: A Bakeshop

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Outstanding Occasions Wedding Weekend | Outstanding Weddings

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The Outstanding Occasions Team has been hard at work prepping for a busy wedding weekend! We can’t wait to witness all of the awesome ideas come into fruition! The planning process is always so positive and productive when your team gets to work with the most amazing clients.

Our sweet couple, Katie and Evan, is tying the knot this Saturday in a traditional Greek ceremony at Assumption Greek Orthodox Church! After the ceremony, guests will join the soon-to-be Mr. and Mrs. Kafarakis in a fun-filled reception inside Casa Paloma at El Chorro. Decor provided by La Tavola, Petal Pusher and Fancy Lou will be transform Katie and Evan’s dreams into a reality. Thanks to helping hands from Sweetwater Strings, Desert House Productions, Michael Franco and Amy and Jordan Photography, the day will surely be a success!

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