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Stylish Desert Mountain Wedding | Outstanding Weddings

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Upon meeting Taylor and Nathan, our Outstanding Occasions team immediately admired their radiant chemistry and love for one another. This beautiful couple officially became husband and wife amidst stylish and lavish details and an elegantly neutral color scheme with pops of luxurious royal blue. Florals for the wedding, by the talented Petal Pusher, were chic and romantic with a hint of desert influence in soft hues of white, pale pink, peach combined with delicate succulents.

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Family and friends surrounded the sweet couple as they officially tied the knot in an intimate ceremony that took place at Christ the Lord Lutheran Church. The couple said ‘I do’ surrounded by mirrored vases holding gorgeous lush floral arrangements and dainty birch wood branches on either side of the church altar. The sleek, yet soft details were captured by Jennifer Bowen Photography, as Sweetwater Strings performed graceful melodies during the ceremony. After the heartwarming ceremony, guests headed over to Desert Mountain Golf Club for a cocktail hour and reception.

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Taylor and Nathan’s guests were greeted by a breathtakingly beautiful Arizona sunset when they arrived at Desert Mountain Golf Club for an outdoor cocktail reception. They enjoyed appetizers and signature cocktails as they mingled among themselves. As the time came closer to head inside to the Cochise Geronimo dining room for the reception, guests were enamored by the unique escort card display. A tall green hedge was accented with birch wood branches, white, pink and yellow roses, and sweet succulents.

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Tones of royal blue and brassy gold transformed the dining area into an extremely elegant space. The floral centerpieces stayed true to the neutral theme, consisting of white roses and succulents, similar to Taylor’s bouquet. The copper toned flatware, dinnerware sets, candles and vases, courtesy of Cre8ive Event Rentals and Us to U Events, complemented the rich blue linens from Wildflower Linen perfectly. The detailed place settings were adorned with simple, yet posh menus designed by the incredibly creative idieh design.

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Following the reception, a dance party ensued in the Sunset Terrace. Taylor and Nathan danced the night away with music from Desert House Productions and The Soul Rebels.  As the night carried on, guests indulged in a delicious four-tier wedding cake, topped with dainty roses. After a long day of celebrating, our team was so pleased to see everything come together  the way Taylor and Nathan dreamed. Of course, this could not have been accomplished without the help from our awesome team of wedding professionals!

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Wedding Professionals: Ceremony Venue: Christ the Lord Lutheran Church Reception Venue: Desert Mountain Golf Club Ceremony Musicians: Sweetwater Strings Photography: Jennifer Bowen Photography Videography: Serendipity Cinematography  Florist: Petal Pusher DJ: Desert House Productions  Band: The Soul Rebels Band Backline: Latest Craze Productions Rentals: Cre8ive Event Rentals, Wildflower Linen, Us to U Rentals Stationery: idieh design

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Whimsical Fairytale-esque El Chorro Wedding | Outstanding Weddings

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Andria and Tres managed to re-create a dreamy fairytale straight out of the books for their big day. This picture-perfect duo tied the knot in a romantic outdoor ceremony on the Casa Paloma Event Lawn at El Chorro. Andria and Tres chose a very charming and delicate theme, complete with lace, pearls and glittered accents. The neutral color palette was complemented with hints of lilac. Andria and her bridesmaid’s bouquets followed the neutral theme, consisting of mainly white florals with dainty pops of lavender colored roses, courtesy Flowers by Jodi.

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For the ceremony, soft amethyst colored rose petals lined the aisle adorned with crisp white ribbon tied chairs, topped with bundles of flowers mimicking the bride’s bouquet. The “altar” area required no adornment, as guests were treated with breathtaking views of Camelback Mountain, clear blue skies, and picturesque desert landscape. Sadie Such Photography captured all of the graceful details that made Andria and Tres’ day uniquely special, and all the magical moments too, including their first kiss as newlyweds!

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Following the heartfelt ceremony, Andria, Tres and their guests headed to a fun-filled cocktail hour on the Casa Paloma Patio. Guests mingled, enjoyed refreshments and had the opportunity to leave a sweet note in their adorable guestbook! To add a thoughtful and personal touch, Andria and Tres dedicated a table in memory of their loved ones who could not join in on their special day. When it was time to head inside Casa Paloma for dinner and dancing, guests approached the simple, yet elegant escort card display to find their table assignments.

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Casa Paloma was transformed into a stunningly elegant dining area, complete with blooming branch centerpieces anchored in pebbled vases and adorned with hanging glass bubbled ornaments. For balance, a few tables featured a more traditional white floral centerpiece with gold accents.  The arrangements created an wonderfully whimsical tone for Andria and Tres’ reception. The crisp white linens by La Tavola and white dinnerware sets were subtly enhanced with lavender napkins and lighting for a pop of color throughout.

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Dancing ensued after dinner was served, thanks to tunes by the amazing MT Sounds! When it was time for a break, guests fueled up on delicious Neapolitan wedding cake, created by A Bakeshop. Amidst the incredible time had by all, Something New Media was there to capture all of the night’s amazing moments. Our team at Outstanding Occasions is so happy we had the opportunity to play a part in Andria and Tres’ fairytale wedding day, and we could not have done it without our team of vendors, professionals and helping hands!

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Wedding Professions: Venue: El Chorro Photographer: Sadie Such Photography  Florist: Flowers by Jodi DJ: MT Sounds Cinematographer: Something New Media Desserts: A Bakeshop Linens: La Tavola

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Top Tips for Planning a Destination Wedding | Outstanding Advice

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As of late, many couples have decided to stray from traditional ceremonies and pick a more exotic and unique approach. If you’re looking for a quick escape from reality for your dream wedding, then a destination wedding is the perfect pick. Destination weddings put a new, modern, and exciting twist on this very special day! Although this concept is quickly increasing in popularity, there are a few pointers to keep in mind during the planning process.

Location. The location determines the entire mood of your wedding weekend. We recommend setting your destination wedding in a place that perfectly captures the essence of the two of you as a couple. There are countless options for destinations if you want a specific type of setting such as rustic, beachy, sophisticated or intimate. Be sure to pick a location that is easily accessible for your guests. Nonetheless, be sure to pick a destination that is close to your heart and will be the perfect place to make memories. 

Time of Year. The best weather in destination settings typically aligns with popular tourist seasons, which means there may be a higher volume of crowds at your wedding destination. Nevertheless, the weather is an incredibly important factor in selecting the time of year to get married, especially if your heart is set on an outdoor ceremony. Remember that tropical destinations can present windy or rainy conditions, depending on the time of year, and high altitude locations may mean snow in the forecast – definitely conditions to account for in your planning!

Extra Expenses. If you’re planning your wedding during a high-tourist season, remember it will mean higher rates for flights and hotels for you and your guests. Booking in advance will help a bit, but overall, prices will be higher than other times of the year. Do examine the all-inclusive bundles that resorts offer to larger parties, as it may help make your destination more affordable, and more convenient. Having a family-style reception with a more casual vibe is another idea to consider to ease the price. Besides the travel and food and beverage costs for your wedding, remember that all those fun, off-site activities you’re considering planning for your bridal party and close family and friends will add extra cost. Also, before signing any contracts, read the fine print carefully to ensure you understand all the fees and taxes that are being added – such as service charges, resort fees and even valet for guests.

Save The Dates. As soon as you finalize a location for your wedding, be sure to notify everyone on your guest list with a “save the date.” Typically a “save the date” is mailed about six months before the wedding. However, with a destination wedding, you may want to consider sending the” save the date” at least eight months ahead of time. This is because destination weddings require extra planning time for your guests – they will need to request time off work, budget for the travel, book hotels and flights, and more. The sooner you notify your guests, the more likely they will be able to make the necessary arrangements to attend your wedding.

Wedding Professionals. Scouting out dependable vendors from a city that you’re not very familiar with can be extremely difficult. Luckily, a wedding planner can help you with this task! A good wedding planner will be able to provide you with wedding professional recommendations for florists, catering, entertainment, rentals and more, that align with your specific budget and aesthetic. Additionally, your selected wedding venue will typically have a list of professionals that they prefer to work with that they would be happy to provide to you (including said wedding planner, if you need help finding one!). Don’t be afraid to ask for these resources – it’s very important to make sure you book professionals that will provide an outstanding experience on your wedding day.

We hope you find these tips helpful in your planning process!

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Outstanding Occasions Wedding Weekend | Outstanding Weddings

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As the holidays are quickly approaching, we love contributing to the festive season with some fabulous winter weddings. This weekend, the Outstanding Occasions team is pleased to be a part of Brennan and Aaron’s big day. The Casa Paloma Event Lawn at El Chorro will be transformed into a gorgeous ceremony site. After they tie the knot, guests will mingle outdoors on the Casa Paloma Patio for cocktail hour, and head indoors for a fun-filled reception. Our team is very excited to watch Brennan and Aaron’s vision come to life, thanks to helping hands from our incredible team of vendors including Marisa Belle Photography, A Bakeshop, Posies Floral LLC, Push Play Entertainment and Hart Films. Stay tuned on our Instagram Story (@outstandingoccasions) to keep up with all the behind-the-scene sneak peeks!

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Cheerful and Vibrant Silverleaf Club Wedding | Outstanding Weddings

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Danielle and Will’s undeniably magnetic chemistry made their gorgeous wedding one for the books. This sweet couple tied the knot in an elegant, yet simple outdoor ceremony at the Silverleaf Club in Scottsdale, Arizona surrounded by their family and friends. This picturesque venue radiated rustic and desert vibes. The Flower Studio brought the vision to life by combining desert succulents and feminine pink, orange and white florals to create the most beautiful bouquet for her and her bridesmaids.

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Rolling mountains and desert landscape made for a breathtaking background for Danielle and Will’s outdoor ceremony. Delicate white rose petals lined the aisle, and the alter was draped in beautiful flowing linens and bountiful flowers. Orange roses wrapped in the ceremony sheet music, played by Sweetwater Strings, hung behind each guest’s chair as a thoughtful token. Guests rose as Danielle walked her way towards her new husband, and Jennifer Bowen Photography was there to capture all of the special and candid moments.

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An intimate cocktail hour ensued after the ceremony at the Fountain Courtyard. Guests enjoyed speciality cocktails, appetizers and socialized while listening to sweet acoustic tunes performed by the great Miguel de Maria.  Patterned coral and white tablecloths by La Tavola added a playful twist to the atmosphere. When it was time to head to the Member Courtyard for dinner and dancing, guests found their beautifully gold pinned escort cards by idieh design on the lush green display board, accessorized with succulents on the corners.

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The floral centerpieces for the reception were designed in the colors of a desert sunset. Round guest tables featured tall, full arrangements with luscious roses and hanging tulips. Petite tulips and bright pink peonies were at the base of the centerpieces, with small glass tea light candles in rosy-hued vessels. A neutral linen was brought to life by ornate gold chargers and pillar candles atop rustic wood holders. Long guest tables were draped in a delicate gold Venice lace and featured greenery and floral that created the most beautiful canopy over the table.  Delicate portofino lights hung from the ceiling and added a whimsical feel to the dining area.

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After dinner, everyone danced the night away to energetic music from Desert House Productions. In between dancing spells, guests satisfied their sweet cravings with Danielle and Will’s decadent wedding cake made by Ruze Cake House. Our Outstanding Occasions team is so thankful to have been a part of every step of the way for this amazing new couple. We truly couldn’t have done it without the helping hands from countless vendors and friends!

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Wedding Professionals: Venue: Silverleaf Ceremony Musicians: Sweetwater Strings Photography: Jennifer Bowen Photography Videography: Serendipity  Cake: Ruze Cake House Florist: The Flower Studio Cocktail Hour Musician: Miguel de Maria DJ: Desert House Productions Rentals: La Tavola Linen Stationary: idieh design

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