Outstanding Occasions

Caelen and Austin’s Uniquely Personal El Chorro Wedding

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We adore weddings that allow couples to demonstrate their personalities and what’s most important to them. Drawing from a relationship deeply rooted in faith, Caelen and Austin’s El Chorro wedding was filled with with small touches of their faith, heritage, and fun-loving personalities…plus soft florals and a romantic color palette! From the aisle decor, to the dessert display, each detail was well-thought-out, uniquely personal, and clear evidence of the couple’s love for one another.

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Caelen and Austin selected minimal, yet very personal details to enhance the natural beauty of El Chorro’s Casa Paloma Lawn. Wooden boards hand painted with scripture lined the aisle, and the altar featured a large wooden cross built by Austin himself. The day was blessed with beautiful sunny skies which provided the ideal natural lighting seen in the photos here by Amy & Jordan Photography.

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As guests enjoyed cocktail hour on Casa Paloma Patio, there were touches of Caelen and Austin’s faith and happy energy everywhere. In place of a traditional guest book, there was a large wooden palette for guest’s signatures and well wishes, as well as a bible and sign asking guests to highlight their favorite bible verse. Guests were also able to tap into their competitive spirit with corn hole games scattered around the back of the ceremony lawn.

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As guests transitioned to the dinner and dancing portion of the evening, they were greeted with dreamy floral centerpieces by Sarah’s Garden. Roses in shades of pink and peach, shimmering mercury glass votives, and short wooden vases, all came together to create a romantic, yet slightly rustic setting. Caelen and Austin’s faith was uniquely displayed in the table numbers, which were framed photo copies of their favorite pages from the bible. The head table was distinguished by a champagne-colored ruffled tablecloth from La Tavola, as well as hand-made Mr. and Mrs. signs, attached to the back of Austin and Caelen’s chairs. And, with a final nod to their personalities and heritage, guests were treated with homemade Greek desserts, and a Greek cake that was almost too pretty to eat!

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Venue: El Chorro

Catering: El Chorro

Dessert: Twelve Cakes Bakery

Stationary: Champagne Press

Florist & Decor: Sarah’s Garden

Linens: La Tavola

DJ: Push Play Entertainment

Officiant: Dustin Tappan

Photographers: Amy & Jordan Photography & Melissa Jill & Karlee K

Hair & Makeup: Creme de la Makeup & Top Knot Beauty

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Outstanding Occasions Whirlwind Wedding Weekend | Outstanding Wedding

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Our team has been hard at work preparing for our (Not one, not two, but three!) Outstanding Occasions weddings this weekend! Our amazing clients have made this process so enjoyable for us, and we can’t wait to see what each of their special days has in store for them.

First tying the knot, we have Kirsten and Weston! The future Mr. and Mrs. Kingsley chose El Chorro for their special day and it will be a perfect fit for them with their casual southwest inspired design.  They will exchange their vows on the Casa Paloma Lawn, followed by a cocktail hour on the patio, and end the night with dinner and dancing inside Casa Paloma. We’re lucky to be working with an extremely talented group of vendors including: Blue Star TransportationSarah’s GardenSimply CinemaPrim RentalsSweetwater Strings DuoMT SoundsLet Them Eat Cake and Andrew Jade Photography.

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Our next couple, Natalie and John, are high school sweethearts that have been together for almost a decade! They came all the way from Minnesota to tie the knot at the Rio Verde Ranch in Rio Verde, AZ. The Rio Verde Ranch is near and dear to their hearts, as it was built by John’s late grandfather. Their wedding, which will take place under the stars, will be simply elegant with rustic touches. We have an incredible team to help us ensure that everything goes perfectly, including: Glam LoungeCre8ive Event RentalsRachel Solomon PhotographyLux FloristM Catering, Hardwire Production, Copper Star TransportationThe DJ FirmArizona Folk EnsembleRuze Cake HouseVee CreativeTonto Verde Clubhouse and The Hip Booth.

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Last we have, Wade and Jaclyn who will be exchanging their vows on the Casa Paloma Lawn at El Chorro as well. After the romantic and very humorous ceremony, guests will continue the celebration at El Chorro inside Casa Paloma, and trust us it will be a party! Decor provided by The Flower StudioPrim Rentals, and La Tavola will enhance the already beautiful setting. With the help of our amazing team for the day, including Kensington MakeupAllison Maginn PhotographyDunn TransportationA Bakeshop, and Desert House Productions, it’s sure to be a day to remember!

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Unexpected Wedding Costs | Outstanding Advice

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A lot of time, energy, and money goes into planning a wedding. For couples, and family members helping couples plan, it’s easy to get caught up in the fun and exciting wedding details, like choosing your dress and selecting a killer DJ, without realizing that there are important costs and details that are being overlooked. To help you and your budget, we’ve compiled a list of wedding costs that are important to budget for, but often overlooked. Including these costs in your wedding budget from the beginning will help you to create a more accurate budget and eliminate stress later on in the planning process and when it comes time to pay the final bill. As you review the list below, keep in mind that it’s still a good idea to have a small portion of your budget allotted to miscellaneous costs to cover any additional unexpected expenses that may come up. We hope you find this list helpful – happy planning!

Wedding day hair and makeup for the bride, bridal party, mother of the bride and mother of the groom is typically what the beauty budget consists of, but there are additional beauty treatments that should be considered for this portion of your wedding budget. Manicures, pedicures, spray tans, facials, and massages are all treatments that many brides may consider when prepping for their big day, and the costs of these treatments can add up quickly. Consider your pre-wedding beauty routine when putting together this estimate for your budget.

Extra Vendor Fees:
Delivery fees, set up and take-down fees, cleaning fees, service charges, and tax are just some of the additional wedding costs that may be included in the bill from vendors. It’s important to ask about these fees from the beginning so that they can be accounted for in your budget.

With save the dates, invitations, RSVP cards, and thank you notes, a postage section is crucial for every wedding budget. Intricate invitations that exceed post office weight limits, or invitations that aren’t traditional in shape may require extra postage, be sure to keep this in mind when designing and planning your wedding stationery suites.

The officiant, hair stylist, makeup artist, band or DJ, catering sales manager, wedding planner, and transportation drivers are all people to keep in mind when it comes to tipping. Depending on your contracts, tipping may already be included, so read those documents carefully! We recommend preparing gratuities in advance and placing them in individually marked envelopes to hand out on your wedding day.

Additional Venue Rental Time:
In addition to renting out the venue for the time of your actual wedding or reception, it’s important to factor in time for setup and take-down. Some facilities charge additional fees if your décor is so intricate that your vendors need to set up the day before, or very early in the morning on the day of your wedding. These costs will be dependent upon your venue and the amount of set up and breakdown time, so be sure to ask your venue coordinator to ensure this isn’t a fee that may sneak up on you.

Bridal Shower, Rehearsal Dinner, and Bachelorette Party Attire

Every bride wants to look and feel her best at all of the events leading up to her big day! New outfits, shoes, and accessories for all of these events can become expensive, so investing in pieces that can be worn again is a good idea. Additionally, mixing old pieces with new pieces can create a whole new look without completely breaking the bank.

Tasting Costs

Sampling delicious food and desserts is one of the best parts about wedding planning. Who doesn’t love getting to try multiple flavors of cake at once?! Tastings are limited to a certain number of people, so keep in mind that there will likely be an extra fee if you’re planning to bring a large group to your tasting.

Vendor Meals

 Yes, your vendors need to eat too! For wedding professionals that work long hours on your wedding day, such as your photographer, DJ and wedding planner, vendor meals should be provided. Some vendors may even specifically state this in their contracts. But don’t worry – you’re not paying for your wedding professionals to eat the three-course, $200 per person wedding dinner you selected for your guests. Venues prepare separate, simple, hot meals for wedding professionals that are a fraction of the cost.

Even with all of these tips in mind, it’s a good idea for every wedding budget to have a section that will cover those unexpected expenses that tend to pop up out of nowhere. Happy planning!

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Dara & Chaz’s Outstanding Occasions Wedding Weekend | Outstanding Wedding

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With the Outstanding Occasions wedding season in full swing we are excited for Dara and Chaz’s picturesque Omni Scottsdale Resort and Spa at Montelucia wedding. With ceremony taking place on Valencia Lawn and  a perfect view of Camelback Mountain as the backdrop and reception in Castillo Lucena, we couldn’t be excited for this intimate wedding. We will be partnering with Keith & Melissa Photographers, Something New Media, Classic Party Rentals, Petal Pusher, Sweetwater Strings, Matt Nathanson, Desert House Productions and so many more! It has been SO much fun planning Dara & Chaz’z peach inspired wedding. We can’t wait to share all that’s in store for their big day, but for now, check out their sweet engagement photos by Keith & Melissa Photographers.

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Kate & Shaun’s Outstanding Occasions Wedding Weekend | Outstanding Wedding

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In the midst of monsoon season, this weekend’s Outstanding Occasions’ wedding falls on a day with a beautiful forecast. We sure hope it’s not too good to be true! Our sweet Tennessee couple, Kate and Shaun, selected the The Four Seasons Scottsdale Troon North as their perfect Arizona wedding venue, and today they will say “I Do” surrounded by the resort’s breathtaking desert landscape. With an incredible team of wedding professions, including Mac Brown Photography, Classic Party Rentals, Petal Pusher, Something New Media, Sweetwater Strings, The Instant ClassicsUs to U Rentals and many more! This wedding is sure to be one to remember. Be sure to follow our Instagram, @OutstandingOccasions, to get a closer look at all of the beautiful wedding day details

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