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Merlyn & Blake’s Glamorous Sanctuary Wedding | Outstanding Weddings

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Sometimes when a couple is so incredibly special and so full of love, it becomes hard to put into words how amazing it was planning their wedding day. Which is exactly what happened with Merlyn and Blake’s Sanctuary Resort & Spa on Camelback Mountain wedding.

In helping Merlyn and Blake plan their wedding day we soon realized that this day was not only about them becoming husband and wife, it was also about their family and friends from all over the world who would be attending. It was important to them that each guest would feel special, this meant that the little details and small moments would have a special impact for everyone. With the stunning views of Camelback Mountain in the background, and a touch of glitter everywhere you turned, their wedding was the definition of glitz in the desert.

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VENUE: Sanctuary Resort & Spa on Camelback Mountain

COLOR PALETTE: Blush, Ivory, Champagne & Gold

INSPIRATION: Glitz & Glamour with Desert Touches

Gold glitter arrows, hanging crystals and white rose petals from Table Tops, Etc. welcomed guests as they walked to Paradise Views for ceremony, which took place overlooking Camelback Mountain. Glass lanterns stood watch at the base of the aisle, while a wood table filled with candle votives and white florals served as the altar backdrop.

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After ceremony, guests enjoyed cocktails on the Views Terrace, where their signature drink was champagne with gold sugar glitter that rimmed the glass, and personalized napkins honoring Merlyn and Blake were distributed. Table Tops, Etc. adorned each table with blush and cream floral centerpieces set in a cylinder with crushed mirrored glass. A desert touch was added when guests were greeted by succulent favors with custom escort card flags and heart “gracias” tags created by Vee Creative.

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The reception was nothing short glitz, glamour and romance. Sparkling chandeliers hung from the ceiling of The Views ballroom and each table was laced with New York Nude gold linens and blush napkins from La Tavola. Gold glitter table numbers, mercury glass trumpet vases and assorted floral vessels from Table Tops, Etc. made each table more and more decadent. Classic Party Rentals set gold beaded glass chargers at each guests place setting to finalize this glamours wedding.

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To close the night, Classic Cakes and Confections set a three tiered cake on top of a rose petal filled arylic stand. A custom candy bar was filled with Merlyn and Blake’s favorite blush, gold and silver sweet treats and included a personalized to-go bag designed by Vee Creative where Wildflower Linen provided a Curly Willow linen which accented the candy bar perfectly.

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See below for Meryln and Blake’s highlight film by Everly Films of their glitzy day.

Merlyn + Blake // Paradise Valley, AZ from Everly Films on Vimeo.

Merlyn and Blake, we can’t believe it’s already been over a year since your glamorous desert wedding. Thank you so much for letting us be a part of your day and a huge thank you to Pinkerton Photography for capturing all of the gorgeous details.

Venue: Sanctuary on Camelback Mountain Resort and Spa
Photographer: Pinkerton Photography
Cinematographer: Everly Films
Floral: Table Tops Etc
Stationery: Vee Creative
Rentals: Classic Party Rentals and Us To U Party Rentals
Linens: La Tavola Fine Linen and Wildflower Linen
Entertainment: Desert House Productions Inc.
Officiant: Mike Kennedy
Hair and Makeup: ALLISON PYNN, Makeup & Hair Styling
Cake: Classic Cakes and Confections

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Andrea & Jacob’s Montelucia Wedding Featured on The Knot | Fantastic Features

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Whimsical and colorful are the perfect words to describe Andrea and Jacob’s wedding which took place at the Omni Resort and Spa at Montelucia. Their day was filled with modern prints, enchanted garden foliage and a jewel tone color palette which was perfectly captured by Melissa Jill Photography.  Today, we are so excited to share their wedding with you which was featured on The Knot. You can see the full feature from The Knot here, and to see more details from this wedding head to our blog post here.

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Five Ways To Prepare for Your Fall Wedding | Outstanding Advice

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SCULPTURE ART Five Ways To Prepare for Your Fall Wedding | Outstanding Advice

Although we are in the midst of spring wedding season, April begins the six month countdown for fall brides. Based on a 12-month planning timeline, the major players for your fall wedding should already be in place such as date, venue and dress, so now is the time to start working on the finer details for your big day. Often times it can be hard to narrow down what needs to be done when you are looking at your seemingly never ending wedding checklist. After the major details are set, here are the next steps we recommend taking as you move towards walking down the aisle:

1)    Solidify Key Wedding Professionals: Now that you have your date and location, you can start narrowing down and selecting your other important wedding day professionals. Schedule final meetings with potential photographers, bands | DJs, and officiants. Then, make your final decision and make sure to keep a list with their contact information so you have everyone you need in one place. Selecting these professionals can be challenging, especially when there are multiple companies you like, but think about who you want to be surrounded by on your wedding day and the answer should become clear.

2)   Begin Brainstorming your Design Aesthetic: If you haven’t decided on a color palette yet, do that now! Once you have your color palette and design ideas in hand, start finding the pieces to make it happen. Meet with florists to see who captures your design vision and start creating concepts that match your vision. You will also want to think about specialty linens and rental items such as chairs, chargers, etc. and how those pieces can enhance your over-all wedding look.

3)   Finalize Invitation Concepts: With save-the-dates typically going out six to eight months before the wedding, you should have your stationery designer or company selected and begin discussing design pieces for your invitation suite. An invitation suite can include everything from an invitation, RSVP card, reception card, rehearsal dinner or brunch invite, details card, and so much more! Start thinking about how you want the first impression of your wedding to look, and what you want it to say.

4)   Finalize Bridal Party Attire: Whether your bridal party is composed of one maid-of-honor or ten bridesmaids, the bridal party attire can be one of the more stressful aspects of wedding planning. But it doesn’t have to be! While everyone may want their opinion to be heard, don’t forget that it is your day so you get the final say in what the bridal party wears. Take into consideration each of your attendants ages and body types, as well as the overall aesthetic of your wedding. With so many options today, you can always pick a shade and let them pick their own dress, or find a dress than can be worn multiple ways, allowing each bridesmaid to still feel unique. For the guys, we recommend keeping it simple and featuring each of the guys in the same crisp and clean tux or suit.

5)   Begin Thinking About your Rehearsal Dinner | Wedding Brunch: Until now your main focus has most likely been your  ceremony and reception. With those details finalized, start selecting options for the wedding “extras.” Decide who is hosting the rehearsal dinner and/or brunch and who will be invited. Once that detail is figured out, suggest venue options to the host, and allow them to take the reigns.

We know that wedding planning can be overwhelming at times, help combat it by taking each to-do one at a time. Remember, this is one of the best times of your life, enjoy it!

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Double Header Outstanding Occasions Wedding Weekend | Outstanding Weddings

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Have you ever met clients that feel more like friends than business? That is exactly how we feel about both of our clients for this weekend’s Outstanding Occasions Weddings.

First, we have Kathleen & Aaron. They have been such a joy to work with and we cannot wait for their El Chorro wedding on Saturday! We couldn’t be more excited for the team we have to make their wedding day happen including, Amy & Jordan Photography, Serendipity, Petal Pusher, MT Sounds, Classic Party Rentals, La Tavola Fine Linen, Allegro Quartet, Ruze Cake House, idieh design, and Hip Booth. As usual, we’ll be sharing sneak peeks throughout the day from our @OutstandingOccasions Instagram, but until then, try not to fall too in love with these insanely gorgeous engagement pictures courtesy of Amy & Jordan Photography. Who can say they took their engagement photos on the grounds of an Irish castle?!

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Our second couple saying “I Do” this weekend is Alli & Brian. Not only do we love spending time with this laid back couple every time their in town from Chicago, Alli is also the sister of our past groom Ian, so they are like family. We are so excited to produce their beautiful romantic day at Arizona Biltmore with rich jewish traditions intertwined. We have an incredible creative team on hand to help make their wedding day come to life including, Erica Velasco Photographers, Simply Cinema, Petal Pusher, La Tavola Fine Linen, The Instant Classics, Sweetwater Strings, Courtney Callahan Paper, and so many more.


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Linas & Cara’s Glamorous Art Deco Arizona Biltmore Wedding | Outstanding Weddings

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Take a moment to envision yourself in a setting filled with old Hollywood glamour and class. Picture classic beauty enriched with art deco vibes and captivating decor. That’s exactly how Cara & Linas’s Arizona Biltmore wedding felt.

When we first met Cara & Linas two things were apparent, their love for each other, and their love for their friends and family. From the very get go, their number one priority for their wedding day was to ensure their guests had the best time, and that the entire day was an experience. With that goal in mind, we worked away on creating a memorable one-of-a-kind affair for them.

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VENUE: Arizona Biltmore

COLOR PALETTE: Ivory, Blush & Gold

INSPIRATION: Classic Glamour with Art Deco Inspiration

Cara & Linas wanted to tie in their love for classic glamour with the stunning art deco patterns and influence found throughout their venue, the Arizona Biltmore. The ceremony was set in the lush Paradise Garden and was enhanced with a vintage inspired gate adorned with romantic floral by Kate Ryan Design. The aisle was laced with ivory petals in a soft swirled pattern. The setting was picture perfect for their intimate ceremony which included a Lithuanian knot ceremony, a reading of a love letter from Cara’s grandfather to her grandmother, and four unique toasts by friends at each stage of their life.

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After ceremony, guests enjoyed Cara & Linas’s signature drinks, a French 75 and a Southside on Squaw Peak Terrace, where they were surrounded by White Petal Linens from Wildflower Linens. Instead of a traditional guest book to sign during cocktail hour, a vintage map was used for guests to write a special note to the couple. The biggest surprise came as cocktail hour came to an end. Guests were not just invited into the reception in a usual manner. Instead, a firework display from Fireworks Production of Arizona let guests know that it was time to move into the reception, as well being led by a saxophonist to their next destination in true New Orleans style.

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To find their seats, guests names were perched on top of filled champagne glasses upon walking into the Gold Room. The kings head table was lined with florals while the other tables saw a mix of three different floral centerpieces set atop vintage gold plated mirrored trays. Each place setting featured the classic gold embossed Arizona Biltmore chargers, with a custom designed menu by idieh design featuring artwork reminiscent of the stained glass windows found throughout the property. Touches of gold throughout the reception along with dripping crystal and pearl accents brought guests back to a time of decadence and old Hollywood influence. Once guests noshed on their dinner and showed off their dance moves, it was time for dessert, but of course this course was anything than ordinary. To add a 1920′s ambiance, Cara and Linas’ dessert bar was served in old school cigarette girl styled trays and featured a variety of options from chocolate dipped rice krispy treats to gold dipped marshmallows.

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However, dessert wasn’t the final surprise. As the reception ended, and the guests danced to the last song, everyone was greeted with another surprise. Guests were asked to look on the back of their menu for a secret password that would grant them access into a speak-easy themed afterparty in Arizona Biltmore’s Mystery Room. The evening ended with light jazz music from the JJ’s Band and late night snacks for guests to nosh on. This evening truly ended up to be one Cara and Linas’ guests soon won’t forget. 

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Thank you Cara & Linas for letting us be a part of your glamorous day. We loved bringing your dreams to reality and helping your vision come to life. Another huge thank you to the team that made this day happen, especially Erica Valasco Photographers for these picturesque images!

Venue: Arizona Biltmore

Florist & Decor: Kate Ryan Design

Makeup: Glam Lounge

Hair: Erin Fink

Stationery: idieh design

Ceremony & Cocktail Hour Musicians: String Serenade

Band: The JJ’s Band

Officiant: Vernon Parker

Linens: Wildflower Linens

Lighting & Audio: PSAV

Cake: Classic Cakes & Confections 

Photographer: Erica Valasco Photographers

Fireworks: Fireworks Production of Arizona

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