Love was certainly in the air as Maggie and Brian officially became husband and wife in a traditional wedding ceremony modern twist at Brophy Chapel. Although Maggie and Brian are of different faiths, they respectfully implemented both Jewish and Catholic rituals all throughout their special day. Melissa Jill Photography captured the day and all the beautiful details. White House Design Studio went above and beyond by adding in subtle desert-esqe accents within classic neutral florals and created the perfect bouquets for Maggie and her bridesmaids.
Eager guests observed as Maggie was escorted down the aisle by her father to sweet sounds by Apperson Strings. In fact, Maggie’s great grandparents built Brophy Chapel in 1928, and since then, her family has been very involved in the expansion of the chapel and school, so this was an extremely intimate and precious moment for them to witness and be a part of. This traditional ceremony took a modern twist as both a Catholic priest and a Jewish officiant were present.
Following the romantic ceremony, guests headed to the JW Marriott Camelback Inn for an intimate cocktail hour and an outdoor reception. The gorgeous Arizona sunset was the perfect addition to natural and rustic theme of the evening. Delicate white and pink roses were accessorized with small candles and flowing canopies for a dreamy feel.
The portofino lights made for the perfect addition to this elegant outdoor reception, as guests danced the night away to classic hits performed by the amazing Lucky Devils. Watching Maggie and Brian be surrounded by their loved ones was so heartwarming, and Outstanding Occasions was so grateful to have had the opportunity to assist in the special day of two unique individuals, bonded together by rich family history, and creating their own love story.
Wedding Professionals: Reception Venue: JW Marriott Camelback Inn Florist: White House Design Studio Photographer: Melissa Jill Photography Ceremony Venue: Brophy Chapel Ceremony Musicians: Apperson Strings Band: Lucky Devils Makeup: Linda Wagner Makeup & Style Transportation: Copper Star Professional Transportation Co. Rentals: Classic Party Rentals Linens: La Tavola Fine Linens
Choosing the perfect venue is arguably one of the most important factors in planning your wedding. Our couples are oftentimes intimidated and overwhelmed with this big choice, since it’s the largest investment you’ll make for your wedding, and because everything else hinges off the location – including florals, color palette, and even food selection. In order to be at peace with knowing you chose the perfect spot to tie the knot, there are countless factors to take into consideration.
Budget. Before you start the venue search, make sure you have discussed and confirmed your wedding budget. It’s important that the venue you choose realistically fits within your budget. You don’t want to blow your whole budget on the venue and have nothing left over for all the fun floral and decor you’ve been dreaming of since you first got engaged! Keep in mind that your venue, which typically includes food and beverage costs (unless it’s a venue where you hire outside catering), accounts for about 50% of your budget.
Weather. Depending on the season you are planning to have your wedding, weather is an important consideration in choosing your venue. During the winter months, outdoor venues are either not feasible, or will require a lot of “extras,” such as heaters and pashminas, and during the summer, outdoor venues can definitely be tricky with the heat and humidity, depending on your wedding location. If you’re saying “I Do” in Phoenix, Arizona, for instance, our 100+ degrees summer temperatures pretty much eliminate the ability to get married outside June-August!
Location. Another important factor to think about is where your venue is located, especially if it’s a destination wedding and most of your guests will be traveling from out of town. Is the venue within reasonable driving distance to the airport, hotels, and restaurants? Or is it on a remote ranch or a tiny ski village that will require you to spend a chunk of your budget on transportation and other extras (like high delivery fees for rentals and linens)?
The “Us” Factor. Last but not least, you want the venue to fit who you are as a couple. Are the two of you pretty traditional and into classic architecture? Are the two of you casual and do you envision seating under the stars and lawn games? Take a moment to make sure your chosen venue can be transformed to have the charm that makes your relationship unique, personal and intimate.
After doing some adequate research, organization and a site tour, you will be sure to find the perfect venue for your special day.
Adriana and Preston are a match made in heaven. Although they call Washington D.C. home, this gorgeous couple decided on the Four Seasons Scottsdale Troon North as the perfect destination wedding location. The breathtaking outdoor ceremony, located on the exclusive Ironwood Terrace, was accessorized with classic, cascading white florals and vines designed by Petal Pusher. Guests were brought to happy tears as the bride walked down the aisle to romantic melodies performed by The String Serenade. And to top it off, Joshua Aull Photography and I Do Films creatively collaborated to record all the beautiful moments of this very special day.
An elegant and traditional cocktail party ensued after the ceremony at the Fountain Terrace. Guests enjoyed tray passed hors d’oeuvres, sipped on specialty refreshments, and lounged on the outdoor Classic Party Rentals cream-colored lounge vignettes, all while the newlyweds merrily mingled. Soon thereafter, dinner was served in the Ironwood Ballroom. Elegant glass champagne flute candle holders were paired with white roses and arums, and accented by soft orange and blush roses, creating the perfect centerpieces for the La Tavola Fine Linen draped dining tables.
Adriana and Preston shared their first dance to beats by Midnight Special, while everyone delighted in the delicious desert-inspired wedding cake, accented with miniature succulents and topped with cactus. As Adriana and Preston’s special day came to a close, Outstanding Occasions couldn’t help but beam with happiness over a beautiful (and successful!) wedding day.
Wedding Professionals: Venue: Four Seasons Scottsdale Troon North Florist: Petal Pusher Photographer: Joshua Aull Photography Videographer: I Do Films Ceremony Musicians: The String Serenade Rentals: Classic Party Rentals Linens: La Tavola Band: Midnight Special Stationery: gilah press + design
Kristen and Casey’s spring El Chorro wedding was picture perfect, and Outstanding Occasions was honored to plan the wedding for these two incredible individuals and their adorable pup, Zoey! For the ceremony, the Casa Paloma Lawn was transformed into a whimsical desert oasis. Designed to enhance the natural beauty of the surrounding environment, the ceremony included miniature greenovias and succulents as well as romantic pink and white peonies and roses by The Flower Studio for added softness. The talented Andrew and Jade Photography captured all of the intimate moments during the ceremony, such as the adorable ring-bearer and flower girl walking down the aisle, which was lined with dimly lit candles in rose gold geometric holders. Music by The Encore Quartet added to the emotion of this special day, as Kristen was escorted down the aisle by her father.