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Dreamy Winter Desert Mountain Wedding | Outstanding Weddings

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In the midst of our spring wedding season, we can’t help but reminisce about this breathtaking winter wedding. Our team at Outstanding Occasions could not be happier to have seen this couple’s spectacular wedding featured in Style Me Pretty. Be sure to check out the full feature right here!

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Nikki and Keenan’s love for one other radiated warmth all throughout their chilly outdoor December nuptials. Nikki settled on a subtle neutral color palette for her bridesmaids, which fit in perfectly with the lush desert background. Petal Pusher implemented white roses, lush greenery and dainty succulents in order to create picture perfect bouquets for Nikki and her girls.

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Desert Mountain was completely transformed into a stunningly intimate ceremony site. As she made the walk down the aisle towards her new husband, Nikki descended a stone staircase draped in beautiful flowing greenery. Candles set in glass lanterns, surrounded by rustic wood logs, sat at the base of the aisle. Nikki and Keenan exchanged their vows underneath a unique delicate white birchwood arch, built and designed by Petal Pusher, which was heavily adorned with blush pink and white florals.

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An elegant cocktail hour ensued soon after Nikki and Keenan tied the knot. Lavish sequined blush pink linens from La Tavola popped against the desert landscape, as ornate centerpieces set within miniature white birchwood logs tied the entire look together. Guests mingled, enjoyed appetizers and wrote sweet notes to the newlyweds on special note cards tied with burlap. When it became time to be seated for the reception, guests found their name and table assignment settled on a birchwood log display of dainty escort cards designed by Foil & Ink.

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Guests were in awe as they entered the Cochise Geronimo dining room. This amazing room, complete with glass walls and spectacular views, was transformed into a luxurious winter wonderland, with abundant winter florals, white birchwood accessories, gold metals and too many candles to count. Blush pink La Tavola napkins were tied with burlap and laid upon gold rimmed charger plates. Textured ivory tablecloths served as the perfect foundation. The head table wowed guests as they admired the long rustic dining table in front of the hanging floral design by Petal Pusher. After dinner, guests danced the night away to tunes by The Instant Classics. In between dancing the night away, guests kicked back and relaxed on the beautiful lounges by Petal Pusher, and posed for pictures in the Hip Booth and were treated with custom cigars from Fumar.

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This cozy winter night was absolutely incredible, and thankfully Rachel Solomon Photography and ZoMei Films captured all of the nights amazing moments, as seen be!

Keenan and Nikki Wedding Highlight Film – Arizona from ZoMei Film Stories on Vimeo.

 

Wedding Professionals: Desert Mountain Florist: Petal Pusher Rentals: Event Rents Photographer: Rachel Solomon Photography Cinematographer: ZoMei Video Productions Band: The Instant Classics Photo Booth: Hip Booth Linens: La Tavola Stationery: Foil & Ink

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The Breakdown of a Foolproof Cocktail Hour | Outstanding Advice

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The cocktail hour is a key element to any wedding celebration. It’s a chance for guests to socialize, have a few drinks, snack on your hand picked hors d’oeuvres and prepare for the night’s festivities. For the newlyweds, the cocktail hour gives the bride and groom an opportunity to take photos with their wedding party or extended family, and spend some one-on-one time together after the ceremony. This crucial hour also gives your wedding professionals time behind the scenes to perfect all details for the reception. There are so many important elements that need to be squeezed into this hour, so our team is here to help with the little pointers that make a cocktail hour one to remember.

Seating. Having a lounge area is a great idea if you want to spoil your guests with comfort. Large comfortable sofas will provide your guests with the optimal seating area, but regular cocktail tables with chairs definitely will serve their needs as well. It’s also a good idea to have a few high tables scattered around for guests to linger at as they enjoy their cocktails and conversation. Seating during cocktail hour is especially important for older guests, who may be unable to stand and mingle for the entire hour.

Music. Cocktail hour music will set the mood and bring your guests into the right mindset for the rest of the evening. If you have a band, request that they play upbeat and hip music or maybe something acoustic, at a lower level so people can still hear each other and chat. If the band doesn’t arrive until later in the night, check if the venue is able to play some subdued tunes through the house speaker system. Be sure not to play anything too intense or loud, because that should be saved for after dinner to get everyone ready to party!

Hors D’Oeuvres. Having servers tray pass hors d’ouvres during cocktail hour will allow your guests to nibble on a few small bites before dinner. Another idea is to have a “serve yourself” type of cocktail hour, with appetizer stations, such as a cheese and cracker spread, or hummus and crudité station. This way guests can help themselves to any portion they want before dinner, or try multiple smaller options. When working with the caterer or venue banquet team, be sure to sample your hors d’oeuvres exactly as your guests will eat them on your wedding night, as you want to ensure each piece is small enough, and easy enough to eat while carrying on a conversation.

Specialty Cocktails. It’s no surprise that the drinks are definitely the highlight of cocktail hour! Tray-passed champagne definitely sets a festive tone, while tray passed red and white wine helps alleviate the line at the bar. You might also consider implementing a specialty cocktail, based on the location of your wedding and the season! For example, delicious ice cold cocktails with muddled fruit are perfect for spring and summer weddings, while rich and heavier options are more fitting for fall and winter weddings. Don’t forget special garnishes as well as fun straws and cocktail napkins to make your drinks really stand out. It’s also a great idea to include a specialty nonalcoholic drink for those who don’t drink or are under 21!

Décor. Implementing your wedding design into your cocktail hour décor is very important to ensure your whole day is cohesive. Small centerpieces with floral and candles, similar to the bridal bouquet and ceremony flowers, will tie the floral design of the ceremony and reception all together. If your budget allows, consider renting a specialty linen in the color scheme of the wedding. Remember that your decor during cocktail hour is serving as a sneak peak for the beautiful reception, so all-in-all, keep it simple and cohesive so your wedding reception can really shine!

As you can see, there are countless details that go into perfecting a cocktail hour. But all in all, a cocktail hour is nothing without the love of friends and family gathering to celebrate this new chapter in your life! Cheers!

Photography Credit: Amy & Jordan Photography

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Posh Floral Spring Arizona Biltmore Wedding | Outstanding Weddings

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Alli and Brian’s wedding was a special one, as the Outstanding Occasions team had the pleasure of planning Alli’s brother’s wedding two years prior to hers, so we were so excited to be working with their sweet family again. When we sat down with Alli and Brian to discuss their special day, we immediately connected with their vibrant energy and radiant personalities, and knew we were in for a fun planning experience. This gorgeous couple exchanged vows in a gorgeous spring ceremony at the Arizona Biltmore, with their color palette perfectly mirroring their bubbly and bright personalities. The amazing Petal Pusher designed a romantic white bouquet for the bride, with subtle hints of peach and greenery, while the bridesmaids carried white roses accented with bubblegum pink peonies.

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The incredible outdoor ceremony was held on the Squaw Peak Terrace at the Arizona Biltmore. The aisle was dusted with ivory rose petals and lined with full cream and peach floral arrangements with lush greenery, set on top of rustic wooden boxes. These bright colors, paired with the crisp white chairs, popped against the fresh spring lawn. Alli and Brian said “I Do” underneath a stunning  chuppah, draped in white fabric and lined with a lush garland composed of greenery. After the ceremony concluded, guests were greeted with two of the couple’s favorite signature drinks, a Prickly Pear Sparkler and a Miller Lite. Right before it was time to head in to reception, attendees were guided to find their name and table number at the unique escort card display consisting of a tall dark wood backdrop with bright pink ribbon, with pinned escort cards design by Courtney Callahan and lined with florals by Petal Pusher.

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When cocktail hour ended, guests made their way into the Grand Ballroom for a fun-filled night of dinner and dancing. Beautiful and luxurious centerpieces consisting of lush peonies and white roses as well as silver  pillar candles greeted guests as they approached their table. The table numbers, set in rustic gold chic frames, gave the table a delicate and simple touch. Gold tablecloths and ivory napkins by La Tavola  perfectly tied all of the charming details together.

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A dance party ensued soon after the reception was over, and the newlyweds danced the night away – and even did the traditional horah  – to lively music by The Instant Classics. A delicious four-tier wedding cake fueled the guests into the late hours of the evening. All of the special moments were captured by Erica Velasco Photography! Our team had such a blast watching all of the fun unfold, and we could not have done it without our amazing and helpful team of wedding professionals!

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Wedding Professionals: Venue: Arizona Biltmore Photography: Erica Velasco Photographers Videographer: Simply Cinema  Ceremony Musician: Sweetwater Strings  Florist: Petal Pusher Band: The Instant Classics Rentals: La Tavola Linen, Us 2 U Rentals Uplighting: Karma Lighting Stationery: Courtney Callahan 

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Outstanding Occasions Wedding Weekend | Outstanding Weddings

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Our team at Outstanding Occasions is super excited to kick off the first wedding weekend of March with two fabulous weddings! On Saturday, we have the pleasure of planning Sondra and Matthew’s big day at the beautiful Hyatt Gainey Ranch. This adorable couple will tie the knot in an intimate ceremony held at St. Patrick’s Catholic Community Church, with a cocktail hour and reception to follow. All of the special moments will be captured by Andrew & Jade Photography. We are so excited to watch the day unfold alongside our awesome team of vendors, La Tavola Linen, Prim Unique Rentals, Classic Party Rentals, Us 2 U Rentals, Serendipity Cinematography and Desert House Productions.

The wedding fun continues with Sheryl and Aman’s celebration on Saturday evening at the Four Seasons Resort Scottsdale at Troon North. These soon-to-be newlyweds will exchange vows on the Fountain Terrace in an intimate ceremony surrounded by their family and friends, then head to Talavera for a memorable night of dinner and dancing surrounded by bright desert floral and cacti. Our team is so thrilled to be a part of this sweet couple’s planning process, and could not have done it without the helping hands of several wonderful vendors including Elyse Hall Photography, Desert House Productions, La Tavola Linen, Us 2 U Rentals and Wild Child Floral Design.

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Tips for Perfecting Your Wedding Menu | Outstanding Advice

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Your wedding menu food tasting is arguably one of the best perks of planning your big day! Any excuse to sample delicious hors d’oeuvres and fine wine certainly makes for a good time. While the overall taste is of course one of the most important factors, our Outstanding Occasions team came up with five helpful hints to keep in mind while finalizing your wedding menu.

Presentation. The outward appearance of a dish will give off a specific first impression to your guests, therefore influencing their dining experience, so make sure it’s beautiful! Having a sleek layout of your dish with added garnishes will excite your guests because it will look extremely appetizing. As far as the presentation of appetizers during cocktail hour, having staff serve your appetizers on platters in an arranged and polished appearance will definitely lure your guests to trying one, even if they are picky! 

Season. Which month you are getting married in will heavily influence the items served on your wedding menu. Fall and winter weddings will tend to have menus that feature more of a hearty meal with vegetables in season, such as brussels sprouts, squash, beets and sweet potatoes. On the contrary, spring and summer weddings will typically highlight lighter fare, such as adding fruits and berries into leafy green salads and grilled fish and chicken with added citrus. The season will also impact the types of cocktails served. Warm and cozy bourbon and rum will typically be served in the winter, while fruity spritzers and sangria are summer’s calling. 

Portion Size. Is the food served per person or family style? If it’s served per person, it’s important to correctly size your guest’s portions. After a long day, your guests will be famished and ready for dinner! A common complaint received at weddings is that the portion sizes are often too small, and do not completely satisfy the guests, leaving them wanting more. Be sure to correctly and generously size your meal in order to leave your guests feeling full and happy. Family style is a great option because then guests can take as much or as little as they please, and can even help themselves to more portions. 

Allergies & Dietary Restrictions. Be sure to keep in mind your guests allergies and dietary restrictions. Guest with allergies will know to  write in their specific allergies and dietary restrictions on the RSVP card, so your caterer can plan accordingly, and always ensure there is an alternative vegetarian option for those who do not eat meat. Don’t forget to think of alternatives for those who have gluten-free and dairy-free diets as well, so that your guests with dietary restrictions or allergies aren’t left hungry for the night. 

Quality. Choosing high quality ingredients is extremely important in terms of not only taste, but also presentation. Food will look more appealing and appetizing if it’s extremely fresh and high quality.  Many people choose to buy locally sourced ingredients or organic choices to ensure the best for their big day. When large scale meals are prepared, it is pertinent to make sure everything is good quality because several details of the menu may be prone to slip through the cracks. 

Photography Credit: Rachel Solomom Photography

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