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We know that when it comes to planning a wedding, to say it can be overwhelming is an understatement. There are so many decisions to be made, and each step in the process affects the next. This is one of the reasons we LOVE the Wedding Wire vendor checklist, it provides a step-by-step timeline for when you should book your wedding vendors. Armed with this, and a few other tips and tricks from us, you will be ready to take on the wedding world.

1. HIRE A WEDDING PLANNER. We cannot stress this enough. They know the wedding world like the back of their hand and are worth their weight in gold. You don’t know what you don’t know… A quality Wedding Planner not only will keep you on track, but will help you create the day of your dreams, or help you figure out what your dream day is all while staying within your budget!

2. A good rule of thumb when planning your wedding is to get a jump on hiring your wedding vendors. Nothing is worse than falling in love with a vendor only to find out that they are booked on your date. Haven’t picked a date? Even better, they may be the ones who dictate that for you based on their availability. Very rarely do vendors hold a date for you. They work off of a first come first serve basis so solidifying those vendors early on so you can enjoy your engagement is a great plan.

3. Hiring your wedding vendors is like choreographing a dance, you want to pair people up with the very best partners. If you are unsure about a vendor, don’t be afraid to ask around. It is always good to get recommendations from other vendors because we see it all. We have the pleasure of seeing the good, the bad and the ugly. If we work with people we know and love on the wedding day it’s like working with friends and it just makes wedding magic for the couple!!

4. Weddings are so expensive. One of the benefits of booking vendors early is the fact that you secure better pricing. Most vendors raise prices slightly every year. So, if you are getting married in 2018 it is best to book vendors at 2017 pricing.

5. The earlier you book the more time you have to sit back, relax and just enjoy being engaged.

 

Wedding Vendor Timeline - Wedding Wire

Wedding Vendor Timeline – Wedding Wire

 

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Classic Wedding at Sassi | Videographer Phoenix

Classic Wedding at Sassi | Videographer Phoenix

How did you meet?

Jennifer and Andrew met at the beginning of their junior year at The University of Arizona. They played off this fact with their guest favors at the wedding. Everyone received a macaroon with the U of A logo on it!

The Proposal like?

Andrew asked Jennifer for her hand in marriage at home, which was perfect. He had made dinner reservations planning to propose there, but unfortunately, Jennifer was held late from work and missed the dinner reservations that he had made! We say everything happens for a reason and it was meant to be intimate and just the two of them.

The Wedding:

The day can be summed up as classy! The wedding was held at the beautiful Sassi venue which pairs perfectly with that theme. This venue has stunning mountain views and a dramatic walk down the staircase entrance that brings you to the garden lawn ceremony.  Jennifer picked the most beautiful and soft floral and in the ivory and blush colors. Her bouquet had a natural feel and almost looked as if you went through a garden and scooped up the perfect pairing of flowers.

With the flowers being so natural and neutral, we love that the bridesmaid’s dresses were a navy blue. It made the floral just pop and the color of the dresses was so complimenting on each of the ladies. We also liked that they all had the same dress, just a different cut. The perfect way to find something to look good on everyone’s body type.

The reception was held inside and had a very intimate feel. We love how they complemented the soft neutral color palette with gold accents. They did this with candles and décor on the tables, as well as with the table plating.

Venue: Sassi
Wedding: Andrea Leslie Events
Photographer: Andrew Jade Photography
Entertainment: Ray the DJ
Florist: Sarah’s Garden
Invitations: Celebrations In Paper

 

Videographer Phoenix

Blush & Ivory Wedding at Omni Montelucia | Videographer Phoenix

Blush & Ivory Wedding at Omni Montelucia | Videographer Phoenix

How They Met

Courtney and Jeff meet in NYC at a wine bar. They say when you know you know. Within the week, they were officially together!

The Proposal

Jeff took Courtney to one of their favorite restaurants and told her that he wanted to spend the rest of his life with her. Sounds like the perfect beginning to us.

The Wedding

Courtney and Jeff were married at the Omni Montelucia and we think it was the perfect choice for the type of wedding they had. It’s a stunning location that’s tucked in with the camelback mountains and the venue really has an old world charm.

Courtney’s dress is stunning. We love the simple satin bottom and the extremely flattering illusion top and back of the bodice. Throughout the dress is lace, and is just so perfectly done.

The whole wedding just screams romantic and intimate. The color palette really helps to give off that feeling with light pinks, white, and greens with a pop of marsala. The bouquets are right on trend with what we have been seeing this year. White and blush pink flowers with tons of green coming from them feeling very natural.

We love all the personal touches they used to make the wedding truly theirs. From the signature drink the “Whiskey Smash”, to the use of long farm tables that their guests dined at during the ceremony. The reception was a picturesque setting that was outside and under the stars. It was perfectly lit by fairy lights strung across the whole thing.

The cake looked almost too pretty to eat. It was a beautiful three tier cake, where the tops of each tier look as if they are painted with gold. The front has a gorgeous and huge 3d flower that just is breathtaking and every petal is perfectly placed.


Event Planning: Imoni Events
Venue: Omni Montelucia
Floral: Carte Blanche Designs
Paper: Celebrations in Paper
Linens: BBJ Linen
Rentals: Classic Party Rentals

Videographer Phoenix

NYE Sanctuary Wedding | Videographer Phoenix

NYE Sanctuary Wedding | Videographer Phoenix

 

How They Met:

Samantha and Kyle met through mutual friends a few years after college. When Samantha first met Kyle, she thought he was cute, but his confident attitude was not appealing to her. It was only at a friend’s pool party a few months later that she got to know him better and instantly developed a secret crush on him. Kyle doesn’t take hints very well, so Samantha basically had to shake him and say, “I like you!” Once he realized that she was being serious, he grabbed her and kissed her and they have been together ever since. They just celebrated their 6-year dating anniversary in July.

The Proposal:

It was Thanksgiving Day, last year. They had agreed to split the day with both families, visiting Kyle’s family for the first half and Samantha’s for the second. Thanksgiving has always been a big deal at Samantha’s house – they have about 30 people over every year and look forward to it year-round. Kyle’s family doesn’t make such a big deal about it, so Samantha, of course, wanted to spend most the day with her family.

She ended up getting ready at her parents’ house that day since she had come over early to help cook. Samantha was anxiously awaiting Kyle to come pick her so that they could go to his family and then hurry back to hers.

Of course, Kyle was running late, and this didn’t make Samantha very happy. Suddenly, the doorbell rang, and a black limo was sitting in the driveway.  She knew right then what was about to happen. The limo pulled up to a park that she had never been to before. She sees Kyle standing under a tree by a pond, wearing a suit and holding an umbrella (it was pouring rain).

Kyle explained to her that he brought Samantha to this park because this is where his dad proposed to his mom 30 years earlier. Kyle’s mom passed away when he was 9 years old, so it was very emotional for both when he told me where we were standing. He got down on one knee and revealed the most beautiful ring she has ever seen. She, of course, said YES (through many tears), and then he told her that he had one more surprise – a videographer had been hiding behind a tree the whole time, and he captured the entire proposal.

Wedding Coordinator: Meant 2 Be Events
Venue: The Sanctuary
Entertainment: The Instant Classics
Florist: The Flower Studio

 

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Striped, Blush & Gold Wedding | Videographer Phoenix

Striped, Blush & Gold Wedding | Videographer Phoenix

 

How they met:

Leah and Shawn met during graduate school (MBA) at Arizona State University’s WP Carey School of Business. They were introduced by a mutual friend at school, who also happened to know that both Leah and Shawn were going on the summer study abroad trip to Europe! What a perfect time to meet!

The proposal:

Leah and Shawn took a vacation to Seattle. One of the days they were there, they decided to go with some of Shawn’s work friends to what Leah thought was a picnic at the infamous Gas Works Park. When They got there, they sat down in the grass and admired the beautiful Seattle skyline from across the water. It wasn’t long until Leah started to notice that Shawn was nervous and glancing at notes of a speech he made on his phone! Shawn then stood up and pulled Leah up with him, and then got down on one knee and popped the question!

The Wedding:

The color scheme for this wedding is just flawless. It is navy and white striped with hints of blush and gold. To us, it’s the perfect pair of masculine and feminine, which might we say is perfect for a wedding! The blush and gold, which are so on trend right now, give off such a soft and romantic feel, where the stripes gave just a hint of nautical to this beach wedding.  They took the color scheme and executed it to a tee from the ceremony to the floral, and right into the reception. It all tied together perfectly.

The bridesmaid’s dresses are a short navy ensemble that we love. The top is so flattering with the halter type look, and we think overall they look so chic and classic. Leah’s gown, is, of course, breathtaking with adorable sleeves and a low back that gives just the right amount of sexy.

 

 

Wedding Coordinator: The Best Wedding For You
Venue: Coronado Community Center
Photographer: True Photography
Caterer: Personal Touch Dining
Entertainment: Elite British DJ
Florist: Whimsey Florals

Videographer Phoenix

As we are about to dive head first into one of the busiest spring seasons we have ever had, at the same time we are super excited to this years wedding trends.  One of the most fascinating parts of our job is to see how each couple executes their perfect day, to a T. We also love to see how they incorporate the wedding trends of the season and make them their own. Here are some of our favorite things right now.

Metals: We loved when couples started to incorporate more silver and gold into their wedding pallet over the past few years. This year its full-blown metal! Gold, silver, rose gold, pewter and copper. They are so versatile, and really compliment so many different color arrangements. We love how they can easily dress up, or soften the feel of the whole day.

Latest and Greatest Trends | Videographer Phoenix

Metal: Latest and Greatest Trends | Videographer Phoenix

Whimsical Floral: So far, we have seen a huge amount of our brides sticking with what we like to call “sophisticated whimsical” floral. This includes large soft flowers such as garden roses or peonies, paired with beautiful succulents, that gives off a romantic and classic look.

Floral: Latest and Greatest Trends | Videographer Phoenix

Floral: Latest and Greatest Trends | Videographer Phoenix

Sugar: Who doesn’t love cake? Just a few years ago and still a bit now, it was popular to have cupcakes. I mean it’s the perfect portion all ready to go for your guests. However, this year the movement seems to be leaning towards beautiful multi-tiered cakes. We can’t complain because these stunning works of art are not only beautiful to look at, but also still delicious as ever.

Sugar: Latest and Greatest Trends | Videographer Phoenix

Sugar: Latest and Greatest Trends | Videographer Phoenix

Gown: This category is ever changing and we love it because it means we get to see new and fabulous dresses every season. Color is making a huge come back and in the most gorgeous way ever. May it be just a slight hint of pink to the overall gown, or possibly small details that give off a hue of your “something blue”. We also are seeing an increase of sleeves in all sorts and cutouts in flattering places. This gives such a nice update to the classic silhouette of a wedding dress.

Gown: Latest and Greatest Trends | Videographer Phoenix

Gown: Latest and Greatest Trends | Videographer Phoenix

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White & Gold Wedding as Sassi | Videographer Phoenix

White & Gold Wedding as Sassi | Videographer Phoenix

 

The Wedding Day

This fabulous wedding at the Omni Montelucia is everything classic and romantic as can be.
Nicole’s gown is breathtaking. The dress is head to toe lace, with just the slightest hint of beading to make it sparkle and shine in the sun. We particularly love the deep back of the dress that really shows off her silhouette.

Nicole’s florals were the perfect touch for the day. They are a soft as are mix of all white roses, gardenias, baby’s breath and greenery. With the amazing gold glitter of the décor accents and bridesmaids dresses, everything was stunning.

The Vows:

These two have a special love, and it is really shown in their vows to each other. Grad the tissues…

Trevor:

“Nicole I vow, I’ll love you as you are. Loving who you are now and who you are yet to become. I promise to listen to you and learn from you, to support you and to accept your support. Celebrate your triumphs and mourn your losses as if they were my own. I will love you and have faith in your love for me though all of our years and all that life may bring us.”

Nicole:

“Trevor, you are my best friend, my companion, my lover and my better half. I promise you my internal love, faithfulness, support, encouragement and companionship through life. I promise to celebrate your triumphs and to love you even more deeply when the times get tough. I promise to take care of you for today, tomorrow and eternity. I promise to kiss you every morning when we wake up and every night before we go to bed. I promise to be patient, kind, honest and forgiving. I promise to always keep our lives full of many adventures You are my person and I couldn’t be any more blessed or grateful.”

Event Planning and Design: Imoni Events
Venue/Location: Omni Montelucia
Floral Designer: Carte Blanche Designs
Photography: Elyse Hall Photography
Paper Creations: Celebrations in Paper, Sonora Handmade
Linens: South Wick Linens
Rentals/Draping: Classic Party Rentals
Draping: Quest Drape
Entertainment: Allegro Quartet

Videographer Phoenix

 

Natural Wedding at Silverleaf | Videographer Phoenix

Natural Wedding at Silverleaf | Videographer Phoenix

How They Met

It was an act of physical fitness that brought these too together, and we would be willing to bet that they are forever thankful to the gym where they met. The love between Gabrielle and Trent is vivid. In the toasts made by Gabrielle’s mom and Trent’s brother, you can hear that these two were meant for each other. Gabrielle’s mother even claims, she knew that Trent was her future son in law from the first moment she met him!

The Wedding

We love the Silverleaf Golf and Country Club venue. It is one of the most romantic and intimate venues we have filmed, and we get excited when a couple chooses it. Between the beautiful stone walls and the deep wood décor, it gives you the genuine feeling that you are in a castle.  Since the venue has such a bold and exquisite presence, we love that Gabrielle and Trent choose very soft florals to add in. The blush pink and ivory, along with the succulents down the aisle and mixed into the bouquets are the perfect touch to give the day that natural look.

Gabrielle’s dress was fit for a princess. From the endless ruffles down the skirt, to the fully beaded bodice, it was just breathtaking.  The addition of the jeweled headpiece was the seamless final touch.

We love the personalized details that went into this beautiful day such as Gabrielle’s awesome and super comfortable wedding shoes, Glamified pumas! The succulents that were given to the guests as favors were the perfect idea. We love when you can give something that will continue to grow long after the wedding is over.  Plus, they had fire pits and gave all the guests the cutest little marshmallow sets to enjoy!

This perfect day, ended in an even more perfect evening, with an abundance of fireworks.

Venue: SilverLeaf
Planner: Amy Mancuso
Photographer: Cameron Kelly Studio

 

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Black & White Wedding At El Chorro | Videographer Phoenix

Black & White Wedding At El Chorro | Videographer Phoenix

 

Black & White Wedding At El Chorro | Videographer Phoenix

How They Met

The love between Ashley and Sean is very real and you can feel it when you are with them. They first met while working together. You can ask each of them separately and they will both say that as soon as they met, they knew immediately there was something special about one another. They have dated for several years, and early on, Ashley knew Sean was the one she was going to marry, possibly even before Sean knew. They share a love and compassion for one another that is undeniable.

The Proposal

Family is very important to both Sean and Ashley, So important, that Ashley made it clear that she wanted to have her family involved in the proposal. Since her family lives far away and are not are not around on a daily basis, this was not an easy task. Sean knocked it out of the park however! When he finally did get down on one knee, it was Christmas morning and also happened to be in front of her parents, her brother and Sean’s son.

The Wedding Day

These two love birds were married at the gorgeous El Chorro venue in October. Ashley’s dress is so perfect and unique. We love that it looks like it was covered in white flowers from head to toe, not to mention she looks stunning in it and looks like it was made just for her.

Its well known how much we LOVE the color pink, but we are really getting into this white trend right now. Ashley and Sean had all white floral and décor and it gives such a chic, clean and classic vibe. The bridesmaids were in black, which just makes the white pop even more.

When you hear from the bridal party, its overwhelming clear that this beautiful couple is surrounded by a huge network of friends and family that are so excited that they have found each other.

Wedding Coordinator: Victoria Canada
Photographer: Jennifer Bowen
Venue: El Chorro
Entertainment: Ray the DJ
Florist: Petal Pusher
Invitations: Celebrations in Paper

Videographer Phoenix

 

Dusty Rose Wedding At Desert Mountain | Videographer Phoenix

Dusty Rose Wedding At Desert Mountain | Videographer Phoenix

Neutral weddings are very in right now, and we are LOVING IT. Sarah + Scott’s wedding was right on trend with their cream, dusty rose and of course stunning gold color pallet. This color scheme has such a warm, soft and natural feel to it, its perfect for intimate weddings.

We adore Sarah’s dress. Its totally unique and perfect in every way for their wedding. The sash around her waist pulls in the dusty rose color, and the deep V neckline of the front of the gown is to die for, and the gold shoes are just the cherry on top.

The view of their Desert Mountain ceremony site is breathtaking. It is paired perfectly with the cream and blush tons in the floral bouquets.  Sarah and Scott’s reception is one for the books. Located at the Desert Mountain Outlaw Clubhouse, it was set up beautifully outside under the stars and surrounded by the ever popular bistro lights.

The best part about this wedding film (besides the couple of course) is that Sarah’s parents totally surprised the bride and groom and they had no idea this was even happening. How awesome is that? This beautiful couple met though a mutual friend in 11th grade, and have been together ever since. We think its incredible when a couple can be together for over a decade and still be head over heels for each other.

You can not only hear the love they have for each other in their vows, but also from their family. Sarah’s parents, Scott’s parents and the wedding party all speak so highly of them. Not only do they agree they are perfect for each other, but they also really seem to look up to and admire the relationship that Sarah and Scott have.

Videographer Phoenix

Planner: Meant2Be Events

Venue: Desert Mountain

Photographer: Pinkerton Photography

Band: Mogollon Band

Florist: Table Tops

Make up/Hair: Studio C

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