Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Desert Beauty Wedding

Katie and John's wedding was so utterly classy and sophisticated, and yet unhindered in it's beautiful simplicity.  Their destination wedding weekend was about two incredible people coming together in a very intimate, mostly family-only weekend to celebrate the union of their hearts and their lives.  Most everyone came down from the rainy northwest, so the stellar Phoenix sunsets and weather were readily soaked up by the guests at The Royal Palms Resort and Spa.

Katie and John had such an uncomplicated style - they wanted to bring subtle hints of the Arizona desert into their decor, but really they wanted to have neutral elements with texture and a little sparkle.  We used a few succulents in gold pots for favors, and our amazing florist, Petal Pusher, made succulents in the flowers sparkle with champagne gold as well - just like we wanted!  We incorporated some brown spotted feathers in the gorgeous invitations, designed by Celebrations In Paper, as well as subtle hints of them in the florals and bouquets/boutonnieres.

Here is the inspiration board I created to help craft the gorgeous decor.  As you can see, having a tight concept of your decor, colors, and ambiance you want helps your vendor team really deliver the exact vision you have for your wedding.

Time for a change - to get the guests feeling relaxed and ready for the celebration, the cocktail hour was held before the ceremony - so after the first-look shots, the bride changed into this sassy little number before the party!


The kids tables were outside and featured some classic Arizona candy - with REAL scorpions in them (they're edible), and the little girls were treated to their own mini-bouquets at their place setting. 

The kids had a blast with all the entertainment they could ever want: coloring books, stickers, toys, etc.


The fantastic photos were taken by the lovely and talented Courtney of Courtney Sargent Photography. The flowers could not have been more amazing.  Thank you Petal Pusher for surrounding us with such incredible beauty that day.  If you're wondering what those stunning brownish/orangeish flowers are - they are Charlie Brown Orchids.  Stunning, I tell you!!

Thanks to the ΓΌber cool guys from Easton Ashe Band who provided top-notch entertainment, Classic Party Rentals for the cocktail hour lounge furniture, Wildflower Linens for the exquisite custom-made 30-foot long table cloth and sparkly linens.