There's something so effortlessly cool about this couple and the simple, yet elegant urban chic wedding we planned for them. We've deliberately left out the photos of the bride and groom, to respect their privacy, since they're well known. However, we wanted to share the details of the day and some of the highlights and inspiration.
They married at the historic and beautiful St. Mary's Basilica and the nearly 400-person reception was at the Bentley Projects Art Gallery in downtown Phoenix. They share a love of the world's best food and easy, family-style entertaining, so the meal was top priority. I tell you that the platters of food that came out and the locally-grown, fresh produce, imported cheese, olive oil made by monks here in Florence, Arizona, and hand-made artisan bread were a feast to the eyes, as well as the heart, soul and stomach.
Mariachis started the celebration outside of the church and during cocktail hour, and we also added a special touch that was a definite highlight of the evening, which was a surprise Opera tenor, who received a standing ovation... he gave everyone goosebumps!
The color palette for the wedding was essentially a deep crimson red complimented by mixed metals... gold, silver, copper. Because the reception was in an art gallery full of eclectic colors and works of art from different genres, the mixed metals reflected in beautiful sequined linens and various colors of mercury glass were a perfect compliment to the rough look of the exposed brick. The communal table cocktail seating, the unstructured organic floral, and the wood feasting tables and cafe chairs warmed up the ambiance and made it less formal-feeling. This couple is down-to-earth and wanted nothing over-the-top or stuffy - just comfortable, casual elegance where people would focus on family and friends, dining and celebrating. I think we really accomplished this.
The bride and groom are utterly darling together, and the bride... well she's movie-star beautiful - completely gorgeous and just born that way, the groom is outstanding - one of the best in the world at his craft. Our warmest wishes for a lifetime of happiness to this sweet couple!
The fantastic team who made this possible:
Photography: Mike Olbinski
Floral and Decor: Petal Pusher Florists
Rentals: Classic Party Rentals
Linens: LaTavola Fine Linens and BBJ Linens
Draping: Quest Drape