It’s Your Wedding Make it What You Want!

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I was traveling recently and found this great sign; a picture of it now sits on my desk.  It says, “We Create Our Tomorrows By What We Dream Today!”  My advice to all brides, and really women everywhere, is: the sky is your limit, dream big and create your own tomorrow – the way you want it. Your dream wedding might be an extravagant white tie affair or a small, intimate thrifty event; whichever it may be – go for it! Don’t forget it’s YOUR wedding and YOUR dreams should be the ones represented.  It’s okay to incorporate others’ ideas (that is, if you like them) but don’t sacrifice your vision for what others want.
I have to admit, I am addicted to TLC’s show “Say Yes to the Dress.” On almost every episode there is at least one bride that falls in love with her dream dress but chooses not to purchase it because the group of people she brought with her doesn’t like it, or something about it. It’s true that some input is important and at times it can be quite helpful but don’t lose site of what you want, otherwise you’ll end up unhappy on one of the most important days of your life!

~ Kristen

Viva Las Vegas!

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October proved to be a very beautiful month in luck, weather and smiles. Strolling the grounds of the lovely JW Marriott Las Vegas in Summerlin, NV simply puts you in the mindset that Vegas doesn’t have to be all about bright lights and casino craziness. Flowing grass, gurgling fountains and water throughout the property most certainly set a tone of tranquility and peacefulness – just a lovely spot for a fall wedding. We spent a fun filled October weekend in Vegas with our bride, Stacie and groom, James.

Oh, did I mention this was the weekend with the once in a lifetime date of 10/10/10? First key to the success of this lovely wedding was flexibility and we certainly worked some magic to book this very special affair with a two month lead time. Our bride wanted a wedding at 10 a.m., so our luck continued, everything we wanted was available in the morning. A note to future Vegas-brides … out of state weddings require a license. A  visit to the court house on the Thursday prior (10/7/10) was brilliant as the couple avoided long queues, stanchions and the crowds of the weekend. This desert destination was a convenient gathering spot for the wedding party and their guests with ample flights and an infrastructure to provide anything and everything with in a short few minute drive.
The setting was the quaint “Lodge” with a glorious expanse of grassy knolls and waterfalls nearby. The beautiful bride selected her two nieces to be the flower girls and they were as cute as buttons wearing fashionable tutus of toile. Her colors were bullet and blush and this was accentuated in everything from the flowers and the bridal party dresses to the Chuck Taylor Converse monogrammed sneakers the groomsmen donned.
 

To commemorate the day, personal notes and polaroid photos from each attending guest were clipped to the wish tree branches.
This intimate Vegas wedding was just what James and Stacie had hoped for… a memory making event filled with love, luck and Las Vegas luxe…

~ Kate     

Viva Las Vegas!

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October proved to be a very beautiful month in luck, weather and smiles. Strolling the grounds of the lovely JW Marriott Las Vegas in Summerlin, NV simply puts you in the mindset that Vegas doesn’t have to be all about bright lights and casino craziness. Flowing grass, gurgling fountains and water throughout the property most certainly set a tone of tranquility and peacefulness – just a lovely spot for a fall wedding. We spent a fun filled October weekend in Vegas with our bride, Stacie and groom, James.

Oh, did I mention this was the weekend with the once in a lifetime date of 10/10/10? First key to the success of this lovely wedding was flexibility and we certainly worked some magic to book this very special affair with a two month lead time. Our bride wanted a wedding at 10 a.m., so our luck continued, everything we wanted was available in the morning. A note to future Vegas-brides … out of state weddings require a license. A  visit to the court house on the Thursday prior (10/7/10) was brilliant as the couple avoided long queues, stanchions and the crowds of the weekend. This desert destination was a convenient gathering spot for the wedding party and their guests with ample flights and an infrastructure to provide anything and everything with in a short few minute drive.
The setting was the quaint “Lodge” with a glorious expanse of grassy knolls and waterfalls nearby. The beautiful bride selected her two nieces to be the flower girls and they were as cute as buttons wearing fashionable tutus of toile. Her colors were bullet and blush and this was accentuated in everything from the flowers and the bridal party dresses to the Chuck Taylor Converse monogrammed sneakers the groomsmen donned.
 

To commemorate the day, personal notes and polaroid photos from each attending guest were clipped to the wish tree branches.
This intimate Vegas wedding was just what James and Stacie had hoped for… a memory making event filled with love, luck and Las Vegas luxe…

~ Kate     

The Duce

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Looking for a unique eco-urban vibe for your bachelor/bachelorette party, rehearsal dinner or next fundraiser? . . . head straight to The Duce in downtown Phoenix. I stopped in with no expectations and came away with placing it on my fav list!  This warehouse space is straight-up old school with exposed brick walls and cement floors, however the inside is filled with surprises in every corner.  It’s a store with funky vintage items and re-purposed army fatigues to buy; a restaurant with, hands down, some of the best comfort food in town all cooked out of an Airstream trailer in their courtyard; a retro soda station, cool dance floor and gritty boxing ring! The indoor/outdoor ambiance invites a relaxed flow as your guests will bounce from getting down on the dance floor to smacking their lips after a bite of their sweet, sticky ribs or sumptuous sliders.
Keep it real . . . use dried flower buds to create a sign like this with your names to place over your sweetheart table or to welcome guests to your wedding.  Stress-less make this weeks in advance by using dried flowers instead of fresh.  After the wedding, keep the sign or remove the flowers and re-purpose in your home decor glued to picture frames, layered in glass jars or re-crafted as a wreath.  These touches will help keep your love in bloom for years to come!

Patio Pleaser.  Invite your girls or guys to the patio for a “bach” party to fuel up for the antics ahead or gather your family for a cozy rehearsal dinner.

Swing or Hustle your way to the music on this dance floor painted with dance step moves . . . this place is jammin on Fri and Sat nights with tunes spinning out all types of beats.

       
       
Talk about deliciously sinful food… 
Leslie ~

The Duce

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Looking for a unique eco-urban vibe for your bachelor/bachelorette party, rehearsal dinner or next fundraiser? . . . head straight to The Duce in downtown Phoenix. I stopped in with no expectations and came away with placing it on my fav list!  This warehouse space is straight-up old school with exposed brick walls and cement floors, however the inside is filled with surprises in every corner.  It’s a store with funky vintage items and re-purposed army fatigues to buy; a restaurant with, hands down, some of the best comfort food in town all cooked out of an Airstream trailer in their courtyard; a retro soda station, cool dance floor and gritty boxing ring! The indoor/outdoor ambiance invites a relaxed flow as your guests will bounce from getting down on the dance floor to smacking their lips after a bite of their sweet, sticky ribs or sumptuous sliders.
Keep it real . . . use dried flower buds to create a sign like this with your names to place over your sweetheart table or to welcome guests to your wedding.  Stress-less make this weeks in advance by using dried flowers instead of fresh.  After the wedding, keep the sign or remove the flowers and re-purpose in your home decor glued to picture frames, layered in glass jars or re-crafted as a wreath.  These touches will help keep your love in bloom for years to come!

Patio Pleaser.  Invite your girls or guys to the patio for a “bach” party to fuel up for the antics ahead or gather your family for a cozy rehearsal dinner.

Swing or Hustle your way to the music on this dance floor painted with dance step moves . . . this place is jammin on Fri and Sat nights with tunes spinning out all types of beats.

       
       
Talk about deliciously sinful food… 
Leslie ~

Inspiration From Tucson

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I escaped to Tucson, Arizona recently looking for relaxation, but was surrounded with inspiration! Aside from the breathtaking sunsets and fantastic weather, I discovered there was a chic, upscale, and totally “in style” side to Tucson. I made stops at spectacular locations and came home with a new attitude toward the old Pueblo…

Homemade Cherry Limeades anyone? I splurged on a spectacular brunch at the new Ritz Carlton, Dove Mountain and fell in love with this colorful Limeade station. This twist of eye popping color will be an instant favorite at a Bar/Bat Mitzvah or special event. Play around with the idea think of cream sodas or root beer floats or customize it to your taste. They’re all good to the last slurp.

Who doesn’t love tapas or what I like to call “figure” foods! This trend in dining on petite plates provides a bunch of options to please many palates. From foods that nourish to desserts that delight, this style of dining is not only festive, but a way to keep costs down without guest knowing it.

Who wouldn’t want to enjoy a delicious whoopie pie with an ice cold shot of milk? This signature item at the Loews Ventana Canyon is a sassy way to gather family and friends together for a whoopie… I mean welcome reception or a fun item to include at a rehearsal dinner… why not go all the way and play Frank Sinatra’s rendition of “Makin Whoopee!”

 Topping my list of contemporary new restaurants is the CORE Kitchen and Wine Bar at the Ritz Carlton, Dove Mountain. The delectable food is creative, earthy and represents the best of local ingredients from the Sonoran Desert. Views of the natural surroundings among the sleek restaurant décor are just the combo for a relaxed but elegant rehearsal dinner served up in the impeccable Ritz style.

~ Megan

Inspiration From Tucson

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I escaped to Tucson, Arizona recently looking for relaxation, but was surrounded with inspiration! Aside from the breathtaking sunsets and fantastic weather, I discovered there was a chic, upscale, and totally “in style” side to Tucson. I made stops at spectacular locations and came home with a new attitude toward the old Pueblo

Homemade Cherry Limeades anyone? I splurged on a spectacular brunch at the new Ritz Carlton, Dove Mountain and fell in love with this colorful Limeade station. This twist of eye popping color will be an instant favorite at a Bar/Bat Mitzvah or special event. Play around with the idea think of cream sodas or root beer floats or customize it to your taste. They’re all good to the last slurp.

Who doesn’t love tapas or what I like to call “figure” foods! This trend in dining on petite plates provides a bunch of options to please many palates. From foods that nourish to desserts that delight, this style of dining is not only festive, but a way to keep costs down without guest knowing it.

Who wouldn’t want to enjoy a delicious whoopie pie with an ice cold shot of milk? This signature item at the Loews Ventana Canyon is a sassy way to gather family and friends together for a whoopie… I mean welcome reception or a fun item to include at a rehearsal dinner… why not go all the way and play Frank Sinatra’s rendition of “Makin Whoopee!”

 Topping my list of contemporary new restaurants is the CORE Kitchen and Wine Bar at the Ritz Carlton, Dove Mountain. The delectable food is creative, earthy and represents the best of local ingredients from the Sonoran Desert. Views of the natural surroundings among the sleek restaurant décor are just the combo for a relaxed but elegant rehearsal dinner served up in the impeccable Ritz style.

~ Megan