{Real Bride Series} Meet Kelly!

Bride Kelly and her groom Jeremy were wed on October 4, 2014. It was a heartfelt celebration filled with an abundance of love and joy! Here is Kelly’s wedding day story:

How did you and your groom meet?
We met at a Happy Hour one Friday night at Blue Martini in Phoenix, AZ.
We are dying to know, how did he propose?!
It was a regular Sunday, which began with us going to church and then to one of our favorite breakfast spots in Gilbert called “Over Easy.” After breakfast I was beginning to suspect that there may be a proposal was coming as Jeremy was being especially complimentary that day. 🙂 Jeremy said he wanted to take a walk after the meal. He took me to a private boat dock which sits on the same lake a few houses down for my parents’ home, where I grew up. We sat down and Jeremy continued to be very sweet, expressing just how much he cared for me. He then took four cards out of his pocket from one of our favorite games, “Cards Against Humanity”. When I say those cards, the idea of a possible proposal quickly faded from my mind, haha. For those of you who don’t know the game, one person has a card about a certain subject and another person plays a different card to describe the subject card (this usually results in quite humorous pairings). The first card Jeremy gave me read “Things that boyfriends give their girlfriends”. The second card read “A shiny rock that proves I love you”. At this point, Jeremy was sitting halfway on the dock bench. He then handed me a third card that read, “Will you marry me?” Once I had read it and looked up, Jeremy was kneeling on one knee with the most beautiful ring I had ever seen!!! He continued to say more wonderful, nice things (that I can’t quite recall as I was in shock). He then said “I don’t know if you’ll be needing this” as he handed me the fourth card. It said, “Yes.” We then went over to my parents’ house next to celebrate the news (my parents of course already knew). The afternoon that followed was spent with lots of phone calls and texts sharing the news and a celebration at North (the location of our first official date)!



What were your wedding colors? Did you have an overall theme?
Purple and Silver, it was formal and traditional.

How large was your wedding party?
We had 4 bridesmaids and 4 groomsmen (one of them including a Best Man and a MOH) and also one ring bearer.


Where did you find your dress? Would you say that finding your dress was a relatively easy or a difficult process?

I found my dress at Wedding Belles Bridal Boutique in Gilbert and this process was pretty easy for me!

Where did your ceremony and reception take place? Was there any special meaning behind the choice of venue(s)?
We choose the Ashley Castle (Or also known as The Castle at Ashley Manor) in Chandler for both our ceremony and reception.

What kind of flowers did you have in your bouquet and the ceremony/ reception?
White roses, lisianthus and painted purple roses.



What was the flavor of your wedding cake? Did you have a groom’s cake?
We had a four tier cake with alternating vanilla and chocolate flavors.

Did you provide favors to your guests? If so, what were they?
We did! We had a photo holder magnet with a poem inside thanking our guest for coming and they placed their photo inside that they took at the photo booth! We loved this idea because it tied into the photo booth.

What details from your wedding that made it unique to you?
While our ceremony was short and very unique, there were many really personal aspects that gave more insight to our guests about us as a couple. We wrote our own vows, our pastor gave a small segment about how we met and how Jeremy proposed, we took communion, and had a unity sand ceremony. Many guests came up to us afterward and said they loved it! 



Other than marrying your husband, what was your favorite moment from your wedding day?
Seeing my husband’s face as I walked down the aisle and our fist dance.

Did you take a honeymoon? If so, where did you go?
We took a nine day trip to Jamaica!

What is one piece of wisdom you learned from your planning experience that you would like to share with future brides?
I am very type A (LOL) and I just wanted to check everything off and sit back and relax! But my advice is don’t rush the process. It is best to make decisions a little bit at a time. I felt at times the more I tried to make several decisions at once, the more pressure it created and it left me more with more of a challenge on what I wanted. For example I ended up changing our first dance song three weeks before the wedding! I was so glad I did but the song just came to me one day, instead of trying so hard to think of one in the midst all the other tasks!




Who were some of the other vendors that were a part of your dream team?
Erin DeZago (Photographer)
Myers Video Productions (Videographer)
Piece of Cake Desserts (Wedding Cake)
Wedding Belles Bridal Boutique (Bridal Gown and Bridesmaid Dresses)
Babydoll Weddings (Hair & Makeup)
The Castle at Ashley Manor (Venue)
Unforgettable Entertainment (Jeff Nelson, DJ)
AZ Photofun (Photo booth)


Thank you for sharing your day with us Kelly! We wish you and Jeremy many years of happiness!!
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{Real Bride Series} Meet Renee!

This month’s Real Bride is Renee. 

How did you and your groom meet?
We met at a wine festival. Our friends were dating and introduced us.

We are dying to know, how did he propose?! 
He proposed at a restaurant that has become very special to us:Bobby’s Jazz Lounge in Kierland Commons. This is the location of one of our first dates as a couple and the place where we’ve celebrated all of our anniversaries while dating.

What were your wedding colors? Did you have an overall theme?
Rosewood and gray, romantic style

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{Real Bride Series} Meet Tiky!

Meet our Real Bride of the month, Tiky! She and her husband had a vibrant wedding celebration with a Mexican Day of the Dead theme. 

How did you and your groom meet? 

We met online.

We are dying to know, how did he propose?! 
At the gondola ride at the Venetian in Las Vegas.

What were your wedding colors? Did you have an overall theme? 
Mexican Day of the dead, with very bright colors.

How large was your wedding party?

3 bridesmaids and 3 groomsmen.


Where did you find your dress? Would you say that finding your dress was a relatively easy or a difficult process? 
In a bridal boutique in San Diego. It was the third one I tried on.

Where did your ceremony and reception take place? Was there any special meaning behind the choice of venue(s)? 
Stonebridge Manor, it was a very beautiful venue.

 What kind of flowers did you have in your bouquet and the ceremony/ reception?
For my bouquet I had lots of bright colors and some desert flowers that added texture. I had colorful paper flowers for the reception.

What was the flavor of your wedding cake? Did you have a groom’s cake? 
The flavor of our cake was red velvet with cream cheese filling.

Did you provide favors to your guests? If so, what were they? 
Little day of the dead boxes with colorful M&Ms, my favorite candy!


What details from your wedding that made it unique to you? 

Having a Day of the Dead as a wedding theme is pretty unique. I also had a memorial table for those close to us that couldn’t join us on our big day.




Other than marrying your husband, what was your favorite moment from your wedding day?

Having friends and family from out of town coming to share that big day with us. Witnessing two different cultures and languages coming together just for us. It was an amazing night!

Did you take a honeymoon? If so, where did you go? 

Not yet, but hopefully soon!

What is one piece of wisdom you learned from your planning experience that you would like to share with future brides? 
Breathe! Learning that you will never have control of every single thing. It is a stressful process but if we don’t breathe and learn to go with the flow we will miss out on this once in a lifetime experience.


Who were some of the other vendors that were a part of your dream team? 

Babydoll Weddings

Brinkerhoff Photography
Butterfly Petals
Richard Mancini as DJ
Catering and Cake through the Stonebridge Manor‘s Exclusive Vendors

Thanks for sharing your day with us Tiky!!
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{Real Bride Series} Meet Jessica!

Jessica & Alex were wed on August 24th, in a magical vintage Disney themed celebration. Babydoll Weddings loved getting Jessica and her girls all dolled up for the wedding and recently caught up with Jessica to hear more about their “happiest wedding on earth”!

How did you and your groom meet? 
Oh technology! We met on an online dating website. Our first actually ‘real live’ date was at the Az Science Center to see a Van Gogh exhibit. I was so excited to not do the played out dinner and a movie business. 

We are dying to know, how did he propose?! 
Funny Story…We were in Vegas and just kind of decided here we are, let’s do it! We of course ended up having our wedding 1 year later to the day we decided we didn’t want to spend the rest of our lives apart.

 

What were your wedding colors? Did you have an overall theme? 

We went vintage Disney all the way! We were all red, yellow, ivory and black. We didn’t miss a detail, from the main street Disney music playing when our guests arrived, to the ride themed tables. It was absolutely magical!

How large was your wedding party?

We had 5 bridesmaid, 4 groomsmen, 2 flower girls and, 1 ring security (ring bearer)
Where did you find your dress? Would you say that finding your dress was a relatively easy or a difficult process? 
I ended up getting my dress at David’s Bridal. We actually had just gone in to start looking at styles and I ended up finding my dress! It was the 3rd dress I tried on and when I saw the water works from my mom and maid of honor I was sold. I really didn’t have a strict concept of what I wanted-I knew what I didn’t want which I think made it easier. Trust the people working in the store!!! They do this for a living day-in, day-out! They can help fit your body type perfectly!

Where did your ceremony and reception take place? Was there any special meaning behind the choice of venue(s)? 
We lucked out by finding this place and it was the very first place we looked! We went quite a few places after Aldea and realized everywhere we went we compared to Aldea. We were married and held the reception at Aldea at Tlaquepaque and there are literally no words to how incredible not only the venue is but the staff there. All of the fairy godmothers making sure your vision is perfection. Aldea includes EVERYTHING in one price and then you just pick and choose. When I say everything I’m talking food, decor, planner, officiate, flowers, dj, cake….I mean…it’s incredible! 


What kind of flowers did you have in your bouquet and the ceremony/ reception? 
We had so much going on as far as personal items brought in to decorate we didn’t have many flowers other than bouquets and boutonnieres. The bridesmaid had pure red rose bouquets tied with yellow and white satin ribbon. My bouquet consisted of red anemones, red dahlias, oberon freesia, orange tulips, red roses, cymbidium orchads and, a little greenery-all wrapped in an off white sash.

What was the flavor of your wedding cake?
Our wedding cake was a gold run. Our top layer was a double chocolate which we are saving for our first anniversary. We also had a pretty intense dessert bar including mickey mouse head funfetti cake pops, mini nutella banana cupcakes, chocolate dipped mickey mouse marshmallows and, mini apple and cherry pies. It looked just like the old main street bakery!

 

Did you provide favors to your guests? If so, what were they? 
Yes! 100% homemade-best kind right? We made awesome magnets out of glass stones and Disney pictures from gold books. you just cut out whatever little part of the page you want to see through the magnet and mod podge it onto the stone. After that dries, you use heavy duty glue to adhere the magnet to the back and there ya go! Total cost for 120 people was about $45 and it only took about three days off and on between drying and what not. Super easy, Super fun!

What details from your wedding that made it unique to you? 
Laundry list:

  • My groom and I wore our grape soda Elli badges from up!
  • We played a room from the tiki song and made a unity cocktail. We also made sure it was a sing along by giving everyone lyrics in their programs!
  • We personally designed each table individually-Instead of each table being a number it was a ride from Disneyland and had lots of decor based on the ride. 
  • We played the actual music from mainstreet Disneyland for guests as they arrived
  • We had tons of 1960’s Disney memorabilia here there and everywhere without making it look cheesy or ‘childish’
  • We had a Mickey Mouse Bakery desert area
  • We had Jack Sparrow and he danced The Hora
  • We had a photo-booth with tons of Disney props
  • We were us-nothing stuffy-just a big old fun party!

 

Other than marrying your husband, what was your favorite moment from your wedding day? 
Seeing my dad in a tux! I know that has to sound a little funny but I don’t think I’ve ever seen him in anything but jeans and *a hopefully not* faded out old t-shirt. haha I bet I’m not the only bride saying that one! One other thing that really stick out in my mind was looking out at our guests during our tiki song and just thinking wow – these people all took time and crazy amount of travel to just come here to be with us – It was overwhelming really. 


Did you take a honeymoon? If so, where did you go? 
We did take a mini honeymoon to Palms Springs/Los Angeles-Just a long fantastic weekend!

What is one piece of wisdom you learned from your planning experience that you would like to share with future brides? 
I personally didn’t let myself stress…even when my dress arrived the wrong size and we had to reorder for deliver 8 days before the wedding haha oh what a week…. Just take a step back every once in a while during your planning and soak it in! Remember this is about the two of you. Love the experience! 

 

Who were some of the other vendors that were a part of your dream team? 
Ceremony & Reception: Aldea at Tlaquepaque

Photographer: StepOnMe Photography
Styling: On Occasions
DJ: 
Push Play Entertainment
Flowers: Petals & Lucy
Hair and Makeup: Babydoll Weddings
Entertainment: Jack Sparrow AZ
Bridesmaid Dresses: E Shakti
Wedding Dress: David’s Bridal
Suits: Men’s Warehouse
Cake: My Goodness Cakes
Desserts: Tulip and Teacups
Catering: Babbo
Programs: Cheri Mills at MDesignsM

Thanks for sharing your special day with us Jessica!
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{Real Bride Series} Marissa

What were your wedding colors?

Our wedding colors were purple, green and gray/silver. My favorite colors! 

How many bridesmaids did you have?
I had only one bridesmaid, my sister-in-law. 

Where did you find your dress? Was finding the dress a difficult process or relatively easy?
I found my dress at Almond Tree Wedding Boutique, a used wedding dress shop. I found the process to be relatively easy, I had my mom and mom-in-law with me and they were both so awesome. 


Where did your ceremony and reception take place? Was there any meaning to the choice of venue(s)?
Our ceremony and reception took place at the Wigwam. I grew up in the west valley and the Wigwam was always a popular venue. They were great because they are full service. Also it was so close to home that I didn’t have to drive very far! 

What flowers did you choose for your bouquet and throughout the wedding?
My bouquet was made up of hydrangeas and purple roses and our centerpieces were hydrangeas. Our florist was quite worried about my bouquet dying for pictures in the middle of summer because the hydrangeas are so sensitive, but I’m so glad I went with my gut and got my favorite flowers in my bouquet! They got a little droopy but it was worth it. 

What was the flavor of your cake?
We had cupcakes! Our mini cake was gluten free (for me) and I honestly don’t remember what flavors we chose. 

Did you provide favors to your guests? If so, what were they, and what was the meaning behind them?
We had small wedding favors. I wanted to make the reception seating unique so instead of a place card I had heart-shaped black and white cookies made by my favorite gluten-free bakery and then they were individually packaged and I added a name sticker to cookie. 


Is there a detail that you had at your wedding that makes it unique? (alternative guest book, charitable donations, handmade décor, etc)
Our guestbook was a picture of a tree with owls sitting in it and “leaves” to sign your name on, that.


What was your pick for “first dance” with your husband? Is there meaning to the song selection?
Our first dance was “The Best Is Yet To Come” by Michael Buble. We took dance lessons to prepare for our first dance and this is one of my favorite songs, plus it has a perfect rhythm to dance to. 

Any favorite moments that stand out in the day?

Just seeing all of our family and friends together and celebrating was really my (other) favorite part of the day. 


Did you take a honeymoon? If so where did you go?
We went to Maui! Spent a week listening to the ocean and relaxing, it was so amazing. 

What is one piece of advice you will leave for future brides?
Have a wedding planner, it helps so much so you don’t have to worry about the day of. Stick to what you want, and stick to your budget, you will be much happier that way!

Please list any vendors you would like to mention.
Jewel’s Bakery and Café, Thee Wedding Warehouse, Curtis Whipple DJ, Nelson Photography

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    {Real Bride Series} Becky

    What were your wedding colors?

    Cream and burnt orange.

    How many bridesmaids did you have?
    Just one.

    Where did you find your dress? Was finding the dress a difficult process or relatively easy?
    I got my dress at David’s Bridal. I originally found the dress in a bridal magazine. However, it was kind of hard to find on a store.

    Where did your ceremony and reception take place? Was there any meaning to the choice of venue(s)?
    Both reception and ceremony were at the Phoenix Zoo. Ceremony was in the Savannah Pointe and reception in the Ruby House. Not so much meaning, as we wanted something unique and outdoors.

    What flowers did you choose for you bouquet and throughout the wedding?
    We had many different flowers in the bouquets.The main flowers were Gerber daisies.
    What was the flavor of your cake?
    The top flavor was pink champagne with cream cheese and the bottom layer was marble with fudge.

    Did you provide favors to your guests? If so, what were they, and what was the meaning behind them?
    We had a poem written on baskets to thank our guests for being apart of our big day and our future. The baskets were filled with different types of gummy and hard candies.

    Is there a detail that you had at your wedding that makes it unique?
    Everything we had was made by hand. Instead of having a guest book, I found a red rusted tin “R” and had all the guests sign it with a sharpie marker. This we have hung by our front door. We also took mason jars and lined the jars with glitter, then wrapped ribbon on the top and put candles inside so they would glow in the dark.

    What was your first dance song? Was there meaning to the song selection?
    John legend, it describes us well. We are not perfect but love each other

    Any favorite moments that stand out in the day? We know the obvious is marrying your husband. 🙂 

    We were married on my father’s birthday, which he also passed away on. So it was very special to me.

    Did you take a honeymoon? If so where did you go?
    No, we are waiting until next year.

    What is one piece of advice you will leave for future brides?
    Plan ahead. Don’t let yourself get stressed out.

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    {Real Bride Series} Kelly

    What were your wedding colors?

    Mostly white with touches of grey and navy. I wanted something as timeless as possible so I dont look back in 30 years and think “What was I thinking?”

    How many bridesmaids did you have?

    8 I have a few great friends from every stage in life!

    Where did you find your dress? Was finding the dress a difficult process or relatively easy?

    Schaffers is where I ended up buying from, but I had 1 favorite there and 1 favorite at Uptown Bridal. I ended up going with the Schaffers dress because I felt it matched a bit closer with my personality, and love for large amounts of tulle. It was an easy process but EXHAUSTING. Even though you’re standing there or looking at gowns, I think it’s mentally draining and wears you out. On my main day of dress shopping we went to 3 places. I cried the moment I opened the drape to show my mom and MIL, but waited to buy until my second day so I knew for sure.

    Where did your ceremony and reception take place? Was there any meaning to the choice of venue(s)?

    Stonebridge Manor was the location for both. As an Arizona native, I LOVE that it looks NOTHING like the rest of Arizona. Huge trees, green grass, brick mansion, etc. I loved having the pool to serve cocktails around, the gazebo was the perfect location for the ceremony, and the tent had great acoustics for music and merriment

    What flowers did you choose for your bouquet and throughout the wedding?

    All white. Again with the classic feel. I don’t like flowers that seem too rigid (if that’s a thing), so I went with more fluffy flowers. Babys breath, hydrangea, loose garden roses, etc.

    What was the flavor of your cake?

    We had 2 cakes – the main cake was all white with a monogram on it, and tiers to look like it was covered in flower petals (which made it incredibly difficult to cut through since it was so thick! That cake had alternating layers of chocolate cake with a chocolate ganache and vanilla cake with a raspberry compote. We called our second cake a “bar cake” because grooms cake didn’t seem fitting. It was a University of Arizona cake, where we met. That one was the chocolate with the ganache filling.

    Did you provide favors to your guests? If so, what were they, and what was the meaning behind them?

    We did not, instead we held a second event for our guests. We’re more about making memories than little chotchkies. So our second night we rented out a double decker london bus that made trips back and forth from our hotel to Toby Keith’s I love This Bar. There we had a room rented and had drinks and food for our guests. Literally, the perfect night to follow up our wedding.

    Is there a detail that you had at your wedding that makes it unique?(alternative guest book, charitable donations, handmade décor, etc):

    The big thing we wanted for the wedding was a theme around “whimsical surprises”- the idea was that no one person would actually know how the whole night was going to go, because we all had something up our sleeves. I had my husbands favorite burrito place from San Diego brought in for his breakfast the morning of the wedding. A bit later he was given a collection of boudoir shots, and at the wedding his gift. He had a bottle of champagne, a photo of us, a bracelet, my wedding gift, and a photo of us waiting in my bride suite. My bridesmaids pulled together the MOST AWESOME toasting video, so they all had the opportunity to say something without taking too long, as well as a photo montage. We wrote our own vows, the bar cake was a surprise for my husband, and much more. Other cute touches- on my bouquet we had the pins of all my sorority sisters and I wore my husbands pin over my heart on the inside of my dress. My grandfather was the officiant, our “guest book” was to sign jenga blocks, and it was incredibly special to me to have my mom walk me down the isle. Before the wedding I gave her an engraved frame that said “out of all the walks we’ve taken, this one is my favorite” which is for the photo of us walking down together. Our MOH and best man are dating (they met at our engagement party), so they did their speech together, and both sets of parents did an incredible speeches as well.

    What was your pick for “first dance” with your husband? Is there meaning to the song selection? 

    Come Away With Me by Norah Jones. The song itself has just been “our song” since we started dating, but the real special portion was that my oldest friend Cammie sung it. It was perfect.

    Any favorite moments that stand out in the day? 

    Dancing with my grandfather. He and I were dancing together on the semi-crowded floor and once everyone saw that they left and everyone watched the 2 of us dancing- incredible. Another memory was my MOH mom and I standing together before we walked down the isle- having the most important ladies by my side right then was incredible. I’m also thankful for the Claddah bell. It’s an irish tradition that a bell is rang as the couple share their first kiss as husband and wife. When they argue in the future the bell is to be used as a truce flag- when it’s rang you’re to think about the first moment you heard it and the promises you made.

    Did you take a honeymoon? If so, where did you go?

    Fiji 🙂 We stayed on a small private island called Matangi which is home to the Horseshoe Bay. It was absolutely stunning!

    What is one piece of advice you will leave for future brides?

    I had a few scary crying moments prepping for the wedding – picking colors was ironically the hardest part, and it sucked when our original hotel “lost” our block of rooms. But other than that it was literally perfect. And I think it was so perfect because I didn’t sweat the small stuff. As the wedding day got closer I started divvying out tasks to anyone I knew (which my family and bridesmaids were prepared for), and they were happy to help in any way possible. 

    Please list any vendors you wish to mention.
    You guys for sure, LunaBear Studios Videography – LOVED these guys and would have used them for photography had we not needed to go with a location venue photographer- which ended up working out because I also loved Troy with Troy Brinkerhoff Photography. Also Schaffers, and Stonebridge Manor!

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    {Real Bride Series} Alyssa

    What were your wedding colors?
    Blush and gold.

    How many bridesmaids did you have?

    I had 5 bridesmaids.

    Where did you find your dress? Was finding the dress a difficult process or relatively easy?
    I found my gorgeous dress at Uptown Bridal in Chandler, AZ. I shopped at a couple other bridal boutiques first and tried on maybe 20 dresses in total. I had an idea of the style of dress that I
     initially wanted, but after trying on all those dresses, I completely changed my mind! My dress was not what I had in mind at first, but after visiting the store a couple times and trying it on multiple times, I knew it would be the best choice for me, and that it would be such a memorable and beautiful dress. I am happy it wasn’t too stressful of an experience!

    Where did your ceremony and reception take place? Was there any meaning to the choice of venue(s)?
    We had both our ceremony and reception at the Clayton on the Park in Scottsdale. We had actually booked our event at Inspirador in downtown Chandler, a couple weeks before they announced their foreclosure… We were really upset, but it was a blessing in disguise because we found the Clayton and fell in love with the space. We really wanted a unique, nontraditional wedding space, and the Clayton is super modern, clean and elegant, and different from a lot of wedding venues.

    What flowers did you choose for your bouquet and throughout the wedding? 
    I love roses, so we went with full roses bouquets of white and dusty pink colors. 

    What was the flavor of your cake?
    We put up a full dessert bar with assorted treats for our guests, so we had just a tiny cake for Anthony and I. It was a white cake with Bavarian cream and strawberries. 

    Did you provide favors to your guests? If so, what were they, and what was the meaning behind them?
    We didn’t do table favors 🙂 I’ve never found little favors to be very meaningful so we decided to skip it, and spend our money on the party!

    Is there a detail that you had at your wedding that makes it unique? (alternative guest book, charitable donations, handmade décor, etc)
    We did a wine box ceremony during the wedding ceremony. Before the wedding, we each wrote a letter to each other, signed and sealed in envelopes. During the ceremony we dropped the letters in a special box with a bottle of wine, and sealed the box. This box is to be opened on our 5th wedding anniversary (or our first big fight), when we can read the letters to each other and enjoy the wine together and remember this wonderful day 🙂

    What was your pick for “first dance” with your husband? Is there meaning to the song selection?We chose “All of Me” by John Legend. It really is the perfect love song, and describes loving someone with all you have, and giving your whole self to that person. 

    Any favorite moments that stand out in the day? We know the obvious is
    marrying your husband. 🙂 
    We really loved all the speeches. My dad’s was heartfelt and meaningful, and the best man/maid of honor had everyone cracking up. The most special part about that day (besides getting married) is having all of your most loved family and friends all in one place together!

    Did you take a honeymoon? If so, where did you go?
    We went to Kauai and it was BEAUTIFUL!

    What is one piece of advice you will leave for future brides?
    Do your research on photo poses. Give your photographers a shot list of any special pictures or people you want pictures with. 

    Please list any vendors you wish to mention.
    I loved all my vendors! They helped bring everything together so I didn’t have to worry about one thing on my wedding day! Thank you to Micky and Babydoll Weddings for the gorgeous makeup and hair, Uptown Bridal for my amazing dress, Johnny Martinez our minister, Brad Nielsen of Starz Entertainment – our awesome DJ, Flowers by Jodi for the beautiful centerpieces and bouquets, and Claire Loeb, our coordinator at the Clayton who was with us every step of the way!
    Photography credit: Jason + Anna Photography
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    {Real Bride Series} Leah

    What were your wedding colors? 
    Our wedding colors were soft neutral colors. We wanted to have a soft & elegant look, while still having the eclectic taste we love. We went with antique browns & grays for the bridesmaids dresses.

    How many bridesmaids did you have?
    We had 3 bridesmaids. Each in their own style & color dress. 

    Where did you find your dress? Was finding the dress a difficult process or relatively easy?
    One day right after I got engaged, on a whim, we went to some close by bridal stores. I had no luck and actually felt completely discouraged by our lack of winners. A month later, we decided to book an appointment with David’s Bridal. I looked online and saw a few dresses I liked, but one really stuck out to me. Once we went to our appointment, the team at David’s Bridal on Ray & the I-10 were beyond helpful! They knew exactly which dresses I wanted to try on and in what sizes would fit me best. It was the last dress I tried on, out of three. (I wanted to save the last for best!) After a few misses, I would say finding my dress was a relatively easy process. I am still happy with the dress I wore.

    Where did your ceremony and reception take place? Was there any meaning to the choice of venue(s)?
    The ceremony and the reception took place at my parents property in Chandler, Arizona. Their house was built in 1916 and has a lot of history behind it. I grew up in this home and had always envisioned getting married there. The yard has a red & white windmill, one of the first ever water towers in Chandler and beautiful gardens. We couldn’t have dreamed of a better place!

    What flowers did you choose for your bouquet and throughout the wedding?
    We worked with The Flower Studio to help create our flowers. We met with Kelly and Jamie, who are amazing, and they helped me with my vision. We used over 100 vintage jars and bottles for the ceremony décor and our table settings. My mother and I started collecting the bottles at flea markets, antique shops & yard sales. The Flower Studio created mini arrangements in each bottle and helped create the most beautiful bouquets for my bridesmaids! I wanted my bouquet to be a long stem bouquet with a very soft, elegant feel but with eclectic flowers. My bouquet was a dream! 

    What was the flavor of your cake?
    We used Robert’s Catering in Chandler, Arizona for all of our catering. He created our dream cake! There were four tiers, two were Chocolate with Chocolate Mousse and the other two were Vanilla with Vanilla Buttercream.


    Did you provide favors to your guests? If so, what were they, and what was the meaning behind them? We did provide favors to our guests. We had pre-bagged caramel with chocolate drizzle popcorn with a ‘thank you’ sticker on each bag. The favors were sitting on the table at their spot for the reception. We wanted something edible and sweet for them to take home when the celebration was complete! 

    Is there a detail that you had at your wedding that makes it unique? (alternative guest book, charitable donations, handmade décor, etc?

    Honestly, the majority of every thing we used at our wedding was handmade. We created all of the programs, chalkboard signs, marquee signs & even created the bunting used to string in with our café lights. I used my grandmother’s garter & cake topper, and my mother’s veil. All of the details to our big day were special & unique to us. My husband created all of the ceremony benches using reclaimed barn wood.

    What was your pick for “first dance” with your husband? Is there meaning to the song selection?
    Our first dance song was “With a Girl Like You” by The Troggs. We wanted a different type of song that really represented our fun loving relationship. This song was our perfect choice!

    Any favorite moments that stand out in the day?
    We know the obvious is marrying your husband. One of my favorite moments that I really loved was having all of our friends & family there. We had a lot of friends and family come in from out of town, and that meant the world to us. We loved having them there to celebrate our love!

    Did you take a honeymoon? If so, where did you go?
    We went to Greece! We both had always dreamed of going to Greece so choosing that as our honeymoon spot was a no-brainer.



    What is one piece of advice you will leave for future brides?
    I would recommend all brides (especially the DIY kind) to make sure you give yourself enough time to accomplish everything you want. We were engaged for a year, and I started planning, crafting and collecting immediately. I would also recommend to hire either a wedding planner or a day of coordinator. We did not have a wedding planner, so we decided to book a day of coordinator. And believe me, it was the best decision we could have done!

    Please list any vendors you wish to mention.
    Lowe Photos,  Zomei Video Productions, Robert’s Catering, Robert Walk MC/DJ with Just Weddings AZ, The Flower Studio, Sassy Soirees Wedding & Event Planning.

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