When your venue has a lemon orchard, yellow is an obvious choice for the color palette! Paired with navy, it makes this elegant and eclectic wedding from April Maura Photography come to life. Meaningful details centered around the couple’s relationship, the beautiful Arizona landscape, and bright vibrant florals were the superstars of the day. And don’t you just love those cakes?

We love the desert that we get to call home. Being outside to enjoy the Arizona landscape, mountains, and most of all the people was very important to us. We chose this location because it is at the center of our lives in Phoenix and highlights the beautiful Camelback Mountain.

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Justin had not wanted to do a first look but April helped to convince him that it was a great choice. He was quickly persuaded and I think that time with him was some of my favorite of the whole day. Just enjoying the magnitude of the day with my best friend and being silly together before the wedding began was so special. It also helped me to keep perspective that, yes, all of the details were good but the most important detail of the whole day was embarking on this new adventure with my best friend. 

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It was most important for us to create a beautiful but mores so joyful space for all of our family and friends to enjoy and celebrate with us. These are the people that will be there for us throughout the years, when we are celebrating life and when marriage is hard. 

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I love Craspedia flowers and yellow Ranunculus so I wanted to include these flowers for the wedding which led to a color pallet that included yellow, white, grey, and navy blue. It was so fun to develop the details around nature and simple beauty.

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I wanted to acknowledge the strong marriages that both Justin and I have been blessed to grow up depending on. By the grace of God we have had some wonderful examples of marriage set before us with their own struggles but also God’s redemption story filled with his grace. There was a special table set up to share the pictures of our parents and grandparents on their wedding days. 

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I have some very creative friends who were so gracious to share their talents to make our day so beautiful. We created hand painted table number wine bottles that were incorporated in the center pieces, our brother-in-law made our wedding arch that was just so beautiful, and several friends made painted calligraphy signs and verses that all turned out just wonderfully. The details brought to life by close friends made it so special. 

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Photography | April Maura Photography | Venue | Shemer Art Center & Musuem | Cake | Ruze Cake House | Rentals | Classic Party Rentals in Phoenix | Catering | Oregano’s | DJ | Just Weddings | Invitation | Coley Created | Dress | Allure Bridals from Lillian Lottie Bridal Couture | Hair & Makeup | Rebecca Carlson

The best way to describe today’s romantic golf course wedding is handmade with love! This intimate wedding captured by Andrea Zajonc Photography is filled will beautiful DIY details created by the couple and their friends and family. No detail was missed, with pretty hand-painted signage, cute champagne favors, and an adorable hashtag to tie it all together! 

Our colors were burgundy, navy, blush, and some cream to balance it out. I really wanted something that was fall-ish but still adding the summer glow. For location we really wanted something simple and intimate as we had invited just our closest family and friends (50 guests total). An outdoor wedding was definitely a must and Sah-hah-lee was the perfect place. There was complimentary putt putt golf as well for the kids that came to our wedding.

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We planned this wedding in about 4 months even though we had been engaged for a year and half. Budget was definitely important as well as keeping everything intimate. We really wanted everyone to have a good time and our personalities to shine through the wedding themes. My family was also very traditional in the sense that they did not want me to see my groom the day before the wedding and our first look was when I walked down the aisle! Timing was very important in order to not have an accidental reveal. Everything was perfect!

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All the signs were made by my sister in law and she did a beautiful job handwriting them. My bridesmaid made the signs for the table and she worked with me to design the invitations to cater everything I wanted. I had initially looked into purchasing invitations, but found that none of the ones I found had everything I wanted. Either the font was wrong or the color was the wrong shade. She also helped me make labels for my party favors (bubble champagne bottles). I am so thankful for both of them in helping my wedding vision come to life.

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Most favorite part was of course being married to my best friend/high school sweetheart in front of our closest family. My sister from overseas was also able to come to our wedding after I hadn’t seen her for over 10 years. It was exciting to have all our loved ones all in one place. Events leading up to the wedding were also special as we grew closer to old friends and formed new bonds.

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Photography | Andrea Zajonc Photography | Venue | Sah-Hah-Lee Golf Course | Florals | Floralshop by Meuy Tzeo | Cake | Helen Bernhard Bakery | Dress | WToo from Bridal Exclusives | Bridesmaid Dresses | Lulus | Engagement Ring | Shane Co. | Hair & Makeup | Nancy Phan

On the hunt for the perfect destination wedding spot, Sarasota, Florida is the ultimate location! No where else can you get the perfect combination of glam, vintage, and romance, all right by the ocean! With beautiful beaches and a rich history, Sarasota is a one of a kind gem on the Gulf Coast that makes it a must for destination wedding couples! I had the privilege of visiting last fall and was blown away by the talented vendors and stunning venues. There really is something for everyone!

For the Glamour Lover

There’s few other places that have that effortless glamour feel than the Ritz-Carlton, and the Ritz-Carlton Sarasota is no exception. Right on the bay, it is a dreamy combination of tropical and opulence that is easy to fall in love with. It is also a must for foodies, with world class chefs and innovative cuisine that are sure to wow your guests and keep them happy!

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Photography | Cat Pennenga Photography | Planning | NK Productions Wedding Planning | Florals & Rentals | So Staged | Paper Goods | Write On Sarasota | Linens | Linens by the Sea

For the Romance Lover

For vintage romance, there is no better place than The Ringling. History and architecture buffs will fall for Ca d’Zan, a dream of Italian inspired architecture built in 1926 right on the Gulf of Mexico. The mansion is a shining example of 1920’s glamour and a breath-taking backdrop for a wedding. The Ringling Museum and courtyard are equally stunning, with its pink arched promenade, designed and built around the same time as Ca d’Zan. The property also houses a gorgeous rose garden that is a splendor in the springtime.

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Photography | Cat Pennenga Photography | Planning | NK Productions Wedding Planning | Florals | Victoria Blooms | Rentals | So Staged | Linens | BBJ Linens | Calligraphy | Meg Grant & Co

For the Beach Lover

If you’re dream destination wedding means getting your toes in the sand, Longboat Key Club is your place. With a secluded beach venue, along with 4 other indoor and outdoor option, this is the perfect place for a beach lover who doesn’t want to sacrifice on service and elegance!

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Photography | Cat Pennenga Photography | Planning | NK Productions Wedding Planning | Florals | Flowers by Fudgie | Rentals | So Staged | Paper Goods | Write On Sarasota | Linens | Linens by the Sea | Cake | Cakes by Ron

For the Garden Lover

If you’ve been dreaming of a more garden vibe, there is no other place on the coast like Marie Selby Botanical Gardens. The lush grounds are everything you would want in a venue, with several spaces from a gazebo overlooking the bay to the banyan grove. Nature sets the scene for a magical wedding you’ll love.

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Photography | Cat Pennenga Photography | Planning | NK Productions Wedding PlanningRentals | So Staged | Florals | Flowers by FudgieLinens | BBJ LinensPaper Goods | Write On SarasotaCanopy | Affairs in the Air, Inc.

So hard to pick just one, right? With world renown beaches, delicious cuisine culture, superb vendors, and more, Sarasota is an obvious choice for making your destination dream wedding come true.

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