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Spring Romantic Wedding in the Desert

Romantic Weddings

When it comes to ceremonies, it’s pretty tough to beat a view of mountain ranges as your backdrop. Sarah and Chuck met in LA at a Mad Men themed party, found out they both lived in Arizona, and then after a year of dating they moved to Washington DC together. The couple returned to their home state to exchange vows, with the help of talented vendors Pinkerton Photography, Celebrations by Amy Bacon, and Table Tops, etc. by their side!

spring romantic wedding in the desert - photo by Pinkerton Photography http://ruffledblog.com/spring=romantic-wedding-in-the-desert

From the bride, Sarah: I finally got to play out one of the dreams of my life – I got to marry the most loving, caring, and supportive man – my best friend. We met 4 years ago while in LA at a friend’s Mad Men themed party. We both lived in Arizona at the time, me in Tucson, Chuck in Phoenix, and after returning from that trip we started dating immediately. A year later we found ourselves in Washington DC, and him working at National Geographic, while I pursued my marketing career.

modern wedding invitations - photo by Pinkerton Photography http://ruffledblog.com/spring=romantic-wedding-in-the-desert

spring romantic wedding in the desert - photo by Pinkerton Photography http://ruffledblog.com/spring=romantic-wedding-in-the-desert

spring romantic bouquet - photo by Pinkerton Photography http://ruffledblog.com/spring=romantic-wedding-in-the-desert

spring romantic wedding in the desert - photo by Pinkerton Photography http://ruffledblog.com/spring=romantic-wedding-in-the-desert

pink bridesmaid dresses - photo by Pinkerton Photography http://ruffledblog.com/spring=romantic-wedding-in-the-desert

When we got engaged, we quickly decided that we wanted to be married in Arizona, where our relationship began, and where much of my family still lives. We have been living in Washington, DC for 3 years now, and love our city, but I will always be an Arizona girl at heart. So when we started looking for venues, I knew that we needed to have a venue that would showcase the gorgeous desert landscape that was my home for so many years. We also didn’t want our guests traveling from one location for the ceremony, to another for the reception. When we walked into the space at El Chorro, I actually got butterflies! We instantly knew that this was the venue for us!

unplugged ceremony sign - photo by Pinkerton Photography http://ruffledblog.com/spring=romantic-wedding-in-the-desert

ring bearer - photo by Pinkerton Photography http://ruffledblog.com/spring=romantic-wedding-in-the-desert

ceremony setup - photo by Pinkerton Photography http://ruffledblog.com/spring=romantic-wedding-in-the-desert

wedding ceremony - photo by Pinkerton Photography http://ruffledblog.com/spring=romantic-wedding-in-the-desert

ceremony recessional - photo by Pinkerton Photography http://ruffledblog.com/spring=romantic-wedding-in-the-desert

As far as décor goes, my favorite colors are pink and gold and I thought that those colors would look beautiful mixed with the already lovely colors of spring-time in the desert. The venue and the scenery really speak for themselves, and we didn’t want to distract from the natural beauty of the location. Our focus was to emphasize the floral, and add a whimsical touch to the place cards in the form of these fun, gold miniature animals which added to the unique and playful nature of our reception. I know what you’re thinking … and I did try to be conscious of my groom, and in the midst of the pinks and golds, I made sure that there were elements that really spoke to him as well. For instance, he is a huge whiskey and bourbon fanatic, so our signature cocktail was an Old Fashioned – paying homage to his Kentucky roots.

gold animal figurines - photo by Pinkerton Photography http://ruffledblog.com/spring=romantic-wedding-in-the-desert

seating chart - photo by Pinkerton Photography http://ruffledblog.com/spring=romantic-wedding-in-the-desert

romantic industrial reception - photo by Pinkerton Photography http://ruffledblog.com/spring=romantic-wedding-in-the-desert

wedding reception - photo by Pinkerton Photography http://ruffledblog.com/spring=romantic-wedding-in-the-desert

gold laser cut table numbers - photo by Pinkerton Photography http://ruffledblog.com/spring=romantic-wedding-in-the-desert

wedding portrait - photo by Pinkerton Photography http://ruffledblog.com/spring=romantic-wedding-in-the-desert

We opted for a non-traditional reception as half of our guests were not from Arizona, and those who were, we don’t see often since we live across the country, the focus of our reception was to spend as much time with everyone that we could, and to have a great party! So we left out things like the bouquet toss in order to achieve that. Our band was phenomenal and had our guests dancing all night! Along with our friends and family, we were able to enjoy the day, and truly celebrate our love and life together. Our entire event was so amazing, so wonderful, and like most brides, I wish I could put our day on replay! We have many vendors to thank for pulling off such a spectacular event, as it would not have come together so beautifully and been executed so flawlessly without all of their hard work. Our wedding planner, Amy Bacon, was so helpful, and she suggested most of our incredible vendors, thought of necessary details that hadn’t even crossed my mind, and kept me on schedule. Our incredible photographer Kelsie was amazing. I had seen a wedding that she shot at the same location and was hooked – I knew that her vision would be the best representation and provide the feeling of our special day.

spring romantic wedding in the desert - photo by Pinkerton Photography http://ruffledblog.com/spring=romantic-wedding-in-the-desert

unique centerpieces - photo by Pinkerton Photography http://ruffledblog.com/spring=romantic-wedding-in-the-desert

gold and white wedding cake - photo by Pinkerton Photography http://ruffledblog.com/spring=romantic-wedding-in-the-desert

spring romantic wedding in the desert - photo by Pinkerton Photography http://ruffledblog.com/spring=romantic-wedding-in-the-desert

wedding dress detail - photo by Pinkerton Photography http://ruffledblog.com/spring=romantic-wedding-in-the-desert

spring romantic wedding in the desert - photo by Pinkerton Photography http://ruffledblog.com/spring=romantic-wedding-in-the-desert

View all images from this wedding in the gallery

Wedding Vendors

Photography:

Pinkerton Photography

Wedding Planner:

Celebrations by Amy Bacon

Florist:

Table Tops, etc.

Wedding Dress:

Kenneth Winston

Jewelry + Wedding Rings:

Blue Nile

Bridesmaid Dresses:

Dessy

Groom + Groomsmen Attire:

Alton Lane

Wedding Cake:

Piece of Cake Desserts

Wedding Stationery:

Minted

Place Cards + Chalkboard Sign:

Sugar and Chic Shop

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Romantic Maine Wedding with Glitzy Details

Romantic Weddings

After seeing this beautiful wedding from Emily Delamater and Sweetest Thing Weddings, I’m convinced Maine just has to be my next destination spot — just take a look at these striking landscapes! Jaclyn and Kaleb’s wedding had some glitz and glamour, but they kept the day stocked with entertainment and games to ensure their guests would remember all the fun for years to come.

romantic Maine wedding with glitzy details - photo by Emily Delamater http://ruffledblog.com/romantic-maine-wedding-with-glitzy-details

From the bride, Jaclyn: Style and feel? Well, I think I must have changed my mind a thousand times. I wanted it to be fun, to be entertaining, and to be unique everywhere you look. This is where the “game” theme came in. We started by using Mad Libs for the RSVPs, and during the cocktail hour we had activities such as corn hole and giant Jenga. During the dinner each person was given another set of Mad Libs cards at their seats to fill out as well, and after dinner there was of course dancing, but we added a Photo Booth for fun :).

spring wedding bouquet - photo by Emily Delamater http://ruffledblog.com/romantic-maine-wedding-with-glitzy-details

groom boutonnieres - photo by Emily Delamater http://ruffledblog.com/romantic-maine-wedding-with-glitzy-details

bride and bridesmaids - photo by Emily Delamater http://ruffledblog.com/romantic-maine-wedding-with-glitzy-details

bouquet with jeweled wedding gown - photo by Emily Delamater http://ruffledblog.com/romantic-maine-wedding-with-glitzy-details

patterned bridesmaid dresses - photo by Emily Delamater http://ruffledblog.com/romantic-maine-wedding-with-glitzy-details

wedding ceremony setup - photo by Emily Delamater http://ruffledblog.com/romantic-maine-wedding-with-glitzy-details

wedding ceremony kiss - photo by Emily Delamater http://ruffledblog.com/romantic-maine-wedding-with-glitzy-details

wedding ceremony streamers - photo by Emily Delamater http://ruffledblog.com/romantic-maine-wedding-with-glitzy-details

wedding portrait - photo by Emily Delamater http://ruffledblog.com/romantic-maine-wedding-with-glitzy-details

romantic Maine wedding with glitzy details - photo by Emily Delamater http://ruffledblog.com/romantic-maine-wedding-with-glitzy-details

I was told by everyone that the wedding felt warm, and that everyone and everything gave off a welcoming vibe. Draping lights from the ceiling and having as many candles on the tables as possible definitely helped with the warmth. The colors I tried to stick to were blush and grey, and my amazing talented bridesmaids DIYed the chalkboards that we used for signage.

romantic Maine wedding with glitzy details - photo by Emily Delamater http://ruffledblog.com/romantic-maine-wedding-with-glitzy-details

glam reception - photo by Emily Delamater http://ruffledblog.com/romantic-maine-wedding-with-glitzy-details

hanging glass bud vases - photo by Emily Delamater http://ruffledblog.com/romantic-maine-wedding-with-glitzy-details

glam reception - photo by Emily Delamater http://ruffledblog.com/romantic-maine-wedding-with-glitzy-details

romantic Maine wedding with glitzy details - photo by Emily Delamater http://ruffledblog.com/romantic-maine-wedding-with-glitzy-details

birdcage wedding ideas - photo by Emily Delamater http://ruffledblog.com/romantic-maine-wedding-with-glitzy-details

wedding cake with branches - photo by Emily Delamater http://ruffledblog.com/romantic-maine-wedding-with-glitzy-details

romantic Maine wedding with glitzy details - photo by Emily Delamater http://ruffledblog.com/romantic-maine-wedding-with-glitzy-details

wedding fireworks - photo by Emily Delamater http://ruffledblog.com/romantic-maine-wedding-with-glitzy-details

View all images from this wedding in the gallery

Wedding Music:
Processional: “With You,” Sum 41
First Dance: “I’ll Be,” Edwin McCain
Father/Daughter Dance: “When Daddy Let Me Drive,” Alan Jackson

Wedding Vendors

Photography:

Emily Delamater

Event Planning and Flowers:

Sweetest Thing Weddings

Venue and Catering:

Point Lookout

Wedding Dress:

Anna Campbell "Ava"

Wedding Veil:

BHLDN "Sky Mist Veil"

Headpiece:

Anna Campbell

Jewelry:

Zales

Hair and Makeup:

Jessica Candage

Bridesmaid Dresses:

Caché

Wedding Cake:

Starlight Custom Cakes

Photos by:

Emily Delamater

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Old Schoolhouse Wedding Editorial with Marsala

Wedding Design

Marsala, we love you so. Today’s styled wedding shoot features this beautiful color of the year, and plays host to not one but two beautiful looks for the couple — one more traditional, and one with a bright crimson gown for the bride and a deep wine colored shirt for the groom. Thank you to the team including Christa-Taylor, Bridal Bliss Coordination, and Bramble Floral for your work on this one!

Old Schoolhouse wedding editorial with marsala - photo by Christa Taylor http://ruffledblog.com/old-schoolhouse-wedding-editorial-with-marsala

From the photographer, Christa-Taylor: Family vineyards line the rolling hills of Oregon’s wine country in Newberg and seemed the perfect inspiration for this shoot. Marsala, burgundy, blush and even vibrant scarlet combined to create a rich palette that give brides another take on their wedding day inspiration. Saturated paired with soft pastels was the perfect balance for this wedding shoot.

marsala wedding invitations - photo by Christa Taylor http://ruffledblog.com/old-schoolhouse-wedding-editorial-with-marsala

Old Schoolhouse wedding editorial with marsala - photo by Christa Taylor http://ruffledblog.com/old-schoolhouse-wedding-editorial-with-marsala

Old Schoolhouse wedding editorial with marsala - photo by Christa Taylor http://ruffledblog.com/old-schoolhouse-wedding-editorial-with-marsala

rustic inspired boutonniere - photo by Christa Taylor http://ruffledblog.com/old-schoolhouse-wedding-editorial-with-marsala

Old Schoolhouse wedding editorial with marsala - photo by Christa Taylor http://ruffledblog.com/old-schoolhouse-wedding-editorial-with-marsala

Old Schoolhouse wedding editorial with marsala - photo by Christa Taylor http://ruffledblog.com/old-schoolhouse-wedding-editorial-with-marsala

Bramble Floral brought together a stunning array of wildflowers, dahlias and fresh dogwood to highlight current blooms and bring the outdoors in. Antique brass urns were the perfect flower receptacles and a nod to the former era, each with a story of their own. It was important to the team to demonstrate how to elevate a simple space into something romantic and glamorous so we really brought in the drama with Greenlight Creative light backdrops and Stephanie Dong’s couture wedding gowns. The gilt edged plate ware and posh seating from Classic Vintage Rentals continued that vein.

marsala floral arrangement - photo by Christa Taylor http://ruffledblog.com/old-schoolhouse-wedding-editorial-with-marsala

Old Schoolhouse wedding editorial with marsala - photo by Christa Taylor http://ruffledblog.com/old-schoolhouse-wedding-editorial-with-marsala

modern wedding shoot - photo by Christa Taylor http://ruffledblog.com/old-schoolhouse-wedding-editorial-with-marsala

Old Schoolhouse wedding editorial with marsala - photo by Christa Taylor http://ruffledblog.com/old-schoolhouse-wedding-editorial-with-marsala

Devils Food Catering really brought refinement and elegance to their plating, with keen attention to details. Locally sourced and in-season produce are their passion with vibrant colors that matched our theme, including the raspberry macaroons favors. The naked red-velvet cake was the perfect finish to our menu created by Portland’s favorite Dream Cakes bakery. With plenty of window light, we completed the shoot against a book page backdrop for some fun. This remarkably easy Photo-Booth DIY, is something a bride could create for her own day using spray adhesive and a couple of old classics. An “old schoolhouse” should surely have some tribute to great literature ;)

Old Schoolhouse wedding editorial with marsala - photo by Christa Taylor http://ruffledblog.com/old-schoolhouse-wedding-editorial-with-marsala

Old Schoolhouse wedding editorial with marsala - photo by Christa Taylor http://ruffledblog.com/old-schoolhouse-wedding-editorial-with-marsala

autumn inspired centerpiece - photo by Christa Taylor http://ruffledblog.com/old-schoolhouse-wedding-editorial-with-marsala

Old Schoolhouse wedding editorial with marsala - photo by Christa Taylor http://ruffledblog.com/old-schoolhouse-wedding-editorial-with-marsala

lightly iced cake - photo by Christa Taylor http://ruffledblog.com/old-schoolhouse-wedding-editorial-with-marsala

Old Schoolhouse wedding editorial with marsala - photo by Christa Taylor http://ruffledblog.com/old-schoolhouse-wedding-editorial-with-marsala

lightly iced cake - photo by Christa Taylor http://ruffledblog.com/old-schoolhouse-wedding-editorial-with-marsala

View all images from this shoot in the gallery

Wedding Vendors

Photography:

Christa-Taylor

Venue:

The Old Schoolhouse 1928

Event Design:

Bridal Bliss Coordination

Florist:

Bramble Floral

Dresses:

Stephanie Dong

Bridal Accessories:

Unveiled Bridal Designs

Hair and Makeup:

Face Body Beauty

Catering:

Devil's Food Catering

Wedding Cake:

Dream Cakes PDX

Rentals:

Classic Vintage Rentals

Wedding Invitations:

Nimbi Design

Photo Lab:

Photovision Lab

Photos by:

Christa-Taylor

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