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Rhea & Andrew: Married!

This insanely gorgeous couple got married on the most perfect February day, a year ago yesterday...and this beautiful bride will celebrate her birthday tomorrow.  What better time to share their special day with all of you!

Rhea & Andrew were married at the Desert Botanical Garden's in Phoenix and had one heck of a reception at Fox Restaurant Concept's- The Showcase Room in Tempe, after.  Their day was filled with an insane amount of love- between them, between their families, and surrounded by their closest friends.  Every detail was perfectly thought out and executed and was a perfect representation of who Rhea & Andrew are both individually, and together.  The day was captured by the ever so sweet Monique and team of Monique Hessler Photography and this wedding was actually featured on Bridal Musing last year.

We loved looking through this images and getting to relive their special day.  We also highly suggest watching their wedding video done by the groom's sister...and we dare you not to cry.  R&A- thank you for allowing us to help plan your big day.  Happy 1 Year Anniversary...and here's to many more!  We are lucky to call you guys past clients, but even luckier to call you friends.  Love you guys!!!

 

Planners/ Coordinators: Konsider It Done

Photographer: Monique Hessler Photography

Ceremony Venue: Desert Botanical Garden

Reception Venue: The Showcase Room

Officiant/DJ: Just Weddings AZ

Make-Up/ Hair: Dual Vanity

Rentals: Tremaine Ranch

Ceremony Chairs/Napkins: Event Rents 

Photobooth: Real Time Photobooth

Flowers: Garden Gate Flowers

Transportation: Real London Bus

Cake: LGO Bakeshop

Dress: Modern Dress/ Mori Lee

Jewelry: Meg’s Jewelry

Suits: Nick's Menswear

Invitations/Signage: The Letter House AZ

Videographer: RJ Creations

 

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Lauren & Blaise: Engaged!

Lauren & Blaise will be kicking off our fall wedding season by getting married later this month at Heritage Square in Downtown Phoenix.  These two know a thing or two about food and drinks so this wedding is sure to be one we will never forget- or at least a menu we will never forget.  ;) Checkout a few of their gorgeous engagement photos by Shepard Visuals.

They met back in 2009 and have been inseparable ever since.  They got engaged at the end of 2014.  Read below for the bride's story in her own words:

"We were on St Thomas for a family vacation. It rained the first two days that we were there and we would try and catch the five minutes of sun each day. Finally on the third day, we were sitting at the beach bar and the sun broke through! I look across the ocean and St John looked amazing! I asked Blaise to come down to the beach with me to get photos of the scene. We were taking photos and laughing. Then he said he needed something from his backpack... I turned around and he was pulling a beautiful wooden box out. He turned to me and said 'Lauren, there's something I've been meaning to ask you' I pretty much blacked out after that, but there was a lot of crying. I'm pretty sure I said 'yes.' A couple on the beach rushed over and got photos of the moment which was so nice! Everyone at the bar we were just sitting at was cheering and watching. It was a perfect moment. "

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Melissa & John: Engaged!

Melissa & John are getting married this fall at Phoenix Art Museum.  We are SO excited for their black & white modern affair, we can hardly stand it! These 2 met shortly after college while Melissa was living in Phoenix and John in Tucson (yes, one is a Sun Devil and the other is a Wildcat).  They spent the beginning of their relationship commuting back and forth before John finally moved to Phoenix- and we are SO glad he did!  How stinkin' cute are these two?!? We are currently obsessing over their soft, romantic engagement photos by Amaes Photography.

Below is their engagement story from the bride-to-be, herself:

"John proposed on my birthday, May 15, 2015. This was our 4th year celebrating my birthday together. He planned a birthday dinner and invited some of our closest friends and family. I didn't suspect much (Even though I almost blew it reading a facebook event message he sent out...more about that later) and just thought it was a normal birthday. He kept his cool all day and didn't seem nervous or anxious at all. More excited than anything :) We get to Windsor that night and he reserved the "YES" room. If you've been to Windsor and sat in the corner of the restaurant you know what I'm talking about. We ate dinner and then John said he had a present for me that he left in the car. I remember it started raining pretty hard during dinner and that his shirt was a little wet when he came back. He also came back with a sundae from Churn with a candle lit on top. He walked to me and said a few words, thankfully it was recorded because I didn't remember what he said, but something along the lines of  " I want to spend the rest of my life with you" and then he started to get on his knee and I let out a "oh my gah" I was covering my mouth in shock so that's what it sounded like. I said yes, absolutely! and then he started singing Happy Birthday and everyone joined in. Everything was a blur after that. Lots of hugs, happy tears and lots of phones in my face for people that were facetiming. 

Now how I almost blew it. I am a non-facebooker so I sometimes use his account when I want to see some of my friends pics. He had the invite page on the computer and left for some reason. I walked by and was going to start reading and for some reason got distracted so I couldn't read it. I read it after the proposal and it basically said, don't tell Melissa but I will be proposing. Everyone did an excellent job at keeping it a secret. Best birthday ever!! "

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Kati & Aaron: Married!

Kati & Aaron were married last fall up in Payson, Arizona at Tonto Creek Camp.  3 showstoppers from this special day: Kati's custom made Cleo & Clementine wedding dress, Aaron's amazing man-bun, and the couple's adorable little boy, Oliver. This wedding was a DIYer's dream. Kati's vision, with the help of some very talented family and friends, came to life for their bohemian themed wedding weekend. The woodsy backdrop and the casual feel were the perfect setting for this easy going couple.  Kati & Aaron hold a special place in our hearts, because just like Tyler & I, their love started as a best friendship that turned into forever together. Emily of Emily Piraino Photography captured their love for each other better than I ever could have imagined. There were so many personal details at this wedding.  Guests were asked to sit on a collection of quilts made by both of Kati's grandmothers.  The couple decided to use Oliver's teepee from their home as their "sweetheart table." From the handmade ceremony backdrop, to the custom made dreamcatchers, every detail was carefully calculated. 

K & A- thank you for allowing us to be a part of your special day.  This was a weekend we will never forget.  Here's to wishing you a lifetime of happiness...and maybe a few more babies that are as cute as Oliver! ;)

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Kaylee & Aaron: Engaged!

Kaylee & Aaron are getting married this weekend at Magnolia Hotel in downtown Dallas, TX... and we can hardly wait for their big day! Kaylee is Kris' youngest sister, so this wedding is extra special for us. This also marks our first trip to Texas with our baby boy Becks and his first plane ride. He's the ring bearer, Kris is the MOH, and Tyler is the officiant. Oh and we're the wedding planners. Pfew! We wouldn't do it for anyone else. It'll be an incredible weekend surrounded by the ones we love while we do what we love - plan amazing weddings! 

Kaylee was born and raised in Texas, where the couple currently lives. Aaron was born and raised in Arizona, where they met. To pay homage to both, they are flying the incredible Stephanie Fay Photography in for the wedding, and also had Stephanie shoot their engagement photos in Paradise Valley, AZ last fall (Flower Crown by Phoenix Flower Crowns). The photos capture the playful love between these two, a part of their history, and their incredible hair. Seriously - both of them, amirite? ;) Kaylee & Aaron recount their engagement story below:

"For Kaylee's 25th birthday present, Aaron booked a trip for them to go to New York... Kaylee, who had never been to New York before, was beyond excited to explore the city and do as much as possible within the little time they would be there. Little did she know, Aaron had been planning on proposing to her on this trip all along...

Their flight was scheduled to leave bright and early on January 9, 2015. After a delay and two hours of sitting on the runway, they FINALLY touched down in NYC ... Because Aaron had conspired a plan to propose to Kaylee at the "Top of the Rock" during sunset, he was (secretly) sweating bullets hoping that they would make it to the top on time. Their first stop was the hotel to quickly drop off their bags and check-in... Aaron's first obstacle was to find a way to distract Kaylee while he snuck his way down to the lobby to retrieve the ring (which he had shipped from Texas directly to the hotel). Claiming that he "left his ID" down at the front desk, he quickly grabbed the ring from the hotel manager, and hid it in his side pocket of his jacket. After changing into some warmer clothes, they quickly headed out to the T of the R to make it their by sunset. Aaron tried to hide his nervous look, even though he was sure that Kaylee would feel the ring in his pocket on their way over... He was even required to take off his jacket through the metal detector... you can only imagine how nerve-racking this was for him.

Once they finally made it to the top, they made their way to the main viewing platform, where there were hundreds of people taking pictures. Aaron tried to play it cool as he looked for the "perfect" spot to propose, but it was too crowded where they were to get the perfect look. They made their way to the upper viewing platform and Aaron almost squished Kaylee in the doorway because he was in such a rush to find a spot before the sun went down. As he noticed the perfect opening (right in front of the Empire State Building), he went up to a younger girl and asked if she would take a video "while he proposed to his girlfriend". His initial concern was that he'd go up to a person who didn't speak English... but fortunately, the Australian girl was MORE than happy to take the video. Just as he asked her to take the video, she immediately freaked out and tried to keep a straight face. Aaron then grabbed Kaylee and "pretended" that they were going to take a picture... a few seconds later, he turned towards her, mumbled a heartfelt speech (that they both can't remember to this day), and got down on one knee... Kaylee's hands immediately went up to her face and the tears started flowing. As she happily accepted, a small crowd formed around them and started cheering/crying/clapping. They spent at least another hour at the top laughing, crying, sharing stories and gazing at the incredible views of the city, as well as the new sparkling diamond on her hand. It was a moment they will never forget... and a trip that they will continue to take for years to come." 

xoxo

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Chanel & Joey: Married!

In honor of one of our most favorite couple's 1 year anniversary this weekend, we are giving you a glimpse into their gorgeous, love-filled wedding day. Joey & Chanel got married last February at Shenandoah Mill in Gilbert.  Their shabby chic wedding was filled with so many personalized elements and their wasn't a dry eye during their emotional ceremony.  Hands down, these 2 had some of the best vows we've heard to date (and we've been to a lot of weddings).  These two have a love that runs deep...REALLY deep.  They love each other with everything they have and it shows in everything they do.

Chanel & Joey- CONGRATS on being married for 1 year!  Here's to a lifetime filled with the same amount of love you two expressed on this flawless day.  Thank you for allowing us to be a part of it all!  XOXO

 

Day-of Coordination: Konsider It Done
Venue: Shenandoah Mill
Photographer: Karlee K. Photography
Officiants: Johnjay & Rich
Catering: RigaTony's
Cupcakes: TopIt Cupcakes
Floral Design: Deb Fitzgerald
Decor: DIY Shabby Chic Weddings AZ
DJ: DJ Paul Nazzaro
Hair and Makeup: Ideal Bridal
Bride's Dress: Maggie Sottero from Suzanne's Bridal Boutique

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Cassidy & Jordan: Married!

Cassidy & Jordan are high school sweethearts and parents to a precious baby girl named Emma.  They had originally planned for a beautiful fall wedding here in Arizona, but instead moved that day up to a sunny day in July.  Now I know what you're thinking...."they did WHAT?" It actually turned out to be the perfect summer day (let's be honest, anything below 110* is konsidered a perfect summer day in AZ...especially in July). So...in honor of our 80* December week we are currently having, we wanted to share this gorgeous summer wedding with you all.

They got married in Cassidy's childhood backyard next to the amazing pool her dad built many years ago.  There was lots of sunshine, dessert, and even fireworks to end the night, but the thing that shined through the most was the love Cassidy & Jordan have for each other, for baby Emma, and for their families.  Thank you for allowing us to take part in your special day, C & J.  We wish you a lifetime of happiness!!!

 

Cordinators: Konsider It Done

Venue: Private Residence

Photographers: Dearly Beloved Photography

DJ: All Pros DJ 

Photo Booth: Candid Pix Photo Booths 

Rentals: Y Knot Party Rentals  / DIY Shabby Chic Weddings

Catering: RigaTony's

Cake/ Cupcakes: Fry's

Dessert Spread: Homemade Family Favorite's

Flowers: Family Friend

Officiant: Pastor Gary

 

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Hannah & Lane: Married!

Hannah & Lane were married last November in a small, intimate, backyard wedding held in Arcadia.  In honor of #tbt, and their 1 year anniversary this week, we thought we'd share some of the pretty details from their special day.  Hannah did a great job planning this wedding in record time and hired us to assist with the day of coordination.  She had a great group of family and friends that helped make the day perfect as well.  Now, Hannah and Lane have a beautiful, healthy baby girl who is probably making their first anniversary extra special.

Happy Anniversary H & L!  Thank you for allowing us to be a part of your special day!!!  xoxo

Day of Coordination: Konsider It Done

Venue: Private Residence

Photography: Family Friend

Rentals: Andrew's Party Rental & Material Girl Wedding Rentals

Catering: Oregano's

Cupcakes: Barb's Bakery

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Sara Jane & Seth: Married!

In honor of #fbf and this beautiful couple's 1 year anniversary that they celebrated earlier this week, we wanted to dedicate this blog post to one of our most favorite couples of all time, Sara Jane & Seth.  SJ & Seth were married last November at the beautiful El Chorro in Paradise Valley.  Their brunch wedding was a perfect fit for the gorgeous views and the weather couldn't have been better.  They even hiked part way up Camelback Mountain in their full wedding getup after the wedding concluded to take some of these amazing photos!

Thank you Sara Jane & Seth for allowing us to be a part of your special day.  Here's to wishing you many more years of wedded bliss and fantastic meals.  :)  Thank you Andrew Jade Photography for these stunning photos. Enjoy!

(Our favorite moment of the day...when the bride and groom stopped at the end of the aisle to take a "just married" selfie.)

Coordinators- Konsider It Done

Venue- El Chorro

Photography- Andrew Jade Photography

Flowers- Table Tops, Etc

DJ-  Mr. P Body

Cake- Classic Cakes & Confections

Paper- Wedding Paper Divas

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Kati & Aaron: Engaged!

Kati & Aaron are getting married next week up in the cooler Payson climate at Tonto Creek Camp...and we can hardly wait for their big day!  Kati and her mom attended the I Do! Wedding Charity Auction last February at Soho63 and were the highest bidders on the wedding package we had donated to the event.  When we found out they were going to get married up north (i.e.- out of the desert), we couldn't wait to see all of their details come together among all of the green pine trees.

We love these edgy and simple engagement photos of our beautiful couple (including their little boy, Oliver) taken by Emily Piraino Photography.  These photos represent this family so well...and how stinkin' cute is Oliver?  Kati was nice enough to write out the couples engagement story for us...so enjoy below!

"Aaron and I went up to Prescott for a weekend just the two of us. We were both a little nervous about leaving Oliver for the whole weekend but also really excited to just hang out and relax and sleep through two entire nights. We went up Friday morning and just hung out, enjoyed the weather, watched a ridiculous amount of Gilmore Girls and went out to dinner. The next morning we went out to breakfast and came back to the cabin we were staying at to just sit on the porch and enjoy the gorgeous view of the forest that was the backyard. When we got back from breakfast, he picked up his guitar and started singing A Question by the Old 97s which I had told him years ago I wanted playing whenever the time came that someone proposed to me. It was very sweet but I wasn't really sure what was going on because after he got done he just put the guitar down and walked outside. He asked if I wanted to go look for some deer that we had seen in the shadows the night before so I agreed and we walked off the porch and started to walk towards the forest. After a few steps I realized he wasn't with me and turned around to see him on one knee. Then he said a bunch of stuff I don't remember because it was all very exciting and emotional. We spent the rest of the weekend just enjoying each other and calling friends and family about our happy news."


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A Delicious Decision: Wedding Cake vs. Cupcakes

A decision most brides and grooms will have to make during the planning process is deciding if they want a traditional wedding cake or individual cupcakes at their wedding. There are many pros & cons about these two delicious desserts and hopefully this blog post will help with this decision.

Flavors

Something many couples often think about is the option of being able to have multiple flavors in order to please their different taste buds, as well as all of the guests. Having a variety is not always necessary, but often times important because not everyone likes the same flavor. Lucky for you, having multiple flavors is not usually a problem when deciding between a traditional tiered wedding cake and or a display of cupcakes.  Most bakers will allow multiple cake and/or frosting flavors per order…ensuring that everyone’s taste buds leave the wedding happy.

Cost Comparison

When thinking about your budget, choosing to have a traditional wedding cake tends to be the more expensive option.  In general, cupcakes are usually considered a little more casual, and most of the time, end up being the cheaper option. One main difference here is that extra cupcakes can be sent home with guests meaning your money isn't going to waste like it might with a cake that gets thrown out at the end of the night.

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Traditions

The "traditional cutting of the cake" is a tradition that dates back to the 1900’s. This tradition includes the newly married husband & wife cutting a full size wedding cake during their first celebration of marriage.  Still to this day it is considered one of the classic elements of the wedding reception. If you decide to have cupcakes, there are ways to keep this tradition alive. Having a small cake along with the cupcakes is an option.  Some bakeries can even make a larger cupcake especially for the newlyweds to share during their "cake cutting."  It's also ok to take the non-traditional route and skip the cake cutting altogether.   

Display

Tiered wedding cakes are usually big and beautiful and can often times be the showstopper of your reception. Many people look forward to seeing the traditional cake table and the cutting that goes along with it.  Innovative cake designs are becoming more popular and are another non-traditional way to display a cake. Cupcakes give you a little more display flexibility. An entire table dedicated to cupcakes in a unique design could be a surprising alternative. Or do you love the look of a traditional wedding cake but yern for individual cupcakes? You could always display your cupcakes to look like a traditional wedding cake with several different tiers of cupcakes.

When it comes time to finalize this decision, traditional wedding cakes and cupcakes really aren't that different. A cake will always seem more traditional to your wedding guests, but there's nothing wrong with going a more non-traditional route. In the end, as long as you pick some delicious flavors, everyone should be happy with their wedding dessert options.

 

Photos courtesy of: Karlee K. Photography, About Love Studio, & Bradford Jones

 

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Rhea & Andrew: Engaged!

Rhea and Andrew are getting married in February at Desert Botanical Gardens and The Showcase Room.  This wedding is near and dear to our hearts as Rhea and Andrew are very close friends of ours and we couldn't be more excited for their upcoming nuptials.  

They got engaged last December in Hawaii and upon returning to Arizona, they headed up to Sedona for their engagement session with aMaes Photography.  Check out some of their gorgeous photos...also, the bride was kind enough to share their whole engagement story with us, below...

"In only 2 short years of dating, Andrew and I decided to take a week-long trip to Hawaii in December 2014.  I went on the trip having absolutely no expectations, other than just exploring the island with my best friend and no lingering thoughts of a possible engagement ever crossed my mind heading into the trip.  After arriving on the Island of Kauai, we spent our first day on the island just wandering the local beaches, eating a sinfully delicious brunch at the St. Regis, and taking dozens of pictures on the new camera he had bought me as an early Christmas present.  As the day came close to an end, we decided to go back to the room, change into our swimsuits and hit the hotel pool.  I found Andrew flipping through the pictures from the day, and happily joined him in reflecting over the beautiful picturesque beaches.  As he scrolled to the last photo, a picture of a diamond ring came across the screen.  I looked at the camera and then at him in disbelief.  “What is that?  Is that real?” is what I think I said, though I may have had a minor heart attack as I became swept up in emotion and can’t remember his or my exact words.  As he placed the camera down, he pulled a ring box out of the night stand, got down on one knee and asked me to marry him.  I don’t think a millisecond passed before I shouted out “YES!” Words will never be able to describe the feeling of pure joy, knowing that I was going to spend my life with not only the love of my life, but my best friend and we spent the rest of our week vacation celebrating life and love."

We can't WAIT for February...love you both!!!

xoxo

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