Cosmopolitan Couture Wedding at Chateu Lux | Videographer Phoenix

Cosmopolitan Couture Wedding at Chateu Lux | Videographer Phoenix

How They Met

Hotel Palomar in Downtown Phoenix set the stage for Samantha and Justin’s first encounter. Samantha had just graduated from Arizona State University to start as a Concierge and Justin was the Audio Visual Director for PSAV. He was smitten right away, but her youthfulness played hard to get.

After a six-month friendship, Samantha’s family invited Justin to join them in Las Vegas for Thanksgiving. It was safe to say that her feelings for Justin had blossomed and she was ready to make a commitment to being in a relationship. What happens in Vegas stays there, but let’s just say they became much more than just friends.

New relationships are always great when you are falling in love. Every love story comes with its challenges, but by communicating and compromising they grew as a couple and formed an unbreakable bond of friendship and true love.

The Proposal

(As told by Samantha)

Upon finishing my workday I called Justin to check in as I always do. On the other end of the phone Justin was telling me that he was at Home Depot (not true, he was hidden in the studio) and to enjoy my time with Christina tonight and he would see me later. He said he loved me so much and to have a great class.

I arrived at the studio around 5:30 pm to find that the class was quickly filling up with familiar faces of the barre3 staff, frequent clients, and my own mother! What a fun class I thought. The owner Karie Johnson was the instructor and the class was high energy and such a wonderful time with people I loved. Barre3 had become a place where I could share my heart with an amazing community and feel the same love in return. It was so much more than just a workout routine. Justin knew this and wanted to make this a moment I would never forget at the studio.

At the end of every barre3 class, we take three closing breaths and close our eyes. During these last few moments of class, two songs filled the room. The first song was “Sunshine” by Tje Austin to represent the fact that this evening was a full moon.

The second song was “Cheerleader” by Omi, the instrumental version with Justin’s voice recorded on the track as a voiceover. He spoke the words “She is such an incredible person with a beautiful soul. There is not a day that goes by that I am not constantly thinking of her and what I can do for her as she has done for me. I want to be able to do that for the rest of my life. She always finds a way to bring out the best in me. I would be honored to spend the rest of my life with her. She really needs to know how special she is…not just to me, but to everyone

The second song was “Cheerleader” by Omi, the instrumental version with Justin’s voice recorded on the track as a voiceover. He spoke the words “She is such an incredible person with a beautiful soul. There is not a day that goes by that I am not constantly thinking of her and what I can do for her as she has done for me. I want to be able to do that for the rest of my life. She always finds a way to bring out the best in me. I would be honored to spend the rest of my life with her. She really needs to know how special she is…not just to me, but to everyone, she is around.”

Even after hearing these words, I still had no idea what was going on, my eyes were still closed. I finally opened my eyes when I felt Christina brush my arm as she reached down to grab her phone. When my eyes opened, I saw Justin walking into the studio with a small box in his hand and a huge smile on his face. He got down on one knee and asked me to be his forever. I was shocked and instantly burst into tears. My mother was right next to me crying and cheering. I said yes to my soulmate and felt like the luckiest girl in the world.

The Wedding:

We love the ceremony site of
Chateau Luxe! It’s a huge all white room, that just has an overpowering bright and beautiful feel. It was perfectly accented with white and pink floral and clear decor items. It felt very modern and tasteful.

We really like how they used hints of metallic to really make the color scheme pop. The bridesmaids were dripping in rose gold sequined dresses and we are obsessed with them.

The whole evening was crisp and modern and had a cosmopolitan couture vibe.

Wedding Planner Name: Andrea Leslie Weddings
Venue: Chateau Lux
Photographer: Ryan Lindsey Photography
Entertainment: Desert House Productions
Florist: AZ Petal Pusher
Linens/ Rentals: La Tavola Linen
Invitations: If Only Lo La Lee

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Gray & Gold Wedding at The Croft | Videographer Phoenix

Gray & Gold Wedding at The Croft | Videographer Phoenix

How They Met:

As told by Aubrey: We met in high school a long time ago – each of us were playing sports and we only crossed paths on the school bus on the way to our games. We never really knew each other then, but knew of each other.
In 2011, I (Aubrey) played softball at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro and Kayvon played baseball at Kansas State University. When we would come home from college for the holidays, we’d always see each other at the gym and catch up.

Kayvon graduated from Kansas State University in 2012 and was drafted by the Oakland A’s. His spring training was then in Phoenix and I had just moved home after graduating from UNCG. Kayvon was still preparing for his second professional season when we started working out together. He found it hard to find people to play catch with him and of course I loved doing it! It went from playing catch and working out, slowly to hanging out and watching movies. We just haven’t separated since! In 2014, Kayvon was offered the opportunity to coach baseball at his college (in Manhattan, Kansas!) while getting his MBA. He asked if I wanted to go and the rest is history!

The Proposal:

Kayvon knew for months that his family, and Aubrey’s family and grandparents would be coming for his graduation from grad school. The two have a French Bulldog named Bruce Wayne, that they just are in love with. Kayvon had Aubrey’s mom make him a shirt that says, “Mom, will you marry my dad?”

On the day, Aubrey was running around their apartment trying to clean up as they had company coming and staying with them Kayvon yelled to Aubrey to come into their office and look at Bruce. As soon as she figured out what the shirt said, and what was going on, Kayvon was on one knee. This instantly became Aubrey’s favorite day ever.

Wedding Planner: Table Number One Events
Venue: The Croft
Photographer: Mike Olbinski
Entertainment: Desert House Productions

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We know that when it comes to planning a wedding, to say it can be overwhelming is an understatement. There are so many decisions to be made, and each step in the process affects the next. This is one of the reasons we LOVE the Wedding Wire vendor checklist, it provides a step-by-step timeline for when you should book your wedding vendors. Armed with this, and a few other tips and tricks from us, you will be ready to take on the wedding world.

1. HIRE A WEDDING PLANNER. We cannot stress this enough. They know the wedding world like the back of their hand and are worth their weight in gold. You don’t know what you don’t know… A quality Wedding Planner not only will keep you on track, but will help you create the day of your dreams, or help you figure out what your dream day is all while staying within your budget!

2. A good rule of thumb when planning your wedding is to get a jump on hiring your wedding vendors. Nothing is worse than falling in love with a vendor only to find out that they are booked on your date. Haven’t picked a date? Even better, they may be the ones who dictate that for you based on their availability. Very rarely do vendors hold a date for you. They work off of a first come first serve basis so solidifying those vendors early on so you can enjoy your engagement is a great plan.

3. Hiring your wedding vendors is like choreographing a dance, you want to pair people up with the very best partners. If you are unsure about a vendor, don’t be afraid to ask around. It is always good to get recommendations from other vendors because we see it all. We have the pleasure of seeing the good, the bad and the ugly. If we work with people we know and love on the wedding day it’s like working with friends and it just makes wedding magic for the couple!!

4. Weddings are so expensive. One of the benefits of booking vendors early is the fact that you secure better pricing. Most vendors raise prices slightly every year. So, if you are getting married in 2018 it is best to book vendors at 2017 pricing.

5. The earlier you book the more time you have to sit back, relax and just enjoy being engaged.

 

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Desert Monet Wedding | Videographer Phoenix

Desert Monet Wedding | Videographer Phoenix

How They Met:

Lauren loves to tell the story, so we will share her version:
I (Lauren) think it’s funny because God had to try multiple times for us to get together before it stuck.

1) We “first met” at a mutual friend’s house after an ASU Football game. Brandon came over to see his old friend while he was on a trip for work. At this time, I didn’t know Brandon was a working professional, so I found it very odd some guy would show up to this in a nice suit. (everyone else was in T-shirts). I also found him to be aloof, answering in one-word answers and thought he was a huge jerk.

Later, we re-connected on Facebook after we had so many mutual friends in common. He was in town again for work and took me out to a dinner and movie. The rest is history!

2) BUT a year before that, we were both at a political conference in DC. I have several pictures that I took with my friends, and Brandon is in the background of A LOT of them. I also talked with about 5 of his co-workers, one of which even made a comment about Brandon and how he was from Arizona.

3) BUT TWO YEARS before that, we were both at the same political conference. Brandon somehow got roped into dressing up as Ben Franklin for his work to take pictures with people. One of those people included me–smiling next to Brandon/Ben Franklin, having no idea I was standing next to my future husband.

The Proposal:

Throughout college, Lauren did some modeling for extra cash. Brandon called her agent ahead of time and scheduled a “gig” for her.

She was all dressed up with my makeup and hair done. The first part seemed like a legitimate job. Then they headed over to Old Main, where she was told we would be spending a lot of extra time.

As they were snapping photos, Brandon comes up behind her! Then he got on one knee and pulled out a beautiful ring! Lauren was so excited!! Her entire immediate family then came running down to say congrats.

Venue: Superstition Mountain Golf Club
Photographer: Malone Sinclaire
Entertainment: The DJ For You
Florist: Flowers by Jodi
Invitations: Minted

 

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Copperwynd Wedding | Videographer Phoenix

Copperwynd Wedding | Videographer Phoenix

How They Met:

Ashley and Brent both grew up in Phoenix on opposite sides of town. Their paths had never crossed until Ashley had recently moved back from Texas around the same time Brent had moved back from Washington. Ashley was out with her girlfriends and Brent was out with his guy friends to celebrate Cinco de Mayo on a Saturday afternoon.

Their paths crossed at The Lodge in Old Town Scottsdale where Brent was instantly drawn to Ashley’s group of friends. Ashley was a little standoffish and so Brent began to chat with her friends. It took a friendly game of pool table to break the ice and it seemed like they had met their match after one game turned to best out of 7. They were inseparable the rest of the night.

Ashley and Brent spent the following months getting to know each other and Ashley began to tell her friends that she had a boyfriend (an almost unbelievable fact after Ashley had reluctantly called anyone her boyfriend in over 7 years.)

She claims today that when you know you know. It was instant for both and they worked on establishing a relationship that would last a lifetime. Over the next year, they would fall in love with each other’s strengths and weakness and everything in between.

The Proposal:

After three and half years of dating, Ashley’s 30th birthday was approaching. She wanted to use the occasion to show her appreciation for everyone in her life and decided to throw a party to commemorate the event. While Ashley focused on preparing for the big day, Brent decided this would be the perfect opportunity for a memorable proposal.

As Ashley spent weeks planning the decorations and festivities, Brent was secretly leaving work early to pick out the perfect ring. As the party drew closer, Brent and Ashley spent late nights together decorating for the big celebration and making final preparations in their friend Stuart’s renovated Firehouse.

The party was amazing. A few details included rum slushy machines, a bartender, a food truck, and hanging photos of Ashley’s life with her friends and family. Ashley even put her mother’s first car, a 1966 Mustang on display right above the dance floor.

Halfway through the party, Brent turned down the music and took the mic to thank everyone for coming, but then he kept going. A scene worthy of The Bachelor played out in the middle of the dance floor as the single ladies of the party were lined up with Brent holding a single rose. In a mock Final Rose ceremony, Brent laid out his feelings for Ashley in front of their family and friends before getting on one knee and proposing. Ashley said yes, and the rest of the night was a dance party that no one will ever forget.

Love Story:

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Wedding Planner: Outstanding Occasions 
Venue: Copperwynd Resort
Photographer: Christine Johnson
Entertainment: Desert House Productions
Florist: Angelic Grove
Linens: Angelic Grove

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Romantic Garden Wedding | Videographer Phoenix

Romantic Garden Wedding | Videographer Phoenix

How They Met:

James and Megan met in 2005, when they were both working for the same company! The two of them welcomed our there into the world in 2007, were engaged in 2013, and two little girls later, married in April of 2017.

The Proposal:

James and Megan had just bought their home in Canton, Connecticut. James took it upon himself to decorate the whole down stairs area on his own. Loving what he did, Megan tried to get a picture of the two of them together. Next thing she knew, James knelt on one knee and handed her the new house keys. He had to hand them to her a few times and the last time he handed them to her with a gorgeous engagement ring!

The Wedding:

This garden romance wedding at the Four Seasons Resort in Scottsdale was just breathtaking. The blush pink and ivory floral is to die for. From the way, it’s draped over the archway that they stand under to be married, to Megan’s beautiful bouquet. All of the flowers look so natural and lush at the same time.

We love the trend of outdoor receptions that are all the rage right now. They are so fun and intimate under the stars and garden lights that are strung across the area. The farm tables give a unique spin and are so pretty they way they are dressed up. We are pretty sure there was a donkey in attendance as well, so look closely!

Megan’s dress is a perfect fit, a flare that hugs her body just right. We love the balance of all lace, with just a hint of sparkle in the belt. The bridesmaids dresses echoed Megan’s perfectly! They were blush pink which tied in with the floral and the tops were lace, just like the bride.

Wedding Planner: Some Like it Classic
Venue: Four Seasons Resort Scottsdale
Photographer: Amy&Jordan
Entertainment: Desert House Productions
Florist: Lux florist
Linens: La Tavola
Invitations: The Pretty Paperie

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Great Gatsby Wedding | Videographer Phoenix

Great Gatsby Wedding | Videographer Phoenix

How They Met:

Ashley is a stay at home mom to the couple’s beautiful baby girl and Jaron is a professional football player with the AZ Cardinals. They met on an airplane when Ashley was still working as a flight attendant. He wanted water before takeoff, which is normally a no-no, but she thought he was attractive, and got it for him anyway. Good thing she broke the rules, their lives have been forever changed. Jaron spent the rest of the flight hitting the call button every other minute so he could see Ashley. Once he found out she was stationed in Phoenix, he had to ask her out on a date.

The Proposal:

These two are best friends. They say it’s easy in a relationship and marriage when you are going to be marrying your best friend, and we totally agree. It was a very private and personal proposal. It was at their home, with the three of them present. It was perfect for them.

The Wedding:

Ashley and Jaron had a stunning wedding at the Royal Palms. This is one of our favorite venues for a romantic and intimate feeling wedding. Their theme for the wedding was Great Gatsby, and they executed it perfectly with the décor, the spectacular cake, the gold confetti and the old-time car that took them away at the end of the evening. Everything was so unique and interesting.

Ashley’s dress was perfect. It was form fitting which was so flattering and had just enough pizzazz and bling at the bottom to really make it fun and show off her personality.

With the décor so bold, we love that they choose ivory and blush to be their colors. They were the perfect color bridesmaids dress, and the floral just accentuated everything in the best way possible.

Wedding Planner: AZ Party of 2
Venue: Royal Palms
Photographer: Shelby Lea
Entertainment: Got You Covered
Florist: Table Tops
Linens: Table Tops
Invitations: Definitely Debra

 

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As we are about to dive headfirst into one of the busiest spring seasons we have ever had, at the same time, we are super excited to this year’s wedding trends.  One of the most fascinating parts of our job is to see how each couple executes their perfect day, to a T. We also love to see how they incorporate the wedding trends of the season and make them their own. Here are some of our favorite things right now.

Metals: We loved when couples started to incorporate more silver and gold into their wedding pallet over the past few years. This year it’s full-blown metal! Gold, silver, rose gold, pewter, and copper. They are so versatile and really compliment so many different color arrangements. We love how they can easily dress up, or soften the feel of the whole day.

Metal: Latest & Greatest Wedding Trends | Videographer Phoenix

Metal: Latest & Greatest Wedding Trends | Videographer Phoenix

Whimsical Floral: So far, we have seen a huge amount of our brides sticking with what we like to call “sophisticated whimsical” floral. This includes large soft flowers such as garden roses or peonies, paired with beautiful succulents, that gives off a romantic and classic look.

Floral: Latest & Greatest Wedding Trends | Videographer Phoenix

Floral: Latest & Greatest Wedding Trends | Videographer Phoenix

Sugar: Who doesn’t love cake? Just a few years ago and still a bit now, it was popular to have cupcakes. I mean it’s the perfect portion all ready to go for your guests. However, this year the movement seems to be leaning towards beautiful multi-tiered cakes. We can’t complain because these stunning works of art are not only beautiful to look at but also still delicious as ever.

Sugar: Latest & Greatest Wedding Trends | Videographer Phoenix

Sugar: Latest & Greatest Wedding Trends | Videographer Phoenix

Gown: This category is ever changing and we love it because it means we get to see new and fabulous dresses every season. Color is making a huge comeback and in the most gorgeous way ever. May it be just a slight hint of pink to the overall gown or possibly small details that give off a hue of your “something blue”. We also are seeing an increase of sleeves in all sorts and cutouts in flattering places. This gives such a nice update to the classic silhouette of a wedding dress.

Gown: Latest & Greatest Wedding Trends | Videographer Phoenix

Gown: Latest & Greatest Wedding Trends | Videographer Phoenix

 

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Rustic Romantic Wedding at El Chorro | Videographer Phoenix

Rustic Romantic Wedding at El Chorro | Videographer Phoenix

How They Met:

Herb and Elizabeth met on a chilly December evening back in 2010. Liz’s best friend, who also happens to be the Maid of Honor, was dating Herb’s friend at the time. She was the one who got everyone together and they all hung out one night. However, it wasn’t until a month or so later that they started dating. These two fell in love really quickly and the rest is history!

The Proposal:

Herb and Elizabeth drove up to Sedona to celebrate their 5-year dating anniversary. The weekend was perfect- dinner, drinks, hiking and of course, a proposal. The lovely couple went to their favorite spot- Call of the Canyon- in Sedona. It was middle of winter so there was at least 3 or so feet of snow. They had hiked this spot many times before with their dog, Lucy, who was also with them that weekend. When they got to “the spot” as Herb says.. it was just the three of them, surrounded by the Sedona red rocks, forest and beautiful snow. That is when Herb dropped down on one knee and proposed. It was everything either one of them could have dreamed of and a day neither will ever forget.

The Wedding:

We love the “honest goofy love” that these two have for one another. You can tell just in the way they speak of one another, how honest and genuine the relationship is.

They were married at the stunning El Chorro, and the colors they choose for the day are so soft and natural. We love the mix of whites, blush, and tan are warm and inviting. We love the spin of fun they took for the groomsman’s bowties, and how each man is in a different color.

VENDORS:
Planner: Imoni Events
Venue/Location: El Chorro
Floral Designer: Sarah’s Garden
Photography: Amy & Jordan
Stationery: Freed Hands
Entertainment: Sapphire Sky
Rentals: La Tavola & Prim Rentals
Dessert: The Baked Bear

 

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Whimsical Wedding at the Four Seasons| Videographer Phoenix

Whimsical Wedding at the Four Seasons| Videographer Phoenix

How They Met

Jake and Jess met in a relatively ordinary fashion via a mutual connection. However, they consider what developed between them to be anything but ordinary and realize they’re extraordinarily lucky to have connected at such an opportune point in their lives.

Jake was at a bar in Denver (which he later found out is one of Jess’ favorite places) when he received a text message, “Hey, are you single?”…and a few seconds later, he was given Jess’ number and didn’t waste any time calling, but Jess was at dinner with girlfriends so she let it go to voicemail. Upon returning from dinner, and after plenty of social media stalking, she called Jake back.

Their nearly hour-long conversation left Jake happily surprised and thinking that Jess was different from anyone he had encountered up to that point. Jess also felt intrigued, but she wanted to ensure that the feeling wasn’t attributed to the couple of glasses of wine at dinner. She still decided to accept Jake’s invitation to meet.

The interested pair wound up eating outdoors at local restaurant (still a favorite of theirs), where they spent hours talking about their love of family & friends, new hotspots to eat & drink, live music, yoga & running & travel.

The proposal

It was a surprise! She did NOT see it coming. Jess and Jake had plans to go to dinner with Jake’s family for his birthday, but Jess didn’t know that this was a cover for what was to come! Jake came over to her house while she finished getting ready and what he didn’t know was that Jess was planning a surprise of her own – she had been running around all day to put the finishing touches on Jake’s surprise birthday present (a trip to D.C.) and was rushed and running behind.
Once Jake finally got her out the door of her place to head to “dinner”, the two started walking toward the car when Jess spotted the photographer Jake had set up in the parking lot. When Jess turned around to ask Jake what was going on, he was down on one knee. Jake proposed right outside Jess’s place, which is where he picked her up for their first date and also where they had their first kiss. Jess and Jake then went to the restaurant where both families and close friends were waiting to celebrate!

Wedding Planner: Charlee Geisler
Venue: Four Seasons Scottsdale
Photographer: Charity Maurer
Entertainment: TC and the band
Florist: Flower Studio AZ
Linens/ Rentals: Classic Party Rentals
Invitations: Lee’s Specialty

 

 

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