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7
Feb
Rehearsal Dinners at Sanctuary on Camelback Mountain
categories: fabulous reception sites, reception ideas, rehearsal dinner spots, Scottsdale Weddings

You know Elite Circle wedding venue Sanctuary on Camelback Mountain is a truly beautiful place; the views at this modern Paradise Valley resort are stunning and with the newly remodeled Jade Bar, award-winning Elements Restaurant, and luxurious resort amenities, you will have found your own little piece of heaven right on the mountain.

What you may not know is that Sanctuary on Camelback  Mountain also accommodates rehearsal dinners and currently, they have a special: when you book a rehearsal dinner during the months of February and March, you will save 36% with their exclusive Wedding Rehearsal Package.

Your rehearsal dinner can be at several locations throughout the resort property. This is in the ballroom, where you will have beautiful views and a private dining space:

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Sanctuary’s Private Estates offer intimate and elegant dining in an estate setting- this is Casa Montana’s scenic patio

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You can also dine poolside as you toast your upcoming nuptials

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Or enjoy the outdoor reception areas

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For information about booking a rehearsal dinner or wedding at Sanctuary on Camelback Mountain, call Lauren Wickham at 480.607.2306

The booking deal is good through March 31, 2014 so don’t delay!

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27
Jan
Farm to Table Menus Now Offered At Westin Phoenix Downtown
categories: fabulous reception sites, reception ideas, rehearsal dinner spots, trends in catering

“Farm to Table” menus have grown in popularity over the years but it’s still rare to find a venue (and a chef) who is willing to create a menu of this type for wedding receptions. If the idea of locally sourced ingredients that are in-season and the freshest you’ll ever find (i.e., the prettiest and tastiest)  appeals to you, then the Farm to Table concept is right up your alley. The Westin Phoenix Downtown now offers an extensive and customizable Farm to Table wedding and event menu, thanks to Chef Chad McDonald, who was recently appointed Executive Chef for the hotel.

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Chef Chad’s history and appreciation for local ingredients began at his family’s farm and at his first job at a hometown mom and pop meat market. Due to his passion for detail and understanding “the simplicity of a great dish”,  his career blossomed. He’s a man who has a love of food and community, making him a true farm to table ambassador.

In regards to the farm-to-table concepts going forward, Executive Chef Chad McDonald will tailor menus seasonally for the restaurant and for weddings by working one-on-one with local farmers. This will allow chef to know what’s freshest at all times. Chef will be rearranging banquet and catered menus according to what the local farmers can offer seasonally. This would be a new step in working directly with the local farmers. 

Chef will also work more hands-on – actually sitting down with our local famers to begin cultivating the relationship and also visiting the farms. This means, for example, chef could meet with couples-to-be at the very beginning of the wedding planning process so they could be involved in the decision-making process for which seasonal items they would want to incorporate from the local farms on their menus.

Just a few examples of the food you could have at your wedding under Chef Chad’s supervision:

Skirt Steak – Steaks are from a farm near Yuma, AZ

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Tacos, meatballs, flatbreads, salmon benedict, and  shrimp tacos are all potential menu items for your wedding- most ingredients in these dishes are sourced from local farmers and markets

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A sample of a complete wedding reception menu developed by Chef Chad is “The Natural” which includes roasted organic beet salad, Crow’s Dairy® chevre, frisee, balsamic drizzle, locally farmed organic green salad, the freshest available vegetables, sherry-Dijon vinaigrette, Cedar River Farms® braised beef short rib, wild mushroom ragout, pan crisped organic salmon, tarragon mustard sauce, Gerber Farms® Amish chicken breast, natural chicken verjus sauce, chervil glazed organic root vegetables, herb roasted local new potatoes, seasonal fruit crisps, and vanilla bean ice cream.

The entire hotel has a very cool urban vibe and I really want to hang out at Province Lounge and Restaurant, where the farm to table concept is also featured; Fuchsia pops against dark wood in our lounge, a vibrant setting where you can refresh with beverages and light bites from an exclusive menu of sustainably-farmed, seasonal selections.

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Choosing the menu for a large group of people, like you’ll be doing at your reception, may not be your first wedding planning priority but for those of you who are “foodies”, finding the right chef is important. Chef Chad may just be your guy.

Explore The Westin Phoenix Downtown online or contact Jocelin, The Westin Phoenix Downtown’s wedding specialist, directly: (602) 429-3528 :: Jocelin.Meesenburg@westin.com

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5
Dec
Southwest Sophistication Part 1: The Rehearsal Dinner
categories: fabulous reception sites, floral inspiration, from the consultants, reception ideas, rehearsal dinner spots, Scottsdale Weddings, the paper chase, Wedding Inspiration

Our Southwest Sophistication styled shoot from the Phoenix Bride & Groom Summer Fall 2013 issue has been one of our most  popular ever so as we get ready to say goodbye to the issue and say hello to our Winter Spring 2014 issue, we thought we would share the shoot with you, our blog readers! You’ll be inspired by the colors, elegant southwest vibe, and creative touches throughout.

Today’s inspiration post is the Rehearsal Dinner. You’ll find a bright and sophisticated color palette of orange and blue tones along with varied textures. El Chorro Lodge, a Scottsdale gem, is the perfect place to host a rehearsal dinner because of it’s gorgeous Camelback Mountain views, legendary hospitality, and delicious menu (the El Chorro Sticky Buns are famously addictive!).

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Shoot Concept, Stylist: Victoria Canada Weddings & Events :: Photographer: Cameron & Kelly Studio :: Location: El Chorro Lodge :: Floral Design: Petal Pusher :Gown: Schaffer’s Bridal :: Suit: Mr. Formal :: Linens: La Tavola Fine Linen Rental :: Rentals: Classic Party Rentals :: Cake: Inspired Sugar :: Cinematographer: Serendipity Cinematography :: Paper Products: Page & Mason Invitations :: Tableware: PrimaDonna Boutique :: Hair Stylist: Amber Tillinghast :: Makeup Artist: Corinna Cooke Makeup Artist :: Models: Elizabeth and Douglas of The Agency Arizona

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Stylist and Conceptual Director Victoria Canada says this linen, the “Tribal Thread” in Sunset from La Tavola Fine Linen Rental, was a controversial choice that paid off- initially it was thought to  be too busy but now, thanks to our magazine, it’s one of their most requested linens!

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I have dreams about the party I can host, all centered around “Boozy Root Beer”! And how fun is the signature cocktail sign for it? Amy Wallace, owner of Page & Mason Invitations, is kind of an invitation maverick- she slices, dices, punches, stamps, and sews just about anything to make her invitations truly custom creations. Just wait until you see the wedding invitation she created for this shoot (coming to the blog soon!).

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Your rehearsal dinner is a chance to officially welcome your VIP guests, toast (and maybe “roast” a little too),  and mingle the night away. Play around with colors, textures, and menu choices to make it as stylish as your wedding!

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16
Apr
Wedding Reception: Elegant Al Fresco Dining
categories: fabulous reception sites, floral inspiration, photography, reception ideas, rehearsal dinner spots, Wedding Inspiration, what's hot in rentals

Eating outside makes me feel nostalgic- when I was young, I lived in Wisconsin, and summer dinners outside were pretty much mandatory. What I love about eating al fresco is that you feel so small under the open sky but you don’t feel alone. You are sharing in one of the best bonding traditions around- you are sharing a meal.

With that being said, my dinners never looked quite this elegant…

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The furniture is spectacular and functional- it adds an element of style that invites you to sit back and stay a while. I can only imagine the conversations at this rehearsal dinner table…

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This captures what I consider the magic hour of dinner- you can still see but the candlelight glows perfectly and the guests are definitely having a good time while the wine flows

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The location and set design are intimate dinner party perfection- whether it’s an engagement party, rehearsal dinner or small wedding reception.

Thanks to the following photo shoot partners:

Location-Palm Lake Oasis :: Photographer-Holly Schumacher Photography :: Creative Director-Darren Samuel :: Fashion Stylist-Shannon Campbell :: Set Stylist and Décor, Floral, Props- Angelic Grove :: Rentals, Props:- Classic Party Rentals :: Furnishings- Designer8 ::  Jewelry, Accessories- Tiffany & Co. ::  Makeup Artist- Corinna Cooke :: Hair Stylist- Will Zecco ::  Makeup and Hair Stylist Assisted by- Katie Hardison :: Photographers Assistant- Jeremy E. Noble :: Fashion Stylist’s Assistant- Benny Dixon III :: Cocktail Dresses- Schaffer’s :: Men’s Attire- Ted Baker London ::  Women’s Casual Attire-Ted Baker London ::  Children’s Fashions-Dillard’s, Nordstrom :: Models- Leah, Zahaila, Lisa, Bryce, Cody, Franco all of The Agency Arizona :: Child Model- Savannah :: Canine Model- Nigel

Happy Planning from your Arizona Wedding Blog~ Kelly

 

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29
Oct
Sassi Wedding Incentives
categories: fabulous reception sites, rehearsal dinner spots, Scottsdale Weddings

If you have not been to SASSI in beautiful North Scottsdale, you are missing out. That might sound sort of mean but I’m serious- the food is so good (SASSI’s menu features handmade pasta, local and organic vegetables and a variety of fine meats and fresh seafood prepared in the spirit of southern Italy), the atmosphere is warm and inviting and I love how it feels like you are in a home (yes, a gorgeous mansion, but still, you feel like you’re being hosted by a family, not a corporation).

This is the wine room which can be used for smaller group dinners like a rehearsal dinner; it is also the “guys” prep room for weddings

And now SASSI is offering one of the most generous incentive programs I have ever heard of. The incentives are available to all couples married at SASSI for all future anniversary or special occasions offering a lifetime of SASSI values for being part of the SASSI Wedding Family:

-Each time a former or future booked wedding couple dines at SASSI, they will receive $25 off and another $25 per couple that dines with them

-All past and future booked wedding couples receive 10% off their food & beverage bill when booking a large event for 14-150 guests with a set menu; minimums and contract apply. This offer is also available to wedding couples’ parents for corporate dinners, holiday events or special occasions

-If a wedding is referred by a former SASSI bride/groom, the former bride/groom will receive a $150 gift card to use during a future visit

-In addition, SASSI sends an anniversary card to couples’ on their first anniversary offering prosecco, pasta and a dessert complimentary

This Italian Villa has Old World charm, intimate spaces, grand views, luxury detailing, and of course, delicious food. It’s a place that you will not only want to get married at but also a place you will want to revisit time and again.

We think SASSI is a really unique Arizona wedding venue and with the new incentive program, you won’t want to pass it up!

Check out some of our favorite SASSI weddings:

Gina + Drew, Justine Miller Photography

Kaoife + Josh, Jennifer Bowen Photography

Lindsey+ John, Hagerty Photography

Happy Planning from your Arizona Wedding Blog!

Kelly

 

 

 

 

 

 

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16
Jul
Destination: Flora Farms in Mexico
categories: destination weddings and honeymoons, rehearsal dinner spots

You know when you step out of your normal routine and come across something so completely unique, so special, so original that it takes your breath away and you know your words can’t do it justice? That’s how I feel about Flora Farms.

Flora Farms is farm to table. It’s celebrating local art. It’s educating and building. It’s family through and through.

I was treated to a private dining experience at the farm and the atmosphere, food and philosophy were overwhelming. I actually kept my place mat from dinner, that’s how much I liked this place. I never want to forget how it made me feel and how good my meal was.

They actually host private events at the farm as well. This is the ceremony space- you get there by traveling up a small hill and the walk is well worth it. Your view is amazing and the space itself is really intimate and quiet. I can see this not only as a perfect place for a wedding ceremony but also for a vow renewal.

Everything served at the restaurant is grown on the farm so you can imagine how fresh everything tastes

The owners live on the property so this is their personal outdoor kitchen but they also use it for cooking demos and events like bridal showers

Our dinner was set up in a private patio in the middle of the farm. The feasting table was comfy and the entire dinner had the feel of a gourmet picnic. Mason jars, checkered cloth napkins, votives, paper place mats that included a history of the farm and the resident dogs’ profiles, a family style meal…

Whatever the occasion, you know it will be intimate and delicious

This image embodies what I remember best about my visit to this secluded gem: the warm restaurant atmosphere surrounded by nature’s extraordinary beauty.

Flora Farms was not only the best meal I had while in Cabo, it was the best experience I had, hands down. You won’t be surprised to hear me say that you should make a point of going there if you are ever near Cabo. You will not regret it!

Happy Planning from your Arizona Wedding Blog!

Kelly

 

 

 

 

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