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Southwest Sophistication

A Desert Dream at El Chorro Lodge

Shoot Concept, Stylist:
Victoria Canada Weddings & Events

Cameron & Kelly Studio

El Chorro Lodge

Floral Design:
Petal Pusher

Schaffer’s Bridal

Mr. Formal

La Tavola Fine Linen Rental

Classic Party Rentals

Inspired Sugar

Serendipity Cinematography

Paper Products:
Page & Mason Invitations

PrimaDonna Boutique

Hair Stylist:
Amber Tillinghast

Makeup Artist:
Corinna Cooke Makeup Artist

Elizabeth and Douglas of The Agency Arizona

Organic elements and bold colors are the basis for an elegant, and yet classically Southwest celebration crafted by Victoria Canada Weddings & Events. Turquoise, soft coral and shimmering metallic hues work their magic throughout the details incorporated into this shoot.

A rehearsal dinner on the patio features vivid hues of burnt orange, aqua and green. Place cards are wrapped on citrus for touch of whimsy, while custom menus double as napkin wraps. The ensemble shows that desert-influenced parties need not be rugged or rustic to show off authentic Southwest elements.The stationery ensemble carries the theme beautifully: leather fringe on the bar signage, a twine-wrapped invitation, and embossed leather gift tags.

Unique wood invitations with just a touch of bling on the envelopes hint at the glamour to come.

Soft florals lend romance and balance the rustic plank seating of the ceremony on the event lawn. White and peach-colored petals, arranged in a chic chevron pattern, lead the way up the aisle, which culminates with a backdrop comprised of rope, driftwood, hydrangea and succulents. Iconic Camelback Mountain stands perfectly centered in the distance. The altar space is flanked by ironwork tables bearing vases of turquoise and submerged cacti. Later in the evening, this area will feature a charming spiral of glowing luminaria.

A unique wood structure anchors the dining table, showcasing the wedding meal and all the brilliant design elements of the celebration. Rustic hanging lanterns are suspended above an opulent display of roses, succulents and cacti. Placing a soft blue crinkle linen under the ikat-inspired topper creates a unique textural effect. Silver-edged china with a scallop pattern adds another layer of interest. The western cake stand, featuring letterpressed details on a leather band, was Canada’s own creative touch.

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