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Chris and I just sent out our Save the Dates!  How exciting!  Seems like it is just another step in the process but to me surprisingly, it is pretty exciting.  I enlisted one of my bridesmaids and best friends, Erin to help me create them.  Erin is an Art Director for a ad agency in Philadelphia and is also starting her own Photography and Graphic Design company, Grace & Ardor Co..  Of course, I had no other thought than to use her great skills and creativity.  She gets me, my style and what I am looking for really well!

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BTSEventManagement_WeddingPlanners_LakePowellThis past week, we were able to experience something absolutely breathtaking.   A place that we only knew of by name and had no real connection to.  Those that know of it, know of the beauty and serenity.  They know about the peaks and the valley’s, the highs and the lows.  The place that I am talking about is none other than Antelope Point Marina – the tourist location of the enormous, man made lake – Lake Powell.  First built in 1963, the lake spans over 108,000 square miles in area.  We saw less than a quarter of the lake on our visit.  IT IS HUGE!!!

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benandkellyphotography.Suzanne&RayWedding-10066 Almost 1 year ago, we were setting up for a wedding at The Phoenician when a lovely lady and her father peaked into the room.  Turns out they were venue shopping for the bride’s upcoming wedding.  The bride lived in Los Angeles and was only in town for a small amount of time.  I took a break from set up and spoke with them for a bit.  I talked to the bride-to-be, Suzanne, about what she wanted her destination to be like.  She told be some awesome descriptions of a beautiful fairytale wedding she was envisioning.  My mind immediately started brainstorming the perfect design concepts for this wedding.  I had to get back to work so I gave them each one of my business cards and was totally hoping I would hear from her again. A few days later, Suzanne contacted me and we set up a time to talk on the phone in more detail about her wedding.  She had toured a few properties around Scottsdale and was torn between a few of them.  This is all very common.  Choosing the right venue is a stressful part of the planning because it determines so much about the wedding.  There are a lot of things to take into consideration like, pricing, food and beverage minimums, what is all included, end times, service fees, taxes….the list goes on and on.  After deliberating a bit more, Suzanne decided to go with The Phoenician and we began planning and designing! After a few conversations, I was really able to pin-point Suzanne’s style.  She is very romantic and feminine.  She loves the color blush and really loved sequins linens.  We shared photos on Pinterest and had a great collaborative effort on the entire design of her wedding. Suzanne was able to come out to Scottsdale a couple of times before the wedding, which was great.  We scheduled her tasting and did a mock up of her flowers and finalized a lot of the details and design ideas in person.  During these meetings, I got to know her a bit more.  I found out she is a dedicated ballerina and practices quite often.  I also found out that her fiancé was in a rock band and had tons of tattoos.  I thought to myself, a ballerina and a rocker….what on earth could make for a better couple? The big day finally arrived and it was absolutely perfect.  It was literally a fairytale in every aspect.  This couple had amazing family and friends and everyone seemed to really enjoy the evening. Check out these beautiful moments captured by the super talented, Ben and Kelly Photography:

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Side note: I don’t know about anyone else but, saying the word fiancé is kind of the strangest thing.  It may be because you get so used to saying boyfriend or girlfriend over and over again but I am not quite sure.  I can only imagine the first few months calling Chris my husband.  It’s like these words never really did exist up until now, now that they have a true meaning…

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