This beauty on our wedding blog hits rustic chic on the head. It’s timeless with neutrals and pretty with pops of coral and peach – and the couple is as adorable as can be! The rustic details including handmade wooden boxes by the groom himself and a donkey greeting guests at the ceremony (yes, a donkey!) added the perfect personal touches. The bride shared all the lovely details with us as well as how their love all began!
From the bride:
Justin, or as our friends and family call him “Juddy”, and I met 3 years ago at a New Year’s Eve party. We were brought together by one of our best friends, my older brother. Unknowingly my brother was about to change my entire world. Juddy and I were introduced and it was game over. A firefighter and nurse, it couldn’t be more picture perfect! Two years into our relationship, we headed up north to his parents’ cabin in Munds Park. Little to my knowledge, that day would be the day Juddy would propose and the all the crazy wedding planning would begin. His parents’ cabin is one of our favorites places to go and a place that we will forever cherish.
Wedding planning began the moment I stepped foot into the cabin that day. Juddy’s mother had come out of the back room with a handful of bride magazines, and thanks to Pinterest, the creative ideas were flowing! We wanted a simple wedding with elegant touches and a fun, outgoing reception. I adored the vintage, chic theme and geared a lot of our idea towards that. I wanted soft, neutral colors such as taupe and cream with a pop of coral and peach.
We both envisioned an outdoor ceremony surrounded by lush green landscaping that wasn’t a golf course. Being that we live in Arizona and are surrounded by desert, we had a little bit of a challenge on our hands. But after weeks of hunting, we stumbled upon the Scottsdale Plaza Resort. There we discovered the cutest, little white gazebo centered in the middle of a grass filled courtyard and enclosed by tall, green hedges. The reception was held in their grand ballroom, which was nothing short of grand. The room was huge with tall elevated ceilings that would easily fit all 170 guests and a big dance floor.
With the help of family and friends we were determined to DIY a lot of our decorations. The ceremony site didn’t need much dressing up, as the greenery itself was enough. Paper fans with a thank you to our guests were made for the ceremony. Juddy himself handcrafted all the wooden boxes that were used for the centerpiece.Old picture frames were painted and used as chalkboards. A good friend of ours does calligraphy and hand wrote all the signs. Table runners with fun patterns were used to add some character to different tables.
Our wedding coordinator, Jennifer Hoffman, really understood our vision and helped bring it to life. Gold chargers, taupe napkins and chair covers added that touch of elegance we were looking for. Our DJ, SKM entertainment, added the finishing touch with coral up lighting throughout the entire room. And thank you to our awesome photographer, Rachel Solomon, every bit of our special day was captured.
Photographer: Rachel Solomon Photography
Cake Designer: Honey Moon Sweets Bakery and Dessert Bar
Invitation Designer: Paper Source
Floral Designer: Sarah’s Garden
Reception Venue: Scottsdale Plaza Resort
DJ: SKM Entertainment
Dress Designer: Stella York