Engagements

Casey & Corey - Wedding at the Cabins at Strawberry Hill

This dreamy Strawberry, Arizona wedding seems like the perfect escape for our hot summer days in Phoenix! I wish I could go back, at the end of the event during clean up, we were wearing JACKETS, can you imagine?! Throw in some killer rentals and lighting, their adorable dog and lots of love and this day was one for the books! 

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HUGE shout out to our vendor partners!

Venue: The Cabins on Strawberry Hill 

Photos: Lilie Photography

Planning and Coordination: A Day to Cherish Weddings & Celebrations

Rentals and Lighting: The Event Co. 

Linens and Rentals: Classic Party Rentals 

Floral: Foster Wright Floral Design

DJ: Rock Around the Clock

Entertainment: Blaine Long

Hair: Habit Salon

Makeup: Painting You Pretty

Dress: Bella Lily Bridal

Catering/Cake: Food Truck Caravan

Rose Gold Romance at the Arizona Biltmore Resort - Styled Wedding Shoot

This job has a lot of perks, I must admit. But one of the best is when you get to collaborate with a stellar team of vendors, putting your creative ideas together to come up with a design that can showcase something new, different, trendy or just plain beautiful. I was beyond happy to work beside this amazing group of people at the Iconic Arizona Biltmore Resort to put together this shoot. It was an Elegant rose gold dream with the perfect touches of marble (check out those invites printed on a real slab of marble!), stunning roses and a cake you can NOT miss! I hope you enjoy this as much as we enjoyed putting it together and sharing these photo by the amazingly talented Annie Randall Photography! 

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Aimee & Erik - El Chorro Wedding

It was so much fun to start the fall season with Aimee and Erik's wedding at El Chorro!  They knew exactly what they wanted for every detail, and the entire bridal party was involved!  The maid of honor and best man surprised the bride and groom with a choreographed toast and involved the entire family for a hilarious rap.  Peaches were sporadically placed throughout the space to recognize Aimee's Georgia upbringing and they even included their dog in the wedding.  Congratulations to the amazing couple, we were honored to be a part of such a special event!

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Marissa and Jeff- El Chorro Wedding

We are so excited to share these images from last fall's wedding at El Chorro. Marissa and Jeff and their families were just a joy to work with. The day was filled with joy and the clean, classic style that Marissa and her Mother chose was so beautiful! Huge thank you to our friend Kelsie at Pinkerton Photo for capturing another amazing day!

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Vendors

Coordinator: A Day To Cherish Weddings and Celebrations

Venue: El Chorro Arizona Destination Dining

Photographer: Pinkerton Photography

Floral: Studio Fiore Designs

Linens: La Tavola Fine Linen

Cake: Ruze Cake House

Entertainment: Got You Covered Music

Miija The Burro: Haul N Ass Productions 

Rentals: Classic Party Rentals

Makeup: Angela Deutsch

Hair: Mariam Jagodzinski

Ceremony Music: Miquel de Maria

Transportation: Dunn Transportation

Officiant: Dr. Jeff Markett

Say Your 'Goodbyes' to Boring Exercise

We sent our intern, Allison, out on a little fitness research and asked her to blog about her findings. Enjoy!!

We all know that a bride wants to look her absolute best on her wedding day and for many that may mean losing weight and/or toning up! I don't know about you, but sometimes the gym trips can get a little stale, so I've set out on a mission to try out new things to mix up your workout routine.

1. FLYoga - Aerial Yoga @ Ra-Yoga in Phoenix, AZ

This is one of my new favorite things! Aerial yoga uses silk slings that hang from the ceiling to allow yogis to do several inversion poses that would take YEARS of practice to perfect in a regular studio. If you've ever seen the silk acrobats at the Cirque Du Soleil, it's kind of like that. And it's not as hard as it sounds! It's a killer core workout and all the inverted poses are very energizing! Also, the inversion poses decompress your spine and with a regular practice, you can gain as much as an inch in heigh! To top it off, the studio itself is amazing in its humanitarian efforts. Each class is offered for free with the hopes that you'll donate to which all the proceeds go to non-profit organizations. $5 is the recommended dontation. Where else can you find such a fun exercise class for so cheap? Ra also sells apparel, which is all organic and American-made.

2. Pole Fitness - Fitness to Nutrition in Tempe, AZ

I just tried my first pole fitness class this week thanks to a wonderful Living Social deal of 3 classes for $29. A drop in class at Fitness to Nutrition is usually $20, which is actually considerably cheaper than other pole studios in the Valley. They constantly have deals on their classes too, so watch out on Groupon, Living Social, Amazon Local, and the like. The intro class is so incredibly fun! Everyone in the room has fun with it and no one takes themselves too seriously. Really, it's okay to laugh at yourself for trying so hard to be sexy; that's a reason this would make a great bachelorette party! Everyone is goofing around, while getting a great upper body workout! The intro class teaches pole safety, conditioning exercises, and most exciting - spins! It's actually not nearly as hard as it seems like it would be and if you want to take it to the next level and learn climbs and inversions, you can sign up for a series after just a few beginner classes. And really, what sort of groom wouldn't LOVE a pole dancing bride?

3. Exercise on Vacation!

It's summertime and you're bound to go out of town at least once, but don't fuss about squeezing in gym time while on vacation. I brought my running shoes with me to Minnesota this month and never found a spare second to go for a run. INSTEAD, I focused on doing activities with my friends and family that would incorporate a workout. Spending all afternoon on the lake could have been wasted sunbathing, but instead I kicked up the activity by swimming, wake-boarding, and kayaking. When you are on vacation, there are tons of options for fun ways to get fit. Headed to the beach? Schedule a surfing lesson. The mountains? Take a hike, or hit the slopes in the winter. When I was in San Francisco recently, my boyfriend and I rented a tandem bike and rode across the Golden Gate Bridge! Not only was it a great way to see the sites, but it simultaneously gave us 2 hours of exercise ON TOP of all the walking around we did at Alcatraz and Fisherman's Wharf.

The best way to keep your workouts from getting stale and to stop your progress from plateauing is to mix it up and TRY NEW THINGS! Now get out there and sign up for that boxing class you've been eyeing or the trapeze lessons you've always been interested in testing out! You're bound to work out new, different muscles and tone up!

*Allison

There's an App for That

Appy Couple

For all our tech savvy brides, we have a fun idea for you! Heck, you don’t actually even need to be that tech savvy. A couple months back, we learned about Appy Couple! It’s just like a wedding website, where you can upload your wedding info – date, time, where you’re registered, bios, RSVP, etc., ONLY it makes your very own personalized iPhone or Android app. It’s easy to set up (though an invite is required . . . and easily obtained via e-mail) and there are lots of options for theme customization, then it’s on to the really fun stuff.You can upload photos and set event themes and colors. And the app even has a picture slider game, wedding countdown, and a champagne toast bulletin board where guests can upload their happy wishes for the couple! Guests can also add pictures from their own collections to the bride and groom’s albums or listen to songs from the various wedding celebrations – ceremony, bachelorette party, bridal shower, etc! It’s a fun and unique way to put your own spin on the newly traditional wedding website (which it co-creates), while incorporating technology that is on-the-go, just like a busy bride like you.

                

 

Featured couple - Jamie & Sam

A Day to Cherish is so blessed right now. Not only is 2011 already shaping up to be a great year, but we currently have some really amazing and fun couples! We already have the pleasure of working with couples on one of the most important and exciting times in thier lives but to add to that, enjoying spending time with our great clients makes work even more FUN! 

I want to introduce you to Jamie and Samer. Two of the cutest, sweetest people you have ever met. I don't think either of them has a mean bone in their body and working with them has been such a great experience. When asking the couple to describe each other Jamie says of Sam: ' I would describe Sam as genuine, very caring & loving, honest and intelligent.' Sam describes Jamie as: ' Beautiful, loving, the sunshine in my life and my best friend'. It just doesn't get any more adorable than that!

Jamie and Sam  not only have a great love for each other but for life! They enjoy hiking, traveling, running and many other activities together. Jamie and Sam wed last Saturday at Desert Botanical Gardens, and while we wait anxiously for the wedding day photos, we thought we would blog these engagement pictures taken by the Kimberly Jarman Stuidos associate photographer to celebrate their recent marriage. Enjoy!

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Venecia & Blake - Engagement Photos in San Diego

This is a post that doesn't need a lot of words, the pictures speak for themselves! These are some AMAZING engagement photos take by Zelo Photography of San Diego. The upcoming San Diego wedding of these two is going to be a wonderful and memorable event. Enjoy the photos and look for the wedding pictures this summer!

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Featured Couple: Darrelyn and Brent

Meet our featured couple of the month - Darrelyn and Brent!

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Their spring wedding at Blackstone Country Club in Peoria is looking to be one of our favorites to date. The wedding design will be gorgeous and with these two as the center of attention it is bound to be a great time! Big thanks to Marriott Photography for the beautiful engagement session. To see the rest of their engagement photos, check out the blog from Marriott!