Marrying Mid-Century Modern

Location // Mountain Shadows Resort, Paradise Valley, AZ, United States

Mountain Shadows Resort​, ​originally​​ built in 1959​,​ ​has​ returned ​as a fresh face ​in Paradise Valley, Arizona ​​after undergoing a ​complete rebuild. Perfectly nestled below Camelback Mountain and Mummy Mountain, the resort earned its namesake from the shadows cast by the iconic silhouettes each afternoon. The upscale locale was an instant success, catering to the likes of international travelers, visiting families​,​ and Hollywood stars.

Mountain Shadows was reintroduced in 2017 and stands at the heart of Paradise Valley once more. Traces of the past can be found throughout the resort, from the name of the restaurant to iconic breeze block by the pool. Whether they follow in the footsteps of past globetrotters or happen to live down the street, every guest experiences the same warm hospitality, modern elegance​,​ and beautiful scenery that made Mountain Shadows a beloved destination for decades.

Our team of creatives ​for this styled shoot wanted to connect ​the gorgeous environment of the resort​ to the mid-century vibe that the hotel has​ embraced​. ​Showing affordable options with a gender neutral feel ​and design that could be embraced​ ​by any couple was the focus of this shoot. We topped ​it off by photographing a same-sex couple to show that the resort welcomes and celebrates ​all weddings.​

Todd and Eddie​, our handsome grooms,​ have been married for several years but never had a wedding​. On the day they were married, Todd took Eddie and a few key family members on a trip down memory lane that led them through Todd’s hometown. The tour ended at the courthouse much to everyone’s surprise, including Eddie’s, where they got married minutes before closing time. ​Being photographed in their finest, toasting their new life as husbands, and feeding​ each other wedding cake was not in the cards on their wedding day, but today we were able to ​celebrate that moment for them​,​ even if it was just for fun.

Vendor Partners

Event Planning + Design Concept // Life Design Events // MRSter Approved

Venue // Mountain Shadows

Furniture Rentals // Prim Unique Rentals

Rentals // Classic Party Rentals // MRSter Approved

Photography // Keith and Melissa Photographers // MRSter Approved

Paper Details // Life Design Events // MRSter Approved

Floral Design // Butterfly Petals // MRSter Approved

Cake // Cakes By Whisk

Cinematography // Something New Media

Saint Paul, MINNESOTA :: Rachel & Laura :: Nerdy Nuptials // Real LGBTQ Wedding

:: Nerdy Nuptials ::

Photographed by :: Melissa of Rivets and Roses

Rachel and Laura had a charming St. Paul, Minnesota wedding that took place in Irvine Park, and the reception followed across the street at the Science Museum of Minnesota.

They incorporated all things they love in to their special day, which included; Star Wars, Jurassic Park, and Harry Potter! All of the details they put into their wedding complimented the locations perfectly, and signified their relationship.

It was a perfect day for the two of them, and it felt as if you had just entered the world that they share together. Beautiful.

DISTINCTIONS

Rainbow Converse. Dinosaurs. Two Brides.

THE PROFESSIONALS

Photography :: Melissa of Rivets and Roses
Venue {Ceremony} :: Irvine Park
Venue {Reception} :: Science Museum of Minnesota

LOCATION

Saint Paul, Minnesota.

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Concord, NORTH CAROLINA :: Little Red Riding Hood & The Huntsman // Justin & Bridgit // Real Wedding

:: Little Red Riding Hood & The Huntsman ::

Submitted and Photographed by :: Ellen of Due West Photography

Both Justin and Bridgit are incredibly creative people, and I knew their wedding was going to be beautiful and unique to their personalities. I love weddings where you can see the love, excitement and effort that the couple have poured into it, and this was the most personalized wedding I’ve ever seen.

They went with a Little Red Riding Hood and the Huntsman theme, and it was beyond anything I could have imagined! The venue was perfect (cozy and in the middle of the woods) and the decorations were out of a fairy tale. This wedding was an accumulation of an absolutely giddy couple who were delighted about their wedding, two incredible families and some seriously amazing bridesmaids and groomsmen who really took the day to the next level.

Everything seemed to cooperate with this wedding, even the weather; the rain held off just long enough for the ceremony and couple shots, and the woods were vibrant green and smelled incredible from the storm the day before. It cooled the temperature down perfectly on what would have otherwise been a typical hot and muggy North Carolina September day. And most importantly, it could not have been more obvious how happy everyone was for Justin and Bridgit. This was one of those weddings that reminds me why I do this, and why this is one of the best jobs in the world.

If you’re thinking this beautiful couple look familiar, you may have spotted their ‘Roadtrip Romance’ engagement shoot on our blog before! Take a peek here.

DISTINCTIONS

Nature. Creativity. Fairytale.

THE PROFESSIONALS

Venue :: Farm at Brusharbor
Photography :: Due West Photography 
Apparel {Bride} :: Nordstrom 
Hair :: Jessica Nicole Myers with Ashleigh P Hair Studio 
Makeup :: Megan Deputy Cooper 
Apparel {Groom} :: Gentleman’s Emporium
DJ :: DJ Marty
Cake :: Ruthie Fernandez at SoDelish

LOCATION

Concord, North Carolina.

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Chicago, ILLINOIS :: Mark & Shawn :: Rooftop Romance // Real LGBT Wedding

:: Rooftop Romance ::

Submitted and Photographed by :: Jodi Schlosser Photography

I have never seen so much love and emotion at a wedding. You could see how much this day meant to both guys, and every friend and family member that attended.

The stylish grooms wore blue bow ties that matched beautifully with the wedding party attire. The sunglasses and bold pops of color from the sunflowers simply added to the happiness of the day!

Distinctions

Bow Ties. Sunflowers. Sunglasses. Rooftop.

The Professionals

Photographer :: Jodi Schlosser Photography
Venue :: Ravenswood Event Center

Location

Chicago, Illinois.

Colors

 

Scottsdale, ARIZONA :: Urban Love at Bentley Gallery // Real LGBT Wedding

:: Urban Love at Bentley Gallery ::

Submitted by :: Melissa Lewis of Table Tops Etc.

Even after 3 years, the wedding of Marti Hoffer and Jessica Conaway on Sunday 22nd 2012 still stands out in my mind. One, because it was such a fun wedding not only to create flowers for, but also to attend as a guest. Secondly, it was such a moving ceremony. The ceremony took place at Shadow Rock Church with these floor to ceiling windows that only added to the spirituality of the entire ceremony. Marti and Jessica both carried these gorgeous bouquets full of Schwartzwalder calla lilies and Black Magic roses, which really popped against their white attire. After a very sweet ceremony, guests moved to the Bentley Gallery for a crazy reception. The couple wanted an interesting table set, so we combined rectangular Roman tables, circular tables, and round tables to create a large variety. The tables were full of candles really setting a beautiful ambiance with the gallery. The escort cards were hung on weighted ribbon tailings suspended from the ceiling with place cards attached to them, which ended up look like a really cool art installation that complimented the venue and the eclectic art on the walls. A coffee food truck was also brought into the venue and we made a little donut station right next to it.

Distinctions

Spiritual. Ambiance. Eclectic.

The Professionals

Ceremony Venue :: Shadow Rock Church
Reception Venue :: Bentley Gallery
Floral Design :: Table Tops Etc.
Event Planner :: Riette Bartlett with MRSter Approved – Downtown Phoenix Venues
Linens :: BBJ Linen
Photography :: MRSter ApprovedThe R2 Studio
Equipment Rentals :: MRSter Approved – Classic Party Rentals – Phoenix
DJ :: Ray the DJ Mobile Disc Jockey Service
Caterer :: Fabulous Food
Lighting :: Creative Backstage

Location

Scottsdale, Arizona

Colors

 

Boho Chic Wedding :: Santa Barbara, California // Real LGBT Wedding

:: Boho Chic Wedding ::

Submitted by :: Molly Hauge of MRSter Approved – Molly + Co

From the wedding creative team of Wild Heart Events, Molly + Co, and Rowan Oak Events:

The beautiful BoHo Chic inspiration of this day started with the amazing venue in Santa Barbara, CA.  An old Orchid Farm along the Gaviota Coast consisting of a series of old greenhouses with sweeping ocean views and ancient fig trees was the site for the festivities. We wanted to showcase the natural rustic beauty of the land and pay homage to the thousands of orchids that once grew there. The tablescape consisted of items that could be found on the property from everything from reclaimed wood, fresh vegetables, orchids, and cheesecloth to create a farm to table aesthetic.

Our florist created the most amazing installation above our sweetheart table using an iron rod and bare orchids, brushing off the roots for a very raw look and finished it off with hanging terrariums. Jaime of Wild Heart Events, the wedding planner, completed the design by placing radish napkin treatments, colored glassware and farm animal menu indicators. We even took plants out of their pots for the centerpiece, leaving the dirt on the roots to achieve a very organic farm feel.

The bride’s bouquets took queue from the wealth of natural elements and textures abundant along the Gaviota Coast. Our venue called for something rustic but we also wanted to honor the feminine as well. A grapevine crescent, tillandsia, cymbidium orchids, and bear grass gave one bouquet an architectural bent, while the other was more a traditional composition both in shape and content. We added drama to the natural setting by hanging bare root phaleanopsis orchid plants, iron lanterns, and large tillandsia above the table. Fresh produce finished the look and brought the intention of the greenhouse into the moment itself creating a richly organic experience.

We wanted to ensure our invitation represented the overall theme of the wedding, so the invitation suite was done all by hand on 100% recycled kraft paper. We also watercolored a floral pattern using greens and yellows to go with the greenhouse theme. We then mounted the invitation suite on a leather background to juxtapose the soft florals and cursive calligraphy to flow with the modern take on a greenhouse wedding.

Distinctions

Boho Chic, Natural Rustic Beauty, Feminine

The Professionals

Event Coordinator :: Wild Heart Events
Graphic Design // Signs :: Wild Heart Events
Venue :: The Orchid Greenhouses
Photography :: MRSter Approved – Molly + Co
Rentals :: Milk & Honey Farm
Hair & Makeup :: LunaBella Makeup & Hair
Jewelery // Accessories :: Clothesline Home Boutique
Napkins :: La Tavola
Florals :: Rowan Oak Events
Wedding Cake :: Sugar Cat Studio

Location

Santa Barbara, California

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