Featured Modern Union // David and Emmanuel :: The Perfect Match

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When MRSter asked photographer Sarah Hagerty of MRSter Approved – Hagerty Photography to give a title to this couple’s wedding day she simply replied with “The Perfect Match” and we couldn’t agree more. We asked David and Emmanuel a few questions about their wedding day and the planning process and here is a little bit of what they had to say.

M :: What was the most memorable part of your day?
David :: Seeing all our friends and family looking at us as we said our vows and when we entered the reception venue.

Emmanuel :: The few quiet moments right after the ceremony we had together holding hands.

M :: What was the biggest challenge when planning your big day?
David :: Communicating our vision and compromising what we want and what we can realistically get. {Living in the moment!} Being a wedding planner myself and trying not to worry about each moment.

M :: Any advice you would give our couples?
Emmanuel :: Don’t sweat the little things during the wedding and reception, the guest won’t notice them and even though it is not exactly how you wanted it, it is still amazing. We should also add that choosing the right photographer makes a difference, we had amazing photographers who made us feel very comfortable and was really there while being invisible to our guests. {Nice compliment Sarah and Nick}

David :: Make sure to give your wedding ring to your future partner’s grooms man and vice versa, we didn’t plan that right and had to switch the rings, we also noticed it happening at another wedding.

M :: What were you most surprised during the planning process?
David :: First, I was not expecting that we really needed to plan so much in advance but realized that without starting early it is not possible to get everything we want the way we want it. Venues’ availability fill up fast. We were lucky to have a great team to work with.

The lack of initial customer service we received from industry experts. {We hear this a lot from couples…I hear another blog post coming on!}

David :: How fast the news spread and all of the support from not only family and friends but colleagues and industry peers.

M :: Share with us your reception with as much or as little details as you would like.
D + E :: Our reception was a perfect combination of both of us. A little of bit sass, some elegance but really just a good time for family and friends. We both love food, and although daring to have 5 courses, our food was not only the star of the evening but still talked about today. The most talked about course being the lamb which sauce had been cooking for over 4 days.

David :: Being an event and wedding designer myself I feel an over the top reception was expected (but that was more for the rehearsal dinner), simplistic but beautiful neutral colors allowed our guests to be the stand out. Held at the gorgeous new Kneely Center at the Phoenix Zoo with entire walls that open up to an amazing patio over looking the grounds at the zoo. We had the famous zoo lights crew light up a few key trees so guests could enjoy the atmosphere all night long.

A combination of big band music and fun pop dance tunes kept the party going along with the ever flowing champagne that was specially brought in to keep Emmanuel’s side of the family (that we refer to as the French Contingency) happy.

Another star of the evening was our cake. With one of the valley’s top cake artists coming out of retirement just for our cake she captured the entire evening. With simple fondant patterned, some sugar succulents and quite possibly the cutest toppers of a custom made cowboy hat and French beret.

Wanting to be different our guest book were our first initials made out of wood, then attached to a custom printed piece of artwork that hangs now in our Arizona room.

Emmanuel :: The best evening even had the best ending, with several close friends headed back to the Hotel Valley Ho for late night drinks and huge amounts of laughter.

Any last thoughts you would like to share?
D + E :: As gay marriage is something new to not on the wedding industry but to the gay community itself. Slow down, don’t over analyze everything and enjoy yourselves, we’ve waited a long time for this, don’t miss out!!


West meets France. Out of retirement pasty chef. Comedian as the officiant. No joke!

The Professionals

Hotel // MRSter Approved :: Hotel Valley Ho
Ceremony // The Phoenix Zoo
Reception // The Phoenix Zoo
Florals // J. Barry Designs
Entertainment // Tugston Entertainment
Officiant // Mark Cordes
Decor // MRSter Approved :: Kool Party Rentals
Decor // MRSter Approved :: Y-Knot Party Rentals
Decor // MRSter Approved :: Classic Party Rentals
Catering // The Venue Scottsdale
Tux’s // Mr. Formal
Invitations & Paper // Celebrations in Paper
Cake // Elegant Cake Creations
Dessert Display // La Dolce Pesca
Photo Booth // MRSter Approved :: The HIP Booth
Photography // MRSter Approved :: Hagerty Photography


Tempe, Arizona


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