Black and Gold Inspiration in New Mexico

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Take one black gown, one white gown, two gorgeous girls and some stunning oversized bouquets and you have the recipe for a beautiful shoot. LIZ ANNE PHOTOGRAPHY teamed up with AMY NICOLE FLORAL STUDIO for this shoot in the Sandia Mountains outside of Albuquerque, New Mexico. I’m enchanted by those incredible florals and the gold faux tattoos are rather a lovely touch.

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Photography LIZ ANNE PHOTOGRAPHY / Florals AMY NICOLE FLORAL STUDIO / Hair HEATHER CHAPMAN HAIR  Make-up KATA BARON from THE PRETTY COMMITTEE / Dresses MODCLOTH / Tattoos MR KATE
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Relaxed Arizona Garden Wedding

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Molly & Mickey had a lovely family centric wedding amidst the beautiful gardens of WHISPERING TREE RANCH in Arizona and had RACHEL SOLOMON alongside them for the day to capture all the beauty. Love the little touches of magenta throughout – we haven’t really been seeing too much of that lately, and it’s so pretty in a garden setting!

“Mickey and I met through some of our most cherished mutual friends, 4 years prior to our wedding date. When we got engaged, we decided that we wanted to have a wedding that highlighted not only our love for one another, but our love for our family and friends. Our venue, The Whispering Tree Ranch, was the perfect setting for the day. It was a beautiful garden/rustic chic inspired venue, with charm written all over it. From the chandeliers to the place settings, everything was unique.

Our wedding colors were grey and neutral with a pop of deep magenta. The colors were a perfect fit for the garden theme, and the flowers were so fun and different! My mother made the Jr. Bridesmaid and Flower Girls dress, as well as one of my Bridesmaids. My veil was made by a family friend, and our cake was made by my Brother-in-Law’s Mother. We chose our dear friend Johnny to be our officiant. We also had one of the groomsmen sing and play guitar for our first dance. These choices meant a lot to us, as they added such a personal touch to the day.”

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“One of our favorite DIY projects was our “guest book.” We purchased some wood, stained and nailed a heart into it, and weaved yarn in between the nails. Our guests then wrote their best advice to us and placed their notes in the web. We have it hanging in our bedroom now, and will be reading one piece of advice every day.

I also loved choosing my bridesmaid’s gifts. Each gift represented something very meaningful. My sister and Matron of Honor wore an anchor necklace and charm. My bridesmaid from Iowa left her beautiful baby boy for the first time in order to be at our wedding, so she wore a necklace with her baby’s hand printed into the charm. Another bridesmaid wore Oscar Wilde cufflinks, and another; a honey-bee.

I had never planned a wedding before, and after feeling stressed about everything going perfectly, I anchored back to what is most important, sharing the day with the one I love and our family and friends. When I did this, everything else seemed to fall into place. Imperfections then became perfection, and it will be a day we will never forget.”

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Photography RACHEL SOLOMON / Venue & florals WHISPERING TREE RANCHCake CAKES BY GIGI / DJ JJ BAUTISTA / Catering BBQ PHX / Bartending BLACK TIE EVENTS / Hair & make-up DENISE BRIDAL / Gown ALLURE / Gown Alterations SANDRA DENLEY / Shoes ANNE KLEIN / Groom’s Attire JOS A BANK
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Stunning Earthy and Botanical Wedding Ideas

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“Speak only that which is true, kind, helpful and necessary.”

This stunning shoot by ASHLEY SAWTELLE and styled by LAUREL & ROSE takes us on a journey as the girls explain below. Featuring a beautiful gown by LEANNE MARSHALL from A & BÉ BRIDAL SHOP, I love how it looks so easy to move in, and it looks incredibly delicate against the backdrop of the rugged terrain. Florist EUROPEAN FLOWER SHOP created some gorgeous arrangements for both the family home and the bridal bouquet. Thanks so much to this talented team for sharing it with us!

“Satya’s travels bring her back full circle: to rediscover the beauty and simplicity of what it means to return home. This time she comes back to reconnect with her family to celebrate her marriage. She longs for the familiar sights and comforts of home, maybe as it were when she left to discover the world: including family artefacts, linens and her grandmother’s silver. Fresh botanicals simply dress the rooms that she once ran through growing up.

Her family’s historic home provides the backdrop for the gathering. But her adventurous spirit is also drawn to the natural beauty that Boulder has to offer. The rock formations that long predate the historic homes in the neighborhood play to her bohemian spirit that gave her the courage to discover herself and in the process, introducing her to the love that she celebrates at this gathering.”

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Photography ASHLEY SAWTELLE / Planning & styling LAUREL & ROSE / Florist EUROPEAN FLOWER SHOP / Videography K HODGE FILMS / Model SATYA GOTTLIEB / Dress A & BÉ BRIDAL SHOP / Designer LEANNE MARSHALL / Make-up ALCHEMY MINERAL BLENDS / Hair KATE MANZ / Chair Rental ECLECTIVE HIVE / Chargers ALL EVENT RENTALS / Calligraphy REBECCA CARIDAD of MANZANITA / Ring TODD REED
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