This great feature was posted on the popular Phoenix Bride and Groom Magazine blog and we wanted to share it with you. Jim Bullock and Ken Heflin of Events by Show Stoppers, planned and executed the decor for this charming wedding.
Favorite memory: Greg’s favorite is watching me attempt to get my dress bustled, it was quite a situation, there is a great photo of a friend completely under my gown and me waiting patiently with a beer. Mine is spending time dancing to our silly song choices and laughing with Greg on the dance floor with our family and friends. It is also a great memory that I started to say Greg’s lines during our ceremony because I got so flustered and was so excited. It made for some great photos of us laughing up in front of everyone.
Gwen wore 2 dresses and I love her explanation why: I wore a short one in hopes of “tricking” Greg and keeping him from seeing me as I started my walk own the aisle. I also thought it might make the pictures a bit easier to accomplish before the ceremony. I switched back into it late into the reception.The short one was by Melissa Sweet and is called Billie, I plan to wear that one again some day for a fabulous party! My ceremony and reception dress was by Vera Wang, called Diana.
We walked down the aisle to a fiddler playing our favorite song by Old Crow Medicine Show (Wagon Wheel, also our first dance song).
I love the quiet solitude of these images- Gwen and Greg are alone on their wedding day in the most romantic way possible
The wedding day decor can be described as “vintage with a purpose”: My sister created all of the table markers as a tribute to the horses we have loved at the Miller Bros. DK Ranch (my family’s ranch for generations). The names on the tables are the names of the horses we have known.We seated my grandfather at the table named for his horse growing up, Black Eye. Greg and I sleep under the framed names from our wedding table (Lady and Trouble, very appropriately). My sister also created a truly amazing guest book from an old copy of a book about Princess Grace called Once Upon a Time, she cut out pages and replaced them with pages to sign and old family photos of our families. My mom also put in a lot of hard work, she collected over 100 vintage table settings for the guests of mismatched china and vintage silver…
The plan for our wedding was to make it as personal and meaningful as possible…We did not want to make any decisions “just because” or base our plans on what we thought was the norm. We wanted an outdoor wedding, but wanted to steer clear of too country a vibe, although boots were encouraged!
My favorite thing about Greg is how sweet he is. He always puts me first and worries about how I feel, he is sweet and romantic in an understated way that just comes from his nature.
His favorite thing about me is that I am his best friend and that everything is always better when were together.” It is the greatest thing ever to be able to be married to your best friend.”
The couple chose a family style meal of pork, fettucini alfredo and homemade breads that were all served on passed platters, like a family dinner; not only is the clear-top tent gorgeous for the views during the day, it also has such a cool nighttime effect too.
Congratulations Gwen and Greg and thank you for sharing your day with us!
Gwen and Greg’s Real Arizona Wedding Team:
Florist: Events by Showstoppers
Linens and Rentals: Classic Party Rentals
Ceremony and Reception Site: Private Ranch :: Photographer: Hollye Schumacher Photography :: Caterer: Thornagers :: Cake: Sedona Cake Couture :: Entertainment (DJ): Jam-N-Sounds :: Entertainment (Ceremony): Kari Barton, Fiddler :: Invitations: Wedding Paper Divas :: Bridal Gown: Vera Wang, Priscilla of Boston :: Bridesmaid Dresses: Nordstrom :: Tuxedos: Men’s Wearhouse :: Makeup Artist: Organic Beauty Lounge, Pat :: Hair Stylist: Moments Salon, Jenny Mena :: Officiant: Carl Mangold
Happy Planning from your Arizona Wedding Blog~Kelly