Sunday 17 June 2018

Elegant Burgundy + Gold Arizona Wedding

These two knew that they had a classic style. They knew they were traditional. And they knew that that influence would weigh into their wedding day , and with it guiding them, they created an elegant burgundy and gold wedding perfect for their Arizona Biltmore venue. Rachel Solomon captured the rich hues, the gorgeous florals and every fantastic moment - see them all in our Vault right this way!

From the Bride... Alex is a man of tradition, which is one of the many things I love about him. I'm also known to have a more classic style. We knew far before we got engaged that when we did get married, it would be in a church. In addition to getting married in a church, we wanted a more formal, traditional wedding. To achieve the timeless vibe that we wanted, we chose the Arizona Biltmore Resort as our reception venue. We both share a love of mid-century modern architecture and the elegance of the classic Biltmore Block had us sold from day one. While the hotel rooms have been renovated, the history at this resort is rich, which we were both immediately drawn to!

As our vision for the day transformed, we decided to bring in gold chivari chairs, La Tavola's velvet red tablecloths, and bronze accents such as goblets and taper candles. I wanted rich colors that would add even more glam to the hand painted gold ceiling of our ballroom, The Gold Room. We knew the room would look incredible on its own, with the large floor to ceiling windows, so we didn't want to do too much and take away the natural beauty. We incorporated gold lanterns on the tables and had eucalyptus running down the head table, straight to the floor. Our wedding cake was incredibly intricate and included the Biltmore Block design which is still found all around the Resort today and tied together the whole design.

During the cocktail hour, we had a few minutes before all of the guests arrived into the ballroom. I wanted to take a sneak peek to see how it all looked. I knew that if I didn't do this before everyone entered, I probably would never get that moment or memory back with my husband. Alex and I went in and were blown away with how well everything came together. The room looked immaculate! I was holding Alex's hand and remember thinking, I've already had the best day of my life today, but I'm still so excited for the rest of the evening and celebrations. That feeling is reflective of more than just how I felt on our wedding day, but every day. I've already found my best friend, had the best dating experience, engagement, and memories with Alex, but I'm still so excited for the rest of our life… of what's to come. The rest of the night was a dream, and we owe that to everyone who celebrated with us. The dance floor was packed all night and the energy in the room was definitely palpable.

We are blessed beyond measure by such wonderful family and friends. Our special day would not have been possible, or meant nearly as much without their love and support throughout the process. We also had the privilege of working with a great rector at Christ Church of the Ascension, Fr. Daniel and incredible vendors including Tami Spencer, AZ Biltmore, Erika Edholm, wedding coordinator, Kate Mellow, florist, photographer Rachel Solomon, Scottsdale Music Company's Jeff King, and Sara Schultz on all of our paper goodies. We couldn't have enjoyed our day without the steadfast commitment of such amazing professionals!

By Elizabeth Greene

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