Mei and Dan were married in a meadow overlooking Teton Canyon on October 5, just one year after they got engaged! The bride opted for a red one-shoulder dress and a bouquet of air plants and dried flowers wrapped with Pendleton wool. She even wore some in her chignon bun too. As guests arrived to the ceremony, they were asked to take a bracelet for good fortune. Before the reception at Teton Teepee, the newlyweds took portraits in the snow. How cool, right? Thanks for the fire pit that kept them warm during dinner and dancing. Their favorite foods were served such as pizza and pasta as well as homemade sour patch kids favor bags initialed with “m & d.” Not to mention the assortment of mini cakes and pies. “A moment that will forever make me happy is watching my new husband’s eyes as he listened to the thoughtful and wonderful toasts made by our friends and family,” Mei said. “That’s that moment I knew that we were in just the right place, doing just the right thing, with all the right people.”
What was the one thing about your venue that made you know it was the one?
We love the Duce, we would go there for weekend brunch often and our photographers suggested we look into it for our wedding. Since several of our guests would be traveling to our wedding we liked that we could share one of our little downtown Phoenix jewels! It was so us and my husband-to-be was so incredibly excited, I loved that he was invested in the decision. The appeal of it being different than your standard hotel ballroom was a big part of it too.
Which three details from your wedding were your favorites?
My dress that my talented friend, Tara Ballantyne, Interior and Food Stylist out of Toronto, Ontario created rosettes out of my great grandmother’s hairpin lace that was over 100 years old, it added such a personal touch to my new dress, and was such an heirloom, my mother had also used the lace at her wedding.
The spin we took on the Duce’s bus Old School with the wedding party after the ceremony and before the reception, it was so fun riding around downtown, just relaxing, and celebrating any stress just melted away! Studio Moirae go amazing location shots with the sun going down!
The ceremony decorations, we didn’t need much since the Duce is amazing all by itself, but my mom and maid of honor dried and arranged hydrangeas from my mom’s garden in Minnesota where I grew up, they looked amazing and it was a little bit of Minnesota in my Arizona wedding, also the flags added so much, they were favors, a send off, table numbers and several of my friends still have them.
If you could offer one piece of advice for other couples planning their wedding, what would it be?
Take the time to make it you! it doesn’t have to be fancy or expensive, if you love it everyone will. Let your wedding be a reflection of your life and love with your future husband/ wife and share that with your friends and family!
Give us the one moment in your wedding day you can’t stop thinking about.
When we came around the corner after the ceremony to be announced as husband and wife, to see all of our family and friends waving the flags I had made and realizing it had turned out just as I had hoped and how incredibly perfect the day was…and the party hadn’t even started yet!
“I was very excited to shoot Caitlin and Jeff’s wedding knowing that it was going to be just a little different than the traditional. We eagerly arrived early afternoon at the family farm, and we knew immediately we were in for a treat from how calm everyone was, even the dogs, who greeted us. The ceremony was held on the front lawn – the location held a special place in the couple’s hearts. Caitlin and Jeff arrived at the outdoor reception in a candy red vintage ford. By then, the clouds had lifted, guests mingled amongst the hand-picked and crafted vintage decor and the tent was glowing with garden lights, colorful bunting, hay bails, and eclectic seating at each table.
There was a certain magic in the air that evening that I can’t really describe, you could feel the love. It was like we were attending a long overdue family reunion more than a wedding and thats the way Caitlin and Jeff wanted it. Guests were treated to a superb meal from a local catering company buffet with an build your own appetizer burrito station, to endless gourmet salads and corn on the cob to top it off. It seemed like the buffets went on forever. A homemade pie station ended the perfect meal.
After dinner, everyone’s hearts filled up with touching speeches (I think the photographers even cried!), we saw people hugging, smiling, and lots of watery eyes. A little fire pit outside kept people cozy while everyone danced without any hesitation. You could hear the laughter and guests singing out loud until it was time for us to wrap up and head home. We ended the night with one last shot – the bride and groom in a bohemian tent under the stars. Everything was perfect.” – Clint Russell of Renaissance Studios Photography
“Their day was laid out a bit differently, they had a private ceremony and came out afterwords for everyone to see!” – Jagger Photography
The details are great in this wedding. Between the colorful candy bar, to the matching socks for the groom/groomsmen, everything about this non-traditional wedding just flows. We had to share! And thank you Jagger Photography for letting us!