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Wedding Photographer Q&A with Tara Nichole in Phoenix, AZ

By Cassie Allinger on Jun 29, 2020 2:19:55 PM

Vendor Spotlight



Today, we're excited to introduce Tara Chatterton, founder of 'Tara Nichole Photo' of Phoenix, Arizona. Tara is a talented wedding, portrait and event photographer and videographer, and a frequent partner of ours at several of our Arizonan wedding venues including Ocotillo Oasis and Lindsay Grove. We love the way Tara focuses on the love story that brings a wedding to life: Her work is heartfelt and professional in every way. 

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Hi Tara! Thanks for joining us today.
How did you get into this line of work? 

Of course! While I'm originally from California, I've lived in Phoenix for most of my life. An "almost native" I like to say. I have been married since 2006 to my high school sweetheart and we have two little girls together. We love downtown Phoenix, AZ and are happy to raise our family here. I actually have a Master’s in Professional Counseling, but decided to stay home and take care of our girls rather than going back to the office. I officially formed my photography business 3 years ago, although I've been passionate about photography and videography since 2012. I love that being a photographer allows me to raise my girls at home and also enjoy an incredibly fulfilling career.

That's wonderful! What do you love most about photography?

I love people and love being able to be a part of the most important and memorable days of their lives. I pride myself on building a lasting relationship with every client and running my business with integrity and love. My favorite aspect of every wedding is getting to know the couple and their friends and family too! My background in counseling is an unusual asset as a photographer, as I'm naturally talented at helping people relax and open up, and that means better photographs! By the end of most weddings I have become friends with moms and dads, joked with uncles and figured out who is the group has the biggest anniversary number!

Topics: Spotlight
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New Wedding Traditions You'll Love

By Guest Contributor on Jun 26, 2020 1:53:02 PM

By Deidre Drewes

 

The wonderful thing about wedding traditions is that they don’t have to be traditional couples can alter and update popular rituals to fit their unique personalities. New wedding traditions and customs are born every day, creating an endless combination of possibilities for celebrating your nuptials. We’ve pulled together a list of the latest wedding traditions and trends that we absolutely adore.

 

Topics: Real Trends
6 min read

DJ Spotlight: 'Austin Murray Entertainment' in Temecula, CA

By Cassie Allinger on Jun 24, 2020 12:56:24 PM

Vendor Spotlight



Austin Murray Entertainment has been making waves in the Southern California wedding industry since 2015. With experience in both the wedding and entertainment industry, he brings knowledge, experience, personality, and a deep love for music to every wedding. He's well known for his professionalism and great taste in beats! You'll frequently find him spinning tunes and introducing happy couples at our Galway Downs wedding venue in Temecula, CA.

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Topics: Spotlight
4 min read

7 Swoon-Worthy Wedding Décor Trends

By Guest Contributor on Jun 23, 2020 4:57:13 PM

By Deidre Drewes

 

Wedding décor comes in all shapes and sizes - with each couple choosing unique design accents to showcase their own personality. While wedding décor trends may come and go, we’re swooning over the latest unique trends to adorn modern-day nuptials. If you’re looking for inspiration to up the ante on your wedding aesthetic, look no further than these cute and customizable wedding décor trends.

Topics: DIY, Craft & Décor Real Trends
8 min read

Katie & Troy, Lindsay Grove, AZ

By Kaylyn Campbell on Jun 23, 2020 4:34:10 PM

Meet Katie and Troy, who tied the knot at our vintage-feel wedding venue, Lindsay Grove in Arizona, on June 6, 2020.

Troy & Katie's Engagement Photo
Topics: Covid-19 Crisis
7 min read

Meet 'Cute Cakes Bakery' in Carlsbad, CA

By Cassie Allinger on Jun 23, 2020 10:44:36 AM

Vendor Spotlight



In 2019, we added an exciting new location to our family of spectacular event & wedding venues: The Carlsbad Windmill. The Windmill is an iconic piece of Carlsbad history and marks our first coastal San Diego wedding venue. It's been such an exciting grand opening for several reasons, but partially because all of the wonderful new vendors we've had the pleasure to work with as we step deeper into San Diego county. In that journey, we teamed up with Cute Cakes Bakery in Carlsbad, CA and it's been an amazing experience so far.

With no further ado, we're excited to introduce Jill Reilly of Cute Cakes Bakery & Cafe, located in Escondido, CA. Cute Cakes has been in business since 2009 serving baked goods in their cafe, catering events, and last but not least baking wedding cakes!

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Topics: Spotlight
4 min read

On-Trend Suit Ideas For Your Groom & Groomsmen

By Guest Contributor on Jun 23, 2020 10:03:53 AM

By Deidre Drewes


GROOM & GROOMSMEN WEDDING ATTIRE TRENDS

While often more understated than that of bridal trends, grooms and groomsmen have always found a way to add a hint of flair to their wedding attire. From suit and tuxedo styles to accessories like cufflinks, the details help make for a dapper groom’s party. Take a look at some of the latest groomsmen trends that will add an extra level of sophistication to your wedding day.

Topics: Attire & Jewelry Real Trends
4 min read

5 Wedding Favor Ideas for a Safe & Healthy Celebration

By Guest Contributor on Jun 22, 2020 5:42:00 PM

By Deidre Drewes, June 2020

 

As states reopen and social calendars begin to fill back up following COVID-19 stay-home orders, health and safety are still a top concern for many. Couples with upcoming wedding dates may be seeking out the best way to proceed with previously scheduled nuptials while still keeping family and friends safe. If you’re looking for a fun way to make health a priority at your wedding, check out these thoughtful safety-first wedding favors your guests will love!

Topics: Covid-19 Crisis
6 min read

Music Chat with Jeff Jones of 'Direct Sounds DJ' in AZ

By Cassie Allinger on Jun 22, 2020 3:41:00 PM

Vendor Spotlight



Direct Sounds, a full-service wedding and event DJ company, has been keeping Arizona on the dance floor since 2005! Jeff Jones, founder of Direct Sounds, leads a team of more than 12 expertly trained wedding DJs in the Phoenix area. He personally performs 90 weddings per year, holds nightclub residencies around the valley and teaches the DJ program at Mesa CC. He's a trusted premier partner for many of our Arizona wedding venues such as Colby Falls, Stonebridge Manor, Lindsay Grove, and Ocotillo Oasis. We're honored to spend some time today learning more about Jeff and the Direct Sounds team!

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Topics: Spotlight
4 min read

Real Wedding Feature: The Retreat, CA

By Cassie Allinger on Jun 19, 2020 1:07:06 PM

 A MAGICAL UNION OF TWO BRIDES AT THE RETREAT, CA

Kayla and Robin shared their vows in early 2020 on a picture-perfect day at The Retreat by Wedgewood Weddings in Corona, CA. When we saw the absolutely stunning photographs from Beautiful Day Photography, we instantly knew we needed to feature this wedding for the world to see. 

Topics: Real Wedding
3 min read

Introducing the Latest Wedding Dress Trends

By Guest Contributor on Jun 17, 2020 11:48:53 AM

Deidre Drewes

 

When it comes to wedding dresses, classic white ball gowns are always in style. However, there are many wedding dress trends for 2021/2022 that breathe new life into the classic silhouettes we all know and love. From floral accents and earthy hues to minimalist and functional, check out our favorite bridal attire trends for the upcoming wedding seasons.

Topics: Attire & Jewelry Real Trends
4 min read

Spotlight: 'Memories by Karen' Arizona Wedding Photography

By Cassie Allinger on Jun 16, 2020 2:03:19 PM

Vendor Spotlight


Meet Karen, an experienced wedding photographer who's been capturing magical memories in the greater Phoenix area since the late 90's. She's one of our preferred photography partners in Arizona and frequently photographs weddings at our beautiful Palm Valley venue. Couples rave about their experience with Karen — great customer service, affordable photography packages, versatile editing style, and all around beautiful photos. She also knows all of the best photo opportunities at Palm Valley! 

Topics: Spotlight

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