Arizona Real Weddings
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Krysten and Eric
Venue: Tonto Verde
Photographer: Laura Segall Photography
Florist: The Studio at Cactus Flower
Cake: Bamboo Bakery
Officiant: Matt Nathanson
Music: All American DJ
Gown: Designer Loft Bride
Headpiece: Raoul Nunez
Tuxedo: The Mens Warehouse
Hair and Makeup: Beauty by Erica
How did you meet?
We met while I was in college, playing an online video game. I lived at school in Pennsylvania and he in Arizona. We spent 6 months talking before finally deciding to meet face to face. On January 12th 2007 we first saw each other in person. I spent the weekend with him – just 2 days. Leaving on Sunday I knew he was the man I would spend my life with.
Tell us about your venue:
Tucked away at the base of the Mazatzal Mountain range is this beautiful, serene, and elegant place. What I’ve described to people who asked where we were married as the Valley’s hidden gem! Once you turn onto the grounds at Tonto Verde, everywhere you look is gorgeous. Inside the clubhouse gives a rich and rustic feel with the slightest touch of southwest flair. The floor to ceiling windows in the event space allow you to enjoy all the comforts of an elegant indoor wedding and the refreshing beauty of an outdoor event at the same time. I wish I could get married again just to work with the Tonto Verde staff on another event. Not only are the venue and grounds absolutely gorgeous, even on the rain soaked Arizona day that I was married; the staff and members are friendly, fun, fresh, and go the extra mile to make you and your guests feel like stars. The Chef and his team are culinary masters, the food is divine, the presentation beautiful - all our guests were wishing for seconds, we still get comments weeks after the wedding. The wait staff is quick, kind, and attentive - led by Dan, a quiet, calm leader who made us feel like royalty every time we visited throughout the planning process. And then there is Lynn Casebere, the Director of Catering. My wedding would not have been as much of a success had I not had the opportunity to work with Lynn. Patient and sweet, she knew just when to offer a suggestion and when to let us mull it over and make the decision ourselves. Lynn always has numerous options to choose from and works hard to get to know you, your taste, your vision, and your budget so she can help orchestrate the most memorable day. When it poured rain on my wedding day I was able to remain calm, due in no small part to Lynn and her ability to offer beautiful alternatives for our outdoor ceremony and more importantly - Lynn was now a friend and a trusted advisor who knew just what to say to me to help me through an incredibly stressful and emotional moment. Tonto Verde made my entire planning process from "Yes!" to "I Do!" incredibly memorable and happy - I'd recommend working with this team to anyone!
Describe the theme or color scheme of your wedding, and what you chose for your table setting at the reception.
I chose a bright fuchsia toned pink and tiger lily orange for my colors mixed with ivory and gold accents. My family is from out of state, so I wanted to achieve the rich, bold, bright colors of an Arizona sunset in my reception décor. On the rainiest day in March, with gloom outside, I think we did that. With Lynn’s help, we chose a crushed golden table linen and paired that with satin napkins, alternating in pink and orange. My centerpieces were simple – a short 3 rose arrangement circled in rose petals and tea light candles. The table décor brightened up the room and gave a bright Arizona sunset effect throughout the evening and into the night. We also utilized flat ivory linens and alternating pink/orange satin ties on several tall cocktail tables in the main reception room. These tables were set with tea lights and rose petals. Very simple and elegant, that transitioned well from afternoon to evening.
What one piece of advice would you give other Brides planning their big day?
Spend time choosing the right team to work with. It may take longer, but just like my dress – I knew each vendor was the one and I waited for that connection and that feeling. Planning a wedding is the most stressful thing I’ve navigated in my life to date. It’s also the most money I’ve ever spent on one day. But if you take your time and choose the right team, everything just melds together on the day.