Arizona Real Weddings

Lisa & Mark
Venue: Shenandoah Mill
Photographer:  CWLIFE Photography
Wedding Planner: Me
Officiant: My sister, Lynne Randall
Floral Designer: Me, Flowers from Beloved Lily
Linens/Rentals: Shenandoah Mill
Caterer: Robert’s Catering Just outstanding! The guests raved about the food!
Wedding Cake: Robert’s Catering
Wedding Gown: David’s Bridal
Bridesmaids Gowns:  Macy’s
Rings: Groom’s ring from Waltz Jeweler, Engagement ring from Costco and then Waltz Jeweler custom made the band
Hairstylist: Erica Openshaw from Personalities Salon
Professional Makeup: Make-up by Jen
Tuxedos: Suits from Men’s Warehouse
Stationery: BCT
DJ: Platinum Entertainment
Honeymoon: Kauai, Hawaii 

1. How did you two meet? We met in January 2003 at a sports bar watching the NFL playoffs.  We start chatting with one another and the next thing you know Mark is eating French fries off of my plate and the rest is history.

2. Tell us about the proposal.  The proposal was very simple and intimate.  It was Christmas morning in 2014.  It was the first Christmas that I can remember in the eleven years that we had been together that we were alone.  I had unwrapped my present from Mark and there it was “the ring”. 

3. Describe the theme and color scheme of your wedding, and any favorite details (ceremony and/or reception) you included in your special day.  Our wedding colors were coral and grey. Our theme was simple and laidback, country/rustic.  We (Mark’s daughters, my bonus daughters and several friends) made the center pieces and the flower arrangements that were four Gerber Daisies with baby breath.  Our favorite detail about the wedding was family.  We both come from large families, we are both one of seven children.  Having our family be part of the ceremony plus being in attendance was the best part of the day.  Another fun detail that we incorporated into the wedding was a Chicago Cubs theme and cake topper. In addition to a fabulous dessert table put together by great friends.  

4. What words of advice would you give other couples planning their big day? I would tell couples to give themselves time to plan the wedding and make it simple (it will give you more time to enjoy the day).

5. Tell us about your photographer: Why did you choose this photographer and were you happy with the whole experience?
 CWLife…they are amazing! Connie and Steve are extremely professional and fun to be around. They have a knack for capturing many wonderful moments throughout the wedding. They were able to capture all of the special little details as well as the love that was shared that day by all.  We chose them because we knew how great their product was from previous family photos we had done with them. We would highly recommend them to anyone looking for a photographer.


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