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Emma and Donald
Wedding Venue: Aldea at Tlaquepaque
Wedding Coordinator: Jenna (Aldea)
Officiant: David Beal
Photographer: Mandy Reed - Mi Amore
Florist: Petals and Lucy
Wedding Gown: Maggie Sottero – Sash added separately
Bridesmaids Gowns: Bill Levkoff
Caterer: Babbo Italian Eatery
Wedding Cake: Fleur De Lis
Invitations: Wiregrass Weddings
DJ: Push Play
Hair stylist: Lindsey Hayes (currently at Pucci Salon)
Professional makeup: Janice Bulger
Honeymoon: Sheraton Hacienda Del Mar Golf & Spa Resort Los Cabos

How did you two meet or how did he propose?:
Donald proposed to me by using a vintage vanity that I picked up. Originally, he was not exactly happy with my new piece of furniture as we couldn’t find a place for it to fit. One day I came home from work and he had the whole room rearranged to incorporate the vanity and the room was filled with flowers. When I opened one of the drawers, the ring was in the ring cushion. I was genuinely surprised. He was so nervous, I should have known! I only wish I felt “prettier” as I had just come home from work and as a teacher, I am pretty sure I had play-doh in my hair.

Were you happy with the venue?:
Absolutely! From the moment we saw it, we knew we wanted to get married there. We had fallen in love with the Tlaquepaque in Sedona and the Aldea building was a done by the same architect. This was great for us as it was both local and a bit bigger. Jenna was a fabulous coordinator along with the rest of the Aldea staff. We still have people that tell us what a great venue it was.

Describe the theme or color scheme of your wedding, and what you chose for your table setting at the reception:
I chose gray, ivory, and soft pink for our colors. I wanted it to be a bit vintage and elegant but also fun, that is why I threw in the gray chevron. For our table settings, I chose to use ivory hydrangeas with vases that were different heights along with small white lanterns and votive candles. We also incorporated the chevron runners on each table.  

What piece of advice would you give other brides planning their big day?
Planning your wedding should be fun! I kept reminding myself that at the end of the day, I was just planning a fabulous party where we were celebrating our love with our family and friends. Try not to take the planning too seriously. I wanted to enjoy the whole experience and not be overwhelmed by it. I feel like it should be a pleasant experience; so why not make it fun? There were, of course, some aspects that are more stressful than others but overall I enjoyed planning it. Also, let your coordinator help you when you need it. That’s what they are there for!

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