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Daniel and Lauren’s romantic country wedding at The Windmill Winery took place on Valentine’s Day and from here on out it will be an extra special day!.  They will celebrate it as their wedding anniversary!   Their wedding was filled to the brim with the importance of family. . . Lauren’s brother Joe walked her down the aisle and her sister Deanna stood by her side.  Under the bluest sky you ever did see, they made their vows.  Daniel’s uncle Douglas married them beneath the brick arches at The Windmill Winery in Florence.  The day definitely brought out their softer sides, but these two know how to have fun!  Silly faces are their specialty.  Daniel does a pretty good “Magic Mike” dance, as evidenced just before he removed Lauren’s garter.  What it all comes down to?  They are awesome.

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Venue: The Windmill Winery

Hair & Makeup: Hello Hair

DJ: Starz Entertainment/ Brent Owens

Cake: Lisa Sisco

Catering: Chompie’s

Florist: Mary Ellen Griswald

​Photo Booth: Snapbooth

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Wondering how to personalize your wedding? Everyone wants their wedding day to be memorable and unique.  The best way to accomplish that is make choices that reflect you as a couple.  Forget about what a wedding is “supposed to be.”

If you like to be outdoors in nature and feel most comfortable in jeans and hiking boots then it isn’t a good idea to host a black tie affair at a swanky hotel.  Here are some ideas to get you thinking about how to incorporate who you are into your wedding day:

  1. Location, location, location:

    The location sets the “scene” of your wedding day.  So, when you go looking for a wedding venue take into account the feeling that you get from the location.  Do you want the serenity of wind whistling through the tall pines? Do you want the peaceful calm of a Japanese Garden?

     The glorious majesty of the desert mountains? Or the tranquil grandeur of an italian estate? Do you have access to an exclusive location like your grandmother’s garden, or a family home that you can transform into your own fairytale? The glorious majesty of the desert mountains? Or the tranquil grandeur of an italian estate? Do you have access to an exclusive location like your grandmother’s garden, or a family home that you can transform into your own fairytale?√romantic kiss between bride and groom in the desertbride and groom in front of villa sienna

  2. Ceremony:  

    The ceremony is one of the most important parts of your day.  You can personalize the ceremony by writing your own vows or incorporating a unique unity ceremony.  Sarah & Austin created a unique unity ceremony with a custom barrel of whiskey. When we were married we had our officiant explain the importance of the engagement ring as a promise and the wedding ring as the vow.  This is why we wear the wedding ring closest to the heart and the engagement ring is then placed after the wedding ring so that the “promise protects the vow”. We also had our wedding rings passed amongst our guests before we exchanged them in the ceremony. This way everyone who was present and important to us could have a moment to bless the rings.  While the rings were being passed around, a dear friend played the guitar and sang a song. It was a moment in time that we will never forget.

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  3. Food & Beverage:  

    Your menu can be crafted in a way that is a special reminder of your loved ones.  You can serve recipes that have been passed down in your family. Do you have a favorite memory as a kid of making personal pizzas?  Incorporate your memory by serving made to order wood fired pizzas! 

    pizza being cooked by a wood fire bride and groom cook their wood fired pizza Your wedding cake can be designed to show the story of your relationship from dating to the proposal and finally your wedding day.  Not a cake lover? Serve pie, donuts or other desserts instead and find ways to showcase your favorite movies or tv shows.custom wedding cake tells the couple's love story pie with game of thrones insignia bride and groom eat pie in front custom designed pies

Your wedding day is a once in a lifetime event and it should encompass the things that are unique to your story as a couple.  So, brainstorm ways that you can highlight your family traditions and make your wedding day unforgettable.

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Do you need solutions for your engagement session location?  Being engaged is such an exciting time for you both! You’ve found the peanut butter to your jelly and you can’t wait to announce it to the world and share your excitement!  Before you know it you’ll be wrapped up in the process 0f planning your wedding day. Take this time to celebrate who you are right now by personalizing your engagement session.  Here are 3 solutions to choose an engagement session location:

Solution # 1: Exclusivity

Use your exclusive access to a cool location and your photos will be one-of-a-kind.Have a friend or family member that can get you special access to a rooftop in the city? How about a family ranch?   A gorgeous gated community? An airport runway? The sky is the limit! Think of your connections and reach out to them, you may end up with a location that is more than you ever dreamed possible.

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Solution #2: Coordinate or Counter.

Keep your wedding location in mind and either match it to create a cohesive look or choose the complete opposite for variety. Are you getting married with the backdrop of a desert mountain? Have your session in the desert to coordinate or do the reverse by heading downtown with a background of glass, metal, and concrete.  Will your wedding day be at an elegant tuscan venue? You can compliment the feel by having your session at Tlaquepaque in Sedona or counter the elegance with your engagement session in the woods or near a lake. If you’re having a country club wedding, why not duplicate that ambience with a manicured park or contradict it with the raw beauty of the Grand Canyon?

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Solution #3: Favorite Pastime.

Have fun and include a favorite pastime or location that you and your fiance share. Do you have a favorite sport?  You can incorporate that by wearing customized jerseys of your wedding date or choose a location with the stadium as the backdrop.  Do you both spend nights together playing a video game? Let’s head to an arcade for a fun and neon themed session. If you have pets, include these special members of your family!

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We hope we were able to combat your overwhelm over finding an engagement session location. If you are still having a hard time deciding on a location for your engagement session just remember that we are here to help!  We can help you sort through your options and find the best locations to highlight your love.


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