Our Brilliant Bride Julianna | Arizona Real Wedding

We love seeing couples making their wedding unique to them, and this Japanese Friendship Garden wedding is no exception! Our Brilliant Bride Julianna and her groom, Thaddaeus were married in March surrounded by lush greenery, bright florals and lots of romance! The couple's desire was for the "focus to be sentimental rather than glitzy,” and you can see that in all of the symbolic details intertwined throughout their wedding day.  

Julianna wore a classic satin trumpet gown from Enzoani that she said yes to at our East Valley location. She paired her traditional gown with not so traditional accessories: a pair of fuchsia chucks,  blue rose jewelry and a vibrant bouquet.

Thanks to Julianna + Thaddaeus for sharing their day with us and to their photographer Katelyn Cantu Photography for the great images! And to see more lovely photos visit her blog.

Outdoor Adventure Honeymoon

The Honeymoon series continues this week with recommendations and tips from one of our very own. Anna, works at our East Valley location as our Events Coordinator and Stylist Extraordinaire, so she gets to hear first hand what our brides' are planning for their post wedding retreats! Keep scrolling to read about her favorites!

The thrill of your wedding day is still in the air. As newlyweds, you will be keeping those good vibes going because it’s honeymoon time, baby! Your bags are packed, and you are ready for an adventure of a lifetime. It's time to start making memories with your forever travel buddy.

With wanderlust on the brain, we've gathered our favorite outdoor adventure honeymoon ideas for those couples who are ready to take on the world together! This type of getaway isn't for the faint of heart, but if you and your significant other prefer getting out there over relaxing on a beach, then this is the type of honeymoon you'll want to plan! You may be surprised - some might even be in your own backyard! Or, at least really close. 

National Parks

Known as “America’s Best Idea,” you’d be silly not to see for yourself! National Parks showcase the natural beauty and history of our country and what better way to learn than to experience it all together! 

When we think National Parks, we can’t help but first think of the breath-taking Grand Canyon! Arizona is not only home to both our East Valley and Phoenix stores, but also one of Mother Nature’s most inspiring landscapes. There’s something so deep and meaningful about viewing millions of years of history before you while dreaming about your very own future together. *aww* A swoon-worthy honeymoon indeed! 

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grand canyon, Arizona, usa 

For all those moments when you don’t want to sit still, Grand Canyon National Park offers much more than just stunning sunrises and sunsets. Strap on your hiking boots and tackle one of the trails right down to the Colorado River or Havasu Falls, and if you’re feeling extra bold, there’s white water rafting! When you’re back on solid ground, you can stroll the streets of the historic village touring the markets and shops before heading back to one of the cozy lodges nestled in the middle of the pine trees. So. Romantic. 

Havasu Falls, Grand Canyon

Havasu Falls, Grand Canyon

Seems to us that a National Park honeymoon is never a bad idea! The National Park Service even offers “fee-free days” offering FREE entry to everyone! Yep, free for EVERYONE. The possibilities are endless: Yellowstone, Hawaii Volcanoes, Yosemite, Glacier Bay - America is yours to explore! Talk about a great way to have a one-of-a-kind honeymoon on a budget, because chances are you’ll have spent a pretty penny on your wedding day. Sorry, not sorry.

Natural Wonders of the World

We LOVE the idea of traveling the world with your sweetie to experience the Natural Wonders of the World! Think you can name all seven? Okay fine, we’ll do it for you, since we’re all about inspiration! Click through the photos below.

We’re lovestruck with the idea of jetting off to your honeymoon to experience Earth’s most amazing light show - the Northern Lights - aka Aurora Borealis. What better way to keep the sparks flying than by witnessing Mother Nature’s dance across the sky. Be sure to plan carefully! There are Aurora seasons for when it is most visible, but not to worry, there are plenty of websites avaliable to help you plan the perfect time to visit! 

Choose Experience 

Wherever you choose to honeymoon, we know it will be the perfect send off into married life! You will never be disappointed in your adventure, as long as you continue to choose the experiences you share over material goods. The couple that plays together definitely stays together!

Happy travels! 

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If you are a foodie, you will want to check back next week to find out what places to include on your own Gourmet Getaway. And in case you missed it, here is a link back to last week's blog: How to Plan a Perfect Honeymoon.

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Our Brilliant Bride Emilee |Denver Real Wedding

Oh, we are just smitten with this sweet Colorado wedding!  If this isn't love, then we don't know what is; just wait until you see them cut the cake! This happy couple's wedding overlooked the Rocky Mountains and city skyline at Brittany Hill in Denver.

Emilee found her stunning Lazaro bridal gown at our Denver location. Our Brilliant Bride was just radiant in it when she married her groom Mike this past Spring. She accessorized with a crystal bracelet to accent the couture beading at her waistline and a pair of satin, eggplant shoes to match her bridesmaids dresses.

Keep scrolling for some of our favorite images courtesy of Jethro Eli Photography, and you'll fall in love with this sweet couple just like we did.  Congrats Emilee and Mike, we wish you many years of happiness together!

How To Plan The Perfect Honeymoon

The month of October, we'll be talking all things honeymoon: tips, places to go, things to see and more! Today's post is was written by guest blogger Shannon Lochwood. Shannon eats, breathes, sleeps weddings! She has helped numerous couples plan their wedding in the San Francisco area and is pulling from years of experience to help you plan an epic getaway for you and your boo!

Your wedding day seems like it will be an unforgettable event, and for the most part, it is! Just be prepared for the day to go by in somewhat of a whirlwind of: photo ops, guest meet and greets, and dancing. The honeymoon, however, is the time where you shed all of the expectations and welcome married life in a state of complete relaxation and fun!

If the two of you are like most couples, you’re probably spending thousands upon thousands of dollars to fund that momentous day. According to The Knot, the average cost of a wedding has now skyrocketed beyond $30,000. So basically, most couples are spending about as much on their wedding as they would if they bought a nice car in cash…up front!

That being said, when you are budgeting expenses for that day, don't forget to budget for the honeymoon. After years of marriage, I remember the honeymoon more than I remember our wedding (which still remains quite a blur of photo ops).

For most couples, the tab for the honeymoon falls on their personal bank accounts—even if mom and dad pick up the wedding tab. If you and your future spouse are paying for your own dream honeymoon, then you should both start saving and planning as soon as the engagement ring lands on the finger.

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You may have heard about honeymoon registry accounts that allow guests to give monetary gifts that go toward the cost of the couple's upcoming getaway. While many couples embrace this opportunity, don’t expect all guests to be on board. Some would rather give a tangible gift, and per registry etiquette, honeymoon registry information should be spread by “word of mouth.” Additionally, honeymoon registry information should NOT be included on shower invites, wedding invites or in any other formal notification. Couples may include a link to their registries on their wedding website, however.

Budget Tips

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While most couples honeymoon immediately after their honeymoon, you also may choose to wait a month or two…especially if waiting coincides with off-peak rates for travel. When booking on a budget, your dollars will go much farther if you choose less popular months for your dream vacation. Peak seasons vary by destination, so do your research. Remember that peak travel periods vary across the globe. For example, couples planning summer weddings can score cheaper deals if they honeymoon in Vietnam, the U.S. Virgin Islands and even Belize. Choosing an all-inclusive resort also may save you money—especially if you plan on hanging out at the resort for the majority of your stay.

Honeymoons don’t have to equate to airfare or out-of-country excursions. Local hot spots may offer cheap honeymoon getaways, so research local wineries or bed and breakfasts. You may even want to rent an RV and take to the road for a cross-country adventure.

Don’t Forget…

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If you plan to travel outside of the country for your honeymoon, plan accordingly. Touch base with your doctor to make sure you don’t need any immunizations before your trip. Also, if you don’t already have a passport…get one! While countries that are U.S. territories (like the U.S. Virgin Islands) don’t require passports, you will need a photo ID. But always check the travel requirements in advance.

No matter where you choose to spend your post-wedding days, plan a honeymoon that allows you plenty of time for rest, relaxation and lots of blissful romance. Whether you choose a tropical paradise or a local bed and breakfast, the perfect honeymoon is one that lets the stress of the wedding melt away and marks the real beginning of happily ever after.

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Our Brilliant Bride Jackilyn | Bohemian Rustic Wedding

We have a beautiful Spring wedding to share with you today! Believe it or not, it's only 6 months away (ah!), and we know some of you brides-to-be will find some fabulous Spring wedding inspiration in these images!

Jackilyn and Jacob were married at the Mesa Temple just as all of the flowers were blooming their beautiful colors. They incorporated the softest pastel pinks, purples and tans throughout their decor that paired perfectly with the lush greenery and pretty florals.

And of course, let's not forget the dress. Jackilyn said yes to her bridal gown at Brilliant Bridal East Valley. The tulle + lace dress from designer Maggie Sottero was stunning against the desert landscape and gorgeous temple architecture.  Oh and it was no doubt the perfect dress for their bohemian rustic reception! ❤️

There are so many unique and personalized details incorporated in Jackilyn + Jacob's wedding that we just love: the mismatched bridal party dresses, the hand lettered chalkboard signs, the rustic themed buffet and so much more!

Thanks to Ashtyn Nicole Photography for sharing these lovely images with us!