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Real Wedding at McDowell Mountain - Dylan & Kimberly

We are excited to share the romantic wedding of Dylan and Kimberly, which took place at McDowell Mountain Golf Club on a beautiful spring day.

They chose McDowell Mountain Golf Club as the wedding venue because the setting was exactly what they were looking for.  The amazing Arizona spring weather calls for an outdoor ceremony site.  From the bride: "The staff was also very willing to be flexible to accommodate my vision within a reasonable price range. The room where the reception was held had beautiful windows that brought the outside in and doors the folded back into the walls to let the cool night air in. It was the perfect combination to enjoy the beautiful Arizona nights."


Dylan grew up in Arlington, Texas and Kimberly grew up in Glendale, Arizona. On a trip to visit her older brother in Austin, Texas one summer, Dylan happened to accompany him to pick Kimberly up. "You could say sparks flew at first sight much to my older brother's dismay. A year later, Dylan was proposing to me on the beach in Port Arkansas, Texas and our fairy-tale continued!"- Kimberly


The couple's vision for the wedding was to create a simple, rustic atmosphere.  From the baby's breath in mason jars, to the burlap table runners, and the tea lights. They also wanted their guests to be as comfortable as possible so Dylan and Kimberly chose not to do assigned seating and let their guests choose their seats. She stained chalkboard signs and Dylan wrote sayings on them. Kimberly's favorite table was her loved ones table. It was turquoise cabinet along the side wall where they put the photos of theri loved ones who will forever be in our hearts. 



We asked Kimberly what was the most memorable part of her big day, this is what she had to say: "I think a lot of our guests will remember the extremely strong winds during our ceremony. My mom had sprinkled rose petals down the center aisle and by the time I walked down there was not a single one left. I think I have two moments that will forever stick out in my mind about our wedding day. First, Dylan's expression when he turned around and saw me in my dress for the first time. His face was priceless. Second, the family that walked up to Dylan and I as we were getting ready to take pictures and the mom telling me her shy six-year-old  girl wanted to be me when she grows up. I think hearing that melted my heart almost as much as Dylan's vows." 



As for advice for brides"I think any venue a bride picks for her wedding day will be the perfect place because that's the start of their forever. In the end, I picked a venue that worked for our budget and had the beautiful scenery I was after. - Kimberly 

Ceremony & Reception Site: McDowell Mountain Golf Club
Photographer: Life Through A Lens // Florist: Butterfly Petals  // Entertainment: Bolt Entertainment
Cake: Sweets Unlimited // Rehearsal Dinner: Pinnacle Peak Patio 

Touches of Burlap

 Burlap is an affordable way to achieve a rustic style wedding. Below are some examples of
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Real Wedding at Eagle Mountain Golf Club - Carey & Corbin

February in Arizona is not always considered to be peak wedding season. Carey and Corbin's stunning wedding at Eagle Mountain Golf Club proved this trend wrong when they tied the knot on February 21st. From the bride, "We honestly fell in love with the view. We both love how beautiful Arizona is and we wanted to showcase that to our out of town guests."

There were so many thoughtful touches throughout the day. Carey and Corbin's love story began when they attended the same High School, "but their paths did not cross until Corbin was attending Arizona State University," said the bride. For their first date they went to the movies to see Batman, so of course all the groomsmen wore superhero socks, Corbin wearing Batman.

Wendell Design Floral Group did the ceremony decor including hanging crystals from the large Mesquite Trees overlooking the East Valley. On the day of their wedding it was easy to see that family is very important to Carey and Corbin. "Carey's grandfather had passed in March 2014. We decided to honor his memory by having a place setting from him at Carey's family's table," said the groom. She also carried a locket with his picture on her bouquet and her garter was made by Carey's mom from her own wedding dress. Corbin's grandfather officiated the wedding and the couple's English bulldog, Churchill, was the ring bearer.

Carey's High School friend Becky with Passage Studios did the photography. She was a dream to work with, both from the client and the venue side. She did an amazing job capturing the warmth of the sunlight for sunset pictures and wasn't afraid to literally lay on the ground to get the right angle for a shot.

From the bride, "Our reception was very romantic and full of love...Instead of having a traditional wedding cake, we had an assortment of cupcakes (which were delicious). Also for dessert Gina [from Eagle Mountain Golf Club] helped provide a make your own s'mores bar, which had an assortment of different marshmallows and chocolates for guests to choose from."

Carey's advice to future brides selecting their venue, "Actually go and visit the places. Pictures can be taken strategically, however the venue can't hide [faults] if you go to the actual places. But take your time and don't get discouraged if the first few places aren't your style. Also, you need to like your event coordinator at the location, because they will be helping you out through the day of, you need to trust them."

Carey and Corbin, thank you so much for letting us be a part of your special day!

Ceremony & Reception Site: Eagle Mountain Golf Club
Photographer: Passage Studios / / Florist: Wendell Design Group Florist
DJ: Crum Bros Entertainment / / Cake: Piece of Cake Desserts

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