Real Wedding: A Colorful Desert Wedding
Add a Pop of Color
About the Couple: When Dave popped the question to Kaelin, they couldn't picture having their wedding anywhere but the beautiful DC Ranch Country Club in Scottsdale, Arizona, where Kaelin grew up.
When Kaelin chose her wedding colors, orange was not at the top of her list. But her mom thought it would be perfect complement to her green bridesmaid's dresses. To keep ceremony decorations to a minimum, she chose to line the aisle with rose petals and hang small vases filled with roses and green hydrangea on the chair.
Budget Saver: Don't hang a vase or arrangement on every chair, just do every other. It will still give the bang with only half the buck.
Something Old, Something New...
Kaelin incorporated "something old" family heirlooms into the mix for this timeless tradition.
Something Old: A large coin from 1881 that was given to her grandmother for her wedding and that was Kaelin's mom's "something old," too.
Something New: Her pretty white shoes.
Something Borrowed: An old handkerchief that was another sentimental item -- it was used by her grandmother on her wedding day.
Something Blue: She incorporated a touch of blue with her garter.
Another tradition: The bridesmaids signed the bottom of Kaelin's shoes while they were getting ready. Traditions says that whoever's name does not rub off by the end of the night is the next one to walk down the aisle.
Bride's Tip: Make up your own tradition and then carry it on through friends' and family members' weddings.
To let her bridesmaids have a say, Kaelin had them choose whichever dress they liked best from the Jenny Yoo Collection. These mix-and-match dresses in pistachio green were finished off with a silver sash for two of the four bridesmaids.
Bride's Tip: Selecting similar dresses in the same color allows your bridesmaids the opportunity to select the best dress for their body type.
A Bold Bouquet
Kaelin wanted a bold and elegant bouquet to carry down the aisle. Her choice: flame calla lilies, orange roses, and burnt orange hypericum berries.
The Perfect View
You don't need to worry about ceremony decor with the McDowell Mountains as your backdrop. Kaelin and Dave chose a January wedding date hoping that Arizona weather would give them typical 70-degree temperatures. Unfortunately, temperatures on their wedding day rose only to 42 degrees -- it was the coldest winter in Arizona history. Thank goodness they had planned for a short ceremony!
Bride's Tip: If you're tying the knot outdoors, always have a backup plan (or two) for unexpected weather.
With her love for design and paper crafts, Kaelin chose to make her own wedding stationery branded with this swirl design. To make these simple programs, she ran premade cards through her printer to capture the text and design. Then, she punch two holes and knotted the ribbon on the outside to hold together the inside layer.
Budget Saver: Designing your own stationery can save you big bucks.
Keep It Simple for the Bridesmaids
Small bouquets of fire calla lilies were perfect for the bridesmaids. The bold orange bouquet was wrapped in brown ribbon to incorporate the color scheme -- perfect complement to their green dresses.
A Simple Boutonniere
Dave's boutonniere also sported the loved fire calla lily, nestled in a group of orange hypericum berries. The groomsmen, fathers, and grandfathers each wore an orange rose boutonniere that tied in with the rest of the wedding flowers.
Bride's Tip: Go with the strongest flower the groom's boutonniere. He'll be hugging tons of people that night and needs a flower that'll hold up. The calla lily is perfect for a boutonniere.
The Perfect Dress
Kaelin had every bride's worst nightmare come true. Two months before her big day she took her dress to be spot cleaned but somehow it was wet washed, completely destroying the beautiful silk. But everything works out for the best. With the help of the lovely ladies at her local bridal shop, Destiny's Bride, Kaelin found this beautiful beaded Anne Barge dress, an even better choice than the first dress.
Bride's Tip: Unless it's absolutely necessary, don't risk taking your dress to the cleaners. It'll dirty from just walking around so nobody will ever know the difference.
Escape to Your Favorite Spot
Kaelin's dad and Dave both love the view from the 14th tee at DC Ranch Country Club where Kaelin and Dave were married. With a little time to spare, the newlyweds whisked up the mountain in a golf cart to get a couple of shots at this special spot while their guests enjoyed cocktail hour.
Get Creative with Escort Cards
Kaelin took escort cards to the next level by hanging them from a large votive chandelier placed in the center of the room at cocktail hour. It doubled as a beautiful decoration and as a handy place for her guests to pick up their table assignments.
Get This Look: Ribbon is the perfect way to add a strong visual element to your wedding. Hang the ribbon from the wall or from a chandelier then use a decorative paper clip to attach the escort card to the ribbon.
To keep an elegant feel throughout the reception, Kaelin choose dark brown tablecloths that tied in her wrought-iron centerpiece arrangements. Consider choosing a few centerpiece options to scatter throughout your reception tables.
1. Kaelin chose this display of an urn with flowers and three scroll candlesticks.
2. To add height she chose large votive chandeliers.
3. The final look was simple with just an urn of flowers.
Budget Tip: If you want to use chair covers but don't want to spend the big bucks, do a wrap on every other chair. It will add that extra pop of color without the big price tag.
Add to the Ambience
Kaelin absolutely loved the lit tree in the middle of the court yard. It added a romantic feel to the reception.
Budget Saver: Classic white Christmas lights are a super easy way to add an elegant touch with little cost.
A Classic Cake
Kaelin and Dave debated at length what kind of cake they wanted. In the end decided to keep it simple with a classic white cake with buttercream frosting. The designs added a modern touch and the flowers added a pop of color.
Groom's Cake Galore
A die-hard Yankees fan, Dave didn't have to think twice when it came to the theme of his delightful chocolate groom's cake.
All About the Band
Kaelin and Dave decided to splurge on The Shining Star Band to keep their guests on the dance floor all night. It was definitely worth the money -- their guests are still talking about the wonderful band.
Budget Saver: Before spending a dime, decide what your top priorities are and where you might want to splurge and scrimp.
The Ultimate Candy Bar
For an extra sweet favor, Kaelin and Dave treated their guest to a slew of candy on their way out. The yummy candy continued their color scheme of orange, green, and brown. It was a hit all night long!
Get This Look: To make your own candy bar, simply choose candies in your theme. Look online for special colored candies. Then place them in large vases and hurricanes. Remember to go all out with the candy -- you don't want to have a wimpy-looking candy bar!
Location: DC Ranch Country Club, Scottsdale Arizona
Florist: Angelic Grove; angelicgrove.com
Wedding Dress: Destiny's Bride; destinysbride.com
Day of Wedding Coordinator: Victoria Canada Weddings and Events; weddingsandevents.net
Bridesmaids' Dresses: Twirl Boutique; twirlboutique.com
Photographer: BQ Photography; bqphotography.com
Videographer: Shoot Me Films; shootmefilms.com
Reception Music: Shining Star; shiningstarband.com
Ceremony Music: Allegro Quartet; allegroquartet.com