Brock & Megan's Intimate Superstition Mountain Wedding

Last year I took on a project that was a bit outside of our usual scope of work. My older brother popped the question last fall and we planned his intimate desert wedding. The best part of it all? He and his fiance opted for our trust package so their wedding day was full of gorgeous surprises. There are so many special details from their day that I’ve been dying to share and it’s finally time!!

Brock has always dreamed of having a giant, very traditional wedding with dancing and a lengthy guest list. Megan wanted to run away to a courthouse for a private wedding ceremony. So, how did we meet in the middle? The couple chose to keep their guest list tight, only 30 attendees, and held their celebration at Lost Dutchman State Park. The views are breathtaking and the compromise between traditional and non-traditional was such a fun challenge to tackle throughout their planning.

Minted Wedding Invitations

Brock and Megan decided early on that they wanted to forgo most of the traditional elements of their wedding day. If you and your fiance are having a hard time deciding where to start planning or how to allocate your budget, we can help you out. We recommend that each of you sit alone and list your top 5 priorities for your wedding celebration. Then, compare notes. The categories where you overlap will take priority and the rest you don’t need to worry about… really. 

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Groom Style

The priorities in our planning here were to have great photos, a beautiful film, and incredible food.

Desert Wedding in the Superstition Mountains
Red, Plum, Blush, and Gold Bridal Bouquet Inspiration
Superstition Mountain Wedding - Small Wedding Inspiration

For photos, the amazing Lauren with Lunabear Studios was on site with us. Brock is a total ham and we knew he’d need a photographer that could capture his goofy side but reign him in for some serious photos too. I absolutely love Lauren’s use of light and color but my favorite part of her work is the way she captures joy in her clients.

Red and blush Wedding Ceremony Flowers
Red and blush wedding flowers
Wedding Guests
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Superstition Mountain Wedding - Outdoor Wedding Inspiration

For ceremony, I knew we wanted to create something gorgeous without taking anything away from the stunning view. So, we built a little wall of flowers to anchor the space and add some beauty while keeping the mountain as the main focal point. We played off of the colors in the desert with touches of pale yellow and blush alongside a mainly red and magenta color palette. Those red roses have me all in my feelings. They were perfection.

We were lucky enough to work with Moonrise Standard for catering and to say they knocked it out of the park would be an understatement. Derek sat down with Brock and Megan to learn about what they love to eat, then he created a custom menu for a three course meal that featured elevated versions of food they loved to eat. My personal favorite was the smoked chili and pumpkin bisque but every part of the meal was absolutely drool-worthy.

Brock & Megan's Intimate Superstition Mountain Wedding - Farm Table Reception with String Lights, burgundy and blush flowers, and black place settings

And finally, the reception space!! Our friends at Tremaine Ranch provided the furniture and tabletop accents here. We ordered linen from Linen Lark in an array of colors that faded from light to dark as the table progressed. The flatware and goblets from Tremaine Ranch brought in some much needed moodiness.

Modern black and brass place settings for wedding reception
Modern black and brass place settings for wedding reception

And that, folks, is how ya do it. This was such a special project and I loved the trust Brock and Megan gave us for their design and planning. If you are interested in letting us work our magic for your wedding, ask us about the Trust package!

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Planning, Design, & Floral: Form Floral // Photos: Lunabear Studios // Film: Love Story Films // Rentals: Tremaine Ranch // Catering: Moonrise Standard // Venue: Lost Dutchman State Park // Linen: Linen Lark

Brock & Megan's Desert Wedding - Planning Part I

I'm here today with a different type of blog post.

Late last year, my older brother got engaged to his ladybird. They had pretty different ideas of their "dream wedding" and ultimately called me in for some guidance on meeting in the middle and creating a beautiful way for them to celebrate their love.

Here are the stats:

My older brother wanted a big, white wedding with a guest list that included everyone he has ever met in his whole entire life.

His fiance is more of a "let's go to the courthouse" kind of gal.

So, how do you make those work together? Great question.

I've found that when wedding planning, couples often start from very different places. We encourage newly engaged couples to sit down separately and make a list of the top 5 parts of their wedding day that matter the most to them. Compare lists and see where you overlap and start your planning there.

For Brock and Megan, it turned out that they were closer to the same page than they initially thought. Here's the list of wedding day dreams that overlapped for this happy couple:

  1. A ceremony with an exchange of personally written vows
  2. Really. Great. Food.
  3. A kick-ass photographer and videographer to capture the day.

With this information in hand, we gently pulled Brock and Megan in the direction of an intimate desert wedding against the Lost Dutchman mountains. Fall in Arizona is gorgeous so we chose a date in November. Because amazing food was high on the priority list, we put most of their budget towards hiring a truly unique caterer (more on that in part II). Immediately after we secured the venue, we booked Lunabear Studios for photos because Brock and Megan love to have a good time and SO DOES LAUREN. Then we locked in the amazing Love Story Films to create the perfect video for their big day. 

Then, we moved on to planning the smaller details of their day. Just because a line item doesn't make your "most important" list does not mean that it isn't important to your day. Take, for example, wedding invitations. We knew that a custom suite was out of budget but that didn't mean we wanted to DIY. So, we started to search for options and around this time, just happened to get an email from Basic Invite.

Here's the skinny on Basic Invite. They have a HUGE selection of invitation suites in a wide variety of styles/colors and they're really affordable. They just rolled out clear and wood invites which made my heart explode. I also love that you can order samples from them so you don't have to gamble your whole budget on invites that aren't PERFECT for your vision. 

For Brock and Megan, I ordered samples of these insanely fun clear wedding invitations.

Basic Invite - Acrylic Wedding Invitations

I loved mixing in the hotel and registry cards with touches of floral print and black to really unite the suite with the overall design of the wedding (more on that in Part II!!). I also loved that the colors on the invitations themselves can be changed out. For example, the black background on our hotel and gift inserts can be whatever color you want (seriously, they have a HUGE amount of colors to choose from). There was also flexibility on fonts, envelopes (and so many cute liners!), and the best part is that they look custom without breaking the bank.

Basic Wedding - Acrylic Wedding Invitations
Basic Invite - Acrylic Customizable Wedding Invitations

As an added bonus, you can also create your own, personal wedding website through them. It's so nice to have a page that holds all the details of your big day so guests can easily click through to your registry, RSVP, and even just double check any details that might have slipped their mind. Brock and Megan have a lot of out of town guests for their wedding day and I love that no one will have to worry about keeping track of the venue address because they can just pop on over to the website!

Next week I'll be back with Brock and Megan's mood board and details about their menu which will blow. your. mind. In the meantime, hop over to Basic Invite if you're ready to spread the word about your big day with some really classy wedding invitations.