Richly colored flowers, lush succulents and a gorgeous mountain backdrop made this wedding of couple Marney and Booth at the Arizona Desert Botanical Garden absolutely breathtaking!
The Couple: Marney and Booth
The Wedding: 4.9.11 - Desert Botanical Garden Phoenix, AZ
What three adjectives best describe your wedding? Flexible, playful and uniting
What was your wedding color palette? Avocado and natural kraft
What inspired your personal wedding style, and how did you incorporate your style and personalities into your big day? When we giddily called my parents to tell them the exciting news that we were engaged, my mom said, “Shall I book the Desert Botanical Garden?” We secured the venue within the week! The garden is absolutely breathtaking with statuesque cacti framing a backdrop of vibrant red rock mountains. We wanted our wedding decor and details to feel natural and local, as if they had sprung up from the garden itself. The florals were succulents found in the surrounding desert, and a green, twine and kraft paper palate kept wedding details from overshadowing the beauty of the garden. When rain rolled in and temperatures dropped 30 degrees, we overnighted 70 avocado pashminas for our lady guests. They even matched the desert!
We wanted our guests to have a truly unique experience that was chic, yet approachable and fun. Our verbiage and homemade wedding favors were often cheeky. I'm a big DIY crafter, so I loved designing the components myself - thank
goodness for family and friends to help stamp, glue, tie and cut!
Looking back, what are the moments, decisions or memories that you love the most about your wedding? Where to start? We both loved so many moments of the day - spending the morning in anticipation with our friends and family, seeing each other for the first time and saying our vows. But our first dance was a clear winner. We worked with a fabulous choreographer and danced to the happy tune, "Home" by Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros. As we twirled and giggled, our guests circled round and clapped in unison to the music. It was the perfect kick-off to the celebrations that ensued.
What piece of advice would you give to a bride planning her wedding today? Know it won't all go as planned - whether it’s uncooperative weather, making the rounds to all your tables or snapping a candid with your grandfather. But it will most likely be the best darn day of your life. Just relax, be present and enjoy your guests and each other. It goes so fast, it's not worth fretting about anything once the event begins!
The Wedding Team:
Photographer: Hollye Schumacher
Event Planner: Victoria Canada Weddings and Events
Ceremony & Reception Venue: Desert Botanical Garden
Videographer: Bright Bokeh
Officiant: Hon. Andrew Hurwitz
Invitation Designer: Mr. Boddington's Studio
Catering: Santa Barbara Catering
Florist: Petal Pusher
Wedding Cake: Honeymoon Sweets
Wedding Dress: Carolina Herrera
Bridesmaids' Apparel and Designs: Clutches - Emerson Fry
Groom and Groomsmen Apparel and Accessories: Groom's shoes - Allen Edmonds, Groomsmen suits and ties - Macy's
Hair and Make-up: Corinna Cooke
Live Music: The Walkens
Transportation: Real London Bus Co.
Dance Instruction: Ballroom Dance Chicago
Wedding Favors: Handmade British wedding crackers
Rentals: Classic Party Rentals
Wedding Rings: Simply Brilliant
Marney and Booth, your cheerful wedding was absolutely beautiful. Thank you so much for sharing it with us!
Delight yourself with more uniquely inspired wedding stories in our Real Weddings library!