The Montelucia is one of the most enchanting and lovely destinations in Arizona to have a wedding! Recently they debuted a new wedding and event venue called Chef’s Kitchen. The concept behind this lovely new event space is to provide a location for intimate romantic weddings that reflect an organic and natural feel. This is appropriately named Chefs Kitchen, as all of the herbs and utensils used by the in-house Chef come straight from his personal kitchen and herb garden. During the design process, the resort also drew inspiration from the great Julia Child – whose kitchen aesthetic was demonstrative and accessible – with refined French undertones and accents. Guests truly receive a one-of-a-kind experience when in this space.
Showcasing this new venue was truly an honor for all of the collaborators involved. I was so excited to shoot this entire event in film- which captured the color and romance so well! Together with Imoni Events, we knew we wanted to accent the French/Provence theme in the design and decor. We started by placing a long rustic wood table in the kitchen, with European-inspired cross back chairs. Carte Blanche draped it with a beautiful lush garland that spanned the entire table with the most perfect white garden rose arrangements and various greenery flowing out of the garland. It was so dreamy, especially the candles interwoven with the garland. To bring in the natural French vibe, gorgeous blue china was used atop the table with mis-matching patterns. Each setting was accented with chargers, glassware and flatware from EventRents. VeeCreative created a paper menu that reflected our French vision – paired with the wood signage and foliage was a perfect combination. We also used blue glass stemware, which was a perfect touch. Across the room, the Chef’s butcher block counter top was covered in an array of delicious cheeses, meats and desserts- showcasing the amazing cuisine the resort has to offer.
Right away we knew we wanted an amazing cake that looked delicious and natural. We opted for a “naked” or lightly frosted cake, which lent itself to our organic overall feeling. As always, Ruze Cake House did a spectacular job in their execution. The large white flowers, olive leaves and fresh berries as well as the large warmly lit candles helped to create a romantic vibe. The ‘Best Day Ever’ cake topper by Page & Mason Collections was a perfect touch.
One of my favorite components is the Hydration Station. Being in the Valley of the Sun, this amenity is so necessary at every wedding. This is a design element that is fun to play around with – with endless options to bring in clever ideas. We wanted to stay within our organic vibe and go for variations of fresh lemonade and water with different natural additives like lemon and mint. The rich blue and green floral La Tavola linen was the perfect piece to pull this vignette together.
The ceremony site was enchanting and romantic. The perfectly paired garland and roses felt like an arch straight out of a French garden – exactly what we wanted. The famous view of Camelback Mountain was a perfect backdrop for this lovely shoot.
The bride and groom models could not have been more perfect! The bride’s hombre hair was flawlessly done in loose curls and pulled half way up. I love the way the headpiece sat on the edge of her crown with the long billowy cathedral veil. This look paired with the groom’s black tux and bow tie was perfect.
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Thank you to all the amazing vendors: Venue and Food: Montelucia Event Designer: Imoni Events Florist: Carte Blanche Design Linens: La Tavola Ribbon: Silk and Willow Cake: Ruze Cake House Paper: Vee Creative Wood signage: Page & Mason Collections Rentals: Event Rents Dress: Mariee Tux: Mr. Formal Make Up: Sarah San Marco Hair: Ruca Bowmen