↑ this in a second, but first…
I’m sorry, you guys. We have an AMAZING wedding for your eyes to absorb today, submitted by the BEYOND STELLAR Session Nine Photographers, and I’m so excited to get to it. True story. It’s just I’ve been sitting here all morning (and a little into the afternoon, obvs.), trying to focus, blasting Ellie Goulding’s cover of “Your Song” and some other hits (that I’m actually starting to love, you should check her out if you haven’t and if you’re like me and just jumped on the bandwagon after the Royal Wedding which now totally makes me want to have that song playing at my wedding, which would actually make more sense than it did at the RW because the lyrics talk about not having much money and how their love is all they have/need and that’s like the antithesis of the Royal Family but I’ll shut up now)… but it’s all I can do to stop thinking about THIS:
I mean, c’mon. C’mon, Sarah Jessica.
Ok, GREAT DRESS.
But COME ON, with the hair. First of all there’s such evidence of waaay too much icky sticky hairspray when you look at her sideview; I HATE when that happens, and I actually have rewashed my hair before when that’s happened. To go out to dinner. So if I’m rewashing for dinner, how are you not rewashing for some kind of gala or whatever this is that is taking place adjacent to a dealership.
Omigod a pigeon with pink hair just landed on my window sill. Omigod. Wow. Ok that was a real shock. Deep breaths. I’m not kidding about the pink hair by the way. This is nyc, friends, it’s just another day.
Ok back on track – I’m gonna be honest; upon first look it’s HILARIOUS but also quite becoming on her. And then I look at it again and instead of it growing on me the way so many pop songs regrettably do, her ‘do gets more and more redonkulously redonk with each subsequent view. It makes me laugh out loud and scare my dog. It’s in my dreams now. There’s really no hope for me anymore after this.
Alrighty! I think I just needed to talk about it out loud so I could move past it. So, thanksies for wading through those high, voluminous waters with me!
I love this wedding. I love the utter simplicity of it. It’s a clean canvas, with the occasional bold smacks of color, and just rides on the immense love wave (that sounded corny, I know, I realize that now) everyone in attendance has for each other. It’s beautiful. And while I ADORE tons and tons of details – I actually LIVE FOR details – I also dream of easygoing, laid-back family-focused events that scream happiness, togetherness like this one does.
Also, remember earlier in the week when I was talking about wearing strong colors, and the beauty of bridesmaids in gradations of one great base color and blah blah blah, et cetera? Well this wedding has compelling evidence that you need to consider doing this.
Ohh one more thing: their wedding venue was Kari’s dream venue, but it was booked up, so they searched for one to replace it, but that longing in her heart told her to hold out. And guess what? :)
Some lovely words from Session Nine:
This gorgeous wedding took place in the Desert Botanical Gardens in sunny Phoenix, Arizona. Everything about this wedding captured the subtle elegance that is the desert, making it the perfect backdrop for this fun loving couple. Not a dry eye during the ceremony, everyone came to Kari and Judson’s wedding from near and far to celebrate with them. It was truly a marvelous, perfect, desert night!
And now a rundown from our bride, Kari:
I have to say, we were supposed to get married at The Desert Botanical Gardens. They were booked out months in advance with no availability. So we looked around, trying to scope out other locations. None made me gleam as this one. I had fallen in love with the desert landscape and natural beauty several years back. And quite frankly, it was the most important to me in planning the wedding – we had to be outside. A lot of hoping and wishing occurred before that day when we heard a date became available in the month of April. We jumped on it.
The palo verde trees are lit up at night with twinkling lights and luminarias often line the dirt paths. It’s a simple beauty: yellows, purples, oranges, sage – everywhere. Cacti and wildlife fill this beautiful garden. To compliment it’s natural beauty, we added candle light to the reception tables and orchid filled vases. Luminarias lined clay walls and the trees twinkled. Nature provided the palette for us to coordinate the evening affair. For example, bridal bouquets had wildflowers and succulents wrapped with a sage rope. Our specialty drink for the evening was a prickly pear margarita. We had simple requirements for a magical evening: fresh air with starry sky, a rustic romantic backdrop and music that induced dancing. All magical components to make our special day memorable and fun.
Simply said, it was a beautiful tone to set for the beginning of our marriage in the place we call HOME.
And now, one of the things we love most about weddings…
SHAKE YA BOOTY
A little cake smushing never hurt anybody, right? As long as it’s not being smushed in MY FACE, sweetie. Got that? Great.
Ok, again, because you ask for it (!!!) another peek into the life of Bambino:
Hi monkey! I’m gonna EATCHOO!
… wait wait, you ok?
… AWESOOMMMMEE! Shall we continue? Sounds MARVELOUS.
(Sigh. You guys, why do you encourage this??)
So, thoughts? First off, I’m actually really curious if I’m the only one who hates SJP’s hair. … Am I? I can take it.
Also, how simply gorgeous is this wedding?! Do you love the bouquets? Because I’M POSITIVELY DYING over them.
xoxo! – Alison
Photographer: Session Nine Photographers / Hair Stylist: Stephanie Heller / Caterer: Heidi’s Events and Catering / Floral Designer: Flowers by Jodi / Reception Venue: Desert Botanical Gardens / Dress Store: Lillian Lottie Couture / Cake Designer: Honey Moon Sweets Bakery and Dessert Bar / DJ: Got You Covered Music / Ceremony Location: Desert Botanical Gardens / Submitted via Two Bright Lights / SJP images: Splash News