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  • Carina Inganamort, The Wedding Therapist

Just a Little Bit (or a Lot) of Sparkle

Emily came to me years ago asking me to help her and her fiance Anthony on their wedding planning journey. At the time, she had plans for a wintery white December wedding, but eventually landed on a bright and colorful summer event concept. With visions of royal blue and sunflowers, Emily and Anthony set June 22nd at Superstition Manor as the first day of the rest of their lives.

Throughout the planning process, Emily was dedicated and detail-oriented, crafting her vision as we went along. She and Anthony enjoyed several couples' music therapy sessions where they were able to hone in on their communication skills while working on their dream wedding day. But it was Emily's dress which would serve as one of the focal points of the day: a glittering extravaganza of layers upon layers of beautiful fabrics. Emily wanted to incorporate as much sparkle into her ensemble for the day, and her Ines di Santo ballgown did not disappoint.

The warm summer day arrived and the wedding party spent a relaxing morning getting ready, playing pool, and making sure each bridesmaid in attendance was adorned in an adequate amount of glitter. The stellar staff at Superstition Manor were hard at work setting the space while I flitted about the venue setting place cards, hanging jars of baby's breath, and plating dozens of homemade cookies Emily and her family provided for her guests. When everything was complete, sunflowers smiled around every corner, royal blue napkins were folded to perfection at over 200 guest seats, and the wedding party was looking flawless, the ceremony began.

The wedding party processed down the aisle in blues and greys, followed by Emily with her father. Their backdrop to their nuptials was a breathtaking view of the Superstition Mountains and guests used fans that doubled as ceremony programs to keep cool. Emily and Anthony "tied the knot" (literally) with a lasso ceremony. Anthony was so glad to kiss his new bride after they said their "I Do's".

Following the ceremony was a cocktail hour that allowed guests to mingle and admire Emily & Anthony's ombre blue cake covered in sunflowers. Each guest's eyes lit up when they were let into the ballroom, which hosted a grand chandelier amidst white drapery and a blue sash on each chair.

Emily & Anthony's grand entrance led into their first dance which was beautifully executed. Dinner received rave reviews and everyone enjoyed tear-jerking toasts at the end of their meal. After Emily and Anthony cut their cake, dancing and desserts were not in short supply. The DJ kept the energy high right up until the sparkler exit - a glittery ending to an all-around sparkly day. I wish Emily & Anthony all of the love and happiness that their wedding day held.

With love, The Wedding Therapist

Venue: Superstition Manor, Mesa, AZ

Men's Attire: Men's Wearhouse

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