Desert Boho and Romantic Desert Wedding Style Shoot at Tercero Weddings by Aldea in Glendale, Arizona

Have you ever had an idea in your head that you just can't seem to forget about, no matter how busy you get or how many other things are going on in your life? When I first heard about this fun and fabulous new wedding venue that was going to be opening on in the west valley of Phoenix, an idea planted itself in my head and wouldn't leave, no matter what. An idea that I, after being in business for almost 9 years, should design a styled shoot, and not just any styled shoot, but one that would showcase some of my favorite vendors, introduce me to a whole new group of "friendors" and allow me to add some gorgeous pictures to my portfolio. The result, a collaborative styled shoot that had 7 photographers, 2 couples, 2 designs and a ton of amazing details!!!

The Vendors

Venue - Tercero Weddings by Aldea

Photographers - Amber Kay Lonski PhotographyGraced by Light Photography              Poppyseed PhotographySandra Patricia PhotographyShea Brie PhotographySweet Sunday PhotographyTwin Lens Studios

Coordinator/Designer - Sweet I Do's

Florists - PJ's Flowers & Events (romantic desert design) | Poppy Design Co (desert boho design)

Cake/Desserts - Amour de Sucre

Rentals - Tremaine Ranch

Stationery - Paige Poppe Art (desert boho design) | Posh Invitations (romantic boho design)

Farmhouse Table/Benches - Elegant Farmhouse Designs

Lighting - Divinity Event Lighting

Menswear - Celebrity Tux & Tails

Bridalwear - Lovely Bride Phoenix

Hair and Makeup Artist - Makeup by Carmen Orduno

Models - Julie & Brian Read (romantic desert design) | Gina Baker & Ryan Warling (desert boho design)

The inspiration

Living in the middle of the desert in Phoenix, AZ you would think that it would be almost impossible to draw any inspiration from our landscape. When people think of the desert they think of scorching sand and loads and loads of brown and tan nothingness. And while typically true, we have some of the most amazing sunsets and right after the rains our desert turns a beautiful variety of succulent and cacti greens with the most vibrant flowers imaginable. I drew my inspiration for the desert boho design from those colorful sunsets and cacti blooms pulling in magenta, purple, orange and yellow. For the romantic desert design I looked no farther than our beautiful succulents choosing the soft greens, pale pinks and almost translucent blue/gray.

The result

Having 7 photographers taking pictures of the same designs in the same location may seem like over-kill, but I saw it as an opportunity to see what 7 different styles and perspectives of the same elements would look like. I have to say I was thrilled! Check out some of my favorite images in my galleries for each photographer.

Be sure to follow everyone on IG to see more of their amazing work (links below)!

Sweet I Do's | Wedding Day Management Specialists romantic desert wedding at Tercero Weddings by Aldea Image by Amber Kay Lonski Photography Glendale Arizona

Amber Kay Lonski Photography

IG - @aklonskiphoto

Sweet I Do's | Wedding Day Management Specialists boho bride in bridal suite at Tercero Weddings by Aldea image by Graced by Light Photography in Glendale, Arizona

Graced by Light Photography

IG - @gracedbylight_photography

Sweet I Do's | Wedding Day Management Specialists desert boho bride and groom at Tercero Weddings by Aldea images by Poppyseed Photography in Glendale, Arizona

Poppyseed Photography

IG - @poppyseedphotography

Sweet I Do's | Wedding Day Management Specialists romantic desert floor level wedding guest table at Tercero Weddings By Aldea image by Sandra Patricia Photography in Glendale, Arizona

Sandra Patricia Photography

IG - @sandrapatriciaphotography

Sweet I Do's | Wedding Day Management Specialists romantic desert wedding bouquet at Tercero Weddings by Aldea image by Shea Brie Photography in Glendale, Arizona

Shea Brie Photography

IG - @sheabriephotography

Sweet I Do's | Wedding Day Management Specialists desert boho wedding cake at Tercero Weddings by Aldea image by Sweet Sunday Photography in Glendale, Arizona

Sweet Sunday Photography

IG - @sweetsundayphotography

Sweet I Do's | Wedding Day Management Specialists desert boho wedding guest table at Tercero Weddings by Aldea image by Twin Lens Studios in Glendale, Arizona

Twin Lens Studios

IG - @twinlensstudios

Real Wedding - Angie & Alex's Wedding Candy Buffet - Carefree Resort & Conference Center - Carefree, Arizona

Angie & Alex fell in love in the west and they wanted the feeling of the original wild west to be an accent in their wedding. This is the first time we have ever been asked to create a western themed candy buffet and I think we nailed it!

At first glance there isn't much to this candy buffet, but you have to look at the details and know their story. Check out the silver star (and there are more on the back side of the mason jar treat container tags), this represents Alex's love of the Dallas Cowboys. Look close and find the antlers and shotgun shells - they represent the couple's love of the outdoors and their mutual hobby of hunting. Straw bales, lassos and fun bunting tie the western theme together. Notice the artwork in the background, a gorgeous piece hanging in the historic opera room at the Carefree Resort and Conference Center

Guests to this mid day wedding were treated to hard candy sticks, yogurt pretzels. licorice, swirl lollipops, dark and milk chocolate Hershey's kisses and milk chocolates in pink. Guest treat containers were mason jars with custom tags designed by Sweet I Do's.

Real Wedding - Jessica & Josh - Dream Manor Inn - Globe, Arizona

Theme weddings can be so much fun when the wedding isn't ALL about the theme. Jessica & Josh nailed the Super Mario Bros. theme they wanted for their wedding. It helps that they are a super cute couple, they picked an amazing little venue and a great team of vendors to pull their vision together. Add video games into the reception and you have a winning themed wedding!

Jessica & Josh met in graduate school in Chicago and got engaged over pizza! Four and a half years later and they tied the knot at the beautiful Dream Manor Inn in Globe, Arizona. It wouldn't have been their wedding if it didn't include their sweet puppy Meeko, a raspberry pi playing all their favorite classic SNES video games and tons of small details showcasing their mutual love of Super Mario Bros.

Guests drove into picturesque Globe and up the mountain to the Dream Manor Inn. There they joined Jessica, Josh and their wedding party for an outdoor ceremony that included Meeko and a ring bearer carrying the rings on a mushroom shaped pillow. After the sunset ceremony, guests enjoyed appetizers and drinks on the patio while the amazing Summer Montoya with Summer Montoya Photography worked her magic and took some fabulous pictures of the couple and their wedding party.

Amazing details created by Jessica & Josh and aided by gorgeous florals created by Tony Medlock with PJ's Flowers & Events as well as a music play list that included tons of video game theme songs completed their vision of a Super Mario Bros wedding.

The fabulous vendor team - 

Venue - Dream Manor Inn

Coordinator - Sweet I Do's

Photographer - Summer Montoya Photography

Florist - PJ's Flowers & Events

DJ - Genuine Events AZ

H/MUA - Kensington Makeup

Dress - Suzanne's Bridal

Accessories - Etsy

Tux - Celebrity Tux & Tails

Chair Cover Rentals - Covergirl Chair Covers

Real Wedding - Kim & Alex - Hassayampa Inn & Grand Highland Hotel - Prescott, Arizona

Kim & Alex are an amazing couple that decided to roll almost all of life's big moments into one year. New jobs, a new home in another state and a destination wedding that they planned remotely with the help of Kim's mom and I are just a few of the life changes they went through. 

Having always been in love with Prescott, there was no question that they would get married in this quaint little town that has tons of areas that it feels like time has forgotten. Their ceremony was held on the roof of the historic Hassayampa Inn followed by a reception at the amazing Grand Highland Hotel

Their ceremony was officiated by the bride's brother Michael and I swear there wasn't a dry eye on the roof of the inn . Guests walked across the iconic city square to The Grand Highland Hotel while Laura Segall and her husband David with Laura Segall Photography took the couple and their wedding party on a whirlwind photoshoot of downtown Prescott.

At the reception guests enjoyed Moscow Mules in copper mugs provided by the couple as favors and ate delicious food provided by local caterer Enchanted Catering.

Kim's dad was trying to keep everyone in tears from both laughter and emotions during his speech (I wish I had recorded it) while the best man Ken and maid of honor Alie told secrets about the couple to the amusement of the guests.

The cold night didn't stop guests from filling the dance floor for hours and rumor has it there may have been a Schmirnof Icing during the garter toss!

Desert colors filled the reception space with hints of copper, deep purple and succulents in centerpieces created by Melinda Dunn Designs.

Dessert was an amazing cake provided by Martin Cakes and cookies and sweets by Enchanted Catering.

For more images check out Laura's blog!!!

The amazing wedding team - 

Ceremony Venue - Hassayampa Inn

Reception Venue - The Grand Highland Hotel

Coordinator/Planner - Sweet I Do's

Photographer - Laura Segall Photography

DJ - AZ Custom DJ

Florist - Melinda Dunn Designs

Caterer/Bartender - Enchanted Catering

Cake - Martin Cakes

Rentals - Verve Events

H/MUA - Rachel Leigh LLC

Real Party - Talitha's End Of Summer Fire and Ice Party - Mesa, Arizona

Talitha throws the most epic end of summer parties ever! We've been honored to set up candy buffets for her for two years in a row and this one had to have been the best yet (there were fire dancers at the party)!!!

Her guests enjoyed fun candies that fit the theme of fire and ice including Hot Tamales, milk chocolates, cherry sours, cinnamon discs and the returning favorite Rice Krispie treats. Guests took home their goodies in fun red and black organza treat bags with custom tags.

Real Wedding - Arica & Phillip's Wedding Candy Buffet - 12 West Main - Mesa, Arizona

Arica and Preston braved the heat of an Arizona summer and got married a a super cute little venue called 12 West Main, a contemporary industrial feeling venue tucked away in downtown Mesa.

Their candy buffet was full of elegant black, white and red candies and included such fun favorites as red and black licorice, milk chocolates gems, Hershey's kisses, LifeSaver Pepp-o-Mints, yogurt pretzels and our favorite hand dipped white chocolate Oreo's. 

Guests took their treats home in black Chinese take out boxes with a custom red bracket label designed by Sweet I Do's.

Real Wedding - Marissa & Preston - Los Abrigados Resort and Spa - Sedona, Arizona

Marissa and Preston had been friends since childhood, growing up together almost like family. They dated, decided it wasn't in the cards and they moved on. When they were younger, they never imagined they would get married, until that fateful day when Preston quit his job and showed up on Marissa's doorstep. They've been inseparable since and on a gorgeous day in May, they said their "I do's" in front of their closest family members and friends.

They both always wanted an outdoor wedding and Sedona was the perfect spot to combine their love of gorgeous scenery and a semi-destination wedding that their family could attend easily (and get out of the Phoenix heat). With many amazing venues to choose from in Sedona, Marissa and Preston ultimately chose the fabulous Los Abrigados Resort and Spa

Even though the wind was a little fierce, we had a creekside wedding ceremony and reception that was everything they dreamed of and more. Guests enjoyed a delicious dinner prepared by the on-site chef for the resort and then danced the night away with music provided by Brad with All Pro DJ. Marissa and Preston arranged to have a scrumptious dessert and popcorn bar provided by Sweet I Do's and super cute photo booth pictures provided by ETC. Entertainment.

Marissa's sister missed her senior prom to watch her big sis get married, so we had a little fun crowning her prom queen at the wedding and Marissa gave her a sweet Pandora charm to commemorate the night.

We may or may not have had a little fun with some sparklers at some point during the night (shh! don't tell Los Abrigados).

The fabulous vendor team - 

Venue - Los Abrigados Resort & Spa

Coordinator - Sweet I Do's

Photographer - Francis Cecilia Photography

Caterer/Bar Staff - Los Abrigados Resort & Spa

DJ - All Pro DJ

Florist - Evening Star Custom Designs

Dessert/Popcorn Buffet - Sweet I Do's

Photo Booth - ETC. Entertainment

Dress - David's Bridal

Tux - Men's Warehouse

Invitations - Zazzle


Real Wedding – Isabel & Brian - Wedgewood Weddings Palm Valley Litchfield Park, Arizona

Isabel and Brian wanted a cute, relaxed wedding that allowed them to celebrate with their families and friends but didn’t want to spend all of their free time searching for wedding professionals and touring venues. By looking at the semi-inclusive wedding venues in the valley, they found exactly what they were looking for at the Wedgewood Weddings Palm Valley.

Married at sunset on a gorgeous Friday evening by amazing officiant Montana Meadows with Bird of Paradise Weddings, Isabel and Brian said “I do” in front of their guests. Cocktail hour followed with non-traditional cocktail eats of chips and salsa and house made guacamole. While guests were munching the yummy food, Isabel and Brian were getting some amazing couples portraits taken by the fabulous duo of Johnny and Taylor with Studio 616.

Lovers of all Mexican foods, Isabel and Brian chose to go with Mexican food over the traditional wedding fare. Guests enjoyed dinner prepared by the in-house chef for Wedgewood who prepared such delectable treats as beef and chicken fajitas.

One of their super cute flower girls happened to celebrate her birthday on their wedding day, and ever the gracious duo, Isabel and Brian gifted her with a special ice cream birthday cake while all the guests sang “Happy Birthday”! Presents and fun in the photo booth provided by AZ Perfect Pix may or may not have followed.

DJ Damien (one of Wedgewood’s preferred vendors) kept everyone dancing until the very end of the night!


The amazing wedding professionals –

Venue – Wedgewood Weddings Palm Valley

Photographer – Studio 616

Coordinator/Planner – Sweet I Do’s

Officiant – Bird of Paradise Weddings

DJ – DJ Damien

Personal and Arch Flowers – PJ’s Flowers & Events

Reception Flowers – Blooming Bouquets

Cake – Pixy Cakes

Photo booth – AZ Perfect Pix

H/MUA – Bobsie Twins

Suit – Celebrity Tux & Tails

Real Bridal Shower - Sweet Shabby Chic Bridal Shower Candy Buffet Queen Creek, Arizona

When a fellow industry professional asks you to design an amazing candy buffet for her best friends bridal shower, you say "Yes!!! I can't wait!". 

Kaitlin, Events and Catering Manager for the amazing San Tan Brewery asked us to create a shabby chic candy buffet for her best friends bridal shower to be held on a gorgeous day in May. She wanted some fabulous flowers, loads of details and of course delicious candy!

Guests of the shower enjoyed yogurt covered pretzels (one of our favs), cherry rock candy strings (for a little bit of bling), sixlets and milk chocolate gems in the showers color scheme of silver and pink. Add amazing jelly jars with custom tags as the treat container for guests to take home and a gorgeous vintage desk as the display table and, the result, as you can see, one fabulous candy buffet!

Real Wedding - Anna & PJ's Wedding Candy Buffet - Pointe Hilton Tapatio Cliffs Resort Phoenix, Arizona

Anna and PJ got married on a lovely day in that Arizona season between spring and summer (you know the one, where it can be cold one day, hot the next and gorgeous the day after that) at the Pointe Hilton Tapatio Cliffs Resort in Phoenix.

For their wedding day candy buffet they chose candies that complimented their colors, but were also some of their favorite candies. Guests enjoyed strawberry puffs, Brach's nuggat candies, pina colada Jelly Bellies, Big Hunk candy bars, strawberry Tootsie Frootsies and pink swirl lollipops.  Guest treat containers were pretty in pink and sparkling silver organza bags with custom tags designed just for our sweet couple.

Charity Event - Tables That Bloom 2017 - Phoenix Country Club Phoenix, Arizona

We love being able to support amazing charities with our talent. One of our favorites allows us to design a beautiful table that fit a specific theme for that years annual event. 

This was our third year designing a table for the Tables That Bloom annual charity event. Tables That Bloom is a luncheon and fundraiser that raises awareness and funds for The Foundation for Blind Children and the Delta Gamma Foundation. Held at the Phoenix Country Club there are between 20 and 22 fabulous tables designed by some of the event industries top designers and small businesses that hold the two charities close to their hearts. In addition to the luncheon provided by the in house chef at the club (always delicious, by the way) there is also a silent auction of some of the most fabulous prizes (bottles of wine, stays at local hotels, adventure gift certificates, dining experiences and so much more).


This year the theme was "Hope Blossoms". Each designer was invited to design their table to best represent what the theme means to them. Hope can mean so many things and we designed our table to be represent that hope is ever present. The circular greenery on the plates was to show that hope is like life, a circle that never ends. The copper was used to show that even though it, like hope can be tarnished, it can always be made to look like new. Each place setting had a small quote about hope and life to remind our guests that hope is just a thought away.

Hope encourages us to keep trying, to keep striving and to keep growing.

During lunch we were honored to listen to the story of Catrina Frost and her daughter Cailee. Cailee is afflicted with (and please notice we didn't say suffers from) a rare genetic disease that will rob her of her sight. This little girl and her family have an amazing attitude towards life and give all they have to enjoying every moment of every day to the fullest. Read more here!

Watch this short video to see what Tables That Bloom is all about.

We were honored to win the 'Best Representation of the Theme "Hope"' award! Thank you to all the vendors that helped make our table and the vision in our heads come true -

6 Tips for Attending a Bridal Show

Congratulations! You got engaged over the holidays! You may have even set a date or you heard that the bridal show was happening and thought it would be fun to just see what your options are and to maybe get a good deal!

Take a minute to read our tips on attending a bridal show.


1.     Wear comfy shoes – while those fabulous shoes you got for Christmas look amazing, they probably aren’t practical for walking around on a concrete floor for a couple of hours. Chose comfort and your feet will thank you!

2.     Bring water – you will get thirsty and just like the airport, the price for a bottle of water is slightly inflated. Besides you’ll want to be hydrated to enjoy an adult beverage or two.

3.     Bring a backpack or reinforced bag – with over 400 vendors all trying to get information into your hands, the flimsy bag (if you’re lucky to get one) provided by some of the vendors won’t hold much (those wedding magazines are HEAVY). Also, don’t be afraid to say “no” to a vendor that you aren’t interested in.

4.     Create a wedding only email address – you’ll want a place for all the marketing materials to go to that won’t clog up your everyday inbox. And bonus, if you find a vendor you love you can give them your daily email address and save yourself from having to filter through everything to find their correspondence.

5.     Create labels – your hand (or the hand of your best friend or fiancé) will be tired after writing all of your information over and over again. Create a simple label with your name, email address and wedding date on it. That is what most vendors need and all you really need to provide. Plus, the vendors will be able to read it!

6.     Have fun – while it will seem overwhelming and daunting, just try and have fun. Enjoy the experience, get some fun ideas, talk with some fabulous vendors and get some valuable information.

Sweet I Do's is a wedding planning company located in Surprise, AZ (a suburb of Phoenix). We specialize in wedding day management (also known as day of coordination). We help you create an amazing, unique and totally "you" wedding that allows you to be in the moments making the memories, not worrying about the details. From contract review and timeline creation to day of management, set up and tear down, we're focused on ensuring our couples, their families and friends experience a stress and worry free night to remember.

Real Wedding - Josue & Berenice - Chateau Luxe, Phoenix Arizona

The song “When A Man Loves A Woman” is a classic representation of what every girl hopes her guy will feel about her. Josue & Berenice’s wedding was the real life version of this romantic song. The love he had for her showed in every single aspect of their fairytale wedding.

Josue & Berenice’s wedding was intended from the very beginning to be an extremely lavish affair that their families and friends would talk about for many, many years. Their main goal was to ensure that their fairytale romance was apparent in each and every aspect of their wedding. Josue loved Bernice unconditionally and unabashedly and he wanted to make sure that her every dream and wish for their wedding was accomplished.

During their ceremony he read to her from their family bible and then they were prayed over by their family to ensure they understood that they were part of a village and that throughout their marriage they would be supported and loved.

Their venue, Chateau Luxe, is a fabulous venue full of light, crystals and elegance. It perfectly represented their vision of their wedding. They were hoping to utilize the new garden location at the venue , but unfortunately it wasn’t ready in time. Josue brought the outdoors in by contracting with a second florist (Tulip Tree), in addition to the amazing florals originally selected to provide additional arrangements without Bernice knowing so her dream of a lush, green wedding would come true.

Their love of authentic Mexican music, that would encourage their guests to dance and enjoy themselves, (they had a large number of out of country guests that only spoke Spanish) was so important to them that they had 2 live bands (Lobos Musciarios and Banda La Llegadora)  and a well known radio DJ (Eclipse Hispanic (Univision)) perform for their reception. 

The venue is not allowed to host an outdoor fireworks display, so Karma Event Lighting created an amazing indoor fireworks display that surprised all of the guests during Josue and Berenice’s first dance, while he serenaded her (a secret we kept from her until that night). He sang not once, but twice that night! Everyone was in tears. 

A large and lavish 4 tier cake was just the beginning of the sweet treats for the guests. Each guest also received a treat of chocolates at their place setting and a sweet cupcake (provided by Cakes by Whisk), individually wrapped, on their way out at the end of the evening. Guests also enjoyed a lavish dessert bar and a gelato station (Frost 321) under the stars. Adding to the personal touch, Berenice wrapped custom scented candles for all of their female guests to take home.

Take a peak at more amazing pictures on Carmichael Studios blog

And watch the amazing video on Normscar Video Productions YouTube channel.

The amazing wedding professionals - 

Coordinator - Sweet I Do's Venue - Chateau Luxe Photographer - Carmichael Studios Videographer - Normscar Video Productions Dinner Music BandLobos Musciarios Reception Band - Banda La Llegadora DJ/EmceeEclipse Hispanic (Univision) Event Lighting - Karma Event Lighting Photo Booth - SnapBooth Florist - Tulip Tree Dress - Suzanne's Bridal Boutique Suit - Parker & Schmidt Hair & Makup - Faces by Gabi Invitations - YW Countdown Cupcake Favors - Cakes by Whisk Gelato - Frost 321

All images - Carmichael Studios

Sweet I Do's is a wedding planning company located in Surprise, AZ (a suburb of Phoenix). We specialize in wedding day management (also known as day of coordination). We help you create an amazing, unique and totally "you" wedding that allows you to be in the moments making the memories, not worrying about the details. From contract review and timeline creation to day of management, set up and tear down, we're focused on ensuring our couples, their families and friends experience a stress and worry free night to remember.

Real Wedding - Heather & Ian - Val Vista Lakes Clubhouse Gilbert, Arizona

Image - Frances Cecilia Photography

A wedding filled with all of their favorite people and things was what Heather and Ian envisioned, add a bit of the untraditional and some singing by the bride and groom and it was their dream come true!

Heather and Ian are a super cute couple that had very definite ideas as to what they did and more importantly what they did not want at their wedding. They searched high and low to find the perfect venue that wasn’t Arizona desert or golf club/country club greens. They got engaged at the top of a mountain at sunset while camping so they wanted something just as unique for their wedding venue while still staying in the city to keep their guests from having to travel super far for their Thursday night wedding. 

The decorations, bouquets and boutonnieres were hand crafted by Heather while sitting at home watching Netflix (her destress is handcrafting paper flowers). Each member of their wedding party received a totally unique set of personal flowers to reflect how Heather visually saw their personalities.

Staying non-traditional, Heather and Ian had a long-time family friend get ordained just to marry them and they made him promise to keep the ceremony under 15 minutes (for the record he did it in 10). Their guests went directly into cocktail hour that had a trail mix bar instead of hors d’ouerves and while Heather and Ian were getting pictures, guests could take a boat out onto the “lake” behind Val Vista Lakes.

Their grand entrance was just the two of them after Heather changed into a short and sassy white dress and flip flops, no more heavy bridal gown for her and they immediately went into a semi-choreographed first dance.

Following the dance everyone enjoyed delicious pitas, falfal and other Greek delicacies provided by Pita Bistro. Why have wedding cake (something neither Ian nor Heather are fans of) when you can have mini bundt cakes in all your favorite flavors from Nothing Bundt Cakes? The “cake topper” hand crafted from clay made by the bride! 

During the reception it didn’t take much to convince Heather and Ian to get up and sing their favorite songs with the band! 

The centerpieces (freshly sliced lemons and oranges) served as garnish for the imported beer. Each place setting had bubbles for fun, a metal mind puzzle to keep everyone guessing and chocolates to keep everyone sweet! 

Heather and Ian are both visual people and their guest book had to reflect that personality trait so a polaroid camera provided the perfect selfie station and guests wrote message of love on the back and hung them from a twine backdrop. 

The entire night was a focus on fun, family and close friends.


The amazing vendor team –

Photographer – Frances Cecilia Photography

Venue – Val Vista Lakes

Coordinator/Planner – Sweet I Do’s

Band – Jynx

Catering – Pita Bistro

Bartender – Hey Bartender!

Alcohol – BevM

Cake –