Nov. 6 2017
Beautiful Desert Wedding at Troon North Golf Club
Oh Kim and Billy, where do I even begin? I struggle to write this blog post because it's my last check mark on their wedding file, which makes me kind of sad....as I don't want their wedding planning process to be over.
Because the truth is, Kim and Billy were really special to me. They hired me to handle their planning along with all of their designing, so we got to spend a lot of time together, therefore Kim and I became really close. And as much as my clients think I do for them, the truth is they do so much for me, especially Kim.
Let me rewind a bit. The first time Kim called me to seek out wedding planning services we chatted for about an hour. At the end of our call I told her I would be out of the office this coming week because "tomorrow I'm having a baby." Kim gasped "what you're having a baby tomorrow and you let me keep you on the phone this long!" I explained that talking to her about Wedding Planning was actually helping me to relax.
The next time I spoke to Kim was a few weeks after having Hunter (my little boy) she officially booked my services. It was truly a celebratory moment of reassurance for me. Because when you have a new baby there's this process you have to go through trying to "find" yourself again....as a mama, as wife, as a women, and as a business owner. Kim was the first "J.Starr Bride" I booked after having my third child. In a way, as I look back it's almost as if she was more a gift to me than I was to her. I needed to prove to myself that yes, I can still do this even after having my third baby. And Kim's belief and trust in me was exactly the push I needed at that time in my life. I couldn't have asked for a bigger client cheerleader than Kim.
Now let's talk about Kim & Billy...
They've been together for nearly twenty years. Though they knew they wanted to marry a long time ago, life experiences with loved ones pushed back their plans. First, Kim's son got engaged, and Billy wanted to wait to propose so that their engagement didn't overshadow Kim's son's wedding plans in anyway. (meanwhile, Billy already had the ring the entire time.) Next, their beloved sister in-law last her long battle to cancer. Billy again postponed the engagement as the family grieved. Finally, after a very long courtship, these two lovely people married on April 28th, 2017. It was finally time for them to allow people to pour the love back on then that they most certainly deserve.
The most important thing to Kim and Billy was providing a nice wedding for all of their guests to enjoy. The majority of their guests where flying in for this event and it was very important to Kim and Billy that all of their guests felt comfortable . With that they provided a Welcome Reception at The Inn at Eagle Mountain, the Wedding Ceremony and Reception at Troon North Golf Club, and a day after Wedding Brunch titled "Brunch, Bocce & Bags" at the El Chorro Lodge.
The second most important thing was the "look" of the wedding feel natural to Arizona's desert beauty. Alas we came up with the concept "Desert Elegance." The ballroom of Troon North Golf Club has some stunning views and it was necessary to really let all the natural beauty shine through. Our entire color palette was based off the belt embellishment on Kim's wedding dress, containing jewel tones and then we complimented them with soft, muted, desert tones.
The outcome of the day turned out absolutely beautiful. But honestly, the true beauty came from Kim and Billy. They are truly two of the kindest, most giving, incredible people. They make everyone around them feel important and special. It was truly an honor to be a part of their wedding and it was an experience that will forever remain special to me.
Photography: Jacqueline Hanna Photography | Venue: Troon North Golf Club | Florist: Wild Child | Invitation: Idieh Designs | Music: Sarah Vanell | Cake: Ruze Cake House | Hair & Make-Up: Vidogi Salon | DJ: Rose Bud Entertainment | Groom & Groomsmen Suits: Celebrity Tux & Tails | Bridesmaid Gowns: Suzanne's Bridal Boutique | Wedding Planner: J. Starr Stylized Weddings