The Fabulous Scottsdale Wedding of Janet and Rick
When our friend, Victoria Canada of namesake, Victoria Canada Weddings And Events, brought Janet and Rick to Show Stoppers, she said it would be a good fit. She was right. Things just clicked and the result was a wedding we will never forget. What a talented wedding coordinator… another Texas girl! Every detail was absolutely perfect. It was amazing watching Victoria doing what she does best… everything!
Rick is a prominent attorney from San Francisco and was into every aspect of the wedding. Janet hails from the same city where Show stoppers began many years ago…. Houston, Texas. Being one of the hottest interior decorators in Houston, we could not wait to meet Janet and bring to fruition all her wonderful ideas. Typically of Texas girls, she turned the table on us. With minimal discussion while looking at our galleries, she simply said, “just do what you want to do and surprise me… I know I am just going to love it.” After the wedding, Ken and I got one the most heartfelt and lengthy appreciation notes we have ever received. We were so pleased and wish Janet and Rick every happiness.
We hope you will enjoy these lovely images by Phyllis Lane Photography, who perfectly captured the romance, joy and ambiance of the evening. Every detail was documented so beautifully that it was a challenge to choose which images to use in this feature.
The wedding was held in North Scottsdale at the beautiful D.C. Ranch Hacienda Club House. The property is fabulously landscaped, has fantastic interiors, sweeping views and perfect food and service. All one needs to do is look at these images and they will see why D.C. Ranch is one of Show Stopper’s favorite venues.
Janet wore a lovely Monique Ihuillier gown that really did give her the look of a princess bride. It was light, feathery and moved elegantly with the desert breeze. Janet was a vision.
Ken went all out on Janet’s gorgeous bouquet and later commented that this was one of his favorite all white designs.
Inspired by the texture of the Ihuillier gown, Ken chose Cattalaya orchids which have a similar ripply edge that complimented the fabric perfectly. Ken used gobs of white sweet peas with even more white jaffid orchids rounding out the design. It was exactly what Janet wanted. Rumor has it that it brought her to tears. It really was an exceptionally beautiful bridal bouquet.
Each bride’s maid carried a differently styled bouquet designed to go with her own gown selection. The darling flower girl wore a floral halo that matched her basket of rose petals.
Janet had to have one of Show Stopper’s signature rose petal carpets. We designed this light and airy path that led to the ceremony table and a sweeping vista of the McDowell Mountains beyond.
This gorgeous floral display was one of a pair that flanked each side of the steps where Janet made her entrance. We used an exquisite pair of antique copper, hand-tooled urns from India. We love the way the silvery pink tassels pick up the pinkish tints in the patina of the metallic copper.
Simple swags of sheer sari fabric with lovely embroidered details were used for draping the massive beams above the ceremony table. The draping framed the ceremony site and the picturesque desert mountains in the distance.
Antique hydrangea blooms with pink tassels were used as tie-off garnishes.
An old funky garden table with pealing paint became the ceremony table. Vintage mercury glass bottles served as containers for the sand ceremony. An vintage decanter was fitted with a colored glass cross stopper. Loose flowers finished the table.
Another rose petal carpet greeted guests as they entered the adjacent lawn for the cocktail hour and signature drinks. This whimsical carpet incorporated two shades of pink that popped beautifully against the lush green lawn.
For the cocktail hour, simple but colorful cocktail arrangements were placed on every table that surrounded the rose petal carpet. Victoria Canada placed an old vintage suitcase nearby, so that guests could write pre-addressed vintage post cards for the couple to receive at each destination on their honeymoon. This was such a clever idea and just one of endless details Victoria is known for.
After the cocktail hour, guests headed for the reception by walking back across this huge emerald green lawn. Guests had previously crossed the lawn on the way to the ceremony and cocktail reception. During the ceremony, Show Stoppers laid down this rose petal path designed with small geometric shapes in several colors. Guests were surprised and delighted as they walked back across the freshly decorated lawn and up to a charming candle lighted staircase that was also installed during the ceremony.
The candle lighted staircase included an eclectic combination of silver candlesticks, mercury glass candle holders. cylinders, mercury glass votives and mason jars.
Guests were thrilled when they entered the courtyard and saw the lavishly appointed banquet table.
Show Stoppers hung metal Moroccan lanterns on the beautifully lit tree that dominated the center of the courtyard.
The romantic ambiance became more and more evident as the evening progressed and the breathtaking effect of a setting sun gave way to a glimmering, elegant evening in the desert.
Taller decorative elements were used to give height and drama while table-top elements brought the interest down and added dimension to the table scape.
Decorative details included assorted silver candle holders, moss spheres, mercury glass votives, branched candelabra and candle sticks of various heights.
Other details included large silver bowls of spilling flowers and mercury glass goblets with small floral garnishes. Swarovski crystal garlands wound through the entire table decor and added sparkled in the candlelight.
Fruit and fresh cut succulents were scattered throughout the display.
Additional details included sliced melon displays, mercury glass pedestals with fruit and glass domes filled with bird’s nests, lichen and grasses. Show Stoppers used fruit in tones of green to coordinate with the color palette.
The courtyard water featured was completely covered with floating rose petals that looked like exotic pink algae growing on the surface. The playful frogs were surrounded by fragrant gardenias.
For the seafood display, Show Stoppers designed a beautiful sea-life garland with sprays of green orchids that wound around an old rusty obelisk.
Andrea Carusetta, from Sedona Cake Couture, created a charming themed wedding cake topped with Janet’s favorite thing…designer shoes!
Ken and I and the entire Show Stoppers staff send Janet and Rick our best wishes and congratulations. We were so pleased to be a part of this lovely wedding.