My 2019-20 covers have been released and I am excited to finally share them with you! Which one is your favorite?


I have had the privilege to design 5 covers for Arizona Finest Wedding Sites and Services magazine over the last 3 years! I loved meeting new vendors and working with new venues!  I love being creative and stepping outside the typical wedding ideas!  Take a look back at all of my covers!  Feel free to share with me your favorite one!

Check out these gorgeous venues:

Trilogy at Vistancia

GrayHawk Golf Club

Gainey Ranch Golf Club

Schnepf Farms

Agave of Sedona


Kristi and Ryan's Wedding on Wedding Chicks

We love when weddings get featured on wedding blogs!   Kristi and Ryan's 2016 Spring Wedding was on Wedding Chicks! 

To read the article click here!!

Thank you Kristi and Ryan for allowing me to apart of your wedding team!   I am truly honored when couples hire me to help plan their wedding!!!



We are very honored to have won the 2016 Zonie for Best Wedding over $50,000!  Thank you to LaCretia and Rashard for allowing me to be apart of your wedding team! 

To see the images from this award winning wedding click here


We are very honored to have won 1 of the 2 awards we submitted for a Zonie this year!  

International Special Events Society- Zonie Awards

Nicole Arend| Nicole Arend Events

2015 Best Social Event Over $50K- Finalist 


Melissa and Jonathan's wedding on Borrowed & Blue

To read the full blog post click here: Brorrowed & Blue

WEDAZ Spring 2015

WEDAZ Spring 2015

WEDAZ Spring 2015



Love & Lavender Blog Post

Thank you Love & Lavender for showcasing this beautiful wedding as part of your blog about Unplugged Weddings. This was my first unplugged wedding and thought no way are your guests going to not be on their phones taking pictures. But I am glad I was wrong! All of Rachael and Andy's guests repsected this and Brian Minson did a wonderful job making sure everyone felt comfortable knowing they would see this pictures soon!

Please click on the link to read the entire article! 

WEDAZ Magazine- Spring 2014 Issue 



April 4, 2014


Jamie Hovey

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Nothing gets me more excited than styled photo shoots!  Getting to see dreams come alive and seeing all of the pieces come together is such a rush.  


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Picking out perfect details and seeing the vendors work to make a photo shoot or promotional event come alive is so much fun.  So of course I was excited to see the results of the latest one that came across my desk. The theme? A Rooftop Garden Wedding Styled Shoot!  The colors were purple with lots of greenery and a touch of succulents. 

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April 2, 2014


Jamie Hovey

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Babies! Baby showers! They are such a fun and exciting time and such a wonderful event to plan and be a part of.  But how do you plan an event for someone who is an event planner, herself? This baby shower was for Nicole Arend of Nicole Arend Weddings & Events. As much as she tried not to be a part of the planning for her own baby shower, she was allowed some concessions and did add her own style to the event, while having a couple surprises thrown in for fun! When it came to the theme for her big event, Nicole knew right away what she wanted – an Expecting to Pop Baby Shower Theme


Just because she knew what she wanted her theme to be, she left the hostess, Ali, in charge of what colors to go with. Because Ali knew the colors Nicole was using for the nursery, she decided to incorporate them in for the shower, which were coral, pink, and grey. Yup….. it’s a GIRL!!!

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WEDAZ Magazine- Winter Issue 2014


WED AZ Magazine-Summer 2013 Issue


Mountain Wedding in Arizona with Handmade Details

May 13, 2013


Christie O


Andrea + Sam

March 09, 2013


This sweet handmade wedding is full of fabulous details. In this small, intimate ceremony overlooking a mountain, guests stood. Purple and green were infused throughout the site, and wooden table runners  and burlap details lend a rustic feel to the day. And here’s a real piece of advice you should never for get. Have a Plan B for weather! Even in Arizona 


Read Andrea’s story about the weather and other hindsight advice below…


Why a Mountain Wedding?

Having an outdoor wedding with an emphasis on the beauty of Arizona was very important to us. We were lucky enough to have a family friend offer their home to us for the wedding location. They have a beautiful courtyard over- looking the Phoenix valley and mountain preserves. We were able to use this amazing venue as inspiration for the rest of our wedding planning.

Where did you find your inspiration? – (a little back story) Sam and I were introduced very casually by a mutual friend. We spent a month of talking back and forth before deciding to meet for a casual drink after work, which turned into a 5 hour long conversation, which we both agreed sealed the deal for the two of us. Three months into our relationship, Sam was offered a job which required continuous travel. Although it was very difficult being apart, we continued to fall deeper and deeper in love through hours of conversation, managing time zones and the occasional trip. We were able to visit many new places together, and we ended up getting engaged as Sam’s job was coming to a close, on his birthday, in Savannah, Georgia. I have a passion for thrift shopping and making old things new and exciting again and Sam and I have spent many hours scouring antique shops, garage sales and thrift stores in search of the right find. Our love of travel and “treasure hunting” was the driving force in picking our theme for the wedding. We decided to have an all outdoor vintage, eclectic wedding that limited our impact on the environment. The color pallet was chosen to honor the end of winter, beginning of spring and the start of our lives together: plum purple, kelly green, yellow ivory and gold.

What were some personal details you incorporated?

All decorations were bought second hand and repurposed and/or up cycled to fit our vision. It was important to us to remain focused on our environmental impact while providing our guests with a detailed and unique experience that fit our personalities. Our guests got a first glimpse with our invitations that were printed on a single page of plantable and seeded paper, in a recycled envelope adorned with vintage stamps and a wax seal with our monogram. In honor of our love of travel, we used vintage National Geographic maps from a local antique store to display our “love is love, no matter the language” table plaques. We picked up the escort door and bar menu mirror from a local thrift shop and painted and stained it to fit our vision. We scoured thrift shops, yard sales, and antique stores to find 130 vintage tea cups of all patterns and turned them into candles and planted succulents for our wedding guests party favors. Vintage plates were carefully glued, stacked, taken apart and re-glued and stacked to create the cupcake stands, and we printed our own ceremony programs using recycled paper we found on the internet to make scrolls complete with twine and vintage buttons. These details helped us create a cohesive look in the entire event space.

Your favorite moment of the day

Seeing Sam during our first look and the group sing along to American Pie (see below).

Three things you’re glad you did. — We devoted our limited budget to the key pieces that were the most important to us. Photography, the bar and the music were quickly agreed on to be of utmost importance for our party. Pictures to commemorate the beginning of our lives together, and to capture the special day we put together over a year and half were something we decided we could not live without. Along with the traditional pictures of the wedding part and families, our photographer was able to catch the special impromptu movements to portray the feeling of the day. We decided to do a first look and to take our pictures before the ceremony, and it was so special to see Sam during the reveal when it was just the two of us, and allowed us to get to the fun immediately following the ceremony. The bar and music were very important to us because, as we all know, great music and libations will keep a partying going. We had a limited but open bar, with two signatures drinks that represented our tastes and personalities as well as beer and red and white wine. Doing it this way allowed us to maintain our budget but keep the open bar that was important to us. Since that fateful night in Georgia we kept a list of our favorite songs and made sure to have them included in the DJ’s playlist, and our DJ took requests to ensure that people were able to hear what they liked (although we did add a few to the DO NOT PLAY LIST… sorry, Electric Slide). We stuck to classic rock and old school hip hop and R&B. Our day was perfect for the two of us, right down to the end which included a group sing-along of our favorite song, American Pie.

Anything you wish you hadn’t done?

We did not have a back- up plan for weather emergencies. It’s Arizona…. why would you need that? The weather leading up to the wedding was the standard, beautiful Arizona weather. The weather turned on the Friday before the wedding and into Saturday. The temperature dropped drastically and we had heavy showers off and on. Luckily the rain cleared up Saturday afternoon (just hours before the completely outdoor wedding) and our wedding planner saved the day and was able to rent us 8 umbrella heaters.

What was the best piece of wedding advice you got?

Sit back and enjoy the day because it fly’s by.

What piece of wedding planning advice do you wish you followed?

The wedding advice I wish we had followed was to have a back-up plan for changes in weather and to write your guest list with the expectation that everyone will come. Those out-of-town relatives WILL come if they can.

Anything you wish you hadn’t worried about?

I am a planner and a worry wart. So I worried about just about every piece of the wedding planning. When I found myself worrying about something I would talk it out with my fiancé, friends and family and they would assist in alleviating my stress. I would also worry about things because I did not understand how it worked (i.e. the ceremony processional, invitation etiquette, etc.). With the help of the internet and my day of coordinator I was able to overcome these as well.

How did you choose your vendors?

Recommendations from family and friends and a lot of research online. We were also very lucky to have friends and family that could help with some of our vendor needs: cupcakes were made by a close friend, one of my bridesmaids did my hair, etc.

Your very best advice to other mountain brides?

Don’t lose track of the end goal. You are getting married to the person you love. All the little stresses of planning the wedding don’t hold a flame to that. Be sure to remember that it is your day and you can create something really special and unique that represents you as a couple. Stick to your vision and think outside of the box. Everyone will have an opinion and it is important to keep reminding yourself that these things are the most important – and enjoy the view!

Recommended Vendors:

Hot Pink Blackstone Country Club Wedding


FEBRUARY 11, 2013



I couldn’t help but smile when reviewing these pretty images submitted by Amanda Ward Photography.  From the choice of hot pink as the accent color and a wedding party that knows how to have fun, to the emotional first look photos and gorgeous portraits, this is a classic yet fun country club wedding you wont want to miss!

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Cheers to the bride & groom!

wedding party


Photography: Amanda Ward assisted by Donna Hill and Annie Sullivan of Amanda Ward Photography//Venue:  Blackstone Country Club//Day of Coordinator:  Nicole Arend Weddings & Events//Floral Design:  The Wedding Warehouse//Bridal Gown Designer:  Maggie Sottero//Tuxes:  BLACK by Vera Wang for Men’s Wearhouse

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Vibrant Blue and Orange Fall Wedding


NOVEMBER 12, 2012




Today’s wedding took place last month in Scottsdale, Arizona and is a great example of how you can incorporate vibrant colors (in this case, a gorgeous blue) into a Fall wedding. Congratulations to Ali and Matt on your beautiful wedding!


Photography:  Memories Through Time//  Venue:  Orange Tree Golf Resort//  Wedding Planner and Day of Coordination:  Nicole Arend Weddings & Events//Makeup:  Mariana Marie//Hair:  Leeann of Distinctive Salon andSpa//Florist:  Brian Vetter// Cake:  Honeymoon Sweets


My wedding in Maui Hawaii was featured on Destination brides blog.  Sadly they have since revamped their blog and removed all older posts.