Both of us are Arizona transplants, Zach (from Michigan) & Mike (from New Jersey). We love traveling, spending time with friends, trying new restaurants, and spending time with our beagle, Clove.
We met at the Twisted Grove in Scottsdale in January 2020 via Hinge. From the first date, it was love at first sight.
Any stories from the lead-up to the wedding stressful or funny?
One month out, it is just amazing how it goes into speed-up mode and the last three weeks before the wedding flyby. Having good vendors that are on top of everything helps so much.
What led you to the venue? Have you been there before?
The Willow really captures everything that we wanted out of our desert wedding. Truly was a destination within the Phoenix area. It is a new venue in the area and a must-checkout.
What was the inspiration behind the theme of your wedding, and why did you go with that?
We really wanted to capture the desert landscape since Arizona has such beautiful desert colors our background was our main inspiration.
Talk to us about your experience finding the perfect outfits.
We loved navy blue and especially how it pops with the desert landscapes. Suitshop really had modern, bright suits at a reasonable price.
Talk to us about the big day! We want all the details.
Seventy-five of our closest friends and family came to Arizona from all over the country to help celebrate our special day. Our sunset ceremony was perfect, with the sun setting right below the mountains.
What are your favorite moments?
Spending time with our family and friends. It was truly a once and a lifetime experience.
Do you have a standout vendor?
All of our vendors were great and really made our day special. That being said Suzy Goodrick, our photographer, was great and truly captured our day that will be looked back on for years to come.
Did you incorporate any family or religious traditions into the day?
We did a wine box ceremony that both of us will enjoy on October 2nd, 2023, with two handwritten notes that we wrote each other on our wedding day.
What does marriage mean to you?
Marriage to us, is the commitment to spending your life with your best friend. Someone that is always there for you no matter what.
Advice for other couples planning a wedding?
Take it step by step and enjoy the process. It is a once-in-a-lifetime event, and make it fun with being stress-free as possible.
I’m also glad that we did most of the planning ourselves. It really kept us active throughout the process, and so happy to see the outcome.
Photography by Suzy Goodrick
Cake Silver Rose Bakery
Catering Sharkos Catering
Ceremony Venue & Planner The Willow
Cinematographer Voyage Pro
Entertainment Push Play Entertainment
Florist Flowers By Jodi
Officiant Melanie Caron-Vlasak
Prop / Furniture Hire Bright Rentals
Transport Jet Limousine
Suit Designer SuitShop
Tie The Tie Bar
Wedding Rings Cartier