Photographed by April Maura Photography, this wedding is the perfect inspiration for couples interested in having a tea party themed wedding in the desert. Using the color palette of red, pink, light blue, and white the bride’s DIY bouquet was created with red roses, pink flowers and baby’s breath. And the bow of the bouquet was a piece of the bride’s mom’s wedding dress for her something old.
What to Wear
The bride wore an empress gown dress from Brilliant Bridal with dangly diamond hoop earrings from Charming Charlie. And her hair was worn down with loose curls. During her bridal portraits, she wore a handmade birdcage. She wore a traditional short veil and a light amount of makeup, and dark eyeliner to accent her natural beauty.
The groom was dressed in a tan suit, white button down shirt and red bow-tie that complimented his red beard.
Ceremony: The wedding couple had a LDS/ Mormon temple wedding so I photographed their grand exit from the Temple. Photographers are not allowed in the Temple to take photos.
Wedding Venue: Gerber Gardens is a lush green wedding venue in Mesa, Arizona that makes it feel like a midwest wedding with all the tall pine trees and greenery.
Wedding Cake: The wedding cake was topped with a tea cup with flowers pouring from it. The middle layer was decorated with crushed graham crackers.
The bride’s Aunt wasn’t able to attend, so a family member during the dances had the Aunt on Facetime to see the wedding celebration. The bride surprised the groom with a pianist and their friend dedicated a song to them.
For the cake, the couple cut their cake and had a large gazebo dedicated to a diversity of desserts. The dessert station has vintage platters for the desserts to go on for guests. Each plate was unique.
The Couple hired his uncle who was a caricature, artist. They set up a couch where couples could sit and get their portraits drawn.
Throughout the reception, multiple strings of tea cups were suspended for decorations.
The bride decorated vintage tea cups of gold glitter by painting them with glue and sprinkling glitter on them. This detail was added to give a sense of Hollywood.
Every centerpiece was different at this wedding. The bride, her mom, and Aunt shopped at yard sales and antique stores for the tea cups, books, clocks, vases and tea pots. The designers put flowers in tea cups for decorations. They hired the groom’s uncle to design all the chalkboard signs.
The couple printed their bridal portraits and displayed them in frames at the reception tables. The black and white checkered dance floor was handmade and rented out from a local rental company. The dance floor tied and made the wedding seem Alice in Wonderland Theme. A couple could easily make their dance floor like this with plywood and paint.
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Photographer: April Maura Photography // Second Shooter: Cacie Carroll // Venue: Gerber Gardens // Caterer: Jill Schnepf and Lucy Hinckley // Wedding Cake: Colleen Bowman // Florist: Colleen Bowman // Dress: Brilliant Bridal // Groom’s attire: Express Men’s Suit // Groom’s bowtie: The Tie Bar // Bride’s Jewelry: Charming Charlie // Wedding Planner: Jill Schnepf // Bride’s Shoes brand: Focus // Make-up/Hair: Azlynn Morgan // Videographer: Kyndra Hassell // Tea cups: Yard sales and Antique Stores