The anticipation and wait was too much for Ernie to handle. After dating for a couple of years, Ernie and Iliamari had fallen head-over-heels for one another and it was time for the next step. Ernie had a plan to take Iliamari on a trip for her birthday where he would ask her to spend the rest of her life with him, but he couldn’t wait! Ernie was bursting with excitement and popped the question to Iliamari in their home before the trip! She said yes and the two of them celebrated with a dinner that night and continued to celebrate throughout the trip.
Ernie and Iliamari were engaged for about a year and a half before the big day, and they said the planning was stressful! Iliamari explained that her main goal for the wedding was to make sure that all of her guests had fun, danced, ate good food and celebrated with them. Needless to say, the couple pulled it off!
Their tropical Arizona wedding was perfectly portrayed through all of their décor. They chose this theme because the original plan was to have a destination wedding in Puerto Rico, but the hurricane derailed their plan. Instead, they captured the Puerto Rico vibes here in Arizona with the help of their wedding planner Cicely from Life Design Events! Their ceremony and reception took place at The McCormick Scottsdale and was dressed to the nines with florals from Butterfly Petals. The florals were one of the main components that truly helped capture the tropical theme for their big day! Sitting by a lake, The McCormick Scottsdale gave a beach vibe to the day. The party then moved to a reception hall with an open concept which allowed for the guests to still feel as though they were by the water. At the end of the night, Ernie and Iliamari soaked up all aspects of their day and partied until the last guest left!
Iliamari shared with us that one of her favorite parts of their day was how they chose to celebrate her father. Unfortunately, her father had passed away a couple years back and was unable to see her marry the love of her life. Although he could not be there, they celebrated his life and the memory of him throughout their day. It was important for her to feel as though her father was there by her side during this milestone in her life and that was accomplished throughout the day! All of these wonderful aspects of their day, their shared vows, the tropical décor and the memory of Iliamari’s father, were captured by Josh Snyder Photography so that Ernie and Iliamari can look back at these fond memories for the rest of their lives!
Tropical Arizona Wedding
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PHOTOGRAPHY: Josh Snyder Photography | WEDDING PLANNER: Life Design Events | BRIDAL GOWN BOUTIQUE: Luv Bridal | MENSWEAR: Men’s Wearhouse | INVITATIONS: Jill Lenius at Ali Ink, LLC | MUSIC/ENTERTAINMENT: DJ Mars | WEDDING CAKE: Honeymoon Sweets | ENGAGEMENT RING – The Diamond Vault | HAIR: Courtney Brown | MAKEUP – Adriana Fontes Makeup | RENTALS: Cre8tive Event Rentals, Dang! Fine Rentals