A Romantic Fall Wedding in Tucson at The Arizona Inn

A Romantic Fall Wedding in Tucson at The Arizona Inn

The Wedding of Lori & Brian Notheis

Lori and Brian hosted their romantic fall wedding at The Arizona Inn in Tucson.   Destination Wedding Planner:  Andrea Eppolito Events  |  Historical Wedding Venue:  The Arizona Inn  |  Photography:  Raylene Streuber  |  Wedding Florist:  In Full Bloom  

Lori and Brian hosted their romantic fall wedding at The Arizona Inn in Tucson.  

Destination Wedding Planner:  Andrea Eppolito Events  |  Historical Wedding Venue:  The Arizona Inn  |  Photography:  Raylene Streuber  |  Wedding Florist:  In Full Bloom  

As a wedding planner, I am always honored to be a part of a couple's day.  But that honor means so much more when the bride is one of your best friends from high school.  

Having met Lori in 1994 when I first moved to Las Vegas, I instantly fell in love with her.  She is just as sweet as she is beautiful, and for years I have hoped that she would meet someone who would take care of her the way she has taken care of everyone else in her life! 

The gorgeous bride  wanted to feel like herself on her wedding day, and did her own hair and makeup surrounded by her bridal party in one of the Inn's casitas. Destination Wedding Planner:  Andrea Eppolito Events  |  Historical Wedding Venue:  The Arizona Inn  |  Photography:  Raylene Streuber  |  Wedding Florist:  In Full Bloom 

The gorgeous bride  wanted to feel like herself on her wedding day, and did her own hair and makeup surrounded by her bridal party in one of the Inn's casitas.

Destination Wedding Planner:  Andrea Eppolito Events  |  Historical Wedding Venue:  The Arizona Inn  |  Photography:  Raylene Streuber  |  Wedding Florist:  In Full Bloom 

A few years ago while visiting Lori in Tucson, Arizona, she told me that she would be bringing someone to dinner, and in walked Brian.  All 6 foot 4 inches of him!  He was handsome, charming, funny, and completely enamored with her.  

The Groom.  Yes, I know. It's really a shame he isn't better looking! Destination Wedding Planner:  Andrea Eppolito Events  |  Historical Wedding Venue:  The Arizona Inn  |  Photography:  Raylene Streuber  |  Wedding Florist:  In Full Bloom 

The Groom.  Yes, I know. It's really a shame he isn't better looking!

Destination Wedding Planner:  Andrea Eppolito Events  |  Historical Wedding Venue:  The Arizona Inn  |  Photography:  Raylene Streuber  |  Wedding Florist:  In Full Bloom 

It wasn't long before Brian asked Lori to marry him, and I was asked to not only serve as her destination wedding planner, but also to stand beside her while she took her vows!

As both a bridesmaid AND wedding planner, I had my hands full.  Literally!  Thank God for my well worn iPhone! Destination Wedding Planner:  Andrea Eppolito Events  |  Historical Wedding Venue:  The Arizona Inn  |  Photography:  Raylene Streuber  |  Wedding Florist:  In Full Bloom 

As both a bridesmaid AND wedding planner, I had my hands full.  Literally!  Thank God for my well worn iPhone!

Destination Wedding Planner:  Andrea Eppolito Events  |  Historical Wedding Venue:  The Arizona Inn  |  Photography:  Raylene Streuber  |  Wedding Florist:  In Full Bloom 

Planning a destination wedding - and trust me, the Arizona Inn is a destination! - allowed everyone to spend so much time getting to know one another before the big day.  It went beyond the bridesmaids and groomsmen and really extended to all of the guests that stayed on site.  Throughout the day, friends and family popped in and out as Lori & Brian got ready.

The bride's emerald cut engagement ring and pave wedding bands were bound together, and sat on top of the groom's platinum band. Destination Wedding Planner:  Andrea Eppolito Events  |  Historical Wedding Venue:  The Arizona Inn  |  Photography:  Raylene Streuber 

The bride's emerald cut engagement ring and pave wedding bands were bound together, and sat on top of the groom's platinum band.

Destination Wedding Planner:  Andrea Eppolito Events  |  Historical Wedding Venue:  The Arizona Inn  |  Photography:  Raylene Streuber 

The bride wanted to look and feel like herself, so she did her own hair and makeup for her wedding. Destination Wedding Planner:  Andrea Eppolito Events  |  Historical Wedding Venue:  The Arizona Inn  |  Photography:  Raylene Streuber

The bride wanted to look and feel like herself, so she did her own hair and makeup for her wedding.

Destination Wedding Planner:  Andrea Eppolito Events  |  Historical Wedding Venue:  The Arizona Inn  |  Photography:  Raylene Streuber

The Bride and Her Mom!  Sharing a moment with the mother of the bride. Destination Wedding Planner:  Andrea Eppolito Events  |  Historical Wedding Venue:  The Arizona Inn  |  Photography:  Raylene Streuber

The Bride and Her Mom!  Sharing a moment with the mother of the bride.

Destination Wedding Planner:  Andrea Eppolito Events  |  Historical Wedding Venue:  The Arizona Inn  |  Photography:  Raylene Streuber

The bride's wedding dress by Justin Alexander. Destination Wedding Planner:  Andrea Eppolito Events  |  Historical Wedding Venue:  The Arizona Inn  |  Photography:  Raylene Streuber 

The bride's wedding dress by Justin Alexander.

Destination Wedding Planner:  Andrea Eppolito Events  |  Historical Wedding Venue:  The Arizona Inn  |  Photography:  Raylene Streuber 

The bride's vintage glam style was accented with petal pink accessories and just the right amount of bling. Destination Wedding Planner:  Andrea Eppolito Events  |  Historical Wedding Venue:  The Arizona Inn  |  Photography:  Raylene Streuber  

The bride's vintage glam style was accented with petal pink accessories and just the right amount of bling.

Destination Wedding Planner:  Andrea Eppolito Events  |  Historical Wedding Venue:  The Arizona Inn  |  Photography:  Raylene Streuber  

Helping the bride into her dress.  Destination Wedding Planner:  Andrea Eppolito Events  |  Historical Wedding Venue:  The Arizona Inn  |  Photography:  Raylene Streuber

Helping the bride into her dress. 

Destination Wedding Planner:  Andrea Eppolito Events  |  Historical Wedding Venue:  The Arizona Inn  |  Photography:  Raylene Streuber

The mother of the bride helped her dress. Destination Wedding Planner:  Andrea Eppolito Events  |  Historical Wedding Venue:  The Arizona Inn  |  Photography:  Raylene Streuber  |  Wedding Florist:  In Full Bloom 

The mother of the bride helped her dress.

Destination Wedding Planner:  Andrea Eppolito Events  |  Historical Wedding Venue:  The Arizona Inn  |  Photography:  Raylene Streuber  |  Wedding Florist:  In Full Bloom 

Bridal Bracelet.  Putting on the final touches. Destination Wedding Planner:  Andrea Eppolito Events  |  Historical Wedding Venue:  The Arizona Inn  |  Photography:  Raylene Streuber

Bridal Bracelet.  Putting on the final touches.

Destination Wedding Planner:  Andrea Eppolito Events  |  Historical Wedding Venue:  The Arizona Inn  |  Photography:  Raylene Streuber

Groomsmen gathering around Brian at the couple's bridal casita. Destination Wedding Planner:  Andrea Eppolito Events  |  Historical Wedding Venue:  The Arizona Inn  |  Photography:  Raylene Streuber  |

Groomsmen gathering around Brian at the couple's bridal casita.

Destination Wedding Planner:  Andrea Eppolito Events  |  Historical Wedding Venue:  The Arizona Inn  |  Photography:  Raylene Streuber  |

Lori & Brian decided to make the most of their day by arranging for a first look.  For couple's willing to forgo tradition, this really guarantees that you will get the most beautiful couple's photos without the rush of having to move from your ceremony to your reception.

The First Look. Destination Wedding Planner:  Andrea Eppolito Events  |  Historical Wedding Venue:  The Arizona Inn  |  Photography:  Raylene Streuber

The First Look.

Destination Wedding Planner:  Andrea Eppolito Events  |  Historical Wedding Venue:  The Arizona Inn  |  Photography:  Raylene Streuber

First Look Wedding Photos. Destination Wedding Planner:  Andrea Eppolito Events  |  Historical Wedding Venue:  The Arizona Inn  |  Photography:  Raylene Streuber

First Look Wedding Photos.

Destination Wedding Planner:  Andrea Eppolito Events  |  Historical Wedding Venue:  The Arizona Inn  |  Photography:  Raylene Streuber

Soft and romantic wedding photos at The Arizona Inn. Destination Wedding Planner:  Andrea Eppolito Events  |  Historical Wedding Venue:  The Arizona Inn  |  Photography:  Raylene Streuber

Soft and romantic wedding photos at The Arizona Inn.

Destination Wedding Planner:  Andrea Eppolito Events  |  Historical Wedding Venue:  The Arizona Inn  |  Photography:  Raylene Streuber

Formal Wedding Portrait taken on the grounds of the Arizona Inn. Destination Wedding Planner:  Andrea Eppolito Events  |  Historical Wedding Venue:  The Arizona Inn  |  Photography:  Raylene Streuber

Formal Wedding Portrait taken on the grounds of the Arizona Inn.

Destination Wedding Planner:  Andrea Eppolito Events  |  Historical Wedding Venue:  The Arizona Inn  |  Photography:  Raylene Streuber

Fall has always been Lori's favorite time of year, and she wanted a wedding that celebrated that with rich, vibrant colors and warmth.  Having had a lifelong love affair with pumpkins, she wanted to incorporate them in a way that wasn't too literal, and more elegant than holiday-esque.  With a stroke of genius, Lori bought pumpkins from a local store, painted them white, and then hand carved each one for an elegant, romantic look.  They were a hit!

Hand carved pumpkins were painted white for an elegant nod to the fall season. Destination Wedding Planner:  Andrea Eppolito Events  |  Historical Wedding Venue:  The Arizona Inn  |  Photography:  Raylene Streuber  |  Wedding Florist:  In Full Bloom 

Hand carved pumpkins were painted white for an elegant nod to the fall season.

Destination Wedding Planner:  Andrea Eppolito Events  |  Historical Wedding Venue:  The Arizona Inn  |  Photography:  Raylene Streuber  |  Wedding Florist:  In Full Bloom 

The ceremony took place in front of a large stone fountain. Destination Wedding Planner:  Andrea Eppolito Events  |  Historical Wedding Venue:  The Arizona Inn  |  Photography:  Raylene Streuber

The ceremony took place in front of a large stone fountain.

Destination Wedding Planner:  Andrea Eppolito Events  |  Historical Wedding Venue:  The Arizona Inn  |  Photography:  Raylene Streuber

Lori was given away by both of her parents, and traded traditional vows with Brian. 

The bride was given away by her mom and dad. Destination Wedding Planner:  Andrea Eppolito Events  |  Historical Wedding Venue:  The Arizona Inn  |  Photography:  Raylene Streuber

The bride was given away by her mom and dad.

Destination Wedding Planner:  Andrea Eppolito Events  |  Historical Wedding Venue:  The Arizona Inn  |  Photography:  Raylene Streuber

The bridal party surrounded the bride and groom on the lawn in front of the stone fountain. Destination Wedding Planner:  Andrea Eppolito Events  |  Historical Wedding Venue:  The Arizona Inn  |  Photography:  Raylene Streuber

The bridal party surrounded the bride and groom on the lawn in front of the stone fountain.

Destination Wedding Planner:  Andrea Eppolito Events  |  Historical Wedding Venue:  The Arizona Inn  |  Photography:  Raylene Streuber

Wedding Ceremony at the Arizona Inn. Destination Wedding Planner:  Andrea Eppolito Events  |  Historical Wedding Venue:  The Arizona Inn  |  Photography:  Raylene Streuber

Wedding Ceremony at the Arizona Inn.

Destination Wedding Planner:  Andrea Eppolito Events  |  Historical Wedding Venue:  The Arizona Inn  |  Photography:  Raylene Streuber

The little one's stole the show, reminding guests to keep quiet until the first kiss!

The flower girl took her job very seriously, and shushed guests who were chatting! Destination Wedding Planner:  Andrea Eppolito Events  |  Historical Wedding Venue:  The Arizona Inn  |  Photography:  Raylene Streuber

The flower girl took her job very seriously, and shushed guests who were chatting!

Destination Wedding Planner:  Andrea Eppolito Events  |  Historical Wedding Venue:  The Arizona Inn  |  Photography:  Raylene Streuber

The First Kiss at the Arizona Inn in front of their friends and family. Destination Wedding Planner:  Andrea Eppolito Events  |  Historical Wedding Venue:  The Arizona Inn  |  Photography:  Raylene Streuber

The First Kiss at the Arizona Inn in front of their friends and family.

Destination Wedding Planner:  Andrea Eppolito Events  |  Historical Wedding Venue:  The Arizona Inn  |  Photography:  Raylene Streuber

Taking it in after their first kiss. Destination Wedding Planner:  Andrea Eppolito Events  |  Historical Wedding Venue:  The Arizona Inn  |  Photography:  Raylene Streuber

Taking it in after their first kiss.

Destination Wedding Planner:  Andrea Eppolito Events  |  Historical Wedding Venue:  The Arizona Inn  |  Photography:  Raylene Streuber

A quiet moment after the ceremony. Destination Wedding Planner:  Andrea Eppolito Events  |  Historical Wedding Venue:  The Arizona Inn  |  Photography:  Raylene Streuber

A quiet moment after the ceremony.

Destination Wedding Planner:  Andrea Eppolito Events  |  Historical Wedding Venue:  The Arizona Inn  |  Photography:  Raylene Streuber

While planning the wedding, Lori wanted to ensure that each element had a personal connection to she and Brian.

Books played another role in their wedding decor.  Since the bride and groom met while Lori was reading, and having taken their engagement photos in a local library, Lori and Brian had stacks of books in the lobby, a cook book served as their guest sign in item, and books were even featured on each table as a way to add hight and interest to the centerpieces.

Guests signed the couple's cook book, leaving notes they will read each time they open it up to make a meal together. Destination Wedding Planner:  Andrea Eppolito Events  |  Historical Wedding Venue:  The Arizona Inn  |  Photography:  Raylene Streuber

Guests signed the couple's cook book, leaving notes they will read each time they open it up to make a meal together.

Destination Wedding Planner:  Andrea Eppolito Events  |  Historical Wedding Venue:  The Arizona Inn  |  Photography:  Raylene Streuber

Jewel toned centerpieces celebrated the fall season, and gained hight and interest with little vignettes of books. Destination Wedding Planner:  Andrea Eppolito Events  |  Historical Wedding Venue:  The Arizona Inn  |  Photography:  Raylene Streuber

Jewel toned centerpieces celebrated the fall season, and gained hight and interest with little vignettes of books.

Destination Wedding Planner:  Andrea Eppolito Events  |  Historical Wedding Venue:  The Arizona Inn  |  Photography:  Raylene Streuber

From the courtyard you could see the warm fall colors of the ballroom. Destination Wedding Planner:  Andrea Eppolito Events  |  Historical Wedding Venue:  The Arizona Inn  |  Photography:  Raylene Streuber

From the courtyard you could see the warm fall colors of the ballroom.

Destination Wedding Planner:  Andrea Eppolito Events  |  Historical Wedding Venue:  The Arizona Inn  |  Photography:  Raylene Streuber

The golden colors of the Ballroom at the Arizona Inn were the perfect compliment to the jewel toned fall floral arrangements.  Destination Wedding Planner:  Andrea Eppolito Events  |  Historical Wedding Venue:  The Arizona Inn  |  Photography:  Raylene Streuber

The golden colors of the Ballroom at the Arizona Inn were the perfect compliment to the jewel toned fall floral arrangements.  Destination Wedding Planner:  Andrea Eppolito Events  |  Historical Wedding Venue:  The Arizona Inn  |  Photography:  Raylene Streuber

Lastly, to celebrate Brian's love of his native Tucson, where they met and fell in love, the couple tapped an organic baker from their favorite farmer's market to make biscuits with fresh, seasonal flavors.  

Favors were biscuits made from a local baker at the couple's organic farmer's market. Destination Wedding Planner:  Andrea Eppolito Events  |  Historical Wedding Venue:  The Arizona Inn  |  Photography:  Raylene Streuber

Favors were biscuits made from a local baker at the couple's organic farmer's market.

Destination Wedding Planner:  Andrea Eppolito Events  |  Historical Wedding Venue:  The Arizona Inn  |  Photography:  Raylene Streuber

After a series of toasts that ran the gamut from emotion and touching to funny and down right absurd, Lori and Brian took to the dance floor where they stayed for most of the night.  

The newlyweds were toasted by family and friends. Destination Wedding Planner:  Andrea Eppolito Events  |  Historical Wedding Venue:  The Arizona Inn  |  Photography:  Raylene Streuber

The newlyweds were toasted by family and friends.

Destination Wedding Planner:  Andrea Eppolito Events  |  Historical Wedding Venue:  The Arizona Inn  |  Photography:  Raylene Streuber

The First Dance. Destination Wedding Planner:  Andrea Eppolito Events  |  Historical Wedding Venue:  The Arizona Inn  |  Photography:  Raylene Streuber

The First Dance.

Destination Wedding Planner:  Andrea Eppolito Events  |  Historical Wedding Venue:  The Arizona Inn  |  Photography:  Raylene Streuber

And instead of cake, which neither of the two like, they set up a pie bar that was to die for!

A Pie Bar is the perfect alternative to cake for couple's who want something different. Destination Wedding Planner:  Andrea Eppolito Events  |  Historical Wedding Venue:  The Arizona Inn  |  Photography:  Raylene Streuber

A Pie Bar is the perfect alternative to cake for couple's who want something different.

Destination Wedding Planner:  Andrea Eppolito Events  |  Historical Wedding Venue:  The Arizona Inn  |  Photography:  Raylene Streuber

Let them eat pie! Destination Wedding Planner:  Andrea Eppolito Events  |  Historical Wedding Venue:  The Arizona Inn  |  Photography:  Raylene Streuber

Let them eat pie!

Destination Wedding Planner:  Andrea Eppolito Events  |  Historical Wedding Venue:  The Arizona Inn  |  Photography:  Raylene Streuber

Have I done this wedding justice?  This is one of those times when I almost feel too close to the story to tell it properly, so I asked Lori to send me something that I could share. To read more about Lori & Brian's wedding, as told by my stunning bride and most loved friend, please visit Style Me Pretty.  I will leave you with one parting quote from my bride:

"Brian and I left for our honeymoon immediately after the wedding, and moved from Tucson to Port Angeles, WA on our return. Our wedding was the perfect way to say goodbye to the city where we met and fell in love."

Mr. & Mrs. Notheis - as they head off to their new life together. Destination Wedding Planner:  Andrea Eppolito Events  |  Historical Wedding Venue:  The Arizona Inn  |  Photography:  Raylene Streuber  |  Wedding Florist:  In Full Bloom 

Mr. & Mrs. Notheis - as they head off to their new life together.

Destination Wedding Planner:  Andrea Eppolito Events  |  Historical Wedding Venue:  The Arizona Inn  |  Photography:  Raylene Streuber  |  Wedding Florist:  In Full Bloom 

Traveling to Washington isn't as easy as traveling to Tucson is, and so I don't get to see my friend nearly as often as I would like to.   But on every phone call and through every text message I can feel how happy she is in her new life, and with her new husband.  

And knowing that I was able to contribute to that happiness in even the smallest of ways is the best feeling in the world!  

For more photos, please visit Lori & Brian's Real Wedding Gallery.

Thank you, Lori & Brian, for letting me be a part of your day and for being such amazing friends to me and my family.  I love you both to pieces, and will cherish the memory of your day always... 

 



Las Vegas Wedding Planner Andrea Eppolito is often published, with works featured by the likes of BRIDES, Style Me Pretty, Grace Ormonde Wedding Style, The NY Times, LA Times, Junebug Weddings, and more. With an eye catching style that shares not only the story, but the soul, of a wedding, Andrea's clients praise her for being their wedding planner, event designer, advocate, and friend.

An internationally acclaimed speaker, Andrea appears and speaks at events for The Engage Luxury Wedding Summit, NACE, The Knot, the Wedding MBA, and more.  Named the Best Wedding Planner in Las Vegas (2013, 2015, 2016), Wedding Professional of the Year (2011) and ranked as one of the top 50 wedding planners world-wide, Andrea works with celebrities, athletes, executives, and all people in love!

Based in Las Vegas, and working as a destination wedding planner world wide, you can learn more at www.AndreaEppolitoEvents.com.