Winter Romance 8

A Whimsical Holiday Wedding in the Desert

From the moment Mallory and Jackson got engaged they knew they wanted their wedding to be special; a beautiful reflection of their individual personalities coming together in a perfect union. However, with family flying in from Nashville, Tennesse for the big day and both bride and groom having busy work schedules, planning their dream wedding became much more of an undertaking than they had first imagined. That’s when the enlisted the help of Rachel Troyan, Lead Designer and Owner of Outstanding Occasions, to help bring their vision of a romantic winter wedding to life.

“I remember my first conversation with the bride. She came to me and said she needed someone to just give them options, help with all the footwork and put all the pieces together,” says Troyan.

Almost eight months after that initial conversation, the couple’s wedding day had finally arrived. On a crisp, sunny December afternoon, the two long-time loves became one as husband and wife in an intimate ceremony at Saint Joan of Arc Catholic Church. Immediately afterwards, friends and family were ushered to the Royal Palms, where the couple first got engaged, for an elegant reception. Upon arrival, guests were greeted with a sparkling glass of rose as they took in the grand ballroom decked in whites, ivory and metallics that created a whimsical winter feel.

“Since they were getting married in December, and they both loved Christmas, we wanted the look to be really romantic and chic but still evocative of a winter wonderland,” says Troyan.

More like an intimate, elegant dinner party than a lavish fete, 50 of the couple’s closest friends and family laughed, chatted and swayed the night away to the tunes of a vintage jazz ensemble flown in from New York as they celebrated the momentous occasion.

Halfway through the reception, the band halted as the wistful, romantic tunes of “Bella Notte” (from Lady and the Tramp) came on and the couple took their first dance as husband and wife. The bride, adorned in a breathtaking custom dress and pale blue Jimmy Choos swirled around the dance floor as her eyes scanned the crowd filed with loved ones, then locked with her husband’s in a moment of perfect happiness.

“That’s always the most amazing part; just seeing their face’s light up as everything they had envisioned, and more, comes true. That’s why I truly love my job,” says Troyan.

As the evening came to a close, with the brilliant moon and stars lighting up the night sky, guests trickled out of the reception as the sounds of “When you wish upon a Star” softly filled the cool winter air, creating a magical ending to a day full of lasting memories.


Warm Winter Whites:  For the color scheme, Troyan incorporated white, ivory and metallics, inclusive of rose gold and gold, to play up the holiday theme.

Written in the Stars: Invitations were designed by R.S.V.P Stationers back in Tennesse. To keep them elegant and formal, the couple incorporated a crest bearing their names throughout all the pieces.

Chic Seasonal Settings: The sophisticated linens draped over tables were all brought in from La Tabula Rosa, with the head table adorned in linens with a soft, lacey overlay and the round tables sporting ones with small sequins in rose gold.

Beautiful Blooms: The bride’s bouquet was comprised of all-white florals with accents of green in the form of succulents and mistletoe, incorporating both the beauty of the desert and the holidays. Table centerpieces were in keeping with the same white and green theme, and fashioned in various heights to give the room added depth.

Gifts of Love: Shimmering in the candlelight were delicate ornaments strategically placed on table settings as favors for a subtle, tasteful incorporation of the season.

Something Special: Toward the end of the evening, guests were treated to a classic holiday favorite: a hot coca, milk and Christmas cookie bar that warmed both hands and hearts.

Sweet Finishes: With both bride and groom being avid Star Wars fans, their all-white cake was adorned with specially-crafted spaceships and topped with a quote from the movie.

To learn more about Rachel Troyan and Outstanding Occasions, please visit their website at, or call them at  480.478.0079.