Rachel + Peter – Sassi Wedding

Great love comes from a place you never thought you could imagine. Rachel and Peter’s love story began with a close friend, Casey, whose attention to match making was a success. Immediately they fell for each other. Both so smitten by the other. Peter planned an amazing engagement that even Rachel could never have guessed. Only sharing his amazing plan with both parents, Peter planned a romantic setting on the intimate river side, under a shade tree at their favorite winery. Presenting Rachel with a surprise macaroon before the lunch started and then sealed with a promise. They planned their romantic spring wedding at Sassi Weddings in Scottsdale, Arizona. Rustic property surrounded by mountains of desert, fountain entry, tall stairway down to the cobblestone ceremony site.

As their day came, Rachel dressed with her bridesmaids and mother. Peter finished preparations with his groomsmen next to the wine cellar. Starting with a few bridal portraits and opening their personalized gifts simultaneously. They chose a first look prior to the ceremony to make special time for sweet moments and bridal portraits. Joining their bridal party for group photos and sharing fun laughs along the way. Enjoying every bit of the cool weather Arizona blessed this day.

The ceremony site was set with lush greenery draped on the wall, rose petal walkway, sunglasses to help guests when the sun set, seed pouches favors to toss, and a program. All the guests walked through the double wood doors and down to their seats. Providing a grand entrance as Rachel and her father walked down the steps towards Peter. They joined together as their officiant presented the couple to their families for blessings. The sun set beautifully behind the mountains as they kissed and walked down the aisles as The Zieglers. The reception room was adorned with low lighting, lots of romantic candles, navy table runners, navy organza chair ties, centerpieces of varying hurricane candles and tall twig branches. Guests table settings were decorated with macaroons labeled ‘a sweet love’ to bring together the sweet macaroon from their engagement session.

The wedding day was picture perfect and I can’t wait to hear about their swoon worthy honeymoon in Bali for two weeks. They will be sharing their love for travel on the beach (Nusa Dua), jungle (Ubud), and city (Kuta/Seminyak). Lots of great memories to complete their new beginning as newlyweds. Check out their day below.

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Planning a gorgeous wedding takes lots of time and patience. I love learning about how great couples make the magical day possible. Read below for some great tips from Rachel and Peter.

Words of Wisdom:


  1. What was your biggest challenge and how did you overcome it?Adapting our communication styles to effectively convey our intentions and expectations is probably the biggest challenge we continue to work on. It’s so easy to see each other’s problems and words through our own lenses and apply filters to the things we hear and say. We both continue to work on our active listening skills and our ability to explicitly convey preferences/expectations early in discussions to avoid confusion and hurt feelings later. 
  1. Do you have any savvy money saving tips to share? We try and meal plan and prep as much as we can on Sundays for the week ahead. We find that if we’ve got a game plan for lunches and dinners, we much more likely to cook at home and avoid costly (unhealthy) mid-week meals out. We rotate responsibility for meal planning because often time picking the recipes is the hardest part. We are also big fans of steakhouse dinners which can be very pricey. We’ve invested time, energy, and calories learning how to replicate some of our favorite steakhouse dinners at home for a fraction of the price (we call it our R&P Steakhouse dinner). 
  1. What words of wisdom can you impart on future couples? Take the time to understand each others traditions and make an effort to create traditions of your own. Every household has different birthday, holiday, and travel traditions and Rachel and I have worked hard to experience each others. Rachel went a Ziegler Family Vacation with Peter’s family to the Dominican Republic where she experienced first hand the hectic pace and non-stop activities that make up a ‘traditional’ vacation (i.g. – the Ziegler’s don’t sit around on the beach). Through family celebrations with Rachel’s family, Peter tried caviar for the first time and learned the bliss of a post-Christmas brunch movie marathon. While incorporating each other’s traditions into our relationship has been important, we’ve also striven to make our own traditions. Biennial excursions to the Nutcracker,  quick trips to Page Springs Winery, and bike rides with Frank are some of the traditions we’ve incorporated into our lives together. 


Thanks to my amazing wedding team!

Venue: Sassi Weddings, Vicky
Linens: Southwick Linens
Cake: Cakes By Whisk
Hair: Salon Vis a Via, Kevin Tobin
Makeup: Rebecca Gambino
Gown: Pronovias, Lillian Lottie Bridal Couture
Suit: Suit Supply
Ceremony Music: Dr. Allen Wang
Reception Music: Just Weddings, Brice
Florist: Avande Garde
Photo Booth: Photo Booth Company
Invitations: InvitationsbyDawn.com
Officiant: Ralph Meredith
Photographer: Valerie Bolitho Photography