A Vibrant, Desert Wedding at Boulders Resort and Spa in Carefree, Arizona

A stunning blue sky, giant cactus and oversized boulders served as Mother Nature's contribution to Kelsey Rudy (25 and an accountant) and Mason Rudy's (27 and a supply-chain manager) scenic outdoor nuptials in Carefree, Arizona. For their wedding at the Boulders Resort, the couple looked to the bride's home state for design inspiration. “I grew up in Arizona, and as soon as we got engaged I knew I wanted a desert wedding," Kelsey says. "Many of our guests were not from Arizona, so we wanted to give our family and friends the full desert experience during our wedding weekend. Our entire wedding was held at the Boulders Resort in Carefree, which offered the most gorgeous desert landscape. I knew our guests would swoon over it.” 

Beautiful jewel-tone florals could be found in Kelsey's bouquet and atop tables. These were paired with her simple dress and neutral bridesmaid gowns. “An Arizona sunset was my inspiration for my palette. I love the richness of magenta, orange and deep purples mixed with green succulents. Since my florals were pretty bold colors, I looked to the rest of the decorations as subtle enhancements. By playing up the desert landscape for our ceremony, we were able to use that natural, organic scenery throughout our wedding day,” Kelsey says. Her advice for the day? “Have fun! At the end of the day, the reason why you are having a wedding ceremony and reception is to celebrate the commitment you are vowing to each other for the rest of your lives. It's an amazing time to see family and friends all in the same spot, so just soak it up.” —Ginger Harris