An Elegant, Whimsical Desert Wedding at the Omni Scottsdale Resort & Spa at Montelucia in Scottsdale, Arizona

Neda Nikravan (33 and in global strategic marketing) lived across the hall from Lucas Thorson (31 and a sales account executive) in Scottsdale, Arizona, for nearly a year before they crossed paths and made a spontaneous run for late-night burritos. A few years later, they were engaged. A cross-country work opportunity presented a tight planning timeline, but Neda and Lucas created a memorable, colorful event in just three months. To showcase Arizona’s picturesque desert landscape, Neda and Lucas held an outdoor ceremony and reception for 100 guests at the Omni Scottsdale Resort & Spa at Montelucia in Scottsdale, Arizona. “I wanted pure elegance and simplicity,” says Neda, who chose contrasting tones for floral arrangements—ivory and pale blush blossoms were accented with deep crimson roses and green succulents. Lucas donned a deep navy suit, and the wedding party wore chic black ensembles (suits for the groomsmen and various black gowns for the bridesmaids). At the reception, string lights and tabletop candles provided an intimate setting against the naturally stunning backdrop of Camelback Mountain. “Planning the wedding in three months, although stressful, was definitely my style,” Neda says. “I didn't get bogged down in too many details. I went with my gut. I made decisions and moved forward—I had a feeling that everything was going to turn out just fine.” —Carolyn Meers