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All the results are in | phoenix desert botanical gardens wedding photographer

Here's a roundup of all the details for the Desert Botanical Garden's wedding contest.  Readers of the Arizona Republic picked all the details for the 10-10-10 wedding. Cara Carboni and Brett Dusek won the contest, beating more than 250 other couples to win a wedding valued at more than $85,000.

Below are the poll results, with all but a few of the pictures taken by non other than Keith Pitts! Hard to believe the wedding is a little over a week away! The wedding is next Sunday, and Keith's photographs of the wedding will be featured in the Arizona Republic on Tuesday, October 12th.  Stay tuned. I can't wait to see how all these choices play out in pictures. It is going to be gorgeous!

THE WINNING COUPLE

Cara & Brett

HAIR, MAKEUP & JEWELRY

Winner: Whimsically Romantic

Hair: Up and swept to the side, accented with a flower.

Make-Up: More bronzing on the face with mauve tones on eyes with liner and berry lips.

Jewelry:

Bride: Pearls and Swarovski crystals wire wrapped together make these earrings delicately classy.

Bridesmaids: These Swarovski crystal triangle drops are the perfect, simple accent to the bride's earrings.

THE CAKE

THE BOUQUET

The Winner: Sophisticated Elegance

Victorian decadence describes this octagon shaped cake topped with an ivory globe. Each tier is adorned with fondant swag, gum paste cameos and royal icing filigree.

The base is bordered with lustrous string pearls and rolled fondant roses. The orb is nestled in a bed of pink and peach colored fondant roses and purple violets and decorated with strips of fondant ribbon and royal icing vines. The cake is topped with a pearl dusted fondant bow.

THE TABLE SETTING

The winner: Natural Elegance

Classic boutonniere with hydrangea foliage and white gardenias, wrapped in ivory satin ribbon.

Rounded, lush bouquet designed with white hydrangea, fragrant gardenias and cream English garden roses, lightly adorned with vintage pearls wrapped in ivory satin ribbon. Accented with a silver and pearl vintage brooch.

Winner: Classical Romance

This more traditional option has echoes of romance! The Gold Beaded Charger will nestle the hand painted menu from Celebrations in Paper.

Tri-Rentals will set the table with Gold Flatware and a simple Opus Stemware creating a harmonious table setting for our round table. A punch of color through the Coral Underlay adds drama.

The Overlay and Chair Caps in an Autumn Tara Sheer from Southwick Linens create visual interest while maintaining the antique touch that our couple loves! A classic gold Chiavari Chair pulls the elements together.

Petal Pusher's floral footed glass vase lushly filled with hydrangea, english garden roses in cream, pinks and coral with touches of jasmine and scented geranium will bring a refined floral feel to the Garden in October.

THE FEAST

Winner:  Grazing Action Station Dinner

Served to Each Guest Caesar Salad Enclosed in a Garlic Tuille Collar with Chipotle Caesar Dressing

Station One - New England

Station Two - Texas

Station Three - Arizona Pasta Station

Dessert Wedding Cake Served to Each Guest Topped with Warm Margarita Sabayon, Prepared in View

Table Side Coffee Service Regular and Decaffeinated Coffee Hot Tea Selection

THE DETAILS

The winner: Botanical Chic

These on-of-a-kind, hand-painted watercolor pieces capture the vibrancy of the desert for this chic affair. These unique and artistics hand-lettered invitations set the tone for the dream wedding. Each piece showcases botanical desert elements.

THE ATTIRE

Cara's Bridal Gown

The winner: Modern Elegance

Ivory Tissue Taffeta princess bridal gown, sleeveless jewel neckline, natural gathered waist with floral detail, open back, sweep train.

The winner: Classic Party

Satin strapless knee-length dress with diagonally draped bodice and full skirt with pockets. If this style is chosen, bridesmaid dresses will be in coral.

THE LOCATION

The winner: Botanical Beauty

Wedding Ceremony: Wildflower Pavilion

Join Cara and Brett as they say "I do" in the Wildflower Pavilion, an open air pavilion surrounded by wildflowers and twinkling rustic stars.

photo by Heather Kadar Photography

Cocktail Hour: Stardust Plaza

Their guests will enjoy bites to eat and cocktails in the unique Cactus and Succulent Galleries among the Garden's most striking plants and cacti.

photo by Adam Rodriguez

Reception: Ullman Terrace

Dinner and dancing will take place on Ullman Terrace, where the Garden Butte features as a backdrop for a naturally stunning evening.

AZ Photos

After Party: Boppart Courtyard

The sun sets, twinkle-lit mesquite trees and spot-lighted saguaros highlight the beauty of the desert. The party will continue into the starry night with dancing, music, and laughter on Boppart Courtyard.

Desert Botanical Garden

Vendors participating in the Desert Botanical Garden's wedding contest

The Arizona Republic / Channel 12 / azcentral.comCelebrations in Paper, celebrationsinpaper.com

Classic Party Rentals, classicpartyrentals.com

Desert Botanical Garden, dbg.org

Fabulous Food Fine Catering and Events,fabulousfood.net

Flipbook Memories, flipbookmemories.com

Garden Shop at the Desert Botanical Garden, dbg.org

Honey Moon Sweets, honeymoonsweets.com

Keith Pitts Photography, keithpitts.com

Latest Craze Productions, latestcrazeproductions.com

Liz Love Collections, lizlovecollections.com

Madison Avenue Salon & Day Spa, spamadison.com

Mancini Entertainment: Music Doctors DJ/MC, mancinientertainment.com

Miguel Rodriguez

Ollie the Trolley/Dunn Transportation, olliethetrolley.net

Petal Pusher, azpetalpusher.com

Pour Masters Bartending Service, pourmasters.com

P.S. Studios, Inc., psstudios.com

Simply Cinema, simply-cinema.com

String Serenade, stringserenade.com

The Swingtips, swingtips.com

Themers, themers.com

Twirl, Chandler and Scottsdale locations, twirlboutique.com

Southwick Linens, southwicklinens.com

Westin Kierland Resort & Spa, kierlandresort.com

Victoria Canada Weddings & Events, weddingsandevents.net