When it comes to weddings, guests will travel near and far to celebrate the people they love. What better way to show your appreciation for all of their travels than by having a little welcome gift all wrapped up and awaiting their arrival! If you want to have a killer bag your guests will love, follow these guidelines and there’s no way they’ll be anything less than fabulous!
After all the new engagements out there we know you are all anxious to begin your planning so we wanted to put together something to help you with making one of the biggest choices of your big day…choosing a venue! It’s all so exciting and so much fun, but can definitely be overwhelming. Here’s a few things to ask yourself when narrowing down your options to pick the best one!
As a wedding planner, one of the biggest honors I can receive is to be asked to plan or design a wedding for a couple or bride that I know personally or professionally. That is exactly what happened with this couple, Nicole and Kevin.
Last week Pantone announced their color of the year, and for the first time ever they announced not only one, but two amazing colors, Rose Quartz and Serenity. One thing we love about the colors is that while they are amazing individually, they are even better paired together! Like Leatrice Eiseman from Pantone said,
Recently, Alex and I had the privilege of beating this super hot Phoenix heat, and driving up north to Sedona to check out one of the most beautiful wedding venues, L’auberge de Sedona. We have a few weddings taking place there in 2016 so we wanted to make sure we were nice and familiar with the area. We took a few pictures and measurements of some of the outdoor areas so we could get our wedding planning and wedding designs in order.
By now we have all seen the video by the brilliant person who decided to attach a GoPro to a bottle of Fireball and pass it around their wedding. It’s fun, it’s different, it’s perfect! In a world full of selfie sticks and hashtags, incorporating technology into weddings in some way or another has become a necessity. It’s easy to do and the results are incredible!
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This couple and their family will forever be in our hearts. We were fortunate enough to work closely with not only the bride and groom, but the brides mother and father as well. There weren’t many meetings where one of them was missing, which was so refreshing to see such a close family dynamic. The love and time that was shared during planning this wedding was a beautiful thing to be apart of. From our very first meeting, Kelli, the bride, had a small picture of what she knew she wanted her wedding to look like. It was torn out of a magazine and given to us for safe keeping:) We used this one and only photo for inspiration throughout the entire design process. It just so happened to be Lauren Conrad’s wedding, which was a fun fact but had no impact for Kelli as to why she chose the photo. Here is a digital image of the famous photo we were handed:
Almost 1 year ago, we were setting up for a wedding at The Phoenician when a lovely lady and her father peaked into the room. Turns out they were venue shopping for the bride’s upcoming wedding. The bride lived in Los Angeles and was only in town for a small amount of time. I took a break from set up and spoke with them for a bit. I talked to the bride-to-be, Suzanne, about what she wanted her destination to be like. She told be some awesome descriptions of a beautiful fairytale wedding she was envisioning. My mind immediately started brainstorming the perfect design concepts for this wedding. I had to get back to work so I gave them each one of my business cards and was totally hoping I would hear from her again. A few days later, Suzanne contacted me and we set up a time to talk on the phone in more detail about her wedding. She had toured a few properties around Scottsdale and was torn between a few of them. This is all very common. Choosing the right venue is a stressful part of the planning because it determines so much about the wedding. There are a lot of things to take into consideration like, pricing, food and beverage minimums, what is all included, end times, service fees, taxes….the list goes on and on. After deliberating a bit more, Suzanne decided to go with The Phoenician and we began planning and designing! After a few conversations, I was really able to pin-point Suzanne’s style. She is very romantic and feminine. She loves the color blush and really loved sequins linens. We shared photos on Pinterest and had a great collaborative effort on the entire design of her wedding. Suzanne was able to come out to Scottsdale a couple of times before the wedding, which was great. We scheduled her tasting and did a mock up of her flowers and finalized a lot of the details and design ideas in person. During these meetings, I got to know her a bit more. I found out she is a dedicated ballerina and practices quite often. I also found out that her fiancé was in a rock band and had tons of tattoos. I thought to myself, a ballerina and a rocker….what on earth could make for a better couple? The big day finally arrived and it was absolutely perfect. It was literally a fairytale in every aspect. This couple had amazing family and friends and everyone seemed to really enjoy the evening. Check out these beautiful moments captured by the super talented, Ben and Kelly Photography:
I received a phone call around 3pm in the afternoon. A lovely sounding lady was on the other end with a beautiful Russian accent. She said, “I need your help!” She was in her last weeks of med school and wanted to pull off a surprise wedding for her family. Her parents, and her fiancé’s parents were coming to town for her graduation, which was the perfect time to surprise them with her wedding. We were so excited and honored to be apart of such a special occasion but also a bit nervous as time was not on our side. We had 3 weeks to pull this off. As wedding planners, we can make just about anything happen but there was one aspect to this wedding that was going to make it just a bit more challenging. The couple wanted to do an interfaith ceremony. The bride is Roman Catholic and the groom is Jewish and they wanted both a priest and a rabbi to perform a ceremony. The flowers, food, decor, and photographer I figured would be no problem, but finding a priest and a rabbi who would both participate in a wedding, under the circumstances that the couple would not be taking any prior classes or attending any meetings, was going to be the tricky part.
In honor of Cinco De Mayo, we had to post about this lovely couple’s fiesta inspired wedding. This bride wanted everything in her wedding from the food, music, and decor to be influenced by her Hispanic culture. You would think we would see this theme a lot more often being Phoenix Wedding Planners, but it really isn’t as common as you would think.