We received a phone call from a wonderful couple, who’s names are Lily and Brian, about eight months prior to their wedding date. They lived in California and were planning a destination wedding in Scottsdale, AZ at the Phoenician Resort. Instinctually, they knew they needed a wedding planner to alleviate some of their wedding planning stress that all couples get, especially when planning from afar. I had a great time speaking with them and learning what they had in mind for their wedding. They were extremely organized and had an incredibly detailed and accurate budget created right from the beginning. As a wedding planner, I can not stress enough how important it is to create a budget or have your wedding planner create a budget for your wedding very early on. This helps every couple stay on track and allows the bride and groom to make smart choices for what they really need/want on their wedding day. This also helps determine guest count and how many people you are able to invite to your wedding with out going over budget.
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,
Temperatures are cooling off, pumpkin spice latte is back at Starbucks, and in other parts of the country, outside of Arizona, leaves will soon start to change colors and Fall to the ground in preparation for winter. One of the most popular seasons, Fall, is here! In honor of this season change, we thought it was rather fitting to showcase, one of our favorite Fall-themed weddings.
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!
Here’s a few ways that we here at BTS love!
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.
With father’s day fast approaching, we have to write about the first true love in many little girl’s lives….her Father:) As wedding planners, we often work with the Father’s of the Bride, but let’s be honest here….most of the time we are in communication with them is when vendor or venue payments are due. The Father of the Bride typically plays the largest financial role in the wedding and often times has the least say in the wedding. We wanted to write this blog to help you avoid making your Father feel less than important throughout the wedding planning process and on the wedding day. Here are some tips we recommend communicating with your dad:
Most of our grooms enjoy a little golf the day of the wedding, but never have we met a gentleman so enthused about the sport. We are referring to the groom, Tanner, pictured in this wedding. Tanner loves the sport of golf and his beautiful Dayna did not mind incorporating some golf details into their fabulous wedding, which took place at Desert Mountain Country Club, looking out on to their amazing green. Dayna and Tanner lived out of stated and picked Desert Mountain for their destination wedding venue, based on the incredible golf course. This couple made 2 trips out to Scottsdale and we loved every minute of the time we spent with them during their vendor meetings. Here are some lovely details from their wedding, courtesy of This Girl Nicole Photography:
One of our most attractive couples, inside and out, Lauren and Blake! We had the pleasure of working alongside this couple, and the bride’s mother, Iraetta, who had an amazing sense of design and always knew just what her daughter would like. Being wedding planners, we are fortunate enough to witness many different family dynamics. This family was exceptionally close-knit, always respectful of one another and very strong in faith. It was always wonderful to meet with them during the planning process and was incredibly beautiful to witness during the day of the wedding. Their wedding took place on the Orchid Lawn of the Phoenician and their reception was held in the Camelback Ballroom. The moments of the day were captured by Ben and Kelly Photography and Amore Films. We hope you enjoy!