Early last week, BizBash, a pioneer company in our event industry, released a super informative blog which was titled 25 Event Pros You Should Be Following on Instagram. Just like the title says, they listed their opinion for the 25 most influential Instagram accounts in the event industry. As wedding planners, we were so excited to read more. We thought this was so informative and decided we wanted to share our very own list of Instagram inspirations with all of you 🙂 These are the masterminds behind some really trend setting and unique work that we look forward to seeing every day!
Recently, one of the newest venues in Phoenix, Chateau Luxe, invited us to design a styled shoot for some of their marketing material. We were honored and super excited to get started on this fun project. We were able to choose which location in the venue we wanted to design and had creative reign on just about everything.
We were so happy to be a part of this beautiful wedding that took place at the Desert Botanical Gardens in Phoenix, Arizona. This wedding was held in an area of Desert Botanical Gardens called the Steele Herb Garden. Being as the venue itself is so stunningly beautiful with a natural desert habitat, it didn’t need much to really complete the look and make it the perfect setting for this incredible wedding. Below, we really focus on the detail in the decor for this wedding. The couple used a vintage dresser as their unity candle for ceremony. They also used a vintage oriental rug to stand on. We love this detail, it is just the right touch to really highlight the bride and groom, even more than they already are. We had Christian from Classic Party Rental construct the actual arbor for the bride and groom with two different colors of drape. Flower Bar, who was the florist for the wedding, did a beautiful job of really pulling in the bride’s vision by incorporating greenery and fresh herbs into her arrangements, in honor of the Steele Herb Garden. The bride’s main request for the design of her wedding was to compliment the scenery of the venue with out overpowering it. After the ceremony took place, guests moved on to cocktail hour. During this time, the ceremony area was flipped and turned into the reception space. We used the draping as the backdrop for the couple’s sweetheart table. Guests snacked on appetizers and enjoyed refreshing drinks during this time. A big focal point of cocktail hour was the cake. It was made by Pixy Cakes and was set out on another vintage dresser. Flower Bar added the perfect greenery touches to the wedding cake, which sat beside a really neat groom’s cake. Check out the beautiful images, described above, captured by Savidge Photography:
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:
We were recently invited to design a table for our local NACE chapter. In case you were wondering, NACE is the National Association of Catering and Events. It is a national non-profit organization with several chapters across the entire United States. Out here in Phoenix, Arizona, we have a rather large chapter and amazing participation from many local business in the event industry. This event took place at Troon North Country Club, located in north Scottsdale.
Now we all know social media has a huge influence over all of society and tons of people are tuning in throughout the day to catch up on news, post, check their “likes”, etc… but we still have a lot of brides who tell us they do not use social media to help plan/design their wedding. We get a lot of feedback from our brides who say they can not find their style, they get overwhelmed, or they like everything and end up having too many different styles incorporated into their design. If you are feeling like this, just know, you are not alone.
Creating your floor-plan is one of the most important parts of your wedding planning. It is the foundation of your wedding day design and will really help you stay organized throughout the entire planning process. As a wedding planner, we are not always hired on from the beginning of a couple’s wedding planning. We come into the process at many different points. When we are hired on, half way through or even closer to the wedding day, it is always surprising how many of our couples do not have floor-plans.
For the last couple of years, when we are in wedding planning and design meetings with our brides and we ask gold or silver, we were almost always hearing gold. We were also seeing a huge trend in eclectic styles where brides are open to mix-matched metallic accents but lately, we are seeing a huge increase in silver. Silver and mirrors to be exact. We love the ever so classic silver touch to an elegant affair and are having a blast creating our new design boards to reflect these looks. Accenting with silver, creates a very timeless and sophisticated feel. It creates a look for your wedding that stands still in time, meaning when you look back at your wedding photos in 20 years, you will not be able to tell exactly which year your wedding took place based on the trends. Silver, ivory and white will always be in style and will never look dated. Here are some beautiful photos we found on Pinterest that perfectly show silver weddings:
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!
From our very first meeting with Desirae and John at The Café and Ice Cream Parlor, I knew we were a perfect match for their “tone on tone” Greek wedding. The bride, Desirae, new exactly what she wanted for her special day, down to the tinniest detail. She wanted her wedding to be all neutral colors and described her color palette as “tone on tone”. She had a wonderful vision and her soon to be hubby, was just as clear about the things he wanted incorporated as well. After a few months of planning, their big day was finally here. Desirae and John live in Canada and flew out a few days prior to their wedding. Desirae was so excited to see what we had in store for the design on her wedding. We remember John cracking a joke by saying something along the lines of: “Don’t get too excited, you haven’t even seen what they’ve done yet”. Desirae replied back with, “I don’t have to, I just know everything will be exactly how I want it”. This was such a memorable comment. I couldn’t be more grateful to be apart of such an important day for these two. I will forever be thankful to know that they put so much trust and faith in us to make their wedding dreams come true. Here are some of our favorite shots, from Ben and Kelly Photography, of their wedding day: