The Container Store Private Preview Party

It's hard to believe it has already been 2 years since the most elaborate, and by far the largest, party I have ever planned took place! When Annette Hartman Catering asked me to come on board for simply the "tasting" that was held for this event, I was completely honored and to then find out that the representatives from The Container Store selected us, to say I was ecstatic at the least, is definitely an understatement! So happy to finally be sharing these awesome images captured by Martha Lochert Photography. So without further hesitation, please check out the Private Preview Party at Tucson Mall for Tucson's first The Container Store held on May 20, 2015!

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Prior to the event, our team was flown out to Houston, TX, to view one of The Container Stores in person and, throughout a rigorous but extremely fun 2 days, we selected and placed an order for all of the products that were needed for the event from serving pieces to the displays and trays to the vessels used for the actual florals. All products used are available for sale at any of The Container Store locations. It was such an awesome opportunity to get creative and use products in a different way then what they were originally created for!

The night of the event, the almost 2,000 guests enjoyed live entertainment complete with a dance floor in the middle of the store and roamed the aisles, which were filled with 5 different food stations and 2 bars.

Farmer's Market Station

This station featured fresh and fun nibbles ranging from BLT Stuffed Cherry Tomatoes to Cucumber Salads and Veggie Crudites. The bright yellow sunflowers and cabbage roses made for the perfect floral arrangements and gave the black and white office display items just the right pop of color.

Sonoran Station 

Being that it just wouldn't feel like a true Tucson event without a little desert representation, we came up with a Sonoran station that was located in the laundry area of the store. Bright orange gerbera daisies and peppers served as just the right amount of pop against the awesome, gray and rustic display pieces. Food featured at this station included Fiesta Chicken Bites, Tri Tip Tostadas and, of course, Mini Sonoran Hot Dogs!

Americana Station  

Representing the Red, White and Blue through one of my favorite product lines carried at The Container Store, Poppin, this display was filled with iconic favorites such as Pastrami Bites, Grilled Cheese and Short Ribs - YUM! We also loved the red and white chevron paper sacks we placed the grilled cheeses in - super cute!

Asian Station 

This station featured Grain Noodle Salad displayed in adorable to-go containers, Beef and Veggie Spring Rolls, and Mini Chicken Teriyaki Croquets. We loved the dramatic florals that were designed for this station, using ice buckets and umbrella stand holders, in place of vases!

Something Sweet Station 

We obviously saved the best for last, as the Sweets Station was comprised of Mini Chocolate Mousse Torts, Fruit Tarts, Macarons, Brownie Bites and Cream Puffs that were all neatly lined up in rows on top of colorful office products. This station was by far hit the hardest by guests, and it is easy to see why!

It was such an honor to be a part of this once-in-a-lifetime event, well that is, until the next one nearby opens (we hope!) ;) A huge shout out to the awesome team that came together to make this event happen! We love you all!

Catering - Annette Hartman Catering

Coordination and Wait Staff - Peace of Mind Event Design + Wait Staff

Dance Floor Rental - Event Rents AZ

Entertainment - Shining Star Band

Floral Design - Elaine Taylor Fine Flowers

The Container Store - Elaine Luce and Robin Montgomery

 

A Timeless Love - Flying V Wedding

Cara and Howard's Wedding at the Flying V Restaurant located on the breathtaking property of Loews Ventana Canyon Resort was filled with sweet memories, warm Arizona sunshine and lots of laughter. Cara and Howard decided to finally "make it official" and knew that Tucson, AZ, where their parents loved, would provide the most perfect backdrop for an early Spring wedding - and they were right! About one week out from the wedding, the weather grew warmer and caused everything to begin to bloom, including some amazing Bougainvillea. Please enjoy these swoon worthy images captured by the lovely and talented Torey Salyer of Torey Photo.

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Patty Hunter of Sauliz Floral Design listened to our Bride Cara's floral desires and truly made a lasting impression with these gorgeous arrangements. You cannot tell, but since the wedding day was predicted to be super warm, Patty went above and beyond to ensure the florals would withstand the heat, by using faux flowers on the Chuppah, not that you could tell!

The beautiful Ceremony ended with the Jewish tradition of the Groom, and the Bride, breaking the glass! Rabbi was so kind to make Bride Cara's dream of also breaking a glass in celebration of their union come true!

A huge shout out to Kim McFate of Loews Ventana Canyon and my associate event planner, Veronica Saiz, for taking such good care of these special clients. I was running a rehearsal for a wedding that was taking place the following day, but still managed to stop by and check out the reception, as I knew this would be a party I wouldn't want to miss! Cara and Howard got the party started with the George Howard Band, who kept on playing for the newlyweds and their guests, well on into the night. Cara and Howard, it was such a pleasure working with you and we are honored that you trusted us to execute your Special Day, which had been a long time in the making. Your carefree and quirky love for each other is truly something to admire. We are so happy for this next chapter in your lives and we wish you many, many more years of happiness and love!

Loved working with this fun loving couple! And thanks to Torey for such an awesome shot :)

P.S. It happened to be St. Patrick's Day and this Irish girl felt pretty "lucky" to be a part of this gorgeous Wedding!

A True Life Fairytale Wedding

True Love's First Kiss

True Love's First Kiss

Anna and Ryan choose the breathtaking Loews Ventana Canyon Resort for their special and memorable wedding celebration. The sheer sizes of the lovely "Bride Tribe" and studly "Groom's Crew" showed how important Anna and Ryan's family and friends are to them. This day was full of love, laughter and light, stunningly captured by Laura K Moore Photography. Grab some coffee, or a glass of wine (depending on the time of day) and get ready to swoon over their seriously gorgeous gallery of photos.

Anna wore a bracelet that belonged to her sweet Grandmother and the following series brought tears to my eyes, as you can truly feel the special connection between the two of them.

The florals for the personal flowers, as well as the centerpieces, were soft and romantic, carrying with the theme of the day, in varying shades of peach and blush created by Grace of Good Sunflower.

The Ceremony took place on the upper terrace, under the shade of trees, and the temperature was just right as the Bride and Groom said their vows, officiated by Wendy the Officiant, and sealed their love with a kiss!

The guests headed down to the Dinner Reception on the Kiva Patio, as their path was lit by luminaries. The couple then entered to sparklers, held by their loved ones, and shared their first dance as Husband and Wife.

After dinner, guests were invited into the Ballroom for dancing, a photo booth and one of my local favorite's, Uncle Bob's popcorn! The beautiful Bride surprised her Groom with a Groom's cake in the shape of a Rubiks Cube, as he can solve it in a crazy fast amount of time (I'm pretty sure he can solve it within in seconds!!) Anna and Ryan, thank you for having us be a part of your Special Day and we wish you all the best in life, as we know no matter what, you will tackle it all together <3

Vendor Team: Cakes - Loews Ventana Canyon Resort, Custom Signange - Modern Aquarian Hand Lettering & Sign Art, Flowers - Good Sunflower, DJ - CE Entertainment, Officiant - Wendy the Officiant, Photo Booth - Photobomb Photo Booth, Photography - Laura K Moore Photography, Rentals - Susan with ProEm Party & Event Rentals, Popcorn - Uncle Bob's Popcorn, Venue - Kim McFate with Loews Ventana Canyon Resort

Beer Garden Themed Wedding at The Franklin House

The first time I met Brandi and Chris on the porch of the historic and gorgeous Franklin House in Downtown Tucson, AZ, I knew their wedding was going to be sooo much fun to plan! The couple themselves are always smiling and happy and super fun to be around, so I knew that would be reflected throughout their Big Day. 

Not to mention their photographer, Scott Rice, is known for "chasing the light" and let me tell you, he did not disappoint. The Bride, Brandi, made sure to incorporate some very meaningful touches into their day, such as tying the Bollo tie that belonged to her Grandfather around her bouquet and placing a pair of his cowboy boots at the reception as a small reminder that he was watching over her on this joyous occasion. 

The Bride and her ladies got ready with the stellar glam team of I Do Hair and Makeup Artistry at the gorgeous Westward Look Wyndham Resort and Spa, and check out Brandi's Lady Gaga pose, love her train and veil! Brandi had the girls in a beautiful cranberry color, which complemented the bright orange and sage green in the florals perfectly. A close friend of the Bride's made the living cactus gardens, which were then given to important people in the couple's lives at the end of the  night.

The decor was filled with small nods to the couple and their Southwestern home by using a painted prickly pear cactus on canvas as the guestbook and cactus garden centerpieces, created by a friend of the Bride, which were then given to guests to take home at the end of the reception. The signs were made by a local artist and the chalk sign for the bar was made by the Groom's Sister.

The night continued on with an awesome dance party followed by a Sonoran inspired dessert buffet and for some, it didn't end there - the new Mr. and Mrs. and some of their closest friends headed to the after party at one of their favorite local, late-night hangouts. Brandi and Chris, you were truly a dream to work with and we wish you all the happiness in the world! 

Blushing Romance - Styled Shoot

All you need is love ... and donuts! This styled shoot from last Spring has been one of my favorites to date. The love between this sweet, real life couple is so undeniable and the homemade cake donuts added just the right amount of frosting to make this unique wedding dessert display complete.

The vendors that came together for this session truly outdid themselves and showed how a simple, but cohesive look can really help you achieve the wedding day of your dreams. The stunning wedding gown came from an amazing local nonprofit, Free Ever After whose mission is to reach survivors of sexual abuse and exploitation, to cultivate their gifts, talents and abilities, and to empower them to become successful women and history makers. Nicole from True Bliss  created a completely custom invitation box set that included a rose, wax seal that was hand water colored and tied with a raw satin ribbon for a beautiful, finished look. All of this gorgeousness was capture by the lovely and talented Susannah Lynn Photography who I have had the pleasure of collaborating with on multiple occasions, and it is always such a rewarding and pleasant experience. I believe vendors enjoy participating in styled shoots because it allows us to let our creativity run wild, with no limitations. 

When I first met Elizabeth of A Floral Note I knew she would be the perfect fit for this project. Her free-flowing and whimsical aesthetic echos her mantra that flowers should make you pause, tell your story, stop time. I love how the soft colors and shapes of the florals she chose kept with the overall romantic feel of the day.

Our models and real life couple, Carrie and Peter  are so genuine and obviously beautiful, inside and out. It was such a joy to work with them and catch a glimpse into their true life love story. 

"For beautiful eyes look for the good in others. For beautiful lips, speak only kindness; and for poise, walk with the knowledge that you are never alone." - Audrey Hepburn

Rustic and Chic New Year's Eve Wedding

Alright guys, I know I haven't shared here in a while, but I have so many stunning Weddings and Events from 2016 that I cannot wait any longer to share with you - starting with this stunna' right here. This New Year's Eve Wedding is especially near and dear to my heart, as the Groom happens to be my cousin, Stanton Harper, who is just 4 days older than me and would never let me forget it growing up :) He and his beautiful Bride-to-be, Rachel, were such an awesome couple to plan with - we met for Brunch at one of my favorite spots, Baja Cafe and they introduced me to one of theirs, Monsoons, at our very first meeting. When I pulled out my notebook and began taking notes as we talked, my cousin exclaimed, "Mollee, you are really serious about this, we are so lucky to have you!" I want each and every one of my clients to know that I treat their Special Day is if it were my own, or in this case, one of my closest family members. As soon as hearing their overall vision, and awesome vendor team they had selected, I knew this Wedding was going to be the absolute best way to end 2016! Special thanks to Marie Cameron Photography for capturing the love between these two so well - they have modeled for her a few times in the past, which you can check out here, so it was no surprise that each and every photo of them was pure perfection. I hope you enjoy all the rustic, sparkle and shine this New Year's Eve Wedding has to offer. 

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Rachel and her beautiful Bridesmaids were lucky enough to be surrounded by even more gorgeousness as they got ready at the Royal Elizabeth Bed & Breakfast Inn located in Downtown Tucson, AZ. With the lovely Heather Van Houten and her team on hair and makeup, and a lovely breakfast provided by the Inn, the girls were truly treated like royalty. And how gorgeous is the Bride's sequin gold wedding dress??

Stanton and Rachel selected Park 242 as their wedding venue and it fit their overall feel and aesthetic perfectly. The gorgeous florals, which were provided by Alexis Grace Floral Designs, again complemented the couple's rustic and chic theme and added just the right amount of color to this spectacular day. The couple incorporated a ton of DIY touches, such as the bottles used for table numbers and as their centerpieces, which they painted and glittered themselves. Although, they may have had some help drinking the contents of these bottles by other loving family members ;)

Scroll through the photos below to see the Bride and Groom's vision come to life, as well as their awesome and memorable toasts given by the Groom's Brother and Sister, a sweet Father/Daughter dance that ended with the DJ asking all the Fathers and Daughters to join Rachel and her Dad on the dance floor, followed by an awesome Mother/Son dance to one of the Groom's Mom's favorite songs, "Wild Night" by John Mellencamp, that then led to an epic dance party and, of course, a Champagne Toast and Midnight Kiss to welcome in the New Year! We have a feeling 2017 is going to be the "Best Year Ever" for this sweet couple :)

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Stanton and Rachel, your Wedding was truly a dream and I feel so blessed to have been a part of it. I can't wait to see what else life has in store for the two of you - and Rachel, you have always felt like a part of our family since the beginning and I am so happy to now official be able to call you a "Harper" - wishing you both all the best, now, forever and always - love you lots! #HarperNewYear 

"Bye, Bye Boobie" Party - #cancersucks

Veronica Velazquez has been one of my dearest friends for almost a decade - we have been young and crazy together, we work together, as Vero often helps as my assistant or lead at events, and more recently, I have had the joy of watching her begin to start a beautiful lil' family of her own. Her Son Arthur, now 3, was only a year old when Veronica was diagnosed with stage IV metastatic breast cancer. In our culture, which associates breast cancer with survivorship, it is difficult for people to understand  that metastatic breast cancer means they will be in treatment for the rest of their lives. Veronica's hope is to spread the message that we need to continue to fight for stage IV patients and that someday, we will find a cure.

She was recently interviewed for KVOA news, as she has a goal of raising $5,000 by April 2017. Please follow along with this story as our hope is to hold a local fundraiser in the early Spring of 2017 to help her achieve her goal. For now, please consider donating to her site directly or simply taking the time to learn more about what living with stage IV metastatic breast cancer really means and what we can do to help find a cure! 

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This party was thrown for Veronica after her diagnosis and was graciously hosted by her friends Audra and Bobbie - they put a lot of time and energy into the details for this party and it turned out awesome! I hope it inspires others to come together for their friends during a difficult time and turn a negative into something positive :)

Releasing balloons at the end of the party <3

Releasing balloons at the end of the party <3

And what party would be complete without a DIY Photo Booth?

Vero, we love you and will continue to fight along side you in all that you do. You have showed us why this life is worth living and we know  for a fact, "You Got This!!"

Real Life "Father of the Bride" Wedding

Get a tissue ready ... or maybe just grab the whole box. From the moment I met with the lovely Mother of the Bride, Kimm, I knew this Wedding was going to be one reminiscent of my all time favorite wedding-themed movie, "Father of the Bride" - the main reason being, that this wedding would be taking place in the Bride's cherished family home, where her and her siblings had grown up. The day was filled with love and laughter, and the wedding day began with, wait for it, a one-on-one game of basketball between the Bride and her Father. Lauren is the first of her siblings to marry and you could literally feel the family's joy and happiness for her. She was getting ready to marry her true Prince Charming (to top it off, the Bride Laurenworks for Disney!) and they knew in the end, they were not losing a Sister, but simply gaining one more Brother into their already amazing family. All images captured by Keith & Melissa Photographers.

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David and Lauren's first look photos perfectly captured the overwhelming feeling of anxiety, that then leads to the heart-fluttering realization that you are about to marry the love of your life, which is followed by complete assurance that this exactly where you are meant to be ... in each others arms, until death do you part. Marriage is a promise and this Bride and Groom could not wait any longer to make it official.

The gazebo, which served as the focal point for the beautiful ceremony, was hand built, stained (and completed that morning!) by the Bride's Uncle - it was a "labor of love," to say the least, and will always have a special place and meaning as it now resides at the Bride and Groom's new home.

And sealed with a kiss - Mr. and Mrs. David Martinez!

The reception was again, a vision ripped straight from a movie. The majestic, white tent graced the beautiful lawn and a GOBO of the couple's monogram beckoned guests for a night filled with emotional toasts, delectable food and a dance party that threatened to never end. The Bride and Groom did eventually drive off into the night, after exiting though sparkles of light and shining faces of friends and family. P.O.M. Events was blessed to be a part of this real-life fairy tale and honestly, could the Bride and Groom have been more gorgeous??

And please take a moment to view this gorgeous video captured by one of the Bride's uber talented childhood friend - Ben Montemayor