On a cool, October day in Oracle, AZ, Abby and Tyler were surrounded by their sweet families and energized friends to celebrate something very special - the undeniable love between two people. Kristin of Ivory Orchid did a fabulous job capturing the special bond these families share as well as the stunning backdrop of El Rancho Robles, where the couple chose to exchange their vows and celebrate well on into the evening. We love the color palette Abby and her gorgeous Mother, Tricia, selected. The two worked very closely, alongside the Groom's Mother, Shelia, to ensure each and every detail of the day was carefully thought out and planned for. There were sachets of lavender for the guests to sprinkle on the happy couple as they were announce "Husband and Wife" and polka-dotted bottles of bubbly that served as the tables numbers, as well as the libation for the toasts. The night ended with an epic dance off in the Ranch's Speakeasy Room. Abby and Tyler, wishing you all the best in life and many days filled with love, laughter and sunsets <3
The Ring - a symbol of never ending love; it has no beginning and no end; the ring represents infinite, total and unbreakable love. This wedding was full of love, life and laughter. Carrie and Josh chose one of the most romantic venues in Tucson, AZ, Hacienda Del Sol - our hearts skipped a beat just from walking around the beautiful grounds of the resort and it's hard to miss how everywhere you turn, our gorgeous desert landscape is highlighted. The couple carried out the warm, desert feel throughout the wedding with vibrant florals designed perfectly by Posh Petals, and personalized mexican tile coasters as the favors.
The Bride wanted to infuse her day with some of the couples favorite things about Tucson, and that included using Tapatio bottles as the guests' escort cards.
Wishing Carrie and Josh a lifetime full of bold and bright love! This wedding was also highlighted in Tucson Lifestyle's Wedding Issue - check out the link to the digital magazine here - Tucson Lifestyle Home & Garden Magazine
A huge thanks to the awesome vendor team:
Photographer - Amanda Rockafellow
Hair and Makeup - Heather Van Houten
DJ - Andy Depew of Satyr Entertainment
Venue/Cake - Hacienda Del Sol
Florals - Posh Petals
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!
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.
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!
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!
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
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.
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!
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
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!
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
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.
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 :)
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