Saturday, August 13, 2016

Vintage Romantic Styled Shoot

We had the pleasure of working with the very talented Marquette LaRee Photography on our very first styled shoot! When we first got the idea to do this shoot we were both very pregnant and due around the same time. So once these beautiful babies of ours made their appearances and were settled into our little families we got busy brainstorming! We were envisioning the same styles and what we wanted from this shoot. And I think we got exactly what we envisioned!
The morning of the shoot my grandparents brought me this beautiful typewriter and three vintage cameras! They fit right into the shoot and I couldn't be happier with this set up!
I do a little crafting on the side and enjoy hand lettering and calligraphy. So this simple detail was very fun for me to get great use out of this typewriter!

A couple weeks into planning this styled shoot we brought Torey from Cakes With TLC on board and asked if she'd be interested in providing cakes for this shoot. Just look how stunning! She is extremely talented. She isn't just a baker, she is an artist! Her cakes aren't just beautiful but they are delicious!
The cookies for this shoot were made by Cookies N' Cows and when the shoot was done I had to snag a couple and let me just say they were YUMMY! I hope to work with both of these talented bakers again in the future!
I begged my handy husband to build a wood arch last year for events and I am thrilled that we finally got to use it and capture its beauty!
Marquette found this adorable couple willing to model for this shoot. They were such a cute, fun couple and we hope they had just as much fun as we did!  

We are already anxiously planning our next styled shoot! So stay tuned because with all of the talent in this fabulous group of ladies it is bound to be a good one! We can't wait!

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Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Connell Reception

Connell Reception
Morenci Club
Stephanie was such a fun and friendly bride to work with! Stephanie and Johnny had been married already but wanted their dream wedding in the church and a dream reception to follow. We were happy to decorate this reception. Thank you so much for allowing us to be a part of this special day!
Sign in area with our buffet sign in table and easel. We added an old window frame to display pictures of the bride and groom throughout the years.  

The colors were navy blue, black and white with sunflowers

The cake was displayed under our romantic gazebo and our cart was used for gifts

8 round guest tables were set on each side of the room allowing plenty of dancing space and still giving 16 guest tables total

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Thursday, March 3, 2016

What Is Shabby Chic?

"Shabby Chic : is a form of interior design where furniture and furnishings are either chosen for their appearance of age and signs of wear and tear or where new items are distressed to achieve the appearance of an antique."

From the vintage cake stand to the lace and pearls, Shabby Chic weddings are absolutely timeless.
If you are looking to create a Shabby Chic wedding think vintage with off-white accessories, pretty florals, mismatched china you found in your grandmothers attic and soft candle light. You want your d├ęcor to say romance.
Light the way with chandeliers, hurricane lamps, lanterns and candles.
Distressed wood complements other aged items of your decor. All of these elements come together to bring out the comfort of the past.
These pictures were taken at the first Gila Valley Bridal Fair this past Saturday at the GFWC Woman's Club of Safford. We were honored to be a part of the Gila Valley Bridal Fair benefiting S.E.A.C.U.S.
It also gave us the opportunity to create this Shabby Chic inspired set up with our beautiful French door backdrop, buffet sign in table, the newest addition to our inventory, a distressed bench along with several other added details. It was wonderful to meet several brides-to-be and other talented vendors.
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Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Keep Calm, Hire A Planner

Keep Calm, Hire A Planner
Typically there is someone helping you with the major events of your life. Whether it's a professional or an experienced family member/friend, it is smart to enlist help sooner rather than later! Every bride and every couple is different. If you are a very organized, resourceful person maybe you won't need much help at all. If you are one of the couples that just can't find the time to plan or design the wedding that you dream of or just don't know where to begin, then hiring a wedding planner/event designer could be a welcome relief! Whether you just need a little help, or need a lot of help make sure you are enjoying the whole process and choose a planner that will help make this experience fun for you! Your wedding planner/event designer needs to fully understand what you are looking for on your wedding day. Everything from the entry way to the bridal table needs to be what you have envisioned. You want to flip through your wedding album one day and say, "This is exactly what I wanted." Someone to help you make sense of that Pinterest board you have labeled "My Dream Wedding". You may have all of these ideas and pictures bouncing around of what you want and just don't know how to make that happen. That's where we come in. We can help you with that dream wedding all while sticking to your budget. 

Tuesday, December 1, 2015

Wedding Planning Checklist

Today is the first day of December and my three year wedding anniversary. I have always loved winter and Christmas so what better time to get married? It may seem a little crazy being so close to Thanksgiving and Christmas. It can be overwhelming and hectic but it can definitely be done. And it can be absolutely beautiful.
If you are considering having a winter wonderland wedding here are some tips from a winter wonderland bride, yours truly!
Give yourself plenty of time to plan.
This Wedding Checklist is good to come back to for any wedding date!
10-12 months before the wedding :
Start a budget
Start working on that guest list
Compare calendars and select the date
Choose your wedding party
Hire a wedding planner/designer if applicable
Start visiting ceremony/reception locations and book if possible
6-9 months before the wedding:
Alert out of town guests of wedding date, possibly send out save the dates
Start meeting with caterers
Interview wedding photographers and videographers
Interview DJ
Select a florist
Order your gown and veil
Shop for bridesmaid dresses
Book your honeymoon
Choose your officiant
4-5 months before the wedding:
Look at wedding cake designs
Book your baker
Look for grooms tux and decide what the groomsmen will wear
Place your wedding invitation order
Confirm dates for bridal showers and bachelorette parties
Be sure to do your registry before bridal shower invitations are sent out
Reserve rental equipment such as tables, chairs, linens
Think about rehearsal dinner location
2-3 months before the wedding:
Finalize guest list and send invitations
Book makeup artist and hairstylist
Order favors
Flower girl baskets and ring pillows
Purchase wedding accessories
Find gifts for attendants and parents
Prep for honeymoon
Finalize rehearsal dinner plans
Mail invitations at least 8 weeks before the wedding day
1-2 months before the wedding:
Bridal gown fitting
Finalize ceremony readings and songs
Order liquor and beverages if not handled by the caterer
Begin writing your vows if applicable
Begin writing thank-you notes for bridal shower
Start thinking about getting your marriage license, typically no earlier than 30 days prior
If you are recently engaged and just aren't quite sure where to start I hope this helps!
Happy anniversary to my amazing supportive husband! I can't wait for the many many more years to come! Thank you for everything you do! I love you!
Photos by Lindsey Wilson Photography

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

England Wedding

I am so grateful to Clyde and Lindy for allowing me to create and design their country wedding! They were a pleasure to work with and I know they will have a lifetime of happiness. Their wedding was a blast!
For the alter we used white columns wrapped in burlap, ranch ropes, and country bouquets
The guests sat on hay bales wrapped in burlap
We lined the aisle with tree stumps and mis-matched vases
The aisle runner had horse shoes down both sides to hold it in place

 For the centerpieces we used tall vases that we personally wrapped in burlap and twine, horse shoes, and candles
 We decided to use our gift cart as the cake table for this wedding giving it that extra country charm
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Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Location, Location, Location!
Choosing the perfect wedding location can be difficult. There are so many things to consider. First, you need to sit down with the groom and create a list of what you both want. It's his day too. Ask him what he wants. This may also be a good time to discuss budget. What is your budget? You don't need to have a set budget when you first begin planning but you do need to have an idea of how much you can spend before you start the dream venues list. Have a date picked when you start writing down venues.
How many guests do you plan on inviting? How many of those guests will actually attend? If relatives are elderly will they be able to travel comfortably to a long distance venue? If your closest friends have young children will it be possible for them to travel across the state? The day is most definitely about you, but you may consider making a concession or two if it means your closest friends and relatives are able to attend.
What is your style? Whether it's country, rustic, formal, the style you envision will play a big part in determining where to spend your special day.
Wedding ready venues will often have the linens, chairs, tables, lighting, set up/clean-up crew all available to you. If you are choosing a venue that doesn't offer these things then you will also need to consider hiring an event designer and chair/table rentals. Find out what each venue provides!
Consider what your catering needs are. Not every venue will allow you to bring homemade food or the caterer of your choice. Some may have in-house catering menus you are required to choose from.
Is there a kitchen and cooking facilities available to you?
If you are planning on having alcohol you will need to know if they have their liquor license? Can you bring in your own alcohol? Do you need to hire security if there is alcohol?
Consider weather. Is rain, snow or wind a possibility? What is the venues plan B if weather is a problem? Is the building air conditioned/heated?
Keep all of these things in mind and ask lots of questions! Happy planning!