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“A desert is a place without expectation.”

-Nadine Gordimer

Some may say that the desert is a strange place to get married. I beg to differ. Like the quote above, a wedding and a marriage truly are at their best when they are void of expectation, but full of hope, love, unconditional giving and adaptability. I believe it to be a very beautiful and unique location to hold a wedding. Just the soft & dusty colors alone are very inspiring.  A desert wedding is warm and full of light, most of the year without the chance of rain. The tall and old Saguaro cacti and giant Agave are symbols of strength, survival and steadfastness in a harsh environment, which are amazing qualities in a marriage. For many people, the desert evokes images of the Old West: cowboys & tumbleweeds, etc.. As you can see on the inspiration board below, it really can be quite elegant. Clean and simple. 

Desert Inspiration

 from top left: gown by rue de seine, mint photo, josevilla , carolinetran, bottom center: kristinjoy

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“There’s a big difference between falling in love with someone and falling in love with someone and getting married. Usually, after you get married, you fall in love with the person even more.”
Dave Grohl

Happiness washed over me when I received the email from Carrie and Josh Estes with a link of their wedding photos by Luke/Mallory Photography. I am always filled with gratitude and honor that I got to be a part of this special and joyous time in a couples’ life. These two sweethearts decided on a small and intimate wedding at the Windmill Winery Waterfront that was coordinated by the amazing Karen Podrasky of Kdp Events. I loved that Carrie chose an all white and cream bouquet full of Peonies, Patience Garden Roses, Stock, Ranunculus and Seeded Eucalyptus. It was so very bridal and classic, with a bit of rustic. Her bridesmaids clutched colorful Coral Charm Peonies, Dahlias, and Juliet Garden Roses that popped on their soft grey dresses.

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Carrie Pulis flowers

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” The more connections you and your lover make, not just between your bodies, but between your minds, your hearts, and your souls, the more you will strengthen the fabric of your relationship, and the more real moments you will experience together.”
-Barbara de Angelis

      A topic of conversation for the past few days has been “connections”. Weddings are all about connections. The two spirits in love making a lasting connection. Two families becoming connected by their union. All of the professionals they hire to help make the wedding special are intertwined by their work on the wedding. Some of my dearest friends are the ones that I’ve worked on weddings with.

I love creating beauty for a wedding, but what really lights my fire is that for a brief and important moment in the couples’ lives, I am connected to them. In a consultation I always make it a point to ask when they got engaged, how long they’ve been together, etc. I love hearing their stories and sometimes, I even get a bit misty. Hearing about their love, their connection, makes my heart swell. There is so much negativity in this world and their stories are testimony that there is still so much love and positivity.

The happiness I feel when I receive an email from my couples with photos from their wedding day is inexplicable. I’m way more moved that the couple felt that I should see how my work was connected to their experience, than actually seeing my creations professionally photographed. Often this is weeks, even months after the wedding. I am so grateful that they thought it was important to share with me. They felt the connection, too.

One of my photographer friends always says that she sees that my arrangements are made with love. It’s like food tasting better when you know it’s made with love. It really is true. I love what I do. I love it because I think about the people that will be holding, wearing, and enjoying the florals and design I’ve created from them and I know that the creations will bring them joy. It’s that connection that’s made between your heart and your hands and then into the design or art that the magic happens. It’s not only about the art or design, the “stuff” that makes a wedding pretty. It’s the reason I’m being hired to do it in the first place, the reality of the celebration of marriage, the connections.

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photo by brushfire photography

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“White is not a mere absence of color; it is a shining and affirmative thing, as fierce as red, as definite as black. God paints in many colors; but He never paints so gorgeously, I had almost said so gaudily, as when He paints in white. ”

-G.K. Chesterton

 

There is something so beautiful about a white wedding. It’s no accident that white weddings are still being designed and sought after to this day. They will always be desired. White is pure and innocent, clean and classic. It can be ethereal and vintage, even starched and modern. It is utterly versatile. I love designing with white tones only and then creating layers of texture within it. Any colors along side it should be very subdued and soft, so as to allow the white to be the primary focus.

Bridal gowns are normally designed in white or ivory, honoring tradition. Ivory is still a version of white, so designing the entire wedding in creamy, ivory tones will still convey the same timeless feeling. Many of today’s brides are opting for a more off-white toned gown as it’s just a bit softer with various skin tones. Lace is it’s prettiest in creamy whites, too.

So many amazing blooms are really the prettiest and most fragrant in their white hue. Nothing smells better to me than a creamy Patience Garden Rose. Along with soft greenery and white fillers, they look so fresh and full of life on a well dressed table. Also, food looks so appetizing on white dishes. The possibilities are endless.

White Inspiration

 

photo credit- top right Casa de Perrin, bottom left craigevasanders.co.uk, bottom center Flowerwild, bottom right cortana

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“I’ve always loved the rustic, slightly worn style of Canvas

and that element of an artisanal hand. It’s so inherently chic.”

-Jason Wu

The natural beauty of many parts of the country, especially here in Arizona, is very inspirational to engaged couples. Often, they use the adjective “rustic” to describe their wedding style. There are many interpretations of what that adjective embodies. The style board below gives a fresh approach to styling rustic wedding ideas. It combines natural elements with refined, to create a comfortable atmosphere. From start to finish it is simple, elegant, natural. Each element carefully curated to not look or feel overdone. The color scheme subdued and soft to flow with the luscious colors of nature. Earthy tones work best. Dusty Greens and Rich Browns play off of the scenery and work with it to create harmony.  The ceremony is set with beautiful fruitwood, Tuscan cafe chairs under an old and twisted tree. The bride takes her steps down the aisle in a flowing lace, Rue de Seine gown, clutching her fresh and natural bouquet in greens, succulents, and cream Patience Garden Roses. Her hair and make up kept refined and minimal. The reception is well appointed with wood tables, woven chargers and dining ware from Casa de Perrin. The floral tablescapes are comprised of soft greenery or clustered succulents. Soft ivory candles in simple glass hurricanes create ambient lighting for the delicious meal. Elegant flatware and crystal goblets create a unique juxtaposition, of rustic and refined. They will surely enhance the dining experience as well. The goal is to create an artisanal beauty that will transcend the ages.

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credits from top left to bottom right: brushfire photography, rue de seine bridal, joseba sandoval, 1st & 2nd bottom photos: casa de perrin,

florals by joy thigpen/photo rylee hitcher

 

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