“A wedding dress is both an intimate and personal for a woman –
it must reflect the personality and style of the bride. “
With Spring around the corner, and so many newly engaged brides, blogging this awesome shoot centered around the wedding dress and giving some time and stress saving tips seems very apropos.
In my opinion, to plan and style a wedding seamlessly, there is a progression that is ideal, you can see why the finding the perfect wedding dress is one of the very first steps.
STEP 1: SET YOUR BUDGET
Determine what you can and will spend on the entire wedding. Then break down the amount into a line item for each area of the wedding. Hire an experienced planner to help you with this from the start. Also, there are many amazing resources to help you determine how to budget like:https://www.realsimple.com/static/pdfs/budget_worksheet.pdf
STEP 2:FIND THE VENUE
The venue will take a large portion of your budget and the aesthetic of it will also be a huge source of inspiration for the wedding design. It also sets the tone of how formal or informal the wedding will be. One of our favorite Arizona venues, El Chorro is featured here :
STEP 3: FIND THE DRESS
Finding the perfect wedding dress is pretty crucial to the overall wedding experience. It’s the inspiration for the attire of the entire wedding party. http://lovelybride.com where we created this inspiration shoot is an excellent source for an amazing bridal gown shopping experience.
STEP 4: SHOP FOR BRIDESMAIDS GOWNS AND SUITS
Although you may have a great color palette in your mind’s eye, it may be really difficult to make it a reality if the colors are difficult to find. Some gorgeous colors and styles on trend for 2018 can be found here:
for the guys:
STEP 5:DESIGN DECOR & FLORAL
Living in such a visual online world, it is incredibly easy to first go to Pinterest or Magazines to draw from for inspiration. Then it’s also very easy to just replicate what you see in the already completed images. This results in every wedding looking like ones before it. To create a very personal and unique wedding day that reflects the true personality of the couple, inspiration could come from answering questions like:
- what are their favorite colors?
- where are some of their favorite places to travel to?
- how do they want to decorate their new home together?
- what works of art speak to them or what cherished objects do they own?
Often digging a little deeper into WHO the couple is will help to create a more meaningful and personal experience.
It’s also KEY to have the previous 4 steps in place before the decor design really starts because those steps dictate a lot of the design. Sometimes our clients won’t have the venue, bridal gown or wedding party attire figured out yet. We do the full floral and decor proposal, without the first four steps taken, undoubtedly there will be changes to the floral proposal along the way. We’ve found after creating for over 400 weddings, that the most seamless weddings and least stressed out clients stem from following this wedding planning model.
photography Leslie D Photography | wedding dress “Lanai” by Katie May, “Azriel” by Watters, “Tarren” by Louvienne, “Lake” by Lovers Society via Lovely Bride| model Kendall Hyzdu via Agency Arizona | Makeup Arielle Rondeau| Hair Emily Hughes| cake Ruze Cake House | invitation Freed Hands| hand painted backdrop Christine Olmstead| ribbon and styling cloth Frou Frou Chic
“Whatever path brought you here
There is a reason why you came,
Though you may not know it now.
So, please open your ears and listen.
Listen to the message that Sedona has for you.”
― Ilchi Lee,
Erin and Palmer’s Sedona wedding day was truly enchanting and beautiful, just like Sedona. They said their vows at the beautiful Immaculate Conception in Cottonwood, AZ and dined and danced the night away at Enchantment Resort in Sedona, AZ. The stunning vision was pulled together by the bride, Erin and the super talented event designer, Kim Duncan of Kim Duncan Design. They pulled gorgeous items from La Tavola Linen, Classic Party Rentals, and Revelry Event Designers. We loved the natural palette chosen to enhance the surrounding red rock splendor. Especially, the requested touch of magnolia leaves. Their rust colored velvety leaves really gave a unique look to the floral arrangements. Another extra special touch were the Portuguese tiles on every table to honor Erin’s Portuguese heritage. And how about the incredible strands of lights in the tent? What a spectacular sight! All beautifully captured by Lear Miller Weddings. It was so cool how he captured Erin’s awestruck expression when she finally saw her vision become reality! What a treat for us to be a part of such a great team to make this amazing Sedona wedding day happen for such an equally amazing and very sweet couple! We were beyond honored able to create mini gardens of love for them!
A few more awesome vendors:
catering and coordination: Thornagers Catering
hair and makeup: Sedona Beauty Team
cake: Sedona Cake Couture
“When you realize you want to spend the rest of your life with somebody, you want the rest of your life to start as soon as possible.”
— WHEN HARRY MET SALLY
Marian & Mark’s charming El Chorro wedding is one of our favorites to date. It was so heartfelt, natural, and beautiful. It was such a highlight for our team to get to create Marian’s vision. Organic, lush and unique florals to compliment beautiful Casa Paloma at El Chorro.The whimsical greenery in the rafters and the twinkling taper candles among the centerpieces were quite dreamy, yet classic and elegant.
Coordinating @andrealeslieweddings http://andrealeslieweddings.com/ | Photography @rachelsolomonphoto http://rachel-solomon.com/ | Venue @elchorroweddings elchorro.com/weddings | Cake @ruzecakehouse http://ruzecakehouse.com/ | Gown @watterswtoo https://www.watters.com/wtoo/ via @bhldn http://www.bhldn.com/ | Videography @an_tpham | Makeup – Maureen Cosovich | Hair @dazed.and.diffused | Groom @theblacktux | Bridesmaids @dessygroup via @bellabridesmaids | Rentals @glamourandwoods | Invitations & Paper @paperlesspost | Calligraphy @lettersbyjennifer | Ribbon @froufrouchic | Ring Box @the_mrs_box
“And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.”-
1 Corinthians 13:13:
Sarah and Colby’s Silverleaf wedding was unforgettable. From the moment I met Sarah, I loved what she was wanting to convey in her day. Bright, natural, elegant but also comfortable for her guests. The combo of wildflower-esque florals and gold geometric pieces added that touch of whimsy to make her day unique. I also cannot begin to boast about my staff and their dedication and execution of this design. They never cease to amaze me! They brought their A game and their utmost attention to designing and installing. It also helped that we had the most beautiful peonies, rancunculus, and crazy green thistles as our medium to make this artful and unique day come to life.
Photography @rachelsolomonphoto http://rachel-solomon.com/ | Planning @imoni_events http://imonievents.com/| Venue @silverleafclub www.silverleafclub.com | Cake & Desserts @ruzecakehouse http://ruzecakehouse.com/ | DJ @deserthouseproductions http://www.deserthouseproductions.com/ | Videography @brightbokeh http://www.brightbokeh.com/ | Makeup Insta:@courtmontes | Hair @hairbyemilyhughes http://hairbyemilyhughes.com/ | Gown @watters via @bridalboutiqueoklahoma | Bridesmaids @amsalebridesmaids via @primokc | Menswear @thewardrobeokc | Invitations @smockpaper | Paper @celebrationsinpaper http://www.celebrationsinpaper.com/ | Linens @latavolalinen https://latavolalinen.com/ | Rentals @glamourandwoods http://www.glamourandwoods.com/ & @primrentals http://primrentals.com/
“Romance is the glamour which turns the dust of everyday life into a golden haze.”
-Carolyn Gold Heilbrun
We just can’t get enough of a lush, greenery wedding here at Sarah’s Garden. When I first met with Jen, I was immediately excited about flowering for her big day. She has impeccable taste, all of the gorgeous and unique details were completely hers. She originally had her heart set a ceremony at ASU’s Secret Garden. When plans fell through, she quickly brainstormed how to bring the lush garden feel to SoHo63. She provided many beautiful ideas, I eagerly sketched my interpretation of them for the ceremony. It was so cool to see the sketch become a reality.
Photographer: Charity Maurer Photography |Wedding Planner: Kate and Company Events | Getting Ready Venue: San Marcos Hotel | Wedding Venue: Soho63 | Florals: Sarah’s Garden | DJ: Banda Brothers | Cake: Piece of Cake | Dress: Watters/Wtoo | Hair: Jody Welsch | Makeup: Gina Schroeder | Rentals: Prim Rentals | Chair Rentals: Glamour and Woods | Videography: Skypoint Productions | Cake Stand: Magnolia Market