2016 Fall Wedding Trends

While most of the country is winding down from their busy season, filled with gorgeous summer weddings, here in the valley we are just beginning! Wedding season picks back up in August and continues well into the spring, thanks to the mild temperatures and gorgeous sunsets that fill the Grand Canyon state in the fall. Looking ahead, we’re seeing lots of fun and original trends for the fall and love sharing these tips with our YEF couples!

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YEF Design, Image via Step On Me Photography

Lounge areas are increasingly becoming the perfect way to add a more intimate vibe to your reception! Paired with long tables, your guests will feel more at home.

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Free-form bouquets continue their reign as the go-to look of 2016. The freshly picked designs are filled with depth, bold colors, and originality, ensuring no two bouquets are alike!

YEF Design, Image via Ryan Nicole Photography

Centerpieces need not look the same. Let your florist get their creative juices flowing and design an array of floral centerpieces for each of your guest tables.

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Image via The White Board

Food and drink stations are a great way to intrigue your guest’s taste buds while showing off your foodie side. Try an apple cider bar or a smores building station!

apple cider bar

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There’s been a huge space neglected in ceremony and reception spaces for a very long time, the ceiling! This empty space has become a blank canvas for couples to add unique light treatments, floral designs or even draped fabric!

ceiling designs

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We cannot forget the Pantone Colors of the Year, rose quartz and serenity. These whimsy shades are perfect for softening your color palette on the big day. Try your “something blue” in serenity or adorn your flower girl in a rose quartz tutu.

flower girl

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No matter if you stick to the trends or not, Your Event Florist has the design talent to ensure that your wedding will be timeless!

Love Is Love

With all of the terrible things going on in the world these days, sometimes it can be hard to see the good that is right in front of us. There is one simple fact to remember when times get tough, Love is Love. We stand by our brothers and sisters in Orlando and pray for peace, reverence and healing.  Instead of letting the negative change us, we want to remain positive that Love comes in all forms and should be honored and embraced for it’s pureness. The ultimate act of love and marriage surrounds our business everyday and we thought it would be good to share some LOVE with the world!

Images Clockwise Starting With Top Left: Ryan Nicole Photography, Ryan & Denise Photography, Ryan Nicole Photography, Melissa Jill Photography, Kimberly Jarman Photography, and Eyes2See Photography.
Images via Pinterest/Love is Love

No one is born hating another person because of the color of his skin, or his background or his religion. People learn to hate, and if they can learn to hate, they can be taught to love, for love comes more naturally to the human heart than its opposite.” – Nelson Mandela

Real Wedding: Ciana and Shaun

Ahh the Four Seasons Troon North. Could there be a more serene venue in the valley then this magical property? We can’t seem to think of one! Speaking of magical, Ciana and Shaun’s wedding day was nothing short of just that. Thanks to Whitney and the fabulous ladies of Some Like It Classic, we were able to bring life to Ciana’s floral dreams. Her exquisite garden rose bouquet was the perfect amount of whimsy to compliment the bold contrast of the bridesmaid’s bouquets. Their love of travel was incorporated flawlessly into the reception and their tall centerpieces conveyed the elegance of the evening. You don’t want to miss the amazing images by Elyse Hall Photography! This day is one we would love to live all over again and luckily we did as it was recently featured on Wedding Chicks.

 

Getting To Know Owner & Designer Kevin Reed

With over 30 years of experience, owner Kevin Reed is more than qualified to be one of the top floral designers in the valley! Kevin’s passion for flowers started at young age while helping out in his mother and father’s flower shops in Ohio & Indiana. Since then, he has branched out on his own and developed into the designer he is today! We wanted to take sometime for our Wedding Couples to be to get to know the man behind the designs and find out where he gets his inspiration from.

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To date, what has been your career highlight?
To date, my largest design achievement was successfully conceptualizing, designing and executing a very prominent 4 day Indian wedding while simultaneously providing service to our existing volume of corporate business. The wedding consisted of providing expansive floral décor for breakfast, lunch and evening activities each day, as well as providing décor for the public areas of the hotel for guests to enjoy (venue was bought out for just the wedding and guests) while also providing all Ceremony, Sangeet, Temple celebration decor, as well as their engagement dinner and final wedding reception. We used over 75,000 cut flowers of every color combination from 50 different flower varieties. With the help of 15 freelance designers, we worked 12 to 18 hours a day to deliver on our commitments to never compromise quality while providing the highest level of service and design.
My largest business achievement will always be opening the doors to Your Event Florist, ten years ago, it is so rewarding.
Tell us about why you think couples should splurge on their wedding day florals.
I feel the importance in having a floral budget is to create the feel and emotion of a celebration between two people that are in love and saying their I Do’s. They will revisit their wedding images for years to come and the flowers will always enhance their memories. Years later when they are reminiscing about there wedding, they will feel a great deal of satisfaction that it was truly designed with their ideas in mind for their wedding day.  Unique to them and only them!
Pinterest has made a huge impact on the wedding industry and floral design in the past few years – for the good and bad. Too often, it can feel like there is nothing new to create or you don’t have the freedom you once did to design. How do you find new and original ideas?
I welcome the Pinterest era. It provides a stepping off point, to visually get inside the head of our couples, to begin to create beyond the Pinterest inspiration. We have become a very visual society, so images are important, it helps the couple to be able to show what they like, it gives them inspiration and is welcomed, but just to start the process.  We will not directly duplicate something from Pinterest, it has already been done and is someone else’s design, so we only use it for their inspiration. In essence, we evolve their design look and incorporate their ideas to make it unique to them. My only advise is not to overthink Pinterest, just use it as that starting point for idea development.
What is the biggest challenge facing the floral industry?
In my opinion, the largest challenge facing florists is the concept that “anyone can do it.” As the industry is not regulated anyone can say they are a floral designer whether they have experience or not. We are experiencing a saturation of individuals setting up shops as florists that are not actually professionally trained.  Additionally, we have individual businesses over extending themselves and wanting to provide all wedding services, so they offer planning, event design, linen rental, furniture décor, as well as, floral. Don’t get me wrong we support many reputable businesses that have expanded their services, but the difference is that they are reputable businesses with experience, so do it well. My advice is just research, research your wedding vendors (all of them) and know who you are working with, ask questions and always read the contract. Hiring a professional with experience who has established design credentials should provide the peace of mind that hiring a non-professional does not.
What is one piece of advice you would offer to couples planning their wedding?
I would advise brides to trust in your florist’s skills and capabilities to execute their vision. Be clear with your florist on what is important to you and how you want to experience your wedding, but then allow them the ability to create and be creative, after all that is why you hire a professional. They will provide you with sound advice on the design to achieve your desired results and on what flowers will hold up best for the season of your wedding.  A reputable florist will always be able to provide guidance in the decision making process to create your dream wedding.
Where do you look for inspiration?
I get inspired from everyday life..Nature, Photography, Art, enjoying a great meal and observing how a chef presents a plate (I am a foodie). In Arizona, I get especially inspired by the natural beauty of the Sonoran desert. God has the greatest paint brush really. Additionally, I also get inspired by the work I see of other peer florists I follow and respect for their design skills locally and nationally. But mostly, by meeting and getting to know a prospective bride and listening to her inspiration. Feeding off of the couple’s excitement during a consultation and knowing you are designing something special and unique for just them, that truly is where I get my focused inspiration.
What is your favorite flower to work with?
It would be very hard for me to say I have a favorite flower because there are so many beautiful flowers available for me to design with that I enjoy. Each have their own distinct and unique beauty to them and I like different ones for different reasons and uses.  I know my wife’s favorite flower and for that she loves me.

Wedding Trends: Floral Cascades

Flowers have always been a key component of a wedding day. Each Bride has her own taste and style that is reflected in the floral designs she selects for her special day. We’re always on the lookout for what’s trending in the wedding world and we can’t help but fall absolutely in love with floral cascades! They give off an ethereal air and can be designed to any Bride’s style and venue. From a draped head table to a cascading cake topper, this trend is versatile and eye-catching. So which is your style… Classic? Romantic? Or Chic? Check out inspiration below!

 

How would you incorporate a cascade into your wedding day?

Your Event Florist is always looking for fresh, creative inspiration to bring our Bride’s dream wedding to reality!

Styled Shoot: A Cinderella Inspired Engagement

Growing up, little girls dream of their prince charming coming along and sweeping them off their feet for a lifelong, fairytale romance. A few months ago we found out that fairy tales really do come true for a beautiful afternoon at El Chorro, in Paradise Valley, AZ. This stunning engagement shoot was inspired by the classic story of Cinderella (minus the mice, of course!). We paired up with Some Like it Classic Wedding Design and Ryan & Denise Photography to capture the awe-inspiring day.

Kevin Reed, YEF owner & lead designer, wanted to create a dazzling floral design that would convey the magic & romance of the Cinderella tale while also translating into modern day. Two large candelabras framed the table with votives and faux diamonds on the gold damask table cloth from Wildflower Linen. The focal point centerpiece draped into a flower cascade, custom designed with White and Blue Hydrangea, White Roses, White Ranunculus, White Dahlias and accented with Ivy. Candles and votives filled the steps with White Dahlia and White Ranunculus accents. The results were simply breathtaking.

 

Make sure to check out our blog next week to see how to incorporate a Floral Cascade into your wedding!