The Life Of A Bride To Be: The Finish Line Is Near

How in the world did “we have 8 months to go” turn into “we have 8 WEEKS to go!”? Time seriously does fly when you’re planning a wedding. Looking back, it hasn’t been the stressful disaster that so many people describe wedding planning to be! Do you want to know what I think the secret is? Choosing the right vendors. It truly makes all of the difference when you know you have vendors that you can trust with the biggest day of your life.

When you think about it, this is the most extravagant (don’t kill me for using this word) party that you will ever throw in your life! The day is all about you and your spouse, and being able to find the right florist or planner that you can fully rely on for such a big day is an accomplishment in itself. I sincerely believe that finding these people is half the battle of the stress that comes along with planning a wedding day. Anytime I have a moment of doubt, thinking about what could go wrong, I remember that these individuals are the ones that are making sure everything goes right!

For example, earlier this week our fabulous photographer, Jenn Wagner, emailed me to see if I had some time to chat about our timeline. I hopped on a call right away, dreading some terrible news that could ruin my big day. From day one, I’ve wanted a traditional ceremony; a first look was totally out of the question for me. However, Jenn explained that since our ceremony ends as the sun is setting, that we might need to either do all of our photos inside or consider a first look. Jenn knew how I felt about keeping the tradition alive and told me our photos would be just as lovely even if we didn’t go the first look path. After talking it out with her, I realized that I would much rather have spectacular photos with the fantastic views our venue offers than uphold a tradition for some unknown reason. Jenn was never pushy nor persuasive; she wants our day to be a special celebration that we envisioned. That’s the kind of vendor you want to find, one that listens and makes your dream wedding come true!

There will be hiccups along the way, even moments when you think, “why didn’t we just elope?”. The end is finally in sight and from what I can tell, it will all be worth it! Finally being able to see all of the details come together is one of the most rewarding parts of planning a wedding. This is the fun part! The bachelorette party, bridal shower, wedding gifts and so much love surrounding you. Even getting the mail is exciting because you know under all those bills and coupon books there could be an RSVP from your childhood best friend telling you she can make it to your big day! I cannot wait to marry the man of my dreams surrounded by our loved ones, seeing all of the months of planning finally come together in the most perfect celebration. Also, I know you all can’t wait to see the floral designs that Kevin has created! We’ll be sure to post them a few weeks after the wedding chaos has died down.

Sedona Styled Shoot Feature

This week we are featuring the Sedona styled shoot that our very own dutch intern, Stephanie, designed and modeled in! Stephanie is as gorgeous as she is talented, so we were very excited to able to help her out with her final internship project with Your Event Florist. Malone Sinclaire captured these beautiful ethereal images, with makeup and hair provided by the makeup queen herself, Heather Wilson. Stephanie’s designs highlighted the beauty of natural free-form and unique floral. The textures and colors were able to stand on their own against the backdrop of the gorgeous Enchantment Resort tucked away in Boynton Canyon. The stunning Haley Paige wedding dress was provided thanks to Schaffer’s. It was a truly magical day up in Sedona!

Real Wedding: Tara & Jeff

There is something simply perfect about April in the valley! The weather is ideal and everyone loves to take advantage of the warm days and cool, breezy nights. Tara and Jeff picked a beautiful April day to get married at the Fairmont Scottsdale Princess. The bride’s bouquet complimented springtime in Arizona with green mini succulents paired with white garden roses, blush spray roses, and light pink tulips. These pastel tones were carried throughout the floral designs and really popped in the reception! Trumpet vases were the focal point of the reception tables, accented with white hydrangea, blush roses, white lisianthus and light pink tulips with succulent accents. The day was pure elegance and we were so honored to be a part of it. Brittany Janelle Photography captured the gorgeous photos below.

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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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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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!

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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!

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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.

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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!

Vendor Feature: Malone Sinclaire Photography

Malone Sinclaire may be new to the desert, but her talent is quickly being recognized all over the valley. She “vows to create treasures that you can have forever” and we just adore any chance we get to the work with her. Malone took some time to discuss engagement sessions with us and swoon-worthy images with a few of her couples!

Tell us what you love about weddings.
I love the emotion at weddings. I’m an emotion “junkie” and when I see the Father of the Bride cry, or the Sister of the Bride practically giddy with excitement — that’s why I love my work, and that’s what I always try to document in my photography. Also, whenever I see two souls commit to love each other forever – that’s a beautiful thing. I know it is an honor to have witnessed, and I love that I get to photograph that incredible moment.

Engagement photos seem to be the #1 thing couples look forward to right after they get engaged, what would you say is important to remember when picking a photographer for this momentous event?
Engagement sessions are my favorite! They give the couple an opportunity to get comfortable being in front of the camera and it gives me as a photographer a chance to get to know who these people are as a couple and find the best way to connect and work with them so that on their wedding day everyone is ready to shine. I would absolutely say couples should look for a photographer that they will enjoy spending time with – your engagement session should be FUN! – and then ideally it should be the same photographer you will work with on your wedding day – this will make things much easier for the couple.

A lot of couples aren’t used to being in front of the camera for extended periods, what is a good way to prepare for engagement photos?
I would say the best way to prepare is to work with your photographer to make sure you’ve got the ideal location, clothing choices and time of day chosen. And then you should do your very very best to relax and have fun and trust this professional to do their job which is to make you look amazing.

What are some of your favorite spots around the valley for engagement photos?
I am still new to Arizona, so I am still learning about my favorite engagement session locations – but for the most part couples are requesting desert sessions. And for good reason! – Arizona is so unique that it’s neat to capture that environment in photos. Most couples use their engagement photos on their Save the Dates and so highlighting the desert is a fun aspect to send to family and guests from out of town that will be coming to the desert for the wedding.

Do you think couples should try to coordinate or compliment outfits for an engagement session? Or just let their personality shine through their style?
I think that definitely putting thought into the colors and style of the outfits is essential. I would definitely recommend getting input from your photographer about what colors will look amazing in the location and time of day you have chosen. I think that in addition to that you should ALWAYS let your personality shine through as well.

What would you tell a groom that is reluctant to schedule an engagement session?
Grooms are often reluctant to schedule the engagement session – it’s usually because they don’t love having their photo taken or because they are nervous – they don’t want to disappoint their Bride! I like to have the Bride gently let the Groom know why this is important to her – after all, most Grooms will do ANYTHING for the woman they love! And then I always tell him that it will be worth it in the end when they see how happy she is to have photos of the two of them together. Then we focus on enjoying the time together and by the end, they are usually having so much fun they don’t want the session to end.

Can you share your favorite love story from the couples you’ve worked with?
Honestly, every couple is my “favorite,” love story. It’s so incredible to see love and how it just “works” and how different it is with each couple … it’s never the same, but it’s unmistakable. It’s quite an experience to get to work this closely with couples at such an important time in their lives – from that first meeting right after they are engaged, to the engagement session when they are a little bit nervous — then so so excited about their images — and then on their wedding day when you get the privilege of documenting moments they will remember forever – and then eventually they come back for anniversary sessions and then maternity sessions . . . Every single one is my favorite in that way – they’re all so beautiful.

 

Going Social With Your Event Florist

In 2016, it can be hard to figure out where to begin when planning your wedding! There are so many resources out there, from Pinterest to wedding blogs to WeddingWire and even simply Google. We know that Brides and Grooms are looking for vendors that not only understand their vision but also who they feel comfortable entrusting their special day to. Luckily, we’ve got social media covered, including behind the scenes looks in our studio, professional images from our events and even inspiration boards. All of the ways you can read up on Your Event Florist are listed below, make sure to follow us our your favorite social media platforms to stay up to date with Your Event Florist.

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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 Inspiration: Darling Dogs

To say we’re dog lovers would be an understatement! Furbabies are an important part of many couple’s lives, so why not make them a part of the most important day of your life? Including your dogs in your wedding is one of our favorite ideas. They will steal the show, but in the best way possible. From flower crowns to floral-adorned leashes there are so many fabulous ways to honor your pups on your big day! We love getting to design for four-legged friends. Check out some of our favorite ideas below.

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Meeting Our International Intern

The future of florals lies in the hands of the youth. Kevin and Shawna Reed have always had a passion for mentoring and educating future generations in the floral industry! Most recently, we have had the pleasure of hosting Stephanie Klockenbrink, an intern from The Netherlands (Holland), at our shop in Scottsdale. We wanted to take sometime and share her story and her designs with the world!

My name is Stephanie, I’m 21 years old and I live in The Netherlands. There I study Flowers & Design. This year I had the chance to do an international internship. I was seeking to find an internship with a wedding and event florist in Arizona and Your Event Florist just jumped out as a leader of high end design work in Arizona. I emailed them and immediately received an email back expressing interest in providing an international internship program for me. They were super excited and very open to the idea of hosting me. Now it’s a year later and here I am.

How would you friends describe you? If you ask my friends to describe me they will probably say that I’m super passionate about floral design and a real flowergirl. They always call me Flower Queen. That I’m super driven in everything I do and that am always there when they need me.

Where does your passion for flowers come from? My floral passion pretty much started in high school. We had these floral design lessons twice a month and I loved it, creating something from beautiful flowers felt awesome. That’s when I decided that I wanted to go to floral school. And I’ve been in love with it ever since.

What are you most excited about learning here in the states? I am super excited to learn about everything that has to do with weddings and events in the American style. In The Netherlands, weddings are not as big and lavish.  The style is very different and in the States flowers are prominent! In The Netherlands it’s pretty rare to decorate the whole venue.

Tell us about how you design an arrangement. I can’t really explain how I design an arrangement, I come up with new designs at the strangest moments. Sometimes I wake up in the middle of the night with a new idea or when I’m in the shower or from some inspiration I see. 

What has been your most challenging design to date? My most challenging design was probably for the Cymbidium contest at my school, I didn’t win anything but I loved developing my ideas and working to realize what I wanted to create.