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.

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!

Your Event Florist | Elegance in the Garden | Tabletop Shoot

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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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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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

The Life Of A Bride-To-Be Part 4: Timeless Floral Designs

Finding a florist for your wedding is one of the most important vendors to find, connect with and trust their creativeness! Can you imagine images from the reception without centerpieces or a bride without her bouquet? Of course not. Flowers are one of the constants that have remained in the wedding world since Day One. Now I may of had it easy when deciding on a florist for my wedding since I work for Your Event Florist. However, Kevin and Shawna (owners) never once pressured me into using them. Let’s face it though, after working for them for over a year I knew that no one else could even come close to executing my wedding day vision better than the Your Event Florist design team.

Going into my consultation with Kevin was really exciting for me! I invited both my mom and mother-in-law to be as well so they could be a part of the process. Working in their front office as their Social Media Coordinator, I had never seen Kevin on the “vendor” side, so this was a new experience.  To begin the process, so they could see what I wanted, what I liked, they suggested I bring in inspiration photos of floral and style of decor to be able to visualize my design aesthetic.  That is what makes them stand out, in my opinion based on my other friends experiences with different vendors when they were planning their wedding, they never told me what I wanted, they listened to what ideas I had and then expanded on them.

 

Now being a part of the wedding industry, I knew right away that I didn’t want a Pinterest-clone wedding. I wanted something one-of-a-kind, full of glamour and fun. Kevin was so fantastic at understanding my ideas; he took bits and pieces of the designs and flowers I would describe and put into words exactly what I wanted! I never doubted his skills, but being on the “Bride” side totally solidified just how talented of a designer he truly is. The two moms present were completely blown away by the meeting and were so thrilled to see Kevin took the time to talk individually about their special components, as well as important family members.

After receiving my final floral proposal, I am even more excited for my wedding day! It’s everything I could have ever dreamed. Kevin’s designs will definitely ensure my day will be unique and even more spectacular than I imagined and my bridal bouquet – I can’t even – it is going to be so gorgeous  (I may not put it down all night). One word of advice to all the Brides To Be out there – allow yourself to go into your floral design consult with an open mind, trust in whomever you select for their talent and creativeness and you will have no regrets!  Of course, my hope is that everyone uses Your Event Florist, so they too get to experience what I did!

Images by Malone Sinclaire Photography

Vendor Spotlight: Blue Eyes Productions

Everyone says that your wedding day goes by in the blink of an eye. Photographers have become our second set of eyes for these special moments but there is a rising trend of hiring a videographer to film weddings! Videographers provide a different view of the day, their art captures actions and feelings through the emotional stories they tell through their lens. We have never seen a wedding day trailer that didn’t make us tear up, making it mission accomplished by the many videographers of the wedding world!

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Blue Eyes Productions is a videography company based in Scottsdale, traveling country wide capturing love stories and special moments. We wanted to take some time to get to know the company and get an industry insight into the growing role of videography in the wedding world.

Rachel + Sean Wedding Teaser at Hilton Scottsdale Resort & Villas | Blue Eyes Productions Wedding Videography from Blue Eyes Productions on Vimeo.

Owner Sarah Henry gave us some background on Blue Eyes Productions that she co-owns with her fiancé,

6 years ago my sister was getting married and I was helping her plan her wedding. During one of our conversations I asked her if she was going to hire a videographer and she said no because she already had a great photographer. I was shocked! I was currently finishing my Master’s Degree in Digital Cinema and spent years producing, shooting and editing videos, so I knew the value of videography. I reminded the soon-to-be bride that photographs weren’t going to capture her vows or the toasts, or even my inevitable tears throughout the day…which happened when she put on her dress, when I tried to give a speech in the limo and when my dad gave his toast at the reception! (I’m a sucker for weddings!) Finally, she agreed to let Kyle, my now fiancé, and I shoot and edit her video for her. To this day she still thanks us for capturing her wedding day and says it was the best gift anyone ever gave them! The excitement from her and her husband is the very reason we started shooting weddings and creating timeless memories for couples

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What do people want to know about hiring a videographer:
A lot of couples want to know how the videography process works for the day. We work with couples to decide what is the most important events of the day for them and create packages based on that. We always tell couples that this is YOUR video, so we want it to be exactly what you want. If you want footage getting ready along with the sparkler exit from the reception, we will be there all day and capture everything in between. If you want a memory of your grandma on camera wishing you and your spouse a long and happy marriage, we can do that!

What can videography offer that photography cannot:
Photographers have always been one of the most important vendors you book for your wedding. However, videography offers something that photos can’t – the ability to relive every aspect of your wedding day, from the emotional vows from your spouse during the ceremony, to the toasts and first dance during the reception. These moments are a blur to a bride and groom the day of their wedding. Every event happens so fast and when you mix in the excitement and nerves, it’s easy to forget the special toast your dad gave you or the first words your mom said when you put on your dress. Unfortunately, these are memories a photographer just can’t capture. A wedding videographer captures those moments and allows you, your friends, family and future little ones the opportunity to relive your wedding day

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.

Real Wedding: Dana & Braden

Elegance is the best word to describe Dana and Braden’s wedding day! Bride Dana’s garden-style bouquet was one of our favorites this year, the free form style of the jasmine vine perfectly complemented her timeless wedding gown. Sassi provided a dreamy backdrop for the day that Joshua Killeen Photography captured in these stunning images. We’re wishing these two a lifetime of happiness and so thankful we got to be a part of their special day!