28
Jan

A Unique Father Daughter Dance

Posted by Rebecca Beeman in category Event Ideas and Tips, Fabulous Finds, Music, Things We Love

Let’s talk father daughter dances! Many modern brides still like to include the tradition of dancing with their father at their wedding reception. It is a nice time to thank your dad for being a part of your life with a special moment that is just for the two of you. But how do you pick which song to dance to from the millions of songs out there? Ahh, the pressure!!

I recently came across an awesome song that captures those few minutes that you have to honor your dad with a dance. This perfectly unique father daughter dance song is called This Dance and is written by Bill Griese of Nashville. The song is laid back and sweet and has a very James Taylor-ish kinda feel. The lyrics, sung by Bill Griese and Taylor Dukes, feel like the exchange of words between a father and a daughter as they dance together. Is that perfect or what?!! I love the part about how the daughter always brings a smile to her dad’s heart. How sweet! Give it a listen and let me know what you think!!

With all that Life has to offer,

Rebecca

Life Design Event Planning // Wedding Planner // Phoenix


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25
Oct

Uptown girl :: Finding the dress

Posted by Sara Garcia in category Fashion, Things We Love

I recently got engaged and thus a whirlwind chain of events ensued! There were engagement photos to be taken, a venue to be chosen and of course a dress to be found!  Uptown Bridal and Boutique was the obvious choice to start with, I had been there a few times but always as a wedding planner, and never as a Bride. If you have ever taken a walk down Boston Street in Chandler, you probably noticed that on the corner of Arizona Ave and Boston St. are beautifully dressed windows featuring mannequins in gowns that sparkle! From the moment you walk into Uptown you feel like you’re at a Sunday brunch with girlfriends. Owners, Nicole and Tonia are sincere in their joy and enthusiasm for your big day and clearly experts in gorgeous gowns. The gowns are out and not wrapped in bags, and the show room can transform any little girl back to childhood memories of playing dress up.  From the detail in the ceiling to the lovely framed pictures of Uptown Brides on their special day, not a detail is missed.   upt2   My appointment was on a Thursday with Ali, she immediately wanted to know my love story, to which I of course obliged,  her genuine interest was refreshing and sweet.  As Ali and I chatted on, my Mom and Sister patiently waited as I walked out with the first dress on, the door opened, a silence and then gasps. I had found the one. How was it possible to find the “one” on the first try? Coincidentally Tim and I both agreed we fell in love at first sight, so maybe I was having a perfect fit at first dress moment? They say when you know, you know,  and I knew I found my dress. Just as everything else in the planning process, finding your dress for your wedding day should be an unforgettable experience and one that will you will always cherish, I know I will never forget that special Thursday in September when I put the dress on that turned me into a Bride. Thank you Ali!

With all that Life has to offer, Sara

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Uptown Girl!


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24
Oct

Who will officiant your wedding? // Deciding between hiring or asking a friend

Posted by Cicely Rocha.Miller in category Locations, Modern Union, MRSter Approved, New Tradition, Real Life Clients, Real Life Weddings, Scottsdale Venues, Vendors, Venues

It’s been a trend that we have seen for a bit to ask someone that the couple knows to officiate their wedding ceremony. I am ordained (originally planned as an emergency back up) and will be executing my second ceremony on Sunday for our soon to be wed and past intern, Sian.

What we have been hearing from couples is that some aren’t connected to a specific minister or church and understand the importance of the ceremony. With that being clear to them they felt awkward hiring a minister or someone ordained to administer their wedding nuptials.

Ceremony at Montelucia Omni Resort in Scottsdale produced by wedding planners at Life Design Event Planning

Ceremony at Montelucia Omni Resort in Scottsdale produced by wedding planners at Life Design Event Planning

What are your thoughts on it? To hire or not to hire?

With all that life has to offer,

Cicely

Life Design Event Planning // Wedding Planner // Phoenix + Minneapolis


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29
Aug

New Wedding Fashion Trends for the Upcoming 2015

Posted by Cicely Rocha.Miller in category Fashion, MRSter Approved, Real Life Clients, Real Life Weddings

Trends differ from time to time and others really set off. A few trends that I’ve noticed are very unique for the upcoming spring. With off the shoulder necklines, new bold colors, and tulle overskirts, you can’t get anymore in style!

Picture courtesy of Sergio Photographer

I love, love, love the off the shoulder style! It shows your sweeter, more romantic side. Its also great for brides that want to wear sleeves but don’t want to be completely covered. Blues, grays, and even mint green colors have gotten in place of fall 2013’s blush and ivory. Just the subtle coloring is a big difference as just going with the traditional white. You can’t go wrong with a tulle overskirt. With one, you can give off a light and playful vibe. It makes me feel like I’m Barbie, to be honest.

All of these trends are very modern options. the trends are also beautiful and could work with pretty much anyone. They also capture different sides of the brides and what they want to imprint on their big day. Happy shopping!

With all that life has to offer,

Morgan

Life Design Event Planning // Wedding Planner // Phoenix + Minneapolis


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27
Jun

Real Weddings :: Laura + Mike

Posted by Cicely Rocha.Miller in category Blue, Design, Event Ideas and Tips, Modern Union, Orange, Phoenix Venues, Purple, Real Life Clients, Real Life Weddings, Red, Wedding Colors

It is customary for us to ask our clients if they are exchanging gifts. I personally love this part of a wedding. It’s so cute to see the Best Man deliver a gift of the Maid of Honor deliver a gift to the wedding couple individually. When we ask most couples about this they immediately think it needs to be something expensive but on the contrary I encourage words…they are free and priceless.

For this couple a gift to the Groom from the Bride :: Custom-made Cufflinks

From the moment I met Laura and Mike they purged their color choices of an Arizona sunset. This was a major part of the design and thinking of the wedding. Fiori Floral Design assisted with conceptualizing the vision with this stunning bridal bouquet including all the colors Laura wanted.

Due to wind before the ceremony we tied these strung lanterns with the wedding escort cards to the tree so we didn’t obtain a picture with it as we wanted to present it but it looked so pretty when we were able to untie them. Just another creative way to display their guest table assignments.

Ceremony set. Musicians Playing. Bridal Party about to walk in. Beautiful setting at The Wrigley Mansion. It’s time.

A few items from home our couple brought to give it a homie (not in a gansta sort of way..lol) feeling. Warms the heart doesn’t it.

As a sign of remembrance the couple and their bridal party released balloons to remember the loved ones they lost. This was especially important to Laura due to her triumph against breast cancer…still a survivor and holding strong.

They did it. It was charming and overflowed with tears and love. Fantastic job to the officiant Dr. Jerry Law from This Day Forward for pulling together an outstanding original ceremony with lots of their personality. It was a blast!

This is a great repsentation of how much better of a picture the “signing of the license” can be if it has some decorative sense to it. Often times it’s shot in a boring ballroom or on some wooden random table. That document makes your marriage legals so think ahead where you’d like to sign it.

The Groom’s socks. I just love the hidden details.

Loving the ginormity of the balloons. Any time I hold one I feel like a child again and who doesn’t want to feel that way? SO carefree!!!

A nice room shot of the decor. The guests loved the hanging parasols from the ceiling of the reception space.

 

Vendor List

Balloons :: AZ Balloon Art

Cake Baker :: Let Them Eat Cake

Ceremony Music :: Applause Productions

Decor :: James Barnett

Entertainment :: Ray the DJ

Floral :: Fiori Floral Design

Hair and Makeup :: Salon Embellish

Officiant :: From This Day Forward

Paper Products :: The Invitation Lady

Photography :: Harley Bonham Photography

Rentals :: Creative Event Rentals

Speciality Services :: Self Portrait Station

Specialty Services :: Ali Ink

Venue :: Wrigley Mansion

Videographer :: Modern Wedding Scenes


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6
Jun

WIPA (Wedding Industry Professional Association) // Networking + Presentation Event in Phoenix

Posted by Cicely Rocha.Miller in category Event Professionals, In the Spotlight, Upcoming Events

So next week I have the pleasure of producing an event for WIPA (Wedding Industry Professionals Association) and I couldn’t be more scared and excited. It’s basically my peers staring at me while I set up and execute an event that is sponsored by different vendors and in this case we have quite the army of them. I am thrilled to have been asked and I hope you attend not only to see the vision come to life but also to hear from the fantastic speaker Maria Bayer. I have signed up for her email series and I love what I have read so far. I am stoked to hear her words of wisdom and so should you.

Hope to see you there!

With all that LIFE has to offer,

Cicely

Cicely Rocha.Miller // Event Producer + Modern Union Expert // Life Design Event Planning // Phoenix + Minneapolis

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24
May

Addicted to LOVE // Red and Black Wedding Reception Table Design

Posted by Cicely Rocha.Miller in category Design, Gay and Lesbian Weddings, In the Spotlight, LGBT Weddings, Modern Union, MRSter Approved, Scottsdale Venues

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Photo by Foskett Creative

Love is all around us and is consequently the reason why we have the honor of designing, planning and executing events, especially weddings. The core of these celebrations is L-O-V-E.

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Photo by Foskett Creative

Photo by Foskett Creative

The trend presented in this imagery isn’t a trend at all. It’s about marriage equality. It’s about serving the needs of same sex couples and developing an experience that welcomes all couples to enjoy the planning process of their big day. This means being inclusive and thoughtful, engaging and open, supportive and excited. Its about looking at the industry’s professionals and their business models, reexamining their marketing and everyday communication to serve all communities better. Our gay and lesbian couples are new to this opportunity and will be many times looking to us to lead the way and introduce them to the modern union traditions as we develop them.

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Photo by Foskett Creative

The table designed here was conceptualized by ever-so-enthusiastic Cicely Rocha.Miller of Life Design Event Planning in partnership with BBJ Linen (chargers, linens, chair covers, napkins, napkin rings), Classic Party Rentals (chairs, flatware, stemware, plates), Ali-Ink Designs (all paper products), Lux Wedding Florist (all floral) and FireSky Resort and Spa (venue and table). You might notice that the table is a seamless flow of both masculine and feminine characteristics neither stronger or less impacting than the other. With the classic colors of red, black and white it gives a sense of tradition but has an edge due to the ornate golds and textured linens. The centerpiece particularly is a story of it’s own with the symbolism of the fact that out of every 10 youth, 1 identifies as an LGBTQ person. For every 10 deep red roses a white callalily is represented and embraced.

The bottom line and point of this design is that LOVE is growing, and the gay and lesbian community brings the wedding industry billions of dollars in revenue. For so many reason it makes sense but at the very least the opportunity for growth is just good for business. The overall design was based on the look of the Robert Palmer video, “Addicted to Love”.

Watch the video and dance around a bit.  Addicted to Love

 


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16
Apr

Guest Interviews at Weddings // To do or not to do?

Posted by Cicely Rocha.Miller in category Event Ideas and Tips, New Tradition, Real Life Clients

Wedding Guest Interviews // Interview Booth

I gotta give a shout out to one of our awesome couples Jamie and Babak who got married at the beautiful Omni Resorts (Montelucia Resort and Spa) for this idea. They originally were thinking the cinematographer would interview the guests going table to table (too old school and awkward, right?) however Bright Bokeh set up an interview “booth” for guests and they captured the guests throughout the reception and it was a huge hit. I wish I would have had this at my wedding because it captures people’s reactions and best wishes for you to keep forever! Think how awesome it would be to have someone that you cherish on video at your wedding!?!

Wedding Guest Interviews // Interview Booth

 

What are your thoughts on this maybe new tradition?

With all that LIFE has to offer,

Cicely

Cicely Rocha.Miller // Event Producer + Modern Union Expert // Life Design Event Planning // Phoenix + Minneapolis


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25
Jan

Leap Day Tradition

Posted by Cicely Rocha.Miller in category Popping The Question

While conversing over a bowl of pasta with my partner a couple of nights ago, we got on to the topic of unique proposal ideas that we had seen from sources such as Facebook and the rest of the web. This is when I brought up the leap day tradition, to which I got a puzzled gaze across the table from my other half…  He had NO idea what I was talking about! That’s when I thought that other people may not either, so it could be good thing to share!

Though the next leap year isn’t until 2016, I found it interesting that my American partner (I am British), had never even heard of this concept of a female being ‘allowed’ to propose on a certain day; once every four years on leap day. Although originating from the UK, I had no idea that this tradition was recognized more so there than in any other country.

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Leap Day 2012” by Danielmoyle is licensed under CC BY 2.0

Let me share these leap day folk tales with you…

For those of you who may not have heard of this tradition, it is believed to have been introduced in order to balance the traditional roles of men and women; in a similar way to how Leap Day balances the calendar.

The origin of this leap day proposal tradition has been attributed to two historical figures in particular. The first is St. Brigid of Kildare, a fifth-century Irish nun. It is claimed that she asked St. Patrick, the patron saint of Ireland, to grant permission for women to propose marriage as she complained that women were having to wait too long for their suitors to propose to them. So St Patrick gave women a single day in a leap year in which they were allowed to propose; Leap day.

Another popular story is that of Queen Margaret of Scotland. It is said that in 1288, she brought in a law setting fines for men if they refused marriage proposals put by women on a leap year. Such compensation was deemed to be a single rose, £1, a pair of leather gloves and a kiss.

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Single Rose” by Geishaboy500 is licensed under CC BY 2.0

Quite surprisingly this tradition is still continuing, though rather than being viewed as simply the one day that women are ‘allowed’ to propose; it has now become more of a romantic gesture and a relatively popular phenomenon for ladies wanting to break the ‘social rule’ and be the one to propose. According to a survey carried out by the British Heart Foundation back in early February of 2012, more than a third of British women were thinking about popping the question on Leap Day 2012!

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Street Proposal” by Prayitnophotography is licensed under CC BY 2.0

So what do you think ladies? Leap Day or not, would you propose to your man?

 

With all that Life has to offer,

Sian (pronounced Shawn)

Sian Pill // Apprentice Planner AKA The Intern // Life Design Event Planning // Phoenix + Minneapolis


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  • Deborah Spagnuolo said:

    I’ve never heard of this tradition. Very interesting! Although I don’t think I would ever want to be the one to propose!

    {February 5, 2014}
  • palm Beach Private Parties said:

    Wonderful post, great picture haha thats cute! I like your posts continue to write them.

    {February 5, 2014}

15
Jan

#RadiantOrchid :: Why I’m obsessed with this color of the year!

Posted by Sara Garcia in category Color, Iowa City Venues, Real Life Weddings, Things We Love, Uncategorized

If you scroll through your instagram and twitter feeds, and type in #RadiantOrchid, you will no doubt come across several pictures of this distinct shade of purple. Every year the folks at Pantone Color Institute announce what is known as the color of the year, and this year the chosen color is Radiant Orchid. For over 10 years they have helped influence and shape trends in home furnishings, fashion,  even the way companies package their product and much, much more! They do this through an extensive research process and the gathering of influences from all over the globe, they also take into consideration current trends, new textile offerings, influences from the entertainment industry, movies, environment surroundings, and this is just a tiny glimpse into how they determine the color.

I am obsessed with this color. The reason may surprise you, yes it’s stunning and if you ask any one of my close friends and family they will undoubtedly say that purple is my favorite color, but what I really love most about their selection is the way they describe the color they have chosen. It’s gracious how thoughtful they are in the adjectives they use. The way Pantone describes Radiant Orchid is borderline poetic. They bring it to life and give it a soul. And as I was reading the article in it’s entirety, it sounded as if they were describing someone’s beautiful big day! Read the direct quote below from their press release on how they describe what Radiant Orchid embodies and you’ll see what I mean!

“An enchanting harmony of fuchsia, purple and pink undertones, Radiant Orchid inspires confidence and emanates great joy, love and health. It is a captivating purple, one that draws you in with its beguiling charm.”

Joy, love and health, what else could you ask for not only on your special day, but for your life together! So how will you incorporate this gorgeous color into your event plans? Check out how  Life Design Event Planning clients Kelly + Koda  incorporated this pop of purple into their big day!

This patchwork pattern adds just the right amount of color to this unique ceremony lay out

This patchwork pattern adds just the right amount of color to this unique ceremony lay out

I love this smart and modern bouquet with the different shades of purples

I love this smart and modern bouquet with the different shades of purples

Stunning

Stunning

With all that Life has to offer,

Sara
Event Consultant//Life Design Event Planning//Phoenix + Minneapolis

All of the beautiful floral was done by Every Blooming Thing, the stunning images were captured by McClanahan Studio, and the Hotel Vetro served as host for this gorgeous event!


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