15
Apr

Hi from the New Girl!

Posted by Kirsten Heiland in category Adventures, Event Professionals, Fun and Laughs, Minneapolis

Hello! I am Kirsten :: one of the newest members to join the Life Design team!

I am located in Minneapolis, Minnesota holding down the northern part of the country. We are super excited to be expanding in such an amazing wedding market! We may not have warm sunshine year round like our Arizona friends, but Minnesota really allows any type of wedding you want to have! With 4 incredibly different seasons, the possibilities are endless. Weather permitting, of course!

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What a difference a month can make in the land of 10,000 lakes!

picture by me. yep. my feet.

Living out my dream of being an Event Planner has been AWESOME! Everything I have expected and more! Actually … a lot more. Here are a few things I have discovered thus far that I was not expecting ::

 

1. Anyone involved in the wedding industry has way too much fun

Seriously, this industry could not be any more fun if it tried. Everyone I have met are super happy, awesome to talk to, and ready to help! Just the kind of people you want involved in for your big day!

 

2. Being organized is literally the best thing that can ever happen to you

My new file cabinet is currently my best friend. With big events comes a lot of pre-party paperwork. Keeping it all in one place and organized is a MUST in this line of fun (I mean work).

 

3. But really, there is a lot more paperwork than I would have ever imagined

Just throwing it out there, So much paperwork is involved in planning. From contracts, to e-signatures, not to mention the fine print :: It can be overwhelming! Everyday can’t be a trip to the florist, and we are okay with that!

 

4. This is not your normal 9-5 job

Okay, maybe that I WAS expecting. I guess I didn’t realize how awesome this industry really was! I get to spend my days exploring, researching, and connecting with awesome professionals. What more could a girl ask for, really?

 

5. We are not just putting an event together, we are Life Designing

Designing a moment in time for our clients that they will remember for the rest of their lives is what we do best. And we don’t take that lightly. We also don’t really take it that seriously either. We aren’t really the serious type. And that, is to be expected!

 

With all that Life has to offer,

Kirsten

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


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8
Apr

I’m here for the cake!

Posted by Rebecca Beeman in category Cakes and Sweets, Event Ideas and Tips

Seeing two people tie the knot? Awesome. Dinner and dancing? Sounds like fun.  Wedding cake?  YES PLEASE!!

Photograph by Rebecca Bouck Photography

Photograph by Rebecca Bouck Photography

I don’t know about you, but I love a delicious dessert, and wedding cake is the perfect ending to an amazing event. A traditional white cake is good, but how about something more exciting? Your guests want to see your personality in all the pieces of your wedding, so why not add some flair to your cake, too?!

More and more couples are opting for cakes in unique flavors and designs to reflect their tastes and delight their guests. Bakeries are offering many combinations of flavors including coconut cake with mango buttercream filling, almond cake with canolli cream filling, rum cake with pineapple filling, bourbon blackberry and lime cake, or maple bacon cake with chocolate mousse. Seriously, my mouth is watering just thinking about all of the cake/filling possibilities!

As for design, go with a cake that fits you as a couple!

Photograph by Frederique Cohen Photography

Photograph by Frederique Cohen Photography

Go with a vibrant color instead of traditional white.

 

Photograph by O. Grace Photography

Photograph by O. Grace Photography

Add a design that is repeated throughout the rest of your wedding décor.

 

Photograph by McClanahan Studio

Photograph by McClanahan Studio

Include details that people will look at and know without hesitation that this cake was picked out by the two of you!

But most importantly, remember, dessert is supposed to be fun! Be creative with your cake and your guests (especially self-proclaimed cake connoisseurs like me) will thank you for it!

With all that Life has to offer,

Rebecca

Life Design Event Planning // Wedding Planner // Phoenix

 


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25
Mar

3 Easy Tips for Knowing When You’ve found the Right Wedding Vendor!

Posted by Molly in category Smart Bride Tips

I’m sure you’ve heard it said that choosing your wedding vendors is a lot like dating. I get it. I really do. But, you’ve you’ve already got the spouse-to-be in the bag, so it’s time to forget about dating! It’s time to make educated decisions about the professionals that are going to assist you in creating your dream wedding! Here are 3 easy indicators that you’ve found the one for you!

You get Excited!

You’ve looked at every website you can find and perused every ad you’ve come across, and let’s face it; they have all begun to look exactly the same. But every once in a while, your heart skips a beat when you see a beautiful photo in an online portfolio. You laugh out loud at work while reading a vendor’s bio. You like every photo a certain wedding vendor puts in their feed. Do not overlook these clues. If you’re bored with a company’s website, chances are that you may not be that thrilled with the final product at your wedding.

The Price is Right?

Okay, it happens. You find an amazing vendor but they are outside of your price range. What to do? Talk to them. Chances are they want to be involved as much as you want them to be. They might be able to tailor their services to fit more into your budget. Also, you can see if you can trim other areas to meet them in the middle. Remember that you are making an investment in your memories. The right folks having your back can make all the difference!

You make a connection! 

This is most important of all. This is one of the biggest days of your life, and the wedding vendors you choose will be there the whole time. Are they engaging? Fun? Do they make you comfortable? Make sure you like them! Trust them! Feel confident in them! You will absolutely not regret it.

Our very own Drew learning to tie a bowtie along with his groom. Photo courtesy of Kimberly Jarman.

Our very own Drew Coleman learning to tie a bow tie along with a groom.                                        Photo courtesy of Kimberly Jarman.

With all that Life has to offer,

Molly

Life Design Event Planning // Wedding Planner // Phoenix


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5
Mar

A Rainy Wedding Day

Posted by Rebecca Beeman in category Event Ideas and Tips, Locations, Music, Phoenix Venues, Photography, Venues

Photograph by Mike Olbinski Photography

Photograph by Mike Olbinski Photography

RAIN?!?  Wait, what?  In Arizona?  But we are getting married this weekend…OUTSIDE!!!

Not exactly the conversation you want to be having days before your wedding, right?!  That wet stuff that falls from the sky is not something we typically plan for in a state where we can brag about our sunny, warm weather on almost every day of the year!  But, if you are planning an outdoor wedding, it is always good to have a Plan B from the beginning no matter where you live.  You never know what Mother Nature has up her sleeve!

Despite a torrential downpour on their wedding day, Katie and Dave never skipped a beat!  They embraced the weather, brought their outdoor wedding inside, and had an epic party with all their family and friends! Photograph by Mike Olbinski Photography

Despite a torrential downpour on their wedding day, Katie and Dave never skipped a beat! They embraced the weather, brought their outdoor wedding inside, and had an epic party with all their family and friends!
Photograph by Mike Olbinski Photography

So what do you do if the rain decides to be a last minute guest on your big day?  We say, embrace it!!  Find ways to make the time at your wedding as comfortable and memorable as possible for you and your guests.  Here are a few ideas to help you seize your rainy day!

  1. Rely on the solutions of your wedding planner and other vendors.  They are there to help and have probably dealt with rainy day situations before.  Trust them!
  2. Run to the store and grab as many umbrellas as you can and hand them out to guests as they arrive.  You can even have one of your ushers or friends go to the parking lot and help people out of their cars and offer umbrellas right there.
  3. If the rain isn’t coming down too hard, consider still holding your ceremony outside.  A little rain makes for a lot of charm!
  4. Get some hand towels or washcloths in your wedding colors and give one to each usher.  As they walk people to their spots, they can wipe off the seats for them.
  5. Ask the DJ to play or have your guests request their favorite songs that mention rain.  Some of our favorites are Singin’ in the Rain by Gene Kelly, Raindrops Keep Fallin’ On My Head by B.J. Thomas, Have You Ever Seen the Rain by Creedence Clearwater Revival, She’s My Kind of Rain by Tim McGraw, and Umbrella by Rihanna.
  6. Don’t be afraid to get a little wet!  Photographs in the rain can turn out to be absolutely stunning.  Check out these amazing images by Mike Olbinski Photography of a wedding that went on despite a crazy storm going on outside!  If you are worried about being wet during the reception, save your photos in the rain for the end of the night.  What a fun way to end your special day by playing in the rain with your new husband or wife!
Photograph by Mike Olbinski Photography

Photograph by Mike Olbinski Photography

Bottom line: This is your day and it is gonna happen, rain or shine!  So have fun with it and turn this rainy weather into your silver lining!

With all that Life has to offer,

Rebecca

Life Design Event Planning // Wedding Planner // Phoenix


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4
Mar

Our Views On Love — Are Summed up in 3 mins

Posted by Cicely Rocha.Miller in category Gay and Lesbian Weddings, Inspiration, LGBT Weddings, Marriage Legislation, Modern Union, MRSter Approved, Reflecting, Things We Love

This video is by far the closest thing we could every visual communicate that shows how we all feel about love.

What are your thoughts on this video? Did you guess any of the skeleton’s right?

With all that life has to offer,

Cicely

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

 


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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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