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Brides and Grooms in Bloom :: Melissa + Tyler

Wednesday, July 22nd, 2015

“You’re engaged?! How did your fiance propose?! Tell me all about your wedding!” Pretty typical questions for engaged couples right?  Well, let’s put a twist on that and ask couples that are already happily married! Getting to know couples and hearing their love stories is my favorite part of wedding planning, so I’m bringing back a series we did on the blog years ago.

Presenting Brides and Grooms in Bloom!! Find out the scoop on weddings and marriage from rad couples who know from experience.

I couldn’t think of anyone better to start this new series with than the lovely, wonderful, powerhouse couple that is Melissa + Tyler.  Seriously, these people are the most genuine, caring, fun people you could know.  Melissa and Tyler are part of the Life Design family (we helped plan their wedding!), but I am also lucky enough to call them friends.  Their awesomeness is never ending!

Melissa + Tyler 4.25.09  ::  Photograph by Moments Found Photography

Melissa + Tyler 4.25.09 :: Photograph by Moments Found Photography

Couple Names :: Melissa and Tyler

Children’s Names and Ages :: Bailey (2) and Dempsey (6 months)

Date Married :: 04/25/09

Years Married :: 6

Ceremony & Reception Location :: Private residence in PV

Total amount of Guests :: 230


Q :: How did you two meet?

M :: In college! Tyler and I had a class together and he noticed me long before I noticed him. One day, he got up the courage and asked me to brunch. Brunch happens to be my favorite meal. If he had asked me to coffee, or dinner, or a drink, I’m not sure that we’d be here today. But brunch!?! I was all in!


Q :: What do your remember most about when your spouse proposed?

M :: He botched it! Oh it was so cute. It was on Christmas morning, and we were sitting on the floor of our little house opening presents. I was in my PJs, hair all askew, no makeup… After all the gifts were open, he quietly snuck away to the bedroom and then came to rejoin me on the floor. As he was sitting down, this red ring box popped out from behind him and rolled across the floor! I guess his pajamas didn’t have any pockets, so he had stuck the box in the waistband of his pants. As he sat down, it popped out and rolled (in what seemed like slow motion) across the floor. I asked him what it was. He turned all red and flustered and essentially shoved the box in my direction and stammered, “Will you marry me?” He said later that he had a whole romantic thing planned, but it all fell apart for the lack of pockets! I, of course, said YES!


Q :: What was your favorite part of planning the wedding?

M :: Oh man! This is hard. I think my favorite part was figuring out all of the fun experiences and treasures that we could give our guests. I wanted the wedding to be a shower of excitement and neat stuff to take home for those who attended. So, I loved putting together the candy table and all of the favors, and finding ways to provide novel, fun experiences like a caricature artist, s’mores pit, and sundae station.

Photography by Moments Found Photography

Super fun candy table!  ::  Photograph by Moments Found Photography


Q :: What was your least favorite part of the planning?

M :: Making sure that both sets of parents were happy and on board. Don’t get me wrong, I LOVE our parents and completely respect their opinions. But it was a hard line sometimes between “It’s our wedding!” and “I’m paying for it!” We learned to pick our battles, and eventually found some middle ground so that everyone was happy. Our wedding was very non-traditional, so there was a bunch of compromises to be made.


Q :: What was the most memorable piece of your wedding?

M :: So, for Ty and me, our wedding went by in a flash! My memory is a jumble of colors and hugs and music and love. So, I’m going to let my husband answer this one:

T :: I feel like I remember everything important. Getting ready with my closest friends and family, standing on that stage with my beautiful wife. I remember the feeling that, even though over two hundred pairs of eyes were watching us, I felt like we were the only two people there. While I might not remember every specific thing, I remember the whirlwind that was pictures, food and dancing. It was a phenomenal night because of the fact that, even though it was my party, I didn’t have to do any work.

M :: How cute is that! I also polled some guests who were there 6 years ago. Most mentioned the band, The Groove Merchants. They were great! Most people remembered the black and white checkered dance floor, the bags of loot that they took home, and the wild and crazy colors. Most also remember the penguins. You heard that correctly- the penguins. So many penguins.

Melissa + Tyler's first dance  Photograph by Moments Found Photography

Melissa + Tyler’s first dance  ::  Photograph by Moments Found Photography


Q :: If you could change one thing from your wedding experience, what would it be?

T :: OK, this is going to sound awful. I think we would have done away with the extended family photos that were taken during the reception. We took 90% of our photos before the ceremony, but we still had to take those others during the reception. It took a bunch of time, and we wish that we could have spent that time enjoying our party and guests. We have never used those photos for anything, and would have rather had action shots and candids of our family having fun rather than posed family photos.


Q :: What do you like best about being married?

M :: Let me start by saying that marriage ROCKS. I love being married. I love having someone to laugh with, to share burdens, to work together as a cohesive team. I love the idea of “sharing my life,” first with my husband and then with our children. Yes, it’s work. But the best, most rewarding, amazing work. And I don’t want to live a day without it.


Q :: To newly engaged couples, what is one piece of advice you would give to them?

M :: The most important part of your wedding day is your wedding. Your spouse. At the end of the day, you get to marry your love and spend the rest of your lives together. Everything else is just frosting and glitter. Fun things and fun memories.  Plan your amazing wedding. Get that perfect dress. Taste all the cakes and choose the perfect songs. But if something doesn’t go perfectly, don’t stress. This day should be fun and a celebration of the two of you! And it’s really about the love that you share with that one, special person. No one will remember that you served shrimp instead of scallops, or that you lost your hairpiece, or that you had a zit.  Relax and focus on the beginning of something AMAZING! We got married outside in April. I was asked many, many times, “What will you do if it rains?” My answer was always the same. “I will marry that man in the rain. And I will be the happiest, luckiest girl.”


Q :: What’s your one piece of advice to newlyweds?

M :: Remember that even though the wedding is over, this is just the beginning.  Enjoy every crazy minute, and don’t forget to communicate like crazy! Talk, talk, talk!

T:: Never get so comfortable that you become complacent. Complacency is where little things fall apart. If I feel like I’m slipping, I watch the movie “The Break Up” with Jennifer Aniston and Vince Vaughn. It scares the crap out of me and gets my butt back in gear.

What a gorgeous family!  Photograph by Rachel Curry Photography

What a gorgeous family!  ::  Photograph by Rachel Curry Photography


See?  I told you they were full of awesomeness!  A thousand thank yous to Melissa + Tyler for letting me share the memories of their special day.

If you are interested in showcasing your wedding day or know someone else that might, please feel free to email us for the questionnaire. We would love to hear your stories.

With all that Life has to offer,


Life Design Event Planning // Wedding Planner // Phoenix

Now THAT is an amazing proposal!

Wednesday, May 13th, 2015

Who doesn’t love a good proposal story?! This guy absolutely takes the cake with this amazingly thoughtful, well planned out declaration of his love for his girlfriend. I can’t even imagine the planning and sneaking around that went into this year long masterminded plan.  Kudos to you sir!!

If you’ve seen this video, the second watch will warm your heart all over again. If you haven’t seen it, then grab a box of tissues cause you are going to need them!!


Pretty rad, right?!!

With all that Life has to offer,


Life Design Event Planning // Wedding Planner // Phoenix

Our Views On Love — Are Summed up in 3 mins

Wednesday, March 4th, 2015

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,


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


A Unique Father Daughter Dance

Wednesday, January 28th, 2015

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,


Life Design Event Planning // Wedding Planner // Phoenix

Uptown girl :: Finding the dress

Saturday, October 25th, 2014

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


Uptown Girl!

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

Wednesday, January 15th, 2014

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



With all that Life has to offer,

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!

Nontraditional Wedding Dresses

Wednesday, November 13th, 2013

Recently we’re seeing more and more non-traditional wedding gowns, and I have to say, I’m becoming a huge fan!

Whether you want to march to the beat of your own drum, or simply don’t think you look that great in white (like myself), there are endless options for a non-traditional wedding dress! Why go with a color you don’t necessarily like, just because it’s traditional? It’s YOUR day!


For something a little more subtle, blush tones or even a yellow can make a statement and provide a more unique look while still remaining somewhat traditional!

I think the key to a non-traditional wedding dress is to keep the color subtle. You can make a statement and wow your guests without being flashy or tacky. The possibilities are endless! Happy dress shopping!

With all that Life has to offer,


Amy Purdy // Apprentice Planner // Life Design Event Planning // Phoenix + Minneapolis

A Fun Venue for a Wedding in Minneapolis

Monday, July 22nd, 2013

Those looking for a non-traditional but fun and beautiful venue for their wedding in Minneapolis should look no further than Aria.  This urban warehouse boasts original brick walls, wonderfully high ceilings, and elegant crystal chandeliers.  At the same time, it’s a blank canvas that can be transformed into your vision with a little help from some of the great event vendors Minneapolis has to offer.



Photo Credit :: Joe Lemke Photography

Aria was previously a theater and stays true to that essence with chic mezzanine lounges and fully functional dressing rooms.  They allow and encourage decor to be hung from the ceiling (you know we love that!) using the theater catwalks that are still in place. It’s the perfect spot to “put on a show” and amaze your guests with an experience they’ll never forget!!


Photo Credit :: Joe Lemke Photography

Turning Trends into Reality :: Neon + Neutral

Tuesday, July 9th, 2013

I love the idea of taking fun fashion trends and incorporating them into weddings! AND, since I am a child of the 80’s, of course I’m in love with the resurgence neon is making. The best part is it’s been updated and modernized on the runways by mixing with neutrals. If the idea of using a bunch of bright neon colors in your wedding sounds like the stuff nightmares are made of, take a look at this!

neon neutral

“Kendra Scott Wedding Design Inspiration: Summer Wedding: Grey + Yellow” by Kendra Scott Designer Jewelry is licensed under CC BY 4.0

How fun is that??

The key with not being overwhelmed by super bright colors is to add them in little pops! A fun manicure, shoe or belt is just the right touch; and try giving your bridesmaids separates to pair neon + neutral perfectly. For the gentleman, khaki suits and fantastic ties! On your table use a white or taupe linen and let the color shine in your paper products, favors or most importantly, the flowers. Flowers are the only thing with even half a chance of naturally being neon…so play that up!! Above all, have a good time with this. This is a fun, flirty look and could be just right for that special couple!

With all that Life has to offer,


Life Design Event Planning

Color Combinations for Weddings :: A Non-Traditional Idea

Saturday, October 20th, 2012

When it comes to color combinations for weddings, trends come and go.  Some trends come back again, while some seem to die forever.  Some are done so poorly so often, that most wedding designers won’t even go there.  That’s how we felt about rainbow themed events…so we went there!  And we took some of our newest friends and very talented Minnesota wedding vendors there with us for a photo shoot to prove we could do it, and do it well!

A rainbow tablescape by Life Design Event Planning

A rainbow tablescape by Life Design Event Planning

Rainbow wedding tablescape designed by Life Design Event Planning, Minneapolis, MN

Seating is a mix of chairs and couches

A tasteful rainbow bride bouquet designed by Just Bloomed

A tastefully designed rainbow inspired bride bouquet

A monochromatic blue table setting

Personalized menus faced each guest

A mini tart color coordinated to the rest of the place setting

These little tarts matched each place setting

French macaroon guest favors

Color coordinated french macaroon guest favors

A very cool and unique rainbow invitation suite

A very cool and unique rainbow invitation suite

Hanging table number

The table number hung from the ceiling among colorful yarn balloons

Rainbow inspired elegant tablescape

A floral runner centerpiece inspired by the rainbow

A colorful wedding table

A clean yet colorful tablescape

We had a lot of fun putting this tablescape together!  Color combinations for weddings don’t need to be what’s “in” as long as they are thoughtfully designed and executed.  We dared to be different and our brave vendors ran with the idea!

Many thanks to ::

Sewell Photography for amazing photos of our shoot

Just Bloomed for beautiful and creatively designed floral

Paperista for the invitation suite and all of that awesome paper

L’atelier Couture Bridal for the stunning gown and jewelry

Cocoa and Fig for delicious and colorful tarts and french macaroons

BeEvents for super cool furniture

Apres Party and Tent Rental for tableware and that rad custom linen

Smart and Chic Bride for flawless hair and makeup design

D’Amico Catering for letting us use the beautiful Calhoun Beach Club

With all that Life has to offer,

-Drew Coleman-