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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

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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

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!

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!

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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

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.

 

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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!!

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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!

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“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,

Molly

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

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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-

Personalize Your Big Day! :: Wedding Day Flags

Friday, September 7th, 2012

All of us at Life Design Event Planning LOVE it when couples bring in ways to make their day special, make it their own.

That is why we were so excited to see these papel picado banners, designed and created by Rachel Usher. Rachel lives in Arizona, and is planning her wedding to partner Catherine next year. She is making papel picado for their wedding, and designs the gorgeous banners for friends and family.

 

These tissue paper flags are a common sight in Mexico, where they are used in celebrations. “Papel picado” translates to “perforated paper,” and are painstakingly cut by hand.

Contact Rachel at rachel.d.usher@gmail.com, and have her make papel picado for your event!

With all that Life has to offer,

Cicely

Life Design Event Planning

Pinterest Fever!

Tuesday, July 31st, 2012

OK, so most of you have probably heard about and created a Pinterest account (our page is embedded in the link!). The site practically forces you to sit in front of your computer screen for hours, sucking you in to page after page of fantastic photos, ideas, recipes, and design inspiration. Pinterest is also great for something Life Design is passionate about: weddings!

Set up a page for your upcoming event, start pinning ideas and photos from websites and other people’s Pinterest pages, and prepare to get sucked in.

With all that Life has to offer,

Cicely

Life Design Event Planning

 

Custom Handkerchiefs For Family!

Tuesday, June 12th, 2012

What a nice way to make your grandma, mom, or dad feel special on your wedding day—these handkerchiefs from are personalized and heirloom-worthy.

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“Custom Embroidered Wedding Handkerchief” by Canyon Embroidery is licensed under CC BY 4.0

Let family dry their tears of joy, and personalize your day.

With all that Life has to offer,

Cicely

 

Ringbearer Keepsake Box

Wednesday, May 2nd, 2012

Sure, ringbearer pillows are cute, but what to do with them after the wedding? The ringbearer himself might want to keep it, but mom will probably toss it after awhile.

This great idea from an Etsy seller is a handmade, wood-burned box the bride and groom can keep, and use for jewelry, love notes—the list goes on.

photo courtesy of My Swedish Farmouse

Choose from 40 colors, add your initials and wedding date, and keep it for a lifetime! As for the ringbearer, grab him a box of cookies or a Target gift card to say “thank you” for being a part of your day. Voila! Everyone’s happy.

To purchase the keepsake box, go here.

With all that Life has to offer,

Cicely