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1
Sep
Elite Circle Bridal Shop in Arizona | Laurie’s Bridal and Formal
categories: bridal fashions, Meet Our Friends, Tips and Advice, Wedding Inspiration

You know those people who are considered “whisperers”? They’re the experts who seem to be born to know exactly how to do their job and they do it well every time. Well, Laurie Dickman, owner of Elite Circle bridal shop Laurie’s Bridal and Formal, is a wedding gown whisperer. From the moment you meet Laurie, you feel how passionate she is about wedding gowns and you also sense that you can completely trust her expertise. You’ll trust her to find the gown that will make you feel and look beautiful on your wedding day and you’ll trust her when she pulls a gown to try on that you never would have considered. Laurie will make your wedding gown dreams come true and we want you to know a bit more about her and her beautiful bridal shop in Arizona!

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(Photographer: Saaty Photography, Planner & Florist: Simply Beautiful Wedding Event Planning)

What will brides looking for their wedding gowns find at Laurie’s that they won’t find at any other bridal shop in Arizona? They will find a selection of gowns not offered elsewhere or offered with limited distribution.  Brides always tell me that they don’t necessarily want to see the same gowns all over town.

What are your top 3 tips for brides trying on gowns for the first time?

1. Do not come all decked out. Come dressed comfortably and you do not need to come all made up with make up. Be comfortable. You’re going to be getting in and out of dresses.

2. Bring 1-2 (or sometimes 3) trusted people whose opinions you trust and respect.  Sometimes the entourage is a bit overwhelming and can backfire.

3. Bring pictures.  But also, please be realistic—the pictures you see are professional models. Don’t compare yourself or be too hard on yourself if a dress you love doesn’t look the same on you as it does on a professional model. 
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(Photographer: Lo Capone Images)
Can brides customize their gowns at Laurie’s? We do carry one manufacturer, exclusively available in Scottsdale, who offers full customizable gowns.  We also refer out to local and reliable seamstresses who can do amazing modifications to your gown.
What are you seeing brides gravitating towards as far as bridal fashions that you’re loving right now?  Brides are more conscious about what they want to look like and how comfortable they want to be, rather than going for a particular style of gown. We do sell a little bit of everything so I’m confident that a bride coming into the shop will find her perfect wedding gown.
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(Photographer: SJA Studios)

What is your advice to brides who are concerned about being “too trendy” when choosing their gown? My advice is pure and simple and I’ve said it to almost every bride who’s been in my store: You don’t want to look back at your wedding day pictures 20 years from now and think what was I thinking?  Stay true to who you are.  I even heeded my own advice. I just celebrated my 22nd anniversary and posted my wedding picture.  I STILL love my handmade gown and I would wear it all over again!

What do you want brides to know before coming in to try on gowns at your bridal shop in Arizona? Please keep an open mind, be patient and trust that I know what I’m doing. For me, it’s not always about closing the sale, but making that perfect match between bride and gown.

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(Photographer: Lo Capone Images)
What else should we know about this very special bridal shop in Arizona? I treat every bride as if she were my friend, daughter or family member.  I really enjoy what I do and want every bride to just have a fun time shopping for her gown.  It shouldn’t be overwhelming or stressful, but the most enjoyable part of this special day.
 
One more thing…When brides book appointments, we staff accordingly and set time aside especially for them so it’s unfortunate when they can’t make their appointment and don’t notify us. We see a “no-show” as a missed opportunity for another bride who could have found her dress and while we certainly understand that sometimes brides can’t make their appointment, we just ask that they contact the store and let us know so we can re-schedule their appointment and open up that time slot for another bride!
 
About Laurie: Originally from New York, Laurie’s flair for fashion began in her teenage years, when she started working part time at a high end clothing and dress boutique in her local mall. In the very early 1990’s, she started working for a leading bridal dress and headpiece manufacturer. Laurie worked her way up and was soon traveling all over the United States as a Trunk Show Coordinator, training store owners and their employees how to properly sell wedding gowns, to educate their customers and to help listen to what the consumer wanted and bring that back to the company. She also helped design bridal headpieces.
Connect with Laurie’s Bridal: (480) 699 3973 | www.lauriesbridal.com
Xoxo, Phoenix Bride & Groom…your complete Arizona wedding magazine and wedding planning resource
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29
Aug
Bright Garden Wedding Inspiration | Tempe Mission Palms
categories: fabulous reception sites, floral inspiration, for your ceremony, photography, reception ideas, Wedding Inspiration, what's hot in rentals

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Wedding planning doesn’t always begin with a theme but often one emerges as you choose your colors, stationery, textures and venue (that’s the fun part after all!) and if you like the idea of your wedding being a bright and happy affair in a location that offers both warm intimacy and an energetic central location, this bright garden wedding inspiration shoot at Tempe Mission Palms is exactly what you’re looking for.

Bright Garden Wedding Inspiration: At the heart of this photo shoot is this idea: you don’t necessarily need all the fluff. By upgrading a few of the key elements such as furniture, linen, chairs and flowers, the space can easily be transformed and couples can have the one of a kind and inspirational wedding. We completely agree because many times, couples think that without a huge budget, they can’t have a stand-out wedding but that just isn’t true. A few well-chosen pieces will elevate your wedding design to something memorable and super pretty!

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Bright Garden Wedding Inspiration _Phoenix Bride and Groom_Tempe Mission Palms_Fully Alive Photography

Bright Garden Wedding Inspiration: The Flowers: The bride’s bouquet is a garden inspired masterpiece that includes Pink Floyd roses, coral charm peonies, orange ranunculus, red-orange pincushion protea, yellow tulips, bright orange spray roses, and green trick dianthus plus about 10 other flowers!

One other detail that caught our eye right away was the bride’s nails—they’re bridal-ish and so fun (P.S. they’re from Jamberry)!

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Bright Garden Wedding Inspiration | The Ceremony: The Pool Terrace at Tempe Mission Palms has an urban backdrop that includes downtown Tempe, the historic Hayden Flower Mill, and the iconic “A” Mountain. Nowhere else in Arizona do you get such a unique view!

The ceremony was set with a beautifully dressed table, loads of bright flowers, and a moss covered ampersand (the “&” symbol) on the mantle above. A green moss sheet was wrapped around the base of the fireplace (love this so much!) while succulent terrariums and gold-rimmed candle holders finished the look.

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Bright Garden Wedding Inspiration | The Look: Groom Johnny wore a custom bow tie and slim fit tan tuxedo while Savannah, the bride, wore a gorgeous bridal gown provided by Laurie’s Bridal (it’s a Private Label Designer dress). She completed her look with a delicate accent flower piece in her hair which went perfectly with the bright garden wedding theme.

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Bright Garden Wedding Inspiration | The Lounge: The hotel’s mission style architecture, hanging ivy, and statuesque fireplace in the Courtyard Patio create a comfy and chic sitting area. A lounge guests will flock to was created by using a combination of vintage, retro, and modernly elegant furniture pieces—we especially love the blue fabrics mixed with the gold metal accents.

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Because Tempe Mission Palms is a pet friendly hotel, the Arizona Animal Welfare League partnered with us to incorporate a rescue animal. Chandler, a playful cocker spaniel puppy, quickly became the eye of attention. He’s since been adopted but he certainly created some fun and sweet moments during the shoot. 

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Bright Garden Wedding Inspiration | The Reception: The table set for twelve was nestled between two large trees in the courtyard; the modern garden design began with sophisticated French Blue Shantung linens, Blush Lamour napkins, and Bella Fleur gold chameleon chairs with ivory cushion caps. Suspended above the table was a twelve foot long birch branch strung with eucalyptus and hanging clear glass terrariums. These details have the effect of making the whole space feel very intimate—perfect for a wedding!

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Bright Garden Wedding Inspiration | The Stationery: Stationer Rene Showalter of Celebrations in Paper created a slightly whimsical and very colorful wedding stationery suite for the shoot; the invitations, table numbers, and menu all incorporated a bright watercolor flower motif that paired beautifully with the bold floral arrangements and stylish place settings.

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Bright Garden Wedding Inspiration | The Tablescape: One take-away from this shoot is that blending textures is a great way to make an impact! You see this especially with the centerpiece design which uses a green moss runner, over-sized clear glass vases, moss orbs, and succulent terrariums with black river stones. Guests sitting at this table will adore the energetic vibe!

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Bright Garden Wedding Inspiration | A Delightful Bonus: Couples planning their wedding in Arizona may be surprised to learn that the gold chargers, china, glassware and flatware featured in this shoot are part of Tempe Mission Palms’ wedding packages!

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Bright Garden Wedding Inspiration _Phoenix Bride and Groom_Tempe Mission Palms_Fully Alive Photography

Bright Garden Wedding Inspiration | The Cake: A generous dusting of gold flakes and a sleek white ribbon band make this cake quite lovely but the addition of the flowers and greenery take it to the next level!

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Bright Garden Wedding Inspiration | The Venue: Tempe Mission Palms is considered the hidden gem of Tempe, AZ. The hotel is located right off of Mill Avenue and has six different options for ceremony and cocktail receptions along with three options for both indoor and outdoor reception spaces. The flexible options are endless and the planning is up to your imagination!

The hotel includes as complimentary in all of their packages: a garden backdrop, lounge furniture, cocktail tables, cake table, dance floor, dining tables, choice of dining chair, gold chargers, china, glassware and flatware.

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We hope the pretty details, creative design ideas, and brilliant pops of color from this bright garden wedding inspiration shoot inspire you to choose some details to focus on to make your wedding memorable!

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Venue: Tempe Mission Palms

Photographer: Fully Alive Photography

Stationery: Celebrations in Paper

Linens: Classic Party Rentals (Phoenix)

Bridal Gown: Laurie’s Bridal

Explore our complete list of Elite Circle membersDesigner: Stylish Events By Lisa |  Flowers: PJ’s Flowers | Furniture: Vintage Chic | Cake: Sugarlips Cakery | Dog: Arizona Animal Welfare League | Jewelry: Claudia’s Custom Jewelry | Tuxedo: Celebrity Tux and Tails | Hair and Make Up: Courtney Ness Footitt | Nails: Jamberry | Lighting: Audio Visual Management Solutions

Xoxo, Phoenix Bride & Groom…your complete Arizona wedding magazine and wedding planning resource

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22
Aug
Omni Montelucia Dream Event | A Couture Bridal Fashion Event in Arizona
categories: bridal fashions, fabulous reception sites, Giveaways and Contests, Scottsdale Weddings, Trends, Wedding Inspiration

We’re beyond thrilled to share Omni Montelucia’s Dream Event with you today! The Dream Event is a couture bridal fashion event in Arizona where you’ll get an exclusive first look at 30 dresses that are hot off the runway from the April New York City market (these gowns are so new they won’t hit stores until October). Designers include Galia Lahav, Anne Barge, Flora, Calla Blanche, Liancarlo and more. Attendees of the event will also have an opportunity to schedule private appointments with Destiny’s Bride to try on each gown.

*GIVEAWAY* The Dream Event is on September 14th and we have TWO tickets to give to one lucky engaged gal and a guest (valued at $350). To enter, go to our Instagram post announcing the giveaway and make sure to follow the entry rules. The deadline to enter is September 7th. And we can’t even believe we’re telling you this but the celebrity emcee for the event is none other than Randy Fenoli, of TLC’s Say Yes to the Dress! Are you getting the idea that this is a pretty special event? And are you feeling like you MUST be there? We know the feeling… purchase your tickets to the Dream Event now!

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DREAM 9/14/17 from Omni Montelucia on Vimeo.

About Omni Montelucia’s Dream Event: DREAM was an event inspired by the Omni Montelucia Catering team but has been brought to life through partnerships with amazing, talented vendors in our community. Our goal was to create an elevated event that will surprise, delight and dazzle every bride with inspiration for her own wedding whether at the Omni Montelucia or elsewhere. This event will serve as the pinnacle of wedding planning with ideas and inspiration to take any wedding event to the next level of luxury.

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(Photographer: Bridgette Marie Photography, Designer: Calla Blanche)

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(Photographer: Bridgette Marie Photography, Designer: Liancarlo)

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(Photographer: Bridgette Marie Photography, Designer: Galia Lahav)

Couture Bridal Fashion Event in Arizona sponsors:

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Get your tickets to this exclusive couture bridal fashion event in Arizona  (and don’t forget, you can enter the giveaway here)!

Phoenix Bride & Groom, your complete Arizona wedding magazine and wedding planning resource

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9
Aug
Meet our Omni Montelucia Staycation Giveaway Winners!
categories: fabulous reception sites, Giveaways and Contests

Just imagine how excited you would be if you won a two-night stay at the luxurious Omni Montelucia in Scottsdale. We think there would be some serious squeals! The resort is an oasis in the desert that boasts stunning Spanish architecture, flowing fountains, refreshing pools, and a world-class spa. We partnered with Elite Circle wedding venue Omni Montelucia in our last issue to give away a two-night stay package valued at $1,500 and Tara & Brian, an adorable Arizona couple getting married in November, are our staycation giveaway winners!

Here’s the couple receiving their certificate that treats them to a two night stay in a resort-view room, 50 minute spa services for two at Joya Spa, champagne or gelato at Joya Terrace, and two fitness classes at Joya Fitness:

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How did you and Brian meet? Brian and I met in 2013 at a company we both worked for at the time. A few weeks later we went on our first date and have been inseparable ever since! 
 
In 2015 we went on a trip to Costa Rica with a group of our closest friends and he surprised me and proposed to me in front of a waterfall! 
What are you most excited about as far as your wedding day? I think what I’m most excited about is celebrating our love with our family and friends. They are the ones who have witnessed our amazing journey from day one.
 
We have a feeling Tara and Brian are really going to enjoy the pool!

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What do you most enjoy about Phoenix Bride & GroomPhoenix Bride & Groom has inspired me with ideas for my big day whether it’s for the rehearsal dinner, ceremony or reception.

Congratulations Tara and Brian- we hope you enjoy your staycation and we can’t wait to see your wedding photos! 
Readers, do you want a chance to be one of our giveaway winners? It’s super easy to enter: twice a year, in each of our gorgeous issues, we feature a fabulous giveaway. To be eligible to enter, you just need to be engaged and getting married in Arizona (and of course fill out our short entry form online)! Click here for our current giveaway
Phoenix Bride & Groom, your complete Arizona wedding magazine and wedding planning resource
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21
Jul
Elite Circle Wedding Florist in Arizona | Butterfly Petals
categories: floral inspiration, Meet Our Friends, Trends, Wedding Inspiration

To say that Mandi, owner and principal designer of Butterfly Petals, is creative or talented doesn’t quite do her work justice. Mandi is a visionary. She doesn’t do what everyone else does—she works with materials that are completely unexpected and somehow infuses her passion for desert inspired floral into every single thing she touches. By the time you’re finished reading this, you’ll want this well-known Elite Circle wedding florist in Arizona to design for you, we just know it! But first, you simply MUST get to know Mandi and the philosophy that drives Butterfly Petals…

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(Photographer: Eyes 2 See, Location: Phoenix Art Museum, Wedding Planner: A Day to Cherish, Florist: Butterfly Petals, Invitations: Celebrations In Paper, Rentals: Classic Party Rentals)

What do you think makes Butterfly Petals a stand-out wedding florist in Arizona? In a world where creatives are encouraged to only design to a brand, I decided I love flowers too much to limit myself to one style or look and feel. Yes, we’re known for our rustic desert work, but we’re extremely flexible and can design around anyone’s preferred look and feel. We have a huge inventory of vases and containers to suit everyone’s tastes whether it’s rustic, elegant or modern. I have a great team around me with their own design skill set and we can always pull something awesome together which fits our clients’ needs. We will always be known for our desert designs and I think that’s because I’m an Arizona native and can’t help myself. I have to play with cacti and textures and they seep into my work when left to my own devices.  

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(Florist: Butterfly Petals, Wedding Planner: Victoria Canada Weddings and Events, Location: El Chorro, Photographer: Rachel Solomon)

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(Florist: Butterfly Petals, Location: Omni Scottsdale Resort & Spa at Montelucia, Event Planner: Imoni, Photographer: Elyse Hall)

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(Photographer: Eyes 2 See, Location: Phoenix Art Museum, Wedding Planner: A Day to Cherish, Florist: Butterfly Petals, Invitations: Celebrations In Paper, Rentals: Classic Party Rentals)

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(Florist: Butterfly Petals, Wedding Planner: Victoria Canada Weddings and Events, Location: El Chorro, Photographer: Rachel Solomon)

You’re always a bit ahead of the trends and often use unique elements in your design so we’re dying to know: where do you get your inspiration from? I pay attention to design trends outside the wedding industry. If you see pillows show up in Target with palm leaves, you’re bound to start seeing inspiration shoots for weddings featuring cool tropical greenery and backgrounds. I have a giant pile of home decor catalogs clogging my mailbox, I even see the design trends on shows like Fixer Upper on HGTV. As the wood finishes change on home furnishings, the rental companies start to carry similar pieces in their inventory. It’s gone from Farm tables to upscale Pottery Barn style dining…all in the wedding world. I also try to follow international designers. The boho trend started to take off in Australia and New Zealand where they have access to all the gorgeous protea we’re starting to see in bridal bouquets. Dress designers started adding bell sleeves and everything felt a little 70s/hippy gypsy. Lo and behold, the brides stateside started taking note and suddenly the rental companies are carrying peacock chairs and oriental rugs and we’re designing with pampas grass and protea. Following bridal blogs is helpful as well but once a trend starts it can be a plague of sameness. I always want to be on to the next thing for my clients while still keeping my designs desert-friendly and funky.

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(Photographer: Eyes 2 See, Location: Phoenix Art Museum, Wedding Planner: A Day to Cherish, Florist: Butterfly Petals, Invitations: Celebrations In Paper, Rentals: Classic Party Rentals)

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(Florist: Butterfly Petals, Wedding Planner: Victoria Canada Weddings and Events, Location: El Chorro, Photographer: Rachel Solomon)

What do you want clients to know about their own wedding before meeting with you in order to get the most out of your initial consultation? Know the overall look and feel you want to achieve. Don’t worry too much about zeroing in on exactly what flowers are going to be in each vase and container– instead think about how you want the wedding to feel. Think about your guests walking into the reception space-do you see rustic tables with long flowing garlands or round tables with linen and tall stately centerpieces? Think big picture and we’ll zoom in and fill in those details. It’s also key to know your venue and an approximate idea of how many guests you’ll be inviting, the size of your wedding party and your needs for ceremony, etc. We want to get the initial quotes as accurate as possible so you know what you’re in for.

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(Florist: Butterfly Petals, Wedding Planner: Victoria Canada Weddings and Events, Location: El Chorro, Photographer: Rachel Solomon)

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(Photographer: Eyes 2 See, Location: Phoenix Art Museum, Wedding Planner: A Day to Cherish, Florist: Butterfly Petals, Invitations: Celebrations In Paper, Rentals: Classic Party Rentals)

How do you approach/work with clients that aren’t “flower people”? Most people aren’t flower people. Or at least, most people don’t fill their entire day with thoughts of flower types, seasonal availability, colors, etc. Don’t worry too much about knowing flowers–we’ll fill that in for you. Know the overall look and feel you’re going for and we’ll help you with the rest. If you just don’t think you want a ton of flowers or never envisioned lush floral design at your wedding–that’s ok too. Flowers add a lot but I’m very practical in my approach. Everyone is going to want something unique at their wedding or celebration and sometimes that means very clean and minimal floral.

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(Photographer: Eyes 2 See, Location: Phoenix Art Museum, Wedding Planner: A Day to Cherish, Florist: Butterfly Petals, Invitations: Celebrations In Paper, Rentals: Classic Party Rentals)

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(Florist: Butterfly Petals, Location: The Wigwam, Photographer: Elyse Hall, Event Planner: Imoni Events)

If you could give couples planning their weddings your top piece of advice when it comes to flowers, what would you say? Pinterest is a great start but keep in mind, that like most social media, it’s now run by algorithms that feed you results based on what everyone else is pinning and drawn to. They’re pulling gorgeous photo-ready weddings from Style Me Pretty and other inspirational blogs that don’t always feature the most affordable floral designs. You’re also getting the same results 100 other clients are getting. Instead of pinning 85 photos of peony bouquets and finding out they aren’t available or are extremely expensive the time of year the wedding occurs, I’d rather my clients start with broad strokes–look for pretty bouquets in your color scheme. Know what you like or don’t like about them–whether it’s the shape or the way the colors balance with each other. It gives us the flexibility of working with mother nature to come up with designs that work in our desert climate as well as designs which suit every look, feel and budget. It also gives us a little creativity. This is what we do after all, and a little trust in your designer’s skills will give you a gorgeous result every time.

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(Photographer: Eyes 2 See, Location: Phoenix Art Museum, Wedding Planner: A Day to Cherish, Florist: Butterfly Petals, Invitations: Celebrations In Paper, Rentals: Classic Party Rentals)

What floral trends or new floral design options are you seeing that you’re excited about? Color is coming back. We’ve been dancing around the same shades of blush, gold or peach and mint for the last several years. Gorgeous weddings every time but there’s something refreshing about a client who wants to use deep plums and fuchsia or a client who wants strong yellows. It allows us to work with floral we haven’t been using in the last few years like exotic orchids or calla lilies. Bold flowers that make a statement.

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(Florist: Butterfly Petals, Location: The Wigwam, Photographer: Elyse Hall, Event Planner: Imoni Events)

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(Florist: Butterfly Petals, Photographer: Meg Brooke Photography)

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(Florist: Butterfly Petals, Location: Sanctuary Camelback Mountain, Photographer: Monique Hessler)

Clearly, when you hire Butterfly Petals for your wedding, you’re embarking on a beautiful adventure. A discovery of sorts. If you’re up for the ride, join Mandi and her team and your world will be so gorgeous!

Wedding Florist in Arizona | Butterfly Petals: Website | Call: (480) 882 2436

Phoenix Bride & Groom, your complete Arizona wedding magazine and wedding planning resource

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31
May
Succulent Rentals for Weddings in Phoenix | Creative Succulents
categories: favor and gift ideas, floral inspiration, for your ceremony, reception ideas, Trends, Wedding Inspiration, what's hot in rentals

We know you’ve seen succulents in wedding decor here in Arizona—whether these interesting desert plants show up in the bride’s bouquet, at the ceremony, or in table top designs, succulents are exactly what weddings in Arizona need! Considering this fact (ok, it’s an opinion but we want it to be a fact soooo bad!), we want you to know about the place to get the very best succulent rentals for weddings in Phoenix. That’s right, we said succulent RENTALS!

Meet Creative Succulents, the sister company to Elite Circle design and decor company Creative Occasions, otherwise known as your new best wedding friend!

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Just so we’re clear, Creative Succulents creates custom succulent arrangements for events or home decor that can be rented or purchased. It’s a fairly new concept that goes in our “genius” category! We asked Corinne Carr of Creative Occasions about her newest venture:

What inspired you to include succulent designs in your collection of rental decor pieces? I have been creating faux succulent arrangements for years to personalize the decor in my home. I have always loved the elegant and clean look of a succulent arrangement; however, when shopping for them I discovered the quality and price were not cohesive. The pieces were either created with cheap looking products or the arrangements were very sparse so I started creating my own. Family and friends would come over to my house and would always ask where I purchased my arrangements. When they found out I was creating them, many requested custom pieces of their own! 

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We like to think of Creative Succulents as the best succulent rentals for weddings in Phoenix for a few reasons—quality and service of course— but also creativity. They will create a design in or on just about anything!

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How do you see couples using your succulent arrangements at their weddings? There are so many ways to incorporate faux succulents into a wedding or special event! We use high end succulents, so they look authentic up close. They work perfectly in a bouquet or centerpiece. They can be added to a ceremony arch, arbor or chuppah. Another great place is the beginning or the end of an aisle. Incorporating live flowers is always an option too. This allows you to bring in your color pops, textures and that fresh flower smell!

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Another thing we really appreciate about Creative Succulents is that they’re constantly designing new decor pieces and make a variety of types of arrangements; they create large free-standing pieces, small table top pieces, wall decor designs, etc. making them the most flexible succulent rentals for weddings in Phoenix.

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Can clients customize the designs? Of course! Customization is what we are all about! We love creating unique, one of a kind arrangements. In fact we even have clients who drop off the vases or unique containers they have found and voilà! We work our magic and turn it into an unforgettable masterpiece.

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You’ll appreciate that Creative Succulents offers a wide range of containers as well so depending on your wedding style (or rehearsal dinner, bridal shower, etc.), Creative Succulents can be your one and only place for succulent rentals for weddings in Phoenix.

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Which design is your favorite? I love all of them! I won’t send anything out that I am not proud to say I designed. I don’t have one specific favorite because they are all so different and unique. Every time I am asked to create a new piece it seems to become my favorite. I was recently asked by a local planner to create an arrangement in a copper vase. I located the perfect size container that will be on a 72-inch table and created the “Scarlet”. It turned out amazing. To pull together the look for their event they are even getting the linens from our sister company, Creative Occasions. I am very proud of the way it turned out and excited to make 30 for their 300 person event!

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What are some decor trends you’re seeing for 2017 that you’re particularly excited about? As for trends, the concrete pots and also the copper or metallic pots are a huge hit. Although we love designing arrangements in unique vases, we love that industrial and modern look. Another “succute” trend are small succulents for wedding favors! Your guests can use them as decor for their own office or home. Succulents and green plants are making a huge come back and we are loving it!

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Anything else we should know about your succulent rentals for weddings in Phoenix? We are so excited to be offering DIY workshops and very soon we will be launching our new website which will include our items available for purchase and rent plus updates on our schedule for our monthly classes!

Creative Succulents is the sister company to Elite Circle Creative Occasions and as you can see, they offer a pretty extensive line of wedding decor and design pieces. Creative Occasions is known for creating custom designs so no matter what your wedding style is, they have you covered!

Follow Creative Occasions on Facebook & Instagram | Call: (480) 287 6311 | Visit: Website

Follow Creative Succulents on Facebook & Instagram | Call: (480) 620-1404 | Email: corinne@creativeoccasions.com

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