Thursday, June 24, 2010

Taula Wedding

The Taula wedding took place at the spectacular Market Street Grill, Cottonwood.

To add to the lush foliage covering the pagoda and surrounding the patio, we covered the metal handrails with moss, creating an organic, almost grotto atmosphere.

Altar arrangement

The Reception took place half indoors and half outside on the patio. While the inside was set up and ready for the festivities following the ceremony the patio had to have a quick makeover from wedding seating to sit down dinner settings. Left, you will see the forest of centerpieces anxiously waiting to be placed. 



Toss bouquet

Bridesmaid bouquet

Groomsman boutonniere

Isn't this flower girl darling!

The handsome, talented and hands-on groom, Andrew

and of course the stunning bride, Maggie!

Wedding tip:
Don't be afraid of checking out alternative places for receptions. There is a tendency, especially in Utah,  to think the bride's family can save money by holding the event at church or other free venue. Often the cost to transform a gymnasium or other unsightly room into a setting appropriate for a wedding can cost just as much if not more than what you might pay at a different location. Not to mention the set-up and clean-up labor often available.  Unique places to research: restaurants, historic buildings, garden centers, hotels, school campus spaces, parks, etc. Really almost any place that speaks to your heart can be transformed to host your event, so don't be afraid to ask!

Monday, June 21, 2010

The next Design Star 2010

The Next Design Star has begun! If you are like me and are unable to watch it on Sunday nights, it is available on the HGTV website. I am sure this is destined to be another great season!

Friday, June 11, 2010

Y-art Sale

We were fortunate enough to be given one of Justin Wheatley's pieces last year and we are hoping to pick up a few more at this event to make a complete set. We LOVE his work and am sure the other artists are just as talented. Go check it out!

Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Kris & Heidi's Wedding

May 22, 2010 Mason’s brother Kris married Heidi for time and all eternity in the Oquirrh Mountain Temple and I, along with my mom, got to plan the party that followed! They wanted it to be a real celebration, done carnival style: lots of red, lots of candy, and lots of fun!
Due to the weather we had to cram everything inside, which in the end seemed to work out for the best as it allowed it to be more intimate and make everybody feel like they were a part of the party. People really seemed to enjoy themselves.

Centerpieces: We decided to make some of them interactive, remember the request for the candy?

Games: Fish Bowl Toss, Wacky Wire, Skat Ball, Milk Bottle Throw, Ring Toss, Milk Can Toss, Golf Put, Head cut-out photos

Food: Hot Dogs, Nachos, Cotton Candy, Shaved Ice, Popcorn, Bottled Coca Cola


Fun: There were a lot of fun elements including a ticket booth as the welcome table, Balloon Art (he was AWESOME!), a DJ who played "oldies, it just felt like a party!

Bouquet Toss

This stunning cake was made by the GROOM!
Yeah, Heidi is a lucky girl!

Kris' beautiful daughter Halle. She had so much fun running laps,
dancing, eating all that sugar, and playing games

It turned out to be a great event! Even the grown-up men had a great time due to the wacky-wire game. That could have kept them locked in competition for hours. It was definitely a hit!

Wedding Hints:
1. If the bride and groom are participating (whether it be in dancing, playing games, singing karaoke, or whatever the activities may be at your reception) and having fun then the guests will have a great time too.

2. While the day is a about the bride and the groom, the best receptions occur when they make it more about the guests than themselves. So, present the reception as a celebration and a thank you to family and friends for being a part of your lives. Take care to make sure they have a good time, and it will be reception they will never forget!