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Jeanine + Ankur’s Warm and Colorful Memorial Union Reception

The Memorial Union is a special place because it’s where so many couples meet for the first time, whether in passing or attending school together, so I can see why many go back to get married there. It’s a very special place to me personally because it’s where my mom and dad went to school together, and I spent a lot of time there with my family, feeding popcorn to the ducks by the lake and eating lots of ice cream. So it’s surreal to be there working on weddings for 1209 and watching our clients reminisce about past memories too while creating new memories together.

Being a part of Jeanine and Ankur’s wedding last summer really opened up some amazing doors for this upcoming summer. I get so wrapped up in each wedding we are currently working on, that I often forget that that vary wedding could somehow connect us to future weddings and new friendships. I was so ecstatic that I finally got to work with Kate Senger Photography on this wedding after meeting almost a year prior. She is a talented photographer that truly vibes with and captures the most precious details for her couples. It is because of her that we were able to meet Jeanine and Ankur and be a part of their wedding day. And because of this, we got to meet Julianne from Glitter & Twine Events. We quickly became friends and are going to be working on another wedding together this June. I love the universe and how one connection leads to the next!

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“You know you're in love when you can't fall asleep because reality is finally better than your dreams.”

— Dr. Seuss

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Photography: Kate Senger Photography ❖ Event Coordinator: Glitter & Twine Events 

Church: Blessed Sacrament ❖ Venue: Tripp Commons | The Memorial Union

Florals + Decor: 1209 Creative ❖ Hair: Jenna Steir ❖ Makeup: Brittany Esser

Kaylee + Nick's Intimate CopperWynd Wedding

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My first impression of Kaylee and Nick was that they were both extremely down-to-Earth people who deeply care for one another. It’s endearing to meet a couple like this and have them as our clients. It’s also refreshing to have a couple that are both present at the first consultation, as well as throughout the entire floral design process. Kaylee and Nick wanted to plan every detail of their wedding together from start to finish. I have a lot of respect for that because it shows that they truly have a loving partnership and want to make decisions as a team. It also allows us to get to know them individually so that we’re able to incorporate each personality into the overall design of their wedding.

This was a fairly smaller wedding than most with about 65 guests, so the couple wanted to really have fun dressing up the tables for their friends and family to enjoy. They had mentioned using a lot of greenery, so we opted to incorporate as assortment of eucalyptus for garland, and then placed a mix of small and large lanterns down the center of the tables. It was just enough to create something that was memorable without going overboard, which was what the couple was aiming for. The two also wanted the arch to be a focal point for their wedding, so we used a lot of eucalyptus, garden roses and antique carnations for a look that still made a statement, but didn’t take away from the breath-taking, mountainous background. Seriously, that view is epic!

And there was an awesome Solar System themed wedding cake that was a fun symbol of their love for outer space.

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“My love for you is a puzzle… for which I have no answers.”

— Padmé

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Photography: Chase Sevey ❖  Venue: CopperWynd Resort

Makeup: Bryanna Casey ❖ Florals: 1209 Creative ❖ Rentals: Event Rents

San Francisco City Hall | Lisa + Jess

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We were asked to fly out to San Francisco this past March for the awaited wedding of Lisa and Jess. These two women are insanely remarkable. They dedicate their lives to the medical field, to their loving families and friends, and of course, to one another. We stayed with them for four days, and in that short amount of time, we were quickly welcomed in as part of the family (sort of). I mean, how often do the florists bunk up next to the sweet grandmother, or get to after-party with the bridal party? Almost never. So we were living it up.

We stayed in the coolest 4-storey, purple and pink house (like what one would imagine a gypsy princess to live in with her pet unicorn). It was seriously the best. Everyone was so excited, alive, giggly and genuinely enjoying each and every moment. San Franciso does that to people. There's just something in air (besides the smell of weed) that makes people happy to be there. It's S-A-N  F-R-A-N-C-I-S-C-O... no one ever complains about the city. And if they do, they are probably no fun. Congratulations, Lisa and Jess, on officially becoming Winton-Li. Yay!


Pre-Wedding

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When I saw you I fell in love,
and you smiled because you knew.
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San Francisco City Hall

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THE AFTER PARTY

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Photography: Cellar Door Photography ❖ Flowers: 1209 Creative  ❖ Venue: Tank 18 
Makeup: Artistry by Azure ❖ Hair Styling: Jaime Voelz

The True Cost of Wedding Flowers

Simon Nickell wrote the following post on his blog, and he took the words right out of our mouths. He touched base on topics that we have experienced several times, and it's super important that clients realize the amount of time that goes into design (on top of the actual cost of the flowers). Simon has been in the floral industry for 26 years, so his experience and knowledge of the business is something we look up to. Location also plays a big part in flower cost. I would like to add that we live in the middle of the desert. Flowers are sent here from all of the country (and the world), so extra care goes into obtaining them, as well as taking care of them as we're working to ensure they look their best come wedding day!

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UK Wedding Floristry Advice - The True Cost Of Wedding Flowers

by Simon Nickell

"This is a headline that I’d like to see splashed across the pages of a national newspaper! It is a subject that is very close to my heart, and one I don’t believe is addressed enough in the wedding industry. A lack of truthfulness about what wedding flowers actually cost can and does lead to a huge amount of frustration and misunderstanding for florists and clients alike.

The bridal press, blogs and social media are saturated with images of “luxury” flowers, flower walls and sumptuous hanging installations, which all makes great copy. They hunger for beautiful images of celebrity weddings and flower heavy photoshoots to fill their pages, which is perfectly understandable. A serious lack of information however for the client, about the work involved for a wedding florist to create these amazing displays, is not helped by the media and bridal press constantly telling couples that they can have it all on a budget of £500.

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When I first started as a florist 26 years ago there were no social media or blogs to inspire. Brides went to their local florist and chose arrangements from a catalogue of commercially produced styles. The designs and flowers available were very limited, and I would often hear a bride say “I’ll have that one, in peach”. Today everything has changed, and it is rare now for me to meet a bride who hasn’t found her inspiration on social media. Pinterest and Instagram seem to be taking over the world and brides bring THEIR Pinterest boards to ME!

I must admit I have a love, hate relationship with Pinterest! While it can be an incredibly useful tool it can also be very misleading. Much of its imagery features incredibly flower heavy American weddings which have been photographed in Californian vineyards or New England gardens and  this can lead to an enormous amount of confusion and disappointment when I tell couples that the flower heavy look they want will cost thousands rather than hundreds.

Let's face facts, apart from the cost of buying a home, the cost of a wedding is probably the biggest expense at one time that a couple will have in their lives. It is also a fact that American couples tend to spend more on wedding flowers than couples in this country, and photo shoots tend to focus on the lavish rather than the average.

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There are many reasons why florists charge what they charge for providing wedding flowers. Firstly, flowers do cost money. We have all become so accustomed to seeing flowers in supermarkets at discount prices that we expect flowers to be cheap. Supermarket flowers are a completely different ball game and bear no resemblance to the industry I work in. Produced in colossal quantities for the mass market, they are sold with the marketing strategy of "pile it high, sell it cheap".

The vast majority of the flowers that wedding and event florists use are imported from Holland, with only 15% being grown in the UK. In Holland flowers are traded in euros, the exchange rate with the pound is against us, and fuel and transportation costs have rocketed in recent years. Inevitably this has seen an increase in wholesale costs, and florists have to pass these costs on to their customers. Unlike Asda, who can sell a bunch of spray carnations for £2.00 (which is what I used to sell them for in the flower shop where I first worked 26 years ago) we can't!

Of course being British, we’re often brought up to believe that it’s bad form to talk about money. Florists can become their own worst enemies when asking a prospective client about their floral budget, and I know from personal experience that there really is no shame asking a direct question. It can save a lot of time and embarrassment later on, believe me.

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Any good wedding planner will advise their clients on how much money to allow for each element of their wedding. A rule of thumb for flowers is 10%. of the overall budget, depending on guest numbers, flowers used, the number of arrangements and work involved. For some couples this might seem an exorbitant amount of money to spend on flowers, to others no. It is however a useful figure to bear in mind.

Bear in mind that certain flowers of course are always more expensive, more elaborate designs are more labour intensive and additional costs such as hire items, transport, petrol and staff wages, and the dreaded VAT have to be factored in, and can increase the final cost dramatically. 

I spend many months preparing for a wedding, sometimes more than a year. The run up to a wedding can involve months of site visits, design meetings, quotes, re quotes, adjustments and mock ups of final designs. A wedding day for me can have a 4 a.m. start to prepare the bridal flowers, and a 1 a.m. clearance because the venue insists on everything being taken away at the end of the night. All this work has to be included into the final fee.

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To the uninitiated many people think that my work finishes when I deliver the bridal bouquet. If truth be told many people think that mine isn’t a proper job at all. Over the past 26 years I’ve come to realise that the people who do think that don’t respect my work, attach no value to it and therefore think they have the right to negotiate my prices down. I have also come to realise that I have the right to say no. 

Like everyone else, florists are in business to make money; so why should we feel embarrassed about charging what we charge? We work to earn a decent living, pay our bills and provide employment for the myriad of people involved in keeping our industry going. 

Every year I take on a limited number of weddings. I don’t work every weekend because enquiries, like buses tend to come along all at once. I often have to turn down work because I’m already booked, and when I’m not I don’t get anything! Such is the nature of the business.

Choosing the flowers for a wedding should be one of the most enjoyable parts of the planning process. Professional florists are highly experienced, skilled and creative individuals who deserve respect for what they do. We work incredibly hard (often behind the scenes) to make a couple’s day look amazing, and what we do is reflected as the true cost of wedding flowers."

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The Royal Palms :: A Mixed Metal Inspired Wedding

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Last month, we were approached by Desert Whim to collaborate on a styled wedding shoot with photographer, April Maura. The shoot was hosted at The Royal Palms Resort & Spa. Now, for those who have never been to The Royal Palms... it's a gorgeous, intimate resort with a Mediterranean vibe + luscious green gardens. It's really, really, really romantic. That's the simplest way to put it! Its surroundings transport you to another place, and it's easy to forget that we're still in Phoenix, Arizona. Countless events and weddings are held here every year, and the cool thing is that each event has a different look from the next. This venue can be transformed to fit many different styles, preferences and color palettes.

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For this particular shoot, the floral inspiration for the centerpieces and bouquet was heavy greenery + whites and creams + a pop of berry. We found some amazing kale with an ivory and blush center that we paired with an assortment of eucalyptus, white ranunculus, allium and lisianthus. To fill the small gaps, we chose to add in white wax flower with a berry-colored center that perfectly complimented the hanging amaranthus. We also couldn't pass up adding in some bigger, blush-colored ranunculus. We believe that there should always be a show-stopping flower in our designs, and these ranunculus were definitely it! We wrapped the stems of the bridal bouquet and boutonnière with a pale, eggplant-colored silk ribbon that matched the table-runner, tying in the bridal accessories with the table decor.  

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The overall inspiration of a mixed metal design (combining various vases, goblets, dinnerware and candle holders) with a simple and sophisticated color palette, plus a lovely couple, made for an elegant and cohesive design fitting to the venue's space. It was a pleasure to be a part of this collaboration! 

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Photography: April Maura Photography ❖ Event Coordinator: Desert Whim

Venue : The Royal Palms Resort & Spa ❖  Furniture Rentals: Classic Party Rentals

Table Top Rentals: The Confetti Studio ❖ Florals: 1209 Creative ❖ Paper: Willemina Typography

Models: Andrew Weber & Melissa Nyland ❖  Makeup: Rebecca Rubinstein ❖ Hair: C. Rae Hair

Dress: Grace Style & Bridal ❖ Tux: Celebrity Tux & Tails