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!
“You know you're in love when you can't fall asleep because reality is finally better than your dreams.”
— Dr. Seuss
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.
“My love for you is a puzzle… for which I have no answers.”
I am originally from Madison, Wisconsin, but have lived in Phoenix for most of my life. I spent my summer breaks with my grandparents until my late teens, so I have always felt like a piece of me has belonged there. There’s something about being in the Midwest that makes me feel content… maybe it’s all the beer, or the scereney, or the fact that people are way nicer? All true. Honestly, there are several reasons that keep me going back, so it was only a matter of time that I decided to bring a piece of 1209 into the mix. Emmalee and Jacob’s wedding this past summer at The Lageret was my first Wisconsin wedding, and I seriously cried with joy when I saw these insanely beautiful images.
“If someone truly loves you, they won’t tell you love stories, they will make a love story with you.”
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!