Saturday, August 29, 2009

Bridal Pampering ALERT!

Most brides I know would LOVE to do a little pre-wedding pampering and preparation for the big wedding day. Why not take a day and spend it at M.B. York's Lip & Lash Lounge located in Fleur'T at Gainey Ranch Shops. They offer facials, microdermabrasions, wax & brow shapings, as well as eyelash extensions and celebrity make up applications. Since you are the star of the day, why not be treated like the celebrities are. M.B. York's experience as a make-up artist include the Golden Globes, Oscars, Emmy's MTV Awards, commercials, films, and magazine covers. Her claim to fame is her go-anywhere "survival of the prettiest" Beauty Ammo Kit for eyes, packaged in a Hollywood GLAM hat box, and eyes are de-aged in three simple steps: the COLLAGEN EYE MASK, LINE PUTTY, and CAMOUFLAGE EYE DISGUISE CONCEALER. The Beauty Ammo Kit makes you look up to 10 years younger instantly, and is being used on the sets of Desperate Housewives, Dancing with the Stars, American Idol, One Tree Hill, The Daily 10!, E! Live from the Red Carpet, the Oscars, and more.
I had the great pleasure to talk to Mary Beth York and she shared with me that many celebrities are also giving her prodcuts to their bridemaids as gifts for being in their weddings. Who wouldn't wanna be a bridesmaid if this was the case. Check out their website for some great beauty products and some great photos too! M.B. York's motto is "Survival of the Prettiest".


Thursday, August 27, 2009

Persian Wedding Experience

Bride bouquet of all white peonies

Traditional Persian wedding ceremony

All red rose centerpiece

All yellow rose centerpiece

Tri-Rentals tent & lights

Wedding cake: Bruce Brown Catering

Alter with ceremonial items
Alter rug & chairs
Petals scalloped down aisle

Ever After was excited to be a part of this beautiful Persian wedding. The event took place at a Private Residence in Paradise Valley and the home was literally transformed into a super wedding resort. The ceremony was full of culture. The alter was set up atop a special rug with low sitting chairs and included candies, spices, fruits, goldfish, honey, a mirror for the couple to look into and see their future, as well as lots of flowers. Each item brought the couple something special such as blessings of prosperity, fertility, happiness & love. The aisle too was very different than most we have designed. The bride wanted the petals scalloped from the beginning to the end with red, yellow and ivory petals. Over 500 roses were used to complete this design.
After the special ceremony full of poems & prayers sung & spoken by family & friends, the guests were ushered out of the large tent and to the cocktail hour. This poolside cocktail hour included a belly dancer for entertainment and food & drink of course. During this time, the ceremony site was being made into the reception site as well. The large team at Tri-Rentals & us at Ever After Florals made everything come to life as we moved in tables & rearranged chairs. We also set up each of the tables with linens and large floral centerpieces of multicolored roses. The event was very colorful and included colors such as teal, ivory, red, orange, and yellow. Tri-Rentals also lit up the tent with thousands of white lights in tulle netting to give the tent a soft glow which made the event very romantic as well.
Ever After Florals was very proud to be a part of this amazing wedding and loved working with the bride and her family. This will always be one of the most memorable weddings we have ever done.

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Carnation sensation!

Carnations are back! They make a wonderful fluffy romantic garden style bouquet, boutonniere, and centerpiece. They can be mixed in with other flowers, but doing all carnations make them stand out on their own and give a much more elegant appeal! Carnations are also very affordable, long lasting, fragrant, and come in a rainbow of colors to please any bride.

Friday, August 7, 2009

That's A Wrap!

Many brides like to do something fun and a bit artistic when it comes to wrapping their bridal and bridesmaids bouquets. Whether it be colored ribbon to match the bridesmaids dresses, a special heirloom broach or cameo, a print such as a floral or damask, criss crossed ribbon in various colors and sizes, rhinestones, pearls, or monograms, here are just a few ways to add in some color or sparkle to your bouquets.

Saturday, August 1, 2009

Bride featured in Redbook

Rudy Archuleta/Redbook

Finespun Photography

I was super excited to read about one of my brides, Christine Bettes-Cartell, in Redbook. She has a wonderful story about how she went about getting her dream wedding gown. Good things really do come to those who wait....

Click below for the full story: D: My Dream Wedding Dress -- For Half Price! (4 of 27)