Saturday, February 16, 2013

A Love Story Bridal Shower

I had the sweet pleasure of co-hosting a bridal shower for my very own baby sister today.  It was "A Love Story" theme and was seriously darling.  My step-mother made so many of the pretty little touches too.  We found some fun inspiration online, we ordered and arranged all the flowers, and got antique books and fun hat boxes, and some beautiful linens to make it all look romantic. 

It was a perfect sunny day (although the shadows were brutal on the photos), and the food - at St. Francis Restaurant - was utterly exquisite.

So excited to share the upcoming nuptial photos in a few months!

Love you baby sister. xoxo



The dessert was fit for any lady... glittered bon bons from

Me, my sister, and her best friend.

 The groom made a surprise appearance and read their love story in his own words... very touching!

And then, him cracking everyone up before he leaves. 

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

An Evening with Gatsby Party

We at Très Chic Weddings & Events were honored and excited to be asked to design and coordinate an over-the-top wedding industry networking party for Phoenix Bride & Groom magazine. They gave us the inspiration of the hottest trend right now with a 1920's era, Gatsby-esque theme. We were so excited to throw this lavish party of the year that everyone in our industry looks forward to. We partnered with some unbelievably talented people to make it gorgeous and we had the best time planning with the wonderful ladies on the Phoenix Bride & Groom team.  To see their blog post on the party, go here.

 Special thanks to my partner in crime, Kristin Hower, who made it all so much fun to work on, and whose skills and expertise made Très Chic shine.

The event was called An Evening with Gatsby and, paying homage to The Great Gatsby book by F. Scott Fitzgerald, we wanted to create a party like no other - hosted at the fictitious character's grand estate (McCormick Ranch Golf Club).  Jay Gatsby was notorious for throwing wild, luxurious parties that felt like New Year's Eve all the time. To help lend to the feel of era, we used a color palette of gold, blush & white, with lots of fur, feathers, sequins and pearls. We featured key details like serving gold glitter-rimmed champagne, gold confetti shooting out of canons, delicious food served out of old fashioned martini glasses, live goldfish (very popular back then) floating in our centerpieces and even a huge goldfish ice sculpture. We had flapper girls, a live band playing 20's/30's music on round, white stages in the center of the room, a fantastic torch singer, servers wearing white dinner jackets and bow ties, and the leading men of the evening wearing tuxes and fedoras.

Many guests dressed the part in 20's garb, and they were treated to some fantastic photos with a pristine 1931 convertible Studebaker. We had our own Mr. Gatsby roaming the party and chatting it up with the ladies, and as he thanked the guests for coming at the end of the evening, he led them outside to the back lawn for an explosive fireworks show over the lake, which blew people away.

Sound fun?  It was!   Enjoy the photos below, Courtesy of the fabulous Katrina Wallace Photography.
More photos of the live outdoor photo booth with our beautiful Studebaker car, and more pics of the guests enjoying the party to come!





The amazing vendors responsible for making my Gatsby dreams come true are:

Caterers and Bakers:
Ciao Baby Catering
Creative Cappuccino
Fabulous Food Fine Catering & Events
Goody Twos Toffee Company
Heidi's Events & Catering
Honey Moon Sweets
Inspired Sugar
Jennifer's Catering
JJ's Brownies
Pour Masters Bartending Service
McCormick Ranch Golf Club
Armitage Ice (amazing fish ice sculpture)
LaTavola Linens (sequin and chevron linens)
Quest Drape (all draping and large chandeliers)
Shop Wild Things (gold string curtains and some chandeliers)
Sound Lighting F/X (all lighting and power generator)
Wildflower Linen (gorgeous chair covers and non-sequin linens)
Applause Productions (band, models, talent)
Fireworks Productions of Arizona (fireworks)
GreenScreen Entertainment (flipbook photos)
Ray the DJ (Master of Ceremonies, music)
Brady's Floral Gallery (entry floral)
Table Tops, Etc. (table and fish centerpieces)
Your Event Florist (registration table and bars)
Invitations & Signage
The Event Essentials
Katrina Wallace Photographers
(More photos to come from CW Life and Eyes 2 See)
Classic Party Rentals (tables, chairs, heaters, outdoor furniture)
Encore Creative (round white stages, bars and confetti canons)
Mr. Formal (tuxes and white dinner jackets)