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Real Wedding at Eagle Mountain - Sara & Justin

We are excited to share the breathtaking wedding of Sara and
 Justin, which took place at Eagle Mountain Golf Club on a beautiful fall day.
 From the bride, "I grew up in Fountain Hills and knew that Eagle Mountain had some of the best views in the valley.” 

The bride and groom were going for an earthy, vintage look and it turned out absolutely stunning!  From the mother of the bride, Lori, "White table linens were highlighted by custom grey burlap table runners stenciled with the bride and groom’s monogram and a succulent detail. Plated meals were served on silver chargers. Each guest received a favor of hand-made chocolates from Chocofin Chocolatier of Fountain Hills.”
 
 
 
 
Everywhere you turned there were small touches of elegant detail that brought the venue to life. "Eagle Mountain had everything we were looking for in a wedding venue. It has a beautiful outdoor ceremony area and a lovely patio area for the cocktail hour,” said Lori.

Eagle Mountain’s wedding venue was the perfect fit for Sara and Justin. "The pavilion itself had floor to ceiling windows that completely opened up giving the guests an open air feel with the most amazing views of the valley,” said Sara. Lori added, "Guests from out of town as well as many from throughout the valley who had never been to Eagle Mountain before repeatedly told us what an incredible venue it was.” 
 
 


 
 
Mercury glass votives provided soft lighting. Megan from AZ Flower Bar created stunning table centerpieces featuring vintage milk-glass pieces. Each table featured a unique centerpiece with soft greens, whites, lavender, and succulents. Megan tucked a sprig of lavender into each napkin.
 


 
 
 
 
 
Guests of the bride and groom couldn’t keep off the dance floor. "Dinner was perfect and from there right into dancing the night away. No one wanted to leave at the end of the night…” said the bride. 

"Soft dinner music gave way to the fabulous Herndon Brothers Band. The dance floor was packed because no one could resist getting up to dance! A crystal chandelier hung over the dance floor providing soft lighting. We were lucky to have perfect weather allowing the huge floor to ceiling windows to be opened to the outside,” Lori.
 
 
 
 

"Having all of our friends and family there to help us celebrate such a wonderful day was the most memorable part of the evening. There was so much love and laughter in the room surrounding [us]… During the reception the sunset over the golf course followed by the twinkling lights of the valley below provided an amazing background for a night we will never forget,” Sara.

We are thrilled that the couple and their guests had such a memorable experience; we certainly enjoyed hosting them!
 
Ceremony & Reception Site: Eagle Mountain Golf Club
Photographer: Jane Z Photography // Florist: Flower Bar // Entertainment: Herndon Brothers Band
Wedding Planner: What a Day Weddings // Cake: Piece of Cake



 
 
 
 


Interview with Savidge Photography



We recently had the privilege of working with Jessica Savidge from Savidge Photography on photo shoots held at ASU Karsten and the Raven Golf Club- Phoenix. Jessica has recently moved her business to Phoenix so we took some time to get to know her better and welcome her to the Valley!


Welcome to Phoenix, Jessica! Tell us a little about your background.

"I’ve been a professional photographer for about 8 years now, but before I ventured into this world, I actually went to film school, and then worked in television production. My photography business started out as an accident- helping out some friends, shooting for pleasure... but then in 2006 I was asked to shoot a wedding, and started getting really serious about educating myself on the world of wedding photography. I was immediately taken with the process of documenting the day for a couple, and found that by shooting weddings, I was able fuse my love of story telling with my love of still images. I was hooked right away, and haven’t looked back since."





Couples who book Savidge Photography are generally looking for...

"The people I work with are usually *really* into photography, rather than just checking "photographer” off their wedding vendor list. They understand that these photographs will be with them forever, and want to work with someone who they are truly comfortable with and trust. Most often, the people who hire me are looking for a documentary photographer- someone to capture not only the portraits and events that happen at most weddings, but the quirky moments, and emotion of it all. Those special moments are really what tell the story of the day."



What is your favorite part of shooting weddings?

"I love being with people during such special and happy time. It really is a privilege to not only share that excitement and joy, but to document it for them to relive as the years go by. I’m a sucker for a good story, and weddings make for great stories. You see families coming together, you watch father’s tear up when they see their daughter as a bride for the first time. You see mother’s hug their sons just a little tighter, and little girls watch the bride in wonder. You see a couple look at each other and realize that they are starting a new adventure, and then you look over at their parents reminiscing about the adventure they started so long ago. And sometimes it’s bittersweet- you can see people missing those loved ones who might be gone, or wishing that someone who couldn’t make it was there. It’s my job to watch and listen and pay attention so that I can create images that tell all these stories. That’s my favorite part of being a photographer."



What questions should couples ask to ensure they’re booking the right photographer?

"I personally think that, aside from making sure that the photographer is experienced enough, appropriately equipped, and that you like their style, one of the most important things to be sure of is if your personalities click. Your photographer is with you more than anyone else on your wedding day, and often in intimate, and otherwise private, moments. It helps tremendously if you are comfortable and relaxed around him or her. The more my couples are comfortable with me, the more they forget about the camera and just act like themselves. That always makes for the best photographs."



Couples have so many options to choose from. What makes Savidge Photography special?

"The thing I am most proud of, and that I hear most from the people who have worked with me is that A- I’m crazy for spending so much time on very "out of the box” engagement shoots, and B- they’re so happy that I do. I look at the engagement shoot as an opportunity to do two things: First, it gives us time to get to know each other, and for me to get to know them through the lens. And second, it gives them the opportunity to have photographs that are much more personal than the average engagement shoot. I’ve done every thing from hanging out at a baseball game, to spending hours submerged in freezing water during surfing lessons. And by the way, Florida has the highest concentration of shark attacks in the world. So yeah, I’ll shoot just about anything, as long as it’s something that my clients are excited about, and are having fun doing. And it doesn’t always have to be death defying- even if we’re just taking a walk around town, it’s about creating a personal experience that my couples will be able to look back on and say 'wow, this really captures ‘us’...'."




Want to know more about Savidge Photography? 

You can visit her website or email her at jessica@savidgephotography.com. And... you can also follow her Facebook page!



Interview with The Flower Bar - Wedding Catalog Arizona

We love to feature our preferred vendors and share their talents with our fans. We recently interviewed Megan Carollo, owner and lead designer of The Flower Bar, a boutique floral design studio in Scottsdale. If you have not had the chance to visit Megan’s studio, we highly recommend stopping by - it’s absolutely adorable!!

The Wedding Catalog: How did you get started in the floral business?

Flower Bar: Well, I would like to think I started as a toddler when I was constantly found playing in my mother’s and grandmother’s gardens. From a really young age I always loved flowers and gardening. I was even a little bit notorious as the neighborhood flower thief (I’d like to think I was just resourceful)! All jokes aside, I started designing about five years ago when I wandered into a local Scottsdale shop and asked if I could just see what it was all about. Immediately, I loved everything about it! The flowers, containers, creativity – even the dirty buckets, green fingernails (less glamorous than a having a Green Thumb), and crazy hours appealed to me. I felt as though I had finally found where I was supposed to be! And the rest was history - well, kind of. I spent a good year and a half apprenticing and working part time, just learning the ropes of a shop. Eventually I got hired as a Designer, worked with numerous designers across the US, and about two years ago decided to open up my own studio! Countless design hours, courses, and certifications later - here I am, the proud owner of Flower Bar.

TWC: What is the hardest part about floral design for weddings?

FB: Oooh! This is an interesting question! I would have to say that I have a love-hate relationship with Pinterest. And it’s not just Pinterest specifically: there are so many online resources that give clients great ideas and inspiration, but don’t explicitly show the time and work that goes into creating the designs photographed. Don’t get me wrong, Pinterest can be a great resource for inspiration and ideas, but ultimately I don’t want to merely recreate what a client saw on Pinterest or on a wedding blog. I want to make something unique for my clients. And as much as all the online resources help, at times I feel as though they hinder client’s willingness to be a little bit more creative. The other difficulty is conveying to clients the time it will take for them to DIY things - it may look easy online, but in all actuality the time and materials that go into these projects can be more costly than hiring a professional to begin with from the get go.

TWC: What inspires you?

FB: Besides iconic floral designers, (yes, they actually do exist), I would have to say I draw a lot of inspiration from fashion, architecture, art, fabrics, and patterns. Also, I love to follow floral designers in different parts of the world – what is happening outside of our region is awesome! London, Melbourne,LA, NY, and Chicago are just hubs of floral inspiration. And as silly as this may sound, I am absolutely amazed with Mother Nature and the intricacies of flowers – they are mesmerizing to me – and completely inspiring. One single blossom can present a color palette I hadn’t thought of or evoke a range of emotions that is perfect for a certain personality.

   

TWC: Tell us about the most memorable wedding you worked with and why it was special.

FB: To date, the most memorable wedding was this past August at The Clayton on the Park in Scottsdale. The venue is very modern and our clients chose to use Radiant Orchid (The 2014 Pantone Color of the Year) to really pop against the contemporary venue. The designs were minimalist, but still very bold statements. I understand this might sound like a slight contradiction – bold and minimalist – but the monochromatic color scheme of the flowers against the stark white venue made the orchid color über vibrant! The bride was also open to having a slightly cascading bouquet (which is presently trending in the wedding wsuch a unique look for them on their special day!orld.) Lastly, the cherry on top had to be that the clients were close friends of the studio (one of our designers was in the wedding party) so we were so happy to be able to create such a unique look for them on their special day!

 
TWC: Can you provide our brides with some tips on working with florists?

FB: - Choose a florist that you connect with – someone who gets you. If you don’t feel comfortable communicating your vision (likes and dislikes), then odds are you won’t be happy with your wedding flowers.
-Get referrals from the vendors you are already working with. Odds are they already know your style/aesthetic/personality and can point you in the right direction of a florist that is the right fit for you.
- Check with your venue, as they typically have at least one florist on their preferred vendor list and sometimes that’s a great place to start.
- Limit the amount of time you spend finding inspiration photos – a few photos are more than enough! Inspiration can be simple, and should be thought of as way to get the overall idea of what you are looking for. From there, trust the professionals to create your aesthetic, or better yet, build one to fit you perfectly.

 
TWC: What is your favorite flower to work with?

FB: Choosing just one flower is so difficult for me! I love working with lilac for a few reasons. First, it reminds me of my Grandmother, her garden, and my roots (no pun) in the floral world. Secondly, it’s season /availability is super short! So when it does finally arrive in the studio I feel like it’s an extra birthday I get in the Spring (Capricorn/winter baby). The last thing about lilac is that it’s not widely used in the wedding world like roses, dahlias, peonies, and hydrangea, so it really is a rarity in our studio! However, that could all change with a Spring client who wants purple or white lilacs in their wedding AND to see their florist excitedly bounding around their venue while setting up. [Gangly arm movements and small shrieks of excitement might also be included] ;) -If you aren’t sold on the first designer you meet with – explore other options!

 

TWC: What makes Flower Bar different?

FB: The studio is truly a boutique environment, and by that I mean we only take on a limited number of clients each weekend. We at Flower Bar LOVE working closely with our clients through the entire planning process, but the most fun is in the beginning when we get to brainstorm how we can create something different - and that takes time. We spend such a substantial amount of time really trying to come up with inventive ideas that really fit our client’s needs that there is just not enough hours in the day or creative juices to have us running 24-7! Most designers can copy a design, and there is nothing wrong with that, but we want to create the design. Also, I would like to think our staff is pretty unique! I don’t think of us as just floral designers - everyone in the studio has fun influences that bring a really innovative approach to our design style. Art and theatre majors, interior designers, even economics majors somehow all can relate to flowers!

If you would like to get in touch with Megan and The Flower Bar, you can visit her website (hyperlink to: http://www.azflowerbar.com/) or like her on Facebook (hyperlink to: https://www.facebook.com/azflowerbar).


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