Best Wedding Over $50K

We are now an officially AWARD WINNING event planning company! Last week we won 1 ISES Arizona Zonie award for Best Wedding Over $50K and a finalist for Best Social Event over $50K.  Thank you to the International Special Events Society(ISES) for this huge honor! We have so many event professionals to thank!  Working on a huge 3 day wedding is not an easy task and doing it in 3 months is quite the challenge but we pulled it off flawlessly!  

Straight To The Plate Kitchen Grand Opening

I had the pleasure of coordinating Straight to the Plate's kitchen grand opening on February 5, 2014.  

Here is a little background about Straight to the Plate:  Sue Carlisle (owner) thought she had a typical sinus infection, she was diagnosed with Mucormycosis, which is an extremely rare and deadly infection. With the help of some amazing doctors they developed a new technique to treat the infected area and give Sue back the quality of life she once had. Even though she can’t taste her own food and has a metal palate she has gone on to serve over 2,000 guests which I am proud to say that I have enjoyed her delicious food on many occasions one being my recent baby shower. 

Click here to read the full article ABC News Wrote about Sue! 

Ok back to the Grand Opening! 

When I first saw the kitchen both Sue and I had the idea that she deserved something big! She deserved a Hollywood Movie Premiere Grand Opening! And that is what I created for her!  

With the help of Themers who designed the Step & Repeat, the red carpet, cocktail tables and my favorite the Glow Bar! I didn’t want the inside of the kitchen to look like the same boring kitchen’s you have seen before so with the help of Karma Event Lighting they providing all of the purple uplighting for inside the kitchen as well as the additional lighting that was needed outside to make this feel like a Hollywood premiere!  A party isn’t a party without an awesome DJ and Emcee! Of course the one and only Curtis Whipple was the man for the job!  Chrissie with C.Lacey Design designed all of the menus and signage for the opening. The very talented Maria Fossler with Photography by MF was the main photographer and did an excellent job capturing the Grand Opening!  Of course what’s a party without a bar?   Pour Masters was there to provide the guests with a full bar and Signature Drink just for the occasion! 

Let’s talk about the food!   Sue wanted to do something a little different. When she first started Straight to the Plate she would have her friends over to taste the food and provided them with Rate Cards and have them decide if the dish was worth keeping. Sue wanted to test out 4 new dishes at the grand opening and in my opinion they were all a Winner!  

She served something for everyone,  Raspberry Chicken, Mediterranean Quiche, Ceviche (Seafood) Station and Pana Cotta with a orange raspberry sauce. The Seafood Station was by far my favorite!  Sue provided us with her popular dishes: apricot meatballs, spinach & artichoke dip and much more!  

I am so honored to be able to work with very talented people in the event industry. Thank you to all of you that put in your hard work to help make this Grand Opening a successful event! 

If you are in need of a caterer for any event please contact Sue with Straight to the Plate, I promise you will not be disappointed!  


Wrigley Mansion Bridal Show

We were asked to be apart of the 1st Wrigley Mansion Bridal Show this past weekend! This was not like any bridal show you have been to before!  First off, if you have never been to the Wrigley Mansion at the Biltmore then you need to go take a tour of Phoenix History. From the original floors and lighting to the breathtaking views of downtown Phoenix. The Wrigley Mansion is a must see when either visiting Phoenix or even if you are Phoenix native. 

The bridal show took over the entire home, from the living room right down to the restructured garage. I was lucky and was set up in one of the bedrooms which is now used for smaller dinner parties and the grooms room. 

The theme for the bridal show was 1920’s. This was perfect for me since while in college I studied the fashion of the 20’s at FIDM and have been in love with that era ever since. I visited the room once and quickly had a vision for what needed to be in the room. I knew that I couldn’t recreate today’s modern Great Gatsby with lots of bling and sparkle but it needed lots of gold and pearls!   The newest trend I have been seeing is doing a small pop of color and soft pink flowers are always a great compliment to any table arrangement. 

This was an awesome opportunity and I look forward to bringing your vision to life next! 

I would like to give a huge thank you to:

Classic Party Rentals, C Lacey Design, Lux Wedding Florist And Harley Bonham for the beautiful pictures. 

Please contact me to help with the design of your next event!  

Happy Planning!! 

Springs Preserve- Las Vegas, NV

The Springs Preserve in Las Vegas, NV is a beautiful location to have your non typical Vegas wedding.  The Springs Preserve has over 8 acres of gardens, wildlife habitats and education resources.  

At the Springs Preserve you options for an inside or outside ceremony and reception, when choosing the outdoor options since the preserve has many gardens you will be able to enjoy how green everything is. This is perfect venue for the couple who are committed to keeping their wedding day environmental friendly. 

On site catering is provided by Culinary Arts Catering and trust me their food is nothing like you have ever had at a wedding. The culinary team can and will customize a menu to fit in your tastes as well as your budget. For example, at the wedding I had the pleasure to plan the couple wanted BBQ style food which I typically think is perfect because cooking large amounts of it usually tastes better (I am sort of a foodie). The chef prepared Kentucky House Fried Chicken and this was the best Fried Chicken I have ever had! I even went back for seconds which I normally would never do due to time or wedding food not always being that great. 

The entire staff at the Springs Preserve was extremely helpful from Day 1 down to the last hour of the evening. 

I loved that they provided Chavari chairs for the reception and they had plenty of linen options.

I had the pleasure of locating a great floral designer in Las Vegas who had reasonably priced flowers but was extremely easy to work with. At last minute the bride wanted to add another table so Rosy of Rosy Flowers Design went back to her shop and put together another centerpiece just in time for the reception!  

Please check out the gallery Koryn and Chris to see more pictures of this beautiful wedding! 


Vendors included:

Nicole Arend Weddings & Events

Springs Preserve

Rosy Flowers Event

Chelsey Ann Photography

Las Vegas DJ's

Pastry Palace