Let me start this post off by saying that I don’t think anyone needs makeup, but boy, can it be fun! I also want to state that in no way am I knowledgeable on makeup (like, what is good/bad), but I do think it is fun to share images and inspiration that inspire us and can, hopefully, inspire you too. (more…)
A while back, our good friends Christina & Rob, the creators and talent behind New Darlings, reached out to see if we had any interest in helping them throw an backyard dinner party. They had put together a FEED dinner party, in hopes to feed some of those in need of meals. FEED is a wonderful organization who believe that food has the power to bring many together, and together, we have the power to bring food to many. By hosting dinner parties (FEED calls them FEED Suppers), you’re able to invite your guests to help give back to those in need. The best part is that 100% of the proceeds raised from your FEED Supper is directly donated to their partner, Feeding America. So, of course we wanted to be involved. And boy are we so happy we were a part of such a fun and important night.
Okay, so to be completely honest, we have been sitting on these photos from Constance Higley for about a year, waiting for Easter to roll around so we could share them as well as some really simple recipes from Handle the Heat & Brendan McCaskey to make your Easter dinner a knock out!
Question: How many of you who are engaged or married were excited about your wedding registry? Were you stressed about it? Did you even want to do it? I have heard so many mixed emotions about wedding registries… Either you don’t want to do them because you already have everything you could need or you are stressed about making sure you ask for the right things. Another aspect of wedding registries is figuring out where you want to register. With so many options out there, it’s no wonder why the thought of completing a wedding registry can be a little stressful. But, with the help of Crate and Barrel Wedding Registry, they make it fun for those of you who want to experience a little bit more during the process.
Tara & Eric Hainsworth are the too cool for words owners for Hainsworth & Co, a salon focused on educating and inspiring their employees as well as branching out to offer education within the hair industry. Tara has worked with us on past events, like our Babes & Braids events, and I even was going and getting regular hair cuts at one point with her. Which, by the way, were some of the best haircuts I had received. She explains her process and what she is doing, so you as a client understand that she not only knows what she is doing but wants you to know what she is doing.
As a furniture and decor rental company located in the middle of Arizona, we are given a lot of opportunities to travel all over our state to work with clients from all over the nation. We received an email from Ashley, owner of Hello Bird, inquiring about rentals for her Sedona based wedding. Ashley and her fiance, Matt, were traveling from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania for their Arizona inspired wedding day. Ashley being in the wedding industry herself (seriously, she is a kick ass calligraphy artist), she knew exactly what it is she was looking for. They both decided to keep their event small and intimate, drive north to experience the beauty that Sedona offers and work with vendors that they knew would make their special destination wedding day more than just a celebration.
I grew up with a mother and a father who both loved me very very much, but also always pushed me to have a very strong work ethic. They believed that whatever it is you wanted in life, you could absolutely succeed and get what you want by working hard and being a good person. I believe that their love and support has shaped me into the woman that I am to this day, and for that, I am forever grateful. I am also extremely blessed to have a husband and partner in life who supports all of my dreams and goals. Not only does he support them, but he makes sure that I am going after them and drops everything he has going on to help me achieve my dreams. I don’t know how I got so lucky. Today, I felt very strongly about sharing my perspective on being a woman and owning a business in the wedding and event industry in Arizona. Like always, I want to be transparent… So, buckle up because here we go.
When Matt and I decided to start our company nearly 4 years ago, we had no idea how big our little dream would go and how much we would learn along the way. I had always worked for other companies or business owners, and never thought I had what it takes to be someone who actually owned their own business. But the more that Matt & I talked about turning our little side gig into a full time job, we realized that maybe we had what it takes to be successful and went for it. And when I say successful, I guess I mean pay for dinner and keep a roof over our head. Tremaine Ranch is our number one source of income. Matt and I literally put our blood and tears into this business. Not only because we want it be successful and we want to be proud of what it is we have set out to do, but because we need to in order to live. We have made some pretty terrible business mistakes, but we also have luckily learned so much from those mistakes to never (never ever) make them again. If we don’t work or don’t book jobs, we literally can’t pay for our rental home or for food on our table. Neither of us have any income coming in from another source, so our success means our survival. We have lived paycheck to paycheck (or job to job) before, and it was really brutal. Lots of tears and a ton of conversations about if this is what we should be doing. Were we happy? Is this making us happy? It was a ton of figuring out if this is truly what we wanted to do, and at the end of the day, neither of us would change our careers and are thrilled to continue the struggle of owning and operating a successful business. We have met some incredible business owners, with the majority of them being females. Some of my closest friends and confidants are female business owners and entrepreneurs. My biggest cheerleaders, besides my family, have now become females within the Phoenix community. Seeing just how admiration has turned into deep friendships is something that I never thought I would be so lucky to experience. It’s pretty great to have friends who work their butts off for their own success in your corner rooting you on, because they know the struggles and trails being a woman in business that one can go through.
One of the things we learned very quickly over the past year or so is that business and personal life are dangerous if mixed together. We made friends in the industry, lost friends in the industry, pretended to be people we weren’t and weren’t sure if we were cut out for owning a company in an event based industry. The internet and social media aspect of running our business was really hard on me. There was a ton of comparison in other companies who do what we did, other people who worked with others instead of me, and I felt like I was pulling inspiration from companies in my own backyard who were offering similar services to us. I was really bummed and felt a lack of creativity in my own company that I started to pull away and shut down. I realized that what I had been doing was comparing others’ success to mine, and that is extremely unhealthy. Not only for my own mental health, but also for my success and ideas with our company. I wasn’t quite sure what to do, and I have always struggled with being disliked. A good friend of mine pointed this out to me over a long, tear filled conversation… she asked “you don’t like being disliked, do you?” and I just broke down. I’m not sure what it is or why I feel this way, but I don’t like being disliked. I was comparing my success with others and I was trying to keep up in similar ways that they had been operating. But I soon realized that this wasn’t ME and this was not how I wanted to run a business, or really live my life. After I realized what was causing me to feel down about our work and more importantly myself, I made the decision to delete a ton of people in the event industry in Arizona from instagram, and delete people on facebook who weren’t my friends outside of work related events. I had even received a few messages from talented, locally owned businesses that I admire so very much about this and why I wouldn’t be supportive or follow them. It caught me off guard! I was baffled that people noticed, but I had to be honest. I didn’t want my personal life to be intermixed with my business life. But more importantly, I wanted to stay in my own creative lane and not focus on what those around me in our industry were up to. Seeing what people are already doing in Arizona was inspiring, but I didn’t want my inspiration from them to be taken the wrong way. No one was ever intentionally rude or mean to my face, but sometimes you’ve got to protect yourself from yourself if you know what I mean…
I am SO proud of all of the creative businesses in Arizona. I LOVE what each, different company offers and know that we are all working hard to create an exciting market for Arizona to be competitive with the likes of Los Angeles, San Francisco, or New York. I honestly thought I had ruined my career and what I’ve worked so hard to build because people were questioning my character from something as silly as social media. I had heard so many other people feel down about themselves and comparing themselves to others when trying to grow their business. They felt discouraged by similar companies in the same area and it was pretty eye opening how much better I felt when I decided to make the social media changes. Being a business owner isn’t just great because I get to be a business owner, but it is so great because of the people I have who have made me feel empowered to stand up for myself and stand up for what will ultimately make me feel okay with me being me.
We have met so many people in the wedding and event industry, helped so many people, and have made some really great friends along the way. I have met female candle makers who are breaking the barriers by creating art for your everyday; Female florists who want to create something more than just another bouquet of flowers for your wedding or event; Female mixologists who want you to feel confident in creating craft cocktails in your home; Female bloggers who want to inspire and share their truths about life in a relatable way; Female photographers who stand on their feet 8+ hours a day while carrying a growing baby in their belly because they booked the job before they knew they were pregnant; Make up artists and hair stylists who work through their own insecurities to make others feel beautiful and perfect. I guess I should wrap this post up by simply saying that one of the greatest things about being a woman in this day and age is being able to celebrate the women around me who support me, understand my heart, and get that sometimes it isn’t always about fake smiling and fake pictures, but we get to be real and transparent and THAT is what is so great about being a woman today. So, today, I wish every single woman out there a happy international women’s day. You all deserve the world. So shine on; ALL you ladies deserve the world.
The Town of Florence was founded in 1866 and is the sixth-oldest non-Native American settlement in the state of Arizona. Florence is the county seat and is situated in the central portion of Pinal County, Arizona about 1 hour away from the Phoenix and Tucson metropolitan areas. Three major transportation corridors run through Florence, which include Highway 287, Highway 79 and Hunt Highway. These roadways provide connectivity to the region that is unrivaled by similar sized communities within the state. The Town of Florence is a full-service municipality. The Town provides police, fire, library, senior center, parks, water, sewer, sanitation and many other services to the community. Town of Florence employees are pleased to provide quality services and a friendly attitude to all of our residents.
Manuel Robles made the adobes and built Rowhouse in 1881. The single-story residence is an excellent example of a modified Sonoran – style rowhouse. Lovingly restored and renovated, by Classic Home Improvements, into a two unit short-term rental property. Florence, being one of the oldest towns in Arizona, is proud of its history and the designation of the historic downtown as a National Historic District.
Both suites in Rowhouse 25, maintain the beautiful historic details while providing our guests with modern comforts. The interior of the property is designed to provide our guests with a comfortable and homey setting for your time with your friends and family. We were inspired by the history of the town’s’ design principles and used our love for sourcing antiques that pair with unique elements like claw foot tubs and antique dressers turned into vanities, to add personality and keep the desired timeless look throughout the property.
This boutique accommodation can be rented as two individual suites or as a single property hosting twelve people at a time – perfect for retreats, reunions, celebrations and holidays. Each suite includes a fully-renovated kitchen with a dishwasher, full fridge, stove and oven, and ample outside communal area. You won’t be lacking in space to escape or to entertain.
If you’re looking for a unique town to explore in Arizona, a getaway with a drive or getting married or celebrating an event in Florence, AZ, take a peek at our listings and get yourself a stay. We are eager to share in the beauty of this space! All photographs by Daniel Kim Photo.
One of the coolest things about working in the event industry, is being able to work with your event industry friends on planning their life celebrations or events. Amy & Jordan Demos, the talented photographers that reside in our sunny state but work world wide, just welcome their baby boy; Beckett Harry Demos. They welcomed their sweet bundle of joy into the world on Friday night the 16th, at 9:36 p.m at 7 lbs 6oz, 19.5 inches, and he is just perfect. We are so happy for them.
But before the birth of their baby, they were treated to the most magical baby shower by close friends and family in the privacy of their own home. Amy & Jordan get to see some of the most beautiful weddings around the world for work, so it is not wonder that their own event was just as stunning as those they’ve shot for.
Dusty blue & light blue goblets, paired with our mix and matched dinnerware, adorned the tables to add simple details that go along way. We love how adding pops of colored glassware to your tables really adds so much! With beautiful, organic styled florals from our friend Sarah with Sarah’s Garden, the tables were done just right. It’s always so fun to see how all the colors come together! Ruze Cake House has the cutest dessert cart that we’ve been seeing pop up at events, and it was the perfect detail to make this baby shower unique and one of a kind. Not to mention, all the beautiful desserts that looked too good to eat. It’s no wonder that this beautiful baby shower was chosen by Style Me Pretty for a full feature. Congratulations again, Amy & Jordan! We are so happy for the both of you.
To see the feature on Style Me Pretty, click here!
Photography: Amy & Jordan Demos
Floral: Sarah’s Garden
Stationary: Victoria York Design
Desserts: Ruze Cake House
Tabletop: Tremaine Ranch
Furniture: Glamour & Woods
Linens: La Tavola Fine Linen
We worked with Kacia & Tony on bringing their outdoor, Desert Botanical Gardens, wedding to life. We knew that they already had a great team of vendors involved. Their photographer for their big day was Jonnie & Garrett, who we always love working with. They have a way of capturing wedding photography that just makes our hearts burst. Their style & editing, on top of their great personalities, are just a few of the reasons why we highly (and often) recommend them to our brides and grooms. Kacia reached out needed a little something extra for decorations for her and Tony’s ceremony, as well as some small detail pieces for their reception. We worked with Kacia to figure out what was necessary and what would fit within their budget. Overall, we were able to add a few details to make everything so much more stylized with purpose, without breaking the bank. Thank you so much for including us in your special day, Kacia & Tony. We are honored and thrilled with how beautiful everything turned out. Congratulations you two!
To see the full feature on Junebug Weddings, click here!
As always, when we share real wedding features, we want to share a bit of perspective from our clients.
What was your favorite part of the day?
Kacia: My favorite part of the day was the moment that I finally made eye contact with my groom while walking down the aisle. He had tears in his eyes and with that look all of my nerves completely faded to the background. My heart was pounding in the best way as he helped me up the steps, thinking that I couldn’t believe life got this good.
Tony: My favorite part of the day was standing at the altar with all my groomsmen, waiting in anticipation to see Kacia walking down the aisle.
What were you looking forward to the most?
Kacia: Aside from finally marrying the love of my life (we had been together for nearly 7 years!), I was really, really excited for the father-daughter dance. My dad has always been one of my greatest role models and support systems and I knew that the dance would have significant meaning in my life. It got even better when my dad chose the song (does it get any better than Motown?) and asked me if we could coordinate dance moves mid-song. We got together to practice whenever we could be sure that everyone was out of the house in the week leading up to wedding day. We surprised everyone: my mom was in tears and I could hear my new husband cheering “No way!!”
Tony: I was looking forward to kissing the bride
Any other thoughts you would like to share about your day?
Kacia: I just want to share how grateful I am for all of the people in my life. I hadn’t cried publicly until my bridal shower and it didn’t stop there. It really is overwhelming to be surrounded by people who love you back and to receive so, so much generosity. From vendors, to friends, to family members, everybody came together to celebrate our love and make our day memorable and for that, my heart has overflown with gratitude.
Tony: It was truly the most amazing day in my life, such a beautiful venue and the decor was perfection. Every single tiny detail. I am so blessed to have been a part of it and to be married to my best friend.
Photography: Jonnie + Garrett
Venue: Desert Botanical Garden
Decor/Rentals: Tremaine Ranch
Lighting: Native Events
Florals: The Petal Theory
Wedding Dress: Wedding Belles Bridal Boutique, Wtoo by Watters
Groom’s Suit: Magro Clothing
Hair: Taylor Blades of Blades Hair
Makeup: Cristal Daniela
Day of Coordinator: Janet Marhover of Hitch Without a Glitch
DJ: Ray the DJ