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From the Desk of Desirae: Meet Desirae

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I am Desirae, a Personal Planner at Kate & Company. I grew up in Flagstaff, AZ and travelled down to the Phoenix area to attend Arizona State University (Go Devils!). I got my degree in Supply Chain Management and a certificate in Special Event Management. Lucky for me, after graduation I got a job I LOVE! I get to work on a wide range of events including graduation parties, anniversary celebrations, birthday parties, and weddings – and I have to admit, I really love the wedding planning. I love to work with brides, grooms, and families to make wedding-day dreams come true; whether that be planning the perfect décor, tackling a DIY project, or being there the day-of a wedding to make sure everything runs smoothly! One of my favorite things about weddings is that each one is unique and always tells the story of the couple. I adore seeing their personalities shine through on their wedding day. It doesn’t matter if I’ve known a couple for an hour or years, I am guaranteed to cry at a wedding!

With all the busy wedding planning I do on a daily basis, I have to admit, I’ve put one of my brides on the back burner – Me! Yes, I am engaged and under a year away from my own wedding. As I spend this year planning my Kate & Company weddings at work, I will be planning my wedding at home. As a planner planning my own wedding (no pressure, right?), I’m hoping to share tips/tricks and stories to help fellow brides along the way.

I completely understand what all couples go through from the moment they say ‘Yes!’ I can’t wait to share my story with you!

Meet Kate & Company

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Life is full of special moments filled with people you love. When you have a big event whether it be a birthday, graduation, honeymoon, wedding, or anything in between, you could take the time to enjoy the celebration and let Kate & Company worry about the rest!

Kate & Company’s events have two things in common: it is exactly what you dreamed it would be, and it is stress free. Let us take all the “To-Dos” off of your plate before your event and our team will be there until the last piece of décor is boxed up.

Our Kate & Company team is full of professionals who can handle the logistics and budget of an event then switch gears and create stunning décor that will WOW your guests. Give us a call – We’d love to meet you!

480.403.4611

Top 2012 Trend Thirteen: A Mismatched Wedding

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From bridesmaid dresses to boutonnieres, the trend for a 2012 wedding is to have less symmetry than ever before! Standing at the altar with carbon copy bridesmaids is out, while letting your bridesmaid choose dresses in different colors, styles, lengths, and patterns is in. Let your bridesmaids wear a dress that fits their own unique figure, style, and personality. And, that they will wear again!
Although mismatching is the trend, we suggest keeping a central theme in order to keep the entire ceremony unified, polished, and stylish. The possibilities of how to pull this trend off are endless! Here are a few tips: 
  • Pick the exact same dress in the different tones of your wedding color palette. This creates a stylish look and gives your bridal party a pop of color.
  • For the groomsmen, let them choose from different colored boutonnieres or ties.
  • Use the same color, but different shades. This idea works great for both the bridesmaids and groomsmen. Pantone color books or paint fan books from your local hardware store make great sources of inspiration to start. 
  • Give your bridesmaids the exact color and fabric you would like them to wear and let them come up with their own dress. 
  • Want to keep it simple? Have the same dress for all of your bridesmaids and mismatch the accessories. From necklaces, shoes, bouquets, and earrings, you have an endless amount of possibilities! 

    ~Cathy H.

Top 2012 Trend Twelve: Flower Power

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Paper is big this year and is being used as a creative way to decorate wedding spaces from the altar to the sweetheart table. Talented designers are creating gorgeous walls of show stopping paper flowers and paper accents. Paper can be used in so many different ways.

That’s it for the top twelve trends of 2012!

~Katie C

Top 2012 Trend Eleven: Spirited Tango Takes The Lead

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Color palettes for 2012 are bold, vivacious and subtly seductive. Color authority Pantone Color Institute drives the trends for fashion and décor and this year their pick for 2012’s color of the year is Tangerine Tango. This reddish orange color is vibrant and energetic, sure to be an attention grabber at any wedding. We are also seeing soft muted pastels, greens, blues and lilacs in fabrics and bolder, vibrant colors like reds, oranges, lime greens and royal blues in decor accents. Black is back as an accent. For example, black sofas are “in” and white are “out” when creating lounges for receptions or post wedding fun.

~Katie C

Top 2012 Trend Ten: Tell your Love Story

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A new trend in reception videography is the “he said/she said” versions of a love story (much like in the movie When Harry met Sally). Stories and video style can be customized to the couple’s preferences. And now instead of the traditional table interviews during the reception, the videographer is taping the reactions from the guests to personalize the video even more.

~Katie C

Top 2012 Trend Nine: Group Shots!

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While in most other ways today’s brides are modern, they are moving away from odd angles and opting for more traditional wedding photos. Remember the panoramic senior class photos from high school? Brides do too! Capturing family and friends in one shot just after the ceremony, is reported to be a top photo request for 2012.

~Katie C