Viva Las Vegas!


October proved to be a very beautiful month in luck, weather and smiles. Strolling the grounds of the lovely JW Marriott Las Vegas in Summerlin, NV simply puts you in the mindset that Vegas doesn’t have to be all about bright lights and casino craziness. Flowing grass, gurgling fountains and water throughout the property most certainly set a tone of tranquility and peacefulness – just a lovely spot for a fall wedding. We spent a fun filled October weekend in Vegas with our bride, Stacie and groom, James.

Oh, did I mention this was the weekend with the once in a lifetime date of 10/10/10? First key to the success of this lovely wedding was flexibility and we certainly worked some magic to book this very special affair with a two month lead time. Our bride wanted a wedding at 10 a.m., so our luck continued, everything we wanted was available in the morning. A note to future Vegas-brides … out of state weddings require a license. A  visit to the court house on the Thursday prior (10/7/10) was brilliant as the couple avoided long queues, stanchions and the crowds of the weekend. This desert destination was a convenient gathering spot for the wedding party and their guests with ample flights and an infrastructure to provide anything and everything with in a short few minute drive.
The setting was the quaint “Lodge” with a glorious expanse of grassy knolls and waterfalls nearby. The beautiful bride selected her two nieces to be the flower girls and they were as cute as buttons wearing fashionable tutus of toile. Her colors were bullet and blush and this was accentuated in everything from the flowers and the bridal party dresses to the Chuck Taylor Converse monogrammed sneakers the groomsmen donned.

To commemorate the day, personal notes and polaroid photos from each attending guest were clipped to the wish tree branches.
This intimate Vegas wedding was just what James and Stacie had hoped for… a memory making event filled with love, luck and Las Vegas luxe…

~ Kate     

The Duce


Looking for a unique eco-urban vibe for your bachelor/bachelorette party, rehearsal dinner or next fundraiser? . . . head straight to The Duce in downtown Phoenix. I stopped in with no expectations and came away with placing it on my fav list!  This warehouse space is straight-up old school with exposed brick walls and cement floors, however the inside is filled with surprises in every corner.  It’s a store with funky vintage items and re-purposed army fatigues to buy; a restaurant with, hands down, some of the best comfort food in town all cooked out of an Airstream trailer in their courtyard; a retro soda station, cool dance floor and gritty boxing ring! The indoor/outdoor ambiance invites a relaxed flow as your guests will bounce from getting down on the dance floor to smacking their lips after a bite of their sweet, sticky ribs or sumptuous sliders.
Keep it real . . . use dried flower buds to create a sign like this with your names to place over your sweetheart table or to welcome guests to your wedding.  Stress-less make this weeks in advance by using dried flowers instead of fresh.  After the wedding, keep the sign or remove the flowers and re-purpose in your home decor glued to picture frames, layered in glass jars or re-crafted as a wreath.  These touches will help keep your love in bloom for years to come!

Patio Pleaser.  Invite your girls or guys to the patio for a “bach” party to fuel up for the antics ahead or gather your family for a cozy rehearsal dinner.

Swing or Hustle your way to the music on this dance floor painted with dance step moves . . . this place is jammin on Fri and Sat nights with tunes spinning out all types of beats.

Talk about deliciously sinful food… 
Leslie ~

Inspiration From Tucson


I escaped to Tucson, Arizona recently looking for relaxation, but was surrounded with inspiration! Aside from the breathtaking sunsets and fantastic weather, I discovered there was a chic, upscale, and totally “in style” side to Tucson. I made stops at spectacular locations and came home with a new attitude toward the old Pueblo…

Homemade Cherry Limeades anyone? I splurged on a spectacular brunch at the new Ritz Carlton, Dove Mountain and fell in love with this colorful Limeade station. This twist of eye popping color will be an instant favorite at a Bar/Bat Mitzvah or special event. Play around with the idea think of cream sodas or root beer floats or customize it to your taste. They’re all good to the last slurp.

Who doesn’t love tapas or what I like to call “figure” foods! This trend in dining on petite plates provides a bunch of options to please many palates. From foods that nourish to desserts that delight, this style of dining is not only festive, but a way to keep costs down without guest knowing it.

Who wouldn’t want to enjoy a delicious whoopie pie with an ice cold shot of milk? This signature item at the Loews Ventana Canyon is a sassy way to gather family and friends together for a whoopie… I mean welcome reception or a fun item to include at a rehearsal dinner… why not go all the way and play Frank Sinatra’s rendition of “Makin Whoopee!”

 Topping my list of contemporary new restaurants is the CORE Kitchen and Wine Bar at the Ritz Carlton, Dove Mountain. The delectable food is creative, earthy and represents the best of local ingredients from the Sonoran Desert. Views of the natural surroundings among the sleek restaurant décor are just the combo for a relaxed but elegant rehearsal dinner served up in the impeccable Ritz style.

~ Megan

Feature on azcentral.com!


I am thrilled to share with you a link to one of our client’s weddings recently featured in the Arizona Republic’s “Stylish Wedding” feature. I thought you’d enjoy sneaking a peak at Jena and Brian’s “Love is in the Air” Valentine’s weekend wedding. Click on the link and share in on our excitement!

~ Megan

Meet The Team


Welcome to Kate and Company’s Blog!  What better way to introduce you to our talented team of personal planners than thru their entries and updates here. From new inspirations to traditional classics our team will keep you filled with creative ideas, expert tips and unique resources. I’ve come to appreciate all of them for their distinctive talents and “know-how” areas.  While all can plan a wedding or event from any point of view, I’ve encouraged their participation in the blogs to cover their favorite area of expertise. Kristen has a love for the Classics, while Leslie has a passion for Eco-Chic. Megan will keep you updated with on-the-ground trends in venues, style and décor and I’ll get you daydreaming of destinations to say your I Do’s. Please take a minute to read below and find out a bit more about each planner. Now let the blogging begin and we look forward to sharing our Kate and Company life with you! ~ Kate
A classic wedding will never go out of style. As a child I always imagined having a fairytale wedding, complete with the white ball gown, black tie attire, the intimate chapel overflowing with pastel roses and lilies, drifting down the aisle to Cannon, and cutting into a spectacular five-tier wedding cake with elegant white doves on top. In other words I dream of having a classic Cinderella wedding. That love for classics has continued to inspire me from fashion to music and movies, and into my love of weddings. As I have always said – why change it if it’s not broken?
Your Occasion Orchestrator ~ Kristen


My friends call me a “giddyup” girl…part granola and part yuppie. I credit this unique blend to my New England upbringing in Connecticut with a transplanted life in the Southwest among Arizona’s natural beauty. My love affair with the garden began with poking seeds into the ground at age 5. And, I’ve Martha Stewart to thank for showing me that a girl could combine all of her loves into one fabulous creative life centered around gardening, décor, and food. I admit I had a short detour as a marketing and advertising executive, but for the last 15 years I’ve been an organic lifestyle specialist and event planner bringing touches of the green-glam-vintage life to client’s weddings, parties, and events. I seek warmth in the details to bring family and friends together for the soul purpose of celebrating life. I’m thrilled that through this blog, I’ll be reporting back to you all with all things green, glam, indie, vintage, unique and out of the box. We’ll have fun coloring outside the lines and exploring how to make your day a reflection of you…after all it is your day to illuminate your idea of love!
Your Eco-Chic Gal ~ Leslie
I was recently looking through photos of my parent’s wedding (which unfortunately took place in the early 80’s) and all I could conjure was WHAT were my parents thinking! I asked my mom, “Did you really ever think this looked good?” Her response was, “Yes, of course I did, I was totally in style.” We live in a culture where one day a trend is “in” and the next day it’s “out.” As someone who loves to keep up with the latest and greatest trends in wedding style and décor, I want to give you a fresh look through my blog posts at how to create a contemporary wedding that will be eternally timeless. Hopefully I can stop you from making a similar wedding style faux pas as my mom. I say let bad style stay in the past and keep chic and sophisticated style in the present!
Your Trendsetter and What’s Hot Girl ~ Megan

Since I was in my early teens, lying on the grass in my upstate NY backyard looking at the contrails the jets made in the sky, I promised myself that one day I would be on those airplanes and explore the world. I craved culture, history and experiential adventures. At 14, I made my first European jaunt, and then back at 16 and by 17 (with a backpack and a dear brave friend), I navigated all of Europe and northern Africa. Although many years have passed, my sincere pleasure of travel and exploring has become a significant part of my work. Through my blog posts I will provide you with unique destination suggestions and incredible resources that will hopefully serve you while planning and producing your destination wedding or special event just about anywhere in the world!
Your Destination Diva ~ Kate


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