From the Desk of Desirae: All the Questions


It all starts with one question: Will you Marry Me?

When my high school sweetheart proposed to me a year ago on the beach, little did I know that my parents were there ready to congratulate us! They were just the beginning of the many hugs, congratulations, and hand grabs to see the ring. After all of the initial excitement, there comes another question: Have you set a date? My first thought? “NO! I’ve been engaged 5 minutes!” But until you set a date, you will hear this question at every family gathering, every work meeting, and anytime anyone hears you are engaged.

What most people don’t realize is how much goes in to the date. Unless you have a date that is sentimental to you, I would start looking for venues first. There is nothing worse than falling in love with a venue and finding out that they are booked for the date you have in mind. So, my advice, think of a month or season you want to get married, find a venue and then set a date. If you are set on a date, in most cases you won’t have any issue, but as you get closer to the date or if your date is in the peak of wedding season – be ready to keep your venue options open!

After that, don’t expect the questions to stop. “Have you picked your wedding party? Have you found a dress? What are your colors?” Just take it one question at a time and don’t be overwhelmed when the questions lead to more questions!

From the Desk of Desirae: Meet Desirae


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!

Arizona State University Graduation Party


Location: Private Home

Catering: Ciao Baby Catering

Bar Services: Couple of Bartenders

Décor and Coordination: Kate & Company

Meet Kate & Company


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!


Amanda & Jeff


Location: Arizona Historical Society Museum

Inspiration: Casual with Class, Fun, Natural

Photography by: Chris Frailey Photography

Diva & Edward


Location: Scottsdale Ranch Community Center

Inspiration: Love Story, Religious, Traditional

Photography by: Love My Life Photography

Lindsay & Michael


Location: SoHo63

Inspiration: Nerdy, Modern, Neutral

Photography by: The Studio of Bradford Jones