The day I got engaged to my incredible man was euphoric. I was on top of the world, and in those moments, I thought of nothing but how blissful our married life would be. However, the reality of having to plan a wedding hit me quite forcefully on my long drive back home. At the time, I was living in Flagstaff, AZ and my husband and my parents lived down in the valley. I was a full-time student enrolled in 20 credits and worked a part-time job, as well. Our wedding was to take place in Mesa, AZ where the majority of my family and friends were.
My mom is the most amazing and fabulous woman that I know, and I seriously could not be more blessed to have her as my mother. She knew that I was going to have a very difficult time exerting reasonable efforts towards planning a dream wedding whilst trying to also keep my grades up through never ending classes and homework and still saving enough energy to make it to my job. Even amidst her own full-time job, she willingly and fervently took on wedding planning so that she could give me my dream wedding. My mom knows me so well, and her creative eye and style are uncanny, so I trusted her whole-heatedly to make the executive decisions when it came to finding a venue, decorations, and everything else that goes into planning a wedding.
So when she told me that she wanted to hire Jennifer from Simple Means Events to help hone our creative vision into an elegant, dream-like wedding, I knew she must be good. And she did not disappoint one bit! When I showed up to our venue hours before our reception was to begin, I was almost in tears. Because my busy schedule and distant living did not allow me much time to see mock ups or plans, it was my first time seeing everything put together. It was even better than I had imagined it could be. My mom and Jennifer worked tirelessly over the course of eight months swapping ideas and design plans to prepare a gorgeous reception. Having Jennifer’s extra professional hand and creative eye really made the difference. She was able to incorporate all my wishes and even convey my personality through the entire set up with every decoration and every piece of furniture and fixture. She tied everything in so beautifully and neatly, and it all had a perfect place.
She was a saving grace for my mom, I know, by carrying some of the stressful planning load. She was always so open and easy to contact. Even from afar, she always made me feel like I was her top priority. She was always in reaching distance and made me feel like our special day was just as important to her. Jennifer gave such a wonderful balance between giving me everything I wanted and excluding everything that was unnecessary to make sure everything was tasteful and classy. She really listened to my mom and I and delivered on our wishes while also adding her own expert and special touch.
The compliments I received the entire night about how gorgeous the venue turned out reassured to me that hiring Simple Means Events to bring our ambitious visions to life was our secret to success. The best part is that I was able to appreciate and take in the excitement of that amazing day and my mom was allowed to breathe, relax and enjoy the day, as well. Jennifer and her team delivered and then some, and our wedding turned out to be everything I could have ever wanted and more. We thank you from the bottom of our hearts for allowing us to truly appreciate the beauty of that unforgettable day. We experienced all of the love and joy and none of the fuss because everything, down to the tiniest of details, was taken care of and accounted for.
Stylist | @simplemeansevents
Photographer | @tarrynhutch
Florals | @flora_lish
Food Truck | @lecrepeaz
Photobooth bus | @cruisinphotobus
Cake | @sugarlanebakery
DJ | @djafeezyo
Venue | @gatherestate
Hair | @tammyhook_
MUA \ @kxwebb
Rentals | @theeventco
Rentals | @dangfinerentals
Rentals | @tremaineranch
Groom’s suit | @magroclothing
Bride’s dress | @schaffersbridal_az
Hair crown/boutonniere | @onfoundations