Just last month I had the ultimate pleasure - the trifecta, if you will - of planning, executing and participating in the wedding of one of my oldest and closest friends.
When Lori Lesselroth wed Brian Notheis at the Arizona Inn, I was in full wedding overload! Being someone's wedding planner from afar requires that you put in a lot of phone time, unlimited emails and text messages, and weekend planning sessions that feel like military operations! The pressure I feel to give a couple everything they want and more is compounded exponentially when you have a life long history and love for the people getting married. Throw in bridesmaid dress and a few other responsibilities, and I was truly "all in" in a way that I had never been before.
Many, many thanks to Tony Fisher for coming along to Arizona and serving not only as my escort, but as full ground support ensuring that the space was set to perfection, that we girls had every beauty item known to man on hand, and that the timeline was executed flawlessly. But more than that, Tony took hours of video on three different cameras (Lori & Brian passed on a traditional video) and even fluffed Lori's dress as she went down the aisle - A task that I always treasure, but could not perform as a bridesmaid!
To Reber, catering manager extraordinaire at the Arizona Inn: you and your team were a joy and an asset to us! The food and service were outstanding, and I could not have been luckier to work with such a spectacular team! A special thank you for the truffles! What a treat to find upon check in!
To Raylene Streuber and her photography team: Your photos put mine to shame! It's only a shame you didn't have a better looking couple! Seriously...Are there better looking people in the world? Talk about the genetically gifted@
To Tanya Kratz of In Full Bloom: Each and ever flower was set to perfection! Thank you to incorporating Lori's love of books so beautifully!
As always, I have to share some of my favorite behind the scenes photos that I managed to snap throughout the day. And someday soon, when I can do justice to the video, a trailer will follow. Until then, enjoy!