Before we moved into our shared warehouse space in Tempe, we were operating out of our home. We had storage off property and it was a total pain in the butt. We weren't always available to meet clients or vendors at our space to show them our inventory, and if you live in Arizona, you know how HOT those storage units can get. It made working in the summer extremely brutal and a little tough. We tried to schedule as early (or late) in the day for people to come by and check out our inventory from our 4 storage units. It wasn't ideal, but it was a huge stepping stone for us to be where we are. Just like our current space is a stepping stone to what the future holds.
I remember meeting with Melissa of Moelleux Events at our space for her to grab some pieces for a styled shoot. It wasn't a fairly long meeting; she grabbed what she needed, but we wanted to make sure to get to know her a little bit before saying goodbye. Within the wedding industry, especially in Arizona, there are SO MANY VENDORS!!! It is extremely hard to build relationships and keep relationships consistent because of this. I do remember talking to Melissa about her past education and experience as a chef, about her wife and their goals, and what they loved about Arizona. We bonded over Matt's brother also having a culinary past. I think those little conversations are really important to continue to promote community over competition. It's little moments of saying hello in person and working with people's schedules to make something work (like, meeting at a storage unit at 6:30 when the sun is finally starting to go down so we all don't melt on the asphalt). With all the styled shoots and passion projects that wedding & event professionals work on, sometimes you can get drowned and turned off by all of it. But, something I am extremely passionate about is being who you are in person and remembering to keep business and personal feelings separate. Sometimes, it is really hard for us to work on styled shoots / unpaid projects because it doesn't always benefit us to get images for our portfolio, the timing for will call or delivery just won't work out, or because we don't think that vision of certain projects fit our style & aesthetic. We try our best to work with everyone when we can, and we focus on the collaborative process of finding NEW inspiration by following accounts and businesses that aren't saturating our own state. We want to help bring new ideas and themes to Arizona weddings and we think that when you're able to pull inspiration from people that aren't in your own backyard, it just really elevates what you can tackle as an entire industry in the state. I think I am just rambling now on what is a feature on a beautiful shoot at because event space, but it makes sense, I swear...
This feature was a shoot that we didn't have too much involvement on. It was a will call order, and the only pieces from our inventory in this shoot are the goblets and candlesticks. Simple, tableware touches to help this group of talented Arizona (woot woot) wedding vendors bring a really great vision to life, showcase the beauty of a new wedding/event space and bring some people that we haven't gotten to work with before, together. That is the stuff that I love being a part of when it works out. This is why I started The Ivy Event. This is why I try my very best to say YES to projects when they come my way because community is so important to me. The purple and grey goblets in this shoot were such a small detail, but I am so honored to have our pieces a part of this beautiful Rich & Romantic Purple Inspired wedding shoot. Thank you so much for Mindy Deluca, Melissa Tinajero, and all the other incredible vendors for all of their hard work on this stunning shoot. It is no wonder that Borrowed and Blue featured this on their blog.
To see the full shoot on Borrowed & Blue, click here.
Venue: because Event Space
Photographers: Mindy DeLuca Photography
Tux & Suits: Celebrity Tux and Tails
Bridal Gown: Brilliant Bridal
Cakes & Desserts: Baker Wee
Beverages: Couple of Bartenders
Planners & Designers: Moelleux Events
Rentals: Elegant Farmhouse Design, Material Girls, and Tremaine Ranch
Florists: Moelleux Events
Hair: Beauty by Miranda g
Makeup: Martha Valdovinos