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  • Suzanne Taussig – Planner & Designer

    Thank you for visiting our blog and website. My staff and I are pleased to plan, design and manage your impeccable event. For more than 16 years our event and design company has set the standard for and exemplified the professional wedding and event planning process. Please enjoy our blog and design galleries. We are honored by your consideration of our professional services. Image by Ruby Rideout

    Best wishes for your special event!
    Suzanne Taussig, President, Flora Europa, Inc.

Contemporary Wedding Styling ~ Hyatt Regency Gainey Ranch ~ Scottsdale, Arizona

The Scottsdale Hyatt Gainey Ranch Resort was the setting for these two contemporary wedding events.   The use of clear acrylic accents and lighting set the mood for an evening welcome dinner held on an outdoor terrace.  The ballroom was designed to make use of the entire space with a guest list of less than 150 people.  Dining tables shaped as rectangles and rounds were made interesting with the use of opposite color styling.  These events are great examples of utilizing glass and candlescapes to take attention away from the greatness of ballrooms or outdoor areas and intimating the spaces.  Images by Sameer Soorma

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Kristina & Karan ~ Ritz Carlton ~ Phoenix, Arizona

In early April 2015, in what is generally a fast paced part of the Phoenix Biltmore area metropolitan scene, Kristina & Karan tied the knot amongst a colorful cityscape that seemed to shut down just to let them celebrate.  The Ritz Carlton on Camelback provided the sophisticated vibe for this couple’s rooftop ceremony and ballroom reception.  Their colorful and vibrant ceremony and cocktail hour were set amidst city penthouses and rooftop pools, making for a very cosmopolitan atmosphere.  Kristina and Karan looked stunning in their traditional wedding clothes while posing for photos in the trendy financial and shopping district.  They later set the glam tone for their reception while sitting at their sweetheart table– the bride in a gorgeous champagne dress and the groom showing what city dapper is all about.  Images by Ruby Rideout

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Rupa & Ravee ~ Ritz Carlton Dove Mountain Resort & Spa ~ Marana, Arizona

On Valentine’s Day 2015, the guests of Rupa & Ravee could not have been more pleased with their loved ones tying the knot in the beautiful Sonoran Desert at the Ritz Carlton Dove Mountain in Marana, Arizona.  Set in the foothills of the Catalina Mountains, the resort lent itself to an international destination site wedding with guests from all over the globe including the Canadian bride and her family.  The beautiful spring weather set the stage for the traditional Indian wedding activities such as the Sangeet reception and golf outing for the avid golfer in the group, aka our grinning groom,  at the renown Gallery Golf Club.  The bride, breaking from traditional ceremonial red,  wore an outfit that called her out to join the desert in the spring among the grand saguaro cacti.  The evening reception was reflective of both the Indian and African roots that the two families shared.  Tones of African wood and fabrics reflective of true Indian colors were incorporated into the dinner tables and in the lighting patterns making for a grand celebration.  Images by Ruby Rideout
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Nicole & Raj ~ Arizona Biltmore Resort ~ Phoenix, Arizona

On an unseasonably warm day in November 2014, Nicole and Raj braved the heat for their many wedding day events at the luxurious Arizona Biltmore Resort.  Nicole incorporated rich jeweled tones into her vision setting the tone for a visual display of beautiful royal purples and fuchsias over the course of the day.  The bride honored the groom’s heritage at the ceremony as she and her bridesmaids wore traditional Indian wedding saris.  Raj, the contemporary groom, asked for modern elements at their reception.  The dance party started with Nicole and her sisters dancing to “We Are Family” truly embellishing the thought that started at the ceremony to “pick a seat, not a side, we’re all family once the knot is tied.” Images by Sameer Soorma

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Ashley & Mirag ~ Ritz Carlton Dove Mountain Resort & Spa ~ Marana, Arizona

What other way to start a wedding than by having several fun-filled parties before the big day?  Ashley & Mirag and their families did just that in June 2014 with a grand wedding celebration at the Ritz Carlton Dove Mountain located in the foothills of the Catalina Mountains in Marana, Arizona.  Ashley, a modern girl, envisioned a wedding day honoring her cultural heritage yet filled with today’s elements.  The festivities began at her family home with the traditional henna party or mehndi, where guests sang songs and the ladies were adorned with wedding henna.  The next evening, a culturally enriched party called the sangeet welcomed more than 300 guests to experience traditional Indian dancing, food and drink at an airplane hangar that was converted to a Moroccan themed party led by a traditional dhol drummer who pumped it up for the guests.  The wedding day, despite the 104 degree heat, started with the groom’s barat, the official gathering of the groom’s family and friend’s (and Nellie the horse, of course) who danced him right to the ceremony.  Unlike any other Indian wedding ceremony we’ve ever witnessed, the clean, cool and luxe decor in it’s gold and fuchsia tones set the stage for a deeply moving exchange of vows between Ashley and Mirag.  The party continued to the ballroom, where room elements  such as staggered candlelight, custom menu cards and lounge settings, joined together to form a scene out of a New York magazine and surely made newlyweds and New Yorkers Ashley and Mirag feel right at home.  Images by Sameer Soorma

 

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