Venue Of The Month – Warehouse 215

Warehouse 215 is a converted art gallery in the heart of the downtown Phoenix warehouse district. For the southwestern client, this venue is the perfect something different from the typical mountainous backdrop scene. Its industrial charm, exposed brick walls, and architectural beams make it a perfect indoor venue for any occasion.

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The venue was easy to find, conveniently just south of downtown with very easy access to both I-17 and I-10. There is plenty of parking both in their dedicated lot as well along the streets and the venue entrance is very easy to find.

Guests enter through the patio, which boasts multiple alcoves for a dynamic space. There is a certain artistic flair to the area, even though only a couple of statues are permanent space. The impressive main entrance into the venue itself is through large, industrial rust metal doors, which lead guests into a small foyer perfect for a welcome table, gift table, or greeter of some sort.

Warehouse 215 offer a generous 4 hours of set-up time (we LOVE that) as well as  5 hours of event time and 1 hour of tear down time in all of their standard event packages. As the venue is indoors, clients have great flexibility with the start and end time of their events- events can end as late at midnight!

The first large open space you will encounter is Bay 2- the space most popular for ceremonies. The layout is encouraging for many different types of ceremony set-ups but circular ceremony seating looks especially great in this space! Clients can choose between a white wall backdrop, brick wall backdrop, or window backdrop and the venue rental includes black resin folding chairs are included.

Photo by Sameer Soorma, courtesy of Warehouse 215
Photo by Sameer Soorma, courtesy of Warehouse 215

After your urban chic ceremony, your guests will make their way throug the front foyer into the patio that they entered from for an indoor/outdoor cocktail hour. This super cute area does not need much embellishment as Warehouse 215 includes 6 cocktail tables and landscaped lighting for ambiance. For smaller events, this area could host up to 85 people for a ceremony.

Photo by Sameer Soorma, courtesy of Warehouse 215
Photo by Sameer Soorma, courtesy of Warehouse 215

One of the absolute COOLEST things about Warehouse 215 is their built in photobooth backdrop! You read that right- a venue that literally comes with its own photobooth backdrop. The gorgeous brick wall facade is easily decorated and the venue provides some props for your guests to selfie the night away!  In addition, Warehouse 215 also has a self-serve camera/printing station as an optional upgrade.

Speaking of upgrades, the venue is easily able to upgrade your rental to include those luxurious details we all love. Ivory linens are available as an upgrade to the included black poly cotton ones. A large chandelier is available for the ceremony space, there are 10 uplights available as well as bistro lights to string across the ceiling.

Photo by Sameer Soorma, courtesy of Warehouse 215
Photo by Sameer Soorma, courtesy of Warehouse 215

When its time for the reception, Bay 3 is the place to be! Three beautiful chandeliers hang down the middle of the event space, included in all rental packages. The venue has a select number of round tables for seating as well as rectangular tables for vendors or stations, however you are welcome to bring in any rentals you wish (AND you have the time to do it with that glorious 4 hour load in window!) Oh, and for the minimalist client, non-floral centerpieces are included in all rental packages.

Photo by Harley Bonham, courtesy of Warehouse 215
Photo by Harley Bonham, courtesy of Warehouse 215

Warehouse 215 can hold up to 300 people in one bay, but the space is zoned to hold up to 1,200 people making it a great option for larger events such as formals and proms. All three rental spaces (and security) are included in rental fee.

Warehouse 215 has a liquor license, so your alcohol service is hassle free as they take care of the purchasing and the bartenders. They also have partnered with 5 exclusive catering companies to ensure exceptional service within this unique space.

What I love about Warehouse 215 is that it is a blank space for clients to do whatever they want. There is a lot of flexibility both layout wise and design wise, which makes this an ideal location for both the traditional and a-typical client. I really love the potential of the space, and even if a client came into the space without budget to invest in a robust design scheme. You can still have a beautiful event because minimalism works here.

For the lighting or technology enthusiast, Warehouse 215 is a dream venue with almost limitless possibilities for lighting design or technology integration.

Brides and grooms are able to get ready onsite with blocked off/semi-private restroom and changing areas.

Warehouse 215 offers a 2 week complimentary hold for clients who are interested in booking the venue but need a little time to make their decision. Their staff is extremely knowledgeable and work closely with the owners to evolve and maintain the venue’s accessibility and general awesomeness.

Photo by Harley Bonham, courtesy of Warehouse 215
Photo by Harley Bonham, courtesy of Warehouse 215

For more AMAZING photos at Warehouse 215, check out their website!

Chandana + Imran Part 1

We love our clients. All of them. We adore each and every event that crosses our path. Every once in a while, we get to be a part of something just a little extra special. How so? Let’s check the numbers:

  • 3: The number of days this wedding spectacular spanned
  • 6: The number of different wedding related events that occurred in that time-frame
  • 5: Number of venues we worked at over the course of this weekend
  • 27: Number of vendors hired for all events
  • 1,000: Linear feet of marigolds used throughout the design
  • 9: Number of outfits worn by the bride

The result of these numbers, combined with the incredible amounts of time and energy spent by all invested parties, was SO spectacular, we couldn’t fit it all in one blog post.

Let’s start in the beginning…

Chandana and Imran come from two very different backgrounds. Chandana’s family are Hindu South Indian, and Imran’s family hails from Bengladesh. Together, they wanted to create a fusion wedding experience that would honor both of their cultures while allowing guests to bask in free-flowing opulence.

After a “low key” Mehendi on Friday evening, guests were invited to the first “party” of the weekend on Saturday afternoon. The groom’s parent’s house was decked to the nines to celebrate not just one but two important cultural events.

First, the Gaye Holud ceremony and rituals took place. After a short ceremony, 350 of the couple’s closest friends and family lined up for over an hour to paint the couple in yellow turmeric and feed them sweets.

For this event, we wanted to honor the traditional colors of the Holud by integrating lots of yellow with warm orange and red tones. Since the event was being held in the groom’s parent’s backyard, there was an inclination to pull a certain whimsical flair out with the design. We accomplished this by creating distinct vignettes with paper lanterns and marigold garlands all over the backyard. For the stage, we erected a four post mandap-type structure draped with an old saree, marigold garlands, and you guessed it- more paper lanterns. The effect was fun, whimsical, a touch of rustic, and most importantly, bright.

The amazing Chef Ranjan of New Delhi Restaurant  did an excellent job preparing a delicious traditional and fusion menu for guests to enjoy. Eclectic seating options and a sprawling floorplan allowed for guests to mingle naturally with each other before and after presenting their gifts and turmeric to the couple. MPSINGHPHOTOGRAPHY-0014 MPSINGHPHOTOGRAPHY-0016 MPSINGHPHOTOGRAPHY-0018 MPSINGHPHOTOGRAPHY-0019 MPSINGHPHOTOGRAPHY-0020 MPSINGHPHOTOGRAPHY-0021 MPSINGHPHOTOGRAPHY-0023 MPSINGHPHOTOGRAPHY-0028 MPSINGHPHOTOGRAPHY-0030 MPSINGHPHOTOGRAPHY-0033 MPSINGHPHOTOGRAPHY-0042

 

Later in the evening, guests were guided to the tennis court for the Sangeeth. which was lit like a rooftop club. With the SFO lights twinkling in the background, performers and guests alike danced their hearts out on a large LED dance floor provided by Gatsby Entertainment.

 

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Up next, the gorgeous ceremony!

Venue: Private Residence

Caterer: New Delhi Restaurant

Rentals: Stuart Rentals (stage, pipe and drape, chairs, tables, and Gaye Holud linens), Bright Event Rentals (lounge furniture), La Tavola Fine Linens (Sangeet linens)

Flowers, Event Design, Paper Lanterns: MIRA Events + Design

Photography: MP Singh Photography

Lighting, DJ, LED Dance Floor and Entertainment: Gatsby Entertainment

Videography: Filmtwist Productions

Twists to the ‘Normal Bride’

We always love to hear when our bride’s come up with great ways to personalize their vision. We’ve seen so many wonderful unique touches and alternatives to wedding norms, starting with how the bride envisions herself on her day… here are some of our favorites!

1. Non-white wedding dresses

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Love love love! How beautiful is this Lazaro blush tone wedding gown? Whether it be a light blush alternative or a daring blue accent, you’re sure to turn heads!

2. Bling bouquets

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Bling and brooch bouquets are stunning. This one designed by Bling Bouquet (blingedbouquet.com) is simply gorgeous! Not only are they elegant, but they can also be custom created. They offer a great chic and modern twist.

3. Footless Sandals

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On such a wonderful day, the last thing a bride wants to worry about is her feet hurting. Although this new trend is wonderful for a beach wedding, it could also work for the reception or many other venues. Anything to make a bride feel more comfortable and carefree should definitely be considered! These beauties can be found here.

4.Flower Jewelry

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Yes, you read it correctly. Flower jewelry is a thing, and we are obsessed! If you want the perfect fresh cut flower that lasts forever as a memory from your day, this is the best choice. Realflowerjewelry.com is the creator of these stunning orchid earrings below.

5. New Ceremony Rituals – Handfasting

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Handfasting is an old Pagan custom, dating back to the time of the ancient Celts. This sweet ritual binds you and your loved one right around the time you give your vows. It’s the perfect way to represent your personal infinity.

6. Alternatives to Bouquet and Garter tosses – Finding The Longest Love

What’s more sweet than having the best example of love encourage you on your own day? Instead of tossing your bouquet, look for the couple in the room that has been married the longest and hand that bouquet to them. What a great way to honor them as well!

7. Midnight Snack Bar

6 All that dancing and celebrating can get you and your guests hungry. Why not give them some snacks? From popcorn bars to donuts, this little addition to your day can make all the difference in the happiness of your guests! Weddingbycolor.com came up with this awesome cookies and milk treat.

8. Choreographed Dances

Whether it be the bridal party, first dance, or father/daughter dance, why not have some fun with it? This is one of the only chances you’ll get, so make it as worthwhile as you’d like!

9. Non-tent Structures

7Having that wedding outside? Why not consider using styled drapery instead? With a bit of décor, the place can go from normal to elegant and refined!

10. No more sitting!

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Is your ceremony short and sweet? Consider having your guests stand with you and become active participants in your vows! This stunning photo from Wedding Planner Magazine captures this stunning concept.

 

Have a great idea you’d like to share with us? Send us a message and you could be featured on our blog!

Indian Fusion Wedding Styled Shoot

This is finally happening. Finally. I can shout this gloriousness from the roof tops.

After not one, but TWO features in major wedding publications, this vibrant labor of love is finally ready for me to share.

Back in April of 2013, I was asked by colleague Chyna Darner of Chyna Darner Photography if I was interested in partnering up for another styled shoot. Having had a great experience with her working on The Admiral’s Daughter shoot, I was immediately intrigued. After one meeting with the other vendors involved on the project, including the immensely talented Karl Ko Photography, the innovative Grover Films, and fabulous team at Beauty Mark Ink, I dreamed of nothing but saris and garland for the next two months.

The idea was to take the concept of an Indian fusion wedding, which is very common here in the Bay Area, and approach it from a different angle. Specifically, a Western angle. Since none of the vendors involved were native to Indian or South Asian weddings, we would rely on our working knowledge of this sect of the industry, and bring our “western” ideas into this magical and colorful world laden with steep traditions.

After recruiting the floral genius Susan Kelly of Three Sisters Flowers & Events, our creative team worked long and hard to produce this gorgeous scene at the picturesque Mountain Winery  in Saratoga.

This shoot is a gorgeous example of teamwork and creativeness in its purest forms. Enjoy!

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AS SEEN ON MAHARANI WEDDINGS

Venue: The Mountain Winery

Photographers: Karl Ko Photography and Chyna Darner Photography

Hair and Make-Up Artist: Beauty Mark Ink

Videographers: Grover Films

Florist: Three Sisters Custom Flowers & Events

Stationery: Sleepy Hedgehog Press

Linens, chair covers, napkin rings: Wildflower Linens

Chairs, china, flatware, glassware, Mandap: The Stuart Rental Company

Wardrobe: Sagar Exclusive

Henna: Rachna Bhatt

Please see more photos on our Facebook page!