Events by Show Stoppers dazzles bridal, corporate event and party clients in Sedona, Ariz., and beyond.
by Kelsey E. Smith
Photos courtesy of Sedona Bride Photographers.
Although Events by Show Stoppers offers a wide range of floral design styles and services, the business has become known for its floral carpets, which begin at approximately $1,000. The carpets are most popular for weddings but also have been requested for fashion show runways and other event applications.
Jim Bullock says demand for the carpets “loosely doubles” each year, and the company has created 15 to 20 of them, in a variety of sizes and prices, over the past year. The most expensive, for a Hawaiian-themed wedding last spring, was $4,000 and took approximately 16 hours to bring to fruition. Mr. Bullock, co-owner Ken Heflin and about five others laid the petals of 2,000 roses on the nearly 30-foot-long aisle inside the Royal Palms Resort and Spa in Scottsdale, Ariz., in a pattern representing the center of a Heliconia bloom.
An intricate rose-petal carpet adorns the aisle at the Chapel at Tlaquepaque. This image made the cover of Arizona’s Finest Wedding Sites and Services magazine in September 2010. Set in the picturesque Tlaquepaque Arts and Crafts Village, the Chapel at Tlaquepaque is a favorite Sedona wedding venue.
Clean, defined edges and patterns set the company’s floral carpets apart from other aisle treatments, Mr. Bullock shares. Most of the carpets are composed of rose petals, but he constantly seeks new things to use in the designs. “We use other flower types and organic materials for details as well as nonfloral elements such as feathers, chocolate hulls for fragrance, seeds and sand,” he explains. “One carpet incorporated chocolate hulls for the matriarch of a famous family-owned chocolate empire who was celebrating her birthday. When guests entered the party area, the fragrance of chocolate was released as they walked across the carpet.”
Although reminiscent of fine tapestries, the floral carpets are fluid and vulnerable to wind because no adhesive is used. Though clients are notified of this risk, Mr. Bullock says it has never been an issue. “It’s amazing how well they stay together. The worst scenario, if it is really windy, is that we would take all the colors and mix them for an organic, loosely defined, dense rose aisle.”
Mr. Bullock designs each carpet and presents it to the team for input. The drawing process can take several hours, and depending on the scope of the project, it can take from two to eight people to lay the petals. All materials for outdoor carpets are laid directly on the grass, with chalk and/or string often used as a guide for the patterns.
“Once the design is complete, we estimate the number of roses needed in all the specific colors, then charge accordingly and add labor (15 percent) for petaling, drawings, installation and clean-up,” Mr. Bullock explains. “More variables come into play such as density and depth of the petal layer, size and number of petals each rose variety yields, contrast and color scheme.”
Once the petals are removed from the roses, which can take several hours, logistics are important to ensure they remain in top condition. White petals require extra care to maintain their pristine appearance.
“You can’t just put them all in a garbage bag, because the ones on the bottom will get creased because of the weight,” Mr. Bullock explains. “We use dozens and dozens of buckets so the petals won’t get crushed and turn brown.”
Created using 2,000 rose petals, this floral carpet graced the aisle of a spring 2011 Hawaiian-themed wedding at the Royal Palms Resort and Spa in Scottsdale, Ariz. The labor-intensive carpet is the most expensive Events by Show Stoppers has created to date, billed at $4,000.
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There is no right or wrong when it comes to weddings from ceremonies to receptions more and more brides and grooms are personalizing their weddings. Today’s couples are mixing old with the new for ways to make their wedding stand out from the rest. Make your wedding day as special and unforgettable as you both are and put your imagination to good use. Marriage is about two unique individuals coming together as one, so don’t be afraid to step out of the box.
Tlaquepaque has had great brides and grooms with amazing ideas, from dessert bars to candy stations. Ideas range from placing a romantic seating area for the bride and groom to relax and enjoy their evening and guests. You can take it a step further and incorporate sofas and coffee tables to break up a traditional wedding reception set up.
Another great idea so as to not keep your guests waiting taking photos is a First Look. About 70% of couples opt to have a first look before their ceremony. This is where they can capture that special moment and take a minute to breathe and shake off some of that anxiety that has been brewing all day. Some of our photographers have captured some great moments.
We hope you enjoy these ideas and photos.