• By Wendy Lippman
  • 05 Jun, 2017

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.”

Such attention to detail has made Events by Show Stoppers’ floral carpets increasingly popular not only for brides but their guests as well. “Several times, people have scooped up the petals at the end and threw them up in the air for the bride and groom as they were walking through,” Mr. Bullock shares. “We love those kinds of impulsive things people do, and so do the photographers.”

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.

Tlaquepaque Happenings

By Wendy Lippman 12 Dec, 2017
The Tlaquepaque Arts & Crafts Village has become the undisputed epicenter for holiday entertainment and festivities in Sedona.  It all starts Saturday, December 16th from 3:00 pm to 7:00 pm.   As always, the event is free and the trolley will be running from the Uptown municipal parking lot (260 Schnebly Road) during the same time period for your convenience.

Now in its fifth year, the Holiday Sweet Stroll is a musical and entertainment extravaganza sprinkled with very special treats, gifts and sweet discounts to entice some holiday shopping.  Gather family, friends and the young ones for a magical afternoon of fun.  The participating Tlaquepaque boutique shops and galleries have gone all out to make sure your holidays are the best ever. 
By Wendy Lippman 04 Dec, 2017
Few events in Sedona can boast 45 consecutive years of overwhelming success and holiday magic.  Get ready for Tlaquepaque's Festival of Lights, the beloved signature event - perfect for the whole family, happening this year on Saturday, December 9, 2017 from 3:00 to 8:00p.m.  Come marvel at the arts village, beautifully lit with 6000 luminarias, creating a warm , golden glow flowing over every courtyard, balcony and walkway.  For your holiday shopping pleasure, the shops and galleries will stay open until 8:00 p.m.  Admission is free --- so is the hot cider,and, for your convenience, take the free trolley from the Uptown Municipal parking lot to and from Tlaquepaque.  Please consider bringing an unwrapped toy for kids ...drop them off at the Toys for Tots station in Patio del Norte.  
By Wendy Lippman 28 Nov, 2017
Get ready to kick-off the holiday season at Tlaquepaque Arts & Crafts Village, the Art and Soul of Sedona.  Bring friends, family and especially the youngsters as there is plenty to do and see.   Start your evening on Friday, December 1st around 5 p.m. to enjoy the traditional tree lighting with Mayor Sandy Moriarty.   

By Wendy Lippman 16 Oct, 2017
Cocopah , Arizona’s oldest bead store, is committed to dealing in historic, ethnic and rare beads. Turquoise has always been the most significant bead we represent. It was an intricate part of the history, lore and trade of Pre-Columbian Indians in the Southwest and along the ancient trade routes to South America. As all the mines but Kingman have closed, it has become yet more precious and costly. Imitation materials are sold everywhere as Turquoise. Visitors constantly ask us how to tell the real from the fake. We want to share with you some fascinating information about this mythic stone.
By Wendy Lippman 27 Sep, 2017
Fall in Sedona is a favorite time of the year, and at Tlaquepaque  it's high season, filled with festivals and popular events that happily bring Sedona residents and visitors together.  Forty-five years ago founder Abe Miller envisioned Tlaquepaque as a community gathering place to recreate Fiestas from Old Mexico.   Since that time, we have worked hard to keep the most time honored traditions alive.
By Wendy Lippman 15 Sep, 2017
Tlaquepaque North is open!  With its three impressive new buildings and a major renovation of a former cobblestone home, all are beautifully congruent architecturally, seamlessly mirroring the main arts village.   Tlaquepaque, now on both sides of the street, functions as a gateway to the Sedona Gallery District.  New tenants to Tlaquepaque North include : The Pump House Station Urban Eatery and Market, Caravana North, The Artist's Kitchen Shop, Renee Taylor Jewelry and Quilts Ltd.
By Wendy Lippman 02 Aug, 2017
The many fountains in Tlaquepaque offer soothing respite for visitors, especially in the balmy months of summer.  In Old Mexico, fountains were located in the central village square, serving as a place to gather water, meet friends and catch up on the latest news.   Tlaquepaque visionary Abe Miller sought to capture that sense of place and purpose at Tlaquepaque as well.  During special times of the year, its fountains are transformed into spectacular seasonal displays with gourds, vines, roots, squashes and pumpkins in the fall, and trimmings like holly, ornamental balls and handmade signature serape ornaments during the holiday season.  Any time of year the gurgling, splashing water from the fountains brings a magical element to an already magical environment.

By Wendy Lippman 05 Jun, 2017

Tlaquepaque “Best of Everything” Union!

By Wendy Lippman 05 Jun, 2017

There’s nothing quite like falling head over heels in love. Sometimes that love is so strong you just want to run off and get married immediately. Eloping can be crazy and romantic, but there’s still some planning that needs to happen. Yes, it’s true! If you ever considered a destination for your elopement, consider Tlaquepaque’s Chapel in Sedona, Arizona.

By Wendy Lippman 05 Jun, 2017

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.

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