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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.

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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Nicole & Billy ~ Sanctuary Resort & Spa ~ Paradise Valley, Arizona

Bride Nicole had the most wonderful vision for her wedding, contemporary vintage with a touch of her island homeland of Guam.  Wow, with that in mind,  the colorscapes were planned to include charcoal with a vintage lilac hue and modern acrylic accents for this late May 2014 wedding.  The reception decor in the ballroom (with the best views in town might we add) looked liked it was out of a modern fairytale with acrylic ghost chairs, plum and lilac flowers and charcoal linen.  The dance floor ceiling and lounge sparkled with contemporary diamond chandeliers and crystal accents.  Despite the 106 degree heat and high winds during the ceremony, Nicole did not break a sweat as she met the very excited and smiling groom Billy at the altar.  Billy proved to be the life of his party, dancing with anyone and everyone,  making for a very fun celebration.  The guests were also surprised with an interactive performance by traditional Pacific Island dancers who got the dance party started for the evening.  One thing for sure, when Billy danced with his bride, there was nothing but a halo of undying love surrounding them.  Images by Katina Patriquin

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Tami & Mike ~ Sanctuary Resort & Spa ~ Paradise Valley, Arizona

Fun in the sun and a huge family celebration were abundant themes for the April 2014 wedding of Tami and Mike at the Sanctuary Resort & Spa in Paradise Valley, Arizona.  The couple, busy professionals from New York City, wanted to take this wedding celebration to relax, dine well and savor their favorite champagne.  This destination wedding could not have been any happier than it was.  Everywhere you turned there was laughter, everywhere you looked, there was a loving and supportive family (mostly having a blast on the dance floor).  The theme for the reception, a bit of NY contemporary brought to the desert, made for a relaxing evening, lots of flip flops for tired dancing feet, champagne and food, food, food!  Our caring clients not only wanted their guests to experience an awesome celebration, but insisted that everyone involved in their wedding planning experience enjoyed themselves as well.  Images by Associate Nicolle for Jennifer Bowen Photography

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