Event planner focuses on Navajo Wedding Basket design to create memories of a lifetime for that special day
By David Yankus
Chavez's business first came to fruition in 2003 based around her traditional Navajo Wedding Basket design, which she would incorporate into the weddings she would plan through her company, Northern Arizona Wedding Planner. Two years later she would open a store featuring all her wedding gowns, tuxedos, jewelry, flowers, wedding baskets, engravable gifts, other various designs, and a plethora of accessories to go along with all these items.
"It's a whole new generation of brides that we're dealing with," she said.
Chavez said she feels her compelling designs honor the traditions thoroughly and progressively, and when elders and Native family members come to these weddings, they can see their traditions still being an integral part of the new generation's ceremonies.
"I've had people all the way from New York call me, that just wanted a southwest design because they may be a fraction of Cherokee and they want a Native flute player, or they want to get married in Sedona on the red rocks," Chavez added. "They want a touch of tradition."
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Below: "Yvonne Chavez works on her Touch of Tradition wedding line in her downtown Flagstaff studio." (David Yankus/NHO)