Today’s bride describes her wedding day vision as “modern romance,” and we’re pretty sure she nailed that vision to a T. Every bit of Shailee and Kramer’s wedding day is an Instagram dream come true, with its romantic floral arrangements from Thatch Floral, pops of gold and slate grey, and a ceremony space captured by Jenna Bechtholt that quite simply took our breath away.
There’s something definitely to love with a wedding that’s full of perky colors and fun details, and this sweet event from Seattle is no exception. Always featuring a real couple renewing their vows, this faux wedding event is always a hoot:
Floral and Event Design, Bouquets + Boutonnieres + Tables 3, 5, 8
Floral and Event Design, Ceremony Backdrop + Tables 1, 6
Floral and Event Design, Head Table + Tables 2, 7
Floral and Event Design, Registration Table + Tables 4, 9
Hair and Makeup
DJ and Emcee
Invitations (Geometric Flair + Fruity Florals)
Invitations (Bold Typographic Script)
Invitations (Vibrant Tapestry)
The sweetest details and couple storyline are splashed all over this beautiful Alex Lasota Photography wedding. Not only does it have sweet and pink whimsical details designed and planned by Tin Sparrow Events with florals by Simplified Celebrations, Jordan and Dyllan’s school-age love story is one for the books and it definitely gets two thumbs up from us with ooh’s and aww’s thrown in as well. It’s clear from Alex’s fantastic shots how overjoyed these two lovebirds are to finally be marrying one another, and there’s no better place to say their I Do’s than with these stunning ranch views in the background. Heartfelt weddings are just the best!
Event Design and Planning
Bridal Boutique, Hairpiece, and Bridesmaids' Dresses
Wedding Cake and Desserts
Handmade Details and Calligraphy
As if we don’t dish out enough, here is some beautiful wedding eye-candy from the astounding lens of Amanda K Photography. Taylor and Mike’s nuptials in Seattle focused heavily on the beauty of the Pacific Northwest, while also incorporating natural and earthy tones you can’t ever go wrong with. Stacy Anderson Design kept the blooms elegant in tone and style and Alexis Marie Events wrangled all of the fine details of the day to make sure that even in a rainstorm typical for the northwest, everything was still a vision to behold.
From the bride, Taylor: My vision was sort of a mish mash of a few different themes: A garden wedding, with the feeling of a seaside affair while paying tribute to the Pacific Northwest. With guests coming from all over the country, we wanted them to really have a great time. I wanted lots of lush greenery and ferns, soft natural tones, lush florals, and elements like sun bleached mussel shells strewn on the dining tables and a raw oyster station to bring in the ocean. I was aiming for elegant, earthy and personalized.
I also wanted a huge emphasis on photographs. We made a large display table inside with dozens of framed family photos, ranging from antique portraits of my grandmother’s wedding day to photos of our parents as kids, and everything in between. We had a few baby and family photo albums on display, and then I got tons of loose prints made as well. My aim was for every guest at the wedding to be able to find themselves in a photograph somewhere – loose prints we strewn onto the coffee tables and high tops for people to be able to thumb through during cocktail hour. We also had a photo booth for some fun candids, and our guestbook was our trusty little Fuji film Polaroid camera.
We didn’t have a ton of DIY elements, but we had tons of personalized elements throughout the day. What we did create was the escort card display, where I pasted cards into a vintage window we bought. My talented cousin created sketches that we used in lieu of table numbers, highlighting all the different locations that Mike and I have lived or hold dear to us. It was a really wonderful way to incorporate all the traveling and moving we have done, while simultaneously including our guests who had come in from or also cherish all those various locations. We also chose coffee as our favors (Seattle, duh!), but chose the brand based on its name, Herkimer coffee – Herkimer is a county in rural upstate NY, and between my family’s vacation home up there and Mike’s family being from Rochester NY, everyone instantly recognized the coincidence in the name and loved it! We had stamps made by my friend Allison, using the calligraphy that Libby designed for us, and stamped all the coffee with our “logo”. Also, my brother graciously made a customized corn hole set for us by hand! We also created cards for each guest’s seat, thanking them for joining us and reminding them how much it meant to us.
Along with the dozens of photographs that we brought, we also brought about half of our home to be used as decor! The rug we stood on during our ceremony was my grandmother’s; Mike was wearing his grandfather’s tie clip; we brought a vintage globe and old wooden soda crate for the guest book display; lots of brass candlesticks and trays to place around the venue; my brother played guitar as I walked down the aisle with my dad, and the song he played was “Here Comes the Sun”, which was my parents’ recessional song at their own wedding; instead of a reading or poem during the ceremony, we had Mike’s mom prepare some thoughts on love and marriage, which she shared and moved everyone; instead of a stranger, we had Mike’s brother-in-law marry us; we brought in the ferns to adorn the aisle, and the coffee favors sat on my grandmother’s old tray table.
Any advice for couples planning their weddings now? If things don’t go the way you planned, don’t sweat it! You’re the only two (and your planner) who know that it didn’t go “your way” – your guests won’t ever know! Some things, big or small, are bound to go wrong.
Event and Floral Design
Hair and Bridal Party Makeup
Wedding Cake and Desserts
Table Number Drawings
Calligraphy and Signage
Picture a sweet English garden with the most picturesque setting. Now that you have that imagery, throw in B. Jones Photography to take some amazing photos of a beautiful styled shoot courtesy of Bella Fiori and what do you have? Wedding inspiration for days on end. We can’t stop checking this shoot out; from the dainty lavender-hued florals, to the classic paper goods that fit right in, and the stunning ball gown with embroidered butterflies. This shoot is such a fairytale come to life!
From the stylist and floral designer, Alicia of Bella Fiori: Bella Luna Farms is the epitome of Pacific Northwest beauty and every botany lover’s dream come true. The unique European-inspired Grape House is perfectly tucked away for an intimate reception, nestled in the center of 12 acres of landscaped gardens. It was these lush and textured surroundings that inspired our design.
To kick off summer in high style, Catie Coyle Photography and Paper Hearts + Co. got together on a creative playdate as wedding pros and came up with this shoot that is nothing short of happy. Bringing in city elements from their native downtown Seattle and bright pops of citrus hues, we’re already feeling like throwing a summer party this weekend!
From the photographer, Catie Coyle Photography: I worked with Erica from Paper Hearts + Co. on this lovely styled wedding. We wanted to combine our love of urban weddings with the upcoming arrival of summer and put together this downtown Seattle styled wedding, with fresh pops of color, succulents and stunning flower arrangements.
In today’s inspiration shoot, we’re taking a willing dive deep into some romantic wedding ideas combined with beautiful vintage prints and accents. B. Jones Photography was one of the creatives behind this ultra-feminine shoot and it was nothing short of fun ideas, interesting concepts, and a delightful color palette. Drawing inspiration from vintage wallpaper and the latest watercolor trend making splashes in the wedding world, this shoot went above and beyond to show us a side of vintage and florals that calls back to a time of daintiness, softness, and elegance.
From the photographer, B. Jones Photography: The idea behind our romantic watercolor shoot was to combine the beauty found in the imperfect. We’ve been loving the incomplete edges found in classic watercolor paintings, as well as the comeback that vintage wallpaper has been making in interior design. With inspiration from both design stances, you will find a wooden backdrop styling a gorgeous wallpaper and overgrown florals, as well as peach and olive green watercolor accents across the tablescape, cakes, and invitation suite. This look is for the bride who wants to add vintage touches to her wedding while maintaining a very classic look.
Event Planner, Designer, and Floral Designer
Hair and Makeup
Favors and Bridesmaids Gifts
Wedding Paper Goods and Calligraphy
Who can resist Italy and all of its beauty and glamour? We definitely can’t and it’s no surprise that Jamie and Chris couldn’t either. So when they were planning their nuptials, what better way to bring Italy to their wedding than a gorgeous vineyard fête? It’s full of epic views, stunning wedding design by Without A Hitch Weddings, lush greenery by Amoré Floral, great eats; and it was all captured through the lens of Ryan Flynn Photography. So simple and elegant, we easily fell in love with this wedding.
From the photographer, Ryan Flynn Photography: Jamie & Chris had a weekend long celebration with their closest family and friends in Walla Walla – Washington’s wine country, at Va Piano Winery. They wanted their guests to have an Italian-inspired experience of dining al fresco amongst the vineyards – which they pulled off masterfully. We were greeted by an amazing summer sunset for portraits, the guests danced the night away and sent the couple off with a sparkler exit. Jamie wore a beautiful Watters wedding dress that really fit the vibe of her elegant and relaxed day.
Hair and Makeup
Catering, Wedding Cake, and Desserts
A mid-century modern wedding in Seattle inspired by Palm Springs? Heck yes. Rachel and David’s wedding day is everything we could hope to see and more, with some retro glam and plenty of gorgeous floral design and fun. Thanks to Carina Skrobecki, Perfectly Posh Events, and Butter & Bloom for pulling everything together so beautifully!
From the event designer, Perfectly Posh Events: Rachel & David were inspired by Mid-Century Modern designs, Palm Springs, cocktails and Mad Men. Holly with Perfectly Posh Events spent a year with the bride Rachel, her mother, Rachel with Butter & Bloom and Beckie with Vintage Ambiance collecting and thrifting mid-century modern pieces to use in their wedding décor. For the ceremony, we constructed a “breeze-way” backdrop and hung vintage lights over the aisle to create a romantic glow. The reception centerpieces were an eclectic mix of classic table lamps and cocktail vignettes with whimsical flower touches. For dessert, guests enjoyed mini pineapple upside down cakes baked by Butter & Bloom. The bride and groom are WSU alumni, so it was only fitting that they treat their guests to WSU Grabber Ice Cream Sandwiches from as the late night snack to conclude the evening!
You know you can’t go wrong on your wedding day when your theme is love. Ashton and Josh made their wedding day a true celebration of their love for each other, incorporating bits of their past and future together into the wedding decor. Terra Lange Photography did a lovely job capturing everything for the couple!
From the bride, Ashton: “We’re going to tell our kids we got married in a trailer park?” “Chyea! It’s totally us!” I said. “An extremely beautiful moment against an extremely funky backdrop.” This is the conversation I had with my husband when searching for a venue. A legitimate question he asked, but he quickly realized the potential. We looked at the obligatory vineyard and it just didn’t fit our style. Sou’wester was the perfect setting for our “South by Northwest Wedding”. I just made this theme up, but seriously… we had no particular theme. Love was our “theme”. I usually need to have a theme or a concept that drives the whole thing, but there were essentially just bits and pieces of our past, present, and future together.
I am from New Orleans so we had a lot of Mardi Gras in the mix. The party favors were Mardi Gras cups with beads, Tabasco sauce, and a praline (everything was actually sourced from New Orleans). The bridesmaids’ dress colors were deep hues of purple, green, and gold. Floral was very subtle pops of purple and gold accents amongst a plethora of rich green foliage. There were a few other Mardi Gras touches, but we also had a huge emphasis on food and beverage without going “southern”.
Josh and I love good food. We also love to eat good food with great people. We had our dinners and cake procured by past Genoa employees. Rehearsal dinner included, among many other amazing dishes, a vegetable-seafood terrine and a leg of lamb with polenta while the reception was a rendition of Broder’s menu; a smorgasbord if you will. We collected champagne and wine over the course of a year as we saw labels we loved on sale. ie: Cameron Winery. Our kegs were hand picked by a good friend who works in the restaurant industry. They were Veltins Pilsner, Double Mountain Kolsch, and Goodlife Sweet As! Pacific Ale. The planning was all Josh and myself. We hold positions in the food and design industry so we were pretty confident with the project management of our own wedding. I space planned the table layouts and coordinated with a number of vendors including floral. Josh made sure we had the right food paired with the right wine or beer. We came together on things such as rentals, lighting, and a number of other tasks. As I said our theme was “Love” showcasing our past, present, and future together. We were surround by our amazing family and friends that we have known for quite some time. We celebrated fantastic food, beverage, and floral specific to the season. Furthermore, we will forever reminisce about the amazing and unforgettable weekend we had with the friends and family we have and the friends and family we will make.
Processional: “Street Hassle,” Lou Reed (modified version)
Recessional: “Kyoto’s House,” Philip Glass
First Dance: “Strangers,” The Kinks
From the photographer, Terra Lange Photography: Ashton and Joshua chose the Sou’wester Lodge and Cabins in Seaview Washington as the location for their very eclectic wedding. It was selected due to It’s unique charm, which reflected the couple’s style and their relationship. The light hearted wedding theme was “South by Northwest” as Ashton is from New Orleans, and Joshua is from Idaho, but the two fell in love in the city where they currently live, Portland, Oregon.?The ceremony was held in a DIY tent of doily stings set under a few tall trees. Guests threw rose petals from constructed book-page cones as the newlyweds victory marched down the isle. The reception tables were all New Orleans style with Mardi Gras cups and beads, Leah’s original Louisiana hot sauce, and a praline. All the wine and champagne were hand picked over the course of a year by the bride and groom themselves, and the kegs were chosen on a recommendation of a good friend in the restaurant industry: Veltins Pilsner, Double Mountain Kolsch, and Goodlife Sweet As! Pacific Ale. The planning was entirely Ashton and Joshua and was very successful with career backgrounds in food and design. They wanted the strongest theme of the day to simply be “love”, showcasing their past, present, and future together.
Today’s wedding is the perfect depiction of a fairy tale wedding come true. Bride Alyssa wanted her wedding to be a reflection of every girl’s dream wedding growing up, but with a grownup approach — or, as she says, “like Cinderella’s Ball, but at the cottage instead of the castle.” Lora Grady Photography, Kaleb Norman James, and Dancing Fox Weddings and Events did exquisite work bringing this vision to life!
From the bride, Alyssa: From the very beginning stages of planning I knew I wanted our wedding to feel like a fairytale. I wanted it to be exactly how every little girl pictures her wedding when she grows up, but with the adult class and romance. I wanted the décor to represent an enchanted forest or garden. We had a lot of beautiful greenery throughout the venue and in the florals, and there were all shades of pink represented in the flowers which were mostly roses. I wanted the day to feel just magical, romantic, and warm, and like an escape from everyday life into a celebration of our love story in a picturesque setting. Although our venue, being a farm, feels rustic and most weddings held there go with the country feel, I wanted ours to bring elegance inside the barn walls. I told our florist “Like Cinderella’s Ball, but at the cottage instead of the castle.”
Our color scheme was multiple shades of pink, with accents of pale/sky blue and gold. The theme was cottage fairytale, I am a big Disney fan if you can’t tell already (Miguel proposed in front of the castle at Disneyland!) but I wanted to eliminate anything “cheesy” or childish and add elements that would portray that whole vibe but still be very elegant and timeless. I designed our logo and printed it on stickers for the top of the 2oz jars of honey butter for the favors. The groom is a former chef and made the honey butter from scratch and then him and my maid of honor spent a few hours tying bows around each jar while I worked on other projects! All of the calligraphy was done by myself, I learned calligraphy before sending out save the dates and hand lettered all the addresses on the save the dates and invitations. I also did the name cards and all of the signage you see was done in the late hours of the night wondering if I would ever finish! Haha. The animals attached to the name cards were hands down a favorite part of the décor! My MOH and I spray painted them all gold and then attached them to the cards with string. They were adorable, especially the dinosaurs! We spent way too much time assigning different animals to each guest thinking about which one might be their favorite. We also had a couple of birdcages that were spray painted and the programs were designed and printed and then we added the gold elements to them as well.
Any advice for couples planning their weddings now? Don’t procrastinate! Create a timeline and stick to it. Also, you can only pin on Pinterest so much before you have to sift through all of the ideas and narrow down what your big day will actually look like. I printed out my favorite pins and created a vision board to keep me on track of the ideas that I really loved and wanted to see come to life for my wedding. Also, just enjoy the day. It goes by SO fast! There is no time throughout the day where you aren’t busy doing photos, or talking with guests, or getting ready with the bridal party so remember to take as much of it in as possible and remember the little moments and the feelings and emotions that you experience as the day goes on.
Bridal Party Processional: “Lavender’s Blue,” Jim Brickman (from the new Cinderella movie)
Bride’s Processional: “Someday My Prince Will Come,” Jim Brickman
Recessional: “The Princess Bride – Storybook Love,” Vitamin String Quartet
First Dance: “A Thousand Years,” Christina Perri
Father/Daughter Dance: “My Little Girl,” Tim McGraw
Again, I wanted all of these princess-y elements to be subtle, for those who don’t know them they just sound like pretty instrumentals but for those who do know, had an “I see what she did there” moment.
Groom's Suit and Tie
Scotland is one of our favorite destinations, so we were thrilled to hear The Big Fake Wedding traveled to Seattle for the first time, bringing along a theme of Fair Isle romance. Imagine lots of coziness, cool blues and greens, and even some ideas that look like they could have been plucked right out of a chic fisherman’s wedding.
Above image by Gina Paulson Photography
Above image by Gina Paulson Photography
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Above images by Gina Paulson Photography
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Above images by Gina Paulson Photography
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Floral + Event Design: Ceremony Backdrop + Tables 2, 5
Floral + Event Design: Head Table + Tables 1, 4
Floral + Event Design: Personal Flowers + Tables 3, 6
Hair and Makeup
DJ + Emcee
Fortune Cookie Favors
Health + Beauty
Wedding Invitations: Gray Box Mailer
Programs: Sage Simple Life
Thank You Cards
You don’t come across a vendor pairing like A Fist Full of Bolts and Oak and Cypress Weddings every day, so make sure you soak up this delicious wedding while you can! Reema and Patrick exchanged vows at Bella Luna Farms, a little piece of Pacific Northwest heaven, with an intimate party of closest friends and family. We’ll let the images take it from here:
Of course, don’t miss the film from Velare:
Today’s styled shoot combines stylish wedding decor with the relaxed feel of a beach wedding brilliantly. Blush pink and gold are the stars here, and serve as an ideal color palette against the natural sand and water. Great work from a team including B. Jones Photography, LCM Weddings, and Bella Fiori!
From the event coordinator, LCM Weddings: Inspired by the bluffs and beautiful sunsets of the coastal Pacific Northwest, Becca of B. Jones Photography and Logan of LCM Weddings and Events decided to create a styled shoot with a fresh take on a beach wedding. Blush and sand mixed with gold created a sophisticated look near the waters edge on Whidbey Island and we couldn’t have asked for a more perfect day! The glittery gold and blush stood out beautifully against the cloudless sky and shimmering blue water of the Puget Sound.
Planning the shoot close to sunset we got exactly what we were looking for when the sky turned the most beautiful shades of blush and gold that we could have asked for. Upon the bluff on Ebey’s Landing our couple was the epitome of perfection. The bride in a phenomenal YSA Makino gown from MeaMarie Bridal was absolutely glowing and the groom with his light grey tux could not have been more dashing. All in all, Becca and I could not have been more ecstatic with the result of this styled shoot, and could not have asked for a better team of vendors to help make our vision become a reality.
Wedding Coordination + Design
Wedding Dress + Accessories
Groom + Groomsmen Attire
Rentals + Props
There are a few reasons why I love summertime, but this styled shoot from Samantha McFarlen, Bloomed Out Floral Design, and Champagne Wedding Coordination does a better job of summing up those reasons than I ever could. With a darling popsicle truck, bright colors, and some watercolor details, this shoot is getting me ready for the days of warmer weather ahead!
From the photographer, Samantha McFarlen: Summer beauty is captured in every frame at this gorgeous Seattle waterfront wedding venue! With the splashes of watercolor, aztec hints, lush florals & greenery, and the summer heat, these vibes can surely make every heart smile. If the Café Vitta Latte or Blueberry Lemonade Ice-Pops didn’t hit the spot, then the Grapefruit Rosemary Moscow Mule was sure to do the trick! The real showstopper was the attire – the modern cut bridal dress featuring the high neckline gave the keyhole open back a more dramatic reaction. And how perfect were those matching ombre bridesmaid’s dresses?! No detail went unnoticed, and guests even got to take home mini succulents as wedding favors! Calling this day a win-win, friends. Be sure to check out all of the vendors involved in creating this boho-chic masterpiece.
Bride + Bridesmaid Dresses
Hair + Makeup
“While other couples avoided using the mill for wedding day festivities, Andrew and I saw incredible potential in the site and jumped at the opportunity to offer our guests a one-of-a-kind ceremony experience.” This is exactly the kind of outlook we love to see from our couples, and Caitlin and Andrew’s day ended up being a truly one-of-a-kind day because of it. Jaquilyn Shumate Photography, Cloud 9 Events, and Botany101 Floral helping bring their perfect day of festivities to life, with some serious celebration to follow!
From the bride, Caitlin: Andrew and I wanted a wedding that celebrated our two families’ unique histories as fourth generation San Juan Islanders (the bride’s family) and long-time Texans and Austinites (the groom’s family), while reflecting our deep love of the Pacific Northwest’s natural beauty. It took just one visit for us to fall in love with Turtlehead Farm on Orcas Island. The farm’s original homestead was built by Swedish settlers in 1860 and is home to the San Juan’s Island only active single blade sawmill. While other couples avoided using the mill for wedding day festivities, Andrew and I saw incredible potential in the site and jumped at the opportunity to offer our guests a one-of-a-kind ceremony experience.
Officiated by my oldest cousin, our ceremony was following by cocktails in a small clearing between the farm’s sod-roofed blacksmith shop and flower garden. Under hand-cut papel picado banners, guests enjoyed croquet and cocktails and soaked in the farm’s stunning pastoral views. I wore a dress by Winifred Bean purchased from Seattle’s Dress Theory and Andrew wore a Brooks Brother’s suit and cowboy boots gifted by his father especially for the wedding.
Our reception was located in the farm’s original wooden barn and was chalked full of personal details that meant the world to us. In the months leading up to our wedding, I collected vintage postcards from places around the world that hold significance for our families (this included Austin, Seattle, Philadelphia, Ninilchik, New London, Walla Walla, and Halong Bay among other places). The postcards served as table-markers, and I wore an antique silk shawl from my family’s years spent in Malaysia during the 1800’s to commemorate my great-grandmother. As gifts, guests were given custom handmade cedar sachets from the sawmill, and one of our dearest friend’s bands played music late into the night.
One of our all-time favorite wedding trends? Monochrome. Given the right amount of texture and irresistable floral design, it’s never boring and provides endless inspiration. Kelly Lemon Photography and Koordination by Krisanna used an all-white palette with just the lightest hints of grey and greens to create a delicate weddingscape full of natural light and sunshine.
From the event designer, Krisanna of Koordination by Krisanna: When Kelly (the photographer) and I sat down to discuss styled shoot theme ideas, we wanted a challenge… so we chose to do an all-white theme (with a hint of green & gray). Criteria for my team was simple: white & delicate! The Rainier Chapter house (in Seattle, WA) was perfection for what we had in mind – it provided us with a ballroom, complete with hardwood floors and white walls + big windows and the most dreamy natural light.
Delicate glassine bags were filled with homemade almond meltaway cookies and tied with silk ribbon (as favors), our “bride” was dressed in the most enchanting Claire La Faye gown (with local jewelry designer, Heidi Hull’s, pearl earrings as the cherry on top), Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse (Seattle) provided an all-white food spread, and Liz of Stone Layne Baked Specialties incorporated the most intricate piping on the 3-tiered cake, which sat on top of a 2-tiered scalloped table. Our goal was to keep it minimalistic but pretty – a way to show brides that you can have a beautiful set-up in the most simple way, with bits of flowers and DIY touches.
Event Design, Coordination, and Stationery
Hair and Makeup
Dinner and Salad Plates
A bright punch of color, mid-century modern styling, and a backdrop made of flowers and greenery all add up to make the key to my heart. Barrie Anne Photography, Alyssa Hoffman Event Design and Coordination, and Bash & Bloom are here to share their most recent styled shoot, which makes its way onto our pages just in time for the brighter days of spring.
From the photographer, Barrie Anne Photography: This elopement style shoot that we did was meant to capture the bright side of mid-century modern and to get our minds ready for spring and summer! Alyssa Hoffman Events selected a unique and bright “sunset” color palette to brighten and accent Vintage Ambiance’s newest addition “Don Draper” a stunning mid-century modern sofa.
The original vision for this shoot was to be outside, however the Seattle weather did not permit that, and we found the perfect spot in the University of Washington Club that had the most dramatic lighting that Barrie Anne captured flawlessly. The entire team was excited about the bright “sunset” color palette, as you can see through the colors of the stunning bridal bouquet designed by Bash and Bloom, and the sweet pink cake by Honey Crumb. We hope this shoot helps pull your minds from winter to spring as it did ours!
If you think orange and black can’t go together without looking overly “Halloween-y”, this styled shoot from Jordan Voth Photography and Ginger Bee Events & Planning is about to prove you wrong. It’s an ultra-modern take on an unexpected color palette for a wedding, and to say we’re a fan of the results is quite the understatement. Take a look for yourself!
From the event designer, Natalie of Ginger Bee Events & Planning: This shoot was devised with the goal of presenting some new masculine details, emphasizing bold colors, and highlighting a mixture of textures and materials. With sand, slate, chiffon, glass, and wood the photos represent a natural balance between “hard” and “soft” which came together to add beautiful textures and a constant movement of the eye. Funky details and quirky knickknacks add personality to an otherwise, minimal landscape.
The small pool of vendors that helped me with this shoot is lively, creative, and silly! The whole set was cracking up so many times during the day of the shoot. Beyond the fact that we had such a great time, I’m so freakin’ proud of the amazing job that they did! So fun and so inspirational to be surrounded by such great folks. Thanks to all!
Shoot Location: Seattle, WA / Photographer: Jordan Voth Photography / Event Design, Planning, and Floral Design: Ginger Bee Events & Planning / Venue: Utina Wardroom / Dresses: Wai-Ching / Jewelry: Everling Jewelry / Hair and Makeup: Emerald City Beauty / Cocktails and Dessert: City Catering Company / Rentals: AA Party Rentals by Cort / Stationery: Songbird Paperie / Models: Heffner Management
How could we resist a wedding with so many cheery colors and details? Leah and Justin’s Seattle wedding is an absolute dream, thanks to Leah’s vision and the incredible work of Troy Grover Photographers, Chambers and Company, and Lola Floral. We absolutely love that the initial inspiration for their wedding day was the orange sapphire stone in the bride’s engagement ring, which lent the perfect cheeriness and truly set the tone for the day.
From the bride, Leah: We wanted a modern, urban wedding that was warm and welcoming and would set the scene for a kick-ass party! My engagement ring center stone is a true orange sapphire, so that was the starting point for our color palette. Because we didn’t have a traditional wedding party who needed to purchase dresses months in advance and didn’t care if our save-the-dates matched our decor (our save-the-date was a basic, non-blog worthy e-mail), we could work with our planner and florist to let the color palate unfold throughout the planning process. The warm oranges were complemented by the greenery and the blue napkins and accent table cloths were a last minute addition to further ground the hot hues.
Another element informed the whole feel of the event were the hanging kokedamas. When our florist, Emily, presented the idea, we were immediately drawn to their organic but modern look. Our florist hung them throughout to warm up the modern rooftop space. Because they are each handmade, she was able to incorporate orange flowers to draw the orange theme throughout.
Any advice for couples planning their weddings now? Planning our wedding from across the country made it difficult to DIY, but we did ask Leah’s Seattle-based Dad and Grandma “Mutti” to contribute some personal touches. My Dad has a unique gift of making figurines with champagne cages and put his skill to use creating our pretty amazing, one-of-a-kind cake topper. Mutti (84 years old) baked over 100 of her classic chocolate chip cookies to include in the dessert buffet. Guests loved the cookies so much they were taking them into the photo booth for photo-ops and hoarding bunches to take back to their hotel rooms for a midnight snack.
Wedding Location: Seattle, WA / Photographer: Troy Grover Photographers / Event Design: Chambers and Company / Flower Design: Lola Floral / Venue: Olympic Pavillion at Hotel Ballard / Wedding Dress: Anne Barge / Hair and Makeup: Ashli of Erin Skipley / Jewelry: McTeigue & McClelland / Groom’s Tuxedo: Martin Greenfield / Wedding Cake: Flying Apron / DJ: Chris Graves / Wedding Invitations: Albertine Press
If you’ve got a vintage wedding theme in mind, you may want to take notes from Zora and Jerome’s Seattle wedding. Kim Smith Miller, McKenzie Powell, and Simplicity Events LLC were the perfect team of vendors to execute Zora’s vision, which included nods to her recently passed grandmother’s impeccable style. Prepare to fall in love, folks:
From the bride, Zora: I wanted the aesthetic of the wedding to be a blend of vintage and classic elements to compliment the rustic environment of Sodo Park but I also wanted to maintain an overall elegant feel. I wanted my look to complement the venue and enhance the elegant, timeless feel I was aiming to achieve. My grandma was my style icon and truly the most glamorous women I’ve ever known; her influence was definitely a huge factor in creating my look for the big day. Before I even started looking at dresses, I knew “the-one” would have to work with my grandma’s long, art-deco inspired, opera glass necklace. I tried on many white dresses before finding “the one” which just didn’t feel right to me – I wanted something more unique and interesting. The minute I spotted the Jenny Packham Eden dress in Platinum, I knew it was the perfect dress to tie all the elements I wanted together. I guess you could say I was going for a vintage glamor look, sort of my grandmother’s glamor meets Great Gatsby – I really didn’t want it to be too theme-y. McKenzie described it as, “A touch of the dark and romantic offset by the light and fresh. Ornate + rustic + clean + simple + lush + vintage + timeless… blended all together and not too much of any of it.” I asked the bridesmaids to wear long black gowns of their choosing and the men were all in black suits with white shirts, black ties, and tie clips. I felt this look would add to the elegant, timeless, and formal look I wanted to achieve.
I was really reluctant to choose “my wedding colours” as I wanted the colour palette to be rich and was worried selecting one or two colours would make the aesthetic flat. Thankfully, with the help of our florist and event designer, McKenzie Powell, we were able to select a more complex colour palate of neutral tones with accents of emerald green and dark dusty blues. McKenzie posted a great blog entry describing the aesthetic of the wedding here. I added touches of vintage throughout, such as: a vintage cigar cart, a table with old family wedding photos which were displayed in mismatched silver frames and our ceremony backdrop was a pair of vintage glass doors with dark green and white floras draped over top. For the décor and table settings the focus was mostly on florals, mismatched silver trays and lots and lots of candles. I included a few personal touches to the day: I made the wedding invitations myself from vintage handkerchiefs. We wrote our own vows and preformed a wedding wine box ceremony, where we chose a bottle of wine, wrote letters to each other and sealed it all in a wooden box made by the grooms father which we will open on our 5th wedding anniversary. My favourite detail was the fabric swatch with my grandma’s picture on it that I got sewn to the underside of my dress — that way both she and my grandpa would get to walk me down the aisle (I always told my grandma that she and my grandpa would one day walk me down the aisle; my grandma passed away two years ago, so this was a way to fulfill that).
Any advice for couples planning their weddings now? It’s so easy to get carried away, remember what it’s really all about – the couple! Everyone says that your wedding day will fly by and to take it all in, and that is more true than we expected! It went by in a flash. I never would have hesitated to hire a day-of-coordinator or in getting a videographer, they were worth every penny!
Family Processional: “When You’re Smiling,” Louis Armstrong
Bridal Party Processional: “La Vie en Rose,” Edith Piaf
Bride’s Processional: “At Last,” Etta James
Recessional: “Home,” Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeroes
First Dance: “Your Song,” Ellie Goulding
Mother/Son and Grandfather/Granddaughter Dance: “Have I Told You Lately,” Van Morrison
Anniversary Dance: “All My Tomorrows,” Frank Sinatra
Farewell Song: “It’s Business Time,” Flight of The Concords
Wedding Location: Seattle, WA / Photographer: Kim Smith Miller / Floral Design: McKenzie Powell / Wedding Coordinator: Laura Gram of Simplicity Events LLC / Venue: Sodo Park / Wedding Dress and Headpiece: Jenny Packham “Eden” via The Dress Theory Bridal Shop / Bride’s Shrug: ChicAura / Wedding Shoes: Jimmy Choo / Bride’s Jewelry: Handed down from late-grandmother / Alterations: Debra Hedeen Custom Bridal / Hair and Makeup: Salon Maison / Groom’s Suit: Custom My.Suit / Groom’s Shirt and Bow Tie: Hugo Boss / Groom’s Suspenders: Trafalgar / Groom’s Shoes: Bruno Magli / Caterer: Herban Feast / Desserts: Simply Desserts / DJ: Bamboo Beats / Rentals: Vintage Ambiance amd Sodo Park / Officiant: Groom’s Uncle, Ron Halweil / Graphic Design: Julia Manchik / Wedding Invitations: Bride / Videographer: Josh Perrault
If your life is missing a heavy dose of glam, then a few looks at this wedding from Ryan Flynn Photography and McKenzie Powell is just what the doctor ordered. Gold sequin tablescapes, vintage stoles, a luxe satin wedding gown all conspire to make this Seattle wedding one of the prettiest we’ve seen yet!
From the bride, Liz: When planning our wedding I really wanted to create a day where all of our family and friends could come together to celebrate Jake and I in a beautiful setting with great food and good drinks. I’d say we definitely achieved this. The day came together even better than I could’ve imagined. It was so filled with love, laughter, and cheer. It’s really hard to choose just one favorite part, but sitting down for the delicious dinner surrounded by all of our loved ones was probably my favorite moment. We chose to get married at Palace Ballroom because we love Tom Douglas’ food, and the menu designed for our wedding did not disappoint. Everything from the beet salad we started out with, the black cod and steak we ate as the main course, to the dessert bar we finished off the night with was so delicious. It was so special to share our favorite food with our family and friends surrounded by so much love on our wedding day.
All of the small details that went into our wedding made it special. I wanted our wedding to feel collected and personalized with an art deco style, through the details we achieved that aesthetic. From the lace robes my mom made for my bridesmaids and me, the runner my sister hand painted, the different bridesmaids dresses that matched each of their personalities perfectly, the vintage gold brooch I wore in my hair that belonged to my great-grandmother, to the black cod entrée we served at dinner (my husband is a commercial fisherman for black cod) our wedding felt so personalized. McKenzie Powell really worked with us to achieve this feel too, her centerpieces of collected vases, candles, and winter flowers set against the sequin tablecloths looked so magical. Our guests are still raving about how beautiful of a job she did.
Also, getting married with the city of Seattle as our backdrop was really meaningful to us. Jake and I are high school sweethearts and both Seattle natives, we both really love our city and it has been the setting for most of our relationship. Our wedding ended up being on the day of the NFC championship game between the Seahawks and 49ers. It felt like thousands of people descended on the city not only for the game, but also for our wedding. There was a lot of tension among guests as the game went on throughout the ceremony and cocktail hour. During the cocktail hour my Grandpa was listening to the game on the radio through headphones and yelled “Interception!” letting all of our guests know that Richard Sherman made the interception in the last minute to win the game. After the win everyone relaxed and it was time to let loose and celebrate. While it’s not really ideal to have your wedding during a major sporting event, it ended up being a good story and the win just ended up adding to the excitement of the day.
Wedding Location: Seattle, WA / Photographer: Ryan Flynn Photography / Floral and Event Design: McKenzie Powell / Venue: Palace Ballroom / Wedding Dress: Badgley Mischka via The White Dress / Bridal Fur: Autumn and Yo’s Vintage / Bridal Earrings: Kara Ross / Hair and Makeup: Glynne Davies / Rings: Ben Bridge / Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Aidan Mattox via Bloomingdales, ASOS, Pisarro Nights via Nordstrom, Parker / Junior Bridesmaid Dress: J. Crew / Flower Girl Dress: Nordstrom / Bridesmaid Robes: Bride’s mother / Caterer: Tom Douglas with Palace Ballroom / Wedding Cake: New Renaissance Cakes / Matches: Beau-coup / Menu and Program Design: McKenzie Powell / Wedding Invitations: Wedding Paper Divas
This wedding… My heart absolutely jumps for joy whenever I look at this beauty. Is it any surprise? The bride, Brianne, is a crafting workhorse, and put together one of the most inspiring, creative weddings we’ve seen yet. Carina Skrobecki took care of the images and Very Important Events handled the day-of coordination, but all the paper flowers and fun whimsical details came straight from the bride’s talented hands. Stay tuned for a DIY from the bride herself!
From the bride, Brianne: Our wedding was the culmination of not only a long engagement, but several years of a long distance relationship due to Erik being stationed on the east coast for his time in the US Navy. So, more than anything, we wanted our wedding to feel like a celebration. A big party to celebrate not only our marriage, but also the success of making it through some tough years, and also to celebrate Erik being back in Seattle for good. It was important to us to be surrounded by friends and family we love and make sure that the experience was full of joy, happiness, and laughter for everyone. We translated this style-wise into bright colors, and big bold patterns. I’m an Architect and Erik has always been interested in origami as a hobby, so we wanted to incorporate geometric elements as a nod to these passions. In order to make it feel like a party for everyone, we also incorporated some traditions from New Orleans where I lived during college, like a Second Line parade, and cake pulls for all the ladies. Good food and fully stocked bars were also important to make it a great party.
Bouquet recipe: Since we made all the flowers out of paper, we took some artistic liberties with which types exactly. I would say that my inspiration flowers were Poppies, Anenomes, and Tulips. Big blooms with graphic bold colors.
We knew we wanted it to be colorful and pop against an architectural backdrop. We chose an industrial venue with brick and concrete details and then put a ton of color over top. From the very beginning, I enlisted my friend Tammie Bennett to design a pattern for the day that we could use for paper goods, decor, fabric, etc. We used her color palette as a jumping off point, but we generally just stuck to a variety of bright teals and oranges and picked what spoke to us most. I tried not to worry too much about a color scheme, because I didn’t want to have to give up something I loved just because it didn’t match exactly. Friends and family were pretty confused when they’d ask for the palette and I’d say “Well, anything really!”
Any advice for couples planning their weddings now? Take everything one step at a time and go with your gut. Since we had a long engagement, I assigned myself one vendor to research, interview, and hire at a time. Once that task was complete I could move onto the next one. This helped me from ever feeling overwhelmed with decision making (something that can be tough for me). When hiring vendors, the most important thing to me was whether or not I connected with the person, so I think sitting down over coffee is key. You’re going to be spending the most important day of your lives with these people, you want them to feel like friends. On going with your gut – just pick whichever vendor/design/etc speaks to you most and don’t worry too much on whether everything will “go”. If it’s a reflection of you and your guy’s personality, it will naturally flow into a day that is the perfect representation of you.
Processional: Etude in D, composed by Julio Sagreras
Recessional: Luna de Miel
First Dance: “Hold Me, Thrill Me, Kiss Me,” She & Him
Parents’ Dance: “Don’t Worry, Be Happy,” Caroline Savoie
Newlywed Entrance: “You Make My Dreams Come True,” Hall & Oates
Cake Cutting: “Happy,” Pharrell Williams
Wedding Location: Seattle, WA / Photographer: Carina Skrobecki / Day-Of Coordination: Very Important Events / Venue: EM Fine Art Gallery / Wedding Dress: Brides by Demetrios via Brides Against Breast Cancer / Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Modcloth, Target, and Garnet Hill / Groom’s Suit: Hugo Boss via Nordstrom / Caterer: Gourmondo / Wedding Cake: Rosellini Sweets / Ceremony Musician: Julian Catford / DJ: Magnolia Rhapsody / Officiant: Rev. Mary Calhoun / Vintage Furniture Rental: Vintage Ambiance / Photobooth: The Snap Bar / Wedding Invitations: Designed by Bride, printed at Nikko Media
Almost nothing pleases us as much as a dream team of vendors coming together to create something truly magical. Lora Grady Photography, Darien Leigh Events & Design, and Botanique collaborated to bring us this Southern-inspired wedding shoot all the way from Snohomish, Washington. How precious is the George peach theme with all the pops of navy?
From the photographer, Lora Grady: Bow ties and bourbon for the gentlemen, baubles and bubbly for the ladies — a little Southern summer charm is coming your way! The welcoming double-bar set up is a stylish, charming way to invite your guests to mingle, chat and enjoy the wedding day. As guests laugh and “get fancy” with bourbon or bubbly in hand, the evening is sure to go off without a hitch. Gentlemen swap their neckties for a bow tie while ladies adorn themselves with vintage costume jewelry — creating a look and feel that is vibrant, festive and charming.
The feminine color palette of coral, blush and peach is anchored by masculine tones of rich navy blue. The guys’ bar is full of all things sportsman and gentleman, complete with antique whiskey bottles and crates, vintage trophies for the flower vases, and a wide array of bow ties to choose from. The ladies’ bar is light and airy with glasses of bubbly, colorful vintage jewelry, and sparkly cut crystal vases. The cake, with layers of peach and coral, looks just as delicious as it tastes. This interactive bow tie and bauble bar breathes a little life into traditional wedding favors while creating a unique guest experience that is sure to get them talking!
Shoot Location: Snohomish, WA / Photographer: Lora Grady Photography / Second Photographer: Alyssia B Photography / Event Design: Darien Leigh Events & Design / Floral Design: Botanique / Venue: Dairyland / Wedding Dress: Unveiled Bridal Boutique / Jewelry: Charming Charlie / Hair and Makeup: Ceann Cherry / Bow Ties: The Tie Bar / Wedding Cake: Baked / Decor: Vintage Ambiance / Wedding Invitations: Dahlia Press
Who doesn’t love a dose of glam sophistication to brighten up their day? Julia and Deric’s Seattle wedding is doing the trick for us in the form of a black tie affair and intimate celebration all captured by the wonderful Carina Skrobecki and coordinated by It’s Your Day Events. Just wait until you see all the incredible signage and paper goods for the reception — our jaws hit the floor.
From the bride, Julia: We tried to approach the planning from the perspective of the guest. When we first sat down to plan, we tried to list all of the things about the weddings we’ve been to that we didn’t love or that made us uncomfortable. By approaching it this way, we were able to focus our budget on key elements that would be memorable for everyone (food, drinks, music, venue) and spend less on the things most people tend not to notice (fancy chairs during the ceremony or custom invites). For example, I LOVE all things paper, so the invites were really important to me in the beginning. It was pointed out to me that most guests toss the invite in the garbage without much thought, so the $2500 hand-illustrated invites I wanted were probably not a great idea! Instead, we opted for simple invites from Minted, but spent money upgrading the paper and adding beautiful calligraphy and vintage stamps. Everyone raved about them anyway and we were able to use the money saved on really killer dessert from Hotcakes! In the end, focusing on the guest allowed everyone to have an amazing experience and we were able to relax knowing everyone else was taken care of!
Our colors were black and gold. Originally, we had talked about doing a Gatsby theme, but then the movie came out right in the middle of our planning and it seemed like everyone was doing it! We kept the black and gold, but planned the rest of the wedding without a major theme. We just wanted to keep everything formal and modern without being too stuffy. The wedding was in Downtown Seattle, so we knew it needed to feel like we were in the city. We had three major DIY projects: the save-the-dates, the centerpieces, and folding 1000 paper cranes. Yes, we folded 1000 paper cranes! Our save-the-dates were little boxes filled with champagne flavored candy, stamped with a custom stamp from Antiquaria with all of the info, and wrapped with a miniature black bow tie. We had so much fun assembling these and our guests loved getting adorable little packages in the mail (who doesn’t?)!
Any advice for couples planning their weddings now? Don’t procrastinate! We left a lot of details until the very end that could have easily been taken care of in advance and saved us a lot of headaches. At the same time, don’t stress too much! Something will go wrong, no matter how much you plan. The food was the most important element for us, so we had the menu/catering details squared away first. On our wedding day, the caterer forgot the drink mixers and Hotcakes, so it was a scramble to get enough for all of our guests. In the end, everything felt perfect, despite the major hiccup.
Bridal Party Processional: “Let it Be” (Vitamin String Quartet)
Bridal Processional: “Can’t Help Falling in Love” (Vitamin String Quartet)
Recessional: “Any Way You Want It” (Vitamin String Quartet)
First Dance: “Can’t Help Falling in Love,” Elvis Presley
Other: “You Are the Best Thing,” Ray LaMontagne
We had quite an eclectic mix during the night! At one point, our 3 year old flower girl was dancing with the entire wedding party to Bugatti by Ace Hood (censored of course)!
From the photographer, Carina Skrobecki: Julia and Deric kept their wedding intimate, classic, and tasteful. Julia owns her own children’s boutique shop in Spokane, WA (and has an affinity for all fabulous paper goods), so it’s only natural that she had an eye for all the details for the day, including the paper crane backdrop behind their sweetheart table. The day from beginning to end was laid back, thoughtful, and to say the least: a total breeze. We lucked out with beautiful weather in February in Seattle so we took most portraits outdoors in the streets, but also took advantage of the beautiful architecture inside Escala — they had a gorgeous wine cave, a grand staircase, and eclectic furniture scattered everywhere. The ceremony itself was short and sweet, but very romantic. They had a good friend from college officiate as the two of them exchanged vows outdoors on Escala’s grand patio. Once the reception started, it was clear that they were aiming to have a great time! Black and gold signing was placed among white hydrangeas and really elevated the already timeless look of the venue. I love that even when it came to the food, it was a reflection of their taste — the cutest, tiniest, and tastiest finger foods were served during dinner (think miniature tacos, burgers and tarts!) and was unlike anything I’d ever seen at a wedding. Overall, as “grand” as the wedding was, it was still a very intimate feel, with only their closest friends & family present. It was truly a special evening to be a part of. Wishing them the absolute best!
Wedding Location: Seattle, WA / Photographer: Carina Skrobecki / Second Shooter: Sergio Mottola / Coordinators: Ashley & Christina of It’s Your Day Events / Floral Design: Wendy Morgan of Ravenna Bloom / Wedding Venue: Escala (*Fun Fact: Escala is the setting of the 50 Shades of Grey novels! Tourists are always outside taking pics. They do not typically host events, but we are lucky enough to have friends that live in this gorgeous location!) / Wedding Dress: Maggie Sottero / Wedding Shoes: Jimmy Choo / Bridesmaids’ Dresses: J.Crew / Groom’s Suit: ASOS / Wedding Caterer: Lisa Dupar Catering / Dessert: Hot Cakes / DJ: A Sounds Unlimited / Rentals: Grand Event Rentals / Day-of-Materials and Calligraphy (except table numbers): Carolyn Kach / Table Numbers: Rifle Paper Co. / Wedding Invitations: Minted
How could you have a New Years’ wedding without a healthy dose of glitter and gold? Rebecca and Andrew married on December 31st of last year in Seattle, and welcomed in the new year as newlyweds with their closest loved ones and – you guessed it – enough glitz to make it a true party wedding. Simply by Tamara Nicole took to the task of making their dream wedding a reality, and Blue Rose Photography handled all the capturing.
From the bride, Rebecca: We decided to marry on New Year’s Eve, 2013 in Seattle, WA in a small, intimate ceremony with close family, friends, and even our little Yorkie, Samson in attendance! God also blessed our family in allowing my father, Joe, to attend and walk me down the aisle. In 2006, my father had a massive brain hemorrhage and was never expected to live to see me married again. But despite his physical and mental disabilities, almost everyone present shed a tear of joy when he walked me down the aisle and gave me away to my love, Andrew. The ceremony was sweet and personal, and we talked about our long journeys and the love that brought us back together.
The colors were navy and sparkly gold. The cocktail hour had a custom slider bar, classic Coke bottles, fried okra, kettle chips, and fried pickles in glitter cones. Everyone enjoyed the unique Southern comfort cuisine on the rooftop of the beautiful venue at “Within Sodo” overlooking a view of the city. There was a photo booth for the guests to coincide with their written New Years resolutions. Dinner was served as personal speeches were delivered by close family members. They cut the wedding cake and everyone enjoyed their choice of ten different desserts at the dessert bar. Shortly thereafter, we all changed into more casual attire and the dance party began! At five minutes until midnight, everyone grabbed their noise makers and party hats and made their way to the rooftop. They raised their glasses counting-down until the New Year. The evening ended with all attendees in the street lighting three foot long sparklers to celebrate 2014 and wish us a happy and prosperous life together.
Any advice for couples planning their weddings now? Hire a wedding planner for sure!! Hiring Tamara was the best choice I ever made. She made my dream wedding come to life and kept all stress away from me while making the wedding run so smoothly. I have a friend for life!
From the photographer, Brittany of Blue Rose Photography: Rebecca and Andrew got married on Dec 31. 2013 at Within Sodo. They had an intimate wedding with about 40 guests (including their dog Sampson, bow tie and all). They had an amazing southern inspired meal including macaroni and cheese, and cornbread by Blue Ribbon Cooking. Their planner Tamara Nicole made so many glittery details for their wedding including, personalized sparklers, appetizer glitter cones, glitter to go boxed for the desert, a s’mores bar, champagne bottle save the dates and more ! Rebecca wore three different gowns for each part of the wedding. One traditional lace mermaid gown followed by a long black Alice and Olivia evening gown for dinner, and then a short gold sequin dress by BCBG for the New Years dance party!
Processional: “Turning Page,” Sleeping at Last
Recessional: You Make My Dreams Come True,” Hall and Oates
First Dance: “A Thousand Years,” Christina Perri
Newlywed Entrance: “Save a Horse, Ride a Cowboy,” Big & Rich
Wedding Location: Seattle, WA / Photographer: Blue Rose Photography / Wedding Planner: Simply by Tamara Nicole / Flowers: Florarama Modern Design / Venue: Within Sodo / Wedding Dress: Winnie Couture / Black Lace Reception Dress: Alice & Olivia / Gold Sequin Reception Dress: BCBG / Wedding Shoes: Christian Louboutin / Hair Accessories: Stella’s Design / Hair and Makeup: Yessie Libby- Makeup And Hair / Wedding Caterer: Blue Ribbon Cooking School / Wedding Cake: Honey Crumb Cake Studio / Rentals: Vintage Ambiance / Gold Sequin Linens: La Tavola / Sequin Runners: Creative Coverings / Chair and Napkin Rentals: A Tailored Affair / Goldware: AA Party Rentals / DJ: Integral DJs / Wedding Invitations: Paper Creations By Siveng
Sound the alarms: we may have found a new favorite venue. Seattle’s Within Sodo is an ideal space for any wedding, but especially Krista and Krispijn’s summertime celebration. Julie Harmsen captured all the details, from the hanging dreamcatchers to the succulent accents to the couple’s incredible style.
From the bride, Krista: We wanted a hand-crafted, Northwest feel in an urban and modern setting. We really wanted to include vintage, found objects as decorations. I enlisted friends to help scour thrift and antique stores for vases, glass containers for potted succulents and tea light candle holders. We spent months collecting different types of liquor bottles to use as water bottles for the dinner tables.
As we thought about our wedding, the words “textural”, “hand-crafted”, “eclectic” and “urban” sprang to mind. Later, when our friends Matt and Tiffani asked us to describe the theme of our wedding, as they prepared to design our website, Krispijn jokingly said “rustic-modern/neo-hipster”. Looking back, we agree that was an apt description. We started with our logo that Krispijn designed, and we incorporated it throughout the wedding. We put together a color palette of kraft paper brown, light aquas, blues and navy. Some of our DIY projects included: cake topper, sandwich board sign, rocks covered in hand-crocheted lace, decorative punched paper and washi tape garlands for the ceremony backdrop, hand-sewn cloth napkins, dream catchers, beach wood airplant holders, a hand bound Polaroid guest book, tissue paper tassels, watercolor seating assignment tags, and a paper mâché fresh flower “K&K”.
Any advice for couples planning their weddings now? You have friends and family who love you and want to help. Rely on them. Ask them to share their gifts and talents with you. It will personalize your wedding, while creating excitement and a unique support system. This was vital for us and we felt the love and a sense of community leading up to “the day”. Enjoy the process. Simple advice but very necessary. Looking back, you’ll remember all the preparation and planning with (almost) as much fondness as your wedding day. Don’t get so caught up in the minutiae of the reception that you forget about the ceremony! My cousin officiated our ceremony and kept reminding me to give equal energy to the ceremony as I was everything else. We did this by 1) having the best officiant ever (seriously), and 2) writing our own vows. Both Krispijn and I agree that the ceremony was the favorite part of our wedding. The day flew by but time stood still for both of us during the ceremony.
Processional: The Wedding March
Recessional: “Together at Last” from Annie
First Dance: “My Baby Just Cares For Me,” Nina Simone
Father/Daughter Dance: “What a Wonderful World,” Louis Armstrong
Mother/Son Dance: “Circle Game,” Joni Mitchell
Wedding Location: Seattle, WA / Photographer and Videographer: Julie Harmsen / Wedding Venue: Within Sodo / Florist: Marigold & Mint / Reception Flowers: Pike Place Market flower stand / Wedding Dress: Nicole Miller via The English Dept / Wedding Shoes: Zara / Bride’s Earrings: Julianne Blumlo / Makeup: Jenny Bowker Makeup / Groom’s Suit and Tie: J. Crew / Wedding Caterer: Madres Kitchen / Drinks: Standard Brewing / Wedding Cakes: Bride’s sister, Elaina Stackhouse / Ceremony Musicians: friend, Yuuki Matthews and groom’s cousin, Kevin Navarro / DJ: friend, Troy Nelson / Wedding Website: friends, Matt Brown and Tiffani Jones Brown / Ring Bag: Redesign Workshop / Wedding Invitations: florever / Videographer: Andy Fitts
While we mostly get the chance to hear from brides about planning their wedding day, it’s a refreshing breath of air to hear from a groom — especially one who’s a graphic designer and designed the majority of the wedding himself. Carina Skrobecki Photo was there to capture all the details:
From the groom, Caleb: Our style was a mix between whimsical beach and pure white. It was incredibly important not to come off cheesy when doing a beach/water theme while still expressing our love for the beach. Alderbrook Resort and Spa was the perfect venue for our vision.
We wanted our wedding to be stunning, whimsical, and elegant. I (the groom) am a graphic designer from Kirkland, Washington and always wanted to bring my passion for art and design to the big day. From the invitations to ALL the decorations, all were done by us with the help of friends and family.
Any advice for couples planning their weddings now? Make a check list of everything you would hope for for your wedding, make goals that you can continually check off as you get closer to your day. Enjoy every step of the process, know when to let some things go in order to keep happiness number one in your relationship. Your wedding in many ways is a reflection of you both, be sure to truly think about that as you begin this fun process.
Wedding Location: Union, WA / Photographer: Carina Skrobecki Photo / Second Shooter: Amber Zbitnoff / Day-Of Coordinator: Stacia Haisch and Melanie Bjornethun / Florist: Colleen Hunter of Lynch Creek Floral / Venue: Alderbrook Resort and Spa / Wedding Dress: Maggie Sottero via I Do Bridal / Bride’s Ring: T. Anthony Jewelers / Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Bellevue Bridal Boutique / Groom’s Suit: Dolce & Gabbana / Men’s Attire: Nordstrom / Cake: Alderbrook Pastry Chef / Paper Goods and Stationery Designer: Caleb Swenson (groom)
Of all of the incredible wedding venues we’ve seen here at Ruffled, today’s has to be at the top of my favorites list. Camarin and Tyler were married on a theater stage, with their friends and family filling the auditorium seats. The Manchiks were there to capture every minute to perfection, including the couple’s dreamy waterside portraits.
From the bride, Camarin: I originally started out wanting this super hip, fun party, with a whimsical feel; but I quickly realized that this wedding is a reflection of both of us & our relationship and decided to go in a more traditional direction but still with some fun details that made it more interesting.
I wanted to have it look homemade, but still a little traditional as well as rustic. I always wanted to have a light pastel wedding, which worked for mid winter. We also added some grey and gold in there for more of a winter feel, that and I wanted to see my man in a grey suit ;] We did a quite a bit of diy. Hand cutting YARDS AND YARDS of fabric for streamers & backs of chairs, spray painting the frames that hung in back of us during the ceremony, Tyler made all of the cake stands and wooden stands for the tables, we painted the inside of the bottles on the tables, Tyler made all of the homebrew beer and cider that we served at the wedding, painted and glittered the feathers for the tables as well as the lions as our cake toppers, my talented friend did silhouettes of us to hang at the reception, hand painted and chalked signs done by my matron of honor (her husband did the invitations & programs as well). Lots of DIY, but that’s what we wanted.
Any advice for couples planning their weddings now? Plan something that is a reflection of both of you. It is both your wedding, and let the two of you be excited about different aspects of the wedding that make it yours. Listen to each others’ ideas, and be flexible. Also, enjoy your day and breathe. Your photographers should be capturing every detail, so trust them.
Processional: “Come Thou Fount,” Sufjan Stevens
Recessional: “Chicago,” Sufjan Stevens
First Dance: “You and I,” Michael Buble
Wedding Location: Port Townsend, WA / Photographer: The Manchiks / Wedding Planner: Lisa Holmes / Florist: Petal Flowers Boutique of Port Townsend / Ceremony Venue: Fort Worden State Park – Wheeler Theater / Reception Venue: Fort Worden State Park – Chapel / Wedding Dress: Galina for David’s Bridal / Capelet: BHLDN / Fur: Vintage / Wedding Shoes: Bare Traps via DSW / Hair Accessory: Fine & Fleurie / Hair and Makeup: Kate Nova / Groom’s Suit: Vera Wang Black / Groom’s Shoes: Aston Grey / Groom’s Cuff Links: One Forty Five / Officiant: Pastor Jon Needham / Wedding Invitations, Programs, and all wedding signs: Kinfellow Design
Alisa Lewis Event Design created this time a bright and airy tablescape with hot pink and sequins. Packed with lots of easy do-it-yourself tips, these photos by Samantha Cabrera are full of ideas for a modern wedding. Read on below for some DIY tips by Alisa!
2-4 sheets of (gift wrapping) tissue paper, in different shades of pink
Hot glue gun
Step 1. Cut the tissue paper and streamer into strips, leaving one end of all the strips connected with a 1/2in-1in boarder.
Step 2. Cut the ribbon to the length of the balloon strand, or the length you want the balloon to be hung at. Tie it to the balloon.
Step 3. Wrap and glue on the connected boarders of the strips to the ribbon, layering them slightly, to provide different lengths. The tassels only need to cover about a foot of the ribbon below the balloon.
DIY Rose Ice Cubes
Ice cube tray
Fresh Mini roses, color of choice
Step 1. Cut at the very top of the stems, just beneath the rose buds. Rinse in cool water.
Step 2. Place the roses in the ice cube tray, facing down, and fill with distilled water half way. Put in freezer and wait.
Step 3. Once they are mostly frozen, fill the water up the rest of the way. The roses will shift while freezing. So in order to keep the tops of them where you can see them (when finished) filling the water half way, letting them freeze, then filling the rest of the way will help keep them in place.
Step 4. Once completely frozen, pop them out of the tray, and place them in glasses, pitchers, or in a wine bucket.
Venue: The White Room / Event Stylist: Alisa Lewis Event Design / Photographer: Samantha Cabrera / Dress: The Dress Theory, Blush by Sarah Seven / Model: Alissa Pegram / Hair: Camille Schmidt / Make Up: Julie Farley of the Make Up Studio / Manicure: Pedi and Polish / Florals: Garden of Eden / Desserts: Batch Bakeshop / Food: Feast Catering / Accessories: Emici Bridal / Paper Goods: Katie Linder