Monday, May 31, 2010

Hooray for Fab Weddings!

A round of applause for Tonja Brown & Matt Russell! Aah, I love weddings! Well duh...but seriously, this one was tremendous! Matt and Tonja were married at the Golden Gardens Bathhouse on April 17th and here are a few pictures from one of my fav photographers, Jenn Repp to show you some fun details!

They started the day off at the Alexis Hotel in downtown Seattle...I know, they are a frick'n cute couple!

Before going to GG the bridal party took a slight detour and hit up a true Ballard hangout, King's Hardware for some Rainier beers and super dandy pictures!
One of my 'pick of the litter' pics is of the groom and his men in the alleyway - kudos to Ali Harvey, Jenn Repp's superb associate!Being April and being Seattle we saw a few drops of rain. Nothing too crazy to keep the gang indoors, but just enough to get to use super charming umbrellas as props!

Dessert, oh my...they had a tower of yummy cheesecakes from The Confectional located in Pikes Place Market. If you haven't made your way down there for a decedent treat yet, do yourself a favor and head down this weekend. Luckily for me (and my couples) I don't want to be known as 'the planner who ate all of the dessert', because we could have had a situation on our hands with me and these cheesecakes! A fun treat for the guests and a family tradition that is influenced by Matt's English heritage came in the shape of the favors! Each guest received a 'cracker' made by Olde English Cracker up in Bellingham that had a festive hat. They were great for the party and for the pictures!
Thanks again to Matt & Tonja for letting me be a part of this most special day!

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

New Events With an Old Fashion Twist

I love the color combination of yellow, black and white in the spring! That was the color theme for May's Association of Bridal Consultant's meeting and I wanted to share some fun photos of the event with you!

The meeting was hosted by my planner pal Kaycee Parker of Parker Events who did a fab job of putting everything together. And I had the pleasure of meeting Floral and Event Designer, Kimberly Neff, owner of Lilies and Lemon Drops for the first time. Pictured below are some super cute creations that she put together for the event themed 'Old Fashion Picnic' which was held in Auburn at Sanders Mansion.

I love these first two centerpieces with multiple small glass and milk glass vases! I LOVE milk glass! It reminds me of grandmas house and who doesn't love grandmas house?! This is a look you can do by collecting 'cheap' vases from Goodwill and getting fun flowers from your local farmers market.
And I love how Kimberly used chalkboard squares as the base of each centerpiece. It draws the eye and gives it that 'old timey feel' that is fun to do during the summer. And ribbon! That is a girl after my own heart! Putting ribbon on anything makes me instantly happy!Helping Kimberly complete her look was Heather Driscoll who has a company specializing in paper design, Heateroriginal. She did fun hanging 'balls', cute faux flower buds in the vases and an adorable lemonade banner for the refreshments table.

I hope you like what you see and get inspired to put together a creation of your own using yellow, black and white this summer!

Friday, May 14, 2010

Shop to Make a Difference!

Have you seen the forecast for this weekend?!? It is going to be absolutely gorgeous & sunny, which is perfect weather for my favorite cardio activity, shopping!! Have you had your eye on those cute summer tees at Jcrew? Maybe a new dress for wedding season at Anthropology? Maybe a fun new kitchen gadget at Crate & Barrel? (I could go on and on!)
University Village has all of these stores + 53 other fab stores, restaurants and spas which are participating in this weekend's Shop to Make a Difference event! Shop to Make a Difference is an event where if you buy a $25 'Cure Card' you will receive 20% off all participating shops in UVillage! All proceeds from the Cure Cards benefit woman's cancer research at the Fred Hutchinson Center. It is a win, win! You help cancer research and get an awesome discount at your favorite stores!

This is my 2nd year participating in the event...insert super cheesy picture of me last year selling Cure Cards at Lucy! See you shopping this Sunday afternoon!

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Matt & Mikale Orren's Wedding

Hooray, pictures from the fabulous wedding of Matt Orren and Mikale Lichota!! The too cool for school couple met in Seattle in December 2007 and by March of 2009 they had a house in Shoreline, an Old English Bulldog named Bella and an engagement ring on Mik's left hand!

The wedding was on March 4th in Lanikai, HI where Mikaela grew up. The ceremony was held at the gorgeous St. Anthony's of Padua Church and the reception was the Mid Pacific Country Club. Over 100 guests flew over from the mainland to enjoy the festivities, including photographer, Kara Hicks!
The mother of the groom baked tasty cupcakes for dessert and made the cupcake tower herself! This picture makes me smile, the cute kiddo with the afro was eyeing them for quite some time! The one 'must have' request by the groom was to have Miller Lite tray passed during the cocktail hour. Wish granted!And of course I need to have throw in my favorite picture of the three of us:) Thanks Matt and Mikale, you two are awesome!!