Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Get Inspired!

One of my favorite parts about planning a wedding is creating an inspiration board! An inspiration board pulls in the feeling, flavor, colors and vibe of your event onto a single page. You can show a vendor such as a planner, photographer or florist your inspiration board and they are instantly caught up with your ideas of how the big day should look. The best part of an inspiration board is it is a perfect way to capture your thoughts and ideas! While planning your wedding you can easily get inundated with magazines, websites and blogs of pictures and ideas and it can get hard to keep track of everything and/or to keep your vision cohesive.

Here are two of my favorite inspiration boards that were put together by Clutch Events Associate, Sarah Gai. Sarah has a special talent in that she can hear just a few sentences of your vision and can whip up a spot on board that makes a bride giddy with excitement because she captures 'that feeling'.

The bride Sarah created this board for wanted a classic and clean look with a pop of fun yellow!

The words used to describe the below board were a mix of modern and vintage Montana. I think she nailed it!

You can easily make yourself an inspiration board by going to one of my favorite wedding blogs, Style Me Pretty. You will see the below 'build a board' icon and from there just click on the pictures of real weddings you find inspiring and you can build your board!
For my own wedding I'm creating inspiration boards for my photographer, my florist and my hair stylist to get them in tune to my inspiration! Happy planning!

Sunday, March 20, 2011

A Crafty Couple!

SODO Park was the perfect venue to accentuate the craftiness of 10.10.10 spunky & clever couple, Kate & Elliot! What was super fun about working with these two is how complimentary they are to each other. Each meeting would begin and end with comments like, "Elliot is really great at detailed 'to do lists, he is getting things done" or "New fun projects keep coming up because Kate has such great ideas and is so artistic". I'm paraphrasing here, but you get the idea. They brought out the best in each other and it showed during their fabulous wedding!
The bride, a fab designer, created their own invites, programs, menus and more. When walking through the front doors at SODO Park there was a ~ 8' X 15' faux store front that Kate & Elliot hand painted to welcome guests to their Wedding Haberdashery.
The white chocolate & golden raspberry cake is from TM Dessert Works in Ballard. And yes, that is a giraffe and cat cake topper! The couple also had super yummy cookies, cakes and cupcakes from Simply Desserts in Fremont.

The couple ordered over 100 apothecary jars of different shapes and sizes. They made many of them into mini atriums filled with dahlias, moss and succulents. After the wedding K&E planted the succulents at their yard!
Other jars were filled with craftiness such as vintage spools, buttons, scissors, clothes pins, ribbon, measuring tape, etc. It gave the their long tables a vintage, haberdashery feel.

Their photographer, Win from LifeBox Studios did an amazing job moving them about all of the nooks and crannies that SODO Park has to offer. A little October rain didn't keep K&E indoors!

A major hit of the reception was the photobooth from 321Photo! The couple put together an eclectic 'prop bar' which let guests to dress up & get creative! It definitely made their photo collection one to remember.
The Horah is always one of my favorite parts of a Jewish Ceremony. Try not to laugh and have fun during this part of the reception, I dare you! Plus it is a great way to get the entire group on the dance floor ready to help you celebrate! DJ Ollie with Gen X Pro kept the guests on the dance floor from beginning to end!

One of my favorite florists, Kimberly Neff with Lilies & Lemon Drops incorporated deep purples, plums and magenta into her gorgeous bouquets. Kate and her bridesmaids made a trip to Pike's Place Market for their centerpiece flowers the day before the wedding. The couple hosted a family style lunch served by the always decadent, Herban Feast. They also chose bride & groom 'old time' feeling signature cocktails, a French 75 and a Spiked Arnold.
Bride Kate wore an amazing Jenny Packham dress! Loved it! Groom Elliot, wore a dapper suit with purple shoes:)
This couple proved that having a Sunday afternoon wedding doesn't mean you have a to have a formal low key event. This was one of the most rock'n parties that I've been too! They spent their engagement thinking about the details that would add to their overall aesthetic and guests experience. The result was UHmazing!