Wednesday, March 25, 2015

I woof you!

These weddings are for the dogs! For most people their four legged friends are family and for most brides & grooms family is a big part of their wedding day.  But how do you incorporate them? Here are three weddings where a pooch made an appearance!
At Jen & Josh's Within Sodo nuptials their beagle Duncan arrived pre ceremony for some photos and was a part of the processional. He wasn't a full blown ring bearer, but he did enjoy the title;) After the ceremony Jen's dog sitter came to the venue, picked him up and took him home! No muss, no fuss!

Meet Clyde the dog, owned by Liz & West! He is the most adorable ankle licker on the planet! He came to Seattle Yacht Club dressed in a bow tie and his leash was adorned with flowers from Christopher Flowers. He was walked down the aisle by the flower girls and sat with them perfectly during the ceremony.

After the cocktail hour Clyde was picked up by Seattle Pet Taxi and was taken home. That's right folks, there is a company that will pick up your animal for you! Easy peasy!
Getting married in a venue that won't allow animals? Just have them make an appearance for a quick photo opp. Michelle & Colin got married on New Year's Eve in a church and had their reception at the Arctic Club, sorry - no pets allowed. Their photographer, Carroll Harold suggested taking some shots outside of the hotel with their chocolate lab. I'm loving the bow tie!! Here is a tip - if you don't want to buy a legit 'doggie bow tie' most little boy bow ties will work on a medium sized dog.
Moral of the blog, if you want to have your furry friend in some photos or be a part of the wedding, DO IT!! They will be adorable!

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Jen & Josh's Seattle Celebration

Meet Jen & Josh - a Seattle couple now living in California. They are that couple who are flirty, giggly and sweet with each other. They are the duo that you want to be and like to be around. I loved meeting with them because they were just so fun, nice & open! They are the couple that every planner wants to work with!

They got married last June at Within Sodo Just before their big move to CA. Andria Lindquist took their amazing photos! I hope you enjoy!

Ok, I have to start with Jen's dress! This is my favorite dress of the year! Her Jenny Packham gown had beads and glitz, yet the way it hung made it feel a bit old Hollywood glam and not too flashy. The details on this dress are insane. I could look a it for hours! It worked perfectly with Josh's outfit and the venue - perfection!
When Josh told me he was going to wear a custom crushed velvet tuxedo, I thought he was joking. Umm, sure wasn't! And I'm so happy that it wasn't a joke! This was my favorite groom out of the year, maybe ever!  His black crushed velvet tux came with a purple satin lining embroidered with his name. The look was complete with a white ruffled shirt. He took a 'vintage' look and made it work. He rocked that outfit!!

The couple who stayed a the Alexis Hotel took their portraits walking around 1st Ave in downtown Seattle. It was a gorgeous June day!
The ceremony was made extra special by their beagle dog joining the recessional! So cute! Future blog plug - I'm sending out a blog next week on how you can incorporate your dog into your wedding!
Eleanor from bash & bloom created a gorgeous garland arch with a sheer white pipe & drape background for the ceremony. She also added large white pillar candles and a ferns along the aisle. So pretty!
The dining room backdrop had strands of market lights hung against a sheer pipe and drape behind the head table. Seattle Farm Tables brought in their gorgeous long tables and Eleanor from bash & bloom created small and vibrant floral arrangements.
The couple used pint glasses as their favors and seating assignments. Under each pint was a coaster with the guests table assignment. So cute!
Skillet catered the event and provided the dinner & dessert - SO good!!
These post ceremony portraits are my favorite! So pretty!
Guests enjoyed the rooftop deck at Within Sodo playing cornhole and dancing the night away under the lights!
Jen & Josh! Thank you so much for letting me be a part of your wedding! It was SO fun and you both looked gorgeous!! Also, quick note - Jen & Josh's wild honeymoon adventure made the Winter/Spring issue of Seattle Met Bride & Groom honeymoon section. They flew out to Tanzania to hike Kilimanjaro! Side note, they are avid hikers and Josh even proposed at the top of a hike. After they completed Kilimanjaro they got to relax a bit and go on a safari! Such a great honeymoon!!
For even more gorgeous images checkout their album on my facebook page!
A round of applause to the vendors who participated in the wedding!
Venue - Within Sodo
Photographer - Andria Lindquist
Caterer - Skillet
Florist - bash & bloom
Chairs - Sweet n Design
Videographer - Janssen Powers Media
H&M - Offwhite

Sunday, March 8, 2015

Craving Coral!

I tagline I use often in ads to describe my company is, 'Where Fun Goes to be Planned' and it is clients like Liz & West that make that statement true. They are the most fun ever!! From the very beginning they wanted their wedding to be a party! Actually, scratch that, they wanted it to be a beautiful party. Mission accomplished!

The overall look of the wedding was coral - in texture, color and print. Coral paired with shades of green looked gorgeous in the invitation suite design and bridesmaid dresses. We added pops of color in the flowers, favors & desserts.

But let's start with the dress shall we...Liz won the Belltown Bride silent auction item at Get Hitched Give Hope for a $1,500 credit toward a dress + a champagne party. I went along, it was fantastic! This lace Amy Kuschel stunner is beyond gorgeous! And pair it with her Kate Spade shoes, turquoise earrings and beaded belt, she was perfection! It didn't hurt she married the hippest fella in town - his suit was custom made from Kulhman's and he added a coral bow tie and pocket square. So dapper!
We were extra special and super lucky to be one of the last weddings the floral magician, Christopher Smith of Christopher Flowers worked before retiring his floral business. Liz is a flower enthusiast to say the least and was so happy with her gorgeous bouquet!
Voted most adorable and most likely to lick a guest at the wedding went to their ring bearer Clyde the dog. Christopher made a floral ivy that wrapped around his leash which went great with his bow tie!
Reverend Jake Elliott married them on the lawn at the Seattle Yacht Club, the weather was perfect! After the ceremony guests indulged on passed apps and a full raw bar served by the club. Local oysters, shellfish and mussels were a huge hit amongst many of the East Coast guests.
For the tables we ordered melon and coral linens from la tavola and used real & faux coral pieces from Liz & West's personal collection that Christopher Smith incorporated into terrarium centerpieces with sand dollars ad drift wood. A perfect look on a sunny summer day at the club!
Kara from The Sweet Side hand painted a four tier cake and made a macaron tower in three flavors. Delish!!
True story, Laurel took this ring shot outside in the dark with a headlamp on to get the exact light she wanted. It was worth the trouble girl, it is superb!
They had the funniest best men speeches of all time. Like throw your head back, cackle and gasp for air hilarious speeches. These images capture the pure joy of Liz & West, I love them!
For the dance party reception Liz changed into a little white mini - so cute! These shots with the late night moon at the waters edge are stunning!

Thank you to my clients turned friends Liz & West for letting me be such a huge part of their wedding! You both are awesomesauce!!
See more photos in the current Seattle Bride Magazine (real wedding section) and on the Clutch Events facebook page!
A round of applause to the faboosh vendors!
Venue & Caterer - Seattle Yacht Club
DJ – DJ Riz
Band – The Nines
Dessert – The Sweet Side
Videographer – Fitts Studios
Linens – la tavola
Escort Cards – Ephemera Press