Coral Wedding

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Two years ago I was lucky enough to work with this fantastic couple on their wedding.  I knew the minute I met Melissa that this was going to be a fun project!  Her color pallet of coral, mint and navy with lots of details was a refreshing change from all the purple I did that year.

The wedding was held at Blessed Sacrament Church with the Reception following at the Museum of History and Industry on South Lake Union.  If you haven’t ever been to the Museum of History and Industry, it is a very enjoyable place to tour and see some of Seattle’s history as well as a great venue to for a reception!

The bride and bridesmaids all got ready at Melissa and Chris’s home on Queen Ann and we decorated it with a beautiful garland around the front door and master bedroom window.  Although I was extremely nervous hanging on to my husband while he hung out of the third floor window, it all came together in the end (whew!)

The bride carried a large bouquet of dahlias, garden roses, roses, hypericum berries and spider mums and for fun – a touch of feathers!  On their first date the groom brought Melissa some spider mums so she wanted to incorporate them into the bouquet as a sweet reminder of that special day.

The tables were decorated with navy chevron table runners and Melissa’s collection of vintage jadeite glassware.  Vintage styled postcards acted as table numbers and mint green suitcases held a large colorful floral arrangements.

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Thank you Melissa and Chris for having me be part of your special day!

Photography: Photo Elan – www.photoelan.com
Planner: Manette Gracie – www.manettegracie.com
Venue:  Museum of History and Industry – www.mohi.org
Catering:  Lisa Dupar Catering – www.duparandcompany.com
Hair and Make-up:  Duque Salon – www.duquesalon.com
DJ:  DJ Otto – www.ottoolson.com
Transportation:  Butler Transportation –www.butlerseattle.com

Glamping

12 May View More: http://rickplusanna.pass.us/naturalnorthweststyledshoot

With the approach of Memorial Day and camping season starting up, I thought this would be a great time to post about the “glamping” photo shoot I participated in back in May of 2013.   Coordinated by the fabulous ladies at Maris Events and amazing photography team of Rick+Anna Photography we were given complete freedom to run with our ideas to assist in creating the perfect “glamping” themed wedding.

I loaded up the van with just about every prop I could imagine – including a steamer trunk, all the vintage suitcases I owned as well as buckets full of colorful flowers and headed to the beautiful Natures Connection Place in Arlington, Washington.  It was a gorgeous day and we immediately started setting up the area to be a picture perfect setting for the bride and groom.

With all the greenery surrounding the area, we decided to use bright reds, oranges and pops of yellow with touches of gold to add a little bit of glamor to the outdoors.  A candelabra created using wood branches sprayed gold added a touch of elegance to the hand made wood table provided by Elpis and Wood.    Yummy desserts created by Dianne’s Delights were almost too much for us to resist during shooting, but we did our best!  That’s not to say, however, that they didn’t get eaten – we saved that for later.  The talented husband and wife team of Citlali Creativo created all the great stationery products including save the date, invitations, candle wraps, programs and even cake pop flags!

I had such fun working with so many talented and delightful vendors.  Maybe this will inspire everyone to go camping – even me!

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Photography: R+A Photography www.rickplusanna.com
Planner: Maris Events www.marisevents.com
Stationery: Citlali Creativo www.citlalicreativo.com
Bakery: Dianne’s Delights http://diannesdelights.net
Jewelry: Greenlake Jewelry Works http://www.greenlakejewelry.com
Wood Furniture: Elpis and Wood http://www.elpisandwood.com
Gown: Wai Ching http://wai-ching.com/
Venue: Nature’s Connection http://www.naturesconnectionplace.com
Make-up: Luxe Salon http://myluxesalon.com
Furniture and Props: Mad Props (from Off White Beauty)  http://www.anoffwhiteseattle.com
Hair: Venia Beauty- www.veniabeauty.com
Men’s attire: Mens Warehouse www.menswarehouse.com
Videographer: Chamonix Thurston Rattue http://chamonixthurstonrattue.com
Cocktails: Cocktails and Lifestyle https://www.facebook.com/CocktailsAndLifestyle
Yurt: Rainier Yurts www.rainier.com/yurts

Roche Harbor Wedding

9 Apr View More: http://rickplusanna.pass.us/melindapluscaseywedding

I have to tell you, Melinda and Casey have been one of my all time favorite couples to work with.  Not only are they two of the nicest people you will ever meet, but there is something about the love they share for each other that just radiates.  Their wedding was held last September at the beautiful Roche Harbor Resort in the San Juan Islands.  With outdoor weddings, you never know how the weather will be here in the Pacific Northwest, but we couldn’t have asked for a more beautiful day of warm temperatures and sunshine.

Casey is a fabulous chef and for the rehearsal dinner he and his fellow associates put together one of the most amazing rehearsal dinners I have ever had.  If you ever need a caterer, check out his web-site at www.barnandfield.com, he creates really amazing food.  The dinner was held at the beach adjacent to the resort followed by a beautiful sunset.  Guests enjoyed roasting marshmallows and making ‘smores by the campfire.  It was a great way to set the mood for the wedding the next day.

Melinda had a lot of ideas for the overall feel of the wedding design, yet was open to any suggestions I made.  She also allowed a lot of creative freedom when it came to designing their wedding and all the little details, the result being one of my favorite weddings.

The bridesmaids wore slate grey dresses complimented by flowers in shades of blush, pink, coral and white used to create the bouquets.  Did I mention they had the most adorable ring bearer ever (who just happens to be our great nephew)?  He surprised everyone by walking very carefully down the aisle with a ring box designed just for Melinda and Casey.

For ceremony decor, we rented a birch arbor and glass globes from Vintage Ambiance.  The globes were filled with simple clusters of flowers and hung from the arbor.  With the backdrop of the harbor and the approaching dusk, it set the stage for a beautiful ceremony.   Posters made by Citalia Creative greeted guests at the entrance as well as the reception area.  My husband and I also made directional signs leading to the ceremony.  Photographs are taken by the fabulous team of Rick + Anna Photography and, as always, they captured the day perfectly.

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The reception area was decorated with blush colored linens rented from BBJ Linens, with floral centerpieces in mercury glass vases and tall trumpet vases placed on wood discs with touches of moss at the base and surrounded by a variety of mercury glass votives.  Sequined blush colored linens were used for the sweetheart and cake tables.

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In honor of Casey’s chef background, guests were all given vials of Himilayian Pink Salt, Black Hawaiian Salt and Kosher Salt in a packet with a sprig of fresh rosemary attached to each package.

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We rented a crystal chandelier from Vintage Ambiance and hung it from the beams in the dining area.  Seeing that the chandelier would get lost if we didn’t decorate it a little, I created a garland of greens, flowers and curly willow to accent the beams.  The standard white folding chairs provided by the resort really didn’t work with the overall look and feel we were trying to achieve, so vintage farm style chairs were rented from Orcas Events.

The large fireplace was a perfect spot to place a collection of mercury glass votives and candle holders as well as rustic lanterns and floating candles which were placed on wood discs with touches of moss at the base.  All the sparking candlelight added a very romantic touch to the room.

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What a better way to end the evening than a glow stick send off followed by a ride in a golf cart decorated just for them.

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Thank you Melinda and Casey for allowing me to be part of your very special day.  Many thanks to Rick plus Anna Photography for the stunning photographs.

Turquoise and Pink

17 Feb View More: http://katelynjames.pass.us/zach-and-britta-wedding

Sometimes when I meet with a bride at our initial consultation, she has tons of ideas and isn’t sure how to make them all work.  This bride, however, was one who pulled out all the stops when it came to details big and small and making it all come together.  Turquoise tennis shoes, a turquoise truck, custom mailbox, hand made signage, a swing made special for the bride and groom, custom forks for the cake, sparklers, and even a turquoise typewriter!  She really made her color pallet of pink and turquoise come together using a variety of elements.  I can’t even begin to list all the details, but you can see some of them below.

Britta and Zach were married on a warm sunny day in September at the beautiful Twin Willow Gardens in Snohomish.  The venue is absolutely lovely, complete with a forest glen for the ceremony, ponds, and gardens throughout.  Their photographer described the venue as “Little Narnia”, and I couldn’t agree more.

Speaking of photography, these stunning photos were taken by the extremely talented and amazing Katleyn James  from Virginia.  I love all the details she took the time to capture.  Check out her blog to see more of Britta and Zach’s wedding – http://katelynjamesblog.com/seattle-wedding-photographer-rustic-outdoor-wedding-venue/.

 

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Oh what fun it was to decorate the iron arbor.  I always love doing large ceremony pieces, and this was no exception – I could have worked all day!  Hydrangeas, snapdragons, dahlias, roses and greenery galore!  Could it be in a prettier setting than this forest glen?

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The brides bouquet was a combination of garden, standard and spray roses in shades of white, pale pink and bright pink paired with locally grown pink and white dahlias.  To complete the look, lace from the brides mother’s wedding gown was used to wrap the bouquet and charms of grandparents were attached with a satin ribbon.  The final detail was a vintage broach of her grandmothers.  It comes as no surprise that the bride wore turquoise shoes when she walked down the aisle and changed into turquoise Converse tennis shoes just for dancing!

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To add a little variety, a pop of bright green was added to the centerpieces which were placed upon vintage holders.

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The beautiful cake, made by Creme de la Creme Bakery had more than three dozen pale pink roses and of course, custom forks!

 

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Who wouldn’t love a getaway truck, especially if it was a bright turquoise blue one decorated with pink and turquoise tin cans!   Oh and the sparklers I mentioned earlier…

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As always, I provided a complimentary bottle of champagne for the bride and groom to enjoy.  What a pleasure it was working with this couple.  Thank you Britta and Zach and thank you Katelyn James for the stunning photography!

Coral, Navy and Yellow

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Spring and all the lovely colors of spring – how I swoon!  For some it is the soft pastels, pinks, lavenders, pale yellows and soft greens.  For others it is the brighter colors, coral, bright yellow, shades of orange and cheerful spring greens.

I love the color coral.  One of my favorite colors to wear, and if I could, I would paint at least one room in my house this cheerful color (but I would probably be vetoed by my husband).  Although some think this color is primarily a summer color, what a better way to bring cheer to spring than by adding this lovely shade to any floral design?

Officially spring starts at the end of March, but to me prime spring season is May – the beginning of peony season!  I don’t know a bride who can’t appreciate the beauty of peonies.  With their full, lush, rounded blooms, no other flower quite represent romance more!  And don’t you know it, peonies come in a stunning shade of coral!   With their bright petals and fluffy yellow center, what more could you ask for?

Carolyn’s color pallet of coral and navy was the perfect setting for me to use the “Coral Charm” peony.  Pops of yellow, green and cream enhanced the beauty of the coral charm peonies.

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I always enjoy it when a bride brings a unique container to use for creating a flower arrangement in.  In this case, a vintage shoe shine box was used for a large arrangement and placed on the guest book table.

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The ceremony and reception were held at Melrose Market Studios, an urban event space on the west edge of Capitol Hill in Seattle.  Located in a refurbished historic 1927 building that boasts exposed red brick walls, huge Douglas fir beams, high ceilings, and polished concrete floors.  I created a large floral garland to enhance the ceremony area – there’s nothing more charming than a garland to add a touch of whimsy to an ordinary brick wall!

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The bride decorated vases in various shapes and sizes with touches of gold paint and twine which were used to hold small clusters of flowers for the centerpieces.  It is amazing how much impact small arrangements can have on a table and when you add votive candles you just can’t go wrong.

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Thank you Angela and Evan Photography for the beautiful images.

 

Meagan and Jeremy

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Meagan and Jeremy were married on a hot August day at the beautiful Sanders Estates in Auburn, Washington.  Meagan chose a color pallet of yellow and gray for her wedding, but wanted to add some more color to the floral arrangements.  Together we chose to add pops of bright pink and orange to make the floral arrangements a little more unique.

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Sanders Estates is a beautiful 35 acre which includes a private lake and beautiful gardens.  The ceremony was held in the garden complete with an arbor covered in wisteria vines.  Glass globes filled with small floral clusters were hung from the arbor at varying heights to create a the alter decor.

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The groom spent many hours cutting the tops and bottoms off wine bottles which we used for the centerpiece arrangements.  The arrangements were set on clusters of moss to add additional color to the table.

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I have known Meagan since she was on the high school swim team with my daughter and it was such a pleasure working with her and Jeremy on their special day.

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Jess & Joel

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I am so far behind on my blogging, I don’t know where to start!  With all the recent engagements and wedding season fast approaching, I figured I might as well go back to early summer!

Jess and Joel are good friends of my daughter and her fiancé and I was honored to create the floral for their special day.  The wedding was held at the beautiful Roche Harbor Resort in the San Juan Islands.  If you ever get the chance, this is a place worth visiting!

Jess chose a soft pallet of blush and cream with touches of lavender.  Since it was early June we were fortunate to have local peonies in shades of white and blush.  Curly willow twigs, scabosia pods, ferns and succulents added texture and I was able to get beautiful lisianthus in the perfect shade of lavender which gave her bouquet just the right pop of color.  Small succulents and dusty miller were used to create the grooms and groomsmen’s boutonniers.  Vintage bottles in varying sizes were on glass mirrors for the centerpieces.

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Thank you Jess and Joel for selecting me to be part of your special day.  Photography provided by Clinton James Photography.

 

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