Saturday, August 6, 2011

Betty + Craig are getting hitched today

Betty and Craig are getting married this Seafair weekend at the chapel at St. Ignatius on the Seattle University Campus then an Island inspired reception at the Harbor Club in downtown Seattle.


I get to work with some of my closest friends in the wedding biz - Joe and Jill of Joe & Jill Photography and Laura of Edit 1 Media. I ADORE Betty and Craig and have been looking forward to this day now for a year and a half since we first met and I came on board to help with their plans. Wanted to share a few of their engagement pics from Joe and Jill. A full post will come after the day as we have lots of surprises for their guests and I don't want to give anything away. Other vendors I am thrilled to have on board are Kevin Bradford, Bella Umbrella, Emerald City Productions, Creative Ice, Paper Moxie, New Renaissance Cakes and Fran's Chocolates.


Friday, June 24, 2011

Audra + Chris are getting hitched today at Corson Building


Audra and Chris are getting married today at the Corson Building in Georgetown. Corson was created by acclaimed chef and owner Matt Dillon as a true farm to table restaurant experience. An old cement building nestled under an overpass with a train crossing running through the back and the chance of airplanes flying into Boeing Field overhead it is an unlikely oasis. Lush gardens, Italian globe lights strung on the lawn and a charming brick patio are just some of the features that make this venue feel warm and inviting.

A few pics to share from their engagement session with the fabulous Jenny Jimenez. I could not be more thrilled to have another Jenny J wedding! In true Seattle fashion it poured (and I mean poured!) the day of their shoot so Jenny took these gorgeous shots at their historic Capitol Hill condo.


What are Audra and Chris most excited about with Corson? The food of course! We visited Dillon's other restaurant Sitka & Spruce in the beautiful Melrose Market atop Cap Hill for an amazing lunch of fresh halibut, raw olives and warm dates with homemade yogurt, sea salt and honey and talked menu ideas with Dillon. The final menu served today will be a surprise to Audra and Chris and their intimate wedding of 65 guests. Other talented vendors bringing the day together is uber talented florist Katherine Andersen of Marigold + Mint (also located in Melrose Market), macaroons from Honore Bakery in Ballard and a mouth watering lemon citron cake from Creme de la Creme.


Both Audra and Chris are talented artists and Audra hand painted a drawing of the two of them at Corson Building for their invitations which I adore. You may notice chickens in the drawing, yes, we will have some chickens roaming around too! Heres to one of the sweetest couples I know on their wedding day! See you soon.


Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Fall charm wedding

Johanna and Chad were married on a beautiful Fall day last November at the historic Rainier Club, nestled in the financial district of downtown Seattle with a park like setting amidst neighboring corporate architecture. The Rainier Club stands out with its dramatic brick and tall paned windows and once inside it is more like a mansion that guests get to explore than a venue. With several floors including sleeping rooms where the wedding party and couple stayed for the weekend, it really feels like a cozy home, albeit a grand one. Johanna and Chad are a fun loving adventurous couple that love to travel and be outdoors. They wanted to blend nature and elegance and the club was the perfect setting to do so. Their wedding was filled with warm and natural colors and elements that spoke to them including tall curly willow, rustic mercury glass, an abundance of in-season blooms and candlelight, hot apple cider, a campfire inspired s'mores bar, coffee bean favors and much more. Gorgeous photos taken by my friends Sarah and Chris Rhoads tell the story of their day.


The night before the wedding it was dark and stormy and when morning came fortunately so did the sun, giving Johanna and Chad the perfect Fall day. Just in case we had vintage umbrellas and bright red Hunter boots on hand because you just never know living in the Northwest. Johanna's delicate bouquet created by Julie Borrud of Bella Rugosa, remains one of my favorite bridal bouquets with its timeless vintage appeal.


Johanna and Chad's gifts for the guys have to be the most unique groomsmen gifts I have seen. Bobble heads with an uncanny resemblance to each groomsmen. Hilarious. Funky striped socks and patron tequila also rounded out the gifts.


A different room in the club was used for each event during the wedding. The ceremony began in the Cutter Room, lined with tall windows and an ornate fireplace gracing the front. Deep red rose petals and clusters of candle luminaries lined the aisle way with tiered votives adorning the window sills and mantle. Large copper stands filled with tall curly willow and smoke bush flanked the couple. Sheryl Bracken with Paper Moxie designed hanging programs from each chair and guests sipped on hot apple cider as they took their seats and the sun set. Music was an important element for Johanna and Chad. They wanted live piano for the ceremony but not your typical Pachelbel Canon in D to be performed. Talented pianist Cara Hill blew me away playing their requested songs by Coldplay, The Cure and Depech Mode. Pastor and good friend of mine, Rich Sclafani, gave a heart warming ceremony about the couple not leaving many dry eyes in the house.


Guests moved to the ballroom for cocktail hour with tall ceilings, a veranda and a grand fireplace over ten feet tall. This room would later house dessert and dancing to finish the evening. Dinner was held on another floor where guests walked into an ornate dining room with lush curtains, inviting tables with shimmering beige linens, dark fruitwood chivari chairs and centerpieces with mercury glass, candlelight and clusters of floral ranging from deep red to a vibrant yellow marigold.


During dancing guests frequented the s'mores bar and jumped in the photobooth by Sarah and Chris. Before saying farewell guest grabbed burlap bag favors filled with fragrant coffee beans and valet tags with well wishes were waiting in each guests car along with bottled water to send them on their way.


Congratulations Johanna and Chad. It was an evening to remember!



ceremony and reception venue The Rainier Club
photographer + photobooth Sarah Rhoads Photographers
floral and decor Bella Rugosa
linens BBJ Linen
cake The Last Bite
favors coffee beans in burlap bags with scoops
dj Christel Weddings
piano Cara Hill
officiant Rich Sclafani
invitations and wedding day stationary Paper Moxie
on-site hair and makeup Salon Maison
on-site makeup Michael Bride
bridal gown La Belle Elaine's
tuxes Tuxedo Club
rehearsal dinner Tulio's at Hotel Vintage Park
accommodations Hotel Vintage Park

Friday, November 5, 2010

Lyndsay and Kelly are getting hitched tomorrow

My dear friends Lyndsay and Kelly are getting married tomorrow at Palace Ballroom, one of my favorite downtown venues and caterer. An urban Fall wedding with an emphasis on food, cheer and family. This wedding is very close to my heart because I am maid of honor and Lyndsay is more like a sister than anything else. I could not be happier for her. Kelly is her other half in every sense and the two of them together exude happiness and the type of relationship we all strive for.


One area where me and Lyndsay differ is that she is a huge sports FANATIC and lucky for her so is Kelly. They have season tickets to the Seahawks and each game is quite a production, from getting to the tailgating lots at the crack of dawn to grilling breakfast on the truck complete with a sofa and flat screen tv in the back. It is no laughing matter when it comes to their home team dedication so it was only fitting that their engagement session take place doing just that. Matthew Sumi of Flowertoss Photography met Lyndsay and Kelly down by Qwest Field and they had a blast taking pics, having some breakfast and laughing uncontrollably. Friends and family joined them for the festivities making it one of the most unique engagement sessions and my personal favorite.


Fall being Lyndsay's favorite season is the perfect backdrop for their affair. Colors ranging from rusty orange and chocolate brown to crip navy blue set the tone. Vintage umbrella's from my go to shop, Bella Umbrella, will act as accessories and possibly a necessary prop during photos ranging in a variety of colors and patterns. Hand picked antique jewelry and handbags by Lyndsay will adorn the girls while the guys sport chocolate brown suspenders and orange button dahlia boutonnieres created by talented florist, Julie Borrud of Bella Rugosa. At Palace Ballroom an abundance of candle luminaries accented by delicate orange mokara orchids, a heavenly dessert bar and homemade salted caramel favors will be in tow. Yes, Fall is in the air.

Congrats Lyndsay and Kelly! I can't wait for tomorrow to be here.