Sunday, February 8, 2009

Dinner Party Wedding

Darcy and Matt were married on a cool and peaceful November day at the quaint and intimate Farm Kitchen, nestled in Poulsbo on an organic garden. Their vision of an intimate country chic dinner party came to life. I had the pleasure of working with my friend Laurel McConnell again and her colorful photos tell the story of their day. Props that came in handy were vintage parasoles from Bella Umbrella and an unexpected little frog that made an appearance. It was priceless!


I first wrote about Darcy and Matt last May featuring their engagement shoot with Laurel. They reside in New York City and Matt is a chef at a restaurant owned by Food Networks acclaimed chef, Bobby Flay. Cuisine played an instrumental part of their wedding as did thinking environmentally sound featuring a local organic menu and eco-friendly decor. Blending their love of the city with their love of the country. Farm Kitchen was the perfect setting and I truly adore owners Anne and Hollis who take great pride in their venue.


When it came to choosing floral and decor I instantly thought of Bella Signature Design. Not only does owner Daniela create stunning designs, she also lives on Bainbridge Island and loves the surrounding area and utilizes organic gardens and resources for her decor. Elements used included soy candles, manzanita branches, mini cymbidium orchids, plants, pears, lots and lots of dried peas and gorgeous green raw silk table runners and entry way panels! To compliment her designs Michelle Loretta of Mmm Paper designed modern stationary for the invites, programs, escort card tree and personalized menus. Black linens and chivari chairs enhanced the green decor and added to the urban side of the design.

Their intimate ceremony was lead by Reverend Mary Calhoun who I just adore! She created such a touching and heartfelt ceremony for them.


When it was time for dinner, the dining room was revealed to guests and they were invited to find their names on a beautiful tree of manzanita branches. Each name card was tied to a leaf favor from Still Life Gifts to take home and enjoy. Darcy found these unique favors that are made from real leaves dipped in copper.


Once again Herban Feast Catering outdid themselves and created a decadent fall menu for guests that Matt raved about, a compliment well given! Vegan gazpacho shooters and signature sweet potato crabcakes were passed during cocktail hour along with fresh pomegranate bellinis. Later guests dined on salad of organic greens with harvest crisp pears and hazelnuts and a choice of sundried tomato & olive crusted halibut drizzled with a roasted cherry tomato coulis or peppercorn crusted NY striploin bourguignon with thyme, mushrooms, pearl onions & pancetta.


For dessert local Bainbridge Island favorite, Blackbird Bakery, made a mouth watering almond butter cake with amaretto cream filling and a mascarpone finish with almonds. Delish!

After dinner guests mingled and enjoyed tunes by DJ Darrell Christel. Coldplay was a favorite!


Congratulations Darcy and Matt!



ceremony and reception venue Farm Kitchen
caterer Herban Feast Catering
photographer Laurel McConnell Photography
dj Christel Weddings
floral and decor Bella Signature Design
officiant Reverend Mary Calhoun
invitations Mmm Paper
linens BBJ Linen
cake Blackbird Bakery
favors Still Life Gifts
black chivari chairs Pedersens Rentals
wine Seattle Wine Outlet
on-site air brush makeup Sequoia Leopold
bridal gown Princess Bride
vintage umbrellas Bella Umbrella
rehearsal dinner Metro Market Catering at Farm Kitchen Guest House
accommodations Best Western Bainbride Island Suites


  1. Love all the green and, especially, the frog!!

  2. Awesome wedding Michelle! I just love all of the elements you pulled into this looks so intimate! Congrats!

  3. Fabulous wedding! The wedding theme and the color is stunning. So natural, stylish and chic!

  4. Thanks for putting it all together Michelle! You made my job easy as pie (is pie easy?!). I loved this wedding, and just adore Matt and Darcy (but you already know that, right!). I can't wait to get started on their album, it's going to rock!

  5. Yep, great photos of fabulous details. You and Laurel both pretty much, um...ROCK!

  6. What a gorgeous wedding, captured so beautifully.

    I love the details [& the frog]!

  7. That is the most beautiful wedding.. Love the weather! Not affordable with my budget, but a girl can dream!