Photography by Stephanie Cristalli
The downside to working with flower frogs is that things tend to move around in transport. The upside is that sometimes when you remake them, you like the second version more than the original. I made this arrangement for a styled lingerie shoot yesterday and when I pulled it out of the truck late last night, it had sadly fallen victim to both the hot studio lights and Seattle’s notorious potholes. I tossed in a few leftover stems this morning while waiting for my kettle to boil and turns out that I think I like this version better than the original…
Nikki was a dream bride to work with on the design of her August wedding at Everett Golf and Country Club. From the very beginning, we were on exactly the same page with the design style she requested: an elegant ballroom style wedding in blush, peach and gold with whimsical, Anthropologie inspired touches.
They say that planning a wedding takes a village (don’t they?) and this was no exception. The team that Nikki and I assembled to pull this off was some of the best of the best. Courtney Bowlden is responsible for all the beautiful photography, J + B Video produced a fabulous wedding video, and Judy Tallant at Tallant House worked with me to design the dessert table. The linens are La Tavola, the vintage pieces came from Vintage Ambiance, the favors are Theo Chocolates and the gorgeous programs and calligraphy are La Happy.
Major thanks are due to my wonderful team on this particular wedding. A woman down due to illness, terrible game day traffic, unexpected hot weather and floating flower mechanics made the setup on this a little more hectic than I had anticipated and still we got everything done with time to spare and calm demeanors all around.
I fell in love with these chair covers but they weren’t in the budget for the entire head table so I ordered them as a surprise for the bride and groom. Thank you to Melanie Benson for sharing her source on these beauties!
Over the past couple of weeks I’ve been waking up to the sound of the fog horns echoing in the distance and a serious chill in the air. Summer in the Northwest is no doubt a magical season but for all the wedding folks, Autumn heralds the end of our wedding season and for a few short weeks, a well deserved rest. Since our last wedding a week ago, I have been cleaning up the studio, meeting with 2014 clients, planning for upcoming commercial shoots, bugging all my photographer friends for wedding images, and catching up with the friends I barely saw in the craziness of the last few months. On Monday, photographer Stephanie Cristalli and I took off for the country to visit my very first pumpkin patch (at age 31 no less) to pick out some heirloom pumpkins and make some pretty pictures.
When my friend Ryan Flynn told me he was planning something pretty special for the engagement shoot of Emilee and Taylor, I was more than happy to lend a hand with a seasonal bouquet of hellebore and lilacs for Emilee and a gilded headband. I am blown away by the creativity of this couple (Emilee’s outfit changes are one example) and Ryan in picking the most amazing locations for this Eastern WA film shoot. You can see more images and costume changes on Green Wedding Shoes…
Gwyn and John’s Gatsby inspired wedding was a labor of love for a large team of Seattle wedding vendors. I started working on the design of their wedding a full 18 months prior to the big day last September. The bride and groom wanted to celebrate the Pacific Northwest island location but still give guests the feeling of being inside a 1920’s ballroom. We set up three separate tents for the ceremony, cocktail reception and dinner reception each decorated in a different but coordinated fashion.
For the ceremony, antique English iron gates backing onto the Puget Sound were draped with antique hydrangea, hops, stock and quicksand roses while guests walked an aisle filled with plums, garden roses and herbs. We worked with Sally Balt at la Happy to create a custom “kissing tree” die cut motif for the invitations and programs in an elegant eggplant and cream package. In the cocktail tent we set up two soft seating areas of vintage sofas and coffee tables decorated with flowers in McCoy pottery and candles on vintage silver trays. An antique typewriter on a blue desk invited guests to leave messages for the couple while an antique sideboard displayed skeleton keys with hand lettered key fobs to direct guests to their seats.
Moving into the reception tent guests were greeted by long banquet tables covered in taupe and purple linens, silver candelabras and lush floral arrangements in silver urns. These were offset by square tables with towering glass vases topped with large arrangements of dahlias, phalaenopsis orchids, blackberries and garden roses. The bride collected antique silver pieces on Ebay and made candles for each one that guests were invited to take with them as favors.
Glass chandeliers provided the lighting while the back wall of the tent was draped in custom burlap panels and hung with vintage mirrors reflecting the Puget Sound and Seattle across the water. We decorated custom cedar bars with antique liquor bottles and offered micro brewed NW beers while guests reclined on more Gatsby style soft seating and a wedding painter documented the scene.
Photography by Sean Flanigan
Location: Country Club of Seattle on Bainbridge Island
Event Design and Floral: Finch & Thistle Event Design
Event Planning: Eventwise
Stationery, Calligraphy and Invitations: la Happy
Hair and Makeup: Erin Skipley
Bride’s Dress: Modern Trousseau
Bridesmaid Dresses: J.Crew
Suits: J Hilburn
Favors: handmade candles in vintage silver pieces
Desserts: coconut cake and pies by North Hill Bakery
Catering: Herban Feast
Vintage Furniture and Prop Rentals: Vintage Ambiance
Custom Cedar Bars and Burlap Draping: Prop Gallery
Tent and furniture rentals: AA Party
Seattle is well known for its unofficial dress code – jeans and fleece. You could pretty much wear that combination to any restaurant in the city and no one would blink an eye. I’ve even worked weddings where a guest or two will show up in jeans! Now don’t get me wrong, I love living in Seattle and I appreciate the fact that I don’t have to get too dressed up to go out, but this real flower necklace I made for a shoot earlier this spring could just about make me wish for my black tie Symphony gala days…or at least a fancy cocktail party.
Last month I attended the Flowerwild Workshop at Mayacamas Ranch in Calistoga. To spend three days in the company of designers from around the country (and world as two attendees were from Ireland) in such a beautiful setting with such a lovely teacher was a dream. Then to top it off, Jose Villa photographed our work. I have so many pictures to share but I’m right in the middle of updating my new website on top of working on all our summer weddings and events, so for now, enjoy this small glimpse into that lovely week and stay tuned for Jose’s images in a few weeks.