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Jennifer and Jerry’s wedding design was inspired by the bride’s absolutely stunning blush pink Luly Yang gown. Jennifer wanted pink flowers but she wanted an edgier, more urban look to match the wedding venue – Tom Douglas’ Palace Ballroom.

Finch & Thistle Palace Ballroom wedding

Jennifer and Jerry’s photographer, Barbara Kinney, is a Seattle based photographer who was the official photographer for the Clinton Administration White House and Hilary Clinton’s presidential campaign.

pink and grey bridal bouquet

I decided to contrast the various pink tones with grey, red and a deep chocolate and keep the look very textured with stem upon stem of garden roses, grey berzilia, koko puff dahlias and red sedum.  Dark plum and brown flowers and foliage (chocolate dahlias, nine bark and smoke bush) helped give the arrangements contrast against the blush pink linens and tied in the reception to the ceremony’s dark chiviari chairs.

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pink and brown centerpieces

pink vintage centerpiece

sweet little flower girls

brown, red and pink bridesmaid bouquetspink and brown chair posyA cupboard and chandelier from Vintage Ambiance was used first as the “altar” and then as the backdrop for the stunning cake table by The People’s Cake.

vintage cupboard altar

I absolutely adore these garden roses. So beautiful and they also have an amazing scent. They provide a lovely ruffled look like a peony when peonies aren’t in season (and are as pricey as peonies, but worth every penny).

pink wedding vintage

Kelsey from Sugarcomb Event Design put together this fabulous escort card display using a wine barrel from Jennifer and Jerry’s winery, Guardian Cellars, with a monogram mimicking the wedding invitation.

creative escort card displayIt’s rare that I attend a cake tasting, but Jennifer invited me to come along and share with Kaysie of The People’s Cake the actual colors and flowers that I would be using for the arrangements.

pink and rose gold wedding cakes

So thrilled to see Abbie and Matt’s gorgeous Golden Gardens wedding featured on Style Me Pretty today! You may remember some of the images by Nickel Images that I shared a few weeks back, but check out the article for even more beautiful photos and all the details from Abbie.

Real Seattle wedding by Finh & Thistle

Abbie and Matt’s June wedding at Golden Gardens has to be my favorite wedding to date. Abbie was a dream client – a bride with vision on a mission to craft every element of her big day who loved every idea I dreamed up. I loved the location – Golden Garden’s Bathhouse, I loved the catering plan – Taco truck and Molly Moon’s ice cream, and I loved the high style, low budget vintage travel theme. An all around love-fest. Very fitting seeing as Abbie told me afterwards that someone told her the reception decor could be summed up in one word – “love.”

After months of planning, designing, cutting out tiny felt mustaches (Abbie), and growing (I let my catmint grow rampant in preparation for this wedding), Julie and I arrived to set up around noon and were met with bags and bags of paper pom-poms, paper place mats, shells and vintage bottles. Then I got to roam free, setting up all the prop displays and floral arrangements, hanging ribbon and pom-poms and decorating to my heart’s desire. Did I not say it was a dream wedding?

I really struggled to narrow down the images I wanted to share. I took so many pictures and then I saw the gorgeous images from Nickel Images and just went a bit wild. Definitely check out the Nickels’ blog for more details (a two part post!) of the day and some words from Abbie about her inspiration. There’s a story for every prop display…

{All images courtesy of Nickel Images unless otherwise credited}

The bride and bridesmaids wore silver sparkly Toms!

Photography: Finch & Thistle (except top image)

Photography: Finch & Thistle

Photography: Finch & Thistle

Images 2,6,7 Finch & Thistle

 

I think Tess would agree with me that she and Ryan chose the perfect time of year to get married – peony season! We share a love of the fluffy, fragrant beauties and I was keeping my fingers crossed for a lull in the rain and some sunny weather so I could use them in their wedding flowers. No such luck on the rain, or the sun, but fortunately Eastern Washington has a different climate altogether from the Puget Sound and a few stems started making their way westward so I was able to use them sparingly in the bouquets and centerpieces. I’ve already shared one of the church arrangements here but here are a few more images courtesy of the fabulous Angela and Evan Photography

Tess’ bouquet was mainly comprised of white peonies. I wrapped the stems in lace and tied Tess’ parents wedding rings onto it as a sweet reminder of her late father. It looked so pretty against her simple, strapless wedding dress!

The bridesmaids bouquets were pink and green with tones ranging from blush to magenta. The groomsmen’s bouts had pink dogwood and scabiosa pods with the groom’s made up of two white and pink cymbidium orchids to match the bride’s hair piece.

The Rainforest Pavilion at Woodland Park Zoo was hung with pink and green lanterns and lengths of ivory fabric to mark the dance floor. The tables were covered in navy blue satin tablecloths, blush pink napkins and gold chargers. I wanted to keep the centerpieces  loose and romantic so I filled footed silver bowls with peonies, scabiosa, queen anne’s lace, freesia and roses. They smelled amazing and the silver bowls reflected the light from the pink Glassybaby votives.

Tess and I had our first meeting at Top Pot donuts and when she confessed that she had a weakness for the sweet treats and was looking for something fun to serve later in the evening, donuts seemed an obvious choice. I love the mini cartons of milk she added. So cute!

milk and donuts wedding favors

And so where does the peacock come in? Well, just as we finished setting up the reception space, it started to rain. No light NW misting either, think absolute torrential downpour. As I was running to my car, encumbered by boxes and buckets, I noticed this flash of green and blue to my right and low and behold the zoo’s resident peacock was racing along beside me, apparently also seeking shelter in my open car trunk. I don’t know which of us was more surprised! Fortunately, I out-ran him and slammed the door shut before he could jump in and after some angry squawking he swooped around and headed back towards the zoo.  Imagine if I had driven home with a peacock in the back of my car? I’m not sure how I would have explained that one to the zookeepers…!

I worked with Laura and Majid for a full year on the design of their wedding, so as you can imagine the style and palette changed a bit here and there but the final result was well worth the extra work. I loved the unusual plum and marigold color palette from the start – such a fun and vibrant look – but Laura wanted a vintage twist so we settled for blush pink and grey accents to tone things down.

Plum and Marigold weddingThe Edgewater is a great venue – stunning location with gorgeous crystal chandeliers contrasting with a modern wood paneled ceiling – and their staff is super helpful. As I was setting up, the room was so warm that the tulips and dogwood was starting to wilt – a florist’s nightmare! The banquet manager kindly turned on the AC for me and everything perked back up. Phew!

These pictures are all by the talented Angela and Evan Carlyle.

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I almost always forget to photograph the boutonnieres and corsages for weddings but I just found these little dogwood and scabiosa lovelies on my camera and had to share.

dogwood and scabiosa corsage with lace

Last Weekend

It’s getting very busy around here and I’ve been neglecting the blog, but here’s a quick snapshot from last weekend’s wedding. Churches are not always my favorite venues to decorate but there’s no denying how stunning this one is with the sun streaming through those windows…

pink, green and white tall centerpiece

I got pretty caught up in all the Royal Wedding coverage last week, in part due to the fact that I was working on the design of a Royal Wedding Viewing Brunch for Seattle Metropolitan Bride and Groom magazine. Working with Seattle Met B&G editor Laura Cassidy and publisher Nicole Vogel, we devised a plan to turn Nicole’s gorgeous new South Lake Union condo into an English tea party for the day.

Lisa Dupar catered with inventive tea sandwiches (mint and cucumber!), blood orange mimosas, pots and pots of tea, and at my request, Wills and Kate cookies and Union Jack shortbread. I used vintage tea tins, teapots and apothecary jars to display the candy buffet and decorated the space with stacks of teacups, postcards from Charles and Diana’s wedding and antique fairy tale books.  Guests arrived in elaborate hats and fascinators and had their picture taken with Wills and Kate in the photo booth. King Arthur even made an appearance!

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they’d look something like this…

Flowers for Royal Wedding

Royal Wedding Countdown

For my birthday last week, my grandmother sent me a thick packet of clippings about the fast approaching Royal Wedding. The British press has (per usual) whipped itself up into a frenzy over the day and I think my grandmother assumes we are starved for information about William and Kate on this side of the pond when in truth, the entire world seems to be equally fascinated. So now I have the Daily Mail’s recipe for Will and Kate’s Chocolate Biscuit Cake (sounds delish actually), a string of reports on the Princess-to-be’s proclivity for high street brands and pages of speculation from various Royal watchers about the details of the big day.

While I’m sure the biggest attraction of the wedding to the majority of the British public is the extra four day Bank holiday weekend (closely following their four days holiday for Easter this weekend – tough hmmm?), there is a mounting excitement to see what kind of show the Royal family will put on and I am quite keen to see the details myself. I’ve noticed an increasing number of Royal Wedding inspiration shoots around the blogosphere and in honor of the big day and as a nod to my British passport, I’m going to post my favorites over the next week.

Let Them Eat Cake!

The Caketress (as Lori Hutchinson is known in Toronto) has to be one of the most talented bakers EVER. Seriously. Check out this cake she designed for Wed Luxe magazine before William and Kate announced their engagement.

Royal Wedding Cake Gold and Sapphire BlueAnd then here are a few more examples of her work that would most definitely be fit for a princess…

Royal Wedding Cake blue navy gold white

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