Published: Design*Sponge Styled Engagement Shoot

Welcome Design*Sponge readers! Thanks for stopping by to take in some more details from the engagement shoot that is featured on my favorite design blog today. What a fun shoot! I worked with some of my favorite Seattle wedding pros and even a past client of mine (more on that later)…

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It all started (as they often do) with a Pinterest board which you can see here. I picked my favorite colors and my favorite flowers and one of my favorite restaurants and worked from there. I called up my friend Sally who happens to be the creative dynamo behind Seattle based design firm LaHappy and enticed her into designing an invitation suite. She, of course, killed it. I mean, seriously, gold sparkly paper? Beautiful calligraphy in NEON pink? A vintage floral illustration envelope liner. Swoon.

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Then we needed a photographer and I turned to another lovely friend, Chantal Andrea. Chantal has an incredible eye and her stunning portraits and moody journalistic style was ideal for the bohemian look of the engagement shoot. The team was almost complete. Almost.

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Then there were the flowers. I’m obsessed with garden roses and jasmine so those were a given. Then I got incredibly lucky and scored some green centered ranunculus at the market. I’d seen them before on the cover of Martha Stewart Weddings but never in person and they were just gorgeous. Beautiful colors and frilly petals and wonderful black centers. Wow. So I spray painted some vintage vases and mason jars gold and got to work.

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This shoot was filled with DIY projects of which the fabric tassels and the crepe paper chandelier were my favorites. I found the tutorial for the fabric tassels on Pinterest (and my advice is to save yourself hours by buying a rotary cutter for $20) and talked my husband into helping me twist the crepe paper garlands while he watched ESPN one evening. I loved how they looked hanging from the restaurant’s wrought iron chandelier.

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seattle engagement party design sponge Seattle Vendor Credits -
Photography: Chantal Andrea Photography
Floral, Prop Styling and Event Design: Finch & Thistle Event Design
Stationery: LaHappy
Desserts: Kerissa Bakes
Venue: Via Tribunali Georgetown

12 Responses to Published: Design*Sponge Styled Engagement Shoot

  1. Katherine Price says:

    This shoot is absolutely stunning! I love the bright colors and all the romantic flowers. The cake is divine and I’m going to copy the chandelier for a bridal shower next month. You are inspiring!

  2. Joan says:

    Beautiful work as always, Rachel! Can’t wait to work with you soon!

  3. Mary Lou M says:

    I love the bright colors. Everyone is doing boring white weddings this spring around here (Georgia) and I am dying to use some color! Your flowers are beautiful. I will be following your blog for inspiration.

  4. Allison says:

    The chandelier is stunning! Can you post DIY instructions??? Or will you be selling them on Etsy or something?

  5. Jennifer Statzen says:

    I am in love!!!!!!!!

  6. Josh says:

    I found your website through design sponge. So many wonderful ideas and your flowers are fantastic. Great work!

  7. kate says:

    truly amazing! i love every single detail…makes me want to have a party!

  8. Jen says:

    Gorgeous & perfect.

  9. Absolutely stunning! Great work with an amazing team. Congrats on the Design Sponge feature as well!!!

  10. Karen Callahan says:

    Beautiful work and congratulations on the Design Sponge feature! That is a BIG deal ladies!

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