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Romantic Tuscan Inspired At-Home Wedding

I have known this bride for many years. I used to work with her catering company during my time at the Symphony and I have always admired her success as an entrepreneur and businesswoman. So when she called to tell me she was getting married and wanted me to both plan and design it, I was thrilled. The only downside – she and her fiance wanted to get married within six weeks and on a date when we were already booked.  A few calls were made, a few strings were pulled and the date was changed. The planning began…

The lovely couple’s wedding took place in the garden and inside their Bainbridge Island home. It was a second marriage for both the bride and groom so they wanted a beautiful, sophisticated affair but without a lot of the usual wedding traditions – no cake, no first dance, no speeches. Seattle based wedding photographer Julie Harmsen took all of these beautiful pictures which were featured in the Summer/Fall 2013 issue of Seattle Bride.

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We decided on a Tuscan theme with an olive branch monogram that I worked with Sally Balt at LaHappy to design and I then used fresh olive and Italian herbs in all of the floral arrangements.

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We styled a cigar and whiskey bar as a surprise for the groom and used the home’s existing English pub (!) for one of the two bars. After a traditional Italian meal provided by Gourmondo there was a dessert buffet of cannolis and miniature tiramisu and guests were invited to take home bouquets of flowers in vintage olive oil cans from the Bainbridge Farmers Market.

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6 Responses to Romantic Tuscan Inspired At-Home Wedding

  1. Jenny Wohrle says:

    Beautiful arrangements, Rachel! Love all the photos too :)

  2. Beckie McCann says:

    Such a wonderful atmosphere! It is how I would do it if I could ‘redo’ my own wedding. Great job Rachel!

  3. Edwina says:

    Gorgeous!!

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