My friend Sally of La Happy loves all things pink and so that was a good starting point for the event design. Her idea to add a modern black and white runner was a great way to add contrast to what could otherwise have been over-the-top girly. We wanted the evening to be fun and low-key but also styled to coordinate with her gorgeous hand lettered invitation.
To fill out the long table, I chose to create a single large focal arrangement and several smaller bud vase style pieces with a slightly larger grouping of blush and rose pink garden roses at one end to add visual interest and some whimsy. I used garden roses and cafe au lait dahlias as the main components in the gold urn centerpiece with gorgeous peachy-blush garden spray roses and accents of pieris and berries. I used fresh hops to provide a gorgeous scent as well as movement to the arrangement.
We contrasted a mix of more traditional brass candlesticks with bright pink and blush taper candles and intermixed clear glass ghost tapers for a modern twist. We layered the black and white striped runner over a polka dot lace and mixed and matched different shades of pink napkins. Gold flatware and gold rimmed plates and glassware from AA Party Rentals added polish to the look.
Using an iron-on transfer, Sally hand lettered the guests’ names making the napkin both a personalized favor and a place card. We displayed the table numbers in gold flower frogs accented with a sweet pink rose.
Photography: O’Malley Photographers | Stationery + Calligraphy: La Happy | Florals, Event Design + Styling: Finch & Thistle Event Design | Rentals (flatware, glassware, silverware + chairs): AA Party Rentals | Letterpress Printing: Ilfant Press
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…
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.