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An Intimate Seattle Wedding with An Asian Flair

I loved this wedding – a sweet couple, a small and intimate (~30 guests) reception with many lovely details, and it took place at some special Seattle venues.
With Lele being Chinese, the color red of course was part of the color palette, especially at the reception. However, the ceremony had predominately decor in white and cream. I love the approach to play with different color schemes for ceremony and reception – it is unexpected and interesting.
The groom BJ, who works at a local software company, met Lele in 2008 on a business trip to Shanghai. They decided to get married in Seattle – making it a fun wedding destination for most of their out-of-town guests. And with the help of top-notch planner Lisa Chambers it ended up being such a memorable celebration! The day was beautifully captured by Bradley Hanson – wow, so many gorgeous images! You’ll notice that I had a hard time limiting the selection for this blog post …

Let’s first take a look at the bridal party flowers which consisted of white and cream roses, hydrangea, ranunculus, tulips and with accents of silver Dusty Miller and seeded eucalyptus
BJ’s boutonniere matching the style of Lele’s bouquet
I love the photo series of the couple with their attendants – so fun!
The ceremony took place at beautiful Magnolia United Church for which we designed large altar and aisle displays in whites and creams
The reception at Canlis Restaurant in Seattle – one of my favorite local venues for a smaller reception – incorporated red, champagne, with some black accents.Champagne satin linens, contemporary centerpieces in mainly reds, with red water goblets created a beautiful table top.
But it was the many fun stationary details, the food presentation, and place settings with Asian influence that completed the look and feel of the event!!
With Lele changing into a traditional Chinese silk gown it was a beautiful evening of cultural fusion in a premier local setting.
And here the complete list of fabulous vendors:
Planning and Coordination – Lisa Chambers and Co
Photography – Bradley Hanson
Reception – Canlis Restaurant
Linens – BBJ Linens
Water Goblets – Pedersen’s Party Rentals

Sophisticated Winter Wedding at Canlis

I loved this wedding! Classy in white and green, a contemporary feel, an intimate setting, a wonderful bride, a fabulous venue, …! I could keep going but I guess you get the sense of Megan and Wayne’s wedding at Canlis Restaurant in Seattle last February. Megan was a true pleasure to work with – so easy going, stylish, and fun! Just a wonderful person!
Megan had seen a design on the Flora Nova web site which she fell in love with. But we took that inspiration a step further and created something different, something fun, something very stylish for her wedding day.
The ceremony setup was contemporary, and had a classy and elegant feel. As you might know from previous blog entries, I am a big fan of multiple design elements for a ceremony area: and this time we used tall manzanita branches, mounds of hydrangea on top of tall white glass vases, trailing calla lilies, lots of hurricane and hanging votive candles, and lighting. The up lighting made it a dramatic composition! So striking against the dark evening sky.

For Megan’s bouquet we simply used three elements: cymbidium orchids, roses, and hydrangea in whites and greens.
The branches used for the ceremony “bloomed” with orchid blossoms and were adorned with crystal strands and hanging votive candles.

For the reception we created centerpieces in 2 different styles – one high up and one low – but each of the designs featured looped or trailing long-stemmed calla lilies – Megan’s favorite!



And here a couple more detail shots of the evening. It was an intimate, warm, and wonderful wedding day for just 50 guests.

Thank you Kristen Tourtillotte with Kristen Marie Photography for the beautiful, beautiful images!!

Stylish Winter Wedding at Canlis Restaurant

Today I am very excited to share pictures of a stylish winter wedding at Canlis Restaurant in Seattle. I recently received these gorgeous images from Laurel McConnell: I was so excited to finally get a chance to work together with this fun and talented Seattle photographer!
Brian and Elen got married at Canlis Restaurant in early January of this year. Canlis is THE Seattle venue for an intimate wedding, offering some of the best food and views the city has to offer.
Elen and Brian envisioned simple elegance for their wedding ceremony and reception and liked clean and modern designs in white and green with accents of silver and black (for those of you who know me, I am of course a big fan of classy, neutral color palettes!). Designing their long reception table was so much fun – but see for yourself – lots of detail shots below:

The Canlis Restaurant Penthouse at night with its fabulous views


For Elen we designed a modern bouquet in white with hydrangea, callas, and phaleanopsis orchids mixed with black and silver foliage


The ceremony featured 2 large trees blooming with orchids, brightly illuminated from below to give them a beautiful glow

We had a lot of fun designing several fun and modern floral pieces for the long reception guest table. Tall glass vases filled with white phaleanopsis orchids created beautiful focal points, mixed with several lower designs – all of a different look and feel – lining the table center creating a luxurious floral table runner.



We added fun and whimsical details into each of the designs, like wire-wrapped vases, wire spheres inside the vases, or small cubes clustered together containing single orchid blooms.





The team of vendors:
Wedding and Reception Venue: Canlis Restaurant in Seattle
Photography: Laurel McConnell Photography

Luna & Yanda :: Elegance in the Park

Luna contacted us on fairly short notice (relative speaking…). She was still living in Vancouver when she first emailed me, and moved to Seattle only a few weeks before her wedding day in June. Her sweet personality and really fun ideas for her wedding day made this project fun from the start.
The wedding ceremony was held at Queen Anne’s Parsons Gardens right off of Highland Drive – it was our first time there: a very idyllic beautiful little park overgrown with large rhododendron bushes (which were in full bloom on her wedding day – even in the colors of her wedding!).
The intimate reception for close family took place at Canlis Restaurant – we created a fun table scape featuring pink peonies (Luna’ favorite), wheat grass bowls with a few blooming branches, and lavender sprigs on each place setting.
The truly artistic and gorgeous photography is from one of Seattle’s finest: John & Joseph Photography.