March 21, 2012

This surely was a fun, vibrant, and super elegant summer wedding! I loved working with Lindsey and Matt to create a colorful, bright atmosphere for their wedding day. And I can’t think of a more cheerful color scheme than tangerine mixed with raspberry and chartreuse green. I love, love this color combination!
Lindsey and Matt tied the knot last August at Newcastle Golf Club – it was a warm summer day with a perfect deep blue sky.

For Lindsey’s bouquet we combined tangerine and raspberry roses, calla lilies, and chartreuse cymbidium orchids to create a clean round hand-tied bouquet
Annie G Photography captured the day and recently sent me these truly beautiful images
For the ceremony in the Prestwick Tent we created a natural garden-type arch interwoven with greens, branches and bright clusters of flowers
It was the aisle with its large designs of orange, tangerine, raspberry, and pink tones that tied it together and transformed the otherwise all white tent into a lush, brightly colored garden setting
Love this image of the flower girls and ring bearer!
The happy couple …
 … as newly-weds!!!
The black reception table linens made the color of the flowers pop even more! The ceremony flowers were reused on the guest tables on top of tall glass vases – creating a super-elegant atmosphere for the reception in the ballroom.
We designed 3 different table centerpiece styles for the reception – the variation in height and style creates visual interest. The tall arrangements also created focal points in the large ballroom.
The bridal bouquets were reused as decor for the long head table – combined with lots of candles and votives it makes for a beautiful display!
Finally, there is also a beautiful video of their wedding day by Good Times Production – enjoy!!

Matt n’ Lindsey | 8.20.2011 from Good Times Productions on Vimeo.


The list of fabulous vendors contributing to this wedding:
Ceremony and Reception Venue – Newcastle Golf Club
Photography – Annie G Photography
Chair Rental – Pedersen’s Party Rental
Entertainment – Michael Benson Band 
Aisle Runner – Choice Linens

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February 22, 2012

It was our pleasure to be part of this beautiful commitment ceremony of Sarah & Lindsey. They tied the knot in the midst of family and loved ones at Georgetown Ballroom last November and was flawlessly coordinated by Katy with Vows Wedding & Event Planning, who happens to be Sarah’s sister 🙂
There is no better or more exiting time to blog about this lovely ceremony than right now – when the governor of Washington just signed gay marriage into law! Exciting times indeed!

Thank you Redstone Pictures for these wonderful images!!
It was so much fun working with two beautiful brides and designing two slightly different bridal bouquets – in glowing fall colors and shades of orange, gold, and red with touches of chocolate. So rich and warm!
Aren’t these just the most gorgeous shots of Sarah and Lindsey!!
 We used roses, calla lilies, dahlias, orchids, and fern curls for the bouquets, boutonnieres, and corsages …
 … and the combination of colors created such a yummy palette – perfect for a fall wedding!
 For the ceremony we designed tow tall trees blooming with orange and red orchids, adorned with hanging votive candles and beautifully illuminated by vase up-lights (provided by Greenlight Event Design)
The reception ballroom was glowing with wall up-lights, a custom gobo light, and countless candles, lanterns, and hanging votive candles – it created such a romantic atmosphere! The table decoration included tall blooming trees, lanterns, and thick clusters of flower heads and rose petals in reds and oranges.
It was the perfect setting for a warm fall wedding!
The fabulous set of vendors:
Photography: Redstone Pictures
Chairs and Linens: Pedersen’s Event Rentals

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January 20, 2012

This wedding is dear to my heart – a wonderful bride and groom, a gorgeous setting for the ceremony, a romantic and intimate style for the reception. We only had a few weeks to plan and execute this wedding but working with the delightful bride Robin and the fabulous team at True Colors Events made this all just an easy and wonderful project for us!
The wedding took place at the clients’ beautiful residence on Mercer Island – a gorgeous setting to host a wonderful outdoor party like theirs. The fabulous images below from Bradley Hanson illustrate the stunning surrounding beautifully.
It was all the little details that were tended to that made this wedding such a memorable event!

Robin liked a trailing design for her bouquet in burgundy, peach, chocolate and accents of ivory colors.
 We used lush garden roses, wildcat orchids, chocolate dahlias, sedums and hydrangea to create a sumptuous bouquet in a yummy color palette – so rich with lots of texture!
 Details – Details: the color of the orchid in the groom’s boutonniere matched the tie color perfectly!

And more details: the layered, gathered silk style of the bride’s dress was repeated in the bouquet wrap ..

 Loved the bride in her breath-taking Luly Yang gown – just stunning!!
 The ceremony! Oh, the ceremony! The gorgeously landscaped setting in the back yard made this one of the most beautiful natural ceremony settings I have ever seen. The terraced area with a planted stone wall, the view of Lake Washington, and the surrounding Northwest greenery created a perfect backdrop. No further decor was needed – even the clear acrylic chairs used for the ceremony couldn’t take away from the natural beauty of the setting!
The reception was super-stylish and expressed the couple’s exquisite taste throughout. We rented a clear canopy tent for their large patio and added crystal ceiling chandeliers and champagne colored silk drapes to enhance the ambiance for the evening.
 Lush centerpieces of garden roses, sedums, hydrangea, fern curls, and dahlias decorated the dinner tables. And of course paired with lots of votive candles for romantic candle light …
A gorgeous focal point of the reception area was a large planting bed totally covered in rose petals! Groupings of hurricane candles added a warm light to the area.
The cocktail patio overlooking Lake Washington …
… featuring a large acrylic bowl with floating candles and floating blooms.
Large vases with submerged orchids were lining the entry area.
 Thank you Brad for the gorgeous images!
And finally, here is a wonderful video by cabfare productions capturing the day!!

Robin + Dennis: Love Under the Trees from cabfare productions on Vimeo.

The fabulous list of vendors:
Coordination – Jesse Brix with True Colors Events
Photography – Bradley Hanson
Videography – cabfare productions
Chair Rental – Pedersen’s Event Rental
Tent and Furniture Rental – AA Party Rental
Linens – BBJ Linens

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July 26, 2011

I can’t believe it’s been almost a month since my last blog post – it must be the season… Yes, it’s busy wedding season but I just can not wait to blog about this beautiful wedding we worked on last month and to share the absolutely gorgeous pictures I just received from Stephanie Cristalli.

The lovely couple Gayle and John chose two of the grandest wedding venues in town – for their ceremony St. Mark’s Cathedral and their reception the historic Great Hall at Union Station. I had never worked at Union Station and must say – it is now one of my favorites in town. You will see why below.
I just loved this wedding! Everything from their soft color palette of peaches, creams, and light greens mixed with accents of gold, the bride’s gorgeous dress, the grand atmosphere at Union Station, elegant rentals, … – everything perfectly coordinated by the always fabulous team at True Colors.

As you can see below I had the hardest time limiting the selection of pictures to show here – there are so many beautiful detail shots that I just need to splurge … 😉

Gayle and John started their day at the Fairmont Hotel …

… the weather started out so typical for this summer – a little drizzle – but that just offered the opportunity for a fun shoot in the rain under the umbrella.
Gayle’s bouquet in mostly creams included just a few accents of peach
The magnificent St. Marks’ Cathedral!

For the altar area we designed a grand focal point featuring peonies, calla lilies, trailing amaranthus, and tall eremurus.

The Great Hall at Union Station offers a grandiose space for an elegant reception – tall ceilings, white marble walls, with a touch of historic luxury.

The grand entrance area, draped in ivory sheer (not visible here), included a long escort card table with a rose bud vase for each guest, and a cocktail lounge area featuring white leather sofas, a fun photo booth, and several bars.

The cocktail area was separated from the reception area with a natural “hedge” of tall willow trees blooming with orchids and peonies – a great solution if a large space needs to be divided into two areas.

The reception guest tables were decorated with various centerpiece styles – the focal point being 10 super-tall arrangements featuring mixed floral with beautiful large local peonies, tall willow branches, trailing amaranthus, and tall vases with submerged orchids.

Other tables featured either low mixed designs of hydrangea, roses, peonies, or simply bowls with floating blooms and floating candles.

The fabulous set of vendors:
Overall Planning and Coordination – Travis McBurney with True Colors Events
Photography – Stephanie Cristalli
Ceremony – St. Mark’s Cathedral
Reception – Great Hall at Union Station
Chair, Linens, and Chargers – Pedersen’s Party Rentals
Invitations and Stationary –  Paper Passionista

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February 8, 2011

I am still quite excited about the wedding I am blogging about today – I have very fond memories of the bride, the bride’s mom, the groom’s family, a fantastic Northwest setting, and a fabulous set of vendors. It is the wedding of super-sweet Amanda and Justin who got married at Suncadia Resort last August. And … I just love the photographs of their wedding day by one of my Seattle favorites – Stephanie Cristalli.

Since Amanda lived in California at the time, I first met her mom for an initial consultation. Not much was planned at that point, but I understood their general vision, and we had a lot of fun tackling some ideas and design concepts. I loved this project right from the start. And a year and several meetings later, the wedding day turned out to be spectacular!

Their beautiful venue set the underlying tone for the whole wedding day: Suncadia Resort in a gorgeous Northwest setting. We created an event focusing on ferns, garden roses, birch and lichen branches, rocks, mosses, and other lush Northwest greens.

Amanda wanted a not too tailored look for her and her brides maids’ bouquets, so we combined soft pink and peach garden roses, ranunculus, and various ferns for an organic feel and natural look.

For the flower girl and ring bearer we created a basket and pillow completely wrapped in moss and accented with ferns and berries – so precious!

Wow, what a gorgeous setting for Amanda and Justin’s ceremony in a park by a small lake surrounded by tall conifers and mountains in the back ground.

The wooden wedding arch was embellished with simply a few lush clusters of roses, dahlias, hydrangea, ferns, and amaranth.

Aisle entry arrangements like this one – matching the overall design and color scheme – is a great idea to tie together the whole ceremony setting.

For the reception in the Suncadia main ballroom we created a beautifully elegant Northwest atmosphere – each decor element carefully chosen to go with the lush theme. Walnut brown Chiavari chairs, burlap linens, rattan charger plates, tall ‘blooming’ birch trees along the perimeter of the room, and a mix of tall lush floral center pieces, and tall hurricane candles made a perfect match.

It was the lighting installation that added a big wow-factor after sunset. The crew and Suncadia installed up-lighting against the walls and pin-spot lights from the ceiling to illuminate the focal points in the room. Simply gorgeous!!

And here the great team of vendors who made this beautiful wedding happen:
Ceremony and Reception Venue – Suncadia Resort
Wedding Coordinator – Janel Schlitt with Occasions
Photography – Stephanie Cristalli
Chair Rental – Pedersen’s Party Rentals
Burlap Linens – Mosaic Linens
Charger Plates – Choice Linens

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January 10, 2011

I loved Kristi right from the start: her simple elegance, her natural beauty and down-to-earth character, her sweetness, and kindness … The day she walked into our studio to tell me more about her wedding plans she did not yet have a clear vision, but together we came up with a decor plan that completely embodied the couple’s style and personality.
Kristi and Tim got married last July at the Villa Academy chapel with the reception following at the Arctic Club Hotel in downtown Seattle. With both venues of a more traditional and vintage style, we wanted the decor to compliment the existing feel and style of those spaces: “simple vintage elegance!”

For Kristi’s bouquet I used romantic ‘old’ vintage flowers: David Austin garden roses, lisianthus, hydrangea, Queen Anne’s lace, Dusty Miller foliage – such a romantic mix!

Kristi liked the idea of using different flowers for each of her 4 brides maids: we incorporated roses in peach, cream, dusty rose, and white lisianthus.

These photos of the ring bearers and the flower girl are just too adorable!

To the pews at the Villa Academy chapel we attached clusters of hydrangea, garden roses, andastilbe – and connected the pews with long panels of cream silk organza. The altar was simply decorated with tall silver candelabras.

For the reception at the beautiful Dome Room at the Arctic Club Hotel each of the 16 guest tables was decorated slightly differently: each in the style of ‘simple elegance’, they featured various vintage vessels, candle holders, silver mint julep cups, and glass vases of different height and shape and each filled with different floral elements. Here we used pinkastilbe in a silver julep cup.

The blend of different old-world flowers and vintage vessels combined with lots of candles made this a very romantic design.

Whiteastilbe in a silver bud vase

The beautiful 4-tiered cake was embellished with lots of roses, hydrangea, Queen Anne’s lace, andranunculus – stunning!

The fabulous team of vendors:
Wedding Ceremony – Villa Academy Chapel
Wedding Reception – Arctic Club Hotel
Wedding Coordinator – Wendi with Ethereal Events
Photography – Azzura Photography
Thank you Ken and Tania for providing these gorgeous images!!

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