Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Wedding Venue {Inn at Langley}

My oh my, what a treat to spend a night at Whidbey Island's famous Inn at Langley this past weekend! One of a few wedding planners and designers invited up to experience all that they have to offer, I was more than happy to hop a ferry and spend a relaxing Sunday and Monday at this artistic haven.

Although my photos are by no means professional, I hope to capture some of the spirit of what this venue has to offer. It is for the "outside the box" bride - it offers endless possiblities with the indoor spaces of the Chef's Kitchen, a Conference room, and the Master Suites. The outdoor spaces are seemingly endless, including the Herb Garden with geometrically groomed hedges and lush fresh herbs, and the Cottage Garden, an English secret garden-like setting.

On the waterfront you can utilize the rocky NW beach at low tide, or the meandering boardwalk dock complete with a fire pit for roasting s'mores after sunset. The Master Suite even has a cocktail hour sized deck that would be great for a rehearsal dinner or morning after brunch. As we walked around we all came up with ideas of how to tent here, drape there and truly create some amazing wedding spaces at this awesome venue.

Now on to the food...I must share. Our 7 course meal...yes, that's 7 courses, started off with an introduction by Chef Matt Costello. This made the appreciation of the meal so, so much more as we all could appreciate the art and thought that went into each course. Even thought it was so, so lovely and dim in the restaurant, I'm still sharing my photos because...I want to!

Menu 05.23.10

Amuse Bouche: sweet hazelnut macaroon of foie gras
Seafood: slow roasted alaskan king salmon with artichoke and brown butter
Pasta: asparagus with summer black truffle and chive
Intermezzo: cucumber and lychee cooler
Entree: anderson ranch lamb loin inspired by the saratoga woods
Cheese: whipped mt. townsend camembert with rhybarb and roses
Dessert: strawberry, coconut, white chocolate and mint

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Seattle Wedding {Becky & Deric} 02.13.10

One look at this fun-loving couple and you can't help but smile! I hit it off with Becky instantly last summer when we met - and knew I had made the cut when I was asked to be photographed with Becky and her MOH at the end of our first meeting :) Deric is the calm and collected balance to Becky's whirl of energy - they just make the PERFECT couple!

Margaret Dybash of Poppy Artistry at work doing the bridal makeup - what gorgeous lighting here - and a gorgeous bride to work on!

This photo may be one of my favorite wedding dress photos EVER. I love the texture, the shape, the makes me swoon! Major props to Kate McElwee, the amazing photographer, for accomplishing this because I have seen my fair share of wedding dress pictures.

Becky and Deric got ready at the new and wonderful Hyatt at Olive 8 downtown, which makes for some great photo ops. The flowers were done by my good friend and wonderful artisan, Susan Snyder of S*Scents Design. I do believe that this was some of her finest work to date...

The wedding ceremony was held at the stunning Holy Names Academy Chapel. Not much is needed here for decor, so some simple flower-wired branches were just added to draw the attention down the aisle towards the altar.

The reception was held at Pravda Studios on Capital Hill, which is always a wonderful "blank slate" venue to work with. Here, we really wanted to work with color - deep purples, reds and oranges - without making it feel like you were in a club. Three different types of centerpieces helped create interest in the space, and a separate lounge area was used for people to relax and chat away from the buzz of the dance floor and dinner area.

There seemed to be a theme going on, whether Becky knew it or not, that leaned a bit towards a subtle "Moulin Rouge". After I saw the wonderful and unique invitations she had selected from Oh So Suite on Etsy, I knew that we had to incorporate some feathers and sparkle in her other decor to pull this look together!

Choice Linens had the perfect combination of colors for the under- and over-lays on all of the tables...a punch of color but still subtle and sheer enough with a slight sparkle to them.

What Seattle reception is complete without crab cakes? The delicious food and lovely dessert display were courtesy of the catering team at Ravishing Radish, with the centerpiece cake being done by none other than the mother of the groom! I thought it was just the sweetest little cake ever!!

None other than the Michael Benson Band brought the whole party to it's peak with their music - he also made sure to follow up with Becky afterward to let her know that it was one of this TOP weddings EVER!!

Needless to say, it was a super-fun evening for everyone - complete with a non-stop crazy photo booth AND a late-night hot dog stand from Dante's Inferno Dogs - love his cream cheese gun!!

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Unique Save-The-Date

When I received this Save-The-Date from a client, I just HAD to put it on my blog! This is a perfect example of how creative and beautiful you can be with your own save-the-dates.

This rad couple, Jamie and Jared, are getting married at the Olympic Sculpture Park in Seattle. They loved this venue for how raw and edgy and artsy it is, but also for how it showcased many of the wonderful quintessential "Seattle" elements they wanted to feature in their wedding.

They took photographs of different views of Seattle - all from the Sculpture Park - and made a beautiful collage printed on a wonderful metallic photo paper. The whole thing is finished off by a simple and perfect quote. Love it, love it, love everything about it you guys!!

"The idea of waiting for something makes it more exciting." - Andy Warhol

Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Mood Board: {Crystal Elegance} 08.29.09

This sumptuous wedding began with a simple idea: to take the bride’s lifelong collection of Swarovski Crystal and bring that to life in her wedding in a tasteful and elegant way. Gold, cream and touches of magenta made up the color scheme that was carried throughout from the first touch that the guests saw: The Save the Date cards. Using the Swarovski Crystal in places from the Bridal Gown and Flower Girl Tiara to the luxurious invitation and each and every escort card created a high-end look that was meaningful to the bride. Crystal bobeche strands dangled from the center of the table vases and a final touch of California Crystals in the hundreds of votive holders completed the look.

It was the above-and-beyond touches that made this event innovative and one to remember. Creating a theme off of something so close to the bride’s heart made it special in a way that the guests recognized. Custom lighting was designed with amber patterns projected onto the ceiling, forty custom-matched magenta up-lights throughout the room and a custom logo BOGO projected onto the dance floor. The children were treated to a custom-designed arts and crafts themed room complete with a kid’s buffet, movies, activities, nannies and an ice cream sundae bar that made even the adults jealous!