With Halloween their favorite holiday, Lisa and Karen chose the night before Halloween for their intimate wedding celebration at Salish Lodge & Spa overlooking Snoqualmie Falls. Surrounded by twenty two of their nearest and dearest a magical fall evening was had. Romance, candlelight, lush fall floral and a sprinkle of “nerdiness” made for one beautiful evening. Tones of peach, blush, creams, soft orange and garden greenery filled the ceremony area on the outdoor terrace and inside on the u-shaped reception tables. Details captured by La Vie Photography.
Karen & Lisa both incorporated a feather from their bird Petrie as their something blue.
Petals to toss after they become Mrs & Mrs!
A trio of tray passed appetizers were enjoyed during cocktail hour. Fried chicken and waffles with bourbon bacon jam; white cheddar mac and cheese “arancini” and garlic crostinis with chèvre, roasted tomato and basil were enjoyed!
Place settings featured place cards tied onto mini white pumpkins, wood chargers with custom menus tucked into pocket folded napkins and favors of Salish Lodge Honey and custom coasters noting the brides wedding date.
Can we talk about the menu? Yum!
First Course: butternut squash and apple bisque served alongside bread from Essential Baking Company.
Second Course: mixed baby lettuces with shaved seasonal vegetables and a champagne vinaigrette.
Entree Courses: pan roasted chicken or cedar planked pacific northwest salmon or an eggplant cannelloni.
With the night still young, Lisa, Karen and their loved ones were off to Snoqualmie Casino for some post wedding fun and gambling!
“Thanks again for all your help. We really appreciate all you did for us. Very best, Lisa”
This February was bittersweet as we helped celebrate the life of a former Groom and client at Wisteria Hall, located within the Washington Park Arboretum. Working with his wife, we incorporated Greg’s love of the outdoors, fresh floral, his favorite colors of orange and blue and most importantly those who loved him most.
Greg was loving, generous, gentle and kind. He loved to treat his family to Hawaii, sandy beaches, and the mountains for skiing, hiking, snow-shoeing and snowball fights. Gratitude was his compass. He had a deep passion and respect for nature and the outdoors. Greg connected with people in need. He was profoundly aware of the world and politics. He could quote any piece of Shakespearean work. He loved to sing and dance. Favorite music artists: David Bowie and Stevie Wonder. A kid at heart, he enjoyed silly puns and jokes, waterslides, super-soakers, peanut butter and jelly sandwiches (peanut butter cups too), and a game of Monkey in the Middle. He was an avid gardener and never far from a fresh bouquet of flowers.
As guests arrived they wrote their favorite memories of Greg on a Memory Tree and were handed a seeded-paper program that could later be planted in the garden where wildflowers would soon grow. Tray passed peanut butter and jelly sandwiches were enjoyed.
Finding comfort in sharing stories of Greg, friends and family gathered around lounge furniture and tables covered in charcoal and navy linens as tears and laughter were shared. Lush floral arrangements filled the room in orange, blue, green and white floral.
Soon a buffet of savory and sweet items, including a few of Greg’s favorites, was open. At the end of the evening loved ones were sent home with evergreen seedlings that would be planted in his memory.
“Hi BreeAnn. I keep meaning to sit down and reply to your email and let you know how much I loved the celebration. It turned out so well. I really couldn’t have asked for it to go better. Your venue and your vendors were great, but someone had to have the ideas, put it all together to make it work and add all the special touches. I am so grateful for all you did and your expertise. I shudder at the thought of how it would have turned out if I’d planned it myself. Thank you so much for making a very sad event so nice.” ~ April
Wow, what an event! Working with a creative team of vendors, we brought to life an ‘Awakening of Spring’ this February at the Four Seasons Hotel Seattle. As guests arrived for cocktail hour they were surrounded by winter installations of seasonal blooms as they noshed on a Seattle Seafood Market Action Station and a Beecher’s Cheese Station and took turns in the Vanity Booth from Lionize Photo Booth. The signature ‘Walk in the Woods’ drink was a favorite!
With dinner chimes ringing the ballroom doors opened to a room that was beginning to awaken from winter and enter into spring with spring blooms and soft lilac lighting. Tables draped in Ash Swell linens from BBJ Linen and place settings from CORT Party Rental were adorned with tall trees hand-crafted by Delinger & Radovich using silver birch trunks and branches and magnolia blooms as well as another selection of tables topped with low centerpieces featuring a collection of locally grown foliage and flowers.
A three-course dinner was highlighted by entrée choices of Toppenish WA Beef Tenderloin, Local Rock Fish or a Lentil and Cauliflower Risotto.
As our Keynote Speaker took the stage the foyer was being transformed behind the scenes. Soon bright lighting by Crimson Haze greeted guests as they were welcomed back into the foyer which had been transformed into a spring dessert reception. Trees were now blooming and covered in bright blooms to reflect the season. As a parting favor, bottles of Gruet awaited.
A highlight of the evening was at the end of dinner when our Chapter was sworn in as an official Chapter of WIPA! A huge thank you to our rock star board who worked so hard on this event as well as the formation of WIPA Seattle!
In closing we leave you with a few photos from our turn in the Lionize Vanity Booth! A must for all future events!
Waterfront Weddings and the Pacific Northwest come hand in hand. Alli and Andy’s wedding at Alderbrook Resort & Spa was the ultimate waterfront wedding filled with laughter, romance, beautiful details and a touch of royalty! Soft florals, a hint of blush, rich green accents and a pop of navy came together to create one stunning day on the Hood Canal all photographed by Alexandra Knight Photography. Alderbrook was a special place for Alli and Andy. Not only were they marrying at Alderbrook but the location of Any’s proposed and a place they had gone on vacation with Alli’s parents the same week the prior year.
One of our favorite stories from Alli and Andy’s wedding is the story of Alli’s dress. In the words of Alli, here is that very story:
“While enjoying the Rick Steve’s walking tour of Madrid last October, my maid of honor Lauren and I were both taken by a dress shop we happened to be walking by. We’d started the initial, “what kind of dress do you want?” steps of wedding dress shopping with my mom in Seattle, but hadn’t found anything that jumped out at us. This was different, but Andy was also walking about 20ft ahead of us with our friend Erik… so we had to move fast.
Lauren and I ducked into the store and quickly texted the guys on our group chat to let them know that we’d meet them at the hotel because we’d stopped into a dress shop. Erik surprised us both when he responded, “the dress shop.” Lauren and I had been behind in our audio guide and it turned out that the next stop on the guide was for Pronovias, “a famous Spanish wedding-dress shop that attracts brides-to-be from across Europe.“
The dresses were gorgeous and I was bummed we were leaving Madrid the next morning. While internetting from the hotel that night, I found out the Pronovias flagship was actually in Barcelona, our next city! I immediately sent a request for an appointment. Their only available one was our last afternoon before we flew home the next morning. I booked it, figuring we’d have fun and just try on a bunch of random dresses.
After finishing our sightseeing with the group, Lauren and I left the guys at Barça Stadium and headed to our appointment. We sat down with a wonderful sales associate and as we explained Alderbrook and what I was looking for… her eyes lit up. I’ll save you the long ending and just say, I bought the first dress she had me try on. We did our due diligence and tried on some others… but then I put the first one back on to FaceTime my mom back in WA and show her and she immediately removed some of our negotiating power by yelling, “YES TO THE DRESS” loud enough for the associate to hear!
The dress fit like it was made for me and they even altered the front hem overnight so we could pick it up on the way to the airport and I could carry it home on our flights. Still feels surreal no matter how many times I tell the story!“
After a private first look within Alderbrook’s trail system, Alli and Andy gathered with their wedding party and family for photos.
Their wedding party was looking sharp! Bridesmaids in forest green floor length dresses with Andy and his groomsmen in cobalt blue suits and complimentary green ties. Bridesmaids bouquets were composed of lush greenery with white floral accents (ranunculus, hydrangea, roses, lisianthus) and a touch of blue thistle. Alli’s bouquet was of similar composition yet stood out with her favorite Sara Bernhardt pink peonies – stunning!
“I love her and that’s the beginning and end of everything.” F. Scott Fitzgerald
With the Hood Cancal as their backdrop, Alli & Andy were wed!
Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. Love never fails. 1 Corinthians 13:4-8
Cheers! With the signing of the marriage license, the newlyweds joined cocktail hour! Grand Marnier Prawns, Heirloom Tomato Ragout, Bacon Endives, and Mushroom Tartlets were tray passed.
With cocktail hour over, loved ones found their names written (in white via a local calligrapher) on emerald green escort cards from Dahlia Press displayed in individual gold frames.
Sitting under the clear top tent, guests found their tables which were covered in white linens, circled with gold chameleon chairs and topped with stunning centerpieces in gold compote vases from Fena Flowers, square mirrored table numbers and gold mercury votives sourced by Alli. Place settings were signified with Veneto gold chargers accented with fern leaves displayed underneath and accent with forest green dinner menus.
Falling in love with Prince Harry and Meghan Markler’s weddig cake, we worked with Alderbrook Resort’s pastry chef and Fena Flowers to create Alli & Andy’s very own royal wedding cake! Three delicious flavors were awaiting to be enjoyed as the newlyweds were announced into dinner and kicked off dinner with a ceremonial cake cutting. Marble cake with vanilla buttercream frosting and raspberry preserves; vanilla cake with vanilla buttercream frosting and blueberry preserves and a vanilla cake with vanilla buttercream frosting and blueberry preserves.
After dinner, highlighted by duo plates of beef filet & salmon, slices of wedding cake and flutes of champagne were served in anticipation of toasts soon to come. After toasts first dances were held on the outdoor patio before the ballroom doors opened to kick off a night of dancing and ice cream sandwiches!
A trio of ice cream sandwich flavors made choosing a favorite flavor a hard one! Canal crunch ice cream with toffee cookie; vanilla ice cream with chocolate chip cookie and mint chocolate ice cream with chocolate cookie were all a hit!
…thank you SO much BreeAnn for all you have done to make this such an incredible wedding weekend – Alli
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