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Warren’s Celebration of Life

Celebration of Life

I am often asked by clients what I love best about my job and frankly it is the community I’ve built over the years I’ve owned Pink Blossom Events. This community is made up of my “competition” and colleagues I work with daily. They are good friends whom have become my extended family. My community is there for advice, to hold me accountable for my services, to share stories with (we have some good ones!), as well as the ones we lean on when life brings the unexpected.
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This July it will be two years since my dad passed away, in the heart of summer wedding and event season. It’s hard to believe nearly two years have passed as often it feels like just yesterday. As I reflect back upon the time I am filled with an overwhelming sense of gratitude for this community.

My community sent flowers, cards and their sympathies. They checked in to see how they could help. My “competition” offered to step in on my events, not worried about their full schedules.
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That summer we had my Dad’s Celebration of Life and because of this community my Dad received the Celebration of Life he deserved. You see, he loved a good party!
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Jardin del Sol Garden Wedding Venue was a sea of Crimson and Gray (Go Cougs!), and of course some rogue Husky fans. We served Corona as that was his beer of choice. We chose azaleas for the centerpieces as he loved seeing the azaleas in my mom’s gardens in full bloom the most as it reminded him of the Masters Tournament at Augusta. We played the playlist he had created for his 60th Birthday Party just a few months prior, as it was the perfect playlist for a good time. We served German Chocolate Cake as that was his favorite. Friends, family and his colleagues spoke about the impact he had on their lives and the community around him. You see his community was everything and he too had touched so many.

My family and I are forever grateful to all of those who helped us pull off his Celebration of Life.

Venue: Jardin del Sol Garden Wedding Venue
Photographer: Barbie Hull Photography
Azaleas: Fena Flowers
Catering Mother/Daughter Duo ~ Linda & Andrea Harrison (yes, Pink Blossom Events own!)
Music and PA System: Bugsie Productions
Bartender Extraordinaire: Clutch Events
Paper Goods: Valerie’s Invites – Paper Creations for Special Events
Rental Support: New Creations Wedding Design and Coordination
Rentals: CORT Party Rental

Greg’s Celebration of Life

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

Event Planner – Pink Blossom Events
Photography – The Fix Photo Group
Venue – Wisteria Hall at Graham Visitors Center, Washington Park Arboretum UW Botanic Gardens
Caterer – Cameron Catering
Floral – Flora Nova Design
Rentals – Pedersen’s Event Rentals & Vintage Ambiance
Stationery – Paper Fling

“Let Gratitude Be Your Compass”

Celebration of Life ~ Bravern Signature Residences, Bellevue

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As an event planner the greatest accomplishment is creating an event that truly speaks to your client and leaves a long lasting memory for both the guests and the host. When I received a call from Kathy she had recently lost her husband and was not sure she wanted a Celebration of Life but knew that this was something she needed to do for their family, friends and colleagues as they were asking for closure. With less than two months of lead time, a lot for a Celebration of Life, and knowing he was a sharp dresser, a seeker of fine shoes and nice ties and enjoyed a good scotch I set forth planning a Celebration of Life that would allow eighty five loved ones a chance to celebrate his life and enjoy a night of only the finest as that is what Steve would have wanted!

As the night came to an end one could not have found a better way to pay tribute. From the shoe shine station to ensure guests left with a better pair of shoes to bars featuring his private collection of single scotch malt whiskey served by an man in a kilt to a menu showcasing his favorite foods and not to mentioned a display of his prized shoes asking; Cinderfella if the shoe fits, wear it home. Not a detail was missed.

As the planner of this celebration I took pride in knowing that I had done my absolute best to honor a man that I had never met in person. When I first met with my client, there were no plans beyond a venue, a date and a desired caterer and she trusted me to become the guidance and vision she needed to pull off this event. Through planning with his wife and speaking with his treasured friends and family I couldn’t help but feel that I knew him in every sense and showcased a life that most only dream of fulfilling.

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…I simply have no words!  …I will gush in a much more professional manner when I’ve had some sleep.  It was truly the nicest, loveliest, beautiful, and meaningful party I have ever been to.  The feedback from attendees and vendors was so positive.  You have done a superb job and Ravan represented you and your company to the highest degree.  ~ Kathy

Event Planner & Designer – Pink Blossom Events 
Photographer – Katie Parra Photography 
Venue – The Bravern Signature Residences
Caterer – Amato Catering
Bartender – Shake Bartenders
Floral – Aria Style
Linens – BBJ Linen
Rentals – Pedersen’s Event Rentals & Glassybaby
Dessert – The SweetSide
Paper Goods – Paper Fling
Audio & Visual – Blue Danube Productions
Shoe Shine – Old Style Shoe Shine & Events Co.
Video Messages – Lorbaniah Cameography LLC
Favors – Wine: DeLILLE CELLARS & Macarons: Lady Yum