Posts Tagged: Pink Blossom Events

Fall Wine Country Wedding at Novelty Hill-Januik Winery

Eight years after meeting at a bar in Capital Hill, Leslie and Mike were celebrating with their family and friends last fall at Novelty Hill – Januik Winery. While the colorful fall leaves set the stage during the ceremony, a neutral color palette accented with blush, light green and pops of eggplant filled the rest of the venue.

Following their first look at Novelty Hill-Januik Winery and photos in the surrounding area, Leslie and Mike’s wedding party and family joined in for photos.

Tray-passed Spring Run Rose greeted guests as they arrived for the ceremony. The ceremony chairs were accented with eucalyptus vines and wine barrels with blush and eggplant floral centerpieces highlighted the alter. While Leslie and Mike were the focus of the ceremony their nieces added some extra cuteness as they walked down the aisle as flower girls.

Following a cocktail hour filled with wine, lawn game and appetizers; Leslie, Mike and their Wedding Party entered the dinner reception with the song ‘Canned Heat’ by Jamiroquia played. If you haven’t recognized the song it’s from the dance scene in Napolean Dynamite, a favorite of Leslie and Mike’s.

A dinner buffet complete with artisan bread and butter, salads, lemon roasted potatoes, marinated beets, grilled asparagus, ancho-coffee rubbed chicken and pan-seared crispy skin salmon delighted all appetites!

Andrea was my day of coordinator and she knew the venue inside and out. She was always prompt to answer any questions and had all the details figured out. She made the day run super smooth, even my guests commented how professional she was and how she made sure everything was just right. At the end of the night she sent my husband and I home with a little snack and drink package and when a bridesmaid left her shoes at the venue she dropped them off at the hotel. I could not recommend getting a day of coordinator more and Pink Blossom was a wonderful experience ~ Leslie

Wedding Coordinator – Pink Blossom Events
Photography – Luna + Lion
Venue & Catering – Novelty Hill Januik Winery
Hair & Makeup – OffWhite Beauty Boutique
Bridal Attire – A&Bé Bridal Shop Seattle
Cake – Bakery Nouveau
Floral – JVC flowers
Groom’s Attire – Beckett & Robb
Groomsmen Attire – THE BLACK TUX (Seattle)
Officiant – Marriages by Meagan
Stationery – Minted
Signage – Etsy
Transportation – British Motor Coach
DJ – Sounds Unlimited

WIPA Seattle Launch

This past November WIPA Seattle held their launch event at The Foundry by Herban Feast and we were thrilled to be a part of the team who brought WIPA to Seattle!

Over the years, I have continued to ensure that, as a business owner, I stay on top of continuing education and trends through both local and national outlets. The last few years I’ve had this nagging feeling that Seattle was missing something. While we have fantastic associations to be a part of already, some I have even been a large part of, I felt that a strong educational association targeting those seasoned pros in the Seattle Wedding Industry was missing. We were absent of something that was tailored to us, the “senior” crowd, as well as the inspiration that I was craving.

I was mentioning this feeling to other wedding professionals while attending educational events around the country. Over and over there was a strong recommendation to bring this association to our area and start a new Chapter. After being introduced to the Board of Directors and Advisors winter of 2018 the ball began to roll. In spring of 2019 the President of this association came out to Seattle for a focus group to gauge interest which culminated in our November 2019 launch. 

The mission of this association and our new Chapter is to provide industry-leading education for our members, produce inspirational networking events and advance the ethical standards of the wedding industry. I believe that with the caliber of our local industry our new Chapter can have a strong presence in our area.

Over the years I’ve discovered that the best way to accomplish anything is to surround myself with a team who will inspire, elevate and push you to do greater things. When selecting the seven other Board Members for this new Chapter I specifically chose individuals who I felt represented the wide range and opinions of our industry. These individuals not only go above and beyond daily in their businesses but they represent the spirit of this organization. Each Board Member continues to educate, inspire and elevate the industry for all of us.

Our launch event was a team effort that I am truly proud of and it set the bar for the years ahead. I chose to focus the theme of this event around the season and partnered with vendors who I knew would pull together my vision of Fall abundance and also push the creative envelope. The design of the stage in the presentation room was a favorite that included draping, lit backdrops, floral and soft seating. Soft seating featured a mix of almond colored sofas and vibrant yellow suede chairs and sofas. Soft colorful ottomans in apricot, willow green, and sunflower completed the seating. The signage, event programs and other collateral we designed for this event all ensured attendees were well informed and reflected the theme.

My hope is that our members find value in our new Chapter and take the opportunity to create those connections that will propel their business further and inspire everyone in our industry to raise the bar.

As guests arrived, cocktail hour began. Tray-passed appetizers inspired by our color palette for the program, weaved the harvest colors and flavors of fall. Passed appetizers featured a velvety vegan coconut and carrot soup with a slightly spicy minted sambal; a paella bite, comprised of garlic shrimp, crispy saffron rice cake and topped with a lemon aioli; a clever take on bagels and lox with a pickled cucumber cup standing in for the bagel, filled with smoked salmon rillette and sprinkled with everything bagel spice; and a winter squash flatbread, topped with onion soubise, pecorino and cranberry relish were served. In addition to the passed hors d’oeuvres, guests were invited to experience an interactive crostini station at which guests customized bites, and got to pair them with a specialty flavored seltzer from San Juan Seltzer.

After cocktail hour guests moved into an adjacent room for the main program. Following a warm welcome by the WIPA Seattle Board, the program turned to a presentation by Pauline Parry, a founding member and former president of WIPA International, designed to inspire event attendees on the power of our new Chapter. The keynote speaker, Andy Maurer, finished the formal program with a focus on the mental and physical well-being of our industry.

After the presentation and speakers, the barn doors were once again opened to reveal the transformed networking area. Several food stations, including a lucite tower filled with small plates, were featured, along with a dessert station that was paired with local hard seltzers.

Herban Feast presented two options of small stacked plates, a seasonally fall take on a burrata salad with radicchio-balsamic jam, pickled butternut squash and crisped focaccia. The vegan, gluten and dairy free option featured roasted delicata squash and cauliflower small plate with pomegranate seeds to integrate the pops of red from the tray passed items, and a tahini drizzle for a bit of richness. Finally, for those who were looking for something heartier, the Executive chef served a boneless Korean-inspired short rib or soy-marinated mushroom on scallion mash with a house-made daikon kimchi.

Sweet treats rounded out the menu with a clever take on a harvest season’s caramel apple, with a salted caramel panna cotta topped with green apple gelee, their signature and eminently craveable house made gluten free ding dongs, and housemade lemon sorbet, offered solo or as a float with huckleberry seltzer.

And not to miss all the fun that was had in the 321 FOTO | photo booth rentals Revolution Booth which was onsite at our launch event!

Creative Partners
Venue & Catering: The Foundry by Herban Feast / Herban Feast Catering and Events
Rentals: AFR Furniture Rental & CORT Party Rental
Photography: Barbie Hull Photography
Lighting: LightSmiths
Videography: Best Made Videos
Floral: Leigh and Mitchell
Draping: Prop Gallery Events
Beverages: San Juan Seltzer & Vinea Imports
Signage: Pomp & Revel
Program: Paper Fling
Valet: Butler Seattle
DJ: Brandon Ghorley
Revolution Photo Booth: 321 Foto

WIPA Seattle Board

Chapter President: BreeAnn Gale – Pink Blossom Events
Chapter Vice President: Julie Levy – AFR Furniture Rental
Chapter Secretary: Marni Ness – Pedersen’s Event Rentals
Chapter Treasurer: Brian Waltz – LightSmiths
Director of Programs: Reese Rowe – Herban Feast Catering and Events
Director of Education: Barbie Hull – Barbie Hull Photography
Director of Communications: Mallory Bailey – CORT Party Rental
Director of Membership: Rebecca Grant – New Creations Weddings

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Bob & Jeanette’s Spring JM Cellars Wedding

Bob and Jeanette, true soulmates, were married last May at JM Cellars. Keeping the look simple, yet elegant, was accomplished with lots of candles and lush floral to set the mood that spring day Ivory, white, blush and soft peach floral filled the venue along with a touch of navy.

“A soulmate is someone who has locks that fit our keys, and keys to fit our locks. When we feel safe enough to open the locks, our truest selves step out and we can be completely and honestly who we are; we can be loved for who we are and not for who we’re pretending to be. Each unveils the best part of the other. No matter what else goes wrong around us, with that one person we’re safe in our own paradise. Our soulmate is someone who shares our deepest longings, our sense of direction. When we’re two balloons, and together our direction is up, chances are we’ve found the right person. Our soulmate is the one who makes life come to life.” ~ Excerpt from The Bridge Across Forever – Richard Bach

Wedding Planner – Pink Blossom Events
Photography – Unique Moments Photography
Venue – JM Cellars
Floral – Fena Flowers
Catering – Herban Feast Catering and Events
Wedding Cake – Honey Crumb Cake Studio
Hair & Makeup – Salon Maison Bridal Beauty & Style Bar
Bridal Attire – I Do Bridal
Live Music – The Side Project
Groom’s Attire – Nordstrom
Officiant – Arissa Rench
Rentals – Seattle Pedersens
Stationery – Sablewood Paper Company

Raeven’s Drive By Graduation Parade & Celebratory Family Dinner

With the COVID-19 Pandemic altering the end of the 2019-2020 school year our hearts go out to all of the seniors whose Graduation plans were put to the ultimate test. While Graduations and the Celebrations surrounding them may look a bit different, we know that with a bit of creativity and flexibility it can be a milestone celebration never to forget! Raeven’s drive by Graduation Parade and Celebratory Family Dinner was the perfect mix of family, friends, puns on quarantine, social distancing and merriment! A modern black and white theme set the stage at Chateau Lill as a well deserving Graduate was honored. Classmates, friends and family celebrated Raeven with a drive by parade complete with favors and a yearbook signing. Following the parade her family was able to come together to celebrate her Graduation from Cedarcrest High School and enjoy an intimate dinner before she heads off to UW for College this fall.

Congratulations Raeven! Class of 2020!

Event Planner & Design: Pink Blossom Events
Venue: Chateau Lill
Photography: Jennifer Tai Photo Artistry
Balloon Installations: Confetë Party
Stationery: Sablewood Paper Company
Rentals: CORT Party Rental
Catering: A Platinum Event
Floral: Fena Flowers
Cake & Macaron Favors: Honey Crumb Cake Studio
Vintage Vehicles: British Motor Coach
Graduation Gifts & Guest Favors: Welcome Gifts by Pink Blossom Events
Custom Wine Tote, Coffee Tumbler, Grad Keychain and Hand Sanitizer: Pomp & Revel
Hashtag & 2020 Graduation Wood Signs: AR Workshop Mill Creek

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

Intimate Weddings & Events

As we continue to await the exact guidelines for the entry back into events our mind continues to fall back on many of our most intimate weddings and events. Since 2006 we have worked with clients planning and designing their event from five to fifty guests. While these events may be small in size they are far from lacking in details. Truly some of the most heartfelt, beautiful and unforgettable celebrations we’ve been a part of. In the next few weeks we will continue to highlight some of our most memorable intimate weddings and events as no celebration is too small!


An Awakening of Spring at JM Cellars

Inspired by the awakening of spring, we teamed up with Gather Design Company to design this intimate wedding at JM Cellars. Using the soft, delicate bounty of spring, set against the masculine setting at JM Cellars, we were inspired by the soft and bright spring tones and textures. Incorporating the spring colors of mustard, pale yellows, soft peaches and a faint pink it was a new beginning, the start of a love story for the ages. Blooming branches, fluffy ranunculus and a few clean-lined anthurium set the tone for the inspiration. The flowers were layed on top of luxe velvet linens from La Tavola and carefully chosen rental items. The bridal gown, both clean and modern, but also romantic, made this one magical shoot all captured by Blue Rose Photography

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Wedding Planner & Designer – Pink Blossom Events​
Photographer – Blue Rose Photography​
Florist & Styling – Gather Design Company​
Venue – JM Cellars
Bridal Salon – The Dress Theory​
Bridal Designer – Sarah Seven
Cake – Honey Crumb Cake Studio​
Hair & Make-up – Salon Maison Bridal Beauty & Style Bar​
Silk Ribbon – Of The Earth​
Rings – Green Lake Jewelry Works​
Specialty Rentals – Fanciful Rentals​
Linens – La Tavola Fine Linen​
Candles – Glassybaby​
Rentals – CORT Party Rental​
Stationery – Dahlia Press
Calligraphy – Letters by Ellen
Models – Erika P Hernandez​ and Ryan Fullerton​Bow
Tie – Mrs Bow Tie
Ring Boxes – The Mrs. Box
Workshop – The Sketchbook Series​


Woodinville Lavender Farm Dinner

 Pink Blossom Events helped design and execute a Farm Dinner at Woodinville Lavender benefiting Farms for Life catered by Kaspars Special Events & Catering and I am once again amazed at the power of our fellow neighbors. Thank you Katie Parra Photography for capturing all the beauty that day including the food, community and the stunning fields of lavender. Cheers to a successful fundraising event!

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Event Designer & Planner – Pink Blossom Events
Photographer – Katie Parra Photography
Venue – Woodinville Lavender
Florist – Fena Flowers
Rentals – AA Party Rentals by Cort & Seattle Farm Tables
Caterer – Kaspars Special Events & Catering
Paper Goods – La Happy
Liquor – Blue Water Organic Distilling
Wine – Brian Carter Cellars
Produce – The Root Connection Farm
Guitarist – Brian Lee of Brian Lee & the Orbiters
Benefiting Charity – Farms for Life


Seahawks Dinner Party

Pink Blossom Events​ designed this Four Course Dinner in collaboration with The One Eighty Foundation. Decor highlights included a centerpiece of cut footballs holding wheat grass on the main dining table and an acrylic football appetizer display! 

Event Planning & Design Pink Blossom Events​
Floral Lola Creative
Rentals CORT Party Rental
Photography: Hope Spring Photography


Rich & Reena’s Birthday Brunch

We love a glamorous birthday party and this birthday party we planned for Rich and Reena last spring hits the mark! Reena reached out to us two weeks before the date and requested a nice brunch birthday party for her and her husband who would be celebrating birthdays just days apart! With brunch on the menu we set out to make it a celebration to remember! From a bubbly bar to a lavish brunch display and the most gorgeous peony arrangements Rich and Reena’s birthday party was a dream! Photos by Katie Parra Photography.

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Event Planner & Designer – Pink Blossom Events​
Photography – Katie Parra Photography
Catering & Dessert – City Catering Company​
Rentals – Vintage Ambiance​, Mariah Rainier Style​CORT Party Rental​ & Creative Coverings​
Balloons – Balloon Designers
Florist – Floressence
Paper Goods – Valerie’s Invites​
Favors – Lady Yum​

Malea & Cole’s San Juan Island Wedding

Malea and Cole met their Senior Year of High School. They attended High School Prom together and a month later Cole asked Malea to be his girlfriend!  His first, last and only. After High School they dated long-distance for a year as Malea went to college in Arizona (ASU), while Cole went to Oregon (OSU) for his first year. The following year Cole became a Sun Devil and transferred to ASU to be with Malea where they graduated together in 2017. Fast forward to the date of the proposal, Cole proposed at sunset on the cliffs of Shaw island at his families beach house. Afterwards the surprises continued with all of their closest family and friends hiding in the garage to celebrate their engagement! The San Juan Islands were the obvious choice for their wedding day as Malea and Cole fell in love during their first trip together as they sailed through the San Juan Islands and Malea’s family has a home off Westcott Bay. Playing nod to the location, Malea and Cole incorporated the natural beauty of the surrounding area with a beach inspired wedding complete with lush greenery and cream, blush and light blue floral throughout the waterfront property. As guests walked along the waterfront from the parking area to the ceremony area signs telling the story of their love story dotted the pathway. 

Local musician Oliver Stausser played in the background as friends and family arrived and were greeted with Sparkling Wine before the ceremony began.

The focal piece of the ceremony was a driftwood arbor and a stage built by Malea’s Father. With the seal of a kiss, Malea and Cole were “Just Married!” With a group photo complete, signature drinks and appetizers were served. A Moscow Mule for Malea and a Whiskey Sour for Cole. Appetizers of Crab in Lettuce Wraps, Caprese Bruschetta and Shrimp Kabobs were enjoyed! It was a labor of Love as Malea’s grandpa had hand built this wooden canoe which would serve as a beverage holder for non alcoholic beverages. With the dinner hour here, friends and family found their seats among tables that were adorned with ivory linens and set with lush floral arrangements and place settings complete with gold rimmed cream chargers and ivory napkins. With the wedding party and newly weds announced, a dinner buffet of seasonal favorites was served! After toasts filled with laughter and tears, Malea and Cole cut their wedding cake and hit the dance floor for their first dance. And a celebration isn’t complete without a surprise performance by Malea and Cole’s parents. Too good! Taking a break from the dance floor Malea and Cole celebrated with a sparkler “send-off” before making their way back on the dance floor for the bouquet toss and garter toss. After another hour of dessert and dancing guests made their way down to the waterfront as they sent their well wishes to Malea and Cole as they headed off on a row boat for a night on the water of an awaiting larger boat! I have to jump in and echo Kim’s comments, we are so full of gratitude and appreciation for all of your work!  Your planning, attention to detail, and special touches were top notch.  I can’t even count how many people have texted, phoned and emailed (messages still coming in this morning!), saying it was by far the best wedding they’ve ever attended.  The descriptor “EPIC” is on repeat!! Huge thanks to you both, Laura (Mother of Groom)

Wedding Planner – Pink Blossom Events
Photographer – Robert S. Harrison Photography
Venue – Private Residence, San Juan Island, WA
Floral – Bloom San Juan
Catering – Coho Restaurant
Wedding Cake & Desserts – Cakes by Felicitations
Rentals – CORT Party Rental, BBJ Linen & Sweet Buffet Lady
Live Music & DJ – Oliver Strasser
Restrooms – Luxury Restroom Trailers by Privy Chambers
Wedding Dress – I Do Bridal (Maggie Sottero Designs)
Groom & Groomsmen Attire – The Tuxedo Club
Day of Coordination – Revel San Juan

COVID-19 Blog Series: What Safety Measures You Need to Incorporate at Your 2020 Wedding

Seattle Wedding Planners Pink Blossom Events, Clutch Events, Perfectly Posh Events and New Creations Wedding Design & Coordination have teamed up to bring you a 4 Part Blog Series covering COVID-19 and planning your wedding during these unprecedented times. To end the series your planning pros at Pink Blossom Events cover what safety measures you need to incorporate at your 2020 wedding. 

After months of planning, watching endless news reports on the Pandemic and most likely adjusting your guest size while you sample your wedding wines once more to make sure they are “just right,” your wedding day is a few months away and you just want to celebrate! We hear you!

While we wish we could just push it aside, we know the worries of Coronavirus are in the back of your mind. Restrictions and guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Federal Government and our Washington State Governor are continuing to change and will play a part of your wedding day. Luckily, your wedding planner and vendor team have been working behind the scenes collaborating these last few months establishing new safety measures and protocols as we work towards the opening of events. We are here for you!

To help ease your mind we have pulled together a list of ways to ensure your event is safe for you and your guests.

Note: We are not certified CDC health experts. Our ideas are suggestions based on current guidelines and our years of experience. We know these may adjust down the road as guidelines change however, we, your wedding planner and vendor team, are here to support you and make it the best day ever!

{Photo Credit Amelia Soper Photography}

Getting Ready
Pop the bubbly, it’s the morning of your wedding! While you are getting ready with your nearest and dearest know your beauty team will have your health in mind. As Megan, owner of OffWhite Makeup & Beauty, said “before COVID-19 we had to protect our clients against things like MRSA, STAPH, Herpes, pink eye, and other contagious bugs. Sterile practices have and always will be very important to us. The additional steps we will take are to wear gloves and a face mask.” Hair and makeup should be the start of a beautiful day! {Photo Credit Amelia Soper Photography}

Keeping Things Clean
Guests arrive at your wedding via self-parking, valet or shuttle service and the first thing they do is open the door, place a card or gift on the gift table, remove their coat and sign your guestbook. How do you keep those things clean? Plan ahead is our motto!{Photo Credit Amelia Soper Photography}

A Friendly Welcome!
Working with Coat Check Complete we have created a number of services that will keep guests at ease as well as have their safety in mind. From Guest Arrival Attendants, a modified version of their Coat Check service to a Self-Serve Coat Check to Bathroom Attendants, the extra staff will ensure your loved ones are in the clear!

~Upon Guest Arrival – attendants will open and close doors so less guests are touching door handles. They are also available to direct friends and family, saving Aunt Marge from the task, and if needed can take temperatures of guests upon arrival.

~ Self-Serve Coat Check – Coat Check Complete can set up a “self-serve” coat check where guests hang their own coats and take a coat check number. At the end of the evening, party goers will pick up their own coat, then show the staff member their tag number and corresponding number on the hanger with the coat to leave.

~ Bathroom Attendants – from opening and closing doors for guests to wiping down counters at least twice per hour (or more according to need/guidelines) to continuously wiping down door handles of stalls and the door to the bathroom as well as ensuring supplies are well stocked. We wish this service was mandatory before COVID-19! They can even act as your mother and remind guests to wash their hands for 20 seconds!

Hand Sanitizers all Around!
In Part 1 of our blog series Clutch Events worked with Pomp & Revel to create custom hand sanitizers that are just too cute not to use. Companies such as CORT Party Rental are offering hand sanitizing stations. We highly recommend having hand sanitizing stations and individual sanitizers available throughout your venue. And remember to have those hand sanitizing bottles or wipes at each place setting during dinner.
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Custom Masks for Everyone!
Who says safety can’t be in style? Companies such as BBJ Linen are offering custom face coverings (aka masks) that can be personalized to each event. From using a fabric that matches your décor to a witty saying, the sky is the limit! These can be placed at the entry to your event as guests arrive for easy grabbing and then later moved to a high traffic area like the bar or restrooms. face covering masks in cute patterns

No Contact Greetings
Hugs with your friends and family may be in the past but blowing a kiss, wave or an air hug are always okay! Check out sign from Post 1 with ideas on what to communicate to your loved ones.

Minimal Touch Guestbook
Move over polaroid cameras, pens and hello Voast! This minimal touch guestbook is the first video toast booth that asks questions to capture words, wisdom and stories from the people who love you most. Plus, they have rolled out The Virtual Voast in response to COVID-19. Now, even guests who can’t make it can still leave you a heartfelt toast. The Virtual Voast can stand alone or be paired with the Voast booth. It makes sure everyone who can’t be at the event, has a way to spread the love on your important day.

Creative Seating!
Working with your wedding planner, venue and catering team you will be able to create the best seating arrangements for your ceremony and reception based on your venue and guest count. In both the ceremony and during dinner we recommend grouping people by households and creating more space in between tables and seating vignettes. For the ceremony families in the same household may be seated close together but other guests may want to be a bit further apart. Spacing chairs farther apart or adding in additional aisles (ie. ceremony in the round) will help your guests focus on the two of you and not who is sitting nearby. seating in the round for wedding {Photo Credit Char Beck}

For cocktail hour spacing out cocktail tables to keep guests socially distanced and creating multiple lounge areas for intimate groups will keep guests apart while together. cocktail tables socially distancing {Photo Credit Rachel Birkhofer Photography}

Seating Charts will be necessary for dinner as you will want to group people by households. Guest size per tables will need to be adjusted. For example, instead of eight people at a sixty-inch round, think five, unless they are all from the same household. Using tools such as All Seated or working with you wedding planner you can create layouts that allow tables to be placed six feet apart for social distancing. It may take a little work but it will be well worth it come day of!

Catering
For years, catering companies have had a high standard in safety and cleanliness both behind the scenes and in front of the guests. Now more than ever food and beverage service will have the most rigorous regulations. Speaking with Kaspars Catering they have created a COVID-19 Handbook which outlines health and safety measures they are implementing all catering events. The handbook details that “the health and safety of our customers, communities and employees are our primary concern.” From back of the house to front of the house, this handbook will guide them and their community through each event.

Cocktail Hour Apps!
Tray passed appetizers and elaborate cheese boards may be on hold but individual items (Martha Stewart made popular years ago) and Small Plate Stations with an attendant are encouraged!

What About the Drinks?
Caterers such as City Catering Company and Kaspars Catering are offering bottled cocktails and CORT Party Rental has been working behind the scenes on ways we can be safe at the bar, but still have fun in an attractive way! They are rolling out custom service dividers (aka “sneeze guards”) that can be placed on bars to allow distance between the bartender and guests. bottled cocktails for weddings city catering copany {Photo Credit City Catering Company}

Dinner Service
Individually plated meals and entrees being covered will be your best friend! Unless covered, pre-plated salads will be a thing of the past and bread baskets will be replaced with individually served rolls. Family-Style service, while one of our absolute favorites will be on hold for now. Buffets are an option but these will come with service dividers and an attendant to serve your guests vs self-serving. safely deliviering covered meals for weddings {Photo Credit Kristen Honeycutt Photo Co.}

Incorporating elevated cloches can serve double duty at each place setting for your dinner. We have also been working with rental companies such as CORT Party Rental on elevated plate covers. stylish elevated plate covers for weddings during a pandemic
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As Shelby Sewell, owner of Foodz Catering mentions, “Right now and until we have a vaccine against COVID we will be looking at ways to serve food in a safe way at events. This will essentially consist of some type of barrier to keep menu items ‘safe’ by staying covered as long as possible during the process of serving. That’s the analytical way of looking at it but how we do this can be one of many ways! Many planners are looking at plated meals as a way to keep people safe since the open buffet that uses serving utensils shared by all your guests would be a cross-contamination nightmare. Having a gloved, masked server behind a plexiglas barrier would be a safe way to serve guests but private events like weddings would not likely welcome “the lunch lady” look at their wedding!  Even a plated service may need additional barriers such as food covers.  The ones used in today’s market are industrial in nature as currently they are used for the back of house preparations. So, it’s a good idea but we, at Foodz, like to be more creative. We would rather see guests be served with menu items served under a glass cloche or one of our favorites, the tagine.” safely serving food in a tagine for wedding {Source}

“The tagine has many colors and variable shapes so it could be woven into a couple’s decor. We love the surprise effect when the cover is removed. We want to add to your experience and this is one way to accomplish that task.”

Other options for an experiential meal from Foodz Catering include “a hybrid on a buffet, a Bento Box theme where guests would use a wooden tray and choose items that are individually packaged. This would be a great way to accommodate allergies and food preferences” as well as “a Tiffin Box that was invented for workers in India and spread across Asia. They can be plain and branded or very colorful. Most are 3 stacks high and are often insulated so a hot meal would stay hot.”

Food can still be delicious and creative!

Time to Party!
The moment you’ve been waiting for, the dance floor! Open up the dance floor beyond the standard 16×16’ or 20×20’ dance floor. The more space the better! X marks the spot, or in this case your spot on the dance floor! For indoor dance floors, a notation on the floor may help those partygoers spaced.

If there is an option for outdoor dancing (taking into consideration noise ordinances) get outside! While glow sticks have been popular in the past, we vote glow in the dark face masks to come out during dancing! bride and groom dancing outside {Photo Credit Sullivan & Sullivan}

Capturing It All!
In addition to your photographer have you considered Live Streaming your ceremony to loved ones who are staying at home be a part of the ceremony and wedding day? Numerous videography companies, in addition to LightSmiths, have created Live-Streaming Ceremony Services, allowing everyone to stay included. You will need a venue-provided wifi or LAN connection however companies such as LightSmiths can provide a 4G hotspot for an extra fee. (Note from LightSmiths: “what it is not: It is not a package designed to replace or compete with the traditional videography package”)

Curious how a service like this works from LightSmiths? “Multiple sources are streamed/recorded at one time. One operator seamlessly switches between cameras live, for the optimum viewing angle and action; this live feed is sent out to the desired streaming source, either YouTube or Facebook. You can choose an invite-only guest list to stream it to, so it is not sent out for the world at large to see. All sources are simultaneously recorded, along with any audio input from your DJ, mics on your officiant, time-coded, and dumped down to a master recording on a SDCARD that you get to replay.”

We hope you are able to incorporate one or many of our recommended safety tips to ensure your wedding will be as safe and enjoyable as possible!! COVID-19 may cause changes on your wedding but we know Love, Laughter and a Happily Ever After will always be true! We can’t wait for all the celebrations to come!

Cheers to Safety!

BreeAnn Gale
Pink Blossom Events

And thank you for following along in our 4 Part Blog Series covering COVID-19 and planning your wedding during these unprecedented times We hope you found the information valuable and were able to get some great tips along the way!!

Post 1: Vendor & Guest Communication – Before & During Your Wedding by Clutch Events
Post 2: How to Keep Your Vendor Team for a Smaller Wedding by Perfectly Posh Events
Post 3: Planning Your Wedding During COVID-19 by New Creations Weddings

Shannon & Jonathan’s September Wedding at JM Cellars

As their officiant spoke to friends and family he told the story of Shannon and Jonathan’s first meeting and what brought guests to JM Cellars last September…”Shannon and Jonathan happened to meet at my wedding in Washington DC. A relationship seemed unlikely as Shannon lived in Philadelphia and Jonathan in DC. Luckily, Shannon is a pretty avid sports fan and the Phillies were visiting the Nationals a couple of weekends after, so Shannon made the trek to DC to go to the game and visit Jonathan. The following weekend, Jonathan was up in Philly. This pattern continued for almost 2 years, a lot of their life spent sitting in traffic on 95! “

A cheek squeeze, a first look and a window peeper trying to be incognito with a fake mustache gave us a good laugh!

JM Cellars set the stage for a Pacific Northwest inspired fall wedding as Shannon & Jonathan celebrated with loved ones this past September. Greenery, candlelight, and minimal floral touches were all accented with acrylic and glass signage.  Accents of taupe and navy could be found in the bridesmaid’s taupe dresses and navy suits were the perfect fit for the groomsmen & Jonathan’s Suits.

As tray passed appetizers came around and the bar opened Shannon and Jonathan were most excited about their must have Oyster Bar! Taylor Shellfish Farms Kumamoto, Shigoku & Pacific Oysters were enjoyed!

As Harold Beslkus duo played in the background Shannon & Jonathan had their first dance outside on in front of JM Cellars copper doors before friends and family were invited inside for dinner.

After finding their names on tent folded escort cards, which played double duty as place cards noting entree choices, guests found their seats among tables cover in ivory linens and topped with greenery centerpieces (round tables featured a greenery wreath / rectangle tables featured a greenery garland) and floating candles.  Place settings featured ivory napkins on top of Aria Rose Gold chargers. Two dinner menus by Paper Fling were placed tables for sharing.

Dinner began with a mixed green salad of poached pears, candied walnuts, chevre cheese and a champagne vinaigrette and Macrina artisan rolls with sweet cream butter. Entrees were split between braised boneless short ribs and northwest salmon fillets each accompanied by grilled late summer asparagus and sea salt roasted garlic mashers.

After toasts, Shannon hit the dance floor with her father and Jonathan his mother. With the dance floor open an ice cream bar (vanilla, chocolate, and Rocky Road ice cream with a topping of chocolate sauce, sprinkles, Reeses M&M’s, whipped cream and cherries) and Lowrider Baking Co cookie station (brown butter triple chocolate chunk, cookies and cream, s’mores and double chocolate peanut butter chip) opened!

Wedding Planner – Pink Blossom Events
Venue – JM Cellars
Photography – Amelia Soper Photography
Floral – Fena Flowers
Hair & Makeup – Salon Maison Bridal Beauty & Style Bar
Bridal Gown – BHLDN Seattle
Bridesmaid Dresses – Lulus
Catering – Tuxedos and Tennis Shoes Catering and Events
Cookies – Lowrider Baking Company
Childcare – Stay & Play Childcare
Live Music & DJ – Harold Belskus
Rentals – CORT Party Rental
Invite – Minted
Day of Paper Goods – Paper Fling
Acrylic Signage – Pomp & Revel
Table Numbers – Client

COVID-19 Blog Series: Planning Your Wedding During COVID-19

Seattle Wedding Planners, New Creations Weddings, Pink Blossom Events, Clutch Events and Perfectly Posh Events have teamed up to bring you a 4-part blog series covering COVID-19 and Planning your wedding during these unprecedented times.  Up next, New Creations Weddings is sharing what you can be doing now in planning your wedding day.

If you’ve postponed your wedding, reduced your guest count to a smaller wedding or are recently engaged and feeling like you are stuck not only at home, but also in what to do next during wedding planning?  NOW is a great time to take advantage of having a quieter social schedule and get those wedding to dos checked off the list!

Below is a list of wedding planning tasks that can easily be completed even while we are in a stay-at-home order.  Love is always trending, yes, even during a pandemic, which means there are always weddings to plan!   (Photo by Roddy Chung Photography)

Once you’ve locked in your dream team of vendors (or reconfigured your already booked team to a smaller wedding, or postponed and communicated those details with your guests), take this time to get ahead on those planning items that tend to be a last-minute scramble.  You’ll be well ahead of the curve once your wedding day does roll around and cool as a cucumber knowing you took care of those little tasks ahead of time.  (Photo by Roddy Chung Photography)

There are LOTS of behind the scene tasks that can easily be planned right now.  Listed in no particular order, here are a list of things to knock out now!

~ Ceremony Seating order for family/VIP’s in first 1-2 rows.  Who sits next to who (especially in a divorce or “interesting” family dynamic situation) will make your rehearsal run smoothly.
~ Select your specialty songs (there are more than you think):

*Ceremony Processional: family and wedding party
*Ceremony Processional: bride and/or groom
*Any songs during the ceremony during communion, sand ceremony, unity candle, etc.
*Ceremony Recessional
*Grand Entrance Into Dinner: will it be just you as a couple or the entire wedding party (ie. 2 songs)?
*Cake Cutting Background Song
*First Dance
*Father/Daughter
*Mother/Son
*Last Song of the Night

~ Create your must play/do not play list for the band/DJ.
~ Put together your family photo shot list for your photographer.
~ Start writing your ceremony with your Officiant.
~ Write your vows if you wish to have custom ones.
~ Decide who the designated person is who takes home all gifts/cards/personal décor, etc. at the end of the night.
~ Decide how you’re going to give away you centerpieces at the end of the night (whoever wants can take them, donation to nursing home, or use them at your post wedding brunch!)
~ Book your hair & makeup trial, food tasting and floral mock-up appointments for 2-months prior to your wedding date.
~ Book your pampering appointments (massage, final haircuts, facial, mani/pedi) and purchase gift cards for those services now to support those small businesses
~ Test out your wine selections and/or signature cocktails.  Throw a party at home to try out what you like and don’t.
~ Talk with your wedding planner about day-of design elements such as table numbers, menus, escort cards/seating chart board, etc. so final ordering and printing can be done easily and quickly.
~ Order any specialty day-of items (guest book, custom gown hanger, specialty champagne flutes, cake knife/server, etc.).
~ Order any specialty wedding day attire (custom bow ties, wedding day shoes, wedding day jewelry, etc).
~ Order any favors and complete any DIY items.
~ Make your honeymoon plans!  Many airlines and hotels will be offering killer deals soon, so get those plans set for when they do so you can take advantage of them. (Photo by Angela & Evan Photography)

We hope you found our list helpful! If you did have to postpone your wedding, we hope you can be excited for your new date!  You are still getting married.  You are still going to be surrounded by those you love when that day comes. And trust us, they will be ready to party with you!! And that is something to be excited about!!  Put items around your home with your new date on it so you see it often and are reminded of the wonderful times ahead.  Your wedding day is going to be an amazing celebration when it gets here!!

Celebrating you, celebrating love, and celebrating #loveinthetimeofcorona

Happy Planning!

You can find the two previous blogs in our Wedding Planning During COVID-19 series here;

Post 1 – Vendor & Guest Communication – Before & During Your Wedding by Clutch Events
Post 2 – How to Keep Your Vendor Team for a Smaller Wedding by the Perfectly Posh Events team

Stay tuned for the final post later this week from Pink Blossom Events!