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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!

bride getting ready for wedding day, putting on earings

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}

wedding welcome sign on lucite

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.
hand sanitizer for weddings hand sanitizer stations for weddings

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

Lisa & Karen’s Intimate Salish Lodge Wedding

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”

Wedding Planner: Pink Blossom Events
Photography: La Vie Photography
Floral: Down to Earth Flowers + Gifts
Hair & Makeup: Anne Timss Makeup and Hair
Paper Goods: Paper Fling
Post Wedding Fun: Snoqualmie Casino

Alli & Andy’s Alderbrook Resort Wedding

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!

Incorporating their favorite things, Alli and Andy, welcome their friends and family to Alderbrook with these custom welcome gifts created by Welcome Gifts by Pink Blossom Events. Swedish Fish, Theo Chocolate bars, Fremont Brewing summer ale (or Dry Soda), a pair of custom pint glasses printed by Pomp & Revel, apples and a Seattle inspired tote bag.

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

Wedding Planner & Custom Gifts – Pink Blossom Events
Photography – Alexandra Knight Photography
Venue, Catering & Cake – Alderbrook Resort and Spa
Floral – Fena Flowers
Rentals – CORT Party Rental & Fanciful Rentals
DJ – Bugsie Productions
Videography – Peak Digital Cinema
Stationery – Chloe Clarke Paper (Dahlia Press)
Beauty – Kat St. John Makeup & Styling
Bridal Gown – Pronovias
Childcare – Stay & Play Childcare
Photo Booth – The SnapBar
Engagement Ring – Bea Millen

Salla & Zach’s Fall JM Cellars Wedding

If there was ever a wedding that had us glowing, this would be it! Working with Salla and Zach on all of the planning and design of their fall JM Cellars Wedding was a dream! Inspired by the beauty of the season, Salla and Zach chose a warm fall-inspired color palette of evergreen, forest green, sage, burgundy, eggplant and touches of burnt orange, copper, and gold. From the warm glow of candlelight to the overhead bistro lights above the ceremony in the rock garden the soft lighting made for a romantic fall setting. Colorful fall floral by Sublime Stems filled the venue. Not afraid of texture, the floral incorporated nature’s bounty from berries to branches. Follow along one for images of one stunning fall day captured by Rachel Birkhofer Photography  that featured a cameo by their dog Juniper!

With family photos complete Salla and Zach’s guests soon arrived! Acrylic signage made by Salla welcomed guests into the rock garden that crisp fall evening. For their guestbook Salla and Zach set out three JM Cellars wine bottles for guests to sign. For the next three years as husband and wife they would enjoy a bottle of wine and remember their loved ones. “Like wine, love gets better with age.

Despite a few drops of rain that fell pre-ceremony (thankful for clear umbrellas on hand just in case), the ceremony stayed rain free!

Officially husband and wife, the newlyweds entered cocktail hour as Harold Belskus played for guests while they enjoyed a selection of Artisan Cheeses and tray passed appetizers of cremini mushroom & gruyere tartlets and herb & salt-crusted wild salmon skewers.

As JM Cellars’ famous copper doors opened guests moved inside the library and barrel rooms for dinner on long wooden tables. Tables were adorned with floral table runners filled with lush greens, dahlias, roses and hanging amaranthus.  Amber-colored votives were mixed in to give the perfect accent.  The head table floral runner featured additional blooms gathered in the middle of the runners that tapered out to the end of the tables, along with the deep green foliage.  Place settings featured black stoneware chargers, set on top of forest green napkins, were topped with acrylic menus from Paper Fling and highlighted with sprigs of burgundy hanging amaranthus, a favorite bloom of Salla’s. A trio of vintage glassware composed of culver highballs, gold rimmed crystal coupes and gold rimmed crystal glasses for wine. The perfect fall design for this intimate moody fall wedding.

After a plated dinner of local grilled & roasted market vegetables and seared sweet potato polenta triangles with entree choices of cider-roasted chicken breasts, braised Oregon country short ribs or a portobello mushroom steak; Salla and Zach cut their wedding cake. A hand-painted cappuccino cake with bourbon salted caramel buttercream was a highlight for Salla and Zach. Thanks for a surprise gift from Salla’s co-worker the cake was accented with the most gorgeous sugar flowers by Honey Crumb Cake Studio.

Dancing, cake and a trip to the Espresso Cart for a signature Dirty Chai kept guests celebrating late into the night! Not to miss the bahn mi sliders that came out at the end of the night!

Stealing a kiss outside Salla and Zach shared a s’more before a final bubble send-off with their friends and family.

Congrats Salla & Zach!

Wedding Planning & Design – Pink Blossom Events
Photography – Rachel Birkhofer Photography 
Venue – JM Cellars 
Floral – Sublime Stems
Catering – Ravishing Radish
Live Music & DJ – Harold Belskus
Wedding Cake – Honey Crumb Cake Studio
Espresso – Espresso Elegance
Hair & Makeup – Salon Maison Bridal Beauty & Style Bar
Bridal Gown – La Belle Elaine’s Bridal
Groom – Suit Supply Bellevue
Favors – Lady Yum 
Officiant – Rev. Ray Van Winkle & Associates
Rentals – Pedersen’s Event Rentals & Vintage Ambiance 
Acrylic Signage – Paper Fling (Menus & Seating Chart) + Salla
Table Numbers – Etsy

Booking BreeAnn as our wedding planner was the first and best decision we made for our wedding. I honestly wasn’t sure if I should book a planner as I have always imagined that I would figure it out a way to do it myself–but I quickly realized I was in over my head. We worked together for over a year planning our wedding and we’ve appreciated tapping into her clear experience planning weddings, deep knowledge of the Seattle wedding industry and creativity. We had several wedding guests mention how smooth and well run everything was (and you always have a few unavoidable bumps behind the scenes). Whether you are on the fence or deciding who your planner should be–I would definitely recommend considering Pink Blossom Events. ~ Salla

Matt & David’s Fall Wedding at The Foundry by Herban Feast

We fell in love working with Matt and David planning and designing their September wedding at The Foundry by Herban Feast. Every detail of their wedding held a significant meaning to their relationship and we couldn’t have been more thrilled with how their day unfolded!

Mr. Puppy may have been just as excited as his parents were that day!

Passing by these whiskey barrels displayed at The Foundry I proposed the idea of creating custom letters and numbers that would fit inside each of the barrels paying tribute to Matt and David’s special day. Working with Pomp & Revel the barrels were transformed with custom wood letters and numbers all accented by greenery from Fena Flowers. One of our favorite details of the day! A great photo backdrop too!

After signing their engagement album guests entered the Press Room as songs from musicals Matt and David had seen together played. The room was all a glow with candlelight and warm uplighting against the lush ivory draping surrounding the room. 

During their ceremony Matt and David honored the Scottish “Quaich Ceremony” or “Love Cup” with Glenlivet 21 Archive Scotch. The whiskey has been Matthew’s favorite since David introduced him to it. 

 

After signing the marriage license and changing their Facebook relationship status together at the same time from “In A Relationship” to “Married,” Matt and David joined friends and family for cocktail hour. 

A custom bar featured signature Manhattan’s, L’Ecole 41 Cabernet Sauvignon which they shared on their first date and Fruli Strawberry Beer which is a perennial favorite from the Seattle International Beerfest. 

While friends and family enjoyed tray passed appetizers of shaved beef tenderloin tartlets, mac & cheese croquettes and grilled Tuscan chicken brochettes others were making the most of the custom Scotch and Chocolate pairing. Three pairings, served on a custom pairing board we design in collaboration with Pomp & Revel, featured pairings of Aberlour A’Bunadh + Dark Chocolate: Lagavulin 16 + Dark Chocolate with Caramel and the Glenlivet 21 Archive + Milk Chocolate with Almonds. Custom chocolates were all made by Kelly’s Chocolates. Definitely a crowd hit!

With the Press Room flipped from ceremony to dinner reception, loved ones were invited to find their seat for dinner via the wood escort board and matching wood table numbers. Tables covered in a cobalt panama linen were accented with lush greenery rounds highlighted with floating candles. Pinspots on each table and uplights gave the room it’s perfect lighting!

Combo dinner menus and place cards gave note to the meal they would enjoy ahead and let serves know each guests entrée choice.

Along with wedding cake (almond cake with an apricot filling and vanilla icing) a Sweet Bite Bar featuring frosted sugar cookie bars, a double chocolate brownie, apricot macarons, snickerdoodle cookies and raspberry cheesecake shooters were served!

As their first dance song “Falling Slowly” played, Matt and David danced on the clouds. The song, from Once, payed tribute to their first date. With the dance floor open guests danced the night away and occasionally broke away to play a game of shuffle board or corn hole. Shuffle board played a special role in their relationship as they played shuffle board together on one of their first dates at Capitol Cider.

BreeAnn, we could not have done any of this without your amazing help and support! Thank you for helping making this day so special. ~ Matthew and David

Photography – Laurel McConnell Photography
Wedding Planner – Pink Blossom Events
Venue/Caterer – The Foundry by Herban Feast
Floral – Fena Flowers
Signage – Pomp & Revel
Stationary – Paper Fling
DJ – Kris McCoskery
Lighting – Crimson Haze
Desserts – The SweetSide
Custom Chocolates – Kelly’s Chocolates
Transportation – A&A Limousine
Rentals – CORT Party Rental
Games – National Event Pros
Photo Booth – 321 Foto
Draping – Prop Gallery

Kendra & Grayson’s Novelty Hill-Januik Winery Wedding

With the sunshine giving us a preview of what’s to come this spring, we’re sharing Kendra & Grayson’s May Novelty Hill-Januik Winery Wedding! The color palette of cream, blush, shades of purple (dusty lavender, lilac, purple and plum) all mixed in with greenery and accents of grey and gold accents was a perfect mix!

With final touches of hair and makeup and ties tied, Kendra and Grayson took their first look at Chateau Ste Michelle before their wedding party and dog Mosby joined.

Back at Novelty Hill-Januik Winery family photos were done before the ceremony was set to begin. As guests arrived that late afternoon they were greeted with a glass of rose as the sounds of a guitar, played by a relative, played in the background. Guests signed one of three magnum wine bottles leaving a well wish to see each anniversary ahead.

Post cocktail hour guests were seated inside the Terrace Room around tables that were each named after a different wine varietal. Gold beaded chargers and velvet rose napkins adorned with a greenery sprig circled the centerpieces by Flora Nova Design on the dining tables. A delicious family style dinner from featuring Pan-Seared Crispy Skin Salmon and American Wagyu Beef fueled the crowd for dancing and dessert late into the evening!

Wedding Coordinator – Pink Blossom Events
Photographer – JTobiason Photography
Venue – Novelty Hill-Januik Winery
Floral – Flora Nova Design
Bridal Gown – Calla Bridal
Bridesmaids – Bella Bridesmaids 
Groomsmen – THE BLACK TUX 
Wedding Cake – BAKED
DJ – Otto-Matic Mobile Music
Rentals – CORT Party Rental
Stationery – Minted
Accommodations – Willows Lodge 

Andrea was the planner we worked with. She helped us out so much leading up to the wedding and helped sort out all the little details I hadn’t even heard of. At the rehearsal and the day of, she was absolutely indispensable. I was blissfully ignorant of all the behind-the-scenes stuff on the day of and could just sit back and enjoy, trusting that she had everything worked out, and she did! She was a godsend. She did everything from corralling our wedding party to ensuring vendors knew where to go and when to be there to even cleaning up shards of glass on the dance floor when someone broke a glass. Above and beyond–would highly recommend! ~ Kendra

Tara & Daniel’s Twin Willow Gardens Wedding

Tara and Daniel’s love story began while Daniel was on vacation in Tara’s home state of Hawaii. A chance meeting at Haunama Bay led to their proposal on the top of Koko Head, a mountain overlooking the bay where they first met. Marrying in Daniel’s home state this summer, Tara and Daniel combined their love of the forest with the romance of the gardens at Twin Willow Gardens all with a bit of Aloha! The personal touches were all around from the handmade ring bearer wood “pillows” to the tables numbers  and stands featuring photos of their love story as well as the Hawaiian inspired favor magnets created by the couple. Joanna Monger Photography captured their beauty of their romance that summer day!     

Hi BreeAnn! Thank you so much for everything you did on our wedding day!! We had so much fun and were just amazed at how smoothly everything went.  Thanks so much, Tara & Daniel 

Venue: Twin Willow Gardens
Wedding Coordinator: Pink Blossom Events
Photography: Joanna Monger Photography
Catering: Twelve Baskets Catering
Cake & Desserts: Grain Artisan Bakery
Floral: The Petal and the Stem
Videography: Green Attic Films
DJ: Blue Beatz Entertainment
Photobooth: 1000 Words Photo Booth

Judith & Brandon’s Alderbrook Resort Wedding

Spending countless days at Alderbrook growing up Brandon was excited to not only share this piece of the Northwest with Judith and her daughter but also sharing this special place with those closest to them. This past labor day weekend, Judith’s brother officiated as Judith and Brandon tied the knot along the shores of the Hood Canal. Incorporating the beauty of the Pacific Northwest with an elegant Black and White theme, Judith and Brandon had one unforgettable day celebrating with friends and family. Sullivan & Sullivan Studios captured all the beauty!

Wedding Planner – Pink Blossom Events
Venue, Beauty & Catering – Alderbrook Resort and Spa 
Photography – Sullivan & Sullivan Studios 

Floral – CMS Floral Design 
Dahlias & Couples Portraits – Harmony Hill Healing Retreat 
Rentals – CORT Party Rental
Draping – Prop Gallery Events 
DJ – Kris McCoskery Disc Jockey & Master of Ceremonies 
Bride – Blush Bridal Lounge 
Groom – INDOCHINO (Seattle) 
Groomsmen – THE BLACK TUX 
Childcare – Stay & Play Childcare
Stationery/Signage – Minted & Etsy 

Les & Terry’s Ray’s Boathouse Jewish Wedding

After two days of celebrations leading up to the big day, Terry and Les made sure all of their loved ones were included in their intimate wedding at Ray’s highlighting the Pacific Northwest and orchids, Terry’s favorite. With their best friends by their side, Les’ son and his girlfriend played the violin and cello while their granddaughters led the way for Terry’s entrance as she was escorted down the aisle by her brother. After the breaking of the glass, Mazel Tov!, Les joined the duo, playing the clarinet for a few tunes as guests feasted on fresh oysters and other PNW inspired appetizers. Moving inside for dinner a plated meal incorporating their favorite dishes from Ray’s was highlighted with toasts, a surprise unicorn birthday cake for one of their granddaughter’s, the most stunning wedding cake as well as the horah all captured by Barbie Hull Photography.
 
“The wedding was fabulous and most of it is thanks to you. Everything went like clockwork and it was absolutely beautiful. Most people told me it was the best wedding they ever went to!” ~Terry
Wedding Planner – Pink Blossom Events
Photography – Barbie Hull Photography
Terry’s Dress – Luly Yang Couture
Floral – Floressence
Venue & Catering – Ray’s Boathouse
Stationery – Sablewood Paper Company
Cakes – Honey Crumb Cake Studio
Beauty – Salon Maison
Rabbi – James Mirel
Ceremony & Cocktail Hour Musicians – Les’s Son
Cocktail Hour & Dinner Musicians – A Trio Classique
Transportation – Atlas Limousine