Monday, January 26, 2009

Vows in the Vineyard

I wanted to share a table that I designed for an Association of Bridal Consultants meeting. I called it 'Vows in the Vineyard.' I chose a wine themed table because I work a lot within wine country. There are so many different venues that wineries have to offer and I think that winery weddings are so incredibly romantic. There are old wineries opening up new spaces, older wineries with fabulous existing space and there are ALWAYS new wineries opening up with new event spaces. There are wineries on this side of the mountains and there are even more wineries on the east side of the mountains as well! So many to choose from!

Fabulous gilded linens are from Linens by Alice
Yummy salted chocolate favors are by Purple Cafe and Wine Bar
Incredible place cards and menu cards are by Paper Fling
Rentals are from AA Party Rentals
Wine accessories are from Village Wines
Cork floral centerpieces were by Lindeman Weddings
I layered three gold linens to give the table a ruffled effect. Then I placed the top of a wine barrel in the middle of the table. Coiling gold wire around the rolled burgundy napkins and fastening a wine cork to the wire tied in the wine theme. The wine bottles had wicks that burned giving the table a romantic light. And yes, those are real grapes!

Photography by Jack Young with Jack Z. Young Photography.

Sunday, January 18, 2009

Bridesmaids Dresses by Color

I think that bridesmaids dress are a way to bring more character to your wedding. I love the idea of mixing and not matching. Colors or styles! Not only to accommodate different girl's body types but to add a little something different to customize your color palate. Here are some of my favorite dress of the season as well as a few pictures that push the envelope when it comes to getting creative with your bridesmaids attire...

As Gray is the new Brown I wanted to start off with a metallic tank top dress by Melissa Sweet. This unique graphite number will be sure to turn heads walking down the aisle.

Here are three playful gray dresses from BCBG that will sure to be effortlessly comfortable at any outdoor wedding.

Yellow is another hot trend for 2009...This casual knee length sundress echos sunshine on a sunny day!

You can't go wrong with black. It is classic and elegant. I love this dress because of the ruffled neckline and the baby doll cut. It is by Alvina Valenta.

Dress your girls pink! This sassy magenta spaghetti strapped v-neck dress is by Watters.

For a formal occasion this navy number by Vineyard will look good with any skin tone!

This plum purple knee length dress by David's Bridal accentuates the waist and I just adore the bunched neckline!

This ravishing green dress would look good with so many different accent colors! Pink, Navy, Deep Purple, Yellow or Black, there are so many options!

Funky and sweet describes this adorable lavender dress. Pair with red shoes for a modern twist!

This classic black and white dress can be found at White House-Black Market. It is a retail boutique store you can find in most malls and online. For awesome bridesmaids dresses always keep an eye out at retail might find what you are looking for at half the price!

All of the dresses below are also from White House-Black Market. This is a bold move for a wedding but I think that they all look great!

I love, love, love this color! And this dress can be found at J. Crew online!

Saturday, January 10, 2009

Wedding Show Booth

I just wanted to post a few pictures of our both in last weekend's Seattle Wedding Show. Tania from Azzura Photography stopped by to take a few pictures...Thank you again Tania!

We had fun designing this space. Black and Ivory with a touch of Red is one of my ultimate favorite color schemes for a wedding! I think it is so classy and you can dress it up for a black and white ball or dress it down to be casual and funky. You can look back at your wedding pictures in 10 years and still say that was a beautiful wedding! We tried to create a little wedding in our booth...from place settings to the martinis we covered a few unique ways to tie this theme through any black and white wedding reception!

The favorite was the candy escort cards. You can make up one of these vases for every guest so that they can pick it up and it will have their name and table number on it. Once they have picked through all of the candy in their little vase during the reception, they can head over to the "candy bar" where there is multiple vases filled with assorted candies (that match your color scheme) and they can refill it to take it home with them as favor! This is a wonderful way for your guests to have a keepsake from your wedding, while serving a purpose and it won't break the bank!

Wednesday, January 7, 2009

Julep Nail Parlor

As many of you know we had a fabulous giveaway at the Seattle Wedding Show donated to us by Julep Nail Parlor. Our grand prize was a 6 person Pedicure Party and our second Prize was a Girlfriend's Gift Bag filled with all sorts of goodies! We want to thank Julep for working with us on that and we had fun notifying our prize winners today! Susanne Kerns is the Event Coordinator for Julep Nail Parlor and she treated Kristi and I to a fabulous Mani and Pedi at the Downtown Parlor! Being a connoisseur of pedicures and all that is spa, I would honestly have to say is was one of the best pedicures I have ever had! Jennifer, my vernisseur at the downtown parlor was so incredibly detailed oriented which as a wedding planner I loved! She was incredibly sweet and fun to talk to!

Finally there is a spa truly perfect for bridal parties! With furniture that can be arranged to fit any size party from 6-50+ people and flat screens to watch your favorite DVD or plug in a slide show, Julep has truly mastered the art of group spa parties. The best part is, you can actually talk to each other without getting "shushed!" I have been to so many spas where they tell you to be quiet for giggling and having a good time. Not here! You can also have food catered by Gourmondos and sip champagne while getting your toes pampered! For more information visit their website