Thursday, March 25, 2010

Photoshoot

Hi all,

I want to share with you a few pictures from our photoshoot with the FABULOUS Kristen Honeycutt. Can you believe these were taken in February--what gorgeous weather we have been having, huh!? Kristi and I (and Stanford) had such a great time running around downtown Kirkland with Kristen--I can't say enough good things about her and her work! Make sure to check out her blog!

Our make up was done by Sequoia Leopold with My Flawless Tan & Make Up. If you are ever in the downtown Kirkland neighborhood--you must stop in and check out her studio. She has happy hour on Fridays starting at 3pm where her airbrush make up application is half priced. Great for a GNO or a hot date with your fiance perhaps!? :)

Many of our clients (and vendors) get to know Stanford (my pug), as he is often hanging around the office. He did such a good job holding it together for a few of these shots! Thanks to our uber talented photographer--we are excited to share these great photos!


Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Happy St. Patrick's Day & "Green" Wedding Tips

You can incorporate several elements into your wedding planning to make your wedding more eco-friendly.

  • Use biodegradable seed paper for your invitations; when planted in soil, they grow wildflowers.
  • Wear a vintage or previously owned wedding dress. Places to find vintage dresses include consignment shops, thrift stores, or auction websites. Some bridal shops also may specialize in the restoration, recycling and resale of wedding gowns.
  • After the wedding, think about donating your wedding gown to charity. There are charitable organizations who donate proceeds from used wedding gowns to their valuable work.
  • If you have your wedding and reception in the same location, it will lessen automobile emissions into the air.
  • Instead of renting a limousine or Hummer, try using a hybrid, compact car, or even a horse and buggy for a more unique, old-fashioned vibe. If two separate locations cannot be avoided, you can request that your guests carpool on the invitations or hire a shuttle bus.
  • Use local and organic food wherever feasible, and donate extra food to a shelter. Use local, seasonal flowers for the ceremony and reception. Another option is potted plants, which can be given to guests for replanting or donated to a local hospital or professional nursing facility.
  • Consider giving your guests wedding favors such as packets of seeds and bulbs, promoting sustainable and renewable agriculture for the planet.
  • Set up your bridal registry at stores that sell organic cotton, recycled glassware, bamboo home d├ęcor, and the like, reflecting your green lifestyle and values as a couple. As another option, you could request that your guests donate to eco-friendly organizations rather than giving other wedding gifts.
  • Check out this unique company that will make a ring out of a pebble you found on the beach he proposed on...
  • Check out this men's ring incorporating a pebble found on a beach...


    HAVE A SAFE ST. PATRICK'S DAY EVERYONE!

    Tuesday, March 9, 2010

    Rain, Rain, go away!


    So if anyone out there caught the Bachelor last night, you would have seen Molly Malaney and Seattle's own Jason Mesnik tie the knot down in Cali. First off, I would like to say how much I adored her dress and how her bouquet complimented it PERFECTLY! I thought it was a beautiful wedding and a gorgeous venue, but I felt so bad for the wedding planner and event designer having to make that event unfold out in the rain and wind! Setting all of that up in the middle of all that rain must have been challenging! Molly had an awesome attitude about it though--didn't you think?

    Here in Seattle with the unpredictable weather, I have been in that situation more than once. I leave it up to the bride and groom to make the call whether to have the wedding inside or outside. 'Your Day, Your Way' is a motto we LIVE by around here! I am always up for a challenge, and I know how much it means to some clients to have their outdoor ceremony...but I have seen go both ways. Sometimes they get lucky and they have a beautiful sunny ceremony but I have also seen the skies open up right in the middle of the ceremony before also.

    So for all of those brides out there who will be making that decision in the upcoming months--just think about Molly and Jason's wedding...how will would you react if it started down pouring in the middle of your vows? If you would laugh it off like she did--then go for it, but if you would end up balling and worried about your make up running down your face--probably best to stay safe and move it inside!

    Here's to wishing Seattle a long, mild and sunny 2010 wedding season!