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Just when I thought this Washington wedding couldn’t possibly get any prettier, the gallery proved otherwise. It’s the type of union that proves to be sweetly sentimental with each and every vivid bloom and pastel hue. And with affectionate words shared from the Groom below (you KNOW we love that!), Katy Weaver Photography snapped every moment of waterfront elegance to share!

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Spring
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Lodge
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Rustic

From Katy Weaver PhotographyOne unique thing about this wedding is that the groom was really involved with the planning process. The bride was finishing up medical school, and is now in her first year of residency, so it was actually Dominic who wrote a description of their big day:

From The Groom…Lauren and I fell in love hiking through the New Zealand countryside, roadtripping through the Australian outback, and just generally adventuring as much as we possibly could, but we couldn’t imagine having a wedding that was prohibitively difficult for our family and friends to attend. Thus, our search for the perfect wedding venue led us to Kiana Lodge in Poulsbo, Washington which felt natural and remote, could be reached from Lauren’s hometown of Seattle with relative ease, and had great outdoor and indoor options (spring in Seattle is both beautiful and occasionally damp).

After visiting the venue exactly one year prior to our wedding date and seeing the many beautiful but multicolored flowers that sprung from every corner of the grounds, we decided to abandon the idea of a strict color scheme in favor of a more eclectic approach, which we described as “wildflower” rather than “random”. We were able to keep everything cohesive by sticking mainly to pastels and dressing the bridesmaids in a pretty sage green (dusty shale at jcrew) which provided a beautiful backdrop for the blushes, yellows, lavenders, peaches, and creams, that made up the bouquets, aisle decorations, and centerpieces. A huge factor in the success of this design was our florist, Melanie Benson, who shared in our vision and was able to meet the dual goal of keeping things budget-friendly and looking natural, by selecting flowers that were local and in-season. She also reused the flower-filled jars that lined the aisle as centerpieces for the tables after the ceremony, which I thought was a clever idea.

The ceremony itself turned out beautifully. We were married under a gorgeous birch chuppah that perfectly captured the rustic but delicate vibe we were going for, with the Puget sound behind us, and our all our friends and family arranged in a semi-circle around us. My favorite unplanned part of the ceremony was the laughter that erupted (chiefly from the bride) when the rabbi asked if we had prepared anything to say to each other, to which Lauren responded simply and definitively, ”Nope!”

All of the little details that consumed us in the weeks and months leading up to the wedding ended up being worth all the effort. The kids’ room — which we equipped with babysitters, coloring books, and a special kids’ buffet — made it easier for our unbearably cute child relatives to join us; the candy buffet – which we paired with chalkboard-topped mason jars, to serve as our wedding favors — was a huge hit; and while I insisted the cake and candy were enough dessert, unpacking the adorable s’more packets that Lauren made and roasting them over the bonfire was an incredible way to finish the evening.

In the end, it was the people who truly made the night – the hard work from our vendors, the heartfelt and hilarious toasts from our family members, and the predictably bad and surprisingly good dancing of our friends. Most importantly, there was the amazing bride who was crazy enough to marry me. All in all, I could not have been happier with how everything turned out.

Photography: Katy Weaver Photography | Coordination: The Invisible Hostess | Floral Design: Melanie Benson Floral | Wedding Dress: Amsale | Cake: Blackbird Bakery | Bridesmaids' Dresses: J.Crew | Hair And Makeup: Tiffany Colors | DJ: Chris Graves | Groom's Attire: Zegna | Wedding Venue: Kiana Lodge | Live Music: Julian Catford

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Golden Hour on the Washington Coast Wedding Inspiration

Golden Hour photography is my absolute favorite and this inspiration shoot on the gorgeous Washington coast from Christine Clark Photography is precisely why. Everything—from the Bride’s Champagne-colored gown and romantic makeup to the loose, organic bouquet—looks prettier in the warm glow of Golden Hour. Don’t believe me? Just take a peek at all the beauty here.

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Summer
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Beach
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Elegant

From Christine Clark PhotographyWe made the long drive out to the far, wild and rugged Washington coast in the middle of summer when golden hour lasts for ages. Mist from the ocean hung in the air, mixing with the soft, rich glow, and created a gentle blanket of light around Tahlia. Willowy olive branches and fluffy pampas grass mixed together in her bouquet for a contrasting texture that matched the spirit of the organic coastline. Driftwood of all shapes and sizes scattered across the beach, and gave us lovely frames and platforms to mingle with. The endless wash of water on the shore wiped the sand clean and smooth, ready for fresh footprints. This remote stretch of coast was an inspiring backdrop for our shoot as the sun set over the ocean.

Photography: Christine Clark Photography | Floral Design: Rachel Burke Porter | Wedding Dress: Free People | Makeup: Ana Braxton | Film Processing: Goodman Film Lab | Model: Tahlia Carchedi | Ribbon: Silk and Willow

Whimsical Washington Garden Wedding Inspiration

Want to know a little secret? Just adding the word whimsical in front of wedding instantly grabs my attention. Because not only does it promise delicate details married with gorgeous scenes, it also just so happens to be bursting with beauty. Pairing The Sweet Side treats with the captures from Maria Lamb Photography, we’ve got it all waiting for you in the gallery!

From Kaleb Norman James DesignBack in January I was walking the beautiful ground of Camp Korey with a client for an upcoming August wedding. I was struck with the lushness of the property, even in the dead of winter and knew I wanted to come back in the Spring when the trees were blooming and the sun was out once again. I kept finding myself distracted on the walk through dreaming up ideas for a potential shoot. The specific area we shot in reminded me of the Summers I spent in Italy, with the beautiful gardens, wisteria covered trellis & ornate fountain. This is where the inspiration came from for the color palette and over all design. I wanted something that felt reflective of the foggy mornings and the rolling green hills of the countryside, so I went with dusty blues & grays, and greens as the base for the color palette and then used natural elements like the vineyard chairs & wooden chargers to act as accent tones. We wanted the details to feel intentional such as the single tiered cake and many of the arrangements made up of the same flower.

Photography: Maria Lamb Photography | Styling: Kaleb Norman James Design | Event Planning: Kaleb Norman James Design | Floral Design: Kaleb Norman James Design | Wedding Dress: Alice Temperley | Wedding Dress: The Dress Theory | Wedding Venue: Camp Korey | Dessert: The Sweet Side | Film Lab: Photovision Film Lab | MUAH: Ashli Danielle | Models: SMG Models | Paper Goods: Marabou Design | Vintage Rentals: Great Findz

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Romantic Seattle Waterfront Wedding

I was lucky enough to attend a wedding in Seattle last fall, and so I would agree 110% with this Bride’s wish to showcase the city’s beauty for her guests. The Puget Sound absolutely sparkles, the perfect accompaniment to this adorable couple, these blushing bridesmaids (thanks to Jenny Yoo) and one decadent cake courtesy of The Sweet Side. Blue Rose Photography captured every bit – see it all here!

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Spring
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Hotel
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Elegant

From the Bride… Joe and I met on May 1, 2013 and were engaged exactly a year later on May 1, 2014, and married June 13, 2015. Joe grew up in Chicago and went to college in Kansas, I grew up in Texas and went to college in NYC. We chose to have our wedding in Seattle where we fell in love and live, where most of our guests would be visiting for the first time. We wanted all our guests to see what a magical place it is and why we love it so much, the water, the mountains and especially important to Joe, the music scene. We wanted to be married in June as close to the summer solstice as possible because it was the first day Joe said “I love you,” it is the longest day of the year, and in Seattle the long days and beautiful sunsets are especially magical – it also meant I could have peonies!

The most stressful part of planning was finding the perfect venue. We knew that we wanted to have a downtown wedding, but we also wanted to show Seattle’s outdoorsy side. The Edgewater was our perfect fit; it is literally on a pier and was made famous by The Beatles (Joe’s favorite band). The ceremony site faces the Puget Sound and mountains, and the cocktail hour was on a terrace with city views including the Space Needle. Also the food is amazing. After the venue was booked the next two big decisions were the dress and the photographers.

Since our wedding was a destination wedding for most of our guests, we had events Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday leading up to the wedding. This made the big day so much fun because so many of our guests had already gotten to know each other; it also took the pressure off Joe and I because we got to spend quality time with most of our guests throughout the week instead of cramming it all into one evening. For me the best event was a private yoga class for friends and family the morning of the wedding (47 people ended up taking the class). This set us up to enjoy the day and be as present as possible.

The details of the day were so fun for me. I took a calligraphy class and was able to use my calligraphy on all the invite addresses, table numbers, place cards, welcome sign, and seating chart. My Mom hand punched the heart shaped confetti for the processional from the RSVP cards and envelopes. Our String Quartet, who also plays with Macklemore, were able to play Joe’s favorite Beatles songs for the ceremony and they even threw in Nirvana (Joe’s other favorite) during cocktail hour.

We spent a lot of time planning the wedding and getting wrapped up in details but two of my favorite parts of the day ended up being the time I spent getting ready with my Mom and Bridesmaids in the penthouse and the ceremony itself. We did not see each other before the ceremony so I had a little more time for my Mom and Bridesmaids. We also wrote our own vows which I would highly recommend for personalizing your wedding. I was very nervous about it but with the help of my two married Bridesmaids I was inspired to stick with this choice. We didn’t share with each other before the wedding(although I almost caved the weekend before) and it made it so special. I truly felt the support of everyone listening and loving us.

Another piece of advice I loved and will share is to step back when the reception is happening and just take a moment to observe your beautiful day!

Photography: Blue Rose Photography | Floral Design: Stacy Anderson Design | Wedding Dress: Matthew Christopher | Cake: The Sweet Side | Invitations: Color Me Carla | Rings: Whitney Stern | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Jenny Yoo BHLDN | Groom's Attire: The Black Tux | Wedding Venue: The Edgewater | Bridal Boutique: Calla Bridal | Linens: Choice Linens | Makeup & Hair: Off White Makeup & Hair | Music: Passenger String Quartet

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Black and White Spokane Wedding Inspiration With Pops of Color

What do you get when you combine the classic elegance of a black-and-white color scheme with bright spring florals and gold and geometric accents? Wedding magic. And with her magic wand (a.k.a. camera),  Park Road Photography captured every last bit of pretty from the graphic tablescapes and the lush peony, ranunculus and anemone bouquets to the bold menus and soft lace dress. More magic here.

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Summer
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Elegant

From Park Road PhotographyThe special moment between spring and summer, when the barrenness of winter suddenly disappears and nature explodes into color. It’s my favorite time of year, bursting with light and promise, delicacy and strength.

“Soft yet strong” was the inspiration behind this wedding editorial at Riverside Event Center in Spokane, Washington. We loved combining the delicacy of hand-lettered invitations and menus (not to mention a gorgeous lace gown by Claire La Faye) with the strength and sophistication of black and white—the softness of pastel florals with the boldness of bright peonies and lilacs. Gold and geometric accents enhanced the overall feel of the session and paired perfectly with the soft yet strong beauty of the historic venue. Shot in both digital and film, I wanted to capture the essence of nature’s finest hues.

Photography: Park Road Photography | Event Styling: Soiree Event Design | Floral Design: Garden Of Eden Floral Design | Wedding Dress: Claire La Faye | Cake: Batch Bakeshop | Invitations: Bridget Smith Calligraphy | Makeup: Makeup By Evelyn Mauro | Hair: Designs By Janet Suzanne | Venue: Riverside Event Center | Artisan Chocolates : Pixie Dust Chocolates | Flatware: Glam Vintage Events + Rentals | Handlettering: Bridget Smith Calligraphy | Rentals: Event Rents

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