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Vintage Inspired Winery Wedding

A sweet fusion of cultures meets a breathtaking winery setting: this, my friends, is a wedding that is sooo worthy of some swoon-time.  Think lush, purple-hued blooms meets gorgeous vintage-inspired stylings meets a whole host of special moments that will leave you a little teary.  See every beautiful moment crafted by Simply Wed right here in the Maurice Photo Inc. captured gallery. 

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Summer
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Farm
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Vintage

From Simply Wed… The wedding of Stefanie and Amar was one of the most amazing experiences for both vendors and guests alike to be a part of. To use the bride’s words, they were most concerned with the guest experiences and that every detail be fully intentional. It was the marriage of two styles – that of a Montana country girl and an Indian gentleman – but made all their own. The property features many different areas to utilize, which meant a welcome cocktail hour in a barn; a leisurely walk up to the ceremony (complete with a spritzer station half-way by a waterfall); a ceremony on a deck overlooking the mountains, forest and a little winery on the property; and finally a reception in a tent set up in the lush gardens of the property.

The overall style was one part rustic winery, one part vintage elegance. Decorative elements featured crystal chandeliers, brass candelabras and urns, purple cut glass vases, and a lush mix of mismatched vintage furniture in lush velvets. Old trunks were stacked to create vignettes – one holding a tribute to the groom’s late father, and an old sewing table was set up with the homemade Jalapeno Jelly favors, lovingly made by Stefanie and her “Grammy” for all of the guests to enjoy. Grammy was also included in the special day as the flower girl, a touch that put a smile on everybody’s face!

The colors were a deep plummy purple, bright chartreuse green with accents of dark woods and tarnished brass. Custom linens were created out of the bride’s selected fabric to give the table settings a bit of a patterned flair. They perfectly tied together the various floral arrangements, which featured various textures of herbs, berries, pods, cabbage, greenery and flowers such as snapdragons, hydrangea, larkspur and hanging amaranthus. Tiny succulents were planted in vintage containers for an extra bit of interest around the table. Other areas such as the buffet and cocktail talbes were accented with lanterns, wood containers and logs, moss and other natural NW elements. The bridal bouquet was a unique stunner, and featured a King Protea accent flower with an unstructured, softly draping style. Custom chalkboard art created by Simply Wed was utilized around the property to help orient the guests, show the wedding program, and bring attention to some of the more special and thoughtful details.

The details that brought together Stefanie and Amar’s different backgrounds included a variety of Montana micro brews featured at the bar (and driven over by family members especially for the big day), and a buffet dinner featuring Vegetarian Indian Cuisine. They did a menu at each place setting explaining the different Indian foods and how to eat them (with your hands!), and included a pouch with a handy wipe to encourage the guests to give it a try! Finally, the big moment of the night was when the bride changed into a gorgeous sari and performed a surprise choreographed Indian dance for the groom. I don’t think anybody will soon forget to look on his face!

Photography: Maurice Photo Inc. | Floral Design: Susan Snyder For Simply Wed | Wedding Dress: LaineeMeg Bridal | Cake: The People's Cake | Invitations: Wedding Paper Divas | Ceremony Venue: Storybook Farm | Reception Venue: Storybook Farm | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Etsy | Catering: Haveli Vegetarian Restaurant | Catering: Flat Iron Grill | Hair & Makeup: Salon Maison | DJ: Seattle Parties | Groom's Attire: J Hilburn | Linens: Choice Linens | Reception Print Goods: Marsupials For Simply Wed | Rentals: ABC Special Event Rentals By CORT | Shuttles: A&A Limo | Staffing: The Invisible Hostess | Transportation: British Motor Coach | Vintage Rentals: Vintage Ambiance | Wedding Planner & Designer: Simply Wed

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Fairytale Wedding at Thornewood Castle

This Seattle soiree has all the major components of a modern day fairytale. Thornewood Castle as the backdrop? Check! Custom-designed Italian engagement ring? Check! Stunning Galia Lahav gown? Check! From the pink Aria Style blooms to the gorgeous glass slipper moment a la Valentino, every moment Stephanie Cristalli captured is fit for a storybook ending, right here!

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Summer
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Castle
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Elegant

From Perfectly Posh Events… Slava was raised in Moscow and Jessica was raised in the Seattle area. Their paths crossed as a result of their passion for ballroom dancing and now they are dancing professionally as award-winning dance partners.

Slava and Jessica met at a dance tryout in Los Angeles in April 2010. They decided to dance together shortly after and a few months later, Slava surprised Jessica with a bouquet of red roses as they were on their way to the dance studio. They decided to move to Seattle from California so Jessica could be near her family and proceeded on an incredible journey, opening a new dance studio while creating a life and home together.

For their wedding, Jessica & Slava wanted a memorable intimate affair with their closest family and friends. They both really love romantic classic European styles and selected Thornewood Castle as the backdrop for their personal fairy tale. Jessica loves feminine details and chose a color palette of light pink, blush, champagne and ivory.

Their intimate ceremony was held in the picturesque sunken garden surrounded by roses and hydrangea bushes. Jessica walked down a very long aisle on a carpet of rose petals before they said their “I Do’s” under a gorgeous floral arch with a stunning chandelier. One of my favorite personal touches in the ceremony space was the custom-made banners for each family crest that hung on the castle towers on either side of the ceremony space, not only did they fit the fairy tale theme perfectly but it also tied in their family heritages which are extremely important to Jessica and Slava.

Aria Style created the perfect romantic ambiance for the ceremony and reception with hundreds of roses and lush floral arrangements. I loved the design that we did with the tables, complete with blush pink linen layered with lace, vintage dishes, menus tied with lace and ribbon, tables named after ballroom dances, and drop-dead-gorgeous centerpieces! The reception was filled with lots of love and laughter, champagne in abundance, delicious food and of course plenty of dancing. To end the evening, Jessica and Slava departed in a vintage blue Lincoln Continental Convertible after being showered with rose petals by their family and friends. It was truly a modern day fairy tale!

From the beautiful Bride… On a sunny Sunday in June last year, Slava suggested that we go for a walk in the Bellevue Botanical Gardens – he looked very dashing all dressed up in a suit, so I put on my favorite pink sundress. We held hands as we walked through the garden and stopped to rest on a beautiful bench in the forest. The afternoon light was shining golden through the verdant green of the trees and there were butterflies occasionally flitting by, and the music of birds chirping happily. Then Slava got on his knee and proposed to me and I said yes! He presented me with the most beautiful, custom-designed Italian engagement ring, which he had secretly had made during our visits to Southern California for dancing. We bought pink champagne to celebrate at the outdoor patio of a cafe on Bellevue’s main street, and then we went to tell my parents, who welcomed Slava into the family. Shortly after, we also called Slava’s family in Bulgaria and Moscow to share the news!

Photography: Stephanie Cristalli | Floral Design: Aria Style | Wedding Dress: Galia Lahav | Cake: Cakes By Creme De La Creme | Stationary: Chic Ink | Shoes: Valentino | Catering: Shooby Doo Catering | Hair & Makeup: Erin Skipley | DJ: WaSOUND | Dishes: Vintage Dish Company | Linens: Creative Coverings | Planning: Perfectly Posh Events | Transportation: Rare Form Limo | Venue: Thornewood Castle

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Snowy Snoqualmie Pass Engagement Session

For those of you buried under mounds of snowy white goodness (I’m talking to you, my East Coast lovelies), this one is for you.  A drop-dead gorgeous engagement session in the winter wonderland also known as Snoqualmie Pass, a short jaunt from Seattle.  It’s true love meets gorgeous scenery and it’s all captured in amazing images by Blue Rose Photography.  See them all in the full gallery.

From Blue Rose Photography…. Josh & Sheila are both from San Diego and this was only their second time ever seeing snow. They recently moved to Seattle and wanted their engagement photos to show off nature and the beautiful Pacific Northwest. Snoqualmie Pass is only a forty minute drive east of Seattle. The trees were dusted in a light powder creating the most beautiful pastel green color. Sheila wore light pink and grey which are the colors of her wedding decor. They are having a summer wedding in Arlington, WA and we can’t wait!

Photography: Blue Rose Photography | Mountain: Snoqualmie Summit