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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

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Cozy and Intimate Seattle Wedding

Categorize this duo under soulmates, because their love story reads like a romance novel. After meeting at midnight on NYE, this darling duo began their whirlwind romance and in three short months (you read that right!) planned their Big Day – complete with downloaded Etsy menus, online dress shopping, and paper airplanesAngela & Evan were behind the lens capturing every sweet moment right here.

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Winter
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From the beautiful Bride…Danny and I met in Thailand on New Years Eve last year. We hadn’t known each other long before deciding to get married, but almost instantly upon meeting him I knew I wanted to spend my life with him.

Wedding planning started off as things usually do: Ideas began small, and continued to get more elaborate as time went on. We thought about doing a courthouse wedding, then decided on a small gathering with immediate family, then agreed to do a larger party to celebrate. When we found out a good amount of Danny’s family and friends would be coming from all over the world, we knew we wanted to have a real wedding, but we also knew we wanted it to remain small and intimate. Danny’s best man flew in from India, and his groomsmen came from New Zealand (just a quick 19-hour flight). His sister and dad traveled from London, and his mom (mum!) and stepdad traveled from Croatia. We had around 20 out-of-town guests make it from six different countries.

Because Danny was immigrating from England, we didn’t have long to plan. We had about three months in total, two of which he was still living in the UK, so needless to say we had to cut some corners and make quick decisions. But that’s what downloadable menus on Etsy is for, and online bridal dress shopping, and friends that are willing to frantically finish folding paper airplanes three hours before the ceremony. We focused on the important stuff (like the perfect cake!), and knew whatever was done was done, and whatever we didn’t get to, it didn’t matter.

We chose The Court in the Square as our ceremony and reception venue for the cozy factor, and the fact that it feels like an outdoor venue when it’s really in the middle of February. It’s already such a beautiful space that it didn’t require much decorating.

We couldn’t resist adding in some sort of travel elements. Instead of table numbers, we did table cities that represented the places Danny and I have been together. We had our (very talented) friend sketch landmarks of each city for the tables, and had a big poster board seating chart with names next to each landmark. We folded paper airplanes for place cards and adorned them with washi tape. We wanted everyone to sit together in a sense, so we did one long table that wrapped around the venue. That table, and being able to look out on everyone who had come to celebrate with us, was one of our most favorite and cherished things. Our guest book was a vintage globe we had everyone sign that now doubles as one of our favorite decor items in our house.

This last year has been hard – long distance is hard, but that’s what made our wedding day so incredibly special. Danny was finally in America, and we were able to start our life together. The day was full of love, you could absolutely feel it.

Photography: Angela & Evan Photography | Event Design: Aria Style | Wedding Dress: Alice + Olivia | Cake: Kerissa Bakes | Invitations: Minted | Ceremony Venue: The Court In The Square | Reception Venue: The Court In The Square | Entertainment: Michael Benson Band | Bridesmaids' Dress: ASOS | Bridesmaids' Dress: Aritzia | Cake Topper: BHLDN | Programs: Lorelle Paperie & Co. | Rentals: AA Party Rentals

Romantic DIY Winery Wedding

There aren’t enough adjectives to fully describe this Alexandra Knight affair, but the biggest takeaway? The absolute heart that it’s packed with. Starting with the adorable story board that acted as the backdrop to the dessert table, to ending with the Bridesmaid’s assembling their bouquet’s, every detail is heart melting. Read on for the story that brought this darling duo together, and see the whole day here.

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Summer
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Winery
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Rustic

From Alexandra Knight PhotographyCatie & KJ’s gorgeous winery wedding was a perfect combination of DIY elements, a breathtaking blush and champagne color palette, and a beautiful venue to host their celebration. Styled by the bride herself, their reception featured fun chevron and sequin table runners that pulled the soft pink roses and gold candles together elegantly. Catie wore a Jenny Packham gown that was purchased used from Australia and she even wore her great-great grandmother’s gold ring as her something borrowed for the ceremony.

Catie’s bridesmaids’ wore different dresses that complemented each other well, and they were tied together by their coordinating florals, too. The bride and groom ordered bulk flowers from Costco, and the bridesmaids assembled bouquets by hand the day before the wedding. The variety of bouquets carried by the bridesmaids were a beautiful way to add some variation that tied all the colors and elements of the day together.

This couple was one of my most favorite couples I’ve ever worked with. They approached their wedding planning with a laid back style, knew that they wanted to focus on their guests having a fun time, and wanted to stay true to their personalities. So instead of a fancy plated dinner at the winery where they held their wedding, they had two different food trucks cater the event, which allowed guests to grab and go whatever food options they wanted. The bride shopped Etsy and DIY projects to help her create the vision for what she wanted with her reception space and it all came together beautifully.

Guests toasted them with some of the best speeches I’ve ever heard, and the bride’s maid of honor got to tell their guests the story of knowing KJ for years prior to him meeting Catie. She has the joy of being best friends to them both and was the best maid of honor they could have asked for. Be sure to check out the photos of the adorable story board that acted as the backdrop to the couple’s dessert table. The hand-penned black board tells their story with adorable illustrations while looping in their individual personalities and backgrounds. What a great way to personalize the reception space!

We were treated to private access to the winery’s barrel room by the owner himself, and enjoyed a mini escape from the reception for a few last minute portraits as the sun went down. We could not have been blessed with better weather and a better setting to celebrate this amazing couple and I am so honored to have been involved!

Photography: Alexandra Knight Photography | Flowers: Costco | Cake: Morfey's Cake | Cupcakes: Trophy Cupcakes | Hair & Makeup: Gene Juarez | Suits: Jos A. Bank | Accessories: Nordstrom Wedding Suite | Alterations: Nordstrom Wedding Suite | Bridal Gown: Jenny Packham | Ceremony & Reception: DeLille Cellars | Chairs: AA Party Rentals | Day-of Coordinator: Lindeman Events | Food Truck: Veraci Wood Fired Pizza | Food Truck: Skillet

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Romantic Winter Wedding Inspiration

I’m not the biggest fan of winter, I’ll be the first to admit that. But this shoot by Nikki Closser, full of romance and beauty, just may change my mind. From the beautiful blush stone and gown, to a cake I’d like for my own upcoming nuptials, I’m dreaming of kisses atop a veil of newly fallen snow. Whether you’re a snow bunny or spend all your ski time in the lodge instead, these pics aren’t to be missed.

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From Nikki Closser Photography… I had been wanting so badly to do a photo shoot in the snow, so when I heard there was going to be a huge snowfall up in the mountains, I jumped at the opportunity. I decided to put together a snowy wedding inspiration shoot and we lucked out with the most perfect day at Snoqualmie Pass. The scenery with the mountains and fresh, bright snow was breathtaking!

To me, the snow can be so dreamy and I wanted the shoot to have that same dreamy feel. I loved incorporating deep maroon with the softness of the blush Reem Acra that beautiful Suz wore. I made the belt from velvet ribbon and it added a beautiful contrast to the white snow. I then added in some gold accents to the table scape by DIY’ing gold flatware and plates. The winter themed flowers looked just stunning against the snow and we brought in the blush color again with soft roses and a ring with a blush colored stone.

There is something so peaceful about being in the mountains after a snowfall. We were so happy to be there and to be surrounded by such natural beauty. To add in some of our own beautiful touches, and to have a couple to photograph who are so in love, made this photo shoot that much more special!

Photography: Nikki Closser Photography | Flowers: Butter & Bloom | Dress: Reem Acra - Rent the Runway | Cake: Butter & Bloom | Venue: Snoqualmie Pass | Champagne Flutes: Nicole Miller | Dress Belt & Flatware Ribbon: Pacific Fabrics | Earrings: Betsey Johnson | Flatware: DIY by Nikki Closser | Models: Suz & Greg Fix | Paper Goods & Love Sign: Sweetpeas & Seashells | Suit: Indochino | Tie: Cheap Neckties

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Julie Vino Trunk Show at Mea Marie Bridal Atelier

The pretty is spilling over today thanks to bridal gown designer Julie Vino! And get this  — on February 7th + 8th, 2015, Seattle’s Mea Marie Bridal Atelier is hosting an official Julie Vino Trunk Show. My dears, mark your calendars! This is a show you won’t want to miss…

Handmade of the finest European fabrics and Parisian laces, these incredibly gorgeous and effortlessy romantic gowns are unlike anything you’ve ever seen! The trunk show will feature the Julie Vino Provence Collection 2015 as well as some of the most requested styles from the Orchid and Ceasaria Collections.  Not only will brides get the chance to try on these stunning gowns, but there is also a 10% discount for styles purchased during trunk show appointments!

Brides have been booking flights from across the country to get the chance to try on a Julie Vino wedding dress, so be sure to book your appointment! Head over here to see exactly which gowns will be featured at the trunk show and to choose a time slot. Contact Nikki at Mea Marie Bridal Atelier at 425.531.5664 with any questions. Happy dress hunting, my dears.

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Floral Design: Jon Throne at Countryside Floral | Event Planning & Design: Meant2Be Events | Photographer: Genesa Richards Photography | Wedding Dress: Cicada Bridal | Cake: Baked | Stationery: Songbird Paperie | Hair & Makeup: Urbanista| Linens: BBJ Linen | Rentals: Vintage Ambiance | Rentals:R&R Rentals | Venue: Vistas at Tolt Hill

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