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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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Classic and Elegant Seattle Wedding

Timeless and drenched in elegance this Seattle soiree is cause for celebration. With the help of their loved ones, this couple crafted a day filled with nods to their Greek and Puerto-Rican heritage including DIY details like peony filled bouquets and hand-sewn favors and you can see all the pretty through the lens of  Yvonne Wong in the full gallery right here.

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From the Bride… My husband and I were married last spring beautiful overcast Seattle day. Our photographer, Yvonne Wong, did a wonderful job capturing the brightness of the grey day along Lake Washington at the Seattle Tennis Club. Since I was a young girl, I dreamt of one day getting married at the classic venue, and thankfully my husband-to-be fell in love with the venue as well.

In addition to his venue-approval, he gave me free reign on most of the planning, which I was thrilled about because I had so many ideas of what I wanted to create myself with the help of my incredibly crafty Mom. We were so excited to work together and DIY a lot by ourselves, including ALL the flowers, escort cards, programs, menus, favors, and wedding sash. As I toiled on the papery items, my Mom sewed the wedding favors and pieced together my beautiful wedding sash. The two days leading up to the wedding, we worked away on all the florals, which was quite the feat in the midst of entertaining out of town guests and getting prepared for the big day. There were definitely a couple last minute runs to get more (bloomed) peonies but thankfully we had the help of friends and family to assist in getting everything organized for the big day.

Carlos and I met the summer of 2009 in Seattle’s Greenlake neighborhood. While both of us attended the University of Washington, had mutual friends, and lived directly across the street from each other, it took us years to actually meet. My new roommates and I decided to throw an open house party in our newly rented townhouse and Carlos happened to show up with one of our mutual friends. That evening, bonding over our college experiences, prior careers and cultural backgrounds, we felt a spark, and the rest is history.

Growing up in Greek and Puerto-Rican households, it was important for us to share our cultural backgrounds for our big day. While our ceremony was traditional Greek Orthodox, we tried to blend our Greek and Puerto-Rican backgrounds during our reception, with lots of salsa dancing and Greek dancing. Our favorite part of the evening was sneaking away just the two of us, to see all our closest family and friends enjoying themselves out on the dance floor. The day was filled with so much love and we couldn’t have asked for anything more.

Photography: Yvonne Wong Photography | Floral Design: Mother Of The Bride | Wedding Dress: Calla Bridal | Wedding Cake: Cake Envy | Invitations: Paper Delights | Ceremony Venue: St. Demetrios Greek Orthodox Church | Reception Venue: Seattle Tennis Club | Bride's Shoes: Nordstrom | Bridesmaids' Dresses: J Crew | Hair: Jodi Smith | DJ: DJ Yanni | Wedding Favors: Mother Of The Bride | Flower Girls: Janie And Jack | Groomsmen Attire: Men's Wearhouse | Makeup: Jara Mohlman | Programs/Menus: Bride

Downtown Seattle Wedding at the Sky View Observatory

Simple yet ridiculously sweet and personal, this chic Seattle celebration at the Sky View Observatory captured by Alexandra Knight has my heart this morning. From the Bride’s stunning teal Badgley Mischka pumps (a nod to the shoes she wore on their first date) to her tea length gown to that gorgeous cake from Honey Crumb Cake Studio - from start to finish, this gallery is is just pure pretty .

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From Alexandra Knight PhotographyKatie & Brandon were a referral from a dear friend and I knew I wanted to photograph their wedding within minutes of meeting them. They are calm, loving, and genuine people that have a remarkable love story. I love their wedding for their details, their commitment to keeping the day about them and what they wanted, and their incredible venue. Katie & Brandon were only the 2nd couple to ever get married at the Sky View Observatory, 73 floors above the bustling streets of downtown Seattle. It was such a treat to be part of a wedding at this brand new venue! Following their ceremony and a few photos on the observation deck, we headed to the waterfront of downtown Seattle for a gorgeous portrait session at sunset. The pier was practically empty and we walked a block down the street for some photos in front of the Seattle ferris wheel, too. The images of the bride spinning and twirling are my favorites, as Katie paused to twirl and swish her dress back and forth all day on her own. The joy she got from the movement of such a beautiful dress and the ability to express that happiness was such a perfect thing to photograph and I feel that the images we took of her spinning beautifully capture that joy. Teal accents, killer Badgley Mischka shoes, tea length gown… this wedding was a knockout!

From The Bride…Brandon and I wanted to focus on three things in the planning of our wedding.  We wanted to represent the simplicity that we strive for in our everyday lives.  To make it through the planning with the intention of ease and practicality (if it was too much of a hassle we just cut it and didn’t bother!).  And to represent ourselves based on the values and sentiment that we carry through our relationship.  This day was going to be about us.

When it came to planning our big day my inspiration first started with the color palate. And the color palate first started with some shoes.

After knowing each other since middle school and through high school, Brandon and I were reunited at my 25th birthday.  Like any stylish 20-something I was dressed for the occasion and wearing some gorgeous teal heels; little did we know that birthday would be the beginning of something so special and those shoes would become a fond memory for us through our dating years.  So in honor of where we started, there was no question in my mind, I’d be walking down the aisle in gorgeous, show stopping teal heels.

In order to truly show case the heels I knew the dress would have to be shorter.  I also knew it would have to be a simple style, I wanted to wear the dress not have it wear me.  With the tea length dress there was no hiking it up or dragging it around the city and whenever the mood hit it gave me every opportunity to twirl and spin with delight.

 Our venue sort of just fell into our laps, and following suit in simplicity and practicality, we knew that it fit just right. We had been in downtown Seattle exploring courthouse options, but walking through metal detectors did not leave us feeling swept away by romance, and made it hard to envision myself feeling bridal while walking down such uninspiring halls.  After we left the courthouse we spontaneously decided to take a small sight-seeing trip to the Sky View Observatory of the Columbia Tower a few blocks away, the office building is the second tallest building on the west coast and has the highest viewing deck west of the Mississippi.  As we stepped off the elevators on the 73rd floor and looked around the Observatory suddenly the space just screamed “Wedding”! The 360 degree view was simply breathtaking and being so far above the bustle and craziness of downtown Seattle gave such a sense of serenity.  The space simply made perfect sense to us.

There was a theme of unexpected things falling perfectly into place while we planned our wedding, which seemed to reflect exactly how our friendship and relationship has been- unexpectedly and perfectly falling in love when the time was just right.

Photography: Alexandra Knight Photography | Flowers: Sal Floral Design | Wedding Gown: Oleg Cassini David's Bridal Collection | Cake: Honey Crumb Cake Studio | Ceremony: Sky View Observatory | Shoes: Badgley Mischka | Hair & Makeup: Tanya Joseph Hair & Makeup | Groom's Suit: Joseph Abboud | Portrait Session: Pier 62 & 63, Seattle Waterfront Park

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