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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!


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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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.


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

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.