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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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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.

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

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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.

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

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

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Elegant Seattle Wedding full of Classic City Details

At the hands of Sinclair & Moore, this black tie affair was artfully infused with a fresh burst of color. It’s a gorgeous rendition of Seattle city nuptials but with a twist on classic. The vibrant florals, the cityscape, the feasting in front of a weathered brick wall all come together through the lens of O’Malley Photographers. Have a look at one wildly good looking gallery right here.

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From O’Malley PhotographersWe have a gorgeous Pacific Northwest wedding planned and designed by the talented Sinclair & Moore team here to share with you! Todd and Kristi’s wedding was full of classic and elegant touches, exactly what they hoped their wedding would be. They opted for a classic and elegant wedding in downtown Seattle, but wanted their photos to also incorporate the gorgeous water and mountain views, something that is unique to Seattle. The slate grey, navy, smoky blue, coral and peach color palette was perfectly achieved with garden and spray roses, dahlias, clematis, sweet peas, raspberries and other unique natural elements. They chose Court in the Square to say their “I Do’s” at and new venue, AXIS, to host their reception. Both venues boast quintessential Seattle vibes with lots of brick, exposed wood and warm character. The bride and groom got ready at nearby Alexis Hotel, within walking distance to the historic Pioneer Square district where the ceremony and reception were held. They incorporated other special touches into their big day such as a touching tribute to their grandparents during the ceremony and a late night snack of wood-fired pizza (the bride’s favorite treat) to keep their guests fueled for dancing late into the evening. It was a beautiful and memorable day!

Cake: Tallant House | Ceremony Venue: Court In The Square | Event Design: Sinclair & Moore | Floral Design: Sinclair & Moore | Hair: Cameron Kelly | Invitations: Spruce | Photography: O'Malley Photographers | Planning: Sinclair & Moore | Reception Venue: AXIS Pioneer Square | Wedding Dress: Allure

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Warm Winter Wedding in Seattle

Seattle has always held a special place in my heart and this quirky, cool, winter wedding was the breath of fresh Pacific Northwest air I’ve been craving. Kirk Mastin perfectly captured this couple’s carefree style and laid-back city soirée. These two are clearly head over heals for each other and their joy is pretty darn contagious. You can join in the fun right here in the gallery.

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From the Bride… After 3 years, 2 states, 4 moves and a puppy, I couldn’t wait to get married to Chris! On Thursday evening January 3rd, 2013 he asked me to marry him – while I was queuing up Grey’s Anatomy on Netflix. I said yes, in my pajamas. So much love.

Over the next year we moved 3 more times, added a new state to our address, found new jobs and planned a wedding we think reflects us.

Seattle seemed the perfect choice for a location; it’s where we met and most of our family/friends are there. We had no idea where to go from there. Have you ever googled “wedding venue”? Sensory overload. Chris found Skillet Street Food, burgers and fries, perfect! We drove up to Seattle one weekend and ate lunch at their restaurant – yummy. From there we found Melrose Market Studios from the preferred vendor list on Skillet’s website. Here was THE venue, we didn’t need to look at a another one. Both of us loved the exposed brick, concrete floor and how we could have both ceremony and reception in one place.

“OK” I’m thinking “we got this.” 8 months ’til the big day and we have the basics covered. Chris’s brother Nick would be the Best Man and my brother Jimmy would be the Man of honor. Perfect. Except people kept asking about colors and my dress and concept. What? Uh… Earth tones?

I have never planned a wedding, not even as a little girl, in my imagination. Nope.

I decided on pinecones for a theme. They are super cute, earth toned, and in the Pacific Northwest you can find all different shapes and sizes. My mom has boxes of old canning jars that were my grandmothers. Candles in mason jars and gold glittered pine cones, white table cloths with brown butcher paper runners, yes! Kat, my sister in sarcasm and an amazing chef offer to make our cake – chocolate with mocha frosting, drool!

I found my dress after a full day in bridal boutiques and vintage store, when I was about to give up someone suggested The English Department. There I found Elizabeth Dye and her perfect mix of classic lines built for real people! And it wasn’t white!

We found our photographer kind of haphazardly, but like everything else, he turned out to be perfect. My only request was to have at least one photo at Pike Place Market. Growing up in Seattle it holds so many memories and it’s just a really fun place. Kirk took this request to the next level. First look was on the lower landing, we went to Socio’s where we used to do all our produce shopping, and of course in front of the sign. He also suggested a big mural on Capital Hill, where 3 years earlier Chris had taken my photo when we were first dating. Like I said, perfect.

Fast forward to 6 weeks before the wedding. Things we don’t have: rings, suits for Chris and his brother (my brother wore a suit he already owned), officiate, flowers, music, hotel room, dog sitter, marriage license. Yikes! What we did have was amazing family and friends.

On January 5, 2014, a freakishly sunny dry day, surrounded by love so strong you could feel it, we were married.

Quite honestly this wedding planned itself. Everything just fell together, at the last possible moment. It was warm, inviting, filled with laughter, and a little quirky – just like us.

Accomodations: Inn At The Market | Catering: Skillet Street Food | Ceremony Venue: Melrose Market Studios | Floral Design: LaVasser | Grooms Attire: Collier | Groomsmen Attire: Collier | Location: Six Arms | Location: Socio's | Photography: Kirk Mastin | Wedding Dress: Elizabeth Dye