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Champagne Tasting Bridal Shower Inspiration

Gathering your leading ladies for an afternoon of champagne sipping is always a welcome idea in our book. *Enter* Fat Cork in Seattle which just so happens to have beautiful space (and plenty of bubbly!) for the occasion. They partnered up with Katie Parra for wedding shower inspiration any bride could get behind, and you can snag a look at the full shebang over here.

From Katie Parra PhotographyI had the great pleasure of meeting Kate and Chloe of Fat Cork at a local industry event in Seattle. We talked all things Champagne and how they are opening up Fat Cork’s tasting room to host bridal showers, bridesmaid luncheons, and bachelorette parties. I of course jumped at the chance to photograph the mock bridal shower they wanted to put on to help get the word out to all our fabulous Seattle Brides. Kate and Chloe did a lovely job. Those two sure know their stuff when it comes to Champagne and how to throw a great party!

Fat Cork is a lovely space and by the end of the shoot I was literally trying to think up an excuse to have a party there for myself! But do I really need a reason…nope! Seattle Brides and Maids of Honor- Fat Cork’s tasting room is THE best place to celebrate this special and super fun time in one’s life. 

From Fat CorkWe partnered with Katie to create a French bridal shower featuring Champagne, the most celebratory of beverages! Our goal was to encourage brides to think of their shower not only as an afternoon of gifts and silly games, but also as an opportunity to check one more thing off the never-ending to-do list – selecting their wedding Champagne with their most trusted taste-testers.

We wanted the bridal shower to feel like a French fête, complete with rustic baguettes, fresh fruit, and delicious cheeses. We had a blast sipping Champagne, devouring French fare, and toasting to friends and fun!

Photography: Katie Parra Photography | Champagne Tasting Room: Fat Cork

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Discovery Park Engagement

I can tell you one thing: after perusing the gorgeous images in this beautiful Seattle engagement session, I’m thinking Discovery Park e-shoots need to be a permanent member of our lineup.  Because, really, what’s better than an entire day of love-fest soaking, complete with breathtaking views and sun-frolicking.  Answer: absolutely nothing.  See it all captured by Momentous Image right here.

From Momentous Image… Julia and Luke have been to Discovery Park, but Julia told me that everytime she comes here she never goes to the same place since Discovery Park is so big.

We had a beautiful sunset in Seattle the day of the shoot and I captured some beautiful pictures of the gorgeous couple.

They are both funny, kind hearted and just super nice people – I can see why they fell in love with each other.

Julia and Luke met at a Friends-giving (Thanksgiving dinner for friends).

Photography: Momentous Image

Colorful Brunch Wedding Inspiration

Ginger Bee Events certainly has a vision (and some pretty cool friends). Just take a look at this bright, fun inspiration shoot. With the help of, among others, Seattle-based lifestyle photographer Laura Gehring, hair stylist Kelsey Marie, and makeup artist Angie Rodriguez, we have a brunch time affair worth sinking your teeth into. So keep scrolling and dig in!  You can find more pictures from the shoot here.

From Ginger Bee EventsThis photo shoot was a labor of love for me and it represents a kick-off to what I hope is a fast-growing and long-lasting business. With such a successful first photo shoot, I have set a goal for myself to complete at least two styled photo shoots per year!

My inspiration for this photo shoot was my desire to inject color into the current scene. I wanted my design to be a departure from the current trends of neutrals and pastels. The color family I chose (green, yellow, and coral) is one I love and one that was developed over the course of planning the event and buying all of the unique items I incorporated. I wanted to project the look of a bright, colorful, clean, informal, and fun wedding with some atypical and sophisticated details. What was formed during the process was a fresh design with some retro and rustic touches. Numerous styles came together to make an overall beautiful and harmonious photo shoot.

My design preference is to provide a solid, simple base bringing in color and whimsy with the details. In this case, my solid base was a dark green wall, a hardwood floor, and a simple white table. Each of these choices allowed the florals, the favors, the place settings, and the ceremony backdrop to stand out!

For a unique touch, I included the use of some very traditional home items in a nontraditional way: The honeycomb-shaped hanging rack that holds the escort cards is actually a wine rack and the overhead basket in the table-scape scene is just a simple kitchen fruit basket. All of the items used in the shoot were either borrowed items or found at thrift stores, online, or at home-decorating stores.

With each event I plan, I make an effort to inject a little DIY and local flavor! For this shoot, I hand-stamped and hand-wrote the tags for the favors which were small portions of local Washington honey. The cake stand is made from a vintage green-glass plate and a modern, hammered-brass bowl. Virginia Hallam decorated her masterpiece of a cake with lemon peels in an intricate woven pattern. The majority of the flowers came from our local University District farmer’s market, all of which I arranged the day before the shoot with the help of Kasey Weiss. We even added some local kale sprouts within the arrangements. This was my first time tackling floral arrangements, and I am extremely proud of the final results.

Not only is the photography by Laura Gehring absolutely stellar, but her help in bringing everyone together was essential. This was a first-time collaboration for this team of professionals, and I could not have asked for better results! Be sure to check out the beautiful job that Angie Rodriguez and Kelsey Marie did with the make-up and hair on our awesome models!

Photography: Laura Gehring | Event Design: Ginger Bee Events & Planning | Event Planning: Ginger Bee Events & Planning | Floral Design: Ginger Bee Events & Planning | Makeup Artist: Angie Rodriguez | Hair: Kelsey Marie Knutson | Cake And Food Styling: Virgina Hallam | Floral Design - Assistance: Kasey Weiss | Makeup: Angie Rodriguez | Model: Alyssa Knowling | Set Styling: Ginger Bee Events & Planning