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Elegant + Quirky Dog Themed Garden Wedding

And just like that my heart exploded into a million shiny little pieces – all thanks to the adorable captures from Jennifer Tai Photo Artistry. For this is the type of gallery that should come with an advisory because trust me, once you see all the adorable elements (hello, pup inspired details) you’ll explode with squeals. Don’t say we didn’t warn you and get ready to see it all firsthand in The Vault!


From Jennifer Tai Photo ArtistryKathryn and Max, with wedding planner extraordinaire Lisa Chambers of Chambers & Co, created an elegant yet quirky evening of celebration featuring their beloved dog, Douglas (or Dug)!

Held at the beautiful Dunn Gardens, the wedding felt like a private backyard affair. At the center was a flag-cloth tent from Cort Rentals, which at the time was the only company that had the service of renting and installing. Lisa, her team and the ladies from Lola Creative did an amazing job with the florals with paper flowers at the ceremony, and arrangements of coral and teal at the reception.

Herban Feast welcomed Kathryn and Max’s guests with a festive and colorful mimosa bar before the ceremony. Dinner was a creative showcase of bento boxes created with the bride and groom’s faves and dessert an ice cream buffet bar – all of which Doug hovered over protectively.

The highlight of the evening, among other things, was the unique karaoke DJ, helmed by the lovely Chrissy Williams. Everyone loves a good karaoke session with a spot of dancing mixed in from time to time.

It was a beautiful wedding to document from start to finish, laid back yet intricate, just as a backyard wedding should be. The best part was that Dug was the star of it all!

From the Couple… Max and I are huge nerds. We met online while playing a role-playing video game. We battled digital monsters and quested for rare treasures for about six months before deciding to meet in person. The designated location? A Japanese anime convention…dressed in costumes as our favorite characters. (Nerd alert!) When we met, he was relieved that I turned out to be an actual girl. I was relieved that he had a decent face.

Many years later we decided to tie the knot. We got an adorable dog named Douglas somewhere along the way. He was the inspiration for our wedding. Mainly because we couldn’t figure out how to incorporate both of our nerdy hobbies into the wedding, in a way that we wouldn’t regret in the future (Think: Full-blown Star Trek themed wedding complete with phasers instead of bouquets). Also because our lives revolve around that 110 pound mutt. He is many breeds, including: St. Bernard, Husky, German Shepherd, and Mastiff. Including Douglas in the wedding was easy. I have to give a lot of credit to our amazing wedding planner Lisa Chambers from Chambers and Co. She was such an enabler in the planning process–even inviting Douglas to all the planning sessions! It was no wonder he became such a (literally) huge part of our big day. First, he was assigned the role of ring-bearer. Next, our stationery designer Sheryl of Paper Moxie included him in our invitations. Then, the place cards turned into his silhouette. Our floral designers Emily and Flick from Lola Creative got in on the fun and added him to many parts of the decor, such as the decorative pillows for the seating as well. We tried to sprinkle some subtle details with Douglas throughout our wedding too (e.g. Max’s lapel pin, bar menu holders).

The actual wedding day was a whirlwind of fun and festivities–at the end of the day I couldn’t believe that it flew by so quickly! We enjoyed being with our small, tight-knit group of friends and family. Good food and drinks, dancing, karaoke, ice cream for dessert, and our cuddly pup right there with us the whole time–we wouldn’t have had it any other way.

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Photography: Jennifer Tai | Event Planner: Chambers & Co. | Floral Design: Lola Creative | Gown: Tadashi Shoji | Stationery: Paper Moxie | Engagement Ring: LT Denny | Rings: Ravens' Refuge | Catering: Herban Feast | Hair + Makeup: Ashli Danielle | Calligraphy: Mary Beth Person | Favors: Theo Chocolate | Groom's Attire: J.Crew | Wedding Venue: Dunn Gardens | Dug's Custom Collar: Danes And Divas | Groom's Dog Pin: Wild Life Pins | Guestbook Poster: Harvey Grey | Linen: Creative Coverings | Magnet Dog-Shaped Menu Holders: BHLDN | Mobile Restrooms: Royal Restrooms | Music: Chrissy Williams | Placecards: JonNi Paper Goods | Tent + Rentals: Cort Party Rentals | Valet: Butler Valet Service

Stylish + Modern Winter Wedding Inspiration

Not only would I say yes to this whole scene if I were to re-do my wedding, but I’m on board to replicate this for every winter celebration I have over the next several months. Cozy and organic, simple yet incredibly stylish, this shoot by Anna Peters is what I want to live in for the foreseeable future. Join me with these gorgeous blooms and these chocolate treats in the VAULT right this way!

From Anna Peters Photography… This fresh winter wedding shoot was inspired by a stylish Seattle couple who wants their wedding festivities to be an organic and cozy winter affair. We paid special attention to sourcing elements that are locally and ethically made; from beautiful rough diamond jewelry from Point No Point studio crafted with recycled gold and conflict free diamonds, to seasonal florals from Sarajane Camacho, and an invitation suite printed on handmade and recycled paper. And for dessert what better idea than indulging in individual molten chocolate cakes for each guest from Seattle favorite Hot Cakes! The result is a fresh spin on winter inspiration that reflects a thoughtful, modern couple!

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Photography: Anna Peters | Floral Design: Sara Jane Camacho | Wedding Dress: Kaarem | Invitations: Kwesi Phillips | Jewelry: Point No Point Studio | Makeup: Boom Boom Glow | Hair: Corinne Brown | Venue: Sole Repair | Desserts: Hot Cakes | Handmade Paper: Papel Vivo | Linen Rentals: Not Perfect Linen | Place Settings: West Elm | Rentals: Vintage Ambiance | Ribbon: Frou Frou Chic

Fall Seattle Wedding + Romantic Newlywed Session at Cascade Mountains

It’s beautifully obvious when a couple just got married; they’re glowing, smiles wide, eyes bright. So what better time to take more snapshots than right then and there. The day after these cutie’s festive fall “I do’s,” they headed outdoors with Christine Clark in tow to capture that special glow. See all these pics in our VAULT but don’t miss their wedding ones either (and ARIA Studios cute clip); with Jenny Yoo’s dresses and sweet treats courtesy of Fran’s Chocolates, the whole celebration is one to remember.

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From Christine Clark… Everyone who knows Holly and Kalani will immediately describe them as the sweetest and cutest couple out there. Both of their reputations for being easy-going, happy and kind people combine into one of those matches that seem to radiate adorableness and sunshine. This can be seen by their beaming, nonstop giddy smiles in all of the photos during their wedding day.

One of my favorite moments from their day (of which there are many) was their first look. While leading Kalani to the first look location, he was bursting with excitement, exclaiming, “she’s going to be sooo pretty!” They stood side by side down in Pioneer Square, with their hands covering their face, and then looked over at the same time. Kalani’s reaction was priceless, and Holly laughed in delight.

A couple days after the wedding, being the adventurers and artists that they are (Holly herself is a wonderful photographer), I headed with these two up into the Cascade Mountains where we did a newlywed photo session. The long hike up with gear and garment bags was thrillingly worth it as we wandered high up, amidst the bright autumn mountain foliage. Reds, oranges, and greens provided a rich and romantic backdrop to Holly’s delicate blush gown and the blue of Kalani’s navy suit. The sweet intimacy of newlywed life was soaked into their chemistry, creating wonderful moments and a photo session to remember always.

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Photography: Christine Clark | Floral Design: The London Plane | Wedding Dress: Watters | Cake: Dahlia Bakery | Invitations: Minted | Bride's Shoes: Cole Haan | Engagement Ring: Joseph Jewelry | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Adrianna Papell | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Jenny Yoo | Hair + Makeup: KLS Makeup Artistry | Favors: Fran's Chocolates | Venue: Mount Tabor Park | Bridal Boutique: BHLDN | Cinemetography: Aria Studios | Raw Gemstone Ring: Alexis Russell | Ribbon: Adorn Company | Robes: Plum Pretty Sugar

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