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Intimate Puget Sound Elopement

This wedding right here?  It’s the reason I love elopements.  The reason I fall head over heels for intimate soirees with only your nearest and dearest in attendance.  It’s a heartwarming look at true love through the lens of Brittany Lauren Photography, with enough magical moments to fill your entire weekend with happy.  Just the way we like it.  See so much more right here.

From Brittany Lauren Photography… We met up with Heather and Risa for New Year’s Eve (coincidentally) and Heather told me her and Risa were running up to Washington with just three guests and a dog to get married. I quickly hinted at the fact that I should OBVIOUSLY be their photographer and two months later there we all were. An amazing mid-week getaway with gorgeous weather, wonderful views, amazing people, and a love so sweet and so sincere it can literally conquer all.

The wedding truly was a labor of love with everyone pitching in. One guest made all the floral arrangements, another guest who does wood burning work made the customized time capsule box, Chapter, the dog, carried the rings, and Heather’s mom handmade her dress and the smudging stick.

There is something so romantic about running away with the love of your life and your three closest friends for a week of sunshine, celebration, and binding yourself to one another forever. Heather and Risa knew that more than anything they wanted their wedding to be special, intimate, and full of love and laughter.

Photography: Brittany Lauren Photography | Floral Design: DIY | Rings: Gilt Groupe | Venue: The Historic Balch

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San Juan Island Wedding Day

The backdrop for this wedding – Roche Harbor Resort – reminds me of something out of a movie. Like a classic love story movie. Where the leaves are just starting to turn, the boats are both romantic and insanely elegant, the bride can’t stop smiling and details? Well they are innately timeless and chic at the exact same time. With photographs from Catherine Rhodes, this wedding simply makes us happy.

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From Photographer, Catherine Rhodes…Molly and Stu were married on the beautiful San Juan island off the coast of Washington! If you have ever been to the island, then you know how special it feels, almost as if you are in your own storybook between the rolling green hills and foggy afternoons. With such a beautiful location, I thought that Film would be necessary for the essence of the day. So as you look through the images you will see a beautiful mix of both Film and Digital Images.

Their wedding and reception took place during a brisk fall afternoon at Roche Harbor Resort on a stunning lawn set right next to the water. With the air cool and leaves falling these two beautiful individuals said I DO to their own wedding vows.

After their wedding we managed to snap a few images in between congratulatory hugs and tears during cocktail hour. It was such a joyous day and the reception really took off after dinner with sweet words and dancing! It was truly a beautiful day, relaxed and full of love.

Photography: Catherine Rhodes Photography | Florist: Robin's Nest | DJ: DJ Doug | Wedding Venue: Roche Harbor Resort

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Urban Orchard Inspiration Shoot

Show me a day filled with fall hues, gorgeous blooms from Blum Design In Flowers and a sweets table that includes hot cocoa (my favorite) and I’ll show you a blogger that couldn’t be more pleased.  Because when it comes to insanely beautiful wedding inspiration, this crazy cool urban orchard shoot captured by Ashley Forrette is right up my alley.  Two words: seriously stunning.  See it all here.

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From Blum Design In Flowers… Our “Urban Orchard” inspiration shoot took place at Urban Studio which is located in the center of Portland’s Pearl District. Fifteen years ago the Pearl District was a primarily industrial, partially abandoned area. Since then it has undergone a massive revival and is home to many condos, restaurants and boutiques. That combination of downtown chic and industrial made for a wonderful and completely blank slate for our imaginations to play with. The area also hosts a lot of hidden spots that are fantastic for portraits that our photographer, Ashley Forrette, was sure to utilize.

For the shoot we wanted to create a look that was classic and elegant while still maintaining a really warm, inviting and fun feel. We chose the colors of plum, apple red, peach and green as they’re both rich and a little whimsical.

In recent years Portland has developed a wonderful sense of locavore pride. So we wanted to make the most of what our area has to offer not only to show clients how to share it with guests in a slightly new way. Apples, wheat, herbs, and, of course, roses (in reference to Portland’s nickname, The City of Roses) were featured in the table centerpiece and personal flowers as a fairly subtle reference to area’s farming industry. We also created a dessert buffet that featured warm drinks in addition to the cake. Fresh pressed hot cider and hot cocoa with all of the fixings made a sweet accent to the table and also warm guests up. Last but not least, a smores pit made out of a repurposed wine barrel added a really fun photo op and sweet treat at the end of the shoot!

Photographer: Ashley Forrette Photography | Wedding Gown: Ania Collection | Florist: Blum Design In Flowers | Cake: Dream Cakes | Groom's Suit: Duchess Clothier | Coordination: Champagne Wedding Coordination | Hair And Makeup Artist: Powder Inc. | Hair Piece: Serephine | Linens: La Tavola | Printed Goods: Studio Olivine | Rentals: The Party Place PDX | Wedding Venue: Urban Studio

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Eclectic Fall Seattle Wedding

Seeing a bride and groom who march to the beat of their own design drum is a MAJOR breath of fresh air in wedding blog world. And when that couple just so happens to have Finch & Thistle by their side? Boy, is it going to be good! From the urban rooftop venue to the rich, textured florals and every eclectic detail in between, trust me when I say the gallery from Chantal Andrea is not to be missed.

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From Finch & Thistle Event Design… This was a far from traditional wedding – no sit down dinner, no bouquet toss, no cake cutting and a fullly professional stage setup for the band (with musical cameos by the Groom, Groomsmen, both Fathers, and the Groom’s grandfather)! Half the guests had flown in from the UK and Kristin and Gary really wanted to ensure that everyone had a wonderful time and got to experience a real Pacific Northwest atmosphere.

They wanted the wedding to reflect their cultural differences – Gary is British and Kristin is a Washington native – and show off the beautiful city where they had made a home together. They picked a very urban, warehouse style venue with a rooftop deck, their favorite local tapas bar to cater, Macrina Bakery (a Seattle institution) to provide the desserts and Kristin’s dad’s pub in Anacortes provided the beverages, Rainier beer included.

Kristin and Gary’s wedding was a dream to design because the couple was so open to pushing the envelope design-wise. We wanted to highlight the urban feel of the venue, Within Sodo, but also bring an air of glamour and elegance to the space. We picked a color scheme of navy, cream, red and burgundy so we could use the beautiful local fall flowers and foliage that Kristin loves. The ceremony backdrop we created out of a Magnolia leaf garland hung with industrial bulb lights and decorated with garden roses was a design highlight.

We also decorated the buffet tables and dessert buffet with the same magnolia garlands and large, overflowing gold urns filled with garden roses, crabapple branches and dahlias. The centerpieces alternated with gold urns on the larger tables and a smokey grey glass vase on the bistro style seating near the stage. We hung giant greenery chandeliers in the main room and Polish glass lanterns twinkled above the dessert table.

From the Bride… I’d have to say one of my most favorite moments was when Gary’s grandfather played Paul Simon’s “Still Crazy After All These Years” solo/acoustic on stage. Such a touching moment. I also loved the ceremony – both for design reasons and otherwise. My uncle performed the ceremony which was special. It was a quick ceremony, very simple and non-religious as he is a judge, but I thought it was perfect. That room was amazing too – perfectly lit, the lights at the altar gave off the most gorgeous glow and the magnolia garland was wonderfully simple and elegant. I also LOVED the dessert table decorations – the lanterns, the garland and the bouquets on the table were gorgeous.

The overall feeling of the event was very romantic and elegant thanks to the candle lighting, the floral arrangements, the vintage furniture, and really even the style of the food that we served. It felt very classy and luxurious but the starkness of the venue and the music and bar vibe all kept it feeling casual and lively. One of Gary’s friends told us he felt like he should be paying a cover charge to get in. Other friends of ours have told us it felt like an awesome party that a wedding crashed. I think people just had FUN and that was the point!

Photography: Chantal Andrea | Catering: Pintxo | Floral And Event Design: Finch & Thistle Event Design | Hair:  Lisamarie Hardan | Bar: H2O Anacortes | Desserts: Macrina Bakery | Event Venue: Within Sodo | Linen Rental: La Tavola | Makeup: Kristen Nicole Lawson | Other Rentals: Pedersens | Vintage Furniture: Vintage Ambiance

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