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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.


Romantic Woodland Wedding

The title says it all. This devastatingly gorgeous wedding was romantic woodlands at it’s finest, captured beautifully by Aura May Photography. It’s like they sneaked off into the forest with their nearest and dearest to celebrate a love that was so pure it could only have been surrounded by such natural beauty.


From the stunning bride… Tyrell and I have the same love for celebrating life’s special moments, our friends and the great outdoors. There wasn’t a hesitation in our minds that we would have our wedding at Tierra Learning Center in Leavenworth, Washington, where we could spend three days celebrating our new life adventure together with our community, all hidden away in a beautiful and inspiring location. Tierra Learning Center has a presence that invites the celebration of the good and simple things in life and offers a truly magical space.

Being a Project Manager by career, I was a natural at organizing a wedding and by being thrifty my whole life, I knew how to do a wedding on a very, very small budget. I was never one to dream of a wedding growing up, and Tyrell isn’t one to be concerned with colors or fashion, so I really had no preconceived ideas of what we wanted. I lucked out and found my dress on sale at a wedding show. It was the first and only dress I tried on and it couldn’t have been more perfect. We skipped a lot of the details and utilized a lot of great contacts. Wholesale prices on the very little flowers we used (you don’t need many with an outdoor summer wedding in the woods), wholesale prices on beer and wine, Betty Crocker Confetti wedding cake, 400 homemade cakeballs (made by the wonderful bridal party), father of the grooms’ band playing as a wedding gift both for the ceremony and reception and A LOT of help from the best of friends and families. We splurged on the important things, food, booze and pictures. Carrot Top Catering provided an amazing rehearsal dinner and wedding reception dinner with a ton of very affordable, healthy, fresh and locally grown food. We found Aura May Photography through a friend and the instant I met Aura, with her love of photography and approach on capturing life through naturally lit images, I knew she was the one that would make our wedding memorable for our lifetimes to come. That would be my one piece of advice, make sure you have a good photographer and have a connection with them because after all, they are the ones responsible for capturing such an important day and as the bride, it’s difficult to remember it all.

The best part of the whole planning process and wedding weekend, I kept reminding myself, don’t sweat the small stuff and work your way through the big stuff. In the end, its not about what didn’t happen or what should have happened, its about being present in every moment and reminding yourself, if you’re doing it right the first time, its the only time you get to live in this moment.

Photographer: Aura May Photography | Wedding Dress: Elie Saab For Pronovias | Bride's Shoes: Feesk Sandals | Catering: Carrot Top Catering | Ceremony & Reception: Tierra Learning Center

Rustic Washington Destination Wedding from Vienna Glenn Photography

I could say this wedding is charming, but that wouldn’t even do it justice. It’s an entirely new level of charming, and one that takes darling up a notch. It’s gorgeous Washington backdrops meets handmade loveliness, and it’s all topped off with some of the most beautiful blooms by Florarama Modern Design. That’s just scratching the surface of this sweet fête captured by Vienna Glenn Photography. Trust me. And even though words don’t do this day justice, the pictures definitely will. See them all here.


From the Nichole of Florarama… We went for a clean wildflower look for Courtney & Andrew’s wedding. Courtney’s Bridal bouquet included: All white flowers of hydrangea, dahlias, lysmachia, freesia, scabiosa, dusty miller, brunia, lisianthus, and ‘Alabaster’ white garden roses. The bridesmaids’ bouquets contained lavender hydrangea, lavender & purple dahlias, lavender & purple lisianthus, brunia, lavender freesia, green hypericum, lavender scabiosa, and lavender ‘Ocean Song’ roses. For the ceremony we used galvanized copper buckets filled with all the above flowers used in the bridesmaids’ bouquets, plus purple stock, ‘Alabaster’ garden roses & white ‘Eskimo’ sweetheart roses hung from a Birch wood arch that the father of the bride and groom hand-forged. The aisle was lined with lavender and purple stock flower blooms & chair arrangements of hanging mason jars filled with baby’s breath. The reception centerpieces consisted of 2 mason jar groupings of baby’s breath & lavender hydrangea, and Birch wood vases filled with the same flowers used in bridesmaids’ bouquets set on a hand-cut tree slab.

From the Bride… From the moment Andrew and I started planning, we knew that we wanted our wedding to be about bringing family and friends together to share in our love and joy, and the beautiful scenery of Washington’s Cascade Mountains. We chose the Mountain Springs Lodge as our venue so that we could stay, play and celebrate in one location. We wanted to ensure that our friends would run into our parents, my family would mingle with Andrew’s, and we could cross the lawn to visit our cousins, aunts and uncles. The ceremony and reception took place just a short walk from the guest lodges, so we were truly able to make the most of having all of our favorite people together with us for one special weekend.

Since the simple silhouette of mountains served as our backdrop, we decided to keep our decorations to a minimum. But there was so much love in the details! I have always been a enthusiast of things handmade, and when I look at the pieces that made up our wedding, I see the many hands that labored with care to make it what it was. Some of the most meaningful pieces were the birch arbor that Andrew built, the burlap table pieces Andrew’s mother sewed by hand, the chair lift swing that my father constructed for our polaroid guest book photos and the blue mason jars that my mother collected.

During one of my favorite moments from the reception, Andrew and I had a chance to swing together in the chairlift after the sun had gone down. With bluegrass twanging in our ears, we looked back at the lit up barn to the spirited dancing and laughter within. Surrounded by works of love and the people we love, I could not have asked for a more wonderful way to kick off our lives together.

Wedding Photography: Vienna Glenn Photography | Venue + Catering + Wedding Coordination: Mountain Springs Lodge, Leavenorth, Washington | Floral Design: Nichole of Florarama Modern Design, Seattle | Cake: Homefires Bakery, Leavenworth | Cupcakes (gluten-free):  Busy Bea’s Cakes, Cashmere | Rings: Margie Matheson + Bario Neal | Wedding Dress: Amy Kuschel | Band: The Warren G. Hardings, Seattle | Hair + Makeup: Hair & Makeup by Anjulie

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