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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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Forest Engagement Session

Trekking through the breathtaking landscape that is the Paradise Valley Conservation Area sort of sounds like the perfect way to spend an afternoon, but add in two cuties from Texas and a talented photography team like Rick+Anna Photography and it’s more than perfect… it’s awesome in every sense of the word.  Think light-filled images and fields of green every which way you turn.  Click here for more.

From Rick+Anna Photography… Sarah and Justin are newly engaged and live in Texas, so we had the huge honor of photographing them during their recent trip to Woodinville, WA. They wanted a Northwest feel, so we gave them quite the experience – trekking through the forest dodging mud puddles and crazy flying bugs, and then hiking out into a field for some more shots at sunset. We loved both locations, especially the hike through the woods – the light was so beautiful streaming through the trees.

Here’s a little bit about how Sarah and Justin met: upon his return from a run in his hometown of Austin, TX, Justin had no idea that his life was about to change forever. It’s amazing how fate takes a hold of our hearts when we least expect it – and it took hold that day for Sarah and him. There was some noise out on the street that he wanted to check out, and he wanted some fresh air, so he stepped out onto his balcony… and suddenly the breath was knocked out of him as he glanced over and saw, gracefully sipping a cappuccino on his neighbors balcony across the way, the most beautiful woman he had ever seen. They struck up a conversation and for 30 minutes he sat mezmerized by Sarah – her smile, her personality, everything! And later, behind the courage of a text message, he asked her if she would go out with him… and the rest, as they say, is history…

Photography: Rick+Anna Photography | Location: Paradise Valley Conservation Area

Farm to Table Inspiration Shoot

Of all the trends we see come and go on SMP, I think I love farm to table the most. And honestly, I hope it’s a trend that never leaves us. This delicious shoot from Rick+Anna Photography is the perfect example of why. With florals from En Fleur Event Design, perfect planning by Maris Events and yummy eats from Cabbage Patch Restaurant - we could eat up this entire gallery.

From Maris EventsThis shoot was inspired by the fact that the venue (Thomas Family Farm) is a working farm, but we brought in playful twists and elegant details. Inspiration came from farmers markets with piles of organic elements: Wood, metal, fruits, vegetables, foliage, herbs, Kinfolk, etc. We wanted to keep the palette neutral with all color coming from the plentiful fruit, vegetable, and floral displays.

We were thrilled with how everything turned out. The head table, provided by Seattle Farm Tables, was the piece de resistance. The dark clean foundation of the barn wood tables with the shine of the copper mugs, crusty baguettes wrapped in paper, and the bounty of organic matter cascading down the center. The simplicity of the ceremony decor was charming: the wood ladders swathed with a green garland and unexpected vegetables and fruits here and there. Bohemian paradise. We brought in some fun paper elements by creating seed packets as favors and wrapped baguettes with name tags as the place cards for each setting.

Through the model’s attire and the rentals (such as the vintage furniture), we brought elements of elegance into the barn – juxtaposed by some of the more playful elements such as the cake table and the brilliant Charcuterie display on the English Market Cart provided by Vintage Ambiance. One of our favorite elements of the Charcuterie cart was the “Cheese Cake” provided by Cabbage Patch Restaurant – the perfect pairing with the gourmet meats and vegetables for the guests.

Throughout this shoot, we really wanted to showcase how you can use local and organic elements to dress up a farm venue into something truly beautiful, unique, and elegant – all while keeping things local and intimate.

Photography: Rick+Anna Photography | Event Planning: Maris Events | Floral Design: En Fleur Event Design | Catering: Cabbage Patch Restaurant | Cake/Cupcakes: Simply Sweet Cupcakes | Hair/Makeup Artist: Yessie Libby | Linens: ABC Rentals | Rentals: ABC Rentals | Rentals: Seattle Farm Tables | Rentals: Vintage Ambiance | Wedding Dress (All Long): Victoria's Bridal Couture | Wedding Dress (Short): Free People | Wedding Venue: Thomas Family Farm