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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

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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

Wintry Farm Wedding Photo Shoot by Chantal Andrea Photography

To describe a farm wedding as COZY is just hitting the very tip of the iceberg with this genre of fêtes. Farm weddings are so much more than that. They’re like a fire-side family dinner surrounded by your favorite people and loads of yummy comfort food only kicked up about a billion notches. It’s a wedding paired down to the beautiful basics: FOOD, FAMILY, and LOVE. And this inspiration shoot styled by Finch & Thistle along with beautifully captured images by Chantal Andrea Photography is loaded with all that organic charm we’ve come to adore. See more of this farm-inspred fête right here!

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Feeling Inspired? Try perusing some of our favorite real life Farm Weddings to ever grace SMP’s pages. These are PERFECT examples of how to turn this gorgeous organic inspiration into real life magic…

A whimsical California Farm Wedding
A Mt. Hood Wedding down home on the Organic Farm
A Napa lovely with an insane amount of scrumptious food
A classic take on the au naturel fête
A Canadian installment with hay bales galore
A little more Farm-Inspired than straight farm but beautiful none the less
And last but not least, vintage meets adorable in this beautiful Barn

From Chantal of Chantal Andrea PhotographyMy vision for this winter farm wedding inspiration shoot was a small, cozy, and lively gathering of friends celebrating two of their dearest friends falling in love. The scene: a group sharing a locally-foraged and hand-crafted brunch around a rustic farm table, surrounded by untamed grass, roaming horses and a cedar-wood fire. I wanted the shoot to embody a sense of winter warmth and communal closeness only found while sitting around a fire with loved ones.

Jenny Bowker Makeup styled the bride and bridesmaids with ’60s-inspired garments and diamond headpieces. She found the bride’s vintage dress at Atlas Clothing Company in Seattle. The girls were made up with a Jane Birkin look in mind. The boys were dressed in clothes crafted by Seattle clothing company Tarboo Inc. Sally from La Happy designed quaint invitations and gave them a handmade touch with her picturesque calligraphy, vintage stamps and darling radish, horse, and chicken illustrations. For a morning cocktail, guests enjoyed inventive “Lula’s Punch” milk drinks crafted for the occasion by the bartenders from Ravish on Eastlake. The drinks were served in vintage-inspired milk glasses from Anthropologie.

Rachel from Finch & Thistle brought her sophisticated and organic touch to the details and created an intimate palette of radishes, cabbage, and turnips for the guests to take in at the table. Bouquets of plum-colored flowers and blooming cabbages painted the table with pops of color that paired perfectly with La Happy’s incredible clementine-colored menus and eggplant-colored place cards. Ravishing Radish Catering crafted a rustic brunch featuring locally-sourced products and seasonal produce in collaboration with nearby artisans. The menu featured fire-grilled organic Applegate farms sausages, herb-roasted potatoes with remoulade and spicy ketchup, and a farmstead frittata with spinach, shallots, braised almonds, arugula and smoked paprika-infused olive oil. For dessert, the couple sliced into a pear-apple tart with Calvados, cardamom mascarpone, and Calvados whipped cream. After brunch, the couple knocked open a chicken pinata custom-made for the occasion by Pinyadayada. The pinata was filled with the couple’s favorite candy: salt water taffy.The incredible family at Bob’s Corn Maze & Pumpkin Farm hosted the event, and I couldn’t be more thankful for their generous hospitality! Guests left with bags of locally-roasted coffee beans decorated with root vegetables as parting gifts from Middle Fork Roasters.

Photography: Chantal Andrea Photography / Second Shooter: Brady MacDonald / Location: Bob’s Corn Maze & Pumpkin Farm / Flowers + Event Design: Finch & Thistle / Makeup, Hair + Styling: Jenny Bowker Makeup / Catering: Ravishing Radish Catering / Cocktails: Ravish on Eastlake / Piñata: Pinyadayada / Invitations, Menu + Table Cards: La Happy / Coffee Bean Favors: Middle Fork Roasters / Shoes:  Frye “Harness” Boots / Dress: Vintage via Atlas Clothing Company / Groom + Groomsmen Clothes: Tarboo Inc. / Photo Assistant: Erin Hill

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