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Budget Friendly Washington Winter Wedding at the Hollywood Schoolhouse

We are firm believers at SMP that being on a budget doesn’t mean you have to sacrifice having the wedding of your dreams, and this wedding is proof. Captured beautifully by Jenny Linquist, every pretty detail sitting in this gallery proves yet again that when you have the help of family and friends, anything is possible. See even more of this heartfelt wedding here.

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From The Bride…My husband Michael is currently serving in the United States Navy. We met and fell in love in my hometown of Seattle while Michael was stationed an hour and a half north on Whidbey Island. Proudly patriotic and romantic, it was only fitting that Michael proposed to me in Washington, D.C. in front of the Lincoln Memorial Reflecting Pool. We found out shortly after that he was being transferred to Oahu, Hawaii and that we had just seven months to plan the wedding of our dreams. While neither of us had ever been ones to dream of the perfect wedding, we quickly realized we wanted our wedding to reflect our personalities and act as a big send off as we embarked on our journey to the middle of the Pacific Ocean.

My vision for our northwest winter wedding was a simple mix of rustic and whimsical; charming yet chic. As a nod towards Michael’s military career, we chose navy, ivory and silver as our wedding colors. To bring warmth and charm to the winter wedding, I wanted as many candles and string lights as possible. The Hollywood Schoolhouse was the ideal location for our wedding and reception. Not only is it nestled in the beautiful Woodinville Wine Country five minutes from my childhood home, the brick exterior and interior paired with stunning crystal chandeliers was the perfect match for my vision.

As a bride on a budget and with limited craft skills, we had to be creative and resourceful when it came to decorations. We spoke to family friends who recently had weddings and had lanterns and frames that we could borrow that went very well with the rustic, winter look in my mind. It was so nice to have a network of family and friends to borrow decorations from that we have since passed on the good fortune and lent the candles, lights, and vases from my wedding to other weddings in the area. We were also extremely lucky to have talented and experienced family members willing to help put together our own simple flowers for the centerpieces, bouquets and boutonnieres and a bridesmaid who doubled as a makeup artist. Having so many people in my life that gathered around me to help make my wedding visions come true was so uplifting. Another way we kept the costs down were by designing simple programs and thank you cards ourselves and having them printed at a local print shop.

A tribute to the backdrop of our love story, the Pacific Northwest, I wanted to include pinecones into our décor by way of the place cards and pine branch table decoration. After ordering hundreds of real, dry pinecones and determining which ones would stand up naturally, I backed name labels with silver glitter paper for a fancier look. We clipped the pine from my parent’s backyard. We also wanted to play up our family name ‘Fudge’ so our party favors were a few ounces of fudge wrapped in a silver box and tied with a navy bow.

Even more important to me was tradition and honoring the great marriages that have come before us in our families. I wore an antique petticoat that has been in our family for hundreds of years. A document travels with the petticoat to each family wedding that includes the name of each bride that has worn it since my great-great-grandmother’s sister made it. After the ceremony, we handed a rose to each of our mothers and my grandmother, another family tradition that helps us take a moment to thank the most important people in our lives. I also wore a necklace that my grandmother had given my mother.

My favorite part of the day was saying our vows. Michael and I decided to write our own and not to share them until that moment in the ceremony. Most people did not know that Michael had a way with words, but after his vows, there was not a dry eye in the house. I still get tears in my eyes and chills thinking about how loved I felt during those moments.

The day of the wedding was better than anything I had ever dreamed. Not only did we marry our best friend, but we got to spend the happiest day of our lives with our best family and friends dancing the night away right by our side. Five days later Michael and I moved to Hawaii, still feeling the love from our wedding. Nothing has made our move away from family and friends easier than looking back on this day.

Photography: Jenny Linquist | Wedding Dress: David's Bridal | Bridesmaids Dresses: Bill Levkoff | Catering: Frank Pantoja Of Hollywood Schoolhouse | Hair: Gene Juarez | DJ: Sound City Players | Bouquets / Boutonnières: Interior Gardens | Bracelets: Kate Spade | Bride's Ring: Shane Co. | Cake Table Tablecloth: UltraPom | Candelabras: Grand Event Rentals | Ceremony Floral Arrangement: Redmond Floral | Fudge: Baker Next Door | Grooms Ring: Jared Galleria Of Jewelry | Photobooth: Seattle Photobooth Company | Tuxedos: Men's Wearhouse | Wedding Venue: Hollywood Schoolhouse

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Vintage Glamour Wedding in Woodinville

We love a good vintage wedding and this gorgeous bride pulled it off perfectly. The rich, wine-drenched color palate added some zest while the vivid florals from Maxine’s Floral and the era-appropriate veil from La Belle Elaine’s really tied the whole aesthetic together. Keep scrolling for some lovely pictures from Catalina Jean Photography, and catch even more of the fun at the full gallery here.


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From Catalina Jean Photography… I’m really excited to share this unique Washington wedding with SMP. It was filled with love and so many pretty details. From the gorgeous rings from Tiffany’s to the Manolo Blahnik shoes to the fun color palette giving ode to the groom’s alma mater, University of WA. The venue featured dozens of gorgeous chandeliers, rustic brick walls, and views of the Woodinville vineyards. The first look took place in front of an abandoned garden greenhouse with portraits in a pretty open field.

 

From the bride…1. What was the inspiration for your wedding?
The inspiration for our wedding was vintage and romantic.  We wanted to incorporate everything we love from wine, Woodinville and Bernie’s Alma Mater, University of Washington.  The colors are modified husky colors so we can incorporate a romantic feel.  The Hollywood school house in Woodinville is vintage.  The brick is beautiful and the structure on its own is romantic.

2. Any DIY/budget elements?
We decorated the center pieces, and tea lights.  The two wine barrels were refinished by Victoria and are used as our alter/ceremony flowers.  Part of the invitations was done by us, and the photo booth is a gift from Bernardo’s generous employers.

3. Tell us about finding your wedding dress.
Finding my wedding dress was special because my mom was there.   I had a lot of important women there to help me find my dress, my mom, an Aunt Cathy and cousin Lina, my Cousin Cynthia and her daughter who is the flower girl, my brothers girlfriend.  It was a great day.  Although, trying on wedding dresses is not for the weak.  It is exhausting.  I tried on over 10 dresses, and I was exhausted.  When I found the dress I knew.  It was different that other wedding dressing I have seen.  I did not think I would have the reaction I did.  I actually cried. But I did and it was a beautiful experience, and to share with so many wonderful women in my life, it was priceless.

4. What are the musical choices for your wedding?
For the Bride:  Make You Feel My Love- Adele. Recessional:  Happy- Pharell Williams. First Dance:  Waiting for my Real Life to Begin- Colin Hay.

5. What was your favorite detail of the day?
My favorite detail (other than the groom) was the involvement and presence of our family and friends. From my cousin officiating the ceremony, Bernardo’s uncle and Aunt blessing our marriage and having most of our siblings in the ceremony one way or another whether being apart of the bridal party or doing the honor of reading our favorite childhood excerpts. It felt like love…it was overwhelming, warm and it set the atmosphere of our day. It was an amazing the feeling the guest, family and friends can give us.

6. What was your most memorable moment at the wedding?
The most memorable moment of the wedding was the first look. We choose to do the first look before the wedding because it was an intimate moment I wanted between Bernardo and I. It was special and memorable. It also gave us time too just be with each other before all the demanding responsibilities of the bride and groom.

7. What advice would you give to a couple planning their wedding
The best advice we could give to a couple planning a wedding is to have the time of your life on your wedding day.  This will lead to other items below, but first and foremost make sure that you and your bride/groom are stress-free and care-free from the moment you wake up to the moment your head hits the pillow.  This is a once in a lifetime experience so as much as possible limit any nuisances that may come up the day of that may deter from an enjoyable experience.So how do you do this?  First, any pre-wedding scheduling and budget planning that can be done in advance, do!  With regard to scheduling, know as much as possible what is going to happen and when it’s going to happen the day of the wedding.  Sometimes vendors like DJ’s have these pre-created for you…use it. Finally with regard to budgeting, try to stick as much as possible to an agreed upon number.  Typically, there is will be give and take on certain items (i.e. DIY flowers versus custom arrangements, etc), but it’s important to know what you can and can’t afford beforehand.  Additionally, plan to make normal payments on the big ticket items.  This will make the “week of” payment smaller and less stressful.  There is also the perspective that early drinking will massage the stresses of the day away.  While that may be the case for the short-time, planning and having a clear head will last longer and definitely be more satisfying.

8. Where are you going on your honeymoon?
We are planning on going to Spain/Greece/ Paris for our honeymoon.  But that will not happen for another year.  We want something else to look forward to and share with each other.

Photography: Catalina Jean Photography | Floral Design: Maxine's Floral | Wedding Dress: WTOO Bridal | Invitations: Paper Source | Bride's Shoes: Manolo Blahnik | DJ: We Heart Weddings | Groom's Shoes: Converse | Cake/Desserts: Trophy Cupcakes | His And Her Rings: Tiffany & Co. | Make Up/Hair: Salon Maison | Save The Dates: Alexander And Co. | Veil Designer: La Belle Elaine's

Washington Wedding at DeLille Cellars from Dana Pleasant Photography

Two things I can NEVER get enough of: winery weddings and Washington state.  So, when those two things combine for an all-out pretty fest, my joyful meter goes off the charts.  Lucky for me (and you!), this stunning DeLille Cellars soiree happens to feature BOTH – and the romantic park-like setting, brilliant images by Dana Pleasant Photography and sweet, sweet details from Simply Wed are about to rock your world.  Click here for sooo much more.

From the Bride… Frank and I met on Valentine’s Day in Vienna. He proposed two years later in a gondola in Venice. There’s always been something about our love story that seemed like a fairytale to both of us, and we knew from the beginning we wanted our wedding to reflect this. We also knew that we wanted something fairly intimate. With our small Dutch delegation flying into Seattle, the last thing we wanted was to overwhelm them with something that felt over-the-top or unnatural. The venue we ended up going with, DeLille Cellars in the heart of Woodinville wine country, was the perfect place to accommodate our 80 or so guests.

The actual planning of the wedding was a bit complicated because we live in Holland. It was very important to us that when we visited Seattle the few times before the wedding that we met with vendors who we not only trusted, but who really understood our vision for the day. Kirstie Warren of Simply Wed, who did the design and flowers, got exactly what we were going for right out of the gate: classic yet whimsical, elegant but rustic. We chose to go with colorful centerpieces with an array of peonies, dahlias, mums, sweet peas, astilbe and other spring blooms, and added personal accents such as a display of old family wedding photos, a puzzle piece “wishing tree” and a favors display with our favorite coffee bean roast. While we were able to make and assemble some last minute DIY elements during the week we were in town before the wedding, we couldn’t have done any of it without help from my parents back in Seattle. We are so grateful for all our friends and family who lent a hand in our absence, as well as for those who flew from across the world to be there on our special day.

The day itself was far better than either of us could have imagined. After a very rainy spring (even by Seattle standards), the sun decided to pop out midday and seemed only to get brighter as the evening went on. Everything ran so seamlessly; it felt like a dream we were just floating through. We exchanged vows out on a little island across the pond from our guests with one of our closet friends acting as officiant. All of the little details that Kirstie came up with – such as mercury glass votives with candles and small, vintage glass vases with single blooms on each stair step as the guests walked in – were absolutely perfect. Between dinner and dancing, we were able to sneak out with our fabulous photographers, Dana Pleasant and Saskia Mizushima, for a few sunset pictures, which gave us some quality alone time (in front of the camera) for us to step back and soak everything in together. It really was the fairytale wedding we had hoped for.

Wedding Photography: Dana Pleasant Photography / Wedding Venue: DeLille Cellars in Woodinville, Washington / Floral + Event Design: Simply Wed / Catering + Event Coordination: A Platinum Event / Desserts: Tallant House / Officiant: Christina Oh (A Friend of the Bride & Groom) / Wedding Invitations: Wedding Paper Divas / Music: Braden Landon / Favors: Starbucks Pike’s Place Blend / Guest Book: Bella Puzzles / Umbrellas: Bella Umbrella / Bride’s Attire: Bellevue Bridal Boutique / Bride’s Shoes: Etsy / Bride’s Hair + Makeup: Kathy Evans Beauty Studio / Bridesmaids’ Dresses: BHLDN / Groom’s Attire: Suitsupply

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