Washington State Wedding by Steven Moore Designs + Michele M. Waite
February 2, 2011

I imagine the guests at this Washington State wedding, photographed by the always amazing Michele M. Waite, felt like royalty amidst the elegant design of Steven Moore Designs.  I adore the tulle covered tables that make it seem like your dining on clouds!  The luxurious and classic theme continues throughout but Steven Moore kept things unpredictable with little twists like the pops of zebra print (which I love).  As always, the full gallery has even more inspiration to devour!

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The best way to describe the style of this bride was simple, classic, understated elegance contrasted with minimal, surprising and unexpected pops of pattern and bling.  She was a bride who had distinctive taste and knew what she did and did not like.  She knew she wanted it lovely, sophisticated, detailed and high quality, but she also knew she didn't want a lot of flowers, matchy-matchy details, abundant color nor any kind of unnecessary fluff.  My job as her designer was to take the boundaries she set, define her particular style and then come up with a concept that was highly styled and tailored yet as clean and simple as possible. below are the results.

Elena only liked a few kinds of flowers . . . peonies, ranunculus and gardenias.  the problem was, it was late August and both peonies and ranunculus were out of season.  it was basically a miracle when my flower wholesaler called me and told me she had located a small farm in Europe that somehow had a small crop of these flowers left.  My response: "I'll take the whole farm."  I had just enough to squeeze out the bride's bouquets and a handful of centerpieces.

Elena wanted her wedding welcoming to children, and so she invited several of the kids closest to her to be part of her day.  I suggested putting them, along with all of the bridesmaids, in ivory dresses so the color of their dresses would not take away from the bride's dress.  Everyone in ivory kept the look clean, simple and unexpected.

Although it was challenging to create a wedding that was both incredibly simple yet highly detailed, the results made it worth the hours and hours spent at the drawing board.  Because we decided to go light on the flowers, we needed to make sure every other detail played a more prominent role.  we created all of the tablecloths using thousands of yards of tulle that we cut, sewed and then layered and layered them on square tables to create a dark to light colored effect. we painted branches gold and glued little articles of bling to make them sparkle a bit more.  The centerpieces were simple and clean. minimal flowers in crystal vases, blocks of color piled high with pillar candles, crystal candle sticks with taper candles and very minimal accents of zebra print.  I created a lounge with custom pillows, popped the area with gold drapes, large mirrors, vintage tables and a zebra rug.  The cake echoed the tent's decor with elements of sparkle and crystal paired with a zebra print pattern.

Wedding Photography:  Michele M. Waite / Coordination, Event design + Florals: Steven Moore Designs / Wedding Venue: Juntunen Gardens / Make-up: Kaarin Boyd Design Make-up / Catering + Desserts: Canlis Restaurant / Wedding Cake: Market Street Catering / Rentals: ABC Rentals / Band: Dusty 45's