Conan O'Brien Kicks Off Romantic Washington Wedding Celebration
April 3, 2014
RomanticBackyardOutdoor Weddings
So, Conan O'Brien is your emcee (yes, THAT Conan O'Brien) and you're tying the knot in your grandmother's dreamy backyard on Liberty Bay.  That, my friends, is a combo that makes this the world's most perfect wedding.  Never mind the darling details designed by New Creations Wedding Design & Coordination + insanely gorgeous images captured by Angela And Evan Photography.  See it all here.
And a sweet film of the day from Bogle Productions?  Yes, please.
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From New Creations Wedding Design & Coordination.... Everything from gorgeous lace bridesmaids dresses, to an ivy-covered estate with a river-filled in-ground swimming pool, to a yacht, fireworks, and a celebrity emcee, this wedding has style oozing out of every pore. The bride reenacted a family bridal portrait that has been done for generations in her family with a lace veil wrapped around her shoulders. The groom's gift to her was a card and a "Honeymoon Haven II" wood-carved sign, a replica of a sign made for her parents' wedding.

The couple's Grandma hosted the ceremony at her property that's been in the family for generations. With a picturesque view of Liberty Bay as the backdrop, the ceremony was seamless and romantic with lush flowers and surrounding natural beauty. They walked down the aisle to the sounds of strumming guitars played by family friends.

Moving the party to Kiana Lodge, the reception venue, continued the romantic elegance of this wedding with fun touches thrown in. A family friend transported the bridal party in style on his yacht complete with a "Just Married" decal on the back. Guests were shuttled to the cocktail hour where they were greeted with custom-made Canadian and American-themed corn hole games (to represent the couples countries of origin). Inside, the tall wood-beamed ceilings lent themselves to lush, romantic centerpieces and a place to display three wedding gowns from their moms and grandmothers weddings. Moose, the couple's dog, was even represented in a signature cocktail named after her. The bride made all of the framed table numbers, the signature cocktail picture and description, the Instagram instructions, and guest were encouraged to take Polaroid's of themselves for the guest-book.

The party kicked into high gear with Conan O'Brien as the wedding emcee, the shoe game entertaining the guests, a major dance party (complete with the groom doing the worm), and all capped off by a firework send off.

Lauren and Greg had obvious love and care for each other the entire day from a tearful first-look and ceremony, to just having fun and capturing their tender moments together. The bridal party could not have been any sexier in their lace bridesmaids dresses (each different in style complimenting that bridesmaids personality) and the Mad Men styled suits.

This wedding, by far was one of my favorite to be able to be a part of. Even though Lauren and Greg live in California, their families live here in Washington State, so they naturally wanted to have their wedding here on the family property. Planning via Skype isn't always easy, but we made it happen, and the results couldn't have turned out any better.

From the Bride... We got engaged at a location in Canada that was extremely important to both of our families and us; a place where Lauren’s family had been gathering for the better part of a century. In keeping with the importance of family to both of us, we decided to have our wedding at the Powel family home on Bainbridge Island, WA.

We were inspired by the gorgeous family home in it’s pristine Pacific Northwest setting and wanted to keep it simple and elegant but with touches of our personalities as well as nationalities (I am from Canada and my husband is from the US).

The wedding day was beyond our expectations. We felt so connected to one another and were in awe of the fact that all of the people we loved most in the world were all gathered together in one place to celebrate with us. Ultimately, it was beautiful, intimate and so much fun!

As a side note, I was so fortunate to wear the Powel family veil. It is a veil that was first worn by Princess Eugenie in her wedding to Napoleon III in 1853. The first Powel wedding to include the veil was in 1870 after it was purchased at an auction in Paris and has since been in 23 Powel weddings (ours included).