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Laura and Johnathan were married at Laurel Creek Manor in Sumner, Wash. on July 20. “The venue is beautiful and . . . allowed guests to flow between indoor and outdoor all while being surrounded by nature and festivities,” Laura said. “We didn’t go with a color scheme. We knew Johnathan’s family might be coming in leathers, since they are all apart of a motorcycle group. And my family would likely come dressed in dresses and ties. We went with a Midsummer Night’s Dream theme. Pastel colors of all types. We tried to keep the colors as close to natural as possible.” The bride wore a sweetheart lace fit ‘n’ flare wedding gown with a beaded bodice, accessorized with her hair half-up/half-down in loose curls and a pair of strappy high heels, while the groom wore a black suit, accessorized with a tie. Bridesmaids wore pale short dresses with a high-low hemline and carried bouquets of roses, sunflowers, and gerber daisies. “The moment I was walking down the aisle,” she said, was her favorite. “I had been planning for two years, and then the actual day, all I got to do was sit and get ready. I hardly got to see the setup of everything until I was allowed to go outside for the ceremony. Up until that moment, I had not seen my groom, the space, any of it. It took my breath away when my dad and I rounded the corner and it looked so magical. I felt like I had walked right into my own fairy tale.” Aisles were lined with an assortment of lanterns and quotes from 1 Corinthians 13. To symbolize their unity, the couple opted to combine sand to join two families as one. There were over 100 guests there to witness the vows. Of course, all wearing sunglasses to beat the summer heat! Cocktail hour began with lawn games such as corn hole, chess, and giant Jenga. Bonus: An improv acting group. “They helped mingle everyone during cocktail hour,” Laura said. “They were ‘wedding crashers.’ It really helped as these actors had them interacting for a good hour.” The reception took place underneath a frame tent. Wooden tables were decorated with moss runners, vintage books, champagne bottle numbers, and rippled glass square charger plates, surrounded by cross-back chairs. “I would have to say my cake,” she said. “I can’t believe how incredible the entire design turned out.” The newlyweds’ best advice? “Don’t forget that it is one day, and the most important detail is for you to have fun,” Laura said. ‘I felt like I had more fun that day because all those around me were having fun. Every vendor and detail we chose was more to promote an attitude rather than just something visible aesthetic. If you keep your end goal in mind, and then just allow the day to flow, you’ll enjoy it.” At the end of the night, fireworks lit up the sky.

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Photography: Ben B. Photography | Videography: Medici Studios | Venue: Laurel Creek Manor | Dress Designer: Allure Bridals from La Belle Elaine’s | Bridesmaid Dresses: Dido Bridal | Hair and Makeup Artist: CoCo and Co. Hair Salon | Groom and Groomsmen Attire: Men’s Wearhouse | Officiant: Richard Newhard | Ceremony Musicians/DJ: H206 Events | Invitations: Wedding Paper Divas | Floral Designer: Pike Place Market | Rentals: Vintage Ambiance and ABC Rentals | Caterer: Dean Allen Catering and Expresso Elegance | Cake: Celebrity Cake Studio | Drinks: BevMo! | Other: Jet City Improv | Photo Booth: Digibooth Photobooth 

Sweet Mint and Cream Summer Farm Wedding in Washington

Posted by Caitlin on Apr 15, 2014

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Chantee and Mike were married at Hidden Meadows in Snohomish, Wash. on September 7. “I loved the inside option in case it rained,” Chantee said. “As well as the big barn doors that opened up to the outside patio.” The bride wore a sweetheart ruched wedding gown, accessorized with a jeweled sash and drop dangling earrings, while the groom wore a tan vest and pants, accessorized with argyle socks and converse tennis shoes. Before the ceremony, the couple opted for a first look along the railroad tracks as the ‘maids in mint ruffled dresses and ‘men in matching attire watched patiently for their priceless facial reactions. Guests were greeted with a “happily ever after begins here” wooden post and a chalkboard sign that served as the ceremony programs. The ring bearer rode (yes, on a tricycle!) down the aisle, and following the nuptials, Mike did a fist pump during the first kiss! The reception was decorated with hydrangea and rose centerpieces in various vessels and vases, but the newlyweds’ favorite part of the day? Cutting the cake and taste testing all the other scrumptious sweets such as cake pops, cupcakes, cookies, and marshmallows. At the end of the night, the two posed with a “just married” burlap bunting banner wrapped around them in the fields and were sent-off with a sea of sparklers.

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Photography: Saleina Marie Photography | Venue: Hidden Meadows | Dress Store: Laineemeg | Hair Stylist: Stacy Merritt | Makeup Artist: Denis Linares | Shoes: Aldo | Groom and Groomsmen Attire: Laineemeg | Bridesmaid Dresses: Laineemeg | Floral Designer: Loves Me Flowers | Invitations: AK Graphics | Caterer: Cabbage Patch | Officiant: Keil Johnson | Desserts: Jenny Cookies | DJ: Derrick Ferrell

Vibrant Emerald Fall Loft Wedding in Washington

Posted by Caitlin on Feb 10, 2014

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Meghan and Christopher were married in a traditional mass ceremony at the Blessed Sacrament Parish followed by a reception at the Loft at Russell’s in Seattle, Wash. on October 13. “The church itself is breathtaking and made us feel very connected,” Meghan said. “We loved how high the ceilings were and how much natural light flowed through. There were beautiful stained glass windows, and a lovely old Catholic church feel with brick interior. The immediate warmth made us feel right at home.” She walked down the aisle wearing a lace wedding gown with capped sleeves, accessorized with a sapphire cross necklace, while her groom stood waiting at the altar wearing a gray suit, accessorized with an emerald tie to match the bridesmaid dresses. “It was the most memorable part of the day,” she said. “I really took time to look at everyone who was there, especially mine and Chris’ family.” Following the ceremony, the newlyweds exited the church with a bubble send-off and were off to the reception. Tables were decorated with different colored vases, from green to blue and purple to white, filled with lush white blooms and greenery. Our favorite detail? The two little birds on the wedding cake!

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Photography: Courtney Bowlden Photography | Ceremony Venue: Blessed Sacrament Parish | Reception Venue: The Loft at Russell’s | Event Planner: Jesson Mata | Floral Designer: QFC Flowers | Hair Stylist: Malissa Martin | Makeup Artist: Amber Lui | DJ: Steve Stephens | Cake: Madalyn Wilkins

Coral Waterfront Fall Wedding in Washington

Posted by Caitlin on Jan 23, 2014

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Haley and Louis were married at The Bend on Hood Canal in Union, Wash. on September 21. “We absolutely loved the breathtaking panoramic views of the canal and the Olympic Mountains above,” Haley said. “The forecast showed that it was going to be 80% chance of precipitation, and we woke up that morning to gorgeous clear skies. It did rain for about 10 minutes that actually made for some really great pictures in a row boat, but it then cleared up again, and there was even a rainbow right after.” Can you believe that guests traveled from all over the word to be there? Exactly 5 continents. Minutes before the clear framed tented ceremony began, their two nieces decided they were going to pull their two nephews in a wagon. “One was missing shoes that could not be found anywhere, but they walked down the aisle, and did it,” she said. “They were such a hit that everyone cheered and clapped for them.” A wine box, handmade by the bride’s father, was used as a unity symbol during the ceremony. “It will be a wonderful anniversary tradition,” Haley said.

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Photography: Hannah Marie Photography | Venue: The Bend on Hood Canal | Event Planner: Simply Celebrations | Decor: Triple M Party Goods | Floral Designer: Julia’s Floral | Caterer: Wild & Woodsy | Cake: Celebrity Cake Studio | Officiant: Rev. Bill Wood of Rev. Ray Van Winkle & Associates | Equipment Rentals: AA Party Rentals 

Relaxed Navy Blue Summer Farm Wedding in Washington

Posted by Caitlin on Jan 08, 2014

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Ali and Ben were married at Trezzi Farm Winery & Vineyards on June 22. “The site was beautiful, but not ostentatious,” Ali said. “The sliding barn doors, the long handmade wooden tables — I just loved it! I knew it was where I wanted to get married.” She walked down the aisle wearing a lace mermaid wedding gown, accessorized with an ivory, and carrying a vibrant wildflower bouquet, while Ben stood anxiously in his tan suit, accessorized with a navy blue tie. With the rolling hills in the background, these two said, “I do.” The reception was decorated with handmade table runners, mix ‘n’ matched place mats, coffee bean favors in drawstring bags, and paper wreaths made from old book pages. “There isn’t one single moment that sticks out more than others,” she said. “I remember. . .eating awesome food and amazing cupcakes and dancing with everyone — it was the perfect day!”

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Photography: Crystal Madsen Photography | Venue: Trezzi Farm Winery & Vineyards | Event Coordinator: Soiree Event Design | Seamstress/Alterations: J. Ashley Sellen Couture | Hair & Makeup Artist: J. Ashley Sellen Couture | Bakery: Sweet Dreams Bakery | Floral Designer: Fleurtations | Dress Store: Celestial Selections 

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