Roche Harbor Fall Wedding

The forecasters were predicting the storm of the century with wind gusts up to 60 miles per hour, torrential downpours and major power outages throughout the Pacific Northwest.   We were planning for the worst, but still hoping Kate and Kyle's ceremony would be held in the garden.  Mother nature has a mind of her own, however, so the wedding was moved into the chapel instead.  The arbor my husband made especially for the wedding was transferred to the entrance of the reception area and decorated with greens.   Kate and Kyle chose rich colors of burgundy and navy with touches of gold.  Brass candlesticks, terrariums, branches and greenery decorated the tables.  Ferns hung from the beams and a variety of candles filled the large fireplace decorated with the garland from the ceremony. 

Liz Lui captured the stunning photographs, including a deer who was determined to attempt to eat Kate's bouquet!

Kate and Kyle allowed me a lot of creative freedom and it was such a joy to work with them on their beautiful Roche Harbor Wedding. 

Wedding Planning – Krista Simons of Prive Events

DJ – Douglas Rhine

Hair – Jamie Hagberg

Makeup – Afterglow Spa

Lighting – Veaceslav Caireac

Ceremony & Reception – Roche Harbor Resort

Assistant Photographer – Herman Lui

Photography – Liz Lui Photography


Jannie and Zach

The Holidays are over and it's time to get back to business by catching up on some much overdue blogging.  So I am going back to the archives of 2015 to show you Jannie and Zack's colorful September wedding!

Jannie and Zack were married in September at Russell's Loft.  Russell's Loft is a beautiful open beamed converted barn located in Bothell, Washington.  Jannie chose to use simple decor on the tables which included geometrical candleholders and a variety of bud vases and bottles she had collected.  The color pallet of peach and coral with touches of yellow allowed me to use locally sourced zinnias in the perfect shade of coral!

Venue / Catering / Bar: The Loft at Russell’s
Planning & coordination: Elements NW Events & Planning
DJ / MC: Sound City Players - Professional DJ Services
Rentals: Sweet Buffet Lady
Linens: Linen Sensation
Lighting: Greenlight Events
Hair / Make-up: KLS Makeup Artistry
Transportation: Rainer Limousine
Photo: Katie Day Photos


Angela and Tom

I am sitting here on my patio in the 93 degree heat anticipating the summer ahead and hoping we don't experience the hot temperatures of last summer only for the safety of the flowers and the temperament of the Seattle natives (most of us don't do vey well in the high heat).  

The weather, however, does bring back some beautiful memories of a wedding I worked on the last weekend of April.  April can be challenging with the weather, but you could not have asked for a more perfect day - the sun was out, not a cloud in the sky and the breeze calm making for perfect sailing conditions.   Angela and Tom were married on the Schooner Zodiac Sailboat based out of Bellingham, Washington.  I loved Angelas style, the free flowing bouquets incorporating a lot of greenery, peonies, branches and a variety of local spring time flowers.  Garland surrounded the entire length of the boat as well as the cabin inside.   I was even able to design a "chandelier" to hang above the table in the gallery.

Although I had talked to Angela at length about the details in her wedding, for some reason I anticipated a more casual feel to the day, so was pleasantly surprised to see the bridesmaids in long elegant dresses in varying shades of blush.  Gloves from Angela's grandmother were attached to the bouquet adding a special touch.  Angela was stunning in her dress made by Houghton from the Dress Theory.   It was a beautiful and elegant affair.  I also was able to make my first official dog collar for their adorable white lab Oakley who was also on the boat for the ceremony.  I wish my dog would be well enough behaved to attend a wedding, but that is another story.

Miguel Cornelio from Momentus Images captured the day perfectly.  My husband and I sat and watched the sailboat depart knowing it was going to be a fun evening ahead for the guests.  When it returned later that evening, guests were wearing the yellow raincoats presented to them by Angela and Tom - and although not raining, I am sure offered some warmth to the cool spring evening.

Of course a wedding filled with so many details needs the help of a coordinator and Kaity from Love Blooms Wedding & Event Design was able to bring all the details together to create a fabulous celebration for Angela and Tom.

Thank you Angela and Tom for allowing me to be part of your special day and Miguel from Momentus Images for capturing the day so perfectly.  Of course, I really think at this point I need to say - "And they sailed off into the sunset, happily ever after" just because it seems appropriate.  Look for this wedding to be published soon on Style Me Pretty in the next few weeks!



Photographer:  Momentus Images

Associate Photographer: Keisha Harvey

Venue: Schooner Zodiac

Hotel: The Chrysalis Inn & Spa

Dress Designer: Houghton

Dress Store: Dress Theory

Shoes: Manolo Blahnik

Coordinator: Love Blooms Wedding & Event Design

Hair + Makeup: Salon Tryst

DJ: Gary Bird

Cake: Cake Creations by Kylie

Catering: A taste of Elegance Catering

Invitations: CoppiaCreativa



Lindsey and Patrick

I have to say, August was a really busy month for me.  I think I am still trying to recuperate from that busy month!  Needless to say, I am really trying hard to catch up on all my blogging and I thought with summer just around the corner, better late than never and maybe this will give the summer brides some inspiration.

This wedding was featured on Junebug Weddings as well as in the Spring/Summer Issue of Seattle Bride - thanks to the efforts of Lola and James Events wedding planners.

One of the popular trends I am seeing is the use of a lot of greenery and garlands.  Lindsey and Patrick's wedding was really my first where we used a lot of garlands.  I had helpers working into the wee hours of the morning creating the huge quantity of garlands needed to pull it all off.  The head table had a 45' long garland, there was a 55' long garland framing the entrance to the venue, garlands on every table, and even a chandelier filled with greenery.  Greenery was everywhere and it was perfect for the venue - Maplehurst Farms in Mt. Vernon, Washington.  The rustic barn surrounded by tall fields of corn was the perfect venue for this wedding.  

August is the perfect month for the lovely Cafe au late dahlias and I used them every chance I had, especially as a focal point in Lindsey's unique bouquet filled with a variety of textures.  

We had an incredible summer of lovely weather in the Pacific Northwest, but just as the dancing started, it began to rain.  This group didn't let it slow them down at all - they danced in the rain, complete with umbrellas and had a great time.

If you get a chance, head on over to Cabfare Productions and check out the video of the wedding - it was really spectacular day!

Venue:  Maplehurst Farms, Mt. Vernon

Wedding Planner:  Lola and James Events

Photography:  Jordan Voth Photography

Bridal Gown:  Rue De Seine - The Dress Theory

Calligraphy:  Songbird Paperie

Cake:  Cupcake Couture

Caterer:  Ravishing Radish

Favors:  Homemade Apricot Jam

Videographer:  Mitch Mattraw, Cabfare Productions

Rentals:  ABC Special Event Rentals by Cort

Groom's Attire:  J Crew

Groomsmen's Attire:  Jos A Bank

Hair and Makeup:  OffWhite Makeup and Hair

Invitations, Programs and Paper Products:  Minted

DJ:  Sean Lewis

Musicians:  Tux and Gown Events


Kathleen and Chris

Last August I had the pleasure of creating the wedding florals for Kathleen and Chris's destination wedding at the beautiful Alderbrook Resort and Spa.  What fun it was to work with a bride who chose just the right amount of color to add into her arrangements filled with beautiful garden roses and seasonal flowers in shades of blush and bright pink to compliment her pallet of navy, pink and gold.  Even though it was August, we were lucky enough to get some peonies to add to her bouquet which made it extra special.

 The team of Maris Events pulled it all together with menus and table numbers using watercolors created by the brides mother and framed in a variety of gold frames.   In addition, Alissa created the chalkboard signage for the event.  It was a one of those perfect pacific northwest summer days filled with sunshine and the perfect temperature.   

Wedding Coordinator, signage and printed materials:  Maris Events

Venue:  Alderbrook Resort and Spa

DJ:  SoundEfx

Photography:  Joann Arruda Photography

Liz and Trevor

Well, here it is December and I realize just how far behind I am on all my blogging (and Christmas).  What a crazy year it has been!  I somehow or other managed to create 29 weddings this year and a bulk of them were in the month of August.  Needless to say, I may need to hire someone for 2016 just to keep up with all the blogging, paperwork and deliveries as one person can not do it alone anymore!  Thanks to all my wonderful family and friends who helped out - I could not have done it without you! That being said, I am going to try to finally catch up and start posting some of the weddings I did this year.  However, I can't wait to post about this wedding as it was one of the most anticipated and special weddings of the year - our daughter, Liz and her fiancé Trevor were married on November 14th!  Almost a year of anticipation and preparations went into this event and everyone contributed.  My husband created the water-color images used on the invitations as well as the frames on the tables and arbor behind the sweetheart table.  I made the bridal veil, flower girl dresses, bathrobes for the bridesmaids and lots of signage!  Our daughter, Rachel, helped with the design and assembly of the invitations and programs.  We also had a special afternoon of assembling party favors with Trevor's mother, sister and niece.

Oh, and the desserts!  Liz made the adorable cake topper for the wedding cake which a family friend baked and decorated.  Liz and I worked on pie crusts for weeks.  Trevor and his mother, Ruth, prepared the fillings for the pies and baked dozens and dozens of cookies the day before the wedding.  Grandma Lillie and Aunt Kathleen made cookies as well and Grandma Claremay made her famous flat apple pie.  Anyone with a sweet tooth was in heaven!

Everyone of the couples I work with hold a very special place in my heart and I just love each and every client I have worked with, but of course this one was extra special in so many ways.  To start with, she is of course our beautiful, wonderful daughter who just happened to marry a really great guy (also known as Mr. Wonderful around here).  When you create the flowers for your daughters wedding they have to be the best you have ever done and then some - so the pressure was on.   Being Mother-of-the-Bride also added a  little more pressure as there were many things to do and places to be.  However, with the help of my very good friend, Nan, and my sister-in-law, Tana, once I created the mock-up of the centerpieces they took off and finished them for me so I could spend time with Liz and be there for all the festivities.  Even at last minute our friend, Carina, came over and finished the garlands the day of the wedding so we could all get ready.   Of course, I can not thank the wonderful Alissa Lawton of Maris Events enough for going above and beyond the call of duty to make sure everything went smoothly the day of the wedding.  She also created the thank you notes for each guest and the table numbers!  With the help of her assistant Ellie they did all of the very detailed set-up for the wedding and reception so I could be mother of the bride.  Words can not quite express my gratitude to everyone who helped out for this event.

Liz and Trevor chose a color pallet of peach, mint green, blush, gold and silver with the feel of a Pacific Northwest winter wonderland.   Peonies, garden roses, lisianthus, ranunculus, and snowberries filled her lush bouquet.  An added touch of hand made charms with pictures of their parents wedding day were attached with ribbon and strands of miniature pearls I saved from my wedding bouquet.  The wedding was held at the beautiful Church at Fauntleroy in West Seattle and the reception was across the street at the Hall at Fauntleroy.

Although it was hard to choose the best photographs to show (because there are so many) hopefully you can get an idea of what a lovely day it was.  As always, Rick+Anna Photography did an amazing job capturing all of the details and special moments of the day.  Although it poured rain all day the team really caught some great shots.  I especially love the shot of the maid-of-honor (and sister), Rachel, escorting her sister to the first look in the pouring rain.  Liz almost fell so Rachel insisted she take off her shoes to walk in the pouring rain to see her groom!  Needless to say, she made it safely.


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Many thanks to all the wonderful people who helped make this wedding day so special for all of us, including the following amazing vendors:

In the Desert

Wow, what a crazy summer it has been!  I have been so busy, I have not had time to post any of events for some time and thought now the busy wedding season is over, I could finally catch up on some much overdue blogging. Back in January I attended a web-site design class and had the honor of meeting two fabulous photographers - Nicole Conner of Nicole Conner Photography and Miguel Cornelio of Momentus Images.  When I found out they were both from Wenatchee, Washington - the town I lived in during my teen years, I had to introduce myself.  Turns out Miguel lives not too far from where I now live!  When they reached out and asked me to provide florals for a photo shoot they were planning in May, of course I happily obliged.  These two are amazing photographers and it was such a pleasure working with them. They gave me the freedom to create with a soft color pallet being my only guideline.  Of course, I had to add a little pop of color into the mix!  May is such an amazing time for flowers with peonies and double tulips in abundance - you just can't go wrong.  Sadly, I could not be there for the shoot, but I just love how the pictures turned out.

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As with any photo shoot - it really takes a village to pull it all together.  These amazing vendors really brought it all together.

Photography - Nicole Conner Photography

Photography - Momentus Images

Photography - Simple Light Photography

Venue - Cave B Estate and Winery

Gowns - Princess Bride Couture

Hair - Laura Anaya from Platinum Studios

Make-up - Gaylinet Roberts

Tablescape Design - HRJ Events

Cake - Cupcake Blues

Balloons - Merriment Party Goods

Thank you Nicole and Miguel for including me in this event!