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