Belathée Photography captured these beautiful photos of Sahar & Jordan’s wedding day at the Fairmont Olympic Hotel in downtown Seattle. Event planning was handled by the lovely Megan of A Kurant Event.
Hard not to enjoy designing this one, a wedding in the middle of a lavender field… (Lovely photos by Molly Magee.)
Bomi and Billy’s wedding was featured last year in the summer issue of Martha Stewart Weddings Magazine, and I’m excited to finally get these gorgeous feminine photos by KT Merry up on the blog. Each shot feels sort of like a dreamy fairytale, no? The bride and groom live in New York, so we only got to meet once before their wedding, but they were a breeze to work with and so kind and appreciative. Grooms are usually pretty preoccupied day-of (and rightfully so), but Billy made a point to find me during set-up to thank us and tell me again just how happy Bomi was with everything we had created. It’s the little things…
I created this arrangement as part of a project with SPU’s Response Magazine, and as I was combing through old photos this morning, it dawned on me that I designed this exactly one year from today. We were just turning in the paperwork to make our first home-purchase official, and I clipped the bleeding heart, cherry blossoms, and rhododendron from our new yard on one of our visits. It was actually taken in a dark corner of our old apartment bedroom with boxes piled all around, and it makes me miss the drama of that rich wall color. Our new house is all white and very bright, which most days I love. But then I see a photo like this and want to make an impulse run to Benjamin Moore.
I have to get better at posting our work on a regular basis because the more back-logged our photo files become, the more daunting the task to get ‘caught up’, and then of course the less likely I will actually get around to doing it. And I’m sitting on photos from some of our favorite events thus far, so it seems a shame not to share. So (coming at you in no particular order), I’m jumping in with this wedding from last July that took place at Lakewold Gardens…
Tec Petaja shot these stunning images (and posted a three-part series on his blog if you’d like to see more). I can’t tell you enough how nice it is to work with such a talented photographer. I’m committed to and invested in all of my weddings, but when you know you get to work with the best of the best, you might just bust your tush a bit more to make sure he (or she) has every detail he needs to capture and tell the complete and beautiful story. So please please please invest in a talented photographer. Nobody every regrets it.
The bride and groom were friends of one of our other favorite couples and were just as wonderful to work with. They really cared about creating a beautiful experience for their guests and offered me their complete trust. Cheers (and thank you) Salil & Jenn!
I can’t believe how much color has made its way through our studio this year. It’s been fun and refreshing and makes me appreciate a wider variety of palettes. Lately, since I’ve been able to do a bit of it all, I’m not burnt out on any of it (which hasn’t always been the case in years past). And maybe I just haven’t done this long enough, but the list of color combinations and styles I’d still like to capture goes on and on. When I’m able to add in the other elements as well (candles, textiles, china, paper, food…), the possibilities increase tenfold. I still feel inspired creating a single arrangement, but bringing together all of the pieces is what I love most. It goes without saying that the same arrangement set against rich velvet creates a really different look and feel when placed on soft airy chiffon. This topic of ‘design beyond flowers’ seems to surface quickly when what I started out to accomplish was a quick blog post of colorful photos, but I suppose it’s because many people still don’t know that in additional to florals, we work closely with many of our clients on the overall design of their event.
Actually, for the wedding below, I worked with the planner (Alex from Taylor’d Events by Jennifer who was wonderful) and never even met the clients. A definite first for us, but I heard that they were thrilled with the results, thank goodness. I enjoyed this one because Alex filled me in on the clients’ personalities and style (the groom’s an artist and the bride would be wearing a red tulle skirt and sequined shoes) and then told me to run with it. With a funky, industrial, slightly rustic art gallery as our backdrop, I wanted to create something eclectic and fun, yet tasteful. A bold stripe for the linens + ghost chairs, rattan chargers, art supplies clustered on the table for guests to get creative, and vibrant jewel-toned flowers for the finishing touch. Plus, this wedding had five food trucks parked right outside the main doors, so all in all, I’d call it a success.
Single petaled peonies in any color, really. Irresistible. And when they’re locally grown and flawless such as these beauties, it makes my job seem a bit more like play. (Extremely exhausting but beautiful, satisfying play.) And actually, now looking back through these photos from a recent wedding, I realize that not just the peonies, but every single stem used came from a local garden–farms in Bellingham, Ferndale, Mount Vernon, Chehalis, Stanwood and Seattle–all ending up on The Corson’s Building‘s tables. Amazing food, romantic interiors, local flowers, flickering candlelight… It really doesn’t get much better.
By the time February rolls around, I’m already anxiously awaiting the arrival of spring, checking the gardens for any sign of life. So I was excited about the design we came up with for Zora & Jerome’s ‘winter’ wedding at Sodo Park, aiming to find that middle ground between the two seasons. A touch of the dark and romantic offset by the light and fresh. Ornate + rustic + clean + simple + lush + vintage + timeless… blended all together and not too much of any of it. After painting the overall picture during our first meeting together, Zora just let me run with it. I’m sure it’s always a little hard for a bride to picture what I’m talking about and ‘inspiration photos’ only go so far. But no matter what I suggested… from water-colored elements to lace runners to antiqued blue urns, she trusted that I’d pull it all together. So thank you, Zora. You were so great to work with.