The ladies of Belathee Photography are masters of their craft and incredibly talented artists. Whenever I receive photos from a project we’ve worked on together, I’m always blown away. I study their work, try to soak it in, and I still don’t know how they do it. This small sample collage is just the tip of the iceberg of what’s to come from Amy & Justin’s beautiful Corson Building wedding. I can’t wait to share more.
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Aww blush, the ever popular bridal color… Although I occasionally complain about it (and I suppose I’m admitting I do), it really is so pretty. And when paired with interesting accents, can make even more of an impact. Set against a dark background (like this rich smokey blue velvet), the soft palette draws you in, while the contrast adds a layer of sophistication. I can handle blush done this way. Yes, and other ways too. But especially this way.
And since we’re in a blushing mood, how about a sweet floral hair wreath? Featured in the latest issue of Seattle Metropolitan Bride & Groom… Click here to see.
If you follow me on Instagram, you’ve likely already seen these zingy florals and our gorgeous bride Monica. But wow–when I downloaded the photos from my camera last night, I actually had to desaturate them a bit. The color was electric. Just what I needed on this dreary January day. Of course I wish I could have waited until the tables were in position and the chairs were set before whipping out the camera, but the light doesn’t hang around for florists attempting to be photographers. So you make do.
This romantic winter wedding captured beautifully by Belathee Photography was featured in Seattle Metropolitan Bride & Groom a while back and got a quick Instagram mention but never its proper due. So let me share a few here now. (More from this wedding on our website.)
I hope you’re all having a good December!
Heather and Dave’s wedding is featured over on Martha Stewart Weddings: The Bride’s Guide, so pop on over and take a look. More photos of their romantic day coming soon on our website.
I so loved getting to work with color for McKenzie & James’s wedding.* The bride picked this lovely palette, and I couldn’t have been more pleased. With Novelty Hill Winery as our backdrop, my goal was to soften the space and give it a feminine + a slightly rustic touch, as requested by McKenzie, but tie in the beautiful modern lines of the environment. I think we achieved a nice balance of both. (Note: First piece of advice I offer my clients, please please don’t fight your venue’s aesthetic. Just choose a great venue from the get-go and make my job all the more enjoyable.)
*My name is McKenzie. My husband’s is James. We had the same photographer, the wonderful Michele M. Waite , also capture our wedding. So cute.
Matt and Melinda are kind and thoughtful and totally in love. He sang to her as she walked down the aisle and was so genuine and in-the-moment that I may have gotten a little choked up. And… I met them in-person for the first time on their wedding day, so apparently I’m a softie. The designing happened via email and phone calls and started with Melinda’s request for blush florals and hints of silver. We have quite the collection of vintage silver and added in some antiqued mirrored trays, tall candelabras and the nude sequined linens to kick it up a notch. It was June, so I snatched up garden roses, foxglove, clematis, mock-orange, and the most beautiful branches of dogwood I’ve ever seen in my own two hands, and we ended up with this…
Photography by the lovely Michele M. Waite.
I had the pleasure of working with Alan & Becca for over a year to design their recent wedding. Originally planned for November in a modern venue in Seattle (think concrete and steel), you can see we ended up with quite a different look in quite a different environment. I’m glad they listened to their instincts and opted to plan a day that truly reflected their relationship and styles. Our inspiration and mood boards did a 180 in the process and we ended up at Willie Green’s Organic Farm on a sunny day in June–a perfect backdrop for their “Northwest farm meets French Country” design. Becca made all of the beautiful jams (Rhubarb Rosewater & Cardamom!), and I did what I do and heaped fresh fruit all over the place.
Becca trusted me. And I cannot tell you how much a designer appreciates a client that offers such trust. I of course love the flowers, but every detail helps to complete the look. We brought together hand-dyed muslin ribbon, simple kraft paper menus and signage, gorgeous linens from La Tavola, baskets, props and candlelight to create an evening that felt organic yet elegant.
The blog gets a bit quiet when wedding season strikes, but don’t let the silence fool you. We’ve been working hard around here (and also taking breaks to enjoy summer too). It’s good this year, a better balance somehow. Not fewer weddings but maybe better systems? More efficient. Or maybe it’s just not September yet, and in a few months I’ll be singing a different tune. In any case, I’m enjoying the work and variety that each event brings. Sequins blush table linens one weekend to country blues the next. This weekend we’ll be working mainly with greens and whites, relying heavily on shape and texture for interest. Amidst the whirl of activity, I try to whip out the trusty iPhone now and then to document a bit of it all, posting to Instagram for those interested. If you are, I’m http://instagram.com/mckenzie_powell.