Valentine’s Day Inspiration

Ok…the countdown is on! 5 days to go until Cupid strikes and we have a sneak peak into his closet of Valentine’s inspiration! We have collected everything from free printables to adorable cupcakes. Special little touches to make next Thursday not just any Thursday!


For the full collection, check out our Pinterest board “Cupid’s Closet” here:

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Valentines goodies

LOVE is in the air and Valentine’s Day is just around the corner. We love this time of year! One day dedicated to telling those that you love, you love them. In this busy life, we should all take a day and stop and focus on those in your life who mean a lot to you. We feel blessed by the special people in our lives and the phenomenal couples we meet in this amazing career!

While we are on the topic of love…one thing we LOVE is baking! Cupcakes, cookies, pies, you name it. Who doesn’t love to enjoy  a fun little dessert for a special occasion? A hot new trend that we just adore are pie pops. Similar to cake pops, these mini creations are adorable, chalk full of deliciousness and making appearances at wedding receptions everywhere! We found this great blog post from The Sweetest Occasion with a tutorial on making some Mini Cherry Heart Shaped Pie Pops and wanted to share it with you. We are going to roll up our sleeves, throw on our aprons and get to work making some of these for next Thursday. Join us?


Happy Valentine’s Day everyone!


A fun little DIY tidbit!

Hello lovelies! I am hoping this blog post finds you all well! I want to share a fun DIY craft with you to add a little something special to your wedding day (or makes a great gift!) without spending much more than a few bucks!

I love crafting. I adore crafting. I am somewhat (a lot) obsessed with crafting. For some reason each year I decide it is a good idea to hand make nearly every Christmas gift I give and this year was no exception. The moment that I find myself up to my eyeballs in paint, glue, ribbon, glitter, paper and more, I tend to second guess myself. However, when that long worked on project finally rounds the bend to becoming its final state…I do a little happy dance in my head and think, “Ah, that was worth it!” And really, it always is because personalized gifts are always more special than something just picked off a store shelf. This leads me to share my latest DIY with you.

Over Christmas I made some adorable wooden signs for family and friends. I am a big recycler when it comes to crafting (yes, that bow that you gave me on my last gift is destined to become something else and probably returned to you in it’s new form.) Just before Christmas, I found myself in the midst of lots of unused 1×4’s in our shed (thanks hubby for building those planter boxes last summer!) . I couldn’t stand the thought of them just sitting there and had been wanting to make some cute rustic wooden signs for a while…so I put them to use. Here are a few pictures of the ones I created for gifts.



With the Northwest Bridal Showcase coming up, I knew I could incorporate some fun signs to put in our booth space. And so, began the project of Bride & Groom signs. I think they turned out pretty cute, don’t you?!

ImageAnd now for the [super easy] tutorial:

1. Find a piece of wood. Any scrap piece will do! Or, go to your local hardware store and buy one.

2. Sand any rough spots with a piece of sand paper.

3. Paint it. I used some plain ‘ol white paint that we had left over from painting our house, but you can use any color!

Image4. Print out whatever saying you would like to put on it. Just use Microsoft Word (or a similar program) to print the saying in a very large font size on regular paper.

5.  Lay the printed saying on top of the board and tape it in place on one side. Only tape the paper on one side so that you can slip transfer paper underneath it. (excuse my wrapping paper table protection)


6. Slip a piece of graphite paper underneath your saying so that you can trace around each letter and transfer the saying onto the wood.Image


7. Using a fine paint brush, paint in the letters. Or just outline them…whatever you like. Here is the finished product of this sign. (I did not distress this sign.)


And here is a close up of the Bride sign. I did distress this one. To do so, take a fine grit sand paper and lightly sand over the top until you have achieved the desired effect.


8. Attach a ribbon with some hot glue or a nail and hang on the backs of your chairs at your wedding reception to add a little something extra special.

Happy crafting! Cheers!

As I sift through thousands (upon thousands) of wedding and event photos, looking for the right shots for our new website, I came across these gems from the fall before last. I can’t wait for our next staged shoot that will be announced in the weeks to come. We Maris girls are gearing up! In the meanwhile, a little fall color for your viewing pleasure…

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My dear and talented friend Rebecca (Rebecca Stackhouse Photography) and I had a blast photographing and styling (respectively) this fall fashion shoot at the Seattle arboretum. A big thank you to our lovely and delightful model (artist) Megan Meyers, who makes posing in the freezing cold look easy. All of the beautiful jewelry was on loan from local artist Bryn (Bryn Collection). 

See the full photo collection here.

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We love Althauser Design. We had the pleasure of working with Theresa at the Wedding Preview Event this last October, and were smitten with Theresa’s textured, playful and yet classic arrangements. We knew she was a great fit for our booth’s theme at the Northwest Bridal Showcase. We gave her our colors: pale green, yellow, gray, cream and ballet pink… and this is what she made!

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Happy New Year!   Over the holiday season many young couples announced their engagements to their friends and family and are now looking at attending one of the many bridal shows happening throughout early spring.  My daughter had eight of her friends announce their engagement at Christmas!

Maris Events is participating in the Northwest Bridal Show at Tulalip Resort and Casino this weekend and asked me to prepare some floral arrangements for their “Burlap and Lace” themed booth.  Long time friends Meredith and Alissa are Maris Events, a wonderful team of event coordinators located in the Seattle area who I had the pleasure of working with for the Wedding Preview Event  in October.

Ballet slipper pink, pale gold, white, cream, gray and pops of soft green were the colors I was asked to work with and, as luck would have it, they had a terrific selection at the wholesale market…

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Wedding Preview Event 2012

We have just come out of the post Wedding Preview Event coma. The sheer excitement and effort it takes to pull off an event of this magnitude is mind boggling, and boy, was it phenomenal. Ahem…if I may say so myself.

When we were referred by our friend Jenny to fill an opening for a planner, we were psyched. This show concept has the potential to make traditional (may I say impersonal?) wedding conventions a thing of the past, to be thrown into the proverbial dust bin along with meringue-y dresses and cheap gold candelabras.

I’ll let the pictures speak for themselves, but not without a big thank you to our fellow carny teammates. What an outstanding group of artists! Vendor credits can found be below the photos. If you use any of these photos please do not crop or edit Anna’s lovely work. Enjoy!



Carnival Crush Team

(see here for a complete list of WPE Seattle vendors)

Seattle venue: Seattle Design Center

Photography: Blue Wing Photography

Planning and Coordination: Maris Events

Florals, vendor pins, and kissing booth: Althauser Design

Stationary and signage: Citlali Creativo

Catering: Eat. Drink. Catering

DJ: Puget Sound DJ

Dessert: Dianne’s Delights

Bridal apparel: Belltown Bride

Groom apparel: Butch Blum

Hair and makeup: James Alan Salon

Dance performance and instruction: Salsa Con Todo

Stilt walker and other entertainment: Animate Objects Physical Theater

Vintage rentals: Vintage Ambiance

Tent, chair, and charger rentals: Grand Event Rentals

Linens: Linens By Alice

Food truck: Jemil’s Big Easy

Cotton Candy, kettle corn, high striker: Clowns Unlimited

Win free tickets to the Wedding Preview Event!


Hello all of you lovely brides-to-be (grooms too)! We have been working on a special event that is coming up in October- the 14th to be exact- and we want you to be part of it! The Wedding Preview Event is like no wedding show you have ever seen. Say goodbye to rows of vendor booths and say hello to amazement!!!! Come and be entertained with the production of 4 life-like (over the top, I might add) weddings and meet the brilliant minds behind their creations afterward. After the show, spend time chatting with Seattle’s top wedding vendors in each of their elaborately designed studio spaces…while sipping their signature cocktails and tantalize your tastebuds with the finest catering around. There will be a little something to satisfy all of your senses in this new, dynamic approach to a wedding show. It is a must if you are getting married, know someone who is, or just like a good time in general!

Best of all…we are giving away free tickets!!!

Tell us what your dream wedding looks like (imagine that you have an unlimited budget) and we will award the most creative story with two free tickets to the show! Please send all entries to with WPE Tickets as the subject. Winner will be announced October 6th!

Check out the show’s website at 

See you there! Cheers!

the little things

Details, details. Oh, how they make a difference! One of our favorite hobbies is paper crafting and it has been really fun to incorporate in our weddings! Personalized touches like place cards, table numbers, menus, programs, banners and signage make a big impression on your guests. We spent many hours this past week crafting our handmade creations for our wedding yesterday and wanted to share with you! What a lovely day it was!









Midsummer Night’s Eve

Fairies, woodland creatures, whimsy, friends, family, and an exorbitant amount of good nibbles (and, ahem, drinks). This event planner mama got to play out her own childhood fantasies for her daughter’s 3rd birthday. Seriously, what girl (big or little) doesn’t like throwing on fairy wings once in a while? We all need a little bit of magic.

Photography: Rebecca Stackhouse Photography

Face/body painting: illustriddler

Event design, coordination, vintage rentals, catering: Maris Events

Florals: Forest Park farmers market – Tissue paper, balloons, pinwheel supplies, bubble favors, dagger favors, adult wings, animal masks, paper straws, monogram letters (the glitter was DIY), compostable utensils and plates

Target: Fairy wing favors, bistro lights, wand favors

Menu and recipes post coming soon!