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!

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For the full collection, check out our Pinterest board “Cupid’s Closet” here: http://pinterest.com/marisevents/cupid-s-cupboard-valentine-s-fun-inspiration/

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Cheers!

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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?

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http://www.thesweetestoccasion.com/2013/02/heart-pie-pops/

Happy Valentine’s Day everyone!

Cheers!

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

http://www.displaycostume.com/store/home.php – 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!

2012 Snohomish Wedding Tour

Last Sunday we had the opportunity to be part of this year’s Snohomish Wedding Tour! Although it was a grey, rainy day, (in true Northwest style) the turnout was good and we loved meeting some fabulous brides and working with some fantastic vendors. The tour provides a unique opportunity for couples to tour 13 venues in Snohomish all filled with the area’s best vendors. We spent our second year in a row at Maroni Meadows and enjoyed it thoroughly. Maroni Meadows is a lovely outdoor venue located just off of HWY 9 boasting lush grounds and a charming rustic atmosphere. With it’s sprawling nature, the site can accommodate weddings of 200 people yet has a unique intimate feeling. The Maroni’s are a fantastic couple and we truly loved working with them again. The awesome vendor team who we had the privilege of spending the day with consisted of Jenny GG Photography, Grand Event Rentals, Cabbage Patch Catering, Otto-Matic Mobilie Music, I’ll Have What She’s Having (cakes) and Pour Girls and Some Guys bar tending service.

To match the lovely atmosphere of Maroni’s, we decided to go with a burlap and lace vintage theme for decor and are excited to share some photos with you! We have had a fun time collecting vintage rentals to offer to couples and you can see them showcased below.

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Love On A Sunny Day in March

How lucky are Nick and Nicola? Very. Not only has this wonderful couple found their perfect mate, celebrated their union with close friends and family, but they managed to pick the one sunny warm day in March. The Seattle weather gods blessed them.

When Nicola contacted us about coordinating the wedding, and she started sharing all the juicy little details that we event planners live for, we fell instantly in love. Small intimate beach wedding, vintage flair, aqua, purple tones, spring green. (Swoon)

Without further ado, we bring you…

Nick and Nicola’s Golden Gardens Bathhouse Wedding

Photography: Jenny GG

Venue: The Bathhouse at Golden Gardens Park

Catering, dessert table and linens: Twelve Baskets

Officiant: Annemarie Juhlian

Hair/makeup: Venia Beauty

Florals: Botanikal

Dress: Princess Bride Couture

Bridesmaid Dress: Ann Taylor

B&B: Chelsea Station Inn

Some Favorite DIY Goodies

Ahhh….spring is upon us, which means that we are headed full speed into wedding season. With that said, we wanted to share some of our favorite DIY ideas that we have seen recently. We love DIY touches because they add charm and personalization to your day and save you money. Besides, your guests will be talking about them long after you say your vows. Happy crafting!

What a lovely and easy DIY centerpiece idea. Using wood rounds for the bases, simply top with a variety of unique bottles filled with flowers and tie a pretty piece of fabric around them to tie in your colors.

We adore this backdrop idea! The best part is that you can make it out of fishing line and styrofoam! Extremely inexpensive and pretty. It would be lovely behind a head table or ceremony area.

These lovely little flowers would be just darling in the center of each place with place cards attached to them! Use any kind of scrapbooking paper to tie in your colors or theme!

Throwing flower petals at your wedding? What a gorgeous, inexpensive way to contain them before the tossing!

Add charm to a plain paper lantern by gluing coffee filters to it!

These rustic signs are so popular right now and extremely easy to make! A pole, a few scraps of wood and some paint and you have yourself a personalized piece of art.

We absolutely adore these containers that have been decoupaged with lace! What a fun way to add charm and texture to plain old vases1

A simple border punch add all of the character to these simple lunch bags. Adorn with a homemade tag and you have pretty, inexpensive little favor bags!

Rather than renting glasses, take a trip to goodwill or garage sales and collect mason/canning jars to use for drinks! Tie a scrap of pretty cloth around them to add character and incorporate your colors.

Create pretty hanging pieces by simply attaching pearls or other pretty beads/gems to a styrofoam ball. Attach a piece of ribbon or fabric to be hung with to the top.

What a fun and "green" way to personalize water containers or vases!

An easy DIY using an old photo frame and a pretty piece of scrapbook paper to create a multi-functional tray.

Fall in the Arboretum

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.

Pinterest: The planner’s best friend

Those in the know, know Pinterest is the best thing since sliced bread.  How many of you out there have spent countless hours pinning, repinning, and searching random tags lines like “thigh high tights”, “vintage wedding” or “brooch wedding bouquets”? Or cursed the heavens that Pinterest wasn’t around when you planned your wedding? Yeah… me too.

Yesterday we had the pleasure of meeting at Cafe Ladro in Bothell with a lovely bride to be and her dynamic mother to talk shop. Not only did we discover how much fun it is going to be to coordinate the wedding (charmingly simple vintage wedding by the beach) but that these tasteful, well-informed ladies had never heard of Pinterest.com. This post is for all you out there that would benefit from the fore mentioned delightfully addictive virtual idea boards.

Not only can you find awesome pictures that others have shared, you can follow your friends’ boards, and “pin” images from anywhere on the web to your own boards. Pinterest has streamlined so much of the idea/inspiration process for creation projects, events, shopping, etc. I would even go so far as to say it has revolutionized the process of wedding planning. Tediously cutting out pictures from 20 different bridal magazines to paste into a wedding scrapbook has become a thing of the past.

So “pin” away my friends!

Getting your craft on: DIY Wedding Creations Workshop

The first event of our DIY series.

Phew. What a night. We had such a wonderful time. It was great seeing both new and familiar faces.  A big thanks to our lovely guests and fabulous vendors. We love being wedding coordinators. We get to facilitate so much beauty and creation.

Creative consultant: Rhiannon Christianson Venue: Courtyard Hall  Photography: Solace Arts Photography  Flowers: Blossom and Bloom  Rentals: Grand Event Rentals  Attire: Princess Bride Couture Bridal Salon  Bartending: Pour Girls and Some Guys  Jewelry: BrynCollection  Music: DJ Ricki Leigh  Gown cleaning and preserving: Hill Street Cleaners  Bridal Fitness: Julie Michaelson Training  Cupcakes:  Simply Sweet Cupcakes  Wine: Matthews Estate

 

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DIY Favors

Okay, after spending boat loads on vendors, venue, etc. the question of favors can be tricky. How can you convey your appreciation, in a creative manner, to your guests without breaking the bank? It’s not impossible. Utilizing your friends and family for labor and creativity and perhaps a few of the following ideas may have you looking like the next Martha Stewart. Be sure to see her site, as it is the Mecca of creative resources.

 Why not give the gift of life? Small shrub starts, wildflower seeds, etc are a great way to share the love. This is especially meaningful, if you have a green thumb to share. A pretty packet with flower seeds, accompanied by a note saying “Spread the love”? I’d take it home.

A great idea for a smaller destination wedding (or if you have the means) is guest baskets filled with nice local treats and necessary items. A small tote or basket with wine, sunscreen, local maps, weekend itinerary, local chocolate or candy, etc is one heck of a way to welcome your guests. Have them ready in their rooms or at check in for a nice surprise.

Display can play a crucial role in the impressiveness of favors. A fold up card table with a bunch of cheesy knickknacks may not fit the bill, unless of course your theme is let’s say 1950’s “Americana”. When it comes to upping the ante on creative display, move over Marsha Brady, it’s “Martha, Martha, Martha” (Stewart, that is). 

Perhaps you are dumping a load of money or effort into spectacular centerpieces or large desert table. Send guests home with these in lieu of favors. This is a great way of minimizing waste and making clean up a breeze for your family or wedding coordinator. Just be sure to inform guests with signage or in the programs of this fact. Oh, and don’t forget to provide boxes or “doggie bags” for transport.

Focus on locality. Wedding at the Jersey shore? Salt water taffy! Seattle? Coffee beans! Vermont? Maple syrup! Texas? Hot sauce! You get the picture…try going to a farmer’s market or another small local merchant and strike a deal. Or just buy a pear for each place setting and attach a pretty tag to the stem saying “Perfect pair”. Soap from the local farmer’s market wrapped in pretty calico offers vintage flair.

 Package up your favorite sweets or delectable eats in cellophane bags or jars. Nan’s chutney? Aunt Sue’s strawberry jam? Cheap and cheerful! Of course there are the ever trendy candy tables. Glass vases with singular contrasting colors or metallic wrappings placed on tiers are a great way to showcase your goodies without a color-vomit effect. Or throw caution to the wind, and put out your favorites without regard to aesthetics. It’s your day after all. A “his” and “hers” candy table? Even better. Just be sure to put out those take home bags and twisty ties.

Practical items may be just the ticket. Expecting warm weather? Have pretty fans placed at place settings or in baskets upon entry. Bottles of water with custom labels are a nice way to keep your guests hydrated. Throw in some travel sized sunscreen for outdoor daytime weddings.

Get creative! Roll your own beeswax candles, and wrap with band of pretty fabric and raffia. Make a spice mix, and fill tins with a label “Spice up your love”. Make a mix CD of your favorite songs. Try giving a cookie cutter with your favorite cookie recipe. Lavender sachets, bath salts, body lotion, or even custom made temporary tattoos.

The options are limitless. Let your imagination (okay, and your wallet) be the guide. That’s all for now folks.