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

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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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!