Wine Country Wedding

Amongst rolling hills, a crisp blue sky, rich green vineyards, a bubbling river and wild horses galloping along the river bank Bryn & Oliver said “I Do.” What a day it was! This style savvy designer and her loving groom began their life together on a beautiful day at her parents’ home in Prosser, WA. We were honored to be a part of it. We knew the day would be amazing from our first meeting with Bryn and to see it come to life throughout our meetings was delightful. It was a pleasure to work with some top wedding vendors to include Emily Hall Photography and Sound EFX- DJ Cory Kolilis.

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Hello again! Remember us? I know it has been far too long since we’ve posted. For good reason; between a new baby, wedding season, and Seattle’s short BBQ season, there has been much to do for us Maris girls. In the midst of this chaos, I thought I’d share a recipe that I’m trying out this Sunday at our annual summer birthday bash. I just discovered this blog. Ooh la la. I think I’ve struck gold on this one.

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Food is like fashion: It comes and goes with time.  There are trends that flash then fizzle, and then there are the little black dresses that withstand the passage of time and are considered classic.  Figs with goat cheese and prosciutto are in the little black dress category.

The key to timeless food combinations lies in the origin of the ingredients.  Figs, goat cheese and prosciutto (or dried, salted meat) are locally grown and produced products hailing from the hills of the Mediterranean, North Africa and the Middle East where the cuisines naturally reflect locally grown and raised food. No fancy accoutrements needed; this is the stuff of slow food.  Whether you call it timeless, more-ish, umami, or simply satisfying, the common denominator is it strikes a primal chord in all of us, bringing us back for more.

This recipe showcases the ancient fig, one of the first plants cultivated by humans.  Figs are high in calcium, fiber, potassium and…

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Maris Events Now Offers Vintage Rentals!

We are pleased to announce that we are now offering vintage rentals for your special day!
Instead of going through the hassle of purchasing decor pieces for your wedding day and worrying about what to do with them once the wedding is over, you can simply rent ours and be worry free! They will add the perfect, personalized touch to your day! We have been collecting for quite some time now and are excited to share our treasures with you! If you see something you like, contact us!

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Available: vintage bench, pink chalkboard sign, milk glass vases (about 30 of these), lace pieces (about 30 of these), vintage suitcase

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Available: vintage fireplace, shabby chic pots (10 of these), taper candle holder

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Available: candle sticks (2 of them), lace overlay, burlap runner (about 13 of these), “Happily Ever After” needlepoint sign, mini succulent pots- yellow (3 of these), lace pieces (about 30 of these)

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Available: mini milk jugs (2 of each color)

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Available: tall white candle holders (2 of these)

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Available: Tall white table/display stand

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Available: chalk board sign, grey embellished container, silver tray

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Available: mini chandelier votive holders

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Available: Tall vintage vase

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Available: 6 small glass jars

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Available: small silver platter

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Available: mini milk jugs with holder

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Available: Tall blue milk container (2 of these)

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AAvailable: green planter/container

Available: Burlap runners (about 10 of these)

Available: assorted large lace pieces

Available: assorted centerpiece size lace pieces (about 30 of these)

Available: wooden Scrabble letters and holders

Available: blue chalkboard sign

Available: chalkboard sandwich board sign (double sided), milk glass vases (about 30 of these)

Available: wooden pink tray

Available: vintage cake plates-assorted sizes (3 of these), burlap runner (about 10 of these), assorted lace pieces (about 30 of these), milk glass vase (about 30 of these)

Available: iron lantern, mini milk jugs (6 of these in assorted colors), green crate, assorted lace pieces (about 30 of these)

Available: tall green wooden candle holder

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.

5 Important Reasons to Hire a Wedding Planner for Your Wedding Day (from a Photographer’s Perspective)

As we move into wedding planning and engagement season, here is some thoughtful insight from talented Seattle wedding photographer, Emily Allen. You can visit her at www.solacearts.com

Let’s face it, not every wedding goes just as planned. In fact, most weddings don’t go exactly as planned, and having experienced a whole spectrum events, I think it’s about time I share my thoughts about this subject and why you might seriously consider having a professional available to put out your wedding day fires. If you received our September/October email newsletter, you saw the following article, but if you did not receive our email newsletter…well, get signed up so you don’t miss our next one!

5 Important Reasons to Hire a Wedding Planner for Your Wedding Day (from a Photographer’s Perspective)

Less Stress, More Fun
Weddings are notoriously stressful thanks to the many details and many personalities involved. Hiring a wedding planner to be present at your wedding celebration will allow them to field the stressful situations while you focus on looking your best and enjoying the unforgettable moments. Creating a buffer between you and the chaos will help you look more refreshed and radiant in your wedding pictures.

Picture Perfection – Timing the Day
Few couples realize how challenging it can be to keep a wedding on schedule. A skilled planner can time the day perfectly and communicate to everyone involved about what needs to happen at what time so that you have the time you need for the wedding pictures that are important to you. A photographer can only deliver you images they’ve been given time to create. When the schedule of the day is upset by any number of unexpected factors, a wedding planner can help get things on track and make sure your wedding experience is one you can remember with joy as you look through your beautiful wedding pictures.

Save Money without Sacrificing Style
Designing an event to reflect your personal style and taste comes at a price, but it doesn’t necessarily need to be a high price if you have a great wedding planner. Planners are experts in wedding economics, and they can bring many ideas to the table that you might not have thought of on your own…Ideas that give you great style at great savings. Also, many planners can save you money when you’re booking your other wedding vendors because of their established relationships with various caterers, florists, and photographers. The look of a professionally designed wedding shows through in the wedding pictures and helps to authentically tell your love story with style and sophistication.

Wisdom & Experience
Beautiful weddings don’t happen without a considerable amount of time and effort, and an experienced wedding planner knows all the nuances and details that must be attended to for an event to run smoothly. Hiring a wedding planner at least a few months in advance can help a couple identify small details that are easily overlooked, and there is no substitute for their wisdom and experience. A photographer is not at your wedding to be in your face, taking charge the events of your reception, or coaching you on how to cut the cake without making it fall over…your photographer will thank you if you have a planner there to do what a wedding planner does!

Peace of Mind
The best wedding planners know that their job is to design and execute a wedding that fulfills your personal creative vision at the budget you have set, not to take over and do their own thing at your expense. Hiring a good wedding planner will benefit you from start to finish, from helping you make important decisions about your day, to keeping your wedding events on-schedule, to wrapping up the straggling details once you’ve joyfully waved goodbye to your guests. It will give you peace of mind to know that a professional is there to assist you every step of the way, and it will create the best possible environment for your photographer to create amazing and creative photographs of your wedding.

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!

Steven & Ashleigh 7-16-11

We had the pleasure of working with Steven & Ashleigh for their July wedding this summer. They are the perfect pair and FUN is the best word to describe them! Every ounce of the ceremony and reception was so personal that if you came to the wedding not knowing them, you would have left feeling like you had for years. From the thoughtful vows they wrote to each other, to the delicious favors (a German treat they loved to have when they lived there) they shared with their guests, the love this couple shares for each other was felt by everyone present. Not only are they adorable, they know how to have a great time! The bride and groom rocked the dance floor until the wee-hours with nearly all of their guests…to including Grandmother Betty & Great Aunt Etta! It was a beautiful evening and we thoroughly enjoyed every moment we were lucky enough to spend with these two! We wish you the best Mr. and Mrs. Beard! Thanks to Kaylee Eylander for the amazing photos!