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!

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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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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

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!