Seattle Wedding Planner

Ali + Jimmy

 

As a wedding coordinator there are some brides that you just 'have' to work with.  For me this was Ali, but it also included her mom, Elaine and sister, Lauren. I include all three of the them as they were together when I met them and could not stop laughing as all three of them are hilarious!  Elaine, and Lauren were integral in all parts of planning, and I had so much fun working with them.

Ali shared with me the look she and her (also amazing) fiance Jimmy were going for. They had selected Alderbrook for their reception venue, as it was just down the beach from Ali's family cabin on the Hood Canal.  

Rather than going along with the classic PNW this seaside resort offers, Ali and Jimmy selected an off-season month, November and played into the moody feel that this wooded wonderland can provide.  Although we wanted some masculine elements - bringing in a steer head, antlers, custom wood chairs (made by the bride's uncle!), we juxtaposed those elements with opulence - gold trim on the Robinson Creative House paper goods, tons of candlelight, BBJ velvet linens, and of course the most mazing palette of greens and unexpected florals from Gather Design.  Our take on a Nordic Lodge truly came to life!

And before we knew it the wedding day had arrived!  Still smiling from the last two days of celebration the ladies were dolled up by the incredible Anne Timss and team.  Ali looked in amazing in her first of two gowns (her dad, Mark's pick - a stunning blush Sareh Nouri gown). Our ceremony was held at St. Edward Catholic Church just a few miles away from Alderbrook.  Back onside at the resort guests were met with cocktails and fresh oysters (Pop-Up Oyster Bar). Dinner kicked off in the tent (with Ali in gown two!), where guests dined, and celebrated the newlyweds.  The entire evening was capped off with an epic dance party (Bamboo Beats), ice cream sandwiches and late night snacks, and a photo booth (The Snap Bar) - all captured by the incredible Sullivan and Sullivan.  

The entire weekend was one of celebration. After checking into the hotel guests boarded Lady Alderbrook where they sipped champagne on their way down to the Market, At the Market they were treated to a classic cookout, and charmed with toasts by their bridal party. Ali and Jimmy also took time to recite their vows to each other as they wanted to share them with their closest family and friends. It was hard to believe that was only night one (we had that much fun!). Friday our guests had a chance to relax and enjoy the picturesque setting before joining us for drinks and snacks as a thank you for traveling to be with us for the weekend.

Brunch followed the next morning, where Ali and Jimmy hugged and thanked each guest on their way out. It was an amazing weekend, and one I am so thankful to have been a part of! Congratulations Ali and Jimmy, and thank you to Seattle Bride Magazine for the feature!

Coordinator: Molly | Ceremony Music: Skylar Carroll | DJ: Bamboo Beats | Florist: Gather Design Company | Hair & Makeup Artist: Anne Timms | Lighting & Rentals: CORT | Officiant: Deacon Bill | Photographer: Sullivan & Sullivan | Transportation: Capital Aeroporter | Venue & Catering: Alderbrook Resort

 

Kristi + Freddy

 

I had the privilege of working with Kristi several years ago and it was during this time that I got to know how special she truly is. One of my favorite parts about her was her love for all things glamorous. Her desk was decked out in shades of pink, champagne and gold showcasing glitter and shine wherever possible!

Fast forward to wedding planning, and we had to of course incorporate some of these same elements! Kristi and Freddy selected The Four Seasons Seattle as their venue, which could not have been more perfect for this glam couple.

Guests were wowed the minute they stepped into the hotel as Seattle Floral Design and The Prop Gallery had transformed the entire venue.

From start to finish every element of the day felt so unique to this special couple.  From the darling slideshow with pictures of each member of their bridal party to the toasts made to Kristi's parents (who share the same Anniversary!) to the special appearance of their fur baby, Kobe, it all showcased their love for each other and their friends & family perfectly.  

Guests enjoyed every minute as they were wined and dined by the extraordinary team at The Four Seasons. They all crammed in for multiple rounds in the Fun Frames photo booth, and danced the night away, under the spinning talents of DJ Miguel from Classic Joints Production. All of this and so much more was captured by our amazing photographer, Wiley Putnum who also was there for their traditional tea ceremony the week prior!

It was a day filled with joy and happiness I could relive it over and over again.  Thank you for letting me be a part of your special day Kristi and Freddy!

Coordinator: Molly | DJ & Sound: Classic Joints Production
| Florist: Seattle Floral Design | Photo Booth: Fun Frames Photo Booth | Photographer: Wiley Putnam | Rentals: The Prop Gallery | Catering: Four Seasons | Videographer: Bogle Productions

 

Melanie + Brady

 

As a part of the Seattle-based Bridal Bliss Team, it is not every day that I get to plan a wedding in Oregon.  However, after meeting Melanie and Brady I knew I just had to be a part of their special day!

Melanie and Brady chose The Columbia Gorge Hotel for their September wedding, which was even more special for Melanie's family as many of them live in the area. 

The entire weekend was full of celebration, and we could not have been happier with the gorgeous fall Pacific Northwest weather.

If you have not been to this hotel before, it is one to visit as it sits directly above the Gorge providing wedding ceremonies - including Melanie and Brady's with the most amazing backdrop.

Guests enjoyed this view, along with beautiful arrangements by Jordan of Blum, and were entertained by the cutest flower girl and ring bearer duo.

Following some epic family photos (including some good laughs over me trying to remove sap from Brady's suit pants!)  guests sampled cocktails and appetizers on the patio before moving over to our main tent for dinner.

Blum's stunning certepieces, coupled with rentals from Bridgewood Rentals and paper goods by Robinson Paperie made for a truly stunning evening.  Dinner concluded, and the real party began.

And when I say party, we are talking one for the books. Mel and Brady, both WSU alums contacted their college favorite, DJ Goldfinger, who made a special trip out from Pullman to celebrate with these two!  He kept the entire night moving with a packed dance floor from start to finish! And a first for me, the party was so fun we actually had wedding crashers from the hotel next door!!! Needless to say we had to ask these four to leave to make room for our actual wedding guests!


The celebration concluded the following morning with a farewell brunch on the patio of the hotel.  Guests slowly made their way downstairs, in part because of all the fun had the night before, but more so that no one wanted this weekend to end!  I felt very much the same way - sad to say goodbye to such an amazing couple!

Mel and Brady, I don't think a dance party will ever be topped! Thank you for letting me be a part of your special day!

Coordinator: Molly | Beauty: Blossom + Beauty | Catering + Venue: Columbia Gorge Hotel | DJ: DJ Goldfinger | Florist: Blum Floral | Paper Goods: Robinson Paperie |Photography: Amanda K Photography | Rentals: Bridgewood Rentals | Videographer: Bogle Productions |

 

Ashley + Jared

 

As a wedding planner when you get the opportunity to work with one of the coolest couples, and amazing vendors in a gorgeous setting it is pretty much a dream come true.

Ashley and Jared picked Bella Luna Farms for their August 25th wedding.  And unlike most couples who get married there, who love the traditional dinner under their sailcloth tent, Ashley and Jared thought about their guests and what experience they wanted them to have.

Given that many guests would meeting for the first time (a very fun blend of west and east-coasters), they opted for a celebration that included both traditional and non traditional elements.  

Their ceremony pulled in some of the more traditional elements as the wonderful, Rabbi Sarah married them under a floral embellished chuppah created by Amy of Gather Design Company.

From there guests were encouraged to wander the property, enjoying oysters from Pop Up Oyster Bar, and amazing food stations presented by the team at Upper Left Catering.

 Each food station was intentionally positioned through out the venue giving guests an opportunity to see all that it has to offer, including a grape house, a family of darling goats, and an onsite creamery - just to name a few!

Rounding out their journey through out the farm, guests made their way to the tent where they were entertained with the most endearing toasts, a glam photo booth and an epic dance party.

 And of course we couldn't let guests go home without one more surprise! Frankie and Jo's provided many guests with their first plant-based ice cream treat, a favorite of the couple's!

Ashley and Jared it was an honor to get to be a part of your special (and gorgeous!) day.  And thank you to Seattle Bride who featured this amazing couple in their Spring/Summer edition.

Coordinator: Molly | Band: Bowie Vision | Beauty: Yessie Makeup Artistry | Catering: Upper Left | Ceremony Music: Jesse Sullivan Music + Robbie E | Chuppah: Gather Design | Florist: Bella Luna Farms | Ice Cream: Frankie & Jo’s | Photography + Photo Booth: Alante Photography | Rentals: Pedersens | Transportation: British Motor Coach + Butler Seattle | Videographer: Cabfare Productions

 

Phoebe + Sean

 

When the sweetest people you know are getting married it's going to be one for the books! Phoebe and Sean were so fun to work with during wedding planning and I loved their school theme!

Guests were dropped off Lakeside School for the ceremony, which holds special meaning to the bride as she once went to school there and her father is currently the headmaster.

The ceremony was officiated by Phoebe's mom Killian and as guests left there wasn't a dry eye in the house.