Seattle Wedding Planner

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.

After the ceremony guests were invited to the lunch hall, which was had been transformed into a gorgeous reception with beautiful string lighting by Greenlight Events. Place settings included jewel tone blooms and Kate Spade-esque place cards.

The evening was complete with fun school touches like a chalkboard seating assignment board, a wonderful meal catered by the school chef, and yellow school buses to pick up guests at the end of the night.

Pressure Point Band kept the guests entertained & dancing all night with the amazing Bellagala team capturing every little moment. 

A sparkler send-off ended the amazing evening for one amazing couple. We loved being apart of it - thank you Phoebe and Sean!  

Coordinator: Miranda | Band: Pressure Point | Beauty: Eye Do Hair and Makeup | Catering: Lakeside School | Lighting: Greenlight Events | Photographer: Bellagala | Rentals: R & R Party Rentals | Transportation: First Student Inc | Videography: Sam Hansen Studios

 

Leah + Adam

 

When I first met Leah and Adam, I knew their wedding was going to be special.  Not only were these two clearly so in love (the best!) they also had a wonderful approach to planning their big day.  They wanted it to have some unique touches and cared about the finished product, but they also didn't take anything too seriously and had fun along the way.

We picked Chateau for their late September wedding, and I could not have imagined a more perfect setting.

As guests arrived at the Chateau they were welcomed to the upper lawn for beautiful ceremony officiated by Annemarie Juhlian.  A very enthusiastic groom, tears from the best man and the most excited family members all set the tone for the night ahead.

Following the ceremony guests moved around the pond where they were greeted with trays of cocktails, passed appetizers and my favorite part - a custom cheeseboard created by the Herban Feast team, before they headed into the tent for dinner.  

An already magical tent was made even more beautiful by the talented Amy Ly of Gather Design Company (flowers) and Camille Robinson of Robinson Paperie (paper goods) who hand painted their menus! Dinner was served family style and accompanied by paired wines.  

The night was capped off with toasts, dessert - an amazing cake (the Sweetside) plus homemade desserts from each of their moms, dancing (if you haven't spent time with DJ Ben Meadow you are missing out!) and time in the photo booth!

 There were so many fun touches from start to finish - including scratch tickets for each guest, light up flower crowns and a balloon farewell - all captured by Stephen and Amanda Lloyd, as well as Green Attic Films (all three were amazing!).

I feel so lucky to have been a part of this special day, thank you Leah and Adam!

Bridal Bliss did a great job pairing me with Molly because she totally understood my taste which made her SO helpful with vendors recommendations and giving advice on invitation designs, color pallets, floral arrangements, etc.! She went above and beyond to make our wedding day perfect! There are so many moving parts when planning a wedding, and Molly always manages to remain calm and makes you feel confident that everything will be perfect.
— Leah Shankland

Coordinator: Molly | Beauty: Posh Styling | Cake: The Sweet Side | Caterer: Herban Feast | Cinematographer: Green Attic Films | Florist: Gather Design Company | Music: Ben Meadow Music | Paper Goods: Robinson Paperie | Photo Booth: Drunken Pixel | Photographer: Lloyd Photographers | Rentals: CORT Party Rental + Fanciful Rentals

 

Jen + Robert

 

I had the pleasure of working with my husband’s cousin Jen and Robert. They wanted a party with NW rustic vibes with a splash of glam and they are huge music fans!

The ceremony was held under the gazebo which we referred to as the “manger” because without anything that’s what it looks like.

I added draping to both sides (that was interesting as I had never done that before but it all worked out with a staple gun – ha). The florists (family friend) added 3 statements pieces above where J + R stood and the guests were provided wood benches to keep the NW rustic vibe.