Staring out the window and seeing the snow on the ground its hard to believe that this sunny wedding in shades of papaya, mango, red, aubergine & marigold took place only months ago. Lia is a writer for Seattle Metropolitan Bride & Groom, and I first met her when she interviewed us for an article for the magazine. We were so honored when she later asked us to plan her wedding to Russell. Their wedding weekend took place on Orcas Island at the quaint and beautiful Inn at Ship Bay. This bed & breakfast was the perfect spot for these foodies who enjoy the great cuisine that their restaurant has to offer. The wedding party stayed at the inn for the weekend. Friday night they held the rehearsal dinner at the Inn at Ship Bay restaurant. On the wedding day they held the outdoor ceremony on the inn property and followed it with the reception in their banquet hall. The natural greens of the grass and trees and blues of the water and sky were the perfect backdrop for this summer event. Everything was beautifully captured by the frequently published (& photographer to the stars) John Keatley of Keatley Photo, whom Lia met through her work at the magazine.
Lia & Russell’s wedding was all about color, and we had so much fun teaming up with great partners to help make their vision come to life.
Leslie with Patina Floral was a joy to collaborate with, and she did an amazing job telling a story with the flowers that were a part of their big day. Leslie is an Orcas Island treasure and we can’t wait to work with her again in the future.
Lia and I had a wonderful time meeting with Brandy of Abaloria Jewelry who created custom jewelry for the bride and bridal party. The brides necklace and earrings were the perfect accent to the empire waisted gown she selected from The Bridal Garden in Kirkland.
The bridesmaids dresses were from J. Crew, while the groom and groomsmen wore their own navy suits with matching shirts and ties. We can’t take credit for the stuffed monkey…that was all the flower girls idea!
The ceremony area is surrounded by fig trees, so we hung ribbon in various warm tones to accent the natural beauty and add a splash of color.
The couple created a photo album for guests to sign as an alternative to a traditional guest book. They also surrounded the table with pictures from their family members weddings as an added personal touch.
The tables were named after famous tv couples. The bride and groom also included personalized notes on the inside of the escort cards to all of their guests. Lia & Russell also wrote special notes to each other that only I knew the contents of until they took their cards to be seated.
As a nod to being a writer, and little phrases Lia & Russell have come up with during their 7 years together, the cake was decorated with words and phrases by pastry chef Felicity Milne of Rosario Resort. Whether the words and phrases were loving, playful, or even humorously sarcastic, it was a thoughtful way to create a cake that really spoke to them…literally!