Archive for November, 2009

Katie + Josh

November 28, 2009

Katie & Josh are one of our fabulous 2009 couples who were married just over two months ago at The Golf Club at Newcastle.  It was such a pleasure working with this couple and their families who spent quite a bit of time planning not only the wedding, but also the wedding date itself.

See Josh is a huge UW football fan, and it was a bit of a struggle to pick an appropriate date for the wedding given his love of the game.  So considering the Huskies 0 -12 2008 season, it was not widely considered they had much of a  chance against mighty USC in 2009…or at least that was the idea when the date was picked.  And then the 2009 football season came along, and the Huskies started winning.  On the wedding day Josh and his groomsmen were able to watch the start of the nail-biting game in the lounge at the golf club, but later duty called and Josh was off to take pictures.  We updated him on the score throughout the game, and here is his reaction when we told him the Huskies won (16-13)!

It was an overcast and drizzly day at The Golf Club at Newcastle, but Ashley & Angie of One Thousand Words Photography paid close attention to the weather and captured amazing shots indoors and outside when possible.

Josh and his groomsmen wore tuxes from The Tux Shop.  (And no, Josh is not turning his head in a model pose, he’s watching the game on the tv.)

Katie’s breathtaking gown was from Luly Yang, and her beautiful earrings were a one of a kind creation from local designer Brandy Thibault of Abaloria Jewelry.  Katie and her girls had their hair done by the talented artists at Gene Juarez Bellevue while gorgeous on-site makeup was done by the amazing Suresh and his team from Suresh Beauty.

Christiane of Flora Nova Design created the beautiful floral and decor for the wedding and reception.  We kept Katie’s bouquet primarily white, ivory and blush with touches of pink.  The bridesmaids bouquets really played up the colors of the wedding, rich with bold pink, chocolate, ivory, and chartreuse.

The chocolate bridesmaids dresses came from The Bridal Garden.

Right before walking her down the aisle, Katie & her dad had a few moments to themselves.

Katie was born in Mexico, and when she was a little girl her dad told her when she grew up he would get a mariachi band to perform at her wedding.  Of course we needed to make sure he stayed true to his word, so we hired a mariachi band to perform during the cocktail hour.  Katie was so surprised and delighted!


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A variety of styles of centerpieces were created to add visual interest and dimension in the room.

Sharon’s Catering & Cakes created the couples tasty wedding cake.

Custom football shaped cookie favors were created by The Famous Northwest Catering Company.

Katie & Josh and their guests danced late into the night as the Michael Benson Band played.

True Colors Events Tabletop Design at Urban Unveiled

November 25, 2009

Design is one of our favorite aspects of weddings and events, and creating our tablescape for our vendor space at Urban Unveiled this year was a true pleasure.  We wanted to do something completely different from the South Beach Chic theme of the event, so we headed west to take on a Pacific Northwest inspired design.  Always wanting to challenge ourselves, we decided to mix it up by giving it a contemporary and enchanted spin.

The inspiration started with our weighty wood & manzanita branch centerpieces that were specially designed for a wedding that took place earlier in the summer.  From there we knew we wanted to include earthy colors such as moss green, chocolate brown, apple green, amber, copper tones & other warm metallics.  We fell in love with this table linen, chair sashes, and 100% linen hemstitch napkins from Choice Linens and knew they would compliment the look perfectly.

We contacted Christiane with Flora Nova Design about creating the floral designs for the tablescape.  We knew that we wanted pomander balls, crystals, and votive candles hanging from the manzanita branches, as well as arrangements on the tables.  With all of the neutral earth tones, we knew we wanted a big punch of color to create a contrast.  Initially we toyed with the idea of orange, but it didn’t seem to quite hit the mark.  When we came to the decision to go with fuchsia with punches of plum & pale pink everything clicked.  We are so delighted with the way it turned out.

Sheryl with Paper Moxie is a stationary visionary.  She worked with us on all of the paper coordinates for the table.  As always, she did an absolutely amazing job of creating beautiful designs that worked perfectly with the styling of the table.  Upon request, she created menus in moss lined boxes.  Sheryl also made lids for the boxes with rocks, leaves & place cards on them – form and function!  My grandma Maryann came to Urban Unveiled for the first time, so we had Sheryl make two of the place settings with my grandparents names on them.  She also created tags for the favors, jars of fig jam, which were inscribed with, “Spread the love…with a little of our favorite fig jam…Maryann & Jack”

Our good friends at Pedersen’s Rentals supplied us with the table, walnut chivari chairs, chargers, china, stemware, and flatware.

Thanks to the incredibly talented Sharlane of Sharlane Chase Photography for taking all of the pictures!

More Urban Unveiled 2009 Pictures

November 23, 2009

The amazing vendors who participate in Urban Unveiled are what make the show.  They represent the best-of-the-best in the wedding industry, and they pull out all the stops to make the event incredible year after year.  Our Urban Unveiled partner Sharlane of Sharlane Chase Photography took time during the event to snap some detail shots of the vendors spaces in the show and we wanted to share some of our favorite pictures.

Urban Unveiled 2009 Luly Yang Fashion Show

November 22, 2009

One of the highlights of Urban Unveiled is Luly Yang’s dedicated bridal fashion show.  Our dear friend Luly has been a part of Urban Unveiled since it began, and we are so grateful that she is part of the show.  Every year Luly designs a number of dresses specific to the theme of the event.

This year, Urban Unveiled was held less than a week after Luly debuted her newest couture line, The Creation, at her fashion show benefitting one of our favorite organizations (and places to hold weddings), Camp Korey.  It was especially exciting to have the bridal fashion show sprinkled with designs from her brand new inspiring line.  (Just last week I went to Luly Yang with one of our brides and we found a gown from her new collection that is inspiring a couture creation for her wedding next year.  But no details…the groom might be reading the blog!)

Last year, we held the fashion show in Taper Auditorium.  This time, in keeping with the sexy South Beach chic vibe, we brought the runway to the people!  We put a stage in the Grand Lobby and placed lounge furniture around the runway.

Seven Salon styled the models’ hair, while Michael Bride provided their makeup services.  These wonderful partners styled to perfection, just like they have for many of our brides.  Here are just a few shots from the exciting show.

Luly taking her bow.  Thank you Luly!

New Urban Unveiled 2009 Pictures

November 19, 2009

Because we have so many great pictures, we are going to dedicate the next few posts to our incredible wedding show, Urban Unveiled.  In this post, we are sharing scenic shots that show off the entire event to highlight  the incredible decor used to transform Benaroya Hall into a hip South Beach Chic party.  With the help of Rented Elegance (and their sexy new white leather serpentine benches), Pedersen’s Rentals, PNTA (for the incredible lighting), Choice Linens, Celeste Cooning (who did the incredible paper art), and a few other tricks, it may have been cold outside but it was one hot party!

Travis and I traveled to Miami in December of 2007, and we were so inspired by the architecture, colors, music and culture…we knew we had found our muse for a future Urban Unveiled.  Setting up an event is always so interesting.  It’s amazing how the smallest changes can make a world of difference.  We adjusted the lighting one shade and it went from looking too much like a pool blue to the perfect tone of aqua.  The overall color scheme was white with coral and aqua accents.  At first we mixed cocktail tables with both coral and aqua linens, but it looked too busy.  So we divided the room in two, color blocking everything in aqua on one side, and everything on coral on the other.  The result was fantastic, and felt more in keeping with a modern art deco vibe.  We couldn’t have been more thrilled with the final outcome.  Every bride and groom should feel as excited to see their vision come to life on their big day!

It was definitely the best and most exciting Urban Unveiled to date, and we are so thankful to all of our partners who helped make it possible.  Even if you didn’t get a chance to go to the show, make sure to check out the website to see all of the great vendors who make up the Urban Unveiled partnership.  They truly are the best in the industry!

Here is the Urban Unveiled team (Jesse, Sharlane, Travis) doing the introductions at the event.  The highlight of the night came later when Sharlane’s boyfriend David got on stage and proposed to her in front of the hundreds of people there…she said yes of course.  Congratulations Sharlane & David!

Truly Adorable

November 8, 2009


We are so happy for Shaharzad & Bryce, one of fabulous 2009 couples.  On November 5th at 3:05 am, they welcomed their precious son Zinedine into the world.

Shaharzad & Bryce were married on a cool January day in Issaquah at Pickering Barn.


To see more pictures from their wedding, feel free to check out the link on our blog here.

Congratulations Shaharzad & Bryce!

Vanessa & Derek’s Engagement Photos

November 2, 2009

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Vanessa & Derek are one of our fabulous 2010 couples who recently had their engagement pictures taken by the always amazing Jim Garner of J. Garner Photography.  They were thrilled to have their engagement session in Bellingham where they are currently students at one of my alma maters, Western Washington University.  Checking out these inspiring shots, its easy to see why they wanted to have the pictures taken in Bellingham!

Vanessa & Derek have an incredible story of courtship, and have actually been in each others lives and dated since junior high school.  We’ve had so much fun working with this young and vibrant couple and their families, and look forward to their wedding next year.

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