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Entries in Austin Beaver Experience (2)

Monday
May172010

Nicole + Anthony = Playful

We've been so busy with the fashion shoot in Italy and our upcoming weddings that I've gotten out of the habit of sharing an extended collection of images from a single event.  When I saw Nicole and Anthony's photographs I knew I had to share lots of them!  They had so many fun details and personalized touches that made the wedding unforgettable, and they had us laughing all day long.  From Nicole's Jimmy Choo's to Anthony's monogrammed baseball cap, no detail was overlooked.  I hope these images inspire you as much as they inspired us! 

Nicole was a simply gorgeous bride - the perfect blend between casual style and unabashed glamour.  She is every bit as sweet as her smile implies.

Anthony's friends know that you will rarely catch him without a baseball cap, and I loved the fact that he embraced his casual side by donning a custom-printed cap.  I was a little slow to figure out that the 'A' stood for 'Anthony', but I figured it out when I realized the groomsmen had hats with the initial 'P' for 'Paul' (Anthony's last name) on the front.  So clever!

Loved the Hummer from Blackstone Limousine - no better way to get around town with panache! 

Can you tell that these two laugh together often? 

Anthony calls his grandmother the 'gem of the family', and I love this image of her with her granddaughters - she looks radiant, and she has a unique aura of strength and joy that I feel this image truly captures.

As soon as Nicole walked down the aisle the room was filled with damp eyes.  After thirteen years together, this was such a beautiful beginning to their marriage.

Their guests showered them with rose petals as Nicole and Anthony walked up the aisle for the first time as husband-and-wife. 

Every time I turned around, the guys were jumping up on something ... after a time or two, we turned each new banister into a photo op.  (No worries - they all got down safe and sound.)

The girls weren't about to be outdone by the boys - it didn't take long for them to regain the spotlight with a little 'boquet toast'!

These are a few of my favorite shots from our whirlwind tour of downtown Seattle... 

Christiane from Flora Nova rocked the floral design.  I adored how the colors looked whimsical, and were coupled delicately with gold accents to add sophistication and elegance.   The theme was Hollywood-glam, and they even created a red-carpet photobooth for guests as they arrived. 

Merry Beth from Aisle of View did an amazing job of orchestrating all the little details, from the ultra-chic after-hours lounge to the 'Bride' and 'Groom' signs decorating the dinner chairs.   Thanks to Merry Beth, Gerald from the Four Seasons Hotel, and DJ extraordinaire Austin Beaver, the evening was a celebration beginning to end!

  

I loved the ice-bar - Steve Cox from Creative Ice always does an amazing job of personalizing his sculptures.  So cool, no pun intended!   

 

 

This is one of my favorite images of the day because it so perfectly summarizes Nicole and Anthony's relationship - playful, yet romantic in an icing-on-the-nose sort of way.  In case you are wondering, Anthony managed to restrain himself from covering Nicole in frosting.  :) 

Nicole got this super-cute reception dress from none other than Kim Kardashian, a fellow LA girl.  She looked amazing, and it fit the 'Red Carpet' theme perfectly.

Congratulations, Nicole and Anthony!  Thank you for inviting us to share your special day, and we look forward to sharing many more photographs with you soon!   

The Supporting Cast:

Location: The Four Seasons Hotel in Seattle, Washington 
Wedding  Coordinator: Merry Beth Turpin, Aisle of View 
Florist: Christiane Zweifler, Flora Nova Design  
DJ: Austin Beaver, The Austin Beaver Experience
Cake: The Four Seasons Hotel 
Linens: Rented Elegance
Videography: Cory Bogle, Bogle Productions
Umbrella Rental: Bella Umbrella

Saturday
Mar202010

Through the Rabbit Hole ...

When my friends at Aria Style told me they were throwing an 'Alice in Wonderland' themed party, I wasn't quite sure what to expect, but I knew it would be fabulous.  John and the Aria team threw such an amazing party, complete with creative touches like a 'rabbit hole' opening and a giant stuffed chair that we used for the photobooth. 

Thank you to Ravishing Radish Catering (especially Lisbet, Vickie and Heather) who provided a fantastic tea party feast and festive specialty drinks; Georgetown Studios (Katharyn) and Pulp Catering (Tim) who provided the fun playground for us all; PNTA (Linet) and the wonderful staff there who transformed the space into a visual masterpiece; Austin Beaver and everyone at the Austin Beaver Experience for providing our groovy audio mood; everyone at Pedersen's Party Rentals (and especially Julie) for the exceptional party rentals that make every event successful; and the Windsong Trio for entertaining us all with their creative interpretation of 'Lady Gaga.' 

To view and download images from the event, visit the 'Step Off the Edge' Gallery.

This clever interpretation of the rabbit hole was the entranceway to the party - such a great touch! 

John and Lars, two of the insanely talented people who created this event.  How fabulous is John's outfit?  Susan pieced the jacket and hat together from random fabric scraps of the materials used for the decor and draping!

As always, the floral and design put together by the Aria team was to die for.  I loved the subtle little touches, like the playing cards woven into the floral designs. 

 The photobooth was a huge hit!  It was fun to see all our Wedding friends indulge in a bit of play.  

To view and download images from the event, visit the 'Step Off the Edge' Gallery.

 This time I could defend my claim that the cookies 'told me to eat them'!

As the evening progressed the lighting completely tranformed the space from an airy, lighthearted look to a moody, colorful pagent of light.  I loved the effect on the flower-tea pot ... notice the little 'drink me' tag!

Thank you again to Aria Style for a fabulous event, and you can download additional images from the event at the 'Step Off the Edge' Gallery.