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Entries in Rented Elegance and Design (2)

Friday
Sep092011

Kimberly + Dave = Thoughtfully Inspired

From start to finish, Kimberly and Dave's wedding was a masterpiece of creative touches and thoughtful details.  It was such a joy to be a part of their day, and I'm excited to share some of my favorite images! 

Four Seasons Seattle Staircase

4 Seasons Seattle Groomsmen Photo

Ken and I were fortunate to photograph this wedding together, so while he shot the guys looking oh-so-handsome on the walk to the bus, I took some fun photos of the girls.  

I love the casual elegance of this image ... Kimberly went to UW, so our trip to the campus holds special meaning.  

Creative Ice by Steve Cox - Ice Bar

Ice sculptures amaze me ... I would love to visit Steve's shop to see how he creates these incredible bars.  The entire structure is made out of ice, including the center insignia.  Gorgeous! 

Four Seasons Seattle Wedding Cocktail Hour

I adore the vivacious colors and the perfectly coordinated signs that adorned the tables.  (And, yes, the cake did taste as good as it looks!)

Four Seasons Seattle Ballroom Dance Floor

A sweet ending to a fabulous first dance.

Be prepared to be astonished at this next little gem: Kimberly and Dave gave every guest a custom recipe for a martini that fit their personality, then compiled all the recipes into a book that guests could flip through as they sipped their drink.  This was by far my favorite detail, and illustrates their love for their friends in family in a way that made all of us a little misty.

Dancing at the Four Seasons

What comes after signature drinks?  Some killer dancing, that's what!  Austin had everyone on the floor until the wee hours.

Dancing at the Four Seasons with Austin Beaver

 Wedding Sunset at the Four Seasons Seattle

 

Thank you, Kimberly and Dave, for choosing us to celebrate your day with you! :)

The Supporting Cast:

Location: The Four Seasons Hotel in Seattle, Washington 
Wedding Coordinator: Merry Beth Turpin, Aisle of View 
Florist: Aria Style  
Invitations, Save-the-Dates & Signage: Paper Moxie
DJ: Austin Beaver, The Austin Beaver Experience
Cake: The Four Seasons Hotel 
Linens & Decor Rentals: Rented Elegance
Videography: Aaron Horton Productions 
Ice Bar: Steve Cox, Creative Ice  

 

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Friday
Feb042011

Weddings in Woodinville - A Winter Wonderland at the Columbia Winery

The 2nd Annual Weddings in Woodinville was a sold-out affair that left me in awe of the talent of my friends in the wedding industry.  Ken and I were chosen as the photographers for the Columbia Winery, and lovely venue nestled in the hills of Woodinville.  With the help of Rented Elegance, Merry Beth transformed the space into a 'Winter Wonderland' that was as warm and inviting as it was beautiful.

 

Steve Cox of Creative Ice shared his talent with this martini-luge.  You pour the martini into the top and it travels through the ice sculpture, coming out the bottom perfectly mixed and ice cold.   

 

I love the bejeweled napkin holder and the ice-inspired plates.  The center table was my favorite display because of all the subtle and thoughtful details.     

The ceremony setup exchanged the traditional wedding chairs for faux-fur covered couches.  It was fun to watch just about everyone curiously stroke the seating to see if it felt as good as it looked.  

Soft, warm, elegant, and beautiful!  

If you look closely, you can see that Merry Beth named the 'bride' Snow White and the 'groom' was the ever-illusive Prince Charming.  Clever!

Vintage apothacry jars are a great way to create a centerpiece that it high in design but low in cost ... the paper-whites peaking out from under the glass-top were simply sweet.

Chris Graves and Your Song Entertainment provided the groovy tunes ... Chris is best known (at the moment) as a dj, but he has an extraordinary voice and upon request can mix in some live Sinatra-style music into the entertainment.   

Hand-lettered calligraphy is experiencing a revival, and I'm hoping to employ Pascale to create unique writing for our upcoming book series, 'Inspired by Weddings.'  (More on that later!)

Every great event ends with a sweet moment ...  :)

Thank you to everyone who worked to create a truly magnificent event, and I hope to work with you all often in the year to come!

 

The Supporting Cast:

Event Planning: Merry Beth Turpin, Aisle of View  
Location: The Columbia Winery, Woodinville WA  
Men's Tuxedo and Custom Suits: Wall Street Custom Clothiers   
Wedding and Bridesmaid Dresses: La Belle Reve  
Floral Design and Decor: Rented Elegance and Design
  Invitations: Pascale Collins, Calligrapher
Cake: Mike's Amazing Cakes  
Transportation: British Motor Coach / Butler Valet / Rare Form Limousine / SP Plus
Ice Sculpture: Creative Ice   
Catering: Seastar / John Howie Steak Catering & Lisa Dupar Catering
Music: Your Song Entertainment  

 

 

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