Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Duffy's Brew - Groom's Gift!

Searching for that perfect gift for your groomsmen? Why not give them something that their friends will envy?

Late this September I was at the Fremont Sunday Market and introduced myself to Nicollete and Sean, co-founders of Duffy's Brew. It was their first day at the Market and they were thrilled to launch their new product! I knew that this was something special as who knew you could mix beer with your hair care products? Duffy's Brew Beer Based Products are currently available in both a shampoo and conditioner.

Now your groomsmen can take their morning rinse with a scent of Beer!

Cheers to a brilliant idea, or as the Duffy's gang say, "Happy Hour is in the Shower!"

Click here to purchase your own Duffy's Brew!

Monday, October 25, 2010

Lindsay and Eric - July 30, 2010 - It's all about color!

It's all about color was the theme at Pickering Barn on July 30, 2010 as Lindsay and Eric exchanged vows under the summer sun. Every detail of the wedding was carefully selected and handcrafted by Lindsay and her family. From the custom ski's that doubled as a guest book, to the "just married" banner, no detail was left behind, or without a bright hue! (Amy Walton Photography)
As Lindsay and Eric shared their first glance with each other, Eric made sure that Lindsay was looking good at all angles! I think he approved!To honor Lindsay's only sibling who had passed away five years ago, Lindsay and Eric were photographed with a red sports car. A very fitting tribute! To stick with the theme, Lindsay and Eric's attendants wore a range of colors; from the shoes to the bouquets, each bridesmaid had a hue of her own and a coordinating groomsman as well! Upon entering Pickering Barn for the ceremony, guests were asked to sign the guest "skis" in honor of the couples love of corduroy runs and deep powder! As they were seated, guests were handed a cold brew (or water) in a personalized coozie to enjoy during the ceremony! A perfect way to beat the stress of rush hour traffic! To cool down each guest was given a colored fan favor as well! With a cold drink in hand, guests were eager to get the ceremony started as Eric escorted both his mother and mother in-law down the aisle in anticipation for his bride to be. As the officiant announced the newlyweds, Michael of the Michael Benson Band, surprised the couple with the WSU fight song in honor of their alma matter! Go Cougs! With beer coozies in hand and the summer sun setting, guests dined on appetizers from Pacific Northwest Catering then were escorted into the barn for dinner. The colorful escort cards and boards helped guests locate their seats for the evening.Inside Pickering Barn one could only feel happy inside as there was color everywhere. From the multicolored lanterns hanging from the ceiling to the tables adorned in various shades of runners, gerber daisy's and colorful cupcakes! In addition, kids were given coloring books to keep entertained. The crowd cheered as Lindsay and Eric entered the barn to kick off dinner and toasts! To top off the day, guests were treated to cake and the Michael Benson Band! A truly perfect ending to a Seattle summer wedding!
Congratulations Lindsay and Eric!

Venue - Pickering Barn
Photographer - Amy Walton Photography
Caterer - Pacific Northwest Catering
Coordinator - Pink Blossom Events
Ceremony and Reception Musician - Michael Benson Band
Decor - A Tailor'd Affair
Bride and Bridesmaid Dresses - La Belle Elaines
Floral - Elliot Event and Floral
Hair - Cynthia Drevniak
Makeup - Shimmer
Officiant - Pastor John Geiszler
Transportation - British Motor Coach

BreeAnn- thank you thank you thank you! Everything went perfect! I can't believe it!

There is no way we could have done it without you. We said you were worth your weight in gold times 10 before the wedding and you proved us wrong! You were worth your weight in gold times a million! Having you was easily the best decision and investment we made for the whole wedding!

We are laying on the beach soaking up the sun and sharing wedding stories, we got a million compliments on everything and people said it was the most fun wedding ever!

Thank you for everything I am giving your name to EVERYONE I know getting married!

-Lindsay and Eric

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Fun Wedding Additions!

Looking for a way to entertain your wedding guests during the cocktail hour or perhaps after dinner? This past weekend both of my clients incorporated some interactive, entertainment additions to their weddings that kept guests amused for hours! I even partook in the fun and got a caricature drawing of me at both weddings. Maybe this will help pick your favorite artist?
Alyssa & Aaron's October 16th Wedding included both a Caricature Artist as well as a Flip Book station! Steve Hartley of Entco International captured guests as they mingled during the cocktail hour and dinner. Later that evening as guests danced and nibbled on cupcakes and gelato, Flipped Out Productions, invited guests to create their own custom flip book!
The next day at Ashley & Loyal's October 17th wedding Sam Day was onsite for the after dinner entertainment. Sam's caricatures are done by ink and a brush which ads a slightly different feel than Steve Hartley's. One idea is to incorporate the caricatures into your guestbook. Have the caricature artist located near the entry, as guests come in, have them draw the guests who can then sign their drawings and have it placed in the guestbook! A truly unique keepsake!

All three of these companies provide a great addition to your wedding or event! Now it's your turn to pick your favorite one!

Monday, October 18, 2010

August and September WNUSA Meetings

The late summer sun could not have been planned any better for our August and September Wedding Network USA meetings. Both events were full of sun, networking and an unforgettable setting!

August 2010
Challenger Ridge Winery Rachel, owner of Challenger Ridge Winery, and Russell dean Lowell, chef and owner of Russell dean Lowell Catering hosted us with fine wine, a live salmon demonstration and dinner, as WNUSA celebrated their member appreciation month! Our meeting host for the evening, Jillian Cook of WaveLink Music, made sure a detail was not to be missed as we spent the evening enjoying a much needed night off in the thick of wedding season. Thank you to all of those who made the August meeting possible!
Venue & Wine - Challenger Ridge Winery
Catering - Russell dean Lowell Catering
Meeting Host - Jillian Cook, WaveLink Music
Photographer - Alante Photography
DJ - Bugsie Productions
Floral - Lilies & Lemondrops
Guest Book - PictureThis
Linens - Express Linen Service
Paper Goods - Paper Fling
Dessert - Simply Seasoned
Tenting & Tables - Grand Event Rentals
September 2010
Alderbrook Resort & Spa
Kirstie Warren of Simply Wed and Mark Phelan of Alderbrook Resort pulled out all the stops at our September WNUSA meeting. From spa services to a late night smore's party, we were treated like royalty! The afternoon began as guests checked into their rooms at The Alderbrook Resort and The Bend Property then headed over to the Alderbrook waterfront for cocktails and networking. As the sun set we all boarded the Lady Alderbrook for a sunset dinner cruise. The cruise featured views of the hood canal, chair massages and a feast of Alderbrook's finest! Once docked and back on shore the evening continued with an after party hosted by Simply Wed and a gourmet smore's station by Tallant House. Tallant House's homemade marshmallows and graham crackers were a crowd favorite! Thank you to all of those vendors who made this meeting the one to top!
Catering, Venue & Accommodations - Alderbrook Resort & Spa
Meeting Host - Simply Wed
Music - Affairs to Remember
Linens - Linens by Alice
Floral - Mode Weddings
After-party Desserts - Tallant House
Offsite Accomodations - The Bend

Looking forward to another great meeting this October!
BreeAnn Gale ~ Seattle Chapter Regional Director

Monday, October 11, 2010

May 30th - Linda and Josh!

There are photographers who can take amazing photos. Then there are those photographers who stand above the rest and are able to capture the true emotions of an event as if you were watching a live movie. Jenny Jimenez is one of those photographers and I had the opportunity to work with her again this spring for Linda and Josh's May 30 wedding at Hamilton Viewpoint Park and Georgetown Ballroom. Take a look below as Linda and Josh's wedding day unfolds.Linda and Josh, were are delight to work with. After finishing med school finals at the University of Washington and spending the week after moving across country to relocate for their residencies, they where thrilled to be back in Seattle for a week to celebrate their wedding (and upcoming graduation ceremony!) with their closest friends and families. With many guests flying in from around the world, they were treated to a true Seattle wedding. Think rain, umbrellas and an unforgettable Georgetown party! Laughter and smiles were abound as the Bridal Party got ready at Hotel Monaco, downtown Seattle. After their first glance, Linda and Josh toured the city with Jenny Jimenez. As the rain came down, Linda and Josh new that their dream of getting married outside, overlooking the city, was something that they couldn't give up as this was a once in a lifetime event and the Seattle landscape backdrop was key. With towels in hand, guests dried up the chairs and eagerly awaited the couples arrival. With more gortex gear and umbrellas then I've ever seen before at a wedding, the ceremony began with a prelude by Greensleeves Harp at Hamilton Viewpoint Park in West Seattle.After pronouncing them husband and wife, Rev. Stephanie Adams invited guests to join the couple for their reception at Georgetown Ballroom. While guests enjoyed the cocktail hour, the bridal party took family photos next door. When the dinner bell rang guests found their seats that were listed on the personalized beer coasters with matching beer mug favors to take home on top. After guests went through the buffet dinner catered by Tom Douglas Catering stories of growing up and soon to be adventures filled the room. Once Linda and Josh cut into their cake and asked guests to join them for their first dance, guests looked around wondering where that would be? At that moment, the screen rolled up and Linda and Josh entered the adjacent room where a live band hit the stage. Soul Senate had everyone on the floor, kicking up their heels, late into the night. As Linda and Josh were getting ready to depart they grabbed a quick bite from the late night hot dog stand setup for guests to enjoy. Congratulations Linda & Josh!

Caterer - Tom Douglas Catering
Coordinator - Pink Blossom Events
Photographer - Jenny Jimenez
Ceremony Music - Greensleeves Harp
Florist - Elements in Bloom
Officiant - Rev. Stephanie Adams
Reception DJ - Michael Vermillion
Live Band - Soul Senate
Late Night Snack - Rain Dogs
Rentals - Pedersen's & AA Party
Dressmaker - Ed Kronenberger

BreeAnn, We just got home a moment ago. Thank you so much for your help. We, our friends and relatives absolutely had a ball last night. The ceremony was gorgeous! The food was excellent! I am very happy about everything. You will be highly recommended for any event! Thanks again, Mai - Father of the Bride

Monday, October 4, 2010

New Head Shots!

My style has always been to work hard behind the scenes, ensuring that I am not the center of attention while I'm working at a wedding. It is always a different experience when the focus is literally on me for the afternoon. Thanks to Emily of Solace Arts for helping capture my true spirit that day in downtown Kirkland. I have worked with Emily of Solace Arts on a couple of events and no matter the situation, Emily knows how to work the camera! I must say the photos she took were exactly what I was looking for, some fun, but mainly professional as these were my new head shots and couldn't be taken too lightly. I am always happy to refer clients her way as she makes sure to treat each client as if they were family, ensuring that they are comfortable as she works her photographic magic but also that the photos turn out better than expected.
Thanks Solace Arts!