Monday, May 30, 2011

Honoring Those Who Served

As we pause for a moment this Memorial Day to honor those we have lost in the call of duty it brings upon a question of how you can honor your heroes at your wedding? Through the years I have seen numerous ways that my clients have honored those friends and family members who have served, are in active duty and unable to attend or those we are remembering who fought for our freedom.For example, a couple of years ago at my sister's wedding, many of their friends were unable to attend the wedding, including the best man, due to the fact that he was overseas. To honor the best man, a custom beer pint glass filled with his favorite brew was placed at his seat on the head table. In addition one of the groomsmen read his toast to the newlyweds during the reception. It was a simple, yet fitting way to include him in the wedding.

Other ways to honor those in the military include incorporating yellow ribbons in the decor or a framed photograph of the person being honored. Or in the above photo their dog tag is used as an adornment to the bridal bouquet.

How will you be honoring those who we have lost or who are served?

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Pacific Northwest - Columbia Hospitality Venues!

Varying landscapes and easy access to lakes, rivers and oceans, the Pacific Northwest seems to offer a venue for every taste, style and vision! Here are a few of my favorite venues I've recently visited. Who knows, maybe this might help you in narrow your search for the perfect wedding location?

East of Seattle
Salish Lodge & Spa

Perched atop Snoqualmie Falls, in the heart of the true Pacific Northwest, the Salish Lodge & Spa is a stunning location for your wedding day, and the ideal destination wedding venue. Have an intimate ceremony on their Hidden Terrace, just steps from the Snoqualmie River, or take the celebration inside for a candlelit cocktail party. Toast with friends and family amidst the spectacle of nature's beauty, at a location unique among other Seattle area wedding locations. All 89 of their newly renovated guestrooms offer a wood-burning fireplace and oversized jetted tub-for-two. Salish Lodge is a Seattle icon that will be sure to wow your guests!


North of Seattle
Inn at Langley - Whidbey IslandThe Inn at Langley offers a setting for an unforgettable wedding for you, your family, and friends. Located in the seaside town of Langley on Whidbey Island, The Inn at Langley offer twenty-six guest room to accommodating 52 guests. Their indoor conference room provides an intimate indoor setting, and the waterfront boardwalk or botanical garden provides a beautiful outdoor site. ____________________

Lakedale Resort - San Juan Island

Lakedale Resort at Three Lakes' spectacular lakeside views offer an unparalleled wedding ceremony site and reception location on San Juan Island. Easily accessible by ferry or float plane from Seattle, Lakedale is nestled between Roche Harbor and Friday Harbor on 82-acres with three spring water lakes.

The beautiful Great Room overlooking Neva Lake offers a warm reception atmosphere perfect for an unforgettable wedding. Take over the 10-room cozy Lakedale Lodge, put your wedding party up in the log cabins or even have a "happy glamping" experience. The opportunities are endless for your island wedding.


Friday Harbor House - San Juan Island

For the quintessential San Juan Island wedding, Friday Harbor House's stunning marina views offer an amazing ceremony site to exchange vows. The perfect destination wedding venue accessible by ferry or float plane from Seattle, Friday Harbor House sits atop a bluff overlooking this scenic harbor. Elegantly appointed accommodations offer a gas fireplace and oversized jetted tub-for-two.

Incredible views, delicious food provided by The Bluff Restaurant, and the comfort of knowing that your wedding and reception are in professional, skilled hands make Friday Harbor House the perfect place to celebrate your special day.


Downtown Seattle
World Trade CenterWith extraordinary waterfront views, exceptional catering and premier Seattle waterfront facilities, the World Trade Center is a perfect setting for memorable wedding ceremonies and receptions. The Holland America Line Dining Room is available to members and their guests as well as non-members for private social events, weddings, rehearsal dinners, and receptions.

Bell Harbor Conference Center
With 180-degree panoramic views of the Olympic Mountains, Mt. Rainier, Elliott Bay and the Seattle skyline, Bell Harbor offers an unforgettable Pacific Northwest setting for rehearsal dinners, tea ceremonies, wedding nuptials and indoor or outdoor receptions. Bell Harbor also manages events for World Trade Center Seattle and the Maritime Event Center. Whether you are planning an intimate wedding or a large celebration, Bell Harbor can accommodate up to 600 guests. Accommodations are available within easy walking distance at The Edgewater Hotel and the Marriott Seattle Waterfront

Bell Harbor offers flexible floor plans in a variety of spaces, including outdoor options of the Rooftop Plaza, Outdoor Terrace and Pier Apron. To complement your occasion, Bell Harbor provides fresh and innovative Northwest-inspired cuisine featuring regional delicacies including salmon, shellfish, locally grown apples, Washington wines and Seattle's world-famous Starbucks coffee. Take in the striking sunset as you say "I Do" on the gorgeous Seattle waterfront.

Monday, May 23, 2011

March & April Wedding Network USA!

As I continue my role as the Seattle Regional Chapter Director for Wedding Network USA, I have been delighted by the generosity of our local wedding vendors, caterers and venues who have gone all out to host our monthly meetings! This spring we have enjoyed networking meetings at two of Seattle's top venues around!

March 2011 ~ Lake Union Cafe
(Photos by Affinity Photography)
Click here for meeting recap.
Contributing Wedding Professionals: Lake Union Cafe, WaveLink Music, Paper Fling, Affinity Photography and Joe Yamada.

April 2011 ~ The Hall at Fauntleroy
(Photos by Laura Marchbanks Photography)Click here for meeting recap.
Contributing Wedding Professionals: All The Flutter, Tuxedos and Tennis Shoes, The Hall at Fauntleroy, Laura Marchbanks Photography, Pedersen's, West Coast Entertainment, Fuzzy Lounge Sounds, Floressence and Street Treats.

Looking forward to our May 25th meeting at Wine World Warehouse!

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Metallic Inspiration!

Metals are one of the hot trends in weddings this season, and why not, as they are one of the most versatile color palates! A metallic theme can fit any season; for instance warm gold and bronze tones for fall, or silver and pear tones for winter. It can also be combined with various color schemes; almost every color comes in a metallic version! Even modern or vintage themes can be combined with metallic. For example, to get that vintage feel, why not decorate with some unique antiques that have a metallic tone?
(Image sources: BridalCloset, LVL Weddings)

Monday, May 16, 2011

Fly Fitness!

When it comes to exercise the word fun doesn't often come to mind for most people. Yet, Traci Bartee, owner of Fly Fitness, is changing that! From their Fly Bride packages to the Sporty Sleep Over Soirees at the Woodmark, it's time to grab your girlfriends, running shoes and join the fun! My favorite package is the Sporty Soiree Sleep Over at the Woodmark Hotel which includes over night accommodations, two classes at Fly Fitness, FLYTINIS, dessert, breakfast at the Beach Cafe and other surprises for you and your friends! The perfect event for Bachelorette Parties or the night before the wedding!

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

New Find! The Bottle Openniere & Bottle Cap Boutonniere!

We have some of the most creative minds in Seattle I must admit! The other day I ran across a fun new find from a local florist friend of mine, Kim, owner of Lilies & Lemon Drops and had to share my excitement!
Introducing The Bottle Openniere and the Bottle Cap Boutonniere™ by Lilies & Lemon Drops! These unique beer-inspired boutonnieres are sure to add an element of fun to your wedding! With a limitless number of color combinations, both designs can be customized to match your wedding colors and event theme. Both boutonnieres are attached with removable pins just like a traditional flower boutonniere, so The Bottle Openniere can actually double as a bottle opener!

What could be more fun than that? To order, visit the Lilies & Lemon Drops Etsy Shoppe at or e-mail Kim at [email protected]!

Monday, May 2, 2011

Woodmark Unveiling!

Earlier this Spring the Woodmark Hotel hosted local Event Planners for their Woodmark Wedding Unveiling! It was a spectacular event indeed! The cocktail party showcased some of their preferred entertainers, a decked out tent and their signature appetizers and cocktails! Even The Lake Washington and Great Rooms were on display!Following the Woodmark Wedding Unveiling, we were treated to a pedicure, dinner at Bin On The Lake, a night's stay and then waking to a view of Lake Washington and room service! What more could one ask for!

Woodmark Wedding Unveiling ~ Participating Vendors
Linens ~ Linens by Alice
DJ ~ A Sound Celebration
Rentals/Tableware ~ AA Party Rentals
Live Artist ~ Sam Day
Stationary ~ Paper Fling
Floral & Decor ~ Fena Flowers
Chair Covers ~ Platinum Designs

Thank You Woodmark Hotel!!!
A fabulous place for any event!