Monday, November 28, 2011

Kiana Lodge! Karen & John!

After a year of long distance phone calls and emails John and Karen had flown in from Africa this past July to celebrate their wedding day! It was a special weekend as their friends and family had also traveled in from all over the world to be there that day. Wanting to ensure their guests received a true Seattle experience, Pink Blossom Events helped plan their dream wedding at Kiana Lodge. GH Kim Photography arrived at Clearwater Casino as John and Karen were finishing getting ready. While John patiently waited outside, Karen put on the traditional Korean wedding dress for the first look of his bride to be! It was then back inside as Karen changed into her "official" wedding dress that she would then wear all day long. First look number two! Photos with their family and bridal party at Clearwater Casino. Ten minutes away Kiana Lodge awaited their arrival.Len Smolen officiated the ceremony overlooking the Hood Canal. The aisle was lined with blue and white lanterns and yellow rose petals. John and one of his groomsman sang a special song commemorating the ceremony. Lawn games filled the grounds as guests enjoyed cocktails and appetizers outside the main lodge. Karen and John took a few moments to sign their license before being announced into the lodge for dinner. The lodge was decorated with pops of yellow and blue, perfect for a summer wedding. Dinning tables were covered with Ethiopian linens and centerpieces that featured cake stands adorned with yellow arrangements and cupcakes from The Yellow Leaf Cupcake Co. The two bars were accented with white and yellow cupcake wrapper lights created by Pink Blossom Events. While guests finished the Northwest themed dinner, the bridal party spoke of memories and stories they shared with the couple. The Maid of Honor even had Karen up on stage singing Karaoke to highlight one of many good times they shared! John and his sister ended toasts with a song dedicated to Karen. Cake and cupcakes were enjoyed! It was then time for their first dance! The bridal party even stepped in to finish off a first dance that all would remember as a highlight to the wedding day! Click here to view their first dance. The night continued with dancing, laughter, and stops in the photo booth by Fun Frames Photo Booth before guests headed back to Seattle. It was a special wedding day that no one would soon forget!

Congratulations Karen & John!

Full Planning - Pink Blossom Events

Photographer - GH Kim Photography

Getting Ready Location - Clearwater Casino

Wedding Venue & Caterer - Kiana Lodge

Florist - Friend of the Groom

Onsite Hair & Makeup - Inspiritu Salon

Officiant - Len Smolen

Cupcakes & Cutting Cake - The Yellow Leaf Cupcake Co.

Guest Transportation - Seattle Ferries, Kiana Shuttle and First Student

Suits - Top Hat

Rehearsal Dinner - Miner's Landing - Pier 57

Dear BreeAnn ~ John and I both feel it is suffice to say that without you this day would not have been nowhere near possible for us! Without us here in Seattle, it really posed a challenge for you to plan a wedding, but you certainly rose to it and exceeded our expectations! Your helpful ideas, professionalism, and attention to detail have made this whole process go much more smoothly than we thought it would be! We've been saying the past few weeks how we're really not that stressed and that it's so nice to go into it like that. So thank you very much for making that happen! We are really excited to see how it all comes together, but we're confident that it's going to be fantastic! Best Wishes Always ~ Karen and John

Monday, November 21, 2011

Elizabeth & Brett!

After my initial phone meeting with Elizabeth, I knew her and Brett's August 6, 2011 wedding was going to be an amazing event to be a part of! Combining their love of animals, her Native American heritage and his Jewish upbringing meant a wedding full of unique details!
After photographing their pets over the years, Alyssa Rose Photography was there to document another special part of their lives as the bridal party got ready at The W Seattle the morning of their wedding! Even the ring bearer and flower girl were pampered that morning!
After their first glance, the bridal party was off to Discovery Park. Prior to the ceremony, Elizabeth and Brett signed the Ketubah that had been hand painted by the bride. The ceremony took place across the street from Daybreak Star Indian Cultural Center inside Discovery Park with the Puget Sound as the backdrop. Rabbi Yohanna Kinberg officiated the ceremony that included both Jewish and Native American traditions. Jewish traditions included the chuppah and breaking of the glass while the wedding vase and blanket ceremonies tied in her Native American heritage.
With the breaking of the glass it was time to head inside Daybreak Star Indian Cultural Center to celebrate! Upstairs guests nibbled on savory chickpea cakes, artichoke croquettes and sundried tomato hummus canapes prepared by Herban Feast Catering. Elizabeth's Pink Pearl and Brett's Hurricane were the night's signature drinks.
With dinner salads plated, the lush red curtains enclosing the cocktail hour parted to reveal the space below. Lush red draping and uplighting surrounded the entire space which was split into three rooms. The dinning area featured tables that were covered in black and white swirled linens displayed with centerpieces of cascading orchids and crystals. Table cards noting a donation to the ASPCA in each guests honor were featured at each place setting.
A tribute to the couples alma mater, WSU, was highlighted in the ice luge by Creative Ice. A lounge area featuring decor by Prop Gallery across the room was set for later that evening. The photobooth was the hot place to stop that evening!
A Love Story created by Edit 1 Media was played as guests enjoyed the all vegan menu prepared by Herban Feast Catering. Following dinner, Elizabeth and Brett raised their hand painted wine glasses after each toast. It was then time to cut their wedding cakes which featured two stunning cakes by Tallant House and the groom's cake by Mike's Amazing Cakes. Once the newlyweds stepped on the dance floor, it was time to party as Wave Link Music played hit after hit! A late night sushi bar was enjoyed by all later that evening! Guests were invited to take home a homemade dog bone by Tallant House as they left ensuring that even one's best friend was not forgotten! A unique addition to the favor table featured a carnation dog honoring the couple's dog that had recently passed. A custom gobo by Wave Link Music covered the walkway leading guests to their vehicles.
Congratulations Brett & Elizabeth!

Full Planning & Coordination - Pink Blossom Events
Photography - Alyssa Rose Photography
Venue - Daybreak Star Indian Cultural Center in Discovery Park
Decor & Lounge Furniture - Prop Gallery
Catering - Herban Feast
Videography - Edit 1 Media
DJ, Lighting & Custom Gobo - Wave Link Music
Officiant - Rabbi Yohanna Kinberg
Bride's Hair - Kate McCarthy
Bridesmaid's Hair - Nicole Hagel
Cake & Dog Treats - Tallant House
Groom's Cake - Mike's Amazing Cakes
Florist - Mother of Maid of Honor
Invitations - Paper Pals
Photobooth - The Original Photobooth
Transportation - Rareform Limo
Ice Sculpture - Creative Ice
Hotel Accommodations - The W Seattle

BreeAnn ~ Thank you so much for working with Brett & I for the past two years to make our dream wedding a reality. You truly are so talented and handled every details with grace and ease. I could never thank you enough for what you have done. You're so beautiful inside and out and we appreciate your help and guidance. Hopefully we can replay you one day! Thanks again, Elizabeth