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WIPA Seattle Launch

This past November WIPA Seattle held their launch event at The Foundry by Herban Feast and we were thrilled to be a part of the team who brought WIPA to Seattle!

Over the years, I have continued to ensure that, as a business owner, I stay on top of continuing education and trends through both local and national outlets. The last few years I’ve had this nagging feeling that Seattle was missing something. While we have fantastic associations to be a part of already, some I have even been a large part of, I felt that a strong educational association targeting those seasoned pros in the Seattle Wedding Industry was missing. We were absent of something that was tailored to us, the “senior” crowd, as well as the inspiration that I was craving.

I was mentioning this feeling to other wedding professionals while attending educational events around the country. Over and over there was a strong recommendation to bring this association to our area and start a new Chapter. After being introduced to the Board of Directors and Advisors winter of 2018 the ball began to roll. In spring of 2019 the President of this association came out to Seattle for a focus group to gauge interest which culminated in our November 2019 launch. 

The mission of this association and our new Chapter is to provide industry-leading education for our members, produce inspirational networking events and advance the ethical standards of the wedding industry. I believe that with the caliber of our local industry our new Chapter can have a strong presence in our area.

Over the years I’ve discovered that the best way to accomplish anything is to surround myself with a team who will inspire, elevate and push you to do greater things. When selecting the seven other Board Members for this new Chapter I specifically chose individuals who I felt represented the wide range and opinions of our industry. These individuals not only go above and beyond daily in their businesses but they represent the spirit of this organization. Each Board Member continues to educate, inspire and elevate the industry for all of us.

Our launch event was a team effort that I am truly proud of and it set the bar for the years ahead. I chose to focus the theme of this event around the season and partnered with vendors who I knew would pull together my vision of Fall abundance and also push the creative envelope. The design of the stage in the presentation room was a favorite that included draping, lit backdrops, floral and soft seating. Soft seating featured a mix of almond colored sofas and vibrant yellow suede chairs and sofas. Soft colorful ottomans in apricot, willow green, and sunflower completed the seating. The signage, event programs and other collateral we designed for this event all ensured attendees were well informed and reflected the theme.

My hope is that our members find value in our new Chapter and take the opportunity to create those connections that will propel their business further and inspire everyone in our industry to raise the bar.

As guests arrived, cocktail hour began. Tray-passed appetizers inspired by our color palette for the program, weaved the harvest colors and flavors of fall. Passed appetizers featured a velvety vegan coconut and carrot soup with a slightly spicy minted sambal; a paella bite, comprised of garlic shrimp, crispy saffron rice cake and topped with a lemon aioli; a clever take on bagels and lox with a pickled cucumber cup standing in for the bagel, filled with smoked salmon rillette and sprinkled with everything bagel spice; and a winter squash flatbread, topped with onion soubise, pecorino and cranberry relish were served. In addition to the passed hors d’oeuvres, guests were invited to experience an interactive crostini station at which guests customized bites, and got to pair them with a specialty flavored seltzer from San Juan Seltzer.

After cocktail hour guests moved into an adjacent room for the main program. Following a warm welcome by the WIPA Seattle Board, the program turned to a presentation by Pauline Parry, a founding member and former president of WIPA International, designed to inspire event attendees on the power of our new Chapter. The keynote speaker, Andy Maurer, finished the formal program with a focus on the mental and physical well-being of our industry.

After the presentation and speakers, the barn doors were once again opened to reveal the transformed networking area. Several food stations, including a lucite tower filled with small plates, were featured, along with a dessert station that was paired with local hard seltzers.

Herban Feast presented two options of small stacked plates, a seasonally fall take on a burrata salad with radicchio-balsamic jam, pickled butternut squash and crisped focaccia. The vegan, gluten and dairy free option featured roasted delicata squash and cauliflower small plate with pomegranate seeds to integrate the pops of red from the tray passed items, and a tahini drizzle for a bit of richness. Finally, for those who were looking for something heartier, the Executive chef served a boneless Korean-inspired short rib or soy-marinated mushroom on scallion mash with a house-made daikon kimchi.

Sweet treats rounded out the menu with a clever take on a harvest season’s caramel apple, with a salted caramel panna cotta topped with green apple gelee, their signature and eminently craveable house made gluten free ding dongs, and housemade lemon sorbet, offered solo or as a float with huckleberry seltzer.

And not to miss all the fun that was had in the 321 FOTO | photo booth rentals Revolution Booth which was onsite at our launch event!

Creative Partners
Venue & Catering: The Foundry by Herban Feast / Herban Feast Catering and Events
Rentals: AFR Furniture Rental & CORT Party Rental
Photography: Barbie Hull Photography
Lighting: LightSmiths
Videography: Best Made Videos
Floral: Leigh and Mitchell
Draping: Prop Gallery Events
Beverages: San Juan Seltzer & Vinea Imports
Signage: Pomp & Revel
Program: Paper Fling
Valet: Butler Seattle
DJ: Brandon Ghorley
Revolution Photo Booth: 321 Foto

WIPA Seattle Board

Chapter President: BreeAnn Gale – Pink Blossom Events
Chapter Vice President: Julie Levy – AFR Furniture Rental
Chapter Secretary: Marni Ness – Pedersen’s Event Rentals
Chapter Treasurer: Brian Waltz – LightSmiths
Director of Programs: Reese Rowe – Herban Feast Catering and Events
Director of Education: Barbie Hull – Barbie Hull Photography
Director of Communications: Mallory Bailey – CORT Party Rental
Director of Membership: Rebecca Grant – New Creations Weddings

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COVID-19 Blog Series: How to Keep Your Vendor Team with a Smaller Wedding

Seattle Wedding Planners Pink Blossom Events, Clutch Events, Perfectly Posh Events and New Creations Wedding Design & Coordination have teamed up to bring you a 4-Part Blog Series covering COVID-19 and planning your wedding during these unprecedented times. Today, the gals over at Perfectly Posh Events are sharing some ideas to keep your vendor team with a smaller wedding.

We know the entire wedding landscape has either come to a swift halt or will need to be recalibrated to operate in the temporary “normal” we are all trying to navigate. This is especially true for couples who have finished planning their wedding and are just waiting to enjoy their big day. Couples are left wondering, “What next? Where do we go from here? What about all the contracts we’ve signed with our team of vendors?” For some, the best choice is to postpone their wedding and try to move as many of their vendors to that new date. Others may carry on for various reasons, but their wedding may look different than what they had hoped, and it might be significantly smaller than what they had originally planned. Regardless of your decision, keeping your vendor team intact will make Plan B that much easier. Your thought out plans will still be able to have the same aesthetic and vibe. Plus keeping your vendor team will likely be helping in keeping a small local business afloat during these uncertain times.

If you have chosen to downsize your wedding, before you cancel or reduce services with a vendor that you think no longer applies to your special day, try speaking to your vendor and ask them if they can be flexible and creative in their offerings to you. While it may not seem practical to have them provide what you paid for originally, there are creative options that may make more sense for a smaller wedding scenario that could come close to the original amount that you booked the vendor for. Let’s get creative & have conversations before asking for refunds – you might find that in the end you are able to create a very memorable and meaningful celebration for your nearest and dearest!

Here’s a few examples of how you can get creative with keeping your vendor team if you change to a small wedding due to COVID-19:

Photographer: You’ve booked your photographer for 8 hours of wedding coverage. However, you’ve decided to elope with just doing a ceremony this year – so having 8 hours of coverage isn’t really necessary now. Consider asking your photographer if they’d be open to splitting their package to provide 4-6 hours of wedding coverage and allow a 2-4-hour credit further down the road, for an anniversary shoot, a holiday card shoot, family session or a baby announcement, you name it! Just be sure to not expect the additional shoot be to scheduled on a weekend – with a limited number of weekends available each year the photographer likely will not be able to reserve time on two weekend dates with a split package.

Videographer: In that same vein, the same may be true with your videographer! Typically, they offer similar hourly structuring as their photographer counterparts. So the same approach to reducing or splitting hours may be an option to run by them!

We’re also hearing of some of our videographer friends including a longer video edit of the hours they could not use on the wedding day, in hopes it brings more value to the couples’ memory log. From there, you can share that video with guests that couldn’t make it!

Hair & Makeup: Having a smaller wedding might mean that you have decided to not have a wedding party, so you may have a few empty slots in your hair & makeup booking. Consider passing on those time slots to your immediate family who will be attending the wedding and treat them to a pampering! If this doesn’t make sense to your situation, it might also be worth asking your stylist if there’s an option to rollover the surplus of services as a credit towards another event in the future, such as a special work function, a wedding or baby shower, a family photo shoot, etc.

Music & Entertainment: You hired a string quartet to play for your ceremony. If it feels weird to have a string quartet while you walk down a much smaller aisle with less guests in attendance, consider asking them to play during your intimate dinner after the ceremony. Live music during dinner really elevates the dining experience for guests! The same goes for reception music! If you hired a band to play for the dancing portion of the reception, consider asking them what creative suggestions they can offer to enhance your guest experience! Depending on how you feel, it might make sense to have them play throughout the remainder of the evening as well.

Our DJ friends over at Bamboo Beats provided the following suggestion for keeping your DJ as part of the vendor line-up:

We have done many weddings that are less than 50 people and feel that music is an amazing way to create a calming and harmonious mood for the ceremony and dinner even if there may not be any dancing. 

We can provide music from very safe distances and in multiple locations, with only one person on-site if needed to keep your vendor count low. We will be providing safety protocols like safe distancing and using disposable covers for our microphones during the ceremony and speeches to keep everyone safe.

Just because you are having a smaller guest count, that doesn’t necessarily mean you can’t have a string quartet play at your ceremony or a DJ playing all evening. Pre-pandemic, we have planned many events that have had a DJ on hand. We also planned a wedding with 16 guests and the couple still opted to have a string quartet play during their ceremony. It was lovely and did not feel out of place at all!

[Photo Credit | Adrian Wangz Photography]

Caterer: With a smaller guest count, this sometimes means you can splurge a bit more and spoil your guests, because there just aren’t as many to accommodate. Many of our awesome caterers are willing to be flexible with their minimums, but if you’re having a hard time hitting their minimum still, ask your caterers for some creative options with the menu. Maybe an amuse bouche, mid-course palette cleanser or late-night snack!? Or, go big or go home, and look into a multi-coursed dining experience for your intimate guest list. Throw in a wine pairing, and you’ve got one of our favorite ways to celebrate – eating, drinking, and being married!

If you’ve hired a specialty food or beverage caterer, such as an espresso cart or a hot dog stand for a late night snack, you can consider using their service for another event or ask about reducing the guest count to hit their minimum. We have a wedding later this summer who downside to 20 guests and is using both the Espresso Elegance and Dante’s Inferno because they were so excited about it already, why take that away? We’ve also seen some couples donate these specialty food & beverage services to those who are working on the front lines – hospitals, food banks, grocery store workers, school lunch distributors, etc. If you are unable to use a service, donating it is a great way to give back with your wedding!

Dessert: You’ve ordered an army of desserts for a sweets bar for 150 people through your baker. But now your guest count is 20 people. Ask your baker to come up with some options that can get you close to the original value without having a ridiculous amount of dessert sitting out.

Some examples:

~Send each guest home with a midnight snack of desserts different than what was served at the wedding – maybe it’s a box of macarons, salted caramels, mini tarts, or a custom sugar cookie with your monogram. Package it up nicely with a silk ribbon and you’ll end the night on a sweet note for your guests!

~Raise the bar at your intimate reception and incorporate the desserts in your decor in a lavish way that you may not have been able to do before with a 150 person wedding. Those Pinterest ideas that you loved but couldn’t fit in the budget for a 150 person wedding? They suddenly are doable for a 30 person wedding! For example, you could have miniature individual cakes at each guests’ place setting with their name as the cake topper to serve as the place card – like this cake here by Honey Crumb Cake Studio and custom topper by Pomp & Revel

[Photo Credit | Kristen Honeycutt Photography]

~Want to include your friends & family who won’t be able to attend in person but will be watching the festivities virtually? Send your guests who are celebrating from afar a dessert box, cookie, or “cake cup” in the mail with a mini bottle of champagne and note telling them how much you care about them. Our friends over at Prive Events suggested this great idea!!

~If you can’t find a way to incorporate the dessert into your wedding day (there is only so much sugar that one can consume after-all) you can ask the baker if they would covert the remaining amount not spent on desserts to be credited towards a future purchase from the bakery. This could be used for an anniversary cake, a gender reveal cake if you have a baby, a birthday cake, and so much more!

Flowers: What are you going to do with enough flowers for 20 centerpieces if you only need enough for one long table that will seat 18 people? Similar to the dessert ideas above, you can first start by upgrading your design and doing the things that maybe you weren’t able to do when your floral budget was spread out over 20 centerpieces. Or you maybe able to have a small arrangement delivered to your local family members and friends who are unable to attend in-person. Or you can ask the florist for a credit towards future flower orders – Mother’s Day, birthdays, “thinking of you” flowers, future baby showers, monthly flower arrangement for your first year of marriage, etc.

Rentals: This is one of those variable costs that you can reduce easily if your guest count becomes suddenly much smaller. But, since you’re not needing to pay for 150 dinner forks and 150 dinner knives, consider upgrading your rentals for your smaller wedding that maybe you couldn’t afford when your guest count was larger. Get the fancy chair you wanted but couldn’t justify. Upgrade your table linens to a luxurious fabric or pattern. Add in those chargers you were eyeing! Ask your planner or reach out yourself to our amazing local rental companies (shout out to our amazing friends at CORT, Pedersen’s and Alexander for being so great!) and see all the pretty things that you could now bring into your wedding design on a smaller scale.

[Photo Credit | Kristen Honeycutt Photography]

We understand some things may not make sense to keep no matter how creative you get but consider asking if that service can be saved/credited for another event like a holiday party. Or you can ask about donating that service to a local charity who can use it for their annual fundraising event or other purpose. There are countless ways to be creative and generous!

We hope this has helped to spur some creative ideas for you! If you’re still unsure of how to utilize your vendor, please just open up the conversation with them. And if you have a wedding planner, they should be able to help you brainstorm some creative ideas as well! And thank you for considering keeping your vendor team – by continuing to pay your vendors you are helping a local small business and likely helping that vendor take care of their family during this very uncertain time for our industry.

Stay tuned for two more blog posts in this series next week:

~May 12th: Wedding Planning Tasks You Can Be Working on Now.

~May 14th: What Safety Measures You Need to Incorporate at Your 2020 Wedding.

And if you missed the first post on communicating to your wedding guests and vendors by the wonderful Megan from Clutch Events, check it out here.

WIPA Seattle February 2020| Four Seasons Hotel Seattle

Wow, what an event! Working with a creative team of vendors, we brought to life an ‘Awakening of Spring’ this February at the Four Seasons Hotel Seattle. As guests arrived for cocktail hour they were surrounded by winter installations of seasonal blooms as they noshed on a Seattle Seafood Market Action Station and a Beecher’s Cheese Station and took turns in the Vanity Booth from Lionize Photo Booth. The signature ‘Walk in the Woods’ drink was a favorite!

With dinner chimes ringing the ballroom doors opened to a room that was beginning to awaken from winter and enter into spring with spring blooms and soft lilac lighting. Tables draped in Ash Swell linens from BBJ Linen and place settings from CORT Party Rental were adorned with tall trees hand-crafted by Delinger & Radovich using silver birch trunks and branches and magnolia blooms as well as another selection of tables topped with low centerpieces featuring a collection of locally grown foliage and flowers.

A three-course dinner was highlighted by entrée choices of Toppenish WA Beef Tenderloin, Local Rock Fish or a Lentil and Cauliflower Risotto.

As our Keynote Speaker took the stage the foyer was being transformed behind the scenes. Soon bright lighting by Crimson Haze greeted guests as they were welcomed back into the foyer which had been transformed into a spring dessert reception. Trees were now blooming and covered in bright blooms to reflect the season. As a parting favor, bottles of Gruet awaited.

Thank you to the Four Seasons Hotel Seattle for hosting our WIPA Seattle Meeting and to the culinary team at Four Seasons Hotel Seattle who blew us away with their exceptional service and menu.

A highlight of the evening was at the end of dinner when our Chapter was sworn in as an official Chapter of WIPA! A huge thank you to our rock star board who worked so hard on this event as well as the formation of WIPA Seattle!

In closing we leave you with a few photos from our turn in the Lionize Vanity Booth! A must for all future events!

Highlight video of the night thanks to Best Made Videos!

WIPA Seattle February 2020 Meeting

We had a BLAST last week filming the WIPA Seattle February meeting at the Four Seasons Hotel Seattle with a ton of incredible wedding vendors. Check out the recap video to see all the fun!!!.www.bestmadeweddingvideos.com.Venue & Catering – Four Seasons Hotel SeattleKeynote Speaker – Julie Roth Novack, CEO and Co-Founder PartySlateWedding Planner – Pink Blossom EventsPhotography – Alante PhotographyFloral – Delinger & RadovichLinens – BBJ LinenRentals – CORT Party RentalDJ – Chris Graves MusicLighting – Crimson Haze Event LightingPortrait Booth – Lionize Vanity BoothDraping – Prop Gallery EventsStationery – Minted…#wedding#weddingvideography#weddingvideographer#seattlebride#junebugweddings#bestmadevideos#seattleweddingvideographer#seattleweddingvideography#weddingcinematographer#weddingcinematography#seattlewedding#justmarried#weddinginspiration#justsaidyes

Posted by Best Made Videos on Tuesday, February 25, 2020

Photography – Alante Photography
Planning – Pink Blossom Events & WIPA Seattle
Venue & Catering – Four Seasons Hotel Seattle
Keynote Speaker: Julie Roth Novack, CEO and Co-Founder PartySlate
Floral: Delinger & Radovich
Linens: BBJ Linen
Rentals: CORT Party Rental
DJ: Chris Graves Music
Lighting: Crimson Haze Event Lighting
Portrait Booth: Lionize Vanity Booth
Draping: Prop Gallery Events
Stationery: Minted
Videographer: Best Made Videos

Summer Party at Jardin del Sol

Summer is officially here and we are gearing up for some fabulous summer parties! Needing inspiration for your next summer celebration? Check out this event from Jardin del Sol featuring face painting, lawn games, live music, espresso, popcorn and a charcuterie board almost to pretty to eat! Photos by Alrene Chambers Photography.

Venue: Jardin del Sol
Photography: Arlene Chambers Photography
Event Planner: Pink Blossom Events
Catering: Twelve Baskets Catering
Floral: Fena Flowers
DJ: Bugsie Productions
Stationery: Impress Ink
Live Music: Rosenoak
Rentals: CORT Party Rental & Make a Scene 
Lawn Games: Off The Block Games
Espresso Catering: Gourmet Espresso Catering
Desserts: Blue Box Bakery
Face Painting: Happy Faces Facepainting
Valet & Transportation: Butler Seattle
Team Building: Tribe Life Events

Experience Corporate Woodinville 2019

Inspired by a summer soiree under the palms, we were thrilled to plan and design Chateau Lill for this year’s Experience Corporate Woodinville! As an added bonus we got to design the first event in the New Barrel Room and the New Lounge! Thank you The Fix Photo Group for making us look even better!

 

Venue – Chateau Lill
Photography – The Fix Photo Group
Event Planner & Designer – Pink Blossom Events
Nanny Services – A-List Nannies
DJ & Lighting – Chris Graves Music
Stationery & Signage – Chalk.Ink.Style
Coat Check – Coat Check Complete
Rentals – CORT Party Rental
Floral – Flora Nova Design
Photo Booth – Fun Frames Photo Booth
Vodka Distillery – Glass Vodka
Espresso Catering – Gourmet Espresso Catering
Bar Rentals – Happy Hour Designer Bar Rentals
Catering – Herban Feast
Chocolate – Seattle Chocolate (jcoco)
Luxury Restrooms – Luxury Restroom Trailers by Privy Chambers
Printing – Minuteman Press Woodinville
Videographer – Peak Digital Cinema
Cigar Roller – San Juan Cigars
Ice Cream – Street Treats
Magician – Seattle Magician
Beverages – Talking Rain
Custom Gifting – Welcome Gifts by Pink Blossom Events
Wine – DeLille Cellars & Ambassador Wines
Wireless Chandeliers (Barrel Room) – Lightsmiths 

Safran Laboratory Corporate Grand Opening

As Safran Electrical & Power was in final staging of construction of their new lab in Everett, they reached out to Pink Blossom Events to start planning the details of their Laboratory Grand Opening. Pulling in the colors of their company and a touch of the northwest we created an event highlighting the Northwest as well as the highlights of the new lab. The event was open to suppliers and Boeing Executives who worked closely with their team making this an occasion to celebrate. On the day of the Grand Opening, Safran Electrical & Power welcomed guests with appetizers, beverages and tours of the new lab. As guests left they were given favors from Evergreen Custom Gifting marking their visit to the lab and all the success to come! Photos by The Fix Photo Group.

Thanks so much to you and Andrea for everything you did to help make the event a success! ~ Bailey

Event Planner: Pink Blossom Events
Catering: Kaspars
Floral: Fena Flowers
Rentals: Pedersens
Audio Visual: TEP
Photographer: The Fix Photo Group
Lighting and Draping: Prop Gallery
Custom Attire: Gifts by Design

Employee Appreciation Harvest Party

School has begun which means fall is around the corner. The coming of fall has us dreaming of crisp autumn evenings, pumpkins and pie. Today we look back at an Employee Appreciation Harvest Party we had the opportunity to plan last fall. With the promise of a party at the owner’s home if the company reached their ultimate sales goal, the employees took on the challenge and surpassed that goal! With less than a month until the celebration we pulled together a Harvest Party for their sales team and family members that left their guests feeling both appreciated and grateful to be part of a successful team milestone.

As guests arrived at the designated parking lot noted in their invite they were picked up by Butler Seattle shuttles who transported them ten minutes down the road to our client’s home. Guests exited the shuttles and were greeted with a glass of wine and tray passed appetizers as they took in the event displayed in front of them. The upper lawn featured Pumpkin Ring Toss, two Pumpkin Tic Tac Toe Boards, Pumpkin Bowling, Corn Hole, a Paint Your Own Pumpkin Station and a photo booth incorporating cornstalks, haybales and custom props.

Scattered throughout the property were five raffle stations which asked employees and their family to guess the number of harvest themed candies in each jar. Those closest to the correct number were given prizes ranging from an overnight stay at a local casino to tickets to a pro football game. Not bad! These prizes were announced at the end of dinner prior to the start of dessert.                   

Inside the home guests were given free range of the kitchen, deck and game room downstairs. Making their way outside on the waterfront side of the home, a live band playing country and rock hits set the mood. A second bar as well as various options for seating allowed guests to enjoy the music and the beauty of the lake. A bit too cold for swimming but the perfect backdrop for live music!

     

When the dinner bell rang, employees gathered underneath the tent that sat upon our clients tennis court.  Long farm tables adorned with mum centerpieces and pumpkins were on display.

After dinner guests enjoyed root beer floats, mulled apple cider and hot cocoa. Apple, marionberry and pumpkin pies were also a hit!

As guests mingled with coworkers and introduced their family members to their coworkers that afternoon, my clients rejoiced in seeing their employees enjoying a celebration planned solely for their achievements. During the fall inspired dinner one could hear laughter and the joy of a successful collaboration. There were toasts of triumph, talks of future goals and a sense of pride of what one dedicated team can accomplish. The opening of the pie bar capped a sweet sales victory!

See more Corporate Events by Pink Blossom Events.

Summit Law Group 20th Anniversary ~ Seattle Event Planner

Twenty Years of Business is a milestone to celebrate and when Summit Law Group hosted their 20th Anniversary Party at Within Sodo they called Pink Blossom Events to plan a celebration to remember! As guests arrived at Within Sodo they were greeted by valet staff Butler Seattle and invited inside where the venue had been designed around the company’s colors of blue, yellow and gray bringing together a modern industrial affair highlighting twenty years of practicing law. Follow along all the fun with images by The Fix Photo Group!

One spectacular floral installation by Floressence!

The party included five different bars featuring a different signature drink highlighting each of the areas of legal service offered by Summit Law Group! How about a “Climate Cooler” courtesy of the Environmental Group?

Working with Crimson Haze we created a museum wall in the Gallery Room that featured three “screens” showing images of Summit Law Group over the years.

Champagne was offered from a champagne dress in the mirror room and a juggler mingled throughout the event entertaining guests.

 

The Lounge showcased an ice luge distributing The Labor Group’s “Time & 1/2” and “Minimum Wage” mocktails along with an espresso bar for those needing a pick me up!

Food stations highlighting the Pacific Northwest were scattered throughout Within Sodo.

As a farewell gift each guest received a gift complete with a custom Liberty Bottleworks and Theo Chocolate Bars.

I can’t thank you enough for making our event TRULY spectacular. I have heard nothing but raves and I know it is largely due to you and your team and your contacts and your tireless efforts. ~ Kristen, Summit Law Group

Event Planner & Designer – Pink Blossom Events
Photographer – The Fix Photo Group
Venue & Bartending – WithinSodo
Florist – Floressence
Rentals – CORT Events, BBJ Linen & Seattle Pedersens
Signage – Chalk Boss
Caterer – Ethan Stowell Restaurants
Valet – Butler Valet & Transportation
Espresso – Espresso Elegance
Lighting & AV – Crimson Haze Event Lighting
DJ – Bamboo Beats DJ
Live Music – The Side Project
Coat Check – Coat Check Complete
Ice Piece – Creative Ice
Entertainment – Animate Objects Physical Theater
Photo Booth – The SnapBar
Restroom – Luxury Restroom Trailers by Privy Chambers
Favors by Pink Blossom Events featuring Theo Chocolate & Liberty Bottleworks

Investor Appreciation Reception at Glendale Country Club

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We have the pleasure of working with a number of clients on their annual events including the annual Investor Appreciation Reception for Legacy Group Capitol. Every fall the reception is hosted after their Shareholder Meeting and is filled with music, beautiful floral and delicious bites. This past fall their annual event was held at Glendale Country Club. Photos by The Fix Photo Group.    

I can’t images doing an event without the help of BreeAnn. She is an expert at what she does. Her attention to detail, her work either and creative ideas are only a dent at what she brings to the table. When you work with BreeAnn you get the whole package. Years of experience, a network of vendors that have been vetted and her absolute willingness to go the extra mile. Events are hard work, but when working with BreeAnn it does not feel like work. Her energy and fun personality make the behind the scenes work a joy. Not only does she help build the vision and experience of the event she executes the details with ease. I will use BreeAnn in all our events.” ~ Lori 

Event Planner – Pink Blossom Events
Photographer – The Fix Photo Group
Venue & Catering – Glendale Country Club
Florist – Designs by Courtney
Linens & Rentals – Seattle Pedersens
Signage – Chalk Boss
Pianist – Josh Rawlings 

Pink Blossom Events Celebrates 10 Years!

This November Pink Blossom Events celebrates 10 Years of business! Yes, we are asking the same thing, “Where has the time gone?” From weddings, both local and afar, to milestone birthdays and corporate celebrations we continue to be inspired by our clients, peers – many who have become good friends, as well as the wedding and event community. We have been blessed with a career that allows us to celebrate life’s grandest moments and has provided a lifetime of memories that we will forever treasure.

As the owner of Pink Blossom Events I took a chance and launched Pink Blossom Events in November of 2006, fresh out of college, with the goal of being the destination for wedding and event planning in the Northwest. I continue to ensure we are providing the best service possible and hope to continue to serve our clients for years to come! It takes a team of vendors and assistants to pull off event after event and I am continually grateful to all of those vendors who have made our events possible as well as those who have, and continue to be, a part of the Pink Blossom Events team!

While I spent the last few days going through Pink Blossom Events’ box of thank you cards from past clients I couldn’t help but think back to some of our most memorable events. To celebrate 10 Years of business, here are 10 of my favorite memories!

Kelley & Christy’s Oahu Wedding!
In September of 2010 we worked with Kelley and Christy planning their Oahu wedding. It was a special place for them as Kelley was currently living on the Island and Christy, who lived in Seattle, visited often and the Northshore became one of their favorite spots on the Island.  As over 80 guests from around the country had flown in during the week of their wedding they hosted a Welcome Dinner at Banzai Sushi Bar complete with local music and a traditional seven course Japanese dinner. From edamame to maki mono rolls and a finale of “Duke” cupcakes, a tribute to where the couple met, it was the perfect start to the wedding weekend!

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The next day, with the sounds of the ukulele, Christy and Kelley said their I Do’s at the LouLu Palm Estate with Sunset Beach as their backdrop. Wanting a laid back celebration, the evening featured Mai Tai’s, food stations filled with local produce and meats which to this day is still in the top three best wedding meals I’ve had and not to forget the newlyweds favorite chocolate haupia cream pie from Ted’s Bakery! Just when the party was in full swing and guests were dancing away, a wall of fire illuminated the back of the dance floor, surprising the newlyweds and their guests, as the Mother of the Groom and I had hired Hawaiian Fire Dancers to perform! Simply an unforgettable weekend in paradise! Photos by Benjamin DiCaprio. Click here for a full look at Christy & Kelly’s wedding day. 58739_441693878086_5785234_n

Carrie & Mike’s Epic Dance Party!
When we first met with Carrie and Mike to plan and design their Alderbrook Resort & Spa wedding we knew we were in for a good time! Having meet on Match.com they wanted to host a weekend celebration that included beautiful floral, their favorite charity the Kitsap Humane Society and a dance party that would keep their guests talking for years to come! Despite a rain cloud that decided to come in a few minutes before the ceremony forcing us to move the ceremony undercover at the last minute, we’d say their wedding was picture perfect and yes, their dance party was one for the record books as we couldn’t keep those two off the dance floor! It was an epic four hour dance party! Photo by Affinity Photography. Click here for a full look at Carrie & Mike’s wedding. 07-re-296

Kylie & Aaron’s Wedding
As a wedding and event planner we know that anything and everything can go wrong and in 2008 our skills were tested! From the Priest not showing up to the Catholic ceremony and the Deacon stepping in at the last minute as he raced, with dirt covered hands, to the church. To the cake that dropped and went from a three tiered cake to a two tired wedding cake and to the sudden windstorm that moved the waterfront cocktail hour inside a private home at the last minute. We problem solved and at the end of the night as cleanup was complete and the after party began we left the private residence watching the bride and groom laugh and celebrate with friends and family as if nothing but a perfect day ensued! Did we forget to mention that one of the portable toilets also clogged that night so we were the plumber? Again, we are never surprised!

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Two Words: Book Arch
In 2011 Cindy and Sam gave us the freedom to pull together their love of reading and a request that no real flowers be used. It was important that their wedding reflect all of the “geeky” things that brought them together including a lot of tongue-in-cheek humor and a few pop culture references. Working with their team of vendors we transformed Sodo Park into a book lover’s delight! From the book arch we designed (fabricated by Lola Creative) to centerpieces which featured paper flowers and vintage books collected by Cindy and Sam throughout their adventures together it was a bibliophile dream! Since their wedding day the Book Arch has been featured on countless online features and as Cindy mentioned, “Was more popular than they were on their 2012 wedding day!” Photo by Rubin Photography. Click here for a full recap of Sam and Cindy’s Big Day!

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Chris’s 30th Birthday Party
Having recently moved to Seattle and in the midst of remodeling a newly purchased home (hence the hardhats at dinner), Kacey reached out to Pink Blossom Events to help throw her husband Chris one unforgettable party with close family and friends. The party began as guests boarded the Yachta Yachta in South Lake Union for cocktails and appetizers on Lake Union making a perfect setting to show off their city to loved ones from out of town. After a spin on the lake guests headed to Queen Anne where they dined on a gourmet meal by City Catering Company and sipped on cocktails mixed by their favorite downtown bar on the lawn of their new home. We must say, we wish our 30th Birthday could have mirrored this one! Photo by Katie Parra Photography. Click here for a full look at Chris’s Birthday Party! 0139

Mark & Rick’s Wedding
In 2014 we spent one magical night aboard the Steamship Virginia V as we celebrated Marc and Rick! Departing Foss Waterway Seaport in Tacoma the Steamship Virginia V made it’s way to Quartermaster Harbor off Vashon Island where Marc and Rick said their I Do’s as they faced the town of Burton where Rick’s family vacationed every summer. After tying the knot we headed south to the Tacoma Narrows Bridge for some incredible sights along the way! We turned around under the bridge and headed back to Tacoma as the sun set making for one incredible first dance backdrop on the bow. With the party going strong a porpoise made its grand appearance alongside the steamship as it gave us one spectacular show! This wedding also has a special place in our heart as this was our last wedding with Brian Dale of Wave Link Music who suddenly passed in 2015. A true industry leader and inspiring human we dearly miss. Photo by Ryan Duclos Photography. Click here for a full look at this wedding. 10931303_10152693939758087_815954392510699370_n

Mark & Jennifer’s Downton Abbey Wedding
Forty eight hours before Mark & Jennifer’s wedding last October we were given notice that their venue was temporarily closed. With a little luck and a lot of last minute planning and adjustments, The Rainier Club, opened their doors and one epic Downton Abbey Themed Wedding was held complete with Carson the Butler, tableside tea service, a delicious dinner and stunning floral filling the venue. As a planner I’ve seen it all but that by far tops the number one wedding emergency/story and reason to hire a wedding planner I can think of! Photo by Azzura Photography. Click here to view this entire wedding. Rainier Club Wedding by Pink Blossom Events

Harvest Party at The Barn
We love a good themed party! After moving into their new office building it was time to open the doors and showcase Eberle Vivian’s new space! With fall in mind and an office building fit for the theme, we knew exactly what this event needed! Bringing in straw bales, pumpkins, leaves and fall floral we turned “The Barn” into a Fall Harvest Party! Inside, an interactive risotto bar, passed appetizers and a bar along with an amazing dessert bar gave guests plenty to nibble on. Outside, kettle corn was popping and a Master Pumpkin Sculptor carved pumpkins as guests mingled about the new office building! With custom mugs and a bag of freshly popped Kettle Corn in hand, guests headed home after a great evening at “The Barn.” Click here to view this entire event. 20121003-bg-046

Go Ducks!
In 2014 we worked with Lydia and Andrew planning their Axis Pioneer Square wedding and as a surprise to the Groom, who was a huge Oregon Ducks fan, his mom hired the Oregon Duck Mascot to attend their wedding. With dancing underway we cued the music and the Oregon Duck dancing his way onto the dance floor leaving not only the groom, but his father as well, speechless and jumping with joy! I don’t think I’ve ever seen two gown men so excited before that night! Photo by Melanie Duerkopp. Click here for a full recap of Lydia and Andrew’s wedding. %c2%acmduerkopp_lydiaandrew-254

Antler & Horseshoe Wedding!
With Julie’s love of horses and Chad’s passion for hunting and taxidermy, it was only fitting that antlers and horseshoes was the theme of their big day! Not missing any detail they put on one killer party in July of 2015 at their barn complete with cinnamon apple moonshine, a hot dog roast using propane grills built by the father of the groom, dueling pianos, a slushy airstream trailer bar and a dessert trailer stocked with mini pies and soft serve ice cream. It was a unique wedding that guests, and vendors, will be talking about for years! Photo by Barbie Hull Photography. Click here to view Julie & Chad’s entire wedding day. 150711_0733georgell

There are soo many more we could share! From the Father of the Bride’s toast which brought us to tears after he admitted that after all these years he had changed his stance on Gay Marriage when he saw how truly happy his daughter was for the first time after she met her wife; to the time we created a “Best in Show” dog themed birthday party and to the countless injuries that have occurred the day or two before a big event (ie. Bride brakes ankle, Mother of the Bride’s front tooth is chipped…). We may need to schedule a happy hour or coffee date to share them all!

At every event we continue to learn, are reminded just how much we love our job and are still surprised at what really can go wrong! We think we’ve seen it all, until “that” happens…

Here’s To Another Ten!

BreeAnn Gale
Pink Blossom Events Founder & Lead Event Planner
turning the expected into something unique