Posts Tagged: intimate wedding

Intimate Summer Catholic Wedding During COVID

While the pandemic altered original wedding plans for a large ceremony and reception; Gina and Charles were married in an intimate ceremony at their Church, St. Joseph Catholic Church – Issaquah. Eight close family members were onsite, masks on, as others watched via live streaming. June 26th was a special one as both Gina’s parents and grandparents had married on that very date.

Following the ceremony, each household was sent home with a box of desserts from Blue Box Bakery, a sweet ending to the day! Gina & Charles had a small cake to enjoy as well.

Congratulations Gina & Charles!

Vendors: Planning: Pink Blossom Events
Photography: Amelia Soper Photography
Floral: Fena Flowers
Wedding Cake & Desserts to Go: Blue Box Bakery
Hair & Makeup: Paper Dolls NW
Ceremony Location: St. Joseph Catholic Church – Issaquah

We loved working with BreeAnn! Our planning was particularly tricky in that we had to change almost everything really late in the game due to COVID-19 restrictions, and BreeAnn was with us every step with remarkable agility! She was really understanding that this was all a stressful time for us, and she made it easy to reimagine what was possible. While we’re sad we were unable to have the beautiful wedding BreeAnn initially planned, we also loved the far more intimate event she created for us.

BreeAnn has an amazing list of vendors, and she has a great sense for which ones would be a good fit for our personalities and the event we were planning. We connected well with everyone she helped us select, and she was a great advocate for us all along the way.

She had fantastic ideas to make our wedding a really special day. We loved so many of her suggestions that we never would have thought of on our own.

BreeAnn is creative, organized, great at finding compromises, and willing to go above and beyond to make your wedding the day you’ve always imagined it could be. More than all that, though, she is a really kind and thoughtful person, who we hope to keep in touch with for a long time to come.” – Gina & Charles

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.

Weddings in Woodinville 2020 – Willows Lodge

Inspired by the beauty of the Pacific Northwest we showcased the natural elements surrounding us at Willows Lodge for this year’s Weddings In Woodinville. Rustic metals and cement mixed in with the lush forest greenery highlighted by the watery blues and pops of mustard, burnt orange and dusty pink inspired us for this year’s design.

As guests arrived at Willows Lodge they were greeted by a 1957 Rolls-Royce Silver Cloud accented with floral by Fena Flowers and directed to the Sammamish Ballroom. A program designed in collaboration with Paper Fling featured a map of Willows Lodge with event highlights from the menu to a list of vendors to meet and room for notes along the way!

In the foyer an inspiration board highlighted the design elements and gave way to a quick jump in The Luxe Photo Booth from The SnapBar and a sample of Nutty Squirrel’s Gelato. Yum!

Making their way into the Sammamish Ballroom newlyweds and their friends and family mingled with vendors as they were inspired by ideas and nibbled on bites from Barking Frog. A few even danced on the dance floor as Bugsie Productions provided the tunes. The dance floor was highlighted with overhead greenery and dripping orchids. Flanking the dance floor, two lounge areas from Vintage Ambiance featuring Grace, a 1930’s champagne velveteen couch and Winston, a 1930’s gray couch. The lounge areas were accented with arctic blue pillows from BBJ Linen and lush floral arrangements in compote copper containers.

And not to miss were the reception tables that were there to inspire one’s design. On the east side of the room two artisan light wood tables capped with vineyard chairs from Pedersen’s set the stage for a dramatic king’s table. A moss escort board with escort cards pined by copper pins was accented by floral and fern accents. Place settings surrounded a lush tablespace from Fena Flowers. Cement containers were filled with a mixture of elements. Low round containers were filled with moss, orchid blooms and mercury gold votives while other cement containers were bursting with blooms and ferns; all surrounded by moss and clear and gold mercury votives. At each place setting white coupe chargers and dinner plates were paired with white hemstitch napkins, a fern garnish and white dinner menus backed with a blush cameo backer and wrapped in copper wire. Place cards following suite of the dinner menus, modern glassware and copper silverware from Pedersen’s Rentals completed the place settings.

A sweet bar by Seatown Sweets led guests off the dance floor as they let their sweet tooth take the lead. A central two-tiered cake with a rustic concrete buttercream finish was accented with roses and ferns and topped with a copper cake topper “Our Adventure Begins” from Pomp & Revel. A one tier ombre yellow cutting cake and a hand painted floral buttercream cutting cake were on display. Not to miss the sugar cookies and cupcakes! Setting the background for the dessert bar, a boxwood hedge from Pedersen’s was covered in a moss base, accented by iron gates from Vintage Ambiance then adorned with floral arrangements by Fena Flowers.

On the west side of the room a trio of rounds with vineyard chairs were featured. The central reception table was adorned with BBJ’s notte lucca linen and a PNW Inspired centerpiece arranged in a compote copper container highlighted with blooms in shades of mustard, burnt orange and dusty pink and plenty of greenery. Goldstone blush chargers brought in the metallic copper elements. A crowd favorite were the napkins at each place setting. The arctic velvet and turmeric velvet napkins from BBJ Linen were pulled together by a handmade copper wire napkin ring and greenery garnish by Fena Flowers. A combo dinner menu and place card incorporating the elements finished off the place settings in addition to the copper utensils from Pedersen’s. On either side of this table were rounds fitted with BBJ Linen’s rosa linen and a lush floral centerpiece all circled by vineyard chairs.

Outside in the tented patio off the ballroom a Wine Lounge was enjoyed! Solo guitarist, Robbie Christmas, played. His repertoire spanned from the 1960’s all the way up to current day hits. After grabbing a tasting of wine from Patterson Cellars (Melange Blanc, Forbidden Rose or their Due Anni) guests sat amongst the lounge furniture from Vintage Ambiance. Our favorite, the green Eve couch and coordinating bench were on hand.

Leaving the tent guests made their way to the Ceremony Gazebo. Along the way they were invited to stop and make a wish by tossing a penny into the cement birdbath from Vintage Ambiance that had been filled with moss and roses.

At the Ceremony Gazebo it was all about the grand entrance! Boxwood hedges covered in a moss base flanked either side of the ceremony entrance and were accented by iron gates from Vintage Ambiance then adorned with PNW Inspired floral arrangements and branches from Fena Flowers. At the back of the aisle two tall artisan tables from Pedersen’s were covered in tablescapes by Fena Flowers, allowed for a place for ceremony programs to rest. Programs by Paper Fling featured copper foil names, charcoal ink and a copper paper backer.  Lush ferns arrangements in wood cubes and moss lined the aisle. Vineyard chairs faced the front of the ceremony which in addition to the grand entrance to the ceremony may be one of our favorite elements of the design! As a nod to Woodinville Wine Country a wine blending ceremony was displayed on an artisan wood table up front. Overhead seven carriage lights from Vintage Ambiance glowed. A boxwood hedge backdrop was accented by lush floral panels incorporating greenery, ferns, moss, branches and fronted by iron gates from Vintage Ambiance. Pacific Northwest inspired floral arrangements and branches from Fena Flowers finished off the ceremony setting.

Before departing, guests were led into the Gilman Room at Willows Lodge which was set for a rehearsal dinner. Although the setup could easily be mimicked for an intimate wedding reception. Two long reception tables were accented with chairs from Willows Lodge and covered in sand angelina linens from BBJ Linen. A tablescape showcasing a variety of cement containers by Fena Flowers. Some featured a simple ferns while round cement containers were filled with floating blooms and candles while others were filled a variety of foliage from ferns, moss, fern curls, evergreen branches and pops of white blooms.  Place settings by Willows Lodge were topped with BBJ Linen’s martinique ivory napkins and dinner menus with a copper wax seal by Paper Fling. Each dinner menu featured a thank you from the couple as well as a different question for the table. Perfect for a rehearsal dinner or an intimate celebration to inspire conversation amongst the table.

And not to miss, a high point of the day was earlier that morning before guests arrived. With the venue set, Jennifer Tai Photo Artistry captured the beauty of our work with a bride in tow. Incorporating the natural beauty of the Pacific Northwest, Bridal Beauty Agency worked their magic on hair and makeup while Fena Flowers created one stunning floral necklace and bouquet. For the bride’s gown, we worked with French Knot Couture to create a custom dress to complete the theme. The ivory Willow Gown made for one stunning addition to the look! The ivory Willow Gown featured a fully boned silk bodice and corset style grommet closure with a skirt accented with branch embroidery.  Stunning!

A big thank you to the team of vendors who helped pull off our vision!

Wedding Planner & Design: Pink Blossom Events
Photography: Jennifer Tai Photo Artistry
Venue & Catering: Willows Lodge
Custom Gifting: Welcome Gifts by Pink Blossom Events
Floral: Fena Flowers
Hair & Makeup: Bridal Beauty Agency
Model: Lisa Rose Graf
Bridal Attire: French Knot Couture
Linens & Chargers: BBJ Linen
Rentals: Pedersen’s Event Rentals
Transportation: British Motor Coach
DJ: Bugsie Productions
Gelato: Nutty Squirrel Gelato
Stationery: Paper Fling
Winery: Patterson Cellars
Wedding Cake & Desserts: Seatown Sweets
Photo Booth: The Snap Bar
Rentals: Vintage Ambiance
Live Music: Robbie Christmas

Lisa & Karen’s Intimate Salish Lodge Wedding

With Halloween their favorite holiday, Lisa and Karen chose the night before Halloween for their intimate wedding celebration at Salish Lodge & Spa overlooking Snoqualmie Falls. Surrounded by twenty two of their nearest and dearest a magical fall evening was had. Romance, candlelight, lush fall floral and a sprinkle of “nerdiness” made for one beautiful evening. Tones of peach, blush, creams, soft orange and garden greenery filled the ceremony area on the outdoor terrace and inside on the u-shaped reception tables. Details captured by La Vie Photography.

Karen & Lisa both incorporated a feather from their bird Petrie as their something blue. 

Petals to toss after they become Mrs & Mrs!

A trio of tray passed appetizers were enjoyed during cocktail hour. Fried chicken and waffles with bourbon bacon jam; white cheddar mac and cheese “arancini” and garlic crostinis with chèvre, roasted tomato and basil were enjoyed!

Place settings featured place cards tied onto mini white pumpkins, wood chargers with custom menus tucked into pocket folded napkins and favors of Salish Lodge Honey and custom coasters noting the brides wedding date. 

Can we talk about the menu? Yum!

First Course: butternut squash and apple bisque served alongside bread from Essential Baking Company.

Second Course: mixed baby lettuces with shaved seasonal vegetables and a champagne vinaigrette.

Entree Courses: pan roasted chicken or cedar planked pacific northwest salmon or an eggplant cannelloni.

With the night still young, Lisa, Karen and their loved ones were off to Snoqualmie Casino for some post wedding fun and gambling! 

“Thanks again for all your help. We really appreciate all you did for us. Very best, Lisa”

Wedding Planner: Pink Blossom Events
Photography: La Vie Photography
Floral: Down to Earth Flowers + Gifts
Hair & Makeup: Anne Timss Makeup and Hair
Paper Goods: Paper Fling
Post Wedding Fun: Snoqualmie Casino