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June Romance at Chateau Lill

It was the day before their one year anniversary and Ross and Linnea were preparing for their long anticipated wedding day at Chateau Lill this June 2021. In the height of the pandemic Linnea and Ross made the hard decision to postpone their 2020 wedding and chose to marry on a beach in San Francisco, with only one witness in attendance. While the beach wedding was magical in its own sense, they were so grateful that after the past year, they were able to gather loved ones to witness their marriage and celebrate all evening!

And we were simply thrilled that after working together for nearly two years they were finally able to celebrate how we had first planned! And even better the guidelines loosened right before their wedding day which allowed them to have a fully vaccinated event sans masks (well vendors still needed them but no guests!).

Linnea had an eye for design and new a classic and modern design was what inspired here. Working together, along with their team of vendors, we pulled in Linnea’s favorite color of green, romantic white blooms, PNW inspired greenery and touches to gives this classic winery wedding a modern twist. And not too forget Linnea’s own sketches could be found throughout they day; from the invite to the signature drink menu featuring their furry children!

A grand sparkler entrance into dinner was followed by a welcome from the bride and groom and incredible plated dinner.

Later the tent was filled with laughter and tears as toasts touched each guest. Cake cutting, dancing and memories to last a lifetime followed!

Wedding Planner: Pink Blossom Events⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
Venue: Chateau Lill⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
Photography: Cameron Zegers Photography⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
Videography: Peak Digital Cinema⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
Floral: Sublime Stems⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
Catering: A Platinum Event Catering⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
Hair & Makeup: OffWhite Makeup & Beauty⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
DJ: Bamboo Beats DJ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
Rentals: CORT Party Rental⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
Lounges: Fanciful Rentals⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
Photo Booth: The Snap Bar⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
Wedding Cake & Dessert Bar: Blue Box Bakery / Gluten Free Cake: Honey Crumb Cake Studio⠀⠀⠀

Carrie & Tylor’s Intimate Spring Wedding at JM Cellars

Locking in their wedding venue, site unseen, at the beginning of the pandemic Carrie and Tylor knew that no matter what happened, as long as they could have a meal the night of the wedding with friends and family they were moving forward with their wedding plans! This April 2020 Carrie and Tylor got just that and more!

Bringing in the natural elements surrounding them at JM Cellars they chose to focus on ferns and greenery found in the PNW along with bringing in white floral with pops of soft peaches to bring in a touch of spring. Not too forget Carrie’s favorite flower daffodils. 

Fast forward, asking Tylor what his favorite part of their wedding was, he mentioned this first look as he saw Carrie in her wedding dress for the first time. They were so in love, it was beautiful!

Carrie’s full bodied organic bridal bouquet was a favorite of ours. Floral in soft muted peaches with a splash of white fell in perfect harmony with the greenery bring in plenty of texture as Carrie had dreamed of. Ranunculus, tulips, garden roses, plumosa ferns, eucalyptus and italian ruscus were included.

Marrying during Phase 3 of Safe Start Washington led to a number of guidelines that we were to follow but Carrie and Tylor made the best of those guidelines and created an event that would keep guests health in mind and most importantly spread out and seated when eating and drinking.

And a wish for many pandemic wedding couple was a request to leave out the C-word (aka COVID). So we set out a jar for people who mentioned the C-word to pay up, money for the honeymoon it would be!

The ceremony held at the bocce court at JM Cellars required guests to wear masks and be seated in pods of 15 guests. It was a ceremony filled with love, laughter, masks and a surprise ceremonial shot of Whiskey at the end of the ceremony.

Post ceremony a seated cocktail hour outside on the patio at JM Cellars was full of spring delight! A mix of farm tables and rounds with hunter green linens featured soft spring blooms and clear acrylic table numbers. Not to forget Carrie and Tylor’s sweetheart table that was set on a glass top wine barrel filled with fresh blooms. To seat guests we used the same seating chart we would later use for dinner to keep guests within their households, to follow the guidelines at that time.

After the newlyweds were introduced into cocktail hour a Wine and Cheese Pairing led by John Bigelow, owner and winemaker at JM Cellars, began and soon was remembered as one of the most favorite parts of the event for many guests! The pairing included four pairings:

2018 Bramble Bump White (57% Viognier & 43% Chardonnay) + French doublecream Brie

2020 Cinsault Rose + Spanish sliced Manchego

2018 Carmenere + Flag Ship Cheddar

2018 Tre Fanciulli (71% Cabernet Sauvignon, 13% Merlot, 6% Syrah) + CypressGoat Cheese

After the seated wine and cheese pairing for cocktail hour friends and family moved indoors for dinner and toasts. A buffet dinner from Ravishing Radish Catering was filled with fresh spring produce and proteins of chicken and salmon.

For a unique guestbook during dinner we distributed an Anniversary Card to each table for them to fill out while seated. Each table had a different anniversary year so in the years to come Carrie and Tylor will be able to open up cards from their wedding day and read notes from those who attended it. So fun!

At the end of dinner a trio of desserts and Irish Coffee was served. The trio of desserts included a mini lemon and white chocolate tartlet, a mini salted port infused caramel nut tart and citrus white chocolate bites.

Post dinner s’mores were also enjoyed! We brought in two additional propane firepits to pair with the two onsite at JM Cellars to allow guests to sit around the firepit to continue conversations and enjoy s’mores around the firepit 

I really really enjoyed the whole night and wanted to give you a huuuuge thanks. There’s absolutely no way we could have pulled off such an incredible night without you and all the vendors you recommended. Everything came together so beautifully and it sounds like our guests all had an amazing time. Thank you again for everything you’ve done. You definitely played a key role in making all this happen! ~ Carrie 

Venue: JM Cellars
Planner: Pink Blossom Events
Catering: Ravishing Radish
Flowers: Sublime Stems
Photography: Joanna Monger Photography
Cutting Cake: Corina Bakery
Wedding Gown: Stella York
Bride’s Shoes: Kate Spade
Hair and Makeup: Bridal Beauty Agency
Stationery: Westwood Creative
Officiant: Friend – Caitlin Moats
DJ: A&Z Entertainment

Solemates Products for Weddings!

As you are preparing for your wedding, there are many products and ideas that you are likely to come across that are geared toward the sole purpose of making your guests comfortable. We at Pink Blossom Events understand the importance of ensuring your guests are taken care of and comfortable on the day of your wedding. While we have a million suggestions for all the small details that can put the comfort of your friends and family first and help create an unforgettable experience for your guests, including our custom welcome gifts, one of the product lines we suggest to our event clients is Solemates. This female-founded, US-based company offers up all the solutions you can think of to keep you moving throughout the wedding day! 

A must have for any bride, bridesmaid, vendor or wedding guest wearing heels on the day of the wedding is their heel protectors which have been a lifesaver for events. We’ve all been there, you’re at a wedding or party outside and your heel sinks straight into the ground. Or what’s worse, your expensive shoes end up damaged from the grass, mud, bricks, gravel, or wooden decks. The heel protector is the ultimate insurance policy for your heels! 

Joe Tobiason Photography

For anyone who has been in a wedding party, or danced the night away on heels, you know that foot comfort is a major consideration for a long event! For the aches, pains, and problems created by being on your feet all day or dancing the night away, Solemates offers everything from heel protectors to blister blocker, to anti-skid pads, to all the little soft pads to keep you moving and pain-free all day and night. They even have solutions to keep your shoes smelling fresh and clean after a long day!

Rachel Birkhofer Photography

Be sure to use our discount code PinkBlossomEvents to take 10% off your Solemates purchase today!

Fall Wine Country Wedding at Novelty Hill-Januik Winery

Eight years after meeting at a bar in Capital Hill, Leslie and Mike were celebrating with their family and friends last fall at Novelty Hill – Januik Winery. While the colorful fall leaves set the stage during the ceremony, a neutral color palette accented with blush, light green and pops of eggplant filled the rest of the venue.

Following their first look at Novelty Hill-Januik Winery and photos in the surrounding area, Leslie and Mike’s wedding party and family joined in for photos.

Tray-passed Spring Run Rose greeted guests as they arrived for the ceremony. The ceremony chairs were accented with eucalyptus vines and wine barrels with blush and eggplant floral centerpieces highlighted the alter. While Leslie and Mike were the focus of the ceremony their nieces added some extra cuteness as they walked down the aisle as flower girls.

Following a cocktail hour filled with wine, lawn game and appetizers; Leslie, Mike and their Wedding Party entered the dinner reception with the song ‘Canned Heat’ by Jamiroquia played. If you haven’t recognized the song it’s from the dance scene in Napolean Dynamite, a favorite of Leslie and Mike’s.

A dinner buffet complete with artisan bread and butter, salads, lemon roasted potatoes, marinated beets, grilled asparagus, ancho-coffee rubbed chicken and pan-seared crispy skin salmon delighted all appetites!

Andrea was my day of coordinator and she knew the venue inside and out. She was always prompt to answer any questions and had all the details figured out. She made the day run super smooth, even my guests commented how professional she was and how she made sure everything was just right. At the end of the night she sent my husband and I home with a little snack and drink package and when a bridesmaid left her shoes at the venue she dropped them off at the hotel. I could not recommend getting a day of coordinator more and Pink Blossom was a wonderful experience ~ Leslie

Wedding Coordinator – Pink Blossom Events
Photography – Luna + Lion
Venue & Catering – Novelty Hill Januik Winery
Hair & Makeup – OffWhite Beauty Boutique
Bridal Attire – A&Bé Bridal Shop Seattle
Cake – Bakery Nouveau
Floral – JVC flowers
Groom’s Attire – Beckett & Robb
Groomsmen Attire – THE BLACK TUX (Seattle)
Officiant – Marriages by Meagan
Stationery – Minted
Signage – Etsy
Transportation – British Motor Coach
DJ – Sounds Unlimited

Bob & Jeanette’s Spring JM Cellars Wedding

Bob and Jeanette, true soulmates, were married last May at JM Cellars. Keeping the look simple, yet elegant, was accomplished with lots of candles and lush floral to set the mood that spring day Ivory, white, blush and soft peach floral filled the venue along with a touch of navy.

“A soulmate is someone who has locks that fit our keys, and keys to fit our locks. When we feel safe enough to open the locks, our truest selves step out and we can be completely and honestly who we are; we can be loved for who we are and not for who we’re pretending to be. Each unveils the best part of the other. No matter what else goes wrong around us, with that one person we’re safe in our own paradise. Our soulmate is someone who shares our deepest longings, our sense of direction. When we’re two balloons, and together our direction is up, chances are we’ve found the right person. Our soulmate is the one who makes life come to life.” ~ Excerpt from The Bridge Across Forever – Richard Bach

Wedding Planner – Pink Blossom Events
Photography – Unique Moments Photography
Venue – JM Cellars
Floral – Fena Flowers
Catering – Herban Feast Catering and Events
Wedding Cake – Honey Crumb Cake Studio
Hair & Makeup – Salon Maison Bridal Beauty & Style Bar
Bridal Attire – I Do Bridal
Live Music – The Side Project
Groom’s Attire – Nordstrom
Officiant – Arissa Rench
Rentals – Seattle Pedersens
Stationery – Sablewood Paper Company

Shannon & Jonathan’s September Wedding at JM Cellars

As their officiant spoke to friends and family he told the story of Shannon and Jonathan’s first meeting and what brought guests to JM Cellars last September…”Shannon and Jonathan happened to meet at my wedding in Washington DC. A relationship seemed unlikely as Shannon lived in Philadelphia and Jonathan in DC. Luckily, Shannon is a pretty avid sports fan and the Phillies were visiting the Nationals a couple of weekends after, so Shannon made the trek to DC to go to the game and visit Jonathan. The following weekend, Jonathan was up in Philly. This pattern continued for almost 2 years, a lot of their life spent sitting in traffic on 95! “

A cheek squeeze, a first look and a window peeper trying to be incognito with a fake mustache gave us a good laugh!

JM Cellars set the stage for a Pacific Northwest inspired fall wedding as Shannon & Jonathan celebrated with loved ones this past September. Greenery, candlelight, and minimal floral touches were all accented with acrylic and glass signage.  Accents of taupe and navy could be found in the bridesmaid’s taupe dresses and navy suits were the perfect fit for the groomsmen & Jonathan’s Suits.

As tray passed appetizers came around and the bar opened Shannon and Jonathan were most excited about their must have Oyster Bar! Taylor Shellfish Farms Kumamoto, Shigoku & Pacific Oysters were enjoyed!

As Harold Beslkus duo played in the background Shannon & Jonathan had their first dance outside on in front of JM Cellars copper doors before friends and family were invited inside for dinner.

After finding their names on tent folded escort cards, which played double duty as place cards noting entree choices, guests found their seats among tables cover in ivory linens and topped with greenery centerpieces (round tables featured a greenery wreath / rectangle tables featured a greenery garland) and floating candles.  Place settings featured ivory napkins on top of Aria Rose Gold chargers. Two dinner menus by Paper Fling were placed tables for sharing.

Dinner began with a mixed green salad of poached pears, candied walnuts, chevre cheese and a champagne vinaigrette and Macrina artisan rolls with sweet cream butter. Entrees were split between braised boneless short ribs and northwest salmon fillets each accompanied by grilled late summer asparagus and sea salt roasted garlic mashers.

After toasts, Shannon hit the dance floor with her father and Jonathan his mother. With the dance floor open an ice cream bar (vanilla, chocolate, and Rocky Road ice cream with a topping of chocolate sauce, sprinkles, Reeses M&M’s, whipped cream and cherries) and Lowrider Baking Co cookie station (brown butter triple chocolate chunk, cookies and cream, s’mores and double chocolate peanut butter chip) opened!

Wedding Planner – Pink Blossom Events
Venue – JM Cellars
Photography – Amelia Soper Photography
Floral – Fena Flowers
Hair & Makeup – Salon Maison Bridal Beauty & Style Bar
Bridal Gown – BHLDN Seattle
Bridesmaid Dresses – Lulus
Catering – Tuxedos and Tennis Shoes Catering and Events
Cookies – Lowrider Baking Company
Childcare – Stay & Play Childcare
Live Music & DJ – Harold Belskus
Rentals – CORT Party Rental
Invite – Minted
Day of Paper Goods – Paper Fling
Acrylic Signage – Pomp & Revel
Table Numbers – Client

COVID-19 Blog Series: Planning Your Wedding During COVID-19

Seattle Wedding Planners, New Creations Weddings, Pink Blossom Events, Clutch Events and Perfectly Posh Events have teamed up to bring you a 4-part blog series covering COVID-19 and Planning your wedding during these unprecedented times.  Up next, New Creations Weddings is sharing what you can be doing now in planning your wedding day.

If you’ve postponed your wedding, reduced your guest count to a smaller wedding or are recently engaged and feeling like you are stuck not only at home, but also in what to do next during wedding planning?  NOW is a great time to take advantage of having a quieter social schedule and get those wedding to dos checked off the list!

Below is a list of wedding planning tasks that can easily be completed even while we are in a stay-at-home order.  Love is always trending, yes, even during a pandemic, which means there are always weddings to plan!   (Photo by Roddy Chung Photography)

Once you’ve locked in your dream team of vendors (or reconfigured your already booked team to a smaller wedding, or postponed and communicated those details with your guests), take this time to get ahead on those planning items that tend to be a last-minute scramble.  You’ll be well ahead of the curve once your wedding day does roll around and cool as a cucumber knowing you took care of those little tasks ahead of time.  (Photo by Roddy Chung Photography)

There are LOTS of behind the scene tasks that can easily be planned right now.  Listed in no particular order, here are a list of things to knock out now!

~ Ceremony Seating order for family/VIP’s in first 1-2 rows.  Who sits next to who (especially in a divorce or “interesting” family dynamic situation) will make your rehearsal run smoothly.
~ Select your specialty songs (there are more than you think):

*Ceremony Processional: family and wedding party
*Ceremony Processional: bride and/or groom
*Any songs during the ceremony during communion, sand ceremony, unity candle, etc.
*Ceremony Recessional
*Grand Entrance Into Dinner: will it be just you as a couple or the entire wedding party (ie. 2 songs)?
*Cake Cutting Background Song
*First Dance
*Father/Daughter
*Mother/Son
*Last Song of the Night

~ Create your must play/do not play list for the band/DJ.
~ Put together your family photo shot list for your photographer.
~ Start writing your ceremony with your Officiant.
~ Write your vows if you wish to have custom ones.
~ Decide who the designated person is who takes home all gifts/cards/personal décor, etc. at the end of the night.
~ Decide how you’re going to give away you centerpieces at the end of the night (whoever wants can take them, donation to nursing home, or use them at your post wedding brunch!)
~ Book your hair & makeup trial, food tasting and floral mock-up appointments for 2-months prior to your wedding date.
~ Book your pampering appointments (massage, final haircuts, facial, mani/pedi) and purchase gift cards for those services now to support those small businesses
~ Test out your wine selections and/or signature cocktails.  Throw a party at home to try out what you like and don’t.
~ Talk with your wedding planner about day-of design elements such as table numbers, menus, escort cards/seating chart board, etc. so final ordering and printing can be done easily and quickly.
~ Order any specialty day-of items (guest book, custom gown hanger, specialty champagne flutes, cake knife/server, etc.).
~ Order any specialty wedding day attire (custom bow ties, wedding day shoes, wedding day jewelry, etc).
~ Order any favors and complete any DIY items.
~ Make your honeymoon plans!  Many airlines and hotels will be offering killer deals soon, so get those plans set for when they do so you can take advantage of them. (Photo by Angela & Evan Photography)

We hope you found our list helpful! If you did have to postpone your wedding, we hope you can be excited for your new date!  You are still getting married.  You are still going to be surrounded by those you love when that day comes. And trust us, they will be ready to party with you!! And that is something to be excited about!!  Put items around your home with your new date on it so you see it often and are reminded of the wonderful times ahead.  Your wedding day is going to be an amazing celebration when it gets here!!

Celebrating you, celebrating love, and celebrating #loveinthetimeofcorona

Happy Planning!

You can find the two previous blogs in our Wedding Planning During COVID-19 series here;

Post 1 – Vendor & Guest Communication – Before & During Your Wedding by Clutch Events
Post 2 – How to Keep Your Vendor Team for a Smaller Wedding by the Perfectly Posh Events team

Stay tuned for the final post later this week from Pink Blossom Events!

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.

Salla & Zach’s Fall JM Cellars Wedding

If there was ever a wedding that had us glowing, this would be it! Working with Salla and Zach on all of the planning and design of their fall JM Cellars Wedding was a dream! Inspired by the beauty of the season, Salla and Zach chose a warm fall-inspired color palette of evergreen, forest green, sage, burgundy, eggplant and touches of burnt orange, copper, and gold. From the warm glow of candlelight to the overhead bistro lights above the ceremony in the rock garden the soft lighting made for a romantic fall setting. Colorful fall floral by Sublime Stems filled the venue. Not afraid of texture, the floral incorporated nature’s bounty from berries to branches. Follow along one for images of one stunning fall day captured by Rachel Birkhofer Photography  that featured a cameo by their dog Juniper!

With family photos complete Salla and Zach’s guests soon arrived! Acrylic signage made by Salla welcomed guests into the rock garden that crisp fall evening. For their guestbook Salla and Zach set out three JM Cellars wine bottles for guests to sign. For the next three years as husband and wife they would enjoy a bottle of wine and remember their loved ones. “Like wine, love gets better with age.

Despite a few drops of rain that fell pre-ceremony (thankful for clear umbrellas on hand just in case), the ceremony stayed rain free!

Officially husband and wife, the newlyweds entered cocktail hour as Harold Belskus played for guests while they enjoyed a selection of Artisan Cheeses and tray passed appetizers of cremini mushroom & gruyere tartlets and herb & salt-crusted wild salmon skewers.

As JM Cellars’ famous copper doors opened guests moved inside the library and barrel rooms for dinner on long wooden tables. Tables were adorned with floral table runners filled with lush greens, dahlias, roses and hanging amaranthus.  Amber-colored votives were mixed in to give the perfect accent.  The head table floral runner featured additional blooms gathered in the middle of the runners that tapered out to the end of the tables, along with the deep green foliage.  Place settings featured black stoneware chargers, set on top of forest green napkins, were topped with acrylic menus from Paper Fling and highlighted with sprigs of burgundy hanging amaranthus, a favorite bloom of Salla’s. A trio of vintage glassware composed of culver highballs, gold rimmed crystal coupes and gold rimmed crystal glasses for wine. The perfect fall design for this intimate moody fall wedding.

After a plated dinner of local grilled & roasted market vegetables and seared sweet potato polenta triangles with entree choices of cider-roasted chicken breasts, braised Oregon country short ribs or a portobello mushroom steak; Salla and Zach cut their wedding cake. A hand-painted cappuccino cake with bourbon salted caramel buttercream was a highlight for Salla and Zach. Thanks for a surprise gift from Salla’s co-worker the cake was accented with the most gorgeous sugar flowers by Honey Crumb Cake Studio.

Dancing, cake and a trip to the Espresso Cart for a signature Dirty Chai kept guests celebrating late into the night! Not to miss the bahn mi sliders that came out at the end of the night!

Stealing a kiss outside Salla and Zach shared a s’more before a final bubble send-off with their friends and family.

Congrats Salla & Zach!

Wedding Planning & Design – Pink Blossom Events
Photography – Rachel Birkhofer Photography 
Venue – JM Cellars 
Floral – Sublime Stems
Catering – Ravishing Radish
Live Music & DJ – Harold Belskus
Wedding Cake – Honey Crumb Cake Studio
Espresso – Espresso Elegance
Hair & Makeup – Salon Maison Bridal Beauty & Style Bar
Bridal Gown – La Belle Elaine’s Bridal
Groom – Suit Supply Bellevue
Favors – Lady Yum 
Officiant – Rev. Ray Van Winkle & Associates
Rentals – Pedersen’s Event Rentals & Vintage Ambiance 
Acrylic Signage – Paper Fling (Menus & Seating Chart) + Salla
Table Numbers – Etsy

Booking BreeAnn as our wedding planner was the first and best decision we made for our wedding. I honestly wasn’t sure if I should book a planner as I have always imagined that I would figure it out a way to do it myself–but I quickly realized I was in over my head. We worked together for over a year planning our wedding and we’ve appreciated tapping into her clear experience planning weddings, deep knowledge of the Seattle wedding industry and creativity. We had several wedding guests mention how smooth and well run everything was (and you always have a few unavoidable bumps behind the scenes). Whether you are on the fence or deciding who your planner should be–I would definitely recommend considering Pink Blossom Events. ~ Salla

Kendra & Grayson’s Novelty Hill-Januik Winery Wedding

With the sunshine giving us a preview of what’s to come this spring, we’re sharing Kendra & Grayson’s May Novelty Hill-Januik Winery Wedding! The color palette of cream, blush, shades of purple (dusty lavender, lilac, purple and plum) all mixed in with greenery and accents of grey and gold accents was a perfect mix!

With final touches of hair and makeup and ties tied, Kendra and Grayson took their first look at Chateau Ste Michelle before their wedding party and dog Mosby joined.

Back at Novelty Hill-Januik Winery family photos were done before the ceremony was set to begin. As guests arrived that late afternoon they were greeted with a glass of rose as the sounds of a guitar, played by a relative, played in the background. Guests signed one of three magnum wine bottles leaving a well wish to see each anniversary ahead.

Post cocktail hour guests were seated inside the Terrace Room around tables that were each named after a different wine varietal. Gold beaded chargers and velvet rose napkins adorned with a greenery sprig circled the centerpieces by Flora Nova Design on the dining tables. A delicious family style dinner from featuring Pan-Seared Crispy Skin Salmon and American Wagyu Beef fueled the crowd for dancing and dessert late into the evening!

Wedding Coordinator – Pink Blossom Events
Photographer – JTobiason Photography
Venue – Novelty Hill-Januik Winery
Floral – Flora Nova Design
Bridal Gown – Calla Bridal
Bridesmaids – Bella Bridesmaids 
Groomsmen – THE BLACK TUX 
Wedding Cake – BAKED
DJ – Otto-Matic Mobile Music
Rentals – CORT Party Rental
Stationery – Minted
Accommodations – Willows Lodge 

Andrea was the planner we worked with. She helped us out so much leading up to the wedding and helped sort out all the little details I hadn’t even heard of. At the rehearsal and the day of, she was absolutely indispensable. I was blissfully ignorant of all the behind-the-scenes stuff on the day of and could just sit back and enjoy, trusting that she had everything worked out, and she did! She was a godsend. She did everything from corralling our wedding party to ensuring vendors knew where to go and when to be there to even cleaning up shards of glass on the dance floor when someone broke a glass. Above and beyond–would highly recommend! ~ Kendra