When Pantone announce that their 2017 Color of the Year was Greenery, we couldn’t help be a bit surprised but excited. The use of greenery in weddings and events has been such a beautiful trend – and we love it so much! We wanted to put together an inspiration board of some of our favorite uses of greenery in the past year! Which one is your favorite?
Caroline and Michael focused on creating a beautiful setting for a big celebration with their friends and family. The Cotton Mill turned into a winter wonderland with beautiful floral accented with pine cones, Christmas trees and ornaments serving as their guest book, and candle light galore. We wish them many years of love and happiness!
Ceremony Venue: St. Michael’s Catholic Church // Reception Venue: The Cotton Mill // Photographer: Mary Fields // Floral: Petals Couture // Hair and Makeup: Erin Blair // Transportation: Wynne // Lighting and Draping: Uptown Sound // DJ: Le Force // Donuts: Donut Kitchen // Catering: Gil’s Catering // Cake: Deja’s Fancy Cakes
We first met Thomas and Alicia when Thomas hired our brother company, Planning for Dudes, to help plan the proposal. We knew immediately that Alicia and Thomas had such a sweet and pure love.
Alicia and Thomas wed at the beautiful Woodmark Hotel overlooking Lake Washington. (Seriously this view was breathtaking!) Though they had a November wedding in Seattle, you’d never know it was winter. The sun was shining, the heaters warmed the tent, and the flowers were very bright and festive!
Alicia and Thomas began their wedding festivities with a first look on a beautiful grand staircase. The ceremony was so classic and sweet. The couple decided to include some favorite hymns in their service while their guests sang along. We aimed to time the ceremony perfectly with sunset, and right as the ceremony was ending, the most perfect golden light was cast down. It felt as if they light was a present just for them!
The dinner tables were beautifully decorated with lanterns and low centerpieces. Alicia really wanted coral peonies, and her arrangements were filled with the most perfect (and huge!) peonies I have ever seen!
Near one of the two bars, Alicia and Thomas wanted to pay tribute to their proposal and included the photos and signs from that. This also marked out their dating story from their very first coffee date to the day they became engaged. It made for a great activity for guests to walk thru and learn about every step of their relationship.
Once dinner was done, the party started inside! Alicia and Thomas had not only two bars, but also two coffee bars! Guests were able to pick out their vice with great ease. There was so much excitement in the air from not only the couple and their immediate families, but all the guests in attendance. Alicia and Thomas are two of the kindest, most personable people you could meet. These two lovebirds have only just started their love story and we can’t wait to hear more!
Photographer: Kerry Jeanne Photography // Planner: Sweet Pea Events // Venue: Woodmark Hotel // Videographer: First and Foremost Productions // Florist: Studio 3 Floral // DJ: Kris McCoskery // Cake: Nancy Kay Confections // Small rental tables: Vintage Ambiance // Transportation: British Motor Coach // Hair and Makeup: Salon Maison // Chalkboards: Chalk Boss // Espresso Bar: Espresso Elegance
This was one stunning wedding! Caitlin’s vision coupled with her attention to detail made this one fabulous wedding. The Joule provided the most perfect backdrop to meld Caitlin’s elegant style with her groom, Matt’s, more rustic style! It couldn’t have been a more beautiful day dripping in fall tones and foliage! We were thrilled to be a part! Cheers to Caitlin and Matt!
The moment that Sara and Jake told me that they wanted flower collars for their two dachshunds was the moment that I knew they were a couple after my own heart.
Sara and Jake got married on a beautiful fall day in October, and much to our surprise, it was a sunny fall day in the PNW! After weeks and weeks of rain, the sun decided to make an appearance and celebrate Sara and Jake just in time for their wedding day!
The Loft at Russell’s was the site of their nuptials and the space was transformed into an elegant, fall affair. Sara Jane with Thatch Floral has built a relationship with the bride over the last few years and really designed the floral pieces with that relationship in mind. These fall pieces included cotton (which the bride adores) and twinkle lights. The arch was lush and magical. The centerpieces had two varying heights. It was truly an autumn event done right.
String lights were hung throughout the venue to create a special ambiance. Each place setting was equipped with a variety of the delicious Seattle Chocolates. The groom’s own coffee shop set up a table to ensure everyone had caffeine throughout the night.
Sara walked down the aisle in a beautiful long-sleeve Pronovias dress. She looked absolutely breath-taking! Sara and Jake’s wedding was a long-time coming and you could just see the joy spilling from everyone! Their guests provided little surprises throughout the day including a recording of Jake singing to his future wife at the age of 13, an enlarged photo from the beginning of their relationship and a sweet song for a toast. It was truly a joyous celebration!
The only thing missing at their wedding was their sweet little dogs, but Sara and Jake made sure they got in plenty of time with them prior to the wedding as well as photos and photo booth props throughout the reception. A puppy play date between their two doxies and mine is hopefully in our future!
Cheers to the new Mr. and Mrs!
Venue and Catering: The Loft at Russell’s // Wedding Coordinator: Sweet Pea Events // Photographer: Ryan Flynn // Floral Design: Thatch Floral // Lighting: GreenLight Event Design // Photobooth: Emerald City Photo Booth // Makeup Artist: Melissa Korn Makeup Artist // Transportation: British Motor Coach // Dress Boutique: Mea Marie Bridal // Dress Designer: Pronovias // Favors: Seattle Chocolates // Dessert Bar: Le Panier, Mighty O Donuts, A La Mode Pies
This is a guest post from Rose Cabacang, community manager for Wedding Favy, makers of uniquely fashionable and exquisitely chic wedding favors to promote a pleasurable wedding-planning experience.
One of the main highlights of any wedding is the moment when the bride and groom exchange their wedding vows. The heartfelt words and promises to one another make for a special moment that can be shared with the wedding guests. For those who want to convey their love for their soon-to-be spouse, there are a few tips to follow when it comes to writing heartfelt and meaningful vows that can be cherished for a lifetime.
Photo from Pexels via Pixabay
Keep it Short
Although you may feel inclined to pour out your heart before saying, “I do” to your significant other, this can make it easy for your partner and those in attendance to begin to lose focus and easily become distracted if you speak for too long. Keep the attention of your loved one and guests by limiting your vows to one to two minutes to ensure that it’s impactful and concise. Avoid going into detail about a past memory or when you first met, which can make it easy to lose focus on the purpose of the vows.
Although your wedding day and your commitment to your spouse is a serious event, it can also be lighthearted and fun with the vows that you write to ensure that you get a few laughs out of your significant other and your wedding guests. Make a joke about a funny habit that your spouse does each day, but avoid including any details that are overly embarrassing or cryptic. You can also allow your guests to feel included in the special moment by avoiding inside jokes or code words that others may not understand.
Write it Down
One of the most common mistakes that brides and grooms often make on their wedding day is assuming that they can remember their vows off of the top of their head. Unfortunately, it can be easy to forget what you want to say due once it’s time to talk. Write down your vows on a personalized notebook with a product that blends in well with the decor of your event. Although you may not want to stare down at the paper as you talk to your bride or groom, you can have it in hand to ensure that you’re prepared for what you want to say. The words that are written should be legible and easy to read to ensure that you don’t fumble over any of the words or have to pause while trying to read the paper.
Photo from Wedding Favy
Make Specific Promises
The point of vows is to make promises to one another that you’ll keep in marriage to ensure that you can remain committed and in love. Make several promises that may include standing by one another or supporting each other with your dreams. You can also include light-hearted promises that includes giving back massages or always doing the dishes.
Practice Your Vows
It’s normal to feel nervous or uneasy as you prepare to say your vows to your significant other, but it can be easier to be ready for the special moment by practicing beforehand. Make it a point to stand in front of the mirror the day before your wedding to become more familiar with your vows to ensure that you feel comfortable conveying your message. This will make it easier to determine how to pace yourself and speak at an appropriate volume that your wedding guests will be able to hear.
Decide if You’ll Write the Vows Together
Some couples prefer to write their wedding vows together to ensure that they have the same theme and are appropriate for the special day. Pick a structure that you can both use to ensure that the vows are similar. You can also consider staying within a certain word count to avoid having one person speak for a longer period of time.
Leave Out the Cliches
You may assume that cliches are romantic or catchy, but it will make for generic vows that aren’t special or unique to your relationship. Include plenty of sentimental details to keep the vows original and specific to how you feel for your partner to ensure that you don’t borrow any overused phrases.
Do remember that your wedding vows will only be effective as long as you put sincerity and love in every ounce of each word. So if you intend to go for just a simple and short vow, go ahead, you will never go wrong as long as it’s from the heart.
Being that Betsy is from Virginia, she and her mom were looking for the perfect venue in Dallas to evoke that east coast charm, and ended up falling in love with Arlington Hall at Lee Park. Betsy and Will couldn’t have asked for better weather for their intimate and elegant outdoor ceremony. They then enjoyed a beautiful reception with 100 of their closest friends and family. Will’s brother, Brad, even surprised them by getting on stage with the band and singing for their first dance as husband and wife! It was such a beautiful evening for the new Mr. and Mrs. Travis! We wish them many years of love and happiness!
Venue: Arlington Hall // Photographer: Adrian Faubel // Floral: Garden Gate // Band: Signature Band // Ceremony Music: Gyros String Quartet // Hair and Makeup: Wendy Zerrudo // Lighting: Absolute Entertainment // Cake: Frosted Art // Transportation: Premier
How is it almost the new year already?! 2016 has been an amazing year for Sweet Pea Events! Congrats to all of our 2016 weddings!
Katie and Brent: Dallas, Texas
Caroline Jurgensen Photography
Crystal and Steve: Costa Rica
Bradford Martens Photography
Jenna and Bryan: Frisco, TX
March 12, 2016
Courtney and Arthur: Fort Worth, Texas
Mackenzie and Matthew: Dallas, Texas
Tracy Enoch Photography
Karisa and Ryan: Woodinville, Washington
Liz Morrow Studios
Lindsey and Don: Pensacola Beach Florida
Alison Epps Photography
Michelle and Jim: Frisco, Texas
June 11, 2016
Meggie Taylor Photography
Elizabeth and Jonathan: Dallas, Texas
Shaun Menary Photography
Abby and Austin: Olympia, Washington
Stewart Tilger Photography
Natalie and Derrick: Seattle, Washington
Ryan Flynn Photography
Tzlil and Andy: Woodinville, Washington
Salt and Pine Photography
Victoria and Turner: Dallas, Texas
Shaun Menary Photography
Hannah and Ben: Woodinville Washington
Jennifer Tai Photo Artistry
Kristi and Cole: Seattle, Washington
Claire Eliza Photography
Mariko and Ken: Snoqualmie, Washington
Lucas Mobley Photography
Abigail and Lance: Irving, Texas
Allen Tsai Photography
Carmen and Bruce: Seattle, Washington
Laura Marchbanks Photography
Sara and Jake: Bothell, Washington
Ryan Flynn Photography
Betsy and Will, Dallas, Texas
Adrian Faubel Photography
Katie and Brian: Dallas, Texas
Justin Black Photography
Alicia and Thomas: Kirkland, Washington
Kerry Jeanne Photography
Samantha and Alex: Seattle, Washington
Lauren and Matthew: Dallas, Texas
John Cain Photography
Marisol and Oracio: July 16th
Meredith and Josh: October 22nd
Mabel and Tan: November 5th
How is it possible that we are wrapping up 2016 already? We’ve been very fortunate to work at several beautiful wedding venues this year. Here’s our favorites in no particular order:
Hangar 30 at Magnuson Park
What makes this place so amazing, is it’s pure size. Hangar 30 is a blank, open canvas for all of your creativity to come to life. If you have a large guest count, this place is perfect. Or if you want large separate spaces for the ceremony, cocktail hour and reception, this place is also perfect for that. It’s got a great industrial-glam vibe.
Photo: Claire Eliza
The Loft at Russell’s
When you get married at The Loft, you’ll know for sure that the food is going to be amazing! The loft is perfect for a rustic wedding without doing a full-on barn. All the wood inside can be easily dressed up to many different styles!
Photo: Ryan Flynn
The waterfall….need we say more? Besides the incredible view and scenery, Salish Lodge is a bit of an oasis. And there’s very few things that can beat having your first dance over a waterfall.
Photo: Lucas Mobley Photography
The city views of Pacific Tower are amazing! It’s so hard to believe that this event space is only on the 8th floor! Pacific Tower is also solely catered by the delicious food that is Farestart. Farestart brings in people who are homeless or in poverty to teach them how to cook and develop other work and life skills so they can go on to obtain solid careers. How amazing is that?
Photo: Azzura Photography
This Woodinville venue gives you the best option for a garden and ballroom wedding. You’re right in the heart of Woodinville with endless options for your guests!
Photo: Salt and Pine Photography
Axis Pioneer Square
Axis is an iconic Seattle venue. The wood floors, exposed brick and location make you feel as if you are in the heart of Seattle – which you are.
Photo: Laura Marchbanks Photography
Woodmark Hotel is a boutique hotel right on Lake Washington in Kirkland. They make everything so easy on you with the separate ceremony space, cocktail hour space and dance floor. And the stunning water views create the perfect backdrop to your ceremony and dinner!
Photo: Kerry Jeanne Photography
Olympic Rooftop/Hotel Ballard
The first time I walked inside Hotel Ballard, I felt as if I had stepped into a hotel in France. The architectural and little details throughout the entire hotel and venue are breathtaking! Everywhere you look, you’ll notice an array of beauty. The event space is on the rooftop, and the beauty continues there. Olympic Rooftop is the perfect setting for a small, intimate wedding or gathering.
Photo: Ryan Flynn Photography
Novelty Hill Januik
Novelty Hill Januik is home to some of my favorite wines, but beyond the tasty wines, they have a beautiful event space. Most ceremonies take place in the garden area with a very modern reddish/orange wall as the background. It’s the perfect setting for a modern bride!
Photo: Liz Morrow Studio
Delille is one of the most beautiful garden weddings around. It has everything to create a picture-esque setting – a pond, a willow tree, a gorgeous white barn, a beautifully lite drive way. The tent stays up all summer long and includes some stunning black chandeliers. If a garden wedding is your thing, this is the place to look first!
Photo: Karissa Roe Photography
We are honored that we got to plan Lance and Abigail’s wedding this fall. Fun fact, we planned Abigail’s sister, Becca’s wedding five years ago. So to say that we were excited to plan Abigail’s wedding, that would be an understatement. Both of their families were the most humble and the kindest people to be around. The weather was absolutely perfect and everything else was a dream. We wish Abigail and Lance many years of happiness!’
Photography: Allen Tsai Photography // Venue: Four Season Dallas // Wedding Planning: Sweet Pea Events // Floral: Branching Out // Bridal Dress: Stardust Brides // HMUA: Angie Williams // DJ & Lighting: It’s Your Night Entertainment // Cake: Fancy Cakes by Lauren // Linens: BBJ Linen // Film processing: Goodman Film Lab