We are thrilled to share this gorgeous Seattle wedding from Green Wedding Shoes shot by photographer extraordinaire Michelle M. Waite!
The bride, Beth, was born and raised in Seattle and the groom, Joe, moved to Seattle about 6 years ago. They wanted a wedding that would
highlight their adoration of the city, so what better ceremony location than on a retired Washington State Ferry? The boat floated over Lake Union, giving guests a spectacular view of the Seattle skyline!
The bride and groom said that although it was a gray, rainy day,
it felt perfect for the vibe of the event, and it gave out of town guests a true Seattle experience!
Via: greenweddingshoes.com and Michele M. Waite. / Vendors: Photographer: Michele M. Waite. / Venue: Skansonia Charters / Wedding Dress: Carolina Herrera (purchased at Belltown Bride) / Hair and Makeup: Swink Style Bar / Shoes: Nina / Umbrellas: Bella Umbrella / Hairpieces: Rhinestone Rosie, Seattle / Groom Suit: Z Zegna from Nordstrom / Floral Design: Jean Louise at Juniper flowers / Cake: Sweet Cakes (Kirkland, WA) / Music: DJ Mark, Seattle Parties / Bridesmaids Gifts: Embroidered handkerchiefs purchased from MutantAngel on Etsy and handbags from Laura Bee Designs
We are complete suckers for any wedding set in a winery! There’s just something so romantic about vineyards and wine barrels and Macaully and Jeff’s vibrant color scheme of pink and yellow really pops against the winery’s natural beauty. So we are delighted to share another beautiful wedding from Angela and Evan Photography set at Karma Vineyards on Lake Chelan in Eastern Washington.
From the bride…“I
grew up going to my grandparent’s house in Lake Chelan. It has always been my favorite place to visit anytime of year and
I have so many wonderful memories of spending time there with family and friends. Ever since I can remember I have always wanted to get married in Chelan. In July 2009 Jeff proposed while in Chelan for a family vacation at my favorite little winery, Vin Du Lac. It was perfect! We were married on September 18, 2010 at Karma Vineyards in Chelan. Karma was the perfect venue for us. It is very beautiful, quirky and a little zen.”
Photo Ops…“We had our picture taken at a few of our favorite spots around Chelan including the Lakeview Drive-In and overlooking the crystal clear lake. We used many local business for rentals, food and wine, cupcakes, etc… which we found when I brought some girlfriends to the Chelan Bridal Show in 2009.”
On the wedding colors…“We wanted our wedding to be fun and fairly informal. I had an idea of it being vibrant and we both like yellow and I wanted to have some pink to be just a tiny bit girly. More so we wanted it to feel somewhat carefree, and a little quirky. We wanted people to feel comfortable, relax and have fun! I thought the yellow dresses and other yellow items were fun and Jeff liked them and then we added a pop of pink here and there for the girly effect.”
We love the splash of pink dahlias among the white dahlias and yellow billy balls! All the flowers were done by a friend of the bride’s.
Macaully found her Jenny Yoo dress at Voletta Couture in Bellevue, WA.
On the cupcake toppers….My husband really liked them- obviously he played with Lego as a kid, and we thought the usual toppers were boring. We did get to customize the hair color and pick what kind of outfits they were wearing to go with us as much as possible.
Guests munched on popcorn served in cute pink and yellow paper cones decorated with the couple’s new monogram and enjoyed lemon and raspberry cupcakes for dessert.
On her favorite moment…“The best part of Karma is their gorgeous wine cave. It is intimate, romantic and very unique.”
Wedding Photographer: Angela and Evan Photography / Wedding Venue and Caterer: Karma Vineyard / Cupcakes: Just Desserts / Bride’s Dress: Jenny Yoo from Voletta Couture / Bridesmaid’s Dresses: Anthropologie
We were stunned when we received pictures of this wedding from San Francisco based photojournalist Lianne Milton. While Lianne’s work is visually gorgeou
s, what really strikes us is how Lianne manages to convey the warmth and love of the occasion in her images and we are so excited to share them here with you!
Susan and Roberto’s wedding at one of our absolute favorite venues – the Engine Room in the Original Rainier Brewery, now Georgetown Studios – is not only one of the most beautiful weddings we’ve seen, but was also entirely created by artist friends of the couple. To call this unconventional wedding DIY does not do it justice! The centerpieces and chandelier were art installations created by friends of the couple who originally created the piece for a gallery show. The food was supplied by Skillet and Molly Moon’s and the groom even helped pick out the dress.
Here are some more details directly from the bride, Susan…
“I think the term DIY can sometimes come off as crafty or home made, but because we truly went outside the boundaries of traditional ceremonies and had our fingers in every last detail I think it’s fair to call it DIY. Nothing about this wedding was pre packaged. The most important thing for us was for it to feel personal and for our friends and family to have FUN. We just wanted a giant celebration and for it to feel like a party we’d want to go to. It was important for it to be beautiful though as well. The wedding was a reflection of the things that brought us together in the first place which are music, dancing, art and food.”
On the details…“Michael Getz and Emma Schwartzman are friends of friends who did this amazing art installation called Little Woods at a gallery in Seattle and the environment they created was just so warm and lovely. It felt other worldly and that’s exactly what we wanted the wedding to feel like. They actually sourced all the materials themselves through vendors in Washington State and hand crafted every element. From the paper flowers to the hives. That was all them. They even had someone custom make the strings of lights.
What’s great about being married to such a creative individual is that he can take what’s in my head and what I describe to him and turn it into something that makes sense. We would talk about what we wanted before we sat down with Micheal and Emma and he’d perfectly articulate it to them. For instance I knew I wanted the colors to be soft but I was a little all over the map. Robert narrowed it down and made it all make perfect sense.”
On the first look…“Roberto did indeed help pick the dress.
I had a few to choose from and that one was a clear winner. Fit like a glove.”
On the food…“We love to eat. Plain and simple. I must have looked at a hundred caterers but in the end it just came down to what we love and what seemed like fun. Both Skillet and Molly Moon’s totally fit the bill. The guests loved it.”
On the music…‘There was no question about the music. Music is not only one our our passions but it’s my job! And it’s something that is an incredible bond for us and our friends and family. That element of the evening had to come from the heart and the only way to really do that, at least for us, was to do it ourselves.”
Resources | Photographer: Lianne Milton, Event Design: Michael Getz and Emma Schwartzman, Venue: Georgetown Studios, Catering: Skillet, Dessert: Molly Moon’s Ice Crem, Hair: Richard Drews from Seven Salon, Make-Up: bride did her own
Seattle photographer Jenny Jimenez sent us this adorable blue and yellow wedding. Here’s what she wrote, “Caitlyn & Mike were married in Port Gamble at St. Paul’s Church with their reception at the Hood Canal Vista Pavilion. There were two ceremonies: non-denominational & Korean. The latter was held in a tent next to the Pavilion. They had lawn games (boccie ball, croquet, etc) and cigars, crossword puzzles and wooden puzzles. They gave out flip-flops, used vintage china and handmade soaps. The officiant missed his ferry so one of their guests ordained himself via an iPhone and performed the ceremony instead.”
The rest of the details were humorously supplied by the bride Caitlyn and provide some valuable lessons learned to help other brides with their planning.
On the venue…“I wanted an outdoor casual secular wedding, he wanted to get married in a church. We wanted to make sure we had the ceremony and reception at once place to cut down on logistics. And we wanted to buy our own booze.
My parents have a home in Port Townsend and after driving through Port Gamble many many times we finally realized it had everything we wanted. An adorable non-denominational church, the beautiful lawn overlooking the Hood Canal, and the pavilion in case it rained! In addition to that the place is set up for weddings with landscaping, speakers, etc made life SO much easier.”
On the iphone ordination…“The ferries were a pain in the ass. It was mid summer and our officiant got stuck in a ferry line the day of the wedding, making it impossible for him to make it to the ceremony in time. We only had the church for an hour after the scheduled start, so my good friend got ordained on his cellphone while we were scrambling. When it was clear there was no time left, he performed the ceremony from his cellphone. With just a 20 minute warning. He was stellar. In the end, I loved the way it turned out. There were no pre-ceremony jitters as all we could do was laugh at that point. The ceremony was fun (my favorite line was “by the power vested in my by some dubious website…”) and set the day off with a comical tone.”
On the flower disaster…”We chose to order the flowers from our florist and make the center piece arrangements and alter decorations ourselves. We had the florist make our bouquets after a couple of trial runs went horribly wrong! My mom picked up the flowers from the florist that morning (yellow and white hydrangeas and dahlias) and stripped all the leaves. We planned to arrange the center pieces that night over wine but when arranging time came all the yellow dahlias had turned brown. We quickly
decided to nix the altar decor and keep going. About 5 centerpieces in we ran out of flowers and then the panic set it. After many frantic texts my dad managed to save the evening by cleaning the grocery store out of any flowers they had that were white. I’m so happy I went with in season flowers….
The next morning we went to get the bouquets out of of the fridge to find that mine was frozen solid. And brown. Out of everything that went wrong, this was the most painful one. I took the one bridesmaid bouquet that didn’t freeze and my mom managed to whip up smaller bouquets for my bridesmaids.”
On the atmosphere…“Mike and I are a pretty casual couple. We enjoy goofing around, playing with our dogs, and rarely have a formal night out. It was important to us that that our wedding felt genuine. We wanted to keep the mood light and fun with croquet, bocce ball, wooden puzzles, and an AMAZING crossword puzzle contest (the winning table received a HUGE bottle of Jack Daniels). What I remember about the day is laughing.”
On the decor...”I had total design-paralysis during the whole planning process. I couldn’t commit to anything and my mother, who lives for decorating, must have been terribly frustrated with me. There were so many conversations with my mom about decorations, color schemes, and atmosphere that I ended with “I don’t know, I like it all…” Despite my inability to commit and general state of being overwhelmed, she managed to pull out of me what I wanted and really delivered on a beautiful day. In every detail I could see all the marathon website/magazine/store shopping sessions, the craft projects, and the phone calls that went in.”
On having two ceremonies…“The Korean ceremony included beautiful Hanboks (the robes) custom made by hand in Korea and flown in with Mike’s grandmother. It included our family throwing chestnuts at us (to signify how many children we will have), us bowing to all relatives, and (to my horror) Mike carrying me away on his back. Climbing on someone’s back when you’re both wearing silk robes is not an easy task.
At first I was scared of the Korean ceremony as I went into it without knowing what I had to do. I enjoyed spending time with them. It was the only chance I had that day to spend time with Mike’s mom and spend time with his grandmother, aunts, and cousins who I had just met for the first time the day before. Having to depend on them them to dress me, show me what to do, how to do it was actually really nice.”
Wedding Photographer: Jenny Jimenez / Wedding venue: Port Gamble Church and Pavilion / Caterer: Ajax Cafe / Music: Terracoustic / Bride’s Dress: Calla Bridal / Bridesmaid’s Dresses: Simple Dress / Hair & Make-up: Erica Madera