“ON THE WIND” ORGANIC STYLED SHOOT

Inspired by a landscape of rich, rugged rock, lush waters, and rolling trees, this styled shoot beautifully captures the spirit of the Pacific Northwest. Romance abounds in every shot captured on film by the talented Anna Peters. Embracing the Earth’s elements, the bride’s dramatic cathedral veil and the ribbons of her bouquet softly float in the wind. The bride’s carefree spirit shines in an understated three-quarter sleeve dress and a loose, bohemian French braid. The styled shoot’s effortless elegance continues into the tablescape, where casual linens and simple place settings meet with a cascading floral arrangement and vintage candelabras. The calming color palette of earthy greens, soft gray-blues, and ethereal ivories is sophisticated and fresh, perfect for a transitional summer to fall wedding. Allow yourself to get swept away by the gorgeous images of this styled shoot below:

Set against the stunning backdrop of Oregon’s Smith Rock State Park, the magic feel of this shoot will stay with me for a long time.

Anna Peters

Vendor Credits:

All images photographed at the Erich McVey Workshop in Bend, Oregon

Creative Direction & Styling: Ginny Au assisted by Ashley Nicole

Flowers: Ashley Beyer assisted by Brenna Williams

Hair & Makeup: Amy Clarke for The Halcyon Agency assisted by Beth Level

Gown: ‘Scarlet Gown’ by Rubicon

Veil: Monvieve from Ivory & White Boutique

Jewelry:  J Crew

Groom’s Attire: J Crew

Paper Goods: Mon Voir

Ribbon: Froufrou Ribbon

Models : Sydney Babcock of Muse Models  and Garrett Righele of Option Models

Location:  Smith Rock State Park

Sponsors: Red Leaf Boutique and Neve Albums

Photo Lab: PhotoVision

Film Sponsor: Fuji Film

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SEATTLE AND PORTLAND BACHELORETTE PARTY IDEAS

While some brides-to-be still dream of making memories that “stay in Vegas,” more and more ladies are opting for grown-up getaways that are a little more appropriate for social media. Seattle, Portland, and the rest of the Pacific Northwest region are rich with potential for an unforgettable bachelorette party, and with so much variety, there’s bound to be a celebration location fit for you and your clique.

Lake Chelan:
Picture you and your best girls laying lakeside and sipping wine in one of Washington’s most beautiful vacation destinations. Sound like a dream? All it takes is a three hour drive from Seattle. Lake Chelan is ripe with vineyards and gorgeous wineries to tour. Plus, its warm and dry weather is perfect for getting your tan on.

Where to Stay: Located right in the heart of historic downtown Chelan, Campbell’s Resort on Lake Chelan is the ultimate spot. Its beachfront access, multiple pools and hot tubs, paddleboard rentals, restaurant, and tiki drink shack make it hard to beat.

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Where to Eat: If you’re looking for sit-down service, head to Local Myth Pizza. They’ve got a mean Greek salad and plenty of artisan pizzas to share. Lakeview Drive-In is another iconic Chelan eatery just down the street from Campbell’s. You’ll definitely want to indulge in their peanut butter hot fudge milkshake.

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What to Do: Enjoy all of the wine Lake Chelan has to offer by signing up for a wine tasting tour and stroll through downtown Chelan’s shopping center. Be sure to enjoy the water with boat or jet ski rentals as well. Extra-adventurous maids can even sign up to parasail!

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Whistler: If you’re planning on hosting a wedding during the colder months, head to Whistler to experience the ultimate winter wonderland. Cross the border to witness the Canadian ski resort’s amazing charm. Adventure awaits!

Where to Stay: Looking for luxury? Look no further than The Westin at Whistler Village, twice named the #1 ski resort hotel by Condé Nast. The resort is located within walking distance to lifts and is sure to meet all your accommodation needs.

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Where to Eat: Head to 21 Steps Kitchen + Bar for a warm atmosphere and menu full of re-imagined comfort food created from scratch each day.

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What to Do: Besides hitting the powder with your ladies, take a scenic ride in the Peak 2 Peak gondola and book a Blackcomb Brewery Tour.

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Portland: Plan a road trip to the Rose City for the ultimate foodie fest. Oh, and tax-free shopping. Need I say more?

Where to Stay: You’re going to have to fight the urge to Instagram every room of the trendy Ace Hotel Portland. It’s located in a prime spot of downtown PDX for optimum walkability.


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Where to Eat: It’s hard to go wrong with any of Portland’s offerings. Try as many food trucks as possible (like Nong’s famous chicken and rice), visit Salt and Straw for the tourist-in-you’s sake, and at least try to pace yourself on the box of Blue Star Donuts you’ll buy.

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What to Do: Eat. Shop. Enjoy the streets and beautiful bridges of the city on a bike tour or better yet, brew cycle tour. Then, eat some more.

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Happy bacheloretting!

TAKE THE CAKE: ALTERNATIVE WEDDING DESSERTS

If the thought of a white tiered wedding cake breaks that hipster heart of yours, have no fear. Seattle is very much an “alternative” city, so it’s only fitting that we long for dessert tables that defy tradition. Say goodbye to bland and hello to new textures and tastes to celebrate how sweet love really is. Seattle is dancing with delicious alternative wedding dessert for your special day, so take a bite of our favorite local dessert vendor suggestions below.

Top Pot Doughnuts: Local hero, Top Pot Doughnuts, is well-loved in the Northwest for their hand-forged, old-fashioned goodness. It’s hard to turn down one of their beautifully glazed maple bars or classic cake doughnuts. Couples can switch out the traditional wedding cake for any assortment of the forty fun flavors available, such as the coconut-topped Feather Boa. Die-hard doughtnuters need not worry about a lack of pretty presentation for their dessert table, either. Set up an adorable doughnut bar or stack the sweets in a cake-like tower for greater grandness.

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Gelatiamo: Italians certainly know how to do dessert. If you’re looking for something cool and sweet for your guests to savor, look no further than Seattle’s beloved gelato joint, Gelatiamo. You can rent their portable gelato bar to serve your wedding-goers. One of their associates can do the scooping while everyone else swoons over stracciatella. Rates vary depending on number of guests, and you can also order pre-packaged gelato servings or variations of pints, quarts or trays. For more info, visit this link.

Image via Gelatiamo on Facebook

Volterra: Infuse some more Italian romance into your wedding day with the luscious, coffee-meets-cream cake, tiramisu. Dense and decadent yet airy and light, the cake is truly magic. Ballard-based Volterra makes a mean batch, and they are available for all your catering needs.


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S’mores with Theo Chocolate: What better way to proclaim your fiery passion of love than enjoying a dessert over flames? The campfire classic has melted hearts of chocolate and mallow lovers for years, and guests will love getting involved in the creation of their treat. After all, making a s’more is more than half of the fun. Break out the graham crackers, and allow guests an assortment of Theo chocolate bars and fancy flavored marshmallows for a more gourmet summer sweet.

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Lady Yum: Downtown Kirkland’s Lady Yum is dedicated to creating countless colors and flavors of macarons. To add a little French fanciness to your wedding day, opt for a display of the petite cookies in place of a cake. Tower sizes range from 30 macaroons for $65 to 200 macarons for $400. For flavors, coloring, and more catering deets, check out this page.

Image via Lady Yum on Facebook

A la Mode Pies: Who needs fancy frosting and edible pearls? You’re all about flavor, and nothing satisfies more than a warm slice of your favorite pie. The flakey, down-home dessert is an American staple for good reason, and A la Mode Pies bakes them beautifully.

Image via A la Mode Pies on Facebook

The alternative wedding desserts certainly don’t stop there, either. What are you thinking of serving for your special day? Let us know in the comments below!

INTRODUCING NORTHWED

Northwed seeks to tell the stories of couples pursuing the ultimate promise that is marriage. This source of online inspiration aims to not lose sight of the attention a wedding truly demands. A wedding is not just about décor or a dress, but emotional depth. It’s about love. It’s about those two words you say when you’re looking into each other’s eyes at the altar. It’s about the lump in your throat that forms during the father and daughter dance. It’s about laughing so hard that you cry as you tear up the dance floor as a married pair. Weddings are about relationships. They’re about brides and grooms becoming life partners, families becoming one, and friends supporting friends. Weddings are absolutely beautiful because of those bonds.


Photo Credit : Benj Haisch

Northwed is committed to sharing the stories of the people involved in Pacific Northwest nuptials — both those exchanging vows and those involved in the creation of memories. From the photographer capturing the day on film to the florist arranging the bride’s bouquet, Northwed recognizes the love local talents put into their work, as well as the love couples have for each other.

This marks the beginning of the story of Northwed. I hope that you’ll allow Northwed to be a part of your story as well.

 

CRUSHING ON THE CHRISTOS SPRING 2016 COLLECTION

If the Christos Spring 2016 collection could be summed up in one word, it would be ethereal. With flawless, flowing tulle and dreamy details, each and every one of the eight gowns are visions of airy romance. Get lost in the collection’s most breathtaking looks below:

Hayden

The dainty flowers dotting the illusion neckline and short sleeves of the Hayden gown are a  stunning ode to nature’s intricacy. The dress’ smooth, tulle skirts fall beautifully, and its simplicity allows the bodice detailing to shine. The small blooms continue onto the gorgeous v-back, ensuring wow-factor whether the bride is making her grand entrance or bidding guests goodbye.

Lina

Sultry yet sweet, the fitted lace-covered corset of the Lina gown contrasts flawlessly with its fuller tulle skirt. Ultra-thin spaghetti straps supply a detailed and unexpected feminine touch that a strapless neckline couldn’t have delivered. There’s no need for beading or bling with its sophisticated and ballerina-like silhouette.

Mabel

Fit for the free-spirited, the Mabel gown walks the line between bohemian and refined with its elegant details and relaxed shift shape. The embroidered bodice is accented with a show-stopping wraparound ruffle that serves as on-trend off-the-shoulder sleeves.

Mila

The Mila gown is a drop-dead-gorgeous update to the ever-popular mermaid gown. Tulle straps overlay a deep sweetheart neckline for the ultimate touch of class, while its all-over Chantilly lace shimmers with subtle beading.

Have you fallen in love? Luckily for Seattle locals, we can swoon over Christos in real life at the Green Lake-based boutique, The Dress Theory.

Be sure to check out the complete collection of dresses here.

FANCY PANTS: 5 WEDDING JUMPSUITS TO LOVE

Gone are the days of brides abiding to the strict rule of buying a single white gown for the big day. The modern bride now opts for everything from unexpected color and shorter hemlines to multiple looks for her ceremony and reception. A wedding jumpsuit is a favorite trend of fashion-forward brides looking for something that is chic and stands out. Perfectly tailored with unexpected silhouettes and details, I’ve put together a collection of jumpsuits that each offer something that dresses simply don’t deliver. Whether it’s chic culottes, all-over lace, or structural sophistication, these jumpsuits were meant for the bride who is daring enough to not only try but set trends.

Monique Lhuillier 

With beautiful boning in the bodice and slim tailored pant legs, this Monique Lhuillier jumpsuit marries all the best parts of a fitted mermaid dress and high-waisted skinny trousers. All-over lace and subtle eyelash details lining the sweetheart neckline ensure a feminine, bridal feeling.

Trina Turk

Sweet pleated details and delicate spaghetti straps shine in this Trina Turk number. Switch into this after the vows to tear up the dance floor in style.

Roland Mouret 

This crisp and structural Roland Mouret jumpsuit is fit for brides who mean serious fashion business. Streamlined yet unexpected, it’d be perfect for a courthouse wedding or a rooftop city celebration.

Alice by Temperley London 

All-over lace ups the drama of this ultra-feminine three-quarter-length sleeve jumper. A delicate bow belt frames the waist for a little more frill.

Tibi 

Offering the fullness of a skirt with the freedom of a pant, trendy culottes are really the best of both worlds when it comes to reception style. The simple sweetheart neckline and subtle bustier is beautiful complemented by the elegant pleats of the jumpsuit’s pants.

With so many styles of wedding jumpsuits, there’s bound to be one suited for any bride’s taste. No matter which wedding jumpsuit a bride decides to rock for her big day, she take to the dance floor in fierce, fashionable comfort.

JULIET + LOU EVENT PLANNING AND DESIGN

For Hannah and Elsa, wedding planning is a sister act. Combining their stunning styling skills, fancy for flowers, and servant’s hearts to deliver unforgettable celebrations, the two of them make up the dynamic design duo known as juliet + lou. With an impressive track record of weddings (like Carissa and Daniel’s beautifully woven big day) and styled shoots, it’s safe to say that these sisters will continue to shine in the wedding circuit. Get to know their story.

What sparked your love for event planning and design?

H: It happened so naturally. Growing up, we were both creative kids. We loved fashion, doing crafts, and creating stories. When we were out of high school, we were always the go-to girls for anything decorations related. Whether it was a friend’s wedding or a work party, we were always appointed the party planners. A few summers ago, we did our first wedding together. The couple and family were so happy with everything we did. We thought, “Hey, we’re pretty good at this, maybe we should start a business”.

E: As Hannah mentioned, we’ve always been party-loving, craft-building people. When we started working with brides and families, during one of the biggest events of their lives, I knew that was what I wanted to do. The joy and fulfillment of being able to create an event that celebrates people and the big events in their lives is indescribable.

How do you describe your design approach?

H: I think it’s important to pay attention to trends, but not get swept away by them. If you look at store windows, home furnishing catalogs, fashion magazines, Pinterest, etc.- you’ll see a lot of great ideas, but as a designer you always want to put your own spin on it. When we sit down with a bride, we always try to get to know the couple before we dive into design plans. Then once we’ve established a relationship, we’ll go through their Pinterest and talk about why they like what they like. We usually try to open the couples mind a little bit. When there’s trust involved, the couple is more likely to try something new. Creative freedom goes a long way.

E: Each couple is unique. Our goal is that their wedding aesthetics would represent who they are, while also creating an environment that welcomes their guests. We will often focus on one aspect that the couple requested and base the décor around that. It could be anything from an atmosphere that they desire to attain or finding a way to include the bride’s grandmother’s china for the dinner plates. Hannah and I generally design events that are based around simplicity, natural elements, and encourage gathering. 

What has been one of the most memorable or meaningful events you’ve planned?

H: For me, it was my own wedding. It was the grand finale of our 2015 wedding season. I got to be the client AND I got to be in charge and call all the shots so it was a win-win. We wanted to do an intimate backyard wedding on a budget but I had several non-negotiables: lots of flowers, farm tables, a great cocktail hour to set the mood, delicious food (we had DERUmarket cater), and a good dose of dancing. I know I’m biased but I honestly think my wedding was the best wedding I’ve ever been to.

E: I was driving to the rehearsal of one of the first weddings Hannah and I planned together. As I often do, I was listening to the processional music on the way there, imagining each couple walk down the aisle with the bride at the end. I surprised myself as I started crying imagining the couple finally saying their “I Do’s” after several months of planning and preparing for the rest of their lives together. Like many couples in the days leading up to their wedding, they hadn’t been without their relational challenges with each other and family, but they were setting differences aside to come together on this occasion.

What is your vision for juliet and lou? 

H/E: It’s constantly developing. We’re still establishing ourselves in the wedding industry and everything is exciting right now. We have so many directions we could go. Our mission has always been to create beautiful events that celebrate people. No matter what the future holds, we still want people to be the focus. That’s really why we do this: to serve people, to bless people, and to make them feel valued.

How do your PNW roots impact your event design?

H/E: We live in the prettiest place in the United States. It makes our job easier because we already have a beautiful backdrop. Not to mention the diversity of scenery- we have beaches, mountains, flower farms, pastures, cities, wineries, and the list goes on.

What’s it like working with your sister?

H: We have so much fun. Most of the time it doesn’t feel like we’re working. Elsa is one of the most hard working people I know – she definitely keeps me on my toes! We’re lucky because not only are we sisters, but we are genuinely great friends. We each have our separate strengths and weaknesses that we are always learning to balance. As in any relationship, communication is key.

E:  It’s the best. We laugh a lot, and sometimes that means laughing at the ridiculous fight we just had. We respect each other and take pride in the other’s work. One can bring a concept to the table and the other will run with it, taking it to a level we couldn’t do on our own. Hannah has always been one of my greatest inspirations and motivation; I can’t imagine doing this business without her professionally or personally. She’s incredible.

How do you stay inspired? 

H: I love doing styled shoots. They are a great little break from a week full of client meetings and planning sessions. You get to go outside, network with other vendors, try out new ideas, and remind yourself why you love what you do. Sometimes it’s nice to work on a project just for the fun of it.

E: There are few things that don’t inspire me when it comes to this business: fashion, music, fine art, and love stories, other individuals both current and past. Sometimes I have to take a step back and remember that God has gifted us. We do this business to bless Him and other people. That in and of itself is that greatest joy and inspiration for me.

What is your favorite love story (literature, film, or real life)? 

H: I am a sucker for anything Jane Austen, but a world without Mr. Darcy in Pride and Prejudice is a sad world indeed.

E: It’s a toss up between Ross and Rachel, Chuck and Blair, and Jim and Pam. There is nothing like falling in love and marrying your best friend.