IYD Wedding: Gillian & Mitchell July 21st, 2012

July 21st, 2012! It was a gorgeous day for a wedding on the Kirkland waterfront, at the always lovely Woodmark! We arrived to Woodmark to find the Marina Room filled with Gillian's flowers- they smelled amazing. Her flowers were very romantic and lush; garden roses, lilies, and in her color pallet of coral, white, green with navy blue vases;  crisp and nautical. She was getting ready in her suite, surrounded by all her bridesmaids and moms as the men were getting ready down the way! Gillian looked so beautiful in her lace dress, with an elegant pale grey silk ribbon around her waist. She was a vision! Mitch and his boys looked equally handsome! Courtney Bowlden of Courtney Bowlden Photography was busy snapping up shots of this great couple! Here is a peek into their day!

I loves this last one! It looks as though they are celebrities, making a get away!


Venue/Catering -Woodmark, Kirkland WA

Planner/Day of Coordinator- It's Your Day Events & Expressions

Cake- Sweet Cakes

Photography- Courtney Bowlden

Flowers- Fena Flowers, Kirkland, WA

Stationary- Custom Design, Minted.

DJ/Band- The Action Slacks

Thanks Gillian & Mitch, for letting us help out on such a big day!

Real Wedding: Taryn & Reilly

Friday the 10th of February was a day to remember for these two love birds! What an amazing, amazing wedding. So much love and laughter, and did we mention the cakes? There were 5 total, plus cake pops and mini tarts! All equally delicious. We absolutely loved being a part of their big day, and helping friends and family make their wedding one to remember! Sample of their big day below...

Going Green-One of the Hottest Trends in Weddings

It's no surprise that one of the hottest wedding trends the past couples years has been going green, not just in the color palette, but from everything from using sustainable local fair trade and organic products to reusable linens and china to wearing a rented or used wedding gown.

If you are interested in hopping on the green band wagon, whether it be your every day lifestyle, or you just feel like its the kind of statement you would love to make at your upcoming nuptials, here are six tips that you may find helpful:

1. Make sure you choose a great caterer! Catering plays a huge aspect in your wedding from making sure you use re-usable linens, silverware, china, glassware etc. Also, talk to your catering company to make sure they use local, fair trade sustainable products. You can even take the trend deeper to make sure they are doing their part in the office. For example, Green Apple Catering of Kirkland, WA teams up with Puget Sound Energy to install energy efficient, high performance, reduced wattage lighting & fixtures throughout their offices, tasting room and kitchen. They also recycle their old fixtures & bulbs as outlined by the Federal Energy Consortium, as well as their used vegetable oil by giving it to a BIO-DIESEL home-brewer.

2. Organize carpools for your guests, especially using hybrid vehicles. Or if the location is far for guests to drive or if you have a lot of out of town guests who will be with out a vehicle, arrange an economical shuttle. Even book your wedding night limo with companies that reduce their carbon footprint such as Seattle Green Limo.

3. When printing out any papers that have to do with your wedding such as itineraries, copies of contracts and even your programs- opt for recycled paper. Many couples these days are completely skipping out on programs feeling the paper is a waste, even skipping out on favors as well- or at least the kind that come in all the little paper bags or boxes--

4. Instead of giving out over 100 little paper boxes filled with candy to your guests as favor, try going green in a different way. Give out little plants, herbs, or even seeds as guest favors. These can all be put right back into the the environment and guests can use them later on and having something to remember the day by. You can even use herbs or plants as your centerpieces and opt to have guests take them home at the end of the evening.

5. Going green is not only a concept that can be good for the environment, but as you may have noticed, it can be good on your pocket book as well. One way is to purchase a used, yes used bridal gown. Blue Sky Bridal, in the Phinney/Greenwood Neighborhood of Seattle offers recycled and reconstructed wedding gowns, organic wedding dresses, and green wedding accessories.

6. Lastly, invitations...takes up a lot of paper-and can be costly if you want them to look nice! However a new local company, Greenvelope, created by Seattle founder Sam Franklin has put a new spin on on-line invitations and the going green aspect. Greenvelopes invites can be customed designed or you can use one of their templates, making invites that look just as alluring as the paper ones. As the guest receives the e-mailed invitation the envelope actually opens up and presents itself to you like opening an invite and allows you to RSVP now or later. You can even keep track of your guest RSVP's on the Greenvelope site.

Keeping Count and Keeping Cool-Handling Your Guests with Grace

Complication #1: You can’t get a final headcount.

It’s getting close to your cut-off date and you still haven’t heard from everyone. You can’t work on seating, your caterer is getting antsy, and you don’t know how much champagne to order. If this sounds familiar, it’s time to start checking in with your guests. Try to give them a short amount of time to pull together their answer, and keep your message simple: “Hi Aunt Sara, it’s Natalie. We need to give our numbers to the caterers by Friday, and I haven’t received a reply from you, so I’m calling to see if you and Uncle Jason will be attending the wedding. We hope you can still make it!”

If you need to, you can have your fiancé, your parents, or even your attendants help you to make the calls. If a guest replies after the cut-off date, it’s up to you whether you can still accommodate them, though I recommend making it happen whenever possible. A little extra effort with the seating arrangements or a call to the caterer now will be much appreciated in the long run.

Complication #2: Guests want to bring guests of their own.

After much negotiating, crunching of numbers, appeasing of parents, and searching of venues, you finally locked in your final guest list. Then a loved one (or two, or 10) replies for themselves and a guest when no “and guest” was invited. Awkward as it may feel to have pressed for a reply, it’s nothing compared to the agony some brides face when people assume they can bring dates. Wedding invitations are not negotiations; the inner envelope is the final word on who exactly is being invited, and the names listed there are the only guests included in the invitation. (The one exception is when the phrase “and family” or “and children” appears, implying that any and all family members residing under the same roof are included.) If you run into this problem, it’s completely acceptable to contact the overzealous respondents and explain that the size of your venue (or spending limit) won’t allow you to add extra people to the guest list. It’s not okay for guests to ask you to make exceptions, so it won’t be rude in the least to stand by your guest list.

Now, you might wonder if there are times when a guest should in fact have a plus one. Brides and grooms should be aware that spouses, fiancé(e)s and live-in romantic partners (no matter the sex) must be invited with your guests; boyfriends and girlfriends who don’t reside together don’t need to be. This goes for anyone invited to the rehearsal dinner, too.

Complication #3: Guests assume they can bring their kids.

Remember the hard-won guest list you just had to protect from people who want to bring dates? Now you need to defend it from people who RSVP’d for themselves and their children, when in fact their little cherubs weren’t invited. Some parents do this in error, and others decide that you couldn’t possibly have meant to exclude their offspring. Either way, you’ll need to call to correct the situation. “Lisa, we are so happy that you and Alex are able to attend, but we’ve decided not to have kids at the wedding. We hope you both can still make it.”

Stick to your guns -- making exceptions for one couple is insulting to other guests who respected your decision. If there are couples you suspect may get upset or have trouble finding a sitter, call them as soon as you know that children won’t be invited -- even before the invitations have been sent -- to alert them. By doing this you leave no room for doubt when their invitation arrives, and you also give them as much time as possible to make arrangements.

Complication #4: Extra guests show up at the reception.

And just when you thought you had cleared all the hurdles, you turn, white gown billowing around you, to see familiar faces whose names aren’t on the seating chart. At this point, the best thing to do is ask your caterer or wedding planner to find extra seats and arrange plates of food; then take a deep breath and welcome your new guests. And while you may be tempted, don’t read them a lecture on the finer points of invitation etiquette. This restraint will keep you calm, and shows the most gracious side of etiquette: the willingness to accept someone despite their lapse of manners.

Source: emilypost.com

written by: Anna Post