Single petaled peonies in any color, really. Irresistible. And when they’re locally grown and flawless such as these beauties, it makes my job seem a bit more like play. (Extremely exhausting but beautiful, satisfying play.) And actually, now looking back through these photos from a recent wedding, I realize that not just the peonies, but every single stem used came from a local garden–farms in Bellingham, Ferndale, Mount Vernon, Chehalis, Stanwood and Seattle–all ending up on The Corson’s Building‘s tables. Amazing food, romantic interiors, local flowers, flickering candlelight… It really doesn’t get much better.
By the time February rolls around, I’m already anxiously awaiting the arrival of spring, checking the gardens for any sign of life. So I was excited about the design we came up with for Zora & Jerome’s ‘winter’ wedding at Sodo Park, aiming to find that middle ground between the two seasons. A touch of the dark and romantic offset by the light and fresh. Ornate + rustic + clean + simple + lush + vintage + timeless… blended all together and not too much of any of it. After painting the overall picture during our first meeting together, Zora just let me run with it. I’m sure it’s always a little hard for a bride to picture what I’m talking about and ‘inspiration photos’ only go so far. But no matter what I suggested… from water-colored elements to lace runners to antiqued blue urns, she trusted that I’d pull it all together. So thank you, Zora. You were so great to work with.
Ellie & Quang’s wedding was featured on Style Me Pretty this week with gorgeous photography by Bryce Covey. This was definitely one of my favorites from 2013… From our first meeting, I knew I’d enjoy working with Ellie. She had great taste but was laid back and seemed to completely trust me.
She understood the beauty of simplicity, and I was excited to carry that theme throughout their wedding day. Mixing clean with rustic, touches of romance with nature, we were able to achieve a beautiful balance. Together we worked through table and chair selections, calligraphy styles and paper pieces, room layout, favor ideas… After she mentioned possibly wanting a tea station for guests, I jumped on the idea and started brainstorming. (What results as something so simple often takes many hours of sketching, planning, adding and taking away to settle on the final product.) Keeping with a minimal yet romantic aesthetic, I designed a display that greeted guests as they entered the room, bursting with blush pink foxglove and displaying beautiful loose leaf teas in simple glass jars. Muslin bags with custom tags allowed guests to scoop up their favorite flavors to take home as the favor.
Staying true to the overall design plan, we forwent typical centerpieces and instead created continuous garland-esque designs down all of the wooden tables out of interesting berries and greenery. Mixed in were English garden roses and lots of candlelight. I quite like the result.
Thank you, Ellie, for giving me freedom to create and think outside the box a bit. You were so wonderful to work with.
I store my photos on an external hard-drive and am pretty terrible about sorting through them. Very few get deleted, and now I have too many and the task is overwhelming. This morning I was making an attempt to organize and came across this from last August. I remember now while looking through the photos that I had just a few leftovers from a wedding (the Queen Anne’s Lace and Physocarpus), but everything else came from the garden. Those are the days I’m ready for. Dirt under your fingernails, sun on your back, creating just for yourself. A photo like this is a small treasure on a damp, grey day like today.
We lost our last bit of February light before I had a chance to grab my camera, but I sort of like the moody feel of these few photos I was able to capture. I had never worked with the photographer before, but she was shooting away, so I’m hoping I’ll have better professional shots to share with you later.
A single frame by Bryce Covey of a bouquet from last fall. I’m getting really excited for all the bouquets we’ll get to create this year. I don’t have a favorite color palette as each season brings its own exciting flowers and ingredients and with each bouquet I think, “But really this one might be my new favorite…” Sometimes wild and cascading, other times simple and small; I think I just fall in love with the flowers I’ve been waiting 12 months to work with again.
The ladies of Belathee Photography are masters of their craft and incredibly talented artists. Whenever I receive photos from a project we’ve worked on together, I’m always blown away. I study their work, try to soak it in, and I still don’t know how they do it. This small sample collage is just the tip of the iceberg of what’s to come from Amy & Justin’s beautiful Corson Building wedding. I can’t wait to share more.