This Woodmark Hotel Wedding was an amazing sight to behold. Marie and Bryan’s two years of planning really paid off. Everywhere you turned there were lovely details or romantic moments to be photographed. One of the first things Marie said to me when I arrived was “have you seen the greenery in the tent?” I went down to take a look at the tent where the ceremony and reception would be held, and I was not disappointed! The leaves hanging from the tent with the chandelier and cafe’ lights would set a beautiful mood for their perfect day.
Love Notes And Happy Tears
Bryan surprised Marie with several gifts through the morning. Champaign, roses, jewelry, this guy really knows how to win a girls heart. Marie gave Bryan prints from their engagement session, a boudoir session, and they both exchanged heartfelt letters. It was touching to see them both shed happy tears as they read these personal love letters.
Marie’s mother passed away and while she wasn’t able to physically be at the wedding she too had a love note for her daughter in the form of a ring that Marie wore on her wedding day. Between the ring, the letters, and the first look the entire morning was a bundle of emotions for both bride and groom. I loved the expression on Bryan’s face when he saw Marie in her wedding dress. His love for her is so sweet and gentle. I must admit I cried a little too!
Their ceremony was perfect. Their vows were personal and sincere. The tent looked amazing with all of the greenery and the bridesmaids and groomsmen looked so elegant walking up the aisle. After their kind words and a passionate kiss, the new Mr. and Mrs. escaped for a quick boat ride at sunset along Lake Washington. Upon their return to the Woodmark Hotel, the reception was ready and quite honestly breathtaking! I loved the table settings, the cake, even the seating chart looked regal.
The fun started with some toasting/roasting of the bride and groom by their friends and family. As the night set in everyone went inside for dancing and a few more drinks. After a while, it was time to say goodbye with a sparkler send-off in front of the main entrance.
Thank you, Bryan and Marie, for the honor of photographing your special day. You are a wonderful pair. I hope your lives are filled with joy, laughter, and love all of your days.
Vendors:Venue: Woodmark Hotel
Caterer: Woodmark Hotel
Coordinator/Design: A. Renee Weddings and Events
Wedding Dress Boutique: LaBelle Salon
Wedding Dress Designer: Pronovias
Groom’s Attire: Tuxedo Club
Bridesmaid’s Dresses: Show me your MuMu
Florist: Lamb and Twig
Bakery: NancyKay Confections
Officiant: Ray VanWinkle
Photobooth: 321 Photo
Lighting: Green Light Events
This styled wedding shoot took place at Woodinville Lavender Farm. What was suppose to be a nice evening in June turned into a very dark stormy evening. Most of this was shot in the rain with dark clouds looming above. Somehow we pulled it off and the storm clouds actually add to the richness of the colors and we even got to play with candles in the dark to get some moody shots. Don’t be afraid of bad weather, and don’t be afraid to get a little dirty and wet to get some good photos. Even on your wedding day ! If your dress gets messed up thats ok ! Because you only wear it once I promise. You will be happier that you got great wedding photos. The beautiful flowers here are made my Gather Design Company, and the planning and styling was done by Simply By Tamara Nicole. The hair and makeup was by Yessie Libby Makeup Artistry. The cake is by Lilac Cake Boutique. The gowns are from La Belle Salon Bridal. Film developing and scanning by Photovision Prints. Check this shoot out in the current issue of Adorn Magazine and get your copy ! Photographed and text written by Blue Rose Pictures.
Natasha Alonzo #realwedding Fairmont Olympic Hotel Seattle, WA & gave us 5 stars on yelp!!! #bridetobride
I often tell my brides to keep their minds open when it comes to their wedding dress. You can be drawn to a certain style (pinning dozens of similar images on Pinterest) only to find that the silhouette isn't flattering on your body type. Alternately, the style you liked may look nice, but another, unforeseen style looks amazing on you.
To all my clients present and future, Please do as I say, not as I do.
I too had a certain dress in mind. I had pinned dozens upon dozens of the same idea of dress over the years. It was a cross between Grace Kelly meets Katherine Middleton with a little Father of the Bride (both original and remake) in the mix. Long lace sleeves, full satin skirt with train, cathedral veil, and a fun architectural element like an oversized bow.
I did try on some other styles to weigh my options (there was a matte gold skirted number in there at one point, much to my mother's horror), but nothing seemed to beat the original inspiration I had been drawn to for so many years.
Here was the problem. This dress? Couldn't find it. The funny thing about wedding dress shopping is that it's really fun, until it's not. The champagne toasts and gasps at each style quickly turn to "does this one look a little like what you're going for??"
I kept coming across long lace sleeves with tulle skirts or satin skirts with beading and rhinestones.
Enter Alexis from La Belle Salon. I had found her because they were the only shop to carry Pronovias, a designer I really loved. Though it was great to see the line in person, still none of the pieces were "quite right" (sensing a trend with me yet?) She listened to my woes and saved the day with an idea - What if we took elements of other dresses and separates to build the dress I was dreaming of?
She set to work, the sweetheart top of this dress sewn to a box pleat satin skirt, lace sleeves over the strapless top... but remove the sash first...
A belt and bow were added just the day before the wedding.
I can hardly believe it came together like it did.
I didn't set out to create a custom dress, but I'm lucky to have found the right person to help me bring my vision to life.
Thank you Alexis! I'll always be indebted to you and your creativity!
www.carinavanson.com/single-post/2017/09/13/Our-Wedding-Part-2-My-DressCarina Van Son Shares more on her Blog
NAMES Carina Van Son & Matt Rasmus LIVE IN Ballard OCCUPATIONS Matt is an aerospace engineer; Carina is a wedding planner and designer. HOW THEY MET Online at Match.com FIRST DATE They met for drinks at Toulouse and ended up staying through dinner and closing down the place! HOW THEY KNEW HE/SHE WAS THE ONE “Our individual dreams and goals started becoming one. We couldn’t imagine going after them without the other person.” HOW HE PROPOSED In front of the Eiffel Tower BACHELOR/BACHELORETTE PARTY Hers: Las Vegas; His: Portland NUMBER OF GUESTS 65 WEDDING TIME 4 p.m. WEDDING DAY WEATHER Cloudy with occasional sprinkles SPLURGED/SAVED Splurged on a live band and design details. Saved on dessert; the cakes were gifted by their sister-in-law. VENUE Stimson-Green Mansion FAVORITE PART OF THE MENU The champagne tower built for the toastsWEDDING CAKE Two cakes with four flavors total, but the cheesecake was Matt’s favorite. TRADITIONAL ELEMENTS They didn’t see each other before the ceremony. FIRST DANCE SONG“At Last”. After Matt proposed in Paris, the couple was serenaded by nearby musicians with this song, and they instantly knew it had to be played again for their first dance. FLOWERS Spray roses, baby’s breath, and Jarrahdale pumpkins at the ceremony; champagne and Dijon roses, rosehips, privet berries, scabiosa pods, fall foliage, golden pears, and figs at the reception THE DAY IN 3 WORDS Timeless, formal, elegant HONEYMOON French Polynesia—Bora Bora and the Brando Resort at Tetiaroa.
From start to finish, this was a labor of love. Many friends and family thought I was crazy to be the wedding planner and the bride, but I couldn’t imagine our day any other way. It was perfect! --Carina, the bride
LOCAL VENDOR LIST
Wedding Design and Flowers Carina Van Son Weddings, staircase garland by Tobey Nelson of Vases Wild
Ceremony and Reception Stimson-Green Mansion
Photographer Matthew Land Studios
Videographer Michael Sylvan McDonald
Desserts Ramus Patisserie, Lady Yum
Ceremony and Reception Entertainment Seattle String Quartet and Blue Wave Band
Hair and Makeup Makeup by Gaylinyet Roberts, hair by Urbanista Weddings
Formal Wear for Bride Custom dress purchased from LLaBelle Salon Bridal, composed of Atelier Pronovias (skirt, lace top, and veil) and Theia Dale (sweetheart top); shoes by Valentino; earrings by Tiffany & Co
Formal Wear for Groom Suitsupply
Formal Wear for Wedding Party Jovani, Suitsupply
Rehearsal Dinner Location Via Tribunali for the family gathering, the Rhein Haus with friends
Rentals La Tavola, Sweet n Design, and the Meaningful Details
Registry In lieu of a registry, they asked for hardcover editions of guests’ favorite book to start their own family library.
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A Northwoods Wedding, a blog filled with gorgeous real weddings and styled portraits, is a modern wedding resource devoted to inspiring your wedding style and connecting with extraordinary vendors! Thank you for including us:-) #xoxo
Location | Private Residence, Washington
Photographer | Jaimie J. Video + Photo
Makeup Artist | Anne Timss Makeup Artist
Event Designer | Bixby + Pine
Event Planner | Bixby + Pine
Floral Designer | Bixby and Pine
DIY or Handmade Goods Designer | HoneySilks & Company
Dress Store | La Belle Salon Bridal
Dress Designer | Pronovias
Cinema and Video | Ridgewood Films
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As the cherry blossom trees begin to bloom, and the tree buds make their first appearances, we are feeling especially inspired by this gorgeous Spring wedding inspiration shoot from Blue Rose Photography. The color palette of this editorial is perfectly harmonized with the combination of Spring pink and deep mauve. Both light and airy, and dark and moody, we are loving the depth that these tones have brought to this design. This team has created something fresh and unique and we're in love with it all!
From photographer Brittany Marshall: "This spring inspiration shoot showcases 3 different gorgeous gowns form La Belle Salon in Seattle, WA. Each one perfect for a different bride yet all three work perfectly for a spring wedding. We used mauves and pinks in muted tones for a romantic and feminine look. Tied in some modern elements with ghost chairs and slate textures. As the photographer I was also inspired by all the beautiful blooms around us from magnolia trees, to cherry blossoms and rhododendron bushes."
Thank you so much for featuring our beautiful Julie Vino Couture dresses at the Woodmark Hotel! We were so excited to be part of such a talented team:-)
Open House Photos: https://bluerosepictures.smugmug.com/Woodmark-Tasting-Event/n-6MKjS9/
SnapBar photos: https://thesnapbar.com/events/woodmark-april-tasting-event
Venue: Woodmark Hotel @woodmarkhotel
Photography: Blue Rose Photography @bluerosepictures
Planning/Design/Styling Board: Simply by Tamara Nicole @simplytamaranicole
Hair & Makeup: Yessie Libby @yessielibby
Cake: Honey Crumb Cake Studio @honeycrumbcakes
Flowers: Fena Flowers @fena_flowers
Video: Peak Digital Cinema @peakdigitalcinema
Calligraphy: Mint Afternoon @mint_afternoon
Lighting: Crimson Haze Event Lighting @crimson_haze_lighting
DJ: Integral DJs @integraldjs
Rentals: CORT Party Rental @cortpartyrental
Linens: BBJ Linen @bbjlinen
Espresso Cart: Espresso Elegance @espressoelegance
Photo Booth: The SnapBar @thesnapbar
Bar Rental: Happy Hour Designer Bar Rentals @happyhourbarrentals
Dresses/Earrings/Crown/Veil: from La Belle Salon Bridal @labellesalonbridal
Runner/Styling Fabric: Gather Design Company @gatherdesigncompany
Cement Candle Holders: Encave Studio @encavestudio
Model: Amrine White @amrine.lindslay with SMG @smgmodels
Styling Special Feature "Authentic, Amazing & #AllYou" from the new Autumn 2017 edition of Modern Wedding magazine, which includes some selected images from both SPANISH BRIDAL shoot and BOHO GLAM shoot by Simply Tamara Nicole.
We have been loving the recent wedding trend of style fusions: rustic and decadent, neutrals and jewel-tones, and of course garden whimsy and elegance. This garden wedding inspiration shoot is proof that mixing nature and couture creates wedding magic. We love the bright florals, sequined tablecloths, and that swing – swoon! Not to mention, a garden is the perfect setting for any time of day. Think bridal brunch, an afternoon soiree, or an event under the stars.
We are so incredibly honored and proud to be part of your wedding dress story!. This Blog is dedicated to you, our #lsbride and #local wedding vendors :-)