Mallory & Pat: Midwestern Magic in the Pacific Northwest

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Aaah Mallory and Pat— what a fun and AMAZING couple to work with!!! These two met and live in Chicago, but Mallory was born and raised in Seattle and her whole family is here, so they decided to have their big day in the Pacific Northwest. We planned everything long distance and I have to say, we truly outdid ourselves…

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These two chose one of my favorite Seattle venues, Sodo Park, for their ceremony and reception. They both wanted a very romantic, gardeny feel, so we draped the entryways & market lights hanging from the ceiling with lots of greenery and added lots of candles and blooms. The whole place was so dreamy!

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Before the dance party began, the newly married couple snuck out to capture the last bit of sunlight and take some pictures in the golden hour. Totally worth it— how gorgeous are these shots?!

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While these two were basking in the glow of sunset and newlywed bliss, we converted Sodo Park from ceremony to reception space. For the linens we rotated every other table with navy linen and navy shantung and accented with copper flatware and individual pieces of greenery on every napkin. The head table was a gorgeous 22’ long wooden table that we topped with a mix of candles and lush greens. Alissa Lawton at Gather Events created some incredible wooden signage for the seating chart and table numbers to add to the overall rustic vibe. I know I’m biased, but I’m a big fan of how everything turned out.

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 Pat grew up in Wisconsin, where his family still lives. They actually drove from Wisconsin with a local keg for the wedding which was incredible! The bar had a secret bottle of Whiskey Pig for one lucky table of Wisconsinites and they were able to use a secret phrase to get the whiskey neat (hence the little pig icon on the table sign).

We wanted to incorporate a lot of Midwestern flair into the traditional PNW wedding elements. During the cocktail hour, they had raw oysters on ice for WA food and cheese curds for a  WI treat. And in addition to their traditional tiered wedding cake, they had a University of Wisconsin themed Groom’s cake in the shape of the school’s mascot, Bucky Badger. Then for a late night bite, we did Dick’s burgers to represent classic Seattle and they flew in deep dish pizza from Chicago.

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The bar doesn’t technically serve ‘shots’ but the bridesmaids really wanted to take a shot together. So I asked the bartender to make me really strong, small ‘drinks’ which I hand delivered to the gals to grant their wish. Ask and you shall receive! That got them into true party mode, and everyone had an absolute blast.

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Mallory and Pat are truly some of my favorite clients of ALL TIME! They are just the frigg’n best!! AND, as seen below they, they went above and beyond when they bought me a VINTAGE BUD LIGHT JACKET!!! I may or may not have cried… So awesome!!!

Mallory and Pat, you were a DREAM couple to work with! Thank you so much for letting me be a part of your wedding day. And thank you to all of the fantastic vendors who helped put everything together!

Venue + Caterer- Sodo Park & Herban Feast

Photographer- Carina Skrobecki Photography

Videographer- Denver Nathan

Florist- Flora Nova

Dessert- Cake Lady Custom Cakes

DJ- Integral DJs

Signage- Gather Events

Rentals- Pedersen’s Event Rentals & BBJ Linen & Vintage Ambiance

Makeup- Chelsey Matley

Hair- Yessie Libby

Officiant- Ashley Sherwood

Transportation- Shuttle Express

Suzy & Josh: Irresistible Ireland

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Whenever I get tired of posting on Instagram and start to wonder if a ‘business account’ is even worth it, I remind myself of this story… The day I met with Suzy & Josh for our initial consult, I had shared a photo of a wedding I had planned in Mexico. Just a simple shoe shot on a pretty tile floor that included a short note about the wedding in Mexico. When I sat down with Suzy & Josh that night, Suzy mentioned she had just looked at my Instagram feed and saw I planned destination events, and she asked if I would ever consider planning a wedding in Europe… and that is how it all began!

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Suzy & Josh met at work about 5 years ago. They were able to bring their dogs to the office and it was love at first sight… for Cupcake, Suzy’s black lab, and Zoggie, Josh’s pitbull. The second they saw each other in the hallway, they became instant friends, and introduced Suzy and Josh to each other. Eventually Josh asked Suzy to join him at the dog park, and then for dinner, and so they followed their dog’s lead and fell in love.

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Josh proposed on a trip to Morocco, in the middle of the Sahara desert. They had ridden out on camels earlier that day and were camping with a tour group out there. After dinner, Josh led Suzy up the hill to “look at the stars” and that’s when he proposed! After a long time spent staring up at the stars and taking the beauty of the moment in, they headed back to camp to find their tour group gathered around the fire, singing songs. They serenaded the two with “Can You Feel the Love Tonight” from the Lion King. I mean come on, how magical and romantic does that sound?!

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When planning and looking at venues, we strongly considered Iceland, looked at a few villas in France and Italy, and even went to a few venues in WA, but Ireland was by far the favorite choice! We looked closely at a few options, but the Powerscourt Estate just outside of Dublin was the clear winner! The hotel, venue, and gardens are gorgeous! Plus, I had experience planning corporate events at the Powerscourt Estate and so I knew the venue well and that the staff was phenomenal! Josh and Suzy fell in love with it just from the photos and ended up booking it without even visiting. When they visited a few months later, they knew they had made the right decision.

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Though a few of the vendors were from Seattle, most of them were over in Ireland. I set up Skype calls with the photographer and videographer, and handled the rest of the bookings from Seattle! Everything almost went completely smoothly until the NIGHT BEFORE THE WEDDING…

The lush hunter green velvet linens we had ordered for the dinner tables were not remotely close to as promised and turned out to be a sad version of a crushed velvet Elvis painting. Again I say, we received them the night before the wedding. Luckily Patrick, the owner of Gotcha Covered and Jens, the Director of Special Events at the Powerscourt Hotel, are lifesavers! Jens drove us to town and Patrick opened up his warehouse for me to go shopping!! They unfortunately didn’t have a comparable linen in stock, so we switched gears and went with an ivory textured cotton linen for the dinner tables with a hunter napkin and ivory lace with a blush underlay for the cocktail tables & chuppah. It was gorgeous, not what Suzy had in mind at all, but definitely gorgeous. When she saw her reception space for the first time, she didn’t skip a beat! She was just happy it was beautiful. I can honestly say, I wouldn’t have been that amazing given the circumstance, but she was beyond gracious and understanding. We knew there would be a few potential hiccups working with foreign distributors, but you always hope for the best. She handled the changeup like a pro and they both remained cool as cucumbers through the whole ordeal.

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Suzy couldn’t decide on one dress, so she went with two! A gorgeous ballgown for the ceremony and a stunning trumpet fitted lace dress for the reception. Both had her favorite detail of the lace long sleeves- gorg!

During dinner, Josh made a surprise speech and presented Suzy with an additional wedding band! What a guy! Then a group of traditional Irish dancers came out to perform for their 100 guests, which was a major highlight of the evening for sure.

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The couple danced their first dance to “Perfect Day” by Carla Bruni and then the epic dance party commenced. As you can see, everyone had a blast and danced until they dropped (literally).

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Suzy & Josh are absolute DREAM clients! They made decisions easily, never stressed about being 4,500+ miles away from their venue, had great design taste, and wanted to treat their guests to a great party!! I’d say we definitely accomplished that last part.

And I couldn’t help myself from getting my own shot on this GORGEOUS staircase…

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Thank you Suzy & Josh for letting me be a part of your amazing day, and thank you to all of the vendors for making this all possible!

Venue + Catering- Powerscourt Hotel

Photographer- Savo Photography

Videographer- Best Day Productions

Entertainment + Transportation- Joe O’Reilly Ireland Group

Rentals- Gotcha Covered

Cake- The Cake Cuppery

Florist- Lovebird Designs

Celebrant- Billy Hutchinson

Makeup- Makeup by Ashley O’Rourke

Hair- The Space

Invitations + Stationary- Phenix Paper Co. & Krisanna Elizabeth Events

T-Mobile Presents the Nightmare Before Christmas

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Happy Holidays Hennys! I hope everyone is enjoying the last few days of 2018 and getting excited to begin a brand new year.

Before Christmas, I helped T-Mobile host an EPIC holiday party for their finance department. They wanted to transform their headquarters into “The Nightmare Before Christmas” and we went all out to deliver! By the time we were finished, stepping into their office felt just like being in the movie.

Half of the office was “Christmas Town,” so it was very light and festive! We used T-Mobile magenta instead of red to make candy cane stripes along the wall, and used a lot of fun, bright colors instead of typical Christmas tones.

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The other half of the office we draped in all black to set the scene for “Halloween Town.” We used black velvet linens, black chiavari chairs, and dark lounge furniture. Totally Tim Burtoned it out! We had the focal point be the backdrop of the movie cover— the moon with the swoopy swirl. It was so fun to decorate the space and make the scenes come to life!!

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Floressence CRUSHED the floral arrangements. They were the perfect amount of dark and dramatic to set the scene, and still absolutely GORG.

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And of course, the drinks had to be just as cool as the rest of the props! Guests had the option to pour a specialty cocktail from the T-Mobile branded sculpture or drink champagne from a fully dressed Sally!

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Also, the desserts were SO cute from the Sweet Side!! They were absolutely perfect. And seriously, I’ve never seen a dessert bar get demolished so quickly in my life – it was actually impressive.

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T-Mobile wanted their guests to have a lot of options for activities, so we had a ton of fun things to do!

Guests could play pub trivia, have their hand writing analyzed, get their palm read, have their tarot cards read, play in a photobooth with Jack Skellington himself (on stilts!), and of course, eat & drink their faces off!

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Guests were also welcome to gamble on different casino games, inspired by the Oogie Boogie Man’s underground lair! And T-Mobile donated a thousand dollars to charities on the winners’ behalf! So rad! Cleary Katie Parra and I got really into it…

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There was also some really fun and interactive live entertainment. Guests could both watch and participate in magic shows by Nash Fun, as well as a really hilarious ugly sweater contest. Check it out— there was some FIERCE competition!

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Oh yeah, and we ended the night with an Elvis cover band. How cool?! They killed it. Everyone definitely had a blast and T-Mobile will for sure have a hard time topping this party next year! But, hey, I’m always up for a challenge!

Huge shout out to T-Mobile’s Cristal Dunkin for working with me to dream up this nightmare! They were so much fun and really got into the theme. I was also obsessed with Cristal’s flower crown (also from Floressence)! I need one of those asap. She is pictured here with the CFO of T-Mobile, Braxton Carter who definitely was in the spirit of the party!

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Barbie Hull, you rocked my world with all of these fantastic images!!! You are the BEST!!!

And last but not least, THANK YOU to all of our amazing vendors! I couldn’t have pulled this off without you!

Venue: The T-Mobile Headquarters

Caterer & Staff: Foodz Catering

Dessert: The Sweet Side

Alcohol: Bevmo

Ice Luge: Creative Ice

Photographer: Barbie Hull

DJ & Emcee: Chris Graves Music

Band: Graceland Manila

Florist: Floressence

Rentals: Pedersen’s Event Rentals + CORT Party Rentals

Lounge Furniture: Vintage Ambiance

Linens: BBJ

Draping: Prop Gallery

Props: Can Can

Lighting: Crimson Haze

Photobooth: City Sound Wave

Character Entertainment: Animate Objects

Palm Reader: The Divine Hand Palmistry

Handwriting Analysis: Mystic Mimi

Dream Interpretation: Indigo Corners

Magician: Nash Fung

Casino Games: West Coast Entertainment

Trivia: Geeks Who Drink

Under The Big Tent For A Holiday Circus!

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Hey party people! I know this last week before the holidays can be so stressful for us all, but everyone deserves a break, right?! So take a much deserved one and check out this awesome holiday party I planned for the Boston Consultant Group. This year for their annual shindig, we wanted to do something really fun so we went with a vintage circus theme and it rocked! We decided to host it at the Georgetown Ballroom— a PERFECT space for the theme!

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We incorporated a lot of fun circus props with lots of black and red, all velvet linens, and of course, lights and candles everywhere! Believe it or not, I made the centerpieces! I ordered foam cylinders, painted the tops, and wrapped them with tickets, and I spray painted the animals in my backyard. I bought the popcorn boxes and added the flowers. I also got the cardboard cutouts for the photobooth and behind the band. I’m one crafty biotch!

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Guests were greeted with champagne from the aerialist, and that was a huge hit! There were circus performers all around plus a really fun photo booth where guests could take souvenir photos. There were Chinese takeout containers filled with delicious food and the bar was stocked with five different types of whiskey— guests were invited to do a tasting later in the night to get some liquid courage to get out on the dance floor!

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Every other year BCG does a charity auction at this party, so they started the event with a silent auction and raffle during cocktail hour. Then for dinner they did a live auction where they raised over $30,000 for Step by Step, which benefits mothers to be and their families both during and after their pregnancy. It was inspiring! Also, shout out to my best pal Jeeves who made the wooden pedestal, that I then painted, for the speakers to stand on!

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In addition to the live circus entertainment, each balcony had a tarot card reader and we had a strolling palm reader, which was fun and guests got really into it. Then it was time to let loose on the dance floor after everyone had their fill of whiskey!

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This party was a blast to plan and everyone seemed to love it! I had so much fun! Thank you to all of the vendors who made this event a night to remember.! Especially Barbie Hull & Chris Varnes for capturing the event so perfectly!!! And a huge special shout out to my girl Katie Parra who was my sidekick and assistant for the night! We also got to have a little fun with the photo booth ourselves :)

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Venue, bar & catering – The Georgetown Ballroom

Photographer – Barbie Hull Photography

Linens – BBJ Linen

Band – Blue Wave Band

Entertainers (contortionist and aerialist champagne pourer) – Animate Objects

Photobooth – 321 Foto

Tarot card readers – Indigo Corners and Gini Hashii

Palm Reader - The Divine Hand

Eric & Erin: When East Meets West

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Hey party people! I hope you're all enjoying fall in Seattle as much as I am so far. I just wrapped up a jam packed, super fun summer of weddings with some of my favorite couples yet. And lucky for you, I've got blogs coming to keep you warm all through the fall and winter!

First up: Erin and Eric! Erin is a hilarious, animated and sweet middle school teacher who met Eric, her soft-spoken, cordial, and considerate fiancé in New York. They are definitely a Yin and Yang team that are the most complimentary to one another. They got engaged while still living in New York, so we began planning their wedding long distance for a few months until they moved to Seattle, which is home for Erin, and a brand new city for Eric. 

Their goal was to have a very modern look and feel to their wedding, while still incorporating some very traditional Jewish elements. I think we succeeded on all accounts, but I’ll let you be the judge...

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I loved this pre-ceremony photo shoot. Erin looked just like a dang princess and I really enjoyed the industrial & Seattle-themed backdrops that photographer Stephanie Cristalli chose. Also I think the photo below is incredible— it not only highlights the rockstar team of bridesmaids Erin had to support her on her big day, but also the sweet relief every bride feels when removing those ungodly high and painful heels they’re expected to wear for hours on end. But lucky for Erin, she was able to dull the pain with some cocktails right after.

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Then it was off to Block 41 for the most romantic and gorgeous ceremony and reception. To create a very modern feel, we kept the design of the space and décor to grey, black, white. We used all acrylic signage from Mint Afternoon (I personally LOVED the escort board), marble elements on the tables from CORT, and geometric candle holders & vases from Juniper Flowers. If some of the elements look familiar, it’s because I’ve been Instagramming them like crazy— I was obsessed! Visually, this was one of my favorite weddings of the summer – I loved how it all came together.

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Juniper Flowers absolutely crushed it with the all white florals— from the bridal party bouquets, to the aisle and chuppah at the ceremony, and the gorgeous table elements at the reception, the flowers paired with candles everywhere made the whole day feel so romantic. Another element that I loved and have used at a few weddings this summer is varying the ink color on the escort cards to identify entrees. It’s so much prettier than having the word “beef” or a picture of a cow stamped on the card, and I just find the concept so clever!

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I absolutely love these photos documenting Erin’s reaction to this stunning marbled cake from BAKED. I totally get where she’s coming from— believe it or not it tastes even better than it looks!

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The reception was what I like to call “East Coast Style.” As in guests danced into the reception to “Space Jam,” followed by the horah, then sat down for the salad course to hear some speeches, then got back up and danced before the entrees were set, then ate while listening to more speeches… it was like stand up, sit down, fight fight fight! With 250 guests it was a lot of moving parts, but it worked out perfectly. It felt like non-stop action all night, and that is exactly what Erin & Eric wanted – no boredom or guests sitting too long was allowed!

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Not caught on camera was one of my favorite part of the night— a super fun after party downstairs in Block 41! The bridal party put on pajamas, there were games, more drinks, late night bites and edibles (even Kosher gummies!). These two were the BEST hosts!

I had a blast at this wedding and I’ll be sharing photos of it for years to come because it was so gosh darn pretty. I’m wishing these two nothing but the best as they embark on their new life as a married couple in the good ole PNW! And lucky for me, I get to see Erin’s family all over again in November when I help out at her mom’s wedding!! It will be my first ever, mother/daughter client combo!! :)

Thanks to all of the folks below who worked their magic to make this day come together so seamlessly and beautifully!

Venue- Block 41

Caterer- Tom Douglas Catering & Dalia (Kosher)

Photographer- Stephanie Cristalli Photography

Videographer- Green Attic Films

Florist- Juniper Flowers

Dessert- BAKED.

DJ- Seattle Wedding DJ

Trio- Puget Sound Strings

Rentals- Pedersen’s Event Rentals & CORT

Makeup- Allegra LaBella Makeup

Photo Booth- Sequin Photo Booth

Valet- Red Carpet Valet

 

Pat & Becky: From Seattle to San Diego

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Hello again friends! Happy Summer! Meet Pat & Becky and get ready to absolutely SWOON over their gorg La Jolla wedding...

Pat and I go WAY back. We met my junior year of college at the University of Montana and have been thick as thieves ever since! Short story short, I moved to Seattle with our mutual best friend Andrea in August of 2004 and he moved out the following month and lived with her boyfriend (now husband of over 10 years & Pat’s groomsman), Trevor. We’ve basically been like family ever since. He is loyal, smart, hilarious, and as my mom would say, a hunk! He is the type of guy that is so great to all of the people around him, that you want nothing but the best for him in return. And I’m very happy to say, he now has that, in his new wife Becky.

Becky moved to Seattle a few years ago and was invited to a happy hour at Hula Hula by my good friend Katie Parra. Who, yes, is the photographer of the wedding. Clearly we are a very tight-knit group! Becky was warm, beautiful, outgoing, hilarious, and open to an overzealous, large group of friends who would do things like take her hiking for the first time and then to an unplanned bar crawl immediately after. Pat and I are obviously the ringleaders of this friend group  :) 

Within a year after she moved here, Pat knew she was The One and was ready to pop the question. I helped him plan a rooftop proposal at Stoneburner, one of their favorite restaurants, and then he took her back to Hulu Hula, where they first met, and I had all of our friends (who didn’t know they were coming engaged!) waiting for them!  (Quick side note, Ferris and I sang Macklemore’s "Downtown" that night and CRUSHED it! You’re still welcome Hula Hula patrons!) 

When they set the date for a destination wedding in La Jolla, near Becky’s family, I could barely contain my excitement!!!

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Aren't they just absolutely stunning?!

So we planned this gorgeous oceanfront ceremony at the Cuvier Club in La Jolla and guess what? It rains. Not like, ‘oh it’s a little drizzle, we’ll wait a bit’… No, like it hadn’t rained in La Jolla in nearly four months and it was making up for lost time kind of rain. Now this will tell you how awesome Becky & Pat are, because they didn’t even care! They were cool as cucumbers to go to Plan B which was to rent a tent and have their ceremony where cocktail hour was supposed to be at the Cuvier Club. Amazing humans right there people!! Plus the rain made for some cool photo opportunities, and the tent combined with string lights and gorgeous florals made the backdrop to die for.

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I have to admit, I'm kind of obsessed with how the reception decor turned out. There were so many details from the colors to the florals to the paper elements to the lights that just all came together so beautifully. Check it out for yourself!

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Wanna know one of the best parts of having two of your favorite humans on the planet get married? They invite a ton of your other favorite humans!! You may recognize groomsmen Evan, Jake, and Trevor from previous blogs of mine. And that hot usher? That's Ferris, my husband! And those crazy cute kids leading the way down the aisle!? Elle & Carter are my god children!! I mean, our Seattle friend group alone rented a house that slept 24 of us… so not only was it a beautiful wedding, it was a PARTY!! Which you can definitely tell from the dance photos below...

Also, Pat’s last name is Hoven and Becky LOVES Jay-Z, so they walked into the reception as husband and wife to "H.O.V.A." and that is why they look like that… it was hilarious!

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This was truly one of my all time favorite weddings and I am beyond the moon excited for these two! What a send off into a lifetime of happiness!

And shout out to all of the vendors below for working their magic!

Ceremony + Reception Venue- The Cuvier Club

Photographer- Katie Parra Photography

Catering- The Abbey Catering & Event Design

Florals- Four Seasons Flowers

Cake- Kuba Kreations

DJ- Sleeping Giant Music

 

When in Rome!

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For the past seven years I have had the great fortune of planning the Leading Producer Conference for ACSIA Partners and, lucky for me, this year it was held in the Eternal City of Rome! It is no wonder why over 4 million people visit Rome each year! It seems there is history, wine, pasta & gelato on every corner. What’s not to love!?  

This past April, 75 guests of ACSIA Partners, a long-term care insurance agency, attended the annual four-day incentive trip and it was one of my all time favorite events to plan!

I contracted the Boscolo Exedra Roma Hotel back in December 2016 while on a site visit to the city. A year and a half later, it did not disappoint. It is located in the heart of Rome, next to the ancient Thermal Baths of Diocletian on Piazza Repubblica, just a short walk to the Colosseum, Roman Forum, Trevi Fountain, Spanish Steps and more! The rooms were gorgeous and had a view of Michelangelo’s Basilica Santa Maria Angeli. With modern amenities and all marble bathrooms, this five-star property was perfect for the group! (Note to readers: The name of the hotel has since changed to Palazzo Naiadi)

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Guests were greeted in the hotel lobby by me (and my cute husband, Ferris!) with a goody bag filled with Roman treats! The items included local wine, biscotti, a Bialetti espresso maker (an Italian must have!), a commemorative wine bottle coaster & olive wood spaghetti spoon, plus pre-stamped post cards to send home. The bag also included an adapter which his super handy, but also just as ‘cute’ as the rest of the items!  :)  Pomp and Revel engraved the spoons, and also made acrylic laurels to go on the outside of all of the bags with each guest’s name. Red Sparrow did all of the custom graphics for the bag, welcome booklet, etc.

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That evening the welcome dinner was hosted on the beautiful rooftop of the hotel. I hired Marco Lori, an amazing master sommelier, from Off the Vine who chose some fantastic local wines for everyone to try and learn a bit about the Roman wine culture. The modern white on white decor setting for dinner was complimented by the ridiculously cute strolling quarter in red who crooned in Italian all night. They were so great!! Awards were given out to the top 10 agents that night and a bit of dancing closed the evening!

The next morning, we had our business meeting in the basement of the hotel. It sounds depressing, but the architecture is beautiful! The floor of the meeting space was glass showcasing the ruins of the Diocletian Roman baths. After the meeting guests ran around the city on a scavenger hunt for cash prizes – much better than sitting in front of a PowerPoint presentation all day!

Over the next few days guests enjoyed tours of the Colosseum, the Vatican, St. Peter’s Basilica, walking tours around the central squares & fountains of Rome, and food tours with the oh so fun, Katie Parla! I even took a small group to Florence for the day and got to revisit several locations that Ferris and I went to on our honeymoon! Aaaw!!

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Our final evening was spent at the Palazzo Brancaccio! This gorgeous palace served as the perfect setting for our farewell gala dinner! Each couple had their photo taken in the salon upon arrival and were then led to a glass hallway that served as our cocktail hour. It was a bit reminiscent of the Hall of Mirrors in Versailles, on a much smaller level of course. Each room after that was just as stunning and unique from one another. I haven’t heard back from the palace about my rental application yet, but I hope to move in soon!  :)

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A delicious four-course dinner was served in their gorg ballroom, which we made glow a bit purple. I mean, that is the color of royalty after all! The wonderful Mint Afternoon created the escort cards for each guest. (Which, FYI, my new favorite thing is to have the color of ink be the entrée identifier instead of ruining a beautifully scripted card with the word ‘BEEF’ on it. Feel free to take that tip and run with it!)

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At the end of the meal each guest was given printed photos of their arrival in front of the fireplace as well as the group shot as a memento! Dancing and drinking continued until we had to depart back to the hotel. It was the perfect night to end a fantastic trip!!  

And it truly was phenomenal! When planning an overseas multi-day event, there are so many things that could go wrong. No one missed their flights or their ground transportation to the hotel, everyone had their luggage on time, there was no volcanic eruption that disrupted air travel, no one was pick pocketed or mugged, there wasn’t a single case of Zika reported, no one was in or near a terrorist attack, or needed to be rushed to the ER for various reasons. All of which have happened in the past that I have dealt with during these conferences! So yes, this trip was simply amazing in the most easy going sort of way!  :) 

Thank you for the memories ACSIA Partners! I love you guys and miss you all already!!

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Save the Date: Join Me at Beyond the Dress Collective on April 29, 2018!

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You guys!!! I was asked to be a speaker at the Beyond the Dress Collective wedding showcase at the Fairmont Olympic on April 29th and I am SO pumped!! This event is going to be super educational for all you engaged gals AND a super fun party for you and your guests!! So what is this event and what can you expect if you attend Beyond the Dress Collective?!

  • First of all, some drinks! You will be offered a Bloody Mary or a mimosa when you arrive at the oh so beautiful Georgian Room at the Fairmont! Supes swanky!! Then you'll be treated to the Fairmont’s famous tea service!
  • Awesome advice! Four planners, including myself, are going to cover common mistakes we see our clients (trying) to make during the planning process. And we are going to have an open Q&A forum to go over the questions you want answered!!
  • Wait, there’s more! Luly Yang is going to debut her 2018 Spring wedding collection via a live fashion show!!
  • Plus, there is music by Chris Graves and all sorts of gorgeous wedding stuff to be seen!
  • And, last, but definitely not least, something else super fun! Each planner is showcasing their own wedding gown and having their bouquet recreated by Aria Style! We'll also each have our own wedding album on display – so fun!! I know I went down memory lane looking at all of my own photos. I mean, how cute am I… WE, I mean how cute are WE!   :)
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So reserve Sunday, April 29th for yourself (and your maid of honor/mom/bridesmaid) and treat-yo-self to a stress free wedding afternoon at the Fairmont! It will be your favorite planning day during your engagement, I promise!!

RSVP via Brown Paper Tickets by April 25th!  Tickets are limited- only 100 available!- so reserve yours today! More information below  :)

Can't wait to see y'all there!

Cheers! Megan

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Katie & Doran: Fall in Love

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Happy April Friends! Spring has officially sprung and it's time to share yet another beautiful blog featuring another gorgeous couple on their big day. Meet Katie and Doran! They were married last fall, which created a perfect and scenic backdrop for all of their photos. They come from very large Irish families, which was a huge influence on their wedding. So many family members wanted to pitch in and contribute, which led to many truly special details that made this day so personal for them and their families. I loved all of the family touches they worked in throughout the day!

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Katie wore her mom's wedding dress, which was really special for the two of them to share. And can we talk about how freaking gorgeous it is!? I was obsessed. Also believe it or not, Doran's aunts did all of the floral arrangements, and they were on point.

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They had their wedding ceremony at Katie's family's church. I was in awe of the beautiful stained glass windows and the incredible archways. It was the ideal background for their fun first look and their classic and traditional ceremony. 

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After officially walking down the aisle and becoming Mr. and Mrs. it was off to Pioneer Square for an idyllic fall photo shoot. But first, shots! How else would we commemorate an Irish wedding?!

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Can we talk about how DREAMY these two are?! They looked at each other like this the whole damn day. They were so happy and in love! They attracted attention from everyone around... people... horses....

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Then it was off to party at 415 Westlake, a venue very near and dear to my heart because it is where I had my own wedding! I love working weddings there because it brings back so many special memories.

The couple opted for a donut table instead of a traditional cake, and they were LEGEN... wait for it... DARY (and not only because they came from Legendary Doughnuts). It was a fun twist for guests and balanced out a lot of the other traditional elements very nicely. Also, Doran's brothers made the gorgeous hanging names, as well as the signage for the donut table, the guest book, and the welcome sign!

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It was Katie's birthday also, so she had an extra reason to celebrate! All of the guests sang to her as she blew out a candle. Also, can't you just tell from the photos how fun these two are?! They make taking shots, among many other things, look so adorable.

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Post (a very yummy) dinner, these two hosted an EPIC dance party. The DJ kept the floor packed all night, and completely disregarded all of my requests for him to play more Cher. I could be mad about it because let's face it, Cher makes everything better, but everyone had a blast and that's all that really matters!

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At the end of the night, some not so sober family members insisted on helping me pack up the candles even though I told them they didn't have to. They just couldn't help themselves! I'm considering hiring them as Clutch Events associates for the upcoming wedding season!

Huge thanks to Katie and Doran (and your families) for letting me be a part of your big day! I had so much fun and it was the best way to close out my wedding season for 2017. And thank you to all of our vendors listed below (and all of the family members who pitched in to make this day so special)! 2018 has some very large shoes to fill!  #letsgo

 

Church- Holy Rosary (Officiant: Father Tim Clark)

Reception Venue- 415 Westlake

Caterer + Rentals- Ravishing Radish

Photographer- Kelly Mason Photo

DJ- Magnolia Rhapsody

Dessert- Legendary Doughnuts

Hair + Makeup- Emerald City Beauty (Erin Register)

Not-So-Common Wedding Planning

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When it comes to your wedding day, you want it to be the best day of your life. From the flowers, to the dress, to the food-- months and months of planning goes into this very memorable occasion. These tend to be the more obvious wedding prep ideas, however sometimes the smaller details for yourself can get lost in the shuffle. Ultimately, you want to put the happiness of you and your future spouse at the forefront of everything, so here is a list of some less talked about wedding prep ideas to ensure you are feeling and looking your best!

To Cut or Not To Cut

Hair is crucial to a woman's wedding day. A lot of time and energy goes into doing research on ways you want it to look and meeting with your stylist for trial runs. Something to consider months out from your wedding would be, on average, how fast your hair may grow. When thinking about your next cut you should consider that hair grows ¼ of an inch per month. Sugar Bear Hair Vitamins are gummies that help maintain your locks, while keeping your hair full and strong, which will help to maintain your desired styling. The groom may be battling a different type of issue. Two in three men begin to lose their hair by the age of 35. Hims offers Finasteride, which is a prescription to treat male pattern baldness at the crown and middle of the scalp. Within a few weeks, you will notice slower hair loss and thicker hair. You are able to talk to a doctor online, so there is no embarrassing in-office appointment needed and the product is shipped right to your house.

 

Shine Bright Like A Diamond

There is nothing better than having flawless skin. If you want to be able to have the perfect wedding day glow, switching up your diet is a great place to start. Many believe that healthy food can be the best medicine. Oranges for example are loaded with Vitamin C and it is proven that people who eat foods high in Vitamin C have fewer wrinkles and less age-related dry skin. Having trouble dealing with bags under your eyes? Broccoli is a vegetable that is packed with Vitamin K. This vitamin is crucial in speeding up the healing process of bruises. When you have dark discoloration under your eyes, this helps to lessen the presence of these and bring a more youthful appearance. Here are some recipes centered around broccoli if you want to get creative with your meals leading up to the special day.

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No Worries

Sometimes we get wrapped up in our physical self so much, that we forget how important our minds are. With all the stress that goes into planning a wedding, it can be really beneficial to take a few minutes out of the day to relax your mind and meditate. Headspace is a meditation app you can easily download for free on your phone or tablet. You can select a variety of different exercises depending on what you are feeling. It has been proven to lower stress levels and clear your mind. This is really important when making big wedding decisions that typically cost a lot of money. The last thing you want to do is stress yourself out leading up to the big day, so this is just a quick reminder to sit back and find enjoyment in the process.

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It is never too late to get started on making small changes to make sure you are the best you can be on your big day. Every little bit of planning can help and these are just a few ideas to consider when gearing up. Get ready to look and feel your best!