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!

Andrea & Britt: #FromThisDayCorra

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Happy February! It's officially the most romantic month of the year, so I'm bringing the love to you all with this gorgeous couple- Andrea and Britt. Their wedding day was nothing short of spectacular! Perfect Seattle weather for a perfect Seattle couple.

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This oh so beautiful pair had met roughly 18 months earlier at a UW football tailgate party when Andrea’s cousin approached Britt with a line like, "Hey you’re hot. You should meet my hot cousin." And he agreed! The two connected over the phone that week, which led to their first date the next Sunday at a Seahawks game... with several of Andrea’s family members who were also there! Britt didn’t let the pressure get to him though and that first date was the beginning of a whirlwind romance! 

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Britt & Andrea wanted to treat their 250 guests to an elegant and fun affair! Per Andrea's family's tradition, the couple was married at the spectacular St. James’ Cathedral, and then they were picked up by Andrea’s father in his classic white Cadillac convertible! 

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Then it was off to probably the only venue in Seattle that could top the stunning ceremony- the Seattle Art Museum! One of my favorite spots in the city to host a truly fantastic reception. Guests were in awe of the venue as they entered and you could tell everyone was excited to party at the SAM!

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An extra special treat for guests as they entered the reception was that they were the first to celebrate under the new John Grady ‘Middle Fork’ tree instillation- a replica of a 140 year old western hemlock tree located in the Cascade Mountains.  It was a mouth dropping room reveal for sure!  To showcase the art, Crimson Haze worked their magic with uplights, spotlights & washes throughout the reception. And the soft chestnut color of the tree complimented the neutral tones Andrea & Britt’s wedding design perfectly! We rented gold chiavari chairs, ivory linens with champagne chiffon overlays, gold flatware, and glass gold rimmed chargers from Pedersen’s. The pops of emerald green found in the menus, table favors, and endless strands of garland kept the look sophisticated and classic. 

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Each guest was welcomed to their seat by an envelope that read ‘For Richer or Poorer’ with a penny attached. Inside the favor (made by the bride!) was a scratch off lottery ticket. You could hear guests' excitement as they won around the room! 

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To kick the party off, the couple made their grand entrance down the even grander staircase of the South Hall at the Seattle Art Museum into their cocktail hour where guests were enjoying signature cocktails and appetizers by TASTE. 

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After a delicious plated dinner and a dessert bar full of yummy bites by Street Treats, guests listened to thoughtful speeches and watched the first dances. Something super unique and fun to note, Britt and his mom Kathy are HUGE Tupac fans (they even have matching Tupac tattoos!) and their mother and son dance was to his song, ‘Dear Mamma'! Disclaimers were made about her excellent parenting before the song began – it was too funny!

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They ended the night with a truly epic dance party! Andrea hilariously danced around the reception with a silver platter full of Dick’s hamburgers- a Seattle wedding guest's dream! As guests danced to the fabulous Blue Wave Band, burgers were snatched up left and right. It was a perfect way to send everyone off! 

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It was an exceptional night for an exceptional couple! Andrea & Britt are as nice and kind as they are gorgeous, and as you can see from these images, they are ridiculously gorgeous! It was a wedding where you could tell that every guest in attendance was just glowing with happiness for them!! It was fun just to be in the room surrounded by the energy!! 

Thank you Andrea and Britt for letting me be a part of this perfect day! I had a blast! And huge thanks to our many vendors who made this day everything and more. You are all phenomenal!

Hotel- The Thompson

Ceremony- St. James Cathedral

Reception- Seattle Art Museum

Caterer- TASTE

Photographer- Wiley Putnam Photography

Florist- Creative Colours

Videographer- Green Attic Films

Music- Blue Wave Band

Dessert- Street Treats

Lighting- Crimson Haze Event Lighting

Rentals- Pedersen's Event Rentals

Draping- Prop Gallery

Hair + Makeup- OffWhite Makeup and Beauty

Transportation- Creative Bus

*As seen in the February issue of Seattle Met Bride & Groom Magazine!

Janna & Mikey: #Sewellmates

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Oh hey party people, I'm back!! Happy 2018! I hope you all had a fantastic holiday and you're ready to make the most of this brand new year! To kick the year off right I wanted to share one of my favorite weddings of 2017: Janna and Mikey. I hope seeing these photos makes you all warm and cozy during this chilly winter we're having! 

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Where do I start with these two? The first time they met, Mikey was helping Janna move out of her apartment during college. He was a friend of a friend of a friend and it was all hands on deck, so they didn't know each other and there wasn't a ton of interaction, but they remembered each other.

Years later, they saw each other out one night and after Mikey worked up a bit of (liquid) courage, he walked up to her and delivered a perfectly crafted one liner, "You're pretty." And.... it worked! To all the guys out there who think something that simple won't work: hope is restored! 

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Janna is supes classy. She is very sweet and soft spoken with long, dark, silky, swooping hair. Literally every time we met, she was dressed to perfection. My first thought every time I saw her was, "Damn girl, could you be any cuter?!" Which is why I was not surprised at all by how phenomenal she looked on the big day. She is pretty much the opposite of me in many way. But I think she must be drawn to opposites because then there's Mikey...

Mikey is a down and dirty kind of guy. He was a wrestler in college and now he wears a lot of Carhartt and Filson and works with his hands. Though you wouldn't know all that from these photos because he looks incredibly suave and charming!

The whole "opposites attract" is clearly working in their favor, because well... look at them!

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These two wanted to have a very traditional and FUN wedding! They had been to about 10 weddings together in the year before they got engaged so they had a really good sense of what they did and didn't want at their own wedding. One of their main goals was awesome food, which is one of the many reasons we chose Sodo Park as their venue. Herban Feast served up an incredible family style feast of citrus rubbed wild pacific salmon and beef tenderloin.

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Pike's Place Press did the invitations and the menus, and Janna hand wrote every guest's name on a menu, which served as their seat assignment identifier. Then bash & bloom killed the floral centerpieces and added lush greenery all over the venue, including green sprigs on each of the napkins. Their white, blush & navy color palette really popped with all of the accents and florals.

Mikey painted this 6 foot tall board with chalk paint and then Chalk Boss wrote out table assignments for the 25 tables for their 215 guests. It was gorg!

Another of their main goals was to have Rainier Beer. CHECK! And when the venue ran out, your girl went out and picked up three more cases. Some call me a hero, some just say I make dreams come true... I'll take either.

Mikey's only request was to have a funfetti cake and Kara from The Sweetside definitely delivered! It was a beautiful centerpiece for this incredible dessert table.

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Their last goal was to have a truly EPIC dance party. Mission accomplished! It was honestly one of the best dance parties ever. Mikey's wrestling buddies from the east coast even did a ribbon dance routine to Queen's "Bohemian Rhapsody" that was, as the kids say, "lit."

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These two were a serious highlight of last year for me, and they're leaving some seriously big shoes to fill for 2018. Congrats you two! I had a blast working with you!

And thank you to all of the amazing vendors who made this day everything Janna and Mikey wanted it to be:

Venue + Caterer- Sodo Park & Herban Feast Catering

Photographer- Carina Skrobecki Photography

Videographer- Denver Nathan Studio

Florist- bash & bloom

DJ- Kryspin Music

Dessert- The Sweetside + Whole Foods (Westlake)

Rentals- Pedersen's Rentals

Hair + Makeup- OffWhite Makeup + Beauty

Officiant- Jason Boss

Signage- Chalk Boss

Hotel- Kimpton Alexis Hotel

Tracy & Drew say, "I Do"

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Hey ladies and gents!! I'm back!! Wedding Season 2017 has come to a close and was as successful as ever. All of the Clutch Events brides and grooms killed it and now I get to have fun blogging all about them. Yay!

First up: Tracy and Drew! These two were seriously SO FUN to work with! Tracy is legit one of my funniest brides of all time. 99% of our communication while wedding planning was us texting memes back and forth to one another. I miss that and her so much! But I am so proud of what we put together for their big day through all of that laughter.

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Tracy and Drew chose the gorg Woodmark Hotel for their venue! They live in Kirkland and they eat at Le Grande (right across from the Woodmark) a few times a week, so it was fitting to choose a location where they felt at home for their wedding day. 

Tracy wanted their wedding to feel very traditional and classic. She wanted to incorporate a lot of white, navy, and yellow which was absolutely stunning – especially since they were on the waterfront. It felt like a perfect palette for their Lake Washington wedding!

And photographer Katie Parra did an amazing job of capturing the day beautifully in between the extreme winds and rain!

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A major highlight of the day was the live quartet that played as guests entered, as well as during the ceremony and cocktail hour. Afterward, Craig Lawrence provided the reception music and guests danced to all the classics throughout the rest of the evening.

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Eleanor from bash & bloom created the gorgeous centerpieces and ceremony arch. Tracy was the type of bride that said, “Just make it beautiful, I trust you”… And whenever I hear those words, my Grinch heart grows three times its size!! She only questioned me a tiny bit when I told her the centerpiece vessels were cement, but she let me stay the course and they turned out so cool!

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Having a delicious dinner and making sure there were top shelf beverage choices during the wedding was a priority for these two. They decided on a plated dinner and guests dined on their choice of protein duos of either Maine lobster with Kobe beef, or a prime filet with wild salmon – YES please! 

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The first time I met with Tracy & Drew, I had broached the subject of dessert and I think I got out, "What do you want for des"… before Tracy yelled, "A chocolate, chocolate cake!" So I made sure to make that happen! The chocolate, chocolate combo came from Deru Market and then we added a macaron tower from Lady Yum and some mini bites from The Woodmark. Delish! And so pretty!

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If this little guy is any indication of how the rest of the night went, I'd say it was a success!

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Big thanks to Tracy and Drew for putting your trust in me on your big day! I think we made an excellent team and I look forward to exchanging memes with you sometime again in the future!

* Just a quick note, Tracy is gorgeous and Drew is a sexy silver fox, they just prefer their pretty mugs not be on social media, so no personal images were shared:)

And I couldn't have pulled any of this off without the help of these amazing vendors! Y'all are the best and you make me look good!

Venue + Caterer- The Woodmark Hotel

Photographer- Katie Parra Photography

Florist- bash & bloom

Ceremony Music- Contrast Music

Reception Music + Ceremony Sound- Craig Lawrence Band

Dessert- Deru + Lady Yum + The Woodmark Hotel

Rentals- Vintage Ambiance + Pedersen's Rentals

Officiant- A Wedding With Heart

Hair- Melissa Titus

Makeup- Jessica Parks

An American Planner in Paris!

Each year I am #blessed to plan an annual international incentive event for an insurance agency based out of Kirkland, WA. I have been their event planner for over six years now and have gone all around the world with them. The destinations are always different, but the core program stays the same – I get to plan a four-day, four-night trip to a dreamy location filled with lavish welcome swag, fun dinners, tour options, and entertainment for their top sales team! I always contract a 5-star hotel or resort, and depending on the year I have between 80 – 120 guests as a part of the group. The event is one of my favorite weeks of every year!  In the past six years we have gone to Costa Rica (Guanacaste), Buenos Aires, Argentina, St. Kitts in the Caribbean, Dublin, Ireland and Lake Como in Italy. I am crazy lucky and super grateful for this gig! It allows me to plan events AND travel – two of my favorite things!!

You know what they say- Paris is always a good idea!- so this past spring, that is exactly where we went! And I have to say, I think it was my favorite event yet!! I contracted the Westin Paris Vendome Hotel, which, in my opinion, has the best location of any 5-star property in the city. It is across the street from the Louvre and Tuileries Garden in the 1st arrondissement of Paris. Within a few minutes walk in one direction you are at the Champs-Élysées & Arc de Triomphe, and if you walk a few minutes in the other direction, you are at the Notre Dame Cathedral, River Seine, and the Latin Quarter. Absolutely perfect for a group like mine who wants to explore the city!

Each couple was welcomed at the airport with a black Mercedes S550 waiting for them to take them to the Westin. Upon arriving at the hotel they checked in at the company welcome desk and received their swag bags and details regarding the event. Putting together the welcome bag of goodies is one of my favorite parts about the trip! I like to incorporate local items from wherever we go, plus some useful travel items. In this years bag I included a few Parisian essentials like a bottle of champagne, a box of macarons from Laduree, chocolates from La Mere di Famille, and a travel set from L’Occitane. Also included was a portable cell phone charger, an XY Findable set, two pre-stamped Paris-themed postcards and some paper goods like the welcome book, agenda, a city map, and their tour schedule.   

Amanda Fredericks of Red Sparrow Design created the design for all of the creatives. She incorporated Parisian landmarks for the welcome book, name badges, thank you cards and promotional materials. She used the same font for the ‘You Had Me at Bonjour’ welcome tote bags. So cute!!

On our first night we had a welcome cocktail in the atrium of the hotel with an accordion player and then moved into their Imperial Ballroom for our welcome reception. The ballroom is a historical site inside of the hotel and based on the photos I think you can see why! It was stunning!! The pillars, the chandeliers, the velvet walls – everything in the room was beyond gorgeous! We had a retro three-piece band and singer to entertain the group during dinner and then a handful of dancers joined the act. They pulled guests out of their seats and showed them some moves – it was super fun!!

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During the days I had scheduled optional tours around the city and surrounding area. We have quite a few art enthusiasts so private tours to the Louvre and Orsay Museum were big hits. A group also went to Claude Monet’s home to see his gardens and the quaint village of Giverny, which was so lovely! One day I took a group to the Palace of Versailles which was amazing! We went through the palace and throughout the gardens before having lunch at the restaurant along one of the many ponds. Other private tour options included a city tour to see the major sites and a walking tour through the neighborhood of Montmartre.   

On our farewell night I wanted to show the guests something special so I took them on a river cruise on the Seine. The boat was perfect for the occasion! The top deck was open air and the weather was ideal for cocktail hour! The boat’s captain drove us to the Statue of Liberty (the original!) and the Eiffel Tower for a photo op! Each couple had their picture taken as a fun keepsake! And as you can see, some had more fun with it than others!  

The lower deck of the boat where dinner was served was modern with white tablecloths and mirage chairs, so I added some red, white, and blue wool berets and some French flags along with some local red & white flowers in bud vases to play up the Parisian look. Guests were able to keep the berets as a take away gift and many wore them throughout the night.

During cocktail hour and dinner we rode up the Seine and saw all of the major sites along the river like the Eiffel Tower, the Louvre, the Orsay, the Grand & Petite Palais, the Conciergerie and Notre Dame in the daylight. By the time dinner was complete we were headed back and saw all of these sites lit up in the dark. It was perfect! Many guests went to the top of the boat and enjoyed the view while others danced along with the DJ. It was a fantastic way to end the trip!!

Next spring we are off to Rome! Paris will be a hard act to follow, but I have a few tricks up my sleeve and am ready for the challenge!!

Au Revoir!

Megan

Mr. & Mr. Orizotti

Think about some of your best friends and try to remember the first time you met them (go ahead, I’ll wait)…   It's kind of hard right!? Well I can remember the exact MOMENT I met Tyler Orizotti. I was standing on the railing of the bar at Sluggers around 11AM on a Saturday in November (feel free to stop judging me at any point) watching the Montana football rival Cat/Griz game (Go Griz!) and saw him walk up through the crowd. Granted, I knew I was going to meet him that day. His sister Kelsey & brother-in-law Tyler (yes, two Tylers) are dear, dear friends of mine who both went to the University of Montana and they told me he was coming to the bar. I had been hearing all of these great things about this Tyler, but we had never met. Well, boy howdy, let me tell ya! We locked eyes and instantly just started smiling and giggling and I’m pretty sure I said something to the effect of, “Did we just become best friends!?"  I mean, you meet new people all the time, but sometimes you just know in an instant when you meet someone that they are going to play a major role in your life foreva eva!

That was nearly 8 years ago! Fast forward to two and half years ago when Tyler met me for a suit fitting for a Get Hitched Give Hope model shoot (yes, he is as pretty as he is nice)…  After the fitting we had a beer (no shocker there) and he told me alllllll about his first date with Brandon. Brandon worked with his sister Kylie and she set them up!  (To be clear, Tyler has three sisters- Kelsey, Katie and Kylie. The joke is that I’m the fourth sister, kinda like Kris Jenner thinks she’s the fourth Kardashian. It’s a thing.)

Anywho, Tyler was absolutely smitten at first date!! And luckily for him, so was Brandon. By the way, I also remember meeting Brandon for the first time… I ran into his arms at a bar outside of the Mariner’s game (I’m sensing a pattern here). I’d been waiting for weeks to meet him and he did not disappoint  :)

Brandon & Tyler did an engagement shoot (yeah yeah yeah, they are BOTH handsome model types, groooaaaan) for Wedding Paper Divas where they wore rings from Sholdt Jewelry. Later Brandon went back to Sholdt and bought rings for he and Tyler to propose with. Which he did one year after their first date. Aaaawww!!

Cut to exactly one year after that and bam, they are married!! The two wed at Sodo Park and it could not have been more wonderful!! Get ready to become as obsessed with them as I am in 3... 2...  (but, like, back off 'cause they're mine!)

Aren't they the most handsome duo ever?!

They wanted an elegant affair with a masculine feel, and I think we really accomplished this. They incorporated jewel tones of navy, hunter green, gold, and burgundy, which paired perfectly with the natural wood of Sodo Park.  

Molly Jackson of En Fleur killed it with the flowers and decor and really amplified the color scheme. She also incorporated a lot of foliage and ferns in her arrangements, and used a ton of candles – so gorg!!

Tyler’s best friend Liz was a groomsmaid and her father Bill officiated the wedding. Throughout the ceremony he rotated between moving everyone to tears and sending us all into fits of laughter. It was like he was cracking jokes while chopping onions, everyone was a mess one way or another!

After the ceremony, we transformed Sodo Park into an equally as dreamy reception space for dinner and dancing. The lush floral and foliage centerpieces and table runners were AMAZING and we added in even more candles and lights, some more jewel tones, and some metallics and BAM! I think we outdid ourselves.

Brandon was my Get Hitched Give Hope bidding buddy at the 2016 gala and he won their wedding cake at the auction!! Karolina of Lilac Cake Boutique knocked it out of the park with her three tiered cakes (yes, plural!). Those ferns you see on the cake? Yeah, they're sugar! So amazing!

Guests dined family style enjoying beef tenderloin, seared cod, thyme crusted chicken breast, and gnocchi while Tyler & Brandon’s siblings entertained the crowd with funny speeches & heartfelt toasts.

I’ve actually known some of the Orizotti family since high school (there are a lot of them out there!), so I knew this party was going to be a good time no matter what. But man, when you get a room full of people from Butte, MT and an open bar – watch out dance floor! They’re coming for you!! DJ Kryspin played hit after hit and soon it was a sweaty mess out there, just as any awesome dance party should be!! 

It's one thing to be super happy for a close friend when they get married, but to then enjoy their husband just as much, is icing on the cake!! Thank you for letting me be a part of your wedding! I love you big time Brandon and I’m so happy to have you as a part of the family! Love, your 4th sister!!  ;)

*As seen in the Fall/Winter 2017 issue of Seattle Met Bride and Groom

As always, I couldn't do what I do without the help of my amazing team of vendors! Y'all killed it and I couldn't be more proud of our work on this one. Thank you all!

Venue + Catering- Sodo Park & Herban Feast

Photographer- Katie Parra Photography 

Florist- En Fleur Floral Design

DJ- Kryspin Music

Dessert- Lilac Cake Boutique

Rentals- Rented Elegance +Pedersen's Rentals

Holly & Kristian: The Fisherman and Wedding Planner

The very first time I met Holly Patton was at a Get Hitched Give Hope event team meeting back in 2011! We were on the GHGH Events Team together for five years! And if you know anything about Get Hitched Give Hope, you can imagine how many hours we spent together planning these amazing charity galas year after year. First, as colleagues, but after just a short time, as friends. That’s right, Holly is a wedding planner too! She is the owner of very fabulous and award winning, Perfectly Posh Events! So what do you do when you are a wedding planner and are getting married!? You hire a day of coordinator so you don’t have to stress about anything on your wedding day!! Or in Holly’s case… you win one! Uh huh, Holly won my day of wedding package at Get Hitched Give Hope during the silent auction!! For those of you who aren't familiar with the GHGH catch phrase, it's “Get gorgeous goods, while giving back"… That’s right you guys, I’M THE GORGEOUS GOODS! Haha! But in all seriousness, I felt honored that she would choose me and put her trust in my hands for her own wedding day.

I have to say, the one super nice thing about having a wedding planner as a client is that they are beyond organized! My work here was not tough people! And I got to see a ton of awesome vendors at the dance party!! Bonus!

Holly is the uber feminine girly girl who wears dresses and heels on the reg. I mean, her company is called Perfectly Posh and she fits the name to a T! Now let’s cut to Kristian. He is the quintessential guy's, guy. He’s a skier, golfer, and a fisherman. But like actually a legit fisherman. As in, he is in Alaska half of the year on a commercial boat. So these two together are the best version of opposites attract. But on their wedding day, they couldn’t have been better as one. She was the happiest I had ever seen her and he looked at her like she was the most gorgeous bride on the planet. And everyone at the wedding could see it. It was amazing.

Of course, being that it was a major wedding planner's wedding, it had to be the ‘STORM OF THE YEAR’ in Seattle… The news made it sound like Armageddon was coming! Between the DJ, the venue, and myself we had multiple calls about renting generators, getting extra candles, umbrellas- the whole nine yards! Luckily the power stayed on all day. It rained, even poured, but we were ready for it!

Anne Bradfield of Floressence did the flowers and homegirl crushed it! The ceremony backdrop with the wine barrels was beyond phenomenal!! She added foliage and flowers to the chairs on the aisles, which turned into to the chairs for the head table. Pair that with the lights from Vintage Ambiance and the aisle was gorgeous!

Following the ceremony, we transformed the ballroom into a stunning dinner setting! Holly created a beautiful design and it was truly a show stopper when the doors were reopened for guests!

Holly’s dad, Terry, owns Espresso Elegance, so of course there were a few coffee carts in the mix with their ‘signature coffees.' And talk about desserts! There were macarons during cocktail hour if you needed a sugar boost, 7 (!!!) cakes from Met Market, a surprise ski themed cake for Kristian from BAKED. and a late night popcorn bar with sweet and savory flavors! Kristian proposed with a ring in Holly’s popcorn bowl so it was only fitting that they enjoy some on their wedding day as well!

Guests were entertained all night with miniature golf, a photobooth, and a packed dance floor courtesy of Austin Beaver! One surprise that Holly definitely didn’t see coming was when a team of our fellow vendors made a grand entrance to her favorite song, "Baby, Baby" by Amy Grant (Yes, you read that correctly, that is her fav song) with a parade of pink dolphin balloons! When Holly was little her favorite color was pink and her favorite animal was a dolphin and she always thought it would be so great to have a pink dolphin themed wedding. Well Holly, here's proof that dreams really do come true!!  ;)

Thank you for letting me be a part of your wedding day my friend!! Cheers to you & Kristian!! 

**As seen in the Fall/Winter 2017 issue of Seattle Bride Magazine

A special thank you to all of the vendors who helped me pull off a wedding perfect enough for a wedding planner! You guys rock!

Venue + Catering- The Foundry by Herban Feast

Photography- Lucas Mobley Photography

Florist- Floressence

Music + Lighting- Austin Beaver

Rentals- CORT Party Rental Vintage Ambiance

Coffee Service- Espresso Elegance

Hair + Makeup- Off White Makeup & Beauty

Dessert- Metropolitan Market + Little Squirrel Bakery + BAKED

Late Night Food Cart- Dante’s Inferno Dogs

Transportation- Butler SeattleBritish Motor Coach

Entertainment- West Coast EntertainmentGolf to Go

Nanny Service- A Nanny for U

And a GIANT thank you to Megan Keller of A Kurant Event for being my right hand gal & secret back stage dance partner the day of the wedding!!! #themegans strike again!

Dress to Impress: Arrive in Style this Wedding Season

Well hello again! As I type this, the sun is finally shining in Seattle (we missed you!) and I am officially entering Ultimate Wedding Season 2017!  I am so pumped for the next few months with some amazing couples! 

In addition to the weddings I'll be planning and coordinating, I'll also be attending a few as a guest, as I'm sure many of you will be as well. This is why leading into wedding season this year, I've partnered with The Black Tux, my go-to recommendation for my client's suit and tux rentals. Think of them as Rent the Runway for men! Their very fashionable collection of suits and tuxes always keep my grooms and groomsmen (and sometimes even guests!) looking sharp on the big day. They have recently put out a wedding guest style guide called Dress to Impress, a resource that's honestly going to be a lifesaver for both me and the hubs when it comes to putting together an outfit!

I've included their super helpful style guide below, which includes on-point guidelines ranging from casual (but not too casual) to white tie (the most formal type of formal) events.

Obviously it is ALWAYS better to be overdressed than underdressed, but hopefully their guide can help you be right on point so you can feel comfortable and enjoy the night! 

Whether the event is semiformal, beach formal, or black tie, The Black Tux (my every day #TBT) has got your back. Now you'll be ready for your photo ops from ceremony to reception all wedding season long!

Cheers!

Megan