Monday, October 26, 2009

Hitched: Janet and Jason in sunny San Diego

Janet and Jason are such a perfect match; they are both incredibly sweet, gracious, and have great, warm smiles! We had so much fun planning their big day in San Diego! Their Sunday wedding was perfect; a gorgeously warm and sunny day; a lovely church ceremony, and a funky, chic reception on the bay looking towards downtown San Diego (behind these palm trees).
Complete with stunning flowers in an incredible SoCal fall color palette (think warm tones, but not too "fall" - gorgeous pink and orange orchids, green hydrangeas, fuchsia roses, and curly willow branches adorned with more orchids!)....Janet and Jason love to play games so we had her uncle paint some amazing signs leading guests towards lawn games, lounging, and cocktails. Scrabble pieces adorned adorable (and scrumptious) cupcakes, and their cake topper (they had a mini cake to cut) was custom made out of their Mii characters for the Wii!
Aren't their Mii cake toppers so cool??

Capiz shell candle holders (hand painted by her uncle as well!) and grass pouches acted as favors and we had an adorable candy buffet for the kids. We had an ultra cool authentic photo booth on the terrace; guests used their photos to post to a guest book with a note (we even took part - it was so much fun!).

Epic Affair created a truly awesome and beautiful same-day edit video that we played after toasts - what fun! Check it out here:

Thank you, Janet and Jason, for having us play a role in your big day! Have a great time on your cruise and congratulations!

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Pro Pics!

We love, love, love the pro photos that just arrived from Amore Studios from Emily and Ryen's gorgeous and amazingly fun wedding! Read back to July to read the blog posting with fun post-wedding details!

A Night in Monaco

Monday, October 12, 2009

I love decorating for Halloween and got a start today by making some scrumptious candied apples; half with chocolate and crushed nuts and the other half with sea salt and milk chocolate. I printed some spooky silhouettes that I found online and placed them on some black frames we already had hanging.

For a fun Halloween party setting be sure to give your guests an assortment of treats (both sweet and savory) like candied apples, assorted nuts, a gourmet cheese platter, cured meats, and other easy to bite crostinis and stationed bites.

Offer alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks like witch's brew (think a dark punch served up in a bowl inside a black cauldron), coffee and tea, and wine/beer and an assortment of drinks guests can serve up easily. Stock standard bar accoutrements like cherries, tonic water, Coke, limes, corkscrews, fun Halloween napkins, and ample ice. Surround the bar and buffet with dry ice to give an eerie effect. Happy Halloween!

Monday, October 5, 2009

Herban Feast Tasting

Our Senior Associate, Amanda attended the Herban Feast tasting last week and had some great feedback. We personally love SoDo Park and planned a great event honoring Bill Gates, Sr. there last year. The staff is great, the food delicious, and the setting is so cool!

Isn't this photo she took awesome?
Here's some insight from Amanda:
Nestled on 1st Avenue in downtown Seattle, SoDo Park is a unique, vintage Seattle, and stunning venue. Inside, high, exposed rafters soar over an open floor. The original woodwork is exposed throughout, giving the walls and ceiling a pleasant warmth. The space is full of clean lines, the modern mixing fantastically with the historical.
SoDo’s open layout gives limitless opportunities for various events. From weddings to corporate parties and private functions, the venue can accommodate virtually anything. Curtains can be hung for smaller wedding, creating a more intimate atmosphere for fewer guests. At the front, SoDo features two charming raised lounges, perfect for small groups or cocktail hour. For larger weddings, the full facility can be left opened. Round tables can be scattered throughout the floor, but there’s more than enough room to seat over two hundred at banquet tables.

The local vendors were just as impressive. Blue Danube Productions, Seattle Parties, Miki’s Flowers, and ABC Rentals were featured throughout the night. Guests were greeted with several stations set up by Herban Feast, from traditional cheese and crackers, salad and a variety of meats, to a stunning butternut squash ravioli.
Herban Feast served a delightful range of appetizers, but the sweet potato crab cakes were supreme. They made it difficult to resist and were my personal favorite!
Upon entering guests were greeted with a creative wire tree that held dozens of martini glasses, filled with their signature lemon-basil drinks.
Next door, dessert vendors had set up in Selvetica, another local venue that offers services along with SoDo’s. Brides can rent Selvetica to use for a cocktail hour or additional room. On this night, the Confectional and Sugar Rush offered desserts like espresso cup cakes, raspberry cheesecake truffles, and sugar cookies. If you’re ever near Pike Place Market, stop by Confectional for one of their truffles – you won’t regret it.
It was a wonderful evening in a great facility!