Archives for August 2010

Cake & Pictures

If you are like me, photography is super important to you. It’s the one thing – besides a video :) – that you will always have to remember your wedding, engagement and other memories. If you are a bit overwhelmed by where to look for your perfect photographer, you should check out Cake & Pictures. With an exclusive directory of photographer listings from all over the US and the world, Cake & Pictures is a lifesaver for those not sure where to start their search.

If you don’t see any photographers listed for your city, Cake & Pictures are more than happy to help you find the perfect photographer by email or phone. And a sample of some of the amazing photographers they represent…

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Outdoor Summer Wedding Inspiration

Summer is my favorite season and so of course I’ve fallen in love with these sweet summer wedding concepts by Ashlyn and Heather of Carter & Cook Event Co. I think the palette is a so fun and there are so many great ideas that would be easy to incorporate into your day. Love how they incorporated cantaloupe into the day! Hopefully it will help inspire those of you planning a summer wedding next year. Oh, and the lovely couple – Ryan and Katie Scott – they are a real life couple who were sweet enough to model for the photo shoot. You can tell by the photos that Jessica Claire captured that they are truly in love ! And just wait until you see her GORGEOUS shoes! LOVE them.

Our summertime themed shoot was inspired by the carefree days of summer. Camping, gingham, popsicles, lots of bright color and texture played into the workshop theme.

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Hannah with Modern Bouquet always does an incredible job bringing our vision to reality. The whimsical florals were such an elegant touch to the table. She also hand made a rustic chandelier for the ceremony area that was hung from an arch, that came from Found Rentals.

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We knew right away we wanted to incorporate the natural setting of the workshop. Because of the rustic outdoorsy environment, we decided to bring in Jeni from Found and use her amazing collection of furniture. She is incredible to work with and has such a fantastic selection of pieces.

outdoor wedding ceremony

Anytime we get the chance to create a an element of design that may be hung over a tablescape – we take advantage! We attached various styles of rope to the Oak Tree, along with the left over fabric to create an eclectic and fun looking rope chandelier.

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Our goal was to take the rustic atmosphere & theme but create an elegant space. We love the idea of mixing textures and patterns. Gingham and vintage floral prints began to paint a vision. We made a custom peach and tangerine floral printed table runner and navy gingham napkins. Posh Paperie created adorable place card flags that were secured in fresh pieces of summer fruit – cantaloupe! All the wedding signs were a beautiful combination of the two patterns. In order to off set the rustic environment, we used navy blue fine china, and then spray painted plastic plates as homemade chargers. A less expensive way to add color and another fun element to your table.

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outdoor summer wedding reception

A small campfire area made up of various lanterns was created & included benches, a hammock, peanuts to snack on and a even a game of Bingo.

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outdoor wedding reception

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Melody, from Sweet & Saucy Shop created a cake table with 3 alternating sizes of cake, two of which had toasted marshmallow frosting! We designed a hand dyed tulle curtain backdrop for our cake table. The lighting created a beautiful focal point.

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wedding portraits jessica claire

Thanks to everyone involved for sharing your talents with us – so much inspiration here!

Vendor Team:

Event Design/Styling: Carter & Cook Event Co.
Furniture Rentals: Found Rentals
Hair Pieces & Shoe Clips: Rachel Larraine
Hair: The Mermaid Salon, Kim Lilly
Make up: Color4Casting, Jessica Arredondo
Photography: Jessica Claire
This wedding features rad artists fromThe GWS Wedding Artist GalleryPosh Paperie is a Featured Artist in the GWS Artist Guide! Find more rad artists for your day in our Gallery

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Real Wedding: Amanda + Liam’s Treehouse Wedding

Amanda + Liam met in 8th grade. They were joined by a small gathering of family and friends from Austin, TX to enjoy an overnight celebration among the trees, treehouses, trails, + hammocks at Treehouse Point in Snoqualmie Valley, Washington. All photographed by the talented Sergio Mottola.

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Most memorable moment of your wedding day? Hands down walking down the aisle. I was holding the hand of my biggest fan, my big brother… being led by a dear friend playing a Sufjan Stevens song on his acoustic guitar… weaving our way across a bridge and down the path within the forest to a small stage… which stood my love waiting for me… all before our loving family and friends beneath the towering trees and glowing sun rays. It was magical.

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Our primary focus of the day was to not detract from the existing beauty but to provide touches scattered throughout Treehouse Point that reflected our personalities. Since this was a destination wedding for us we felt a huge need to make as much by hand (or purchase handmade) and support the local community.

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treehouse wedding

treehouse wedding

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wedding rustic decorations

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Any advice for those planning now? Keep it personal and make it memorable for the two of you. It was really important to us to add those unexpected touches to make each guests know how much we appreciated them being there. For example, we had a hand written note waiting for each guests at their place setting. Our officiant was a dear friend that became ordained on-line especially for our ceremony. We are all about the memories so plan your wedding by what is important to YOU.

Also, invest in a great photographer. Do your research. Make phone calls and view their portfolios. In the end, it’s well worth it! Remember, these are your memories. And lastly, enjoy enjoy enjoy!

photography: Sergio Mottola
dress: Robert Bullock
belt: Little white dresser via etsy
hair clip: Anthropologie
bow tie: Xoelle via etsy
shoes: goodwill
large letters: Summerland via etsy
centerpieces: vintage frames, apothecary jars, wood stumps, and moss
flowers: pike place market, arranged by a friend
makeup: Jenny Bowker
venue and catering: Treehouse Point
dessert: Dahlia

Check out more the wedding here on Sergio’s Blog. Thanks so much Sergio for sharing your work with us. Sergio Mottola is based in Tacoma, Washington and available for travel world-wide.

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