Monthly Archives: October 2010

It’s Uncomplicated

My time with Kasie and Kevin is always just this: Refreshing!  We had an informal brunch date recently to review the ceremony flow.  These two are just as they seem, relaxed, flexible and excited to share their day with friends and family.  We had a splendid time as they told their story over fresh baked sticky buns, basil baked green chile omelet, homemade applesauce and chicken apple sausages.  Such a delightful way to spend the morning!

Josh and Christy

Lord Hill Farms was the perfect backdrop for Christy and Josh – they are so fun loving.  Their wedding day was the ideal blend of elegance and rural/ease.  It was a day they had worked hard to create and the result was a concoction of fun, festivity, friends and family.  Christy looked sensational in her champagne beaded gown.  And the fall theme was maximized with their choice of dramatic accents: purples, oranges, yellows peppered everywhere.  Applause was heard throughout the building when two of Josh and Christy’s friends sang “The Prayer” in both Italian and English.  (Andrea and Celine would have been impressed!)  It was truly powerful.

Here’s Josh, always funny and unfailingly supportive, looking handsome and quite enjoying his wedding day.  It inspired me that  Josh and Christy both wrote and read “surprise” wedding vows to one another during the wedding.  The words were not only sweet – but sincere, and sometimes funny.  Once again creativity captures the day!

HR Northwest Photography (Heather and Ryan Shipley) were on hand to catch the happenings with their charming and easy manner.

Christy spray painted fall gourds and then sprinkled them with glitter.  The result was so whimsical that it had many of us snapping photos.   Large white pumpkins were carved with intricate designs and displayed on the main buffet tables among tall candlesticks.

I had the pleasure of working for the first time with DJ Darrell Christel.  He wowed me with his equipment and his truly caring professionalism.

Christy and Josh…I know that your life will be full of teamwork, respect and most of all your deep friendship.

Their Dream Wedding…Finally!

Yukari and Stephen were married four years ago at the King County Courthouse.   But their fantasy of having an intimate, unforgettable ceremony with their friends and family has remained close to their hearts.  Now, with their darling little son, Aiden, as our Ring Bearer and Yukari’s family visiting from Japan – their wish is coming true.  We had such a lovely evening recently mapping their ceremony plan.    Among homemade  red pasta sauce (six hours simmering!) my rosemary sour dough  focaccia, crisp garden salad and Apple Custard Tart,  we delighted in discussing their public declaration that celebrates their marriage, their son, their love.  The lesson is this:  It is NEVER too late!

Lowder is Polished

Meet Greg Lowder – one of my favorite DJ’s.  It is hard to say how many years we’ve been working together – and he is ALWAYS flawless.  Greg loves his toys and gadgets!  I was able to use his NEW fancy wireless lapel mic (that went undaunted by the wind) during a recent wedding near the water.  His enthusiasm for his profession is almost as charming as his adoration for his little four year old son!

Hull and Company

This is Barbie Hull, high energy and brilliant photographer.  Her sister Vera was the “Day Of” coordinator for a friend’s wedding where we teamed up to fabricate a vibrant event.  Jennifer is Barbie’s talented sidekick.  I loved working with Barbie.  (She would even take photos with my little camera!) Barbie’s relaxed, on time and just easy to be around – all great attributes for “Behind the Scenes” vendors – because those moods do eventually flow towards the guests!

Laughing Is Good

We did a lot of laughing that day.   I knew when I first heard Randy and Kate’s scheme for the Farm Kitchen (Poulsbo) that this wedding would be my ideal scenario of kicked-back fun.  The barn framed orchard lent the stage for the perfect fall setting.  The brilliant and bountiful orange arrangements from Melanie Benson Floral Design (Bainbridge Island)  along with her countless wooden boxes of fresh peaches,  had us all charmed.

Fall  was in the air. So was the constant flow of contagious laughter.

This is Kate and Randy with their “Best People”, so enjoying their ideal day.  What other groom would actually “Bunny Ear” me during the ceremony?  (Yes, more laughter!)  I know the rest of Randy and Kate’s life together will be much like this day… playful, upbeat, colorful, easy-going, filled with good friends, and surrounded by their loving families.

It started at Tolo

Nathan and Janice really did have a photo from their date to Tolo at Shorewood High School displayed at their wedding!  The journey over the years has been filled with adventures and this wedding was so worth the wait!

Janice’s dear friends played heavenly music for a VERY full Ballroom at the DAR House on Capital Hill.  We were blessed to have a raft of grandparents with us…along with Nate and Janice’s two lovely families – overjoyed with the union.  Nate had his brother and sister standing up for him and Janice chose her sister and dear friend for her team.  Nathan’s father did a reading for us, keeping with the family theme.    Nate & Janice, may the fun, creative adventures continue!

George and Heather: Best Friends Forever

They all go WAY back.  The friendships, the laughter, the teasing, the loyalty began when the bride and groom and (their wedding party) were in high school!!!  This was not only a wedding – but a fine-tuned reunion of comrades with a rich history.

I first met Heather at a wedding that I performed over 7 years ago.  It was so exciting when she and George contacted me about their big day.  More good news followed when I learned that we would be at one of my favorite venues – The Woodmark Hotel.  A haven where everything flows smoothly and the food always tastes so scrumptious.

Here are George’s Best Fellows clowning with me.  Please note that they are drinking water.  A rare moment worthy of documentation and done so well by Barbie (“Always Smiling”) Hull, using my non-professional little camera!

I know that George and Heather will have a longtime network of good friends to share their future happiness.   The fun times and treasured memories will certainly continue.