When I first started dreaming up this shoot I was in the middle of a “Mad Men” marathon.  I got to thinking about the style of the era and how effortless and really how hip everything and everyone was back then. The next thing I know I was immersing myself in all things mod. I am a fan of nostalgia and this theme let my imagination run wild. I took inspiration from the music, fashion, and of course the motor scooters that were so important to that time period and was able to create such a fun and beautiful day!

Becca of B. Jones Photography captured all the lovely details and colors of this shoot to perfection. I wanted the whole day to be evocative of the mod era, but to also be relevant and translate to the weddings of today. What we were able to put together was something chic and timeless with just the right amount of whimsy! The Fremont Foundry was the ideal location for a shoot like this. It is gorgeous and versatile and on top of that they already had a plethora of mid-century modern furnishings on hand.

We were lucky enough to get to play with not one, but two lovely bridal gowns thanks to Belltown Bride. A tea length Stella York stunner and a classically structured sheath number by Amy Kuschel. The icing on the cake was the beautiful blue Vespa that Vespa of Seattle dropped by with that made from some extra dreamy pictures.

Oh, and what would a mod shoot be without cocktails? Happy Camper Cocktail Co. selected a bride’s drink, a groom’s drink, and fun drink to pair with the cake! They gleefully mixed and served fresh garden to glass cocktails with a vintage flair for the day. The groom’s Old Fashioned is a floral take on the classic for whiskey lovers while the bride sipped a light citrus cocktail that keeps guests refreshed well through dancing. Served alongside the cake, the Bee Keeper is an herbal variation of the prohibition cocktail the Bee’s Knees, and brings to the celebration an extra dose of color and cheer. Cocktails are meant for sharing and Happy Camper Cocktails was kind enough to share the recipes for both the cocktails with us below. I can personally vouch that the Bee Keeper is truly the bee’s knees!

Cheers!


Bee Keeper – an herbal variation of the traditional Bee’s Knees lemon + honey + gin cocktail

(Makes 2 servings)

  • 1/4 oz honey dissolved into 1 oz warm water
  • ice
  • 3 oz gin
  • 2 oz fresh citrus juice- can be orange, grapefruit, or lemon or 1 oz each of two juices
  • 4 fresh sage leaves
  • 2 fresh sage sprigs

In a cocktail shaker, stir honey into water until dissolved. Add sage leaves and muddle with honey syrup, then add juices and ice. Shake for 30 seconds then strain and pour into a stemmed cocktail glass, garnish each glass with a tall sprig of sage.


Simple Goodness Gin Fizz – a light, refreshing cocktail perfect for summer afternoons

(Makes 2 servings)

  • 2 oz gin
  • 2 oz elderfleur liqueur
  • 2 oz fresh squeezed grapefruit juice
  • 2 oz fresh squeezed orange juice
  • 1/2 oz fresh squeezed lemon juice
  • 1/2 oz  simple syrup
  • ice
  • splash club soda
  • 3 sprigs fresh rosemary, 2 long, 1 short
  • 2 fresh edible flowers (we used flowers from bok choy)
  • 2 lemon slices
  • 2 orange slices

Muddle the short sprig of rosemary with simple syrup and lemon juice in a cocktail shaker. Add fresh juices and liquor, ice, and shake for 30 seconds. Strain liquid and pour into highball glasses filled with ice, top each glass with club soda to taste. Garnish each with a tall sprig of rosemary and a tall edible flowers, and hold them in place with the fruit slices


Good Ole’ Fashioned Happy Camper – A floral twist on the classic. Because the best way to drink an Old Fashioned is the way you like it.

(makes 1 serving)

  • 2.5 oz rye whiskey such as Woodinville Whisky 100% Rye
  • 1/2 oz elderfleur liqueur such as St. Germaine
  • 2-3 dashes Angostura bitters
  • 1/4 tsp granulated sugar
  • Strip of lemon zest, for garnish

In a lowball glass, top sugar with a few dashes of bitters, stir with cocktail spoon until dissolved. Top with whiskey and liqueur, stir gently. Drop in one large ice cube (make them easily by using your muffin tins.) Finish the drink with a twist by holding the lemon peel with the pith (white) side facing towards you directly over the glass, twist your right hand once counterclockwise, and then drop the peel into the glass.


 

 

 


Vendor Team!

Photography: B. Jones Photography // Design & Coordination: Bright & Co Events // Floral Design: Juniper Flowers // Venue: The Fremont Foundry // Mixologist: Happy Camper Cocktails // Cake:Honey Crumb Cakes // Table Rental: Seattle Farm Tables // Bridal Gown: Belltown Bride // Menswear:The Black Tux // Rings + Jewelry: Green Lake Jewelry Works // Invitation Suite + Paper Goods: Ivory & Vine // Specialty Décor (paper): Paper White Designs // Specialty Rentals: Vintage Ambiance // VW Bus Photo booth: Shutterbus Co. // Scooters: Vespa of Seattle // Male Model: James Ward // Female Model: Kelsey Bujachic // Hair & Makeup: Urbanista Weddings

I took on my first styled shoot this past January and WOW it was quite the undertaking. From coming up with the theme, to getting some FAB vendors on board, and the the logistics of setup…it was intense, but so much fun!…and the reward for all that hard work? This shoot was PUBLISHED on The Perfect Palette! Yay!

When I first laid eyes upon “Serenity” and “Rose Quartz”, the dual Pantone Color of the Year for 2016, what immediately struck me was the soft, dreamy, and playful nature of both colors and how they complemented each other so beautifully. Being a dancer myself I was immediately reminded of that same airy nature in ballet.

I really wanted there to be a sense of fluidity and movement in everything for this shoot and the classically modern backdrop of the Olympic Rooftop Pavilion provided a perfect canvas to bring that vision to life. Their breezy open air patio gave the Sarah Seven gown from The Dress Theory the most ideal flowy and fluttery feel. Amy of GATHER was able to encapsulate motion in her floaty, hanging, and free moving florals and to top it all off Becca of B. Jones Photography breathed life into the whole shoot with the way she effortlessly directed and shot our models.

As if the day wasn’t dreamy enough already, the highlight of our shoot was the fact that our beautiful bride, Bronwyn, just happened to be trained in ballet and, at out behest, brought her pointe shoes. Having the opportunity to watch her move in her gown was a thing of beauty and it brought the perfect amount of elegance and weightlessness to an already amazing shoot.

Check out the beautiful pictures below!

 Vendors:

Design & Coordination: Bright & Co // Photography:  B. Jones Photography  // Wardrobe: The Dress Theory // Venue: Olympic Rooftop Pavilion // Models: Bronwyn Gibson // Hair & Makeup: Yessie Libby // Florist: Gather  // Specialty Rentals: Vintage Ambiance & Fanciful Rentals // Bakery: Baked // Accessories: The Mrs Box & Silk & Willow // Jewelry: Green Lake Jewelry  // Invitation Suite: Noteworthy Ink // Rentals: CORT // Calligraphy: Cable Car Couture

So swoon-worthy, right? I can’t wait to share my next shoot with you all soon!

 

The question has been popped, an answer has been given, the date has been set, and now you need a venue.

There are so many considerations to take in when you are choosing your perfect wedding venue that it’s hard to know where to start. I was lucky enough to have a very specific idea of what I wanted in my wedding venue. I knew I wanted to get married under a tree, not a woodsy one, but a grand leafy one. All I had to do was look for that tree and VOILA!

If you aren’t as rooted (see what I did there?) in your views on what you want in a venue, here are some helpful places to start so that you can narrow your sights on the right place for you special day.

First things first…

There are a few considerations that will whittle your list down immediately. Those considerations include:

  1. Budget – This is the #1 consideration. If you can’t afford a venue, scratch it off the list. There is no better way to get off track on your wedding budget than to begin by overspending on a venue.
  2. Guests – The estimated number of guests is important, but you will also want to consider things like if children or elderly guests will be present and plan accordingly.
  3. Season – If you are getting married in the winter, you will most likely want to pick a venue that is indoors.
  4. Ceremony Type – If you prefer a religious ceremony your venue choices may be limited to a place of worship.

Once you have exhausted all the general logistics of picking a wedding venue and you are still stuck, here are some other things that may help guide your decision.

Your Style

An easy place to start is your style as couple. Are you and your fiancé relaxed and non-conventional? Formal and traditional? Artsy and imaginative? Don’t fight the nature of who you are. Embrace it!

Special Places

You can also try think of the special places your relationship has taken you to. It is awfully sweet and sentimental to get married in a place that you visited on your journey to the altar.

Where did you take you first vacation together? Where was your first kiss? Where did you meet? Maybe you are both from the same hometown?

A lot of brides and grooms find that selecting a place special to them makes the big day even more intimate and exciting.

Venue “Must Haves”

Like me, you may have something that you cannot live without in a venue. Take a moment to sit down and think about what is on your “must have” list for your venue.

Do you need a barn? Maybe you dream of a glinting chandelier? A view of the water?

Hobbies You Enjoy

Maybe your journey as a couple included a mutual love of an activity. For example, if you both love sailing, why not consider a ceremony at sea or at sailing center. Tennis players? It may be worth considering a country club or tennis center.

Hands On?

If you are okay with doing some DIY projects to make your wedding venue what you envisioned then you may opt for a space that is more of a blank slate. If you want to minimize the amount of projects you partake in on your way to the altar, you will want to see if you can find a venue that already has furniture and décor for you to use.

Your wedding venue can set the tone for your big day. Take your time, tour as many venues as you can, and try not to comprise on the things that are important to you as individuals and as a couple.