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Archive for April, 2014
It was a pleasure and an honor for Countryside to participate in the wedding of Diana and Gina. This beautiful celebration took place to coincide with the legalization of same sex marriage in Washington State, and Diana and Gina were the lucky winners of a “Win a Wedding” contest sponsored by the Embassy Suites Hotel in Bellevue. It was a fantastic celebration of their relationship and life together, and the event was made all the more memorable by the contributions donated by some fabulous area vendors: the officiant, Rev. Ray Van Winkle, invitations from Seal It With Love, a cake from Honey Crumb Cake Studio, and photography from Jenny GG Photography. We were thrilled to be a partner and applaud the Embassy Suites for making their support of same sex marriage public knowledge.
When Gina entered the Embassy Suites contest, she penned a heartfelt entry, stating, “The moment I saw her, I knew that she had to be in my life. On one unexpected August night what started as a simple dance turned to an opening of souls… In that moment, friendship turned to a love that will last a lifetime. Now that we can have our love recognized by law our commitment feels even more real. Winning this would give us the means to truly share our once in a lifetime union with all the friends and family who supported us on our journey to find each other.”
The wedding was held on December 8th, and we kept with a soft, modern theme that highlighted the colors of winter. A beautiful ceremonial arch was decorated with lights, branches, snowflakes, crystals, and Blue Hydrangea, White Cymbidium Orchids with Burgundy Throats, and Burgundy Carnations (Shhh… you can’t tell). The brides carried matching but not identical bouquets that echoed the same warm yet wintery feel: an organic touch with the Curly Willow, pinecones, and succulents, soft, wintery blues from the Hydrangea, and the pop of warm color from the cymbidium orchids. One even included a vibrant peacock feather and some glittery blue accents for personality.
The couple was a pleasure to work with. They had some basic ideas of the design and look they were going for, and let us run with our creativity. The results were stunning. Congratulations and best wishes to Gina and Diana!
Pete staged a beautiful proposal when he asked Lindsey to marry him, taking her out for a horseback ride (her first love) and having her family fly into town to celebrate with them over dinner. That just set the stage for the gorgeous wedding that they threw the next summer at Four Gables Farm in Fall City. Both Pete and Lindsey love the outdoors, and wanted an event that fit their personal styles. Their rustic and elegant décor was summery and bright, revolving around a color scheme of plum, orange, lime green, and subtle browns.
Pete and Lindsey incorporated many special elements to make their wedding day uniquely their own, from the ceremony through to the reception. Lindsey remembers especially a particularly beautiful tradition they incorporated into the ceremony. “After we exchanged rings, we kissed and let butterflies go. We chose this Native American tradition of releasing butterflies because it was a unique parting gift and wish as the couple walks down the aisle. It was such a simple thing, but I’d never seen it before.”
The décor was bright and rustic, perfect for the setting on beautiful Four Gables farm. The bridal party was in cowboy boots, and handmade elements like a ceremony arch made by the father of the bride added a personal touch. For the flowers, each centerpiece for the reception was different, but still kept with the overarching theme. As Lindsey said, “Jon asked if I would like a specific arrangement for the tables. I said no, and it was the best decision I could have made. The centerpieces were all conversation starters, and they were stunning! It was proof that respecting the creativity of the industry experts, letting go, and having fun only improves the celebration!” The centerpieces were filled with plum and orange flowers, artichokes, orange calendula, purple hydrangea, zinnia, circus roses, green Fuji mum. They got some added character and a rustic touch with succulents, metal ornaments, Manzanita branches, and additional accessories like cowboy boots, mason jars, and copper urns.
In particular, Lindsey loved her stunning bouquet. “My bouquet was absolutely exquisite!” she said, explaining that “Jon had a great idea to keep my bouquet simple and use only purple with hints of green. He added a train to the bouquet which created a touch of elegance and uniqueness.”
As for advice for future brides jumping into the planning process, Lindsey emphasizes the importance—and significance—of delegation. “If people ask you how to help, let them! People want to take part in your special day and feel like they contributed. It brings people together knowing that they are included.”
Photos were taken by Kip Beelman Photography.
Additional vendors included:
Catering: Ana Polachowski
Dress: Bellevue Bridal Boutique
Hair: Shania Marx (Bella Marie Salon)
Rentals: Royal Restrooms & Grand Events
On a drizzly day in early August, Kelsey and Bastien’s rustic and elegant wedding took place at the Corson Building in Georgetown. A one-time farmhouse, this Matt Dillon restaurant in the heart of the trendy, industrial Seattle neighborhood is surrounded by a small but lush garden area and features plenty of rustic charm: statues, fountains, cozy nooks, and lots of beautiful architectural details. It was a bucolic farmhouse wedding in the middle of the city, and the flowers from Countryside Floral were a major element in adding the texture, softness, and romance the event required.
Despite last-minute plan changes due to the weather (moving the ceremony set-up from under the fig tree on the lawn to the covered outdoor patio and picking up some vintage umbrellas to keep everybody dry), the evening was beautiful.
The groom and his family are French and the couple met in Paris, so a few vintage and European elements made their way into the décor, such as old cigar boxes used as vases for the high-top centerpieces during the cocktail hour.
The ceremony set-up was romantic but still fun, with streaming ribbons in soft colors and small hanging vases creating a backdrop for the ‘I do’s.’
Milk glass vases, mercury glass candles, small floral arrangements and bud vases placed throughout the dining room, and plenty of candles added softness and ambience.
The one, long dining table was filled with lush and low centerpieces, overflowing with succulents and flowers including scented geranium, Feverfew, Queen Ann’s Lace, Hydrangea, Clethra, Artemisia, Garden Roses and Assorted Herbs.
A large piece featuring Oak Leaves, Green Hanging Amaranthus, Queen Ann’s Lace, Garden Roses, added emphasis to the guest book table. All of the floral elements were very organic and on-trend, without an overly modern or overdone aesthetic. As the early evening transitioned to night, the candles glowed as guests gathered around the table for dinner, toasts, and cake.
The bride’s bouquet was a stunner in soft, natural blushes and greens that included Polo Roses, Garden Roses, Dusty Miller, Clethra, Scented Geranium, Nigella Pods, Blushing Bride Protea, and even small variegated figs.
Dinner was catered by the venue, Matt Dillon’s The Corson Building. The cake came from Rusty’s Famous Cheesecake in Georgetown. Umbrellas were sourced at Bella Umbrella near Pike Place Market. The bride’s dress was J.Crew and photos were taken by the beautiful and fantastically talented Carina Skrobecki.