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TABLE OF CONTENTS Continued on page 6 ESSENTIALS: 10 Greenery

PLANNING: 14 A Stressless Wedding 20 Your Wedding

Photography Timeline TRENDING: 18 Wedding Colors 24 Things We Like 66 Linens

PLANNING TIPS: 18 Wedding Favors

INSPIRATION: 30 Here Comes the Bride 68 Vintage Glam:

Take-Two Photoshoot FIND YOUR VENUE: 40 Destination

South Puget Sound

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TABLE OF CONTENTS Continued from page 4 REAL WEDDINGS: 48 Melissa & Connor 52 Ashley & Alex 58 Karina & Alberto 62 Nicole & Adam 74 Kathleen & Tyler 78 Wyona & Nathaniel 82 Amber & Darren

REAL EVENTS: 87 Blast of Color in

Tin Can Alley: NACE of Tacoma 90 Star Chefs on Broadway: The Lalapazaza Speakeasy IN EVERY ISSUE: 4 In this Issue 9 From the Publisher 93 Directory of Resources

PHOTO: WALLFLOWER PHOTOGRAPHY FROM “HERE COMES THE BRIDE,” PAGE 30

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magazine PUBLISHER Nadine M. Kohler ART DIRECTOR Marisa Dirks COPY EDITOR Becky Young SALES ACCOUNT EXECUTIVE & ASSISTANT TO THE PUBLISHER Laura Hagen MAJOR CONTRIBUTING PHOTOGRAPHERS Wallflower Photography, Sarah Wells, Photos by SW, Firstlight Photography, Jerome Tso Photography, Rachelle Erickson Photography ADDITIONAL CONTRIBUTING PHOTOGRAPHERS Arlene Chambers Photography, Caitlyn Nikula, Clane Gessel, Jenny Ostenson Photography, Lauren Cross Photography, Lavender Bouquet Photography, Lisa Monet Photography, Marcelo Pulido Photography, Melissa Kilner, Patti Cakes Photography, Photography by Betty Elaine, RC Media, Sara Parsons Photography, Sarah Harris Photography, South Sound Wedding Photography

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FROM THE PUBLISHER:

I WILL ADMIT THAT AT SOME POINT EACH WINTER, probably

mid-February, I start to question my love for the Pacific Northwest and specifically the Puget Sound Region. But this fleeting feeling to leave this area, is just that — fleeting. While I have taken some time in my life to live outside of the South Sound region and even lived abroad, I will always call the South Puget Sound my home. Nothing truly beats our beautiful four seasons; the tulips and daffodils arriving in the spring and pink buds on trees, turning into lush green summers, abundantly colorful autumns, and a reason to curl up by a fireplace with a book and a cup of hot cocoa or tea in the winter. And this doesn’t even account for the stunning views of our majestic mountain and scenery of the deep blue Puget Sound waters. What more of a backdrop could you ask for when planning a destination for your wedding? The South Puget Sound holds the most picturesque scenes you could ask for! As the new owner of South Sound Wedding & Event, I am delighted to showcase the South Sound and the fabulous vendors we have in this magnificent region. There is truly no better place to plan and host your wedding and some of the most brilliant wedding industry vendors are here to help! Our team hopes that you find inspiration in the pages of this magazine, follow us online for more directory links and contact information, and even join us for a South Sound Wedding Show to meet the best in the industry in person. So, thank you for letting us be a part of your journey and many blessings to you as you plan your big day!

Cheers!

NADINE KOHLER, PUBLISHER & OWNER SOUTH SOUND WEDDING & EVENT MAGAZINE

FULL LIGHT PHOTOGRAPHY

Circa 2005 — my own wedding right here in the South Sound, pictured at the Tacoma waterfront.

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Greenery

ESSENTIALS:

BY LORI LOSEE, ELEGANT AFFAIRS

ABOVE: PHOTOGRAPHY BY CAITLYN NIKULA, FLORAL BY BLOOM SAN JUAN. RIGHT: PHOTOGRAPHY BY CLANE GESSEL, FLORAL BY MELA EVENT DESIGN

WHEN IT COMES TO THE OVERALL LOOK of your wedding, we love bringing

greenery to the design. Greenery, whether hand placed or the use of garland brings a lush look to any ceremony or reception décor. Worried about choosing the perfect wedding colors? Consider a whole palette that inspires you and conveys your vision. And, no matter which shades you choose, add greenery into the picture. It helps bring all the colors together and create one coherent space. This way, no color will stand out and overpower your design. Green will tie every element together, from your tent to your table treatment. 10

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The ways to use greenery are endless. Want to make a statement piece in your ceiling? Why not try hanging vines or greenery garlands? Embrace your venue’s structure and build on that, from adding greenery, light fixtures, or exposed beams. Greenery is also a great way to plump up bridal bouquets or even use greenery alone and leave the flowers to the side. Floral crowns are a great way to break from the 12

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ABOVE & RIGHT: PHOTOGRAPHY BY CLANE GESSEL, FLORAL BY MELA EVENT DESIGN.

tradition of having bridesmaids carrying bouquets or to enhance the look. All greenery boutonnieres are a great way to accent a groom/groomsmen overall look. Other ways to incorporate pops of greenery include on signage, napkins, cake/dessert. Some of our favorite foliage are seeded and silver dollar eucalyptus, olive branches, Italian Ruscus, Smilax. The best part of greenery is that you can use it any season and almost any location, indoor or outdoor. It brings a sense of movement and texture to your design. Biggest piece of advice: Reuse the greenery in a different location after your ceremony. If you have greenery on your arbor, repurpose it for your head/ sweetheart table or dessert table. Make sure you talk to your event designer and/ or floral designer about how greenery will elevate your wedding vision. Lori Losee is the Owner + Senior Planner with Elegant Affairs, which is based in Lakewood, WA. Elegant Affairs is a wedding + event design company founded in 2005. SOUTH SOUND WEDDING & EVENT MAGAZINE

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Stressless

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WEDDING

PHOTOGRAPHY AND ARTICLE BY KIER SMITH, FIRSTLIGHT PHOTOGRAPHY

CHANCES ARE WE’VE BEEN TO MORE WEDDINGS THAN YOU. We’ve been in the wedding industry for the last 10 years now and have been to hundreds of weddings. During some of the wedding shows and open houses we attend we have asked that we talk to brides about finding a photographer and planning wedding day photography. As you can imagine I’ve got a lot of thoughts on the subject and since your photographer is probably one of the top three expenses you’ll have on your wedding day and once the dust settles, the cake’s been eaten and everybody goes home, the photos are the one thing you’ll have to remember your big day. In giving our presentations we go over a lot of things that have very little, if anything, to do with photography. Over the years we’ve learned a lot and talked with a lot of other wedding professionals, so we do our best to be a resource for our couples as they’re planning their wedding, although we still highly recommend hiring a good wedding planner. So here are our ten steps to planning a stress-less wedding:

#10: STICKER SHOCK

If you’re getting married for the first time, you’re probably suffering form some sticker shock and that is really understandable, there’s very little connected with the wedding industry that is cheap and if you find something that is, think twice about it. You will really want to consider what things are the most important to you and which you may be able to skip or tone down a bit. There are many ways you can save money and although it may sound counterintuitive, one of these ways is to hire a wedding planner.

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“Having a planner gives you an experienced ear to run ideas by and puts your nerves at ease knowing every detail will be covered.” — TRICIA FISK experience and contacts. This will save you stress and money. Here’s what local wedding planners say: “Having a planner gives you an experienced ear to run ideas by and puts your nerves at ease knowing every detail will be covered.” — Tricia Fisk “A wedding planner is the one person versed in all aspects of the wedding, placing the sole focus on the couple’s wishes.” — Jennifer Vandeventer From a photography perspective, things flow so much better with so much less stress for everybody involved in the wedding. For the couple, you have a point person who makes sure everything is going according to plan and to run interference if something isn’t going according to plan.

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#8: GET A GOOD DJ

Picking a DJ is more than just finding somebody who can play music. The DJ is in charge or your reception, they make sure things happen on time and work to make sure your guests are having a good time. Unlike caterers, florists or a lot of other people associated with your wedding it is VERY important to make sure your DJ’s personality meshes with that of you and your guests. As a photographer a professional DJ is a very important aspect to the reception as they know how to work with us to help make sure we are in the loop when events are about to happen and how to make sure things happen on time. Out of the hundreds of weddings we’ve shot we have only had to stay late (and charge for extra time) at a reception two times and both times are because they either didn’t have a real DJ or the DJ wasn’t doing his job and keeping things on time.

We suggest: 1: Meet with three DJ’s and make sure their personalities work with your crowd. 2: Make sure that the DJ that you meet with is the one that will actually show up at your wedding. A lot of the larger companies will send a rep to meet with you, but you will end up with whoever is available the day of your wedding. 3: Be sure that they understand the music and mood you want at your reception. 4: Review your reception timeline with the DJ and make sure to get their input.

#7: GET A GOOD PHOTOGRAPHER

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on Craigslist that will shoot your full wedding day for $500 isn’t the way to go if your wedding photos are important to you. Like with the DJ, once you’ve found some photographers you like, schedule consultations with them and get to know them a little bit. It’s important that you get along with them because they will be with you every step of the way on your wedding day and if you don’t like them it can make things tense.

work backwards to plan out the times for different photos we need to take. Working with our clients to determine the number of people in the wedding party, places they will be getting ready and the types of photos they wish to take before the wedding. Do they want to do first-look photos before we get started on the rest of the formal photos or do they want to wait until after the ceremony to do bride & groom portraits?

I’ve heard too many horror stories from brides who thought they were getting a good deal on a wedding photographer or their uncle has a nice camera and volunteered to take photos of the wedding. If you’re having a tiny backyard wedding and photos aren’t that important, Uncle Bob is probably fine, but if photos are important hire a professional wedding photographer.

Beyond this you will want to start with the first things you need to do on the day of your wedding, from getting hair and makeup done to when various people are supposed to arrive. Your photographer will likely have a timeline for photos and your DJ will typically put together one for the reception and a good wedding planner will help coordinate all of these and put them all together into one master timeline for everybody.

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#5: KNOW WHEN TO LIE…

(ah, tell small “untruths”) To help make things go smoothly throughout the day, make sure that everybody

you need for photos knows when and where they need to be for those photos. If you know one of your people tends to run late… LIE and tell them 15 minutes earlier.

#4: DRINK AFTER THE CEREMONY

A champagne toast with your wedding party is fine, but some of the most difficult situations we’ve ever been put in have been the times we show up and the entire wedding party has already gone through a couple of bottles of Fireball and can hardly stand before we even arrived. This makes it rough for the photographer to direct people and get the amazing shots that you’re paying them to get. We even had a situation where half the wedding party was out on a boat drinking and got back nearly an hour after their scheduled time for photos. We expect most people will be drinking at their wedding, but save it for the reception.

#3: CONSIDER TIME OF YEAR/ WEATHER

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I’ve been in some really great venues that would have been much cooler in the opposite weather conditions. One was really nice, but when it was 90 degrees out with 150 people crammed into the venue it was VERY hot and the smell of the seafood got to be a little too much. We’re based near Seattle and in this region you pretty much have to assume it will rain and the odds go up substantially if you don’t have contingency plans for rain. A while ago we had two weddings on a day that the Farmers Almanac said it was statistically the least likely to rain… it rained. One of our teams had just finished up with formal photos when the downpour started, but the other team was at a park and the ceremony was in process when the sky opened up… quick finish and dash to cars to the reception venue.

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how to have a “Stress-Less” wedding we suggest having a dedicated person (Wedding planner / day of coordinator or a trusted friend) to buffer you from any of the things that may not be going quite according to plan. You don’t need to stress and from our experience, most of the people at a wedding have no idea that something went wrong unless somebody makes a big deal about it. This is your big day and the fewer things you have to worry about the more you will be able to enjoy it. You’ve already spent months planning and working with vendors, by the time you reach your wedding day you should be able to relax and let the day unfold and not stress out about the little things.

#1: REMEMBER WHOSE WEDDING IT IS!

Just because most people do something at a wedding doesn’t mean that you’re obligated to do it too; it is YOUR wedding, not theirs. A lot has changed since your parents got married and weddings now very much reflect those changes, so you

need to focus on doing things that will be meaningful to you and skip the things you are doing just because “you’re supposed to do XYZ at a wedding.” Something as simple as the bouquet and garter toss can cause controversy, maybe you want to do it, but don’t feel like calling out all of the single people at your reception. You can simply say that all of the women or men should get ready to catch the bouquet / garter “for good luck.” One of my favorites was the couple that made a Black & Tan rather than doing a sand ceremony then did a “Brewery Crawl” as their reception, taking the entire wedding party in a small bus to four different breweries. Do you want to wear an orange wedding dress and get married on Halloween? Do it. Wedding on a Friday the 13th, go for it! Bottom line, make it YOUR wedding and make it something that you will remember.

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Wedding Colors

PHOTOGRAPHY BY WALLFLOWER PHOTOGRAPHY & SARAH WELLS, PHOTOS BY SW FLORALS BY SPECIALTY FLORAL DESIGN, CINDY GARSKE OF FLOWER FAYE’S, & BLITZ & CO NAVY DRESS PROVIDED BY WEDDINGS WITH JOY COLORS BY PANTONE

START WITH A BOLD and rich base color

like a shade of navy blue, burgundy, or moss green and pair it with a light and airy neutral like a shade of blush or cream. Want a bold pop of color? Try shades of yellow, pink, and orange.

BASE COLORS

Eclipse

NAVY — PANTONE 19-3810 A deep blue redolent of the midnight sky, thoughtful Eclipse is both serious and mysterious.

Jester Red

BURGUNDY — PANTONE 19-1862 Adding depth and intensity, Jester Red combines rich elegance with urbanity.

Terrarium Moss

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NEUTRALS

POP OF COLOR

Pink Salt

Fiesta

BLUSH — PANTONE 13-1511 A soft blush color that blushes to the sweet pink side.

Soybean

GOLDEN CREAM — PANTONE 13-0919 Subtle Soybean naturally appeals as a reliable and versatile neutral.

Toffee

BROWN — PANTONE 18-1031 Deliciously irresistible, tasteful Toffee whets the appetite.

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ORANGE — PANTONE 17-1564 A festive orange red, Fiesta radiates energy, passion and excitement.

Aspen Gold

YELLOW — PANTONE 13-0850 Brightening our day, sunny Aspen Gold stimulates feelings of joy and good cheer.

Living Coral

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TIMELINE

TIMELINE & PHOTOGRAPHY BY KIER SMITH, FIRSTLIGHT PHOTOGRAPHY

What can throw the biggest kink in your wedding day if not planned out well?... Your photography timeline. I am always amazed at how many couples think they will just wing the picture-taking timeline and then wonder why they had no time to eat, take a bathroom break, or sit ALL DAY LONG. While searching for your best-fit photographer, if they don’t discuss having a well-planned out photography timeline with you, perhaps you should back away slowly (to be nice) and then RUN AWAY. So, we asked the experts, Mitzi and Kier at Firstlight Photography to share with us their ideal Wedding Photography Timeline. — NK

GETTING AS MANY PHOTOS taken care of before the ceremony allows extra time so you aren’t in too much of a time crunch and assures you’re fresh for your formal photos. Once we reach the reception we rely on the timeline that you work out with the DJ.

GETTING READY

Consider how much getting ready coverage you really want. We don’t recommend coverage for the entire process of getting ready. We’ve gone a few times to a salon with the wedding party, but you need to consider if those photos are worth the cost of hiring a photographer for an extra 2-3 hours to cover that part of your day. 20

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1 : 00 – 1 : 30

1 : 30 – 2 : 00 The Girls

2 : 00 – 2 : 30

2 : 30 – 3 : 00 Full Wedding Party

3 : 00 – 3 : 30

Getting Ready

First Look / Bride & Groom

The Guys

3 : 30 – 4 : 00 Guests arriving — end formal photos

4 : 00 – 4 : 30 Ceremony

4 : 30 – 5 : 00 Sign Docs & Family Photos

5 : 00 – 5 : 30

Bride & Groom (and perhaps extra shots with wedding party)

5 : 30 – 6 : 30 Dinner

6 : 30 – 8 : 00 Reception Events

What we like to do is start taking photos toward the end of the process. You’re pretty much ready so we can get some shots of the bride having her dress done up, shoes on and some shots of the groom and groomsmen putting on ties and such. Perhaps your ceremony venue has a great place to get fully dressed and do those final touch pictures. We all know that getting an entire group ready at the same time, can go a little long. You’ll want to do a test run with the hair and makeup and have an idea of the time it will take to get everyone done. Also, whenever possible have hair and makeup done on location. There’s too many variables if you do them off site. If you get stuck in traffic getting back to the venue it can blow your entire timeline. SOUTH SOUND WEDDING & EVENT MAGAZINE

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Again, make sure the wedding party knows when they are expected to be dressed and ready for photos at a specific time.

FORMAL PHOTOS

We start our photos with the women, getting all of the group and individual photos taken before bringing out the groom for a first look. These can be switched so we start with the first look, bride and groom portraits then work through the wedding party photos. Either way, we prefer to get the photos of the women done before the men so the bride can get out of sight before guests start showing up. This also gives her a chance to freshen up before the ceremony. This is especially important during warm summer months.

It is important to communicate with your photographer before your wedding day to let them know about any special photos you want and if these photos require changing locations to make sure to allow time for this. Most photographers will have their own sets of photos they will generally take, but we try to make sure we work with our couples and get any specific shots they want.

CEREMONY PREP

You want to make sure you’re all wrapped up at least a half an hour before your ceremony. Once guests start arriving, things can come to a screeching halt. If they see you they’ll want to come over and congratulate you, take some of their own photos and no matter how well intentioned they are, they will be getting in the way. Photographers also need a few minutes to setup for the ceremony. Whether in an indoor or outdoor ceremony, they’ll need to make sure they have their gear all ready to go and adjust for whatever the lighting conditions are. We need to know if there are any restrictions regarding the use of flashes during the ceremony. Some churches are very strict about this. These churches also tend to be the most poorly lit, so letting the photographer know in advance will be a big help. In these conditions we always do the best we can, but expect photos taken under these conditions to be grainy due to the low light.

CEREMONY

Like the formal photos this is something you’ll want to go over with your photographer and give them a good idea of what you are planning on doing for your ceremony. We’ve shot weddings ceremonies that were as fast as 1 min 52 secs (no kidding) to an hour and a half with a full Catholic Mass. To make sure we’re getting proper coverage we need to know about any special events that will take place during weddingandeventmagazine.com |

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the ceremony, lighting unity candles, readings, songs or even making a unity Black & Tan. If either the bride or groom will be doing something unexpected by the other party during the ceremony please let us know what and when you’ll be doing it. We can keep a secret, promise. If we don’t know you’re up to something we might be changing locations and not ready to shoot when you do it. Since most of the ceremony is fairly static we try to move around a bit and capture it from different angles, so knowing something is coming up will help us make sure we’re in a good spot to capture it.

THE KISS!

One of our favorite wedding officiants, Annemarie Juhlian likes to announce the kiss, then step out of the way quickly so the photos of the couple kissing don’t include her standing behind the couple looking awkward. This is something I try to relay to couples and other officiants, but 9 out of 10 don’t remember to move. If they hear it from multiple people they might remember. With the rise of online ministers, from the Universal Life Church to The Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster, many people officiating the wedding don’t have a lot of experience doing so, so they will appreciate the pointers. At the very end of the ceremony is a perfect opportunity to have the officiant announce to your guests instructions regarding where to go while the bride and groom are doing their photos and to remind any family members they want in their photos to stay put and be ready for the return of the bride and groom. This will help keep things running smoothly.

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of privacy before signing the marriage certificate before returning for the family photos. You’ll want to plan ahead and try to have a nice spot to get photos of the signing. An uncluttered table with room for the photographer to get a good angle of the happy couple and witnesses. After the signing of the documents we typically move on to the family photos. Again, if you want anything specific you will want to come up with a written list ahead of time to give to the photographer and appointing somebody from both sides to be in charge of wrangling the family members for each of the groupings. Be realistic when you’re coming up with your list, we’ve had lists that had 62 different shots and it took an hour and a half to work through the entire list. Typically we will start with a big group photo of both sides of the family to document everybody that was there. If the sides are very uneven we encourage the family to just get in and surround the couple regardless of who they were related to before the wedding. After this big shot we then start with whichever side is largest with the goal of getting the most people done with photos as soon as possible. On each side we will shoot the following. Full family Immediate family (Grandparents, parents and siblings) More immediate family (Parents and siblings) Parents Siblings Then we repeat the list for the other side. Again, if you want groupings beyond this it is very important to come up with a list ahead of time and make sure your photographer has it in advance. You will NOT remember in the moment, I promise you.


One word frees us of all the weight and pain of life: That word is love. — SOPHOCLES

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TRENDING:

DELICATE VINTAGE-STYLE HEAD PIECE PHOTOGRAPHY: SARAH WELLS, PHOTOS BY SW HAIR & MAKEUP: SARA KESSLER HEAD PIECES: BROOKE PILEGGI OF SCARLET PEACOCK ON ETSY

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BEAD-DAZZLE ELEGANTLY

BEAUTIFUL WOODSY BACKDROP

PHOTOGRAPHY: WALLFLOWER

PHOTOGRAPHY:

PHOTOGRAPHY

PHOTOGRAPHY BY

HAIR + MAKEUP:

BETTY ELAINE

CHEMEL SALON

DESIGNER + PLANNER:

JEWELRY:

ELEGANT AFFAIRS FLORIST:

THIRD WISH STUDIOS

DOWN TO EARTH

GLAM — FROM FORMAL TO COMFY PHOTOGRAPHY: JEROME TSO PHOTOGRAPHY HEELS: BLUE BY BETSY JOHNSON SNEAKERS: ANTONIO MELANI SOUTH SOUND WEDDING & EVENT MAGAZINE

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CIRCULAR CEREMONY SETUP

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ELEGANT + SIMPLE HAIR STYLE

PHOTOGRAPHY: VAN WYHE PHOTOGRAPHY

PHOTOGRAPHY: JENNY OSTENSON PHOTOGRAPHY

DESIGNER + PLANNER: ELEGANT AFFAIRS

HAIR: SIMON FROM BELLA SIMON BOUTIQUE SALON

FLORIST: SAL FLORAL DESIGN

WEDDING DRESS: I DO BRIDAL

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PLANNING TIPS:

WeddingFavors

BY LORI LOSEE, ELEGANT AFFAIRS

PHOTOGRAPH BY ARLENE CHAMBERS PHOTOGRAPHY

WEDDING FAVORS ARE THE BEST WAY to thank your guests for attending and a great

keepsake from the day. However, most often they can get left behind or forgotten all together. To ensure your gift makes its way home, here are some great ideas in selecting the perfect favor. SOUTH SOUND WEDDING & EVENT MAGAZINE

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TOP: JINDA PHOTOGRAPHY. ABOVE: BRAD CAMP

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PHOTO BY CROZIER PHOTOGRAPHY

PHOTO BY KALE CORLISS

FUN WAYS TO INCORPORATE YOUR FAVORS INTO YOUR WEDDING: n

Favors that serve as your place cards or escort cards n Favors that can be used during the wedding (ie beer cozies, hot chocolate mugs, coasters or specialty glassware) n Favors as a little pre or post dinner snack n Use a favor that best represents the couple and their personality or love of (ie coffee or candy)

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Lori Losee is the Owner + Senior Planner with Elegant Affairs, which is based in Lakewood, WA. Elegant Affairs is a wedding + event design company founded in 2005.

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Here Comes theBride INSPIRATION

PHOTOGRAPHY: WALLFLOWER PHOTOGRAPHY HAIR & MAKEUP: CHEMEL SALON

BRIDAL GOWNS PROVIDED BY: WEDDINGS WITH JOY

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FIND YOUR VENUE: DESTINATION

South PugetSound

FIND THE RIGHT SIZE VENUE SMALL: 80 PEOPLE or less MEDIUM: 80-200 PEOPLE LARGE: OVER 200 PEOPLE

VENUE:

Rock Creek Gardens

CITY: Puyallup

• COUNTY: Pierce

SIZE: large WEBSITE:

rockcreekgardensvenue.com ROCK CREEK GARDENS provide a secluded and

romantic setting for weddings, with views of Mt. Rainier, waterfalls, and stone pathways. Following a garden ceremony, dance the night away under the elegant, white reception tent draped in fabric and crystal chandeliers. Each wedding includes use of the two-story bridal party home for getting ready and exclusive access to the Gardens. Rock Creek Gardens has been awarded one of the top garden venues in Washington State and celebrates all love – regardless of gender, sexual orientation, race, or religious beliefs. CLOSEST ACCOMMODATIONS: Hampton Inn PHOTO CREDIT: LAUREN CROSS PHOTOGRAPHY & JEROME TSO PHOTOGRAPHY

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VENUE:

Events on 6th

CITY: Tacoma

• COUNTY: Pierce

SIZE: medium WEBSITE:

eventson6th.com EVENTS ON 6TH is a stunning 1924 stone church

with gorgeous wood pews, soaring ceiling, and beautiful stained glass. Get married in the chapel and celebrate in the mid-century modern lounge, garden courtyard, and reception hall. Guests can relax by the fire, mingle in the garden, and dance the night away under the party lights! Get ready in the two relaxing and romantic dressing rooms; parents and grandparents will enjoy having their own quiet sitting room as well. Close to parks for fantastic outdoor photos . CLOSEST ACCOMMODATIONS: Hotel Murano, Courtyard by Marriott, Silver Cloud Inn PHOTO CREDIT: MARCELA PULIDO PHOTOGRAPHY

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FIND YOUR VENUE | Destination South Puget Sound

VENUE:

Hotel Interurban

CITY: Tukwila

• COUNTY: South King SIZE: large

WEBSITE: hotelinterurban.com

HOTEL INTERURBAN provides unparalleled views, convenience

and innovation. It is the tallest building in the city of Tukwila and offers over 15,000 square feet of wedding, meeting and event spaces, including the nearly 5,000-square-foot Rainier Room located on the 19th floor. The Rainier Room can accommodate up to 480 guests in a reception-style setting and features panoramic views of Mount Rainier. Hotel Interurban also offers a variety of wedding-focused amenities, including a dedicated team of experienced wedding specialists that can assist with audio/visual needs, customized menus, full-service banquet and catering needs, and much more. CLOSEST ACCOMMODATIONS: Hotel Interurban

VENUE:

Filigree Farm

CITY: Buckley

• COUNTY: Pierce

SIZE: large WEBSITE:

filigreefarm.com FILIGREE FARM is a privately-owned equestrian estate shadowed

by Mt. Rainier and the Cascades. Rustic Elegance at its finest, Filigree Farm has the layout for a small intimate gathering or can accommodate a festive gathering of up to 300 guests. Our picturesque barn hosts the bridal quarters and groom’s suite and our dramatic 30-foot-high pole tent boasts a reception space to celebrate! Manicured grounds and fenced grassy meadows are waiting to be transformed into your dream wedding! CLOSEST ACCOMMODATIONS: Hampton Inn PHOTO CREDIT: PATTI CAKES PHOTOGRAPHY

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VENUE: CITY: Tumwater

Capital City Barn

• COUNTY: Thurston • SIZE: medium

WEBSITE: capitalcitybarn.com

CAPITAL CITY BARN offers a unique and charismatic barn venue close to Olympia

for the smallest, most cherished affairs, to more extravagant occasions. Regardless of your aspiration, we can help customize the perfect event! Our site features a quiet meadow surrounded by native trees, private parking, an astonishing newly built modern barn with 14’ ceilings to enhance the charm and offer an ambiance that is warm and inviting. This venue is ideal for indoor and outdoor events. We are located within 4 miles of Olympia making a large variety of hotels within easy access. Hotel RL has a shuttle that will provide transportation for hotel guests to our location. CLOSEST ACCOMMODATIONS: Hotel RL PHOTO CREDIT: SOUTH SOUND WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHY

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FIND YOUR VENUE | Destination South Puget Sound

VENUE:

The Grand Victorian Ballroom at the Swantown Inn & Spa CITY: Olympia

• COUNTY: Thurston

SIZE: small WEBSITE:

olympiaweddings.com / swantowninn.com THE GRAND VICTORIAN BALLROOM is a boutique venue aimed at smaller weddings

and events. Specializing in all inclusive, value minded, budget friendly, stress free weddings. From true elopements to intimate gatherings. Officiants on staff, rental needs generally included (chairs, tables, linens, dinnerware). Great relationships with local caterers and other vendors (organize yourself or let us do the work for you). CLOSEST ACCOMMODATIONS: The Swantown Inn & Spa

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VENUE:

The Orchard at Sunshine Hill CITY: Chehalis

• COUNTY: Lewis

SIZE: large WEBSITE:

theorchardatsunshinehill.com SHARE YOUR SPECIAL OCCASION with friends and

family on a Western Washington farm settled in the mid-1800’s. The Orchard wedding venue consists of three buildings nestled in a 100+ year old orchard on Sunshine Hill Farm, which enjoys the quiet and privacy of 40 acres of rolling hills. Truly a historic farm setting with tremendous views of Mt. Rainier, Mt. Adams and Mt. St. Helens that will capture your heart. If you are looking for a unique oneof-a-kind outdoor experience and want to create unbelievable memories and photo opportunities, then please contact us to arrange a showing of The Orchard at Sunshine Hill CLOSEST ACCOMMODATIONS: Holiday Inn Express & Suites and Peppermill Empress Inn PHOTO CREDIT: JEROME TSO PHOTOGRAPHY

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FIND YOUR VENUE | Destination South Puget Sound

VENUE:

The Pavilion

CITY: Shelton

• COUNTY: Mason

SIZE: large WEBSITE:

mcsas.net/the-pavilion.html A HIDDEN GEM IN MASON COUNTY, THE PAVILION offers a beautiful garden

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Cedarbrook Lodge

CITY: SeaTac SIZE: medium

• COUNTY: South King

WEBSITE: cedarbrooklodge.com

CEDARBROOK LODGE offers a variety of flexible indoor and outdoor event spaces,

ideal for your next wedding and/or reception. Featuring abundant natural light, floor-to-ceiling windows, and WiFi throughout, each space offers more than just the essentials to make your upcoming event memorable. From a charming family gathering on the Evergreen Lawn to a glamorous reception in Tamarack Hall, Cedarbrook Lodge offers the ideal setting to begin your happily ever after. Additionally, Cedarbrook Lodge offers customized catering options by our special culinary team, provides custom floral design by an in-house expert, and collaborates with experienced, trusted vendors that deliver perfection down to the smallest detail. CLOSEST ACCOMMODATIONS: Cedarbrook Lodge

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Glittering Nautical Style on the Sound:

Melissa Connor AND

TACOMA, WA

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FROM HIGH SCHOOL SWEETHEARTS, to college sweethearts, to finally getting

engaged… Melissa and Connor planned a nautical inspired wedding with a navy blue, white, and blush wedding color palette. The main desire requested by the bride, was a hydrangea floral garland on her head table, and that’s what TLB Events created on the sequin rose gold table linen. The reception table design was very unique including several colors and textured table linens and we fell in love with the navy blue + white striped napkins and two chairs cover colors. As the sun set, the bride and groom celebrated with their guests and were even delighted to see a ferry boat as their backdrop, completing a perfect nautical wedding.

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VENDOR CREDITS WEDDING PLANNER

Elegant Affairs

PHOTOGRAPHER

Jenny Ostenson Photography

FLORIST

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RENTALS

Cort Party Rental and Trendy Events

VENUE

Tacoma Yacht Club

CAKE

Celebrity Cake Studio

BRIDAL HAIR

Simon from Bella Simon Boutique Salon

BRIDAL MAKE-UP

Angie Evans WEDDING DRESS

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ASHLEY & ALEX ARE TWO PEAS IN A POD — a couple with

quirks, spunk and love for DIY projects. Attending the 2017 South Sound Wedding Show, they found Krystal Switzer with South Sound Weddings Photography to be a perfect fit, along with an eye-catching flyer in their wedding show bag for Capitol City Barn. Ashley and Alex, were interested in a barn wedding; so with flyer in hand, they visited the venue in Tumwater and fell in love. Together the couple spent endless hours color dying and designing all the wood floral arrangements including bouquets, corsages, and boutonnieres. Weddings can be centered around the couple, friends, culture, or a fun party; however for Ashley & Alex, it was all about family. Ashley’s mom designed and made their wedding cake, her father made arrangements to “wheel” his daughter around the dance floor (Ashley’s father is permanently disabled), and her late sister stayed close in a beautiful urn necklace. Alex’s father and best man, stood handsomely together for both family and wedding party photos. Ashley & Alex attended the 2018 South Sound Wedding Show as well, just prior to their wedding date for last minute wedding needs, such as makeup and accessories before their big day.

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VENDOR CREDITS WEDDING PLANNER

Bride + South Sound Wedding Photography

PHOTOGRAPHER

South Sound Wedding Photography

LADIES’ APPAREL & ACCESSORIES

David’s Bridal   VENUE

Capitol City Barn CAKE/DESSERTS

Made by bride’s mother BEVERAGES/BARTENDING/ CATERER

Old Spaghetti Factory FLORIST

Wood florals made by bride GROOM’S ATTIRE & ACCESSORIES

Burlington Coat Factory HAIR & MAKEUP

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MODERN DAY MILLENNIAL COUPLE Karina and Alberto,

Modern Day & Mexican Mix:

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Lauren Ryan Photography DESIGNER + PLANNER

Good Friend Events BRIDAL GOWN & ACCESSORIES

The Wedding Bell BRIDESMAID ATTIRE

David’s Bridal VENUE

West of the Waterway CAKE/DESSERTS

Pasteles Finos Del Angel BEVERAGES/BARTENDING/CATERER

Pacheco’s Weddings and Events FLORIST

Oak & Fig Floral GROOM’S ATTIRE & ACCESSORIES

Tuxedo Club (vest) & Sebastian Cruz Couture (jacket) HAIR & MAKEUP

Bella by Amber SIGNAGE

Pomp & Revel RENTALS

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All Magic and Fireworks:

Nichole Adam AND

SUMNER, WA

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WHEN YOU END YOUR WEDDING with the most spectacular

fireworks show, you know you have had quite the wedding and there was no doubt about it for this September wedding day! The day started when our groom arrived on his motorcycle and we knew right away that it was going to be a great day. Our bride was all about those little details. Details that some brides wouldn’t care about or worry about but that was one of the things what we loved about Nichole. From the signage she made herself down to the custom cake topper, which represented her home state of Washington, and Adam’s home state of Wisconsin. Flowers were a huge component for our couple and Jordan with Jordan Moll Events did not disappoint! We loved what she created for the arbor. Honestly, with the hanging geometric shapes this has to be one of our favorite ceremony set-ups ever. And with the abundant floral designs throughout the ceremony and wedding, they had the most elegant and simple tables featuring single dahlias and succulents on pillars. In addition to the flowers, the couple’s dessert bar was a true delicious masterpiece from The Cut Out Cookie. Personally, dessert bars are my new favorite option instead of a traditional wedding cake.

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Elegant Affairs VENUE

Laurel Creek Manor PHOTOGRAPHER + VIDEOGRAPHER

RC Media WEDDING DRESS

Pearls & Lace GROOM’S ATTIRE

Men’s Wearhouse FLOWERS

Jordan Moll Events CATERING

Snuffins DESSERT

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TRENDING:

Linens

BY LORI LOSEE, ELEGANT AFFAIRS

PHOTOGRAPHY BY CLANE GESSEL, FLORAL BY MELA EVENT DESIGN

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ABOVE: PHOTO BY SARAH HARRIS PHOTOGRAPHY, LINEN BY CREATIVE COVERINGS. BELOW: PHOTO BY SARA PARSONS PHOTOGRAPHY

WHEN CREATING YOUR wed-

ding design, a lot of things factor in for a cohesive look. However, in the planning process, there is often one thing that is left out that can add character and enhance your vision — and that is linens. Your linen is the foundation for your table design and then you build to add character and dimension with chairs, place settings, centerpieces, and other decorations to create a well styled look. Here are some other ways to enhance your overall wedding vision with linens: n Bold color n Layering of linens to add depth and fullness n Chair Sashes

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TakeTwo

INSPIRATION: VINTAGE GLAM

PHOTO SHOOT

INTRO BY NADINE KOHLER PHOTOGRAPHY BY SARA WELLS, PHOTOS BY SW

WE HOPE YOU HAVE THE MOST AMAZING MEMORIES to take with you from your

big day! After 13 years, I still remember vividly walking down the aisle, a sweet moment during the ceremony where I turned to look at my bridesmaids and they all went from simply watching to beaming smiles back at me, and our beautiful cake. But just recently, after moving into our new house, we came across a box of wedding pictures and were reminded of memories that we had forgotten: people that attended that we haven’t seen in years, the huge dance party that we had after cake, and little decor details that I had forgotten about and had taken the time to hand-make. So yes, you will take the memories with you, but don’t underestimate how precious your wedding photos will be to you later in life. Recently, we heard a wonderful story about a couple that did miss out on capturing these fleeting moments on camera and their story of a “Take-Two Photo Shoot” to recapture their love. — NK

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INSPIRATION | Vintage Glam: Take-Two Photo Shoot

“After being married for eight years we were given the opportunity to have new wedding photos taken of us. I was super excited because I always knew I wanted to renew my vows or take new wedding photos. When we arrived to take our new photos, I wasn’t sure how to act. It was not my wedding day and I was not doing a vow renewal. I was afraid we would have to use some amazing acting skills to put emotion into the photos. Initially, our photographer started posing us. However, once we got comfortable the posing came naturally and our personalities started to come out.” — SARA

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INSPIRATION | Vintage Glam: Take-Two Photo Shoot

“I thoroughly enjoyed all the vendors who participated in the photoshoot. From the cake to the decor, the scene was perfectly set. If I do get the chance to renew my vows I will be in contact with all of them. The photographer truly captured the special connection we have had since we were teenagers. I am forever thankful to have these new photos because they’re an amazing tribute to the love we share.” — SARA 72

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VENDOR CREDITS PHOTOGRAPHER

Sarah Wells, Photos by SW DESIGNER

Sarah Wells, Photos by SW VENUE

Sunny Side Up Farm WEDDING CAKE, BUTTER COOKIES & PETIT FOURS

Dee Ragsdale of Whimsy Cakes by Dee FRENCH MACARONS

Kymaron Madness FLORIST

Cindy Garske of Flower Faye’s HAIR & MAKEUP

Sara Kessler HEAD PIECES

Brooke Pileggi of Scarlet Peacock on Etsy PRINTING / INVITATION

Uong Katie of Sweet Dates Prints on Etsy DÉCOR

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Jerome Tso Photography DESIGNER + PLANNER

Rock Creek Gardens BRIDAL GOWN & ACCESSORIES

The Wedding Bell VENUE

Rock Creek Gardens CAKE/DESSERTS

Gotti Sweets BEVERAGES/BARTENDING: CATERER

Mama Stortini’s FLORIST

Love Blooms HAIR & MAKEUP

Irish Alana SIGNAGE

Love Blooms DJ

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REAL WEDDINGS

Sweethearts at Rock Creek:

Kathleen Tyler AND

PUYALLUP, WA

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HIGH SCHOOL SWEETHEARTS, Tyler and Kathleen chose Rock

Creek Gardens as the backdrop for their Outdoor Garden Wedding. Every detail, from the elegance of the grand staircase, to the chandeliers in the reception tent, created an ambiance of intimacy among family and close friends. The bride and groom chose to incorporate a handcrafted cross as the centerpiece for their ceremony to represent their faith. Love Blooms used flowers to add to the beauty of the venue.

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Jerome Tso Photography DESIGNER + PLANNER

Rock Creek Gardens BRIDAL GOWN & ACCESSORIES

The Wedding Bell VENUE

Rock Creek Gardens CAKE/DESSERTS

Gotti Sweets BEVERAGES/BARTENDING: CATERER

Mama Stortini’s FLORIST

Love Blooms HAIR & MAKEUP

Irish Alana SIGNAGE

Love Blooms DJ

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The florist, Katrina used the bride’s love of flowers, specifically peonies, as inspiration for the use of greenery and soft pinks to decorate the grand staircase and arbor. One of the most memorable parts of the day was the wedding reception hosted by DJ Curt Hoagland as the couple danced late into the evening with their guests. The night could not have a more perfect ending as the bride and groom were celebrated with a grand sparkler exit.

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A Wedding + A Sendoff:

Wyona Nathaniel AND

LAKEWOOD, WA

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HIGH

SCHOOL SWEETHEARTS Wyona and Nathaniel, married on a beautiful spring day at Oakbrook Golf Club. Just before their wedding day, they received news of Nate’s army transfer to Georgia. The couple would have to pack for their cross country move while planning their wedding. The upcoming move made the time with their guests on their wedding day that much more meaningful. It would be the last time they would spend with a lot of those family and friends for a while. The wedding day began with the bride and bridesmaids getting ready at Hotel Murano in Tacoma. Many custom touches were noted throughout the hotel room, such as personalized robes and hangers. JVC Florals surprised Wyona with a stunning bouquet tied with hand dyed satin ribbon from Ukraine.

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Their family and friends filled the ceremony space, adorned with a triangle arbor and modern floral arrangements. So much love was present as Nate and Wyona shared their vows and excitement of starting their new life together. The ceremony ended with the couple taking a selfie before walking back down the aisle. After cocktail hour on the patio, Wyona changed into a designer lace party dress and Valentino pumps. Family and friends shared heartfelt toasts and snacked on a special assortment of desserts homemade by Wyona’s aunt, including traditional Guam cookies. Wyona and Nate danced the night away with their wedding party and close family. The reception was upbeat, fun, with Wyona spinning music on their DJ’s, Digital Hitz, turntables. The party ended in a sendoff with glow sticks. We later found out Wyona would also be glowing, as she and Nate welcomed a baby girl shortly after moving to Georgia.

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VENDOR CREDITS PHOTOGRAPHER

Rachelle Erickson Photography DESIGNER + PLANNER

Good Friend Events VENUE

Oakbrook Golf Course BRIDAL GOWN & ACCESSORIES

Dress: Adrianna Papell   Shoes: Valentino Garavani TUX

Vera Wang BRIDESMAID DRESSES

David’s Bridal CAKE

Corina Bakery DÉCOR

Love Blooms Wedding and Event Design Sweet Buffet Lady CEREMONY ARBOR

Love Blooms Wedding and Event Design FLORIST

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New Year’s Eve ‘I Dos’ + Celebration:

Amber Darren AND

UNION, WA

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AMBER AND DARREN SPENT THEIR New Year’s Eve wedding

weekend at Alderbrook Resort & Spa to get away from the busyness of the city. Located in Union, Washington the resort offered everything they could possibly need. The day before the wedding took place, the bride and groom invited their bridal party and family onboard the Lady Alderbrook for a dinner cruise enjoying the beautiful views around Hood Canal. When the morning of the wedding arrived, Amber and Darren ignored superstitions and met for an intimate breakfast to ease off any wedding nerves. Later that evening, the guests observed the couple say their “I Dos” under a romantically lit tent while enjoying supplied blankets and apple cider to stay warm in the cool December air. Classical music continued to play as the guests made their way inside to enjoy the reception. After a late-night snack, the champagne toast was poured and served as the guests headed outside to ring in the new year under a wonderful display of fireworks.

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VENDOR CREDITS PHOTOGRAPHER

Jerome Tso Photography DAY OF COORDINATOR

Avenue 22 Events   VENUE

Alderbrook Resort & Spa BRIDAL GOWN & ACCESSORIES

The Bridal Collection in Colorado Dress: Stella York Shoes: Vince Camuto Imagine CAKE/DESSERTS

Alderbrook Resort & Spa BEVERAGES/BARTENDING/ CATERER

Alderbrook Resort & Spa FLORIST

Perry Creek Botanicals GROOM’S ATTIRE & ACCESSORIES

Alfani Suits HAIR & MAKEUP

Salon Maison SIGNAGE/PRINTING

Minted RENTALS

Sweet Buffet Lady DJ/MC

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REAL EVENTS

Blast of Color IN TIN CAN ALLEY: NACE OF TACOMA TIN CAN ALLEY SUBMITTED AND PHOTOGRAPHED BY RACHELLE ERICKSON PHOTOGRAPHY

SOCIAL MEDIA RULES ALL, but how can businesses

and creatives alike drive organic sales from scratch on Instagram? That’s the lesson NACE Tacoma Chapter took on for their November 2017 meeting. Featuring Salty Seattle’s Linda Miller Nicholson who delivered tips and tricks on how she built her social media following over colorful pasta. Naturally the event was designed to be just as colorful as the speaker herself. Tin Can Alley Tacoma was transformed into a bazaar of color with PJ Hummel & Company’s whimsical eye and art direction. Vivid drapery, festive linens, unusual table choices with kantha quilted banquet seating, and a spicy Indian inspired menu delivered a memorable evening worthy of social media attention.

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VENDOR CREDITS VENUE

Tin Can Alley DECOR/RENTALS/LIGHTING

PJ Hummel & Co Alexander Party Rentals EVENT PLANNERS + GRAPHIC DESIGNER

Angie Mingus Jacobsen & Rachelle Erickson Design & Photography SPEAKER

Linda Miller Nicholson, Salty Seattle CATERING

Georgio’s Catering Company PHOTOGRAPHY + PHOTOBOOTH

Rachelle Erickson Design & Photography CINEMAGRAPHS

1000 Words Event Entertainment FLORIST

Enchanted Florist MC + AV

Hard Castle AV LINENS

Creative Coverings BEER

7 Seas Brewing Company DESSERTS

Street Treats PRINTER

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REAL EVENTS

The Lalapazaza Speakeasy

STAR CHEFS ON BROADWAY:

TACOMA ARTS LIVE (FORMERLY BROADWAY CENTER FOR THE PERFORMING ARTS) SUBMITTED BY PJ HUMMEL & TACOMA ARTS LIVE

THE PANTAGES THEATER and lobby was transformed

into a 1920s speakeasy with rum runners and floozies hosting gambling games and enticing guests to try a variety of giggle waters so delicious they should have been prohibited. Guests entered the glittering lobby only by uttering the secret password before rolling the dice on fantastic prizes and entering their bid on gaggles of swanky silent auction items. Dapper gents and dolled up dames enjoyed a variety of delicious appetizers before being chased by flatfeet into the 100-year-old Pantages Theater, where they were greeted with larger-than-life art

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deco décor and the sounds of the swingin’ Gail Pettis jazz band! They were served a four-course dinner by Asado along with fine wines and dessert, and a delicious “last bite” by Corina Bakery. The entertainment continued throughout the evening with a dazzling program by EnJoy Productions with everything from a Shirley Temple aerial act to the Sister Kate dance troupe to Broadway Center’s young Conservatory actors performing a song and dance number, along with the grand live auction. The 100-year-old Pantages SOUTH SOUND WEDDING & EVENT MAGAZINE

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REAL EVENTS | Star Chefs on Broadway: The Lalapazaza Speakeasy

VENDOR CREDITS VENUE

Tin Can Alley VENUE

Pantages Theater EVENT PLANNERS + DESIGNERS

PJ Hummel DECOR/RENTALS

PJ Hummel & Co CORT Party Rentals CATERING / BEVERAGES

Dirty Oscar’s Annex Pacific Grill Corina Bakery Asado/X Group Catering Doyle’s PHOTOGRAPHY

Lisa Monet Photography MC + ENTERTAINMENT

Theater roared with the sounds of celebration as flappers and big timers painted the town red for arts education! Funds raised totaled in excess of $310,000, including the first round of seat naming opportunities sold for the Pantages Theater renovation. For 2019, Tacoma Arts Live will premier its gala, “The Great Race”— think “Great Inventors,” “Steampunk” and “Age of the Invention”! The Tacoma Armory is the new venue for this fun night. Watch two teams race against the clock while the rest of the crowd place bets to win prizes.

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EnJoy Productions COSTUMING & EVENT COORDINATION

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of Resources

VISITOR CENTERS

PIERCE COUNTY Travel Tacoma + Pierce County www.traveltacoma.com Visitor Information Center, first floor, Greater Tacoma Convention Center 1516 Commerce St. Tacoma, WA 98402 253-830-6799 Lakewood Chamber of Commerce www.lakewood-chamber.com 6310 Mount Tacoma Dr. SW, Suite B Lakewood, WA 98499 253-582-9400 KITSAP COUNTY Visit Kitsap Peninsula www.visitkitsap.com 9230 Bayshore Drive NW, Suite 101 Silverdale, WA 98383 800-337-0580, 360-692-1084 THURSTON COUNTY Experience Olympia & Beyond www.visitolympia.com Mailing: P.O. Box 7338 Olympia, WA 98507 Location: State capitol campus, 103 Sid Snyder Ave. SW Olympia, WA 98501 877-704-7500, 360-704-7544

WALLFLOWER PHOTOGRAPHY

SOUTH KING COUNTY Seattle Southside Visitor Services www.seattlesouthside.com 3100 S. 176th St., Seattle, WA 98188 877-885-9452, 206-575-2489

MASON COUNTY Shelton-Mason County Chamber of Commerce www.sheltonchamber.org Mailing: P.O. Box 2389 Shelton, WA 98584 Location: 215 W. Railroad Ave., Shelton, WA 98584 800-576-2021, 360-426-2021 LEWIS COUNTY The Centralia-Chehalis Chamber of Commerce www.tourlewiscounty.com 500 NW Chamber of Commerce Way Chehalis, WA 98532 800-525-3323, 360-748-8885 GRAYS HARBOR COUNTY Grays Harbor Tourism www.visitgraysharbor.com Mailing: P.O. Box 1229 Elma, WA 98541 800-621-9625

Westport-Grayland Chamber of Commerce and Visitors Center www.westportgrayland-chamber.org Mailing: P.O. Box 306, Westport, WA 98595-0306 Location: 2985 S. Montesano St. Westport, WA 98595-0306 800-345-6223, 360-268-9422 Tourism Ocean Shores www.tourismoceanshores.com 866-602-6278, 360-289-9586 JEFFERSON COUNTY Jefferson County Chamber of Commerce www.jeffcountychamber.org Visitor Information Center 2509 Jefferson St. Suite A Port Townsend, WA 98368 888-365-6978, 360-385-2722

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WEDDING & EVENT PROFESSIONALS IN THIS ISSUE: APPAREL & JEWELRY Brides for a Cause 8 I Do Bridal 26 Scarlet Peacock 24, 68-73 Third Wish Studios cover, 25, 30-39 Weddings With Joy cover, 18, 30-39 BEAUTY Bella Simon Boutique Salon 26 Chémel Salon cover, 3, 18, 30-39 CAKE & DESSERTS Kymaron Madness 71, 73 Whimsy Cakes by Dee 71, 73 CATERING Carr’s Restaurant & Catering 96 DÉCOR, DESIGN & RENTALS Creative Coverings 67 Maisy and Lola, Refined Rustic Rentals 68-73 PJ Hummel 2

WALLFLOWER PHOTOGRAPHY

FLORAL A Moment in Time Floral Design 30-31 Blitz & Co 19, 35, 38 Bloom San Juan 10 Cindy Garske of Flower Faye’s 19, 68-73 Down to Earth 25 Elle’s Floral Ingenuity 36-37, 39 Jordan Mall Events 11 Love Blooms Wedding & Event Design 11 Mela Event Design 12 & 13 Sal Floral Design 25 Specialty Floral Design 18, 32-33 HOTELS Seabrook 8 The Point Casino & Hotel / Heronswood Garden 96

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PHOTOGRAPHERS Arlene Chambers Photography 27 Caitlyn Nikula 10 Clane Gessel 12 & 13, 66 Firstlight Photography 14-17, 20-23 Jenny Ostenson Photography 24 Jerome Tso Photography 26, 42, 47 Lauren Cross Photography 42 Lavender Bouquet Photography 43 Lisa Monet Photography ? Marcela Pulido Photography 40 Melissa Kilner 11 Patti Cakes 43 Photography by Betty Elaine 25 RC Media 11 Sara Parsons Photography 67 Sarah Harris Photography 67 Sarah Wells, Photos by SW 19, 24, 68-73 South Sound Wedding Photography 44, 52-56 Van Wyhe Photography 25 Wallflower Photography cover, 18, 26, 30-39, 96

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PLANNERS & COORDINATORS Elegant Affairs 8, 10-13, 25, 27-29, 66-67 PRINTING & INVITATIONS Uong Katie of Sweet Dates Prints on Etsy 73 TRANSPORTATION Olympic Limousine 8 VENUES Cedarbrook Lodge 46 Environmental Services Building 5 Events on 6th 40 Filigree Farm 43 Foss Waterway Seaport 5 Hotel Interurban 41 Lacey Community Center 5 LeMay Marmount Event Center 30-39 Metro Parks Tacoma 1 Museum of Glass 96 Pioneer Pavilion 57

of Resources

Red Barn Studios 8 Rock Creek Gardens 42 The Grand Victorian Ballroom at The Swantown Inn & Spa 45 The Historic Lord Mansion and Coach House 57 The Orchard at Sunshine Hill 47 The Pavilion - Mason County 45, 57 The Point Casino & Hotel / Heronswood Garden 96 Tin Can Alley, backcover VENUES/DESTINATIONS City of Puyallup 57 Greater Tacoma Convention Center/ City of Tacoma 57 Seabrook 8 WEDDING SHOWS South Sound Wedding Show inside front cover

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