by: Michelle

I am totally in love with this gorgeous blush and gold Seattle wedding captured by Meredith McKee Photography. Gold brings in a touch of sparkle, while white and blush pink keep things clean, simple, and most of all, romantic. Catherine and Julian chose to incorporate details that were inspired by the city of Seattle, and these images captured everything perfectly. Take a look- you will fall in love with this wedding… and the couple too!

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What (or who) helped you most in your planning process and/or on your wedding day?

My little sister was my rock throughout the wedding planning process. I’m very indecisive and tend to over-plan things but she’s the exact opposite. Whenever I’d start to go a little overboard, she’d pull me right back to the ground and help me refocus and prioritize. She also made sure all bases were covered on the wedding day. Forgot deodorant? Chap Stick? Even the Garter Belt? She had it all and had it under control!

 In addition to my sister, my bridesmaids were so supportive and amazing. I’d heard from many other brides that planning a wedding and making a lot of the décor yourself could get really stressful. I kept bracing myself for some sudden burst of stress to hit me but it never came. Planning the wedding brought me so much closer to my girlfriends with all our late-night wedding planning, decoration-making assembly-line parties, and silly girl talk of what our weddings would look like if only we had an endless budget.

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What was the most important thing to you when deciding who to work with for your wedding?

When I first started meeting with vendors for the wedding cake, catering, music, photographer and floral arrangements, I became a bit overwhelmed. There are so many options and I’m sure any one of the people I met with would have done an amazing job. With that in mind, I decided to go with vendors that had warm and inviting personalities and seemed very down to earth. This was a very happy and exciting time for me, and I wanted to make sure I surrounded myself with people who had similar energy and enthusiasm. I absolutely love my florist and photographer, not just because they did an amazing job, but because they’re just awesome people!

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What was your inspiration for your wedding details and/or design?

My husband and I had a lot of guests flying in from all across the country and most of them had never been to Seattle. We wanted to make sure they got the entire Seattle experience so we chose a down-to-earth yet very Seattle-esque venue in Capital Hill and had organic coffee beans as our wedding favors. I also created a mini sight-seeing checklist for everyone on our wedding website,catherinelovesjulian.com. We wanted to make sure that even after our wedding celebration ended, the party would continue out onto the streets of Capital Hill! We wanted everyone to have a good time and enjoy themselves.

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What was your favorite thing about your wedding?

Our wedding day was absolutely the most fun I’ve ever had. Actually, the entire week surrounding the wedding was amazing. Not only was I about to marry my best friend and the kindest man I’ve ever met, but I was surrounded by all the people I love and cherish most. To know that everyone had taken time from their busy schedules and spent money to fly in for my husband and I was just heartwarming. My cheeks hurt so much that week from all the smiling and laughing that took place! It was like a fairy tale. The highlight of the night for me was later in the reception, when all my friends got together on the dance floor and we sang and danced the night away to all our favorite 90s songs. So much N’Sync and Coolio…

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What is your best piece of advice for other brides?

My best piece of advice for all the lovely brides out there is to not lose sight of what the wedding is really all about. It’s really easy to get wrapped up in the details and decorations, but at the end of the day, it’s about your relationship and union with your partner. When I look back on my wedding, I won’t be thinking about my place-card holders or choice of tablecloth. I’ll be thinking about my husband reading his vows to me and how much fun we had side-by-side with our family and friends.

I’m loving the sparkler exit! Hands down my favorite way for newlyweds to end the night! And how awesome is it that Catherine and Julian used the city of Seattle as the inspiration for their wedding details?!

So tell me- would you use YOUR hometown as the inspiration for your wedding? What would you do?

 

Vendors who made it all happen…

Photographer: Meredith Mckee Photography / Catering: Gourmondo Catering / Reception Venue: Melrose Market Studio / Invitations & Stationery: Minted / Bride’s Dress: White by Vera Wang


by: Lauren

From the editor: Hi friends! So we talk all the time about what to do and when to do it when it comes to planning your wedding, but today I want to touch on something that I don’t think we’ve ever talked about here on ELD- destination weddings! A destination wedding is a whole other world when it comes to planning, but it’s also a great option for some couples. I planned a few destination weddings myself back in the day, but I certainly don’t know them like the back of my hand like destination wedding planner Emmanuela Stanislaus of Precious Occasions does, so I asked her to share a few insights on how to know if a destination wedding is right for you! So if you’re considering a destination wedding, or haven’t quite decided where to have your wedding take place yet, read on!

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How to know if a destination wedding is right for you

By: Emmanuela Stanislaus, Precious Occasions 


Destination weddings are something that couples usually think of when they start to get overwhelmed by the wedding planning process. The scenery and adventure typically gets people excited at the prospect of saying their vows in a dreamy or exotic location. While this sounds very tempting, destination weddings aren’t for everyone. Here are some quick questions to ask yourself before making the decision:

Do you want to be unique?

If having your wedding in your hometown bores you to tears, consider having a destination wedding. A destination wedding is a wedding that takes place at least 100 miles away from where the couple resides. That means that you have a ton of options at your fingertips to help make your wedding special. Destination does not necessarily mean overseas or on the beach, so be creative and choose a place to speaks to your personality, interests, or history as a couple.

Are there important key people that you want to attend your wedding but will not be able to travel?

This question typically applies to older members of the family, such as grandparents. Are they healthy enough to make the trip? How about friends or family members that are afraid to fly or are unable to afford the trip? You’ll have to think about this before you settle on a decision. If there are important people that will not be able to travel, then you’ll have to reconsider having a destination wedding.

How to know if a destination wedding is right for you

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Are you a control freak?

Destination weddings require a certain level of flexibility for the unexpected. No wedding is without it’s fair amount of surprises, but there is a new level of possibilities when planning a destination wedding. Typically, you’re planning for months via phone and email, which leaves some area for miscommunication or misinterpretation, and in most cases, you are not able to visit the specific venue beforehand. With that being said, destination weddings tend to work well for laid back/go-with-the-flow couples that do not need to control every aspect of the wedding.

When you imagined your wedding day, did you picture an intimate affair?

Destination weddings typically have a smaller headcount than if you were to have a wedding closer to home. The intimate group makes for greater interactions. Guests will arrive a couple of days before your wedding, which allows you to spend more time with them versus a traditional wedding. If this is what you imagined, then a destination wedding may be right for you!

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Based on your answers to the questions above, you might be on your way to planning a destination wedding! Destination weddings are a bit complicated to plan, but thankfully there are more resources today than ever before to help with the process. Some of these resources include destination wedding planners that specialize in various regions of the world, as well as resorts that have developed wedding packages to make the process easier.

So, are you on your way to planning a destination wedding? What questions do you have that will help you make your decision? I’d love to hear them- please don’t hesitate to ask in the comments below!

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by: Lauren

Wedding Planning Advice: Stay True To Yourselves

“Stay true to what you want. Never following fads, or what other people think you should do. This is the one day of your life that is about only you and your soon to be husband!”

- Josh & Rachel Best of Best Photography

 

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by: Lauren

The color palette of this gold, aqua, and lavender wedding from Tracie Domino Events and Andi Diamond Photography might be the best I’ve seen yet! Inspired by the crystal clear blue-green waters of the Keys, lovely bride Lindsey wanted to incorporate aqua into her wedding design. Pairing aqua with sparkling gold elements and lavender floral accents created a stunning Florida wedding that is absolutely overflowing with chic elegance.

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What (or who) helped you most in your planning process and/or on your wedding day?

We hired Tracie Domino, a college friend, sorority sister, and established wedding planner in the Tampa/St Pete/Clearwater. She and my mother were the force behind our whole wedding. I had a few ideas, colors, and things Adam and I wanted, they did the rest!

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What was the most important thing to you when deciding who to work with for your wedding?

That the planner we hired had a good idea of not only who we were, our style, and what we wanted, but also knew our budget. She always gave us a few suggestions for all the different vendors, but never suggested someone she knew we would love that we simply just couldn’t afford.

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What was your inspiration for your wedding details and/or design?

I have always loved the beach and the ocean, and the color turquoise, not teal, and not too blue, like the water in key west. This color was the center of what I wanted for the wedding…mint, golds, and whites. I had a whole Pinterest page. Then our decor company said we needed another accent color like pink or peach. In our meeting, my fiancé suggested lavender instead of pink or peach, and we all ran with it…it became the way we brought in color with flowers, table accents, and lighting. It was beautiful. Only after we were married did my loving husband reveal to me his thought process of why “purple” would go with “turquoise”… the Charlotte Hornets.

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What was your favorite thing about your wedding?

Marrying my best friend. Our vows we wrote. Having him serenade me to his favorite song Wagon Wheel in front of all of our friends and family. Walking down the aisle to “somewhere over the rainbow” over an aisle covered in lavender rose petals…it was a total dream. I have so many favorite moments, it’s hard to pick. 

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What is your best piece of advice for other brides?

Relax. Don’t take anything too seriously. Even the things that are stressful, if you let them get you angry or upset, you lose sight of the fact that you get to get married. You are in love. And there’s a man waiting at the end of the aisle that looks at you like you are his angel. And no table charts, name cards, or decisions about centerpieces will change that. And that’s awesome.

Isn’t that color palette absolutely fabulous?! I would have never thought to combine aqua with lavender… and it makes it even better that the groom came up with the idea to use lavender as an accent color!

So tell me- what color would you pair with aqua? Are any of you using aqua in your own weddings?

 

Vendors who made it all happen…

Photographer:  Andi Diamond Photography //Event Planner: Tracie Domino Events // Event Designer: MMD Events // Musicians: Phase 5 // Reception Venue: Sandpearl Resort // Cake Designer:Sylvia Cakes // Cinema and Video: Voila Cinematic

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