We bundled up this cold day deep in November. Our private dinner party was hosted in a kitchen-garden greenhouse with a menu including creamy butternut squash soup shooters, a pomegranate salad situation, and roasted pork loin with rhubarb chutney. (Yes, we enjoy cooking the food for these too) We ended the night with a lovely bonfire, all wrapped in wool plaid blankets, drinking whiskey milk punch, and learning about how color impacts us as consumers. This is how we do a dinner party.
Photo Credit: Love Looks Like Photography
We’ve always wanted to host a heartfelt dinner party to bring our people together and thank them for the ways they’ve supported us as we’ve grown in business. We schemed renting out a farm-to-table restaurant and have a 5 course meal served to us, but we could never quite make it happen. One day it dawned on us that we could throw our own party. We wanted to honor people. We wanted to make a styled shoot that actually got used in real time for real people. We wanted to toast and introduce and celebrate. So we did. Hand delivered personalized invitations with sponsorship from local small business across the city. It was awesome and we want to do it always. Because where would we be without the help of so many cheerleaders and givers and encouragers? Photo Credit: Angela Carlyle
This property holds more sentiment in the hearts of its family than perhaps any property I’ve ever visited, and was a natural and meaningful choice for this couple who lives far from it. This was a wedding full of intention, where they cared more for the people and the sacredness of marriage more than all that money could buy. It was both reverent and lighthearted. Rustic and classy. Unassuming and impeccable.
Photo Credit: The Manchiks
This is what a year of planning, a great client, and a load of logistics looks like. Not only was it stunning, it involved quite a bit of problem solving. This wedding took us a team of 9 to coordinate and pull off. In the history of doing weddings for 19 years, this is by far the one we’re proudest to share. It represents the highest highs and the lowest lows as we had to deal with a personal crisis at the exact time we were executing it. It’s a testament to good planning, a loyal team, and truly, God’s goodness. And, as with happens with most our brides, we are still great friends and so thankful for the opportunity to work together. Photo Credit: Benj Haisch
The family wanted to throw a PNW backyard BBQ to celebrate marriage and families coming together. This client lives in a home rife with history, class, and unmatched beauty. This was our interpretation of making it approachable, casual, and absolutely fabulous. Not all backyard BBQs need to include hay and mason jars and red check tablecloths. We blazed our own romantic PNW lakeside wildflower trail. (no offense to mason jars).
Photo Credit: Julia Manchik
I always get to work with the best kind of people and they are all my favorite. Often they become lifelong friends and I’m better for knowing them. Such is the case with this dear couple living in Missouri at the time. The bride emailed me months before the wedding and proposed this incredible plan to take her fiancé back to her PNW roots, find the ice caves, phone a few friends and make this marriage official. Borrowing from my beloved show, The Office, I’ve learned to always say “absolutely I do” whenever presented with an opportunity as lovely and meaningful as this. While the ice caves didn’t quite pan out and it wasn’t a full elopement, it was still a precious wedding, and I loved every part I got to play. Fun fact: said bride loved her bouquet so much she had it tattooed on her arm! Photo Credit: Amanda Sutton