We were so lucky to be included in the intimate and personal wedding of Brandi and Duane last October. They were an ambitious and organized couple that planned a beautifully detailed wedding for a small group of friends and family at the Coeur d’Alene Resort. Because the two were so organized and prepared we Soirée was there the day of to assist and make the day run smoothly. Their group of about 50 guests danced the night away to Complete Music, had a lovely meal catered by the resort, enjoyed cake from Just American Desserts, and lovely flowers from Lakeside Floral & Design were beautifully placed throughout, while Quicksilver Photography captured some beautiful images!
Finding a unique gift to give your wedding guests can sometimes be a challenge. You want to have a special gift that fits in your budget but that is also customized and represents the two of you. Below we have found a few tasty and adorable wedding favors that might inspire you for figuring out your wedding favors.
Tips for choosing the right wedding favors:
1) Make sure it represents both of you
2) Depending on your budget don’t forget that their are plenty of DIY wedding favor ideas. Sometimes some of the best favors are those that were put together by the bride and groom.
3) Personalize it by adding a favorite quote or the date of your wedding
4) Keep it small, no one wants to be hauling around a huge wedding favor!
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The color inspiration came from the beautiful bouquet of flowers that included wheat and various shades of pink roses. The wheat inspired me to go with a country themed palette.| 0 comments
1) Tell us your story: “We met at GU my freshman year on St. Patrick’s day through one of DJ’s friends. He was two years older than me but we immediately hit it off. By the following St. Patrick’s Day we were engaged!”
2) Tell us about yourself: “I am a student and barista at GU, and DJ is working for a recruiting agency in Spokane, WA. After I graduate we are planning on moving back to Portland where we hope to open a brewery together.”
3) What is your wedding date and where is it?: “We choose July 6th, 2013 because we wanted a longer engagement and a beautiful summer wedding. The venue is at a family friends estate farm at the edge of town in Walla Walla, Washington. It is surrounded by vineyards, fields, and the mountains.”
4) Do you have a wedding planner? “No, we don’t it is completely me, DJ, and our family planning the wedding, but I can definitely see the perks of hiring a wedding planner after planning one. There is always so much to do and so many different tasks to prepare for a wedding.”
5) What is your color scheme and what inspired those colors? “Peach and mint. We thought it would be a fun color combination for a summertime wedding.”
6) Tell us about a unique or personal aspect you planned for your wedding? “DJ loves brewing his own beer so all the beer served at the wedding will be made by DJ, maybe with a little help from me! I always thought having a photobooth at my wedding would be really fun, so some of our family members are helping build a booth. We have so many family and friends that are helping out, we could not have done it without them.”
7) What is a wedding trend that you have noticed while planning your wedding? “One trend I see a lot of is the “first-look” session with a photographer before the wedding. DJ and I choose to go the more traditional route and will not see each other till I walk down the aisle. I haven’t even let him see my dress yet! The emerging popularity of wedding blogs and pinterest have made it much easier to do DIY projects with more unique ideas. I have seen so many different craft ideas and wish I could do them all for my wedding, it is definitely hard choosing!”
What will the bridesmaids be wearing? “I just told all the bridesmaids to find a dress in the coral/peach range. I want my bridesmaids to like their dress and be able to wear it for more occasions than just the wedding.”
9) Did you use any Spokane vendors for your wedding? “Yes, our photographer, Sarah Wagoner actually is from Spokane and also works at GU. I love her photography style and how light and beautiful all her summer wedding photos are.” Park Road Photography
10) What advice would you give brand new brides in planning a wedding? “Start planning early, and don’t get caught up too much on the details, and when people offer to help, let them! Weddings are a lot of work but with the help of others everything will come together.”
11) What are you most excited about for your wedding day? “Seeing DJ’s face for the first time when I am in my dress since he has not seen it yet. I also am so excited for the celebration aspect of the wedding with all our family and friends, and of course our honeymoon in BRAZIL!”
Below are some of the inspirations that Claire and DJ used to plan their wedding:
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Brown is a color that is not given enough credit. It really can be paired with anything, and while it is great for autumn weddings, it can be used all year round! What do you think of the warm gold and brown combination?| 0 comments
On January 19, Ali and I joined a group of wonderful vendors at the Hagadone Event Center in Coeur d’Alene for the Custom Weddings bridal show. If you didn’t have the pleasure of joining us, here are the vendors that were there. Any combination of these talented individuals would make for a beautiful and successful wedding!
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We had so much fun with helping plan this wedding for an Alaskan bride, Natasha. Natasha had a clear vision for her event and just needed a little help making that happen. And, it’s always great to have onsite help when you are planning from afar. Natasha had already chosen her venue when she got in contact with us, the White House in Coeur D’Alene. It could not have been a more beautiful backdrop for their day. With a team that included Stacie’s Cakes, Mangia Catering, Music Maker DJ and Michelle Nagle Photography, it was a great event for all!
We were particularly impressed with how well these photos from Michelle Nagle turned out! Just gorgeous – enjoy!
The guest book is the first thing that people see when they come into the reception, so why not make it unique and creative to set the tone for the rest of the event? Here are some authentic ideas we thought were fun and catered to all different types of weddings. Take a look!
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Look at these two! Could they be any cuter? We had the pleasure of helping our friends Adam and Kelsey on their August 25th wedding at Plymouth Congregational and Saranac Public House. One of our favorite things about this couple is the emphasis on their love and the point of the whole day; to be married. Nothing mattered more to these two then showing each other their love and having fun celebrating that love with close friends and family. And what a fun celebration it was! The church, as well as Saranac Public House, with lighting and balloons, set a great backdrop for the lovely pictures taken by Markus Burns Photography. Floral Design helped them with their perfectly salmon colored flowers. And, check out the darling cake made by the mother of the groom! Congrats Adam and Kelsey! We could not be more honored to have shared in your day!| 0 comments
While enjoying a morning cup of coffee a few weeks ago, I saw a story on Good Morning America about some of the emerging trends for 2012 bridal fashion. I loved the diversity in the selections. So, according to Good Morning America, here are 2012′s top trends in bridal fashion. What do you think?
When I think of sleeves on a wedding gown, I think of the 80′s and the big puffy shoulders and fitted sleeves down to the wrist. But, not anymore. The reintroduction of this trend is being attributed to the style icon Kate Middleton and her beautiful gown she wore in 2011. These modern, practical and slim sleeves can be absolutely stunning!
While sleeves are now hiding more skin than we are used to in wedding gowns, a new trend is showing skin somewhere else! Slits are now popping up in wedding gowns everywhere. A quick peek into any teenage magazine and you’ll see this trend has already made it’s way into ball gowns as well.
Thanks Kim Kardashian… your marriage didn’t last but the trend did! From bejeweled pieces like Kim wore or the one above, this trend also includes everything from fascinators to the 70′s style head wraps. A trend that spans from the glitzy bride to the most bohemian bride.
Yup, pants. This is a trend being seen with brides that want to do something different or more casual. I wasn’t sure how I felt about it, until I saw this sassy Parisian bride above!
Looks like we are in for many colored wedding gowns. Pink, blue and red wedding dresses to come! Vera Wang also did a whole line of BLACK wedding dresses. We quite fancy the grey dress from Vera Wang featured here.
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