There is somehow both too much to say, and also not enough words to express the pure and utter magic of this amazing week in the San Juan Islands celebrating Miranda and Julien. Truly and honestly one of the best experiences we've had in our career as wedding pros with some of the best people (and now dear friends!!) that we've ever had the pleasure to meet. For now, I'll let these photos speak for themselves. More to come!
Photographer: Kestrel Bailey Photography
Planning: Luth Weddings & Events
Venue: Saltwater Farm at Friday Harbor
Catering: Salmonberry Catering
Bartending: Nathan Fihn
DJ: Coolhand Rabb
Floral: Mama Bird Farm
Hair: Island Roots Salon
Makeup: Beauty by Furi
Romance and Tradition at The Kelley Farm
Joanne and Brian's timeless wedding in Bonney Lake | June 2017
To kick off our very first Throwback Thursday blog series, we're taking it back to June of 2017! Joanne and Brian had such a fabulous day full of laughter, love, and so so much joy! They began their day with a traditional Tea Ceremony with their family and loved ones at their home to honor their heritage. The couple wore stunning red wedding outfits before changing into their second looks of the day for their arrival to their reception venue, The Kelley Farm in Bonney Lake, WA.
These two had one of the MOST FUN wedding parties ever! They were cracking me up the entire day and we had so much fun getting them ready and down the aisle. The girls looked so glam, the guys were dapper, and there was a fabulous pre-ceremony getting ready dance party that I remember so fondly.
The flower girls (as many flower girls do) stole the show in their adorable fluffy pink dresses. They got a little shy walking down the aisle, so I may have had to walk them down to get them started. Check out the wedding video for a planner cameo! :)
Speaking of flowers, Bobbie and Michael of Bahtoh absolutely rocked the floral design with gorgeous blush and white blooms everywhere. The beautiful flowers really accented the fabulous barn at Kelley Farm and decked out the arbor for the outdoor ceremony. We had planned for rain the whole week before so we were all so thrilled with the gorgeous blue sky, puffy cloud day!
The reception was a total blast with DJ Lourawk rocking the party into the night! We loved watching guests participate in all the fun traditions like the money dance, parent dances, a good ol' cake smash (for Brian! no ruining wedding makeup folks!!) and the bouquet and garter toss!
Guests loved the photobooth too! I still love this snap of some of the wedding vendors in the booth with the bride and groom! Also, shout out to Joanne for a third outfit change. We love a full wedding wardrobe!!
I think what really stood out to me the most about Joanne and Brian is their true and devoted love for each other. They were truly just glowing the entire day and their smiles lit up the whole room. We felt really lucky to be a part of their love story.
We've really loved following their journey as a married couple. Joanne and Brian will be celebrating 13 years together and sharing their 5 year wedding anniversary with each other in a couple of weeks, They have also recently welcomed a sweet baby girl into the world! We love you both so much and it was so fun reminiscing on your big day!
For more of this fabulous day, including a stunning wedding video and super cute cows, click here to head on over to Joanne and Brian's gallery page!
Venue: The Kelley Farm | Photographer: Jonathan Gipaya Photography | Videography: Solefire Films
Wedding Coordinator: Luth Weddings & Events | Caterer: Gallucci's Catering
Florist: Bahtoh | Cake: Confetti Confections | DJ: DJ Lourawk | Hair and Makeup: Sarah Ren Makeup Artistry & Hair
White Lace Wedding Dress: New Beginnings Bridal Studio
Throwback Thursday Series
Hi friends! We truly LOVE weddings and one of the best parts of planning and designing events (besides cake) is the bond and memories we create with our amazing couples. As a fun way to reminisce, we'll be doing a Throwback Thursday series here on the blog where we share some of our favorite memories, behind the scenes stories, bloopers, and moments from some of our past weddings and events. Stay tuned for all of the fun!
Reduce, Reuse, Recycle! The old catchphrase really comes in handy when trying to keep your wedding sustainable. In celebration of Earth Day, we're sharing a few of our favorite ways to help make your big day a bit more Earth friendly!
In our floral design work, we reduce the amount of packaging we use when delivering personal flowers to our wedding parties. This means minimizing our use of plastic bags or boxes for boutonnieres and wearable flowers, sending bouquets without any excess tissue or plastic, and doing our best to collect vases from bouquets from wedding to wedding thus reducing the need to purchase new ones each time.
Minimalist wedding décor is another way to reduce and can be gorgeous in the right situation. For example, highlighting the amazing natural beauty of a venue or location with very simple ceremony arrangements as we did at this gorgeous Sagecliffe Resort wedding is an example of how simple can be striking!
For our couples, reducing the amount of guests and even the amount of red meat served can be ways to lessen your environmental impact when planning! While having a giant party is always a blast, if you're looking to be a little bit more sustainable (and save a little cash) consider a more intimate wedding. Less guests equals less travel, less food, less tables (which means less floral and décor), and less waste at the end of the event. Keep it smaller to keep it greener!
We love reusing wedding items! A lot of our wedding inventory comes from past weddings we’ve planned and flowered so that the items can continue to get lots of use. Rather than always buying new for each event, we source from our amazing vendor network or our own stash. Sometimes we'll even thrift or upcycle items (check out the cute blue and white bud vases, candle holders, and tiny bird at the bottom of this post!). Bud vases, votives, lanterns, wedding arches - so much can be repurposed! We also build things ourselves (like this fab champagne wall - available to rent!) that we can then use for many events in the future.
We also like to reuse candles. If our clients are ok with it (and many are!) we try to reuse pillar candles that still have lots of life left rather than tossing them out only a little bit used. We of course make sure they look beautiful still, but this keeps a bit more waste out of the landfill.
We love repurposing flowers as well! Whether it’s on the day of and reusing ceremony flowers at your reception (this also saves you money! Bonus!) to sending guests home with flowers to enjoy after the event we love for our florals to be loved for as long as possible. See below for how we used a beautiful floral arch as a ceremony backdrop for our couple at Columbia Winery and transitioned it to highlight their sweetheart table at the reception. We also incorporated the bridal bouquet and aisle lanterns into their sweetheart table design and décor to really utilize as much as we could.
For our couples - how about reusing your wedding attire? There are some amazing websites out there for renting tuxedos and formal wear, and many options for purchasing a gently used bridal gown. The gorgeous Pronovias bridal gown shown below (look at that lace back!) was purchased from a former bride via Stillwhite, an online bridal resale shop, and it not only looked stunning, but saved the bride a lot of money! Win win! Other great local options for purchasing a gently used gown are Brides for a Cause and Blue Sky Bridal in Seattle.
We make sure to compost and recycle as much as we possibly can in our planning and floral design. Ridwell is a great local service that allows us to recycle thin plastics (like flowers come wrapped in) as well as fabric/ribbon, batteries and more. Floral boxes all get reused or broken down and recycled. And all the flower waste gets thrown in the compost to help grow new plants and flowers!
4. Foam free florals
We do everything we can to avoid floral foam when arranging our floral designs. Floral foam is not great for the environment as it doesn’t break down and just sits in the landfill, as well as contributing to micro-plastic pollution. Ick! Chicken wire, wet moss, biodegradable foam, reusable water tubes, and floral pin frogs are all great and green alternatives! We use these pretty much exclusively now after transitioning away from foam in our early days of designing.
5. Buying local and seasonal
We love our local flower growers (shoutout to the wonderful Seattle Wholesale Grower's Market for giving us a one stop shop for so many amazing farms!) and are so lucky to have such beautiful blooms available close by for us to use. While we do sometimes need to use shipped in product based on our client’s wish list, we try to source locally as much as we can! Shopping in season also helps, and using what is growing at the time of your event can be really special. Just think of your love being able to send you a seasonal bloom from your wedding day for every anniversary! So romantic. Overall, less travel time (by land, air, or sea) to get the flowers to us means a cleaner Earth!
Learning! We’re constantly looking to learn of new and better ways to be kind to our planet when it comes to weddings and in daily life, on Earth Day and every day. From working with amazing sustainable florists (like the fabulous Jenevieve at Wild Flora in Utah) to participating in webinars to a good ol’ internet search, we’re always on the look out for tips and tricks to be sustainable. Do you have any that you’d like to share? We’d love to hear it! Please leave us a comment or share what your favorite tip was from this list in the comments below!
Brittany & Micah were married on Friday, September 23rd, 2016 at the gorgeous DeLille Cellars Chateau in Woodinville. The day turned out beautiful, despite some rain in the morning (always good luck on a wedding day!) and the sun started shining through right on time. Not that these two need luck - they are the dearest couple and so madly in love. It was such an honor to be able to help Brittany's floral visions come to life. Her gorgeous and simple white, green, and gold color scheme was so elegant. The amazing gold polka dotted plates and gold flatware, the abundance of candles throughout the venue, the eucalyptus garlands strewn down the amazing farm tables, and the beautiful personal touches from the bride and groom all made this wedding so special and glamourous. Thanks to EVENTful Moments, Reyna Robyn Photography, Alexa's Cafe & Catering, Simply Sweet Cupcakes, DeLille Cellars and more for helping to make this day so awesome. Congratulations Mr. & Mrs. Hoffmann!!
Venue: DeLille Cellars Chateau | Photography: Reyna Robyn Photography | Floral Design: Candice Luth Wedding & Event Design | Wedding Coordination: EVENTful Moments | Catering: Alexa's Cafe & Catering | DJ: Sounds Unlimited | Cake: Simply Sweet Cupcakes
I had the awesome privilege of doing the flowers, decor and coordination for Emily and Derry's wedding yesterday at JM Cellars in Woodinville. They are an amazing couple who are full of such love and joy and it was such a pleasure to share their special day. It was full of fun, elegance, and romance and I had such a blast. I can't wait to see the professional pictures from Jeff Marsh, but had to share some of the photos I got on my phone at the event. I honestly can't get over what a gorgeous day it was. Simply picture perfect.
Catering: Barking Frog for Willows Lodge | Photography: Jeff Marsh Creative | Cake: baked. | Bridal Gown: Claire Pettibone via The Dress Theory | Flowers, Decor, and Coordination: Candice Luth Wedding & Event Design | Venue: JM Cellars | Band: Jones and Fischer | Valet: Butler Valet | Rentals: Vintage Ambiance, ABC Rentals and Candice Luth Wedding & Event Design | Hair: Kelsey Buchanan
On August 2nd I had the privilege of creating bridal party flowers and being the wedding planner for the wonderful Jessica and Nick Miller! Jessica wanted a bouquet that looked as if she'd picked wildflowers from a garden. It was so much fun to use so much color! It was such a lovely day and I can't wait to see the rest of the photos from the talented Lauren of Lauren Cross Photography.
I had the privilege of spending Saturday coordinating the wedding of one of the sweetest, happiest, most fun couples in the world - Rachel and Zack. They kept on smiling through the few sprinkles that showed up before the ceremony and we were all so happy when the weather cleared up just in time for them to say their "I do's"! Rachel's DIY centerpieces and wedding favors were beautiful, the photo booth was a blast, and the party kept going strong! It was truly a fabulous event and I'm so happy and honored that I got to be a part of it. I cannot wait to see more photos! Congratulations, Rachel and Zack! I wish you all the best and hope you have a blast on your honeymoon!
In a special edition of Fashion Friday, I thought I would share some beautiful lace wedding gowns! Lace is having a major moment in bridal fashion right now and it is not hard to see why. It is so romantic and feminine. Whether it is an all over lace gown or just a touch of Chantilly lace at the sleeves, this is a fabric that feels inherently bridal. Enjoy!
This gorgeous Folie Gown from the Elie by Elie Saab 2014 collection for Pronovias is classically beautiful! It's 3/4 sleeves and off-the-shoulder neckline give it a look of vintage glamour, and the lace appliques are delicate and lovely. This would look gorgeous at a classic church wedding, but could work for almost any venue.
For more information, follow this link: http://www.pronovias.com/wedding-dresses-elie-by-elie-saab-collection-2014-folie#.
This simple and classic ivory A-line gown from the MILA collection by St. Pucchi has a beautiful lace bodice with ladylike cap sleeves. The coordinating lace on the hem of the full skirt and train adds a lovely and elegant touch. The large bow on the back of the dress makes this dress girly and fun. The banded waist causes this gown to be very figure flattering. This would be beautiful for a country club wedding.
For more information, visit: http://stpucchi.com/713/
This ballgown from Allure Bridals' Couture collection is the epitome of feminine romance. With it's tiered lace ball skirt and sweetheart neckline, this is classically bridal. The waist is accentuated with a Swarovski crystal belt that ties in the back with a lovely bow. This dress would look so pretty in a lovely garden or a rustic, vintage wedding.
For more information, click here: http://www.allurebridals.com/products/C285
Sneak Peek of Baby Shower Photos!!
A couple of weeks ago I was lucky enough to be able to put together a baby shower for the lovely Kimberly to celebrate the upcoming birth of her daughter, Ellie Rose. I wanted to share a sneak peek of a few photos from the event! More will be coming very soon. I hope you enjoy!
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