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Memorial Day 2015

Formerly known as Decoration Day, Memorial Day is one of our oldest national holidays. It was first celebrated in 1858 to honor both Union and Confederate dead from the Civil War.

   Today, we lump it together with a three day weekend, picnics, parades, the Indianapolis 500 and it's become the unofficial start of summer. Have a wonderful time celebrating, but take a minute on Monday to remember the true meaning of Memorial Day and honor the sacrifice of all those men and women who have died in defense of our country.


The Boathouse Open House - June 2

You're invited!
The Boathouse
at Mount Baker Rowing and Sailing Center

Open House
Tuesday, June 2nd,  4-7 pm

Please RSVP by Friday May 29th at

Join us for a beautiful afternoon on the deck, sample delicious bites and refreshing cocktails provided by Madres Kitchen.

The Boathouse
Located on the shores of Lake Washington, just minutes from downtown Seattle, offers spectacular waterfront views of the Cascades and Mt. Baker.
Participating Vendors Include:
• Madres Kitchen
• Banquet & Event
• Jubilee Event Engineers
• Hannah Wahl Photography
• Mount Baker Rowing and Sailing Center
• Seattle Parks and Recreation
• Vintage Ambiance
• Pedersen's Rentals

  Mount Baker Rowing and Sailing Center | 3800 Lake Washington Blvd S | Seattle | WA | 98118


6 Reasons to have a Photo Booth at your Wedding

Stand-alone booths, green-screen back dropped booths or a custom created area, photo booths are a wedding trend we hope never goes away.  Here are 6 reasons why a photo booth at your wedding reception is a good idea:

1.  Photo booths are great entertainment. Remember how fun it was to see how many friends you could pile into a classic photo booth? Some things never change!

2. They make great wedding favors.  Gone are the days of the Jordan almonds in boxes; take your photo-favor to the next level and offer key rings for guests to put their photos into or bookmark sleeves.

3.  Snap & sign! Photo booths are the modern guest book.  Guests can sign words of advice or congratulations next to their photos.

4.  There is no age limit.  Even your youngest guest will be able to get in on the action.  And who wouldn’t want to capture Great Grandpa and Grandma in a quick kiss?!

5.  They are good time fillers.  Photo booths give your guests something to occupy their time while your finishing up photos or need a break from getting down on the dance floor. 

6. They can be another décor element of your wedding theme.  Having a vintage circus inspired wedding? Be sure to offer red clown noses and tiny umbrellas.  1920’s inspired wedding? Create a vignette with vintage furniture that looks like it’s straight out of The Great Gatsby. 

Find Photo Booth vendors at in the Weddings Directory.


Wedding Trend: Here and Now Wedding Ring Box

As you know, we are always on the lookout for unique twists on wedding trends and today we are inspired by a new idea on the traditional ring pillow. We found this wedding ring box created by Here and Now, and think it's absolutely stunning, timeless and yet, modern.

This faceted stained geometric glass box looks like a gemstone and is made of 1mm clear glass, copper foil and solder.  Every piece by Here and Now is an original design that has been individually handcrafted. 

Unlike a traditional wedding pillow, we are positive that this keepsake could be on display for years to come.

Check out Here and Now's full Etsy shop here


wedding ring box


Chihuly Garden and Glass is celebrating their 3rd anniversary with a weekend full of events

Chihuly Garden and Glass is marking their 3rd anniversary with a weekend of performances and programming celebrating the artists and organizations that make up Seattle’s cultural fiber.  Friday night starts the celebration in the Glasshouse and includes a photo booth, complimentary wine or beer pour, appetizers catered by Collections Café, a no-host bar and music by DJ Reed Juenger. Saturday features performances from The 5th Avenue Theatre, Jet City Improv, Book-It Repertory Theatre, Naomi Wachira, Emily Lee Toyoda and COHO. Sunday the weekend will culminate with family-oriented programming led by Seattle Children’s Museum.

Tickets to the party are $15 and include admission to the exhibition and two complimentary wine tastings per guest. All ages welcome.

BUY TICKETS (All anniversary programming is included in the price of admission.)

Chihuly Garden and Glass

Learn more about Chihuly Garden and Glass for your wedding in the Wedding Resource Guide HERE.


Real Wedding - Washington Ferry Wedding

This navy, magenta and cream Washington Ferry Weddding from photographer Carol Harrold took place on Seattle's historic Virginia V,  once part of a large fleet of passenger and freight carrying ships linking the islands and ports of the Puget Sound.  This lovely evening dance party wedding cruise made the most of our beautiful Seattle skyline.

From the Photographer - 
"Sarah and Austin were an absolute joy to work with, and so appreciative to all who helped make their wedding day come together. I loved working on the Virgina V because the Captain was like an art director! He had lots of ideas for photos that incorporated the boat. For instance, he has the bride and groom pull the whistle when departing, and returning to the dock. He also suggested the group shot on the bow and gave the couple captain hats to wear. He knows just how long the boat trip is and makes sure the party moves along at a good pace. So in that way, he was like a wedding coordinator as well!"

From the Bride - 
How They Met: "Fortunately for us, a good friend of ours, Shannon, decided to play matchmaker and invited us both over for dinner for a double date. As cliché as it sounds, we both felt immediately that this was really special - like love at first sight. Almost 8 years later, we've spent almost every dinner after that together. I couldn't feel more blessed to have him in my life." 

On their engagment: "Austin proposed to me on our 6th anniversary at Snoqualmie Falls.  It was a stunning PNW sunset - colorful and tree-lined and with the Falls in the background it really set the mood...and left us absolutely drenched from the spray! He told me how much he loved me and that I was his best friend and asked me to marry him right before taking a knee and producing my late mother's wedding ring. Obviously it was an enthusiastic and emotional yes!"

Washington Ferry Wedding

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Venue: Virginia V || Dress: I Do Bridal  || Make-up: Salon Maison || Hair: Experience Salon || Mens wear: Men's Wearhouse || Caterer: Cactus Restaurant || Cakes: Bakery Nouveau || Linens: AA Party Rentals || Flowers: Garden Gate Floral || Photographer: Carol Harrold Photography 


5 Great Ways to Celebrate Mother's Day

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