Hair trends are always changing, even when it comes to wedding updos. These days, any look is do-able with the help from elegant hair pieces or floral embellishments.
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The up-down 'do.
This look is best with achieved with a lot of hair. Want a bit of help? Ask your stylist about temporary hair extensions for the big day. Shop around for a hair piece, like the one here, to help complete the look.
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A new twist
Big twists and braids can create a lot of volume and make for a beautiful up-do that looks very intricate.
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Soft and Relaxed
Messy, loose and relaxed – this look is boho at best. A brilliant hair piece can take this look up a notch, and if you want to make it a bit more refined, just ask your stylist to leave out less falling locks and tighten the bun a bit.
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Sleek and Voluminous
No longer does sleek require a lack of volume. This look is a modern take on the classic, sleek pulled-back bun. This hairdo will work with long or short hair, but if girls with less locks want a bigger bun, a hair piece might be the perfect addition for the big day.
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Big, bold and elegant
We love volume and this look has a lot of it. This look keeps everything a bit loose while still working with an elegant gown. Add a hair piece to make it all come together.
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A big, large voluminous crown braid is a noticeable trend in the wedding community – and we love everything about it. Pull hair out near your face to create framing and add flowers to make this look a bit more boho.
We’ve likely all struggled with writer’s block in the past, but combine the most important day of your life with a crowd of family and friends hanging on to every word and you could definitely have trouble finding the right words to say at your wedding.
Whether you choose to write your own vows for the ceremony or adapt from something you’ve discovered, we are here to help you get the words flowing.
Start by asking yourself the following:
To help with structure, follow this format:
You are my _______ (best friend, true love, soul mate, etc.)
Today, I choose you to be my ________
I love you because _______
I promise you that I will be _________
I vow to __________ for______ (as long as we live, better or worse, until the end of time ….)
Keep it short and sweet. Aim for two minutes or less.
Practice, but not so too much that it seems rehearsed.
Talk to your spouse about the tone you want — will it be humorous? Personal? Completely your own or more traditional? The two of you can write them together if you want them to be harmonious.
If you want to go the traditional route and leave it to the officiant, you can still write personal vows to say to one another the morning of the ceremony or even your first morning as a married couple.
Make sure to make copies and save the original. These are precious memories, and will be good reminders on anniversaries and the days to come.
Understated has never looked so good. This wedding reception at Hyatt Regency Lake Washington paired gray and marble accents with white florals and emerald greenery. The classic, modern colors sat against flickering candlelight while guests danced, played cornhole, made memories at the photo booth and indulged in tableside ice cream sundaes, a custom margarita, cookie bar and late night taco bar. Although the day was a bit rainy, it did not get in the way of a day to remember for the happy couple, Michelle and David.
Photography by Azzura Photography. See full list of vendors below.
Old-fashioned coke bottles, calligraphy, and polaroids decorate the tables of this charming, farmhouse styled shoot. A dairy farm turned event venue, the Vanderveen Farms in Mount Vernon features authentic rustic style. See below to read more about this venue and the styled shoot from photographer Afton Lewis.
Photographer: Afton Lewis Photography
Planner: Torry with Raise A Glass Wedding and Event Planning
Venue: Taryn with Vanderveen Farms
Wedding Linens: Taryn with Skagit Valley Wedding Rentals
Tables, chairs, Various Decor: Amanda with Rustic Events Rentals
Dessert: Tiffany with Flour & Girl
Models: Alex and Terrance Lewis
Attire: Alicia's Bridal and Formal House
Jewelry: Pave Jewelry + Design
Hair and Makeup Bride: Bubbles and Blush Beauty by Kristen and Sarah
Groom's Styling: Tied Knot Gentlemen's Grooming
Flowers: Pozie By Natalie
Paper Goods: Snarky Card
Specialty Drink: Tom Collins -Dry Fly Gin Distilling, Woodenville Whiskey Co.
Assistant: Kim Gangloff
From the photographer:
This is an old dairy farm that is 110 years old, that is currently being converted into a fantastic venue. The upstairs is a beautiful ceremony space, with cathedral-high ceilings, exposed beams and an outdoor ceremony space; the downstairs is perfect for a beautiful reception area. The Bridal Suite is being converted from an old milking parlor, and soon there will be a kitchen area, as well as a grooms room. The owners have been milking on this dairy farm for the past 60 years and could not be cuter. (They are pictured at the end of the gallery) and they are so happy someone is seeing the beauty in the barn and converting it to a venue. The owners are also avid gardeners that have beautiful flowers and bushes all over their venue. The bride cannot believe the transformation. She feels honored and blessed to see it all coming together.
A few months ago Torry (Raise a Glass Wedding and Event Planning) and I worked on a styled shoot up on Mount Baker for another amazing local photographer and when I heard about this new venue needing photographs for the upcoming Skagit Wedding Society tour I jumped at the chance. The vendors are an amazing squad of Girl Bosses that I was honored to work with. From the beginning everything seemed to fall into place. All the hard work and dedication from Taryn (Skagit Valley Wedding Rentals & Vanderveen Farms) as well as her uncle is really paying off.
Alex and Terrance are a real life couple. They met 10 years ago and have been married for 6. They are super sweet and kind to one another and everyone around them. Alex said that Terrance needed a little "lubrication" for photographs so Torry made them their signature wedding cocktail, A Tom Collins, made from local distilleries from Washington State.
Whenever you speak with either Taryn, or Nick (the venue owner) you can just hear the love for this place in their words. They eagerly share the story with everyone and soon you fall in love with the venue and the valley.
The flowers were sourced from two local farms here in Whatcom County, one called Wild Rye Farms and the second called Sweet Peas and Carrot Cake. Natalie (with Pozie by Natalie) does such a beautiful job with the flowers. She works closely with her vendors and just has an eye for creating beautiful Bouquets.
High atop Mt. Baker, this styled shoot features striking winter tones such as burgundy and navy to pierce and contrast a beautiful white mountainside. Gather ideas and inspiration from photos taken by Nicole Sandoval Postma Photography and see additional vendor information below.
Gown - Belle Bridal
Florals - Bumblebee Bridal Works ( Instagram : @bumblebee_bridalworks)
Cake - Cakes By Emily
Photography : Nicole Sandoval Postma Photography & Film
Decor & Furniture : Rustic Glam Co.
Wood Sign : Love Letters by Cheyanne
Invitations, Cards & Cake Topper - Peacock Invites
Make-Up Artist - Tracy Li-Batton
Jewlery - Felicia's Origami Owl
Models - Jessica Tcheng ( Instagram : @jessicamaitcheng & Dave Tomlinson (Instagram : @davedanielboone )
Location - Mt. Baker
Plucked right out of a storybook, this wedding at the Thornewood Castle in Lakewood was filled with blush pinks, gorgeous golds and sparkle embellishments. As far as fairytale weddings go, this one might just take the cake. Photos by Stephanie Cristalli. Find full list of vendors and note from the bride below!
The bride says:
We initially fell in love with Thornewood Castle as our wedding venue and were really inspired to make our wedding classic & elegant to match the feel we got when walking around the castle & garden. My husband is European, so we loved having the ability to tie in his heritage to our big day through Thornewood. We decided on blush & gold as our wedding colors to tie back to the classic theme and immediately began working with our planner & florist to determine how to accentuate the features of this gorgeous venue without stealing away from it's natural beauty--and our team totally nailed it! Food was also extremely important to us and we were blown away by Twelve Baskets, Better than a Boyfriend, & Celebrity Cake Studio and our guests totally agreed. On the big day, we were SO impressed with how everything came together. From the beautiful garden ceremony, to the gorgeous reception underneath a tent in the back lawn & dancing and drinking in the grand ballroom, our day felt like it was straight out of a fairytale. Our wedding planner & team were beyond helpful throughout the entire process and were instrumental in making everything run smoothly and turn out perfect. We were SO thankful to have Stephanie Cristalli & Belscope Weddings there as well to help capture our big day and were blown away by the photos and videos we got to take away afterwards. In short, our day was a complete dream and above & beyond anything we could have ever imagined! We are so thankful for the wonderful team that helped make our dream wedding come to life and would highly recommend all of our incredible vendors to any bride & groom looking to create their perfect day!
Photographer: Stephanie Cristalli
Venue: Thornewood Castle
Wedding Planner: Elegant Affairs
Florist: Diamond Custom Floral
Videographer: Belscope Weddings
Caterer: Twelve Baskets Catering
Ceremony Musicians: Puget Sound Strings
Dessert: Better Than a Boyfriend Bakery
Cake: Celebrity Cake Studio
Rentals: American Party Place and Sweet Buffet Lady
All Cinderella ever needed was a little snow to embellish her silvery-blue gown.
If you thought you were done with the snow this winter, think again. This styled-shoot at Mt. Baker used the light dusting of snow to enhance the romantic, fairytale feel of the mountains and the stunning details of a Cinderella-esque dress. Gorgeous photography by Eternity Premiere. See full list of vendors below!
Dress: Dream Dresses by PMN
Couple: Stas and Natasha
On a refreshing overcast day, this wedding put the greenery front and center, giving it a classic feel for a classic location. Scott and Alicia chose to get married at Lairmont Manor, just tucked away in Fairhaven and perfect for a garden-centered event. Photographer Lisa Aamont of Meraki Photography said "their love for each other was so evident, and their happiness was contagious"
Dress: Pearls and Lace
Groom's and groomsmen : Tuxedo Club Seattle
Bridesmaid dresses: Etsy
Custom engagement ring and wedding band: Joseph Jewelry
Groom's ring: Robbins Brothers
Food: Boundary Bay Catering
Flowers: Botanical Design
Wedding Planner : Tanya Marie
Cake /cupcakes : Bellingham Food Co-op
DJ : Audio Innovations NW
Photo booth : Oh Snap! ( Lynden )
Photography: Meraki Photography NW -Lisa Aamot
Venue: Lairmont Manor - Fairhaven, WA
Getting ready photos: Chrysalis Inn & Spa - Fairhaven, WA
In high or in low tide, I will always be by your side.
This last September the Pinleys shared a special vow renewal to celebrate the many years they had shared. A few weeks after the quiet, intimate ceremony, the husband, battling cancer, said goodbye. Look to see photos from the touching day.
Photography: Meraki Photography NW -Lisa Aamot
Cake: Nancy, Saltadena
Floral: Colibri Blooms
By Kara Spencer, Editor for Pacific Coast Weddings
“The glacier was definitely the hardest,” Elena said. “It took two hours of hiking in the snow and the last part was sliding down on our bottoms to get to this waterfall.”
A team of four slid down, bringing with them dresses, flowers, photography reflectors, lights and other equipment. And even while her couple was freezing cold at the edge of a spitting glacier, she got the shot. “The hardest ones to get are usually my favorite,” she said.
The grander the photos became, the more clients asked to do a shoot of their own. Whether an elopement, engagement or wedding, Elena had a vision for the photo she had to achieve. One particular vision: a stormy day on top of Rattlesnake Ridge, located in the outskirts of Seattle in North Bend, and sitting high above the northwest-famous aqua waters of Rattlesnake Lake.
“I saw this girl in a black dress and the vision was to have stormy weather,” she said. “I need dramatic clouds to be there”
A three-hour trek through hail and muddy trails in North Bend brought them to their destination. It was a long day and a lot of planning. It was a risk, she said, adding that “a risk often turns out the best.”
The risks have paid off since Elena first started four years ago. It was at that time that she became enamored with getting photos taken of her new baby girl, her youngest along with her two boys. Her husband purchased her first camera, a Cannon 60D, so she could start taking the photos herself. And so emerged the photos of her baby on a frosty day, with sapphire eyes looking right into your own.
Her progress was mostly self-taught, Elena said. She began watching Youtube tutorials and learning manual on her camera right away. And when she found herself ready to embark into wedding photography, she decided she might need a bit more help. “I had no idea how to shoot a wedding. I took a course, a ‘mentoring class’ specifically for weddings,” Elena said. “I was so scared. My first bride just said “I trust you, it’s okay."
Not too long after, Elena booked six more. She has since been to Arizona, Florida, Oregon, and all around Washington to capture weddings and engagements.
Elena said she still often wakes up in disbelief, asking how she got in this profession. As a quiet person who tends to be more behind the scenes, she said she never knew she had it in her to be an active photographer.
“I never knew this part of me. It shocked me. Once you give me a camera, it’s like I’m a different person.”
Discussing her future plans, she said she would like to focus specifically on elopements and engagement shoots and she wants to travel beyond where she has so far. With a trip to Hawaii for a shoot this April, she appears to be on her way. But Iceland is what she has her eyes on. No matter where she ends up, or how tight her schedule gets, it is the love for telling stories through photos that make it worth it.
“Seriously sometimes I wake up and I wonder ‘is this a dream, is it for real?’”