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Real Weddings: Leila and Richard

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8 Great: Pineapple wedding ideas

Pineapples are trending like crazy this summer, and we don't see this tropical trend going away anytime soon. Here are eight ideas for how to incorporate pineapples into your wedding. 1. Pineapple poster over your dessert table 2. Gold pineapple wax seal on your invitations 3. Brass pineapple candles anywhere you like 4. Pineapple vase on your dinner tables 5. Pineapple table number holder 6. Pineapple necklace to give your wedding outfit a little pep 7. Pineapple earrings for your bridesmaids 8. Pineapple menu
Pineapples are trending like crazy this summer, and we don't see this tropical trend going away anytime soon. Here are eight ideas for how to incorporate pineapples into your wedding.
1. Pineapple poster over your dessert table

2. Gold pineapple wax seal on your invitations

3. Brass pineapple candles anywhere you like

4. Pineapple vase on your dinner tables

5. Pineapple table number holder

6. Pineapple necklace to give your wedding outfit a little pep

7. Pineapple earrings for your bridesmaids

8. Pineapple menu


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8 Great: Designer wedding shoes

1. Christian Louboutin 2. Jimmy Choo 3. Christian Louboutin 4. Manolo Blahnik 5. Badgley Mischka 6. Jimmy Choo 7. Christian Louboutin 8. Badgley Mischka 
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Morgan wedding at The Grand Willow

The Morgans' sweet wedding at beautiful The Grand Willow in Mount Vernon was photographed by Gen-of-Eve Photography. Wedding Vendors: Gen-of-Eve Photography The Grand Willow
The Morgans' sweet wedding at beautiful The Grand Willow in Mount Vernon was photographed by Gen-of-Eve Photography.
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DIY seashell candles

Supplies: Shallow shells of your choice, either purchased or collected (we think oysters would be beautiful)Tea lights (see note)TongsTea towelSkillet and burnerPouring vessel with a spout, such as a Pyrex measuring cup
Supplies:

  • Shallow shells of your choice, either purchased or collected (we think oysters would be beautiful)
  • Tea lights (see note)
  • Tongs
  • Tea towel
  • Skillet and burner
  • Pouring vessel with a spout, such as a Pyrex measuring cup


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5 of our favorite wedding articles

Are you hoping to do some wedding reading this week? We've put together a list of some of our favorite wedding articles to get you thinking. Enjoy! 1. What makes a wedding a wedding? A Practical Wedding 2. Lauren: In the Photos, A Practical Wedding  3. The unplugged wedding: couples tell guests to put down their devices, Offbeat Bride  4. Steal-able (and properly researched) quotes on love, hope, and partnership for your wedding, Offbeat Bride  5. The History of Wedding Traditions, Bride and Groom 
Are you hoping to do some wedding reading this week? We've put together a list of some of our favorite wedding articles to get you thinking. Enjoy!
1. What makes a wedding a wedding? A Practical Wedding
2. Lauren: In the Photos, A Practical Wedding 
5. The History of Wedding Traditions, Bride and Groom 
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Woodland-inspired styled shoot

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Why hire a pro

You’d like to save a little money, or you want to give a friend or family member a chance to shine. Maybe your friend likes to take photos in his free time, or your grandma’s a fantastic cook. Before you decide to hand over important wedding day tasks to your friends and relatives, let us tell you why we think you should hire a professional instead. You get what you pay for. When you hire a professional, you get to thoroughly vet them – see their previous work, read reviews and get samples. You can make sure that they are going to do a wonderful job on your wedding day. They’re charging for what they do because they’re great at it, and you can confirm that …
You’d like to save a little money, or you want to give a friend or family member a chance to shine. Maybe your friend likes to take photos in his free time, or your grandma’s a fantastic cook. Before you decide to hand over important wedding day tasks to your friends and relatives, let us tell you why we think you should hire a professional instead.
Why hire a pro, Radley Muller Photography, Pacific Coast Weddings
You get what you pay for. When you hire a professional, you get to thoroughly vet them – see their previous work, read reviews and get samples. You can make sure that they are going to do a wonderful job on your wedding day. They’re charging for what they do because they’re great at it, and you can confirm that before you hire them. You’re not likely to have the same luxury with a friend or relative.


They’re experienced. It’s unlikely that you’ve ever planned an event this big before, and no matter how confident you feel about planning, you’re going to want people on your side who have been through it all before. Professionals have worked many weddings before, and know exactly what they should be doing, and how to keep your day on track. They’re also practiced at handling the stress and chaotic environment of the typical wedding day.


You’re protected. What happens if your photographer friend loses their memory card with all of your photos on it, or your guests get sick after eating your aunt’s food? You’ll likely have little legal recourse, and that relationship could be at risk. If instead you hire a professional, you’ve got a contract to fall back on that clearly states the vendor’s obligations. Professionals also carry insurance, so should any accidents happen, you won’t be left in the lurch. 


Everyone can enjoy your day. You want your friends and family to relax and have fun at your wedding, and you want to do the same. Hiring professionals to work your wedding means that instead of wrangling people and making sure they know what they’re doing all day, you can step back and enjoy the celebration you’ve worked so hard 
to create.


Getting your loved ones involved in your wedding is fantastic – they should have a role to play in such an important day. Have your best friend and your mother help you pick out your wedding dress, and ask that friend with an eye for decorating to help pick your colors, but when it comes to the essential components of your wedding, it’s best to leave it to the professionals.

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Real Weddings: Amy and Tanner

Amy and Tanner's sunny, fun and fabulous August 2014 wedding on Whidbey Island, photographed by Michael Stadler Photographs, has us so excited for summer weddings to come around again.  Read what Amy has to say about her wedding day below: My husband and I were fortunate to be married on August 16, 2014 at an incredibly beautiful private property near our home on the south end of Whidbey Island. Our photographer, Michael Stadler of Stadler Studio on Whidbey, captured our day perfectly. Our wedding ceremony and reception took place at private outdoor site on Whidbey that featured breathtaking views of the Maxwelton Valley, and a multi-story rustic timber-framed barn and …
Amy and Tanner's sunny, fun and fabulous August 2014 wedding on Whidbey Island, photographed by Michael Stadler Photographs, has us so excited for summer weddings to come around again. 

Read what Amy has to say about her wedding day below:

My husband and I were fortunate to be married on August 16, 2014 at an incredibly beautiful private property near our home on the south end of Whidbey Island. Our photographer, Michael Stadler of Stadler Studio on Whidbey, captured our day perfectly.

Our wedding ceremony and reception took place at private outdoor site on Whidbey that featured breathtaking views of the Maxwelton Valley, and a multi-story rustic timber-framed barn and several other small built structures.

My husband and I are in an alt-country bluegrass band, so we insisted that the wedding have a down-home and fun feel, including catered barbeque, an assortment of pies, lawn games, a whiskey-based signature cocktail and live music from Northern California-based band the Miss Lonely Hearts. Our band (the Weatherside Whiskey Band) also performed a short set and got the whole reception on their feet dancing – it was dreamy! 

To balance the informal/relaxed feel, we added some simple, elegant elements that accentuated the beauty of the property and the barn itself, without overdoing it. Peach and copper colors inspired the soft summery table linens, antique copper vessels and collectibles, rustic wood planters with silvery succulents, and lovely florals by Tobey Nelson of Vases Wild. 

Photographer: Michael Stadler Photographs
Flowers: Vases Wild
Music: Miss Lonely Hearts, Weatherside Whiskey Band
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Ask the experts: beauty tips

You know you want to look your absolute best on your wedding day, but maybe you’re not so sure how that will happen. We asked some of our most trusted beauty experts to share their tips for preparing to look especially radiant on your big day. Six to three months out… “At least six months before the wedding, book your hair and makeup artist. Licensed professionals book up fast so the earlier you reserve your stylists, the better the chance of getting your first choice.”  – Anna Scheib, Tart Beauty Salon “Get into a routine of taking time for you every month! It is easy to get so wrapped up in the details that come the …
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You know you want to look your absolute best on your wedding day, but maybe you’re not so sure how that will happen. We asked some of our most trusted beauty experts to share their tips for preparing to look especially radiant on your big day.



Six to three months out…



“At least six months before the wedding, book your hair and makeup artist. Licensed professionals book up fast so the earlier you reserve your stylists, the better the chance of getting your first choice.” 

– Anna Scheib, Tart Beauty Salon


“Get into a routine of taking time for you every month! It is easy to get so wrapped up in the details that come the special day, you end up being one big stress ball. Set yourself up for a relaxing day that celebrates your love.” 

– Anna Holm, The Apothecary Spa at The Majestic Inn

“If you plan to try any new beauty services, be sure to try them months ahead. Lash extensions can be great, but aren’t for everyone. Spray tans are a quick and easy way to get the perfect glow, but knowing your color and how to care for it is essential. Facials can be relaxing and detoxifying, but unforeseen allergic reactions can cause rashes or breakouts. If you plan to do anything new, do a trial.” 

– Ashley Thomasson, Love Beauty


“Consult with your hair stylist a few months before your wedding. Bring pictures of your ideal bridal hairstyle. You will have plenty of time to get that perfect cut or color if you figure out what you want early enough.” 

– Anna Holm, The Apothecary Spa at The Majestic Inn


“Be realistic when it comes to your hairstyle. It’s difficult to make thin hair look luxurious and full. If your hair’s not quite where you want it to be, start early with treatments that stimulate hair growth and maximize its health.” 

– Terrie May, MayDay Spa-Lon


“Use coconut oil to deep condition your hair in prep for that perfect bridal style. Do this is on a day you’re not going anywhere. After washing, massage the oil into your locks, leave for 10 minutes, and rinse. Wash it again the next morning and your hair will love you!” 

Elizabeth Marie Makeup


“Start your facials months in advance. They can cause breakouts, and you want those gone before the big day. I recommend a rejuvenating oxygen facial for brides; the serum used in conjunction with the oxygen offers hydration, lifting and plumping.” 

– Jessica Evans, The Chrysalis Inn & Spa


“Working a good facial cleanser and moisturizer into your bedtime routine will make your skin very happy.  Sleeping in your makeup can leave your skin looking dull, not to mention the leftovers it leaves on your pillowcase!” 

Elizabeth Marie Makeup



The week before…

“Final beauty details can be saved for the week of the wedding. This is the time to get that last wax, spray tan, bang trim, manicure, pedicure or fix your lash extensions.” 

– Anna Scheib, Tart Beauty Salon


“Drink lots of water, especially in the days leading up to your wedding. Water will hydrate and moisturize your skin, curb breakouts, and give your skin that healthy glow every bride wants. Don’t underestimate the power of water!” 

– Ashley Thomasson, Love Beauty


“Get a massage the day before your wedding. You want to enjoy your day and not be too stressed. A massage is a great way to relax and get ready to enjoy yourself.”

–Jessica Evans, The Chrysalis Inn & Spa


“Keep calm with chamomile tea served hot or cold, and try lavender essential oil; it not only smells lovely but soothes the senses. Also stay as organized as possible – stress shows more than you think.” 

Joan Southon, Semiahmoo Resort • Golf • Spa



The day of…

“Come to your appointment with your hair shampooed and dried. This cuts down on time. Respect the appointment time; a rushed bride will rush her stylists.” 

– Terrie May, MayDay Spa-Lon


“Wear your fancy panties!” 

– Joan Southon, Semiahmoo Resort • Golf • Spa


“Lastly, breathe! You worked so hard for this day, don’t forget to enjoy it!” 

– Anna Holm, The Apothecary Spa at The Majestic Inn


To find out more about the beauty experts listed here, see pacificcoastweddings.us/beauty-spa-and-wellness.


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Engagement session: Crystal and Forbes

We love tulip season here at Pacific Coast Weddings, and Crystal and Forbes' e-session at the Skagit Valley tulip fields with David Clumpner Photography is a great example of what has us so smitten. There's not much better than a happy couple amongst a bright field of flowers. 
We love tulip season here at Pacific Coast Weddings, and Crystal and Forbes' e-session at the Skagit Valley tulip fields with David Clumpner Photography is a great example of what has us so smitten. There's not much better than a happy couple amongst a bright field of flowers. 

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