A blog with planning tips, fun new trends, and info related to Ethereal Events.
Photo by Barbie Hull
"Today I am marrying my best friend, the one I laugh with, live for, dream with, and love."
~ Erin & Forrest Pangborn

Monday, June 23, 2008

A different point of view...

Ed Griffin, a very respected and fantastic wedding DJ, and I have become friends over this past year. I recently was given a article that he wrote for 2007 Edition of The Puget Sound Edition Wedding Expo Magazine. It explains why all brides should hire a wedding coordinator, and the value they add.

I love that vendors in the industry find such value in what us wedding coordinators do, that they put it out there for all to read. We work so hard for our couples, and to provide as much assistance to the vendors we are working with, to make their dream day. Thank you so much Ed for the glowing recommendation below!

"Hire a consultant!

Relive stress, save money and time. Hire a professional consultant/coordinator/planner. You know they will save you time and relieve stress. If you don't think they will, you have not found the right one yet. Despite their cost, they will still save you money. They can help you navigate around costly mistakes, and save you from bad contracts, and hidden charges. Their insider knowledge can be invaluable.

As with any vendor, you'll need to do you homework. Talk to many, and meet with several. Get a professional. It's usually only friends and relatives that think they are coordinators, but they are actually hobbyists, that give consultants a bad name. If they don't have a business license, belong to any professional associations, or at least attend industry functions, they may hurt as much as help. So hire a professional that you are comfortable with their credentials, experience, expertise, and one that fits your personality and priorities.

Now you can relax. Your new best friend will help you find all vendors that fit your criteria. They will pull out the weeds and refer only a select handful of credible vendors they have worked with, seen in person, or at least interviewed themselves.

Most brides don't think they need a consultant until the day before or the day of her wedding. Ir's only then; they realize how many little details are involved, and how stressful things can be. Imagine the months of preparation all condensed into one day.

Now, the big day: Who will run around and verify that every vendor has arrived on time and are setting up in the right location, as per plan? Will you torture yourself, your mother, and your maid of honor? Just say no, and let you coordinator take care of all the details, so you can enjoy your own wedding.

There are many stories of how a coordinator saved the day, and here's one I witnessed. The legs on the cake table broke, and destroyed much of the cakes. After removing it from view of the couple, the consultant called the local baker she referred. Within two hours the cake was rebuilt, and ready for the cake cutting. As per usual the baker got a standing ovation, and the consultant quietly smiled from the back of the room. Hopefully nothing this dramatic happens at your wedding but it's nice to have that kind of insurance."

- Ed Griffin
The Wedding DJs


Monday, June 16, 2008

Happy Anniversary James and Katherine!

Clare Marie Photography

Katherine and James were married on June 16th, 2007. The Bride and Groom are both doctors who met while pursuing their degrees. During the wedding planning process Katherine lived in Vancouver BC, and James in Seattle. The majority of their guest were coming from both directions, so, they decided to have their wedding half way in between at Larkspur Farms in Mt. Vernon.

The days was filled with excitement, joy, and fun! Katherine followed in the Chinese tradition and had three dresses for the day. She looked stunning in all of them. James and his grooms men were dressed in chocolate suits with elegant champagne ties. The feel of the wedding was rustic, natural, and elegant. Clare Marie's photographs of the day show just how amazing it was!

Clare Marie Photography

Clare Marie Photography

Clare Marie Photography

Clare Marie Photography


Clare Marie Photography


Clare Marie Photography

Clare Marie Photography

Clare Marie Photography

Clare Marie Photography

Clare Marie Photography

Clare Marie Photography

Clare Marie Photography

Coordiantion: Me, ethereal events
Venue: Larkspure Farms
Photography: Clare Marie Photography
Florist: Flora Nova
Catering: Ciao Thyme

Wednesday, June 11, 2008

6.7.08

Nerelys and Oscar were married on June 7, 2008. It was an amazing day filled with love, tradition, and romance.
I met the bride in September, after just starting the planning process. We quickly got to work to plan her dream day.

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Nerelys and Oscar chose an amazing early summer color palette of lavender and sage. It was perfect for their indoor-outdoor wedding. From the save the dates to the cake topper, the bride used their monogram to tie all the parts and pieces together. It was a truly beautiful day(8 months), that I am so honored to have been a part of!

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These are my photos, but I will have many more beautiful ones to showcase the day from JFK photography soon! Check out their blog for more as well!

Vendors:
Coordination: me, ethereal events
Ceremony location: St. Louise Parish
Reception: Tibbett's Creek Manor
Florist: Bella Rugosa
Photography: JFK Photography
Transportation: Rare form limousine
Catering: Seasoned in Seattle
Mariachi: Mariachi Colima
DJ: Marcos, Nueva Imagen
Cake: Creme de la Creme
Rentals: ABC Rentals
Hair: Gene Juarez, south center
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Dress: Demetrios

Monday, June 2, 2008

Michele and Eric's May 31st Wedding

This weekend I had another amazing couple get married!
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Michele and Eric were married on May 31, 2008 at the Woodmark Hotel on Carillon Point in Kirkland. The day was perfect! There was a little wild weather to start, but thankfully it opened up into a gorgeous evening. During the ceremony, the sun came out of the clouds just as the bride walked down the aisle to a song written and performed for her by her bride's-man, David Austin. A grooms-men played piano, the bride's maids sang, and Eric and Michele promised to love each other forever. I'm so honored they let me be a part of it!

Michele and Eric are such an incredible couple. They're fun, loving, and incredibly talented. Eric and Michele are both actors along with a lot of their bridal party. You can catch Eric and his best man, Ben, on you tube quite often as well as on their website Ben and Eric.com .
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The bride chose white, red and teal as her color palette. She used playful striped paper, beautiful red flowers and teal accents. I hope my photos can express how beautiful the day was!

Coordination: Yours truly, Ethereal Events
Venue: Woodmark Hotel
Florist: Bella Rugosa
Photographer: Michael Good Photography
Officiant: Pastor Aaron Stewart
Cake: New Renaissance Cakes
Hair and Makeup: Gene Juarez
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