San Francisco + Seattle | Matthew & Miguel |

After a wonderful Pride Weekend in Seattle, we are pleased as pie to share with you the wedding of our dear 'friendor' (wedding speak for vendor friend) Miguel and his husband Matthew. After 10 years together, they tied the knot this last winter (on their 10th anniversary!) with their closest friends at the City Hall in San Francisco, followed few days later by a brunch reception at the Hotel Sorrento in Seattle. We were delighted to be a part of their celebration. Not only are they incredibly wonderful people, but in planning their soiree, we took a mini mental vacation to Paris. Our synapses were a flutter between French macrons, champagne, pain perdu (avec brioche), petit fours, romantic florals (by the wonderful Althauser Design), and gilded classic details (all beautifully captured by Jessica of Raney Day Photography). So much love and charm!

M&M, we thank you from the bottom of our hearts. Congratulations once again! 

Psst! You can also scope out their wedding in print in the upcoming Fall/Winter issue of Seattle Bride Magazine 

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Bainbridge Island, WA: private estate | Brittany & Burke |

Happy Monday all! After a busy weekend, we are happy to be back in office gearing up for our next round of weddings. Before we dash off, we have a beautiful wedding from last August that we'd like to share with you. Nothing like big lush dahlia blooms, blush tones, a romantic floral arbor installation, twinkly lights, and a tented reception on a private island estate to get you in the mood for summer. Oh and the bride's head piece?! It has us crushing big time, think The Empress from The Never Ending Story. Oh yes.

Congratulations and thank you Brittany and Burke! What a gorgeous wedding and couple. Thanks again to Saleina Marie Photography for capturing the day and kindly sharing the photos with us, and to the rest of our awesome vendor team for helping us make it all happen. 

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the vendor team

 

Poulsbo, WA: Kiana Lodge & Farm Kitchen | Shannon & Clinton |

We are thrilled to finally be able to share this fun-as-can-be wedding, now that the feature on Junebug has come out. Yay! We knew from the minute that we sat down with Shannon and her lovely mom, that we'd get on famously (Alissa and I were charmed instantly by the Texan drawls and easy laughs). Before long we were all well on our way to planning a destination wedding for their family and friends with a whole lotta fun from both sides of the Mason Dixon line.

Shannon and Clinton had moved up from New Orleans not long before, and wanted to bring Big Easy's air of conviviality and music to the picturesque backdrop of the Pacific Northwest. Thanks to our talented team of vendors, throughout the weekend we had a Second Line, beignets, a King cake, umbrellas, beads, BBQ (half Texan crowd, ya'll!), a bagpipe bridal processional (Shannon's maiden name is McClellan after all), in addition to the PNW's finest. 

S&C, we wish you the very best and are so very thankful that you brought us on board. Thanks so much to Benj Haisch for sharing his lovely photos with us, and to the rest of the vendor team who knocked this one out of the park.  

The Wedding 

Vendor Team

Whidbey Island, WA: Roaming Radish | Jessie & Jeff |

After returning from a weekend in Paris filled with an equal number of walks and baguettes, I'm feeling in the mood to share this sweet-as-can-be wedding from Whidbey Island to get a good start to this work week. 

Many thanks to Johnny from MAZAGRAN Photo for capturing these delightful people so beautifully. The light, beach, and bold wildflower blooms make me itch for summer! Thanks again to our awesome vendor team, and congratulations J&J!

Photography- MAZAGRAN Photo

Planning/Coordination/Stationery- Maris Events (that's us!)

Venue/catering/bar/cake- Roaming Radish

DJ- Mic'd Up Productions

Floral- Vases Wild

Hair and makeup- Harlow from Gene Juarez

Lodging- The Harbor Inn

Officiant- Pastor Phil Maulding

Rentals- ABC Rentals by CORT

Transportation- All Island Taxi

Tri Cities, WA: JBookwalter Winery |Elinora & Jared|

Every wedding is special in some way, to the couple and their families but also to those of us who get to help make this happen. We put ourselves in our work. It's only natural, as it is a culmination of effort and, dare I say, artistry (not to mention blood, sweat and tears). To me, this wedding is special for a number of reasons and ONE reason (which I'll get to last). Disclaimer, getting a bit personal on this one guys....

This wedding excited me on many levels. First off Elinora and Jared are one of those long time sweetheart couples that are so darling, they can make the multiple 3.5 hour drives between Seattle and their hometown deep in the heart of WA wine country feel like a quantum leap. 

Their copper themed nuptials were generously doused with lush wild floral in burgundy and white blooms with rambling foliage, and copper vessels that the florist Teresa personally brought back from copper mines in Mexico. [Swoon!] The place setting favors gave a nod to both the bride's family's business (fruit from their warehouse painted in edible metallics and labeled 'Bite Me') and the groom's career as a Boeing engineer (plane shaped bottle openers).

The couple's transportation between the ceremony and reception was in a vintage Pontiac in the same year and model that Jared's grandfather had owned over 50 years before (grandpa even caught a ride with them!). It's awesome when the betrothed make the details personal and meaningful. 

It's no big secret that I love latin music and dancing. So naturally I was stupidly excited when E&J said that they not only wanted mariachis, but that they also were going to take dance lessons to do a romantic bachata for their first dance. I stopped short of dancing with joy on the table in Starbucks (barely). 

BUT the part that was most wonderful and bittersweet (to me) was that I was working the last wedding, for the near (foreseeable) future, with my BFF/ showtune duet/ pee your pants in laughter/ finish your sentences/ creative genius business partner Alissa. We, with our awesome vendor friends (friendors?), had a BLAST with these two wonderful families while they celebrated in the golden light of Richland's rolling hills. All captured beautifully by Rick+Anna Photography

I'm so thankful. Congratulations E&J!

Cheers!

Meredith

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Vendors

Photography Rick+Anna Photography

Planning, day of stationery, chalkboards, bistro lighting Maris Events (that's us!)

Reception venue, catering, wine, bar service J. Bookwalter Winery

Ceremony venue Eltopia's St Paul's Catholic Church

Baker Frost Me Sweet

DJ Platinum Entertainment

Band Mariachi Estrella de Mexico

Dance instruction Sueños de Salsa

Florist My Garden Overfloweth

Hair and Makeup Yada Salon Richland

Rentals Grand Event Rentals (tent) ABC Rentals by CORT (moscow mule mugs) Will. B Kids Inflatables (bouncy castle)

Transportation Four Star Limousine

Videography Michael Grant

Merry Unions

Moir + Maris

It's been booming at the Maris headquarters: we are happy to announce the joining of Moir & Co. and Maris Events. Bellingham based Moir and Co. has been rocking the north end wedding scene since 2010. Jessica, the company founder, has just moved to Virginia with her family and kindly asked us to carry the torch. Being that they are a great fit aesthetically and ethically, we gladly accepted! In doing so, we added one more seasoned planner to our crew. Happy days! We wish Jessica and her family a marvellous journey in their new home in Fredericksburg, and welcome the Moir & Co. folks to the Maris family. 

 

Meet Our NewEst Planners

 

Meet Heather

Heather comes to to us, from Moir and Co., with over eleven years in events. Several of those years as a catering sales manager for popular hotels such as the DoubleTree Grand Key Resort and Bellingham’s Hotel Bellwether. In these roles, she was responsible for scheduling and coordinating all aspects of highly detailed meetings and events of both personal and corporate nature. She may be a Canuck (Ontario) by birth, but Heather has called Washington State home for the last 17 years and lives in Bellingham with her firefighter husband and two little humans. When not planning weddings or herding the children to activities, you can find Heather at the gym, skiing Mt. Baker, hanging out by the lake or pool with family and friends, and cooking nutritious meals that the kids probably won't eat.

Meet Priya

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Priya has a breadth of experience in productions and events. Beyond assisting the Maris team for the last 4 seasons, she has also managed events at Seattle's Century Ballroom throughout the last 5 years. In addition to her professional dossier, Priya is a dancer and photographer which has lead to her spearheading a vast array of creative projects and productions. Her work ethic, creativity and compassion are a real boon for our team and clients. Like a salmon returning to her place of birth, Priya now resides in the Pacific Northwest after years in the tropical climes of Hawaii and Southern India. When not working, she can be found thrifting for vintage apparel for her next Wes Anderson-esk styled photo shoot, sipping a craft cocktail on Capitol Hill before sashaying on the dance floor (you name it, she dances it!), or meeting up with friends for espresso and sketching.  

 

HERE'S TO A FABULOUS 2016 SEASON...

 

      Cheers!

      Alissa, Meredith & THE TEAM

Union, WA: Alderbrook Resort | Kathleen & Chris |

This is a story of East meets West. For Baltimore based Kathleen and Chris, uniting her west coast family with his east coast was paramount. The backdrop? The scenic Puget Sound in Kathleen's home state, Washington. They opted for a quintessential pacific northwest retreat-like, all-weekend wedding for their family and friends to gather and celebrate. Alderbrook Resort's upscale seaside rooms, cottages, and lawns fit the bill perfectly.

The weekend kicked off with a Friday night welcome dinner, just down the road at Robin Hood Resort, then guests hoped on board the Lady Alderbrook for a cocktail cruise, and finished by wrapping up the evening with bonfires back at Alderbrook Resort. Saturday's wedding day festivities for some started at the venue's spa or golf course, before all gathered on the lawn, surrounded by the sparkling Sound, for the much awaited ceremony. 

The celebration (beautifully captured by Joann Arruda Photography) felt classically romantic with blush, champagne, navy, gold, and lush textural blooms. The ceremony arbor's rose and dahlia rich floral installation (created by the lovely and talented Theresa of Althauser Design) was craftily transitioned to the head table under the tent which we highlighted by using sequin runners and navy chair ties to give a pop to the long head table. Going all out on the head table is a great way to add more 'bang for the buck'. Centerpieces were alternating: floating candles nestled in flowers, moss and succulents or lush floral arrangements on mercury glass pedestals. This is another savvy way of creating visual interest by changing up the tablescapes with the perk of needing less volume of pricey blooms. 

The tables were not topped with centerpieces alone. Mother of the bride, Nancy, is a talented watercolor painter. We used Nancy's beautiful floral watercolor imagery in the signage and stationery including: table signs, favor tags (little anchor bottle openers on each place setting), programs, menus, and escort cards. It's always wonderful when friends and family have talents that can be incorporated to personalize the day. 

This couple wisely invested the food, drink, and party elements of the night. The tent on the lawn kept the guests waterside through their northwest fare of salmon, filet mignon, and local wine before retiring to the ballroom for a real toe tapping night courtesy of the Michael Benson Band. Not only did they take care of their guests in that regard, but kids were also given bags to keep them happy during the evening and one of the flowers girls who had a birthday that day was surprised by a cake and song. Very fitting for the wedding of a teacher and a nurse.

Congratulations and thank you to K&C! A big thank you and hug to MOB Nancy for being the co-planner with us! We loved every minute of it. 

Photography- Joann Arruda

Planning, chalkboard signage, stationery, Polaroid guestbook and bistro lighting - Maris Events 

Venue, catering, cake: Alderbook Resort 

Rehearsal dinner: Robin Hood Resort

Florist: Althauser Design

Hair and make up: Urbanista Weddings

Sound and lighting: Sound EFX 

Band: Michael Benson Band

Officiant: Pastor John Taylor

Rentals: AA Party Rentals by CORT (tent, linens)

Sequin Runners: CV Linens

Anchor Favors: HotRef