Care to glamp with us?!
We were so thrilled when Anna and Rick, the fabulous husband and wife duo who own R+A Photography approached us last January to collaborate on a styled shoot. We love the freedom that styled shoots give us to completely immerse in our creative side and go wild! As we began developing our vision, our inspirational photos had a lot of elements of Pacific Northwest: wood, coffee beans, pine cones, etc. Then boom it hit like divine inspiration... glamping! The rest of the inspiration process was easy sailing from there. It was just a matter of going crazy with the ideas, and then curating and sourcing our collection of details from there.
One of the best parts of our jobs as planners is that we get to be the concierge of the event industry. It's our business to know phenomenal vendors and put together great creative teams. Once we had our team in place for this project, we laid out the vision, and had each vendor run with it. That's the beauty of working with talented people, no micromanaging necessary. We were so thrilled with how it all turned out. Especially our dessert and drink bar, that was one of a kind.
Co conspirators: R+A Photography. :) We are so excited about these new kids on the block. Their recent relocation here from Germany is a big plus for us. They are fabulous photographers and easy to work with people that are obviously passionate about what they get to do (together as a couple no less!). Their sweet dispositions puts their subjects at ease, an important quality in a wedding an engagement photographer.
Althauser Design: We work with Theresa regularly, she is a bounty of creativity and resourcefulness. We knew we had to have her for the shoot, for her collection alone! Whenever we work on a project with her, she manages to have just the thing we need ,or if all else fails, she puts her (or her husband's) handy skills to work. For this project she sourced a good amount of the flowers from the local supply market, and included details like fiddle heads, pheasant feathers, ferns and moss. Decorating our red chandelier on the fly with billy balls "flames" and baby's breath was just a tiny example of how Theresa adapts and creates from what she has on hand. The stamp of a true artist.
Nature's Connection Place: What a beautiful property. When scouting locations for this shoot, we knew we needed diversity of terrain. We needed woods, fields, ample light, and decent ground (not mud). We also needed to have at least a room to stage and store our 4-5 SUVs/trucks worth of stuff. Kathy's venue was just the ticket. The Arlington property is acres of open grass, woods, ponds, a stream, and a building that opens up on one side with giant French doors. We camped out on the property for a good 10 hours, like modern boho gypsies with very fancy cameras and equipment.
Citlali Creativo: We love this husband and wife team. They always pull through with beautiful designs and inventive ways of revamping traditional elements. When we ask for a program, save the date, table sign and favor tag, we get all that in a couple different versions plus cool extras (like cake pop flags). The save the dates that they made were just down right charming. Besides- they are hip, earnest, and down to earth people.
Chamonix Thurston Rattue Photography- When Rick and Anna emailed us just days before the shoot and said that they wanted to bring Chamonix along to film the whole production process, we were excited. When we checked out her website and portfolio, we were over the moon. A glamour photographer with the knack of bringing out the magic of her subject? Yes please! Like Rick and Anna, she was a pleasure to work with. Seeing the three of them with all their equipment, weaving in and out to get their shots was the surreal satisfaction that we DID IT!
Dianne's Delights: Got balls? Dianne does. Good, big ones for that matter. She is the dessert buffet and cake ball queen. We asked her to make desserts with northwest berries and apples for the shoot and boy did she deliver. Cherry pie pops, an apple tart, latticed topped berry pie, lemon meringue tartlets, and chocolate hazelnut tartlets. Post tear down was a real pleasure. Perks of the job. :) The hard part was choosing our favorites. It was a tie between the berry pie and the apple tart in the end.
Venia Beauty- We can't tell you how many brides of ours Alison and her team has beautified over the years. Many. Alison came onsite in Arlington and worked her magic on Victoria's hair. She brought out the glam in glamping, but really won us over when she made her look like a blonde Snow White nestled with flowers.
Luxe Salon- They saved the day! We were short a make up artist (at the last minute) who could be in north Snohomish county. They were so accommodating, and worked within our time constraints, making an appointment for us at the last minute at their downtown Snohomish salon. They did a lovely job giving Victoria a smokey eyed look in brown with a pop of red in the lips. It glammed her up without going over the top, as she is supposed to be camping after all.
Elpis & Wood- We love the whole farm table in a field thing, but for this shoot we knew we needed something different. Rustic and yet modern (that juxtaposed thing again!) We finally figured out that what we were after was living edge furniture. We scoured the area for a company that would let us borrow expensive, heavy, beautiful, finished pieces. Drag them into the woods and do god knows what to them. Yep, tall order. After striking out, we found these guys on Craigslist (of all places) and called them up. They were not only excited but said that they would create custom pieces for us. They made a long side table that would serve as a buffet, a bench, a coffee table that would be our sweetheart table, and a beautiful slab that would serve as our headboard. They are incredibly talented and we encourage anyone to check them out that is looking for a unique piece of their own!
Mad Props- A new venture from the multi-talented Megan Bingham of Off White Beauty and her biz partner Bianca. When we first met Megan, we totally dug her style. Her Greenlake studio office showed a keen sense of cool; clean white and modern with whimsical natural elements. Her desk was a living edge slab and on one wall she had a fabric and wood installation that screamed Free People magazine shoot. Megan and Bianca were more than generous in lending us pieces from their fabulous collection, especially in the case of Bianca's personal antler collection (which in my opinion, hit the nail on the head). I can't wait to see what else these ladies get up to.
Wai Ching- Anna introduced us to Chrissy's fabulous designs (Anna's own wedding dress was a Wai Ching). We knew instantly that she was a great fit for this shoot. A local couture designer who uses silk (often raw) and other natural fabrics to make distinctive dresses with classic lines and whimsical twists. We absolutely adored layers in the skirting of the dress that we shot. What beautiful texture. In fact, that is what probably stands out the most about her work- the unique texture that she brings into her pieces. Remarkable.
Rainier Yurts- We were psyched when Rick and Anna said they could get us Rainier Yurt's cottage that was featured recently on the cover of Sunset magazine. This really took our shoot up a few notches. We had a large tent in which to fill and make look like a proper outdoor living space ( we'll do the Airstream camper next time). :) It wasn't too difficult to set up and tear down, though nonetheless, we were thrilled to have some very handy man power around for these tasks. The only difficult part was making ourselves take it down at the end of the night, we had the perfect camp set up!
Greenlake Jewelry Works- Probably the best one stop shop in town for jewelry. A collection of local jewelry artists housed under one roof, creating a fantastic array. They have more traditional pieces, but are best known for their custom and distinctive work. After describing our mission to Kristin, she helped guide us through their cases of engagement rings and bands. The bands that we photographed the most on the models (and luckily fit!) had beautiful wood/ titanium inlay. Natural, organic, and modern. So glad they trusted us with thousands of dollars worth of jewelry!
Mens Wearhouse- I wandered into Northgate's Mens Wearhouse after hitting up Greenlake Jewelry Works one afternoon. There I met charismatic manager Jay, who welcomed the challenge I threw at him to outfit a man who was not even there, and make it fit and look fabulous. I threw at him opposing concepts- tailored yet casual, hip yet unpretentious, plaid and plain. He hit it out of the ballpark, with the help of our model Blake's measurements in their system for his September wedding. My favorite on Blake ended up being the blue and red plaid shirt with the navy tie, dark denim, and distressed gray Cole Hann shoes. I was impressed with Mens Wearhouse's collection (it was not just stuffy black tuxes) and quality of service.
Cocktails and Lifestyle- We have a real weakness for good local booze. Who's a better enabler than Tin Table's very own master mixologist Terrence Jackson? We asked him to create custom cocktail recipes: a hot and a cold, and including Oola gin and preferably bitters. Next time you are fortunate enough to find yourself across the bar from Terrence, ask him for a Seattle Stroll, or heck, just tell him your favorite booze and let him go to town.
We really wanted to create something that Pacific Northwesterners could identify with, the duality of city meets woods. Take a look at our friends and neighbors here in the Emerald city- urban farmers, tree house designers, woodworkers, chefs, techies, fishermen. We have it all here, so why not stay local? This theme was a small attempt at paying homage to our fair city. So take what you will folks and enjoy the photos!
Photography: R+A Photography www.rickplusanna.com
Planner: Maris Events www.marisevents.com
Floral: Althauser Designs http://www.althauserdesign.com
Stationery: Citlali Creativo www.citlalicreativo.com
Bakery: Dianne's Delights http://diannesdelights.net/
Jewelry: Greenlake Jewelry Works http://www.greenlakejewelry.com
Wood Furniture: Elpis and Wood http://www.elpisandwood.com/
Gown: Wai Ching http://wai-ching.com/
Venue: Nature's Connection http://www.naturesconnectionplace.com/
Make-up: Luxe Salon http://myluxesalon.com/Luxe_Salon/Luxe_Salon_-_Home.html
Furniture and Props: Mad Props (from Off White Beauty) http://www.anoffwhiteseattle.com/ Map Props website coming soon
Hair: Venia Beauty- www.veniabeauty.com
Men's attire: Mens Warehouse www.menswarehouse.com
Videographer: Chamonix Thurston Rattue http://chamonixthurstonrattue.com/
Cocktails: Cocktails and Lifestyle https://www.facebook.com/CocktailsAndLifestyle
Yurt: Rainier Yurts www.rainier.com/yurts