Inspired By This…& That | Pantone Color of the Year 2013

I love color…in another life I think I would have been a color theorist. It fascinates me that colors or a combination of colors can conjure up feelings of happiness or melancholy. I also closely follow Pantone…basically the color bible. So, I anxiously awaited their latest color trend…

They describe this color as:  “Lively. Radiant. Lush… A color of elegance and beauty
that enhances our sense of well-being, balance and harmony.”

I thought to myself, what an amazing color to incorporate into your wedding!

1. Ombre wedding cake

2. Green canoe wedding portrait

3. Emerald green mojito signature cocktail

4. Green suede Gucci heel wedding shoes

5. Emerald green bridesmaid’s dresses

6. Wedding Invitations with emerald green and soft pink

7. Emerald green bow tie for groom’s

8. Emeral green drop earring

9. Green escort cards 



Ashley & Joe | Married!

My friend recently lamented the fact that she hadn’t spent $35 on a pair of hats for her and her husband for Christmas. One hat said, “best” and the other “friend”. I thought, “How cute is that?!” And then I immediately thought of Ashley and Joe. These two are most definitely the best of friends, and they’re just silly enough to sport hats telling the world just that!

James and I were thrilled to spend New Year’s Eve with these two and it was magical. Their family and friends came together to create a fairytale day, celebrating the love and friendship of not only Ashley and Joe, but all who surround them! We could not have asked for a better way to end 2012!

Congratulations you two!!! BFFs forever!



Make sure to leave your well-wishes for Ashley and Joe in the comments below!

Venue: St Joseph’s Catholic Church

Photographer: Atlas & Elia Photography

Florals: Personal Touch by Susan

Dress: Bella Sera

Train: Pins and Needles

Shoes:  Badgley Mischka 

Cake: Glaze

Catering: Café AZ’s

Music: Glenn Isaccson’s Combo Live Band


Beecher Hill House | Autumn Wedding | Styled Shoot

I am thrilled to share with you this gorgeous Beecher Hill House wedding styled shoot! I partnered with a bevy of really talented local wedding vendors from Leavenworth, Chelan and Wenatchee. I was struck with everyone’s willingness to help and really go out of their way to make this happen and on quite a short timeline!

The models, Kristin McCamey, Luke Kerns and Erika Tinker were amazing to work with and were so fun to spend time with. That’s what makes these shoots so wonderful…the people! So thanks to:

Pam and Susan at Beecher Hill House in Peshastin, WA

Libby Harrison of Sweet Bliss Events and Stella & Dot Jewelry in Pateros, WA

Patti Bosket of Au Naturel in Leavenworth, WA

Michelle DesCombaz of Michelle DesCombas Hair Design in East Wenatchee, WA

Cindy, Debbie and Kelly of Bella Sera in Wenatchee, WA

Mills Brothers in Wenatchee, WA

Jenae of All Seasons Events in Chelan, WA

Linda and Mike of The North Central Washington Dahlia Society

Autumn Miller of Autumn Miller Makeup Styling in Wenatchee, WA

Heather of Anjou Bakery in Cashmere, WA

Ben of Mission Street Bistro in Wenatchee, WA

You all are truly the best!




The perfect wedding flower …

The dahlia. I have been enamored with this flower since I began my search for the perfect wedding flower. Of course, my very favorite flower is the peony, but because I was getting married in late July and I was hoping to use an in-season flower, and because peonies can be exceedingly expensive, I found dahlias to be the perfect fit. But, the more I found out about this flower, the more I became enamored of it.

There are a multitude of varieties that range from anemones (flat petaled florals often with different colored centers) to multi-layered, dinner plate size soft florals in too many colors to count. I loved how a bride recently created an entire bridal bouquet out of dahlias…

This flower has truly won my heart. And when I found out the local dahlia society is holding their annual show in East Wenatchee this weekend, I was super excited to find out more!

So, I went to my friend Linda, who happens to be the chair of the North Central Washington Dahlia Society. She invited me to her home and to the home of Mike, another society member to view their gardens!

A dahlia variety created in 1948 called “Miss Rose Fletcher” grown by Mike in his East Wenatchee garden.

Linda, chair of the NCW Dahlia Society, and her “Chimacum Troy” mini-ball dahlia in dark red

(even the cutting-pile is beautiful!)

This one is called “I’m A Hottie” isn’t she though?

The variety is staggering, isn’t it? You could create so many different looks simply from choosing a different variety of dahlia! I do believe I’ll be a member of the dahlia society at some point in my life!

If you are in Wenatchee this weekend, you MUST check out the gorgeous blooms that will be gracing the judging tables. You can even enter your own dahlias into the novice level of the show! Competitors from around the state will be competing for blue ribbons and a place at the head table.

2012 NCW Dahlia Society Show time & location: Show begins *Saturday at 10 am at the Wenatchee Valley Mall and runs through Sunday at 3pm. (*Corrected to actual show start time)