Beautiful North West

Love is a beautiful thing…especially when you’re lucky enough for it to find you the second time around.  That is what happened for Ruby and I was so excited when she asked me to come up to Seattle to help her plan her dream wedding.  Her first wedding, having been in her teens in Vietnam, wasn’t quite what she had always hoped it would be.  Not because she wasn’t in love, but because she was so young and didn’t know what life would bring.

This time around, she wanted a totally “American” wedding and wanted to incorporate every tradition she could for herself and her groom!  We made sure to get everything checked off her list, even when I had to explain to her what “something blue” meant and what a garter was.  Ruby was up for anything and was quite a delight in her mermaid dress, higher than high shoes and flowers galore.

I had such a fun time flying up and feeling a bit of fall.  The skies managed to hold back rain long enough for us to get some gorgeous water-front pictures.

Wedding Planner: Christina Logan Design

Venue: The Woodmark Hotel, Seattle WA

Photographer: Jillian Rose Photography

Flowers: Distinctive Designs Florist, Anna Brandt

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that glow

I need to start with sharing that I love kids.  Think they’re adorable, love goofing around with them, j’adore my two beautiful nephews.  That said, I am terrified of pregnancy and then, being a mom.  I think the whole thing is totally alien and very animalistic which makes me feel like I’m a female dog, and it creeps me out to think that something is actually growing inside of someone.  And then after that little terrifying part of actually having the child, I know I am going to be the “bad guy”.  I remember my mom saying she was the bad guy a million times growing up and I dutifully rolled my eyes.  And now, it’s payback.  I am doomed.  I train my dog with the same discipline that I plan on training  raising my children (though I probably shouldn’t pin them down just to prove I’m alpha), and I know they are going to hate me for it and dad is going to be way more fun.

However, when I look at people like this gorgeous, gorgeous, gorgeous, mama to be, it all seems to have a purpose.  I mean, do you see that glow?!  It was hard for me to even choose a few to share because I loved them so much.  Jillian is just radiating and I felt so lucky that she trusted me enough to ask me to take some of her ridiculously beautiful maternity pics (since she couldn’t do it herself) just a month before she is ready to meet her little man.  So I guess it all must totally be worth it.  We’ll see what she says when she reports back on her sleepless first few months and she has the urge to pin the little dude.

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The other side.

I went to a baby shower on Sunday and got to do a complete roll reversal.  Normally I love to be involved in the planning process in any possible form, but this time, I got to sit back and relax.  Why?  Because this mama to be has more friends and loved ones than anyone I know.  Seriously.  I think within 1 month of announcing she was pregnant about 5 people said they wanted to throw her a baby shower.    I was a little late when I started asking how I could help when she was “only” 5 months along, not knowing that it was well in the works!

That said, there were about 7 people already involved in making this shower a success.  Doesn’t hurt that one of her bff’s is an awesome florist, Tenley Erin Young and she has a storage room full of decor that is drool worthy.  I was thrilled when one of the ladies asked me to make a guest book and table tents – done.  So when the soon-to-be-mama Jillian, a photographer, asked if we could go early to help set up, I almost smacked her!  Knowing that meant she would also want to take pictures (and that I have a very hard time sitting still), I decided to take on the job myself, not allowing her to do a thing but chat, open presents, and eat *ahem* four cupcakes (okay, they were mini ones!).

Since Jill and her husband Corey have already named their baby boy, Myers, I decided to make his monogram for the wall and have everyone sign it.  This way all of the couple’s friends and family would be looking over the baby every day.  I took these simple letters from Michael’s (the phone shows the size to scale).

Then I chose a few different simple easy to paint patterns for the letters.  The shower was green and grey colors, so I opted for a fun chartreuse.

Then I made a little sign and asked the guests to sign away!   

And wha-la!

 

All set for the baby’s new room 🙂  Enjoy the rest of the beautiful shower!

Jon, Kara & Caroline

Now this was one happy union that I could not have been more thrilled to be a part of.  Not only did Kara find the love of her life, Jon, but she got lucky enough that he came with a  gorgeous daughter Caroline – and the three could not be more beautiful together.  From the moment I met these three, I knew I would fall in love with them too.  The joy is so thick it is tangible, and everyone at this 200 person affair could feel it in the air!

What’s even crazier…before the rehearsal as we are unloading their SUV of endless fun decor items, I turn to my left and was startled to be looking at a familiar face. One of my very favorite teachers from the 5th grade, Mr. Robak was there.  Turns out, Kara’s brother married Mr. Robak’s daughter!  After a good laugh he says that I can officially call him Glenn, but we’ll see about that.  And their family gets even greater and greater!

Enjoy these ridiculously gorgeous photos and tell me you don’t feel love leaping from the page.

Venue: Malibu & Vine

Event Coordinator: Christina Logan Design

Photographer: Zoom Theory Photography

Flowers: Stems with Katie Daniell

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Mariam & Gilbert – Santa Barbara Four Seasons

When I was a Junior in college I was studying abroad in Spain.  It was the best experience of my life and there is very little I would have changed.  One of those things: missing my cousin Colleen’s wedding.  She was older and so beautiful and had the cutest boyfriend and had told me about her fairy-tale ideas… I was just so bummed to be missing out.  The wedding was to be held at The Biltmore Santa Barbara – today, known as the Four Seasons Resort Santa Barbara.

Needless to say, I was elated to be asked to help Mariam & Gilbert with their big day up in SB!  I was finally going to be able to attend the wedding that I wanted to see all along…except I guess this time I would be working it.  I didn’t mind!

This wedding was so over the top gorgeous and flowing with whites and elegance.  The flowers were insane, the champagne was flowing, class was everywhere.  I was so happy to be a part of such a beautiful couple’s big day!

Thanks to the Ballow’s!

Venue: Four Seasons, Santa Barbara

Event Coordination: Christina Logan Design

Photography: Melissa Musgrove Photography

Flowers: Cody Florals

Lighting: Ambient Event Design

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