A few weeks back, I hooked up with my friends Mark & Amy to take some adorable & whimsy anniversary photos around Seattle’s crumbling Georgetown neighborhood (check those out below). Aren’t they seriously the cutest couple on the face of this great Earth?! It’s been three years since these two got married and they’re as giddy and sweet as two people who just fell in love.
After we finished our sunset session these two were gracious enough to model for an Editorial Engagement Party at Via Tribulani planned by some seriously talented ladies.
That incredible editorial shoot was designed (flowers, decorations, ect) by the lovely Rachel at Finch & Thistle, with the coolest engagement party invites I’ve ever seen (“He put a ring on it”) by Sally at La Happy, and the most mouth-watering (and hippest) vegan ombre cake I’ve ever laid eyes on by Kerissa bakes. Today Design*Sponge (the go-to blog for all things design) featured photos from that styled engagement party.
High-fives to all the rockstars that made this incredible day happen.
Featured by Style Me Pretty / Second Shooter: Brady MacDonald / Location: Bob’s Corn Maze & Pumpkin Farm / Flowers + Event Design: Finch & Thistle / Makeup, Hair + Styling: Jenny Bowker Makeup / Catering: Ravishing Radish Catering / Invitations, Menu + Table Cards: La Happy / Cocktails: Ravish on Eastlake / Piñata: Pinyadayada / Coffee Bean Favors: Middle Fork Roasters / Shoes: Frye “Harness” Boots / Dress: Vintage via Atlas Clothing Company / Groom + Groomsmen Clothes: Tarboo Inc. / Photo Assistant: Erin Hill
This is the story of Melissa & Chris.
Melissa & Chris’s friends all thought they’d make a perfect pair.
It was the best kind of set-up.
They gave it a shot and found out they shared many loves.
From the expanse of a starry Eastern Washington sky overhead to boating with friends and hiking.
A year and half later Chris got down on one knee.
Melissa on how Chris proposed:
“We used to go to this old abandoned but adorable cottage-like house in Snohomish that I’ve been in love with since I first saw it. We would talk about how we would fix it up if it was our house and dream of our future there. On Christmas Eve, on our way to church Chris stopped at our dream house, got down on one knee and proposed. We hope to someday be able to buy the house, fix it up and have a family there.”
Venue: Ohme Gardens Caterer: The Cellar Cafe / Wedding Cake: The Cellar Cafe / Make up & hair: Joy Sayegh / Wedding Dress: From the Gown Up, Snohomish, Wa / Flowers: Grandma Jean Hansen / Heels: Seychelles- I Do’s, Nordstrom /
“Dance me to your beauty with a burning violin
Dance me through the panic ’til I’m gathered safely in
Lift me like an olive branch and be my homeward dove
Dance me to the end of love
Dance me to the end of love”
The first time I stepped into Marlaine’s home, she showed me a book of paintings by Henri Mattise called “Dance Me to the End of Love.” Erick and Marlaine cuddled up on their couch with Molly-dog nestled at their feet. They flipped through each page, reading the lyrics to the song, and finding new details in paintings they’ve seen many times before.
She got up to bring in some German sausage and gouda from the kitchen, and Erick started to tell me more about their wedding plans, and how he fell in love with Marlaine back in DC, at salsa class, before he even knew her name.
A few months later, on a deck over looking east sound on Orcas Island, Marlaine and Erick’s guests read “Dance Me To the End of Love” during their wedding ceremony. Friends flew in from across the country, family came in from all over the world (Germany, Guatemala, ect) and they danced the night away.
It was divine intervention that Marlaine and I met (thank you Google keywords!), and I can say from the second we shared chai, we jived like lost long friends. I feel so grateful I got to document such an important day for two compassionate people who love each other and their friends and family like nothing else matters.
Oh, and all that amazing jewelry you see on the bridesmaids in these photos? Marlaine made it. Catch her and Erick at the Fremont Market on Sundays and you can get it on it too!
High fives to all of Erick and Marlaine’s talented vendors and most of all for my second shooter Brady MacDonald!
Caterer: Azafron / Floral Design: Patina Floral / Event Design: Zenadia Design / Ceremony + Reception Location: Odd Fellows Hall / Invitations: Grafico de Sul, Inhambane Mozambique / Bride’s Shoes: Center Stage (salsa shoes) / Wedding Dress: Casablanca via Ido Bridal / Groom’s Attire: J.Crew / Ice Cream: Lopez Island Creamery / Rentals: Orcas Events / Marzipan Hearts: Wiesbaden, Germany / Wedding Rings: The Bride + Jose of Danaca Designs / Bridesmaid + Flower Girl’s Jewelry: The Bride / Wedding Pies: Passionate for Pies