Monthly Archives: March 2011

Vendor Spotlight: Perfect Planning

We have worked on a number of weddings and events with Jennifer from Perfect Planning.  She is a wonderful wedding planner who just recently joined us at The Bridal Loft.  Make sure to come by and visit her to discuss your wedding planning needs.  She is incredibly knowledgeable and friendly and has a number of cost savings tips and ideas to share:

Think small and intimate.  The quickest way to lower the overall cost of your wedding is having a smaller head count. By having a smaller intimate wedding you have more time to spend with every guest who attends your wedding. Guests appreciate having the one on one time with a bride and groom on the big day, especially when they have traveled a distance to be at your event.

Consider off-season dates.  Having your wedding off-season (November-April) can add up to a lot of savings with booking a venue.  Some venues discount as much as half off!

Did you know that candles are rarely cheaper than flowers?  Many brides are under the impression that fresh flowers are going to “break the bank.”  But when you look at the bottom line, candles are just as much if not more than fresh flowers when creating a beautiful centerpiece for your wedding. Instead, be flexible with your flower selection and choose blooms that are local and in season.  Then, incorporate some pretty votives to create a gorgeous focal point.

Consider going with colored linen.  White, ivory and black are great colors, but at times can be very traditional.  When choosing linens for your wedding, think gorgeous colors.  Black linen is oftentimes the same price as the purple, green and red in the same fabric.

Bridesmaid’s dresses don’t have to be traditional.  Brides have so many new and fresh choices to pick from for bridesmaids dresses. The days of un-bearable hot pink satin dresses are a thing of the past. Realistically all you need to find is a dress that is offered in an assortment of sizes in the color you want.

Buffet is not always the most cost effective service choice.  Many brides assume that a plated dinner is out of their budget. Its always important to get a quote for both.  You may be surprised by your findings. When a wedding is catered in a buffet style the caterer many times has to make extra food so that the buffet always has a look of abundance.  With plated dinners, caterers are working with a smaller margin of extra food.  Extra food = extra money.

Whether you are planning a wedding in town or at a destination, it is important to have strong wedding professionals helping you along the way.

Check out more of Jennifer’s incredible work at Perfect Planning.

East West Floral Arts

Helene with East West Floral Arts has one of those smiles that lights up a room and a personality that just warms the heart.  She is a true professional with a tremendous amount of experience in her craft.  She impresses me on every wedding we work on together with her fresh style and design and her incredible attention to detail.  If you are looking for a florist for your wedding day, please make sure to check out East West Floral Arts.

Here are some quotes from recent clients of East West Floral Arts:

Well the wedding was simply perfect and your flowers were beautiful!! Thank you so much for helping and guiding me through the process. I was thrilled with my bouquet and all of the flowers. The flower girls were especially enchanting. -Terri

Just wanted to write you a note to tell you again what an amazing job you did on the flowers. They were more beautiful than I could have ever imagined and I just cannot thank you enough. I am recommending you to everyone that I know! -Shiela

The flowers were absolutely beautiful!!! Everyone loved them and had nothing but great things to say. They looked fantastic and couldn’t have been bet- ter. Just right!!! It completely represented us and our own vision of the event. -Carey

As a small way of saying thank you to Helene for all of her incredible work, we wanted to create an album for her to further showcase her talents.  Here is the layout for a custom designed album for East West Floral Arts:

Amanda & Mark | March 5, 2011

Amanda & Mark had a Hawaiian themed wedding on March 5, 2011.  Barclay Event Rentals provided beautiful table linens and decor to transform the room and Paradise Flower Farms provided the leis for close friends and family.  Couple this with incredible hula dancing and you have the perfect getaway experience to the islands of Hawaii.  A special thanks to Leialoha Ka’ula with Hali’a Event Planning for all of her assistance with the preparations and management of the day.  And a big shout out to A Niko Productions for providing exceptional videography coverage throughout the day.

Mahalo!

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Style Unveiled Feature | Melissa & Matt

We are so excited to announce that Melissa & Matt’s wedding at Bridal Veil Lakes has been featured in the Real Weddings section of Style Unveiled.

As part of the feature, Melissa & Matt have this to say about locating us as their wedding photographer: “When we met Paul Rich, we knew he would be perfect for our big day.  We instantly loved his vibrant personality and obvious commitment to taking shots that were most important to us.”

Their wedding is loaded with wonderful DIY ideas.  To see the entire article, check out Style Unveiled.

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Jake’s Catering at The Governor Hotel

Built in 1909 and listed on the National Register of Historic Places, The Governor Hotel is a wonderful location for any wedding celebration. Choose from a number of event space options that allow sit down capacities of up to 450 and reception capacities of 700 guests or more.  The high vaulted ceilings and unique architecture make The Governor Hotel a highly sought after venue for weddings and events.

Jake’s Catering, known for offering an extensive range of Pacific Northwest menu selections, offers fresh seafood, pasta, poultry and prime cut steaks.  No matter how large or small your event, Jake’s Catering staff has the variety, flexibility, and talent to cater to your needs.

We have photographed a number of weddings at The Governor Hotel and have worked with Jake’s Catering on a number of weddings and events throughout the years.  We wanted to create a vendor album to showcase weddings that have taken place in the Heritage Ballroom, the Grand Ballroom, the Renaissance Room, the Library, and the Billiard Room.  We have sent the album into production and wanted to share the design and layout to showcase the beauty of The Governor Hotel and the incredible talent of Jake’s Catering.  This album will be on display at the Jake’s Catering Office by mid-April.

The Bridal Loft | Mardi Gras Open House

The Bridal Loft is a one-stop bridal salon where your unique ideas are custom-crafted by talented bridal artisans. We are a collaboration of several independently-owned bridal businesses whose mission is to help you create the wedding of your dreams.  We work together to make your wedding preparations fun, easy, and stress-free.  And from time to time, we like to celebrate and party.  What better time to do that than for Mardi Gras?  Our most recent Open House included complimentary makeovers by Event Cosmetics, finger foods and desserts from Elephants Delicatessen Catering, incredible dance music by Kevin with NW Mobile DJ Service, and a whole slew of gifts and prizes by August Veils, Alesia Zorn Calligraphy, A Yen for Chocolate, Embassy Suites Hotel, and many many more.

Paul Rich Studio documented the entire event and created this fun time lapse of the Mardi Gras Open House: