Dunn Gardens is a privately-owned public garden in the Broadview neighborhood of Seattle. Pristine green lawns, rich history, and an expansive view over Puget Sound, it's the perfect hideaway for a black-tie affair. Our couple, Matt and Jessica, wanted a simple, elegant, and timeless wedding that was still fun and whimsical. Inspired by the secret garden, we imagined wild summer foliage, a white tent, farm tables, bright white garden roses, and crisp linens. The reception was held on the lawn under a big sailcloth tent, provided by Alexander Party Rentals. The farm tables were accented with pale blue runners from La Tavola, tall white pillar candles and smilax garlands. Charcoal striped napkins added a playful component to each place setting. Other favorite details include the minimalist paper goods and fabric banner designed by Libby Tipton, the stylish bar from Happy Hour Bar Rentals, and the mid century lounge furniture from Yay Parties.
This black and white styled shoot is inspired by chic minimalism paired with intentional imperfections found in our wild garden-style arrangements, Notary Ceramics’ handmade pottery, and Fremont Foundry’s aged industrial architecture. We used clean lines, monochromatic hues, and understated styling to create a modern and effortlessly romantic wedding. Tatyana’s natural beauty and dark features were complemented by Yessie Libby’s soft makeup artistry. Bridal stylist, Lindsay Kenna, hand selected unstructured gowns from The Dress Theory adding to the inspired and timeless beauty of the shoot. Natural light poured into the upper room of the Fremont Foundry, revealing the textures and varying white and cream hues used to style the guest table. On the patio, we created a garden-inspired foliage arch with local vegetation as the ceremony backdrop and used exposed potted plants and mini arrangements down the aisle.
Planning, design and Floral Design: juliet + lou
Venue: Fremont Foundry
Photography: Tonie Christine
Bridal Stylist: Lindsey Kenna
Hair and Makeup Artist: Yessie Libby
Paper Goods: Euni + Co.
Dessert: Cake Life Everyday
Rentals: CORT Party Rental and BBJ Linen
Specialty Rentals: Fanciful Rentals
BRIDAL Gowns: The Dress Theory
Model: Tanya Pavlovich
When we first sit down with a prospective client, the biggest problem he or she seems to face at the moment finding the perfect venue. Selecting a venue is one of the first decisions couples have to make during engagement season. Without a venue, you can’t set a date, send out save-the-dates, or book the majority of your vendors. For anyone looking for an outdoor venue in the Seattle metropolitan area, a rain plan is a must. Indoor venues are even more sparse and you will be hard-pressed to find one that checks all of your boxes. Here are some tips to help you re-imagine your venue.
Find beauty in a blank slate.
While we are big proponents of embracing your venue’s characteristics, sometimes the best venue is a blank slate. The Metropolist, located in Seattle’s SODO neighborhood, operates as a part-time corporate meeting space, part-time wedding venue and offers the perfect backdrop for contemporary weddings. Tall ceilings, natural light, white walls, and wooden floors all lend themselves to the modern aesthetic.
It’s all in the details. Learn to use functional decor.
Just because you’re working with a blank slate, doesn’t mean that you need to bring in all the bells and whistles to make a big impact. The beauty of functional decor is your rentals are dual-purpose. Each item is beautiful on it’s own and lends to the overall design. For this look, we utilized the tables provided by the venue, adding a crisp white linen and acrylic ghost chairs. We elevated the look by adding copper flatware, glass candlestick holders, and modern glassware from Pedersen’s Rentals. The result is a clean, luxe-looking tablescape that will impress your guests.
We love a tall ceiling! Not only does this make your venue look bigger, but it gives us so much room to play as designers! For this look, we suspended a lush greenery installation from the ceiling. It instantly draws the eye and captures your attention. You may notice, this design still looks full despite there only being one table arrangement. Ceiling installations, pipe and drape, and strategic lighting are all ways to transform a space.