{Once Wed} Georgia + Alfred

my favorite photshoot yet is up on OnceWed. i love the beautifully muted tones tucked among rugged textural elements.  i love the vast serene landscapes that frame these images.  i love the truly wonderful ladies (Paige + Charley) that i had the pleasure of collaborating with.  not only did we brave a 4 am drive into the desert, but we did it with great joy of anticipation and a mutual love + respect.  this process was fulfilling on so many levels.  I hope you enjoy our wedding scape inspired by Georgia O'Keefe and Alfred Stieglitz.  See all four posts here.


i love seattle so much i could marry it

sorry honey, but i really did fall in love with a city this weekend.  Erin and I flew up to Seattle Friday afternoon to spend the weekend with our dear friends Ian + Reid.  These two are incredible hosts and set to putting together an intensely curated itinerary as soon as we hit purchase on the Virgin America website.  Here's a little peek into our weekend and all of the lovely things we got to see and do.

Upon arriving, we quickly changed and headed to the Olympic Sculpture Park.  It's a pathway along the water front that winds around and shows off different views of the city and an amazing collection of sculptural art.  My favorite piece was a candy apple red structure called Eagle by Alexander Calder.  Then we made our way towards the cocktails.  (It was Friday after all).  We walked to Tavern law in Capitol Hill.  On a far wall of the restaurant is an old-fashioned black phone.  Reid dialed a number and we were buzzed in.  Following a winding staircase lined with 1940's photos of nude flappers, we entered Needle & Thread, a quaint little speakeasy where we ordered cocktails based on flavor profiles (vodka base with herbal, citrus notes for me).  What came was a beautifully mixed delight made with vodka, Lillet, cardamom bitters and basil.  best. cocktail. ever.  We finished out the night around the corner with dinner at Quinn's Pub

Up bright and early, we grabbed coffee and sweet morning treats at Victrola Coffee on 15th.  Well caffinated and bundled up we boarded the ferry to Bainbridge Island.  The ferry ride (albeit cold cold cold) was a highlight of the trip.  The Seattle landscape is so stunning.  In Bainbridge we did some window shopping (ok, and a little actual shopping too) and hopped back on the ferry back to Seattle.  Lunch was perfect at Oddfellows Cafe.  Exposed brick walls, vintage typewriters, and some great beers on tap.  With full bellies we scooted off to Pike Place market to watch some handsome fish mongers toss their wares around, scour (and later devour) some yummy cheeses at Beecher's Cheese, and pick up a couple bottles of wine from Pike & Western Wine Shop.  Back at the house we relaxed a bit and washed down those cheeses with bubbles, a bit of red and the Ramen Noodle Chocolate bar Erin picked up at the market. Cocktail time again so we headed to Unicorn back in Capitol Hill.  It's sort of a French Circus Burlesque themed bar.  loved it.  The best drink of the night was the Hellicorn - made with Fireball Whiskey and ginger ale.  We walked to the Tin Table (above Oddfellows and next to the cutest dance hall) for a later dinner and then over to Pony for a fun nightcap with the boys.

Waking up wasn't so easy this time, but thankfully Seattle is riddled with amazing coffee shops.  We drove to Ballard for brunch at Bastille Cafe & Bar.  Then strolled through the farmer's market.  (btw, porta-potties in Seattle are called Honey Buckets - yet another reason to love this city)  Then we made our way through a bit of rain to the mecca of the city: Stumptown Cafe.  I've been lucky enough to sample their genius coffee at the Ace in Palm Springs, but never in latte form.  heaven.  We enjoyed said lattes and a little apple pie pocket.  Then at 3, we scurried downstairs for their daily "cupping".  Much like a wine tasting for coffee aficionados.  I came away a huge fan of their Hairbender blend.  Go figure.  After learning more than I ever needed to know about coffee (and i say that in the best way possible) we headed to Molly Moon's for some homemade ice cream to take the edge off our buzz.  Strawberry Balsamic & Salted Caramel for me.  Full and happy as can be, we packed our bags and waved goodbye to our dear dear friends.  I am completely smitten with Seattle and can't wait to come back.


yes, please on Martha!!

Yup, you heard it right, yes, please was featured on Martha Stewart Weddings website!  This is such a dream come true and I couldn't be more excited.  I literally had goosebumps when I saw the feature.  And when they did a follow up post with some of my planning sketches -- i died!  Come back next week for a full blog post on Joo & Jacob's amazing SmogShoppe wedding. I've been dying to share all the prettiness with you for ages.  For now check out the gallery and blog posts up on MARTHA! :) (still giddy, can you tell?)


georgia + alfred {the inspiration}

last week Paige, Charley and I trekked out into unknown lands of goats and chickens to shoot a beautiful tablescape based on the love of Georgia O'Keeffe and Alfred Steiglitz.   We'll be sharing all of the gorgeous photos very soon on OnceWed .  for now, here's a peek into the inspiration behind the shoot.

martha martha martha!

is a girl ever too old to squeal with glee?  i think not.  i mean how can one not when asked to put together a photoshoot for the lady of all things lovely herself - Martha Stewart!  this is pretty exciting stuff.  I teamed up with my favorite partner in crime to put together a sweet pink and grey inspired photoshoot for the Martha's Wedding Blog.  We'll be sharing all the prettiness soon, but for now here's a sneak peek to tide you over.  don't mind me, i'll be pinching myself in the corner...


barbie + ken {sneak peek}

during the early years of mylife i probably witnessed the sweet nuptials of barbie and ken a few dozen times - they usually drove away happily in their red corvette before the reception as midge and skipper waved them on excitedly.  well, tomorrow barbie and ken are getting married.  no seriously.  a real life barbie and ken tying the knot.  impossibly cute isn't it?  and to top off this incredibly sweet sundae, i get to spend the day working with Paige and Bonnie.  it's like my childhood imagination come to life.  lots more pics to come after the big day.  xo


mix it up

 i'm delighted to share this with you...my oldest and dearest friend asked me to design a blog header for her latest project.  an amazingly talented singer/songwriter, erin started her blog to keep track of all of life's interestingness, beauty and random happenings - the things all great songs are made of.  it's like an ever-evolving mixtape of her life - cool concept huh?  erin's an incredibly thoughtful purveyor of the world and I love seeing things through her eyes.  you will too.  take a minute to hop on over to her lovely blog and say hi while you're there. 


friday randomness

i made britney inspired cuppies for a friend's 30th birthday last week.  what can i say, he's a big fan!
happy weekend!  xo


A Stylish Living According to....ME!

my dear dear friend + incredibly talented photographer bonnie tsang asked me to contribute to her blog's new column: A Stylish Living According To...  eeep, what an honor!  I mean, bonnie is one stylish lady.  i was super nervous being the first to take part in her new column.  but, as with everything i do with bonnie i ended up having a blast.  thanks miss b.  can't wait to see what's next.  loves you.


helena + jonathan {sneak peek}

I'm doing the flowers and coordination for a lovely couple this weekend.  They are getting hitched tomorrow at city hall and celebrating with a luncheon for family and friends.  This is Helena's bouquet for the ceremony tomorrow morning.  She and her jazz musician husband-to-be wanted flowers that were fun, festive and embody the feel of a vibrant latin jazz tune.  whatdya think?  perfect harmony?
Come Sunday evening we'll be decking out Campanile Restaurant in some more vibrant, Brazilian inspired beauty. 


dry bar blows into town!

Drybar blew into town last week in style with a seriously stylish launch party.  And what a lovely night it was celebrating the opening of Alli Webb's glamourous (and ingenious) blow dry bar.   I had a fabulous time toasting to Alli + Mike's hair empire surrounded by a sea of perfectly coiffed folk.

The queen of all things fun and stylish planned this shindig and as usual pulled out all the stops.  Along with DRY soda, O.N.E. drinks, Large Marge Sustainable catering, and Josie Maran Cosmetics, I was lucky enough to be a part of all this jazz.  succulentLOVE designed the flowers + succulent installations and cuppieLOVE made the sweetest little vanilla bean cuppies.

Big thanks to the darling + talented charley*star for her super awesome picture taking skills. (love the one of me and the mister! :) )

Picture This: Around the House


yes, please on minted

our love nest design was selected by minted.com to be part of their wedding invitation catalog.  we love being a part of the minted family.  check out love nest and a ton of other pretty minted designs here. xo