Rustic Chic Seattle Wedding

wedding bouquet by Finch & Thistle

Thanks to the expertise of Finch & Thistle Event Design and the help of their friends and family, Rebecca and Ben had a beautiful wedding full of vintage decorations, diy details and sentimental touches. With both the ceremony and reception taking place in the same location, the versatility of the open floor plan of Sodo Park along with the rustic atmosphere was the ideal location for this fabulous couple to tie the knot.

Read on to hear more from Finch & Thistle Event Design about this rustic chic Seattle wedding and be sure to check out the rest of the details in the full gallery here, all breathtakingly captured by Angela and Evan Photography.

boutonnieres by Finch & Thistle

beaded wedding bouquet

green and blue bridesmaid dresses

From Finch & Thistle Event Design:
Rebecca’s bridesmaids were all going to wear different dresses in peacock shades and so for the flowers we settled on jewel tones of eggplant and mauve with a little peach for warmth to contrast the blues, greens and golds of the dresses. Rebecca even made the bridesmaid’s feather hair pieces herself.

When Rebecca mentioned she was just finishing up her PhD in English Literature, it was immediately obvious to me that books should be a major theme of her and Ben’s August 2012 wedding at Sodo Park in Seattle. Instead of a traditional guest book, guests were encouraged to write wishes to the bride and groom on pages of a vintage book which we styled with flowers in wooden bowls, a birdcage and an antique typewriter.

guestbook table

guestbook ideas

Sodo Park is a beautiful, rustic venue and I decided to use lace and mahogany elements in the rest of the designs to add some elegance. Rebecca and Ben’s fathers made the beautiful birch bark chuppah that we decorated with vintage French lace and a one-sided floral arrangement made up of dahlias, roses, hydrangea and clematis.

chup•pah |ˈKHo͝opə| (noun): a canopy beneath which Jewish marriage ceremonies are performed. Consisting of a cloth or sheet stretched or supported over four poles — or sometimes manually held up by attendants to the ceremony — a chuppah symbolizes the home that the couple will build together.

chuppah for Jewish ceremony

wedding ceremony

wedding backdrop

Rebecca and her sister crafted all the DIY details, with back up help from Ben and her mother. They made the guest favors that Rebecca and I dreamed up (chocolate-covered cherries from Chukar Cherries in peacock bags from Etsy), the map seating chart, the photobooth props, the pie stands, the exclamation flags for the pie table, and the program fans. The Chukar Cherries were significant because Rebecca worked at the Chukar Cherry stall in Seattle’s famous Pike Place Market after she had handed in her dissertation and was waiting for her new Amherst, MA teaching job to start in the Fall.

The seating chart was a map created by the bride and groom to celebrate their love of travel and adventure and was accented with a display of family photographs and a ukelele. The centerpieces were on mahogany pedestals with street signs crafted by the bride used instead of table numbers. The street names all held special meaning for the couple. Alternating tables were styled with lace runners and vintage books collected by the bride and were decorated with bud vases and candles. Instead of a cake guests enjoyed homemade pies and ended the night with sparklers.

wedding card table and map seating chart

purple wedding florals

cherry wedding favors at each place setting

street sign table number

mini wedding pies by High 5 Pie

weddings pies instead of cake by High 5 Pie

wedding fireworks

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Event Designer & Flowers: Finch & Thistle Event Design

Photographer: Angela and Evan Photography
Venue: Sodo Park
Caterer: Herban Feast
Coordinator: A Kurant Event
DJ: Bamboo Beats
Dress Designer: Ulla-Maija Couture
Stationery: Jenna Hesse of Jennabeth Photography
Pies: High 5 Pie
Props: Finch & Thistle Event Design & Vintage Ambiance
Groom's Attire: Perry Ellis

Categories: Featured Weddings & Events
Colors: green, pink, purple, yellow
Styles: diy, rustic, vintage

Macy’s Scan for a Grand


Calling all recently engaged couples! Missed out on the record setting Powerball jackpot this weekend?  Don’t worry, what Macy’s has in store will make you forget all about that – at least for a little while.  That’s right, the Macy’s Scan for a Grand event is back and better than ever before with $100,000 in prizes and several chances to win.  For one day only on Wednesday, June 12th, Macy’s Wedding & Gift Registry is giving engaged couples the opportunity to instantly win hundreds of $100, $500 or $1,000 Macy’s Gift Card prizes when they create their dream registry by scanning the products they want.

Simply RSVP online and head to the nearest participating Macy’s on Wednesday, June 12th and scan till you drop! All events start at 5 p.m. in your local time zone and end at store close. Insider tip: After you RSVP to the event, create your Macy’s registry online and add a few products so that you’ll be ready to go (and win big!) on June 12th.

Macy’s Scan for a Grand

Using either a traditional scanner provided by your local Macy’s store, or the scanning function on your smartphone (iPhone or Android device) within the FREE Macy’s app, participants can easily scan all desired items to create their registry and enter the contest.  To download the Macy’s app, text “APP” to 62297 and access your registry by clicking on the Registry tab on the homepage screen.

While at the event, be sure to also be on the lookout for event posters at all participating locations and scan the QR code to receive winner alerts.  All engaged couples are eligible and are encouraged to share in the fun and get a jumpstart on their wedding registry in the process. Good luck and happy scanning! Below are a few items that we would for sure be scanning.

1.Noritake Dinnerware | 2. Nespresso Pixie | 3. Jonathan Adler Vase | 4.Chantal Lime Green Tea Kettle  | 5.Kitchen Aid Mixer | 6.Dyson DC35 Vacuum Cleaner  | 7. Zoku Quick Pop Maker | 8.Kate Spade New York Mugs

wedding registry items

NO PURCHASE NECESSARY.  Legal residents of the 50 United States (D.C.) and Puerto Rico 18 years or older.  Ends 6/12/13.  For Official Rules, including odds, and prize descriptions visit To enter without scanning a QR code visit an in-store Macy’s kiosk.  Void where prohibited.

Categories: Features & Sponsored Posts

Fairytale Disneyland Wedding

wedding hair with seashells

Cathy and Patrick are Disney aficionados. Their first date was at Disneyland and Patrick proposed to Cathy at Disneyland. It was only fitting that their wedding was to happen at Disneyland itself! Cathy’s favorite Disney movie is the Little Mermaid so the wedding was themed around that using a beautiful color palette of seafoam, coral, gold and white.

A lot of shells, starfish, ribbons and the spectacular visionary designing skills of the Charmed Events Group were used to bring the wedding’s fairytale love to life. To see all of the Disney-filled details of this wedding, view the full gallery here, all photographed by the highly talented Il Mare Photography.

Dinsneyland Wedding

first wedding look

Disney wedding

From the Bride:
Getting married at Disneyland was one of the best decisions of my life. First and foremost, it brought my relationship with my husband full circle. Our first date back in 2005 was at Disneyland, he proposed at Disneyland in 2011, so of course it was a no brainer to lock down Disneyland as our wedding venue. Second, it gives us an excuse to go back at least once a year, most likely on future wedding anniversaries.

For the Guestbook and Escort Cards, Charmed Events Group decided to do a play on “a message in a bottle.” For the guestbook, guests were invited to “leave a message” for the couple. A custom wooden plank board was built for the messages to be displayed on which will become future artwork for the couple’s home. Guests names and seating assignments were inside a gold glittered tube on a bed of stand.

message in a bottle

seashells and sand

peach and shell bouquet

A scroll program emulated King Triton’s scroll and seafoam and coral ribbon wands were waved by quests as the couple walked down the aisle. As a loyal Disney fan, only Disney Fairytale music was allowed while the Bridal Party was getting ready, Cathy walked down the aisle to the Tangled Soundtrack, and the Little Mermaid soundtrack was the music of choice for the dinner reception. Don’t miss the phenomenal job Fleuretica did of draping the ceremony arch with seashells and orchids.

wedding ceremony arch

ceremony decor

For the Reception, each guest had a love knot and seashell for their place setting and each table was indicated by a glass bottle with hanging seashells in it. One of our favorite details was the “Happily Ever After” sign made in nautical rope to adorn the background of the head table.

ocean inspired wedding ideas

disney mr and mrs signs

Aside from the location, there were other elements infused into our wedding to make it truly “Disney.” Some of my favorites include the “Little Mermaid” themed programs at the ceremony and menus at the reception, the “Bride” and “Groom” signs printed on glittery Mickey shaped heads on the back of our chairs, and of course, it was quite epic when Mickey and Minnie dropped by our reception to cut the cake with us and take photos with guests, it was money well spent to see the surprised and ecstatic looks on our guests’ faces!

Disney Cake Topper

mickey kiss

mr and mrs disney signs

View live highlights of this enchanting wedding in the video below, masterfully filmed by Cotton Love Studios.

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Event Designer & Coordinator: Charmed Events Group

Photographer: Il Mare Photography
Stationery: Charmed Events Group
Venue, Cake & Caterer: Disneyland Hotel - Sleeping Beauty Pavillion and Rose Garden
Hair & Makeup: Grace Lin Make Up
Cinematography: Cotton Love Studios
DJ & Lighting: TMMPRO
Dress Designer: Allure Couture
Flowers: Fleuretica
Shoe Designer: Jimmy Choo
Veil or Hair Accessories: Shellscapes
Prop or Furniture Rentals: La Tavola Linens

Read on to see how much this Disneyland wedding cost. Please note that costs change as the years go by, and prices are subject to change. This is just one couple’s breakdown to give you a rough estimate on how much a wedding like this may cost you.


Categories: Featured Weddings & Events
Colors: blue, pink, white
Styles: themed