Romantic Pacific Northwest Wedding

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Kendra and Danny had a warm, summer evening wedding incorporating the nature that surrounded their venue in Spokane, Washington. Running with a whimsical, soft and romantic look they also incorporated a rustic, shabby chic feel with their decor choices. KYLIE MARTIN’S photos of the day have captured the romance of the occasion perfectly.

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TELL US ABOUT FINDING YOUR WEDDING DRESS: My sister, mom, and me took a day to find “the one”. We visited four boutiques before I tried on the winner at Marcella’s Bridal. I walked out and the girls were in tears. There was no doubt I would be walking down the aisle in it!

WHAT WAS THE INSPIRATION FOR YOUR WEDDING? The theme of our wedding was whimsical, soft, and romantic. We wanted to blend a rustic tone with the burlaps and a dreamy, shabby chic feel in the garden venue.

ANY DIY ELEMENTS? All of the wedding décor was DIY. We had a HUGE helping hand from a crafty family friend, Debbie Cook. She designed most of the décor by hand and helped stage the entire venue! We invested in larger vendors for catering elements and flowers but the rest was help from family and friends. We were also able to cut corners on hiring a wedding officiate and brought in Danny’s cousin who was ordained.

DESCRIBE YOUR WEDDING FLOWERS: Erica’s Expressions did a fabulous job with the flowers! We combined soft blush tones with mint greens and ivory. The centrepieces were an array of English roses, mums, and tulips in burlap wrapped mason jars. Baby’s breath also played a huge roll in the wedding flowers; not only because of the romantic look they gave but also because they were so affordable. The bridesmaid’s bouquets were made of baby’s breath, as well as the groomsmen’s boutonnieres.

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FAVOURITE DETAIL OF THE DAY: It had to be the venue for the ceremony and reception. We went off the beaten path from the typical ceremony set up and arranged the aisle right down the middle of the reception tables already set up in the garden. It could have been a disaster but we pulled it off and it worked great for the space! Our guests were comfortable in their chairs and having the wedding party on the ledge overlooking our family and friends was the cherry on top!

WHAT ADVISE WOULD YOU GIVE OUT TO A COUPLE PLANNING THEIR WEDDING? Planning a wedding get’s stressful at times but I would say to always bring it back to the both of you. Incorporate personal elements in your décor and touches to make it scream your personalities and be all about each of you and what you want in your special day. Make it a time to celebrate each other and bond with friends and family, not a time to stress and compare your plans with others. What got you there in the first place? True love and that’s what matters; not how much you spend on a chocolate fondue.

MOST MEMORABLE MOMENT? The most memorable moment for me was the time we got in between the group pictures and the ceremony to do our couple’s portraits. It was a time that we had to just be with each other all dressed up for our day. Even though Kylie was there shooting us, I remember a few shots that were so intimate looking out over the cliffs of the venue taking our day in before the madness started. The feeling during this time was overflowing with joy anticipating what was to come.

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Photographer KYLIE MARTIN PHOTOGRAPHY / Cake CELEBRATIONS SWEET BOUTIQUE / Florist ERICA’S EXPRESSIONS / Stationery KAYLA MCDANIEL / Venue BOZARTH MANSION / Bride’s gown & Jewellery MARCELLA’S BRIDAL / Shoes PELLE MODA from NORDSTROM / Hair RANDY BAUER at THE DO CREW SALON / Make-up SHASTA HANKINS / Bridesmaids Dresses ETSY / Grooms Attire MR. TUX / Stylist DEBBIE COOK / Caterer BEACON HILL / DJ AMP’D ENTERTAINMENT
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Abandoned Mansion Shoot

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I adore this shoot from GREEN APPLE PHOTOGRAPHY and ALLISON BADDLEY OF LA FETE. It’s like a fairy tale with an edgy twist with it’s neglected yet dreamlike quality. The cake by PIPPA CAKERY might just be one of my favourites ever… it’s styled to perfection!! And the gorgeous stationery suite by PINK PIGGY DESIGN looks ever so lovely laying on a bed of rambling foliage. The florals by ALLISON are the most beautiful rich combination – perfect for a winter wedding. Thank you ladies for sharing such lovely inspiration with us!

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Photography GREEN APPLE PHOTOGRAPHY / Florals and styling ALLISON BADDLEY OF LA FETE / Hair & Make-up VERSA ARTISTRY / Stationery PINK PIGGY DESIGN / Dinnerware WEST ELM / Rentals BOUTIQUE MAISON / Furniture Rentals REFINED VINTAGE EVENTS / Ribbon FROU FROU CHIC / Cake PIPPA CAKERY / Dress & Jewellery THE BRIDES SHOP / Model AMANDA LARSEN
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Amore – Chiavano Couture 2015

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I am SO thrilled to be showcasing the new collection of STUNNING gowns from CHIAVANO COUTURE. There are so many gorgeous gowns I have no idea how one would go about making a selection! Perhaps you’d have to wear two gowns!! The gowns have been beautifully captured by LAUREN KINSEY, with florals by LINDSAY COLETTA and styling by CARLEE SIZEMORE. BLUE EYED YONDER designed a beautiful backdrop, and CLAUDIA MEJERLE has worked her usual magic on the hair and make-up.

Designer Annette Thurmon has this to say about the collection, “Amore, love. It’s the thing that makes our hearts sing and pitter patter. This new collection is all about love. The excitement and amore a girl feels towards her special someone. It is about the unforgettable moment a girl experiences when putting on a beautiful wedding gown. With fabrics soft and dreamy, gorgeous laces and silks, this collection reflects Amore. Chaviano is my maiden name and it’s of Italian descent. For this reason, the collection embodies Italian names and Amore served as the inspiration for the collection shoot as well. I hope this inspires you to share your love in a big way with those closest to you.

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Photography LAUREN KINSEY / Gowns CHAVIANO COUTURE / Styling and accessories CARLEE SIZEMORE / Florals LINDSAY COLETTA / Calligraphy INK & HONEY / Hair & Make-up CLAUDIA MEJERLE / Backdrop design BLUE EYED YONDER / Ribbon FROU FROU CHIC
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