Featured Vendor: Aria Style

Aria Style has talent beyond your wildest imagination!  If you can dream it, they can produce it!  John Gardner and his team at Aria Style have won a number of awards over the years and most recently Seattle Bride awarded them All Around Best Wedding Vendor!  This award says it all.

Aria Style was initially inspired by flowers, but has blossomed into so much more; creating tasteful and unique designs customized lovingly for each client. Aria Style not only delivers perfectly designed spaces, they are also friendly; always listening to what I and others need and always getting it just right.

John Gardner, Aria Style’s founder, is a man of many talents. He’s assembled a successful business with an elite group of skilled and affable designers. They love what they do and it shows! They can deliver a complete look in any style, from whimsical to traditional or contemporary. I always look forward to working with Aria Style!

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Bridal Bouquets – Rules Don’t Apply

The bridal bouquet is the ultimate wedding day accessory…and it must fit! Are you shabby sheek? Have a passion for creating beauty with paper? Want a DIY project? Or are you just looking to be creative with your wedding. These days there are NO RULES in weddings…and there are LOTS of ways to get creative and make a lasting impression your guests won’t forget. There are countless alternative bouquet ideas out there, here are just a few that left that lasting impression on me!

Have you always wanted a spring flower for your summer wedding bouquet? Anything is possible…These flowers are pretty to look at and impossible to kill…they’re made from paper! Robot in Bloom offers wedding packages starting as low at $250…Now that’s a deal!

Are you thinking of ways to use grandmothers old vintage brooches? Or have you been collecting them yourself over the years? What a creative idea to make a bouquet out of brooches. If your starting from scratch Anthropology carries hundreds of different style brooches and you could even DIY. The above bouquet is a style by Amanda Heer of Fantasy Floral Design, the original vintage brooch creator.

These are made from Wood! Could you ever tell?! Check out or to see more unique wood arrangements.

Moved from the ocean to the city and trying to incorporate your hometown love into your wedding?! GO FOR IT…Make your bouquet out of sea shells…or wheat if you grew up on a farm…the idea again is… THERE ARE NO RULES!

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Table Top Contest

The 3rd annual table top contest was held this past March at the beautiful Columbia Winery in Woodinville. The Association of Bridal Consultants also known as ABC along with the International Special Events Society, also known as ISES participated in the contest. There were 16 entries.

Judges choice, our esteemed judges, Laura Cassidy from Seattle Metropolitan Magazine, Blair deLaubenfels of, and Jenny Klimenkoff of Far 4 selected Stephanie Salemann’s entry for their choice. Stephanie represented Twelve Baskets Catering, and named her table “Something Old, Something New. She had the only table that used pillows for chairs! Very unique!

Peoples choice, first place was awarded to Viennese Waltz designed by Stacy Kvam of SK Wedding and Event Design. Her co-designer was Patty Holder of Brittany Flowers. 2nd Place was awarded to Something Old, Something New! Stephanie Salemann of Twelve Baskets Catering. Third place was fun. There was a 3-way tie between Sherry Smith of McKenzieKate Weddings and her co-designer Lana Spagnoli of Seattle Flowers. Brian Dale of Wave Link Music and his co-designer Jillian Cook of Wave Link Music and Lacie Powell of The Bellevue Collection for the Garden of Eaten’. After a round of applause, members and guests selected Lacie Powell’s Garden of Eaten Nancy Shaw, owner of AA Party Rentals received accolades for their involvement. At least 80 percent of the tables used complimentary items from AA Party Rental.

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Seattle Met Bride & Groom Magazine

See an elegant expression of my creativity on the stands now in the Seattle Metropolitan Bride and Groom Magazine! I had the true pleasure of designing a table that represents fall in the Northwest! The Pacific Northwest provides such a rich and colorful palette to be inspired by.

Fall brings a time to harvest…leaves are changing colors and start to cascade to the ground. It’s time to select the perfect pumpkin for Halloween…or for a gorgeous centerpiece. When I first laid my eyes on a white pumpkin I was beyond inspired. I saw cream cabbage and red apples all piled together to create an organic centerpiece, as if you had just picked them straight from the garden. Thanks to Patty at Brittany Flowers in Kirkland, who transformed the dusty, little pumpkin from my “harvest” into a very elegant display!

Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory added sheen and sugar to my hand picked, Washington red apples with their tantalizing cherry coating. The candy-coated apples were good enough to bite into on the spot, or take home for a savory late night treat. By topping each apple with a veneer, leaf shaped name card, the apples not only provided an enticing sweet for the guests, but they also let the guests know where they were sitting. Who knew functionality could taste so good!

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