event design, decor & fashion styling

Friday, December 28, 2012

Bright Bold Gypsy Wedding at Herban Feast

Kim & Danyel were married in September 2012 at the wonderful Herban Feast Sodo event space.  We were lucky enough to help out with creating fun eclectic floral arrangements for the couple.  They were going for a woodsy yet playful gypsy feel for their wedding.  They wanted things bright and bold much to our delight.  They also wanted us to use a lot of herbs in their arrangements.  For the boutonniere we went with mint, rosemary, red berries, tiny orange blossoms and fern curls to add some whimsy.

For table arrangements we went with dahlias as they are so fresh and seasonal in mid September.  Maple leaves were nestled in for a lovely contrast of green.  Marigolds were also added as they love deep orange tones.  Vintage and new canning jars were used for all the arrangements as the venue has a lovely rustic vintage feel.

The aisle was lined in rows of deep orange Marigolds leading to the altar and chuppah.

We wrapped the poles with greenery and wired in loads of fresh seasonal blooms such as dahlias, roses, delphiniums, and of course more marigolds.

The bouquet needed to be more delicate to fit the vintage style of the bride's vintage 1930's dress.  We went with soft hydrangeas, creamy dahlia's, white berries, cone flowers, while mixing in their desired rosemary and some roses.  We also used the fern curls to add more texture and interest.  

We loved working at this amazing venue and teaming up with Luxe Wedding Design for this festive event.  If you are looking for a breathtaking venue with rustic vintage charm and character you must consider Herban Feast.

All photography for this post was done by the fabulous Jenny Jimenez  and her assistant, Sergio Mottola
Venue- Herban Feast
Wedding Design and Coordination- Luxe Wedding Design
Vintage Rentals- Vintage Ambiance
Floral Design- Crinoline & Tweed

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Serafina & Cameron- Vintage Style With A Modern Twist

Serafina & Cameron were wed Sunday September 2nd at the newish local venue- 1927 Events.  The couple had been together 10 years and they were ready to have a festive wedding to celebrate.  Their wedding color palate was inspired by 1950's colors of aqua, yellow, mint with touches of grey.  We created several accents to bring in their colors throughout the space.  We started with the welcome table.  We stitched up a table runner with a retro fabric in shades of yellow.  We also sourced great vintage vases from Vintage Ambiance to add touches of mint to house floral arrangements with dusty miller, hydrangeas, golden zinnias, succulents, silver brunia, and craspedia.  A torn fabric banner was strung across the wall to add some texture and interest.

The couple had a cool modern guest book made with images they had collected over the years.  We hired a local illustrator, Razi Bhatti, to make a map illustrating how the couple met.  Serafina was from Alaska, and Cameron was from Oregon and they came together to meet in Seattle.

 Razi also illustrated a custom cupcake topper for the couple and even included their dog!  We made a scallop paper and ribbon accent to dress up a plain white cupcake tower.  Vintage vases with succulents and terrariums with a mix of succulents were placed in clusters on tables.

Little canning jars were filled with succulents as favors for guests.  It was important to the couple that things be as sustainable as possible so as the plants get bigger the jar can be reused.
We had a lot of fun creating the bride's bouquet. We used large mint green succulents that looked like giant blooms that we wired maintaining the roots so they could be safely replanted after the wedding.  Bright cheerful zinnias brought in some vintage summer charm and we mixed in some silver brunia, and craspedia to give it more texture.
The couple's shoes were amazing!  Her Camper sandals were golden yellow with mint green heels.  She even painted her toes a soft minty green.  Cameron's shoes were Cole Hann grey suede wingtips with an amazing yellow sole.  So daring and stylish for a groom!
The bridesmaid's bouquets were a little softer with hydrangea, freesia, zinnias, silver brunia, and craspedia.  We love this mix of texture and color.
On the dinner tables we created terrariums with several different varieties of succulents placed in clusters.  Cocktail tables had mini terrariums inside vintage Ball canning jars.
 Pom tissue paper puffs mimicked the shape of the flowers and succulents and brought in the color scheme beautifully.  Clusters of the puffs hung from the ceiling to give the room more warmth.  We also made a large backdrop for the ceremony using a variety of satin ribbons in shades of silver, grey, aqua, mint and yellow.
Serafina commissioned local designer, Lekkerlife, to make her custom wedding dress.  It was a soft grey silver dress with a cute 50's style peplum with fitted pencil skirt.  We made a cute hair pouf for her out of silk organza, finished off with some vintage birdcage netting. Cameron wore a deep grey suit.
He brought in more color with his fun striped tie.  We made him a boutonniere using another live succulent that could be planted later with a minty dusty miller leaf and some craspedia.

The couple chose sustainable bamboo plates and silverware that could be composted.  We loved their idea to use skate decks as platters for the meat and cheese table!

This wedding was so much fun to be a part of.  We love using sustainable ideas in weddings so this was a fun challenge and we hope to use more earth conscious ideas on future projects.  We also loved working at 1927 Events (a newish venue in Belltown.)  The space was so easy to work in with exposed brick walls and gorgeous wood beams.  We love using vintage inspiration for weddings but then having little modern twists that keep it feeling fresh and young.  Once we get some more pictures we may add some more from this great day as these were just images we took along the way!

Venue- 1927 Events
Vintage Rentals- Vintage Ambiance
Dress Design- Lekkerlife
Cupcakes- Trophy
Illustrations- Razi Bhatti
Photography- Tes de Luna for Crinoline & Tweed

Thursday, August 23, 2012

Dress Theory. The Dreamiest Dress Shop in Town...

Last evening I was lucky enough to meet up with a client at the new Bridal Dress Boutique in Greenlake, Dress Theory.  As soon as we walked in we were blown away by the simple yet lovely feminine space.  The walls are washed in a warm irredescent grey with a large silver guilded mirror.....

Even the light fixtures are gorgeous sparkly goodness!

They carry really romantic, dreamy dresses so if that is what you've been looking for this is your shop.  Two of our favorite designers are carried here- Elizabeth Dye and Sarah Seven.  Most of the dresses are between 1200-4000 dollars and offer a lot of detail for the price.  Many styles are strapless with pleating details and flowy on the bottom portion but they also have some stunning lace styles with quality lace you just don't see in these price points at other shops.

There of course are other small details like silk belts adorned with rhinestones and flower details and sweet hair accessories.  I'm still dying over a delicate veil that had tiny rhinestones.  Everything girly with a subtle nature that won't weigh you down.  Just little accents to add some sparkle or detail to an already gorgeous dress.

Even the central rug was amazing, overall a great stop that is a great addition to our other great bridal boutiques.

I used to have to send my clients on a roadtrip to Portland to find these kind of flowy romantic dresses, but finally Dress Theory has filled a void and now we are lucky enough to have a dreamy dress shop in Seattle.

Dress Theory is located at 7222 Linden Avenue Suite A Seattle, WA 98103.  
Ring them to make an appointment- 206.550.7948

Images shot on Instagram by Tes de Luna for Crinoline & Tweed.
All decor and garments where shot in Dress Theory.

Monday, August 6, 2012

Marry Me By The Sea

 Frida & Tomo July 28, 2012.  Talk about a dream team.  Frida is a talented graphic designer and Tomo is an amazing musician and songwriter.  Crinoline & Tweed lucked out getting to work with these two creative souls on their lovely wedding day.  They had their ceremony and dinner on the beach near Lincoln Park in West Seattle and their reception party at the Columbia City Theater.  We collectively chose a soft northwest beachy theme for their wedding so immediately we knew we wanted to use shells, sand, moss, and driftwood.  The couple wanted to merge in some nods to their heritage, Frida's being Swedish and Tomo's being Asian.  The couple made 1000 paper origami cranes and paper Swedish hearts to incorporate into the decor.

The ceremony took place on the beach with an arbor dressed in moss, flowers and ribbon along with strands of paper cranes in golden yellow and green the couple's color scheme.  We sprinkled shells on the sides of the aisle and lined the chairs in flowers to add a little color.

After the ceremony guests mingled and found their escort cards for their dinner seat.  We used pieces of mossy logs and Frida, the bride, designed crane silhouettes that were laser cut for the guest name cards that gently fit in groves we cut in the logs.  

For table numbers we made dioramas using old canning jars.  To create little beach scenes we added sand, shells Frida collected on a visit to Sweden, moss, and little vintage decorative mushrooms along with laser cut wood numbers to help aid guests in finding their table.

 We created centerpieces out of driftwood found on the beach, purchased shells, fern leaves and decorative reindeer moss.  We used jars of various sizes wrapped in ribbon with clusters of flowers in cream, green, yellow and browns to add a little color to the otherwise soft beach color palate.  We chose hydrangeas, orinithogalum, asclepias, craspedia, dill and chamomile flowers to brighten things up.  Each guest found a repeated crane element as their place card only this time each crane was cut out of wood veneer paper nestled in a handmade wood stump stand.

 The grooms men's boutonnieres were fun to make.  We used craspedia, a tiny chamomile bloom, bupleurum sprig and hellebium lollipop pod.

 The bridesmaids wore their choice of golden yellow and green dresses.  Each had a side swept loose bun accented with fresh blooms.  The bouquets were made using dill, green eyed susans, craspedia, hypericum, bupleurum, chamomile, and a variety of other yellow and green flowers.  On other tables glass vases held floral arrangements, cluster of shells with a backdrop of hanging paper cranes.

At the reception party at Columbia City Theater we focused on a few key areas to decorate.  One was making a large wall art piece using more laser cut paper pieces and text the Bride, Frida, designed.  Large paper letters hung on green twine with a quote from one of the couple's favorite songs.  Clustered around the text were paper cranes, hearts and cut paper flowers.

We brought some driftwood, shells and moss to the venue to decorate the welcome table and the gift table.  We made our own little beach settings in large glass hurricane dioramas with sand, shells, and other tiny creatures like seagulls, paper waves and other scenes to add to cocktail tables.  Each was illuminated with a battery powered candle to give it a little flicker.

The take away favor for guests was a very lovely silk-screened poster with a quote from one of the couple's favorite songs.  They made a larger version in place of a guest book that guests signed.

 The couple had three large creamy cakes that we made a topper for the largest three tier cake.  We used two paper cranes, a heart as a nod to the Swedish hearts found through out the space, shells, moss and tiny decorative mushrooms.  The topper was illuminated with battery powered candles so in the low light venue it glowed and flickered.  Edible flowers were also added to the cake in the color scheme.

We had such a lovely time at this wedding by the sea.  Hope you are inspired to have a beach gathering of your own!
We will post more pictures later once we get them from the couple's photographers!  These were just a smattering of images we took to document the gorgeous day.  Stay tuned.

Invitation Design- Frida Clements
All Decor & Floral Design- Crinoline & Tweed
Reception Venue- Columbia City Theater
All photography by Tes de Luna for Crinoline & Tweed

Thursday, May 3, 2012

We hope you loved Linked!

We hope you were able to attend Linked Bridal Fair Sunday April 22nd.

It was a lovely day in Seattle and we were so grateful to the sun for making an appearance!
We wanted to give you a little wrap up on the days events and show you some of our design work for this event.  Crinoline & Tweed co-hosted the event with LUXE Productions & Wedding Design.  Here are some pictures of Crinoline & Tweed's designs for the event-

photo courtesy of Amber French

As guests entered we had a welcome table with cheerful planters including lily of the valley and a bell snow flower.
We hung silver vintage mirrors behind the table to reflect light.

We were lucky to source this gorgeous corner hutch from Vintage Ambiance and filled it with vintage vases and flowers provided by .Marigold & Mint.

For the main room above the vendor tables and stage we handmade giant paper chain links that were suspended out from the center of the ceiling, creating a large paper chandelier effect.   We found the perfect color papers from French Paper for all our projects for Linked in shades of aqua, cherry red, and bright moss green.

We designed a dinner table set up featuring feminine floral plates, etched glassware and custom napkins we made.  The guest favor was a red floral plant nestled in a green glass planter finished off with some moss and a tied ribbon label.

Our place cards were laser cut from our hand drawn flowers and leaves to match the floral motif of the plates.

We also made a shadowbox for the table number using collage floral pieces.  A sweet turquoise cake plate came in handy for stacking vintage cream vases with floral arrangements we designed.  We found some deep red ranunculus and green hydrangeas perfect with our color scheme.  Our rustic farm table was provided by Vintage Ambiance.

Our favorite baker, Rosellini Sweets was kind enough to let us design her dessert table for the event.  Her delicious cakes and tiny cupcakes were lovely to design around!

We found some darling organic cotton fabric with little aqua apples that we couldn't resist creating a runner for the sideboard.  We sourced turquoise vintage dessert plates in the perfect color via etsy.  Sweet rosebud fabric and red fabric with a linked circle motif were the perfect find for our handmade dessert napkins.  We made a large springy floral arrangement with tulips, anemone, and other flowering branches to add more color to the table.   Vintage glassware, glass cake stands, silver, and the gorgeous sideboard provided by Vintage Ambiance.

One of our favorite photographers, Rosemary Wagner, created a photo booth for Linked.  Crinoline & Tweed designed her backdrop scene using birch poles with attached painted branches to frame the scene .  We used our laser cut hand drawn leaves and added them with wire to the branches to give a springy look to the trees.  Fresh flowers and moss peeked out at the bases.  The gorgeous velvet love seat we chose was provided by Vintage Ambiance.

In the front windows of EM Fine Art, our venue for Linked Bridal Fair, we designed two window features.  One had a vintage dress form from Vintage Ambiance wearing a gorgeous silk appliqued dress by Portland designer,  Julia Barbee.  The other window featured Vintage Ambiance's amazing selection of retro suitcases and trunks stacked and accented with cameras and other props.  Our paper chains were hung to create a colorful backdrop for each vignette.

At the exit we used a darling table by Vintage Ambiance.  One of our sweet vintage planters was decked out with bright green moss, tulips, ranunculus, and other springy plants.

We hand made favors for Linked's guests using red striped lolly-pops, aqua ribbon and handmade linked buttons nestled in clear wrapped envelopes.

We also wanted to give a shout out to the many artisan designers, bakers, photographers, jewelers, musicians and everyone that came together to show their many talents at Linked Bridal Fair.

First our co-host for the event-

LUXE Wedding Design- Annette Lefebvre is an event designer with over ten years experience aiding couples with planning, event and wedding design and coordination services.   She started as an officiant so she knows all about making your ceremony meaningful as well as visually beautiful.  Her latest venture is working on french destination weddings, so if you dream of lovely views, weather and wine in France then contact her for more info!

Caterers-  Both our caterers had special tastings featuring items of their new spring menus.
Feed Co-  Delicious locally derived elements focusing on a fresh take on food for events.  

Corson Building-  A lovely venue for events as well as local fresh fare for all your catering needs.

Sweets- They worked hard to deliver a lovely range of sweet treats.

Parfait Organic Ice Cream-  Local, innovative flavors, and handmade cones!  
Ruth-Anne Ford-  Dreamy french pastries, fondant layered cakes, and macaroons.

Rosellini Sweets-  Gorgeous, delicious cakes, cookies and cupcakes you simply have to taste.

Trophy- Fancy cupcakes to liven up any party.

Bar Service- Light and refreshing signature drinks were served up over ice.

Strong Waters-Amazing custom cocktail service.

Fashion- If you aren't looking for the cookie cutter pieces you'd find in most bridal boutiques check out the array of independent designer goods you could see at Linked.

Holly Stalder-  Feminine bridal designs handmade in Portland, Oregon.
Julia Barbee- Reworked vintage pieces and one of a kind accessories.
Violet Magpie-  Feather and floral hair accessories.
Frankie Four- Custom ties for wedding parties.
Duchess Clothier- Simply amazing custom men's suits  because really why should the ladies have all the fun?

Rings and Jewelry- Whether you are looking for an engagement ring to pop the question or jewelry to top off your bridal ensemble check out these two jewelry havens.ngs

Fancy- Handmade and local designer jewels & rings with a storefront in Belltown

Essenza-  Fremont shop with wedding rings, specialty perfumes and other pretty things.

Flowers- Looking for a more natural looking bouquet?  Katherine from Marigold & Mint is perfect for you.

Marigold and Mint- Locally grown flowers, super cute flower shop on Capitol Hill offering bouquets, boutonnieres, and centerpiece flower design for any occasion.

Invitation Designers- The invitation sets the mood for the wedding so check out these two local designers-

The Willows- Innovative  wedding invites and other graphic design needs.
Razi Bhatti- Artistic and modern take on wedding invites with a hand drawn feel.

Music Sets throughout the event by- From accordion to cello these  whimsical performers can really set the tone for a lovely event.
Greg Ruby, Miles & Karina, Beverly Brossmann, and Casey & Matt from Blue 4 Trio!

Photographers- Hey this is how you'll remember your wedding, through the eyes of your photographerCheck out the stunning styles of-

Rosemary Wagner- Rosemary offered a fun photo-booth at Linked but see her gorgeous signature style on her website.
Amber French- Wedding photography with an artful edge.
Many of the photos on this blog post were taken by Amber.

Beauty Services- We had a beauty crew set up to help you come up with a look for your wedding.

Make-up- Jennifer Verador- clean, sophisticated style to make you look like a better version of your already beautiful self.
Hair-Niko Weddle- his nickname is the "Updo Genius!"  Need we say more?
Skin-care- Jason Hill- aids clients with skin-care products to help their skin look it's best.

Rentals- The use of props and furniture can really transform a venue and give it a new life that suits your personal style.

Vintage Ambiance- Huge selection of vintage furniture, silver, tableware, and other props to give your event a more unique retro feel.
ABC Rentals-  Delivering all your rental needs from tables, chairs, specialty tents, and even fun things like a popcorn machine!

EM Fine Art was our venue, so if you are looking for a space for your event give them a ring and see if it may be a good fit for your special day.

We even had a palm reader!  Shauna can help divine the story of your life by reading your hands and the story they have to tell.

To view our vendors work please click on their names to follow the link to their web-pages or contact us at www.crinolineandtweed.com for more info.

Thanks to Amber French for letting us use her lovely photos in addition to photos by Tes de Luna for Crinoline & Tweed.