Friday, August 29, 2014

{Simply Engaged: Tara & Branden}

Another fabulous Simply by Tamara Nicole couple . . .
is getting married TOMORROW!!!

Part of my series:

Simply Engaged


Here's a glimpse into the sweet couple that is
{Tara & Branden}

. . . 

Wedding Date: August 30th 2014
Wedding Location: Kelley Farm in Bonney Lake, WA


{How did you two love birds meet?}
We met while working together at the mall our senior year in high school. We lived over an hour apart from each other so if wasn't for this job who knows if we would have ever met!!


{How did he pop the big question?}
Branden loves to tell this story because I actually turned him down when he first asked. But the story goes something like this (of course depending on who you ask): On December 27th 2012 Branden (looking dashing in suit I must add) walked out of the elevator on the 19th floor of my work carrying a box of chocolate covered strawberries. I knew something was up once he walked straight towards me smiling with that mischievous grin of his. He walked around the reception desk, dropped down to one knee and before he could say one word I said “NOO! Seriously, here?!!”. I asked him to hold his thoughts and wait since it was 2 minutes till my lunch. I didn’t want it to happen at work so about 10 minutes later on our way to lunch, I told him “okay, I’m ready now!!”. And trust me this time I said YES!


{What is your fave date spot/activity?}
We love to go to dinner and a movie, but honestly our favorite spot is right at home. It may sound weird to a lot of people but we are true homebodies and to be right here together couldn’t get any more perfect. We don’t need a fancy dinner or a couple drinks to have a great time together. A home cooked meal, a great tv show and a fun game is all it takes for us.



{What is your fave part about the wedding planning process?}
I know Branden would say test tasting the cake and doughnuts, but for me it would be planning every detail with him. He has been there for every step of the way from the tiniest details for the invitations to picking out the biggest which was our venue. 
I have to say I am the luckiest lady to be marrying such and incredible man!


{Advice for planning a wedding to other couples?}
Take as long as you can and enjoy each moment of the engagement for there is no reason to rush it. 
I mean you’re already planning on spending the rest of your lives together so by taking an extra 6-8 months to plan won't be that much time in the long run. We’ll have been engaged for 18 months on the day we marry and it was the best decision we’ve ever made. We were able to take our time and select each vendor (like Tamara!!) on our own time without having to stress or rush into any decision. It makes things so much easier, trust me! Also don’t worry about what great aunt Betty thinks or wants. This is your day and about the start of your lifelong journey together.



{His faves}
Seahawks
Tara’s baking
Under Armour


{Her faves} 
Baking
Smoosh (our business together)
crafting
decorating
travel


{What first caught your eye?}
The funny thing is I thought Branden was a little weird when we first met. Maybe I was too cool or something at the time but he was also just not my type. He had spikey hair and a mischievous smile. But the night he walked me to my car after work was the night he truly caught my eye. 
He was gentleman, I’d never met anyone so sweet.


{On my wedding day I am most excited about . . . }
The first look, I’m going for tears!! Also being surrounded by so much love and support from our family and friends. Sharing this moment with them is something we both look forward to.



{Fave meal your fiance makes for you?}
When we can we actually like to cook together, but we both love our bbq pork rib nachos and lasagna. YUMMM!


{If we could travel anywhere for our honeymoon w
e would go to . . . }
We’re going to Cancun for our honeymoon and we can’t wait to zipline, parasail and snorkel. We’re very excited about the all-inclusive resort food as well, the wedding will be over so we can indulge a little.

. . . 

I just adore these two, can't believe it's already your wedding day tomorrow!!!

SO happy for you both!

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Friday, August 1, 2014

{Simply Engaged: Surrey & Matt!}

I can't wait to share more of my AMAZING clients and their love stories with you!

as part of my series:

Simply Engaged

I am so lucky!

Here's a glimpse into the lovely couple that is
{Surrey & Matt}
. . . 

Wedding Date: September 13th 2014
Wedding Location: Foss Waterway Seaport in Tacoma


 {How did you two love birds meet?}

"We met at a mutual friend's house whose name is also Matt. My Matt opened the door and pretended to be my friend Matt. I didn't believe him but he insisted so I made him show me his driver's license to prove it  . . . and the rest is history. :)"


{How did he pop the big question?}

"At his dad's house on New Year's Eve 2012. 
It was where we had our first kiss
He had wanted to propose in front of a bonfire to really recreate the moment but he didn't tell anyone what he was doing aside from asking for my parent's permission earlier in the day. Needless to say, his dad vetoed the idea so Matt went with Plan B and tried to propose at the top of the hill while the neighbors were lighting their fireworks. By the time we got to the top, the fireworks had stopped and I immediately wanted to walk back and get out of the rain/cold. Worried that he was going to lose his shot, he stopped me in the driveway and told me how much he loved me and that he had one question for me.....I felt him reaching into his pocket and looked down and saw a ring box. He then asked me to marry him and all I could think to say was, "Seriously?!" 
Of course I said yes immediately after. :) "


{What is your fave date spot/activity?}


We love to eat! 
We love to try new restaurants. John Howie and Umi's are a few of our favorites. 

{What is your fave part about planning your wedding?}


"Trying all the food and desserts!"



{Advice for planning a wedding to other couples?


"Start planning early! 
And try to remember the day is about you as a couple or you'll go crazy trying to please everyone."


{Her Faves}
Cooking
baking
crafting
sparkling wine
glitter
pink
football
reading
dancing
dogs

{His faves}
Hunting
fishing
camping
trucks
football
archery
dogs
driving



{What first caught your eye?}


"Oddly enough Matt wasn't my typical "type" of guy that I went for. He had long hair, tattoos, a total rocker vibe but his personality and fun attitude caught my attention. I'm glad I ended up straying from my norm. :)"


{On my wedding day I am most excited about . . . }


"Finally being able to call Matt my husband!"



{Fave meal your fiance makes for you?}


"Matt loves my stuffed tomatoes! I love when he makes me eggs for breakfast in bed. :)" 


{If we could travel anywhere for our honeymoon we would go to . . .}

"Bali and lay on the beach eating all the food we've missed eating because we've been on this crazy healthy wedding diet and enjoying a few dozen drinks together."


Surrey & Matt I can't wait to help with your BIG DAY!!!
Thanks for sharing with us!
xoxo
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Wednesday, July 30, 2014

{Jackie & Matt's Wedding is Featured on Style Me Pretty!!!}

SO excited to share this!

Ok ok I know I have been MIA, just rocking the weddings every weekend while 8 months preggo now :) Just a little busy, but I will be back soon to share the amazing weddings of 2014!!!

For now, check out this AMAZING wedding featured on 








Photography: Blue Rose Photography | Floral Design: Ravenna Bloom | Wedding Dress: Mori Lee | Cake:Trophy Cupcakes | Ceremony Venue: Golden Gardens Bathhouse | Reception Venue: Golden Gardens Bathhouse | Catering: Pyramid Catering | Hair & Makeup: Yessie Libby | Lighting: Green Light Event Design | DJ: Integral DJ's | Coordination: Simply By Tamara Nicole | Rentals: Vintage Ambiance | String Trio: Puget Sound Strings


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Friday, May 16, 2014

{Parisian Pastel Inspirations}

Happy Friday!!!

I hope you have some exciting, adventurous things planned for this weekend!
(Me? Date night (yay!), a baby shower, a styled Engagement Session, new client meetings, and of course some family time in there!)

Sooo . . . I know it has been forever and a day since I have been consistently blogging! 

I have made some much needed changes in my life schedule, and will (hopefully) no longer be working 80+ hours a week through this pregnancy! SO excited to slow down, enjoy this amazing time in our lives (24 weeks down wooo hooo!), spend these last few months with my husband before we grow as a family, and focus on my AMAZING summer weddings! Non stop weddings begin here in a couple weeks, wahoo!

Anyway so I'm back!

What have I been up to lately? A LOT!
BUT one crazy exciting event was a recent styled shoot we did.  I had a GREAT team and I am SO excited to get the photos back and to share!

For now, here is some of my inspiration for the shoot.

(we used this dress from BHLDN!!!)



















(Now isn't that gorgeous?!)

For the full Pinterest board, and for all links and credits go here

Make your weekend BEAUTIFUL!!!

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Friday, April 11, 2014

{Simply Engaged: Jacqueline & Matt by Blue Rose Photography}

This here is another post in SBTN's series: 

Simply Engaged

Yet another sweet and adorable couple of mine . . . who are so in love!
Here's a little more about the lovely

{Jacqueline & Matt}
. . . 

Wedding Date: June 28th 2014
Wedding Location: Golden Gardens
Photographer: Blue Rose Photography
Hair and Makeup: Yessie Libby Makeup and Hair


{How did you two love birds meet?}

"The two of us met at Kamiak High School in Mukilteo, WA. 
We knew each other from middle school and high school orchestra, but it wasn’t until my senior year and Matt’s junior year that we started really getting to know each other (Matt: She was waaaaaay better than me)
I still remember the fateful day when we were both attending one of our high school’s football games and our eyes met from across a crowd of people 
(we are both rather tall). My best friend looked at me and said, “That Matt is kind of cute”. I agreed, and that evening I “friended” him on MySpace. He struck up a conversation with me, and from then on we wrote back and forth to each other every evening after school. I remember eagerly awaiting his responses in between homework and practicing violin 
(Matt: I always responded eagerly between homework and deciding if I was going to practice violin or not that night or just read a book instead. She was way better at violin).  
After a few weeks of this, and meeting with groups of friends at football games, 
he asked me on a date. Two days before we even had that date, he asked me to “go steady” with him. He utilized the help of my best friend to arrange a locker scavenger hunt, where the final locker held a tape recording of my favorite classical piece and him speaking over it, complete with a rose and chocolates. Two days later we went on our first date 
(Matt: Fifteen points to anyone who can guess which classic 2005 Nicolas Cage film we went to go see.  Hint – it was The Weather Man)
and have never been apart since."


{How did he pop the big question}

"In December 2012, Matt arranged for the two of us to take a trip to Victoria, B.C. to celebrate my 25th birthday. Victoria is where we took our first trip together, so we have fond memories of being there for the holidays. Having already been together for 7 years and having been living together for a few years, it was very difficult for him to be secretive 
(Matt: It was the challenge of a lifetime)
The holidays are such a busy time for us, when we’re traveling across the country trying to catch up with family and friends, and I had my doubts that we could find time amidst all of that. But he insisted (which was the first red flag). The day of my birthday we took the Victoria Clipper up from Seattle, and spent the day exploring. We’re photographers when we’re not doing graduate school work, so we enjoy seeing the sites and finding ways to creatively document our explorations 
(Matt: And keep in mind, I had a big ring box in my pocket through all of this.  So it was more than a little awkward, trying to hide an engagement ring sized lump in my coat pocket)
As we went about our day, I could tell something was up since he was being a little bit quiet. He clearly was thinking hard about something, and I just had that feeling that this was the day! So all day long I kept trying to find ways where the two of us could be secluded from other people –trying to find any opportunity to help make it happen (Matt: Including one awkward moment where we walked into an alcove after I’d temporarily transferred it to a zipped pocket in my camera bag.  There’s no way I was going to wait that long and not be at least a little smoother than fumbling with a zipper)
It wasn’t until the end of the day that we were walking around Buchart Gardens for their holiday lights festival. We stumbled across a cabin that overlooked the main display of lights and when I turned toward him, he was down on one knee."


{What is your fave date spot/activity?}

"Our favorite activity, by far, is photography. It’s just so fun for the both of us to go out and explore new areas. We could go for a hike and not make it very far because we both just start snapping away. I love that we both appreciate the beauty in nature and share a common passion in finding ways to share with others the way we see this beauty. When we’re not out shooting, we enjoy watching movies and shows and snuggling up with our two cats, Lorne and Cosmo. We try to find balance in all things we do, so we’re never bored and always loving life (Matt: Ditto)."


{What is your fave part about the wedding planning process?}

"My favorite part about the wedding planning process has been the inspiration and planning of small details that set the mood and feel of the wedding day, and make the whole day unique to us. I love daydreaming about the way things will all look when they come together, and I have trouble with having too many ideas (Matt: Fortunately I’m always there to offer a non-committal shrug, cause they all sound fine to me)
Additionally, I have really enjoyed making connections with our vendors. We have such an awesome line-up of talented people!"


{Advice for planning a wedding to other couples?}

"I would say to start as early as possible. 
There are lots of things to do, and it’s really important if you want to find the right vendors and make sure they’re available for your day, to book them way in advance. And it’s never too early to look at all the vendor options that are out there and start getting an idea of ones that would work in your style/preference and budget. First up, is the venue. Once you have that and a date set, then everything else can fall into place. So research venues asap, especially if considering a popular time such as during the summer months (particularly August)."


{Her Faves} 

Loves photography
nature
lavender
cloudy days
tall pine trees
our two cats
a good pair of skinny jeans
vanilla lattes
rustic modern d├ęcor


{His Faves} 

Loves photography
chocolate chip cookies
role-playing games
fantasy novels and comics
warm summer nights
the cats
trying new things
Jackie ;)


I mean really could they be any cuter?! 
I am SO honored to be chosen as their wedding coordinator, and CAN'T WAIT to help with their big wedding day.  Oh and to work with an AMAZING team!

XOXO congrats again Jacqueline & Matt!!!

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Friday, April 4, 2014

{Seattle Engagement Session: Kiley & Jason by Meet The Burks}

 This colorful and fun Seattle engagement shoot was submitted to my blog by Heather of Meet The Burks, a talented photography duo based out of North Carolina! 

Their images from Kiley and Jason's engagement session are a perfect showcase of quintessential Seattle! Post Alley, The Space Needle, the Gum Wall, Pike's Place Market . . . check it out!

(oh and I am loving Kiley's red hair, and Jason's tats!)























From the bride Kiley:
"Jason and I met in North Dakota in 2005 after we were set up on a blind date by a mutual friend. We dated for six months before he moved to England for grad school and I came back to the Pacific Northwest—talk about long distance! We made it through, though; in 2009 Jason made the move to Seattle, and we’ve been inseparable ever since.
He proposed on New Year’s Eve in 2011. I was actually making the bed at the time, and when I heard him call my name I just figured he wanted to ask me a question. Little did I know, he was asking THE question! I turned around and he was down on one knee, ring in hand, saying that he didn’t want another year to go by without knowing I would be his wife. It was perfect, and of course I said yes!"

What a sweet story and engagement shoot . . . in the rainy Seattle!

Thank you Heather from Meet the Burks for submitting this to SBTN!

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