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I have to say, I was blown away by the brilliance of this event.  It was classy, relaxed, inspiring and tasteful in all ways imaginable.  Through a lovely wine and whiskey tour (with transportation provided!) guests are shepherded to seven different venues, each with a different theme and a talented team of vendors who together create a the vision of what a real wedding might look like at that venue.  I truly cannot think of a more wonderful way for those planning a wedding to spend an afternoon.

I had the good fortune to be on the team at Willow’s Lodge where Michelle Bernard of Married with Michelle, and a long list of highly talented creatives, brought Feast and Merriment in the Garden to life with elegance and simplicity.

Michelle summed up the day beautifully…

Savory food was all provided by Barking Frog Catering, the amazing restaurant that is part of Willows Lodge. One dish that was a big hit was their Barking Frog signature Grand Marnier prawns.  For those couples wanting a sip of something non-alcoholic, they also provided a coffee and apple cider table outside,. A lovely treat in January even when the sun is shinning.

Pedersens provided the vineyard chairs and table linens – prairie wheat and navy shantung and bistro napkins with navy stripe detailing.

Vintage Ambiance provided the large 8’ wooden custom made farm tables, old white wooden doors as bar tops on wine barrels for the appetizer station and s’mores station, a navy velvet vintage sofa, striped detailed arm chairs and wooden side and coffee tables.

Julie Borrud with Bella Rugosa designed all floral and decor including the chandelier of hand made paper flowers and delicate strung lights, lush floral arrangements with eucalyptus and garden roses, mini pears, antique medicine bottles with spring blooms along the farm table, ceremony decor with delicate greenery, handmade paper florals and a hand sewn burlap fabric swag draping to frame the ceremony arch and the hanging chandelier. She also made the backdrop for the soft seating area with a birch wood arch and gold tulle fabric adorned with a beautiful floral wreath.  She also made the escort card wreath. Wrought iron tutors with candlelight and greenery around the throat of the tutors which flanked the dessert table and ceremony arch. The cake stands and dessert pedestals were also provided by Julie.

Marissa Mead, owner of For the Love of Press designed all stationary with calligraphy font including the hand illustrated and painted map of the Willows Lodge grounds on the large welcome sign on the easel and the event programs that were passed out to guests. The menus and love grows here bride and groom sign also included hand painted gold detailing on the greenery border. The place card tags are craft paper and were tied around the silverware with navy stripe ribbon and a sprig of rosemary. Marissa also created the craft paper leaf cut out escort tags that adorned the escort card wreath that Julie made.

Kathryn Jones, pastry chef and owner of Divine Confections made the amazing cakes and sweets and favors at the table settings. The cakes were butter cream with a peach ombre design. The treats for guests were: Meyer Lemon Tartlets Sweet – shortbread crust with a citrus meyer lemon filling, Raspberry Swirl Cheesecake – New York style cheesecake with raspberry coulis, Salted Caramel Chocolate Cupcakes – Dark Chocolate cupcake drizzled with caramel and sea salt and Walnut-Anise Tea Cookies – Butter Tea cookies infused with anise, walnuts and powdered sugar. The favors at each place setting were lemon-thyme and almond biscotti tied with navy and white bakers twine.

Seattle Parties provided the musical atmosphere using both a DJ and the Haggis Brothers Band who specialize in blue grass and folk.

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An enormous round of applause to the talented team who pulled together Feast and Merriment in the Garden!


Planning and Design: Married with Michelle

Catering: Barking Frog Restaurant

Floral: Bella Rugosa

Rainy Day Accessories: Bella Umbrella

Shuttles: Butler Seattle-Valet, Transportation & Tour Specialists

Sweet Treats: Divine confections

Winery: Efeste

Wedding Films: First Person Pictures

Paper Goods: For the Love of Press

Photo Booth: The Lightning Booth

Vineyard Chairs & Linens: Pedersen’s Rentals

Beauty: Salon Maison

Music: Seattle Parties & The Haggis Brothers

Wedding Attire: The Tuxedo Club Kirkland

Vintage Furnishings: Vintage Ambiance



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