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Two of the most beautiful  people (inside and out) that I have ever met fell in love, decided to get married, and called me….. And I am soooo grateful! Though they met on the east coast, Nancy was a Seattle girl who spent every summer on Bainbridge Island with the same friends and families throughout her childhood and in to adulthood. It wasn’t long before Matt was inducted in to that same community as an honorary family member, and it was inevitable that they would one day make that title official. They were married on the edge of Puget Sound beneath the hill where the family home had stood for generations. Only a few months before the wedding, the century-old homestead burned to the ground in a tragic fire, and from the ashes, the tightly-knit neighborhood raised a breathtaking and poignant community-wide celebration of the couple and new beginnings. The event was a perfect marriage of old and new, friends and family, romance and fun, fire-pits and fireworks, and the most epic dance party I’ve ever witnessed (200 + people, ages 9 to 90, all crammed on a dance-floor from sundown to midnight!)

I felt so honored to be brought in to such a loving event along with a stellar team including the likes of Sergio Mottola Photography, Melanie Benson Floral, Blackbird Bakery, Ravishing Radish Catering, The Tallboys, Austin Beaver, and A Kurant Event.

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Though Genevieve and Derek have relocated to LA, they met here in Seattle, fell in love, and decided to return to celebrate their wedding day in total Northwest style with a little bit of glam, a little bit of romance, and a little bit of eclectic funk! The day began with a touching ceremony in Kubota Gardens paired with a live Dixieland Jazz band and a classic car getaway, then segued in to a heartfelt gathering at the ever-quirky Urban Light Studios, and finally morphed in to a full-on dance-party complete with dancefloor injuries (minor!) and shoeless bridesmaids. Key players that made the day super blog-worthy and (hopefully super memorable for the super-model couple): Finch & Thistle, Jenny Jimenez Photography, Market Street Dixieland Jass Band, Shooby Doo Catering, Tallant House Bakery and yours truly: A Kurant Event!

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I fell in love with Katie and Jeff: two super-cool (CUTE), sports-loving, beer-drinking, fun-having kids that wanted to celebrate their big day in a big Seattle way. Being Seattle University graduates (it’s where they met, of course) and downtown dwellers, they wanted to bring friends and family in to see the awesome urban environment our city has to offer – and where better than St. Ignatius (on the SU Campus, of course) and the mod and clean Pravda on Capitol Hill? Seattle skylines, bold and clean colors, delicious Northwest comfort food and late-night PB&J Uncrustables  (Jeff’s fave), a photo-booth in a freight elevator, and beer drinking celebrations?… YES please!!

Who helped make it beautiful and awesome? Jenn Repp Photography,  Floret Flowers, Wyatt Ink, Ravishing Radish Catering, The Sound Factory, St. Ignatius, and of course, A Kurant Event!

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I met Cat and John and immediately fell in love with their personal style and the way the interacted with one another: with super-dry humor, easy compromise, and lots of love. They had a wonderful concept of integrating John’s Santa Barbara roots and Cat’s love of awesome food into an intimate Pacific Northwest soiree for their closest friends and family. The Corson Building was a beautiful place to celebrate just such an event! Nestled besides the grit and grunge of Georgetown, the train whistles and the breweries, is a secret garden oasis that boasts some of the best local fare you’re going to savor in Seattle. Amidst their many personal touches (John, a graphic designer, created all of their awesome printed materials… they baked a homemade Chocolate Banana Cake from scratch… they brought a bunch of Fiesta Eggs from down in SB all the way to the Emerald City… and, they lovingly incorporated hand-written sentiments on each place-card) guests were regaled with lovely food and drink and amazing company all evening.
Many thanks to the awesome pros for their contribution to this lovely evening: Christopher Flowers, Kristen Marie Photography, The Corson Building, Molly Moon’s Ice Cream, Harold Belskus on Guitar and a real live Mariachi band (plus A Kurant Event)! This was one Pacific Northwest Fiesta to remember.

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ImageHonoring your friends and family by allowing them to honor the two of YOU is an important and long-standing tradition in weddings. Asking your bridal party, family members, or friends to offer a toast at your wedding is a weighty request, wrought with responsibility and (let’s be honest) a bit of fearfulness for both the “toast-ee” and the “toaster”. We’ve all been to weddings where the Best Man goes on for 20 minutes about fraternity shenanigans gone by and never once mentions the newlyweds’ recent nuptials, or the Maid of Honor who can’t stop regaling the crowd with anecdotes of two best friends planning their wedding at age 5 and turns those sweet rememberings in to a self-centered monologue about the trials of begin a 28 year old spinster as her best friend takes the plunge in to marriage and leaves her behind. It’s uncomfortable for everyone, especially the bride and groom, when toasts induce cringes or yawns rather than happy tears and smiles. Many of these blundering speeches arise from toasters who are not properly prepared (and often, therefore, scared of the whole idea!). Fear not! Below, I have provided a fool-proof outline for friends and family toasters alike!

 

Bridal Party/Friends: 2 to 4 minutes 
  • Introduction: Tell everyone who you are why you were chosen to be in the wedding/how you know the bride or groom, a joke or short anecdote is appropriate here too (:30 to 1 minute)
  • Body: This is where you go into further detail about your relationship with the bride and groom along with a funny anecdote or kind words about how awesome the bride or groom is. Remember, it is OK to tell a funny story, however it is not OK to inappropriately embarrass the bride or groom or go on and on about inside jokes that nobody will understand but you and the person you are toasting to. (1 min)
  • Conclusion: Segue in to how you know the other half of the couple, chat about how great a couple the newlyweds have made, or how they complete each other, or some other kind words about how great it is they’re married now, add any parting words of advise (funny or wise) Then toast to them! (1 min to 1:30 mins)
For Father of the Bride, or any other parent toasting, 3 to 5 minutes (ok, we’ll allow up to 6, but no more!)

  • Welcoming and thanking guests (:30 to 1 minute)
  • Discuss your son/daughter as you’ve known him/her all their life, and what it means to be here with them today (short anecdotes about childhood or meeting their partner that is now their spouse for the first time work well here) (1:30 mins) 
  • Praise the new couple (usually commenting on how happy they make each other, how well they work together, the positive things about them marrying, etc.) (1:30 mins)
  • This leads in to welcoming the Grooms/Brides  family in to yours (:30 to 1 min)
  • The majority of the rest of the speech is geared toward the couple and any advice and well wishes you want to bestow upon them today (love, well-wishes, advice, praise, etc.) (1 to 1:30 mins)
  • Finally, raise your glass to the couple!  

Open House: Tyee Yacht Club

Thanks to Ravishing Radish and Bash & Bloom for a gorgeous night out at the Tyee Yacht Club!

I met Emily and John back in 2010 (while they were still in the early stages of planning their July 2011 wedding) for an “a la carte” meeting to help get the gears turning and do some budget planning. Happily, later down the road, they decided to bring in A Kurant Event to help with all the day-of details! We were so thrilled to be a part of their wedding day! The late summer season in Seattle made for iffy weather, but in a great venue like Georgetown Ballroom you’re safe inside or able to wander out to the patio whenever the clouds part! The heartwarming ceremony, officiated by a family friend, had guests chuckling and tearing up at the same time – my favorite kind of ceremony! To reflect their love of travel and good books, their favorite nic-nacs adorned their altar in their own bookcases, little hints of the couples personality were tucked in all the nooks and crannies at the venue as well!

Thanks to the uber-awesome Sergio Mottola for sharing these fun images from their wedding day!