Vintage Seaside Loveliness

Firstly sorry for my usual huge lack of posts today, I had a somewhat crazy day at my day job – hence less time for blogging.  How very inconsiderate of my work to make me actually do work and not blogging!  Anyway I will most defiantly be catching up this evening, atarting right now with another little gem from Michele M. Waite.

Lyndsey & Matt had a gorgeous vintage style wedding in Blaine, WA complete with lovely vintage touches throughout including the glassware, seashells, table decor, old bikes which all came from the Bride’s store Penny Lane Vintage.

Credit: Michele M. Waite

A Homespun Wedding

I am hoping to feature a few of Michele Waite’s weddings in the not to distant future, starting with this one.  I asked the Bride Danielle if she could help me with some details about their day and boy, what a response..this will make you happy!
Danielle explains:

I had my dress made – Chrissy Wai-Ching made it. She is a custom clothing designer and maker in Seattle – and was kind enough to allow me to collaborate with her on the design. (I am an architect, by training, and life-long hobby-seamstress) So she kindly tolerated my need to participate, but, is extremely talented all by herself.

My sister was my ‘bridesmaid’ – (also had dress made by Chrissy) and mostly helped me get through it all – But, wasn’t a traditional bridemaid… Those duties were shared amongst my friends and her.

Our wedding was special because we decided to buy a house for it. (HA) Literally, we spent months trying to decide where to have it… all around the Puget Sound region. But, ultimately decided the most important thing was the ‘place,’ the most symbolic part was that we wanted to cement our partnership on our own land, our own terms. Deepen our commitment through the experimentation of building a home together and ‘christen’ that place with the celebration of our marriage. (we are both architects) So, the house became our focal point for months after we closed. The date was set 6 months after we got the keys – and we worked our tails off with tons of help from our family and friends.

Eventually it evolved from being about us and our land, house and experimenting to the tremendous community effort to prepare for the event. We had a constant stream of visitors ready to jackhammer, cut boards, roll sod, install railings, build decks, tents and paint decorations. It was a machine of enginuity and REALLY fun.

What makes me a rocknroll bride? I don’t really know the answer to that. I did it my own way? I threw away the guide books and said there is something more than this? We made virtually every piece? We chose local artists and craftspeople to help us? Our caterer is an eccentric italian who happens to make the best food many of us had ever eaten at a wedding? We danced to good ole R and B hits on top of the tattoo heart with swallows saying LOVE, painted on to our deck? I didn’t have to put myself on a diet because I was too busy building my ass off for 6 months?

Hurrah to that I say!

Credit: Michele M. Waite Photography

Til Death Us Do Part

With this being the theme of Athena & Aaron’s wedding, where better to have their engagement shoot than in a graveyard? I am loving Athena’s tattoos, fishnets and gorgeous ruby ring… And a man with purple hair? well that’s my kinda guy!

Credit: Beki Dawn Photography

If The Occasion Calls

Rima Darwash of Occasion Photography (UK woohoo!) sent these gorgeous engagements my way.  Aren’t they the cutest? I am now loving all the engagements I’m being sent, there was a time when I was over-run with them, but seeing ones like this makes it all better!

Credit: Occasion Photography

A Fusion Of Colour

I am dying to go to an Indian wedding one day, all the colour and drama..I love it! So when I found this Indian/Mexican wedding I know it’d be a good one!  Both cultures bring such a sense of their own tradition to this wedding, from the Bride’s awesome custom dress (Namrita had a piece of her Mother’s gold and fuchsia wedding sari sown into the side of her one-of-a-kind gown) to the Mexican-inspired wrought-iron canopy over the dance floor.
This is a truly unique wedding and I love it!

Namrita’s dress was designed and customised by Renella De Fina and the wedding was coordinated by Oh How Charming.