Friday, October 31, 2008
Thursday, October 30, 2008
photo of Hotel Monaco
I'm off to the East Coast next week for a wedding, but not just any wedding...it's my brother's! The wedding will be held at The Athenaeum in Old Town, Alexandria, VA. This building is full of such history, as much of Old Town is. It was built in 1851 and has such a romantic feel to it. The reception will be held at this fun chic hotel in Old Town called Hotel Monaco. Misty, the bride-to-be has amazing taste and has been planning this beautiful fall wedding for months...I can't wait to post all the fun little details.
photo of the Bride & Groom by openField.
Wednesday, October 29, 2008
These islands are near and dear to my heart since this is where I grew up. Every Spring and all the way through Fall the islands are busy, busy, busy with weddings! If you're from the Northwest you have probably been there for a wedding or at least a little vacation...if not pack your bags and make the trip. It's an amazing place to visit and a spectacular location for a dream wedding. Here are a few of my top picks.
Friday Harbor House, San Juan Island, WA
Roche Harbor Resort, San Juan Island, WA
Lakedale Resort, San Juan Island,WA
The Orcas Hotel, Orcas Island, WA
Rosario Resort, Orcas Island, WA
Inn at Ships Bay, Orcas Island,WA
Tuesday, October 21, 2008
Shalyce & Ian had a beautiful wedding at Juntunen Farm & Gardens in Mount Vernon, WA this past September. Not only is Juntunen Farm one of Creative Celebrations Premier Venues, but Shalyce is the daughter to Colleen Smiley, the owner of Creative Celebrations. With that said, you knew everything was going to be perfect down to the last little detail for Shalyce and Ian's big day, as Creative Celebrations does with all our events. Rose Briar did such a fun and romantic job with the flowers and Michèle M. Waite did an amazing job on the photography. She has such a great eye and is one of our favorite photographers to work with.
All photos courtesy of Michèle M. Waite
Monday, October 20, 2008
"Today's post is from Christina Demarco and she unveils the bridal fashion trends for 2009. It's time to say good-bye to A-line wedding gowns. 2009 brings new looks in bridal wear and Cristina DeMarco (Vice President and General Manager of Bridal Reflections in New York) shares with us what's hot in bridal styles that will suite even the most fashion forward and traditional brides."
1. Cap Sleeves: Keeping your shoulders covered may be favorable in some churches but it is also stylish, sophisticated, and sexy. "Cap sleeves show off a lot of skin while simultaneously keeping a sense of mystery by covering your shoulders," states DeMarco. Look for St. Pucchi for the best in this trend.
2. Soft-Ware: You'll see less and less bold hardware and beading on the gowns because the latest looks keep treatments subdued. "You'll see lots of delicate beading this year," she says. Gowns will still have intricate treatments but with a rich, fine look. Look for Ines Di Santo for the best in this trend.
3. Rich Fabric: It's all about the fabric this season from rich taffeta and delicate lace, to heavy silk. Choosing your fabric is just as important as the style and cut because it really brings your whole look together.
4. Cut: Sexy, low-cut backs are making their way down the aisle as are V-neck cuts in the front. "More and more brides are moving away from the strapless, A-line gown. Styles are evolving to help brides show off their best assets, whether that it their arms, neck, or back." Look for Ramona Keveza for the best in this trend.
Thank you Christina for sharing these trends with us.
Juntunen Farm & Gardens is a 51-acre wholesale tree farm with 9 acres of beautifully landscaped gardens. The gardens have received recognition in national magazines, books and many local publications. Styles range from simple, cottage gardens to more formal, European-inspired design. Located just 60 miles north of Seattle, the gardens are a wonderful escape from the big city and an enchanting surprise within a country setting.
Though open to the landscape trade by appointment only, Rod and Mari Juntunen open the gardens a few times a year for fundraising events. Opportunities to host your own cocktail or dinner party are offered through auction at local charities.
For a rare and unique opportunity to book a wedding, special occasion or corporate retreat, the Juntunens have enlisted the exclusive services of Creative Celebrations.
Saturday, October 18, 2008
The 2008 Haggen Awards Banquet was such a success; with over 500 guest attending we made sure every detail was taken care of. The event was held at The Edward D. Hansen Conference Center in Everett, WA. They went with an Asian menu this year so we went with a red and black color scheme and had amazing centerpieces, designed by Haggen. We want to Thank Haggen Food & Pharmacy for having us be apart of their 2008 Awards Banquet.
Erica Butler – bride, Mount Vernon
“Colleen and Creative Celebrations rock! No stone left unturned, and a pleasure to work with.”
Mike Blade – Blade Chevrolet, Major Event Sponsor
“Creative Celebrations has been coordinating various corporate events for us since 1996, from our annual awards banquet with 400+ guests to new store grand openings for entire communities. Their dedication to perfection, creativity in design and helpful insights into the behind the scenes of these large events have made them stress free for our staff and a joy for our guests.”
Lisa Hill – Human Resources Coordinator, Haggen, Inc.
“Creative Celebrations has been a vital and energetic source of information for us; they have provided us with a timeline for success in what we were trying to accomplish. Melissa and Colleen have the utmost of integrity, patience and energy! Moreover they are highly organized and actually turned our pressure into fun.”
Lisette Mast – Skagit Symphony, Skagit Performing Arts Council
“I was extremely happy with all the vendors and feel blessed to have had such a great team on my wedding day. As I said on the phone, you both were great and I couldn't have done it so well without you - I was truly able to just enjoy the day and our guests! Thank you, thank you!”
Shellie (Sever) Fredrich – bride
“Thanks again for taking charge of our varied events on short notice and for making them each a tremendous success. We are so busy that we have not had the time to give you much direction. Yet you somehow always figure out what we need and have made each event a class act. That reflects well on us and we appreciate it!”
Peter Buck – on behalf of Haggen, Inc.
“Creative Celebrations receives our highest recommendation – the groom was in Atlanta, the bride in New York, and her parents in Ohio. Their wonderful staff coordinated accommodations, sites, food and beverages, flowers, cake, tuxes, the rehearsal cruise and a myriad of other details, all with unfailing grace and patience.”
Jim & Sharon Lockett – parents of the groom, Camano Island.
Friday, October 17, 2008
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Whether it is a large, lavish affair or a small, intimate gathering, your wedding will be a beautiful, effortless and fun occasion that you will never forget.
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We would love the opportunity to help you plan your upcoming holiday party, conference, awards banquet, golf tournament or company retreat and relieve you of the un-needed stress, frustration, and confusion that often comes with planning a large company event.