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One of the BEST parts of the holiday season is gathering with loved ones. But with all the craziness this time of year, it can be hard to plan something thoughtful. That’s why I’m sharing 8 holiday party ideas to help you create a memorable and eco-conscious gathering. There are so many easy swaps you […]

December 15, 2023

8 Holiday Party Ideas for a Sustainable (yet Elevated) Gathering

Seattle holiday party at home

Parties & Entertaining

We had the best time working with Joanna and Ty to plan their outdoorsy Wellspring Spa wedding this summer. Located in the foothills of Mt. Rainier National Park, Wellspring Spa is the perfect spot to create a wedding that celebrates the natural beauty of the area. That’s exactly what Joanna and Ty wanted to do! […]

September 8, 2023

Wellspring Spa Wedding at Mt. Rainier


No matter how organized you are, wedding days are always a little bit bananas. There’s so much excitement when you wake up on your wedding day. It’s easy for things to get forgotten in the shuffle of getting ready and getting out the door! In order to make your life a little easier, we suggest […]

July 24, 2023

Wedding Day Checklist: 10 things NOT to Forget on Your Wedding Day

Wedding Planning

We absolutely loved working with Meg and Davis on their springtime wedding at Metropolist in Seattle. It was an amazing team of vendors who came together to create a special celebration for the sweetest couple. From the beginning, Meg and Davis knew they wanted to do things a little differently for their wedding day. We […]

July 20, 2023

Spring Metropolist Wedding in Seattle


An elopement planner probably isn’t the first vendor that comes to mind when you start planning your elopement. But somewhere along the way, you might find yourself asking, “Do I need an elopement planner?” My super insightful answer to that is: maybe! Elopement planners can take a lot of the logistics and not-fun parts of […]

June 28, 2023

Elopement Planner: Do I Need One?


Last fall I worked with some awesome wedding professionals to create a sustainable wedding shoot at the Kingston House venue. Sustainability has always been a core value in my business. So much so that I co-founded a sustainable wedding initiative here in the Pacific Northwest called Emerald Hour! Emerald Hour organized this shoot to bring […]

May 11, 2023

Sustainable Wedding Inspiration at Kingston House

Green Events

If you’re considering an Olympic National Park elopement, look no further for some ideas and inspiration to get you started. I think the Olympic Peninsula is one of the most magical areas in the Pacific Northwest. I’ve had the joy of seeing so many couples, friends, and family members fall absolutely in love with this […]

April 26, 2023

Olympic National Park Elopement Inspiration


Nicole and Adam. Where to begin with these two? They were one of the first couples I started working with all the way back in 2020, but due to the craziness of COVID, they decided to plan their wedding for 2022. Their gorgeous Leavenworth wedding was definitely worth the wait! Nicole and Adam have a […]

March 27, 2023

Summer Leavenworth Wedding at Tierra Retreat Center

Wedding Planning

If you’re here, it probably means that the magic of Washington State is calling to you and shouting, “come elope here!” I’m not surprised! For couples that share a deep appreciation of nature and the outdoors, the Evergreen State is a truly special place to celebrate your love story. But I also know it can […]

March 17, 2023

8 Tips for a Successful Washington State Elopement


If you’re reading this, there’s a good chance you’re planning your wedding. I’m probably not the first to congratulate you, but I’ll do it anyway. Congrats! What an exciting time for you and your partner as you get ready to take the next step in your journey together.  There’s just one fun little hurdle between […]

December 31, 2021

How to Start Planning your Wedding: 10 Questions to Answer First

Wedding Planning

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