Hadley and Felicia- a chateau wedding

Have you ever had a moment where you actually stopped and pinched yourself to make sure what was happening was actually real life? This wedding was one of those moments for me. Despite the logistical challenges we faced of getting everything (and everyone) over to France, almost missing flights, juggling our two very young (and very jet-lagged) children, and lets not leave out navigating our way through the details of a wedding when you don’t speak the same language as most of your vendors…  despite all of this, I had to pinch myself the day of this wedding, because it truly felt like a dream. It was a dream, and an opportunity of a lifetime that was not lost on me.

Hadley and Felicia communicated their vision to Jamie and myself, and then trusted us to make the magic happen. Felicia is a fashion blogger/ instagramer/ model from Sweden and had exceptional taste so we knew we needed to get the details just right. From the 800 yards of tulle we used to cover the dinner tables to the thousands of stems of flowers… from the foiled hand lettered stationery I hand carried over to France to the wedding cake that my good friends Morgan and Jeremy flew from Seattle to create… this wedding was a labor of love and I’m thrilled to finally share the images.

Planning, Design and Flowers: Sinclair and Moore 

Photography: O’Malley Photographers

Venue: Chateau De Varennes

Stationery: LaHappy

Cake: Midori Balery 

Gown: Vera Wang 

Special thanks to our incredible team that week… Erika, Hally, Breanna, Brie, Lisa, Laeticia, Kalin, Brooke, Erik, Charlie, Chris, Jordan, Austin and Cindy… we couldn’t have pulled this wedding off without all of your commitment and hard work!

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Jessica and Todd

sinclair-and-moore-jess-and-todd-1If I had to pick one wedding from my career that I am most proud of, it would be this wedding. We first came to know this family when we planned a rainbow themed wedding for Jessica’s sister, Hanna, and it was an honor to plan a second celebration for the same family. This is a family we love and deeply respect, and I have no doubt they will be part of our lives forever. I will always appreciate the trust they had for us, and the freedom they gave us to dream big. The mother of the bride, Laurie, once again challenged me to think outside of the box and encouraged the creativity in me to flow freely. I’ll be forever grateful for the experience of working on both weddings with this family.

People always ask me my favorite detail from this wedding, and it is an impossible question to answer as there were so many elements that I loved.  Here are some of my favorite highlights from the day: Gold metallic brushstrokes carried throughout the event from save the date to the petit four favors; custom grey velvet table cloths and aisle runner; 14 foot living trees that are now planted at the families home; that amazing Alexandra Vidal gown; miniature wedding cakes for each guest; custom candy bars with the name of the couple; Pottery Barn chandeliers that arrived the day before the wedding; Casa de Perrin’s beautiful place settings driven up from California, the concrete planters we used as centerpieces; the seven (yes seven) wedding cakes; the lucite chuppah and seating assignment boards and the fact that we pulled off a wedding on top of a roof in downtown Seattle!

We had a staff of 38 people that worked around the clock to pull this wedding off. I’m proud of our team, and proud of ourselves for what we accomplished. I hope you enjoy these images that give you a glimpse into this special day. And make sure to pick up a copy of the current fall issue of Martha Stewart Weddings to see the 10 page spread!

Happy first anniversary Jess and Todd!

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Special thanks to my talented team of designers that came up to help me out with this wedding. I could not have pulled this off without all of your help and the thousands of flower stems each of you touched. Tinge, Oak and the Owl, Reverie Made, Splendor of Eden, Seventh Stem and Finch and Thistle.

Also, extra special thank you to Sally from LaHappy Design for working with me tirelessly on all of the stationery and big picture design ideas for this wedding.

Event planning, design, and flowers, Sinclair & Moore

Reception location, The Great Hall at Union Station

Catering, beverages, bar, mini desserts, chocolate bar, and petits fours favors, Lisa Dupar Catering

Photography, Belathée Photography

Videography, Cabfare Productions

Stationery and calligraphy, La Happy

Cakes and mini cakes, The SweetSide

Reception band, Impulse

MC and reception DJ, Chris Graves

Rentals, Casa de Perrin; Cort Party Rental; Choice Linens; Kevin Bradford Design

Bride’s gown, Alexandra Vidal

Bride’s shoes, Manolo Blahnik

Hair and makeup, Erin Skipley

Matron of honor’s dress, Oscar de la Renta

Flower-girl dresses, Olivia Kate Couture

Groom’s tuxedo, shirt, and pocket square, Lanvin

Lighting, audio, and backline, GreenLight Events

 

 

The Wedding Planners’ Gathering

I am passionate about teaching other people how we do what we do. I’ll never forget how lost I felt when I first started this company. Sometimes I would go to floral shops on Fridays to see if they were working on a wedding, hoping to get a look at their designs and how they prepared for a wedding. Looking back, those women probably thought it was so weird I would come by every week pretending to be shopping for flowers.

This week for Wedding Wednesday, we are showing two parts: I’ve collaged images from a real wedding in addition to including some behind the scenes images in our studio during preparation for the wedding. Hopefully this glimpse into studio production will help to show some of you how we work, how we build our centerpieces and how we set up the studio for efficiency. Pictures are worth more than a thousand words, and many of the studio images will teach you how we operate behind the scenes.

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Sinclair and Moore behind the scenes A 41 Sinclair and Moore behind the scenes A 28 Sinclair and Moore behind the scenes A 29 Sinclair and Moore behind the scenes A 42The Wedding Planners’ Gathering is an online learning opportunity that makes learning affordable. 10 instructors have collaborated to each make a 1 hour video covering a multitude of topics. My video is teaching how we create our lush and organic centerpieces in a compote bowl, much like the centerpieces I created for this wedding.Sinclair and Moore behind the scenes A 30 Sinclair and Moore behind the scenes A 31 Sinclair and Moore behind the scenes A 32 Sinclair and Moore behind the scenes A 33 Sinclair and Moore behind the scenes A 34 Sinclair and Moore behind the scenes A 35 Sinclair and Moore behind the scenes A 36 Sinclair and Moore behind the scenes A 37 Sinclair and Moore behind the scenes A 38If you are interested in learning from 10 talented instructors, and see the video of how I arrange centerpieces definitely make sure to stop by and check out The Wedding Planners’ Gathering. There is currently an early bird discount for the next couple of days, and the online course is being offered at only $249! We are hoping this makes learning affordable, and the workshop experience for accessible for people.

Please feel free to e-mail me or leave a comment if you have any questions at all! Looking forward to teaching some of you through this online course!!

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wedding images:  Erich McVey

studio images: Matthew Land