Kaitlin and Dan- A Seaside Affair

I’ve orchestrated a lot of weddings on waterfront properties, but never before had I created a wedding directly in the sand. I underestimated the challenges of walking through the sand, the power of the wind and just how high the rising tide could come. We took all of these things into consideration while planning, and thought we were prepared for worst case scenarios… but the day of the wedding it stormed more powerfully than anyone anticipated. It was a challenging day to overcome the obstacles that were presented to us, but we prevailed and over-came and produced a wedding we’ll always remember.

This client described her wedding vision to me as vintage Moby Dick, with a side of old Hollywood glamour. Defining what that really meant and the designing the perfect details to bring the vision to life was such a fun task. Looking back, I think the stormy day added to the beautiful ambience and helped to create the perfect finishing touch to this wedding. Things have a way of always working out exactly how they are supposed to go. 

Photography: O’Malley Photographers with a few excerpts from KT Merry shot for Martha Stewart Weddings

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