Five Thousand Cranes and a Yurt Village

I’ll always remember the cold November day that we flew to an island in the Pacific Northwest for a site visit with our clients to examine the property where their weekend wedding would be held. Outwardly I was calm, collected and positive… internally I was overwhelmed. The property was beautiful, the cliffs overlooking the water were breathtaking… but essentially what we faced was an un-level, vast open field with no running water to tap into and no electricity to pull from. Add on top of that the concern that the island where the wedding would be hosted did not have enough lodging to accommodate all of the guests for the long weekend. If that wasn’t enough to process and work through, the clients then asked us to create a wedding that combined their love of aviation, adventure, literature, the out doors, Lord of the Rings and Narnia. They wanted an “other-worldy” ethereal experience that was classy and elegant and not cheesy.

Needless to say there was a lot to take in and a lot to figure out… and only nine and a half months remaining before the wedding.

We rose to the challenge and created a wedding that I would define as one of the highlights of my career. We problem solved the lodging shortage by building out and hosting an entire village of yurts. I completely re-designed and flipped the original concept of the reception design just a week before the wedding when a rental company did not have the additional chairs to accommodate the unexpected increased guest count. We folded five thousand paper cranes when the ones I ordered arrived the week of the wedding completely unusable. Every single detail was intentionally curated with purpose and then thoughtfully meticulously executed.

While this was one of the most challenging weddings I’ve ever produced in my entire career, the challenges made me feel so creatively alive in a way that I hadn’t felt in a long time. The project was such an honor and joy to be a part of, and I’ll remember this celebration for the rest of my life.

The most special part of this entire wedding was who we created it for. The bride and groom are two of the most kind, generous, gracious, thoughtful and trusting humans I have ever met and have had the gift of working together with. Their belief in our ability, their willingness to listen to us and let us guide them, their trust in our process and the design vision I presented, and the freedom they gave me to just create was the true magic in this process and what yielded the results that follow.

And, although I’ve already written too much… I would be very remiss not to mention my incredible team and the all- star cast of vendors, without whom none of this would have been possible. In addition to producing three incredible events throughout the weekend, we essentially produced and ran a hotel on property. I asked a lot out of my team and vendors that week and they completely delivered at the highest level, working around the clock to make magic. I’m eternally grateful.

If you want to see all the behind the scenes of how this wedding came together, be sure to watch all of the highlights from Instagram! 

 

To see the video highlights of the day, created by Kindly, you can click here.

Photography: Kristen Marie Parker

Planning, Design and Flowers: Sinclair and Moore 

Catering: Deru Market

Cake: Midori Bakery

Yurts: Under Canvas

Marquis and rentals: Cort Party Rentals

Lighting: LightSmiths

Specialty Rentals: Urban Parlour

Place Settings: Casa De Perrin 

Linens: La Tavola 

Stationery: Grey and Cake

Welcome Boxes: Marigold and Grey

 

 

 

 

This is Forty

We celebrated my fortieth birthday with a small and intimate dinner party for twenty-two of our closest friends. It was a night that combined all of my favorite things: we wore bow ties, ate burgers, sipped champagne, cut into six of the best cakes ever baked, enjoyed intentional conversations and laughed the night away. Did I mention that Jamie surprised me with a gospel choir that serenaded me… for what felt like an extended period of time? Even my kids got to be part of the night and were there at the beginning to help me blow my candles out! I wanted this party to be more than just about my birthday… I wanted it to be a night to celebrate meaningful friendships and a way to say thank you to the people who have had the biggest impact on my life over the last decade. I wrote letters to each guest and had the opportunity to go around the table and tell each person what they meant to me and the significance they have played in my life. It was a beautiful evening that I will never forget.

If I learned anything over the last ten years, it is that ANYTHING is possible. My thirties were a decade of significant changes and growth for me. I met Jamie, fell in love and asked her to be my wife. We got married and Jamie joined my business. We renamed Steven Moore Designs to Sinclair & Moore and made it our business. We relocated to Seattle, made a baby, bought a house and then made two more babies. I went from planning and designing small local weddings to creating weddings all over the world, working with clients and companies that I use to only dream of working with. I’ve had good years. I’ve had bad years. I’ve taken risks, made mistakes, grown from challenges and continued to dream for big things. I’ve had to learn all kinds of new roles…including how to be a good husband, father and boss to the employees in our company. My faith has increased and I’ve seen mountains move before me. I’ve met some of the greatest humans I’ve ever known and cultivated intentional friendships I know I’ll walk the rest of my life with.

I started my thirties alone, and I closed out the decade with a full house, a full life and a full heart. ANYTHING is possible… ANYTHING can come to fruition.

As we start a new year and a new decade, my heart is full and my mind is racing. My heart is full of gratitude for what has already come to pass and the blessings that surround me every day. Simultaneously, my mind is racing with the possibilities that lie ahead and await me in the years to come. I feel consumed with answering the probing question in my mind… “what if….?” There are exciting changes on the horizon, including some that will require a huge leap of faith. While nervous and anxious at times, I’ve learned not to live in fear of the future. Instead I eagerly await the peeks and valleys that lie ahead, being stretched into something new, the lessons that will be learned and the relationships I get to walk through these next years with.

I think my forties and the twenty-twenties might be the best decade yet and I am truly believing that the best is yet to come. Lets do this!

To see behind the scenes video of putting this event together, and hear the gospel choir singing you can view my archived instagram stories here!

So grateful to all of my friends and vendors who contributed to making this such a special celebration:

photography: Kristen,  Kristen Marie Photography

venue: Canlis  (Thank you for indulging my request to go outside of your norm and creating the perfect craft burger for us to enjoy!)

hotel: Fairmont Olympic  (thank you Andrew for spoiling our family and taking such good care of us)

cake collection: Chef Jamie, Deru Market 

monogrammed cake: Morgan, Midori Bakery

flowers: Gracie and Ryan, Grace Rose Farms 

stationery: Ashley, Floraison Design Co

calligraphy: Chantelle, Bespoke Strokes

attire: Nordstrom – and a shout out to Donita, an amazing personal stylist at the Flagship in Downtown Seattle. I can not say enough good things about Donita and her attention to detail and the level of care in everything she does!

 

Wellsley’s First Christmas

Christmas came and went in a blink of an eye! This year felt extra special with it being Wellsley’s first Christmas! We decked the halls, baked cookies, decorated gingerbread houses and did all the things that have become rich traditions in our home for the holidays.

From our family to yours, Merry (be-lated) Christmas, and Happy New Year! We hope your days have been filled with the magic of the season.

photographer: Kristen Honeycutt Photo