WithinSodo, Seattle | Local DIY Winter Inspiration Shoot | Part 1

We have been wanting to share this shoot for a while (Seattle Bride had dibs on it first), so we are beyond excited to show it to you now. Styled shoots (faux-weddings with models) are kind of a popular thing on blogs lately, and we weren’t sure initially how we felt about them. The idea is to show off the talents of awesome vendors and give couples in the planning process “inspiration.” It seems styled shoots have almost become mini editorial photo-shoots that are fun and pretty, but are fairly impractical for a modern/budget/real bride. It also seems a lot of elements are “in” right now, and most of the shoots seem to happen in locations brides we work with would not be able to use (such a a random field). So, we wanted to try to stay current and realistic without reproducing those go-to style items. Our goal was to make the wedding practical. This is a wedding that could exist in some form or another- for real. Many DIY elements were involved, an array of budget-friendly ideas, and items you could actually have if you wanted them. And all LOCAL!

The Inspiration: Our concept started with the idea of a modern “winter wedding” that featured touches of the holidays in a unique way. This can be seen in gold trim napkins folded and wrapped like presents in twine, clear filled-ornaments, touches of gold leaves and glitter, the illusion of “snow” through doilies and confetti, a beautiful white dessert table, and a special warm treat for the favors (among other details). The colors were primarily white with gold trim, and dashes of red berries.  We also used blue/green hues for contrast here and there, to keep things fresh and “cold”.  We loved the idea of hanging things from tree branches at outdoor receptions and wanted to recreate that idea indoors. We did so by dangling hand-sewn materials from pieces of wood, including scraps, doilies, ribbon, twine and gold sprayed flowers.

The Vendors: We used more vendors than you may see in a lot of styled shoots and we would personally recommend each one (see the bottom of the page for more info.). We are so grateful to all of the vendors, especially Brian for allowing us to shoot at WithinSodo and those who spent extra time creating and acquiring custom pieces for the shoot. Every vendor involved was local and available in, and around, the Seattle area. Many of them also travel or ship their items. More importantly, these are talented people who are kind and fun to work with. Though it was a styled shoot, the day felt very festive and was filled with genuine laughter. Also, a special thanks to our beautiful models (seriously… aren’t they stunning?) for making our “wedding” a success.  Part II images will be posted soon.


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VENDORS (and kind words):

-Photography: JayLee Photography
-Concept, Styling & Coordination: Ali Daniels

-Venue: WithinSoDo
(Brian manages the venue and is so easy to work with. This space is beautiful, unique, versatile and we are actually shooting a wedding there -with a ‘real’ bride and groom- next summer!)

-Floral Design, Linens, & Bridesmaid Accessories: Monday’s Flowers

(We have worked with the lovely Ashley quite a bit, and will continue to. She is beyond creative and offers fresh, natural florals and other fun accessories.)

-Vintage Furniture & Accessories: Vintage Ambiance

(Beckie offers an invaluable service- She rents out a treasure trove of vintage furniture and accessories for weddings and events, and you will not believe how wonderful she is to work with.)

-Dessert Table: Jenny Cookies
(Jenny has a ton of experience creating dessert tables and is full of ideas. She took on our project with enthusiasm and everyone from the shoot is still raving about her melt-in-your-mouth desserts.)

-Invitation Design: The Pike Street Press 
(Sean has the coolest new shop in Seattle with an antique letterpress, local letterpress artists, and beautiful embossed wedding invite options. He has passion for his work and it shows.)

-Rings: Sarah Hood Jewelry
(Sarah is a metalsmith and jewelry artist. Her work is based on natural, botanical designs that are truly one-of-a-kind. Not to mention, you won’t get this kind of service in a traditional ring store!)

-Bridal Hair Accessories: Serephine
(Erin’s amazing hair pieces have been featured all over, including Oregon Bride Magazine. She comes out with new pieces seasonally and you can’t help but smile when you talk to her.)

-Bride’s Necklace: Irene Wood
(Not only does Irene make fantastic statement-jewelry, but she has a studio filled with gorgeous paintings. The Bride’s necklace was such a find, and would work well with so many dresses.)

-Hair & Makeup: Kat Green Events 
(Kat did my hair/makeup at our wedding and we have worked with her a lot. She exudes kindness and calms brides in seconds. Not to mention she transforms mere mortals into Goddesses!)

-Dresses: Wai-Ching
(Chrissy’s studio is a site to see on it’s own. You won’t find bridal gowns like this anywhere! Made with hand-dyed silk, these dresses are vibrant, detailed, well-fitting and truly extraordinary.)

-Men’s Suits: Trillium Custom Tailor
(Nicole at Trillium creates modern, custom tailored designs for men. Women get fancy dresses, so why can’t the men get something special too? Check out her stunning shop in Bellevue.)

-Bride Model: Mandie Mae
-Bridesmaid Model: Carly Brunkhorst
-Groom Model: Kyle Colbath
-Groomsman Model: Justin Roisom

(Thank you to all of our Models for your professionalism, flexibility, hilarity, and dedication to this project!)

Posted in: Events, Fashion, Portraits, Styled Shoot, Vendors, Weddings

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  1. Posted November 1, 2011 at 9:53 pm | Permalink

    Wow!! I want to get married again – this looks like the perfect fairy tale- beautiful and elegant!

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