DIY Wedding Favor Idea: Peppermint & Eucalyptus Sugar Scrub Recipe

This Peppermint & Eucalyptus Sugar Scrub is totally one of those multi-purpose gifts!

  • A wedding favor your guests will be fighting over and/or hoarding.

  • Great christmas gift for your mother in law, new sister in law or bridesmaids!

Speaking of christmas— it’s less than a week away! EEK! My guess is, you’re probably feeling like:

  • I’ve over spent and I still need to buy my mother in law something.

  • I really wanted to make something for my bestie but I am crafting-challenged.

  • I’ve finished all my christmas shopping and I would love to do a DIY project!

Let me help! scroll down for the recipe. <3

DIY christmas gift sugar scrub

A quick & easy tutorial on how to make

Peppermint & Eucalyptus Sugar Scrub

What you’ll need:

♡1.5 cups of organic sugar

♡ 1/2 cup of coconut oil

♡ 1/3 cup of organic honey

♡ 6 drops of Peppermint Essential Oil

♡ 6 drops of Eucalyptus Essential Oil

♡Flip top mason jar

♡ Ribbons & Fresh Greenery (optional)


Melt to coconut oil and then combine all ingredients. Stir until combined. Transfer your yummy concoction to a small mason jar & embellish with ribbons or fresh greenery. Your new sugar scrub will keep for 3 months in the shower.

Behind the Scenes with B. Jones

Behind the Scenes with B. Jones

I get asked A LOT:

"what kind of crazy shit have you seen happen on a wedding day?!"

Well, I usually don't 'kiss & tell' per say when it comes to my couples weddings since their privacy is paramount to me. HOWEVER -- i will gladly share the crazy shit that happens to me.

side note: I feel like it needs clarifying that I don't kiss anyone one while I'm working...other than my husband.

Tips and Tricks on the Makings of a Good Mother-of-the-Groom Speech

Last summer, my brother tied the knot and I heard the BEST mother of the groom speech. As a wedding photographer, I’ve heard MANY speeches. Thank god, I’ve never had to give one myself because the thought of writing one gives me the heeby jeebies. After hearing my moms funny/tear jerking/passionate/captivating mother of the groom toast, I knew she needed to pass out her tricks to everyone on my blog. So brides & grooms, feel free to send this link to your mamas. I’m sure they’ll appreciate it! <3

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Tips and Tricks on the Makings of a Good Mother-of-the-Groom Speech

1.  Time is crucial; keep it to about 5 minutes.

2.  Keep the structure of your speech focused and don't lose it.

a.  Introduction - voicing appreciation for your guests celebrating the newlyweds, etc.

b.  Best part - words about your son.  This should take 2 minutes max.  Spend thought and time planning just the right words to say about your son.

c.  Money in the bank - sweet words about the bride; equal time - 2 minutes. : )   If you for some reason, can't think of enough good things to say about the bride - then move on to speaking of the couple.  Generally, when speaking about the couple, you need to focus on the story. While you are talking about their story, you should focus on saying how important it was for these lovebirds to meet and join destinies. It is almost certain that all family members and other guests will be looking forward to hear your short version of how your son met his bride and how they ended up taking their relationship to the ultimate level.

d. Use quotes (salient or otherwise).

e. Close the structure of the speech with a toast.

3.  Practice your speech.  I started a month ahead of time and recorded it into my smart phone recorder. Then on my lunch time walks I practiced and memorizing it.  I practiced on my husband, girlfriends and other family members.

4.  When you deliver your speech, force yourself to pause throughout your speech while looking slowly around at the attendees and show your joy (the easy part : )

Her toast from my brothers wedding at lairmont manor.

Anyone who knows Kris, knows he is a journaler.  For years he has been doing “Morning Pages”, filling countless moleskin books with his thoughts, dreams and visions.  He is my philosopher-son.  It shows in his music, how he lives his life, and how he treats people – in a deep & thoughtful way.  When you are with him, you know he sees you – by the depth of his gaze and thoughtful presence.  This is one of Kris many gifts.  People are important to Kris and he prioritizes his time with them.

The written word is powerful to Kris – as well as journaling & writing music, he has also always been a list-maker.  Before smart phones, Kris’ spaces and places were littered with scraps of paper with lists of…

• things he wanted to accomplish that day

• future ideas he wanted to implement

• people he needed to connect with

Part of this practice was born from a family trait of forgetfulness… but also as a mother I preached the belief that “Your Word is Your Wand” – what you speak, you bring about – and the written word is timeless and not so easily forgotten : )

And so, it’s not surprising in February of 2003 that Kris shared a list with me… “What I want in the girl I marry.”

• I want someone who is willing to work through any problem and make good decisions on what is right and wrong.  Someone who is willing to compromise, see it from the other person’s view & look at the big picture.

• The woman I marry must not only be caring, but kind.  This woman should be someone who cares about others and when it comes down to it, is respectful of my decisions and way of doing things.  This person can still be a character, but underneath has that sincerity that makes me love her.

• I will marry a girl that has attitude and spunk.  The girl I marry will be sassy and fun.  I want to marry someone who knows how to have a good time or be a home body.  This person will be as versatile as me in that department and will do what she wants and feel confident about it, while respecting my intentions and feelings.

• I want to marry a person who is intelligent.  I don’t mean just book smarts, but emotionally and socially intelligent.  I know that when I talk to this person or have a question about something, that between the two of us we can come up with an answer.  Someone who knows enough about herself and the world, that she has great advice and is there when I need a shoulder to cry on.  Someone I can talk about anything with (like Matt dogg).

• I will marry the girl that makes you double take or catches your attention in a room for a split second.  Her overall persona is that of a confident woman who walks into a room knowing what is going to happen, what she wants and how to get there.  Confidence is key in the girl I pursue.  With this confidence she will have a sense of style that shows her confidence.  The way she dresses, walks and acts creates that persona adding to who she is and what she stands for.

• I will marry a woman that takes my breath away, with chemistry and wit.  When I am around her I feel that pull, that passion, creating even more appreciation for how incredible she is.  I will marry a woman with gorgeous eyes and soft lips.  I will marry a woman that cares about how she looks but doesn’t obsess over it.  I will marry a woman that is beautiful on the inside and outside.

When I look into this person’s eyes, I will feel like I have succeeded and am ready to take the next step in my life.  This person I will do anything for.

Wow - Your word is your wand indeed - Word made flesh?

Alex, you are the woman Kris has been waiting for.  We love you and are so thankful that you also chose Kris.

Let’s raise a toast to Kris and Alex and send them for forth with our blessing to make more magic."

More Wedding Planning Tips:

Hall at Fauntleroy Venue Photos | Michelle & Kyle

Michelle & Kyle

Seattle Romance & Rainy Day Nuptials

Hall at Fauntleroy | Seattle, WA

Wedding VENDORS: 

Venue: Hall at Fauntleroy



Photography: B. Jones Photography



Wedding Coordinator: LCM Weddings and Events


Hair & Make Up Artist: Pacific Artistry


Shoe Designer: Lewit


Dress Designer: BHLDN




Groom’s Suit Designer: Hugo Boss


Bridesmaids Dress Designer: Vince Camuto


Floral Designs: Metropolitan Market



Baker: A la Mode Pie


Caterer: Tuxedos & Tennis Shoes

Invitations: Minted



DJ: Sounds Unlimited

Canlis Venue Photos | Spencer & Hillary

Hillary & Spencer

Boho Simplicity & Elegance

Canlis | Seattle, WA

Wedding VENDORS: 

Venue & Catering: Canlis



Photography: B. Jones Photography



Wedding Coordinator & Florist: Bright Co. Events


Hair & Make Up Artist: Swink Style Bar


Shoe Designer: Badgley Mischka


Dress Designer: Watters - Stassia




Groom’s Suit Designer: Paul Betenly


Bridesmaids Dress Designer: Show Me Your Mumu


Invitations: Minted



Cake Designer: Honey Crumb Cake Studio



Pianist: Lennon Aldort

Woodmark Hotel Venue Photos | Tony & Lina

Tony & Lina

Romantic and Stunning Blush Wedding

Woodmark Hotel | Kirkland, WA

Wedding VENDORS: 

Venue & Catering: Woodmark Hotel



Photography: B. Jones Photography



Wedding Planner: Wedding Wise


Hair & Make Up Artist: Christy K Makeup & Hair


Shoe Designer: Jimmy Choo



Officiant: Rev. Ray Van Winkle & Associates


Florals: Rented Elegance

DJ: Sounds Unlimited


Cake Designer: Honey Crumb Cake Studio



Videography: Green Attic Films


Seabrook Venue Photos | Natalie & Kasey

Natalie & Kasey

Boho Beach Minimalism at Seabrook

Seabrook Town Hall | Seabrook, WA

Wedding VENDORS: 

Venue: Seabrook Town Hall



Catering: Frontager’s Pizza



Photography: B. Jones Photography


Dress Boutique: I Do Bridal


Shoe Designer: Nina


Florals: Harbor Blooms


Hair Stylist: Spa Elizabeth

Grooms & Groomsmen Suit Designer: Calvin Klein and Men’s Wearhouse



DJ: Sound About DJ


Deserts : A La Mode Pies

Beautiful new Mama | Julia of WeddingWise | Edmonds Beach Ferry Launch

One of my favorite Seattle wedding planners is becoming a mama! I am so excited for this new season of her life.

Trinity Tree Farms Venue Photos | Alyssa & Joe review

Alyssa & Joe

A Glamorous Fall Pine Forest Affair

Trinity Tree Farms | Issaquah, WA

Wedding VENDORS: 

Venue: Trinity Tree Farm



Catering: Act 3 Catering



Photography: B. Jones Photography



Dress Designer: Martina Liana


Dress Boutique: Laineemeg


Shoe Designer: Badgley Mischka


Bridal Jewelry: Tiffany & Co.



Bridesmaids Attire: Vera Wang at David’s Bridal

@davidsbridal & @verawang


Florals: Blooms by Tara


Grooms & Groomsmen Suit Designer: Friar Tux



DJ: Ideal Entertainment


Cake Designer: The Yellow Leaf Cupcake



Videography: GoldBear Wedding Films


Bridesmaid Jewelry: Jewelry Hills

Jardin Del Sol Wedding Venue Photos | Delaney & Thomas

Jardin del Sol Seattle Wedding Photography, Snohomish Wedding Ph


A Vegan Infused Wedding Celebration

Jardin Del Sol | Snohomish, WA

Wedding VENDORS: 

Venue: Jardin Del Sol



Catering: Alexa's Cafe



Photography: B. Jones Photography



Cake: Flying Apron



Florals: Tammy Titton


Your wedding photos could be a disaster if...

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Your wedding photos could be a disaster if your photographer doesn't carry backup gear.**

**The B. Jones Photography team ALWAYS carry's backup gear.


Here's a little behind the scenes into a few real weddings that could have RUINED my business.

I remember the exact moment my camera stopped working the first time— I was photographing the bridal party in a field of long grass in 95 degree weather. We had just started doing bridal party photos and I could tell everyone was uncomfortable standing in this itchy grass. But the lightening was perfect and they had just walked 5 min to the minute of this field at sunset because it would make the bride happy. Welp, 2 poses into the bridesmaid photos, my camera screen died and refused to power back on. I tried taking the battery out and in but nothing changed. Thankfully, I had a backup camera body in my gear bag. I told the bridal party that my second shooter would be taking over for a few minutes and sprinted the 5 min up the hill to the reception venue where my backup gear sat. I grabbed the backup camera, swapped my camera cards, abandoned my dead camera and windedly jogged back to the field to finish out portraits. The bride and groom were none the wiser and we were able to keep photographing their day thanks to my talented second shooter and my backup camera. 


I was sufficiently freaked out after this instance and promptly sent out my camera to be repaired and ordered a new camera body. 


Ironically, the following season, my camera body also died during bridesmaid photos. 😅 What the heck yo?! This time, I was prepared and had my backup camera body steps away from where we were shooting. We rolled on with the rest of the day and the couple still has no idea what went down. 


This time, I was able to get my camera body repaired by ended up having to rent a backup camera body for the 3 weddings I had booked for the following 9 days. (Ie: $$$$$)


Unfortunately, I’ve also been unlucky with lens.  About once a season, one of my lenses also seems to kick the bucket. Causes of death include: camera bag falling on concrete, kiddos pulling mommies camera off the kitchen counter and the worst of all— unknown causes. 


I’m going to get preachy for a hot second. A wedding cannot be ‘redone.’ Wedding photos are a once in a lifetime experience and a heirloom that lasts over a lifetime. It’s my job as a professional wedding photographer to safe guard every aspect of your wedding photos— which means carrying backup gear just in case. I’ve lost 2 cameras and 3 lenses over the course of 3 years. Most of these occurrences were during real weddings. It’s stressful folks but these occurrences won’t compromise my brides/grooms photos because I always carry backup gear. 

the best Waterfront Wedding Venues in the Seattle Area

If you live in the Seattle area, you're probably wanting to show off the best of what the PNW has to offer. As a PNW native, this means getting married near the water with epic views from the ceremony & reception sites.

When I was planning my own wedding, I scoured the web to create a list of all the waterfront wedding venues, then I compared them and figured out which one suited my budget and gave off the vibe I was going for. I wanted a venue that provided catering, had waterviews from the ceremony & reception, and felt like a getaway for my guests but was still close to my hometown. I chose the charming Semiahmoo Resort.

Anyhooo, I digress. For all my brides looking for the perfect waterfront venue, I put together a comprehensive list of some of the best in the greater Seattle area. I've also added some pertinent information about each to make it easier to narrow it down to your favorite! Enjoy!


Waterview Wedding Venues 


The Edgewater Hotel 

The Edgewater is Seattle's only waterfront hotel, providing breathtaking views of Elliott Bay, Mt. Rainier, the Olympic Mountains and the Seattle Skyline.  These factors along with award winning cuisine and personalized service, ensure that you will have a seamless one of a kind event. 

Miles from Downtown Seattle: 0

Max Guest count: 200

Venue Site Fee: $500-2,500

Average Investment for this Venue: $2,500-35,00

✔️  Waterview Ceremony Site

✔️  Waterview Reception Site

✔️  Provides Catering

✔️ Provides Guest Accomodations


The Admiral House

This historical landmark house and property, known as the Admiral’s House, is secluded on nearly four private acres. The property overlooks Elliott Bay, as well as boasts unobstructed view of the Seattle city skyline, including the iconic Space Needle and the majestic Mt. Rainier.  This property offers a unsurpassed and truly unique venue for every special event. Each couple is allowed use of the venue for over sixteen  hours, as we only book one event per day.  It’s a stunning combination of notable architecture, remarkable history and unparalleled location.

Max Guest count: 250-300

Venue Site Fee: $12,400+

Average Investment for this Venue: Unknown

✔️  Waterview Ceremony Site

✔️  Waterview Reception Site

Miles to downtown Seattle: 3.5


Max Guest count: 

Venue Site Fee:

Average Investment for this Venue:

Miles from Downtown Seattle: 0

✔️  Waterview Ceremony Site

✔️  Waterview Reception Site

✔️  Provides Catering


Rosario Resort

Rosario's romantic waterfront location is the perfect setting to exchange your vows. You will experience one-of-a-kind ceremony and reception venues for events both large and small. The Rosario Beach House Lawn is perfect for your outdoor wedding ceremony, with a magnificent views of Cascade Bay, forested hillsides and distant islands. It is one of the most serene, private and visually stunning outdoor ceremony locations in all of the Pacific Northwest.

Max Guest count: 250

Venue Site Fee: $1,000-$2,000

Average Investment for this Venue: Unknown

Miles from Downtown Seattle: 80

✔️  Waterview Ceremony Site

✔️  Waterview Reception Site

✔️  Provides Catering

Semiahmoo Resort 

Max Guest count: 

Venue Site Fee:

Average Investment for this Venue:

Karma Vineyards Wedding Venue Photos | Chrissy & Nick

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Chrissy & Nick's Classic Winery Wedding

Karma Vineyards | Lake Chelan

This wedding was the culmination to an amazing summer wedding season and the stuff of dreams. A ceremony tucked into the hillside with panoramic views of Lake Chelan then a private exchanging of vows in Karma vineyards wine cave. Followed by dinner & champagne toasts nestled among the grape vines and ending the night with a kickin' dance party in a wine cave. 

As we were driving up to the ceremony spot in a vintage rolls royce, Chrissy confided that during their rehearsal as she was walking down the aisle to join Nick she thought, "Oh my god, I'm Bella." If you've seen pictures of our handsome groom Nick, you'll totally get it. He's as dashing as Edward Cullen but Nick's far more fashionable. 



Venue: Karma Vineyard

Wedding Planner: Sherry Cullen

Photography: B. Jones Photography

DJ : Slick Rick 

Hair & Makeup: Salon Maison

Gown: Bellevue Bridal

Bridesmaid Dresses: Nordstrom, BCBG, Banana Republic

Grooms Tux: Custom Made

Linens: The Creative Coverings

Rolls Royce: Chelan Vintage Auto


Carnation Farms Wedding Venue Photos | Gi & Welles

Carnation farms wedding photos

Gi & Welles’ Music Filled Weekend Garden Wedding

Carnation Farms | Carnation, Wa


Venue: Carnation Farms
Event Planning & Design: Wonderstruck Event Design & Planning
Bride's Make Up Artist & Hair Stylist: Nicole Wang Makeup & Hair
Bridesmaids Make Up Artist & Hair Stylist: OffWhite Makeup & Beauty
Invitations: Reaves Engraving
Calligraphy: Chalk Boss
Florals: Paisley Petals
Rentals: Cort Party Rentals
Catering & Deserts: Herban Feast
DJ: Bamboo Beats

Seabrook Wedding Venue Photos

Nouveau Americana Wedding Inspiration

Salty breezes, blue bikes & ruby red poppies.

These are the things that coastal dreams are made of. 

Seabrook Resort | Pacific Beach, Wa

Wedding Vendors:

Photography: B. Jones Photography | Design & Coordination: Manette Gracie Events | Stylist: Chelle’s Bridal Blog | Invitation Set: Snohomish Rental Co |  Florals: Harbor Bloom | Gown: Ann Linn for Mea Marie Bridal | Grooms Attire: The Tux Shop | Videography: Willowcraft Media | Cookies: Flour Dusted Countertops | Hair & Makeup: Pacific Brides | Venue, Tables & chairs: Seabrook | Rentals:  Rented Elegance
Vintage Ambiance | Linens: ABC by CORT

Woodmark Hotel Wedding Venue Photos | Katherine & David

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Katherine & David's Nautical Tented Wedding on the Seattle Waterfront

Woodmark Hotel | Kirkland, Wa

Katherine & David tied the knot at one of my favorite waterfront wedding venues in the greater Seattle area, The Woodmark Hotel. Their shades of blush color palette is so timeless & totally pinterest worthy. <3  


Venue: Woodmark Hotel
Make Up Artist & Hair Stylist: HM Salon
Hair Stylist: Sharon Doyle
Bride's Dress Designer: Beautiful by Enzoani
Bride's Shoe Designer: Badgley Mischka
Bridal Boutique: La Belle Elaine's
Bridesmaid's Robes: Lerose
Groom & Groomsmen Attire: Indochino
Cake Designer: Jan Kim Grumbles
Catering: Woodmark Hotel
Officiant: John Staples
DJ: DJ Henski