Featured Wedding Vendor: Snohomish Rental Co | Snohomish, Wa

Snohomish Rental Co

Rentals, Custom Signage, Calligraphy & Event Styling

We help you create a Signature look for your Wedding or Events

www.snohomishrentalco.com

Hi! We're Ashley and Stacy, the team behind Snohomish Rental Co. 

Snohomish Rental Co. is a boutique wedding and event company based in Snohomish, Washington. We offer event planning and styling services, custom calligraphy and signage, and á la carte decor rentals. 

We fell head-over-heals with event planning after planning our own weddings. But, wedding planning was at times stressful and surprisingly expensive. We want to help alleviate some of that burden for future brides. Snohomish Rental Co. hopes to make the planning process easy, affordable, and inspiring. 

We talked about Snohomish Rental Co. for more than a year before officially launching in January 2015. The initial response has been overwhelming! Thank you for supporting a local small business. We appreciate it! 

Cheers!
Ashley & Stacy  

Available services

Event Design & Styling

Take away the stress that accompanies wedding planning. We offer event design and coordination services to a limited number of brides each year. We support you throughout the entire wedding planning process, including providing initial inspiration, suggesting color palates and themes, vendor coordination and logistical management, and decor installation and teardown.

Ensure your decor leaves a lasting impression. We style everything from intimate elopements to elaborate estate weddings - share your vision with us and we'll bring it to life. Our styling services include day of decor set up and teardown. Contact us for availability and pricing. 

We pour our heart and soul into each wedding and make sure it is executed to perfection, emphasizing not only how your wedding looks, but how it feels. Our goal is to create a truly unforgettable experience for you and your guests. Contact us for a free consultation. 

Calligraphy & Custom Signage

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Decor Rentals

DIY bride? We happily offer á la carte decor rentals, subject to a $50 rental minimum. Our decor items have been carefully curated from vintage stores, Etsy artisans, high-end wedding boutiques, and more. We pair these statement pieces with classic, versatile decor items that can be easily transformed for different events. 

Renting from Snohomish Rental Co. is easy.  Browse our online inventory, choose the items you'd like to rent, then email us so we can check availability. We'll email you a quote within 48 hours. To reserve items, a 50% deposit is required along with a signed rental agreement. The remaining balance is due two weeks before your event. 


Featured Wedding Vendor: Streets of Gold a Hair & Makeup Duo

B. Jones Photography

Tell us a little bit about yourself, and how you got started as a makeup artist/ hair stylist?

Elizabeth

Elizabeth: Makeup was always a fun way for me to be bold without saying anything. An introvert by nature, I might be the quietest person in the room, but I’ll talk about makeup for days! The business began because I was determined to do something I loved for a living, or at least give it a shot. Elizabeth Marie Makeup was founded over 4 years ago, after a short (and very intense) course in makeup down in California. With the help of many wonderful wedding vendors (Becca being one of them!), my little business grew faster than I knew what to do with. Now partnering with Erika to create TheStreetsofGold.net, we are able to grow creatively in a whole new way!

Erika

Erika: Let’s start simple. I knew when I graduated high school that I didn’t want to go to college, I also had no interest in joining the family business of electrical workers, so I struck out on my own and decide to try cosmetology  school! I loved it and now I’ve been doing hair for two years! It’s such a fun job! I am constantly learning and getting be creative! The blog has also given me more of a chance to step out of the box with some of our fashion work we get to do!

Describe your ideal bride.

The perfect Streets of Gold bride would be a B. Jones bride of course!

Honestly though, we look for someone who feels a connection with us and our style. Someone who is not afraid to be herself and gives us the privilege of translating her personality into her wedding hair and makeup! One of the ways we are able to build that personal relationship with our brides is by including a trial run in every bridal package. We love it when brides are honest about the way they feel they look. We highly encourage them to let us know if they would like something changed or adjusted. Every bride deserves to feel 100% herself and love every bit of it! Trials make it possible for the bride to try out the styles she has chosen, then when the day finally arrives she doesn’t have to worry about it. Just sit back and enjoy the pampering!

Why should a bride have professional make up applied for their big day?

Even brides who are typically natural on a day to day basis can very much benefit from hiring a pro. This is someone who will be using high quality products specifically designed to last all day, and all night. A professional will know what is flattering on camera (and what isn’t!), and is trained to bring out the best features in their clients. Hiring a pro will also ensure all the ladies are beautified in a timely manner as well as have a sanitary and safe kit. It’s our job to make you look and feel as beautiful as possible, but it’s also our job to keep you, you.  

Together we have put our hair and makeup skills to the test through all kinds of wind, rain, heat, sweat, time, you name it! Our looks hold up impressively well, so there is no stress about things falling apart after our job is done. Our goal as a team, is to give every bride the ultimate hair and makeup experience! Hair styling paired with airbrush makeup designed uniquely around you and your style. And we’re having a grand time doing it!

Is it a good idea to do a trial run before my wedding day?

Trial runs are always a yes! I always advice my brides to schedule a trial run, and most of them are happy to do it. You get to try out and preview the hair for your wedding. ( and having someone play with your hair is always fun! ) This way, on the day of the wedding, you can totally relax, because you already know exactly what it will look like!

What do I do if I hate how I look after you finish?

And this is why we do the trial run. To figure this all out before the actual wedding day! I love it when brides are honest about how they feel they look. I will be the first to tell them that if they don’t like something, don’t be afraid to tell me! It will not hurt my feelings! I am most concerned about how you feel about how you look in the hairstyle. You can just tell when there is something not right about the hair, it makes it harder for the bride to be comfortable in her entire ensemble and that is what I am most concerned about.

B. Jones Photography

Featured Wedding Vendor: Rachel of Manette Gracie Events

Rachel & I have known each other since our wee tiny days of daycare. <3 To say that I adore this lady would be an understatement. She has incredible style and her organization & attention to detail make her one of the most talented wedding planners I know! We've had the pleasure of collaborating on quite a few gorgeous weddings. All the images in this blog post are her weddings. :) 

 

B. Jones Photography

Tell us about you! How did you get started? Why did you become a wedding planner?

Well, I am a born-and-raised PNW native from beautiful Bellingham, WA, I graduated from Cornish College of the Arts in 2009 with my degree in Interior Design, and spent a handful of years in the hospitality field before joining Manette Gracie Events in the summer of 2013. I kind of got started in weddings young because I come from a very large family, so whenever someone got married it was always "all hands on deck" to help prep, and I loved being a part of creating someone's perfect celebration. And then the design challenge of it is always a blast! Especially when using the same trends from year to year in different ways that feel genuine to each couple and reflect who they are :)

I get to say 'I love my job' a lot.

Favorite wedding trend of the moment? Wedding trend you’d love to see disappear forever?

I'm LOVING the rose gold revival that's happening right now. It seems like that metallic tone is always ebbing and flowing in and out of fashion but it's always been one of my favorites, so I'm glad it's getting so much love right now!

This is completely personal opinion, but I'm not a big fan of burlap. In the right setting it totally fits and can look *wonderful*, but the stuff sheds everywhere! I'm kind of tired of being on high alert to make sure I'm not walking around a wedding looking like I rolled around in a lint trap

Is there one thing you think is an often overlooked but important wedding detail?

Space. This isn't an exciting answer, but make sure that whoever volunteers (or is volunteered) to take away personal items, decor, or food at the end of the night understands how much room these items will need. More than once I've taken items at the end of the night to prevent a late night venue charge for the couple and had to meet up with family members or friends after the fact because they just didn't have the room to take everything they signed up for.

Why is a good wedding planner so invaluable?

Stress relief in human form! 

We know how much work this is, and yes-- it can be very overwhelming-- but a good planner is there to be a sounding board and keep couples on track while not letting the details bog down the excitement of getting to marry the love of your life. Whether it's a quick e-mail about using sparklers vs bubbles for the grand exit, or a long sit down about different ways to use great-grandma's beloved teacup collection into the decor without risking breakage, my ultimate goal is to make sure your wedding day is exactly how you want it and ensuring my couples (and their moms!) are enjoying the day, and not worrying about a thing

What are your favorite pacific northwest venues?

Oh gosh, there are so many! For the more hands-on options I love Wallace Falls Lodge, Shangri La On the Green. and Trinity Tree Farm; Farm Kitchen and Shafer Bailie House are wonderful options to stay on-site for the bridal party/family. For more inclusive spots Sodo Park is a perfect example of the urban industrial venue, as is AXIS Pioneer Square. The Edgewater is not only a Seattle icon, but hands down has one of the best views in the city (I think), and Semiahmoo is just an incredible spot-- and I know one of your favorites as well :)

What's the most important piece of advice you can offer a bride?

Make lists to get stuff done and make sure to schedule wedding-free days. A lot of times brides can get close to their wedding and have a feeling of 'senioritis' because it's been the focus of their attention for so long that they get excited for something new. That's not to say on the day of you won't over the moon, but it should feel like the days leading up to Christmas: 1 week to go! 2 more days! 1 more sleep til the wedding!!!

What are some of the most unique things you’ve helped couples put into their weddings?

I've been lucky enough to work with some spectacular couples with amazing ideas! One couple did away with the traditionals and had the entire reception after dinner was an epic, 80-person flip cup competition (their first date was Oktoberfest, so very fitting). Another who was having a kid-free wedding had flower grannies instead of flower girls for their ceremony. This summer there was a Japanese-Jewish wedding with a 40's themed reception where the Hora followed by swing dancing :) 

As MUCH as I love the florals and candlelight and sparkle of weddings, it's those elements that are completely unique and entirely about the couple that I love the most

Delille Chateau Styled Shoot-

Featured Wedding Vendor: Bella Fiori

B. Jones Photography

Bella Fiori

Extraordinary design for chic weddings, distinctive events, intimate dinners & grand galas.

www.bellafiori.com


Tell us about YOU! How long have you been in business? How did you start your business?

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I have a feeling my story will sound like many people who end up in a creative career. I hadn’t planned to become a floral designer, actually I had a career planned in the computer industry after college! But, I was climbing the walls because I wasn’t able to explore my creative/artistic side. So I started taking all kinds of art classes in the evenings and on the weekends to satiate the desire to be creative. I’d bring my floral designs to my office job during the week and set them on my desk so I’d have some pretty to look at, one thing led to another and before I knew it I was designing flowers for office mates’ weddings!
Eventually, even my boss said I had a calling and I need to go for it. She practically kicked me out the door and told me to get to it! Ha
I opened Bella Fiori in 2003 and had a wonderful business in Colorado. 2013 brought my husband and I to Washington state for his career.



How does your work & design process differ from other wedding florists?


My style is always evolving and I’ve had many different phases. There was a time where I was so drawn to contemporary designs. Then there was a phase of exploring the color red, a very opulent look. These days I’m very inspired by my cutting garden and the flowers and foliages that I’m growing.  Just the other day I had another floral designer mention that my designs are a nice balance of the current garden style without being “too branchy”. Does that even make sense to anyone who isn’t a floral designer? Ha ha!



What are the most exciting decor and floral trends that you are seeing?


I’m very curious to see what evolves as a look this coming wedding season. For the past 4-5 wedding seasons the color palette has been very blush and cream. Will we see more color this  year?? I seem to see more burgundies pulled into the color palette lately. I do believe the interest in cool foliage textures will continue.

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What are the hot colors this year?


Blush, cream, green, burgundies, corals, and peaches.

Bella Fiori Wedding Flowers



What is the average wedding floral budget of your brides?

Bella Fiori Wedding Flowers


Brides who come to me do so because they love flowers, and floral décor is a very important element of their wedding. It’s hard to pinpoint an average as the range depends so much on how many flower arrangements are needed for the wedding.



What are the top ways couples can have gorgeous arrangements at their wedding without breaking their floral budget?


It’s very important to be flexible with the variety of flowers in the designs. Pinterest makes peonies, garden roses, and ranunculus look like normal wedding flowers, when in all reality they tend to be the more expensive flowers. In order to not break the bank, I would suggest a bride be open to flowers such as the more standard rose and dahlias. Trust that a floral designer wants your wedding to be gorgeous and they suggest a variety of flowers to help keep the cost in check.



Describe your ideal couple


My ideal couple LOVES flowers and feels that floral décor is an important element of their special day. I love to design lush, elegant, and timeless floral arrangements. I’m not a big fan of fads! Much better to be elegant and not have any regrets 10 years down the road when looking at wedding photographs.

Featured Wedding Vendor: MeaMarie Bridal Atelier | Seattle, Wa

MeaMarie Bridal Atelier. Seattle Wedding Dress Shopping. B. Jones Photography. Seattle Wedding Photographer.

MeaMarie Bridal Atelier

A private bridal studio featuring the world's leading haute couture bridal designers.

Located in the heart of downtown Kirkland.

WWW.MEAMARIE.com

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How did MeaMarie bridal get started?

MeaMarie Bridal Atelier is a bridal studio in the posh city of Downtown Kirkland. Mea has visited Europe and spoken with amazing bridal shop owners from all over the world. Mea brought the concept of a studio from Europe and Asia to Western Washington. MeaMarie Bridal is a one on one, giving the brides the ultimate bridal experience without the distraction of others. 

What's it like to be a MeaMarie bride? How is the experience different from other bridal shops? 

MeaMarie brides want exclusivity, haute couture and personalized services. Aside from offering champagne and the occasional strawberries and lady yum treats with all our consultations, we create a relationship with our brides before they even walk through the doors. 

The experience at MeaMarie is very different from any bridal shop, because MeaMarie is a studio. We don't typically take walk-ins, our bridal consultants will get to know the brides wants and needs prior to their appointment. Our brides will have a one on one experience with no distractions from any other parties. 

That's what we love about it because it creates a closer relationship which is something we really value here, we are there for our brides from the time they find their dress till the day they get married

MeaMarie Bridal Atelier. Seattle Wedding Dress Shopping. B. Jones Photography. Seattle Wedding Photographer.

What other services or items do you offer besides wedding gowns?

We have a lot to offer here, from wedding planning to floral designs and decor, to finding the dress of your dreams. We have also had the privilege in working with a couple great photographers, Becca Jones of B. Jones Photography and Patrick Nied. Everything that you need for your wedding we can point you in the right direction with our preferred vendors who we have had the honor in building relationships and working with! 

MeaMarie Bridal Atelier. Seattle Wedding Dress Shopping. B. Jones Photography. Seattle Wedding Photographer.

What wedding gown trends are you the most excited about?

MeaMarie is excited to launch a new designer from Barcelona Spain called Yolan Cris. It's the first bohemian line we have carried and its a Haute Couture line with all organic cottons and natural fabrics. The illusion neckline and low back is really popular and trendy right now, even an illusion back with lace or lace aplicaes trickling up the back to create a floating lace filigree design. Pronovias and Atelier Pronovias have really come out with some exquisite designs with that look this year.

Bling, Bling and more Bling is also super popular right now! YSA Makino / Stephen Yearick has come out with beaded incrusted gowns that have really took off here!

B. Jones Photography

Do you offer gowns in colors other than white?

Depending on the designer and the dress, it can come in a variety of colors such as Champagne, vintage, light gold, blush, mocha, cafe, red, black... ect. 

Which designers do you carry?

We carry Pronovias, Kenneth Winston, Atelier Pronovias, Stephen Yearick, YSA Makino, Eve of Milady, YolanCris and Hervey Mirage

B. Jones Photography (www.bjonesphotos.com)

Any tips for finding your dream gown?

As a good friend of mine would say; it's important to date around and try on dresses, just like finding your soulmate you got to date your gown and get the feel for what you love on your body. Try to limit yourself on the amount of gowns you try on because the more and more you try the more they all start to run together, so let the your consultant guide you in the right direction.

As consultants were not just sales people but we are also a guide.

What options do you offer for your last minute brides? 

Depending on how last minute it is the girls can either buy off the rack and have the dress altered through our seamstress or they can order a rush through specific designers.

What Should a bride bring with her on her dress search?

We just ask our girls to our the proper undergarments, and typically on our wedding dresses there is no bra needed. 


About the Owner: Mea Mendez

Mea Mendez: Owner of MeaMarie Bridal Atelier

Mea Mendez: Owner of MeaMarie Bridal Atelier

My name is Mea Mendez owner of MeaMarie Bridal Atelier, I fell in love with wedding dresses back in 1998, when I was given the opportunity to work with an  amazing set of sisters that designed their own dresses while I was attending design school in Seattle. I went to New York for my internship with a haute designer.  From that experience I decided I was destine to open my own shop here in Everett.

 

About the Store Director: Rachelle Witt

Rachelle Witt:&nbsp;&nbsp;Store Director of&nbsp;MeaMarie Bridal

Rachelle Witt:  Store Director of MeaMarie Bridal

What we do here at MeaMarie is we build a relationship with our Bride before she even walks in the door. I will go through our interview process either over the phone or through email and ask basic information.. Have they been to any other shops yet to get a feel for the style their looking for, or as Nikki (one of my favorite bridal mentors) would say "have you dated around tried on dresses, just like finding your soulmate you got to date your dress and get the feel for what you like and don't like on your body" 

I will ask for their street size in dresses, gown budget.. along with sending a link to our Pinterest page that has all the designers and gowns we carry in the store (give or take) and they email me back pictures of dresses they would like to try on. By the time its their appointment I will have their dresses pulled and champagne or mimosas for the Bride and her party.

A question that is often asked the most from my brides is, "how long should I give myself in buying my dress?" You want to give yourself at least 9 months! 6 months to order (depending on the designer it can take longer) along with additional fabric and accessories, and 3 months for alterations. If you give yourself 9 months or longer there is no stress, and trying to press for more time and everything else on that check list will fall into place.

MeaMarie Bridal Atelier (along with Private Label) Is my baby just as much as it is the Owner's baby. I cherish this business and its growth along with My Own growth and I cherish all the woman that walk through these doors!

As a little Couture Studio in Kirkland we only do one appointment at a time to keep it more intimate and special for the Bride and her party. We are a one of a kind Bridal experience.

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www.meamarie.com

Featured Wedding Vendor: Alicia's Bridal

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Alicia's Bridal

Wedding Gown's, Mothers Dresses, Bridesmaid Dresses, Accessories, Tuxes & Alterations.

THE ONE STOP SHOP FOR THE WHOLE WEDDING PARTY.

www.aliciasbridal.com

 

1. Tell us about your shop. I hear it's been in the family for YEARS!

Yes, just a few! Alicia's Bridal & The Formal House have been owned by the Needham/Reed family since 1957 so that makes us 58 years young! We started out in men's formalwear at the beginning and the bridal shop evolved from that since we wanted to be able to take care of the whole wedding party's attire. We still have both generations working in the business today!

2. What are the latest trends for wedding gowns?

Well, there are several right now! Soft tulle or chiffon with a more boho feel has been popular especially for outside or destination weddings. Lace gowns, with fit and flare silhouettes or trumpet skirts are popular but with specialty laces being mixed with point d'esprit and tulle to create a one of a kind look with lots of texture! I'm also starting to see some beautiful clean, simple gowns with the only accent being a gorgeous, beaded belt. Lots of different looks for all those brides to be!

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3. Any advice for brides that have tried on a bunch of gowns and can't decide?

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Yes, narrow your search down from the beginning to avoid being overwhelmed with too many choices! Look at different silhouettes to see what suits your figure, your venue, and your personality and then pick a few out to try on. If you don't love it, it is not the one! Move on and try the next one on. Always compare the next dress to your favorite so you don't end up with too many! Have your consultant suggest some as well since they have seen these gowns on and usually end up finding the perfect dress for you, especially after listening to what you want your wedding day to look and feel like. Most of all, have fun!

4. How soon should the bride start looking for and purchasing her gown?

I would start a year in advance or even more if you are a planner! You want to allow yourself 7+ months ahead of the wedding to special order your gown. It takes about 4-5 months to come in and then you have to plan for fittings and time for the seamstress to complete the alterations (we suggest 3 months for the alteration process). Now, that being said, we can always get dresses quicker with a rush or if the designer has something in stock or you can buy the dress from our stock as well. Lots of options if you are flexible.

5. Favorite bridal accessory?

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My favorite accessory right now has got to be a cathedral veil! I love the romance it can bring to the bride's whole look and photographers are so creative using the veil in their pictures. Right Becca?! Putting together the whole look (headpiece, veil, jewelry, shoes, etc.) is the best part because it really brings together all the bride's ideas and really sets the tone for the whole wedding!

6. What designers do you carry in your store?

We carry several bridal designers in the store! Justin Alexander, Sincerity Bridal, Lillian West, Maggie Sottero, Mori Lee, Blu by Mori Lee, Voyage, Julietta, Allure Romance, White One, and a private line as well. We try to have several Trunk Shows with our designers throughout the year so brides can see more of that designer's gowns for the upcoming season. In fact, I am going to London in another week, as a guest of Justin Alexander Bridal, to see their new 2016 designs and to see one of Europe's biggest bridal markets in the world! Just a little excited!!! We also carry several bridesmaid lines and mother's lines as well! Mori Lee, Adrianna Papell, Alfred Angelo, Social Occasions by Mon Cheri, Cameron Blake, and Montage.

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Featured Wedding Vendor: Honey Crumb Cake Studio | Seattle, Wa

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Honey Crumb Cake Studio

Seattle Wedding Cake Artist

www.honeycrumb.com


What inspired you to become a pastry chef and create wedding cakes?

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I had been baking since the age of 8, and became interested in all the cooking shows on TV as a teen. I would watch them in the afternoons, after school, and then turned to experimenting with new cooking and baking techniques in our kitchen at home. I developed a keen interest in art, sculpture, and ceramics as a teen and was developing a great skill set as a potter, without realizing that one day, these sculpting skills would translate perfectly to the medium of sugar. Indeed, when I went to college, it hadn't occurred to me that I could pursue baking as a career, so I pursued journalism, languages, and history. I ultimately graduated with a Master's degree in environmental policy, then worked briefly in academia and later became a newspaper copy editor. After taking the life-changing decision to move to the US, I made another major career change that saw me returning to school to study midwifery, which was followed by a couple of years of training and working as a midwife in Oregon. (Obviously I was still figuring out what my calling in life really was!) Ultimately, I had burnt out on the politics of my profession and was completely exhausted by the irregular schedules, long workdays (and nights),  sleep deprivation, and the need to be on call almost constantly. Out of necessity, I carefully rethought my personal goals and opened my mind to the possibility that I could make my living doing something positive and creative that would not deplete me emotionally or physically. I had a sort of epiphany one day that baking had always given me great joy and personal satisfaction. I bought a library-full of books on the subject of pastry and the sugar arts, signed up for professional classes (with cake masters like Kaysie Lackey, Maggie Austin, Zoe Clark, and Nicholas Lodge), and set about teaching myself everything else I'd need to know in order to pursue baking full-time. My goal was (and is) to become influential in my field, and to connect my customers with the pure and simple delight of a well-executed, beautiful, and delicious cake that is intended to anchor and augment the memories of our happiest celebrations in life.

What is your favorite cake, filling & frosting combination?

Of course I'm going to tell you that my palate changes all the time with regard to cakes! I modify my cake menu every 6-8 months to honor the seasons and also to keep myself excited about developing new flavor profiles. My favorite right now is a lime-scented buttermilk cake with burnt orange French buttercream filling and a lime whipped cream frosting. Buttermilk cakes generally have a tender, moist crumb because of the acidity of the buttermilk. French buttercream is made with egg yolks, so it has a beautifully rich mouthfeel. In contrast, the whipped cream frosting is fluffier and more delicate and is only barely sweet. The cake's overall flavor and texture are perfectly suited to my tastes. I don't have much of a sweet tooth (!!), so I like to ensure that all my cakes have a good balance of sweetness and tartness/bitterness to create harmony and deliver good flavor without obliterating your palate with sugar!

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WHAT IS THE BIGGEST TREND YOUR SEEING RIGHT NOW IN WEDDING CAKES?

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Naked cakes are BIG. Everybody wants one. They're unfrosted, which means the inside of the cake (all the layers of cake and frosting) aren't hidden by any exterior treatments like buttercream or fondant; instead, everything is exposed. This sort of cake is all over Pinterest and is also popular on the various wedding blogs I read each week to remain up-to-date on wedding trends. I get approached at least once a week by couples seeking a naked wedding cake, because to them, this is an entirely unique idea. What's funny is that I was commissioned back in 2012 to make a naked cake for Seattle Met Bride & Groom's Winter-Spring 2013 issue (you can see it here), which was certainly not the first time a baker has ever made a naked cake, but they've really exploded in popularity this past year. Textured buttercream cakes are still in high demand at Honey Crumb. I expect for 2015/2016 that we'll see some variations on this trend, like tinted buttercream finishes and more whimsical textures than just horizontal spatula-grooves or the stucco-type finish. My personal wish is for the trend pendulum to swing back to more intricately detailed cakes that use more of a baker's finer talents, like Royal Icing piping (in perhaps more modern graphic patterns or abstract floral designs than the super-traditional Royal Icing stringwork or brush embroidery, which definitely look out-of-date to me now). My specialty (and real joy!) is to create sugar flowers by hand, so that the species, color, and size can be customized for each cake. They are thus unique pieces of art and are highly personal – I'd like to see sugar flowers returning to the foreground of wedding cake design!

 

What do you tell brides who hope to save money by making their own cakes?

Haha! I don't usually get to meet those brides, because by the time they come to me for a consult, the issue of whether they're making their own cake or not is moot. But, for those I haven't met who want to DIY – I can only use myself as an example here. I'm getting married in October and I'm NOT making my own cake! We have hired one of the best in the business to create something magical for us (and, apart from the cake's color palette and overall “feel”, the design itself will be a surprise!). I want to be the bride, not the baker, for my own big day. I simply want to attend my wedding, not host my wedding, or work on a cake the night before when I could be enjoying myself and delighting in the company of all the wonderful guests who've come from near and far to celebrate with us. Needless to say, it is a massive amount of work to make even a simple tiered wedding cake, and even those brides who are keen and talented home bakers will still be devoting a large portion of their pre-wedding week to the creation and adornment of their cake. Worse still, for those who haven't ever made a tiered cake for a formal celebration before, there is a steep learning curve. Steep learning curves generally entail one thing: stress! Trust a pro and you will never regret it.

What makes your cake studio unique & special?

The space itself, for starters, is really beautiful! We are lucky to have so much natural light and so many giant windows, which permit a special view of the water and of the people and cars energetically going by every day on Western Ave West. It's 2,500 square feet and has every tool in it that a pastry chef and cake artist could possibly want. In short, it's my cake paradise.

In a more philosophical sense, the cake studio is just that: a studio, not a cake factory. We think of it as a collaborative space where artists come to work. It's a positive, creative environment where assembly-line, high-volume, repetitive baking has no place. Each project is unique, each client is unique, and the skills that serve you best if you work for me are not generally acquired in pastry school, where volume and speed and consistency are valued above all else. What's most important at Honey Crumb is a sense of color, proportion, and scale, and the desire to solve technical problems as they present themselves (since each new cake design is unlike the one that came before). What's also important (to me) is for everyone at Honey Crumb to be well nourished, well rested, creatively supported, and to have the time and freedom to act autonomously on projects that excite them. This is how we create our best work, and is also how the career of baking can be made sustainable for each member of the team (no burn-out mentality here!).

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What's the most common misconception about wedding cakes?

I'd venture a guess that the most common misconception is that a wedding cake is relatively easy to make and is much like making a layer cake at home (and should thus be priced accordingly). As I learned myself, through trial and error, this is not the case. There is an immovable deadline, to start with, and a fragile, perishable product that must be created at the highest possible level of quality. At Honey Crumb, we work with beautiful ingredients and approach the baking process with integrity in all respects. This increases the pressure, in a sense, because the goal is to highlight the dessert-like quality of the cake (i.e. it's about eating, after all, and not just art!). The time window is thus pretty narrow – we bake the cake as close as possible to when it'll be consumed (to ensure freshness) and we deliver the cake as close as possible to when it will be admired by the couple and their guests (to ensure the integrity of the cake with regard to weather conditions, long-distance transport, etc). The goal is not only to achieve flawlessness of finish but also to produce a unique creative entity that symbolizes the couple's union and expresses their personal tastes. So, there has to be a lot of heart and love in the process as well! For us it's a way more serious endeavor than baking a layer cake at home, and is logistically much more complex. I sometimes joke that the specialty wedding-cake business is like the Olympic games of the pastry world: you have just one shot at perfection, with no easy backup or opportunity for a do-over, which means the stars must align on the day with your talents and all your preparation in order to create a gold medal-worthy performance!

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Any advice for brides on a budget?

Yes! Research your baker's website to be sure you know what their general price range is before you schedule a consultation. Then, when you meet, tell your baker upfront what your restrictions are. When you go shopping for a wedding gown, the first question usually involves what your budget is, so that you don't have to face the disappointment of falling in love with something that's way out of reach. The same applies to cakes. During every consultation I have with clients, we discuss cake pricing and go over various design options that take into account what they are comfortable spending. We have a minimum order per serving for all our cakes (to cover the labor and ingredients regardless of the exterior design they ultimately choose), but the price per serving increases according to the complexity of the cake décor. Cakes are handmade products and can be as simple or as intricate as your vision and budget allow. So, if I know at the outset what a client's wish is for the look of the cake, and also what their budget is, then I can be mindful throughout the design process and am almost always (i.e. 90%) successful at achieving a happy balance between the two.

What is your favorite dessert?

As I said earlier, I don't have much of a sweet tooth. I will take small nibbles of cake and buttercream as needed throughout my work week to ensure that quality is maintained, so what I really want when I get home from work is a hanger steak and some bitter greens (which my husband-to-be cooks to perfection, because he is both a caveman and a nurturer at heart). However, once my essential nourishment is taken care of, my favorite dessert is a couple squares of dark chocolate, alternated with a handful of salted almonds. Such a tasty and timeless combo. Or, lately I've been making these strawberry chia-seed popsicles sweetened with maple syrup. They're tart and cold and crunchy and one is enough!

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Featured Wedding Vendor: Elizabeth Marie Makeup

Elizabeth Marie Makeup

Elizabeth Marie Makeup

Tell us a little bit about yourself, and how you got started as a makeup artist?

My name is Elizabeth Marie Hayes. I am a newlywed, makeup artist, child of Christ, coffee enthusiast, theater nerd, and lover of all things pretty. Not necessarily in that order. The "romance" with makeup artistry started early. I started wearing makeup (whatever I thought I could get away with) at the ripe age of 10. It was inevitable when my family became heavily involved in a local community theater that I found myself being drawn to the makeup aspects of performing. By the time I was 16, I had done all my girl friends makeup, a few guy friends, my mom, sister, dad, and brother, plus anyone else who would let me near their face with a brush (perks of having a theater family). I was in love. Since then, I decided to go to CAMMUA school of makeup for some real learning, which is where I added Airbrushing to my bag of tricks. After returning, I set up shop and set out to prove to everyone I could actually make a go of this "hobby" as a profession.

 

How would you describe your style?

Creative. Original. Beautiful. As a makeup artist, my goal is to have every one of my clients look in the mirror and love themselves. My job is not to cover them up or make them look like someone else. It is finding creative ways to play up their personality and their favorite features to a point where their confidence out shines my work.

 

What kinds/brands of products do you use?

My specialty is airbrushing, and for this I use Temptu products. I love Temptu because it is non-comedogenic, long lasting, lightweight, and flawless in person as well as on camera. In my opinion, the perfect bridal makeup! Everything else in my kit ranges from Ben Nye to Benefit, from Mac to Makeup Forever. I am a huge believer in trying new products and keeping what suits your needs the best.

 

Why is professional makeup so important for weddings?

Most brides would never think about doing their own hair, so why wouldn't they trust their makeup to a professional as well? A professionally trained artist brings to the table years of experience, quality products, and the expertise to apply those products to achieve the exact look the bride has envisioned for her big day. It also takes away the stress of worrying about the makeup and replaces it with a relaxing and fun experience leaving them looking and feeling beautiful. 

 

What happens during a Preview Session?

I am an on site artist, so the first thing that happens is I show up at the bride to be's door, she don't have to go anywhere. We then look through photos together; I pick out what trends/looks she is leaning towards, keeping her personal style and daily routine in mind. I then create a full, personalized look, along the way asking questions about how she likes her eyeliner, does she wear blush on a day to day basis, what tones does she feel she looks best in, ect. Soon we have a custom look based on the bride's inspirations and personality.

 

How soon before the wedding do you recommend starting makeup?

I like to block about 45 minutes per face. Usually the process will take less, but this gives me a little leeway in case anyone is late (it is a wedding after all). Plus, if we finish early it gives the bride some time to breathe on a crazy wonderful day.

 

Does the bride need to bring anything special for her makeup?

For the most part, just her beautiful, makeup free, moisturized face! If she has a specific product or shade she loves, then by all means bring it! Anything extra just helps me get a better feel of what exactly she would like.

What is your favorite part of bridal and make-up?

I know this is cheesy, but I love seeing the reaction when we are finished and they get to see themselves! I enjoy makeup and the creativity of it all, but I really love meeting all these wonderful ladies and seeing that added sparkle in their eye when they look in the mirror. There is no better high.

 

What tips would you give brides to maximize their makeup?

If they have chosen the airbrushing, most brides don't have to worry about upkeep. There is the obvious, drink through a straw, dab your tears instead of rubbing them, and don't scratch at the makeup. But for the most part, bridal makeup should be worry free.

 

How soon should a bride book and confirm her makeup artist?

As soon as possible! I will often have brides contact me only a few months from their wedding and I have to turn them down due to lack of availability. This is something to be especially mindful of if the wedding is in peak wedding season. Washington weather doesn't give us much time, so those nice weather months (Ahem, August) book up often a year in advance.

 

Any last tips or suggestions?

Your wedding day is going to be amazing, no matter how stressful or just plain nuts things may seem. Relax, breathe, and treat yourself to a little pampering!

Elizabeth Marie Makeup

Wedding Airbrush Makeup

http://elizabethmariemakeup.com

Price Range: $65.00-125.00