Q&A with photographer Ryan Flynn

April 8, 2014


Ryan Flynn from Ryan Flynn Photography (natch) is one of our favorite local photographers. We caught up with him recently to find out some pro tips on the sometimes tricky process of finding the right photographer to capture your special day. Check out his tips and some of his gorgeous photography below:


What is your top tip for hiring the right photographer? Find someone whose photos you really connect with, and then find out if you connect with them as a person. You’ll spend a lot of time together on the wedding day, so it’s important to really click with not just their work, but them. Finding someone whose work you really love and are moved by, and can envision yourself in, gives you room to trust your photographer to do what they do best. The best images really come from a place of collaboration and sharing a vision.


What are your must-shoot photos for any event? Every wedding is different. There are commonalities, for sure, but you have to let each wedding – and each couple – be what, and who, they are. To that end, my “must haves” are the moments and emotions that connect the bride and groom to everyone they care about at the wedding. I truly love the portraits of the bride and groom, as well. It’s great to be able to find a few moments for them to just be together and make some awesome photos.


When should brides and grooms select their photographer? The sooner the better! It might sound cliche, but it’s true. There are only so many weddings we can physically photograph each year, and things tend to book quickly. If you find someone whose images you can’t live without, lock them down as soon as you have a date!

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You are invited: Experience award-winning catering and events in Seattle

March 6, 2014

Please join us at one of our upcoming Open House events!

We’re thrilled to host our semi-annual showcase open house events this April! These not-to-miss events are the perfect opportunity to enjoy an amazing experience at one of our distinctive venues.  You’ll get to taste dishes from our featured seasonal Spring/Summer menus, see stylish event presentation from our Herban Design Studio, and take in our customized service.

Choose to attend one of our two semi-annual Open Houses at either Sodo Park or The Foundry:

Wednesday, April 2, 2014, 5-8pm

Sodo Park at 3200 1st Ave S, Suite 100 Seattle, WA 98134

Sodo Park


Wednesday, April 9, 2014, 5-8pm

The Foundry at 4130 1st Ave South, Seattle, WA 98134

The Foundry

RSVP (up to 4 guests) for your preferred Open House location by Wednesday, March 19, 2014 by phone 206-932-4717, or email marketfresh@herbanfeast.com

We’ll be sharing more details later this month.

We can’t wait to see you!

xo Herban Feast

Working with an award-winning Seattle catering company: Q & A with our new Herban Design Studio Coordinating Assistant

February 26, 2014

Working with an award-winning Seattle catering company: Q & A with our new Herban Design Studio Coordinating Assistant

We are so happy to introduce you to Herban Feast’s newest member of the Herban Design Studio team, Chelsea Edwards.   Chelsea assists the studio’s creative director, Nicole Haynes, in every aspect of an event décor project’s planning, production and design.

Chelsea Edwards 

Find out what it’s like to walk in her shoes!

 Give us a quick “day in the life”:

In this industry every day is different, which makes it fun! We are constantly looking for inspiration so I could be in the office coming up with new design ideas to create the perfect personalized experience for our clients. My favorite part of the day is in production. It’s amazing to see an events vision take shape and come to life in this romantic fairy tale sort of fashion.

Sodo Floral

Photo courtesy of Sarah Flotard Photography

How did you begin your career in event design?

It was kind of an accident. I was a Recreation & Tourism major in college and had a background in Food & Beverage. I hadn’t found my niche yet and here was this career opportunity that wrapped all of my passions into one position.  I was enthralled in learning everything I could about event and floral design. It is pretty special to be given the opportunity to bring someone’s dream to life.

What do you love about working at the Herban Design Studio?

I love being able to create something original and exciting and memorable. I love weddings because every bride and groom has their own story and we get to create a true experience for their guests based on all the things that are special to them as a couple.

Sodo Floral 2

What are your favorite event design trends for 2014?

My favorite themes right now are actually new twists on old favorites. I will always love the vintage look. There is something incredibly romantic about adding old world charm to today’s modern lifestyle.

Thanks Chelsea, for being an amazing part of our team!

For more information on the Herban Design Studio, please visit http://www.herbanfeast.com/seattle-floral-design/

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Award-winning Catering: 3 Reasons to Host Your Event during Warm Weather Months

February 18, 2014

Award-winning Catering: 3 Reasons to Host Your Event during Warm Weather Months

For every season we have our favorite things about hosting a special event or celebration. In the coziness of winter, we love crafting warm cocktails and deliciously rich dishes. But now, albeit only February, we’re excited to focus on the bright, fresh flavors of spring and summer that showcase ingredients grown in our backyards.  We think you’re going to be excited too when you see our new Spring and Summer menus.

Here are three reasons we think you’ll want to throw a party this summer!

1. Asparagus!!!! Found in our savory asparagus, gruyere, goat cheese, and chives tartlet.

Asparagus Tartlet

Photo courtesy of Laurel McConnell Photography

2. Berries. Raspberries, blueberries, blackberries like those featured in our Farmer’s Market Summer Salad with fresh berries, goat cheese, candied almonds & strawberry-basil vinaigrette.

Farmer's Market Summer Salad

Photo courtesy of Van Whye Photography

3. Beets. The star of our Red and Golden Beet Tartare with red and gold beets, Cabrales blue cheese, almond dust

Beet Tartare

Photo courtesy of Jen and Jody Photography

Not to mention the return of wild Alaskan and Pacific Northwest Salmon and basil (we love pesto!)

Citrus Rubbed Wild Pacific SalmonKale and Pistachio Pesto

Photographs of our Citrus Rubbed Wild Pacific Salmon with blackberry and brown butter emulsion

AND Kale and Pistachio Pesto-crispy focaccia and oven roasted kale courtesy of Jean-Marcus Strole Photography.

Ready to book your spring or summer event!? Call us at 932-4717 or email marketfresh@herbanfeast.com.

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Hot Wedding Trends and Fresh Ideas for All! One Love Celebration

January 20, 2014


We’re thrilled to be part of the Third Annual “One Love” Wedding Showcase on February 16th! We hope you’ll join us for this fresh and fabulous event that offers ALL couples a friendly, warm-hearted and FUN environment to come, be inspired, and get all of their “Big Day” questions answered.


Photo from the One Love website, last year’s event.

Check out all of your wedding planning needs in one day at one location with more than 100 fabulous vendors, including us!


Photo from the One Love website, last year’s event.

We look forward to seeing you!

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Top Wedding Design and Decor Trends for 2014: An interview with Nicole Haynes at the Herban Design Studio

January 8, 2014


What overarching design themes do you think will dominate 2014?

I see people moving away from Vintage tea parties and towards sophisticated and glamorous Downton Abbey, Great Gatsby trends with all of the glitz, glam and excitement of those periods. One theme that will never go away is pure, opulent romance, from candlelit, dreamlike ceremonies, to lush, layered floral, to receptions enhanced with draping and saturated in color.

What do you anticipate being the dominant colors, and how will they be used?

The Pantone of the year is Radiant Orchid, a color offering warmth and joy. This along with beautiful lush, exotic tropical colors, like deep blue and a strong rich turquoise, remind me of Hawaii, Cuba, Thailand, and Brazil. These colors are bold and expressive, and they exude confidence.


Nudes, neutrals, blush and soft pinks, romantic wedding tones are always in style and with lavish details like crystals and metals they are elevated to another level.


Please share fun centerpiece or decorative ideas you will be trying out in the New Year

I’m constantly inspired by fashion, architecture, nature, and artistic expression.  I think anything fun, inspiring, original, and over the top. That which will surprise you, transport you or make you fall in love again are key to any design.

What are you anticipating as a popular floral arrangement or flower for the year?

Phalaenopsis orchid really is Radiant Orchid. Delicate, exotic, and strong as a flower and as a color.

Radiant Orchid

What are you most excited for in the New Year – event décor wise?

Out with the old! Color, playing with draping and lighting and accent décor. Metals and monochromatic floral. Bold, expressive, emotive.

What is the number one tip you would give anyone hosting an event in 2014?

Choose intimate details to personalize your event, such as a handwritten letter to each guest. Don’t get caught up in what is trendy or get lost in what the day is really about. Each other.

Happy 2014 friends!

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Eat. Drink. Be Married! at Weddings in Woodinville

January 3, 2014


We are excited to announce that we will be participating in the 5th annual Weddings in Woodinville wedding wine tour, on Sunday, January 26th, 2014! Find us at Delille Cellars alongside our favorite vendor partners.


Photo by Alante Photography

Weddings in Woodinville is the original chauffeured wedding boutique wedding tour and wine tasting experience for brides and their wedding party to enjoy while viewing and visiting with the best vendors in the industry at some of Woodinville Wine Country’s most sought-after wedding venues.

Gather your friends and families to join this exciting afternoon tour of wine tasting, catered food, fabulous décor and live entertainment during a special open house of Woodinville’s top wedding venues. Ticket holders for this event will board chauffeur-driven luxury transportation for a half-day tour that will escort your group to each venue.

Check in time is 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at Woodhouse Wine Estates, where parking is available. Please visit the Weddings in Woodinville website for more information.

Locations include The Woodhouse Wine Estates, Columbia Winery, DeLille Cellars, JM Cellars, Novelty Hill - Januik Winery, and Willows Lodge.

Make your reservation today and purchase your tickets online! If you are making plans for your very special wedding day you won’t want to miss this fantastic bridal event!


Photo courtesy of Tasha Owen Photography

We look forward to seeing you!

Q&A with Seattle Event Planner, Michelle Bernard of Married with Michelle

December 16, 2013

Married with Michelle

In our featured partner Q&A, event planner and wedding connoisseur, Michelle from “Married with Michelle,” is sharing her thoughts about upcoming trends and her experience in the wedding industry! Michelle has been planning weddings, galas and events for over ten years now— including many, many events with us!

1. What trends are you seeing for the coming year?

2014 brings trends that carry through from the past year such as lace, navy blue, nudes and blush tones. For attire, embellishments for hair such as lush floral crowns and intricate headpieces. Styled grooms have unique tailored suits, bow ties, patterned socks and eclectic touches. Floral and botanicals this year focus on succulents paired with soft peonies and garden roses in muted tones. In lieu of traditional table linens, rustic wide planked farm tables and wooden benches are a natural alternative. Parisian design and influence has also taken center stage and can be seen in lace gowns, decadent petit four dessert displays, large marquee letters of the couples initials and cafe lights.

photo courtesy of pinterest.com

photo courtesy of pinterest.com

2. Why did you become a wedding planner?

I have always loved to take care of people. Being a wedding planner allows me to take each couple under my wing and guide them in a way that lets them enjoy their engagement. I am typically working with the couples for a year or more, which creates a unique relationship. I am their biggest cheerleader, voice of reason, counselor and trusted partner. Coming from a background in corporate public relations, there is a satisfaction I get in planning a momentous life event such as a wedding.

Photo courtesy of Marriedwithmichelle.com at Sodo Park

Photo courtesy of Marriedwithmichelle.com at Sodo Park

3. What do you love about your job?

The wedding day of course! I like to think I am on the same adrenaline rush as my couples, come wedding day. All the hard work of planning and taking them on the journey from inception to completion comes down to that day. When I see that my couple and their guests are completely at ease and in the moment it is the most rewarding feeling. To hear “this was the most amazing day of our lives” and “this is the best wedding I have ever attended” makes me honored that I was allowed to play a small part in their life journey.

To peek at Michelle’s portfolio or book her for your special day, check out her website or Facebook page!

Inside Our Newest Venue, The Foundry

December 8, 2013

To celebrate the season, we hosted a fall/winter themed open house at our newest event venue, The Foundry.  Taking guests on a trip to the City of Lights, we showcased the versatility and uniqueness of the venue, our delicious new seasonal menus, and décor and Seattle wedding floral inspiration from our Herban Design Studio.

For those who couldn’t make it, follow us on a virtual tour! All photos courtesy of Gabriel Van Wyhe.

Welcome to The Foundry! Be greeted at our entry:


Take in our elegantly decorated Press Room:


Featuring a ceremonial vignette:


Take in tabletop décor from Herban Design Studio team led by Nicole Haynes that emphasized stately, yet simple elegance with gold and white:


Stop by “The Bar” for a signature French cocktail, a Kir Royale:


While sipping, sample our featured fall/winter menus including red wine braised short ribs and pumpkin fregola:


And our new pumpkin and goat cheese rice fritter with cranberry puree:


Finally, top off the evening and satisfy your sweet tooth with our ever popular house made “Ding Dongs”:


Book your own fete today! Call 206-932-4717 or email us.

Bonsoir mes amis!