Let’s Talk Event Design and Décor with Jenn Couture of Prop Gallery

May 26, 2016

Your wedding or celebration often starts as a blank slate, allowing you to build and create a day that’s uniquely “you.” Prop Gallery, one of our favorite event design partners, is here to help you turn that blank slate into a stunningly designed event! We sat down with Jenn Couture, Prop Gallery’s Director of Event Sales and Creative Design, to get a behind the scenes look at their event design business.

How was Prop Gallery started?

Prop Gallery actually started as a balloon retailer, Helium Roses Balloons, in 1985. We sold balloons for special occasions of all kinds. Then, in 1998 a new owner came along and changed the concept slightly, transforming the company into what it is today – complete special event design, décor and production.

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What are your three favorite pieces of inventory and why?

Just three?! That’s tough, but if I had to choose I’d say façade, drapes and vignette baubles. Façade allows for any venue to be completely re-imagined and customized, drapes are easy to execute and offer so many different textures and color combinations, and vignette baubles are always perfect to tie together a theme or provide a source of inspiration for a design.

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What is your favorite part of your job?

Hands down, my favorite part is getting to work on something new every day! From an intimate wedding to a corporate gala, a holiday party at a casino or a private auction, being surrounded by new ideas and inspirations every day makes my artistic heart content. Though, I have to say that my very favorite part is the diversity of people I get to work alongside of. Whether it’s meeting with vendors for a site visit or helping a newly engaged bride begin the planning process, each collaboration teaches me something new. It’s rewarding to be able to help others yet be constantly learning so much from them.

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Do you have a favorite memory from an event you worked on?

I have many great memories from events but one that sticks out is a gaming festival booth we assisted with recently. My client gave me complete design freedom and after a few hours of field research, I had what was one of my favorite designs to date. I thought I’d covered every last detail, however there was one final request. They wanted a six foot tall unicorn! Of course we said “yes” and created a unicorn that could seat three people. It was a huge hit at the festival and my client ended up purchasing it for her office. I’m not sure if there could be a stranger request, but I will eagerly wait for it!

Thanks for sharing with us, Jenn! A full list of our partner vendors (everything from event design to videographers!) can be found here.

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Xoxo,

Herban Feast

3 Ideas for a Corporate Retreat

May 18, 2016

Our lives are so filled with so much brightness and revelry. On weekends we get to celebrate stunning and romantic weddings and during the weekdays we get to help companies celebrate success with summer BBQ’s, grow closer through retreats and off-sites, and build their business with sales and team-building sessions.

Is your company planning an off-site? If so, we’re sharing three ideas to make this year’s event your best yet!

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1.Keep Moving

We’re not suggesting a game of musical chairs, but instead moveable spaces where you can give people a fresh perspective, keep them engaged, and transition easily from day to night. A venue that has a flexible floor plan allows your employees to switch mindsets without switching locations. You can host a business-focused session during the day, then seamlessly turn the same space into a fun evening event!

Expert tip: Pick a venue that has multiple spaces. This allows you to set up for the next part of the event without shuffling people outside or into a corner during the transition.

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2. Lighten up

Say goodbye to the traditional buffet and box lunches and hello to an array of appetizers or a moveable feast. Light dishes mixed with fun cocktails gives a party feel and won’t leave your guests sluggish and hot. Plus, giving guests the opportunity to mingle around during the dinner hour allows for more conversation.

Expert tip: Is your company insistent on a sit-down dinner? To allow for the same conversation and mingling, have the dinner family style!

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3. Debut a DJ (or other unexpected entertainment)

A corporate retreat is a great time to talk shop and do company planning, but it is also a chance for your employees to let loose and get to know one another outside of the office. Plan ahead and schedule entertainment! It could be a magician, a great DJ, or even something outside the box – like karaoke, a surprise guest speaker, or a scavenger hunt!

Need help planning your company’s retreat or off-site? Contact us at 206-932-4717 or marketfresh@herbanfeast.com. With full service event coordination, award-winning catering, and a variety of venues, we can help coordinate every aspect of your event.

For more event planning tips and updates, connect with us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Pinterest.

Xoxo,

Herban Feast

Top Wedding Trends for 2016 from our Design Expert

April 28, 2016

Each year, we see new trends in wedding themes, décor and details emerge. Last year we talked about the popularity of flower crowns, off-the-shoulder dresses, and pops of Marsala color tones. Our own Herban Bloom and Herban Design Studio style expert, Rebecca Dashow, shared her thoughts on what she’s seeing for 2016.

1. Soft calming color palettes

From creams to Pantone’s pastel colors of the year, calming neutrals will take center stage as this year’s most popular wedding colors.

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The Foundry by Herban Feast

2. All metallic themed weddings

Metallic colors are no stranger to the wedding scene. However, this year they will be offering more than a pop of shine. From linens to bridesmaid dresses, metallic will be a color palette of its own!

The Foundry by Herban Feast

The Foundry by Herban Feast

Image via Southern Weddings

Image via Southern Weddings

3. Goodbye Mason jars, hello mismatched vessels and vases

2016 is the year we say bye, bye to the Mason jar. However, that doesn’t mean you need to have a set of matching vases adorning your wedding tabletop. Use mismatched vases or unexpected vessels (like the goblet below) to create a beautiful and original floral display.

Image by Momentous Photography

Image by Momentous Photography

4. Floral prints on wedding dresses and bridesmaids dress

Florals are jumping out of their vases and onto the wedding party in 2016. Is a floral wedding dress outside of your comfort zone? Adapt the trend in a smaller way with floral bridesmaid dresses, a pair of flowery reception shoes, or even floral printed robes to get ready in.

Image by Sean Money + Elizabeth Fay via Bridal Musings

Image by Sean Money + Elizabeth Fay via Bridal Musings

Image by Ryan Flynn Photography

Image by Ryan Flynn Photography

5. Personalized everything

It’s your wedding so why not put your name on it? This year the personalized wedding details will be out in full force. A couple ideas to consider trying: a monogrammed wedding cake, throw pillows, a personalized wedding hashtag, or a pin with your new initials in your wedding bouquet.

Image via Project Wedding

Image via Project Wedding

Image by Jen and Jody Photography

Image by Jen and Jody Photography

6. Locally grown flowers

Choosing locally grown flowers helps support your community’s economy, minimizes environmental impact, and on top of that, you’re likely to end up with fresher, more vibrant flowers!

Flowers by Herban Bloom

Flowers by Herban Bloom

Flowers by Herban Bloom

Flowers by Herban Bloom

For more trends, tips and updates, connect with us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Pinterest.

Xo,

Herban Feast

Emily Anderson of Lola Creative gives us the Inside Scoop

April 19, 2016

Do you know you want something different for your wedding but don’t know what or how it will all come together? This is where Lola Creative comes in! We chatted with Emily Anderson, President and Creative Director, to learn more about the company and get the inside scoop on event design.

What does Lola Creative offer for weddings and events?

Lola Creative offers full event design and production – anything that involves the look and feel of your event (i.e. floral, staging, drapes, props, furniture, and interesting details). We visualize with you and then fabricate, curate, and manage to ensure it happens!

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Photography: Rubin Photography, Event Planner: Pink Blossom Events

What inspired you to start the company? 

I was a landscape architect and bored in my job. I yearned for projects I was thrilled to be a part of and I wanted more direct connection with my clients. The opportunity arose to start designing flowers for a local university and some small parties. I took it on to fuel my creative needs and ended up loving it more than my career. Floral design eventually merged into full event design and production and here we are!

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Photography: Asgari Photography, Event Planner: TOLO Events

Any tips for couples planning their wedding?

You will hear a lot of people tell you to go ‘classic’ so that in 30 years you won’t be disgusted by your wedding photos. Don’t listen! Make your wedding true to who you are now. Make it special and sneak in personal touches wherever possible.

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Photography: Alante Photography, Event Planner: Pink Blossom Events

What do you love about working with Herban Feast?

The Herban Feast team is like a well-oiled machine! They are amazing to watch during a flip – when we change the room from ceremony to reception. They quietly come in. Stuff happens. And then it’s done. They are unflappable. And the food is beyond delicious.

What are three must-haves for every wedding?

Honestly, the most important things are your fiancé, an officiant to marry you, and the people who love you. Those are the only true must-haves. All the décor and design, it’s just the icing on the cake. So if you’re having a wedding day panic, relax! It will all be okay if you have those three core things.

Thank you for sharing with us Emily! A full list of our partner vendors can be found here. Make sure to follow along with us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Pinterest!

XO,

Herban Feast

Spring and Summer Event Inspiration from our Dual Open House

April 15, 2016

Our Sodo Park and The Foundry venues were enlivened with exquisite spring and summer décor and florals during last week’s Open House event. Thanks to our talented style and design team, both venues were transformed into wedding and special event ready settings, allowing guests to imagine how they would look during their own event.

Guests started the evening at The Foundry, where our Herban Design Studio and Herban Bloom team combined lush greenery, metallic accents, flicking candlelight and floral details for a romantic, modern feel.

Photo credit: Barbie Hull Photography

Photo credit: Barbie Hull Photography

Photo credit: Barbie Hull Photography

Photo credit: Barbie Hull Photography

Photo credit: Barbie Hull Photography

Photo credit: Barbie Hull Photography

Photo credit: Barbie Hull Photography

Photo credit: Barbie Hull Photography

Stunning rental pieces from Vintage Ambiance

Stunning rental pieces from Vintage Ambiance

Guests were then chauffeured by Butler Valet to our award-winning Sodo Park venue, where they were greeted by more awe-inspiring décor from our event styling and floral design team, from pops of colors, to whimsical tea lights, to an amazing umbrella overhang.

Photo credit: Rebecca Ellison Photography

Photo credit: Rebecca Ellison Photography

Photo credit: Rebecca Ellison Photography

Photo credit: Rebecca Ellison Photography

Photo credit: Rebecca Ellison Photography

Photo credit: Rebecca Ellison Photography

Jen Leslie Events & Wonderstruck Event Design at our “Ask-A-Planner” booth

Jen Leslie Events & Wonderstruck Event Design at our “Ask-A-Planner” booth

At both venues Chef Amanda and the Herban Feast culinary team presented dishes from the new spring/summer menus, including the Citrus Rubbed Salmon entrée, and hot Creole Shrimp and Grilled Chicken Caesar appetizers. Wines from Vinea Imports and Sozo, cider from Dragon’s Head Cider, and a bubbly bar accompanied the delicious bites. The evening was topped off with gourmet wedding cake from Celebrity Cake Studio, gluten-free delicacies from RylieCakes, and our own famous house-made ding dongs!

Citrus Rubbed Salmon with Blackberry & Brown Butter Emulsion

Citrus Rubbed Salmon with Blackberry & Brown Butter Emulsion

Grilled Chicken Caesar served on a Endive Spear and topped with Crisp Parmesan Cheese & Feta Flank Steak Roulade with Roasted Red Pepper and Feta Mousse

Grilled Chicken Caesar served on a Endive Spear and topped with Crisp Parmesan Cheese & Feta Flank Steak Roulade with Roasted Red Pepper and Feta Mousse

Creole Shrimp and Grits with Cheddar Cheese and Fresh Herbs

Creole Shrimp and Grits with Cheddar Cheese and Fresh Herbs

Gluten-free treats from RylieCakes

Gluten-free treats from RylieCakes

A fun bubbly bar accompanied by beautiful hand-crafted chalkboards from Chalk Boss

A fun bubbly bar accompanied by beautiful hand-crafted chalkboards from Chalk Boss

Our Open House event would not have been possible without the help of our amazing partner vendors. A very special thank you to Herban BloomHerban Design Studio, Sozo, Prop Gallery, Blue Danube ProductionsCORT Events Rentals, Vintage AmbianceChoice LinensCelebrity Cake StudioFun Frames Photo BoothButler Valet, Vinea Imports, Phototainment, Windsong Trio, Barbie Hull Photography, Chalk Boss, Dragon’s Head Cider, Seattle Parties, RylieCakes, Jen Leslie Events, Wonderstruck Event Design, Emerald Media Services and Rebecca Ellison Photography for making our event a stunning success.

 

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XO,

Herban Feast

An Interview with our Partner Vendor, Vintage Ambiance

March 23, 2016

1. Vintage Ambiance is such a unique business, tell us a little bit about the company.

Vintage Ambiance provides one-of-a-kind antique and vintage rentals to help your event make a statement! Every day we are working on discovering beautiful and authentic vintage finds from coast-to-coast to bring back and offer to our Pacific Northwest brides and grooms. It a huge compliment when people tell us it’s easy to identify a Vintage Ambiance wedding or event because we pride ourselves on finding unique items that are different from anything else you’ll find on the market!

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2. What styling and décor trends do you see emerging lately?

Lately it’s all about soft, neutral color palettes and wild floral arrangements! Gone are the days where everything has to be absolutely perfect in order to be considered a great design. These days, brides are realizing that the beauty can be in the imperfection, whether it’s a soft, faded upholstered couch or a whimsical floral design with cascading flowers and stems.

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3. What is your favorite part of your job?

One of my favorite parts of the job is seeing how each of our pieces can be transformed in hundreds of different ways, based on the unique style and personality of the bride and wedding planner. I love that our pieces are constantly being used as the foundation for some really brilliant design work.

4. Do you have a favorite memory from an event you worked on?

There are so many memories, but one in particular stands out because it shows the amazing collaboration and support amongst Seattle wedding vendors! 48 hours before a wedding was scheduled, we got terrible news that the venue was being temporarily shut down due to flooding. It would have been easy for anyone to panic (myself included!), but instead the amazing wedding planner worked through the night to secure a new venue, while the rest of us vendors worked to re-adapt the original plans and rework the new space. It’s incredibly rare to work in an industry where vendors will drop everything to support each other when the unexpected happens; it’s truly a community that works together no matter what to create magic for our clients.

5. What (in your opinion!) is the one must-have piece for every wedding?

Lounge seating! I always recommend having at least one couch, but ideally a wedding should have a beautiful couch, two cozy armchairs and a table to tie it all together. Weddings are social celebrations created with the intention of bringing family and friends together and should be designed with both comfort and conversation in mind. It should be just as easy for your guests to find a cozy welcoming spot to engage in conversation as it is to hit the floor and dance the night away!

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A full list of Herban Feast’s partner vendors can be found here. See more partner vendor profiles here and here. And, don’t forget to connect with us on FacebookTwitter, Instagram, and Pinterest.

XO,

Herban Feast

Herban Feast Real Wedding: Wes and Jeanette

March 3, 2016

Spring is around the corner and we’re getting excited for warm, sunny wedding days! These photos from Wes and Jeanette’s colorful wedding at The Foundry are the definition of a perfect summer wedding. Thank you to Jen & Jody Photography for sharing this beautiful photo story with us!

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Planning a summer wedding or event? The Foundry features a unique, customizable layout with distinct spaces that can be used separately for intimate events, or together for large celebrations of up to 500 people. Plus, The Foundry is fully air-conditioned, perfect for hot summer months! Call us (206 -932-4717) or email us (marketfresh@herbanfeast.com) to schedule a private tour.

Be sure to connect with us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Pinterest for more updates!

Xo,

Herban Feast

An Off-Site Venue in the Trees: A Look Inside TreeHouse Point

February 24, 2016

We’re thrilled to give you a glimpse inside the romantic and woodsy TreeHouse Point! Just 30 minutes outside of Seattle, on the edges of the Raging River in Fall City, TreeHouse Point offers guests a rejuvenating escape from urban life.

Photo: Crozier Photography

Photo: Crozier Photography

The four acre TreeHouse Point property boasts nine different spaces that can accommodate a wide range of events – from a business retreat in the Cedar Lodge to a romantic wedding in the Pond Room. Perfect for couples looking for an intimate spot to say “I do” or a company looking for a remote location to inspire creativity, TreeHouse Point offers a one of a kind Northwest space.

Photo: Adam Crowley Images

Photo: Adam Crowley Images

TreeHouse Point owner, Pete Nelson, began his love affair with treehouses when he was just five years old, building his first treehouse with a few tools and his dad to guide him. In 2005, Pete purchased property near his own home in Fall City and began dreaming up plans for a tree-lined retreat. What started as one treehouse quickly grew into many more, transforming the space into the rare oasis it is today.

Photo: Amanda Lloyd Photography

Photo: Amanda Lloyd Photography

Photo: Amanda Lloyd Photography

Photo: Amanda Lloyd Photography

Perks of TreeHouse Point? From an on-staff officiant a massage studio and yoga classes, any celebration is bound to be as relaxing as you could hope for. For treehouse nuptials, the venue offers a two-story honeymoon suite and overnight accommodations for up to 16 guests.

Check out our other off-site venues on the blog here and here and view a complete list here. Looking for more fun happenings? Connect with us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Pinterest!

Xo,

Herban Feast

Sodo says “I do” to Seattle’s Newest Wedding Show

February 10, 2016

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We’re excited to be participating in I Do Sodo, the first wedding show in Seattle to focus on the amazing and unique venues in the Sodo neighborhood. For newly engaged couples, as well as their family and friends, this is a rare opportunity to catch a glimpse of Sodo’s top wedding spaces styled to perfection, and to meet the amazing wedding professionals who make the magic happen.

Who’s there? Each venue on the I Do Sodo tour has its own style and history. Along the way you’ll get to see inside Within Sodo, Westland Distillery, Kerloo Cellars, Metropolist, Canvas, and our own Sodo Park and Foundry venues. You’ll also get to meet wedding experts who can bring your wedding vision to life, including planners, caterers, florist, musicians, photographers, and more.

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Perks to I Do Sodo? There’s too many to count!

  • Get the VIP treatment as the tour begins at Safeco Field’s exclusive Diamond Club. Shuttles will pick you up down on the field (no judgement if you want to do a quick lap around the bases!) and will drive you in style to each venue.
  • Experience a variety of different designs and details to get you inspired for your special day. From “Organic Luxe” to “Mid-Century Modern Cocktail Party”, each venue will be uniquely styled by a team of Seattle’s wedding professionals.
  • We <3 giving back, which is why we also love that a portion of the proceeds from I Do Sodo will benefit Get Hitched, Give Hope.

We hope you’ll come to the show! And if you do, make sure to stop by our Sodo Park and Foundry venues, we’d love to meet you! We know you’ll find our neighborhood as charming and chic as we do.

Purchase your tickets for I Do Sodo here.

For more fun happenings connect with us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

Xo,

Herban Feast

An Interview with Joanna Dyckhoff, Co-Founder of Bamboo Beats

January 26, 2016

What inspired you to start Bamboo Beats?

Bamboo Beats started when my husband (Bamboo Beats co-founder Isaac Dyckhoff) and I struggled to find a DJ for our own wedding. After a long search, we curated our own vinyl collection, set up the turntables and enlisted a couple friends to play DJ. We had so much fun preparing music for our own wedding that we started DJ-ing other weddings on the side. After several years of constant demand for our services we launched Bamboo Beats together in 2005.

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What are your three favorite wedding songs?

  1. Let’s Stay Together – Al Green
  2. Before I Let Go – Frankie Beverly & Maze
  3. I Want You Back – Jackson 5

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Have you noticed any recent trends for wedding music and entertainment?

We have recently seen an increase in pop music songs that play homage to the music of the 70s and 80s. It’s exciting for us because the music from those eras was so original and funky! Being able to spin these songs that hint back at classic tunes helps to bridge the gap in generations on the dance floor. We feel it’s our job to bring people together on the dance floor by celebrating cherished hits with the younger generation and introducing new music to the older generation.

As far as entertainment, we have been noticing more breakdancing and hip-hop dances being incorporated into the first dance and even grand entrances!

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What do you love about working with Herban Feast?

How attentive every staff member is! Every event we work with Herban Feast on is always timely and beautiful, with the utmost care to every detail.

What do you love most about your job?

I love that I get to work together with my husband to create magic for couples on their special day. I especially love the spontaneity and crazy dance moments that come to life on the dance floor!

Thank you for giving us a look inside Bamboo Beats, Joanna! A full list of Herban Feast’s partner vendors can be found here. See more partner vendor profiles here and here.

Make sure to follow along on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and Instagram!

Xo,

Herban Feast