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.

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Xo,

Herban Feast

Wedding Day Checklist

January 14, 2016

Your wedding day should be relaxing and enjoyable – with no stress! To make sure you don’t forget any day-of essentials we asked expert wedding planner, Holly Patton of Perfectly Posh Events for a comprehensive checklist. Keep this on hand for a stress-free big day!

 

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Photo Credit: Ozlem Yavuz Photography

For the Bride

___ The ring

___ Wedding dress

___ Veil or headpiece

___ Undergarments

___ Shoes

___ Wedding jewelry

___ Clothes and makeup for the next day

___ Cell phone

___ Brush/comb

___ Hairspray

___ Makeup

___ Lip balm

___ Extra panty hose

___ Toiletries

___ Mints

___ Perfume

___ Bobby pins/hair ties

___ Clear nail polish (helpful for nylon runs!)

___ Pair of flat shoes

___ Straws (Prevents spilling on the dress when you are having a drink!)

___ $20 for “just in case”

___ Driver’s license

___ Camera

___ Snacks (Make sure they are light colored and non-messy!) and bottled water

___ Tissue

___ Umbrella

___ Lint brush

___ Hanger for wedding dress

 

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Photo Credit: GH Kim Photography

For the Groom

___ The rings

___ Tuxedo or suit

___ Shoes

___ Clothes for the next day

___ Toiletries

___ Mints

___ Cologne

___ $20 for “just in case”

___ Driver’s license

___ Camera

___ Snacks and bottled water

___ Umbrella

___ Lint brush

 

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Photo Credit: A Fist Full of Bolts Photography

Don’t forget!

___ Vendor final payment and gratuities

___ Marriage license

 

For more wedding tips and tricks connect with us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Pinterest!

Xo,

Herban Feast

Happy Holidays from Herban Feast

December 30, 2015

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Wishing you a happy New Year! Thank you for making 2015 an amazing year full of fun and festivities. This year we opened The Lodge at Fall City Farms, our second outdoor venue and celebrated the one year anniversary of our Vashon Island floral design shop, Herban Bloom! We look forward to an exciting 2016!

Xo,

The Herban Feast Team

Two Tips to Transform Your Traditional Holiday Décor

December 14, 2015

‘Tis the season for holiday parties and hosting guests! As you prepare your home or office for your next gathering, we thought you might enjoy these two simple tips from our Herban Design Studio experts for enlivening your typical décor.

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Embellish a plain wreath by adding bows, twigs, and ornaments like the one pictured. Not a DIY-er? Our Herban Bloom shop on Vashon creates amazing ornamental wreaths in all shapes and sizes.

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Instead of flowers or berries, add pine cones and twigs to your pine branch centerpieces.

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Garland on a mantel is expected, but adding it to your table centerpiece is not. We love adding in little led-lit votive candles too.

Make Your Holiday Colors Pop

White, metallic, or pink are beautiful colors to add to your traditional red and green décor.

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Crisp white chairs contrasted by the rich green garland centerpiece infused with pink, white and red flowers is unexpected and fresh.

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Or, forgo holiday colors and opt for wintery white décor accented by shimmering gold and silver.

If you try one of these tips, we’d love to see pictures! Share them with us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

Giving Thanks in 2015

November 24, 2015

 

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This time of year is about giving thanks and we have so much to be thankful for including our amazing partners and colleagues who make the magic happen, and most of all our wonderful clients who inspire and believe in us! From us to you, here’s what we’re giving thanks for in 2015:

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I’m thankful that I have a warm and loving home that I can come home to. –Elizabeth, Herban Feast Chef

 I’m thankful to be a part of an industry that challenges me every day, for the talented chefs I get to work with, and most of all for my incredible friends and family! – Alycia, Herban Feast Operations Manager

I’m thankful to be around so many people who care and are interested and invested in those around them. –Darby, Herban Feast Event Services Coordinator

I’m thankful for all the love and support from my friends and family back home on the East Coast and for all my new friends on the West Coast!  – Mallory, Herban Feast Event Services Coordinator

I’m thankful for my mother’s health and that my daughter is doing great in her first year of college! – Mary, Herban Feast Offsite Catering Sales Specialist

I’m thankful for puppy kisses and cozy nights with my husband and family. – Kristen, Herban Feast Event Services Manager

I’m thankful for family, good hair days, books, coffee, neighbors, and cozy jammies. – Michele, Herban Feast Foundry Operations Coordinator

I’m thankful for my wonderful husband, my terrific friends and family, and a fantastic team at work. – Reese, Herban Feast Director of Sales

I’m thankful for a healthy life and my wonderful family! – Ivy, Herban Feast Intern

I am thankful for my beautiful son and supportive husband and to be working for an innovative company that is constantly testing its boundaries and succeeding.  – Danae, Herban Feast Sales Manager

Having just moved here from California, I am thankful for Washington’s endless beauty and opportunity for adventure! – Lauren, Herban Feast Office Manager

I am thankful for having such a dedicated and caring team who are constantly challenging one another to help create the best Herban Feast there can be!- BJ Duft, Herban Feast Owner

What are you thankful for this season? Share with us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram!

An Interview with BreeAnn Gale, Founder & Lead Event Planner at Pink Blossom Events

November 9, 2015

 

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Summer is a busy time for any wedding planner. What was your favorite trend that popped up at weddings this summer?

This summer was a hot one in Seattle so it was fun seeing all the creative ideas my clients had to beat the heat and keep their guests cool. From ice cream treats during cocktail hour (it’s never too early for dessert!) to fans that doubled as programs. While these trends might not translate into fall and winter, they were definitely a winner for summer!

What do you love most about your job?

My favorite part of my job is the working with each individual client! They always bring a unique idea or wish to the planning process, allowing me to be creative and try something different each time. I really try to make sure the event reflects the couple’s personality above anything else.

 

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Any insider tips for future brides?

Trust the process! Each of the vendors you’ve hired is an expert in their field. Let them guide you through the planning and your wedding day will be better than expected.

 

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What is your must-have item for any wedding?

My list of must-haves for a wedding seems to grow each year but my number one must have is a good pair of shoes. Whether you are the bride looking for that perfect pair of shoes to give you that “wow factor” or a wedding vendor who is on their feet all day, shoes can make or break your day!

 

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Thank you for sharing with us BreeAnn! A full list of Herban Feast’s partner vendors can be found here. See more partner vendor profiles here and here. Connect with us on Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest.

XO,

Herban Feast

Seattle’s Eastside Venue Feature: A Tour inside the Stunning Bellevue Arts Museum

October 29, 2015

We are excited to take you inside one of our favorite Eastside venues,  Bellevue Arts Museum (BAM).

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Located in downtown Bellevue, BAM was originally founded in 1947 and was moved and transformed several times before permanently settling into its current location in 2001. The museum’s building was designed by renowned architect, Steven Holl. A Washington native himself, Holl designed BAM using materials that would highlight the Pacific Northwest’s outdoor beauty, including glass, terraces and skylights.

Within the museum there are three distinct event spaces that are perfect for a wide range of events, from a cocktail hour on the Court of Light, to a board meeting in BAM’s Auditorium, to an elegant dinner in the Forum.

 

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The Forum, located on the museum’s first floor, is at the very center of the building and has a two story high ceiling, making it a dramatic and elegant space perfect for a wedding reception or seated dinner. Amazing pieces of art and design add character to The Forum’s walls.

 

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The second event space at the museum is The Court of Light, a large veranda located off of the third floor. The Court of Light is home to amazing large scale art pieces created by artists from all around the world, making it the perfect backdrop for a cocktail hour or sunset event.

 

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BAM’s Auditorium space is a warm gathering spot for small-scale events. Its wood appearance and full audio/visual features make it perfect for meetings, presentations and intimate gatherings.

Thank you BAM for letting us take a look inside your beautiful location! A complete list of our off-site venues can be found here. Take a look at Herban Feast’s own venues on the blog here, here and here. Connect with us on FacebookTwitter and Pinterest!

XO,

Herban Feast

Preparing for Stunning Fall and Winter Events at our Sodo Park & The Foundry Open Houses

October 15, 2015

Twice a year we transform our Sodo Park and The Foundry venues into themed sensations to showcase new seasonal décor and dishes.  This season, we hosted our open house events on one evening, allowing guests to experience the delight of both venues simultaneously.

Our Sodo Park venue’s rustic charm was enlivened with bright floral décor and pops of color, naturals and neutrals including wood accents and crisp white draping, and antique detailing including old-fashioned lanterns and gold accented vases.

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The Foundry was styled as a romantic winter wonderland complete with a forest of twinkly lights, antique books as table décor, and wintery flowers. Bright metallic place settings, pillows and table coverings created a sparkling fairytale effect, off-set by bright white furniture and draping.

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Guests tasted dishes from our fall/winter menu including a Roasted Red Pepper and Lentil Stuffed Chard Bundle entrée and Beef and Ricotta Canapé appetizer. An ice bar from Creative Ice, onion ring bar, and wine tasting completed the delicious spread.

Bacon Wrapped Figs with Apricot Marmalade

Bacon Wrapped Figs with Apricot Marmalade

Roasted Red Pepper and Lentil Stuffed Chard Bundle with a Spiced Corn Puree

Roasted Red Pepper and Lentil Stuffed Chard Bundle with a Spiced Corn Puree

Beef and Ricotta Canapé

Beef and Ricotta Canapé

Onion Ring Bar featuring Ketchup, Siri Sauce, Honey Mustard, and Stoneground Mustard Aioli

Onion Ring Bar featuring Ketchup, Siri Sauce, Honey Mustard, and Stoneground Mustard Aioli

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A special thank you to our vendors who made these events magical : Integral DJs, Bamboo Beats, Herban Bloom, Herban Design Studio, Kerloo Cellars, Noble Wines, The Estates Group, Sozo Friends, Nashi Orchards, Schooner Exact Brewing, Creative Ice, Espresso Elegance, Prop Gallery, Blue Danube Productions, CORT ABC Events Rentals, Kaleb Norman James , Fleurt, Vintage Ambiance, Choice Linens, Celebrity Cake Studio, Fun Frames Photo Booth, Butler Valet, Freebird Photography , Momentous Image and JMP Photography.

For more Herban Feast events and happenings connect with us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Pinterest.

Xo,

Herban Feast

A Peek Inside Our Off-Site Venue, Golden Gardens Bathhouse

September 28, 2015

Today we are excited to take you inside of one of our beautiful off-site venues, Golden Gardens Bathhouse! While only ten minutes from downtown Seattle, this laid-back and lovely location feels worlds away from the city.

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Owned by Seattle Parks and Recreation, Golden Gardens Bathhouse offers amazing views of the water, Olympic Mountains, and nearby forests.

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Golden Gardens Park was originally developed in 1907 by Harry W. Treat and was used as an attraction to encourage people to ride the new electric cars lines that had been installed throughout Seattle. The historic Bathhouse at Golden Gardens was built later on, in the 1930’s. Golden Gardens is now considered one of the most popular parks among over 450 in the Seattle Parks system.

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Perfect for any private party, seminar, or event, the historic waterfront location contains a large Main Hall with a cathedral ceiling and multiple skylights, allowing for lots of beautiful, natural light.

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Thank you Golden Gardens Bathhouse for sharing your stunning location with us! A complete list of our off-site venues can be found here. Take a peek at some our own Herban Feast venues featured on the blog here and here.

For more beautiful photos and event news, connect with us on Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest!

Xo,

Herban Feast

Introducing our newest outdoor venue, The Lodge at Fall City Farms!

September 22, 2015

We are excited to introduce you to our newest outdoor venue, The Lodge at Fall City Farms, and take you on a quick visual tour.

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Surrounded by sprawling greenery and wooded forests, The Lodge at Fall City Farms offers an escape from the city and stunning views of Mt. Si, creating a perfect combination of rustic charm and northwest elegance.

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Set on a three-acre outdoor farm, the venue is located in Snoqualmie Valley, in the foothills of the beautiful Cascade Mountains. The Lodge itself is an iconic 5,000 square-foot Northwest-style lodge with a large stone fireplace, Douglas fir floors, granite counters, and vaulted ceilings with exposed beams.

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Perfect for your next event, celebration or meeting, The Lodge accommodates seated indoor events up to 100 and outdoor events for up to 500. Wrap-around decks and an indoor/outdoor fireplace create a seamless connection to the outdoor space.

The Lodge at Fall City Farms is equipped for parties, celebrations and gatherings with complete event planning services by Herban Feast Design Studio and catering by Herban Feast. Overnight accommodations are available for up to 16 guests.

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To celebrate the new venue we would like to invite you to join us for a special, private launch event at The Lodge at Fall City Farms this Sunday, September 27th, from noon – 3:00pm.  To secure your spot RSVP to marketfresh@herbanfeast.com. The Lodge is located at 3636 Neal Road SE, Fall City, WA and is accessible by car via I-90.

To schedule a private site visit or reserve your date contact us at (206) 932-4717.

Check out Herban Feast’s other venues here, here and here. For more company news and happenings connect with us on Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest.

Xo,

Herban Feast