Real Wedding at The Foundry: Lauren and Luciano

July 27, 2016

We are so happy to share these beautiful photos from Nicole Barkis capturing Lauren and Luciano’s wedding at The Foundry. The beautiful chalkboard sign, adorable flower girl and elegant table settings – every photo made us smile! Scroll down to view this perfect love story.

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Washington Wedding Photographer Nicole Barkis photographed beautiful navy military wedding in seattle

Washington Wedding Photographer Nicole Barkis photographed beautiful navy military wedding in seattle

Washington Wedding Photographer Nicole Barkis photographed beautiful navy military wedding in seattle

Washington Wedding Photographer Nicole Barkis photographed beautiful navy military wedding in seattle

Washington Wedding Photographer Nicole Barkis photographed beautiful navy military wedding in seattle

Washington Wedding Photographer Nicole Barkis photographed beautiful navy military wedding in seattle

If you’re interested in booking The Foundry for your wedding or event, call us (206 -932-4717) or email us (thefoundry@herbanfeast.com) to schedule a private tour.

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XO,

Herban Feast

3 Ways to Save on Your Wedding

July 20, 2016

One of the best parts of our job is working with amazing and unique couples to plan their big day! It’s no secret that weddings can be expensive but after 17 years in the business we’ve learned a few tricks for lowering costs here and there. If you’re planning a wedding, or know someone who is, you’ll want to read (and probably write down!) these savvy cost-cutting tips from our Director of Sales, Reese Rowe.

  1. Choose an off-peak day. A Friday wedding can save you money on the venue and on your weekday rehearsal dinner. Even better: a Sunday wedding. Site fees can be much less, plus food and beverage minimums are lower, which is great for smaller weddings.Ways to Save_1
  2. Eliminate labor-intensive specialty foods like sushi rolls from your catering menu. They require more staff to prepare, which will likely increase your bill.Ways to Save_3
  3. One of the biggest ways to save on catering is to swap out a traditional plated dinner for a family-style spread. Family-style allows you to keep the formality of a coursed dinner while spending less per person. Another perk is it creates a great experience for your guests to interact and dine together.
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Herban Feast

Winner of the 2016 “Best of Bride” Award for Best Catering, Best Wedding Vendor, and Best Reception Site!

June 28, 2016

It’s such an amazing honor to be chosen by our peers to win the prestigious Seattle Bride Magazine Best of Bride Award in three categories! Our team is dedicated to helping our clients’ wedding and event dreams come true. Being acknowledged for this commitment makes us want to throw a party!

This year, our innovative catering team, led by Chef Amanda Herrera, won “Best Catering” for the second year in a row.

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Our Sodo Park venue, with its modern, rustic, and industrial features, won a Best of Bride Award for “Best Quintessential Seattle-Area Reception Site.” Sodo Park’s mix of charm and elegance perfectly complements any event, from weddings to galas to corporate events.

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And, thanks to the efforts of our entire team, we received the enormous honor of being named this year’s “Best All-Around Wedding Vendor.” With our four different venues, an amazing catering team, and floral and décor styling services, we’re so proud to be able to make wedding and event planning easy and stress-free for each and every client.

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We would not be here without all of our wonderful partner vendors! A special congratulations to these partner vendors who were also honored with Best of Bride awards. Weddings with Wendy, Perfectly Posh Events, The Invisible Hostess, Flora Nova, Azzura Photography, Honey Crumb Cake Studio, Baked, Windsong Trio, Michael Benson Band, Bamboo Beats, Nash Fung Magician, Greenlight Events, 321 Foto, British Motor Coach, Butler Valet, and Alexis Hotel.

Thank you, thank you to all our clients, partner vendors, friends, and family who voted for us. We love you!

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XO,

Herban Feast

Rocking out with our Partner Vendor, Seattle Parties

June 14, 2016

First comes love, then comes marriage, then comes a rocking dance party at your wedding reception! In one of our most lively partner interviews to date, we chatted with one of Seattle’s top wedding and event DJs, DJ Leslie of Seattle Parties, to find out how she chooses songs for a wedding, her advice for engaged couples, and the most memorable moments she’s had while DJ-ing an event.

 1. What are your all-time favorite wedding songs?

Our songs, like our clients, vary greatly! We look at each wedding as a new challenge, which is what keeps it fun and exciting for us. Think of it as starting out with a blank canvas. First, we gather requests from the bride and groom, then the guests make requests during the course of the evening, and then we splash in a few songs that will compliment everything. A “musical painting” slowly forms, if you will.

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2. How did Seattle Parties get started?

In the late 90’s we were doing club promotions under the name “Cat Swingin’ Lounge Productions.” From there, we started to get requests to do lots of ‘swing theme’ corporate events. In 1998 we formed Seattle Parties and started getting seriously involved in weddings and corporate events. As well as talented DJ’s, we book live music, performance artists, and lighting and AV for events.

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3. What do you love most about your job?

I have been a DJ since my early teens and it’s my passion! I started out on vinyl and pride myself on mixing live and by ear. I love working closely with guests to formulate music that they’re happy and confident with. Every DJ who works for Seattle Parties is a musical artist and 100% passionate about what they do!

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4. Any advice for couples planning their wedding?

Make sure you feel really comfortable with the vendors you hire! Our motto is that we’ll meet with you as many times as needed until you’re satisfied with everything. During the wedding you should be focused on celebrating with your partner, friends, and family – not worrying about anyone’s role!

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5. Do you have a favorite memory and/or story from working at weddings?

I do have some funny stories from over the years! One time I was DJ’ing on a hill in Sun Valley Idaho and a dust storm swept up the Tiki-style DJ booth the client had hand crafted for me and it flew up and over my head and tumbled down the hill behind me. Another time, a major NBA player and all his friends got out on the dance floor and danced along to the Cupid Shuffle. I find that no matter how grand or intimate, each wedding has a funny story or memorable, heartwarming moment. For us, the most memorable moments are seeing our clients having a great time with their family and friends.

Thank you for giving us the inside scoop, Leslie! A full list of our partner vendors can be found here. Make sure to follow along with us on FacebookTwitterInstagram, and Pinterest!

XO,

Herban Feast

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.

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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.

The Foundry by Herban Feast

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.

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Herban Feast