Expert Style Tips for Using Greenery at Your Event

March 13, 2017

The 2017 Pantone Color of the Year is Greenery and we couldn’t be more excited about it! As a life affirming shade that is symbolic of new beginnings, it’s the perfect color to use on your wedding day. Rebecca Dashow, our own Herban Bloom and Herban Design Studio expert, shares her advice with  couples who are interested in integrating Greenery into  their big day.

What is your advice to couples on choosing a color scheme?
Pinterest is a great tool for wedding planning! It is super easy to enter your color ideas and let Pinterest give you a pretty color palette. I also like Instagram. By looking at the local florist’s feed, planners, even caterers you can get an idea of different color palettes.

The Pantone color of the year is Greenery. What do you like best about this color in terms of styling an event?
I think that Greenery goes with virtually every color palette- your whites, creams, blush, lavender, navy, peach, fuchsia, black. You name it you can’t go wrong having greenery either be the main color or a secondary color choice.

It seems like there are so many ways to incorporate Greenery into any event. What’s a good place to start?
I think your ceremony arch or chuppah. There are so many ideas out there for showing the greenery front and center, which allows guests can quickly connect with theme of the wedding.

What other style trends can we expect to see in 2017 that will complement the use of this year’s color?
Copper!

Is there such a thing as too much with this color?
I would integrate the greenery idea on focal areas. For example, the arch and maybe long garlands running down farm tables for your reception. Everything else should have elements of these main pieces but add in floral.  You don’t want your big day to look like a jungle.

Will you choose greenery for your event this year?

 

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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

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

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

Fourth of July Party Inspiration from Herban Feast

June 30, 2015

We can’t wait for a sunny 4th of July filled with good food, fireworks and parties! Are you hosting and/or planning a party? Here are some Independence Day event inspiration and ideas from our favorite Herban Feast events.

Décor:

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A grown-up lemonade stand is a summery way to showcase your eats and treats. Plus, it’s easy to create!

 

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Tables covered with gingham add a fun picnic feel to any kind of event.

 

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Add 4th of July spirit to any surface with bright (and patriotic!) ribbon.

 

Food:

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Serving seafood is a fun alternative to traditional barbecue food.

 

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Have your burger and eat it too! Pretty trays for burgers and fries are more visually appealing than a plateful of patties and paperware.

 

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Downsize your favorite summer desserts. Make grab-and-go sizes of sweets for a potluck or buffet style party.

 

Drinks:

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Drink buffets are a fun alternative to a bar. We love this margarita one with fresh fruit for guests to add in.

 

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Bring out your southern roots with traditional iced tea and lemonade. These dispensers are fun and casual. Bonus points if you have a vintage truck to put them in!

 

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Make your drinks patriotic. Festive straws and name tags are an easy way to get in the holiday spirit.

For more event ideas and inspiration check out the blog here and here. Connect with us on Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest!

Happy (almost) 4th of July!

Xo,

Herban Feast

 

 

 

Spring/Summer Open House at The Foundry

May 29, 2015

The Foundry was ready for wedding season at our spring/summer open house event on April 22nd.

A special thank you to our partner vendors MikedUp Productions, Tallant House, Phototainment, Butler Valet, Blue Danube Productions, Prop Gallery, Choice Linens, Creative Coverings, Espresso Elegance, Kevin Drake Sign & Design, Dante’s Inferno Dogs, Vintage Ambiance and ABC Rentals by CORT for helping to make this event possible.

We love these gorgeous pictures from the event taken by The Popes:

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The Herban Design Studio team; Kaleb Norman James, Fluert, and Herban Bloom did a terrific job, including décor such as succulents, metallic accents, pastel floral arrangements and more. It looked fantastic in there.

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Lucky for us the sun was shining and we were able to show off our outdoor patio. The perfect spot for a cocktail hour or late night snack. Whimsical picnic furniture perfectly complemented the outdoor space.

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Guests got a chance to sample some of our spring/summer menu items including our signature sweet potato and Dungeness crab cakes and our citrus rubbed wild Pacific salmon with blackberry and brown butter emulsion. At the bar we mixed up our Herban smash cocktail with bourbon and orange bitters.

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We sincerely appreciate our partners and team for helping bring our vision for this event to life.

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

Happy Friday,

Herban Feast

Get inspired by these bridal trends for 2015

March 12, 2015

As we get closer to the peak of wedding season, we’ve been noting our favorite trends, styles, décor and themes. Here are a few that we think you’ll love as much as we do.

  1. Off-the-shoulder dresses

This romantic look was all the rage during spring runway shows and offers a fresh style for the romantic bride who’s looking beyond the ball gown.

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Photo via Harpers Bazaar, courtesy of Marchesa

  1. Marsala

Pantone’s 2015 Color Of The Year is showing up in wedding details big and small – from flowers to groom attire to cakes and décor.

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Photos via Pinterest

  1. Lace invitations

Lace has always been a trend for wedding dresses, but now it’s making the leap to other wedding details, like these invitations.

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Photo via Elegant Wedding Invites

  1. Metallic bridesmaid dresses

Just because it’s the bride’s day to shine doesn’t mean that the bridesmaids can’t stand out too! Glitz and glamour are sneaking into bridal parties, putting a spotlight on the bride’s leading ladies.

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  1. Communal dining

Many brides this season are embracing inclusivity and togetherness with big family-style tables.

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Photo Brandon Pato Photography

  1. Flower crowns for the bride

All hail the floral queen! Brides are taking spring flowers to a new level, using them to top off their wedding ‘do. It’s an easy (and inexpensive) way to add some bohemian glam to your look.

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Photo via The Wedding Blog

  1. Chalkboards

Chalkboards are the new black. From invitations to menus to seating charts, they’ve become a new wedding staple.

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Photo via The Wedding Blog

  1. Greenery

While we all know flowers and weddings go hand-in-hand, brides this season are opting for a “greener” floral arrangement. Greenery is showing up on all the trendy wedding tables and in many bride bouquets this spring. Perfect for an enchanting summer wedding.

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  1. Fishtail braids

This laid back look is all the rage on the runways and red carpet this year. Now, brides are making it their own. With this messy yet stylish look you won’t have to fret about your hair during your big day.

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Photo via Want That Wedding

         10. Local and sustainable food

Weddings are going green as brides and grooms are becoming more thoughtful about what they’re serving friends and family. Couples are requesting local food that is sustainably sourced, like our new spring/summer menus featuring ingredients from Northwest farms and producers.

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Photo via Herban Feast galleries

For more wedding favorites take a look at the real weddings we featured here and here. Connect with us on Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest!

Xo,

Herban Feast

A fresh arrangement! Herban Bloom Opens

December 2, 2014

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Roses are red, violets are blue, we’re thrilled to introduce Herban Bloom to you. Herban Bloom is an exciting extension of our floral design capabilities, creating strong connections to local growers and infusing a new level of floral creativity into our Herban Design Studio.  Located on Vashon Island, Herban Bloom’s retail shop is managed by islander Melody Williams who brings over 30 years of floral design experience.

Read on to see photos from our Grand Opening celebration!

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The perfect home and floral gifts await you.

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A peek from the street.

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Hop on the ferry for an island adventure and stop by the store for your holiday floral arrangements, wreaths, centerpieces and gifts.

 

We hope to see you soon!

Interview with “Featured Vendor” Kaleb Norman of Kaleb Norman James Design

November 3, 2014

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What inspired you to create Kaleb Norman James Design? 

I’ve always been creative. When most kids couldn’t wait for baseball practice, I couldn’t wait for it to get over so I could get back to designing or building something. By the time I was finished with high school, I knew I wanted to do something in the design world and signed up for a bunch of architectural design courses. Quickly I realized it wasn’t nearly hands on enough for me and the times I had been most happy creatively was when I was working with flowers and helping friends with their weddings. So I started doing some research and found an incredible school in Manhattan and within a week was signed up and on my way to NY. After about 5 minutes of my first class, I was hooked and no doubt remained that this is exactly what I wanted to do.

What do you love most about your job?

Weddings have this way of being larger than life and over the top. It’s fast paced and chock full of momentum, so every day is different and there’s no monotony. Each client is entirely unique from the next, but the one thing I’ve found in common is that they come to me because they’re passionate about creating a beautiful wedding. So when their passion encounters my own, it’s amazing seeing what we can accomplish together. The process of working with someone so closely for anywhere from 6 months to over a year allows me to build a really special bond with my clients. We got through a lot together, form choosing venues, dealing with family issues that affect the wedding, to the small things, like choosing which shade of white we want the flowers to be. By the time the wedding comes we’ve generally become great friends. There are two moments that I love most on the day of the wedding- just before the first look, I always take a moment to connect with my bride, see how she’s doing and then show her the bridal bouquet for the first time. Getting to see the look on her face and the way her eyes light up is the best…the second is when I get to reveal the reception space to the bride & groom before it’s filled with their guests. We’ve spent months dreaming this up together and when I get to open the doors and show them a perfectly appointed space, created entirely for them, it makes all the late nights and hours of prep work, absolutely worth it!

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Where do you find inspiration?

I have a serious case of Wanderlust. If I’m home for more than two months at a time, I get antsy and have to go somewhere new. Travel for me is the biggest source of inspiration. I love experiencing a culture different than my own. From the street fashion, to the architecture, to the food, it’s all so beautiful to take in. I try to place close attention to the details that surround me, so when I travel I love find boutique hotels and shops. These smaller places never skimp on the details, so I’m inundated by fresh takes on design and style. I love finding the way locals interpret the styling of these places and try hard to pay close attention while in town.

What do you see as the prevailing event design and décor trends for 2015?

So far, I’ve noticed that metallics aren’t going anywhere! Adding in that touch of gold, bronze or silver seems to be the accent everyone going for. Whether it’s changing it up with gold flatware or adding a metallic, sequin linen, I’m constantly being asked to incorporate metallic touches for my weddings. Also, I’m getting lots of requests for “bringing the outdoors, in.” People seem to be loving the idea of really lush, greenery heavy concepts, with flower walls, suspended branches dripping with florals or creating centerpieces that feel more like trees than just flowers, everyone seems to be on the cascading floral/lots of greens concepts.

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Photo by Gabriel Van Wyhe