Vendor Spotlight: Weddings with Wendy

May 30, 2017

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Wendy Wojcik of Weddings with Wendy is giving us an inside look at wedding planning, her advice for couples planning their big day and a moment she will never forget.

How did you Weddings with Wendy get started?
Before I began my career planning weddings, I was a catering manager for a well-known facility and it was those experiences that lead me into becoming a wedding planner. It is my passion to always plan a perfect wedding and help couples realize their dreams, and many times surpass them. I am very organized, have a strong attention to detail and my veteran status as a planner has allowed me to form strong relationships with wedding vendors that have benefited my couples.

As a Northwest native I have been planning weddings for over twenty-five years and continually see the wedding industry evolve. Whether through technology, styles or their uniqueness there is one common thread and that is perfect planning.

What is your favorite thing about being involved in a couple’s big day?
I love seeing all the “Beautiful Moments” that just happen at each wedding and how all the moving parts come together for a perfect day!

What advice would you give to couples who are just starting the planning process?
Set a realistic budget based on your number of expected guests. The most common issue my clients experience is that no matter how much they have planned to spend on their wedding most of them don’t understand all the costs involved in planning a perfect event.

My best advice to help them create the wedding of their dreams whatever budget that may be?  First, we create a dynamic budget knowing that up in until the wedding day it will change but change doesn’t necessarily mean increase.  I work with my clients to help them prioritize what is most important to them and then we adjust the budget for each item up or down to help them stay within the overall budget.  Basically we rank what is most important to what is the least and spend more money on the higher ranked items and less on the lower.

Is there a recent wedding trend that we can expect to see a lot more of in 2017?
Here are just a few: naked cakes, live entertainment, metallic embellished dresses with see through silhouettes, natural settings with an abundance of greenery, oversized potted trees and unique food options.

Is there one moment in your career that stands out as something you’ll never forget?
Yes, I love to surprise my couples with something special to them. I had a couple get engaged on a Ferris wheel. So I happened to be able to get one delivered to them for their wedding day. It was AMAZING for them and all the guests really enjoyed it!

Vendor Spotlight: Aaron Horton Productions

April 24, 2017

Video footage from your wedding day is a great way to preserve those special moments for years to come. Aaron Horton of Aaron Horton Productions is giving us an inside look at the life of videographer and sharing his advice on hiring one for your big day.

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Video credit: Aaron Horton Productions

What is your advice to anyone who wants to hire a videographer for their big day?
Go with referrals from friends AND other vendors in our community.  The Seattle wedding community is small, everyone knows everyone else.  While there are vendors that have consistently come and gone in the last 15 years, there are also many who have been solid reputable companies who have grown and served their clients for over a decade.  These strong roots in the community are important for someone considering hiring a professional.  When a vendor recommends another vendor, they feel a responsibility for that recommendation’s quality of service.  In addition, you want a team that works well and cohesive as a unit… one that has a shared goal is to make the couple happy.

I highly recommend that couples request a FULL finished product.  Almost anyone can take the best clips from an event and throw together a decent online video, but you should have a very good idea of what to expect in a full finished product.  When you buy a car, you don’t just look in the trunk to see if you like it.  You need to know exactly what you are receiving so you can make the most informed decision.

What do you love most about your job?
I love my job because it is always a new challenge. I get paid to join families in what is always one of the happiest days of their lives, and at the end of the day, I feel responsible for preserving that feeling. Couples always tell me that when they sit down months after their wedding, they watch the video and start to feel the exact same emotions they felt as their day unfolded; nervous when they were getting ready, happy and excited during their first glance, tearful during a toast, or elated watching a sendoff. It’s quite an honor (and rewarding) to be able to tell someone’s story in a way that makes them feel so much emotion.

What is the one item you won’t attend a wedding without?
How about 20 items? And then backups of those 20 items!!!! I don’t have the luxury of doing re-takes. It’s my job to be everywhere and capture everything naturally. That said, I have to have all the equipment and backup to make sure that I can anticipate anything. My goal is to be the lowest maintenance team member at a wedding. I’ve done that for 15 years now by making sure that I’m prepared for anything. If really pressed, maybe I’d say comfortable dress shoes?

Sodo Park Named One of “The Best Wedding Venues in the United States” by Bride Magazine

February 14, 2017

We’re honored that our Sodo Park Venue has been named as one of ‘The Best Wedding Venues in the United States’ by Brides Magazine!

Eighteen years ago, we set out to create unforgettable experiences for both our clients and their guests, which now includes sharing one of the most idyllic locations in Seattle to get married. Located just a few minutes from downtown Seattle, Sodo Park blends historical significance with modern day elegance. The 7,500 square foot space features vaulted ceilings, exposed beams and millwork, reclaimed lighting and a distinctive warm fusion of modern and rustic accents throughout.

We’ve had the pleasure of creating many memorable events at Sodo Park throughout the years. Mike and Hannah’s wedding night captured the romance of the occasion while maintaining a rustic feel. Aaron and Julia’s nuptials exuded the same elegance as the beautiful couple.

As always, from bookings to styling to catering, none of this would be possible without the talent and hard work of our dedicated team and esteemed partners! This win is yours too.

For more information on Sodo Park or to schedule a walk-through, visit our website.

Falling in Love with I Do Sodo

February 2, 2017

We can’t wait to participate in the 2nd annual I Do Sodo wedding show next weekend! We’re so proud to be a part of the historic Sodo neighborhood and are delighted that there is finally a wedding show dedicated to the venues in this area.

This year’s show (taking place next Sunday, February 12th!) offers you a rare opportunity to tour Within Sodo, Westland Distillery, Kerloo Cellars, Metropolist, Canvas and Safeco Field, as well as our own Sodo Park and The Foundry venues. The best part of I Do Sodo is that each venue will be stylishly transformed by a team of Seattle’s top vendors – including a caterer, florist and musician – allowing you to fully visualize how the space would look on your big day.

Purchase your tickets for I Do Sodo here, and make sure to say hello and introduce yourself when you get to our venues!

Here are a few photos from last year’s event courtesy of Laurel McConnell Photography and Jenn Tai Photography.

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The First Five Decisions to Make When Planning Your Wedding

January 25, 2017

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Engagement season is in full swing! To help brides and grooms-to-be with the initial stages of wedding planning, we asked Megan from Clutch Events to share tips on the first five decisions you’ll need to make.

Set your budget. The purse strings control most wedding planning decisions you’ll make. As soon as you know your firm budget, enter it into a wedding budget calculator for a breakdown. Your wedding planner can also help to create a custom budget and help you decide which areas are most important to you, and that you’re willing to spend more on.

Decide on your wedding size. Maybe you’re dreaming of a large wedding or maybe a small, intimate affair is more your style. Start by thinking about how many guests feels good to you. 50? 100? 200+? Then, make a guest list in Excel and see where you land! You can cut back the list from there. And, of course, remember to get a list from your parents as well.

The guest count will also help you narrow down which venues will work for you and identify  variable costs. Variable costs to consider (and that are based on your wedding size!) include catering, rentals, florals, transportation and invitations.

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Location. Where do you want to get married? Are you dreaming of a wedding close to home or a destination wedding? Consider your wedding vision, planning logistics and guest travel when weighing your options about a location.

Once you’ve settled on the location you can choose a venue. This is an important step as the venue will help shape the style and design of the wedding.

Time of Year. Consider the following when deciding what time of year to get married:

  • Average weather and temperature – especially if you want an outdoor event!
  • What time the sun sets – do you have a full day of light or will it get dark at 4PM?
  • Holiday weekends – these may be dates to avoid because of airfare costs and other travel issues
  • School schedules for guests that will be traveling with kids

If you have the flexibility to choose a season or a preferred month without having a specific date, there may be more availability when it comes to selecting a venue. Perhaps you want to get married in summer, but July is only six months away from when you got engaged. Make sure you give yourself enough time to plan your wedding and enjoy your engagement!

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Wedding Style. Casual? Semi-formal? Black tie? Do you have a sense of the style of wedding you’re going for? This is also an important factor to consider when deciding on budget and guest count. A formal wedding will likely increase the cost of the event.

Most importantly, remember that it’s the experience you have and people who surround you that are most significant to planning a wedding!

Thank you, Megan for sharing your expertise! For more wedding planning tips, follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Pinterest.

Herban Feast Real Wedding: Melanie and Rhabbie at The Foundry

January 9, 2017

Melanie and Rhabbie’s wedding at The Foundry was a joyful celebration of love, family and friends. The couple first met in their high school Spanish class and it was amor at first sight. They have been together for 16 years but were waiting for Melanie to finish dental school before tying the knot.

“Because we’ve been together for so long, our wedding was more of a celebration of FINALLY!”, said Melanie. “There was a lot of love put into our wedding because we had so many friends help us – we wanted the whole night to be about us, love and a celebration.”

The couple wanted a modern look, which was executed with lots of exciting lighting, metallic accents and elegant, light florals.

Enjoy this beautiful photo story by Alante Photography!

You can see more weddings at The Foundry here, here and here. Follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Pinterest for more real weddings and event inspiration.

Herban Feast Real Wedding: Bradley and Leah at Sodo Park

December 21, 2016

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Bradley and Leah’s Sodo Park wedding was a classic, romantic and stunning affair. A private ketubah signing in the Sodo Park loft followed by a traditional Jewish ceremony, sparklers, a mashed potato bar, over 500 donuts, and so much more!

Instead of walking all the way down the aisle, Bradley and Leah’s  ceremony took place in the center of their guests. “We wanted everyone to feel like they were a part of the ceremony and to be wrapped in their love and presence” explained Leah.

The nuptials had a soft, elegant design to them. Planner Married with Michelle and florist Bella Rugosa used eucalyptus, spray roses, greenery and an array of candles to set the mood.

Leah and Bradley desired a relaxed and fun feel to their wedding reception, greeting guests with champagne as they arrived and selecting food stations instead of a traditional seated dinner, and ending the evening with chicken and waffle sliders!

Thank you to Sullivan and Sullivan Photography for sharing these amazing photos!

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You can see more Sodo Park real weddings here, here and here. Follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Pinterest for more event photos and inspiration.

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Herban Feast Real Wedding: Emily and Alex at The Foundry

November 30, 2016

A huge congratulations to Emily and Alex on their nuptials! These stunning photos courtesy of Julia Kinnunen Photography perfectly capture the beauty, elegance and sweetness of their wedding celebration. We hope you enjoy this wonderful photo story.

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Suspended lights and greenery are one of the biggest design trends of 2016. This living wall adds texture and a pop of color to a simple backdrop.

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The Foundry’s customizable layout allows guests to use rooms separately or together. The venue’s large room is a top choice for both the ceremony and the reception – a changeover that occurs while guests enjoy cocktails by the fireplace.

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Our signature Sweet Potato and Dungeness Crab Cakes are one of our most popular appetizers.

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A bold and colorful floral arrangement makes for a beautiful centerpiece.

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Local food remains a first choice for menus. Our Pacific Northwest favorites include Citrus Rubbed Wild Pacific Salmon in the summer and Rosemary Scented Roasted Vegetables in the winter.

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The Foundry‘s distinct spaces and unique layout work for every occasion – from weddings to company off-sites and private parties. The Foundry also includes exclusive catering and bar service by our award-winning culinary team. Give us a call at 206-932-4717 for a private tour!

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Herban Feast Real Wedding: Katie and Dan at Sodo Park

October 12, 2016

We’re thrilled to share Katie and Dan’s special day at our Sodo Park venue.  We especially love when our couples get creative – check out the Foosball table at their reception! A shout out to Laurel McConnell Photography who captured this beautiful wedding celebration.

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

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One Wedding Accessory Seattle Bride’s Digital Editor is So Thankful She Wore

September 16, 2016

Guest blog post by Darien Parish, Seattle Bride Magazine’s digital editor

As the big day gets closer, there’s no doubt you’re diligently checking off items on your to-do list, especially when it comes to gathering all the pieces of your ensemble. The dress was ordered months ago, you’ve procured your something blue, your grandmother’s brooch is set to be fastened to your bouquet, and your shoes wait expectantly for their trip down the aisle. All of these thoughtful details add up to likely the most important fashion statement you’ll ever make.

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The day itself might fly by, but those photos will be around for generations. And that’s exactly the level of care I took when planning my own look for our Spring 2013 wedding, but, as it turns out, the one accessory I’m so thankful I wore wasn’t something that could be captured in a photograph.

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I spent weeks looking for the perfect perfume to compliment our big day. Just as the smell of a homemade apple pie can send you straight back to that Thanksgiving, or the scent of fresh cedar can carry you away to summer days on the lake, I wanted a signature scent, something I’d never worn or smelled before, that had the power to take me back. It had to be light enough for a late April afternoon, with a hint of warm romance for the evening…plus, the bottle had to be elegant (As they say…it’s all in the details!). After a few trips to the beauty counters at the local department store, I finally settled on Chanel’s Coco Mademoiselle. I kept it sealed tight until the big day, when it was the last accessory I put on before beginning our new chapter.

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A few weeks ago, I spritzed some on before we headed out the door for dinner and drinks. My husband abruptly stopped me on the porch and leaning in for a kiss he said, “You smell like our wedding day.”

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Photos by Gallery 9 North.

Thank you for sharing your wedding story with us Darien! You can check out more of her articles and wedding tips over on Seattle Bride.

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