10.11.12 Weddings

Seattle Eco Friendly + Organic Wedding

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ast month I spent time in Seattle, a city I equate with creativity and respite. I blogged about my adventures, but while there I also had the distinct pleasure of collaborating with a spectacular group of people. And I know I'm sometimes extra descriptive when it comes to people (and things and moments and life in general), but--really--they're spectacular.

These wedding creatives aren't just good at what they do, they're good at who they are. And it made the day amazing.

It was an honor working with Jenn Elliott Blake of Bowtie and Bustle, who worked tirelessly to create a unique vision for the shoot. The concept for the shoot was driven by the idea that weddings can be beautiful and environmentally conscious at the same time. Jenn incorporated organic color pallettes and re-purposed materials (beyond the use of vintage wares) adding a sustainable-modern take on a Pacific Northwest lifestyle.

Concept, Design + Styling : Jenn Elliott Blake of Bowtie and Bustle
Floral Design : McKenzie Powell Designs
Paper Details : La Happy
Desserts : Hot Cakes
Hair + Makeup : Erin Skipley
Venue : Cast Iron Studios
Vintage Rentals : Scout Vintage
Bridal Dress : Martha Webb
Custom Table Linen : Andie Powers of Assemble Shop + Studio
Models : Amber Anderson + James Powell
Photography : Jasmine Star

This dress? I died. Jenn found it on Pinterest and had it shipped from the UK for the shoot, but it was an adventure tracking it down...if she wasn't so good at design, she could easily get into being a detective based on her research skills and determination alone.
Oh, and this is Amber, our gorgeous bride for the shoot...

While visiting her mom in Colorado, Jenn assembled these hanging rope, braiding them. And I'm happy when I can tie my shoes on the first try.

McKenzie Powell is easily one of the most talented floral designers I've worked with. Easily. Her designs are effortless, free-flowing, and beautiful. When I asked what flowers she used, she responded with this short list: Cosmos, Clematis, Rudbeckia, Dill, Rosemary, Oregano, Sage, Thyme, Veronica, Queen Anne's Lace, Dusty Miller, Porcelain vine, and Agrostemma...

Jenn writes about her design: The color palette and materials reflect a natural & organic feeling with neutral tones being contributed by the use of wood, cork, macramé rope, organic silk, vintage amber-colored glass bottles & metal tins in an industrial setting. The burnt orange & mustard yellow pops of color were used to create a cheerful juxtaposition to the natural vibe of the design. I wanted the design to feel very clean & simple at the same time, not too much fuss.

Transitioning from the expected heavy use of florals in weddings, Jenn and McKenzie in turn used fresh herbs, potted plants and minimal cut stems for the centerpieces, hanging installation & bridal bouquet. Cork (one of the most sustainable & easily recycled products in the world) was hand cut to create floral vases, a backdrop for signage & the candle holders on the tabletop. Acacia wood cutting boards were used in place of the traditional dinner plate and as a "guest gift", inspired by a recent visit to Paris where charcuterie-style meal options were in great demand in cafes for communal dining purposes.

Look at this darling boutonniere...I had to spell check that word three times. Ugh.

Time Out: look at this up-do. Is that what they're still calling it these days? Up-do? Or did that end in the late 90's? Hmmm, let's start over. Look at this hair creation by Erin Skipley...she's so darn talented.

Wedding dessert stations are one of my favorite things (well, actually, anything with sugar is my favorite) and Autumn with Hot Cakes did a phenomenal job! She's one of the most popular bakers in Seattle and it's with good reason. After the shoot, JD made us stop by her bakery in Ballard on four different occasions for her chocolate chip cookies and molten mouth is watering simply at remembering all that yummy goodness.

The best part of the shoot? Being able to eat everything from the dessert bar after photographing it. Job perks, Internet.

This gorgeous bouquet is comprised of Dahlias, Clematis, Rudbeckia, Dill, Rosemary, Queen Anne's Lace, Dusty Miller, and Agrostemma...

Oh, Amber...rawr.

Most weddings have an interactive station of sorts (photo booth, guest book signing, appetizer bar, etc), so Jenn thought she'd take a new spin on the idea of photo booth by creating an area where guests could use a polaroid camera to take photos and leave them for the bride and groom...

The polaroid photos would be added to a hanging chair to make it part of the wedding as a whole...

I'll end this post with this photo because it sums up how I felt while shooting: happy.

To see an entire gallery from this shoot, I'm excited to have it featured on Style Me Pretty today...feel free to check it out for more organic and eco-friendly wedding inspiration!

Happy Thursday!
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Bron- [vanilla]photography - This is BEYOND incredible!! I absolutely love the styling, the photography and all the little decor items!! not to mention that bride... WOW. I just wish every wedding looked as gorgeous as this...   10.22.12 - 10:10am
Stacy - My favorite Wedding you ever done!!! Period.  10.21.12 - 8:29pm
Todd P - I have to say you are a real talent and your husband makes a perfect team with you... I think your approach is very nice and quite elegant. Bravo  10.20.12 - 10:06pm
Pina Rigos - love your work..great blog!  10.20.12 - 7:07am
Falcon - By far one of my most favorite shoots of yours, Jasmine! Everything was gorgeous and your writing was amazing as always ;)  10.19.12 - 7:55pm
Black Lamb Photography - It's funny because I pinned this on Pineterest yesterday without knowing that it was one of your photos. I love all of these beautiful photos. And that dress is to die for!  10.18.12 - 7:06pm
Ashvin Ghisyawan - Perfect pictures again!   10.18.12 - 4:37am
Melanie - Wow your site is amazing I love the set up and I love the emotion and details in your photos.  10.17.12 - 7:19pm
Evonne & Darren - What a gorgeous shoot!  10.17.12 - 11:58am
John Cureton - Wow. Awesome detail shots! Love the warm tones.  10.16.12 - 1:53pm
Christina Leigh Events - I am literally obsessed with this dress! It's so perfect that I included it in my inspiration post today! I hope you enjoy the spin I put in the dress as much as I LOVED this post! xo Christina   10.16.12 - 12:04pm
diana - This might be my favorite wedding ever. This was captured absolutely perfectly.  10.16.12 - 6:05am
CelineAir - Whouahh ! Magnifique !!!  10.15.12 - 8:24am
Christine Chang - Love this! Great job guys!  10.14.12 - 10:34am
Verity Edgecombe - perfect!  10.13.12 - 3:28pm
danielle honea - wow!!! I'm in love with these images and the decor!! I blog stalk all the time, and things are starting to blend together--looking the same. And THIS, this is so original, colored dress WHAT?! cork, chocolate, pops of color-different flowers, fruits, the location. okay you get it. FAB job Jasmine on capturing these details and cute emotions from the models.   10.13.12 - 12:58pm
Capturing Nostalgia - I love, love love! your photos. It is amazing how some of the more simple items make such lovely photos. Great job and I look forward to seeing more of your work Andrea Southern Illinois Photographer  10.12.12 - 7:28pm
Amanda Marie Photography - I love this set. If I could plan my wedding all over again it would look like this. And the building where you it. Where is that?  10.12.12 - 5:05pm
ashley goodwin - AHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH  10.12.12 - 3:35pm
Rici - Such a great and inspiring shoot! WOW!! Congrats to all this amazing captured beauty. Love the feel of it!!!! ~ Saluti.  10.12.12 - 12:34pm
Kitrin Jeffrey - Stunning, amazing, and inspiring work, J*. WOW!  10.12.12 - 9:53am
Tammy - Jasmine, How do you find people/wedding creatives to collaborate with? I assume they're probably jumping out of the woodword now, but in the beginning, how did you find them? I'm a little like you in regards to being a wall flower when I enter a room, so this is one area that I've struggled in. I have tried reaching out once or twice for collaboration, but wihout success. Networking is trouble for me. 8 I proved this to myself this past weekend when I attended the I Heart Faces Photography Workshop in Dallas. I came home with ONE other person's business card and 49 of 50 of mine. I didn't really have to guts to approach any of the ladies that I had been reading their blogs for so long. I almost peed on myself when I came face-to-face with Sue Bryce when she was getting in the elevator I was exiting.   10.12.12 - 8:35am
Jeanne Mitchum - Stunning work as always and what an amazing shoot!! Love that hair and the dress!!   10.12.12 - 7:50am
Abby Hacker - I LOVE everything about this. Great job!   10.12.12 - 7:07am
Danica Nelson - I've followed slash adored you for a long time, but I must say, this is hands-down my favorite anything I've ever seen from you - uhhmazing!  10.11.12 - 9:59pm
Karin - This would totally be my kinda wedding...  10.11.12 - 8:50pm
LEOLAK - LOVE!! ALL OF IT!!!!   10.11.12 - 8:00pm
Sharon Ku - You are amazing!!! I wish I could re-live my wedding just so I could be in front of your camera again. :)  10.11.12 - 4:39pm
Lisamarie - Oh this shoot is just gorgeous... The model. I love her and want to be her friend. The dress and the hair up-dos (I still call them that) - I want them both. And Seattle.... I am dying to go there. Oh friend... you take amazing pictures.   10.11.12 - 3:38pm
Samantha Shannon - Absolutely stunning!  10.11.12 - 3:32pm
Jessica Vidmar Photography - can't. handle. it. : )  10.11.12 - 2:34pm
Jonty - Some of the photos here a simply stunning. A really beautiful couple and a fantastic looking wedding. Everything is so lovely.  10.11.12 - 2:28pm
gladys - oh jasmine! i absolutely love this. the colors, backdrop, your use of light in that first image. i die over it. also, that one of her in b&w. i kinda want it hanging above my computer because it just is lovely. is that weird? anways, i love this. <3  10.11.12 - 12:49pm
Hannah Elise - absolutely incredible! LOVE her dress and all the details..EVERYTHING!  10.11.12 - 12:37pm
rich - wow - stunning images!  10.11.12 - 12:32pm
Cassandra - like, love, pin, share....stunning. Sometimes your photos are so gorgeous... for one second, just one you make me want to switch from children to wedding photography. But then my heart always returns to baby cheeks and rolls :)  10.11.12 - 12:16pm
ashley barnett - LOVE THIS.   10.11.12 - 12:12pm
Ashley Christine - I LOVE this!  10.11.12 - 12:12pm
Karl Stelter - Very beautiful!! I like the way you shot it too, making it feel like it was a whole wedding with just two people and 1 table's worth of decor, and WITHOUT making it apparent that's what you were doing. Looks like a really fun shoot, you killed it! (in a good way ;)  10.11.12 - 11:32am
May - AMAZING!!!  10.11.12 - 11:29am
Meredith Sledge - Okay nooooowwwwww, these are just too good. I'm in awe. Actually, this is my favorite post you've ever posted on your blog. Favorite pictures and favorite everything. LOVE.  10.11.12 - 11:25am
Biancaa - UGH! Dying. SO magically delicious. Like Lucky Charms except better. ;)  10.11.12 - 11:22am
Lily Hernandez - i love, love love. Can't wait to see more on Style me Pretty!   10.11.12 - 11:18am
Mark McGrogan - Jasmine your exposures are BEAUTIFUL !!!! What do you use for image processing ? Are you an Aperture / Lightroom or photoshop girl ?   10.11.12 - 11:07am
Shauna - I love this. The styling, the gorgeous natural light, the space, and the fishtail braid. Just lovely.  10.11.12 - 11:07am
Mark Martinez Photography - Wonderfully done Jasmine!  10.11.12 - 10:51am
jenn elliott blake - jasmine...what can I say?? working with you will certainly go down as one of the greatest highlights of my career. thank you for your generosity & creativity and for your friendship. this shoot turned out the way it did in large part to your beautiful talents! thanks for everything! xoxo!  10.11.12 - 10:45am
Sabrina Nicole - Lovely shoot Jasmine! The concept is great and you captured it wonderfully. That dress is AWESOME!  10.11.12 - 10:42am
Randi Marie - Amazing. The usuuual :) LOVE  10.11.12 - 10:36am
Cindy Kirk - Beautifully done! Love IT!!! ;-)  10.11.12 - 10:33am
Ashley Martens - WOW!!!! THIS IS AMAZING!!! Love it!! Great job girl!   10.11.12 - 10:29am
Myk - Beautiful Beautiful Beautiful wedding! Makes me breathe easier seeing these images :)   10.11.12 - 10:26am
Kandise - These are all so gorgeous; the light was so pretty.  10.11.12 - 10:20am
Francelia - Very unique shoot!!! Beautiful images captured by a very talented photographer :-)  10.11.12 - 10:20am
Libby K - I'm obsessed with her dress! Amazing once again Jasmine!  10.11.12 - 10:19am
Kimberly Murray - Absolutely gorgeous! My mom used to make macramé planters.   10.11.12 - 10:14am
Mario Shabani - These are truly great J. I can't stop scrolling through them. :)  10.11.12 - 9:53am
Steve Fuller - Jasmine your photography is stunning, thanks for sharing!  10.11.12 - 9:53am
Shannon - Gorgeous photos Jasmine!! I love every detail that went into this shoot. And that dress?! Unbelievably beautiful.   10.11.12 - 9:53am
Amy - Stunning photos Jasmine! What a fantastic collaboration. I love the feel of this shoot, it's really warm with an edge of contemporary cool. Love the pops of colour too. Very exciting. :)  10.11.12 - 9:52am
Chelsi Layne - Beautiful! <3 PS- When are you having another workshop? Would LOVE to venture out to the westcoast!   10.11.12 - 9:52am
Kathy - UH...MAZ....ING!!! Love love love!  10.11.12 - 9:52am
Dallas Curow - Absolutely lovely, Jasmine. So fresh looking and refreshingly different from anything else out there. What an awesome collaboration!  10.11.12 - 9:47am
Pawel - stunning!!!  10.11.12 - 9:40am
Gail - STUNNING.   10.11.12 - 9:35am
Jamie Allen - STUNNING! Love following your stuff, Jasmine :)  10.11.12 - 9:30am
Jacki Wilson - Absolutely LOVE these! Great job Jasmine! Beautiful wedding, bride and groom!   10.11.12 - 9:27am
jaine {brklynview} - wow! this is simply stunning. what a great concept and beautiful photography. LOVE!!  10.11.12 - 9:27am
Luke - Call me crazy, but these are my favorite images you have ever done! #cantstoplooking  10.11.12 - 8:17am
Megan Leader // Far and Far Away - Oh my gosh, Jasmine! It's not often that shoots leave me breathless, but this one certainly did. It's so magical, earthy and delicately beautiful. Just when I thought it couldn't get more amazing, there was another little detail that made it even better. LOVE this!  10.11.12 - 7:42am
pam - What an absolutely gorgeous wedding!   10.11.12 - 7:14am