Erin is a Freelance Hair & Makeup Artist residing and working in the Seattle/Bellevue Area. Erin has been doing weddings for 14 years, and traveled all over the country doing Hair & Makeup. Although Weddings are her passion, she also works a great deal in video, print and TV. Since moving to Seattle from NYC 5 years ago, she is honored as having received Weddingwires Bride Choice awards the past 5 years.
Breaking traditional trends, the concept of a “first look” is becoming significantly more and more popular in today’s wedding scene. The idea behind a first look is to provide a private moment before the ceremony for the groom to see his bride. This is certainly a generational trend, but there are plenty of reasons why it is beneficial and often preferred. So I thought it might be helpful to share some of those with you-
- Your photographer/videographer will LOVE you. Having a first look will free up so much of your day to take pictures. Without a first look your picture time is condensed to your cocktail hour and maybeee a couple pictures during reception if you manage to sneak away from your guests (not likely). This can make your pictures feel rushed and potentially incomplete if anything goes wrong.
- You get to spend more time with your soon-to-be spouse on your wedding day! So many people have said that the wedding goes by in such a blur and you don’t even get to spend most of it with the one you’re marrying! A first look gives you that opportunity to spend the day together AND have the emotional moment of seeing each other for the first time.
- A first look can ease your nerves. The anticipation of your wedding day can be stressful enough without the pressure of waiting for the big reveal down the aisle.
- For those grooms who have always envisioned seeing their blushing bride for the first time walking down the aisle, don’t fear! Almost every groom that we ask says that seeing their lady in white for the first time prior to the ceremony doesn’t change their emotion of seeing her walk down the aisle. Most tell us that it is in fact a completely different feeling!
Like I said, first looks are becoming more and more popular, and hopefully I was able to explain what makes this trend desirable! Check out some of our couples big first look moment along with the creative idea that Marissa used to prolong the “viewing” process for Connor! Happy planning! xo Heather
Camille and Steve’s wedding day completely showcased who they are as a couple, it was clean, classic, modern and above all a party. All of the things they told me they were looking for at our initial consultation came to life. Designing this wedding and getting to know Camille and Steve was so much fun, it was something different then what we are used to but we loved every aspect of the design. The simple white and black wedding design looked so fresh, and modern against the natural backdrop of The Cove at Normandy Park.
A few of my favorite details form this wedding are the DIY wax paper backdrop from Style Me Pretty and the choice of black linens. We transitioned the backdrop from the ceremony to the reception in order to create a unique installation that hung above the tables and acted as a chandelier of sorts. The Black linens and chairs from Grand Event Rentals really allowed the venue to have a grounded feel with all of the light colored brick, wood floors, and white floral selections by Bash and Bloom. Check out the rest of the details and let us know what you think!
Design and Coordination: Alyssa Hoffman while under the mentorship of another planning company
Venue: The Cove at Normandy Park
Photographer: Dana Pleasant Photography
Florist: Bash and Bloom
Cheesecake: Cheesecake Factory
Bartending + Service: Invisible Hostess
DJ/Emcee: Gen X Pro
Transportation: Amy’s Limo
We are so excited to welcome Heather to our team! She is bubbly, outgoing and full of life! We cannot wait to see what she brings to our weddings with all of her fun and creative ideas.
HEATHER’S FAVORITE THINGS:
I am madly in love with my husband Denver and our life together. We are surrounded by incredibly supportive family and friends, and we are forever grateful for that. I am passionate about creating, and I have a serious kick for health and fitness. The early morning is my favorite time of the day and I will always choose sweet over sour. Always.
WHY IS HEATHER A WEDDING AND EVENT PLANNER?
I have always been deeply involved in the intricacies of life and cannot seem to get enough of the joy that comes from a fuller wedding day and or special event. After planning my own wedding I knew that this was an industry that would allow me to help others experience that kind of joy, and I cannot think of a better way to spend my days then to do just that.
WHAT MAKES HEATHER QUALIFIED TO BE YOUR PLANNER?
I received my BA in Psychology, while simultaneously being the event coordinator for my university in Orange County, California. After falling in love with planning university events, I shifted my Psychology degree so that my emphasis was geared on the Industrial Organizational (IO) spectrum. Studying IO taught me the importance of creating a room to feel a specific way depending on what you hope to accomplish- which is why I love planning weddings. Each bride has a unique desire to feel a certain way on her special day as well as create an atmosphere for her guests to feel a certain way. I simply love having the opportunity to make that desire a reality.
WHAT IS HEATHER’S FAVORITE PART ABOUT BEING A PLANNER?
My absolute favorite part of any event is the finished product. The look on a clients face when they see their venue for the first time and all of the pieces coming into place is unbeatable. I love seeing eyes light up as each layer of the event unfolds, and the intricate detail of months of planning come to life.
About Becca and Poppe’s Wedding Day:
Becca and Poppe were so fun to work with, as you can tell they did not want your typical wedding. Becca wanted bright red and purples with hints of their favorite sport, Baseball. They wanted the day to be simple and about having fun with their family and friends, they certainly achieved that! From singing “Take Me Out to the Ball Game”and playing musical chairs to having their close friends and family prepare an amazing assortment of pies and desserts and Poppe’s home brew as their beverage of choice there was no question who’s wedding we were at. As always we were honored to be a part of their special day!
Venue: Rose Hill Community Center
Day of Coordination: Alyssa Hoffman (booked under the mentorship of another planning company)
Photography: A Beautiful Day Photography with Lion Lady Photography
Live Music/Emcee: Kitt Bender
Desserts: Family and Friends
Florals: Pikes Place Market
Catering: Christie’s Catering
Rentals: Sweet Buffet Lady
Hair and Makeup: Salon Maison
To give the shoot a fall feel, Alyssa decided on deep blue linens which complemented the rich hues of the flowers beautifully. How fun are the colored linens?! Meghan took a ton of photos – we can’t wait to see the detail shots. She was balancing on chairs, ladders, fire escapes – wherever she needed to get the perfect shot.
Our “bride” was gorgeous, the dress was simple brocade with kind of a peplum look and an art-deco detail at the waist. The grasses and flowers Eleanor used coupled with the linens and the brocade definitely gave it a fall feel all of us were ooh-ing and ahh-ing over the whole look.
My favorite picture of the night came when Alyssa literally had to help catch the bride as she came in from the fire escape.
After the indoor shots, we headed outside to take photos in the city. Unfortunately my phone died but we’ll be sharing the pro photos when we get them from Meghan. We’re all so, so excited about this shoot!
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Kristi and Tim’s wedding was a wedding day so filled with love and support from every single guest. When Alyssa Hoffman Events showed up at the Pierce County Environmental Services Building in Tacoma Wa for set up there were 15 plus individuals who were contributing in a unique way to make sure that Kristi’s wedding day vision came to life. The maid of honors mother was arranging florals, picked from her own garden while her husband engineered a way to hang bistro lights over the dance floor. The bridal party worked hand in hand with a majority of the wedding guests to create a flashmob for the bride and groom to footloose. It was an honor to be a part of this team that contributed to making Kristi and Tim’s wedding day perfect, there was no detail forgotten.
Day of Wedding Coordination – Alyssa Hoffman Events
Photography – Blue Rose Photography
Ceremony Florals – Bloomed Out
DJ/Emcee – Wave Link
Catering – The Vault Catering
Cupcakes – Hello Cupcake
In honor of David and Janet’s 1 year anniversary this weekend we are going to take a look back at this beautiful purple and teal wedding. David and Janet are such a fun couple who wanted to have this wedding be all about them and what they love, they chose purple because it is David’s favorite color and teal because it is Janet’s. I loved working with this couple throughout the entire process, they were up for whatever idea’s I through and them. Janet wanted to see bling and sparkle while David preferred a more clean and modern look. We found a great balance with the hanging globes, it gave Janet her sparkle and David the clean modern feel while the tall orchid centerpieces were centered around Janet’s vision of loose “feathery” florals. We went with the dark teal linens in lieu of using teal feathers or fake teal florals in the centerpieces, they also helped to ground the space in large white tent at Sanders Estate.
Thanks to the many vendors that helped make their wedding dream come true!
Full Wedding Design and Coordination – Alyssa Hoffman while under the mentorship of another wedding planning company
Catering – 12 Baskets Catering
Venue – Sanders Estate
Photography/Videography – Alex Studio
Florist – Bash and Bloom
Cupcakes- PinkaBella Cupcakes
Hair and Makeup – Scott Provo with Off the Beaten Path Makeup Artistry
Photobooth – Perfect Party Photo booth
Papergoods – Alyssa Hoffman
Specialty Linens – Pedersen’s
Carleton Farm is an amazing venue, we recently got a team together to help them showcase their new Wedding and Event barn. Check out these beautiful photos from Heather Mayer Photography and let us know what you think!
Florals: Flowers By Shamay
Design & Styling: Alyssa Hoffman Event Design and Coordination
Model: Katie Moore
Bridal Gown: Laineemeg Bridal
Hair & Makeup: Vanita Sloan Makeup Artistry
Display Cake: Tallent House Fine Eats and Other Sweets
Last post we talked about your overall wedding style and how regardless of wanting a “theme” you need to have an overall concept or style to fully develop the look of your wedding. A lot of brides struggle with seeing the bigger picture when they overly focus on the descriptive words such as “formal” or “elegant”. These descriptions are great because they allow you and your planner to understand a direction to move in, however these are what I call sub-styles and the problem lies in the fact that these words do not define the look you want but the feel that you want for the day.
Some examples of sub-styles are:
Romantic: You want your guests to walk awaywanting to be in love more than they were before.
Elegant: You want your guests to leave feeling more graceful and sophisticated then when they arrived.
Whimsical: You want your guest to leave feeling playful and excited.
Ethereal: To me this means you want your guest to leave feeling as if they stepped out of a dream where everything was light, simple, and natural.
Simple: You wantyour guests to feel as though the day was easy going, not over the top or as if you tried too hard.
Formal: When a bride and groom want a formal wedding you want your guests in gowns and tuxedos; you want them to feel as though they are attending a red carpet event.
Casual: You want your guests to feel at home, they can come dressed as they please but in this instance it is typically about the party not as much the décor and the formalities.
Semi-formal: This is the most common sub-style that I hear and definitely the hardest to define. The best way I can is by telling you that your guests should come in cocktail or business attire, you want them to enjoy the party but still feel like they are getting a night out on the town.
Feminine: You want your day to feel light and lady-like. This is typically done through the use of pale colors, pearls, diamonds, ruffles, lace, bows etc.
Masculine: You want the day to have a rich depth to it. This is typically done through the use of darker colors, leather, wood, etc.
Again, there are so many sub-styles out there and these are just a handful of the ones that I hear most often.
It is important to pair your sub-style(s) properly with your overall style or theme in order to have a cohesive design, look and feel. It is rare you will see a traditional/casual wedding; however you can take whimsical and add it to just about any style, same with romantic, feminine, masculine, and elegant. You can also choose more than one sub-style to pair with your overall style/theme. For example say you want a romantic and feminine industrial wedding. You typically would not think of pairing these together however this is one of those instances where you choose a venue to represent your theme and then use your sub-styles to create the feel through your choice of linens and décor.
Your sub-styles are going to help define you as a couple, if you are casual and laidback please don’t force a formal wedding because it is important to feel at home and comfortable on your wedding day. Your venue may or may not be your dream location that shows off your styles but when choosing the feel you want for the day you can manipulate how people view the venue so that they see what you want them to see. With that being said try not to book a classic ballroom and think your planner can work a miracle and turn it into a rustic casual event, it most likely will not turn out the way you want.
Good luck in your search for your personal sub-styles, and don’t forget it is ok to know your sub-styles before your overall style is chosen but both are equally important to make your wedding day design feel unique to you as a couple!
Keep your eyes open for our next post that will help you understand the details of your wedding day!
Alyssa Hoffman | Owner – Planner – Designer
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