Camille + Steve – Real Seattle Wedding – The Cove at Normandy Park

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!

Vendors

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

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Welcome Heather! Meet Alyssa Hoffman Event’s Newest Assistant + Associate Planner!

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.

Alyssa Hoffman Events - Meet Heather

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.

David & Janet – Real Seattle Weddings

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

Understand Your Wedding Style : Part 2 Sub-Styles

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.

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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!

YourStay FabuLyss!

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Alyssa Hoffman | Owner – Planner – Designer

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Alyssa Hoffman Events is OFFICIALLY launched!

I am beyond excited to announce the launch of Alyssa Hoffman Event Design and Coordination! We are a Seattle-based event planning company specializing in custom designed weddings unique to each and every client.

Along with the launch of Alyssa Hoffman Events comes the launch of my blog! I am so excited to share tips, ideas, and stories with all of you. I am giving you a fair warning that all of my posts may not be 100% wedding and event related as I have a passion for interior design as well!

We are offer three different packagees (Day of Coordination, Day of Coordination with Design, and Full Wedding Design and Coordination) as well as a la carte options. Feel free to check them out in detail on our services page and contact us at ah@alyssahoffmanevents.com to schedule your complimentary consultation!

l cannot wait for all of you to take this journey with me as I take the giant leap into the world of business owners and Seattle wedding planning!

Here is a little snippet about me (Alyssa). You can also check out my Planner Profile.

ALYSSA’S FAVORITE  THINGS:

I love my hubby Aaron more than words can explain, I have a passion for design and DIY projects that cannot be controlled. Cooking is one of my biggest outlets and my table is always open to friends. I have a huge family that I am beyond grateful for, and friends that I hold  close to my heart.

WHY ALYSSA IS A WEDDING PLANNER

I fell in love with weddings while planning my own in April of 2012. I was finishing my BA in interior design when I realized I would not be able to stop. It was something that mixed my passion for design and people into a career that most only dream about.

WHAT MAKES ALYSSA QUALIFIED?

After my realization that I was going to be in event planning no matter what, I contacted Rebecca with New Creations Wedding Design and Coordination who had been my day of coordinator and asked if she would train me in the world of Seattle Wedding Planning. And so she did. I spent one year as her assistant and the next year as an associate wedding planner for her company. I am very grateful for the training I received with her, and hope that one day I can do the same for someone who falls in love with this career as much as I have.

My degree in interior design gives me a great perspective on how a room should be laid out and unique ways to make use of the space. I try to see every venue as a canvas that needs to be made into art.

WHAT IS ALYSSA’S FAVORITE PART ABOUT PLANNING WEDDINGS?

I love the details, the simple details that make the wedding unique to a couple. I believe that the most important thing is that no one should be able to take your place on your wedding day. My goal with every couple is to break the mold a little bit and do something that only they would do or want. I will be the first to admit that it is not always the easiest thing to do but we get there eventually.