Mrs. & Mrs. Colonial Fairytale on the Lake – Maple Valley, Washington
Vibrant Firs is a new wedding venue in Auburn, Washington, which has a charming Colonial structure right by the lake, dock access, barn, gazebo, and fifty acres of land. As soon as the styled shoot team pulled in the roundabout driveway, at the end of the brick path is the tiffany blue and white painted, column entrance, they were impressed with the impression they got on the first visit. Along with the lake view, they immediately decided that they would be setting up a reception style table on the dock and some lounge pieces outdoor.
Along with its exterior paint and the romantic storybook setting vibe, they put together the colour palette in the range of cream, periwinkle, French blue, Tiffany blue, and moss, agate green. The design concept focuses heavily on vintage, antique items, layers of fabrics, and accessorise with gold. Thus, they named the theme Colonial Fairytale. The advantage of choosing Vibrant Firs as a wedding venue is that it is very versatile. Couples can design their weddings more rustic, boho or elegant and Vibrant Firs would be perfect in any of these settings. It also provides plenty of indoor space inside the barn in case the weather changes.
While putting together the reception table, they made the floral centrepieces smaller to showcase and blend into the gorgeous nature surrounding. They also fanned out the flatwares a bit to make the place setting less formal and homier. They layered two different types of lighter fabrics on top of the deep blue velvet tablecloth and to make them jump out visually; the reception chairs are also clothed in Parchment Linette.
The team say that their favourite part of the table is the spools of ribbons that double as place cards and add a personalised, special finishing touch. The delicate Robin Egg Blue silk ribbons are from Stella Wolfe; the width is 0.5”, skinny enough to leave lots of blank space on the plates. The stationery designer worked wonders on the ribbons and wrote beautiful names in calligraphy.
When it came to florals, the team said that they “like to incorporate floral design when composing for the overall concept since they are so intimately tied together. For this design, we used lots of feathery, soft texture. Our centrepieces are comprised of field grown roses, Queen Anne lace, nigella, delphinium, yarrow cottage, eryngium, astilbe, and purple feather acacia. We also create two different styles of bouquets, one more tender and aerial with cotton and another more exquisite with more blue floral pieces. The floral installation is set up indoor to feature the venue’s gorgeous fireplace and stairway. With our theme, we add Jasmine vines and Virginia creeper vines to build the installation structure.”
The cake designer created a two-tier wedding cake featuring a smooth colour block design with a blue watercolour top-tier and a centre cascade of pure, hand-piped buttercream flowers inspired by the lake setting. Every aspect of the cake focuses on the simplicity of a traditional wedding cake while also capturing the unique detail and placements present in the buttercream flowers.
The gorgeous Vibrant Firs venue and the “Colonial Fairytale” theme both played an equal part in the stationery design process for the calligraphy and paper pieces of this shoot. Soft blues, long calligraphy strokes, and an illustration of the venue’s iconic front door brought the suite pieces to life.
For the menu design, the stationer drew inspiration from reading by candlelight in the colonial era; the wax remnants of a romantic, soft white wax seal are suspended in time alongside delicate calligraphy paired with a classic typeface. Finally, a love note and dusty blue vow book: perfect heirloom pieces for the romantic bride.
Photographer: B. Jones Photography // Venue: Vibrant Firs // Makeup Artist: Christy K Makeup & Hair // Caterer: Cooking Dolls // Design & Decor: Oh Miss Chic // Invitation Designer: Sablewood Paper Co // Dress Store: The Dress Theory – Seattle // Equipment Rentals: Wander Event Rentals & CORT Party Rental // Linens & Coverings: Choice Linens // Bakery: Jan Kim Grumbles: Cake Design // Ribbon: Stella Wolfe – Hand Dyed Silk Ribbons // Models: Tierney Jones Model & Cristina Bologan // Jewellery: Heidi Hull Designs // Glassware: The Copper Pine