Category Archives: Engagements

pic me a palette : an engagement float.

how serene is this engagement photo? holy moly. totally dreamy and killer photography skills by rowell photography.

photo cred: {rowell photography via junebug weddings}

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bow tie wednesday / 33.

wouldn’t this be a rocking engagement or love sesh photo??

bow ties for him AND her? love.

photo cred: {via natural belle}

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bow tie wednesday / 26.

photo cred: 1 {mprint photography via style me pretty} 2 {nancy neil via once wed} 3 {via style me pretty} 4 {josh greutzmacher via snippet and ink} 5 {chelsea davis photography via ruffled} 6 {via piccsy}

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pic me a palette: a blanket in the field.

how sweet is this engagement session by KT Merry? so gorgeous.

happy thursday friends!

photo cred: {kt merry via grey likes weddings}

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bow tie wednesday / 18.

a 1920’s opal bow tie ring? um, YES please!

photo cred: {erica weiner}

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I feel sorry for balloons most of the time. I think they get a bad rap. I think most peeps (or at least it’s what I’m hearing around town) assume that balloons are that tradition saved only for obnoxious 5 year old birthday parties, or for clowns to twist and turn to and fro into farm animal masterpieces.

We tie balloons in bundles outside our homes on the mailbox announcing: “this is where the party’s at!” (whether it be a birthday party, baby shower or summer BBQ). We use them to announce something monumental that’s happened in our lives by having the balloon shout: “it’s a boy!” or “it’s a girl!” or “over the hill!”

…we sure are having these balloons do a whole lot of talking for us, no?!

But, what about love?

Today I’m excited to announce that balloons have found a mainstay in celebrating couples and weddings…yippee! And not in that uber cheesy way, but with a simplicty and flair that is romantic, whimsical, charming and increadibly enticing.

Here’s what I’m talkin’ about…go balloon details! And go LOVE!


One of my favorite engagement sessions of all time! Metallic balloons + nature!

Cow + red balloon = wedding awesomeness.

Up! inspired engagement shoot!

Dessert balloons.

Balloon L-O-V-E.

Photo Credits: 1 {XO by Trent Bailey} 2 {Pink & Gold by Sarah Yates via Green Wedding Shoes} 3 {Red Cow by Studio Atticus Photography via Style Me Pretty} 4 {Up! by Wildflowers Photography via  The Wedding Chicks} 5 {Dessert Table by Ashley Rose via Jesi Haack Design} 6 {Bride & Groom by We Love Pictures}

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bow tie & bustle

It’s official! bow tie & bustle is here! Yep! After months and months, and weeks and weeks of working on this new business, my website is officially launched! Check it out at: Bow Tie & Bustle is an event design and coordination business in Seattle, WA with a focus on the unique details that make us who we are. My time in Europe reminded me of how much I love the little details in life and this business is a clear reflection of that love. My hope is to continue incorporating my love for paper as well, so if you know anyone who is in need of a unique design or decor styling for a wedding, photo shoot, party or paper product, keep me in mind : )

There is still much more to be done: a new blog (coming soon!), a networking and inspiration blog for brides/grooms and vendors alike with a focus on the Pacific Northwest, an upcoming Parisian inspired (who could forget about Paris!) photo shoot with my dear friend and photographer Monica Hines and much, much more! I can’t wait to share all the details of the new biz, and am so excited and thrilled to be following my heart AND my gut! I can’t wait to see what the future holds for Bow Tie & Bustle!

Thanks to all who have supported me in getting here. I couldn’t have done this without the love, hugs, listening ears, and word of mouth that so many of you have kindly offered! Thank you! Thank you!

For now, a sneak peak at the “Bun in the Oven” photo shoot I was involved in a couple weeks ago…thanks to MoHinesPhotography for the amazing photographs!

Me setting up the shoot at one of the most adorable couple’s home. Thanks to Jenn and Ryan Strom for allowing me to be involved in their baby bump shoot!

The entire design for the shoot came from an idea that literally made me jump out of bed one morning…bun in the oven…a vintage timer…baby bump…oooooh! Look for an upcoming blog post on this adorable photo shoot!


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The Announcement

I was so stoked a few weeks ago when my good buddy Mike asked me to create engagement announcements for his upcoming proposal to his girlfriend, now fiance (yahoooooo Mike!), Adrienne. I was VERY impressed by Mike’s ambitious request to announce his proposal to his wonderful girl, and was extremely honored to be asked to create something so special for him. Being involved in such a momentous occasion is such a thrill for me, and is truly what drives my passion for paper design.

Mike initiated his request for me to create his announcement by sending me an example of another announcement he had found. I was a bit nervous at first when I saw that the design was a graphic, but asked him to give me a few days to brainstorm and see what I could come up with. I had never really created a graphic design before, but since his only request was that I include “lots of orange” I was put at ease. It also didn’t hurt that his only other request was that I be “smiling” when I make them, and that the recipients be smiling when they receive them…how awesome is Mike?!

In my first attempt to create a graphic design, I hit some bumps in the road; not only while trying to get the circles of the announcements “just right,” but also when asking my printer to do something that, in my opinion, has never been requested of it before: to make accurate and flawless margins…what a concept for a printer, right?!  Well, after almost chucking my printer out the window a few times, Mike’s announcements are done and ready for delivery.

I am so excited to have been given the opportunity to assist Mike and Adrienne in announcing such an amazing moment in their lives, and I wish them a lifetime of happiness together. Mike is such a wonderful guy, and I’m so glad he has found his match. Congratulations you two!


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Beginning the Celebration

I never feel like engagements are celebrated enough. A couple usually gets engaged and the first question is: “when are you gonna get married?”  It’s soooo important and fun to celebrate the engagement itself, and really relish in all the joy that comes from it! I get really excited when a couple decides to have a party to celebrate their engagement before moving into all the “craziness” that is wedding planning.

My sister Sarah got engaged a couple of months ago, and I wanted to, in some way, celebrate Sarah and Tristan’s engagement itself with a little gift. I decided to incorporate Sarah and Tristan’s wedding colors into the wrapping of the gift (red and turquoise) and also included a sneak peak at their wedding invitations that I’m working on through the gift tag design.

I can’t wait to do some wedding dress shopping with Sarah this weekend back home in CO and congratulate the happy couple on their engagement in person! Congrats you two!

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