Three Looks at Urban Receptions
Three designers take a blank slate and turn it into three stunning reception options
1: VINTAGE MEETS MOD
Deena Lee, founder and creative director for Buttercup Event Co, took one look at the Artist’s Loft at Hotel Max and knew the only way to go was to mix vintage elements with the modern space. “I love the blend of old and new,” she says. “I am passionate about working
with two conflicting design themes and making them work. In this case, modern and vintage elements can be very contradictory. We married the two elements by carefully selecting each design component to bring these very contradictory designs together.” This meant taking a look at the raw, concrete space and mixing in gold and brass elements with raw wood. All elements pop with the addition
of emerald green and the orange from blood oranges. Lee says this look is perfect for a couple who loves juxtaposition.
Rich emerald green proves to be the perfect pairing for lush pink and white in this three-tiered creation from the Sweet Side. The inside features a lemon poppy seed cake with cream cheese filling. Further bolster the dessert offerings with light-as-air mini meringue favors and a cardamom and vanilla latte, courtesy of Black Penguin Coffee, a full-service espresso caterer that will bring as many expertly pulled shots as your caffeine-loving guests could want.
SPLURGE ON FLORALS
As Lee says, “If you have an impressive floral arrangement as a centerpiece, you can easily budget less on plates, glassware, and silverware.” This arrangement from Botanique combines dahlias, garden roses, scabiosa, mums, lisianthus, and camellia foliage and complements the wooden and brass candlesticks, pops of emerald, burnt orange place cards, and the natural elements of blood orange.
Above: Alexa is wearing a Lulus dress ($89), Treasure and Bond bracelet
($49), both Nordstrom; geometric ring ($23), Something Silver.
Planner & designer: Buttercup Event Co,
Paper goods & calligraphy: Pink + Peach
Linens: Sweet Buffet Lady
Dessert & favor: The Sweet Side
Cake stand, brushed gold flatware, goblets, charcoal heirloom plates, candlesticks & photo frames: Wander Event Rentals
Table runner, vintage salad plates, vintage teacups & natural seagrass placemats: Buttercup Event Co private collection
Coffee service: Black Penguin Coffee
Table & benches: Seattle Farm Tables
2: SOMETHING BLUE
BreeAnn Gale, founder and lead event planner for Pink Blossom Events, says she was inspired to create this look based on what her clients have been requesting. “Many of our clients want a clean, minimalist look to their wedding yet are wanting the freedom to pull in various elements of the surrounding area,” she says. “Using white as one of our main colors gave that clean, crisp look, while the blue brought in a touch of the surrounding bodies of water in the PNW and a calming presence to the tablescape.” Add in the blank slate of the Artist’s Loft and you’ve got a design that pulls in current trends while not seeming overdone. Gale’s favorite part? “The floral runner, as it set the stage for the overall look of the table. Whether they are featured on each table or just the head table, a cascading floral runner will never disappoint.”
THE SHAPE OF WATER
“A couple who would dig this theme would be a couple who likes a more modern look with a touch of the Northwest,” Gale says. The rose gold and watercolor feel carry through from the invitations to the flatware, goblets, and cookies, evoking the shimmering waters of the Puget Sound in a crisp, modern way.
“Your wedding isn’t about keeping up with the Joneses. Stick with your budget, and make decisions that are best for you.” – Breann Gale
Turning escort cards into something more than paper— like this hand-lettered granite block—provides another favor opportunity.
Give your guests a little extra hello with a welcome gift. This one includes gorgeous hand-painted watercolor cardamom sugar cookies from Honey Crumb Cake Studio, alongside a teeny bottle of bubbles
START A TREE OF GIVING
“We designed these favors with the idea that guests would be able to do something good for someone else, on behalf of the couple. The newlyweds are starting a tree of giving and spreading the love from their wedding.”
Alexa is wearing an Xscape dress ($278), from Nordstrom, and holding a cascading orchid bouquet from Designs by Courtney.
Planner & designer: Pink Blossom Events
Florist: Designs by Courtney
Paper goods & calligraphy: Just Milled
Linens, flatware, glasses, table & chairs: Cort Party Rental
Dessert: Honey Crumb Cake Studio
Cocktail: City Catering Company
3: Modern Luster
“The Artist’s Loft is an unrefined, industrial space that we feel is suitable to be avant-garde and expressive,” says Chien Huang, co-owner of Oh Miss Chic. “It’s romantic because of its blank-slate, concrete-jungle vibe, and when a designer adds life through lighting, fabric, flowers, or plants, visually the space is in juxtaposition and creates interest for your event.” Huang and her co-owner, Ivy Huang, decided to move away from metallic into shimmering pearl and iridescent light, pulled together with whimsical blowable plastic balloons, shaped into organic forms. They envision the couple to be young and upbeat, “a modern couple who wants to showcase a lush winter color palette through centerpieces and stationery.” Don’t skip the luster plates or bringing in extra pops of color with macarons and that vibrant three-tiered cake, either!
OH! YOU PRETTY THINGS
Left: Olive Huang of Cooking Dolls created a bright watermelon gazpacho, served with Parmesan cheese crisps alongside beef tataki with peach habanero salsa and crispy wonton tuna cups—fun, flavor-packed hors d’oeuvres. Right: Letters by Ellen designed this rich
invitation suite, handwritten on vellum paper and punched up with rich red ink, geometric patterns, and silk ribbons.
“Our favorite part is how the light reflects, shining through the glass objects and how they contrast in front of the concrete.” – Chien Huang
Something special for out-of-town guests are these limited-editionwhiskey barrel–aged beans, sold only at Starbucks Reserve.
A ROSE BY ANY OTHER NAME
Karen Johnson of Honey & Rye mobile bar service created this effervescent lavender and citrus cocktail, complete with a sage and lemon rose garnish. Alexa is wearing an Alfred Sung dress ($224), from La Belle Elaine’s, and a hammered silver bracelet ($48), from Something Silver.
The luster plates and copper chargers shimmer against the florals, created with Koko Loko and Distant Drums roses, ranunculus, anemone, pompon dahlias, amaranth, Gomphrena, and eucalyptus.
Planner, designer & florist: Oh Miss Chic
Paper goods & calligraphy: Letters by Ellen
Linens: Choice Linens
Dessert: Belle Pastry
Copper chargers, Pantheon flatware, glassware, linens, tables & chairs: Cort Party Rentals
Cocktails: Honey & Rye
Food: Cooking Dolls
Luster glassware: 10 Strawberry Street