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The Spring of 2022 was weird, but the photos from this timeless wedding at Bellingham’s Lairmont Manor would never show it.
For two years we had been living with some sort of restriction due to COVID. So when the Spring of 2022 came around it was just…weird. It was as if we were all waiting with baited breath for that shoe to drop, telling us we had to go back home and cancel all our plans.
The shoe never dropped and the plans didn’t have to be cancelled, though. We tread lightly, but as the days passed and restrictions lifted we realized that perhaps we WERE out of the woods. Perhaps we COULD celebrate like we once did.
It’s one of many reasons why Lisa and Pete’s wedding was so special.
How do I choose? The weather, the string trio, the freshness of spring. There was so much that made it memorable!
Like I said, being the first wedding of the first season after COVID was reason enough to celebrate, but let’s first talk about the weather. I kid you not, as I’m driving to the venue I see this massive black cloud rolling in towards the venue. And the outdoor ceremony and tented reception spaces. “So this is how it’s going to be, huh?” I wondered. But to my surprise, when I arrived at the venue that big black cloud changed course and was heading elsewhere.
The big black cloud changed course again and came straight for us. Did I mention the ceremony was already set up outside? A few minutes later the sky opened up, dumping all the rain it had been storing for the last few days. Puddles formed under the tent, the ceremony chairs were soaking wet, and waterfalls were rolling off the gutters. It lasted 10 minutes before it moved on, leaving us with the clearest, brightest blue Springtime sky was left. I couldn’t believe it.
If you know anything about northern Washington, it’s that our rainstorms don’t usually last 10 minutes. They last days. Weeks even!
The style of this wedding was one for the books. It was classic, timeless, crystal clear and delicate. Lisa and Pete hired me for Day of Coordinating and Design Tier 2, which is a collaborative style of service. We work together to formulate a mood board, procure a design team fit to execute the vision, and yes…we even stay up late texting links to one another of candle votives until we find the perfect one.
I had the pleasure of working with one of my favorite and highly-recommended florists, Olivia with Floravore NW. She created the most stunning ceremony arrangements! We later repurposed these to the foot of the Head Table, the dessert table, and the cake cutting table.
This ground arrangement was pieced together by seven different planter-style boxes to portray a delicate, whimsical garden-party feeling. With a subtly bright color palette of pinks, peaches, blues, dusty greens, and white you couldn’t help but feel surrounded by refreshing Springtime beauty. Lairmont Manor exudes Springtime beauty with its gorgeous landscaping, blooming flowers, and gentle water fountain in the ceremony garden. Clearly, this was a match made in heaven.
Beyond the ceremony, Olivia designed sets of bud vases to be placed at the center of each guest table, a stunning bridal bouquet, and honorary pieces for the Groom’s late mother, wedding party, and family members.
Specialty rental companies are the extra detail people don’t know they need for their wedding. They are the quickest way for you to elevate the look of your wedding without having to spend money, at full retail cost, on items you’ll never use again.
Cranberry Sky Heirloom Rentals, located in Bellingham, WA, specializes in vintage and antique items for weddings and events. Lara, the owner, takes great care to preserve the natural beauty of these items. Those who appreciate a sophisticated look are sure to fall in love with her inventory!
Lisa and Pete rented the golden lanterns, pictured below, as well as the Crystalline goblets, vintage champagne flutes, and the Gold Tone Mixed Flatware. Does anybody else swoon over gold flatware?!
There are a lot of elements to consider when choosing a wedding photographer.
Becca with B. Jones Photography could NOT have been a more perfect fit for Lisa and Pete. Becca brings a calm demeanor, with a twist of sass and humor. It’s the perfect combination for a nervous, Type A bride and a groom with a lot on his mind. Beyond just her personality, her photography and editing style captured the timeless, delicate design of this wedding.
What’s a wedding without cake?!
[Disclaimer: It’s totally fine without cake…but cake sure does make everything pretty spectacular]
Pure Bliss Desserts, located in downtown Bellingham, is lovingly known in Northern Washington and beyond. This adorable boutique bakery offers up a wide range of cakes, bars, wedges, cookies, tartes, pies, you name it. My personal favorite is the vanilla + salted caramel cake. But I wouldn’t be mad if something else was forced on me.
The couple chose to have a wide assortment of cookies, mini cupcakes, and wedges to serve their guests. I think it was by far the largest dessert spread I saw all season. Lisa didn’t miss a beat with all of her thrifting. She procured all of the vintage dessert stands herself, and had a beautiful vintage cutting set to go with it.
The wedding ended with an epic dance party inside Lairmont Manor itself, and so began the 2022 wedding season.
I want to give a shoutout to all of the other amazing vendors that helped bring this day together: