French Elegance Wedding Inspiration

If I could sit down at this beyond lovely table designed by Belle’ham Events, I don’t think I would ever get up. The florals alone from In Bloom Designs would have me beside myself with happiness, so when you add in the stationery from Spruce and stunning images from Joe And Patience – we are left with a gallery that makes me giddy beyond words.

From In Bloom Designs…This styled session was amazing to be a part of! Joe and Patience approached me to partner with them on a collaboration with Belle Bridal, who recently completed a remodel and rebrand following a change in ownership.

We all really wanted to do something that was a bit of a departure from the popular burlap and mason jar wedding that we see so much of up here in Northwest Washington. The Lairmont Manor, a historic building in the Fairhaven area of Bellingham, was the perfect choice to pull off our vision.

The flowers I chose were selected for their classic elegance and timeless qualities. Garden roses, peonies, poppies and lots of trailing greenery really brought the french inspiration to life. I just loved the soft color palate of peach and ivory offset by the rich emerald green and charcoal grey accents.

Belle Bridal featured the “Brandie”, “Bronwyn” and “Deidre” dresses from Maggie Sottero as well as a Mori Lee “1819”. I feel the dress choices were a great compliment to the floral and table design elements as well as the overall setting of the Lairmont Manor.

Photography: Joe And Patience | Event Design: Belle'ham Events | Floral Design: In Bloom Designs | Cake: All The King's Horses Cake Creations | Stationery: Spruce | Jewelry: VATNE Designs | Makeup:Love Beauty | Hair: Salon Bellissima | Bridal Boutique: Belle Bridal | Film Development And Scanning:The FIND Lab | Historical Mansion: Lairmont Manor | Plates, Flatware And Glasses: McKay's Variety

Blinded By Chic Love

Before the big day, I was really looking forward to photographing this wedding. Clarito and Kristina’s style is one that the camera loves.

The day started with my wife and I making the one hour drive North to get those beautiful getting-ready shots. Kristina’s apartment and Clarito’s friend’s apartment were the backdrops. I had a second shooter coming along to help with the day but he wouldn’t be there until later so my wife manned up and headed over to shoot the guys. She came out with some beautiful images. Next, everyone headed over to the amazing Hotel Bellwether on Bellingham’s waterfront for putting on the dress, portraits, and finally the ceremony. The hotel was amazing! Truly a beautiful location.

From there, the party started down the road at Windows on the Bay. The red and black theme really came out here. Amazing food, great live band, great dancing, and even Clarito getting up and playing and singing with the band led to a perfect evening of fun and emotions.

Photography by Travis Lawton Photography | Floral Designer: M and M Floral | Dress Store: Belle Bridal | Cake Designer: Pure Bliss Desserts | Event Venue: Hotel Bellwether

Leah + Adam = Fall In Love

From the moment I walked into Leah's suite at Willows Lodge I knew we were going to have a fabulous day.  She was so excited that she couldn't stop smiling and her excitement was contagious - within minutes, I was overwhelmed by her simple joy.  This was one of my favorite weddings of the year! 

Leah and Adam had their 'first glimpse' in the courtyard at Willows - perfectly secluded and quintessential Northwest.  They both got a little teary, but they soon dissolved into laughter!

Meet Ben, our unbelievably adorable ringbearer and Leah and Adam's son.  He was pretty tired but managed to stay awake and happy for some fun photos out in the leaves.  I love the one on the right - he is watching Leah and Adam over my shoulder as I chased him around the courtyard!    

This was my first wedding at the newly renovated Lynnwood Convention Center, and I confess I wasn't really sure what to expect.  The room for the ceremony and reception is in the image above, which presented an impressive challenge to their designer Daniela from Bella Signature Design.  I've worked with Daniela at quite a few weddings and I was excited to see what she would do with the space.  Frankly, I was blown away ... the space was transformed into Leah's dream in a way that was so clever and beautiful I could barely believe it was created from such a simple room. 

They started with a color pallette of red, black, and cream, and then built a masterpiece of design and creativity.  I hope you love it as much as I do! 

I love the sophistication of black chiavari chairs.  Coupled with the dramatic lighting and the lush linens, it had an old-Hollywood feel that combined classic and modern looks seamlessly.

The dueling piano players were quite the hit (no pun intended!)  Remember the scene in Top Gun where Tom Cruise did a scerenade to the tune of 'You've Lost that Loving Feeling'?  Yup, you guessed it - Adam and the guys did a rendition that got everyone on their feet!


 Congratulations, Leah and Adam!

The Supporting Cast:

Location: The Lynnwood Convention Center  
Florist and Decor Designer: Bella Signature Design 
 Music: Amazing 88s Dueling Piano Players / Noteworthy Productions
Transportation: British Motor Coach 
Cake: Jen's Desserts  
Dress: Maggie Sottero / Belle Bridal Bellingham   


Throughout the year we attend and sponsor a variety of events for both community and fashion purposes.

Skagit Bridal Show February 21, 2016 Swinomish Casino, Anacortes WA


WC Fashion Show April 22, 2016 NW Fairgrounds, Lynden WA


Spring Fling April 2, 2016 Belle Bridal, Bellingham WA

Prom Night April 9, 2016 Belle Bridal, Bellingham WA

Guys Night April 8, 2016 Belle Bridal, Bellingham WA

For more special events, please check back periodically as we are always adding new events and accepting invites to participate! Want to partner with Belle for one of these events? Contact us at


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Congratulations to our beautiful Bethany Struiksma, (now Higman)! This is our senior consultant at her very own wedding. Her dress is a beautiful Mori Lee Wedding Gown Style number 1964 in Ivory. An Ivory Mori Lee belt is the perfect compliment to this beautiful gown. Zac is wearing a classy Tuxedo by Jims Formal Wear. We are just in Love with this venue located at Evergreen Gardens. Captured by Hatch Photography,  August 26th was a beautiful day! Come in and say congrats to the beautiful and sweet Beth!