Photographs by Danielle Leavell

Photographed at Pravda Studios

Backyard Summer

Designed By Steven Moore Designs (now Sinclair & Moore Events)

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Imagining an enterprising, artistic couple who might like to take on some of the reception décor tasks themselves, Steven Moore created an elegantly rustic scene that would work in a rural field, an urban loft, or anywhere in between. Viburnum, lily of the valley, and ranunculus are placed in inexpensive mason jars; the abundance of these simple arrangements is what makes them work. Locally made and imported artisan cheeses sit in stemmed bell jars, providing guests with an immediate appetizer. Inside the linen favor-bags (each adorned with an artful name tag) are small, wood-handled cheese spreaders and cheese knives. For couples who’d like to use a custom-made cake for display only, and save time and money by serving homemade desserts at each table, Moore’s homey, charming cake is a reminder that fluffy white icing hides many imperfections. Steven Moore Designs (now Sinclair & Moore Events), 206-651-5014;

Printed matter Dolce Design (now Spruce Stationery and Design(360-366-8069;

Cheese Quel Fromage (360-671-0203;

Favor bags PS Stores (206-762-0540;

Place settings Steven Moore Designs (now Sinclair & Moore Events)


Autumn Harvest

Designed By SK Wedding and Event Design

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Demonstrating that centerpieces don’t have to be of the floral variety, Stacy Kvam of SK Wedding and Event Design filled an antique tool carrier with miniature white pumpkins and Red Delicious apples. Baskets, wooden bowls, and other inexpensive vessels would also work nicely. Textured table linens in cream and harvest gold set off the simple ruby-red napkins and candle wraps, while flatware, place settings, and stemware from Vera Wang’s Champagne Duchess collection elevate the table’s rough-hewn edges and organic elements. The menu is printed on edible chocolate, and personalized cherry-glazed Washington apples serve as guest favors. SK Wedding and Event Design, 425-576-4259;

Printed matter Brown Sugar Design (425-830-3680;

Chocolate Totally Chocolate (360-332-3900;

Candied apples Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory (206-262-9581;

Centerpieces Brittany Flowers (425-827-1414; and Harmony by the Bay Antiques (360-297-7765)

China and stemware Macy’s (visit for locations)

Flatware Totally Tabletops (now The Invisible Hostess) (206-227-8572;

Table linens and napkins Choice Linens (206-728-7731;

Chairs Grand Event Rentals (425-462-7368;


Cool Winter

Designed By True Colors Events

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Jesse Brix and Travis McBurney had red-carpet fashion and modern glamour in mind when they updated the traditional winter color palette with soft pinks, silver, and pale amethyst—and plenty of texture-rich sequins and beading. Much of the table’s impact comes from the linens; couples intent on getting bold punches of color without busting their budget might consider renting signature custom tablecloths. Here, black accents provide weight and richness, while dusty miller, snowberries, and hydrangea mums reflect the chilly outdoors. Vases of varying heights add interest to the scene, as do colored candles set inside a clear Lucite candelabra from Brix and McBurney’s private collection. Each guest is served a personal cake on a custom-made plate; the locally made ceramic pieces will go home with them as a reminder of the event. True Colors Events, 206-245-6996;

Printed matter Paper Moxie (425-609-3932;

Cakes Jen’s Desserts (425-922-9080;

Flowers Flora Nova Design (206-353-2904;

Custom cake plates Clara French Ceramiques (no longer in business)

Linens and chair covers Mosaic (206-962-0012;

Chargers, stemware, flatware, and china Totally Tabletops (now The Invisible Hostess) (206-227-8572;

Napkin rings and chairs Pedersen’s Event Rentals (206-749-5400;


Spring Simplicity

Designed By Linens by Alice and Starritt Designs (no longer in business)

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Inspired by the global shift toward simplicity, community, and sustainability, as well as the sense of renewal and hope that comes with spring, Pat O’Neill of Linens by Alice worked with Starritt Designs’ Jennifer Ambrose to craft a serene and harmonious atmosphere. A vase from O’Neill’s private collection, foraged moss and stones, and trimmings from backyard cherry trees make up the centerpiece; the paper lanterns that hang from the branches are lit with long-life LED votives. Locally made artisan chocolates flavored with Asian tea and spices sit inside personalized saké cups that serve as guest favors. The evening’s menu is revealed on bamboo-print paper; bamboo chairs complete the aesthetic. Linens by Alice, 206-650-4334; and Starritt Designs (no longer in business)

Printed matter Paper Fling (425-898-4471;

Truffles Cocoa Chai (

Chopsticks and saké cups Uwajimaya (visit for locations)

Chairs AA Party Rentals (425-640-5547;

Tea cups Crate and Barrel (visit for locations)

Base plates Ikea (425-656-2980;

Table linens, napkins, and chair covers Linens by Alice