Pacific Northwest winter wedding ideas and cocktail recipes
Morning, Cakies! Did you catch yesterday’s moody winter wedding? That color palette sure was one for the books. Today we have more gorgeous wedding inspiration, which also doubles as holiday party ideas with the help of two tasty cocktail recipes you could easily add to this week’s menu. See how Balancing Balloons pulled it off in these photos Tawni Eakman captured at modern industrial loft space, Sole Repair Shop in Seattle below!
Pomegranate Sparkler, Serves 9
1 c. pomegranate seeds
1 t. chopped fresh mint leaves
1 c. water
1 c. sugar
1 Bottle prosecco
1 c. pomegranate juice
1. Boil first 4 ingredients to create Pomegranate Mint Simple Syrup. Simmer for 5–10 minutes. Strain mixture, keeping syrup, discard pomegranate seeds + mint leaves. Chill syrup.
2. In each glass, pour 1 oz. Pomegranate Mint Simple Syrup, 1 oz pomegranate juice, and top with prosecco.
3. Garnish with pomegranate seeds + mint leaves.
From the team at Balancing Balloons: The day began with our beautiful bride, Rachel, being pampered for hair and makeup. The bridal suite was lofted above the ceremony space providing Rachel with a view of all her details coming together through the day while simultaneously enjoying her own peaceful moments before the ceremony. Vintage tufted seating and an antique mirror provided a romantic and relaxed space for Rachel. Her groom, Johnny, had his own moment to be pampered while Rachel relaxed with her maid of honor. The two of them led each other down the stairs to their ceremony space. Johnny and Rachel were beaming as they joined their family and friends for their ceremony.
Trill Flora used salmon, corals, and creams to highlight the deep-read florals in the arrangements.
The wedding venue was romantically lit with candles abound and cozied with rugs, piles of pillows, and posh seating. A classic holiday touch of red and green led the color scheme, accompanied with touches of navy and gold. Located in the Pacific Northwest, we are surrounded with ample amounts of evergreens year round, so true to the holiday season, we brought the outdoors in… Married under evergreen boughs and surrounded by family and friends, the PNW winter was reflected throughout the ceremony space.
And the cedar garlands draped over the altar created a subtle aroma that alluded to the familiarity and warmth of the holidays.
Cranberry Sangria, Serves 12
2 c. fresh cranberries
1 c. sugar
1 c. water
1 t. cinnamon
1 c. brandy
2 bottles red wine
1 c. orange juice
lemon or lime for garnish
1. Bring first 4 ingredients to a boil, creating the Cranberry Simple Syrup. Simmer until cranberries have cracked. Strain, keeping liquid and discarding solids. Use the back of a spoon against the strainer to release all liquids.
2. Pour Cranberry Simple Syrup into serving pitcher. Add brandy, red wine, and orange juice. Chill.
3. Serve over ice and garnish glasses with lemon or lime if desired.
Afterward, the crew took to the streets of Capitol Hill for a portrait sesh with their best pals! See more in our gallery:
Sigh, so gorg… And tasty. Leave it to a team of creatives based in Pacific Northwest to dream up the coziest holiday shoot in honor of the festive red and greens of December… Happy holidays, friends!
Photography: Tawni Eakman / Venue: Sole Repair Shop in Seattle, WA / Design & Rentals: Balancing Balloons / Florist: Trill Flora / Hair & Makeup: Patsy Brooks / Hair & Makeup Assistant: Karin Vartia / Invitations & Calligraphy: Pink + Peach / Dessert: Eat More Cake by Candice / Linen Rental: Party Crush Studio / Rentals: Yay! Party and Co. / Dress: Truvelle from A&Bé Bridal Shop / Engagement Ring: Trumpet & Horn / Jewelry: BrynCollection / Groom Model: Johnny Longley / Bride Model: Rachel Fisher / Best Man Model: William Longley