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The Hangar Wedding and Life Lessons Learned

 

I often say that I started my company by accident. I knew that I wanted to be in the wedding industry and I wanted to be involved with planning and design, but outside of that, not much was clear. The summer before I started, I was just beginning to navigate these waters. I was freelancing for wedding designers here in Seattle, reading as many wedding planning books as I could get my hands on, and taking a few different workshops to gain insight and direction into my dream. 

 

Towards the end of the summer, I met Korryn. She was recently engaged and had been connected to me through a mutual friend. She was looking for a planner and designer for her wedding the following summer. She was understanding that I was new to the industry, but trusted my vision and more importantly, trusted in me. 

 

Though I ended up planning a couple weddings prior to hers, this wedding was really the first where I got to immerse myself into every element of both planning and design and it helped me  realize that this is what I've always wanted to do. 

 

Her wedding was set in a private airplane hangar in Richland, Washington. Though hangars are not usually known for their atmosphere (think larger scale garage), Korryn's setting was immaculate. White polished floors, simple white walls, and silver beams. It was a complete clean slate to build upon. 

 

We spent the year brainstorming through ideas... Though the space was vast, we wanted it to be warm and intimate, bring it to life with lots of greenery, and keep the room feeling light and airy. 

 

The ceremony was outside of the hangar. With wind being a challenge, we kept the setting simple and let nature and the planes provide the decor. 

 

Inside we mixed long and round tables. On the round tables, I used tall branches to help bridge the gap of the tall ceilings, and for the long tables, blush and white floral centerpieces. 

 

We used blush and serenity blue for the weddings colors. It was soft, feminine, and perfect for Korryn and Kyle's June wedding. 

 

I've been looking back on this wedding and the experience a lot lately. It was a huge step in my career and a scary step to take personally. As I look into where the business grows next year, I'm reminded that the adventure of the unknown can be more rewarding than scary. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 Photos by Blue Rose Pictures 

 

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