10 year wedding update: Part I

It’s pretty crazy to think about, but Amanda and Ben got married 10 years ago! Their anniversary is August 8 so we thought it would be fun to look back at the vendors they chose (Part I) and how things might look different if they planned it now (Part II). Turning it over to Amanda…

Of course there will always be things you might do differently, that just happens as your tastes evolve (we were also so young!), but overall we loved (and still do) everything about our wedding. We put a lot of thought into it and there was plenty that I DIY’d myself to add personal elements. I thought it would be fun to go back and look at the vendors, especially that now I’m one myself and see it in a new light. Everyone was great and it’s fun to see what they are up to now. I don’t have them all here because some just aren’t around anymore (crushing to do research for this post and find many have closed, but it has been 10 years after all…) and some are things we did ourselves (my friend’s mom was a retired florist and was sweet enough to do it at cost). Here are some that I still love and would book tomorrow if I needed!

The music

Hands down this was the most important thing for Ben. As we walked around the wedding expo we kept seeing guys in suits that didn’t fit, offering to play some music for you. We really wanted someone who was an actual DJ and when we saw the turntables… it was almost a done deal. It was also great that his wife worked with him as well and would help run the reception! It’s cool to see that the team has grown and I’m sure everything has gotten even fancier, but it was amazing when they did our wedding. We had the best dance party!

Ring dishes

We didn’t have any flower girls, but we did have two ring bearers (who I had babysat since they were tiny and now they are practically grown men *cries*) and I had come across these beautiful ring dishes. One of my favorite ‘hidden’ details was that I had my parents’ names and wedding date stamped in one (which would have my ring) and his parents’ names and wedding date in the other (with his ring). After the wedding we gave these to our parents as a gift and I loved that we were able to incorporate them in this way.


We found Piper through a friend and had such a great time working with her. She doesn’t do weddings anymore, but has transitioned to doing family/lifestyle (and pet!) sessions and her images are beautiful. Her prices have always been reasonable and the quality is amazing. Photos are one of the main keepsakes you have from your wedding and I’m so happy when I look back at ours.


We didn’t go too crazy with the linens (and I’m not sure there were as many options at the time), but now I think there are so many cool designs I definitely would do more with this if I was planning now!

Beauty routine

It’s a bit of a long story, but Kyle did my hair when he was at a different salon. I followed another hair artist to Noah Salon and after a few years Kyle joined their team! I’m so glad looking at our photos that I look like me. Sometimes I think I could have gone more dramatic or fancy, but in the end, this hair held all.day.long. and actually feels exactly right, even a decade later.

One other thing I want to highlight that isn’t exactly a wedding vendor, but worth mentioning: I had a sentimental vintage bracelet (it was costume jewelry so a regular jeweler wouldn’t work with it) that I wanted to wear, but was too big. Rhinestone Rosie was amazing - she made it smaller and created matching earrings out of the extra pieces for me! It was perfect.

Stay tuned for Part II where I’ll talk about all the details I loved and a few things I might have done differently…

Our Perfect Picks: wedding trends

Some pretty wedding inspiration and trends we love right now…

Click each image for the source and more wedding inspiration!

Local shops that spark joy

Happy 4th of July! Whenever our blog posting day lands on a holiday it’s been a fun tradition to highlight local small businesses whose products and services we really enjoy.

Unforgettable cake

Amanda actually has very distinct memories of finding leftover cake in a breakroom at work in college and then using her best detective skills #notaspy to hunt down the source of that cake. We had internet, but it wasn’t like it is now, this took real work. It was worth it because man they make good cakes. Simply Desserts in Fremont should be your new go to place for cake. Or for a cake photoshoot.

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Best dress(ed)

We first discovered the Frock Shop years ago when it had a small shop in Phinney. Over the years we have collected several of our favorite dresses (also skirts and tops) from there. Recently they closed that location, but have maintained an online store and we were so happy to find out that Show Pony Boutique carries their collection! They are a fun local shop with a great selection of clothing and we’re so glad to have discovered them now too.

We found “the one”

Hair is a pretty serious matter and there’s nowhere else we trust for a cut or color. Noah, Rebekah and Kyle are so talented and we tell all our friends to go here. The prices are reasonable, the scalp massages are amazing and you’ll definitely want to plan a night out after to show off your new hair!

Next level cocktails

Considering our love of mixing drinks, we had to start including some of our favorite places to buy cocktail supplies in the Pacific Northwest. Bitters felt a bit mysterious and intimidating, but they were so great at helping us understand and appreciate the role they play, we were sold!

Also the Urban Craft Uprising, where we first saw them, is a great place to discover new small businesses.

The pedicure of your dreams

Gene Juarez has been around since the 1970s and is a staple of the Seattle area. We have been there for a variety of treatments of the years (shout-out to the training salon for many of our childhood haircuts!), but recently we splurged on a girls’ day with our mom and did the full spa pedicures at the Downtown location. Oh. My. Goodness. This is definitely the most pampered, perfectly painted, relaxing experience and by far the best price for what you get. These are addictive and we’re already trying to plan another excuse to go…

Here are previous posts that highlight shops we are thankful for and love.

Anniversary Q&A with our #perfectlypaired parents

Today is our parents’ 38th wedding anniversary and we thought it would be fun to do a little Q&A session with them. We asked about weddings, marriage and of course how they managed to raise the most awesome kids ever ;)

Our parents getting married in 1981 - look how cute they are!

Our parents getting married in 1981 - look how cute they are!

What did you first think of each other?

Mom: I thought dad was sooooooo cute!

Dad: well, I thought your mom was very cute and very attentive and sincere… she took me to lunch before I went to France in the summer of 1978, and when I was there she wrote me faithfully. There was no one else who was so supportive of me and when I was away from her I realized how important she was to me.

What is a favorite memory from your wedding?

Mom: it was such a blur that it is hard to remember it all. But I loved having so many people that we cared about involved - all of our attendants, Jonathan Moneymaker who played the guitar and sang, Sharol Hayner who played the piano, Tim Dearborn who did the service, and Steve Hayner who prayed the final blessing.

Dad: the music including favorite hymns (especially "Be Thou My Vision"), piano (Bach's Cantata No. 208, 'Sheep May Safely Graze') and flute (by my brother).

Looking back all these years later, what is one thing you would have done differently for the wedding?

We’re so glad they love traveling and have taught us to enjoy new adventures

We’re so glad they love traveling and have taught us to enjoy new adventures

Mom: we did want a very simple wedding as that was our style as we headed overseas, but I wish it was a thing to hire a DJ and have dancing!! It just wasn’t anything anyone did back then.

Dad: maybe I should have shaved my beard off. The other thing I would DEFINITELY change was that we should have paid the $75 to have the wedding video taped. We couldn't imagine in 1981 people having a video player in their HOME - who could afford such a thing?! We were very cheap.

What advice do you have for people in their first year of marriage?

Mom: hold on for the bumpy ride! And get a good pair of ear plugs for the snoring :) It was far more difficult than I thought it would be. And maybe have 2 bathrooms!

Dad: practice journaling together about how each of you feels with regard to all aspects of life together and make sure to plan regular times to get away from the daily routine and keep dating.

What do you think is key to a successful marriage in the long term?

We said “Gatsby party” and they said “we’ll be there”

We said “Gatsby party” and they said “we’ll be there”

Mom: be and stay committed. Marry your best friend. Don’t ever belittle or call the other names in an argument. Remember why you chose to be with one another. And have great kids! *we swear we didn’t prompt her on this one*

Dad: each needs to be fully committed to the best interest of the other, a shared vision for life together, and not motivated primarily by what one gets from the relationship. Hopefully this leads to being best friends and life-long confidants.

Thanks mom and dad for being great role models for us, supportive of all the different things we have pursued (including this business!) and we’re glad that now we can be friends :) Happy anniversary!

Party Mixology: Make your own Mojito bar

In honor of Amanda’s husband’s birthday (hi Ben!) we picked his favorite drink, the mojito, as our next party idea to share with you. This ‘make your own cocktail’ activity is one we have done for backyard parties and it’s a great option for guiding people through making their own drink. And an added bonus, everything can be prepared ahead of time.

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Here is what you’ll need:

  • Mojito Sour Mix (we used this recipe)

  • Slices of lemons and limes

  • Mint plant (a fun and practical option!)

  • Rum

  • Club soda

  • Ice

This also makes it really easy for people to customize their drink by swapping out other alcohol or make a mocktail.

Feel free to save and print the sign we made for your next summer party!