"Please pace yourself so we don't have to." 😉
Headed out for our double header wedding Saturday as well as my cousin's wedding reception where we'll be guests (it will almost be weird to be a guest and not working!) and remembering this picturesque reception last week. Also I love our new sign from @somethingtochalkaboutjd , it's a good reminder for all you wedding guests out there today!
QUESTION: If we were to add to our mobile bar collection what kind of rigs would you love to see? .
A. Another camper bar as cute as the first .
B. A tap truck with tons of draft options .
C. A vintage bar/wine truck .
D. Horse trailer bar .
E. Something else entirely, like the cool retro truck parts bar above (photo via @thewanderingsidecarbar by way of @marthastewart) .
we are deep into our summer season and so we are busy making sure we execute those events flawlessly, but my head is already thinking ahead to winter, when we have time to iterate and improve on our business. We have some big plans ahead, and I love a good crowd sourced question, so I'll be asking for your guys' opinions and help a few times in the next week or so as I dream towards the future. Cause you guys are smart. And stylish. And I trust you. Ready? GO!
Nestled in @ @rein_fire_ranch for the Mathena reception. Love that we're 5 minutes from my childhood home, working in our hometown, at a great venue, for one of the best families I have ever had the pleasure of knowing. I spent a lot of time at the Mathena household growing up, drinking Dr. Pepper, lighting off my first bottle rocket, asking Jeeves the dumbest question we could come up with, listening to the whistling of Mel (one of the best dad's I've ever known besides my own and @troy_kelly11 .) Today my childhood besties' nephew is getting married and seeing this family again is so special to me. Seriously they're better than the folks on Parenthood, or Brady Brunch. They're that kind of family: a loud, loving, funny, wish they'd adopt you kind of family. I get the distinct feeling that tonight's celebration with Cole Street brewing beer on tap, heritage Distilling liquor, & lake Chelan winery wines is going to be ridiculously fun!
Lavender Honey Old Fashioneds, Moscow Mules, Cole Street Porter, ESB, IPA, and blonde, wine: Stormy Mountain Red, Falling Cow red and white, Chardonnay
We've been locked in our office for what feels like weeks editing all our amazing couples! Going outside definitely felt like looking into the sun! #throwbackthursday to Clint + Lisa's engagement session!
We won- wow!!! Our company is 16 months old. Our second baby boy is 6 days old. We have a lot to celebrate!!! We won Best New Wedding Vendor & Best Bar Service for Seattle Bride Magazine's annual industry award. The best comparison I can give to this feeling is jumping off a building and having an entire team of kind, encouraging, talented wedding professionals all holding a sheet below you so you just bounce to safety. Leaving my career and starting my own business felt a lot like that. While we serve a lot of other types of clients besides just weddings (we want to be there for every reason you have to celebrate, including " Tuesday,"), the welcome that we have received from the Seattle wedding industry has been my single biggest encouragement in the last year and I am so thankful. Last night I was at home with our new baby boy and my husband, watching TV while my older son slept, and finishing his gelato while the rest of the industry celebrated and the announcement was made. Please know that I was thinking of you all and I'm so proud to be among the finalists and nominees in this industry. Now let's party, low ABV style cuz I'm nursing. Cookies and a glass of wine coming up.... 🍷 🍪. 💃🏼
Making our way back to Florida and with a bunch of work to share! Seriously the best sessions! We also may or may not be going stir crazy in the car, but old school hip hop definitely makes it bearable.
This is from a recent wedding down in Key West
Venise's big recent splurge was hiring housecleaning help, mine was investing in the fleeting moment our family is in by capturing it with a family session with @omegankathleen. I wanted a family session, not a maternity session. I wanted real moments documented, not manufactured. Megan delivered above and beyond!
Yesterday's wedding was what our happy camper dreams are made of!
Nestled among the evergreens, serving local favorites like @macandjacksbrewing, Bourbon Peach Teas with our handcrafted peach syrup, & Moscow Mules with @timbercityginger to the happiest, nicest, and most chivalrous wedding guests from Arizona and Seattle made us #westcoast proud. I pride myself on my patented stay fit system called "this business requires lifting things," 😜 💪but the groomsmen here wouldn't let me get my workout in. Kirstin & Jimmy are great people so it makes sense that they'd be surrounded by good people. This sweet, adventurous couple placed a finger on a map a year ago and drove here from Tucson to start a new life together. To watch them celebrate their official union yesterday, and new life here together with their beautiful group of family and friends was so cool! And then they brought their pregnant bartenders (yes, both of us lol!) plates of BBQ & mac & cheese and just completely melted our hearts ♥️ with gratitude.
The blog post for Jeff and Julie's Tacoma wedding is up! The link can be found in my profile. The details, such as these beautiful flowers used, were gorgeous!
Second shooter- @ian.freelance
Officiant- Pastor Greg Parsons (@ffcmilton)
So I found my new favorite part of this gig last Friday!! Client consultations are just cocktail parties with cool couples dishing pretty details about their weddings & giving me feedback on my drinks, while we eat cheese and crackers- sold! Cocktail tastings are free and available for any of our committed clients for any event type, but are required for our wedding couples. I learned last year that I just wanted to get to know more about the folks we would be serving before events, in order to exceed their expectations, and I wanted folks have an opportunity to taste our menu as well. So glad I did this! My client called it "the most fun they have had during their entire wedding planning process" and I have to agree. Mandatory happy hours with new friends is the best rule I ever made!
Also, PSA on my poor lettering, @somethingtochalkaboutjd does wayyy prettier cocktail menus than I can! . .
Announcement! Hanging out with baby goats at my sister's farm and picking fresh herbs and flowers from the garden to make into cocktails for my friends, while our babies run around half naked in the grass, is basically my ideal day. If it sounds pretty good to you as well you should sign up (for free!!!) for our new venture, the Country Club. The @simplegoodnesssisters Country Club is an escape from your daily life, but instead of access to a boring old golf course, you'll be an exclusive member invited to visit our little slice of country, & our farm events. From time to time when the mood strikes, we like to plan events like farm to table dinners, garden to glass cocktail hours, canning and preserving classes, wreath making and holiday drinking classes, etc. and this email list will allow you to get invited to these unique opportunities. We won't advertise these publicly, it will all be through this email link. We would love for you to join us in the sunshine this summer for stuff like this: 🐮🐐🌸☀️🥕🥃🍹🍽🎻so head to the link @simplegoodnesssisters & tag some friends to join you, if these emoji hints sound like something you'd be into! FYI, I'm tagging everyone here who has ever said "awww I want come see the baby goats!" ... because you are my kind of people 😘 📷@Erin_Perkins
"Love is not an equation, it is not a contract, and it is not a happy ending. Love is the slate under the chalk, the ground that buildings rise, and the oxygen in the air. It is the place you come back to, no matter where your headed"⠀