Friday, April 29, 2016

Simply Engaged: Mariel and Brian!

I'd love to introduce another fabulous (and adorable)
Simply by Tamara Nicole couple . . .

Simply Engaged

Here's a glimpse into the sweet couple that is
{Mariel & Brian}

Wedding Date: July 9th 2016
Wedding Location: Four Seasons Seattle, WA

. . . 

How did you two love birds meet

Here's our story:

Mariel and Brian met on a cold, rainy February evening in Seattle, WA. They were at King's Hardware, Brian's favorite bar back then, and bumped into each other in front of the jukebox. Mariel had stopped there to send her sister a text message. Brian walked up and said, "you should probably get off your phone!" 

(I told you it was sassy!) 

Before Mariel had a chance to retort back, Brian introduced himself, 
charmed the heck out of her
and they talked until two o'clock in the morning when the bar finally closed.

The couple's first date was weeks later, after hours of phone calls and texts with each other. Brian picked Mariel up, took her to dinner, and surprised her with a ride on the Ferris Wheel. The Ferris Wheel holds a special place in the couple's hearts... it will be in prominent view at the Four Seasons, where they will get married.

How did he pop the big question?

Brian and I took a cruise to Alaska with my parents back in August, and 
every moment of the trip was magical.  
There was an energy and a sparkle surrounding everything, starting with even just packing for the trip.  I didn't suspect anything at the time, but I felt so very happy and loved.  Our Juneau excursion was going to be a helicopter tour that would land us on the Mendenhall Glacier, where Brian was planning to propose.  However, we woke up on the ship that morning to heavy thunderstorms, rain, and huge waves.  We had a feeling the helicopter tour might not happen -- for me, that meant more fun on the ship, which I was excited for!  But for Brian, who was planning to propose, it was a disaster!  

We had a quick breakfast -- eggs for my parents and me, mimosas and scotch for Brian, in his desperate nervousness.  Despite the weather, we disembarked and Brian ran from tour booth to tour booth trying to find a helicopter guide who would fly.  His persistence paid off -- while (thank goodness) no pilot would fly in that weather, he found a tour bus that took us to the glacier.  In the warm rain, in the presence of my parents, on the most beautiful glacier in one of our now-favorite places in the world, Brian got on one knee and proposed through tears and my screams of happiness.  
It's a day we'll never forget!

What is your fave date spot/activity?

We have many favorite traditions we hold dear to our hearts.  Sunday breakfast at Queen Anne cafe, outings with the dogs at Marymoor park, spring and summer camping in the mountains, and, once in a blue moon, a night out at the casino.  Hard to beat the thrill of hitting it big at a Mega Meltdown machine :)  

(side note: Mariel and Brian have a WESTIE! If you know me, you know I have FOUR of them.  Instant bonding! :)

What is your fave part about the wedding planning process?

We've absolutely loved having the opportunity to make every element of our wedding meaningful.  From my grandmother's box our rings will be carried in, to a piece of my mom's dress that will be wrapped around my bouquet, to the (surprise) groom's gift -- nearly everything will have a story to tell.  
This wedding will be the culmination of not only our love story, but also of our childhood, our family stories, and our friendships.  
That's what has been most fun and exceptional about this process for us.

Advice for planning a wedding to other couples? 

No matter HOW much time you think you have, the time flies by!  
Do everything as early as you can.  
You should aim to spend the last month(s) before the wedding just dating your fiancee, enjoying long talks with your parents, and reflecting on how blessed you are.


Brian is a Marine Corps veteran
a graduate of Seattle Pacific University
a lover of all things 80s
a mountain climber
a field scientist with King County
& a scotch aficionado


Mariel graduated from Harvard University 
has her MBA from Wharton
hails originally from Brooklyn, NY
loves yoga
and spending time with her family (four- and two-legged!)

What first caught your eye?  

He was a tall, muscular, gorgeous Marine. 
 He didn't just catch my eye, he nearly made me faint!  

She caught my eye because of her beauty initially, and after talking to her, because of her intelligence and laid back nature.

On my wedding day I am most excited about . . .

Seeing one another's faces for the first time that day.  Also, being surrounded by all of our loved ones at the same time... we know it'll make us weep.

Fave meal your fiance makes for you?

Brian makes me this incredible roasted tomato, feta, and shrimp dish.  It's my favorite because it's delicious, but also because the first time he made it, he was secretly celebrating having bought "the" ring :)

Mariel makes a mean stir fry.  She somehow finds a way to add flavor to something that is usually so dull!

If we could travel anywhere for our honeymoon we would  . . .

Scotland and Ireland, which we're planning to go to as we speak!!
(jealous, LOVE those places!)

. . .

I know this wedding is going to be SO amazing, and well we have the best team ever for it!

Thanks for sharing with me M&B!

SO happy for you both!

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Friday, April 22, 2016

Frou Studio Giveaway for #sbtnturnsfive

And we are drawing out the celebrating as long as we can! THREE winners so far, and we have a couple more to go!

NOW to a favorite mug I have. 

This is for anyone really, but all of those 

Naptime Hustlin' moms

the moms who by day are super moms, and by nap and night are super entrepreneurs.  Or really anything, because who are we kidding?! Being a mom is the hardest job of all of the jobs, hands down.  But also the most rewarding thing ever!

LOVE Alyssa from Frou Studio.  Go check out her adorable shop here.

NOW . . .
To enter:
Simply comment below (anyone can win!)

Earn extra entries:
Comment on our post for this giveaway on Instagram
Share this on Twitter, Facebook
Tag your friends on Instagram
(share/tag using #sbtnturns5)

SO many chances!

We will be announcing one random lucky winner on April 25th at 9:00 PM PST

Good LUCK!


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Tuesday, April 5, 2016

Lindsay Marie Designs GIVEAWAY!

Hello there!

We are continuing the celebration of 
Simply by Tamara Nicole turning FIVE 
with some fun giveaways! We already have two WINNERS! 

Now's your chance! Next up, these lovely earrings by Lindsay Marie Design

They are the "Champagne" earrings, in Rose Gold (LOVE)
A $175 value!

AND just so you know how sweet Lindsay is, and why you should support her shop?!

"$10 from every item sold, both in store at your local salon carrying Lindsay Marie and online will be donated to Beagle Freedom Project and a local animal rescue or shelter. 
Find out more about Beagle Freedom Project here."
NOW . . .
To enter:
Simply comment below

Earn extra entries:
Comment on our post for this giveaway on Instagram
Share this on Twitter, Facebook
Tag your friends on Instagram

SO many chances!

We will be announcing this lucky winner on April 8th at 9:00 PM PST

Good LUCK!

We have TWO more fun giveaways coming soon:)

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Monday, March 28, 2016

Giveaway #2 by Helena Noelle Couture for #sbtnturns5 !

Continuing the celebrating of FIVE YEARS with another fabulous giveaway . . . 

The Shop: 

If you haven't heard of this shop yet . . . well now that you have . . . you're welcome! Andrea has SO many glam custom pieces in her shop. In love with everything.  

We recently did a couple editorial shoots with her pieces . . . a few sneaks 
(until the features soon!):

Everything is just adorable and so well made:) 
For sure a fave shop to refer to brides!

AND now for the . . .

Giveaway #2 . . . 

(a $105 value)
Note: they can be customized in any Swarovski stone color, and in silver or gold

To enter:
  • Comment below with where you would wear these OR who you would gift them to
AND other ways to gain more entries:
  • Tweet about this using #sbtnturns5
  • Head on over to our Instagram to comment on our post about this giveaway there, re-post and tag friends (1 entry each!)
  • Comment/Share our post on our FB page for this giveaway (1 entry for each!)
Winner will be chosen at random on April 1st at 9 PM PST

If you missed the last giveaway, A03 Designs Clutch, see here, picking a winner tonight 9 PM PST)

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Friday, March 25, 2016

Simply by Tamara Nicole is FIVE . . . so you WIN! AO3 Designs Clutch Giveaway!!!

Yessss so in celebration of our little company turning FIVE on Feb 28th, we have BIRTHDAY MONTH with some fun giveaways!

We've teamed up with some of our FAVE creatives to celebrate with us . . .

The Shop: 

I have been in love with Angela's items from her shop on Etsy ever since we did our Emerald Botanical Beach, see it featured on Green Wedding Shoes HERE

AND a favorite item from her shop, I mean your bridesmaids would LOVE something like this right?

KNOT Clutch in champagne gold silk

ANYWAY on to the . . .

Giveaway #1 . . . 

To enter:
  • Comment below with where you would use this clutch OR who you would gift it to:)
AND other ways to gain more entries:
  • Tweet about this using #sbtnturns5
  • Head on over to our Instagram to comment , repost and tag friends (1 entry each!)
  • Comment/Share our post on our FB page for this giveaway (1 entry for each!)
Winner will be chosen at random on March 28th at 9 PM!

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Sunday, February 7, 2016

Sneak peek of Weddings in Woodinvile 2016, "Urban Chic" at Hollywood Schoolhouse

Last Sunday . . . I can't believe it's already been a week!

Months of planning, so many emails, phone calls and meetings to plan our "Urban Chic" design at The Hollywood Schoolhouse for Weddings in Woodinville

Our AMAZING team of vendors exceeded my expectations . . . and brought my ideas to life!

A little of the action- check out this video by Denver Nathan Studio!

Behind my inspiration:

AND a few photos from the lovely Blue Rose Photography from the show/shoot:

(we rented our dresses from Rent the Runway, SO fun!)

We couldn't have done it without this fabulous group of people!!!

The Team!

Planner/Design: Simply by Tamara Nicole
Photographer: Blue Rose Photography
Videographer: Denver Nathan Studio
Invitations/Paper Goods: Impress Ink Design
Lighting and Backdrop: GreenLight Events
Chocolates/Favors: Fran's Chocolate
Ice Cream Sandwiches: Smoosh
Jeweler: Sholdt Design
Coffee: Slate Coffee
Photo Booth: The SnapBar
Farm Table Rentals: Seattle Farm Tables

Additional credits:
Vintage Rentals: Vintage Ambiance
Calligraphy: Songbird Paperie
Laser Cut Signs: Bellevue Fine Art

Couldn't have done it without these talented people! 
Can't wait to share the styled shoot on a blog or magazine near you:)

Lastly, a few FUN pics from The SnapBar with some of my team!
Because who doesn't love a good photo booth?!

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Thursday, December 31, 2015

Glimpse into 2015 with Simply by Tamara Nicole

2015 has been our BEST year yet!!

Coming up on 5 years and just over 100 weddings, we continue to meet the best couples, and have so much fun personalizing each and every wedding. We are the luckiest!

I really want to write SO much about each wedding and person who touched our lives this year, however that will be WAY too long for you, 
and I have to go play with my son when he wakes up from his nap haha!  

SO a quick recap in photos of our year.
and my goal is to catch up on blogging these weddings in 2016!
Wish I had time to credit each vendor for each wedding, BUT soon blog posts with full credits promise! :)

Whitney & Matthew
Olson Mansion
Jeremy James Roloff

Drew & Scott

Sean & Bonnie

Chloe & Brandon

Marissa & Patrick

Lauren & Jake

Suzuye & Jeffrey

Katie & Jack

Elba & Dustin
(coming to a magazine soon!)

Jenny & Cliff

Katie & Jack

Josie & Rob

Kristen & Mirza
(coming to a magazine soon!)

Michelle & Preston

Carla & Stephan

Michelle & Rex

Brittni & Ted

Melanie & Suveer

We are truly blessed to be able to be a big part of all of these weddings, and we have sure met some pretty lovely people/friends/"friendors" this year!

Also we have had many weddings/shoots published in magazines (5 in 2015!), featured on many blogs, etc!
For our features check it out here

a few sneaks of the shoots:
Minimalist Marsala Shoot
and in Modern Weddings Magazine

Foggy Ocean Shoot with Wedding Paper Divas

Sailing Editorial, featured on Inside Weddings

AND had a great styled engagement shoot (GOATS!)

 . . . 
Planned a FIRST birthday party for my son

AND thanks to our clients:

Cheers to all of you, we hope you had a great 2015, and best wishes for an even MORE amazing year in 2016!

Tamara Nicole & Claire
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