Tuesday, September 13, 2016

A little Q&A with Borrowed and Blue!

Simply by Tamara Nicole  
Q&A Collaboration

First of all before we get into this little interview by Borrowed and Blue, I want to share that earlier this year we were voted as one of the top Wedding Planners, as well as the "Most Valuable Vendor" and we are SO honored!

NOW on to a little fun interview:
Recently, the Simply Tamara Nicole team heard from Helen at Borrowed & Blue, who wanted to get to know our business a little better and learn more about Seattle weddings. Here’s a little background from her:

“When you’re planning your wedding, there are a lot of resources you need at your fingertips in order to achieve the awesome celebration of the love between you and your partner. Having a planner is a crucial part of that process—and that’s where Tamara and her team at Simply Tamara Nicole come in, Seattle couples! The industry smarts of this group are just amazing, and they are totally committed not only to helping you figure out the logistics of your day, but to personalizing it so that your wedding feels like the two of you, and not something out of a magazine. They’re all about making sure #everywedding is unique and special, just like we are at Borrowed & Blue! I can’t wait for you to learn more about Tamara and her wonderful team.” - Helen, Borrowed & Blue’s Seattle Market Specialist


1. Tamara! Tell us the story of how you became a wedding planner.
Well . . . I planned my own wedding  . . . I actually am one of “those” planners haha! Keeping the super long story short (ish) I went to UW for pre-dental. Got my Bachelors in Biology, got accepted into NYU for Dental School.  I just felt like there was something missing, and that something was passion. SO I took a year to think about it, with the thought that I would re-apply to Dental School.  What happened was 3 months later I met the love of my life, and then decided that sure being a Dentist would be a pretty amazing career, but not for me. It took a little while after to figure out what my REAL passion was, BUT I found it! I’m SO happy that I chose happiness over money and took a risk.  Starting your own company can be so scary.

Now looking back, this career totally makes sense for me.  I’ve always been the party planner in my group.  When anyone was getting married, I jumped at the chance to throw any kind of party I could.  I LOVED decor and crafts so much, that I started an Etsy shop for some interior decor items for a little while. I love to cook, sew, create, design, plan.  I had SO much fun working on all of the little details for our wedding, that I think it just felt right :) AND viola! Here we are now, over 100+ weddings and 6 wedding seasons in and I couldn’t imagine doing anything else!

(Blue Rose Photography, Rent the Runway, Hollywood Schoolhouse, From the Ground Up Floral, Yessie Libby, etc)

2. What is your favorite aspect of your job?
SUCH a hard question, I love it all! From meeting new people, seeing their relationships, witnessing so much love.  DETAILS, wedding design, being social. Fun meetings with treats.  I mean it’s all super fun. BUT I would say my absolute favorite is seeing it all come together amazingly well on the wedding day.  Seeing my couple’s face as they walk into the wedding space, seeing all of our hard work come together and look fabulous.  Being able to be there and see their love shine through their wedding.  Meeting all of their loved ones, and seeing really what makes them who they are. It can truly be a hard job, but these moments on the wedding day are truly SO rewarding!

3. What is the first question you like to ask a couple when you meet with them?
This might sound super cliche, but I love to hear about them.  I don’t get too specific, like how they met or anything (which I do love to hear about) BUT I like to keep it more open ended and really see what is important to them. Learn about them, their focus, their relationship.  You can really learn a lot about people in the first conversation!

4. What does “personalizing” a wedding mean, and how does a couple go about doing that?
This is one thing that we really love to focus on.  It’s 2016, and gone are the “cookie cutter” wedding days.  You also don’t want your guests to go to your wedding and not feel and see “you” at your wedding.  We love to get to know our couples, and let THEM shine through the wedding .  I want their family and friends to walk into their wedding, smile at some fun detail (or even chuckle a little) and think “this is SO them!”.  Their wedding should be all about them, not just the latest trends on the big blogs, Instagram or Pinterest.  This can be anything from the favors, even the names of the signature drinks.  Fun facts on your cocktail napkins for guests to enjoy reading during cocktail hour.  We’ve seen SO many fun ideas. As long as you are true to yourself and your relationship, you really can’t go wrong:)

5. Let’s talk 2016 trends. What are you seeing? What trends do you think will stick around?
Still seeing a lot of the “Garden” trend for flowers and decor, a LOT of greenery, soft whimsical flowing centerpieces. A pretty, classic wedding is always good.  Also, what I really love is the pops of modern and minimal styles that are showing up.  We’ve had a lot of fun adding these pops of modern touches into romantic weddings and I love it!

6. If you weren’t a wedding planner, what would you want to do for a living?
Perhaps be a dentist?! Haha. But seriously, I previously thought about being a teacher, or a judge. Something that I knew could make a difference in other’s lives.  I also secretly (OK the secret is out now!) want to style and design photo shoots (catalogs), and window displays for companies like Anthropologie or Crate and Barrel.  I have so many things that I love to do, the list and ideas could go on! Good thing being a Wedding Planner fits just right :)

7. Share a memory from a recent wedding.
There are so many great ones to choose from! I would have to say one that stands out was helping to pull off a surprise Gospel Choir performance during a ceremony, from the Bride to the Groom.  The ceremony was already jam packed full of fun, intentional moments.  A butterfly release, a nod to the Bride’s late Grandma who loved butterflies. I remember at least one still being on the Bride’s dress at the end.  Other fun things were a poem written by the Best Man, and brother of the Groom.  Also, a musical number by one of their singer friends. A fun pre-ceremony drink.  So add to ALL of this fun . . . right during the vows, the Bride was partway through hers, and said she isn’t always the best with words and wanted to say it through music.  I was waiting for this exact moment to open the doors to a 9 person Gospel Choir, who walked up the side while starting to sing.  The look on his face, and hearing him talk about that first thing when he walked in from the ceremony. What a fun ceremony that was, and I LOVE surprises during weddings and being sneaky with them!

8. I’ve never been to Seattle, but I’m thrilled to learn more about it! Where do you go on your days off?
Being close to Seattle, we are surrounded by so many mountains just a little drive away.  My husband and I LOVE to pack some snacks, and our now 2 year old, and take a little drive out to the mountains and go on a hike.  We’ve been on over 20-30 different hikes around the area, and it’s just so beautiful, invigorating and relaxing after the hustle and bustle of the city and wedding season.  Not only is it fun family time, but it helps to center and refresh life.  AND let’s face it, wedding season there isn’t a lot of family time so this helps with that! Even on a Sunday morning, after a 14 hour wedding on Saturday, and 5 hours of sleep you will find us heading out the the mountains!

Other things we love to do is take walks along the waterfront with our 4 Westies, go kayaking, and really anything else outdoors during the beautiful Seattle summers! Also there are so many amazing restaurants to try, and we sure do love our food :)

9. What is your favorite venue in the area?
OH man this is so hard too! I love a variety, and love that Seattle has it all.  Some pretty classy hotels such as Four Seasons, The Woodmark Hotel, Fairmont Olympic and The Arctic Club are some faves in this area. I love the industrial/urban feel of venues like Axis, Sodo Park and Westland Distillery.  Also you really can’t beat the view atop The Golf Club at Newcastle.  SO many more good ones too!

(Ryan Flynn Photography, Bash and Bloom, Vintage Ambiance, Sodo Park, Chalkful,etc)

10. What makes the Seattle area unique?
I think it’s the gorgeous green outdoors here. I mean everyone wants to have a pretty outdoor wedding in the summers here, but we all know that you can never ever count on the weather (even after the 4th of July) here.  Always have a back up rain plan, which most venues have here.  Also, the variety of venues here is really nice.  Anywhere from rustic barns, ballrooms, urban city vibes, to wineries . . . the Seattle area really has it all.

I have many clients that live out of town, but want to get married in Seattle! It’s becoming quite the destination for people.  Guests who might have never been will love to plan their trip to allow time to play tourist in the area, there is so much to do and see. I really feel lucky to be a Wedding Planner here in Seattle!

If you’re planning a wedding, head on over to Borrowed & Blue to find your Seattle wedding photographer and more! Pin It

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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