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

Wednesday, December 30, 2015

In Remembrance of Ruby Roxane Linsao

Say not in grief she is no more,
but live in thankfulness that she was
Hebrew Proverb

I have been trying to think of the best way to word this post . . . to give the proper amount of respect, love and honor to Ruby (Rox), her fiance Virgil, and her family. Words just can't say.

Claire and I started helping to plan Virgil and Ruby's NYE wedding at Seattle Aquarium with them in July.  Ruby and Virgil had some amazing and intriguing big ideas for the upcoming wedding.  Most important to them was taking care of their family and guests, doing things that had real meaning, and creating those special moments for people. Ruby and Virgil were just the sweetest, most loving couple to work with.  You could feel the love and adoration just talking with them.  The excitement for each other and the wedding was absolutely radiating.

While planning a wedding, being a mom to their adorable little 20 month old Jasper Jade, and working in a selfless and impacting job (see below), Ruby also was dealing with a sudden unknown autoimmune disease. 

Ruby started a blog to document her health journey and keep family updated here:

It just rocked our world when we found out that our sweet bride to be, Ruby, passed away peacefully on December 21st.

Although no longer here with us, Ruby your impact on the world will live on and on in BIG ways.  Being around friends and family before the service, through our interactions, and reading about you I know you were and are SO loved and such a big part of so many lives. This will live on.  Virgil and your beautiful daughter have so much love and support from these people, and they will always have your sweet spirit with them.


If you are in downtown Seattle this evening for NYE, make sure to look at the Great Wheel from midnight to 12:30, and check out the reader board at the Seattle Aquarium, all in remembrance of Ruby!

Below is a Thank You from the family and Virgil that we wanted to share with everyone. 

A world of Thank You to the friends and family in Seattle, around the United States, and throughout parts of the world, who have shared and honored Ruby Linsao’s Life.

Rox’s life has many blessings. It doesn’t matter if you are 100 or 10 years old - Life is short. The best gift we can give each other on earth is time. The most important thing we can do is nurture and develop the Little Jasper Jades of the world. They grow up to inherit the earth and then move on to inherit the universe beyond the stars. LIVE.

Thank you for living these moments that matter! We love you all.

Special Thank You to:

*Team Rox!

*All of the visitors and medical staff at the University of Washington Medical Center

*University of Washington for the development of a Scholarship Fund in honor of Ruby Linsao

*The Seattle Great Wheel for making a donation to Children’s Hospital in honor of Ruby Linsao

*Seattle Aquarium for honoring Ruby’s life on the reader board for New Year’s

*All of You “Stepping Up for Ruby Linsao” Supporters

*All of the family and friends, who have honored Ruby Linsao’s life in every way over the past couple months

*Maya, Les, JoJo, Edgar, Randi, and Prak for photos, video, and media.

Again, the Seattle Great Wheel “R *heart* V *heart* R NYE Wedding Light Show” will run from midnight to 12:30am tomorrow, to kick off the New Year 2016. All are welcome. We will watch the show by the Seattle Aquarium.

“Ruby’s life is a blessing. Our daughter is your ultimate gift to the world. I promise to do my best to teach Jasper Jade about her Angel Mother’s life. I will always love you and continue cultivating our relationship through memories. Like we always said, ‘Now and forever one happy family.’ Forever yours.” - Virgil Domaoan

Please send all pictures, videos, and testimonies of Ruby Linsao to email: or address: PO Box 94242, Seattle 98124. These will be the building blocks and puzzle pieces that will be shared with Jasper Jade as she grows.


To learn more about Ruby's life and accomplishments see below (from her obituary, here)

"Ruby Roxane Linsao passed away on December 21st, 2015, at 4:37 a.m. after a short, intense battle with a rare, aggressive autoimmune disease (Dermatomyocitis with Interstitial Lung Disease). She passed peacefully surrounded by her father, brother, fiance, & cousins.

Ruby was born on July 19, 1981, in San Diego, California to Rodolfo and Aida Linsao. As part of a NAVY family, she lived in San Diego, Guam, and eventually moved to Steilacoom, Washington. She attended Saltar's Point Elementary School, Pioneer Middle School, and Steilacoom High School. In addition to being an ASB officer, Ruby was an honor roll student, student leader, and scholastic athlete. She played volleyball and basketball, ran track (won a state gold medal in the 4x100 and 200 meter dash), and served as a member of the cheerleading squad. Ruby continued her education at Western Washington University and eventually transferred to the University of Washington where in 2003 she double majored and earned her Bachelor of Arts degrees in Political Science and Sociology.

Ruby was the first Site Manager for Jumpstart in Seattle at the UW and was instrumental in laying a strong foundation for a program that grew under her guidance to include 160 college students reaching over 400 preschool children. This passion for supporting young children at a systems level led to her Masters in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies from the UW in 2010. While working at Child Care Resources, Ruby was recruited to the Head Start National Center on Quality Teaching and Learning at the UW as a program manager. As an integral member of the leadership team, she greatly influenced the work of that center in supporting better outcomes for preschool children. Over the past five years, Ruby often commented on how grateful she was to be part of that important work.

In her volunteer work Ruby also supported young children as a member of a Seattle Early Education Collaborative Works Group, White Center Early Learning Initiative (WCELI) Community Advisory Committee, and the Asian Pacific Islander Community Leadership Foundation's (ACLF) Community Leaders Program. She was respected and admired in the early learning community locally and nationally.

Ruby's love, thoughtfulness, humor, and brilliance will be missed forever by her large network of family, friends, and colleagues. She has touched many lives! 
Ruby leaves behind the loves of her life - her 20 month old daughter Jasper Jade Luna and fiance Virgil Domaoan. She is also survived by her father Rodolfo Linsao; brother and sister-in law Paul and Joy Linsao; and nephew Aiden Linsao. Her mother Aida Linsao preceded her in death."

A big thanks to From the Ground Up Floral (Gina) for helping me with rose petals in a cross for her service, as well as a floral arrangement.

 . . . 

Our legacy is really the lives we touch, the inspiration we give,
          altering someone's plan - if even for a moment -
          and getting them to think, cry, laugh, argue.

          More than anything, we are remembered for our smiles;

          the ones we share with our closest and dearest,

          and the ones we bestow on a total stranger,
          who needed it RIGHT THEN, and God put you there to deliver.
by Carrie Hamilton

Tamara Nicole &Claire

Sunday, December 20, 2015

Lauren & Jake's Arctic Club Wedding by Alante Photography, featured on Carats & Cake!

One of my favorite weddings, of such a FUN and sweet couple 

Lauren & Jake

was featured this last week over on Carats and Cake . . . HERE!

Hop on over to see all of the lovely eye candy by Alante Photography, and for the full DREAM TEAM vendor list!

Lovely of loveliest flowers by Bella Rugosa.  We love making tags to coordinate with the wedding, as well as organize things for smooth delivery!

The dapper wedding party!
Makeup: Yessie Libby

UH-Mazing Chuppah by Bella Rugosa
Rentals from Pedersen's
AND those lovely decals from Ten23 Designs
LOVE this detail!

It's always SO hard to say goodbye at the end of the night.  No one wants the wedding day to end, SO sweet!

  . . . 

AND I'm planning on blogging this wedding, AND all of the others I am behind on here soon, New Years Resolution to get caught up! Because let's face it. All of my couples and their weddings are so worthy of sharing!!!

Hope you have a great week, Christmas is in just 4 days eeeeek!

Thursday, December 17, 2015

We got our MUGS in!!!

They're here! 

I've been dreaming this idea up for a while now, and finally made it happen:)

Big thanks to Koordination by Krisanna for her calligraphy for our mugs! She is a dream to work with, and really did an amazing job.

Can't wait to see photos of our clients sipping their drink of choice from these. We may or may not be gifting some for Christmas . . . stay tuned.  

Also follow along on Instagram with #sbtnmugs, AND if you end up with a mug make sure to take photos and use this tag so we can see what you sip in this mug!


Tuesday, December 15, 2015

Our Minimalist Modern Marsala shoot is featured on Green Wedding Shoes!

One of my favorite editorial shoots we have done, 
on one of my favorite wedding blogs?! Wahoooo!!!

A few of my faves out of the amazing photos by Blue Rose Photography
AND for the entire feature, hop on over to Green Wedding Shoes, and as always Pin, and leave some love!

photography: Blue Rose Photography // planning + design: Simply By Tamara Nicole // venue: Floor 13 Seattle, Washington // florals: Florarama Modern Design // cake: Honey Crumb Cake Studio // paper goods: Dahlia Press// rentals: plates + glassware from Seattle Farm Tables, Grand Event Rentals, saaranin table from Rosicelli Design // lighting: Greenlight Event Design // model: Devyn A from TCM Models // dresses: Laineemeg Bridal (Tara Keely,Hayley Paige and Allure Bridals) // hair + makeup: Yessie Libby Makeup Artistry //jewelry: Yellow Ginger Boutique// shoes: Charlotte Russe // ribbon: Silk & Willow // hanging concrete planters Frae & Co. // grey linen bracelet: Dreams Factory // candles + napkins: Ikea