What an AMAZING 2012 Wedding Season!

Monday, November 26, 2012
This past Saturday, officially marked the end of our 2012 Wedding Season. Originally planning to end our season at the end of October to focus on family, the Puyallup Falcons (a youth wrestling club that my husband and I run) and our 2013 clients, I met one last couple who were planning to wed in November and I just fell in love with them, so I extended our season.

I am so grateful for the 22 couples we worked with this year and all of the vendors we worked with and  that is reflected in our Preferred Vendor List.

I am so thankful to my amazing team! Without them, I would be nothing, they are a great support system.

Finally, I would love to take the time to recognize the three most important people in my life. My devoted husband, Steve and two sensational sons Grant & Jackson. Thank you for allowing me to be gone during summer weekends for me to live out my dream of owning my company and pursing my passion. I love you so much and you mean the world to me!.

We are excited to close another fabulous year and can't wait to see what 2013 has in store for Elegant Affairs.

Vendor Spotlight: E. Leigh Photography

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Tell us about you: E. Leigh Photography is my husband Mat, and I. We're based in Brooklyn, NY but are expanding to Seattle in 2013! We shoot almost every wedding together and love to tell love stories. (They have been featured on Style Me Pretty)

What makes your company unique: We come from photojournalism and fashion worlds respectively so we can tell the story of your wedding day from every angle. We'll grab the unique moments that only happen once and also show off your gorgeous dress and bouquet in a magazine-style shoot. Call us crazy, but we believe that weddings should be fun. Not stressful. Not lame or cookie-cutter. And definitely not boring. They should be a perfect and wonderful reflection of who you are as a couple. Our job is to tell your weak-in-the-knees love story. 

What are the trends in Wedding Photography: One of our favorite trends is super important to our business - storytelling! Gone are the days for stiff, posed portraits (although we still do those for Grandma and Mom) and in is telling the story through emotional, evocative photos that make you feel how amazing it was. This means way more fly-on-the-wall and way less camera-in-the-face.

How to select a wedding photographer: Some of the best advice we can give is to pick a wedding photographer you would hang out with in regular life.  You will spend more time with your photographer than almost any other vendor (except your planner/designer) and you must like them! If they're boring, or inappropriate or just give you weird feeling, find someone else. Of course their pictures should be mind-blowing also. ;-)

Advice from a wedding photographer: Please give your photographers a hot meal, preferably near your table! We spend the entire day on our feet and really need to recharge. It would be so sad if we fainted at your wedding! If we eat near you (and at a similar time) we can get up when you do and capture the raucousness of the dance floor

We always tell brides to get a coordinator or a planner for their wedding (Lori was ours and she was uh-mazing). It's just so important to have a non-family member, non-venue person running the whole show. Trust me when I say you should spend on this and everything else will go more smoothly and look more beautiful. 

If you have a Seattle wedding in July/August of 2013 and think we might be a match, please don't hesitate to get in touch! You can see more work on our blog:
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Erin Leigh 

Review from Bride & Groom

I could not have had my wedding without Lori and her team. I honestly don't know how you can have a wedding without at least a day of coordinator. Lori made the wedding run smooth and seamless, even our guests commented on this. Lori and her team was very professional and efficient. I did not have to worry about anything during the wedding and they did all my setup/decorating. When I needed something I said "I need Lori!" and she came running- like when my dress had a small rip in the seam, she came and sewed it for me in minutes (yes she brings a day of emergency kit!!!). 

Aside from day of coordination, she is extremely helpful with finding vendors and she will also be able to get you better deals with vendors. She was always there when I needed her for any questions, opinions, and guidance on anything. She is very responsive to emails/calls, anything you need. She also has a lot of weddings supplies available for very cheap rental fee so you don't waste money buying things you really don't need (vases, votives, etc.). With Lori I knew that everything would work out and be okay! I just cannot say enough good things about Elegant Affairs.
~Andria & Michael, October 28, 2012 (The Hollywood Schoolhouse)

Review from Bride & Groom

Lori from Elegant Affairs is incredible. She really works hard to get to know you and what your dream wedding would be and then helps make that dream a reality! I loved her so much I recommended her to my friend that just got married and she loved her too. She is hard working, reasonably priced and an overall great vendor to work with! 
~Lisa & Kyle, August 26, 2012 (SODO Park)

Review from Bride & Groom

Lori was fantastic to work with. Although at first we thought we could take it all on ourselves, we're so thankful we decided to use Lori's help. The wedding day flies by and the last thing we would've wanted to do is to make sure things are going as planned, Lori made sure of that. :) I just wish I had gone with her services sooner so that I could further use her help. Gazalle and Josh!
~Gazalle & Josh, October 20, 2012 (Marysville Opera House)

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