It has been a winter wonderland in Seattle this past week, so when we received these beautiful pictures from Caresse and Jeremey's July wedding... we had to share. Warm up and cozy up with those you love!
A perfect and inspiring July wedding at Woodland Farms. Jeremy and Caresse had an earthy theme to their wedding (lots of fun ideas in the photos) and they selected sustainable plateware to go along with full service staffing and appetizer's from Nola's Events, dinner from Buddha Brothers Food Truck, Alcohol from Party on the Rocks, a photo booth from Shutter Bus, and Event Coordination by Prudence and Sage. We thought it was such a cool idea to have a s'mores station, which the client provided themselves. Check out that huge bin of coals! Now that's a campfire. This was truly a collaboration of talented and fun local vendors, at a venue we love.
We made 4 types of appetizers that we passed during happy hour to warm up the celebration, Pacific NW mini crab cakes, goat cheese stuffed mini peppers, garlic sizzle shrimp and chorizo & asiago stuffed mushrooms. You can take a peek at our appetizer sample menu here.
Thank you Rebecca Anne Photography for sharing these gorgeous photos with us and for all the vendors and venue who made this wonderful wedding one to remember!
Whether or not you attended this year's Seattle Wedding Show, we have some fun wedding ideas to share to make it easier to navigate it all in the year ahead.
When we are planning an event we customize and curate everything based on our close connection with vendors, local trends and of course anything special you bring to the table. Part of planning is knowing what will work best with particular event types, locations and timelines. When we see a new idea, we take note so we can throw it into our repertoire.
What is so fun about the Seattle Wedding Show is we get to mingle and mix with so many other vendors who are showcasing some of their best and newest ideas and products. We want to share some of our favorite ideas from this year that check all the boxes, on trend, timeless, unique, affordable, durable (mementos!) and easy to order (one stop shop!). We have our eyes on some very cool local vendors in all of these categories, so don't hesitate to reach out to us if there's something that piques your interest as part of your wedding or event.
We created a visual list so you can pin it, print it or share it!
What could be more fun than a cute, styled cart pulling up to your wedding with freshly crafted gelato?! Not only can it be dipped up in a cone, or served in a bowl (maybe that perfect bowl set from grandma's collection that says something old, something romantic (see inspiration # 5!), local vendors are now making gelato sandwiches. We are in love!
There are so many ideas here. We saw some pretty amazing etchings done in glass, customized wood shapes, like northwest trees, for cake toppers and hand calligraphied signs that make us want another chalkboard! There are so many unique ways to create a special memento that will decorate your wedding day, and also your home together in the days after, from these lovely hand crafted works. What we really liked was that ordering and creating your own custom looks from your ideas, be it from a picture, your imagination or even handwriting from a special letter, is easier than ever.
It's edible, it's gorgeous and it's amazingly fresh! Local doughnut shops are coming up with some great ways to serve dessert and make your wedding venue pop with this very delicious wall art!
We chatted with some really amazing local talent and found that beauty influences from nature, and specifically from our almost perfect, just enough moisture in the air climate, are making for some really fun looks! We love to work with people who challenge themselves to try out new ways of working with classic day-of wedding services. Hair & makeup is a big part of not only your outside beauty, but letting you shine from the inside out, feel confident and comfortable and most of all able to relax, feel pampered and just let go on your wedding day.
Romance is definitely in the air when we think of a wedding day, and right now we are really loving the alchemy of colors and textures that say "luscious", "earthy", "easy elegance" and "breezy romance". Think bare tables that tell a story, embellished with rich colors, billowing romantic dressings, natural textures and elegant signature pieces. Matte plates with hammered gold flatware, marble candle holders with black candles, bouquets that say forest and lost garden. Organic without any fuss.
Some Local Ideas:
https://nuttysquirrel.com/ - Gelato
https://www.etsy.com/shop/EventEtching - Etching
http://www.toppotdoughnuts.com/ - Doughnuts
http://www.salonmaison.net/ - hair & makeup
We hope you feel inspired by these 5 ideas, we certainly do! We love living in the Northwest with all it offers.
What a Year of Food! Summer Weddings, Amazing Tastings and Fantastic Holiday Parties Made 2018 a Year to Celebrate
This past year has been full of weddings, benefits, fantastic parties, and all kinds of foods we love to serve!
Tastings are a fun and interactive part of our services, and of course we love sharing what we can create with you! If you're planning a summer wedding or spring event in 2019 now is a great time to set up a tasting and experience Nola's signature dishes first hand.
As you can tell we like what we do. Events, food, celebrating, these are all powerful ways we share our lives with each other and create memories. We truly enjoy being a part of this with you. This year we hope to do even more, with our evolving blog, newsletter and social media and especially in person, where the best connections happen.
Keep connecting with us, sharing your stories and inspirations, and stay tuned for a great 2019 with Nola's!
This Thanksgiving we want to give a special Thank You to all our clients, staff, family and friends for all your loyal and loving support of our business for 30 years!
Building authentic connections through thoughtful and creative foods, our professional relationships and giving back to our communities are cornerstones of Nola's Events, we love what we do!
Abundance can be shared in many ways, through food, conversation, companionship. These are great acts of celebrating what we have, what we feel grateful for and what we hope for others! This year we want to share with you a favorite holiday recipe and some pictures from a wonderful fundraising event that give us so much joy, all celebrating abundance, yours and ours.
Stuffed Baked Brie
Recipe for Stuffed Baked Brie
1 sheet puff pastry, thawed
All-purpose flour, for rolling
1 round brie cheese (8 to 12 ounces, 5- to 7-inch diameter)
Jam or Chutney of choice
1 large egg, beaten
Fruit, Crackers, Baguette for serving
Baking sheet or pie plate
1. Thaw puff pastry (following instructions on box, usually about 45 minutes to an hour).
2. Pre-heat oven to 350 F
4. Top with your choice of jams or chutneys - some of our favorites are apricot, raspberry, fig and almond paste.
5. Roll out the puff pastry (dusting the work surface helps so that it doesn't stick) so that you can fold sides over the brie.
6. Beat egg to make an eggwash.
7. Place the stuffed brie in the center of your rolled out pastry and fold the sides over brie, short side first. You can add flair by overlapping the corners, twisting the dough as you bring it up to cover the brie. Be sure to seal brie and jam.
8. Brush the entire pastry with eggwash, especially at sides to seal.
9. Place on parchment lined baking sheet in pre-heated oven until golden brown. Let cool for several minutes after removing from the oven.
10. Surround with fruits and candied nuts. Serve with bread and/ or crackers.
* You can make ahead one day by skipping the eggwash step and putting in the refrigerator.
West Seattle Food Bank
We are so grateful for our neighbors, friends and communities that support worthy causes and love being a part of the celebrations and giving back. We had an absolutely fabulous time at the Great Gatsby themed fundraiser for the West Seattle Food Bank, who raised over $1,500!