A Bohemian Winter Wedding with Vintage Flair

Happy 2015! We hope you had a wonderful holiday season and a happy celebration into the new year.

Let’s begin the new year with some old fashioned glam! Check out at our modern take on a 1920’s Bohemian Wedding that we designed.  We were so lucky to work with some incredibly talented local wedding professionals and were totally inspired by the Speakeasy vibe at Hollywood Schoolhouse.  Thanks to Courtney Bowlden Photography for capturing all the vintage details – this shoot just makes our hearts go pitter-patter!

Hollywood School House www.olivedesignhouse.com

We wanted to pay homage to venue’s original build time and play up its amazing features like the rustic exposed brick, classic hardwood floors, over sized dark wood bar, antique furniture, and crystal chandeliers.

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Vintage Bride www.olivedesignhouse.com

Some true vintage and vintage-inspired garments and accessories provided by Pretty Parlor Bridal Boutique reflected the space perfectly and nodded to the 20s/30s era.

Bridal Bouquet www.olivedesignhouse.com

Flowing floral bouquets and arrangements by Distinctive Design Florists set an elegant yet whimsical tone for the day.

Wedding Ceremony www.olivedesignhouse.comWe’ve created a casual yet charming ceremony, using a collection of vintage books wrapped with twine, handmade decor pieces, and of course beautiful fresh flowers.

Wedding Wands Ceremony Decor www.olivedesignhouse.com

Playful paper wands sat amongst the seats inviting guests to join in the celebration.

Winter Wedding www.olivedesignhouse.com

Seattle Farm Tables provided the beautiful handmade barn-wood table that was fit for a celebration with family and friends. The rich wood tones of the table were a perfect backdrop for the cream colored plates and gold flatware that we selected from AA Party Rentals.

We fell in love with the floral napkins from World Market which added a subtle touch of pattern and color. Loose but sophisticated flowers, mismatched decanters, and more handmade fabric garlands were displayed in the center of the table.

Wedding Tablescape www.olivedesignhouse.com

We thought involving natural elements like the bamboo chairs from AA Party Rentals would nicely mimic the details of the design of the menus and table numbers.

Winter Wedding www.olivedesignhouse.com

One of our favorite features inside the venue is the beautiful dark wood bar, we added some color and jazzed it up with a handmade tassel garland, touches of gold, and our collection of vintage decanters.

Wedding Dessert Bar www.olivedesignhouse.com

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Unique bite sized treats dripping in details like gold frosting and hand painted flowers created by Janti Sun added a sweet finishing touch.

invitation suite www.olivedesignhouse.comIt was important for us to ensure that commonalities in design elements of both printed goods and decor were tied together and noticeable in the finer details. For example, the bamboo chairs used in our table design were represented in some of the graphics used in the invitations and paper goods. For the envelope liner, we created a custom pattern with a repeating shape that is also found in the gold flatware and pedestal vases.

Wedding Invitation Suite www.olivedesignhouse.com

With the use of a modern color scheme and repetitive elements, all of the invitation pieces worked seamlessly together hinting at history while still remaining current and unique.

 As a final thank you, mini bottles of liquor displayed with a thoughtful tag were offered as a reminder of this chic vintage inspired affair.

Trending: Brewery Events

Just in time for Oktoberfest – the newest trend we are seeing? Brewery Weddings!  We love the relaxed, casual vibe a brewery wedding sends out, plus, who doesn’t want to share a beer with their favs on such a special day ?  We came up with this fun concept to help get you inspired for you event; Let’s “Hop” to it, and start planning for your big day!

The Location: The Factory Luxe at The Old Rainier Brewery

Located in Georgetown, once known as Seattle’s Red Light District, The Factory Luxe was The Rainier Brewery‘s Tasting room.  The space is cozy and rich with warmth.  Hardwood floors, a stone fireplace, and an abundant bar – perfect to serve up your favorite beer.  Your guests will never forget this Seattle experience.

Factory-Luxe-The-Old-Rainier-BreweryPhoto via The Factory Luxe


Photo via The Factory Luxe

The Color Scheme: A custom palette designed by our team complete with warm and bold brights

rainier color scheme

The Favors: Your Favorite Brew on display with a sweet and simple Tag.

Love is Brewing-favors

Photo via Hey Wedding Lady

Decorations: Add a touch of vintage with these super fun marquee lights from this Etsy Shop.


Photo via Vintage Marquee Lights

The Flowers: Get this Simple and sweet look with  pops of red and yellow.


Photo by Spindle Photography via Southern Weddings

Are you inspired yet? Our ideas are still flowing! Our team can help you pull this look together and personalize everything from invitations to favors for your special occasion.


What Exactly is an Event Stylist?


It’s ok, just admit it…. you have been planning your wedding on Pinterest before you were engaged.  I know I did, how can you resist? Cute mason jar DIY’s, flowy, garlands, and romantic crystal chandeliers hanging above those beautiful extra long farm tables; it seems like a dream.  To a lot of brides, this dream can be quite overwhelming especially when your wallet gets involved.  A wedding Stylist can help you to achieve your dream design while staying within your budget and style guidelines.  

So what is it that stylists do?

At Olive Design House, A Stylist is someone that works strictly on aesthetics, making sure that all details have been thought through and are brought together in a visually pleasing way.  A stylist helps to define your vision and bring it to life flawlessly for your big day.  Think of a stylist as your personal Event Interior Designer.

What is the difference between creative direction, design, and styling?

Creative Direction encompasses the entire vision of an event and established guidelines for the overall feel of the event.  With this guidance, a design plan is created.  Design may involve invitations suites, sourcing materials, creating custom items, designing floor plans, etc.  On the day of your event a stylist will implement the design and make sure everything looks pulled together according to your standards.

What is the difference between an event planner and a stylist?

An event planner coordinates the logistics of the event, while a stylist handles the aesthetics; the look and feel of the event. Stylists do coordinate with vendors in the planning process, but are not responsible for coordinating any of the day of activities.

We hope this has helped clear up some of your questions! Are you ready to start planning? contact us today, we will bring your story to life!











You are Sweeter than Pie!

We love cake, but how much fun would it be to serve pie for your wedding dessert? Your guests will be surprised by the unexpected treat and appreciate it even more with a scoop of ice cream on the side!  One of our favorite pie places in Seattle is A La Mode Pies.  Not only are the pies delicious, the Blue Hawaiian is a favorite around  here, but they cater events as well!

A La Mode Pies offers a delicious range of flavors from Blueberry Coconut  (Blue Hawaiian) to French Apple, to Bourbon Butterscotch.  They come in the traditional 9″ size, mini Pie Babies, and super cute Lolli Pies!  Another reason to love A La Mode Pies is that they coordinate displays and styling, one more thing to check of the list! Just leave them a sketch of what you want and they will set it up for you, fresh fruit and all! These images  were based off of some sketches done by the Olive Design House team, I mean, look how cute these displays turned out!  Make sure you go in for a tasting, they will be sure to impress.





Photos taken by Courtney Bowlden Photography

Woodinville Lavender Farm

At Olive Design House, we have a love for unique and stylish finds.  With its valley views and charming indoor and outdoor spaces, Woodinville Lavender Farm is a venue perfect for a sweet yet sophisticated summer wedding.

Tucked into Western Washington’s Wine Country, Woodinville Lavender Farm is an intimate venue that can accommodate up to 100 guests. French country inspired details would be a perfect fit for this space.  Rustic burlap, crisp white linens, wildflower centerpieces; we can already smell the lavender!






all images from Woodinville Lavender Farm