J&C | July 2016 | Guemes Island Resort | Guemes Island Wedding Planner

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Oh my goodness. This wedding. Well, more specifically, this couple. I just took a quick walk down memory lane as I went through all of the emails that J and I sent each other during our 5-month planning adventure and it’s making me feel all warm and fuzzy in my heart. J&C booked me from afar (California) and our very first phone call felt like catching up with an old friend. Shortly after we made our collab official, J started her emails to me with “hey, babe” and I would respond with “hi, love”. All of our interactions were so casual and split between talking about life outside of wedding planning + me being my Type A self while J calmly stayed true to her Type B counterpart. We balanced each other out well and planned one heck of a beautiful, logistics-heavy, lowkey wedding.

Color Scheme: navy blue, neutrals, pops of orange
Favorite Décor Elements: driftwood ceremony arch with gorgeous blooms, neutral-colored glassybabys on the guest tables (that doubled as guest favors), pebbles + shells hand-gathered from the Guemes Island beach.
Favorite Moment: J’s spontaneous decision to jump in as the official cake cutter. Guests lined up and got to spend a few minutes talking to her while she cut them their choice of Deru cake. It was perfect.

PS, do not think I’ve forgotten about C! I didn’t get to meet him until they were finally in Washington for their wedding weekend, but he greeted me for the first time with the warmest smile + hug and I remember immediately thinking “Yep. These two were made for each other.”

Cheers, J&C. I wish we could go back and do it all over again.

|| Beautiful captures via Ben Blood Photography ||

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Venue: Guemes Island Resort
Wedding Coordinator: Krisanna || Krisanna Elizabeth Events
Photographer: Ben || Ben Blood Photography
Floral Designer: Kelli || Country Bouquets Floral Design
Caterer: Paellaworks
Cakes: Deru Market
Officiant: Dan Lamberton (friend of J&C)
Bridal Shop: Lovely – NYC
Bridal Dress Designer: Rue de Seine
Invitations: Kate Dickinson (friend of J&C)
Rentals: Seattle Farm Tables & Pacific Party Canopies



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W&K || June 2016 || Maplehurst Farm || Mt. Vernon Wedding Planner

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W&K are the kind of couple you just really want to be best friends with. They’re the most delightful mixture of kind, sassy, beautiful, and rad, which made our meetings feel more like wedding planning-themed hangouts. On top of that, every single element of their wedding day was so thoughtfully curated and true to what makes them unique together, including: multiple personalized signs, 100+ hand-folded paper cranes, mementos from their incredible trip to Japan, and a ceremony procedure I’d never seen before that consisted of them tasting 5 different elements together (traditionally 4 – sour, bitter, hot, sweet – but W&K added their own element of umami, mostly because they freaking love oysters).

Color Scheme: navy blue, orange, sage green, gold accent
Favorite Décor Elements: the zany tea party theme, custom signage, and GOLD GLITTER EVERYWHERE.
Favorite Moment: at the end of their wedding day, when W grabbed both of my arms, looked me in the eyes, and said “You. Are. The. Shit.” Still recovering from my heart bursting with happiness.

Here’s to so many years of adventures + happiness, W&K!! Can’t wait to see where life takes you next.

|| Gorgeous images via Matt Priestman Photography ||

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Venue: Maplehurst Farm
Wedding Coordinator: Krisanna || Krisanna Elizabeth Events
Photographer: Matt || Matt Priestman Photography
Floral Designer: Haggen Floral Department (via Market Street Catering)
Caterer: Haggen/Market Street Catering
Desserts: Haggen/Market Street Catering
DJ/MC: Adrian || CityDJ
Officiant: James Carr (friend of W&K)
Hair Styling/Makeup Artistry: Carly Crossley
Bridal Shop: New Beginnings Bridal
Groom’s Attire: Nordstrom
Invitations: Maxwell Churchill
Rentals: Skagit Valley Wedding Rentals



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R&J || April 2016 || Rosehill Community Center || Seattle Wedding Planner

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I met R when I coordinated her friend’s wedding (here), so I was overjoyed when she contacted me about coordinating her own wedding a few months later! R&J are 2 of the most humble, kind, thoughtful humans I’ve ever had the pleasure of working with; qualities that overflowed into their wedding day, as we spent hours structuring their day in a way that would ensure that their guests had the best possible experience.

We transformed the beautiful blank slate that is the Rosehill Community Center into a classy black, white, and gold celebration, with hints of blush in the bridesmaids’ dresses & single-stem peonies. R is a professional singer, so each guest received a beautiful mini mixtape of her singing covers of classic songs as a favor and, to continue the singing theme, R&J had a boys’ a cappella group serenade guests throughout the Cocktail Hour (this should honestly be a thing at all weddings, I was obsessed). And can we talk about that ceremony setup!? It’s nearly impossible to beat sheer drapes + greenery in my mind.

Aesthetics aside, I am truly so happy for this sweet couple; here’s to many more year of R&J!

|| Imagery: Matt Kuma Photography ||

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Venue: Rosehill Community Center
Coordinator: Krisanna || Krisanna Elizabeth Events
Photographer: Matt || Matt Kuma Photography
Videographer: Michael || Kang Videography
Floral Designer: Jooni Sung (friend of R&J)
Caterer: Whole Foods
Staffing/Bartending: Prive Bars
Cakes: Whole Foods
DJ: Sam (friend of R&J)
MC: Joe (friend of R&J)
Officiant: Jay Morgan – Community Church of Seattle
Boys’ A Capella Group: Kamiak High School
Hair Styling: Kate Kim Beauty
Makeup Artist: Kate Kim Beauty
Bridal Shop: David’s Bridal
Groom’s Attire: Nordstrom
Rentals: Pedersen’s Rentals


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Connection || LTT Tuesdays

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It’s one of those weeks when I thought “surely, I’m Superwoman”. Turns out I’m not.
Hence, we’ve got this week’s blog for LTT Tuesdays on a Wednesday, but I’m freaking determined to keep this biweekly thing a thang, so let’s do this.

We’re midway through January, the initial New Year’s resolutions are fading a tad bit (I chose to make a 6-Month Goals plan instead this year… slightly less intimidating), but one of the things that has truly never faded over the years is my deep love for human connection. It’s crazy when I actually take a step back and think about every single person who has somehow been a part of my life, but even crazier to think that I share(d) a unique connection with each of those people and that every single one of those connections somehow enhanced who I am as a person. I honestly don’t care if it’s connecting about a shared love for the Backstreet Boys or if it’s a deeper emotional connection that shakes me to my core; not much makes me happier than having that sudden realization mid-conversation that I’ve formed a bond with someone.

Even though connections genuinely define who I am as a person, too often, I take it for granted when someone shares a story close to their heart or is vulnerable about something they might consider embarrassing or shameful. Too often, I forget that it is an honor to connect on any level with another person, whether it’s a 3-hour phone call that leaves my heart feeling full, or mutually supporting each other’s creative endeavors, or just simply watching a favorite TV show together and laughing at the exact same time. Even a “like” or comment from someone on social media is something that should never be taken for granted, as it’s just another way of conveying that you’re staying connected. And let’s be honest, inside jokes are, quite possibly, THE BEST form of connection. Long story long, I’ve seen some really beautiful things happen when 2 (0r more) humans connect.

So here’s to a year full of twinkly, heart-warming, laugh-til-you-cry, inspirational, vulnerable, magical connections. And, more importantly, here’s to being conscious of each and every moment or conversation that adds to your “connections pile”. Because at the end of the day, nothing matters more.

Connection Goals
(1) Stay mindful of each connection and really, truly cherish them. (2) Write down as many connection moments as possible – some of my favorite memories have been dredged up because I jotted them down on my phone or in my planner! (3) Work hard to build + maintain the connections that bring the most meaning to life.

Little Things Theory Applications
 A shared love for a sports team or cocktail. || When someone says exactly what you’re thinking at the exact same time you were thinking it. || A hug. || When someone feels safe enough that they will laugh or cry with you. || That distinct moment when an acquaintance turns into a friend, due to someone being vulnerable. || Connecting with a group of other people because of a shared creative endeavor.

xo, Krisanna
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Timing || LTT Tuesdays

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Would I do 2016 again if I had the choice? My initial thought is “nah”.
But when I think about it more, my answer slowly shifts to “yes”. And if there’s one thing that hit hard this year, it was the fact that timing. is. everything. (sorry to rose gold, Deru cake, and dapple dachshunds – timing tops the Everything list). Hence, our first LTT Tuesday topic!

This year was one hell of a rollercoaster in more ways than I could ever recount without writing a legitimate novel. It was a year that brought me back to the phrase “Trust the Timing of Your Life” over and over and over – one of the first things I ever wrote out + framed when I started playing around with calligraphy and truly one of the hardest lessons I’ve had to learn (still learning).

But timing has shaped my life in ways I could’ve never imagined; ways I’ve had to learn to love. I’ve found that, more often than not, you have zero control over the timing of the crucial turning points in your life and beyond zero control over whether or not your timing matches up with another human’s timing, whether it’s a gal pal or a love interest. The timing for milestones on your life’s path will not be the same as your friends’/colleagues’ timing – it’s true that every person has their own path (even if you may sometimes want someone else’s path). If I try to force things to go the way I want them to, timing slaps me in the face. Sometimes those slaps are the best freaking things ever. Sometimes they bring more happiness than I would’ve found doing it my way. And if they bring despair or discouragement or anxiety, it dissipates and reshapes itself as something beneficial over… time. See what I mean? It’s everything.

Timing Goals
(1) Stop comparing my timing to other people’s (seemingly perfect) timing, aka trust the timing of my own path. (2) Stay mindful that sometimes what seems like the absolute worst timing can lead you right on over to the best moments of your life. (3) Let go when the timing just isn’t right, no matter how much it might hurt at first. It’s better in the long run.

Little Things Theory Applications
 Running into an old friend because you decided to stop by Starbucks on a whim. || An epiphany when you’re going through a dry spell. || Connecting with another person on a whole new level. || Your favorite song on the radio the second you get in the car. || A smile from a stranger on a hard day. || Meeting someone/experiencing something amazing when you are least expecting it.

xo, Krisanna
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E&B || September 2015 || Maplehurst Farm || Mt. Vernon Wedding Planner

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It is rare (read: basically impossible) for me to find people who rival my love for dessert. That was the first sign that my wedding planning adventures with Emily & Brian were going to be something else entirely. Then there was the laughter. And the level of real that E&B bring to the table – real love, real intentions, real grace, real fun. And, of course, the way that B looks at E. Got me every time.

E&B’s Maplehurst Farm wedding was classy and full of the industry’s best, but also so low-key and fun. The only hitch? The absolutely insane wind. This was not your every day “oh hey, its kinda windy” occasion… this was a “oh hey, there goes a water goblet” kinda deal. It may look nice and calm in those tablescape images (so perfectly captured by Michèle Waite), but let me tell ya: it came down to me having to make the call at the very last second to keep those dinner tables under that beautiful tree-lined lane because I knew that E had been dreaming of that setup for months and months. And yes, every single person on E&B’s vendor team thought I was insane (direct quote from Jessica, owner of Ciao Thyme: “you’re crazy”). But, in a crazy turn of events, the dark skies held the rain and wind for the entirety of the ceremony and the wind completely died down during dinner. #blessed

One of the best things about working with E&B was their undying trust in me and their team. In addition to trusting me with the coordination of their wedding day, they also trusted me to do their place cards + dessert labels when I was just getting started in the calligraphy field. These little details ended up being one of my favorite projects ever – specifically the hand-painted moutains that mimic the ones on their guestbook. Speaking of details: the amount of culinary detail that Ciao Thyme brought to the table (literally) was unreal (see below), Kelly of Country Bouquets Floral added the perfect floral details to every inch of the day, and can we just take a moment to appreciate the magic that is Michèle’s ability to capture all of the most important moments?

K, I’m ready – let’s do it again. Wind and all.
So much love to E&B and to a vendor team that trusted my crazy weather decisions!

All imagery © Michèle Waite

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Venue: Maplehurst Farm
Coordinator: Krisanna || Krisanna Elizabeth Events
Photographer: Michele || Michèle M. Waite Photography
Floral Designer: Kelli || Country Bouquets Floral
Caterer: Ciao Thyme
Cakes: Pure Bliss Desserts
Pies: Bellewood Acres + The Flying Pig
DJ/MC: friend of E&B
Officiant: Matt Gooch
Hair Styling: Salon Bellissima
Makeup Artist: Ashley || Love Beauty
Bridal Shop: Belltown Bride
Bridal Gown Designer: Amy Kuschel
Invitation Suite: Spruce
Place Cards + Dessert Labels: Krisanna Elizabeth Design
Mismatched Plates + Antique Furniture: Maplehurst Farm
Water Goblets + Champagne Flutes: Bellingham Wedding & Event Rentals

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J&J || August 2015 || The Admiral’s House || Seattle Wedding Planner

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 Elegant (adj.) – pleasingly graceful and stylish in appearance or manner.

People often ask if I work with couples who are planning from out-of-state and this is a perfect example: when they booked me, Jane was in Chicago at Law School and Jonathan was in New York, so most of our work was done via phone conferences. However, J&J’s incredibly kind demeanors, attention to detail, and eagerness to host a perfectly executed event made working with them from afar an absolute dream. Together, we made sure that their top 3 wedding wishes – excellent food & drinks, impeccable photography, and a smooth, enjoyable experience from start to finish – became a reality.

Although it’s been well over a year since their wedding day, J&J’s wedding is one I’ll likely never forget. The stunning Admiral’s House backdrop + all-star vendor team (see below for list), the carefully chosen little details (think lavender soap from Woodinville Lavender and fresh truffles from Intrigue), and, most importantly, the bride and groom’s attention to their guests’ experience, made for one of the most beautifully joyful events I’ve ever coordinated.

Forever grateful to my dear friend, Kelly (floral designer extraordinaire), for connecting me with this amazing couple!

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Venue: The Admiral’s House
Coordinator: Krisanna || Krisanna Elizabeth Events
Photographer: Dorothee || Belathee Photography
Floral Designer: Kelly || Botanique
Caterer: City Catering
Cake: Honey Crumb Cake Studio
DJ/MC: DJ Kitman || Integral DJs
Ceremony Musicians: Passenger String Quartet
Officiant: Pastor Derek Hwang
Hair & Makeup: Kate || Kate Kim Beauty
Truffles: Intrigue Chocolate Co.
Favors: Woodinville Lavender
Late-Night Snacks: Curbside Food Truck
Bridal Shop: Dimitra’s Bridal – Chicago
Groom’s Attire: Paul Smith
Paper Goods: Minted
Furniture/Tablescape Rentals: Cort Party Rental
Antique Tent Lights: Vintage Ambiance
Valet + Transportation: Butler Seattle
Restrooms: Royal Restrooms

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