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Laura Westeren’s 100th Birthday | April 30, 2011 | Crista Shores – Silverdale, WA

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Two years ago, I was privileged to plan my parents’ 50th wedding anniversary celebration.  This year, I helped coordinate my Grandmother’s 100th birthday party.   In 2012, two of my brother’s children are getting married.  I love my family and feel blessed to be a part of all of these milestones.

Laura was born on May 4, 1911, married Reidar on July 3, 1934, had six children (two girls and four boys – all of whom attended the party), currently has 17 grandchildren, 38 great-grandchildren, 9 great-great grandchildren, and has been a resident of Crista Shores Retirement Community since September 1994.

My father acted as the Master of Ceremonies for the short program.  The soloist sang two songs in Norwegian while my niece accompanied her on the piano.  Several special guests were recognized, including my Grandma’s sister as well as a schoolmate of her’s. Two congratulatory letters were read to her; one from the Mayor of Poulsbo, and one from the Governor from the State of Washington.

I left the party feeling humbled by the life of my Grandma.


The Royal Wedding Private Party | April 28-29, 2011, Hotel 1000 – Seattle, WA

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What an opportunity for someone who loves weddings, has a British husband, and needed a reason to throw a party!  Hotel 1000 was my venue of choice.  And they were awesome to work with and did a fabulous job of attending to all our needs.

We started the party in the Grand Suite at 9:00 p.m. on Thursday night with assorted beverages followed by a full sit-down dinner at 10:00 p.m. followed by champagne and a birthday cake for a guest whose birthday was on April 29th (so we celebrated at 12:01 a.m.)  Then we moved downstairs to the Studio just after midnight to watch the pre-wedding coverage of the Royal Wedding around the circular fireplace on comfy furniture.  Again, we snacked on multi-flavored popcorn, cookies, chocolate-covered strawberries, and numerous other desserts and goodies while watching the Wedding.

A reporter from King 5 News came sometime after midnight to talk with us (see the video clip).
The party was also written up in the Puget Sound Business Journal by Patti Payne.

Most of us made it until 7:00 a.m. when we went off to our rooms to catch some sleep.  Thank goodness for late check-out!!

The party was AWESOME, the wedding was FABULOUS, and my guests were the BEST!

Now if Harry would just hurry up and get married, we could do this all over again!

Royal Wedding Party from Merry Beth Turpin on Vimeo.

The wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton was one of the biggest events of 2011. But the couple’s April 29 nuptials are under the shadow of the biggest royal wedding in the last few decades: that of William’s parents, Prince Charles and Lady Diana Spencer, 30 years ago. So, because many in Britain and the world will compare the couples – and wonder how Kate will measure up to Diana afterward – here’s a look at the couples by the numbers:

1981

2011

Diana – 19 / Charles – 31

Courtship Ages

Both were 20
Less than a year

The Courtship

8 years
February 6, 1981

The Proposal

October 2010
February 24, 1981

The Announcement

November 16, 2010
July 29, 1981

The Wedding

April 29, 2011
St. Paul’s Cathedral

The Church

Westminster Abbey
3,500

Wedding Guests

1,800 invitations sent
David and Elizabeth Emanuel

The Dress

Closely-guarded secret

What’s the biggest difference between the upcoming wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton and Prince Charles’ wedding to the late Princess Diana? It’s the power of the Internet. In 1981, most people only relied on magazines, newspapers, tabloids, and television to get their updates about the royal wedding, which was, back then, dubbed as “The Wedding of the Century.” Fast forward to 30 years later, another Wedding of the Century is in the making – that of Prince William and Kate Middleton.

On the wedding day itself, many will tune in not only on the live televised newscast of the wedding ceremony, but on live internet feeds as well. Right after the wedding, you don’t have to wait for the video release of the wedding ceremony in stores or watch a replay on television. Undoubetedly, Prince William’s marriage to Kate Middleton will reach more people than his parent’s own wedding because of the Internet.

Because of my love for weddings, you can bet that I will be glued in front of the television in the early morning hours of April 29 watching this beautiful couple say their vows.

Refresh your memoryClick here to watch a televised recording of the 1981 Royal Wedding between Charles and Diana.


Weddings In Woodinville 2011 – “Winter Wonderland”

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Weddings in Woodinville … a Wedding in Winter … snowy, icy, clean, crisp.  That is what we created at the Columbia Winery for this year’s bridal show.  Following is a blog post on February 16, 2011 on the Weddings In Woodinville website.

Columbia Winery with its classic elegance is located in the heart of Woodinville’s wine country.  With Its preferred catering, exceptional menu’s and impeccable service, the winery will inspire you and create a very memorable wedding day.  The venue can accommodate 225 guests.  Merry Beth Turpin of Aisle of View transformed the winery into a winter wonderland highlighting how winter weddings are like fire and ice with décor that is shimmery and icy while the ambience is warm and inviting.  The winter wonderland theme of icy blues and soft whites glistened and radiated with a unique style.

Soft white draping surrounded the room and snowflakes lighted the walls.  Rented Elegance provided the beautiful wintery florals and décor to enhance the scene.  Soft seating surrounded the warm and inviting fireplaces.  The ceremony site was unique with its banquette seating and ample white flowers and candlelight.

Classic big band music provided by Chris Graves of Your Song Entertainment filled the room which added to the elegant atmosphere.  Chris and the band stood out in tuxes from Wall Street Custom Clothiers.

Lisa Dupar Catering and Seastar Restaurant/John Howie Steak Catering catered the event with their amazing hors d’oeuvres, an epicurean delight for all guests.

A whimsical Winter Wonderland cake by Mike’s Amazing Cakes completed the look and feel of the venue.

Azzura Photography was on hand to capture the photos seen on the blog, Pascale Collins Calligraphy set the tone of the day with her elegant silver and white paper collateral and program, Steve Cox of Creative Ice hand carved an incredible 3’ high signature drink station , and Olga Earle of La Belle Reve showcased her beautiful wedding gowns and accessories.

Outside guests were able to check out a white vintage car from British Motor Coach – a perfect way to depart any wedding!


Azzura Photography | Vendor Profile

They were once Seattle’s best-kept-secret:  a husband-wife team quietly working out of their Bellevue home studio, creating stunning wedding images for a select group of clients.  After winning national recognition and the ‘Seattle Bride Best Photographer’ award two years in a row, Ken and Tania Shepard of Azzura Photography quickly became the Northwest’s most sought-after wedding photographers.  It wasn’t long before Azzura’s unique illustrative-style and raving clients landed them on the elite referral lists of Seattle’s top venues and coordinators, and their weddings are often booked years in advance.

All the buzz hasn’t slowed Ken and Tania from doing what they love most, and their full photography schedule is exactly what they dreamed of when they married seven years ago.  “We often wonder how we became so fortunate, and I think a large part of it is our desire to get to know our couples and create photographs that are not just beautiful, but are also deeply meaningful to them,”  says Ken.  “There is a quality of genuineness in our images that is hard to describe, but you can feel it; when you look at the photographs, you know the moments are real and that our couples are truly being themselves.”

Working with Aisle of View

When our couples are working with Merry Beth, I know that the event will be extraordinary and our couples will have an absolutely fabulous and stress-free day.  I adore Merry Beth – not only is she great at pulling together a team of talent to make your day extraordinary, she is amazing at orchestrating the most clever and creative touches.  The best part is that she makes you and every last person in your bridal party and family feel cared for and valued while she does it!  When you choose to hire ‘Aisle of View’, you truly get to relax, enjoy, and experience your Wedding Day.

To experience the artwork of Azzura Photography, visit their website at www.azzuraphotography.com.


The Royal Wedding — 1981 vs 2011

The wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton stands to be one of the biggest events of 2011. But the couple’s April 29 nuptials are under the shadow of the biggest royal wedding in the last few decades: that of William’s parents, Prince Charles and Lady Diana Spencer, 30 years ago. So, because many in Britain and the world will compare the couples – and wonder how Kate will measure up to Diana afterward – here’s a look at the couples by the numbers:

1981

2011

Diana – 19 / Charles – 31

Courtship Ages

Both were 20
Less than a year

The Courtship

8 years
February 6, 1981

The Proposal

October 2010
February 24, 1981

The Announcement

November 16, 2010
July 29, 1981

The Wedding

April 29, 2011
St. Paul’s Cathedral

The Church

Westminster Abbey
3,500

Wedding Guests

1,800 invitations sent
David and Elizabeth Emanuel

The Dress

Closely-guarded secret

What’s the biggest difference between the upcoming wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton and Prince Charles’ wedding to the late Princess Diana? It’s the power of the Internet. In 1981, most people only relied on magazines, newspapers, tabloids, and television to get their updates about the royal wedding, which was, back then, dubbed as “The Wedding of the Century.” Fast forward to 30 years later, another Wedding of the Century is in the making – that of Prince William and Kate Middleton.

On the wedding day itself, many will tune in not only on the live televised newscast of the wedding ceremony, but on live internet feeds as well. Right after the wedding, you don’t have to wait for the video release of the wedding ceremony in stores or watch a replay on television. Undoubetedly, Prince William’s marriage to Kate Middleton will reach more people than his parent’s own wedding because of the Internet.

Because of my love for weddings, you can bet that I will be glued in front of the television in the early morning hours of April 29 watching this beautiful couple say their vows.

Refresh your memoryClick here to watch a televised recording of the 1981 Royal Wedding between Charles and Diana.



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