Archive for the ‘Special Events’ Category

4th of July Party | July 4, 2015 | Kiana Lodge – Poulsbo, WA

View Photos Photography by: Dana Pleasant

Client: We are so grateful for all of your help leading up to our party, and on the big day itself! It would not have been the same without you. We got rave reviews. Thank you so much for all of your patience, support, coordinating and legwork. All the best to you.

Tasting/Open House | April 17, 2016 Woodmark Hotel – Kirkland, WA

View Photos Photography by:  Azzura Photography


Nick & Jane Vow Renewal | April 25, 2015 | Private Home – Gig Harbor, WA

View Photos Photography by:  Jan Domek Photography



Green-Durrett Rehearsal Dinner | July 4, 2014 | Columbia Tower Club – Seattle, WA

View Photos Photography by: Alante Photography  Featured in: Every Last Detail

Mother of the Groom (before event):  Flo and I will write glowing reports for anything you need after this shindig is over. Two “Southern Bells” already think you are “High Cotton”!

Mother of the Groom (after event): You are THE BEST of THE BEST! Truly, one of the most compassionate, dedicated, organized professionals I’ve ever worked with. You made A&W’s dreams come true…and mine, too. You opened doors, in Seattle, I could not have without your reputation. Every vendor praised you and your work ethic. If only we could clone you for the South! From beginning to end of our #matrimonyz journey, you were with us and I shall never forget it, dear friend.

Aisle of View and Merry Beth Turpin is the consummate professional. I reviewed wedding coordinators, in Seattle, as soon as my son (and now, daughter-in-love) decided to marry in the Pacific Northwest. I hired MB as a gift for A&W as I knew how busy their schedules were on a daily basis. She took us from A-Z and opened many doors for us in the Seattle area. Her reputation in the wedding business made our wishes attainable with the best vendors. The wedding festivities lasted a week and she filled our guests with so much fun and many wonderful memories we shall never forget. Merry Beth is compassionate, dedicated, and organized from beginning to end. She will give you 100% and I give her a 5-star rating…more…if it were possible.

Mother of the Groom – who lives in South Carolina – (9 months later in an email to all the vendors): THANK-YOU, one more time, for July 2014! The BEST decision I ever made was having Merry Beth Turpin contact you, all, on my behalf.  Audrey-Anne and Warren’s Rehearsal Dinner was perfect and exceeded my expectations!  Wow…just…wow.  It was a Groom’s parents’ dream come true.  Thank-you, SEATTLE!

Friend/Associate of Mother of the Groom: I just wanted to say what a pleasure it was to work with you over the phone initially and then getting to meet you in person. I absolutely know why you were voted as the best wedding planner in the Seattle area. You helped make A&W’s wedding so memorable for them and everything that Marie wanted it to be. I appreciate all the details that you had to put into place and also know how Marie raved about how meticulous you were in the planning phases. I know that you are in the midst of your wedding season and I so admire your talents of keeping everything and everyone organized and going smoothly. I know how every event brings surprise challenges and if the A&W wedding had any, you managed them very well and unbeknown to the guests. Getting to know you was one of my favorite parts of the wedding and watching you in action was inspirational. Please keep in touch….


James Bond Birthday Party | February 22, 2014 | British Motor Coach Headquarters – Seattle, WA

View Photos Photography by: Azzura Photography

These are some very special people to me.  I did their wedding 3 years ago (check it out under Catherine & Gary – 2011) and Catherine came back and asked if I would help throw a surprise birthday party for Gary.  She wanted something “out of the box – not the typical” for 100 guests.  I threw out the idea of the warehouse downtown where British Motor Coach is located – the perfect venue to transform and/or keep some of their vehicles in it to add to the theme of the event.  She loved the idea.  We draped the venue, put up numerous lights and gobos to disguise the walls and ceiling, made a separate “Casino Royale” room, had numerous food trucks drive in (literally) to the venue, including: Cheese Wizards, Dante’s Hot Dogs, Shishkaberry’s, Bite Me Cupcakes and an Ice Cream Truck, we filled the space with light up bars and lounge tables, lots of soft seating, a black and white dance floor, an espresso cart (with specialty drinks named after James Bond movies), a roving magician, and spy décor everywhere.  We even had 3 “Bond Girls” passing out martinis (that were all named after a James Bond movie) and working the room all night.  Even a Lotus car was there for guests to enjoy.  Numerous sayings from Gary were on small easels all over the venue for guests to enjoy and laugh at.  (We even put his favorite one on the wall above the DJ in a gobo!)  Guests were invited via an invitation with a James Bond theme and stamp, and were encouraged to wear themed costumes – it was fun to see what they showed up in.  There were toasts and tributes to Gary, a questionnaire about him to see who knew him the best (with fabulous bottles of wine for the winners) and dancing all night long.  Gary and Catherine were picked up by British Motor Coach (Gary was told they were going somewhere else that night) and literally drove right into his party!!!  He was 100% surprised and delighted – all at the same time!  We got him good – Mission Accomplished!!!


Host: “Fabulous Party….everyone is raving!  We cannot thank you enough; everything last night was perfect – the décor, food, bar service, Bond girls, music, lighting, casino, magician, photographer, chauffeur….it all came together to create the perfect party storm!  Well done my friend!  Mission Impossible: Check!”  Catherine

Brotherhood of the Guitar | September 28, 2013 | BlackRapid, Inc. – Seattle, WA

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BOGBlackRapid called me 4 days before this event wanting to know if I could come down to their space and transform it before this “Brotherhood of the Guitar” event that was going to happen.  Robert Knight and 2 other artists performed and had a Q&A session afterwards for a select group of guests.  So, I immediately went down there and assessed what all was needed, then hired my team of vendors to make it happen!  It was fun to see it come together so quickly and to have everyone be so pleased!  Can’t wait for another event to help them with.


Host: “I wanted to thank you again for all you did to help make our event a success!  Everyone commented on how amazing the space looked. I wish it was still decorated like that!   We appreciate the time and effort you took to help us create just what we envisioned.  You went above and beyond to pull everything together in the short amount of time we had.  It was also so very kind of you to help us find some servers for the event.  That was incredibly helpful!  I look forward to the opportunity of working with you again sometime.  It was a real pleasure Merry Beth!”  Susie Nisco, Communications Manager/Event Coordinator – BlackRapid, Inc.

Retirement Party | June 27, 2012 | Russell’s Barn – Bothell, WA

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For this event I was only asked to do the décor for a Retirement Party for a doctor (someone I have never met).  So, I interviewed with his office Administrator and was off and running to do what I felt would be appropriate.  She just told me it needed to be “fabulous”.   The venue had already been picked and since I have already done several events there, she trusted me to handle things for them.  I hope the doctor enjoyed his party!!!

Alaska Airlines White Party | December 11, 2011 | Russell’s Barn – Bothell, WA

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Alaska Airlines contacted me about helping them put together a unique “Holiday Party” in December.  They didn’t want the same old thing – a ballroom in a hotel with a cocktail hour and dinner.  They wanted something out of the ordinary, unique, a fun venue, great food, and some fabulous entertainment!  Once I knew how many guests and where they would all be coming from, I immediately thought of Russell’s Barn.  No one from their group had ever been there before so it was going to be special and unique.  I then thought of a “White Party” where the whole event is decorated in white and all the guests have to wear white.  It’s very fun and festive and gets people talking the minute they walk in.  Save the Dates and invitations were soon sent.  The barn was divided into 3 sections (with white drape 12′ high) so no one knew what was behind the next curtain until it was “revealed”.  The first curtain held the cocktail hour with passed appetizers, a white bar, white bistro tables and chairs and white hi-boys.  Beautiful holiday music played in the background.  The 2nd curtain was revealed to white candelabras and two long double-sided tables all adorned in white linens, white candles and silver and white holiday ornaments (no flowers for this group!) for the sit down dinner which guests were able to order “restaurant style” from the menus that were underneath their glass chargers!  After dinner the 3rd curtain was revealed to red dueling pianos playing “White Christmas” as they entered the dance area.  There was some white soft seating, and a dessert buffet in there as well.  Requests were given all night long and no one sat out – they danced their legs off!  Dueling pianos is a great way for some “interactive” entertainment for the guests (both singing and dancing).  It was a fun night had by all.

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:



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

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!

Marcus Trufant’s 30th Birthday | December 3, 2010 | Hotel 1000 – Seattle, WA

View Photos Photography by: Jess Hoel Photography

You would think it would be easy to plan a surprise birthday party for Marcus – especially during the football season.  But keeping this a secret was one of the most difficult things his wife has encountered in their marriage.  We started planning the birthday party in May but progress was slow because all meetings had to be scheduled when Marcus was sure to be out of touch for several hours or out of town.

Hotel 1000 was chosen as the venue.  We decked out the lobby area in Las Vegas style with soft seating, a bar, signature cocktails, and signage to look like Las Vegas.  Casino and cards were the name of the game on the Terrace.  Hors d’oeuvres, toasts, a slide show of Marcus’ life, and the-highlight-of-the-night when Jessica popped out of a cake all took place in the Great Room.  X-Box Games were set up in the Boardroom.

Guests arrived by a specific time and then Marcus and Jessica were scheduled to arrive about a half hour later.  As luck would have it, some of the guests were on their way into the hotel when Marcus pulled up.  But he didn’t seem to think anything of it.  Jessica faked an excuse to drive around for another few minutes and then the suspense while the “surprise” came together.  Needless to say, Marcus was very surprised when the elevator doors opened and his friends and family all yelled SURPRISE!

It goes without saying that having Jessica POP out of a cake was the show-stopper of the evening.  When she emerged, she began singing “Happy Birthday” Marilyn Monroe style.  What a fun party – and a great celebration for all who attended.  Happy 30th, Marcus!



Jessica:  “Thank you once again for being the most AWESOME planner in the country!  That was one of the best parties I have been to!  And I have you to thank!  I’m not sure how you do it, but you’re an angel!  And all the vendors are AWESOME!  Tell Michael my hat was Fab-u-lous!  I can’t believe I actually popped out of a cake.  It was amazing – like a dream!  Thank you again for helping make my husband’s 30th birthday party like no other!  I am truly thankful for you!”

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