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eat drink and be married


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hello

We are a wedding planning and design boutique based in Seattle and Vashon Island, available for travel worldwide. Whether your inspirations lead you to a serene beach, tented lawn, rustic farm, historic ballroom or an urban loft, our weddings reflect the lifestyles and personalities of our couples. Let us guide the helm so you can enjoy every delicious moment of your engagement and celebration.

 

LET'S CHAT

We invite you to an initial consultation at our Ballard studio where we can sit down and get to know more about you and your vision. Afterwards we will share a detailed proposal tailored for you. 

 

 

photo // Jenna Bechtholt

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Approach


Approach


ALL INCLUSIVE

OUR SIGNATURE APPROACH 

Our approach we have crafted over the years is to take our couples on the journey from where they are currently at in planning when we first sit down together through their wedding weekend. Fully planning and designing their celebration taking into account EVERY DETAIL to ensure they are cared for each step of the way. 

For couples that prefer a paired down approach we do offer partial services for a select number of weddings. Ask us about it! 

 

CUSTOM 

SAY NO TO COOKIE CUTTER

We love that every couple we work with brings a different dynamic and energy that surrounds their wedding. We believe in a custom approach by getting to know our couples and curating an experience unique to them. We wouldn't want it any other way.

Through consultations, tailored online planning software, in-depth vendor team selection and vision building and we ensure all events surrounding the wedding weekend align with our couples lifestyle, PERSONALITY, comfort level and budget. 

 

 

ONE ON ONE

a unique partnership

Michelle personally plans and designs each wedding with her couples for a direct relationship. Think of her as your partner, friend, watchful eye, family counselor, trouble shooter, wine tasting date and confidant.

From our kick off planning session over bubbles and bites to walk throughs of your venue and sit downs with your team of vendors Michelle will keep you calm and assured so you DON'T SWEAT THE SMALL STUFF and enjoy every moment of your engagement.

photo //  Jenna Bechtholt

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About


About


The backstory

Owner, Michelle Bernard, established Married with Michelle in 2006. Michelle is passionate about providing her clients with truly unique and fresh events by listening to their ideas, creating personalized touches and seamlessly managing all the intricate details. Her event management and communication skills paired with her approachable and calming demeanor has instilled lasting relationships among clients and sought after venues and vendors. 

Michelle's professional background in event planning spans the past 15 years and stemmed from diverse positions in public relations, marketing and corporate social responsibility for Microsoft and Expedia. Michelle holds a B.A. in Communications from the University of Washington. Go Huskies!

 

Giving back

In 2008 Michelle, along with an incredible group of women, founded Get Hitched Give Hope, a non-profit organization that is Seattle's premiere bridal charitable giving event held annually in the Fall at the Four Seasons hotel in downtown Seattle. A wonderful night of festive cheer through silent and live auctions with the tag line, Get Gorgeous Goods for YOUR Wedding While Giving Back. 

 

a candid interview

Want to know what we recommend couples do right after they are engaged? The benefit of having a pro on board? What is our favorite aspect of being a wedding planner? Why Michelle made the move from Seattle to Vashon Island? Check out her recent interview for all the scoop.

 

photo //  Jenna Bechtholt

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Press


Press


 

featured PRESS

FEATURED WEDDING SHOWS

photo //  Matthew Land

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Raves


Raves


ELLIE & JONNY

Michelle, I certainly don’t have the words to fully express our appreciation for all of the work you did to pull together the most perfect, beautiful and thoughtful day...but I will try. Not only the day of, week of, month of we felt taken care of and well organized ever since we stepped into your office that first day, a year before our wedding. YOUR ATTENTION TO DETAIL, SENSE OF CREATIVITY, VISION AND ENTHUSIASM ARE UNRIVALED. We always felt calm remembering things were in your exceedingly capable hands. I appreciate how positive you always are. You have a special ability to stay calm and find a way to make anything happen. I couldn’t imagine a better partner in this process. The wedding day was perfect in every way. We are blown away. It reflected our values as a couple and created truly magical moments. We have been basking in all the remnant love that was our wedding day from friends and family ever since.

 

photo //  Jenny Jimenez

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Portfolio


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Vashon


Vashon


#ThatVashonLife

Formally a Ballard-ite born and raised, Michelle now resides on Vashon Island, a picturesque and peaceful stretch of island just a hop skip and a jump from downtown Seattle. A mini Pacific Northwest destination for you and your guests to explore and enjoy with an abundance of unique venues. Sprawling waterfront estates, chef run working farms, wineries and cider distilleries, immaculate gardens, an historic lighthouse, modern pavilion in the heart of town and much much more. Curating relationships with island vendors also brings an abundance of talent for cuisine and catering, sweets, tenting & rentals, music, transportation, lodging and beyond.

Interested in having your wedding on Vashon Island? Please fill out our contact form

 

photo //  Gabriel Boone

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viva italia


viva italia


Ciao

We are partnering with our good friends who own and run La Tavola Marche, an Inn, culinary retreat and cooking school tucked into the Italian countryside of the Le Marche region, to plan an intimate wedding in 2017 for one lucky Seattle-based couple. An opportunity to have your celebration with your nearest and dearest in an untouched part of Italy where you can be immersed in it's culture, warmth and charm.

 

The Deets

We will take care of everything you need to plan your celebration from coordinating travel, lodging, transportation, local activities, cooking classes, a welcome party, day after brunch, floral, music, photography and of course incredible authentic Italian menus prepared during your stay for you and your guests to enjoy by acclaimed Chef Jason Bartner and served by his lovely wife and your host Ashley. Everything you need bundled up for you and up to 30 of your guests to experience an Italian wedding celebration and trip of a lifetime. 

For more information about getting hitched in Italy please fill out our contact form

 

Salute

 

photo //  Gabriel Boone

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I Do Sodo


I Do Sodo


you dont want to miss this party!

You are invited to join Michelle on Sunday February 12, 2017 in Sodo, one of our favorite neighborhoods in downtown Seattle, for a non-traditional wedding show to explore eight venues perfect for an urban celebration. We will be at Metropolist, an open loft concept venue with style and edge, transforming the space to showcase a Medetteranian old world meets modern design along unique local vendors, a delectable feast and merriment. 

For tickets click here

 

photo //  Sullivan & Sullivan

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let's chat


let's chat


 

scheduling a consultation

Please fill out the below form if you are interested in scheduling an initial consultation with Michelle at our Ballard studio. Afterwards we will prepare a custom proposal designed for your wedding. Our studio is by appointment only. 

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photo // Jenna Bechtholt