The Whiskey Table


Sometimes to come up with a great event theme, all you need is the location.  Some venues serve as blank canvases on which to paint the look of an affair, but others come fully equipped with an undeniable atmosphere.  If you’re getting married at The Clubhouse on Queen Anne, then you’re certain to have a stunning vintage fete.  Add to that a love of the opulence of the Prohibition Era and you have yourself a Speakeasy night to remember.  A group of Seattle vendors teamed up to create such a stylish wedding and the results are flapper-tastic!  Photographer Irene Jones breaks down the inspiration and details:

The Clubhouse on Queen Anne is one of the oldest buildings in Seattle. Originally owned by a telephone company, it was bought by the Masons and turned into a Masonic Hall. The building has distinct hipster flair because of it’s Seattle roots and historic architecture. The venue recently opened up for weddings and the very structure became our inspiration for this shoot. We wanted to create the perfect wedding for this space that spoke to its history, showed off the romance and style Seattle has to offer, and still felt intimate and real.  To turn this venue into a speak easy we used several different elements to play up the theme. Skeleton key bottle openers became the favors, vintage bottles were included in the centerpieces along with books, decanters, and floral arrangements in cigar boxes. Each table was named after a different beverage and decorated with vintage gold trimmed settings.  The menus had detailed hand painted gold leaf.  Feathers were used to trim the ceremony isle as well as in the centerpieces and favor cards.  An over the top floral arrangement was created for the fireplace and candles filled the bar and a top one of the two pianos in the space. The bride’s wedding dress had a beautiful lace overlay that looked as if it had been transported through time. We also removed the lace overlay for a few photos and added a vintage ostrich feather jacket to give her multiple looks. Our wedding cake was inspired by art deco design as well as the invitations and escort cards. Even the door knob escort card holders were authentic to the time period!Personally, I am very proud of this shoot and I hope you enjoy the photos as much as we enjoyed making them.


Photographer:  IJ Photo // Equipment Rentals: AA Party Rentals // Event Designer: Celise Callahan Weddings & Events // Dress Designer: Cicada Bridal // Equipment Rentals: Grimstad Farm Event Barn // Floral Designer: Julia’s Floral // Specialty Foods: Sweet Buffet Lady // Cake Designer: The Cakewalk Shop // Event Venue: The Clubhouse on Queen Anne   // Equipment Rentals: Vintage Ambiance // Makeup Artist: Wink and A Smile Makeup

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