Coffee Buzz: Wedding Design Inspired by Your Favorite Brew

From: Fall/Winter 2016 edition

From the dark-chocolate-colored beans roasted around the city to the velvety lattes crafted in our many cafés, Seattle is known for its love of coffee. Thus inspired by the trademark cuppa joe, wedding planners (and cousins) Molly Corr and Elizabeth Corr of Bridal Bliss Event Planning—a Portland favorite run by Nora Sheils that recently expanded to Seattle—created a swish autumnal theme to feature the many hues of the brew. “We wanted to incorporate coffee elements throughout while also drawing from the rich color palette it provided—espresso, creamy latte and touches of gold to tie the look together,” says the pair. “The added perk? The dance floor will definitely be buzzing all night!”

1. DECADENT DRIZZLE

Guests will be clamoring for this cake to be cut: The two-tier dark chocolate cake from Lower Queen Anne’s Honey Crumb Cake Studio is complemented by an espresso Swiss meringue buttercream filling inside and frosted with a vanilla Swiss meringue. The stunner is adorned with chocolate fudge drizzle, roasted coffee beans and a tempered-chocolate topper dusted in edible copper luster. $9.50 per serving.

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2. PRETTY PALETTE

Featuring coffee, mocha and latte hues, this hand-tied bouquet from Georgetown-based florist Floressence wows with locally grown blooms that include hellebore, Fritillaria persica, “La Belle Epoque” tulips, begonias, rice flowers and agonis, all perfectly finished by a satin ribbon kissed with coffee beans. $215.

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3. CORDIALLY INVITED

Crafted by Ruth Song of Kirkland-based Paper Fling, this simply chic invitation suite is digitally printed in a sweetly sophisticated cursive font and accented with a hand-illustrated map and buttery-soft custom leather belly band with a tie cord. $1,200/100, includes invitations, response cards, map and mailing envelopes.

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4. THANKS A LATTE

Give ’em one last shot of fun with a bottle of Stumptown coffee. This whimsical little favor is made from the coffee company’s signature cold brew and accented with a custom die-cut “Love is Brewing” tag from Paper Fling. Coffee $3.99/bottle at Whole Foods Market; tag starts at $2.25 each/100.

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5. TRAY CHIC

Propped on a gold-lined serving tray filled with fragrant coffee beans, these sweet tented place cards also by Paper Fling are printed in a beautiful looping cursive font in luxurious chocolate brown. Place cards start at $1.25 each/100; Threshold serving tray, $19.99 from Target.

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6. ESPRESSO YOURSELF

It will be love at first sip with this delicious martini crafted by South Lake Union’s City Catering Company. Made with Kahlúa, Ketel One vodka and espresso, and finished with fresh whipped cream and espresso beans, the frothy treat is served with a bourbon butterscotch latte popsicle for dipping, dunking and general delight. $8 per cocktail, $12 with popsicle; tall, etched vintage coupe, $2.25 each, to rent from Ballard’s Fanciful Rentals.