Mineral Rich

From: Spring/Summer 2017 edition

Uncut quartz, translucent crystals and glimmering geodes: the world’s most renowned geological treasures are the newest wedding-day rock stars as they lend natural, textural appeal to celebrations. Thus inspired, wedding planner Alissa Lawton of Gather Events curated this mineral-rich wedding-day theme infused with the subtle peach, lilac and charcoal tones naturally found in these hot rocks, blending the color palette with marbled design details. “We love the contrast of raw minerals with fine elements,” explains Lawton, who is based in Bellingham. “It’s a perfect blend that celebrates the gorgeous bounty found here in the Pacific Northwest with a touch of opulence.”

1. GOLD LINING

Created from pastel pink sugar crystals and an edible 24K gold lining, the geode-like center of this three-tier confection from Wallingford-based The SweetSide is sure to turn heads. Rough-textured fondant frosting helps complete the dreamy design. $8.50/serving.

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2. GEOLOGY CLASS

Featuring a stunning black-and-white marble motif, plus sleek geometric elements and elegant cursive lettering, this digitally printed invitation suite is designed by downtown Bellingham-based Spruce Stationery & Design. $800 per 100 invitations.

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3. ORGANIC FORM

This garden-style bouquet by Bellingham-based Flourish Floral Design is filled with jewel-toned blooms, lush greenery, and rough-cut fluorite and quartz crystals. Incorporating locally grown garden roses, dahlias, chocolate cosmos and pincushion scabiosa, the romantic arrangement also includes acacia blooms, eryngium, anemones and eucalyptus branches, all tied together with a silk ribbon. $225.

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4. SALT OF THE EARTH

Thank your guests with a take-home treat from Woodinville-based SaltWorks: Arriving in a sweet cork top jar, this glossy black flake sea salt from Cyprus is both dramatic and delicious on dishes. $15.99 each.

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5. THE STONE AGE

Gather Events created these organic and chic reception table numbers from honey-toned wood numerals and beautiful raw quartz mined by the planner’s sister, who is a geologist. Available to rent for $10 each.

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6. SO ‘MARBELOUS’

These hand-painted heels hailing from Ballard-based Hourglass Footwear feature a swirling marble design in various shades of pretty purple. All Hourglass creations are the work of local artists who use a combination of leather and textile paints, and then finish the designs with a protective acrylic sealant. Custom designs, such as these heels, range from $150–$220.