The Bold and The Beautiful at Alderbrook Resort & Spa

Styled Shoot
A vibrant color palette is brought to life in the forests of the Pacific Northwest.
Written by
Lara Burnap


Seattle Bride Fall/Winter 2023

Couples are afraid of color because they think it won’t work or look elegant. I wanted to show how beautiful and luxurious a bold palette can be. 

Doreen Fitzpatrick, Sassyfly Luxury Events

Resting on the shores of Hood Canal, Alderbrook Resort & Spa is the quintessential Pacific Northwest destination. The luxury enclave rests on 88 tranquil acres that feature old-growth trees, streams, hiking trails and endless vistas of the Olympic Mountains, making it a dream wedding destination. “I love the atmosphere at Alderbrook,” says Doreen Fitzpatrick of Sassyfly Luxury Events. “It has a calm ambiance and beautiful nature, with a modern feel.” Verdant outdoor event spaces include the expansive Waterfront Lawn, the ballroom-adjacent Cottage Lawn and the intimate Courtyard Lawn. Inspired by the lushness of the Alderbrook’s surroundings, Sassyfly Luxury Events created a stylish forest-inspired design with a bright yet sophisticated color palette.

(Below) “Gramercy” gown by NeWhite with “Crème Brûlée” veil by Toni Federici and “Serenade” earrings by Untamed Petals, all from Lovely Bride Seattle. Split shoulder pear and pavé diamond halo ring from Green Lake Jewelry Works.

The Alderbrook’s elegant log-cabin-inspired facade is a striking backdrop to the colorful ceremony setting on the Cottage Lawn. Bright garden roses in orange, red and yellow are intertwined atop an abundant base of greenery and punctuated with a pop of purple from elegant phalaenopsis orchids. (Below) “Elise” gown by Katherine Tash with “Espana” veil by Toni Federici and “Perla” earrings by Untamed Petals, all from Lovely Bride Seattle.
A waterfall of flowers cascades from the dinner table, creating a beautiful juxtaposition of color to the surrounding flora. The tabletop design reflects the textures of the forest. A dark wooden dining table is set with wood chargers layered with white china, delicate glass salad plates and a lovely salmon-hued dessert plate. Bright floral napkins accentuate the boldly hued blooms. Fitzpatrick said, "I love the feeling this design embodies. The bright colors bring out positive energy and happiness."
(Above) “Kiandra” gown by Louvienne, from Lovely Bride Seattle. "When it comes to creating a design for my couples my number one priority is to listen to their vision. Then I bring my expertise and contributions to create a design that is ‘theirs,’ says Osima. It’s very important to me to make sure each couple experiences their own dream coming to reality," Fitzpatrick of Sassyfly Luxury Events said.

City State:

Union, WA


Peninsula / Coastal







Art Direction
Jessi Pallan
Bridal Attire
Design, Planning & Florals
Hair & Makeup
Gitana Smith, Stylist at Lovely Bride
Wedding Rings