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Race for the Cure

A group of GHGHers–Wendi, Barbie, and Eliza–had lots of fun at this year’s Race for the Cure.

Not only did we get the best view ever of Seattle from the upper level of the viaduct, but we got to raise money for the Susan G. Komen Foundation, the world’s largest network of breast cancer survivors and activists.

It’s an amazing event–seeing all the survivors in their pink t-shirts and all the friends and family there to support them really inspires you to raise money.

We even saw Brooke of Movin’ 92.5’s Ladies Room there with her “Save the Boobs” Ladies Room team!

We’ve got plans for more: we’re also doing this year’s Walk for Hope on October 4th and we’d love it if you’d walk with us. Click here to join our team!

{Post by Eliza Truitt}

Vendor Profile: Jason Parker Quartet

If you’ve ever been a guest at someone’s wedding or event, you know how much ambiance live music adds. It can swankify, funkify, jazzify, and polish it. (Ha! Bet you thought I was going to say another word with “-ify” on it, eh? My thesaurus didn’t have any more, otherwise I woulda!)  I’d like to introduce to you one of our favorite jazz ensembles.  They’re fun to watch, their sounds are refreshing, they’re totally nice guys, and you KNOW it’s a party when they’re there!  Meet Jason of the Jason Parker Quartet.

Photo © Gerald Pope Photography

Photo © Gerald Pope Photography

What do you do?
We offer professional live music for ceremonies and receptions. Jazz, classical, R&B and more.

How long have you been in the industry?
8 years

What prompted you to open this lovely business of yours?
I love sharing people’s special days with them, and bringing just the right musical ambiance to complement the event.

What is your favorite product or service that you offer?
Jazz, baby!

What do you like to say makes you unique from others in your industry? Why do clients choose your services/products?
We are a working jazz band, not just a “wedding band”, and our clients always comment on how joyous and celebratory our performances are. We really bring it!

You guys crack me up. What is your favorite thing about weddings? Why do you love doing what you do?
I love that everyone is happy and celebrating love. I wish the whole world was like that.

You and me both! Why are you excited to be a part of GHGH?
We love all the people involved, from the charity to the organizers to the vendors to the attendees. And the cake.

Glad we came before your love of the cake, though we love the cake too! How are you participating in the event?
We are playing live music and auctioning off an hour of our music.

Thanks, Jason, for taking the time to answer a few questions for our blog!  Funny little tidbit about Jason? He says, “I’m a sucker for old, sappy love songs.”  Well heck, if you were a musician who didn’t love happy, celebratory events, and those sappy songs, we’d have a problem, wouldn’t we? Can’t wait to hear your music in October, friend!

{post by Laurel McConnell}

August 7, 2009 - 4:31 am

JPQ Featured at Get Hitched, Give Hope Blog! – Jason Parker Music - […] to Laurel McConnell and all the folks at Get Hitched, Give Hope for making the JPQ the featured vendor on their blog today! We can’t wait to play at this wonderful soiree in a couple months. Get your tickets […]

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The Magic Behind GHGH…

I just wanted to introduce myself.  I’m Michelle Loretta, the “boss lady” for Get Hitched, Give Hope.  We joke that I’m the “boss lady” because we really don’t have a better name for what I do.  While I technically serve as President for the organization, I act as a support for every one of the executives.  My question to them is, “what is it that you need to get your job done?”  My job is to fulfill and/or solve that need.  The magic of Get Hitched, Give Hope is the AMAZING people that make it all happen.  We are all hard-working individuals who volunteer countless hours to support the organization as a whole.  The word “teamwork” is an understatement for what it is that we do.  And, that’s why GHGH works!

Here’s a little peek into the magic of our team…

The Getters of the Goods…
(These are the ladies who get all the awesome goods that end up being auctioned and raffled)

Wendi Hroncich heads up the Procurement Team with Holly-Kate Foss as her badass-sidekick-in-action.  The two of them are on top of all the phonecalls, emails, and meetings with hundreds of donors so that they can send in all sorts of goodies.  The level of detail that they manage and the amount of communication that they have with the donors is unbelievable.  They are sweethearts that put blood, sweat, and tears into GHGH.

The Pretty-up People…
(These are the ladies who make everything pretty… from the GHGH stationery on up  to the decorative details on the night of the event)

Laurel McConnell is our marketing maven.  Our logo, branding, print collateral, and website are completely maintained by her.  (If you thought we had high-techy-designy type of people for that… no way!  It’s all Laurel.)  Not only does she dictate the GHGH image, she also adds her awesome “Laurel Speak” onto everything so that GHGH has a unique voice.

Shannon Lassen is the event visionary of our team.  She determines what will happen on the night of our big event and how it will all look.  She is the one deciding what you will see, hear, taste, feel, and smell on October 29th.  Recently, Kaycee Parker has joined Shannon to help make this vision a reality.  These two ladies are basically responsible for the feast that your senses will partake in this fall at GHGH.

The Talky-Talkers…
(These are the ladies who chat, chat, chat it up… telling the world about all that is awesome about GHGH)

Barbie Hull and Eliza Truitt make up Public and Media Relations.  I’ve hardly met anyone in this industry quite so connected and resourceful as these two.  It’s only a matter of minutes before Oprah and Ellen are on the phone wanting to feature our event.  (I’m certain of this because of how ingenious these two are at making things happen.)  I’m surprised that they haven’t already gotten job offers from leading international PR firms.

Mad Men…
(We happen to be supported by two really cool cats… who do our organizational management and our accounting)

Ryan Barr is all things spreadsheets, contracts, mail, pencily-papery, secretary-type of stuff.  And, Andy Loretta makes sure our checks are deposited and our bills are paid.  Whew – thanks guys!

I feel so fortunate to have the opportunity to work with these AMAZING people for such an AMAZING cause!  And, I can’t wait for you to meet everyone this October 29th and see for yourself the MAGIC behind Get Hitched Give Hope.

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Vendor Profile: Christopher Flowers

There are so many great people from the wedding community who are participating in Get Hitched, Give Hope. So we wanted to introduce you to them by posting mini profiles! Below you’ll get a chance to meet Christopher Smith of Christopher Flowers. He does gorgeous work–and I can say this from personal experience–I hired him to do the flowers at my own wedding! So here are a few questions for Christopher:

Tell us about yourself!
Christopher Smith, Christopher Flowers – I am a floral designer for weddings, parties, and events.

What do you love about your work?
I love creating pieces that reflect the personality of my client. I love working with beautiful flowers and showing them off to their best. I love it when someone walks into an event and says “Oh, it’s perfect!”

What drew you to Get Hitched, Give Hope?
Barbie Hull!  As soon as she asked me if I would like to participate, I knew it would be a great thing to do. The idea is so wonderful; it’s just a good thing. Last year was awesome, and I can’t even imagine how great it will be this year!

What makes your business different?
I think some things that set me apart are my attention to detail, personalized service, and my design style. I do virtually all of the designing myself, so everything has a consistent, unified look. I make every attempt to be as communicative and pro-active as possible during the planning of a wedding, knowing that it is probably all new and likely overwhelming for the bride-to-be.

How are you participating in the event?
I will again be making bouquets for the models to carry during the show–loved that last year!  My auction donation this year is custom-designed flowers for a bridal shower–worth up to $1000.

Anything else you’d like to share?
I feel so honored to be included in the event, and truly impressed by all the creativity and energy that the GHGH ladies (and gents) put into planning a fabulous evening for a great cause!

July 29, 2009 - 10:22 am

The Ladies & Gents of Get Hitched Give Hope - ooooh! I LOVE this post! Thank you Christopher for being our first featured vendor!! You are wonderful & we love you!

November 11, 2009 - 9:43 pm

Get Hitched Give Hope this Thursday at the Arctic Club | Seattle Wedding & Music Photographer - […] done by the incredibly talented Erin Skipley, or perhaps a floral package from Flora Nova or Christopher Flowers.  There are a ton of bargains to be found but only if you go.  Get your tickets now before […]

Swag Bags – Dry Soda


Last year when we were planning our event we kept talking about the swag bags – I was jumping out of my seat to be part of the planning committee (no joke).  I have been to SO many parties where the swag was ROCKIN (aria!) where I kept the items for a long long time or in some cases gobbled them right up (yum!).  BUT THEN there were always those parties where you get home excited to check out the goods and you find nothing but paper advertisements (boo).  So we at GHGH pull out all the stops – we don’t do anything that isn’t high end, top notch, super cool….you know –  SWANKY !

Once I wiggled my way into being on the swag team the very first company I called was Dry Soda. This is the BEST non-alcoholic drink in town. (There are also many ways to mix it into a cocktail)  and I have to say  – their response was better than I could ever ask for!!  They are a local Seattle company (which we love) they answered on the first ring – remembered meeting me and a couple of the other girls – and best of all they said they would be PROUD to donate to such a wonderful group.


Dry Soda was definitely one of the highlights for me last year – and I don’t know if it is supposed to be top secret… but word on the street is they’ll be in the bag again this year!!

Okay – now that you know we have swag bags, that they ROCK and you want to know how to be a part of it??  Just send me a message! There are rules though…

Rule #1 – No paper products, cool swanky items only (that promote your amazing business)
Rule # 2 – well, that’s really the only rule!  =)

There will be 100 bags filled to the brim of goodies, fun items and treats, and if you want a swag bag you can reserve one when you buy your ticket (HERE).

{Post by Barbie Hull}

July 28, 2009 - 2:08 pm

Timothy - Dry Soda is AWESOME. Glad they’re involved with such a great cause. Can’t wait to attend and help out. 😉

July 28, 2009 - 2:55 pm

The Ladies & Gents of Get Hitched Give Hope - Dry Soda is awesome!! Thanks for the comment – glad to see other photogs enjoy the drink as much as we do!!

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