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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!!

July 29, 2009 - 8:02 am

Brittany - Oooh! I heart Dry Soda!

October 26, 2010 - 9:57 pm

Lennie Chappo - Skip Hop Studio Diaper Tote Bag is awesome.So quite a few pockets – as well as not really these small, useless pockets, either. All of the pockets are a fantastic size and really support maintain everything organized. The handles are a great length and fit nicely more than the actual shoulder; the handle straps also remain place on my own arm, which is actually important when you’re carrying a baby. The tote appears wonderful, too. Not too fancy, but not too casual. (I’ve it in black) The material is soft (can’t consider of a greater word) so it’s simple to squeeze in to tight spaces – but yet it is sturdy. I’ve a Fleurville Lexi tote and I adore it, too, but that handbag is actually kind of inflexible. I assume that Skip*Hop will turn into my everyday handbag. It is a little bit big – so if you’re not really in to substantial bags this might be superior as an over-night baby diaper tote.

October 29th! Mark your calendar!

Did you know that this year’s event is on Thursday October 29th??  Tickets are on sale and they are going quickly!  We have space for only about 350 people and hope to fill the space with couples planning their wedding and of course their loving friends & family!   Start shopping for your party clothes now – this is going to be SUCH a fun event!

We hope to see you there!

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Flipped Out!


As an event planner, I’m always looking for new and exciting ways to add a little swank to your soiree.  So imagine my glee when the GHGH team stumbled across Flipped Out Productions, and they agreed to participate in this year’s event.  Here’s the skinny….  Guests are invited to step behind a video camera and make a 7 second video clip of themselves having fun with props and signs.  During the video guests can dance, hold up signs, blow kisses, and just be themselves. In about a minute, Flipped Out Productions turns the video clip into a personalized 60 page business card size flipbook while everyone else watches.  To add a personal touch, they can also create custom graphic covers for your event’s flipbooks with wedding logos, names, dates, or anything your little heart desires.

So look for Flipped Out Productions at the event, I can’t wait to make a book with my GHGH gal pals!  A huge thanks to Flipped Out Productions!

Yours truly,

Shannon Lassen
aka “The Scene Queen”

August 14, 2009 - 1:11 am

Laurel - This is going to be ridiculously awesome, I’ve been practicing my “7 second dance…..” Is there a limit to the amount of times we can do it? or just till our wallets are empty??!!

October 1, 2009 - 2:37 am

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Charities We Love – Suit Yourself!


Alan & Sarah Hartgraves of Flint Men’s Grooming Salon over in Bellevue are two amazing people – they opened their doors not long ago and are already making a HUGE splash in the industry.

Eliza & I originally met them through a BNI friend (thank you Dr. Frank!) and fell in love with everything about them! Their passion not only for work but for their community! They are a huge supporter of Get Hitched Give Hope – having lost a dear friend very recently to breast cancer they have been wonderful enough to help us spread the word. Lets celebrate life while we have it!!

So when I got the email from Sarah that she & Alan are partnering to do a charity – I knew, they had to be first on the list of “Charities we Love” section of our blog!!

Thank you to Flint Men’s Grooming Salon for being such wonderful supporters – we wish you the best of luck in your event!

~ Barbie Hull

Read on to learn more about “Suit Yourself” (in Sarah’s words)

I wanted to share some information on a Community Outreach event that FLINT Men’s Grooming has partnered with Overlake Services League to bring to the Bellevue Community, called Suit Yourself.

“Suit Yourself” is a two part event, a Suit and Clothing Drive combined with a two-day complimentary event to assist unemployed men to get back into the workforce or make a career change. Flint Men’s Grooming is teaming up with Overlake Service League to provide men with gently used suits and apparel and mini makeovers (haircuts, hand details and shaves). Recruiters and local employers will be on-site during the two-day event to assist the men with employment opportunities. The final goal of the event is to instill confidence in the attendees to face the job market with a new suit or business attire, makeover, and job leads and advice from recruiters and potential employers.

Event Dates:

Clothing Drive: The Suit Drive will be held during the month of August with local businesses acting as drop off points for the suits and apparel.

Suit Yourself Event: A two-day event at Flint Men’s Grooming on Sunday, September 13 and Monday, September 14 for unemployed men in the community to come in and get “suited” with a local tailor, have a make over and be introduced to recruiters and potential employers.

So, I am asking each of you to spread the word about Suit Yourself. The only way to guarantee that this will be successful for our community, is with your help.

Please visit the website, or feel free to contact me directly if you would like additional information regarding this amazing event.

Thank you, and remember to be thankful for our everyday luxuries!

Sarah Hartgraves
Vice President/Co-Owner
FLINT Men’s Grooming

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