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Finch and Thistle Event Design

Seattle , WA
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LOCATION

6549 Fauntleroy Way SW
Seattle, WA 98136 US (map)

PHONE

253-225-2152
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ABOUT US

Finch & Thistle is a full-service event design and planning studio based in Seattle, WA. As a full-service event design company, we provide a personally tailored service which involves... Read more
Finch & Thistle is a full-service event design and planning studio based in Seattle, WA. As a full-service event design company, we provide a personally tailored service which involves much more than dropping off bouquets at the venue. We work with you to design every small detail of your event and we make sure everything is set up and styled before we leave.

Our work has been featured in Bride's Magazine, Design*Sponge, Style Me Pretty, Seattle Metropolitan Bride & Groom, Wedding Chicks, Elizabeth Anne Designs, Once Wed and Green Wedding Shoes among others.

To ensure an unparalleled attention to detail, we book a limited number of events during the busy summer months. While the majority of our events take place in Washington state, we love to travel and would be thrilled to work with you on the design of your destination wedding. Please call early to confirm we are available on your date! Read less
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INFO FOR FLOWERS

How would you describe the style of your floral designs?
Classic, Romantic
Which of the following services do you provide?
Clean Up, Consultations, Delivery, Event Design, Set Up
What types of arrangements do you provide?
Aisle Decor, Altar Decor, Bouquets, Boutonnieres, Chuppah Decor, Corsages, Flower Petals, Non-Floral, Table Arrangements

REVIEWS

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Ruth and Tom
Wedding:
7/9/2016
5.0/5.0
We used Rachel Bowes of Finch and Thistle Event Design for our daughter’s wedding. She was our wedding coordinator as well as our wedding designer responsible for flowers and the overall theme. Rachel was exceptional in every way! The décor was beautifully done and set the tone of understated elegance my daughter had requested. Most important to us was her expertise in planning and execution of our entire wedding. Rachel’s calm professionalism, knowledge and contact with vendors, plus her ability to brainstorm solutions to unexpected problems that arose, attention to detail and upbeat attitude was exemplary. We recommend her highly!!
We used Rachel Bowes of Finch and Thistle Event Design for our daughter’s wedding. She was our wedding coordinator as well Read more...
We used Rachel Bowes of Finch and Thistle Event Design for our daughter’s wedding. She was our wedding coordinator as well as our wedding designer responsible for flowers and the overall theme. Rachel was exceptional in every way! The décor was beautifully done and set the tone of understated elegance my daughter had requested. Most important to us was her expertise in planning and execution of our entire wedding. Rachel’s calm professionalism, knowledge and contact with vendors, plus her ability to brainstorm solutions to unexpected problems that arose, attention to detail and upbeat attitude was exemplary. We recommend her highly!! Read less
Services Used: Band, Beauty & Health, Wedding Cake, Ceremony Music, DJ, Dress & Attire, Favors & Gifts, Invitations, Jewelry, Officiant, Rehearsal Dinner, Rentals & Photobooths, Transportation, Travel, Wedding Venue, Videography, Unique Services
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Anonymous
Wedding:
2+ years ago
5.0/5.0
As someone who has experience working as a wedding florist, I know quality and value when I see it, and Finch & Thistle is all that and more. I was a bridesmaid in a lovely but rather demanding wedding, and she handled every curve thrown at her with fantastic customer service and poise. The flowers were breath-taking and completely elevated the entire event. I highly recommend Finch & Thistle to any and all, because you'll be glad you worked with her!
As someone who has experience working as a wedding florist, I know quality and value when I see it, and Finch & Thistle is Read more...
As someone who has experience working as a wedding florist, I know quality and value when I see it, and Finch & Thistle is all that and more. I was a bridesmaid in a lovely but rather demanding wedding, and she handled every curve thrown at her with fantastic customer service and poise. The flowers were breath-taking and completely elevated the entire event. I highly recommend Finch & Thistle to any and all, because you'll be glad you worked with her! Read less
Services Used: Flowers
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Jaimie
Wedding:
3/22/2014
5.0/5.0
From day one, Rachel's professionalism and responsiveness were truly exceptional. She helped me create a vision for my wedding that I would have never been able to accomplish by myself. She listened carefully to what I had envisioned for our wedding, and brought it to life more beautifully than I could have imagined. She was an absolutely joy to work with. I would highly recommend her if you want your wedding to be truly a spectacular event!
From day one, Rachel's professionalism and responsiveness were truly exceptional. She helped me create a vision for my Read more...
From day one, Rachel's professionalism and responsiveness were truly exceptional. She helped me create a vision for my wedding that I would have never been able to accomplish by myself. She listened carefully to what I had envisioned for our wedding, and brought it to life more beautifully than I could have imagined. She was an absolutely joy to work with. I would highly recommend her if you want your wedding to be truly a spectacular event! Read less
Services Used: Flowers
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Elaine
Wedding:
10/5/2013
5.0/5.0
Rachel at Finch & Thistle Event Design made my wedding "over-the-top" beautiful!!! She was a pleasure to work with; extremely professional, and exceptionally detail oriented (as you would want your florist to be!). I had tons of questions and design inquiries beforehand regarding my flowers, sweetheart table backdrop, and centerpieces. I appreciated that she always wrote back in a timely manner and addressed everything (even when she was busy!) with input, ideas, and suggestions which truly made me feel at ease. To boot, she took the time to drive all the way to the venue (Laurel Creek Manor) from Seattle to help and provide her input at the venue meeting. Rachel's experience, website portfolio, and professionalism really helped me to feel confident that I was getting what I've envisioned for my wedding! She was easy to work with and VERY generous with the amount of flowers & accessories used for the wedding! The quality of all the flowers were superb! I had specific requests including props and vases that I wanted and she went of her way to find them for me! On the day of our wedding, my husband and I were just in awe with how everything turned out...All of the details from the ceremony arbor, centerpiece vases, ribbons, lace, design placement, and all the flowers for the wedding party...everything was "fine-tuned!" I didn't have flowers ordered for the father of the groom or the mother of the bride but Rachel made accommodations to have a boutonniere and corsage ready for them without me even asking! She went over and beyond for us! Everything was absolutely beautiful and perfectly poised. With Finch & Thistle, you truly are in excellent hands!

Choose Finch & Thistle for your wedding or special event! It will not be just beautiful, it will be --
"Finch & Thistle" beautiful, which will brand your event as exceptional!!! Guaranteed!
Rachel at Finch & Thistle Event Design made my wedding "over-the-top" beautiful!!! She was a pleasure to work with; Read more...
Rachel at Finch & Thistle Event Design made my wedding "over-the-top" beautiful!!! She was a pleasure to work with; extremely professional, and exceptionally detail oriented (as you would want your florist to be!). I had tons of questions and design inquiries beforehand regarding my flowers, sweetheart table backdrop, and centerpieces. I appreciated that she always wrote back in a timely manner and addressed everything (even when she was busy!) with input, ideas, and suggestions which truly made me feel at ease. To boot, she took the time to drive all the way to the venue (Laurel Creek Manor) from Seattle to help and provide her input at the venue meeting. Rachel's experience, website portfolio, and professionalism really helped me to feel confident that I was getting what I've envisioned for my wedding! She was easy to work with and VERY generous with the amount of flowers & accessories used for the wedding! The quality of all the flowers were superb! I had specific requests including props and vases that I wanted and she went of her way to find them for me! On the day of our wedding, my husband and I were just in awe with how everything turned out...All of the details from the ceremony arbor, centerpiece vases, ribbons, lace, design placement, and all the flowers for the wedding party...everything was "fine-tuned!" I didn't have flowers ordered for the father of the groom or the mother of the bride but Rachel made accommodations to have a boutonniere and corsage ready for them without me even asking! She went over and beyond for us! Everything was absolutely beautiful and perfectly poised. With Finch & Thistle, you truly are in excellent hands!

Choose Finch & Thistle for your wedding or special event! It will not be just beautiful, it will be --
"Finch & Thistle" beautiful, which will brand your event as exceptional!!! Guaranteed! Read less
Services Used: Flowers, Lighting & Decor
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Kristen
Wedding:
10/4/2013
4.9/5.0
We met with a few decor stylists and planners in Seattle before deciding to work with Rachel. When I met with her, I showed her a Pinterest mood board I had created and instantly she and I were discussing possible floral design and decor pieces that were exactly what my fiance and I had envisioned. Floral design was very important to me for our event and her knowledge and creativity gave me confidence that she could pull off exactly what we were looking for.

Rachel was wonderful to work with over the months leading up to our event. She was responsive and helpful with the many questions I had. In addition to floral design, she created the entire look and feel of the event, including vendor sourcing and management for vintage furniture rentals, lighting fixtures, linens, etc. She also recommended several fantastic photographers in our price range, one of which we hired and were very happy with. On the day of, I had ZERO involvement with setting up the venue. Her team took care of everything and I actually didn't really even get to look at it until the event began. The entire venue was beautiful and EXACTLY what I had been envisioning for months.

Rachel's services are a bit more expensive than what you will find working with other designers, but absolutely worth it if you are looking for something truly custom and creative. She completely transformed our venue and I can't recommend her enough.
We met with a few decor stylists and planners in Seattle before deciding to work with Rachel. When I met with her, I Read more...
We met with a few decor stylists and planners in Seattle before deciding to work with Rachel. When I met with her, I showed her a Pinterest mood board I had created and instantly she and I were discussing possible floral design and decor pieces that were exactly what my fiance and I had envisioned. Floral design was very important to me for our event and her knowledge and creativity gave me confidence that she could pull off exactly what we were looking for.

Rachel was wonderful to work with over the months leading up to our event. She was responsive and helpful with the many questions I had. In addition to floral design, she created the entire look and feel of the event, including vendor sourcing and management for vintage furniture rentals, lighting fixtures, linens, etc. She also recommended several fantastic photographers in our price range, one of which we hired and were very happy with. On the day of, I had ZERO involvement with setting up the venue. Her team took care of everything and I actually didn't really even get to look at it until the event began. The entire venue was beautiful and EXACTLY what I had been envisioning for months.

Rachel's services are a bit more expensive than what you will find working with other designers, but absolutely worth it if you are looking for something truly custom and creative. She completely transformed our venue and I can't recommend her enough. Read less
Services Used: Flowers, Lighting & Decor
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Nikki
Wedding:
8/10/2013
5.0/5.0
Hiring Rachel from Finch & Thistle was, hands down, the best decision I could have made for our wedding. From our first meeting, I could tell that Rachel would really take my ideas to heart, and would work to turn these ideas into much more than I could have hoped for. The color palette, floral arrangements, textures, and theme all came together perfectly-- it was all so beautiful and romantic! Simply put, our wedding was a dream thanks to her. All of our guests could not stop raving about how lovely the day was, and my jaw literally dropped when I saw everything.

Rachel is an incredible florist and event designer-- her creativity, attention to detail, and awesome personality make her the very best to work with. I will continue to recommend her services for anyone who asks!
Hiring Rachel from Finch & Thistle was, hands down, the best decision I could have made for our wedding. From our first Read more...
Hiring Rachel from Finch & Thistle was, hands down, the best decision I could have made for our wedding. From our first meeting, I could tell that Rachel would really take my ideas to heart, and would work to turn these ideas into much more than I could have hoped for. The color palette, floral arrangements, textures, and theme all came together perfectly-- it was all so beautiful and romantic! Simply put, our wedding was a dream thanks to her. All of our guests could not stop raving about how lovely the day was, and my jaw literally dropped when I saw everything.

Rachel is an incredible florist and event designer-- her creativity, attention to detail, and awesome personality make her the very best to work with. I will continue to recommend her services for anyone who asks! Read less
Services Used: Flowers, Lighting & Decor
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Edwina
Wedding:
7/20/2013
4.8/5.0
Rachel was so sweet and I loved her floral style! My event went very smoothly and I was thankful she was there. It was a lot easier to have her do both florals, event design and day of coordination. I trusted her vision in a lot areas and she didn't disappoint! She listened to my ideas and we collaborated with a pinterest board. My favorite part was my bouquet which was gorgeous!
Rachel was so sweet and I loved her floral style! My event went very smoothly and I was thankful she was there. It was a Read more...
Rachel was so sweet and I loved her floral style! My event went very smoothly and I was thankful she was there. It was a lot easier to have her do both florals, event design and day of coordination. I trusted her vision in a lot areas and she didn't disappoint! She listened to my ideas and we collaborated with a pinterest board. My favorite part was my bouquet which was gorgeous! Read less
Services Used: Flowers, Lighting & Decor
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Heather
Wedding:
10/27/2012
5.0/5.0
My husband and I got married recently at Hotel 1000 in Seattle. Rachel did all our flowers, and we were so thrilled with the results! The flowers were a complete reflection of the vision I had. And even though we hired her only a month and-a-half before the wedding, everything went very smoothly. Rachel was easy to get a hold of, and had no problem working with my schedule for meetings. We look forward to working with Rachel on future events!
My husband and I got married recently at Hotel 1000 in Seattle. Rachel did all our flowers, and we were so thrilled with Read more...
My husband and I got married recently at Hotel 1000 in Seattle. Rachel did all our flowers, and we were so thrilled with the results! The flowers were a complete reflection of the vision I had. And even though we hired her only a month and-a-half before the wedding, everything went very smoothly. Rachel was easy to get a hold of, and had no problem working with my schedule for meetings. We look forward to working with Rachel on future events! Read less
Services Used: Flowers
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Gwyneth
Wedding:
9/15/2012
5.0/5.0
When we began to think about the style of wedding that fit our personality, there was no doubt that Rachel was the only one to create the perfect atmosphere. Her style is simply stunning and every element and detail is perfectly designed. We provided broad ideas of our vision “take the inside out” “vintage” “rustic chic” “gatsby” and Rachel flawlessly interpreted our loose ideas into an expression of us. Her design carried through to flowers (beautiful antique colors), lighting (chandeliers and silver candelabras), rustic props (velvet couches, antique furniture, and farm table) and even guidance on the invitations. Rachel was a true professional and pleasure to work with and our wedding wouldn’t have been as uniquely ours without her.
When we began to think about the style of wedding that fit our personality, there was no doubt that Rachel was the only Read more...
When we began to think about the style of wedding that fit our personality, there was no doubt that Rachel was the only one to create the perfect atmosphere. Her style is simply stunning and every element and detail is perfectly designed. We provided broad ideas of our vision “take the inside out” “vintage” “rustic chic” “gatsby” and Rachel flawlessly interpreted our loose ideas into an expression of us. Her design carried through to flowers (beautiful antique colors), lighting (chandeliers and silver candelabras), rustic props (velvet couches, antique furniture, and farm table) and even guidance on the invitations. Rachel was a true professional and pleasure to work with and our wedding wouldn’t have been as uniquely ours without her. Read less
Services Used: Flowers, Lighting & Decor
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Serena
Wedding:
8/18/2012
4.6/5.0
Rachel was recommended to us by a mutual acquaintance. We met with Rachel and one other planner. We ultimately chose to go with her because of the style and beauty of her previous weddings. We also appreciated the fact that she is a florist; having both the eye for the aesthetic and the means and experience to put into place a cohesive set of decorations is a huge bonus. We chose to hire Rachel with the Extended Day-Of package. We were budget minded and we didn’t mind doing the extra labor required to make many of our own decorations.

The Planning Process:
We met with Rachel early on to set general guidelines of our budget and set-up a timeline. We also discussed the style we wanted. We already had our venue chosen so we worked around that as a starting point. Rachel had great ideas for low-budget decorations that matched the look and feel we were trying to achieve.

We had our wedding colors in mind as well; Rachel was able to brainstorm the flora she would use to meet them. It is truly amazing what she can do in this department. Not only did the flowers match the colors perfectly, but she picked herbs and other aromatic plants to create a full sensory experience.

+ recommended a great photographer
+ recommended a great dessert maker
+ stuck to the budget
+ was incredibly helpful and reassuring when we had some problems with our venue when it was sold a few months before our wedding date

- communication - didn’t always respond to each and every question
- would have liked to have her initiate more of the check-ins rather than the other way around

Day Of:
+ it was a dream- every detail was taken care of and we didn’t have to worry about a thing on the big day!
+ worked with her husband to set-up an absolutely perfect reception venue; better than imagined, our guests (and the venue owner!) was raving about how amazing it looked.
+ autonomous; out of the way, but always present when needed
Rachel was recommended to us by a mutual acquaintance. We met with Rachel and one other planner. We ultimately chose to go Read more...
Rachel was recommended to us by a mutual acquaintance. We met with Rachel and one other planner. We ultimately chose to go with her because of the style and beauty of her previous weddings. We also appreciated the fact that she is a florist; having both the eye for the aesthetic and the means and experience to put into place a cohesive set of decorations is a huge bonus. We chose to hire Rachel with the Extended Day-Of package. We were budget minded and we didn’t mind doing the extra labor required to make many of our own decorations.

The Planning Process:
We met with Rachel early on to set general guidelines of our budget and set-up a timeline. We also discussed the style we wanted. We already had our venue chosen so we worked around that as a starting point. Rachel had great ideas for low-budget decorations that matched the look and feel we were trying to achieve.

We had our wedding colors in mind as well; Rachel was able to brainstorm the flora she would use to meet them. It is truly amazing what she can do in this department. Not only did the flowers match the colors perfectly, but she picked herbs and other aromatic plants to create a full sensory experience.

+ recommended a great photographer
+ recommended a great dessert maker
+ stuck to the budget
+ was incredibly helpful and reassuring when we had some problems with our venue when it was sold a few months before our wedding date

- communication - didn’t always respond to each and every question
- would have liked to have her initiate more of the check-ins rather than the other way around

Day Of:
+ it was a dream- every detail was taken care of and we didn’t have to worry about a thing on the big day!
+ worked with her husband to set-up an absolutely perfect reception venue; better than imagined, our guests (and the venue owner!) was raving about how amazing it looked.
+ autonomous; out of the way, but always present when needed Read less
Services Used: Flowers, Wedding Planning

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