Sarah and Matt were married at Canlis in Seattle, Wash. on August 16. “We both are foodies, and when we found out one of the nicest restaurants in the city did weddings, we jumped at the chance to have our wedding there,” Sarah said. “We also knew that their service is impeccable, and our guests would be well taken care of.” The bride wore a sweetheart a-line wedding gown with an illusion lace bodice and tulle skirt, accessorized with her hair in an updo, jeweled sash, and a pair of peep-toe high heels, while the groom wore a light gray suit, accessorized with a striped tie. “Our main colors were blue and yellow,” she said. “We wanted a lot of bright colors for the rest of the flowers.” Bridesmaids wore short long-sleeved lace blue dresses and carried bouquets of roses, dahlias, hydrangeas, daisies, and greenery. Before the ceremony, the couple opted for a first look on the staircase. It took place in one of the three dining rooms, which features 180 degree views of the Seattle city skyline, and officiated by her uncle/godfather. Once the vows were sealed with a kiss, it was official! Fun fact: the marriage license was signed in the wine cellar! “As a thank you to my parents for contributing to the wedding, we got them each a special present,” Sarah said. “For my dad, we arranged for one of the owners of the restaurant to put together a whiskey tasting for him and his two brothers during cocktail hour. All three of them absolutely loved it are still talking about it!” The reception followed shortly thereafter. Guests were encouraged to sit wherever they liked. Tables were decorated with white linens, blue napkins, vintage vase and vessel and wine bottle centerpieces atop wooden tree slices, and votive candles, surrounded by upholstered chairs. In lieu of a traditional guest book, “we put out little note cards where people could write down their funny or serious advice for us,” she said. The favors were even homemade. “I loved making our herb salt favors,” Sarah said. “We have gotten so many compliments on how practical, tasty, and how very ‘us’ they were/are.” A two-tiered buttercream-frosted cake was cut and served concluding dinner. The newlyweds’ best advice? “For the day-of, build some buffer time into your timeline because things will take longer than you think,” Sarah said. “Don’t sweat it if you have to cut out a picture location. In the end, it’s all about celebrating you and your husband. Also, both of you should take a moment during your reception to soak it all in and enjoy it.” At the end of the night, they jetted off to their honeymoon in Napa.
Laura and Johnathan were married at Laurel Creek Manor in Sumner, Wash. on July 20. “The venue is beautiful and . . . allowed guests to flow between indoor and outdoor all while being surrounded by nature and festivities,” Laura said. “We didn’t go with a color scheme. We knew Johnathan’s family might be coming in leathers, since they are all apart of a motorcycle group. And my family would likely come dressed in dresses and ties. We went with a Midsummer Night’s Dream theme. Pastel colors of all types. We tried to keep the colors as close to natural as possible.” The bride wore a sweetheart lace fit ‘n’ flare wedding gown with a beaded bodice, accessorized with her hair half-up/half-down in loose curls and a pair of strappy high heels, while the groom wore a black suit, accessorized with a tie. Bridesmaids wore pale short dresses with a high-low hemline and carried bouquets of roses, sunflowers, and gerber daisies. “The moment I was walking down the aisle,” she said, was her favorite. “I had been planning for two years, and then the actual day, all I got to do was sit and get ready. I hardly got to see the setup of everything until I was allowed to go outside for the ceremony. Up until that moment, I had not seen my groom, the space, any of it. It took my breath away when my dad and I rounded the corner and it looked so magical. I felt like I had walked right into my own fairy tale.” Aisles were lined with an assortment of lanterns and quotes from 1 Corinthians 13. To symbolize their unity, the couple opted to combine sand to join two families as one. There were over 100 guests there to witness the vows. Of course, all wearing sunglasses to beat the summer heat! Cocktail hour began with lawn games such as corn hole, chess, and giant Jenga. Bonus: An improv acting group. “They helped mingle everyone during cocktail hour,” Laura said. “They were ‘wedding crashers.’ It really helped as these actors had them interacting for a good hour.” The reception took place underneath a frame tent. Wooden tables were decorated with moss runners, vintage books, champagne bottle numbers, and rippled glass square charger plates, surrounded by cross-back chairs. “I would have to say my cake,” she said. “I can’t believe how incredible the entire design turned out.” The newlyweds’ best advice? “Don’t forget that it is one day, and the most important detail is for you to have fun,” Laura said. ‘I felt like I had more fun that day because all those around me were having fun. Every vendor and detail we chose was more to promote an attitude rather than just something visible aesthetic. If you keep your end goal in mind, and then just allow the day to flow, you’ll enjoy it.” At the end of the night, fireworks lit up the sky.
Chantee and Mike were married at Hidden Meadows in Snohomish, Wash. on September 7. “I loved the inside option in case it rained,” Chantee said. “As well as the big barn doors that opened up to the outside patio.” The bride wore a sweetheart ruched wedding gown, accessorized with a jeweled sash and drop dangling earrings, while the groom wore a tan vest and pants, accessorized with argyle socks and converse tennis shoes. Before the ceremony, the couple opted for a first look along the railroad tracks as the ‘maids in mint ruffled dresses and ‘men in matching attire watched patiently for their priceless facial reactions. Guests were greeted with a “happily ever after begins here” wooden post and a chalkboard sign that served as the ceremony programs. The ring bearer rode (yes, on a tricycle!) down the aisle, and following the nuptials, Mike did a fist pump during the first kiss! The reception was decorated with hydrangea and rose centerpieces in various vessels and vases, but the newlyweds’ favorite part of the day? Cutting the cake and taste testing all the other scrumptious sweets such as cake pops, cupcakes, cookies, and marshmallows. At the end of the night, the two posed with a “just married” burlap bunting banner wrapped around them in the fields and were sent-off with a sea of sparklers.
Meghan and Christopher were married in a traditional mass ceremony at the Blessed Sacrament Parish followed by a reception at the Loft at Russell’s in Seattle, Wash. on October 13. “The church itself is breathtaking and made us feel very connected,” Meghan said. “We loved how high the ceilings were and how much natural light flowed through. There were beautiful stained glass windows, and a lovely old Catholic church feel with brick interior. The immediate warmth made us feel right at home.” She walked down the aisle wearing a lace wedding gown with capped sleeves, accessorized with a sapphire cross necklace, while her groom stood waiting at the altar wearing a gray suit, accessorized with an emerald tie to match the bridesmaid dresses. “It was the most memorable part of the day,” she said. “I really took time to look at everyone who was there, especially mine and Chris’ family.” Following the ceremony, the newlyweds exited the church with a bubble send-off and were off to the reception. Tables were decorated with different colored vases, from green to blue and purple to white, filled with lush white blooms and greenery. Our favorite detail? The two little birds on the wedding cake!
Haley and Louis were married at The Bend on Hood Canal in Union, Wash. on September 21. “We absolutely loved the breathtaking panoramic views of the canal and the Olympic Mountains above,” Haley said. “The forecast showed that it was going to be 80% chance of precipitation, and we woke up that morning to gorgeous clear skies. It did rain for about 10 minutes that actually made for some really great pictures in a row boat, but it then cleared up again, and there was even a rainbow right after.” Can you believe that guests traveled from all over the word to be there? Exactly 5 continents. Minutes before the clear framed tented ceremony began, their two nieces decided they were going to pull their two nephews in a wagon. “One was missing shoes that could not be found anywhere, but they walked down the aisle, and did it,” she said. “They were such a hit that everyone cheered and clapped for them.” A wine box, handmade by the bride’s father, was used as a unity symbol during the ceremony. “It will be a wonderful anniversary tradition,” Haley said.