It's hard enough planning a wedding with traditions included. But having two different cultures and bringing them together to honor them both has got to be a challenge. But M & A did an amazing job!!! From the flower garlands, kiddish cups and traditional Pakistani sweets. They also included poetry in Arabic and English and of course at the end the smashing of the glass. The Olympic Rooftop is such a great venue for an intimate gathering. We designed the ceremony with a simple wood chuppah draped with fabric and greenery. A few blooms in the corners to add a softness. The aisle was lined with candles and white columns with flowers. And as they walked down the aisle, they passed under hanging cherry branches. We re-purposed the chuppah greenery and flowers to the amazing outdoor fireplace for the reception. And then took the candles and flowers to the long guest tables. I love how soft everything looked, it had a Winter feel to it, but still bright and cheery and Spring like. There were a few snow flurries during the ceremony too! All the gorgeous details of this wedding came together so flawlessly because of the fantastic vendor team we had. This was such a beautiful day and I am so happy I was able to be a part of it.
You plan an elopement to make it easier than a large wedding, especially if it's a destination wedding. Have as many or as little of guests, intimate so you can really enjoy the day. For Katie & Devin, planning a cross country wedding from Florida to the Pacific Northwest seemed pretty easy...until natural disasters and wild fires tried to slow them down. Their first speed bump was right before they were leaving and hurricane Harvey was coming their way. They had to make sure their family was safe and anchored down their houses as best as you can before they hit the road. It wasn't until the last minute that Katie's dad was able to confirm he will be there to join the celebration. So with their dog as the co-pilot, they drove across this gorgeous country in an RV! I talked to them a couple days before the big day and let them know they might be detoured by massive wild fires that the West and Pacific Northwest were battling. Little did we know that their destination of Lake Cresent was hit with fire and the lodge was closed...the lodge that their reception was going to be held! These two just rolled with the punches. The location change lead them to Sequim and the gorgeous state park there. Getting ready their view was the water and they got to relax inside adorable cabins at the John Wayne Waterfront Resort. They were married by Devin's dad surrounded by trees with their close family watching. They found a cute little restaurant to hold the reception of about 15 people right in the marina. Everything came together for this calm and grateful couple. They got the best of the PNW with the trees and forest as well as the gorgeous water and sunshine.
One of my very favorite things besides seeing the couple's vision come to life is seeing past couples in the wedding party and as guests! I have been so lucky to get referrals from groups of friends. Lisa & Kenny I think had the most of my past couples to date! A bridesmaid, a groomsmen (that aren't married to each other) and a couple that were guests! It was so fun to see everyone and it really made me feel so good that after all these years, they still tell their friends about me!!!
I love the color palette Lisa wanted. The Fremont Foundry is one of my favorite venues and the jewel tones work so well with the different wood, metals and cement all over the venue. We planned for an outdoor ceremony on the roof top. Simple set up with an arch and greenery garland on the row of chairs. It ended up being a rainy Seattle day, but adding the clear tent, it didn't even matter. The natural light still let you feel like you were outside. We went with two different styles of centerpieces. One having candles only which made it so romantic once the sun went down. The other tables had full floral centerpieces. Full, natural and busting those amazing burgundys with bold orange and yellow. I love how everything turned out.