Megan + John

 

One of my favorite text messages from 2017 was from one of my close friends telling me she was engaged.  After (obvious) excitement on my end, she followed up by asking me to help her and John plan their wedding.  An honor that will remain with me for a lifetime.

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Although there was not a specific date in mind, Megan and John knew they wanted to get married that same year.  Engaged in mid-January, we started looking towards late fall (knowing how our fellow Husky fans felt about September weddings!).  After touring and falling in love with The Foundry by Herban Feast - we knew it was the space, and as luck would have it they not only had an October date, but they also, much to our surprise also had July 1st.  Both Megan and John were ready to start living their happily ever after, and with 5 months to plan their dream wedding, I was up for the challenge!

Those months flew by in the best way possible, and before we knew it we had arrived - Wedding weekend!  We kicked off the festivities with an intimate dinner at Marian Built Loft in Ballard, followed the next night by a welcome party at the Seattle Yacht Club.  We had so much fun showing Seattle off with the two different venues, and also bringing their guests together for what promised to be a magical celebration the following day.

And celebrate did we ever!  Megan and John (and the amazing, Matt Land!) shared their first look in the rooftop bar, of the Thompson Hotel, before being joined by their best friends for photos around Downtown Seattle.  All the while our dream team went to work at the venue.  Before long we were welcoming guests to be seated to watch these two make it official.  One of their best friends officiated their very special ceremony, and it is safe to say there were few dry eyes. 

Following a much celebrated first kiss the party began - or began again after two nights of festivities!  Guests headed into the foyer for cocktails and apps while, we transformed the space into the dining room.  Voile runners, shades of blue, hanging chandeliers, and (southern) peaches were just a few of my favorite elements that were brought in to personalize the already beautiful space.  We dined family style, had amazing wedding cake (thank you Sweet Side!) and could not wait to get on the dance floor.

Johnny from Otto-Matic kept the dance floor moving as we passed out our final surprise - glow sticks!  It was an unforgettable night, filled with heart-felt well wishes, the most loving families and friends who were now family, too many hugs to count, smiles that left your cheeks sore for days, and one of my favorite couples I have ever worked with.  Looking back on this wedding there, truly was something magical about it.  Somehow everything fell into place...the perfect date, the perfect vendors, details, just proving to me once more, and something I already knew these two were meant to be - the perfect couple.

Coordinator: Molly | Venue + Catering: Herban Feast | Photographer: Matthew Land | Videographer: Moses Lee | DJ: Otto-Matic | Rentals: Cort Party Rental + Vintage Ambiance | Florist: Rusted Vase | Transportation: Aces Town Car + Starline Town Car | Lighting: Blue Danube Productions | Officiant: Jeff Reynolds | Dessert: The Sweet Side | Ceremony Music: Puget Sound Strings | Hair + Makeup: Shannon Rasheed + Belle Marie Salon

 

Megan + Dean

 

I have known Megan since our days together back at Gonzaga University.  We shared a house with a super fun (and crazy) group of girls and I have so many great memories from it--I'm beyond thankful social media wasn't around back then!  Megan always made me promise that one day I would plan her wedding....well that day finally came last spring and I was honored to make good on it!  When Dean came into the picture and swept her off of her feet, I had never seen my friend happier. This guy is seriously a dream...full of sweet surprises (he flew her to Florence, Italy to propose!), thoughtful gifts (flowers for no reason are a norm), he's a great father (their nine year old Vivienne is the cutest) and he is just an all around good guy. It's been fun getting to know Dean and Megan + Dean as a couple.

When it came to the wedding itself, Megan + Dean knew they wanted a super fun party for their friends and family that at the same time wasn't too stuffy.  The Foundry in Sodo was the perfect location for the event, and the wine barrels certainly spoke to Megan's love of vino (some things never change). From there, they left much of the planning up to me.  We incorporated tones of eggplant, burgundy and silver and kept the room warm with candles and a cozy layout for both the ceremony and reception.  Megan's brother officiated the ceremony and kept guests both laughing and crying throughout. The couple also included a symbolic candle ceremony to honor their new family, including Vivienne as well. 

For the reception, we incorporated wood tables, lush flowers, soft grey linens and cootie catchers printed with the menu on the place setting. The first time Megan + Vivienne met, they made these together so it was a fun way to personalize each setting. We brought in romantic lighting and repurposed our ceremony flowers in the bar/dance area.

Mid-dancing, Dean had a surprise planned for Megan, who happens to be a huge So You Think You Can Dance fan. He hired local ballroom dancers to come perform and they choreographed a dance that mimicked the couple's relationship. She was blown away, as were the guests! 

The whole day was a blast and everything came together beautifully.  Guests had an amazing time and Megan + Dean glowed all night.  Loved being  a part of such a special day!

Coordination: Nora Sheils | Photography: Yvonne Wang  | Cinematography: Pixel Dust | Catering: Herban Feast | Floral: Fleurt | Gown + Bridesmaids: Anna's Bridal | Transportation: British Motor Coach | DJ: Otto-Matic | Photo Booth: Fun Frames | Beauty: Anne Timss