It was an honor to help both Tara and Derek plan their Labor Day Wedding last September. I first met this lovey couple just months before the big day at the venue, JM Cellars. Although it was the 'first date' we immediately connected, and I knew how special their wedding was going to be.
With just weeks between our initial meeting and September 1, we got right to planning! Tara and I spent a lot of time talking about how she and Derek wanted the wedding to feel special for the guests, as many would be traveling to Seattle for the celebration. We took every opportunity to make their friends and family feel at home, starting with a glass of wine before the ceremony, and a personal welcome from Derek. He thanked each guest for coming, before taking his place in the candlelit barrel room, a sentiment of warmth that carried throughout the rest of the evening. Then among thirty-five of their family and closest friends Derek, Tara, and Tara's daughter, Lana (officially) became a family of three!
Following their touching ceremony, Lana, Tara and Derek proceeded back down the aisle, while guests were surprised with 'reception reveal' as the barrel room doors, which served as the backdrop for our ceremony opened up to a spectacular setting - a clear-top tent for dining, a rock patio for drinks, and live musicians, from the Ekstead Group. After a lively cocktail hour guests moved into the tent where they were treated to an amazing dinner presented by Barking Frog, and a second live band, Still Blue. And while our 10+ crowd (also know as the 'grown ups') enjoyed time with the new couple, our smallest guests, including flower girl - Lana had their own table. Not only did they dine on a kid friendly menu, they also were treated to interactive place settings! Glow rings, coloring books, and sweet treats kept these littles busy!
Still Blue played for the remainder of the night, while guests enjoyed a first dance, cake, and spending time together. Although we were not anticipating such chilly temperatures during Seattle's typical Indian Summer, (heaters, blankets, pashminas, and red wine were all musts!) it also encouraged guests to stand a little closer, creating a cozy (almost) fall feel. The night closed just as it had begun, as Derek and Tara did not let one guest leave without a thank you and a warm embrace. It was the perfect close to an already perfect night. Congratulations Tara & Derek, thank you for allowing me to be a part of your special day!
Coordination: Molly Corr | Photography: George Street | Beauty: Kat Green | Rentals + Lighting: CORT | Table Rental: Seattle Farm Tables | Catering: Barking Frog | Dessert: Baked | Floral: Rented Elegance | Ceremony Music: Eckstead Music | Reception Music: Still Blue | Childcare: A Nanny 4 U | Favors: Seattle Chocolates