Nick and I have been married for 25 glorious days. It’s hard to believe that so much time has passed since the big day. I wanted to take an opportunity to give credit to all of the fantastic vendors who helped to make our wedding day so special.
We had SO much fun on our wedding day. I knew it’d be the “happiest day of my life” but I had no idea that it would be so fun! Something very calming happened that day, and all of the little things I’d been planning and concerned about either all fell into place or all suddenly became unimportant to me. It truly ended up being about Nick and I and a fun celebration. I also was able to let go and allow other people to take care of me and really just enjoy the day. Not to mention, we were blessed with one of the most beautiful days the Seattle-area has seen this summer, with lots of sun and a pleasant breeze.
We’ll start with our fantastic photographers, Red Fish Blue Fish Photography. Jennifer started the day with the girls, and Kristin with the boys (brave, brave Kristin!) and these two women are really who kept the day moving along. They kept us on schedule, helped move us around, found beautiful backgrounds, and came up with inspiring poses. Jennifer kept me cool and comfortable, Kristin kept the boys laughing and on schedule! They gave us the perfect blend of direction as well as private moments. You can find the beautiful photos they did of our day by clicking here. We love Red Fish Blue Fish and give them our highest recommendation!
Rather than inserting lots of photos of the below vendors, we’re asking you to visit the above link from our photographer to see all from the big day!
Our actual ceremony and reception was held at the Loft at Russell’s. The venue had a lot of space that hosted our 115-ish guests comfortably. The hardwood interior and unique lighting makes for a stunning, church-like feel. They also do the catering and our breakfast for dinner was delicious, and was a huge hit with our guests. There were some bumpy moments in the planning process, but staying well-organized and keeping record of everything in writing will help with any issues here. Overall, we like, we like! Not to mention, our guests happily enjoyed the bar downstairs before, during and after the event. :)
Cake is very important to me, and Kelli’s Creations met and surpassed all of my expectations. We went with two flavors – a lemon cake with blackberry preserves filling and coconut cake with buttercream frosting filling. It was all covered in buttercream and dusted with shimmery sprinkles. Not only was the cake beautiful, it was delicious! Nick and I didn’t eat much at the wedding but we had LOTS left over and we enjoyed it happily. That coconut cake really blew my mind. Kelli was a dream to work with and we give her our highest recommendation!
Flowers were also important to me. Our original plan was to have my mom grow a bunch of dahlias that our florist would incorporate into our centerpieces. Well we all noticed that really cold start to our summer, and as a result, very few dahlias actually bloomed by July 30 (sidenote – my mom’s garden is bursting with dahlias now!). Well, our fantastic florist, Kristin Denney of Denney Designs, rolled with all of our changes. We were able to use my mom’s flowers on cocktail tables and on the cake, and the centerpieces and bouquets that Kristin made were just stunning. My jaw dropped when I saw my bouquet. It was more than what I’d hoped for, and the centerpieces added to the beautiful glow of our reception. Kristin was so easy to work with and we give her our highest recommendation!
The dress. I felt really pretty on the wedding day, and I enjoyed that! Part of the reason was that I just loved my wedding dress. We bought the original from I Do Bridal in Wallingford and had the alterations done by Darcy from Fragile Fit. The girls at I Do are just wonderful. A couple of times I dropped by without previously calling and the remembered me (after I hadn’t been in for 5 months!) and helped me eagerly! Darcy was awesome for alterations. She helped us to find the perfect sash to add to the dress, and she made that dress fit me like a glove, a very tight glove. But that’s exactly what I wanted. A few people even asked if I’d had the dress specifically made for me – I think that reflects how beautiful the dress was!
My hair and my mom’s hair was done by my fabulous stylist, Kimberly Rowley. Kimberly and I did a run through to figure out what would look good for the big day, as well as how well my hair would hold style. And on the wedding day, Kimberly made me feel totally relaxed. We just enjoyed our morning at the salon and I didn’t worry about a thing. Plus she sprayed the heck out of my hair and it did not move at all that day. I thought my hair was outstanding and I loved it. Kimberly is the best!
My makeup and my bridesmaid’s hair and makeup was done through Pacific Artistry. Shanelle helped us book the services that we wanted, and then on the big day Krystle did the beautiful makeup and Shyn did their awesome hair. The bridesmaids kept commenting on how fun it was to get all dolled up. And I was beyond pleased with the makeup. It lasted all night and I thought it was the ideal blend of classy and fancy. Two big thumbs up!
Our DJ kept the party going the whole night. His name is Ian McLeod and we met him through another friend’s wedding. Ian’s DJ business is taking off and he did a great job at our wedding. In fact, rumor has it that after Nick and I left the party really got started and guests from the restaurant came up and enjoyed the party. A big thanks to Ian for handling the party!
And our officiate, Margie Hyatt, made our ceremony beyond special. Margie was the minister from the church I grew up in and she graciously spent the weekend with us for the wedding. The words she spoke during the ceremony were amazing. Nick and I felt like she was truly speaking to us, and we had such positive feedback from our guests that it was such a beautiful, accessible, and honest ceremony. We couldn’t have asked for more.
Our honeymoon was a BLAST. We enjoyed 12 beautiful days in Kauai. We love love love the island and enjoyed relaxing as well as doing some fun activities. Sandra Gadd from Hawaiian Honeymoons got us a fantastic deal on our travel package and answered lots of questions for us. If you’re planning a honeymoon in Hawaii, we really recommend you talking to Sandy!!
Lastly, we have to thank our friends and family. Our dear friend Meggen was our day-of-coordinator type person. The day would not have happened without her invaluable help. She kept me calm and made everything happen. Our families were also fantastic throughout the big day. All of their love and support helped make the day truly special.
And that’s that. With all of that done, we’re married and really really happy. After dating for four years, I wasn’t sure that I’d feel differently for Nick, but I do. I love him even more. There’s a new, beautiful closeness between us with more love and respect than we’d imagined. I love my husband more and more every day and look forward to our happy future.