The Couple: Jessica and Steven
The Wedding: 5.29.11 – Hotel 1000, Seattle, Washington
What words best describe your wedding? Joyful, Perfectly Us!
What inspired your personal wedding style, and how did you incorporate your style and personalities into your big day? We knew we wanted an elegant, classic wedding, but we also wanted it to be fun and reflect who we are as a couple. To that end, we did almost all the planning ourselves and incorporated the wedding and cultural traditions that were most important to us while cutting out the ones that werent. For example, we had a large wedding party because we wanted our closest friends to share our day, but nixed the traditional first dance and garter toss because they can be awkward. We wanted a more relaxed feel, so the men in the wedding party wore Converse Chucks and the women picked out their own bridesmaid dresses to reflect their personalities. Additionally, we included some of Jessicas Chinese heritage: we designed all of our paper goods using the traditional double happiness character in a repeating pattern and Jessica wore the colors of a traditional Chinese wedding, red and gold, with her shoes and reception dress throughout the night.
Looking back, what are the moments, decisions or memories that you love the most about your wedding? One of our favorite moments is one that technically went wrong. Jessica walked down the aisle to God Only Knows by the Beach Boys and the friend working the music system accidentally let the music play long after Jessica reached Steve at the end of the aisle. First of all, it was hilarious and our family and friends cracked up. Also, the extra time allowed us to grin at each other, look out over the crowd of loved ones, and really savor that moment. That moment summed up our wedding and our life together: maybe not wholly perfect, but perfect for us. We also were so glad we stuck to a small guest list. It was a challenge getting the guest list down to 60, but it really paid off. We were able to spend at least a few minutes of quality time with every single guest; the relatively small number of people and the intimate setting made it feel more like an awesome dinner party.
Wedding color palette: Charcoal Grey, Cream, and Pinks
The Wedding Team:
Photographer: Kat Speyer, Persimmon Images
Wedding Location: Hotel 1000
Officiant: Rev. Greg Turk
Invitations: Designed by Bride and Groom; Printed by Catprint
Catering: Hotel 1000
Flowers: Adelines Peonies and Pike Place Market, Arranged by Bride and Bridesmaids
Cake: Central Market
Wedding dress: I Do Bridal
Bridal accessories: Swarovski Hair Clip and Sash – modwedding, Shoes – Steve Madden
Bridesmaids: Dresses Nordstrom and J. Crew
Groom and Groomsmen Apparel and Accessories: Suits Kenneth Cole, Ties Ben Sherman, Shoes Converse
Hair and Make-up: Swink Style Bar
Rings: E.E. Robbins
Thank you so much Jessica and Steven! Be sure to check out our Wedding Gallery for more gorgeous ideas!