Saturday, October 27, 2012

High School Sweethearts Wed at Lakewold Gardens

Patrica and Robert kiss at Lakewold GardensRobert and Patricia were high school sweethearts. Their first date was a Homecoming Dance and  they have been together ever since.  They realized they were too young to wed and decided to wait to marry until Patricia completed her degree at the UW. So it was no surprise when Robert proposed but it was a day long waited for.  

So many scenic spots at Lakewold Gardens to take photos
Dreaming of their wedding day and being a planner, Patricia thought it would be helpful to have some wedding sites in mind when Robert actually popped the question.  In her researching, she came across Lakewold Gardens and when the two were engaged they visited.  Although it was a dreary, rainy day in January and nothing was in bloom, they both knew it was the perfect wedding site for them.  They wanted an outdoor wedding and loved the views of the water.  

Patricia then found the perfect dress for the perfect location.
Patricia's wedding dress framed in Lakewold Garden's window
Mrs. Nieto add to Patricia's hanger for her wedding dress

Isn't this hanger such a sweet idea! 

And the perfect shoes.

Wedding shoes with "I Do" on the soles

Patricia reflected in the mirror in her wedding dress

Patricia is a lovely bride and she was ready to marry "her best friend."

Patricia reflected in a mirror as she touches up her lipstick

Robert was eagerly awaiting his first look at his soon wife to be.
Robert and Patricia's "reveal"
Patricia and Robert's first look at Lakewold GardensRobert loving how Patricia looks in her wedding dress
The two couldn't take their eyes off each other.  
And Patricia couldn't wait to share the joy of her dress with him. 
Patricia and Robert with their wedding party at Lakewold Gardens

Soon, the wedding party joined them and it was time to "get married." 

Lakewold Gardens has a fantastic entrance for the bride.   Patricia entered with her father, Mickey.

Mickey and Patricia walk down the aisle at Lakewold Gardens

Patricia and Robert's wedding ceremony at Lakewold Gardens

The ceremony began ... and the emotional tears of joy began too.

Robert and Patricia look at each others with loving eyes at their ceremony

Patricia's wedding vows were filled with loving emotion

Patricia shared her personal words with Robert:

"You are the love of my life and you make me happier than I could ever imagine and more loved than I even thought possible.  I can't think of my life without you.  We have shared many beautiful moments and I'm excited to begin this journey with you."
Patricia and Robert's first kiss as a married couple
Finally, the long awaited moment when they became "husband and wife!"

Robbie and I can not thank you enough for helping us put together such an amazing ceremony.  It truly reflected us and created such a soft, warm and loving atmosphere in a perfect setting.  Thank you for being prepared and giving me a tissue when I had trouble saying my vows:)  You did a phenomenal job and we couldn't be happier.  Thanks again for being a part of our special day!
              ~ Patricia and Robbie

Centerpieces at Robert and Patricia's wedding

Patricia put a lot of thought into the details of their wedding. 

It all came together beautifully.

Handcrafted "Welcome to Our Wedding" sign
Robert and Patricia's wedding cake

The hand crafted lettering and the photos
  -- the "N" on the wedding cake
  -- the personalized decorations
     all worked together well.

Robert and Patricia - happy newly weds

Wishing Robert and Patricia a lifetime to enjoy the love they have found in each other. 

May they always be each other's best friend and greatest love.

Robert and Patricia stroll through Lakewold Gardens

Many thanks to Melissa Soule for the photographs.
Lakewold Gardens for a spectacular setting for the wedding.
Events with Integrity for their DJ services.
Plus the other essential members of the "wedding team"
Celebrity Cake Studio  
Gallucci's Catering
Lakewood Florist 

To celebrate your love with the perfect wedding ceremony, call us at 206-789-9788 or contact us through our website:

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

A Halloween Tale of Love and Marriage

 whitney and Alli

We met Alli and Whitney at the Sanctuary at Admiral's open house earlier this year.  (We love open houses!) All of us were enjoying the evening:  food, music, entertainment, good company.  It was a memorable evening and we looked forward to getting to know the two... and to help them plan a great ceremony. 
Wedding dress 
 Alli selected the perfect dress for her!  She looked gorgeous in it.

The entire wedding party looked great!

Shabby chic wedding program

Whitney and Alli are creative people.  They worked with Aaron Bloom to create the right look for their wedding programs and with Bella Signature Events for the overall design of the wedding, which had a "shabby chic" quality.

The ceremony took place in front of the stage, framed by a glittery half-circle garland. Alex Ho provided the cello music.
Alli and Whitney's wedding ceremony at the Sanctuary at Admiral

The bride and her parentsOne of my favorite parts of the ceremony was when Alli and Whitney presented calla lilies to their mothers.  Calla lilies were the favorite flower of Alli's grandmother, Angela, so they had sentimental meaning for Alli.  They connect three generations of women in her family.  Alli also loves how calla lilies are so often depicted in Diego Rivera’s vibrant artwork.  The images of the flowers being so visually interesting and symbolically rich.

Whitney and Alli's wedding ceremony had moments of light heart

nd, of course, the story of how they met. It was love at first sight around Halloween.  They worked next door to each other and wore costumes the entire month of October. So many happy memories!

Bella Signature Design arranged the decor for Alli and Whitney's wedding 

Then, on to the cocktail hour while the room was reset for the reception.  The space looked absolutely beautiful!

Pat and Kent - four photo booth picutres 

Kent and I always enjoy photo booths.  What can be more fun?  Love my new eye wear ... and Kent was dashing in his black hat.  Thank you Happymatic Photo Booth!

We are certain Whitney and Alli were meant for each other.  You could see them light up whenever they are together.  It was a joy to share their wedding day with them.   Their ceremony concluded with well wishes for a happy marriage, part of which was:

"May your journey together from this day forward be blessed always.
 May your steps be guided by the love you have found in one another ..."

Whitney and Alli, dimples and more dimples
We are back from a wonderful honeymoon.  Thank you so much for the absolutely beautiful ceremony and for helping us make our wedding day so special.  Whitney and I and our families were very touched by your words!  Thank you for everything!
                                         ~  Whitney and Alli

Alli and Whitney gathered a great wedding team:
Davi Sobotta and The Sanctuary at Admiral
Catering by Herban Feast
Music by Alex Ho 
Photography by Stephanie Guerrero
Photo booth by Happymatic
Wedding ceremony program design by Aaron Bloom 

If you are looking for an officiant for your wedding team, give us a call at 206-789-9788 or contact us through our website:

Monday, October 22, 2012

A Classic Wedding At Clise Mansion

Photo of Neil and Kathryn   Photo by Patricia Stimac
Kathryn and Neil married at Clise Mansion in Marymoor Park.  It was one of those uncertain weather days -- thunderstorms alternating with sun breaks.

We all wished for good weather before the ceremony so the wedding party could walk outside to porch ... and then enter through the opposite the fireplace in the hall.

Clise Mansion fireplace    Photo by Patricia Stimac

Kathryn really wanted to be married there.

The candlelight set the mood - romantic - and seasonal floral arrangements by Willows and Bloom set the tone - autumnal.

Kale arrangement by Willow & Bloom   Photo by Patricia Stimac
Kale presided over the columns next to the fireplace.

Thistle arrangement by Willow & Bloom    Photo by Patricia Stimac

Thistle highlighted some of the centerpieces, while sage and "biege" roses were the stars of others.

Willow & Bloom centerpiece - sage and nude roses    Photo by Patricia Stimac

Kathryn sitting on the floor surrounded by her wedding dress.  Photo by Patricia Stimac

Prior to the wedding, the bride, groom and wedding party hung out upstairs in the comfortable lounge area.  It is so convenient and has a rest room too.  Very nice.

Kathryn found a place on the floor, her dress spreading out around her.

Shielded from the guests, Kathryn walks to the staging area   Photo by Patricia Stimac

The storm passed by about 30 minutes before the ceremony.  Kathryn and her father followed the wedding party to the "staging area."  Two of the guys held a sheet to protect the bride from being seen by the guests.  It was an thoughtful and sweet touch ... working out just as Kathryn wanted!

Everyone lined up on the porch.  As you can see, the bridesmaids wore rich charcoal-colored dresses.  It was a beautiful color.

Wedding party in ready at Clise Mansion  Photo by Patricia Stimac

Sid and Kathryn ready to walk down the aisle at Clise Mansion   Photo by Patricia Stimac

It was the moment to walk down the aisle.  Kathryn was looking excited and happy and eager and marvelous.

Wedding program, cone of rose petals at Clise Mansion  Photo by Patricia Stimac

Those sitting on the aisle prepared to shower Katheryn and her father, Sid, with rose petals.

Kathryn and Sid ready to walk down the aisle  Photo by Patricia Stimac
Neil and Kathryn wed at Clise Mansion    Photo by Patricia Stimac

The ceremony began:  sweet and simple with traditional vows.

Kent Buttars officiates for Neil and Kathryn   Photo by Patricia Stimac

Watching as they exchanged rings, you could feel the love Neil and Kathryn shared!  Isn't that the best!!!

Neil and Kathryn wed at Clise Mansion   Photo by Patricia Stimac

And then there was the anticipation just before Neil and Kathryn were pronounced "husband and wife!"

The two were looking pretty happy.
Neil and Kathryn wed at Clise Mansion   Photo by Patricia Stimac

Bustle time after Neil and Kathryn's wedding ceremony   Photo by Patricia Stimac

Back upstairs for the "bustling."

Time to sign the marriage documents after Neil and Kathryn's wedding   Photo by Patricia Stimac

And the signing of the marriage documents.

Then the cocktail hour, dinner, toasts and dancing. 

Clise Mansion - decorated fireplace  Photo by Patricia Stimac 

The second fireplace was decorated with photos of Neil and Kathryn, while the bookcase in the other room held childhood photos along with images of their parents' weddings.

Photos of Neil and Kathryn as youngsters   Photo by Patricia Stimac

Sid did a great job and kept the attention of everyone.

Neil and Kathryn as toasted by Sid   Photo by Patricia Stimac

Neil and Kathryn hold hands listening to Sid's toast   Photo by Patricia Stimac

Neil and Kathryn listened intently, hand in hand.

Neil and Kathryn to Sid toasting them   Photo by Patricia Stimac

Wedding cake created by The People's Cake    Photo by Patricia Stimac

The cake was a hit!  It had a chocolate layer which greatly pleased Kent.  I think the other two layers were carrot cake and lemon (don't quote me on that).

Clise Mansion - Neil and Kathryn's first dance   Photo by Patricia Stimac

I love watching the bride and groom dance ... and then looking around the room and seeing all the couples holding hands as they look on. 

Kathryn and Neil's first dance at Clise Mansion  Photo by Patricia Stimac

Wishing Mr. and Mrs. all the love in the world for all the days of their lives!

Mr. and Mrs. Pillows  Photo by Patricia Stimac
These images came from my camera.  More to come from Di Rothery.
Flower arrangements by Willow and Bloom.
Cake by The People's Cake.
Catering by 12 Baskets Catering.

To begin planning your "sweet and simple" wedding ceremony, call us at 206-789-9788 or contact us through our website: