Manoj and Tameka decided to wed at BAM. It was a sunny Seattle day (remember, we had a great summer and it was one of those incredible days).
Both were so happy and excited to be marrying. It was a delight to see them together.
All was ready, including the rings.
Tameka and Manoj were wed on the rooftop of the museum, called the Court of Lights. (By the way, it was very easy to make your way to the museum and there is free parking under the building -- so convenient.)
Isn't this a truly dramatic setting!
Manoj and Tameka included a spice ceremony as a symbol of their unity. It is a custom that has its roots both in Africa and the Middle East and we crafted it as a "recipe" for a healthy and well-balanced marriage.
Then to the conference room, a very large and spacious area which Tameka used as her "bridal room." The mothers, Glenna and Annette, joined us to make the marriage "legal."
The two enjoyed a a bit of time take in the moment before rejoining us, dressed a bit more casual and ready for fun!
While Manoj and Tameka were changing, the guests were enjoying themselves at the cocktail hour. City Catering Company kept everyone fed -- they even modified some of their appetizers to fit my gluten-free diet. Very much appreciated.
Since the museum was open, I took the opportunity to check out the exhibits. My favorite was the strip quilts, entitled "Bold Expressions: African American Quilts." I loved them. So vibrant and creative and inspirational. Just seeing them made my heart soar.
From there, I went back to the cocktail hour and was fortunate to make the acquaintance of a number of Tameka's friends who helped with the details of the wedding.
One of these tasks was the setting up of the candy bar -- always a big hit!
And speaking of sweets ... Manoj and Tameka are fans of Molly Moon ice cream (as am I). They arranged for the Molly Moon truck to drive into the loading area. What a treat!!!
There were specialty items created to honor Tameka and Manoj. They were delish. (Makes me want to drive to Wallingford this very second and have more.)
Manoj and Tameka are certainly on the stairway to happiness.
Wishing the lucky couple the very best in life!