Monday, November 5, 2012

Best Garden for a Wedding -- Washington Park Arboretum

Gaia and Matt in the Washington Park Arboretum
R. Gerhardt speaks of relationship in "Thought in A Garden."

A garden is a special place, a place where people have brought beautiful living plants, here to establish them, to nurture and care for them, that they may forever surround us with beauty and into this place where we stand, you have brought something beautiful -- the relationship that is becoming your marriage.

Gaia in a wedding dance standing among the trees at Washington Park Arboretum 

These words perfectly describe Matt and Gaia. It was obvious they love each other.  Their love radiates from them.

Matt and Gaia in the Washington Park Arboretum

From the first look throughout the evening, it was a joy to just gaze their way and to smile.

And everyone was so excited to be a part of the couple's wedding day, especially the flowergirls (Gaia's nieces)!
Gaia and nieces sitting on a park bench in Washington Park Arboretum

Gaia and Matt with their wedding party in Washington Park Arboretum

The wedding party gathered and were ready for the ceremony.  (Gaia and Matt made it easy for their attendants and encouraged them to wear something each would like.) 

Patricia Stimac walking to begin Matt and Gaia's ceremony

Then, it was time for the ceremony! 

Matt and Gaia's wedding ceremony at Washington Park Arboretum

It was the first time I've officiated at the Arborteum when a tent was set up on the patio.  It was truly elegant.
Emily presents the first reading at Gaia and Matt's wedding

Emily presented the first reading:  The Key to Love.

Matt and Gaia's wedding at the Washington Park Arboretum

Matt and Gaia listen intently to Adrian presenting a reading at their wedding

And Adrian, Gaia's brother, presented the second.  Both did a wonderful job!

The happy couple is now married!!
 Gaia and Matt exit their wedding ceremony at Washington Park Arboretum
Table setting at Gaia and Matt's wedding reception 

Long tables await Matt and Gaia's wedding guests 
The hall was beautifully set with long tables end to end.  The arrangement made good use of the space and created that "family style" feeling people enjoy.

Guests enjoying themselves at Matt and Gaia's reception

It also made it very convenient to "clink" glasses after the toasts.

Glasses are raised in toast for Gaia and Matt

Matt and Gaia's wedding cake

I love cake ... and this was a beauty.

Then to the first dance.  It was a warm summer night and truly one of the most romantic evenings.
Gaia and Matt enjoy their first dance
 Dancing at the Matt and Gaia's wedding
Soon everyone was joining in the fun!!!

What I loved most about the evening was that I felt like family.  Everyone was so friendly and gracious. This is a quality of the couple and of their families and friends.

And I was delighted they were happy with their ceremony.  They sent me a thank you along with these photos.

We are so grateful to you for officiating our wedding.  

We knew from our first meeting that we were in good hands.  You did such an excellent job organizing everyone during both the rehearsal and before the ceremony.  Thank you for making our wedding extra special.

With warmest regards.        ~Matt and Gaia 

Wishing Gaia and Matt, a wonderful couple, a world of happiness!

Gaia and Matt stand together in the Washington Park Arboretum
Photography by Alex Studios
Music by Bamboo Beats
Catering by Arista Catering
Flowers by Fred Meyer in Issaquah

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