Sunday, January 6, 2013

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Darcie and Neal wed at the Sunset Club

What a spectacular way to begin the New Year!  This was a wedding with personality!!

Darcie and Neal wed at the Sunset Club in Seattle, one of the most elite private clubs in the city.  The celebration of their love -- and it is a love that is so very apparent - was a creative mix of traditional and of spontaneous. 

The bride was stunning in an original dress designed by Elizabeth Dye of New York.  It was a pale blue and it suited Darcie beautifully.

The hall where the ceremony took place has a simple elegance.

The Sunset Club Hall set for a wedding

After the ceremony, the guests moved to the lounge area for cocktails, then to the reception hall.  Darcie is so inventive.  She constructed the ribbons and fabric streaming down from the helium balloons.  These with attached to the centerpieces: tiers of paper and yarn flowers.  So original!

The wedding centerpieces are constructed of paper and yarn flowers

Sunset Club in Seattle - Wedding Reception
Sunset Club in Seattle - Neal and Darcie's wedding reception

I and everyone around me were delighted by the overall look.  Bright and whimsical --  traditional and jubilant.  It set the tone for the rest of the evening.

The cakes were originals, too.  Rather than one large cake, there were a collection of them in various flavors:  two types of chocolate, coconut and carrot cake.  They were baked by Patricia Christofel and her daughters:  16 in all! Now that's a work of love.

The wedding cakes created by Patricia Christofel and her daughters

Darcie finds pigs irrestible and had them as wedding cake toppers.Pigs top wedding cake And atop the center cake were these two absolutely adorable pigs, decorated to suit the occasion by the every inspired Darcie.

Plus, there was potica!!!!  A Slovanian treat.  This is part of my heritage too ... quite a surprise and delight to see it served at the wedding.  This delicacy was baked by the bride's mother herself:  Marybeth.  Sad I don't have photos to show you.  Julie Harmsen, the photographers, will likely have them and I can post them later with all their great pics.

Fingerprint balloons hold bear aloft creating a wedding guest book

This was the first time I've seen a fingerprint guestbook.  We had a choice of an array of colors.  After the guests decided on their favorite and posted their fingerprints, then they signed them.  It was so playful and fun!

"Fingerprint" guest book

And as we saying our goodbys, there on the table in the hall were these absolutely adorable cookies, decorated by Darcie!!! They were too cute for words ... and so very thoughtful!

 Darcie spent hours lovingly crafting this collection of whimsical cookies
Wishing this very talented and loving couple the best in life and in marriage!  Neal and Darcie you are sweethearts and I enjoyed every minute in your company.

Since I'm a part of the wedding, I missed most of the "people" photos.  Julie Harmsen will be providing those and I'll post them when available.  I'm sure they'll be great.

Hats off to the staff of the Sunset Club and to the "rockin' DJ couple" Isaac and JoJo of Bamboo Beats for amplifying the ceremony and keeping the dancing going.

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