Ah, yes. One of my FAVORITE weddings from this past year. Rachel & Walker met in middle school in Nashville, TN, but never really ran in the same circles until they reconnected after college. The two began dating, became inseparable, and moved to Seattle together where Walker got a 2-year contract with Microsoft. They fell in love with Seattle and when they got engaged they knew that it was the perfect 'destination' wedding location for all of their Tennessee friends and family.
Rachel is a preschool teacher at Villa Academy. They have a gorgeous chapel at the school from when the property used to be a convent. It was such a special opportunity to be able to incorporate her beloved school along with her wedding. Also included in the day was their Pug Toby, whom they included in their first look. Isn’t he the cutest in his cuffs & collar!?
The nearby Sand Point Country Club was the ideal setting for their 200 guests to take in the water views of Lake Washington and the Cascade Mountains.
Although their wedding was quite formal, they wanted their reception to feel light and fun. We used ivory, shades of green, and pops of gold for the color palette. Flowers were very important to Rachel so we had McKenzie Powell create the lush tablescapes. Each seat had a white & green geode coaster favor from Anthropologie with a thank you tag from Sally Balt of La Happy. Sally also created their gorgeous custom invitations and all of the day of signage.
Upon arriving to the club guests were greeted to cocktail hour with a Moscow Mule signature cocktail and local oysters on ice.
A hiccup of the day was that Seattle was hit by one of the worst storms in the past 10 years. The majority of the city lost power, including the club. Literally the golf course at the club looked like the set of "The Hunger Games" so many trees had crashed down. It was pretty crazy. Luckily backup generators kept the food hot and the band plugged in, but for the first 90 minutes of the reception we relied on candlelight to warm up the rooms. The sky was quite dark and when the power turned on at 8:30, the lit chandeliers were met with cheers!!
Guests dined on King Salmon and beef tenderloin and were served both regular and gluten free cake. You can't have a Seattle wedding without a gluten free menu :)
The Freddy Pink Band was out of this world and kept the dance floor packed, the only exception being when guests slipped away to pop into the photo booth. There were still nearly 200 guests dancing at midnight when the shuttles came to pick them up.
Rachel & Walker had a sparkler send off before jumping into a vintage Rolls Royce. The rain was coming down at it's hardest and made their send off even more 'Pacific Northwest' than expected.
Cheers to this B-E-A UTIFUL couple and thank you for letting me be a part of your big day! I had an absolute blast. And a special thank you to all of our wonderful vendors!
Ceremony Venue- Villa Academy
Officiant- Father Shane McKee
Reception Venue & Catering- Sand Point Country Club
Photographer- La Vie Photography
Ceremony Quartet- Contrast Music
Reception Band- Freddy Pink
Stationer- La Happy
Hair + Makeup- Erin Skipley
Photo Booth- Moments Captured
Hotel- The Four Seasons