Think about some of your best friends and try to remember the first time you met them (go ahead, I’ll wait)… It's kind of hard right!? Well I can remember the exact MOMENT I met Tyler Orizotti. I was standing on the railing of the bar at Sluggers around 11AM on a Saturday in November (feel free to stop judging me at any point) watching the Montana football rival Cat/Griz game (Go Griz!) and saw him walk up through the crowd. Granted, I knew I was going to meet him that day. His sister Kelsey & brother-in-law Tyler (yes, two Tylers) are dear, dear friends of mine who both went to the University of Montana and they told me he was coming to the bar. I had been hearing all of these great things about this Tyler, but we had never met. Well, boy howdy, let me tell ya! We locked eyes and instantly just started smiling and giggling and I’m pretty sure I said something to the effect of, “Did we just become best friends!?" I mean, you meet new people all the time, but sometimes you just know in an instant when you meet someone that they are going to play a major role in your life foreva eva!
That was nearly 8 years ago! Fast forward to two and half years ago when Tyler met me for a suit fitting for a Get Hitched Give Hope model shoot (yes, he is as pretty as he is nice)… After the fitting we had a beer (no shocker there) and he told me alllllll about his first date with Brandon. Brandon worked with his sister Kylie and she set them up! (To be clear, Tyler has three sisters- Kelsey, Katie and Kylie. The joke is that I’m the fourth sister, kinda like Kris Jenner thinks she’s the fourth Kardashian. It’s a thing.)
Anywho, Tyler was absolutely smitten at first date!! And luckily for him, so was Brandon. By the way, I also remember meeting Brandon for the first time… I ran into his arms at a bar outside of the Mariner’s game (I’m sensing a pattern here). I’d been waiting for weeks to meet him and he did not disappoint :)
Brandon & Tyler did an engagement shoot (yeah yeah yeah, they are BOTH handsome model types, groooaaaan) for Wedding Paper Divas where they wore rings from Sholdt Jewelry. Later Brandon went back to Sholdt and bought rings for he and Tyler to propose with. Which he did one year after their first date. Aaaawww!!
Cut to exactly one year after that and bam, they are married!! The two wed at Sodo Park and it could not have been more wonderful!! Get ready to become as obsessed with them as I am in 3... 2... (but, like, back off 'cause they're mine!)
Aren't they the most handsome duo ever?!
They wanted an elegant affair with a masculine feel, and I think we really accomplished this. They incorporated jewel tones of navy, hunter green, gold, and burgundy, which paired perfectly with the natural wood of Sodo Park.
Molly Jackson of En Fleur killed it with the flowers and decor and really amplified the color scheme. She also incorporated a lot of foliage and ferns in her arrangements, and used a ton of candles – so gorg!!
Tyler’s best friend Liz was a groomsmaid and her father Bill officiated the wedding. Throughout the ceremony he rotated between moving everyone to tears and sending us all into fits of laughter. It was like he was cracking jokes while chopping onions, everyone was a mess one way or another!
After the ceremony, we transformed Sodo Park into an equally as dreamy reception space for dinner and dancing. The lush floral and foliage centerpieces and table runners were AMAZING and we added in even more candles and lights, some more jewel tones, and some metallics and BAM! I think we outdid ourselves.
Brandon was my Get Hitched Give Hope bidding buddy at the 2016 gala and he won their wedding cake at the auction!! Karolina of Lilac Cake Boutique knocked it out of the park with her three tiered cakes (yes, plural!). Those ferns you see on the cake? Yeah, they're sugar! So amazing!
Guests dined family style enjoying beef tenderloin, seared cod, thyme crusted chicken breast, and gnocchi while Tyler & Brandon’s siblings entertained the crowd with funny speeches & heartfelt toasts.
I’ve actually known some of the Orizotti family since high school (there are a lot of them out there!), so I knew this party was going to be a good time no matter what. But man, when you get a room full of people from Butte, MT and an open bar – watch out dance floor! They’re coming for you!! DJ Kryspin played hit after hit and soon it was a sweaty mess out there, just as any awesome dance party should be!!
It's one thing to be super happy for a close friend when they get married, but to then enjoy their husband just as much, is icing on the cake!! Thank you for letting me be a part of your wedding! I love you big time Brandon and I’m so happy to have you as a part of the family! Love, your 4th sister!! ;)
*As seen in the Fall/Winter 2017 issue of Seattle Met Bride and Groom
As always, I couldn't do what I do without the help of my amazing team of vendors! Y'all killed it and I couldn't be more proud of our work on this one. Thank you all!
Venue + Catering- Sodo Park & Herban Feast
Photographer- Katie Parra Photography
Florist- En Fleur Floral Design
DJ- Kryspin Music
Dessert- Lilac Cake Boutique