Emily and Charlie held their elegant, traditional wedding, photographed by Matt Priestman Photography, on November 16, 2013 in Bellingham.
We love how they blended old traditions like the garter toss and the German bridal cup with a modern sensibility and a personal touch. See what Emily has to say about planning their wedding after the photos.
What Emily says:
From the get go, Charlie and I wanted a traditional wedding with a big celebration to follow that included good food, good spirits and live music with our family and friends. Of the utmost importance to us was finding a live band that played a variety of music that would get everyone on the dance floor regardless of age. We stumbled upon Idoleyez and were able to actually see them perform live at the Skagit Casino before booking them. Idoleyez did not disappoint on our wedding day. They learned our first dance song ("Just You and Me" by Chicago) and got everyone up and dancing afterwards!
One word - tradition. Charlie and I enjoy traditions, and our wedding reflected that with a traditional Catholic wedding ceremony, followed by a reception that included all the traditional elements (first dance, father/daughter dance, cake cutting, bouquet toss and garter toss). We also carried on family traditions of my dad creating a video with photos of Charlie and I growing up to the Fiddler on the Roof song "Sunrise, Sunset" and my uncle writing the blessing before dinner. We introduced the German wedding tradition of the "bridal cup," where the couple drinks from the same cup. The one who finishes first rules the roost!
Since I was a kid, I always wanted to have an autumn wedding. I wanted to incorporate the warm, rich colors and textures of fall without bringing in the obvious autumn elements (pumpkins, gourds, apples, etc.). They are wonderful, but I wanted more of a vintage, classic flare. We decided to go with a deep purple and brown color scheme with accents of ivory, pinks and natural greens. Colleen Elkins with Botanikal executed our vision of "rich vintage" beautifully. The rest of our design centered around her flower arrangements. Bits of our personality accented the design with owl table number holders, potted succulents and coffee favor bags.
For favors, Charlie and I stamped muslin bags and filled them with coffee from Bellingham Bay Coffee Roasters. My mom made milk chocolate owls out of owl molds. We also made our own wedding programs and grew and potted the succulents that accented the floral table arrangements.
Advice for brides
We were married in November, which meant the weather was guaranteed not to be sunny and 70 degrees. With that in mind, I knew we could have rain, wind or snow on our wedding day. Fortunately, the rain held off, but it was windy and cold. After the ceremony, we took more bridal photos at Zuanich Park. You wouldn't know from the photos that we were freezing, but I was not going to cut our photos short for inclement weather. In turn, we were rewarded with the most amazing sunset photos. In short, don't let inclement weather sabotage your day or photographs. With a wonderful photographer like Matt Priestman you will be pleasantly surprised and rewarded with photos that beautifully capture the moments of your wedding day to be cherished with friends and family forever.
Dress: Casablanca Bridal
Catering: Windows on the Bay (Hilltop Restaurants)
Cake: Pure Bliss
Ceremony: Assumption Catholic Church
Flowers: Botanikal Designs
Photography: Matt Priestman Photography
Music: Idoleyez Band
Hair: Salon Le Roux
Make-up: Shimmer by Rachel Bergsma
Reception: Windows on the Bay