If ever I’ve had a moment of completely and totaly geeking out, it came last Thursday when I spied this very wedding of bassist Nick Harmer of Death Cab for Cutie and his beautiful bride Kate. I’m not going to lie, there was definitely some shrieking and squealing going on because I happen to be a long time fan of the band. But once my dorking out subsided, I found myself mesmerized not by the subjects of the wedding (who happen to be pretty stinkin cute), but by the sheer and utter beauty of it all. The succulents and florals by Bella Signature Designs, the perfect-in-every-way paper goods designed by the awesome graphic designer Bride herself, and the photos…oh the photos. Sarah Rhoads is a MAGIC MAKER to say the least. So grab a comfy seat and carve out a little time because a wedding like this only comes around once in a great while and it so deserves your full and undivided attention. Can’t wait? See the rest here.
This wedding is the marriage of the bassist for Death Cab for Cutie (Nick Harmer) and Kate, a very talented and well known graphic designer. Their wedding was creative bliss. They incorporated their own eclectic style and craft into this in every way. These two had incredible succulents for a lot of their floral decor. Their good friends Ben Gibbard (Lead singer of Death Cab for Cutie) and Zooey Deschanel (Singer of She & Him) sang a duet that they wrote for the couple during the ceremony. When the guests arrived the couple had designed “press passes” for each guest and hand sewed their wedding logo of a heart and an anchor into personalized handkerchiefs for each of the guests. Every table at the reception had their own individual wedding cake to cut, so fun! There were so many ways these two made this wedding their own.
From the Bride… As a musician, Nick travels often. When we were dating, he used to call me “his anchor” and it became a secret symbol of love between us. He would sweetly draw anchors on letters home, and I wore anchor pendants as jewelry. When it came time to start planning our wedding, we’d been living across the country for a couple of years, just dying to get back to Seattle. Luckily (or perhaps by Nick’s mastermind) our move back home and our wedding happened within months of each other. We felt like we’d been away at sea, and that we were finally able to drop anchor in Seattle, get married, and start our life together. It felt right to include the anchor in our ceremony as well, so it became our wedding logo, which we included on various elements throughout. We wanted the evening to feel soft and romantic, so we chose pink, gold, and gray for the overall colors. But, we also really wanted the wedding to be fun and not stuffy, so we added in some playful elements. Our invitations included event tickets, and our escort cards were laminated to look like backstage passes. Nick found vintage athletic awards and created medals for each of his groomsmen to wear, and we found adorable little striped paper straws for milk and cake. Planning a wedding is perhaps thee ultimate guilty pleasure for a graphic designer, but it is also a lot of work! I wanted to make every single thing, from save the dates to thank you cards, and all the weird little tidbits in between. I was lucky to have awesome bridesmaids and a fiance who were willing to help print, cut, and trim hundreds of paper pieces along the way.
Because we were planning our wedding from across the country, we did a lot of talking about what we wanted the night to be like. Instead of seeing tons of venues and tasting a hundred cakes, we were able to decide in advance what we wanted, and then seek it out. We planned a trip home to see SODO Park after finding it online, and we fell instantly in love! With its rustic romantic feel, It was everything we had imagined when discussing our dream wedding, and we didn’t need to see any other venues. We knew one of our favorite Seattle Bakeries, Macrina Bakery, made delicious and simple beautiful cakes, so we went straight to them. One of the very first things we booked, Actually, was Sarah Rhoads photographers. We had both loved their work before even planning our wedding, but we didn’t realize they were Seattle based. We were thrilled to find out they were in our own neighborhood! We also hired a day-of coordinator, Kelsey from Sugarcomb Events, who was endlessly helpful. We met with her regularly to discuss planning, so we trusted her completely on the day-of to make sure everything ran smoothly. It was a huge relief for me to have her help. Knowing that she was there allowed me to relax and have a fun, stress free, girls-day with my bridesmaids, as we got wedding-primped by the super talented Tiffany Lowry.
We wanted our wedding to be a celebration of the people we love dearly. We had about 140 guests, but wanted the evening to feel as intimate and romantic as possible. Our friends and family made the night special for us, by being a part of it in many different ways. John Roderick, a dear friend of ours, was our officiant, and three of our close friends sang songs in the ceremony over candle light. Friends and family brought tears to our eyes with the sweetest toasts, and then danced the night away with us, while another friend DJ’d. Only once in your life do you get to have everyone you love in a room together, and we cherished every moment of it. By the end of the night, Nick and I were completely overwhelmed by all the love and joy in the room, and didn’t want it to ever end. One of my favorite memories of the evening was as we were leaving. It was pouring rain, but all the guests huddled together under the doorway to send us off. By then everyone’s hair was messy and their cheeks were flushed from dancing, but everyone looked so incredibly happy and beautiful. Nick and I drove off feeling completely in love with life, and blessed to have such wonderful people to share it with.
Photography: Sarah Rhoads Photographers / Photobooth: Smilebooth by Sarah Rhoads / Venue: Sodo Park, Seattle / Florist: Bella Signature Design / Coordination: Kelsey Eads of Sugarcomb Event Design / Makeup and Hair: Tiffany Lowry / Catering: Herban Feast / Invitation: The bride Kate, Croak & Hum / Letterpress: Spoon & Sailor / Calligraphy: Letters by Ellen / Brides Shoes: J.Crew / Bridesmaids Dresses: J.Crew / Brides Veil: Twigs & Honey / Cakes: Macrina Bakery / Dress: Vera Wang