It never fails, Sarah Rhoads Photographers always EQUALS a party in a post. And by that I mean, the second we see that email drop into our inbox we start doing high-kicks because we know it’s going to be good; like really, really good. So shocker (I know you probably didn’t see this coming) this Seattle wedding is B-A-N-A-N-A-S. Sugarcomb Event Design whipped together a lemon-infused soiree full of golden hues and limoncello treats and Metropolitan Market added a dash of floral beauties to the mix, making for the perfect ending to another week here at SMP. You know what we say to that? TGISarah Rhoads Photographers. Check out the gallery for all the lemony goodness you can handle.
From the Bride…Stephen and I met nearly seven years ago while both at the University of Washington. We had only been dating for less than 2 months and I ran off to study abroad in Italy. We took a big leap of faith when we decided that he’d come visit me (one of the best decisions we’ve made!).
We knew we wanted our wedding to reflect us and be a bright and happy celebration with our nearest and dearest friends and family. We picked yellow and gray as our colors and since we fell in love in Italy (and actually really wanted to get married there), we wanted to sprinkle Italian influence throughout the day. Even though we live in rainy Seattle, we decided to get married outside, at Kubota Gardens (a few tiny rain drops fell on us after we were announced husband and wife… perfect timing.). The beautiful gardens didn’t need too much for decorations, so we kept it to some yellow poms, a few flower petals and buckets filled with limanta for our guests. Our reception was at 415 Westlake located in the South Lake Union neighborhood of downtown Seattle. The exposed brick, concrete and exposed beams were a stark contrast to our garden ceremony, but we loved the combo. We had so many fun elements at 415 — comfy sofas, polaroid pictures, lots of tall vases mixed in with sweet little bud vases, chalkboards, and hundreds and hundreds of candles.
So many pieces of our wedding were put together by our amazing family. My mom made my bouquet wrap (my something old and blue) and hankies for my bridesmaids from my great great grandmother’s 99-year-old wedding dress. My dad made the adorable arrows at the ceremony (and several other cool pieces). Steve’s aunt and uncle’s restaurant, Italianissimo (to die for Italian food!) catered the event. And Steve’s mom made delicious homemade limoncello as our wedding favors (among the millions of other things she helped with).
Our day was so beautiful and so fun because of the amazing people that we worked with (and of course all the inspiration I got from Style Me Pretty!). The first decision we made was to hire the incredibly talented Sarah and Chris Rhoads. Tiffany from Tiffany Colors not only made me pretty for the day but fed me champagne and a bagel while getting me ready. Kelsey from Sugarcomb Event Design is a genius and helped us make decisions all along the way. And one of my personal favorite aspects of the wedding was the paper goodies. Sarah from Foglio Press made such lovely little pieces for us—from invites, to the menu, to the Italian city table names (which were all cities we’ve been to) and adorable matching escort cards. It was incredible to have our family and closest friends together—dancing, eating, and celebrating—with us that day. We were overwhelmed by all the love and joy we felt and I don’t think my cheeks ever hurt so much from smiling!
Wedding Photography: Sarah Rhoads Photographers / Floral Design: Elizabeth of Metropolitan Market / Event Design: Kelsey Eads of Sugarcomb Event Design / Ceremony Location: Kubota Gardens / Reception Location: 415 Westlake / Ceremony Band: Windsong Classical Trio / DJ: Events With Integrity / Caterer: Italianissimo / Make-up + Hair: Tiffany Colors