A sure fire recipe for an amazing fête is to take a classic style and approach it in a a whole new, modern way and this Seattle wedding is doing just that. Soft, romantic colors and gorgeous, organic florals by Lilies and Lemondrops are blended with a sleek, modern venue for a knock our socks off affair. Photographed by Jennifer Tai Photo Artistry with second shooter Courtney Bowlden, this ode to pretty is resting in a sweet little spot in the gallery just for you. And a P.S. is in order for that scrumptious sleeved dress. We’re literally dying over that number. Ok now carry on with the perusing.

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From the Bride…The primary inspiration behind the design of our wedding was the early-1930′s Art Modern style of the Seattle Asian Art Museum. One might describe it as sleek, chic, and streamlined. The smooth, white, stone blocks create a horizon that echoes the cascades across the way, while the aluminum and steel accents glisten like the sound. It is simply gorgeous, in the most literal way.  Given the minimalist nature of the venue, our aim was to achieve a harmonious balance between the clean lines of the building and the organic shapes of the flora that surrounded it.  The result was a natural, dreamy, soft, yet bold, summer-garden-party.  No specific colors or types of flowers were chosen for the wedding but the palette ended up consisting mostly of champagne-like shades with pink and green undertones. We wanted to marry the indoors with the outdoors so we set up luxurious white cabanas on each side of the entrance to the museum, which added a whole new dimension to the party.

Ironically, my dress choice had nothing to do with the wedding.  To my misfortune (fortune?), the bridal salon that I bought my dress from mistakenly ordered an entirely different dress, leaving me with no dress three weeks before the wedding.  After exhausting every store that sold dresses in Seattle, I turned to the Internet where I surprisingly ended up finding the most perfect dress.  I still can’t believe how lucky I was!

I’m not that girl that’s been dreaming of her wedding since she was five but I knew that if I ever got married that I would have Professor Takemoto from Whitman College officiate the ceremony.  He has taught me so much about Japanese language, history, and culture. More importantly, he has taught and continues to teach me how to think about life from a Buddhist perspective.  David and I didn’t want a religious ceremony but given the venue it seemed appropriate.  Professor Takemoto spoke of love, life, and nature and the interconnectedness of the universe. It was absolutely beautiful.

Ceremony + Reception Venue: The Seattle Asian Art Museum / Wedding Photography: Jennifer Tai Photo Artistry / Second Photographer: Courtney Bowlden / Wedding Planner: Chambers & Co. / Florals: Lilies and Lemondrops / Catering: Taste Catering & Event Planning / Ceremony Music: SuperSones / Reception Music: Emerald City Productions / Lounge + Cabana Furnishings: Rented Elegance / Tents: AA Party / Linens: BBJ Linen / Hair + Make-up: Swink Style Bar / Bridal Gown: Elizabeth Fillmore via Preownedweddingdresses.com / Menswear: La Belle Elaine’s

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