Wanting to throw a fabulous 400-person affair, but still maintain a more intimate feel, these stunning lovebirds turned to some of Seattle’s finest vendors to create the ballroom affair of their dreams. The result? A spectacular mix of traditional and vintage elements combined with the gorgeous stylings of Steven Moore Designs and the breathtaking images of Kate Price Photography. See it all here.
From the Bride… When Joe and I started to plan our wedding, we knew from the very beginning that we wanted the wedding to be as fun and relaxed as possible. There is an advantage to knowing your own shortcomings, and we knew that throwing a wedding for over 400 people in Seattle in February was going to be too big of an order for us on our own. We had just witnessed my brother and sister-in-law throw a gorgeous DIY wedding that summer, and we knew there was no way we could pull it off the way they did without having panic attacks. Joe and I decided to get married at University Presbyterian Church where my family had been going for years and my parents had also been married. We then settled on a reception at the Fairmont hotel because my mom had always loved it, it would fit all of our guests, and the Spanish ballroom was gorgeous. Then we turned to Steven Moore Designs for some serious help. Steven was able to listen to all of our opinions, likes, and dislikes about things for the wedding and was able to figure out an idea that would work for my parents as well as Joe and me. His arrangements were breathtaking, and each was just a little different, making you feel that this wasn’t a cookie cutter wedding, which is hard to do with 400 guests. I loved the special touch of old books scattered over the tables at the reception. Steven also did my bouquet, which turned out absolutely beautiful, and all I had told him was that I wanted white flowers! The man’s a wizard.
One of the things I was a little skittish about was having my picture taken all day long. There is something very nerve-wracking about being the center of attention, but Kate Price of Kate Price photography was not only able to make me relax in front of the camera, but have fun while we ran all over Seattle getting some amazing shots. It was a beautiful sunny day, but it was also February, and somehow Kate managed to get some great pictures with us smiling instead of just shivering in the cold. This is a particularly amazing because my bridesmaids were on the brink of getting frostbite in the dresses I’d forced them to wear. The pictures she took of the wedding are absolutely breathtaking and she was able to capture the feel of the entire day for us.
Somehow we made it through the ceremony without any major flubs and then we were off to the reception, where we gorged ourselves and listened to some hilarious, but touching, speeches from my dad, sister, and new brother-in-law. They even composed a special poem for Joe and me. A personal touch we added: Joe and I met with Cortney Anderson-Sanford from Bar Seattle and worked with her on designing dessert bars that fit our specific tastes. Each guest got a little box with a bar in it that was labeled either “Joe’s Bar” or “Hayley’s Bar.” After dinner, we went straight for the dance floor, and that’s were we stayed for the rest of the night. We had a ton of younger people at the wedding, and the dance party definitely reflected that. I seem to remember a couple of the guys losing their shirts as the night went on. I loved that there was an air of celebration the entire day, and there was never a lull in energy. My mom had to actually make Joe and me leave the dance party so people could send us off before we ran out of time at the Fairmont. We just didn’t want it to end! It meant so much to Joe and me to get married surrounded by all of our friends and family in a beautiful setting. We didn’t have to worry about details and only had to think about each other, and I think that’s extremely important in any wedding. It would never have been so perfect without all the wonderful people we had helping us along the way and for that I am eternally thankful.
Wedding Photography: Kate Price Photography / Ceremony: University Presbyterian Church Seattle in Seattle, Washington / Reception: The Fairmont Olympic Hotel in Seattle, Washington / Event Planning, Floral + Event Design: Steven Moore Designs / Wedding Cinematography: Mew Films / Wedding Invitations: Dolce Designs Studio / Wedding Dress: Jenny Lee Bridal / Shoes: Vera Wang Lavender