Chelsey and Jody's story of how they met reminds you that you never know where you might find your true love! Chelsey was having dinner with her dad one night at a restaurant in Tacoma when the owner, who was a friend of Chelsey's dad's, asked her if she had a boyfriend. Chelsey informed her that she was single at the time and she said she had the perfect guy for her even though Chelsey had only just met her. The owner of the restaurant was friends with Jody's mom and called her up and asked that Jody come immediately over to the restaurant that night. At the time Jody was thirty minutes from the restaurant heading in the opposite direction when he decided to turn around and go to the restaurant. That night Chelsey and Jody met and exchanged numbers. Three days later, Jody drove an hour and a half to Seattle for their first official date and from then on, they were inseparable!
With glasses full, Chelsey and her bridesmaids toasted to the start of Chelsey and Jody's wedding day as they got ready the morning of December 1, 2012 at The Fairmont Olympic Hotel Seattle. Gabriel Van Whye Photography captured their December wedding which was fitting that they married in December as Jody had proposed to her that last Christmas 2011 at a family Christmas party!
Family members and their bridal party lined the halls of The Fairmont Olympic Hotel Seattle as Chelsey and Jody shared their first look.
With their first look behind them, Chelsey, Jody and their bridal party were driven to Pier 57 by Butler Seattle for a few photos before making their way to Sodo Park for photos indoors.
When guests arrived that December evening, Butler Valet was on hand to park their cars and invite them inside the venue that had been decorated in the ivory, black and the warmth of candlelight. Guests gave their coats to Sodo Park's coat check before signing the guestbook frame and finding their seats for the ceremony.
A romantic winter wedding was underway as Tom Maeda played the piano and guests sat inside lush ivory draping that surrounded the ceremony seating area. Modern block candelabras from Rented Elegance were covered in ivory ribbon by Blitz & Co Florist while the front of the ceremony featured Rented Elegance's custom book shelves filled with candles.
After tying the knot, Chelsey and Jody signed their marriage license upstairs in the Bridal Loft while guests sipped on signature cocktails, wine from the Father of the Bride's winery, Barons Winery, and nibbled on sweet potato and dungeness crab cakes, bacon wrapped figs and a savory fall tartlet!
After the room had been flipped for dinner, friends and family took their seats amongst tables that were covered in black pintuck linens, lush white floral by Blitz & Co Florist and place settings that featured silver chargers and custom snowflake cookies by The Cookie Fairy.
After introductions by the Craig Lawrence Band, Chelsey and Jody were welcomed into dinner! With the newlyweds arrival, organic green, pear and apple salads were plated and wine was refreshed! Once the salad plates were cleared, buffets opened and guests filled their plates with herb crusted tender beef loin finished with a port demi glace; pan seared halibut with herban chimichurri; herb roasted winter vegetables drizzled with smoked sweet paprika oil; savory herbed fregola (a mix of market vegetables, toasted couscous and goat cheese) and thyme scented tricolor potato gratin.
It may have been a cold December evening that night but the warmth of love continued to fill the air in the room that night as toasts, cake cutting and first dances kicked off an evening of dancing and merriment!
A highlight of the evening for guests was the photo booth by Van Whye Photography.
With the stroke of midnight, guests slowly excited Sodo Park and went home full of memories from an evening well celebrated! Congratulations Chelsey & Jody!
Thank you so much for everything BreeAnn!! It was wonderful and Jody and I appreciated your help soooo much! ~ Chelsey
Hi BreeAnn, I just want to let you know what a pleasure it was to work with you the other night. You were very helpful and organized and you did an first-rate job keeping things going smoothly all night long. ~ Craig Lawrence Band
Gown - Marcella's Bridal
Getting Ready Location - The Fairmont Olympic Hotel Seattle
Wedding Venue & Catering - Herban Feast Catering and Sodo Park Event Venue
Florist - Blitz & Co Florist
Venue Decor - Rented Elegance
Snowflake Cookies - The Cookie Fairy
Invitations - Silberman Brown Stationers
Paper Goods - Valerie's Invites - Paper Creations for Special Events
Rentals - ABC Special Event Rentals
Valet & Transportation - Butler Valet & Transportation
Ceremony Pianist - Tom Maeda
Reception Band - Craig Lawrence Band
Wedding Cake - The SweetSide
Rehearsal Dinner - Aqua