Sunday, April 14, 2013

Nicole & Spencer ~ September 8, 2012

       After months spent planning their wedding day from afar while living on the east coast, Nicole and Spencer were excited to arrive in the Emerald City this early September to marry and celebrate with friends and family! Nicole and her bridal party got ready in the Rainier Suite at Westin Hotel's South Tower as Salon Maison was there for onsite hair and makeup. Even the family dog joined in the fun that morning as Cory Parris Photography captured their wedding day! 
       It was a beautiful September day for outdoor bridal party shots and Nicole and Spencer's first look photos outside of the Westin as they made their way to the venue, Palace Ballroom, a few blocks down the street.
Floral was provided by family friend and florist, Finishing Touch Florist &Gifts based in Bellevue.
      After their first look and bridal party pictures, Nicole & Spencer stole a few minutes away for some quiet one on one time at the Seattle waterfront! A gorgeous day, for a wonderful couple!
      Guests arrived for the ceremony and reception at the Palace Ballroom which was inspired by Nicole and Spencer's love of wine. To keep add a touch of a vineyard theme a wooden card box was lined with corks that would soon be filled with cards of well wishes! A wooden sign was nearby that doubled both as a guestbook and keepsake for Nicole and Spencer to display in their home.
       Black lanterns with glowing candlelight lined the ceremony aisle as well as adorned reception tables giving the space an elegant and intimate feel. Mercury votives were scattered throughout the venue as well ensuring that candlelight could be seen from every direction. Nicole entered the ceremony with her father by her side and the tune of “Without You” by Eddie Vedder playing. The ceremony, officiated by Elaine Way, included personal readings from three close friends. With the seal of a kiss and a walk down the aisle, Nicole and Spencer were followed by their Bridal Party who recessed to Ben Harper's “Steal My Kisses."
       After the ceremony, guests enjoyed cocktails, tray-passed hors d’oeuvres featuring albacore tuna crudo, Steven’s perfect dungeness crab cakes, rosemary cured beef on grilled bread and shiitake chopsticks with sweet chili as they watched a personalized slideshow during of Nicole and Spencer during cocktail hour. Transitioning from cocktail hour to dinner, guests moved to tables featuring bright floral trios mixed with dahlias, baby’s breath, succulents and greenery; black lanterns with pillar candles and mercury votives scattered throughout. Bridgewater Chocolates were placed at each place setting for guests to enjoy now or on their drive home. The Chocolates were from Spencer’s home-state of Connecticut.
The talented team at Tom Douglas Catering provided and incredible dinner starting with a chop chop salad and a family-style meal with apple wood grilled NY strip loin, Etta’s rub with love wild salmon, chanterelle risotto, garlic braised rabe and Prosser farms squash. Bon Appetite! 
Adorable “love” letter cake toppers sat atop the wedding cake created by Baked located in West Seattle. Flavors featured a  lavender & champagne tiered wedding cake along with a chocolate salted caramel sheet cake. Delicious!
With the cake cut, Nicole & Spencer took their first dance as husband & wife to the sounds of  Keith Urban’s “Got It Right This Time.”
The Nines kept the music flowing, the dance floor full and the party rockin’ until late in the night. In between songs, guests nibbled on late-night snack stations featuring grilled Beecher’s Flagship Cheddar and basil sandwiches with heirloom tomato, savory waffle s'mores with bacon and Tom Douglas's famous hand-cut french fries with dipping sauces. Tom Douglas Catering and their team wowed the guests that evening with their flawless service and incredible food throughout the entire day! And not to miss, photo booth kept the crowd entertained during cocktail and late into the night with self-taken photo booth fun along with goofy props making for great memories!
Congratulations Spencer & Nicole!
 “Andrea, Thank you so much for all of your help in coordinating our special day! The wedding and everything associated with it turned out great, and we could not have down it without you!” ~Spencer & Nicole
Wedding Coordinator, Guest Welcome Bags & Post Wedding Brunch - Pink Blossom Events
Photographer – Cory Parris Photography
Ceremony & Reception Venue – The Palace Ballroom
Band – The Nines
Bridal Attire – Calla Bridal
Bridesmaids Attire – La Belle Elaine’s
Cake – Baked.
Catering – Tom Douglas Catering
Ceremony Musicians – The Side Project
Hair & Makeup – Salon Maison
Handcrafted Party Details – heathoriginal
Invitations –
Officiant – Elaine Way
Photo Booth –
Tuxes – The Tuxedo Club
Wedding Night Hotel / Getting Ready Location – The Westin
Post Wedding Brunch Catering - Portage Bay Cafe & Catering

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