After meeting the summer of 2007 at Cucina Cucina in Tacoma when Rachel had come back from Western Washington University to work for the summer; she a cocktail waitress and Dominic the Bar Manager, they knew they had started a great friendship that would last a lifetime. At the end of that summer Rachel went back to Western and their lives took two different paths. They stayed in communication through Dominic's little sister Nicole who became one Rachel's best friends. It wasn't until September of 2010 that they were reunited once again through some crafty cupid work from Nicole. This time it was unconditional true love, and they began to seriously think about their future together. A little over two years later on December 1st, 2012 Dominic proposed and Rachel accepted, leading them to their wedding day on September 1, 2013 on Mercer Island. Simply Sonja Photography was on hand to capture their wedding ceremony at Luther Burbank Park and reception at Mercer Island Community and Event Center.
That morning Sonja and her bridesmaids got ready at the Bellevue Westin while Dominic and his groomsmen enjoyed a casual brunch at home before seeing each other for the first time at Luther Burbank Park. Along with Dominic and Rachel's first look, Rachel and her Father shared that same special moment.
Soon the bridal party joined in photos and great fun was had on the playground!
With a good distance between where guests parked at Mercer Island Community and Event Center and the North Point at Luther Burbank Park, besides walking, golf carts were the preferred mode of transportation that afternoon.
As guests made their way to their seats, their eyes focused on a memory table honoring grandparents who had passed before walking through a fabric entrance created by Prop Gallery.
Along the shores of Lake Washington, Rachel and Dominic said their "I Do's."
Following the ceremony, guests made their way to the outdoor terrace at Mercer Island Community and Event Center for Cocktail Hour. The terrace featured burgundy and mango colored roses along with accents of bright clementine oranges.
After signing their marriage license and snapping a few family photos, the newlyweds joined the fun!
When the doors to the Mercer Room opened, guests made their way to tables that were covered in lush ivory linens and floral arrangements featuring ivory, white and peach flowers highlighted with bright green accents. Each place setting held caramel favors. The room itself had been transformed with ivory fabric treatments that covered both the walls and ceiling.
After the newlyweds were announced, a buffet dinner featuring cesar and spinach salads; penne pasta with vodka tomato basil sauce paired with Italian meatballs and Italian link sausages; penne pasta with a pesto sauce; seasonal roasted vegetables; a prime rib cutting station and a roasted turkey cutting station opened. Once guests had gone through the buffet, a slideshow created by Rachel's sisters was played leaving not a dry eye in the house. Once dinner plates were cleared, a champagne toast followed and soon after, Dominic and Rachel cut their cake which made way for the opening of their dessert bar that enticed guests with pies baked by friends and family and a variety of cupcakes.
Loved ones celebrated the night away with dancing and fun in the photo booth.
With the last song of the night played, friends and family lined the outside of Mercer Island Community and Event Center and sent the newly titled husband and wife off with bubbles and well wishes. The party was not yet over as that send-off led to an after party at Aston Manor in SoDo Seattle!
Congratulations Rachel & Dominic!
Click here to view their wedding highlight video by 12th Dimensional Enterprises.
Wedding Planner - Pink Blossom Events
Photographer - Simply Sonja Photography
Ceremony Venue - Luther Burbank Park
Reception Venue - Mercer Island Community and Event Center
Caterer - Cabbage Patch
Cutting Cake - Celebrity Cake Studio
Cupcakes - Trophy Cupcakes and Party Wallingford
Pies - Family & Friends
Draping & Reception Rentals - Prop Gallery Events
Florist - Julia's Floral
Hair - Lockes on Location
Wedding Paper Goods - Valerie's Invites - Paper Creations for Special Events
Ceremony & Cocktail Hour Music - Seattle Style Strings
DJ - Friend
Ceremony Generator -Live Oak
Ceremony Rentals - Grand Event Rentals
Videographer - 12th Dimensional Enterprises
Getting Ready Hotel - The Westin Bellevue
Wedding Night Hotel - Fairmont Olympic Hotel
Golf Cart Rentals - NW Green Golf Carts
Transportation - Amy's Limousine Service