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Beach-theme wedding reception at Tacoma Yacht Club

South Sound couple turns Tacoma Yacht Club into "beachside bistro"

WHO: Beth Keaney and Peter Glein
VENUE: Church of St. Patrick in Tacoma – wedding; Tacoma Yacht Club – reception
SEASON: Fall
COLORS: Blue and green
DÉCOR: The couple turned the inside of the Tacoma Yacht Club into a beachside “outdoor bistro.”

Large yellow bulbs were strung from the yacht club ceiling. “It was well worth it,” Beth says. “The light transformed the room at the yacht club.”

Wine corks held the place cards. Peter shaved off one-third of each cork to make it flat on one side and on the opposite side cut a sliver for the name card. The couple made place cards and cut the paper to fit.

UNIQUE TOUCHES: It was important to Beth to get married in the Catholic Church. “Peter had not been raised with a formal religion, so we worked very hard to make the ceremony relevant to all our guests,” she explains. “It was perfect.”

SPECIAL MOMENTS: During his reception toast, Beth’s dad was speechless with emotion. “His love for me and happiness he felt, knowing I had married someone that I needed in my life, was too overwhelming for him to speak at first. He grabbed the hearts of every person at our reception,” says Beth. “I joined him on stage and gave him a hug.” Soon his words flowed. “He had the entire reception in tears and laughter at the same time.”

GREEN: The couple recycled the RSVP cards they received into the place cards for the reception. The corks were repurposed too.

Reception centerpieces were made of green and blue glass purchased at thrift stores and yard sales. The glass is now used as décor in the couple’s home.

FAVORS: Peter and Beth’s sister-in-law, Jessica Glein, made homemade salted caramels. Beth’s mom made 175 boxes, and Jessica and her mom stuffed the caramels into the boxes and tied decorative ribbon.

Photos by Wallflower Photography

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Published on March 30, 2016.

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