WHO: Elizabeth “Liz” and Sean
VENUE: St. Columbian Catholic Church, Yelm, with reception at Indian Summer Golf & Country Club, Olympia
COLORS: White, black and red
THEME: The couple spent nearly a year planning their wedding and reception, inspired by vintage Hollywood.
Their wedding logo featured line drawings of two iconic buildings from their hometowns: the Space Needle for Liz and the Chrysler building for Sean. Adding to the towering iconic buildings as their identifying mark, they orchestrated theme using old Hollywood glamour, art deco touches and big-band music.
DÉCOR: To match the décor and carry out the theme, the couple consistently used art deco fonts on the wedding invitation, ceremony program, escort cards, table numbers and other signs and printed pieces.
Liz carefully selected flowers and décor that supported her dream of a 1940s supper club for their reception. “We considered our reception the biggest party we will ever throw and planned accordingly,” says Liz.
When guests entered the lobby at Indian Summer Golf & Country Club, they signed the guest book and picked up their escort cards beneath a bronzed metal tree with hanging tea lights and more than a hundred strands of sparkling Swarovski crystals.
Eight-foot white columns decorated the ballroom. They were topped with large lighted displays of black and white ostrich feathers and strands of crystals. Uplighting bathed the white columns in red light. The guest tables featured tall, lighted, white ostrich feather centerpieces. A large, lighted monogram covered the dance floor.
UNIQUE TOUCHES: Liz’s aunt made the four-layer, white, hexagonal art deco cake. It was topped with miniature statues of the Space Needle and the Chrysler building.
A friend of the couple brought a restored 1930s-era truck, which the couple used as a backdrop for wedding photos. Three trumpeters played the recessional music.
FAVORS: Guests were treated to a black and white candy buffet, where they scooped up candy and put it into white take-out boxes, each decorated with a black-and-white thank-you label. In the lobby, guests were given white votive candles in black or white organza bags with metal thank-you tags.
SPECIAL MOMENTS: After the 2 p.m. ceremony, the couple and wedding party had several hours to relax, take photos and visit before the reception. “We had a little peaceful time enjoying each other’s company and basking in the day,” says Liz. “Those few minutes were absolutely priceless.”
Sean’s parents had recently celebrated their 55th wedding anniversary, and Sean and Liz chose to give them a personalized, gem-shaped paperweight with a Celtic knot design.
During the reception, Liz’s son gave a toast “that brought tears to my eyes,” says Liz. “It was so sweet when he asked me to dance.”
“Because of careful and detailed planning, along with absolutely fantastic vendors, a wonderful wedding party and a bit of luck, our wedding and reception went off without a hitch,” remembers Liz. “It was everything we expected, but thanks to everyone involved, it was better than we could have hoped for. It was a stress-free day for us, and we were able to just enjoy every moment.”
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