Tacoma Art Museum wedding free to Tacoma couple

Couple wins $20,000 wedding in art contest

South Sound wedding professionals donate wedding to couple who won art contest

WHO: Bree and Phil
VENUE: Tacoma Art Museum        
SEASON: Autumn
THEME: Romantic and artistic

UNIQUE TOUCHES: On the day of their engagement, Bree’s sister-in-law told them about the photo booth backdrop design contest at the Tacoma Art Museum. “We didn’t think we had a chance of winning, but we knew we had a chance to win the $100 swag bag of wedding goodies,” says Bree. They won more than that – a $20,000 wedding at the Tacoma Art Museum. The ceremony was on the upper floor of the museum, where floor-to-ceiling windows overlook the city of Tacoma. Guests could enjoy the view of a beautiful, clear, sunny fall day.

“After winning the wedding, the biggest challenge was to just sit back and sort of surrender,” says Bree. “Neither of us really knew what it would turn out like or what was happening on the sidelines.”

Bree and Phil simply pointed to what they liked, and it was granted.  “With it all said and done, the vendors (food, cake, flowers, music, harpist, officiant, planner and venue) did such an amazing job, I wouldn’t change anything.” Cake by Corina Bakery.

Instead of signing a guest book, guests penned cherished moments, words of advice or doodles on cloth scraps. From those pieces, one of Phil’s sisters will make a quilt.

DÉCOR: “Since we were already in an art museum, we didn’t need a lot of décor,” says Bree. “The view and art alone were amazing touches. Being able to walk around and look at the galleries during cocktail hour was very cool for our 125 guests.” The ceremony arbor was beautifully decorated with flowers by Blitz & Co. Florist. The Pacific Northwest backdrop that the couple had made was displayed in the lobby for all the guests to see.

SPECIAL MOMENTS: The most memorable part of the reception was the photo booth. “We were unable to put together favors in that short amount of time, so having this photo booth for all of our guests to take home pictures was so much fun,” says Bree. “It definitely made the night extra memorable.” Photo booth by 1000 Words Events.

Bree’s nephew was the ring bearer and Phil’s niece was the flower girl. “They both stole the show with their cuteness,” says Bree. The flower girl’s dress was made by her mom, Erin Sundbaum.

“It was the best night of my life,” Bree said. “With such supportive family and friends, I couldn’t have asked for a better wedding. A blessing that we know owe back to the universe.”

Photos by BachmanFoto


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Published on March 18, 2016.

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