Catholic wedding features lavish flowers

Betsy and Will Hutchinson were married on Sept. 27, 2014, at Saint Martin of Tours Catholic Church in Fife.

They met in Santa Monica, California, in August 2012. Will was singing and playing guitar with his two band mates while Betsy was reading a book nearby. Then she moved closer and sat down to watch the group perform. After meeting that day, Betsy and Will kept in touch through Facebook and Skype. They began dating in September 2013.

Betsy and Will became engaged on Mother’s Day in 2014. During their four-month engagement, the couple quickly planned the wedding. Betsy’s mom, Julia Miller, is a wedding florist, so she helped them create a flower-filled event.

The 220 wedding guests witnessed a ceremony featuring readings focused on love, compassion, forgiveness and a strong foundation. “We have found these qualities and others through our relationship and have become better people for it,” says Betsy. At their wedding she and Will wanted to celebrate the bonds of love, family and friendship. “We also wanted to throw an awesome party for our family, attendants and guests to be comfortable and happy.”

Flowers were the main focus of the decorations, with all-white flowers on the altar and communion rail at the church. The bride’s mother, Julia Miller, is a professional florist, so flowers were in abundance at her daughter’s wedding. Bridesmaids’ bouquets and groomsmen’s boutonnières had pops of pink and orange flowers.

The flowers on the head reception table were all white, while the rest of the flowers were pink and orange. Centerpieces varied from high arrangements on gold stands over black tablecloths with gold striped overlays, to low arrangements on gold tables that had overlays that looked similar to curled ivory ribbon.

The cake table was covered with a blanket of fresh flowers: dahlias and roses. The cake sat on top of the flowers.

Each guest received a pink-frosted cookie in the shape of Washington state and an orange-frosted cookie in the shape of Nebraska. “Betsy” was written on the Washington cookies, and “Will” on the Nebraska ones. The packages were labeled with a note that said, “A balanced diet is a cookie in each hand.” “We wanted to represent where each of us is from and felt cookies were a sweet way of doing that (literally and figuratively),” said Betsy. Packages were tied with a gold, black and ivory ribbon.

Guests were treated to a photo booth where they could have a strip of photos taken and could then take the strip home with them.

Betsy’s favorite memory of the day was “being surrounded by all of our dear and loved ones. The whole day was so special, and it was hard for us to finally leave the party!”

Betsy is an artist, and Will is a musician and barista. They make their home in Lincoln, Nebraska.

PHOTOGRAPHY: Tasha Owen Photography
CEREMONY: Saint Martin of Tours Catholic Church
RECEPTION: Tacoma Country & Golf Club
FLORIST: Julia’s Floral
RENTALS: Creative Coverings, AA Party Rentals by CORT

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Published on April 24, 2016.

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