McKenzie and Michael Holmes were married Aug. 13, 2016, at Rock Creek Gardens in Puyallup. The couple wanted their wedding and reception at the same location. “It was so secluded, yet offered guests the area to roam around and admire. The garden was so beautiful,” says McKenzie. There were 120 guests at the wedding.
HOW THEY MET: The couple met during high school in Spokane. “After we graduated, we decided to make it more than the friendship that we held,” says McKenzie. Both of them attended and graduated from Washington State University, but some of those years, they were apart because she attended school at the WSU Spokane campus. The couple became engaged at Lake Coeur d’Alene on May 3, 2014, a week before McKenzie’s graduation. After graduation, she completed grad school at WSU Spokane.
VISION: The vision for their wedding was romantic, with a quaint garden feel. Flowers and bridesmaid dresses displayed the colors of the wedding: peach and blush tones, silver and gold. “We wanted our location to have the right romantic feeling to it,” says McKenzie.
“We did not want to fluff up our ceremony,” she says. “We kept it simple, and it was still impactful and emotional. We did not want the wedding to be all about us, but rather everyone there, as a show of appreciation for all that they have contributed to helping us get where we are.”
McKenzie also says, “The photographer was especially important because we wanted someone who had an appreciation for all the little details so that we could look back and relive our special day through our photos. Genesa was able to capture it exactly how we wanted it!”
THEME, DECOR: The decor featured mixed metals and glass vases in geometric shapes. The aisle was lined with candles in geometric vases and with flowers. Vintage furniture was used at the entrance to hold cards and gifts, and the guest book. At the reception, the centerpieces were champagne- and peach-colored flowers displayed in antique gold vases.
SPECIAL MOMENTS: The couple waited until the ceremony to see each other in their wedding attire. “It made it much more meaningful for our friends and family to take it in with us,” says McKenzie. “We just feel that the guests really picked up on how genuine our wedding was.”
The couple also especially loved the feeling as they were pronounced husband and wife by the pastor. “We got to walk down the aisle in pure joy to sign our certificate,” says McKenzie.
McKenzie is a speech therapist and Michael is a credit analyst. They make their home in Woodinville.
This wedding was featured in South Sound Wedding & Event magazine 2017.
VENUE: Rock Creek Gardens
CAKE: Whole Foods Market
FLORIST: Love Blooms
PHOTOS: Genesa Richards Photography
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