South Sound Manor
The Pavilion in Shelton

Victorian-inspired bilingual wedding

Written by Paula Lowe

Photos by Jerome Tso Photography



Anna and Juan Rodriguez were married at Westminster Presbyterian Church in Chehalis, the church where Anna’s grandmother and grandfather had been married 69 years earlier. “It was incredibly special for my grandma,” says Anna. “She had more than three tables of friends at the wedding!” The wedding took place Oct. 8, 2016.

Anna’s grandmother gave her the Holy Bible that her husband had given her before her wedding. One of the flower girls carried it down the aisle during the ceremony.


Anna and Juan met at the University of California, Los Angeles, when the bride was a freshman and the groom was a junior. They lived in the same dormitory. At the beginning of the school year, they attended the same icebreaker activity, but afterward both were too shy to talk with each other. Juan became friends with one of Anna’s roommates so he could spend more time near Anna. “Eventually Juan and I became friends, but it still took us two years to get the nerve to ask each other out,” says Anna.

COLORS AND DÉCOR: Their classically elegant wedding had a hint of Victorian style, according to Anna. To complement the style, the color scheme was gold, blush and burgundy, with a hint of turquoise.


The reception tablecloths were deep burgundy for guest tables and a lighter blush for the wedding party, because the bridesmaids wore burgundy dresses. The tables featured gold accents in the gold-rimmed plates, gold flatware and patterned votives and frames. Vintage family crystal snack tray sets were used to decorate the table. The trays were filled with chocolates and the cups held pink flowers.

RECEPTION VENUE: The reception was held at the historic Hotel Washington. Juan’s brother brought special tequila from Mexico to share with family and friends at the rooftop bar — “a not-so-secret speakeasy,” according to Anna. The couple signed their marriage license there, too.

GREEN TOUCHES: The couple used glassware and china at their reception dinner to reduce waste.

FAVORS: There was a photo booth, and guests were given picture frames. For the children, there were blank puzzles and crayons so they could make their own puzzles. “The kids loved the puzzles and crayons, and a couple of them wrote notes on the little thank-you notes we put on the tables and hid them under our dinner plates,” says Anna.


SPECIAL MOMENTS: The groom is from Mexico so the bride said her vows in Spanish; he said his in English. “Some of the toasts were in Spanish and some in English, which made it very special for both families,” says Anna.



Anna works in the information technology and development management fields, and Juan is an engineer. They make their home in Seattle.


WEDDING VENUE: Westminster Presbyterian Church

RECEPTION VENUE: Hotel Washington

CAKE: The Back Door Bakery

FLORIST: Designs by Courtney

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Published on December 28, 2018.

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