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Elegance on a dime at South Sound wedding

Wedding elegance without the stuffiness” was the order of the day as Molly and Thomas said I do. This comfortably casual August 2012 wedding emphasized their taste as a South Sound couple and also acknowledged the importance of their families. Surrounded by their large families and numerous friends, Molly and Thomas encouraged loved ones to come together in celebration. As a picket-fence sign read, “Today, two families are becoming one. No need to select a side, just select a seat.”

OLYMPIA WEDDING VENUE: Expo Center, Thurston County Fairgrounds

DECOR: Molly described her wedding theme as “refined on a dime.” The décor featured many creative DIY projects that emphasized the couple’s desire to “find creative ways to decorate that were less expensive.” Wedding colors of Tiffany blue and white pervaded the décor: aqua mason jars filled with gerbera daisies, Tiffany blue and white lanterns hung from white twinkle lights, and the handmade bar was painted aqua around the edges.

The bride’s father constructed an archway out of old doors from the Habitat for Humanity ReStore which served as the focal point for the ceremony.

FAVORS: In lieu of favors, the couple made donations to the American Cancer Society and the Ovarian Cancer Research Fund in honor of loved ones who had passed away.

UNIQUE TOUCHES: The mother-of-the-bride made all the bridesmaid’s dresses while her dad made both the archway and bar from reclaimed doors: “I come from a talented, artsy family,” Molly explained.

For her walk down the aisle, Molly “wanted something upbeat and happy,” so the entire bridal party walked to Bruno Mars’ “Marry You.”

SPECIAL MOMENTS: After taking dance lessons at Mousai Studios, Molly and Thomas were ready to show their stuff dancing to Etta James’ “At Last” and “Baby, You’ve Got What it Takes” by Michael Bublé.

The couple also decided to have a first look moment before the ceremony. “We had some really special, quiet, private moments before all the photos began, says Molly. “It was the only calm moment we had that day!”

Photography by Boston Harbor Photography

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Published on March 15, 2016.

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