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Tori + Jamal = A Day to Remember

Tori and Jamal Crawford Wedding at Benaroya Hall

From our first meeting with Tori & Jamal, we knew their wedding was going to be spectacular. Not only are they two of the kindest people you could ever want to meet, they know how to throw an amazing party that had all their friends and family buzzing with excitement. From the simple and sweet ceremony performed by the one and only Judge Mathis to the surprise appearance of Sir Mix-A-Lot singing 'Baby Got Back' at Benaroya Hall, it was a day we will all remember.

Tori and Jamal Crawford Wedding

The day began with the girls getting ready at the Crawford family home, while the guys hung out at Hotel 1000.  Fortunately we had the talented Merry Beth Turpin from Aisle of View to help orchestrate all the details, which kept all the many (many!) moving parts of multiple locations flowing seamlessly.

Jamal Crawford Wedding at Hotel 1000

Tori Crawford Wedding with Bridesmaids

I loved the sequin dresses for the bridesmaids - it was the perfect day-to-night mix for a summer wedding!

Tori and Jamal Crawford Wedding Argosy arrival

Both the guests and Jamal with the groomsmen arrived by boat, with the guests enjoying a casual cruise on the Argosy and the wedding party arriving via a sleek speedboat. It was such a great way to take advantage of the waterfront opportunity and give clever transitions between the different parts of the day.

Tori and Jamal Crawford Wedding Ceremony

Tori and Jamal Crawford Wedding at Benaroya Hall

Simply stunning...

Tori and Jamal Crawford Wedding at Benaroya Hall

Tori and Jamal Crawford Wedding Ceremony

The thousands of rose petals that lined the ceremony aisle found a new life with our wedding party photographs!

Tori and Jamal Crawford Wedding at Benaroya Hall

Tori and Jamal Crawford Wedding

This image is probably my favorite of the day ... I look at it, and I feel the love between them, and it literally brought tears to my eyes when I saw it.

Tori and Jamal Crawford Wedding Party

This photograph was a special request from Jamal - I love how it incorporates so many elements of the day, including their gorgeous home. 

Tori and Jamal Crawford Wedding on Dock

Jamal Crawford Wedding Reception at Benaroya Hall

The reception was breathtaking ... there are so many people to credit for the creation of this room.  From the amazing floral decor by Rented Elegance to the lighting by Greenlight Events, Benaroya Hall was positively transformed.

Tori and Jamal Crawford Wedding at Benaroya Hall

The towering wedding cake created by Bonnie at New Renaissance was a hit - guests kept posing by the cake for photographs. The detailing was worthy of Versailles!

Jamal Crawford with Brian McKnight

Brian McKnight joined the reception to sing "Love of my Life" for their first dance, complete with a finale dip that had Brian applauding them.

Tori and Jamal Crawford Wedding at Benaroya Hall

Tori and Jamal Crawford Wedding at Benaroya Hall

And, yes, the night wrapped up with the ever-fabulous Sir Mix-A-Lot, a combination which got everyone pouring onto the dance floor. Tori got the idea of inviting him when she saw him perform with the Seattle Symphony earlier this year, and thought 'why not ask?' I'm glad she did, because it was a hit (no pun intended ;)

Thank you to all, especially Tori & Jamal, who created this event - we were honored to capture it, and look forward to many future celebrations!

Reader Comments (2)

What a beautiful event! You really captured the fun, the warmth and the loooove between Tori and Jamal Crawford. Keep up the great work!

September 23, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterMakeItFabulousEvents

Beautiful couple, beautiful pictures, natural colors. Congratulations!

March 8, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterRobert Tomczak

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