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.
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.
I loved the sequin dresses for the bridesmaids - it was the perfect day-to-night mix for a summer wedding!
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.
The thousands of rose petals that lined the ceremony aisle found a new life with our wedding party photographs!
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.
This photograph was a special request from Jamal - I love how it incorporates so many elements of the day, including their gorgeous home.
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.
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!
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.
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!