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Friday
Oct222010

Delaney + Justin = A Flourishing Romance

When Delaney and Justin excitedly shared their vision for their Wedding Day, I could hardly wait until the day arrived!  They were giddy in love, and shared a day full of fun and thoughtful surprises with their friends and family who joined them from all over the country.  I tried to limit myself as I chose the images to share, but as you can see I got a bit carried away ... I hope that you fall in love with this amazing couple as much as we have! 

David, one of my two assistants for the day, came up with the concept for this shot ... when Delaney told us how much she adored her new Louboutins, we created this 'D -N- J' monogram in the rose petals lining the aisle.   It was one of the very first images of the day, and it just kept getting better as the day unveiled.

The reaction of Delaney's bridesmaids when she first stepped into her wedding dress was adorable. 

Rented Elegance created an unbelievable array of coordinating roses, calla lilies, and hydrangeas that fit the garden theme perfectly.  I loved how the black bridesmaid dresses made the colors pop, and the 'twist' design allowed each of the girls to wear the dresses slightly differently. 

I love this shot of the guys making their way to the waterfront for some pre-ceremony photos.

Some of my favorite touches were the hints of Southern charm, including hand-lettered signs leading the way to the tent and the caterers greating guests with glasses of iced tea and raspberry lemonade. Yum! 

Nearly 17,000 roses were used throughout the day, many of which shed their petals to create this unbelievably lush bed of roses for the ceremony.  It smelled heavenly, and walking on it was like a dream. 

The Ceremony was graciously hosted by Delaney's grandmother in the rose garden of her waterfront estate, which created an open and very Northwest feeling.  Breckyn peaked through the curtains to see the setup in the garden, and her reaction was priceless (and very similar to mine!) 

Delaney was escorted down the aisle by her brother Ira to the awaiting Justin ... 

I love the look in Justin's eyes as he takes a deep breath and watches Delaney walk softly toward him. 

Married at last! 

The aisle petals turned into celebration confetti after the ceremony as the wedding party showered Delaney and Justin in roses. 

One of my favorites ... 

A Southern-style wedding wouldn't be complete without a vintage Rolls Royce from British Motor Coach.

The sense of awe in this photograph is so charming ... you can almost see Breckyn starting to dream of her own Wedding Day.

The garden ceremony was followed by a reception filled with a vibe of relaxed elegance at  Sodo Park, one of my favorite Seattle venues.  Not a detail was overlooked, and from the photobooth to the draped ballroom Sodo Park looked amazing.

The guest book was created from the photobooth film-strip style images, complete with a scrapbooking station where guests could get creative. 

The lounge setup for the Scotch Bar was great - it was fun to watch each area of Sodo Park open up gradually throughout the night and invite guests to mix and mingle in the cozy areas.

Delaney and Justin's wedding planner, Merry Beth Turpin from Aisle of View, left nothing to chance.  The details were breathtaking!  With the help of the talented Sheryl Bracken from Paper Moxie, every paperie from invitation to menu was impeccable.  

The ever-fabulous Michael Benson Band got everyone on the dance floor, starting with Delaney and Justin's first dance.  While my assistant Andrea captured the twists and turns on the dance floor, I escaped to the loft to capture this whole-room photograph that is one of my favorites of the day. 

A look of love exchanged during the toasts... 

Once the Scotch bar opened up, the party really got rolling!  The dance floor was packed all night, and you can really tell from the photographs just how much fun everyone had.   

Another touch of subtle brilliance was the day-to-night transition lighting.  After sunset, the up-lighting surrounding the main room and the twinkling candles created a warm look to the tablescapes. 

 

Every half hour or so, the catering staff at Herban Feast made their way through the party with new treats to keep the energy flowing.  The root beer floats were an immediate hit, and the mini-cupcakes weren't far behind. 

Congratulations, Delaney and Justin, and thank you for choosing us to be a part of your Wedding Day!

The Supporting Cast:

Ceremony Location: Private Estate, Seattle WA 
Reception Location: Sodo Park, Seattle WA  
Wedding Coordinator: Merry Beth Turpin, Aisle of View  
Wedding Dress: Monique Lhuillier 
Florist: Rented Elegance and Design (Floral and Decor Design)  
Invitations: Sheryl Bracken, Paper Moxie  
Band: The Michael Benson Band  
Cake: Madeline's European Cakes 
Transportation: British Motor Coach / Butler Transportation
Hair: Kate - Gem Salon  
Makeup: Kathy Evans Beauty and Makeup
Catering: Herban Feast Catering 
Videography: Aaron Horton, Aaron Horton Productions