I got the pleasure of meeting Allie + Cameron when I coordinated Sarah + Colin's wedding in August of 2015. I didn't get to know either well then, but I remember how sweet and helpful they both were at Sarah + Colin's wedding (the weather was very unfavorable that day). When Allie contacted me to coordinate their July 2017 wedding, I was excited to get to know them better individually and as a couple.
We met in March to get the ball rolling. They were in a good place with their planning and just needed help with the smaller details and pulling everything together. Their vision was a weekend spent on the venue property with their bridal party, with family and friends staying near by at other hotels and a big fun gathering on the wedding day.
I visited the venue with Allie + Cameron in early June and I could see why they felt The Kingston House was the perfect spot to get married. It has multiple location for the ceremony and reception. They chose to get married in front of the pond with the reception above at the building and patio space. A smaller wedding with about 110 guests.
July 15 started out as a bright a sunny day. My assistant and I boarded an early ferry to make sure we arrived on time (we made the early ferry so I also got to do a little shopping on Bainbridge -score!). We arrived at the venue about noon to start set-up. Set-up was fairly simpe. The florsit took care of most of the ceremony decor and table centerpieces while I sat out the little details that make a wedding personal.
The ceremony space was already set with an arch and white chairs were set in the morning by the staff. The florist adorned the arch with sunflowers and greenery and hung vases of flowers off shepherd hooks to line the aisle. White paper fans were set at the beginning of the aisle to keep guests cool on this warm summer afternoon.
The reception space was set under a large white tent. Long rows of tables were set with a burlap runner, wood rounds, florals, table numbers in small vintage inspired frames and a sunflower seed pack sat at each place setting as a small token of appreciation for sharing in this special day. Around the reception space, we also set-up the Polaroid guest book table, the gift table and collaborated with the florist on the escort display table. With a few extra florals, catering was able to adorn their buffet as well.
The ceremony started around 4:20pm with a full crowd to watch the exchange of vows and rings. A good friend officiated the ceremony and gave a quick glimps into Allie + Cameron's life and the love they have for one another and everyone surrounding them. It was short, but sweet. A cocktail reception followed the ceremony in the lower tent while Allie and Cameron had some down time to relax and enjoy the first moments as husband and wife.
Once the band was set-up and ready, the Bride and Groom were introduced into the reception and went right in to leading off the buffet (which was a fatastic spread). Following dinner were toasts. The toasts were very heartfelt and loving, with some jokes too. The Bride had recently lost her father, but these toasts gave anyone who didn't know him a chance to get to know him and see how big of a part of Allie's life he is. A doughnut cutting followed the toasts. Allie + Cameron didn't have this announced as they wanted it to be a more personal moment shared between them. The doughnut display was a big hit among the guests.
The first dance was a special moment shared by husband and wife (and always a favorite of mine) and the last quiter time of the evening. Allie + Cameron flipped the bouquet and garter toss and got the guys onto the dance floor first for the garter toss, followed by the girls for the bouquet toss. They did this because they has the band play the song for the bouquet toss which then led straight into open dancing.
It was at that time that my coordinating services came to a close. I gave my hugs, said my goodbyes and we were on our way home. What a gorgeous Washington wedding day it was. And from what I heard the evening, dancing the night away under the starts, was just as fantastic!
Congratulations Allie + Cameron. Thank you for choosing me to coordinate your wedding. I look forward to getting to know you both more!
VENUE// THE KINGSTON HOUSE
DAY OF COORDINATING// CASSIE RENAE EVENTS
PHOTOGRAPHY// SAMANTHA MCFARLEN PHOTOGRAPHY
CATERING AND BARTENDING// CRESCENT MOON CATERING
DESSERTS// COUNTRYSIDE DOUGHNUTS
FLORAL// DIAMOND CUSTOM FLORAL
BAND// THE SLACKS
OFFICIANT// KYLE LORENSON, FAMILY FRIEND
GUEST SHUTTLE// BIG WOODY LIMOS
HAIR AND MAKE-UP// HANNA MUZAR