Ashley reached out to me in early 2015 after I had submitted a quote to her request for a wedding coordinator through Thumbtack. I learned early on that she was in her 1st year of Law School while planning a wedding. I was impressed and once I met Ashley and got to know her more, I knew I was impressed for a reason. I was hired by Ashley before we actually met in person, but once we met in person I was truly so glad she chose me to handle their wedding day!
Ashley and TR have dated since high school, even though they attended different high schools. You can easily see why their relationship lasted through high school and college. The love they have for one another is undeniable and it shows. They both have a fun sense of humor, a radiant glow about them and Ashley an addiction to coffee (the minute I found this out I knew we would be friends), which TR fully supports!
Ashley knew what she wanted for their wedding. She didn’t want a traditional reception. Since their venue was an old home, she wanted the feel to be more “dinner party like.” Her colors were pinks, peach, greens and gray. Vintage flair with a classic feel. A fun, memorable, stress free night was her big vision and I was there to help with that.
August 22nd was a perfect Seattle day. I arrived on-site for set-up and the grounds just felt alive. Ashley and her maids were upstairs getting ready and I got to work. Everything was coming together beautifully.
Pictures were started around the grounds and Ashley and TR looked fabulous and so in love. Guests started to arrive and Ashley was hidden away with anticipation of the ceremony time soon approaching.
Ashley had her grandfather walk her down the aisle to the stairs in front of the arbor. Ashley wanted to walk herself up the stairs to meet TR, to start their lives together. The madly in love couple exchanged their vows below a beautifully decorated metal arbor, while friends and family admiringly watched. Cheers erupted and the happy couple walked back down the aisle as Mr. and Mrs. Cummins.
While the new Mr. and Mrs. finished photos, the guests enjoyed a cocktail hour with delicious munchies and drinks, time to catch up and mingle to meet new friends. You could see in this time that Ashley and TR surround themselves with people who are full of love, fun energy and good conversation. Once catering had the food stations ready, Ashley and TR were introduced into the reception and were greeted with a love from every person in attendance.
Food stations were opened inside the house. After time to eat, toasts followed. Toasts were given by the maid of honor, best man, mother of the bride and parents of the groom. In these toasts, you could really see the love and admiration the people speaking have for this young couple, as well as the love and admiration that Ashley and TR have for them. Ashley and TR wrapped up the toasts with thanks to their guests for being there with them, to share in their special day.
Following toasts, the couple cut the cake. The cake was a gorgeous buttercream creation adorned with the most beautiful flowers and surrounded by macarons. Since the the cake was in a small front room, guests were invited to also watch the cake cutting through the front window.
The cake cutting led into the first dance as husband and wife, the grandfather-granddaughter dance and the mother-son dance. It is always in this moment that I fall in love with weddings all over again. Every single time. There is just something about these special intimate moments that get me and I know I am in the right place.
The bouquet and garter toss was held outside and followed by open dancing, both inside and outside. Fun was had by all the guests on a warm, sunny, perfect Seattle summer evening.
Ashley and TR, it was a blessing to work with you on your wedding day. I look forward to watching your love and admiration for each other continue to grow as you finish school and start your life and husband and wife. Thank you for letting me be a part of your special day!
VENUE// THE ADMIRALS HOUSE, SEATTLE, WA
DAY OF COORDINATION// CASSIE RENAE EVENTS, LLC
PHOTOGRAPHY// KIANA MCCRACKIN PHOTOGRAPHY
CATERING AND BARTENDING// KASPARS SPECIAL EVENTS AND CATERING
RENTALS (TABLES, CHAIRS, LINENS, DANCE FLOOR, GLASSWEAR AND DINNERWEAR)// ABC RENTALS COORDINATED BY KASPARS
CAKE AND MACARONS// ALEXANDRAS MACARONS
FLOWERS// RHONDA KING – FAMILY FRIEND
DJ// KENDRICK BARNES
OFFICIANT// RANDY ROWLAND
HAIR AND MAKE-UP// SALON MAISON
PORTABLE RESTROOMS// ROYAL RESTROOMS
VALET SERVICE// SHUTTLE EXPRESS
TRANSPORTATION// BRITISH MOTOR COACH