Rebecca + Nick // January 23, 2016 // Within Sodo // Seattle, WA

Becca and Nick are extended family in a sense.  Nick's younger sister, is my sister in law.  Becca reached out to me about 10 months before the wedding saying that while she thought she would be able to handle planning her wedding herself, she was now overwhelmed and wanted to meet to talk about my packages and what I offer.  Becca is from Saipan and would be having a fancy wedding there in December.  Her and Nick also wanted to have a second wedding in Seattle since this is where Nick is from and a lot of their friends and family wouldn't be able to make it so far to celebrate with them.

Becca's vision for her second wedding was simple and she stressed that to me.  Their first wedding would be very fancy and dramatic so she wanted exactly the opposite in Seattle.  The venue she chose, Within Sodo, speaks for itself and doesn't need much decor as you don't want to take away from its beauty.  Its an architect/interior designers dream with exposed beams, wood and brick.  Becca is in school for interior design so it was a very fitting choice.

We got to planning right away and I helped guide the way for Becca.  She was definitely serious when she said simple.  No flowers, no ceremony decor, minimal reception decor, I really wondered how this would look, but it was perfect and so very much Becca.

I arrived at the venue on wedding day at 3:00 pm for set-up.  Rental tables and chairs were already delivered and set-up so my husband, assistant and myself jumped into setting the tables.  The tables were long rows of rectangular banquet tables adorned with a cream tablecloth, a napkin at each place setting and a full row of clear glass votive candle holders in a straight line running the length of the tables, some of the tables were four, eight foot long tables pushed together!  When Becca told be she wanted the candles I thought no big deal.  Boy am I glad my husband was there to put the candles out in a perfectly straight line!  Catering came in later to finish the tables with a water glass and silverware at each place setting as well.  Simple, yet a very dramatic effect.  The only other decor was a bronze and glass card box for the gift table and the photo guest book. S-I-M-P-L-E.

Becca and Nick arrived at the venue with the bridal party at about 5:oo pm to finish some photos at the venue.  The brick walls and wood panels offered some amazing backdrops.  It never hurts when the couple could easily be models!  By 5:30 pm, Becca and the girls were in hiding and doing hair and make-ups touch up.

Ceremony started a little after 6:00 pm.  The groom, 6 girls, 9 guys and the bride with her parents were ushered down the aisle for a short ceremony, because Becca and Nick really wanted to get to the party!  After the ceremony, the guests enjoyed some beverages while the couple finished up some photos with family and catering broke down the ceremony space to set-up the dinner buffet.  Once the guests were seated, the couple was introduced for the first time in the states as Mr. and Mrs. Martindale.  Guests were treated to a fantastic dinner by Act 3 catering.

Toasts followed  dinner from the matron of honor (the groom's sister in law), the best man (best friend of the groom), and the mother of the groom.  The couple said a quick few words to their guests as a wrap-up.  Becca and Nick didn't feel the need to partake in the normal traditional wedding tasks, as they had done all of that at their December wedding.  I suggested a first dance for their guests to enjoy.  After their first dance, they dance floor opened and the dessert of baby cakes were served.  Becca had her timeline designed for about 3 hours of dancing, which to most seems like a long time, but Becca, Nick and their guests got down until the very last song at midnight.

Thank you Becca and Nick for letting me be a part of your special day!  I look forward to watching your marriage grow!

VENUE// WITHIN SODO

DAY OF COORDINATING// CASSIE RENAE EVENTS

PHOTOGRAPHY// T AUSTIN PHOTOGRAPHY

CATERING// ACT 3 CATERING

BARTENDING// THE BOWTIED BARTENDER

DESSERT// CUPCAKE ROYALE

DJ// SG MOBILE DJ

OFFICIANT// CHRIS GARCIA, PERSONAL FRIEND

RENTALS// PEDERSENS RENTALS AND SWEET BUFFET LADY

HAIR// CHARINA MALINAK, SWEET P BEAUTY

MAKE-UP ARTIST// SEPHORA

TRANSPORTATION// UBER