Sunday, July 6, 2008

A 4th of July to remember

The 4th of July had a special meaning this year for Stephanie and Tom. They tied the knot perched above Snoqualmie Falls at Salish Lodge & Spa, the culmination of over a year of long-distance planning with us (Tom was permanently residing in Hong Kong and Stephanie split her time between Hong Kong and Philadelphia). The celebration was such a gorgeous and fabulous affair; guests came from Hong Kong, Luxembourg, London, Argentina, and many other destinations, so Stephanie and Tom had to show them all the most amazing time! We did quite a bit of coordinating with Stephanie's parents here (her father and sister came in second place on the most recent season of the Amazing Race!) and learned new and intriguing Chinese traditions from them. It was truly an honor to work with them on this joyous occasion.

Under a tent on the Centennial Green they exchanged vows, complete with a musical serenade from cellist Angela Russell and also a friend from Sydney, Australia. Guests were then whisked up to the Lodge (the rain held off and the clouds broke!) where Jazz Unlimited Band played classic tunes on the Terrace overlooking the valley and the Falls. Quite possibly the most memorable part of the entire day was the fireworks display! Starting from about 8 pm and continuing late into the night, fireworks of all colors and sizes dazzled across the night sky. It was truly a magical night to remember! We look forward to having new friends in Hong Kong! Stephanie and Tom are en route to the Jordan for their honeymoon. Stephanie will reside in Hong Kong with Tom later this summer. Check out their announcement in the New York Times. We wish you both the very best!

Photos to come soon from the amazing and ever-so-talented Aly Medina from La Luz Photography. It was Aly's first wedding after her maternity leave and Nick and I missed working with her and her great husband, Ben. We always know each and every detail (and more!) will be captured with style and incredible creativity. We can't wait to see the photos - welcome back!

Saturday, July 5, 2008

By request...

We've had many requests for details about Jeny and Jeff's chic wedding at Gasworks Park/Seattle Aquarium last year. Since we didn't have a blog then, we wanted to share details of their fabulous wedding with you!

Last September we had the fantastic opportunity of working with Jeny and Jeff to create a memorable wedding ceremony with sweeping views of Seattle from Gasworks Park. With most of the guests having flown in from out of state, Jeny and Jeff certainly gave them an elegant and dazzling night to remember. Theirs was first event at the Seattle Aquarium since the remodel, complete with a floor-to-ceiling, oversized fish tank. While guests watched ferries pass by and the sun set, they noshed on roasted tomato bisque (served in shot glasses), Northwest oysters, pepper seared sirloin with gorgonzola, salmon Croques Monsieur, and Spicy Ahi Tuna Tartar on the Aquarium's back deck. While taking advantage of the fine wine selection provided personally by Jeff, guests were able to touch starfish and watch the jellyfish flutter by in the neon tanks.

A 9-piece Balkan band played during a plated meal of New York steaks and Alaskan Troll King Salmon, followed by an assortment of Trophy Cupcakes.

Nick and I had the eagle-eye viewing point from above the reception area and watched guests dance well into the night and gawk at the amazing fish tank. It was truly a night to remember!
Photography: the amazing Frank Ross, who photographed our wedding in 2003
Cake: Trophy Cupcakes
Rentals: Abbey Party Rents
Rehearsal dinner: The Center for Wooden Boats