Meghan and Christopher were married in a traditional mass ceremony at the Blessed Sacrament Parish followed by a reception at the Loft at Russell’s in Seattle, Wash. on October 13. “The church itself is breathtaking and made us feel very connected,” Meghan said. “We loved how high the ceilings were and how much natural light flowed through. There were beautiful stained glass windows, and a lovely old Catholic church feel with brick interior. The immediate warmth made us feel right at home.” She walked down the aisle wearing a lace wedding gown with capped sleeves, accessorized with a sapphire cross necklace, while her groom stood waiting at the altar wearing a gray suit, accessorized with an emerald tie to match the bridesmaid dresses. “It was the most memorable part of the day,” she said. “I really took time to look at everyone who was there, especially mine and Chris’ family.” Following the ceremony, the newlyweds exited the church with a bubble send-off and were off to the reception. Tables were decorated with different colored vases, from green to blue and purple to white, filled with lush white blooms and greenery. Our favorite detail? The two little birds on the wedding cake!
1. What was the one thing about your venue that made you know it was the one?
My parents live in North Carolina and Bobby is from Texas – we both loved the Southern charm and feel of The Grand Willow. The venue was gorgeous with a large beautiful willow tree in the front yard, lights surrounding the greenery and hanging over the courtyard, French doors, grand staircase – it was perfect. There were several areas for guests to spread out both indoors and out and we hadn’t found that classic, romantic feel at any other venue. It was truly unique.
2. Which three details from your wedding were your favorites?
I’m sure like any bride, I just adored my dress – especially the pockets. I wore a piece of lace from my mother’s wedding dress sewn onto the flower sash. My something old was a necklace pendant I’ve owned for years and wear nearly every day – I put on my bracelet; My something new were my dress and fabulous glittering shoes; My something borrowed and blue was a handkerchief with blue flowers from Bobby’s mom’s wedding that I kept in my pocket. It felt wonderful to have those pieces from two amazing women incorporated in my dress.
In lieu of a traditional guest book, we had a personalized map made with pins in the places we’ve been and love. There was a quote at the bottom that read “The greatest gifts we can give ourselves are roots and wings,” and the guest book next to it invited guests to share with us the places they have fallen in love with. We wanted to hear the adventures and stories from our friends and thought if we visited those places we could send them a picture thanking them for the idea.
The dessert table and DIY projects. The favors, seating chart, programs and other details were definitely a labor of love. Instead of a bridal shower my bridesmaids, girlfriends and I got together and spent a whole day working on these little details. It was much more meaningful than receiving a bunch of gifts – not that there’s anything wrong with that – and turned out beautifully! The dessert table was like something out of a magazine. It’s one of my favorite pictures. With the crates and lights, it was rustic and elegant at the same time. We had four different kinds of cupcakes and two kinds of cookies.
3. Give us the one moment from your wedding you can’t stop thinking about.
One of the best moments was when we played the shoe game. Many of our family members are spread out across the country, and it was a fun way to let them learn a little about us and laugh at some unexpected answers. We picked personal questions and played just before our first dance. It was great having our (amazing) MC/DJ ask, who was the reigning champ of our fantasy football league and hearing our guests laugh loudly when I shot my shoe up proudly, and Bobby slowly raised mine in shame. Or clap and laugh harder when Bobby’s shoe was raised to the question “Who takes the longest to choose what to wear.” Of course, they liked it when we disagreed on a question. It was memorable and a lot of our family members had never seen something like that before. Our MC made it light, fun and people are still talking about how hilarious he was throughout the night. It was a really fun time.