Our ceremony and reception were both held at the Georgetown Ballroom, a restored brick building in the old industrial part of Seattle. In order for anything to be included in the wedding it had to be both fun, meaningful, and a little bit rock n’ roll, which resulted in an evening which was just that. We kept our ceremony brief – about ten minutes – and used the traditional wedding elements we wanted like exchanging of vows, the kiss, and first dance. Because we are both musicians, the musical elements were very present and non-traditional. Our processional song was “Only You,” a bit of an inside joke between us because of our shared love of the move So I Married an Axe Murderer. Our recessional song was “Stormy High” by Black Mountain (a completely badass song to walk out to, by the way). Our first dance song was “Just the Same, But Brand New” by St. Vincent.
Both of us were unable to single out one person to be our Maid of Honor or Best Man, so we asked seven people to be our Best People. We also involved other friends by using their professional skills. Bartender Dan kept the open bar moving for 75 drinkers. DJ Tera Fukahara played 90′s jams and current hits to keep everyone dancing. Photographer Jenny Jimenez did an incredible job of capturing the meaning, fun, and eventual craziness of the night. Their contributions, along with all our other friends’ help, increased the sense that we were surrounded by family who wanted to help us celebrate our love. The goal of the reception was to have an awesome dance party free of the corny traditional reception activities. We heard from several people that it was the most fun wedding they had attended! It probably helped that we opened up the bar before the ceremony.
We worked with Quinn Russell, who was our celebrant, and she was amazing. She catered our ceremony to revolve around the love we have for one another, and our own story of how we met and where we will go in life together. Our friend Acton Douglas read a poem he had written, and one of our our best men, Kevin Shaffstall, read the lyrics to a Ryan Adams song. We each wrote vows for one another as well, which we read before exchanging rings. Having the ceremony centered on love really made it meaningful to us.
The entire day was like a long, favourite moment! Some highlights….looking out on to the dance floor and seeing Nana dance to Beyonce’s ‘Single Ladies’ (Jenny has photo evidence of this!!!)….the kiss after our vows…dancing our booties off in a wild dance party with all our friends and family…sharing a toast of Jameson with our best people after the ceremony…being surrounded by such love!
Our friends and family were very involved in the whole experience, and this added a special meaning to everything for us. We tried to keep things minimal, but with meaning. Two of our best men, Kevin & Joe, made all the flower arrangements and designed the corsages/boutonnieres.
Bouquets of dark maroon dahlias mixed with summer flowers were bought at Pike’s Market the day before the wedding. There were also bouquets of lavender and daisies from the garden of our friends Eric & Tommy. The corsages and our own bouquets were simple, yet very elegant, made from lavender, and eucalyptus, with one dahlia each for the brides. Knowing that they were made by our friends was so awesome!
Tip #1 – Figure out a way to slow time down, because it will go by way faster than you think!
Tip #2 – It’s a good idea to figure out what you’re going to wear more than two weeks before the wedding, especially if you’re both notorious procrastinators.
Tip #3 – It’s going to be amazing, even if you feel going into it that you could have planned better.
Planner: we planned our own wedding, with some awesome advice from Quinn Russell, our celebrant.
Photographer: Jenny Jimenez (the best ever!)
Venue: The Georgetown Ballroom, Seattle WA
Florist: arranged by our best men Kevin Shaffstall and Joe Scott – flowers purchased at Pike’s Market, and gifted from Eric Allen & Tommy La Flamme’s garden on Vashon Island, WA
Caterer: Inferno Mobile Pizza & Two Tartes Bakery
Dress/Suit/Accessories: Jamie – vest by Marc Jacobs, pants from Urban Outfitters, shoes and broach from vintage stores.
Samantha – shirt and pants from Urban Outfitters, sandals from Banana Republic, necklace from J. Crew