Chiara & Brian’s Seattle wedding is filled with tons of romance, drama, gorgeous flowers and delicious food! They met while performing with the Seattle Shakespeare Company, so coming from an acting background they wanted their wedding to feel like a dramatic progression of scenes. Their wedding day started with a romantic, light, and ethereal ceremony, progressing to a festive rooftop champagne + oyster hour (complete with a champagne tower and fresh shucked oysters). The cocktail hour was followed by a dark, moody, and romantic reception that focused on culinary delights and top-notch cocktails. And the evening ended with a rocking dance party into the wee hours of the night! Chiara is joining us today to share more about her planning experience, and we can’t wait for you to see all of the beauty that was planned by Perfectly Posh Events and captured by Jenny J Photography!
What (or who) helped you most in your planning process and/or on your wedding day?
Holly Patton was indispensable. Truly. She is so organized, kind, professional, and hard-working. We couldn’t have done it without her.
Tell us a little a bit about your wedding.
I wanted something that was romantic, luxe, and effortless. Paris, mixed with summer and the sea, and of course the beautiful sky and water of the Pacific Northwest. The ceremony was light, airy, with white flowers and greenery. The cocktail hour was on the rooftop with the beautiful Seattle Skyline. Then for dinner the flowers became more lush and dark, with jewel tones.
What was the most important to the two of you while planning? Was there anything that you chose to splurge on or skip?
It was important for things to feel very personal to us as a couple. We love food, wine, and cocktails. We’ve spent years devouring oyster happy hours. So our cocktail hour had to be oysters and champagne–which was a splurge but worth it! Brian also works in the beverage industry so that was an important element to him. He crafted cocktails and we had five different wines (sparkling,white, red, rose, and yes orange!). I felt it was important for there to be a progression from the beginning of the ceremony, through to the end of the night. I wanted the decor to reflect that. But most of all we wanted people to enjoy themselves!
Please describe any DIY, handmade, or personal details.
I didn’t think I’d be a DIY kind of woman, but boy did I go for it. And it turned out really well–luckily! I hand painted our invitations, and hand dipped our food and drink menus. It was a labor of love done in a small NY apartment. But I’m so happy I did. We also made our wedding favors. Last but not least, our “table numbers” were coasters from our favorite bars and restaurants all over the country. My maid of honor, Angie, did beautiful calligraphy work for our invitations as well as some reception signage.
Do you have any advice for couples planning their weddings now?
Stay true to who you are. Make it personal. Because that is what will matter in the moment and on the day. Don’t sweat the small stuff! Choose vendors that you click with and that you trust–because those are the people you are going to execute your vision. All of our vendors went above and beyond and were incredible! Jenny J’s photography is out of this world. Floressence and Sidecar were a joy to work with! And we couldn’t survive without Perfectly Post Events. Get pictures out of the way before hand! After you get married you are going to want to spend time with your friends and family and celebrate!
Vendors who made it all happen…
Photography: Jenny J Photography // Ceremony Venue: Within Sodo // Reception Venue: Within Sodo // Event Planning: Perfectly Posh Events // Floral: Floressence Design // Wedding Cake: Macrina Bakery // Rentals: CORT Party Rentals // Linens: Choice Linens // Vintage Rentals: Vintage Ambiance // Bar: The Sidecar // Hair: KLS Makeup Artistry // Makeup: KLS Makeup Artistry // Groom’s Attire: J.Crew // Bride’s Shoes: Stuart Weitzman // Wedding Dress: Watters Bridal // Veil: Watters Bridal // Jewelry: Rosanne Pugliese // Submitted via: Matchology
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