I am totally in love with this gorgeous blush and gold Seattle wedding captured by Meredith McKee Photography. Gold brings in a touch of sparkle, while white and blush pink keep things clean, simple, and most of all, romantic. Catherine and Julian chose to incorporate details that were inspired by the city of Seattle, and these images captured everything perfectly. Take a look- you will fall in love with this wedding… and the couple too!
What (or who) helped you most in your planning process and/or on your wedding day?
My little sister was my rock throughout the wedding planning process. I’m very indecisive and tend to over-plan things but she’s the exact opposite. Whenever I’d start to go a little overboard, she’d pull me right back to the ground and help me refocus and prioritize. She also made sure all bases were covered on the wedding day. Forgot deodorant? Chap Stick? Even the Garter Belt? She had it all and had it under control!
In addition to my sister, my bridesmaids were so supportive and amazing. I’d heard from many other brides that planning a wedding and making a lot of the décor yourself could get really stressful. I kept bracing myself for some sudden burst of stress to hit me but it never came. Planning the wedding brought me so much closer to my girlfriends with all our late-night wedding planning, decoration-making assembly-line parties, and silly girl talk of what our weddings would look like if only we had an endless budget.
What was the most important thing to you when deciding who to work with for your wedding?
When I first started meeting with vendors for the wedding cake, catering, music, photographer and floral arrangements, I became a bit overwhelmed. There are so many options and I’m sure any one of the people I met with would have done an amazing job. With that in mind, I decided to go with vendors that had warm and inviting personalities and seemed very down to earth. This was a very happy and exciting time for me, and I wanted to make sure I surrounded myself with people who had similar energy and enthusiasm. I absolutely love my florist and photographer, not just because they did an amazing job, but because they’re just awesome people!
What was your inspiration for your wedding details and/or design?
My husband and I had a lot of guests flying in from all across the country and most of them had never been to Seattle. We wanted to make sure they got the entire Seattle experience so we chose a down-to-earth yet very Seattle-esque venue in Capital Hill and had organic coffee beans as our wedding favors. I also created a mini sight-seeing checklist for everyone on our wedding website,catherinelovesjulian.com. We wanted to make sure that even after our wedding celebration ended, the party would continue out onto the streets of Capital Hill! We wanted everyone to have a good time and enjoy themselves.
What was your favorite thing about your wedding?
Our wedding day was absolutely the most fun I’ve ever had. Actually, the entire week surrounding the wedding was amazing. Not only was I about to marry my best friend and the kindest man I’ve ever met, but I was surrounded by all the people I love and cherish most. To know that everyone had taken time from their busy schedules and spent money to fly in for my husband and I was just heartwarming. My cheeks hurt so much that week from all the smiling and laughing that took place! It was like a fairy tale. The highlight of the night for me was later in the reception, when all my friends got together on the dance floor and we sang and danced the night away to all our favorite 90s songs. So much N’Sync and Coolio…
What is your best piece of advice for other brides?
My best piece of advice for all the lovely brides out there is to not lose sight of what the wedding is really all about. It’s really easy to get wrapped up in the details and decorations, but at the end of the day, it’s about your relationship and union with your partner. When I look back on my wedding, I won’t be thinking about my place-card holders or choice of tablecloth. I’ll be thinking about my husband reading his vows to me and how much fun we had side-by-side with our family and friends.
I’m loving the sparkler exit! Hands down my favorite way for newlyweds to end the night! And how awesome is it that Catherine and Julian used the city of Seattle as the inspiration for their wedding details?!
So tell me- would you use YOUR hometown as the inspiration for your wedding? What would you do?