Briannah+Drew:: Monte Cristo Ballroom

October 02, 2016  •  Leave a Comment

Drew was living with his friend and friends wife prior to meeting Briannah.  So when Briannah came along, Ben & Andrea not only approved they gave Drew strict instructions not to screw this up!  It didn’t take Drew long to know Briannah was a total catch and he wanted to make her his forever. Getting married on a Seahawk Sunday was perfect as they are avid fans and knew if the Seahawks won it would be good luck for them and it was!  Not only did they win but Briannah & Drew had the best day. 
The Monte Cristo has both a groom and bridal suite so it makes it easy for both parties to get ready.  Briannah and Drew effortlessly thought of everything.  They had special things here and there that really made their day unique.  Her choice of a muted blush palate with flowers that had a pop of red was executed beautifully by Laurel’s Floral Décor! 
Briannah had her bridesmaids, friends, aunt and mom all there to help her beautify, primp and get into her backless gown from LaineeMeg Bridal.  It fit her to a T and showed off her gorgeous tan! The groomsmen got ready and in the midst of it all Drew opened a couple of gifts, one from his best friend and roommate (a belt with an engraving about their ‘commonlaw’ relationship) and another gift from Briannah.  She did a special album for him of some tasteful photos for him!  I loved his reaction taking it all in, wondering when she would have been able to sneak away to do it. As the vendors buzzed around setting everything up Briannah & Drew opted for a first look.  We had a sunshine filled day and as Drew turned around he was stunned.  In awe of Briannah.  These two love with abandon and are most at ease when together.  Drew gifted Briannah with a white gold bracelet and a love note to accompany it…and Briannah gifted drew with a handkerchief with his own letter embroidered on the front.  I love all of the little special details that they did for each other…never trying to out do each other only wanted to make each other feel extra ordinary! As we walked around a few blocks of the Everett area…yes I find beauty in Everett too…we added the fun, spunky and spontaneous bridal party.  They were so kind and energetic with one groomsman, Elliott who deserves a shout out for carrying my bag for me…THANK YOU! 
Their crew knows how to laugh and I think Briannah may be the ring leader for their craziness!
Right before the ceremony we fit in family photos and then quickly tucked Briannah away before guests arrived.
The ceremony was gorgeous with an array of greenery draped over the front alter and simple yet elegant décor.  It was performed by their friend Dan and instead of traditional elements like communion they incorporated a marriage ‘shot’.  No not photography but a drink.  Vodka, rosemary, lemon and a few other things mixed together by each of them…shaken, poured and drank as a symbol of their love and commitment.  Incorporating something unique was awesome and adding that to their own vows and ring exchange made it that much more ‘THEM’.
They kissed and made it official and exited down the aisle dancing up a storm.  I can really tell these two are free to be themselves.  Uninhibited and completely genuine!  Absolutely refreshing!
Cocktail hour commenced and the venue put the final touches on the reception room.  Their décor was so tasteful and the room was stunning.  The aroma of frosting permeated the air from the sweets table.  Crystals of sugar and dripping frosting glazed the variety of items.  It was hard to photograph the table and walk away.  Although I must say I did indulge later in the evening…I can’t seem to resist a mini coconut cupcake!
Briannah & Drew danced their way into the hall to enjoy dinner followed by toasts from many of their bridal party, friends and family.  It was moving.  With a lot of them growing up on 116th street…it has much significance now.  Especially since Drew and Briannah now live on the same street and Briannah actually works on 116th in Bellevue.  It was meant to be.
As each toast started I would look over and see Drew snuggle into Briannah.  Briannah promising not to cry but wiping many tears with a hanky made from her late uncles shirt….Drew would lean in and kiss her on the cheek or shoulder and help her wipe her tears.  They have a gentle love.  A love that is endearing, authentic and one I admire.
Once the tears were wiped, the cake was cut and dancing began.  Now who knew these two cut a rug how they do.  You would think they had some practice on Dancing with the Stars but nope its all natural.  With a fun filled garter toss and an energetic crowd these guys danced hard and loved every minute of it. 
In order to pay tribute to the Seahawks they exited to green and blue pom poms prior to getting in their Rolls Royce  get away car.  The crowd screamed and cheered them on and it confirmed they are much loved and supported! 
Briannah everything your friends toasted to you about is true.  You are real, kind, full of life and absolutely one of the most sincere people I have met to date.  Drew…you are always so grateful and quick to thank everyone for even the smallest of things.  You two compliment each other so well it’s almost hard to write about.  I see such an equal give and take from you both and a self-less kind of love.  Thank you for inviting us into your life and for allowing us to be part of your special day.
 
NOW, LET'S GO HAWKS! 

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Venue::  Monte Cristo, Everett, WA 
Caterer & DJ::  Monte Cristo
Florist::  Laurel’s Floral Decor
 Sweets Table::  Pinkabella Cupcakes
Wedding Gown::  LaineeMeg Bridal
Hair & Makeup:: Christine Martin
Shoes:: Badgley Mishka
Bridesmaids Gowns::  Nordstom & Macy’s
Suits::  Jos A. Bank
Officiant:: Dan Dockstader
Videographer:: Best Made Videos, Reid Johnson
Photography:: Arlene Chambers Photography
Second Photographer:: Bob Chambers
 

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