When it comes to sincerity and kind hearted, these two are it. Easy to be around, great communicators (I won’t say over-communicators, cause truthfully I don’t really feel you can communicate too much) and fun to be around. Some may say that Elaine is ‘particular’ in her style…but with details like these ‘particular’ is welcomed all day long.
As we entered Elaine’s suite at the Kimpton Alexis Hotel we were met with friendly Hellos and a warmth from her bridesmaids. Everyone helping each other get ready and enjoying being together. Elaine’s hair and reverse halo looked stunning and she couldn’t wait to get dressed to see Erik.
Meanwhile Erik and the guys were ahead of the game ready and enjoying their drink of choice, Whiskey. Erik taking a moment to open Elaine’s gift, personalized cufflinks, he was now prepared for the rest of the day.
Deciding to have their first look near the hotel in order to settle their nerves prior to taking a bus around the city for photos was a must. We found a spot across the street and despite being yelled at by ‘Paul Blart’ (I mean a security guard) for moving a ‘Caution’ sign, Erik was with great anticipation.
Elaine in all her gorgeous-ness effortlessly strolled across the crosswalk to approach Erik. All smiles, Erik was beaming and Elaine grinned from ear to ear! As the sun blessed us with it’s presence we embraced it and moved around the city with the bridal party.
Ending up at Within Sodo for the ceremony and reception we were greeted by family eager to see these two tie the knot. They chose to have an intimate, unplugged ceremony with no photos to be posted till later in the night. You could almost hear the audience choke back tears as Elaine declared ‘It was always you’ in her vows. It too caused me to pause letting her words soak in.
After the ceremony they took some time to enjoy the friends and family that were there before having a more extensive reception. The sun that so graciously appeared for us gave us a perfect sunset, and what better place than the back alley to enjoy it. I must say I love a good sunset mixed with an industrial backdrop.
I loved how they worked with Jen Leslie Events to create a close ceremony with space in between the ceremony and reception, incorporating a relaxed environment and a way to greet guests as they trickled in prior to the evening beginning.
These two are the ideal balance of OCD and relaxed. Elaine’s romantic style met with Erik’s willingness to let her choose make these two a wonderful combo. I think their cake cutting was indicative of their relationship…Elaine smashing cake (delicious cake, might I add,from Eat More Cake) into Erik’s face, while Erik gently fed Elaine her bitesize piece. YESSSSS….
I kept hearing them say throughout the day ‘it’s just perfect, what a perfect day’…and hearing from them Sunday about how they were both in awe of how it all turned out (despite many days of worrying about the unpredictable Seattle weather)…it really did turn out FLAWLESS. (Especially ending up with Dick's Drive In Restaurant Burgers)!
You two are impeccable…enjoy PARIS…and a few million crepes for me! More to come…
Jen Leslie Events - Coordinator & Florals
Eat More Cake
Porkchop & Co.
Badgley Mischka Shoes
BHLDN Dress & Bridesmaids dresses
The Mrs. Box
Bony Levy Rings
Karen Reichert Hairstylist
Salon Maison Bridal Beauty & Style Bar
Margo Helgen Officiant
Kimpton Alexis Hotel Seattle
CORT Party Rental
Something Borrowed Portland
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