Thursday, 30 August 2018

Traditional University of Washington Wedding

I absolutely love the fact that this couple thought outside the wedding venue box for their big day and decided to tie the knot where both went to college and where he proposed. It makes every gorgeous image from Ali Mae Photography that much more meaningful, and when you pair that with gorgeous styling and fabulous florals from An Occasion Flowers , we officially have a winner on our hands. See it all here.

From the Bride... Our wedding day was without question the best day of our lives and looking back at these images bring so much joy and happiness. Aaron & I met on New Years Eve, and although he was currently living in Los Angeles and myself in Seattle we wouldn't let the hundreds of miles come between us. We began a long distance relationship, a time filled with great memories and traveling on weekends. Aaron got the opportunity to move back to Seattle, landing a great job and we continued our relationship living 15 minutes from each other (quite the change from a 3 hour plane ride!), which led us to where we are today.

Aaron proposed in October 2012 and it was an absolute surprise. He took me out to breakfast to the same spot we had our first date, and told me he had a song he wanted to play for me. Aaron took me down to the University of Washington waterfront and played the most beautiful song on the guitar about our relationship and spending the rest of our lives together. He ended up playing this same proposal song again at our wedding, which was a fun surprise.

The location of our proposal, as well as the fact that we were both graduates from the University of Washington, led us to the decision to have our wedding on college campus. We decided that getting married on campus would be very special since the space is filled with so many great memories. We had an outdoor ceremony at the University of Washington in Seattle, where we both attended college. The ceremony was held at an outdoor amphitheater, located in a hidden grove on campus. The four white columns were originally part of the first university building. The wedding reception was held in the commons area of Mary Gates Hall on the University of Washington campus, just a short walk from the ceremony location. The spaces stood beautiful alone, so we didn't need much decor on the day. Pastel colors were my main inspiration behind the wedding, with pops of orange!

We had some amazing vendors that I'd like to acknowledge because they made our big day absolutely perfect. Our wedding dreams became a reality thanks to their help. Our day-of wedding coordinator, Geneva Sipes, was hands down the most helpful person on our wedding day. She was there every moment of the day to make sure everything ran smoothly. Our wedding day was so flawless, you'd think she had a team of minions working with her! Our florist, Sandy from An Occasion Flowers was also amazing to work with. Flowers were my number one priority for the wedding and she was able to re-create all the centerpieces and bouquets I dreamed of for our wedding. And of course a huge thanks to Ali Mae Photography for capturing these beautiful photos that we'll cherish forever. We are beyond happy with how our wedding turned out and was exactly the way we envisioned, celebrating with all our family and friends. We have enough memories of the day to last a lifetime. My advice for all you brides-to-be is to think outside of the box in terms of venues- sometimes unlikely locations make for the most memorable and meaningful weddings!

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