Pale morning light streamed through the windows as Kylee’s bridesmaids helped her get ready for her wedding at The Weyerhaeuser Estate. From the very beginning Kylee and Troy knew they wanted to get married near the water, and no destination could have been more beautiful to them than one overlooking the steel-blue waters of their state’s very own Puget Sound. Guests seated in white folding chairs watched with anticipation as groomsmen escorted bridesmaids in vibrant turquoise dresses down the aisle, and moments later all smiled and rose to their feet to welcome the bride. The July sun shone bright on the happy couple as they exchanged their vows beneath the pavilion, the calm waters of Commencement Bay hazy in the distance as the two shared their first kiss as husband and wife. A reception followed beside the mansion. Fresh white linens bedecked the tables. Silver cups of pale roses and stacks of old books acted as elegant centerpieces, while cobalt blue napkins provided a bold pop of color. After a delicious meal and a “something blue” dessert, guests danced time away to music from Injoy Entertainment! This summer celebration is brought to you by Seattle wedding photographer Genesa Richards Photography!
Tell us how you met. Was it love at first sight, blind date, friends forever?
We met just over four years ago when we went snowboarding together with a mutual friend, Blaine. This day didn’t end up so well, as halfway through I had a very bad fall and ended up breaking my leg (tib/feb compound fracture). Both Troy and Blaine followed the ambulance and said good bye after my mom got to the ER. After that Troy would stop by my parent’s house to visit at least once a week and ended up taking me on a date which was my first outing away from the house since I broke my leg. The rest is history!
Now for the proposal…details!
Troy planned a weekend getaway to one of the islands in the Puget Sound but had forgotten that he bought concert tickets with friends for that weekend. Not knowing his intentions I told him he needed to keep that commitment and we would find another weekend to go. Our schedules were very busy for a while after that so instead of waiting until we had another free weekend he made us reservations for one of the finest restaurants in Seattle and proposed after dinner on a Tuesday evening. It was romantic and special!
Tell us about your wedding gown and what your wedding party wore.
My wedding gown was absolutely gorgeous. It fit perfectly and was exactly what I was looking for. It had a sweetheart neckline, was fitted down just below my waist around the hips and the bottom was perfect ruffles that weren’t too poufy. The bodice had a lace and crystal detail that matched my vintage venue perfectly. My wedding party wore elegant fitted cocktail dresses in a deep turquoise color.
Please give us an overview of the event.
Once we started thinking about where we wanted the wedding and how we wanted it to feel we agreed that sun and water would make the day feel special and beautiful! We wanted all of our family and close friends to attend so we chose to have our wedding local rather than a destination wedding. It also gave us a more hands on approach to the planning and execution as we definitely wanted it to have a personal touch!
What was the most memorable moment?
Walking down the aisle with my dad. It was surreal. I didn’t cry all day until that moment (I couldn’t hold it back) but I was also so happy at the same time. I knew our friends and family were all sitting there to support us but all I could see was my future husband waiting for me at the gazebo in front of the beautiful bay. That was also the moment he shed a few tears.
Was there a specific theme or style?
Vintage with splashes of blues.
The photographer! Some people may disagree with this, but you can tell the difference between photos from someone who isn’t as experienced and thus costs less and those who know what they’re doing! Those are the memories you will have to look at the rest of your lives!
Tell us about the food and desserts.
Our food was amazing. I kept getting compliments on it for weeks after the wedding. It was catered by Blue Ribbon Cooking School. We decided to have family style service so that the guests at each table interacted. Menu included a couple salads, grilled new potatoes, polenta cakes, penne pesto pasta with salmon and gilled flat iron steak with brandied fig sauce. The desserts were also awesome. Made by Lady Yum. It was a dessert buffet which included ombre cookies, mini cupcakes, two mini red velvet cakes, salted caramel french macarooms and chocolate cake pops. They even decorate them according to your colors so they were shades of blue!
What was the best wedding advice you received?
Everyone says “Don’t let it go by too fast, enjoy every moment.” I heard it enough times to figure out that is probably the main thing people regret about their wedding day. Of course it goes by fast in the sense that you spend a year planning and the wedding is over in 5 hours, but I do feel like I enjoyed all the moments I could and didn’t stress out…just had fun!
What kind of energy did your entertainment give the event?
Good lounge vibe during cocktail hour and dinner, then he played upbeat modern dance music for the rest of the night. I let him know there would be a lot of people in the crowd who enjoys dancing so I wanted to make it a big dance party the rest of the night!
Photography: Genesa Richards Photography | Venue: The Weyerhaeuser Estate | Event Planning & Catering: Blue Ribbon | DJ: Injoy Entertainment | Cakes and Dessert: Lady Yum | Photobooth: WittyPixel Photography | Officiant: Rev. Ray Van Winkle & Associates | Hair & Makeup: Gene Juarez Salons & Spas | Dress & Earrings: The Wedding Bell | Bridesmaid Dresses: David’s Bridal | Suits: The Tuxedo Club