Congratulations to Amanda & Johnnie who wed with the help of VOWS Wedding & Event Planning last August. What a relief to FINALLY share this wedding with the world! We've had it under lock and key since Martha Stewart Weddings showed interest in this darling couple, their venue, and the wedding vision almost a year ago...yes, before the wedding even happened! Martha Stewart Real Weddings Editor Shira Savada followed our plans from lace and flowers, cheese and honey, benches and chandeliers, and even donkeys and goats from its infancy. And you can imagine how thrilled we were to learn it was a shoe-in for their Real Weddings section once the images - taken by the incredibly talented and mega hard-working team at La Vie Photography - graced the editor's desk one month later in September 2013.
Bella Luna Farms, where Martha Stewart herself would live if she chose a home in Seattle, was the venue of choice from the get-go. Amanda & Johnnie were near tears when they first toured the immaculate and character rich grounds with so much beauty that it had to be experienced not described. It was a photographer's and (planner's) absolute dream!
Guests were prepared for the amazement and privilege of walking this gorgeous property as they were greeted with "Welcome to Seattle" bags in their hotel rooms complete with a map of Bella Luna and its wonders.
Our smart, truly fabulous, and fun-loving couple Amanda & Johnnie in their finest on the big day! Amanda chose a traditional look in blush while Johnnie took a more sleek approach without sacrificing her fierce style. Bruno, their adorable pooch was never far behind for photos or just for the couple's quiet moments of reflection.
The setting for their day's most special words and promises was the Bella Luna Grape House which mimicked an old world sanctuary in a mystical wood. The angled benches made for a cozy and intimate ceremony with just enough room for a dramatic entrance.
The divine bouquets matched their unique personalities and styles. One larger and more bold than the other while one was quiet yet detailed in elegance. Johnnie seen below with her bridesmaid with their matching hand-made, gold lace bracelets flown in from Greece especially for the day.
Their moment of true love for each other, their families and friends was so palpable that even Vincini the donkey and his goat pals took pause. Guests loved the chance to visit and pet these cuties during cocktail hour.
The reception was a feast of elegance for the eyes. Guests found their table number attached to a gift wrapped box with a monogrammed handkerchief customized just for them inside.
As they entered the fairy style tent, warm and inviting farm tables and benches awaited. The brides' head table stood out with its custom-made, french lace runners that were pre-planned to adorn their home table for anniversaries to come.
The brides weren't keen on a large wedding cake with the typical spotlight "cake cutting", so they opted for individual cakes per table each with a unique texture including lace and ruffle patterns as well as simple butter cream motif.
As a nod to their heritages, Italian and Greek cookies beckoned guests as a compliment to their cake.
Dancing and libations in the Bella Luna Pavilion - with a cocktail tribute to Johnnie's deceased father - was the let loose and the phew! moment of the night. All was said and done, beautifully.
Weddings are the basic form of humanity: love, recognition, and togetherness. May features like this continue to boost the mission for equality for all.
Big Thanks to our First Class Vendor Team:
Photography: Kim & Adam Bamberg of La Vie Photography
Catering and Cakes: Lisa Dupar Catering
Flowers and Lounge Space: Rented Elegance
Chandelier: Vintage Ambiance
Tables and Benches: Seattle Farm Tables
Music: DJ Braden Landon
Hair and Makeup: Nidia Alire
Photography Assistant: Molly Magee
Paper: Paper Moxie