Seattle Aquarium Wedding

Granddaughter of Lucille Ball makes her own Magic at the Seattle Aquarium

Lucille Ball Black & White

by Planner/Designer Amber Sooter

Having the pleasure of working with Kate and Jeff on their Seattle Aquarium wedding for nearly a year and a half, I got to know this perfectly paired duo well. I always knew their wedding would be fun, but I never imagined both Mother of the Bride (none other than Lucie Arnaz) and the Bride herself would blow everyone away with their song and dance performances, with music performed by the Seattle Rock Orchestra.

I always knew their wedding would be beautiful, but I found myself taken aback by just how beautifully the design vendors worked their magic on the day, even despite weather challenges, leading us to move the ceremony indoors with limited set-up time.

I always knew their wedding day would be emotional, honoring Kate & Jeff’s undying love in front of those who clearly meant the world to them. Though to no surprise, I heard some of the most heartfelt toasts, witnessed some of the most genuine moments between the Bride and Groom and felt nothing but sheer joy in the room that magical evening in June.

Though when you’re the granddaughter of Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz, magic is in your blood. My biggest congratulations to Kate & Jeff Conner! 

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K&J’s magical day was captured by Amelia Soper Photography.  Ceremony backdrop and blue runner by Prop Gallery, ceremony rug by Vintage Ambiance and floral by Bash and Bloom

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Bash and Bloom created a unique design for each guest table, mirroring Bride Kate’s love of candlelight, bright colors and tropical flowers. Menus by Wedding Paper Divas, gold Chiavari chairs provided by Pedersen’s.

KLS Make-Up Artistry made Bride Kate and her bridesmaids look flawless. 

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Not doing a First Look? Consider a heartfelt First Touch instead to help calm nerves and create a, well, touching photo opp.

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Wedding Gown from Dolce Bleu and tuxedo from The Tuxedo Club.

Dolce Bleu gown, Tuxedo Club
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Bride Kate accessorized with jewelry and a handkerchief that once belonged to Grandmother Lucille Ball.

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Alternating Creative Coverings’ linens in navy and ivory complimented the venue, while adding a splash of glam with gold accents in the chargers, chairs, votives and table numbers. Bride & Groom dined at a sweetheart table draped in what else but gold sequin!

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DJ Mack Long provided lighting, audio and mixed dance hits after the Seattle Rock Orchestra’s set.  


Groom Jeff and all his charm honoring his second love, the Seattle Seahawks, with his black lapeled navy tuxedo and lime green pocket silk. Groomsmen suits also provided by The Tuxedo Club.

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Mother of the Bride, Lucie Arnaz, bringing down the house with her rendition of “The Glory of Love.”

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Honoring their favorite deserts, Kate and Jeff featured an Oreo cutting cake by New York Cupcakes, Oreos and milk and Vietnamese crème puffs from Pho Than Bros.

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What a perfect way to end K&J’s magical day. 

Seattle Aquarium Wedding Brings Playful Romance

By VOWS Planner/Designer Amber Sooter

Coffee, chocolate, dancing and movies. These are just a few of Stephanie & Bob Nelson's favorite things. Add a shared love of sea creatures, animals, and bright colors, and it only makes sense that these two chose to have their wedding on June 27, 2015 at the Seattle Aquarium.

When I first met Stephanie & Bob back in November at one of their favorite local coffee shops, Uptown Espresso, I was captivated by their mutual positivity, sense of humor, and deep love for one another. Their wedding was a celebration of all of this.

It's a beautiful thing when a couple remains true to themselves on their wedding day by incorporating elements of their own unique style, personality and interests. Stephanie & Bob's wedding featured a coffee & chocolate ceremony, otter feeding, surprise flash mob by family and friends, choreographed video montage First Dance, and the spunky bride wore teal green Converse shoes at the reception. Call me biased, but I'd say they nailed it.

One of the sweetest First Looks I've witnessed.

Officiant extraordinaire Annemarie Juhlian wrote a beautiful ceremony, which included a coffee and chocolate ceremony, anniversary adventure box, and ended with high fives all around. The adventure they randomly selected out of box for their first wedding anniversary: Going on every ride at Disneyland.

Baked perfectly executed Stephanie & Bob's ombre teal green wedding cake. Beautifully accented with pink and coral blooms by Sublime Stems.

Each guest received a gummy sea creature treat at their place setting. Are these two fun or what?

Need we say S'more?

For a more detailed look into Stephanie & Bob's incredible wedding day, please check out their wedding video by First & Foremost Productions:

My wife and I did a lot of our own planning up front, we just needed a superstar to help with execution on the day of the wedding. Out of pure luck, we found VOWS and met Amber who would be our coordinator for the day. We could not have asked for a better "team captain" on our vendor dream team. Not only was the execution flawless, but she helped me and my wife stress out a lot less as the big day approached. Although we hired her as a day of coordinator, she did a lot more in the days leading up to the wedding.

We felt very comfortable with Amber. Our interactions with her were more like that of a trusted friend than a vendor. Above all she was professional, easy to interact with, and she pulled off a spectacular event!

We can't thank you enough Amber! - Bob & Stephanie Nelson

Many thanks to our Vendor Team:

Seattle Aquarium

Red Sparrow Photography

Sublime Stems

Annemarie Juhlian


Magnolia Rhapsody

KLS Makeup Artistry

Barbie Dream Hearse

First & Foremost Productions

Sweet Lady Buffet