Jillian & Chris | Lake Union Cafe Wedding

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It was a date night unlike any others. Just a typical Wednesday night, but Chris had a feeling Jillian would remember this date night forever. He had packed a picnic, a blanket, and a very special ring. They’d been together over 4 years and as their best man put it they’d already “signed their lives together with a 30-year mortgage,” but this date night was different. Maybe he was a little nervous or maybe she suspected something was up, but it was their private picnic engagement making plans to promise their love in front of family and friends. And that is exactly what they did in a small park overlooking the waterfront of Seattle with a beautiful ceremony full of laughs, tears, and a perfect first kiss.

Jillian & Chris, we absolutely loved being their on your day. Your ceremony was everything – emotional, thoughtful and full of love. We wish you many more moments just like that! ~Erik & Marissa

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These best friends had the BEST first look!

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Jillian’s brother had to have a selfie with the bride and groom before his reading.

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Best sign ever award goes to…

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Huge thanks to all the vendors who helped Jillian & Chris celebrate their marriage!

Venue, Planner, Catering & Desserts: Lake Union Cafe

Ceremony Venue: Fairview Park

Photography: Ciccarelli Photography

Flowers: Pike Place Market Florist

DJ: Joe Yamada

Makeup Artist: Belinda at Vain

Hair Artist: Rebekah at Vain

Dress: Glamour Closet

Bridesmaid Dresses: Weddington Way

Suits: Men’s Wearhouse

Officiant: Dave (a friend)

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Amanda & Ben | Rattlesnake Lake Engagement

They’d been best friends for 4 years. He was there for her after each of her break-ups and was there for her when she needed a road-trip partner. As they traveled across the country for 2 weeks, visiting 8 national parks and 1 state park, hiking and driving and chatting Amanda decided that if they could do this together maybe it was time to give in to Ben’s pursuit. She agreed to date her best friend and quickly realized it was the best decision she’d ever made.

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Nicole & Alan | Edgewater Hotel Wedding

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In December she had broken her ring finger during a rough game of flag football so her ring size was somewhat to be determined post healing. Alan didn’t care, he wanted to get her that ring and make her a promise so on a Seattle March day they went for a hike. He popped the question, she said yes and now that ring sits beautifully on her healed finger. Nicole, with the help of her planner Julia, thought through every last detail and planned a day they’d remember for a lifetime.

Congratulations Nicole & Alan! We know you two will be adventuring together (and hopefully with no more broken fingers) for the rest of your days. ~Erik & Marissa

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Nicole & Alan’s day wouldn’t have been complete without these amazing vendors…

Venue: The Edgewater Hotel

Planner: Weddingwise Seattle

Florist: From the Ground Up Floral

Photography: Ciccarelli Photography

Cake: Tanya’s Take on Cake

DJ: Seattle Wedding DJ

Hair & Makeup: Anne Timss

Dress: The Dress Theory by Theia

Officiant: Reverend Bill Wood

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Courtney & Todd | Sahalee Wedding

He sent her a message about making mix tapes and instantly she was hooked. They met for lunch and he showed her the website where she could upload the mixes for her friends. It’s no wonder they bonded over music, began hosting a radio show together, and even incorporated music into their wedding day by labeling the tables after different bands.

Congratulations Courtney & Todd! We hope you make mix tapes happily together for the rest of your lives. ~Erik & Marissa

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The guys walked through Capitol Hill for Todd’s first look with Courtney before they were whisked away on a wood-sided school bus to the ceremony.

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Their hashtag #worstweddingever was created to match their radio show name: Worst Party Ever Click HERE to hear the show where Todd proposed (in the last 7 minutes)!

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They did have the cutest kids EVER in their wedding party.

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A first for us – a tattoo station during cocktail hour, so much fun!

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Courtney’s dad had everyone in tears when he passed along the photo he’d been carrying in his wallet of Courtney to Todd so that he could take care of it (and her) from now on.

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Some fabulous vendors who made it all possible:

Reception Venue & Catering: Sahalee

Wedding Venue: Seattle University Chapel of St. Ignatius

Florist: Rented Elegance

Photographer: Ciccarelli Photography

Videographer: Playfish Media

Bus: Big Woody Limos

Tattoo Station & Couches: Vintage Ambiance

Music: DJ Mack Long

Hair & Makeup: Sorrida Salon

Suits: The Black Tux

Officiant: Fr. William Heric

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Bryce’s Room

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Oh how time has flown. Not only is it our crazy fun, busy, hot, lovely wedding season, BUT we’re also trying to “stop and smell the roses”…with our son. He loves flowers, but mostly enjoys pulling on them, tearing off the petals, and then shoving them in his mouth (and doesn’t love our sweeping fingers in his mouth fishing them out). Needless to say, time with him is amazing and at the top of our priority list since it seems like he grows an inch (and a pound) each day. So even though we were planning on photographing his nursery before he was born, it happened when he was 7 months and even though we planned on posting this blog then, it’s happening now…as he’s turning 9 months tomorrow!

So finally here it is, a labor of love (you’ll read why below)…Bryce’s room.

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You may notice that he doesn’t have a crib. True. We tried our very best to create a Montessori nursery for him (Marissa used to be a Montessori teacher and loves the philosophy behind it all). Thus, no crib, and instead his mattress is on the floor. We built the little bed around the mattress from reclaimed high school bleacher wood we bought at a reuse building supply store here in Seattle so he wouldn’t roll out. So far so good, but we did have to block the opening for now with a pillow, at least until he learns to crawl down off the mattress without slamming into his face.

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The mobile is a branch from our backyard that we strung folded cranes from (a skill learned way back when).

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An estate sale brought this little pony wagon to Bryce from his Grammy. All of his toys were gifts or hand-me downs from our childhoods, family, and friends.

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We incorporated some old baby photos of ourselves, silver cups we used as babies passed down from our parents, and of course Bryce’s first camera (the one toy we bought).

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None of the art is fancy, but a lot has meaning, like the sun below. We painted it the week we spent in Mexico for our wedding.

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This chair was Marissa’s as a girl so we painted it to give it a fresh look.

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We learned how to sand, stain and refinish furniture with this dresser below (oh so much fun). Maternity photo by Barrie Anne Photography.

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Etsy was quite possibly the most dangerous/wonderful place for decor. The blocks are handmade by one of our best friends’ sisters in Ohio!

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So many people have asked us if we added a ballet bar (below left), and although we certainly plan to put Bryce in lessons (our family has a huge dance background) this is actually a pull-up bar, specifically for teaching infants how to stand from seated (a Montessori thing).

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Bryce’s favorite thing is banging on the keys of his little piano (an 80 year old relic). Hopefully that leads to a musical ear? For now, we grin and pretend the music is peaceful.

Like everything in our life with Bryce these days, we cherish the moments, each new development, and every new sound and smile. He’s definitely teaching us to enjoy the little things and slow down a bit…and his biggest lesson of all? The funniest things happen all the time, you just have to stop to see them.

~Erik, Marissa & Bryce

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