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Jardin Del Sol Wedding Venue is a lovely
Where did you get your dresses?
My wedding dress was designed by Pronovias, purchased at Blue Sky Bridal in Seattle. My exit dress was Designed by Tommy Hilfiger, purchased at Macy’s.
What about all of your lovely accessories?
Veil, clutch purse, and belt came from Amazon. ( Wedding Belts and Sashes Camellias Flowers Vintage Sashes for Dress); shoes by Clarks; earrings borrowed from a friend;
Who did your hair?
Gene Juarez Salon
Where did you purchase your rings?
Brian had a great suit, where did he get it?
What about your Bridesmaids and Flower girl?
David’s Bridal for the bridesmaids. The flower girl dress was purchased at Costco.
Tell me about your Flowers and their inspiration!
This was a DIY one. We grew a lot of the flowers ourselves from bulbs purchased at Costco and American Meadows (70 bulbs! My dad helped so much with this!). We also purchased dahlia blooms from a local farmer and greenery from Cascade Floral wholesale. Lavender was from Brian’s parents’ garden. Flowers for the corsages and boutonnieres were purchased from Trader Joe’s. My family members and friends (but mostly my aunt and cousin) created all the bouquets, boutonnieres, corsages, and centerpieces.
I was IN LOVE with my giant bouquet! While they were making it they kept asking me how big I wanted it, and every time I said it needed to be bigger. It turned out huge and was heavy to carry around, but I loved it! I also thought our centerpieces turned out great. The venue recommended we put rocks in the bottom to make them less likely to tip over; it was our friend Anthony’s idea to use aquarium rocks. My friends also prepared all the vases for us a week ahead of time so they would be ready to go on the wedding weekend.
How did all of this add to your day?
Having all the people who love us put in so much time and effort into our flowers was incredibly meaningful to me. Every time I picked up my bouquet I could feel their love and support – it makes me tear up just thinking about it. Also, the great thing about growing dahlias for our wedding is that they come back year after year. At the end of this
Your Dessert table whats a sight to behold! Tell us about it!
The dessert table was one of my favorite things at our wedding because it was made by so many of our family members. I designed the dessert stands and my dad built them using reclaimed materials and pots my mom found at Ikea. The desserts themselves came from a variety of places. The formal wedding cake was made by Gay Soriano of Happy Cakes and Events here in Everett. Sheet cakes for the guests were from Costco. However, I think the guests most enjoyed the variety of cookies and finger desserts made by our moms and Brian’s aunts. The first time I saw the dessert table during the reception I almost cried because I could see the hours of work everyone put in. “Acts of Service” is my love language, and this made me feel so incredibly loved.
You had an all vegitarian buffet, (Awesome!) Who provided the wonderful food?
Alexa’s Café and Catering in Bothell. Yum!
And how did you keep the party going?
In lieu of a DJ, we played music off my iPad. However, we did have a “sound guy,” Joey Mircea of Lynnwood Pro Audio. He was amazing and we would definitely recommend him to other couples who don’t want the DJ/nightclub vibe for their reception. Also,
Who else helped make your wedding day a sucess?
Brian and I did all the planning/coordinating before the wedding, but my cousin (Sara Watson) was our day-of coordinator. Officiant: Pastor Amy Delaney of Edmonds Presbyterian Church.
What made you choose Jardin Del Sol for the Wedding?
After touring a bunch of venues in Snohomish, we chose Jardin del Sol because of its beautiful garden grounds. We toured it on a rainy day in February and Brian had his doubts, but I think my enthusiasm won him over and he trusted my vision. I’m so glad we chose Jardin del Sol, even though it was entirely outdoor and the weather was a little sketchy (I’m SOOOO thankful the rain held off!). It was an absolutely gorgeous location and was perfectly in-line with the “relaxed yet refined” vision we had for our wedding day. Once I saw it, I honestly could not imagine getting married anywhere else.
You had some very lovely invitations, where those also DIY?
I designed all of the paper goods for our wedding using a watercolor vector pack I bought off of CreativeMarket.com. We considered a bunch of different options but our favorite just happened to be called Jardin del Sol, which felt like fate. I designed everything from our invitations and response cards, programs, table signs, and instructions for the lawn games to match. This is what I do for my job, and I took a lot of pride in putting my artistic stamp on our wedding. Having all these details match gave the event a beautiful, cohesive feel.
I know you had a few other DIY projects, can you talk about those?
Photobooth: We hired April’s Photography to run our photobooth. We got unlimited prints during the wedding, plus all the digitals emailed to us. The photo booth backdrop was our biggest DIY project of the entire wedding. I designed the flowers based on YouTube tutorials. We printed the petals out on cardstock. We then spent about 4 months cutting, rolling and gluing petals into flowers. I designed the wood structure and my dad and Brian built it and painted it. Then we glued the flowers on with heavy-duty construction adhesive.
That construction “first dance” with my dad wasn’t just a fluke – we really do like to build stuff! We added a couple of curtain panels and it was complete. It turned out too awesome to just throw away now the wedding is over, so I’m going to try to donate it to a local school.
Many of our friends
My dad designed and built three cornhole board sets. They were works of art! Brian and I painted them in bright colors, and after the
I saw wedding wands online and thought they were a great alternative to a sparkler send-off. I came up with the materials and design. Brian picked the colors, and we spent about a day making them. One of my favorite moments during the ceremony was right after the pastor announced us as husband and wife. Brian and I were just staring at each other, almost in shock, when Pastor Amy whispered, “Look out at everyone.” We turned and saw all of our family and friends waving their ribbons high in the air. It was a perfect, joyous moment that I’ll always treasure.
We wanted to display childhood photos at our wedding. The trellised walkway seemed like the perfect place for people to stroll during cocktail hour. Our wonderful friends spent hours gluing photos to cardstock and clothespins, which were then hung on ropes along the walkway. So fun!