Today I’m happy to share a beautiful wedding at Laurel Creek Manor!

You know that romantic comedy that you’ve watched over and over and can’t get enough of? Or that book that has the perfect leading man meeting a beautiful heroine that you can totally identify with? That is the best way to describe Wilson and Jenifer’s wedding! It is a true life love story.  In perfect form, their wedding day also played out like a movie with three beautiful acts.

Act One: Boy Meets Girl

Jen and Wilson both got ready in different locations for their wedding day. Jen was at a AirBnB with her bridesmaids and Wilson was enjoying the view at the Hyatt Regency. Once they were ready these destined lovers met amongst the blossoms of the Bellevue Botanical Gardens. Their first look was a little nerve racking for our groom. You can even see the anxiety on Wilson’s face just seconds before the big reveal. But that all melted away when he held his dream girl in his arms!

Act Two: Race to the Altar

As with any good movie, there were a few obstacles to overcome before Jen and Wilson could tie the knot. Traffic between Bellevue and Sumner was uncharacteristically heavy for a Sunday, it was a particularly warm and muggy day, and the wedding party still needed to do a quick rehearsal before the ceremony to make sure everything went to plan. Yet, Wilson and Jen handled all of these challenges with grace. We even found time to steal away for a few photos under a gorgeous weeping willow tree on the far corner of the property at Laurel Creek Manor. In fact, it seemed like nothing could rattle this pair. As the ceremony finally began it was obvious that this was the climactic moment that they both had been dreaming of for nearly a decade. Jen looked radiant as she walked down the aisle, and more than once Wilson’s eyes were wet with tears as he looked at her.


Act Three: Among Kindred Spirits

It’s no wonder that this pair chose to decorate their wedding reception with beloved literature, and vintage decor; their story has all of the same classic elements! These personal touches helped make their story come alive for all in attendance. But what really got me was how everyone that toasted the bride and groom spoke about how Jen and Wilson’s love inspired them or reminded them of their own lasting love. It was easy to see that both of them came from traditions of fidelity and valued it most highly.

Epilog: Happily Ever After

In true Hollywood style, we ended our picture perfect day with a picture perfect fireworks show. Jen and Wilson stood hand in hand with all of their friends and family encircling them to watch some spectacular pyrotechnics.  As I packed up my gear to leave I couldn’t help but be overcome with that feeling you get when you finish a good book. I felt a mix of satisfaction and sadness that it is over. Luckily, Jen and Wilson’s love story is just beginning. While their wedding was a tale as old as time, the really beautiful scenes are still yet to be written. I’d like to add my best wishes to the new Mr. and Mrs. To.


Vendor Information:

Wedding Dress: Romashka Bridal
Wedding Dress Designer: Allure
Bride Jewelry: Nordstroms
Groom’s AttireCombatant Gentlemen, Burberry
Bridesmaids Dresses: Adrianna Papell
Flowers: Thao Farm at Pike Place Market, Lily Shen (family friend) for centerpieces/sweetheart table
Rentals: Vintage Ambiance for furniture rentals. Typewriter was Jen’s dad’s old typewriter, and books included many handed down from Wilson’s professor during his Ph.D program.
Brides Shoes: Badgley Mischka
Chalk Artist & Signage: Various friends (Wilson drew the caricature, and Jen & friend Linda Collure the flowers for the big chalkboard). Bridesmaids Helen Rho and Melody Chan (sister) lettered the signage.
Friends who helped set up: Kaitlin Simpson, Sara Thomas, Eric Anders, Jean Tang (Jen’s cousin)
Day-of Wedding Coordinator: Shine Events