Each year Paper Passionista has the honor of working with countless wonderful brides and grooms in the selection and design of their special wedding invitation stationery ensembles. But it is rare that we are actually blessed with the opportunity to be guests at the wedding. This past Saturday night, August 27, 2011, we were honored to attend the wedding of the lovely Marie Dudley and her dashing groom, Adam Takayoshi.
Marie began working with me on invitations in April of this year, and we struck a special bond. Because Marie, unfortunately, doesn't have a mom playing an active role in her life, she was looking for advice and guidance as she began planning her wedding. She found out that my background was actually in wedding planning before I hung up that hat to focus on invitations and stationery, so she asked me for guidance on a lot of things over the course of the planning process. I referred her to the wonderful Rebecca James for help as a "day of" wedding coordinator, and she did hire her, but Marie and I still shared many conversations of the planning variety, and I was so flattered when she told me one day awhile back that she would be honored to have my husband, Jim, and I attend her wedding. I told her it would be MY honor, so that is where we spent this past Saturday evening.
What I loved about working with Marie is she had a very strong vision for her wedding and she kept that vision in her mind throughout the entire process. She didn't always know how to accomplish what she had in her mind, and wasn't afraid to ask, but she had the vision and that's so refreshing, since I speak with many brides who don't really have a clear idea of what they want. Marie wanted her wedding to be elegant with a "princess-like" quality, and at the same time she was clear from the beginning that the spiritual part of the wedding ceremony was very important to her too. In designing the wedding invitation there were parts of the wording and the motif of the Cross that were "must haves", and we were happy to accommodate.
The wedding ceremony was made even more special by the setting of Holy Rosary Catholic Church in Tacoma. For those of you who are familiar with the large and old church that sits along side I-5 but have never been inside, as was the case for us, it is beautiful! We had the pleasure of being seated at the reception with the groom's great aunt who attended elementary school at the school attached to Holy Rosary many years ago, so she filled us in on a little history of the church. Now painted in a very lovely Tiffany blue with white accents for the sanctuary she said it was not always as pleasing to the eye. Originally opened in 1891, it's been beautifully restored and upgraded. The vividly colored stained glass windows are mesmerizing!
Marie's bridesmaids (four of them) were each dressed in a different style of dress, all keeping with the pewter color pallet. It's really nice to see a wedding where there is variety and not everything done to be matchy-matchy. Each bridesmaid looked lovely in her choice, and they all maintained the same level of formality, while the dresses perfectly suited the wearers.
The reception was held at the Pacific Grill events center in Tacoma. Guests in formal attire were welcomed with a red carpet complete with photos of their entrance as they approached. Following cocktails and hors d' houvres in the reception lobby we were treated to a delicious "surf and turf" split entree of salmon and beef tenderloin in the dining room. Marie's pink and silver color scheme was perfectly carried out with the table linens, table numbers, place cards and florals. A traditional romantic and elegant ivory wedding cake graced the corner of the room. Many of these things were not captured by our personal snap shots, but the talented Brian Hartman of Photo Elan was on hand doing the photography so I'm sure more images will be available on his website.
Thank you so much, Marie and Adam, for allowing us to witness your special day. It has been a joy and a pleasure working with you. Enjoy your honeymoon in San Juan, Puerto Rico. I'm looking forward to our next get-together when you'll be selecting your photo holiday cards from Paper Passionista. Can't wait to see photos from the "real" photographer too! Congratulations to you both.