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Real Wedding: Emma Close & Merritt Hess

Photos by Libby Lewis Photography

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Names Emma Close and Merritt Hess Live in North Capitol Hill Occupations She works for a small custom book-design company called Good Stock; he works at Windermere Real Estate in Wedgwood and assists with the youth programs at Epiphany Parish in Madrona Wedding-day weather 70 degrees, a perfect sunny evening Wedding-day theme Antique French flea market: Emma spent time in France and is always inspired by unique finds Number of guests 168 Wedding budget $40,000 Nontraditional ceremony moment Their parents came forward at the beginning of the ceremony to say a blessing; they had a group hug before they sat down. This honored their new commitment and growing families. Color inspiration Golden Midwest plains and the green and blue of the Northwest Floral inspiration Dahlias from Whidbey Island to represent the bride’s family’s roots in the Northwest, and wheat to represent the fields of Kansas, where the groom grew up and much of his family still lives Reception menu Everything was local; from on or around Whidbey Island Favorite reception moment Her sister snuck in some sparklers and everyone lit them during the last song; they felt like they were in a movie Favors Homemade jams made from Whidbey Island fruit If they knew then what they know now They would have videotaped the first dance; they took lessons and choreographed it all, and would love to relive it Three words to describe the day Joyful, perfect, gorgeous Honeymoon Mini-moon to Friday Harbor; mega-moon to Costa Rica

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Local Vendor list

CEREMONY St. Augustine’s-in-the-Woods
Episcopal Church

RECEPTION, CATERing, AND DESSERT Fireseed Catering and Event Gardens 

WEDDING PLANNER Whidbey Gatherings

PHOTOGRAPHY Libby Lewis Photography

FLOWERS Farmhouse Flowers

ENTERTAINMENT Disco Royale

GOWN Jim Hjelm from La Belle Elaine’s

MAKEUP I Love Blush

GROOM’S FORMAL WEAR Nordstrom

GROOMSMEN’S FORMAL WEAR The Tux Shop

RINGS Ben Bridge 

RENTALS AA Rentals

HOTEL FOR GUESTS Saratoga Inn

REGISTRY Crate & Barrel, REI, Williams-Sonoma, Restoration Hardware, Traveler’s Joy, Simon Pearce