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Real Weddings: Amber French & Michael Sessa

Photos by Danica Bell & Kevin Fry

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Names Amber French and Michael Sessa Live in Ballard Occupations She’s a wedding photographer; he’s in construction Date they’ll always remember The Alibi Room for dinner, Cirque du Soleil afterward Number of guests 175 Wedding-day weather Sunny with clouds in the sky Wedding budget They didn’t stick to it Event theme A gala event in the ’20s, ’30s, or ’40s—in India Décor inspiration The bride traveled to that country twice and fell in love with the people and the food; they both love the romance and culture of those historical eras How they made the day their own Before the ceremony started they served popcorn and candy and screened a short silent film they made together. The evening also included a vocal jazz performance and an Indian dance presentation. Favorite ceremony moment The bride loved hearing the officiant, an old family friend, talk about his experiences of her as a child; for him, it was the two of them praying on the venue’s stage with his father Surprise moment The venue’s owner showed up in a 1970s red VW Beatle, the same type of car the bride moved to Seattle in years ago Favorite reception element Making a grand exit underneath sparklers held by friends and family, and then being whisked away in a 1947 Cadillac How the day was different than they imagined Neither of them had ever experienced a day going by so quickly The day in three words Epic, cinematic, sentimental Honeymoon Whidbey and Orcas Islands

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Local Vendor List


WEDDING PLANNER Luxe Wedding Design
CEREMONY AND RECEPTION Georgetown Ballroom
PHOTOGRAPHY August Giaccaglia, Danica Bell,Kevin Fry
FLOWERS Pike Place Market vendors
CATERING Taste of India
DESSERT Molly Moon’s Homemade Ice Cream
RECEPTION MUSIC Seattle Parties
ENTERTAINMENT Splinter Dance Company
BRIDESMAIDS’ ATTIRE Macy’s
MAKEUP JJ Cariaso
GROOM’S FORMAL WEAR Vintage Costumers
RINGS Antiques at Pike Place
REHEARSAL DINNER Via Tribunali
RENTALS Choice Linens, ABC Rentals
REGISTRY Target, Macy’s

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