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Real Wedding: Kirsten Cabodi & Aaron Downing

Old-World Grandeur | June 23, 2012

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Names Kirsten Cabodi and Aaron Downing Live in Tacoma Occupations She manages Laurel Creek Manor, her family’s wedding venue; he’s a project manager for Ericsson, a mobile communication company Their approach to wedding planning Kirsten has been working with her mother for six years, so she definitely had some ideas, but Aaron was hands-on, too Wedding-day weather Very rainy all morning—and for two days prior—but the sun came out just in time and stayed out for the rest of the day Wedding time 5:30 Number of guests 130 Wedding theme Their love of wine was at the heart of it all; they restored wine barrels for bistro tables; he cut, sanded, and stained a butcher block for the bar; and the menu and flowers created an Italian vibe within their European-style venue Flowers Peonies—one of the perks of a June wedding Colors Slate gray, natural greens, ivory, white, raspberry, and magenta Favorite reception moment First, sitting alone together on the porch with appetizers and cocktails after signing the marriage certificate, then standing in the field watching the fireworks with all of their guests behind them Reception menu A grand cheese, meat, and antipasto arrangement, and a chef station with spicy shrimp and baguette appetizers before strawberry spinach salad, grilled flank steak with rosemary and herbs, grilled halibut with lemon beurre blanc, goat cheese and mushroom ravioli, garlic mashed potatoes, and fresh green beans served with garlic butter sauce and almonds Favors for guests Custom half bottles of chardonnay with labels designed by the bride The day in three words Romantic, exciting, unique Honeymoon Sonoma, California—they’re going to Italy for their first anniversary

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We’re very romantic together, and we wanted that romance to color the wedding.
—Kirsten 

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Regional Vendor List

Ceremony and Reception Laurel Creek Manor
Wedding Planner Bobbi Roth Wedding Design
Catering Act 3 Catering, Black Tie Espresso
Officiant Pastor Greg Parsons of Faith Family Church
Photography C. Pelland Photography
Flowers Blitz & Co Florist
Cake Celebrity Cake Studio
Printed Matter Ink Fancy
Calligraphy Pascale Collins Calligraphy
Ceremony Music Susan W. Haas Harp and Cello Duo
Reception Music Generation X Productions
Rings Joanne Wright & Co Private Jeweler, E. E. Robbins
Gown, Veil, Accessories, and Alterations Monique Lhuillier from Marcella’s La Boutique
Bridesmaids’ Dresses J. Crew
Hair Pepper’s Salon
Groom’s Formal Wear Hugo Boss from Nordstrom
Groomsmen’s Formal Wear Men’s Wearhouse
Rentals AA Party Rentals, BBJ Linen
Fireworks Arrow Fireworks
Rehearsal Dinner Al Lago Italian Ristorante
Registry Macy’s, Pottery Barn,Williams-Sonoma