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Real Wedding: Goretti Kao & André Mora

Tradition Goes Modern | October 7, 2012

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Names Goretti Kao and André Mora Live in Queen Anne Occupations They’re both designers Wedding-day weather Unseasonably warm; 70s Ceremony time 1:30 Reception time 5 Ceremony guests 70 Reception guests 105 Budget $30,000, but they didn’t stick to it Their approach to wedding planning Goretti took the lead, but they made decisions together Wedding-décor vibe Design that isn’t overdesigned Wedding colors They wanted to avoid a two-color scheme; red, oranges, grays, and purples Traditional elements They followed many Chinese customs, including a tea ceremony, and they used tangerines, pomegranates, and the color red in floral and tabletop décor; these things symbolize luck, abundance, and good fortune Personalized elements They designed a 16-page newspaper for their invitations, hosted a cocktail hour between the Western and the Chinese services, and had lion dancers at the reception to kick off dancing Favorite ceremony moment When they knelt for the tea ceremony and Björk’s “Pagan Poetry” began; the timing was perfect, and this observance allowed them to pay respect to their elders Favorite menu component Asian-inspired hors d’oeuvres during the ceremony cocktail hour Favors for guests White Rabbit candies in paper lanterns; these sweets hallmarked their early courtship and were a recurring element of the day How the day was different than they imagined They felt very present all day; people said it would be a blur, but everything was well-paced, and they remember it all with clarity The day in three words Bright, unexpected, fun Honeymoon Willows Lodge on Lummi Island, then Cape Town, South Africa

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We managed to keep the lion dancers a surprise for almost everyone, so they were a huge hit.
—André and Goretti

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Regional Vendor List

Ceremony Chinese Room at the Smith Tower
Reception Melrose Market Studios
Wedding Coordinator SK Wedding and Event Design by Stacy Kvam
Officiant Jason Groenink
Ceremony Catering Lisa Dupar Catering
Reception Catering Gourmondo Catering
Photography Mike Kane Photography
Flowers McKenzie Powell Floral and Event Design
Cake Macrina Bakery
Ceremony and Reception Music Bamboo Beats
Rings Isadora’s, T. Anthony Jewelers
Western Gown and Alterations Lazaro from Marcella’s La Boutique
Chinese Gown and Alterations Pala Pala, Super Custom Tailor
Bridesmaids’ Dresses J. Crew
Hair and Makeup Erin Skipley
Groom’s Formal Wear Paul Smith from Barney’s New York
Rentals Choice Linens
Hotel for Guests Alexis Hotel, Inn at the Market
Valet Diamond Transportation
Registry Crate & Barrel, Heath Ceramics, Amazon.com