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Real Wedding: Darcie Alwood & Neal Moeller

Artfully Urban Fling | January 5, 2013

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NAMES Darcie Alwood and Neal Moeller LIVE IN Champaign, Illinois OCCUPATIONS She’s an artist and scientist; he’s an actor and graduate student HOW THEY MET They were both bartenders in New York City’s East Village, he and his friends wound up at her bar one night WEDDING-DAY WEATHER Overcast, not too cold WEDDING TIME 5 NUMBER OF GUESTS 150 FIRST DETAIL SECURED They booked the venue and knew that food, linens, and lots of décor details were then also set APPROACH TO WEDDING PLANNING Democratic decisions between the couple and Darcie’s parents, who live in Seattle WEDDING THEME Playfully posh THEME INSPIRATION They wanted an elegant celebration even though they are silly at heart; the space was formal, so they added their sense of humor BACHELORETTE PARTY A girls’ party in the Grand Suite of Hotel 1000, complete with a tarot card reader Bachelor party Board games at Blue Highway Games, dinner and drinks at Maritime Brewery, pool at the Tap House Grill TRADITIONAL ELEMENTS Along with the cake, they served a Slovenian walnut roll called potica COLORS They love color and didn’t want to limit themselves, so they included pastels and jewel tones with other hues FAVORITE CEREMONY MOMENT They wrote their own vows and had no idea what the other would say, and one of Neal’s lines caused an eruption of laughter: “I promise when we are old and brittle, I will still dance around the house to make you laugh. I cannot promise, however, that I will always be wearing pants.” FAVORITE RECEPTION MOMENT Seeing the father of the groom dance to “Gangnam Style” FAVORS FOR GUESTS Origami place cards and cookies IF THEY KNEW THEN WHAT THEY KNOW NOW They would have hired out more of the work; family on both sides made pom-poms all through the Christmas holidays THE DAY IN THREE WORDS Posh, playful, inviting

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Our wedding was a formal affair, but we wanted it to reflect our real lives, and having handmade elements helped us achieve that.
—Darcie

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Regional Vendor List

Ceremony, Reception, Event Coordination, and Catering The Sunset Club (private)
Officiant A Heavenly Ceremony
Photography Julie Harmsen Photography
Flowers Pocket Full o’ Posies
Ceremony Music Seattle Modern Strings
Reception Music Bamboo Beats
Groom’s Ring West Coast Diamond and Gem
Gown Alterations Debra Hedeen
Makeup and Hair Jenny Bowker Makeup
Eyelash Extensions Unique Skin Boutique
Manicure eN Salon Musée
Formal Wear for Groom The Tuxedo Club
Rehearsal Dinner Salty’s on Alki
Hotel for Guests Sorrento Hotel, Ace Hotel, Edgewater Hotel
Registry Crate & Barrel, Williams-Sonoma, Amazon

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