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Real Wedding: Nicole Flanders & Brian Olmstead

Celebrating Do-It-Togetherness | January 12, 2013

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NAMES Nicole Flanders and Brian Olmstead LIVE IN West Seattle OCCUPATIONS She’s a legal assistant; he installs blinds WEDDING-DAY WEATHER Cold and crisp with a blue sky WEDDING TIME 5 NUMBER OF GUESTS 200 SPENT/SPLURGED They saved by making their own favors and décor and having friends and family help with flowers, dinner, and dessert THEIR APPROACH TO WEDDING PLANNING She became addicted to Pinterest DÉCOR VIBE Rustic, with chandeliers hung with ribbon from a vaulted ceiling COLOR PALETTE Champagne and earth tones FLOWERS Peonies and cabbage roses arranged in birch wood vases FAVORITE CEREMONY MOMENT Realizing that everyone they love was there with them, and that they had each just married their best friend RECEPTION MENU Lasagna, ratatouille, Caesar salad FAVORITE RECEPTION ELEMENT The dessert table that her friends and family made for the celebration: chocolate cake with salted caramel frosting, pies, pie pops, lemon and pecan bars, cookies, and chocolate–peanut butter cupcakes FIRST DANCE SONG “Making Memories of Us” by Keith Urban FAVORS FOR GUESTS Burlap bags filled with chocolate-covered espresso beans UNEXPECTED ELEMENT Blue skies and the little bit of snow left on the foothills HOW THEY PULLED OFF THE DIY ELEMENTS She made checklists, read how-tos, and took online tutorials and then built mock-ups of what she wanted, photographed them, and created a notebook with instructions and labeled boxes with materials that her friends-and-family crew could refer to while setting up HOW THE DAY WAS DIFFERENT THAN THEY IMAGINED They didn’t know it would fly by so quickly IF THEY KNEW THEY WHAT THEY KNOW NOW They would have taken a few more moments to be alone together and soak it all in THE DAY IN THREE WORDS Elegant, beautiful, love-filled
HONEYMOON Kauai, Hawaii

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I knew it would be cold so I found a fur shawl and added a brooch that was my great-grandmother’s. I have to admit I was freezing for those pictures but it was worth it.
—Nicole

Regional Vendor List

Ceremony Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses
Reception Enumclaw Expo Center Field House
Photography Cozbi Jean Photography
Rings Menashe Jewelers
Gown Oleg Cassini from David’s Bridal
Formal Wear K&G Formal Wear
Rentals Vibe Vintage Rentals
Registry REI; Target; Bed, Bath, and Beyond

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