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Real Wedding: Sally Smith & Ian Albenesius

Second Nature | Photos by Maharaj Photography

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Names Sally Smith and Ian Albenesius Live in Greenlake Occupations They both work in aerospace manufacturing; she’s a manager, he’s an engineer How they met At the factory where they worked; they became friends (and were briefly roommates) before finally dating Wedding-day weather Gorgeous, sunny, and 75 degrees Wedding time 5:30 Number of guests 130 Spent/Splurged They went all out with a live band and open bar, and saved by ordering the bride’s dress from overseas and having her sister design the invitations Their approach to wedding planning Laid-back and stress-free First vendor hired Photographer Wedding theme The couple didn’t have a specific theme and just wanted a day that reflected their personalities and values through color, music, and food New elements The bride’s father passed away a few years prior, so instead of the bride walking down the aisle the couple stood under a handmade “wedding tree” as the guests gathered around them in a loving circle Colors Shades of local kale, such as deep green, eggplant, and bright pink Flowers Earthy succulents, peonies, ranunculus, and anemones; the bride’s bouquet was made with only green plants Reception menu Instead of a formal dinner, they served a large selection of generous appetizers Favorite part of the menu Late-night sliders and shakes Favorite reception element Dancing! The bride and her mom, sisters, and childhood friends—along with a few of the groom’s college buddies—were on the floor all night. How it was different than they imagined They’d been so relaxed about planning that they expected some loose ends, but surprisingly there were no hiccups The day in three words Whimsical, effortless, stunning Honeymoon Hiking in Leavenworth first, Hawaii later

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Regional Vendor List


CEREMONY AND RECEPTION Sodo Park

CATERING Herban Feast

EVENT DESIGN AND FLOWERS Herban Design Studio

PHOTOGRAPHY Maharaj Photography

DESSERTS Cupcake Royale

RECEPTION MUSIC The Haggis Brothers, Seattle Parties

BRIDE’S ACCESSORIES J.Crew, Mercer

ALTERATIONS American Freestyle Alterations, Trillium Tailors

MAKEUP Victoria Levy

REHEARSAL DINNER Post Restaurant and Lounge

GUEST HOTEL Sheraton Seattle Hotel

GUEST TRANSPORTATION Shuttle Express

REGISTRY Crate & Barrel

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