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Real Wedding: Andrew Paulsel & Giovanni Della-Libera

Artisan Splendor | Photos by Barbie Hull Photography

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NAMES Andrew Paulsel and Giovanni Della-Libera LIVE IN Leschi OCCUPATIONS Giovanni is a computer scientist; Andrew is a biochemist HOW THEY MET On OkCupid WEDDING-DAY WEATHER Ominous thunder during the ceremony, rain through dinner, clear skies in time for dancing WEDDING TIME 4:30 NUMBER OF GUESTS 150 THEIR APPROACH TO WEDDING PLANNING After facing all the necessary details when touring their first venue option, they instantly decided to find a planner WEDDING THEME They just wanted it to reflect their quirky interests TRADITIONAL ELEMENTS Giovanni is a first-generation Cuban American, so they had salsa dancing and a Cuban band at dinner NEW ELEMENTS While helping each other write their vows on the morning of the wedding they stumbled on a back-and-forth exchange that yielded a dueling pledge format for the ceremony PROCESSIONAL SONG Radiohead’s “High and Dry” FAVORITE CEREMONY MOMENT Booming thunder during the vows FLOWERS Andrew and his groomslady knitted calla lily boutonnieres for the grooms and wedding party RECEPTION MENU Caesar salad, antipasti, herbed lemon chicken, boneless short-ribs, rosemary-polenta stacks, baked beans, potatoes, and roasted veggies—all served family-style WEDDING CAKE Red velvet with cream cheese buttercream, and lemon-zest and orange blossom with wild blueberries and lemon mousseline—decorated with edible yarn balls DESSERT ADD-ONS Mexican chocolate mousse pie and marionberry pie with hazelnuts FAVORITE RECEPTION MOMENT The salsa dance break during dinner ADVICE FOR OTHER COUPLES Know when it’s time to stop planning and make decisions THE DAY IN THREE WORDS Dreamy, dramatic, delicious HONEYMOON Kauai, Hawaii

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Regional Vendor List


CEREMONY, RECEPTION, AND FLOWERS Bella Luna Farms
EVENT DESIGN A Kurant Event
PHOTOGRAPHY AND PHOTO BOOTH Barbie Hull Photography 
PRINTED MATTER BHV Design Lab, Girlie Press Inc, Harold Belskus
RECEPTION MUSIC Sonaldo,
DJ Larry Rose
CATERING Ravishing Radish 
DESSERTS Honeycrumb Cake Studio, A La Mode Pies
RINGS Fox’s Gem Shop 
FORMAL WEAR Nordstrom, Men’s Wearhouse
REHEARSAL DINNER Cicchetti 
GUEST HOTELS Willows Lodge in Woodinville, Residence Inn by Marriott in Bothell, Country Inn and Suites by Carlson in Bothell
GUEST TRANSPORTATION Shuttle Express, Red Carpet Valet