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Real Wedding: Kerry Riley & Michael Lynd

Secret Garden | September 28, 2014 | Photographs by Belathée Photography

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NAMES Kerry Riley and Michael Lynd LIVE IN Greenwood OCCUPATIONS She’s a clothing buyer at Zulily; he’s a marketing manager at Concur WEDDING-DAY WEATHER The rainiest September day on record in the history of Seattle WEDDING TIME 4 NUMBER OF GUESTS 170 THEIR APPROACH TO WEDDING PLANNING She had a very specific vision but no idea how to execute it, so she put all of her trust in the experts FIRST VENDORS HIRED The planner and the designer PRE-WEDDING FESTIVITIES She went wine-tasting in Sonoma Valley; he had a golf weekend in Coeur d’Alene WEDDING THEME What she told her designer was: “Jane Eyre meets English garden party meets Old World Paris meets modern-day Paris meets Great Gatsby meets big city glam, but nothing too ‘done’”—and he executed it with vintage books, pâtisserie treats, and piles of timeworn sheet music THEME INSPIRATION Her love of all things French HOW THEY BRANDED THE EVENT FROM THE BEGINNING The invitation was based on the bride’s idea of her parents sending a handwritten letter to all of their guests; she thought it would epitomize the event’s romantic, Old World feel PROCESSIONAL SONG “Mon coeur s’ouvre a ta voix” by Gautier Capuçon FLOWERS Cascading flora and greenery everywhere, and the bridal party wore botanical crowns or had flowers woven into their hair FAVORITE MOMENT Exchanging vows, which allowed for total focus UNEXPECTED ELEMENT The power went out as soon as they were pronounced man and wife, so they walked down the aisle to the soft glow of cell phone screens HOW THEY MADE THE PARTY THEIR OWN The groom loves scotch, so he chose six of his favorite varieties and made them available in vintage decanters on a styled table FAVORS FOR GUESTS French macarons ADVICE FOR OTHER COUPLES Slow down and enjoy the day, have a mimosa, and expect at least one thing to go wrong THE DAY IN THREE WORDS Dreamy, romantic, soft HONEYMOON Maui

I had a picture of a cascading waterfall of flowers, and I love greenery, so that was an important component, too. 

—Kerry Riley Lynd

 

 
Regional Vendor List


 

CEREMONY Epiphany Episcopal Church

RECEPTION AND CATERING Sunset Club

EVENT DESIGN Sinclair and Moore Events

WEDDING PLANNING Solomon Event Planning

PRINTED MATTER Spruce Stationery and Design | Silberman Brown Stationers

PHOTOGRAPHY Belathée Photography

VIDEOGRAPHY Cabfare Productions

CEREMONY MUSIC Silverwood Music Ensembles

RECEPTION MUSIC The Jake Bergevin Band | Sound Source Seattle

DESSERT Tallant House | the Sweet Side

RINGS Fox’s Gem Shop

GOWN Vera Wang from Marcella’s La Boutique

ALTERATIONS Victoria’s Bridal Couture

HAIR Tiara’s on Location

MAKEUP Radiant Rejuvenation

FORMAL WEAR Wall Street Custom Tailoring

RENTALS Pedersen’s Event Rentals

REGISTRY Restoration Hardware | Macy’s | Williams-Sonoma | Porcelain Gallery

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