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Real Wedding: Marisa Ventura & Jermaine Kearse

STYLE AND GRACE | 7.17.15 | Photographs by GH Kim

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Names Marisa Ventura and Jermaine Kearse Live in Bellevue Occupations She’s a fashion and commercial model; he’s a wide receiver for the Seahawks Memorable date He thought their first date (they went bowling) was going well until she threw him off, ending the night with a side hug and a pat on the back; the rest is history How he proposed After dinner in West Seattle, he proposed on the waterfront with the Seattle skyline lit by the setting sun and her sister hiding to take photos of the moment Wedding time 5 Wedding-day weather Perfection, with a showstopper sunset Number of guests 175 Wedding budget They came in close to their $50,000 limit Splurged/saved The pair went sparse with flowers, filling in space with candles, and spent on photography, cinematography, and food Their approach to wedding planning She was living in Los Angeles leading up to the wedding; with not much of a vision for the big day, she let her wedding planner take the reins after going over a list of likes and dislikes Wedding theme Clean and timeless elegance with hints of glamour Flowers All white Traditional elements They had a Filipino money dance Favorite ceremony moment Laughing off the ring rolling across the floor after focusing too hard on the vows and forgetting to put it on his finger Favorite part of the menu The intermezzo courses made dinner feel especially fancy and proper First dance song Eric Benét’s “Spend My Life with You” Desserts A stunning cake accompanied by a dessert buffet featuring French macaron towers, sugar cookies, meringues, and dipped pretzel sticks Favors Assorted gourmet truffles Day in three words Exciting, amazing, blessed Honeymoon New Zealand

“Jermaine and Marisa didn’t want a traditional ballroom wedding, but something that felt fresh and airy with touches of formality. I knew that with the free-flowing florals and gilded details we could accomplish our vision.”—Kaleb Norman James, Event Designer

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Vendor List


Wedding Design and Flowers Kaleb Norman James Design
Ceremony and Reception Newcastle Golf Club
Photographer GH Kim
Photo Booth David Cho Photography
Videographer Via Weddings
Desserts The Sweet Side
Ceremony and Reception Entertainment Chris Graves Music
Paper Goods Grey & Cake Paper Designs
Hair and Makeup Stace Cho, Tianna Tran, Crystal Martinez
Formal Wear for Groomsmen Men’s Wearhouse
Rentals ABC Special Event Rentals | Classic Vintage Rentals | GreenLight Events | La Tavola Fine Linen
Rehearsal Dinner Bis on Main
Registry Crate and Barrel | Amazon | Target