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Real Wedding: Katrina Mendoza & Sean Wen

GARDEN CHIC | 8.22.15 | Photographs by O’Malley Photographers

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Names Katrina Mendoza and Sean Wen Live in Belltown Occupations She’s a UX designer for Microsoft; he does the same for Google How they met Despite going to university together, they didn’t start dating until reconnecting a year after graduation at a small reunion of classmates How he knew she was the one He knew that their strengths and weaknesses complemented each other perfectly and that they both had the same goals, aspirations, beliefs, and principles How she knew he was the one Over five years of dating, she realized that they would always fight for each other in their love and in the life they wanted to build together How he proposed After giving her a book he designed and had printed with photos and words reflecting their past and future, he gave her a rose and a vintage engagement ring Wedding-day weather Sunny and warm Wedding time 4 Number of guests 115 Budget They stuck to their $35,000 limit Saved/splurged By cutting out traditional expenses like bridal parties, they were able to spend more on her dress and an open bar Their approach to wedding planning They planned it all themselves, with Katrina spearheading most of it Wedding theme Timeless and minimal with vintage undertones Colors Black, white, and neutrals Processional song Chopin’s Nocturne Opus 9 no. 2 Traditional elements Incorporating the Filipino tradition of sponsors in lieu of a bridal party, plus a separate celebration and honeymoon in China with customary traditions Nontraditional elements Their dogs served as ring bearers, and they passed on having a first dance Favors for guests Homemade glass candy made by the bride in guava, black sesame, piña colada, and ginger flavors Three words to describe the day Carefree, no-frills, fun

“The overall feel was modern and fun, so we worked throughout the entire planning process to ensure the photos captured every special element in a way that reflected that vision. ”—Ashlee and Scott O’Malley, Photographers

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Vendor List


Ceremony Dahlia Garden at Volunteer Park
Reception The Coterie Room
Invitations Katrina Mendoza Wen
Photographer O’Malley Photographers
Flowers The London Plane
Desserts The Cookie Counter
Ceremony Music Danielle McCutcheon of String Thyme
Reception Music DJ Dshookz
Gown Johanna Johnson from the Dress Theory
Makeup Kate Mangubat
Hair Jane Apsay
Alterations Cheing Saelee
Formal Wear J Crew
Rentals AA Party Rentals