Real Wedding: Erika Cantrell & Derek Buse

Photos by Michèle Waite



NAMES Erika Cantrell and Derek Buse LIVE IN Santa Barbara, but they’re moving back to Washington soon OCCUPATIONS She works in investor relations for West Coast Asset Management; he works for Seattle Pacific Industries HOW THEY MET On a plane going home to Seattle for Thanksgiving. They discovered they were attending the same college in San Diego; he didn’t get her number during the flight, but contacted her at her dorm after the break FAVORITE DATE Crabbing and fishing in the San Juans. She was impressed by what a Northwest outdoorsman he was PREWEDDING PARTY She and eight of her girlfriends flew to Vegas and stayed at the Wynn for three nights NUMBER OF WEDDING GUESTS 198 REHEARSAL DINNER THEME “Weekend at the Hamptons”: Men wore plaid pants, and women wore big hats and pearls WEDDING COLORS Black and white; they even asked the guests to wear those colors, and everyone did WEDDING THEME Classic couture inspired by Breakfast at Tiffany’s SIGNATURE DETAIL She’s a dessert connoisseur, so the sweets table was the biggest one at the reception and included cakes of different shapes and sizes as well as cookies, cupcakes, and coconut-covered marshmallows FAVORITE MOMENT When their friends lifted them up off the dance floor and sprayed champagne around the room, reminding everyone of a similar scene from Wedding Crashers FAVORS FOR GUESTS Hand-painted chocolates inside a jeweled box HONEYMOON DESTINATIONS St. Tropez and Monaco


Vendor list

CEREMONY AND RECEPTION Semiahmoo Resort, Blaine

PHOTOGRAPHER Michèle Waite, Belllingham


CATERER Semiahmoo Resort, Blaine

CAKE Steven Moore Designs, Bellingham

DESSERTS Ashley E. Rodriguez Artisan Sweets, Bellingham

INVITATIONS Dolce Design, Bellingham

GOWN Steven Moore Designs, Bellingham

HAIR City Hair, Lynden

RINGS Tiffany & Co., Seattle

CEREMONY MUSIC Harberton String Quartet, Mount Vernon

RECEPTION MUSIC Infinite Sound Entertainment, Mount Vernon