Real Wedding: Bria Coates & Jonathon Fussell

Photos by Cheri Pearl Photography



NAMES Bria Coates and Jonathan Fussell LIVE IN Chicago OCCUPATIONS She’s a pediatric critical care fellow; he’s a copywriter HOW THEY MET Friends tried to set them up when they were both living in Seattle, but he wasn’t interested in dating a medical student; they both moved to Chicago and bonded over the author Carson McCullers HOW THEY GOT ENGAGED He proposed on a trip back to Seattle for her mother’s birthday THEIR PRE-WEDDING PARTY They had a couples shower that included a game wherein friends and family competed to determine who knew the bride and groom best NUMBER OF WEDDING GUESTS 100 WEDDING COLORS Citrus: yellow, orange, and green SIGNATURE CEREMONY DETAILS They included a procession of symbols accompanied by short blessings; siblings presented a box of candy and the wish that their life might always be sweet, and friends offered a bottle of wine representing a relationship aged to perfection FAVORITE MOMENT DURING THE CEREMONY The rain; leading up to the event, this had been their worst fear, but in the end the drizzle lent a fairy-tale quality to the day DETAILS OF THE DAY The bride’s sister painted a giant heart on the side of a barn with their initials; seating assignments were made with paper flowers crafted by the groom’s father; a table spread with candy nodded to the bride’s sweet tooth; and the groom composed a soundtrack for the cocktail hour, dinner, and dancing FAVORS FOR GUESTS Temporary tattoos



Local Vendor list

Private home (Bainbridge Island)

CATERING Stephanie of Course (Bainbridge Island)

PHOTOGRAPHER Cheri Pearl Photography 

FLOWERS Purchased at Pike Place Market
and Metropolitan Market 

CAKE Creative Cake Designs (Kent)

REHEARSAL DINNER Edna’s Beach Café (Bainbridge Island)

GOWN I Do Bridal  


FORMAL WEAR Men’s Wearhouse

REGISTRY Crate & Barrel and Williams-Sonoma 

HOTEL Best Western Bainbridge Island Suites