Real Wedding: Suzanne Slaney and Christopher Wahl

August 20, 2011


Names Suzanne Slaney and Christopher Wahl Live in Laurelhurst Occupations Suzanne is a physician assistant; Chris is an orthopaedic surgeon in sports medicine A date they’ll always remember She hadn’t been on a bike in years, and ended up with a pretty clunky rental for what would be a 30-mile loop; she fell four times before it was over, and he knew she was the one Their approach to wedding planning It was a creative escape; she conceptualized the day and designed the paper elements, and he wrote the ceremony Wedding-day weather Sunny and warm Number of guests 65 Wedding budget They didn’t really have one but ended up spending around $20,000 Wedding theme Reliving a childhood summer—with class How they made the day their own They met their guests at the Dutch Bike Company in Ballard at 3:30 to decorate bikes and ride together to the ceremony in Fremont at 5; an ice cream truck showed up at 5:15, and they all rode back to Ballard for a cocktail reception at 6:30 Family elements They gave each of Chris’s 6-year-old triplets an engraved bracelet during the ceremony Favorite reception menu items They were too busy to eat the beef carpaccio, tomato and basil risotto cakes, and squash shortbread, so they ordered room service at the hotel Favorite reception moment They rented a seven-person bike so guests could take group spins around Ballard during the reception The day in three words (almost) Whimsical, sparkling, innocently irresponsible Minimoon Hotel 1000 in downtown Seattle Honeymoon (someday) Cycling around southern France

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Local Vendor list

Wedding Consultant Simply Wed
Ceremony Public space in Seattle
Reception and catering Volterra
Photography Lifebox Studio
Dessert Molly Moon’s Homemade Ice Cream
Rings Tiffany & Co
Shoes Jimmy Choo
Hair and Makeup Luce Cousineau
Groom’s Formal Wear Nordstrom, Brooks Brothers
Transportation Dutch Bike Co, Alki Kayak, Wheel Fun Rentals, PEV Cab
Hotels for Guests Watertown, Silver Cloud