Real Wedding: Annie Hoopes & Amber May

Rustic Southwestern Fiesta | September 1, 2012

0113-may-opnerNames Annie Hoopes and Amber May Live in Eastlake Occupations They’re both pediatricians at Seattle Children’s Hospital How they met On their first day of pediatric residency Their approach to wedding planning They tackled it together with an army of crafty friends Wedding-day weather Sunny; 70s Wedding time 5 Number of guests 170 Wedding budget They started small, but eventually doubled what they planned to spend Wedding theme Inspired by Amber’s Hispanic roots and Southwest origins as well as Annie’s love of Hispanic culture and Spanish language, and her experience working with El Salvadoran communities Family elements Amber’s four siblings walked her down the aisle; for the couple’s first dance, Annie danced with both of her parents and Amber danced with her siblings Reception menu Kettle corn, vinho verdhe, and sparkling blood-orange soda as guests arrived; dinner was ceviche, tacos, tamales, and pupusas—the El Salvadoran treat that’s sort of like a quesadilla only better Favors for guests Jars decorated with Mexican lotería cards and filled with herbed salt made from rosemary that grows on their patio; they also gave away the succulents and hand-embroidered napkins that were on the tables First dance song City and Colour’s “The Girl,” performed by Annie’s brother on guitar; everyone was in tears If they knew then what they know now They might have hired more event staff so that their talented and creative friends and family could relax and enjoy the day more Now that marriage equality has passed They’ll have a low-key, intimate ceremony at the courthouse The day in three words Sparkling, beautiful, blessed Honeymoon Puerto Vallarta, Mexico


The best part of planning a same-sex wedding is that we weren’t obligated to any traditions that didn’t suit us.
Annie and Amber

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Regional Vendor List

Ceremony and Reception Pickering Barn
Catering Guanaco’s Tacos
Photography and Photo Booth One Love Photo
Flowers Pickering Barn Farmers Market
Desserts Met Market, Le Fournil
Printed Matter Neversink
Dresses Melissa Sweet from Calla Bridal, J. Crew
Alterations Calla Bridal
Accessories J. Crew, Fireworks, Something Blue
Bridesmaids Dresses J. Crew
Hair and Makeup Vain, Seven Salon
Rentals AA Party Rentals
Transportation A&A Shuttles
Rehearsal Dinner Tyee Yacht Club, Ravishing Radish
Registry Crate & Barrel, REI, donations to YouthCare