Real Wedding: Gwyneth Pohl & John Drake

Grand Get-Down | September 15, 2012


NAMES Gwyneth Pohl and John Drake LIVE IN Denver OCCUPATIONS She’s in internet marketing; he’s director of channel sales for a start-up HOW THEY MET Volunteering at a summer camp for burn survivors MEMORABLE FIRST DATE Mountain biking on a lake trail WEDDING-DAY WEATHER The sun was out, and so was Mount Rainier WEDDING TIME 4 NUMBER OF GUESTS 125 THEIR APPROACH TO WEDDING PLANNING They feel fortunate to have had help with the logistics, but they loved being hands-on with a few elements, too WEDDING THEME Gatsby: vintage and classic with a commingling of outdoors and in THEME INSPIRATION They both appreciate the finer things, but they also love being out in the world PROCESSIONAL SONG Canon in D—bluegrass-style COLORS Muted vintage tones; eggplant, ivory, and silver FLOWERS Antique hydrangeas and blackberries FAVORITE CEREMONY ELEMENT Having their longtime friend and pastor marry them; the intimacy of their relationship made the vows truly special RECEPTION MENU FAVORITES A signature cocktail of Bainbridge Organic Distillers’ gin, mint, and blackberry spritzer; sweet potato and Dungeness crab cakes with blackberry and frisee salad FAVORITE RECEPTION ELEMENT Having some time alone to share the meal together before the whirlwind WEDDING CAKE Custard-filled coconut cake and a buffet of blackberry pies FIRST DANCE SONG The classic ’40s-era standard “Come Rain or Come Shine” FAVORS FOR GUESTS  Homemade silver candles FUN ADDITION They hired a painter to document the party UNEXPECTED EVENT At the end of the night, their friends spontaneously came together to form a tunnel for their exit IF THEY KNEW THEN WHAT THEY KNOW NOW There is nothing in the world they would change THE DAY IN THREE WORDS Us, classic, blackberries HONEYMOON Italy

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The back wall of the tent, where dinner and dessert were served, was draped in custom burlap panels and hung with vintage mirrors reflecting the Puget Sound and Seattle across the water.
—Rachel Bowes, Finch & Thistle Event Design

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Regional Vendor List

Ceremony and Reception Country Club of Seattle on Bainbridge Island (private)
Wedding Planning EventWise
Event Design and Flowers Finch & Thistle Event Design
Photography Sean Flanigan Photography
Invitations La Happy
Catering Herban Feast
Dessert North Hill Bakery, Blackbird Bakery
Ceremony Music Tallboys
Reception Music Craig Lawrence Band
Reception Entertainment Sam Day Wedding Painter
Bridesmaid Dresses J. Crew
Makeup Erin Skipley
Rentals AA Party Rentals, PNTA, Hollywood Lights, Vintage Ambiance, International Wholesale Florist
Transportation Butler Seattle, Gold Mountain Golf Carts
Restrooms Royal Restrooms
Rehearsal Dinner Catering Metro Market on Bainbridge Island
Hotel for guests The Country Inn on Bainbridge Island
Registry Williams-Sonoma, Macy’s, Crate & Barrel, Michael C. Fina