Real Wedding: Michelle Stewart & Roberto dos Santos

Old-School Romance | February 9, 2013


NAMES Michelle Stewart and Roberto dos Santos LIVE IN Queen Anne OCCUPATIONS She’s an art director; he’s a software engineer HOW THEY MET Michelle accidentally dropped her moving boxes in front of his door the day she moved in to the Queen Anne High School condos WEDDING-DAY WEATHER Overcast and slightly misty WEDDING TIME 5:30 NUMBER OF GUESTS 60 WEDDING THEME 1930s, books, and printmaking THEME INSPIRATION They knew they wanted a small ceremony at their literary-themed favorite restaurant, and they wanted to incorporate the place where they met, so paper and book details were a perfect fit TRADITIONAL ELEMENTS Michelle is American with British and Italian heritage and Roberto is from Brazil, so she followed the Italian tradition of carrying a sprig of rosemary and the English tradition of putting a penny in her shoe; the ceremony was in two languages BRAND-NEW ELEMENTS They decided to forgo traditional wedding parties; they had their parents stand at the altar as they walked down the aisle together PROCESSIONAL SONG AND FIRST DANCE SONG A version of Edith Piaf’s “La Vie en Rose” FAVORITE PART OF THE RECEPTION MENU Grilled Mishima Ranch beef with potatoes three ways FAVORITE MOMENT When they walked in and saw the vintage books, feathers, glittering candles, and birch branches UNEXPECTED ELEMENT They didn’t plan for dancing because their wedding was so small, but at one point some Brazilian and American guests got up and started cutting the proverbial rug together FAVORS FOR GUESTS Journals hand-stamped with an insignia Michelle designed IF THEY KNEW THEN WHAT THEY KNOW NOW Michelle would have hired someone else to do all of the printed design work instead of doing it herself  THE DAY IN THREE WORDS Unique, intimate, romantic HONEYMOON Kohala Coast, Hawaii

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For the altar backdrop we cut circles out of old dictionaries and layered them to create a large, flowing paper garland backdrop accented with glittering starburst shapes that mimicked Michelle’s ring.
—Tes De Luna, Crinoline & Tweed

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Regional Vendor List

Ceremony, Reception, and Catering The Book Bindery
Event Design and Flowers Crinoline & Tweed
Photography Amber French Photography
Dessert Trophy Cupcakes, Cupcake Royale
Ceremony and Reception Music Les Pamplemousses
Rings and Jewelry Tiffany & Co
Makeup Tiffany Colors
Ceremony Gown Luly Yang from Luly Yang Couture
Reception Dress Sarah Seven from the Dress Theory
Formal Wear for Groom Lanvin from Nordstrom
Welcoming Dinner How to Cook a Wolf
Rehearsal Dinner Via Tribunali
Hotel for Guests Marqueen Hotel
Transportation for Guests Butler Seattle
Rentals The Invisible Hostess