Real Wedding: Carina Van Son & Matt Rasmus

Classic Literature Meets Paris | October 1, 2016 | Photographs by Matthew Land Studios

NAMES Carina Van Son & Matt Rasmus LIVE IN Ballard OCCUPATIONS Matt is an aerospace engineer; Carina is a wedding planner and designer. HOW THEY MET Online at Match.com FIRST DATE They met for drinks at Toulouse and ended up staying through dinner and closing down the place! HOW THEY KNEW HE/SHE WAS THE ONE “Our individual dreams and goals started becoming one. We couldn’t imagine going after them without the other person.” HOW HE PROPOSED In front of the Eiffel Tower BACHELOR/BACHELORETTE PARTY Hers: Las Vegas; His: Portland NUMBER OF GUESTS 65 WEDDING TIME 4 p.m. WEDDING DAY WEATHER Cloudy with occasional sprinkles SPLURGED/SAVED Splurged on a live band and design details. Saved on dessert; the cakes were gifted by their sister-in-law. VENUE Stimson-Green Mansion FAVORITE PART OF THE MENU The champagne tower built for the toasts WEDDING CAKE Two cakes with four flavors total, but the cheesecake was Matt’s favorite. TRADITIONAL ELEMENTS They didn’t see each other before the ceremony. FIRST DANCE SONG “At Last”. After Matt proposed in Paris, the couple was serenaded by nearby musicians with this song, and they instantly knew it had to be played again for their first dance. FLOWERS Spray roses, baby’s breath, and Jarrahdale pumpkins at the ceremony; champagne and Dijon roses, rosehips, privet berries, scabiosa pods, fall foliage, golden pears, and figs at the reception THE DAY IN 3 WORDS Timeless, formal, elegant HONEYMOON French Polynesia—Bora Bora and the Brando Resort at Tetiaroa

From start to finish, this was a labor of love. Many friends and family thought I was crazy to be the wedding planner and the bride, but I couldn’t imagine our day any other way. It was perfect! —Carina, the bride 

LOCAL VENDOR LIST
Wedding Design and Flowers Carina Van Son Weddings, staircase garland by Tobey Nelson of Vases Wild
Ceremony and Reception Stimson-Green Mansion
Photographer Matthew Land Studios
Caterer Kaspars
Videographer Michael Sylvan McDonald
Desserts Ramus Patisserie, Lady Yum
Ceremony and Reception Entertainment Seattle String Quartet and Blue Wave Band
Hair and Makeup Makeup by Gaylinyet Roberts, hair by Urbanista Weddings
Formal Wear for Bride Custom dress purchased from Le Salon Bridal, composed of Atelier Pronovias (skirt, lace top, and veil) and Theia Dale (sweetheart top); shoes by Valentino; earrings by Tiffany & Co
Formal Wear for Groom Suitsupply
Formal Wear for Wedding Party Jovani, Suitsupply
Rehearsal Dinner Location Via Tribunali for the family gathering, the Rhein Haus with friends
Rentals La Tavola, Sweet n Design, and the Meaningful Details
Registry In lieu of a registry, they asked for hardcover editions of guests’ favorite book to start their own family library.