Real Wedding: Shailee Flood & Kramer Aspiri

Fall Romance | October 1, 2016 | Photographs by Jenna Bechtholt

NAMES Shailee & Kramer Aspiri LIVE IN Mercer Island OCCUPATIONS Kramer works at Parker, Smith & Feek as an insurance broker; Shailee works at Apex Systems as an account executive. HOW THEY MET In college at the University of Washington FIRST DATE Hollywood Tavern in Woodinville. They hadn’t talked for years and randomly got together for happy hour. “We sat and talked for hours, discussing all things you are told to never talk about on a first date—religion, politics, family, future plans, etc. We laid it all on the table and it was the absolute easiest conversation, and we both couldn’t believe how quickly time passed!” HOW HE PROPOSED At the family cabin on Lake Wenatchee BACHELOR/BACHELORETTE PARTY Him: Hood River. Her: Wine tasting in Sonoma, California. NUMBER OF GUESTS 230 BUDGET $65,000 WEDDING TIME 5:30 p.m. SPLURGED/SAVED Splurged on the flowers and wedding video, saved on menus and programs. COLORS Deep jewel tones VENUE Court in the Square TRADITIONAL ELEMENTS It was very important for them to have a Christian-based ceremony. “We prayed together, had our families pray over our marriage, and lit a unity candle with our parents by our side.” NONTRADITIONAL ELEMENTS Sibling dance at the reception, where Kramer danced with his sister Madison and Shailee danced with her brother Michael to the song “My Wish” by Rascal Flatts. FAVORITE CEREMONY MOMENT The vows, which were personal. Also, Shailee’s childhood pastor performed the ceremony, adding another important personal element. FIRST DANCE SONG “The Only One Who Gets Me” by Charles Kelley FAVORITE PART OF THE MENU Mashed potato bar THE DAY IN 3 WORDS Family, friends, love HONEYMOON Kauai, Hawaii

When I was imagining our ceremony, I knew that I wanted the altar to be a main focal point. I also really wanted the reception to have large amounts of flowers and lush tablescapes. — Shailee, the bride

Day-Of Coordinator Melissa Juergens, Bright Side Events
Wedding Design and Flowers Thatch Floral
Ceremony and Reception Ceremony at Court in the Square, reception at Axis Pioneer Square
Photographer Jenna Bechtholt Photography
Videographer Craig Flood, Watertown Films
Desserts Honey Crumb Cake Studio and High 5 Pie
Ceremony and Reception Entertainment Kris McCoskery
Hair and Makeup Bridal Beauty Agency
Formal Wear for Bride Dress by Lihi Hod at Marina Morrison in San Francisco
Formal Wear for Groom Ted Baker from Nordstrom
Formal Wear for Wedding Party Jenny Yoo bridesmaids dresses, Black Tux suits for groomsmen
Rehearsal Dinner Location Aqua
Rentals Vintage Ambiance, Fanciful RentalsNW Vintage Rentals, CORT Party Rental
Calligraphy Anchored Paper Co
Registry Crate & Barrel, Pottery Barn, Macy’s