Seattle Art Gallery Wedding
This wedding… My heart absolutely jumps for joy whenever I look at this beauty. Is it any surprise? The bride, Brianne, is a crafting workhorse, and put together one of the most inspiring, creative weddings we’ve seen yet. Carina Skrobecki took care of the images and Very Important Events handled the day-of coordination, but all the paper flowers and fun whimsical details came straight from the bride’s talented hands. Stay tuned for a DIY from the bride herself!
From the bride, Brianne: Our wedding was the culmination of not only a long engagement, but several years of a long distance relationship due to Erik being stationed on the east coast for his time in the US Navy. So, more than anything, we wanted our wedding to feel like a celebration. A big party to celebrate not only our marriage, but also the success of making it through some tough years, and also to celebrate Erik being back in Seattle for good. It was important to us to be surrounded by friends and family we love and make sure that the experience was full of joy, happiness, and laughter for everyone. We translated this style-wise into bright colors, and big bold patterns. I’m an Architect and Erik has always been interested in origami as a hobby, so we wanted to incorporate geometric elements as a nod to these passions. In order to make it feel like a party for everyone, we also incorporated some traditions from New Orleans where I lived during college, like a Second Line parade, and cake pulls for all the ladies. Good food and fully stocked bars were also important to make it a great party.
Bouquet recipe: Since we made all the flowers out of paper, we took some artistic liberties with which types exactly. I would say that my inspiration flowers were Poppies, Anenomes, and Tulips. Big blooms with graphic bold colors.
We knew we wanted it to be colorful and pop against an architectural backdrop. We chose an industrial venue with brick and concrete details and then put a ton of color over top. From the very beginning, I enlisted my friend Tammie Bennett to design a pattern for the day that we could use for paper goods, decor, fabric, etc. We used her color palette as a jumping off point, but we generally just stuck to a variety of bright teals and oranges and picked what spoke to us most. I tried not to worry too much about a color scheme, because I didn’t want to have to give up something I loved just because it didn’t match exactly. Friends and family were pretty confused when they’d ask for the palette and I’d say “Well, anything really!”
Any advice for couples planning their weddings now? Take everything one step at a time and go with your gut. Since we had a long engagement, I assigned myself one vendor to research, interview, and hire at a time. Once that task was complete I could move onto the next one. This helped me from ever feeling overwhelmed with decision making (something that can be tough for me). When hiring vendors, the most important thing to me was whether or not I connected with the person, so I think sitting down over coffee is key. You’re going to be spending the most important day of your lives with these people, you want them to feel like friends. On going with your gut – just pick whichever vendor/design/etc speaks to you most and don’t worry too much on whether everything will “go”. If it’s a reflection of you and your guy’s personality, it will naturally flow into a day that is the perfect representation of you.
View all images from this wedding in the gallery
Processional: Etude in D, composed by Julio Sagreras
Recessional: Luna de Miel
First Dance: “Hold Me, Thrill Me, Kiss Me,” She & Him
Parents’ Dance: “Don’t Worry, Be Happy,” Caroline Savoie
Newlywed Entrance: “You Make My Dreams Come True,” Hall & Oates
Cake Cutting: “Happy,” Pharrell Williams
Wedding Location: Seattle, WA / Photographer: Carina Skrobecki / Day-Of Coordination: Very Important Events / Venue: EM Fine Art Gallery / Wedding Dress: Brides by Demetrios via Brides Against Breast Cancer / Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Modcloth, Target, and Garnet Hill / Groom’s Suit: Hugo Boss via Nordstrom / Caterer: Gourmondo / Wedding Cake: Rosellini Sweets / Ceremony Musician: Julian Catford / DJ: Magnolia Rhapsody / Officiant: Rev. Mary Calhoun / Vintage Furniture Rental: Vintage Ambiance / Photobooth: The Snap Bar / Wedding Invitations: Designed by Bride, printed at Nikko Media
Thank you SO SO much for featuring our wedding and for your kind words. I love crafting so it was really a labor of love for our big day 🙂 FYI for any Seattle brides considering our venue, it has recently closed unexpectedly so unfortunately is no longer available 🙁 [PS – I have a few items for sale in the Recycle your wedding section under ‘BrianneTomlin’]
Really fun concept! Love it!
Your wedding cake idea was very original – one of the best I’ve every seen.
That is a TON of paper flowers! How fun!