How often can you say that you were best friends with the GROOM for almost a decade before having the honor of planning his wedding!? J and I basically grew up together, (bagging groceries at our local grocery store throughout high school and bonding over a love for Disneyland / him giving me pep talks through the drama of that period of life), so when he told me he found A, I was over the moon and knew him well enough to know right away that she was THE One.
I worked alongside this power couple for a year, planning + designing their Seattle wedding at Within Sodo. Our meetings typically took place at their home – where they would often surprise me with delicious home-cooked meals – but if a meeting took place elsewhere, the adventure would always involve detours to cute little places (shoutout to Rachel’s Ginger Beer!) before actually getting to our work destination. Not only are A+J thoughtful and two of the hardest working people I know, they are sassy, witty, and – most of all – FUN, which made our year together FLY by.
Every aspect of this wedding was curated to include A+J’s favorite things, but more importantly, every aspect we planned and designed was guest-centric. Their love for good food + wanting to create an inviting, family-style dinner atmosphere led us to Skillet for dinner and rainbow cake from Cakes of Paradise for dessert. Their love for good times with friends led us to beer pong on the rooftop (with listed House Rules, of course). There was no lack of laughter and every guest was clearly thrilled to be a part of the celebration. It was such a special wedding for me to be a part of – as a planner AND friend – and one I will never forget.
Can we do it all again, Mr. + Mrs. Numata!? So much love for you!!
Color Scheme: whites, neutrals, navy, greenery – rustic city vibes.
Favorite Décor Elements: the vineyard chair / white farm bench combination for the ceremony, creating an intentional, yet cozy seating situation in a small space.
+ Beer pong with rooftop views for guests to enjoy during cocktail hour and dancing.
+ Continuing on the Disney / FUN notes above, A+J incorporated Disney (specifically, The Lion King) into essentially all of their DIY signage and paper goods AND came up with a witty play on words for their wedding hashtag – #hakunaphamata – combining their two last names in place of “matata”.
Favorite Moment: A surprised J with a Chipotle burrito groom’s cake and J invited all of his groomsmen up to cut / take first bites with him.
Beautiful photos via Cameron Zegers Photography
Wedding Planner: Krisanna | Krisanna Elizabeth Events
Photographer: Cameron | Cameron Zegers Photography
Floral Designer: Quynh | Pearl Studio
Wedding Cake: Cakes of Paradise
DJ/MC: Darmeny | Sounds Unlimited
Rentals: Pedersen’s Event Rentals
+ Seattle Farm Tables
+ Seattle Event Lighting
Makeup Artist: Jaime Hansen
Hair Stylist: Angie | Angie’s Hair Studio
Officiant: Scott (friend of A&J)
Invitations + Paper Goods: DIY – the Bride
Bridal Boutique: Bellevue Bridal
Groom’s Attire: Black Tux
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