“I didn’t want it to stop”; that was the consensus of this fantastic late September wedding that took place in Woodinville last year. BROOKE & CLAY September 22nd, 2012
When you first meet Brooke and Clay, you are instantly greeted with the friendliest of smiles from each of them; their smiles were infectious, and I found myself smiling bigger! Brooke & Clay are Oak Harbor natives, and high school sweethearts.
Their wedding took place on September 22nd, 2012 at Willows Lodge in beautiful Woodinville, Washington. Their guest count was about 160, and this group of people made for quite a night.
As the wedding day started, Brooke resided in the Bridal suite, surrounded by her bridal party of 5 which included, her nearest and dearest friends from childhood, college, as well as her Sister in Law. In the Suite down the hall, Clay and his Groomsmen were up to the same! As the couple got prepped for the big day, they sipped on complementary wine and bubbly while exchanging gifts of appreciation to their bridal party. The groomsmen were decked out in grey and black tuxes, rented from Men’s Wearhouse. The bridesmaids were dressed in Ann Taylor Chiffon grey dresses; in a variety of different styles to fit each lovely lady.
Brooke’s dress was breathtaking and it completely encompassed the beautiful bride she was meant to be. She wore a La Sposa dress named Sala from the 2012 DREAMS COLLECTION. Her dress was made with fine knit tulle and Paris organza-- bottom line this dress was stunning on Brooke (see pictures below). Brooke had her hair swept to the side, curled and embellished with a beautiful fresh hair flower; her style was fresh, and all her own.
Brooke and Clay were married under the grand pergola which was adorned with two vibrant late summer flower swags to frame the couple as they said their vows. The aisle was decorated in colorful wild flowers in sweet glass vases that were hanging off each chair end. The ceremony included the most famous of all ring “bears” as their dog Gussy, was called up to hand over the wedding bands.
After the beautiful ceremony, guests were ushered over to the cocktail hour, where they sipped on drinks and were asked to sign the couple’s guest book that was in the form of a tree swing. Cocktail hour was full friends and family, mingling, laughing and enjoying the delicious appetizers, and refreshing summer drinks. Guests were then invited to take a seat in the grand ball room to welcome the new Mr. & Mrs. Tacia. The tables were set with stunning stemware and rectangular flower boxes, which had flowers cascading over the edges to give a lush look. The soft lighting and the flicker of tea lights gave off the perfect amount of ambiance. The couple was toasted into the reception, as folks dined on fresh seafood, fresh fruit, salmon, and beef tenderloin. After which, the happy couple headed over to their lavish set up of cupcakes, and had their cake cutting. The rest of the evening included great drinks, dancing, and great memories that will last a life time. These great memories were all captured by Aaron and Malinda Warder, of Warder Photo, a fantastic husband and wife photography team. It was one of the best weddings I have ever been to and was able to help plan. Not only for the clients and the experience I gained, but from the friendships that I was able to make during the planning process; friendships that have forever changed my life.
Thank you Brooke and Clay, and family for letting me help out with such an amazing wedding! Love,