Jenifer & Morgan | Real Weddings
Jenifer and Morgan held a rustic and spirited celebration at Robinswood House in Bellevue, Washington, where the gorgeous surroundings and weather still couldn’t outshine the bride and groom.
Tell us about the location.
We both wanted an outdoor venue since we were planning on getting married in August and wanted to take advantage of the warm weather! Morgan proposed in November of 2015, so when we decided on a summer wedding in 2016, the race was on to find something that had availability! What we loved about it was that it is this little enclosed oasis in the vastness that is Robinswood Park. I wanted a more rustic outdoor feel for the wedding, and this checked off all of the boxes. From the old 1895 homestead to the English garden for the ceremony, it just felt perfect for what I had envisioned.
What was your theme and inspiration?
Our theme was definitely more rustic. I fell in love with the idea of incorporating succulents, so I wanted muted greens, greys and purples with pops of brighter colors like hot pink and a deeper purple. I also fell in love with dahlias and knew I wanted to use those as well.
For our escort cards we used mini white cow bells with little chalkboard tags. Morgan is a professional cyclist, so we thought it would be cute to incorporate them since that is what the spectators ring during bike races! Guests LOVED ringing them to get us to kiss.
My sister is fabulous at making dessert, so I knew I wanted her to do something special for us. In addition to a perfect little cake to cut, she made three different flavors of cupcakes in mini mason jars that we stacked on all these cool rustic risers. They turned out super cute, in addition to being delicious.
What were your favorite moments from your day?
Probably my favorite moment was when Morgan made his speech. Words cannot even describe how loving and sweet and sincere it was. I don’t think there was a dry eye in the house!
Another one of my favorite moments was our first look. We got these gigantic confetti-filled balloons that we were holding over our faces until we got the OK. Seeing Morgan’s expression for the first time he saw me in my dress and also seeing how handsome he looked in his suit was a priceless moment.
What made you know your dress was the one?
The dress was the Monique Lhuillier Severine that I found at the Wedding Suite at the Downtown Seattle Nordstrom. My stylist, Heather, was also a personal friend, so that made the experience all that more fun! The “one” turned out to be far different from what I had envisioned. I was having a super hard time deciding on a dress, and I almost didn’t even try this one on! But the second I put it on and came out, I just knew there was something magical about it based on my friends’ reactions. Morgan always teases me that I am his Russian ballerina, and it had that ballerina feel to it with the light-blush tulle skirt; I just knew he was going to love it.
Do you have any advice for other brides to be? Something you wish you knew now after your wedding?
Get a videographer! I know they are wildly expensive, but there were so many special moments that I wish we had on tape.
All the stress and planning will be totally worth it! It’s like what they say about childbirth: you forget it all after it happens.
Where is the honeymoon?
We are still in the planning stages. Someplace tropical, in December or January, when the weather turns horrible here and we just want to lie in the sun!
Photography by Bonita Gabrielle
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