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Real Weddings: Eri & Evan

Eri and Evan’s wedding was a classic affair held in a stunning ballroom. We love how they incorporated traditional and handmade details. Read on for their story, as told by Eri.

The Scene: September 20, 2013, The Arctic Club in Seattle, WA

Evan and I hit it off instantly when we met in college in 2003, and have been inseparable since then. Because we were both finishing up college, and then I relocated for graduate school, it never seemed like just the right moment to make things official–until this year!

We both wanted a pretty traditional wedding, but because I am half-Japanese we also wanted to incorporate some of that tradition as well. We wanted an elegant, classic event but tried to add lots of personal touches.

I love craft projects, and for the reception, my bridesmaids and I made personalized message-in-a-bottle escort cards with handwritten thank-you notes inside, along with matching place cards and menus. My mom is crafty too, and made us adorable table numbers with framed pictures of me and my husband as kids.

The bridal party was a small, close-knit group of our friends. By far, our favorite part of the whole experience was how wonderfully these friends and family members from all over the country (and the world) came together and worked so hard to create a faultless evening.

My Look: I had three looks, and all very different! For the ceremony I wore a lace gown with a scalloped neckline and hem, called ‘Cricket’ by designer Hayley Paige. I accented the dress with a cathedral-length veil by Vera Wang and the Rosa Clará ‘Belinda’ belt. My shoes were Badgley Mischka ‘Salsa’ heels in white.

For the reception I wore a retro-inspired fit-and-flare dress by Isaac Mizrahi and a short birdcage veil.

My relatives all flew here from Japan, and after the ceremony my grandmother and aunt helped me change from my gown into a kimono that had been passed down to me. It was a painstaking process for which they had trained for weeks.

My Wedding Stylist: Sarah Walton, Downtown Seattle Wedding Suite

I had never tried on any kind of formal gown before this, so when I started out I had pretty much no idea of what I wanted. My fears dissolved once I met my stylist, Sarah. She pulled dresses in every style for me to see what I liked best, but the second I put on the Hayley Paige, we all knew it was “the one.”

Working with Sarah was an absolute joy; she had a wonderful eye, echoing the details of the lace on the dress in the beaded belt we picked out and also in my shoes. She took lots of time to learn exactly what our vision was for the evening, to make sure that everything was just right. She was great with suggestions for finishing touches too–it was her idea to have our florist use the remnant from my belt to wrap the bottom of my bouquet. It came out beautifully!

When I came to her at the last minute asking for help finding a reception dress, she sprang into action, picking the perfect tea-length party dress and veil to finish off the evening (and allowing plenty of room for dancing). Sarah’s enthusiasm and love of her job really showed.

Our Special Moments: My husband is the music aficionado and helped plan the perfect soundtrack for the night. After dinner and one more costume change, we spent the rest of the evening on cloud nine, dancing and enjoying ourselves. Evan and I couldn’t believe all of our relatives who hit the dance floor, from younger cousins to my nearly 90-year-old grandfather. We truly did get the perfect wedding we had been waiting so long for!

Photos by Christopher Gendron Photography

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