While you look at Jess and Ryan’s nuptials this morning, you could easily mistake their Victorian-inspired wedding for a period romance movie. Think pearls, vintage books, touches of gold, snazzy attire and plenty of florals, all against the backdrop of the beautiful Fairmont Olympic Hotel in Seattle.
Guests knew from the moment they received their ‘first class ticket’ invitation that this would be an elaborate affair and they were asked to “come in style” and don “fancy hats”.
The bride and groom both looked spectacular – Jess, in her floral tulle gown (and – gasp – those gold Louboutins) and Ryan, in his dapper suit. Add to that, their fabulous costume change for their choreographed first dance. Is it just me, or does this make you totally want to take up swing dancing lessons?
It’s hard to pick favourite aspects of this incredible day, as there are so many to choose from, but my heart melted at Pompie the Ring Pup in his little black suit posing for photos with his parents! The dessert table with countless goodies, including the extravagant wedding cake, French macarons, tarts and eclairs looked positively scrumptious. Friends and family, wearing their theme-appropriate hats and fascinators, danced up a storm and posed for photos with the happy couple. What fun!
Big thanks go to Barrie Anne Photography for sharing these images.
FROM THE PHOTOGRAPHER | Ryan and Jess met at a career fair at the University of Washington, while recruiting for their tech companies. Ryan fell in love immediately. Jess was completely oblivious of what was about to occur. By their second date, they had already been dreaming of marriage and just a few months later he popped the question in Paris. Their lifestyles synced up immediately, with puppies and kitties and swing dancing, as well as staying up late to watch shows and play video games, or going on dates to the bookstore. Their nerdy side quickly kicked in when deciding on a wedding theme: because most of their guests did not understand what “Steampunk” means, they went with a more classic Victorian vibe. From the candelabras, to the marble busts, and even a customized portrait of Queen Victoria, the theme’s elements spread through the venue. Invitations notified the guests that “Fancy Hats” would be required, and the couple was wonderfully overwhelmed with the commitment and enthusiasm guests put into their attire.
They found the characters for Ryan’s family name, Kosai, and got a wax seal stamp made. This was used on the invitations, on the escort cards, and even as a chocolate wax seal on some of the pastries and petite fours on the dessert table.
Included in the invitation was a card with a drawing of a Victorian era scene for guests to colour, and bring to the wedding with a note to the couple. We also had extra copies at the wedding, and guests did colour them at the cocktail hour, and brought theirs back to put into the large globe (from the couple’s home) as the “guestbook”.
The couple LOVES music – they take swing dance lessons together. To honour this, they had their friend lead swing dance lessons for the guests. The dance floor was PACKED and people had such a great time! Jess and Ryan also had an adorable choreographed first dance, followed by a cute dancing number by Jess and her father. THEN later in the evening, Ryan surprised the guests by joining the band with his clarinet for a couple songs, while their friend sang “La Vie en Rose”.
The ring pup! Pompie stole the show, and was the cutest little ring pup ever with his own little suit.
Jess was just STUNNING. I’ve always loved a bride that has amazing style. Her pink hair, that DRESS and those Louboutin heels were just perfection. And her second dress and hat were perfect for a fun evening of dancing. She wasn’t the only one with an outfit change, Ryan put on a nice velvet jacket for the reception and a bowtie. Have I mentioned her fabulous rose gold ring?! YES!
Mixed throughout the décor (and even her bouquet) were strands of pearls and gold and rose gold accents. Using books (they LOVE to read), tea cups, and other fun vintage items. Each table was different. There were even fun character busts around on the tables.
Behind the dessert table was a beautiful Victorian painting, which Jess had commissioned from Etsy. It was of herself and her pup, and everyone LOVED it!
Flanking the aisle were some trees, adorned with crepe paper flowers that the bride and her maids made themselves. Along the back of the aisle were large balloons (from Up and Up Balloons), with a garland of greenery and some flowers with pearls.
Jess and Ryan made sure to let the guests know the requested attire, AND the guests did not disappoint. There were so many fun hats, top hats, long cloaks, etc. It was like we stepped back in time for this wedding. Prior to the ceremony, the Officiant asked everyone to remove their hats for the ceremony. After their first kiss, they put hats on each other before heading down the aisle (with guests tossing rose petals) as husband and wife.
On the white dance floor was a lovely decal, continuing the theme of the hot air balloon and colours.
Each table had a custom menu in rose gold, pink and gold designed by Perfect Press.
Jess had her calligraphy/hand lettering skilled friend do all of the signs, on the mirrors from Vintage Ambiance.
That dessert table! Not only did it have a very large, impressive and delicious cake made by the Fairmont pastry chef, there were also fruit tarts, éclairs, petite fours, etc. from Hoffman’s Bakery, as well as French Macarons from Lady Yum. On that lovely cake was a cake topper designed and made by Ryan, by 3D printing.
Jess knew she wanted some “hedges” as the photo booth backdrop, so she made that and some large paper flowers by herself!
CREDIT WHERE CREDIT IS DUE |
Photographer | Barrie Anne Photography
Venue and Caterer | Fairmont Olympic Hotel
Dress | Lauren Elaine Bridal
Shoes | Christian Louboutin
Suit | Roco Clothing
Maid’s Dresses | Rent the Runway
Hair and make up | Katie McMullen
Florist | Creative Colors by Patty
Planner and designer | Simply by Tamara Nicole
Officiant | Dr. Chris Xu
Calligraphy and signs | Rachael Slavik
DJ | Nat Hillary
Band | Kevin Buster (Lunch Money)
Photo booth | Phototainment
Pastries | Hoffman’s Bakery
Macarons | Lady Yum
Dance Floor Decal | PKGraphicsTO (Etsy)
Menus | Perfect Press
Painting | SunBirdArts (Etsy)
Invitations | Jason Oxrieder
What a way to celebrate “in style”, Jess and Ryan! Thank you so much for allowing us to show off your unique and gorgeous day. Abby xx