Marisa and Krzysztof’s Classic Woodinville Wedding

Valentine’s Day is just around the corner, and Cupid was certainly to thank for Marisa and Krzysztof’s decision to tie the knot. First meeting via OkCupid, the couple decided to meet in person at the McMenamin’s in lower Queen Anne for a drink. Both Marisa and Krzysztof speak to the comfort they found in their first impressions, as if they weren’t first impressions at all. “Spending time with Krzysztof felt familiar. I was almost immediately comfortable around him. I could tell he was kind, caring, intelligent, and personable.” Kryzsztof echoes, “We could talk for hours, and it seemed like no time had passed by. I was keen on getting to know her, and I could tell the sentiment was mutual.”

Their ease of conversation and desire to get to know one another continued to bloom. While their wasn’t a specific”aha” moment that they knew they were going to spend the rest of their lives with one another, they soon became inseparable. “Before we knew it, we knew that we wanted to be together and grow old together.”

The proposal was a sweet nod to the beginning of the life and home they’d share together. Krzysztof had put in an offer on a house, and they’d found out it was accepted a day after the two had returned from a trip to Kauai. After the sunset, they were checking out the new house and were about to leave for dinner when Krzysztof told Marisa he had one more question. He knelt down on one knee in the empty living room of their new house and before he could finish the question, Marisa excitedly said yes, crying tears of joy.

Their wedding day was a simple, elegant, and fun tribute to their love story and their love for the Pacific Northwest, coordinated by Jen Leslie Events and captured by Veesh Photography. “My favorite moment was at the end of our ceremony, walking down the aisle and seeing all of our family and friends, smiling and celebrating with us. I think I was too nervous and excited to notice anyone on the way down the aisle, but on the way out, I was amazed at all of the people who have supported us our journey to become partners for the rest of our lives.” As for the groom, his favorite moment was welcoming guests as they arrived for the cocktail hour. “It was a joy to hug and chat with each and every friend and family member as they came to start the festivities. It was the first formal way for us to acknowledge the union of all the people in both of our lives.”

To sum up the best part of being married, Krzysztof cites the quote, “Happiness is only real when shared.” He says, “It’s the fact that you’re with someone who you want to share all of your happiest moments with, and who makes you happy in seemingly effortless ways.” Marisa says, “The best part of marriage is knowing that we are sharing the rest of this unpredictable journey of life together. We will have many ups and downs, but knowing that I have someone to share life with means more than anything to me.”

The Details:

Venue: The Hollywood Schoolhouse, Woodinville, WA

Wedding Coordination: Jen Leslie Events

Photographer: Veesh Photography

DJ: Levi Harshman of Remarkable Production

Flowers: Anna Brandt of Distinctive Design Florist

Hair and Makeup Artistry: Kendra Springer of KLS Makeup Artistry

Groom’s Apparel: Vera Wang

Bride’s Dress: Stella York via Blue Sky Bridal

Officiant: Rev. Patrick Callahan

Taylor and Justin’s Backyard Wedding

CASPhoto_TaylorJustinWedding151“Love recognizes no barriers. It jumps hurdles, leaps fences, penetrates walls to arrive at its destination full of hope.” These words by Maya Angelou perfectly speak to the story of Taylor and Justin. Though the thought of a long distance relationship was initially unsettling to Taylor, the persistence of the Californian boy in his pursuit of the Washingtonian girl paid off. One day, she finally agreed to a first date and found herself on a plane down to meet him. “It sounds like an exaggeration, but we could have done anything and he would have still had me at hello. Something was different – this time my heart was open to anything. I had a complete gentleman pursuing me like no one’s business for a year! I’m constantly thankful I finally got my act together and reciprocated that pursuit.” Taylor shares.

It wasn’t long before she knew her grand gesture was worth it, because Justin had decided to make one in return. He shared that he wanted to come up from Washington to watch Taylor graduate from college, and it was this desire that really sparked their journey to marriage. “When it came time for him to come up, he ended up buying a one-way ticket to Washington. He surprised me by staying the summer in order to spend time with me, my family, and to help me transition into the real world.” Later, Taylor decided to call Southern California home.

“He was all-in and made me feel like the most important thing in his life. I knew I loved him then, and I knew I would do anything to pursue his love right back,” says Taylor. As a nod to their love story, the house where Justin had stayed with his best friend in Washington was the place where the two of them said “I do.” With many fond memories of time spent at the house, Taylor is confident that they “could not have chosen a more perfect or more meaningful spot to get married” with their backyard wedding.

The best part of being married? “Having someone to laugh with during the fun times and lean on during the tough times is the greatest gift.”

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The Details:

Photographer: Carina (Skrobecki) Swain
Wedding Planner: Ellie Haisch of Maris Events
Dress: BHLDN
Makeup: Chelsey Matley
Groom’s Apparel: Tommy Hilfiger
Catering: Act3 Catering
Cake: WannaCupcake
Videographer: Janssen Powers of Native Wedding Films

Brooke and James’ Lopez Island Wedding

brookejames-lightworks360(47of65)Camping supplies? Check. Grocery list? Check. Love at first sight? Check.  Brooke and James first met at a planning meeting for a group trip to Sasquatch. James recalls being unable to take his eyes off of her, and Brooke found his eyes and his sense of humor quite charming, as well.

After spending a weekend together at the Gorge, they shared a delicious dinner and quality conversation at Joule for their first date. Both remember being a little nervous, but at the same time, as comfortable as if they’d known each other forever.

The two of them found that travel very well together, and the trips they’ve shared each have marked important milestones in their relationship. What sealed the deal for their relationship was a six week trip throughout Southeast Asia. “I’ve never been across any sea , nor with someone I was dating. I had the best time of my life and shared it with her. We were walking off the plane after we landed in Seattle and that’s when I knew without doubt.” James recalls. Their proposal took place one year following, upon their return from a trip to Mexico. After walking off the plane in Seattle, Brooke had found James on one knee in baggage claim, which she had initially understood as innocently digging through his  luggage. Much to her delight, he pulled out a ring and proposed. “It was spontaneous and perfect for us.” Brooke shares. Their wedding day was as perfect for the two of them, as their photographers Laura and Tim of Lightworks 360 explain:

“Local artist Brooke Westlund (you can find her work at her airy Pike Place studio, and at always has a clear vision, and her wedding day was no exception. For her Lopez Island nuptials with fiance James Lee, there were a few things she knew for certain: it would be simple, it would be handcrafted, and it would include the family history that brought them to the island in the first place. Brooke’s great-grandparents homesteaded on waterfront property on the gorgeous island nearly a century ago— and the barn, house, and accompanying property are all still in the family. Designing her couples portraits to include the barn (even going so far as to climb through century-old dust in her pristine gown, just to get the perfect photo), the property, and her father’s vintage Chevrolet, Brooke gave nods to her roots on every aspect of the day. With the ceremony planned for the waterfront lawn at the newer family home, her parents worked all spring and summer to create a fully-blooming dahlia garden, from which Brooke created her wedding day bouquet. The laid-back, love-infused atmosphere was a priority for her: when heavy raindrops began to douse the ceremony location within half an hour of the wedding, family and friends pulled chairs underneath the deck’s overhang and huddled together joyfully for the ceremony, as if it had been the plan all along. Later, they were treated to an extended multi-course dinner, complete with wine pairings, at the neighboring Bay Cafe. Brooke’s life and passion is her art, and it only made sense for her to design her own day from scratch: from doing her own hair and makeup, to creating invitations by hand, her artistic vision was apparent from beginning to end. If only her Lopez Island ancestors could have seen the celebration!

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The Details:
Photographer: Lightworks360
Catering: The Bay Cafe
Dress: Sally Crew Couture via La Belle Elaine’s
Groom’s Apparel: Samuelshon via Nordstrom