Oh my… this Seattle garden wedding from McKenzie Powell and Belathée is beyond magical! There are so many inspiring details, but these are some of our favorites: the use of seasonal fruit in flower arrangements (like cherries in the bride’s bouquet!), the unique dessert buffet (the bride is a pastry chef), and the Swiss tradition of a loving cup.
“I am sure that every bride will tell you that their day was magical, but I swear ours was!” says Amy. “We had the most beautiful Seattle day on September 1st that stayed warm well into the night making it feel as though we were transported to the south of France that evening. The entire day was filled with laughter and joy and great food and family and friends. The vendors we found to create, run and capture our wedding made it spectacular and felt like an extension of our family. Justin and I still talk about our wedding as if we were two of the attendees because there were so many details that we were surprised and delighted by during the day, as well as when we look at the beautiful pictures and amazing video. We wish we could get married every year just so we could go back and relive the entire experience exactly how it was that day. We wouldn’t change a thing.”
Just some of what made their wedding so magical? “Guests arrived to the sounds of classical guitar and accordion playing in the garden, making it feel like a French summer night or maybe even a scene out of a Woody Allen movie,” shares Amy. “Justin walked down the aisle with our two dogs, Roux and Pepino. McKenzie Powell’s flowers and styling made the entire garden and Corson Building the most romantic lavender-filled secret garden in Seattle.”
Why did you choose this location for your wedding? We had gone to the Corson Building for my birthday the year prior to getting engaged and we both thought it was a completely magical place. We hadn’t discussed getting married but we both walked away from that night thinking what an amazing place it would be to have a dinner party with only your closest friends. When we got engaged, we knew we wanted to find somewhere intimate with a rustic, European feel where we could through a dinner party with our closest circle of friends and family and the Corson Building was it!
Did you include any traditions in your wedding? Justin’s family has a wonderful tradition taken from his mother’s Swiss parents where the wedding couple drinks from the “loving cup,” which is a silver contraption made of two cups on a swivel. All of the married couples in Justin’s family have drank from this cup at their wedding and the trick is to work together in order for the bride and groom to drink from their respective cups at the same time.
What inspired you when you were planning your wedding? We both love Europe and wanted to find a place that had old charm and yet somehow felt like the Pacific Northwest as well. We wanted to keep it to a size where we could enjoy everyone in attendance and we both have a passion for great food, so a dinner party with amazing friends and food was our core inspiration. Other than food, our love of animals and laughter are core to our relationship so we wanted to incorporate our dogs and make sure we had fun.
What advice do you have for other brides? Choose vendors that have a great passion and share your aesthetic, hire them, and then let them go do what they do best. Finding people you trust to help create your wedding and letting them do their job without meddling will save your sanity and allow you to have surprises that will delight you throughout your wedding and beyond that day. Oh yeah, and get a day-of coordinator who knows the deal – they are worth every penny!
Do you have any budget tips for other brides? Prioritize the big components for your wedding (e.g. flowers, styling, dress, food) and put your budget towards the biggest impact/highest priority items. If you can’t have it all then make sure you have at least one thing that you and your husband really want. Be honest with yourself about what matters and don’t get caught up with small details that won’t matter in the long run.
Our Bread with Charred Vegetable Spread and Japanese Frying Peppers / A Salad of Heirloom Tomatoes, Many Raw Vegetables, Herbs and Pistachios // Roasted King Salmon with Warm Cucumbers and Lobster Mushrooms / Braised Pork Shoulder and Roasted Loin with Chanterelles, Corn, Zucchini and Nectarines
“Amy is a pastry chef and has a crazy sweet tooth so she wanted to make sure the desserts lived up to her fantasies,” share the couple. “We had over 25 desserts custom made including hand crafted Japanese wagashi, polvorones (Mexican wedding cookies), along with many other amazing French pastries, Theo’s chocolate caramels, and a beautiful wedding cake. There were also Amy’s favorite – gummy bears – put out for everyone to scoop up a small bag on their way out of the wedding.”
First Dance: Once In Love with Amy by Frank Sinatra
“The people in attendance that night still tell us how much they loved our wedding and we couldn’t agree more. There was so much love there that night from everyone, not just us in our newlywed fog, and we truly felt lifted and embraced by the entire experience.”