Thanks to the expertise of Finch & Thistle Event Design and the help of their friends and family, Rebecca and Ben had a beautiful wedding full of vintage decorations, diy details and sentimental touches. With both the ceremony and reception taking place in the same location, the versatility of the open floor plan of Sodo Park along with the rustic atmosphere was the ideal location for this fabulous couple to tie the knot.
Read on to hear more from Finch & Thistle Event Design about this rustic chic Seattle wedding and be sure to check out the rest of the details in the full gallery here, all breathtakingly captured by Angela and Evan Photography.
From Finch & Thistle Event Design:
Rebecca’s bridesmaids were all going to wear different dresses in peacock shades and so for the flowers we settled on jewel tones of eggplant and mauve with a little peach for warmth to contrast the blues, greens and golds of the dresses. Rebecca even made the bridesmaid’s feather hair pieces herself.
When Rebecca mentioned she was just finishing up her PhD in English Literature, it was immediately obvious to me that books should be a major theme of her and Ben’s August 2012 wedding at Sodo Park in Seattle. Instead of a traditional guest book, guests were encouraged to write wishes to the bride and groom on pages of a vintage book which we styled with flowers in wooden bowls, a birdcage and an antique typewriter.
Sodo Park is a beautiful, rustic venue and I decided to use lace and mahogany elements in the rest of the designs to add some elegance. Rebecca and Ben’s fathers made the beautiful birch bark chuppah that we decorated with vintage French lace and a one-sided floral arrangement made up of dahlias, roses, hydrangea and clematis.
chup•pah |ˈKHo͝opə| (noun): a canopy beneath which Jewish marriage ceremonies are performed. Consisting of a cloth or sheet stretched or supported over four poles — or sometimes manually held up by attendants to the ceremony — a chuppah symbolizes the home that the couple will build together.
Rebecca and her sister crafted all the DIY details, with back up help from Ben and her mother. They made the guest favors that Rebecca and I dreamed up (chocolate-covered cherries from Chukar Cherries in peacock bags from Etsy), the map seating chart, the photobooth props, the pie stands, the exclamation flags for the pie table, and the program fans. The Chukar Cherries were significant because Rebecca worked at the Chukar Cherry stall in Seattle’s famous Pike Place Market after she had handed in her dissertation and was waiting for her new Amherst, MA teaching job to start in the Fall.
The seating chart was a map created by the bride and groom to celebrate their love of travel and adventure and was accented with a display of family photographs and a ukelele. The centerpieces were on mahogany pedestals with street signs crafted by the bride used instead of table numbers. The street names all held special meaning for the couple. Alternating tables were styled with lace runners and vintage books collected by the bride and were decorated with bud vases and candles. Instead of a cake guests enjoyed homemade pies and ended the night with sparklers.
Event Designer & Flowers: Finch & Thistle Event Design
Photographer: Angela and Evan Photography
Venue: Sodo Park
Caterer: Herban Feast
Coordinator: A Kurant Event
DJ: Bamboo Beats
Dress Designer: Ulla-Maija Couture
Stationery: Jenna Hesse of Jennabeth Photography
Pies: High 5 Pie
Props: Finch & Thistle Event Design & Vintage Ambiance
Groom's Attire: Perry Ellis