Planning Helen and Pat's August wedding with Helen's mother was one of the very best experiences I've had with a mother of the bride. Forget any of the old cliches...Robin and I had so much fun together on her visits up to Seattle from Southern California for planning, and we spent a lot of (very fun) hours on the phone making sure all of the details would be perfect. Helen and Pat were unusual in that they wanted to simply be GUESTS at their wedding--such a novel but really quite brilliant idea for a bride that doesn't want to get to caught up in the planning. Helen trusted that Robin knew her taste, and Robin really did make the wedding a gift to Helen and Pat.
The ceremony was held at Helen and Pat's alma mater, the University of Puget Sound in the charming little New England style chapel on campus. The sweet wreathes on the door were the perfect announcement that a wedding was taking place.
The girls carried bouquets of orange milva, cherry brandy, and Alhambra roses mixed with sunset calla lilies. Helen's bouquet had additional ranunculus, orange and yellow mokara orchids, scabiosa pods, and cobra lilies.
Tacoma's Union Station was the location for a vibrant and artistic reception. The renovated former train station features several large scale works by the Northwest Artist with talent of mythic proportions; Dale Chihuly. His "Monarch Wall" was the inspiration for the color palette, embroidered silk linens, and tiny hand painted feather butterflies that graced the table arrangements. Some of the tables featured glass apothecary jars that we filled as if they were little miniature "Chihuly Gardens" with plants and tiny colored glass pieces and shards I'd collected. (Chihuly often does installation pieces in some of the world's most spectacular greenhouses).
I feel so blessed to have been able to share in the planning and execution of this wedding, and I so enjoyed working with all of the talented people that helped. Robin truly put together a fabulous team. I also loved getting to spend the evening at the event and watching the magic come to life. Other magic? The beautiful toast that Helen's father gave. I hear a lot of them, but his was truly a gift, with blessings and stories of remarkable love from all of the generations that came before Helen and Pat in their families.