A Modern Pink-and-Navy-Blue Wedding Outdoors in Washington
Melody and Adam
Adam had actually met Melody five years before he asked her out. Once they'd begun dating, it took him only a year to realize that she was the one. Though the couple lived in Washington, D.C., they went back to Melody's hometown in Washington State for their late-summer nuptials.
Four flower girls in pink seersucker dresses and white headbands held pomanders of mixed white blooms as they led the way for the bride.
Melody's father, Hank, walked her down the aisle of the small church.
One hundred and fifty guests attended the 5 o'clock nuptials, which were performed by the matron of honor's father. At the ceremony, members of the family sang songs, and a piano, violin, and cello trio played music composed by Jean-Yves Thibaudet for the movie "Pride and Prejudice." Adam's sister (and Melody's best friend) had introduced the couple in a manor reminiscent of Jane Austen's "Emma," so the musical selection had seemed natural.
Crystal and Jason, of Ella Blue Studio, captured the summer wedding, complete with a brief portrait hour in town following the ceremony.
The Bridal Party
The bouquet of mixed pink blooms and striped navy ribbon fit perfectly into the day's color palette. Melody's friend Elaina Trostad used local flowers to create the arrangement.
Adam wore a boutonniere of craspedia and daisies tied with a blue ribbon.
For the reception, Melody swapped out her long veil for a birdcage and fabric-flower creation by Shawnie Sherie Veils.
Custom signs from The Back Porch Shoppe welcomed guests to the backyard reception at a friend's cliffside home on Puget Sound. The shabby-chic sign was just one way the couple achieved their vintage, preppy aesthetic.
The Escort Cards
Melody and Adam created an escort card display inspired by their love of travel. Since the bride and groom have lived all over the world, and their guests came from near and far, they framed a large map and added tacks pinned to some of their favorite destinations. Each city represented a table, and guests found their names listed near each point on the map.
Round tables with navy tablecloths and sheer striped overlays held assorted vases of mixed flowers and yellow craspedia. Tealight candle holders with magenta stenciling completed the centerpiece arrangements.
To highlight their shared weakness for cheeseburgers, the couple worked with Twelve Baskets Catering to create a gourmet burger bar.
City names subbed as table numbers; they were displayed on cute cards that explained the importance of the location to the couple.
Melody's father also made a large arbor to frame the dessert display. Embellished with another custom sign for a bit more personality, it perfectly framed the cupcakes and the stunning view of the bluff and the water below.
Cupcake Royale created three flavors of cupcakes: chocolate with vanilla frosting, vanilla with vanilla frosting, and the bakery's flavor of the month, lemon with raspberry frosting (the bride's favorite). "We waited all summer to hear about August's flavor, and I was so excited when they chose raspberry lemon," said Melody.
Miniature vanilla cupcakes sat on a pink Depression-glass pedestal that had belonged to Melody's great-grandmother. The smaller sweets were ideal for younger guests.
A small cake decorated with striped ribbon was used for the traditional cake cutting.
An antique table displayed note cards stamped with the couple's names, where guests could jot down their favorite memories of Melody and Adam.
Photos of the couple growing up were hung nearby, and portraits from family weddings across the generations were also displayed.
Adirondack furniture made by Melody's father marked a more casual lounge area.
A sweets table decorated with striped ribbon and hanging tissue-paper pom-poms offered guests taffy and lollipops to go.
Trees ripe with hanging tealight candles dotted the property. As the reception progressed, the candlelight (and bistro lights hung above) cast a romantic glow over the yard.
Heartfelt speeches and toasts were given on the porch of the house.
Residents of the nation's capital, the couple found inspiration for their first dance in the presidential inaugural ball. Like the Obamas, Melody and Adam swayed to "At Last."