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And we’re back, this time with images from Michelle + Ken’s whimsical reception on the lawn of the Semiahmoo Resort.  From the couple’s leafy-green wedding cake (inspired by their Italian china pattern!) from Market Street Catering to the long candelabra-topped banquet tables, M + K’s reception has a grown-up Alice in Wonderland-esque vibe that makes me happy.  The open-air lounge retreat set up just outside the tent is wonderfully magical, too.  Visit photographer Michèle Waite’s blog for her post on the day!

Describe your wedding cake:  Elegant and classy.  The cake’s design was influenced by the Italian china that we registered for.
What was the biggest challenge you had to overcome while planning your wedding?  Our biggest challenge was finding out 3 weeks prior to our wedding that Ken had been called in for oral board interviews with a local fire department.  We were really excited until we learned that the interviews would be the week after our wedding which was the same week that we supposed to be celebrating our honeymoon in Fiji.  After much contemplation, we decided to postpone our honeymoon so that Ken could participate in the process.
What was your most memorable moment about your wedding day?  The most memorable thing was how joyful everyone at our wedding was.  It was really important to us that our family and friends felt like the day was as much about them as it was about us.  Everyone looked impeccable and the day was full of many smiles, tears and laughter.
What was your most memorable part of the ceremony?  Our officiant was Ken’s current Fire Chief and worked closely with Ken’s dad, Scott, for many years.  Scott passed away 10 years ago, so it was very special for the Chief to marry us.  Our favorite moment during the ceremony was with Chief introduced us as “Mr. and Mrs. Scott Tozer”, mistakenly calling Ken by his dad’s name.  At that moment, we knew Scott was there with us, too.
What’s next for you as a couple?  What are you looking forward to in the future? Ken and I are enjoying our time as newlyweds and continue to focus on our commitment to Ken getting hired as a full-time fire fighter.  We’re also looking forward to going on our honeymoon later this year. 

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Hello, gorgeous dress!  The bride fell in love with her regal one-shoulder gown from Luly Yang the moment she saw it, and I can totally see what.  (I may be biased since I’ll be wearing a one-shoulder gown in a little over a week, but you have to admit her dress is pretty fabulous.)  Michelle + Ken swapped “I dos” at the Semiahmoo Resort, with Michèle Waite on-hand to document the big day.  Steven Moore Designs planned M + K’swedding and styled the intricate blooms.  Come back soon for Part II, ‘mkay?

How did the two of you meet?  Tell us your story.  We met at a “guy’s baby shower.”  I was living in Portland, OR at the time and was out on the town with a girlfriend and my brother.  Ken was in town from Washington State celebrating his friend’s “weekend get-away” baby shower.  As Ken puts it, why should women get to have a party and the men don’t?  We met, exchanged numbers, and the rest is history!
Describe the proposal.
It was our 3-year anniversary and Ken secretly arranged with my clients to come after a lunchtime Pilates class that I was teaching.  One of my clients had asked me to wait after class to meet a friend of hers who was interested in Pilates.  The “friend” turned out to be Ken.  I thought the surprise and enormous bouquet of flowers that he was carrying was for our anniversary, but I couldn’t figure out why all of my clients were taking photos.  Then, he got down on his knee and asked me:  “Will you spend the rest of your life with me?”  I was completely stunned and said, “Of course I will!”
Three adjectives that describe the day are:
Romantic, fun, perfect.
Our favorite detail of the wedding was:
   My grandfather who was very special to me and who had passed away raised sold peonies.  It was really important to my family to have some peonies incorporated into the décor, despite how difficult they were to get during July.  My bouquet, my mom’s bouquet and my grandmother’s all had peonies.  Our head table also featured single pink peonies.  There were moments during the wedding when I could smell their fragrance and I felt completely embraced by my grandfather.  We also had my grandmother’s oil paintings of my grandfather’s peonies displayed during the reception.
What Southern details or traditions did you include in your celebration?  What was Southern about your wedding?
My aunt gave us a beautiful 100 Blessings quilt on our wedding day that she had made.  The quilt is incredible and was by far our favorite gift.  We were really excited to incorporate it into some of our photos, too.  We also served pork sliders and sweet potato fries as a late night snack during the reception.
Tell us about finding your wedding dress:
  My brother, my Man of Honor, saw my dress in the window of Luly Yang, a boutique across from his office in downtown Seattle.  He called me and told me that he thought he had found my dress.  And he did.  It was exactly what I was looking for and I was the first person (and last) to try it on!

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  1. avatar Katie O’keefe reply

    I absolutely love your dress! I love the modern one-shoulder, but it is all together timeless and has a traditional feel. Lovely

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