Irish Wedding at Delille Cellars – Woodinville, Washington – Maggie & Chris
Maggie and Chris both made the difficult decision to leave their family and friends in pursuit of their careers. Chris found an asset management office to further his studies in finance and Maggie moved states, yet again, from San Francisco to be an assistant buyer at the Nordstrom headquarters. A Summer evening in Seattle’s “hipster neighbourhood” Capitol Hill brought the two together. Maggie’s friend Brooklyn introduced the two at a bar and Chris quickly came to the conclusion that she was out of his league and that he should introduce her to his friend instead. Fortunately, Chris regained his confidence and brought them together for happy hour.
“We immediately bonded over our Midwestern commonalities and grew closer as friends. One fateful day the tides turned after we were discussing nothing other than our favourite subject… food!” When Chris first asked Maggie on a date she didn’t even realise it was really a date and thought the rest of her friends would be there. And that was the first day of the rest of their lives. Six months later they took their first trip to the Bahamas, nine months later they moved in together, and almost four years later Chris made the most special gesture and proposed to Maggie. Just like their first date, Maggie thought she was attending a charity event with the Chicago Blackhawks, but when she arrived she found her soulmate on the ice. To Chris’s dismay, Maggie’s first response was not “Yes!” but multiple questions. “Is this real?” “Does my family know?” “Seriously is this ring real?” This was followed by lots of yesses and kisses!
“Chris and I chose Seattle as our wedding destination. I am from Chicago and he is from Milwaukee but we met in Seattle 5 years ago and have both lived their for about 7 years. After the wedding we moved back to Chicago to be closer to family for the next chapter in our life but we absolutely love Seattle and wanted to celebrate the city we met in. Our number one priority for the wedding was keeping it personal and centering it all back to our love, our relationship, and our personalities. There wasn’t one big important idea, it was all about sprinkling our personal touch into little moments to create an experience. We started with the rehearsal dinner on Thursday, that way we had more time to spend with our family and closest friends. We chose Rays Boathouse for the rehearsal dinner so our landlocked family and friends in the Midwest could experience the beauty of the pacific northwest sunsets on the water. Friday night we invited all guests to our rooftop downtown Seattle that overlooks the Sound and the Space Needle. A great way to show off the city views and meet and greet with everyone before the whole day so we didn’t feel rushed or overwhelmed on the wedding day. As for the wedding, when we drove up to tour Delille we knew immediately that this was the place. We both love wine tasting and belong to multiple wine clubs. The pure size of the venue is outstanding. You feel like you could be in a fairytale. To expand on my previous note, it was important to us to focus on what we wanted on our wedding day, not what the tradition was. We were not against tradition but we chose only to incorporate ideas and details that were meaningful to us. This, along with sharing our Seattle life with everyone, was our inspiration. As the guests arrived, they were greeted with a glass of champagne. This was important to us to set the tone of the day. We wanted a light and lively event. This day to us was meant to be so special but not so serious. I walked down the aisle with my mom and dad. We walked down the aisle to a non-traditional but meaningful song, “First day of my life” by Bright Eyes. During cocktail hour we had wine tasting in the gazebo and corn hole for guests to play. Bears/Packers is a big rivalry for us! We had a Seattle Map as our guest book, we can’t wait to frame this! Our food was all a nod to Seattle. We used Skillet Food Trucks for dinner. We love food and want food that people actually want to eat at a wedding! We love the chicken sammy from skillet! We had guests go up to the truck for the sandwich but had family style sides to keep it a little more elevated. I’ve had multiple people tell me they’ve tried to replicate the kale salad! We had Top Pot donuts as our “wedding cake”. Our late night snack was a hot dog stand featuring Seattle dogs from Dante’s Hotdogs. We used a family friend as our officiant. This was something we knew we wanted from the beginning to keep the ceremony personal. After choosing a few readings, the ceremony evolved into a focus around Irish tradition. Although this was not the original intent, this evolution was so special to me as I was able to wear and incorporate the Claddagh ring my late grandmother gave me when I was young.”
“We were engaged for almost two years so my decor style evolved as we were planning the wedding. From the beginning I knew I wanted a neutral look filled with white, ivory, and blush. As time went on, green and grey became more important to me to incorporate. For the ceremony space, we used wine barrels at the end of the aisle and the altar with florals. We wanted to keep this simple since the venue has so much texture and height with the trees, pond, etc. We also used wine barrels instead of high tops for the cocktail hour. These were free from Delille and add so much more character than high tops! Wine tasting in the gazebo allowed us to incorporate that beautiful fixture in the venue. Ceremony decor was more stunning than I had imagined it to be. My biggest criteria was vineyard chairs and gold flatware! We used light grey table clothes and blush napkins. This looked so great with the white plates in between to add dimension. We also used gold rimmed water glasses to incorporate gold more without breaking the bank. Gather Design really took my centerpiece vision and ran with is. Each centerpiece was slightly different. They were all beautiful and very detailed without being stuffy. Gold votives, white lanterns, blush/ivory flowers, and greenery. We decided to add a sprig of eucalyptus at each setting. I am so happy we did this, it completely elevated the look from wow to WOW! The one personal touch we added to decor was a table that we named “Generations of Love”. We had wedding pictures of our parents, grandparents, and great-grandparents to commemorate those who made our love possible and showed us the way. It was important to us to take a moment to celebrate them. We signed our marriage license at that table. On each place card we had a different line from the Irish wedding blessing. We didn’t have a blessing at dinner so this was our way of incorporating a blessing and giving a personal touch to each guest.”
“Our flowers were a mixture of ivory, blush, and greenery for all decor and bouquets. My bouquet was loose and cascading which was my biggest priority because, as previously noted, the look I wanted was elevated natural. I have 3 sisters and Chris has two so the sisters had smaller versions of my bouquet and my other 5 bridesmaids that are my best friends had bouquets of greenery. The flowers weren’t the most important thing in our design for the ceremony/cocktail hour since we were outside and didn’t want to distract from the beauty of Delille but they were important for the centrepieces and my bouquet.”
“Chris and I wrote our own vows. Each was very special. We actually read them to each other again the day after to take in the words even deeper. Chris’s vows were extremely sweet and personal. He threw in a few great jokes too! I decided to incorporate song lyrics into my vows because we love just sitting around and playing music to each other while drinking wine on a Friday night. Chris also plays guitar and piano and although I am not a singer, I love to sing! My sisters were my maid/matrons of honor. They made up a rap to the fresh prince of bel air for their speech! One part of the wedding day that I loved was after we signed the marriage license, Chris and I sat on the front deck away from everyone. We took ten personal minutes to eat a few apps and drink our signature cocktail and enjoy the post-ceremony bliss together away from the crowd. Another favorite moment of mine was actually before the ceremony. The bridal party and family all hid upstairs in the bridal suite as the guests arrives. We had a mini dance party and spent time all together. It was very relaxing as opposed to being away from your groom and nervous!”
“I have worked for Nordstrom for the past 10 years so fashion is very important to me! However, I am practical and did not want to spend a fortune on a dress I will wear once so the journey was long to find a dress that I loved but also did not break the bank. I really wanted long sleeves but every dress with long sleeves that I tried on I didn’t like so I threw that out the window. I tried on many many dresses and finally when I was going to try on the one I was going to buy one last time, I found my dress on a rack and told my wedding stylist, I’m going to buy the other I just want to try this on for fun. Well, this one was perfect and I ended up going with it instead…and it was long sleeves! I wanted my look to be natural but elevated. I wore my hair mostly down with braids and a headpiece. We used a headband but cut it and put it in the back of my head so you could not see it from the front. The earrings I wore were my sisters that she wore to her wedding and my other sister also wore to hers. The clutch I used had a hat pin from my great-grandmother, lace on it from my grandma’s headpiece, and pearls from my mom’s wedding dress. My bridesmaids were all in Joanna August. They each picked their own silhouette and wore either nude, blush, or grey. We chose blue suits with brown shoes for the guys. We loved how this colour played against the neutral colours of the girls and the decor. Chris wore a white silk tie to elevate his look and the groomsmen wore navy polka dot ties from tie bar.”