Kara and Shawn’s Wedding: A Classic Ballroom Setting with Vintage Touches

Something Borrowed, Something New, Something Blue   

The bride’s classic wedding upheld classic traditions. The bride even doubled up on her "something borrowed"! A vintage cameo brooch in her hair was lent by the groom’s grandmother and a vintage diamond and pearl bracelet was courtesy of her dearest friend. The bride treated herself to a pair of rose gold and crystal earrings as her ‘something new’. The entire wedding party embraced the concept of ‘something blue’ by popping a bottle of blueberry scented bubbles pre-ceremony!

Bride and groom

Colors & Décor

Emerald, gold and champagne were the colors of the evening. Pulling inspiration from the color palate of the venue itself, these colors were no short of regal. Using champagne as a neutral backdrop throughout, the emerald and gold elements were able to shine through. Emerald touches could be seen through the bridesmaids lace dresses, bridesman’s bow tie, satin cocktail table runners, and succulent floral greenery on the dining tables and ceremony cross. Variations of gold were found on the rose bud kissed candelabra centerpieces and glitzy table runners. Champagne and gold vintage furniture completed the vanity suite to create the perfect pre-ceremony space for the bride and her wedding party.

Bride on vintage white and gold furniture
Vintage bride gets ready at the Great Hal
Emerald bridesmaids at the Great Hall
Bride and bridesmaids (and one bridesman!) pose on vintage furniture at the Great Hall
Gold vintage wedding details
Emerald and gold guestbook table
Vintage rose bud kissed candelabra centerpieces
Gold table runners
Gold vintage wedding details
Emerald, gold and champange tables
The Great Hall at Union Station Vintage Wedding
Bride place setting
Great Hall at Union Station Reception Set Up

It Starts with a Kiss

The bride and groom decided to have a "first look" at the venue prior to their ceremony. This enabled the couple to have a special and private moment prior to the madness of the wedding ensuing. A photographer loves nothing more than to capture a candid moment such as this. The ‘first look’ also allowed for family and wedding party portraits to be taken prior to the ceremony. Every bride and groom deserves to relax and enjoy their own cocktail hour, especially when devouring Jewel Hospitality’s delicious appetizers.

Bride and groom first look
Bride and groom in front of the emerald backdrop at the Great Hall
Bride and groom

Pioneer Square & Occidental Street

In the heart of Seattle’s historic district, the Great Hall at Union Station neighbors elegant Occidental Street. With classic architecture dating back to the late 1800’s, Romanesque and Victorian inspired buildings line the street. Stunning northwest maple trees made the 92 degree heat of this scorching Seattle summer day bearable for this brave Seattle couple and wedding party!  

Groomsmen in Pioneer Square
The bridal party
Bride and groom
Bride and groom

Tying the Knot

The ceremony was held in the front of this stunning ballroom. The bride created an intimate space by using ivory colored pipe and drape to segment the ceremony off from the reception. With simple elegance at the forefront, gold chivari chairs and glass hurricane candles completed this romantic setting. The couple was able to incorporate elements of Catholicism into their ceremony through the handmade cross by the bride’s step father and unity candle lighters from their local church. The bride walked down the aisle to ‘Marry Me’ by Train, bringing tears to the groom’s eyes.

Great Hall at Union Station Gold Ceremony Setup
Bride getting ready to walk down the isle
Great Hall at Union Station Ceremony Setup
Great Hall At Union Station Cermeony
Bride and groom Great Hall at Union Station
The happy couple!

Dining & Dancing the Night Away

Guests were greeted during cocktail hour with an assortment of delightful appetizers, from classic crab cakes to braised pork belly skewers with Washington peach chutney. Dinner was served family style on elegant long dining tables. Platters of delicious food graced the tables. The couple’s personal favorite was the wild king salmon filets drizzled in a caviar beurre blanc. First dances took place on the stunning black and white tiled floor for all to view. Embracing the groom’s Filipino culture, the ‘Money Dance’ added a surge of enthusiasm into the evening. The couple was greeted during a slow dance with a hand made money lei from Honolulu and were eventually showered with money from all guests. From slow dancing to some might say questionable dance moves, the ‘Money Dance’ was a success. The couple was showered with love and best wishes of a prosperous future.

Bride and groom's first dance at the Great Hall
Bride and groom money dance
Bride and groom money dance
Bride and groom money dance
Bride and groom do the money dance
Money dance

The Sweet Side

A classic four tiered wedding cake was created by Jewel Hospitality’s phenomenal in house baking team. This stunning rosette designed cake was hard to miss as it sat royally under the black and white vintage clock, waiting to be sliced. The couple cut their luscious vintage red velvet cake in a traditional cake cutting ceremony. Without prompting, Jewel Hospitality sent the bride and groom home with the cake topper as a keepsake to be frozen and enjoyed on their one year anniversary.

Jewel Hospitality created this beautiful rosette wedding cake at the Great Hall
Beautiful rosette wedding cake on a vintage cake stand
Rosette wedding cake

Sparklers! Sparklers! Sparklers!

It started with a kiss, it ended with a kiss. Love was pouring out of this couple from their first look to their sparkler send off. Guests were handed a sparkler and a custom gold matchbox embossed with the bride and grooms first names and wedding date. To prepare for the big finale, guests lined the brick roundabout of this classic 1910 train station. Sparklers lit up the night as the bride and groom were surrounded by their loved ones. The Great Hall at Union Station became the perfect mix of timeless elegance embracing new traditions. A truly classic wedding completed with a modern day send off.

Great Hall Sparkler SendOff
Sparkler sendoff at the Great Hall
Sparkler Sendoff

Thanks to all of the fabulous vendors who helped create this gorgeous wedding! 

Venue: Great Hall at Union Station

Catering: Jewel Catering

Rentals: Pedersen’s Rentals & Vintage Ambiance

Ceremony Draping: Prop Gallery

Flowers: Ravenna Bloom

DJ: Baby Van Beezly

Photography: Alante Photography

Day Of Hair & Make Up: Off White Makeup & Beauty

Wedding Dress: Romashka Bridal 

Bridesmaids Dresses: Nordstrom Bridal Suite

Custom Calligraphy Design Work: Songbird Paperie