When I met Sarah and Jason at The Commons in Woodnville to talk about their Hollywood Schoolhouse Wedding, I immediately felt a connection. The server greeted us and Sarah immediately ordered a glass of wine. (+1 point.) The consult had lots of the usual questions that I discuss with couples… but what I really loved is that Sarah and Jason were interested in taking the conversation deeper. (+2 points.) We talked about our lives, what drove us to be better, what inspires us…. I left feeling like I had just spent a couple hours catching up with old friends. (+ 3 points.)
Their engagement session was a perfect example of how easy going and wonderful these two truly are: we rescheduled last minute due to weather and it was still somewhat rainy and cold however Sarah and Jason were ready to go with amazingly positive attitudes. So refreshing!!!
Before their Hollywood Schoolhouse Wedding, Sarah shared their sweet (and hilarious!) engagement story:
Last year for memorial day Jason wanted to go on a fun trip. We decided on Whistler and made a reservation and a gorgeous mountain facing room. Once we got there I wanted to grab lunch since it was before check-in time, but Jason insisted that we try and go to the room. Our room was ready so we headed up. When we got there we went to look at the view to find a giant dirt mountain! Since it was off season the picturesque view was a little melted. As we laughed about this I saw flowers and champagne on the table. For some reason I thought the hotel had provided them for us and mentioned how nice that was. Jason informed me that he ordered them to celebrate the weekend. A card was left next to the flowers and I was expecting it to say something like ‘Thank you for staying with us’. Jason thought this as well. The hotel did ask what he wanted to write on the card in the flowers so he had them write will you marry me in that card. Little did he know they also wrote that in the big card (in giant bold letters and clip art rings!). So I open the card (Jason couldn’t see it) and I see what it says and look at Jason, but he didn’t do anything. So I asked him “Is this real??” He then sees the card and says yes and gets down on one knee and asks me to marry him. I of course said yes and we spent the rest of the weekend celebrating. I love the way it happened because it had the potential to be perfect and romantic but ending up being funny and perfect in a completely different way.
This past year absolutely FLEW BY and just a couple weeks ago Sarah and Jason became husband and wife before all their loved ones. Favorites from their wedding day:
- Sarah and Jason planned on a first look but didn’t want it to be a “traditional” first look where one person taps on the other person’s shoulder and then they turn around. Instead, Jason and Sarah walked from opposite sides of Hollywood Schoolhouse to meet in the middle. The long walk from each end of the building gave them a chance to greet each other with HUGE smiles and the sweetest embrace.
- The traditions throughout the wedding ceremony and celebrations were EVERYTHING!!! Sarah and Jason worked with their officiant, the wonderful Annemarie Juhlian, to incorporate meaningful traditions into their wedding ceremony. They opted to include the ancient Celtic wedding oathing stone as well as a nod to Jason’s faith by breaking the glass and celebratory “Mazel tov!” at the end of the ceremony. Later at the reception, Sarah and Jason were hoisted into the air and surrounded by loved ones during the Hora.
- The simple, beautiful details. Sarah and Jason assembled an amazing vendor team and the execution of their dream wedding was flawless. All of the details were so on point: the elegant invitation suite, stunning bridal details (perfume, shoes, veil, jewelry!), handsome groom details displayed on an antique shoe shining station, AMAZING florals designed and assembled by the Ginger Bee Events (who also coordinated the day!), a nod to Woodinville with the wine cork seat assignments, and so much more. Every detail was so well thought out and executed.
- The toasts! Sarah and Jason had a total of one welcome speech (by Sarah’s father) and three toasts throughout the evening. Sarah’s father began the reception with a welcome speech that had me crying from behind my camera. Perhaps it’s because, as my babies grow, I find myself daydreaming of how I might feel as a MOB or MOG. My heart swells with sentiment – watching parents share stories of the Bride/Groom as babies… life milestones… So, perhaps it’s the mama in me, but listening to Sarah’s dad recall the big moments in his life (watching her mom walk down the aisle their wedding day, bringing Sarah home from the hospital, and then walking Sarah down the aisle to Jason) was so incredibly moving. Hearing their parents speak about them was something I’ll never forget.
- The party that was kicked off with incredible traditional dances and a dance floor that didn’t stop!!! Any wedding where the father/daughter dance is a spin on the Pulp Fiction dance scene between Uma Thurman and John Travolta is an ABSOLUTE hit in my heart. (If you’re a huge Tarantino fan like I am, you’ll appreciate that they even kicked off their shoes before dancing!!!) Jason and his beautiful mother had everyone standing, holding their cell phones high while fighting off tears, capturing their sweet mother/son dance. And then the hora kicked off a night of endless dancing! I love a good dance floor and this group could seriously dance. So good.
- Lastly – – – Sarah and Jason’s vendor team. This team worked so well together!!! The day ran so smoothly: plenty of buffer time in between big events, always ahead of schedule. Everyone was so professional and on top of their game for our sweet couple. I sincerely hope that I have the opportunity to work with each of these amazing wedding professionals again sometime soon!
- Venue, Catering: Hollywood Schoolhouse
- Design, Florals, Coordination: Ginger Bee Events
- Officiant: Annemarie Juhlian
- DJ Marc Sense – djmarcsense.com
- Gown: bhldn
- Shoes: Bella Belle from bhldn
- Bridal Earrings, Headpiece, Veil: bhldn
- Suit: Men’s Warehouse
- Suit Designer: JOE by Joseph Abboud
- Hair: Kristin Shea Hair
- Makeup: Amanda Dawn Artistry
- Cake: The Troubador Baker
- Photographer: Eva Rieb Photography
- Second Shooter: Christina Hyatt