The colors, vibe + location from today’s stunning wedding – captured ever-so-beautifully by Maria Lamb – are sure to make you do a double take. Combining so many of our favorite things (a greenhouse, desert foliage + a purple Emily Riggs Bridal dress) we thought this ultra sweet + stylish celebration would be a perfect way to start out the week.
Allie + Brian kept their guest list small, choosing to celebrate with 30 of their closest friends + family members at a location with lots of meaning to them. Allie shares, We knew that we wanted an intimate wedding — something small and meaningful that reflected who we are as a couple. For us, a Saturday is best spent in a park reading on a blanket together. During the months planning, we spent many weekends wandering Volunteer Park Conservatory, then settling onto a bench to read happily for a few hours. It’s the kind of place that makes you want to move in forever—inviting, serene, and bursting with life. We realized quite quickly that it captured everything we were imagining — an intimate, uplifting setting where we could make that joyous commitment to each other in front of our small guest list of family and dear friends. The conservatory is floor-to-ceiling windows and plants, and on our wedding day the sun was shining, flooding the entire space with a bright, joyful light. With two tall plants as our altar and my best friend as our officiant — the ceremony was even more magical than we could have imagined.
The most feminine + romantic of bouquets, designed by The London Plane Flower Shop.
The conservatory informed the rest of the wedding—I wanted a romantic, fairytale-style dress that made our vision come to life. I had known from the start that I didn’t want my dress to be classic or white, and when I discovered Emily Riggs Bridal’s ethereal Ophelia gown in gorgeous lilac and amethyst, I was in love. Everything else fit into place from there.
Processional: I Got U – Duke Dumont
Recessional: Anything Could Happen – Ellie Goulding
First Dance: At Last – Etta James
Our favorite brunch spot is the London Plane, and we rented out The Little London Plane down the street for our reception—two family-style tables, amazing food, big glass windows, little votive candles surrounding us, and truly spectacular florals done in-house by the LP team. All in all, the day was nothing short of a fairytale.
Relax. Enjoy being engaged. Enjoy each other. Don’t be afraid to make big changes. Early in our wedding process we went down the road of having a large wedding, and planning stalled because we knew we didn’t actually want that. The planning process can be stressful, but it also should be fun—if you’re not having fun, or something doesn’t feel right, don’t be afraid to change courses and reevaluate your plans. I also highly recommend the book A Practical Wedding.
photography: Maria Lamb // venue: Volunteer Park Conservatory and The Little London Plane Seattle, Washington // event design + planning: bride, Allie Oosta // florals + flower crown: The London Plane Flower Shop // wedding dress: Emily Riggs Bridal // shoes: Chloe Velvet Ballet Flats // hair: Rayna-Joe Coleman of Charbon Salon // makeup: Chelsey Matley // groom’s suit: J.Crew // paper goods: Made by bride, Allie Oosta // catering: The London Plane // cake: Three cakes and macarons by Carla Schier of Honey Crumb Cake Studio, Gluten-free chocolate cupcakes by Cupcake Royale // favors: hand-painted cookies by Sogi’s Honey Bakeshop // officiant: Carly Crookston //