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Abby & Rishi’s IslandWood Fusion Wedding

What do you do when you have loads of friends traveling from around the country to your wedding? You invite them all to join you for a full weekend of events together! Abby and Rishi selected IslandWood on Bainbridge Island, just a short ferry ride away from downtown Seattle, for their wedding weekend and created an epic weekend, reminiscent of summer camp, sure to remember for years to come! The weekend which blended Abby’s Jewish heritage and Rishi’s Hindu heritage, featured a Welcome Bonfire complete with s’mores, Henna and their favorite popsicles, King of Pops. Saturday was all about connecting with friends and family as there were nature hikes, games, cooking classes and lots of laughter and conversations over breakfast and lunch before guests celebrated Abby & Rishi’s love! The weekend ended after a farewell breakfast Sunday morning.

The details and personal touches were around all weekend! We were most impressed with the sewing skills of Abby and her Mother as not only did her mom sew all of the wedding party members dresses but Abby refashioned her mother’s wedding dress into something her very own – well done!

 

After signing the marriage license and Ketubah, it was time to marry! The ceremony, which incorporated elements of Abby’s Jewish and Rishi’s Hindu heritage, was officiated by two of their dearest friends. During the ceremony Abby and Rishi stood under a canopy which represented the Jewish chuppah and a Hindu Mandap. The canopy was adorned with bright floral (oranges, deep coral, fuchsia pink and magenta tones) and sari’s gathered by Rishi’s family. In the Jewish tradition, the chuppah is open on all four sides to represent the openness and hospitality of a home; in Hindu weddings the Mandap represents the Temple. When Abby and Rishi processed into the ceremony they circled each other seven times before entering the chuppah/mandap. The circling, which is common to both Hindu and Jewish wedding ceremonies, is significant in both Hindu ceremonies (represents a vow to pursue four purposes of life) and Jewish ceremonies (symbolizes the creation of a household that protects and supports one another).    

Abby and Rishi’s parents took part in lighting both the Agni and the Havdalah candle. The fire is a traditional part of a Hindu ceremony representing the Hindu god Agni who bears witness to the wedding while the Havdalah candle is lit at sunset (we can pretend it was lit at sunset) to signify the end of Shabbat, the Jewish holy day.

At the end of the ceremony, Rishi and Abby took seven steps while the seven Jewish blessings were recited. To end, they broke the glass, a Jewish tradition which expresses that even in the happiest moments, we want to recognize the pain and sadness in our world. Mazel Tov!

 

Abby’s brother’s played during cocktail hour.

 

Dinner featured Abby’s & Rishi’s favorite Indian dishes cooked perfectly by IslandWood!

   

Hi Andrea and BreeAnn! Thank you so much for everything, we had an incredible weekend. We are still basking in the magic of last weekend and are finding it hard to come back to reality. Everything was truly a dream and even the minor hiccups make memorable parts of the story! Andrea and Linda were fantastic and so on top of things that we were able to relax and enjoy ourselves and our family and friends. No small feat at such a large venue! Cheers, Abby + Rishi

Venue & Catering: IslandWood 
Photography: EarthMark Photography
Henna: The Preets Artistry
Hair & Makeup: Offwhite Beauty
Floral: Melanie Benson Floral
Desserts: Blackbird Bakery
Wedding Cakes: Deep Sea Sugar & Salt
Bridal Gown: Abby repurposed her Mother’s Wedding Gown
Bridesmaids Dresses: Mother of the Bride
Groom: Indochino Seattle
Groomsmen: The Black Tux
Childcare: Stay & Play Childcare
Ceremony & Dinner Music: Rosenoak
Cocktail Hour Music: Abby’s Brothers
Reception Band: Modern Tribe
Rentals: Puget Sound Farm Tables, Make A Scene & Pedersen’s Seattle
Stationery: Swell Press Paper Co & Minted

Julie & Walter ~ Summer Wedding at UW Center for Urban Horticulture

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Julie and Walter’s story begins at a VA medical center. It might not be the first place you think of when you think ‘romance.’ Still, love can happen in peculiar places, and in this case they met within the walls of the Primary Care Clinic. It happened over four years ago. For those who don’t know, Julie is a physician with a social worker’s heart; Walter is a social worker who once played a physician on stage. They both do their work with focus, compassion and gusto. Maybe it’s that enthusiasm they first noticed in each other. As anyone who works in a busy, stressful place will tell you, it is risky to ask a coworker out on a date, even if only for a dog walk or an evening of Karaoke with coworkers. Still that’s how their romance started—what is life if not a gamble?

For those of you who don’t know, Walter was Julie’s assigned social worker. Indeed, he was. Until he fired her, that is. You see, Walter felt a little dizzy when they worked together. And Julie relied on her social worker a lot, rarely missing an opportunity to refer a homeless patient or a distressed caregiver. Walter had to compose himself after meetings with Dr. Silverman—focus was a challenge after those encounters. So Walter met with his supervisor and requested a change. “Dr. Silverman gives me too much work,” he lied. “I need to disperse my efforts. She’s not the only doctor I work with, you know. She can’t rule my time.” Once separated from the tension, though, he couldn’t separate her from his thoughts. Action was needed. In one of those impulses that changes the course of lives, Walter asked Julie out.

On a blustery Saturday morning, Walter and Julie took their dogs, Buddy and Louie, for a walk around Seward Park. And the rest, as they say, is history. After a year spent together hiking, skiing, backpacking, traveling, sharing poetry and music, dancing, cooking and baseball and spending time with friends and family they married on July 7, 2017 at the UW Center for Urban Horticulture. bride_hugging_mom bride_getting_ready

While Julie wanted a more simplistic all white wedding, Walter wished for all the colors under the sun. And so the first of compromises in a marriage was had, white linens for Julie with bright floral for Walter. On a beautiful July summer day, Julie and Walter married in the round, under the Chuppah, as loved ones watched them repeat their vows. With the breaking of the glass, they were officially wed and it was time to celebrate! As the sounds of a Klezmer Band played guests dined on appetizers, sipped cool beverages and meandered through the tree filled grove. With guests seated under the reception tent, the Rabbi did a blessing over the Challah. A delicious meal broken up with toasts ended as the sounds of a bagpipe led friends and family up to the McVay Courtyard where Walter serenaded Julie before taking their first dance as husband and wife. A night of dancing, cake and the Hora were had before wedding guests were shuttled back to their hotel late that evening.  Photos by Lucas Mobley Photography groom_getting_ready first_look first_look first_look first_look first_look ketubah family_photos family_photos family_photos ketubah__and_marriage_license_signing ketubah__and_marriage_license_signing ketubah__and_marriage_license_signing ketubah__and_marriage_license_signing ketubah__and_marriage_license_signing welcome_sign Huppa wedding_ceremony_site huppa_details wedding_ceremony boys_at_wedding_ceremony bride_walking_down_the_aisle jewish_wedding_ceremony stomping_the_glass jewish_wedding_ceremony cocktail_hour_site passed_appetizers Klezmer_band cocktail_hour_under_trees wedding_guests_mingle wedding_guests_mingle wedding_guests_mingle sunset_bridal_portraits sunset_bridal_portraits sunset_bridal_portraits challah_bread reception_table_details reception_table_details wedding_toasts_and_speeches wedding_toasts_and_speeches wedding_toasts_and_speeches wedding_toasts_and_speeches wedding_toasts_and_speeches bagpiper_leading_guests cake_details cake_cutting

We can’t thank you enough for all your help with our wedding. I can’t tell you how many compliments we got on the weekend, especially how smooth everything went. There is NO WAY we could have done it without you! ~ Julie

Wedding Planner – Pink Blossom Events
Photographer – Lucas Mobley Photography Inc.
Venue – UW Center For Urban Horticulture
Caterer – FareStart
Klezmer Band – Seattle Klezmer
DJ – Affairs To Remember DJ Entertainment 
Floral – Designs by Courtney
Videography – Lorbaniah Cameography LLC
Bakery – BAKED
Bagpiper – Family
Rabbi – Rabbi David Stern
Hair & Makeup – Salon Maison
Rentals & Tenting – CORT Party Rental
Draping – Prop Gallery Events
Paper Goods – Valerie’s Invites
Transportation – Shuttle Express
Childcare – Best Sitters, Inc.

See more weddings planned by Pink Blossom Events

Kilby & Joel ~ September 6, 2015

Each wedding we plan we realize what a small world it really is and Kilby and Joel’s story is no different. As Kilby explains, “It’s a small Jewish world after all.” Their Love Story, as described by Kilby, reads no different…

“As a second year Pediatrics resident in Chicago, I realized that the life of a general pediatrician wasn’t for me.  After spending a month working in a pediatric rehabilitation unit, I sent out applications and accepted a position for three more years of training in Rehabilitation Medicine at the University of Washington in Seattle.  After a three day road trip with Buttercup (Kilby’s dog) across I-90 (Butter loved getting her own bed each night at the hotel), I settled into my new townhouse in Seattle.

My aunt in Memphis happened to know Joel as she lived next door to Joel’s sister and had met him at one of the holidays he spent in Memphis with his family.  She provided him with my number so that we could connect and Joel could help me settle into the city he had been calling home for 5 years.  Shortly after moving in, and as a welcome break from studying for my Pediatrics boards, I got a call from Joel.  We chatted for a while and made plans to have dinner in a week.  From that first dinner we gradually started spending more and more time together to the point where it seemed like we should try dating or make an effort to spend less time together.

From our first date learning to make pasta, to fun hikes around Seattle, inducting Joel into dog ownership, and moving in together it’s been a great adventure leading to this next step.”

Lucas Mobley Photography was on hand as Kilby and Joel married at celebrated at Woodland Park Zoo this past Labor Day Weekend. We were honored to be a part of their wedding weekend which included a Welcome Dinner at Daybreak Indian Cultural Center catered by Bitterroot Catering the night before and ended with a Post Wedding Brunch at the W Seattle!

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Congratulations Kilby & Joel!

Wedding Planner – Pink Blossom Events
Photographer – Lucas Mobley Photography
Getting Ready Venue – W Seattle
Wedding Venue  – Woodland Park Zoo Caterer – Lancer Catering
Florist – Fena Flowers
DJ – Bugsie Productions
Cake – New Renaissance Cakes
Hair & Makeup – Salon Maison Bridal Beauty & Style Bar
Paper Goods – Songbird Paperie  Photo Booth – 321 Foto