This Elegant Four Seasons Seattle wedding of Mariel and Brian was breathtaking; everything from their story of how they met down to the vows they exchanged in front of friends and family.

Here’s to another great Seattle Wedding!

Fun Facts About the Couple

How and When they met

Mariel and Brian met on a cold, rainy February evening in Seattle, WA. They were at King’s Hardware, Brian’s favorite bar back then, and bumped into each other in front of the jukebox. Mariel had stopped there to send her sister a text message. Brian walked up and said, “you should probably get off your phone!”

Before Mariel had a chance to retort back, Brian introduced himself, charmed the heck out of her, and they talked until two o’clock in the morning when the bar finally closed.

The couple’s first date was weeks later, after hours of phone calls and texts with each other. Brian picked Mariel up, took her to dinner, and surprised her with a ride on the Ferris Wheel. The Ferris Wheel holds a special place in the couple’s hearts… it will be in prominent view at the Four Seasons, where they will get married.

Three years later, Mariel and Brian haven’t left each others’ sides for a moment. They moved in together, combined their furry family (two cats and a dog) and added another dog to their zoo.

 

The Proposal

Brian and I took a cruise to Alaska with my parents back in August, and every moment of the trip was magical.  There was an energy and a sparkle surrounding everything, starting with even just packing for the trip.  I didn’t suspect anything at the time, but I felt so very happy and loved.  Our Juneau excursion was going to be a helicopter tour that would land us on the Mendenhall Glacier, where Brian was planning to propose.  However, we woke up on the ship that morning to heavy thunderstorms, rain, and huge waves.  We had a feeling the helicopter tour might not happen — for me, that meant more fun on the ship, which I was excited for!  But for Brian, who was planning to propose, it was a disaster!

We had a quick breakfast — eggs for my parents and me, mimosas and scotch for Brian (in his desperate nervousness).  Despite the weather, we disembarked and Brian ran from tour booth to tour booth trying to find a helicopter guide who would fly.  His persistence paid off — while (thank goodness) no pilot would fly in that weather, he found a tour bus that took us to the glacier.  In the warm rain, in the presence of my parents, on the most beautiful glacier in one of our now-favorite places in the world, Brian got on one knee and proposed through tears and my screams of happiness.   It’s a day we’ll never forget!

 

Some of their Fondest wedding moments

I will never forget the first moment I emerged into the ballroom, about to walk down the aisle.  Journey’s “Faithfully” was playing, a song Brian and I have always loved.  I was holding the arm of my dad, the first man I’ve ever loved.  I was surrounded by 130 friends and family members I loved with all my heart, who came from the ends of the earth for Brian and I.  And, at the other side of the aisle, stood the man of my dreams with tears running down his face, about to marry me.  It was the most beautiful moment I’ve ever experienced, and I was filled with joy and gratitude beyond what I thought any human being could experience.

 

The Couple Resides

We live in Seattle, WA.  Mariel manages the shoes buying team at Amazon.com; Brian is a field scientist with King County Water Treatment Division.

 

Mariel and Brian’s Favorite Vendors

We have known from day one that our vendors were the “dream team.”  Working with Clane was especially amazing because he turned our photos into fairytales, and because he captured the love and joy we felt throughout the day.  Gerald and the entire team at the Four Seasons Seattle far surpassed the level of impeccable service one would expect of the Four Seasons chain – his attention to detail was incredible.  Erin Skipley and her team made all the girls feel like princesses and queens, and Aaron Horton Productions turned our wedding into a true magical movie.  The fairytale also wouldn’t have been possible without Crimson Haze (gorgeous, soft lighting), Bamboo Beats (some of the best dancing music we’ve had), or Elaine at Seattle Wedding Officiants, who created the most beautiful ceremony that captured what we felt in our hearts.  Finally, Sal (our florist) and his partner, Brian, are artists and visionaries, and were some of the loveliest, kindest people we’ve ever met.

 

Mariel’s Advice to other Brides to be

First

Take time for yourself the week before the wedding.  If you draw energy from others, plan a little weekend getaway with friends.  If you draw energy from quiet time, make sure you get that for yourself.  There’s nothing more important than going into your wedding day with a clear head and a full heart.

Second

No matter how much time you think you have to plan, the time flies by!   Do everything as early as you can.  You should aim to spend the last month(s) before the wedding just dating your fiancee, enjoying long talks with your parents, and reflecting on how blessed you are.

Last

As much as we wanted to sit with all our friends and bridal party members, we chose a sweetheart table, which ended up being the loveliest way to get some time together to connect and reflect together throughout the night.  It allowed us those preciously rare moments of solitude amid one very crazy (and fun!) night!

 

Now that we know a little more about this Bride and Groom, here is a glimpse into their special day of joy and love!

 

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An amazing location for a waterfront view wedding, Four Seasons Seattle

 

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Karen Invitation Studio did a fabulous job on these delicate invitations

 

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A little gift for him

 

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The lovely Erin Skipley working her magic on hair and make up

 

 

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Mariel’s stunning Romona Keveza wedding gown next to the bridesmaids

 

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Perfect shoes for her perfect day

 

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Brian looking dashing in his Dress Blues

 

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A sword Brian carried with him all day and used during the cake cutting ceremony

 

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Brian and the groomsmen

 

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Putting the last touches on, earrings are essential

 

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Mariel reading her card from her to be husband

 

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Michelle opening a gift from her husband to be

 

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Sal Floral Design arranged these amazing bouquets

 

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Details, details, details

 

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Custom coasters

 

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Enjoying a moment together before the ceremony

 

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Sal did a fabulous job on all of the floral arrangements

 

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Hints of pink is perfect for this day

 

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M & B

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The moment Brian has been waiting for…

 

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Brian getting a first look at his bride, such a beautiful moment

 

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A kiss to make it official

 

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Enjoying wedded bliss

 

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Love in Seattle, WA

 

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A little congratulations from above

 

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Alena Washburne did an outstanding job with the day off stationary

 

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What a beautifully crafted center piece

 

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Beautiful table settings, gold was the perfect touch

 

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Gold dusted cake crafted by the Four Seasons Seattle

 

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What an exciting moment for Mariel and Brian’s first dance

 

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CHEERS!

 

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Enjoying a moment together in a room full of people

 

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Sword cake cutting

 

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Having the Great Wheel as a focal point for their wedding was an amazing moment

 

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