I first met Piyali through Etsy last September when she contacted me to design her save the dates. I was so happy her and her now husband, Jon, loved them so much they asked me to custom design everything else for their big day. I was so excited! The theme was vintage glam and from the venue to the overall style, it was surely a classy and beautiful event.
These two lovebirds met back in 2011 on a cool February night. They both lived in Washington, DC at the time and attended a gathering a mutual friend had arranged. Once they introduced themselves, it was safe to say cupid took over from there. They both admit they had fallen for each other instantly. Soon after that night, they went on their first official date and the rest is history.
Down the road, Jon moved to Berkely, California for business school so the relationship was long distance for awhile. The first trip Piyali took to visit him, was one they will both never forget. During the trip, they drove up to the Marin Headlands and found a cozy spot overlooking the coast. It was here Jon popped the question and she said yes! How romantic! They continued the long distance for another six months, then the bride to be moved to Berkeley just in time for the wedding.
The big day was held at The Arctic Club Hotel in Seattle, Washington on March 23rd, 2013. Before they met, Piyali and Jon read letters they wrote to each other, which I thought was really sweet. The bride wore a lace Allure gown from the Romance 2501 collection with red J.Renee heels. Gorgeous as can be, her hair and makeup were done by Pacific Artistry. The bridesmaids and maid of honor wore black lace dresses with pearls while the groom looked handsome in a black suit and his best men in gray.
Before the ceremony, they had a first look shoot in an alley by the venue. Such a great spot! It was a nice modern backdrop to how great they both looked. You can clearly see the happiness emanating from both of them. Now they were truly ready for the big event!
The grand ceremony was surrounded by vintage decor and luxurious style. Red roses and candles lined the aisle along with a little bling. It was all beautifully captured by Jaquilyn Shumate Photography and looked truly amazing. The bride walked down to Falling Slowly by G. Hansard & M. Irglova carrying a gorgeous bouquet of Baccara roses, arm in arm with her father. Before they knew it, the bride and groom were Mr. and Mrs. Now it was time to party.
It was great working with these two on all the wedding items. From their invites to all the decor, to see it come together really made me smile. I am so happy to be a part of such a special day and the fact that what I designed helped make the event even more beautiful, means the world to me. The elegance of the wedding was simply stunning, as well as all the individual elements.
Entering the reception as Mr. and Mrs., amongst all their close friends and family, officially started the night. The first dance of the night, they graced the floor while Let it Be Me by Ray Lamontagne played for all to hear. Soon after, the bride danced with her father and groom with his mother.
Then the night was filled with brilliant toasts, delicious food, and lots of bumpin beats, thanks to Adam’s DJ Service. Everyone seemed to have the best time ever. The newlyweds themselves were on top of the world.
The bouquet and garter toss were highlights of the night. Before you knew it, the cake took the stage and it was time to cut the first piece. Beautifully made by Manca’s Cakes, it had black lace detail on the first and third tier and a black ribbon tied around the second. It was topped with Baccara roses and a pearl brooch on the bow. There was also a surprise grooms cake, which featured a football field and the Seahawks written on each side. Someone surely is a fan!
A day both Piyali and Jon will never forget. Looking at the photos, its hard not wishing you were there. They both enjoyed being newlyweds on their honeymoon in Kauai soon after the big event. Starting their lives together in paradise sounds good to me!
These two found each other among a world full of people and I couldn’t be happier for them both. It’s always nice to be a witness of true love. Wishing only the best for the Flugstad’s, and that they have a happy, healthy future together as husband and wife. To see their amazing wedding video, click here. Alex Catterin did such a fantastic job at capturing their day. Get those tissues ready!
Venue & Food: The Arctic Club Hotel in Seattle, Washington
Makeup & Hair: Pacific Artistry
Coordinator: Simply Tamara Nicole
Event Designer: Gray Star Design
Floral Design: Contemporary Floral
Cake: Manca’s Cakes
DJ: Adam’s DJ Service
Photographer: Jaquilyn Shumate Photography
Videoographer: Alec Cattarin Productions