Names Gwen Stubbs and Matthew Ford Live in Ballard Occupations She’s a fashion designer, musician, and waitress at Bizarro Italian Café; he’s a musician and painter How they met Her best friend set them up on a blind date Where they got engaged In Puerto Escondido, Oaxaca, in Mexico on Christmas Day, 2007 Wedding-day weather Perfectly sunny but not too hot Number of guests 75 Wedding budget They stuck to a tight budget so that they could use the money their parents gave them for future investments: they bought and delivered the flowers, appetizers, dessert, and alcohol themselves, and the bride made her own dress using $250 worth of duchess silk satin Décor theme They didn’t have one; they just wanted to have a party where friends would feel relaxed and comfortable When the party started Before the ceremony; they had a cocktail hour as guests arrived, which was nice because everyone relaxed together outside Traditional and nontraditional elements His mom walked him down the aisle, then her dad escorted her; her mother read a prayer during the service even though their ceremony was unconventional and casual Reception menu Their caterer cooked huge pans of paella, one vegetarian and one with meat, on the venue’s back patio while friends and family watched Dessert Mexican chocolate cake and white chocolate with strawberries Guest favors Pins with their logo and wedding date on them, and balsa wood airplanes for the kids since Boeing Field was nearby What they skipped The first dance; too much pressure The day in three words Emotional, intimate, beautiful Honeymoon Italy







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PHOTOGRAPHY f/8.3 Photography

BOUQUET Central Market

RECEPTION FLOWERS Pike Place Market merchants

CATERING Paella King, PCC Natural Markets

CAKE Simply Desserts

MAKEUP MAC at Nordstrom


RENTALS AA Party Rentals

HOTEL FOR GUESTS Inn at the Market, Watertown

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