Names Ellie Koning and Quang Dinh Live in Pioneer Square Occupations She’s a web designer; he owns a digital media company Wedding-day weather Sunny and clear Wedding time 3 Number of guests 200 Their approach to wedding planning She’s more of a planner, but they have similar tastes, so she did most of the research and got a thumbs-up from him before booking Budget They made it—but just barely First vendor hired Their photographer Wedding theme Earthy romance Theme inspiration Their shared obsession with Kinfolk magazine and the beautiful communal dinners and stylish natural elements featured in its pages Traditional elements A Vietnamese tea ceremony in which the groom’s mother presented Ellie with special heirloom jewelry as a way of welcoming her into their family Processional song “Elation” by Isbells Colors Warm, neutral palette of ivory, soft pink, and hints of gold Flowers A natural, romantic selection of white peonies, juniper berries, and lots of loose greenery Favorite ceremony moment They chose not to do a “first look” before the ceremony, so that first moment as she walked down the aisle with their song playing was the perfect start to a magnificent day Reception menu Field greens with a choice of vegan polenta napoleon, pan-seared wild salmon, or thyme-encrusted beef tenderloin First dance song Feist’s “Inside and Out” Favorite reception moment Her family wrote and performed a song for them in the style of the Von Trapps from The Sound of Music Most unexpected reception event The bride’s oma (grandmother) stood and recited a poem she’d written for the couple the week they were engaged How the day was different than they anticipated It was more fun than they could have imagined Advice for other couples Don’t sweat the small stuff The day in three words Heartfelt, joyful, epic Honeymoon Kauai, Hawaii, and Tokyo

Regional Vendor List

Ceremony Grieg Garden at University of Washington

Catering and Reception Herban Feast at Sodo Park

Day-Of Coordinator Get Stuff Done Group

Event Design and Flowers McKenzie Powell Floral and Event Design

Photography Bryce Covey Photography

Printed Matter Katrina Mendoza

Videography Super Frog Saves Tokyo

Photo Booth Usnaps

Gown, Veil, and Accessories Jenny Packham and Sara Gabriel from The Dress Theory

Bridesmaid’s Dresses Amsale from Bella Bridesmaid

Makeup Erin Skipley

Formal Wear Zara

Rentals Seattle Farm Tables, AA Party Rentals