Names Emily Cook and Cassie Poncik Live in South Seattle Occupations Emily (above right) is a budget analyst, Cassie is in school to be a physical therapy How they met Cassie didn’t give up after her first virtual wink was ignored; Emily responded to her second attempt and a week later made the two-hour drive to Houston to meet her Memorable date Their first, when Cassie took Emily to meet her family and her show cows, followed by takeout pizza in the park; after that they were inseparable How she knew she was the one Coming from the city, Emily dreamed of marrying a rustic cowgirl—so when Cassie pulled up with her camo-outfitted truck, Emily knew she had found her ranch girl Bachelorette parties A joint celebration with friends in New Orleans Wedding time 3 Number of guests 60 Wedding-day weather 70 degrees and sunny Budget They went over the planned $15,000 to make it extra special for out-of-town guests Splurged They went big on bringing in a locally ranked country band Their approach to wedding planning Neither ever makes a decision without asking the other’s opinion; the planning reflected that synergy Wedding theme Rustic bohemian Traditional elements Having spent six weeks in India, Emily had traditional Indian mehndi tattoos on her hands and feet to incorporate a piece of her experience there Wedding cake Homemade red velvet with cream cheese frosting and succulent accents Favorite ceremony moment Watching their friends and family bless the rings Reception menu House-smoked salmon, lemon yogurt marinated chicken, roasted red potatoes, bacon-and-onion green beans, quinoa pilaf, and homemade focaccia Guest favors Inscribed mason jar mugs The day in three words Unforgettable, perfect, intimate Honeymoon Thailand, Cambodia, Bali, Vietnam, and Laos

“Emily would tell me about all the little details they wanted to incorporate into their wedding—milk glasses instead of mason jars, candles, antlers, etc.—and it was so incredibly cool to see that dream materialize on the big day.”—Amelia Soper, Photographer


Ceremony, Reception, and Rehearsal Dinner Mountain Springs Lodge

Wedding Coordinator Cassie Pierce at Mountain Springs Lodge

Photographer Amelia Soper Photography

Videographer Pixel Dust Studios

Music Jones and Fischer

Rings LT Denny

Gown Katie May from the Dress Theory

Suit Express

Accessories Shoes of Prey

Bridesmaids’ Dresses BHLDN

Guest Hotels Mountain Springs Lodge | Beaver Valley Lodge

Rentals HRJ Events

Registry Bed Bath and Beyond | Target | Crate and Barrel | REI