NAMES Kerry Russell and Chris Chartier LIVE IN The West Haven-Sylvan neighborhood OCCUPATIONS She’s a dental sales representative; he’s a supply planning operations lead at Nike HOW THEY MET At a mutual friend’s Christmas party THE PROPOSAL Chris made the ask at the top of Mount Titlis in Switzerland REHEARSAL DINNER The couple didn’t have a wedding party, so they opted for an intimate meal with just their parents at Irving Street Kitchen NUMBER OF GUESTS 120 COLORS White and gold THEME Midcentury-modern chic, a.k.a. Palm Springs meets the Northwest FLOWERS Green and gold succulents in square birch boxes for décor and a bouquet of green and purple succulents with vibrant yellow craspedia DIY HIGHLIGHTS The pair hosted their wedding at their home, which required substantial remodeling and landscaping. They also made a chalkboard-wall guest book in their entryway and painted two yard flamingos gold for a little Palm Springs flair. Chris’s father made the gold starburst for the altar. MENU A Koi Fusion food truck dished up customizable Seoul Sliders, K-Dogs, kimchi quesadillas, tacos, and more DRINKS A signature mai tai as a nod to ’60s tiki bars, plus local beer, wine, and bubbly DESSERT A vanilla buttercream cutting cake atop tiers of French vanilla cake pops dipped in Belgian white chocolate and garnished with candy pearls FAVORITE RECEPTION DETAIL The music—their DJ was an expert at reading the crowd and setting the mood. He also spontaneously mixed the perfect soundtrack for the Rose City Rain Drops’ final synchronized swimming performance with glowing orbs of light. FIRST DANCE SONG “La Vie En Rose” by Daniela Andrade WHAT THEY’D DO DIFFERENTLY Invite all of their awesome neighbors to the wedding—everyone was so understanding about the noise and limited parking on the wedding day THE DAY IN THREE WORDS Epic, stylish, unique HONEYMOON Maui

If your venue allows it, consider food-truck catering. It’s a delicious, cost-effective, and memorable way to feed your guests. —Kerry Russell


Photography: Shirock Photography

Catering: Koi Fusion

Dessert: Laurie Clarke Cakes

Flowers: Kristin Leblanc of New Seasons Market Cedar Hills

Music: DJ Mr. Mumu

Synchronized Swimmers: Rose City Rain Drops

Rentals: The Party Place | Portland Wedding Lights

Gown & Veil: Katie May in Los Angeles

Alterations: Custom Fit to You at the Bridal Loft

Bride’s Accessories: Pour La Victoire (shoes) | Dana Rebecca Designs (necklace)

Groom’s Formal Wear: Bartorelli from Collier

RingsKassab Jewelers

Hair: Albina Vityuk Amrani

Makeup: Kirstie Wight Makeup Artist

Rehearsal Dinner: Irving Street Kitchen

Paper Goods: Revel Flair

Registry: Crate & Barrel | Williams-Sonoma