Westward Destiny: An East Coast couple plans their Seattle wedding from the other Washington

Friday, February 14 2014
Alexandra Eve Santa Ana and Blake Austen Harold Stocker February 17, 2013 Ceremony and Reception: Melrose Market Studios

Planning a Seattle wedding while living in Washington, D.C., typically would be no easy feat, but after Blake and Ali spotted the work of Seattle-based design team Sinclair & Moore Events in an issue of Martha Stewart Weddings, they knew they’d found their team, and a method to the madness.

Based in Washington, D.C., Blake, an accountant for CBS Radio, and Ali, a research associate for Cambridge Associates, knew they wanted a West Coast affair—Seattle is Blake’s hometown, and more family would be able to attend. On the lookout for a space that was elegant and timeless but not overly formal, the couple chose Melrose Market Studios in Capitol Hill as their blank slate. One year later, after lots of time on Pinterest and numerous phone conversations, Ali laid eyes on the venue for the first time, just a few hours before the wedding.

The couple, both 25, couldn’t have been happier with the results. Clean, classic hues of grays and muted peach created a modern color palette, which blended well with the venue’s urban setting. Personal touches sprinkled throughout showcased the couple’s warmth, hospitality and love, spreading from one Washington to the next.

Few weddings happen without a hitch, and this one was no different. “During photos, I brushed up against some oil that left black stains on my dress,” says Ali. “We noticed just a few minutes before the ceremony, and Steve Moore grabbed a pair of scissors and expertly cut off the stained areas. He was a lifesaver.”

In lieu of flower petals, which would have been too slippery on the venue’s concrete floor, flower girls carried a sign embellished with the couple’s initials, paving the way for the bride.

The couple’s flower girls wore baby’s breath headpieces handcrafted by Steve Moore of Sinclair & Moore Events.

Guests munched on beef, pulled-pork and portobello-quinoa sliders by Ravishing Radish Catering.

Family and friends took home coffee packets, specially shipped to Seattle from the couple’s favorite Costa Rican coffee roaster, which they grew to love while living in Costa Rica after college.

To keep cozy in the crisp February air, Ali wore a vintage fur jacket, which she and Blake found while scouring thrift shops on Portobello Road while visiting London.

Strips of paper in coordinating hues of ivory and cream made the dessert table a focal point.

Invitations had a personalized touch with a map of Seattle and the venue location, hand-painted by the bride’s sister.

Garden roses, spray roses, ranunculus, tulips, black-eyed anemones, seeded eucalyptus, dusty miller, Queen Anne’s lace, olive branches, clematis vines, bay laurel and baby’s breath were all used to construct the bridal bouquets and centerpieces.

Ali & Blake’s Wedding Team

Bridal gown: David’s Bridal
Bridesmaids’ attire: David’s Bridal
Bridal shoes: Christian Louboutin
Cake/desserts: Honey Crumb Cake Studio (wedding cake) and Sinclair & Moore Events (desserts)
Caterer: Ravishing Radish Catering
DJ: Dave Curtis of South Sound Collective
Florist/planner: Sinclair & Moore Events
Getaway car: British Motor Coach
Groom’s attire: Men’s Wearhouse
Groom’s accessories: Nordstrom
Groomsmen’s attire: Black by Vera Wang from Men’s Wearhouse
Hair and makeup: Swink Style Bar
Invitations: Wedding Paper Divas
Officiant: The Honorable Brian Tollefson
Venue: Melrose Market Studios