Anna & Joe

Jan. 23, 2010 at St. James Cathedral and the Fairmont Olympic Hotel

Anna and Joe Sabey wanted their wedding to be timeless and—despite a 450-person guest list—intimate. More important, they wanted to express to friends and family the depth of their love for each other.

“Keeping the meaning was the most valuable thing,” says Anna, 23, an event planner. Joe, 29, is vice president of leasing at the Sabey Corporation, run by his father, Dave Sabey, a local real estate developer who is also, along with his wife Sandy, a well-loved philanthropist. Anna worked in a building owned by Dave, and she met Joe while he was giving a tour of it. After Joe proposed, they began planning their wedding as a team.

“We didn’t simply want a big, beautiful event, but we wanted it to reflect what we created together,” Anna says. 

They gave their Big Day a Hollywood Glamour theme, with classic colors of white with a hint of gold. They served comfort food such as truffled macaroni-and-cheese and sliders late in the evening, following a gourmet multi-course dinner that included filet mignon, salmon and butternut squash cannelloni.

In keeping with her desire to create a warm and welcoming ambience at the reception, the bride exchanged her stunning gown—its 9-foot-train was a bit impractical for dancing—for a short, sparkly number. “Joe does that for me,” she says. “He brings out the sparkle.”

Guests packed the dance floor all night, but what the newlyweds continue to hear about is the ceremony itself.

“I still have people say, ‘That homily changed my life,’” Anna says of the well-regarded priest’s sermon. “Father Spitzer said that once you make the commitment you never ask why—you ask how. To join in life with another person is your first real commitment to being selfless.” 

Car: British Motorcoach | Caterer & Cake: Fairmont Olympic Hotel | Ceremony Dress: Custom-made by celebrity designer Brian Reyes in New York | Reception Dress: Basix at Neiman Marcus | Favors: In lieu of favors, donations to the Spina Bifida Foundation and the Michael-Ryan Pattison Foundation | Flowers: Aria Style | Hair & Makeup: Sarah Stantowski & Beth Newbury of Obadiah Salon, Sarah Peachey of Trish McEvoy, Brandy Wessell of Dina S Good Salon | Invitations: Real Card Company | Men’s Formal Wear: Kings Tux, Louis Boston | Music: Michael Benson Band, DJ Ed Griffin | Officiant: Father Robert Spitzer, former president of Gonzaga University | Planner: Heather Sharpe | Rings: Amcut Diamond Company | Video: Edit 1 Media

From the Photographers: “This image makes me think of the image of JFK Jr. and Carolyn emerging from the church as he reaches to kiss her hand—it quietly tells the beautiful story of their relationship and their different-yet-perfectly-complementary personalities. I adore it!” says Tania Shepard of Azzura Photography, who photographed the wedding with her husband, Ken, and two assistants.

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