Ashley & Ryan

Sept. 19, 2010 at Herban Feast in Sodo Park

Newlyweds Ashley Kimberley, 27, and Ryan Anderson, 28, spend much of their time volunteering in the community and helping others. But when it came time to plan their September 19, 2010 wedding, the tables turned as their tight-knit circle of friends and family pitched in to help personalize their big day. The Sand Point couple first met on a 2005 trip with Habitat for Humanity in Mexico and developed an inseparable bond over their shared love of music and good food. Five years later, Ryan proposed on a hilltop in Portland with the words “will you marry me” printed on his T-shirt.

Settling on a cheerful, vibrant palette of pinks, oranges and reds, the pair made decor details a collaborative project, creating their own save-the-dates cards, invitations, programs and CD favors of their favorite songs for their guests. Ryan, a structural engineer, used his tactile skills to make a sweet “a + r” sandwich board to set up outside their venue, while Ashley, a family services coordinator at Seattle Children’s Hospital, crafted the fanciful, handmade belts for her bridesmaid’s dresses. “We really enjoyed having the chance to be creative together,” Ashley says. Friends and family pitched in the rest, collecting “love pictures” to display on a wall and painting a colorful Ping-Pong table for the couple’s reception. Two musically inclined friends played the guitar processional before Ashley walked down the aisle; others brewed beer and provided wine for the reception, lending a jovial, family-reunion feel to the day.

Pale, fall light streamed through the weathered warehouse at Herban Feast’s Sodo Park on the big day, giving the ceremony an ethereal brightness. Ashley wore a sculptural Monique Lhuillier gown and a necklace made by her sister-in-law, Ballard-based jeweler Ashley Kimberly of Ashley Paulina Jewelry. While many details were DIY, wedding planner Steven M. Moore lent his expertise to the bright, quirky florals and bud-vase table settings, keeping décor minimal and rustic, an amalgam of contemporary industrial and vintage chic. After the ceremony, Ashley threw on a tea-length dress and the couple performed a swing dance that they had been practicing and kept top secret until the big day. “We wanted the night to be meaningful yet lighthearted and fun,” Ryan says. “Breaking into dance after the ceremony was a moment I’ll never forget.” After the swing dance, guests supped on beef loin, halibut and vegetable torte with sides of field greens salad and roasted veggies; played Ping-Pong; and boogied down to dance hits by soft-rock band The Kennedy Brothers until the wee hours. 

Bridal apparel: Monique Lhuillier gown and Vera Wang belt, Marcella’s La Boutique; Seychelles shoes, Anthropologie; reception swing dress, Macy’s | Hair and makeup: Shandra Koehler, Sense Salon | Jewelry: Ashley Paulina Jewelry | Bridesmaid and flower girl attire: Dresses, J.Crew; belts, made by bride | Catering: Herban Feast at Sodo Park | Groom's apparel: J.Crew | Groomsmen attire: Vests, H&M; pink ties, | Officiant: The Rev. Kent French, First Congregational Church of Bellingham | Band: The Kennedy Brothers | Rings: Green Lake Jewelry Works | Wedding planner and flowers: Steven M. Moore Designs

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