Audra & Chris
When she moved to New York in 2006, after almost three years abroad in Europe, Audra Brecher, now 36, was warmly welcomed back to the states when a mutual friend introduced her to talented artist Chris Burnside, 38, who was working in a Chelsea gallery. Sharing a deep appreciation for beautiful art, delicious food, and laughter, the two artistic, fun-loving souls soon found lasting love.
After a sweet proposal in the heights of New York’s Catskill Mountains and then a move to Seattle in November 2010, there was little question where the two foodies would wed, quickly booking Matt Dillon’s Corson Building for their summer nuptials.
The couple had fallen in love with the Georgetown spot when Seattle native Chris, a freelance graphic designer who also has an artist studio in the International District, first brought Audra to visit his hometown in 2008. Though they had eaten at many a great New York restaurant, Corson’s food was so phenomenal, they wrote down every course enjoyed among the family-style restaurant’s lush gardens and patio. For the bride, who works on historic preservation and urban planning issues with 4Culture, the restaurant’s industrial-chic-meets–Spanish Revival style provided the perfect balance of grit and beauty (reminiscent of their Brooklyn beginnings) to house their handmade, organic celebration.
In front of 64 of their closest friends and family, the couple recited self-written vows on the big day, as two of their dearest friends officiated. Their sisters stood on each side, respectively as maid of honor and best (woman, wearing what they felt most comfortable in. (Chris’ sister was clad in a red Mexican wedding shirt and T-rex socks.) After the ceremony, the couple retreated upstairs for a few quiet minutes, honoring the traditional Jewish yichud, spending their first few minutes as husband and wife alone together, before joining the party for cocktails and appetizers.
From the watercolor invitations to the hand-crafted wildflower “seed bomb” favors, Audra devoted her artistic talents to DIY details scattered throughout, which also included ombre-dyed, grapefruit-colored napkins and colorful coffee filter garlands strung above the tables. Guests dined on Corson’s finest and relished the citrus cake, macaroons and kourabiedes (Greek cookies baked by Chris’ Greek mother) before dancing the night away with the bride and groom, who, in keeping with the locavore theme, then spirited off for a honeymoon at nearby foodie haven, the Willows Inn on Lummi Island.
Bride’s dress: Vera Wang Bridal House, Manhattan | Cake: Crème de la Crème | Catering and venue: The Corson Building | Dessert/macaroons: Honoré Artisan Bakery | DJ: Bryan Kretz, Emerald City Productions | Florist: Marigold & Mint | Invitations: Designed by couple, printed by Girlie Press | Photographer assistant: Sergio Mottola | Rentals: Pedersen Rentals | Wedding planner: Michelle Engvall, Married & More with Michelle