Emily & Kent

A travel-themed wedding at Sodo Park proves that home is still where the heart is
From: Spring/Summer 2014 edition

While they were seniors at Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois, Emily Bock and Kent Berkley fell hard for one another, often escaping to Kent’s roof to listen to what was becoming “their song”: Jack Johnson’s “Better Together.” Eight years later—with the song now more poignant for them after navigating life side by side—the couple was celebrating Emily’s grandfather’s 95th birthday in Seattle when Kent poured his heart out in a marriage proposal to Emily. Although she “blacked out” and couldn’t remember a word he said, Emily is sure she said yes.

Kent, a private equity professional, says that one of the ways Emily, a strategy consultant, has made his life better is by planting the travel bug in him. To date, the couple, both 30, has explored Costa Rica, England, Sweden, Colombia and China. Travel was the perfect theme for their big day, and with the help of Emily’s creative mother, the couple brought it to life. Handmade luggage tags from the couple’s favorite trips acted as place cards; maps were featured as decoration on the beautiful wedding cake; a map adorned with string marked each guest’s trip from home to the wedding; and, instead of a guestbook, guests signed a globe.

Fun, however, was the central focus of this Sodo Park wedding. On the morning of the wedding day, the entire wedding party (minus the flower girls) rode in a school bus on a photo-snapping trip around Seattle. The couple also chose bright pink cocktails (Moscow mule and Weekend at Bernie’s) as their signature drinks. And at the reception, an ’80s hour kicked off with the DJ playing Corey Hart’s “Sunglasses at Night” and throwing out brightly colored Wayfarer-style shades, inspired by the large collection of neon sunglasses the couple picked up on their travels.

The bright, boisterous event was anchored by a deep love, with sentimental details that included a handwritten thank-you note that greeted each guest upon arrival, and Kent’s dance with his mother to a song written by his brother, a musician. And the couple’s personal vows ensured there wasn’t a dry eye in the house: Kent repeated his proposal, so that Emily would never forget how he asked her to spend her life with him. 

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Credits: 
Bridal gown
Bride’s shoes
Bridesmaids’ attire
Cake
Desserts
Catering
Day-of coordinator
Jen Owens of Jen Leslie Events
Florist
Groom’s suit
Hair and makeup
Invitations
Music and DJ
Kitt Bender
Officiant
Photographer
Rings
Rogers & Hollands and Ethan Lord
Sunglasses
Transportation
Venue
Videography