Erin & Chris

Sept. 24, 2011 at Robinswood House in Bellevue

Erin Bolton had met fellow Watertown, South Dakota, native Chris Roby before, thanks to mutual friends, but it took the magic of Christmas (and, perhaps the fact that they were both at the only bar open in the small town that evening) to bring them together in 2008. After striking up a cross-continental love affair, flying back and forth between Erin’s student digs in Nebraska and Chris’ Boston locale for a year and a half, the couple made the westward trek to Seattle and settled in a quaint Ballard neighborhood in the summer of 2010. Chris, a computer programmer for Business Intelligence Associates, proposed a few months later in October during a rainy hike on the Olympic Peninsula.

The couple hunted for the perfect venue to introduce their friends and family to their new Northwest home, settling on the Robinswood House in Bellevue, one of the oldest pioneer homesteads in the Puget Sound area. “Robinswood has that really natural look,” Erin explains, citing its rustic architectural features and lush, expansive groves. The 28-year-old burgeoning fashion designer envisioned a natural wedding theme with romantic elements thrown in, like the dainty lace bolero from Portland designer Elizabeth Dye she donned over her gown and the fairy-tale cream pumpkins used as centerpieces. The combination of Chris’ technological know-how and Erin’s eye for design made them quite the DIY team; the two crafted invitations together. 

With the weather forecast predicting a rain-soaked ceremony, Erin provided guests with small umbrellas and outfitted the wedding party with parasols from Bella Umbrella. After a service led by Erin’s childhood pastor, featuring personalized vows and a tree-planting ceremony, guests enjoyed a menu of rustic vegetarian fare. Maple-glazed roasted root vegetables and Swiss chard gratin had many a wedding guest reevaluating their carnivorous tendencies. After indulging in a selection of dainty pastries from French bakery Honoré and a simple white chocolate mousse cake from New Renaissance Cakes, absolutely everyone danced, thanks to an extensive playlist created with the help of Sean Wheatley of Seattle Parties. “It was a real party,” Chris, 27, says with a smile. “There wasn’t any wallflowering or walking around.”

Though the sky remained a threatening gray for the entire celebration, the weather didn’t rain on Erin and Chris’ joyful parade. “Every once in a while you could feel a little sprinkle, and then, right at the end of dancing, it started raining,” the bride recalls. The couple rewarded themselves for a wedding well done by vacationing in Iceland and France.

Bridal accessories: Cheryl King Couture bracelet; Ivanka Trump shoes, Nordstrom | Bridal attire: Amy Kuschel gown, Belltown Bride; Elizabeth Dye bolero, The English Dept. in Portland; Sara Gabriel Veiling & Headpieces veil | Bridesmaids' attire: Dresses, J.Crew; jewelry, | Cake: New Renaissance Cakes | Caterer: Lisa Dupar Catering | Decor and florals: McKenzie Powell Floral & Event Design; blue settee and side table, Vintage Ambiance | Dessert bar: Honoré Bakery | DJ for reception: Sean Wheatley of Seattle Parties | Favors and invitations: Designed by bride | Groom's attire: John Varvatos suit; shirt and tie, Nordstrom; Allen Edmonds shoes; linen pocket square, made by bride | Groomsmen's attire: The Tux Shop | Hair and makeup: Erin Skipley | Music for ceremony: Ekstedt Entertainment and The Seattle String Quartet | Photographer: Sean Flanigan (photo of invitations by Erin Roby) | Rentals: Linens and tables, AA Party Rentals; additional linens, Pedersen’s Rentals | Venue: The Robinswood House 

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