Gail & Andy

Aug. 1, 2009 at Chapel of St. Ignatius at Seattle University and the Seattle Tennis Club

Much like a recent well-known television couple, Gail Manuguid and Andy Kutner, both 31, met at the office, became friends at the office and then became more than friends. But unlike the wedding of The Office’s Jim and Pam, Gail and Andy’s colorful August celebration was free of drama and reflected the Madrona couple’s laid-back sensibilities, with stylish do-it-yourself elements and creative assistance from friends and family.

Andy popped the question after eight years of dating, but Gail, a busy lawyer, is the first to admit she wasn’t thrilled about wedding planning. “I was actually dreading it,” she laughs. “It was overwhelming. Especially because I wanted our day to be intimate and personal and not a cookie-cutter wedding.”

So the bride-to-be first turned to her sister, designer Amber Rosario Manuguid, to incorporate simple, elegant design inspirations—her favorite bright colors and springtime flowers—into invitations, programs, place cards, table markers and other elements. Once Amber crafted the sunny yellow design motifs, the other details gradually fell into place. Gail’s eldest sister, Sheila, made milk chocolate and white chocolate flowers for the favor bags. The bride spent the day before the wedding arranging table centerpieces and bouquets—including the bridal bouquet—with white Asiatic lilies and pink stargazer lilies bought at Pike Place Market. A tiered, strapless gown from I Do Bridal and a chic flowered Etsy headpiece paired with bright yellow shoes perfectly tied into the aesthetic.

Family flew in from around the world, including Germany and the Philippines, to watch the couple marry at the modern St. Ignatius Chapel at Seattle University, where the bride went to law school. In honor of Gail’s Filipino heritage, the couple included a traditional veil-and-cord ceremony in the nuptials.

The party was held at the Seattle Tennis Club, where sweeping views of Lake Washington offered a quintessential Seattle experience for the out-of-towners. “Because so many of our guests traveled so far to see us, we wanted to make sure they saw Seattle at its best,” says Andy, a software engineer at a small Eastside company. Their efforts were effective, as guests partied and danced well into the night. “Everyone had a great time and stayed so late,” says Gail. “I was awed and felt so loved.

Bridal gown: I Do Bridal in Wallingford | Catering: Seattle Tennis Club | Groom and groomsmen: Brocklind’s on Capitol Hill | Headpiece: Twigs & Honey hairpiece by Myra Kim | Bridesmaids: Maggie London frocks from Nordstrom | Cake: Citron and dark Belgian chocolate layer cake from New Renaissance Cakes | Programs, place cards and favors design: Custom-designed by Amber Rosario Manuguid Designs in Seattle | Flowers: From Pike Place Market, with the bouquets crafted by the bride | Music: Seattle DJ Roger Habon and MC Seng Pho kept guests on the dance floor | Rings: Bride: Tiffany & Co.; Groom: Costco | Shoes: Luichiny

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