Katryna & Jeremy
Despite (several) mutual friends and even an attempted setup (or two), it was a random meeting at a friend’s party in 2007 that kicked off the love story of Mukilteo couple Katryna Baker, 28, and Jeremy Young, 34. Scheming friends were mollified as instant sparks went off between the two—so much so that they couldn’t wait for their first date. “I was so excited I called him up to see if he wanted to get together even earlier, for a pre-date before our date,” says Katryna, who works in marketing. Two years later, Jeremy, a safety adviser, got down on one knee and proposed on the snowy deck of a rented chalet in Leavenworth, where the athletic duo (whose hobbies include boating, skiing, golf and wakesurfing) were vacationing.
The couple quickly put any venue quandaries to rest by booking the Cascade Club at Redmond Ridge, one of their longtime golfing haunts and a hometown spot for Woodinville native Katryna. The lodge’s dramatic stonework and big wooden beams set the tone for a vivid chartreuse and chocolate color palette and a rustic, Northwest vibe for their wedding, held on a crisp October day. Framed by towering pines and a pond, the couple wed outdoors in an emotional ceremony that had many guests, and the groom, in tears.
After a cocktail hour held on the patio as the sun set, the party moved indoors for dinner, dancing and more drinks, surrounded by décor handcrafted by the bride. “I’m artsy-fartsy by nature,” Katryna says. “I took elements I loved about the Northwest and made them my own.” The couple bought rough-hewn manzanita branches, green berry deco balls and pinecones from wholesalers, transforming the woodsy elements into chic décor, and layering cones and bright green allium ‘Lucy Ball’ (a dramatic, flowering onion bulb) flower heads in different-size glass vases and apothecary jars in an eclectic fashion. Katryna also cleverly glued pinecones to the bases of her handmade place cards and table numbers.
Even the duo’s almond amaretto butter cake got the woodland treatment: cake maker Divine Confections created a chocolate brown tree in fondant frosting that sprawled from the base to the top of the three-tier confection. After cake, guests continued to sate their sweet tooth at the couple’s candy buffet, filling treat bags to take home after the newlyweds departed for a blissful night at Salish Lodge and Spa before taking two weeks off to guide family and friends around their beloved Northwest.
Bridal gown: Marisa Couture, Belltown Bride | Apothecary jar rental: Sweet Buffet Lady | Bridesmaids and flower girls dresses: Jim Hjlem dresses, Moms, Maids, and More | Cake: Divine Confections | Caterer: Tuxedos Tennis Shoes | DJ: Generation X Productions | Florist: Creative Colours Florist | Groom’s attire: Calvin Klein suits, Men’s Wearhouse | Hair and makeup: I Love Blush | Invitations: Cards & Pockets | Officiant: Chaplain Dale Amundsen | Rings: E.E. Robbins | Transportation: Rolls-Royce, British Motor Coach, Hummer limousine and town car, JJ Limousine | Wedding planner: Flawless Event Planning | Wine and beer kegs: Malt & Vine