Kelsey & Arthur
May 7, 2011 at 415 Westlake in Seattle
Facebook needed a few more status options for Kelsey Kramer, 23, and Arthur King, 31, who went through their fair share of relationship changes after meeting in church in Maple Valley in 2004. At first, they were just “hanging out,” then “just friends,” on to “really, really good friends” and “almost inseparable,” before finally upgrading to “in a relationship” by the time Kelsey headed off to college at Seattle Pacific University in 2007. They made the big status update on December 11, 2010 after Arthur proposed on a pier on Alki Beach while friends hid behind a garbage can taping the emotional moment for the West Seattle couple.
After the two settled on a spring celebration, just a short five months away, Arthur, who is studying for a degree in criminal justice, went on scouting missions around the city for his graphic-designer bride, looking for an airy, loft-like space. He found gold in the relatively new 415 Westlake in South Lake Union. “When I walked in, I knew it was perfect for us,” says Kelsey, who works for Starbucks. “I loved the concrete floors and big, exposed beams and warehouse windows.” Kelsey settled on neutral, spring pastels for their color palette, adding soft grays to echo the concrete at the venue, kicking off the color scheme with invitations she designed herself for the big day.
On the evening of May 7, after getting ready with her girlfriends at the Pan Pacific Hotel, the Vera Wang–clad bride married her bow-tie-sporting soulmate, surrounded by more than 300 softly lit candles during the touching, emotional ceremony. As an act of humility to start their marriage, the pair washed each other’s feet (a gesture the religious pair came up with themselves, modeled after Jesus washing the feet of his disciples) and then were prayed over by their nearest and dearest.
While the ceremony room was being flipped for dinner, the culinary adventures began in earnest in the atrium as guests mingled over a cheese-and-toppings bar laid out by a local cheesemonger, Shawn Sisson from Of Grape and Grain Catering, then headed back inside for a feast from Skillet Street Food. Spring peonies, succulents and pastel blossoms from a wholesale market decorated the tables, hand-arranged by the bride and family members before the wedding. Guests sipped watermelon-jalapeño or cucumber-mint frescas out of glass jars while waiting in line at the truck for Skillet’s famous slider burgers, which were accompanied by rustic veggie pasta, poutine, and kale salad with hazelnuts and dried cherries. The joyful atmosphere carried on through speeches and dancing, and was amplified once the dessert spread of Top Pot Doughnuts appeared. “The food was truly the life of party,” Kelsey says. “We heard people were stuffing doughnuts in their purses!”
Thus armed with their to-go doughnuts to take home, friends and family bid adieu to the pair, who spent the night at the Pan Pacific before jetting off to Cabo for a few weeks to bask in their newly married state.
Bridal attire: Vera Wang gown, Marcella’s La Boutique; veil, Etsy.com seller Fascinating Creations; shoes, Nine West | Bridal jewelry: Earrings, Nordstrom; bracelet, her “something borrowed” | Caterer: Skillet Street Food | Cheese bar: Of Grape and Grain Catering | Décor: Square cement centerpiece vases, Pacific Floral Wholesale; candles, Michael’s | Dessert/doughnuts: Top Pot Doughnuts | Florals: Bridal bouquet and boutonnieres, Fleurish; centerpieces and bridesmaids’ bouquets, arranged by the bride with help from family and friends | Groom’s attire: Suit, Ben Sherman; shoes, Aldo; black bow tie, Butch Blum | Groomsmen’s attire: Patterned socks, Happy Socks; bow ties handmade by the mother of the groom | Hair and makeup: Ariel Halstead, Gary Manuel Salon | Invitations: Designed by the bride | Rentals (linens, dinner plates, glasses and flatware): AA Party Rentals | Rings: James Allen (online retailer); groom’s band, E.E. Robbins | Venue: 415 Westlake