'Ringing' In the New Year at Fairmont Olympic Hotel
The Ballard-based couple, both of whom work in tech (she for Smartsheet, he for Microsoft), fell in love with the idea of a New Year’s Eve wedding after visiting the festively decorated Fairmont Olympic Hotel during the holiday season; as a bonus, the timing of the wedding allowed James’ family, who are based in the United Kingdom, to fly over and spend Christmas with the pair before the big day.
On that magical eve, flickering candlelight and abundant greenery immediately set a mood for romance as Lauren walked down the aisle to meet her groom. As part of their vows, the pair participated in a traditional Celtic handfasting; the families surprised them by supplying a piece of Lauren’s mother’s wedding gown and the tie that James’ father was married in to bind their hands and lend extra significance to the ceremony.
The Fairmont’s Spanish Ballroom was resplendent in a 1920s theme for the reception, with tables accented by creamy white florals and ornate candelabras. After a four-course supper and toasts, guests hit the dance floor and snacked on late-night chicken and waffles before ringing in 2017 under a shower of golden streamers. After kicking off their year with a kiss, the couple set off for their honeymoon in—where else?—Iceland.