Love Is a Journey: A Wedding In The Washington Wine Country
Date: July 5, 2019
In search of a meaningful spot to celebrate their love, Micaela and Curtis looked no further to a very special spot: “The Gorge holds a special place in each of our hearts,” reminisces the bride. “Our first date was there, and it was one of the best weekends of our lives.” Other milestones -- “We also spent the first two years of our relationship taking turns commuting 4.5 hours across the state every weekend to see each other. Every time I drove home to see Curtis, I passed over the Columbia River Gorge and felt this overwhelming nostalgia and excitement because I was halfway there!” -- sealed the deal. When planning their nuptials, the couple worked hard to make each detail as thoughtful and personal as their venue of choice. “Our overall design vision for Micaela and Curtis's wedding was romantic, timeless, and a touch contemporary, with a strong sense of place,” says Callista Osborn of Callista & Company, who designed, planned and produced the event. “We incorporated lots of linen, and [used] colors suited to the surrounding landscape, including sand, whipped apricot, and dusty mauve.” A custom crest, designed by Sugared Fig Paperie, carried throughout event details (like stationary, the couple’s website, petal bags, dinner menus, napkins, welcome bag tags, signage and displays) kept the wedding theme consistent and curated. In turn, no detail went overlooked, all adding up to a celebration worthy of true love. “We made sure to feature a Canadian beer since Curtis’s family is Canadian, and our wedding cake flavors included a German Chocolate cake for Curtis’s German background, and a matcha cake for my Chinese background,” says the bride, who surprised her family and guests by secretly altering her mother’s traditional Chinese reception dress (known as a “qipao” or “Cheongsam,” but in white and features a beaded dragon and Phoenix which signify luck, loyalty, love, and joy, while together signify husband and wife) and changing into it after dinner.