Rachel and David wanted their Seattle wedding to be as heartfelt and personal as possible, so they threw a backyard bash in their family’s garden! With the help of Gather Events, the couple transformed their family home into a lovely summer soiree featuring live jazz, a vintage-inspired cocktail bar, and stunning DIY accents. Photographer Benj Haisch captured every detail of this Seattle garden wedding beautifully, including the gorgeous greenery-forward floral design by July Floral Design.
Rachel and David
Private Residence, Seattle, Washington
We really aimed to plan a party that we would want to attend. We kept some traditional wedding aspects, but weren’t afraid to do away with the ones that were less important to us.
The majority of our guests were from out-of-town and we felt we couldn’t have chosen a more personal or special venue to welcome our friends and family than my family home in Seattle. Getting married in a space that is not set up as a “venue” did create some challenges, but it was totally worth it for us to be able to celebrate our marriage in such a meaningful place. We utilized every square inch of the house and garden!
The garden inspired our wedding vibe. The garden was in bloom, so we kept the wedding palette neutral allowing the florals to standout. We wanted the reception to feel like a whimsical summer garden soiree, complete with live jazz, vintage cocktails and PNW-inspired small plates.
We DIYed a few things! My mom baked our wedding desserts, designed and put together the table centerpieces, and was a major collaborator in terms of overall event design. I designed our invitations. My uncle crafted our wedding favors – lavender sachets with a personalized stamp. Everyone (sisters, parents, aunts, uncles and friends) cut and constructed a lot of bunting!
Choose a few details to focus on and trust your vendors to do the rest. We focused on décor we could assemble ahead of time and we left most of the day-of items to the pros.
Congratulations to Rachel and David, and a special thanks to Gather Events for sharing their day with us. Love this wedding’s cool garden party vibes? Then you’ve got to see this Los Angeles indoor garden wedding at Millwick!