Love Triangle

A trio of weddings displays WAC style and service.

By Mae Jacobson, WAC Associate Editor

Greg Walker and Taylor Romar wedding.
Greg Walker and Taylor Romar. (Photo: Melissa Aziz-Soule)

Taylor Romar was a University of Washington cheerleader when she met Greg Walker, a safety and special teams player for the Husky football team. At the time, they were both freshmen—Walker from Southern California and Romar the daughter of Washington’s men’s basketball coach.

“I wish I could say we met when he caught the winning touchdown and ran into me on the sidelines,” Taylor says. “But it was simpler than that. A mutual friend introduced us, and we’ve seen each other every day since.”

Their friendship blossomed into romance. Four years later, at Taylor’s graduation party, Greg proposed. Choosing the WAC for their wedding venue was the easy part.

“From the moment we walked in we had a warm welcome,” Taylor says. “The whole experience was phenomenal.”

Taylor and Greg wed in the summer of 2013 with almost 200 guests in attendance. The couple chose the Crystal Ballroom for their ceremony and reception. Historic touches, sparkling light cast by ornate Czechoslovakian chandeliers, and a downtown location inside the WAC Clubhouse make the ballroom a natural choice for those seeking city style, club privacy, and personalized service.

With a wedding party of 20 as well as a violinist, a harpist, and a vocalist for their ceremony, Taylor and Greg had their hands full. WAC Catering Director Rick Cardona helped everything go smoothly.

“He made the whole process stress-free,” Taylor says.

Cross-country connection

Kati Rutherford and Dennis Sills on their wedding day.
Kati Rutherford and Dennis Sills (Redfish Photo)

Kati Rutherford and Dennis Sills of
Washington, D.C., traveled across the country to wed at the WAC. Kati, a Seattle native, knew about the WAC from her time as a local, and Dennis was eager to show his New England family Kati’s hometown.

“We wanted a spot that captured the best of the Pacific Northwest,” Kati says. “The WAC’s experience with weddings—as well as the great location and reputation—made it an easy decision.”

Traveling guests stayed at the Inn at the WAC, Kati and Dennis enjoyed a morning workout in the Club’s fitness facilities, and Dennis relaxed with a shave from WAC barber Michael Small, who even helped him knot a perfect bowtie.

“No one in the wedding party knew how to tie one,”
Dennis says. “He saved the day.”

An international affair

Joong Kim and Abe Le prepare for their traditional Vietnamese wedding ceremony.
Joong Kim and Abe Le (Alante Photography)

Joong Kim and Abe Le were drawn to the glittering lights of the Crystal Ballroom after attending
a friend’s wedding at the WAC. The couple took advantage of the Club from top to bottom, holding three separate ceremonies in one day. That meant multiple outfit changes and decor for each gathering.

They began with a traditional American wedding in the Noble Room, where family and friends witnessed their vows. A Vietnamese tea ceremony followed in the Johnson Lobby Lounge, where Joong and Abe prayed at an ancestral altar and served tea to their parents. Their day concluded with a Korean wedding ceremony in the Crystal Ballroom followed by a night of dinner and dancing.

“Everything was so well-organized—from the big plans down to the smallest of details,” Joong says. “It allowed us to enjoy what really mattered.”

As published in the January/February 2017 issue of WAC Magazine.

Posted January 17, 2017

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