Saying “I do” at the Club

Plan a perfect wedding

By Darrick Meneken

What are the hottest wedding trends of 2019? Flower arches, metallic details, and pastel cakes all make the list. Discover more trends and find out why the WAC is the perfect place for a wedding during A Catered Affair. This annual event in the Crystal Ballroom showcases WAC Catering, with a focus on weddings.
This year, A Catered Affair takes place Thursday, May 30.

Photo courtesy Melissa Kilner Photography

Alison & Jens

To see newlyweds Alison and Jens Pascucci carried around the Crystal Ballroom in their chairs is to view the perfect combination of excitement and fear. The moment, immortalized by the Pascuccis’ photographer, is one of countless wedding memories created by couples who have wed and celebrated at the WAC.

For WAC members Alison and Jens, the WAC Clubhouse was the clear choice for their wedding. “We wanted an elegant evening that would not only celebrate our love but also celebrate all of the friends and family that we love,” Alison says.

The couple’s ceremony and reception took place this past summer in the Crystal Ballroom, and guests enjoyed a cocktail hour in between in the Johnson Lobby Lounge.

Alison and Jens first met at a different wedding, in Denver, five years earlier. Between that wedding and their own, they attended 22 others as a couple. “We spent a lot of time dreaming up what we would want for our own wedding,” Alison says.

When their turn arrived, the couple opted for a softer palette and decorations, letting the natural elegance of the Crystal Ballroom impress itself on their 186 guests. Flowers and metallic votives trimmed the tables, and a four-tiered cake garnished in golden ribbon reflected the room’s three stately chandeliers.

“We wanted a wedding that would showcase the city that we lived in and would provide our guests with a comfortable environment in which to celebrate,” Jens says.

Jens and his groomsmen prepared for the ceremony in the Presidents Suite while Alison and her bridesmaids dressed in the Elliott Bay Suite, overlooking Puget Sound.

“The WAC was an easy choice,” Alison says. “Ultimately, the event was flawless.”

Photo courtesy Julianna J Photography

Amanda & Conner

Amanda and Conner Packard knew they wanted a formal wedding ceremony at St. James Cathedral on First Hill. Finding a venue for their reception proved a little more difficult. “We wanted a place that was timeless and classic and would match our traditional ceremony venue,” Amanda recalls. “We also wanted a venue that could comfortably hold 180 guests.”

The couple looked at options around the city, but none fit their requirements. “We would either have to downsize the guest list or go with a venue coordinator we didn’t have a great connection with,” Amanda says.

During their search, Conner mentioned to a co-worker that they were still seeking a venue. That colleague turned out to be longtime WAC member Dail Bodziony.

Dail connected the dots, and Amanda and Conner were soon being introduced to WAC Senior Catering Sales Manager Katie Takahashi. “We both loved the Crystal Ballroom, but it was really Katie who sold us on the WAC,” Amanda says. “She understood our vision for an elegant Seattle wedding and was so accommodating. And the wedding packages offered were an unbelievable value compared to similar venues.”

Amanda, from Las Vegas, and Conner, from Mercer Island, wed this past September. After the ceremony, the party shifted seven blocks from St. James to Sixth and Union. “The WAC was the perfect setting for what we wanted our wedding to look and feel like,” Conner says.

The room was decorated in white and gold, with impressive candelabras and white bouquets on the tables. Amanda wore an embroidered gown with a long train, and a live band entertained the guests.

Says Amanda: “We couldn’t have been happier with the WAC.”

Photo courtesy Alante Photography

Angela & Slater

Angela and Slater Marshall wed in June 2017 in a small ceremony held at the Top of the WAC. “It was the perfect setting,” Slater says. “Everyone from Charles at the front door to the team that served our dinner was extremely professional and gave us and our special guests lots of personal attention.”

The couple exchanged vows surrounded by a palette of yellow and white as views of Puget Sound opened through large windows looking west from the 21st Floor. Angela, a nurse at Skyline Retirement Community, walked down the aisle in a beautiful gown with train as a harpist played “Canon in D” followed by Mendelssohn’s “Wedding March.” Angela’s father walked her down the aisle and Slater’s longtime mentor, Don Kentop, presided over the ceremony, which was witnessed by an intimate gathering of 11 guests.

Slater, a retired IT executive and WAC member since 1999, proposed a year before the wedding during a weekend escape to the Inn at the WAC. When planning their wedding, the couple made many choices after Angela attended A Catered Affair, an annual open house hosted by the WAC Catering department. That day, Angela met Katie Takahashi, who personally assisted her and Slater throughout the planning process and on their special day. “The open house was really well organized, and Katie and her professionalism are what ultimately sold us on having the wedding at the WAC,” Angela says. “She is the best.”

Following the ceremony, guests mingled during a cocktail hour and sit-down dinner, also served at the Top of the WAC. “Great food, outstanding service, and a memorable time with loved ones,” Slater says. “Our wedding experience is just another reason why we love the WAC.”

Before retiring to the Inn at the WAC for the night, the couple rode to Lynnwood and visited Angela’s ailing grandmother. Says Angela: “It was a very special moment in time—one I will never forget.”

As published in the January/February 2019 issue of WAC Magazine

—Posted January 3, 2019

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