A Night to Remember

WAC weddings make memories to last a lifetime

By Mae Jacobson, WAC Associate Editor

As a lifelong WAC member, Vanessa Siegel (née Lee) spent her childhood pirouetting, socializing and swimming at the Club. She took her first ballet class at the WAC, enjoyed her high school prom at the Club, and learned to swim in Helene Madison Pool. This past fall she took a different kind of plunge, marrying fiancé Aaron Siegel at the WAC.

“I’ve always felt that the Club is like my second home,” Vanessa says. “There was a comfort in knowing that everything was being handled with tremendous care.”

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Vanessa and Aaron met in the fall of 2010, while studying for final law exams at Emory University. They became engaged four years later. Aaron surprised his bride-to-be with a waterside proposal on the dock at Chandler’s Crabhouse on Lake Union. A year later, the couple wed.

From a formal ceremony to a fun and modern reception in the glittering Crystal Ballroom, Vanessa and Aaron’s special day unfolded with ease. “Everyone from the doorman to the waitstaff was amazing,” Vanessa says.

The couple took full advantage of the Club’s amenities before and after the wedding, including a bridesmaids’ night in the Presidents Suite and sunset portraits on the deck of the Elliott Bay Suite. The Club’s historic architecture and downtown location set the scene for memorable wedding photos that will be cherished for a lifetime—from striking views of Puget Sound to the classy serenity of the Voogd Library.

At their ceremony, Vanessa wore a simple strapless dress with an extra-long sheer veil. “The WAC staff truly made us feel like royalty,” she says. “Our guests have raved about how kind and accommodating everyone was.”

Premier service

The WAC Catering department’s tireless dedication to perfection and personalization make the Club the ideal location to tie the knot. Director Catering Sales Rick Cardona leads a team that includes Catering Sales Managers Renee Brussard and Katie Takahashi as well as Catering Sales Assistant Hannah Park. The Club’s catering menu and wedding packages lend ease and grace to the process, allowing wedding parties to relax as they plan and enjoy their big day.

As a longstanding Seattle institution, the WAC has hosted thousands of special events. The Club’s timeless elegance combined with the staff’s skill at organizing and carrying through detailed plans make the WAC a particularly sought-after destination for brides and grooms.

“It was so easy, so comfortable, and so fun,” recent bride Katie Williamson (née Bartz) says. “I loved every minute of it.”

Katie and her bridal party were pampered at the Spa at the WAC with pre-ceremony hair and makeup, a perfect respite from a day that can present unexpected stress and last-minute surprises. “I so appreciated the spa staff’s easygoing attitudes,” Katie says.

Katie and her husband, Luke Williamson, wed at St. James Cathedral on First Hill during a balmy spring afternoon. From the ceremony, guests walked or drove the short distance to the Club, where a reception with passed hors d’oeuvres, dinner, a photo booth, and plenty of dancing awaited. As the evening wound down, Katie’s aunt and uncle invited attendees upstairs for an after-party in the Presidents Suite.

“The night ended with everyone thirsty for more,” Katie says. “We were thrilled with the way everything turned out. It was a truly extraordinary day.”

Enviable setting

Nahal Nabavinejad and husband Arman Abedi found the obliging nature of the WAC staff especially convenient for their wedding needs. Like many couples before them, they couldn’t refuse the beauty of the Chihuly glass exhibit in the Johnson Lobby Lounge or the twinkling ambience of the Crystal Ballroom.

“We worked closely with Renee,” Nahal says. “She was very professional, friendly, and accommodating to all of our requests.”

The WAC’s services and facilities help couples and their guests unwind in countless ways. Access to personal training sessions and other fitness accommodations help many brides and grooms relax. So do WAC restaurants.

Vanessa’s husband, Aaron, spent time playing basketball and catching up with old friends in Hagerty’s. Having everything under one roof—from lodging to fitness facilities to the Spa—makes the wedding experience more enjoyable for everyone.

After a traditional Persian ceremony and a cocktail hour, Nahal, Arman, and their guests danced under the shimmer-ing lights of the Crystal Ballroom’s Czechoslovakian chandeliers. The evening culminated well after midnight when friends and family stepped outside to light sparklers and raise a twinkling tribute to the new couple—and a perfect end to a new beginning.

—Mae Jacobson is Associate Editor of WAC Magazine. Reach her at mjacobson@wac.net

Wedding Details

Booking & size: The WAC welcomes members and member-sponsored guests to hold their weddings at the Club. Inquire with Catering at 206.464.3050. The Crystal Ballroom and Noble Room fit parties of up to 250 people.

Food & wine: The Club offers a full range of catering services, from hors d’oeuvres to wedding cakes.

Suite nights: The Club gives brides and grooms a complimentary one-night stay in a suite at the Inn at the WAC for weddings of 100 people or more. We can also arrange blocks of rooms with preferred rates for wedding guests.

Added luxury: Bridal parties can enjoy pre-wedding pampering such as manicures, pedicures and massages at the full-service Spa at the WAC. The salon also offers wedding-day hair and makeup service.

Parking: Non-overnight complimentary parking is available after 5 pm for all wedding guests in the WAC Garage, based on availability.

For more information about weddings at the WAC, contact Catering at 206.464.3050 or catering@wac.net.

As published in the January/February 2016 issue of WAC Magazine.


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