Seattle Bride in the City: Jodi Smith

Style Unveiled, as hard as we try, knows that sometimes it takes a woman who's walking in your same 'heels' to help with something like planning a day as big as a wedding.  And while we will always be here to help with inspirational photos, real weddings, vendor suggestions, wedding cake inspiration, engagement photo ideas, and more ... we want to bring you something priceless ... Advice from brides who are doing the same as you (right now!!) ... PLANNING THEIR WEDDING :)  Our blog addition, Bride in the City will give you inside info from other brides to help you along the way and make you feel like you're not the only one :)  So ... get ready to bond with Bride in the City guest:  Jodi Smith

When did you become engaged?

December 25, 2011

When is the big day?

October 20, 2012

What was your engagement shoot like?  What was it like working with your photographer?

Working with our photographers (Brian & Jennifer from Photo Elan) was fantastic - we can't wait to have them photograph us at our wedding!  We wanted a very urban, natural feel to our photos - just quick moments in time of us doing what we do best - hanging out in Seattle!  We basically just walked around Pike Place that afternoon - enjoying each other, having coffee, etc. - and Brian was able to capture so many great moments!  It was really incredible how he was able to capture the great architecture, colors, etc. to create compelling images.

We rented the beautiful orange umbrella from Bella Umbrella in Ballard - and it turned out to serve both a decorative & functional purpose - since it of course it rained!  We almost cancelled but decided to go ahead with the shoot...and despite the adverse weather, they were able to capture the essence of us - a fun-loving, goofy couple, running around Seattle in the rain.

Who are some of the wedding vendors that you have already decided to hire?

To be honest, it was really overwhelming to start planning a wedding in Seattle - there are just so many options!  I have been relying heavily on some great friends I have that also got married here recently for their opinions, as well as Yelp!

For our music, we hired the Jason Parker Quartet to play our live jazz music for our pre-ceremony cocktail hour, ceremony & dinner.  They have a fantastic selection and are even putting together some custom requests for us.

Neither Elliot or I are big cake eaters....but we love us some greasy donuts!  A chef friend of ours is making us a fantastic tier of gourmet donuts - from maple bacon bars to PB&J cream puffs to a frosted Pop Rocks donut!

It was also really important to us to get some great video of the day too, so we hired Aaron Horton.  He did video work at a friend's wedding and it was fantastic; and she said they hardly even noticed he was there, and they got a great 4 minute highlights clip to quickly and easily share with out of town guests - which is important to me since I'm from Michigan originally and many friends & family wont be able to attend.

I purchased my dress from Calla Bridal; the designer was Mikaella Bridal (based in Vancouver).  They were fantastic to work with; and I'm really excited about the customizations they were willing to do for me.  I also got a whimsical fascinator veil from I Do Bridal on 45th.  I'm still working on finding the perfect shoes!

My jewelry is from Stella & Dot. The groom still doesn't know what he's wearing - but my guess is it will have to go with a pair of Converse!

We used Wedding Paper Divas for our Save The Date cards; and a phenomenal graphic designer friend Amanda Korb is doing our custom invitations for us.

We hired City Catering Company for our wedding food - they put together a great passed and station small plates menu with us; and we also hired Veraci Pizza to show up from Midnight - 2:00am and serve our guests our favorite wood-fired people right out on the street.

Our rehearsal dinner is being held at our bar/restaurant in Ballard - The Gerald.  My fiance Elliot is an owner there, and the back room holds up to 40 guests.  We are having an intimate rehearsal dinner, then inviting other out of town family and friends to come hang out the night before the wedding too!

What is your venue and why did you choose it?

We decided on EM Fine Art Gallery as our venue for the pre-ceremony cocktail hour, ceremony & reception. They have a phenomenal urban space that has a lot of character, and doesn't require too much decor to make it intimate.  They have regular art on display; some greate moveable soft seating and high top tables; and what really won us over was the loft bar area; which provides a phenomenal intimate space for guests.

The space is super versatile, and owners Amanda & Roland Crane are very accommodating and easy to work with.  Oh, and did I mention it's a dog-friendly facility?

What are you most excited about for your wedding day?

Um, everything!  Marrying my best friend most of all - Elliot & I have been together for 7 years, and this feels like a very natural step for us.  He is my rock; my person; and there is nothing that excites me more than saying "I do" to him!

He also has 2 daughters (my soon-to-be step-daughters!) who I know are very excited about the wedding - and I can't wait to see them as my flower girls.

Of course, I also have to say my dress.  It truly makes me feel beautiful, and I can't wait for Elliot to see me in it.

Is there anything you are nervous about for your wedding day?

It's hard to feel nervous about something you feel so sure about.  Elliot's nickname for me is "planny plannerton" - I love to organize things so I'm not fretting the small details.  I think it might be weird to have all the different people in our lives that we know and love - family, friends, colleagues, etc - from both of our lives all mashed together in one place.  It will be very surreal. 

What is your wedding theme or concept going to be?  What inspired it?

Our theme is just "Urban Fancy".  We wanted something that was simple and us; not too formal...but special.  We will be using lots of candles; artwork; and unique touches to ensure the event really embraces who we are.

We both love mid-century modern style; I purchased a 1960s typewriter and guests will "type  in" as opposed to sign in; and the theme of "Eat, Drink, & Be Married" will also be carried out on gift bags, menus, etc.  My mom & aunt are also doing a "candy bar" - I have a serious sweet tooth!

What are 3 words to describe how you feel right now?

Lucky.  Happy.  Beautiful.

Photographer: Photo Elan

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