Shades of GRAY
...AND GOLD SET A MODERN MOOD AT THIS STYLISH SOIRÉE IN SEATTLE, WHICH TRANSFORMED A RAIN-DRENCHED URBAN ROOF TOP INTO A CHIC SECRET-GARDEN OASIS.
Jessica Ritt is not what you’d call a sports fan—so when Todd Jacobs invited her to a Knicks game in October of 2013, he knew he was taking a chance. “I thought it would be an easy way for us to get to know each other,” he says. Luckily, he recalls, “she said yes, and we had a great time, even if the Knicks did not—they lost.” That fateful first date was two years in the making. The New York City-based pair had been crossing paths since 2011, when they first met through mutual friends. Though it took a while to get their timing right, it was worth the wait. “It just felt comfortable from the start,” says Jess, a publicist. Fast-forward a little more than a year, and Todd, a principal at a real estate company, surprised Jess with a proposal in their apartment on his 30th birthday. Right after she accepted, both sets of parents walked in the door; Todd had flown them in so everyone could celebrate together. Planning began with choosing a wedding destination, and there was no question: It would take place in Jess’s beloved hometown of Seattle. And the couple had a head start on the research. “I had looked at every venue possible the year before, when my sister was getting married,” Jess says. For their ceremony, they chose the rooftop of a downtown space in the heart of the city. The venue didn’t usually host weddings but made an exception in their case. “Todd and I really wanted a place that wasn’t typical,” Jess says. “We hoped it would be exciting and unexpected for our guests.” Planners Steven and Jamie Moore reimagined the space, removing planters and unbolting benches so they could work with a clean slate. By the time all 225 friends and family members arrived for the ceremony on October 10, 2015, the rooftop was a vision of Lucite, green foliage, and white flowers under a clear, modern tent. This being Seattle, “it was pouring rain up until the second our ceremony started,” Todd says. “The sun started to come back out right when we were walking down the aisle.” After a traditional Jewish ceremony followed by a cocktail hour, buses transported guests to nearby Union Station, a former train depot that’s awash in white marble—the ideal backdrop for the reception’s festive gold-and-gray palette. Partygoers watched the newlyweds dance to Van Morrison’s “Crazy Love” before a sit-down three-course meal of king crab legs and other regional foods. At around midnight, the band gave way to a DJ and everyone refueled with late-night mac ’n’ cheese poppers, potato puffs, and mini Reuben sandwiches. After the best night of her life, it’s safe to say that Jess had no regrets about having said yes to that basketball game, and to Todd. From start to finish, the celebration was a slam dunk.
ALL THAT GLITTERS 1. “I wanted everything to feel special and unique to Seattle,” says Jess of the welcome boxes, which included local pears and chocolatecovered popcorn. 2. The bride with her parents and sister, the matron of honor. Opposite: After toying with the “out of left field” idea of leather invitations, the couple chose triple-thick custom card stock stamped with gold foil.