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.

Martha Stewart Weddings - - SHADES OF GRAY - PHO­TO­GRAPHS BY BELATHÉE PHO­TOG­RA­PHY TEXT BY BROOKE PORTER KATZ

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.

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