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Althea & Ryan: A Summer Wedding in Seattle, WA

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Ryan sported a single white miniature calla lily boutonniere accented by simple Ruskus greenery and finished with a green wire wrapped around the base.
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"I wouldn't have wanted to get married at any other place in the world," Althea says. For weddings, Seattle University’s chapel is available only to students, alumni, and staff.
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A single large arrangement of variegated Aspidistra leaves in a clear glass vase served as the focal point at the altar of the chapel. The arrangement also included green and white calla lilies, artificial lotus flowers, green and white hydrangeas, and lisianthuses, accented with light blue tweedia.
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Althea carried a contemporary, hand-tied bouquet of white flowers: lisianthuses, gardenias, miniature calla lilies, and dahlias.
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Althea's four bridesmaids perfectly personified the day's color scheme in silvery blue-colored tea-length satin-faced, taffeta dresses, the Empire waists accented by sage green bands, by Jim Hjelm Occasions.
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Two different types of centerpieces split among the tables created visual variety in the reception space. One was a square glass vase wrapped with greenery and filled with white dahlias and gerbera daisies.
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Low, square glass bowls filled with black river rocks, stalks of lucky bamboo, and a single floating gardenia topped the tables too.
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The couple cut into a three-tiered, square white cake with white buttercream frosting and two different fillings: marzipan and raspberry filling and mocha filling. Three lotus flowers sculpted from pastiage topped the confection.
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Althea & Ryan in Seattle, WA

When in doubt about enrolling at a particular college, look to your tour guide for a sign. As Althea was making the rounds of college tours in January of 1996, she found that she didn't need to look any further after meeting Ryan at Seattle University. (She later learned that he had given her the "extended tour.") The Bride Althea Chow, 30, elementary school teacher The Groom Ryan Liddell, 30, GIS analyst The Date August 19, 2006 However, the two didn't exchange phone numbers until an alumni function five years later, and even then, Althea waited several months to call. When she finally did, it was to ask Ryan to borrow slides from his trip to Kenya so she could show her students during a class unit on Africa. To say thanks, Althea suggested going out to dinner, although Ryan insisted on paying. For their next date -- which they both consider their first "intentional date" -- on the day before Christmas Eve, they went to see The Royal Tenenbaums. Now they watch it on DVD on that same day every year to commemorate the inexplicable draw that first brought them together.
- Meredith Gray
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