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Dori & Ian: An Outdoor Wedding in Seattle, WA

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Dori and Ian recited their vows under the shade of a canopy of trees in the secluded Grieg Garden on the University of Washington campus.
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The celebration moved inside to The Faculty Club, which was set up with long tables for 14 people each. The east and south walls are actually floor-to-ceiling windows, and tea lights provided by the campus created a magical vibe. The best feature of the room, though, was the atrium area, where guests mingled throughout the evening.
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Dori carried a bouquet of hand-tied cream roses and freesia with contrasting bright green hypericum berries.
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Ian created a design of a tree with his and Dori’s initials carved on the trunk and surrounded by a heart.
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Dori embodied old Hollywood glamour in her grandmother's wedding gown from 1934. It was a simple champagne sheath with a small train, and featured lace and beading around the neckline. For the reception, she changed into a less fragile, more party-friendly frock: a knee-length, brown and pink, pleated party dress from Betsey Johnson. "It had a retr ...
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Ian, his groomsmen, and both fathers wore charcoal gray Perry Ellis suits with silver ties.
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To please all of their guests' taste buds and dietary needs, the couple had two cakes. One was a two-tier, Chinese sponge cake with whipped cream frosting for display plus two sheet cakes for cutting; the other was a round, sugar-free carrot cake.

Dori & Ian in Seattle, WA

Lots of people have crushes in junior high, but who expects to meet their future husband or wife in the seventh grade? When Dori met Ian in the seventh grade, their eventual relationship grew out of a series of coincidences that brought them together in art class in the eighth and ninth grades and then again in senior year physics. They finally became friends after they bumped into each other yet again at the University of Washington. The Bride Midori (Dori) Shimada, 29, assistant personnel specialist The Groom Ian Towler, 29, intern architect The Date August 6 The two stayed close throughout college despite taking different academic paths, but sparks didn't fly until after they graduated and rented a house with mutual friends. "It was there that I finally realized that Ian was the funny, perfect guy I wanted to spend the rest of my life with," Dori says. "So I turned on the charm. He came around pretty quickly."
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