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Kimberly & Jason: A Formal Wedding in Lakewood, WA

  • Rosenstein Photography, Seattle
    Maegan Both and Jody Lease, Bridezilla Events
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Kimberly & Jason in Lakewood, WA
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The eight-person tables were set up beneath a large white tent and on an adjoining terrace. Tables were draped with cream and espresso bichon cloths, while chairs were covered with cream satin and tied off with espresso bichon chair sashes. The centerpieces varied between high arrangements of silver candelabras dripping with crystals and featuring  ...
Eventful Moments, Olympia
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For Kimberly and Jason’s place settings, pink satin lamour napkins provided a punch of color to the table. Each napkin was tied with an espresso-colored ribbon and tucked with pink sweet peas. Gold charger plates and gold silverware created a warm, opulent feeling.
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In honor of the bride’s mother’s background, a traditional Japanese sake toasting ceremony (called san-san-kudo) was performed. “The sake itself was special wedding sake that actually had flecks of real gold in the liquor,” says Kimberly. In the meantime, guests were handed red lacquered cups embossed with a gold Japanese wedding symbol for a congr ...
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For the san-san-kudo ceremony, Kimberly wore a formal indigo and white Japanese silk kimono embroidered with pink peonies and other flowers. To get the bride ready for her day, Kimberly enlisted her family: “My cousin Akiko had taken special kimono dressing classes and my other cousin, Yoko, assisted her,” she says
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Kimberly and Jason’s three-tiered confection featured traditional white cake with buttercream and fresh strawberry and Bavarian cream filling; and chocolate with strawberry and raspberry mousse filling. The pale pink frosted cake was decorated with edible hand-painted fans, chocolate branches, and cherry blossoms with butterflies. Gold frosting acc ...
Ginny McGavin, Snuffin’s Catering, Gig Harbor
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The tea ceremony took place before dinner. Guests watched as Kimberly and Jason served tea to their parents. “I received a gift of a gold necklace and earrings from my father,” Kimberly says. During this time, Kimberly wore the traditional Chinese red qipao dress, which was embroidered with gold flowers.
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Kimberly, Jason, and their parents signed a red Chinese wedding contract with seals and special red ink, made for the couple in Taiwan. Kimberly’s sister emceed the event and provided explanation for all their guests.
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The close of the tea ceremony was not to be missed as three sets of lion dancers—a male, female, and baby lion—performed to the clash of drums and cymbals. “I wanted the tea ceremony to be witnessed by all our guests, and also for it to serve as entertainment so they wouldn’t get bored while dinner was being set up,” says Kimberly.
Lion dancers, Mai Fak Kung Fu Club, Seattle
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For the cocktail hour, which kept guests occupied as Kimberly changed into her final dress of the evening, the couple had a lounge area set up on the lawn near a shady tree. Sofas and white chairs were draped with white- and silver-striped velvet and arranged around low, white coffee tables decorated with silver bowls filled with white roses and li ...
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Kimberly and Jason had taken Argentinean tango lessons to dance their first dance to “Jalousie” by Jacob Gade. Kimberly also changed into her fourth dress for this performance -- a turquoise blue, Empire-waist, knee-length, halter dress with black ballroom dancing heels.
DJ, Joe Bongiorno, Seattle
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Kimberly says that as soon as she toured the site she knew immediately that it was what she wanted: a combination of nature, beautiful architectural spaces, and quiet elegance.

Kimberly & Jason in Lakewood, WA

Selected to travel to Japan by the National Science Foundation for research, Kimberly and Jason (both med and grad students) first met at a meet-and-greet dinner just before their trip, and they were an item soon afterward. The Bride Kimberly Lu, 32, surgeon The Groom Jason Mitchell, 34, software engineer The Date July 16 After Jason surprised Kimberly with a proposal, the couple began planning a wedding celebration that mixed Chinese, Japanese, and Western tradition. (Kimberly’s father is from Taiwan and her mother is from Japan; Jason’s family is from Ohio.) What ensued was a beautiful Japanese- and Chinese-inspired wedding at a historic mansion set on 10 acres of gardens just off the shores of American Lake in Washington.
- Anja Winikka
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  • Rosenstein Photography, Seattle
  • Maegan Both and Jody Lease, Bridezilla Events
  • Lakewold Gardens
  • Eventful Moments, Olympia
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  • Ginny McGavin, Snuffin’s Catering, Gig Harbor
  • Lion dancers, Mai Fak Kung Fu Club, Seattle
  • Rented Elegance, Redmond
  • DJ, Joe Bongiorno, Seattle

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