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Sterling & David: A Modern Wedding in Seattle, WA

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Sterling & David in Seattle, WA
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The ceremony was held in the morning at Seattle’s St. James Cathedral, followed by a short breakfast reception on the steps of the church, offering guests great views of Puget Sound.
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Sterling’s five bridesmaids wore fuchsia, silk shantung, floor-length dresses with a silk sash that tied in the back.
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Twenty round tables were dressed in white with fuchsia organza overlays, silver chargers, and white napkins.
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Every table was scattered with small votives, while the head table was covered in lime green moire and floating flowers.
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What Sterling calls her “favorite cake of all time” was a five-tiered vanilla cake with raspberry and cream fillings, iced in ivory buttercream frosting and topped with green fondant stripes and dark purple and raspberry edible flowers.
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Once dinner was finished, guests danced to a 7-piece big band beneath the tent. The newlyweds had their first dance to Frank Sinatra’s “Fly Me to the Moon,” which was David’s idea as a way to honor their unique engagement site. “We were over-the-moon happy,” Sterling says. “So not only was it a great song to dance to, but the lyrics fit in a fun, u ...

Sterling & David in Seattle, WA

Sterling and David met at Harvard Business School and had been dating for a little more than a year when they decided to take what Sterling thought to be just an average winter-break trip to China with her boyfriend. Unbeknownst to Sterling, David had bought a ring in New York while she finished her final exams, and he’d even called her father to ask for his permission just before they boarded the plane. The Bride Sterling Garretson, 32, marketing director The Groom David Mace, 30, private equity investor) The Date August 13 The two toured China, exploring Beijing and Shanghai, for more than two weeks -- David with the ring in his pocket, yet Sterling suspecting nothing. It wasn’t until they had climbed to the top of one of rural China’s most famous regional peaks -- known as Bright Moon Mountain -- that David finally found the right time to propose. After climbing down the mountain, the couple set out to prepare for the wedding adventures that lay ahead.
- Meredith Gray
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