An Elegant, Outdoor Wedding at Union Station in Tacoma, Washington
Lively fuchsia, yellow and tangerine accents harmonized beautifully with a refined navy background at Annie Gutierrez (29) and Robert Yu's (35) elegant celebration at the federal courthouse in a converted train station. Annie immediately bonded with Robert when she became an extern for the law office where Robert worked in 2012. The pair began dating when Annie left the firm to study for the bar exam. Robert proposed two years later.
For their outdoor ceremony and indoor reception, the couple decided on a palette of navy with bright yellow, tangerine and fuchsia accents. “We wanted the decor to be an honest representation of how our two personalities collide,” Annie says. “Robert is very stylish in a modern yet classic way. I have been called loud, fun and bright, so I have always been attracted to this color combination.” Their 230 guests looked on as Annie and Robert wed under clear skies on the University of Washington Tacoma campus, which was walking distance to the reception site at the federal courthouse —a converted train station that boasts soaring domed ceilings, beaux arts architecture and colorful Dale Chihuly glass art. “It was the perfect mix of law and art in a nonpretentious genuine way,” Annie says. After a plated dinner and rounds in the on-site photo booth, guests indulged in wedding cake from Tacoma's Corina Bakery and chocolate chip cookies from local grocer Metropolitan Markets. While they reveled in their celebration, Annie and Robert encourage couples to remember the true purpose behind the event. “At the end of the day, a wedding is a public expression of someone's lifelong commitment to another,” Annie says. “Few other things in your lifetime will so profoundly alter the trajectory of your life. Everything else is gravy.” —Carolyn Meers