Real Wedding: Yael Grundstein & Luis Garcia

Country Cool | September 27, 2014 | Rebecca Madsen Photography


NAMES Yael Grundstein and Luis Garcia LIVE IN The Ashcreek neighborhood OCCUPATIONS She’s in retail; he’s an attorney HOW THEY MET At the University of Oregon during a Halloween party—apparently Luis’s spandex luchador (Mexican wrestler) bodysuit was very charming HOW THEY GOT ENGAGED After proposing during a family dinner in his hometown of Cojumatlán, Mexico, Luis serenaded Yael in Spanish with a backup band WHY BLACK BUTTE It was simply a gorgeous destination! NUMBER OF GUESTS 207 COLORS Deep reds, dark blues, beige, gold, and light gray THEME To honor and celebrate their Jewish-American and Mexican-American cultures FLOWERS Textural dinner plate dahlias, amaranthus, antique hydrangea, and more, styled to look natural and flowy (like the dresses each bridesmaid selected on her own) SOMETHINGS BORROWED Her mother’s jewelry and a close friend’s veil DIY HIGHLIGHT Yael collected clear wine bottles and spray-painted beer bottles white to use in the centerpieces MENU A lavish Mexican buffet with chicken fajitas, beef enchiladas, jicama salad, and more DESSERT A two-tier red velvet cutting cake, plus cupcakes, brownies, cookies, tartlets, and s’mores for a fun activity around the fire pit FIRST DANCE SONG Slow “All of Me” by John Legend morphing into fast “Moviendo las caderas” by Oro Solido, and back FAVORITE DETAIL The representation of their cultures—e.g., they married under a chuppah, signed a ketubah, broke the glass, and danced the hora for her and did the 13 coins ceremony, money dance, and La Culebra dance for him IF THEY HAD IT TO DO OVER They’d hire a coordinator much earlier than six weeks out THE DAY IN THREE WORDS Unique, hysterical, delightful HONEYMOON Bought a home instead!

Vendor List

HOTEL FOR GUESTS Black Butte Ranch
RENTALS Barclay Event Rentals, Illuminate Your Night, Incredible Events,
Something Borrowed
WEDDING PLANNER Carrie Newson with Bridal Bliss
OFFICIANT Honorable Judge Darleen Ortega
PHOTOGRAPHY Rebecca Madsen Photography
FLOWERS Zupan’s Markets Belmont
DJ Dan Dubay Professional DJ Service
GOWN Watters from La Belle Elaine’s Bridal in Bellevue
GROOM & GROOMSMEN’S ATTIRE Tommy Hilfiger from Macy’s
RINGS Malka Diamonds, Blue Nile
HAIR Liz Clegg with Belle Marie Salon in Seattle
REGISTRY Crate & Barrel, Honeyfund.com