Jessica & Jamar | November 11, 2011 | Mount Zion Baptist Church – Seattle, WA | Woodmark Hotel – Kirkland, WAPhotography by: Aiya Photography Videography by: Lorbaniah Cameography
The Groom’s favorite number is 11. He was also born on the 11th of February. The numerical palindrome, that hadn’t come around for a century and won’t come around for another 100 years, will be easy for the Bride & Groom to remember! Their wedding was also pretty unforgettable.
The top priority for both of them was to incorporate their heritages of African American and Samoan into the ceremony and reception through music, dance, lighting, centerpieces, etc. and have more of a “world” themed event. Since the Bride is a concert pianist and dance choreographer, music and dance were also very important. The ceremony was held in their church, Mount Zion Baptist Church, with the Mount Zion Baptist Church Mass Choir, the University of Washington Gospel Choir, a Seattle Symphony Flautist, Piano, Bass, Organ and Drums, as well as two soloists. Of course they “jumped the broom” on their way out!
The reception was held at the Woodmark Hotel who happened to be offering an 11-11-11 wedding special. Jessica & Jamar were lucky enough to snag this when it was first offered.
The guests arrived to the cocktail hour with the sounds of a children’s marimba group playing in the Library. Then African Drummers led the guests into the amazing tent for dinner with beautiful trees as centerpieces on the tables with globes hanging on them to symbolize their “world theme”, followed by a small routine. During dinner two Irish dancers performed. In between some of the music and dance routines, the DJ gave a tribute to the Veterans (since it was Veterans Day after all) and played a song in their honor – it was extremely touching! After dinner was finished, a group of Tahitian Dancers and Drummers performed a few more routines. This portion of the evening ended with a Samoan Family Money Dance where the Bride & Groom joined in and were showered with cash!
After the money dance, the DJ asked everyone to follow the Bride & Groom down the hall to the Great Room where the Bride & Groom had their first dance, followed by the Father/Daughter Dance and a Mother/Son Dance, then open dancing for the rest of the night. They even had a beautiful gobo on the wall with “11.11.11” on it, as well as their initials “J & J”.
Since the Groom works at Apple in Bellevue Square, he wanted some videos and games for those that didn’t want to dance. We opened the doors in the Ballroom to a bunch of big screen tv’s, soft seating, table games, video games, etc. It was an absolute blast! Guests were able to dance the night away, play video games, go back into the tent to just soak up the view outside, and late night snacks were served until midnight! This is definitely a wedding most people won’t forget!
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