Tori called me almost a year in advance and wanted to know if I could come out to their home to see if it was possible to have their wedding ceremony there. When I did the site visit, I was blown away with how beautifully it would work for having the ceremony there. Jamal wanted to know if it was possible for the guests AND the Groomsmen to enter by boat. We had Argosy out to check out the water depth, length of dock, etc. and it all worked! Voila – the plan was born. Benaroya Hall was chosen as the reception site as Tori & Jamal wanted somewhere big enough to hold all of their guests (almost 300), a very large dance floor and somewhere beautiful at night. It was the perfect choice. With them living in Los Angeles during basketball season, Tori and I did LOTS of emails and phone calls to put things together, and took advantage of any trips they made home during the season. One of the most important items for Tori was to have a very TALL cake – well, she got it! Over 5-1/2 feet before being placed on the table. Wow! Guests were shuttled via luxury transportation from Benaroya Hall, to an Argosy boat, to their home, back on the Argosy boat, back on the luxury transportation, and then back to Benaroya. There were a LOT of moving parts that day and it was nice that the weather cooperated!! It was fun having Brian McKnight sing their 1st dance for them and Sir Mix a Lot sing “Baby Got Back” once the dancing really kicked in. They sure know how to party! Tori & Jamal are so genuine and so loving and so much fun to be around – they never cease to amaze me. Everyone has so much respect for them. They were a complete joy to work for from beginning to end. It was an absolute honor to be chosen to help them create this magical evening.
Bride & Groom: There are not enough words, nor enough space to write and express how much we loved working with Merry Beth!! When we say she is the absolute best at what she does, it is still an understatement! We hired Merry Beth on the spot after doing a ton of research on who would be perfect to guide us through everything for our amazing wedding day. Needless to say, we hired her on the spot after just a phone consultation! She has the BEST wedding team in Seattle and guided us to all the best vendors which we couldn’t be more pleased with! She never missed a beat, is completely thorough, was there every step of the way and far exceeded our wedding day expectations…all while making sure the Bride was always taken care of! Not only did we hire the best wedding planner, but we also gained an amazing friend in Merry Beth! Thanks again for the most memorable day of our lives.
– Tori & Jamal Crawford
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