A blind date isnâ€™t a foolproof way to meet your soul mate, but that's exactly how Marnie Hanel and Jamie Bordley found each other. After their first fateful meeting, the two quickly became a couple, and a few months later, Marnie invited Jamie home to Seattle for the holidays. "On New Year's Eve, I remember thinking, 'This is my guy,'" she says. So it's only fitting that they decided to get hitched there on New Year's Eve 2011.
With the holiday though came one big conundrum: Throwing a huge party that still felt like a wedding. See how the duo found a balance.
Marnie and Jamie walk to their getaway car, an old-fashioned British taxicab, through throngs of sparkler-waving loved ones. The next day, they flew to Cabo San Lucas, Mexico, where they spent their honeymoon.
"Midnight was amazing," says Marnie. "We'll never top that moment, but New Year's Eve will always be extra special for us."
Photography: Annabel Braithwaite and Dorothee Brand of Belathee Photography
Catering: Herban Feast
Flowers and Decor: Brown Paper Design
Cake: The People's Cake
Stationery: Cheree Berry Paper
Custom Headpieces: La La Laurie
Boutonnieres and Cake Letters: D.Sharp
Wedding Coordination: Solomon Event Planning
Ceremony Music: Northwest Girlchoir
Reception Band: Mister Miyagi
DJ: Austin Beaver
Videography: Bogle Productions
Lighting: Blue Danube Productions
Bride's Dress: Priscilla of Boston
Bridal Headpieces: Twigs & Honey
Bride's Shoes: Manolo Blahnik
Groom's Attire: Wall Street Custom Clothiers
Cuff Links: Stephen Einhorn
Flower Girl Hat: Jamie Rae Hats
Hair and Makeup: Tiffany Lowry of Tiffany Colors
Alterations: Anna's Bridal
Web Design: Hum Creative
Hot Dog Cart: Dante's Inferno Dogs
Cocktail Napkins, Matches, and Stirrers: ForYourParty.com
Sparklers: Say Anything Design
Top Hats: Forum Novelties
Confetti: A Class Act
Umbrellas: Shed Rain
Apples: Old Tower Farm