This Quincy, Washington, Wedding Is Proof That Less Really Is More
As sophomores in college, Micaela and Curtis ditched a fraternity party to talk until the sun came up—just talk. It was a special night for each of them, but Micaela required one more encounter to know for sure. Soon after, the two enjoyed another evening of talking (and a little dancing), and she was convinced. "I knew he was the one I was going to marry," she says.
Five years later, Curtis popped the question on a rose-petal strewn beach—with a blanket and celebratory bottle of Champagne ready to go. "I dropped to one knee and tears streamed down Micaela's face," Curtis recalls. "She said 'yes' before I even opened my mouth."
On July 5, 2019, the couple exchanged vows in front of 173 guests at Cave B in Quincy, Washington. Micaela and Curtis had loved their venue from afar long before they were engaged, and booked it 16 months before their big day. Cave B overlooks the Gorge and Columbia River, where the couple spent many romantic weekends—including that second all-night talk that convinced Micaela she was in love. "We had to go back to where we fell in love and share the special place with our family and friends," she says.
With the help of wedding planning team Callista & Company, the couple created what they describe as a romantic, timeless, and ever-so-slightly contemporary fête that incorporated linen fabrics and natural hues that complemented the landscape, like sand, apricot, and mauve.
Micaela and Curtis teamed up to design her engagement ring, an oval diamond set in a pavé band. The final result, however, was still a surprise for the bride. "I didn't see the actual ring until we got engaged," she says.
This Way to the Wedding
Micaela's Monique Lhuillier sweetheart, off-the-shoulder wedding dress featured a lace overlay placed on delicate tulle. "I always knew I was going to wear a lace Monique Lhuillier gown," says Micaela. "Her dresses are timeless and her lace is impeccable."
A Special Accessory
Curtis wore a classic black tuxedo with a very special accessory: Micaela embroidered the couple's custom crest onto a handkerchief, then presented it to him on the big day. Because she used blue thread, it also served as their something blue, she explains.
"We ended up using it when we exchanged our handwritten notes, said our vows, and when our best man gave his speech," she says.
Wild Bloom created Micaela's lush bouquet from roses, ranunculus, and eucalyptus in hues of white, ivory, taupe, beige, apricot, and mauve.
For the Girls
"Curtis and I didn't want our bridesmaids to have matching dresses because we wanted them to look natural and complement each of their styles," says Micaela. Using their flower color palette as inspiration, the couple asked their friends to pick the Jenny Yoo and Joanna August dresses they loved most.
Bushels of Eucalyptus
Bridesmaids carried bouquets of sweet smelling eucalyptus.
Welcome to Washington
A large sign featuring the couple's custom crest greeted guests at the ceremony.
Service with a View
The couple's main requirement for their ceremony décor? That it not obstruct the view. So, Wild Bloom constructed a low floral arch that didn't hit higher than knee-level.
Curtis' dad officiated the ceremony. "He wanted to make sure we said very specific traditional vows that honored our faith and had deep meaning and understanding of marriage," Micaela says. "We loved it."
In true celebratory fashion, the couple recessed down the aisle to "Shout!" by the Isley Brothers.
Guests walked over to the cocktail hour space, where wine, beer, and a selection of passed appetizers (including Cajun-style prawns and crispy fried pork belly), were served. "We decided to attend cocktail hour and it was one of our favorite parts of the whole day," Micaela says. "It was relaxed and we got to mingle with all of our friends and family."
Find Your Seat
Attendees found their reception seating assignments on large signs adored with eucalyptus.
A Simple Reception
At the reception, Callista & Company topped rectangular and round tables with white, textured linens. Combined with the tablescapes' assorted candles, overhead string lights illuminated the party after the sun went down.
Floral arrangements mimicked the bride's bouquet, with a color palette of ivory, taupe, apricot, beige, and mauve. Menus were tucked under ivory dinner plates so that they didn't blow away in the breeze.
The top page of the menu, which was presented atop each plate, featured the couple's custom crest. The menu included focaccia bread, penne arrabiata, quinoa salad, braised short ribs, and much more.
Micaela and Curtis offered their guests several cakes, with flavors that included black forest cherry, sesame matcha, lemon cream cheese, velveteen carrot, and toffee vanilla latte.
Stand By Me
The couple shared their first dance as husband and wife to "Stand By Me" by Ben E. King. "It's an upbeat and fun classic that really spoke to our relationship and personalities," Micaela says. "Curtis and I have really stood by each other as we grew into ourselves, from being 20 year olds doing long distance in college to establishing our full time careers over the course of the past six years."
Photography, O'Malley Photographers
Location and catering, Cave B
Event planning, Callista & Company
Flowers, Wild Bloom
Videography, Sean Misa from Suite 27
Stationery, Sugared Fig Paperie
Cake, Honey Crumb Cake Studio
Bride's gown, Monique Lhuillier
Hair, Jade McCoy
Makeup, Renee Bridal Makeup
Groom's suit, Nordstrom