Yesterday I drove to Cle Elum for Gini & Matt’s wedding at Suncadia resort. Located just over Snoqualmie pass, Suncadia resort is tucked into a forest with beautiful surroundings including a winery, golf course and private homes that can be rented for your event. Gini and Matt rented one of these beautiful lodge-like homes for their private wedding in the mountains that included about 30 of their family and friends.
When I walked in, it was so warm and comfortable. A fire was going in the big rock fireplace and Gini and Matt had a video running on the big screen TV above the fireplace of themselves and different adventures they had been on together.
Food was catered by Debra Lane at Chef to Go. Gini and Matt had requested an “upscale comfort food theme,” which Debra orchestrated brilliantly! Before the wedding, guests nibbled on a beautiful assortment of local cheeses and wine, and post wedding Debra put together a wide variety of items including tomato fennel soup with grilled gruyere cheese sandwiches, beef tenderloin crostini with caramelized onion jam and gorgonzola cheese, and Italian meatball sliders with provolone and parmesan cheese. Special requests, such as gluten free items, were also provided by Debra.
The wedding was conducted upstairs from the balcony where the guests down below could look up and see us. Gini and Matt requested a short ceremony so they could focus more on their guests. Right after the ceremony they came down, signed papers and came out to start the party! Because of the intimate atmosphere of the lodge, guests could easily mingle around — picking up food or heading out to the deck overlooking the grounds.
I was truly inspired by the decorations, the food, Gini’s dress, Matt’s calm and the general happiness of everyone who traveled to this unique “real wedding” in the woods! Congratulations Gini and Matt!