By Scott Johnson
Gallo Wedding on 1/13/18 at Lake Union Cafe in Seattle, Wa
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A quiet winter day in Seattle led us down to the Lake Union Cafe for the marriage of Allison and Evan. The deceptively little, yet staggeringly pretty space which can fit up to 100 guests, quickly became one of the more memorable venues we’ve been to in recent months. For the minimal price of $10,000, you can have an all-inclusive wedding featuring food, alcohol, and decorations along with cupcakes and a full service staff. On top of all of that, the venue itself is a feast for the eyes with gorgeous architecture and tons of space for everyone.
As the guys sat around playing board games, waiting their turns to get ready, the ladies got started bright and early with hair and makeup. Popping champagne (after a little bit of a tussle with the bottle), the bridal party got underway with getting dressed in elegant black gowns and popping red shoes.
While the guys finally got ready (there would be more games to come later) the ladies headed up to Seattle’s iconic Volunteer Park for some photos around the area. Braving the cold, we followed them around the park (avoiding the soggy ground), capturing their blissful smiles as they all eagerly anticipated the rest of the afternoon.
Filing in for the ceremony, the venue sparkled and glistened with gold and white, amplified by the abundance of mirrors in the room for an all-around dazzling space to have a wedding. For such an unassuming venue, there’s sure a heck of a lot of beauty going on inside. As the officiant declared Allison and Evan husband and wife, the two kissed before triumphantly walking back down the aisle, sneaking one more in before they headed off to sign the paperwork.
Following the ceremony, as the guests filled into the reception area sipping on beer and wine, the newlyweds posed for photos inside while we waited. As the newlyweds signed the wall inside the restaurant, forever (or at least until the building gets destroyed) signifying their union, their happiness became more apparent than ever. Since we didn’t get to do a first look with them, we followed the bride and groom outside into the streetlight-illuminated streets. The quaint little neighborhood, almost directly underneath I-5, was perfectly lit for our couple as they strolled the pavement before heading back inside.
As the guests surrounded the dance floor, Evan and Allison took to their parents for the traditional dances before having their first dance as a married couple. And then everyone else joined in on the fun and the strobe lights kicked up and scattered colors all over the room.
Eventually the lights had to be turned down, which in a Seattle winter is a little too early if you ask us, but the evening was nevertheless a wonderful occasion. Thank you again to Allison and Greg for choosing Best Made Videos to film their wedding! We hope you are enjoying the first few months of marriage.
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Allison and Evan’s story in their own words:
The Day They Met
In fall of 2011, Allison had an interview for a tour guide job at Case Western Reserve University. She was hired on the spot, and the supervisor told her she could have a private tour with a current tour guide that day to learn what to say to prospective families on a tour. The supervisor walked up to the front desk and spoke with the guide for a few minutes, then came back and informed Allison that there was only one person working right now. She said he needed to stay at the desk to cover any walk-ins, but she said he could give her a tour on the map and just tell her what to say, as if they were walking around campus. Allison agreed anxiously, excited for her new job! Allison walked up to the desk, and Evan introduced himself and confirmed that he would be giving her a tour on the map. As Evan started to go through the tour, Allison began to feel that Evan was acting as though she had never stepped foot on the campus before today. He was giving her directions from one part of the campus to another, as though she planned to walk around and see the campus for the first time after they talked. At some point, Allison stopped him and said “You do know I go here, right?” Evan had thought that Allison was a prospective student, as the supervisor had only told him to give someone a tour on the map, not that she was a new hire. The two of them had a good laugh and immediately bonded over the miscommunication. After Evan’s shift, he took Allison on a real private tour. After she was hired, Allison picked up a weekly shift that happened to overlap with one of Evan’s shifts. It wasn’t a specified tour time, so they spent an hour every week together, waiting for walk-in tour requests, and they quickly became close friends. It wasn’t long until they officially started dating on January 13, 2012.
As a college graduation gift for Evan and Allison, Evan’s parents (Jim and Laura Gallo) took the two of them to Disney World for a well-deserved vacation. On the night of June 2, 2014, after the parents went to bed, Evan and Allison decided to take a walk on the boardwalk. They walked to a bench at the end of the boardwalk and sat together, looking out across the water toward the beautifully-lit World Showcase. Evan said to Allison, as he had many times before, “You know, I want to spend the rest of my life with you.” Allison responded, as she had many times before, “Yeah? Me, too.” Though this exchange was certainly not the first of its kind, this time, Evan continued. He responded with, “Well…that’s convenient,” and pulled out a jewelry box. Inside the box was a ring Evan had designed with inherited diamonds from his mom’s original engagement ring. He specifically had it designed so there would be no prongs to catch on Allison’s gloves at work. The newly engaged couple stopped at a grocery store along the boardwalk, picked up some champagne to bring back to the room, and celebrated with Evan’s parents.
The Family Jewels
On the wedding day, Allison will be wearing a custom-made double pendant necklace crafted with 2 very special diamonds. One of the diamonds is from Allison’s maternal grandmother’s engagement ring. The other diamond was a gift from Allison’s father (Dean Luoma) to her mother (Patty Luoma) on their first Christmas together, after they had only been dating for 1 month. The diamonds have been set in white gold to match Allison’s engagement and wedding bands. The wedding band also has 3 smaller diamonds taken from Allison’s maternal grandmother’s engagement ring.
Why did you choose your venue?:
We saw really great reviews all over the internet for the Lake Union Cafe. Evan and I decided we had to check it out. We walked in, took one look around, and Evan saw my face and said “We’re putting down a deposit today, aren’t we?” The venue is just absolutely gorgeous. It has an antique look about it and just feels warm and loved (like it isn’t brand new, but that makes it even more beautiful).
What are you most excited to see in the video?:
Allison: I just want a video that will capture the memories of the day. I want to remember the fun the girls had getting ready, the beautiful venue, all of our loved ones being together to celebrate with us and the fun they had, etc.
Evan: I am excited to see the reception. I feel like it’ll be a blur for us, and we won’t remember much. Probably the one thing I really want to see is the first dance.