It was a morning person’s dream when Andy and Jessica Stromberg said “I do.”
While most weddings are evening affairs, with dinner and dancing that lasts well past sundown, they had something else in mind for their big day.
“We love breakfast and brunch,” Jessica says. “I used to work at a bed-and-breakfast in Vancouver, so we just loved the idea of having a morning ceremony and wedding and hosting a big, bright midday event for brunch.”
The ceremony started at 11 a.m. Sunday, April 27, at Broadway Hall in Bellingham, and was followed by a magnificent brunch spread. A friend of the bride whipped up a deluxe waffle bar with eggs, bacon, hollandaise sauce and salmon for savory waffles, along with Swedish waffles with sweet toppings to honor the groom’s heritage. Andy and his dad also made traditional Swedish cookies from a great-grandmother’s recipe for people to take as favors.
And of course, there was coffee. Guests were greeted as they arrived with an espresso bar to perk them up for the ceremony and to set the tone for the day.
“Coffee is huge for us,” Jessica says. “We love drinking coffee and going out for coffee.”
Not to mention that coffee was the thing that brought them together. Jessica first met Andy when she hired him as an employee at Starbucks.
“We got to incorporate a lot of the different things we love,” she says.
The ceremony was officiated by Jessica’s uncle; the couple wrote their own vows and said them to each other; and friends played live music.
“I loved our ceremony,” Jessica says.
After the ceremony, their favorite band, Polecat, played as people enjoyed a mimosa-and-coffee cocktail hour while the wedding party did photos.
“We love people and friends and love hosting people and good food and good atmosphere,” Jessica says. “So that was important for us to have all those pieces and have those parts that make our guests feel like, ‘That’s so Jess and Andy.’ It was a really great day.”
They couldn’t have done without the help of friends, Jessica says. Friends provided music, a friend cooked the food, an old family friend did the photography, and a former employer and friend did the flowers — a peach, green and white mix of peonies, ranunculus, garden roses and anemones that Jessica described as romantic and lush. They paid their friends for the work, but it still felt incredibly intimate.
“It felt really personal because we didn’t have to hire a stranger,” she says of their ceremony. “We felt really honored that we had so many friends who were so talented.”
“Many hands and lots of creative dreams coming together to make something that was beautiful and creative and personal,” she says.
As far as the unconventional time, it worked out great for their guests. Jessica’s family lives in Canada and Andy’s family lives in Seattle. With the party wrapped up by 4 p.m., it gave them plenty of time to get home without having to stay up too late on a work night.
And Jessica and Andy got to have a leisurely afternoon together, taking pictures around town with their photographer and basking in their newly wedded bliss.
“I don’t think we would have changed one thing about our day,” Jessica says. “Everything really came together for us.”