They Met at CrossFit and Now They're Married
When Adrianna and Jaime got married, they didn't plan a traditional wedding. Two years later, they decided to get \"re-married,\" so they could celebrate their love with friends and family. Their amazing day featured a \"Memory Lane\" on the walk to the ceremony with pictures from their life together for guests to enjoy, Molly Moon's Ice Cream, which they ate together on their first date, and a choreographed father-daughter dance. Adrianna and Jaime also made sure to pay tribute to Adrianna's family in Colombia who were not able to come to the wedding by doing a traditional gold coin exchange, The Arras, during their ceremony. In addition to capturing the entire wedding, their videographer Northwest Wedding Films filmed a pre-ceremony video that Adrianne and Jaime surprised their guests with before the celebration began. Read on for our interview with Adrianne and Jaime, and then watch the full films below.
The Love Story
How did you meet and fall in love?
We both remember August 5th, 2014 like it was yesterday. I was running a few minutes late to my first CrossFit class and raced in the door trying to figure out where I was supposed to be. All of the sudden, I see this (very attractive) man with the biggest smile on his face staring directly at me. The sun was beaming all around him as he said, \"Hi I'm Coach Jaime.\" I distinctly remember having a feeling that I knew him; something about Jaime felt so familiar. I was enchanted to say the least. If you ask him, he will tell you that it was love at first sight and he knew he was going to marry me the moment I walked into that gym.
We were totally crushing on each other from that day on but felt conflicted. Jaime preferred to keep his professional and personal life separate, and I didn't want to be \"that girl\" dating the coach. Nevertheless, I started coming to the classes he happened to be coaching and a friendship naturally developed. Two months later, I was venting to Jaime about my love for ice cream and that I didn't think I could successfully survive the gym's upcoming paleo challenge. He capitalized on the opportunity to ask me out on a date the day before the challenge started. We met at the University Village Molly Moon's Ice Cream and ordered a double scoop of my two favorite flavors. That seemed to both impress and surprise Jaime. We sat on the bench right outside of Ben Bridge and talked about everything from our childhood to CrossFit and our families. Jaime said he remembers staring at the Ben Bridge sign thinking, Yes thank you for screaming at me I know I'm going to marry this woman. At the end of the night, he offered to walk me to my car as I played hard to get declaring, \"I think I can manage on my own\" with the 'nervous wink' he says I always did. We gave each other a hug which was enough to know we wanted it to last forever.
We were love struck and literally skipped off to our cars [giving high-fives to] every stranger along the way. Not even a minute later my phone rang, and Jaime said, \"Next time I'm taking you to dinner.\" In case you were wondering, I did not successfully complete the paleo challenge. We made weekly trips to Molly Moon's and all of our favorite restaurants. If you asked if I believed in love at first sight before we met, I'm not sure what I would say. Now the answer is a resounding YES.
Tell us how the proposal happened.
I've always said the most important person in my life is my little sister Isabella and whoever wants to win my heart has to win her approval first. My sweet husband asked each parent and both brothers for my hand and even earned the approval from my baby sister who swears he was made just for me.
The proposal took place at the Lake Chelan Winery. We were away for the weekend with friends and Jaime bluffed saying that he made a reservation for dinner so we could sneak away and bring his Dad back a specific bottle of wine. I asked him what I should wear and instead of the usual, \"Whatever you like love you always look amazing,\" he said, \"Wear that\" as he pointed to my red romper. We got in the car and I noticed there was a suspicious red bag he asked me not to open. We enjoyed a delicious dinner, but I noticed that Jaime didn't finish his steak or dessert, which is highly unusual. We talked about how much we loved the \"family feel\" of the winery and dreamed of bringing ours back someday.
After we finished, Jaime reached for my hand and said he wanted to walk in the vineyard. We sat on a hill overlooking the lake and he asked me to open the red bag. The first page had a picture of the first photo we ever took together and it said, \"We never knew what would become of us.\" My heart started racing as I turned each page with pictures from our favorite moments and the storyline Jaime thoughtfully created. I thought to myself, This is it, he's proposing. Somehow the last few pages stuck together and I missed the one that said, \"I just have one question.\" I turned to the page which said \"Will you marry me\" and I leaped towards Jaime with tears in my eyes as I gave him a hug and shouted \"Of course my love!\" He chuckled and asked for permission to get down on one knee formally ask for my hand. The second he did this the sun literally peaked right above the clouds, just as bright as it was on the first day we met. With tears in my eyes I said, \"Even the sun love!?\" He got up as I jumped in his arms and said \"Even the sun my sweet Adrianna.\" I circled the answer yes with a heart in the book and the rest of that weekend I was on cloud nine.
The night we returned to Seattle, Jaime had another surprise in store. He had all of our family waiting at my favorite restaurant, the Pallisades, for an engagement celebration. It was so special to share this milestone with the people we love most and I still can't believe they ALL kept it a surprise!
Where did you get your engagement ring?
Our rings are from none other than Ben Bridge (of course after our first date) and Costco. Both rings have three diamonds and we joke that we needed one for every celebration: Our official marriage at the courthouse, our \"wedding\" at The Foundry and another for our future temple ceremony. I also remember my father's wedding band having three diamonds when I was young and it's sentimental that Jaime's is similar.
What products and/or vendors made your wedding so beautiful?
We were committed to finding vendors that had passion for their craft and were willing to step out of the box to help create our special day. Herban Feast (catering) and Herban Bloom (décor) were our primary contacts for The Foundry (venue) and exceeded all our expectations. Darby and her team made every vision we had come to life and ensured each vendor seamlessly executed their responsibilities. One of my favorite pictures from our wedding is a photo of Jaime and I taking a sneak peek of The Press Room before the guests were seated for dinner. We were able to embrace the beauty of the centerpieces, ambiance of the draping, elegance of the hanging lights, simplicity of the greenery suspended above the head table and overall stunning view of the room we envisioned now in perfect display before our eyes.
We also reached out to small business vendors on Etsy for our \"Better together\" and wedding hashtag sign, which we now have hanging in our room. We loved having Katie from Chalk Boss design our chalkboards which allowed us to showcase our drink selections, desire to have an unplugged ceremony, and thank guests with our catchy \"Thanks for making our party poppin'\" sign.
Of course, it's essential to have an experienced makeup and hair team and Carol Le and Chi Truong made everyone in my family look top notch! Speaking of important vendors, we wouldn't be able to recount our wedding day without the stunning pictures from Julia Kinnunen. Also, shout out to DJ Btwotimes for the amazing music and custom daddy-daughter dance track. From start to finish, our MVP was the amazing Coleen Schneider who I have known since third grade. As our wedding consultant, she helped organize my thoughts in the early phases of planning which translated to design boards and eventually my dream wedding. She was committed to ensuring our values were upheld, our ambitions were executed and our personalities were reflected on our big day. We know that details separate the ordinary from the extraordinary and we felt so fortunate to work with such talented people.
Tell us about something that was creative or unique to your wedding.
Our single goal for our wedding was to break the norm and be unique; to do the things that would make our guests say \"I've never seen that before!\" or \"That is totally Jaime and Adrianna.\" We had a trio of musicians at the front door that greeted guests with romantic music as they walked by what we call our \"Memory Lane\" thanks to the décor and display from Stephanie Vassau. On the walk to the ceremony room, we featured pictures from events including when we first met, our first date, first picture, first kiss, proposal, wedding date, etc. and our guests loved seeing our relationship blossom. We also had personalized menus and a timeline of the events at each table setting created by Jacklyn Gibb, which allowed our guests to be informed of the flow of the evening. Most importantly, anyone who knows us knows that food is a priority and we had to incorporate our favorite treats on our wedding day. We shared a piece of our first date thanks to Molly Moon's Ice Cream with a his-pick and her-pick flavor. The sign by Chalk Boss said \"Ice Cream, because no great love story started with a salad.\" For our late-night snack, we served an assortment of Frost donuts and milk shots which were impeccably displayed on the donut stand Jaime built! This was a fan favorite, along with our popcorn favors from Custom Kettle Corn which said, \"Thanks for making our party poppin!\"
All of these details were special but without a doubt, we are most proud of our marriage celebration ceremony. We were married two years before, but saved our personal vows to share in front of family and friends. We in no way planned to get \"re-married,\" but wanted to share our love story with our guests and enjoy an intimate ceremony. We started our ceremony with a surprise film of our love story, which shared how we met, the proposal, our marriage and memories leading up to our marriage celebration. We chose not to have a wedding party, but asked our parents to walk down the aisle instead. My younger brother read a romantic poem my grandfather (also named Jaime) wrote to my grandmother, his bride of 50 years, shortly before passing. This was read in Spanish and English and was a special way to remember my family in Colombia, who were unable to attend. We also incorporated a cultural tradition called The Arras where the bride and groom exchange gold coins as a sign of their trust and commitment to each other.
Jaime and I then shared our vows and I surprised everyone as I sang Songbird by Fleetwood Mack accompanied by my dear friend Eugene Bien. This was very special to me as I had always envisioned singing to my husband the day of our wedding. We picked songs we loved for our processional like \"River Flows Through You\" by Yiruma and \"Sugar Pie Honey Bunch\" for our recessional as we were showered with flower petals from cones which said, \"When the Silvas walk your way, toss the petals and shout Olé!\"
Every piece of our day was intentional and reflected who we are and the love we longed to share. The best compliment we received from this night was from a day family friend who said, \"The love you both reflected for each other and the people in the room during your ceremony was inspiring and a blessing to witness.\" Jaime really let me spread my wings with this event but only asked for two things: Donuts and a vintage car. He would probably say the most unique part of our day included cruising around in a 1960 Rolls Royce Silver Cloud II, which was pretty epic and put a smile on his face that I will always remember.
Describe the moment from your wedding day that stands out to you the most.
Jaime: By far the first look, the anticipation of seeing her for the first time. I know how thoughtful and careful she was in planning her ensemble and I only imagined her to stop time. The first look was just that and I was stunned. I couldn't believe how perfect she looked, time literally stopped.
Adrianna: My favorite moment of the day took place in the bridal suite right before our ceremony started. Jaime and I had done our first look in the morning and he came to give me one last kiss. Our hearts were full to say the least as we both teared up in each other arms without a single soul in sight. We said a prayer of thanks for the time we have had together, for the memories ahead, for our families and for the opportunity we have to share our love with others. Being able to experience that intimate moment together is something I will never forget.
How did you find your wedding dress? Who designed it and how did you know it was ~the one~?
This was fate at its best. I went to over 10 different boutiques in Seattle and could not find the perfect dress. My husband and I went to Mexico to visit extended family and my mother-in-law suggested I look there. I wasn't optimistic, but I was open to all ideas at that point. Jaime's cousin Monica mentioned that she knew of a new boutique called Valentina Novias that opened up in Aguascalientes, Mexico. We walked into the boutique and my eyes lit up! The ladies said they just received a large shipment of Pronovias dresses from Spain that hadn't even been opened! I tried on a few of the dresses and honestly fell in love with them all, but two in particular stood out. After much deliberation, I fell in love with the perfect lace dress I had always dreamed of: A lace mermaid fit, sweetheart necklace and a sheer back with lace appliqués (my favorite detail). When I put the dress on one last time, it just felt right. I felt classy and comfortable yet knew I would be able to bust a move on the dance floor. I ended up walking out with that exact dress and matching veil. I also bought a hair pin and jewel I had custom sewn on my dress (by Darcy from Fragile Fit) to add a personal touch. Of course, I just had to find my wedding dress in the land of my Latin lover!
What made your wedding feel extra special to you and your partner?
Jaime: Our wedding felt special because we had the opportunity to express ourselves and share our love for each other with the most important people in our lives. We didn't do what was traditional, we wanted to be innovative and organize a night that was special, that we would always remember.
Adrianna: It was beyond fulfilling to embrace each minute of our wedding and know that every piece of décor, song, vendor, event and person there had intent behind it and it somehow tied back to our love for each other. It felt liberating to break the \"traditional wedding norms.\" Anytime someone said, \"You have to do this\" or \"That's what's always done,\" we just smiled and thought to ourselves challenge accepted.
How did you find your filmmaker and what made you choose them?
I was on social media and stumbled on a friend's wedding video. I fell in love with how raw and personalized it felt. I spent the next hour stalking this company called Northwest Wedding Films. I got in touch with Justin Kauffman and let him know I was interested in wedding videography but also wanted to do something different. I shared our idea of making a pre-ceremony film to share our love story, and I'll never forget how excited he was about the idea! It was amazing to work with someone who is passionate about what they do and excited to try something new. The beauty of working with Justin is that he has a background in working on freelance, commercial and tourism projects, as well as wedding videography. He's multi-talented and completely nailed the \"golden hour\" shot we dreamed of in our surprise ceremony video just as much as he captured all the raw and authentic moments of our big day. He produced the wedding video of a lifetime, which we will treasure forever and are glad to say we developed a lifelong friend.
What is your favorite moment from your wedding film?
Jaime: Hands down, any scene where my wife is smiling. That's it for me!
Adrianna: My favorite memory has to be the first look. It was a gorgeous day and we decided to meet on a dock that had a breathtaking view of the Seattle skyline. I longed to be the bride Jaime had always dreamed of and it was so special to see his smile and reaction to my dress. After a long morning apart, being in his arms never felt so special. He makes me feel like the most special woman in the world.
Tell us the No. 1 piece of wedding planning advice you wish you would have known.
Jaime: Hire my wife or someone like her. But really, I think you have to create a plan, insert your dreams and execute without regret.
Adrianna: Choosing to start our marriage and celebrate with loved ones when we were ready was the best decision we ever made. No one should dictate the timing of the most important day of your life or how you choose to share it with others. Be unique, break tradition, and enjoy your special day without regret. I had so many friends that were confused by our decision to do a civil ceremony and still have a wedding. Now I have three already who are doing the same thing! Every couple is unique and what works for one might not work for others. Maybe you have unique timing, maybe you want to start your marriage but are on a tight budget and need to save before celebrating or maybe you just want to throw multiple parties! You deserve to have it all! Identify what your values and goals are as a couple and stand by them with confidence and grace—it's your big day! We love our family dearly and were grateful to have so many helpers and opinions. We did our best to incorporate various faiths, traditions and value while staying true to our faith, growing traditions and values as a couple. Yes, there will always be bumps along the way but accept each one as an opportunity to learn and always keep your cool. Planning your special day should be FUN and everything you always dreamed of.
What do you think the ~secret sauce~ to your relationship is?
Jaime: Just pure love. I'm not sure what that means, but I just know we would both do absolutely anything for each other. Being a team-player helps just as much as knowing when to step up or step down. Also, supporting each other and sharing the hard truth. Keeping anything from each other will just make things difficult.
Adrianna: Refuse to settle, remain patient, and allow yourself the opportunity to marry someone you are head-over-heels in love with. I knew there was a man out there that would be everything I dreamed of and then some…sounds cliché but I wholeheartedly believe that. My love for Jaime and our marriage is the single most important thing I have in this life. I'm not perfect, but it's because of my love for him that I try to be more patient, to be more kind, to be humble and apologetic. It's no secret; just a balance of love and humility.