Mr. Candy Apple and I had a tough time figuring out the venue for our reception. I mean, you don’t find many barns in Seattle. At least not cheap ones. (Why are barns so expensive, anyway? For serious.)

So when we were in Seattle this past summer, we decided to check out a few spots. We puttered around downtown, looked at a few hotels. Forced my mom to drive us by SODO. Forced my mom to scope out another few venues. (She’s a trooper!) And what did we end up finding? A place that I have gone to for a lot of my life! Seriously, it was right under my nose. Have you heard of it?

Ladies and gents, we are having our reception at the Seattle Tennis Club. And I have been a member there since I was in middle school. Yep, a long time. (I am an old lady.) I hadn’t really considered it as a venue because, well, I spent a large amount of my youth there, running around in little swimsuits, attempting to conquer the high dive and rolling log, and getting sunburned. For some reason, I guess it just didn’t really pop out in my mind as wedding material.

It is most definitely not a barn. Duh, it’s a tennis club. And it’s perfect. It is right on the shores of Lake Washington and has beautiful views of Mount Rainier. Score! Scenic shots are my favorite (clearly). And, it was on the lower end of estimates that I got from other venues. Double score!! Don’t ask me why, because it is an AMAZING venue, people. I got lots and lots of pictures the last time we were there. And by “I,” I really mean “Mr. Candy Apple,” because he stole my camera. Unfortunately, you can’t really see Mount Rainier in these pictures, but I promise you can see it in person.


{See? Told you the views were pretty.}




{Me, enjoying the view. Or texting.}






See those balconies? Yeah, the ballroom where the cocktail hour and reception will be held is on the second floor. So, if when it is sunny and beautiful for our August wedding, people can go out on that little rail for the cocktail hour! Gorgeous. I LOVE Seattle in the sun. And aren’t those views b-e-a-utiful? Told you.

I love the STC because it has tons of little nooks and crannies to take cool pictures in. Like this one (because I’m totally a tennis pro):


{Photograph by Michele M. Waite}

Mr. Candy Apple and I need to find some sweet old tennis rackets.

And this one:


{Photograph by Sarah Rhoads Photography}

And seriously, are you NOT obsessed with the chairs?? I might be a little bit obsessed. I almost died when I saw this next picture. Chiavari shmiavari; I love the backs of these chairs. And they come with the venue?? Yes, please!


{Floral design by Steven Moore Designs / Photographs by Michele M. Waite}

There is even a little room for me and the girls to get ready, and a manly bar area for the boys to get ready. A few cool old rooms with neat chairs and fireplaces. A sweet stairwell. Oh, and there’s a dance floor. Obviously. You know, so we can get down with our bad selves.

I am honestly so excited for the reception to be here! I love that it holds a special little place in my heart already, and that it will really show off Seattle’s goods for the out-of-towners that are traveling to make it to our big day.

Did you pick a venue that was hiding right under your nose? Was it different than what you had initially wanted? Do you not care?! Are you as excited about the space as I am? Did YOU have your wedding at the STC? So many questions!

All pictures are personal unless otherwise noted.


Mrs. Candy Apple

Princeton Junction, NJ/ Seattle, WA
Wedding Date:
August 2011
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  1. Member
    flfoodie4life 14 posts, Newbee @ 9:45 pm

    OOOooo, I am so having venue envy!! Very Chic!

  2. mscottoncandy Bee
    mscottoncandy 436 posts, Helper bee @ 12:07 am

    Those views are to die for! And the chairs oh the chairs so pretty!

  3. painauchocolat Bee
    painauchocolat 2298 posts, Buzzing bee @ 12:21 am

    The views!!! Your venue is gorgeous, Miss CA. And your chairs are so classy, much more interesting than standard venue chairs.

  4. meerkat Bee
    meerkat 3257 posts, Sugar bee @ 1:58 pm

    Love your venue! And talk about some great pics out on the docks!

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    nicoliolihpf 232 posts, Helper bee @ 11:35 am

    We picked our venue in much the same way. The two we ended up going between were my childhood vacation spot (Catalina Island) and one of Daniel’s and my favorite restaurants. So much cheaper than something you’d find on the Knot or Here Comes the Guide!

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