Real KC Wedding: Hilary Gee + Bennet Goeckner

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Little things meant a lot when Hillary Gee, a campaign manager with the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network, married Bennet Goeckner, a math professor at the University of Washington. “We wanted everything to be fun and formal with lots of personal touches,” says Hilary. “Our wedding was in November, so we picked seasonal colors and flowers without being overly fall (burgundies, pale pinks with some coral, deep blue, and soft green). Each bridesmaid picked a style, from Alfred Sung, that she was most comfortable in.” Hilary wore her mother’s bridal veil and got married in the church where both her parents and sister had been married. The Ruff House in Lawrence did the invitations. The ring bearer’s pillow, stitched by Hilary, was finished by KC Needlepoint.

“The cocktail-hour space was decorated with family wedding photos, and we used childhood pictures of Bennet and me as table numbers (age 1 for table 1, etc). For dinner, we had seasonal vegetarian-friendly food served family style—roasted root vegetables, butternut squash, Brussels sprouts, salad, mushroom risotto, and beef short ribs. After cake, we had a late-night waffle bar with lots of toppings. We had board games available during the reception for guests who needed a break from dancing,” Hilary says.

All in all, a wedding of memorable moments. Made all the more memorable because the couple moved from Lawrence to Seattle for Bennet’s job in the midst of wedding planning!

The It List

Photographer: Rusty Wright at Waldron Photography

Ceremony: St. Paul’s Episcopal Church

Reception: The Carriage Club

Flowers: Bergamot & Ivy

Music: Ceremony: The Carray Ensemble (string quartet). Cocktail hour: Kevin Bogan (pianist). Reception: DJ Carl G., Fernando Productions

Wedding Dress: Ricca Sposa. Veil is Hilary’s mother’s (Priscilla of Boston)

Bridesmaids: Alfred Sung

Groom/Groomsmen: The Black Tux

Hair: Arlen Wickstrum at Flock

Makeup: Jared Covert

Catering: The Carriage Club

Cake: Nancy Stark at Chef Shop Baking

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