Downtown Wedding Bells

Written by:

Molly Jones-Kerchner, EDA Director

(all photo credit is at the end)

Hey, everyone!

Guess what?!

I got MARRIED!

I am now Mrs. Jones-Kerchner (although, you all know me as Molly) and I could not be more thrilled. Believe it or not, this blog is not for me to brag about my wedding (well… kind of). It is instead my opportunity to shout out all the downtown businesses that helped us celebrate the most special day of our lives. Each and every one of these places played an important role and I cannot thank them enough. Let me take you through the week…

Wednesday, October 17.

This was my first day off work and the first day I could get into “bride mode”. I started with a spray tan at Head to Toe Salon. Sonja does fantastic work. I looked naturally sun-kissed and felt confident I’d be glowing in my dress. Next, was nails. My friend, Felicia, recently moved her business, Color Me Crazy, into the Hair Cellar. She did a flawless job on my nails making me even more excited to show off my new bling!

Thursday, October 18.

This was the first day of celebrations! We rented out Gard Vintners for a private party to welcome everyone to town. Karen and her staff went above and beyond to ensure we all had a fabulous time. I can’t wait to have an anniversary party there in the future. It was the perfect, comfortably upscale setting AND family friendly! Before that, I needed to get my hair done. Stephanie at Mangos Salon gave me a fabulous blow out that made me feel like a queen. Not to mention the glass of wine I was greeted with.

Friday, October 19.

The day before the big day! The Groom started his day with a fresh cut and shave at Northwest Barbershop. Jaime knows his stuff and no one leaves NWB looking anything less than wedding ready.

After that, the Groom kept the men folk busy while I took the ladies back to Felicia for a girls morning! We brought in snacks, beverages, and music to enjoy while she single highhandedly tackled pedicures for 8 people. We were feeling fresh and ready to dance the night away.

That evening, we gathered at the venue for a rehearsal dinner. Iron Horse Brewery beer was our highlight beverage. We got an assortment so everyone could find their favorite.

Saturday, October 20.

Best. Day. Ever. We presented gifts to the groomsmen and my bros-maid that morning that were engraved by Three Winds Artisan Collective. Everything Megan touches is stunning, so we knew our gifts would be the perfect way for those most important to us to remember this day.

Keira, with Ellensburg Floral, arrived right on time to set up flowers and give us our stunning bouquets! I loved our flowers so much I actually teared up taking them down the next day.

David, with Fire and Smoke, delivered our desserts. Mini-pies were an easy, low maintenance but adorable and fun way to treat our guests. Around our cake, they looked delicious and welcoming. (flowers on cake were also done by Ellensburg Floral)

Whipsaw Brewing beer and Gard Vintners wine was being poured at the bar.

Signs from Claim Clothing were scattered around as decorations.

As you can see, our special day(s) wouldn’t have been nearly as special without these downtown businesses. Our guests feel the same way! They all had nothing but great things to say about strolling downtown to grab coffee or lunch. This is just one shining example of the importance of supporting small businesses. When you support them, they support you. Whether that is sponsoring your child’s 4H club or providing services for your wedding. They are there for you like you are there for them.

Thank you so much to each of you. I’ve never felt so lucky to work with, and for, downtown Ellensburg.

Photos 3-7 taken by Kailey Wallin Photography.