If you’ve ever been on a first date, you know how it goes: you arrive excited and nervous, eager to make a good first impression, hoping that this might just be “the one.” For Justin, finding “the one” was proving to be more difficult than he had hoped. After a couple of nicely planned (and expensive) first date dinners that ended in mid-meal realizations that there would be no need for dessert or coffee, he decided it was time to simplify things. For his first date with Rhea, he suggested meeting at the Olympic Sculpture Park for a dog walk since he knew that they both shared a deep love for their dogs. That way, if it looked like it was going to be another no-dessert-or-coffee kind of first date, he’d have an easy out and they wouldn’t even need to progress to the dinner part! Well, when Justin and Rhea met for a walk, they had an instant connection and Justin immediately asked her out to dinner! They spent a long evening together, and well, the rest is history.

For their wedding, Rhea and Justin decided to go back to the place of their memorable first date (and where they got engaged), so they held their ceremony and reception at the Olympic Sculpture Park in Seattle. Every little detail of Rhea & Justin’s wedding was beautifully designed–a collaboration of Rhea’s design vision and the expert execution of Jacky Grotle, with Event Success. The artful, modern venue was the perfect place for their bright yellow and white themed wedding. The decor and flowers were gorgeous, and perfectly complimented Rhea’s stunning yellow diamond engagement ring!

Rhea and Justin, thank you for inviting us to be a part of your wedding day. Enjoy this little preview of your day, and since we couldn’t fit all of your amazing moments on our blog, we created a slideshow for you too!

Rhea’s dad passed away a number of years ago, but his love for his only daughter was quite evident. When Rhea was born, he purchased a bottle of wine to be opened on her wedding day – and it’s been waiting for her ever since.

Rhea’s dad bought this beautiful Mercedes convertible many years ago as a gift to her mother, and Rhea and Justin had it restored just in time to use on their special day.

Photography: The Popes | Wedding Coordination: Jacky Grotle, Event Success | Ceremony & Reception Venue: Olympic Scupture Park | Officiant: Rev. Mary Calhoun | Cake: Trophy Cupcakes | Makeup Artist: Salon Maison | Bridal Boutique: La Belle Elaine’s | DJ: Emerald City Productions |


It was an honor and a pleasure coorinating Rhea & Justin’s wedding. I love the yellow , white and charcol grey/silver colors in the Olimpic Sculpture Park. The Popes did a great job capturing the day- I LOVE the photos!

Stunning! Love the twirling dress shot!

Simply stated, I love your photos! You are the best!!

I love this. Great work you guys.

Oh my, the wine bottle and its story made me cry! So thoughtful!