Regal Wedding Day Fit for Royalty at Bastyr University Pulls Inspiration from TV Show "Scandal"

Real Wedding
Chelsea and Mark's wedding was an ode to their relationship and new unity in Seattle that was inspired by Olivia Pope's own on-screen nuptials.
Written by
Catherine Cortes


Seattle Bride Fall/Winter 2023

Chelsea Ghant and Mark Hopkins’ love story began in college when they first crossed paths—and Mark was instantly smitten. After that initial exchange, they fell in love, and just a few years later, they said “I do” in the stunning chapel of Bastyr University. Chelsea had always dreamed of having a regal wedding. Her inspiration came from character Olivia Pope’s grand wedding on the hit TV show “Scandal.” With careful planning and attention to detail by 3eleven Events, the couple brought the fictional celebration into reality. From gorgeous floral arrangements to the elegant venue, every aspect of the day reflected Chelsea’s vision of a wedding fit for a queen. To honor the most significant people in her life, Chelsea chose to walk down the aisle accompanied by a select few. Her biological father walked her part of the way, before gracefully passing her to her godfather. Finally, Chelsea’s mother and stepfather took over, escorting her the rest of the way down the aisle. The moment was a touching display of the love and support that surrounded Chelsea on her special day. Following Chelsea and Mark’s exchange of vows in the chapel, their wedding reception kicked off at Columbia Tower. As guests arrived, they were greeted with a unique seating arrangement that celebrated significant milestones in the couple’s relationship. Each table was labeled with a date that held special meaning for Chelsea and Mark, serving as a beautiful reminder of memories they shared over the years. The couple’s day was a true celebration of love, filled with thoughtful and meaningful details that made for an unforgettable event.

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