Published on July 15th, 2014 | by Style Staff


Something old, something new, something borrowed…


Grooms: Dmitry Mikheyev, Jeffrey Kiilsgaard, Nick Spencer, and Wendell Bagby II; bride: Johnna Carr.

A classic 1920s building, a brand new gown, vintage tuxedos, and a pair of satin pumps prove that the road to the big day can be just as exciting as the ceremony, especially when you have so many grooms to choose from.

New bride Johnna Carr keeps Tacoma’s most eligible groomsmen guessing as they battle for her hand throughout​ the resplendent Sherlock Room and Avalon Ballroom at Northwest Costume.

Johnna wears a custom gown by R. German and and shoes by Manolo Blahnik, the men all sport tuxedos from Northwest Costume.

Not before the wedding

The tradition of keeping the bride hidden from the groom heightens the glamour of the moment when we finally see her.

Necessary​ and proper

A perfect fit for the groom is nothing without great haberdashery. Find vintage cuff-links, studs, braces, sock garters, and ties in Tacoma’s antique shops.

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Nick Spencer, Wendell Bagby II, Jeffrey Kiilsgaard, and Dmitry Mikheyev. Haberdashery: Northwest Costume.

Elementary, my dear Watson

The Sherlock room raises the historic stakes in our nuptial drama.

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Photo realism

A memorable photograph can capture the depth of a relationship; an impromptu talent show not only makes for a good photo-op, but it also provides a setting for our grooms to impress our bride.

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Backstage pass

Greenrooms like the one at the Avalon Ballroom offer a glamorous and intimate surrounding for the last moments of preparation before the ceremony. Rhinestones: Northwest Costume.

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Little pets get big baguettes

The glint of stones bring an ethereal elegance to any gown. Rhinestones are an excellent, socially-conscious alternative to diamonds. Every piece seen here​ is under $40 at Northwest Costume.

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Makeup: Rachel Ervin Artistry
Fashion Director: Ricky German
​Fashion Editor/Photography: Kali Raisl
Models: Johnna Carr, Wendell Bagby II, Jeffrey Kiilsgaard, Dmitry Mikheyev, and Nick Spencer.

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Post Defiance features Northwest-created fashion and design interpreted through the collaborative vision of co-creative director Kali Raisl, co-managing editor Rachel Ervin, and couturier Ricky German. Have a style idea you think would be great on Post Defiance? Send suggestions to

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