In the heart of downtown Seattle, close to the Pike Place Market and the Seattle Art Museum, lays the luxurious Four Seasons Hotel Seattle; a perfect site to host your wedding reception. We had the exclusive opportunity to chat with Kirk Sugamele, Director of Catering and Conference Services at the hotel. He was able to give us some insight into this unique hotel’s wedding services. With over 30 years of experience in the food and beverage industry, including 20 with the Four Seasons, Kirk was able to give us a sneak peek into how the Four Season’s Seattle caters to all a bride’s wishes for her special day.
GO: What is your unique role when it comes to a couple’s wedding day and how does your property distinguish a couple’s experience as opposed to getting married somewhere else?
KS: Our hotel managers average over 30 years of experience with weddings, working with wedding couples from start to finish on their wedding, including full day of services.
GO: What can a couple expect if they choose to get married at your property?
KS: A couple can expect to be treated with the highest level of professionalism, attention to details and the service that Four Seasons is legendary for. We provide a seamless and stress free event for our wedding couples.
GO: If you had to describe your property in three words, what would they be?
KS: Views, Food and Service!
GO: What are the unique locations that a couple can host their ceremony and reception at in your venue?
KS: The view from out hotel is a huge attraction for our wedding couples. Our Ballroom and Foyer areas have floor to ceiling windows up to 18′ tall that overlook Elliott Bay, Puget Sound, the Olympic Mountains and stunning sunsets. Our location just north of the Washington State Ferry Terminal offers our guests a view bird’s eye view of the ferry boats coming and going, and the lights across Elliott Bay to West Seattle and Bainbridge Island sparkle at night.
We are fortunate to be able to accommodate both ceremonies and receptions in our Ballroom. Our ceremonies take place in our Ballroom, with the bride and groom in front of the 18 foot tall windows, artfully draped with a sheer fabric to define the bride and groom.
GO: Do you have areas where a couple can elect to take their wedding pictures at your property?
KS: We are blessed with many picturesque locations for wedding photos. The signature shot at our hotel is with a bride and groom posed at the end of our infinity pool on our fourth floor pool deck, with Elliott Bay and a spectacular sunset unfolding behind them. Our wedding couples also pose at our Grand Fireplace in the lobby, our Wine Wall in ART Restaurant, posed in front of our large format NW Masterpiece art collection in our lobby, as well as shooting around the neighborhood: Pike Place Market, the Gum Wall, Harbor Steps, the waterfront.
GO: Do you have customizable packages? Tell me a little bit about them?
KS: We have three tiers of wedding packages, all including hourly bar packages with unlimited consumption to make the planning and budgeting process easy for our wedding couples.
GO: Food is such an important element at a wedding; tell me about your menus and culinary team?
KS: Our cuisine is really one of our strongest attributes. We are very fortunate to have Kerry Sear as our executive chef. In my 33 years in the business, Kerry is the absolute most creative
chef I have ever worked with. Consistently our food receives the highest accolades from our guests. We offer a menu tasting for every wedding, to ensure there are no surprises on the wedding day.
GO: What is the first thing a couple should do if they are interested in getting married at your property?
KS: Arrange for a site for a truly unique Four Seasons experience! With unique features such as a full service spa for wedding parties, an amazing collection of art from the Pacific Northwest Masters, fantastic views, modern clean and sophisticated décor, the Four Seasons Hotel Seattle is the perfect location for your wedding!
Thank your Kirk Sugamele for giving GO a look into your beautiful hotel!
Four Seasons Hotel Seattle
99 Union Street
Seattle, Washington 98101