You know it’s been a long time since you’ve blogged when wordpress changes it’s format.. obviously I have a lot of catching up to do, so let’s start with our first August wedding. Bri and Ian were married on Decatur Island up in the San Juans – it’s a special place to their family and it was so sweet to watch the ceremony in his grandparents’ back yard. I’ve been stalking their wonderful photographer’s website for pictures to include in this post, but ultimately decided that 1) it’s taking a long time since summer is prime wedding season and I’m sure she’s still editing and 2) those are really her photos and it’s unfair to put them on this blog. So here are mine from that EXTREMELY fun and gorgeous weekend:
We arrived on Decatur from Anacortes by private very boat. The Washington State ferries don’t run to this particular island like they do to the larger San Juans.
Happy to have escaped only mildly sea-sick!
The view from our cabin was gorgeous – we watched otters play in the bay below with high def binoculars.
At the rehearsal we had a preview of the breath taking view from the ceremony site as well. You could see all the way across the straight to Mount Baker.
Walking back to the cabin after the rehearsal dinner took a little extra time – there are no road signs on the island, so we got a bit lost.
But the views of the bay at sunset were worth it.
Boats in the bay
The next morning the bridesmaids were picked up in a pickup truck to go get our hair done.
It was a little windy!
Obligatory bridesmaids’ dresses shot
The day could not have been more perfect: robin-egg blue skies and great views of Mount Baker across the water.
Hydrangea bouquets – These had to be carefully guarded as the deer on the island were clamoring to get them all weekend. One unfortunate guy got his head caught in the garden gate that was containing them and almost had to be “taken care of”, but escaped at the last minute.
At this point I put down the camera for a while, so there are no current pictures from the amazingly gorgeous ceremony, but trust me, it was amazing.
Jeff and I at the reception
Dental residents: Ian, Karen and I!
At the end of the night we all headed down to the beach to light paper lanterns:
Lighting it up…
… and LIFT OFF!
Someone commented that Jeff’s eyes looked crazy in this picture. Really this moment is capturing the thoughts that his dear wife has had several glasses of prosecco and is at baseline rather clumsy, we’re holding a large, highly flammable object and if something happens we will need to be (expensively) airlifted off this island. I think he’s being rather calm given the situation.
The next morning we had to wait until the tides came in to head out on the ferry – Kat and I used this time to wander around the beach, look in tide pools and poke at seastars.
It was so much fun seeing all my co-ressies one more time. It’s going to be a long year without them.
On our walk we ran into Bri!
Soon it was time to get back on the boat and leave.
I’m smiling in this picture, but I’m actually really sad this is the last time for a while that I’ll be near these lovely ladies.
It was sad to leave the island, but the ferry ride back had some spectacular views of Mount Baker and friendly porpoise sightings to smooth the way.