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Preppy Nautical Wedding in the San Juan Islands

Editor’s Note: Pulling another gem from the archives today that I know you’ll enjoy!

Melissa and Adam threw a 2-day wedding weekend event for their guests at one of the gorgeous Seattle San Juan Islands. Guests took a ferry ride over to the island and the beautiful festivities started from there. / Images by Shannon Rice.


Says Melissa, “Adam and I met while studying abroad in Florence, Italy. We went to different Universities but became good friends while in Italy. We credit a trip we both took our senior year of college to Helena, Montana, visiting mutual friends as the trip that started everything … and as they say the rest is history!


Roche Harbor Resort is surrounded by boats and water which made the Nautical undertones an easy decision while adding small Italian touches since that is where we met in 2005.

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Since Roche Harbor Resort is one of the Seattle San Juan Islands, we had to coordinate many vendors traveling and logistically just added a few more challenges to planning a semi-destination wedding. We knew the location would also make our guests travel a bit more challenging but all said once they got there it was very worth the trip!

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We were so lucky to have fabulous weather and not a cloud in the sky. Our wedding day had a 40% chance of rain and we beat the odds with a beautiful upper-70’s sunny day and we even saw sun kissed faces after the ceremony!!”

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Credits: Photographer: Shannon Rice of Riso Studio: 480.277.0188 or / Coordinator: Day of Coordinator – Clutch Events by Megan Clark – 206-660-5720 / Flowers: San Juan Florist – 360-378-2477 / Food : Roche Harbor Resort – 360-378-2155 / DJ: Band – Oncore – 206-491-3900 / Videographer: Endless Love – (waiting on number) / Dress: Rivini from La Belle Elaine – 206-404-0888 / Make-up: Flawless Make up by Sequoia Leopold – 425-208-2284 / Hair: Kate McCarthy from GEM Salon – 425-822-2990 / Shoes: Christian Louboutin / Bridal accessories: Stella & Dot bracelet, earrings by Judith Jack, Vintage marcasite necklace from Bergdorf Goodman (borrowed from Mom) & Great-Grandmothers diamond band. / Rings: West Coast Diamond & Gem – 206-624-8828 / Decor: Prop Gallery West & ABC Tent Rentals – prop: 206-762-6808 ABC: 425-774-9666 / Stationary: Tara Lee for ProtoCulture 206-321-2796
Cake: Tiramisu – Cakes by Felicitations – 360-317-5961


  1. I think the perfect color palette for a nautical wedding is navy blue & white. So needless to say that the bride and groom look amazing and the white & navy blue decor used in the reception is just perfect.

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