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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.

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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!

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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 www.risostudio.showitsite.com or www.risostudio.com / 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 – :jeremyalmedavideo@gmail.com (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

4 Comments

  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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