WHEN LIFE GIVES YOU LEMONS...MAKE SANGRIA
It seems to be the theme of the year. But one thing we know for sure is COVID won't stop love! Katie and Dave's plans for a San Francisco City Hall wedding were put on hold until they realized our current way of life was not changing any time soon and a new plan was inevitable. Luckily the groom's parents live in an amazing home on Whidbey Island and they have the best neighbors with an AirBnB which made for the perfect intimate wedding alternative. The weekend started off with a wedding rehearsal and dinner prepared by our amazing hosts followed by a bonfire at sunset.
The next morning I started out with coffee down at the beach. Admiring the mist hovering over the tip of the Island was exactly what I needed to start the day.
After brunch the getting ready commenced. The drinks and dinner table were set up, flowers arranged and Katie was getting her hair and makeup done by two of the loveliest ladies out there.
Katie's brother-in-law, Dan performed the ceremony and as I looked around, the tears were everywhere (including Dan himself.) With the opportunity to use Facebook live, all of their friends and family at home, were able to share in the ceremony (Although the hearing part came later; technology :} .) The dinner and toasts right before sunset were heartfelt and produced more tears. The night ended with cake and dancing. And yes you can have a good time with 6 people on the dance floor!
With changed plans and the love of friends and family, the results make for the most perfect celebration!
Congratulations Katie and Dave! Tom and I are so honored to have been a small part of such a momentous occasion.
Just want to leave you with a quote from the ceremony that I loved so much; (Great Job Dan!)
"People are weird. When we find someone with weirdness compatible to our own, we team up and we call it love". - Dr Seuss
DETAILS AND VENDORS
Katie's style was inspired by the woodsy surroundings that really complimented the dark and moody look she loves. My prepared Bride had the best wedding website set up with Zola. She had their love story, the wedding plans, direction and ferry information, their engagement pictures and local favorites all available for everyone. She even added a section on Covid with FAQ along with her wishes to ensure everyone stayed healthy and safe. They set up a phone and used Facebook live to make sure all of the folks that couldn't be there could still share in their ceremony. Katie has some talented friends, so she had flower arrangers with flowers she got from Costco. Her friends Courtney (@court_date) and Fiona (@fionabush1) did her hair and makeup. Her hair piece was lovingly made by her cousin. The pearl earrings were borrowed from her mother-in-law, Elsa. All of the rental items they got from Whidbey Island Event Rentals (http://whidbeyeventrentals.com); shout out to Doug. The wedding dinner came from a restaurant in Freeland called Rocket Tacos (link below). Best Tacos I've had in a long time! The AirBnB with its epic view from the deck. was the perfect staging area and great for guests and getting ready. (link below) Dave's suit came from the Men's Wearhouse in Seattle (link below) and my favorite is the story of the dress. Brides for a Cause (link below) is a bridal boutique that has a beautiful assortment of second hand dresses and 90% of the proceeds goes to different female empowered charities.