by Audrey

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First off, HAPPY ANNIVERSARY to this lovely couple married one year ago to day!  And now the inside scoop on their patriotic Fourth of July wedding from the beautiful bride:

Our dream Fourth of July wedding was celebrated in Coupeville, Washington – on unseasonably perfect summer day. My husband’s family has resided on the island for three-generations, making it a place deeply special to him and also a locale where our relationship has grown over the years. It was the perfect getaway we desired to provide our guests!

Wanting to put our own spin on the red, white and blue holiday we opted for a navy, grey, gold and magenta color pallet. Each bridesmaid had the choice of their own navy dress, and bought them from a variety of stores: Adrianna Papell, J.Crew, Nordstrom, etc. It all came together so perfectly, with a mix of short, long, simple and elegant touches. We wanted the guys to be comfortable too, so we paired together gingham shirts, grey slacks, bow ties and a hidden touch of patriotism with their socks.

We settled on the Historic Crockett Barn for the venue because of its rustic nautical charm and the views, oh the views. Keeping things local and curated was important to me – down to every last detail. Many of the décor elements were created by friends and family over the course of the year leading up to the big day. This included my brother-in-law, a forester, locating the perfect wood rounds for our centerpieces and guest “log” from his tree farm at the base Mt. Rainer – to carefully crafting hundreds of yards of white pennant flag bunting to string through the barn’s rafters, offering an intimate environment. To bring Ray’s outdoorsman style into the décor we collected antler sheds from local antique shops on the island and named each table after a fly fishing tie pattern. The florals Ray’s Uncle Martin made took my breath away.  I had a vison to bring the natural elements of the island (local grasses, berries, coastal hydrangeas) together with more staple elements, and have flower crowns and centerpieces as the focal points.  For a special touch, we repurposed branches from a cousin’s wedding into our arbor.

And the food… our guests are still talking about it!  Ray, an avid fisherman, and his groomsmen caught all the King Salmon we served as part of a fishing bachelor party.  Serendipity Catering used lots of locally sourced ingredients. The pies came from Ray’s family’s restaurant, one of the easiest vendor decisions we had to made.  We indulge in these pies every trip.

In the end, all we wanted was to gather the people we love most (all 200 of them) and to celebrate in a place we cherish!  At the end of the night seeing everyone, laughing, singing, dancing and reminiscing under the stars and fireworks was just what we envisioned.  

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Venue: Historic Crockett Barn | Catering: Serendipity Catering & Events | Wedding Pies: The Knead & Feed | Photographer: Kate Price Photography | Wedding Planner/Coordinator: Elegant Affairs | Chalkboard Signs: Seattle Chalk Guy | Rentals: Vintage Ambiance | Rentals: Double R Rentals | Transportation: Whidbey Wedding Transportation | DJ: Sounds Unlimited | Invitations & Stationery: Paper Fling | Bridal Salon: The Dress Theory | Bride’s Dress: Theia | Groom’s Attire: Paul Richards Clothing

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