Intimate weddings are something special, and this celebration off the coast of Washington has absolutely enchanted us. Details we love include the modern and romantic apple cake, the lush flower arrangements, and the spectacular setting where Ashley and Christopher became husband and wife!


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“When Chris proposed, we knew we wanted a small wedding and a short engagement. Our laid back approach made every step of planning enjoyable. After we decided on the San Juan Island, we found a cute hotel, and a lovely restaurant online. My parents and our dear friends made up our wedding party, and we were surrounded by people we love and who love us. We wouldn’t have had it any other way!”


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What advice do you have for other couples in the midst of planning a wedding?  Make it your dream wedding by holding true to the best reflection of your relationship and love!

Do you have any budget tips for other brides?  Our budget advice is simple: don’t figure out how much you can spend, but rather what you are comfortable spending.


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The Ceremony

“When we got engaged, we quickly decided that we wanted a small intimate affair and to wed on the coast. Planning the wedding in a month and a half from Salt Lake City did not leave time to visit the island prior to the wedding, so we arrived a few days early to find a ceremony location. Our first stop on our tour of the island was Cattle Point Lighthouse, and we fell for the location. It signified everything that we love about the Pacific Northwest – we were on a bluff above the Strait of Juan de Fuca where seal lions were playing and where orca pods frequent, and you can see other islands and the Olympic Mountains across the water.”


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Your ceremony in three words.  Ashley: Intimate, beautiful, us. // Chris: Joyous, amazing, and gorgeous.

What was your ceremony music?  Chris played my father’s guitar and sang the Neil Young song, “Dance, Dance, Dance.” When Chris asked me to marry him, I asked if he would play in our ceremony. We love Neil Young in our house, so I wasn’t surprised when he chose one of his songs to play. It was a perfect fit, as a rainbow appeared over the water just before our ceremony began.

Chris, what was your favorite moment of the ceremony?  Ashley being escorted by her dad down to the spot we exchanged vows, no question. The natural beauty of the setting, the love from our friends and family, and the rainbow behind her made for the most beautiful thing I’ve ever seen, and I was overwhelmed! It was just the perfect moment.


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Ashley, what was your favorite moment during the ceremony?  There were so many beautiful moments. One of my favorites was walking towards Chris while he was singing and playing my father’s guitar. When my father and I reached him, Chris got choked up and couldn’t finish the song. I couldn’t help it – I had to give him a smooch before we could continue on! Then, just before my father pronounced us husband and wife, he got teared up. He was sharing his hopes and wishes for our marriage, and it was such a tender moment.


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Who officiated your ceremony?  We asked my father to officiate our ceremony. My father and I are extremely close, and I could not imagine asking anyone else. Having my dad not only walk me towards my groom, but also preside over our ceremony was definitely one of the most special moments from our day.


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What were your vows like?  We both loved the idea of using traditional vows, but as we started writing our ceremony, we decided it would be so special to write our own vows to each other. We each wrote our own, not following any templates, and keeping them a secret until our ceremony. They were so tender and loving, and I think we both felt as though we’d never been more loved in our whole lives than in that moment.


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Is there anything else that you’d like to share about your wedding ceremony?  We chose to have cake and champagne at the lighthouse directly after the ceremony to celebrate! We knew we would be so excited afterwards, so why wait for dessert after dinner? It was so fun and sweet to have a cocktail hour of sorts at the lighthouse before heading off to a delicious dinner.

What type of cake or dessert did you serve?  Since Chris’ parents were unable to travel for the wedding, it was important to include a piece of Appalachia, where he is from, on our wedding day. When I first met his family, his father introduced me to a regional treat called an apple stack cake. Traditionally, Appalachian families would each bring a layer of the cake to an event, like a wedding, and the cake would slowly be complied. Knowing it would make my father-in-law smile, it meant so much to my groom and his family to carry that tradition with us!


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What inspired you when you were planning your wedding?  Our inspiration for our wedding was simple – we wanted it to be outdoors and to be a reflection of our love and relationship.


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The Reception

“We loved the idea of the ceremony on the beach, and then heading inland to a cabin in the woods for a delicious dinner. We were sold on Duck Soup Inn by reading about the owners story and the way they described the mission of their business.”


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How would you describe your reception? Intimate and delicious!

Chris, what was your favorite moment of the reception?  Sitting next to my wife, and looking around the table at our friends and family. It was a moment of completeness for me. I felt so privileged.


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Ashley, what was your favorite moment or part of the reception?  When the wine arrived, Chris raised his glass and thanked everyone for being a part of our first dinner as a married couple. The joy on everyone’s face and the love we all felt was incredible.


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Photography: S’Wonderful Photography / Venue: Cattle Point Lighthouse, San Juan Islands, Friday Harbor, Washington / Dress: Anthropologie / Necklace: Sarah Safavi via Mineral and Matter / Shoes: Frye Boots / Suit: J.Crew / Tie: Nordstrom / Boots: Steve Madden / Floral Design: Heirloom Design House / Catering: Duck Soup Inn / Cake: Cakes by Felicitations

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    The historic mining town of Park City is the perfect spot for your mini-moon! Just 35 minutes from the Salt Lake City International Airport, it’s home to many luxury hotel resorts, restaurants to tempt your taste buds, and Main Street is home to fashionable boutiques as well as numerous art galleries. If you love the outdoors, the opportunities are pretty much endless – if you’re a skier, you haven’t skied powder until you’ve skied Utah powder. It is, after all, the greatest snow on Earth! My husband and I have lived in Salt Lake for the past ten years and spend so much time in Park City that we’ve decided to move there. Below is just a snippet of what this tiny town, snuggled in the Wasatch Mountains, has to offer.

    DO & SEE

    Deer Valley Ski Resort, Park City Mountain Resort, and the Canyons Resort Park City boasts three world class ski resorts to get your powder fill during winter. In summer, ride the Park City town chairlift from Main Street to the top of the mountain. Enjoy a nice hike with breathtaking views, and if you’re lucky see some wildlife. Other ideas…mountain bike rentals at White Pine Touring, or try fly-fishing with Trout Bum 2 on the Provo River.

    Sundance Film FestivalYou may want to plan your visit during the festival. Book your hotel early and expect to spend a bit more on lodging this time of year. I highly recommend attending a film or two. There is excellent people watching along Main Street and you may spot a celebrity or two.

    Sundance Resort: A short 40-minute drive from Park City is the Sundance Resort. Founded by Robert Redford in 1969, it is located in a perfect little mountain nook set just below majestic Mount Timpanogos. Stay overnight in one of their cabins or just visit for the day. If you love the outdoors take a hike to Stewart Falls, or if you prefer to unleash your creative side take part in a wheel-thrown pottery or glassblowing class.

    Utah Olympic Park: Salt Lake City and Park City were home to the 2002 Winter Olympics. Visit the park for a tour and end your day with a bobsled ride down the Olympic track!

    Park Silly Sunday Market: This eco friendly, open-air market and festival is a great way to spend your summer Sunday.

    Park City Food & Wine Classic: Play, wine, and dine. Need I say more.


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    2. Hathenbruck: Stylish clothing and accessories. You’ll find brands such as Aesop, Edith Miller, Jungmaven, Shuran, Penfield, Wolverine, and Tellason. Surprise your man with an Ebbets Field Flannels ‘PC’ cap so you can borrow it once in a while too!

    3. Flight Boutique: One can never have too many Wildfox tops, so soft and fun. Other favorite finds…Sorel boots, Stance socks, and locally made jewelry by Katie Waltman.

    4. Sundance Resort: This quaint shop is a must. Love the outdoor themed enamel mugs by Wild & Wolf. And in case you forgot to pack for Utah’s sometimes unpredictable mountain weather – no worries – check out their Fjallraven products.


    5. Publik Coffee: It’s cool. Tasty toasts in a trendy space, and great coffee too. I’m partial to their chai latte and apricot ginger jam & cream cheese on multigrain beer bread toast.

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    7. High West Distillery: This is one of my favorites. Your beau will love it too! It’s located in an old garage and livery stable at the bottom of the Quittin’ Time ski run on Park Avenue. The food is delicious and the cocktails bold and tasty. Visit their store on your way out and take some High West Whiskey home with you.

    8. St.Regis Deer Valley: A perfect end to your day is dining at the J&G Grill. Sit down and relax next to a warm fire on the outdoor patio and enjoy the lovely views. Snack on truffle rosemary popcorn and be sure to try their world-renowned Bloody Mary.


    Washington School House Hotel: I wish I could just move right in to this stunning luxury boutique hotel. European antiques, crystal chandeliers, and Carrera marble…it’s so refreshing from the traditional lodgey Park City norm. I don’t blame you if you never leave your room. It’s the perfect place to spend your mini-moon!


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