Each year I choose a handful of destination weddings to officiate. I am usually so busy in town that it’s difficult to get away so I only choose two to three. One of the destination weddings I said yes to was the San Juan Islands wedding of Annica and Drew. Drew’s family has a house on Decatur Island – one of the smaller islands in the San Juans – and that is where I officiated one of the funnest weddings of the summer.
Annica and Drew thought of everything for their outdoor summer wedding in the islands. Decatur Island is unique because it doesn’t have a ferry system to take people over from Anacortes. No problem. Annica and Drew chartered a private boat, which picked us up in Anacortes, delivered us to the island and then brought some of us back before dark. I rode over with Sean Antonius of Seattle Wedding DJ.
Looking back, I think it was one of the most Northwest themed weddings I have officiated. The couple used a few of the rustic cabins to get ready in where they were joined by their cat who got to come along for the festivities. The ceremony was held on the beach where the guests sat on blanket-covered driftwood. Surprise guests included bald eagles who joined us from above in the trees. After the ceremony we were treated to hangar steak, planked salmon, a bruschetta bar with steamed clams and grilled prawns prepared by the very talented Gail Dupar and her crew. The yummy cakes (three!) were supplied by Celestial Catering. Bridal bouquets, bouts and corsages were done by local Anacortes florist Donatello’s Flowers.
Everything about Annica and Drew’s wedding was simply wonderful. The Pacific Northwest sites, sounds, smells and tastes of that day will long linger in my memory.
Please enjoy the following photographs by Kristen Marie of I Am Kristen Marie Photography. Love supplied by Annica and Drew.