Look again at that dot. That's here. That's home. That's us. On it everyone you love, everyone you know, everyone you ever heard of, every human being who ever was, lived out their lives. The aggregate of our joy and suffering, thousands of confident religions, ideologies, and economic doctrines, every hunter and forager, every hero and coward, every creator and destroyer of civilization, every king and peasant, every young couple in love, every mother and father, hopeful child, inventor and explorer, every teacher of morals, every corrupt politician, every "superstar," every "supreme leader," every saint and sinner in the history of our species lived there-on a mote of dust suspended in a sunbeam. -Carl Sagan
Some weddings I cry a little bit, some weddings I cry a lot - this wedding I should have brought a full box of kleenex, no joke. Erin and Jared invited me out to the beautiful west coast (some would say best coast... I might be one of those people) to photograph their intimate outdoor wedding with 20 of their closest friends and family at Woodstock Farm on Chuckanut Bay (that's just such a fun thing to say! Chuckanut Bay!) in Bellingham, Washington.
Bellingham is where Erin went to school with my sister at WWU, and where she met her future husband Jared, who is an amateur astronomer. They fell in love under the stars and shared their first kiss under a full moon, so of course the theme of their wedding was 'cosmos' - they even had Carl Sagan's photo of a pale blue dot on their ceremony program - so perfect.
When I left Colorado it was beginning to snow, and they had to de-ice the plane- when I landed in Seattle it was full-on tank top season. That bizarre (for the Pacific Northwest) weather continued the entire weekend, and we had a gorgeous, hot, sunny 80 degree day for the wedding. #sorrynotsorry
Woodstock Farm is a stunning venue, with about 20 rooms to explore and pristine views overlooking the bay. Family and friends helped set everything up, including an impressive hand-carved moon backdrop, made by Erin's stepdad as a gift to the couple. We had a relaxing day, Erin getting ready in the top room of the farmhouse surrounded by family, a perfect afternoon ceremony, complete with bald eagles soaring above, and even the train saying congrats during the vows. So much love and heart went into planning this wedding, and I seriously felt like one of the family by the end of the night.
Dinner was delicious quiches from the local eatery Mount Bakery, and the cakes - yes, plural (this is my kind of couple!) were made by friends and family- triple brownie cake with peanut butter frosting for the moon cake and funfetti pound cake with marshmallow creme frosting for the 3-tiered cake. Clearly I had both.
We couldn't have asked for more perfect weather, and I couldn't have asked for a more perfect couple. We had so much fun, and even got to hike down to the little beach at the bottom of the hill below the ceremony site. Erin and Jared are the sweetest, and I'm so honored to have been a part of their spectacular day.
Venue: Woodstock Farm on Chuckanut Bay in Bellingham, Washington
Dress: I Do Bridal in Seattle, Washington
Cakes: talented friends and family
Catering: Mount Bakery in Bellingham, Washington
Flowers: A New Leaf Flower Shoppe in Bellingham, Washington