Rachel & Bryce: Elopement wedding at Lavender Hill Farm on Vashon Island, WA
When I first met our bride Rachel and talked to her about what she was looking for from her intimate wedding.. one word jumped out… romance! It might seem like a no brainer for a wedding, but Rachel is from a military family and in the military herself, so is accustomed to quick courthouse weddings without much fanfare. Being so far away from family and friends and having limited time off means that it becomes a pretty common occurrence. While she knew that she and Bryce would face the same restrictions, she didn’t want to give up on the idea of a wild and romantic PNW elopement before she leaves Washington for her next post in a couple of months.
The couple met 18 months ago, when they were both stationed together. Rachel was pregnant with daughter Emberlei at the time, and so somewhat oblivious to Bryce’s charms and it was only after her daughter was born and she saw, not only his commitment to pursuing her, but his dedication to helping raise her daughter that she realized he was the man she had been waiting for. It was important to both of them that their wedding day was not only about their union but also about their love and commitment to Emberlei.
Rachel loves the Lavender fields that the area is famous for and asked us to design a wild, romantic and intimate wedding. She wanted to include hints of purple (her favorite color) to compliment the Lavender fields but not have it be overwhelming and from there we were pretty much given free reign!
The perfect spot was difficult to find but in the end we happened upon the wonderful Lavender Hill Farm on Vashon Island. The farm is in the gardens of a family home and the owners could not have been more incredible hosts. Cathy gave us free reign of her beautiful home for photographs, let the Bride get ready in one of her bedrooms and even whipped up some delicious lavender syrup for cocktails. The venue has a secret garden, water views and of course, lots and lots of lavender meaning that Carley was able to capture an incredible variety of shots of our gorgeous couple.
For the details we sought inspiration from lavender fields in France to create a rustic French feel mixed with a little Pacific Northwest Bohemian flair. In our tablescape designs we always love to incorporate lots of textures and organic materials and contrast them with more modern and unexpected pieces, to create a multi layered and contemporary look. We combined the wooden chargers, chunky provencal style glassware, raw hand died silks and velvet linens from BBJ linen with geometric patterned ceramics, modern flatware and acrylics to add a little edge to the soft neutrals .
The 3 cakes from Sift & Gather continued the rustic theme and ensured that, not only could the couple enjoy some post ceremony with their small group of guest,s but they were also able to take some home for a BBQ with friends later that week.
Our florist, Colibri Blooms used dahlias, garden roses and calla lilies as focals and filled in with nigella, lavender, stock, oregano and a little blackberry, all intertwined in a base of mixed foliage that included dusty miller, eucalyptus, and smoke bush. Half of the flowers were harvested from a friend's farm in Enumclaw (Laughing Goat Flower Farm), and the rest sourced from Seattle Wholesale Growers Market which pools together all of the local flower farmers in the area.
For Rachel’s gorgeous boho bridal look she chose separates from BHLDN. The jewel body suit and Delia Maxi Skirt by Catherine Deane, were paired with the delicate Sheffield Topper by Zakaa. Shyn from Pacific Brides is the queen of the natural boho look. She used soft bronzes and browns to highlight Rachel’s beautiful features and bone structure and tamed her gorgeous waist length hair with soft waves and a crown braid. The simple flower crown from Colibri Blooms was the perfect finishing touch. Emberlei’s flower girl dress, the Jessie gown by Princess Daliana, was also from BHLDN. Bryce rented his groom’s outfit from Mens Wearhouse and the whole family wore purple converse.
Bespoke Tacoma created some gorgeous stationery keepsakes for them, a commemorative ‘Rachel & Bryce were married’ card featuring the line 'All you need is love', a song that holds special meaning for them and ‘We eloped’ cards that they can send to family and friends who couldn’t be there.
The ceremony itself was relaxed and informal, with the couple exchanging heartfelt vows while Emberlei writhed around on the floor between them! Their families were able to feel involved through watching the event broadcast live on Facebook by the couple's friends. After the I Do’s the couple and their guests enjoyed champagne and Cake, and the best man Zeus gave an impromptu and touching speech that had everyone laughing and crying, including me, of course!
En route back to the ferry we stopped for photos on the beach and then again on the ferry before the final act… well it was July 11th, so what else could our gorgeous newlyweds do but stop for slurpees and get a few final pics at a 7Eleven before heading home with full and happy hearts!