Today’s wedding is a simple and intimate lakeside wedding in Washington with colorful, personal touches that we think you’ll love. Better still, the couple are from Seattle and they own a jewelry business – With These Rings!
Lakeside Wedding in Washington
“After Brandt and I got engaged it didn’t take very long for us to realize that a big wedding with all of the planning wasn’t for us. So we decided to elope, we told a few friend and rented a couple of cabins out by Mt Index. I found a dress online and embellished it with lace appliques. All of our friends were up for taking on a job or two, the photography, the cake, the music, the flowers and decorating and all of the delicious meals for the weekend, including our wedding feast of oysters, dungeness crabs and steak. Our friend Johnny got ordained so he could marry us. I think Brandt was more nervous about asking Johnny if he would marry us, then he was when he asked me to marry him! We wrote our own vows and made each others rings, everything was exactly us.”
“Brandt and I made each others rings. I am a jeweler so I knew that I wanted our rings to be handmade and meaningful. Brandt suggested that we make each others. As a jewelry teacher I was up for the challenge. It was truly a labor of love. Now I offer this opportunity to other couples interested in making their rings in a private workshop called With These Rings.”
“Our ceremony was perfectly us it was short, sweet, full of love and ended with champagne and cake. Our dogs were there to walk me down the aisle. Our friend Jeff (of The Guns of Barisal) played our processional, “its’ just wide-open field” by Cloudkicker. Our friend Johnny married us and wrote the most thoughtful ceremony. It thunder stormed all morning, which is rare in Washington but I love a good thunderstorm so I was OK with it. Since it was just us and eight friends we didn’t really have a schedule to follow. So we just waited until the the lightning and wind died down and decided to get started. And right when we did the rain stopped all together, we couldn’t have planned it better.”
“The whole thing came together pretty quickly. The day that we were heading out the weather report said heavy rains all weekend. I thought about this adorable little shop, Bella Umbrella, that rents out vintage umbrellas. I ran over and they were super happy to help me, even thought they said that most brides come in months in advance to reserve umbrellas. The rain cleared for the ceremony, so we didn’t really end up needing them, but they we still super fun to have.”
“I am a very detail oriented person so if I wanted to have a big wedding I would have easily gone overboard and made myself totally crazy. This happened so quickly that I didn’t really have time to stress out about the planning. I figured if we were to get married a year from now or in five years, all of the details would probably look different then what I picked today, but it still would be equally perfect. Because when it comes down to it your wedding day is is so wonderful, because it’s your wedding day. Above all we are grateful that our families were understanding and supportive of our wishes to have a small, spontaneous wedding.”