The Journal of the San Juan Islands | SanJuanJournal.com
Wednesday, February 15, 2012 — 17
Lopez Island: Tie the knot on the “Friendly Isle”
ith its gently rolling hills, bucolic farmlands, and easily accessible parks and seashores, Lopez Island is the perfect wedding venue … if you like peaceful, beautiful settings and a place known for being the “Friendly Isle.” Lopez is a top destination for visitors to the San Juans. Don’t be surprised if fellow motorists wave — it’s the island way. Lopez is also the closest of the ferryserved islands to Anacortes, making it a quick and convenient trip. Most of the island’s businesses are located in Lopez Village. On Saturday mornings in the summer, you’ll find shoppers perusing fresh vegetables at the Farmers Market, and children playing in Lopez Village Park. Although Lopez Island’s population is small, around 2,400 people, it has a wide variety of music concerts, art shows, cultural events. You’ll find talented wedding photographers and an eclectic group of musicians for your ceremony.
Stephanie Daigle dances with her father, Bruce Williams, at her wedding reception on the Williams’ Lopez Island property. Photo / Steve Horn
The island offers a selection of potential ceremony venues like the Lopez Center for Community and the Arts with its wood floors, large windows and outdoor performance pavilion; Lopez Island Vineyards offers beautifully landscaped winery gardens for an intimate outdoor wedding location; Lopez Islander Resort is located on charming Fisherman Bay and includes waterfront hotel rooms and
Of all the historic structures on Lopez Island, not many buildings are more beautiful or beloved than Center Church.
Photo / Steve Horn
LOPEZ ISLAND WEDDING RECEPTION FACILITY: Woodmen Hall 360-468-3537 360-468-2421 PHOTOGRAPHY: Steve Horn Photography 360-468-2100 www.stevehorn.net
Be part of the Lopez tradition
Woodmen Hall The perfect venue for your wedding reception. Beautiful, warm inviting space, all the amenities you need for that special day: stage, new sound and lighting systems, table settings, professional kitchen, all add to the Hall’s charms. Contact Gordon Eustis, 468-3537 or Lopez Senior Services, 468-2421
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restaurant; The Galley truly offers a family-friendly environment on Fisherman Bay, the Edenwild Inn with premium accommodations nestled in the heart of Lopez Village, of Woodman Hall. There are also several churches for tying the knot including, Center Church and Grace Episcopal Church.
Activities for guests: What makes Lopez such a romantic setting is its vast expanses of spectacular beaches, vistas and stunning wildlife. It’s common to see eagles, great blue herons, and osprey fly into the distance behind you. Take a trip to Odlin County Park and Spencer Spit State Park and your wedding guests may also catch a killer whale sighting. The Lopez Village, which has a grocery stores, two coffee shops, several boutiques, restaurants, a bookstore, and a bakery, provides the essentials and any last minute items during for your time on the island. If you’re guests need a place to stay there are plenty of accommodations on the island including a motel, bed and breakfasts, vacation home rentals and three campgrounds. A wedding on Lopez not only gives you breathtaking scenery, but a place of rustic charm and friendly people. For more info, contact the Lopez Chamber of Commerce at 468-4664 or visit http:// www.lopezisland.com.