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In the San Juan Islands
Say ‘I do’ in a place you’ll never forget. Photo courtesy of Columbia Hospitality
San Juan Island: the start of a lifelong romance
arge. Small. for a change of pace and enjoy live Traditional. A bit music and a view of the harbor at off-beat. the port’s Jack Fairweather Park. You’ll find a perfect Speaking of sunshine, San Juan setting on San Juan Island for Island lies directly in the rain whatever type of wedding you shadow of the Olympic Mountains might have in mind. and that phenomenon (basically The island is also home to it forces a rain-swollen weather numerous businesses and seasystem to dump its load) produces soned professionals — florists, 247 days of sunshine a year, on photographers, caterers, musiaverage. So, don’t forget the suncians, inns and lodges — that screen. specialize in making every The coveted westside of San Juan aspect of your special occasion Island is no more than a 15-mincomplete. ute drive from Friday Harbor. Whether you prefer an outIt’s there you’ll find the dazzling door location, or a charming, sunsets, sweeping vistas and stunhistoric church or chapel for ning views of snow-capped peaks your wedding ceremony, San and waterways that the island is Juan Island offers a long list of famous for. Here you’ll find a state ideal venues as well. park, a historic lighthouse, a picnic Then again, you might conarea, a park devoted to land-based sider exchanging vows out whale watching, a campground on the water, in a kayak with with mooring and a boat ramp, a glorious sunset as a romantic national park and mile after mile backdrop. after mile of hiking trails. Situated closer to Canada Roche Harbor Resort lies at the than mainland U.S.A., San Juan tip of the island’s northwest side. Island is the last stop in the San Newlyweds Bill and Joy Dubay of Vashon Island were married at San Juan Island’s Lime Kiln State Park in the From its roots as a blue-collar comJuans for the numerous ferri- afternoon and then kicked off their wedding night with a visit to the San Juan County Fair. pany town, founded on the proers that leave the terminal in Journal photo / Scott Rasmussen duction of lime, Roche Harbor has Anacortes. It’s home to Friday evolved into a full-fledged resort Harbor, the only incorporated and seaside village, and one of the And there’s no shortage of activities to residents on any given summer day. town in San Juan county and one of the Northwest’s premier vacation and wedding Stunning scenery is one reason why San keep your guests occupied and entertained last remaining 19th-century wooden fishing Juan Island is such a sought after place for a during your special occasion. Hiking, bicy- destinations. It boasts a thriving marina, an villages in Puget Sound. The town boasts summer vacation, or for a wedding. In fact, cling, horseback riding, airstrip, a 19-acre sculpture park, numerous a year-round population of just over 2,000 the San Juans were named one of the top 10 golfing, wine tasting and hiking trails, a disc-golf residents that seemingly quadruples with best summer vacations spots by National kayaking are just a few of course and an outdoor a steady stream of visitors and part-time Geographic Traveler magazine in 2011. amphitheater, where a San Juan Island’s celebratlocal production company ed pastimes. performs Shakespearean Friday Harbor is home and other classic theater. to numerous art galleries, And its picturesque and an assortment of outdoor charming wedding chapel parks, a movie theater, an is a magnet for soon-to-be art museum, a historical newlyweds. museum, a military museWith its natural beauty um, a whale museum and and romantic ambience, a popular farmers’ marSan Juan Island is the perket as well. Whether it’s a fect place to create special quick bite or an evening memories that will last a of fine-dinning, there’s an lifetime. abundance of quality restaurants and firstFor more information and maps of class cafes that can satisfy the palate and the San Juan Island, visit the San Juan Island pocketbook of just about anyone. More than a restaurant... your local source The town is also home to the Port of Chamber of Commerce, 135 Spring St., for catering & event coordinating Friday Harbor, caretaker of one of the most downtown Friday Harbor; 360-378-5240, charming and liveliest marinas in all of www.sanjuanisland.org.; or, visit the website www.vinnysfridayharbor.com of the San Juan Islands Visitors Bureau at, north Puget Sound. 165 West Street, Friday Harbor Here you can soak up the sunshine while www.visitsanjuans.com. 360.378.1934 strolling the docks or kick back in the shade
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Portrait: Charming, romantic wedding venues
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San Juan Island offers a variety of romantic places to commemorate that special occasion. Above, left, Roche Harbor Resort, located on the waterfront at the northwest end of the island, remains one of the island’s more popular wedding venues. Above right, San Juan Vineyards, its chapel, winery and vineyards are an ideal wedding location. Below, left, a bride and groom share a rowboat and a kiss on a scenic island lake.
Left photo / Steve Horn
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Portrait: A ‘ferry tale’ wedding By Scott Rasmussen
eptember 11 is remembered in different ways by different people. For Mark and Toni Desdier, it’s now a joyous occasion, a day of love and celebration, the day that the two were wed. The Desdiers exchange vows onboard Washington State Ferries’ Hyak, Sunday, Sept. 11, 2011, in a ceremony presided over by Bart Christie, who, like Mark, works for state ferry system. Christie also happens to be an ordained minister. The ceremony took many of the Hayak’s passengers by surprise, and then by delight, as what began as a small but festive occasion quickly turned into a fullblown community event. “It just grew and grew until we had around 800 guests,” Christie Accompanied by members of their wedding party, groom Mark Desdier, second from right, and bride said. “They were standing all Toni Desdier, next to Mark, pose for a photo on the deck of the Hyak after exchanging vows on Sept. around us and filled up both sides 11, 2011. Journal photo / Scott Rasmussen of the walls.” Two violin players, bound for Friday Harbor for a wedding perness,” she said. ducted in Peavine Pass, near Orcas Island. formance later that day, provided imprompMark added, “It’s time to move on.” The couple were married 58 years. tu musical accompaniment as well. But there’s more. While the events of Sept. 11, 2011, may Toni Desdier, who works in the boat’s galEarlier in the day, the Hyak and its crew sound like extraordinary for the Hyak and ley, said the couple chose Sept. 11 for their also participated in a pre-planned memo- its crew, according to Mark Desdier, it’s wedding date by design. rial service, in which a woman said farewell pretty much just another day at the office. “Because of all the 9/11 sorrow and stuff, to her deceased husband, a life-long diving “All in a day’s work,” he said we wanted to have a celebration of happi- enthusiast, as part of a brief ceremony con-
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Orcas Island: A special place to start forever
rcas Island offers a wide expanse of pastoral beauty, its rocky shorelines sloping up to loamy farmland, rising upwards again to form rocky peaks. The island’s 56.9 square miles are dotted with small hamlets offering world-class restaurants, boutique shopping, activity tours and sundries. Scattered among the trees and along the shores are a variety of quaint and lovely bed and breakfasts and hotels. Your guests might enjoy browsing the artisan pottery, jewelry or art at the island’s many galleries. Professional Orcas Island wedding planners are at your service to guide you as you select a venue; experienced wedding photographers; talented local musicians; wedding officiant; or salons offering personalized hair, skin and makeup services.
Activities for guests The Orcas ferry landing hosts a gourmet grocery and deli, post office, a few small shops, a public dock, boat rentals, whale
watching, water taxi, car and moped rentals, and a taxi and shuttle service. To the east lies a woodsy residential area along Killebrew Lake Road; to the northwest, Orcas Road winds through grassy meadows toward the island’s center, Eastsound. Eastsound is home to an array of charming shops, restaurants and specialty boutiques. You’ll find a public library, a historical museum, grocery stores, a pharmacy, restaurants and more. Along its north and south shorelines are three public parks, and Buck Park has a playground and soccer fields. Orcas Center hosts a lively variety of musical, theatre and artistic offerings. On the southwestern prong of Orcas Island, West Sound features a cafe, a public dock and a marina, while sunny Deer Harbor offers lodging, a restaurant, and two marinas where kayak, boat and whale watching tours embark. Southeast of Eastsound, Olga Road leads to 5,200-acre Moran State Park. Drive, hike or cycle to the top of 2,400-foot Mount Constitution, where you can take in breathtaking 360-degree views of the outlying islands and the Cascade Mountain range. Trails provide easy walks or rigorous, hilly climbs. Afterward, you might enjoy picnicking at Cascade Lake’s sun-warmed swimming area, with a playground, barbecues
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and picnic tables. Beyond the park lies Olga, with its eclectic art co-op and restaurant; past it you’ll find secluded Obstruction Pass state park, with hike-in campgrounds along a lovely pebbled beach. Point Lawrence Road leads to the hamlet of Doe Bay, with a historic resort, sundries shop and hot tub.
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Portrait: Unique twists with traditonal bliss Left photo: Poised and ready for her special day.
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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
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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.