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Weddings in the San Juan Islands, 2017


Weddings in the San Juan Islands


A supplement to the Journal, Sounder and Weekly In partnership with the San Juan Islands Visitors Bureau


Weddings in the San Juan Islands, 2017


he San Juan Islands are among the top places to say “I do.” A premier destination, with incredible views, a variety of venues, activities for guests and farm to table cuisine, getting married in the San Juans is sure to leave lasting memories. No matter when your wedding may take place, the islands can accommodate you. The summer months are the perfect time for an outdoor wedding, and indoor venues provide the perfect setting for spring, fall and winter weddings. From flowers to cakes to officiating services and lodging, there are businesses here to meet your every wedding need. Within these pages you will find a sampling of what San Juan, Orcas and Lopez islands have to offer. For additional information, visit the following websites: • • • •

Satya Curcio Photography


Group Publisher: Colleen Smith Armstrong Writers: Mandi Johnson, Colleen Smith Armstrong, Hayley Day and Cali Bagby Advertising Sales: Colleen Smith Armstrong and Cali Bagby Pagination: Mandi Johnson Advertising design: Shane Watson and Greg Sellentin Cover Photo: Satya Curcio Photography

Publication Information

The Journal of the San Juans 640 Mullis St., Friday Harbor, WA 98250. P: (360) 378-5696, F: (888) 562-8818 - The Islands’ Sounder 217 Main St., Eastsound, WA 98245. P: (360) 376-4500, F: (888) 562-8818 - The Islands’ Weekly 217 Main St., Eastsound, WA 98245. P: (360) 376-4500, F: (888) 562-8818 - San Juan Islands Visitors Bureau 640 Mullis St., Friday Harbor, WA 98250. P: (888) 468-3701 -

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Wedding planning check list N

ewly engaged? Curious about all the things you’ll need to do and when? Here’s a month-by-month checklist of all your wedding todos.

10+ months before

†† Throw yourself an engagement party. This is a great way to let everyone know your happy news! †† Select your wedding party, and ask them to join you on your big day. There are a variety of ways to “propose” to your wedding party. You can go simple, or get creative. It’s your wedding! †† Start the guest list. Whether you’re inviting the whole town, or your closest friends and family, you’ll want to have an accurate count of just how many people you expect to attend. Keep in mind that the fewer people attending the less expensive your wedding may be. †† Start a wedding planning folder, binder or Pinterest board. Collect ideas for dresses, flower arrangements, cakes and more. Use that as an inspiration for what you want for your wedding. †† Set a budget. Are your parents helping? Is it just the two of you

financing your wedding? Plan out how much you’re wanting to spend. †† Consider hiring a professional wedding planner or consultant. They do this every day. They know the people, the tips and the tricks to make your wedding run smoothly as possible. †† Research photographers, florists, bands, DJs, caterers and any other vendor you may be considering. Another thing you may want to invest in is wedding insurance to secure your deposits. †† Secure the venue for the date of your wedding. It is important to plan well ahead with reservations, especially if you’re planning your wedding during peak tourist season.

Eight to nine months before

†† Buy your dress. By now you’re probably set on a dress you discovered and are anxious to have it in your possession. So head out there, find your dream gown, and buy it!


Weddings in the San Juan Islands, 2017 †† Now is the time to secure your vendors. Hire the photographer and/or videographer. Depending on who you book, this step may come earlier in your planning process. Make sure you hire a good wedding photographer. You want to have beautiful photos of your wedding, not blurry cellphone photos. †† Book the entertainment. Whether you’re going with a band or a DJ, it’s a good idea to attend events where the entertainer is performing before you commit. †† Some venues come equipped with caterers, but if yours does not, now is the time to meet with caterers and pick yours. †† You should secure lodging reservations for out-of-town guests, or yourself if you’re planning a destination wedding. †† Register for gifts. You may want to have a few different stores on your registry, one for big ticket items, and one for the smaller.

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†† Contact rental companies if you intend to rent anything for ceremony/reception. Six to seven months before

†† Time to order your invitations. If you plan on having a calligrapher create your envelopes now is the time to hire that person as well. †† Shop for bridesmaids’ dresses. You’ll want at least six months to be able to have the dresses sized and ordered. †† Plan your honeymoon. If necessary, make sure your passports are current, and schedule any vaccinations that may be required. †† Send Save the Date notices. †† Find and secure an officiant. †† Book the florist. †† Create a schedule for your big day. †† Arrange transportation. These are islands, you will want ferry reservations for guests, and possibly car or limo service. 4-5 months before

†† Book the restaurant or venue you intend to have rehearsal dinner. †† Follow-up on the wedding invitations. Make sure they’re just the way you intended, it may be a good idea to ask for a sample of the invite so you can note any changes to be made before print. †† Order the cake. For some people this is the most fun part of planning a wedding. You get to go around to bakers and taste their product, try all sorts of different cake styles, and chose the one you like the most. †† Schedule hair and makeup artists. If you go this route, it’s a good idea to test out a variety of stylists and see who you prefer. †† Plan your song list. Pre-ceremony tunes, a wedding march, first dance and any other moments during which you want a specific song to be playing.

Weddings in the San Juan Islands, 2017 3 months before

†† Finalize your flower arrangements and food menu. As you’re aware, food and flowers are affected by the seasons, you’ll want to make sure you have the best quality of both. †† Order any welcome baskets or wedding favors now. This allows time for customizing to occur. †† Print wedding stationery, such as menus or programs. †† Purchase the rings. Having this done now will allow for customizing prior to the ceremony. 2 months before

†† Mail out invitations. You’ll want to set a cutoff for RSVPs three weeks to a month before your wedding. †† Meet with your photographer. Wedding photographers usually have a list of photos they take at weddings. You will want to share with them any specific photos you

5 want, and where, so that the photos can go smoothly on the day of the ceremony. †† Catch up with all vendors. Make sure any questions either of you have are answered. †† Review the setlist with the musical entertainment. 1 month before

†† Reach out to anyone who hasn’t responded to your RSVP. See if they plan on attending, or whether they even received your invite. †† Have (hopefully) the final gown fitting. †† Order your marriage licenses. The process could take up to six days. †† Plan the seating arrangement. With the final tally of everyone who is coming, you can now create a seating chart. Consider using sticky CONTINUES ON PAGE 7

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Weddings in the San Juan Islands, 2017 CONTINUED FROM PAGE 5 notes, or a dry-erase board, so that you don’t waste too many pieces of paper reorganizing your chart. †† Purchase gifts for the wedding party and parents. †† If you’re writing your own vows, now is the time to do so. 2-3 weeks before

†† Assign wedding-day tasks and after ceremony tasks. You may need someone to bustle your dress, be in charge of gifts, or a liaison to vendors and the photographer. It’s always good to have someone prepared to coordinate clean up post-wedding, and return rentals. †† Pick up your dress, or arrange to have it delivered. †† Check wedding-day weather. You may have had an idea for a midsummer eve, with crystal clear skies when you planned your date, but now the report calls for rain! Have a contingency plan in place, just incase mother nature has different plans for that day than you had expected. 1 week before

†† The men should go for a final fitting and pick up their formal wear. †† Determine wedding-party posi-

7 tions during processional, ceremony and recessional. †† Hand-off place cards, table cards, menus, disposable cameras, favors and any other items for setting the tables to the caterer, reception site manager, or wedding planner. †† Deliver welcome baskets to hotels; make sure to include names and delivery instructions. The day before

†† Have checks written out and set aside for vendors. Remember to tip! The night before

†† Rehearsal. Meet with wedding party, immediate family and your officiant at the ceremony site to rehearse and iron out details. †† Give your marriage license to your officiant. The day of

†† Present parents, and each other, with gifts prior to the ceremony. †† Give wedding bands to the best man and the maid of honor for the ceremony. †† Give the best man officiant’s fee envelope to be handed off after the ceremony. After the wedding

†† Send thank you notes to guests and vendors.


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San Juan Island


Robert Harrison Photography

an Juan Island is home to many wedding professionals and planners who pride themselves on making every wedding as unique and memorable as possible. Florists, photographers, caterers, musicians and DJs. Quality restaurants, hotels, beds and breakfasts, evening entertainment and just about everything else you would want in a wedding. The island is wellequipped to make any wedding amazing.

Venues ♥♥ Roche Harbor (Seattle Bride Magazine’s “Best Northwest Destination Wedding Site”) ♥♥ Brickyard ♥♥ Island Inn ♥♥ Lakedale Resort at Three Lakes ♥♥ Valley Church ♥♥ Pelindaba Lavender Farm ♥♥ Snug Harbor ♥♥ Tucker House Inn ♥♥ Friday Harbor House ♥♥ Sculpture park ♥♥ Winery and vineyard ♥♥ Golf and country club ♥♥ San Juan County Park ♥♥ San Juan Island National Historic Park ♥♥ Lime Kiln Lighthouse

Things to do •  Kayak, moped, bike and car rentals •  Whale watching •  Golfing •  Horseback riding •  Whale museum •  Historical Museum •  Vineyard •  Farmer’s Market •  Numerous parks •  Miles of hiking trails •  A zip-line •  Fishing holes •  Charter boats •  San Juan Island National Historical Park •  Art museum and galleries •  Theater and music •  Paddleboarding •  The distillery




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Destination: Wedding


estination weddings are a popular option for many couples who want to have wonderful, unique wedding memories. Destination weddings are popular for many reasons. Typically smaller and more cost effective than traditional weddings, attendees get to experience a vacation along with being with you for your wedding day. Another benefit would be the honeymoon can begin immediately without any additional travel. Planning a long-distance wedding takes work, but it isn’t much more difficult than a traditional wedding at home. Many of the island’s venues offer wedding packages. The islands also have on-site wedding coordinators who can help with all the details of planning from faraway. The bride and groom are not usually expected to pay for the attendee’s hotel accommodations, but may make suggestions or special arrangements, such as group rates. You don’t have to travel far to reap the benefits of a destination wedding. There are a plethora of wonderful locations within the United States, one of the best being the San Juan Islands.

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Weddings in the San Juan Islands, 2017


Orcas Island

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rcas Island is dotted with small hamlets offering world-class restaurants, boutique shopping, cultural events and activity tours. Scattered among the forests and along the pristine 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 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.


Things to do

♥♥Rosario ♥♥Odd Fellows Hall ♥♥West Beach Resort ♥♥Outlook Inn ♥♥Inn at Ship Bay ♥♥Victorian Valley Chapel ♥♥Doe Bay ♥♥Turtleback Farm Inn ♥♥The Lodge ♥♥Spring Bay ♥♥The Orcas Inn ♥♥Random Howse ♥♥The Beach Bungalow ♥♥On a farm ♥♥Deer Harbor Community Club ♥♥Deer Harbor Inn

• Boat, car, moped, bike and kayak rentals • Golf Course • Whale watching • Farmer’s Market • Farms (shellfish, farm-to-table, alpaca) • Art galleries • A historical museum • Three public parks • Theatre and music • Moran State Park • Horseback rides • Turtleback Mountain • Visit the brewery or winery • Obstruction Pass State Park



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Victorian Valley invites your serene private wedding on 18 acres of forest, field and pond.


For information call 360-376-3289 or Facebook us or visit our website at


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“Let us help you find the best island resources” Your special event will shine in our beautiful space in Eastsound within easy walking distance to lodging and shopping. Catering and bar options, sound and projection systems, dancing space, easy access and parking, indoor and outdoor areas, reception coordination and many other amenities make for a wonderful experience for you and your guests. Visit

for more information. Email: Winner of “Island Friendly Spirit Award” 2016 from the members of the Orcas Island Chamber of Commerce 365 North Beach Rd, Eastsound, WA 98245 360.376.2273 •

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Only on Orcas

John Sinclair/ Wed in Washington Photography


By James and Daneka Wagner

rcas Island is the destination wedding that very few think of, but everyone remembers. The community invites you into their paradise while welcoming you as their neighbor.  Everyone that helped coordinate our wedding was very personable and we now consider them friends. Not only did we have our rehearsal, wedding and reception on Orcas Island, but we could not bring ourselves to leave the island. We adventured over to Doe Bay Resort with our friends the day after our wedding to continue the celebration and spend a few days enjoying the nature and the community.

Memorable moments with each of our vendors:

♥♥Outlook Inn: Standing in front of the church and thinking that they created a beautiful backdrop with the unique church and brilliantly manicured garden. ♥♥Asher & Olive: Meeting Gavin Glenn. He genuinely wanted to get to know us so he can transform our rehearsal dinner experience. He made our family and friends feel like the guests of honor with great food and decorative ambiance. ♥♥Bruce Pavitt: Besides being a music hero for us, he very personable and easygoing. Our reception began with rain, but he was ready to rock outside in the rain (obviously under a small tent) just so that we can have a blast. And we did. He even continued the party inside during dinner. DJ Care joined him and she also made our guests feel like stars. ♥♥Buck Bay Shellfish Farm: Toni Knudson made us feel special and like a part of her island family. She taught our guests to shuck oysters, joked with us, as well as invited us to walk through the corn fields. ♥♥Dogwood Flower Design: Claire Nollman exceeded our exceptions. She delivered stunning flower arrangements and made sure we had them before our pre-wedding photos. ♥♥Sugar Baby Specialty Cakes: Jami Plummer is super amazing. The cupcakes were super delicious that when it began to rain, those were the first thing we saved. We even stockpiled a few cupcakes to take to the hotel room so we could have them in the morning. ♥♥Wed in Washington: John Sinclair scouted out gorgeous wedding photo sites at Olga Dock and on Mount Constitution. He has a great eye for detail but very spontaneous as well. ♥♥Prive Events: Krista Simons must have precognition abilities. She planned for ever scenario. It seemed as if she predicted everything that happened and made our experience fun and seamless.


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Looking for something different for your wedding event?

The Pintail is a landing craft operated in the San Juan Islands. In addition to being a rough and ready work boat, we do special events such as weddings, parties, and cruises. Get out on the water for your special day and make it a true island experience!


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What should this cost?

Satya Curcio Photography


hen it comes to financing a wedding, you will need to budget. Here is a basic breakdown of what to expect:

♥♥ Reception (Food, Rentals, and Venue): 40 – 50 percent ♥♥ Ceremony: 2 – 3 percent ♥♥ Flowers: 10 percent ♥♥ Photography/Videography: 10 – 12 percent ♥♥ Stationary: 2 – 3 percent ♥♥ Bride and groom’s outfits: 10 percent

♥♥ Entertainment: 8 – 10 percent ♥♥ Planner (optional): 15 percent ♥♥ Miscellaneous (Favors, Transportation, rings, etc.): 10 percent ♥♥ Cushion: at least 5 percent * These totals do not include the cost for the honeymoon.

Sandy Playa, officiant & Carl Burger, music • 360-376-5531

Photo by Steve Horn

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Deer Harbor Inn

offers full service catering at any location on Orcas Island! Our culinary staff is experienced in a wide range of cuisine from our signature Pacific Northwest Seafood to all vegetarian to Southern BBQ. Our mobile catering grill is perfect for grilling up local fresh wild king salmon. Visit



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Lopez Island

ristine beaches, beautiful backgrounds of rolling hills and a general laid-back feel - Lopez Island is a perfect destination for a special wedding day. Lopez is also the closest of the ferry-served islands to Anacortes, making it a quick trip for you and your loved ones. Although Lopez Island’s year-around population is around 2,400 people, you’ll find photographers and musicians to make your ceremony one to remember and many lovely venues. There are also a wealth of accommodations, from camping to bed and breakfasts and fun resorts.

Venues ♥♥Lopez Center ♥♥Woodmen Hall ♥♥Lopez Island Vineyards ♥♥Lopez Islander Resort ♥♥The Galley ♥♥Edenwild Inn ♥♥Mackaye Harbor Inn ♥♥Center Church ♥♥Grace Episcopal Church

Things to do • Beaches • Historical Society and Museum • Wildlife • Odlin County Park • Spencer Spit State Park • Whale watching • Golfing • Vineyard and Winery • Lopez Village

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Love on Lopez

By Robert and Heather Harrison

Robyn Minkler Photography

We loved celebrating our wedding on Lopez Island. We could not have asked for a better location! The Lopez Center for Community and the Arts was a wonderful venue, and we loved having the ceremony out on the south veranda officiated by Susie Teague of Whispers of Nature. Susie was a calm presence who was responsive to our ideas and created a beautiful ceremony for us. Our other vendors were fantastic as well – Susan Bill of Arbordoun Farm created stunning flower arrangements. The Galley Restaurant was easy to work with and did a fantastic job, Libby Valluzzi was our lovely violinist who accompanied us as we walked down the aisle, and Bill Johnson was a great DJ. Our off-island friends and relatives all enjoyed visiting this gorgeous island!

Lopez Island Woodmen Hall

Be part of a Lopez Tradition Hosting events since 1898 Offering for your special day, Beautifully renovated building Commercial kitchen, tables, chairs, linens, place settings

Stage with a professional lighting and sound system Reasonable rental rates Available year-round Call the event coordinator for availability and pricing 360-468-3092


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Wedding Services and Venues Members of the San Juan Islands Visitors Bureau

Caterers San Juan

♥♥Cakes By Felicitations ♥♥Coho Restaurant ♥♥Deb Nolan Custom Catering Orcas

♥♥Orcas Hotel ♥♥The Kitchen

Entertainment San Juan



♥♥Libby Valluzzi Violinist

Event Rentals Orcas

♥♥Orcas Events

Florists San Juan

♥♥Camas Designs



For the Bride San Juan

♥♥Lavendera Massage ♥♥The Spa at Earthbox

Ministers & Celebrants All Islands

♥♥Archie Brooks ♥♥Didier Gincig


♥♥Sandy Playa

Photographers Orcas

♥♥Liz Lui Photography ♥♥Colleen Carroll Photography Lopez

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Wedding Services and Venues Members of the San Juan Islands Visitors Bureau

Photographers (cont.) All Islands

♥♥Island Wedding Photography by Robert S. Harrison ♥♥Photography by Mark Gardner

Planners Orcas

♥♥Cloud 9 Events ♥♥Orcas Events

Transportation San Juan

♥♥Friday Harbor Jolly Trolley

Venues San Juan

♥♥Brickworks ♥♥Friday Harbor Cruises ♥♥Friday Harbor House ♥♥Friends of Lime Kiln Society Lighthouse ♥♥Island Inn at 123 West ♥♥Lakedale Resort at Three Lakes ♥♥Pelindaba Lavender Farm ♥♥Roche Harbor Resort ♥♥San Juan Island Yacht Club ♥♥Snug Harbor Resort ♥♥Tucker House Inn Orcas

♥♥Inn at Ship Bay ♥♥Doe Bay Resort and Retreat ♥♥Odd Fellows Hall ♥♥Orcas Hotel ♥♥Orcas Island Eclipse Charters ♥♥Outlook Inn ♥♥Pebble Cove Farm ♥♥Random Howse ♥♥Rosario Resort and Spa ♥♥Turtleback Farm Inn ♥♥Victorian Valley Chapel


♥♥Lopez Center for Community and the Arts ♥♥Lopez Islander Resort ♥♥The Edenwild Boutique Inn



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• Luxury wedding design • Elegant bouquets • Centerpieces and decor • Day of coordinating

Visit or call 360-376-4580 / 18 Haven Road, Eastsound Photo credit: Jenn Tai

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