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A backyard garden party wedding with yard games & cocktail recipe cards

When we started planning our wedding, we quickly discarded a lot of traditional elements. What we did want in a wedding was an opportunity to celebrate with our loved ones, to gather around a table and enjoy a meal together, to welcome our people into our home, and celebrate as a group. So we focused on the most important stuff to accommodate our vision: a small event in our backyard, a menu and cocktails that reflected our tastes, handmade décor, yard games, and a non-religious ceremony officiated by a dear friend.

A sweet and sunny same-sex beachfront wedding on Puget Sound

Julika and Jess were married at the Ballard Bay Club on Shilshole Bay in Seattle. Jess waited for Julika to arrive at the Chittendon/Ballard Locks for a super sweet first look. it all started out cloudy, but soon the sun peeked out and shed light on all the love and lit up Puget Sound as their stellar ceremony backdrop. The ceremony was conducted by Julika’s father, Rev. Jon Luopa, and included a tree ceremony!

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This stunning Snoqualmie Falls elopement was a long wait from two continents away

Clare and Sirchauncey waited thirteen months to finally find themselves getting married in a gorgeous setting in Snoqualmie, WA. Their Snoqualmie Falls elopement happened only after months and months of planning with Clare living in Australia and Sirchauncey living in the States. They had waited for the Visa to make it official and finally it did. And it was breathtaking.

It was worth the wait and now we get to see it…

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Led Zeppelin, craft beer, and tattoos at this bad-ass rock show-themed wedding

We had a rock show-themed wedding, which was inspired by our engagement shoot (by the fantastic Wild About You Photography) at a San Francisco music venue. Rye and I have a mutual passion for rock music, tattoos, and the macabre, so that theme covered lots of what we love!

We asked our guests to "channel their inner punk rocker" and wear clothing that reflected whatever "rock and roll" meant to them. There were lots of leather jackets, band shirts, combat boots, and colored hair.

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An intimate bucket list wedding planned in two weeks after a cancer diagnosis

Due to circumstances beyond our control, our wedding plans changed in a major way. Ben and I had been together for 5½ years when he was unexpectedly diagnosed with stage IV melanoma in the fall of 2016. Ben’s illness put a lot of things in perspective for both of us and we got engaged a month after his diagnosis. We had a simple, non-religious ceremony on the beach. Our friends graciously offered their family cabin near Seattle, WA (in Quilcene, WA if you want to get specific) for the occasion and we had the entire beach to ourselves…