Forest Fancy Meets Summer Camp Dance
We met in San Francisco - at an "L-Word" viewing party (hilariously, and embarrassingly, enough). Katie was living in the East Bay finishing her PhD at Berkeley. Caitlin joked that our relationship was "basically a long distance" from the start... but we were quick to make the distance official. We spent the next 3 years rubber-banding across 5 states for Post-docs, more grad school, internships etc. before settling together in Seattle.
When we visited Seattle before our move, Caitlin brought her great grandmother’s diamond ring and Katie brought a to-do list long enough to swamp numerous proposal attempts. We ended up getting engaged in a stolen moment on the Bainbridge ferry (in a driving rain), with Seattle twinkling in the background. We didn’t realize until 2 years later that all of our family and friends would board that very same boat en route to our wedding.
With loved-ones traveling in from so many places, our top priority for our wedding was a venue that could house ~150 guests all on site. It needed to be casual, fun, affordable… and decadent. We searched all over the country for the right venue and subsequently stumbled upon the perfect spot just a few miles from our new home.
Katie is a Professor of Education and Caitlin is an Environmental Scientist so Islandwood (an ecological learning center and camp) was a beyond-perfect fit for us. Plus their chef absolutely sealed the deal with his food philosophy and exquisite execution. We hosted our guests for 4 days at Islandwood and the site was amazing. They hosted bon fires, games and tours for our guests and handled all of the food and drinks.
We described our wedding aesthetic as "Forest-Fancy meets Summer Camp Dance" and our guests totally brought it. It was the most comfortable, easy, beautiful party and celebration that we could imagine.