The toasts are often my favorite part of a wedding day. I find I always learn the most about a couple from the way their loved ones talk about them and I frequently receive some of the best love and marriage advice. The most memorable part of Susanna and Joe’s wedding, for me, was the speech given by the Best Man, David. He spoke about the importance of being a protector, in your marriage and having each other’s backs, no matter what. He shared the story about when he knew that Susanna was definitely the one for Joe. I am, inevitably, going to mess this up but it is too good not to share and you’ll get the jist!
One night, Susanna, Joe and David were all down in Seattle’s Pioneer Square, waiting in line for a famed Seattle Dog. (If you don’t know what a Seattle Dog is, you’re missing out on life!) From what I remember/could jot down on the back of my timeline (I was seriously taking notes on this Toast), Supercross Live was in town. A jerky rider was in line in front of them and about to let a couple cute girls cut. Joe (like myself), apparently, believes in Seattle Dogs over bros and told him that instead, he could join his lady friends at the back of the line. Joe was feeling pretty good about himself at that point. He got his Seattle Dog and was happily eating it against a street sign when Moto Man popped up and knocked Joe’s Seattle Dog to the ground. Not to fear, Susanna was right there and without hesitation smashed her Seattle Dog in Moto Man’s face! YES!! All I’m saying is that if someone is willing to unselfishly sacrifice a Seattle Dog for you, you should have married them yesterday.
Susanna and Joe’s entire day was laid-back, no fuss, no BS. They went for simple, boho vibes as they didn’t want to take away from the natural character and beauty of the location. The Ceremony and Reception both took place at Guemes Island Resort–a quirky, waterfront property that is popular for crabbing. It’s a 5 minute county ferry ride from Anacortes but you’d think it was a million miles away.
Susanna’s sisters did her hair and makeup, while the guys took a morning dip in the bay. All of the Bridesmaids picked their own mismatched, floral dresses and opted for an alternative to the traditional Bride’s and Bridesmaids’ bouquets–asymmetrical wreaths that they all made themselves.
It rained the entire day but Susanna & Joe refused to move their Ceremony inside the tent. True Pacific Northwesterners! We put out chairs for family and everyone else huddled together under umbrellas.
After the Ceremony, guests warmed up with hot toddies and enjoyed a seafood buffet and wood fired pizzas. The night ended with a homemade dessert spread, lots of dancing and a bonfire.
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Cheers & Happy Planning!
Vendor Dream Team
Day-of Coordination: The Greatest Adventure Weddings & Elopements
Photography: Aga Kownacka Photography
Catering: Digs by Dog Island Goods
DJ/Emcee: DJ Rob Everett
Officiating: The Marriage Mate
Venue: Guemes Island Resort
Rentals: Pacific Party Canopies