A PNW Destination Wedding | Orcas Island, Washington

I only first met Lyndsay and Reed this past May for their Massachusetts engagement session on the East Boston waterfront.  I was immediately struck by the warmth that radiated from their convivial and heartfelt personalities.  By the end of our sunset session, I truly felt as though Reed and Lyndsay were my old, dear friends.

As luck would have it, the couple chose one of my favorite places in the entire Pacific Northwest as their wedding destination - a magical piece of land in the North Puget Sound called Orcas Island.

Lyndsay and Reed's nearest and dearest, without hesitation, followed them all the way across the country from New England to celebrate their wedding - the truest testament to the beloved bride and groom if there ever was one.  I was sincerely touched by the familial, genuine, and joyful atmosphere that surrounded this lovely, intimate group of people.  I heard the phrase "I just can't stop crying happy tears!" more than a few times throughout the day. (I also witnessed some pretty unforgettable and never-before-seen dance moves as the night progressed! Amazing.)

The tumultuous Pacific Northwest skies threw all sorts of weather at us, which made for an incredible variety of photographs.  From braving the drizzly, gusty first look on the beach, wandering through the sun-drenched secret garden, to sneaking off for a few quiet moments at dusk - I never once saw the glow fade from Lyndsay or Reed's faces.

I stumbled on this poem in the Outlook Inn's brochure and thought it would be fitting to include it here. Lyndsay and Reed, I hope your life is enriched with travels, both near and far, and that you always return to this very special island.  Cheers to you both!

For the Traveler -

When you travel, a new silence goes with you and if you listen, you will hear what your heart would love to say. A journey can become a sacred thing, make sure before you go, to take the time to bless your going forth, to free your heart of ballast so that the compass of your soul might direct you toward territories of spirit where you will discover more of your hidden life, and the urgencies that deserve to claim you. May you travel in an awakened way, gathered wisely into your inner ground, that you may not waste the invitations which wait along the way to transform you. May you travel safely , arrive refreshed, and live your time away to its fullest; return home more enriched and free to balance the gift of days which call you.
— John O'Donohue

Venue: Outlook Inn | Groom's Suit: J.Crew | Bride's Dress: BLHDN | Desserts: Brown Bear Baking | Rings: Rebekah Brooks Jewelry | Flowers: Peace and Plenty Flower Farm