They say that a little rain on your wedding day bodes well for the future. How about a LOT of rain, wild winds, and a ginormous rainbow? Given that these were the exact conditions at Elana’s and Nathan’s uniquely splendid wedding at Guemes Island Resort, I’d say that the couple is set for a fabulously happy life together.

At the end of September 2017, the Floressence crew happily traveled up to Guemes Island for a wedding we had all eagerly anticipated. Design details were dreamed up in part by the super creative bride (who has a thriving career as a performance artist; see Cabin Fever to be inspired by her group’s work) and the always innovative Katie Aweida of Wonderstruck Event Design, and in part by Floressence. We are fueled by creative collaborations, and this was a dream team. When Elana told me that there would be a “surprise” dance performance down the aisle, we all knew we’d have to find a way to spy on it. (Spoiler alert: it was amazing and joyful and beautiful.)

Original plans for the outdoor ceremony were scrapped as wind and rain tore across the charmingly low-key resort, and the ceremony took place in the tent instead. The couple commissioned an architect friend to build their chuppah, which we ornamented with rose canes, apple branches, beautiful fairy roses, and other seasonal blooms climbing up the four legs. I took it as a high compliment that the Father of the Bride really loved it; he said he’s seen a lot of chuppahs in his day, and he loved that this one felt grounded, and tied to the earth.

Overlapping rugs of various colors and sizes gave warmth and interest to the aisle — and made a great backdrop for showers of post-ceremony confetti. All vendor hands were on deck for a massive tent flip from Ceremony to Reception after the vows were exchanged. Sweet centerpieces in stoneware urns, laid on lace table runners, featured seasonal dahlias with ferns, roses, lisianthus, stock, and other favorite elements. Candlelight flickered against the storm outside, and the music and laughter carried on.

As for me and the crew, we parlayed our adventure into a mini-work retreat, celebrating the almost-end of wedding season with dinner out in Anacortes and an overnight stay in town. (Slow motion videos of jumping on the beds might have been made.) At dinner we talked about what makes a wedding romantic. Pretty hard to argue that Elana’s and Nathan’s was indeed just that.

Gorgeous photos from Hannah Arista Photography, with many thanks from us!

Other vendors helped bring this wedding to life:

Catering: Ciao Thyme

Hair and Makeup:  Off-White Makeup and Beauty

Tent and Farm Tables: Pacific Party Canopies

Videography: Cabfare Productions

Band: Holy Pistola

Photo Booth: Hello There You

Stationer/Baker:  Alexandra Beveridge