Northwest Resort: Sheryl & Robin
On June 2, 2012, Sheryl & Robin gathered with family and friends at the lovely Northwest wedding resort, Alderbrook Resort & Spa in Union, Washington, to celebrate their marriage. The Alderbrook is a dreamy venue surrounded by the Olympic Mountains and the Hood Canal, a glacier-carved fjord that is home to eagles and osprey, salmon and seals.
The Hood Canal was a special location for both brides when they were growing up, so it was an easy choice to hold their wedding there. With a vision of blush pink and everything nautical, the brides assembled a team that made their dream come alive.
When guests arrived, they were greeted by an hour-long cocktail hour by the water. In lieu of a traditional guest book, the brides asked each guest to sign a “wishing stone” that they could display at home in their garden. During the cocktail hour, a professional painter captured the scene on canvas, another way the brides could later transport the wedding day back into their home. Meanwhile, guests kept busy with a round of Mad Libs that told the brides’ love story.
It being the Northwest, the possibility of rain was on everyone’s minds, but the sun shone just in time for the ceremony. The nautical theme unified the day. A refurbished crab pot served as the card basket, and starfish adorned the aisle decorations, and were later transferred to reception tables in the ballroom. After the ceremony, the brides took some time to themselves with a walk along the beach. At the reception, guests enjoyed a ‘Seaside Beach Broil Buffet’ including with clams, corn on the cob, steamed new potatoes and dungeness crab.
The dessert was just as well thought out as the meal. In keep with all thing nautical, the four tiers of cupcakes were wrapped with pink and white nautical striped wrappers and topped with mini starfish. Atop the cupcake tower was the brides’ special request, a cutting cake with LOTS of frosting. Editor’s Note: Thank to you Pink Blossom Events, which planned and designed the wedding, for providing us with detailed information about the event.
Denise Oliveira is a Brooklyn-based writer. She has a master's degree in journalism from Columbia University in New York City and is the founder of Prequels, where she interviews engaged couples to create wedding invitations and favors that incorporate their love story.