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.