With a gorgeous backdrop of the Puget Sound and dense forest views as far as the eye could see, Fort Flagler State Park (on Marrowstone Island in Washington) was the perfect spot for Oregon dwellers, Kristen + Reid, to exchange their vows. In addition to the location being amazing, there were loads of personal touches and unique ideas that made their day extra-special. Reid grew up on the grounds at Fort Flagler, where his father was a park ranger, so the location had a ton of meaning. His mother’s catering company (Rachel Jensen) prepared the delicious cuisine. And Kristen + Reid chose to stand right next to each other during the ceremony rather than across from one another. It was pretty sweet…wait ’til you see! Below, they tell us even more about how they made their day about the two of them:
As the son of a Washington State Park Ranger, Reid spent most of his childhood living right on the Puget Sound with the historic Fort Flagler State Park as his backyard. Since most of Kristen’s family was traveling from the East Coast, we could not think of a better way to celebrate our wedding than by spending the weekend doing all of our favorite activities together with our loved ones in the park: hiking, sailing, crabbing, kayaking, and a morning of yoga on the bluff. We wanted to create a fun and relaxing retreat for our guests at this place we hold so dear, with an awesome party and some delicious Pacific Northwest seafood to start off our marriage.
Thanks so much to Catie Coyle Photography for the gorgeous photos + congrats to the newlyweds on a beautiful day!
The ceremony, especially our vows. There is nothing better than being surrounded by all of our family and friends. The toasts were a close second.
We love K + R’s fun ceremony exit!
The wildflower-inspired florals by Carmen Tracer were a perfect fit for the rustic surroundings.
Let your loved ones help you! Early on during our planning we were a little hesitant to get input from family and friends because we did not want to burden them with extra responsibility. But in the end we had so many people offer to help and they made our lives much easier. Kristen is an MD/PhD student at Oregon Health & Science University and Reid is a structural engineer working in Portland, and neither of us had a lot of extra time to devote to planning. Thankfully, we have extremely talented family and friends who were able to assist with everything from officiating to the cake.
photography: Catie Coyle Photography // venue name: Fort Flagler State Park, Marrowstone Island, Washington // event design: bride + groom // planning: Victoria Gilligan // florals: Carmen Tracer // wedding dress: Heloise by Leanne Marshall // bride's shoes: Dolce Vita // hair stylist: bride // makeup artist: bride // groom attire: Kenneth Cole // videography: Sydney Stevens // catering: Rachel Jensen // cake: Elizabeth Swanson // music: Caleb Peacock // officiant: Lorrie Towers // bridesmaid: BHLDN // flower girls dresses: BHLDN // invitations: Paperless Post // place cards: Anders Printing Company // rentals: Kitsap Event Rentals // rings: family heirlooms and Antoinette Antique and Estate Jewelry